Stepping Up: Pointer Creek, Chester Family Dentistry, Wick Park Neighborhood

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Pointer Creek Wealth Management

CANFIELD, Ohio — Pointer Creek Wealth Management is asking residents to Pay-it-Forward with a food drive July 25.

The company will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Suite A201. The drive-thru food drive supports WFMJ-TV’s Feed Our Valley, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank.

Residents can drop off their donations or purchase raffle tickets for $2,000 to $3,000 in prizes. Pointer Creek is providing free takeout to the first 100 people who bring a donation or purchase a raffle ticket. Takeout vendors include Frytanic Food Truck and One Hot Cookie. Also available are goodie bags for kids and fresh-baked treats for pets.

“This event is about giving back, the Valley has treated us well and we designed the event to give back and support those in need, while also supporting local businesses,” says Pointer Creek’s Bryan Renner.

Chester Family Dentistry

WARREN, Ohio — A new extraoral dental suction system will reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 in treatment rooms at Chester Family Dentistry.

The device reduces the amount of aerosolized droplets during dental procedures, says Dr. Amy Caicco, co-owner and co-operator of the practice.

“Trumbull County has been placed on the ‘hotspot’ list for COVID-19 cases, and our patients’ safety is our top priority,” Caicco says. “Dr. Ana [Chester] and I decided to implement the newest technology as another precautionary step to limit possible COVID-19 exposure to our patients and staff.”

During procedures, aerosols are directed to and sucked up within the unit, which has three different filters and ultraviolet sterilizing light, according to a company release. Chester Family Dentistry also abides by all local, state and federal guidelines, as well as those issued by the American Dental Association, according to the release.

“Even though no cases have been traced to dental offices, Dr. Ana and I always want to go the extra step. We care about our patients and staff, and don’t believe in doing just ‘bare minimum’ requirements,” Caicco adds.

Wick Park Neighborhood Association

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — From now until Aug. 15, children ages 10 to 18 can pick up a nutritional meal courtesy of the Wick Park Neighborhood Association and the Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods.

Every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m., children can pick up a meal at a tent across from the Wick Park Pavilion, Park Avenue entrance for the Kids Snatch & Snack program. Children younger than 10 can also get a meal with an adult. Meals are prepared by the Common Wealth Inc. Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm Street.

The organization has a limited supply of 100 meals each Thursday and has met those daily limits since launching the program July 16, says its president, Jonathan Blackshire. Thus, he encourages residents to arrive early to get a meal.

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