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Maters Foundation receives donation


The Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors will present a check for $5,696 to Maters Foundation at 11 a.m. today at the association headquarters. The Maters Foundation was founded by William Simmons when he built a car based on the character “Mater” from the children’s movie, “Cars.” Williams visits children and helps raise funds for charities, some of which are Tri-County Special Olympics, the Down Syndrome Society and Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow.

Fundraiser to take place Saturday


The family of Danielle Bozek will host a spaghetti dinner and basket auction from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Warren G. Harding High School, 860 Elm Road, to help defray the cost of a kidney transplant. Music will be provided by Dana School of Music students. Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost $10 for adults, children’s dinners cost $5.

Springfield registration now open


Springfield Local Elementary School, 11419 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road, is now registering students who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. A child entering kindergarten must be five years of age on or before Sept. 30. Kindergarten screening will take place May 8 and 9 at the elementary building. Call 330-542-3722 by May 4 to make an appointment. Parents/guardians are asked to bring the following documents: child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization records, two proofs of residency and custody papers, if applicable.

NEOAS to offer free training classes


Northeast Ohio Adoption Services invites Ohio couples or singles to register for a free adoption/foster care pre-placement education series. NOAS offers two types of classes to accommodate varying schedules. Weekend blitz classes are offered three to four times a year where all 36 hours of required training is completed in three days and regular class series are offered four times a year, which are completed over a month. The regular class series starts April 14 and runs until May 1. Adults over 21 can find out more about Ohio children and teens served by the child welfare system who are waiting for the love, stability, and support of a permanent home. The deadline is Wednesday. If a participant can’t attend a certain session, make up opportunities are available. Call Cindy Wallis at 1-800-686-6627, ext. 126 as soon as possible because of limited space. After receiving the information packet in the mail, register for classes to see if becoming a foster or adoptive parent is the right choice. For information, visit

Salem Community Center to host meeting


Salem Community Center, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave., will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will include the election of directors and any necessary amendments to the bylaws.

Nurses association is seeking applicants

Youngstown Warren (Ohio) Black Nurses Association is seeking African American students from the Youngstown Warren area who are currently enrolled in nursing school programs (practical or registered nurse) to apply for scholarships. Applications and details are available at April 15 is the deadline for applications. The scholarships will be awarded at the Annual Scholarship Brunch and Auction that will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 at the McGuffey Center, 1649 Jacobs Road, Youngstown. Tickets are $20 per person. For information, call 330-743-2091.

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