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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013

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Montgomery's project for the intersection at Montgomery and Pfeiffer roads will add a left-turn lane off Pfeiffer and a right-turn only lane into Bethesda North Hospital off Montgomery. Officials hope it will alleviate some of the high-traffic congestion. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Open house shows plans for Montgomery/ Pfeiffer changes

Project a bookend to Interstate 71 work By Leah Fightmaster lfightmaster@communitypress.com

Montgomery is looking ahead to next year’s construction project that will help move traffic through the Montgomery and Pfeiffer roads intersection better. The city hosted an open house Nov. 18 at Terwilliger Lodge, 10530 Deerfield Road, to set up preliminary plans of the project for residents to see and ask questions. Although only about eight people attended, the city has shared the project’s plans with residents already, said Brian Riblet, public works director for Montgomery. The project, through the Ohio Department of Transportation, involves creating two adjacent left-turn lanes off Pfeiffer Road onto Montgomery Road, then adding a rightonly turn lane into Bethesda North Hospital, just north of the intersection. Riblet added that sidewalks on the east side of Montgomery from Radabaugh Drive to Bethesda will also be built. Riblet said there’s “been very little fanfare” regarding the project, because the city and ODOT have been discussing it since about 2010. He added that there’s been several meetings and information sent out, so he feels that residents are well informed about the project. This project, Riblet said, mirrors one at Pfeiffer Road and Interstate 71, which creates double turn lanes at the

Philip Beck is new project executive for The Banks, replacing John Deatrick, who vacated the post earlier this year to lead the Cincinnati streetcar project. Beck’s first day in the position was Nov. 1. Beck will coordinate is responsible for Beck coordinating the multiple projects associated with the riverfront residential-and-retail development on behalf of the city and Hamilton County. The Banks is envisioned to be Cincinnati’s largest single mixed-use development – and aims to be home to 3,000 residents when it is complete. Beck, a Symmes Township trustee and chief executive of Beck Infrastructure LLC, has worked on projects such as Great American Ball Park, Smale Riverfront Park and the See BANKS, Page A2

Police cracking down on panhandling in Kenwood By Leah Fightmaster Brian Riblet explains to two residents at the open house on Nov. 18 how the intersection changes at Montgomery and Pfeiffer roads will work after the improvement project is finished. THANKS TO FAITH LYNCH

highway and adds a lane from I-71 to I-275. In both cases, he added, it’s about trying to move traffic more efficiently through those areas. “It’s the book-end companion piece to the other,” he said. A document for the project from the city said about 17,000 vehicles go through the intersection on an average day. The project, which is administered through ODOT, is also part of Montgomery’s capital improvement plan for 2014. Riblet said the project preliminary cost is estimated at about $450,000 total. About $360,000 of that is being funded with a federal grant through the OhioKentucky-Indiana Regional

Council of Governments, or OKI, and the remaining $90,000 will come from the city, he said. If a company is chosen on time next summer for the project, Riblet said it should start in the fall of 2014, but could start as late as spring of 2015. Regardless, he added, the project is scheduled to be finished by June 30, 2015. Riblet said that the project is “pretty straightforward,” and doesn’t expect many problems getting it finished. “Pfeiffer (Road) is a main thoroughfare for people to travel,” he said. “We’re trying to move as many vehicles as we can in the most efficient man-

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ner.” Montgomery Police Sgt. Mike Plaatje said that not only do a lot of vehicles go through the intersection on a normal day, but it also becomes a second-choice route for drivers when there’s an accident on I-71 or I-275, adding to the already high volume. He added that there aren’t a large number of wrecks at the intersection, but there’s a need to get more vehicles through green lights to minimize traffic backup. Want to know what’s going on in Montgomery? Check out our website at www.Cincinnati.com/Montgomery.

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Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies are cracking down on panhandlers in Sycamore Township. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office District 3 Commander Lt. Chris Ketteman said he’s enhanced patrols Ketteman especially in the Kenwood area near the highway exit ramps after seeing several panhandlers standing on the medians near the road asking for money. He added that the ones standing there on Nov. 27 were warned by deputies to leave, but See KENWOOD, Page A2

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BRIEFLY Holiday valet parking offered in downtown Montgomery

While shopping and dining in Montgomery this holiday season, take advantage of the holiday valet parking service available from several popular Montgomery

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destinations. Stone Creek Dining Company, Woodhouse Day Spa and Green Diamond Gallery have joined to offer a holiday valet parking service for visitors to downtown Montgomery over the holiday season. The valet drop-off will be on Montgomery Road near the entrance to Green Diamond Gallery, 9366 Montgomery Road. Diners and shoppers can utilize this option during the lunch and dinner hours. The valet parking will be available through the end of the year for use by any visitor to downtown Montgomery. HPA Development Group, owners of the old

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Chevrolet property, has agreed to allow the valet company to use their lot for storage. Valet parking will also continue to be available from Montgomery Inn for their customers. A map detailing the many public parking areas in Montgomery is available on the City’s web site, montgomeryohio.org.

Sycamore board organizational meeting Jan. 8

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

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Nominations sought for 2014 Blue Ash Business Awards

following categories: » Blue Ash Business of the Year – Companies with 1-50 employees; companies with 51-250 employees; companies with 251+ employees; » Emerging Business of the Year » Corporate Community Service Award » Business Mentor of the Year To nominate a business, view rules and guidelines, or register for the event, visit cincinnatichamber.com.

Senior citizens gain free access to district events

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June 2008. He joined The Banks project in June 2008 when it was still in its planning phases. He had a $175,000 salary. The project’s next phase includes building a nine-story, mixed-use building near the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. A few months ago, officials from The Banks said construction could start on the project’s second phase by the end of the year, but now Construction is expected to begin early next year. The Banks’ development team formally announced the completion of project’s first phase in October. The first phase of The Banks was completed in October. That

$90 million phase had a $90 million price tag and the project included a revised street grid, a parking structure, 300 apartments and 96,000 square feet of retail. In 2007, Atlanta-based private developers Carter & Associates LLC and the Dawson Co., both based in Atlanta, were picked in a joint venture to lead the master development of The Banks. “Phil has great experience that will help move The Banks forward,” said Scott Stringer, executive vice president at Atlantabased Carter & Associates LLC, the project developer. “We look forward to continuing to work with him to make The Banks a success.”

The City of Blue Ash will once again partner with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to host the third annual Blue Ash Business Awards, which will be March 13 at the Cooper Creek Event Center. Through Wednesday, Jan. 15, individuals can nominate one of the 2,000 businesses that call Blue Ash home. Applications are being accepted for the

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first phase of The Banks in his 27 years of experience. He also worked for 14 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps. “We believe Phil brings the right combination of expertise and leadership to continue the on-time, on-strategy and withinbudget performance of The Banks project,” Christian Sigman, Hamilton County administrator, said in a news release. Before leaving his role in April, Deatrick had been worked for the city and county as The Banks project executive since

Sycamore Community Schools invites senior citizens to attend school events for free as a guest of the district. Residents of the Sycamore district who are 62years of age or older may obtain a Gold Card in recognition of their many years of support toward Sycamore schools , at the Sycamore Board of Education, 4881 Cooper Road.

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Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies are cracking down on panhandling in Kenwood, especially at the entrance and exit ramps of Interstate 71 on Kenwood Road, where Lt. Chris Ketteman said is a common place for panhandlers to hang out. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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were seen again on Nov. 29 in the same places, most commonly near the entrance and exit ramps on Kenwood Road at Interstate 71. Ketteman also said

many are looking for money to buy alcohol and drugs, and deputies have offered to take them to the Drop Inn Center downtown, but were refused. Not only is it a safety hazard for panhandlers standing on the medians so close to traffic, but it’s a danger for drivers as well, he said.

Board of Trustees President Tom Weidman said they were likely taking advantage of the high traffic there with people driving to Kenwood Towne Centre. Want to know what’s going on in Sycamore Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.


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Czerwonka, Adamec assume top offices in Blue Ash City Hall

Blue Ash Mayor Lee Czerwonka is sworn in by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy.THANKS TO EMILY SCHAFFER

Familiar faces transitioned to new roles at a recent Blue Ash City Council Meeting. Newly-appointed Mayor Lee Czerwonka conducted his first council meeting as mayor Dec. 12. Items on the agenda included adopting the 2014 budget, amending various public work projects and the purchase of play-

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ground equipment for Contemporary Playground at Summit Park. Michael Schuster with MSA Architects presented a 3D model of the future Summit Park Canopy whileDougRackfromTurner Construction provided City Council with a Summit Park Construction update. Blue Ash’s seven council representatives renewed their oaths of office Dec. 2, which also marked the 58th anniversary of Blue Ash’s first council meeting. Czerwonka was sworn in as Mayor by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Shar-

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Editor: Dick Maloney, rmaloney@communitypress.com, 248-7134

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IHHS teacher uses business background By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

Indian Hill High School teacher Brad Kirk frequently taps into a marketing background for his lessons. For 30 years he traveled the country as part of his job in consumer marketing. This summer he also built on his educational skills by obtaining a second masters degree, in educational administration. Finding himself frequently on the road in a position that involved traveling to 35 different countries, Kirk said he wanted

to be around his children more often. “I always wanted to teach,” said Kirk, who is a resident of IndiKirk an Hill. When an opportunity to work at the same school his children attend presented itself he took advantage of it. Kirk, 56, teaches Advanced Placement World History and a course called “Global Cultures and Issues” and is in his fourth

year at the school. He said his travels to countries such as Germany, Canada and Mexico have provided anecdotes he can share with his students. “I loved working with kids (as a) camp counselor,” he said, adding that his position as a teacher gave him an additional opportunity to work with youth. Kirk said he believes life should be about learning. “(This) has helped me think like an administrator which is important as we implement new state-mandated (standards),” he said.

More than 100 boys at Sycamore Junior High School celebrate REDO DAY. PROVIDED

Sycamore students celebrate respect REDO Day (Respect Everyone Despite Odds) at Sycamore Junior High School was a challenge day. It was a time and a place where a diverse group of students came together, both male and female, to discuss some difficult, yet important, issues. These issues included things like, race, bullying, stereotypes, motivation, what it means to be a successful man or woman, and self-esteem, among others. The day started with a series of ice breakers which allowed students, teachers, and community volunteers to build rapport with one another as well as allow students the opportunity to build trust in or-

der to break down potential barriers. The second half of the day was the meat of REDO day, for it was here where students were given opportunities to apologize for bullying their classmates. Students were asked the hard questions about their lives, values, and beliefs, and it was in this moment where students and the facilitators broke into smaller groups to discuss some important social topics and current events in greater detail. REDO day had a tremendous positive impact on students and facilitators, who were comprised of teachers, community members and administrators.

SYCAMORE JUNIOR HIGH HONOR ROLL SYCAMORE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 2013-2014.

Sycamore Junior High school will again host it “Adopt-A-Senior” event Dec. 20. PROVIDED

Age is only a number: Sycamore-area senior citizens go back to school

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n Dec. 20, Sycamore Junior High School, 575 Cooper Road, will host Adopt-A-Senior, a student-run event during which local senior citizens visit with junior high students, district staff and administrators. “Sycamore Junior High is proud to host our annual Adopta-Senior Day again this year,” said Brian Wallace, principal. “A junior high tradition for nearly 35 years, it provides many rewards and benefits to our staff, students and senior community members alike.” Adopt-A-Senior will begin at 10 a.m. with seniors and stu-

dents sharing stories over breakfast. Following breakfast, visitors will be entertained with school tours, card games, crafts and a magic show by Tom Bemmes, math teacher. At 12:30 p.m., students will serve turkey and trimmings to seniors in the school cafeteria and at 1:15 p.m. the seniors enjoy a choir performance. The cross-generational gathering will end at 2:30 p.m. More than 50 students will help execute the day’s events, under the guidance of two junior high teachers, Dana Darbyshire and Kathy Nagel. “Mrs. Nagel and Mrs. Dar-

byshire make this a fun, memorable experience for everyone,” Wallace said. “For seniors who do not otherwise have a connection to Sycamore, this is an excellent opportunity to share with them what we have to offer. “But it’s more than just an invitation to spend time at Sycamore,” he said. “This is an opportunity for our students to enjoy and gain valuable perspective from people with life experience. It is truly about bridging multiple generations and proving that when it comes to community, age is only a number.”

Honor Roll Seventh-grade, Alexandra Albrecht, Hannah Bath, Claire Bolyard, Isabella Busch, Jalen Clark, Maya Cole, Alexa Cristinzio, Kathleen Fritz, Sarah Gardner, Jonathan Genovese, Grant Gvozdanovic, Andrew Haggard, Rainier Harris, Skye Haruyama, Megan Hayes, Molly Hayes, Alexandra Holdren, Jeewoo (Jason) Hong, Ethan Iery, Isabel Ingle, Rakale Johnson, Thomas Kisselle, Trevor Kress, Nicole Kukielka, Grace Lefton, Mallory Lefton, Joseph Magliocco, Adam Marischen, Spencer Meyer, Olivia NeCamp, Zachary Palmer, Autumn Pelopida, Abby Pescovitz, Marion Pritchett, Jonathan (Jack) Queenan, Dustin Rabin, Taylor Race, Brandon Riley, Eli Risma, Nolin Rizzo, Joseph Sack, Nicholas Scardicchio, Benjamin Schlake, Riley Shanks, Lucas Smith, Noah Stewart, Mark (Trey) Stuhlreyer, Ian Suddarth, David Sung, Hannah Taylor, Lydia Taylor, Jason Torrible, Angelo Valli, Rhys Waddell, Paige

Weitz, Lindsay Williams, Jack Wilson, Lindsey Wong, Phoebe Zawatsky and Jacob Zeidenstein. Eighth-grade, Nicholas Allen, Thomas Anderson, Brecka Banner, Christopher Banzhaf, Walid Bawazir, Caroline Blood, Benjamin Brynjulfson-Reardon, Alisha Butler, Kristian Byrd, Bethany Carr, Adezia Cole, Michael Cooper, Marielle Davis, Jaslyn Davis-Johnson, John Driscoll, Elizabeth (Liz) Eilers, Grant Fisher, Dynnelle (Nellie) Frank, Zoe Goldenberg, Kiley Hawkins, Ty Hendricks, Grant Hineline, Nadia Houssien, Heidi Howell, Keren Idelman-Sidenko, Jordan Johnson, Raekwon Johnson, Christian Kelly, Samuel Kennedy, Alexander Kourie, Boyd (Brogan) Lake, William LaRoche, Josey Leach, Garrett Lockwood, Jamin Luke, Matthew Monaghan, Anne (Annie) Murta, Marissa Myers, Vineet Narayan, Joseph Polasky, Jared Regruth, Kelsey Reisert, Madison Ringer, Kevin Russell, Shaurya Singh, Max Sliger, Sierra Smith, Malinda Sweeney, Abigail Teegarden, Alexander Thornberry, Evan Timofeyev, Emily Wall, Kheara Wright, Sivan Yarchi, Gabrielle Yun, Yanzhen (Frank) Zhang and Ari Ziv.

MND Theatre presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Mount Notre Dame Theatre presented a Broadway classic “Bye Bye Birdie” as its fall production. Directed by Nate Pucke and Joe Beiting, an outstanding 118member student company from five high schools and 14 grade schools in the Cincinnati area put on the show. “Bye Bye Birdie” opened Nov. 8 to a sold out show and ran through Nov. 16 in the MND Salerno Center for Performing Arts. The cast and crew worked on the show starting this summer.

“These students gave their all to capture the emotion of the characters in the script, but also added their unique touch to the production,” said Nate Puke, codirector. Over the past seven years, MND Theatre has been nominated for Cappies awards more than 60 times and has won more than 17 awards. “We are proud to house such an incredible, award-winning theater program at MND. 'Bye Bye Birdie' showcased the level of talent and dedication these students possess,” said Larry

Mock, MND’s head of school. MND Theatre presents two musicals and two dramatic plays during each school year. The group also presents a summer production every year that is open to all area high schools (both public and private). In addition to productions, MND Theatre students have the opportunity to teach summer theater camps to local gradeschool students. Their spring production will be “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).”

Mount Notre Dame Theatre presented a Broadway classic "Bye Bye Birdie" as its fall production. THANKS TO CHARISSA BRINKMAN


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Editor: Melanie Laughman, mlaughman@communitypress.com, 513-248-7573

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Crusaders return several pin crashers

By Scott Springer and Mark Motz sspringer@communitypress.com mmotz@communitypress.com

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — The lanes are oiled and matches are under way for Greater Cincinnati high school bowling teams. The following is a rundown of teams in the Northeast Suburban Life coverage area.

Sycamore

The Aviator boys squad returns senior Joseph Morris, a second team Greater Miami Conference selection last year. Morris at presstime was averaging close to 188. with fellow senior Chad Estill averaging 183. Freshman Nathan Estill is at 171 with seniors Adam Merk, Ryan Fee and John McLaughlin falling in between 156-160. The Lady Aves are looking for their first win since 2012. Senior Allison Rolfes leads with a 144 average, followed by the Grzegorzewski sisters who hover between 114-122. Senior Lydia Sloan and junior Ellyn Willis complete the lineup. Both Sycamore squads return to action after the first of the year on Jan. 8 at Middletown.

Moeller

The Crusaders have had four straight winning seasons, but would like to improve on their fourth place finish in the Greater Catholic League-South 12-9 (8-6 league). Eleventh-year coach Bob Orr returns four starters including senior GCL South second team selection Phillip Cleves. Along with senior Cleves, seniors Steven Snyder and Grant Godbey and junior TJ Snyder are back. Senior Tony Platz is expected to join the line-up. “We have a very compatible team that should really each other on,” Orr said. “They’re very experienced and mature with each capable of averaging 200-plus. It’s basically the same team that took second in our sectional with Phil (Cleves) rolling a 297/688 series and Grant (Godbey) a 266/623.” Upcoming is a Moeller Alumni Fundraiser at Crossgate Lanes on Dec. 22. The Cru-

saders get their roll back on Jan. 3-4 at the Louisville vs. Cincinnati Challenge in Louisville. “Most of the boys have worked hard over the summer to hone their skills and be ready for the season,” Orr said.

Mount Notre Dame

The Cougars are looking to better last year’s 7-16 mark (312 in the old GGCL-Scarlet) under second-year coach Mollie Holtman. Among those back for MND are juniors Sam Dunbar and Emily Webb who made allleague honorable mention as sophomores. Also returning are starting sophomores Kay Rothermund, Ashley Foulks, Sabrina Dunbar and Rachel Tenley. Olivia Kettler and Emma Benson are also on the Cougars squad. “We are still a young team with no seniors however, the motivation and heart these girls have will get us far in the years to come,” Holtman said. MND’s next match is at Northwest Dec. 19. They return home to Crossgate Lanes in Blue Ash on Jan. 7.

Ursuline Academy

The Lions are young – no seniors on the roster – but head coach Rob Meirose returns four juniors with experience to lead what he hopes will be a competitive team. Junior Emma Darlington leads the squad with a 176 average to date, while classmate Christina Hallmann isn’t far behind, typically rolling in the high 150s or low 160s. Emily Low and Cierra Carafice bring additional skill and experience. “I have to remind myself this is only their second year bowling,” Meirose said. “They’ve assumed the leadership, but there’s still a lot for them to learn and improve. They’re making very good progress.” Ursuline also has a firstyear junior (Kari Fletcher) and three freshmen (Makayla Hufziger, Isabel Baumgartner and Brittany Leyda) out to fill the roster. “They’re all brand new and they all have kind of the same skills,” Meirose said. Like many coaches in the area, he is concerned about the decreasing numbers of girls in bowling.

Moeller’s Grant Godbey throws a ball down the lanes during the District bowling championships last February.FILE PHOTO

Ursuline Academy junior Emma Darlington leads the Lions with a 176 scoring avergae. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“It’s kind of like that old ‘If you build it, they will come’ line,” he said. “Once we get the

Fall senior moments Northeast Suburban Life asked readers to send in pictures of their senior class athletes as part of the Fall Senior Moments project. All photos from across the Community Press newspaper family will be part of an online photo gallery on cincinnati.com.

Sycamore's Allison Rolfes is the top scorer for the Lady Aves. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

girls out, we can teach them the game and how to be good. It’s just a matter of getting them out. For whatever reason, that’s

Sam Hubbard, senior co-captain of the state champion Moeller football team, enjoys Senior Night with his parents, Jim and Amy Hubbard of Montgomery.

been the hard part. I wish we could get them out. They’d see how much fun it can be.”

Gymnasts spring into winter tumbling season By Mark D. Motz, Tom Skeen and Scott Springer mmotz@communitypress.com tskeen@communitypress.com sspringer@communitypress.com

Somewhere Keith Jackson weeps, for there is no rumblin’ or stumblin’, but there is plenty of tumbling as gymnastics season is under way for area girls.

Cincinnati Country Day

Ursuline Academy’s tennis seniors, shown Sept. 12, are, from left: Ellie Tyger, Mehvish Safdar and Brooke Sabo.

Moeller’s Steven Snyder rolls a practice shot during the District bowling championships at Beaver-Vu Bowling last February.FILE PHOTO

Head coach Steve Conners has a club on the rise. “We scored 115 at the district meet last year, which was our highest in about five years,” Conners said. “Our ultimate goal is to hit the120 mark, which would put us right in the middle of the pack at the district meet.” Senior Kelsey Bardach serves as team leader; she specializes in the uneven bars and the vault. Returning juniors include Kaitlin Harden, Gusty Pohlman and Jennifer Gonzales, all of whom compete in the allaround. Conners said Harden is the hardest worker, while Pohlman brings a dance background

and Gonzales is a former club gymnast. A trio of sophomores in the all-around – Margaret Hodson, Addie El and Kendall Smith – round out the roster. “We have a group that’s mostly pure high school girls, meaning we don’t have the yearround club gymnasts,” Conners said. “The nice thing about having girls who aren’t in club is that instant gratification. You really see the progress in skills on an everyday basis and that’s encouraging as a coach and for the girls themselves.”

Sycamore

Junior Molly Gearin is again Sycamore’s lone gymnast who trains with Cincinnati Country Day coach Steven Conner. “She’s an all-arounder,” Conner said. “She’ll compete in four events, but she really specializes in floor and beam.” Club gymnastics is one reason some schools only have one or a few “official” competitors. Like swimmers, many gymSee GYMNASTS, Page A9


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Crusaders move on to college athletics Moeller announced their fall athletic signings Nov. 13 in the school board room. The following student-athletes will continue their careers at the collegiate level: Zach Logue will continue his pitching career for the University of Kentucky under coach Gary Henderson. He was named First-Team AllGCL, was a member of the 2013 Ohio State championship baseball team, and a two-year member of the Crusaders ice hockey program. He has maintained first honors with a 4.0 GPA and is currently ranked seventh in the Moeller Class of 2014. He is involved in Little Buddies, Canned Food Drive and is a Mentor Group Captain. Zach is the son of Russ and Jennifer Logue of Mason. Riley Mahan will continue his baseball career as an infielder at the University of Kentucky under the direction of coach Gary Henderson. Riley is a member of the 2012 and 2013 Ohio state championship baseball teams and has been named FirstTeam All-GCL, SecondTeam All-City, SecondTeam All-State, 2012 Honorable Mention, and Second-Team All-American. He maintains a 3.3 GPA. Riley is the son of Scott and Rhonda Mahan of Milford. Nick Voss has committed to the University of Cincinnati where he will play baseball for coach Ty Neal. Nick is a pitcher for the Crusaders and a member of the 2012 Ohio State championship baseball

team. Nick carries a 4.0 GPA and maintains first honors. He is ranked 17th in the Moeller Class of 2014. Nick is the son of Dave and Mindy Voss of Loveland. Grant Benzinger plays shooting guard for the Moeller basketball team and will continue at that position for coach Billy Donlon at Wright State University. Grant is a four-year member of the Moeller basketball program and was a threeyear member of the Moeller football program. He was named First-Team All-GCL and was a member of the 2012 Ohio State championship football team. Grant maintains honor roll status and carries a 3.7 GPA. He is a member of the French Club and is a Mentor Group Captain. Grant is the son of Kristie Wagner and Todd Benzinger of Loveland. Jack Anton plays power forward for the Moeller basketball team and will continue at that position for coach Matt Matheny at Elon University. Jack is a four-year member of the Crusader basketball program. He is the Trinity House Chaplain and has maintained a 3.7 GPA and honor roll status. Jack is the son of Ed and Robyn Anton of Mason. Eddie Kunkel will continue his lacrosse career at Bellarmine University, playing defense for coach Kevin Burns. Eddie is a four-year member of the Moeller Lacrosse program, an Under Armour All-American (2012 and 2013), Brine All-Ameri-

Among Moeller’s fall college commitments were three Crusader baseball players from last year's Division I state champions. From left are infielder Riley Mahan (Kentucky), Nick Voss (Cincinnati) and Zach Logue (Kentucky). THANKS TO TIM HELD

can, and All-Region Second Team. He participates in the Little Buddies program and Christmas on Campus and serves as Mentor Captain, Canned Food Drive representative, and Sports Camp Counselor. Eddie carries a 3.5 GPA and is the son of Dan and Linda Kunkel of Loveland. Collin Rice will continue his lacrosse career at John Carroll University. Collin plays attack for the Crusaders and will continue at that position for coach Brian Small. He is a four-year varsity player for Moeller and has been named Second-Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-Midwest. Collin has maintained honor roll status with a 3.9 GPA. He participated in the New Mexico service trip this past summer. Collin is the son of James and Donna Rice of Blue Ash.

David Sturgis has committed to Robert Morris University, where he will play lacrosse for coach Andrew McMinn. David plays face-off and middie for the Crusaders and will continue at those positions at Robert Morris University. David is a four-year member of the Moeller Lacrosse program, Top 205 All-Star, Ohio State All-Star, and Jake Reeds Nike Blue Chip. He has maintained academic honors at Moeller and serves as House Captain, member of the Moeller Development team, co-founder of “Athletes for Alex,” and plays varsity golf. David is the son of Michael and Jennifer Sturgis of Loveland. Dakota Sizemore has committed to Ohio University to continue his wrestling career for coach Joel Greenlee. Da-

CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES

kota is a four-year starter in the Moeller Wrestling program, a 2013 Ohio state wrestling champion, twoyear First-Team All-City, three-year First-Team GCL, and he placed third at the Ohio state wrestling meet in 2011. He is a fouryear member of the Crusader football program, a member of the 2012 Ohio state championship football team, and a two-year starter. Dakota maintains a 4.0 GPA, earning First Honors every year, and was named Academic AllOhio. Dakota is the son of Jeff and Monica Sizemore of Fairfield. Quinton Rosser will wrestle for coach Ryan Ludwig at Northern Illinois University. Quinton was a member of the 2012 Ohio State Championship Football team and a 2013 Ohio State Runner-up in Wrestling. He is involved in Shantytown and serves as House Captain, at Matthew 25 Ministries, and in the Little Buddies program. Quinton is an honor roll student carrying a 4.0 GPA and earned six subject awards. Quinton is the son of Jason and Jeannie Rosser of Fairfield Township. Christopher Asgian has committed to continue his swimming career at Provident College under the direction of coach John O’Neill. Chris is a four-year member of the Crusaders swim program. He has maintained honor roll status all four years at Moeller while carrying a 3.68 GPA. Chris is the son of Christopher and Coleen Asgian of Loveland.

Ursuline grad on first team

Otterbein University senior volleyball player Annie Juenger, an Ursuline Academy graduate, recently was voted to the Capital One Academic All-District first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A special education major, Juenger has become a fouryear starter for the Cardinals while maintaining a nearperfect grade-point average (GPA) throughout her four years. An all-conference performer on the court, she currently leads all Ohio Athletic Conference players in kills and also sits second in service aces. Off the court, Juenger has been involved with Westerville Special Olympics and various youth volleyball camps and clinics. As a result of her achievements, she was recently named the OAC “Scholar Athlete of the Month” for November. She has also received a spot on the Academic All-OAC team for each of the last two years.

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz sspringer@communitypress.com mmotz@communitypress.com

Girls volleyball

» Mount Notre Dame’s Christine Chandler was named to the American Family Insurance 2013 All-USA Today team.

Former OSU coach Jim Tressel to speak at Sycamore High School benefit

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

Gymnasts Continued from Page A8

nasts train elsewhere. That’s where the similarities end. “Gymnastics is like swimming with the rules, that they can do both,” Conner said. “But, the club owners don’t let them. Even though we have the same rules, our

Hill, SAFA’s board president. “We’re excited to have him involved in this event and to be able to offer an opportunity to hear his take on leadership, mentorship, and motivation.” An Evening with Coach Jim Tressel -- emceed by sports broadcaster Thom Brenneman -will take place Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Original Montgomery Inn (9440 Montgomery Road) and is being presented by ProCamps Worldwide, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions (CBTS), and PRASCO. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 (cash bar available) and seating for dinner at 7:00. VIP patrons will have an additional opportunity for a private “meet & mingle” beforehand from 5:306:30, where they will be able to have an item autographed and have a photo taken with Coach Tressel. The program itself will include video highlights, Coach Tressel’s remarks, and a question and answer session moderated by Mr. Brenneman. A silent auction with sports memorabilia and more

will also take place. Event tickets are available now, but are expected to sell out quickly because of the intimate setting. Tickets are priced at $100 ($1,000 for a table of 10) for the program, dinner and two drink tickets, or $150 ($1,500 for a table of 10) for VIP tickets which also include the private reception, photo op and autograph. Table sponsors will be recognized at the event. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ourSAFA.com or by check payable to SAFA and mailed to or dropped off at Sycamore High School Athletic Department, Attn: Jim Stoll; 7400 Cornell Road; Cincinnati, OH; 45242. For more information, call Mr. Stoll at (513) 686-1770 ext. 3008. Coach Tressel’s accomplishments during his 36-year football career are legendary with five National Championships including the Ohio State’s 2002 BCS title and four at Youngstown State, six Big Ten Conference Championships, and an 8-1 record against Michigan.

clubs don’t work well with the high schools.” It becomes more of an issue at the state meet according to Conner where club gymnasts from Columbus and Cleveland are permitted to compete for their high schools. Gearin’s best shot at getting to the state meet appears to be in the floor exercise. “This year she’s come in with a better under-

standing and her technique’s getting better,” Conner said. Gearin’s situation in attending Sycamore and competing with another school is actually becoming common in gymnastics. Gearin will be competing with the CCD girls in the Turpin Snowflake Invitational Dec. 18.

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Editor: Dick Maloney, rmaloney@communitypress.com, 248-7134

EDITORIALS | LETTERS | COLUMNS | CH@TROOM

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Deregulation as an economic stimulus Howard Ain’s assessment of customer’s confusion about the deregulated marketplace of traditional utility service is accurate. However, a strategy that Mr. Ain did not address but truly does benefit residents and small businesses is for communities to adopt a governmental aggregation program. While an aggregation strategy may not eliminate all the harassment that takes place, residents are assured that the community has negotiated the price as well as the terms and conditions of service with a single alternative supplier. Local communities including the villages of Addyston and Cleves, the City of Cheviot and Green Township have imple-

mented aggregation programs for the benefit of their residents. The elected officials should be commended Donald for taking the Marshall initiative to COMMUNITY PRESS implement GUEST COLUMNIST aggregation for the benefit of residents and small businesses. While many believe government should not be involved in such services, unfortunately state law is written in such a manner that local government must be involved so that the benefits of aggregation inure to residents.

Aggregation results in lower rates since alternative suppliers assume a greater percentage of the populous will enroll resulting in greater load diversity that leads to lower rates. Aggregation programs allow all residents to benefit and receive the same price and terms of service but residents retain the choice to opt-out of the program. Eagle Energy endorses aggregation programs and would encourage more communities to adopt these programs for the benefit of residents. Eagle Energy administers the aggregation program of 11 communities and through September the residents of those communities have realized $3 million in

lower utility rates. Aggregation programs are implemented without cost to residents meaning the realized savings translates into a $4 to $5 million local economic stimulus. Mr. Ain also mentions the PUCO website when comparing rates. The PUCO ignores the sales tax component of natural gas rates. Customers should make sure they are making a valid natural gas comparison when evaluating natural gas rates by including the 6.75 percent sales tax impact on any natural gas offer. Often alternative suppliers ignore this tax when quoting prices. Sales tax does not apply to electric rates. As a final note, the PUCO

has issued revised rules for comment dealing with the manner alternative suppliers must abide by in the solicitation of customers and related matters. Eagle Energy in its comments suggested door-to-door solicitation be prohibited especially in communities that have adopted a governmental aggregation program. Eagle Energy also suggested in its comments that additional clarity be mandated when a utility and its marketing affiliate operate in the same serving area; e.g., Duke Energy and Duke Energy Retail Sales.

Donald Marshall is president, Eagle Energy, LLC. He lives in Green Townhip.

Home for holidays a goal for terminally ill

The holidays are a time of family, friends, traditions and gratitude. When a loved one has a terminal illness, the season can also mean added stress, fatigue, and financial burdens. Most families would not want to spend the holiday season in and out of an emergency room, yet nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of release. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, this translates to $17.4 billion in Medicare spending on patients whose return trips could have been avoided. Avoidable hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries has become a top priority for both policymakers and

the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as hospitals feel added pressure to help patients remain at home. The Cindee CMS has taken tresslar COMMUNITY PRESS on several initiatives to GUEST COLUMNIST reduce readmissions from penalizing hospitals with high readmission rates to implementing shared savings programs in an effort to increase care coordination among providers. There are some return trips to the hospital that are unavoidable due to complications, new and unrelated prob-

CH@TROOM Dec. 11 question Do you think Ohio legislators should approve a bill to allow back-to-school shoppers to buy certain items free of state and local sales taxes? Why or why not?

“This is essentially a sales tax reduction. If we really do not need to collect so much money from the sales tax why not just reduce the tax? “This is political smoke and mirrors designed to make the people sponsoring the bill look good at very little cost. It is a sham that will create a lot of game playing and fraud on the days when there is no tax, politics at its worst.”

F.S.D.

“No - why single out this particular group for tax-free status? And how would you even determine what is a school-related expense? “What I would support: seasonal tax-free shopping weeks, such as New York City offers either a total moratorium on all sales tax for that period or no tax on a specific item such as clothing, cars, furniture, etc. This could be a huge boost to the economy.”

J.S.B.

“Now that is not a bad idea. Teachers already have sales tax exempt status for supplies, why not students and families for their learning materials?”

O.H.R.

“Since 1965, the Department of Education has proven that the federal government needs

Time Magazine has named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year. What do you think of the choice? Whom would you choose as Person of the Year? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to nesuburban @communitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line.

to get out of the state’s way with regard to the education of children. Ohio legislators are also guilty, and need to stand down. “Legislators need to fix the roads and balance the budget and quit wasting time on abortion and pandering to parents.”

K.P.

“Talk about complexity! How do we ID someone who fits this description online or in the store? “Then, consider the administration of this at the store level; another thing for the minimum hourly wage clerk to handle. “Then, what interest group would be next in line for special consideration? “We should be looking for ways to simplify our tax systems and this proposal fails miserably. We have a wide range of prices available to shoppers, some of which will meet their budget limitations. A big ding to this idea.”

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count for more than 50 percent of the health care costs. Increasingly, hospitals are forming collaborative partnerships with palliative care and hospice providers to combat avoidable readmissions. For terminally ill patients, hospice is one resource available to help patients remain home for the holidays. Hospice and palliative care providers work closely with patients and families to identify care preferences, manage symptoms, and address clinical, emotional and spiritual needs through a team approach. This type of care allows patients to pick up the phone in a time of crisis and receive medications at home. During the holidays, families can spend more time

creating memories and sharing traditions instead of making emergency room trips. Integrating palliative care services early, and making timely and appropriate hospice referrals can not only improve patient experiences, but address some of the most important issues faced by hospitals today: quality improvement, increasing coordination, preventing complications, reducing costs – and ultimately, return trips to the hospital in a patient’s final stages of life when the comforts of home and quality time with family are most important. Cindee Tresslar is the executive director of Crossroads Hospice in Cincinnati.

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lems, or anticipated steps of certain treatment plans. Some patients are also readmitted because they live in a region where hospitals are used more frequently as a place of care for illnesses. Regardless of where patients reside, education and support are key factors in preventing readmissions. Too often, a rushed discharged process and a lack of necessary follow up care leaves discharged patients unable to follow instructions about a new diagnoses or new medication. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported that while patients with one or more chronic conditions represent just five percent of the patient population, they ac-

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If summoned for jury duty, you are assigned either to a regular jury or a grand jury. On regular (also called “petit”) jury duty you could be selected for a criminal or civil case. In a grand jury, however, a group of citizens hears only criminal cases and decides if someone will have to face trial for a felony offense. A felony is a crime that is punishable by at least one year in prison. In Hamilton County, the grand jury meets in the prosecutor’s office, not at the courthouse. The grand jury listens to testimony and examines evidence presented only by the prosecution before deciding whether to return an indictment. An indictment is merely a formal charge; it still must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt at trial before a defendant can be convicted. When the prosecutor presents a case, only the testifying witness and the grand jurors are in the room. After the last witness testifies, the prosecutor and witness exit the room so the jurors can deliberate and vote. Defendants may request to testify, but rarely do so. Nine grand jurors vote on each case and each charge. Before voting to indict, the grand jurors must find probable cause that: 1, a crime was committed, and 2, that the accused committed the crime. At least seven of the

nine grand jurors must agree that there is sufficient evidence to return an indictment. A common Brad phrase sugGreenberg gests that a COMMUNITY PRESS prosecutor GUEST COLUMNIST can convince a grand jury to indict a “ham sandwich” because of the process’s onesided nature. My prior experience as a prosecutor makes me disagree. Although a few prosecutors may abuse the system, most prosecutors have no interest in purposely indicting cases that would be hard to try. Moreover, I have observed that grand jurors, like regular jurors, are independent, serious about their duties, and not easily persuaded to indict an obviously weak case.

A unique and important aspect of grand jury service is the oath of secrecy. The oath of secrecy covers the entire grand jury proceeding and is permanent. A regular juror may discuss a case publicly after a verdict is announced in open court, but a grand juror must keep the proceedings secret forever unless ordered otherwise by a judge. Both grand jury and regular jury service last for two weeks in Hamilton County. If selected for grand jury, you will hear approximately 50 cases each week. In comparison, most regular jurors sit on only one or two cases at most. Perhaps its unique process makes most people who have served on both regular and grand juries prefer grand jury service. Judge Brad Greenberg is a judge in Hamilton County Municipal Court. He lives in Loveland.

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Adam Weber, 10, of Blue Ash, is in the lead as this trio of sledders heads downhill. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

INCHES OF FUN The season's first significant snowfall created treacherous driving for motorists but also some delightful sledding for the kids. At the Blue Ash Golf Course the sun was shining Dec. 7 and the thrill seekers were out on the slopes. Here are a few scenes from the afternoon.

Brothers Zach and Jake Hertzman, of Blue Ash, enjoy a wild hillside ride at the golf course. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

A dads' afternoon out. Craig Hertzman (left) and Ignacio Arranz enjoy watching their boys sledding at the Blue Ash Golf Course, Dec. 7. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Blue Ash pals Alvaro Arranz (front), 10, and Jake Hertzman, 9, thrill as they speed down a snowy hillside. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

UC Blue Ash professor writes book about the Ukraine A new book by University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College professor Guennadi Maslov celebrates the Ukraine through beautiful photography and inspirational poetry. “Ukrainian Time: One Hundred Findings in the Borderland” encompasses the past 30 years in the Ukraine, which is in Eastern Europe and borders Russia. The book uses amazing photography and local poems to follow the trends and currents of the rapidly changing, and sometimes surprisingly conservative national character. It is available through Amazon.com. Maslov, who teaches photography in the electronic media program at UC Blue Ash, was born in the Ukraine and continues to be fascinated by his native country and its people. “Life never stops for the 45 million energetic, resourceful

and lyrical people who call themselves Ukrainians,” he said. “The 100 photographs in this book endeavor to trace the lives and emoMaslov tions of ordinary people, to illustrate the inner struggle and beauty of individuals living through a most dramatic time in their country’s history; the transition from one social order to another.” Maslov will be conducting presentations, lectures and book signings in the United States and the Ukraine this year, and his new work will be on display at the Xavier University gallery in February. In addition, there is currently a retrospective exhibit of his photography on display in Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

Maslov is a renowned photographer who has made a real impact on the eMedia program at UC Blue Ash. “Since joining our faculty in 2001, Guennadi has been both a passionate teacher and an important engineer of culture exchange,” said H. Michael Sanders, professor of electronic media and department chair. “Through his widely exhibited photography, and his organization of exchange opportunities between Ukrainian educators and faculty in eMedia communications, he has helped create a much more international view of contemporary photographic arts for our students.” For more information about the presentation or the Electronic Media Program at UC Blue Ash, visit www.ucblueash.edu/emedia/ or call 513745-5717.

An example of the photos captured by Guennandi Maslov in his new book about the Ukraine. PROVIDED


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 19 Art & Craft Classes Ladies Night, 7-9 p.m., Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, Wine specials, 20 percent off all boutique items, light snacks and drawing for free session. For ages 16 and up. $30. Reservations required. 271-2793; www.cheerstoart.com. Madeira. Inbetween Club, 4 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Make gift and wrap it. Includes holiday treats. Ages 12-18. Free. 369-4467. Mariemont.

Art Exhibits Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Show and sale of small artwork, no larger than 8-by-10 inches. Original works in oil and watercolor by active members of the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. Free. 2723700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Education Toastmasters: Improve Your Communication and Leadership Skills, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Technical Center, 11450 Grooms Road, Conference Room No. 2. Practice skills by speaking, organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 387-7030; btc.toastmastersclubs.org. Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, 6940 Madisonville Road, Historic Shillito’s Elves have moved to Mariemont and are opening workshop for public tours. Bring letters to mail to Santa. Pictures with Santa available on Saturdays and Sundays. Benefits Ronald McDonald House. $4, free ages 3 and under. Presented by Mariemont Inn. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Literary - Libraries Lego Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Design and build creations with provided Legos. Ages 5-12. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Support Groups Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; www.coda.org. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, DEC. 20 Art Exhibits Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21 Art & Craft Classes Special Family Holiday Session, 10 a.m.-noon, Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, Paint ornament. Personalize with names and dates and decorate. For ages 6 and up. $25. Reservations required. 271-2793; www.cheerstoart.com. Madeira.

Art Exhibits Small Treasures, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.ar-

Each child will decorate and take home a gingerbread house at the Children's Gingerbread House Tea from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, at Gazabo Tea Garden, 10461 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. The tea includes a light tea lunch, brief talk on tea etiquette, a story about the folklore history of gingerbread houses and viewing and playing with a Christmas train. The tea is for ages 3 and up. Cost is $10.50 for children. Reservations are required. The event runs through Dec. 22. Call 985-0027.

TUESDAY, DEC. 24

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to www.cincinnati.com and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to life@communitypress.com along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to www.cincinnati.com and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. tatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Dining Events Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, Noon-3 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, 10461 Kenwood Road, Each child decorates and takes home a gingerbread house. Includes light tea lunch, brief talk on tea etiquette, story about folklore history of Gingerbread Houses viewing and playing with Christmas train. Ages 3 and up. $10.50 children. Reservations required. Through Dec. 22. 985-0027. Blue Ash.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Music - Jazz The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, 12110 Montgomery Road, Free. 6771993; www.tonysofcincinnati.com. Symmes Township.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22 Art Exhibits Small Treasures, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Dining Events Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, Noon-3 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $10.50 children. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353;

www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. 271-8519; www.mariemont.org. Mariemont.

MONDAY, DEC. 23 Recreation Winter Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Waterpark, gym, art room and game room. Kindergarten to sixth grade. $58 per day, $48 per day for members. Registration required. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Marielders Inc., 6923 Madisonville Road, Library. For those responsible for care of elderly or disabled loved one. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; www.ccswoh.org/caregivers. Mariemont.

Youth Sports Multi-Sport Winter Break Camp by Jump Start Sports, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Also Dec. 30. Different sport introduced each day. $150. 985-0900. Montgomery.

917-7475. Blue Ash.

stoart.com. Madeira.

Art & Craft Classes

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Holiday - Christmas

Christmas Eve Mimosa Morning, 10 a.m.-noon, Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, First glass of mimosa free. 20 percent off all items in boutique. For ages 8 and up. $30. Reservations required. 271-2793; www.cheerstoart.com. Madeira.

Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Recreation

Music - Jazz

Winter Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58 per day, $48 per day for members. Registration required. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.

The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, Free. 677-1993; www.tonysofcincinnati.com. Symmes Township.

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

SUNDAY, DEC. 29

Literary - Story Times

Support Groups

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

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

Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Recreation Winter Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58 per day, $48 per day for members. Registration required. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25 Dining Events Madisonville Community Christmas Day Dinner, Noon, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5433 Madison Road, For any and all who would like to attend, especially anyone or any family alone or in need. Hot meal, Christmas caroling, activities for children and gifts for everyone. Free. 271-4147. Madisonville.

THURSDAY, DEC. 26 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5.

FRIDAY, DEC. 27 Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Literary - Libraries Gaming, 6-7:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Gaming with friends. Ages 11-19. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Recreation Winter Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58 per day, $48 per day for members. Registration required. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Free. 2718519; www.mariemont.org. Mariemont.

MONDAY, DEC. 30 Recreation Winter Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58 per day, $48 per day for members. Registration required. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.

TUESDAY, DEC. 31 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Literary - Story Times

SATURDAY, DEC. 28

Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Book Break, 3-3:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 3694450. Deer Park.

Art & Craft Classes

Recreation

Ring in New Years Early, 7-9 p.m., Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, Specials on wine and Champagne. For ages 16 and up. $30. Reservations required. 271-2793; www.cheer-

Winter Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58 per day, $48 per day for members. Registration required. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.


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Rita shares latest clone of peppermint bark I wrestled with myself about sharing, once again, my latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark. After all, my recipe last year was excellent, and the difference this year is that I used Rita premium Heikenfeld bar chocoRITA’S KITCHEN lates only and tweaked the recipe a tiny bit. Well, I’ve been getting lots of requests for this special bark already, so I’m taking creative license and sharing what I now call my latest and greatest. And, I might add, my very last recipe for this treat! However you celebrate, I hope each of you has the best holiday season. Remember, the best things in life aren’t “things.”

Rita’s ultimate clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark 2013 Use the best quality chocolates and candy (no imitation peppermint in extract or candy) to make it as close to WilliamsSonoma as possible. As mentioned, I used the highest quality bar chocolates, which I chopped. Whether you use bars or morsels, read labels. The semi-sweet chocolate should be real chocolate, not chocolate-flavored. The first two ingredients in white chocolate

should be sugar and cocoa butter. No palm, palm kernel or coconut oil if you want it to be like Williams-Sonoma. These oils may be a culprit for layers sometimes not bonding, resulting in separation. That doesn’t mean you can’t make wonderful bark with whatever chocolate fits your budget. I also have more bark recipes on my blog, a singlelayer one for kids and a three-layer one. Prep pan: Line a cookie sheet with one piece of foil, about 10 inches by 12 inches. Or do the same in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. First layer:

For Celia, a Delhi Township reader, who wants to make this alongside her holiday ham. “I had the recipe for years and misplaced it. Sometimes we added shrimp to it,” too, she said. Go to taste on ingredients. Salad: Mix together: 8 oz Mueller’s Small Elbow Macaroni, cooked and cooled 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup onion, diced 2 ribs celery, diced 1 small bell pepper, diced

Dressing: Combine and pour over cooled pasta. You may not need all of it, so add half, taste, and add more if you like.

2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate, divided into 11⁄4 and 3⁄4 cup measures 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Use a double boiler if you have one, or put 11⁄4 cups chocolate in heatproof bowl. Set over saucepan that has 1 inch of steaming water, making sure bowl does not touch water. (This is a makeshift double boiler). Heat should be turned to low so no steam/water escapes into chocolate, which can turn it grainy. Stir until chocolate is almost melted but still has a few lumps, then remove bowl and stir in remaining chocolate until smooth. Stir in extract and pour onto foil, spreading evenly. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator until hard. Second layer:

2 tablespoons prepared mustard 2 teaspoons sugar 1 ⁄4 cup cider vinegar or more to taste 11⁄2 cups mayonnaise

Chill before serving. To add shrimp: Add 1⁄2 pound cooked small shrimp to salad.

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Rita’s latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark uses high quality chocolate.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

23⁄4 cups white chocolate, divided into 21⁄4 and 1⁄2 cup measures 1 ⁄2 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup crushed peppermint candy, sieved to remove tiny particles

Put 21⁄4 cups white chocolate in clean bowl and repeat process for melting, stirring in re-

maining chocolate after removing bowl. Stir in extract. Let cool a bit. Pour over chocolate layer and spread. Finishing with candy: Sprinkle candy and gently press into chocolate. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator until hard. Peel bark off foil and break or cut into pieces. If it’s been in

the refrigerator, let it sit out a bit so it’s easy to break or cut. Store in refrigerator. Note: If you melt chocolates in microwave, check frequently as they can turn grainy and burn easily.

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Chick-fil-A’s apple cider dressing for Amy M. who loves the dressing and hopes someone can clone it or share something similar. “Marzetti used to carry a similar one, but discontinued it”, she said. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at columns@communitypress.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Know what insurance policy says A lot of us have life insurance policies, but may not be aware of all the provisions in the policy. One area woman said not knowing about a provision in her husband’s policy has cost her a lot of money. Kathy Thompson of Bridgetown said she’s upset with the life insurance company and herself for not realizing a key money-saving provision was in the policy. Thompson said of her husband, “He became disabled about two and a half years ago and who thinks of looking at your insurance policy. Recently, the insurance company called and they wanted to sell us more insurance.” The life insurance policy is a small one, just $9,000, and is one of several her husband bought. What she didn’t remember, until the agent reminded her, was the policy contains a disability waiver. she said the agent told her, “You have a disclaimer on your policy where if he’s disabled we’ll pay his premiums. I said, ‘Really?’” Thompson said the

problem was, even after examining that policy, the waiver wasn’t very clear. Howard “There’s Ain different HEY HOWARD! columns and they’ve got suicide exclusions. They’ve got all these titles over here but there’s nothing about disability. You have to really, really look for it,” she said. The Thompsons pay more than $14 each year for the disability waiver. But, I noticed even on the policy itself it just said disability waiver. As a result, Thompson has paid the yearly premium for more than two years since her husband became disabled. The insurance agent told her, unfortunately, she can only get back the premium for one of those years. Thompson then called the insurance company itself and spoke with a manager who told her company policy is to reimburse

for only one year. “She said, ‘There are people that have had a policy with us for 30 years and have been disabled and they have that waiver and they don’t know about it. We still only give them back one year.’” Thompson said she thinks that’s a terrible policy and wants to alert others. The disability waiver is not automatic in most life insurance policies, it’s a separate provision you can buy. So, you may want to check to see if you have that waiver in your policy. Thompson said she learned a valuable lesson to get a copy of that provision in writing. Not only will it help you remember you have that protection, but it will also explain exactly what’s required before the insurance company considers someone to be disabled so the disability waiver will apply. Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at heyhoward@local12.com.

Union Institute & University receives grant from Western & Southern Union Institute & University, a private, accredited university serving adults, has received a grant from Western & Southern Financial Group to pay tribute to the memory and legacy of former Cincinnati Mayor Eugene P. Ruehlmann. The grant, $250,000 over the next five years, honors the former Cincinnati mayor (19671971), former Union Institute & University trustee and former Western & Southern board member who passed away in June. Union Institute & University faculty and administrators, with assistance from the Ruehlmann family, have established the Eugene P. Ruehlmann Public Service Fellowship Program in recognition of Ruehlmann’s distinguished visionary leadership and public service. The fellowship program will annually support a Ruehlmann Fellow and his/her doctoral dissertation project that embodies Ruehlmann’s guiding principles of cooperation, collaboration, compromise,

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communication, and community-building, and promises a significant contribution and community impact. John F. Barrett, Western & Southern’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer, noted Ruehlmann’s long years of service as a member of Western & Southern’s board of directors. “Gene was elected to our board in 1968 and provided our company with sharp insight and counsel faithfully for over 45 years. He was known for his high ethical standards, hard work and bringing people together. The Urban League honored him in 1970 for his work on poverty, housing and improving race relations with a special award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service. In 1998 he was named a Great Living Cincinnatian by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.” Union Institute & University President Roger

H. Sublett, Ph.D., had a long friendship with Ruehlmann, beginning when they both began to serve the university in 2001. “All of us at Union are deeply touched by Western & Southern’s generosity in Gene’s name. Gene and his wife, Virginia, were quiet but formative leaders in Cincinnati for decades. Gene’s contributions, including his work with Riverfront Stadium, and the Reds and Bengals, are legendary. His most lasting legacy, however, may be his work to build community and heal a broken city after devastating riots in the late 1960s. It is Gene’s lifetime of public service and his service leadership that we encourage all our students at Union Institute & University to emulate. We are most grateful for John Barrett’s vision in funding this Fellowship and look forward to the community service and leadership the Ruehlmann Fellows will provide in the coming years.” Ginny Ruehlmann Wiltse and Mark Ruehlmann, two of Mayor Ruehlmann’s eight children, spoke on behalf of their family, “He would be so pleased to see this program inaugurated at Union Institute & University and so grateful for Western & Southern’s financial support.”

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Group donates $105K to Ronald McDonald House Pep, a Cincinnati based project management agency for marketing promotions, recently raised $105,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati (RMHC) through its third annual Charity Golf Outing at Ivy Hills Country Club. Pep has organized employee volunteer opportunities through Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House for years and in 2011 made a plan to increase its giving. Through the first Pep Charity Golf Outing in 2011Pep raised $30,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities, and in 2012 sur-

passed that goal raising $100,000. “It has been a blessing to work with the Ronald McDonald House over the years, and we look forward to continuing to be a part of their family” said Tim Drost, director of supplier partnerships, who serves as the golf outing chairman. “We had another fantastic golf outing supporting The House with our $105,000 raised this year. We know our contribution helps a great organization, but most importantly, it helps the children and families we have had the pleasure of meeting over the years.”

Pep employees celebrate raising $105,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities through a recent golf outing. In back, from left, are Tim Drost, Kenwood; Vince Rinaldi, RMHC Board, Indian Hill; Tanya Cornejo, RMHC Staff, Montgomery; Pam Bonfield, RMHC Board, Anderson; Jennifer Goodin, RMHC Staff, Wyoming; Dave Kroeger, Stuart, FL; Mike Weinberg, Hyde Park; Emily Stowe, Columbia Tusculum; and Jim Borgaard, Hyde Park. In front are Jillian Strandness, Loveland; Bob Stenger, RMHC Board, Anderson; Sarah Dudash, Oakley; Natalie Geiss, Clifton; Nicole King-Hunt, Anderson; Christina Snyder, Devou Park. THANKS TO EMILY STOWE

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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship at Ascension will be at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 29, there will be one Worship Service, “Lessons and Carols,” at 10 a.m. Ascension is partnering with St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and Montgomery Presbyterian Church for a Blue Christmas Worship Service. Christmas can be a difficult time for many people, particularly those experiencing loss and grief. The 6:30 p.m. service is Friday, Dec. 20, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road. The children’s Christmas pageant, “The King’s Birthday,” will be presented at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. The narthex Christmas tree will be decorated with mittens, gloves, scarves, hats and socks. The items will be given to “Our Lord’s Rose Garden,” a children’s ministry in Sharonville that cares for children in need. On Sunday, Dec. 29, there will be one worship service at 10 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242; ascensionlutheranchurch.com; 793-3288.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Four Christmas Eve service are planed. The 4 p.m. family service is geared for younger children and their families, featuring “The Best Gift of All” puppet show that will share the Christmas message. The 5:45 p.m. Rockin’ Christmas Eve with communion and candle lighting. Music provided by praise band and praise team. The 8 p.m. traditional service with communion and candle lighting. Music provided by, vocal ensemble, orchestra and guest trumpeter, Evan Greene. The 11 p.m. Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols with candle lighting. Music provided by a Chamber ensemble of instrumentalists, vocalists, and guest trumpeter, Evan Greene. An 11 a.m. traditional Commu-

ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to nesuburban@community press.com, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. nion service is planned for Christmas Day. In the spirit of giving, Good Shepherd will donate $5 in each visitor’s name to the local homeless shelter, www.IHNCincinnati.org. An additional $5 match has been offered by an anonymous member, totaling $10, to help those without homes this Christmas season. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700; goodshepherd.com.

Montgomery Presbyterian Church The Christmas Eve worship schedule includes a family service at 5 p.m., the traditional candlelight service at 8:45 p.m.

and the candlelight Communion service at 10:45 p.m. The church is 9994 Zig Zag Road, Montgomery; 891-8670; www.mpchurch.net.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The church is adopting Findlay Street (west end of Cincinnati) families. Collection of food and gifts is Sunday, Dec. 22. Donations accepted. Call the church office for details and to donate. Christmas Eve services are at 5 p.m. with child care and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. No services will be held on Christmas Day.

The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401; www.st-barnabas.org.

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Come visit the church Sunday mornings in its new sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during both services for infants through age 2. There will be no Sunday school on Dec. 29. Christmas Eve services are as follows: 4 p.m., family worship; candlelight services at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Advent Small Group Study: Sunday classes offered through Dec. 22. Text: Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam ( at 10:45 a.m. only). The next FX! (Family Experience!) will occur at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, in the Chapel. (Please note time change.) Theme: Knowledge. Title: The Man vs. Wild. Enjoy an evening of music, worship, praise, and fun. Eunice Circle is collecting layette/ newborn through size 6 clothing for Sunset Gap Community Thrift Store. Place donations in the Sunset Gap collection box (Adult Ministries) in the Narthex. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be offered in

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POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Tamara Frances Foster, 42, 6361 Beechmont Ave., petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, Dec. 7.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging/endangering At 4664 Alpine Ave., Dec. 5. Petty theft A man said someone took a 50-foot extension power cord, value $50, and a 100-foot extension power cord, value $50, from Matthew 25: Ministries at 11060 Kenwood Road, Dec. 4. Petty theft, criminal mischief At 4100 Hunt Road, Dec. 3. At 4545 Creek Road, Dec. 4. Theft Someone took a Dell Inspiron 15, value $479.69, and a Dell Inspiron 15R, value $585.91 at 3813 Fox Run Drive apartment 1209, Dec. 7. Theft, criminal damaging/endangering At 11427 Reed Hartman Highway apartment 134, Dec. 3. Theft, forgery At 4545 Malsbary Road, Dec. 3.

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Juvenile, 15, disorderly conduct, Dec. 3.

Incidents/investigations Animal call A woman said a dog attacked a goat at 10236 Hightower Court, Dec. 9. Stolen auto Someone took a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, value $20,000, from

Montgomery Chevrolet at 9750 Montgomery Road, Dec. 7. Theft A female juvenile said someone took her purse and contents, including a pre-paid cell phone, value $50, from a lower level restroom at Sycamore High School at 7400 Cornell Road, Dec. 4. Vandalism/criminal damaging A man said someone ran over a mailbox, $200 damage, and struck a telephone pole at 8395 Shadowpoint Court, Dec. 4.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile female, 16, escape, obstructing official business, Nov. 19. Juvenile male, 16, obstructing official business, Nov. 19. Juvenile female, 14, theft, Nov. 21. Robert Bates, 18, 3821 Hazel Ave., theft, Nov. 21. Bria Martinez, 20, 529 Brouson Ave., theft, Nov. 20. Juvenile male, 17, criminal mischief, Nov. 18. Malik Rahab, 18, 3435 Greenslawn Ave., criminal mischief, Nov. 13. Andre Carter, 31, 6919 Montgomery Road, criminal trespassing, Nov. 12.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering $1000 removed at 7701 Kenwood, Nov. 14. Coins of unknown value removed at 7322 Kenwood, Nov. 13. Criminal damaging Reported at 12131 1st Ave., Nov.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 » Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444

18. Identity fraud Reported at 7600 Montgomery Road, Nov. 21. Theft Merchandise valued at $290 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 16. Computer valued at $1,239 removed at 8001 Village, Nov. 19. Credit card removed at 8115 Montgomery Road, Nov. 19. Debit card of unknown value removed at 8115 Montgomery Road, Nov. 21. Computer and cell phone of unknown value removed at 8240 Montgomery, Nov. 21. GPS of unknown value removed at 8240 Montgomery, Nov. 20. Check removed at 1850 Third Ave., Nov. 22. Cell phones valued at $4,500 removed at 7757 Kenwood Road, Nov. 8. Sunglasses valued at $1,800 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 23. Reported at 4020 E. Galbraith Road, Nov. 21. Jewelry of unknown value removed at 5355 Autumnwood Drive, Nov. 13. $4,700 removed at 8326 Hambletonian Drive, Nov. 12. Attempt made at 8096 Carnaby Lane, Nov. 13. Cell phones valued at $1,200 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 11. Reported at 8740 Montgomery Road, Nov. 13.

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REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS BLUE ASH

95 Carpenters Ridge: Schecter, Larry M. to Bank of America NA: $135,000.

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8510 Capricorn Drive: Perumbeti, Ajay C. & Swapna Boppana to Stamper, Joseph B. Jr. & Shannon: $262,400. 7875 Jolain Drive: Weller, Arava K. & David R. to RDR Ventures LLC: $50,000.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP

8720 Dublin Court: Stuller, Natalie to Klaiber, Justin K.: $91,000. 8705 Kenwood Road: Miller, Lafe Tr. to Mount Carmel Baptist Church: $246,000. 10879 Lakehurst Court : Figueredo, Esther L. to Fuson, Grace: $95,500. 12137 McCauly Road : USB Mortgage Corp. to Fortin, Sarah M.: $225,000.

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11631 Almahurst Court: Schall, Jane A. to Munoz, Alex; $452,000. Carrousel Court: Amendt, Kenneth C. Tr. & Alice B. Tr. to Kelly, Jason G. & Kimberly N.; $40,000. 12127 Crestfield Court: Shon, Joonghan & Insook to Mishra, Laxmikant; $256,000. 10033 Fields Ertel Road: Ertel, Catherine to Wascher, Michael K. & Jean M.; $240,000. 9035 Foxhunter Lane: Reed, Sherrie K. & Richard C. to Montgomery, Dale W. & Marlene P.; $232,500. 11172 Loveland Trace Court: Hendy, Daniel J. & Amy L. to Kacperski, Joanne & Jeffrey M. Damadeo; $417,500. 11970 Weeping Willow Court: Palusiak, Maritza Tr. to Foster, Blair T.; $222,750. 10435 Willow Drive: Pete Griesdorn LLC to Monfreda, Baldas-

sarre & Nina; $237,531. 8350 Cypresswood Drive : Cameron, Barbara S. Tr. to Liao, Chengzhong & Xiaojuan Zhang: $505,000. 9088 Foxhunter Lane : Pohlman, Lawrence W. to Potter, Thomas J. & Jennifer L. Wolski-Potte: $180,000. 10021 Plantation Pointe Drive : Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Schappell, Kenneth P. & Karen L.: $470,085. 11885 Stonemark Lane : Oeters, Sue A. Tr. to Hartman, Laura: $525,000. 9059 Symmesview Court : Smilovitz, Deborah M. to JPMorgan Chase Bank NA: $205,000. 11423 Terwilligersridge Court : Gordon, Victor Reese & Susan to Newman, Robert A. Jr. & Tracy Y.: $397,500. 10115 Ulrich St. : Tate, Dorian G. & Nancy L. to Thompson, Kimberly Noelle: $186,500.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS Molloy Roofing earns Partner in Quality award

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Coal-fired pizza comes to Montgomery

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mesquite tastes of the southwest. Delicio introduces the first coal-burning oven to the Greater Cincinnati area. All tables will receive an iPad, so orders will be submitted directly to the kitchen without any wait. A knowledgeable service staff will still provide assistance with any questions regarding the restaurant, menu or ordering process. The restaurant offers dine-in and carry-out options, and the menu features appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, desserts and specialty drinks such as homemade limoncello and beer cocktails. Entrée prices range from $7 to $17. Delicio is at 9321 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 513-984-4105 or visit deliciocoalfiredpizza.com.

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