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Residents get educated on JEDZ Meetings explain May 7 ballot issue By Leah Fightmaster

Sycamore Township is trying to close a budget deficit. Residents attended a meeting April 17 at the township administration building, 8540 Kenwood Road, to learn more about the three issues on the May 7 ballot they’ll be voting on. Issues 5, 6, and 7 each are for one of three joint economic development zones, or JEDZ, in-

cluding two in Kenwood. A vote “yes” approves each JEDZ. A joint economic development zone is a mutual agreement between the township and a city or village in which businesses and employees within the zone are charged an earnings tax that the municipality collects. Sycamore is setting up three zones – east, central and southwest – and set the earnings tax rate at .75 percent. Madeira is the partner for the east and central zones, while Amberley Village has the southwest zone. Sycamore Township’s zones will use some notable borders.

The Kenwood business area east of Interstate 71 that borders Madeira is the east zone, the area between I-71 and Kenwood Road is the central zone and the southwest zone is located along Montgomery Road, west of Kenwood Road. Board of Trustees President Tom Weidman, who presented the information at the meeting to residents, said that to close the budget deficit caused by lower property values, the loss of estate tax and less funding from the state, the two options were to create the JEDZ or pass a continuing property tax levy.

Weidman said that to replace the money lost from 2011’s general fund amounts, a levy worth about 9.375 mills would have to be approved by voters. In Sycamore Township, one mill per $100,000 is worth $262, he said. Although other townships have similar agreements, they operate as joint economic development districts. All property owners within the JEDDs are subject to the tax, while only commercial properties and employees have to pay in a JEDZ, Weidman said. Madeira and Amberley Village will collect the additional

taxes from the earnings of employees and businesses, then immediately take 3 percent of that to cover collection costs. Then the rest is distributed 90 percent to Sycamore Township and10 percent to either Madeira or Amberley Village. Township residents who work in a JEDZ, however, have the opportunity to get their taxes back. They can request their taxes back from the township’s community improvement corporation, or CIC. Residents of other townships or municipalities can’t get their See JEDZ, Page A2

Indian Hill on track with 5K By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill is once again ready to Conquer the Hill. Conquer the Hill is the Indian Hill Public Schools Foundation’s annual 5K Run/Walk. The event will start 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the high school, 6865 Drake Road. Day of race registration will begin at 7 a.m. “It’s a promotion of health,” said Jon Perry, physical education teacher at Indian Hill High Perry School. “We’re promoting it for our parents, students, faculty, community and alumni.” This is the second annual run, and Ellen Hughes, health and physical education teacher at the high school, said more food and sponsor vendors have been added. “The after-party has (also) been ramped up,” said Hughes.

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The after-party follows the run and includes food, beverages and activities for kids. Musical entertainment is also planned. Last year’s event was pretty successful despite the weather and that it was the first one, said Hughes. “Hopefully, with nice weather we’ll double the number of participants.” Perry said the younger students are being encouraged to run with their parents. Although, he said with younger children, the time isn’t what is being stressed. The goal (is) to just complete it,” he said. Those registering prior to Friday, April 19, are guaranteed a T-shirt. To register, visit the website For additional information and costs, visit the website


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Richard Tufnell, right, is a resident of France and master mason supervising the new retaining wall construction at Hopewell Cemetery in Montgomery. Here, he works to install stone with Rick Dufresne, left, of Greystone by Mark Anderson, Friday, April 12. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Cemetery getting facelift along Montgomery Road New stone retaining wall to replace decaying wood By Jason Hoffman

MONTGOMERY — Hopewell Cemetery’s wall facing Montgomery Road needed to be replaced, and the Montgomery officials reached across the Atlantic Ocean to find their man for the job.



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Richard Tufnell, a French citizen and master mason, was contracted to come to the United States and oversee the installation of the rock retaining wall. Tufnell has worked a lot of projects in the US since first coming stateside in 1998 for a project in central Kentucky. “Dry-stone architecture is making a revival in the U.S.,” Tufnell said. “It’s a key element of modern landscaping and architectural and archaeological preservation.” A lot of building in the U.S.

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were built similar to what’s in Europe, Tufnell said, but the U.S. has catching up to do in the landscaping department. “The landscape element of road construction here in the U.S. is only about 2 percent, but it’s near 12 percent in Europe,” Tufnell said. “If engineers in America save money on landscaping, they get congratulated – in Europe they would get (fired if they don’t spend all the money on landscaping).” See CEMETERY, Page A2 Vol. 50 No. 7 © 2013 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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yearly event. Parade entry applications are found online at Residents, neighborhood associations and local businesses are invited to be a part of Montgomery’s July 4 celebration, a day filled with patriotism, community pride and memories that will last a lifetime. Applications for parade entries are due no later than Thursday, June 20. Parade entries will assemble at designated locations on Cooper Road beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the official parade kick-off starting at 10 a.m. The parade route runs east along Cooper Road from the Junior High to

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Montgomery Road and then north to Schoolhouse Lane. The parade announcer will be situated near the Bell Tower in the Heritage District. Family-fun units and

characters have been added to the line-up of this year’s parade while plenty of tradition continues into the lineup of floats, flags, candy, and handwaving participants to

make for an entertaining start to a full day of celebrating. Parade winners will be announced at the July 4 Festival in Montgomery Park at noon. Award categories for this year’s parade include: » best patriotic spirit; » best montgomery spirit; » best musical entry; » best float; » best overall. Winners receive a large red, white and blue ribbon, a framed certificate and their name listed in the Montgomery Bulletin. Parade entry applications are found online at More information is available by calling 891-2424.

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Montgomery reached out to Tufnell because of his dry-stone work and city officials’ desire to give the wall a historic appeal. “Rather than making repairs to the existing retaining wall we made a decision to replace it with a natural stone wall that is consistent with the era of Hopewell Cemetery which was founded in1803,” said Brian Riblet, public works director. When finished, the project will cost about $13,500, Riblet said.



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ACE Toastmasters Club of Cincinnati will host a free public speaking learning laboratory, 6 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Seasons Retirement Community, lower level conference room, 7300 Dearwester Drive, Kenwood. For more information, contact Janet Kassalen, 513-899-9811 or Billien McCowan 513-300-4821.

Seven Hills Toastmasters host open house

Seven Hills Toastmasters will host at open house, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Blue Ash Library, 4911 Cooper Road.

Guest speakers are Steve Ahrenholz and ShuRhonda Bradley. The theme is “Toastmasters, Where Dreams Come True.” The community is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Janet at 513-8999811.

Sycamore students ‘Keepin’ it Classy’ at prom

Sycamore High School students will be “Keepin’ it Classy” Saturday, April 27, as they enjoy Prom 2013 from 9 p.m. until midnight at the Savannah Center, 5533 Chappell Crossing Blvd. “The junior class student council representa-

tives have been working hard and we expect it to be a great night,” said Jenna Hovis-Choi, Sycamore High School teacher. Prom tickets are available for purchase this week at Sycamore High School and are $35 for one and $60 for two. Students must also bring identification and arrive before the doors close at 10:30 p.m. The evening will continue at the PTO-sponsored After Prom, “Party in Paris,” at the high school, 7400 Cornell Road, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. The event will feature a hypnotist, casino games, food, photos and more. “Party in Paris” tickets are also available at SHS from April 23-26 for $20 per person.

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taxes back. Because of reciprocity, most employees won’t see an increase in their taxes. Instead of 100 percent of their taxes going to the municipality they live in, employees’ taxes will be split 75 percent to Sycamore and 25 percent to their residential government. Residents of Indian Hill, Forest Park, Wyoming, Silverton and Amberley Village, however, who work in a JEDZ area will see an increase in their earnings taxes, Weidman said. “Kenwood is where people want to be, and as long as it stays where peo-

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each JEDZ contract prevents a partner from annexation during the agreement. If township residents approve any or all of the JEDZ, collection of those taxes could begin Oct. 1 of this year. Each contract, which Madeira and Amberley Village approved, is for 40 years, with the opportunity to renew three times for 10 years each, Weidman said. Residents could expect visitors at their door to discuss the JEDZ before the May 7 election. Although there’s an organized effort for the JEDZ issues, Weidman said he didn’t know of an organized group opposing them.

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New school cameras coming a company that has worked with the district before. The project will cost taxpayers

By Forrest Sellers

Updated security cameras will be installed at all of the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District schools. The Indian Hill Board of Education approved a districtwide video surveillance project during its April meeting. The cameras will be installed by Forward Edge,


$211,973. “This is part of (our) overall capital plan,” said Superintendent Mark Miles. “Safety remains a

priority.” Miles said the new video surveillance system will be a “wonderful enhancement” to security measures already implemented by the schools. The new system will provide “sophisticated functionality,” according to district director of technology Arline Pique, who evaluated the current system and made recommendations.

Treasurer Julia Toth said the district had also received feedback from the Indian Hill Rangers. Pique said both internal and external cameras will be installed at the schools. Pique said additional internal cameras will be installed at the elementary school including hallway and stairwell cameras. Hallway and stairwell cameras will be add-

ed at the high school as well. Pique said the middle school cameras will be replaced and that cameras will be added to the primary school. She said the cameras will be monitored by district personnel and that the video can be maintained for 30 days. She said the video will also be archived and Web accessible.

Group serves a helping of Aglamesis By Jeanne Houck

Leading up to Easter, you can bet the folks at Aglamesis Brothers were busy whipping up raspberry creams, fruit-flavored jelly beans and, new this year, “muddy chicks” – marshmallow Peeps splashed with milk chocolate. But come Sunday, April 21, James Aglamesis discussed the business’ early years and Dianne Aglamesis Lytle its current state of affairs at a dinner hosted by the Indian Hill Historical Society at The Little Red Schoolhouse on Given Road. “Each year we like to feature one of the families who have deep roots in the village and shaped the community in some way,” said Susan Holzapfel, a member of the historical society’s board of trustees. “The Aglamesis family is one which has been very generous in their support of the Historical

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Society. “It is a delight to be able to share their history with our members,” Holzapfel said. Clark Sole, another member of the Historical Society’s board of trustees, agreed. “Since the Indian Hill

Historical Society mission is ‘Keeping Indian Hill’s past and present alive for the future,’ the Aglamesis family is a part of the Indian Hill village history due to their fine and popular business,” Sole said. According to the Agla-

Suspect escapes after attempting to rob Symmes restaurant

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted robbery in Symmes Township April 13. A male employee at Fricker’s Restaurant, 8850 Governors Hill Drive, unlocked the front door of the restaurant at about 2:45 a.m. to walk a female coworker to her car. A man armed with a shotgun forced them both back into the entryway of the restaurant. Other employees inside saw the incident and began to scream, causing the suspect to run off toward the east, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. No shots were fired and no one was reported injured, but the suspect escaped. The sheriff’s K9 unit attempted to track the suspect, but was unsuccessful. He was described as a black male, about 5-foot-8 or 5foot-9, about 180 pounds and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with a zipper, blue jeans and carrying a bag, according to the release. Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Butler said two men suspected to be connected to the

incident were arrested in Union Township during the weekend for robbing a Golden Corral. Neither were charged with the Symmes Township attempted robbery as of Tuesday, but Butler said the two incidents were unrelated.He add-

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The surveillance project was unanimously approved by the school board. The board also approved a bid for installing a chiller unit at the primary school. The total cost to taxpayers will be $108,400 and include the cost of the unit and the installation of underground piping.

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Program offers new direction for students Students say it could be better, but degree is what really matters

By Jason Hoffman

BLUE ASH — The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash is offering a second chance at a new career for students, but building a new program from the ground up doesn’t come without its bumps in the road. At UCBA, students with associate’s degrees can now merge their past experience with a new applied administration degree, aimed at getting students with technical back-

grounds the skills and degree necessary to move into supervisory and administrative jobs. From the start, finding qualified students hasn’t been a problem. Cheryl Worrell of Forest Park took being laid off differently than you might expect. Instead of pining about her situation, she decided to take on a new challenge and move into a new career path. “I heard UC Blue Ash was offering this program, and I wanted to take advantage of the opportu-

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Marlo Brandon, far left, Matt Scheer, left, professor Michele Kegley, right, and Cheryl Worrell, far right, discuss case studies for an applied administration course at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Kegley, who worked at other community colleges before accepting the position at UCBA, said often times the only thing holding great students back professionally is a lack of a four-year degree. With the program being in its infancy, one student says it truly feels like a work in progress. “I know we’re the guinea pigs for this program,” said Matt Scheer of Clifton. “I don’t feel like we’re getting the most valuable experience because there is not enough evaluation going on.” The students have been able to provide feedback to courses, but it’s only the students that follow this first class will benefit, Scheer said. He admits no-

summer and fall will have the opportunity to co-op at places like Procter & Gamble, so it will be better for them.” Worrell’s goal is to create a new career path, merging multicultural and diversity efficiency with communications and human resources, and she already knows where she wants to work. “I really want to get a position here at UC Blue Ash,” Worrell said. “P&G would also be a great opportunity, but I know I have a lot to offer wherever I end up working.”

body in the first class really expected everything to be perfect, and that getting a degree is really all that matters since most employers want to see that piece of paper listed on an application. Scheer works as a graphic designer in Clifton, and said he hopes the degree means he can move into a leadership and management position. Along with a lack of evaluation, students in the first class didn’t get the opportunity to work in internships or co-op endeavors while in school, but UCBA is changing that starting this summer. “For us, it’s too late in the game,” Worrell said. “But the students in the

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Farm is seeking veterans Internship program teaches new careers

By Rob Dowdy

Veterans returning from overseas who are considering a career as a farmer may want to contact Turner Farm. The farm is offering a paid internship to interested local veterans who don’t mind putting in the hard work it takes to work on a farm. Melinda O’Bryant, education director at Turner Farm, said the farm’s

veteran internship gives the former soldiers the chance to once again do meaningful work. “When they come back they don’t want to just do anything,” she said. Jason Henry, who did two tours in Iraq after joining the airborne infantry in 2002, has been an intern at Turner Farm since August 2011. Henry, 28, said he attempted other lines of work upon his return, and decided to try farming. He said he’s considered opening his own farm in the past, and his efforts at Turner have kept that spark alive. “I enjoy this work a

lot,” Henry said. He said working on the farm has allowed him to stay active and healthy, and he’s been able to enjoy the fruits of his labor, meaning he gets to eat some of the food he’s harvested over the past year. O’Bryant said Henry is one of the hardest workers on the farm and has grown “the best tasting tomatoes on the farm” during his time there. O’Bryant said Turner Farm is seeking veterans to continue its internship program. In order to be considered, veterans must have seen combat and be prepared to work on the farm in all weather

Jason Henry, 28, has been working at Turner Farm for a year as part of its internship program for veterans. The farm is seeking more interested veterans for the two-year program. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

conditions. The two-year intership is paid, and housing is available.

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Several arrests were made recently by Hamilton County Sheriff’s officers for thefts in Kenwood. Video surveillance caught Yvonna Gaston, 19, of Evanston, and Latisha Chenault, 21, of the West End, removing clothing in a suitcase from the Macy’s at Kenwood Towne Center, 7875 Montgomery Road last month. They were arrested two days later and charged with one count of theft each, according to court records. During the same week, Northside resident Nathanial Clark, 35, was caught on surveillance leaving the Cincinnati Bell Wireless store in Kenwood, 7675 Kenwood Road. He was arrested for one count of theft, as well as three counts of drug possession, according to court records. He was also wanted other offenses at the same store during the last eight months, as well as a Northern Kentucky location from the

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Class provides community service education By Forrest Sellers

Members of the cast of Ursuline Academy's production of "A Little Princess," from left: Michelle Browning '14 (College Hill) as Miss Amelia; Lauren Salem '14 (West Chester Township) as Miss Minchin; Ana Aguilar '14 (Loveland) as Sara Crewe and Katie Georgopoulos '14 (of Springfield Township) as Becky. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

‘Princess’ on stage at Ursuline Ursuline Academy presents its spring play, “A Little Princess,” April 26-April 28 in the school’s Besl Theatre. The play is being directed by Ursuline science teacher Dan Nieman and features Ursuline students and male actors from School for the Creative and Performing Arts and St. Xavier high schools. Tickets cost $5 for

URSULINE ACADEMY PRESENTS ‘A LITTLE PRINCESS’ » When: Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. » Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. » Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.

adults and $3 for students, and can be reserved/purchased by emailing or calling 513-791-5791 ext 1306.

Indian Hill High School students aren’t only learning about community service, they are putting it into action. This year service learning was incorporated into a leadership class at the school. “Service learning is a different way to teach the class,” said Wendy Silvius, who teaches the class and is also a community service coordinator at the school. “(This) involves actual volunteer work where the students are doing something meaningful and authentic. “(It’s) something that matters to them and makes the material more relevant.” The 11 students in the leadership and service learning class have volunteered at a number of different organizations ranging from the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center food pantry to Starfire, an organization which helps people with developmental disabilities. This community service helps the students meet learning goals in the class, Silvius said. Junior Rosie McCormick, of Kenwood, learned a lot can be accomplished even behind a desk. “There are lots of different ways to do service,” said McCormick, who helps with office work at the Arington Foundation, a Christian service organization. Junior Megan Bierer, of In-


The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2012-2013.

Honor Roll Seventh-grade – Sarah Abraham, Scott Allison, Thomas Anderson, Noa Atkins, Natasha (Tasha) Baker, Anne Baldwin, Emma Balk, Christopher Banzhaf, Andrea Bell, Benjamin Brynjulfson-Reardon, Mackenzie (Kinzie) Castile, Sanjana Chopra, Piante Crew, Emerson Day, Christopher (James) Dobrozsi, Grant Fisher, Allison Fredette, Jacob Grega, Brycen Gwyn, Kiley Hawkins, Sarah Holtz, Nadia Houssien, Samuel Ishida, Trevor Janssen, Jordan Johnson, Constance (Connie) Kavensky, Alexander Kourie, Nathan Kraft, Boyd (Brogan) Lake, William LaRoche, Jamin Luke, Morgan McAvoy, Julia McDowell, Hajime Minoguchi, David Moskowitz, Claire Myers; Frank Nakasako, Maggie Neumann, Kaitlyn Rasulis, Kelsey Reisert, Ethan Rice, Jacob (Jack) Rose, Hannah Rozenson, Kevin Russell, Janhavi Sahasrabudhe, Abigail Teegarden, Alexander Thornberry, Evan Timofeyev, Jacob Truitt, Jackson Trumpy, Katherine Wenzel and Bryce Winnestaffer. Eighth-grade – Lindsay Altemuehle, Abbey Baker, Victoria (Tori) Bell, Elsa Benson, Nathaniel Borchers, Tanner Brarens, Christopher Brown, Caroline Bruns, Macey Burke, Samantha Chacksfield, JiHo Choi, Kariel Cochran, Joshua Feld, Allison Flavin, Salvador Galarza Pedraza, Joshua Glynn, Candice Hansel, Jordan Hoffman, Lauren Hughes, Alexander Hull, Haseeb Ikram, Roneeka Johnson, Alison Keane, Caroline Kelly, Larson Kent, Nathan (Nate) Kisselle, Nicholas Klein, Rebecca Kohrman, Julia Kong, Kailey Krumer, Sydney Lang, Samuel Leach, Sara Lu, Elizabeth (Liz) Marcum, Hannah May, Alexandra (Lexi) Meckes, Adelaide (Addie) Michaels, Allison Miller, Jenna Moores, Jacob Mortensen; Richard Nardi, Joshua (Josh) Patterson, Sribinathi Podalakuru, Andrew Schrantz, Jacob Spiegel, Visshaal Suresh, Madeleine Sykes, Reed Thomas, Max Torem, Killian Torregrosa, Evan Weisser, Eric Yelmgren, Grant Young and Megan Zimmerman.

Principal Honor Roll Seventh-grade – Noah Abrahamson, Hadi Akbik, Nadia Alam, Nicholas Allen, Benjamin Armstrong, Sydney Bahr, Sophie Ballah, Kyle Ballman, Brecka Banner, Jenna Bao, Emma Basselman, Bryson Bates, Elizabeth (Lizzy) Belcher, Zachary Berger, Elayna Berry, Van Beyersdorfer, Elaine (Lainey) Bodenburg, Anne Brabender, Natalie Brinkman, Maximilian Bruggeman, Caroline Byers, Paula Cancelas Calvo, Bethany Carr, Manogya Chandar, Yi Chen, Ashwin Chidambaram, Emily Chien, Adhiti Chundur, Taylor Close, Eirean Mari E. Co, Sara Cohen, Michael Cooper, Benjamin Darpel, Rishav Dasgupta, Peter Dauenhauer, Maia Davidson, Marielle Davis, Meghan DiGiovanna, John Driscoll, Katherine Dunne, Audrey Dybvad; Elizabeth (Liz) Eilers, Sydney Evans, Stephen Fang, Jessica Fehr, Selena Feng, Thea Ferdinand, Lilah Foley, John Dean Folz, Hannah Foster, Dynnelle (Nellie) Frank, Robert Fredenburgh, Lily Freiberg, Dylan Fricke, Albert Fryman, Chad Galinari, Oliver Garrett, Sarah Gilmore, Shannon Glass, Avi Goldstein, Benjamin (Tate) Goodyear, Drew Gordon, Halle Gordon, Meredith Gottliebson, Meegan Gould, Alexis (Lexi) Grannen, Gustave Guckenberger, Yasmine Guedira, Prachi Gupta, Timothy Guth, Christina Hanisch, Charles Harte, Jacob Hasselbeck, Abigail Hausfeld, Byron Heist, Anna Helker, Peter Henderson, Ty Hendricks, Bennett Heyn, Jon (Logan) Hilsabeck, Stephanie Hong, Olivia Huculak, Luke Huffer, Abigail Hughes, Lea Huth; Matthew Isakson, Amanda Jensen, Kaitlyn Jiang, Raekwon Johnson, Kelsey Kandil, Mackenzie Kandil, Caroline Karbowski, Caroline Keeton, Christian Kelly, Samuel Kennedy, Nikhil Khatana, Nilesh Khatana, Emilie King, Michael Knoechel, Julia Kolnicki, Lalitha (Lavanya) Konda, Samuel Kroin, Cameron Kross, James Lane, Anna Larson, Jodie Lawson, Josey Leach, Hyoungjun (Sam) Lee, Hanna Leonard, Tyson Levy, Victor Lim, Garrett Lockwood, Hannah Long, Melinda Looney, Israel Lorenzana, Mitchell Louis; Ethan Main, Harsimran Makkad, Jasmine Male, Anne Marsh, Enrique Martin, Lily Martinson, Kara Maxfield, Megan McMullen, Kate McNamaraMarsland, Nicole McNamara-Mar-

sland, Ryan Meckes, Adam Meller, Alexa (Lexi) Melser, Zachary Milliken, Dominic Million, Shruti Mishra, Laura Morris, Jack Moskowitz, Marissa Myers, Meera Nadathur, Elizabeth Nartker, Alexander Newberg, Joshua Nickol, Anita Pan, William (bill) Park, Atit Pathak, Thamilini Pathmarajah, Alexandra (Alex) Patton, Azavieria (Nicole) Payne, Joseph Polasky, Nathan Powers; Sofia Ramos, Destinee Ramsey, Jacob Randall, Felicia Reamer, Emily Reddy, Quinn Rile, Gregory Rivin, Allison Ross, Alexander Roth, Alexander Rudich, Gina Rugari, Nour Sadek, Amanda Sadler, James Sam, Michael Samways, Jared Sandow, Kyle Schiell, Ryan Schiell, Kyle Schroeder, Rebecca (Becky) Schultz, Leah Schwartz, Nikhil Sekar, Youngseo Seo, Zachary Sheehan, Azadvir Singh, Trevor Size, Emma Smith, Sierra Smith, Max Snyder, Erik Stammes Sancho, Katherine Stautberg, Isabella Stevens, Lily Steward, Lorae Stojanovic, Makayla Stover, Emma Sulfsted, Benjamin Swart, Matthew Swartz, Zaid Syed; Luke Tenbarge, Van Tha Bor, David Tochtermann, Bailey Truitt, Ryan Tufts, Bawi Hniang Uk, Leah Wallihan, Kiri Wang, Matthew Watzek, Julia Whapham, Kathryn Willis, Kelly Winkfield, Matthew Woodside, Samuel Wyatt, Michael Xiang, Gabrielle Yun and Nathan Zhang. Eighth-grade – Sarah Adler, Kyle Arens, Isabelle Augustin, Mary (Kate) Bachman, Brooke Baker, Justin Banke, Nicholas Bashford, Hannah Baum, Elizabeth Bell, Cora Bennett, Kevin Berghoff, Peter Bernard, Noah Biegger, Nicholas Bigliano, Ayanna Boben, Bradley Bolotin, Jake Borman, Tara Boutelle, Lucas Bower, William Brabender, Chloe Bradley, Elleanora Brielmaier, Allison Brown, Margaret Busch, Anais Cabello, Elizabeth Carl, Regan Carroll, Aaron Charnay, Benjamin Charnay, Stephen Coleman, William (Will) Coleman, Megan Combs, Morgan Comerford, Michael Cristinzio, Nicole Crone, Noah Darwiche, Luis Del Moral Lopez, Amy Deng, Shiva Devarajan, Daniel Dong, Gail Duke; Nathan Estill, Sarita Evans, Alexandra Fanning, James Fields, Renee Foster, Margarita Francisco, Hannah Frey, Katherine Funderburk, Victor Garnica, Anthony Geraci, Joshua (Josh) Glauser, Sadye Goodman, Kyle Green, Bradley Greenberger, David Greenberger,

Sarah Guckenberger, Jason Guo, Marshall Hall, Abigail Hallock, Claire Hallock, Zachary Hanus, Lena Harper, Megan Hart, Emily Hartwig, Kaitlyn Hayes, Madelyn Heldman, Tyler Hess, Maxwell Hill, Rebecca Holdren, Michaela Hopkins, Sarah Horne, Haley Howard; Elizabeth (liz) Izworski, Connor Jarrett, Isabelle Jimenez, Alex Jones, Umang Joshi, Airi Kakuno, Akshara Kapoor, Rujula Kapoor, Divya Karthik, Miharu Katayama, Kyuzo Kelly, Lilly Kilguss, Esther Soeun Kim, Jackson Kisor, Sydney Klein, Lauryn Klyop, Clare Knife, Marina Kobayashi, Allie Kolthoff, Allison Kossen, Sophie Kramer, Verne (Paxton) Kreger, Lauren Kurtzer, Madelyn Lane, Kevin Lawson, Francine Levy, Adam Leyendecker, Haoyun Lin, Regis Liou, Beverly Liu, Jacob Locke, Hannah Loftspring, Jason Logan; Mary (Katie) MacVittie, Supriya Malla, John (Jack) Manny, Jacob Marischen, Maliha Mastoi, Stephanie Mather, Duncan McClure, Raechel McCoy, Peter McCutcheon, Erin McElroy, Tasia Meaders, Miles Menyhert, Brett Mihlbachler, Matthew Miller, Sydney Miller, Athulya Murali, Varun Nagendra, Yuto Nakahata, Ayumi Nakajima, Darby Nelson, Andrew Nieto, Jun Nishikawa, Gerardo Orellana, Joshua Peck, Andrew Phillips, Esther Pittinger, Snigdha Porwal, Danielle Pratt, Oliver Proudfoot; Andrew Quantz, Mitch Radakovich, Lily Retford, Judith Reyes, Andrew Rines, Noelle Ritchie, Samantha Rohr, Karina Rosa, Joshua Rosen, Benjamin Ruskin, Natalie Ryan, Alana (Laney) Saggar, Lauren Saggar, Haripriya (Priya) Sakthivel, Victoria (Tori) Schaefer, Kiley Schafer, Andrew (Drew) Schneider, William Schramm, Matthew Schuetz, Laura Setser, Andrew (AJ) Seymour, Kevin Sheetz, Olivia Shuholm, Michelle Siddiqui, Jannan Sivaruban, Kevin Skiba, Noah Stern, Sydney Stewart, Madeleine Stuhlreyer, Henry Sun, Lindsay Tacy, Mason Taylor, Elton Tong, Patrick Tosh, Emma Traylor, Emily Tyler; Katherine Van Den Brink, Caroline Veraldo, Nicholas Wade, Orchid Wang, Madeline Ward, David Wertheim, Alayna White, Ryan Wick, Bria Williams, Davis Wilson, Emily Wise, Yale Yoon, Julia You, Hannah Young, Enshou (Adam) Zhang, Xuetong (Lisa) Zhou and Bruce Zou.

Indian Hill High School students Ryan Skaggs, left, Aisha Rajan and Drew Rice assist at a food pantry at the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center as part of a leadership and service learning class at the school. PROVIDED

dian Hill, agreed. “I (have) learned how giving back is very important,” she said. The class is currently involved with a “Magnified Giving” initiative in which the students research various local non-profit organization. One of the organizations will then be chosen to receive a monetary donation. “We looked at smaller organizations where the funding would have a greater impact,” said junior Jessica Arington, of Indian Hill. The organizations under consideration will submit an application which will be evaluated by the students.

Blue Ash Elementary hosts Family Literacy Night To help parents promote literacy at home, Blue Ash Elementary will host a Family Literacy Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the school, 9541 Plainfield Road. “Parents want to help their children become better readers,” said Melissa Ostrowski, Blue Ash fourth-grade teacher. “Family Literacy Night will allow families to participate in fun, engaging, literacy-focused activities together so they can take ideas and implement them in their homes.” Activities include interactive reading, fun with poetry, scavenger hunts, crafts, technology applications and more. Attendees will also enjoy free pizza and every student will receive a free book. “Thanks to a partnership with our local Papa John’s, we can offer free pizza and the books are funded through a grant from First Book, supported through the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash First Book Advisory Board. However, it’s the engagement and support of our fabulous teachers that makes Literacy Night a reality,” said Leslie Combs, Blue Ash principal. Ostrowski agreed. “This is all voluntary. We have 25 staff members who are volunteering their time to create activities families can do together to promote reading and writing” Ostrowski said. The pizza dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and literacy activities run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Blue Ash Elementary families planning to attend Literacy Night should RSVP to ostrowskim




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Impressive numbers become norm for Stiene By Mark D. Motz

Sara Constand, a Sycamore junior, works the ball goalward in an April 6 home game against Glenbrook South.

Elise Reardon, Sycamore junior, has her eyes on the ball in this lacrosse action versus Mariemont April 9.

Ashley Bonnoitt, a Sycamore junior, attacks against a Mariemont defender in game action April 9. Coming off an Ohio final four 2012 season, the Lady Aves secured a resounding 17-2 win.

Lady Aves sticking it to opponents

Coach Eddie Clark’s Sycamore Lady Aves lacrosse team is out to another great start ranked as one of the top teams in Ohio by Sycamore lost to Medina in the state semifinals last year and recently tied the top-ranked team in the state. Upcoming home games (played at Sycamore Junior High) are against Summit Country Day April 25 and Mount Notre Dame April 30. The Lady Aves last won state championships in 2007 and 2009.

Kathleen Gassett, a Sycamore senior, maneuvers to attack in home lacrosse action April 6. The Lady Aves triumphed over Glenbrook South of Chicago 13-6.

Photos by Terrence Huge/For The Community Press

BLUE ASH — The Catholic girls school pitcher may or may not have broken one of the 10 commandments when informed of the number of opposing batters she just struck out. Depends on whether or not a genuinely shocked exclamation of the name of the son of a deity counts as taking His name in vain. Either way, Ursuline Academy junior Danielle Stiene turned in another heavenly performance - hellish, if you happened to be a McAuley High School hitter - April 18, fanning 17 Mohawks in an eight-inning, 4-3, come-frombehind win. Impressive numbers are becoming the norm for Stiene, a Loveland resident. She’s thrown two no-hit games so far this season, twirling the gems against Girls Greater Cincinnati League rivals Mother of Mercy and Mount Notre Dame while helping the Lions to an 8-1 record. “I honestly have no idea (how she dominates),” Stiene said. “I just try to go out and do my best. My defense is always behind me and they are great.” First-year varsity coach Heather Frietch agreed. “She stuck through eight innings and gave it her all,” she said. “That allows the other girls to see they can’t ever quit, that they have to work just as hard, that you always have a chance to come back and win. “We’ve done really well coming together as a team. Dani, my two other juniors (Kaitlin Barbiere and Mackenzie

Robinson) and two seniors (Emily Byrd and Hannah Mehrle) are what I would call extreme leaders. They raise the level of the other girls.” Stiene wants to keep raising her own level of play to the point where she can earn a college scholarship. Her favorite class is anatomy and wearing an ice pack on her arm for 20 minutes after each game gives her an appreciation for how her own body works. She’d like to expand that knowledge, study sports medicine and eventually become a surgeon. Stiene said her surgical precision on the mound and scientific bent has not given rise to superstitious behavior. She conformed to conventional wisdom during her no hitters not discussing the game status between innings - but said that was more a matter of humility than anything. “You don’t want to go out and say, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna throw no-hitter today,’” she said. “If it happens, it happens, but you really just want to go out and give your best effort.” Still, one ritual on the mound becomes obvious in watching her. After the last warmup pitch, the catcher throws to second base and trots to the mound as the infield converges on the pitcher. At which point the third baseman picks up Stiene’s protective mask lying to the right of the pitching rubber, dusts it off and hands it to the hurler. “It just kind of started,” she said. “It was just part of the flow and we’ve kept it going. We haven’t talked about it. “But we’re not going to change it.”

Ursuline Academy junior Danielle Stiene pitches against McAuley High School April 19. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz


» Sycamore beat Upper Arlington 3-2 on April 13. Winning in doubles for the Aviators were senior Dylan Stern and junior Mustafa Ahmad and senior Brian Goodman and freshman Alex Taylor. Sycamore’s “B” team shut out the Upper Arlington “B” squad 5-0. On April 15, the Sycamore “B” squad beat Anderson 4-1. Sycamore blanked Princeton 4-0 on April 16. Sophomores Deepak Indrakanti and Nakul Narendran won singles along with senior Yuri Karev. On April 17, the Sycamore “B” team beat St. Xavier’s “B” squad 5-0. Sycamore shut out Lakota

West on April 18 with Indrakanti, Kareve and Taylor sweeping singles. The Aves beat Hudson 4-1 on April 19 as Ahmad/Stern and Goodman/Pendergast swept doubles. » Moeller beat Elder 4-1 on April 16. Seniors Logan Wacker and Michael McGrath and junior Kevin Morrison won singles.


» Moeller beat Glen Este 7-6 on April 13. Senior Jimmy Rodenberg got the win and junior Zach Logue drove in two runs. They also beat Milford 3-2 in eight innings on senior Cameron Whitehead’s sacrifice fly. The Crusaders took the Beast of the East tourney with a 6-0 win over Anderson April 14. Junior Nick Voss had the win. Senior Spencer Iacovone was 2-4 driving in two runs.

Boys lacrosse

» Moeller beat Seaholm Maples 21-3 on April 14.

Boys volleyball

Adrian Burns joins coach Paula Hayden at Adrian’s signing to play basketball next year at Wilmington College. Adrian was an instrumental player on this season’s Sycamore Lady Aves, which helped Hayden reach her 300-win milestone. THANKS TO SYCAMORE HIGH SCHOOL


» Sycamore got by Hamilton 4-3 on April 15 behind senior Becca Melvin. Senior Sydney Kelly homered and drove in three runs.

» Sycamore won four matches April 15 against Edgewood, Loveland, Princeton and Purcell Marian, losing just one game. » Moeller beat Lakewood St. Edward 25-21, 25-10, 25-21 on April 13. On the same day, the Crusaders beat Carmel (Indiana) 25-12, 25-17, 25-14. On April 15, Moeller beat Purcell Marian 25-5, 25-9, 25-13. The Crusaders beat Louisville St. Xavier and Louisville Trinity on April 16. On April 18, Moeller beat St. Xavier 25-20, 25-14, 2725.

Sportsman voting: May 1

The fifth-annual Community Press and Recorder Sportsman

and Sportswoman of the Year Award voting period for the 2013 award will run Wednesday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 22. When it’s time to vote, you’ll go to Click on the Sportsman of the Year item on the right-hand side of the page. Readers will be able to vote once a day for their favorite athlete per paper. Winners for 2013 will receive two Reds tickets courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds, a certificate and a story to be published in a late June edition. Neither the articles nor ballots will count against the meter, so you do not have to be a Cincinnati Enquirer/ subscriber to vote on your favorite candidate. Email with questions and follow the hashtag #SOY2013 for updates on Twitter.



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Education one way to fight back As I write this, no one has claimed any responsibility for the carnage at the Boston Marathon. The fact that it was a terrorist act is inescapable, however, and it got me thinking as to causes. For what it is worth I have a few thoughts that I wanted to share. After all, we can glean positive out of anything if we can share our thoughts collectively. My first thought was, “who would think that such an act would produce a positive result for their cause?” More interestingly, “who would witness such an attack and say ‘what a great thing to do! I must join these people and do the same to make the world better for us.’” Certainly, someone with a

good, secular education would be less likely to think that such an act would be a good thing. This is the Bruce Healey crux of the COMMUNITY PRESS matter. EducaGUEST COLUMNIST tion. I don’t care where these people come from, be it Pakistan or Paducah, whenever they appear, they always come from a background of ignorance, which is then carefully and unscrupulously molded into fanaticism. We are not immune from this here in our country. Our educational system, while more universal than many, is

still too parochial for a globalized planet. When we invaded Afghanistan, I remember seeing a piece on television that asked young people to point out Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran on a map. Far too many had no idea where to look. You will notice that I mentioned “secular education.” I believe that religious education has value, importantly for the moral and ethical values it can impart. However, an exclusively religious education, such as taught in madrasas in the Middle East today or Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries, can be the birthplace of ignorance, prejudice and eventually terrorism. Secular education, of good

CH@TROOM April 17 question Does North Korea’s threat of a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the U.S. and its restart of a reactor that generates weapons-grade plutonium concern you. Why or why not?

“Of course it concerns me. We cannot trust N. Korea any more than we can China. These people are our enemies and we better be on our guard at all times. If Korea launches a nuclear bomb I know what my response would be, but with our government I am afraid that all we would do is apologize.” Dave D.

“It’s funny that the North Korean government is huffing and puffing, and they surely have fooled generations of Koreans into believing that their power is so great. “Americans know that America is being ruined from within by its own elected gov-

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ernment as it creates a similar welfare state, but Korean citizens seem to be giving full authority to their leaders to destroy their homeland, permanently.” K.P.

“Anything and everything North Korea does has me concerned, especially the threat of nuclear weaponry. In my opinion, this country has been, is currently, and will continue to be unstable.”

“I am not concerned about a North Korean nuclear strike against the U.S. I am concerned about the apparent epidemic of insanity amongst the leaders of that nation. I am alarmed with the prospect of that rogue nation launching nuclear strikes against South Korea and Japan. “North Korea’s persistent belligerence might cause Japan and South Korea to pursue their own nuclear development making our planet all the more dangerous. “Another concern is the partnership between Iran and North Korea that may spread nuclear insanity to the Middle East. “The big question is ‘Does America have the resolve to defend her allies to the point of launching nuclear counter strikes against the aggressors?’” R.V.


Sure things – death, taxes and politics

“As families pore over a complicated tax code to turn over the fruits of their labor to Uncle Sam during the slowest economic recovery since the 1940s, we are reminded of the need to create a pro-growth tax system that promotes job creation and makes America more competitive. It’s estimated that American taxpayers spent over 6 billion hours completing their tax forms this year. Our tax code has become an obstacle to growth, and only a robust, growing economy can create the new

jobs that we need. “Whether it’s footing the gas bill, putting their children through college, or saving for retirement, families have enough on their plate without having to worry about an overly burdensome tax system. That’s why I will continue to push for pro-jobs tax reform – both individual and corporate – to create the certainty and predictability needed for families to grow and businesses to hire.” – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Worth the wait

“I am pleased that some of my colleagues finally realized how important this issue is for Ohio’s military families This law is long overdue in Ohio. It

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is a relatively small act that has the potential to produce significant and positive results in the lives of military families.” “I have been working to get this legislation enacted into law for several years now. I am glad that advocacy and issue awareness have finally paid off. Now, those who dutifully serve our country will no longer put their families at such a disadvantage if they are required to relocate.” – State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) after her legislative proposal to ensure unemployment compensation for military spouses has been included in preliminary budget changes released by House Republicans.

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lieve anything. Look at North Korea, or the students in religious schools in the countries considered hotbeds of terrorism. There is hope for our world. For many in Boston today it is too late to dream of that. We can still dream of a more educated global population, where the love of learning produces a love of freedom, and that, in turn, produces a more peaceful world. Boston, with its fine colleges and universities is a big part of that peaceful future, which intensifies the tragedy yet is the silver lining as well.

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POLITICALLY SPEAKING Comments from local leaders about issues in the news:

quality, is a big part of eradicating terrorism. If we are to spend part of our national budget on foreign aid in the name of fighting terrorism, then it should not be exclusively on arms or helping despots maintain a grip on power. It should be spent on schools and teachers, books and computers, for people around the world. With the Internet, it has become easier to spread knowledge and information. We have a textbook case in the Arab Spring. When people see the world getting a taste for knowledge and information, the natural result is a yearning for freedom and advancement. They organize and overcome. People who are kept in the dark and poorly educated be-

“With this budget, the legislature increases state spending by over $7 billion, but short-changes our public schools. By doing so, it shortchanges our future. A strong and vibrant economy is intrinsically tied to a strong public education system. The legislature has abandoned its duty to our state with this selfish, misguided bill.” – State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) on the budget passed by the Ohio House of Representatives

City council – meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month in the municipal building, 4343 Cooper Road. In June, July, August and December, meetings are the second Thursday only; in November, meetings are the second and third Thursdays. The next meeting is Thursday, April 25.

Indian Hill Schools

Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools Board of Education: 6855 Drake Road. Phone: 272-4500. Web site: Indian Hill school board meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Indian Hill High School, 6845 Drake Road. Executive sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.


City council – meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in city hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1. Call 891-2424. Landmarks commission – meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at city hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 8. Call 891-2424. Parks and recreation commission – meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at city hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The location of these meetings changes in the warmer months to rotate among city parks. Call 891-2424.

Sycamore Community Schools

Board of education – The board meets

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site:

at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School, 5200 Aldine Drive in Blue Ash, and at 7:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Those meetings from January through August will be held in the University of Cincinnati education wing at Blue Ash Elementary School, 9541 Plainfield Road. The meetings after August will be located at a place to be announced. Call 6861700.

Sycamore Township

Board of zoning appeals – meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the governmental complex, 8540 Kenwood Road. The next meeting will be May 20 if there is business to conduct. Call 791-8447. Trustees – meet at 7 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month at the governmental complex, 8540 Kenwood Road. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 2. Call 791-8447.

Symmes Township

Board of zoning appeals – meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month (only if there is business) in the township administrative building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 6. Call 683-6644. Historical society – meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month in the township administrative building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 16. Call 683-6644. Trustees – meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the administrative building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road. The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 7. Call 683-6644.

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





The choral program at Sycamore High School staged the annual fine arts concert at the high school's Little Theater March 14. Sycamore's Director of Choral Activities, Kenneth Holdt, leads the combined choirs as they perform the evening's opening selection, "The Wild Mountain Thyme." Accompanying on piano is Jamie Holdren. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Shades of choral

The choral program at Sycamore High School is alive and well – very well indeed. On consecutive mid-March days, the young vocalists shined brightly. First the annual fine arts concert was staged at the high school’s Little Theater March 14 before a capacity audience of family and friends. Along with orchestral accompaniment, featured choirs included Bella Voce, SHAG, Madrigal, SWEET, Select Ensemble and Aviator Chorale Ladies and Men. The choirs even had the audience join

in for “When the Saints Go Marching In.” The next day, March 15, two groups, Bella Voce and Select Ensemble, participated at Princeton High School in the Ohio Music Education Association’s large-group adjudicated event. “Both groups earned superior ratings, Sycamore’s Director of Choral Activities Kenneth Holdt said. Through these high-caliber performances, we have qualified for the State event. Photos here are from the March 14 fine arts concert.

The choral program at Sycamore High School staged the annual fine arts concert at the high school's Little Theater March 14. Girls from the combined choirs enjoy the applause after singing "The Wild Mountain Thyme." TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The choral program at Sycamore High School staged the annual fine arts concert at the high school's Little Theater March 14. Justin VanWagenen, a junior, provided percussion to accompany the Select Ensemble's selection, "Gede Nibo." TERRENCE

The choral program at Sycamore High School staged the annual fine arts concert at the high school's Little Theater March 14. The Aviator Chorale Men performed a Stephen Foster selection, "If I Only Had a Moustache." From left: Ray Isham, a senior, and Devontae Heard and Jeremiah Hunter, both freshmen. TERRENCE



The choral program at Sycamore High School staged the annual fine arts concert at the high school's Little Theater March 14. Violinists, Jonathan Weng, a sophomore, Emma Burge, a freshman, and the combined choirs and orchestra receive well deserved applause after the evening's Fine Arts Concert. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The choral program at Sycamore High School staged the annual fine arts concert at the high school's Little Theater March 14. Jamie Ross, a junior, sings a "Gede Nibo" solo part with the Select Ensemble. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The choral program at Sycamore High School staged the annual fine arts concert at the high school's Little Theater March 14. Bella Voce singers up front include, from left: Michelle Leshchinsky and Sammy Ciricillo, both sophomores, as well as Ryann Mays, a senior. This number was "Swing, Swing, Swing." TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 25 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Choose surface you want to paint on and receive individual attention as you paint artwork for your home or garden. $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Business Seminars Social Media Boot Camp, 10-11:30 a.m., Dimalanta Design Group, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 650, Find out what social media is and how it can help grow your business. Free. Reservations required. 588-2802. Blue Ash.

Civic Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 9525 Kenwood Road, All sweaters are donated to Ohio Valley Goodwill. Receive $10 coupon toward future purchase. 7919453; Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes My Favorite Southern Brunch with Marilyn Harris, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, $60. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. 617-9498; Madisonville. Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Blend functional strength training movements with Pilates sequences. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Unique hands-off bodywork approach that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase negative effects of aging and active living. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Run the gamut of strength, endurance and heartpumping drills. Recommended for intermediate to advanced clients only. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Learn to safely work with your limitations and enjoy exercising your body. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Contemporary blend of flowing yoga movements and core-centric Pilates sequences. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. 2908217; Blue Ash. Hatha Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Gentle introductory journey into the world of yoga. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Ladies Make-Over Evening at the J Spa, 6-7:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Hands-on spa evening. With guidance from J Spa’s managing esthetician, give yourself express facial and learn how to create new look with Glo Minerals make-up. Includes supplies, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. For women ages 18 and up. $45, $40 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Lectures Town Hall Lecture: Lisa Ling, 11 a.m.-noon, Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, TV journalist speaks. Ages 18 and up. $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture.

684-1632; Montgomery.

Blue Ash Branch Library, 4911 Cooper Road, Features all categories of books,videos and tapes. Benefits Public Library programs. Through May 4. 369-6051; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Jermaine Fowler, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, African-American comedian. $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Through May 30. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 Civic Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Camp Crush, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Body Mass Index, blood pressure screening, stress test screening, weight analysis, 10-point consultation and 10-minute hydro-massage. Free. Appointment required. 784-0084. Silverton. Free Hearing Services, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Cincinnati Eye Institute provides screenings and information on understanding hearing difficulties associated with aging. 984-1234. Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy April Foolin: The Comedy Show, 8 p.m., MVP Sports Bar & Grille, 6923 Plainfield Road, With comedian Ry G. Ages 21 and up. $11, $6 advance. 3754489. Silverton. Jermaine Fowler, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Shopping Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, 4-9 p.m., Moeller High School, 9001 Montgomery Road, Buy, sell or trade from 140 dealer tables. Cincinnati Reds signing autographs: Johnny Bench, Will McEnaney, Jack Billingham, Don Gullett, Norm Charlton, boxer Aaron Pryor and Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen. $3. Through April 28. 2905225; Kenwood.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Art Events Art Bead Trunk Show, Noon-4 p.m., The Bead Shop of Madeira, 7754 Camargo Road, Area’s top bead and wearable artists display new work. Glass, ceramics, metal and polymer clay. One-of-a kind art beads, marbles and finished jewelry gifts offered. Gift certificate door prize. Free. 271-5222. Madeira.

Civic Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville. Daily Cat Stretch, 11 a.m.-noon, Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Learn to maintain pleasures of limber, healthy body indefinitely and escape confines of age or injury. Ages 18 and up. $15. Reservations required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

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FRIDAY, MAY 3 Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, Free. Appointment required. 7840084. Silverton.

The Sports Card and Memorabilia Show is coming to Moeller High School from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 26; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at 9001 Montgomery Road, Kenwood. Buy, sell or trade from 140 dealer tables. Former Cincinnati Reds at the event signing autographs will be: Johnny Bench, Will McEnaney, Jack Billingham, Don Gullett and Norm Charlton, as well as boxer Aaron Pryor and Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen. Cost is $3. For more information, call 290-5225, or visit FILE PHOTO Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 100, Topic: What is type 2 diabetes? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 271-5111; Madisonville.

Nature Beekeeping 101, 1-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Explore these fascinating creatures, their lifestyle, their historic relations with humans and what they need to survive and thrive. $25. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

On Stage - Comedy Jermaine Fowler, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Murder Mystery Dinner Train, 6-10 p.m., Cincinnati Dinner Train, 4725 Madison Road, Three-hour train ride, fourcourse meal with choice of entree and dessert and a murder mystery show. $99.50 per person. 791-7245; Madisonville.

Religious - Community Priscilla Shirer Simulcast, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 8645 Kenwood Road, Sanctuary. Priscilla uses story of Gideon to show how God takes our weaknesses and uses them. For women ages 21 and up. $20. Registration required. 560-1940; Kenwood.

Shopping Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Moeller High School, $3. 290-5225; Kenwood.

Youth Sports Red Dog Grand Prix, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa, 5081 Madison Road, Youth gravity-racing event. Ages 7-17 build cars and race downhill powered only by gravity at speeds reaching up to 30 miles-per-hour. Rental cars available. Benefits Cincinnati Soap Box Derby. $35. Registration required. 885-1373; Madisonville.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Civic Sweater Drive, Noon-5 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Mobile Heart Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 10529 Loveland Madeira Road, Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm

Literary - Libraries Anime Club, 6-8 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Watch anime, draw manga, play Yu-Gi-Oh and interact around these favorite pastimes. Ages 13-18. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Music - Choral

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On Stage - Comedy Jermaine Fowler, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Go, Dog. Go!, 1-2 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill production. P.D. Eastman’s beloved children’s book comes to life on stage. Big dogs and little dogs, black dogs and white dogs and all dogs in between delve into life with gusto, creating visual spectacle of movement and color for audience members of all ages. Free. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Shopping Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Moeller High School, $3. 290-5225; Kenwood.

MONDAY, APRIL 29 Civic Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Fluid style of Hatha Yoga incorporates elements of Ashtanga yoga in an inspiring, heat-producing workout. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 10529 Loveland Madeira Road, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Loveland.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8-11 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

braith Road, Conference Rooms A and B. With Dr. C. Joe Northup. Free. Registration required. 682-6980; Kenwood.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Drawing and Painting from a clothed model. $120 per session of four classes. Reservations required. 259-9302. Mariemont. Free Knitting Classes, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic knitting techniques, fresh ideas and short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Literary - Libraries Teen Board Gaming, 2:30-4 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Gwen Roth from Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District presents “Cookie Mining,” for ages 11-18. Games played most often are Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Forbidden Island, Zombie Fluxx, Uno and Skip-Bo. Ages 11-18. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

THURSDAY, MAY 2 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Business Seminars You’re More than a Face on Facebook, 10-11:30 a.m., Dimalanta Design Group, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 650, With Ernie Dimalanta, founder of Out-&Out Marketing and owner of Dimalanta Design Group, and Wendy Hacker, PR and social media consultant of Dimalanta Design Group. Learn dos and don’ts of Facebook for your business and how it can help you grow. $10. Reservations required. 588-2802. Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes


Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.


On Stage - Comedy

Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

Chris Porter, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Special engagement; no coupons or passes accepted. $10$15. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Surgical and Non-Surgical Weight Loss, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Gal-

Shopping Used Book Sale, Noon-9 p.m.,

Jubilant Singers, 7:30-9:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, Community chorus presents “Swing Along With Me,” program of four-part harmony featuring hits of the ‘40s directed by Shannon Alter-Fredenburg. Free. 984-8401; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Chris Porter, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $10-$15. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Shopping Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blue Ash Branch Library, 3696051; Blue Ash.

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, Topic: Healthy eating. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 271-5111; Madisonville.

Music - Choral Serving Two Masters, 7-9 p.m., Indian Hill Church, 6000 Drake Road, Cincinnati Choral Society. Featuring music of British composer Benjamin Britten and American composer Howard Helvey. Music director Douglas Belland shares podium with Helvey. With organ soloist Brenda Waugh and the Indian Hill Church Choir. $15, $10 students and seniors, $8 groups of 10 or more. 784-2379; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Comedy Chris Porter, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $10-$15. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Shopping Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Branch Library, 3696051; Blue Ash.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 Art Events Think Spring, 2-5 p.m., Art House II, 430 W. Loveland Ave., Opening of spring painting show by plein air artist and book signing of “Cincinnati and Soup: Festivals and Frolics” by Cheri Brinkman. Silent auction to benefit Cancer Free Kids. Ages 21 and up. Free. 583-5267. Loveland.

Auditions The Wizard Of Oz Auditions, 1:30-5 p.m., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, East Side Players production. Open to all ages. Reservations required. 871-7427; Blue Ash.



Celebrate spring with roasted asparagus Cynthia Beischel, coauthor of “Virginia Bakery Remembered,” is working on a new book, “Cincinnati Bygone Department Store Tea Rooms.” She is looking for recipes and memories from the downtown department store restaurants, like Pogues, Shillito’s/Lazarus/Macy’s and McAlpin’s. Email me and I’ll pass the information on to Cynthia.

Rita adapted an asparagus with brie recipe from Tom Keegan of Keegan’s Specialty Seafood. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

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Roasted asparagus with brie

Sound different? I first tasted this when Tom Keegan of Keegan’s Specialty Seafood in Mount Washington was a guest on my cable show. “We make this all the time to serve alongside our entrees for our classes,” he said. (Check out his site at No kidding, asparagus this way is addictive. Here’s my adaptation: Snap tough ends off. Lay in single layer on baking sheet. Sprinkle with lemon pepper. Remove rind from brie (it’s edible but a bit tough and is easier to do when the cheese is cold). Lay slices

of brie on top. Roast or grill at high temperature (475 degrees) for a few minutes or until asparagus just starts to wrinkle but turns bright green and is still plump and Brie starts to melt.

Phyllis Lowe’s apricot mustard sauce for pork tenderloin I need to eat more rosemary. That’s the herb for remembrance. Or maybe sage, which is good for the mind. The reason I need to munch on these herbs is I can’t for the life of me remember which engagement I was doing where I met Phyllis. Actually, she attended a couple of my presentations and raved

about this sauce, which she says is delicious alongside pork. Well, I can’t wait to try it and wanted you to have the recipe, too. Mix together: ⁄3cup sour cream Up to 1⁄3cup Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard 2 tablespoons apricot jam


Can be refrigerated up to a week.

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Cook sausage until done. Add potatoes, carrots, turnip, onion, water and seasonings. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until veggies are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and heat through. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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RELIGION Music at Ascension will feature “From Opera to Broadway” Saturday, May 11, with baritone John Shuffle and soprano Nancy Williams Shuffle. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Ascension’s sanctuary. It is free and open to the public. The young people experience Bible stories each Sunday in a variety of styles ranging from cooking to crafts to drama to science to computers. Ascension members with talent in these areas rotate to each class throughout the year. Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. and guests are welcome. Healing Touch Ministry is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the church office at 793-3288 for more information. Two women’s groups gather regularly at Ascension. The Women’s Bible Study meets Thursdays (except the second week) at 9:45 a.m. The women are reading a book from the Sisters Series entitled “Unfailing Love: Growing Closer to Jesus Christ.” The Wheel of Friendship meets monthly on the second Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for Bible Study, fellowship and outreach. Childcare is provided for both groups and guests are always welcome. Call the church office for more information. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School, confirmation and adult forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

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Join area high school and college-age students who are rising up to God in Uprising, an exciting new student ministry sponsored by Blue Ash Starbucks, coming to Bethel on the first Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The next Uprising is May 3. All are invited to this non-denominational time of worship, fun and connecting with other students. Included in the free fun is a free Starbucks Coffee bar, giveaways, food, a live band, games, a photo booth and more. Everyone is welcome. Look for the Uprising sign. Find Uprising on Facebook at “The Uprising – Student Outreach of Cincinnati” and on Twitter @CincyUprising. The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. Visitors and their families are welcome to join the fun. Sunday School is 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. The church offers AWANA children’s Bible clubs during the school year at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for children ages 2 through sixth grade. Contact the church for information, or visit the AWANA page on Facebook: search for “Bethel Baptist AWANA.” A small group Bible study is offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m.

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Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

Season of Friendship is through May 19. Each Sunday during this time, the church will have a different focus. April 28 is Mission Sunday, May 5 is Hymn Sunday, May 12 is Service for all Ages, and May 19 is Pentecost, Happy Birthday Church. Bring a friend and invite a friend. The church will have its annual indoor yard and plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. A half-price sale will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Join the Thoughtful Christian group on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the church library. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12thgrade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. The church is collecting canned goods for the Northeast Emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS) for the month of April. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available on the church website. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153l;

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

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Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor Sat. Contemporary: 5:00 p.m. Sun. Contemporary: 9:00 a.m. Sun. Traditional: 10:30 a.m. Child care/Sunday School at all services. 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Road 513-677-9866

Sharonville United Methodist

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

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Get ready to dance the night away with the band “The Remains” at the Let the Good Times Roll dance from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the church. New Visions, a Good Shepherd ministry for those who are divorced, separated or widowed will be hosting the

Sunday services are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service is 7 p.m. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township; 984-5044.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

New members class meets at 5:30 p.m. Sundays in the pastor’s office. For more information, call the Rev. Robert Roberts at 891-8527, ext. 2. Adult Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the Pastor’s Office. Current book: “Why Am I A United Methodist?” The Way, The Truth & The Life Seekers Small Group meets Sundays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dessert and drinks, usually in Fellowship Hall. Contact David or Melissa Dennis for more information on this group at 984-6395. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Sunday morning service is 11 a.m. Sunday evening service is 6

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Vacation Bible School is 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 24-28; and 6-8:30 p.m., July 22-26. Sign up online at Weekday Children’s Activities – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon session is available on Tuesday. Register on-line at The annual rummage sale is coming, at 7 p.m, May 30 and 9 a.m. May 31. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 791-3142;

The church is sponsoring a National Day of Prayer event at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive. Join us as we lift up the community, state and nation in prayer. We will pray for business leaders, fire, police, state and national politicians as well as schools, pastors, churches and service men and women. Call the church for more information. The church is at 3906 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-2410.



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of four different ministries. Church By the Woods is a multicultural and multiethnic church whose mission is to love and serve God, each other and our neighbors. Sunday worship service is traditional in English and begins at 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, classes in English as a Second Language are offered for ages 14 to 94. Taiwanese Presbyterian Ministry has Sunday traditional worship at 2 p.m. in their language of Taiwanese. On Saturdays they offer a ministry on the UC campus. Freedom Church has its contemporary worship service at 10:30 a.m. in English. “It’s Not About Religion; It’s About Relationships;” Seventh Day Adventist Church, has worship on Saturdays at 10 a.m. in Spanish. “Loving, Caring, Sharing God’s Word” Nursery School is provided at each church’s worship services. Bible studies are offered by all churches. The church is at 3755 Cornell Road, Sharonville.

evening. Tickets are on sale now in Good Shepherd’s parish office for $15 per person and will also be sold at the door. No credit cards please. Tickets may also be purchased in advance by calling 563-1868 or by e-mailing leave your name, telephone number and number of seats – tickets will be available for pick up at will call the evening of the dance. To secure a seat/table, purchase your tickets in advance. For additional information and directions to The Community of the Good Shepherd visit The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery;

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p.m. Wednesday service is 7 p.m. Master Clubs are 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church uses the King James Bible, sings traditional hymns and conservative music. Sunday School classes are available for all ages. A nursery is provided for each service. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 709-3344.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. St. Barnabas serves a large scale dinner on the fourth Friday of each month at Churches Active in Northside. Call the church office for details or to offer to provide a dish, help service or do both. St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. There is no requirement other than a willing heart and a desire to serve. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call or email the church office to help serve during the services. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. The group is discussing “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” by Thomas Cahill. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401.

Sharonville United Methodist Church

At 8:15 a.m. there is a traditional service; at 11 a.m. there is a blended service, with contemporary and traditional styles of worship; at 9:30 a.m. there are Sunday School classes and short term study groups. The church will be doing its part for National Volunteer Day from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, by helping prepare food packages for the needy at a “factory” in the McSwain building on Kemper Road. Time to sign up for men’s softball teams. The Bereavement Support Group meets for lunch on the first Thursday of every month. The Serendipity seniors meet for lunch on the fourth Thursday of every month. The church is at 1751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-0117.

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday worship and junior worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible study for all ages at 9 a.m. Adult and Youth Bible studies each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Women’s Study Group at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday . The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Cincinnati; 891-7891.

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Join the church Sunday mornings in its brand new worship center at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during both services for infants through age 2. Sunday School for age 3 through grade 12 meets at 10:45. Weekly adult study opportunities are also offered. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;



Get a contract before paying for work This is something I’ve seen happen several times. Many companies advertise they’ll get you a free roof. Actually, what happens is they work with your insurance company and your insurance company pays for the roof. But I’ve learned you have to be very careful when dealing with these firms. Sharon Brooks has lived in her North College Hill house for five and a half years. She said she started getting leaks from her roof. “My back room started to leak and last summer when there was a windstorm that came through with heavy winds and

rain, it started to leak even worse,” she said. Brooks said her son knew somebody Howard that Ain worked HEY HOWARD! with a roof repair firm, so she called. “He came out, walked the roof and said I definitely needed a new roof,” Brooks said. An insurance adjuster checked the roof and talked with the roof repairman, but only authorized minor repairs to the roof. However, he agreed there was major damage in her back

room. “So, they did print out a check that day. I signed it over to him,” Brooks says. The check was for more than $1,200 and Brooks says the firm started working right away. “The guy took all of the paneling off the back room and put it in my backyard and left it there. Now I have no walls on my back room,” she said. In fact, that was the last she saw of that company. The problem here is that Brooks signed over the entire insurance check to the roofer before any work had been done. “He said that that’s the money that would get

him started on purchasing the material,” Brooks said. If the company doesn’t have enough money to do the job without first getting your money, then I believe you should look for a different firm. Get a firm that’s been in business long enough to both have money and good credit to get the needed materials. Brooks said the contractor walked off the job last September. He had bought some drywall, but it was just sitting on the floor of the room uninstalled. Brooks said the room is worse now than its ever been. “They never answer the

phone. I’ve left numerous messages,” she said. So I contacted the company and am happy to report they sent out a worker to finish the room. In addition, Brooks said her son was able to stop the leaks. Bottom line, when you get an insurance check, don’t sign it over to the repair company. Instead, deposit it into your own bank account and pay the firm a little at a time. It should all be spelled out in a written contract. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Arthur Murray Dance Studio fights cancer with dancers At the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Blue Ash, franchise owners Jeremy and Desireé Mainous are more determined than ever to leverage their dance talents to help beat cancer. Not only are they sponsoring their fourth annual Swinging for Charity Gala and Dance-a-thon Saturday, May 11, to benefit Cancer Support Community, but in the weeks leading up to the event they are also partnering with CSC to offer free dance lessons for people fighting cancer. Swinging for Charity is open to the public and no dance experience is necessary. The event will be at the Crowne Plaza in Blue Ash,

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5901Pfeiffer Road, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 11, with music provided by Leroy Ellington & his E-Funk Band as well as a DJ. Light fare and a cash bar will be available. Group classes will be of-

fered as part of the event and guests will also enjoy performances by professional and pro-am dancers. A $30 minimum donation is suggested. Rick Bryan, executive director of Cancer Sup-

port Community, expressed the non-profit’s gratitude for the generous efforts of Arthur Murray. “Because all of our programs are offered completely free of charge and we are entirely funded through donations, gifts and fundraisers, we are so thankful to the Arthur Murray Dance Studio for donating the proceeds of their Swinging for Charity fundraiser to us once again.” If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer and would like to participate in the Arthur Murray dance lessons April 27 or May 4, contact Cancer Support Community at 513-791-4060 for more information.

For more information about the Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Blue Ash at 9729 Kenwood Road or the Swinging for Charity event, call 513-791-9100.

Gardner School hosts community events Upcoming events at The Gardner School, 9920 Carver Road in Blue Ash: » April 22-26 – We are having a Children’s Art Exhibit. The focus is on giving students the opportunity to express themselves through the creative arts. » May 1 – Planting a butterfly garden in the school garden » May 10 – Celebrate Mother’s Day with the Muffins with Mom breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. » Week of May 2024 – Soles4Souls Shoe Drive. Students and faculty will collect used and shoes for the Soles4Souls charity.

PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Symmes Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal (#2013-10) filed by Timothy Sharp, 6868 Drake Road (45243), appellant, from Notice of Refusal for a zoning certificate for the construction of an addition with less front yard setback than required for the property located at 7906 Clement Street (45111). This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian Elliff, Township Zoning Inspector 7286



JCRC, Holocaust Center announce ongoing partnership The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education (CHHE) announce that Sarah Weiss has been named executive director of the JCRC. Weiss will retain her current position as exWeiss ecutive director of CHHE, splitting her time evenly between the two organizations. In September 2011, as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two organizations, Weiss was brought on as interim consulting director of the JCRC while the search for a permanent director continued. In the ensuing year and a half, the success of the partnership became evident, and the boards of the two organizations decided to offer Weiss a permanent position. JCRC President Gary

Greenberg said, “Working with Sarah over the past year and half has been wonderful, and we are extremely pleased that the JCRC will continue to benefit from her many talents and the depth of her experience.” In her interim position, Weiss spent 20 percent of her time at the JCRC and the remaining 80 percent at CHHE. To accommodate the move to a 50/50 arrangement, CHHE’s staff will be reorganized and an additional employee hired. “With our mission so complementary to the JCRC’s, we saw it as a natural fit for Sarah’s skills to be spread over both organizations,” CHHE President John Neyer said. “We came up with an arrangement that makes both organizations stronger. This isn’t a ‘1 plus 1 equals 3’ situation; it’s even better. It’s ‘1 divided by 2 equals 4 or more.’ That’s the new math in high-functioning not-for-profits.” The JCRC and CHHE – while distinct organizations with separate

boards – share overlapping missions, values and goals. (In fact, in many communities, the two organizations have a formal structural connection.) This continued close relationship between the two will encourage streamlined information sharing and more robust programming for the community. Jewish Federation of Cincinnati CEO Shep Englander said, “This collaboration makes sense for everyone. In addition to creating efficiency and better results for both organizations, it will also strengthen the community as a whole.” Weiss is the 2007 recipient of the Public Allies “Changemaker” award, the 2011 Weston “Avodah” award presented by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the YWCA’s Rising Star award. She serves on the Bridges for a Just Community board and the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and was previously a member of the Jewish Vocational Service board.

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Metro announces 2013 improvements Metro is planning to implement short-term improvements to boost the efficiency and productivity of current service and make it easier to ride. The proposed changes were identified during a major transit planning effort in 2012. The improvements proposed for this year include: » new, limited-stop service called Metro*Plus, connecting the Montgomery Road corridor to Uptown and downtown; » more service options in major corridors, including Glenway, Winton, Vine, and Reading; » more crosstown services to reduce the focus on downtown transfers; » shorter travel times by streamlining several routes. The proposed shortterm improvements are planned for implementation in August and December and are being made within Metro’s 2013 operating budget. “Last year, we listened to the community’s suggestions and, as a result, are proposing a number of service changes to better meet our customers’ needs and attract new riders,” says Terry Garcia Crews, Metro CEO & general manager. “We’re ready to go forward with improvements that will make Metro more efficient, more convenient, and easier to ride.” Metro will hold a public meeting to receive comments about the proposed changes May1. The public may also submit comments on Metro’s website, by e-mail or fax, or in writing. Proposed August 2013 service changes New Metro*Plus preBRT demonstration project: New Metro*Plus service will test the community’s interest in more expanded Bus Rapid Transit service. Metro*Plus will provide a direct, limited-stop connec-

tion between the Montgomery Road corridor from the Kenwood/Blue Ash area to Uptown and downtown. Customers must currently transfer to get to Uptown from Montgomery Road. Metro*Plus will offer: » fewer stops for faster service; » specially branded buses and stops for easy identification; » service to Metro’s new Uptown Transit District and connecting routes; » a college connection to UC and Xavier University; transfer in Uptown to Cincinnati State. More routes serving Metro’s Glenway Crossing Transit Center: » new Route 32 Glenway Crossing-Price Hill, providing all-day service to Price Hill and downtown; » modified Route 64 Glenway Crossing-Westwood, connecting residents to shopping on Ferguson; » connections to Route 38X Glenway CrossingUptown Express and Route 77X Delhi Express. New crosstown options (connecting at Glenway Crossing Transit Center): » Route 41 Glenway Crossing-Oakley Crosstown, serving the new Mercy Health West Hospital; » Route 51 Glenway Crossing-Hyde Park Crosstown, connecting to the Uptown Transit District. More service on major corridors: » Route 19 Colerain (between North Bend and Galbraith) and Route 33 Glenway will add service December 2013 service changes: » faster service on Route 1 between Museum Center and Eden Park (including portions of Walnut Hills); » more service to TriCounty: Rt. 20 (Winton corridor) and Rt. 78 (Vine corridor); » expanded Rt. 31 West End-Evanston Crosstown service to Keystone Parke (Red Cross, Strayer University); » expanded Rt. 43 Reading Road service to

Evendale (Wal-Mart, Social Security office). New Uptown Transit District (spring groundbreaking, open by yearend): » several routes will be modified in Uptown to serve the new Uptown Transit District for access to jobs, education, medical, and entertainment and easier transfers. Four transit boarding areas: » Vine between McMillan and Calhoun; » Jefferson Avenue and University; » UC Health medical center and Cincinnati Children’s; » Hughes Corner business district; » Enhanced shelters, streetscaping and wayfinding; » Real-time information; » Connections to new Metro*Plus service, many Metro routes, and Uptown shuttles Public meeting The public meeting on Metro’s proposed shortterm plan changes will be May 1 in South Meeting Room 232 of the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.. The public may attend anytime between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to give comments about the proposed changes. Presentations will be offered every hour on the hour. Sign-language and Spanish-language interpreters, and Braille-format and Spanish-language materials, will be available if requested at least one week before the meeting. Comments may also be submitted in the following ways by May 1: » Website: » E-mail: routecomments » Fax: (513) 632-9202 » In writing: Metro, 602 Main St., Suite 1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202. All comments received by May 1 will become part of the public meeting record. For complete information on proposed changes and route maps, visit or call 513-621-4455.

Celebration honors doctors, benefits VNA Planning is underway for the 14th annual Caring Award Celebration to benefit the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The annual fundraiser will be Wednesday, May 1, at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Caring Awards Celebration. Awards are given to an organization and individuals who impact the lives and health of the community through their outcomes and quality of care. To be honored this year are Dr. John and Susan Tew, Dr. Doug Smucker; ProScan Imaging and Dr. Steve and Penny Pomeranz. The VNA’s annual fundraising gala helps raise more than $200,000

Kirk Kavanaugh, of the Visiting Nurse Association, and Caring Award planning committee member Wendy Knight, of Vitas Innovative Hospice Care in Sycamore Township, meet to plan the 14th annual Caring Award Celebration. THANKS TO ROSEMARY SCHLACHTER

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Cedar Village opens rehab center at JCC

People who need physical therapy to recover from a sports injury or surgery now have another option: the Cedar Village Rehabilitation Center at the Mayerson JCC. The joint effort combines the rehabilitation expertise of the Cedar Village Rehabilitation Center and the extensive fitness facilities of the Mayerson JCC. “I’m proud of the rehabilitation program Cedar Village has developed in Mason and I’m thrilled that we’re now able to provide the same high-quality services at a second location,” said Carol Silver Elliott, CEO and President of Cedar Village. “This is the culmination of a long-time dream.” Cedar Village has equipped the Cedar Village Rehabilitation Center at the Mayerson JCC with the latest physical therapy technology, such as a medical laser, which can promote healing and increase blood circula-

tion The Cedar Village Rehabilitation Center at the Mayerson JCC also has free weights and kettle bells; a Biodex trainer, which is used to assess and treat balance problems; and a Nintendo Wii system, commonly known as Wiihabilitation, which also treats balance disorders. Plus, under the guidance of a Cedar Village physical therapist, patients will be able to use the JCC’s fitness facilities, including swimming pools, indoor track, gym, weight room and exercise machines. The pool complex contains a “lazy river,” which is a shallow pool with a slow-moving current, and a warm water pool. Both have rehabilitation benefits. Cedar Village and the Mayerson JCC dedicated the new space with open houses Feb. 5 and Feb. 6. With about 80 people attending, the rabbis for each institution led a cer-

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at, and the Cincinnati Bell Cable System. Retired Sharonville Mayor Virgil Lovitt first worked closely with Stern when ICRC communities were renegotiating a 15-year contract with Time Warner. “I found Pat to be an intelligent and strong advocate for our many communities. She worked relentlessly on that contract renewal and won many issues on our behalf. It was during that process, and later, that I came to really value the importance of TV shows of local events and interests, and the high quality of the ICRC product. It is rare to have a new organization start with a leader of Pat Stern’s caliber and, then, retain this leader in the long term. Pat is community programming in this region,” Lovitt said. Harrison Township Trustee William Noes added: “Pat is a lady who is very professional and efficient. She is a leader and gets along very well with employees, board of trustees and community leaders. Operations manager Brad Stapleton will be taking over as executive director after Stern’s retirement. “I am very confident that the ICRC will be in very competent hands with Brad, and will continue to be in fine financial standing. The ICRC’s future is very bright, and I am so very proud of that.” Current ICRC member communities are: Amberley Village, Arlington Heights, Columbia Township, Crosby Township, Elmwood Place, Evendale, Fairfax, Glendale, Harrison, Harrison Township, Indian Hill, Lincoln Heights, Mariemont, Mason, Milford, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Reading, Sharonville, Springdale, Saint Bernard, Symmes Township, Terrace Park and Woodlawn.

who complete their physical therapy there. The Mayerson JCC is at 8485 Ridge Road near Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. For more information about the new rehab center, go to and click on “Cedar Village Rehabilitation Center at Mayerson JCC”. To set up an appointment with a physical therapist or to discuss your needs, contact Nicholas Saller at or call 513-722-7246.


ICRC director Stern retires Intercommunity Cable Regulatory Commission executive director Pat Stern, who’s overseen three decades of growth in suburban community programing, retired March 1 after 30 years of service. Stern has been ICRC executive diStern rector since the organization’s founding in 1983. The ICRC was founded as a consumer advocate for cable subscribers, and as a public cable access provider for the Cincinnati suburbs. ICRC evolved into a leader in award-winning suburban school and community programming. ICRC staff is a fixture at special community events, broadcasting high school sports games, parades, talent shows, business awards, concerts and community government meetings. ICRC also offers broadcast training classes free to community member residents. “I feel like I was blessed to have worked with such a wonderful staff and city officials. I’ve seen ICRC flourish, and thank the communities that have stayed with us, and believe in our mission,” Stern said. “We started with one camera and a small editing facility and have grown from there. Together as communities we built this million-dollar, state-ofthe-art studio.” ICRC owns its 4,000square-foot building in Sharonville, with nine employees, 25 cameras and two mobile broadcasting vans. The ICRC started with six Greater Cincinnati communities, and now provides local cable programming for 24. These programs can be seen on channels 4, 8, 15, 17, 18, 24 on the Time Warner system, or online

outpatient manager, will be onsite fulltime at the JCC to provide physical therapy services. All major medical insurance plans are accepted. Testing to determine whether a person can benefit from physical therapy is free. A JCC membership is not required to use the rehab services. For patients who want to transition to a fitness program after finishing physical therapy, the Mayerson JCC is offering a free one-month membership to patients

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POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Jennifer L. Hughes, 33, 128 Garden Drive, possessing drug abuse instruments, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia at Northbound Interstate 71, April 13. Kara Alena Lewis, 23, 8619 Balboa Drive, open container prohibited, operatiing a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs) at Malsbary Road and Reed Hartman Highway, April 13.

Incidents/investigations Assault (knowingly harm) At Plainfield Road and Reed Hartman Highway, April 13. Breaking and entering At 11511 Reed Hartman Highway, April 15. Criminal mischief A man said someone damaged an antenna, value $30 at 4933 Meyers Lane, April 10. Forgery, possessing drug abuse instrument At Kenwood Road at Cooper Road, April 12. Grand theft A man said someone took assorted copper fittings, value $40,000, from Procter & Gamble at 11510 Reed Hartman Highway, April 9. Petty theft Someone took $100 worth of miscellaneous merchandise, value $100, from Kroger at 4100 Hunt Road, April 9. A man said someone took a Mongoose bicycle, value $100 at 4892 Hunt Road apartment 302, April 11. A woman said someone broke a

vehicle window, value $300, and took CDs, value $300 at 5000 YMCA Drive, April 11. Theft A man said somene took a Garmin GPS, value $200, and various gft cards, value $800, from Akko Fastener Corp. at 6855 Cornell Road, April 12. A woman said someone took a black backpack, value $20; a red leather wallet, value $20; a Shell MasterCard; a MaserCard; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy keys, value $20, and various gift cards, value $200, from Blue Ash YMCA at 5000 YMCA Drive, April 12. Theft, criminal damaging/endangering Someone damaged an air conditioning unit condenser, value $500; an air conditioning unit compressor, value $500; an electrical box and condensing wires, value $500, and took copper wire from an air conditioning unit, value $200, at Leyman Manufacturing and at 10900 Kenwood Road, April 15. Theft, unauthorized use of property (computer) At 4350 Glendale-Milford Road, April 15.

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Andre L. Carter, 31, 6919 Montgomery Road, criminal trespass at 9370 Montgomery Road, April 12. Daniel Joseph Ilg, 20, 771 Serben Drive, drug possession at 9157 Montgomery Road, April 11. Scott S. Klingelhoffer Jr., 20, 706 Libbe Jo Drive, drug possession

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 » Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 at 9157 Montgomery Road, April 11. Marcus E. Bankston, 33, 310 Oak St. Apartment 202, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), driving in marked lanes at Northbound Interstate 71, April 7. Todd I. Knight, 51, 7506 Golf Green Drive, fail to file tax return, fail to pay tax, penalties or interest at 10101 Montgomery Road, April 10.

Incidents/investigations Assault At 10494 Montgomery Road, April 5. Disturbance Report of an unruly patient at Bethesda North Hospital at 10500 Montgomery Road, April 7. Theft A woman said someone took a purse/handbag, value $100, and its contents, including $150 cash and a driver's/pilot's license, value $45, from a vehicle at 8832 Weller Road, April 12. A female juvenile said someone took an iPhone, value $300 at

7400 Cornell Road, April 12. Someone took $50 worth of drugs from Bethesda North Hospital at 10500 Montgomery Road, April 12.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Diana Henry, 29, 3825 Lonsdale St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 1. Lori Calico, 29, 1712 Lorelei Drive, theft at 7875 U.S. 22, April 3. Jenny Treftz, 30, 5529 Stewart Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 5. Kyasha Kinley, 21, 2000 Westwood Northern Blvd., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 5. Erica Robers, 36, 633 Blanch Ave., drug possession at Reading Road, April 6.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 8057 Montgomery Road, April 6. Identity theft Reported at 8610 Pine Road, April 5. Misuse of credit card

Reported at 12154 Fifth Ave., April 1. Theft Clothing valued at $422 removed at 4020 E. Galbraith Road, April 2. Ring valued at $7,000 removed at 7875 U.S. 22, April 6. $300 taken through deceptive means at 7857 Montgomery Road, April 5. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Reported at 8590 Blue Ash Road, April 4.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Nathan Clark, 36, 4220 Endeavor Drive, drug possession at Montgomery Road, April 2. Ronnie Parrot, 28, 12193 Sycamore Terrace Drive, domestic violence at Sycamore Terrace, March 31.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 12043 Mason Way, April 5. Identity theft Reported at 8547 Woods Pointe Drive, April 5. Misuse of credit card Reported at 11931 Millstone Court, March 9. Reported at 12061 Crestfield, April 6. Rape Female reported at Governors Hill Drive, March 31. Theft Garage remote control of unknown value removed at 9370 Fields Ertel, March 1. $700 taken through deceptive means at 8641 Birchbark,

March 1. Vehicle damaged at 1200 U.S. 2200 Montgomery Road, March 1. Diamond of unknown value removed at 11330 Montgomery Road, March 20. $150 removed at 9120 Union Cemetery Road, March 30. GPS, coats, CDs of unknown value removed from vehicle at 9600 Waterford Place, March 25. Items of unknown value removed from vehicle at 9614 Waterford Place, March 25. Vehicle entered and items of unknown value removed at 9625 Waterford Place, March 25. Cell phone valued at $450 removed at 11390 Montgomery Road, March 24. Knife, plate and GPS of unknown value removed at 9631 Waterford Place, March 25. Property valued at $350 removed from vehicle at 12084 Paul Meadows, March 13. Credit cards of unknown value removed at 405 E. Kemper Road, March 12. Laptop, ipod valued at $600 removed at 11251 Montgomery Road, April 2. Jewelry of unknown value removed at 9355 Arnold Lane, April 2. Credit card and currency of unknown value removed at 9996 Carrousel, April 1. Merchandise valued at $250 removed at 12137 Royal Pointe, April 3. Vandalism Vehicle window damaged at 11890 Montgomery Road, April 1.


10128 Zig Zag Road: Finkel Valentina T. & Yefim to Nelson Barbara H.; $155,000. 109 Bentwood Court: Belkin Maida to Habbert John H. III & Helen B.; $272,000. 11081 Lebanon Ave.: McMillan Karla J. & Rickie to Stebbins

Brian; $80,000. 3652 Cooper Road: Hamilton Patricia Kate @3 to Middendorf David Frederic & Irene; $284,000. 5080 Muirwoods Court: Otten David A. & Jane M. to Lee David C. & Michelle; $530,000. 9011 Summit Ave.: Haeufle Greg & Jennifer M. to Federal Na-

tional Mortgage Association; $50,000.


10036 Wimbledon Court: Sangvai Gangadhar D. & Uma to Alfaqih Laith S. & Blair E. Davis; $375,000. 10815 Stockbridge Lane: Coleman Stephen T. & Celeste

Michele Matherly to Kahl Brian W. & Kristine; $364,000. 7740 Hartford Hill Lane: Gelfand Eugene M. & Jennifer L. to Hocker Guy A. & Michelle; $670,000. 7969 Huntersknoll Court: Petticrew Jeffrey D. & Cheryln A. to Ridgway Matthew & Emalee; $334,900.


11416 Gideon Lane: Fannie Mae to Huffman Rise A.; $160,000. 12159 Third Ave.: Simpson Jason G. @3 to Simpson Jason G@3; $70,000. 12159 Third Ave.: Simpson Jason G. @3 to Simpson Jason G@3; $70,000. 3813 Larchview Drive: Covell Jason & Sybil to Welsh Philip; $145,500. 4231 Kugler Mill Road: U S. Bank

ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. National Association Tr to Jack Lu LLC; $27,000. 8830 Roundhill Road: Hodge Tracy L. & Nicholas G. to Yu Yuehua & Yuexi Wang; $387,100.


Geromes Way: Cactus Lakes LLC to Hudson Andrew T. & Emily J.; $116,000. 10431 Briarcove Lane: Fox Howard Irvin & Donna Lynne to Gratsch Brian L. & Ashley N.; $323,500. 11327 Avant Lane: Kieninger

Douglas C. & Jane H. to Piehler Michael M. & Olga C.; $523,000. 11913 Foxgate Way: Capven LLC to Bucher Larry E. & Deborah K.; $222,000. 8545 Twilight Tear Lane: Anthony Amy L. & David R. to Rajagopala Makunda; $570,000. 9376 Kentonsrun Court: Patterson Lynne P. & Lynne A. to Corattiyil Ashwin & Kelly M. Arey; $300,000. 9377 White Rose Court: Rose Colleen D. to Weincouff Steven M. & Julie A.; $460,000.

Blue Ash Fire Department prepares personnel with PAMS

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It’s a situation that no one wants to be in, but it could happen any day, at any time. The city of Blue Ash’s Fire Department recently reviewed PAMS training with its crew, which practices what to do in the case of an injured firefighter during an emergency. Though the first concern when on scene at any fire is to ensure the safety of the individuals inside, BAFD must also keep its staff safe as well. PAMS is an acronym Blue Ash Firefighters use as procedure to attend to an injured crewmate in a fire. The “P” stands for PASS alarm, which is a sensor that indicates if a firefighter has not physically moved in a certain amount of time. “A” stands for air check, which is given through the air packs firefighters carry on their backs. If the air pack is low, a loud alarm will begin to go off. “M” stands for mayday, in which rescue firefighters must call out to confirm that a crewmate is indeed down. By confirming this and additional information, such as

name of the injured and their injuries, responders outside the vicinity can know what stage the rescuers are in and the severity of the situation. Lastly, “S” stands for straps, which are secured and tightened in order to pull the injured to safety. The Fire Department has its rapid assistance team (RAT) company on scene at every fire in case a firefighter does go down. They are equipped with a special bag containing an extra air tank, mask, flashlight, ropes, etc ... to help them assist if necessary. By practicing in the North Fire Station’s confined training space, personnel can review and refresh themselves on procedures, protocol, and techniques of PAMS. Assistant Fire Chief Chris Theders oversees the department’s training and discusses each training scenario afterwards to reinforce the practice. Though PAMS is practiced two to three times a year, luckily, BAFD hasn’t had to use it in any emergencies. March 14 marks the 12th year anniversary of the death of Phoenix firefighter/paramedic Bret Tarver, who

died in the line of duty after running out of air from his self-contained breathing apparatus. Due to lack of oxygen, he became disoriented inside a burning supermarket and removed his equipment. BAFD also practices PAMS scenarios in the situation of a lost or injured firefighter removing equipment due to disorientation in a fire. Thanks to technology, all of BAFD’s air packs are equipped with Bluetooth technology, enabling them to communicate more effectively with each other inside the scene and outside with command posts. Through this, individuals such as the chief and assistant chiefs can see the oxygen levels of each firefighter inside the structure, as well as oversee and monitor their breathing levels and safety. If command personnel think all firefighters should evacuate the building, the click of a button will sound all of their alarms to notify them of their instruction. Nearby Loveland also has this technology, allowing for easy collaboration when fighting fires.