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Your Morning Matters: Are you going to fail Valentine’s Day?

Workers at Lordstown's proposed electric vehicle battery plant could make $45,000 to $50,000 a year, officials said Wednesday.

Good morning and welcome to Your Morning Matters.

Today is Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, and with one day left before Valentine’s Day, I have breaking news for those who just read that like it was indeed breaking news: You are lucky I’m here.

You’ve had 364 days to reflect on last year’s genius idea of grabbing one of the last remaining cards and a garish box of candy at Walgreens: The gift that says: “I love you so much I did exactly what I do every time I need Pepto-Bismol.” So pay attention to some real ideas.

Kim Rosenberg at suggests: "Recreate something that you did together when you first met — have a coffee at your first date spot and take new pictures, rekindle memories over rewatching the first movie you saw together (get it on Netflix or Amazon). It’s incredibly romantic to reminisce and show them you remember where it all started."

If you choose the alcohol route, eschew that $6.99 selection and take the advice of "Veuve Clicquot Champagne: If she’s a champagne fan, you can’t go wrong with a chilled bottle of Veuve and a handwritten card."

Instead of Walgreens, hit Barnes & Noble and grab a copy of "Studio Oh! Couple's Guided Journal." NBC says: "An interactive hardcover journal designed to help you express your love and foster a connection ... this journal features writing prompts like detailing things you admire about your partner and ways you make each other better people."

Here’s an idea about incorporating Friday into a Valentine's weekend from "Not the best activity to plan when you’re cutting it so close …  but depending on where you live you can still come up with something fun and memorable. See if you can stay at a friend’s place or if you can book an Airbnb for a night or two."

My genius: Jewelry stores open between 9 and 10 a.m. Hit the Valentine's Day sale early. Then go buy the SMALLEST candy box. Carefully remove the cellophane. Eat a piece. Drop the jewelry into the open hole. Carefully rewrap it. Wait for the perfect moment to hand over the pathetic heart. Enjoy the eye roll. Wait for the opening ... BOOM! Drop me a thank-you note.

Here are more of the things you need to know about what's happening in the Mahoning Valley:

Workers at Lordstown's proposed electric vehicle battery plant could make $45,000 to $50,000 a year, officials said Wednesday. Elected officials from the Valley hosted several high-level executives from South Korean chemical company LG Chem, which is partnering with General Motors on the $2.3-billion venture. 

Though groundbreaking at the 158-acre site was initially slated for April, the legislators said executives are now aiming for July. The facility is expected to create 1,100 to 1,500 permanent jobs.

Other matters

A nursing home resident who claims he was unable to summon an aide to help him walk is now suing the facility for his resulting fall and injury. Attorneys on behalf of Donald Mikulich of Youngstown filed the civil complaint in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court against Windsor House Inc. of Girard. Mahoning Matters

Don’t be counted as a fool: The U.S. Census Bureau is warning people to avoid possible scams or frauds that try to exploit the census process this year. For instance, a census worker will never ask for a Social Security number or anything about political affiliations. Mahoning Matters

Youngstown City Council is looking for ways to cut the budget of the police department with a focus on cutting overtime. Overtime was 28 percent over budget last year at $1.8 million. WKBN

A Cornersburg woman has been quarantined in her house for the next 14 days after returning home from China. She had visited her son, who works and lives in Hangzhou, which is about 700 miles from the city of Wuhan. Wuhan is considered ground zero for the coronavirus. WFMJ.

Annexation woes: The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is warning a potential $10 million project is in jeopardy if the controversy over the city of Niles’ intention to annex parts of Howland and Weathersfield townships doesn't end. The revelation came as a result of a Trumbull County Economic Development Summit on Tuesday. The Business Journal

An environmental group, Friends of the Mahoning River, has met with General Motors officials regarding the automaker’s proposed battery cell manufacturing plant and fears construction could harm wetlands. GM extended the invitation to discuss the project as it was finalizing permit applications. The Vindicator

In case you missed it

The Kitchen Post in downtown Youngstown announced in a Facebook post that it has closed. The restaurant opened more than five years ago and has been located in the Erie Terminal since 2018. Mahoning Matters

Your comments matter

“The job should not be a political appointment. It should be a professional position and the hiring should be conducted just like any other position in City Hall. It should also be housed in Community & Economic Development, not in Council or the Mayor's office. In fact, I'm not aware of any other city that does things this way. (I'm also not sure how a city facing a multi-million dollar deficit can even justify retaining such a position … but I digress). Two cents from a guy who held the position.”

Phil Kidd, on Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown seeking a new coordinator of downtown events and citywide special projects.

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Event of the day

The W.D. Packard Band, with director Daniel Carioti and vocalist Janet Opritza-Davis, will provide the entertainment for a Valentine's Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. The dance is free and open to the public.

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

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