METRO DIGEST || Healing boot camp weekend next week

‘Lifelines to Healing’ boot camp scheduled


The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative is co-hosting a “Lifelines to Healing” boot camp for those impacted by incarceration, violence and racism.

The two-day training, slated to begin at 6 p.m. March 28 and end at 6 p.m. March 29 at Metro Assembly of God, 2530 South Ave., will convene faith leaders, returning citizens, those in recovery and other affected individuals to speak about their experiences and prepare for action.

For information or to register for the event, contact or call their offices at 330-743-1196. Those registering are asked to share their information with a local organizer or send a name, address and phone number to when registering by email. Participants are asked to indicate if they will be staying overnight or if any special accommodations are needed. Register by Friday.

Health insurance


Humility of Mary Health Partners is teaming up with Access Health Mahoning Valley to offer free help to those wishing to sign up for health care insurance before the March 31 deadline.

Staff from Access Mahoning Valley and HMHP will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eastwood Mall Community Room near Dillard’s where they will help answer questions about health-insurance options and assist with online enrollment.

Financial help is available to help pay monthly premiums, but only for people who sign up by March 31. Ohio residents with lower annual incomes (one-person household below $16,111; two-person household below $21,714, etc.) may now qualify for Medicaid and also can sign up at this event. Reservations are requested but not required at 330-373-0703.

Author will speak about death penalty


Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” will talk about the death penalty at 7 p.m. Monday at John F. Kennedy High School, 2550 Central Parkway SE.

The talk is titled “Life and Dignity of the Human Person Ministry against the Death Penalty.” Her presentation is open to the public.

Tentative contract


Mathews Board of Education has reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing the district’s 30 nonteaching employees.

Superintendent Lewis Lowery said the employees, members of Local 611 of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, are scheduled to vote on the package next Thursday. Lowery declined to reveal agreement specifics, and messages left for the OAPSE field representative for the local were not returned.

The union, composed of custodians, bus drivers and cafeteria workers, had issued a 10-day strike notice for March 14 but withdrew it after reporting progress after a federal mediator-led bargaining session last week. The union had continued to work under its previous contract, which expired last summer.

Man says closed hotel owed him a refund


A man who said he gave $500 to the Rodeway Inn for a deposit on an event complained to police the hotel has not refunded his money.

Richard Rollison of Warren said he gave the hotel the deposit Jan. 27, and the hotel was supposed to mail him a contract, which he never received.

He said he recently found out the hotel has closed. He told police March 17 he had not received a refund or had any contact from the hotel.

Owner Indira Periyasamy closed the hotel earlier this month after a fire there.

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