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Friday, May 23, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Holly Welch, curriculum supervisor and teacher for the Youngstown City Schools, is the recipient of the 2014 Athena Award, presented by the Regional Chamber in co-sponsorship with The Vindicator/Vindy.com. The award was presented before a crowd of 600 gathered last night at Mr. Anthony's Banquet Center for the annual event. The ATHENA Award recognizes area business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen career, provided leadership in the community and mentored or contributed to the growth of other professional...

Friday, May 23, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Hospitals in the Humility of Mary Health Partners system have expanded their use of capnography, or breath monitoring, to patients outside the operating room. St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center in Warren and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center join a growing group of health-care leaders in making wider use of this patient safety technology. Insufficient oxygen can lead to medical problems, even cardiopulmonary arrest. Capnography measures the level of carbon dioxide in a breath each time the patient exhales. If breathing...

Friday, May 23, 2014

POLAND, Ohio -- The Mahoning Valley's newest Mexican Restaurant, El Vallarta, will celebrate its grand opening at 6 p.m. Tuesday, owner Juan Vazquez announced Thursday. The restaurant opened March 30 in the former Lone Star Steakhouse on Boardman-Poland Road. Vazquez and his family own and manage the restaurant. He has been in the hospitality business 14 years and his family has extensive experience running Mexican restaurants. “The first two months we have been open here have been amazing with all the support we've gotten from the Youngstown community,” Vazquez said...

Friday, May 23, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –The city’s Board of Control voted Thursday to approve a development agreement between the city, Jack Rabbit LLC and Iron and String Life Enhancement to assist with renovations and improvements to two buildings on Fifth Avenue.  Jimmy Sutman, ISLE president, purchased the buildings, located at 28 and 32 Fifth Ave., in 2012 to expand its Purple Cat day program for adults with disabilities and administrative offices for ISLE. The property, previously occupied by Kolesar Display Co., would be used as a job-training site for individuals with autism or...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien WARREN, Ohio --As the chapter closes on one landmark business, a second chapter opens for another venture in this city's central business district. Eastern Gateway Community College and its partner, Higher Education Partners Inc., announced today the purchase tof he building that houses Mickey's Army-Navy, a longtime Warren establishment of 66 years that's now going out of business. "It's bittersweet," sys Martin Cohen, owner of Mickey's. "We're an institution, but thank God it's being replaced with another...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Author:  George Nelson VIENNA TOWNSHP, Ohio -- The Western Reserve Port Authority’s chairman, attorney James Floyd, is the latest member of the troubled board to tender his resignation. In a letter to Mahoning County Commissioners dated May 14, Floyd, who became its chairman in January, submitted his resignation “with regret” from the board as both chairman and member. The resignation was effective following yesterday’s meeting of the port authority board. Neither Floyd’s resignation nor the increasing divisions within the board were...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Author:  Stacia Erdos WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- In a quiet off-the-beaten-path location  sits a company that is growing quietly, but at a breakneck speed. By the end of the year, Autosoft Inc. expects to see its revenues zoom ahead by 30% over last year’s nearly $14 million. “This year we’re targeting $21 million,” says its executive vice president and chief technology officer, Mark Hellbusch. Two thousand car dealerships and 30,000 customers across this country and Canada use the software developed by Autosoft, says Hellbusch. Its...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Rapid growth is driving International Steel & Counterweights’ purchase of the building it is in from its landlord, says its general manager, Paul Vesey. International Steel & Counterweights is a subsidiary of AMG Resources Corp., Pittsburgh, which also owns Midwest Steel & Alloy here. ISC is in the process of acquiring the North West Ave. building where its operations are housed from GLG Industries, a division of Ken Greco Co. Last night City Council approved the sale of adjacent...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- American Energy Utica LLC, a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based American Energy Partners LP, secured five new permits to drill in the southern tier of eastern Ohio's Utica shale last week, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The company, owned by former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, landed five permits May 12 for horizontal wells in Harrison County, Nottingham Township, ODNR reports. Meantime, Chesapeake Energy, also based in Oklahoma City, secured four new permits to drill in Carroll County, where the company holds the...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The International Institute Fund yesterday awarded $29,000 in grants to five local organizations. The fund, a component of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, describes its mission as promoting the interests and understanding of foreign-born people. “This is important for the continuance of the diverse social fabric of our community,” said Ana Torres, president of the International Institute Fund. “Grants are awarded once a year and we encourage organizations that support the mission of the foundation to apply.” The 2014 grants...

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