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BUSINESS UPDATES | D’Aundray Brown named sports and recreation director at Central YMCA

Among today's business updates: Belleria Pizza in Struthers and United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley; Energy Harbor and Austintown Township; Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, The Ohio State University Extension and Trumbull Soil & Water Conservation District; and Gov. Mike DeWine appointments.
D’Aundray Brown
D’Aundray Brown is the new sports and recreation director at the Central YMCA in Youngstown. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — The Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., named D’Aundray Brown its new sports and recreation director.

Brown, of Youngstown, has been involved in the YMCA’s sports leagues since his youth. For the past two years, he has volunteered at the YMCA, hosting clinics and basketball camps. As the sports and recreation director, he will lead the Youth Basketball League program and expand programs at the YMCA and in the community.

“We are blessed to have D’Aundray join our Central Y family and bring all of his passion, skill and experience in this role,” Shawn Armstrong, Central YMCA executive director, said in a news release. “I look forward to supporting him in his efforts to grow and refine our youth and adult sports programs and offerings.”

Brown graduated from Ursuline High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Cleveland State University. In 2012, he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers-affiliated Canton Charge in the NBA D League (now called the NBA G League), the NBA’s minor league basketball organization.

“My experience at the YMCA has always been a positive one. The YMCA is the first place I learned to play organized basketball,” Brown said. “It taught me the value of not only teamwork but also how to navigate new challenges on the court. Most importantly, how powerful a positive influence from a coach or mentor can change a kid's life. It also taught me the power of sports, what it can teach you and all the places it can take you.”

Belleria in Struthers donates
lunch for YCSD nurses

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown City School District nurses vaccinating district employees received a free lunch Friday, courtesy of Belleria Pizza in Struthers.

YCSD nurses worked all day Friday vaccinating district employees with the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, which partners with YCSD for several programs, wanted to thank the nurses for their hard work and reached out to Belleria Pizza in Struthers.

The restaurant’s owners, Frank Frattaroli, Frank Lellio and Bob Camardo, jumped at the opportunity to feed YCSD’s nurses.

“We’re very grateful to Belleria in Struthers and to the United Way for making this happen for our dedicated nursing staff,” YCSD CEO Justin Jennings said in a news release. “Our vaccination YOUCare QUICKmed clinics for employees, led by Nursing Supervisor Kenyetta Burr and QUICKmed staff, have run like well-oiled machines. I appreciate the generosity of Mr. Frattaroli, Mr. Lellio and Mr. Camardo, and I know our nurses do as well.”

Austintown selects Energy Harbor
for electric aggregation program

AUSTINTOWN — Trustees have selected Energy Harbor to serve the next term of the township’s electric aggregation program. 

A fixed rate was set at 4.99 cents/kWh for electricity generation for a four-year term starting with the May meter readings. 

Residents and small businesses will receive a mailer about the new electric aggregation program offer from Energy Harbor. The mailer will explain the program and a resident’s right to opt out. Residents will have 21 days to return an opt-out form to Energy Harbor if they do not want to participate.

“We are delighted by the low fixed-rate of 4.99 cents/kWh for Austintown residents and businesses,” Trustee Ken Carano said in a news release. “This low rate will allow residents to predict their costs and will protect them from rising rates for the next four years.”

Eight-week workshop to offer
resources for local farmers

WARREN — Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, The Ohio State University Extension and the Trumbull Soil & Water Conservation District are presenting an eight-week workshop for local farmers.

The workshop will share information on planning, planting and harvesting a successful fruit and vegetable crop for market or individual use.

For more information and to register, click here.

Gov. DeWine reappoints Loree
to committee, Meredith to board

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine this week reappointed Jason R. Loree of Boardman to the Statewide Emergency Services Internet Protocol Network Steering Committee and Keith D. Meredith of Lisbon to the Eastern Gateway Community College Board of Trustees.

Loree’s term began March 3 and ends Dec. 31, 2024. Meredith’s term began March 3 and ends Oct. 16, 2025.

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