METRO DIGEST || Naturalization classes start March 19

Naturalization classes


The English Center, in collaboration with Youngstown City Schools’ Adult Basic Literacy Education program, will offer free U.S. citizenship-preparation classes.

The classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from March 19 through May 21 at Choffin Career and Technical Center, 200 E. Wood St. Classes will be in the ABLE Suite, Classroom B-002. The classes are designed to help potential citizens prepare for the citizenship test and will cover American history and government and review the N-400 naturalization application. Call The English Center at 330-743-5767 for information or to register.

New citizens


These people became U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony this week before Judge Mark Belinky of Mahoning County Probate Court. Their names, hometowns and countries of origin are: Hoa Ninh Pham, Canfield, Vietnam; Minas Emmanuel Alevizakis, Campbell, Greece; Mirella Guadalupe Torres, Poland, Mexico; Norma Alicia Stevens, Boardman, Mexico; Walid A. Elkhafif, Youngstown, Egypt; Ali Mahfouz Salama, Boardman, Jordan.

Caregiver summit


Youngstown State University Gerontology program, the Ohio Respite Coalition, Benjamin Rose Institute, Easter Seals, the Ohio Department of Aging, and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater East Ohio Chapter are hosting a caregiver summit from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 21 in the conference center of the YSU Williamson College of Business Administration.

The event is for caregivers of people of all ages, including children with any disability, grandparents raising grandchildren, adults caring for family members and professional caregivers. Professional caregivers include clergy, gerontologists, social workers, counselors and any other professional who works with caregivers in any capacity.

For information and to register, visit the Ohio Respite Coalition page or call Matt French in the YSU Gerontology department at 330-941-3442. Respite reimbursement is available to allow caregivers to attend the summit.

City hall upgrade


The city’s board of control approved a $61,300 contract with DSV Builders of Niles to overhaul the probation department office on the second floor of city hall.

The board made the decision Friday, choosing DSV over five other companies for the work. DSV had the least-expensive proposal.

The city’s estimate on the work was $78,890.

The work includes a new ceiling, lighting and workspace, and makes improvements to plumbing, electrical and heating systems. The probation department will move to city hall’s basement Saturday with work starting shortly after that.

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