METRO DIGEST || Idora Neighborhood Workday Saturday
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. is holding an Idora Neighborhood Workday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Those who wish to participate are instructed to meet at the Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, to clean and board up several vacant homes in the Idora neighborhood.
For more information, call YNDC at 330-480-0423.
Free vision workshop
The EyeCare and Vision Therapy Center of Dr. Joseph M. Pederzolli, 11955 South Ave., will host a free vision and learning workshop for parents, educators, and professionals from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Students spend more than 75 percent of school time doing intense visual work less than a foot from their eyes. Vision is an overlooked component of learning and reading problems. The workshop will help identify children whose vision restricts learning, how this affects behavior, how to build school performance by enhancing vision, how to perform assessments and tests of vision skills, and how and why vision therapy works.
To make a reservation for the event, call 330-549-9780 or 800-344-8870.
Mission needs toys
The Warren Family Mission is in need of toys for children of all ages for its Christmas Toy Give- away Outreach Ministry. Four hundred families in need of toys for their children already have registered, said Michelle Beauchene, director of development.
New, unwrapped toys for boys and girls 0-18 can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 361 Elm Road NE seven days a week and at 2671 Youngstown Road SE Monday through Friday.
Library reopens today
The Poland Library reopens at 9 a.m. today after being closed for three weeks because of an odor problem.
Kravitz Delicatessen on the library’s lower level will reopen at 10 a.m. today.
The Friends of the Poland Library bookstore, also on the lower level, will reopen Monday when it launches a holiday book sale, originally planned for Black Friday. The half-off book sale begins Monday and continues until Dec. 29.
The Hobbit Party planned by TeenXTreme librarians has been moved back to Poland Library at 6:30 p.m. next Friday. Teens in grades seven through 12 can register by calling 330-744-8636 or online at www.libraryvisit.org/hobbit.
Amish retrial denied
A federal judge denied a new trial Thursday in the case of an Amish man convicted of hate crimes.
Samuel Mullet Sr., 66, of Bergholz, was convicted by a federal jury in September on seven counts, including four counts of religious motivated beard- and hair-cutting attacks.
Mullet had requested an acquittal or new trial based on three arguments: insufficient evidence at trial, newly discovered evidence and the admission of certain pieces of evidence that he claimed constituted “a miscarriage of justice,” specifically an Associated Press article and evidence of defendant’s sexual relationship with one of his daughters-in-law, according to court records.
U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster denied the request.
Human Rights Day
Church Women United Youngstown Area will host Human Rights Day Saturday at the YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Ave. The program will begin at 10 a.m.