Niles Times

Fairhaven artists celebrated

NILES — More than 50 artists were celebrated at Fairhaven Foundation’s 19th annual Calendar Art Show Nov. 1 at Ciminero’s Banquet Center. Artwork from 13 of those were chosen to be displayed in the foundation’s 2018 calendar, said Linda Tiihonen, director of Fairhaven Foundation. ...

Communities get $1M for home repairs

A consortium of Niles, Girard and Hubbard will receive $1 million to give to local homeowners for home repairs in 2018. To be eligible for the Community Housing Improvement and Preservation Program, residents must own and occupy their home, and meet income eligibility requirements set by the ...

McDonald council OKs 2018 budget

McDONALD — Village Council approved the 2018 budget last week during its regular meeting. Mayor Glen Puckett said the approximately $3 million budget had no major changes from the previous year and all departments are within budget with no deficit spending. “We are keeping with the ...

Twenty Under 20 tickets available

WARREN — Tickets are available for the dinner to honor the 2017 Class of Twenty Under 20. The program, now in its fifth year, recognizes 20 high-achieving local individuals younger than 20 for their leadership skills through volunteerism, extracurricular activities and academic ...

60 learn about Niles history during cemetery tour

NILES — Laid to rest in Niles Union Cemetery are many of the lives lost in the Civil War, World War I and World War II, as well as the city’s earliest leaders and their families. Their stories were brought to life Saturday with a tour by local historian Wendell Lauth. About 60 attended ...

Two vie for Niles Municipal Court bench

NILES — Two candidates will face off in November to replace Niles Municipal Court Judge Thomas Townley, who will retire at the end of the year. Democrat Chris Shaker, 59, and independent Kara Stanford, 35, both Niles attorneys, are seeking the seat. Shaker, who received his Juris Doctor ...

Niles board of education seeks 9.25-mill levy

NILES — The Niles Board of Education is asking voters to shell out a significant increase — more than $300 annually — in their property taxes to support the school system with a 10-year, 9.25-mill operating levy on the Nov. 7 ballot. If approved, the levy will generate $2 million ...

Niles passes new rules for sexually oriented businesses

NILES — After more than a decade of temporary moratoriums, City Council has passed legislation specifying where sexually oriented businesses are allowed to operate in Niles. The ordinance approved Oct. 4 as an emergency measure establishes parameters as to where adult bookstores, novelty ...

Arconic donates $20k to boost girls’ STEM program

WEATHERSFIELD — Programs like the YWCA of Warren’s Girls’ Camp provide a way to meet the shortage of skilled workers needed in STEM careers, the president/ CEO of the United Way of Trumbull County said. “With programs like this, we can reach out to young people as early as age 11 and ...

Raises for police mulled in McDonald

McDONALD — Village Council members are questioning whether raises for police officers are necessary. No official action was taken, but the idea was floated during a recent committee meeting. There are five full-time officers, according to acting police Chief Bill Woodley, and one ...

On the record – Niles City Council

What: City Council meeting Oct. 4 Present: Robert Marino, Frank Pezzano, Steven Mientkiewicz, Linda Marchese, Barry Steffey, Michael Lastic, Ryan McNaughton and Stephen Papalas. ABSENT: Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia Council: • Passed an ordinance to purchase a backhoe and cargo van for ...

McKinley library director in line for new post

YOUNGSTOWN — The director of the McKinley Memorial Library in Niles is a finalist in the search for the next executive director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Michelle Alleman is among four finalists named after recent interviews. Alleman, who has more than 18 ...

Police blotter- Girard

Police activity reported Sept. 25-Oct.6: Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. — A vehicle break-in at 831 Gary Ave. Oct. 5, 3:36 p.m. — Burglary at 1144 Patricia Ave. Oct. 4, 8:36 a.m. — Telephone harassment at 326 Williams Court. 12:35 a.m. — Aaron L. Clinkscale, 24, 235 E. North Heights Ave., ...

Property transfers

Property transfers recorded Sept. 27 to Oct. 5: Girard Anthony R. Canterino and Richard J. Ragozine to Samuel Milligan, 313 Prospect, $53,900. Joseph M. Krizancic to Benny Yarber, 26 Elruth, $87,000. James McCune to Amy Drennen, 658 Brunstetter Road, $141,000. Cabrera Ventures LLC, ...

McKinley sits for a portrait with Swiss artist

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. In the fall of 1897, President William McKinley took time out of his busy schedule to have his portrait painted. This idea did not originate with him, but with ...

Young Niles students get free meals

NILES — For the first time in its history, the Niles City School District is providing free breakfasts and lunches to every student in kindergarten to fifth grade at the Niles Primary and Niles Intermediate school buildings. Holly Hanni, food service director for Niles schools and a ...

Billing office faces criticism

NILES — Even as the city struggled through fiscal emergency over the last three years, the former administration and service directors handed out discounts on utility bills, the service director said. “I don’t know if it was an administrative oversight. I don’t know if it’s ...

Former McMenamy’s owner gets probation

WARREN — The owner of a former banquet facility in Niles received two years’ probation Sept. 18 on a misdemeanor conviction of attempted workers’ compensation fraud. Robert Leonard, 68, of Cynthia Court, Niles, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos, who ...

Remembering POWs with annual display

NILES — Prisoners of war and military members still missing were remembered with an annual 24-hour display set up by local veterans at Circle Park in Niles. Bill Weiser of Negley, one of the event organizers, said the POW / MIA Recognition Day remembers those who never came home and those ...

McDonald decision to close basketball courts now final

McDONALD — The Woodland Park basketball courts will remain closed for the rest of the year and Village Council gave final reading Sept. 20 on legislation allowing the mayor and village administrator to set and regulate the days and hours when the courts and other parts of the park will be ...