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Streetscape cleanup

YOUNGSTOWN — Streetscape’s annual downtown cleanup will be 8 a.m. to noon May 30. Volunteers will beautify downtown by removing garbage, trimming trees and bushes, planting flowers and shrubs, and mulching planted areas during the 12th annual event.

Focus areas include the West Federal Street medians, the John Young Memorial, the Front Street and South Avenue corner, city hall and Wick Park. If there is inclement weather, the event will be moved to May 31.

About 350 to 400 volunteers are expected. Volunteers receive a T-shirt, a light breakfast and a full lunch. The registration tent will be on the city’s Central Square. Those wanting to help, give a financial donation or in need of more information should call Youngstown CityScape, the organization that oversees the Streetscape cleanup program, at (330) 742-4040.

Rabies vaccinations

The Mahoning County District Board of Health is offering rabies vaccinations for dogs, cars and ferrets from 1 to 4 p.m. May 23 at the Canfield Fire Department, 104 Lisbon St., Canfield; and from 1 to 4 p.m. May 30 at the Berlin Township Fire Department, 15081 W. Akron-Canfield Road in Berlin Township. There is a $4 charge, said Matthew Stefanak, county health commissioner.

No appointment is necessary for the shots, offered by the health department in cooperation with Animal Charity, the Mahoning County Dog Warden, Angels for Animals and volunteer veterinarians. Rabies vaccination of all dogs, cats and ferrets over 3 months old is required, said Stefanak.

Clothing, food offered

West Austintown United Methodist Church, 6749 Mahoning Ave. at Turner Road, Austintown, will have a clothing giveaway at 9 a.m. today. There is clothing for men, women, boys, girls and infants. All are welcome.

Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, Youngstown, will have a food giveaway from 10 to 11 a.m. today for ZIP code areas 44509, 44511 and 44515. Recipients must bring paper grocery bags.

Sports complex session

NORTH LIMA — The South Range Athletic Boosters will have an information session Sunday on a proposed “future sports complex” for the school district, 6 p.m. in the high school multipurpose room.

Superintendent Dennis Dunham said there is space available adjacent to the new K-12 academic complex being built on the old Green Beaver fields for some locker rooms and athletic-practice facilities. There may also be money available in the school construction fund to help finance them, he said. The baseball and softball fields are already being replaced to the north of the academic complex, Dunham said.

Crime prevention

YOUNGSTOWN — A crime- prevention meeting will be at St. Casimir’s Church, 149 Jefferson St., at 6 p.m. Tuesday for those living in that area. A city police officer will attend.

Uninvited visitor

NEW MIDDLETOWN— New Middletown police arrested a Springfield Township man after they received a call from an apartment tenant reporting a person had entered her apartment.

Chief Vincent D’Egidio said the tenant returned about 10 p.m. Thursday to her Sandy Court apartment and saw from outside the apartment that her lights and television were on and called the police. Responding officers found Nino Carosella in the apartment. Carosella was arraigned Friday in Struthers Municipal Court on charges of burglary, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $8,500.

16-year-olds charged

WARREN — Two 16-year-old boys face charges of felony criminal damaging in juvenile court after being arrested in the vandalizing of the Warren Community Amphitheatre and the Trumbull County Veterans Memorial earlier this month.

Police said the pair wrote extensive graffiti at both sites and destroyed six lights on the amphitheatre stage May 4. Police said a video of the youths shot by security cameras at the amphitheatre led them to the suspects.

The crimes are felonies under a Warren ordinance that imposes felony charges when city property is vandalized.

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