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Chambers asks board for answers By Leah Fightmaster

Madeira High School students walk past Alex Brown's wrecked Chevy Silverado. Her parents, Jeanne and Johnny Mac Brown, were at Madeira to tell their daughter's story and educate the dangers of texting while driving. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Parents warn of distracted driving Daughter was killed while texting

A Lego up A team of eight students at St. Michael School has advanced to the regional competition of the Junior First Lego League. The team of fifth-graders outscored teams with older students, earning a place at the Jan. 21 regional event at iSpace in Sharonville. See Schools, A4

Back in the race A 1-3 start is not the most desirable way to begin a basketball season. However, when you run off a string of wins from there, you philosophize that it wasn’t all bad. See Sports, A5

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Texas couple Jeanne and Johnny Mac Brown spoke Tuesday at Madeira High School about the dangers of texting and driving. Their daughter, Alex Brown, died in 2009 after a one-vehicle crash ejected her from this truck, a result of texting and driving. LEAH

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Madeira students saw firsthand the results of a fatal car wreck caused by texting and driving. Jeanne and Johnny Mac Brown, residents of Wellman, Texas, and founders of the Remember Alex Brown Foundation, spoke to students at Madeira High School Tuesday to show them the impact that texting and driving can have on many lives, not just one. Their daughter, Alex, died Nov. 10, 2009, in a wreck that was caused because she was texting on her way to school, driving her Chevy pickup truck on a rural road. She flipped her truck over, which threw her through the windshield because she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Madeira students were able to see Alex’s truck in the same con-


dition it was in at the crash. The shattered glass, crushed roof, flat tires and crumpled truck bed were a visual reminder of what can happen when a driver is not paying necessary attention to the road. The Browns travel the country to give talks such as Tuesday’s at Madeira and several other around the Tristate this week, trying as often as possible to drive in their own truck, emblazoned with their daughter’s photo, so they can tow Alex’s to their speaking engagements. While See DRIVING, Page A2

MORE PRESENTATIONS BY THE BROWNS Tuesday: Florence City Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday: Wyoming High School, 10 a.m.; Mariemont High School, 1:30 p.m. Thursday: Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, 10 a.m.; parent workshop at Ralph Rush Center in Florence, 7 p.m. Friday: Cooper High School, 10 a.m.; Seven Hills Academy, 1 p.m.

Two arrested in vehicle thefts After a joint investigation by the Blue Ash, Deer Park, Indian Hill and Madeira Police departments with assistance by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, police have arrested two subjects involved in multiple vehicle breakins and vehicle thefts in Blue Ash

and surrounding communities. Arrested on Jan. 25 were: A 13-year-old male, from Deer Park, and Jacob D. Montgomery, 19, 4353 Schenck Ave., Deer Park. Both were charged by the Blue Ash Police with auto theft for one offense occurring in Blue Ash,

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however additional charges are expected to be filed as the investigation continues. Several surrounding police agencies have also filed multiple charges against the two for offenses occurring in their jurisdictions.

Two coaches filed complaints with the Deer Park School Board regarding employment with the district. Tom Chambers, a LaRosa’s Hall of Fame member, asked the Deer Park School Board at its meeting Jan. 18 to investigate why he was offered the position of Deer Park’s varsity baseball coach, but had the offer rescinded 16 hours later. Chambers said he applied for the head baseball coach posiChambers tion, interviewed three times for the job, which he said he was offered, but his actual tenure lasted only 16 hours. He said he did not want to complain about the result, but about how it happened and how he was treated. “The series of events should be an embarrassment to the Board of Education,” he said. “I was fired, regardless of what anyone says, and I would like you to look into it.” Former Deer Park boys soccer coach Emery Weaver added to Chambers’ complaint, saying See COACH, Page A2

MORE ACTION IN DEER PARK The board approved Superintendent Kim Gray’s recommendation to allow some of Deer Park High School’s dance team to travel to Westerville, Ohio for an overnight dance competition. Six members of the team volunteered to participate, and two coaches with supplemental contracts with Deer Park will accompany them. “It’s a great opportunity for the dance team to participate in,” Athletic Director Rob Hamann told the board. “We’ve had success in the past, and the girls have worked very hard. ... There are no playoffs in dance, and this is kind of like their post season.”

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She suggested getting out a notebook and writing down what they want for their funeral. “It might sound creepy,” she said. “But it will come in handy for your family if you continue.” Jeanne tried to put details into perspective for the students, telling them medical expenses for Alex were about $150,000, which, she said, would have been more if she had worn her seatbelt and survived, and added that insurance did not cover funeral costs. The Browns asked students to sign a pledge stating they will not text and

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they planned to only do a few around their hometown, word spread and soon they were traveling the country. The Browns have given more than 250 presentations, and fund their transportation by donations. “Have you ever thought about your funeral?” Jeanne Brown asked Madeira students in their auditorium. “You probably should if you continue to text and drive.”


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drive, and suggested possible apps for smart phones to prevent texting and driving. PhoneGuard is an app that when the phone detects movement over 10 miles per hour, the phone receives messages but automatically sends one back stating the driver is unable to answer at the time. TextToggle is similar, sending the automatic response, but will only work when the owner turns it on. works like the other two, but will read messages aloud to the driver when switched on. Apps are also not the only aid for the tempted driver. Teens in the Driver Seat, a peer-to-peer program which educates teens

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that after 10 years of coaching the boys’ soccer, Athletic Director Rob Hamann told him he did a good job that season, but they were opening the position for other candidates to apply, and he was welcome to reapply for the job. Weaver said since that was the case, he

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COLUMBIA TWP. — Officials in Columbia Township are moving forward with electric aggregation, despite a lack of public participation for its first public hearing on the matter. The township conducted the first of two required public hearings about electric aggregation last night, though no one from the public attended the meeting. Columbia Township is pursuing an electric aggregation program. The township placed the issue on the November ballot and it was approved by voters, giving the township permission to seek an aggregation program. Aggregation allows communities to join together to negotiate energy rates. The larger the

went elsewhere for a coaching job. “I was pretty upset,” he said. “I put my heart and soul into that team.” Weaver wrote a letter to the board about the situation, and said that he did not think he would get the job back, and if that was how it was going to be handled, he did not want it back. Coaches in the Deer Park school district are under a supplemental con-

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on about driving safety, is an award-winning program making its way into schools to prevent distracted driving. While it is not available for free in Ohio, it has expanded outside of Texas and is in more than 500 schools in Texas alone. Madeira junior Amber Castellanos said she already downloaded one of the apps directly after the presentation. “It’s scary,” she said. “My parents were just in an accident a few days ago, and they’re fine. This is really sad to think about.” Castellanos, who had just finished looking at Alex’s truck outside in the parking lot with fellow juniors Aly Davis and Maria Mitchell, said after this she will not text and drive. “This makes me sad and very aware,” Mitchell said. “It gives me a lot of emotions … I won’t text and drive after this.” “Our message to others is that God has a plan for everyone, but it can be cut short by making stupid choices,” Johnny Mac Brown said. “I want parents to not make the mistakes we did and to lead by example.” “After you’re gone, your family is just trying to survive one day at a time,” Jeanne told the students.

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Deer Park tax commissioner position’s future in question By Leah Fightmaster

Deer Park’s position of tax commissioner and who performs the tasks is being questioned. Former councilman Shawn Gavin approached city council Monday, inquiring about the tax commissioner. Councilperson

Chris Hedger said Ann Poole, president of the Deer Park Historical Society was the tax commissioner, but the city is eliminating the position because it can’t afford the $5,000 the position pays. “It was something not in our budget anymore,” Hedger said. The elimination goes

along with other city cuts, including the school crossing guards eliminated last fall. Someone has to serve as a tax commissioner “to keep the checks and balances,” Hedger added, but she did not know who, if anyone, was assigned to the position. She also said the legal department was look-

Winter carnival: Reel time The Indian Hill Winter Club will celebrate its sixth annual Winter Carnival with “A Night at the Movies.” The event will take place Friday, Feb. 3, through Sunday, Feb. 5, at the club, located at 10005 Fletcher Road in Camp Dennison. Events Manager Karen Cornett said the “festive” Winter CHECK IT Carnival is one of the OUT club’s most popular The Indian Hill events and brings Winter Club is members of all ages hosting “A Night to the facility. at the Movies” “The club will be 5:30 p.m. Friday, teeming with memFeb. 3, noon to 11 bers and families,” p.m. Saturday, she said. Feb. 4, and 2-5 Manager Bev p.m. Feb. 3 SunBeck said the threeday, Feb. 5. day event is a combiFor informanation of old favortion, call 576ites from years past 9444. and new activities. She said one of the highlights of the annual event is the Winter Carnival Ice Show with the “Night at the Movies” theme. The show features performances set to popular movie themes. “It’s the center of the ice rink activities,” Beck said. During the opening night, children can join relay races, playing dodgeball and broomball during “Ice Kids Games.” The Indian Hill Mini Mites, the club’s 4-years-old

and up hockey team, will also showcase their skills during a brief game. The night continues with more children’s entertainment and music by the “Little Miami River Band” and the adults get their chance to play ice games. The weekend continues Saturday, Feb. 4, with a special game pitting numerous Indian Hill Winter Club hockey teams against the Cincinnati Ice Breakers Sled Hockey team, a team consisting of men and women who have a physical disability preventing them from playing hockey in a standing position. Saturday’s events conclude with a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament and a curling party on the ice. On Sunday, Feb. 5, the day begins with open family skate and ends with a “broomball smackdown.”

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Students at Ursuline capture 52 art awards Fifty-one individual awards and one portfolio award have been won by Ursuline Academy students in the The Scholastic Art Awards, making this the best showing at Scholastics in recent years at UA. The students submitted a sampling of their work completed in visual arts courses during the last calendar year. Their pieces were entered in categories that included sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography. The students were recognized with an honorable mention (works demonstrating artistic potential), Silver Key (works worthy of recognition on the regional level), or Gold Key (the highest level of achievement on the regional level; Gold Key works are forwarded to New York City for national adjudication.) Students who received all of these distinctions were invited to show their work at the Scholastics Gallery at 100 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington, Ky. The show will run from Feb. 3 through Feb. 17, and students in the show will

be honored at an awards ceremony Feb. 10 at the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau. The art portfolio winner is Christina Tefend of Loveland. The Gold Key Award winners are: Emily Hellmann of Loveland, Julia Proctor of Loveland, Allison Ventura of West Chester Township (two awards), and Renee Prows of Sycamore Township. The Silver Award winners are: Erica Casanta of Mason, Emily Graumlich of Terrace Park, Lydia Holding of West Chester Township, Rebecca Mefford of Amelia, Tatiana Tomley of Anderson Township, Nicole Volpenhein of Fairfield (two awards), Emily Hellmann of Loveland, Madeleine Kissinger of Mount Lookout, Allison Manares of Liberty Township, Angie Pan of Evendale, Jenny Whang of Sycamore Township, Allison Hogan of Montgomery, Sanjana Iyer of Mason (two awards), Diana Tamborski of Loveland and Sarah Robinson of Loveland. The honorable mention win-

Ursuline Academy Scholastic Art Award winners, from left: Christina Tefend (Loveland), Emily Hellmann (Loveland), Julia Proctor (Loveland), Allison Ventura (West Chester Township) and Renee Prows (Sycamore Township). THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG ners are: Anna Kerr of Colerain Township (three awards), Zenab Saeed of Indian Hill, Hannah Sagel of Loveland, Helen Ladrick of Anderson Township (two awards), Allison Vonderhaar of Sharonville, Maria Gittings of Mason, Amelia Kissinger of

Mount Lookout, Katharine Rolfes of Loveland, Julie Ruehl of Springfield Township, Rachel Treinen of Loveland (two awards), Emily Graumlich of Terrace Park, Grace Rohs of Evendale, Katherine Finke of Hyde Park, Ali Hackman of Sycamore

Township, Jackie Homan of Kenwood, Loretta Malloy of Glendale, Emma Mullins of Batavia, Blaire Teaford of Liberty Township, Stephanie Beck of Mason, Rachel Dornoff of Sharonville, Mary Ann Gottschlich of Evendale, Lizzy Hellmann of Montgomery, Caroline Littlejohn of Mount Lookout, Kelly Marquardt of Milford and Molly Paz of Felicity. "The Scholastic Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923; noteworthy past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. The awards offer students the opportunity to be recognized for their talents and creative work. This year Ursuline celebrates the largest number of student winners in the regional competition. We are very proud of their accomplishments and inspiring creative work," said Fine Arts Department coordinator Patrice Trauth. The other teachers in this department are Jeanine Boutiere, Amy Burton and Helen Rindsberg.

St. Michael robots advance By Kelly McBride

Fifth-grader Emma Mullen shows her present, newborn onesies, which will be donated to Birthright. St. Nicholas Academy students played games to see what their classmates had brought to the baby shower for Jesus. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

SHARONVILLE — A team of eight students at St. Michael School has advanced to the regional competition of the Junior First Lego League. The team of fifth-graders outscored teams with older students, earning a place at the Jan. 21 regional event at iSpace in Sharonville. Led by parent Jane Rotsching, the St. Michael crew came in fifth of 22 teams of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Lakota in December. They won the trophy for best mechanical design of a Robot, described as a "simple and yet fully functional." The competition issues a challenge requiring teams to build and program a robot to perform specific tasks, using STEM principles of science, technology education and math. This year's challenge was titled Food Factor. Teams had to follow the jour-

St. Michael team members, from left: front row, Brian Longo, Adam Strotman, Logan Goeppinger and Aaron Mullen; back row, Patrick Rotsching, Kyle Lindeman, Megan Kowal and Matthew Proctor. PROVIDED

ney of food, from ground to table, and examine where and how it could become spoiled or contaminated. Then, members had to find a solution, and explain it. The St. Michael team did that through a skit. "At first, we couldn't remember our lines, but once we practiced, we got it down," Patrick Rotsching said.

The project itself was a lesson in teamwork, as well. "Sometimes we argued, but we worked it out," Matthew Proctor said. "We would take a vote," said Aaron Mullen, whose father, Dan, helped coach the team. Adam Strotman said the team was excited to advance in the competition: "We felt proud.”

Event slam dunk for charity By Forrest Sellers

Fifth-grader Micah Blue holds up a diaper cake, one of the creative presents made by fellow student Emma Falci. The cake is made up of newborn diapers. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Sixth-grader Logan Rapp received baby bottles and pacifiers, which will be donated to Birthright. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Baby shower for Jesus Fifth- and sixth-grade classes hosted a baby shower for Jesus during Advent. Students "showered" gifts to Birthright. Fifth- and sixth-graders, encouraged by their teachers to use their own money, purchased and creatively wrapped newborn gifts of toys, diapers, clothing

and feeding equipment. The teachers arranged games and refreshments just like a regular baby shower. Each student unwrapped a gift they were given. Students learned the true spirit of giving: bringing presents to babies and their mothers who need it without expecting anything in return, in Jesus' name.


» Domenic DiFrancesco of Madeira has received a Dean's Award from Xavier University. He will graduate from Cincinnati Country Day School in 2012, where he is

active in music and athletics. He hasn’t chosen a major at Xavier. All incoming freshmen are evaluated for Xavier’s Trustee and Presidential Scholarships and the Dean’s and Schawe Awards and award levels vary.

Students at Indian Hill High School once again have raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Slam Dunk for LLS fundraisers preceded the varsity basketball games Jan. 25 and Jan. 27, at the high school. As in previous years. the event included a silent auction featuring a variety of items, including gift cards and baskets. Last year’s event raised $6,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “It really brings the community together to support something that is meaningful,” said senior Melissa Aydogan, who serves on the Slam Dunk for LLS Committee. “It’s for a good cause.” Senior Emma Goold, who is one of the organizers of the event, said other activities were planned, including the sale of flower grams during lunch hour at the high school. Goold said the Kenwood Tap House Grill, 8740 Montgomery Road, hosted a benefit in con-

Indian Hill High School Slam Dunk for LLS Committee members Melissa Aydogan, left, Saahil Desai, Emma Goold, Kates Sewell and Alex Boster are preparing several events to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society the week of Jan. 23. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

junction with the Slam Dunk Jan. 23, with 10 percent of the profits raised at the restaurant that day going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Since the event was started by graduate Danny Strunk in 2009, other schools have conducted similar Slam Dunk events, said senior Saahil Desai, who is also helping organize the event. Other participating Tristate schools include Mariemont, Wyoming and Cincinnati Coun-

try Day School. Desai said he and other committee members recently had lunch with Strunk, whose leukemia has been in remission for several years. “He really wants us to make this a tradition,” Desai said. “All the kids love it,” said junior Kates Sewell, who serves on the committee. “The students have responded well to it.” For information, call 2724618.





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Mustangs break behind Benintendi By Scott Springer

Madeira senior Anne Gulick, No. 20, is sandwiched between Indian Hill's Sarah Arington, No. 21, and Jessica Marsh, No. 3, at their game Jan. 25. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

AMAZONS FALL TO LEAGUE LEADER The Madeira Amazons lost to league-leading Indian Hill on the road Jan. 25, 5436. The loss dropped Madeira two games behind the Lady Braves. Senior Emily Luther led the Amazons with 15 points. Alyssa Frye had eight rebounds while Olivia Benintendi pulled down seven. The two squads meet again Feb. 8 at Madeira.

Madeira senior forward Alyssa Frye awaits the ball during pre-game warmups at Indian Hill Jan. 25. SCOTT

MADEIRA — A 1-3 start is not the most desirable way to begin a basketball season. However, when you run off a string of wins from there, you philosophize that it wasn’t all bad. That’s the case of the Madeira Mustangs, who find themselves in a battle for Cincinnati Hills League supremacy with Indian Hill and Finneytown. “We’re really in a good stretch,” long-time coach Jim Reynolds said. The Mustangs have rallied behind familiar names who have dominated Madeira High School sports headlines for the last few years. Arguably, the most recognizable is junior Andrew Benintendi, who’s already a verbal commit for baseball to the University of Arkansas. The junior guard has dominated the CHL scoring lead (23 per game at last check) while standing all of 5-10 on a good posture day. The secret is approaching each contest with the intensity of someone playing their final game. “He thrives at the pressure,” Reynolds said. “He embraces taking on responsibility. At times, he takes on too much, placing the entire team on his shoulders.” Some added bulk and speed have increased Benintendi’s scoring opportunities this season. “One of the things that has helped him significantly is he’s really improved at his defense,” Reynolds said. “He’s able to get easy baskets because of stepping in passing lanes, getting steals, going coast-to-coast. He’s better at anticipating when a teammate may get a rebound and leaking out a bit early.” After two years of varsity competition in baseball and basketball, Benintendi’s become very savvy. With increased knowledge has come a better shooting. “His first two years, he really had to

make difficult shots all the time,” Reynolds said. “Now, he gets some easy baskets and gets to the line” The Mustangs latest starting lineup features juniors Benintendi, John Michael Wyrick and Collin Buckner with seniors Kevin Costello and Isaac Rupe. Buckner stands 6-3 and change, but the bulk of the rebounding falls on the shoulders of the shorter Costello and Rupe. Neither are traditional post players, but both are strong competitors. “Our swing guys play larger than they are,” Reynolds said. “Isaac (Rupe) is 6-2 and Kevin (Costello) is 6 foot and leads our team in rebounds.” Picking up the scoring behind Benintendi for the Mustangs is John Michael Wyrick. Just as he is on Madeira’s soccer team, Wyrick has a knack for drilling and dishing. “He’s probably as close a thing as we have as a point guard,” Reynolds said. “Different guys handle the ball at different times. He leads our team in assists.” Themostimpressivefactoftheseason for the Mustangs is their success without junior Brad Almquist, who started along Benintendi and Wyrick as a sophomore. An ACL tear will keep last season’s second-leading scorer out for the remainder of the season, as well as the upcoming baseball season. “I think he’ll be back in the summer,” Reynolds said. Almquist could have likely given Madeira the added dimension they would need to overtake some of the teams they’ve lost to thus far. “He was really a nice penetrator,” Reynolds said. “He would obviously give us scoring. You could really see his game blossoming where he could score off the bounce as well.” Despite the Almquist absence, the Mustangs are as tough as anyone in their league and are preparing for a stretch that features a Feb. 3 game with Finneytown and one more contest with Indian Hill on the road Feb. 17.


Madeira Amazons leading scorer Emily Luther shoots a free throw at Indian Hill Jan. 25. In the background is sophomore Olivia Benintendi. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Nicole Bell, No. 12 of Indian Hill, fires in a free throw for the Lady Braves against Madeira Jan. 25. Bell is the CHL's leading scorer in girls basketball. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

CHL scoring leader Andrew Benintendi, left, takes in his sister Olivia's game with the Madeira Amazons Jan. 25 at Indian Hill. Next to Benintendi is Johnny Wood, center, and Sam Frayer right. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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» Moeller defeated Chaminade-Julienne and Purcell Marian Jan. 20 in a tri-match. Daniel Oehler had the high series, 502.

Boys basketball

» Madeira got by Greenview Jan. 21, 62-58. Junior Andrew Benintendi led all scorers with 34 points. On Jan. 24, Benintendi hit for 27 as the Mustangs won at Read-

ing 70-61. The Mustangs kept it rolling on Jan. 27 with a 75-64 win over Mariemont. Benintendi led with 23. » Moeller beat Dayton Carroll 58-51 Jan. 24. Junior Josh Davenport was the leading scorer with 17. Moeller beat Elder 61-40 on Jan. 27. Davenport again topped the scoring with 12 points. » Indian Hill tamed Taylor 59-33 on Jan. 24. Senior Teddy Kremcheck led the Braves with 14 points. Indian Hill whipped Wyo-

ming on Jan. 27, 56-25. Senior Austin Trout had 15 points. » Deer Park whipped Wyoming 48-31 Jan. 24. Senior Brandon Reeves led the Wildcats with 13 points.

Girls basketball

» Madeira whipped Mariemont 40-16 on Jan. 21. Emily Luther led the Amazons with 14 points. » Indian Hill beat Wyoming Jan. 21, 45-31. Sara Arington led the Lady Braves with 16 points. On Jan. 23, the Lady Braves ripped Taylor 80-37. Senior Ni-

cole Bell tickled the twine for 39. The Lady Braves also won decisively Jan. 25 over Madeira, 54-36.


» On Jan. 21, Moeller beat Richmond (Michigan) 48-6 and lost to Detroit Catholic Central 34-19. Junior Wyatt Wilson had a pin for the Crusaders against Richmond at 160 pounds. Moeller dominated St. Xavier 55-3 Jan. 27. Pines were recorded by Conner Ziegler (106), Dean Meyer (145) and Chalmer Fruehauf (220).


» Moeller defeated Olentangy 3-0 on Jan. 21. On Jan. 22, the Crusaders whipped Columbus DeSales 8-1 as Alex Little recorded the hat trick. The Crusaders battled Liberty to a 3-3 overtime tie on Jan. 27.

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mentors who make time each week to guide, encourage and befriend the foster children in the program. But in order to continue its success, HEMI needs your help. As HEMI enters its third year, the program is looking for additional volunteers willing to devote a couple hours each week to mentor a foster child. Most of us cannot imagine the obstacles foster children face. Access to housing, employment and basic life skills are always challenging for foster children as they leave the foster care system. Most are forced to be self-sufficient at an extremely young age. In 2009, Commissioner Greg Hartmann assembled a partner-

CH@TROOM Jan. 25 questions Would you support government-subsidized public housing in your neighborhood or community? Why or why not?

"An emphatic no to your question! My grandfather and father did not work in the private investing and real estate markets for 80 years so that our families could be subjected to the possibility of public housing in Indian Hill. “Typically, public housing is highly subsidized, another strain on public taxes. With our supposedly 'top notch' public school system and the money to maintain our current police and fire departments, without having to share them with adjacent communities, we already subsidize enough. “Also, public housing has been shown to bring in families with only one parent, children who are often transient between multiple house holds, low level street drugs, high incidents of alcoholism of increases in crime. With no sense of real ownership and typically a low motivational work ethic the properties often fall into disrepair and become an eye sore in the community. “Indian Hill should never be considered a destination for any form of subsidized housing. Their are enough surrounding communities such as Kenwood, Madeira or Mariemont that have sufficient access to public transportation, and the types of demographics that could absorb public housing without having the Village of Indian Hill exposed to a subsidized program that would cause a significant decline in the reputation and quality of life for its residents!” I.P. “I wouldn't support government subsidized housing in any neighborhood. There is a Section 8 house across the street from my daughter's house and it is a poorly maintained disaster zone. There have been three or four different "families" living there in the last three years, none of them have contributed a single thing to the betterment of the neighborhood. The grass is rarely cut and the house is in constant disrepair. This is just another federal entitlement run amok.” R.W.J. “Absolutely not. From what I've seen, government run housing is a disaster, not only for the community, but for

NEXT QUESTION Should the Ohio General Assembly revoke the law that allows public employees to retire and then be rehired in their former job, a controversial practice known as “double-dipping”? Every week The Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

those living there.”


“When we speak of ‘government-subsidized housing’ just what do we mean? First of all, government is ‘we the people.’ Assuming we the people have decided to provide housing for certain qualified persons, just what does that mean? Are we going to build or otherwise provide apartments buildings and/ or houses? How many? Will the residents be taxpayers who will support our school system or will they be indigent and a burden on the schools? Will this housing mean the residents will always be indigent people and a perpetual a burden on our neighborhood? “I chose to live in my neighborhood based upon several factors the community had to offer. To create a significant type of housing foreign to the community I chose will change it to the point I may no longer want to live here. I paid my way for 41 years and am now on a fixed pension. I cannot afford to pay someone else's share on top of my own.” R.V. “No. Because it is human nature that when you get something for nothing, or next to nothing, you don't take care of it.” L.A.D. “I ain’t touching that with a 10-foot pole.” D.D. “We already have government-subsidized housing in our neighborhood, and frankly, I don't think it's a good idea. It does not teach the occupants to be self-reliant. I wish there was a better way, perhaps a requirement that the people who live in those houses should do something in return, unless they are truly unable.” Bill B.



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Mentors sought for foster children

Since the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative began in 2009,100 percent of the foster children paired with a mentor have graduated high school. Most are successfully attending college. Considering that nationally less than 60 percent of foster Moira Weir comCOMMUNITY PRESS children plete high school GUEST COLUMNIST and only 3 percent earn college degrees, the success of HEMI to date is nothing short of amazing. The success can be attributed directly to the most important part of HEMI: the 37


ship between Hamilton County, Job and Family Services, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State and Great Oaks to address this need and HEMI was formed. Each year, HEMI couples mentors with juniors or seniors in high school about to “age-out” of the foster care system. Many foster children have never had a serious conversation about higher education. The mentor’s goal is to expose the foster child to the possibility of higher education and actively encourage the student through each step. Mentors commit to at least two hours of personal interaction each week with their student. Once a month, they attend a HEMI social activity. They are also expected to

be available via telephone, email, texting, etc. The most effective mentors are able to engage in a relationship based on trust and understanding. Becoming a mentor is a longterm commitment, but by helping a student achieve his or her educational goals, you can make an unimaginable difference. For more information, please call Program Coordinator Annie Schellinger at 513-556-4368 or email Moira Weir was appointed director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services after a career with the agency that started in 1993 as a social worker in Children's Services. She is a Hyde Park resident.

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We should be praising Indian Hill schools I’ve been reading with mild irritation these past several months articles from a few angry men complaining about Indian Hill’s school board, Indian Hill’s taxes, and now, drum roll please, the lack of a democratic system in the Indian Hill school district. I admit, I’m far from an expert on the subject of the school board, taxes, and the democratic process. However, I am a long-time resiVicky Bigelow dent of Indian COMMUNITY PRESS Hill, I am a graduate of Indian GUEST COLUMNIST Hill High School, and I am a mother of three former and current students of Indian Hill schools. Oh, and one other thing: I am a voter in each and every national, state and local election. In fact, I know for certain that I voted for members of the Indian Hill school board. Isn’t that democracy? How can anyone argue otherwise? I happen to think that living in a community with such a well-respected school district as Indian

Hill is something to be proud of. After all, our children attend a school district that was awarded an Excellent with Distinction rating, and Newsweek recently ranked the school as one of the top 100 in the nation. Who could complain about that? I take issue with James Baker’s comment that “today’s candidates may be able to argue a case in court, or birth a baby; but they would die on the side of the road before they could change a tire.” First of all, I don’t understand the comparison, and secondly, who cares? Our elected school board members are, in my opinion, and apparently in the opinion of many voters in Indian Hill, doing a wonderful job. (If I’m not mistaken, the words ‘elected’ and ‘voter’ suggest a democratic process). We should be thanking the members or our school board instead of ridiculing them. So maybe they can’t change a tire, but they can certainly run an Excellent with Distinction school district. My other irritation with Mr. Baker’s article is his bringing up the possibility that these officials could be “sued collectively and in-

dividually for illegal acts while in office,” and asks the readers to refer to some lawsuit website in California. He then goes on to say he’s no lawyer and all this is just conjecture. What??? I’m still trying to understand his latest article in which he goes from criticizing the Indian Hill school board, to the European economic crisis of 2012. Didn’t 2012 just begin? And what does that have to do with Indian Hill? I’m so confused. As I said, I’m no expert, so maybe I should just stick with birthing babies. My point is that we live in a beautiful community that is so fortunate to have an outstanding school district, and is run by a highly qualified and dedicated school board. We should be praising them, not bringing up the possibility of suing them. I hope in the future I can look forward to reading my latest edition of the Indian Hill Journal free of dissatisfaction and ‘conjecture,’ and instead full of the good things that are happening in Indian Hill. Vicky Bigelow is an Indian Hill resident.

Teaching founding documents With jobs and the economy dominatingtheconversation,itcan be easy to overlook other issues of importance. However, it is nosecretthatthe state of Ohio’s education systemisofconcern tomany.Ohioans and legislators especially, would be remiss Ron Maag if we did not apCOMMUNITY PRESS proach the issue GUEST COLUMNIST of improving the quality of education in Ohio with the same voracity that we apply to the economy and job creation. The quality of educationourchildrenreceiveisdirectly connected to the quality of jobs available to citizens in the state of Ohio. In order to ensure that the future of the state remains prosperous, education must be a priority. It is important to focus on the quality of education across the state. This is why Senate Bill 165 is such an important piece of legislation. S.B. 165 proposes a comprehensive revision to the current so-

cial studies curriculum statewide, affecting students in grades four through12. Specifically, S.B. 165 requires the state Board of Education to incorporate academic content regarding the original texts of our founding documents into statewide social studies standards. These documents include the Declaration of Independence, Northwest Ordinance, U.S. Constitution and Ohio Constitution. This legislation works to make certain that these important texts are being presented in classrooms from elementary school through high school, and that they are being taught in a consistent manner around the state. S.B. 165 also promotes the addition of a history and government end-of-course examination. The exam would be a component of the college and work-ready assessments that are being developed to replace the Ohio Graduation Test, which is required for a high school diploma. Having a clear understanding of founding documents in context and in relationship to modern-daypoliticswillequipOhiostu-

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dents to be more competitive in institutions of higher learning. This legislation will motivate students to a higher standard of learning without placing any additional logistical burden on Ohio educators. S.B. 165 specifies that a valid educator license in social studies is sufficient to teach the additional American history and American government content required by the bill. Providing a complete overview of these founding documents while emphasizing the original context of the documents will prepare students to participate in the civic arena more thoughtfully and intelligently. This will cause democracy to be a vibrant and thriving institution both in Ohio and in the United States for generations to come. The prospects for a stable economy rest on the foundation of welleducated citizens, and Ohio is preparing to lead the way. State Rep. Maag may be reached by calling (614) 644-6023, e-mailing, or writing to State Rep. Ron Maag, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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






The Madeira Branch Library hosted a Harry Potter Release Party in July. From left Tory Grafe, Debbie Hull, Edith Elmore, Cindy Hardt, and Mary Gehrich. THANKS TO EMILY BAUTE Olivia Tice attended the "American Girl Tea Party" last summer at the Madeira Branch Library, which saw a 15 percent increase in the number of people attending its programs last year. THANKS TO EMILY BAUTE

Kids decorated Team Read pennants and enjoyed snacks courtesy of Costco Wholesale at the kickoff of Summer Reading 2011. Paige Davies works on her pennant at the Deer Park Library kickoff party. PROVIDED

Public Library use reached an all-time high in 2011

By any measure, 2011 was “one for the books” at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. In 2011, customers checked out more Library materials from the Deer Park Branch Library and attended more Madeira Branch Library programs than they did in 2010. Circulation increased by more than 17,000 items at the Deer Park Branch Library, and program attendance jumped nearly

15 percent at the Madeira Branch Library. Together, these Library locations accommodated approximately 400,000 customer visits last year. Overall, Library customers borrowed more than 17.6 million items from the Library in 2011, putting total circulation for the year nearly 8 percent ahead of 2010. E-books, e-audiobooks, and other downloadable materials exploded in popularity, with use increasing 518 percent from 2010.

The Library added 3,000 new programs to its 2011 line-up, which attracted 105,000 more attendants than the previous year. When 2011 ended, the Library “closed the books” with more than 425,000 active Library Cards, 1.6 million customer computer sessions, and 8 million total visits, a 1.6 million increase from 2010. For more information about your Public Library, visit

Grisham, Larsson books among most popular These were the most popular books at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County during 2011:


» "The Confession” by John Grisham » "Tick Tock” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge » “Toys” by James Patterson and Neil McMahon » “The Sixth Man” by David Baldacci » “10th Anniversary” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro » “I'll Walk Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark » “One Summer” by David Baldacci » “Hell's Corner” by David Baldacci » “Chasing Fire” by Nora Roberts » “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett


» "Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence–and Formed a Deep Bond in the Brocess” by Irene M. Pepperberg » “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff » "Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black” by Gregory Howard Williams » “The Walking Dead” » “Guinness Book of Records” » “Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace--One School at a Time” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin » “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's

Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent » “Cracking the GED” » “Bossypants” by Tina Fey » "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Audiobooks on CD

» “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson » “Wicked Appetite” by Janet Evanovich » “Sizzling Sixteen” by Janet Evanovich » “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett » “Finger Lickin' Fifteen” by Janet Evanovich » “Smokin' Seventeen” by Janet Evanovich » “The Confession” by John Grisham » “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest” by Stieg Larsson » “Devil's Food Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke » “Port Mortuary” by Patricia Cornwell

Large Print Books

» “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson » “The Help” by Kathyrn Stockett » “The Grl Who Played with Fire” by Stieg Larsson » “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest” by Stieg Larsson » “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks » “The Shadow of Your Smile” by Mary Higgins Clark

YOUR TURN What was the best book or video you checked out from the library in 2011? How often do you use the library, and which library do you use? E-mail your resposnes to, or go to, keyword “toptitles” » “The Confession” by John Grisham » “Tough Customer” by Sandra Brown » “The Postcard Killers” by James Patterson and Liza Marklund » “Toys” by James Patterson and Neil McMahon

Music on CD

» “21” by Adele » “The Beginning” by The Black Eyed Peas » “Speak Now” by Taylor Swift » “The E.N.D.” by The Black Eyed Peas » “Sigh No More” by Mumford & Sons » “Recovery” by Eminem » “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry » “Doo-wops & hooligans” by Bruno Mars » “Jazz with O.T.” » “The Fame Monster” by Lady Gaga

DVD feature films » “Inception”

» “Despicable Me” » “Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter” » “Salt” » “The Other Guys” » “Megamind” » “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I” » “Tangled” » “Little Fockers” » “Tron: Legacy”

Juvenile fiction

» “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” by Jeff Kinney » “Rodrick Rules” by Jeff Kinney » “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal” by Jeff Kinney » “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth” by Jeff Kinney » “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw” by Jeff Kinney » "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J.K. Rowling » “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”» by J.K. Rowling » “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by J.K. Rowling » “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling » “Holes” by Louis Sachar

Juvenile nonfiction

» “The Legend of Zelda” by Akira Himekawa » “Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure!” by Ihara Shigekatsu » “Beet, the Vandel Buster” by Riku

FEB 10-12 & 18


Sanjo » “Magical Pokémon Journey” » “Whistle!” by Daisuke Higuchi » “National Geographic Kids Almanac” » “Lunch Lady” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka » “Amulet” by Kazu Kibuishi » “Hannah Montana” by Julie Taylor » “Lego Star Wars:” The Visual Dictionary by Simon Beecroft

Teen fiction

» “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins » “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins » “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher » “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak » “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins » “The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan » “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan » “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer » “The Adoration of Jenna Fox” by Mary E. Pearson » “Paper Towns” by John Green

Teen nonfiction

» “Naruto” by Masashi Kishimoto » “Fullmetal Alchemist” by Hiromu Arakawa » “Bleach” by Tite Kubo » “InuYasha” » “Fruits Basket” by Natsuki Takaya » “Ouran High School Host Club” by Bisco Hatori » “Yu-Gi-Oh!:” Duelist by Kazuki Takahashi » “Kitchen Princess” by Natsumi Ando » “Tsubasa” » “Hikaru no go” by Yumi Hotta





Free. 895-1383; Montgomery.

Literary - Libraries


Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 2-3 p.m., Blue Ash Branch Library, 4911 Cooper Road, Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6051; Blue Ash.

Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 1-3 p.m., Mayerson JCC, “The Debt.” Festival pass: $75. Single films: $10, $8 members. 722-7226; filmfestival. Amberley Village.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day Be Our Valentine, 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, Luncheon and educational program. Diane Shields, local historian and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presenter, provides history of St. Valentine, Cupid and how chocolates came to be associated with Valentine’s Day. Jane Cervantes, Graeter’s chocolatier, explains company’s chocolate-making process. Guests create and take home individual box of chocolates. Free. Reservations required. 223-3921; Madisonville.

On Stage - Comedy Louis Katz, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, 7131 Plainfield Road, Learn about newest Montessori preschool and kindergarten. Tour facility and meet teachers. See how children get exposure to wide range of materials and activities in science, geography, math, language, art, music and practical life. Free. Reservations required. Through Feb. 17. 697-9021; Deer Park.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 800-0164. Montgomery.

FRIDAY, FEB. 3 Dining Events St. Vincent Ferrer PTO Spaghetti Dinner, 5-8 p.m., St. Vincent Ferrer School, 7754 Montgomery Road, Dinner includes choice of pasta and sauce, salad, dessert, bread and non-alcoholic drink. Features homemade sauce competition. Panel of judges includes parish pastor, school principal, chef from Ferrari’s in Maderia and Bill Cunningham from 700 WLW. Basket raffles and Stuffed Meatball Raffle. Music by Ben Lapps. Dinner: $7.50, $6 children; $25 for family of four. Presented by St. Vincent Ferrer PTO. 791-6320. Sycamore Township.

Music - Acoustic Acoustik Buca, 7:30-10 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933. Montgomery.

Music - Benefits An Enchanted Evening with Tim Janis, 7:30-10:30 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Nationally known recording artist and his group, along with selections by the Good Shepherd choir. Wine and cheese reception follows. Benefits Good Shepherd Honduras Project. $35. Advance tickets required. 489-8815. Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Louis Katz, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, Free. Reservations required. 697-9021; Deer Park.

Cafe Chabad is back at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash, with an evening of first class comedy by Marty Pollio, and a delicious menu featuring sushi, soup and salad. Advanced reservations are recommended. The fee for the evening, including food and entertainment is $18 per person paid by Jan. 29, $23 per person after, $118 sponsor. For adults only. Reservations and more information at or 793-5200. From left: Hagit Caspi and Dr. Ethan Katz with friends On Stage - Comedy Jared Dinkes and Dr. Ilana Ressler enjoying the Cafe Chabad comedy night last February. Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN

Comedy Night. Includes menu featuring sushi, soup and salad bar. With Marty Pollio, physical comedian. Dinner and entertainment. Adults only. Reservations required, available online. 793-5200; Blue Ash.

Education The Best of Transracial Adoption: The Long-Term and Inclusive Vision, 10 a.m.-noon, Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Rhonda M. Roorda, author, speaker, and transracial adoptee, speaks on the many layers of transracial adoption impacting children and families. Adults only. Child care available with advance notice. $25 couple, $15 single. Reservations required. Presented by Celebrate Adoption. 477-0999; Amberley Village.

Films Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 8-10 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Award-winning international films. “Salsa Tel Aviv” and “Seltzer Works” (short). Opening night: $26 admission or festival pass. Festival pass: $75. Single films: $10, $8 members. 722-7226; Amberley Village.

Literary - Libraries Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Blue Ash Branch Library, Free. 369-6051; Blue Ash.

Music - Acoustic Them Bones, 7:30-10 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Free. 2479933; Montgomery.

Music - Benefits Cincinnati Brass Band, 7 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road, Auditorium. Winter Concert. Theme: “Cincinnati’s got Talent.” Performances by McGing Irish Dancers, Cincinnati Circus Company, Lakota Chorale Choir, Nancy James, Cincinnati Children’s Lyric Choir, Michael Chertock, keyboardist, and others. Free refreshments. Benefits Freestore Foodbank. Family friendly. $12, $8 seniors and students. Presented by Cincinnati Brass Band. 729-1950; Deer Park.

On Stage - Comedy


Louis Katz, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Art & Craft Classes

Religious - Community

Look, See, Do: Cincinnati Art Museum Workshop, 10-11 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Grades 3-6 learn about artistic expression of self by viewing self-portraits and learning what hidden things they may be saying about the artist. $5. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Art Museum. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Winter Day of Quiet, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Provides time and space to immerse yourself in quiet reflection and prayer to refocus on personal goals and to reconnect with what brings you joy in your life. $25-$45. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Dining Events Cafe Chabad, 8:30 p.m., Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road,

Runs/Walks Go Red For Women Mall Walk, 9 a.m., Kenwood Towne Centre, 7875 Montgomery Road, Men, women and children walk mall in support of heart health. Sign

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to 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 and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. in outside of Macy’s. Wear something red and receive gift from American Heart Association. Heart survivor casting call to be featured in Go Red For Women marketing materials 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Email for more information. Presented by American Heart Association. 8428871. Kenwood.

SUNDAY, FEB. 5 Art & Craft Classes Celebrate the Birthday of the Trees with PJ Library, 10 a.m.-noon, Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Shake off winter blues and start thinking of spring. Crafts, snacks, story time and games. Tu B’shevat is Jewish festival that celebrates trees and all the fruit, shade and good things they give our world. For Ages 6 months-6 years. Free. Reservations recommended. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Art Openings Art at Twin Lakes by Queen City Art Club, 2-4 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Opening reception is free and refreshments will be served. Exhibit continues through March 3. Free. Presented by Queen City Art Club. 895-1383; Montgomery.

Holiday - Black History Month Sweet, Sweet Spirit, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Anthony Church Madisonville, 6104 Desmond St., Singing, dancing and drumming. Free, donations accepted. Presented by St. Anthony Church. 271-0920. Madisonville.

Art at Twin Lakes by Queen City Art Club, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, Free. 895-1383; Montgomery.

Education A History of Cincinnati Parks: Past, Present and Future, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Weekly through March 13., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Lesson describes the story of the creation of the park system and efforts to conserve city’s natural resources for future generations. Family friendly. $20. Registration recommended. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 247-1330; livingIsLearning.htm. Montgomery.

Films Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, “Melting Away.” Festival pass: $75. Single films: $10, $8 members. 722-7226; Amberley Village.

Health / Wellness Meditation for Everyone, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN - Optimal Mind, 9380 Main St., Suite 4, Meditation instruction and ongoing practice support provided by Dr. Lawrence Edwards. Benefits Anam Cara Foundation. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Anam Cara Foundation. 439-9668; Montgomery.



Dressed for Excess: Costume in Art in the Taft Museum of Art, 7-8 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Nancy Huth, curator of education, discusses the garments worn by the figures in some of the Museum’s paintings from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by Taft Museum of Art. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Art Exhibits


Art at Twin Lakes by Queen City Art Club, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Opening reception is free and refreshments will be served. Free. Presented by Queen City Art Club. Through March 2. 8951383; Montgomery.

Y WEEK Open House, 5-7 p.m., Duck Creek YMCA, 5040 Kingsley Drive, Circus night. Stilt walkers, balloon animals, drawings, popcorn and more. Free. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 246-3250; Duck Creek.

On Stage - Comedy Louis Katz, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Films Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, “Blood Relation” and “Tasnim” (short). Festival pass: $75. Single films: $10, $8 members. 7227226; Amberley Village.

TUESDAY, FEB. 7 Art Exhibits

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, Free. Reservations required. 697-9021; Deer Park.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8 Art Exhibits Art at Twin Lakes by Queen City Art Club, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery,

Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, Free. Reservations required. 697-9021; Deer Park.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9 Art Exhibits Art at Twin Lakes by Queen City Art Club, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, Free. 895-1383; Montgomery.

Films Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, “La Rafle.” Festival pass: $75. Single films: $10, $8 members. 7227226; Amberley Village.

Lectures Life Before, During and After the Holocaust, 11 a.m.-noon, Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Weekly through Feb. 23. Discuss life before, during and after the Holocaust. Jewish refugee from Germany speaks about his experiences growing up in Nazi Germany, concentration camp survivor speaks about his experiences during the Holocaust and a member of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education presents on – Lives After – the challenges and triumphs of the survivors of the Holocaust who rebuilt their lives in Cincinnati. Family friendly. $15. Reservations recommended. Presented by The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. 2471330. Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Chris Porter, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $10, $5 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Special engagement; no coupons or passes accepted. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, Free. Reservations required. 697-9021; Deer Park.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery.

FRIDAY, FEB. 10 Art Exhibits Art at Twin Lakes by Queen City Art Club, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, Free. 895-1383; Montgomery.

Benefits A Russian Winter’s Night, 6-11 p.m., Peterloon Estate, 8605 Hopewell Road, Gourmet Russian dinner, music by St. Nicholas Balalaika Orchestra, vodka tasting and live auction. Benefits campaign to build new church and Russian American Cultural Center in Loveland.

$1,000 table, $300 couple, $200 single. Registration required. Presented by St. George Russian Orthodox Church. 831-0737; Indian Hill.

Music - Jazz April Aloisio, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dilly Cafe, 6818 Wooster Pike, 561-5233. Mariemont.

On Stage - Comedy Chris Porter, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $16. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, Free. Reservations required. 697-9021; Deer Park.

SATURDAY, FEB. 11 Art & Craft Classes Caffeine and Crafts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Caffeine Dreams, 123 Railroad Ave., Bring your current project and work on it while drinking coffee and socializing. Free. 289-9713. Loveland.

Dining Events Spaghetti Dinner, 5-7 p.m., Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Fellowship Hall. Spaghetti and meatballs with homemade sauce, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. $8, $3 children. 791-7631. Deer Park.

Education Writing Across the Enneagram: A Spiritual Workshop & Retreat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Enneagram: system of understanding personality and relationships. Join Enneagram teacher Leslie Hershberger and creative writing teacher Pauletta Hansel pair Enneagram exploration and creative writing for greater self awareness. $75. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Films Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 8-10 p.m., Mayerson JCC, "Naomi." Festival pass: $75. Single films: $10, $8 members. 722-7226; filmfestival. Amberley Village.

Music - R&B Metro City All Stars, 7:30-10 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Free. 247-9933; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Chris Porter, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $16. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Tween Scene, 7-11 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Planned by and for tweens. Evening of food and activities in pool, gym and game room. Grades 6-8. $27, $20 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village. Hang at the J, 7-11 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Games, swimming, crafts, movie, special activities and child-friendly dinner. Bring swimsuit and towel. Grades K-5. $27, $20 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village. Y WEEK Open House, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive, Cycle-A-Thon. Free. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 791-5000; Blue Ash.

Seminars 2nd Saturday Divorce Workshop for Women, 8:30-11 a.m., Merrill Lynch, 5151 Pfeiffer Road, Suite 100, Workshop provides information and resources for women at all stages of divorce – before, during and after. Presented by attorneys, financial professionals and family therapists. Presenters include: Karen Levy; Beth Silverman; Sherri Slovin; Mary Ellen Malas; Kyra Raimey; Erinn McKee Hannigan; Marie Hill; Susan Steinberg; Fran Hendrick. Free. Presented by 2nd Saturday Cincinnati. 8331518. Blue Ash.



Addictive pound cake, plus a fudge update

I don’t know who Sarah is, only that she shared this recipe years ago. I cut it out of Gourmet magazine. It’s not a fancy cake and uses basic pantry ingredients, is less expensive than traditional pound cake with butter. The oil lends a tender texture and moistness, as well. I’ve adapted the


Lehr’s peanut butter fudge: Fred Humphries, the fellow who used to make this from a commercial mix, tracked the availability of this sweet treat that Sally Kramer wanted. After much sleuthing, Fred found the fudge (already made) at Bass Pro Shops, Sweet Dreams at Newport on the Levee and J.E. Gibbs at Findlay Market. Thanks, Fred!

Can you help?

2 cups sugar 1 cup oil, canola or corn 1 tablespoon vanilla 5 large eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350. Beat sugar, oil and vanilla until combined well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat until thick and lemon colored. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together and add this alternately with the milk, mixing until combined after each addition. Pour into well sprayed or buttered and floured 10-inch

tube pan. Bake 1 hour or a bit longer, until toothpick inserted in halfway comes out clean. Let cook in pan on rack for 10 minutes, take a knife and loosen edges of cake around the sides of the pan, and turn out on rack. Glaze after cooling, if desired, with simple frosting made of 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1-3 tablespoons water and a dash of vanilla.

Last-minute appetizer: Buffalo-style celery sticks

cheese and cream cheese, mixed until smooth Extra blue cheese and cayenne pepper for garnish (optional, but good)

Stuff ribs and sprinkle with blue cheese and a teeny bit of ground cayenne.

Health tip from Rita: Stalks of health

Celery contains vitamin C, calcium and potassium, which means it’s good for the heart. Celery helps prevent cancer and high

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recipe only slightly. A good keeper with an addictive flavor. Try substituting 2 teaspoons almond extract for the vanilla.

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Rita adapts a pound cake recipe from Gourmet magazine. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Black bean soup like Nick & Tom’s restaurant, Bridgetown. Jenni, a Western Hills reader says “this

is the best, hands down.” I begged Greg Lambrinides, head chef, for the recipe. He chuckled and declined. “What’s in it?” I asked. “The usual – dried black beans, carrots, onions, celery and spices,” he said. That’s where Greg got me. They have their spices blended specially for them in 50-pound quantities. They make 35 gallons of this vegetarian soup a week, and thicken it with cornstarch. You know this is one good bean soup. If you have a similar one, please share.

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blood pressure. The leaves have even more nutrients than the ribs, so leave them on!


During the winter, the “girls” (our hens) don’t lay every day. But the past few days they’ve gotten more ambitious and I wound up with enough extra eggs to make one of my favorite, easy pound cakes. I think the reason for the egg bounty is that the days are getting longer and we’ve had a mild winter. Seems like Mother Nature is ahead of schedule, too. The wild yellow aconite in our little patch of woods is already peeking through the soil. (Check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for a photo of this vivid yellow, Rita delicateHeikenfeld looking RITA’S KITCHEN flower.) And the chives in the herb garden are pushing through the soil, too. The cilantro seeds I scattered in the herb garden last fall sprouted a few weeks ago and are ready to be harvested. I have a feeling, though, that Mother Nature might have more frigid weather up her sleeve!

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Christ Church Cathedral

Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral’s weekly concert series, continues in February. These free concerts are presented at 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays. Patrons may bring their lunch or buy one at the cathedral for $5. All performances are in the Centennial Chapel unless listed as being in the cathedral nave. For more information, call the church or visit johndeaver. The church is at 318 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati; 621-1817.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Family Lego night is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10. Bring


Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church

Episcopal Holy Eucharist is 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Adult Education is 9:15 a.m. Sunday. Senior High Youth overnight is 6 p.m. Friday. Women’s AA is 7 p.m. Friday. Men’s AA is 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The church is pastored by Rev. David Hawley and Rev. Anne Wrider. The church is at 6000 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-6805;

Kenwood Fellowship Church

Weekly watercolor classes for beginners are being offered on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $8 per session at the church. Call Mary Lou DeMar

Community HU Song 10 am

ECK Worship Service

2021 Sutton Ave 231-4445

Sunday Services

Sunday School -All Ages ........9:00am Worship Gathering ...........10:00am Wednesday Night....6:15pm dinner & 7:00pm...Children/Youth/Adult Classes Nursery Provided Handicapped Accessible


Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

513-321-5856 Bill Rillo, Pastor Sunday Worship Services: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm

11:00 am - Noon Second Sunday of Each Month Anderson Center Station 7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 1-800-LOVE GOD Local (513) 674-7001

Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-8020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

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Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave


Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon


3850 E. Galbraith, Deer Park Next to Dillonvale Shopping Ctr 791-7631 Worship Service - 10:00AM Sunday School - 10:15AM Pastor Randy Wade Murphy


Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

The church is offering a sevenweek class entitled “After the Boxes are Unpacked” for women who are new to the Cincinnati area or are looking to connect with their community. Classes began 9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Child care is provided. Call the church or e-mail for more information. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road; 489-0892;

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is conducted the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak ‘n’ Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets at


Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Bible Study is at 9 a.m. every Sunday. The church is hosting Ladies WOW Study Group (Women on


Trinity Community Church

The church has a free community dinner on the last Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome. Call the church for information. Trinity is having a spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,

High schools partner with SVDP A group of local Catholic high schools are living the 2012 Catholic Schools Week theme of Faith. Academics. Service. by partnering with St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati to collect gently used furniture, personal care products, household items and clothing for St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores and Donation Centers. The second annual Catholic Schools Week Donation Drive takes place through Friday, Feb. 3. Participating high schools include Elder, McAuley, Moeller, Mother of Mercy, Mount Notre Dame, Ursuline Academy, Seton and St. Xavier. There is an urgent

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2 Traditional Worship Services 8:15 & 11:00 - Temporarily held at Titus Auditorium, (Jan - Mar) due to renovation. 2 Contemporary Worship Services 9:30 & 11:00 am in our Contemporary Worship Center Saturday Service 5:30 pm Sunday School and Childcare available at 9:30 & 11:00 Services Plenty of Parking behind Church 7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •


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CHERRY GROVE UMC 1428 Eight Mile Rd. Worship: 9:30-10:30 Fellowship: 10:30-10:45 Sunday School: 10:45-11:30 Pastor: Rev. William E. Groff 513-474-1428 •

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need for men and children’s clothing and household items such as small appliances and linens. Alumni from local high schools and other residents who want to get involved and donate can visit an area St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and Donation Center or call 513-421-CARE to schedule a free pickup. There are thrift store and donation center locations across Cincinnati including Colerain, Este Avenue, Evendale, Mason, Milford, Mount Washington and in Western Hills near Glenway Crossing. For hours and directions, visit

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Saturday, Feb. 11. Spaghetti and meatballs will be served with homemade sauce, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3 for children. Call the church office for reservations and information. Trinity Together Time is from 1-2:30 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of each month. Enjoy fun, interactive activities for children infants to 5 years old and their parents/caregivers. The program is free. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 7917631; www.trinitycincinnati .org.

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INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894

Join the church Sunday, Feb. 5, as it continues the series “ We Believe in and Value” with the sermon, “Worship and the Sacraments.” Holy Communion will be celebrated at all three services. St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

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6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for a potluck dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

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for information at 891-5946. The church offers adult bible study at 9 a.m. on Sunday, a teen Sunday school class and a pre-kindergarten program during worship service from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,Sundays. A buffet luncheon follows. Join us for an inspirational time of worship and fellowship. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.


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

Legos and a dessert to share. Prizes will be given to all. Children’s weekday program is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call the church for details. Men’s Open Basketball plays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday nights. This is a casual group that plays with those who come and gets a good workout. Reading Group will discuss ‘The Invisible Wall” by Harry Bernstein at 10 a.m. on Feb. 6, 13 and 27. Call the church for details. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and


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DEATHS Elmer J. Mack

Elmer J. Mack, 88, of Madeira died Jan. 23. Survived by wife, Shelly Ann (nee Rich); children Bill Powell, Joe (Carolyn) Mack and Suzanne (Dwight) Kauf; grandchildren Nate, Jessica, John, Allie, Mack Jr. and Karen Carter.

Services were Jan. 26 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to: Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church, 8000 Miami Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Marguerite Eleanor Steier

Marguerite Eleanor Steier, 90, of Madeira died Jan. 22. Survived by children Douglas (Janet) and Robert (Carol) Steier; grandchildren Matthew (Katie), Michael, Christina, Lauren and Ryan Steier Preceded in death by husband, Michael Joseph Steier; parents Eleanor and Daniel

Breen; sisters Virginia Weisbrodt and Alva Breen; and brothers Howard and Curtis Breen. Services were Jan. 27 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to: Crossroads Hospice, 9912 Carver Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242; or Shriners Hospital 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3018.

Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees are asked to help the Indian Hill School District find any child who may have a disability and needs special education services. If you know a child residing in the Indian Hill School District who may have a disability and may need, but is not receiving special education services, please call or send the information to:

POLICE REPORTS COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile male, 16, domestic violence at 5365 Ellmaire Drive, Jan. 8. Ronnie Lee, 39, 2280 Hillcrest Drive, theft at 3400 Highland Ave., Jan. 11. Rachel Taylor, 33, 4343 Beechmont Drive, disorderly conduct at 7227 Wooster Road, Jan. 9. William Hawkins, 28, 71 Bishop, drug possession at Ridge, Dec. 29.

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at 6916 Hurd Ave., Jan. 4. Breaking and entering Vacant business entered and tools and wiring of unknown valued removed at 7664 Wooster Pike, Jan. 9. Criminal damaging Reported at 5301 Ridge Ave., Jan. 6. Walls and floors damaged at 5633 View Pointe Drive, Jan. 8. Theft $270 removed from account without consent at 6841 Windward, Jan. 12. $700 removed at 6923 Buckingham Place, Jan. 5. Outlets valued at $130 removed at 3400 Highland Ave., Jan. 1. Light bulbs valued at $101.91 removed at 3400 Highland Ave., Jan. 3.

DEER PARK Arrests/citations Jacob Dillon Montgomery, 19, 4353 Schenck Ave., drug abuse, warrant-other department at 8010 Blue Ash Road, Jan. 25. Earl Tackett, 29, 4316 Kugler Mill Road, illegal conveyance, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, drug paraphernalia at Schenck Avenue and Blue Ash Road, Jan. 20. Agustin Espinoza, 28, 4444 Lansdowne Ave., no operator's license at Ohio Avenue, Jan. 23. Michael E. Hennel, 32, 4118 North Ave., criminal trespass, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 4118 North Ave., Jan. 23. Christopher R. Hagge, 37, 4118 North Ave., criminal trespass, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 4118 North Ave., Jan. 23. Brittany Nicole Digiovanni, 18, 4391 E. Galbraith Road, unauthorized use of motor vehicle at 4315 E. Galbraith Road, Jan. 22. Lindsey T. Hammons, 27, 1129 Dela Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at Schenck Avenue, Jan. 20. Toni R. Fields, 27, 4316 Kugler Mill Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at Schenck Avenue, Jan. 20.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS Police reports are gathered from reports on file with local police departments. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. Juveniles, those 17 and younger, are listed by age and gender. To contact your local police department: » Columbia Township: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Simon L. Leis, sheriff; Sgt. Peter Enderle. Call 683-3444 » Deer Park: Michael Schlie, chief. Call 791-8056 » Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 272-4214 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 violence, aggravated burglary At Euclid, Jan. 13. Attempted murder, domestic violence, felonious assault, kidnapping At Mar Del, Jan. 13. Domestic incident At May Street, Jan. 5. Theft Female stated ID used with no authorization at 8136 Lancewood, Jan. 4. Vehicle taken at 7430 Timberlane, Jan. 10. ID used with no authorization at 7341 N. Timberlane, Jan. 10. Cab fare not paid; $45 at 6062 Johnson, Jan. 13.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery Victim threatened with gun and unknown amount of merchandise and currency removed at 10893 Montgomery Road, Jan. 4. Breaking and entering Window broken at 7600 E. Kemper Road, Jan. 8. Criminal damaging

MADEIRA Arrests/citations Michael W. Baglier, 18, 4573 Longwood Court, drug abuse, Dec. 31. Leah D. Brown, 30, 7501 Camargo No. 1, ethnic intimidation, menacing, Dec. 27. Edward T. Hagins II, 43, 7608 Miami, driving under influence, Jan. 7.

Incidents/investigations Felonious assault, domestic

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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile male, 16, 5496 Stewart Road, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Jan. 5. Jovah Bran, 27, 6265 Century City, theft, criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 11. Jason Hennekes, 35, 3686 Windy Knoll Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 12. Raymond McMullen, 33, 5355 Cleander Drive, drug possession at 4090 E. Galbraith Road, Jan. 6. Meghan McAllister, 18, 314 Wyoming Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 5. Molly Booth, 19, 901 Oregon Trail, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 5. Stephanie Edwall, 21, 8370 Browns Boro Place, possession of marijuana at 12100 Reed Hartman Hiwy., Jan. 5.

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Incidents/investigations Criminal trespass, disorderly conduct while intoxicated Report of a fight at Deer Park Inn at 7228 Blue Ash Road, Jan. 23. Theft A man said someone took a 1969 Chevrolet Chevette at 4327 Oakwood Ave., Jan. 22. Someone pumped $50 worth of gasoline without paying at United Dairy Farmers at 4101 E. Galbraith Road, Jan. 22. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Someone used a 1995 Chevrolet Prism withour permission at 4391 E. Galbraith Road, Jan. 22.

Reported at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 7. Domestic violence Male reported at Beech Ave., Jan. 10.

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Susan and Robert Kamman are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jaclyn Susan, to Robert Nicholas, son of Cindy and Robert Carey. Jaclyn is a graduate of Anderson High School and Nick is a graduate of Mason High School. Jaclyn is a 2010 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Miami University, and is an English teacher at Milford Jr. High School. Nick is a 2011 graduate of Miami University and is a Personal Banker at 5th/3rd Bank. The couple is planning a June 8, 2013, wedding at the Glendale Lyceum.

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Senior Center offers classes in computer basics flicting appointments, could switch between morning or afternoon classes in a given week and receive the same instruction. To augment these elementary classes, there are also HELP sessions for special topics and an Open Lab provided for seasoned users who might need further assistance beyond the basics, provided on Monday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Some changes have been made for instruction aimed at beginners and novice computer users. Surveys indicate that most Sycamore Senior Center members are primarily interested in email and Internet searching to enable keener contacts with relatives and friends. Therefore, the seasoned computer instructors have revised the class material to include both Introduction to Basic Computer usage and Online Interaction in a combined class. Previously fees were involved, however, as a winter/ spring special these new classes will be free of charge for Sycamore Senior Members. During February, March and April, identical classes will be given mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the afternoon, each Tuesday for a four week class session. This accommodation is provided so that a participant who might have con-

Free AARP-sponsored tax aid Members of the Sycamore Senior Center can be assisted with their tax preparation by volunteer AARP volunteers during February and March. A list of requirements is available. These forms can be picked up at the Welcome Center when signing up for an appointment. Call (513) 984-1234 for more information.

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Structured classes in boomer exercise, sweet gentle yoga, Tai Chi/Qigong, chair volleyball, and Zumba Gold, plus several dance classes are provided for members’ participation. Beginning bridge classes and opportunities for seasoned players, as well as many other recreational activities, are scheduled throughout the week at the Sycamore Senior Center.

Veteran luncheons

Community Veterans, their spouses or widows come together for fun, fellowship, food and sharing. On the last Friday of each month, a moderately priced lunch is provided along with either a guest speaker or entertainment to add to the camaraderie of the programs. More information and reservations can be provided by contacting Sgt. Homer Wilson at 745-0617.

Day trip and travel enthusiasts

LOCKLAND 310 Dunn Street 513-821-0062


Exercise and recreation programs

Joe Ramos of Provident Travel presented itineraries of Day Tours planned for 2012 to a motivated group of potential travelers from the Sycamore Senior Center. Groups will embark on specified day trips that will also include a Spring Mystery Trip to a previously unknown destina-


tion. The La Comedia Dinner Theatre, a Cirque du Soleil production of Dralion, a visit to Bearcreek Farms in Indiana, headlining Jim Stafford and a Cincinnati Reds vs.

Cleveland Indians baseball game are also featured in the agenda. An exciting array of extended trips Washington, D.C., New York, Nashville, Hawaii, London and Paris, and an

American Queen Steamboat Cruise were also brought to the attention of the attendees. For more information, contact Joe Ramos at Provident Travel, (513) 763-3080


6533 Blue Ridge Ave.: King Alexander M. & Kelly to Kampmann William; $201,000. 7409 Elm St.: Cotton Daniel to Remember Well LLC; $31,500. 7411 Elm St.: Cotton Daniel to Remember Well LLC; $31,500. 7411 Elm St.: Cotton Daniel to Remember Well LLC; $31,500. 7411 Elm St.: Cotton Daniel to Remember Well LLC; $31,500.


3926 Lansdowne Ave.: Chadwell Janet M. to Fifth Third Bank; $46,000. 4156 Linden Ave.: Gerbus Remodeling Inc. to Ross Edward Alexander; $152,000. 4344 Orchard Lane: Chambers David L. to Fannie Mae; $78,000. 7241 Brookline Ave.: Cunningham John Allen to Graf Tracey L.; $84,500.

ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. Bradford Place: Rdg Euclid LLC to Tamayo Moira Tr; $483,397. Bradford Place: Rdg Euclid LLC to Shick Patricia C.; $623,047. 6178 Kenwood Road: Hynes John to Bauer Jeffrey Lynn; $322,000. 6187 Lakota Drive: Johanson Verner E. & Elinor M. to Leever Alison; $195,000. 6775 Rose Crest Ave.: Eastin Geraldine A. & Richard Junior Eastin to U.S. Bank National; $135,727. 7823 Dee St.: Conover Laurence R. Tr@3 to Storms Michael W.; $120,000.

Realty Ltd.; $429,000. 6201 Stewart Road: James Niesen Realty Ltd to C. Niesen Realty Ltd.; $429,000.


4606 Sycamore Road: Kuntz G. Daniel to Federal National Mortgage; $70,000. 5994 Bayberry Drive: Lanham Phillip & Tami to Skeldon Jay R.; $375,000. 8498 Pleasantwood Court: Mayne Judy M. & James D. Benge to U.S. Bank Trust National; $56,246. 8521 New England Court: Fifth Third Bank Tr to Harris Catherine; $310,000.


6201 Stewart Road: James Niesen Realty Ltd to C. Niesen


FIRE/EMS RUNS Sycamore Township Fire/EMS runs for Jan. 8-Jan. 14: Jan. 8, Montgomery Road, fall Jan. 9, Reed Hartman Highway, medical emergency Jan. 9, Kugler Mill Road, good intent Jan. 9, Orchard Lane, not listed Jan. 10, Kugler Mill Road, medical emergency Jan. 10, Hemesath Drive, fall Jan. 10, Gwilada Drive, medical emergency Jan. 10, Northcreek Drive, medical emergency

Jan. 10, Orchard Lane, medical emergency Jan. 10, Wicklow Avenue, fall Jan. 11, Lake Thames Drive, medical emergency Jan. 11, Winnetka Drive, unknown Jan. 11, East Galbraith Road, medical emergency Jan. 11, Northcreek Drive, medical emergency Jan. 11, Northcreek Drive, medical emergency Jan. 11, Pine Road, medical emergency

Jan. 11, Chaucer Drive, medical emergency Jan. 11, Montgomery Road, medical emergency Jan. 11, Winnetka Drive, DOA Jan. 12, East Galbraith Road, medical emergency Jan. 12, Wicklow Avenue, medical emergency Jan. 12, Montgomery Road, medical emergency Jan. 12, Sturbridge Drive, medical emergency Jan. 12, East Galbraith Road, evaluation

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