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Illinois couple adopts six children

January 11, 2015 BLOOMINGTON, Ill. more »»

Develop your children’s reading and writing skills

January 11, 2015 Reading and writing go hand in hand. As your school-age children develop their reading skills, the world of creative writing usually opens up to them simultaneously. more »»


January 4, 2015 NEW YORK — Lori Osterberg and her husband are lifelong Denver folk, but they got restless and intended to relocate for adventure’s sake once their only child left home for college. more »»

Recycle those holiday cards into DIY toys for the kids

January 4, 2015 Boxes and bins filled with holiday decor are taped shut, and lids are snapped on tight. Up to the attic they go. more »»

How to choose a new cellphone

December 14, 2014 NEW YORK — Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there’s likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. more »»

Great gadgets for the most avid TV viewers

December 14, 2014 EDISON, N.J. — For avid television viewers out there, the standard digital-video recorder that comes with your cable TV box just isn’t enough. TiVo and SlingTV can add to the TV watching experience. more »»

eSports offer pro competition for gamers

December 7, 2014 Tell a teen with a gaming system that he can make money for playing and many will be ready to try. Electronic sports, a.k.a. more »»

Toy makers’ new darlings

November 16, 2014 NEW YORK — A snaggletooth eight-year-old. A middle schooler with a punk rocker bob cut and big earrings. Tween siblings with a penchant for playin. more »»

Austintown native brings big air and big ideas to BMX

November 2, 2014 By GARY S. ANGELO Tribune Chronicle correspondent Anthony Napolitan was a student at Austintown Middle School when he discovered that he wanted to be a BMX rider. more »»

Local restaurants offer many pumpkin products

October 19, 2014 Fall is in the air, and complimenting the crisp, autumn weather is what has now become the flavor of the season — pumpkin spice. more »»

10 things I’ll miss about Ohio, the Land of Ham and Fireworks

October 19, 2014 Dearest readers, as I strain to write this column under dim lantern light with this ancient quill, I can only hope it finds you well, for I am about to embark on a long journey, fraught with peril,... more »»

Even though YOLO, don’t be a FOMO (and other bad acronyms)

October 12, 2014 Right now, even as a bird sings sweetly, even as a flaming red leaf drops from a tree silhouetted against a cerulean sky, the world is turning. And it is turning too dang fast. It’s fall. more »»

The day Downtown Warren went ‘grunge’

October 5, 2014 Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, indie rock movements and the DIY cultural philosophy was staking their claim in various cities and small towns throughout the United States. more »»

A visit to the zoo will have you feeling like gnu

October 5, 2014 I’ve mentioned a few weeks back that I’m reading “Wild,” the story of a young woman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (like 1,000 miles) as a sort of therapy to cope with recent events in her life. more »»

Traficant helped to keep Youngstown weird

September 28, 2014 Last year I had a small burst of entrepreneurism and ordered up a batch of stickers to sel. more »»

Demise of amusement park a mistake on the Lake

September 21, 2014 Since most of the Internet is caught up in an endless 20-or-so-years-ago nostalgia loop, there is always some article about Walkmans or purple ketchup to get one reminiscing. more »»

Columnist pleads, ‘Hey, you, get off of my iCloud’

September 14, 2014 Everyone like the headline? You can read more about the Rollings Stones and their pun-able song titles in your local library. more »»

‘Iron Mike’ shares his story

September 7, 2014 Time is running out because there aren’t that many World War II veterans who are still living to tell their story. more »»

Sometimes there’s no place — or price — like home

September 7, 2014 Summer is filled with the return of expatriates. For weddings, for graduations, for vacation; it’s a three-month high-school reunion, bumping into old friends at festivals and fair. more »»

Sept. 11 is another reminder to be grateful

September 7, 2014 I’m not even sure which channel I was watching; Destination America, I think? Sheesh, with so many hundreds of cable networks, channels and venues, it’s hard to keep track of them all and what’s... more »»



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