Hubbard swears incouncilwoman
HUBBARD -- Lisha Pompili-Baumiller of Center Street has been sworn in as the city's 3rd Ward councilwoman to fill the unexpired term of Robert DeJulio, who died last month.
The term expires Dec. 31.
Pompili-Baumiller defeated DeJulio in the May Democratic primary election and had no opposition in the Nov. 6 general election.
She is due to officially begin her own 3rd Ward term Jan. 1.
The ward's three precinct committeemen selected Pompili-Baumiller on Wednesday as DeJulio's immediate successor.
Those voting for her were her father, Edward G. Pompili; Mayor George Praznik, a political backer; and Jack Wilson.
She was immediately sworn in by Judge Michael Bernard of Girard Municipal Court, whose jurisdiction includes Hubbard.
Pompili-Baumiller thanked the precinct committeemen for their vote of confidence and the other officials for taking the time to swear her in Wednesday night.
"I'm looking forward to working with council. I want to be the voice of the 3rd Ward, address their concerns. I'd like to get some streets repaired if possible and look at other issues," she said.
The ceremony took on an added flavor when 14 members of Girl Scout Troop 544 attended. Pompili-Baumiller and her sister are the troop's leaders. The girls earned a badge for their attendance.
GIRARD -- Girard Police Department will step up traffic enforcement during Thanksgiving week.
Beginning Friday, extra patrols will be assigned to State Street (U.S. Route 422) to reduce the risk of accidents and to monitor seat belt use.
The extra patrols will be conducted during daylight hours through Wednesday.
Judge seeks court dayfor Girard petitioners
WARREN -- Backers of a petition calling for the removal of all five members of the Girard Board of Education should still have their day in court despite delays in scheduling a trial.
Mitchell F. Shaker, hearing the case as a visiting judge in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, presents that argument in a brief to the 11th District Court of Appeals.
The appeals court is expected to decide by the end of this year if the 1,600-signature recall petition filed on Sept. 19 should be dismissed.
Lawyers representing the school board have argued that it should be dismissed, saying Judge Shaker lacks jurisdiction in the case because the trial date was set for more than 30 days after the petition was filed, according to court documents.
Trial originally was set for Nov. 5.
In his brief to the appeals court, Shaker said that scheduling the trial within 30 days is not mandatory and that his court should not lose jurisdiction because it failed to do so.
He wrote that the case was assigned to him only Oct. 17, two days before the 30-day deadline lapsed. He conducted a hearing that day but not the full trial.
WARREN -- Howland Township trustees have moved up their regular meeting from Nov. 28 to Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the township administrative building.
Firefighters to marchin memory of brethren
YOUNGSTOWN -- Led by honor guards and the 18-piece Celtic Flame Bag Pipe and Drum Corps, more than 300 members of the Mahoning County Firefighters Association will march at 2:45 p.m. Sunday from No. 1 Fire Station downtown to Powers Auditorium on West Federal Street for a memorial service honoring 343 New York City firefighters who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
Speakers include The Rev. Lewis Macklin; Rabbi Joseph Schonberger; Father Michael Swierz; state Sen. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-33rd; and Jerry Holland, vice president emeritus of International Association of Firefighters 8th District from Cuyahoga Falls.
Youngstown Fire Chief John J. O'Neill Jr. said the honor guards are from Youngstown and Austintown.