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During the last year, many of our Dublin Life covers have showcased outstanding members of our community. We kicked off with Shelley Meyer, who shared her lifelong focus on fitness, and are wrapping up with a story about City of Dublin employee Jennifer Miglietti, who has been pursuing her own health goals and has dropped 120 pounds in the process. Miglietti’s is just one of the remarkable stories included in this issue. You’ll read about Dr. William Shiels’ groundbreaking work with ultrasound to help veterans, the Christine Wilson Foundation’s generous donations to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Dublin’s Citizens Police Academy and the civilian patrol it inspired. And, as usual, you’ll find the best of local shopping in our Dublin Life Magazine Holiday Gift Guide. Slàinte, Kathleen K. Gill President/Publisher CityScene Media Group
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As 2013 draws to a close and we usher in 2014, the City is saying goodbye to one familiar face while welcoming back another. Earlier this year, the City of Dublin’s longest-serving City Councilmember, Cathy A. Boring, decided not to seek re-election. Following Cathy’s announcement, former City Councilmember Greg Peterson decided to run and was successful in his bid for the Ward 1 seat. Cathy’s departure truly marks the end of an era – one filled with many remarkable accomplishments. Since taking office in January 1994, Cathy served as vice mayor for three two-year terms and represented Council as a chair or member of the following committees: public safety, public service, administrative, finance and community development. For eight years, she served as Council representative on the Planning & Zoning Commission. She also has been the Council liaison to Dublin City Schools Board of Education, Dublin Arts Council and the Central Ohio Transit Authority Advisory Panel. In addition, she served on the Blue Ribbon Committee for Dublin City Schools. Cathy has been a champion for many initiatives, including Emerald Fields Park, the Art in Public Places program, the Dublin Community Recreation Center, the planning and construction of Emerald Parkway, and the vision for the Bridge Street District. Throughout her career, Cathy played a significant role in helping shape the City of Dublin into the exemplary community it is today. Not surprisingly, Cathy plans to remain active in our community and spend more time with her family. She recently became a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) through Experience Columbus. CTAs are a group of professionals whose mission is to enhance visitors’ experience in our region. Cathy also serves on the board of trustees of the Dublin Food Pantry. She and her husband, Mike Summers, have three grown children, four grandsons and one granddaughter. We are thankful for her service to our community and wish her well. Sincerely,
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DECEMBER Through Dec. 20 Masayuki Miyajima: Infinite Possibilities
Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by the City of Dublin. This year’s tree lighting is held on a Jig Thursday, which includes visits from food trucks, specials at Historic Dublin restaurants and free trolley rides.
Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Dr., www.dublinarts.org Masayuki Miyajima exhibits functional and handcrafted pottery embedded with Mingei folk art inspiration. The exhibition is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
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5-9 p.m., Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., www.colszoo.org Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Columbus Zoo’s Wildlights at the park, which is adorned with more than 3 million lights. Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Dec. 1 Dwight Lenox Holiday Show
1-3 p.m., Abbey Theater, 5600 Post Rd., www.dublinohiousa.gov Columbus’s own jazz singer Dwight Lenox performs a collection of holiday favorites. Meet Lenox during intermission or after the show’s conclusion.
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Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, www.dublinchamber.org This annual holiday mixer celebrates the season with the area’s young professionals. Guests are asked to bring a canned food item or coat for donation or make a cash donation at the door. Attendees must be 21 years or older.
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Abbey Theater, 5600 Post Rd., www.dublinohiousa.gov Students from Dublin Dance and Gymnastics perform the holiday classic. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.
Dec. 7 Irish Gingerbread House Party and Auction
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6:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, www.christinewilsonfoundation.org The annual fundraiser for the Christine Wilson Foundation, which supports the Christine Wilson Burn Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, features original compositions by Dublin resident Mark King performed by King, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Dublin Jerome High School choir. Tickets start at $76.
Dec. 20 A Christmas Carol
7 p.m., Abbey Theater, 5600 Post Rd., www.dublinohiousa.gov ArtReach Touring Theatre performs the musical version of this Charles Dickens classic. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.
Dec. 31 Christmas Bird Count
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11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dublin Chamber Office, 129 S. High St., www.dublinchamber.org Holly Zoba leads a session counseling business professionals on achieving success in their careers.
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Ultrasounds of W Dublin radiologist aids children and wounded veterans
For a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder, physical pain –
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WAR Dr. William Shiels, a Dublin resident and interventional radiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, uses ultrasound to guide removal of these undesirable bits and pieces. “We can find everything from wood to shrapnel in adults and children,” Shiels says. “We can find it and remove it without major surgery. Wounded veterans have this stuff in their bodies and it drives them crazy. It’s hard to get over PTSD when you feel the injury every day. ” www.dublinlifemagazine.com
“We can find everything from wood to shrapnel in adults and children. We can find it and remove it without major surgery. Wounded veterans have this stuff in their bodies and it drives them crazy.”
The entire country, Dublin included, has been impacted by the wars of the past 10 years. “Dublin soldiers have seen a lot of casualties in the Iraq war,” Shiels says. “The impact is real. More than 15,000 Ohio veterans suffer from PTSD. There’s a really close connection between Dublin residents and their troops.” In the past, doctors have had difficulty finding shrapnel in patients’ bodies. The use of ultrasound, instead of X-rays, has proven helpful in finding these fragments and, now, wounded veterans come to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to see Shiels, who removes the embedded fragments. “You can X-ray all day long and never find anything,” Shiels says. “Ultrasound shows anything that is solid: glass, metal, plastic and babies. It’s the same technology the Doppler weather radar uses. After we detect the debris, we use millimeter guidance to move an instrument into the body, remove scar tissue and then remove the foreign bodies.” Injuries sustained from foreign bodies don’t just happen to soldiers; a splinter from an unfinished deck or an errant
sewing needle can embed itself in skin just like shrapnel can. Some patients live with the pain and try to forget the foreign body is there. “A microbiology professor at Ohio University approached me after one of my lectures, and he had a sewing needle in his foot for 20 years,” Shiels says. “Other surgeons wouldn’t remove it because it was too deep and too small. He couldn’t walk barefoot on a hardwood floor. He came to Children’s and we took it out in 15 minutes.” Shiels has also assisted patients who suffered serious eye injuries while outdoors. “We had one child who fell off an ATV and a branch went into his eye socket, and another man who was a hunter who walked right into a thorn tree,” he says. “We did minimally invasive ultrasoundguided removal, and they were both able to see perfectly after.” Different types of debris cause different types of problems. If metal is trapped in the body, it may press against nerves, or it may go completely unnoticed. But wood fragmentation is a situation that needs to be handled immediately. 11
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Dr. William Shiels is pioneering the use of ultrasound to guide removal of shrapnel from the body.
“Wood will always cause an inflammation, whether an infection or continuous irritation,” Shiels says. “It will never stop causing pain until you get that thing out.” Shiels bridged the gap between war wounds and childhood injuries when he was asked to help Nationwide Children’s undergo a complete remodel of its radiology department almost two decades ago. At the time, he was working as the radiology consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. Before the move, he was in charge of the entire army radiology department, including 2,000 technicians, 200 doctors and 49 hospitals. “This offer came just at a time when I was deciding to become a general in the army or to leave the army and do something else,” he says. “They had this need for strategic change and asked if I would come there. I’ve been in Dublin since 1995.” Before moving to central Ohio, Shiels, a Cincinnati native, worked at the Pentagon. Prior to that, he was a high school teacher in Pennsylvania, where he taught ninth-grade physical science and 10th-
grade biology. He found that teaching did not use his entire skill set. Radiology has been the best career path for him, he says, allowing him to become a detective of the human body. “Radiology is such a broad field that needs such a breadth of knowledge and skill sets,” Shiels says. “I get to be the ultimate Sherlock Holmes of medicine every day of my life. My job is to help the other doctors figure out exactly what the disease is, where it is, what it looks like and the best way to treat it.” Shiels cites the City’s sense of togetherness and push for social action as part of his inspiration to continue to help others. “Dublin is a dynamite community,” he says. “It is committed to a high quality of life that starts with nurturing family development and community support.” When he isn’t expanding the world of radiology, Shiels in-line skates, snow skis, cooks and spends time with his two daughters, Courtney and Moira. Stephan Reed is an editorial associate. Feedback welcome at email@example.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com
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Christine Wilson Foundation marks 10 years of philanthropy at annual concert
WBNS-10TV news anchor Chuck Strickler emcees the 2012 Christine’s Christmas concert. Strickler will be master of ceremonies at this year’s concert as well.
In addition to his work in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Radiology Department, Dr. William Shiels is one of the major sponsors of the Christine’s Christmas event, which is commemorating a decade of giving this year. The 10th annual event, scheduled for Dec. 14, raises money for the Christine Wilson Burn Center at the hospital and for other children’s charities. The Christine Wilson Foundation has donated $454,000 to the burn center and other causes. The Burn Center – which treats chemical, electrical and thermal burns, as well as frostbite and other skin conditions – was officially named for Wilson this year in a ceremony held June 11. The Dublin native was only 19 years old when she and four friends died in an arson near The Ohio State University campus in April 2003. The Wilsons’ family friend and neighbor, Mark King, began the Christine’s Christmas concert. King, a radiologist at Nationwide Children’s, was always passionate 14
about music, says Courtney Cahill, assistant director of development for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation. “He had a great relationship with Christine and her family. His way of dealing with her passing was through piano.” “The first concert was held in 2004 and it was very simple – Mark at the piano and the Columbus Children’s Choir – and it raised around $10,000,” says Donna Glanzman, a member of the board of directors for Christine’s Christmas. “This year’s goal is to raise $100,000.” King is still at the center of the concert. He has written and arranged all of the music that will be performed by the Dublin Jerome High School choir and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and he will open the concert. The event is growing every year and the board is very grateful to be gaining new sponsors, such as Macy’s, to help put on a great show for the 10th anniversary, Glanzman says.
This year, as in past years, WBNS10TV news anchor Chuck Strickler will be the master of ceremonies. Strickler also serves on the board of Christine’s Christmas and works throughout the year planning the event and soliciting sponsorships from businesses around central Ohio. “Christine’s Christmas has become a rich tradition in Columbus,” Strickler says. “Being the 10th year, Mark King has some special things planned to entertain the crowd and also pay tribute to Christine’s love of the music of the holidays. Mark continues the musical tradition that is a part of her spirit and legacy.” The concert at the Riffe Center’s Capitol Theatre begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a silent auction. Tickets for Christine’s Christmas can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. Nathan Rhodes is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@ cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com
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Voice of the People Gives Dublin High Marks for Services Dublin residents aren’t
shy when it comes to sharing positive comments about their city. In fact, in a recent National Citizen Survey, Dublin received a service quality rating that was in the top three among all eligible jurisdictions in 2012. Dublin was one of 12 communities with the highestrated services. “I give Dublin a grade ‘A’ in everything they do,” says Michelle Holden, now a Tartan Ridge resident who was asked to comment on the quality of services she and her family enjoy in the City. “We love the swimming pools, the rec center … and there’s a park for pretty much every single subdivision.” Holden’s comments were echoed by Tom Oleksa, a retiree who lives with his wife, Beverly, in Muirfield Village. “We’re very proud to say we live in Dublin,” he says. “The police protection is, without a doubt, the best I’ve seen in a long time.” Oleksa says he knew of Dublin’s reputation before he and his wife moved to the City 12 years ago. “I knew Dublin was a great place to live,” he says. “I knew right away where I wanted to move.” Holden and her husband Mike, who are the parents of three children, ages 2, 6 and 8, moved to 16
Dublin’s Westbury neighborhood from Clintonville about a dozen years ago. “Once we made the decision, we fell more and more in love with everything Dublin has to offer,” she says. During the winter months, Holden says her husband, who works in Columbus, frequently comments on the fact that Dublin streets are plowed before Interstate 270. Comments like those from Holden and Oleksa validate what residents who were chosen at random had to say in the National Citizen Survey. The City participated in the survey in 2009 and again in 2012. The idea is to get feedback on
City services, overall appearance, and image and reputation of Dublin. The results are used by staff to determine satisfaction with community amenities and government services. The information also helps City Council when it is setting policy and determining community priorities, and assists City administration in planning, allocating resources and improving programs. It also sets the benchmark for performance and provides a comparison with other communities nationwide. As a result of the 2012 survey, the City of Dublin was honored with nine Voice of the People Awards for Excellence from the International City/County Management Association — more than any other city. In addition to the National Citizen Survey, the City of Dublin conducts a Community Attitudes Survey every three years. In the Community Attitudes Survey conducted in 2013, 98 percent of respondents said Dublin is an excellent or good place to live and 94 percent said they consider Dublin an excellent or good place to work. In the National Citizen Survey, 98 percent of residents also rated the City as an excellent or good place to live.
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Dublin Recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community Glance around Dublin on
any given day and chances are you’ll see at least one person riding a bike. We’re not the only ones to recognize the welcoming roadways and miles and miles of bike paths offering an open invitation to cyclists. The League of American Bicyclists recently named the City of Dublin a Bicycle Friendly Community in recognition of Dublin’s commitment to bicycling through investment in promotion, educational programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. “Dublin is playing a critical part in creating a truly bicycle-friendly America,” says Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know Dublin’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.” The Bicycle Friendly Community program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability
and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle friendliness. There are now 291 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 48 states across America. “We are very proud to receive this designation from the League of American Bicyclists,” says City Manager Marsha Grigsby. “With more than 100 miles of bike paths connecting our community, the City of Dublin has long been dedicated to encouraging travel by bike, whether for recreation or health
purposes or for commuting to work or another destination.” Dublin convened a Bicycle Advisory Task Force in 2009 to identify potential bike-oriented programs and facilities. One initiative that followed is the Dublin Bicycle Ambassador program, comprised of members who spend their time on the paths and roads offering directions; helping with proper bike helmet fitting; checking and reporting maintenance issues on the paths; and serving as overall ambassadors for safe biking in Dublin.
With more than 100 miles of bike paths connecting our community, the City of Dublin has long been dedicated to encouraging travel by bike, whether for recreation or health purposes or for commuting to work or another destination. - Marsha Grigsby, City Manager
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Two years ago, Jennifer Miglietti and her husband used to watch up to five hours of television a night. Now Miglietti, human resources business partner for the City of Dublin, might watch a total of five hours a week. More often, you’ll find her at the gym. The couple works out there three nights a week. And if you haven’t seen her in a few years, you might not be able to spot her – though she’s likely in her usual place on an elliptical machine. Miglietti, down about 120 pounds, is barely recognizable. She’s not the same person she was before – so hindered from the pain in her arthritic knees that regular exercise seemed like an impossibility. A change in the City’s health care plan prompted the Migliettis to start on their journey to better health. Two years ago, the City switched from a preferred provider organization plan to a consumer-driven health care plan.
The plan has a high deductible, but an optional program called “Healthy by Choice” allows employees the opportunity to earn a significant contribution to their health savings accounts by meeting requirements in the categories of cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and tobacco use, says Mollie Steiner, the City’s wellness coordinator. “My husband and I had a couple (requirements) that we were missing because we were really overweight,” Miglietti says. The couple took their first steps toward good health with two small changes: diet and exercise. “We decided we were going to stop spending the huge budget we had for eating out and get personal training,” Miglietti says. Calorie counting worked, and they began shedding pounds. Their weight loss sped up about six months later after Miglietti attended a course – offered by the www.dublinlifemagazine.com
Jennifer Miglietti occasionally works out at the Dublin Community Recreation Center. Her cardio of choice is running on the elliptical machine due to arthritis in her knees.
Worthington-based Wellness Forum through Healthy by Choice – on plantbased eating. Employees enrolled in the program are required to take two city-provided health classes each year. The couple adopted a mostly vegan diet and, except for occasional slipups and intentional indulgences, hasn’t looked back. “That was where we left all of our old habits behind,” Miglietti says of their radical lifestyle change after she took the course. In addition to helping Miglietti lose weight, the eating program dramatically improved her day-to-day quality of life. “I have severe arthritis in my knees,” Miglietti says. “When we switched to a plant-based lifestyle, the pain went from a 9 out of 10 to a 1. … It was incredibly significant.” She’s also noticed the reverse is true; if she goes back to her old eating habits, the pain returns. “Before, I was just so used to feeling crummy all the time,” she says. “Now, when I do eat bad, … I definitely feel the results of that.” Currently she meets all of the Healthy by Choice goals, earning the maximum contribution to her health savings account. The City also administers an incentive program to encourage positive day-today health choices. Participation in a walking group, a bone-building program, a strength training class and a “Got Water?” program all rack up “wellness points” that employees can spend to buy City-branded clothing, Dublin Community Recreation Center memberships for their families, Abbey Theater tickets and small group training classes. Miglietti has used her points to buy day passes to the rec center for friends and family. The result of the two incentive programs? Nearly flat medical costs to the City, Steiner says. “(It) bends the trend,” she says. “Our actual costs have been below our projected costs for the last couple of years.” www.dublinlifemagazine.com
Over time, employees have come to embrace the program, especially the incentives, she says. “I think people understand … we’re trying to encourage them to be stewards of their own health and give them incentives to engage in those right decisions.” Dublin residents have their own set of incentives toward health. In addition to the discounted rec center memberships, educational programming and other benefits are offered through Healthy Dublin, a partnership with seven other community organizations, including the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin Methodist Hospital. Steiner is also liaison to Healthy Dublin. The organization tracks the health of resident volunteers, provides free biometric health screenings and helps promote health- and fitness-related events, such as a substance-abuse prevention presentation from anti-drug nonprofit Tyler’s Light in partnership with the group Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices. Miglietti encourages those who want to make positive changes in their health to start with food. “Just start by tracking your calories. Be aware of what you’re eating. Sometimes it’s really a slap in the face to see. … Write down every morsel of food you put in your mouth and evaluate it. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can’t ever change it.” Miglietti still has 40 to 50 pounds to lose to reach her ultimate goal, but she’s proud of how far she’s come. “You do miss certain things. You’re always going to miss ice cream, cheese and cake and stuff like that, but feeling good totally outweighs passing up on something in the moment,” she says. “I’m not finished with my journey yet, but I have motivation.”
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Unofficial Officers Citizens Police Academy spawns civilian patrol The Dublin Citizens Police Academy is having a ripple effect, creating informed volunteers who assist the community. The citizens police academy is wrapping up its second 12-week session with a class of 27 city residents who learned the intricate workings of their police force. The initial class of 23 last year spawned a 10-member volunteer force of Community Service Officers who perform police-
related but not law enforcement functions, as well as a group of 17 alumni who strive to help police with personal social matters, among other activities. Sgt. Rod Barnes, who oversees the annual academy – which is similar to those in other cities – says the goal is “to involve the community and give people a snap-shot view of what it’s like to be a Cpl. Tim Hosterman divides the police officer.” Citizens Police Academy students into groups that will take turns firing The academy has been handguns at the indoor range. an unqualified success, Barnes says. Class size is limited to about 25. Applicants must be Dublin residents without serious criminal records and are asked to explain why they want to be in the class. Only one person per family is accepted. “We’ve had to turn people away,” Barnes says. “The quality of the experience diminishes” in larger classes. The classes are handson. Instructors are police
from various units, such as patrol, detectives and firearms. “We try to tap into our expertise. We don’t want to just be up there reading slides,” Barnes says. “We try to give them as much as we can (in the way of) an in-depth look.” Topics include use of force, arrest procedures, use of firearms and a litany of other things police do. “It’s an eye-opener. I thought I knew what police do,” says John League, a Muirfield Village resident and newly retired Battelle project manager who attended the class this fall. “Some of the stuff they presented is surprising.” Also a retired member of the military, League is licensed to carry a gun, so he didn’t expect many surprises during the lesson on firearms, one of the academy’s most popular. After completing the class, League will be eligible to become a Community Service Officer, a task to which he can easily commit the time. League says he can easily afford the eight hours monthly members are asked to put in. The academy became a stepping-stone for service officers because it provides a fairly thorough background of police www.dublinlifemagazine.com
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“an extra presence connecting with the community and spreading good will,” says DeJarnette. Patrol members get around in a fleet car – not a cruiser – that has been equipped for them. Next year, it’s expected the city’s budget will allow for buying and outfitting an SUV for the patrol, which also helps maintain, place and move speedwarning trailers. Abdul Sawah, a two-year Dublin resident and computer consultant, says he spent about 15 hours on community patrol assignments the first two weeks of October alone. Besides The Presidents Cup, he and two other patrol members helped at the auto safety event police staged to vividly show teens the potentially deadly aftermath of reckless or careless driving. Sawah, a father of three, enrolled in the first citizen academy because he was looking for ways to volunteer as he had with police and fire departments while living in Fairfax, Va. Besides serving as a community service officer, he’s at the fore of organizing the academy alumni to func-
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Citizens Police Academy students learn the various parts of a handgun during an evening class in the basement of the Justice Center.
tion for the benefit of the police force. “We decided at the end of the class we would like to continue to associate with police on social issues for them and their families,” Sawah says. Last summer, the group raised money and food donations for a police family picnic at Scioto Park. And alumni provide food for academy classes, which begin at 6:30 p.m., dinnertime for many. Both service officers and alums
helped police during The Presidents Cup by shuttling officers who could not park their cruisers at Muirfield Village Golf Club. In November, they assisted in police during screening of recruit applicants. The alumni group has no time requirement. “I volunteer as much as I can. If I have the time, I’m going to go ahead and spend it,” Sawah says.
As it becomes an official nonprofit organization – the Dublin Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association – members are setting goals from a list of suggestions to help police and non-police division employees. While academy classes will remain at current capacity, the service officer corps is expected to gradually grow to 30, which is probably the maximum manageable without a full-time supervisor. Membership likely will fluctuate since some may quit after fulfilling a oneyear commitment. Duane St. Clair is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at laurand@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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Spaced Out Estate homes in Dublin offer both privacy and access to amenities
This rendering shows the 14,000-squarefoot home of A.J. and Jackie Lall.
In Dublin, even those who have plenty of their own property to enjoy maintain a deep appreciation for what the community has to offer. Scattered throughout the City are a variety of estate homes, from comparatively smaller affairs on an acre or two to sprawling set-ups with double-digit acreage and quintuple-digit square footage. Some, such as a handful in the Reserve, are set back on suburban streets. Others can be glimpsed behind gates on major thoroughfares such as Dublin and Avery roads. One area in which estate homes are plentiful is the aptly named Estates at Muirfield, a gated section situated on the east side of the Muirfield Village neighborhood. Thomas and Gwen Weihe have lived in the Estates for three years, though they’ve been in Muirfield since 1990. When someone came to the door of their previous house asking if they’d be interested in selling it, the Weihes, who have two grown children, went looking for something smaller and fitting for empty-nesters. But they also checked out the Estates, largely because of the wooded area that
borders it, and were struck almost immediately by the house – about 3,300 square feet on two acres near the second hole – that would become their next home. “We walked in the door and kind of fell in love with the house at first sight,” says Gwen. The property and its surrounding area make for a close connection to nature, especially during the changing seasons. And the house’s accommodations have provided the Weihes with opportunities as well.
“We help a lot of different organizations here in Columbus, and it’s allowed us to do some fundraising for organizations in the house,” Gwen says. Among those organizations are the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Museum of Art, Goodwill Columbus, the Pierre Garcon Helping Hands Foundation and Charity Newsies. The Weihes also hold a Christmas party for fellow Muirfield empty-nesters, and their house was on the tour of homes put on by the Dublin Women’s Club last spring.
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The loaded-for-bear kitchen (top) and twostory library (bottom) in the Lalls’ Tartan West house
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The City’s appeal is helped by the fact that it’s a great place to do business, Gwen says; she and her husband work out of the home. The two are big fans of the walking paths in the community, as well as the neighborhood’s dedication to upkeep and the City services in general. Another community with a healthy complement of estate homes and other large properties is Tartan West. A.J. and Jackie Lall and their son, Benjamin, have lived in the community since 2007. A.J. is owner of Dublin-based Benco Custom Builders, and he designed the nearly 14,000-square-foot house on about one acre himself. Among the highlights of the place are a self-contained mother-in-law suite with its own living room, bathroom, laundry room and sitting room, and a walkout www.dublinlifemagazine.com
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lower level with a home theater, wet bar, Another place to spot big homes on wine cellar and billiards room. bigger lots is along the Scioto River on “I’ve also got a two-story library that Dublin Road, just east of Lewellyn Farms. is all paneled wood,” A.J. says. “There’s Rob and Shannon Crane – who have no drywall visible at all.” two sons and a grown daughter – have On top of that are a huge walk-in pan- lived in a 6,100-square-foot house on try, five refrigerators, four dishwashers, an acre and a half there since 1999. two kitchens and a geothermal system to Along with Jeff and Lisa Edwards, they keep heating and cooling costs down. bought eight acres of property there in Former Hilliard residents, the Lalls the 1990s and divided it into four lots. moved to Dublin based largely on the Because they were involved in the destrength of Dublin City Schools and the sign of the house, the Cranes made a chance to send Benjamin to Dublin Je- point of including fun and exciting fearome High School. tures for their children and themselves. “Dublin has always had good schools, “(The house) is centered around a and we thought, before he moved into three-story library that’s open in the midhigh school, that would be the perfect dle, and off that library is a hidden door place for him to go,” A.J. says. – the bookshelf actually moves away As a homebuilder, A.J. had also spent when you tug on a certain book, and it a considerable amount of time watching goes to a back hallway,” Rob says. “Off the development of the City and the op- that back hallway is a ladder that goes portunities afforded by some of its newer up to a small hidden space, from which communities, such as Ballantrae and Tar- you descend on a fireman’s pole.” tan Fields. He and his wife wanted to Another such feature: a hanging rope be in an exclusive community when they bridge 50 feet off the ground that crossmoved to Dublin, and when Tartan West es the ravine behind the house, connectstarted going up and Corazon was built, ing to a tree house on the other side. The they knew it was the place for them. Cranes built the bridge themselves about Other appeals of the location were three years ago. its proximity to hospitals, shopping, freeways and other apThe 6,100-squarepreciated amenities, A.J. says. foot Dublin Road A.J. briefly put the house on home of Rob and Shannon Crane the market in the fall to gauge buyer interest; Benjamin recently started college and the Lalls may look to downsize sooner or later. But they intend to stay in Dublin, A.J. says, and he’s seeking another great area like the one he’s in now. “That’s going to be my challenge,” he says. www.dublinlifemagazine.com
A three-story library (left) and a hanging rope bridge are two highlights of the Cranes’ property.
The natural beauty of the area made it a solid choice for the family, says Rob, a physician and a professor of family medicine at The Ohio State University. Having the river nearby is great as well, he says. “We’re so fortunate to have a beautiful, natural area on a ravine with a wa-
terfall and a creek running through it,” he says. That he is able to have a house so surrounded by nature, and yet just a mile away from Historic Dublin via bike path, is all the more benefit to living in the City, Rob says. Proximity to I-270
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Exploring alternative methods for managing health
Colleen D’Angelo is a freelance writer who lives in Dublin with her husband, three children and several small animals. She enjoys playing tennis, walking the Dublin bike paths and traveling.
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I’ve spent the year researching and writing about many different health and fitness options available in Dublin, and thought I’d wrap up the year with a few alternative choices for health care and pain management, which are becoming more and more popular. I kept an open mind and learned about a few of the unconventional options available in Dublin.
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www.thewinchesterinstitute.com I have always been wary about chiropractic care, mostly because it seemed scary and I didn’t understand how it could help my chronic back pain. I met with Dr. Dana Winchester, owner of the Winchester Institute of Chiropractic Health and Wellness, and she explained in detail that our nerves lead to every cell, organ and tissue in the body. If there is nerve interference, our body does not function as it should. “Regular chiropractic adjustments relieve compression on
nerves and allow the nerves to flow freely, thus allowing your body to function at optimal performance,” Winchester says. Unlike medications that focus on symptoms, chiropractic care attempts to address the root of the problem and has been found to boost the body’s immune response, lower blood pressure and aid in relieving pain from headaches to herniated discs to plantar fasciitis. The Winchester Institute combines chiropractic care with manual therapy, such as deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy, rehabilitative exercises, stretching, nutritional counseling, electrical muscle stimulation, and supplements. “Our goal is to provide our patients with up-to-date information on improving their overall health and wellness,” Winchester says. I found no need to be scared, as my adjustment did not hurt and provided some relief from my pain. I also learned how to correct my posture when writing and driving, switched my pillow for one with more support, benefited from deep tissue massage and added some pharmaceutical-grade supplements to my daily routine.
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www.ascentialacupuncture.com My curiosity about alternative health treatments led me to acupuncture, the practice of inserting small needles into the skin at
specific points on the body. The needles touch deep nerve centers that connect to the brain, sending a message that it needs help. The body then reacts to a “trauma” that didn’t really happen and aids in healing. While the science of acupuncture is difficult to prove, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine of nearly 18,000 people found it is an effective treatment for chronic pain. I met with Veronica Watson Ramirez, a licensed acupuncturist, in her Dublin office. She firmly believes that the body can heal itself, but sometimes we need to help it along. “My mother is an herbalist, so I grew up with natural healing methods and I’ve never had more than a mild cold,” says Ramirez, who still consults with her mother about herbal recommendations for her patients. Ramirez has helped clients suffering from ailments from kidney stones and migraine headaches to strokes and infertility. “Once the patient is pregnant, I see her for the first trimester to keep her healthy and help prevent miscarriage,” Ramirez says. “The best reward of all is receiving that baby picture nine months later.” I explained my back issues to Ramirez, and we discussed a treatment plan. I had to roll up my sleeves and pant legs, take off my shoes and socks, and lie down. Ramirez then inserted several small needles, about half the thickness of a needle in the doctor’s office, into my scalp, hands, wrists, legs, ankles and feet. It did not hurt, and I was able www.dublinlifemagazine.com
Toni Burkholder and her son, Mark, at Hyperbaric Therapy of Dublin
to just relax for the required 30 minutes, which is the amount of time it takes the energy to move through your body in a full chi cycle, Ramirez says. She recommends three treatments within 10 days to get major issues under control and reevaluate from there.
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www.oxygenairtherapy.com The theory of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is to enhance the body’s natural healing process with a pressurized, full-body chamber of 100 percent oxygen. Normally, oxygen is transported through the body via red blood cells. Proponents of HBOT say that the treatment allows oxygen to be dissolved into all body fluids and carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. The increased oxygen is also said to help white blood cells destroy bacteria, reduce swelling and remove toxins. The first Hyperbaric Oxygen Center in central Ohio opened in August on Avery-Muirfield Drive. I met with owner Chris Dodson and was surprised when I saw the chamber. It resembles a mini submarine with a clear acrylic tube and a gurney that slides in and out. Dodson controls the amount of pressurized oxygen put into the unit and the time, and never leaves the room while the patient is being treated. The person inside can watch Netflix, read a book or talk to Dodson when he picks up the receiver. While I was at Hyperbaric Therapy of Dublin, Toni Burkholder and her son, Mark, were inside the chamber together watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Mark suffered a traumatic brain injury in August 2010, and the Burkholders have tried many alternative treatments to help heal his brain and curb his behavioral issues. Although HBOT is not approved by the FDA for brain injuries, Toni says she has seen a huge improvement in Mark. “He is initiating and contributing to conversations more readily, and his short-term memory has improved,” Toni says. “He’s more like the old Mark.” -CD www.dublinlifemagazine.com
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