Orchids & onions

ONION: To Warren City Council members who purchased a $100 Eastwood Mall gift certificate for Clerk of Council Brenda Smith’s Christmas present. Nothing against the Niles shopping complex, but Warren council members should be promoting businesses in their city, especially in their downtown.

ORCHID: To the group of Warren residents who recently graduated from City of Warren Weed and Seed Citizen Police Awareness Academy. The class helps bridge gaps and improve communication between the police and residents.

ORCHID: To Trumbull Positive 4 Change members who worked on projects during the National Day of Service. The day honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The local group held a canned food drive and read to children at the Learning Express Preschool Center.

ORCIHD: To Liberty officials for moving closer to creating a tax incentive program for businesses that invest on Belmont Avenue. The program awaits approval from the Ohio Department of Development.

ORCHID: To Trumbull Art Gallery for hosting an exhibit and auction that raised money for Valley Counseling Services. In addition to helping Valley, the show brings recognition to local artists.

ONION: To the Trumbull County United Way for its 10 percent across-the-board cut to local service providers. The United Way rejected an opportunity to join forces with its successful Mahoning County counterpart, then made a dubious selection in former Warren Mayor Michael O’Brien as its campaign chair. Now, after another decline in fund-raising, instead of carefully evaluating the providers and programs it supports and adjusting funding based on need, the United Way made the sweeping 10 percent cut to all.

ORCHID: To the committee that organizes Bike to Work Day, which will be held in May. Representatives from the Trumbull County Health Department, City of Warren, Greater Western Reserve Bikeway Trail, Trumbull Tourism Bureau and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership make up the committee that is planning the second Bike to Work Day. Last year, 65 people participated.