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More than 350 people recently learned how to increase happiness in their lives when Jewish Family Service presented its seventh annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series program, “The How of Happiness: A Science and Practice,” with best selling author Sonja Lyubomirsky and positive psychology expert Donna Mayerson, at Receptions Conference Center in Loveland. SEE LIFE, B1

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Farmer’s market has firm roots

By Jeanne Houck

Montgomery hopes members of its leadership course are inspired to become active in their community. It’s a lesson the class of March 2010 has taken to heart. Some 15 graduates of the Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy are working to establish a farmer’s market in the city and are confident it will open June 5. “The Montgomery Farmer’s Market will bring residents out to connect with one another in a family-friendly way that supports local farmers and businesses while celebrating the small-town charm that makes Montgomery a top city to live in,” said one of the organizers, Russ Speiller, a productdevelopment engineer at Procter & Gamble. Speiller said the group believes residents will welcome the farmer’s market based on responses of people asked last year on “Open City Hall,” an online forum on Montgomery’s website, if they would support such an endeavor. “Of all questions asked to date in the Open City Hall forum, the farmer’s market question received the largest number of citizen responses, with the responses being overwhelmingly positive,” Speiller said. Plans are for the market to be open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30 – with the exception of July 17, Montgomery’s Bastille Day celebration. There are two locations under consideration: The public parking lot near the corner of Shelley Lane and Straight Street in the downtown Historic District and the Montgomery Elementary School parking lot off Montgomery Road just outside the district. “We are excited about the


Recent graduates of the Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy are working to establish a farmer’s market in the city by June. Two sites are under consideration: the city-owned, public-parking lot near the corner of Shelley Lane and Straight Street in the downtown Historic District and the Montgomery Elementary School parking lot on Montgomery Road just outside the district. Here are some of the organizers, from left: Russ Speiller, Erin Crosby, Ann Scranton, Mehul Parikh, Valerie Taylor and Debbie Miller.

Farmer’s market organizers make their case Here’s what two organizers of a farmer’s market in Montgomery have to say about the idea:

become the heartbeat of the community.” – Valerie Taylor, a writer who runs the Cincinnati Local Foods (Yahoo) Group and the Cincinnati Locavore blog.

“A farmer’s market can be so much more than simply an outlet for healthy, fresh, seasonal, locally-grown produce and locally-produced foods. It also provides a weekly interactive event bringing citizens together and can

“I would certainly rather have corn that grew in my own backyard over corn that was shipped across country, and I want to support the hard-working people

prospect of a farmer’s market in Montgomery and appreciate the hard work of the citizens who are working to make it a reality,” said

Frank Davis, the city’s community/property development director. In addition to selling everything from squash to sauerkraut,

who are working to produce great local food. I consider my food dollar a vote for the way I want my world to work.” – Debbie Miller, a business manager for the Center for Resolution of Disputes in downtown Cincinnati and a dietetics student at the University of Cincinnati. Reported by Jeanne Houck organizers hope to have weekly demonstrations of things such as cooking and composting at the farmer’s market.

Township recognizes value of businesses By Amanda Hopkins

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The new Aldi store on Fields Ertel Road, with a grand opening scheduled for April 12, lets passersby know that they a part of Symmes Township.

Symmes Township is taking steps to recognize and bring in more businesses to the community. “Our businesses are in Symmes Township but what are we really doing (for them)?” said John Borchers, township fiscal officer. Some of Borchers’ ideas on recognizing businesses in the township include presenting them with a Symmes Township valued business certificate that could be put on display in the business and starting a business recruiting page on the township Web site. “It’s a process of telling them ‘not only are you important to us, we like having you here,’” Borchers said.

“It’s a process of telling them ‘not only are you important to us, we like having you here.’” John Borchers Symmes Township fiscal officer The idea for a hiring a parttime employee that could focus on Symmes Township businesses was also discussed at the trustees’ special meeting March 16. Symmes Township does not have a business association, but Trustee Ken Bryant said the township could work with the Northeast Chamber of Commerce or the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce, especially on getting word to business owners that there are

available storefronts in the township. Bryant, who has pushed for giving Symmes Township a separate identity from its surrounding communities, also wants to make sure that businesses and business employees that work in Symmes Township get their money back after it was reported some were paying income taxes to the city of Loveland. Township officials said the problem stems from many businesses and residents in Symmes Township have a Loveland mailing address. No action was taken during the March 16 meeting, but the trustees and adminstrator said they will continue to looking into how to help the township businesses.

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Flower show a success for Symmes By Amanda Hopkins


Here are members of the Montgomery team that helped the city host the 2010 Tree City USA Program. From left: front row, Lynda Roesch, city council member; Lee Levy, Judy Feltner and Jane Hohn, Beautification & Tree Commission members; Chelsey Bridgewater, customer service representative and Phil Schwartz, Beautification & Tree Commission auxiliary member; back row, Terry Willenbrink, city arborist; Joyce Yock, volunteer coordinator; Jodi Keith, Beautification & Tree Commission member and program Task Force chair and Jacquie Webb, Beautification & Tree Commission member. Not pictured, Helen Grimes and Renie Taylor, Beautification & Tree Commission members.

Tree honors work of many people, years By Jeanne Houck

Montgomery City Councilwoman Lynda Roesch said the city’s most recent environmental honors had their origins in the work of the Montgomery Beautification Committee, which began pushing for the city to achieve Tree City USA status more than two decades ago. Since then, the city or volunteers have passed a tree-care ordinance, inventoried trees, created a tree manual, hired a city arborist, appointed a tree board, established a community-forestry program, committed to observe Arbor Day and set up programs to annually plant trees on pub-

lic property and help residents plant trees on private property. On April 23, Montgomery not only had the honor of hosting the 2010 Tree City USA Program & Luncheon, held at the Montgomery Inn on Montgomery Road, the city walked away with its 11th Growth Award for environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care. Montgomery was given a Sterling Award for winning a Growth Award more than 10 years in a row. Referring to Tree City USA proponents in Montgomery, Roesch said, “These people, along with other visionaries, are responsible to a large extent for the way Montgomery

looks when it comes to the tree canopy. “Montgomery is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers and city staff who over many years worked diligently to achieve the Tree City Award,” Roesch said. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters. This year in Montgomery, about 190 representatives from governmental entities in Southwest Ohio attended the Tree City USA Program & Luncheon, in which 39 governments were honored with a Tree City Award for their

commitment to urban forestry. The city of Cincinnati holds the longest record for receiving the award, having first received it in 1981. First-time recipients this year were Anderson Township and the city of Woodlawn. Five governments in addition to Montgomery won Growth Awards. They were Cincinnati, Glendale, Silverton, Springboro and Tipp City. Representatives of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources presented the awards and Tom Smith, vice president of operations at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Winton Place, spoke about the 10 best native trees for the region. The city of Troy will host the 2011 Tree City USA Program & Luncheon. See my next apartment in video?

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Signs along Lebanon Road warned commuters of a major event, but traffic ran smoothly through the duration of the Cincinnati Flower Show at Symmes Township Park. Symmes Township Trustee Ken Bryant said traffic was less of a problem in the show’s second year in the township with the increased parking on the Rozzi property and the addition of the bus turn around at Rozzi that kept many vehicles from blocking the traffic traveling along Lebanon Road. Township Administrator Gerald Beckman said the show as a whole was much better this year. “We got the solution ... it’s the traffic pattern we need to use,” Beckman said. Bryant said after the first flower show at Symmes Park last year, township officials met with representatives from the flower show and neighboring

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Loveland to work out all of the issues. Many streets near Symmes Park were closed to keep guests from parking in the residential areas, trash barrels were put out along Lebanon Road and a privacy fence was added behind vendor booths that bordered houses near the park. “All of those things worked out real well,” Bryant said. The Cincinnati Horticultural Society, which runs the Cincinnati Flower Show, has a five-year agreement with Symmes Township to use the park through 2013. “I think it will get better and better,” Bryant said. “It’s a great venue for the flower show.”


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cert Series Sunday, May 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. behind the township administration building at 8540 Kenwood Road. Music will be provided by long time Cincinnati favorites the Modulators. A community picnic will be held along with the concert. Barbecue and pop will be available for purchase. Guests can also bring picnic snacks and coolers. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Admission is free. Call 7918447 for more information.

Aggregation hearings

The Symmes Township Board of Trustees will hold two public hearings on Tuesday, May 18. at the safety service center at 8871 Weekly Lane regarding the township’s gas and electric aggregation program plan of operation and governance. The hearing on gas aggregation will be held at 7 p.m. and the electric aggregation hearing will be held at 8 p.m. For more, contact the township office at 683-6644.

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Greene open house

Student work will be on display at the E.H. Greene Intermediate School open house for parents and families for current students May 13. The event will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the school at 5200 Aldine Drive in Blue Ash. Visitors can see the students’ academic work, enjoy performances by the fifth- and sixth-grade choruses and visit a student-made wax museum of historical figures. Faculty will be on hand for Parking will be available at the school and a shuttle at Maple Dale Elementary School at 6100 Hagewa Drive in Blue Ash.


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May 5, 2010 Northeast Suburban Life


Indian Hill eyes later school starts

By Forrest Sellers

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A task force with the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District is looking into a later start time for middle and high school students. This week the task force is sending out a survey to parents and staff to get feedback on a later starting time. “The motivation is to increase every student’s learning potential,” said school board member Elizabeth Johnston, who also serves on the task force.

The Indian Hill Boosters Association has donated $66,000 for new scoreboards at Indian Hill High School. The donation will go toward a scoreboard at Tomahawk Stadium as well as for scoreboards at the baseball and softball fields. The donation from the boosters will begin the process of working with the village of

Indian Hill to get approval to erect the scoreboards, according to Superintendent Jane Knudson. The school cannot erect a billboard without approval from the village. “An athletic facility having a scoreboard in place is an important part of the program,” said Tim Sharp, president of the Indian Hill Exempted Village School Board.

High school classes start at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 2:30 p.m. Middle school classes start at 7:35 a.m. and con-

tinue until 2:35 p.m. The specific time for a late start has not been determined. One of the questions on

the survey is what starting time would be preferable. “I think sleep deprivation is a real problem for teenagers,” said Helen Koselka, chairwoman of the Department of Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital. “We need to understand it’s not just their lifestyles, but their sleep physiology that may keep them from falling asleep at a reasonable time even if they are exhausted,” she said. Koselka was in attendance at last week’s school board meeting and is also assisting the task force. Johnston said her

teenage sleep patterns and their impact on school start times,” said Knudson via eJohnston mail. “We are now at the point in our study where we need feedback on this topic from all parents and staff,” she said. Johnston presented information to the board, but no action was taken. The results of the survey are expected to be discussed at a future board meeting.

research indicates many teens don’t fall asleep until after 11 p.m. This lack of sleep impacts the student’s ability to remain alert, said Johnston. Other complications could include an increased risk of emotional problems and a higher probability of automobile accidents related to drowsiness, she said. Superintendent Jane Knudson said no changes to the school schedule are planned at this point. “Last year a district task force including teachers, parents and administrators was organized to study

Sycamore student Martinez wins art honor By Jeanne Houck

Sycamore High School senior Maria Martinez says her photographs are like “complicated poetry.” “The 17th-century type, with the complicated rhyme schemes, iambic pentameter and all that jazz. “A photograph I choose to edit, print, matte and hand to my viewer is a complex sonnet in need of deciphering,” Martinez said. A photograph she took and titled “Eternal” apparently was poetry in stopmotion for judges with Summerfair Cincinnati. The non-profit organization based in Anderson Township gave it an honorable mention in its Scholastics Art Awards program, which attracted entries from 37 high-school students. Summerfair Cincinnati annually gives money for art supplies and art classes to the top three winners in the contest. “The talent exhibited at this year’s Scholastics Art Awards was truly remarkable,” said Sharon Strubbe, executive director of Summerfair Cincinnati. “We are pleased to be able to foster the talent in these young adults through our scholarship program and we hope our contribution helps them continue to be a part of the vibrant

Cincinnati art scene,” Strubbe said. Martinez lives in Symmes Township and is the daughter of Emma Puentes and Gorge Martinez. “To be honored with the many awards I’ve received for my art makes the long hours sorting through my head for ideas, the hundreds of dollars on cameras and

paper and all of the runs I make to Walgreens totally worth it,” Maria Martinez said. “Art is the part of me that at times seems at odds with reality, being impractical at times with the harsh reality of success in the real world. Having my piece, ‘Eternal,’ chosen for Summerfair Cincinnati is something I will write on my

resume for years to come, even if artistry in photography is not required for busing tables. “It’s exciting to find that my idea of beauty is something worthy of recognition,” Martinez said. Information about Sum-

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May 5, 2010

Face of diversity has the expression of an individual

Sprankles wins Pope Award

By Kelly McBride Reddy

The 2010 recipient of the Merlin G. Pope Jr. Diversity Leadership Award has lived his life embracing the differences of individuals that make up a community. William Sprankles values those differences, and as KELLY MCBRIDE REDDY/STAFF principal of Princeton High School, he has helped William Sprankles, who won the 2010 empower students and staff Merlin G. Pope Jr. Diversity Leadership to make changes and see Award, wears his Princeton pride on the importance of being an his sleeve. individual. T h o s e “Reading the thoughts were (nomination) letters among many expressed in was the most nomination lethumbling and ters that led to inspirational part. It Sprankles being named the winmakes you want to ner of the annual give back. I don’t ever want to let award. these people down.” Though he just turned 30, William Sprankles the Colerain Township resident has left a tion. Sprankles has held his Viking-sized mark on the position as principal for just school. The award is given to a year and a half, and leaders who have included worked as an assistant prinJohn Pepper, former P&G cipal for two years prior, as chairman, and Kathryn well as an English teacher Merchant, CEO of the before that. He brought a lifetime of Greater Cincinnati Founda-


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About Princeton High School

Princeton has 200 staff members and 1,500 students enrolled in the current school year. Half qualify for and receive free and reduced lunch. The student body is made up of 63 percent African-American; 30 percent Caucasian; 20 percent with identified special needs; and an increasing number who speak English as a second language. Sprankles said he was surprised and humbled when he learned he had won. It wasn’t the award that humbled him. It was the nomination letters, and the realization of how he has impacted others. “Had I not won the award, it doesn’t make a difference day to day,” Sprankles said. “Reading the (nomination) letters was the most humbling and inspirational part,” he said. “It makes you want to give back. “I don’t ever want to let these people down.” Though diversity is often viewed as a group concept, Sprankles sees the individual. “It’s about advocating for


“What are you doing to advocate for our kids today?” Sprankles asks on the white board in his office. all the groups in your position as an educator,” he said. “You have to embrace everyone, whether they’re in the major minority or even the sole person standing alone. “That kid needs a voice.” He sees the effort, however, as a group concept. “The people that surround me have such an influence on me,” Sprankles said. “I trust that they are the foot soldiers of what that award is for. “The driving force behind decisions being made is staying connected to the kids here,” he said. “How can you not advocate for them? “You have to embrace and respect everyone’s walk of life,” Sprankles said. “What you fight for every day is making its way into someone else’s core belief system,” he said. “If I can have an impact on that core belief system, then everything begins to change.”

Athletics director runs for teachers retirement board By Jeanne Houck

The director of athletics at Sycamore High School is campaigning for one of two teacher representative seats on the board of the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio. James Stoll has two opponents in the race for the four-year terms on the Retirement Board that begin Sept. 1. They are Mark Hill and Dale Price, both math teachers, with the Worthington City Schools and the Toledo Public Schools, respectively. Stoll taught American government classes and coached basketball for 13 years before becoming an administrator. He was also an adjunct professor of sports marketing at Miami University and has served as an assistant basketball coach at Miami and the University of Wyoming. Stoll founded a company called ProCamps, which puts on youth sport camps for professional NBA and NFL athletes around the country. “Knowing full well the diligence, hard work and sacrifice required to succeed in business, I have fought hard against the outrageous spending practices and

incredibly huge bonus awards for STRS investment staff that continu e u n c h e c k e d Stoll while the STRS pension fund lost almost $33 billion of its assets in 2008 and 2009,” Stoll said. Voting in the electionare members of the retirement system, people with contributions on deposit with the system and disability benefit recipients. Winners are to be announced Saturday, May 8. The Retirement Board consists of five elected teacher members, two elected retired teacher members, an investment expert appointed by the governor, an investment expert appointed jointly by the speaker of the House and the Senate president, an investment expert designated by the state treasurer and the Superintendent of Public Instruction or his or her designated investment expert. Members serve without pay. The Ohio Federation of Teachers has endorsed Hill and Price. Stoll has been endorsed by the Concerned Ohio Retired Educators (CORE).

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diverse experiences to his job leading the diverse high school, as well as a drive to initiate change with students’ well-being always in mind. Sprankles grew up in Mount Healthy, lived in Hawaii and attended college on a soccer scholarship spending a term in Barbados. He was invited to join a predominately black fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, while a student at Northern Kentucky University. He taught English at Withrow High School and lead the school’s newspaper. It was there that he revitalized the school’s soccer team, integrating players who spoke different languages and played various styles of the game. Later, when he came to Princeton as assistant principal, he supported several players while they finished school, then helped them with the paperwork needed for them to be accepted into college. He has participated in seminars with the Undoing Racism Institute, “which furthered his understanding of the racism he experienced while living in Hawaii,” Dean of Student and Family Services Marni Durham said in her nomination letter. At 30, he could almost pass for one of the students, one who appears to relate to them rather than lead them. But he does both, and has earned the respect of students and staff alike. “To be that powerful at such a young age is amazing,” Durham said. “He’s about half the age of anyone who’s ever won. “The important thing



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Ursuline dance team has a great first season

The inaugural season for the Ursuline Academy Dance Team culminated in several awards at the recent Show Case Unlimited, international, state and national competition. The team won many accolades, including: Production – 2010 state champions, 2010 national champions, high score of entire day on Saturday of the competition (April 10), showcase star rating. Pom – 2010 state runner up, 2010 national runner up, showcase star rating, high point award. The Ursuline Dance Team Boosters also won the best boosters award. Members of the Dance Team are: Courtney Arand of Mason, Meghan Bauer of West Chester Township, Kristen Beck of Anderson Township, Carolyn Bender of Montgomery, Kayla Boehner of West Chester Township, Makiah

Estes of Liberty Township, Grace Ferguson of Indian Hill, Sarah Fitzpatrick of Loveland, Ashley Gray of Loveland, Emma Groene of Mason, Marnie Grow of Mason, Maria Hale of Fairfield, Jessie Haskamp of Loveland, Hannah Jarvis of Batesville, Ind., Carolyn Johnson of Colerain Township, Erin Kochan of West Chester Township, Colleen Koenig of Loveland, Katie Lenart of Montgomery, Anosha Minai of West Chester Township, Emily Morris of Indian Hill, Josie O’Connell of Loveland, Angie Pan of Evendale, Marisa Pike of Sycamore Township, Grace Ries of Liberty Township, Laura Schoettmer of Mt. Lookout, Taylor Seitz of West Chester Township, Catherine Schomaker of Mt. Healthy, Christina Tefend of Loveland, Rachel Treinen of Loveland, Megan Toomb of Mason and Megan Valerio (captain) of College Hill.


The Ursuline Academy Dance Team won many accolades during its recent inaugural season. Some of the team members are, from left: Marie Hale, Laura Schoettmer, Katie Lenart, Marnie Grow, Catherine Schomaker, Courtney Arand, Josie O’Connell, Ashley Gray and Grace Ferguson.

Schilling on mission to help gifted children


World War II visit

World War II bombardier Charles Gribi, center, visited Deborah Fisher’s eighth-grade language arts classes at Sycamore Junior High. The students read “The Diary of Anne Frank” and Gribi shared his stories about his 31 decisive missions in 1944. Seen here with Gribi are students, from left: Camellia Sengupta and Matt Degenhardt.

When her sons started elementary school, Dr. Sandra Schilling looked for an environment for gifted children. She wanted to support their strengths and interests, stimulate them to learn. In 1997, she started The Schilling School for Gifted Children. Her third and youngest son graduated in June 2009 and spoke at his graduation. “Thanks mom,” Daniel Schilling said. “Thanks for creating The Schilling School.” Turning another page this spring, Schilling has launched a unique 13-week educational experience for the parents, staff and students. She wants students and their parents to understand how their minds work and how they can set and reach their goals.

“It takes more than a high IQ to be a success,” she said. Challenging the staff and parents to know how to encourage and mentor these special students, she purchased 50 books titled “Personal Coaching for Result.” She is structuring reading and discussions to promote goal setting and “reach our potential.” Her hope is that these exercises, based on research from cognitive psychology and social learning theory, will help not only the students, but also the staff and parents, learn and apply skills to achieve success. The Schilling School for Gifted Children, at 8100 Cornell Road in Symmes Township, is open to students from Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky and Indiana with IQs of 130 and above.

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Korman visits Sycamore

Author Gordon Korman, center, visited Sycamore Junior High. He shared with students how writing needs to be planned and how often research replaces some experiences. Here, Korman autographs his books for students, from left: Matthew Green, Erin Glass, Dylan Brown and Alex Schlie (seated).

Sycamore High School senior Neil Krishnan has been named one of approximately

560 semifinalists in the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifialists were selected from more than 3,000 candidates on the basis of superi-

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Allison Green has been named to the 2009

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The Symmes Players, a theater group at Symmes Elementary School comprised of third- and fourth-grade students, will present “School House Rock Live Jr.” in May at Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road in Montgomery. Performances will be 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Featuring songs such as “Conjunction Junction” and “Just a Bill,” the musical focuses on a

school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. When he tries to relax by watching television, Schoolhouse Rock characters appear and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Directed by parent Renee Gottliebson and sponsored by the Symmes PTO, 59 students are featured in the production. Tickets are $6 – free for children under 3 years old – and on sale now by e-mailing Rachelle Penilla, Symmes parent, at or achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in community and school activities. Krishnan is from Blue Ash.

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This week in baseball

• Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Roger Bacon 2-1, April 24. CHCA’s winning pitcher was John Lloyd, and Jacob Schomaker hit a double. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Lockland 11-0 in five innings, April 27. CHCA’s Jacob Schomaker was the winning pitcher, and Parker Roe hit a double and had two RBI. • Lakota East beat Sycamore 8-7, April 27. Sycamore’s Alec Diersing hit a double.

This week in tennis

• Sycamore placed third with a score of 145 in the final standings of the Flight A Coaches Classic, April 24. Sycamore’s Jake Maxwell and David Jungerwirth beat Lakota East’s Witzman and P. Abunku 8-5 in the first doubles third place championship. In the second doubles third place championship, Sycamore’s Nikhil Grandhi and Jeffrey Kaplan beat Mason’s Steier and Heim 8-6. • Moeller tied with Mason “B” and Anderson for second place with a score of 170. in the Flight C Coaches Classic, April 24. Moeller’s Ahmed Zaman beat Walnut Hills’ St. John-Fausz 8-1 in the first singles third place final. Moeller’s Mitchell Patterson beat Walnut’s Knoblock 8-3 in the second singles third place final. • Seven Hills beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 5-0, April 27. CHCA falls to 46 with the loss.

This week in boys’ volleyball

• Mt. Vernon beat Moeller 25-23, 25-21, 25-23, April 24. • Moeller beat St. Xavier 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 28-25, 15-8, April 26.

This week in lacrosse

Ursuline Academy beat Mariemont 13-9, April 26.

This week in softball

• Lakota East beat Sycamore 8-1, April 27. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat St. Bernard 11-0, April 27. CHCA’s Alisha Grant was the winning pitcher, and Alex Jeffers was 2-3 and hit a triple. • Ursuline beat Deer Park 3-0, April 27. Ursuline’s Hannah Mehrle pitched 14 strikeouts, and Maria Leichty was 2-3, hit a double and had two RBI. • Fairfield beat Sycamore 9-0, April 28. Sycamore’s Megan Stoy hit a double. • Mercy beat Ursuline 2-1, April 28. Ursuline’s Maria Leichty hit a triple. • Sycamore beat Talawanda 7-6, April 29. Sycamore’s Shelly Pohl was the winning pitcher, and Carrie Tveita was 3-4 and had four RBI.

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Streak snapped; Eagles eye state run

By Tony Meale

On April 12, the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy baseball team lost 3-2 to Miami Valley Conference rival Summit Country Day. The loss snapped the Eagles’ 69-game conference winning streak. “We were bound to lose (a conference game) at some point,” CHCA head coach Larry Redwine said. “It just so happened it was that day.” Granted, the Eagles played that game with a less-than-100-percent John Lloyd on the mound, and without Jacob Schomaker, who leads the team with a .523 average (he was visiting the Air Force Academy). “I don’t want to make excuses because Summit played an exceptional game,” Redwine said. “They played an errorless game, and they hit in clutch situations.” The Eagles have since won seven of eight and are 16-3 (as of May 2). Their only losses were a seasonopening 6-2 loss at Ross and a 2-0 loss at Badin on April 20. Ross and Badin are the only teams in the city ranked ahead of CHCA in the Divisions II-IV. “If you look in the city poll, you’ll see one firstplace vote for CHCA, and that’s not mine,” Redwine said. “I’ve been voting for Ross all season. To me, they’re the best team in


Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy sophomore Matt Blankenship, shown in a game earlier in the season, has been one of the top pitchers for the Eagles this year. Division II through IV. Unless something happens (to show otherwise), they

deserve to be up there.” Still, it’s hard to fault whichever coach has CHCA

at No. 1. The Eagles have five players – Schomaker, Ben Lewis, Matt Williams, Ted Andrews and Nick Keith – hitting .400 or better. As a team, CHCA is hitting .397 with a .521 on-base percentage. Redwine, however, wants his offense to be more consistent. “It seems like we’ve left more men on base this year than the last two years combined,” he said. “Statistically, that’s not true, but we’re always getting guys in scoring position and not always getting them home.” Redwine did credit Lewis, who leads the team with 24 RBI and will play for the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. “Ben has been very effective in crunch time,” Redwine said. Equally valuable is Williams, who leads the team in runs (33) and stolen bases (23); he also has a team-high three home runs to his credit. “There’s a reason he had so many scholarship offers,” Redwine said of Williams, who will play for the University of Cincinnati. Even if the bats are inconsistent, however, CHCA certainly has the arms to stymie opponents. The Eagles have seven shutouts on the year – including a 7-0 win over St. Xavier on April 17 – and have allowed three runs or fewer 10 times. “Pitching is a strength,” Redwine said. The Eagles’ top pitcher

has been Lloyd, who missed a few weeks during the beginning of the season due to illness. He is 2-2 with a 0.53 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP; he has 28 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. “He got off to a slow start, but he’s pitching well,” Redwine said. Schomaker has been solid as a No. 2 with a 2.04 ERA. “We feel that with Lloyd and Schomaker on the mound, we can compete with almost anybody,” Redwine said. Matt Blankenship, meanwhile, has sparkled as a No. 3. The sophomore is 4-0 with two complete games, a 1.27 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 22.0 innings. “He has a great arm, and he’s really focused,” Redwine said. “He’s done a great job.” Redwine also credited Williams, who has 11 strikeouts in 3.2 innings, as well as hurlers Max Adams, Blake Avery and Evan Jelley. The Eagles host Western Brown on May 5 and New Miami on May 6. They close the year against Turpin and Anderson, with both games scheduled for May 7. “We can improve in every phase of the game, and I think we will,” said Redwine, whose team aspires to advance to the state tournament. CHCA made its first – and only – appearance at state in 2005.

Aves lacrosse could be Moeller tennis a threat in postseason taking shape By Mark Chalifoux

The Sycamore High School boys’ lacrosse team is 5-3 midway through the season and the Aviators have a chance to make some noise in the postseason. “All of our losses have been to quality opponents,” head coach Tom Nugent said. “We’ve learned from each of our setbacks and if we come with the right mental focus, the only team that can stop us is the green and gold of Sycamore.” Nugent said the Aves have the talent to make a run in the tournament, but the team’s problem is consistency and decisionmaking. While the team has a healthy amount of seniors, there are also a handful of underclassmen playing prominent roles on the team. Sycamore plays a tough schedule, including several Columbus teams ranked in the top 5 in the state, and that should help the younger players develop

While the team has a healthy amount of seniors, there are also a handful of underclassmen playing prominent roles on the team. quicker. “It’s important to get them experience against high-level teams so they can be pushed and so we can help through decisionmaking so come tournament time we’re firing on all cylinders,” Nugent said. Sycamore has a strong midfield and a strong defense, led by standout junior goaltender Jeff Wolkoff. Wolkoff was an all-state goalie a year ago and has continued to shine for the Aves. Wolkoff was a East Player of the Week April 26 for his 20save effort in an 11-10 loss to Hilliard Davidson. “He’s playing at a high level and that’s a big reason we’ve done as well as we have,” Nugent said. Senior midfielder Tyler Dowdall is the team’s leading scorer and sophomore

Derrick Kihembo leads the team in assists. Senior Tim Andrews is a rock defensively for the Aves. Sycamore has added depth this season, provided by a trio of senior players who have stepped into larger roles this season. Collin Hart, Brett Schibler and Adam Kahan have all expanded their roles and helped bolster the Aves roster, according to Nugent. At the midseason point there have been several highlights for the Aves. One was a 15-8 over a very athletic Indianapolis Cathedral team and another was a 10-6 win over Moeller. “That is always a hotly contested game because so many of the guys know each other,” Nugent said. He also said the Aves would learn a lot about the team they can be over the next few weeks as the schedule toughens. “If we can learn to grow in the consistency area, and we definitely have a chance to do that, then we can have a lot of fun in the tournament,” Nugent said.

By Mark Chalifoux

The Moeller High School tennis team started the season on a rough note, playing two of the toughest teams in the city in St. Xavier and Mason. The Crusaders have since bounced back and recently finished in second place in the “C” flight of the Coaches Classic. “We had a good showing,” head coach Gary Hopkins said. “It’s sort of a rebuilding year and our No. 1 singles player has been hurt for most of the year. We’re definitely looking forward to the second half of the season though and we want to finish strong.” Moeller has only one senior and has a handful of underclassmen playing prominent roles this year. The Crusaders played one of the tougher schedules in the city as Hopkins said the team wasn’t going to back down from anyone. “I told our players we aren’t going to schedule the little kids. They aren’t here to play smaller teams, they are here to play tough matches. It lets the kids know what they need to do

The Crusaders have bounced back and recently finished in second place in the “C” flight of the Coaches Classic.

be competitive.” The team is led by No. 1 singles player junior Ahmed Zaman, who is back in action after some injury trouble. Mitchell Patterson, a sophomore, is another top player and the first doubles team, composed of junior John Westerkamp and senior Brady Bauer, is also strong. “When you have a mix of classes you have to match the right personalities together for doubles and finding the right matches for players can be tough at the start of the season when you’re dealing with different maturity levels,” Hopkins said. Hopkins said winning isn’t everything, but he is pleased with how the boys are starting to play. “They are starting to come around and with the fairly strong showing at the Coaches Classic, this team is starting to show signs of improvement,” he said.

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Tough early games could help Crusaders later in season By Mark Chalifoux

The Moeller High School lacrosse team started the season 3-1 but hit a rut in the middle of the season, dropping its next six games. Still, the Crusaders are a team to keep an eye on at the end of the season. “We are a young team,” head coach Nate Reed said. “We only have five seniors and we start five underclassmen. We have a ton of talent but there’s not a lot you can do early in the season to help make up for a 14-year-old kid going against an 18-year-old kid.” It’s that youth that may lead to teams overlooking Moeller at the end of the season. Reed said the team has a ton of talent but just needed to gain some more varsity experience. And the Crusaders did just that by playing an “extremely difficult” schedule, according to Reed. “That’s the only way to do it,” he said. “There are ways to hide yourself against easier teams but you can’t hide in the state tournament because they are all good teams, so it’s


Moeller’s James Rogan passes against Indian Hill on April 14. The Crusaders fell to the Braves 7-3. important to get that valuable experience now. “You don’t learn much from beating an easier team 18-1 but you learn about your team and what you need to work on when they go against top competition,” Reed said. The Crusaders have been in nearly every game but have simply come up short in the end during the first half of the season. “I told the kids it’s not where we start, it’s where

we finish that counts,” he said. Moeller has shown flashes of what the Crusaders can be when they put it all together. This was especially evident in a 14-2 win over St. Ignatius earlier in the season. While the Crusaders are young, 50 percent of the players in the program are freshmen, they could make some noise in the postseason and Reed credits the senior leadership for bringing the younger kids along. “Our seniors have been great about that and keeping them motivated and focused has not been a problem,” he said. “That’s invaluable to have when you have a young team. They see how good the younger kids can be so they stay excited and push them.” The team has three captains: Senior Joe Busam and juniors James Rogan and junior goalie Hayden Miller. Reed called Miller one of the top goalies in the city (“He’s phenomenal,” Reed said) and said Rogan and sophomore Mitchell Catino have played well in the midfield.


Moeller’s senior captain Joe Busam runs with the ball against Indian Hill on April 14. Defensively, Busam and junior Jon Ward lead the way and the Crusaders young attack, led by freshman Quinn Collison and sophomores C.J. Polak and Jacob Fuller is starting to come around. Reed said the program is

also excited for the future, as Moeller will return nine of their 10 starters next season. And the Crusaders could still put together a run at the end of this season. Reed said it will be a fun team to watch in the last part of the

season. “We have a young, fun, energetic group of players that work hard every day,” he said. Many of the players live in Sharonville, Loveland, Madeira, Indian Hill and Montgomery.

Boosters to swing for athletic funds


The chairpersons of the Sycamore Community Schools Athletic Boosters 2010 golf outing are, from left, Paula Smith, Jeff Smith, Julie Weber and Bob Weber. line tickets. In addition, the event will feature a silent auction

BRIEFLY More in tennis

• Moeller beat Roger Bacon 5-0, April 27. Moeller’s Mitchell Patterson beat Kolis 6-0, 6-0; Logan Wacker beat Bruns 6-0, 6-0; Tommy Sullivan beat Hoopes 6-0, 6-0; Brady Bauer and John Westerkamp beat Meyer and Schaffer 6-0, 6-0; Jon Opdycke and John Harbaugh beat Mitchell and Steele 6-0, 6-0. • Sycamore beat Hamilton 5-0, April 27. Sycamore’s Yuri Karev beat Scruggs 6-0, 6-0; Dylan Stern beat Thrasher 60, 6-1; Nikhil Grandhi beat Christian 6-0, 6-0; David Jungerwirth and Jake Maxwell beat Lehman and Traylor 6-0. 6-0; Andrew Katz and Jeffrey Kaplan beat Kinch and Young 6-0, 6-0. • Moeller beat Mason White 3-2, April 28. Moeller’s Ahmed Zamen beat Palani 62, 6-0; Mitchell Patterson beat Dmitriev 6-2, 7-5; Tommy Sullivan and Logan Wacker beat Kraus and Sunkara 6-3, 6-4. • Sycamore beat Loveland 4-1, April 28. Sycamore’s Adam Reinhart beat Streicker 6-2, 6-1; Dylan Stern beat Altaly 6-1, 6-0; Jake Maxwell and David Jungerwirth beat Giles and Treloar 6-1, 6-4; Jeffrey Kaplan and Nikhil Grandhi beat Clawson and Eldridge 6-2, 6-2. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Cincinnati Country Day 3-2, April 29. CHCA’s A. Tedrick beat Toltzis 6-3, 6-3; B. Tedrick and Henize beat Mesh and Pierce 7-6, 6-2; DiFabio and Kennedy beat Meixner and Smith 6-4, 6-3.

• Sycamore beat Fairfield 5-0, April 29. Sycamore’s Adam Reinhart beat Ko 6-0, 6-0; Yuri Karev beat Barker 60, 6-1; Dylan Stern beat Reece 6-0, 6-1; Jake Maxwell and David Jungerwirth beat Lopina-Page 6-1, 6-2; Jeffrey Kaplan and Andrew Katz beat Snyder and Lee 6-0, 6-4.

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Countries that go for broke usually get there We would all be wise to pay attention to the troubles in Greece and the other countries in serious financial condition, including our own. Of particular concern is the strife created by working folks as their countries try to work their way out of their deficits. It would be easy to blame the public union workers that are rioting. They are only partially to blame. The real problem lies with their leaders and the politicians who negotiated unreasonable pay and working conditions. The union workers are seen as greedy and belligerent as they try to keep their living standards intact. If the situation is to be resolved peacefully, there will

CH@TROOM April 28 questions

Montgomery resident Glenn Welch, who keeps a close eye on Sycamore Community Schools’ finances, is urging the public to contact school board members and tell them to hold the line on wages while negotiating a contract for employees. Do you agree with Welch? Why or why not? “I truly believe Mr. Welch does not understand the previous efforts the Sycamore School District has taken to ‘hold the line.’ The contract in question is a good example. It appears the board negotiated a contract in 1998 that would provide for future savings. They set up two pay scales. The first was for the current employees and the second was for anyone hired after July 1, 1998. The board understood it would take time to realize the savings this would create in salary payments to employees. Salary payments represent over 80 percent of a normal budget. (classified employees do not make up the entire 80 percent). The board was effectively seeking to reduce the largest portion of their budget. It would seem that their action in 1998 is currently saving them 30 percent on anyone hired after the implementation of the new contract. The savings will continue to grow as the remaining 40 percent of the workers under the higher paying scale retire or leave the district. Mr. Welsh believes more should be done to make further cuts and savings to the district. When this contract was entered into both the employees and board understood the long-term effects on district finance. Maybe Mr. Welsh needs to applaud the board for its actions in the past rather than continue to encourage taxpayers to clime on his bandwagon to stop the ‘waste.’ Since when was such a great savings to the district considered a waste. I believe the board showed the ability to act in the best interest of the district with long range planning that has benefited everyone.” J.B. “I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Welch and only wish that more taxpayers would take the time and spend the energy as he has done to dig for the facts that are never told and, in fact, withheld from the Sycamore community under the guise of ‘trust us.’ There is really no reason or need for professionals to unionize – the two do not even belong in the same category. The Sycamore Board of Education is being spineless to allow their unions to control and dictate how much they (we) pay for salaries in

have to be some sacrifices by the workers and the people of the financially troubled countries. H i s t o r y shows that these confrontaEdward Levy tions lead to disCommunity astrous results Press guest for the entire This columnist society. presents an opportunity for the government to be taken over by a “strongman” or a dictator. Once this is seen as the only solution, order is restored by force. We commonly think that dictators and the resultant human atrocities come only from “right

Next questions Indian Hill schools are considering later start times for the middle school and high school, which now start at 7:30 a.m. and 7:35 a.m. Is this a good idea? Why or why not? Is wind power a viable solution to our dependence on oil? Why or why not? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. this district. ‘Kudos’ to Mr. Welch and please continue to educate ‘we the people’ who, if more only knew the whole and awful truth, would certainly support and agree with you just as wholeheartedly.” C.S.T. “Mr. Welch is an asset to this community and has earned the right to be respected for his many hours of hard work and diligence in exposing the facts that the Sycamore board of education will not and do not give to the taxpayers – their employers. Their standard answer to any questioning of the use of our taxpayer dollars is that they wish to be trusted and for us all to just believe that they always conduct themselves in a fiscally responsible manner on all matters at all times. Their attitude is one of arrogant superiority in thinking that they are always correct and without reproach. There needs to be more residents like Mr. Welch who will take the time and energy to hold accountable those who simply use the taxpayers’ money as a sort of slush fund and are unwilling to be totally transparent. When they get their cost/student down in line with other schools rated Excellent with Distinction, reign in hourly and teacher salaries – including standing up to the unions – only then can they expect to begin to earn my/our trust. This board needs a reality check and a good lesson in economics, including how not to be wasteful.” M.C.G. “I think that most of the taxpayers in this district are struggling with jobs lost, no salary increases, zero cost of living increases for Social Security, and difficulties getting hired (young and old alike). I think Sycamore Community Schools should follow the lead of other school districts and freeze salaries for a year. They should use the time to get salaries in line with what those in the community that bear the tax burden earn.” V.S.

wing” tyrants. In reality, they come from either extreme. It has always fascinated me that Hitler was deemed a “right winger,” yet, his political party designation (translated) was National Socialist German Workers Party. It is troubling that the same thing seems to be happening here. We are running up a huge deficit. This is one of the first steps in the downfall of a free country. As the currency becomes worthless, class warfare becomes the norm. Many of the wealthy escape early if possible. The government then is in control of whichever group offers the most “protection” to the rulers. The rest of the people become hapless victims. We

have been in countries like this. Peaceful citizens live in constant fear. One night in Lima, Peru, a police station was blown up a few blocks from our hotel. In Kenya we were allowed to go freely because we were obviously not from one of the warring parties. As I like to use quotes, these seems appropriate at this time, the first is from John Adams in 1814: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” It would seem that Adams was more interested in the future of the country than in petty politics. This would be a good example for us today. We seem more interested in

politics than in the future of our country and the well being of our fellow citizens. If we are to survive, we would be wise for our leaders to put politics aside and solve our problems in a way that benefits all citizens. The recent charade on the medical problem is a perfect example. The other quote is by Henry Adams: “Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” The discussion on this bill has been offensive and will lead to no good for our children. We can and must do better. Edward Levy is a longtime resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.

The life of the non-party Ever since I became an American citizen in 2008, I have grappled with the question: where do I fit politically? Am I a Democrat or a Republican? What box do I fit in? Well, I finally figured it out. I, like perhaps you, am neither. The modern world and information have made many Americans too smart to fit into two boxes on a ballot, and Washington has missed the boat. Instead of expanding party ideology to include more ideas and therefore more Americans, Democrats and Republicans have become ever more partisan and exclusive, alienating millions. However I may disagree with many of their notions, the Tea Party has effectively latched onto this frustration. Republicans, identifying them as right wing conservatives are trying to jump on their bandwagon. The latest is our own Mr. John Boehner, whose brainless tactic of “just say no” to anything from anyone else makes him part of the problem. The Tea Party folks have him pegged. Democrats fare no better under the spotlight. Sure, Mr. Obama was dealt a bad hand from the

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outset. However, he has failed to take on the tough issues of banking regulation and Democrats have been unable to convince the majority of the people that the stimulus plan is working or that healthcare for all is a workable

notion. So, for the record, here go some of my beliefs. Can you identify with them? • I am pro-life, but not under all circumstances. It should be the mother’s call in cases of rape, incest and life-threatening situations. • I believe in one God, and His messages, which include “love thy neighbor” and charity. Therefore, I believe (among other things) that in the richest nation on the Earth, we have a moral obligation to guarantee healthcare to those who can't afford it. And we should share that cost fairly. • Taxes are a necessary evil. Washington has not shown me

that it can spend wisely, however, which makes me unhappy about feeding the machine. • I disagree with the invasion of Iraq, but I agree wholeheartedly with the war in Afghanistan and support action and spending now to solve the problem now rather than slowly bleed us dry. • Alternative energy – nuclear, solar and wind - need to become a way of life if we are to survive as a superpower. We need to sacrifice to attain energy independence. Depending on others to supply our energy is dangerous and global warming is real – so we have to act now. • Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. • We waste too much time and money on pointless legal action. A cross in the dessert? My back hurts because of a fenderbender? Please. • Democrats and Republicans care more about who wins than ensuring that there is a win for the nation. Shame. So what does this make me? Independent. I no longer look at the politician but at the issues. The politicians look at their party and not us. How can this work? Bruce Healey lives in Blue Ash.

Legislature nurses changes to cut health care red tape If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from talking with my constituents, it’s that we share a common desire to provide and care for our families. In the State House, we have been quietly working to improve the lives and health of our constituents. The Ohio House has moved a number of initiatives designed to improve access to and management of health care, reduce costs and red tape, and improve overall health, as well as to provide a healthier environment in which to live, work, and play. We recently passed a Comprehensive Nursing Education Bill, Senate Bill 89, to address the critical shortage of nursing educators. The lack of nursing educators is compounding an already dangerous nursing shortage. Just last year, 88,000 qualified nursing applicants across the country were denied admission to nursing school because of the shortage of faculty. S.B. 89 directs aid to the nursing education programs with the greatest need; institutes mentor-

ing and mediation programs for nursing students, nurses and hospitals, and makes it easier for exper i e n c e d advanced pracState Rep. tice nurses to Connie Pillich move to Ohio and get their Community Ohio license, Press guest including concolumnist tinuing their prescriptive authority. I voted yes and Gov. Strickland signed this measure into law. A number of other proposals have passed the House. but await action in the Senate. We promote establishing a medical home (H.B. 198) to provide better care and reduce emergency room costs. H.B. 398 will allow more elderly to stay in their homes by receiving long-term care at home. H.B. 314 permits nurses to pronounce death and H.B. 190 expands the practice of dental hygienists.

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Insurance companies would have new requirements to cover those with diabetes (H.B. 81) and autism (H.B. 8), follow appropriate standards for publishing physician designations (H.B. 122), and refrain from unilateral changes to contracts with their physicians (H.B. 185). Wellness would be improved by restricting the calories of the snacks vended to K-12 students at school (H.B. 60) and creating mosquito abatement zones (H.B. 35). These initiatives, which I supported with my yes vote, are not yet law. They are now being considered in the Ohio Senate. Health and wellness are extremely important aspects of life here in Ohio. At the State House, we take that seriously. Hopefully, these initiatives will enhance that quality of life for all Ohioans. State Rep. Connie Pillich represents Ohio’s 28th House District in the Ohio House of Representatives. Contact her by phone at 614-466-8120, toll free 1800-282-0253 or by email to



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Mike Brunner, second from left, thanked Loveland Symmes firefighters for their response to his emergency after he fell while doing yard work last November. From left: Captain Jon Frye, Mike Brunner, firefighter and EMT Brady Gregory and firefighter and paramedic Wes Dendler.

Man running after accident By Amanda Hopkins


Loveland resident Mike Brunner finishes the Loveland Rat Race 5K less than six months after breaking his hip and pelvis. “I don’t know if I’ll ever run again,” Brunner said. “Knowing that I crossed the (finish) line, it was all I needed.” paramedics and firefighters from the Loveland Symmes Fire Department who responded to his house after the accident. “It was pretty cool talking to the guys,” Brunner said. “You look someone in the eye that kept you on this planet.” Captain Jon Frye, one of the responders to Brunner’s accident, gave Brunner a shirt that he proudly wore during the race. Brunner said he plans to go back to the station to tell the firefighters that he finished the race. “Knowing that I crossed the line, it was all I needed,” Brunner said. “It didn’t matter if I was first or last.”

More 350 people recently learned how to increase happiness in their lives when Jewish Family Service presented its seventh annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series program, “The How of Happiness: A Science and Practice,” with best selling author Sonja Lyubomirsky and positive psychology expert Donna Mayerson, at Receptions Conference Center in Loveland. “Intentionally following steps to be happier does more than just making you feel good; it can benefit your family, friends, workplace and even the world,” Lyubomirsky said. Results from 225 studies on the benefits of happiness supported her claim. Happy people have more friends and social support, are more productive and creative, make more money, are more likely to have fulfilling marriages, are physically healthier, and are more philanthropic.


Charlie and Nancy Postow of Blue Ash.


Sue Soldo of West Chester Township enjoys the program.


Benefit concert

Sycamore High School is hosting the Unified for UNIFAT Benefit Concert from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Amphitheatre at Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads. “Give Back, Get Down – Neon Style” is family friendly. It benefits 41 students in Uganda. Free admission, donations accepted. Call 335-4673 or visit

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Six weeks ago, Mike Brunner was using a cane when he walked. On April 24, the 59-year-old Loveland resident ran a 5K race. In November, Brunner was cutting down branches on a tree in his yard when he got swept off the 24-foot ladder he was standing on. “I came to still holding a live chainsaw,” Brunner said. He said the mail carrier, Lisa Jones, found him and called 911. Brunner cracked both hip sockets and broke his pelvis in five places. He went through a week-long hospital stay and a couple of weeks in a rehabilitation center. Brunner said after his doctor told him March 1 that he would be running by the end of the year, he made it a goal to finish the Loveland Rat Race April 24. A lofty goal for a man who had never run a race before. After Jones found out Brunner was running, she left a book in his mailbox on running which he read as part of his training. It was a rainy and hard race for Brunner, but he didn’t let that stop him. “I was so proud to do it,” he said. “I never looked behind me.” The week before the race, Brunner met with


hosting Sharonville Family Cinema at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Sharonville Fine Arts Center, 11165 Reading Road, Sharonville. The movie is “Princess and the Frog.” Rated G. It is open to all ages. The cost is $2; free ages 2 and under. Tickets must be purchased at Sharonville Community Center prior to show. Call 5632895.


Lee German of Blue Ash enjoys the program.


Committee Chairs Susan Shorr of Symmes Township, left, and Marcie Bachrach of Blue Ash, right, with speakers Sonja Lyubomirsky and Donna Mayerson of Wyoming. Lyubomirsky holds, with Ken Sheldon, a five-year $1 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct research on the possibility of permanently increasing happiness. Her research has been featured in several magazines, newspapers and documentaries in North America and Europe. She has appeared on multiple TV and radio shows. “Despite the fact that happiness is 50 percent genetically determined and 10 percent is influenced by life situations, a very large portion of happiness – 40 percent – is in our power to change,” she said. Happiness involves the two key components of experiencing frequent positive thoughts and having the sense that life is good. But being happier takes work. “Think about other goals in life – playing a new instrument or learning a language. Any worthwhile goal in life takes work and effort,” she said. She shared several steps to happiness that the audience can weave into their lives. “Her example was interesting that people are happy for the first two years of marriage, and then have to work at maintaining their happiness,” said Keith Lawrence of Milford. Although it may seem unnatural at first, she emphasized the importance of choosing ways that fit the individual personality, goals, strengths, and lifestyle. Even following just one or two steps can make a difference. Greg Sherman of Montgomery said he looked forward to applying Lyubomirsky’s techniques


Speaker Sonja Lyubomirsky, JFS Board President Bruce Baker of Evendale and JFS Executive Director Beth Schwartz of Kenwood. to his dental practice in Kenwood. “I found the research interesting that happier employees are more productive, creative, and work better with others. Her information could benefit our patients as well as staff.” Lyubomirsky’s presentation was designed for the general community. For the professional session, Donna Mayerson linked research in positive psychology and character strengths to clinical practice. 4.0 professional continuing education units were available in a wide variety of disciplines. “Prior to seeing clients, focus on their strengths. Help your clients describe and articulate a perfect moment,” Mayerson said. She stressed that positive emotions are contagious. “Enjoy things as they are. Enjoy the present.

Enjoy where you are. Your level of happiness affects others, and they pass it on.” This Jewish Family Service mental wellness program was chaired by Susan Shorr of Symmes Township and Marcie Bachrach of Blue Ash. The committee included Alexis Bergman of Oakley, Marsha Drucker of Walnut Hills, Gail Friedman of Clifton, Sandee Golden of Woodlawn, Sherry Kaplan of Blue Ash, Linda Kean, Phil Lichtenstein of Columbia Tusculum, Donna Mayerson of Wyoming, Jackie Orsi of Morrow, Beth Poe of Blue Ash, Nancy Postow of Blue Ash and Deborah Smith-Blackmer of Kenwood. A private dessert reception with Lyubomirsky and Mayerson was hosted by Nancy and Charlie Postow for the committee and sponsors.


Sonja Lyubomirsky, Deborah Smith-Blackmer and Ben Blackmer of Kenwood.

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Leah Smith of Symmes Township and Barbi and Greg Sherman of Montgomery at the program.

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Mary and Steve Claybon of Symmes Township, and Dick and Gail Friedman of Clifton.


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Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Bring monetary donations only in the form of check, money order or credit card. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; Blue Ash. Open House and Social Media Speaker, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Jewish Vocational Service, 4300 Rossplain Dr. Celebration of Jewish Vocational Service’s 70th anniversary and the rededication of its building. Re-dedication program at noon. Open house and tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dessert reception and networking at 7 p.m. Media expert Michael Loban speaks on how to use social media for networking at 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Jewish Vocational Services. 347-1555. Blue Ash.


Beginning Line Dancing Lessons, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. With Melissa. Ages 50 and up. Family friendly. Free. Reservations required. 247-2100. Symmes Township.


Room to Bloom, 7 p.m. Loveland Hardware, 131 Broadway St. Seminar on container gardening. Free. Reservations required. 677-4040. Loveland.


Historical Fiction Book Club of Cincinnati, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave. Presented by Historical Fiction Book Club of Cincinnati. 745-7003. Madeira.


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


Social Security, 8 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Comedy about couple, both art dealers in New York City, whose domestic tranquillity is shattered by wife’s sister, brother-in-law and archetypal Jewish mother. Family friendly. $15, $12 students with ID; $12 with groups of 10 or more in advance. Presented by Stagecrafters. Through May 9. 793-6237. Amberley Village. F R I D A Y, M A Y 7


Faculty Show, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, Free. 833-2400. Symmes Township. Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, Free. 6832340; Loveland.


Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 792-4000; Blue Ash.


Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.


Health Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road. Blood pressure, weight, foot and spinal screenings. Walk-ins welcome. Free. Appointment requested. 7840084; Silverton.


Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m. deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road. 2479933; Montgomery.


Unified for UNIFAT Benefit Concert, 7 p.m.11 p.m. Blue Ash Towne Square. Cooper and Hunt roads, Amphitheatre. Give Back, Get Down - Neon Style. Merchandise, raffle tickets and concessions available. Musuc by Old New Yorke, Earl Gray, Static Vessels and Innocent Commotion. Family friendly. Benefits Forty-one students at UNIFAT school in northern Uganda. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Sycamore High School. 3354673; Blue Ash.


Bob Biggerstaff, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


Birthday Party Bash, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Light refreshments, Bingo with prizes and guest speaker. Ages 50 and up. Free. Through July 2. 247-2100. Symmes Township.


Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Brecon United Methodist Church, 7388 E. Kemper Road. Furniture, microwave, bicycles, household and more. Lunch available. Benefits The Samaritan’s Closet, community outreach. Free. 489-7021. Sycamore Township.


Old Time Radio & Nostalgia Convention, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. Special guests: Bob Hastings, Archie Andrews, McHale’s Navy, Rosemary Rice, I Remember Mama, Esther Geddes, Magic Garden and Talk of the Town. Rooms available, $89. $10. 888-477-9112. Blue Ash. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 8


Wilderness First Aid, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Concludes 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 9. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Basic course in back-country emergency response for almost any location and is also designed to meet requirements for the Boy Scouts of America. $60. Registration required. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; Blue Ash.


Celebrate Mom, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave. Free children’s activities. Three floors of open artists’ studios. Special art exhibit: Nest. Refreshments and artful gifts for moms. Family friendly. Free. 683-7283; Loveland.


Live Music Saturday, 7:30 p.m. deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road. Variety of groups perform. 247-9933; Montgomery.


The Rusty Griswolds, 9:30 p.m. Bar SeventyOne, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. Ages 21 and up. $10. 774-9697. Symmes Township.


Bob Biggerstaff, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 21 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.

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Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Bonaventure House with exhibits, gift shop and library, 1797 Rich Log Cabin and 1879 Bishop-Coleman Gazebo. Featuring works by internationally known photographer Nancy Ford Cones (1869-1962), who was a resident of Loveland and used local people and scenes in many of her pictorial photographs. $3 donation. Through Oct. 31. 683-5692; Loveland.


What Women Need to Know About Divorce, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Merrill Lynch, 5151 Pfeiffer Road. Suite 100, Conference room. Learn how to protect yourself and your children, take control of your financial life and strategies to deal with your spouse and/or children’s emotions. Features panel of speakers, attorneys, financial advisor and therapists. Free. Reservations appreciated, not required. Presented by Second Saturday. 792-1186. Blue Ash. Moved by Spirit: The Physiology of Mediumship, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Inner Compass, 10901 Reed Hartman HighWay. Building 10901, Suite 210. Learn to harness your body’s most natural tendencies to express thought; in this case, ideas brought through from the spirit world. For intermediate level mediumship students. Ages 18 and up. $55. Registration required. 587-9855; Blue Ash.


Tackle Trade Days, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road. Family Fishing Center. Sell or trade new and used fishing equipment. Free, vehicle permit required. Registration required for dealers or individuals selling items. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663. Symmes Township. Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Brecon United Methodist Church, Free. 489-7021. Sycamore Township. Rummage Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive. Bargains and homemade bakery items. 891-8527. Blue Ash.


Old Time Radio & Nostalgia Convention, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, $10. 888-477-9112. Blue Ash.


Tennis Night in America Youth Registration, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Kenwood Country Club, 6501 Kenwood Road. Presented by United States Tennis Association. 271-9476; Madeira. S U N D A Y, M A Y 9


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


Bob Biggerstaff, 8 p.m. $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


Social Security, 3 p.m. Mayerson JCC, $15, $12 students with ID; $12 with groups of 10 or more in advance. 793-6237. Amberley Village.


Hamilton County Park District is hosting Tackle Trade Days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the Family Fishing Center at Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Symmes Township. Sell or trade new and used fishing equipment. Admission is free, a vehicle permit is required. Registration is required for dealers or individuals selling items. Call 791-1663. Hamilton County parks department worker Jake Meyer looks at a fishing pole. M O N D A Y, M A Y 1 0


Faculty Show, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, Free. 833-2400. Symmes Township. Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, Free. 6832340; Loveland.


Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 792-4000; Blue Ash.


Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road. Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 351-5005. Kenwood.


Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Pub. Hosted by Jerome. Free. 697-9705. Loveland. Karaoke, 9 p.m. InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road. Free. 793-2600. Blue Ash.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK No Saints, No Saviors, 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Music by Sonny Moorman Group. Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road. 791-2753. Montgomery. T U E S D A Y, M A Y 1 1

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Don’t Bite Your Tongue, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Share joys and challenges of building positive relationships with your adult children. Topics may include creating active relationships over long distances and how to respond to major changes in an adult child’s life. $15, $10 JCC members. Registration required. Presented by Jewish Family Service. 761-7500; Amberley Village. W E D N E S D A Y, M A Y 1 2


Faculty Show, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, Free. 833-2400. Symmes Township. Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, Free. 6832340; Loveland.



Doc, Why Does My Shoulder Hurt?, 6 p.m.7 p.m. Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Galbraith Road. Learn causes of shoulder injury and options to relieve pain. With Dr. Michelle Andrews, orthopedic expert. Free. Registration required. 6864040. Kenwood.


Paxton’s Idol, 9 p.m. Paxton’s Grill, 126 W. Loveland Ave. Karaoke competitions with prizes. 583-1717; Loveland.


Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 792-4000; Blue Ash.

Funniest Person in Cincinnati Contest, 8 p.m. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. Aspiring comedians perform. Amateur and semipro categories. Ages 18 and up. $5. Reservations required. 984-9288. Montgomery.



Tai Chi Class, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Instructed Tai Chi for beginners with Jennifer. Free. Reservations required. 247-2100. Symmes Township.

City of Loveland Senior Expo, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road. Features vendors that appeal to the active lifestyles of today’s mature adults or address their health and wellness needs. Free,. 583-3001. Loveland.


Faculty Show, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, Free. 833-2400. Symmes Township. Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, Free. 6832340; Loveland.


Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 792-4000; Blue Ash.


What Parents Should Know about Reading and Comprehension Development, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave. Presentation series for parents and caregivers on reading, comprehension development and current research. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 531-7400. Blue Ash.


Zumba, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Cincy Dance Studio, 8143 Camargo Road. Suite B, $10. Registration required. 859-630-7040; Madeira.


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Catch the last few days of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibit of color photography and celebrate Mother’s Day with “Starburst: Color Photography in America." The exhibit, through Sunday, May 9, shows how the common snapshot becomes high art with photos taken through the 1970s. The art museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Special Mother's Day activities will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 9, including family portraits by Robert Flischel, a silhouette artist, an art-making activity for children, music by the Chris Comer Trio and brunch in the Terrace Café from noon to 3 p.m. Brunch requires reservations. Call 513-639-2986. Visit Pictured is “Untitled,” by Jan Groover, 1978. A chromomeric print, part of “Starburst: Color Photography in America.”


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The Appalachian Community Development Association is hosting the Appalachian Festival Friday-Sunday, May 7-9, at Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. The event features artisans, crafts, dance and food vendors, storytelling and bluegrass music entertainment. The event is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 7; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 8; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Fantastic Friday pricing is: $4, $2 seniors and children. Admission Saturday and Sunday is $8, $4 ages 55 and up, $2 ages 4-11, free ages 3 and under; parking $6. Call 251-3378 or visit Above, Leah Head participates in the Living History demonstration at the festival.


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Those who can’t love their neighbors as themselves The scriptures direct us to “love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew: 22:39). The “as yourself,” is usually considered a fait accompli. We presuppose we do love ourselves. Yet, myriads of us don’t. And if we don’t, relationships, friendships and marriages are negatively affected. Over the last century psychology has recognized an almost epidemic-like rise in narcissism. This term is misunderstood by most. Narcissistic persons are imagined as people over-dosed on pride, absorbed in themselves and oblivious to the needs and feelings of anymore else. This persona is a veneer, an unconscious strategy, a compensation to hide their core perception

of their inferiority. Narcissists usually come from adequate-appearing families. They are impoverished, nevertheless, by the lack of appreciation of self conveyed to them in their upbringing. They did not get enough attention from parents or guardians, especially attention in the way they needed it. Narcissism is not too much self but, rather, not enough self. As young children, their true self was not acknowledged and fostered. They were not permitted enough authentic and spontaneous expression of who they really are. Author and psychotherapist Stephanie Dowrick states in her book, “Intimacy & Solitude,” “The

narcissistic adult is not one who has been ‘spoilt’ by too much attention, but someone whose life has been spoilt because those who cared for him in infancy and childhood were unable to see or know who he was, and to respond to that. Instead they saw a reflection of their own needs, or someone who intruded upon their own needs.” This treatment gradually forms and launches into life an empty person who doesn’t know who he is, who feels inadequate, and certainly doesn’t (as scripture asks) love the pathetic person he perceives himself to be. So, he or she learns to conceal their sad embarrassment by acting superior in their demeanor, words and behavior. They seek to please

to gain acceptance. They thrive on constant praise and approval to prop up their concocted image. The affirmations and love offered to narcissists never seem to be enough. If early emotional neglect from significant people implied to them they were unlovable and worthless, they are likely to be distrustful of the people who claim to love or admire them now. Why? Dowrick says, “This is because it is impossible to accept the love of others until you love your own self.” What are people to do who are in a relationship with a narcissistically-tinged person? First, the narcissist must become aware (perhaps with professional help) of his or her condition and be willing to work with

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their own inner life. Second, if their partner in the relationship genuinely loves them, then the partner (perhaps also with professional assisFather Lou tance) can learn Guntzelman suitable affirmations and Perspectives expressions of love to be of help in their growth. Hope for progress comes from the intense personal work of the narcissist, the grace and love of the Creator and the genuine love of their partner. Real love is creative. It helps to both reveal and actualize as yet unrecognized potentials in the person loved. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Historian to discuss crypto-Jews at Northern Hills May 16 The saga of the cryptoJews of the Southwest will be featured at a special presentation by Dr. Stanley Hordes at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at Northern Hills Synagogue – Congregation B’nai Avraham, 5714 Fields Ertel Road, between Interstate 71 and Snider Road. When Hordes assumed the position of New Mexico state historian in 1981, he began to encounter Catholic and Protestant Hispanic New Mexicans whose families observed customs sug-

gesting a Jewish background, such as maintaining dietary laws, celebrating the Sabbath on Saturday instead of Sunday, performing ritual male circumcision, etc ... Interviews with several dozen informants revealed that while many of them engaged in these practices without knowing why, others had an awareness of a Jewish heritage, and regarded themselves as secret Jews. Documentary evidence conducted in the archives of New Mexico,

Mexico, Spain and Portugal, indicates that some of these individuals descend from secret Jews who had been persecuted by the Inquisition in Mexico and Spain. Hordes’ research covers the history of the cryptoJews of New Mexico from their origins in the forced conversions of Spain in the 14th and 15th century down to the recent past. He discusses the Sephardic legacy in New Mexico including the evolution of the crypto-Jewish communi-

ty through the succeeding three centuries, and the customs and consciousness that appears to have survived. He has also studied the appearance in Hispanic communities of diseases and genetic mutations associated with Jewish populations. Gary Zola, executive

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What moms are asking for – recipes Mother’s Day is coming up, so I wanted to devote this column to all the requests from our Community Press and Recorder moms. And I know I preach this all the time, but remember all the “moms,” biological or otherwise, who’ve been a blessing to you. They come in many forms and guises! Give them a call, a card, or an invitation to share your table.

Grilled chicken breast with watermelonjalapeño salsa

For Georgeann Kennedy who wanted a fruit salsa recipe. I’m going her one better with this duo. Jessie, my daughter-inlaw, made this and it’s a favorite at everyone’s house now. The salsa is great with just about any kind of grilled meat. If you can’t find mango, then papaya will work well.


1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon chili powder 3 ⁄4 teaspoon cumin 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 3 garlic cloves, minced Four 6-ounce chicken breasts Put together in bag and marinate in refrigerator for at least four hours.


2 cups watermelon 1 cup mango 1 ⁄4 cup finely chopped red onion 2 tablespoon cilantro 2 tablespoon jalapeño pepper 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sugar 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt Mix together and put on top of grilled chicken.

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⁄2 pound ditalini pasta

Brown beef and drain off most of fat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and sauté for 10 minutes. Add rest of ingredients, except pasta, and simmer one hour. About 50 minutes into simmering, cook pasta in boiling water just until it is al dente, or slightly tough. Drain. Add to soup. Simmer about 10 more minutes and serve. Serves eight.

Easy potato pancakes

For Mrs. Ratterman. Check out our Web version for potato pancakes like Perkins restaurant at Now, don’t turn up your nose at frozen shredded potatoes. These are actually my preference in this dish, since they keep their color and are ready to go. 1 pound shredded fresh potatoes, or frozen potatoes, thawed and squeezed very dry 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons flour or bit more to hold mixture together

Salt and pepper or seasoning salt to taste 1 small onion, minced finely Handful of fresh parsley, minced

Mix everything together. With a small ice cream scoop or 1⁄4 cup measuring cup, scoop out portions of potatoes on hot griddle or omelet pan which has been filmed with a light coating of olive or other healthy oil. Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Tips from readers: Cottage cheese pie

Boy, the recipes keep pouring in for this heirloom pie. Thanks to everyone who is sharing. We’ll keep an active archive of them. Now some folks have been having trouble with the baking time on the cottage cheese pie with Splenda printed recently. Joan Maegley of Delhi called me as hers was baking – I told her to continue to bake it at 350 and if it browned too much before it was done, to cover edges with foil. Joan reported back that it

took about 1 hour Rita and 15 Heikenfeld minutes (original Rita’s kitchen recipe said 30 minutes). “It was perfect,” she said. If any of you are having trouble with any of the cottage cheese pie recipes and the baking time, just bake it until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out fairly clean.

Rooting out recipes

• Requests for Ruth Lyons coffeecake are still coming in. You can e-mail or call us (check out the info at the end of this column) if you want the recipe. I have been getting so many requests I can’t keep up! • Sauerbraten gravy too light. Mrs. Ratterman makes this yummy dish “but the gravy is too light – any way to darken it without using Kitchen Bouquet?” Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.



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JVS renovates building, celebrates anniversary

When Linda Suter took a course at the Appalachian Center for Crafts 15 years ago, an important reason was to build practical book shelves and tables for her pottery studio. Then, about three years ago she bought a lathe for a furniture project and she hasn’t gone back to pottery since. Suter is vice president of the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild, a 250-member organization of men and women who share a common interest in turning wood into beautiful bowls, vases, wall hangings and more. The group has been demonstrating and selling their products at Cincinnati’s Appalachian Festival for years. “It’s such a fun event for us. It’s great seeing the excitement from those at the Festival and there is so much energy from our

members who are eager to share their craft,” Suter said. Her website is One of Cincinnati’s most popular family events – the Appalachian Festival – will be transforming Coney Island into a mountain-life village May 7 to May 9 with down home bluegrass music, handmade crafts, artisan demonstrators, storytelling, a pioneer village, mouth watering food and educational exhibits. Festival hours are: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 7; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 8; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Fantastic Friday special pricing: $4 adults, $2 seniors and kids. Saturday and Sunday pricing: Adults $8, seniors (55 and older) $4, kids 411 $2, Kids 3 and under free. Parking $6. For information visit

Museum Center to host Mother’s Day brunch DECO Dining at Cincinnati Museum Center is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch Sunday, May 9. Turkey and beef with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables will be the featured attractions at the carving station; highlights of the available hot breakfast station include potato pancakes, cheddar chive eggs, bacon and a vegetarian quiche soufflé. The brunch will also feature a continental breakfast station and dessert station.

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people in its Work Adjustment program, which orients people with developmental disabilities to workplaces and provides them with work onsite and elsewhere. Now, that program has an average of 140 people per day. Back then, JVS had 12 people in its Adult Day Service program, which provides social and recreational activities for older adults with developmental disabilities. Now, that program has 42. JVS planned the renovations to accommodate its clients’ needs for 10 to 15 years. As the general population ages, it expects the number of people in its Adult Day Service program to continue to increase. So it will be able to enlarge the space for its Adult Day Service program and decrease space for other purposes. JVS also modernized the offices of its Cincinnati Career Network, which provides career development services to the entire community and administers scholarship funds. The Career Network has added a conference room and computer lab for use by job seekers. JVS spent about $850,000 on the project, borrowing about $500,000. It benefited from low-interest rates and contractors who offered discounted prices because of the slowdown in construction work. JVS executive director Peter Bloch credited Board Member Robert Clayton with spearheading the renovations. “He owned this project in a very selfless way,” Bloch said. “He cares so much about the folks we serve.” Clayton, a developer, headed the building committee and chaired the JVS board. JVS spent two years planning the renovations. “We dreamed about the project,” Clayton said. “We spent countless hours planning it and re-planning it.”



Blue Ash resident Linda Suter will be demonstrating and selling products with the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild May 7 to May 9 at the Appalachian Festival.

For 70 years, Jewish Vocational Service has adapted to accommodate the changing needs of the community. Originally founded to strengthen the Jewish community’s presence in the workplace, it now serves broader needs as well, including the vocational, social and recreational needs of people with development disabilities. Originally located in Downtown Cincinnati, JVS moved to Roselawn, then Blue Ash. It now has several other suburban sites as well. Now, JVS is adapting again. To deal with the changing needs of its clients, JVS has completed major renovations to its Blue Ash building. On May 6, JVS will be opening its doors to the community to show off those renovations. At the same time, it will celebrate its 70th anniversary. JVS will hold a ribbon cutting at noon and open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4300 Rossplain Road, Blue Ash. At 8 p.m., JVS and its Cincinnati Career Network will feature social media expert Michael Loban speaking about using social media for professional networking. JVS renovated its 54,000-square-foot building to create more work, lunch and socialization space for an increasing number of clients with disabilities. It also upgraded its restrooms to deal with clients who have more severe disabilities than those in the past. The average age of its clients also has increased and they need more accommodations. JVS added the space partly by moving some of its storage capacity to a warehouse in Blue Ash. Twelve years ago, JVS moved into the Rossplain Road building that once housed a manufacturer. Back then, JVS had 60


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RELIGION Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The church will host its annual indoor Yard Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15. The Half Price Sale will be


12:45 p.m. Saturday, May 15. They have many items from which to choose. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 791-1153.

UNITED METHODIST Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.



The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m. Sundays. Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at 8105 Beech Ave., Deer Park; 793-7422.

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Church by the Woods

The church offers traditional Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The church is handicapped accessible. The church conducts English as a Second Language classes Saturday mornings. If you need to learn English, or know someone who does, call 563-6447. The church is at 3755 Cornell Road, Sharonville; 563-6447;

Church of God of Prophecy

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church is hosting a Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, at the picnic shelter. Lunch will be available. Proceeds benefit the Samaritan’s Closet, an outreach of the church to the community. Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist


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

Wednesday Worship is at 7:30 p.m. June 2-Aug. 18. The church is hosting “How Would Jesus Raise Your Child?” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, with Dr. Teresa Whitehurst. Senior Men meet at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday for lunch and fellowship. Summer Vacation Bible School will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 21-25;

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The church is sponsoring a National Day of Prayer event at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive, Sharonville. They will lift up the community, state and nation in prayer. They will be praying for business leaders, fire, police and emergency workers, local, state and national politicians, schools, pastors and churches, and service men and women. Call 563-2410 for more information. The church is at 3906 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-2410.

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

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Connections Christian Church

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 East Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

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and 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 26-30. Registration is now open. Children’s weekday groups meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with lunch and an afternoon session available on Tuesday. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families. Reservations can be made by calling the church. The church is located at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

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About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a space-available basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Teasha O’Connell, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. Church will be hosting a Rummage Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8. It will include bargains as well as homemade bakery items. Hartzell’s United Methodist Women invite everyone to their annual May Salad Bar and Craft Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 12. The Salad Bar Luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 891-8527. Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; Childcare and Transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

New Church of Montgomery

The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Divine Providence Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572.

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

The church is continuing the series “Meeting Jesus Along the Way.” On Sunday, May 9, the sermon “Meeting the Child in All of Us along the Way!” will be based on the scripture reading Matthew 19:13-15. St. Paul Church services are 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. for Traditional Worship and 9:30 a.m. for Contemporary Worship with Praise Band. Sunday School and childcare is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sharonville United Methodist Church

Sharonville United Methodist Church has services; 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. are traditional worship format, and the 9:30 a.m. service is contemporary. SUMC welcomes all visitors and guests to attend any of its services or special events. The church is at 3751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-0117.

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Bible Study is at 9 a.m. every Sunday. The church is hosting Ladies WOW Study Group (Women on Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The event includes light refreshments and a study of Beth Moore’s “Stepping Up.” The church hosts Adult and Youth Bible Studies at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Sycamore Township; 891-7891, www.sycamorechristianchurch.

YMCA seeking nominations of professionals who give back For the 32nd year, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati will be recognizing local professionals who are accomplished, caring and civic minded as 2010 YMCA Achievers. Honorees will be recognized at the Salute to YMCA Black & Latino Achievers Gala Nov. 5. Unique to this event, all honorees will also commit to a year of volunteer service toward the YMCA’s Teen Achievers college readiness program that inspires young people to pursue dreams. The YMCA Black & Latino Achievers (teen) Program has mentored more than 5,000 teens, awarded more than $175,000 in scholarships, assisted with access to $3 million in col-

lege scholarships, and engaged more than 4,000 adult volunteers through a network of corporate and community partners. The program includes college prep and leadership development activities focusing on study skills/time management, interviewing techniques, financial management, team building, field trips, community service learning projects, career assessment and more. It strongly incorporates the abundant assets – 40 critical factors for the successful growth and development of young people – and centers around the relationships of adult professional mentors and teens. The 2010-2011 goal is to serve more than 600 students in the Greater Cincinnati area. Nomination sponsorships are accepted through June 1. For information, call Toni Miles, YMCA Black & Latino Achievers executive director, at 362-9622 or email her at; or visit

DEATHS Marilyn W. Meyer

Marilyn W. (nee Buerkle) Meyer, 75, of Blue Ash died April 23. She was active in the American Legion Auxiliary Post 427 and the Madeira Women’s Club. Survived by husband of 55 years, Eugene Meyer; grandchildren, Kristy Marie Meyer and Amy Meyer; and adopted sister, Claire Ebner. Preceded in death by son, David Meyer. Services were April 27 at MihovkRosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to: Faith Christian Fellowship Church, 6800 School St., Cincinnati, OH 45244.

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None reported.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

A woman said someone damaged the garage door handle on her house, value $50 at 3721 Mohler Road, April 24.

Criminal mischief

A woman said someone damaged a round mirror, value $350 at 3721 Mohler Road, April 24.

Criminal mischief, attempt

At 4116 Glendale-Milford Road, April 25.

Found property

A sword, value $50, was found at 9745 Tiffany Hill Court, April 26.

Petty theft

A man said someone took an iPod, value $250, from a vehicle at 4616 Belleview Ave., April 25.

Property damage

Someone scuffed a front bumper, $100 damage, on a vehicle at 4100 Hunt Road, April 25.


Someone broke into two vehicles at Sammy's Gourmet Burgers and Beer and took a makeup bag, value $200; a Coach purse, value $250 and Fifth Third Bank checkbook and checks at 4767 Creek Road, April 23. Someone broke into two vehicles and took a laptop computer, value

$1,000; a digital camera, value $300; an American Express credit card; a Visa crdit card; a legal permanent resident card, value $1; PNC checks, value $1; a PNC debit card; a white cloth purse, value $50; an ohio driver's license, value $25, and $70 cash at 3848 Chimney Hill Drive, April 24. A woman said someone took a road bicycle, value $2,000 at 35 Carpenter's Run Drive, April 20. A woman said someone took a tennis bracelet, a white gold wedding suit, a gold Cincinnati Reds emblem, a Gucci chain with University of North Carolina Tarheel foot, a gold ring blue topaz and two gold wedding bands, at 3819 Fox Run Drive apartment 1302, April 26.



Adrian L. Amrine, 18, 10801 Lakehurst, disorderly conduct at Escondido, April 14. Justin G. Kirschner, 18, 11640 Cedarview, disorderly conduct at Escondido, April 14.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Someone pumped $16.04 worth of gasoline at United Dairy Farmers without paying at 9759 Montgomery Road, April 15.

On the Web

Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit:

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Nicholas Hendricks, 18, 8642 Wicklow, operating motor vehicle impaired at 8517 Wicklaw Ave., April 10. Robert Collins, 19, 750 E. Mitchell, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing at 7752 Montgomery Road, April 9. Katherine Bucklin, 21, 10814 Lakehurst, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at 10810 Lakehurst Drive, April 11. Nicholas Hendricks, 18, 8642 Wicklow, underage consumption at 8517 Wicklaw Ave., April 10. Eric Hubbard, 23, 7121 Delaware Ave., domestic violence at 8840 Kenwood Road, April 11. James Howard, 20, 8023 Merrymaker, theft at 8023 Montgomery Road, April 6. Dustin Carr, 29, 8506 Donezel Drive, criminal damaging at 1000 Sycamore Road, April 11. Leslie Palmer, 32, 830 York Street, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, April 9. Niesha Falings, 32, 2339 Henneriann Court, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, April 9. David Payne, 25, 4124 E. Galbraith Road, theft at 4124 E. Galbraith Road, April 9. Jenifer Thumbeck, 19, 4124 E. Galbraith Road, complicity at 4124 E. Galbraith Road, April 9. Dennis Grigsby, 43, 61 E. Mound St., resisting arrest at 6947 E. Kemper Road, April 15. Sarah Buckland, 22, 5545 South Ih 35 Po Box 73, theft, drug abuse, illegal conveyance of weapon at 7913 Montgomery Road, April 15.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Residence entered and gaming system, equipment and games, jewelry and TV of unknown value removed at 8309 Kenwood Road,


Cook Ave.: Presidential Builders Of Ohio LLC to Superior Property Group L.; $7,470. 10822 Wengate Lane: Sternberg Jeanne A. to Labossiere Ormica; $159,000. 11074 Centennial Ave.: Stock Loan Services LLC to Superior Property Group L.; $19,000. 11074 Centennial Ave.: Stock Loan Services LLC to Superior Property Group L.; $19,000. 11074 Centennial Ave.: Stock Loan Services LLC to Superior Property Group L.; $19,000. 4572 Ellman Ave.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr to Prk Creations LLC; $85,378. 5365 Hickory Trail Lane: Phillips Marjorie S. to Leyland Donald & Debby; $190,750.


11035 Toddtee Lane: Steinberg Howard to Midwest Equity Holdings I.; $250,000. 9852 Tollgate Lane: Mccallum Verna to Toms Nicole C.; $290,000.


4165 Trebor Drive: Fannie Mae to Creative Concept Properties LLC; $61,000. 4450 Daffodil Ave.: Klassen Aaron & Kathryn to Fannie Mae; $88,680. 6870 Michael Drive: Kearney Richard to U.S. Bank National Association Tr; $140,000. 7974 Autumnwind Drive: Keller Matthias to Evans Thomas Blakely & Le Gia Huynh; $164,500. 8407 Pine Road: Dunn Eugene & Lucy M. to Rebound Properties LLC; $47,000.

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FIRE/EMS CALLS Sycamore Township fire/EMS calls from March 21 to April 17: March 21, Largo, medical emergency March 21, Langhorst, medical emergency March 21, Galbraith, medical emergency March 22, Montgomery, chimney fire March 22, Reed Hartman, fall March 22, Mantel, medical emergency March 23, Paddington, medical emergency March 23, Queens, medical emergency March 23, Kenwood, fall March 23, Hosbrook @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident March 23, Belfast, medical emergency March 23, Queens, fall March 23, Blossom, medical emergency March 23, Ehrling, fall March 24, Montgomery, alarm activation March 24, Galbraith, alarm activation March 24, Conrey, medical emergency March 24, Montgomery, fall March 24, Dearwester, medical emergency March 24, Galbraith, medical emergency March 24, Galbraith, medical emergency March 24, Hermitage, medical emergency March 25, Kugler Mill, wires down March 25, Montgomery, alarm activation March 25, Kemper, medical emergency March 25, Montgomery, medical emergency March 25, Donna, medical emergency March 25, Montgomery, medical emergency March 25, Williams, medical emergency March 25, Blue Ash, medical emergency March 25, Galbraith, medical emergency March 25, Dearwester, medical emergency

About fire, EMS reports The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 489-1212 (north station); 7928565 (south station). March 26, North Creek, medical emergency March 26, Blue Ash, medical emergency March 26, Montgomery, fall March 26, Merrymaker, lift assist March 26, Hosbrook, animal bite March 26, Village, medical emergency March 26, Chancery, medical emergency March 26, Montgomery, fall March 26, Nodding Way, lift assist March 27, Dearwester, medical emergency March 27, Montgomery, medical emergency March 27, Reed Hartman, no patient contact March 27, Reed Hartman, no patient contact March 27, Union Cemetary, smoke scare March 27, Governer’s Hill, alarm activation March 27, Tralee, medical emergency March 27, Valerie, good intent March 27, Sandymar, fall March 27, Montgomery, medical emergency


10020 Morganstrace Drive: Qi Xiaoyang & Aihua Ji to Mendez Yulied & Leonardo Gutierrez; $263,000. 10276 Meadowknoll Drive: Friedman Thomas & Joan to Smith Daniel G. & Gail A. Farley-Smith; $282,500. 11987 Carrington Court: Prudential Relocation Inc. to Weng Mingyi & Qing Tao; $250,000.

April 13. Residence entered and TVs, radio, DVDs, printer, camera, keys valued at $3890 removed at 10865 Lakehurst Court, April 9. Residence entered at 7752 Montgomery Road, April 17. $38 removed from residence at 7755 Fields Ertel Road, April 18.

Criminal damaging

Vehicle doors damaged at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 16.

Disorderly conduct while intoxicated

Reported at 7505 Montgomery Road, April 12.



About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.

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, 7927254. Symmes Township, Lt. Dan Reid 683-3444.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Check for $626 issued and not received at 456 Elizabeth, April 9. $80 in prepaid cards taken through deceptive means at 7268 Kenwood Road, April 7. Diamonds of unknown value removed from ring at 8009 Merrymaker Lane, April 11. License plate removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 7. Counterfeit bills passed at 9457 Colerain Ave., April 10. Bikes of unknown value removed at 3860 Mantell Ave., April 12. Jewelry, cigarettes, lighter of unknown value removed from purse at 7721 Montgomery Road, April 14. Credit card removed from purse at 7875 US 22, April 13. Vehicle window smashed at 8153 U.S. 22, April 12. Vehicle entered and computer, CD, palm pilot and Ipod valued at $1,065 removed at 6475 E. Galbraith Road, April 12. Vehicle entered and purse, camera, sandals valued at $608 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 12. Vehicle entered and phone, flashlight valued at $440 removed at 8129 Montgomery Road, April 12.

About police reports

$8,300 removed at 7268 Kenwood Road, April 10. Lawnmower valued at $250 removed at 4169 Kugler Mill Road, April 20. Vehicle entered and $300 in radio equipment removed at 4512 Harrison Ave., April 20. Laptop valued at $500 removed at 1939 Chaucer Drive, April 19. Wallet and credit cards of unknown value removed at 8240 Montgomery Road, April 12.

Identity fraud

Reported at 4224 Williams Ave., April 19.


Appliances valued at $1,850 removed at 9244 Mckinney Road, April 15.

Residence entered and jewelry valued at $20,000 removed at 9706 Stone Master Court, April 8.

Glendale Milford Road, April 9. $3,400 in purses removed at 11311 Montgomery Road, April 14. Cables valued at $300 removed at 9146 Union Cemetery Road, April 17. Laptop bag and contents and sports bag and equipment valued at $2,250 removed at 9397 Kenton Run Court, April 18. Vehicle removed at 9167 Union Cemetery Road, April 19. Dehumidifiers valued at $5,000 removed at 10606 LovelandMadeira Road, April 15. $600 in merchandise removed through deceptive means at 11390 Montgomery Road, April 19. Counterfeit $100 passed at 11363 Montgomery Road, April 19. Counterfeit $100 passed at 11420 Montgomery Road, April 18.

Deception to obtain a dangerous drug

Reported at 10554 Loveland Madeira Road, April 14.


Victim threatened at 9988 Washington Ave., April 14.


Aluminum framing of unknown value removed at 9960 Waterstone Blvd., April 8. Purse and contents of unknown value removed from vehicle at 12090 Mason Road, April 9. Purse and contents of unknown value removed from vehicle at 12090 Mason Road, April 8. $2,200 in tools removed at 8956



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LEGAL NOTICE of SYMMES TOWNSHIP REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Notice is hereby given that Board of Trustees of Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio is accepting proposals for the services of a qualified engineering firm to provide professional design services to design, prepare bid specifications and oversee the construction of sidewalks along Montgomery Road. Proposal Guidelines may be picked up at Township Administration Building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road (45140) or requested from Gerald L. Beckman at 513-683-6644 or administrator@ A more detailed notice is posted on the Township’s website and may be accessed from the title page under "Legal Notices". Firms interested in submitting their qualifications should reply in accordance with the proposal guidelines no later than MAY 19, 2010 at 12:00 Noon . Qualifications are to be submitted, in triplicate, in a sealed envelope or box clearly marked "SEALED PROPOSALSMONTGOMERY ROAD-DO NOT OPEN. Statements received after this deadline will not be considered. Any question regarding this project or the RFQ may be addressed to Gerald L. Beckman at 513-683-6644. Upon receipt and analysis of Proposals, interviews may be scheduled with the primary candidates for consideration. The Board of Trustees intends to award a contract to the most qualified firm. However, Symmes Township reserves the right to reject any and all statements from responding firms, to waive any formalities or irregularities in the process, or to request new statements of qualification if in its judgement the best interest of Symmes Township will be promoted thereby. John C. Borchers Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township 6083

Public Notice: Public Hearing on Symmes Township’s Electric Aggregation Program Plan of Operation and Governance Symmes Township will hold two public hearings on Symmes Township’s Electric Aggregation Program Plan of Operation and Governance. The hearings will be held at 8:00 p.m. on May 18, 2010, and at 4:00 p.m. on May 27, 2010, both meetings to be held at the Symmes Township Safety Service Center, 8871 Weekly Lane. Additional information regarding this Public Hearing can be found at www.symmestownship .org. 6129 Public Notice: Public Hearing on Symmes Township’s Natural Gas Aggre gation Program Plan of Operation and Governance Symmes Township will hold two public hearings on Symmes Township’s Natural Gas Aggregation Program Plan of Operation and Governance. The hearings will be held at 7:00 p.m. on May 18, 2010, and at 3:00 p.m. on May 27, 2010, both meetings to be held at the Symmes Township Safety Service Center, 8871 Weekly Lane. Additional information regarding this Public Hearing can be found at www 1001556122

NOTICE OF MEETING OF SYMMES TOWNSHIP If you’re looking TRUSTEES for buyers, Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of Symmes you’re in Township, Hamilton the right County, Ohio, will hold its May 6, 2010 neighborhood. meeting at the Township Admin. Bldg., If you’re looking for Call Community Classified 9323 Union Cemebuyers, you’re in 513.242.4000 tery Road. John C. the right neighborhood. Borchers Fiscal Offi- Call Community Classified cer, Symmes Township. 1001555097 513.242.4000

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Saks Fifth Avenue Senior Vice President Kenzel Wilson and general manager Kevin Shibley present the “Key to the Cure” donation to event chair and TWC Trustee Emeritus April Davidow of downtown, TWC Board President Lucy Ward of Hyde Park and TWC Executive Director Rick Bryan of Blue Ash.

Kevin Shibley, general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, and Kenzel Wilson, senior vice president and regional director of sales, presented a check for $7,855 to The Wellness Community representing the funds raised during Saks’ 2009 “Key to the Cure” charity shopping event, held last October. The donation will be used to help fund The Wellness Community’s free and professionally facilitated programs of support, education and hope for people affected by cancer, including those diagnosed with the disease, their loved ones, and cancer survivors. A committee of TWC vol-

unteers, including event chair April Davidow and members Lynne Boles, Flannery Higgins, Ginger Kelly and Molly Sandquist, planned the event along with Shibley and Saks Fifth Avenue Marketing Director Lindsey Huttenbauer. “Key to the Cure” is a national shopping event sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue and the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund benefiting local cancer-related programs and nonprofits across the country. The 2009 weekend was the 11th annual “Key to the Cure” event and the sixth time The Wellness Commu-

nity has been named the local beneficiary. “Having the support of Saks Fifth Avenue means so much to The Wellness Community and we’re very grateful to be the beneficiary of their fabulous ‘Key to the Cure’ event,” explained TWC Executive Director Rick Bryan. “The ongoing commitment Saks and the EIF have made to support local cancer support programs is remarkable and truly appreciated,” he said. For more information about The Wellness Community’s free cancer support programs, call 791-4060 or visit

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ArtWorks’ projects fall within the visual mediums of painting and drawing, programming may also include orchestral performances, theatrical productions and literary publications. Money raised from the Adopt-an-Apprentice campaign will fund teen apprentices’ compensation for their hard work and participation in the summer program. It takes $1,500 to employ a teen for the entire summer, while $25 pays for a half day, $50 for a full day, $250 for one week, and $750 for half of the summer. To make a contribution, visit

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Great American Insurance Group presented the 20th annual Scripps Spelling Bee for Literacy at Xavier University's Cintas Center Feb. 24, in an effort to raise funds to support the Literacy Networks many programs. Blue Ash resident and Cincinnati Enquirer Editor and Vice President of Content and Audience Development Tom Callinan (middle) was one of the contestants. With Callinan are Michelle Hibbard and Ria Schalnat.

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