Niles Times

Center to lose ex-mayor’s name

NILES — The Ralph A. Infante Wellness Center will be no more, if council follows through on a request from the mayor to rename the center. Mayor Tom Scarnecchia, who was a council member when he proposed legislation to name the center after then-mayor Ralph Infante, formally asked council ...

Fundraiser to support Hot Dog Day

NILES — Summer is near, and preparations are underway for a Niles tradition — the fifth annual Harry Stevens Hot Dog Day set for July 2 in downtown. To raise money for the festival, The Avenue and Main will present its fifth Wine and Cheese Please 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Ciminero’s ...

Briefs

Niles native to speak at memorial library NILES — Author Joseph Vitale Sr. will be at the McKinley Memorial Library, 40 N. Main St., 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday for a meet and greet. A Niles native, Vitale is an author, speaker and musician as well as movie, TV and radio personality. His ...

Agenda

• GIRARD BOARD OF EDUCATION meets 4 p.m. today at high school media center. • GIRARD CITY COUNCIL meets 7 p.m. Monday at the municipal building. • McDONALD BOARD OF EDUCATION meets 7 p.m. today at high school media center. • NILES CITY COUNCIL meets 6 p.m. April 5 at the safety ...

Niles speech competes at regionals

NILES — Members of the Niles McKinley High School speech team competed March 4 at the Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament at Olmstead Falls High School. The tournament featured the best competitors across the state. Michael Bassett, speech coach, said the seven students who ...

City gas allowed to flow freely

NILES — Some city employees were allowed for decades to collect free gas from city pumps that they did not use for official business as contracts specified. Under former Mayor Ralph Infante, the city’s meter readers were told they could use their full 15 gallon-a-week allowance, even if ...

Support in Niles judge race spread among four candidates

NILES — None of the four candidates running for the Niles Municipal Court judge seat in the Democratic primary won 50 percent or more of the vote in a poll of local attorneys, according to the Trumbull County Bar Association. Gil Blair, John Gargano, Chris Shaker and Terry Swauger are ...

Entertainment

ART OUTREACH GALLERY at the Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, is open 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery operates through volunteer assistance. Email Gail Stark at aaboutique@aol.com for more ...

On the record

Girard WHAT: City Council meeting March 13 PRESENT: Reynald Paolone, Steve Brooks, Mark Standohar, Keith Schubert, Thomas Grumley, Lily Martuccio, John Moliterno, Joseph Shelby and Mayor James Melfi Council: l Received a letter from the planning commission recommending council reconsider ...

Niles Interfaith Banquet set

NILES — Dan Bryant of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church will be the guest speaker at the annual Niles Interfaith Banquet April 23 at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre, 123 N. Main St. The reception and social will begin 4 p.m., with dinner to follow at 5 p.m. Host churches ...

Show mixes physical comedy with one-liners

NILES — A broken skylight isn’t the only fracture newlyweds Paul and Corie face. Six days into their marriage, both are starting to wonder if the only thing they have in common is a physical attraction. Corie is a free spirit who embraces the unknown and loves every quirky detail of ...

Pharmacy marks 90 years

NILES — In the 1920s, the city had several family-owned independent pharmacies. Today, only Troutman Drug Co., Robbins Avenue, has lasted more than 90 years. James Tallman, owner of Troutman Drug Co., said he has researched the history of the drugstore for upcoming presentations at local ...

Weathersfield trustee hired by engineer

WARREN — The Trumbull County Engineer’s office recently hired a Weathersfield trustee to add to its management team. Trustee Steve Gerberry was introduced at the March 8 county commissioners’ meeting by the engineer’s administrative assistant, Steve Papalas. Gerberry, who will be ...

Police blotters

Weathersfield Police activity Jan. 31-March 2: March 2, 4:05 p.m. — Stephen M. Nenadic was arrested on Robbins Avenue and Harmon, Niles, on possession of controlled substance, possession of drugs, driving under suspension and expired tags charges. 3:40 p.m. — Misuse of a credit card ...

School collects pennies for a cause

MINERAL RIDGE — Elementary school students and staff are using their pennies to fund cancer research. Seaborn Elementary School is partnering with the American Cancer Society Niles Relay For Life in a school-wide penny collection. Jim Aleshire, Niles Relay For Life sponsorship and ...

Opening communication over coffee

NILES — Local residents were given the chance to speak with police from area departments at a Coffee with a Cop event March 1 at the city wellness center. The free event was hosted by the General Federation of Women’s Club Ohio Warren Junior Women’s League. Officers from Niles, ...

Cameras installed at gas pumps

NILES — The meter reader fired after he was accused of improperly using the pumps was reinstated, and cameras have been installed at the city’s fill-up station. Although there were cameras at the station Jan. 20 and Jan. 31, when Matthew Marrara, 53, is accused of allowing his brother use ...

Law chief resigns

NILES — The Niles city prosecutor became the interim law director March 1. J. Terrence Dull resigned from the position effective March 1 after citing health concerns in December. Terry Swauger, the city’s prosecutor, is acting interim law director. Both positions are part time. ...

Remembering former Niles chief

NILES — Friends and co-workers are remembering former longtime fire Chief Charles L. Semple, 79, who died Feb. 20 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, as a leader who who cared about his city and firefighters long after retirement. Fire Capt. Todd Thomas said Semple was a city firefighter for 39 ...

New Niles service director is familiar

NILES — City Council by a 6-1 vote Monday gave final approval to reinstate the part-time safety director positions, with retired police officer George Kaniclides appointed to the post by Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia. Because the safety director positions was previously dissolved, council ...