Sunday, August 2, 2015

This Week's Youngstown Roundup

1. A recent survey states that Youngstown State received more than 530,000 visitors over the past year for things such as sporting events, musical performances, lectures and art displays. The number does not include students or staff. No such survey had been conducted before. President Jim Tressel says that the figures demonstrate how important the university is to the region. More on YSU:
2. The Youngstown City School district will have a new academic distress commission in place by October and a new chief executive officer by December. The new administration will also have a new plan for the troubled school district no later than May according to an official with the Ohio Department of Education. More:
3. YSU men's football team had three players named to the preseason first team all-league list and the team was picked to finish fourth in the conference at this year's Missouri Valley Football Conference league meeting. Two other players were named honorable mention. Despite being picked to finish fourth in the conference, the team is ranked 10th nationally. Related:
4. Downtown Youngstown will welcome a new for-profit fine art gallery this fall. Located at 117 S. Champion Street, The Soap Gallery is a 3,100-square-foot space which will allow artists to display and sell their work. It will also offer a gift shop, pottery room, printmaking, hands-on professional darkroom services and film photography workshops. The grand opening is scheduled for October. More on downtown:
5. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County director Heidi Daniel has been named Ohio Librarian of the Year by the Ohio Library Council.

6. Contamination levels in Mill Creek MetroParks are dropping but health officials warn against interaction with the water until further tests can be conducted. MetroParks Executive Director Allen Young said all lakes will remain closed indefinitely.
7. The Western Reserve Transit Authority is surveying Valley residents to find out what type of transportation services can be improved or what other specific needs can be met. Residents can give their feedback at

8. The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation has focused on and is getting results in the Indian Village neighborhood which is located just south of the Idora neighborhood on the South Side. 

Since a housing action plan was completed, seven occupied homes have received substantive repairs, five single family homes have been rehabilitated, two additional vacant home rehabilitations are in pre-development, the planning for the long overdue renovation of the Clearmont Apartments has been completed, eight homes have been demolished with three more demolitions pending, five homes have been secured, and ten vacant lots have been cleaned and greened. A neighborhood welcome sign has also been installed in the neighborhood. Related:
Other news from the week: