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First Youngstown SOUP raises $700 for Circle of Friends

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Local chefs and community cooks organize the buffet tables featuring homemade soups, salad and bread. Jessica Mowchan/

Youngstown SOUP, a dinner/micro-grant event, raised $1,000 at its first event to help one community project. The winning project was the Mahoning Valley Circle of Friends. The winner of best soup was Denise Bayer for her Cream of Tomato Basil. The next event is July 27.

YSU picks Jim Tressel as its next president

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Sudershan Garg, chairman of the search committee and the board of trustees for Youngstown State University, announced the selection of Jim Tressel as the school’s next president. The announcement was made May 9. Chris Davidson/

Jim Tressel, executive vice president for student success at The University of Akron, has accepted an offer to be the next president of Youngstown State University, where he coached football from 1986 to 2000 before leaving to coach the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Shroder, Wasser speak to YSU grads at spring commencement May 17

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Melissa Wasser of McDonald will address her fellow graduates during commencement May 17 at Youngstown State University. “I’m so nervous about the future, but I know Youngstown State has really prepared me for whatever comes next,” she said. Chris Davidson/

Robert W. Shroder of Catholic Health Partners will be the commencement speaker for spring commencement May 17 at Youngstown State University. The ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. for undergraduates and 2:30 p.m. for graduate students

Elections officials expect light voter turnout at Mahoning Valley polls

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Election Day, May 6, is expected to be a quiet event in the Mahoning Valley.

Election officials in the Mahoning Valley expect a light turnout of voters, in the 20-percent range, on Election Day, May 6. The exceptions may be in the West Branch School District and in Austintown, where levies are on the ballot.

Cadets participate in controlled burn of vacant house near YSU campus

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Flames from the home at the corner of Ford Avenue and Arlington Street could be seen from the YSU campus. Cadets were participating in a training exercise.

Firefighting cadets with the Youngstown Fired Department participated in a controlled burn of a house at the corner of Ford Avenue and Arlington Street, adjacent to the Youngstown State University campus. Residents, businesses and university students were unaware this was a training exercise.

SOUP serves up fun, funds for projects

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The first Youngstown SOUP dinner event will be at 7 p.m. April 27 in the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave. Attendees will be served soup, salad and bread, and asked to vote on one of five community projects. The money collected from the $5 admission will go to the winner

Gathering learns about past, present, future of Youngstown’s South side

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Sean Posey, a local historian and professor, spoke with a group of 40 people about the “Past, Present and Future of the South Side” during a gathering April 19 at the Oak Hill Collaborative. He would like to see local institutions become more involved in the city neighborhoods. Job creation is also important. Chris Davidson/

Residents in South side of Youngstown say future lies in creating jobs. Roughly 40 people, who live in that area, attended a gathering April 19 at the Oak Hill Collaborative. Sean Posey, an historian and professor, spoke about the South sides, past, present and future.

Some try to restore American dream in Oak Hill

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The Rev. Edward Noga, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Youngtown, stands at the corner of Cleveland Street and Oak Hill Avenue. The site used to have a factory, then a cornfield. Now, the residents are growing rye to put nutrients back into the industrial-scarred soil. Chris Davidson/

Pure numbers don’t tell the whole story of the Oak Hill neighborhood in Youngstown. The numbers say the area is near death. The residents and officials at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. say the odds change when you factor in human determination.

YSU students mirror concerns of Youngstown residents

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Tom Hetrick of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. met with students and faculty at Youngstown State University to discuss the issues of the city from the perspective of the college. Rick Pollo/

Officials with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. attempted to get a youth perspective on the city’s problems by meeting with students at Youngstown State University. While most city residents are concerned by population loss, YSU students are worried about decreased enrollment.

Youngstown, YNDC must grapple with aging population

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Dan Van Dussen, who heads the gerontology program at Youngstown State University, says what is happening in the city is called by expert a NORC, a naturally occurring retirement community. Chris Davidson/

The population of Youngstown is getting smaller – and older. The percentage of residents who are 65 and older is as high as 20 to 35 percent in some areas. This not only concerns those areas, but the development arm of the city. The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. will need to focus on bringing younger residents into these areas to keep them stable.