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Storm response


The Youngstown Crisis Response Unit has been deployed to Lindenhurst, N.Y., in the wake of superstorm Sandy to work in one of the hardest hit areas on the south shore. The team has been able to clear debris and gut homes on one of the most heavily damaged streets in that city. Richard Schmidt, Crisis Response Unit, said Crisis Response International is dedicated to rebuilding those communities devastated by the storm.

Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast two weeks ago, leaving neighborhoods in ruin and thousands without power or fuel.

Work complaints


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s mobile outreach center visits the Youngstown unit of the NAACP from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to accept complaints of employment discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or retaliation. The EEOC considers retaliation the firing of a worker who complained about job discrimination, gave evidence in a job-discrimination matter or filed a charge of job discrimination with the commission. For an appointment, call 330-782-9777, email, or walk-in. The local unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is in Suite 721 in the former PNC Bank Building at Wick Avenue and Commerce Street.

Food-safety event


An educational program for farmers concerning food safety will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Mahoning County Extension Office, 490 S. Broad St. The seminar will cover foodborne illness, how contamination can occur, water and soil safety, good handling practices, worker training, and hands and hygiene. The cost is $10. For more information, call 330-533-5538 on Tuesday. The extension office will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day.

Free movie night

Mercer, Pa.

The Mercer County Conservation District is sponsoring a free movie night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, highlighting the largest land habitat in the world, showcasing many of the seasonal forests in the United States. Preregister by Tuesday by calling 724-662-2242.

The program will be in the “Pig Barn” at Munnell Run Farm, 24 Avalon Court, Suite 300. Drinks and popcorn will be available. All monetary donations will go toward environmental education programs.

Recycling seminar

New castle, Pa.

The Lawrence-Mercer Recycling/Solid Waste Department will conduct a waste reduction seminar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

Topics will include recycling, waste reduction, energy conservation, regulatory compliance and procurement savings.

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