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Guy D'Astolfo

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SMARTS program revived

The program has been looking for a new funding partner since YSU dropped it in May.

Winning button design chosen for First Night Youngstown

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The winner was a woman from North Jackson

Best-selling author to visit

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com POLAND Jennifer Weiner, the best-selling author of nearly

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Discovery Channel renews Fat ‘N Furious

The crew at Christmas Automotive replaces an engine in a scene from “Fat ‘N Furious.” From left are Chuck Kountz, Tommy Christmas and Steve McGranahan. The show’s strong finish in the ratings earned it a renewal for a second season.

Lavish $4M renovation to offer fine dining, comedy club

Poland attorney and developer Sebastian Rucci is counting on some southern California ambiance — including $120,000 worth of (faux) palm trees — and a location close to the new Hollywood Gaming racino to make his Hotel California into a resort destination.

Monday Musical Club is disbanding after 118 years

Monday Musical Club concludes concert series, begins new phase

Monday Musical Club is disbanding after 118 years

Hefty Boardman crew revs up for reality show

Hefty Boardman crew revs up for reality show

IF YOU WATCH What: “Fat & Furious: Rolling Thunder” When: 10 p.m. Monday Where: Discovery

If you think he's sexy, come see Rod Stewart Aug. 24

At least 40 people lined up early Friday morning to get tickets to see veteran rocker Rod Stewart.

FCC closes loophole in TV ownership rules

The change may impact local stations WKBN and WYTV

Lisbon lawmaker wants 'Ohio' to be state's country song

The song was written by country singer Zach Paxson of Lisbon

Top Hat Productions brings back expansive musical TIME FOR ‘RAGTIME’

Ragtime was one of the most popular shows ever staged by Top Hat Productions, and so it was an obvious choice to be reprised this year.

ELTON RETURNS | Music intertwined with lives of some fans

Few artists can bring back memories like Elton John.

Playhouse prize includes date with O’Neill, Mancini

You don’t have to be a theater-lover to be interested in the Youngstown Playhouse’s current fundraiser.

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Mickey & pals to cheer Youngstown toddler after cancer

Sixteen-month-old Dalton Bodnar will be the guest of honor, along with his mom and dad, Dana and Michael Bodnar, at tonight’s opening performance of “Disney on Ice” at the Covelli Centre. Dalton was chosen for the Magical Night Out after undergoing three rounds of chemotherapy for testicular cancer. He is now cancer-free.

Columbiana County grandstand demolition to begin Dec. 14

A new and larger replacement will be built before the 2014 fair opens in July

Youngstown native had front-row seat to JFK assassination

He speaks bout his experience Wednesday at W.D. Packard Music Hall in Warren.

Mellencamp rocks different kind of art at Butler

Famed rocker John Mellencamp talks with Lou Zona, director of Butler Institute of American Art, during a reception to open the exhibition of Mellencamp's paintings at the Butler's Trumbull branch. The exhibition runs through Jan. 12.

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Historical designation sought for Gallagher building, downtown Youngstown

The owner of a downtown building that is undergoing a $4 million renovation is seeking to have the structure placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Youngstown to events: Shhhh after 11 p.m.

Ordinance enforcement prompted by complaint about music downtown

City to events: Shhhh after 11 p.m.

State-of-the-art 3-D printing gets exhibit treatment

YSU’s mcdonough extravaganza opens friday

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The next future-shaping invention is three-

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O'Neill recalls his Youngstown roots

O’Neill, a North Side native, played football at Ursuline High School and YSU, where he was a theater major. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 but after being cut in training camp, he made his way back to acting and a life spent making us laugh.

Dance Moms returns to Stambaugh Auditorium

It marks the second time the popular Lifetime network reality show has filmed at Stambaugh in the last five months.

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Boardman native to appear on Jay Leno show Friday

Amber Bohac, a 19-year-old Boardman High School graduate, moved to Los Angeles in November to pursue a career as an actress.

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Downtown publishing company may be leaving

Owner of Pig Iron Press owes $6,230 tax bill.

Fashion maven Lepore springs forward with teen clothing for J.C. Penney stores

By GUY D’ASTOLFO entertainment@vindy.com A new collection by international fashion designer —

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Meteorologist Mark Koontz signs off at WFMJ

Meteorologist Mark Koontz ends his 40-year broadcast career

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Youngstown Fashion Week

Sophia Colvin hopes to put Youngstown on the fashion map.

WFMJ, DISH Network fail to reach deal

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN DISH Network is no longer carrying 21 WFMJ-TV and its sister station,

St. Patrick’s Day 2012: Top o’ the weekend to you!

Brady's Leap helped kick off the St. Patrick's Day weekend Thursday at Kravitz Deli on Belmont Avenue. Festivities are continuing at many area bars and restaurants today and Saturday, when Kravitz will have its annual Corned Beef Fest.Saturday

Delores Ware-spires, 74 Gospel musician founded learning system

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Delores Ware-Spires, the Youngstown native who

KITCHENS as CULTURE

Butler Institute of American Art

if you go What: “Hometown Story: Youngstown Steel Kitchens” When: Sunday through April 15

Mamet play puts society under the microscope ‘Boston Marriage’

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com There are a COupleSFLBof things an audience needs to know

Students animate Eicher video

Last week, JD Eicher & the Goodnights released a video for their song “Easy.” But making it was

New museum is the cat’s meow

Cat people come in all stripes. There are cat owners, cat lovers, cat ladies ... and cat fanciers.

Penn State scandal film is too close for comfort

We should have seen this coming. First came “Utoya Island,” a film about the 2011 mass murder of

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Marilyn Higgins, the executive director of Victorian Players, dies

Marilyn Higgins, executive director of Victorian Players Theater, died Christmas Day at her Boardman home after a bout with cancer. She was 64.

Attendance at VALLEY entertainment venues in 2011 Ticket sales and slumps

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN 111Officials at the Mahoning Valley’s four

Rapper-comedian wants to be prez

Daniel Moore is a steelworker, union activist, polka musician, rapper, protest singer-songwriter and

Singer-songwriter throws a party for a good cause

Fueled by the Youngstown work ethic, Catholic guilt and the realization that every man could be

Marquee effort to save Playhouse puts board president Becker in the limelight

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN When the Youngstown Playhouse was faced with

‘Scrooge’ has a close-knit cast

The Youngstown Playhouse’s production of “Scrooge, the Musical” is a show for families — even on the

Ballroom dancers spice up ‘Nutcracker’

Ballet Western Reserve’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” is a holiday staple, but that doesn’t

Moviemaker removes YouTube trailer for Valley-made Norway massacre film

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A trailer for an upcoming movie made in

Valley-made film produces outrage

The trailer for a soon-to-be-finished film that was shot in Youngstown has unleashed waves of criticism in Norway because of its content.

Holocaust victim will attend premiere of drama at Victorian Players Theater

Holocaust victim will attend premiere of drama at Victorian Players Theater By GUY D’ASTOLFO

The Cellar rock club to reopen

Before it went silent about a year ago, The Cellar in Struthers was one of the Valley’s best rock

Poland gets the points in 2nd half

By Jim Flick sports@vindy.com NILES Poland High School’s football team considered turnabout

Concerts move and grow

ruKus festival By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Rukus festival moves to the

Oakland brings back ‘A ... My Name Is Alice’ to start 25th season

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The Oakland Center for the Arts will begin its

Rock at the Royal Oaks will have a rough edge

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN With a lineup that includes bands such as Crazy

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