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Less green in the city’s coffers will mean more green in the lots of vacant homes throughout Youngstown this summer.

“We had developed a reputation as an organization that just says no to people,” Executive Director Steven McGarrity said. “Legal Aid for a long time has not been focused on going out into the community. We sort of waited in our offices for the phone to ring.”

The Young Philanthropist Fund and the Fund for Warren’s Future, both component funds of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, made $67,500 in combined grants during the first part of this year.

Dan Dickten, who resigned as director of aviation for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport last month, will receive a severance package from the Western Reserve Port Authority.

With thousands of vacant properties in the city of Youngstown, making sure the grass gets cut is a big task. One that before Tuesday, the city didn't know who it would fall to.