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Event to honor victims of virus

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: The National Day of Remembrance to honor the memory of those who have died of COVID-19 will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will include a memorial honoring those who have died of COVID-19. The ceremony will be at the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool in Washington, D.C. marking the “first-ever lighting around the reflecting pool to memorialize American lives lost.” Communities across the country are invited to join in the memorial event by lighting up buildings, turning on porch lights and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. for a “national moment of unity and remembrance.”

MLK COMMEMORATION: The Ohio Department of Administrative Services has a prerecorded program of the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission’s 36th annual commemorative celebration at das.ohio.gov/mlk and will remain posted for viewing in its entirety at any time.

The 12-member commission advocates King’s principles of nonviolent change and the pursuit of racial, social and economic justice. During the ceremony, the commission will announce the winners of its annual awards that recognize Ohioans for their efforts to advance nonviolent social change.

A highlight of the event each year is the student speakers who took first place in their respective age divisions at the annual Statewide MLK Youth Oratorical Contest, which is also sponsored by the commission. Although the 2020 statewide contest was canceled this year, the prerecorded event will feature videos of several students who competed in regional contests and had advanced to the statewide competition.

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT: For 2021, the Neighborhood Success Grants program has been adapted to be responsive to the pandemic. In addition to a streamlined application process, on-demand orientation and technical assistance a rolling timeline and expedited review process have been implemented. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 4 and reviewed by the resident council who represents the diversity of thought and experience of Warren and Youngstown residents. Most applications will be reviewed and processed within two weeks. Visit www.rjweanfdn.org for information.

CLOTHING SHED REOPENED: The clothing donation shed at the Chestnut Ridge Church of God, 7215 Chestnut Ridge Road, Hubbard, which was temporarily closed during the pandemic, has reopened. The public can donate used clothing. The church received funding for donated clothing and additionally can use donations to serve community needs.

KINDNESS MOVEMENT: Premier Bank Kindness Movement surpassed $500,000 in commitments to community organizations. As part of a new movement to foster kindness, Powered By Kind People Fueled by You has committed more than $535,000 in donations benefiting more than 75 community partners. The donations include support for Angels for Animals, Beatitude House, Boys and Girls Clubs of Youngstown, Jewish Community Center, Trumbull Community Action Partnership, and United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.

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