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Montgomery family starts year out in the


By Marika Lee

For the 14th year the DiGiovannas, of Montgomery, did not sleep in after celebrating the New Year. Instead they participated in a Polar Plunge to raise funds for research 15-year-old Shane’s rare skin condition. The 14th annual Farcical Aquatic Ceremony was at the DiGiovannas’ backyard pool at 12043 Cooperwood Lane at 10 a.m. Jan. 1, Chuck DiGiovanna said. The event is to raise money for epidermolysis bullosa, which is a rare skin condition that prevents the layers of the skin from binding together making the skin very easily damaged, Chuck said. He added his son goes through four to five hours of medicial care each day because of all the bandaging required. The family started the event when they were living in Connecticut and would jump into Long Island Sound. After finding the best medical care for Shane at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the family relocated. “We moved back to Cincinnati for Children’s Hospital. There wasn’t an ocean to jump into, so we bought a house with a pool,” Chuck said. The event now takes place in both locations, with an audio feed going between the two, which Shane uses to make the speech he does every year. Chuck said this year the event is focused on making donations to

Montgomery resident Ron Delsignore jumps in the pool. (An optional tradition some people do is crazy dressing.) THANKS TO PERRI SCHENKER Trying to warm up at the fire post-jump of the Montgomery Polar Bear Plunge. From left: Gabe Schenker, Nathan Gregg and Ryan Stoneberger, all Sycamore seniors, and Adam Lucken, Sycamore junior.THANKS

Neighbors Gabe, Mike and Elyse Schenker, post-jump. THANKS TO PERRI SCHENKER

MORE ONLINE See more photos from the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge at in Shane’s name and to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital EB Center. A collections box will be provided at the event for funds and gently used iPod touches and iPad to keep the patients at the EB center entertained during their stay. “It’s for friends and family and really for everyone at Children’s,” he said, adding about 40


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Board to hear zoning case for landscaping By Leah Fightmaster

The Board of Trustees will hear a zoning case on Jan. 2 that will decide if at least 10 trees have to remain on Kemper Road at Goldcrest Drive. THANKS TO GREG BICKFORD

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A zoning case with an upcoming public hearing is pulling plans out of the archives. The Board of Trustees heard a zoning case Jan. 2 regarding landscaping at the corner of Kemper Road and Goldcoast Drive, in which Goldcoast Properties of Cincinnati wants to change the landscaping. Greg Bickford, acting township administrator/planning and zoning director, said the trees on that corner are thick, and Goldcoast wants to change it. However, the changes don’t

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match the township’s code. He said the development was created back in the 1980s to the best of his knowledge, and the landscaping plan isn’t specific. Bickford added that in that case, the current number of trees have to be maintained or they can be replaced according to the township’s current zoning code. Sycamore’s zoning code says that 10 trees would have to be replaced, but Goldcoast only wants to replant five along Kemper Road, Bickford said. Craig Hopewell, general counsel for Belcan, an engineering and staffing company in-

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to 50 people have made the jump in Cincinnati and about 30 to 40 still do in Connecticut. Perri Schenker, the DiGiovannas’ neighbor, said the event is always a little crazy with ice cubes being thrown into the pool and bagpipe music being played by local bagpiper Lisa Skinner. “It has really turned into a big event,” Schenker said. Bobbie Sandrin, coordinator for the EB Center at Children’s, has attended the event in previous

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Shane DiGiovanna, of Montgomery, gives a speech about EB and research about the condition at the annual polar plunge help by his family and friends. PROVIDED

years and said about 100 people will be attending and 40 have agreed to jump, including Shane’s friends from Seven Hills High School and members of his sister’s basketball team from Sycamore Junior High School. “The DiGiovanna family has worked tirelessly to promote EB awareness on a local level and beyond. Shane is constantly devising ways to help others with EB,” Sandrin said in an email, adding collecting the iPods and iPads was Shane’s idea.

Montgomery resident Ron Delsignore jumps in the pool. (An optional tradition some people do is crazy dressing.) THANKS TO PERRI SCHENKER

More than 50 jumpers participated in the Montgomery Polar Bear Plunge New Year's Day. THANKS TO PERRI SCHENKER




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As part of the Blue Ash Community Café Series, Sycamore Township dog trainer Lisa Desatnik of So Much PETential will be presenting a free program, “Getting Your Dog To Listen,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. Pre-registration is required. During the one-hour program, Desatnik will share some useful tips for modifying pet behavior in the most positive way. She will cover basic information about how animals learn, motivation, how to use positive reinforcement effectively and setting you and your pet up for success.

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Hadassah coffee talk Jan. 13

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah will hold its monthly Coffee Talk program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan.13, at the home of Marsha Barsman, 12158 Crestfield Court. Guest speaker Shari Goldsmith will discuss “The Male Brain vs. The Female Brain: Do We Really See The World Through Different Eyes? How Can We All Get Along?” After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in organizational communications, Goldsmith spent10 years working in business operations with progressive responsibility. She was an integral part of the company’s rapid growth from two stores to 50 store operations. Today, Goldsmith is a women’s success coach, speaker and author of “31 Days to Finding Your Inner Sass.” She’s also the president of the 85 Broads Cincinnati Chapter and

has two grown sons with her husband of 32 years. When she’s not working, she can usually be found biking or walking her Pug, Miles. Coffee Talk is a monthly casual get-together, usually held in a Hadassah member’s home, to discuss topics of interest. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month, alternating between evening and morning times. Refreshments will be served. Coffee Talk is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend, but RSVPs are requested. Please call 513821-6157 or email

UC Blue Ash offers more than 50 scholarships

The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College is providing new opportunities for deserving students to earn financial support that will help them pursue their dreams. The college is offering 51 scholarships totaling over $42,000 for the 20142015 academic year, but there is only a limited time to submit an application. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. Many of the scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year are available to incoming freshman. For more information on scholarships at UC Blue

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Sycamore board organizational meeting Jan. 8

The Sycamore Community Schools Board of Education will hold its organizational Board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate, 5200 Aldine Drive The board meeting will begin by swearing in reelected board members Diane Adamec, John Mercurio and Jean Staubach. The board swill then elect officers, adopt a meeting schedule for 2014, choose members to serve in various appointments and review the 2014 tax budget. Following those agenda items, the board will move forward with regular business. Beth Weber, treasurer, will conduct a hearing on the annual tax budget at 6 p.m., prior to the board meeting. This meeting will also be held at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate. For more information on the Board of Education or its meetings, visit or email board members at schoolboard

Nominations sought for 2014 Blue Ash Business Awards

The City of Blue Ash will once again partner with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to host the third annual Blue Ash Business Awards, which will be March 13 at the Cooper Creek Event Center. Through Wednesday, Jan. 15, individuals can nominate one of the 2,000 businesses that call Blue Ash home. Applications are being accepted for the following categories: » Blue Ash Business of the Year – Companies with 1-50 employees; companies with 51-250 employees; companies with 251+ employees; » Emerging Business of the Year » Corporate Community Service Award » Business Mentor of the Year To nominate a business, view rules and guidelines, or register for the event, visit



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Teacher honored for innovation By Forrest Sellers

For Indian Hill teacher Ellen Hughes it was déjà vu. Hughes, who teaches health and physical education, is the recipient of a Health Professional of the Year Award. The award is given by the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 1998, Hughes was recognized by the same organization as a Young Professional of the Year during her senior year at Miami University. “It was nice to be recognized again,” said Hughes, who is a resident of Mt. Airy. The award is based on innovation and creativity in teaching. Hughes often stresses the importance of exercise as part

of a daily routine. She said exercise is not only beneficial in preventing childhood obesity but it also helps relieve stress. “Healthier kids perform better academically,” she said. “Research supports this time and time again.” Hughes is also an advocate for using technology in the classroom. Online health assessments can be a great resource in determining specific programs and strategies, she said. Hughes was nominated by colleagues Lisa Sullivan and Dale Haarman. “Ellen is a good candidate for the award because she has taken this program to another level,” said Haarman, who also teaches physical education and health at the high school. “She is very passionate about her profession.”

Indian Hill High School physical education and health teacher Ellen Hughes is the recipient of a Health Professional of the Year Award. PROVIDED

COLLEGE CORNER Hillary graduates from Campbellsville

Sycamore High School graduate Brandon Tyrell Hillary received a bachelor of science in criminal justice administration from Campbellsville University. Hillary is the son of Ira and Cassandra Hillary.

Two inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

The following Northeast Suburban Life-area residents were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Michael Pelfrey of Cincinnati initiated at Auburn University. Paul Rutemiller of Cincinnati initiated at Virginia Tech.

Three graduate from Dayton

More than 550 students received degrees at the University of Dayton fall commencement Dec. 14, including 266 undergraduates, in the largest fall graduating class in 20 years.


The following local students received degrees: Faisal Rahman graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of mechanical engineering with a major in mechanical engineering. Brian Haggerty graduated with a bachelor of science in engineering technology with a major in electronic and computer engineering technology. Jenna Naber of Cincinnati graduated with a bachelor of science in education and health sciences with a major in prephysical therapy.

Gabbour makes dean’s honor roll

American Hebrew Academy student Ethan Gabbour was named to the Dean's Honor Roll for the fall trimester of 2013. Gabbour is a sophomore from Cincinnati. Recognition is reserved for students showing very high levels of academic discipline and achievement. Gabbour is one of forty-eight students to qualify for the Dean's Honor Roll this trimester, denoting an academic average of 90 or higher.

SYCAMORE HIGH SCHOOL HIGH HONORS ROLL SYCAMORE HIGH SCHOOL The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 20132014.

High Honors Freshmen – Sarah Adler, Cagla Akcadag, Brenden Archer, Kyle Arens, Isabelle Augustin, Dean Ayalon, Justin Banke, Hannah Baum, Alejandra Bello Thomas, Cora Bennett, Elsa Benson, Kevin Berghoff, Noah Biegger, Nicholas Bigliano, Ayanna Boben, Bradley Bolotin, Nathaniel Borchers, Jake Borman, Tara Boutelle, William Brabender, Tanner Brarens, Allison Brown, Caroline Bruns, Margaret Busch, Anais Cabello, Elizabeth Carl, Aaron Charnay, Benjamin Charnay, Viviane Chaulvet, Stephen Coleman, William Coleman, Cali Colliver, Megan Combs, Morgan Comerford, Nicole Crone, Amy Deng, Shiva Devarajan, Daniel Dong, Gail Duke, Nathan Estill, Sarita Evans, Alexandra Fanning, James Fields, Allison Flavin, Renee Foster, Hannah Frey, Katherine Funderburk, Victor Garnica, Noah Garon, Anthony Geraci, Joshua Glauser, Sadye Goodman, Kyle Green, Bradley Greenberger, David Greenberger, Benjamin Grossheim, Sarah Guckenberger, Grace Hafele, Abigail Hallock, Claire Hallock, Zachary Hanus, Lena Harper, Megan Hart, Emily Hartwig, Kaitlyn Hayes, Madelyn Heldman, Tyler Hess, Maxwell Hill, Jordan Hoffman, Rebecca Holdren, Michaela Hopkins, Sarah Horne, Kyle Huchison; Elizabeth Izworski, Connor Jarrett, Youbin Jeong, Roneeka Johnson, Umang Joshi, Varun Kalaiarasan, Akshara Kapoor, Rujula Kapoor, Miharu Katayama, Alexander Katz, Alison Keane, Kyuzo Kelly, Natalie Kerr, Sarah Kim, Jackson Kisor, Nathan Kisselle, Nicholas Klein, Sydney Klein, Clare Knife, Marina Kobayashi, Rebecca Kohrman, Allie Kolthoff, Allison Kossen, Lauren Kurtzer, Sydney Lang, Kevin Lawson, Samuel Leach, Francine Levy, Jesse Li, Beverly Liu, Jacob Locke, Jason Logan, Anthony Lombardi, Jooyeon Ma, Supriya Malla, Maliha Mastoi, Stephanie Mather, Hannah May, Duncan McClure, Raechel McCoy, Peter McCutcheon, Erin McElroy, Tasia Meaders, Miles Menyhert, Allison Miller, Matthew Miller, Sydney Miller, Jacob Mortensen, Athulya Murali, Varun Nagendra, Yuto Nakahata, Benjamin Nickol, Jun Nishikawa, Gerardo Orellana De La Torre, Joshua Peck, Andrew Phillips, Esther Pittinger, Danielle Pratt, Oliver Proudfoot; Andrew Quantz, Mitch Radakovich, Lily Retford, Andrew Rines, Samantha Rohr, Karina Rosa, Joshua Rosen, William Roth, Benjamin Ruskin, Haripriya Sakthivel, Abigail Sauerbrunn, Victoria Schaefer, Kevin Schaewe, Kiley Schafer, Eleanor Schmid, Andrew Schneider, William Schramm, Andrew Schrantz, Grace Schwarzer, Laura Setser, Kevin Sheetz, Olivia Shuholm, Michelle Siddiqui, Jannan Sivaruban, Sarah Sotropa, Jacob Spiegel, Noah Stern, Sydney Stewart, Henry Sun, Visshaal Suresh, Madeleine Sykes, Lindsay Tacy, Mason Taylor, Emily Tyler, Caroline Veraldo, Natasha Wang, Katherine Werner, David Wertheim, Ryan Wick, Emily Wise, Yale Yoon, Julia You, Enshuo Zhang, Xuetong Zhou and Bruce Zou. Sophomores – Alexandra Abele, Danielle Abramovitz, Gitanjalli Ajay Prasad, Anna Alsip, Prety Amom, Grace Anaple, Savanna Asbrock, Mary Aulicino, Divyesh Balamurali, Animesh Bapat, Michael Beyersdorfer, Wessel Bleesing, Ephrath Bramy, Micah Bresler, Matthew Brown, Maxwell Brown, Jacey Bultman, Hope Bundy, Emma Burge, Astrid Cabello, Krisha Cabrera, Christina Caporale, Paige Cassidy, Mandy Chan, Amara Clough, Mandisa Cole, Gwen Constand, Tamea Craig, Mason Davies, Austin Dick, Julia Diersing, Yangxing Ding, Brianna Dooley, Madeleine Driscoll, Rohan D’Souza, Nora Dukart, Katherine Dunn, Michael Edelheit, Shiloh Eklund, Phillip Farist, Josephine Fernandez, Joseph Fischer, Michael Fischer, Carolyn Fisher, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Kevin Fitzgerald, Cameron Foy, Mary Fry, Caroline Gao, Alejandra Garcia, Martin Gonzalez, Jack Good, Melissa Goodman, Evelyn Goodyear, Grace Gore, Maxwell Gottliebson, Jory Gould, Nikita Green, Kevin Gunter; Jacob Habib, Alexis Hagenmaier, Nathaniel Halstead, Colby Hanson, Lacey Hardwick, Avery Harris, Cassidy Harris, Cherish Haruyama, Bradley Haupt, Meagan Haupt, Rachel Haupt, Jonathan Hedrick, Michael Herman, Michael Heyn, Rosie Hou, Cerys Hughes, Jeremiah Hunter, Nidhi Kanchan, Zarmina Karimova, Hannah Kast, Sabrina Kaul, Serena Kaul, Leila Kazemi, Paul Kellar, Hayley Kennedy, Mark Kirkham, Marisa Koster, Rebecca

Kuhr, Julia Kumar, Brooke Landrum, Yerim Lee, Claire Lefton, Raquel Levitt, Rosalyn Liou, Grace Louis, Sydney Love, Madeline Marsh, Allyson Marth, Josephine Masset, Jacob Mather, Joseph Mattis, John McCann, Kaitlynn McCoy, Abigail McGowan, Mackenzie McMullen, Katelin Melling, Jake Melser, Garrett Merkel, Tyler Miller, Daniel Mills, Emily Misali, Hannah Moskowitz, Rebecca Moskowitz, Samuel Myers, Keerthi Nalluri, Antara Nigam, Sidney Noah, Maya Outlaw, Vrundaben Patel, Amanda Peck, Joshua Pelberg, Max Poff, Logan Price, John Pulliam, Maggie Pustinger; Shifa Qureshi, Dahlia Rapoport, Haley Rayburn, Sanford Reese, Elizabeth Rickert, Alexis Rile, Brielle Robbins, Calista Robbins, Noah Rothchild, Abby Sadler, Amal Saeed, Olivia Salach, Martin Sanchez Locreille, Olivia Sandoval, Shelby Scaffidi, Orion Schlosser, Zoe Schlosser, Emma Schutty, Christopher Seger, Jiyoung Seo, Asha Sethuraman, Gabriel Severyn, Maya Sheth, Noah Silverman, Mitchell Singstock, Keara Sonntag, Michael Sorger, Thomas Stacey, Emma Steward, Christopher Stoy, Paul Stucker, Michelle Swart, Mikhail Sweeney, Sarah Thompson, William Truncellito, Ella Varley, Ted Vlady, Elizabeth Walden, David Wang, Jessica Wei, Max Weiss, Grace Whaley, Sierra Whittemore, Olivia Wiedmann, Sophia Wiedmann, Andrew Woodside, Priscilla Wu, Benjamin Young, Katelyn Young, Eli Zawatsky and Anna Zhou. Juniors – Jennifer Adamec, Charlotte Aguilar, Joseph Ahn, Yazan Aldeneh, Samuel Allison, Talia Bailes, Emily Baker, Alexandra Batsch, Maria Beaucage, Ethan Beck, Abigail Belcher, Andrew Bemmes, Daria Beniash, Nicholas Bierschwal, Benjamin Boughton, MacKenzie Boyd, Blair Braxton, Eva Brod, Hannah Brown, Joanna Brown, Rebecca Bruner, Charles Byers, Diamond Caulton, Kyle Cerna, Nabeel Chaudhry, Daniel Chiodo, Won Choi, Clara Chuey, Benjamin E. Cohen, Benjamin L. Cohen, Maria Consbruck, Nicholas D’Angelo, Brandon DeMaio, Lauren DeMarks, Atiya Dosani, Ana Sofia Esquivel Cerrillo, Taylor Evans, Lucy Farr, Jeffery Ferrell, Stephanie Fleites, Lorna Fletcher, Marie Fort, Ilana Frankel, Nicholas Frankowski, Samuel Fredette, Melody Freeland, Zachary Fritzhand, John Fry, Ryan Gantzer, Francesca Garnica, Anna Garrett, Evelyn Garrett, Molly Gearin, Elizabeth Gibson, Jacob Gibson, Lauren Glynn, Andrea Goldstein, Matthew Green, Caleb Grubba, Rishab Gupta, Hannah Guth, Shoyo Hakozaki, Morgan Hamel, Mark Hancher, Emily Hart, Stephen Hartkemeier, Tyler Hegyesi, John Heldman, Paige Henry, Hunter Hersko-Fugitt, Grace Hertlein, Drake Heuerman, Connor Higgins, Jessica Hobart, William Hobart, Douglas Hoffmeister, Donald Hosea, Gloria Hu, Benjamin Huffer, Nanci Hunter; Deepak Indrakanti, Adam Ioas, Alishia Isgro, Megan Jiang, Nicholas Johnson, Esther Kaplan, Emily Kelly, Athena Kennedy, Saidjon Khusenov, Stephanie Knechtly, Kelsey Koffel, Jamie Kolthoff, Erin Kroell, Connor Lake, Nathaniel LeRoy, Michelle Leshchinsky, Allie Levine, Elliot Levy, Xinran Li, Brandon Lombardi, Caleb Main, Kashif Malik, Shazia Malik, Morgan Malof, John Maloney, Ellen Martinson, Ross Mather, Julia Mattis, Rachael Maupin, Bailey McCarthy, Rose Menyhert, Samuel Meyers, Abigail Miller, Alyssa Miller, Natalie Miller, Stephen Mills, Audrey Moeller, Delaney Morris, Brittany Murphy, Ryo Nakahata, Nakul Narendran, Allison Nemoff, Pavan Nimmagadda, Rick Niu, Cara Norris, Oluwafisayo Oginni, Allison Oh, Katherine Oh, Jillian O’Leary, Ysaith Orellana Ascencio, Allison Overholt, Taylor Overholt, Jose Palacios, Christine Park, Karen Patrick, Jamie Pescovitz, Paul Phillips, Noah Pittinger, Anthony Popenoe, Ivan Porollo, Benjamin Proudfoot; Griffin Ramsey, Jacie Ray, Alma Rechnitzer, Reily Reddy, Hebeh Refaei, Allison Rogge, Megan Rogge, Jonathan Rollins, Enrique Rosen, Anupama Roy-Chaudhury, Kristen Russell, Abbagail Sanders, Lauren Saxon, Austin Schafer, William Schrantz, Megan Schroeder, Sarah Schuetz, Matthew Sevrence, Brennon Shanks, Elizabeth Sheetz, Brenda Shen, Philip Silverman, Ethan Smilg, Victoria Smith, Melissa Sodi, Kaitlyn Soellner, Rachel Spohr, Neha Srivatsa, Scott Stefani, Katherine Steinberg, JoAnn Su, Megan Sulfsted, Victoria Swart, Jeffery Tang, Kailin Tang, Laurel Taylor, Julia Temple, Kathryn Tenbarge, Benjamin Thiss, Shannon Thomas, Alexander Toney, Peter Tosh, Hunter Tumulty, Gian Valli, Joseph

Vaz, Aditya Venkitarama, Jorge Vinales, Naveen Viswanath, Ryan Wahler, Abigail Walsh, Jacob Wang, Jennifer Weber, Olivia Wells, Jonathan Weng, Ryan Wessinger, Steven Wessinger, Ellyn Willis, Alexander Wittenbaum, Alex Wright, Marissa Wyrick, Samuel Wyrick, Yuan Zhang, Allan Zou and Meredith Zukor. Seniors – Hannah Abrahamson, Mustafa Ahmad, Munazza Aijaz, Ryan Aleksa, Lauren Altemuehle, Prativa Amom, Jacob Barnhorst, Ana Barros, Sari Baum, Jacob Belcher, Christopher Bell, Tinashe Bere, Helen Berger, Elisa Berry, Rajat Bhageria, Jake Biegger, Sarah Birckhead, Ashley Bonnoitt, Kelly Borman, Parker Brarens, Dylan Brown, Emily Callaway, Bethany Caspersz, Jenna Celek, Krittika Chatterjee, Rishabh Chatterjee, Brian Cleary, Julia Cole, Laura Cole, Dana Coleman, Jacob Collier, Taylor Combs, Dylan Consbruck, Sara Constand, Alexis Corcoran, Megan Crone, Nun Cung Bik, Miguel Dalisay, Jason Darpel, Pedro Del Moral Lopez, Nimit Desai, Kathryn Diaz, Kristen Diaz, Andrianna DiMasso, Paige Domhoff, Madelyn Dukart, Elena Duran; Kathryn Eberhart, James Ekstedt, Jordan Elder, Lydia Fang, Adam Finer, Sarah Frey, Samantha Games, Cristina Garcia Galisteo, Natalia Garcia Vina, Madeline Garrett, Jordan Gause, Thomas Gerrety, Caroline Gilmore, Dan Ginsburg, Grant Girten, Erin Glass, Gabriela Godinez-Feregrino, Michael Goldenberg, Benjamin Goldschneider, Rachel Gore, Nathan Gregg, Azante Griffith, Leah Grinshpun, Sarah Grout, Lindsay Grzegorzewski, Morgan Grzegorzewski, Gavin Gundler, Stephanie Gunter, Arushi Gupta, 12 Lauren Guy, Kyle Hackett, Carolyn Halstead, Jenny Ham, David Hamburg, Nicholas Hamburg, Daniella Hamden, Ross Hamilton, Benjamin Hammer, Andrew Hanus, Emily Hayes, Julia Henkel, Brianna Hensley, Nicolas Hershey, Kalman Heyn, Jennifer Hill, Mitchell Hill, Vijay Holtkamp, Quincy Huchison, Hayley Huge, Jackson Hughes, Parker Hughes; Natalie Itrich, Rupali Jain, Sabrina Jamal-Eddine, Jonathan Jih, Elizabeth Johnson, Gil Kaplan, Elias Kapourales, Allyson Karnell, Faith Kaufman, Grace Kays, Kristen Keane, James Keefe, Holly Kemp, Alison Kerry, Omar Khan, Ryan Khosla, Aaron Kiner, Anne Kitchin, Rachel Klein, Stephanie Kley, Melanie Klyop, Noah Koehne, Christopher Kuhne, Adam Kuhr, Nicolas Kumar, Victor Kurz, Kathryn Ledbetter, Carly Lefton, Jonathan LeNeveu, Rachel Levey, Samuel Levitt, Sarah Li, Yao-Yu Liu, Noah Loftspring, Alexandra Logsdon, David Lopez, Pete Andrian Lopez, Kathryn Lothrop, Anan Lu, Wendy Lu, Robert Lucian, Genna Lukshus, Elizabeth MacVittie, Alexander Malone, Kara Marth, Michael Masset, Logan Mather, Cassidy McDowell, John McLaughlin, William Meaders, Ricardo Medina Cortes, Laura Mendez Ortiz, Adam Merk, Giulia Mezzabotta, Evan Moeller, Kristine Monaghan, Anna Mondro, Gerson Moreno, Trevor Morgan, Alonna Motley, Karin Oh, Martina Oroz, Hadis Palic, Aaron Pang, Elina Panteleyeva, Shyam Parikh, Gabrielle Paroz, Nicholas Pavlakis, Brandon Peck, Gabrielle Peck, Christopher Pendergast, Joseph Peralta, Angela Phillips, Whitney Philpott, Nicholas Pinkerton, Kami Previte, Connor Pruitt, Katherine Pruitt; Jonathan Quantz, Elise Reardon, Rachel Reddy, Elizabeth Reece, Alora Reiff, Mark Reinhart, Cayden Richter, Matthew Rickert, Edward Rivin, Ayla Robinson, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Jamie Ross, Hannah Roth, Aditya RoyChaudhury, Jacquelyn Rudich, Kelly Ryan, Soo Yeon Ryu, Andrew Sadler, Allison Salach, Zachary Samuelson, Monica Sandoval, Michael Saxon, Gabriel Schenker, Jordan Schneider, Matthew Schneider, Noah Severyn, Cameron Seyler, Christina Shehata, Marissa Shor, Daniel Siddiqui, Nathan Silverman, Kailyn Smith, Madeline Smith, David Sorger, Alexander Sorokin, Rieko Sotojima, Ryan Stoneberger, Hanna Suggs, Rachael Sun, Zachary Swadner, Andrew Swart, Elizabeth Swofford, Nikita Tandon, Ruochen Tang, Mark Tenenholtz, Lauren Thompson, Margaret Thompson, Jackson Thurnquist, Katherine Touvelle, Geet Tripathi, Jacqueline Tso, Justin Van Wagenen, Benjamin Vasunia, Megan Vorpe, John Vuotto, Hope Wang, Bryan Waterhouse, Samantha Weiss, Alexander Weisser, Benjamin Wells, Helen Wessinger, Nathan Whitney, Emily Wick, Emily Winchell, Shawna Wing, Morgan Winnestaffer, Abigail Wise, Joseph Wislocki, Chun Wong, Rachel Wright and Samuel Yengo.



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Sycamore grad, Bellator featherweight champ finds purpose in ring By Adam Turer

Moeller’s 6-foot-9 center Nate Fowler prepares to tip it off against Taft Dec. 13. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller returns from holiday beach ball

By his own admission, Daniel Straus was a “bad kid” at Sycamore High School. Now, at age 29, Straus has found a purpose that keeps him focused, motivated and mostly out of trouble. The former Aviators wrestler became the Bellator MMA featherweight champion on Nov. 2, 2013. With some distance and perspective, he has a renewed appreciation for his high school wrestling coach, Jason Staggs. The two did not always see eye to eye. Staggs, now an assistant wrestling coach at Mason High School, became Sycamore’s varsity coach prior to Straus’s junior year. He coached Straus to a third-place finish in the state as a junior in 2002 and to a national championship as a senior in 2003. “He is an awesome guy. I never gave him the proper respect that he deserved,” Straus said. “He’s one of those guys that I owe a lot of my success to.” The two had a rocky relationship at Sycamore. Straus said he

just wanted to wrestle, and did not care much about the other responsibilities that come with being a high school student-athlete. Staggs recognized the unbelievable talent Straus possessed, but struggled to get through to the stubborn teen. An unstable home life left Straus with little discipline or supervision outside of the wrestling room. “His whole life he’s had to overcome adversity. He was always able to overcome and succeed in the wrestling room,” Staggs said. “I’m not surprised that he’s overcome adversity as an adult and found success.” Mixed martial arts was never a goal or a passion for Straus. After a three-year stint in prison, he ran into a friend and former wrestling opponent who was training at a local gym. At first, Straus rebuffed his friend. After running into the same friend three times over three weeks, Straus relented and decided to attend a training session at Vision MMA in Oakley. He still trains with Team Vision today. See STRAUS, Page A5

By Scott Springer

KENWOOD — Not many high school basketball coaches will rave over a fifth-place finish in a tournament. Moeller’s post-Christmas trip to the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach received five starts in coach Carl Kremer’s unofficial roundball travel guide. “Of all the years we’ve been going to tournaments, it’s the best organized,” Kremer said. “It’s big time how they treat you and how they do it and the crowds are huge. They get all the townspeople out.” Moeller’s annual basketball trip is paid for through team fundraising and has become a traditional primer for the rough and tumble Greater Catholic League that begins this month. The Crusaders came away with just one loss, against Providence, Fla., 60-56 on Dec. 28. Duke recruit Grayson Allen led Providence with 30 points, with senior Grant Benzinger topped Moeller with 21. “We had a heck of a chance

Moeller senior Grant Benzinger is guarded by Taft’s Devon Matthews in an early game Dec. 13. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

to beat them,” Kremer said. “We had a drought in the first half and a drought in the second half scoring-wise. Other than that, we dominated most of the game.” The loss gave Moeller a best case scenario of fifth-place, which they achieved three days later with consecutive wins over over Franklin (Ohio)

and Bullis School (Maryland) Dec. 30-31. To start the tournament, the Crusaders defeated Father Henry Carr (Canada) 55-39. In addition to top notch competition, Kremer was impressed with the crowds along the Grand Strand. See MOELLER, Page A5

Daniel Straus battles Pat Curran, not pictured, in their Bellator Featherweight World Championship fight at the Long Beach Arena. Straus won by decision, Nov. 2.JAYNE KAMIN-ONCEA/USA TODAY

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Boys basketball

» In the GMC-GWOC Showcase Dec. 28, Sycamore beat Lebanon 76-63. Senior Dan Ginsburg had 23 points. » In the Beach Ball Classic at Myrtle Beach, S.C., Moeller beat Father Henry Carr (Canada) 55-39 on Dec. 27. Junior Nate Fowler led with 19 points. On Dec. 30, the Crusaders downed Franklin 88-34 with senior Adam Gigax scoring 13 points. Senior Grant Benzinger had 19 points on Dec. 31 as Moeller took fifth-place in the holiday tournament with a 51-34 win over Bullis School (Maryland).

Girls basketball

» Sycamore got by Kings 33-

32 on Dec. 28. Junior Nancy Hunter led the Lady Aves with seven. » Mount Notre Dame beat Talawanda 61-44 on Dec. 28 as junior Naomi Davenport had 23 points. MND beat Dublin Coffman on Jan. 4, 62-26. Junior Blair Carlin had 16 points.


» Sycamore defeated Princeton on Jan. 3. Recording pins for the Aviators were freshman Miles Sweeney (120), sophomore Gary Traub (182) and sophomore Cole Sutton (195).

Boys swimming

» Sycamore was fourth at the Larry Lyons Invitational on Jan. 4. Junior Mark Hancher won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.

Girls swimming

» Sycamore was third at the Larry Lyons Invitational Jan. 4. Junior Cara Norris won the 200 freestyle.

Evening with Jim Tressel

» Whether as a national championship football coach, university vice president, author or classroom teacher, Jim Tressel has spent a lifetime helping young people achieve success and he will travel to Cincinnati Jan. 22 to share his experience and insights with an audience of 250. The event is sponsored by the Sycamore Alumni and Friends Association, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. “Coach Tressel’s accomplishments and experiences are truly extraordinary,” explained Mark Hill, SAFA’s board president. “We’re excited to have him involved in this

event and to be able to offer an opportunity to hear his take on leadership, mentorship, and motivation.” An Evening with Coach Jim Tressel - emceed by sports broadcaster Thom Brenneman - will take place Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Original Montgomery Inn, 9440 Montgomery Road. ProCamps Worldwide, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions and PRASCO are presenters. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. (cash bar available) and seating for dinner at 7 p.m. VIP patrons will have chance for a private meet and mingle from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., where they can have an item autographed and a photo taken with Tressel. The program itself will include video highlights, Tressel’s remarks, and a question-and-answer session moderated by Brenneman. A silent auction with sports memorabilia and

more will also take place. Tickets are $100 ($1,000 for a table of 10) for the program, dinner and two drink tickets, or $150 ($1,500 for a table of 10) for VIP tickets, which also include the private reception, photo op and autograph. Table sponsors will be recognized at the event. Tickets may be purchased online at or by check payable to SAFA and mailed to or dropped off at Sycamore High School Athletic Department, Attn: Jim Stoll, 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45242. Call Stoll at 686-1770, ext. 3008. “An Evening with Coach Jim Tressel promises to be an outstanding event,” committee member and SAFA board member Steve Imhoff said. “I’ve heard him speak twice before and I can’t wait to hear him again. This is one you really won’t want to miss.”



SIDELINES CYO basketball tournament

Cincinnati Hills Christian academy students signing letters of intent to play sports in college are, in front, from left, Ricky Silvestri, Cameron Varga and Kendall Kart. In back are CHCA Athletic Director Matt Coleman, Kyle Davis, Marissa Koob and CHCA High School Principal Dean Nicholas.

SIGN HERE Several Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy athletes recently committed to play collegiate sports.

Justin Murray is a sophomore offensive lineman from Sycamore.

CHCA’s Cameron Varga signs to play baseball for University of North Carolina, majoring in business entrepreneurship.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy student Kendall Hart signs to swim for Liberty University. She is considering majors in education or business.

Local Bearcats wrap up season

The University of Cincinnati Bearcat football team again included several area players from the Community Press/Community Recorder coverage area. Under Coach Tommy Tuberville, the Bearcats were 9-4 and played again in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, NC on Dec. 28. Photos by Scott Springer

Ricky Silvestri, a student at CHCA, commits to attend Mars Hill University to play baseball. He plans to major in biology.

Kyle Davis of CHCA commits to play baseball for West Virginia University, where he plans to major in sports medicine.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Marissa Koob commits to play basketball for University of Charleston, and is considering majors in athletic training or interior design.


A local ambassador accompanied all 16 teams involved. “I think from top to bottom, it’s the best run tournament we’ve been to,” Kremer said. “The community is really into it. The team that beat us by four beat a team from New York City by 25. A lot of people think that our game against them was the championship game. We just got a tough draw. Providence was the No. 1 seed.” Among the highlights for Moeller was senior Adam Gigax finishing in the top four of the tournament three-point shooting contest. “Adam Gigax shooting

the ball sort of protects our bigs,” Kremer said. “Now we have a shooter on both sides in Adam and Grant. Jack Anton also had a good three days.” Kremer’s guards also had a successful run. “Tre Hawkins stepped up at point guard and Grant (Benzinger) did very, very well,” Kremer said. “Hawkins does a lot of things that doesn’t show up in the pointsscored column. He gets the ball and ignites our break.” The Crusaders’ winter gauntlet is now underway as their Jan. 7 home game with Winton Woods is followed by their GCL-South opener with Elder Jan. 10.

themselves every day, not just in preparation for their next fight. A loss to Pat Curran on April 17, 2009, was a turning point for Straus. Over the next two years, he won 12 straight matches. Bellator, the second largest MMA organization in the United States, took notice. On Nov. 2, Straus avenged his earlier loss to Curran and claimed his first Bellator championship, improving his professional record to 22-4. “He was always able to wrestle the best when it mattered the most and rise to the occasion on the biggest stage,” Staggs said. “The bigger the stage, the better he performs. I’m not surprised by his success at all.” Becoming an MMA champion was both unexpected and expected for Straus. It comes as a surprise in that he only recently invested himself in the sport. It is no shock that once he committed to the sport, he quickly reached one of his major goals. “On one hand, I want people to respect what I’ve accomplished. It’s really hard to do,” said Straus, a Forest Park resident. “On the other hand, I

love doubters. That’s what drives me. I’ve always reached the goals I set for myself.” More importantly, he has evolved as a person. He is now a father, and his status as a champion provides him with the most stable employment he has had in years. He continues to try and become more disciplined in his training and in his lifestyle. If he keeps it up, there is a chance that the UFC—and its bigger paydays—will come calling. First, he must defend his title at a date to be determined. “I want to continue to defend the belt. I really just want to better myself,” Straus said. “It can get a lot better.” Staggs continues to follow his former wrestler’s success. He is proud of how far Straus has come and that he is still a relentless competitor once he steps onto the mat or into the ring. “I loved coaching him. He always made me laugh,” said Staggs. “I just want him to be happy and healthy in life beyond MMA.”

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“Most of the time, it’s in a high school gym and there’s 300 people,” Kremer said. “The night we played Providence at the convention center, I’m going to bet there were 3,000 people there.” While enjoying the sands of the Atlantic during the day, the Crusaders heard the typical, “I thought you were a football school” comment. At night, Kremer’s gold and blue hung with teams that equaled or surpassed them in height and featured top talent.

Straus Continued from Page A4

“MMA wasn’t something that I knew anything about (as a high school wrestler),” said Straus. “All I had was my wrestling, and I’m a very good wrestler.” He saw the sport as a way to make a living. He was tired of searching for jobs, and was eager to move on from his job at Steak ‘n’ Shake. In 2008, he decided he wanted to get paid to be a fighter. “When I got into the sport, I was having a tough time finding a job,” Straus said. “I didn’t want to be famous. I just wanted to make money and make it a job.” His first amateur fight resulted in a disqualification, as Straus did not even understand all of the rules. He had no previous training in disciplines beyond wrestling — no boxing, no jiu jitsu, no muay thai, and no kickboxing. Once he turned pro in 2009, he approached the sport as a paycheck. Soon, it became much more. After starting his career 3-4, Straus noticed other fighters pushing

Keep up with Daniel Straus on Twitter at @DanielStraus.

Time is running out to register for SMOY’s Annual CYO Tournament hosted at Sports Plus, all games will be played at Sports Plus from Jan 24 through Feb. 1, what a great warmup for the CYO City Championships. For complete details and registration information, go to tournaments.php. An excellent turnout is expected for all levels A, B, and C from the sixth-grade through eighthgrade divisions. For questions regarding the tournament, contact the tournament director Dave Brock, at 505-9813, or email Greg Martini, assistant tournament director, at

Adult co-ed volleyball

The Blue Ash YMCA is organizing a co-ed adult volleyball league. The league is ages 18 and up. The league is offered from 4-6 p.m. on Sundays, and plays March 16-April 27. A minimum six players on the roster; maximum eight players per roster. Registration deadline is Feb. 7. Captains’ meeting is March 10. League fee is $125 per team plus $25 cash per game for referee fee. If interested, contact sport coordinator Mary Chesko at 791-5000 or

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A spring youth volleyball league for boys and girls ages 7-12 years old is organizing now at Blue Ash YMCA. The league starts March 8 and ends April 27. Practices are held on Mondays from March 3- April 21. Games will be played on Saturdays. Member fee is $50. Program participant fee is $90. Registration deadline is Feb. 23. If interested, stop by the Welcome Center desk or contact sport coordinator Mary Chesko at 791-5000 or




Editor: Dick Maloney,, 248-7134


When is equality a bad idea?

President Obama wants to make all income and other factors of life equal for all people. Well, I have a suggestion. Why not require all professional sports teams to draft their players from the general public. Naturally, there would be no requirements for age, sex, ability or experience. There should also be a rule that all members of the team have equal playing time and salaries. That sounds fair, doesn’t it? Well, how many of us would go to the games? Who would pay for the stadiums? What sort of television audience do you think it would draw? Assuming this would go well for sports, why not check

into how it is working for businesses? It was reported recently that the growth of industry in Edward Levy China was 7.6 COMMUNITY PRESS percent. Our GUEST COLUMNIST growth seems to be around 2 percent. In short, that means that the major part of our purchases have a ‘Made in China’ label. If you have not checked yet, perhaps it would be a good idea. That is if you care where our citizens are going to get any kind of a job. I used to try to buy American whenever I went shop-

Blome Road bridge signs confuse drivers Indian Hill administrators have graciously returned the ‘yield’ signs to the Blome Road Bridge. Surely, their reasoning was to smooth the flow of traffic. Recently, lines would form each day; as, each car would stop to allow only one car to cross from the other side. You could wait for quite some time, for your turn. James Baker With the COMMUNITY PRESS yield signs, an GUEST COLUMNIST entire line of traffic should be able to cross the bridge at one time, in only a few seconds; then, the opposing line of traffic could pass over the bridge, dramatically improving the flow of traffic through this bottleneck. Recently, travel over this bridge has not worked as planned. Often, as traffic builds on one side, drivers begin taking turns, one car at a time, just as if the old stop signs were still in place. This negates the reason for the yield signs, to speed traffic flow. It is as if there were an unspoken, unwritten, code of conduct, that did not allow the second, third, fourth, etc., car to follow the car in front. It is as if an entire line of traffic passing through the bridge would be an affront to society, a slap in the face, a gross breach of etiquette, that may cause one to lose his dinner reservation at the club, or be replaced in his golf foursome; or, God forbid, shunned in church. This reminds me of the driver who enters a freeway at 40 mph; then, suddenly speeds to 80 mph, once on the freeway. This driver does not understand that the very design of the entrance ramp is to allow you to speed up to safely, smoothly transition into the flow of traffic, without causing serious problems for the drivers behind him, or the drivers in the right lane of the freeway. The proper driving proce-

dure, at the Blome Road Bridge, is to pass through at a reasonable speed without stopping, when you are the closest car to the bridge. If you are in a line of cars, the entire line closest to the bridge should pass through the bridge at the same time without stopping. You will be doing the opposing traffic a favor. This will significantly improve traffic flow on Blome Road. Surely, this is not too complex to understand! My personal solution would be to tear down this rusting relic. It is not original; and, it has not been restored! This bridge is only a rusting frame surrounding a one lane reinforced road structure. The original bridge had a heavy wooden floor with large spaces between the planks, so that snow, ice, sand, etc. could fall through to the rocks below. It had movement; it swayed and made creaking sounds when you drove over it. It did not have those large babybuggy bumpers, to keep your car from hitting the sides of the bridge, and possibly going over into the creek. James Baker is a 36 year resident of Indian Hill.

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ping. It is no longer possible. And, don’t blame business! Rules, regulations and the quality of the work force along with the advantage of taking the many welfare schemes make hiring your neighbors very expensive. Businesses don’t hire equal people, they hire people who are likely to exceed expectations. In short, this is why China is very competitive. It simply costs too much to manufacture here. This becomes a factor when the American worker is no longer competitive. As a former businessman, educator and coach I had many opportunities to create situations for the people to improve

their skills and work habits. As ambitious people improved in any of those situations, it was their desire coupled with encouragement. They were no longer equal. They were motivated to improve, and they did. Those people were a large cut above equal. Is there no concern for people who strive to become above average? This paper recently published the list of the honor roll for a local high school. It seems that a huge percentage of the students were on the list. I doubt that this was an indication that all the students were above average like in Lake Woebegone. Perhaps it was equality taken to a ridiculous extreme.

I owe a lot to former teachers, professors and coaches who would not settle for coequal performance under their leadership. At the time, it was a tough meal to chew. We need more people like them, especially in political positions. It would not be too hard to create incentives to hire and to take jobs instead of the reverse incentives the government has created. Along with this, all raises for government officials and employees would be limited to 50 percent of that of the working population until parity is reached.

Edward Levy is a resident of Montgomery.

Happy New Year – ‘Teeth brushing with the opposite hand’ Yes, life can be boring. We quickly develop a daily routine … a repeated pattern of timelines, things that need to be accomplished before the conclusion of the day. Even more stimulating jobs, can still get to be a customary flow of actions necessitated to complete daily assignments. For some Wes Adamson COMMUNITY PRESS of us life is just going to GUEST COLUMNIST work, coming home to watch TV, downing a beer, and lounging on a timeworn couch. The next day...the next day...the next day...the next day... is much the same as you sprinkle in weekends and holidays. And before you know it, we’re really old and only capable of sitting on that worn out couch...watching TV. A couple of years ago my wife decided that every year she was going to learn something new. This was sort of a New Year’s resolution that reenergized her kindred spirits. One year it was learning how to downhill was learning to play the dulcimer...learning to flip off a diving boar-

d...learning to open water swim and then swim across the Ohio River. A couple of years ago, she researched about animal therapy, getting certified and training our two English Labrador retrievers as therapy companions. What a difference in her life this new learning opportunity made to others as well. One of the new things I decided to learn was how to cook; I mean, just the basics. Ask my wife and she will tell you, my cooking even after learning, wasn’t all that noteworthy. As she put it, “you’re just wasting those ingredients!” I did challenge myself to learn something new, but eventually decided that cooking wasn’t going to be in my “top 10” skills. I was motivated by that experience to try learning how to bake bread like mom did and what a “slam dunk” that was! Thanks to a dear friend, who encouraged me with a book on artisan bread baking, I currently oven bake all sorts of “Old Style” European bread for my neighbors/friends. In writing this column, I was amazed at all the research being done on the human brain. Most of the research results find that to

keep the brain healthy, working and cultivating more cells, we must keep it mentally sharp. One idea I read somewhere was to brush your teeth with the opposite hand to challenge your brain. But, that didn’t work well the first I lost my grip on the brush and it flip...sending toothpaste all over my new regifted sweater! I’m now trying brain stimulation crossword puzzles. But life is so much more with a positive mindset of new learning opportunities! Eartha Kitt says it best: “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” Life-long learning is trying new things and can’t wait to decide on a 2014 new year challenge...maybe rock climbing? My wife’s response: “Only if I up my life insurance policy.” Oh well...back to brushing teeth with my left hand! Wes Adamson is a resident of Wyoming. His work has been accepted for publication by two literary magazines; “River and South Review” and “Driftwood Press.”

CH@TROOM Jan. 1 question


Should the U.S. adopt an advisory panel’s recommendations to end the government’s systematic collection of logs of all Americans’ cellular phone calls and require those to be kept in private hands “for queries and data mining” only by court order? Why or why not?

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“We are definitely in an 1984 epic realty show. Unfortunately, it is not a 'show' but the central government intrusion into our lives. “The recent U.S. District Court opinion was on the money. Eroding our private lives is unacceptable. This started when 9/11 caught most of us by surprise. Many

documents have shown that the present wholesale spying on citizens would not have prevented that tragedy. “Secret courts whiteout public information is a danger to the Constitution. One should read that document to understand the many

What do you think of city council giving the go ahead to resuming the streetcar construction for Cincinnati?

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ways that government agencies are twisting it.”


“Yes, the US should probably adopt the recommendation, but the president has said there will be a decision made about much of this in January. In the post-911 world many parts of our freedom of speech have been curtailed. “The real question is how much freedom are we willing to sacrifice in order to feel safer from terrorism occurring on our soil? And if you have a problem with that sacrifice of freedom, don't use a cell phone.”

Loveland Herald Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.






Henry Fossett, 12, Andy Osborn, 12, and Eliza Osborn, 10 are treated to tricks from magician Tom Bemmes. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS



ust north of downtown Montgomery, Kent Morris Orthodontics hosted a candy exchange program to benefit both Cincinnati Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Dental Clinic and overseas troops. Participating children were given their choice of receiving either $1 per pound for their candy or donating the money to

the dental clinic. All collected candy was given to the local Army Reserve as a treat for troops. As a treat, kids were rewarded with several free fun events such as Kona Ice treats, bouncy stations, face painting and a strolling magician. Local Army Reserve representatives were also in attendance.

Carly Riley, 5, of Montgomery chose a ladybug for her face-painting treat. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

As neighboring school Montgomery Elementary was about to let out, recently relocated Kent Morris Orthodontics treated area children to a candy exchange. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS Melissa and Andrew Pregal, 13, of Indian Hill treat themselves to some Kona Ice. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Gabriel Sherman, 3, of Montgomery enjoys the bouncy stations. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 9 Civic Meet the Candidates for the Primary Election, 6:30 p.m., Robert L. Schuler Community Room, 11580 Deerfield Road, With Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club, Greater Cincinnati Women’s Republican Club, Northeast Republican Women’s Club and Young Republican Women of Cincinnati. Election is May 6. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 383-5586. Sycamore Township.

$10, $5 children. 561-5555. Madeira.

Health / Wellness

required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Health / Wellness

Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. Presented by Zumba with Ashley. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Shops at Harper’s Point, 11340 Montgomery Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Symmes Township. Mobile Heart Screenings, 2-5 p.m., Kroger Madeira, 6950 Miami Ave., Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. 866819-0127; Madeira.

Health / Wellness

On Stage - Theater

Music - Jazz

Lifesteps Open House, 10-11 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Preview class materials and learn more details about successful weight-management program. Ages 18 and up. Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

A Little Night Music, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, This captivating tale of romance in turn of the century Sweden follows the amorous adventures of Desiree, a touring actress. When her past and present lovers - and their wives - show up for a weekend in the country; surprising liaisons, passions and a taste of love’s endless possibilities are all brought to light. $18. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, 12110 Montgomery Road, Free. 677-1993; Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes

Literary - Libraries Lego Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Design and build creations with provided Legos. Ages 5-12. Free. 3694450. Deer Park. Kid’s Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Arts and crafts, presenters, board games and more. Ages 5-12. Free. 3694450. Deer Park.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, JAN. 10 Dining Events Empty Bowls Dinner Event, 5-7 p.m., Madeira Middle School, 6612 Miami Ave., Booths, activities and homemade soups and desserts. Help seventh grade service learning group raise awareness about poverty, homelessness and hunger. Benefits local or international hunger association.

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 Art & Craft Classes Look See Do: Down on the Farm, 10-11 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Art workshop for children. See Chagall’s painting, listen to an Eric Carle story and make your own feathered friend to take home. Ages -1-1. $5. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Auditions American Girl Fashion Show Auditions, 9-11:30 a.m., Kings Toyota, 4700 Fields Ertel Road, More than 350 local girls needed to present historical and contemporary fashions to celebrate being an American Girl as part of American Girl Fashion Show. Ages 4-12. Free. Registration required. 2059957; Deerfield Township.

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration

Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Healthy Eating. Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 791-0626. Madisonville.

Literary - Libraries Teen Advisory Board, 2-3 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Motivated teens discuss means for making library’s programs and materials to be most in tune with their needs. Ages 13-19. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

SUNDAY, JAN. 12 Health / Wellness End-of-Life Public Forum, 3 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, Presentation by panel of specialists including elder-law attorney, member of the Council on Aging, representative from TriHealth Senior Link, Hospice of Cincinnati member and gerontologist or palliative care specialist. Discussions followed by question-andanswer exchanges to give families information and resources to be better prepared to discuss critical issues with elderly family members. Free. Presented by Hospice of Cincinnati. 683-6177. Montgomery.

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.

Music - Jazz The Gates of Justice, 7:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati area musicians and singers present jazz-oriented cantata written by renown jazz artist and composer, Dave Brubeck. Free. 891-9900. Amberley Village.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

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American Girl fashion show auditions will be conducted 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Kings Toyota, 4700 Fields Ertel Road, Deerfield Township. More than 350 local girls are needed to present historical and contemporary fashions to celebrate being an American Girl as part of American Girl Fashion Show. Ages 4-12. Free. Registration required. 205-9957; Sophie Schutte, with her “Just Like Me” doll and her sister Madelyn, with her Julie doll, participated in a recent audition.JENNIE KEY/COMMUNITY PRESS

Mammography Screenings, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UC Health Primary Care, 9275 Montgomery Road, Cost varies by insurance. Financial assistance available to those who qualify. Registration required. Through Dec. 8. 585-8266. Montgomery.


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Cooking Classes What Goes Around, Comes Around with Dan Berger, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Everything round: foods in round shapes, roulades from different cultures, round stacks, round cut desserts, all with a sprinkling of meats, seafood and vegetables as only Dan can create. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Education Changemakers: Center City Investment: Continuing the Momentum, 7-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Stephen G. Leeper, president and CEO of 3CDC, discusses changes and impact of 3CDC’s work, implications and effects on community and new projects. Free. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Presented by Love-

land Farmers’ Market. 6830491; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Cancer Wellness Program, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 13. Eight-week, twice-per-week small group exercise class for those undergoing cancer treatment or those who recently have completed treatment. Physician consent form required. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 9856722. Montgomery.

Literary - Story Times Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Ages 3-6. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Book Break, 3-3:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Children’s librarian reads aloud from some favorite books. Make craft to take home. Ages 3-6. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 5751874. Milford.

Cooking Classes Cast Iron Cookery with Ilene Ross, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, There is something comforting in cooking with an old cast-iron skillet, especially if it is one handed down with all the years of your favorite meals cooked in it. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Health / Wellness Mobile Heart Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. 866-819-0127; Montgomery.

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Caregivers Support Group, 12:30-2 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 25. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Montgomery.

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Incorporate healthy greens into your diet with pizza

I was flipping through my gourmet food magazines and two items kept popping up as “newbies” for 2014. One is the herb fennel, in particular bronze fennel. I had to chuckle since I’ve grown both green fennel, which produces a delicious bulb, and also bronze, Rita which is Heikenfeld grown for RITA’S KITCHEN its leaves and seeds, for years. Fennel contains vitamin C and potassium, good for immune and nervous systems, and the heart. In fact, I just featured a fennel/garlic crust on pork roast on my cable show “Love Starts in the Kitchen.” Watch it on Time Warner local access. The other trend is kale, but not the old-fashioned curly kale like Grandma grew. Kale varieties are almost endless. You’ll find lots of recipes, including the two I mention in my pizza recipe. Kale is an easy cool crop, so grow some come spring. I’d also like to issue a formal invitation for you to share your favorite recipes and tips along with the story that goes with them. I’m not particular, so whatever you like to cook, whether it’s fancy, plain or in between is fine by me. If you send along a photo, so much the better!

put in greased 21/2 quart casserole and bake for about 45 minutes.

Tips from readers’ kitchens

Rita’s pizza recipe features healthy greens plus two kinds of cheese.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Whole wheat pizza with garlic, greens and two cheeses We grow kale, including Locinato/Tuscan/Dino and Russian kale. Both are milder tasting than curly kale. Mixing kale with Swiss chard or spinach tones down the taste of kale. Greens like these contain nutrients essential for tissue growth and repair, and even your picky eaters will like this. You can use just chard or spinach if you like. 1 pre-baked 12 oz. Boboli whole wheat pizza shell 2-3 teaspoons finely minced

garlic 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Pizza sauce to cover Enough small Swiss chard or spinach and kale leaves to cover (or large leaves, chopped) 6-8 oz. Fontina cheese, shredded 3-4 oz. crumbled goat cheese Optional: Sliced tomatoes, chives

kle with cheeses. Slice cherry or regular tomatoes and lay on top if you like. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese melts.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stir garlic into olive oil. Brush over crust. Top with pizza sauce and greens, overlapping leaves so entire surface is covered. Sprin-

Wow – talk about lots of requests for this! The original recipe came from Priscilla’s mother’s cousin, who was from Niles, Ohio. “This almost has a cult following,” said

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Substitute Gorgonzola for goat cheese.

Priscilla Pancoast’s heirloom corn pudding

Priscilla. Check out my blog for more corn pudding recipes, including the famous Beaumont Inn’s corn pudding, along with an old-fashioned version of this treasured side dish. 2 eggs 1 stick of butter1 package Jiffy corn muffin mix 8 oz. grated cheddar 8 oz. sour cream 1 can yellow corn with juice, approximately 15 oz. 1 can cream-style corn, approximately 15 oz.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter, beat eggs slightly, then mix everything together and

Add extra flavor to box cakes. Nancy Mauch, a Clermont County reader and mom of my former editor, Lisa Mauch, shares this tip: For box cakes, substitute milk or juice for liquid called for. “Adds another element of flavor,” Nancy said. Buying blue cheese in bulk. Dave, a loyal reader, said he found a fivepound bag of blue cheese crumbles at GFS (Gordon Food Service) for $19. He made batches of Nell Wilson’s blue cheese dressing and was looking for an affordable way to do it. Tomato preserve recipe a big hit. Lana Kay, a Northern Kentucky reader, made my aunt Margaret’s recipe last summer. “I was surprised how many people had never tasted them,” she said. Lana shared it with an Amish vendor at a farmer’s market and I have no doubt it will become a big seller. Tomato preserves are another trendy, but really oldfashioned, condiment that chefs will be featuring this year. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.







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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

The Women’s Bible Study meets Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They are using “Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story” for their discussion. The women’s Wheel of Friendship shipped 100 health kits and 30 pounds of soap to Lutheran World Relief. The group meets monthly Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Their Bible study is called “In

Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women.” Women of the community are invited to both groups. Rejoice! worship service is at 11 a.m. Rejoice! is a more contemporary, upbeat style worship with music and Bible readings reflecting the preference of many people today. Heritage (traditional) worship service is at 9 a.m. Sunday School, Confirmation and Adult Forum are at 9:45 a.m.

Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242;; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

AWANA children’s Bible clubs are offered for children ages 2 through high school from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays during the school year. The club will resume Jan. 8. Kids enjoy games,


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Bible studies and lessons and special events. Contact the church for information, or visit the AWANA page on Facebook: search for “Bethel Baptist AWANA.” The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. Small group Bible studies, including a women’s Bible study, are offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. Sunday School classes for all ages are 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. Kings Kids, a children’s worship service, is offered during the 11 a.m. service. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Bible 101 and Thoughtful Christian classes are offered for adults each Sunday morning. These meet at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153;

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Good Shepherd is a large church that offers a variety of styles of worship and service times: Saturdays, 5 p.m. – Woven worship (mix of traditional and contemporary). Sundays, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. – traditional worship. Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – Contemporary worship. Sundays, 5:45 p.m. – “NOSH” dinner and worship offsite at UC Campus Ministry Edge House. GSLC offers preschool and student Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., September through May. ‘Worship Without Worry” Sunday School is also offered at 11 a.m. for families of children with special needs and kids of all ages. Faith-building classes, fellowship and outreach opportunities, and small groups are offered each weekend and throughout the week for adults to connect. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700;

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The St. Barnabas Book Club meets Wednesday, Jan. 8, to discuss “Hard Luck” by Jeff Kinney. The Feb. 5 discussion will be “Mrs. Mary Lincoln” by Janis Cooke Newman. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A men’s breakfast group meets at




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8:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Steak ‘N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A bereavement support group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Come visit the church Sunday mornings in its new sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during both services for infants through age 2. Coffee and Conversation, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Fellowship Hall, features Mamie Johnson, author of “When God Doesn’t Stop the Rain,” presenting “The Pathway to a New You in the New Year.” Eunice Circle is collecting layette/ newborn through size 6 clothing for Sunset Gap Community Thrift Store. Place donations in the Sunset Gap collection box (Adult Ministries) in the Narthex. Dinners for 6, 7 & 8 begins in January and runs through April. Participants will meet at a designated host’s home monthly for dinner and fellowship. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be offered in January. Learn how to beat debt and build wealth in this nineweek program. Register at the Adult Ministries Table in the Narthex. Sunday School classes for preschoolers through grade 12 are offered at 10:45 a.m. service. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;



POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Juvenile, 14, petty theft, Dec. 12. Adam E. Simpson, 21, 1159 Coronado Ave., petty theft, Dec. 16. Ian W. Watts, 22, 3311 Beredith Place, possession of marijuana, Dec. 14. Robert A. Rivers, 40, 9290 Kenwood Road, disorderly conduct; intoxication, Dec. 13. John C. Rickert, 49, 9073 E. Kemper Road, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), Dec. 11. Donna L. Wilson, 63, 1235 Fuhrman Ave., petty theft, Dec. 19. Carole Anastasia Frazier, 19, 9516 Main St., misdemeanor warrant, Dec. 22. David J. Hambrick, 54, 8611 Pine Road, operating vehicle impaired (refusal within 20 years of previous conviction), operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), rules for driving in marked lanes, possession of marijuana, Dec. 19. Wendy Anne Neulist, 28, 1394 Deerfield Road, petty theft, Dec. 23. Michael R. Mcvey, 36, 2121Vine St. Apartment 3, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, petty theft, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, misdemeanor warrant, Dec. 23. Ifeanyichukwu Olumu, 59, 11430 Kenn Road, disorderly conduct; intoxicated, Dec. 20. Edward Ololmu Disia, 32, 11430 Kenn Road, disorderly conduct; intoxicated, Dec. 20.

Criminal mischief A woman said someone damaged a concrete bird bath, $400 damage at 9739 Troon Court, Dec. 16. Disorderly conduct At 9541 Plainfield Road, Dec. 16. Identity fraud against elderly or disabled At 9370 Opal Court, Dec. 11. Making false alarms At 11283 Foremark Drive Petty theft Someone took purses/handbags.wallets, value $149.99, from Snooty Fox at 9500 Kenwood Road, Dec. 20. Possession of marijuana At 6151 Pfeiffer Road, Dec. 16. Theft A man said someone took a Gibson Les Paul custom 1954 guitar, value $3,000; a Gibson SG Les Paul custom guitar, value $3,500, and a Gibson 1959 Les Paul guitar with Bigsby, value $7,500 at 3793 Fallentree Lane, Dec. 14. A woman said someone took an Ohio license plate, value $50 at 11359 Grooms Road, Dec. 18. A man said someone took $500 and an HTC One wireless phone, value $600 at 10801 Millington Court, Dec. 19. Someone took eight Honda generators, value $2,031.51, from American Producers at 10770 Kenwood Road, Dec. 20.

paired (breath .08 to .169), operating without being in reasonable control, obstructing official business, Dec. 26. Sophia Catherine Pfaltzgraff Kidd, 20, 2 Tuckhoe Court Apartment 305, prohibitions/ minors/low alcohol content/keg law, Dec. 21. Michael S. Morris, 32, 881 Hicks Blvd., operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), operating vehicle impaired (breath .017 or higher), Dec. 21. Juvenile, 17, curfew violation, Dec. 23. Daniel Keith Able, 23, 4505 Spencer Ave., use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Dec. 23. David W. Bortz, 23, 8724 Tanagerwoods Drive, possession drug paraphernalia, Dec. 23. Gregory N. Bennett, 45, 5400 Reading Road, use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Dec. 26. Joseph Michael Mclaughlin, 22, 3118 N. Clifton Ave. Apartment 1F, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/ drug of abuse), Dec. 27. Juvenile, 14, trafficking in drugs, Dec. 13. Juvenile, 13, drug possession, Dec. 13. Juvenile, 13, drug possession, Dec. 13. Alexander Thomas Miller, 18, 8927 Harperspoint Drive Apartment A, drug abuse, use possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Dec. 14. Sherzod Radjabov, 25, 5126 Birchwood Farm Drive, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Alexandria Marie Steele, 20, 7703 Shadowhill Way, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), operating vehicle im-

abuse), operating vehicle impaired (breath .08 to .169), Dec. 13. Thomas Michael Wayne Jones, 27, 9851 Dartmouth Way, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/ drug of abuse), operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), Dec. 9. Kenneth J. Kavensky, 41, 10667 Montgomery Road Apartment 13, theft, Oct. 12.

Cora A. Little, 32, 910 Sunset Ave. Apartment 2 , operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), Dec. 12. Douglas Alan Nurre, 36, 9189 Knightsbridge Lane, operating vehicle impaired (refusl within 20 years of prior conviction), operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/ drug of abuse), Dec. 15. Joshua A. Starcher, 22, 1985 Magown Road, drug abuse,

Burglary/breaking and entering At 9157 Montgomery Road apartment 202, Dec. 24. At 10495 Montgomery Road, Dec. 12. Missing person At 10500 Montgomery Road, Dec. 19.

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Robert Lindsey Doolittle, 89, died Dec. 20. Survived by children Nancy (the late Hank) Roy, Bobbi (John) Kinnie, Susan (Joel) Smith and Vivian (Dave) Richel; 10 grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; brothers Theodore A. (Sue) Doolittle and James P. (Jo) Doolittle; and step-brother, Harold (Conna) Whitmore; and brother-in-law and C. William (June) Fuller and their families. Preceded in death by wife of

51 years, Marianne Fuller Doolittle; grandson, Jay Kinne; and son-in-law, Hank Roy. Services Doolittle were Dec. 26 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to: the Hank Roy Fund for head and neck cancer research at the U.C. Foundation, 3200 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229; or at;

or the charity of the donor’s choice.

John Harold Tate Jr.

John “Jack” Harold Tate Jr., 76, of Montgomery died Dec. 21. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Survived by wife of 55 years, Dorothy (Sokol); children Tara (Dave) Koch and Traci (Todd) Fisher; grandchildren Allyson, Tyler, Amanda and Kelly; and brothers Robert, David and Ralph Tate and their wives. Services were Dec. 27 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale.

POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B5 Passing bad checks At 10506 Montgomery Road apartment 204, Dec. 18. Property damage At 7809 Cooper Road, Dec. 20. Theft At 8830 Weller Road, Dec. 27. At 10302 Gentlewind Drive, Nov. 20. At 10625 Weil Road, Dec. 23. At 10500 Montgomery Road, Dec. 22. At 9820 Montgomery Road, Dec. 18. At 9840 Montgomery Road, Dec. 19. At 10500 Montgomery Road, Dec. 19. At 10500 Montgomery Road, Dec. 22. At 7616 Carriage Lane, Dec. 12.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Jamellan Long, 24, 1631 Sparkle Drive, theft, Dec. 15. Dylan Coenen, 20, 3811 Fox Run, theft, Dec. 11. Adrian Irby, no age given, 5259 Colerain Ave., theft, Dec. 9. Brittany Price, 22, 4808 Chalet Circle, theft, Dec. 5. Juvenile male, 17, receiving stolen property, Nov. 30. Robert Crowder Jr., 31, 2204 Kipling Drive, receiving stolen

property, Dec. 11. Karmen Bailey, 24, 12034 Seventh Ave., endangering children, Dec. 12. Teddy Patrick, 33, 408 W. Southern Ave., theft, Dec. 16. Dalisha Crosby, 21, 1180 Tassie Lane, theft, Dec. 16. Leah Coleman, 19, 1385 Burdette Ave., theft, Dec. 7. Saidah Rembert, 18, 3425 Woodburn Ave., theft, Dec. 7. Daliah Gilliam, 18, 523 Vasser Court, theft, Dec. 14. Robert Adams, 31, 12006 Seventh Ave., theft, Dec. 11.

Incidents/investigations Assault Reported at Galbraith and Pine, Dec. 6. Burglary Attempt made at 8599 Donegal Drive, Dec. 9. Residence entered and items of unknown value removed at 8445 Darnell, Dec. 16. Criminal damaging Tires slashed at 8553 Vorhees Lane, Dec. 15. Endangering children Reported at 12034 Seventh Ave., Dec. 12. Identity theft Reported at 7251 E. Kemper Road, Dec. 17. Passing bad checks Reported at 8250 Kenwood Crossing Way, Nov. 22.

Theft $1,000 and credit card of unknown value removed at 8520 Plainfield Road, Dec. 4. Merchandise valued at $250 removed at 7800 Montgomery Road, Dec. 9. Cord valued at $44 removed at 11950 Seventh Ave., Dec. 10. Merchandise valued at $340 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11. Merchandise valued at $300 removed at 7800 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11. Purse and contents of unknown valued removed at 8135 Irwin, Dec. 13. Vehicle reported at 8740 Montgomery Road, Dec. 13. Gift cards valued at $500 removed at 7155 E. Kemper, Dec. 9. $20 counterfeit bill passed at 8057 Montgomery Road, Dec. 18. Cell phone valued at $150 removed at 7875 Montgomery, Dec. 17. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 8115 Montgomery, Dec. 6. Stereo of unknown value removed from vehicle at 7796 Montgomery Road, Dec. 17. Merchandise valued at $97 removed at 7875 Montgomery, Dec. 16. Reported at 7875 Montgomery, Dec. 7.

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