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He’s perfectly unimpressed CHCA senior aces college placement exams

By Amanda Hopkins

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With the help of more than 120 volunteers of all ages, the 12th annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service delivered 439 Passover meals to families experiencing financial difficulties. Volunteers ranged in ages from preschool children to adults in their 80s. SEE LIFE, B1

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He is garnering a lot of attention for it, but Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy junior Brett Shackson is still a little surprised by his perfect ACT score of 36 and doesn’t seem to understand the big fuss over the test score. “I don’t know what to think about it,” he said. Shackson, an A-student and a resident of Sycamore Township, said he had some tutoring and finished a few practice tests before taking the ACT test in both December and February. The first time he took the test, Shackson scored a 35. “I thought I could do better,” he said. He added that the February test was scheduled before he got his scores back from the first time. Shackson said his parents and older brother, Joel, are very excited for him. Good grades and good test-taking skills run in the family. Joel Shackson was a National Merit scholar from CHCA in 2008. The high school student remains humble about his achievement and says he is focused on keep an A-level grades in the five advanced placement courses he will take during his senior year. He also has taken the SAT test twice. The first time he scored a

Twice as perfect

After hearing in March that he’d earned a top score of 36 on the ACT, Brett Shackson has received more good news: he earned a perfect 2,400 on his SAT. This means Shackson got an 800, the highest score a student can get, on


Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy junior Brett Shackson earned a perfect score of 36 on his ACT and a perfect 2,400 on his SAT. 2,270 out of the possible 2,400 and just got word that he aced that, too (see sidebar below). Shackson is also a member of the men’s soccer team and plays saxophone in the jazz band. He does not have specific college plans just yet but said he will most likely major in engineering. According to the official test website, the ACT, a

national college admission and placement exam, is meant to assess a high school student’s knowledge and ability to complete college-level work. Less than onetenth of one percent of 2009 high school graduates who took the ACT received a perfect score. Ohio is also in the top five states in numbers of ACT-tested high school graduates.

each of the test’s three portions – critical reading, mathematics and writing – on his second attempt. Just eight students in the entire state of Ohio- 297 nationwide-received a 2,400 in 2009. According to information on College Board website the SAT tests students’ reading, writing and mathematics skills – the same skills they’re learning in high

school and that are essential to college success. It also shows how well students can apply their skills, which is critically important to colleges when evaluating undergraduate candidates. Each year, the SAT is administered to more than 2 million students in more than 6,000 test centers scattered throughout 170 countries.

Nine seek Hirsch’s seat on council

Special May 20 meeting to discuss Rozzi Park plans By Amanda Hopkins

Blacktop could be laid on the Rozzi property as early as the end of the year. The Symmes Township Board of Trustees will meet with the park design team May 20 to go over price estimates for the park. The trustees also scheduled a special meeting for June 15 to set a bid opening date for work on the park. Township Adminstrator Gerald Beckman Beckman said he hopes for a bid opening date of July 15 and have the trustees award a bid July 22. He said this would be the best timeline for getting the blacktop in before the end of the year. Beckman said most blacktop companies close in December and do not start work again until April.

What is the ACT? According to the official test website, the ACT, a national college admission and placement exam, is meant to assess a high school student’s knowledge and ability to complete college-level work. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of 2009 high school graduates who took the ACT received a perfect score. Ohio is also in the top five states in numbers of ACT-tested high school graduates. The ACT is also required by more four-year colleges than any other naitonal placement exam.

He said if the township waited until next year for the blacktop that it would push back more of the park construction. The Symmes Township Board of Trustees approved a plan in March for the Rozzi property park that includes five soccer fields, two baseball fields, an expanded lake and other amenities.

As of the close of business May 10, nine Montgomery residents expressed their interest in filling the unexpired term that was created as a result of the resignation of Vicki Hirsch in April. The candidates are: Edward T. Daniel, William E. Hunt, Delores Jacobson, Craig D. Margolis, Margaret J. Platz, James Ryerson Jr., Larry Schwartz, Ash Shehata, Barbara E. White City Council will begin the process of interviewing each candidate and anticipates making an appointment at the June 23 City Council work session.

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Woman wants to thank shoppers for kindness at Towne Centre By Amanda Hopkins

The bruises and scrapes are almost gone, but Shirley Hoffeld won’t forget the people that helped her after a small accident at Kenwood Towne Center. During a visit to the mall May 3, Hoffeld, a Madeira resident, lost her balance and fell down an escalator near the food court. Hoffeld, who suffered bruises and cuts, wants to thank two women who were at the top and bottom

of the escalator when she fell. “It happened so fast,” Hoffeld said. She never got the names of the two women who stayed with her until mall security responded, but she wants to thank them for their kindness and hopes that she may be able to reconnect with them. She also wanted to thank the Sycamore Township Fire Department and the EMTs who responded to her accident. They took her blood

Watch your step

Sycamore Township fire chief B.J. Jetter said the Sycamore Township Fire Department responds to the Kenwood Towne Center for medical emergencies on almost a daily basis, including Shirley Hoffeld’s fall down the escalator May 3. Jetter said for all guests at the Kenwood Towne Center, especially young children and seniors, should be careful around escalators. “My suggestion for seniors (is) to watch and hold on the rail and try not to take big steps at the end,” Jetter said. pressure and heart rate and Hoffeld was able to drive home on her own. “It’s a miracle ... I prayed that day and all the way home,” Hoffeld said, who

was thankful she did not suffer any serious injuries. She had previously broken a hip two years ago. “The good Lord was with me,” Hoffeld said.


Madeira resident Shirley Hoffeld fell down the escalator at Kenwood Towne Center on May 3 but only received a few scrapes and bruises. She wanted to thank two women who were shopping but came to her rescue and waited with her until security responded.


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The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects in recent local thefts. The fist was March 27 at the CVS store at 10554 Loveland-Madeira Road in Symmes Township. The two subjects entered the store and selected 5 containers of KY Intense, $143.45, and 1 container of a fat burner supplement. The subjects left the store without paying and fled in a dark colored vehicle bearing

Ohio license plate number EYQ8891. The subjects are described as a male, white, 5-feet-8-inches tall, and 200 pounds wearing a white t-shirt with a “Peace” symbol on it. The male white subject was also wearing a green ball cap and has the word “precious” tattooed on his neck. The female, white subject is described as 5-7, 160 pounds, with brown hair wearing a black shirt and tan pants. The total amount of loss is approximately $185. The second was April 10 at the Clark gas station at 7268 Kenwood Road in Sycamore Township. The suspect is described as a male, black, in his 20s, wearing a white T-shirt, a black jacket with a red collar and a white stripe on the sleeves. This subject fled the scene of the Clark gas station in an unknown type of white sedan, with an unknown accomplice. The accomplice who was

The two subjects wanted for a theft March 27 at the CVS store at 10554 Loveland-Madeira Road in Symmes Township not caught on camera, distracted the clerk on duty while the pictured suspect stole money from an office area. The supect not shown in the photo was described as a black male, in his 20s, between 5 feet, 9-inches and 5 feet, 10 inches and wearing a hat. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office-Detective Division at 851-6000.

Suspect wanted for theft at Clark gas station at 7268 Kenwood Road in Sycamore Township.

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Brookside Swim & Tennis Club, 4400 Sycamore Road, will be offering beginner and advanced Red Cross certified swim lessons June 14-24. Lessons are from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Cost is $40 for members and $70 for non-members. Private lessons are also available. Call 891-9832 or 777-5029.

SymmesFest June 17-19

Symmes Park will once again host Symmesfest this year from Thursday, June 17, through Saturday, June 19.

The festival, at 11600 Lebanon Road will be from 6 p.m. 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Bands will be featured each night with Robin Lacy & DeZydeco on Thursday, Never Enuf on Friday and Chrome on Saturday, There will be plenty of booths and rides and games for the kids. Fireworks are planned for each night depending on weather conditions.

French instructor needed

Sycamore Community Schools officials are looking

for a French teacher and a homebound instructor for students with physical or psychiatric needs or with disciplinary problems that result in irregular school attendance for an extended period of time. To apply for the job of, visit the website at my.sycamore and hit “Human Resources” on the left side of the home page. To apply for the job of homebound instructor, mail a resume to Sycamore Community Schools, Office of Student Services, 6100 Hagewa Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242 or fax it to 792-5767.


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Sycamore looks at traffic study By Amanda Hopkins

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The Montgomery License Bureau has won an award from the LifeCenter Organ Donor Network of Avondale for signing up so many people to be organ. tissue and eye donors. Here, from left: Bridie Kelly, LifeCenter representative; Brenda Kopittke of Loveland, bureau supervisor; Donna Klingler of Mason, deputy registrar; Judi Criscillis of Maineville, assistant manager; Maria Leibel of Western Hills, clerk and Jeannie Kuhn, LifeCenter representative.

License Bureau honored for donor initiative

By Jeanne Houck

The Montgomery License Bureau on Montgomery Road is the embodiment of the old adage that “if you don’t ask, you don't get.” Employees in April won an “Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Front Line Award” from the LifeCenter Organ Donor Network of Avondale for having the highest percentage of Ohioans registered to be organ, tissue and eye donors in their district in 2009. Nearly 66 percent of the bureau’s customers were registered donors.

How’d they do it? “We just make sure that we are asking the question, ‘Do you want to register as an organ and tissue donor?’ of every customer that visits our agency when they are renewing their license or requesting a state ID,” deputy registrar Donna Klingler of Mason said. “We are very proud of receiving this award because we work hard to make sure that we are asking the question of every customer, so that they have an opportunity to make a difference and pass life on through the gift of life.” LifeCenter Organ Donor

Network is a non-profit organization that promotes and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissues for transplant in Southwest Ohio. “The award presentation coincided with National Donate Life Month; April is not only an opportunity to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation, but also honor the donors who have provided others with a second chance for a healthy life while encouraging more individuals to share this precious gift,” said Jeannie Kuhn, public affairs and development associate with LifeCenter.

Moeller cleaning up Sycamore Township By Amanda Hopkins

As part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebration, Moeller High School students are teaming up with Sycamore Township to give back to the community.

Tim Mackey, a volunteer on Moeller’s community service committee and parent of a Moeller senior, said the committee has planned a brainstorming meeting where it will put down all of its community service ideas that will be broken down

into short, medium, long and ongoing projects. He hopes to involve students, staff, parents, community members and alumni. “We want to create an opportunity for many people to participate,” Mackey said.

Sycamore Township will bring TEC Engineering back to the township to look at how much a traffic study would cost. With the Kenwood Theater expected to open later this year in Kenwood Place, developer Midland Atlantic and the township have been in discussion about connecting Kenwood Place and Kenwood Towne Center with a traffic light and crosswalk. Sycamore Township Trustee Cliff Bishop said he likes the idea of a traffic light in that area, but said the township would need to gain control of the Montgomery Road light from Hamilton County in order to sync the light with the proposed new one and with the traffic light at Orchard Lane. The county controls the Montgomery Road light because the road is a county road. Bishop said the traffic light along Kenwood Road, which would also have a crosswalk, would encourage pedestrians to walk to the Towne Center from the adjacent neighborhoods. Midland Atlantic estimated the township’s expense on the traffic light at more than $231,000. Township officials decided that bringing in TEC Engineering and possibly doing their own traffic study would give them a better idea of the cost of adding a traffic light and also look at


Orchard Lane. The Sycamore Township trustees approved the plan for an eight-screen, 1,184seat theater in Kenwood

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Lt. Dan Reid hands St. Vincent Ferrer fifth-grader Kelly Frank her certificate of completion of the DARE program. Frank was also one of the two essay winners, where she shared how she would not let drugs or alcohol affect her life. “I want to go to school, have a good life and be there for my family,” she wrote in her essay.

St. Vincent Ferrer fifth-graders listen to remarks from teacher Felicia Kehoe after receiving their certificate of completion of the DARE program.

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Sycamore Township honors volunteers By Amanda Hopkins

Sycamore Township is partnering with Sycamore Senior Center to honor volunteers throughout the community. The Sycamore Township Board of Trustees passed a proclamation at its May 6 regular meeting declaring May as “Volunteer Service Month.” The proclamation recognized volunteers throughout Sycamore Township. The Sycamore Senior

Center has around 500 active volunteers according to Cynthia Holloway, who is in charge of volunteer opportunities with the center. “We’re blessed to be in this community where people want to help,” Holloway said. “We really know how special our volunteers are.” Many volunteers with the senior center deliver food to homebound elderly through meals on wheels, a program that delivers food to the elderly who may not be able to get around to the


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To volunteer with the Sycamore Senior Center, contact Cynthia Holloway at 686-1013. grocery on their own but live independently. Holloway said many of her volunteers are close to the people to whom they deliver meals, and stay in contact even when they are not delivering the food. Besides meals on wheels, Holloway said volunteers from the center participate in programs throughout the area, including volunteering at local schools and helping out the Kids Corner at the Cincinnati Butterfly Show. Holloway said she tries to place volunteers with programs or organizations that best fit the volunteer’s interests. The Sycamore Senior Center recognizes its volunteers with a big party in the fall. Holloway said this year’s party Oct. 1 will be a hoedown complete with hayrides, a cookout, cider and popcorn. The volunteers are also given a set of 10 tulips, a different color each year. Holloway said during the springtime she can always spot a volunteer’s house with the flower arrangements. Pictures of volunteers from the Sycamore Senior Center and from the cat adoption center, The Scratching Post, are on display at the Sycamore Township administration building throughout the month of May. To volunteer with the Sycamore Senior Center, contact Cynthia Holloway at 686-1013.


May 19, 2010

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5K race brings Princeton a step closer in fundraiser By Kelly McBride Reddy

It’s a race for the top spot in the nation. Princeton High School is vying for first in Pasta for Pennies, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraising campaign that included a recent 5K race in Glendale. The March 7 race brought 190 runners and walkers, despite frigid temperatures, to the course through picturesque Glendale. In years past, Princeton has traded the No. 1 spot in the nation with Orange High School in California. The race brought $3,100 for the national fundraising program. The Olive Garden sponsors Pasta for Pennies, in partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. More than 2 million students participate nationwide in the program that


Sam Heaton, a junior at Princeton High School, came in second in the 5K race, with a time of 16:58.17. raises money to fight bloodrelated cancers. The money is used for life-saving initiatives and critical services to patients and their families. The Princeton race was won by Izak Velesquez of Oak Hills, who ran the 3.2 miles in 16:37:47. Princeton rounded out the top four spots: Sam Heaton, a junior, 16:58.17;

Jacob Rutz, a senior, 17:38.43, and Eugene Rutz, a Princeton dad, 17:53.44. “Every year we get to bring together people from all parts of the PHS community – current and former students, current and former faculty, parents and friends of the students – with runners who have almost no connection with PHS and


The final walkers near the finish line with Glendale police escorts, 75 minutes after the start of the 5K race. our campaign,” said Lonnie Dusch, a Princeton High School teacher who helped coordinate the race. “At the end of the race,” he said, “I have an awesome sense of joy at what our students, staff, and community have accomplished in raising over $30,000 every year to help fight blood cancers.”

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A recent exam was foreign to Catherine Daun. However, that didn’t stop the Indian Hill High School junior from excelling. For the fourth year in a row, Daun was a gold “I love medal winner in the word origins and N a t i o n a l L a t i n mythology. Exam. She scored 39 With Latin out of 40 there is points on a lot of the exam mythology.” each year. “I love Catherine word oriDaun gins and Indian Hill m y t h o l o High School gy,” said junior and a Daun, who in National Latin lives Sycamore exam gold Township. medal winner “ W i t h Latin there is a lot of mythology.” Daun has been taking Latin classes since the eighth-grade. Latin courses are offered starting in grade seven at the Indian Hill schools. Latin instructor Sherwin Little said the National Latin Exam is an especially valuable tool. “In foreign languages we don’t have a state achievement test, so this gives us an opportunity to gauge how our students are (performing),” he said. More than 50 percent of the students in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District who took the exam received an award. However, Little said it’s been quite awhile since a student got four medals in a row in consecutive years. “Part of it is continuous effort, practice and review,” he said. Daun, 16, said she approached each question on the exam calmly and logically. “I was most comfortable with the culture questions,” she said.

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‘Pillow Ladies’ group has soft spot for Hospice By Terrence Huge

A small group, but mighty, is the Blue Ash Presbyterian Church’s “Pillow Ladies.” Five very dedicated women, led by Betty Greer, provide handmade pillows for Hospice of Cincinnati patients throughout the area. “We supply pressure pillows to four HOC inpatient units (one is in Blue Ash) as well as Hospice home care,” she said. “The pillows are used to relieve pressure points and joint stress.” The church sewing group has been engaged in this “labor of love” since the Blue Ash Hospice unit opened in 1997. So to honor their dedication and effort, the Hospice of Cincin-


A needle pulling thread. Eileen Friend sews up a finished pillow. nati and Hamilton presented the group with the 2010 “Daisy Award” at the annual volunteer recognition luncheon April 16 in Sharonville. The plaque is proudly on display at the church.


Ruth Innis is thrilled to have her daughter, Barb Carrig, visiting from Tucson and assisting at the monthly sewing circle at Blue Ash Presbyterian Church. It was March 4 and Ruth’s 90th birthday. “The sewing group actually began some 60 years ago when we sent home made quilts to our missionary in India, Dr. Dorothy


Honorees! The “Pillow Ladies” of Blue Ash Presbyterian Church display their “Daisy Award” presented to them April 16 by the Hospice of Cincinnati and Hamilton. From left: sitting, Betty Greer, Eileen Friend, and Ruth Innis; standing, Judy Clore, David Innis (Ruth’s son), Martha Henry, and Blue Ash Presbyterian Church Pastor Mike Brewer.

Ferris,” Greer said. Dr. Ferris supported an orphanage and a hospital there. The sewing group’s ministry grew over the years, peaking at about 25 members, while providing toy bags to the Shriner’s Hospital and quilts to Children’s Hospital. Though the current group numbers only five, it turned out some 1,300 pillows for Hospice in 2009. “Most of the work is done at home,” Greer said. “We meet at the church once a month. We have an assembly line.” Judy Clore and Betty cut and sew fabric. Ruth Innis, who is 90 years old, stuffs


Martha Henry carefully stitches together another finished pillow for Hospice. the pillows and Eileen Friend hand sews them closed. Martha Henry joins in on sewing days to cut, sew, or stuff – whatever is needed. Ruth Innis’ son, David, provides crucial transportation and other church members always help whenever possible

with material and monetary donations. “We are grateful for all the donations and we thank God for all He does to keep us going,” Greer said. “This is one thing we can do to relieve others of pain. Hospice named us the “Pillow Ladies” and we love that.”

Four-year-old Jason was born with severe heart and stomach malformations. He’s spent most of his life in the hospital. Today he’s going home to his family. He’s a



Betty Greer enjoys her work, laying out the colorful fabric and cutting it to size.

That’s Judy Clore behind her sewing machine preparing a fabric “pocket” to be stuffed with fiber fill. Judy also serves as the historian for Blue Ash Presbyterian which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006.

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Prom 2010

Sycamore High School celebrated April 17.


Seniors Caitlin Palmieri and Chris King take a break from dancing at prom.


Students dance the night away at the celebration.

Juniors Jill Streck, Hailey Hess and Mary Kate Taulbee show off their prom dresses during the celebration. PROVIDED


Sycamore High School held their prom April 17. Junior Rosetta Maley enjoys a dance at prom.


Freshman Xavier Jimenez, right, and his date, Lindsey Elder, enjoy a dance during prom at the Oasis Conference Center.

Summit wins regional Science Olympiad The Summit Country Day School participated in the regional competition for the Science Olympiad March 6 at the University of Cincinnati’s Raymond Walters Campus in Blue Ash. In their third year taking part in the Science Olympiad, Summit received medals in 21 out of 23 events and beat 13 other teams, taking top honors. Fifteen of those medals were for first or second place. Summit will take their regional championship team to The Ohio State University in Columbus April 17 to compete for a state title.

The team consists of Adam Chow, Michael Connerton, Carter Hall, Emily Haussler, David Judd, Chris Lee, Stuart Seltman and Otto Snelling, Kevin Boyce, Aaron Chow, Nick Montag, Eric Terry, Nathan Whitsett, Graham Haenle and Alex Murtha. The Science Olympiad is a national organization that provides recognition for outstanding achievement. At these tournaments, students demonstrate their understanding of science, mathematics and technology; their problem solving skills; and their ability to work together as a team.


Power of Sycamore students

Sycamore Junior High seventh- and eighth-grade Power of the Pen team placed second in the recent Power of the Pen District Tournament. Team members are, from left: first row, sponsor and coach Michele Reece, Jennifer Welch, Alex Logsdon, Sarah Jie and Kathryn Tenbarge; second row, Neha Srivatsa, Sam Games, Rachel Torres, Munazza Aijaz, Prativa Amon and Elizabeth Reece; third row, Katie Amster, Gabi Mahuet, Shannon Thomas, Alison Yan, Marie Beaucage, Allison Salach and Julian Braxton. Not pictured, Anshu Chen, Stephanie Gunter, Carolyn Halstead and Angie Phillips.


Laura Rutemiller is one of 13

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Kids to Kids

The Seven Hills School kindergartners’ annual Kids to Kids project, in which the students make, decorate, publicize and sell “pots of gold” (Rolo candy), recently raised more than $600 for Heifer Project International. Seen here during the project are, from left, Sonya Macavei of Loveland, Kendall Cipra (mother of student Taylor Cipra) of Symmes Township, Liam Huelsman of Hyde Park, Sophia Chabris of Mariemont, Evan Michelman of Hyde Park, Ella Jo Piersma of Hyde Park and her mother Rachel Gustin.


Remembering the Holocaust

Holocaust survivor Werner Coppel, center, spoke to the language art classes at Sycamore Junior High about his time growing up in Germany, his experiences at Auschwitz, being on a Death March and his arrival and assimilation in the U.S. Coppel was chosen to speak after the classes read “The Diary of Anne Frank” and studied the Holocaust.


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This week in tennis

• Cincinnati Country Day’s Will Fritz finished first during the Division II Sectional Championships while advancing to districts. CCD’s Michael Barton took third place during sectionals while also advancing to districts. • Sycamore placed first in the GMC Finals, May 8. Sycamore’s Dylan Stern beat Lakota East’s Umakantha 6-2, 6-1 in third singles; Jake Maxwell and David Jungerwirth beat Lakota West’s 2-6, 6-0, 6-0 in first doubles; and Jeffrey Kaplan and Nikhil Grandhi beat Mason’s Speier and Byrne 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Sycamore’s Coach Mike Teets was named Coach of the Year. • Sycamore’s Jake Maxwell and David Jungerwirth beat Lakota East’s Sumakantha and Witzman 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the doubles competition in Division I Sectionals. • In the quarterfinals of Division II Sectionals, May 13, Cincinnati Country Day’s Joey Fritz beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Tedrick 60, 6-0. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Tedrick and Henize beat Indian Hill’s Desai and Bauman 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the Division II Sectionals, May 13.

This week in baseball

• Moeller beat Hughes 20-0 in five innings in Division I Sectionals, May 13. Moeller’s David Whitehead pitched 13 strikeouts, and Ethan McAlpine was 4-4, hit a double and a triple, scored three runs and had three RBI. Moeller advances to play Lakota West, May 20. • Walnut Hills beat Sycamore 5-1, May 13. Sycamore’s Kyle Hart was 2-3 with a double. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Clark Montessori 25-0, May 13. CHCA’s Jacob Schomaker pitched nine strikeouts, and was 3-3 at bat with a double and four RBI. No. 2 CHCA advances to the sectional finals to face No. 4 Madeira Wednesday, May 17, at Batavia at 5 p.m. If victorious, CHCA advances to the district finals to face the winner of Badin vs. Madison Friday, May 21, at Kings at 5 p.m.

This week in softball

• Sycamore beat Loveland 5-3 in the Division I Sectional, May 10. Sycamore’s Shelly Pohl pitched seven strikeouts, and Kat Pember hit a double and had two RBI. • Ursuline beat Sycamore 4-2 in Division I Sectionals, May 13. Ursuline’s Hannah Mehrle pitched eight strikeouts, and Maria Leichty was 33 with a double and three runs. Sycamore’s Carrie Tveita was 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Ursuline advances to play Mason, May 17. • Deer Park beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 7-2 in Division III Sectionals, May 13. CHCA’s Amanda Pritchard hit a double.

This week in lacrosse

• Mariemont boys beat Sycamore 6-4, May 11. Sycamore’s Sloss scored two goals and Spicer and Dowdall scored one goal each. Sycamore’s Wolkoff made five saves. Sycamore falls to 8-6 with the loss. • St. Xavier boys beat Moeller 9-3, May 12. Moeller’s Fuller, Catino and Widmeyer scored one goal each. Moeller falls to 6-12 with the loss.

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Sycamore girls on track for success By Mark Chalifoux

The Sycamore High School girls’ track and field team has one of its stronger teams in the past few years and head coach Liz Gonda said she’s seen kids make breakthroughs every week. “The coolest part is after each meet we talk about what we need to work on for the next week and they do it. We don’t have to say it over and over as coaches because the kids have a great attitude,” Gonda said. “I’m thrilled with where we are now.” The team has had a number of standouts this season, including Ahna Reese and Gika Okonji in the shotput and discus. “They have just been ridiculously fabulous and have been first second or third in most of the meets we’ve been to,” Gonda said. “Ahna has a running contest with Justin Murray (Sycamore’s GMC-champion thrower) to see who can score more points overall this year.” Gonda said freshman distance runner Samantha Siler has been “amazing” and very focused. Alix Davis, a junior, was described as a “force” on the team; she’s a hard worker and leads by example. Allison Setser, Kelsey Pauly and Emily Elsbrock have been very versatile this season. “Whatever we put them in, they do great,” Gonda said. “They have come a long way their confidence and ability.” Danielle Kearns has stepped up in the 800-meter run and Gonda said she’s one of the hardest working girls on the team. “That’s really paying off for her in that race,” she said. Freshmen Angela Harris


Sycamore senior Emily Elsbrock competes in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles at the GMC track meet on May 12. Elsbrock is one of the standouts for the Aves this season. and Jasmine Mcdonald have performed well and Bianca Rodenbaugh, Ashley Locke, Madison Keyes, Kaley

Bridgewater and Jackie Weber have also been key contributors. “In almost every event,


Sycamore High School junior Darius Hillary runs in the 100-meter dash at the GMC meet.

we have a kid that has performed well,” Gonda said. “We just have a hard-working group of girls.” Gonda said the coaching staff has been great at Sycamore and that it’s helped set the tone for the flexibility of the team. She also said she’s excited to see how the team does in the postseason, as the district meet is right around the corner on May 19-22. “This year has me really excited,” she said. “We qualified a lot of people to the finals in the GMC meet and that’s huge because it’s not an easy conference. We also have a lot of kids coming back next year and the ones that aren’t have really set a great tone for the team so I feel confident the example they set will only improve for next year.” While the Aves have a strong team, the district meet will provide a plethora of competition. Mason, Walnut Hills and Withrow all have very strong teams, which could make it difficult for Sycamore to advance a


Sycamore freshman Angela Harris competes in the 100-meter dash in the GMC meet at Mason May 12. Harris is one of the top newcomers for the Aves. high number of athletes to the regional meet. “We have a really tough district but a number of different kids could make it out and a few of our relays have a chance too,” she said. “I think any of our field kids could advance. Samantha Siler could definitely advance. If it all comes together for the kids there could be a number of kids that move on.” She said the coaches stress to the kids that it’s just one meet out of the whole season and that it doesn’t define them, but she is still looking forward to the meet. “I think we have some big performances in us that will surprise the kids,” she said. “At the meet prior to the GMC meet, a lot of kids dropped time. They know they are capable, and I definitely think we can have some kids move on.”

CHCA falls to Deer Park in sectional semis By Tony Meale

The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy softball team, which averaged more than 10 runs per game this season, saw its bats subdued in a 7-2 sectional semi-finals loss to Deer Park May 13. Eagles head coach Pat Hessler said he and Deer Park head coach Bill Newton were very familiar with each other’s coaching strategies and that the game would come down to which team executed better. The Eagles, which fell to 0-5 when scoring two runs or fewer, were unable to muster enough offense for the win. They finish the season 11-8 overall and 7-3 in the Miami Valley Conference Scarlet division. CHCA advanced to the sectional semi-finals after surviving a 15-14 slugfest with Fayetteville May 10. “We seemed to get timely hitting when we needed it,” Hessler said. “We got people on base and found a way to score.” The Eagles, which started the year 0-3 and 3-5, went 8-3 in their final 11 games. Hessler attributed the


CHCA’s Amanda Mary attempts to bunt her way on during sectional action at Deer Park May 13. slow start to losing two pivotal players – sophomore Mackenzie Bergh (SP) and senior Heather Hobold (3B) – to season-ending shoulder injuries. “Not many teams can come back from that,” he said. “It took us awhile to find out what our rotation would be.” The turning point, Hessler said, came when senior Alisha Grant

assumed the role of starting pitcher. “That really settled the team,” he explained. “Alisha came in and really stabilized our pitching. I really think the girls didn’t know what their roles would be, but they got comfortable with each other.” Grant went 9-3 with a 3.31 ERA. As a hitter, she batted .375. “She’s given us everything we’ve asked for and more,” Hessler said. “All we wanted her to do is throw strikes and give our team a chance to play defense. She doesn’t throw hard, but she puts the ball where she wants to and makes people hit their way on (base).” Hessler also credited junior pitcher Alex Jeffers, who was used primarily in relief and hit .435 with 21 RBI, 25 runs and 14 stolen bases. “Alex has done a good job,” Hessler said. “One thing we never did a lot with was her swing. Her timing was off – she’d be a little ahead or a little behind – and she really worked on that. She hits the ball hard and doesn’t make cheap outs.” Replacing Hobold at third base, meanwhile, was


CHCA’s Hannah Lambert makes a successful steal of second base in a May 13 sectional game against Deer Park. junior Kelsey Elliott, who hit .541 with 30 RBI, 27 runs and 26 steals. “It just seems that no matter who (is pitching), Kelsey just hits,” Hessler said. “She’s not flashy; she just does her job – and it’s nice to see that.” Other key contributors were seniors Mallory Rabold (SS), who hit .407 with 22 runs and 25 steals, Samantha Candee (2B), who hit .391 with 21 runs and 15 steals; and Hannah

Lambert (1B), who hit .340 with 23 runs and 15 steals. “All the seniors (did) what we expected,” Hessler said. “Nobody really surprised me.” Other contributors included Ariel Balske, Kayla Bedinghaus, Alexis Caruso, Amanda Mary, Mallory Massa, Cara Nwanwka and Amanda Pritchard. “It’s been a real team effort this year,” Hessler said. “We’ve had to rely on everybody.”

Sports & recreation BRIEFLY NCAA championships

The Thomas More College men’s golf team made the cut May 12, in its first-ever NCAA Division III Championship as it shot a second round 304 on the par-72, 6,837-yard Hershey Links layout in Hershey, Pa., for a two-round total of 626 to sit in 23rd spot in the 37-team championship. Sophomore Jarrett Gronauer, a Moeller High School graduate, is tied for 51st with a 154 (80-74) . Sophomore Mike Pharo, a Moeller High School graduate, is in a tie for 159th with a 166 (84-82.). The championship plays the final two rounds at Hershey Links.

This week in track and field

• Sycamore boys placed ninth in the Rod Russell Invitational, May 8. Moeller placed 14th. Sycamore’s Justin Murray won the shot put at 54 feet, 2.5 inches. • Ursuline Academy girls placed second in the Rod Russell Invitational, May 8. Sycamore placed fifth. Ursuline’s Pam Showman won the high jump at 5 feet, 3 inches,

Marisol Mason won the long jump at 17 feet, 4 inches. Sycamore’s Samantha Siler won the 1600 meter in 5:10.81, and the 3200 meter run in 11:27.67; Ahna Reese won the discus at 115 feet. • Moeller boys placed third in the GCL South meet after six events, May 12. Moeller’s Kassem won the shot put at 53 feet, 6.75 inches. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys placed second in the Miami Valley Conference Championship, May 12 CHCA’S Wallace won the 800 meter in 2:04.1, and the 1600 meter in 4:28.1; Campbell won the 400 meter in 52 seconds; and CHCA won the 4x400 meter relay in 3:33.6. • Ursuline girls placed first after six events in the GGCL Scarlet Meet, May 12. Ursuline’s showman won the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches; Marisol Mason won the long jump at 16 feet, 11.75 inches; and Molly Basch won the pole vault at 10 feet, 10 inches.

• Moeller beat St. Xavier 25-19, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, May 11.

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To market, to market Visitors to Montogmery posted these comments to a story about a farmer’s market coming to the city: “All us backyard farmers salute this move. The more that’s growin’ on in any community, the better.” whostheguyinthehat

Too much Pepper? Vistors to posted these comments to a story about Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper’s proposal to cap the county’s income tax credit at either $133,000 or $153,000 of a home’s value: “Sounds like an incentive for the assessor to raise the appraisal bar! Anyone propose spending cuts?” ViewFromTheEast “I’m a democrat and I don’t even own a home, and even I think that’s unfair. Totally unfair. Those in higher income brackets are already subject to higher taxes. Why would we double tax them making them pay higher taxes on their properties? Isn’t David Pepper a Republican? Or does he just hate Hamilton County? An initiative like this would simply force people to move to the surrounding counties.” cindywho

CH@TROOM May 12 questions

Were you surprised by Tea Party founder Mike Wilson’s victory in the Republican primary for 28th House District? Why do you think he won? “I am reminded of Jean Schmidt’s first primary victory for the Second Congressional District in a large field including two who were much better known to voters. They, however, each viewed the other as their chief rival and besmirched and befouled, each other leaving Jean with her dedicated Right-To-Life coterie to win the day undoubtedly with some help from those thoroughly disgusted by the campaign of the supposed leaders. I am not accusing Wilson’s opponents of mudslinging, only pointing out that in a primary that has little else to draw voters a relatively small but dedicated following can prevail. The trick for Wilson will be how well he is able to fare against the intelligent, highly capable, hardworking Pillich.” A.M.B. “I continue to be amazed that the Tea Party which supposedly is dedicated to the overhaul of our government consistently seeks to align itself with the GOP, which has heretofore been steadfast in opposing all change and has consistently been a champion the status quo. Go figure!” J.B. “I’m not surprised at all that Mike Wilson won the Republican primary. The first time I heard him speak was at a rally at Fountain Square a little over a year ago. He was a businessman so distraught over the burden big government was placing on business entrepreneurs he started the Cincinnati Tea Party to do something about it. I remember thinking, ‘Now, there’s a guy with the courage of his convictions.’ And I liked his convictions. Apparently a lot of other people liked them, too, because the crowd was huge and they were cheering at just about everything he said.

“Those bad ol’ rich people. Make them pay for everything ... at least until they are taxed out of the rich bracket.” knowitall1000 “Lots of fair points here. However, since one of the only other legitimate ways to raise the revenue needed for the ongoing demands of ‘downtown Hamilton County’ and its projects is to eliminate the sales tax credit entirely, perhaps this is a short term solution that needs to be given consideration. “With the pending reevaluation due on all properties in 2011, if all properties have generally suffered a decline, then those at the bottom of the assessed values will be required to pay more because the entire ‘value of the jurisdiction’ has declined thus making every homeowners share just a little larger. The credit/ elimination for the lower value end may in fact keep that pain to a minimum. Since many folks at that end of the scale probably don’t benefit from itemized deductions like the higher value end of the scale, this just might be a ‘righting of previous wrongs’ in permitting the higher end values a disproportionate share of the sales tax credit.” groat “Geez. My home isn’t in one of those ranges, but my property taxes went up $1,200 a year because of their reassessment so I wonder how much the houses in that price range already went up due to reassessment and now they want to tax them more? Haven’t we learned from New Jersey yet? Most of New Jersey’s high earners moved out of

Next questions Symmes Township trustees recently gave Administrator Gerry Beckman the authority to restrict parking on township roads when necessary. Is this a good idea? Why or why not? Should a U.S. Supreme Court justice have prior judicial experience? 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. “I was so glad when he decided to run for office. As a volunteer on his campaign I was able to observe that he didn’t just work hard (tirelessly, actually), he worked smart. I know he’ll do the same when we send him to the state legislature!” C.W.

What are your memories of your high school prom? “I have very distinct memories of my high school prom because I took two different girls! It was a two-day event: the first day was the dance, and the next was a boat ride. Traditionally, the same girl went to both. “By the time prom came up, I had decided I wanted to date another girl I had met. I can chalk this up to high school immaturity, but I broke up with girlfriend No. 1 after taking her to the prom dance, and started dating girlfriend No. 2 by going on the boat ride the next day, never missing a beat. “I can remember how surprised and amazed all my friends were because nobody did that! “It was a terrible thing to do, but I was 17. Needless to say, I also broke up with girlfriend No. 2 and married someone totally different. “Many years later I still feel badly that I did what I did. Carol, if you’re out there, I am so sorry!” R.H. “Prom? Weird dress, painful shoes, no sleep, nice date.” L.A.D.

the state due to taxes now they are in a world of hurt ... I guess Cincinnati wants to keep pushing more and more home owners to clermont or butler counties. “I for one may be selling my house soon and moving to another country ... with lower property taxes ... ridiculous the crap these politicians come up with.” Tmade01 “Didn’t politicians at the time promise the real estate tax incentive to encourage property owners to vote for the sales tax increase to fund the stadiums? So now these commissioners can just stick it to the property owners without a vote? If so, these guys have definitely earned their own ‘term limits!’ Every property owner in the county should vote them out at the first chance to do so.” sportssenseguy “When someone buys into a high growth area they should expect to also pay higher taxes. Inspite of higher taxes the owner’s wealth increases at a higher rate than tax increases. It’s a good plan, Mr. Pepper. “It’s rather ironic that the conservative opponents are among the same group that created this unaffordable stadium tax in the first place. Pepper, Portune and now Hartman have inherited a mess left behind by former commissioners just like President Obama inherited the mess left behind by the former administration.” CincyTom “Butler, Warren and Clermont counties will all support Pepper’s proposal.” SeawayPlayboy

Your input welcome “Typical liberal Democratic response to a problem. Let’s raise taxes on the ‘rich.’ Of course ‘rich’ in this case appears to be 40 percent of homeowners. The Democrats are igniting the fires of a class war, which will eventually extinguish the middle class. Higher taxes on homes in Hamilton County is just one more reason to locate your home and business elsewhere. Pepper does not seem to get that if more businesses come to Hamilton County, so will more jobs and taxpaying residents. That will drive home prices up and therefore drive taxes up. More people, more sales tax revenue. Higher values, higher tax revenues. If you care about your job, remember Pepper’s name when you vote.” way2logical “Would the last person to leave Hamilton County please turn off the lights?” NewportJeff “No home owner – rich or poor – should be forced to pay for the stupidity of public officials – and voters – who allowed local government to be suckered into building a palace for the billionaires of pro sports. If taxes need to be raised to pay off stadium debt, then raise taxes that directly affect sports fans. Ticket tax, beer tax, hat and jersey tax, parking on game day tax, sports bar tax, hotel tax on game weekends tax, player income tax, sports franchise tax, sports consultant tax, pro athlete agent tax, sports advertising tax, etc ... “ thelastmoderate

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Emergency votes Visitors to Blueash posted these comments to a column by Blue Ash solicitor Mark Vanderlaan explaining the city’s use of emergency ordinances: “What Vanderlaan and the ‘out of touch with the people’ city council fails to understand, is the reason why the residents do not like the ‘emergency’ ordinances is because they do not allow for public input. Nobody gives a (darn) about an emergency ordinance for salt, etc .... but when the ‘emergency’ is used specifically so the residents cannot have a say on many important issues is rude, wrong, and I would imagine borders on being illegal, let alone shows signs of corruption. “What I do find amusing is how Blue Ash city hall keeps addressing the ‘emergency’ issue. They obviously know that it’s ticking people off. Instead of using less emergencies so that the people can have a say (as any pro-resident council would), they continue to try to justify this anti-resident practice over and over. Like this is really going to change the minds of the people. FreeToSpeak99

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Recreation priorities

Blue Ash is proposing to construct a six-hole golf course and driving range on the airport property. At first glance, this plan appears appealing. Nonetheless, devoting tax dollars and an important parcel of land to golf raises serious questions concerning recreational priorities and economic realities. Blue Ash has a great golf course and is building a new state-of-the-art clubhouse. Blue Ash tax payers might be surprised to learn that in 2008 the Blue Ash Golf Course suffered an operating loss of $529,204. Additionally, the rounds of golf played at Blue Ash have dropped from 45,209 in 1999 to 35,780 in 2009. These numbers strongly suggest that committing tax dollars to build and maintain a new golf complex violates economic common sense.

About letters & columns We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. The city will better meet the needs of its residents by promoting tennis. City officials tell me that 10,000 people annually use the tennis courts. According to the city, tennis reservations increased last year by 50 percent. Both locally and nationally the popularity of tennis is growing. A recent national study shows that tennis is the country’s fasted growing participant sport. Unfortunately the tennis courts are deteriorating. A walk

Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: nesuburban@community Fax: 248-1938 U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Northeast Suburban Life may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. on the courts reveals cracks, unsecured fences, and poor lighting. Based on usage and the relative modest cost, the community would benefit if the city merely allocated to tennis a small portion of the money it will spend to build and operate the new golf development. Regardless of how you feel, please let city council know your view. Terry Goodman Heritage Road Blue Ash

FROM BLUE ASH DIRECT Recent posts and response from Bruce Healey’s Blue Ash Direct blog at Blueash:

He is not my watchdog!

“I logged on to find that Mr. (Glenn) Welch has been glorified as a ‘watchdog’ over the Sycamore Community School Board. “Calling Mr. Welch a ‘watchdog’ is to call a fox a ‘wildlife control expert.’ Complaints? He has them. Solutions? Not many. He is sadly typical of many who “just say no,” but refuse to get down to work for a solution. “There are no Ferraris in the staff parking lots at our schools, and a quick check of publicly available records should reassure most residents that we are not creating a wealthy elite of teachers. Should we pay our teachers the best wages we can afford? Absolutely. The

alternative is to pay as little as possible and get lousy teachers. Plenty of communities have gone that route, and have ended up shadows of their former selves. Maybe this so-called ‘wachdog’ fancies himself as Clint Eastwood in ‘Gran Torino,’ but I plan to live in a healthy, vibrant and well educated community until the day I die. Watchdog? Not for my tax dollars he ain’t! “Like all of us I want control of our tax dollars, but I want sensible control with demonstrable results, which our school board has provided under our current superintendent. Shouting down any attempt to spend money on anything is pretty easy. Proving you have a point and making constructive changes escapes the ‘watchdog.’”


“My concern is that the board is telling us what sad shape Maple Dale and

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especially the board office building are in. Why has the current and past boards allowed this? Seems a major failure on their part. Reminds me of some years back when the Cincinnati board needed over $200 million because their schools were in terrible shape, another board failure of their responsibility. Perhaps the entire board should apologize and resign. Then we could start over with a board willing to be responsible for the assets they control. Do not tell me they had no money, a responsible board would have found a way and the money.” aresident

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Sandtrese Keys, left, and Sharon Coleman create candy bouquets at Simply Sweet Boutique in Glendale.

Second career is sweet adventure By Kelly McBride Reddy

The site of their new business was previously a candy store called CincinPROVIDED PROVIDED A new business is nati Candy Distributor, Diane and Bob Steele of Evendale help with deliveries. Valerie Lasko of Mount Lookout, Michael Lasko of Blue Ash and Pamela Lasko of Silverton. blooming in Glendale as which closed more than a Simply Sweet Boutique has decade ago. opened on West Sharon “Kids who used to come Road. here years ago are now Co-owners Sharon Cole- bringing their nieces and man and Sandtrese Keys are nephews, and their own former employees of GE kids in,” Keys said. Capital who lost their jobs To recognize Glendale’s last year in a layoff at the mascot, the black squirrel, company. Simply Sweet Boutique sells “After 15 years of work- squirrel nut chews, as well ing for someone else, we as the nostalgic Lemondecided to go into business heads and crystal rock for ourselves,” Keys said. candy. After about a year of All purchases are packWith the help of more than 120 preparation, the franchise of aged in tree-free bags, made volunteers of all ages, the 12th annuCandy Bouquet Internation- of other natural materials. al Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover al has opened for business. Gourmet candy bouquets Delivery of Jewish Family Service Keys and Coleman said can be ordered for many delivered 439 Passover meals to famichoosing the candy bouquet events, such as birthdays, lies experiencing financial difficulties. business was a natural out- anniversaries, graduations Volunteers ranged in ages from pregrowth of activities they and other holidays. school children to adults in their 80s. have been involved in for More information and Each donated box contained years. product examples can be matzah, matzah ball soup mix, macaColeman, a former ana- found on the company’s roons, gefilte fish, grape juice, nuts, lyst, and Keys, a former website, www.candybouapples and a chicken dinner. Cincinreporting specialist, organ- The Glendale nati Hebrew Day School donated the ized community events and store can be reached at 772storage and setup facilities. Area conparties on the side. 2639. gregations, organizations, and busi“We always had a pasKeys and Coleman said nesses collected the nonperishable, PROVIDED sion for crafts,” Keys said. they’re enjoying their secboxed food. The balance was pur- Symmes Township residents Brian, 14, Melissa, 12, Jennifer, 9, and Karen Goodman. The business partners ond career. chased with monetary donations from said Glendale seemed to be “Who can say they enjoy The Rockwern Charitable Foundation and Ethan, 12, to introduce her son to most wonderful days of my life,” said a natural fit for the shop, coming to work every day,” Schwartz. “We didn’t know they volunteering. and individual community donors. which specializes in gour- Coleman said. “We do.” “I thought the Passover Delivery would be so appreciative. And we The high cost of Kosher for met candy and ganache. Passover food compelled families to would be a great way for him to get enjoyed learning about their families volunteer their time to those less fortu- involved,” she said. Ethan will volun- and many talents.” One recipient prenate to ensure recipients had an ade- teer for the Jewish Family Service Food sented a hand carved box to her Pantry as his mitzvah project for his grandson with a promise to give him quate meal. “We feel our family is so lucky to bar mitzvah. Jewish Family Service something next year when he be able to put together a Seder meal. Food Pantry, which is the only kosher becomes a bar mitzvah. This project was started by a group My kids and I want to help others also food pantry in the region, is located in make their meal,” said Karen Good- space donated by Golf Manor Syna- of dedicated volunteers in 1998. Jewish Family Service is supported in part man of Symmes Township, who was gogue. by funds made available from Jewish Tom Glassman and his son Ethan, delivering meals with her three children, Brian, 14, Melissa, 12, and Jen- 11, of Wyoming have Russian rela- Federation of Cincinnati, United Way tives and looked forward to delivering of Greater Cincinnati, The Conference nifer, 9. on Jewish Material Claims Against Jessica Kahn from Wyoming to other Russian-speaking families. “This is our third or fourth year vol- Germany, and Council on Aging of brought her two children Rebecca, 14, unteering and we get to use the Russ- Southwestern Ohio. ian phrases that our relatives have taught us when we deliver the meals,” Glassman said. “We enjoy the reaction we get from speaking in familiar phrases.” KELLY MCBRIDE REDDY/STAFF Barbara Schwartz from Loveland, Simply Sweet Boutique, on West Sharon Road, sells customized candy bouquets along with her daughter Jami Edelheit as well as individual confections. and two grandchildren Carly, 15, and Michael, 11, of Montgomery were overwhelmed by their volunteer experience. This multi-generational family sat and visited with each household, 11974 Lebanon Road, Shop til you drop an important element of the volunteer Cincinnati Magazine is Sharonville. project. After they delivered their The event includes comhosting “Girls Night Out: A packages, they came back to show the Night to Shop Madeira” from plimentary beer, wine and PROVIDED candy and gifts they received from the 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, food while mingling with recipients. May 20, in Downtown Cincinnati’s elite wedding Indian Hill residents Howard, Hannah, 11, and Sarah, “Words cannot explain one of the vendors. There is a pamper8, Kaplan. Madeira, Miami Avenue. Food ing room for brides featuring and drink is available while PROVIDED shopping after-hours in Mitchell’s salon professional Larry and Joan Lindner of Sycamore Township help Downtown Madeira. The doing hair and makeup trials. make deliveries. It also includes pamper basevent is free. Registration is required. 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Jewish Family Service delivers Passover meals


Bridal show

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Blue Ash residents Gabe, 17, Jacom, 10, Shep and Lila, 13, Englander.


Joan Wells of Sycamore Township helps with deliveries.


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ART EXHIBITS Faculty Show, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, 8845 Governor’s Hill Drive. Suite 100, Gallery. Artwork from variety of media including mixed media, digital film, graphic design, interactive media, culinary arts, fashion marketing, interior design and more. Free. Presented by The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati. 833-2400. Symmes Township. Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Multi-media exhibit of art that tells stories by Jennifer Choto and Janet Zack. Free. Through May 31. 683-2340; Loveland. CIVIC

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.


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.


Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Seminar, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. HQ Blue Ash, 4555 Lake Forest Drive. Fifth Floor Conference Room, Suite 590. Ages 35 and up suffering from symptoms of hormonal imbalance. With Dr. Julie Kissel of BodyLogicMD. Free. Registration required, available online. Presented by BodyLogicMD. 561-935-9475; Blue Ash.


Mike Birbiglia, 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. $22. 9849288; Montgomery. F R I D A Y, M A Y 2 1


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.


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.


Jews in Baseball, 1 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Lecture by Mel Marmer. Part of Jewish American Heritage Month. Free. 7227233. Amberley Village.


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

Waiting On Ben, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Presented by Anytime Happy Hours. 697-9705. Loveland.


Mike Birbiglia, 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, $22. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Seussical Jr. 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Madeira High School, 7465 Loannes Drive. Medert Auditorium. St. Gertrude Players, grades 5-8 perform mix of musical styles from Latin to pop, swing to gospel and R&B to funk. Family friendly. $6, $5 advance; $4, $2 children and seniors advance. Presented by St. Gertrude School. Through May 22. 677-8744. Madeira.


A Piece of My Heart, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Madisonville Arts Center, 5021 Whetsel Ave. True stories of six courageous women sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of war that irrevocably changed them and the nation that shunned them. $15. Presented by New Gate Celtic Theatre Company. Through May 23. 271-8600; Madisonville. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 2 2


The Heart of Little Miami, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oasis Conference Center, 902 LovelandMiamiville Road. Live performances, vendors and more. Benefits Support Little Miami Schools. Free. Presented by Support Little Miami Schools. 583-8383; Loveland.


Healthy Cooking Classes, noon-1:30 p.m. Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road. Learn to make two healthy and delicious meals. Ages 14-90. $22. 315-3943; Silverton.


Pick Your Own Strawberries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, Pick your own strawberries, browse garden center, pet goats and view ducklings. $1.75 per pound. Daily picking times change, check website. Presented by Blooms and Berries Farm Market. 697-9173; Loveland.


Wine Bar Tasting, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; Kenwood.


Grow Your Own, 10 a.m. Loveland Hardware, 131 Broadway St. Learn to create your own edible garden with herbs and veggies. Free. Registration required. 677-4040. Loveland.


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


The Websters, 10 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. Ages 21 and up. Family friendly. $7. 774-9697. Symmes Township.

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Seussical Jr. 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Madeira High School, $6, $5 advance; $4, $2 children and seniors advance. 677-8744. Madeira.


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.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Urban Ministry Training, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church, 5125 Drake Road. For those interested in improving their help of residents in urban areas of Cincinnati and beyond. With Kim Sieberling, urban specialneeds school teacher and pastor of Elberon UMC in Price Hill. Lunch and materials provided. $10 donation. Registration required by May 17. 561-4220. Indian Hill.


Sycamore Class of 1969 Reunion, 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road. Sycamore Shelter. Potluck cookout/picnic. Bring yearbooks, photos and memorabilia to share, along with food and drink. No glass containers for beer and wine. Brief tour of old high school, now junior high, on Cooper Road 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required, available at 7932165. Blue Ash.


Open House, 10:30 a.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, 8845 Governor’s Hill Drive. Suite 100, Attendees invited to learn more about school’s programs, discuss educational goals, tour facilities and learn about tuition scholarship opportunities. Free. 833-2430; Symmes Township.


Relationship Roadmap Couples Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Guru For Two Counseling Center, 115 N. Riverside, Second Floor, Learn how to keep a healthy relationship. Ages 18 and up. $159 per couple. Registration required. 793-0111; Loveland.


Grailville Garden Volunteer Day, 9 a.m.noon Planting and transplanting summer crops, using companion planting and intercropping. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Work in organic garden and kitchen. Wear clothes and footwear that can get dirty. No experience required. Free. 683-2340; Loveland.


Granny’s Garden School is hosting the cooking class “Cook in the Garden” from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, May 26, at Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland. Identify, harvest, prepare and learn the many ways to enjoy local vegetables and herbs. It is led by French home cooks Brigitte Cordier (pictured) and Martine Enselme. It is open to ages 14 and older, must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $70 for two, $40. Registration is required. Call 235-2644 or e-mail. S U N D A Y, M A Y 2 3


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road. For all ages. Performance dates: Aug. 12-15, 1821. Presented by East Side Players. 6040537; Blue Ash.


Hospice of Cincinnati Summertime Classic, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dinner event, $50. Kenwood Country Club, 6501 Kenwood Road. Benefits Hospice of Cincinnati’s children’s bereavement program. Registration required. Presented by Bethesda Foundation Inc. 865-5223; Madeira.


BIG BQ, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road. Family and friends picnic. Game booths, hermit crab races, magician, stilt walker, fire show at 4:30 p.m. train rides, nine-hole mini golf and bingo with prizes. Barbecue chicken dinner 3-7 p.m. for $9; tickets for dinner must be purchased in advance. Other food items also available. Free. 489-8815; Montgomery.


Mike Birbiglia, 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, $22. 984-9288; Montgomery.


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ART EXHIBITS 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.

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


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


Pick Your Own Strawberries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, $1.75 per pound. 697-9173; Loveland.


Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-midnight, Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. Lobby Lounge. 793-4500; Blue Ash.


University of CIncinnati College-Conservatory of Music Performance, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. $5. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


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.


National Senior Health and Fitness Day, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Zumba Gold class, line dancing class, movement for flexibility class, Tai Chi class, free blood pressure checks, health presentations, free mini upper back massages. Free. Reservations required. 247-2100. Symmes Township.

Cultures of Dance, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Dancers from Ballet Tech Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ballet and other dance companies perform contemporary ballet, Hip-Hop, musical theater, Chinese, Indian, Latin/Salsa and more. $5. 7617500; Amberley Village. M O N D A Y, M A Y 2 4


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.


Hospice of Cincinnati Summertime Classic, noon-6:30 p.m. Golfing event, $200. Kenwood Country Club, Registration required. 865-5223; Madeira.


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Famed Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones will be signing “Dhani Tackles The Globe: Season One” Saturday, May 22, at 1 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood. He will only be signing; there will be no talk. He will only be signing copies of the “Dhani Tackles The Globe: Season One” DVD. No memorabilia. No posed photography will be allowed. Line tickets will be issued for this event. You must buy the DVD from Joseph-Beth Booksellers in order to get the line ticket. You must have the line ticket in hand to be admitted to the line. Those without line tickets will not be admitted. For more information, call 513-396-8960 or visit

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS 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. 351-5005. Kenwood.


The first national tour of “Legally Blonde The Musical” will run at the Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., downtown Cincinnati, through Sunday, May 23. It is the story of sorority girl Elle Woods, who attends Harvard Law after her boyfriend dumps her. Performances are: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22.50-$64.50. Visit or call 800-982-2787.

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May 19, 2010

Envy is as common as love or anger

Envy is a little bacteria living within us. It can remain small and cause minimal trouble or spread and poison the whole person. Envy and resentment can even be a cause of international or national conflict. Poorer nations may feel it toward wealthier ones, or one race or religion toward another. Psychoanalysts consider envy in making their analysis because it can be an underlying factor in relationship problems between spouses, parents, siblings, and friends. Envy is a difficult emotion to identify and integrate. “Envy is so shameful a passion that we never dare acknowledge it,” says La Rochefoucauld. After decades of hearing individuals’ confessions, I could count on one hand the people who ever mentioned envy as a personal sin of theirs. Jealousy is often mistaken for envy. They’re not the same. Jealousy is mainly

concerned about love. The jealous person fears losing someone they love to a rival. Whereas envy is the pain felt when another is perceived as possessing some person, object, quality, or status that one does not have. Webster’s dictionary defines envy as “the painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage,” to which some psychologists would add, “and often the desire to destroy the one perceived as possessing that advantage.” What are some examples of envy? It is possible to churn with envy when we perceive another as more successful, better-looking, more popular, wealthier, having a better body or youthful age, having a very desirable spouse, an influential job, higher social status, or be favored by a parent or boss, and the beat goes on. A woman so envied her sister that the predominant

motive in her life was not doing what she really enjoyed, but doing things to overtake her sister. A sports-minded man was resentful of certain athletes and their well-developed bodies. He even rejoiced when they were injured or publicly embarrassed (schadenfreude in German, “taking pleasure in others’ misfortunes”). Usually the envied person does nothing to deserve the envy of another. He or she is not responsible for the envious person’s perceived lack of the envied quality. In fact, the envied person may possess the quality because they worked hard to achieve it. To try and understand our perplexing emotion of envy, we need to see how it stems from our human desire for fulfillment. In “Urgings Of The Heart,” authors Au and Cannon offer helpful insights: “Whenever we perceive something to be a good, we are attracted to it. We feel a desire to be close to it or possess it … Envy is

intrinsically related to goodness. What we each come to value and desire as good is determined by our unique personality. “What is desirable to one person may not be so to another. Envy enters our hearts when we despair of ever receiving the good things we desire… and our despair becomes fertile soil for envy, which flourishes whenever hope is lacking.” Looked at spiritually, envy represents a refusal to accept one’s humaness and

limitations. By focusing enviously on what others have and we lack, we betray ourselves by preferring the being of another to our own. The spiritual failure of envy lies in the fact that rejecting who we are carries with it a certain rejection of the God who created and fashions us. “In Christian b, Satan has been identified as the archetypal envier because he could not accept his rightful place in the order of

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This summer salad is a cornbread winner way, whether remembering a fallen veteran, family or friends. The cornbread salad recipe is one of my most requested for this holiday, so here it is, in plenty of time for you to put it on the menu.

1 package, 81⁄2 ounces, cornbread/muffin mix 1 can, 4 ounces, chopped green chilies, undrained or 1 to 2 jalapeños, chopped 1 teaspoon cumin 1 ⁄2 teaspoon oregano 1 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix 2 cans, 15 ounces each, Great Northern beans, drained 2 cans, 15 ounces each, whole kernel corn; drained or equivalent frozen corn, thawed 4 good-sized tomatoes, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 large bunch green onions, chopped 12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled 3 cups shredded cheddar

Cornbread salad for Memorial Day

One that’s worth the calories. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. It’s easy to make.


I enjoy starting out Memorial Day with my family, going to Mass at St. Philomena church in Clermont County. It’s an outdoor mass, weather permitting. Afterwards, there’s a gun salute to the fallen veterans. We visit my parents’ graves and put vases of fresh flowers on them. The grandkids help me plant sprigs of Mom’s heirloom mint. It’s a meaningful tradition. I know many of you celebrate Memorial Day this

Prepare cornbread according to package directions but stir in chilies, cumin, oregano. Pour into sprayed 8-inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream and dressing mix; set aside. Crumble half the cornbread into a 13-by-9 pan. Layer with half of the rest of the ingredients and repeat layers, ending with cheese. Cover and refrigerate for two hours or more. Serves 10 to 12.

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Alandra’s wasabi-mayo dip with asparagus

Alandra is my friend, Ruth Ann Parchman’s

daughter-in-law. Alandra shared this recipe in a family cookbook Ruth Ann published. Wasabi is Japanese horseradish. 2-3 pounds thin to medium asparagus, trimmed and blanched

Whisk together until sugar dissolves:

1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce 11⁄2 teaspoons sugar 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons wasabi paste Serve asparagus with dip. Good with snap peas.

Roasted sweet rhubarb topping

I got enough rhubarb stalks from the garden to make my all-time favorite topping. Rhubarb is called “pie plant” because most folks make a rhubarb and strawberry pie with it. Rhubarb is good for our skeletal system. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties, so it’s good to eat when in season. It’s really sour, though, so some sweetener is necessary. 1 pound rhubarb Zest and juice of an orange 1 ⁄3 to 1⁄2 generous cup sugar or equivalent Shake of cinnamon (optional but good) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut rhubarb into chunks. Toss with zest, orange and sugar. Put in small baking dish, cover

with foil and roast 20 minutes. Remove foil and roast until the juices get a bit syrupy. Add cinnamon. Serve hot, warm, room temperature or chilled on scones, or as a topping for cake and ice cream. Tip from Rita: Only the stalks of rhubarb are edible, not the leaves.

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Like Macaroni Grill’s chicken scaloppini. For Donna, a Kentucky reader. Like Manyet Bakery’s radio rolls. For Patti Dirr. “Rolled like phyllo dough wound in a coil. Sticky caramel glaze and chopped pecans with caramel icing and more pecans. It was flat, not risen.” Her husband used to drive from Crestview Hills to Newport on Saturday mornings just to buy these. Like Ruby Tuesday’s avocado ranch dressing. For Wendy McDonald, a Norwood reader. “They discontinued it and won’t share the recipe.”

Tips from readers

• Batavia reader Debbie Moffatt offers this tip for Rita’s oven-fried french fries. “We prepare them in a similar manner by parboiling the potatoes first. I want to pass on that I use my apple slicer to make the wedges and cut the ‘core’ circle in half lengthwise,” she said. • In response to Mrs. Ratterman’s request for darker sauerbraten gravy. Reader John Augustin

has a Dayton Art InstiRita tute cookHeikenfeld b o o k recipe that Rita’s kitchen uses gingersnaps for thickening and he says the gravy is dark. John has made it and declares it “delicious.” He’ll share if Mrs. Ratterman wants it. Reader Mary DeFoe suggests browning the flour in the skillet. “Takes about 20 minutes of careful watching and stirring.” Mount Lookout reader Tom Heitkamp says he tracked down a recipe from

Sauerbraten gravy 1

⁄4 cup butter 1 tablespoon sugar 1 ⁄4 cup flour Approximately 1 sauerbraten marinade (left after cooking meat) 1 cup red wine In a large saucepan, heat the butter, add the sugar and enough flour to produce a thick roux. Stir constantly and let the flour darken as much as possible without burning. Slowly add the marinade, stirring. Add the wine and simmer, stirring, until the sauce has the thickness of heavy cream. Strain the mixture through a very fine sieve and keep warm. 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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Chamber hosts networking event Montgomery Chamber of Commerce is hosting Business After Five from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Evolo Design, 7813 Ted Gregory Lane, Suite B, Montgomery. The Business After Five events combine business meetings and informational sessions with a social hour designed to create a relaxed atmosphere for business people to network and enhance their business contacts. The featured event is

“Social Media for Business Overview” (including Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook) with Kendra Ramirez, Sales Konnect. Set Social Media goals and determine what steps are needed to achieve them. Learn the five common Social Media mistakes and the four things to remember when building a good social profile. The event includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages sponsored by WesBanco & Village Print Shop. There is

a cash bar. This will be an open meeting and they encourage everyone to come network with your business peers, and learn more about Chamber membership benefits available. Because of limited space, reservations are requested for planning purposes. For reservations or additional information, contact executive director Paul Myers at 574-0957; or email


Several Sycamore Alumni and Friends Association committee members met at Peterloon Estate to finalize plans for the World’s Largest Alumni and Friends Party scheduled for May 21. From left: front, Jen Mott, John Causey, Ken Richter, Carole Garten, Vickie Gregory and Joselyn Cummings; back, Perry Denehy, Jim Stoll, Dan Henke, Charles Sotto and Keith Brackenridge.

Sycamore spirit celebrated at party

It’s not too late to join the fun at the first “World’s Largest Alumni and Friends Party” Friday, May 21, presented by the Sycamore Alumni and Friends Association (SAFA). The adults-only party will take place at the historic Peterloon Estate, 8605 Hopewell Road, from 4:30 p.m. to 9pm and will bring together many Sycamore

friends from across the community – including graduates, employees, retirees, parents, and district residents – to celebrate the Sycamore spirit. Tickets are $25 each and include dinner-by-the-bite provided by local restaurants, one beverage, live music by local favorite “Toast,” tours of the Georgian-style estate, Black

Jack, Texas Hold ‘em, and a silent auction. Free parking is available at the Montgomery Community Pool with free shuttle service provided to Peterloon. Tickets may be bought at the gate on Friday, or in advance at www.sycamore (click on “Alumni and Friends”), or by calling Jim Stoll at 6861770, ext. 3210.

Heritage day

Montgonmery Presbyterian Church is hosting its Heritage Day Celebration Sunday, May 23. All are invited to the church service and luncheon celebrating the rich history of the oldest church in Montgomery. MPC predates the City of Montgomery. The church began in 1801 in a log cabin on Sycamore Creek with the Rev. James Kemper preaching once a month. At the luncheon, taste delicious recipes from our old church cookbooks, browse the historic memorabilia and enjoy a short program including an interesting history of the church and a visit by the Rev. James Kemper himself, in costume. Worship is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Call MPC at 891-8670 to make a reservation for the luncheon. Church members are, from left: Andy Breeze-Stringfellow, his son Andrew, Deryk Frank, Kay Sadler, PROVIDED Alma Blazic, Dr. Jim Ryan and Lois Silber.

Women’s fitness boutique opens in Symmes Community Press Staff Report

Keep It Tight Fitness, which began as a small personal training operation in a company’s employee gym in April 2009, has expanded in one year to a 6,000 square foot state of the art facility with nearly 30 pieces of cardiovascular equipment and a hot yoga studio at 9275 Governor’s Way in Symmes Township. With a serene, spa-like environment, the fitness boutique caters to women who are looking to get away and take care of their health and wellness.

Offering a new and unique routine for each class, ranging from Bikini Bootcamp to TRX, all cardio options and more, Keep It Tight tailors to women of all ages, 18 and up, with varying fitness abilities. “We strive to keep our clients committed and dedicated to their goals. We have seen amazing progress in their fitness and health levels and we get just as excited as they do,” said Melissa Matson, owner and fitness coach at Keep It Tight Fitness. “We want women to be proud of themselves for

making fitness a top priority in their lives,” she said. Beyond dynamic classes, Keep It Tight Fitness promotes a lifestyle of health and wellness. Their newly launched website provides videos of exercises that can be performed at home, testimonials, nutritious recipes, suggestions for beauty products and also allows clients to download music playlists from classes on iMixes via iTunes. Additionally, Keep It Tight Fitness offers private classes including Fit-to-beBride Bootcamp to get

women in shape for their “big” day, corporate classes for female co-workers and endurance, marathon and fitness competition training.

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Town Hall meeting addresses underage drinking The Northeast Community Challenge Coalition Town Hall Meeting alerted the community to the social, legal and health risks of underage drinking. Underage drinking cost Ohioans $3.2 billion in 2007, or $2,866 per year for each youth in the state, according to Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. This places Ohio as ninth highest among the 50 states for the cost per youth of underage drinking. In 2007, underage drinkers consumed 22.6 percent of all alcohol sold in Ohio, totaling $1.1 billion in sales. Expert panelists from Working Partners, Cincinnati Children’s Drug and Poison Control Information Center, FBI’s Regional Computer Forensics Lab, and the Lindner Center of Hope

addressed the trends, risks, impact of underage drinking. The event was facilitated by Kathy Lehr, moderator on CET Focus, Channel 48. Leading the community call to action to prevent and reduce underage drinking were members of the NECC Youth Coalition, representing students from Moeller High School, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Sycamore High School and Ursuline Academy. “Underage drinking happens everywhere. It is important to educate everyone in the community,” said Alex Abbate, NECC Youth Coalition presenter and Ursuline Academy senior. Barb Russell, NECC Coalition board member stated, “As a Coalition, representing all community


Northeast Community Challenge Coalition 2010 Town Hall Meeting Youth Coalition Presenters are, from left: back row, John Lloyd, Brian Markgraf, Meghan Garanich, Corinne Jenkins, Chris Wright, Erin Lloyd and Kelly Maloney; front row, Alex Abbate, Drew Gelwicks, Christine Touvelle, Katie Smith, Amy Fredricks, Missy Gottschlich and Ashley Abbate. sectors, our vision is to engage the entire community in playing a role in sending a clear, consistent message about our communities norms regarding underage drinking.” The NECC Town Hall meeting was one of nearly 1,800 community-based organizations scheduled to

host close to 2,000 Town Hall meetings throughout the spring and summer months-a significant increase over prior years according to CSAP/SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention).

The NECC Coalition has worked since 1983 to address this issue by developing and implementing strategies for preventing underage drinking. The Town Hall Meeting, held during Alcohol Awareness Month, launched the Coalition’s annual campaign to prevent and reduce

underage drinking and related risk behaviors. The NECC Coalition encompasses the communities of Blue Ash, Montgomery, Sycamore Township and Symmes Township. For more information, contact the NECC Coalition at or call 489-2587.

YMCA awarded grant from Sutphin Family Foundation The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Sutphin Family Foundation. The grant will allow more Northern Kentucky/ Greater Cincinnati youth in families with financial challenges the opportunity of structured after school programs aimed at teaching

new skills, fostering positive social growth and improving academic scores. The grant will be used for after school programs managed by 10 YMCA branches – the Gamble Nippert YMCA, Richard E. Lindner YMCA, Carl H. Lindner YMCA, Melrose YMCA, Blue Ash YMCA, Clippard Family YMCA, Powel Crosley Jr.

YMCA, Clermont Family YMCA and Campbell County YMCA. Now more than ever parents with economic hardships are comforted knowing the YMCA will provide their children with an after school environment that offers tutoring, mentoring, physical and nutritional activities, service learning,

fine arts and quality interaction with diverse children and adults. Grants and private donations make it possible. “Without assistance like the generous grant from the Sutphin Family Foundation, it would be very difficult to provide the much needed services our school-aged After School Program provides,” said Steve Sanders, senior program director at the Carl H. Lindner YMCA. “With 100 percent of our program participants receiving some kind of financial assistance it is absolutely critical that we pull from every available resource. The Sutphin Family Foundation Grant could not have come at

a better time,” he said. For more than 150 years, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati has been one of the region’s largest youthfocused providers of health, wellness, education, child care, sports and extracurricular activities. Annually through the YMCA, more than 79,000 local youth are engaged in learning the character values of caring, honesty, responsibility and respect. “Due to the current economic conditions we have all felt … the grant from the Sutphin Family Foundation is a true blessing,” said Joy Stover, family life director at the Blue Ash YMCA. As the area’s largest

youth and family-focused not-for-profit, the YMCA reinforces character values through assets-based programs and services to more than 143,000 individuals, kids and families annually. Branches offer quality time for families, resources for parents, and a variety of opportunities for seniors to be active. The Membership for All sliding scale fee structure means everyone can always benefit from the YMCA. Last year alone more than 17,400 families and individuals enjoyed healthier and happier lives because generous partners helped the YMCA in its vision to be accessible to all.

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A dance to celebrate

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

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Rev. Jim Bosse of Graceworks Lutheran Services will preach and lead the adult forum Sunday, May 23. Graceworks is a social service organization offering a wide range of services to those in need. “Young at Heart” is attending the Sunday, May 23 dinner event at the Hofbrauhaus at Newport on the Levee. Hofbrauhaus will donate a portion of the day’s tabs to First Lutheran Church in Over the Rhine. Contact Ascension if you would like to participate. 2010 Music at Ascension series continues with a piano-organ duet of sacred and secular music Saturday, May 29. Former Ascension musician Linda Hill Lally and Barbara Watson will feature Joel Raney’s virtuoso arrangement of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and also several works of Copland and Gershwin that are sure to send the audience out humming. The concert is provided free of charge to all who would like to attend. The start time is 7 p.m. The Monday Morning Women’s Small Group Bible Study is discussing “Living Beyond Yourself: Fruits of the Spirit” by Beth Moore. The group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays. Babysitting is provided. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:45 a.m. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

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.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nearly every third Monday. Free child care is provided. You must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. The dates are: June 7, July 19 and Aug. 16. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700.

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

Laurie Steele, pastor of student ministry, will lead services Sunday, May 23. The sermon “Almost Awesome God” will be based on

3751 Creek Rd.


ST. PATRICK’S-LEBANON 232 E. Main St (corner of East & Main) Rev. Jacqueline E. Matisse, Pastor

932-7691 Holy Eucharist 10:30am Sunday School 10:30am Nursery Care Provided 5 min. from K-71 via Rt. 48


the scripture reading Romans 12:1-21. 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;

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

Take I-275 to exit 57 toward Milford, Right on McClelland, Right on Price, church soon on Right

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.


7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Forum Pastor: Josh Miller Baby sitter provided Visit our website at:

Good Shepherd (ELCA)

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

NorthStar Vineyard

Community Church

Sunday 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

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101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Because He Lives: Relationship"

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

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor


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4309 Cooper Rd. At Reed Hartman Hwy 791-1153 • Rev. Michael Brewer, Pastor • 9:00 AM Sunday School for all ages • 10:30 AM Worship Nursery Care Provided Fellowship Hour following Worship Service

MADEIRA SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:00 am

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; The church hosts Sunday School at

The church is hosting their Heritage Day Celebration Sunday, May 23. All are invited to the church service and luncheon celebrating the rich history of the oldest church in Montgomery. MPC predates the City of Montgomery. The church began in 1801 in a log cabin on Sycamore Creek with the Reverend James Kemper preaching once a month. At the luncheon, taste delicious recipes from our old church cookbooks, browse the historic memorabilia, and enjoy a short program including a history of the church and a visit by the Rev. James Kemper himself, in costume. Worship is from 10:30 t0 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Call MPC at 891-8670 to make a reservation for the luncheon. The church is at 9994 Zig Zag Road, Montgomery; 891-8670.

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

Gate of Heaven Cemetery

The cemetery is hosting the annual Memorial Day Field Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31. The celebrant this year is Father David Sunberg of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. (Mass will be moved to Good Shepherd Parish in the event of inclement weather.) The cemetery office will be open extended hours on Saturday and Monday to assist visitors. These hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cemetery is at 11000 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 4890300.

Church by the Woods

Church of God of Prophecy

Montgomery Presbyterian Church

Sharonville United Methodist

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Disciple Bible Study Classes are forming for the fall. Call the church for the schedule of upcoming classes. All are welcome. 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. Wednesday Worship is at 7:30 p.m. June 2 through Aug. 18. Mother/Daughter Circle meets at 7 p.m. Friday, May 21. They’ll make caramel popcorn balls and watch a movie. Call the church for more details. Senior Bridge Group meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25. Call the church for details. 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; and 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 26-30. Registration is now open. The church is located at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

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.

Church School for Everyone 10:10 am

Traditional Worship 11:15 am Child Care available at all times

Montgomery Presbyterian Church 9994 Zig Zag Road Mongtomery, Ohio 45242


Worship Service 10:30am Nursery Care Available website:


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Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church is offering its third 13week session of “DivorceCare” beginning May 11. A scripturallybased support group, DivorceCare is for men and women who are going through separation or divorce. Meetings are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. They are free and open to all. Meetings run through Aug. 3. For registration, visit or call 561-4220. The church is hosting Urban Ministry Training from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Family Room of the chapel. For all those who are interested in improving their help of residents in the urban areas of Cincinnati and beyond, Kim Sieberling will share unique experiences and materials to equip us to be better ministers. Sieberling has served as an urban special-needs school teacher and pastor of Elberon United Methodist Church in Price Hill, and serves as a United Methodist Church district leader in this area and in congregational development. From lunch with drug dealers to prayer with the homeless her experiences can train and inspire. Lunch and materials will be provided, suggest $10 donation as able. Contact Armstrong’s office at 561-4220 for reservations. At Armstrong Chapel, more than 60 voices from Armstrong’s Chancel Choir and the Cathedral Choir of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church will join with the Cincinnati Brass Band at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, May 30, for a Memorial Sunday performance of patriotic and inspirational music. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. The chapel is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-4220.

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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Staff member Marge Selm dances with Mary Weber int he adult day services room during a Cinco de Mayo celebration following a recent ceremony celebrating the renovation of the Jewish Vocational Services.




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May 19, 2010

Local Democrats receive awards

National Exemplar makes donation Brown

The Hamilton County His service to Forest Park Democratic Party presented began 14 years ago when awards to two local democ- he was a volunteer on a city rats, Forest Park Mayor committee. He was elected Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuckâ&#x20AC;? Johnson to city council in 1999, and Blue Ash Northeast became vice mayor in Democratic Club President 2005, and mayor in 2007. Brook has been president Julie Brook, for their work with the Hamilton County of BANDC since January Democratic Party. U.S. Sen. 2009, and serves as secreSherrod Brown presented tary of the Hamilton County the awards at the annual Democratic Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caucus. Brook was responsible Century Club reception. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mayor Johnson has for the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s January candemonstrated extraordinary didates forum, Decision 2010, which leadership both in featured Jenthe city of Forest â&#x20AC;˘ Forest Park nifer BrunPark and in build- Mayor Charles ner and Lee ing the Forest Fisher, the Park Democratic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuckâ&#x20AC;? Johnson two DemocParty,â&#x20AC;? said Tim â&#x20AC;˘ Blue Ash running Burke, chairman Northeast Democratic rats for the U.S. of the Hamilton Senate in the County Democrat- Club President Julie May priic Party. Brook mary. She is â&#x20AC;&#x153;His energy also responand enthusiasm have drawn widespread sible for the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caurespect, and Democratic cus Spring Social, featuring candidates from throughout Lt. Gov. candidate Yvette the county have come to McGee Brown and Secretary rely on him for guidance of State candidate Maryellen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shaughnessy. and support.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This November we will â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julie Brook has been a dynamic community once again witness the strong work accomplished activist,â&#x20AC;? Burke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has re-energized by the Hamilton County the Blue Ash Democratic Democratic Party,â&#x20AC;? Brook Club. Julie has also been a said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between the grassroots critical force in the establishment of the Hamilton work of community activists County Democratic and the organized activity of the local clubs, Democrats Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caucusâ&#x20AC;? Johnson, a longtime countywide expect to see a Democrat, first volunteered turnout equal to the 2008 for the party during the election of President Barack 1968 presidential election. Obama,â&#x20AC;? she said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great food for a great causeâ&#x20AC;? was the theme of the recent evening when approximately 250 supporters of The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky dined at The National Exemplar restaurant in Mariemont as part of the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17th annual benefit dinner for the nonprofit cancer support agency. The National Exemplar generously donated $3,060 to TWC, the eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profits of $2,710 plus an additional $350, to help fund TWCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free, professionally facilitated programs of support, education, and hope for people with cancer, their loved ones and cancer survivors. Since hosting the first event in 1994, The National Exemplar has donated approximately $44,500 to The Wellness Community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our supporters thoroughly enjoy this event every year because of The National Exemplarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great food, service, and atmosphere,â&#x20AC;? said Rick Bryan, TWCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe they have been doing this fundraiser for us for 17 years in a row. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re incredibly grateful for their long-standing support and generosity.â&#x20AC;? The Wellness Community is part of the Cancer Support Community, the largest global provider of cancer support with more than 150 locations worldwide. TWC provides professionally led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and

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Susan M. Kubala, 38, 9909 Montgomery Road, false alarms at 9909 Montgomery Road, May 6.

Incidents/investigations Auto theft

A man said someone took a 1999 Dodge Avenger from his driveway. The vehicle was later returned at 10320 Montgomery Road, May 10.


Someone took a Canon digital camera, value $300 at 7400 Cornell Road, May 10. A man said someone took a Dewalt 12-inch compound miter; a Dewalt 8 1/2-inch miter, a Senco SFN2 nail gun, and a Porter pancake press, a Milwaukee sander, a Porter orbital sander, a Makita cordless drill set, a Makita tool bag containing multiple boxes of sandpaper, a Senco micro pinner, a Hatachi impact driver and a Bosch jigsaw from a locked room at a new house construction site at Vintage Walk Way, May 8. A woman said someone entered a locked suite and took a set of keys, an alarm fob and a DVD movie at 10620 Montgomery Road, May 10. Someone took a cash bag, a cash box and $100 from an office at Bethesda North Hospital at 10500 Montgomery Road, May 6.



Donald Holland, 20, 8567 Plainfield Road, domestic violence at 8567 Plainfield Road, April 19. Letoria Carter, 25, 2414 Queen City Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 18. Takiyah Cook, 25, 2642 Harrison Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery

Road, April 16. Latoya Turner, 31, 2640 Victory Parkway, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal tools at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 30. Laura Pagano, 36, 6605 Palmetto St., theft at 8031 Montgomery Road, April 19. Vona Galinsky, 48, 5064 Carter, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, April 27. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 25. Juvenile female, 14, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 25. Travis Hemkama, 20, 5022 Midfield Road, open container at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 23.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Victim struck at 8109 Reading Road, April 21.


Residence entered and TV, keys and personal papers of unknown value removed at 8321 Monroe Ave., April 29. Residence entered and jewelry of unknown value remove at 10913 Lake Thames, April 25. Residence entered at 7833 Village Drive, April 25. Residence entered and TV of unknown value removed at 8321 Monroe Ave., April 27.

Criminal damaging

Rock thrown through window of business at 12120 Ellington Court, April 28. Glass window damaged at 8250 Cornell Road, April 20. Window damaged at 11123 Montgomery Road, April 30. Vehicle scratched at 11949 3rd Ave., April 24.

Criminal damaging, theft

Vehicle entered and goblets valued at $30 removed at 11933 Third St., April 24.

Gross sexual imposition

Female victim reported at Donna and Longford, April 21.


Baseball cards valued at $565 removed at 9001 Montgomery road, April 23. $10 removed at 8459 Vorhees Lane, April 27. Cell phone of unknown value removed at 4777 E. Galbraith Road, April 21. Checkbook removed and checks used without consent at 4760 E. Galbraith, April 26. Robe valued at $60 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 25. $300 in cash removed from wallet at 5901 E. Galbraith Road, April 16. Laptop valued at $540 removed at 7227 Chetbert Drive, April 16. Unknown amount of currency removed at 4580 E. Galbraith Road, April 17. Attempt made to removed purse. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 8115 Montgomery Road, April 27. Copper valued at $100 removed at 8038 Hosbrook Road, April 27. Medications of unknown value removed at 4777 E. Galbraith Road, April 27. $807 in withdraws made without consent at 5723 Kugler Mill Road, April 27. Vehicle entered and purse, cell phone of unknown value remove at 8133 Montgomery Road, April 23.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Steve Perry, 57, 9400 Rich Road, carrying concealed weapon at Rich Road and Loveland, April 18. Jafar Albaifr, 42, 12149 Sycamore Terrace, domestic violence at Weaverly Road, April 30.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Victim struck at Loveland Madeira Road, April 30.

Breaking and entering

On the Web

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Business entered and laptop computers valued at $7,500 removed at 11135 Montgomery Road, April 22. Shed entered and tiller and weedeater valued at $285 removed at 11797 Woodwind Drive, April 30. Computer monitor, towers and DVD


Cornell Road: Stock Loan Services LLC to R&D Enterprise LLC; $52,100. Kemper Ave.: Butler Ludie to Storehouse Properties LLC; $10,000. Kemper Ave.: Butler Ludie to Storehouse Properties LLC; $10,000. 3613 Lobelia Drive: Tongdong Bai & Hongyu Liu to Bell Grace E.; $244,000. 3858 Chimney Hill Drive: Shannon Julie Welker to Miltner Richard; $370,000. 4332 Villa Drive: Metzger Loretta Tr to Gowda Uma Tr; $54,000. 5810 Samstone Court: Seliskar Carl J. & Elaine M. to Kersting Jeffrey F.; $299,000. 8905 Summit Ave.: Gmac Mortgage LLC to Innovative Restorations; $81,000. 9501 Raven Lane: Selker Jeffrey S. & Linda A. to Mills Jeffrey Mark; $220,000. 9505 West Ave.: Zapf Cynthia A. Tr@3 to Shuda Mark H.; $60,000. 9701 Sycamore Trace Court: Ware David C. to Dong Zhiyuan; $235,000.

About real estate transfers

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


8048 Frolic Drive: Keene Fred F. to Ferguson Karen S.; $162,000. 8087 School Road: Hsbc Mortgage Services Inc. to Wurster Robert; $124,000. 8452 Wexford Ave.: Demers Gayle H. Tr to Iverson Chad C.; $132,000. 8617 Dundalk Court: Brown Pierce A. & Tara L. Parlet to Francis Kathleen A.; $135,900. 8678 Wicklow Ave.: Dalton Robert C. & Lori L. to Holtman Christopher M.; $128,000. 8951 Eldora Drive: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Armstrong Doug; $75,000.


Montgomery Road: Lonneman Kathleen M. to Gallo Kenneth C.; $455,000. 10334 Montgomery Road: Hueber Richard F. to Williams Terry R.; $198,500. 10334 Montgomery Road: Hueber Richard F. to Williams Terry R.; $198,500. 10530 Adventure Lane: Lonneman Kathleen M. to Gallo Kenneth C.; $455,000. 7910 Mitchell Farm Lane: Wasserman Donald E. & Helen A. to Sawicki Richard M.; $125,000. 9840 Orchard Club Drive: Winchell Martin C. & Rebecca J. to Dulaney Cynthia L.; $354,000.


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About police reports


Victim threatened and bike valued at $100 removed at Lancaster and Emerald Drive, April 28.

Cummings Farm Lane: Marth Thomas G. & Kristi A. to Deng Chengzhe; $90,000. 10436 Willow Drive: Griesdorn Carl P. to Noe Angelo C.; $234,863. 8851 Mayrow Drive: Homesales Inc. to Ebm Holdings LLC; $10,000. 8855 Mayrow Drive: Homesales Inc. to Ebm Holdings LLC; $10,000. 9168 Pinewood Drive: Mccarthy Stephen E. & Victoria B. to Cain Kevin R.; $285,000. 9274 Cactus Lane: Ossege Alan L. & Judi E. to Lutz Gregory P.; $391,500. 9935 Alydar Court: Fischer Stephen M. & Rene to Kim Hee Kyung; $525,000.


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. player of unknown value removed at 11147 Montgomery Road, April 29.


Residence entered and computer valued at $1,150 removed at 8725 Brookscreek, April 23. Residence entered at 10044 Lincoln Road, April 23.

Passing bad checks

Hair supplies and services value at $441.61 removed at 10474 Loveland-Madeira Road, April 27.



IN THE SERVICE Bracken graduates combat training

Army Reserve Pvt. Rosalie M. Bracken has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics. Bracken is the daughter of Barbara Cross, and


About service news

Service news is printed on a space-available basis. Deliver it to our office no later than noon Wednesday, one week before publication. Mail announcements and photographs to: The Community Press, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio, 45140 Send a S.A.S.E. for photo return. Email nesuburban@community with “In the service” in the subject line, or fax items to 248-1938. Questions? Call 248-8600. granddaughter of Gene Cross of Marymount Court, Louisville, Ky. She is a 2002 graduate of Sycamore High School.

“We’re in the business of helping families make simple, sensible, and afforable arrangements.”

Female victim reported at Mason Way, April 20.


Firearm valued at $340.75 removed at 11433 Terwilligers Ridge, April 23. Computer valued at $1,500 removed at 11723 Kemperwoods Drive, April 23. Catalytic converter valued at $500 removed at 9674 Waterford Place, April 24. Wallet and contents removed from vehicle at 11999 Timberlake Drive, April 22. Wallet and contents removed from vehicle at 12630 Heathertree Court, April 26. Counterfeit $100 passed at 11329 Montgomery Road, April 13. equipment valued at $400 removed at 11951 Paul Meadows, April 25. Merchandise valued at $35 removed at 12147 U.S. 22, April 24. Autograph of unknown value removed at 8539 Woods Pointe, April 29. Vehicle entered and currency valued at $40 removed at 8945 Governors Way, April 30.

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Richard L. Barrett

Richard L. Barrett, 84, of Blue Ash died May 9. Survived by wife of 62 years, Betty J. Barrett; children, Richard R., Teri C. (Michael) Thompson and Charles K. Barrett; and grandchildren, Addison Barrett and Devon Thompson. Services were May 12 at MihovkRosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to: Parkinson’s Foundation, 325 N. Third St., Fairborn, OH 452344959.

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May 19, 2010

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF SYMMES TOWNSHIP Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, will hold a Special Meeting on May 20, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of reviewing the design developer’s estimate for the Rozzi park property. This meeting will be held at the Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. John C. Borchers Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township 1459394/1559571 NOTICE OF MEETING OF SYMMES TOWNSHIP Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of Symmes Township of Hamilton County, Ohio, will meet with the Finance and Audit Committee on May 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. for purpose of discussing the proposed 2011 Budget. The meeting will be held at the Township Admin. Bldg, 9323 Union Cemetery Road. John C. Borchers Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township 1466205/1560062

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Music students receive awards

The Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Contest for the greater Cincinnati area was recently held. Students peformed a solo or ensemble and were judged on a scale from 1 (superior) to 5 (poor). Sycamore Junior High School had many band and orchestra contestants and again received the highest percentage by far of superior ratings of the 20 schools and 500 contestants from the Cincinnati area. Listed are the students who are to be recognized and congratulated: Violin solo, Jonathan Jih, superior; flute solo, Carolyn Halstead, superior; French horn solo, Katherine Steinberg, superior; flute solo, Rachel Torres, excellent; trombone solo, Jonathan Rollins,superior; clarinet solo, Taylor Over-

holt, superior; violin solo, Neeraj Narayan, superior; clarinet solo, Miguel Palacios, superior; clarinet solo, Madelyn Dukart, superior; clarinet solo, Rajat Bhageria, excellent; French horn solo, Ann Busch, excellent; trumpet solo, Brianna Bell, superior; clarinet solo, Rieko Sotojima, superior; clarinet solo, Sky Wong, superior; violin solo, Jonathan Weng, superior; piano solo, Stephanie Gunter, excellent; violin solo, Karin Oh, superior; violin solo, Stephanie Gunter, superior; percusion ensemble, Zachary Kaufman, Ryan Stoneberger, Justin VanWagenen and Jack Yang, superior; string duet, Mike Goldenberg and Trei Lewis, superior; string duet, Jonathan Jih and John King, superior; string trio, Azante Griffith, Keye Smith and Emily Wick, excellent;

string trio, Jonathan Jih, Aaron Pang and Yao-Yu Liu, superior; brass quartet, Lauren De Marks, Jonathan Rollins, Lydia Sloan and Katie Steinberg, excellent; string trio, Karin Oh, Taylor Combs and Alexis Corcoran, superior; string quartet, Sarah Lee, Meredith Hayden, Sydney Carroll and Wendy Lu, superior; woodwind trio, Talia Bailes, Taylor Evans and Lucy Farr, excellent; woodwind trio, Madelyn Dukart, Carolyn Halstead and Rieko Sotojima, superior; string duet, Ben Boughton and Ryo Nakahata, superior; string quintet, Jonathan Weng, Michael Choi, Yuan Zhang, Shoyo Hakozaki and Joseph Vaz, superior; string duet, Maddie Bovard and Charlotte Aguilar, excellent; string duet, Hannah Brown and Atiya Dosani, superior.


The Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Contest for the greater Cincinnati area was recently held. Sycamore Junior High School had many band and orchestra contestants and again received the highest percentage by far of Superior ratings of the 20 schools and 500 contestants from the Cincinnati area. From left: front row, Jonathan Weng, Lauren De Marks, Yao-Yu Liu, Jonathan Rollins, Ben Boughton, Jose Palacios, and John King; second row, Sarah Li, Rieko Sotojima, Michael Choi, Katie Steinberg, Mike Goldberg, Joseph Vaz, Yuan Zhang, Stephanie Gunter and Taylor Overholt; third row, Meredith Hayden, Wendy Lu, Talia Bailes, Karin Oh, Rachel Torres, Sydney Carroll, Azante Griffith, Ann Busch, Emily Wick and Alexis Corcoran; fourth row, Charlotte Aguilar, Taylor Combs, Kai Smith, Lucy Farr, Jack Wang, Madelyn Dukart, Maddy Bovard, Zachary Kaufman and Taylor Evans; and fifth row, Aaron Pang, Shoyo Hakozaki, Carolyn Halstead, Trei Lewis, Ryan Stoneberger, Neeraj Narayan, Justin VanWagenen, Rajat Bjageria, Lydia Sloan and Jonathan Jih.

Melting Pot makes donation


From left, general manager Thomas Reiff of Oakley and co-owner Chris Millsap of Montgomery present a donation to The Wellness Community’s executive director, Rick Bryan of Blue Ash. Not pictured, co-owner Zach Hearon.

The owners of The Melting Pot of Cincinnati, a fondue restaurant at 11023 Montgomery Road, thought there would be no better way to celebrate National Cheese Fondue Day April 11 than by being a good neighbor and helping bring hope to people in our community facing cancer. And so, for every cheese fondue served that day, The Melting Pot donated $10 to

The Wellness Community to help fund their programs of support, education and hope that are offered at no cost to anyone affected by cancer, including those diagnosed, their loved ones and caregivers, and cancer survivors. Thomas Reiff, The Melting Pot’s general manager, and Chris Millsap, coowner, presented a check for $310 to Rick Bryan,

TWC’s executive director, following the event. “We are honored to be the beneficiary of this National Cheese Fondue Day event and appreciate their donation,” Bryan said. “It’s a very creative and community-minded way for the owners and management of The Melting Pot to use this fun occasion to help people with cancer find hope.”

Hospice patient serenaded by ‘Sinatra’



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Crossroads Hospice patient Vera Willis has enjoyed the music of the “Chairman of the Board” her entire life. So when it came time to imagine her perfect day, Willis knew that Frank Sinatra himself needed to be in attendance. Michael Sonata, a wellknown Sinatra impersonator from Canton, treated Willis to her favorite Sinatra tunes from his 90-song repertoire. Patients from around the nursing home attended the show. Created by Crossroads Hospice, the Gift of a Day program asks patients what their perfect day is and staff and volunteers work to make it a reality. The process begins as soon as a patient is admitted. “The Gift of a Day program brings out the best in the community, with Crossroads staff, volunteers and area businesses coming together to create special moments for these seriously ill patients,” said Jackie Bouvette, volunteer coordinator for Crossroads Hospice’s Cincinnati office. “The requests are as varied as the patients we serve, challeng-

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Michael Sonata, right, a Sinatra impersonator, treats Crossroads Hospice patient Vera Willis to her favorite Sinatra tunes from his 90-song repertoire.


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