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Parking plan raises ire of neighbors

CMHA says it’s needed to meet law By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

The Mariemont City Schools have asked local law enforcement agencies to update the district’s crisis plan to keep students and staff safe. A recommendation is expected in January. FILE PHOTO

Mariemont schools to update crisis plan District officials ask police for assistance By Lisa Wakeland lwakeland@communitypress.com

Officials in the Mariemont City Schools have asked local law enforcement agencies to review the district’s crisis plan in response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Fairfax resident Dustin Lester asked the Board of Education Dec. 18 if the school district planned to update its policies after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 20 children and six adults dead. “I have a daughter who is going to be in kindergarten at Mariemont Elementary next year, so this is something I’m very much thinking about,” Lester said. Superintendent Paul Imhoff said the district had a crisis plan in place since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo., and it includes multiple scenarios from bomb threats and natural disasters to intruders and shooters. The plans are developed largely by law enforcement agencies and updated on a yearly basis, he said. “There have been a lot of changes since Columbine in how you respond ... and we’re anticipating there will be some changes in response to what happened Friday as well,” Imhoff said. “Our staff takes all of this very seriously, and we will continue our ongoing review of our plans.” Imhoff said district administrators met with police and

CRISIS PLAN Mariemont City Schools Superintendent Paul Imhoff sent two districtwide emails to parents about the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. In the first email, sent the Sunday following the shooting, Imhoff expressed condolences to the families of the victims and the school community. He also outlined the multiple steps the school district takes to provide a safe environment for students and staff, which range from safety drills to policies regarding weapons and acts of violence. The email also included links to resources to help parents discuss what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. The next day, Imhoff notified parents about the planned update to the school district’s crisis plan. He said at the Dec. 18 Board of Education meeting that the district received many emails about this topic, with some community members asking to see the district’s safety plan. Imhoff said the district will not discuss those plans in public, and state law excludes such plans from public record laws. “You do not want crisis plans to be public documents because you don’t want anyone who would have bad intentions to know what you’re going to do,” he said.

fire chiefs from Mariemont, Terrace Park, Fairfax and Columbia Township on Dec. 17 and asked them to conduct another full review of the crisis plan with particular attention to intruders. He expects a recommendation from the police and fire chiefs in mid-January, and staff training will follow in February. “The first responders are the teachers, unfortunately, and the acts of heroism … we heard about from Sandy Hook did not surprise me at all, the way (the teachers) put themselves out there to protect the kids,” Imhoff said. “I know our teachers would do the same thing because nothing is more important to us than the safety of our kids.” He added that the newly

renovated school buildings have added security measures like automatic locks, new entry procedures and cameras in the schools that are accessible from police cruisers. Board of Education President Bill Flynn said he appreciates the immediate attention the district gave to reviewing its crisis plan. “There is no higher priority for what we do on a daily basis than the safety of everyone in our buildings, and there is no limit to our commitment to getting it right, whatever it takes,” he said. “These are not things that anybody ever dreams they’ll have to talk about, but that’s not a reason not to do it and we’re not going to hesitate to make sure we do everything we can.”

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The Art Academy of Cincinnati is conducting art classes at two local venues this winter and spring. Full story, A2

A parking plan on Linwood Avenue has raised objections from several community council representatives. Front yard parking has been approved at a public housing facility on Linwood Avenue. Both Carl Uebelacker with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Community Council and John Brannock, president of the Mt. Lookout Community Council, said it does not fit in with the aesthetics of the neighborhood. However, Kelly Kramer, a senior communicaUebelacker tions coordinator with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, said the front yard parking is necessary to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority provides affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families throughout Hamilton County. “We are putting ADA compliant units in some of those buildings,” said Kramer. “We need to

make sure ADA parking is available as part of the ADA compliance.” The driveway will be used by tenants in buildings between 2891 and 2899 Linwood Ave. Three separate buildings are involved with four units in each building. She said ADA compliance is determined on a case by case basis. Brannock, though, said installing the drive prior to the tenants moving in is presumptuous. “It’s wasting taxpayer dollars,” he said, adding that installing the front drive may have been more feasible after the tenants moved in. He said it was also an aesthetic issue. This point was strongly echoed by Uebelacker, who said the homes on Linwood typically have parking in the rear. “It changes the environment,” he said. “You have all these other homes without parking in the front yard.” He said the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee has looked into the issue, but he said since the city has approved it he wasn’t optimistic the matter could be resolved. Linwood Avenue resident RaeMarie Rossell, who lives near the property, said she also has objections. See PARKING, Page A2

Members of the Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout community councils have objected to the addition of front yard parking at this public housing facility in the 2800 block of Linwood Avenue. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Parking Continued from Page A1

“With the parking in the back it’s not obtrusive,” she

said. Rossell said Linwood Avenue already has traffic issues, and she said cars trying to exit a driveway in the front will only exacerbate the problem.

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Local centers hosting art classes The Art Academy of Cincinnati is conducting art classes at two local venues this winter and spring – The Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center (The Barn) in Mariemont, 6980 Cambridge Ave., and The Carnegie Center in Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave. Participants can learn more and register for classes online, www.artacademy.edu/community_education. Space is limited.

Classes and details

» After-school Art for Kids with Tony Becker or Linda Trucksis. 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays at The Carnegie Center or 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays at The Barn. Session 1 is Jan. 9 to Feb. 13; Session 2 is Feb. 20 to March 27; Session 3 is April 10 to May 15. Fee is $65 for each six-class ses-

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sion. This is an introduction to different art methods and techniques. » Mixed media painting with Rebecca Nava. 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 21 to April 15 at The Barn. Fee is $180. Previous drawing experience recommended. » Figure Drawing with Matt Wright. 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5 to March 26 at The Barn. Fee is $145. Introductory class for high school students. » Focus on Perspective with Debbie Brod. 10-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 6 to April 10 at The Carnegie Center. Fee is $170. The class is for beginning drawing students, and materials are not included. » Foundational Comic Drawing with Matt Wright. 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 7 to March 28 at The Carnegie Center. Fee is $155. This course is for adults and is a basic introduction to comic drawing. » Mosaics with Sandy Caruso. 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 13 to March 20 at The Carnegie Center; 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays Feb. 14 to March 21 at The Barn. Fee is $125 and $40 for materials. No experience required and stu-

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The Art Academy of Cincinnati is conducting a variety of art classes for kids, teens and adults in Mariemont and Columbia Tusculum this winter and spring. FILE PHOTO dents must be 16 or older. » Art for HomeSchooled Kids with Lynn Arnsperger. 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 19 to March 26 at The Barn. Hands-on art and design basics for students in fourth- through 12thgrade. » Cut-ups with Cheryl Pannabecker. 4-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 25 to March 11 at The Barn. Fee is $150. Paper art class for adults or teens. » Mixed media with Anissa Lewis. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 5 to April 23 at The Carnegie Center. Fee is $140. Students will use text, painting, found objects and more to create art. » Color Pencil Landscapes and Still Life with Marlene Steele. 12:30-3

p.m. Saturdays, March 16 to May 25 at The Barn. Fee is $155. Introductory drawing class and materials not included. » Calligraphy Foundations with Marlene Steele. 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, March 16 to May 25 at The Barn. Fee is $170. Ideal for beginners and materials not included. » Mix-it Up with Cheryl Pannabecker. 4-5:30 p.m. Mondays, March 25 to April 8 at The Barn. Fee is $150. Class combines watercolor, magic marker and other tools. » Oriental Ink Painting with Young Hi Lee. 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, April 6 to May 11 at The Barn. Fee is $115. For beginners or intermediate adults and teens.

BRIEFLY Mariemont changes meeting time

day during June, July and August.

Mariemont Council will conduct its regular meetings at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Jan. 14, at 6907 Wooster Pike. Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month except during the summer. There will be one meeting per month on the second Mon-

New treasurer

Mariemont Treasurer Andy Kulesza was granted a six-month temporary leave of absence because he will be living outside the village. Council unanimously approved Village Clerk Tony Borgerding to take over the duties of treasurer during Kulesza’s absence.

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NEWS

DECEMBER 26, 2012 • EASTERN HILLS JOURNAL • A3

Mariemont changing on-street parking By Lisa Wakeland lwakeland@communitypress.com

Mariemont has started limiting on-street parking on some village roads. The move comes more than a year after it was discovered the aerial ladder truck could not fit down East Center Street with cars parked on both sides. Village officials have been working to identify streets where the parking configuration needs adjusting and plans to make the changes five streets at a time. The first five streets are

Harvard Acres, Park Place, Petoskey Avenue on the north and south sides of Wooster Pike, and Denny Place. Councilman and Safety Committee Chairman Dennis Wolter said they started with these because they are particularly narrow and have “no parking” signs haphazardly placed along the street. State fire code requires that streets less than 26 feet wide have no parking on either side of the road, but Wolter said that would “pretty much eliminate parking on every street in the village,” so discretion

was left to Mariemont’s Assistant Fire Chief, Tim Feichtner. The village will use either signs or yellow painted curbs to indicate parking restrictions on the respective streets, said Councilman and Safety Committee Chairman Dennis Wolter. If there is no curb, Wolter said they will use “no parking” signs, and short sections of curbs or intersections will be painted yellow. Signs would also be used on streets with long curbs to minimize visual impact, he said. Councilman Jeff Andrews, who is also on the Safety Committee, suggested the village paints smaller sections of curb Mariemont is planning to reconfigure on-street parking on some village roads. Either yellow curbs or signs will mark the no parking areas. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

PLANNED CHANGES Mariemont Council recently accepted a plan to change parking configurations on the following streets: » Harvard Acres: No parking on the east side with existing curbs painted yellow. » Park Place: Four “no parking” signs to be evenly spaced on the west side of the street. » Petoskey Avenue, south of Wooster Pike: Four “no parking” signs to be evenly spaced on the east side of the street. » Petoskey Avenue, north of Wooster Pike: Move all existing “no parking” signs from the west side of the street to the east side. » Denny Place: Paint the existing curb on the south side of the east/west section of the street, and paint the east curb of the north/south side of the street. Also remove existing “no parking” sign near the intersection of Pleasant Street.

with the words “fire lane” instead of painting the entire curb yellow. Wolter asked if leaves or snow could cover those sections and hide no parking zones, and Maintenance Superintendent John Scherpenberg said that is currently a problem where small sections of curb are painted.

Both Andrews and Councilman Cortney Scheeser voted against accepting this Safety Committee report as written, but it was passed by the other four council members. Mariemont resident Marie Huenefeld, who lives on Denny Place, said parking on her street can

make it difficult for larger vehicles to get through, and this plan will make it better and safer. “Getting fire trucks in some places is not easy, and I think we need to do whatever we can to improve the situation,” she said. Residents whose streets are being considered for changes will be notified of plans and upcoming meetings where their street’s parking configuration will be reviewed. The Safety Committee report also recommends curbs at intersections be painted yellow to establish the state standard setback of 17 feet.

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A4 • EASTERN HILLS JOURNAL • DECEMBER 26, 2012

Editor: Eric Spangler, espangler@communitypress.com, 576-8251

ACHIEVEMENTS | NEWS | ACTIVITIES | HONORS

Terrace Park Elementary student Hunter McClung, center, is captivated by the stories.

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A group of first- and second-graders listen to author Ralph Fletcher talk about his writing process.

Author visits schools

Mariemont Elementary student Abbie Kapcar listens during the author visit.

Author Ralph Fletcher recently visited Mariemont and Terrace Park elementary schools and shared his stories and advice for young writers. He also talked about how he turned his ideas into books and answered questions from the students.

Photos by Lisa Wakeland/The Community Press

Author Ralph Fletcher shows Terrace Park Elementary students the original manuscript for his book, “Hello, Harvest Moon.”

Terrace Park Elementary students were thrilled with some of author Ralph Fletcher’s stories. THANKS TO JOSEPHINE MCKENRICK

Mariemont Elementary fifth-grade students Ellie Halpin, Ginny Caesar and Josie Frye listen to one of Fletcher’s stories.

Sophie Nerl laughs at one of the stories.

Hadley Dickinson, right, listens to author Ralph Fletcher at Terrace Park Elementary.

Mariemont Elementary fifth-grade students Deacon McCarley, back left, Jack Stephens and Payton Smith, right, listen to writing advice from author Ralph Fletcher.

Terrace Park Elementary student Baylee Lantaff shares one of her stories with visiting author Ralph Fletcher. Terrace Park Elementary students Andrew Duckwall, Drew Seichter and Jack Moriarty ask a question to Ralph Fletcher.


SPORTS

DECEMBER 26, 2012 • EASTERN HILLS JOURNAL • A5

CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES The following are submissions on student-athletes in the Eastern Hills Journal coverage area that have recently participated in a college sport.

David McCormack

Danielle Duesing

St. Ursula Academy graduate Danielle Duesing completed her 2012 fall golf season at Maryville University as the No. 2 player on the women’s golf team with a scoring average of 85.43. Her low round of the season came at the Screaming Eagle Golf Classic Sept. 16 when she shot a nine-over par 81. Maryville University will start the Spring 2013 season with a tournament in Las Vegas. Submitted by Gregory Duesing

Emily Gruesser

Emily Gruesser of Mt. Lookout plays Division I field hockey for Miami University. A junior forward, the St. Ursula Academy graduate appeared in

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Summit grad started 22 games for the Fighting Irish in 2012 By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich@communitypress.com

Emily Gruesser, a four-year letter winner while at St. Ursula, helped Miami win its first Mid-American Conference tournament title in 2012. THANKS TO PAM GRUESSER 20 games for the RedHawks and finished the season with eight goals and four assists. Her season-high of two goals came in a 6-4 win over Longwood on Sept. 8. That, coupled with a goal the next day in a 2-1 win over No. 23 Ohio State, earned her MAC Offensive Player of the Week and Miami Female Athlete of the Week recognition. For the third consecutive season she was named second-team all-conference and earned an Academic All-MAC award for the first time in her career. She holds a 3.333 GPA while majoring in marketing. With a 4-1 record, Miami won the MAC regular season title for the second time since Gruesser’s freshman year. For the first time in school history the field hockey team won the MAC championship tournament defeating Ohio in the semifinals and Kent State in the championship game. The RedHawks season ended with a loss to Stanford in the NCAA play-in game. Gruesser is the daughter of Pam & Dennis Gruesser Submitted by Pam Gruesser

Jake and Margy Keefe

For Lt. Jake Keefe, graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy didn’t mean an end to his swimming career. The St. Xavier High School grad is currently the volunteer assistant coach for the Navy men’s swimming and diving program in Annapolis. In addition to his coaching duties, he provided the color commentary for the first-ever broadcast of the Army-Navy swim meet in early December. While not on the deck with his midshipmen, his is a vompany officer on the staff at Navy and the explosive ordnance disposal liaison to the students there. Sister Margy Keefe Cramer (Ursuline Academy/Penn State University) is finishing her fourth season as the assistant swim coach at Towson University in Baltimore. Margy and Jake are the daughter and son of Sally and Dan Keefe of Hyde Park. Submitted by Dan Keefe

As a prep athlete playing soccer for Summit Country Day, Alex Priede dreamed of playing for the University of Notre Dame. That dream became a reality when the Anderson Township native committed to the Irish during his senior year of high school in 2010. He redshirted his first year and didn’t see much playing time in 2011, but this past season, the former Enquirer Player of the Year become a major contributor on one the topranked teams in the country. The forward started every one of the Irish’s 22 games as Notre Dame advanced to the elite eight round of the NCAA tournament. Priede said biding his time and waiting his first two years was a different role he wasn’t used to, especially since he hardly left the field at Summit. But waiting helped the entrepreneurship major become a better player. “I was able to learn,” Priede said. “Everyone on our team is good…and come from all over the country. To learn from them…it made me a much better soccer player than had I come in and just played.” When the 2012 season kicked off, Priede didn’t waste any time making an impact. He netted his first collegiate goal in the Irish’s 2-1 win against Clemson, Sept. 2. “I’d been waiting for that goal for a long time,” Priede said. Priede ended the season with four goals and one assist. The total may not get much of a second look from the casual observer, but Priede’s role wasn’t to score. His job was to tire out the defense. He averaged about 24 minutes per match, and cleared the way for the fresh legs of Ryan Finley to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. Finley led the Irish with 21 goals. “Alex is the type of player who will take any role that is

Mariemont grad David McCormack, left, walked on to the lacrosse team at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2011, and started as an attacker throughout their inaugural season as a NCAA Division I team.

Summit Country Day graduate Alex Priede redshirted his first year at the University of Notre Dame and didn’t see much playing time in 2011, but this past season, the former Enquirer Player of the Year become a major contributor on one the top-ranked teams in the country. THANKS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME given to him,” Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark said. “He’s a real team player. He performed that role very well.” Priede relishes the starting experience, and knows the Irish will count on him to pick up the offensive slack next season. “(Coach Carroll’s) going to rely on me and another striker to pick up the goal tally next year,” Priede said. “And hopefully I’ll have a good season.” Said Clark, “We lost the 21 goals (from Ryan) and Alex is a proven scorer. This will be his opportunity to see if he can fill Ryan Finley’s shoes.”

While home for winter break, Priede is looking forward to catching up with family and friends. As a member of the soccer team, Priede didn’t get a fall break and hasn’t seen his grandparents since August. He will also be found at his old Summit stomping ground playing pick-up games. When he returns to Notre Dame, he’ll continue preparing for 2013 season with another dream left to conquer: Playing at the next level. “I would love to play pro soccer. It’s always been my dream, ever since I was a little kid,” he said.

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich @ communitypress .com

Boys basketball

» Clark Montessori beat Reading 42-36 on Dec. 18. Malik Rhodes and Jordan Gaines led the Cougars with eight points each. » Withrow downed Aiken 5943 on Dec. 15. Timmy Coleman led the Tigers with 29 points. » Summit beat St. Bernard, 79-47, Dec. 14. Kevin Johnson scored 17 points.

Girls basketball

THANKS TO FRANK MCCORMACK

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HIGH SCHOOL | YOUTH | RECREATIONAL

Despite living for all but one of his 20 years in Ohio, David McCormack is a lifelong Wolverine fan who always dreamed of running out of the Michigan Stadium tunnel – a fantasy that became reality on April 14 when he started for Michigan at the “Battle at the Big House” against Ohio State. McCormack walked on to the lacrosse team at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2011, and started as an attacker throughout their inaugural season as a NCAA Division I team. After decades of playing as a club team and three straight years as national champions, “Team1” finished 1-13 in conference play. McCormack scored eight goals and had two assists for the season, and received the game ball for his three goals and two assists in the preseason opener against Denison. He was voted “Most Improved Player” for the year by his teammates. McCormack’s high school lacrosse experience included two years at St. Xavier and two years at Mariemont and was named second-team all-Ohio. When he left for Ann Arbor to start his freshman year, McCormack had no intention of trying out for the lacrosse team. He credits his friends and coaches from Mariemont High School lacrosse, especially Tad George, Joe Leever and Graham Harden, for convincing him to consider the possibilities. He also credits coach Pat Colura, formerly from St. Xavier, for advocating for him with the University of Michigan lead coach John Paul. He is especially grateful to coach Steve Peterson, who founded the lacrosse program in Terrace Park circa 2001, let him play as a 7 year old on the 8-year-oldand-up team, and shaped his skills over five years on the Bulldogs. David’s parents are Frank and Holly McCormack of Terrace Park. Submitted by Frank McCormack

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» Mariemont beat Deer Park, 49-42 Dec. 15. Meredith Garrison scored 12 points. » Amauria Campbell turned in a 15-point effort as Summit beat CHCA, 53-34, Dec. 15.

Football

» Joe Berta is the new head football coach at Clark Montessori. Berta was an internal candidate who has been on the football staff for the last four seasons. He served as defensive coordinator last year. His father, Bob Berta, was the head football coach at Turpin for 27 years and is currently the defensive coordinator at McNicholas. Berta will take over for Coach Steve Sheehan, who started the program in 2007 and led the Cougars to a 6-4 record last season. » Mariemont High School welcomed Kurry Commins as the new head football coach with an after-school meeting with players Dec. 20. Commins served as the head coach of Oak Hills from 2006-2011 and the head coach of his alma mater

Mt. Healthy High School from 2001-2005. Commins has compiled a 66-49 record, including four conference championships and five Division 2 Region 8 playoff appearances. Commins served as an assistant coach on Tom Crosby’s 2012 Mariemont football staff. “Kurry Commins teaches and coaches with a great amount of passion and enthusiasm. We were fortunate last season to see Kurry in action as an assistant coach, working with our student athletes,” said Tom Nerl, athletics director . “We are excited to have Kurry take the lead of our program and continue the coaching excellence we have enjoyed in our program throughout the years. I am very confident that our community will be excited with the next chapter of Warrior football.”


VIEWPOINTS

A6 • EASTERN HILLS JOURNAL • DECEMBER 26, 2012

Last week’s question Now that Michigan has approved legislation to ban mandatory collection of union dues as a condition of employment, becoming the 24th state in the nation to pass a right-to-work law, do you think Ohio lawmakers should attempt to pass similar legislation? Why or why not?

“Yes. There was a time in this country when people had to work in sweat-shop conditions and accept whatever compensation and terms their employers offered them. Those days are long gone. “For one thing, there have been a myriad of regulations imposed on employers with respect to how they treat their employees. The need for the kind of protection by unions that existed in the late 19th and early 20th century has diminished greatly. Unions still serve a purpose, but not the same as they originally did. “Another consideration is the corruption that has flourished in some cases, and mob ties to unions. Restriction of individual freedom has always been of immense importance to me, and that kind of coercion is definitely in play when people are told they must join a union and pay dues in order to work. “Yes, there is a negative element in the right-to-work environment which enables non-union workers to benefit from the privileges won by union representation. But forcing people to join unions is not the answer. As in everything else, there needs to be a sense of balance.” Bill B. “Ohio needs to pass rightto-work legislation for three reasons. First, it is the right thing to do. No one should be forced to pay union dues or fees in order to get or keep a job. “Second, it will give a much-needed boost to Ohio's economy. Our labor laws will be more friendly to business, which will motivate employers to keep jobs in Ohio or to bring new ones here. “Third, it is a lot easier to do this by passing a law than to have to put a referendum on the ballot. The legislature needs to do this soon so that we don't lose ground to Indiana, Michigan, and many other right-to-work states.” T.H. “Yes. Ohio's current legislature couldn't care less about the citizens, trying to force-feed abortion, isolating and offending simply every minority, and making sure that guns are allowed in bars. “The only way to reign in public union leaders, who throw their members under the bus at every turn, is to take the state back through tough legislation similar to the state of Michigan.” K.P. “Absolutely! Ohio cannot compete with neighboring states on this unless they pass equal legislation. “Unions will survive, but it should not be mandatory, and certainly not mandatory to pay dues to work. If working conditions become bad, unions will arise, but to say

NEXT QUESTION Following the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., should Congress enact tougher gun-control laws, such as reinstating the nation’s assault-weapons ban, closing the so-called gun-show loophole permitting the sale of guns without a background check, or prohibiting the manufacture of high-capacity magazines? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to espangler@communitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line.

that an individual cannot work unless they join the union is absolutely wrong. “South Carolina recently secured Boeing in Charleston, and believe me, every one of those employees are happy to have their high paying jobs. What's sad is that the unions took it to court to stop those people from working. It seems to me that their object is not to make jobs, but to give power to political bosses and union officials. “Most recently Hostess was forced to close its doors because the union insisted on things that were impossible for a company in trouble to provide. Now, thousands are unemployed. Where is the sense it that?” J.K. “I think Ohio lawmakers know better than to stick their heads back into that particular bucket. At the very least they will wait to see how many Republicans are left standing after the next Michigan election. “What they did was a complete abandonment of the public trust, not just on the union-busting bill, but on about a dozen unpopular laws passed during the Lame Duck session. If it hadn't been for the Connecticut school shooting they would have made it legal to carry weapons in schools. “I know some of your readers think that is a good idea, but the simple fact is that gun carnage is due to the abundance of guns and affects hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens, far beyond schools or other places where guns are supposed to be prohibited.” N.F. “I do not believe people should be forced to pay union dues as a condition on employment. It they want to join a union that’s their business. “However, forced payment of dues should not be a factor. Good employees are sometimes passed up due to the dues factor.” E.S. “Ohio needs to be competitive in the global marketplace. If union membership is required in some workplaces does this allow the company to hire the best and produce great products and services? Heck NO! “Workers need to have a voice and their right to choose (FREEDOM). I think the two can and must co-exist to provide the future generation opportunities to work.” C.S.

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Let your Christmas tree live on for free You trimmed it with decorations of red, hung a shining star upon the highest bough, had presents under it and maybe even rocked around it, but now what do you do with your Christmas tree? Why not bring it to the free Christmas tree recycling collection provided by the Holly Hamilton Christamann COMMUNITY PRESS County Recycling and Solid GUEST COLUMNIST Waste District. On Saturdays Jan 5 and 12, from noon to 3 p.m., Hamilton County residents can drop off their Christmas tree, holiday greenery and other yard trimmings at one of the following locations for free with proof of county residency (such as a utility bill or driver’s license) Locations: » Bzak Landscaping, 3295 Turpin Lane (off State Route 32), Anderson Township » Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridge-

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Please keep the following guidelines in mind when dropping off your Christmas tree: » Remove all ornaments, tinsel, tree bags, etc. » Landscapers and commercial establishments are not eligible to participate in this program. » Containers and plastic bags will be returned. » All children must stay inside vehicles. » Hamilton County residents only. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is a division of the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services which also encompasses the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency. For more information, visit the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District online at www.HamiltonCountyRecycles.org, call 946-7766, or interact on Facebook and Twitter. Holly Christmann is the program manager for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.

A new ‘pay to stay’ (alive)

Columbia Township is publicly announcing that they are giving serious thought to charging an additional fee, individually, to anyone who is within their township boundaries at the time that individual may place a telephonic call to 911 for any emergency needed services – police, fire, ambulance. They are communicating that this may very well evolve further out to all Hamilton Countians and throughout Ohio in the very near future to all citizenry that may ever call 911 for J. Janus Jr. help. Years ago COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST there was no invoicing by Hamilton County to anyone who made such a call. Then it evolved into invoicing the specific governmental entity from which the individual calling made the call at the time of emergency need. Now, with the cost of one placed 911 call averaging out to be in the ‘’teens” range, the

burden will be placed upon the individual caller, rather than the existing practice of being spread out to the taxpaying public through invoicing the governmental entity from which said call commences at the time of such critical emergency need. With an ever increasing diverse population in this long term challenging economy of long term unemployed, being on a fixed incomes, disabled, elderly, and even if employed, all will now have to ponder if and when they can afford to call for help – be it for themselves or others? What genius thought this concept all up? What a piece of work, huh? The lack of citizen activism and involvement is already always a challenge. Think about it – an armed robbery in progress, a need for a prompt ambulance response for a sudden medical event, a motor vehicle accident with injury, or even a personal emergency need for assistance and help! Now, can you, as an individual, justify or constantly budget funding to be a good concerned citizen and call 911 for help? Do we wait, hope, and pray

that someone else that can afford to pay for this emergency need for help for us or others will be 24/7 at our side available should the need ever arise in our time of most desperate need? Or do we, they – just let them die? Various school districts have implemented a pay-to-play program for students to participate in their athletic programs, due to budgetary constraints. Now, Columbia Township apparently hopes that their pondering intention will soon come to fruition, be passed onto Hamilton County citizenry, and then beyond to all Ohio citizenry. Who gave them the “right” to bestow an individually specific fee upon any individual for an emergency call for help while within Columbia Township for contacting 911? This, possible “pay-to stay” (alive) program is an illustrative demonstrative example of governmental conceptualizations run amok! J. Janus Jr. is a chief disability advocate and paralegal. He lives in Sycamore Township.

WHEN THEY MEET Cincinnati City Council

Meets at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in room 300 at Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum St. Web site: www.ci.cincinnati.oh.us.

Cincinnati Public Schools

Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month, 2651 Burnet Ave. Phone: 363-0000. Web site: www.cps-k12.org.

Columbia Township

Meets at 6 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month, 5686 Kenwood Road. Phone: 561-6046. Web site: www.columbiatwp.org.

Columbia-Tusculum Community Council

Madisonville Community Council

Meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Columbia Baptist Church, 3718 Eastern Ave. Web site: www.columbiatusculum.org.

Meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Road. 561-9343. Web site: www.historicmadisonville.com.

Fairfax

Mariemont

Meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Village Hall 5903 Hawthorne Ave. Phone: 527-6505. Web site: fairfaxohio.org

Meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month, 6907 Wooster Pike. Phone: 271-3246. Web site: www.mariemont.org.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Council

Mariemont City School District

Meets at 7 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month at Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave.Web site: www.hydeparkcincinnati.org.

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: easternhills@communitypress.com web site: www.communitypress.com

Meets at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday of the month in the cafeteria of Mariemont Junior High School, 6743 Chestnut St. Phone: 272-7500.

Eastern Hills Journal Editor Eric Spangler espangler@communitypress.com, 576-8251 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2012

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Marilyn Zemboch of Indian Hill, Linda Mandel of Anderson Township and Gloria Lipson of Mt. Adams enjoy boutique shopping, French wines, lunch and confections at the Lighthouse Youth Services fall fundraiser. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

CONFECTIONS AND COMPASSION

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he local non-profit organization Lighthouse Youth Services recently conducted its annual fall fundraiser at a local country French Normandy home. “Fall into Marche de France” included an afternoon of boutique shopping, lunch, French wines by the glass and special guest Julia Baker, founder and CEO of Julia Baker Confections and “chocolatier to the stars.” A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Baker focuses exclusively on luxury chocolates and custom cake creations.

Tamie Sullivan of Loveland and Chris Harris of Hyde Park help raise money at the Lighthouse Youth Services annual fundraiser.. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

She has created confections for Bono, U2, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears and others. Karen Cassidy and a committee of 45 women planned the benefit, which brought together 250 Lighthouse supporters to help raise more than $63,000 to provide funding for Lighthouse programs and wish list items for the youth they serve. Area restaurants donated all the food, and participating boutiques donated a percentage of their sales to Lighthouse.

Allison Kahn of Indian Hill, Karen Abel of Wyoming and Helene Elkus of Wyoming attend the Lighthouse Youth Services annual fall fundraiser. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

Jakki Haussler of Clifton, Karen Cassidy of Indian Hill and Julia Baker of Scottsdale, Ariz., enjoy the festivities and help raise money at the Lighthouse Youth Services annual fundraising event THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

Carole Cutter-Hawkins of Amberley Village and Future Vincent Hicks of Springdale attend the Lighthouse Youth Services annual fundraiser. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

Attending "Fall into Marche de France" for Lighthouse Youth Services are Lis Faber of Montgomery, Marcia White of Union, Ky., and Ann Hernick of Montgomery. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 27 Art Exhibits Recent Works by John Stobart and John A. Ruthven, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Unveiling of Stobart’s last Major Cincinnati Painting titled “Cincinnati - Bird’s Eye View of the Public Landing in 1867.” Only 100 signed and numbered prints available. Exhibit continues through Dec. 29. Benefits YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Features large collection of porcelain sculptures, birds and flowers by Edward Marchall Boehm, miniature paintings and recent gallery acquisitions. Free. Through Dec. 29. 791-7717; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax.

Community Dance Beechmont Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Westernstyle square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/ Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Madisonville.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Christmas story presented with narration, lights, animation and music. Mission market, Nativity sets, Christmas boutique and mission museum. Nativity narration in Spanish, too. Bring canned goods to donate to those in need locally. Free, canned good donations accepted. Presented by Comboni Missionaries. 474-4997; www.combonimissionaries.org. Anderson Township.

Anderson Promotes Peace. 588-8391; www.gappeace.org. Anderson Township.

Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; www.orangefrazer.com/harriett.html. Norwood.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 Art & Craft Classes

Music - Pop

Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Deborah discusses, with weekly demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, how to achieve spontaneity, character and life in your figure painting. $80 per month. Reservations required. 259-9302; deborahridgley.com. Mariemont.

Soul Pocket, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., 871-6789; www.theredmoor.com. Mount Lookout.

SATURDAY, DEC. 29 Art Exhibits Recent Works by John Stobart and John A. Ruthven, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 7917717; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax.

Clubs & Organizations Forest-Aires Women’s Chorus Welcome Coffee, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1175 Birney Lane, Recreation room. Welcome coffee for new members. Refreshments served. Free. Registration required. Presented by Forest-Aires Women’s Chorus. 232-2624; theforestaires.com. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Madisonville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., More info on Tammy’s Fitness Party on Facebook. Presented by Tammy’s Fitness Party. 315-1302. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997; www.combonimissionaries.org. Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; www.orangefrazer.com/harriett.html. Norwood.

Music - Latin Club Tequilas: Sabado Noche Movimiento, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Mix of Latin music by DJ Tavo. Ladies free before 11 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $10. 321-0220; www.innercirclecincy.com. East End.

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. 871-7297; www.ohioalleycat.org. Madisonville. Cat Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., PetSmart Oakley, 3401 Alamo Ave., Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/ Neuter Clinic. 731-9400; www.ohioalleycat.org. Oakley. Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. 474-0005; www.peppermintpig.org. Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores Fun for the whole family can be found at the Ball on the Square on New Year's Eve in Oakley Square. The free event features live bands, a Rozzi fireworks display, an early family New Year's Eve and a ball drop from 20th Century Theater's historic tower. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with Pipsqueak Theater New Year's Eve for families, featuring live entertainers, food and beverage ventors, and a 9 p.m. fireworks show. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., enjoy live music, food and drink, Red Bull Ice Carving Echibition, party favors and DJs. FILE PHOTO

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MONDAY, DEC. 31 Health / Wellness

Music - Jazz

Support Groups

The Qtet, 9 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., Jazz/funk music. Free. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.

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.

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; www.emercy.com. Madisonville. TriHealth Mobile Mammography Screening, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Group Health Anderson, 7810 Five Mile Road, Digital screening mammography through Women’s Services Van. Cost varies based on insurance. Reservations required. Presented by TriHealth Women’s Services Van. 569-6565; www.trihealth.com. Anderson Township.

SUNDAY, DEC. 30

Holiday - New Year’s

Literary - Bookstores Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, 2692 Madison Road, Follow Harriett’s journey through Cincinnati by visiting five of locations featured in book. Free. Presented by Orange Frazer Press. 937-382-3196; www.orangefrazer.com/harriett.html. Norwood.

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 Art Exhibits Recent Works by John Stobart and John A. Ruthven, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 7917717; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax.

Drink Tastings Friday Evening Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Remke-bigg’s Hyde Park, 3872 Paxton Ave., Sparkling wine for New Year’s Eve. $5 for five samples and snacks from deli and bakery. 619-5454. Oakley.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997; www.combonimissionaries.org. Anderson Township.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Music, poetry, etc. All material must be family friendly. Free. 474-0123. Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; www.atacincinnati.com. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997; www.combonimissionaries.org. Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; www.orangefrazer.com/harriett.html. Norwood.

Pets Cat Adoptions, Noon-2 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 8717297; www.ohioalleycat.org. Madisonville. Cat Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., PetSmart Oakley, 731-9400; www.ohioalleycat.org. Oakley.

Family New Year’s Eve Nature Celebration, 6-9 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Music by Red Cat Jazz Band at 8:30 p.m. Crafts, games, face painting and balloon art 6-9 p.m. Animal program 7 and 8 p.m. Illusionist John Louis 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ball drop and sparkling grape juice toast 9 p.m. Ages 2 and up. $4, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township. The Ball on the Square, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Oakley Square, Madison Road, Oakley Square. Party for children 8-9 p.m. with fireworks and entertainment. Music, adult beverages, food vendors, Rozzi’s fireworks and ball drop at midnight. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Sports Leagues. 533-9386; www.gocsl.com. Oakley. New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., The Stand, 3195 Linwood Ave., Countdown begins at 9 p.m. Music by DJ. Champagne toast at midnight. Photobooth. Ages 21 and up. Free. 871-5006. Mount Lookout. New Year’s Eve and Day, 6

p.m.-2 a.m., Keystone Bar & Grill Hyde Park, 3384 Erie Ave., Free mac and cheese bar after ball drops. Brunch menu available Tuesday morning. Ages 21 and up. Free. 321-0968. Hyde Park. Redmoor New Year’s Party, 9:30 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Doors open 8 p.m. Appetizer buffet and midnight champagne toast provided. Seating is first come first serve. $35. 871-6789; www.theredmoor.com. Mount Lookout. New Year’s Eve at the Pub, 7 p.m., The Pub at Rookwood Mews, 2692 Madison Road, One night, two toasts. Complimentary Guinness toast, British New Year, 7 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight. Reservations required. Presented by Tavern Restaurant Group. 841-2748; www.tavernrestaurantgroup.com. Norwood. 30+ Catholic Singles New Year’s Eve Dance, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Doors open 7 p.m. Includes shrimp cocktail, hot appetizers, snacks, deserts, two drink tickets and a midnight Champagne toast. Additional beer and wine available for purchase at two for $5. $30, $25 advance. Presented by 30+Catholic Singles. 3884466; www.meetup.com/cincinnati-nky-30-catholic-singles/. Anderson Township. Club Tequilas: Ano Nuevo, 9 p.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Music by DJ Shorty, DJ Shark and Principes de Mexico. Merenge, salsa cumbia, trivial bachata hip-hop, duranguense, and reggaeton dance music. 321-2572; www.innercirclecincy.com. East End.

TUESDAY, JAN. 1

New Year’s Day Candlelight Vigil, 5 p.m., Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Peace Pole Garden. Our Dreams for Humanity theme. Participants may bring a brief reading to share, including a poem, meaningful quote, prayer, a story of deepening understanding or concern to lift up in hope. Readings will be interspersed with moments of silent reflection. Candles provided. Presented by Greater

Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; www.orangefrazer.com/harriett.html. Norwood.

THURSDAY, JAN. 3 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Madisonville. Boot Camp: Evening Classes, 6-7 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Session 1. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Feb. 7. Experience weight loss, more energy, improved strength and improved self-esteem. Ages 18 and up. Session 1: $109, $99 residents. Session 2: $136, $126 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; www.orangefrazer.com/harriett.html. Norwood.

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, JAN. 4 Literary - Bookstores Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; www.orangefrazer.com/harriett.html. Norwood.

SATURDAY, JAN. 5 Art & Craft Classes Make+Bake: Glassblowing – Snowman, Noon-4 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Design and create your own blown glass snowman in this introductory class. $50. Registration required. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. January Family Open House: Kilncarved Snowflakes, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Create hanging snowflakes in glass with process of kilncarving: using fiber paper to create relief in glass. $15. Registration required. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley.

Civic

Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off, Noon-3 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 3295 Turpin Lane, Hamilton County residents can recycle their Christmas trees at no cost with proof of residency. Remove ornaments, tinsel, tree bags, etc. Drop offs also available at Kuliga Park and Rumpke Landfill. Presented by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. 946-7766. Newtown.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Madisonville.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 100, Topic: What is type 2 Diabetes? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 271-5111; www.lisalarkinmd.com. Madisonville.

Literary - Bookstores Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; www.orangefrazer.com/harriett.html. Norwood.

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 474-0005; www.peppermintpig.org. Anderson Township.

SUNDAY, JAN. 6 Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 652-0286; www.atacincinnati.com. Anderson Township.

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Begin a batch of friendship bread, share Last week I mentioned a friendship bread recipe on my blog. But I had a request from a reader who doesn’t blog and wanted to “send a huge batch to my grandson and his unit in Afghanistan.” Well, that did it. Some of us have family in the Rita armed Heikenfeld forces or know of RITA’S KITCHEN those who are keeping our nation safe, so I’ve decided if it’s that special to our troops, it deserves space here. It’s a fun project in food chemistry to make with the kids during holiday break. Friendship bread is so-called because the starter is meant to be shared. Since vintage recipes are “hot” right now, you’ll be oh so trendy! These particular friendship “breads��� are sweet and taste like a quick bread. If you want them even more cake-like, sprinkle top of batter with mixture of sugar and cinnamon. One reader uses butterscotch pudding instead of vanilla in the second recipe.

Friendship bread yeast starter

Leave on counter, don’t refrigerate. Put in large bowl or container, covered lightly with wrap. You can use plastic, stainless steel or glass. Or put in large sealed baggie, in which case you’d squeeze baggie instead of stirring with a

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pans on the bottoms and sides, and dump out excess if you like). Or mix in a bit of cinnamon with the sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

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Friendship bread No. 2, with pudding

Because of the pudding in the batter, this is sweeter. With what’s left in the bowl, beat in the following:

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In a separate bowl, stir together and then beat with egg mixture: These friendship breads are sweet and cake-like. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. spoon as indicated below. You may have to open baggie occasionally to let the gasses, which form from the yeast, escape. You’ll know if you have to do this if the bag puffs up a lot. Regarding yeast, use regular dry yeast, not rapid or fast rise. I will tell you that I have forgotten about the 10-day timing and the bread still turned out nicely anywhere from 9 to 11 days. If you go over the time limit, just give it a stir each day. Freeze the starter? One of my readers freezes the starter for up to a month if she has extra. Now I haven’t done this myself, but she says it works just fine. Day 1: Stir together 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and

1 cup milk plus 1 envelope (0.25 oz. or 21⁄4 teaspoons) dry yeast. Days 2 through 5: Stir with spoon. Day 6: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Days 7 through 9: Stir with spoon. Day 10: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Stir and put 1 cup mixture into three separate containers. Give two away, use the last cup as your new starter and use what’s left in the bowl to make bread. Mark date on starters. Between the two cakes given below, it seems like the one with the pudding mix is the most popular. I can’t decide which I like better!

Friendship bread No. 1, without pudding With what’s left in the bowl, beat in the following: ⁄3 cup oil 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon, apple pie or pumpkin pie spice 11⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups all-purpose flour 2

If you want, you can throw in a handful of raisins, chopped fresh or dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. Pour into two sprayed and sugared loaf pans (before pouring batter in, sprinkle some sugar in the

2 cups all-purpose flour 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) 1 large box instant vanilla pudding (5 oz. approximately) 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon, apple pie or pumpkin pie spice or more to taste (optional, but very good)

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POLICE REPORTS CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Angelique Moore, born 1992, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., Dec. 10. Antwon D. Fairbanks, born 1979, misdemeanor drug possession, trafficking, 6017 Desmond St., Dec. 13. Bryan L. Gedeon, born 1981, theft under $300, 3295 Erie Ave., Dec. 3. Darryl Williams, born 1989, criminal trespassing, 4367 Eastern Ave., Dec. 4. David M. Craig, born 1983, drug

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Oakley Square New Years Eve party set Cincinnati Sports Leagues, 20th Century Theater and Pipsqueak Theater are partnering on the third annual The Ball on the Square New Year’s Eve party in Oakley Square. The 20th Century Theater launched the largescale New Year’s Eve celebration in Oakley Square in 2010, and has joined forces with Cincinnati Sports Leagues to continue to grow the event into one of the city’s largest and most unique New Year’s Eve Celebrations. The free event features live bands, a Rozzi fireworks display, an early family New Year’s Eve, and a ball drop from 20th Century Theater’s historic tower. The free party kicks off at 8 p.m. with the Pipsqueak Theater New Year’s Eve for families, featuring live entertainers, food and beverage vendors, and an early fireworks show at 9 p.m. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.,

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The 20th Century Theater, originally opened in 1941, has been a historical icon in Cincinnati’s Oakley Square for more than 70 years. The theater changed functions and ownership over the years. In1997, 20th Century Productions was born, focusing on concert events and private functions. Founded in the summer of 2001, Cincinnati Sports Leagues is a lifestyle marketing company that specializes in developing, coordinating and facilitating athletic leagues, parties and special events to young professionals ages 21 to 36plus. Pipsqueak Theater operates events for kids throughout the year. Join the fun with your family at Easter, Halloween and now two Christmas Pipsqueak Shows. And top off the year with the Big Pipsqueak Ball Drop and Fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

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eography from Cincinnati Ballet artistic director and CEO Victoria Morgan. One change, the addition of an acrobatic role of “Snowball,” excited Nadermann, who saw the performance last year. Kennedy, granddaughter to Dan and Diane Rupp, lifelong residents of Oakley, wanted to try out for both the tumbling and dance roles for the following year's performance. Kennedy is a fifthgrader at Fairview Clifton German Language school and has been dancing since she was 5 years

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