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St. Ursula Villa addition underway School will have more classrooms, space for students

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By Lisa Wakeland

It’s been years in the making, and now it’s getting a little easier to envision the changes coming to St. Ursula Villa. The independent Catholic school is in the midst of a major construction project to transform its Mt. Lookout campus. “The project gives us an opportunity to (improve) the educational programs and … allows us to offer more great experiences for the kids,” said Principal Polly Duplace. “Everything we’re doing is going to impact every student, at every age.” Five years ago the school completed Villa Way, a new series of walkways to better connect the Manor House, which is the early childhood and administrative building, to the main school, which has kindergarten to eighth grade. That first phase of the master plan also rerouted traffic around the school and created more usable outdoor space for learning or play, said Diane Hopper, director of advancement for St. Ursula Villa. For the next part, Hopper said they formed a group to look at all the options and possibilities for improving classroom space. The campus topography, a hilly location on Vineyard Place, was a challenge, but the group eventually came up with phase two and three of the master plan — add to the Manor

A new addition on the Manor House of St. Ursula Villa will have new classroom space for the early childhood programs, which include a Montessori and traditional preschool. The school will also start offering a toddler program once the addition is complete. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

House and create a separate junior high under the main building, where cars used to travel before Villa Way opened. The Manor House addition, currently under construction, has more early childhood classrooms and functional space, Duplace said. All the classrooms will come out of the basement, which will then be used as a nap space, storage, and a “muscle room,” which is an indoor constructive play space. In addition to the new classrooms, St. Ursula Villa will bring the chapel back to the Manor House, where it originally was when the Ursuline Sisters moved in during the early

This rendering shows the new addition to the Manor House at St. Ursula Villa in Mt. Lookout, on the left. It’s currently under construction and expected to be complete this summer. This addition is the second phase of the school’s master plan, which also includes a new junior high area under the main building. PROVIDED

1960s. The space is currently used as a Montessori classroom. “We’re very excited to have all-grade-level Masses in the

same space,” Duplace said. “We’ve never been able to do that before, and this will help reinforce that sense of commu-

nity.” Construction on the Manor House addition is expected to be complete before the next school year begins in August, and the groundbreaking for the junior high addition is expected this summer. “We desperately needed more space down there, especially for collaborative learning (because) one classroom doesn’t facilitate that,” Duplace said. Hopper said the junior high area will include open group space outside of the classrooms and, by moving seventh- and eighth-graders to a separate area, it will free up more space for the younger students. It also allows the school to bring music classes back to the main building instead of a trailer, where they’ve been for more than a decade. “Every student is going to be positively impacted by this,” Hopper said. The junior high addition is expected to be ready by the 2015-2016 school year. St. Ursula Villa has raised $2.5 million of the $3.5 million needed to finish the master plan, and Hopper said faculty, staff, parents and the community have all donated to the project.

Mariemont may eliminate elected positions By Lisa Wakeland

A former elected official is taking issue with Mariemont’s new plan to combine the clerk and treasurer roles. Resident Stan Bahler, who served as village clerk for more than 20 years, said he had concerns about the lack of discussion about merging of the clerk and treasurer roles, both elected, into a new fiscal officer role. The ordinance, as it’s written, actually eliminates both the clerk and treasurer positions in favor of a fiscal officer, who would be appointed by the

mayor. The appointee would have to be approved by a majority of council and does not have to live in the village. Bahler pointed out this was first brought up last fall when a former council member asked why no one was running for the treasurer position. At that time, Mayor Dan Policastro said the idea of combining the clerk and treasurer roles would be discussed with the next council. “Here it is the first council meeting, and there is an ordinance already prepared, with everything decided, and there has been no discussion,” Bahler said. “There should have been a

committee meeting so people could state their views. I just think it’s the wrong way to go about making such an important change.” Tony Borgerding, who was last elected to the clerk role in 2011, has also been serving as treasurer since December 2012 when then-Treasurer Andy Kulesza took a six-month leave of absence because he was living outside of the village. Kulesza resigned last March, and Borgerding took over both positions. The reason behind the merge, according to the ordinance presented at the Jan. 13 council meeting, is because it



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has been difficult to find people “to run for the elected positions,” but Bahler said that’s “pretty weak” reasoning. “If it’s hard to find someone for one, it’s going to be harder to find someone to do both roles,” he said. Council didn’t discuss this further at the Jan. 13 meeting, but Policastro said there would be some discussion at the ordinance’s second reading, expected at the next council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27. Bahler said his main objection to the recommendation is the lack of discussion and the reasons given for the change.

“We shouldn’t be bringing an ordinance for the first time with three new council people and I don’t know if the previous council was in on the discussion because it didn’t take place here, so it was off the books if it existed at all,” he said. He also said it’s good to have a back up to fill in when needed and to have two people with a financial background to provide checks and balances. Other surrounding villages have different ways of handling these positions. In Terrace Park and Newtown, there is an appointed fiscal officer, and in Fairfax, there is an elected clerk-treasurer. Vol. 34 No. 2 © 2014 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



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This year’s event, titled “Engaging for Prosperity,” will be 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bennie Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Cintas Center at Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave. “Volunteers at the neighborhood level really look forward to it because they learn tools and techniques for being more effective in their community,” said Rick Dieringer, executive director of Invest In Neighborhoods, the sponsor of the event. Dieringer said two principal themes at this year’s event will be citizen engagement and economic development. A variety of workshops

will be offered with topics including transportation, business district revitalization, Necessary communication budgeting and leadership. About 18 different workshops are offered. Introduced at last year’s summit, “the community academy” will also be offered. These are a “nuts and bolts sessions on how to conduct business in a community council or neighborhood organization,” said Dieringer. Although the summits are frequently attended by council and neighborhood representatives, Dieringer said residents can find the workshops

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District used fifth and final calamity day Jan. 21 By Lisa Wakeland

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calamity day. On Jan. 28, the Board of Education approved the use of “blizzard bags,” or coursework students can complete online or at home in lieu of counting it as a calamity day. “The state typically has the school districts submit this resolution in August, but because of the way winter is going this year, they have re-opened the window,” Superintendent Steven Estepp said. “The reason why I want to do this is we could have something go wrong in the spring — a water main break, power outage — and you could use the blizzard bag in May if you had to call a day.” Curriculum and Instruction Director Shannon Kromer said they’re meeting with teachers to explain the program requirements for all grade levels and courses. The “calamity day lessons,” which can be used up to three times, would be posted online to Blackboard, and school principals would email parents with instructions for finishing the work. “Essentially, (teachers) will be creating activities and work that can be done at home, with the use of primarily online resources,” Kromer said. “We are in a great position for that because we’re one-to-one [one device for every student] and a lot of our resources are already digital.”

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Mariemont council may pare meetings Schedule could shift during summer months

By Lisa Wakeland

Mariemont Village Council plans to adjust its meeting schedule this year. Instead of meeting twice per month, Village Council is expected to move to once-per-month meetings during the summer and in December. Council currently meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month in the village building, 6907 Wooster Pike. This is not the first time altering the monthly meeting schedule has surfaced, and last year council met only once per month during the summer. Councilman Joe Miller, who is the vice mayor and led the Jan. 27 Committee of the Whole meeting, said he was originally in favor of only meeting once each month, but it might make more sense to just have once-a-month meetings in June, July and August. Officials could always call a special meeting if they needed to discuss time-sensitive business, Miller said. But Councilwoman Mary Ann Schwartz said she would rather have meetings twice a month than call special meetings, and these extra meetings would give new members

Mariemont council members Dennis Wolter, left, and Mary Ann Schwartz talk after a meeting. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

more time to get acclimated. “I think having two is a good thing right now, but during the summer I can understand (less meetings),” Councilman Eric Marsland said, adding the more frequent meetings are helpful to new council members. Marsland, along with Maggie Palazzolo and Jim Tinkham, have just started their first term on council after being elected in November. Palazzolo said two meetings each month will help her and the other new members better understand the process for legislation and conducting village business. It would also allow more time for public comments on ordinances or resolutions. “I don’t think it looks right that we have a bunch of new council members and new things going on and suddenly we’re going to one meeting,” she said.

“I don’t think the appearance sits well with (residents).” Councilman Dennis Wolter said it’s important for council to have two meetings a month when there is more business — the waste collection and road repair contracts, for example — so there is more time for discussion and less votes to pass resolutions or ordinances as an emergency. “If we’re going to once (a month) it’s going to take three months to get something passed,” he said. “In the summer it does slow down, but two meetings a month gives residents more opportunities to come (to meetings).” Tinkham was not at the Jan. 27 committee discussion. Village Council could vote to alter its meeting schedule for the rest of 2014 as early as the next meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.

Mariemont Council members Maggie Palazzolo, left, Joe Miller and Eric Marsland review their packet at a regular meeting. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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special events and fundraising. “It’s always healthy for organizations to take a step back and make sure they are fulfilling (their) core purpose,” said Schaff. New board member Sean Fausto said the “Vision” plan is a way to streamline and organize

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BRIEFLY Art exhibit

There are a few more days to see the “Barn Painters Winter Show” at the Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center in Mariemont, 6980 Cambridge Ave. It features original oil paintings by emerging artists. Hours are 9

a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7; and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9. Meet the artists at a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Admission is free.

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ion. No motor vehicle permit is required for this park.

New board members

Brian Bainum, Anne Sesler, Tim Spille and Mike Tranter are the newest board members

of the Mt. Lookout Community Council, and all will be directors at large. The next meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at the Cincinnati Observatory. Meetings are typically the third Monday of every other month at Christ the King Parish Center, with the exception of February and October.

Cincinnati Parks hiring

The Cincinnati Parks are hiring for more than 50 seasonal openings in everything from maintenance to program leaders. All applicants must have a driver’s license and high school diploma or equivalent, and submit to a drug screening and police background check. Applicant and position details available online, parksjobs14.

Neighborhood Watch

Mariemont is restarting its neighborhood watch program and will conduct monthly meetings. The first is 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in council chambers at the village administration meeting, 6907 Wooster Pike. A Mariemont police officer will be at the meetings to discuss crime statistics or concerns in the area and answer questions

from residents. Tim Jordan is the chairman of the group, and he is looking for others to help. Call 276-8121 if interested.

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The Better Business Bureau is warning Greater Cincinnatians to be on the lookout for a scam that could result in unauthorized charges on their cell phone bills. People across the U.S. have reported receiving calls on their cell phones from an unknown number. When people answer the phone, the caller hangs up and $19.95 is charged to the cell phone owner. The BBB is calling it “The One Ring Scam,” and a version of phone cramming. Victims have reported calls originating from the Caribbean Islands. The BBB recommends calling your cell phone provider immediately if you think you’ve been targeted. Also, keep a close eye on your phone bill to spot unauthorized charges and request they be removed.

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In this scene from the Summit Country Day's performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank," junior Tori Woodruff, Ft. Thomas, Ky., plays the title character as she writes in her diary about her feelings about becoming a young woman. THANKS TO JOLENE BARTON

DIARY comes to life A cast of students and stage crew from The Summit Country Day School’s Upper School presented the “Diary of Anne Frank” recently in Kyte Theater under the direction of Drama Coach Tom Peters.

The Frank Family enter the "Secret Annex" in this scene from the "Diary of Anne Frank" as performed by students at Summit Country Day. From left are sophomore Jackson Xiong, Mason, as Mr. Otto Frank; junior Tori Woodruff, Ft. Thomas, Ky., as Anne Frank; senior Carolyn Eyre, Loveland, as Margot Frank; and sophomore Lucy Schroder, Hyde Park, as Mrs. Edith Frank. THANKS TO JOLENE BARTON

Entertaining themselves in a card game while hidden away in the "Secret Annex," freshman Liam Lindy, Anderson Township, plays Mr. Dussel and junior Alex Winzenread, West Chester, portrays Mr. Van Daan in the Summit Country Day's performance of "Diary of Anne Frank." THANKS TO JOLENE BARTON

Members of the Van Daan Family in The Summit Country Day School's production of Diary of Anne Frank are played by, from left, junior Gavin Majeski, Madeira, as Peter Van Daan; junior Alex Winzenread, West Chester, as Mr. Van Daan; and sophomore Elisa Stanis, Green Township, as Mrs. Van Daan.

Directed by Drama Coach Tom Peters, Upper School students at The Summit Country Day School recently presented the Diary of Anne Frank Dec. 7 and 8 in Kyte Theater. In this scene, members of the "Secret Annex" celebrate Hanukkah, as Peter lights the shamash. From left, sophomore Jackson Xiong, Mason, as Otto Frank; junior Alex Winzenread, West Chester, as Mr. Van Daan; freshman Liam Lindy, Anderson.THANKS



St. Gertrude parishioners earn high school honors St. Gertrude Parish was recently notified that the following parishioners made the honor roll at two local high schools this quarter. Making first honors from St. Xavier High School, were Reed Dorger, Andrew Fitzgerald,

Matthew Kaes, Nicholas Kohl, James Nagle, John O’Shea Jr., Andrew Racadio, Jack Rafferty and Ross Roehr. Earning second honors included Robert Bathalter, Michael Bortz, John Burleigh, Peter Burleigh, Joseph Carmi-

chael Philip Collins John Graves Patrick Gunning, Eric Jaun Steven Koesterman, Mark Minutolo, John Nawalaniec, Connor Paquette, Peter Schulteis and Alexander Schumacher. Making first honors from St.

Ursula Academy were Caroline Spurr, Madeline Upham, Maura Mittermeier, Natalie Heller, Elizabeth Pritchard, Elinor Floyd, Maria Racadio, Hannah Redden, Madeline Huster, Margaret McIlvenna, Catherine Redden and Abigail Koester-

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Ursuline’s Reilly ready to set sail for Naval Academy By Mark D. Motz

HYDE PARK — Anchors aweigh. Ursuline Academy senior Sarah Reilly committed to play basketball at the U.S. Naval Academy. “I never saw myself in the military, but the minute I got there and saw it, I knew it was right,” she said. “It’s a pretty amazing opportunity. I definitely like the Patriot League for its sports and its academics. I think it’s similar to the GGCL. You have smart kids on the floor and smart kids off the floor who are invested in their educations.” “It’s an emotional time. It’s going to be really hard to leave this team, this school. We’ve got a real sisterhood and we’re very close. At the same time it’s going to be exciting to go out and see how ready I am. I feel like I’m prepared. Going from one academy to the next is a unique thing, kind of, even though the next one will be a lot more strict than this one.” U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-2nd District) wrote the Hyde Park resident’s recommendation for the Naval Academy, where she plans to study engineering. Reilly is taking calculus and physics her senior year and said she loves math in general. Reilly puts up enviable numbers on the court, averaging a double-double with 13.8 points 11.2 rebounds per game. She’s fifth in the GGCL in scoring and second in rebounding. “She has been the backbone of the team,” Ursuline head coach Keith Starks said. “It’s been a real joy having her my three years here. “We ask her to rebound and defend, which she does. Come in and play with a lot of energy. She’s done a pretty good job of that. The shots and the scoring take care of themselves when she’s playing with energy.” She’s also a team leader off the court. “I know a couple of the freshmen have gone to her as a shoulder to lean on, so to speak,” Starks said. “It’s a big transition from eighth grade to high


Ursuline Academy senior Sarah Reilly (11) goes to the basket during a 50-35 home loss to McAuley Jan. 28. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

school. Not just basketball, but the academics and what our girls have to do off the court. She’s been a wonderful source for the younger girls.” Reilly also played golf for the Lions, but fell in love with basketball at an early age. She was part of the St. Mary’s School CYO dynasty that won city titles every year from third through eighth grade. “The sixth time we won, that might be my favorite basketball memory,” she said. “To be

so close with those girls and to have that kind of success that young helped shape me. Most of those girls play at St. Ursula now, so it’s fun to get to play them again every year. “(I like) the rush of the game and aspect of team. I’ve played golf and that’s such a different game with the pace and the solitude. I like being part of a team. That’s another thing that’s exciting about Navy; it’s definitely a team there, not just in basketball.”

Seven Hills senior gymnast comes full circle By Mark D. Motz

FAIRFAX — They often take time, but circles usually come full. Seven Hills Upper School senior Reena SenGupta began taking recreational gymnastics lessons at Kids First at age 6. At 8 she was competing in a rec program. By eighth grade she was on a club team with an eye toward competing in college. But the Mason resident injured her elbow on a tumbling pass and missed her high school season as a Seven Hills junior. During her recovery, she decided not to pursue gymnastics collegiately and left her club team - she was a Level 9 gymnast, training toward Level 10 – and left herself somewhat adrift. “It was really hard after I decided to scale back,” she said. “I had a lot of time.” She tried diving briefly, picked up yoga – “I hate running, but I needed to do something to stay in shape,” she said – and even entertained overtures to try out for lacrosse. Instead she got a job at Kids First and now coaches the rec program where she began. “It’s very cool to be back where I started,” she said And to finish with her high school team. SenGupta is the lone returning senior for coach Sue Bone’s squad, the unquestioned leader of the group. “Not only is she talented, she’s one of the nicest people you will meet,” Bone said. “She’s like having a third coach out there for us. She’s so supportive of our middle school team, of our high school team. “She’s a big supporter of other teams. When somebody throws a great move or has a great routine, she’s really happy for them, leading the cheers and congratulating them. I think that’s pretty rare. She’s been a great captain of the ship.” SenGupta takes the coaching angle seriously. She used her senior challenge project to educate herself in choreography. “I was always more of a

Seven Hills senior gymnast Reena SenGuppa hits the vault during a Dec. 10 meet at Cincinnati Country Day. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

power gymnast,” she said. “I was a good tumbler, but not too strong at dance. I spent hours watching elite routines to see what they were doing. But I also watched a lot of dance companies and just modern dance to learn, too. It’s been a lot of fun.” So much so that she’s taken over some of the choreography chores for the Stingers’ floor exercises. “Her routines are far superior to mine,” Bone said. “Mine are all dated dancing styles. Hers are very modern and fresh moves.” SenGupta said she loves to practice the balance beam – “When you do a backflip on the beam and you land in a stuck position, for just a second there you feel amazing, like ‘I’m an accomplished person,’” she said - but she doesn’t like competing in it. “Too nervewracking.” She’s not satisfied with her bar routine, either, so with the city and district meets looming and her competitive career nearing an end, SenGupta plans to stick to the floor exercises and vault. “I’m willing to try anything and I want to show (the judges) that,” SenGupta said. “My power and my tumbling (on the floor exercises) skills are better than my dancing, so I’m trying to show them I can do the dance elements, too.”

Walnut bowlers find ECC a tough league to crack By Scott Springer

WALNUT HILLS — In many leagues, Walnut Hills High School’s bowling team would be at or near the top of the standings. However, thanks to some phenomenal flingers along the eastern portion of Hamilton County, the Eagles have had to watch the championship hardware go elsewhere. The Eastern Cincinnati Conference features regimented rollers year in and year out from Glen Este, Loveland and Anderson. The last two seasons, coach Butch Taylor’s Walnut Hills boys have been in the hunt. “We were battling them,” Taylor said. The Eagles are third this season behind perennial champ Glen Este and the Redskins. Last year, they finished behind

the Trojans and Loveland’s Tigers. Based out of Madison Bowl, Taylor’s top troops include seniors Karl Schottelkotte and Christopher Smitherman II, juniors Brandon Traynum, Austin Brown, Christopher Franz, and Noah Drout and sophomore Ben Blacklidge. Schottelkotte is featured on any Walnut Hills spotlight report. “That’s my top guy for the last two-three years,” Taylor said. “Karl’s been my anchorman.” Fifth in the ECC at presstime with an average of more than 203, the left-hander is a college-level bowler in Taylor’s opinion. In typical southpaw fashion, the top-ranked Eagle will take a more laid back approach. “He’s already picked the college he’s going to go to and says

Senior Claire Schottelkotte contemplates a shot on Jan. 13 at Cherry Grove Lanes. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

he’s going to bowl on their club team,” Taylor said. At Walnut Hills bowling matches, Schottelkotte often bowls next to his senior sister, Claire. Claire Schottelkotte and junior Ashley Robinson front

coach James Ficklin’s Lady Eagles. “They’re our two foundation bowlers,” Ficklin said. Claire Schottelkotte was 12th in the ECC at presstime averaging more than 155, with Robinson hovering around 147. Also on the bowling wood for Walnut are seniors Juliette Wean and Johanna Leffler, juniors Maddy Kirschner and Rachel Wilz and freshman Shakria Crawford. “We’re learning our game,” Ficklin said. “We hope to get better as the season goes on.” The Lady Eagles have struggled in the standings this season, but bowling is nowhere near as press-cooked as many high school sports. The Walnut Hills girls make up their own pre-match cheers and have fun. “I don’t believe in high pressure coaching,” Ficklin said. “I try to get them the fundamen-

tals of the game and let them know that bowling is a game of repetition. If you hit the same mark with the same arm swing you’re going to get the results. Start with a good foundation, have fun and we’ll take whatever comes after that.” Ficklin’s squad was fourth last season, so the goal is to improve and build on 2014. Again, any league that involves Glen Este in bowling will be a difficult climb. “We thought that the FAVC was a tough league when we were in it,” Ficklin said. “The Eastern Cincinnati Conference is a really tough league. We’ve got Glen Este, Anderson, Loveland, Turpin and us. It’s a good, solid strong league.” Both squads wrap their regular seasons up at Madison Bowl with matches against Summit Country Day on Feb. 10 and Goshen on Feb. 12.



PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Boys basketball

» Clark Montessori came from behind to beat Milford 55-42 on Jan. 28. Senior Malik Rhodes had 14 points. The Cougars beat Seven Hills 69-43 on Jan. 31. Sophomore Jordan Gaines had 17 points. » Mariemont leveled its record at 9-9 after a 4340 road win at Deer Park Jan. 31 and a 53-38 home victory against Goshen Feb. 1. » Seven Hills lost 64-41 at home against Wyoming Jan. 27 and dropped a 6943 road decision Jan. 31 to fall to 5-8 (4-4 Miami Valley Conference). » Summit Country Day beat Cincinnati Christian 61-43 Jan. 31 to run its record to 11-5 (8-0 Miami Valley Conference). » Withrow downed Woodward 64-40 on Jan. 27. Junior Lamont West led the Tigers with 23 points. On Jan. 31, the Tigers beat Western Hills 75-60 senior DeJuan Jones had 35 points. » Moeller beat Elder in double overtime on Jan. 31, 55-52. Senior Grant Benzinger had 20 points.

Girls basketball

» Mariemont lost 41-35 at Wyoming Jan. 29 as Hannah Kreieger scored 13 to lead the team. » Seven Hills beat Lockland 57-33 Jan. 29, but fell 56-49 against Wyoming Jan. 30, falling to11-8 (7-4 MVC). » Summit Country Day

posted a 46-28 home win against Cincinnati Country Day Jan. 29 and knocked off Cincinnati Christian 58-37 Feb. 1, lifting its record to 11-7 (7-4 MVC). » Withrow beat Western Hills 59-27 on Jan. 28. Senior Montrail Roberts had15 points. The Lady Tigers walloped Aiken 52-6 on Jan. 30. » Mount Notre Dame defeated Ursuline 57-47 on Jan. 30. Junior Naomi Davenport led the Cougars with 16 points.

Boys swimming and diving

» Mariemont finished third in the CHL championship meet, coming in behind Wyoming and Indian Hill. » Moeller was second at the Greater Catholic League meet at Keating Natatorium Jan. 31. The Crusaders won the 200 medley relay and sophomore Cooper Hodge won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. » Seven Hills won the Southern Ohio Swim League championship Feb. 1, scoring 358 points to cruise past runner-up New Richmond (244). » Summit Country Day finished sixth in the SOSL championship meet standings Feb. 1.

Girls swimming and diving

» Mariemont won the CHL championship, beating runner-up Indian Hill 404-340, as coach Kevin Maness earned league coach of the year honors. » At the Girls Greater Catholic League meet at

Purcell Marian sophomore Jamel Howard (25) guards Alter freshman Keegan Saben Jan. 28. The Cavaliers lost to Alter 73-23. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Division III 100 meter dash state runner-up Ian Turner and coach Nia Williams, left, were recognized before Clark’s boys basketball game against Seven Hills Jan. 31. Ian was third in the state in the 100m as a freshman, second as a sophomore, and will look for a state championship this Spring. Clark has one is school history - 2010 Calen Settles, boys long jump.THANKS TO AARON ZUPKA/CLARK MONTESSORI ATHLETICS

» Summit Country Day finished third in the Southern Ohio Swim League meet Feb. 1, coming in behind champions Cincinnati Country Day and runner-up Clark Montessori. » St. Ursula Academy was runner-up in the GGCL championship meet Jan. 29, coming in behind victorious Ursuline Academy by a score of 404-343.


Raeya Gordon of Clark Montessori won the 100 butterfly in a tri-meet with CHCA and Seven Hills Jan. 26 at Walnut Hills High School. Her time was 1:04.81. THANKS TO KEITH NEU

the University of Cincinnati Jan. 27, Mount Notre Dame’s Kristen Dean was fourth, Amy Dean was seventh, Carmen Kerley

was eighth and Brooke Ruter was 11th. » Seven Hills finished fifth in the Southern Ohio Swim League meet Feb. 1

» Moeller advanced in the state dual tournament by beating Loveland and Harrison Jan. 29. Against Loveland, sophomore Jaelen Summerours (113), junior Conner Ziegler (120), senior Connor Borton (132), freshman Drew Hobbs(138), and senior Austin Bohenek (160) had pins. Against Harrison, Summerours, Ziegler, Borton, senior Johnathan Tallarigo (152) and senior Chalmer Frueauf (220) re-

corded pins.


» The Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association announced Mariemont High School athletic director Tom Nerl as its 2014 NFHS Citation award winner. The award is presented to a professional who made significant contributions to the National Federation of State High School Associations and/ or other organizations that have impacted high school activities. He will represent District S as a nominee for state and national recognition at a convention in November.

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Winning the 200 medley relay for Walnut Hills at the ECC meet Jan. 25 were Myles Keener, Andrew Tengen, Juan Mougan and Cooper Keener.

Walnut Hills boys take ECC Championship

On Jan. 25 at the Eastern Cincinnati Conference meet at Anderson, Walnut Hills won the boys championship. Sophomore Cooper Keener and junior Juan Mougan were first and second in the 100 backstroke and the Eagles 200 medley team of Mougan, Andrew Tengen and Myles and Cooper

Keener took first. Andrew Tengen was third in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly; Juan Mougan was third in the 200 individual medley; Laith Barakat was third in the 50 freestyle; Jose Gomez was second in the100 freestyle; Cooper Keener took third in the 500 free; Myles Keener was third in

the 100 breaststroke; and the Eagles’ 200 and 400 free relays were second and third, respectively. The Walnut girls were second in the ECC with sophomore Melanie Cashell and junior Brookley Garry finishing 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke. Photos thanks to Scott Tengen

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Rules tightened for homestead exemption The state Legislature has limited eligibility through an income qualifier for the Real Estate Tax Homestead Exemption for most new applicants after Jan. 1, 2014. This clamp-down is yet another in a series of moves made by the state to offload expenditures onto local governments and citizens. Other changes made in the past two years include more than a 50 percent cut of state funding to counties, municipalities, and townships and elimination of 12 ½ percent rollbacks on new or replacement levies on owner-occupied residential property taxes. Taken together, these cuts will literally save the state (and revert these costs back to citizens and communities) well over a billion dollars annually with that amount growing

every year due to new levies coming on, the death of current Homestead recipients, and the potential growth in state Dusty tax revenues. Rhodes Under the COMMUNITY PRESS current verGUEST COLUMNIST sion of the law, taxpayers already receiving the Homestead exemption (normally worth around $300 to $400 per year for a homeowner) will be “grandfathered” and will be eligible to receive the break going forward… unless there is a change in their status such as not owning and living in an Ohio residence or no longer being classed as totally disabled.

Imperative to raise awareness about colorectal cancer March is colorectal cancer awareness month, which provides an opportunity to discuss and learn more about this disease. This is particularly important for the residents of Hamilton County where our incidence rate (new cases detected each year) is 30 percent greater than the national average. UnfortuDr. Chris nately, there South COMMUNITY PRESS are, on average, 487 new GUEST COLUMNIST cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed each year in Hamilton County. Fortunately, colorectal cancer is a preventable and curable disease if found and treated during its early stages. The most important prevention strategy is a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. Known risk factors for colorectal cancer include smoking, a diet high in processed meats, obesity, and lack of regular exercise. Individuals can decrease their personal risk of colorectal cancer by engaging in regular exercise and consuming a diet rich in lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This type of lifestyle has additional health benefits as well. Regular screening is another important part of preventing colorectal cancer or finding it at an earlier, more treatable stage. Several medical societies recommend a screening colonoscopy at the age of 50. If a relative has a history of colorectal polyps or cancer, screening may be recommended at an earlier age. There are several misconceptions about colonoscopy. The most common is that a colonoscopy is only

needed if symptoms are present. Up to 20 percent of females and 25 percent of males have asymptomatic polyps in their colons at the age of 50. Polyps are growths which progress to colorectal cancer over time and can easily be removed during colonoscopy with minimal risk to the patient. Screening colonoscopy has helped to cut the rate of colorectal cancer by 50 percent over the past few decades, but only 50 percent of eligible individuals undergo screening. This is why it is imperative to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and to encourage friends and family to initiate or continue screening for this lethal, preventable disease. Dr. Chris South a gastroenterologist with Ohio GI and Liver Institute.

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Special attention should be taken by those who turned 65 before Jan. 1, 2014, and have not yet filed the first time for Homestead exemption. You have a one-time opportunity to apply and be approved without income qualification as long as you own and live in the same home that you did on Jan. 1, 2013. Such “late application” must be received at the auditor’s office on or before June 2, 2014. New applicants becoming eligible by age or disability after Jan. 1, 2014, will now need to meet an income test to be approved for the Homestead exemption. A taxpayer and spouse with an individual or joint household Ohio adjusted gross income (OAGI) of more than $30,500 on their 2013 state

income tax return will not be eligible for the exemption in the current year. If, in the future, the taxpayer(s) report an income below the eligibility threshold, the exemption may be approved for that year. New Homestead applicants who are not required to file an Ohio income tax return must submit appropriate documentation to the county auditor to prove income eligibility. It should be noted that Ohio adjusted gross income is not necessarily the same as the total income received in a household. Receipt of Social Security benefits would be a major example of an income source not considered for OAGI and thus not affecting eligibility for the Homestead exemption. The normal filing period for

the Homestead exemption is between the first Monday in January and the first Monday of June each year. Annually, in March, we mail an inquiry concerning continuing eligibility to taxpayers who received the Homestead exemption in the previous year. If there is no change in the eligibility status no action is necessary by the taxpayer. More detail about the Homestead tax exemption may be found on the Hamilton County auditor’s website ( or taxpayers may visit the auditor’s office on the third floor of the County Administration Building at 138 E. Court St. in downtown Cincinnati. The phone number is 946-4099. Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question President Obama has said addressing income inequality will be the focal point of his agenda for the rest of his term. What can be done to address income inequality?

“What can be done to address income inequality? It's really not that hard a question to answer, get a job. “If one job doesn't cover all your bills, get a second one. I have no problem with people making a lot of money by working, but when it comes to welfare and medicaid for the masses I have to draw the line. “When Obama got elected the first time his welfare state didn't work out too well and this term is much of the same. People we just don't the money for all the give-away programs.” Dave D.

“The solution to income inequality is the creation of secure, living wage jobs with salaries that grow to reward loyalty, experience and productivity. “A very good place to start would be the repeal of Citizens United. Corporate America is using worker earned profit to buy legislation (Right to work for Less) that continues to stagnate our wages and erode our rights. We are financing our own trip toward poverty. “We must use our vote in each and every election to elect representatives who will fight for an amendment to overturn this destructive decision. “In addition, we need to stop demonizing our labor unions. Workers need to organize, regain their voice and remind the nation’s employers that the building of a successful business is a partnership. “Workers deserve to share in the profit they help to generate. Unionizing allows us to regain our ability to bargain for fair wages, job security and the end of outsourcing. “In many cases greed has suffocated any respect that em-

NEXT QUESTION The Bengals have asked Hamilton County for control of the naming rights to Paul Brown Stadium. Should the county turn over the naming rights? Why or why not? What names would you suggest for the stadium? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line by 5 p.m. on Thursday.

ployers used to have for their workforce and, left unchecked, income inequality will only get worse.” K.M.

“The short answer to your question about income inequality is nothing or very little. I think the discussion now is really more about economic inequality which is a much broader topic and centers the idea of wealth. “The differences in wealth between individuals as well as nations have existed for thousands of years despite all the recent attention. “And, in spite of good faith efforts by various American Presidents, ie. Woodrow Wilson ( New Freedom), FDR ( New Deal ), Harry Truman ( Fair Deal), JFK ( New Frontier), LBJ (Great Society/War on Poverty), it would be stretch to say that any of those programs left a legacy of making a significant, positive, or long term change in economic inequality. “So, what's the solution? There isn't any; there will always be some. Can we minimize it? Yes, we can. How? By educating ourselves differently. More efficiently. “For example, why not reduce the number of law schools and move medical education to places like the Cleveland Clinic or the Mayo Clinic. “In high school, counsel parents that there are excellent alternatives to a four-year degree that will lead to good jobs. Sure,

this is long term but there isn't any magic wand to expand economic equality.” D.H.

“I have concerns about Obama trying to solve any income inequalities. His approach so far seems to be more government entitlements. He has never had a real private sector job, nor has he run a company. Unless he is creating more jobs than I worry about his methods or success. “His Robin Hood methods (take from the rich and give to the poor) have not worked. Bringing back jobs from over seas might be a good place to start along with immigration reform. That is 10-20 million job opportunities to start. “Per Steve Chabot, ‘since LBJ’s war on poverty started in 1964, 50 years ago the government has spent $20.7 trillion dollars on poverty in the U.S .’ “My guess is a large amount of that money was spent for government bureaucracy and more government employees. Obama may soon replace Jimmy Carter as the president with the lowest public approval rating. Go figure!” T.D.T.

“President Obama and his liberal base bemoan the ‘income inequality’ in this country, but their hands are tied to one large group that will keep that from happening. Unions. “Specifically the teachers unions across this country. Education is paramount to closing the income gap in this country. More educated a student becomes, the more income that student will achieve. School vouchers are fought by the unions all over this country because they are a threat to the status quo. “Break the cycle of inefficient/ineffective schools, remove layers upon layers of overpaid do-nothing administrators and maybe theirs hope. But that would take change. Hmmmm, hope and change?” J.D.


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L IFE Getting beds for kids in need EASTERN HILLS JOURNAL


By Forrest Sellers

HYDE PARK — A Hyde Park councilwoman wants to insure Tristate children don’t lack a basic necessity. Louisa Adams is forming an organization to provide beds and cribs for underprivileged children. The organization is called Beds for Kids Cincinnati.

Adams, who has a background in social work, said Cincinnati has a significant problem with child poverty in which children’s Adams basic needs are not being met. Through her social work, Adams said, “We consistently saw


children without a bed to sleep in.” Beds for Kids will work closely with Families Forward, a locally based resource center for schools, students and their families. “I think (this) will be nicely aligned with our services in meeting the full needs of our students,” said Deborah Allsop, executive director/CEO of Fam-

ilies Forward. “(This) will support their academic, social and emotional growth.” Families Forward will serve as a referral agency for Beds for Kids. Adams, a parent of three, said the organization will initially need to raise about $150,000. This will cover operational costs as well as provide beds for 500 children.

Adams said the children will be given a bed frame, mattress, sheets, a comforter and pillow. The organization hopes to obtain funding from foundation grants and corporate sponsors as well as private donations. For information visit the website or send an email to Adams at

State Sens. Shannon Jones, Bill Seitz and Joe Uecker honor the Moeller High School football team for winning the Division I state championship. PROVIDED

Moeller football honored at state capital


hio State Sens. Shannon Jones (R-Springboro), Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township) and Bill Seitz (R–Cincinnati) honored the Moeller High School football team for winning the 2013 Division I state

championship. The Crusaders beat the Mentor Cardinals 55-52, winning their second consecutive state championship. “Coach (John) Rodenberg’s guidance on and off the field is a huge contributor to the

success of these young men,” Jones said. “This was a big year for the Crusaders, not only winning the title, but breaking state records. I’m excited to see more from this great team next season.” “The Crusaders unwa-

vering commitment and energy, and the dedication of coach Rodenberg let to a record-setting year and a well deserved state title,” Seitz said “As a Moeller alumnus, I’m extremely proud of our young athletes for winning yet an-

other state championship,” Uecker said. Moeller set records for most points scored by a team, most combined points scored and most combined total yards in a Division I state final game.

CSC starts programs for kids Cancer Support Community recently received a $10,000 grant from the Charles H. Dater Foundation, which will help fund special support programs throughout 2014 for children dealing with cancer themselves or in their family. Called Kid Support, the 10week program is a free peer support group for children (ages 4-12) who have a family member or friend with cancer or have cancer themselves. The program features developmentally appropriate content and activities such as artistic expression, poems, stories, cartoons and games to help children feel comfortable asking questions, expressing difficult feelings and sharing common experiences. “The Charles H. Dater Foundation is committed to the children of the Greater Cincin-

nati area,” said Bruce A. Krone, Director of the Foundation. “We focus on providing financial support to programs that serve to improve the lives of children through diversified experiences and activities. This is in keeping with the philanthropic vision and goals of Charles H. Dater, in whose memory we serve.” More than 2,200 grants have been awarded since 1985, totaling over $35 million. According to CSC Program Director Kelly Schoen a cancer diagnosis impacts the entire family and can be especially confusing and frightening to the youngest family members. “We’re very grateful to the Dater Foundation for this funding,” said Schoen. “Children often have many worries, fears, and misconceptions

about cancer and if the concerns are not addressed it can put them at risk for emotional distress, behavioral problems, or trouble in school.” Kid Support begins with a parent orientation session at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 6. Children are welcome to attend and will participate in a structured activity during the parent session. The children sessions then begin 5:30-7:30 p.m. the following Thursday, March 13, and run for 10 weeks. All activities take place at Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, are facilitated by trained professionals and are offered free of charge to participants thanks to this grant from the Dater Foundation. For reservations or more information, call 791-4060.

Cancer Support Community Director of Development Betty Cookendorfer, left, Executive Director Rick Bryan, of Blue Ash, and program director Kelly Schoen, of Madeira, thank the Charles H. Dater Foundation for a $10,000 grant, which will help fund support programs throughout the year for children dealing with cancer themselves or in their family. THANKS TO BETTY COOKENDORFER



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WineStation Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, All wines in WineStation are half off. Eight different premium wines to choose from. Complimentary cheese and French baguettes. Ages 21 and up. Prices vary. 731-1515; Oakley.

After School Art for Kids at the Barn, 4-6 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Weekly through March 13. Students introduced to art methods and techniques through hands-on projects. Ages 5-12. $65. Registration required. Presented by Art Academy of Cincinnati. 562-8748; Mariemont.

Education Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114; Anderson Township.

Art Exhibits The Barn Painters, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Exhibit and sale of original oil paintings from accomplished local artists. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. Portrait/Portrayal, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Gallery One One. Photo-only exhibition featuring fine art from professional photographers in Cincinnati. Free. Through Feb. 14. 321-0206; Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 2010 Madison Road, Select group of artistic amours, professional and emerging. Letters, glyphs, signs, symbols, text and typography used to create message of love. Clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, paper and mixed-media. Through Feb. 28. 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Drink Tastings Paired Wine Tasting: Highlighting Local Winemakers, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Six wines served with gourmet appetizers. Featuring wine specialist Chip Emmerich of Burnet Ridge Winery, appetizers by Two Chicks Who Cater and music by Desafinado. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-2880668; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Teller's of Hyde Park will have 30 craft beers tapped for the Hyde Park Craft Beer Symposia, a tasting event of craft beers from local and national brewers, from 4-10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the restaurant, 2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. This 21 and up event is $50, $40 in advance. Reservations are required. Call 321-4721, or e-mail THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER local artists. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Drink Tastings Friday Night Tasting: Tour of Italy, 6-8 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Travel to Old World Italy and taste eight white and red wines from around this historical wine-producing country. Ages 21 and up. $20. Reservations required. 730-1515. Oakley.

Health Wellness General Joint Screening, 4-6 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs covered. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 5274000. Fairfax.


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SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, 5484 Summerside Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Summerside. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Burn calories, sculpt your body and have a blast. $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Look See Do: Tons of Traditions, 10-11 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Art workshop for children. Look at artwork from around the world from the museum’s collection, see how artwork reflects cultural traditions, then create your own African inspired mask. Grades 3-6. $5. 272-3700; Mariemont. Monoprinting Workshop with Amy Burton, 2-5 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Each student produces at least two quality colorful prints on rag paper. For ages 16 and up. $125. Registration required. Presented by Woman’s Art Club Foundation. 561-6949; Mariemont. Make+Bake: Hot Glass Heart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., In this introductory class, students will design and sculpt a pair of original glass hearts from molten glass. $50. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley. February Family Open House: Valentines, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Bring your mother, child or loved one to create an original fused glass valentine coaster and create glass art together. $15. 321-0206. Oakley.

Nature Owl Jamboree, 10 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Register online by Feb. 5. Games, meet an owl and make a craft to take home. Ages 3-5. $6, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Anderson Township.

Schools Open House, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, 1280 Nagel Road, Tour school, meet faculty and learn about teaching methods. Free. 474-5292; Anderson Township.

Youth Sports Pre-School Open Gym, 9:3011:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Playground atmosphere indoors. Unstructured playtime for parents and Pre-Schoolers. Ages 4 and under. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

FRIDAY, FEB. 7 Art Exhibits The Barn Painters, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Art Openings The Barn Painters, 6-9 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Meet artists and enjoy refreshments at reception for show and sale of original oil paintings from accomplished

Art Exhibits The Barn Painters, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. Portrait/Portrayal, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Art Openings Love Letters, Noon, Indigenous, 2010 Madison Road, Artist’s reception. Select group of artistic amours, professional and emerging. Letters, glyphs, signs, symbols, text and typography used to create message of love. Clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, paper and mixed-media. Exhibit continues through Feb. 28. 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Clubs & Organizations Team Challenge Information Session, 11 a.m.-noon, Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave., Learn about Team Chal-

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Drink Tastings Blank Slate Tap Takeover, Noon-3 p.m., Remke Market Oakley, 3872 Paxton Ave., Quarter samples. 619-5454. Oakley. Saturday Premium Wine Flight: Champagne and Caviar, Noon-5 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Taste and compare four sparkling wines from Champagne, France along with special caviar hors d’oeuvre’s. Ages 21 and up. $25. Reservations required. 751-1515; Oakley.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Book discussion group. Room 206. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 583-1248. Hyde Park.

SUNDAY, FEB. 9 Art & Craft Classes Monoprinting Workshop with Amy Burton, 2-5 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, $125. Registration required. 561-6949; Mariemont.

Art Exhibits The Barn Painters, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Drink Tastings Hyde Park Craft Beer Symposia, 4-10 p.m., Teller’s of Hyde Park, 2710 Erie Ave., 30 craft beers tapped solely for this event. Tastings of unique craft beers from local and national brewers. Speak with representatives and brewers. Ages 21 and up. $50, $40 advance. Reservations required. 321-4721; Hyde Park.

Music Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. 271-8519; Mariemont.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelve-step fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 290-9105. Hyde


MONDAY, FEB. 10 Art & Craft Classes Wine and Canvas, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Don Pablo’s, 2692 Madison Road, Painting class with cocktails. No experience necessary. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Wine and Canvas. 631-1356; Norwood.

Art Exhibits Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Auditions Lend Me a Tenor Auditions, 7-10 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Free. Presented by Beechmont Players. Through Feb. 11. 233-2468; Anderson Township.

Education Improv for Adults, 7:30-9 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Seven-week course. Based on children’s games, exercises that made Second City alumni Steve Carrel, Tina Fey and Steven Colbert famous are same ones used to discover joy of active listening, agreement and building something from nothing. Presented by The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Music Classical Harp Music in the Library, 6 p.m., Mount Washington Branch Library, 2049 Beechmont Ave., Bo Miller performs. Free. 3696033; Mount Washington.


Health Wellness Muscle-Tendon-Ligament Screening, 6-7 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Grandin Room. Sports medicine doctor shows how these issues are evaluated using ultrasound. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 527-4000. Fairfax.

Music Concerts Galactic, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, $24, $20 advance. 731-8000; Oakley.

Seminars Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence: The New Frontier of Human Potential, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Interact For Health, 3805 Edwards Road; Suite 500, Fifth Floor. Non-profit representatives in the Greater Cincinnati learn more about what emotional intelligence is and why it’s so important. $35, $25 members. Registration required. Presented by ReSource Cincinnati. 554-4944; Norwood.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelve-step fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 235-3062. Hyde Park. Caregiver Support Group, 2-3:30 p.m., Deupree House, 3939 Erie Ave., Private dining room. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Hyde Park.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13 Art Exhibits Portrait/Portrayal, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Youth Sports Pre-School Open Gym, 9:3011:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

Art & Craft Classes


Wine and Canvas, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers, 7453 Wooster Pike, Painting class with cocktails. No experience necessary. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Wine and Canvas. 317-1305; Columbia Township.

Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12 Art Exhibits Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

3489 Observatory Place, Music, drinks, chocolate, flowers and viewing of the moon and Jupiter through historic telescopes, weather permitting. $50 per couple. Reservations required. 321-5186, ext. 3; Mount Lookout.

Music Concerts Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., 8 p.m., 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, $15, plus fees. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

On Stage Student Theater Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, 7 p.m., Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Titus Auditorium. Original stage play adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s award-winning children’s book of the same name. $10. Reservations required. Presented by Anderson Theatre. 232-2772; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15 Art & Craft Classes Make+Bake: Hot Glass Heart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, $50. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley. February Family Open House: Valentines, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, $15. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Drink Tastings Saturday Premium Wine Flight: Barolo: Piedmont’s King, 6-8 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Taste and compare four premium Barolo wines from Piedmont, Italy. Ages 21 and up. $15. Reservations required. 731-1515; Oakley.

Education Cincinnati Family Adventure Summer Camp Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Indoor Athletic Field. With representatives from more than 50 residential camps, local day camps and summer programs. Presented by Cincinnati Family and NKY Family. 252-0077; Fairfax.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Health Wellness Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Information on variety of programs, classes and equipment. Complimentary tour and workout. Chef samplings, ask-the-trainer, games and prizes. Free. 527-4000. Fairfax.

Nature Galileo’s Birthday, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Program combines history and science to showcase Galileo’s astronomical achievements with telescope and his greatest experiments. Viewing of Jupiter and Galilean Moons included (weather permitting). $7. 321-5186, ext. 3; Mount Lookout. The Nature of Love, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, A fun, fascinating look at love in the wild. An outdoor hike will end at a cozy campfire with tasty treats and a visit with a nighttime animal. Ages 18 and up. $8, vehicle permit required. Register online by Feb. 10. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Art Openings

On Stage Student Theater

Sculpture, 6-9 p.m., Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, 3210 Madison Road, Wine and live music while viewing sculptures done by local artists. Free. 3218733; Oakley.


Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Holiday Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Night, 8-10 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center,

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, 7 p.m., Anderson High School, $10. Reservations required. 232-2772; Anderson Township. Open House and Summer Camp Adventure Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Tours and workouts, chef samplings, Q&As with personal trainers and fitness-related games and prizes. Free. 527-4000; Fairfax.



Chocolate treats perfect for Valentine’s Day

Cappuccino mocha pudding cake aka Upside down hot fudge pudding cake If you’re making this for kids or someone who doesn’t like coffee flavor, leave out espresso. The fun thing about this is you learn a bit of food chemistry: the hot fudge sauce is poured over the top of the cake batter, and as the cake bakes, the sauce turns to pudding and sinks to the bottom while the cake batter rises to the top! Cake: 2 cups flour ⁄3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder 1 tablespoon baking powder 11⁄2 cups sugar 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts or other nuts (optional) 1 cup milk 4 tablespoons melted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla 1

Preheat oven to 350

degrees. Spray 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Whisk flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking powder and sugar together. In separate bowl, whisk milk, butter and vanilla. Add this to dry ingredients and blend. Pour into pan. Pudding: 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1 ⁄2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 13⁄4 cup very hot water

Mix sugars and cocoa. Pour water over and whisk. Pour ever so gently and evenly over batter. Pudding will look quite thin but gets real thick as it bakes. Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is set and just firm to touch. Don’t over bake or you won’t get much pudding!

Diabetic chocolate lover’s cheesecake

I remember this recipe from friend and former colleague, Joanna Lund, founder of Healthy Exchanges. 1 pound fat-free cream cheese, room temperature 4 serving package sugar-free instant chocolate fudge pudding mix 2 ⁄3 cup nonfat dry milk powder 1 cup water 1 ⁄4 cup Cool Whip Lite 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 chocolate-flavored piecrust, 6 oz.

Garnish: 2 (21⁄2-inch squares) chocolate graham crackers, crushed 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Stir cream cheese with a spoon and add pudding mix, milk powder and water. Mix well using a whisk. Blend in Cool Whip and vanilla. Spread into crust. Sprinkle cracker crumbs and chips over top. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serves 8. Each serv-

ing: Calories 215, Fat 7 gm, Protein 26 gm, Carbs 644 mg

Easy chocolate fondue

This can be made ahead and reheated. Serve with chunks of fruit, cake, etc. I like to ladle some out for the kids before adding liqueur.

4 cups chocolate chips, your choice (approximately 24 oz.) 1 cup whipping cream, unwhipped 1 ⁄2 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract Liqueur: Start with 2 tablespoons and go from there (optional) - I used orange liqueur

Put chips, cream and milk in pan. Whisk over low heat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla and liqueur.

Rita’s chocolate pudding cake can be made with or without espresso powder.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

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Tips from readers’ kitchens

Tortellini soup update. Sandy, a loyal reader, made the tortellini soup with spinach and used a 19 oz. bag of tortellini and found it was way too much for the quart of broth. She decided to add more broth, which worked. Sandy asked me to specify how much tortellini to put in. I would say start with 2 cups tortellini and go from there. John Pancoast’s eggplant casserole. Mary Lou K. made this healthier by substituting whole wheat crackers for the topping and low-fat yogurt for the whipping cream. “It was very delicious and would make a great main dish, though we had it with trout and considered it our vegetable and starch,” she said. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim's culinary professional and author. Find her blog

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DEATHS James Y. Pickering Sr.

James Y. Pickering Sr., 72, of East End died Jan. 27. He was a US Army veteran. Survived by son, James (Tonya) Pickering; siblings Betty and Pete Dunn, David Pickering, Hellen Gabbard and Donna Sue Parker; and grandchildren James III, Timothy and Daniel. Preceded in death by parents Yvo Pickering and Clara Bell Monk; and siblings Dolly Adams, Jean Hurley and Donald Pickering. Services were Jan. 30 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Robert Jean Verdon

Robert Jean Verdon, 60, died in his home in Fairfax. He was a machinist. Survived by daughter, Robin; son, Anthony; brothers Daniel, Michael and Mark; and many other family members Preceded in death by father, William; mother, Betty Verdon; and brothers Daniel, Michael and Mark.

RELIGION Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church

Join NFL hall-of-famer Anthony Munoz, featured speaker, at Armstrong Chapel Super Charge Men’s Conference, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the church. The conference is open to all men, including teenaged sons. Munoz will talk about how Christian faith enpowers “authentic men” to make a significant difference in their families, workplaces and communities. He will share his story and perspective on the path to long-term success that makes a positive impact on others. The conference includes a lineup of

Michigan & Erie Ave

Episcopal-Presbyterian Church

Indian Hill

Senior Pastor, Rev. Dave Robinette 986 Nordyke Road - 45255 (Cherry Grove turn off Beechmont at Beechmont Toyota) Worship Service, Sunday 10:45 am Classes For All Ages, Sunday 9:15 am Prayer Service Wednesday, 6:45 pm


First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245


Building Homes Relationships & Families


A Catacoustic Consort will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the church, featuring virtuoso Alexander Weimann, harpsichord and organ. For ticket information, Call 7723242 or visit

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513-321-5856 Bill Rillo, Pastor Sunday Worship Services: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm

Christ Church Cathedral



Hyde Park Baptist Church

guest speakers for breakout sessions that will address four building blocks of enduring success: happiness, achievement, significance and legacy. Cost is $45, which includes registration fee, continental breakfast and lunch. Register at The church is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill

Sunday Services 8 &10:30 am Sunday School 10:30 am

Programs for children, youth and adults 6000 Drake Road



Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am


Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave


Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the Community HU Song

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TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

ECK Worship Service 11:00 am - Noon Second Sunday of Each Month Anderson Center Station 7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 1-800-LOVE GOD Local (513) 674-7001


7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

Phone: 513-791-8348 • Fax: 513-791-5648

Jeff Hill • Minister Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am


CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Changed from the Inside Out: A New Spine" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor

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Sunday Worship 10:30 am All ages Sunday School 9:30 am Wed. Fellowship Meal 6:00 pm Wed. Worship/Bible Study 6:45 pm All are Welcome!

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This concert is a featured event in the second annual Cincinnati Early Music Festival. A Festival of Anthems, a festive service featuring Cincinnatiarea choirs and the opening event of the 2013 Central Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the church. Performing will be Christ Church Cathedral Choir; The Choir of Calvary Episcopal Church, Clifton; The Xavier University Concert Choir and Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble, and The Cathedral Choir of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church. The church is at 318 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati; 621-1817;

Church of the Redeemer

The Music in the Chapel Concert Series continues March 2, Mary Southworth Shaffer, soprano, and her husband, Jeff Shaffer, will bring an hour of favorite pieces for soprano and trumpet. Mary and Jeff are members of Redeemer. The first public musical offering in The Opus 25 Organ Concert Series presents Redeemer’s organist, Ted Gibboney and soprano Audrey Luna in a performance of Couperin’s “Tenebrae” at 3 p.m. Feb. 16. This program features the Canadian Juget-Sinclair organ. To wrap up the season, Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” and Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” will be presented by Jennifer Rodway,

clarinet; Marion Peraza, violin; Ellen Stephens, cello; and Song Hun Nam, piano, at 3 p.m. March 16. All programs are free and open to the public. The church is at 2944 Erie Ave., Hyde Park.

Cincinnati Friends Meetinghouse

A potluck lunch and presentation from Bonita Porter and Bob LaFeesse of Oxford, Ohio and Ken Bordewell and Mary Anne Curtiss of Community Friends Meeting on their experiences working among Friends in Bolivia through Quaker Bolivia Link is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 2, at the Cincinnati Friends Meetinghouse. All are welcome Regular meeting for worship is 11 a.m., Sundays followed by fellowship in the Fireside room at noon. First Day/Nursery School is available at 11 a.m. The church is at 8075 Keller Road, Cincinnati; 791-0788;

Indian Hill Church

The church adult forum schedule is as follows: Feb. 9, Attorney Jack Painter, Tea Party spokesperson, “Government’s Role in the Economy.” Feb. 16, Gregory Smith, Chair – MIS Department associate professor, Williams College of Business Xavier University, “Statistics in Regards to the American Dream.” Feb. 23, TBD – looking for a speaker on how younger generation approaches work

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differently than our generation. The church is at 6000 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-6805;

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

Morning Glory (blended) is at 9:30 Sunday morning and Traditional is Sunday at 11 a.m. Come Sunday mornings for coffee and informal fellowship time from 9-9:30 and/or 10:3011 in the gathering area. The church continues focusing its efforts on feeding the hungry, with continuing contributions of cans and packages of food, plus fresh produce for the SEM Food Pantry’s use. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington; 231-2650;

Mount Washington United Methodist Church

The community is invited to a free dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the second Saturday of every month. The church is at 6365 Corbly Road; 231-3946;

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

At this church, the members are “Reaching Up, Reaching Out and Reaching In.” Worship times are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (traditional) and 9:30 a.m. (contemporary). The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sonrise Church

SonRise Church is announcing the launch of a Celebrate Recovery ministry group, a Christ-centered recovery program based on the Beatitudes addressing many of life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits. The church is at 8136 Wooster Pike; 576-6000;



Irish Heritage Center part of Arts Sampler

Ballet dancers from De La Arts Place will perform as part of the Macy’s Arts Sampler weekend at the Irish Heritage Center. PROVIDED

Green Key and the Riley Music Ensemble in the pub room. » 12:45 p.m.: Fairy and leprechaun stories with related art projects. » 1:30 p.m.: Grania the Pirate Queen performance and stories in the theater, followed by games. » 2:15 p.m.: De La Arts Place ballerinas, with young children to professionals. » 3 p.m.: Mystic Rose performs her hula hoop

The Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati is hosting an afternoon of free activities from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of the Macy’s Arts Sampler weekend. Each room of the Irish Heritage Center, 3905 Eastern Ave. in Columbia Tusculum, will have different entertainment or activities. The schedule is: » Noon: Bobby O’Croskery Magic Show. » 12:30 and 2 p.m.:

routines and will teach tricks to the audience. Open throughout the day: The Samuel Beckett Exhibit, on loan from the National Library of Ireland. The exhibit looks at the life of the Nobel Prize-winning author. Food and drinks are available for purchase during the day. Call 5330100 with questions. Full activity list for all venues available online,

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POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations Dennis L. Williams, born 1951, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, Jan. 18. Jamal Wells, born 1974, possession of drugs, Jan. 18. Craigory Freeman, born 1981, aggravated menacing, Jan. 20. David Anthony Lomache, born 1960, assault, Jan. 20. Donald Howard, born 1988, drug abuse, misdemeanor drug possession, trafficking, Jan. 20. Jeffrey N. Lovelace, born 1964, theft, Jan. 20. Nikole Lowe, born 1973, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Jan. 20. Quan J. Penman, born 1978, forgery, receiving stolen checks, Jan. 21. Wayne Mathews, born 1975, theft under $300, Jan. 21. Emily E. Moore, born 1979, theft under $300, Jan. 22. Keith Johnson, born 1984, grand theft auto, Jan. 22. Donny Evans, born 1963, theft under $300, Jan. 23.

Incidents/reports Aggravated menacing 4825 Marburg Ave., Jan. 22. Assault 2488 Madison Road, Jan. 16. 3030 Erie Ave., Jan. 24. Breaking and entering 4633 Erie Ave., Jan. 16. 4311 32nd Ave., Jan. 16. 2809 Robertson Ave., Jan. 17. 2929 Cortelyou Place, Jan. 22. 4267 Eastern Ave., Jan. 23. 430 Delta Ave., Jan. 23. 4229 Eastern Ave., Jan. 24. 3374 Everson, Jan. 24. 2626 Knight Ave., Jan. 24. 3881 Marburg Ave., Jan. 25. Burglary 6018 Dahlgren St., Jan. 18. 724 Delta Ave., Jan. 24. 1041 Delta Ave., Jan. 25. Criminal damaging/endangering 3033 Robertson Ave., Jan. 23. 2600 Hackberry St., Jan. 24. Felonious assault 5025 Ridge Ave., Jan. 20. 5025 Ridge Ave., Jan. 20. Intimidation 3026 Robertson Ave., Jan. 16. Menacing 1202 E. McMillan St., Jan. 23. 2600 Hackberry St., Jan. 24. Menacing by stalking 4211 Allendorf Drive, Jan. 21. Rape Reported on Desmond Street, Jan. 24. Robbery 5820 Madison Road, Jan. 17. Sexual imposition Reported on Erie Avenue, Jan. 24. Taking the identity of another 4703 Mathis St., Jan. 24. Theft 3506 Michigan Ave., Jan. 16. 6002 Bramble Ave., Jan. 16. 3624 Kroger Ave., Jan. 16. 3025 Disney St., Jan. 16. 3980 Isabella Ave., Jan. 16. 4642 Marburg Ave., Jan. 16. 3190 Woodford Road, Jan. 16. 4676 Columbia Pkwy., Jan. 17. 4700 Marburg Ave., Jan. 17. 3800 Eastern Ave., Jan. 19. 2911 Hackberry St., Jan. 19. 5706 Montgomery Road, Jan. 19. 3804 Eastern Ave., Jan. 20. 3900 Eastern Ave., Jan. 20. 2622 Victory Pkwy., Jan. 20. 2914 Fairfield Ave., Jan. 20. 3760 Paxton Ave., Jan. 20. 4825 Marburg Ave., Jan. 21. 2544 Bell Place, Jan. 22. 2625 Cleinview Ave., Jan. 22. 3289 Nash Ave., Jan. 22. 4825 Marburg Ave., Jan. 22. 3156 Mapleleaf Ave., Jan. 22. 3025 Disney St., Jan. 23. 3760 Paxton Ave., Jan. 23. 3176 Mapleleaf Ave., Jan. 25. 6020 Dahlgren St., Jan. 26. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle 5706 Montgomery Road, Jan. 19.

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Steven Brinker, 25, 8924 Plainfield Road, theft, drug possession, Jan. 14. Jennifer Cox, 31, 4432 Sullivan Ave., theft, drug possession, Jan. 11. Tasha Hackett, 31, 400 University Lane, theft, drug possession, Jan. 12. Mally Jackson, 40, 3752 Kellog Ave, theft , Jan. 13.

Incidents/investigations Theft Tablet valued at $300 removed at 3320 Highland, Jan. 12. Criminal damaging Tires slashed at 5410 Ridge Ave., Jan. 14.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Cincinnati, Capt. Jeff Butler, District 2 commander, 9794440 » Columbia Township, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Peter Enderle, 683-3444 » Fairfax, Steve M. Kelly, chief, 271-7250 » Mariemont, Rick Hines, chief, 271-4089 » Terrace Park, Jerry Hayhow, chief, 831-2137 or 825-2280.

FAIRFAX Arrests/citations David Strange, 26, 1213 Maryland Ave., criminal trespass, theft, Dec. 31. Mary R. Hembree, 26, 1213 Maryland Ave., criminal tools, theft, Dec. 31. Amy Mccloud, 34, 4655 Hamilton Ave., driving under suspension, Jan. 1. Jonathan Fritz, 39, 5670 Spring St., disorderly conduct, Jan. 1. Joshua Xander, 31, 6105 Bramble Ave., forgery, criminal tools, Jan. 4. Robert Hendricks, 33, 4737 Rumpke Road, drug abuse, paraphernalia, Jan. 6. Duane Bankhead, 47, 4470 Guerly Road, criminal tools, theft, Jan. 7. Brian Koening, 46, 1803 Adams Road, criminal tools, theft, Jan. 7. Brittany Debruce, 25, 1751 Gilsey Ave., theft, Jan. 7. Nicholas Ginther, 27, 1088 Brayden Court, theft, Jan. 8. Christopher Humphrey, 23, 6252 Corbly, driving under suspension, Jan. 9. Victor Wadley, 52, 6845 Vinewood Ave., failure to reinstate, Jan. 10. Morgan Shepherd, 22, 5196 Wooster, driving under suspension, Jan. 10. David Thomas, 23, 315 Mccullough St., theft, Jan. 10. Bessie M. Brown, 43, 6220 Bedford, driving under suspension, Jan. 10. Brittany Crawford, 21, 1490 Dudley St. #G, theft, Jan. 10. Kimberly Madaris, 24, 214 12Th St., theft, Jan. 10.

Quan J. Penman, born 1978, forgery, receiving stolen checks, Jan. 21. Wayne Mathews, born 1975, theft under $300, Jan. 21. Emily E. Moore, born 1979, theft under $300, Jan. 22. Keith Johnson, born 1984, grand theft auto, Jan. 22. Donny Evans, born 1963, theft under $300, Jan. 23.

Incidents/reports Aggravated menacing 4825 Marburg Ave., Jan. 22. Assault 2488 Madison Road, Jan. 16. 3030 Erie Ave., Jan. 24. Breaking and entering 4633 Erie Ave., Jan. 16. 4311 32nd Ave., Jan. 16. 2809 Robertson Ave., Jan. 17. 2929 Cortelyou Place, Jan. 22. 4267 Eastern Ave., Jan. 23. 430 Delta Ave., Jan. 23. 4229 Eastern Ave., Jan. 24. 3374 Everson, Jan. 24. 2626 Knight Ave., Jan. 24. 3881 Marburg Ave., Jan. 25. Burglary 6018 Dahlgren St., Jan. 18. 724 Delta Ave., Jan. 24. 1041 Delta Ave., Jan. 25. Criminal damaging/endangering 3033 Robertson Ave., Jan. 23. 2600 Hackberry St., Jan. 24. Felonious assault 5025 Ridge Ave., Jan. 20. 5025 Ridge Ave., Jan. 20. Intimidation 3026 Robertson Ave., Jan. 16. Menacing 1202 E. McMillan St., Jan. 23.

Misuse of credit card Male stated card used with no authorization; $481 loss at 5903 Hawthorne Ave., Jan. 9. Theft Employee theft reported at Walmart; $379.28 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 7. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $34 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 7. CD player, etc. taken from Walmart; $87 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 7. Counterfeit money passed at Walmart; $1,530 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 8. Muffler taken at KOI Midas Muffler; $268 at 6103 Wooster Pike, Jan. 8. Skateboard and diapers taken at Walmart; $60 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 9. Video game taken from Walmart; $60 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 10. Clothing taken from Walmart; $231 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 10.

MARIEMONT Arrests/citations Michele Myers, 36, 68 Deerfield, drug paraphernalia, drug instruments, Dec. 31. Ariel Williams, 20, 4610 W. Mitchell, marijuana possession, Jan. 1. Juvenile, 17, , marijuana possession, Jan. 2.

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Cincinnati Woman's Club member and luncheon co-chair Jamie Palmer (Blue Ash) ; CWC member Linda Smith (Pierce Township); Kimber L. Fender, director of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, and CWC member and luncheon co-chair Suzanne Lakamp (Terrace Park) believe our public libraries are vital resources. PROVIDED

Library director addresses Cincinnati Woman’s Club Kimber L. Fender, director of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, was the featured speaker at a recent Cincinnati Woman’s Club Lunch-n-Learn program. The informal luncheon program, chaired by Suzanne Lakamp and Jamie Palmer, is designed for members who have limited time to attend club programs. Intensive library research is now accomplished by a quick internet search, returning mountains of data with a few clicks on the computer keyboard. Fender

challenged the audience to consider the differences in reading an article or book online versus in print format. She discussed how the internet is changing in-depth reading and the possible long-term impact on literacy. Fender also shared that the library received two prestigious awards in 2013. In May the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County was awarded the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service

to the community. It celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. November brought a five star rating from the Library Journal in the category of expenditures more than $30 million. From this category, the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County was one of only five libraries in the nation to receive five stars. Since 1894, The Cincinnati Woman’s Club has focused on educating its members and working to make Cincinnati a better place.



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