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LEAP YEAR BABIES CELEBRATE B1 B OONE COUNTY RECORDER 50¢ The Community Recorder invited “Leap Year Babies” – those celebrating their birthdays on Feb. 29 only once every four years – for cake at the newspaper office in Fort Mitchell. Turfway presents Charity Night Turfway Park will present the 11th Annual Charity Night at the Tables on March 17, continuing a tradition established in 2002 by the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation. Story, A7 It’s the season for fish fries in NKY Looking for a fun family outing this Friday? Check out the Recorder’s listing of area fish fries. Story, B8 Plenty of history for Boone wrestlers Dave Barnes has taught his Walton-Verona High School wrestlers to appreciate a good challenge. Sports, A13 Follow Recorder staff on Twitter You can follow breaking news or provide news tips to reporters by following them on Twitter: (Stephanie Salmons) (Justin Duke) (James Weber) (Nancy Daly) Your Community Recorder newspaper serving all of Boone County THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Hong Kong native Luk active in community By Stephanie Salmons RICHWOOD — Louisa Luk is presumably one busy lady. While she and her husband own and operate Raymond’s Hong Kong Cafe in Richwood, she’s also the executive director and vice president of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce and she was recently named president of the upstart Richwood Business Association. Luk and her husband, Raymond – who owned Cathay Kitchen in Florence for 20 years – were both born and raised in Hong Kong, but met here in Boone County. “Hong Kong is very westernized,” she said. Luk said she was never “short of anything” growing up. Her dad, a self-taught engineer, was different from the rest of her relatives, she said. “He always wanted to give us the full education,” Luk said. “He always (said) education is what you can keep.” Luk ended up in Boone County because of a previous job. When she was in Hong Kong, Luk said she worked for a multinational company. She traveled frequently and was relocated first to New York and then to Cincinnati. She kept her Boone County residence while continuing to travel for work, she said. She quit that job in 2001. By that point, she had been a “commuting wife” for five or six years, working in New York City and coming home on the weekends. It was “about time for me to settle down,” Luk said. She had to choose – bring her husband there or stay here for him. Luk chose to stay. Luk began to work with the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce toward the end of the organization’s second year. The organization, which was established about six years ago, is the bridge between U.S. businesses and Chinese businesses, she said. See LUK, Page A2 SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER North Bend traffic a concern for businesses By Stephanie Salmons Contact us News .........................283-0404 Retail advertising .......513-768-8196 Classified advertising ........283-7290 Delivery .......................781-4421 See page A2 for additional information Vol. 136 No. 19 © 2012 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED For the Postmaster Published weekly every Thursday. Periodicals postage paid at Florence, KY 41042 ISSN 201108 ● USPS 060-780 Postmaster: Send address change to The Boone County Recorder 3635 O’Hara Rd., Erlanger, KY 41018 Annual subscription: Weekly Recorder In-County $18.02; All other in-state $23.32; Out-of-state $27.56; Kentucky sales tax included Hong Kong native Louisa Luk of Florence owns and operates, along with her husband and restaurant namesake, Raymond's Hong Kong Cafe in Richwood. She is also executive director and vice president of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce and president of the newly established Richwood Business Association. STEPHANIE Some Hebron businesses are concerned about traffic and congestion along Ky. 237. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER HEBRON — Some Hebron businesses are concerned about traffic and congestion along Ky. 237 (North Bend Road). The Hebron Business Association discussed these issues with a representative from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet at a recent meeting. As a new business, Hometown Urgent Care and WorkCare Center’s biggest concern is the safety of patients, residents and local businesses, said Mike Horne, Hometown’s director of operations for Kentucky. “Just potential traffic conflicts, potential traffic accidents, also the ease of getting in and out of local businesses,” he said. In general, traffic is good for business, Horne said, unless it affects the access to the businesses. Some bigger issues discussed at the meeting include the amount of semi-trailer traffic on Ky. 237, access to the highway, general backups and how to relieve congestion, he said. According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 spokeswoman Nancy Wood, the KYTC will be reviewing the Medical Arts Drive lane configuration onto Ky. 237, high speeds into the right-in only on southbound Ky. 237 near the new urgent care, and capacity and delay issues for Worldwide Boulevard onto southbound Ky. 237. Currently, a number of KYTC studies are under way in the area. These include: » Possibly adding flashing yellow lights at Worldwide Boulevard, Global Way, Conrad Lane and Barbara Drive along Ky. 237 for the permitted left turn movements. » Traffic studies for improving the dual left movements from southbound Ky. 237 to eastbound Interstate 275. » Traffic studies for improving the left movements from northbound Ky. 237 to westbound I-275. “I am encouraged by the attention that our local representatives are paying to our situation here in Hebron,” Horne said. “I hope that minor modifications can be implemented to improve traffic flow and increase safety.” According to Wood, average daily traffic in 2010 at mile point 12, just north of the roundabout at Graves Road, was 12,553. Near mile point 13, just south of Westborough Drive and North Pointe, the 2009 average daily traffic was 457. Near mile point 7.2, just north of Country Club Lane and north of Ky. 18, the 2010 traffic average daily traffic was 15,770. EMERALD MILE RUN/WALK 5K March 10th • 9am | Newport on the Levee CE-0000497283 TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR BUSINESS For more information call 513-721-2905 or log onto GREATER CINCINNATI


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