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Just as your family has its holiday traditions, the Suburban Life has a tradition. Every year we salute local people who show us every day what its means to be a good neighbor. We call it “Neighbors Who Care,” and we want you to meet them.

Who cares? They do

By Jeanne Houck and Leah Fightmaster

Joyce and Henry Eick DEER PARK — Many times, people are remembered for the bad instead of the good. But Deer Park resident Terri Simpson wanted to give some good people a little recognition. When Simpson moved to her house on Matson Avenue in December of 2006, her neighbors, Joyce and Henry Eick, introduced themselves that weekend. She said that’s when the generosity began — they told her that if she needed anything at all, she should call them. Simpson has trouble physically cutting her grass herself, and that was not lost on the Eicks. She said it would take her two or three evenings to get her yard cut completely. When they bought a riding lawn mower, Simpson said Henry was at her door, offering to teach her to use it. When she didn’t borrow it, because she felt uncomfortable, they began to cut her grass themselves. Not only do they cut the grass, but the sweep the sidewalk and trim the bushes as well, she said. “I was working two jobs for almost six years,” Simpson added. “It was such a luxury to come home from work and see my pristine yard.” Although she tries to give them money for the gas, Simpson said they have only once accepted, because “they enjoy doing this for me.” “I just feel good doing it,” Joyce Eick said. “It doesn’t take any more time out of my day, and it makes me feel good in my heart.” That’s not where their help ends, though. Simpson said that they also watch her house when she isn’t home without being asked, and once checked on her because they saw old trash cans she was throwing out still at the curb, knowing that was unlike her. She was fine, but it’s the thought that counts. “(Simpson) has repaid us in small ways,” Eick said. “... Little random acts of kindness have paid us back.” The Eicks neighborly ways have earned them a nickname of endearment from Simpson — she calls them “The Friendlies.” “I could not have asked for better neighbors than Joyce and Henry,” she

Suburban Life was overwhelmed by the response to our request for nominations for “Neighbors Who Care.” Overwhelmed, but not surprised, as it validates the kind of community in which we live. We profiled as many as we could, but if we missed anyone, we will give them their deserved recognition at a later date. And if this feature has caused you to reflect on a caring neighbor in your life, let us know about them. Send an e-mail to You can read about all of our Neighbors Who Care at


Bill and Marianne Werner

MADEIRA — Although Christmas comes but once a year, Madeira resident Pat Tartaron said her neighbors keep that spirit alive year-round. Bill and Marianne Werner have lived next to Tartaron on Greenbriar Lane for more than 45 years. In that time, they’ve been helping her and other neighbors with various tasks, such as cutting grass, sharing recipes and even tearing down an old shed. When they shop, if they find a good bargain, they buy more so they can share with their neighbors or families in need that they also help through churches and organizations, Tartaron added. Marianne Werner said it’s just what they’re supposed to do, that as Christians, they’re supposed to take care of others as well as themselves. “We believe that when you do something that’s a blessing, you get that back and you feel good about it,” she said. Although the world gets busy and people might not think to stop and help their neighbors with simple tasks, such as Bill’s grass cutting, Marianne said they

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Joyce and Henry Eick don't hesitate to lend a hand or whatever they can to help out their neighbors. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Self-storage units planned for Sycamore By Leah Fightmaster

Plans are under way for a self-storage unit to be built on Blue Ash Road in Sycamore Township. A project by RJK and Associates was approved by the Sycamore Township Board of Zoning Appeals to construct an eight-building, self-storage unit that will be built in phases. The first four nearest the road will be built first, then as they fill up the other build-

ings will be built, said Greg Bickford, planning and zoning director/assistant township administrator. The company has three years to build all eight buildings. If not, they have to revisit the site's plan with the board of zoning appeals, Bickford added. Fire Chief William Jetter raised concerns that only one source of water on the site is on Blue Ash Road, saying that if a building caught fire it would likely spread quickly and would be more



Here’s a friendship bread recipe, so-called because the starter is meant to be shared. Full story, B3

As it does each year around Christmas, Madeira’s Board of Education paid a little credit where credit is due. See page, A4

challenging to put out. Jetter suggested encouraging the builder to install a hydrant system throughout the property, but because the approval was an administrative decision suggesting it is about all the township can do, Bickford said. "We can't force things that aren't in the code," he said. "... It might be more of a suggestion than a mandate." Bickford added that there is no timeline set for the project to begin and progress.

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Community contributes to food drive By Leah Fightmaster



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Deer Park schools’ annual food collection will spread holiday cheer to about 150 Deer Park families this season. Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School’s Communiserve and Amity Elementary’s Amity Youth Service Club kicked off their Holiday Food Drive earlier this fall,

and saw the fruits of their labor when they gathered it up and made packages on Dec. 14 that will be delivered to families in need, said Gini Verbesselt, community coordinator for Deer Park City Schools. Many families and organizations within Deer Park have made contributions to the groups for their food drive, including proceeds from the Deer Park

Business Association’s Chili Cookoff, in which multiple winners and the other recipients of the proceeds donated their prize money to the groups. Members of the service groups also went trick-ortreating on Halloween for canned goods instead of candy to contribute to the packages, she added. Each family receiving a package will get a turkey,

fresh fruit, six to eight bags of non-perishable items, such as toiletries or cleaning supplies, as well as a toy for each child 12 and younger. The Deer Park Sportsman Club donated gift cards for families with teenagers, Verbesselt said. For more about your community, visit DeerPark.


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“I find the Werners keep the spirit of Christmas alive 365 days each year,” she said.

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feel blessed to help others out. “We’ve always felt that way,” she said. “... We’ve been neighbors for a long time, and we receive a bigger blessing when we help.” Tartaron might feel the same about the “wonderful couple” she’s lived next to for years.

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Jane Ackerson

MADEIRA — When Susan Houghton had surgery last summer her neighbor on Shewango Way in Madeira didn’t let her go hungry. “Back in August of this year I was recovering from surgery and couldn’t drive for five weeks,” Houghton said. “Jane Ackerson would bring me many delicious dinners. “She brags that she only has about a dozen recipes, but I can tell you – the recipes that she does have are great,” said Houghton, who nominated Ackerson as a “Neighbor Who Cares.” “She would also stop by and take my dog, CeeCee, for a walk with her and her dog, Buddy, an abused dog she adopted.” Houghton said another neighbor is ill now, and, “Once again, Jane make soups and casseroles for my good friend and neighbor to enjoy.” “Jane manages to work full-time and is the caregiver to her mother,” Houghton said. “Jane visits her often at the retirement home. “Jane even finds time to help another elderly neighbor clean up their yard,” Houghton said. “Simply stated, Jane Ackerson has a big heart.”

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Ackerson is loath to accept recognition for good works. “Madeira is a community of caring, kind and compassionate residents,” said Ackerson, 61, a retired special needs teacher who now is an instructor paraprofessional for the Cincinnati Public Schools. “I’m not doing anything that others in the community aren’t doing.” Ackerson gave this example: When she moved to Madeira about 20 years ago, she was heartsick when she lost her purse with a large check inside. Later that day a Madeira officer brought the purse — contents intact – to her home and told her someone had turned it in. “I asked him who turned it in because I wanted to give them a gigantic reward,” Ackerson said. “The officer said, ‘This happens all the time.’ “‘People drop things off at the police department and don’t even leave their names.’”

Bill Stuebbe

MADEIRA — Mary Ann Wallace of Madeira says Bill Stuebbe, her neighbor on South Mingo Lane, is the epitome of a neighbor who cares. “We have been neighbors for more than 30 years,” Wallace said. “After my husband had a debilitating stroke Bill came over and helped me at least weekly. “He built a little ramp from the driveway into the garage to assist me with handling the wheelchair,” said Wallace, who nominated Stuebbe as a “Neighbor Who Cares.” “He taught me how to use the leaf blower. “He watched my house when we made trips out of town to visit our children,” Wallace said. “After my husband died, he continued to help me any time I called him. “I just don’t know what I would have done without him during a most difficult time in my life,” Wallace said. “He is the perfect example of a caring neighbor.”



Ground settling creates dip on 275, requires repairs

Drivers who frequently travel west on I-275 in Sycamore Township might notice a section that has gotten more level in the last few weeks. Joe Bassil, administrator in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s highway management division, said a dip in the road near the Weil Road overpass at the 51-mile marker that some drivers noticed was a result of an underground pipe. A stretch of dry weather last year caused dirt surrounding the 10-foot-wide pipe, which is about 60 feet below the highway, to shrink and settle, creating the dip in the road, Bassil said.

He added that about two weeks ago, workers injected a Styrofoam-like material into the ground surrounding the pipe, which expands when released, to fill voids and push land back to its original positions. “We noticed the dip last year,” he said. “It kept increasing in size, so we knew we had to do something.” However, the settling and subsequent repair left that section of the highway somewhat rough, which could be fixed by additional work on the pipe in the spring, Bassil said. For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit SycamoreTownship.

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Drop off unwanted meds in new box at Madeira police department Community Press staff report MADEIRA — You now can drop off unwanted prescription drugs in a box in the Madeira Police Department lobby. The department recently got a grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Ohio Department of Health, the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and the Drug Free Action Alliance to buy the box. Medications – with the patient’s name removed – may be dropped off during normal business hours at the Madeira police department at 7141 Miami Ave.

Police are not allowed to accept syringes or liquids. Madeira police Lt. Chris Zumbiel said the drop box program is designed to promote safe households, prevent prescription drug abuse and reduce environmental pollution. “Stop in today and drop off those outdated and unused prescription and over the counter drugs,” Zumbiel said. For more about your community, visit Madeira. Get regular Madeira updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

Workers have fixed a dip in Interstate 275 near the 51-mile marker, west of the Weil Road overpass. The dip was casued by ground settling around a pipe. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

OVI task force wins nearly $236,000 grant Community Press staff report BLUE ASH — The Hamil-

ton County OVI Task Force has been awarded nearly $236,000 in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds. “These funds are critical in ensuring that we are doing everything we possibly can to keep our local community safe,” said Blue Ash police Lt. Steve Schueler, the OVI (operating a vehicle impaired) task force coordinator. “Based on crash data, impaired driving is a priority for Hamilton County and we are committed to working with our partners at the state level to address this safety issue.” Crash data shows that 50 crashes related to impaired driving caused 54 fatalities and 1,245 injuries in Hamilton County from 2009 through 2011, Schueler said. To reduce these numbers, he said, the Hamilton County OVI Task Force will be conducting high visibility enforcement, working overtime hours and holding educational and awareness events with the grant funds. Last year, the task force conducted 18 OVI checkpoints, manned 15 saturation patrols, sponsored training for officers and participated in several educational events around the county. These police departments are members of the Hamilton County OVI Task

Force: Amberley Village, Blue Ash, Cheviot, Cincinnati, Colerain Township, Delhi Township, Deer Park, Fairfax, Glendale, Golf Manor, Greenhills, Lockland, Loveland, Madeira, Mariemont, Milford, Montgomery, Mount Healthy, Newtown, North College Hill, Reading, Sharonville, Springdale, Terrace Park, and Wyoming; as well as the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Cincinnati post. Learn more about the Hamilton County OVI Task Force by visiting its Facebook page at and

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Sycamore continues road projects By Leah Fightmaster

After several months of waiting, a project to build a median in Kenwood Road and an access road off of it is moving forward. Sycamore Township Superintendent Tracy Kellums said at the Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 20 that contractors were meeting the next day, Dec. 21, to discuss the project and ask the township questions regarding it. The official bid will go out on Jan. 11, he added. The project was initially on hold because several businesses along the section of Kenwood Road that would be under construction, which is between Euclid Avenue and Montgomery Road, refused to sign agreements with Duke Energy that would run electric lines underground. Officials with businesses such as Bur-

ger King, Wendy’s, PNC Bank and Graeter’s said that the construction would tear up property and impede business. Law Director Doug Miller said that those businesses now have signed the agreements with Duke, which allows the township to move forward with the project. The Board of Trustees agreed to begin engineering on an access road that would run off Kenwood Road into Sycamore Plaza. Preliminary engineering for Kenwood Road, which includes a median that runs most of the length between Montgomery Road and the I-75 entrance ramp, is finished, but Sycamore can continue engineering for the project and move forward with it. For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit SycamoreTownship.

Sycamore Township's new fire chief, Perry Gerome, was sworn in at the Dec. 20 Board of Trustees meeting. He is retiring Fire Chief William Jetter's successor, whose last day in office was Dec. 18. From left to right is Trustee Denny Connor, Trustee Tom Weidman, Gerome, Trustee Cliff Bishop and Fiscal Officer Rob Porter. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Madeira: We’ll go with Tom Walter By Jeanne Houck

MADEIRA — Madeira City Council is hoping Tom Walter can work the same kind of magic with the city’s proposed Centennial Plaza as he did as leader of a volunteer effort to make improvements at the Madeira High School stadium. City Council recently voted to reject all bids submitted earlier this year for the plaza, a community-gathering place the city wants to develop around the Madeira railroad depot at Miami and Railroad avenues. “We have been working with Madeira resident Tom Walter to do the project as a volunteer effort similar to the improvements that were accomplished at the Madeira High School stadium,”

Madeira City Manager Tom Moeller said. “Mr. Walter spearheaded that effort as well; that work included a new concession stand, restroom facilities, fencing and plaza area.” Walter told The Community Press that he will comment on his participation in the project in the near future. “Mr. Walter addressed City Council at the Dec. 10 meeting and indicated his desire to work with other Madeira residents and local contractors to donate time and materials to the project,” Moeller said. “City Council is excited about the opportunity to do the project in this manner using only the funds which have been donated.” Moeller said Madeira has received some $92,000 for the Cen-

tennial Plaza in donations – the most recent being $8,000 from the Madeira Woman Mayors and $2,000 from Mickey Beyersdorfer, a long-time Madeira resident who is owner of Sawbrook Steel Castings Co. in Lockland. Weather permitting, Madeira plans to begin construction of the plaza in March and complete it in 90 days. Madeira owns the railroad depot property and leases space at the century-old landmark to Choo Choo’s Restaurant. To build the Centennial Plaza, Madeira wants to replace the railroad depot’s aging deck with pavers, install a seating area and planters, expand the existing plaza around the depot and pave Railroad Avenue with material that gives it a cobblestone appearance.

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Mount Notre Dame hosts Model UN

Mount Notre Dame Model United Nation held its seventh annual conference at Mount Notre Dame Oct. 17. The topic to be resolved at the conference was one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals: “Development of Sport for Peace and Development.” MNDMUN was led this year by MND seniors Maggie Lohmann, Lizzy Schnicke and Lindsay Darkins. This conference is used to train MND leaders and new delegates who will participate in UDMUN (Dayton), MUNUC (Chicago) and RIMUN (Rome) this year. One hundred seventy nine students from seven schools participated in this event, including a top private school from Indianapolis participated for the first time. Their teachers were impressed with MND students’ professionalism and preparation. Returning teachers thought

that this conference was the best to date. All the teachers were excited with their own students’ performances and attributed much of it to the direction and efforts of my student leaders. All said they planned to return next year. Schools and the countries they represented during this event: » Bethany – South Africa, Indonesia, Guatemala; » John Paul II – Russia, Puerto Rico, England, Israel; » Mother Teresa – South Korea, Japan, India, Netherlands, China, USA, Mexico, Brazil; » Park Tudor (Indianapolis – Cuba, Syria, Spain, Peru; » St. Gabriel Consolidated – Germany, Greece, El Salvador, Honduras; » Seven Hills – Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Saudi Arabia; » Sycamore – Poland, Nigeria, Kenya, Canada, Iran.

Members of Mount Notre Dame High School's Model United Nations team hosted the school's seventh annual event Oct. 17. THANKS TO NATASHA SHULL

Foreign language to get physical Forrest Sellers

Allison Geers and Ellie Driver trace the oceans and the continents on their pumpkin globes. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Kendall McWhorter works to paint North and South America on his pumpkin. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

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Painting seven continents on a pumpkin globe is easy, right? Fourth-graders at St. Nicholas Academy were up to the challenge. Students freehanded the seven continents and the oceans as a part of Kara Seither's social studies classes.

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Foreign language classes at Indian Hill Middle School are getting physical. Applying what was learned at a recent foreign language forum, Spanish teachers Lisa Schauer, Hilary Smith and Jennifer Stidham are incorporating some new techniques in foreign language instruction at the school. This approach involves more than just memorizing facts from a textbook. It’s engaging the students in a way that involves all of the senses, said Smith, who is a resident of Milford. To illustrate her point, Smith explained how she and the others use maps in which the students will jump to Mexico or touch Guatemala with their right hand. Smith, Schauer and Stidham spent a day drawing 15 maps that will be used in their classes. This style of learning encompasses more than just geography, though. Other sessions at the Interna-

tional Forum on Language Teaching included how yoga and drama can be incorporated into a foreign language lesson. “(It’s) making language comprehensible to all students, said Stidham, who is a resident of Loveland. Participants at the forum had an opportunity to attend a variety of workshops led by experts in the field, according to Schauer, who is a resident of Anderson Township. These sessions were tailored to specific learning strategies, she said. All three teachers agreed a highlight of the forum was attending an actual morning camp in which they could observe students being taught by these experts. It was a very hands-on type of experience, said Smith. Stidham said the forum was also an opportunity to interact with peers in her field. “It was a way to connect with teachers from various (locations) and share ideas,” she said.

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Indian Hill Middle School Spanish teachers Hilary Smith, left, Jennifer Stidham and Lisa Schauer stand next to a map they drew for an upcoming study of geography. All three attended a recent International Forum on Language Teaching. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES The following are submissions on student-athletes in the Suburban Life coverage area that have recently participated in a college sport.

Indian Hill’s Smith excels in SoCal

By Scott Springer

Northwestern University women’s soccer player Katie Landgrebe dribbles the ball against Dayton. Landgrebe played in high school for Madeira. THANKS TO S.J. CARRERA/NORTHWESTERN

Katie Landgrebe

Katie Landgrebe from Madeira continues her soccer career at Northwestern University. During her just-completed sophomore season, Northwestern improved under new coach Michael Moynihan. This included finishing the Big 10 season on a three-game winning streak. Katie appeared in 13 of the Wildcats’ games making a strong contribution to their success. She is studying journalism and made Dean’s List for her academic performance. She was recently named Academic All-Big 10. Katie will be in Madeira over the summer to train and do an internship with a local non-profit organization. Submitted by J.D. Landgrebe

Marcus Rush of Moeller now plays for Michigan State (No. 44). THANKS TO JOHN RUSH

Marcus Rush Marcus Rush started all 14 games at defensive end for Michigan State in 2011 as a freshman and was named Big Ten Defensive Freshman of the Year, First-Team Freshman AllBig Ten, and Sporting News and FWAA First-Team Defense Freshman All-America. In his 2012 sophomore season, Marcus started in all 12 games at defensive end for the Spartans and was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. He has recorded 93 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, six sacks, and has been ranked among the top 10 defensive linemen in the Big Ten by He will start for the Spartans for the 27th time Dec. 29 in Tempe, Ariz., when Michigan State plays TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Marcus graduated from Moeller in 2010 and was the GCL Defensive Player of the Year, Tri-State Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Ohio, and Defensive Lineman of the Year by the Anthony Munoz Foundation. Submitted by John Rush

Nate Bascom

As featured in last week’s Suburban Life, Nate Bascom was just named to the Capital One Academic AllStar team for a second time. Bascom just graduated from Ohio Northern where he played on the Polar Bears’ Division III semifinal soccer team.

INDIAN HILL — She has trained with swimming’s elite and has the DNA of a father who swam at Indiana in their elite 1970s glory years. Amanda Smith of Indian Hill has shared chlorinated water with the likes of Olympians Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Jessica Hardy, Rebecca Soni and Allison Schmitt, to name a few. She also has records that can be traced from the Mason Manta Rays (a team she now helps coach) to Indian Hill to Indiana University to the University of Southern California. Her siblings still see her marks and picture at Indian Hill High School, where she was seen in class with wet hair from 20042007. “I was a four-time state champion and my senior year, I was the state champ in the 100 fly,” Smith said. “Three years we were state runner-up.” She was also an individual state champ in the 500 freestyle in 2006. Her 100 butterfly mark has since been broken, although it took a while for word to reach her. “My mom didn’t tell me when it happened,” Smith said. “I’m like, ‘Records are meant to be broken!’ I think my district records are still there.” Smith originally followed the footsteps of her father, Frank, by attending Indiana. Her grandfather had also been an IU football player. She was a two-time AllAmerican honorable mention and qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials there in four events. “I swam there and attended school for two and a half years,” Smith said. “Through that second year, I felt it wasn’t the right thing, the right culture. I had read a lot about Dave Salo, the head coach of USC, and his philosophy. It was something I wanted out of high school.” Her success at Indiana opened the door to being recruited at USC. In Los Angeles, Smith went on to be a senior co-captain for a team that finished third in two consecutive years in the NCAA National Championships. This past March at Auburn,

Amanda Smith was a captain of the women’s swim team at USC and finished her career with many honors and decorations. PROVIDED

“I had read a lot about Dave Salo, the head coach of USC, and his philosophy. It was something I wanted out of high school.” AMANDA SMITH

Smith anchored the 400 and 800 freestyle relays which finished eighth and fourth, respectively. The 800 relay team broke a USC school record. “I had always been on the 800 freestyle relay at Indiana,” Smith said. “I also got to be on the 400 freestyle relay at USC. It was great to be on relays where two were top eight and one was top 16.” Smith achieved five All-American honors in 2012 and over her collegiate career was a nine-time All-American. This past season, she was nominated for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year and Pacific Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year awards. She also was the 2012 USC Female Trojan Athlete of the Year and won the PAC-12 Tom Hansen medal. Scholastically, she was a 2011 and 2012 Marks Scholar Athlete and was an Academic All-Ameri-

can. If that wasn’t enough, Smith participated a second time in the 2012 Olympic Trials. “It’s something I can always say I got to do,” Smith said. “I finished top 20 in one of my races. I was very grateful. The kids I coach now think it’s so awesome and they ask me about it.” Smith graduated from USC in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Performance. She has since returned home to coach with her former club team, the Mason Manta Rays, and head coach Ken Heis. While coaching, she plans to get her master’s with the goal of teaching high school math. “I’m applying to schools all over,” Smith said. “I’m applying in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, but I’m also applying in California. I’m not ready to end my California dream.”

Nicole Bell

Nicole Bell, a 2012 graduate of Indian Hill High School, is in the middle of her first year playing basketball at Indiana University. Bell, a Kenwood resident and daughter of Dave and Sandy Bell, is enjoying success both on and off the court as a Hoosier. Nicole was named by IU as a Scholar Athlete for her academic efforts first semester in nursing. On the court, Nicole is averaging 21 minutes, 2.5 assists and 5.3 points per game as part of a resurgent Hoosier program whose record stands at 7-4 to date. She recently was named Big Ten freshman player of the week. Submitted by Dave Bell

Former Cincinnati Hills League player of the year Nicole Bell is playing as a freshman for Indiana University. Bell is a resident of Kenwood. THANKS TO DAVE BELL Dan, Nate and Tina Bascom, left to right, got together at a recent NCAA banquet. THANKS TO TINA BASCOM

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Alex Barlow

Girls basketball

Moeller basketball coach Carl Kremer sat alone in his office Dec. 15, afraid to leave and miss a critical moment as topranked Indiana fought to keep pace with Butler. Butler sophomore guard Alex Barlow, a former Moeller standout, drove the lane from the right side of the key as the final seconds of overtime melted from the clock, spinning to his left in the paint around Indiana senior marksman Jordan Hulls. “We were trying to run a play we’d been using most the game, trying to hit Rotnei [Clarke] or Kellen [Dunham],” Barlow said. “They overplayed Clarke and Kellen couldn’t shake open, so I knew I was going to have to make a play.” Shooting a floater with his right hand, the ball took two bounces off the iron, seemingly frozen in time, before dropping through the net. The bucket gave Butler an 88-86 lead with 2.5 seconds remaining - and the eventual win - in front of a record crowd of 19,192 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. “You know the movie Hoosiers? As soon as Alex took the shot, I jumped up yelling; I felt like Shooter in the hospital after Jimmy Chitwood hit the shot,” Kremer said. Kremer’s film analogy is fitting for Indiana, as the walk-on’s last second heroics solidified another classic in the Hoosier state’s historic hardwood past. It was a fitting performance for Barlow, an Enquirer Division I all-area selection during his senior season of 2010-11. But, it didn’t stun Kremer. “Certainly I was surprised, as a walk-on, that he’s in that situation,” Kremer said. “Surprised he made the shot? Not at all.” The shot is one Barlow said

» Indian Hill defeated Madeira 42-29 on Dec.15. Jessica Arington led the Lady Braves with 11 points.

Alvi Ibarra of Madeira, right, wrestles Connor Borton of Moeller during the SWOWCA tournament at Harrison Dec. 15. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Wrestling » Moeller won the Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Glenn Sample Classic at Harrison Dec. 15-16. Chalmer Frueauf was the champion at 220 pounds. Finishing runner-up for Moeller were Conner Ziegler at 113 pounds, Andrew Mendel at 132, Dakota Sizemore at 170 and Quinton Rosser at 182. Finishing fourth were Wyatt Wilson at 152 pounds, Dean Meyer at 160 and Jerry Thornberry at 195. Kevin Cooper of Simon Kenton wrestles Tyler Williamson of Madeira in the SWOWCA tournament. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Boys bowling

» Deer Park beat Colerain by 83 pins on Dec. 18. Ric McCormick had the high series for the Wildcats with a 436.

Former Indian Hill sprinter Sarah Rosenblum is on Miami University’s track team and has made the winter indoor squad. THANKS TO MARK ROSENBLUM

Former Moeller High basketball player Alex Barlow had the game-winning basket for Butler as the Bulldogs upset No. 1 Indiana 88-86 in overtime Dec. 15. PROVIDED BY BUTLER UNIVERSITY he practices over and over again, so he was confident pulling up even in such a clutch situation. Watching the ball fall, though, seemed to slow time in Indianapolis. “When it left my hand it felt a little short and right, but I thought it might be high enough to get the bounce,” Barlow said. “Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to go, but after a few bounces if fell.” The win moves the Bulldogs from their previously unranked position to No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Barlow played in nine of the Bulldogs first 10 games this year, starting three of them, and recorded an average 13.1 minutes. He averages two points, but his final two on Saturday were worth more than any other Butler basket of the season. “It was a good feeling then, but I knew we needed one more stop, and we wouldn’t have been there if it wasn’t for everyone on the team,” Barlow said. Chase Howell, Gannett News


Sarah Rosenblum

Sarah Rosenblum, a freshman member of Miami University’s women’s track and field team, has been selected for the 2013 Redhawks indoor traveling team. Sarah graduated from Indian Hill High School in June 2012. At her first college indoor meet this season, she bettered her all-time 200 meter personal best time by 1.1 seconds and finished sixth in the event. The indoor season will resume after winter break. While at Indian Hill, Sarah was selected to the CHL All-Conference Track team 11 times in six different events and earned six CHL event championship medals in four different events. Sarah qualified for the regional meet each of her four years at Indian Hill. As a senior, she was elected team co-captain, female Most Valuable Runner and was a recipient of the Tomahawk award. In her sophomore year, Sarah’s 4x400 relay team broke

Indian Hill’s school record for that event. Off the track, Sarah is an AP scholar and participated in DECA earning a district championship and was state runner-up in the Individual Marketing Management competition her senior year. She also qualified for DECA’s International competition twice and is a two-time winner of the Indian Hill Marketing Department’s Personal Commitment award. In the versatility department, Sarah played the drums in the Indian Hill Braves Marching Band for three years and was the Girls 3 Ohio State Water Ski Champion in slalom, tricks and jump in 2010. She has been coaching the trick skiers on the University of Cincinnati’s water ski team for the past four years and UC has qualified for the Division I National College Championships each of those years. When she was 6 years old, she was ranked fourth in the nation in the NASTAR snow ski racing program and finished 19th in the 9- to 10-year-old Experts Division at the 2005 NASTAR National Championships. Submitted by Mark Rosenblum



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Heather and Rick Ingle of Montgomery have adopted 12 children, and the couple also has three biological children. Married for 21 years, the Ingles have been named this year's Angels in Adoption for Southern Ohio by U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt. PROVIDED this year’s Angels in Adoption selection process: » Chris Combs of Montgomery in Hamilton County, who is executive director of the Coalition of Care Greater Cincinnati – as well as a single dad who adopted a brother and sister from Nicaragua. » Rosanne Barg of Union Township in Clermont County, a 66-year-old single mom who welcomed two special-needs sisters into her home and has so far adopted one. » Cherie McCarthy of Terrace Park in Hamilton County, director of the Adoption Connection, who is a licensed independent social worker and adoption assessor. » Dottie Boner of Symmes Township in Hamilton County, who has worked as a counselor, clinician, adoption consultant, and medical social worker in the hope of making Americans more aware of the need for adoptive and foster parents. Heather Ingle, 44, and Rick, 46, have been married 21 years. “We started foster parenting a month or two after we got married,” Heather said. Helping children “has been our whole marriage. We just both recognized the need.” Before marrying, “we discussed what our plan was for our family,” Heather said. “We didn’t really set a number. We just said we wanted lots of kids. We knew we wanted to adopt, and we knew we wanted birth children. “God has blessed us with a really strong marriage,” Heather said. “I don’t want anyone to think we have a perfect marriage and a perfect family. We don’t have this parenting thing figured out yet. We are a work in progress. We are trying to do

CH@TROOM Dec. 19 question Now that Michigan has approved legislation to ban mandatory collection of union dues as a condition of employment, becoming the 24th state in the nation to pass a right-to-

work law, do you think Ohio lawmakers should attempt to pass similar legislation? Why or why not? “Yes. There was a time in this country when people had to work in sweat-shop conditions and accept whatever compensa-



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Angels in adoption: Local couple takes in 12 children Six-year-old Jesi Ingle can’t walk or talk, but she can smile. “She smiles all the time,” said her adoptive mother, Heather Ingle of Montgomery. “She’s like the centerpiece of our family. She’s touched more lives than I ever will just by smiling.” Jesi is one of 12 children adopted by Heather and her husband, Rick Ingle. They also have three biological children, for a total of 15 kids. The children range in Jean age from 9 Schmidt COMMUNITY PRESS months to 20 years old. Jesi, GUEST COLUMNIST whose ailments include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and brain damage, has been cared for by the Ingles for about 5½ years – ever since she arrived from the Caribbean island of Haiti when she was under 6 months old. Nearly all of the children adopted by the Hamilton County couple have serious medical issues – including Down syndrome, autism, bipolar disorder, and severe mental illness. Some of the children were born to women who were addicted to alcohol or drugs. In addition to Jesi, two other children from Haiti require wheelchairs and feeding tubes, can’t walk or talk, and have seizures. “We’re at the hospital three to four times a week because I have so many kids with special needs,” Heather said. “Neurosurgery, neurology, psychology, psychiatry, pulmonary, ophthalmology, and others – we’re at so many different clinics” at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. As a mother and grandmother myself, I realize the time and responsibility involved in caring for a child. But Heather and Rick Ingle’s commitment to family is extraordinary. Why would Heather and Rick take on such an enormous responsibility? Because every life is precious. I’m pleased to announce that I have selected Heather and Rick Ingle as this year’s Angels in Adoption for Southern Ohio. Along with some of my colleagues on Capitol Hill, I participate in the Angels in Adoption program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Members of the House and Senate select people based on their generosity and willingness to help the children of those unable to fulfill their roles as parents. Many residents of Ohio’s Second Congressional District have opened their hearts and homes to foster or to adopt children, and I’m pleased to recognize four other caring individuals whom I believe are worthy of honorable mention as part of


what God has asked us to do. “Clearly, what we do is not easy,” Heather said. “We have a lot of people who love us. We have a good support system.” The Ingles worship at Montgomery Community Church, where members “have been super supportive of the kids we’ve brought in,” Heather said. “A lot of our children have behavior problems, and one of our kids has a service dog that attends church with him.” Rick Ingle grew up in White Oak in Hamilton County, while Heather Hartley Ingle is from Columbus. Both were raised as Catholics, but now “we just call ourselves Christian believers,” Heather said. “We read the Bible and believe what’s in the Bible.” One of the children they have adopted is from the African nation of Liberia. “When I was a young girl, my dad subscribed to National Geographic magazine,” Heather said. “I was so drawn to pictures of the children of Africa,” some of whom were obviously malnourished. “I was young and so naïve, and I wondered why we as Americans weren’t helping them.” Now, Heather laughs at the notion that anybody else should consider adopting a dozen children. “Only if God tells them to,” Heather said. Rick Ingle works for a company that sells medical devices. Heather is a full-time mom. Some days, “he walks in after a day at work, and I walk out because I’m spent,” Heather said. “I had a day with (feeding) tubes falling out and kids screaming their heads off.” Because of their medical issues, many of the children need around-the-clock care. “Everyone thinks I’m a nurse, and I’m not,” Heather

said. “But as soon as your child is diagnosed with something, you become an expert for your child. You have to advocate. “We do have some nurses that come in to help,” Heather said. “I have nurses two hours a day during the school year. We have full-time nurses during the summer – until 5 p.m.” That gives the Ingles time to shuttle most of the kids to summer activities. “We go out and do a lot of things with the kids – including the kids in wheelchairs, but not on days when it’s too hot.” The Ingle home has nine bedrooms and four bathrooms. It used to have just four bedrooms and two baths, but a few years ago hundreds of members of the community pitched in with labor, materials, or donations for renovations that doubled the size of the house. The four oldest kids now each have their own bedrooms, while the others share. One of the Ingles’ birth children headed off to college last month. Ten adopted kids who have special needs benefit from independent education programs in the Sycamore public school system, which Heather said has been very accommodating. “We love our kids, and we love our life,” Heather said. “We wouldn’t change anything about it. Despite the many trials we have gone through, we wouldn’t change anything.” May God bless Heather and Rick Ingle – and all 15 of their children. And may God bless the United States with more people just like them.

tion and terms their employers offered them. Those days are long gone. “For one thing, there have been a myriad of regulations imposed on employers with respect to how they treat their employees. The need for the kind of protection by unions that existed in the late 19th and early 20th century has diminished greatly.

Unions still serve a purpose, but not the same as they originally did. “Yes, there is a negative element in the right-to-work environment which enables nonunion workers to benefit from the privileges won by union representation. But forcing people to join unions is not the answer.”

Jean Schmidt is the U.S. Representative in Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District. Her local office number is 513-791-0381.

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

Bill B.

Hypocrisy on fiscal cliff is overwhelming We’re all hearing a lot about the upcoming so-called “fiscal cliff.” It consists of two main things. First, automatic cuts in spending coming on Dec. 31 – half in defense, and half in domestic programs. The other part of the cliff is the expiration of the socalled Bush tax cuts on Dec. 31. The battle lines between President Obama and Congressional Democrats on one hand, and Congressional Republicans on the other hand, are the following. Most ReSteve Chabot beCOMMUNITY PRESS publicans lieve that the GUEST COLUMNIST real problem is that Washington is overspending, not that we are undertaxing. Therefore, we should control spending and not raise taxes on anyone, period. (And of course if tax cuts are allowed to expire, that has the same effect as raising taxes.) The Democrats and President Obama say that 98 percent of the Bush tax cuts were good, and we should keep them. (According to them, this is the middle class.) However, the reduced tax rates on the top 2 percent of Americans are bad, and taxes on this group of people should be raised. At least that’s what Democrats say now. But that’s not what they said when Republicans in Congress and President Bush passed the tax cuts back in 2001and 2003. I know. I remember. I was there. Over and over Democrats would go to the floor of the House to rail against all of the Bush tax cuts. They made the same case through the media. According to Democrats, these tax cuts were only “tax cuts for the rich.” Allegedly, none of the tax cuts went to the middle class. A few examples. Nancy Pelosi was the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. Here’s what she had to say. “I urge my colleagues to reject this reckless, irresponsible Republican tax cut for millionaires that leaves working families out in the cold.” She went on to say, “The Republican tax plan overwhelmingly benefits those who need it least at the expense of the working families of America.” Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who was, and still is today, the number two Democrat in the House, said the Republican tax cuts were “extraordinarily unfair to middle-income tax payers while advantaging wealthy people.” And New York Congressman Charlie Rangel, who was the lead Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee (the tax-writing committee) at the time, said that the Republican tax cut plan amounted to “if you are not rich, you are not entitled to a tax cut.” He concluded by proclaiming “Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for what they are doing to the good people of the United States of America.” The hypocrisy is overwhelming. A good trial lawyer would ask, “Were they lying then, or are they lying now?” Or both. Steve Chabot represents the 1st District. He can be reached at 441 Vine St., Room 3003, Cincinnati, OH., 45202, phone 513-684-2723.

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Deer Park resident Madde Bundy was picked to turn on the lights at the Christmas Festival Nov. 23. THANKS TO JOHN PERIN


From left: Deer Park Park Board President John Perin, Councilman John Donnellon, Mayor Dave Collins and Safety-Service Director Mike Berens hang out with Santa and have a drink of some hot chocolate at the Christmas Festival. THANKS TO JOHN PERIN

Christmas festival draws ‘good crowd’ despite cold

Park board members Eli and Amanda Blum pose with Santa at the Christmas Festival. Chairman John Perin said they both put a lot of time into the event. THANKS TO JOHN PERIN

Despite the cold and blustery weather, Deer Park residents came out to kick off the Christmas season. The park board sponsored its Christmas Festival at Chamberlin Park, 7640 Plainfield Road, Nov. 23. Deer Park High School’s choir performed until Santa Claus made his grand entrance to the event, where attendees lined up in the park to meet him. Madde Bundy was picked as the kid who pushed the button, turning the tree and lights on in the park. Residents enjoyed free hot chocolate and cookies, provided by the Deer Park Deli, Park Board President John Perin said. Mayor Dave Collins thanked the park board and volunteers at the city council meeting Nov. 26, saying that although the weather conditions weren’t ideal, the festival still drew a good crowd. For more about your community, visit

Deer Park lit up its city Christmas tree, along with lights strung up all over Chamberlin Park. THANKS TO JOHN PERIN

People attending the Christmas festival huddle around the bonfire in the cold weather. THANKS TO JOHN PERIN

Our Promise, Your Future. You will never be asked to leave for financial reasons, and there is no up-front deposit or entrance fee required. To find out how this works, call Paul Scheper (513) 272-5555 ext. 4221. CE-0000534808


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 27 Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

On Stage - Comedy

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

Music - Rock


Noah Hunt and the 420 Allstars, 9:30 p.m., MVP Sports Bar & Grille, 6923 Plainfield Road, With Grooveshire. Doors open at 4 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $15, $10 advance. 794-1400. Silverton.

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, Free. 8914227; Indian Hill.


Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 100, Topic: What is type 2 Diabetes? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 271-5111; Madisonville.

Kids New Year’s Eve Overnight, 7 p.m.-8 a.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Children ring in new year with ball drop, noisemakers and special “bubbly toast” at midnight. Ages 0-6. $45, $35 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Mike Vecchione, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Religious - Community A Short Course in Quakerism, 7-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Friends Meeting, 8075 Keller Road, Paul Buckley, Quaker author presenting. Ages 16 and up. $5 per session or $45 for all 10 sessions. Through Feb. 21. 207-5353; Madeira.

TUESDAY, JAN. 1 Holiday - New Year’s New Year at the J, 7 p.m.-8 a.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Noisemakers, ball drop and special bubbly toast at midnight. Includes activities at waterpark, gym, bounce house, a movie and breakfast. Bring a swim suit, towel, sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, toothbrush and toothpaste. Grades K-6. $45, $40 for siblings; member advantage: $35, $30 siblings. Reservations required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Deborah discusses, with weekly demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, how to achieve spontaneity, character and life in your figure painting. $80 per month. Reservations required. 259-9302; Mariemont.

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

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

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

Parenting Classes HypnoBirthing, 5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Weekly through Jan. 30. Childbirth series rejects myth that suffering must accompany labor. $200 per birthing team for 10-week package. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. Through Feb. 23. 985-0900. Montgomery.

SATURDAY, DEC. 29 Exercise Classes


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

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

Exhibits Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Features 50 Peanuts daily and Sunday comic strips and more than 50 vintage Peanutsthemed seasonal novelties. Free. 891-4227; Indian Hill.

Music - Blues Sonny Moorman Group, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

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

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Through Dec. 30. 871-7297; Madisonville.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 9850900. Montgomery.

SUNDAY, DEC. 30 Exhibits Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, Free. 8914227;

On Stage - Comedy Celebrate New Year's Eve from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Amberley Village. In addition to a ball drop and special bubbly toast at midnight, enjoy activities at the waterpark, gym, bounce house, a movie and breakfast. Bring a swim suit, towel, sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, toothbrush and toothpaste. The celebration is for kindergarteners through sixth-grade. Cost is $45, and $40 for siblings. Member advantage is $35, $30 for siblings. Reservations are required. Call 761-7500, or visit AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Indian Hill.

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

Pets Cat Adoptions, Noon-2 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 8717297; Madisonville.

MONDAY, DEC. 31 Dining Events New Year’s Eve Dinner, 5 p.m., Brown Dog Cafe, 5893 Pfeiffer Road, Four-course meal from special menu. $49.99; $40.99 seated before 5:30 p.m.; plus tax and gratuity. 794-1610. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment re-

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

Holiday - New Year’s New Years Eve Extravaganza, 9 p.m., Sneaky Pete’s, 8512 Market Place Lane, Music by DJ Nikki B. Party favors and free Champagne toast at midnight. Ages 21 and up. $5 advance. 793-1980;

Montgomery. New Years Eve with Mike Vecchione, 7:30 p.m. ($20) and 10 p.m. ($40), Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, After second show party favors, snack plates, and bottles of champagne will be handed out. Comics will retake stage and begin the countdown with prizes and jokes. Then join comedians with guests and laugh in the new year. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery. New Year’s Eve, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, In addition to regular dinner menu, some specials from the chef will be offered. Reservations required.


247-9933; cincinnati. Montgomery. New Year’s Eve Party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., HD Beans and Bottles Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Classic rock music by Diamond Jim Dews Band. 793-6036; Silverton.

Jeremy Essig, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Act is laden with musical references, and his views on current state of Christian music. Ages 18 and up. $8-$12. 984-9288; or Montgomery.

Exercise Classes

Health / Wellness

On Stage - Comedy Jeremy Essig, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; or Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 9850900. Montgomery.

SUNDAY, JAN. 6 Exhibits Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, Free. 8914227; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Comedy Jeremy Essig, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; or Montgomery.

MONDAY, JAN. 7 Cooking Classes Basics - Series of 3 Cooking Classes – Class 1, 6-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Covers fundamentals of cooking including basic techniques, vocabulary, ingredients and food safety. Ages 18 and up. $185 series of 3. Reservations required. Presented by Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Sports BCS National Championship Game Watch Party: Alabama vs. Notre Dame, 8 p.m., Firehouse Grill, 4785 Lake Forest Drive, With local Alabama fans, friends and alumni. All ages welcome. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Chapter of The University of Alabama Alumni Association. 733-3473; Blue Ash.

TUESDAY, JAN. 8 Education


Introduction to eBooks for Kindle, 6 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn how to use the Library’s downloadable collection to borrow eBooks. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Fashion Shows

On Stage - Comedy

Fashion Angels Charity Fashion Event, 6-10 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Showcasing local designers and artists. Benefits American Cancer Society, Freestore Foodbank and the Beautiful Minds. $50, $35. Presented by Rob Deaton Photography. 646-249-3830; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

On Stage - Comedy Jeremy Essig, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; or Montgomery.

Organic Comedy Tour, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Tour and documentary featuring comedians Jarrod Harris and Ryan Singer traveling around the country in Jarrod’s RV. Ages 18 and up. $7. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Parenting Classes More Signing, Less Whining, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Includes pre-verbal communication, earlier speech development, enhanced intellectual development, pictorial dictionary and Signing Safari CD. $45 per couple. Registration required. Presented by Signing Safari, LLC. 475-4500; Montgomery.



Art & Craft Classes

Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 9850900. Montgomery.

Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center. 2599302.Mariemont.



Begin a batch of friendship bread Last week I mentioned a friendship bread recipe on my blog. But I had a request from a reader who doesn’t blog and wanted to “send a huge batch to my grandson and his unit in Afghanistan.” Well, that did it. Some of us have family in the armed forces or know of those who are keeping our nation safe, so I’ve decided if it’s that special to our troops, it deserves space here. It’s a fun project in food chemistry to Rita make with the Heikenfeld kids during holiRITA’S KITCHEN day break. Friendship bread is so-called because the starter is meant to be shared. Since vintage recipes are “hot” right now, you’ll be oh so trendy! These particular friendship “breads” are sweet and taste like a quick bread. If you want them even more cakelike, sprinkle top of batter with mixture of sugar and cinnamon. One reader uses butterscotch pudding instead of vanilla in the second recipe.

Friendship bread yeast starter

⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups all-purpose flour


If you want, you can throw in a handful of raisins, chopped fresh or dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. Pour into two sprayed and sugared loaf pans (before pouring batter in, sprinkle some sugar in the pans on the bottoms and sides, and dump out excess if you like). Or mix in a bit of cinnamon with the sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Friendship bread No. 2, with pudding

Because of the pudding in the batter, this is sweeter. With what’s left in the bowl, beat in the following:

3 eggs 1 cup oil 1 ⁄2 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla

In a separate bowl, stir together and then beat with egg mixture:

These friendship breads are sweet and cake-like. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Leave on counter, don’t refrigerate. Put in large bowl or container, covered lightly with wrap. You can use plastic, stainless steel or glass. Or put in large sealed baggie, in which case you’d squeeze baggie instead of stirring with a spoon as indicated below. You may have to open baggie occasionally to let the gasses, which form from the yeast, escape. You’ll know if you have to do this if the bag puffs up a lot. Regarding yeast, use regular dry yeast, not rapid or fast rise. I will tell you that I have

forgotten about the 10-day timing and the bread still turned out nicely anywhere from 9 to 11 days. If you go over the time limit, just give it a stir each day. Freeze the starter? One of my readers freezes the starter for up to a month if she has extra. Now I haven’t done this myself, but she says it works just fine. Day 1: Stir together 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk plus 1 envelope (0.25 oz. or 21⁄4 teaspoons) dry yeast. Days 2 through 5: Stir with spoon. Day 6: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup

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sugar, 1 cup milk. Days 7 through 9: Stir with spoon. Day 10: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Stir and put 1 cup mixture into three separate containers. Give two away, use the last cup as your new starter and use what’s left in the bowl to make bread. Mark date on starters. Between the two cakes given

below, it seems like the one with the pudding mix is the most popular. I can’t decide which I like better!

Friendship bread No. 1, without pudding

With what’s left in the bowl, beat in the following:

⁄3 cup oil 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon, apple pie or pumpkin pie spice 11⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 2

2 cups all-purpose flour 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) 1 large box instant vanilla pudding (5 oz. approximately) 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon, apple pie or pumpkin pie spice or more to taste (optional, but very good)

Follow directions above for preparing pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356. Go to her blog at

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RELIGION Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited to participate in the activities and worship services. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

Bible clubs during the school year at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for children ages 2 through sixthgrade. The program is on Christmas break, but returns Wednesday, Jan. 9, with “Snowball Night.” Call the church for information. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township;

Bethel Baptist Temple

Brecon United Methodist Church

Sunday School is 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. The church offers AWANA children’s


The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is


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

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ST. GERTRUDE PARISH 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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person for Israel, sent Nesenoff on a personal journey. He moved to Israel to better understand the true reason for Israel’s existence and her place in the world, and to experience first-hand the blessings, challenges, oddities and hilarities of Israeli life. Recently Nesenoff took his life-changing experiences, insights, and love of Israel and combined them into one powerful and hilarious, touching and irreverent lecture entitled “Whose homeland is it anyway?” that has inspired and entertained audiences around the world. At 7:30 p.m., On Tuesday, Jan. 8, filmmaker, songwriter, and whistleblower David Nesenoff will bring his unforgettable presentation “Whose Homeland Is it Anyway?” to Cincinnati. The event is part of the Israel@65 celebration and will be hosted by Chabad Jewish Center. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, with sponsorship opportunity for $150 that includes admission for two, and private dinner and conversation with guest. For reservations and more information, call 793 5200, or visit the center website. Chabad Jewish Center is at 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash; 793-5200;

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First Church of Christ, Scientist 871-0245 3035 Erie Ave Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave

think that people already have gotten used to the idea of Jewish people governing their own country given to them by G-d so many thousands of years ago. Yet anti-Israel sentiment and it’s not so latent source anti-Semitism and has not only not abated but in certain quarters it has even taken on a more subtle and insidious form. An anti-Semite can do tremendous damage to Israel’s image by hiding behind a slanted choice of words used to report an incident, a shocking photo taken out of context, or a prejudiced opinion piece masked as an outcry of moral justice that is based on deliberate superficiality, ignorance or misinformation. That is why whistleblower David Nesenoff deserves such credit for his work in uncovering one such person. On American Jewish Heritage Celebration Day on May 27, 2010, David interviewed the renowned veteran White House correspondent and columnist Helen Thomas, known as the “dean" of the Washington, D.C. press corps, and unintentionally discovered her to be what in our postholocaust generation can only be described as a raw and virulent anti-Semite. When asked for comments on Israel, she replied: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” When David followed up by asking “Where should the Israeli Jews go?” Thomas responded that they can "go home" to Poland or Germany. Needless to say, this incident helped retire Thomas’s career for good. It also catapulted her interviewer David Nesenoff into the limelight—which turned out to be less pleasant than he might have imagined. Positive media interviews and complimentary feedback abounded, but so did the death threats and tens-of-thousands of pieces of hate-mail. The intense hostility, as well as the sudden responsibility of serving as an unofficial spokes-


Ascension Lutheran Church


8000 Miami Ave. 513-791-4470 Sunday Worship 9:00 am - Contemporary Service 10:00am Educational Hour 11:00 am - Traditional Service

Public Notice: Public Hearing on the City of Deer Park Natural Gas Aggregation Program Plan of Operation and Governance The City of Deer Park Council will hold two public hearings on the City’s Natural Gas Aggregation Program Plan of Operation and Governance. The hearings will be held at 3:30 P.M. and 6:15 P.M. on Monday, January 14, 2013. Both hearings will take place at the City of Deer Park Council Chambers, 777 Blue Ash Drive, Deer Park, OH 45236. On November 6, 2012, the City of Deer Park voters passed Gas Aggregation, which authorized the City to form a governmental natural gas aggregation for the purchase of natural gas on behalf of the City of Deer Park residents. The City of Deer Park shall submit its aggregation Plan of Operation to the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to PUCO Regulation and Ohio law. The City of Deer Park shall develop an opt-out aggregation program following the procedure set forth in Ohio Revised Code Section 4928.20. Integrys Energy Services-Natural Gas, LLC (Integrys) is the proposed retail natural gas service provider to the aggregate. Subject to the final approval of the City Council, the City of Deer Park and Integrys will enter into a Natural Gas Aggregation Supply Agreement. The Natural Gas Aggregation Agreement may provide a fixed rate, a capped rate and/or a variable rate for eligible customers that provide more price certainty and stability than the rates currently offered by Duke Energy-Ohio. The offer is scheduled to begin on or before May 2013 and is anticipated to be for a 1 or 2 year term. All eligible customers (Duke Energy-Ohio customers) to be included in the City’s aggregate will be included unless they opt-out. All customers eligible to be included in the City of Deer Park’s aggregate will receive a mailing notifying them of their right to opt-out. The Notice will fully explain the rates, terms and conditions and general information regarding the Program. If a customer does not wish to be included in the program, the customer will have 21 days to opt-out of the program free of charge by returning an enclosed post card, visiting Integrys’ website for the City or calling a toll free telephone number. New customers moving into the City of Deer Park will be included in the aggregate unless they exercise their right to opt-out of the aggregate. Customers moving within the City will retain their status at the original rate. Aggregate customers will continue to receive one bill from Duke Energy-Ohio. 1001741746

New Years Eve Service is at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Sunday services are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service is 7 p.m. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township; 984-5044.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 5034262.

Rockdale Temple

Rockdale Sisterhood Gift Shop has expanded to include a greater selection of Judaica with many unique pieces. As part of the expansion, the gift shop is launching a Judaica of the Month opportunity, a handpicked selection that will be available by special order for that month. If you are interested in receiving Judaica of the Month notifications, please email The Judaica in stock will allow immediate availability of unusual pieces as well as special orders for those giving gifts and/or adding to collections. The Safed candles, hand dipped in the ancient city of Tzfat, Israel, are available in a wide array of colors and designs. Rockdale Gift Shop will also be expanding its hour and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sundays. Contact Rockdale Temple at 891-9900 to arrange appointments at other times. The expansion of inventory at the Gift Shop is an ongoing project and available year round. The initial offering from the Judaica of the Month will be in December so sign up now. Rockdale Temple is at 8501 Ridge Road, Amberley Village, 45236; 891-9900.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Permanent change in service hours: 8 a.m. – spoken Holy Eucharist; 10 a.m. – Eucharist with music. St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, There is no requirement other than a willing heart and a desire to serve. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call or email the church office to help serve during the services. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. The group is discussing “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” by Thomas Cahill. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401.



Schmidt nominates 29 for military academies U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt has nominated 29 residents of Ohio’s Second Congressional District for acceptance by four military academies. At least one nominee could be accepted by each institution: the Army’s U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. All members of Congress may nominate up to 10 candidates per opening. There’s no guarantee that more than one nominee will be accepted by each academy. Academies usually make appointments by March 31. “The academies look for individuals who are wellrounded academically, physically and socially,” Schmidt said. “The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership qualities, community service, athleticism, scholarship and a strong desire to serve in the military as an officer. Those selected commit to serving in the military for at least five years after graduation.” In April, Schmidt hosted an information night in Ripley for high school students interested in seeking her nomination. Those who later applied were interviewed last month at Schmidt’s Cincinnati office by two Air Force Academy graduates, a West Point graduate and a Navy lieutenant commander. Nominations were based on the panel’s recommendations. Schmidt held a reception Tuesday, Nov. 20, at her Cincinnati office to recog-

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt has nominated 29 residents of Ohio's Second Congressional District for acceptance by four of the nation's military academies. PROVIDED

nize the following nominees and their families:

U.S. Military Academy at West Point (Army) Clermont County: David Trate of Loveland, a student at Loveland High School, and Jarod Wolfe of Williamsburg, a student at Clermont Northeastern High School. Hamilton County: Michael Khamis of Cincinnati, a student at Turpin High School; Dale Lakes of Cincinnati, a student at Summit Country Day School; John McCormick of Cincinnati, a student at Walnut Hills High School, and Michael Plitt of Loveland, a student at Loveland High School. Warren County: Andrew Bergman of Morrow, a student at Moeller High School; Alexander Kuvin of Loveland, a student at St. Xavier High School; Ryan Lyons of Mason, a student at Mason High School, and Andrew Mendel of Mason, a student at Moeller High School.

U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. Naval Academy Clermont County: Nicholas Bailey of Loveland, a student at St. Xavier High School. Hamilton County: Samuel Bascom of Madeira, a student at Madeira High School; Ariel Cohen of Cincinnati, a student at Walnut Hills High School; Tanner Hawk of Loveland, a student at Loveland High School; Tanner Huskey of Blue Ash, a student at Miami University; Zachary Hutmier of Cincinnati, a student at the Massanutten Military Academy, and George Koglmeier of Mariemont, a student at Mariemont High School. Warren County: Daniel


Volunteers pitch in for charity the Ohio River. Members of the Cincinnati community buy the ducks that are then paired with a uniquely numbered sticker. The proceeds are used to provide meals for those in need in the Greater Cincinnati community. As part of their employee-led community outreach program, Helping Hands, dunnhumby partners with the Freestore Foodbank, and was recently recognized with the Freestore Foodbank’s annual “Hope Award” for outstanding community service.

Kurtzahn of Kings Mills, a student at Kings High School, and Wyatt Thomas of Lebanon, a student at Lebanon High School.

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Brown County: Holly Van Keuren of Georgetown, a student at the New Mexico Military Institute. Warren County: Duane Sowers of Oregonia, a student at Clinton-Massie High School.

PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that on the 10th day of January, 2013, at 7:00 o’clock P.M., a public hearing will be held on the Budget prepared by the Deer Park Community School District of Hamilton County, Ohio, for the next succeeding fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Such hearing will be held at the office of the Deer Park City Board of Education, 4131 Matson Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. Cynthia Studenvoll, Treasurer 1741800

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Volunteering in the preparation for the Rubber Duck Regatta are dunnhummbyUSA employees, from left, Danton Crosser (Oakley), Rachel Romanelli (Mt. Washington), Peter Huisman (Mason), Ben Voorhorst (Mariemont), Katie Vogt (Hyde Park), DeAnn Elmer (Downtown), Jessie Dye (Hyde Park), Leslie Liss (Mt. Lookout) and Lauren Santoianni (Madeira). THANKS TO

A team of dunnhumbyUSA employees responded to a last-minute plea for volunteers at the Freestore Foodbank in preparation for the annual Rubber Duck Regatta. Fourteen dunnhumby employees labeled, processed and loaded more than 30,000 ducks the day before the Regatta, helping the Freestore Foodbank to accommodate a recordbreaking 130,000 ducks and raise more than $800,000 for neighbors in need. Each September, the Freestore Foodbank rents hundreds of thousands of rubber ducks to race down

via, a student at Batavia High School, and Nicholas Twine of Batavia, a student at the University of Cincinnati. Hamilton County: Isabel Englehart of Cincinnati, a student at Summit Country Day School; Mitchel Hoelker of Cincinnati, a student at Moeller High School; William Shanley of Cincinnati, a student at St. Xavier High School, and Matthew Krott of Cincinnati, a student at Ohio State University. Warren County: Alaina Kappner of Maineville, a student at Kings High School, and Kajler Rask of Oregonia, a student at Utah State University.

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Breast surgeon joins Mercy Health Dr. Hilary ShapiroWright, who specializes in breast surgery, has joined Mercy Health Physicians. Shapiro-Wright is a board certified surgical breast specialist and surgical breast oncologist. She completed her fellowship in Surgical Breast Oncology and Diseases of the Breast at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh in 2010. In 2009, Shapiro-Wright completed a general surgery residency at Botsford Hospital, Michigan State University in Farmington Hills. She received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in 2004 at Lake Erie College of Osteopatic Medicine in Erie, PA. Shapiro-Wright trained

Wright to treat a spectrum of breast diseases in both men and women. She has expertise in a number of services including the treatment of patients for new breast

masses, abnormal mammograms, nipple discharge, breast cancer, gynecomastia, male breast disease and breast pain. Shapiro-Wright also per-

forms ductoscopy, an exam that can help to detect cancer at its earliest stages even before a mass is present. “I believe it is important to treat every patient the way I would want myself and my family to be treated – with kindness, compassion, respect and honesty. That is why I am dedicated to providing the best care possible to my patients,” said Shapiro-Wright, who began seeing patients Dec. 1 at Mercy Health – Kenwood Breast Surgery, 4700 E. Galbraith Road, Suite 105. To learn more about Shapiro-Wright or to schedule an appointment, call (513) 924-8535 or visit

POLICE REPORTS COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Keenan O'Neill, 21, 6849 Springcrest Circle, theft at 3400 Highland Ave., Nov. 30.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging Tires damaged at 6811 Grace Ave., Dec. 4. Robbery Victim threatened and shoes and currency valued at $75 removed at 5444 Kennedy Ave., Dec. 4. Theft Generator valued at $450 removed at 3400 Highland Ave., Dec. 4. Purse and currency valued at $90 removed at 5653 View Pointe Drive, Dec. 5.

DEER PARK Arrests/citations None reported.


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. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 None reported.

1. Bret Kishbaugh, 48, 7203 Longfield, driving under influence, Nov. 26.

MADEIRA Arrests/citations Reann E. Drizin, 20, 3813 Fox Run, drug abuse, Nov. 30. Marvin Bennett, 31, 1722 Gellenbeck St., drug abuse, Nov. 30. Bruce Patterson, 34, 2434 Cardinal Hill Court, drug abuse, Dec.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Copper taken at Riverstone at 13 Bradford Place, Dec. 4. Dog at large At 7461 S. Mingo Lane, Dec. 5.

Domestic incident At Whetsel Avenue, Dec. 1.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Trevor Holloway, 41, 209 E Mitchell Ave., theft, obstructing official business at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 1. Ashley Morton, 26, 6214 Cheviot Road, criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 5.

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at 8450 Blue Ash Road, Dec. 2. Theft Reported at 11933 Third Street, Nov. 20. Pictures of unknown value removed at 4777 E Galbraith Road, Nov. 27. Jewelry, purse, clothing of unknown value removed at 4020 E Galbraith Road, Nov. 30.


The Madeira Woman's Club once again delivered batteries to the Shriners Hospital of Cincinnati. Every year for the last 20 years the Shriners hospital has been the recipient of this battery drive. The batteries are used throughout the year for battery-operated toys that children use during their stay at the hospital. Making the delivery are Madeira Woman's Club members Myrna Wilson, Norma Simon and Shirley Kallmeyer, with Vanessa Mosley, director of development at Shriners. THANKS TO RUTH KINNEY

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Honoring Vincentians

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati had its annual Fellowship Banquet Sept. 8 at its West End Outreach Center. The banquet honored Vincentians and other volunteers for their service in fulfilling

The society’s mission to give hope and assistance to our neighbors in need. Vincentians in attendance celebrated Mass before being treated to dinner and Christian concert featuring local artists Agape

Alive and ROMANS. Vincentians are members of conferences, which are volunteer groups working out of Catholic parishes serving people in need living in each parish’s respective communities.

Helen Whalen of the St. Theresa Little Flower conference in Mount Airy received the Fires of Faith Award for contributing to the spiritual growth of her community and her fellow conference members. Whalen is with St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati District President Andrew Curran, left, St. Theresa Little Flower Conference President Carol Gabis, middle right, and Executive Director Liz Carter. THANKS TO ERIC YOUNG

Carol Herbert, received the Top Hat Award for exemplifying the qualities of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s founder Frederic Ozanam. Herbert is with St. William The Rev. Father Andrew Umberg. THANKS TO ERIC YOUNG

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Bob Johnson, of the St. Antoninus conference in Western Hills, received the Top Hat Award for exemplifying the qualities of The Society’s founder Frederic Ozanam. Johnson is with St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati District President Andrew Curran, left, St. Antoninus Conference President Mick Douthat, middle right, and Executive Director Liz Carter. THANKS TO ERIC YOUNG

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Bob Meade, president of the St. Jude conference in Bridgetown, was honored for 30 years of service as a Vincentian. Meade is with St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati District President Andrew Curran, left, and Executive Director Liz Carter. THANKS TO ERIC YOUNG




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Madeira students honor our veterans Madeira students honored local veterans in a display of audible patriotism. In a tribute to veterans that included band and choir performances, Cub Scouts posting colors, the definition of “patriotism” to some veterans and a medley of the Armed Forces anthems, students honored those who served in the military to a packed auditorium on Nov. 12 at Madeira Middle School, 6612 Miami Ave. Cub Scout Pack No.20 presented the flags and posted the colors to start the program, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and “The Star Spangled Banner.” The Madeira Middle School choir, comprised of students in grades 5 through 8, sang several songs about thanking and honoring current and former soldiers. Madeira’s Middle School band, with students from grades 7 and 8, played songs whose theme was freedom. Five students told the audience how veterans responded when asked the question, “What does patriotism mean to you,” and Lt. Col. Daniel Redden served as the veteran guest speaker for the program. Redden, who enlisted in the 1980s, has more than a dozen medals from his service and is now a professor of military science at the University of Dayton. “Amazing Grace,” performed on bagpipes, and “Taps” ended the school’s Veterans Day tribute.

Ethan Snyder performs "Taps" to end the program's performances.

Redden speaks to the audience about the life of a soldier and his or her service. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE



All veterans present were asked to stand. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Veteran guest speaker Lt. Col. Daniel Redden speaks to students, veterans and community members. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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