Nascar News – Your Morning Matters: It’s showtime!
Reporter Jess Hardin and photographer Bob Yosay got an early look at Meijer’s new store in Boardman.
Good morning and welcome to your Morning Matters.
It’s Wednesday, May 12, 2021, and I just flew in from Florida — and boy are my arms tired! But I’m ready for today’s virtual discussion, “After the Storm: The Valley Emerges from the Pandemic,” at 2 p.m.
Having just spent a couple days in Florida — far too few since the weather was glorious and in the 90s — I’m amazed how the issues there match the Valley’s concerns. Everyone is talking about how business and entertainment there will emerge — especially for a state so reliant on tourism. When it comes to the “new normals,” there are as many commercial and ideological debates in Florida as there are in Ohio. The one question everyone is asking: What are the keys to thriving in the coming months?
I’ve vacationed in Daytona Beach for the past couple of decades, and that area has weathered a few storms of its own. It was hard hit by a string of storms, including Hurricane Irma in 2017. As it was recovering, it was crushed by the pandemic just before spring break in 2020. Driving down A1A in Daytona for the first time in 22 months, I saw familiar businesses open, a few shuttered and some new construction. Depending on where you drive through the Valley, you’ll see much of the same.
Which brings us to the outstanding panel for today’s virtual event sponsored by Tema Roofing Services:
- Serdar Dede, owner of Cafe 422;
- Eric Ryan, president of JAC Management;
- Missy Russo, chief operating officer for Mercy Health Physicians;
- Guy Coviello, president and CEO at Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.
Go here to sign up for the event. The discussion also will be livestreamed and replayed on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Also, if you have questions for our panel, send them to [email protected] and [email protected] Thanks to the panelists for taking the time, and thanks to TEMA Roofing Services, your commercial/industrial roofing experts.
Now, let’s make today count! And see you at 2 p.m. — or whenever it is convenient for you.
And here are more of the things you need to know about what’s happening in the Mahoning Valley:
After two years and overcoming concerns about flooding and commercialization, Meijer is ready to open its doors in Boardman on Thursday. The long-awaited latest addition to the Mahoning Valley’s grocery landscape promises to offer local shoppers a one-stop shop for all their needs. But getting to the precipice of opening hasn’t been simple.
Reporter Jess Hardin and photographer Bob Yosay got an early look at the new store Tuesday. Jess has the details on what Meijer has to offer and the obstacles the company faced in establishing the Boardman location. Bob provides an exclusive look inside the brand new 155,000-square-foot store.
- In the U.S.: 32,773,387 confirmed cases; 582,791 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine at 10 p.m. May 11.
- In Ohio: 1,085,733 confirmed or suspected cases; the new adjusted COVID-19 death total is 19,441.
- In Pennsylvania: 1,177,072 confirmed cases; 26,607 deaths.
- In the Mahoning Valley: 21,629 confirmed or suspected cases in Mahoning County; 16,082 in Trumbull; and 8,816 in Columbiana.
- Dow Jones Industrial Average: Closed at 34,269.16, down 473.66 points, or 1.36 percent.
The Youngstown City School District school board will be included in future Academic Distress Commission meetings. “This is a step in the right direction,” school board President Ron Shadd said. Mahoning Matters
The businesses and organizations included in today’s Business Updates are Mercy College of Ohio, Spinwheel, Handyman Outdoors and Home Builders and Remodelers Association of the Valley. Mahoning Matters
Now that children between 12 and 15 years old can safely receive the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, some parents and curious kids alike may be wondering how the shot for teens differs from those given to adults. Mahoning Matters
Boardman residents plagued with intermittent internet service over the course of the past year should begin seeing improvements soon, township Administrator Jason Loree said. Armstrong Cable has worked to “overcome most of the hurdles” many of its consumers have experienced, he said. The Vindicator [May encounter paywall.]
The Western Reserve Port Authority and Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber have opened a survey for local business leaders on air travel activity. The survey asks about air travel before the pandemic and post-pandemic expectations. The Business Journal [May require registration.]
Zoup! Eatery, a new fast-casual restaurant in Boardman, is hiring. The restaurant in Creekside Plaza along Route 224 just east of Tippecanoe Road will open in June. WKBN
The Austintown Police Department has installed new license plates on patrol cars that bear the distinctive Austintown Fitch “F” logo thanks to a donation from a Valley business. WFMJ
In case you missed it
Arrest warrants have been issued for the operators of a now-derelict industrial shop, who are accused of illegally storing tens of thousands of pounds of hazardous waste in a rundown building on the outskirts of a residential neighborhood in Sebring. They’re now facing felony charges and possible prison time. Reporter Justin Dennis has the details. Mahoning Matters
Your comments matter
“Ramps are so good [and] will keep people 6 [feet] COVID safe from you after eating.”
— Robyn Chermansky, on ramps, which are genetic cousins of leeks, shallots, onions and garlic. Reporter Jess Hardin explains how to find the vegetable.
Registered readers can comment on a selection of our stories, and all readers can comment on stories on our Facebook page. Opinions published here do not reflect the views of Mahoning Matters.
Event of the day
The Oak Hill Collaborative will offer free Emergency Broadband Benefit workshops today and Saturday. The one-hour workshops begin at 2 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday at 507 Oak Hill Ave. Oak Hill Collaborative staff will help attendees navigate through the process of Emergency Broadband Benefit verification and enrollment, review low cost Internet service availability, identify discounted PC choices and offer training and education options. For more information and to register, call 330-406-0271.
To see what else is going on around the Mahoning Valley, check out Mahoning Matters’ event calendar here, or click the Events tab on the top menu at mahoningmatters.com.
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Nascar News – Your Morning Matters: It’s showtime!
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