The area’s Hispanic heritage, food and music are on display this weekend at the 2018 Latino Heritage Festival in Campbell's Roosevelt Park. The event opened Saturday with with a parade and church service, followed by pro-style wrestling and a Zumba demonstration. Activities resume from noon to 9 p.m. today and include a presentation by the United Federation Tiano People, representing the indigenous people of the Caribbean, a magician/comedian at 4 p.m., a karate demonstration at 4:30 p.m. and Mambo Caliente band at 6 p.m., playing meringue and salsa tunes for dancing.

The City Club of the Mahoning Valley will have a free community panel discussion titled “Revitalizing Youngstown: A Candid Conversation About Challenge & Opportunity, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Youngstown Playhouse, featuring three national experts. The discussion will focus on what Youngstown must do to continue and strengthen revitalization efforts to improve the quality of life for all residents, and a question and answer session will follow. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and snacks and beverages will be available.

Youngstown's sixth annual food distribution drive drew about 1,500 people to the Covelli Centre, downtown, Saturday morning. Bags and boxes of foods were distributed during the three-hour gathering themed “Fighting for Families,” which also included efforts to fight the opioid epidemic and violence, which leaders believe often lead to children being neglected and deprived of food. The event also had about 20 social organizations and other vendors that provided a slew of services such as information about men’s Bible study mentoring, tips on effective fathering techniques, ways to keep children and teens safe and drug-free and a Christian-based 12-step recovery program and support group to help those struggling with drugs and alcohol as well as anger, grief, resentment, anxiety, stress, divorce and co-dependency.

Steve Kurimski and Tony Yohn have collected enough broken arcade games to fill warehouses, and finally decided it was time to put them to use. So the duo have opened Fun -N- Games Rewind arcade at 6989 Market St. to let others enjoy their collection. Both have other full-time jobs and still operate games at businesses all over the region, but enjoyed the thrill of fixing games that were popular when they were growing up. The collection’s highlights include Pac-Man, Galaga, Donkey Kong and Frogger but they plan to swap out some of their games every month or so, allowing visitors to experience more of their extensive inventory.

Mahoning Valley school districts are gearing up for what they hope will be a successful 2018-19 academic year – some with many changes. Check out today's Vindicator and Vindy.com for a district-by-district listing of what students and parents can expect.

A Canfield resident and a city councilwoman are challenging the need for canfield to pay part of a school-resource officer’s salary. One of the schools' officers is paid $66,733 by the district, and the other officer’s salary is paid by $32,187 by Canfield Township and $76,000. by the city. Resident Frank Micchia contends the city shouldn’t have to contribute at all, given the school district’s $14.2 million unreserved fund balance from the 2017-18 school year, and

Councilwoman Christine Oliver agrees. But Superintendent Alex Geordan said the arrangement has allowed the district to make many safety and security upgrades over the past five years and the topic of school finance was never questioned over many meetings among the parties.

The Youngstown Jewish Community Center has named Ben Katz director of its Early Learning Center and Laura Weymer director of JCC’s new Health and Wellness Department. Weymer oversees activities that include aquatics, fitness, wellness, the Logan campus and the school of dance. Mike Rawl, Jewish Community Center executive director, said the Health and Wellness director position is a new investment that will provide additional oversight over JCC’s largest revenue-producing department and create excellence in member service, greater operational efficiency and development of new and diverse revenue sources.

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