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Ellwood City Native on Fox Channel Game Show

Born and raised in Ellwood City, Joey Mazzant, 34, moved to Florida nearly 14 years ago to pursue his music and performing career, even appearing as a guest on the American Idol Experience – but he never realized it would lead him across the United States, all the way to LA, for the opportunity to be a contestant on Fox’s newest game show, aired to millions across the nation, Beat Shazam. (View the episode free here) Beat Shazam, hosted by Jamie Foxx, is a game show where the contestants are paired against a computer software known as Shazam, which recognizes…


Community Carnival to Benefit Brooke Moffat

The Ellwood City Providence Baptist Church will be hosting their 9th annual community carnival to benefit the Moffatt family after their 10 year old daughter Brooke was diagnosed in July 2016 with ALL – Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The date of this year’s carnival is July 8, 2017 and will be held on the church grounds from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The church hosts this day to provide free fun for the community, to get the community involved with each other, help local businesses and many families within the community. The event is free to the community. Entrance will be…


Corona D’Italia June Meeting

Corona D’Italia Lodge #807 held their monthly meeting on June 14 at 5p.m. at Pizza Joe’s. The session began with a pizza luncheon hosted by President Clemmy Sirimaraco an served by officers Lois DiFrichia, Mary Jane Folino and Esther Santilo. Trustee Patty Regna voice a commemorative invocation in observance of Flag Day. The business session followed with financial reports presented by Treasurer Louise Vitullo. It was again stressed that beneficiary changes may be made by contacting her. Sirimarco reported on the monthly fund raising and she may be contacted for participation. Christine Butchelli gave an update on President Ann Butchelli…


Criminal Complaints: Ellwood City Man Facing Attempted Homicide Charge

Ellwood City Man Facing Attempted Homicide Charge According to the criminal complaint, on June 17, 2017 officers arrived to a residence on Portersville Road for a report of a domestic dispute. The victim advised that her fiancee, whom she lives with, Raemond Albert Wright, 34, of Ellwood City, had assaulted her during a verbal argument. She said that Wright had grabbed her and threw her around the kitchen then threw her down and started choking her to the point of losing consciousness. The victim said that while she was being choked the defendant told her multiple times he was going…


VIDEO: Live Stream from Hira Educational Meeting

The controversial sale of the former Youth Development Center in New Castle has led local government officials and many community members to publicly express their concerns. Shenango Township residents Shirley Sallmen and Barbara Thompson called for a public meeting regarding the sale. The meeting was hosted Friday evening by Jubilee Ministries International at the Kingdom Broadcasting Ministries with nearly 250 locals in attendance. Several elected officials were present at the meeting, including State Rep. Aaron Bernstine, who publicly presented the known and unknown facts regarding the company. “I want to be clear that this region is accepting of people from…


Senator Vogel Continues Push for Telemedicine Initiatives in Pennsylvania

Technology can help overcome the barriers to quality patient care created by distance and reduce the costs of those services, according to Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), the author of legislation aimed at promoting telemedicine in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 780 specifically defines telemedicine as “the delivery of health care services provided through telecommunications technology to a patient by a healthcare practitioner who is at a different location.” It also establishes guidelines regarding who can provide telemedicine services, and provides clarity regarding insurance company reimbursement for those services. “Telemedicine is transforming healthcare and it is something our state should embrace and encourage,” Senator…


Ellwood City Arts and Crafts Festival

Since 1981, thousands of community members have been celebrating the Ellwood City Arts and Crafts Festival – and the 2017 festival is expected to be just as successful. The event, scheduled for next week June 30-July 2 at Ewing Park, will include a wide variety of activities, performances and vendors for everyone in the Ellwood City community to enjoy! Festival funds (when there is a positive balance) go back into the operating fund for the next year, with a reserve held for possible emergencies. The Festival Committee is all volunteer and the Committee is a non-profit organization, solely in existence…


Public Community Event Tonight Regarding HIRA

The Christian Chamber Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will be holding an open forum tonight to discuss the purchase of the old Youth Development Center in New Castle. The purchase of the former Youth Development Center has many community members, including government officials State Representative Bernstine, State Representative Sainato and Senator Vogel, concerned about the potential owners. Hira Educational Services is a Muslim-based company who claims to aid in Muslim schooling but after reviewing the companies tax records and finance history, local government officials question the companies financial reliability and have asked Governor Tom Wolf to reconsider the sale. The event…


Ellwood City Area Public Library Activities for Week of June 26, 2017

Activities taking place at the Ellwood City Area Public Library include the following: Monday, June 26, at 10:00 a.m. — “Coloring for Adults,” a weekly program that is free and open to the public. “Coloring for Adults” designed to help reduce the stresses of everyday life. Everyone is welcome, so call the library for more information. This program has been moved to Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. through August 9 because of Summer Reading Program activities. Call the library at 724-758-6458 for more information. Tuesday, June 27, “Jump Start to Kindergarten,” for children who are entering kindergarten this fall. The…


New Castle Approved for Medical Marijuana Growing Facility

Since Pennsylvania approved legislation permitting the sale of medical marijuana, a former factory located in New Castle has been chosen as one of the first 12 medical marijuana grower/processors in Pennsylvania. The 30,000 square-foot former factory located at 911 Industrial Street in New Castle is expected to be operational within six months, and is anticipated to relieve some of the financial distress in the local community and create 100-150 “good-paying” jobs once the operation reaches full potential, the New Castle News site reports. Keith Morgan and Richard Genderson of Holistic Farms located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, are the visionaries behind the…