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Where we live: Lackawanna


Soccer phenom Ali Shawish and the rest of the Lackawanna High School Steelers were honored Thursday for their undefeated season which took them to the sectional championship.

Shawish, who set a school record in his junior year by scoring 39 goals, added 48 more as a senior and finished his high school career with 106 goals.

Steelers head coach Abdulsalam Noman had his eye on Shawish since he was a boy playing in community leagues.

“He and his family moved from Yemen when he was 8,” said Noman. “He played street soccer in his village in northern Yemen, but we saw the potential that he might be a star one day.”

Academically Shawish is an honor student who has his eyes set on college. Among his awards: All State, Buffalo News Top 15 players in WNY for 2015, Super 7 Athlete of the Week from WKBW-TV, team MVP, ECIC Division IV Player of the Year for junior and senior years.

This week:

• Learn about the history and remediation of Tecumseh Redevelopment Site (the former Bethlehem Steel plant site) on Route 5 at an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at St. Anthony Church, 306 Ingham Ave. The cleanup is being driven by the First Ward Brownfield Opportunity Area Implementation Strategy. Funded by the state Department of State, the implementation strategy is moving ahead with remedial initiatives and is seeking feedback from residents. Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Conservation will also be on hand to summarize clean-up efforts.

• Global Concepts Charter School at 1001 Ridge Road plans an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29. The school accepts students from K-12 with Spanish or Arabic instruction offered to all students. For more information visit