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Thumbs up to use of CDBG funding to help the United Christian Advocacy Network City Mission perform necessary work. The city is including $100,000 in CDBG funding for masonry repair and to paint the exterior of the UCAN City Mission building at 7 W. First St. There was a definite hole in the community when the mission was closed for two years. In 2017, the mission helped 215 people by providing food, shelter and laundry services. While the program is helping, the building needs work. The mission is located in the historic former Everett Hotel, built more than 125 years ago. Between the CDBG funding and a $20,000 grant from the Jamestown Renaissance Corp., some of that work will be completed.

Thumbs up to Jamestown firefighters for making quick work of a fire at Farm Fresh Foods in the Third Street Plaza on Thursday. The store was open on Friday, but the fire could have been much worse were it not for the quick action of store employees and firefighters. One of the overnight employees said they heard crackling above the store’s walk-in oven when they saw flames near the ceiling. The employees called 911 and evacuated the store. Firefighters used a ladder truck to climb onto the building’s roof to search the area before finding and extinguishing the fire. Coming less than 24 hours after a fire destroyed a longtime Warren business, the quick response of store employees and firefighters likely saved several Third Street businesses.

Thumbs up to Michael Palermo, a Jamestown native who is opening up the world of music to special needs students in Mayfield, Ohio. Noting that music can be an effective calming device for students with special needs, Palermo utilizes a variety of teaching techniques to teach all kids who want an outlet. Palermo also states that music, as a solo or a group activity, can help reduce students’ fear and anxiety. He believes the healthiest approach to teaching is that all kids can achieve anything with the right instruction and determination on their part. “No one should be limited or pushed away,” Palermo told The Post-Journal. “I understand the uphill challenges we face as band directors, but it is our job to educate everyone. Inside the word teach is ‘each,’ and I believe that no matter the student, no matter the disability and no matter the challenge, we should give the kid a chance.” Well said, Mr. Palermo.