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B1 Your Community newspaper serving Colerain Township, Green Township, Groesbeck, Monfort Heights, Pleasant Run, Seven Hills, White Oak E-mail: We d n e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 1 0 , 2 0 1 0 Mount Healthy High School senior Terrell Smith Volume 93 Number 1 © 2010 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Help for Haiti Helping at Matthew 25: Ministeries in relief of Haiti were eighth-grade White Oak Middle School students Jesse McIntosh, left and Richard Schaffer, right, who worked with Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman. FULL STORY A5 Valentine goodies This week, Rita’s Kitchen is full of goodies for Valentine’s Day. Don’t miss mini chocolate whoopie pies, or Rita’s Stacked Red Velvet cake. FULL STORY B4 Share your news Have a great photo from your kid’s latest field trip? Trying to drum up publicity for your group’s event? Visit to submit your photos, news and events. It’s a one-stopshop for submitting information to The Community Press, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and many other publications and Web sites. Sit a spell Any idea where this might be? We didn’t think so. Time to go hunting in the neighborhood to see if you can find it. Send your best guess to northwest or call 853-6287, along with your name. Deadline to call is noon Friday. If you’re correct, we’ll publish your name in next week’s newspaper along with the correct answer. See last week’s answer on B5. To place an ad, call 242-4000. Web site: B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Neighbors worry about security By Jennie Key It was standing room only in Colerain Township’s trustee chambers Feb. 1 as neighbors from the Lake Hills subdivision gathered to talk about whether their homes are safe. A number of residents said they had heard rumors about burglaries and break-ins and wanted to know the facts about what is going on in their neighborhood. A group of police officers from Colerain Township and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office met with the residents to discuss the crimes that have happened and to talk about what residents can do to be more safe. Colerain Police Lt. Angela Meyer shared some statistics with the group. In the past year, from January through December 2009, the community had four burglaries, two attempted burglaries, eight thefts, seven reports of vandalism and one assault. Colerain Police Detective Denny Deaton said the Lake Hills burglaries were similar to some committed in Forest Park, Springfield Township and Springdale. Residents at the meeting said they wanted more police presence in their neighborhood, and better communication from the homeowner’s association. Resident Melissa Moore said Ideas for a safer community JENNIE KEY/STAFF Residents of Lake Hills subdivision met with police officials last week to discuss security concerns after a number of burglaries and car break-ins. the association needs to do a better job of letting residents know what’s going on in the community. Johnny Williams knew what was going on firsthand. He and wife Tereasa live on Longlake Drive. Someone tried to rob them Dec. 22. Johnny drove his wife to work and returned home. Normally, the couple drives together, but he had the day off, so he returned home. As he pulled into his garage, he decided to get a paper, so he pulled back out and drove up the street. He got home to find someone had kicked in the back door. His flat screen TV was off of the entertainment center and sat on the floor, partially disconnected from the cable box. Nothing was taken in the break-in but the Williams’ sense of security was shaken. He says he was pleased with police response. “They were here in minutes.” And he was pleased to have someone from the crime unit come out and collect evidence. He wants to see the community blockwatch get stronger and neighbors look out for one another. Hamilton County Sheriff Capt. Rich Merschbach ran through a list of suggestions for residents. Do not hesitate to call the Hamilton County Dispatcher at 825-2280 or 911 if you see suspicious activity. Suspicious activity can include unfamiliar vehicle parked in the Colerain launches text messaging New program reaches parents and students By Jennie Key The Northwest Local School District is taking advantage of technology to stay in touch with students and parents. Colerain High School has implemented a new mass notification and alert system that rapidly notifies parents, students and employees of emergency situations, school closures and other critical and non-critical information through text messaging on their mobile phone. Principal Maureen Heintz says the new system, provided through Txtwire Communications, is completely voluntary but will save school officials time and streamline the process of getting information out to the people who need it. Heintz says she got the idea from Princeton High School Principal Walter Sprankles, who started a program at his school this year. Northwest High School principal Todd Bowling says his school is adopting the new program, as well, and will begin enrolling students Feb. 16. FALHABER A Family Tradition Since 1980 PRESS 2010 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 2,500 SAVINGS $ On All 25 In Stock JENNIE KEY/STAFF Colerain High School administrative assistant Trudy Hardert helps senior Cameron Baldwin with the codes for the new school text message system. Heintz said about 48 percent of Colerain High School parents don’t have Internet access at home, and Bowling said that number tracks for his parents as well. “I am sending e-mails, but not all my parents can get them,” Heintz said. “Txtwire is another tool to connect with our parents and our students. I am really excited about it.” She said studies show more people with cell phones than land lines and 96 percent of text messages are read. Attention Toyota Owners: 750 ADDITIONAL $ “People carry their cell phone with them wherever they go which makes it the easiest and most effective way to reach them,” she said. It’s already catching on. Heintz enrolled staff at an in-service program. In the week the program has been under way, she has 553 parents signed up and 824 students. Her goal is to have 100 percent of parents and students signed up. There are two ways to sign up for Cardinal Txtwire. To subscribe online, visit www. and go to the link Cardinal Textwire. Click over to the Cardinal Txtwire sign up page. With this sign-up form, you can customize updates so you just get the information you want. You will receive a single automated text message for each list that you sign up. Normal text messaging fees do apply according to your texting plan. Your phone number and name will not be shared with anyone. If you want to opt out after you sign up, come back and enter your information, then click unsubscribe. To subscribe via mobile phone: Text your group number of choice to the phone number 91011. You will then receive a text verifying Police had some suggestions for residents concerned about security in their neighborhood. • Lights are a deterrent. The group is starting petitions for lighting districts. • Leave outside lights on from dusk to dawn. • Close garage doors. • Stop mail and papers while on vacation. • Register house with police department for vacation checks when you are away. • Put lights on timers inside your home. • Get to know your neighbors and communicate with them. area, unfamiliar people walking in the area, unusual noises, someone going door-to-door. Be observant. Try to remember a description of the person’s clothing, gender, age, and race. If describing a vehicle, the make, model, color and the direction of travel are helpful. Neighborhood resource officer Mike Hopewell encouraged neighbors to get involved with the community blockwatch. The Lake Hills block watch meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5921 Springdale Road. Call the police department at 385-7504 for dates and times of meetings. Colerain text sign-up codes Student codes: 9th Grade Students: 24363 10th Grade Students: 24364 11th Grade Students: 24365 12th Grade Students: 24366 Butler Tech Students: 24379 Parent and Guardian codes: 9th Grade Parents: 24381 10th Grade Parents: 24382 11th Grade Parents: 24383 12th Grade Parents: 24384 Butler Tech Parents: 24378 Miscellaneous codes: Athletic Scores, Alerts: 24369 Emergency Alerts: Cardinals To unsubscribe from any group, just text the word “STOP” as a reply when you receive a text message from that group. your subscription to the group. Heintz said texting will give staff opportunities to be immediate, positive and motivational. In addition to messages, she wants to run contests and send messages of encouragement. But the new program does not change school policy about cell phones. Students may not access mobile phones between 7:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. while at school. “We will be sending messages to students in the early evening hours,” she said. “I just think this will be a great way to communicate with our students and our parents.” 0% APR FINANCING AVAILABLE On Most Brand New Nissans* REBATE On Any New Nissan Hurry! 3 Days Only Wed, Thurs & Fri! 8680 Colerain Ave. • 513-385-1400 *0% apr is 36 monthly payments of $27.78 per $1000 borrowed. Subject to credit approval for qualified buyers through NMAC. APR savings are in lieu of customer cash. 2010 Maxima and 2010 Altima savings include dealer discount and customer cash. Sale ends 2/12/10 0000382422 SIGNING DAY


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