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Environmental engineer to vet plans for Newtown park Jeanne Houck

Ignatow is a certified sommelier, while Levine has won national honors in gift basket preparation. “When people come to our events, they learn about the wines and food,” Ignatow said. “We’re constantly learning about new trends and flavors” Lori Wellinghoff, president of the Hyde Park Square Business Association, said she considers Hyde Park Gourmet “one of the finest food and wine shops in the region.” She said the personal approach to gourmet food and wine is evident. “They’re not just selling me something,” Wellinghoff said. “They’re actually helping me by giving recommendations.” Levine said in their business it is essential to stay on top of current trends. “We are constantly reading and educating ourselves,” she said. Ignatow didn’t specify the number of wines the store carries, but she said the selection is extensive. “My tagline is ‘where hard-to-find is easy to get,’” she said. Two of the store’s biggest selections

Newtown has hired an environmental engineer to help review Miami Valley Christian Academy’s plans to develop sports amenities at Short Park, which is built on a capped landfill. Newtown Village Council unanimously voted to hire Diversified Environmental Consulting of Maineville for an amount not to exceed $6,000. “This action was taken on the advice of our village engineer, Brandstetter Carroll Inc. (which has one of its offices in downtown Cincinnati), to ensure that we have the appropriate expertise to evaluate Miami Valley Christian Academy’s plans,” Newtown Village Councilman Joe Harten said. “Miami Valley Christian Academy has been working with an environmental engineer for some time and we have no reason Harten to doubt the qualifications of that firm, but now that we are getting to the point of reviewing and approving plans, Brandstetter Carroll and the village believe that engaging our own environmental engineer would be prudent.” Newtown entered into a joint-venture agreement with Miami Valley Christian Academy involving Short Park in 2015 after Newtown residents said in an advisory vote in 2014 that they supported such an agreement. The park at 3623 Church St. is owned by Newtown and located next to Miami Valley Christian Academy, a private, non-denominational Christian school at 6830 School St. Miami Valley Christian Academy wants to build and pay for amenities at Short Park that include an all-purpose athletic field, a baseball diamond and a track that would be open to Newtown residents and to other groups approved by the village and the academy when not in use by the academy. Tom Rhodenbaugh, a member of Miami Valley Christian Academy’s board of directors, said an independent environmental company recommended the academy follow up on records of methane gas levels at Short Park and test its soil for arsenic that may have been in any pesticides sprayed in an orchard that used to be in the area.

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Sisters Sylvia Levine, left, and Evelyn Ignatow are the owners of Hyde Park Gourmet Food and Wine. The foundation of their business is a passion for cooking and a desire to share their knowledge of unique wine and food with others.

Gourmet with a dash of luck in Hyde Park Forrest Sellers

Hyde Park business owner Evelyn Ignatow wanted to share her joy of preparing food with others. She and her sister, Sylvia Levine, have tried to achieve that through their store, Hyde Park Gourmet Food and Wine. “We come from a family that has always had a passion for cooking, food and wine,” Ignatow said. “Family gatherings were centered around a great food experience whether (it was) a holiday or family get together.” Ignatow said her whole family took part in preparing meals. This enthusiasm in the kitchen has been brought to the store at 2707 Erie Ave. on Hyde Park Square. Ignatow partnered with her sister to open Hyde Park Gourmet in 1996. Each of them brought a different skill set to the table. Ignatow’s background is in education and business, while Levine has extensive experience in retail and merchandising. With those complementary skills and a shared passion for cooking and fine wine, it was a matter of taking the

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Hyde Park Gourmet Food and Wine has offered a unique selection of items at 2707 Erie Ave. for more than 20 years.

next step, Ignatow said. This next step was building a familyowned and operated establishment that caters to the individual needs of its customers by knowing their personal tastes. “We know many of our customers by name,” Ignatow said. Education is also an essential ingredient to their success.

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