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Child autism case management


The First Ohio Chapter of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is offering a program on “Effective Case Management for Children on the Autism Spectrum” from 7 to 9 p.m. April 13 at the D&E Clinic, 142 Javit Court.

The speaker is Lucinda Blanch, mental-health specialist with the Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. For information, call 330-538-0184 or 330-533-4649.

Tattoos for autism


A Brookfield couple are using their tattoo artistry to raise awareness of autism during April, Autism Awareness Month. Heath and Brandi Dillon owners of Fallen Angels Tattoo Parlor, 7196 Warren-Sharon Road, are offering the insignia of a puzzle piece to customers and supporters on Saturday.

“We have a son on the autism spectrum and we want to share with everyone our appreciation of parents of children with autism. Puzzle piece tattoos are our way of bringing about the awareness of autism and its many levels on the spectrum,” said Brandi.

The Dillons will donate the proceeds from the tattoos to The Rich Center for Autism on the campus of Youngstown State University. Saturday activities include face painting, refreshments and entertainment for families. For an appointment, call Brandi Dillon at 724-342-7016.

Harvest for hunger extended to Sunday


The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley’s March Harvest for Hunger campaign has been extended through Sunday. Food donations may be placed in bins in any Giant Eagle and Sparkle Markets grocery stores, and financial donations may be made at checkout by tearing off a coupon in the amount of $1, $5 or $10.

Harvest for Hunger is a food and funds drive to help stock Food Bank shelves for the summer months when donations taper off and children are home from school. All funds raised and food collected remains in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Additional sponsors are 21 WFMJ-TV and WBCB, The Vindicator, Cumulus Radio Stations HOT 101, K-105 and Y-103 and UFCW Local 880.

Individuals or organizations interested in conducting a food or fund drive are asked to contact Rita Brady at 330-792-5522, ext. 11, or visit for additional information.

Salvation Army needs help for food demand


With the U.S. Census Bureau now rating almost half of all Americans in the poor or low- income categories, The Salvation Army nationwide is seeing heavy demand for food relief, and the Warren Salvation Army is no exception, said Capt. Charles Coffelt.

“We need $12,500 to feed 8,500 people, a whole new population coming to us for food. Our regulars are now being joined by the formerly middle-class, a group that’s just begun to embrace a nightmare they probably thought they’d never see ‚àí no money for food.

“Last year, the Warren Salvation Army served 5,000 meals and this year expects to provide more than 5,500 meals to hungry men, women and children here in Warren and provide grants for rent, utility assistance, and food for more than 2,970 families in desperate need. We depend on the support of the community to do our work,” Major Coffelt said.

To donate to the Salvation Army, call 800-725-2769; mail gifts to the Salvation Army, 270 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483; or make a donation online at

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