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Amazing Moms Contest

Nominate the Amazing Mom in your life and she could have the chance to win a $100 gift card to Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa. To enter, visit the Contests page located on Click on the Amazing Moms Contest and upload a photo of your nominee along with a caption of 100 words or less on the why this mom is amazing. Deadline to enter is Monday, April 25, at 9 a.m. Winner will be determined by public voting from April 25 through May 2.

Life is a cabaret

“The Ripple Effect,” a cabaret performance featuring Susan Emerson, raised about $25,000 to support the programs and services of Bethany House Services. The cabaret was hosted by Mike and Megan McCuen, who generously opened their Montgomery home for a private, invitation only performance of “The Ripple Effect,” a cabaret presented in story and song by Susan Emerson. SEE LIFE, B1

Book smarts

Ursuline Academy is celebrating National Library Week by thanking an anonymous donor whose generosity has enabled the school to upgrade its library, which was a part of the school’s major expansion and renovation in 2006. In keeping with the school’s mission to ensure that its students receive the most updated facilities and materials in all of its curriculum, the library is a key area that has new furniture, computer laptops, books, learning aids, and electronic media. SEE SCHOOLS, A6


Heavier on pedal; lighter in wallet Montgomery approves increased fines for speeding By Jeanne Houck

Motorists should keep more of an eye as well as their foot on the gas pedal while driving through Montgomery. Montgomery City Council has toughened its speeding laws for people with prior convictions – although it also has eased them for first-time offenders.

Effective Friday, May 6:

• People charged with their second or third speeding violation within a year face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to $250.

They also will be required to make a court appearance and pay court costs. Before the change, people facing their second speeding Harbison violation within a year did not have to appear in court. • First-time offenders charged with driving 20 miles per hour or less over the speed limit will be allowed to pay their citation without a court appearance and court costs.

Before the change, first-time offenders charged with driving more than 15 miles per hour over the speed limit had to appear in court and pay court costs. “As to why this is a prudent direction for our city,” Montgomery Mayor Gerri Harbison said, “these changes were brought to our attention as a combination of a result of a customary review to insure that the language in our code is consistent with the state and other communities, concerns raised by citizens in regards to safety and also to address other safety concerns with regards to chronic speeders within the com-

munity.” Montgomery City Council also approved new parking laws, also effective May 6, that prohibit parking in a fire lane and within 10 feet of a mailbox. Police Chief Don Simpson said officers have been enforcing firelane violations based on a general requirement that drivers obey signs, but that the city previously had no law specifically related to fire lanes. As for the mailbox law, “We have had citizen complaints about their mail not being delivered because cars are parked in front of their mailboxes,” Simpson said.

Leis wants ‘unique’ playground By Amanda Hopkins

Trees and other debris have been cleared and equipment is being moved on site as the construction on the Rozzi property park gets under way. Susie Thomas with Turner Construction said during the April 5 trustees meeting that dirt will be moved in several areas over the next month as part of the grading process. The Symmes Township Board of Trustees also decided at the April 5 meeting to re-bid the playground equipment that will be installed on three playgrounds at the park. Trustee Jodie Leis said she was not satisfied with the equipment that was scheduled to be installed during construction because it looked very similar to other parks in the township. "It's not to the quality I was looking for," Leis said. She said she wants playground equipment that is more "unique and modern" to set the Rozzi park apart from other parks in the township. The project includes baseball and soccer fields, a veterans' memorial wall, bus drop-off, two dry playgrounds, walking paths and two restroom facilities and a shelter. All of the alternates are included in the project two more restrooms, an asphalt path, a wet playground and playground equipment for Symmes Township park. The trustees approved the $2,568,552 project bid. Thomas said the bid opening for the playground equipment is set for Tuesday, May 3. Turner Construction will have a recommendation for the Board of

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Sycamore High School students dance it up at last year’s prom. This year’s prom is Saturday, April 30.

Sycamore prom will have Las Vegas theme

By Jeanne Houck

With the Sycamore High School prom just weeks away, students, parents and school officials are working to make it a night – and following morning – to remember. “I am so excited to go to my first prom ever,” junior Sarah Inskeep of Blue Ash said. “It is going to be the best dance of my three years. “Every girl looks forward to their prom,” Inskeep said. So do the guys. “I’m really excited because it is my senior prom,” said senior Pierce Quinn, who lives in Symmes Township.

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“It’s the only one I’ll ever go to, so I’m going to have a blast,” Quinn said. Sycamore’s prom will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 30, at the Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center on Loveland-Miamiville Road in Miami Township. It will have a Las Vegas-related theme. “Tickets have not gone on sale yet and prices have not been



announced since it’s still a month away,” said Erika Daggett, chief information officer for the Sycamore Community Schools. “I believe the high school plans to announce prom details once spring break (March 28 to April 1) is over.” The prom will feature dancing with a disc jockey, desserts, fruits and drinks. The after prom will be held from 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, May 1, and is open to juniors and seniors and any underclassmen invited by an upperclassman. “After prom provides students with a safe, fun-filled evening complete with live entertainment,

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Road widening in Symmes ahead of schedule By Amanda Hopkins

After a year and a half of construction, the Montgomery Road widening in Symmes Township is close to completion. Cory Carfora, project engineer for the Ohio Department of Transporta-

tion, said the final paving operations will start sometime in May. The final pavement markings will be completed in June. The projected completion date for the project was Aug. 31, but Carfora said the work should be done before then. The project runs from

Deer Park Memorial Day parade reverts back to old route By Amanda Hopkins


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Calumet Way to Field Ertel Road. Carfora said there will be temporary daily single lane closures. The entire project, started in 2010, included road widening from 31 feet to 70 feet to accommodate two more lanes of traffic, a left turn lane along the length of the road, designated turn lanes at all intersections along with new traffic signals at the Calumet, Mason, Enyart and Union Cemetery road intersections. The intersection at Montgomery and Seven Gables has been reconstructed to be perpendicular rather than an angled intersection. Montgomery Road at Seven Gables is now elevated 10 feet above the former street. Union Cemetery Road was widened from 38 feet to 50 feet.

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games, food, photos, door prizes and lasting memories,� Daggett said. “Entertainment and activities include laser tag, card games, a hypnotist show, raffle prizes, large inflatables, prizes and Wii games.� Senior Nathan Smith of Blue Ash said, “I really enjoyed the after prom last year – especially the enormous inflatable rides like the slide and the bounce house. “After last year’s prom


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ans Memorial at Bechtold Park in Sycamore Township. Perin said the shorter route will help increase attendance and will keep the parade running smooth-

The annual Memorial Day parade that travels through Deer Park is back to its old route. John Perin, president of the Deer Park park board, said he is glad the local VFW has decided to move the parade route back to Blue Ash Road. “It makes the access to Chamberlin Park more convenient for people watching the parade as well as walking in it,� Perin said. The route was changed a few years ago, The parade route for the Deer Park/Silverton/Sycamore because of con- Township Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30. struction, to go up Plainfield Road to Cham- ly. “When the parade was berlin Park from Silverton. The parade starts at the on Plainfield, attendance at memorial service Silverton Veterans Memorial the at 7054 Montgomery Road. dropped dramatically ... also It runs from Montgomery because of the longer walk Road to Plainfield and forks up to the memorial it held off to Blue Ash Road and the parade up for a much stops at the Veterans longer time,� Perin said. Services will start at the Memorial at Chamberlin Park. It then continues up Silverton Veterans Memorial Blue Ash Road to Sycamore at 9:45 a.m., followed by Road and ends at the Veter- the parade at 10 a.m.

and after prom, I am excited to see all the fun activities that will be planned for this year,� Smith said. Daggett said students will be served a variety of food from local restaurants at the after prom. If Sycamore supporters redeem 100, 10-percent off coupons at Planet Smoothies Blue Ash on Cornell Road by April 30, the business will donate free smoothies to students at the after prom, Daggett said. Coupons are available on the Sycamore Community Schools website at The after prom is supported by the Sycamore High School Parent Teacher

Organization and other parent volunteers; high school staff, booster groups and athletic teams; community organizations and local businesses. “A lot of parents wish they would have gone to their senior prom and Sycamore High School parents work hard to make it the best for students,� said senior Alejandra Lopez of Symmes Township. “I definitely think everyone should go,� Lopez said. Senior Michele McDonald of Montgomery will be there. “I am excited for all the exciting activities for this year’s after prom,� McDonald said.


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Symmes Township Trustee Jodie Leis said she is looking into a grant from the Marge and Charles G. Schott Foundation that would help finance the baseball fields at the Rozzi park property. Leis said she would like to organize a meeting that would include township Administrator Brian Elliff and members of the foundation. The baseball fields are part of the complex to be built that is not part of the current construction phase at the park. She said the foundation is interested in providing grant money that will help youth programs that will be using the fields.


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Pack: District cuts are ‘historic decision’

Class sizes concern for teachers By Kelly McBride

Princeton High School science teacher Lonnie Dusch worries that larger classes will negatively impact how much his students learn. Next year, he will find out if his fears are valid. As a science teacher, he uses hands-on instruction, which will be difficult when his class size grows from 15 to a possible 50 students in one classroom next year, Dusch said. “I try to make a relationship with every one of my students,” Dusch said. “There will be fewer labs, fewer chances for one-onone, and fewer chances for the relationship between me and those students.” Anticipation became reality as a crowd of more than 400 teachers, stu-


Teachers, staff and supporters file out of Matthews Auditorium after the school board votes to approve the elimination of jobs effective in the 2011-2012 school year. dents, parents and district staff heard Princeton school board members approve resolutions to cut another 105 jobs for the upcoming school year. The reluctant school board vote was expected, though not well-received, as several teachers and parents addressed the board. They filed into Matthews Auditorium for the April 4 school board meeting, many with placards bearing the names of teachers who

were told they have lost their jobs as of the 20112012 school year. Fellow teacher Lizzie del Campo Hartman echoed his concerns, describing the Princeton community as a family that feeling grief and anger. The decision was made to cut 105 positions that included teachers and support staff, after a recent vote took the jobs of six administrators. Superintendent Gary

Pack said that the 5,600student district will lose 20 percent of its teachers, 45 percent of its administrators and 16 percent of its support workers. It was a decision that was historic, and hard to make, Pack said. “Princeton City School District has never faced the financial crisis we are facing today,” he told the somber crowd. “It is painful and disheartening to have to lay off great teachers and support staff and administrators,” he said. “But we need to move our budget toward balance, that today has a $12 million hole in it. “We will continue to look for every way possible to restore funding and generate new funding that will enable the district to sustain excellence.” The $80 million operating budget will decrease $12 million by next year, and it’s a challenge the district will face every year until at least 2025, as it struggles to cut $2.4 million annually, to balance its budget due to state budget cuts that included the reduc-


During the school board meeting, employees held up the names of those who are losing their jobs as part of a reduction in force at Princeton City Schools. tion in funds for business and utilities taxes. School Board President Steve Moore and Vice President Tawana Keels said cutting jobs and services was a tough decision. “This is one of the darkest days Princeton has ever had to deal with,” Moore said. “We do not take the cuts lightly,” Keels said. “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a board member.” So, how does the district do that? What now? “Be supportive of those who lost their jobs,” Pack

said. “This is just the beginning. We have a severe financial problem.” Moore suggested that residents continue to lobby for the tangible personal property tax that was eliminated and thrust the school district into financial hardship. Pack also called on the support of elected officials such as Rep. Connie Pillich, who attended the board meeting. “The cuts are enormous and devastating,” Pillich said after the meeting. “Not just for Princeton, but to public schools across Ohio.”

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School, 9609 Montgomery Road. During this event, community members can drop off computers or computer accessories in any condition. Newer computer components can be reused or refurbished for local schools, nonprofit organizations and those in need. Older computers and nonworking components will be responsibly recycled. While it is the donor’s responsibility to remove personal data from computer systems prior to donation, the Cincinnati Computer Cooperative will take measures to ensure personal identification and software are removed from donated computers. These measures include removing and destroying hard drives from recycled comput-

State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) will hold office hours to speak one-onone with residents of her district, gather local input on state issues and identify community concerns. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 25, at the Blue Ash Starbucks, 9648 Kenwood Road.

Sycamore hosts computer recycling

In celebration of Earth Day (April 22), the PTOs and PTAs in Sycamore Community Schools have partnered with the Cincinnati Computer Cooperative to sponsor an ecycle event from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Montgomery Elementary



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ers and wiping all working hard drives 40 Gb or larger with a Department of Defense compliant erasing program before reusing them. All CPUs are also cleaned and all asset tags and identification stickers are removed. All donations are tax deductible. Monetary donations can also be accepted. Businesses that wish to donate five or more computers or monitors should contact Daniel Meek from the Cincinnati Computer Cooperative at or 771-3262 to make arrangements for donations. Those interested in obtaining a refurbished computer should also contact Meek.

Bridal Showcase at Crowne Plaza

Reese Incorporated will produce "A World Of Love" International Bridal and Event Showcase at the Crowne Plaza Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Rd, 11 am to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7. This event will spotlight different ethnic groups and the ceremonial celebrations the offer. It will also showcase different options for events that are not the norm. A Portion of the proceeds will benefit Child International Kids against Hunger Cincinnati. The website is kids againsthunger-cincinnati.

Chabad spa night

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Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road. Prepaid Admission by April 20 is $20. Women of all ages from the entire Jewish community are invited to attend. “In this way, we hope to unite many Jewish women from the entire area and impress upon them the uniqueness of the vital role they play in keeping Judaism healthy, alive and growing. This event is a way of treating the women to an evening for themselves; a time to be pampered-both body and soul,” said Yana Duke, Chavura president. Participants will be given the opportunity to experience complimentary beauty treatments, including professional skin care, manicure, massage, reflexology, life-coaching and more. In addition, gift packages and gift certificates will be raffled. The program will also include smoothies, hors d’oeuvres, an elaborate salad bar, soup station and desserts. The evening’s feature presentation, guest speaker Sheva BalkanyFreilich B.S., HHC, HE, will introduce “Healthy Living, One Step at a Time.” For details or to co-sponsor this event, contact Chana Mangel at 793-5200 or visit

Book signing

Fleet Feet Cincinnati will conduct a public book signing event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the Blue Ash store, 9525 Kenwood Road, featuring local physicians, authors and twin brothers, Dr. Paul Baker and Dr. Patrick Baker. The doctors will be discussing their new book, “What Did I Just Eat? Surprising Facts About Food” as well as signing copies of their book and answering questions about their personal lifelong journey devoted to health and wellness. Dr. Paul and Dr. Patrick, as they are commonly referred, learned at very young ages the importance of health and wellness. These principles inspired them to become physicians over 18 years ago and have provided them with much personal and professional success. “The starting line for a life of health and wellness is the food we give our bodies”, exclaimed Dr. Patrick Baker. “In our book, we reveal foods that are surprisingly bad for your health and foods that are shockingly great,” he added. Fleet Feet’s telephone number is 793-8383. To learn more, visit To learn more about Fleet Feet Sports in Blue Ash, visit

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Join the Montgomery Community pool for 101 days of summer fun. Sign up for pool memberships online at Returning again this year is the popular referral program and new for this year, a loyalty perks program good for discounts on pool classes and swim lessons. The popular referral program is back again this year. Limited to the first 100 returning 2010 members, they can receive $75 off a standard membership for referring a new 2011 member who signs up for a standard membership.

The Sycamore Senior Center’s home delivered meals program is offering more menu choices than other similar meal delivery services throughout the Northeast and North Central neighborhoods. The service is staffed by devoted volunteer drivers who deliver meals Mondays through Fridays or can also arrange to provide a five- or seven-day supply once per week for convenience of the recipient. Savory Selects 31 is a complete client choice program which will give the recipient total control over which meals are delivered. Clients will fill out the Savory Selects 31 menus all at once for each week of the month with their choices of entrees, fruit/juice, bread, desserts/ snacks, condiments and milk selections. This recent increase in menu items coincides with Sycamore Senior Center also servicing a larger area which now includes Springfield Township and Mount Healthy in addition to Springdale, Sycamore Township, Blue Ash and many communities in-between. Sycamore Senior Center’s home delivered meals program is one of the most comprehensive programs for Cincinnati area seniors. Savory Selects 31 is available through Private Pay at a cost of $5 per meal including milk. If this option is not within the client’s financial means, the Council of Aging of Southwestern Ohio offers services to those that qualify. Council of Aging services are available to the elderly and those homebound, 60 years or older, who have difficulty in preparing a meal themselves. Interested recipients, their families or parttime caretakers should call the community outreach coordinator Jake Jacobs at 686-1003 to discuss the program and eligibility requirements. Those with access to a computer may contact:

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Tea partier defends work to repeal estate tax By Jeanne Houck

Loveland recently was lambasted by Citizens United to End Ohio’s Estate Tax after the city spent $5,000 to join the Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities, a new coalition of cities and townships fighting proposed cuts in state funding – including the repeal of the estate tax and the loss of Local Government Funds. Madeira officials considered – and rejected – the idea of joining the Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities after being contacted by members of the Madeirabased Eastern Hills Community Tea Party. Blue Ash and Montgomery officials also passed on a chance to join the Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities. Here, Ed Bell, a co-leader of the Eastern Hills Community Tea Party, says his concerns with the Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities probably are more nuanced than many believe. Bell is a 51-year-old prepress technician at a printing company who lives in Sycamore Township with his wife of 30 years.

Please tell us about the Eastern Hills Community Tea Party. “We don’t have a formal membership, but our email list has about 200 people and on any given month, between 40 and 60 people may show up at our meetings. We meet monthly in Madeira and were formed in May 2009. We draw members from Madeira, Montgomery, Sycamore Township, Deer Park and Blue Ash.” Why are you against the estate tax? “I, along with many of our Eastern Hills members, was among the 1,500 people who spent much of 2010 collecting signatures on petitions to eliminate the estate tax. By the end of the year we had over 83,000 signatures from throughout the state and this certainly played a role in our legislators proposing legislation to end this tax. In the last decade, 400,000 people left Ohio for less taxing states; most of those states have no estate tax.” What are your concerns with the Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities? “The key issue for us is that any municipality that votes for this (Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities) funding is in essence authorizing taxpayer money to lobby legislators to continue taking taxpayer money from their estates. The money in these estates was taxed when it was earned and now it is being taxed again. On principle it’s a bad idea.” Do you disagree with everything that the Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities believes in? “Please note we have no objection to any com-

munity joining the Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities. Our only objection is the organization’s advocacy for keeping the Ohio estate tax. The Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities does other good work, including their involvement with the Local Government Fund.” Are you sympathetic to local governments facing funding cuts? “As it stands now, the legislation working through the Ohio House will not eliminate the (estate) tax until Jan. 1, 2013, giving ample time for municipalities to prepare for this revenue to end.” Does your group have a good relationship with local governments? “In general, money is spent at the local level in a more responsible manner, which is the main focus of the tea party movement. Many tea party members work closely and cordially with local officials, so our goal is to make sure cities like Madeira know the wishes of their residents to avoid situations that might foster animosity. Southwest Ohio has enough groups to monitor the activities of almost every city, village and township meeting, both elected political officials and school boards. This is the civic involvement America’s founders envisioned, and we have rediscovered that civic duty. Other groups throughout Ohio are now checking the agenda of their local councils or trustees and they will act quickly if their officials plan to lobby (to keep the estate tax) with taxpayer money.” How did you present your concerns about the Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities to Madeira officials? “In the case of Madeira we were proactive, speaking with the city manager, Tom Moeller, Mayor Ken Born and a council member about the requested Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities money. The (Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities) organization was asking for $5,000 from each municipality for this lobbying effort and these early discussions were a good way to work with our local officials before the subject is brought up in open session.” What should local officials facing significant decreases in state funds do? “Most tea party members understand the need for prudent taxation, but the estate ‘death’ tax is a terrible way to go about providing dependable revenue. If additional money is needed, officials should make their case and explain the need. If worthwhile, the voters can approve a tax for that purpose.”

April 20, 2011

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Indian Hill study to help reduce costs By Forrest Sellers

Residents had an opportunity to see how the Indian Hill School District measures up against its peers. A “benchmarking” forum last week provided a look at how the district compares academically and financially to other schools. Data in a variety of areas including student achievement, expenditures per pupil, facilities costs, teacher salaries and transportation was presented by Superintendent Jane Knudson and members of the school board. All grades were incorporated into the study. Comparisons were made to 13 school districts in Ohio, including local school districts such as Forest Hills, Madeira, Mariemont, Sycamore and Wyoming as well as 10 school districts nationally. Schools were chosen based on similar demo-

graphics to the Indian Hill School District. Knudson said a goal of the b e n c h Knudson marking study was to use the information to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the district. She said some of the actions the district will take to reduce costs will include an energy audit, conducting a review of weekend activities and events to see where cuts can be made to save money and buying routing software to improve transportation efficiency. Knudson said another way to control costs is the realignment of teachers based on enrollment and staffing needs. According to Knudson, enrollment at the high school has increased in recent years while enrollment at the

other buildings has declined. The results of the benchmarking study will be posted on the district’s website at “It was interesting to see what is made available in other schools and where we rank,” said Indian Hill resident Jeff Graham, who has two first-graders in the district. Indian Hill resident Nancy Aichholz, who has three children attending schools in the district, said she was impressed with the program. “I think they were thorough in presenting (the information) in a way the layperson can understand.” Aichholz said she also wanted clarity on inside millage. “I wanted to hear the facts,” she said. The district is currently involved in a lawsuit with a group called the Committee for Responsible School Spending which is disputing the school board’s


approval to move 1.25 mills of inside millage to fund permanent improvements. “The benchmarking meeting was a disappointment,” said Richard Cocks, president of the Committee for Responsible School Spending. “Forty minutes were spent discussing academic performance while only 20 minutes were devoted to a whitewash of the district’s dismal financial performance.” Cocks cited concerns about per pupil spending. The Indian Hill School District spends $15,372 per pupil annually. The state average is $10,512 per pupil. Board member Tim Sharp said cost per pupil expenses will continue to be monitored. “We are constantly looking at ways to keep cost per pupil down,” he said. For more about your community visit



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Ursuline celebrates National Library Week with gratitude “The library is a central part of everyday life at Ursuline because it caters to a whole host of very different needs that necessarily arise in a school with as diverse a curriculum as Ursuline provides,” said Byrne who adds that the library is a treasure trove of information.” “Whenever people need to find sources for any type of research of multi-genre paper, the library is the first place they head. “It not only has a rich printed collection of literature, reference books, scientific information and more, but it also is a great place to make use of the many online databases to which Ursuline has purchased access.” President Sharon Redmond places a high value

on the library and what it means to the students as well. “We are very grateful for this beautiful and functional space. Our library is the focal point of learning – it is the first space that students see as they walk through the doors.” In addition to the tangible upgrades to the library, Byrne asserts that the students benefit from the librarians who are always very informed and techsavvy, so they not only retrieve whatever texts they need, but they also get to practice their computer skills. “Since the computer has become such a prominent part of 21st century life, these computers really do help us to live one of our favorite mottos: ‘We learn not for school, but for life.’”

Ursuline students make videos to help disabled Ursuline Academy video production students created informational films for the Hamilton County Pathways program this school year. The films will be used as teaching tools for Pathway’s students and their parents. The project was service learning for UA students. “Service learning projects enable our students to create video projects that have a specific audience, purpose, and use. The Pathways project enabled our students to conduct research on the challenges that cognitively disabled young adults face on a day to day basis, and to use that knowledge to help them personally connect with the Pathways students. The experience of filming offsite with Pathways students enabled our students to experience a world beyond the walls of Ursuline, and I think it had a major impact on them,” technology teacher Ann Brinkmann said. The Pathways program helps young adults between the ages of 18-22 who have disabilities such as Down Syndrome, autism, Turrets and others. The adult students who participate in the program go through a twoyear course of study with the goal of eventually becoming independent enough to work and live within the community. The UA students made four separate how-to films that Pathways will incorporate in their recruiting mate-


MND hosts Angel Educator and Terrific Teacher brunch

Ursuline seniors studying in the library, from left: Michelle Spotts of Loveland, Diana Erb of Loveland and Rebecca Byrne of West Chester Township.

Ursuline Academy is celebrating National Library Week by thanking an anonymous donor whose generosity has enabled the school to upgrade its library, which was a part of the school’s major expansion and renovation in 2006. In keeping with the school’s mission to ensure that its students receive the most updated facilities and materials in all of its curriculum, the library is a key area that has new furniture, computer laptops, books, learning aids, and electronic media. Senior Rebecca Byrne, who is a frequent visitor to the library, says that she is very grateful to the generous donors who have contributed to its upkeep because of its value to the school.



Ursuline sophomore Emmi Abel-Rutter of Loveland (left) and Pathways speech therapist Mindy Barnes, at Raymond Walters College photo shoot. rials for prospective students/parents and high school administrators. The films cover how-to steps in the areas of work, communication, community and applied academics. The UA students worked with their client to research the Pathways program, write a treatment, create an outline, write a script, and design a storyboard. They filmed Pathways faculty and students at locations such as Raymond Walters College, Scarlett Oaks Vocational School, Walgreens, Wendy's, Max and Erma’s, the Metro bus, and the Sharonville Recreation Center. The girls logged more than seven hours of film and edited their scripts into six- to seven-minute videos that were delivered to the client in January. Sophomore Anne Tulisiak said that she felt she had presented a video that will guide new students in the program. “I am very interested in being a doctor for disabled students later in life. This

experience of working with these students opened my eyes to all of the opportunities I will have. The smiles of these students when filming this video lit up the room, and I will remember this experience forever.” Senior Cappy Hausfield added, “In today’s world, technology is something constantly used. Providing a digital video for the program will certainly help them stay up to par with the evolving world of electronics and digital media. Not only have I learned more about film production, but I have gained invaluable experience about working with kids with cognitive disabilities.” Pathways head teacher Charlene Boerger said that for years Pathways had wanted to make some instructional videos that would help their students. “When Ursuline gave us the opportunity to work with their staff and students to make not only educational videos but some that we can share with families that are interested in understanding what we are about, we were thrilled. “The end results, four videos on different topics, were beyond our expectation. They are fun and very informative. “Our students love to watch them and listen even more intently because they are in them. The Ursuline students did a fantastic job! We are very grateful, and will use the videos for years to come.”

Mount Notre Dame’s Parish Council, a student group dedicated to promoting interest and involvement in parish life, hosts a brunch each year to honor “Angel Educators” and “Terrific Teachers” who were nominated by MND students. Angel Educators are those teachers from grade schools and parish ministers who have stood out as outstanding mentors and have inspired the nominator. Terrific Teachers are teachers from MND who have been great influences in the nominator’s high school education and have made a positive impact on her. This year’s event took place at MND March 24. Honorees this year included:

Debbie Otero Sacred Heart Fairfield

Nominating Debbie Otero of Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Fairfield as Angel Educator was Paige Combs ’14 of Hamilton. Otero helped Paige understand how important math is and the best ways to learn it. She always had students write out homework which really helped explain how the work is done, and made it easy to go back and look at the mistakes. In religion classes, Paige especially appreciated the Morality Posters, which helped her understand the difference between the Church’s view and society’s view.

Amy Sloan Springdale Elementary School

In a beautiful essay that recalled the fear she felt as a third-grader experiencing the horrors unfolding on Sept. 11, Hannah Gerth ‘11 of Springdale nominated Amy Sloan of Springdale Elementary School. She said Sloan’s calm presence soothed the children’s worried minds and made them feel safe. Hannah describes this beloved woman as kind-hearted, loving and full of much strength. She wrote that Sloan is an empowering woman who will always be an Angel Educator. Her love for teaching and children is clear. She is the main reason why Hannah may choose teaching for her own career. Attending with Sloan was Springdale Principal Kelly Wilham.

Eileen Phelps St. Columban

Katelyn Sussli ’12 of Loveland nominated Eileen Phelps, a fourth-grade teacher at St. Columban in Loveland. Despite the fact that Phelps initially assigned Katelyn to a seat next to a boy who would not have been her first choice and persisted in rooting for UC sports instead of Katelyn’s preferred XU, this Angel Educator simply made learning science and math fun. She has remained friends with Katelyn since fourth-grade, providing an ear to listen and a voice to respond with compassion to

this very day. For Katelyn, Phelps is a role model and a friend.

Rita McCormack Reading Middle School

Rachel Bronner ’14 of Reading nominated Rita McCormack, who teaches at Reading Middle School for Angel Educator. McCormack left a lasting impression on this freshman. She was always willing to listen to Rachel – no matter what the topic was – and encouraged her through a back injury that prevented her from playing volleyball until it healed. Rachel particularly appreciates the confidence that McCormack had in her.

Jen Dodds Loveland

MND Terrific Teacher Jen Dodds of Loveland was nominated for Terrific Teacher by both Claire Husting ’14 of Mason and Catherine Rainford ’14 of West Chester Township. Dodds makes class fun by doing projects such as showing videos, making skits, bread baking projects and learning about bible characters by singing their life story to the tune of a new, current song. She is extremely open and accepting, inclusive and approachable. Students enjoy her classes because she seems to be constantly looking for ways to grow both as a teacher and a person, and helps her students grow in appreciation of each other.

Kelly Cregan Enochs Colerain Township

Bailey Venner ’13 of Indian Hill nominated math teacher Kelly Cregan Enochs ’04 of Colerain Township for Terrific Teacher. Bailey says she can always count on having a fun conversation whenever she encounters Enochs. This teacher is always happy and smiling from the first moment of homeroom to the very end of the day. Bailey says Enochs is always bubbly and approachable. Students never have an issue asking her questions when they don’t fully understand something in class.

Bob Knollman West Chester Township

Nicole Hansman ’11 of West Chester Township nominated Bob Knollman of West Chester Township for Terrific Teacher. Not only does social studies teacher Knollman know his material, he also loves talking about it as well. He is a skilled and intelligent teacher. Knollman has a way of looking at things that makes students question the world and be genuinely interested in what he is saying. Just by sitting down and having a one-on-one conversation with him, a person can tell he was born to teach, and Nicole describes herself as very happy and lucky he did. His dedication to learning and his love of his work has made Nicole decide to become a history teacher


Liz Schlachter Mason

Nicole Hansman also nominated MND interventionist Liz Schlater of Mason. Nicole says Schlater is everything she hopes to be as an adult. When you look up “amazing person” in the dictionary, her picture is right there beside it. When Nicole was having a challenging sophomore year, she depended on Schlater’s numerous pep talks and encouragement. Nicole thought about giving up many times and just settling for a bad grade but Schlater just refused to let that happen.

Paula Schute Colerain Township

MND Terrific Teacher Paula Schute of Colerain Township was nominated by Hanna Dittrich ’11 of Liberty Township. Schute is chairperson of MND’s mathematics department. Schute assisted Hannah earlier this year as she transferred out of one math class into Schute’s pre-calculus class. Hannah also has chute for her multimedia technology class. She says Schute brings a good energy to the class and keeps the class on task, while challenging students to reach their full potential.

Jennifer Koutnik Blue Ash

MND social studies chairperson Jennifer Koutnik of Blue Ash was nominated by Steph Lutz ’11 of Hamilton. Steph had Koutnik three years ago for history class. Since that time, Steph has been able to get to know Koutnik as moderator of MND’s Girls’ Athletic Association, her U.S. government teacher and homeroom teacher. Steph feels lucky and blessed to have a teacher like Koutnik, someone she calls an amazing person who always has a person’s best interest at heart.

Vanessa Diegmueller North College Hill

Library help desk staffer Vanessa Diegmueller of North College Hill, in her first year at MND, was nominated by freshman Natalie Lutz of Hamilton. Diegmueller’s job is to tend to the needs of freshmen students who all have tablet PC’s this year. While Natalie appreciates wha Diegmueller does – like finding erased files and dealing with computer glitches of all kinds – what she likes best is the huge, infectious smile with which she does it. According to Natalie, Diegmueller makes everybody’s day a better one. Additional Parish Council officers include: Megan Dickert of Loveland, Ellen Godbey of Glendale and Robyn Kerley of Loveland; moderators are director of student life/campus minister Eileen O’Donnell Lipps ’65 of Sharonville and advancement office assistant Cheri Lehrter of Reading.


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Lady Aves flying to the net

By Scott Springer

His record speaks for itself. 203 wins, 32 losses, nine ties. Two state titles. And, that's all prior to this season. Sycamore High School's girls lacrosse coach Eddie Clark has had 11 winning season and fully expects to have a 12th when this spring is all said and done. Early on, the Lady Aves had three losses, but two of those were to more competitive teams in Illinois. Now, Clark has his girls focused on winning another league championship with eyes toward a third state title. Sycamore won the trophy in 2007 and 2009. Clark returns nine starters from his 14-4 2010 squad. "I think having the right kids with the right work ethic has been the biggest thing," Clark said of his annual Ave success. Since arriving on the Aviator scene, the Philadelphia native's worst season was 18-8 in his first year. Since then, they've never lost more than four games in a season. He's done it often by taking the "leftovers" from other sports. "A lot of my girls have been cut from soccer or from basketball or other sports," Clark said. "They kind of fell toward lacrosse and fell in love with it. That's why I


Sycamore High School junior Hayley Baas, runs the ball during the regional semi-final game last season. Baas and the Lady Aves look to be in title contention this season under coach Eddie Clark. Sycamore’s had 11 straight winning seasons under Clark.


Sycamore High senior Grace Hulett taking New Albany defenders in the regional semi-final lacrosse game last season. Sycamore’s girls team has had 11 consecutive winning season. Hulett is one of coach Eddie Clark’s top attackers.

Other area girls teams Ursuline

The Ursuline Academy lacrosse team got off to 4-2 record to start the 2011 season (through April 15). One of the Lions two losses this season came to No. 1 Enquirer poll ranked Lakota West. The No. 5 ranked Lions lost by one goal (10-9). The squad returned six starters in 2011, according to head coach Todd Vollmer. Ursuline has also been boosted by freshmen newcomers Claudia Rafi and Abby Main, who are already starting on the varsity team, according to Vollmer.

think our kids work so hard. A lot of our players have been told, 'You're not the best, or you're not great'." Gradually, Clark sees that changing as many better athletes are starting to gravitate toward lacrosse. At the start of his Sycamore career, many girls started playing in high school. Now, they start as early as second grade. Among those that Clark cites for skills and leadership on his team is senior midfielder Marisa Merk. "She does all of the little things right," Clark said. "The best thing she is for us right now is our emotional leader." Clark's best defender is senior


Sycamore High School senior Emma Majchrzak (No. 8) attempts a shot last season for the Lady Aves lacrosse team. Coach Eddie Clark returns nine starters from last season’s squad. Teresa Sandoval. "The best we've ever had here," Clark said. "(She's) such a leader on the field. She knows where she's supposed to be and where everybody else is supposed to be at all times. She's like a second coach on the field." On the offensive attack, Sycamore features seniors Grace Hulett and Aamna Dosani. "They're more or less the quarterbacks of our team," Clark said. Despite their offensive success, like most winning teams, the Lady Aves emphasize defense and quickness. That's what comes to mind when Clark mentions senior midfielder Emma PROVIDED/MCDANIEL PHOTOGRAPHY Majchrzak. Senior Jeff Wolkoff is a senior goalkeeper for "She's all about speed," Clark the Aves and a four-year varsity player. said. "She's a varsity soccer player and one of our fastest players. competitor, always under control. She does a great job on both ends She makes great decisions." Her experience with the 2009 of the field." Junior Hailey Baas joins state title team is invaluable as the Majchrzak at the midfield position Lady Aves shoot for another banthis season after being a defender ner to hang. Beck will be going to Northlast spring, while Hannah Beck provides veteran leadership in the western on an academic scholarship next fall. Several other Lady middle. "She's our only four-year varsi- Aves will also move on and play ty kid," Clark said. "She's a poised on the college level.


Junior defender Jack Bernard is in his third year on the Sycamore varsity lacrosse team. The Aves are coached by Greg Cole who took over for Tom Nugent after Nugent left for Elder. Those include: Merk at Robert Morris; Sandoval (walking on at Ohio State); Emily Bell at Indiana Tech; Alyssa Greco at Belmont Abbey; and Faith Koehne at the College of Mount Saint Joseph. Looking at the Greater Miami Conference, Clark sees Mason and Lakota West as the teams to beat. Mariemont is also a formidable opponent on Sycamore's aggressive schedule. The big league matchup with Mason is an away contest Thursday, April 28.

CHCA lacrosse program witnesses growth in 2011 By Nick Dudukovich

In its third year of existence, the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys lacrosse team is playing its first season as a schoolsanctioned sport. The Eagles, who had

Other teams Sycamore boys

Greg Cole is the new Sycamore boys lacrosse coach after Tom Nugent left for Elder. Nugent had coached Sycamore for 15 years (and actually coached Cole in high school). On April 8, the Aves were able to give Nugent a little payback by demolishing the Panthers 13-4. Aves captains this spring are senior goalkeeper Jeff Wolkoff (a four-year player), senior defender Josh Toney, and senior defender Aaron Grzegorzewski. To be considered for a captain spot, Cole had players submit a resume by email describing why they deserved to lead the squad. Other returning starters for the Aves are Trevor Kress, Chase Spicer, Jack Bernard, Jonah Bettman, Sean Cone and Derrick Kihembo. Kihembo has verbally committed to play at Johns Hopkins. After away games at Indian Hill and Little Miami, Sycamore returns home to face Mason April 26.

been playing outside CHCA as a club team, have a healthy program with 35 students spread between the varsity and junior varsity level, according to head coach Kurt Tholking. Despite the change, Tholking said the program’s philosophy remains the same as when the Eagles took their first face-off. “We’re still building a program and we still have guys learning the game,” he said. For the 2011 season, the Eagles should be strongest at midfield, according to Tholking. The duo of Jeff and Jamie Stagnaro should provide offense at the position while Anthony Corrado, Brad Tepfenhart and freshman Cam Kennedy will try to contribute at the attack position. Other key players returning for CHCA include Joe Terry (midfield), Jasper Holford (midfield) and Ryan Hartsig (face-off specialist). On defense, senior Eric Rice, who along with juniors Tyler Tepfenhart and Tyler Kirbabas will try to protect freshman goalie


CHCA senior Brad Tepfenhart scoops up the ball during the Eagles’ 15-3 loss to Summit, April 13.


CHCA’s James Stagnaro (left) and Ryan Hartsig (right) stop a Summit attacker during the Eagles’ 15-3 loss, April 13. Nick Marsh. While the Eagles are 0-4 to start the spring, two of the squad’s losses have come to teams ranked in the Enquirer coaches’ poll, such as No. 5 Summit and No. 6 Indian Hill.

With the move to becoming a school-sponsored sport, the Eagles will compete at the Division II level of the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association. Other Eagle squads, such as the football team, usually

compete at the Division V level of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, but OHSAA is not the state’s governing body of lacrosse. Playing at the Division II level means the Eagles will compete against teams with

larger student bodies. Regardless of who the Eagles play, Tholking is dedicated to growing the game at CHCA. “We’re matching up against larger schools so our goals are to take small steps and keep scores down and to improve every game, and for the kids to have fun as well,” he said. For more coverage, visit blogs/presspreps


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April 20, 2011

Moeller lacrosse on the attack By Scott Springer

At Moeller High School, the athletic program is nationally known for its achievements. Football, basketball, wrestling, hockey and baseball have all had tremendous success. With that success comes the high expectations of upholding tradition. Not just in the socalled “core” sports, but in all athletic endeavors. Lacrosse is no different off of Montgomery Road. Moeller had a team long before anyone did locally. “We are the most established program in Southwest Ohio,” coach Nathan

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Reed said. “This is our 24th season. We’ve won two Division I state championships (1992-93), a Midwest championship and produced hundreds of allstate players as well as countless numbers of collegiate players.” The Moeller grad (Class of 1998) now is in his third year leading the Crusaders and is looking for his first winning season. This year’s team has eight seniors whom he hopes to send out on a winning note. “The biggest challenge we have is that we have so many successful athletes that, as they get older, they tend to specialize and focus in just one sport,” Reed said. “We also offer a wider variety of sports than most schools so there is some competition for athletes.” The good news is, the future is bright for the sport.

Rarely does a player come out now who hasn’t had contact with a stick. “Ninety-five percent of my freshman class are experienced players,” Reed said. “When I played, everyone’s first time playing lacrosse was their freshman year in high school.” Reed also challenges his squad with a demanding schedule. The bulk of the teams have winning records and/or are established programs. “We pride ourselves on our schedule,” Reed said. “There is no one team in Ohio that plays a schedule any harder than the one we play. We play some Columbus teams and this year we play some Michigan teams.” Senior captains for the Crusaders are goalie Hayden Miller, midfielder James Rogan, defender Justin


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Moeller’s No 31, senior James Rogan passes against Indian Hill in a game last season. Rogan is a midfielder for the Crusaders and one of eight seniors on coach Nate Reed’s squad.



Moeller senior midfielder Tyler Mikolajewski is one of the Crusaders’ senior captains.

Moeller senior defenseman Justin Liggett is one of the Crusader captains for third-year coach Nate Reed.

Liggett and midfielders Michael Lynch and Tyler Mikolajewski. Reed’s top attacker is junior Jacob Fuller. “He’s a three-year starter,” Reed said. “He’s started from the day he walked into the school.” On defense, Moeller is led by the “man in back.” “Our No. 1 defensive player is our goalie, Hayden Miller,” Reed said. “He’s going to continue his career at Bellarmine. Goalies are a little different than anyone else. We’re very fortunate that we’ve had Hayden here for three years.” If people think lacrosse is a sport where sticks are handed out, balls are rolled out and it’s a free-for-all, they are sadly mistaken. A video peak of Moeller practice (see below courtesy ESPvideos 2010) would prove otherwise.

“We approach each practice much like football or basketball,” Reed said. “Every minute of our practice is planned out. We try to work in 15-minute segments throughout our two hours. Every coach knows what we’re doing when we walk up onto the practice field.” The Crusaders play some of their home games behind the school. The night games are at Lockland Stadium. The team prefers the school site. “I think they like playing around the school,” Reed said. “It attracts more of our student body. When the kids come out of their practices, our kids look up and see the baseball team, or the rugby team. We have a little more sense of comfort here.” Naturally, Moeller’s biggest rival is Saint Xavier.


Moeller senior goalie Hayden Miller is one of coach Nate Reed’s captains and will continue his career in college at Bellarmine. However, Reed points out Mason might have the best squad in southwest Ohio with their growth in the sport. Moeller visits the Comets May 20.

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St. Xavier High School senior Chad Sudbrack of Sycamore Township turns a double play against Moeller’s Kevin Brinkman during a home game April 14. The Bombers won 6-3 and snapped a sevengame losing streak against Moeller. Sudbrack is among the top two in the Greater Catholic League South division in average, home runs and RBI.

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Young MND squad finding its way By Tony Meale

Russell Mackey could have taken the easy way out. After all, the Mount Notre Dame High School lacrosse coach graduated eight senior starters from last season, making this year’s squad largely inexperienced by comparison. Nevertheless, he opted against watering down his schedule. In addition to playing their usual Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League opponents, the Cougars have played Carmel, ranked No. 1 in Indiana, as well as traditional stalwart Worthington Kilbourne. MND, which lost to both, is 2-3-1 (1-1) entering play April 12. “From a coaching standpoint, we’re at expectations,” Mackey said. “We knew these would be tough games.” After winning a league title in 2009 and finishing runner-up in 2010, however, the girls were hoping for a better start. “In their heads, they thought not much was going to change,” Mackey said. “I think we’re fine. We’re improving, and (we’re hoping to) get back to .500 before facing some big-time competitors like Sycamore (April 26).” Leading this year’s young squad are captains Biz Goslee of Mason and Claire Whitaker of Mariemont. Goslee, a junior midfielder, leads the team with 15 goals, while Whitaker, a senior attacker, is second with 10. “They’ve meant almost everything to us,” Mackey said. MND runs much of its offense through Goslee, who played varsity as a fresh-


Mount Notre Dame lacrosse player Claire Whitaker, right, is second on the team in goals this season. man, while Whitaker is a hard-nosed athlete and competitor. Junior midfielder Kelli Harmon of West Chester, meanwhile, leads the team with eight assists. “She’s the kind of player who loves an assist more than a goal,” Mackey said. “She’s the kind of player who, as a coach, you just love.” Mackey said Harmon’s greatest asset might be her ability to stay clam in pressure situations, even while getting double- and tripleteamed. “Most girls would be freaking out,” Mackey said, laughing. “It’s amazing how calm she stays.” MND’s top underclassman is freshman attacker McKenna Polak of Loveland, who has perhaps gotten more playing time than any freshman in the history of the program, which began in 2005. “She’s a rising star,” Mackey said. Mackey also credited senior attacker and captain Maddy Hall of West Chester.

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BRIEFLY The week at CHCA

“She’s not scoring a lot of goals, but she starts every game and is just a consistent player,” he said. “Without her leadership, our team wouldn’t be where it is.” Mackey said the biggest growing pains have come on defense, which had to replace three starters from last season. “We don’t have the speed on defense, so we’re trying to up the communication and change our strategy a little bit,” Mackey said. MND has gone 1-1-1 in the GGCL, tying Mercy, defeating Ursula and falling to Ursuline. The Cougars play McAuley April 28. “The girls came into it this year really wanting to win league,” Mackey said. “I think our goal now is not to lose anymore league games and finish second in the GGCL. “These girls are very introspective. They’re not setting tangible goals like winning this tournament or that tournament. They want to be better communicators, and they take it upon themselves to do more strength and conditioning work. They’ve taken the mindset of, ‘We know we’re better than what (we’ve shown).’”

• The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy baseball team beat Coldwater 7-6, April 9. CHCA’s Evan Jelley had three RBI. The Loveland baseball team beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 6-0, April 13. • The Seven Hills boys tennis team beat CHCA 5-0, April 12. On April 13, CHCA beat Kings 4-1. CHCA’s Henize beat Leo 6-1, 6-2; Wittkugel beat Freudenderg 6-0, 6-0; B. Tedrick-A. Tedrick beat DeVita-Palmer 6-1, 6-0; and Difabio-Kabalin beat PaulsonMcClelland 6-1, 6-0. On April 14, St. Xavier beat CHCA 5-0.

The week at Sycamore

• Sycamore’s softball team lost 12-0 to Fairfield in five innings, April 12. On April 14, Oak Hills beat Sycamore 3-1. Sycamore’s Carrie Tveita hit a double. • In boys tennis, Sycamore beat Lakota West 5-0, April 12. On April 13, Sycamore beat Fairfield 5-0. Sycamore’s Adam Reinhart beat Ko 6-1, 6-0; Mustafa Ahmad beat Barker 6-0, 6-0; Yuri Karev beat Zinader 6-0, 6-0; Dylan Stern and Frank Pan beat Reece and Wienck 6-3, 6-1; and Nikhil Grandhi and Jeffrey Kaplin beat Lee and Brandenburg 6-0, 6-0. On April 14, Sycamore beat Colerain 5-0. Sycamore’s Adam Reinhart beat Wilcox 60, 6-0; Mustafa Ahmad beat Fitzgerald 6-0, 6-0; Yuri Karev beat McPheters 6-0, 6-1;

Dylan Stern and Frank Pan beat Moorman and Sheline 60, 6-1; Nikhil Grandhi and Jeffrey Kaplan beat Hill and White 6-0, 6-0. • In baseball, Oak Hills beat Sycamore 5-3, April 13. Sycamore’s Jake Michalak hit a double. On April 13, Lakota East beat Sycamore 10-1. M. Stoy was 2-3 for Sycamore. On April 14, Sycamore beat Princeton 9-6. Sycamore’s Thomas Meier hit a double. • In volleyball, Sycamore beat Loveland 25-22, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, April 13.

The week at Moeller

• The Moeller boys track team placed first with a score of 117 in the Vince Mercure Colerain Invitational, April 12. Frey won the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches; Kraus won the long jump at 20 feet, 7.50 inches; Walker won the 110 meter hurdles in 14.40 seconds; and Ashbrock won the 300 meter hurdles at 42.84 seconds. • In tennis, Moeller beat Mason “Green” 4-1, April 12. Moeller’s Ansgar Stenzel beat Srinath 7-5, 6-4; Mitchell Patterson beat Schweppe 6-3, 61; John Westerkamp and Logan Wacker beat Kraus and Sahai 7-6, 6-1; and Tommy Sullivan and Brett Carlin beat Curtis and Michimi 7-5, 6-0. On April 14, Moeller beat La Salle 5-0. Moeller’s Ansgar Stenzel beat Heckle 6-3, 6-2; Mitchell Patterson beat Bush 6-1, 6-0; Stefan Wies beat Robertson 6-2, 6-0; John

Westerkamp and Logan Wacker beat Gundlach and Samoya 6-1, 6-3; Tommy Sullivan and Brett Carlin beat Pieper and Hoeweler 6-1, 6-2. • On April 13, Moeller tennis beat Indian Hill 4-1. Moeller’s Ansgar Stenzel beat Baumann 6-2, 6-3; Mitchel Patterson beat A. Desai 4-6, 6-0, 6-3; Stefan Wies beat Palmer 6-3, 5-7, 7-6; and John Westerkamp and Logan Wacker beat Joshi and S.Desai 6-1, 6-4. • In baseball, Moeller beat Chaminade-Julienne 12-2 in five innings, April 13. Moeller’s John Tanner pitched 10 strikeouts, and Kyle Robinett was 3-3, hit a double, scored four homeruns and had two RBI. • In boys volleyball, Moeller beat Purcell Marian 25-10, 25-15, 25-14, April 14.

The week at Ursuline

• The Ursuline girls track team placed first with a score of 118.16 in the Vince Mercure Colerain Invitational, April 12. Winning the high jump was Ursuline’s Pam Showman with 5 foot, 5 inch leap. Showman also won the long jump at 16 feet, 6.75 inches. Sydney Bell won the 300 meter hurdles in 48.05 seconds. • The Ursuline softball team won the April 13 game against McAuley 5-3. Ursuline’s Hannah Mehrle pitched 10 strikeouts, and was 3-3, scored three ru On April 14, Ursuline beat Mercy 4-3. Ursuline’s Anna Callahan scored two runs.

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Cincinnati Marlins swimmer Bridget Blood of Ursuline Academy awards a medal to one of the Hamilton County Special Olympic swimmers at last year’s event.

Princeton, Marlins team with county for games

For more than 10 years Hamilton County Special Olympics has teamed up with Princeton High School and the Cincinnati Marlins to offer a competitive swim meet experience to young adults with disabilities. The Cincinnati Marlins and Princeton High School will conduct the Hamilton County Special Olympics Swim Meet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on April 16. Last year more than 140 swimmers participated in the meet. The athletes participating in the event come away with memories and achievements they will cherish forever. Most athletes train for months and look forward to attending this event every year. The whole event is

ran like the real Olympics: There is a March of the Athletes, they take the Olympic Oath given by Princeton’s superintendent, swim their event and receive their medals after they swim. It is not just the participants, however, that feel rewarded. The volunteers that organize the event gain from watching these brave athletes compete. It is very inspirational and humbling to see these swimmers in action. Volunteers from the Cincinnati Marlins and Princeton High School organize and run the meet. It is great to be able to contribute to the community and support such a wonderful and inspiring event.

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Teachers’ pension costs need to be reined in This information is being provided to enhance the general public understanding of a major element of school budgets. Most teacher pensions are provided through a state-wide pension plan operating under policies set by state legislators. Gov. Kasich wants to sign Senate Bill 5 into law that will impact public employee pension benefits. In a January press release, the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions stated, “In 2010, approximately 1,800 school employees earned over $100,000 per year. Due to increasing staffing costs, Ohio’s 613 public school districts are expected to face a $7.6 billion funding deficit by 2015, with personnel expenses consuming 96 percent of tax revenues.” “In the last election, citizens used the teacher salary database to hold their school districts

accountable for spending choices, citing that average teacher salaries had grown at rates that, in many cases, far outpaced inflation. Glenn Welch Buckeye InstiPresident Community tute Matt Mayer Press guest stated: ‘With so columnist many school districts under financial duress, it is now even more important than ever that taxpayers know how school districts are spending their money. Instead of cutting staff positions, sports, bussing, and other programs, most school districts could balance their budgets without raising taxes through cutting staff compensation packages by a small percentage.’” The Buckeye Institute website,

The lifetime liability pension estimate assumes a retirement of 18 years based on the most recent actuarial life expectancy tables for a 60-year-old. It doesn’t include the significantly subsidized health care provided to retired teachers., shows the salary and estimated pension data of Ohio public employees. More than 2.5 million searches of the data have occurred since April, 2010. The website has a pension calculator that calculates an estimated pension after inserting the average of a teacher’s three highest paid years. I inserted the current FY11 top teacher salary shown on the Sycamore salary schedule – $91,857. It provided this information: • Three highest paid years

CH@TROOM April 13 questions

What do you think will be former Trustee Dick Kent’s legacy to Sycamore Township? No responses. Do you support efforts to repeal Senate Bill 5, and Ohio Democrats’ proposals to allow recalls of state office holders? Why or why not? “In regards to Senate Bill 5, I do support the efforts to repeal this bill. First of all, this bill is poorly written and not well thought out in regards to the consequences towards the public safety personnel it affects the most. It was rushed through the Senate and the House primarily due to partisan politics. “If you don’t think this is true, then why were two senators removed from their chair positions in the committees that could have kept this from reaching the floor of the Senate for the vote? “It was because they would have cast the votes needed to kill the bill before it ever left those committees. “Secondly, it removes binding arbitration from the collective bargaining law. Binding arbitration is a process that is used not only when negotiations reach an impasse between public safety personnel and the government entities, it is also used in the discipline process to protect public safety personnel from the ‘good ole boy’ network that some political entities have created and sustained over the years. “For instance if a police officer writes the mayor’s brother a ticket, the mayor may just tell the chief to punish or fire that officer, or single him out for other unfair treatment just for doing his job. With the grievance process and binding arbitration, this unfair treatment can be fought. “Take it away, and you might as well just invite the corruption and politics back into public safety that the public has fought so hard to end over the last forty years. “This bill is not about transparency and budgets, its about ‘union busting’ pure and simple. “To ask public safety to trust in the same politicians that mismanaged the taxpayers’ money in the first place, to decide a fair wage

Next questions Symmes Township is accepting new bids for playground equipment at the Rozzi property park after Trustee Jodie Leis said she wanted something “unique” for the park. Do you agree with Leis? What kinds of play equipment would you like to see at the park? What plans do you have for your garden this year? How much do you plan to spend? How does that compare to last year? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Is he really gone?

Regarding the article notifying the residents of Sycamore Township that Trustee Dick Kent is retiring. How many times, over how many years has Dick Kent said that he was going to retire as trustee of Sycamore Township? Is it really true that Dick Kent has retired as trustee of Sycamore Township? I wonder who made more claims that they were going to retire, Sophie Tucker or Dick Kent. Peter Bertoli Sycamore Township

Family thankful for support

Pamela S. Bell (Van Horn), a 1981 graduate of Sycamore High School and a graduate of The University of Cincinnati Nursing

and benefits for them is like asking sheep to invite the wolf to their pasture.” J.H. “I don’t have a problem with allowing recalls in Ohio. Democrats need to realized that recalls can be used against them also. It should take a huge amount of signatures to put them on the ballot, though. After all, every election is a recall. “On the other hand, I totally oppose eliminating Senate Bill 5 through a referendum. Senate Bill 5 levels the playing field for state and local governments and school districts. “Readers should spend five minutes, go to, and look at the salaries of employees in the Forest Hills Local School District. “If you look at those who have been there for the last five to six years, you will see that they have been getting very hefty raises over that period of time. “That is because state law has been stacked against school boards in favor of teachers unions. Senate Bill 5 makes it a fair fight. “If Senate Bill 5 is overturned it will lead to higher employee compensation, which is 85 percent of our school budget. And that will inevitably lead to one of two things: higher real estate taxes or more teacher layoffs and more crowded classrooms. Vote against the referendum in November!” T.H.

average – $91,857 • yearly pension estimate – $60,625 • lifetime pension liability estimate – $1,369,532 • three-year employer pension salary match – $38,579 • pro-rated pay based on 2,080 hours work year – $141,527 • Social Security maximum yearly payout – $28,152 In this example, the teacher could receive a $60,625 yearly pension payment. The lifetime liability pension estimate assumes a retirement of

18 years based on the most recent actuarial life expectancy tables for a 60-year-old. It doesn’t include the significantly subsidized health care provided to retired teachers. The employer match refers to the amount of money the employer (local taxpayers) contributes to pension plans on behalf of their employees. Current law requires employers contribute an amount equal to 14 percent of the teacher’s salary, while teachers contribute 10 percent. Refer to PC for more explanations. Diane Adamec, Jill Cole, Jean Staubach and Ken Richter were members of the Sycamore board of education when the current salary schedule was approved. Contact them at 686-1700. Make public comments at www. and this newspaper. Glenn Welch is a resident of Montgomery.

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We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: Fax: 248-1938 U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Northeast Suburban Life may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. School, was recently promoted to vice president, professional services, long term acute care hospital with Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines, Ill. She is also the proud mother of two Marine corporals. One is Derek Mages, currently serving his second tour in Afganistan, and Brian Mages, being deployed to Afganistan the first week of

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VOICES FROM THE WEB Fast talk Visitors to Montgomery posted these comments to stories about Montgomery toughening its speeding laws for people with prior convictions and easing them for first-time offenders: “I agree with all of you Montgomery is a rich community just trying to get richer, maybe if they pulled over some of their own people going 60 mph down Montgomery road during rush hour ... if you don’t want people speeding in Montgomery hire traffic cops with all the tax revenue you get from the wealthy people there.” shortyG “They sure missed the guy in the black BMW yesterday heading north on Weller by Weller Park. Easily doing 55 in a 25 zone. But there are lots of areas where the 25-MPH limit should be raised to 35. “And park a cruiser where you can see every driver who ignores the east-

bound stop sign on Kemper, at Weller. Many drivers hardly make any pretense at stopping, particularly in the morning. If the city is looking to increase revenues, here’s a sure-fire source.” VincebusEruptum “Those special eastside yuppies driving beemers make up their own traffic rules and the official traffic regs are just for ‘the little people!’” bobthedrifter “Now if they could only enforce the rush hour parking restrictions on Montgomery Road.” SlateGuy “Sounds like a money grab to me. Small town cops with nothing better to do than fill the coffers.” lovedamuskies “The stretch of Montgomery Road that runs from Bethesda Hospital through Old Montgomery is constructed in a way that there’s no way to speed through it without

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You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: being a danger to others. I’m no fan of speeding tickets in areas where they are used to enhance revenue, but in areas where there’s no way to speed without causing danger to others I’m a big fan of speeding tickets. Excluding side streets, the the main drag running through Montgomery is a very small stretch of road. Speeding trough it accomplishes nothing.” GeoCorneliussen “The badged tax collectors will be working overtime to get their quotas. This is a tax by another name, plain and simple.” UncleAndy1

QUOTEBOOK A compilation of quotes from this week’s Northeast Suburban Life:

“I’m really excited because it is my senior prom. It’s the only one I’ll ever go to, so I’m going to have a blast.’

Sycamore High School Pierce Quinn. See Story, A1

“When the parade was on Plainfield, attendance at the memorial service dropped dramatically ... also because of the longer walk up to the memorial it held the parade up for a much longer time.”

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Loveland entrepreneur Branscome founded investment firm By Jeanne Houck

A Loveland entrepreneur is one of eight women chosen as this year’s YWCA Career Women of Achievement. Susan Branscome, president and founder of Q10 Triad Capital Advisors of Cincinnati Inc. in Madisonville, will be honored at a luncheon Thursday, May 19, in the Grand Ballroom at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. Q10 Triad Capital Advisors is a commercial realestate lending and mortgage banking firm. “For 32 years, the YWCA Career Women of Achievement luncheon has recognized women who have made major contributions to the workplace and Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky community,” said Charlene Ventura, president of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. “These eight women will join the ranks of 250 professional women who now comprise the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement.” Ventura said Branscome manages a loan portfolio of more than $600 million and is: • one of only two women in the United States to start her own commercial


Loveland resident Susan Branscome, president and founder of Q10 Triad Capital Advisors of Cincinnati Inc., has been named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement. mortgage banking business; • the first woman in Ohio to be an owner in a commercial mortgage banking firm; • the first female president of the Cincinnati chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties; • founder of the Cincinnati chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women; • in the Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Branscome and the other seven women honored this year were selected from nearly 100 nominees submitted by business organizations and individuals. “An independent panel of five community leaders selected those best exemplifying personal career success, dynamic leadership qualities and the unique ability to serve as role models,” Ventura said. Ventura said the luncheon is the largest fundraiser for the YWCA, which serves more than 35,000 women and families. Call 241-7090 for tickets to the luncheon, which cost $50. Corporate-sponsored tables are available.

Montgomery teen honored by YMCA Montgomery resident Natalie Bryans, a student at St. Ursula Academy, is being honored April 11 by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati as one of 40 YMCA Character Award recipients. With youth development being one of the YMCA’s core focus areas, the YMCA Character Awards are an opportunity to celebrate young people who exemplify the Y’s core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility. The YMCA Character Awards Event were April 11, at the School for the Creative & Performing Arts. Natalie has said some of her greatest inspirations, her heroes, are her friends because “they are all so kind and welcoming.” That kind of insight can only come from a young woman who truly appreciates the YMCA core character values. Leadership for

her comes in a quiet but meaningful style, as she stays committed to projects and initiatives Bryans she feels can make a bigger contribution. Through her school, she is a mentor to students participating in the Pleasant Ridge Montessori afterschool program; has helped coordinate a canned food drive, and participated in mission activities at childcare centers, soup kitchens, thrift shops, and food banks in Cincinnati’s Over-theRhine. Additionally, the past two summers have found Natalie volunteering up to 28 hours a week helping to ensure fun experiences for people with disabilities at Camp Stepping Stones.




Montgomery cabaret helps Bethany House

“The Ripple Effect,” a cabaret performance featuring Susan Emerson, raised about $25,000 to support the programs and services of Bethany House Services. Bethany, on Fairmount Avenue in Westwood, collaborates with others to provide a full range of housing, education and assistance programs to homeless and disadvantaged women and children. The cabaret was hosted by Mike and Megan McCuen, who generously opened their Montgomery home for a private, invitation only performance of “The Ripple Effect,” a PROVIDED cabaret presented in story Susan Emerson, center, gets ready to perform “The Ripple Effect,” a private cabaret event that raised money for the Bethany and song by Susan Emer- House. Direction and backup vocals were provided by Lisa Asher, right, and accompaniment and musical direction were by son. Jeff Waxman. Emerson is a resident of Clifton; Asher is a native of Butler, Ky. The cabaret focuses on how one person can make a big difference in the lives of others through seemingly small actions. Emerson donated her services for the event. The event also featured a reception with food donated by Stone Creek Dining Co. and Holzman Meats. Emerson, a Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award winner and Drama-Logue Award winner, has appeared in Broadway tours, off-Broadway and in top regional theaters around the country. Critics have called her “an achingly lyric soprano,” “a shining voice” and a “standout” who “stops the show.” She was most recently seen in the national tour of Phantom of the Opera as Mme. Giry, and stood by for Petula Clark as Norma Desmond in the national tour of “Sunset Boulevard.” Directing the show and providing vocal backup was Lisa Asher, a Northern Kentucky native. PROVIDED Accompanist was Jeff Waxman, Members of the host committee for “The Ripple Effect” Cabaret are, from left: in front, Cathy Greiner, Megan musical director, arranger and record McCuen, Sister Mary Stanton, Linda Prophit and Eileen Kamp; on stairs, from Munz, Cindy Lampert, Anita Scott producer. Bethany House Services ini- and Barb Ploggman. Not pictured is Lori MacDonald. All committee members are residents of Montgomery, tiated the Family Shelter Partnership with the exception of Kamp, who lives in Blue Ash, and Stanton, who lives in Westwood. Program 10 years ago to bring togethSister Mary Stanton is co-founder er Cincinnati’s 10 family shelter in laboratives, Bethany House Services is order to create best practices in meet- a leader in the community in family and executive director. BHS celebrated ing the complex needs of families in a sheltering, transitional housing for its 25th anniversary in 2010. Visit on single women, post shelter support, the Web at www.bethanyhousesercomprehensive manner. Serving more than 2,000 individu- rapid re-housing, permanent afford- to learn about donation and volunteer opportunities. als annually through a variety of col- able housing and more.

Jewish services is training site Jewish Family Service has been selected as a training site for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s geriatrics program, Next Steps in Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics. Dr. Gregg Warshaw, professor of family medicine and director of the office of geriatric medicine at UC, chose Jewish Family Service based on the university’s previous work with the agency’s Aging and Caregiver Services. The program’s main goals are to develop effective communication and collaboration between

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Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Original art works submitted by women artists. Presented by The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. 272-3700; Mariemont.


Career Management Workshop, 6 -8 p.m., CMC Office Center Blue Ash, 10979 Reed Hartman Highway, Leasing office. Weekly through May 5. Take the MBTI assessment, define short and long term career plan, grow your self-promotion skills and update your knowledge on resumes and job search strategy. $249, $229 advance. Registration required. Presented by EQ Coaching Solutions. 312-7856; Blue Ash.


Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Two-day workshops to learn the basics of harnessing, hitching and driving. Classes will integrate participants into the normal activities at the farm. Farming with draft animals provides the farmer an important connection to the land and the work of farming. Ages 12 and up. $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email; Indian Hill. Parent Information Session, 7-8 p.m., Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati, 12084 Montgomery Road, Learn about Brain Balance Program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. Family friendly. Free. 257-0705. Symmes Township.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, For all levels, sizes and ages. Fastest way to get in shape for any event or get rid of unwanted pounds. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


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LITERARY - STORY TIMES Easter and Passover Story Time, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, 794-9440. Kenwood.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland. LoHeat, 9 p.m.-midnight, HD Beans Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Jam with rock and blues music. Presented by H.D. Beans Cafe. 7936036; Silverton.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Grades K-6. Before-camp 8-9:30 a.m. and after-camp 3:30-6 p.m. programs available. $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 5034262; Montgomery.

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ART EXHIBITS Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont. EDUCATION

Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email turnerfarm@zoomtown. com; Indian Hill.


Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-caneat fried cod dinner with sides, beverages and desserts. Also, grilled chicken breast, shrimp, shrimp basket and cheese pizza dinners with sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout menu is a three-piece fish sandwich. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. St. John the Evangelist Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 7121 Plainfield Road, Cafeteria. Includes fried or baked fish, shrimp, pizza, sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout available. Fifty cents to $8. 791-3238. Deer Park.


Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Loveland, 800 LovelandMadeira Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Loveland. Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


HealthRhythms, 1-2 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Weekly exercise program uses music and percussion to “drum up health” for seniors. Reduce stress, promote wellness and improve quality of life. No musical experience required. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition. 315-7393; Blue Ash. S A T U R D A Y, A P R I L 2 3

ART EXHIBITS Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont. ART OPENINGS

Juried Show, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Browse the exhibit. Original art works submitted by women artists. Includes art activities. All ages. Part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 272-3700; Mariemont.


Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email turnerfarm@zoomtown. com; Indian Hill.


Wine Bar Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.



Turner Farm in Indian Hill is offering Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, at the farm, 7400 Given Road. Cost is $150 for two days. Registration is required. Call 561-7400, or e-mail Visit for more information. Tim Marshall, who’s teaching an introductory class on horse driving at Turner Farm, teaches Sally Godschalk, education and outreach director at Turner Farm, how to properly drive a horse while farming.


Waiting on Ben, 7-11 p.m., Corner Pub, 7833 Cooper Road, 791-3999. Montgomery.


Omope Daboiku, 11 a.m.-noon, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Join this award-winning storyteller and wordsmith as she spins yarns that reflect traditional Appalachian and other cultural tales. All ages. Part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 272-3700; . Mariemont. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, 3 p.m., Silverton Paideia Academy, 6829 Stewart Road, Adapted from book by Kevin Henkes. Part of Playhouse Off the Hill series, price varies by location. Family friendly. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 363-5400; Silverton. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 2 5


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, Free. 575-0661; Loveland.

Walks in the Parks, Noon, Village of Mariemont, , Meet at the Graeter’s on Wooster Pike. For those with Parkinson’s, family, friends, caregiver and anyone interested in learning about Parkinson’s. Part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Free. 5580113; Mariemont.

Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7:30-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 3515005. Madeira.



Adventure Boot Camp for Women, 5:306:30 a.m., Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Outdoors. Weekdays through May 20. Fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training. Ages 18 and up. $219-$299 for four-week camp. Registration required. 407-4665; Sycamore Township. Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Hand-Painted Glassware Workshop, 2-4:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to paint on glass. Choose wine glasses, glass dishes or glass mugs. $35. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, Free. 575-0661; Loveland.


The Juice, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, Formerly known as II Juicy. Free. 272-1990. Columbia Township.

Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-noon, Meadowbrook Care Center, 8211 Weller Road, Egg hunt for ages 10 and under. Featuring entertainment, face painting, games, bake sale, popcorn and hot dogs. Free. 489-2444; Montgomery.




Bring out the Whale, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., HD Beans Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Jam band. Free. Presented by H.D. Beans Cafe. 793-6036; Silverton.

Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692; Loveland.



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. Madisonville. T U E S D A Y, A P R I L 2 6

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Container Gardening, 6:30-8 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, Cost is materials used. 6831581. Symmes Township.


Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, With Nick Clooney. Topic: The Movies That Changed Us. Benefits scholarships and other educational projects. $35. Reservations required, available online. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. 852-1901; Montgomery.

LITERARY - BOOKSTORES NOOK Tutorial Event, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, Learn about the original and color NOOK, a brand of electronic-book readers developed by Barnes & Noble, based on the Android platform. 794-9440; Kenwood.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village. T H U R S D A Y, A P R I L 2 8

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Town Hall Lecture Series, 8 p.m., Sycamore Junior High School, 5757 Cooper Road, With Nick Clooney. Topic: The Movies That Changed Us. Benefits scholarships and other educational projects. $35. Reservations required, available online. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. 852-1901; Montgomery. Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, With Nick Clooney. Topic: The Movies That Changed Us. $35. Reservations required, available online. 8521901; Montgomery.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Springtime Animals Story Time, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, 794-9440. Kenwood.


Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont.

Billy D. Washington, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.




Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email turnerfarm@zoomtown. com; Indian Hill.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Mini Escapes, 6:30-8 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, Cost is materials used. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

Taking the Savvy Path to Injury Prevention, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Montgomery Room. Learn to gain awareness and avoid injury. Free. Presented by TriHealth Seniority. 247-1330. Montgomery.


Motherless Daughters Support Group, 78:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. Presented by Motherless Daughters Ministry. 489-0892. Montgomery.


Same Time Next Year, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Bring head shots and resumes, if possible. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Free. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 215-8308; Columbia Township.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Container Gardening, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own ‘gold medal’ container flower pot. Bring your own container or purchase one. Cost is materials used. 6831581. Symmes Township. Mini Escapes, 2-3:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own mini-world/vacation in a container. Bring your own pot or terrarium or purchase one. Cost is materials used. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash.

PROVIDED Cirque Du Soleil’s “Ovo” comes to Coney Island under its Grand Chapiteau, Thursday, April 21 through May 15. “Ovo” takes the viewer into a world of insects crawling, fluttering and playing. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. No 4 p.m. performances on April 22 and May 7; the May 7 evening performance is at 8:30 p.m.; dark on Tuesday, May 10; there will be a 4 p.m. performance on Wednesday, May 4 and on Thursday, May 12. Tickets are: $45-$350 for adults; $31.50-$275 for ages 2-12; and $40.50-$212.50 for students ages 13 and up, seniors 65 and up and military. For tickets, visit or call 800-450-1480.


Sneak Peek Ladies Night, 5-8 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, Check out what plants and products are available before the garden center officially opens for spring. Wine, food and ten percent discount on purchases. Free. 697-9173; Loveland.


The Cincinnati Ballet presents “Infamous Love Songs” with the band Over the Rhine, Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, at the Aronoff Center. Over the Rhine performs live with with the contemporary ballet work. Performances are at 8 pm., with an additional show at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30-$70. Call 513-6215282 or visit


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Why I believe in Easter’s message: Christ’s and our resurrection Each of us has our own reasons for believing or not believing unprovable religious events like Easter. In spiritual terminology, we basically call our subjective reasons, buffered by God’s grace, our faith. If someone asked for some of my personal reasons, here are a few that sustain my faith that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and promised that we will too. 1. The insufficiency of all that is attainable. All through our lives we yearn for the fulfillment of our dreams, our needs and desires. We are constantly reaching out for what we think will fulfill us, intensify our living, end all our restless searching, and bring us into the arms of a perfect love that is final and lasting. Yet, the longer we live, complete satisfaction appears futile. Yes, our dreams are partially

satisfied at times by dear people and events that occur in our lives. And though pleasing to us, their presence eventually reminds us of the Father Lou more we don’t Guntzelman have. St. Augustine Perspectives noticed this and said: “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” So what do we do about life’s insufficiency? One option is that we can become cynics and see our lives as years tinged with a tantalizing sadism – a wanting and needing of that which will never occur. This option is well stated in Shakespeare’s MacBeth, “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound

and fury signifying nothing.” Or, if we believe in the promises of God, we can choose to see the insufficiency of this world and our hunger for sufficiency as a foretaste and prediction of the unimaginable afterlife into which death ushers us. I believe the latter. 2. Which is more difficult: to create or sustain? If we are brought into existence from nothingness by a Creator, isn’t that a greater action than the Creator sustaining us forever as a person already existing? If a characteristic of the Creator is that he is true to his word and says “Yes” to our existence, why would his love ever vacillate and say “No?” 3. The presence of eyewitnesses. The public death of Jesus Christ was witnessed by many people and followers. After his resurrection, he seemed to them changed in some ways and his identity was recog-

nized as valid. He ate with them, spoke with them, permitted a doubter to touch him, etc. His presence was judged so authentic that many were eager to spread the word about him though sometimes it led to their death. 4. My losses of people I’ve loved. When I stood beside my mother’s body just minutes after her death, besides my grief there also surfaced from the core of my being a crucial question. For I am a human who is a priest, not just a priest who is human. My heart and mind are mine, not pages from a “rightanswer book.” My core question was, “Lou, what do you really believe has just happened to your mother? “As she died, did this kindly person merely disintegrate and evaporate into the emptiness of the universe and she is no more? “Or, is her person still living

and existing in a state of beatitude unimaginable to her before this? Is she more alive than she has ever been?” I had to say “Yes” to my final questions. I realized that it would be more difficult for me to believe in her evaporation than her fulfilled and continued existence. Her person was so important to me, what must it be to her Creator? The magnificence of resurrection and an astounding afterlife cannot be scientifically proven. The best summation for such a faith might merely be this:

To those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Documentary exposes silent epidemic in schools A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’ lives, creating unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people in all types of communities who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, “Race to Nowhere” points to

the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged, stressrelated illness and depression are rampant, and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. In a grassroots sensation already feeding a groundswell for change, hundreds of theaters, schools and organizations nation-wide are hosting community screenings during a six-month campaign to screen the film nationwide. Tens of thousands of people are coming together,

using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change. The Washington Post recently covered a screening of “Race to Nowhere:” “Riveted to this disturbing tableau were more than 300 parents and educators, including Elise Browne Hughes, 46, who wiped away tears one recent evening in Bethesda while watching the documentary ‘Race to Nowhere,’ which is becoming a growing grassroots phenomenon in the

achievement-minded Washington area and beyond. ‘It’s in the culture, and it kind of feeds on itself,’ said Hughes, a mother of two sons who paid $10 for a ticket and braved the heavy rain to watch the film at Walt Whitman High School. For her and thousands of others nationwide, the film has raised difficult questions about how to raise welladjusted children at a time when schools seem testobsessed, advanced classes are the norm and parents worry that their children will not go as far in life as they have.

“Race to Nowhere” is also being embraced by educators. An education film that gets it (No, not ’Superman’) was the title of a Washington Post blog by Mark Phillips, professor emeritus of secondary education at San Francisco State University. Vicki Abeles, first-time filmmaker, was inspired to make “Race to Nowhere” out of concern for her children. A mother of three and former Wall Street attorney, Abeles awakened to this crisis as her 12-year old daughter was being treated for stress-related illness.

She saw personally how the pressures were overwhelming not only to her own kids, but to students everywhere in every kind of school environment and community. “Race to Nowhere” is the only film that shows what is actually happening to our kids as a result of current policies and practices obsessed with testing, performance and competition rather than meaningful teaching and learning. Tickets available at $10 advance reservation required.

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French toast, stuffed peppers are good Easter brunch items In my family, you’re never too old to receive an E a s t e r Basket. All of the little ones get their own and the parents share one between Rita them. E a c h Heikenfeld year I Rita’s kitchen make a promise to myself not to overdo on the candy and each year I break the promise. But I am getting better – I’ll put some savory items in the baskets, like salted nuts and cheese crackers. And, of course, the colored hardboiled eggs. I guess my idea of an abundant basket goes back to my childhood. No matter how meager Easter Bunny’s budget may have been, each of us nine kids got a basket overflow-

ing with sweet treats. Granted, there were an awfully lot of generic jelly beans but in the center sat a Papas chocolate-covered egg. Opera cream heaven! I hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Remember those folks who may be alone. Give them a call, send a card – or better yet, invite them to your table.

Mitzi Gelter’s baked French toast

I enjoyed this at a brunch daughter-in-law Courtney gave for family and friends. I loved the fact that it can be assembled the night before and asked Mitzi, a Western Hills Press reader and Courtney’s grandma, to share the recipe. Wouldn’t this be an easy addition to for Easter brunch? Now if you don’t like nuts, leave them out.

1 loaf white bread 1 dozen eggs 1 pint half-and-half 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 ⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 ⁄2 cup chopped nuts 4 tablespoons margarine or butter The night before: Break a loaf of bread into pieces and place in a sprayed 9-by-11 baking dish. Whisk eggs, half-andhalf and vanilla in mixing bowl. Pour mixture over bread, Cover and refrigerate until morning. Before baking, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Sprinkle over egg-bread mixture. Dot margarine on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until bread is set. Serve just the way it is or sprinkle with powdered sugar or dip in maple syrup.

Western & Southern cafeteria’s stuffed peppers

I was so excited to receive this recipe. Thornton Kindred and Mary Ann Williams both sent it in for Ann, a Delhi reader who was looking for it. This is what makes this column so fun for me – the community sharing of recipes that everyone thought were long lost. Mary Ann retired four years ago – she worked at the company almost 37 years and found the recipe in their monthly news magazine. Thornton said this recipe was in the magazine back in the 1960s! Seems like everyone enjoyed them.

Meat and rice stuffing:

4 large or 5 medium peppers 11⁄2 lbs ground beef 1 ⁄4 cup chopped onions 1 cup tomato sauce 3 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon salt added

to water to cook rice 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon Accent (see tip) 1 ⁄4 cup rice (boil according to package directions, in salted water, until done and stir in pepper and Accent.)


3 cans, 101⁄2 oz. each, condensed tomato soup 24 oz. can tomato juice 2 teaspoons salt Pinch of black pepper

Mix all ingredients and bring to a boil. Note: One cup of this sauce is to be used in the meat and rice mix. In a heavy skillet cook and stir beef until crumbly. Add onions and continue cooking until meat starts to brown. Remove from heat, add flour and mix well. Add seasoned rice and one cup of tomato sauce. Mix and set aside.


Wash and cut peppers in half. Remove seeds. Put in boiling water. Remove from heat and let set for 20 minutes. Drain. Stuff peppers with meat and rice mix. Put in baking pan and pour sauce over peppers. Bake in moderate oven, 350 degrees, about 11⁄2 hours or until peppers are tender. Baste peppers with the sauce during baking.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Accent is monosodium glutamate, or MSG, a flavor enhancer. Some people may be allergic to it. If you don’t want to use it, you may want to add a bit more salt. Or substitute seasoning salt. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Symmes’ Impact 100 gives $224K in grants Impact 100, beginning its 10th year anniversary, is awarding grants of $224,000 in 2011. Impact 100 had a “Membership Kickoff” Monday, Jan. 31, announcing to its members the membership grand total and the grant amounts, two grants of $112,000 each, they will be awarding to local nonprofits in 2011. The Board of Impact 100 would like to thank every member both new and renewing for being a part of

Impact 100 Cincinnati this year. “This is going to be a tremendous year for Impact 100 with a lot of exciting events to help celebrate our 10th year anniversary,” said Jenny Berg, President of Impact 100. The evening included a presentation on Philanthropy in America by Sally Alspaugh, director of family philanthropy at Xavier University, who has more than 30 years of experience in financial, investment, phil-

anthropic and estate planning. Impact 100 is committed to improving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky by collectively funding significant grants to charitable initiatives. Impact 100 will have awarded more than $2,086,000 to the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky community in the ten years since its founding. By pooling their contributions, members have invested in non-profits that

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Phonathon offers ‘Peter Pan’ cast includes assistance to uninsured several local performers Over the past two years, an additional 9 million Americans lost their health insurance, raising the number of Americans in 2010 without health insurance to 52 million. The vast majority of the newly uninsured either lost their jobs (and health coverage) or work for a company that has eliminated their health plan or raised out-ofpocket expenses so high that coverage is no longer affordable. Many find themselves without health insurance for the first time in their lives and don’t know where to turn. Too often, the uninsured discontinue routine medical care, putting themselves at risk for future health problems. The fact is, nationally, 22,000 uninsured Americans die every year, one every 23 minutes, because they lack health insurance to get medical care for otherwise treatable conditions. “One of the sad facts about the uninsured is that many qualify for Medicaid and don’t know it. Too often, people believe that because they have a job and

bring home a weekly paycheck, they don’t qualify. This isn’t necessarily true,” said Trey Daly, senior attorney for Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. “The rising cost of health insurance/health care has made it possible for the growing ranks of the ‘working uninsured’ to qualify for Healthy Start / Healthy Family Medicaid. For instance, a family of four with a household income of $44,700 per year can qualify for Healthy Start/ Healthy Family Medicaid for their kids. This program covers doctors, hospitals, medicine, glasses, dentists and most other medical care,” Daly said. On April 20, during Cover The Uninsured Week, WCPO (channel 9) will host an all day phonathon. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the uninsured will be able to dial 749-9400 and talk with an advisor, who will take the caller’s information. A team of experts, who will also be at the station, will immediately transfer the information to Medicaid application forms. Callers will have to sign the appli-

cation. They will have the option of having the forms mailed to them or going to the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati’s office (located at 215 E. Ninth St., Suite 200) Saturday, April 23, to sign the forms. Those choosing to have the forms mailed to them will also receive a self-addressed, stamped envelope for returning the forms. The first 400 to submit their signed Medicaid forms will receive a $10 Kroger gift card, donated by Kroger. To help get the word out, “Call Now” advertisements will air on various radio stations all day on April 20. WCPO will also air commercials throughout the day, with live coverage of the phonathon during their news programs. Local Cover The Uninsured Week sponsors include: Channel 9/WCPO, Christ Hospital, Kroger, Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, Mercy Health Partners, SC Ministry Foundation, Tri Health and United Way of Greater Cincinnati. For information call Vuka Stricevic at 546-9888 or visit

The beloved 1953 Disney animated classic, “Peter Pan,” featuring the boy who won’t grow up, comes to the stage as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” concluded its Taft Theatre run earlier this month. Emily Kissela of Montgomery played Tiger Lily. Emily is a sophomore at Sycamore High School. She is in her sixth season with TCTC. She has participated in TCTC Star program for the last six summers. She has performed many shows with East Side Players, Footlighters Inc., Acting Up, and Towne Hall Theatre most recently as Sharpay in Disney’s “High School Musical On Stage!” and PROVIDED Disney’s “High School Symmes Township residents Emily Kisella and Max Poff appeared in the Musical 2 On Stage!.” Children’s Theatre production of “Peter Pan Jr.” Emily enjoyed her first high school productions as “The Wedding Singer,” and high school stage as Christhe narrator in “Joseph and this past summer as Mau- tine in “The Phantom of the Amazing Technicolor reen in “Rent.” Emily can the Opera.” Emily takes Dreamcoat,” as Holly in be seen this season on her voice from Karl Resnik.


Stacy Dillon and Michelle Browne have joined Huff Realty’s sales team operating out of the Montgomery office. Dillon can be reached at 792-3000 or sdillon@ Browne can be reached at 792-3011 or • Brian Crosby has joined Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati as a volunteer consultant. Crosby was most recently director of p r o c e s s improvement for Crosby Cincinnati Bell Telephone, where he was employed for 12 years. He is also a teacher and mentor for candidates seeking Six Sigma certification. Crosby also volunteers with the Sycamore Association for Youth Soccer and as a tutor to high school students. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Upsala College. He and his wife, Sue, live in Montgomery. • The Blue Ash office of CresaPartners, an exclusive tenant representation firm, has named Akiva Freeman and Sean Mangialardo as shareholders. Both are principals of the office. Freeman is a 13-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry. He has been involved in more than 100 commercial real estate transactions throughout the continental U.S., with an aggregate value of more than $250 million. Mangialardo is an experienced advocate for companies in a wide variety of industries that occupy office and industrial facilities. He specializes in helping clients align their real estate objectives with their business plans by implementing

an integrated service model that includes strategic planning, lease and purchase negotiations, site selection and financial analysis.

Super lawyer

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease attorney Donald J. Shuller of Blue Ash has been named a 2011 Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. Shuller practices in real estate law at the firm.

New business

The Sages’ Touch, a holistic health service provider specializing in reflexology and other modalities, opened in Blue Ash March 21. The company is at WholeCare Chiropractic, 4434 Carver Woods Drive. During the grand opening, Himavat Ishaya, reflexologist and founder of The Sages’ Touch, announced a partnership with the Cincinnati-based non-profit organization Tender Mercies. Ishaya said he opened The Sages’ Touch to bring relief to those suffering from chronic and short-term pain and discomfort by focusing on the connection between the heart, mind, body and soul. For information about The Sages’ Touch and its services, visit www.the, call 2881306 or email Ishaya at

The Financial Network Group is top adviser

In its latest edition, “Barron’s” magazine recognized America’s best financial advisers by state. The Financial Network Group in Sycamore Township is the top ranked registered investment adviser in Ohio. The Financial Network Group, led by managing partners Nathan Bachrach and Ed Finke, offers comprehensive financial planning and advisory services

to address all aspects of investors’ financial portfolios and wellbeing, including retirement plans, rollovers, estate planning and life insurance considerations. In addition to client services, FNG offers financial education for businesses and the community. The Financial Network Group is home of Simply Money(r), the financial education and money management daily resource on FOX19 TV News and talk radio station 55KRC. Simply Money is also heard weekly on 700WLW and Bachrach is also a frequent Bulls and Bears panelist on FOX Business News. For more information, call The Financial Network Group, 7890 E. Kemper Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45249, at 513-4697500 or visit

Nitzberg to lead

DunnhumbyUSA, a global leader in building brand value for consumer goods and retail companies, has named Blue Ash resident Matt Nitzberg, executive vice president, to lead its communications & media practice within the United States. Nitzberg is succeeding Mark Wilmot, who is credited with substantially expanding its client base, capabilities, and financial results. Wilmot is relocating to the UK to lead Dunnhumby’s UK Communications & Media practice and coordinate Dunnhumby’s global C&M strategy. Prior to his new appointment, Nitzberg had been serving as executive vice president of dunnhumbyUSA’s Manufacturer Practice, coordinating the company’s global strategy with consumer packaged goods partners and delivering client value in emerging channels in the U.S. Nitzberg joined the company in 2003 to establish and lead manufacturer practice in the U.S.




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April 20, 2011

Residents of The Lodge worship with Loveland United Methodist Church’s Dittos senior ministry.

From left: Jeannie Shumaker, left, Marilyn Montgomery, and Nikki Price.


Worship leaders

The Rev. Warren Montgomery gives an invitation to Holy Communion during worship at The Lodge retirement community, led by The Dittos of Loveland United Methodist Church.

Members of The Dittos from Loveland United Methodist Church led worship at The Lodge retirement community in Loveland, Feb. 17. The group came before the Lord, singing songs of love, and joining in prayer. The message “A Love that Never Fails” examined the way people love conditionally, how God loves us unconditionally and forever, and how we can begin to love one another in the way that Jesus loves us. The group also celebrated Holy Communion.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO A VIEWING OF THE HIDING PLACE Spend an evening with Golden Globe Nominee Jeannette Clift George

The Hiding Place is the autobiographical story of Corrie Ten Boom which chronicles her family’s nightmarish experiences in the Nazi concentration camp system. Ms. George, who plays the role of Corrie Ten Boom in the movie will be present for a question Ms and answer session after the movie and an opportunity to meet the star in person.


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Saturday, May 14, 2011 1:00 - 4:00 pm Especially for those who no longer have the physical presence of their Moms. An afternoon tea followed by a presentation featuring Golden Globe nominee, actor, director, author and noted speaker - Jeannette Clift George. Wear or bring something that belonged to your mother and celebrate the legacy of those special women who live in our memories.

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Linda Neal of the Loveland United Methodist Church Dittos senior ministry The Dittos shares gifts of “love” with both the residents and workers at The Lodge. These gifts included heart shaped vases that were hand painted “God is Love” with a rose or heart topper on each vase. Those in attendance also received decorated hearts created lovingly by the first and second grade Sunday school class at Loveland UMC. The fifth- and sixth-graders hand crafted Valentine cards that were given with each gift along with Valentines made from the Brownies troop that meets at Loveland UMC. Love was showered on all those present.

NEWSMAKERS Wylie a member of Summerall Guards

Nicholas Case Wylie is a senior cadet (in India Company) attending The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina (Charleston). He is a member of the 2011 Summerall Guards (a silent precision drill platoon made up of seniors who go through a rigorous physical training and initiation process and are chosen for their physical stamina and drill proficiency. Membership is considered a high honor by cadets at the militiary college.)

This year The Summerall Guards have performed at the North Carolina Azalea Festival, The Carolina Panthers-New Orleans Saints halftime show and The Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Wylie will graduate May 7 with business and finance degrees. Upon graduation, he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in The Army. Wylie is a 2007 Sycamore High School graduate. He is the son of P.J. and Michelle Wylie of Montgomery and brother to Chris and Shawn Wylie.


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Blue Ash Presbyterian

The Chancel Choir of Blue Ash Presbyterian Church will present Paul Bassler’s “Missa Kenya” in concert at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 15, in the church sanctuary. This work will be preceded by four pieces of African and Latin American heritage. The program will feature percussionist and tenor soloist from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Missa Kenya is a work that merges traditional Catholic Ordinary Mass and Kenyan music styles. It has moments of Western-influenced choral singing, chant-like homophony and inspiring Kenyan rhythms and harmonies. An offering will be taken to support the music ministry at Blue Ash Presbyterian Church. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 791-1153;

Brecon United Methodist Church Holy week services are 7:30 p.m.

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to nesuburban@communitypress. com, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Holy Thursday; Good Friday open prayer is 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Palm and Easter Sunday services are 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Children’s programs are 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for details. An Annual Rummage Sale will be from 6-9 p.m., June 3 and 9 a.m. to noon, June 3. Maundy Thursday, April 21; and Good Friday, April 22, worship services will be at 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday services will be 8:20 am., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. A Princess Tea will be at two times, 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m., May 14, for girls ages 3 through the second grade. Call the church for details on registration. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Hartzell United Methodist Church The church is having its Lenten Fish Fries from 4-7 p.m., all Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday, April 22, at the church. The fries include all-you-can-eat fresh Icelandic cod, sides of homemade macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, and breads, desserts, and beverages. Also being offered is a two-

piece grilled chicken breast dinner, a shrimp basket dinner or a twopiece cheese pizza dinner. Carry out menu offers a three-piece fish sandwich for $5. The whole meals are $9 for adults, and $4 for children. Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Lighthouse Baptist Church has Sunday School at 10 a.m., Sunday morning service at 11 a.m., Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. and Wednesday service at 7 p.m. The church uses the King James Bible, sings traditional hymns and has conservative music. Sunday School classes are available for all ages. A well-staffed nursery is provided for each service. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, at 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 7093344.

New Church of Montgomery

The church is temporarily conducting Sunday services at Strawser Funeral Home, 9305 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. The study group is now studying “Divine Love and Wisdom” by Emanuel Swedenborg. All are welcome. The church is temporarily having services at 9503 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 489-9572;;

St. Barnabas Community Dinner groups are forming for food and fellowship. Sign-ups and more information are in the Great Hall. The Findlay Street After School Program is seeking donations of paper plates, cutlery, grain products and fresh dairy products for the snacks provided for up to 50 children. Volunteer cooks are also needed. Please contact the church. The St. Barnabas Book Club meets at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, in the Library to discuss “Moloka’i” by Alan Bennert. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is conducted the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. at Rombe’s in Blue Ash. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays, 1011 a.m. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for dinner at the church. The Order of St. Luke is studying the 26 miracles of Jesus and how they apply to life today. Meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the library. Explorer’s Classes for adults are conducted each week in the library during the 9:30 a.m. service. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Parent Church School meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

Red, white and Brew About 100 residents of The Lodge watched the Opening Day game between the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers while being served cold beer,popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jack. Many residents made pennants for Opening Day decorations. The tables were decorated with popcorn boxes and Reds logos. One Lodge resident, “Spike” Warren Spicer (blue shirt) was a very sad Brewers fan. Lodge residents are looking forward to going to games later this season.





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Three Lenten series studies will be offered: “Embracing an Adult Faith, “Death and Resurrection of the Messiah” and “Nooma.” Contact the church for information. Holy Week services are as follows; Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m., Wednesday April 20; Maundy Thursday, noon and 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21; Good Friday, noon, Friday, April 22; Easter Vigil, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 23; Easter Sunday, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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Sunday Worship: 8:00, 9:30* and 11:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. childcare provided*

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Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor

NON-DENOMINATIONAL FAITH BIBLE CHURCH 8130 East Kemper Rd. (1 mile west of Montgomery Rd) Services & Sunday School: 9:00am & 10:45am Nursery Available www.fbccincy.or 513-489-1114

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Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services

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Mason United Methodist Church 6315 S. Mason-Montgomery Rd. (near Tylersville Rd. intersection) 513-398-4741 8:30 & 11:00 AM Traditional Worship 9:45 AM Contemporary Worship 1:30 PM Esperanza Viva, Hispanic Worship 9:40 & 11:00 AM Sunday School Childcare available

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 Easter Sunday "What’s Easter ?"

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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Sharonville United Methodist

8:15 & 11amTraditional Service & Kingdom Kids 9:30am Contemporary Worship & Sunday School 7:00pm Wednesday, Small Groups for all ages Infant care available for all services

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Good Friday worship service is 7 p.m., April 22. Easter Sunday will be celebrated with worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Breakfast is at 9:30 a.m., and will be prepared and served by the youth and adults participating in the 2011 mission trip. A free will offering will be collected. Call the church office for reservations. Ascension will worship on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. throughout the Lenten period. Pastor Josh’s sermon series is entitled, “What is Faith?” Sunday worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited. Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. “Encouraging One Another” is the focus for the women’s weekly Bible study. The women meet, 9:45-11:15 a.m., every Wednesday morning. Babysitting is available. The community is invited to participate in all activities of the church and to attend worship services (8:30 and 11 a.m.) and Sunday School (9:45 a.m.). The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,


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Montgomery woman honored by Scouts Burklow is the director of research and education of the Harmony Garden, a nonprofit Burklow center for community research established to address the individual and societal factors affecting the health, wellbeing and safety of girls and families in the community. She consults with local schools to reduce girl-ongirl bullying and has designed evaluation tools uniquely appropriate for girl-serving programs. Burklow also co-developed a training program to

Montgomery resident Kathleen Burklow was among six women honored as a 2011 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio at a March 8 reception. The Woman of Distinction Award was established in 1990 to recognize the significant achievements of women who demonstrate strong initiative and personal leadership on issues related to women and girls. While some of these women are well-known, others have worked quietly to accomplish their goals. Each honoree is an important role model for today's Girl Scout. Her life and work exemplify the values of Girl Scouting.

build the capacity of young mothers in the West End. Prior to joining Harmony Garden, she was an associate professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Burklow is an affiliated faculty member in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati and an adjunct faculty member at Xavier University. She participates on many community committees, including the Youth Achieve Impact Council, 211 Advisory Council of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Health Advisory Committee of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

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The Blue Ash Civic League presents a donation of $250 to the Wellness Community of Blue Ash. Accepting the check on behalf of the Wellness Community was Executive Director Rick Bryan, who thanked the Civic League for its generous donation and said the donation will go towards helping people affected by cancer by enhancing their health and well-being through participation in professional programs of emotional support, education, and hope. All services at the Wellness Community are offered at no cost to people with cancer and their loved ones. From left: Civic League Vice President Ken Berry, Trustee Pete Osterbrock, Rick Bryan, Trustee Walt Reuszer, President Ron Borgatti, Trustee Jack Buckman, Treasurer Bev Gill and Secretary Joel Schapp.

Camp at the J earns accreditation from ACA Camp at the J has become a very popular Cincinnati summer day camp. Recently, Camp at the J, at the Mayerson JCC at 8485 Ridge Road, was awarded accreditation by the American Camp Association, the nation’s only camp auditing agency designed to evaluate health, safety and program excellence. ACA accreditation has

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been achieved by less than 20 percent of camps nationwide, as it heavily exceeds state regulations and involves inspection of more than 300 health and safety standards, as well as an indepth review of camp activities. “ACA accreditation is voluntary, which means Camp at the J was willing to undergo a rigorous inspection from experts at our agency as well as from The

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American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and others, to assure that their camp reflects the most up-to-date, researchbased standards in camp operation,� said Dennis Elliot, ACA Ohio executive. “This extensive process assures families that Camp at the J has made a full commitment to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children.� This summer, Camp at the J will continue to offer high-quality programs and facilities with a broad range of camps for ages 18 months through grade 10. The six-week camp session (for ages 18 months – grade 3) and two, three-week camp sessions (for grades 4-8) run June 20-July 29. There are also two new summer sessions offered in early June. To accommodate working families, the new JCC Summerstart Camp (for kindergarten through sixthgrade) will be available by the day on June 6, 7, and 10. Laffalot Summer Camp (for grades 1-6) will host a high-energy sports camp at the JCC from June 13-17. The Mayerson JCC also

offers a broad range of oneweek specialty camps (known as S’More Camps), Aug. 1-19. These popular camps (for various age groups) include horseback riding, sports adventure, basketball, cooking, golf and soccer. Also in August are one-week day camps for preschoolers. Campers in fourth- to eighth-grades can enjoy a week of outdoor activities at a different Hamilton County Park each day in the new Park-a-Day S’More Camp. Daily Camp at the J activities may include sports, arts and crafts, Red Cross certified instructional and recreational swimming (for ages 3 and up), archery (for grades 1 and up), music, Shabbat celebrations, nature, special events, outdoor cooking and more. This summer, there will be special field trips and late day cook-outs for second to eighth grades. All camps are open to the public, and there are before and after camp options for kindergarten through sixthgrades. J Members pay discounted fees and are eligible for additional early bird discounts when they register

their child on or before March 11. Financial assistance may be available to qualifying families when they register before April 15. For confidential financial aid information, contact Teri Herrmann at the JCC at 7227252 or Teens entering ninth- or 10th-grade may register for the new six-week counselor-in-training program at Camp at the J. All interviewed and accepted CITs will receive benefits like usage of the JCC facilities, Red Cross CPR/First Aid training, American Red Cross Guard Start, and camp leadership training. CITs may attend weekly camp trips, overnights and late stays at the JCC, as well as traditional camp activities. Interested candidates should complete the counselor-in-training section of the 2011 Camp at the J registration form. For more information about Camp at the J, or to receive a copy of the Summer 2011 brochure and registration form, contact the JCC at 761-7500 or visit

Local coalition receives grant award Drug-Free Action Alliance awarded the Northeast Community Challenge Coalition (NECC) $2,500 to implement the “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a Party to Teenage Drinking� public awareness campaign, which targets parents of teens. The NECC was one of two grantee recipients in Hamilton County. The “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a Party to Teenage Drinking� campaign educates parents about the legal ramifications as well as the health and safety risks associated with serving alcohol to teens, other than their own children. This campaign is a statewide initiative developed by Drug-Free Action Alliance in 2000 and takes place on a local and statewide level, focusing on celebratory times for youth: homecoming, holidays, prom and graduation sea-

sons and other times when underage drinking parties are prevalent. The Northeast Community Challenge Coalition has partnered with Drug-Free Action Alliance to encourage parents, educators, businesses, community organizations and others to learn more about the health and safety risks along with the potential legal ramifications of allowing underage drinking to occur. Alcohol is the leading drug problem among young people. Each day, approximately 8,000 youth across the nation will take their first drink of alcohol. Underage drinking is strongly linked to delinquent behaviors, including illicit drug use, unwanted sexual behavior, teenage pregnancy, date rape and mental health problems such as depression. Youth who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop

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alcohol dependence or abuse alcohol later in life, than those who begin drinking at or after age 21. Scientific research shows that heavy alcohol use by adolescents has long-term effects on brain development. These health and safety risks have real consequences that most parents try to protect their children from, yet youth report obtaining alcohol from parents and other adults. “Through the collaboration of multiple community sectors, the Coalition has demonstrated success in reducing underage drinking from 1983 to 2011,� said Debbie Miller, NECC copresident. The NECC Coalition is calling on our community to help address the various factors that contribute to underage drinking including community norms, access and availability, media messages and policy and enforcement.






Matthew D. Monroe, 27, 3902 Edwards Road, misdemeanor warrant at 4874 Hunt Road, April 9. Elias Jose Egozi, 22, 5835 28Th St., possession drug paraphernalia, drug possession at 11435 Reed Hartman Highway apartment 207, April 11. Ronnie A. Kemp, 39, 3034 Bracken Woods Lane Apartment 2, open container prohibited, duty to display license or furnish proof, driving under fra suspension or cancellation, driving under fra suspension or cancellation, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant at 4420 Glendale-Milford Road, April 8. Dawn R. Bulmer, 41, 1875 Westwood Ave. Apartment 3, open container prohibited, felony warrant at 4420 Glendale-Milford Road, April 8. Brittany C. Bulmer, 21, 1875 Westwood Ave. Apartment 3, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant at 4420 Glendale-Milford Road, April 8. Ralph E. Collins, duty to display license or furnish proof, occupant restraining devices, driving under suspension or in violation of license restriction, driving under suspension or in violation of license restriction, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, receiving stolen property at 9500 Kenwood Road, April 9. Michael A. Marlow, 49, 3443 Linwood Ave., open container prohibited at Timbers Drive and Cooper Road, April 8. John Steven Lee, 31, 9743 Conklin Road, open container prohibited at Blue Ash Road and Hunt Road, April 7.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging/endangering Someone egged two vehicles at 9561 Waxwing Drive, April 8.

Petty theft Theft

Someone took four Cadi 17-inch chrome rims with tires, value $2,800, from Detailing Technologies at 11308 Tamarco Drive, April 11.

Unauthorized use of a vehicle

At 11103 Deerfield Road, April 5.

Violating protection order

At 9272 Deercross Parkway apartment 2D, April 8.



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Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: 6401, possession of drugs at Southbound Interstate 71, April 13. Juvenile, 14, unruly juvenile offenses-truant at 7400 Cornell Road, April 11. Juvenile, 16, theft at 7400 Cornell Road, March 24. Lauren M. Kelly, 19, 36 Japonica Drive, open container at Northbound Interstate 71, April 11. Leonard W. Elliott, 44, 1941 Elm Ave., deception to obtan a dangerous drug, illegal processing of drug documents, identity fraud at 10500 Montgomery Road, April 9. Jacob T. Lima, 19, 8896 Sandymar Drive, receiving stolen property at 10150 Montgomery Road, April 4. Joshua E. Abbott, 19, 4672 Duneden Drive, receiving stolen property at 10150 Montgomery Road, April 6. Johnathan R. Schmidt, 24, 4332 Oakwood Ave., menacing, disorderly conduct at 10500 Montgomery Road, April 6. Marci S. Bauer, 41, 1307 Homestead Drive, driving while under the influence at Montgomery Road, April 6. Wesley R. Frank, 22, 9099 Foxhunter Lane, drug paraphernalia at Remington Road, April 7. William A. Suddarth, 47, 11962 Fourth Ave., possession of drugs at 11962 Fourth Ave., April 3. Justin C. Singleton, 28, 4786 Jackson Lane, open container at Westbound Interstate 275, April 3. Audrey A. Adams, 29, 71685 Pike St., disorderly conduct at 10500 Montgmery Road, April 4. David R. Smith, 23, 373 Bridge St., possession of drugs at Westbound Interstate 275, April 13. Timothy D. Matsuzaka, 18, 9766 Ross, possession of drugs-marijuana at 9880 Montgomery Road, April 10. Christopher J. Firor, 20, 9925 Forestglen Drive, offenses involving underage persons at 9880 Montgomery Road, April 10. Gabriel J. Gilner, 19, 3572 Paxton Ave., possession of drugs-marijuana at 9880 Montgomery Road, April 10. Roy D. Dillow, 36, 1002 High St., possession of drugs at 9759 Montgomery Road, April 8.

Incidents/investigations Animal incident

At 11221 Terwilleger’s Run Drive, April 8.


At 1 Financial Way, March 30.

Criminal damaging

A woman said someone smashed the driver’s side window of a vehicle at 10567 Cnderella Drive, April 12. A man said someone damaged the front passenger window on a vehicle at 9879 Montgomery Road, April 5. A man said someone shot a BB through the driver’s side window of a vehicle, $250 damage at 10619 Thistlewood, April 14.


A woman said someone took a ladies yellow gold 18-karat ring, value $2,100, and a ladies white gold 14-karat ring, value $2,395 at 1016 Heritage Lake Drive, April 13. A male juvenile said someone took a cell phone, value $369.99, and an iPod, value $199 at 7400 Cornell Road, April 12. A woman said someone took $23,000 at 7966 Kenilworth Lane, April 4.

Theft (petty theft)

Someone took coins from the city water fountain at Cooper Road, April 8.



Tony Smith, 50, 850 E. Mohommad, theft, criminal tools at 7875 Montgomery, March 25. Brandon Kisling, 20, 801 Franklin, theft at 7875 Montgomery, March 25. Jeremy South, 25, 5484 Bahama Terrace, assault, inducing panic at 11021 Hamilton Ave., March 26. Kenneth Martin, 52, 21 Town Terrace, theft, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 28. Alexander Bailer, 24, 7270 Mar Del Drive, open container at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 29. Cecily Lerner, 21, 6118 Elbrook Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road,

March 30. Sarah Huff, 47, 6300 Montgomery Road, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, March 9. Larry Barber, 18, 10152 Timberview Court, disorderly conduct at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 1. John Emmons, 54, 4454 Crystal Ave., drug possession at 4454 Crystal Ave., March 31.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging

Window shattered at 12082 Crestfield, March 24. Window broken at 8887 Glendale Milford, March 28.

Criminal mischief

Reported at 8968 Lyncris Drive, March 29.


Sunglasses valued at $2,000 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 24. $462 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 24. $2,700 in medications and jewelry removed at 3648 Glengary Ave., March 27. Jewelry valued at $600 removed at 8900 Blossom Drive, March 26. Passport of unknown value removed at 5725 Kugler Mill, March 26. Laptop valued at $800 removed at 12100 Reed Hartman, March 27. Sunglasses valued at $600 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 27. Camera valued at $900 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 25. Copper valued at $400 removed at 9110 Montgomery Road, March 28. Computer valued at $350 removed at 8973 Plainfield, March 28. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 8572 Donegal Drive, March 30. Merchandise valued at $197 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 30.

11154 Centennial Ave.: Mundy Ralph Bernard & Stephanie Ann to Breen-Fisher LLC; $149,250. 11154 Centennial Ave.: Mundy Ralph Bernard & Stephanie Ann to Breen-Fisher LLC; $149,250. 11154 Centennial Ave.: Mundy Ralph Bernard & Stephanie Ann to Breen-Fisher LLC; $149,250. 4360 Creek Road: Tanner Bernice B. to U S. Investments Ltd.; $464,000. 9535 Heather Court: Han Chia Yung & Shu Tsen Han to Chen Aimin & Nan Gong; $322,000.


Village Gate Lane: Vintage Club Associates Ltd. to Great Traditions Homes Ltd.; $138,000. 10624 Indian Woods Drive: Hsbc

Mortgage Services Inc. to Stadnik Brian; $225,000. 11899 Grandstone Lane: Merrill Lynch Credit Corp. to Schweikert Gregory J. & Lisa M.; $815,000. 8450 Monte Drive: Grgurich Keith A. & Gail to Abes Alan H. & Monica C. Schneider; $440,000. 9849 Delray Drive: Tibor Sean M. & Rachel Shamash to Kim Kwanwoo & Haejin; $280,000.


Deer Path : Land Liquidators LLC Tr to Purushothaman Balaji & Sangeeta Mathur; $320,000. 12103 Seventh Ave.: George Mirah to Bank Of New York Mellon T. The; $66,330. 3925 Belfast Ave.: Meece Darryl E. & Melissa A. to Mcclain Debra

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Benjamin Prinker, 31, 11414 Lebanon Road, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, March 22.

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. Elaine; $81,000. 7619 Montgomery Road: Federal National Mortgage Association to Luken Susan M.; $182,500. 8531 Myrtlewood Ave.: Finn Bowling Investments LLC to Hunt Danoiel E. @3; $165,000. 8668 Sturbridge Drive: Andrew Jean H. to Yeager Steve; $220,000. 8811 Montgomery Road: Morris Yolanda to Kim Changjoo & Sunhee Sang; $140,000.


11714 Gable Glen Lane: Fohlen Eugene & Marian to Thompson Robert O. Tr & Jill Thompson Oshea Tr; $125,000. 8340 Patrilla Lane: Beneficial Ohio Inc. to Ramsey Dale & Teresa; $152,000.

reports, businesses are targeted to both extort money and allow the scammers to set up fake identities via websites in order to fraudulently sell goods and services, possibly on Craig’s list. Hamilton County Public Health’s inspectors will always identify themselves with an ID badge and uniform clothing bearing the HCPH logo. Regular restaurant inspections are conducted unannounced and facilities are often familiar with their HCPH inspector. “We recommend food

service operators verify credentials of anyone representing themselves as an inspector,” Tim Ingram, health commissioner, said. “Do not give out any personal, private or secure information without confirming the person’s identity.” Any restaurant or food service operation who has received suspicious calls should contact the police. For questions about food service inspections in Hamilton County, please contact 513-946-7800.

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Vehicle window damaged at 11530 Retlas Court, March 29.

Identity theft

Reported at 5300 Madison, March 23.


Computer monitors valued at $550 removed at 8600 Governors Hill Drive, March 24. Sunglasses valued at $635.25 removed at 9570 Fields Ertel, March 29. $60.47 in gas pumped and not returned at 10440 Loveland, March 28. Merchandise valued at $630 removed at 10554 Loveland-Madeira, March 27.


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Hamilton County Public Health warns of health inspector scam for area restaurants Hamilton County Public Health is warning food service operators of a potential scam of people claiming to be health inspectors. This is occurring throughout Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health, and has been reported in Hamilton County. These individuals identify themselves as health inspectors, request to schedule an inspection of the food service operation and attempt to collect personal information from the operators. According to recent


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A woman said someone took a TMobile cell phone, value $200 at 5000 YMCA Drive, April 8.

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FIRE/EMS RUNS Sycamore Township fire/EMS runs from Feb. 13 to March : Feb. 13, Orchard, wires down Feb. 13, Galbraith, alarm activation Feb. 13, Dearwester, medical emergency Feb. 13, Harrison, medical emergency Feb. 13, Trotters Chase, medical emergency Feb. 13, Williamsburg, no patient contact Feb. 13, Tramore, fall Feb. 13, Caralee, medical emergency Feb. 13, Dearwester, fall Feb. 14, 275 @ 48, good intent Feb. 14, Kenwood, alarm activation Feb. 14, Ashfield, alarm activation Feb. 14, Northlake, alarm activation Feb. 14, School, medical emergency Feb. 14, Fieldsted, medical emergency Feb. 14, Reading, medical emergency Feb. 14, Kenwood, medical emergency Feb. 14, Kenwood @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Feb. 14, Keller, medical emergency Feb. 15, Camargo, structure fire Feb. 15, Third, medical emergency Feb. 15, Fourth, medical emergency Feb. 15, Cottingham, medical emergency Feb. 15, Fourth, medical emergency Feb. 15, Huddleston, medical emergency Feb. 15, Kugler Mill, motor vehicle accident Feb. 15, Galbraith, medical emergency Feb. 15, Myrtlewood, medical emergency Feb. 15, Miami Hills, medical emergency Feb. 16, Theodore, wires down Feb. 16, Galbraith, fall Feb. 16, Northcreek, medical emergency Feb. 16, Autumnwood, medical emergency Feb. 16, Hosbrook, medical emergency Feb. 16, Kenwood, fall Feb. 16, Galbraith, medical emer-

gency Feb. 17, Kemper, assault Feb. 17, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Feb. 17, Second, medical emergency Feb. 17, Montgomery, medical emergency Feb. 17, First, no patient contact Feb. 17, Keller, medical emergency Feb. 17, Montgomery, alarm activation Feb. 17, Sturbridge, open burn Feb. 17, Clark, alarm activation Feb. 17, Creek, alarm activation Feb. 17, Snider, gas leak Feb. 17, Creek, alarm activation Feb. 17, Kenwood, alarm activation Feb. 17, Executive Park, structure fire Feb. 18, 275 @ Montgomery, fall Feb. 18, Glenover, medical emergency Feb. 18, Plainfield, fall Feb. 18, Galbraith, medical emergency Feb. 18, Montgomery, fall Feb. 19, Reading, medical emergency Feb. 19, Kenwood @ Galbraith, motor vehicle accident Feb. 19, Wicklow, fall Feb. 19, Montgomery, garbage can fire Feb. 20, Wicklow, CO alarm Feb. 20, Spring Park, structure fire Feb. 20, Montgomery, alarm activation Feb. 20, Montgomery, alarm activation Feb. 20, Glengary, medical emergency Feb. 20, Mantell, medical emergency

Feb. 20, Montgomery, fall Feb. 20, Montgomery, medical emergency Feb. 20, Pine, medical emergency Feb. 20, Shagbark, fall Feb. 20, Montgomery, medical emergency Feb. 20, Lynnfield, medical emergency Feb. 20, Third, no patient contact Feb. 21, Kemper, alarm activation Feb. 21, Mayveiw Forest, structure fire Feb. 21, Reading, alarm activation Feb. 21, S 71, cancelled call Feb. 21, Montgomery, vehicle fire Feb. 21, Belfast, medical emergency Feb. 21, Dearwester, medical emergency Feb. 21, Northcreek, medical emergency Feb. 21, Montgomery, medical emergency Feb. 21, Donna, medical emergency Feb. 21, Darnell, good intent Feb. 21, Pfeiffer @ 71, no patient contact Feb. 21, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Feb. 21, Dearwester, medical emergency Feb. 21, Park, medical emergency Feb. 22, Luxottica, structure fire Feb. 22, Dearwester, medical emergency Feb. 22, Glenover, medical emergency Feb. 22, Styrax, medical emergency Feb. 22, Pine, medical emergency Feb. 22, Sturbridge, medical emergency

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Feb. 23, Kenwood, alarm activation Feb. 23, Conrey, medical emergency Feb. 23, Belfast, medical emergency Feb. 23, Montgomery, medical emergency Feb. 23, Galbraith, medical emergency Feb. 23, Keller, medical emergency Feb. 23, Larchview,, lift assist Feb. 24, Donegal, alarm activation Feb. 24, Cornell, alarm activation Feb. 24, McKinley, alarm activation Feb. 24, Montgomery, alarm activation Feb. 24, Arborcreek, alarm activation Feb. 24, Galbraith, medical emergency Feb. 24, Galbraith, no patient contact Feb. 24, Kenwood, medical emergency Feb. 24, Galbraith, medical emergency Feb. 24, Ronald Reagan, motor vehicle accident Feb. 24, Galbraith, medical emergency Feb. 24, Dearwester, medical emergency Feb. 24, Galbraith, medical emergency Feb. 25, Daffodil, medical emergency Feb. 25, Kenwood, fall Feb. 26, Kugler Mill, smoke scare Feb. 26, Snider, structure fire Feb. 26, Glendale Milford, structure fire Feb. 26, Montgomery, good intent Feb. 26, Eldora, medical emergency Feb. 26, Kenwood, medical emergency Feb. 26, Dearwester, fall Feb. 26, Festive, no patient contact Feb. 26, Plainfield, medical emergency Feb. 26, Montgomery, medical emergency Feb. 26, Kemper, motor vehicle accident Feb. 27, Dearwester, fall Feb. 27, Lynnfield, medical emergency Feb. 27, Stiegler, fall Feb. 27, Kugler Mill, medical emergency Feb. 27, Fieldsted, medical emergency Feb. 27, Dearwester, fall Feb. 27, Barrington, medical emergency Feb. 28, Bayberry, wires down Feb. 28, Avant, alarm activation Feb. 28, Terwilligers Valley, structure fire Feb. 28, Montgomery, cancelled call Feb. 28, Cornell, cancelled call Feb. 28, Cornell, cancelled call Feb. 28, Dearwester, medical emergency Feb. 28, Montgomery, medical emergency Feb. 28, Trotter's Chase, fall Feb. 28, First, medical emergency Feb. 28, Northlake, medical emergency March 1, Cornell, structure fire March 1, Mulberry, structure fire March 1, Dearwester, medical emergency March 1, Galbraith, good intent March 1, Dearwester, medical emergency March 1, Montgomery, medical emergency March 1, Brookgreen, good intent March 1, Montgomery, medical emergency March 1, Reed Hartman, medical emergency March 1, Reed Hartman, medical emergency March 1, Northlake, medical emergency March 2, Beech, medical emergency March 2, Northcreek, medical emergency March 2, Chetbert, medical emergency March 3, Elmcrest, gas leak March 3, Montgomery, alarm activa-

tion March 3, Applewood, fall March 3, Montgomery, fall March 3, Dearwester, fall March 3, Galbraith, medical emergency March 3, Merrymaker, medical emergency March 3, Cooper, medical emergency March 3, Galbraith, medical emergency March 3, Dearwester, medical emergency March 3, Kugler Mill, medical emergency March 3, Wexford, medical emergency March 3, Dearwester, medical emergency March 3, Montgomery, medical emergency March 4, Montgomery, smoke scare March 4, Montgomery, alarm activation March 4, Glengary, public assistance March 4, Somerset, good intent March 5, Montgomery, alarm activation March 5, Silvercrest, wires down March 5, Longford, medical emergency March 5, Galbraith, fall March 5, West, alarm activation March 5, Montgomery, alarm activation March 5, Chancery, medical emergency March 5, Montgomery, medical emergency March 6, Towne Commons Way, structure fire March 6, Wetherfield, lift assist March 6, Montgomery, fall March 6, Longford, medical emergency March 6, Britesilks, medical emergency March 6, Montgomery, medical emergency March 6, Limrick, medical emergency March 7, Montgomery, alarm activation March 7, Jefferson, structure fire March 7, Ashfield, alarm activation March 7, Cornell, alarm activation March 7, Reed Hartman, medical emergency March 7, Galbraith, medical emergency March 7, Mantel, fall March 7, St. Clair, medical emergency March 7, Montgomery, medical emergency March 8, Deerfield, structure fire March 8, Cross County @ Kenwood, vehicle fire March 8, Blue Ash, open burn March 8, Solzman, open burn March 8, Reed Hartman, fall March 8, Dearwester, medical emergency March 8, Montgomery, medical emergency March 9, Pond Woods, structure fire March 9, Chester, structure fire March 9, Reed Hartman, medical emergency March 9, Dearwester, fall March 9, Reed Hartman, fall March 9, Shadetree, fall March 9, Montgomery, medical emergency March 9, Northcreek, medical emergency March 9, Reading, medical emergency March 9, Cooper, medical emergency March 10, Montgomery, alarm activation March 10, Mayview Forest, structure fire March 10, Second, medical emergency March 10, Sturbridge, medical emergency March 10, Mantel, medical emergency March 10, Autumnwood, medical emergency March 10, Chaucer, no patient contact March 10, Reading, medical emergency March 10, Keller, medical emergency March 11, Montgomery, alarm activation March 11, 71 N, motor vehicle accident March 11, Plainfield, lift assist March 11, Galbraith, fall March 11, St Clair, medical emergency March 12, Reed Hartman, medical

About Fire, EMS reports

The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 489-1212 (North Station) and 792-8565 (South station). emergency March 12, Hetz, fall March 12, Kenwood, medical emergency March 12, Reading, fall March 12, Plainfield @ Galbraith, medical emergency March 12, Dearwester, medical emergency March 12, Dearwester, fall March 12, Reed Hartman, medical emergency March 13, Montgomery, alarm activation March 13, Pembrook, structure fire March 13, Ellmarie, smoke scare March 13, Chaucer, medical emergency March 13, Kenwood, lift assist March 13, Galbraith, medical emergency March 13, Dearwester Choking March 13, Montgomery, medical emergency March 13, Galbraith, medical emergency March 14, Goldcoast, fall March 14, Harrison, medical emergency March 14, Chaucer, medical emergency March 15, Kenwood, cooking fire March 15, Yakima, smoke scare March 15, Reed Hartman, medical emergency March 15, Galbraith, fall March 15, Glenover, medical emergency March 15, Galbraith, medical emergency March 15, Galbraith, medical emergency March 15, Trebor, fall March 15, St, Clair, medical emergency March 15, Reed Hartman, medical emergency March 16, Fawick, alarm activation March 16, Village, medical emergency March 16, Galbraith, medical emergency March 16, Chetbert, medical emergency March 16, Montgomery, medical emergency March 17, Pine @ Sycamore, wires down March 17, Miami @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident March 17, Montgomery, no patient contact March 17, Northlake, medical emergency March 17, Kemper @ Solzman, medical emergency March 17, Galbraith, fall March 17, Belfast, medical emergency March 17, Wicklow, no patient contact March 17, Dearwester, medical emergency March 17, 71 @ Kenwood, motor vehicle accident March 17, Wexford, medical emergency March 17, Quailhollow, medical emergency March 18, Blue Ash, medical emergency March 18, Langhorst, medical emergency March 18, Keller, medical emergency March 18, Montgomery, medical emergency March 18, Crystal, medical emergency March 18, Donegal, medical emergency March 18, School, medical emergency March 19, 71 @ 12.0, motor vehicle accident March 19, Plainfield, lift assist March 19, Galbraith, fall March 19, Kenwood, medical emergency March 19, Reed Hartman, medical emergency March 19, Monroe, medical emergency

$4 million a year spent by state on litter pick-up

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Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation is forced to spend $4 million on litter pick-up ... a preventable problem. That money could be used to install 323 culverts, pave 40 miles of a two-lane road, install 340 miles of guardrail, or purchase 28 snowplow trucks. “While potholes remain a priority this time of year, our crews must also focus on litter pick-up before the mowing season begins,” ODOT Director Jerry Wray said. Statewide last year, ODOT spent $4.4 million

and 206,221 hours picking up 392,305 bags of trash. Each March, ODOT organizes cleanup events around the state as part of the annual Great American Cleanup. In Ohio, hundreds of volunteers made up of citizens, neighborhood groups, businesses, and organizations take to Ohio’s roadways to pick up thousands of bags of recyclables, litter, and debris. “Gathering together to pick up litter along roadways gives Ohioans cleaner and safer roadways, helps to foster pride in communi-

ties, and positively affects healthy economic development,” said Director Wray. ODOT’s more than 1,400 Adopt-A-Highway groups – at least one in each of Ohio’s 88 counties – clean a two-mile section, or interchange, a minimum of four times a year for two years. On average each year, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash, saving the Department $280,000. Groups wanting to adopt a section of highway or an interchange can apply at:

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Initial U.S. Approval: 2006 BRIEF SUMMARY OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION – Please see package insert for full prescribing information. INDICATIONS AND USAGE Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Amitiza ® is indicated for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation in adults. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Amitiza is indicated for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women ≥ 18 years old. DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Amitiza should be taken twice daily orally with food and water. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation 24 mcg twice daily orally with food and water. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation 8 mcg twice daily orally with food and water. DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS Amitiza is available as an oval, gelatin capsule containing 8 mcg or 24 mcg of lubiprostone. • 8-mcg capsules are pink and are printed with “SPI” on one side • 24-mcg capsules are orange and are printed with “SPI” on one side CONTRAINDICATIONS Amitiza is contraindicated in patients with known or suspected mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction. WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS Pregnancy The safety of Amitiza in pregnancy has not been evaluated in humans. In guinea pigs, lubiprostone has been shown to have the potential to cause fetal loss. Amitiza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Women who could become pregnant should have a negative pregnancy test prior to beginning therapy with Amitiza and should be capable of complying with effective contraceptive measures. See Use in Specific Populations (8.1). Nausea Patients taking Amitiza may experience nausea. If this occurs, concomitant administration of food with Amitiza may reduce symptoms of nausea. See Adverse Reactions (6.1). Diarrhea Amitiza should not be prescribed to patients that have severe diarrhea. Patients should be aware of the possible occurrence of diarrhea during treatment. Patients should be instructed to inform their physician if severe diarrhea occurs. See Adverse Reactions (6.1). Dyspnea In clinical trials conducted to study Amitiza in treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation and IBS-C there were reports of dyspnea. This was reported at 2.5% of the treated chronic idiopathic constipation population and at 0.4% in the treated IBS-C population. Although not classified as serious adverse events, some patients discontinued treatment on study because of this event. There have been postmarketing reports of dyspnea when using Amitiza 24 mcg. Most have not been characterized as serious adverse events, but some patients have discontinued therapy because of dyspnea. These events have usually been described as a sensation of chest tightness and difficulty taking in a breath, and generally have an acute onset within 30–60 minutes after taking the first dose. They generally resolve within a few hours after taking the dose, but recurrence has been frequently reported with subsequent doses. Bowel Obstruction In patients with symptoms suggestive of mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction, the treating physician should perform a thorough evaluation to confirm the absence of such an obstruction prior to initiating therapy with Amitiza. ADVERSE REACTIONS Clinical Studies Experience Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Adverse reactions in dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term clinical studies: The data described below reflect exposure to Amitiza in 1175 patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (29 at 24 mcg once daily, 1113 at 24 mcg twice daily, and 33 at 24 mcg three times daily) over 3- or 4-week, 6-month, and 12-month treatment periods; and from 316 patients receiving placebo over short-term exposure (≤ 4 weeks). The total population (N = 1491) had a mean age of 49.7 (range 19–86) years; was 87.1% female; 84.8% Caucasian, 8.5% African American, 5.0% Hispanic, 0.9% Asian; and 15.5% elderly (≥ 65 years of age). Table 1 presents data for the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily and that occurred more frequently with study drug than placebo. In addition, corresponding adverse reaction incidence rates in patients receiving Amitiza 24 mcg once daily is shown. Table 1: Percent of Patients with Adverse Reactions (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation) Placebo System/Adverse Reaction1

Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea Diarrhea Abdominal pain Abdominal distension Flatulence Vomiting Loose stools Abdominal discomfort2 Dyspepsia Dry mouth Stomach discomfort Nervous system disorders Headache Dizziness General disorders and site administration conditions Edema Fatigue Chest discomfort/pain Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders Dyspnea

N = 316 %

Amitiza 24 mcg Once Daily N = 29 %

Amitiza 24 mcg Twice Daily N = 1113 %

3 <1 3 2 2 <1 <1 <1 <1

17 7 3 3 3 -

29 12 8 6 6 3 3 2 2 1 1

5 <1

3 3

11 3

<1 <1 -


3 2 2




Includes only those events associated with treatment (possibly, probably, or definitely related, as assessed by the investigator). 2 This term combines “abdominal tenderness,” “abdominal rigidity,” “gastrointestinal discomfort,” and “abdominal discomfort.”


Nausea: Approximately 29% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily experienced an adverse reaction of nausea; 4% of patients had severe nausea while 9% of patients discontinued treatment due to nausea. The rate of nausea associated with Amitiza (any dosage) was substantially lower among male (7%) and elderly patients (18%). Further analysis of the safety data revealed that long-term exposure to Amitiza does not appear to place patients at an elevated risk for experiencing nausea. The incidence of nausea increased in a dose-dependent manner with the lowest overall incidence for nausea reported at the 24 mcg once daily dosage (17%). In open-labeled, long-term studies, patients were allowed to adjust the dosage of Amitiza down to 24 mcg once daily from 24 mcg twice daily if experiencing nausea. Nausea decreased when Amitiza was administered with food. No patients in the clinical studies were hospitalized due to nausea. CE-0000456793


Diarrhea: Approximately 12% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily experienced an adverse reaction of diarrhea; 2% of patients had severe diarrhea while 2% of patients discontinued treatment due to diarrhea. Electrolytes: No serious adverse reactions of electrolyte imbalance were reported in clinical studies, and no clinically significant changes were seen in serum electrolyte levels in patients receiving Amitiza. Less common adverse reactions: The following adverse reactions (assessed by investigator as probably or definitely related to treatment) occurred in less than 1% of patients receiving Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily in clinical studies, occurred in at least two patients, and occurred more frequently in patients receiving study drug than those receiving placebo: fecal incontinence, muscle cramp, defecation urgency, frequent bowel movements, hyperhidrosis, pharyngolaryngeal pain, intestinal functional disorder, anxiety, cold sweat, constipation, cough, dysgeusia, eructation, influenza, joint swelling, myalgia, pain, syncope, tremor, decreased appetite. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Adverse reactions in dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term clinical studies: The data described below reflect exposure to Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily in 1011 patients with IBS-C for up to 12 months and from 435 patients receiving placebo twice daily for up to 16 weeks. The total population (N = 1267) had a mean age of 46.5 (range 18–85) years; was 91.6% female; 77.5% Caucasian, 12.9% African American, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.4% Asian; and 8.0% elderly (≥ 65 years of age). Table 2 presents data for the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of patients who received Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily and that occurred more frequently with study drug than placebo. Table 2: Percent of Patients with Adverse Reactions (IBS-C Studies)

N = 435 %

Amitiza 8 mcg Twice Daily N = 1011 %

4 4 5 2

8 7 5 3

Placebo System/Adverse Reaction


Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea Diarrhea Abdominal pain Abdominal distension

Includes only those events associated with treatment (possibly or probably related, as assessed by the investigator). Less common adverse reactions: The following adverse reactions (assessed by investigator as probably related to treatment) occurred in less than 1% of patients receiving Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily in clinical studies, occurred in at least two patients, and occurred more frequently in patients receiving study drug than those receiving placebo: dyspepsia, loose stools, vomiting, fatigue, dry mouth, edema, increased alanine aminotransferase, increased aspartate aminotransferase, constipation, eructation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, dyspnea, erythema, gastritis, increased weight, palpitations, urinary tract infection, anorexia, anxiety, depression, fecal incontinence, fibromyalgia, hard feces, lethargy, rectal hemorrhage, pollakiuria. One open-labeled, long-term clinical study was conducted in patients with IBS-C receiving Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily. This study comprised 476 intent-to-treat patients (mean age 47.5 [range 21– 82] years; 93.5% female; 79.2% Caucasian, 11.6% African American, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.2% Asian; 7.8% ≥ 65 years of age) who were treated for an additional 36 weeks following an initial 12–16-week, double-blinded treatment period. The adverse reactions that were reported during this study were similar to those observed in the two double-blinded, controlled studies. Postmarketing Experience The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of Amitiza 24 mcg for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. Voluntary reports of adverse reactions occurring with the use of Amitiza include the following: syncope, allergic-type reactions (including rash, swelling, and throat tightness), malaise, increased heart rate, muscle cramps or muscle spasms, rash, and asthenia. DRUG INTERACTIONS Based upon the results of in vitro human microsome studies, there is low likelihood of drug–drug interactions. In vitro studies using human liver microsomes indicate that cytochrome P450 isoenzymes are not involved in the metabolism of lubiprostone. Further in vitro studies indicate microsomal carbonyl reductase may be involved in the extensive biotransformation of lubiprostone to the metabolite M3 (See Pharmacokinetics [12.3].). Additionally, in vitro studies in human liver microsomes demonstrate that lubiprostone does not inhibit cytochrome P450 isoforms 3A4, 2D6, 1A2, 2A6, 2B6, 2C9, 2C19, or 2E1, and in vitro studies of primary cultures of human hepatocytes show no induction of cytochrome P450 isoforms 1A2, 2B6, 2C9, and 3A4 by lubiprostone. No drug–drug interaction studies have been performed. Based on the available information, no protein binding–mediated drug interactions of clinical significance are anticipated. USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS Pregnancy Teratogenic effects: Pregnancy Category C. [See Warnings and Precautions (5.1).] Teratology studies with lubiprostone have been conducted in rats at oral doses up to 2000 mcg/kg/day (approximately 332 times the recommended human dose, based on body surface area), and in rabbits at oral doses of up to 100 mcg/kg/day (approximately 33 times the recommended human dose, based on body surface area). Lubiprostone was not teratogenic in rats or rabbits. In guinea pigs, lubiprostone caused fetal loss at repeated doses of 10 and 25 mcg/kg/day (approximately 2 and 6 times the highest recommended human dose, respectively, based on body surface area) administered on days 40 to 53 of gestation. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. However, during clinical testing of Amitiza, six women became pregnant. Per protocol, Amitiza was discontinued upon pregnancy detection. Four of the six women delivered healthy babies. The fifth woman was monitored for 1 month following discontinuation of study drug, at which time the pregnancy was progressing as expected; the patient was subsequently lost to follow-up. The sixth pregnancy was electively terminated. Amitiza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. If a woman is or becomes pregnant while taking the drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Nursing Mothers It is not known whether lubiprostone is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from lubiprostone, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. Pediatric Use Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been studied. Geriatric Use Chronic Idiopathic Constipation The efficacy of Amitiza in the elderly (≥ 65 years of age) subpopulation was consistent with the efficacy in the overall study population. Of the total number of constipated patients treated in the dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term studies of Amitiza, 15.5% were ≥ 65 years of age, and 4.2% were ≥ 75 years of age. Elderly patients taking Amitiza (any dosage) experienced a lower incidence rate of associated nausea compared to the overall study population taking Amitiza (18% vs. 29%, respectively). Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation The safety profile of Amitiza in the elderly (≥ 65 years of age) subpopulation (8.0% were ≥ 65 years of age and 1.8% were ≥ 75 years of age) was consistent with the safety profile in the overall study population. Clinical studies of Amitiza did not include sufficient numbers of patients aged 65 years and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients. Renal Impairment Amitiza has not been studied in patients who have renal impairment. 1


Hepatic Impairment Amitiza has not been studied in patients who have hepatic impairment. OVERDOSAGE There have been two confirmed reports of overdosage with Amitiza. The first report involved a 3-year-old child who accidentally ingested 7 or 8 capsules of 24 mcg of Amitiza and fully recovered. The second report was a study patient who self-administered a total of 96 mcg of Amitiza per day for 8 days. The patient experienced no adverse reactions during this time. Additionally, in a Phase 1 cardiac repolarization study, 38 of 51 patients given a single oral dose of 144 mcg of Amitiza (6 times the highest recommended dose) experienced an adverse event that was at least possibly related to the study drug. Adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of these patients included the following: nausea (45%), diarrhea (35%), vomiting (27%), dizziness (14%), headache (12%), abdominal pain (8%), flushing/hot flash (8%), retching (8%), dyspnea (4%), pallor (4%), stomach discomfort (4%), anorexia (2%), asthenia (2%), chest discomfort (2%), dry mouth (2%), hyperhidrosis (2%), and syncope (2%). PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION Dosing Instructions Amitiza should be taken twice daily with food and water to reduce potential symptoms of nausea. The capsule should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening daily as prescribed. The capsule should be swallowed whole and should not be broken apart or chewed. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy. Patients on treatment who experience severe nausea, diarrhea, or dyspnea should inform their physician. Patients taking Amitiza may experience dyspnea within an hour of the first dose. This symptom generally resolves within 3 hours, but may recur with repeat dosing. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Patients should take a single 24 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Patients should take a single 8 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water. Marketed by: Sucampo Pharma Americas, Inc., Bethesda, MD 20814 and Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Deerfield, IL 60015 Amitiza® is a registered trademark of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. AMT0509-R1/brf L-LUB-0509-8


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