Niles Times

Mineral Ridge Dam under review

WEATHERSFIELD — The Mineral Ridge Dam at the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District is under an engineering review and could see millions of dollars in improvements in 2019. Ramesh Kashinkunti, MVSD chief engineer, convened a four-member technical review panel comprised of independent ...

Weathersfield trustees move to buy additional land

WEATHERSFIELD — Township trustees made another move Jan. 9 in their ongoing pursuit of development of a community park with a community center. Trustees approved buying land with a vacant home at 3726 Main Street for $43,500. The land and vacant home are owned by Michael Mousie and have a ...

Fate of Niles swimming pool still up in the air

NILES — Whether the Niles swimming pool will be repaired and opened again remains to be seen. That hasn’t stopped residents Aimee Cantola, the wife of newly elected 4th Ward Councilman Al Cantola, and Beth Nolen from pushing to have it opened even when it appears they are fighting a ...

Upgrades sought at Eastwood Field

NILES — A multimillion-dollar restoration project is under consideration for Eastwood Field with dollars being sought through the state capital budget for support. The stadium, which broke ground in 1998, is owned by the city and leased to the Cafaro Co. for $1 a year under a 200-year ...

Nonprofit plans kickoff fundraiser

NILES — Playing it Forward of Niles is a new nonprofit organization made up of volunteers and is working to achieve 501(c)3 charitable organization status. Their mission is to provide new sports equipment, such as soccer balls, shin guards and spikes, to children in need in the Niles ...

St. Stephen sets anniversary events

NILES — St. Stephen Church, 129 W. Park Ave., Niles, is marking 165 years with various activities and events planned for the year. Activities include Luck of the Irish, March 17; Easter, April 1; Ministry Day, April 15; confirmation, April 21; Harry Stevens Day, July 1; fall festival, Sept. ...

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Upgrades sought at Eastwood Field

NILES — A multimillion dollar restoration project is under consideration for Eastwood Field with dollars being sought through the state capital budget for support. The stadium, which broke ground in 1998, is owned by the city and leased to the Cafaro Co. for $1 a year under a 200-year ...

HOPE nearing completion on home

NILES — When interior work is completed this spring on a two-story home on Cedar Street, The Avenue and Main Inc. will have finished the first of four planned home renovations and upgrades in the city as part of Project HOPE (Home Ownership Provides Everyone HOPE). Jeff Crowley, a member of ...

Community Stars can let their lights shine

The time has come again for the Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100 to pay tribute to the very best examples of community service and the people who perform those outstanding acts. Now in its 17th year, the Community Stars program celebrates volunteers who go above and beyond to make a ...

Man motivated to run

NILES — People most likely have seen him running somewhere in the area during the past 20 years because he hasn’t missed a day. Bo Marchionte, 45, who lives in Niles, where he also works as a wastewater operator, started running on Jan. 4, 1998, after he and his wife, Wendy, traded barbs ...

Gander store to reopen in Niles

NILES — The shuttered Gander Mountain store will reopen this spring as Gander Outdoors, according to an announcement made Jan. 3 by the company’s CEO, Marcus Lemonis, who also serves as CEO of Camping World Holdings, Inc. Lemonis posted a video to social media in which he named nearly 70 ...

Police blotter: Niles

Police activity reported Dec. 19- Jan. 3: Jan. 2, 9:57 p.m. — A man, 43, reportedly hurt his foot kicking shelves during a fight with his girlfriend at 631 1/2 Fenton St. 7:09 p.m. — Welfare check at 729 Mason St. 6:49 p.m. — Welfare check at Marc’s, 6024 Youngstown Warren ...

Niles to seek smaller levy in May

NILES — The Niles City School District will seek a smaller levy in May and look to cut jobs as a way to address looming budget deficits and state-designated fiscal caution status. The board on Dec. 19 approved a fiscal caution plan that will be submitted to the state by the end of the ...

Board approves Weathersfield land transfer

WEATHERSFIELD — The Weathersfield Board of Education approved Dec. 20 the transfer of a piece of district property to the township. The township, which is seeking funds from the 2018 state capital budget for a proposed $500,000 community center, already has made a number of improvements to ...

Girard approves contracts for leaders

GIRARD — The Board of Education has approved new five-year contracts for the school superintendent and treasurer that include a 2.5 percent pay increase each year. The board at their meeting Dec. 20 granted the new contracts, which are effective Aug. 1, 2018 to July 31, ...

Councilman retiring after 38 years

NILES — At-Large Councilman Stephen Papalas has kept a meticulous record of his nearly 38 years on Niles City Council, with file folders containing newspaper clippings and various paperwork for every election year dating back to 1979, when he was first elected. Earlier this month, Papalas ...

Niles finances looking positive

NILES — City finances are in the black with a projected general fund balance of more than $2 million heading into 2018. That was the highlight of a Financial Planning and Supervision Commission meeting Dec. 19. Timothy Lintner, a project manager with the state auditor’s office, said ...

Schools get new treasurer

NILES — The Niles City School District will have a new treasurer in the new year. The Board of Education approved hiring Lori Hudzik, 51, of Niles. She is a former Board of Education member who owns an insurance company and also has a background in education, human resources and accounting, ...

Bank robbery suspect arrested

NILES — After a bank in Liberty was robbed Friday afternoon, police from several agencies quickly found the suspect hiding in a house on John Street. The PNC Bank on Belmont Avenue at Churchill Road was robbed around 3:30 p.m. by a white man in his 30s with blond hair, a brown jacket and a ...

Niles adds to fire dept.

NILES — With the recent swearing-in of a firefighter, the Niles Fire Department is up to authorized staffing levels. Dave Blados, 25, of Chardon, was sworn in last week and fire Chief David Danielson said the hiring of Blados brings the department up to a temporary authorized strength of ...