Better Business Bureau offers tips on charitable giving

From the Better Business Bureau When an unfamiliar organization asks you to make a donation, don’t be too quick to make a decision. Instead, plan your giving and always demand accountability of the charities receiving your gift. If you are in doubt, check out the organization with your Better Business Bureau. Most solicitations take place […]

What to consider when contributing to a nonprofit organization

By JOE KILGORE | Metro Monthly Contributing Writer When I contribute my hard earned dollars to charitable organizations I look for the following characteristics: • A clear mission statement should be present so as to communicate what the organization seeks to accomplish and why its purpose is important. One look at a clear mission statement and the […]

Calendar (Weeks 1-4) – November 1-30, 2016

Tuesday 1 Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Features yoga with Marina Perdos. Bring a mat and small blanket. Nov. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29. 9:30-11 a.m.$12/class. Ford Hunt & Hike. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, […]

Sept. 11: ‘Campbell’ book signing, classic cars at Tyler History Center

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will celebrate its anniversary with a free open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. The event will feature a classic car cruise-in. Car owners are invited to show their vehicles and there is no registration fee […]

Local business owners launch food-delivery startup

Danny Catullo, owner of Catullo Prime Meats, and Dave Keish of Toys-R-Us, have launched FoodECrave, a startup company at the Youngstown Business Incubator. functions as an online marketplace for food vendors, artisans, purveyors and local food businesses and creates deliverable food boxes that can be shipped all over the country. YBI has provided the […]

U.S. News & World Report’s ’Best Hospitals 2016-17’ ranks Cleveland Clinic No. 1 in heart care

The Cleveland Clinic – a Top 5 mainstay in U.S. News & World Report’s annual hospital rankings for 18 consecutive years – has climbed to No. 2 in the U.S., while retaining its position as the nation’s No. 1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery for the 22nd successive year. U.S. News & World Report’s […]

2016 YSU Penguins Football schedule

Stambaugh Stadium – GPS address – 577 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502 YSU tickets: 330-941-1YSU September 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1: The Penguins play Duquesne at home. 570 WKBN, ESPN3. 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10: at West Virginia. 570 WKBN. 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17: The Penguins play Robert Morris at home. 570 WKBN, ESPN3.  State […]

Enrollment up at Youngstown State, residence halls at capacity for fall 2016

Youngstown State University opened a new academic year today with increased enrollment, residence halls at capacity and a freshman class that is the strongest academically in the university’s history. YSU started the fall semester with 12,801 students, up 426 from 12,375 on the first day of classes last year, according to unofficial student counts. (Official […]

September 2016: Lit Youngstown to offer fall writing workshops

Essayist and playwright Kelly Bancroft will facilitate one of several Lit Youngstown writing workshops planned for fall. Bancroft’s five-week workshop will focus on memoir writing. Other workshops include writing character poetry; submitting poetry and short fiction for publication; and a one-day workshop on “writing what you know.” Costs range from $15 to $25 and Lit Youngstown […]

Recipe: Stovetop Meatloaf (Hackbraten)

ABOVE: Helga Wengler’s Stovetop Meatloaf served with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and purple cabbage. Electronic image by Ron Flaviano for Metro Monthly and Homeplate. Watch Helga prepare this recipe on the Homeplate YouTube Channel. Search “Homeplate – Kitchen Witch – Meatloaf” or click Helga’s Stovetop Meatloaf   RECIPE BY HELGA THE KITCHEN WITCH Ingredients 2 pounds ground chuck 1 pound ground pork […]