Pretrial hearing set for school-board member

Pretrial hearing set for school-board member


A pretrial hearing for a former city school board member charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is set for June 17.

Anthony Catale, 26, of Bears Den Road, pleaded innocent at his arraignment Monday in Youngstown Municipal Court. He was charged early Saturday with DUI after employees at the McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue called police saying a man was asleep in his car in the drive-through.

Fundraiser for trip


Summit Academy Secondary School is raising money to fund the Destination Imagination team’s trip to the Global Finals May 22 through 25 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Global Finals is the culminating event of Destination Imagination. The school has raised $2,000 of the $7,000 needed to participate at the finals. The money will cover transportation, lodging, meals and entrance fees.

Anyone who wants to donate may write a check to Summit Academy Secondary School and mail it to the school at 1400 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown 44507. Questions may be directed to 330-747-0950.

Road closing


Crandall Avenue between Belmont Avenue and Griffith Street will be closed during the Stop the Violence event from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday

Sojourn to the Past receives grant


Sojourn to the Past, known locally for taking Youngstown high school students on a 10-day journey to civil-rights sites in the southern United States, recently received $2,600 from the Home Savings Charitable Foundation, enabling one student to participate in Sojourn to the Past.

Penny Wells, director of Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, said the funds will help cover costs associated with the trip.

It takes high-school students from diverse academic, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds on a unique, transforming, and empowering 10-day journey along the path of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement through Atlanta, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Free summer youth program offered


The Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership and the Mayor of Youngstown’s Community Initiative to Reduce Violence and other local agencies are offering a free summer youth program to help at-risk teens 15 to 19.

The first session is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Heart Reach Ministries, 211 Redondo Road. Two-hour sessions will take place every other Friday in May and June and every Friday in July and August at other locations.

Topics include responsibility, finances, accountability, parenthood, healthy lifestyles, employment, relationships and education. Individuals who complete the program will receive gift cards to various local restaurants and retail shops.

For information or to enroll, call 330-747-7921, ext. 1202.

Student to present mathematical model


Councilman Mike Ray, D-4th, has invited Youngstown State University student Eric Shehadi to present a mathematical model to city leaders in an attempt to identify priority demolitions and maximize the impact of limited demolition funds.

Shehadi is an intern with Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., and he will provide a model that uses data from YSU, the U.S. Census and city organizations to create a score that ranks homes for demolition. It is feasible that the use of this mathematical model will produce a ranking to help eliminate the guesswork in the demolition process, saving time and money.

The presentation is at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the council caucus room, sixth floor, Youngstown City Hall, 26 S. Phelps St. For information, contact Ray at 330-502-3670.

Commission meeting


The Brookfield Township Historic District commission meets at 6 p.m. today in the administration building, 6844 Strimbu Drive.

Policy meeting


The Mahoning County Solid Waste Management District meets at 9:30 a.m. today for a policy-committee meeting. The meeting is at Oakhill Renaissance Place, 345 Oak Hill Ave.

Raising funds for Alzheimer’s

Clad in green gardening aprons, volunteers from Bankers Life and Casualty Co.’s Youngstown sales office are raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Walgreens Pharmacies at 7295 Market St., Boardman, and 804 W. Market St., Warren; and from noon to 6 p.m. Friday only at 2016 Millennium Blvd., Cortland.

In exchange for donations, they give packets of Forget-Me-Not flower seeds, encouraging donors to plant the seeds in honor of the estimated 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. All the money collected will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, the majority of which will benefit the local community.

For information about Forget Me Not Days, visit, or call Heather Pugh, event coordinator, at 330-501-8642.

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