Offering opening comments at the regular meeting of Boardman Township Board of Trustees was Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities Director Larry Duck, who thanked township officials for their use of the Meshel Masco facility during this, Disabilities Awareness Month.
Trustees followed with a proclamation honoring James Chengelis, MD, of Boston School of Medicine. A former Stadium Drive Elementary School student, Chengelis was presented the key to Boardman for his fundamental belief in education and in giving back to the community.
Sharing that he moved to Boston in 1988, yet still considers himself from Boardman, Chengelis said "I think all of you should be very proud of your community."
Stadium Drive Elementary School Principal James Goske said he first received a call in September 2007, from the former Stadium Drive student saying that he wanted to donate trees.
Since that initial call, Chengelis has donated 14 trees, an area in the school library named after his parents, flags for an annual Sept. 11 tree planting ceremony, and most recently a donation for all necessary funds for the creation of the school's Science Investigation Lab.
Goske closed saying, "His caring and kindness at Boardman Schools is greatly appreciated."
In other news:
-According to township fire Chief George Brown, in a continuation of the townships quest that no child go unprotected by a smoke alarm, the Lions Club recently donated funds for smoke detectors for the hearing impaired. Remaining detectors will be offered to area senior citizens in need.
-Trustees approved the purchase of five police vehicles based on the recommendation of police Chief Jack Nichols, who explained that the department has found that the annual purchase of five vehicles helps keep the fleet in an effective rotation, one that the township is currently behind on.