METRO DIGEST: School transfers
Concerned Citizens for Quality Education will have a public forum at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the transfer of township children to area schools.
The meeting, at Coitsville Township Hall, 3737 McCartney Road, is open to the public and supporters of the effort to have township lines redrawn, so that students north of U.S. Route 422 can attend Hubbard schools, and students south of 422 can attend Lowellville schools. Both districts are rated excellent by the state.
Coitsville has no school district, and the 63 children who live in the township attend Lowellville, Hubbard, Struthers, Campbell and Youngstown schools. Only a handful of those students attend Youngstown city schools, rated in academic emergency by the state.
In June, the state board of education appealed a ruling by Franklin County Common Pleas Court that would allow Coitsville to break away from the Youngstown district.
Group for the jobless
A new support group for unemployed people is being formed and will meet at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at The Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road.
The group, which will meet weekly, also will provide information on resources and various assistance programs available in the Mahoning Valley. Call 330-799-4941 or go to www.theursulines.org for more information.
Watch Night service
The congregations of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Church of the Living Word and the Greater St. John Church of God in Christ of Warren will join Bethel Church of God in Christ, 3147 Glenwood Ave., for a Watch Night Joint Heirs’ Celebration Service at 9:30 p.m. Friday.
The featured preacher will be Pastor Jeffery Stanford. Other participating clergy be the Rev. Dr. Lewis W. Macklin II and host pastor Superintendent Ross Johnson. The event is open to the public.
Members of Hubbard Friends of the Library make bookmarks from used greeting cards. Donate holiday and all-occasion cards at the circulation desk at Hubbard Public Library, 436 W. Liberty St.
Bookmarks are available for free to all library patrons. This is an ongoing project, and cards are needed year-round. For more information, call Bonnie Viele, book-sale chairwoman, at 330-534-1394.
Western Reserve Public Media WNEO.1/WEAO.1 is offering “Start the Year Right” fitness and health programs Saturday and Sunday. Programs Saturday are from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Western Reserve Public Media, formerly PBS 45 and 49, is owned and operated by Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, Inc., a private, nonprofit corporation and consortium of Kent State University, the University of Akron and Youngstown State University.
The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County received a truck load of pet food and supplies at 10 a.m. at Sims Nissan, 3140 Elm Road N.E. The pet supplies, collected by Sims Nissan staff from the community during the holiday season, were accepted by Deb Agostinelli, shelter director, and Ken Herlinger, humane officer. The Animal Welfare League shelter is at 545 Brunstetter Road in Lordstown.