Sunday, November 22, 2015

This Week's Youngstown Roundup

1. YSU President Jim Tressel and his wife Ellen have donated $1 million to a new endowment fund that will be used to support campus employment opportunities for students. The Tressels stated that research shows that students with part-time campus jobs are more successful in the classroom and have a better chance of graduating on time. The donation the beginning of a five-point capital campaign which will be announced by the university sometime in the coming weeks.
2. The City of Youngstown is moving forward with plans to demolish a significant portion of the dilapidated 'Wick 6' district, a series of abandoned car dealerships between Ursuline High School and the Golden Dawn restaurant on Wick Avenue in the Wick Park neighborhood. The City also plans to demolish an additional 75 properties along the Wick/Logan corridor, a corridor which Youngstown Mayor John McNally deems 'in the worst shape.' If approved by the EPA, the work will begin in 2016. City Council also approved a new sanitation enterprise fund that would create a multi-million dollar fund for demolition throughout the city.
3. With the holiday season fast approaching, a number of local charitable initiatives made the news this week. Below is a recap of a notable few:
4. The building in which the Central (downtown) branch of the YMCA is located turns 100 this year. On Sunday, the branch celebrated with a Centennial open houseThe Youngstown YMCA was founded in 1872 and moved to its current location in 1915 (dedicated by former president William Howard Taft) . The YMCA was the founding organization of what is now Youngstown State University (originally a law school). WKBN radio also conducted their early broadcasts on the 3rd floor. The organization recently announced a $5 million capital campaign for the downtown branch, cementing its commitment to downtown and the city at-large. 

Other notable news: