First Youngstown SOUP raises $700 for Circle of Friends
Youngstown SOUP, a dinner/micro-grant event, raised $1,000 at its first event to help one community project. The winning project was the Mahoning Valley Circle of Friends. The winner of best soup was Denise Bayer for her Cream of Tomato Basil. The next event is July 27.
Cadets participate in controlled burn of vacant house
Firefighting cadets with the Youngstown Fired Department participated in a controlled burn of a house at the corner of Ford Avenue and Arlington Street, adjacent to the Youngstown State University campus. Residents, businesses and university students were unaware this was a training exercise.
SOUP serves up fun, funds for community projects
The first Youngstown SOUP dinner event will be at 7 p.m. April 27 in the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave. Attendees will be served soup, salad and bread, and asked to vote on one of five community projects. The money collected from the $5 admission will go to the winner.
YNDC’s April 8 meeting to wrap up findings, offer some details
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. has scheduled its final informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 8 at the Covelli Center. The group will recap findings from local neighborhood meetings and offer details on the Neighborhood Conditions Report.
Valley population becoming older, poorer
People living in the Mahoning Valley are getting older and poorer. Census figures show the area has the fifth highest number of residents 65 and older. Also, the area has the lowest average household income, less than $30,000 a year. This poorer, aging population will need help financially from local agencies and the community.
North side residents feel safe, but worry about home sales
During the April 1 Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., residents of the North side were happy with the work being down by the development group. While residents said they felt safe, they are worried about the affect of vacancies and demolition on home prices in their area.
NERF wars bring church, community together
Curtis Schaffer, a member of First Christ church in Salem, has two passions: church and NERF guns. He combined both into a project called, “NERFing for Jesus.” Every month since December, about 30 youths gather at a different church in the Salem area to wage a NERF war. The goal is to bring the church and the community together. The group hopes to welcome more churches into the project.
Growth in Idora neighborhood attributed to resident involvement
About 50 people attended Idora Neighborhood Assocaition meeting to discuss their concerns about development with members of the Youngstown Neighorhood Development Corp. The area has seen considerable growth in the past 10 years. YNDC officials attribute this to active involvement by residents. The one big concern, however, was the lack of development of the former Idora Park site, now owned by Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church.