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HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS B1 JOURNAL Your Community Press newspaper serving Anderson Township, California, Mount Washington, Newtown E-mail: We d n e s d a y, M a r c h 3 1 , 2 0 1 0 Andrew Clark Nicholas Clark In the next few days your Community Press carrier will be stopping by to collect $2.50 for delivery of this month’s The Forest Hills Journal. Your carrier retains half of this amount along with any tip you give to reward good service. This month we’re featuring Andrew and Nicholas Clark. Andrew and Nicholas, age 9 and 7, both attend Guardian Angels School. When they are not delivering the paper, they both enjoy playing baseball, basketball and football. For information about our carrier program, call Steve Barraco, 248-7110. Citizen of the Year finalists named 50¢ Medians planned for safety By Lisa Wakeland Beechmont Avenue will likely have its first median by the end of this year. Anderson Township plans to construct three medians on Five Mile Road this summer. The project was bumped up because of Hamilton County’s plans to repave this section of the roadway, from Interstate 275 to Beechmont Avenue. The Anderson Township trustees recently authorized a bid for a single, landscaped median on Beechmont Avenue as an alternate to the bid package for the three Five Mile Road medians. Steve Sievers, assistant township administrator and development services director, said the Beechmont Avenue median, roughly 200 feet long would be across from Towne Center Way and an access drive for Stein Mart. “We have been working extensively with the Ohio Department of Transportation to begin introducing (medians) where feasible and where they can provide safety improvements along Beechmont, not just decorative improvements as was originally contemplated for some areas,” he said. “I also think it will allow the public to fully realize what Beechmont could be ... and realize safety and traffic flow improvements as well.” Sievers said the estimated construction cost for the Beechmont Avenue median is $70,000. Anderson Towne Center Wolfangel Road Collection time B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S Beechmont Avenue Forest Road Volume 50 Number 1 © 2010 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Web site: Landscaped median Stein Mart Anderson Township has planned three medians – from Interstate 275 to Old Five Mile Road, from Woodcroft Drive to Jager Court and from Jager Court to Nimitzview Drive – to coincide with Hamilton County’s plans to resurface Five Mile road. These medians, Sievers said, would mimic the medians on the northern portion of Five Mile Road and would not impact access. Cisterns would be installed under each segment to collect KEITH BARKLAGE/STAFF storm water and irrigate the medians, Sievers said. Close to $650,000 has been budgeted for that project. Public Works Director Richard Shelley said this type of construction is very competitive right now and he believes the township could save on both projects because of the economy of scale. Sievers said construction on the Five Mile Road medians would begin immediately to accommodate the county’s paving schedule. One of Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce’s most popular events is the Citizen of the Year Award Banquet. The event honors the outstanding citizen, businesses, students, educators and volunteers of the year. Last week, chamber officials released the names of the finalists by category. FULL STORY, A2 Voice your opinion The Forest Hills Local School District is planning meetings to discuss the reconfiguration of the district buildings. Do you plan to attend? Let us know by going online and voicing your opinion by typing andersontownship into your Web browser’s address bar and voting on our poll. We’ll run the results in next week’s edition of the Forest Hills Journal. Poll results The results of the March 24 unscientific poll on our Anderson Township community site at township asking readers how they feel about lowering the speed limit on Five Mile Road at Nimitzview Drive are: Yes: (10) 18.52% No: (44) 81.48% Total votes: 54 To place an ad, call 242-4000. LISA WAKELAND/STAFF Anderson Township plans to install flashing pedestrian signals, like this one at Turpin High School, along Salem Road. The signals will be at Beech Acres Park and Beacon Street. Anderson Twp. plans Salem changes By Lisa Wakeland Anderson Township is working on improvements to the Salem Road business district. The trustees recently authorized a $13,852 engineering contract to restripe the road and $10,000 to purchase and install pedestrian-activated signals. These changes are part of the short-term improvements to the area that were identified by University of Cincinnati students during a 2008 study of the business district. Paul Drury, assistant director of development services, said the township will partner with the county on the restriping plan, which will identify turn and trav- BEACON CE-0000391489.INDD SUPERIOR SELECTIONS ™ USDA Choice T-Bone Steak $ 8.99/lb. Store Made Roast Beef $ 6.99/lb. Prices Valid March 31 - April 6, 2010 el lanes as well as mark on-street parking. “That alone would be a vast safety improvement, not only for vehicles but for pedestrians,” Drury said. Steve Sievers, assistant administrator and development services director, said the traffic pattern for most of the road will not be different and it will be one travel lane with a wide shoulder. The three left turn lanes will be at Beacon Street, Alnetta Drive and Beech Acres Park. Pedestrian-activated flashing signals, similar to those at Turpin High School and on Newtown Road, will be installed at Beacon Street and Beech Acres Park. Jill Jenkins, a Mount Washington resident who regularly visits “The long-term improvements are quite extensive and this was something we could do ... and at least advance the Salem study, put some investment in this business district and give some attention to that neighborhood as well.” Paul Drury Assistant Director, Anderson Township Development Services Department Beech Acres Park, said she doesn’t usually have problems turning left into the park, but said the NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR EASTER Honey Glazed Ham, Prime Rib Roast, Beef Tenderloins, Lamb Legs, Fresh Turkeys, Turkey Breast, Roasting Chickens. Reserve Yours Today! 1348 Beacon Street • 231-8220 6660 Clough Pike • 232-6328 Join our email list at for Weekly Specials and Coupons! restriping plan would be more beneficial during rush hour. Trustee Vice President Peggy Reis agreed this will increase safety but other improvements, such as landscaping or access management, could be quite costly. “The long-term improvements are quite extensive and this was something we could do ... and at least advance the Salem study, put some investment in this business district and give some attention to that neighborhood as well,” Drury said. Sievers said the engineering firm will develop the plan and the county engineer will make the decision on the restriping. BEACON SUPERIOR SELECTIONS ™ American Cheese $ 3.99/lb. Gallon Milk $ 1.99 Prices Valid March 31 - April 6, 2010


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