Outing for 325 children shines positive light on Youngstown

Outing for 325 children shines positive light on Youngstown

Many groups and busi- nesses helped to make possible an evening of fellowship and entertainment for 325 children of various backgrounds from around the city of Youngstown.

On Jan. 29, these children gathered at St Dominic’s new Parish Center to enjoy pizza and pop and then head to the Covelli Centre to watch the Harlem Globetrotters.

The kids had a great time and without any misconduct. In a city until recently notable for crime, it’s important for people to know good things are happening.

This event demonstrates the power of God and the power of collaboration to make good things happen. The Church remains a center for positive change through the power of prayer and the collaboration of good people.

Special thanks to all who helped: The Difference Makers, United Way, Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Wedgewood Pizza, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Youngstown, Youngstown Police Department, Mayor John McNally and Chief of Police Robin Lees.

The Rev. Greg Maturi, Youngstown

Father Maturi is pastor of St. Dominic Church in Youngstown.

Poland resident thanks staff at St. E’s for ‘exceptional’ care

Recently I was admitted to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown. Major surgery was done by Dr. Igor Milosevic. The surgery was successful, and the care I received after the surgery was nothing short of exceptional.

The staff at St. E’s was professional and caring. If I needed to walk in the hall, there was someone willing to walk with me. If I needed help using the rest room, there was always someone to help me. A call to the nurses’ station always resulted in a quick response.

I am now recuperating at home, but I will never, ever forget the great care I received at St. Elizabeth hospital.

It is my hope that the people of Youngstown realize what a great facility they have. I will never forget the kindness that was shown to me.

Robert E. Casey, Poland

Writer thanked for recognizing person first — not her disability

I am a former elementary and high school teacher of students with disabilities, special education professor at Youngstown State University, and currently the chief diversity officer/interim director for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Youngstown State University. I would like to commend Mackenzie Grope for her letter to the editor (Dec. 26, 2013) titled “Friendship brings awareness.”

It is imperative that we continue to raise awareness about persons with disabilities. I appreciate that Mackenzie addressed the person first — then the disability.

Dr. Sylvia J. Imler, Youngstown