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Klacik reports 2013 sales: Klacik Real Estate reports 2013 real estate transactions totaling $15.9 million. Broker Michael D. Klacik said 24 sales agents bring an average of 17 years of experience. He credits increased marketing and local advertising with improved name recognition.

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New realtor joins Northwood in Howland: Northwood Realty has welcomed new agent Michael Loychik to the Howland office. Loychik has personally purchased and sold residential and commercial real estate properties for years and manages two vacation condo properties in Florida. The 50-year Howland resident also has run a photography studio in Niles since 1986. He will work out of Northwood’s Howland office at 8230 E. Market St.

Home Savings adds area sales manager: Home Savings and Loan Company announced the hiring of Gary Christafano as Area Sales Manager and Mortgage Consultant. Christafano has nearly 20 years banking experience, previously working at Wells Fargo. He holds a degree in finance from the University of Pittsburgh. Nancy and two children, Domenic and Gia.

Attorney joins Roth, Blair: Law firm Roth, Blair, Roberts, Strasfeld & Lodge of Youngstown announced that Louis P. Alexander, Jr. has joined the firm. Born and raised in Canfield, Alexander is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. He holds a bachelor’s in finance from Miami University and a juris doctor and an MBA from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Cleveland State University Graduate College of Business Administration. He has practiced in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He will concentrate on corporate law, mergers, acquisitions and business legal issues.

National College appoints campus director: A Boardman woman has been named campus director for the new Cleveland Area Campus of National College. Evon Cavelli will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the campus and senior official in the community. She previously worked in administration, managing operation activities for National College’s Ohio division and was director of career services for the Youngstown Campus. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from YSU.

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Touch of Philly offered in Niles: Charley’s Philly Steaks will open in early April in the Eastwood Mall food court, mall management has announced. Charley’s offers a variety of Philly Cheese Steak, Philly Chicken, Philly Veggie sandwiches, gourmet fries, salads and three flavors of fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Hot Head Burritos opens in Niles: A new restaurant concept featuring build-your-own burritos, bowls, nachos, tacos and more, this week opened its fifth area location along U.S. Route 422 in front of Eastwood Mall near Panera Bread. It is the fourth location for franchisees Don Spence, Brian Spence and Rick Mills.

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NiSource is Midstream Company of the Year: NiSource Midstream Services, a unit of Columbia Pipeline Group, has been named 2013 Northeast Oil and Gas Awards Midstream Company of the Year. The awards help mark advances made in the key areas of environmental stewardship, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health and safety. Chad Zamarin, NiSource Midstream COO, accepted the award on behalf of the entire organization.

HMHP to present wound care program: Humility of Mary Health Partners will present a free, all-day wound care education program for nurses on April 22 at Finnegan Auditorium inside St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave. Registered nurses and limited practical nurses who attend the entire program will be awarded 5.75 contact hours. The program’s goal is to enable caregivers to provide optimal care to patients with skin alterations. It is free and open to all nurses but reservations are required by calling 330.480.3440 by April 16.

Geauga Center joins UH Institute: The Nasal Sinus Center at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center on April 1 will officially become part of UH Ear, Nose & Throat Institute. UH Ear, Nose & Throat Institute, established within the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at UH Case Medical Center, is ranked in the top 20 programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With eight Centers of Excellence, the institute is able to provide an unsurpassed level of care for the entire range of ENT conditions.

TASC becomes division of Meridian Community Care: Mahoning County Treatment Alternatives for Street Crimes, or TASC Inc. Tuesday will become a division of Meridian Community Care. TASC coordinates drug and alcohol treatment for the criminal justice system. It works closely with Common Pleas Drug Court, Misdemeanor Drug Court, Juvenile Treatment Court, Jail Program and others. Meridian Community Care leadership ensures the importance and continued services and growth of the program.

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Timken among most ethical companies: The Timken Company has been named one of Ethisphere Institute’s World’s most ethical companies for the fourth time, recognizing those that have raised the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior and that understand the correlation between ethics, reputation and daily interactions with their brand. Chairman Ward J. Timken Jr. called the award a “tribute to our 19,000 employees, who are committed to making our brand one that can be trusted.” The company operates a plant in Niles.

Warren firm lands Pittsburgh contract: OSS, Inc., among the top 40 security guard companies in the U.S., will provide security guard services at EQT Plaza, or the Equitable Gas Building in Pittsburgh for CBR Real Estate Company, a 32,000-square-foot commercial high rise. The OSS corporate headquarters is located in Warren.

Nominations sought for Kovach Safety Leadership Award: The Mahoning Valley Safety Council is seeking nominations for the 2014 Joan Kovach Safety Leadership Award, to be honored at the MVSC Safety Awards luncheon May 14 in Boardman. The annual award recognizes area individuals or companies that have shown leadership in safety training, operations, funding and communications. Nomination deadline is April 1. Nominees must be members of the MVSC or be employed by a MVSC member firm. For information, contact Jennifer Mascardine at the Regional Chamber, 330-744-2131, ext. 12, or email

Northwood Realty reports top producers: Northwood Realty Services listed its February sales and listing leaders. They are, for Trumbull County Office in Howland, Listing Volume Leader is Jody Sova; Listing Unit Leader is Bett Clebone; and Selling Volume Leader and Selling Unit Leader is Kim Webber.

Mahoning County, Boardman, Canfield and Poland offices, Listing Volume Leaders are Breanna Fitzgerald, Rhonda Rance, Cheri Secre; Listing Unit Leaders are Kelly Alesi, Paul Bevilacqua, Chris Roman, Cheri Secre and Kelly Warren. Selling Volume Leaders are Alesi, Mindy Cline and Audrey Geskey; and Selling Unit Leaders are Alesi, Dee Brintzenhofe, Roman and Warren.

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Rich Center names new board members: The Rich Center for Autism founders have added five new members, each slated for a three year term. They are: Dr. Richard Billak, retired CEO, Community Corrections Agency; Jason D’Souza, Finishing Mill Manager, Vallourec Star; Dennis Schiraldi, President, CYO Marketing; Frank Scrocco, Senior Financial Aid Counselor, YSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships; and Dr. Darlene Unger, Associate Professor, YSU Beeghly College of Education. They join existing board members Irene Buccino, Franklin Pharmacy, Julie Costas; Dr. Charles Howell,YSU Beeghly College of Education; Geri Kosar, Dr. Laura Musser, Center for Women; DoraliceRicchiuti, Manchester, Bennett, Powers and Ullman; Phyllis Ricchiuti,Ted Schmidt, The PNC Financial Services Group; and Carole Weimer, YSU Board of Trustees.

Huntington Hires new VP: Huntington Bancshares Inc. hired Daryl S. Cameron as Vice President of Commercial Banking. Cameron will serve Huntington Bank’s commercial banking clients and originate new client relationships. His office is located in downtown Youngstown. Cameron has 21 years in the banking industry and spent his banking career in different areas of commercial banking. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Real Living Volpini announces new Realtor: Real Living Volpini Realty Group announced Ginny Jones has joined the company as a new agent. Jones has worked in real estate more than 20 years. She attended Youngstown State University and received her real estate license in 1993. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors and Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors. She lives in the Youngstown area.

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WINNER?AVIATION?EXPANDS: Winner Aviation, the fixed-based operator at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, expanded maintenance operations into a hangar acquired in 2011, providing an additional 14,000-square feet of hangar and office space and allowing Winner to accommodate light to mid-size passenger jets as well as turbine aircraft for maintenance repairs and inspections. Winner Aviation operates a full-service FBO, aircraft management and maintenance repair organization at the airport in Vienna.

JOANIE?ABDU?BREAST?CENTER?AMONG?NATION’S?BEST: Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, St. Elizabeth Health Center, is one of America’s Best Breast Centers, according to Women’s Choice, which identifies services women most recommend and trust. The center met National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers standards from the American College of Surgeons. The Center carries the Seal of the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and ranked in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction.

UH-GEAUGA?HONORED: University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center has received the “Get With The GuidelinesStroke” GoldPlus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, recognizing commitment and success by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines. UH-Geauga is a joint commission-certified Stroke Center.

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AGENT?WELCOMED: Real Living Volpini Realty Group announced Sandra Morganstern has joined the company as a new agent. Morganstern received her real estate training at Hondros Business College. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors and the Warren Area Board of Realtors. She and her husband Jeff live in Lordstown.

DR. PETROLLA?JOINS?STAFF: Ankle & Foot Care Centers has welcomed Dr. Heather Petrolla to its staff of 16 podiatric physicians and surgeons. Dr. Petrolla is treating patients in the group’s Andover, Cornersburg and Struthers offices. The practice has 20 locations in the tri-county area and western Pa. Petrolla’s practice includes general podiatry, diabetic foot care and other lower extremity ailments. She has been a podiatrist for more than three decades and is a lifelong Mahoning Valley resident from Kinsman. She earned a degree in podiatric medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. She is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Ohio Podiatric Medical Association Eastern Academy and the Ohio Podiatric Medical Association. She practiced podiatry for more than 35 years in Struthers and Andover.

New locations

VICTOR’S?OPENS: Victor’s Restaurant has opened at 3860 Youngstown Road S.E. in Warren. The lounge offers 60s and 70s music, and the restaurant is reminiscent of what the “Strip” used to be. Victor’s offers homemade Italian dishes, including hand-rolled meatballs, slow simmered sauces, homemade soups daily, Black Angus Reserve steaks, Lake Erie Perch and other seafood dishes.

COOKIES?ON?THE?MOVE: Cookies to Go has relocated to 606 Robbins Ave., Niles, next to Belleria Pizza, with a grand re-opening celebration hosted last week.

JOHNNY?K’S?EXPANDS: Johnny K’s Powersports, located on Youngstown-Warren Road, is expanding its business next door into the former Jim Pace Pontiac dealership. The company plans to add two new product lines, and the 40,000 square-foot expansion will allow it to add additional employees.

HOME?DESIGN?CENTR?OPENS: The Regional Chamber and owner Sam Pitzulo cut the ribbon last week on the new Sam Pitzulo Home Design Center, 427 S. Broad St., Suite 2, Canfield. Professionals at the home design center can help with selection of lighting, plumbing, granite or quartz countertops, cabinetry, flooring and more, in a one-stop shopping resource for new home or remodeling projects.

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Tractor Supply customers donate $448K for scholarships: Tractor Supply Company announced the second annual Growing Scholars program with the National FFA Foundation has generated $447,671 in customer donations. The donations will result in 334 scholarships to FFA members in pursuit of college degrees. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply’s Growing Scholars program fund FFA scholarships. The remaining 10 percent benefits state FFA organizations.

Greenwood honors top sales: Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown last month honored its top sales people for 2013. The Mahoning Avenue dealership recently was named Ohio’s top Chevrolet Dealership selling more GM certified vehicles and more new Chevrolet cars and trucks than any other dealer in Ohio. Among those honored were:

New Vehicle Sales: (1) Norm Flick; (2) George Rohland; (3) Nick Amendola.

Used Vehicle Sales: (1) Dan Sorbo; (2) Roger Thurman; (3) Bob Bohac.

Overall Sales: (1) Amendola; (2) Flick; (3) Rohland.

Internet Sales: (1) Shawn Sweitzer; (2) Dave Bradfield; (3) Amendola.

Customer Satisfaction: (1) Dan Naples; (2) Amendola; (3) Robert Colbert.

New businesses

Sports clips cuts ribbon: The Regional Chamber and Mike Brent, marketing coordinator, held a ceremonial ribbon cutting for Sport Clips Haircuts, 1320 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman. It is the first local location with more than 1,000 Sport Clips across the country. For more information, visit or

People on the move

Matthew Bodine earns valuation credential: Valuation expert Matthew F. Bodine, CPA, CVA, CCIFP with the firm Bodine Perry, LLC has completed national certification to earn the Certified Valuation Analyst credential, granted after intensive training and testing process. Bodine Perry LLC is an accounting, auditing and tax management firm with offices located in Canfield, Warren and Columbus.

Real Living Volpini Realty welcomes new Realtor: Real Living Volpini Realty Group announced Sam Segretario has joined the company as a new agent. After managing two other real estate companies, he will be working out of the Canfield office on Lockwood Boulevard, as well as the Poland and Howland offices. Segretario is a member of the National and Ohio Associations of Realtors, and Warren Area Board of Realtors. He was with the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors (YCAR) for 29 years.

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