Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To the local Jewish Community Center for seeking and being granted an Emergency Pandemic Child Care license by the state. This allows the center to begin accepting applications for immediate placement of children of parents who are still required to work outside the home during this pandemic. That was quick thinking and action by the Jewish Community Center, an organization known for providing vital services to our community.

ONION: To phone scammers already trying to take advantage of the elderly with new threats and scares related to the coronavirus pandemic. Seniors, please beware! Don’t give money or your personal information to anyone over the phone during this crisis.

ORCHID: To Mercy Health for suspending all COVID-19-related patient statements and bills to help manage the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The decision applies to all points of care within the Mercy Health system, from hospitals in Warren, Boardman and Youngstown to primary care offices in the Mahoning Valley and flu clinics in the region. Mercy Health operates St. Joseph Warren Hospital in Warren, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in Youngstown and St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital in Boardman, and multiple primary care offices and flu clinics in the two-county region.

ONION: To local governments that are canceling and postponing things that should not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Braceville trustees are considering postponing the annual spring cleanup collection on May 2. With little else to do, home projects including cleaning out accumulated residential junk are going strong in most households these days. Delaying the annual extra trash pickups due to the virus seems illogical.

ORCHID: To the dozens of people, including an organizer, Butch Butcher of Warren, who helped to mobilize folks recently — picking up litter along Market Street, Dave Grohl Alley, in Circle Park on Central Parkway and all over Warren. A clean city is a city with pride.



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