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LOOKING BACK AND FORWARD Dublin City Council and the City’s administration are proud of the accomplishments of 2018 and even more excited for the beginning of a new year. Both have worked hard together to prioritize the City’s future efforts in the form of a 2019 operating budget and a 2019-2023 five-year capital budget. We believe these budgets will help to provide the best quality of life and environment in which our residents and businesses can thrive. The City continued to make many strides in 2018 and has planned its future efforts in the following strategic focus areas: Safe and resilient community: Public and employee safety remains our highest priority. The Dublin Police Department continues to provide an environment that is one of the safest in the nation. Our officers and their leadership engage proactively with our residents, maintain a high presence throughout the community and in our schools, and offer many services to raise awareness of and prevent crime. They have done much to raise the awareness of drug addiction and fight prescription pill abuse with take-back events. We work seamlessly with the Washington Township Fire Department to respond to any emergency, and we plan and train together to ensure we are prepared for man-made or natural disasters. The City’s five-year capital improvement program will continue to invest in your safety through road maintenance and new road enhancements, adding shared use paths, improving aged playgrounds, replacing and repairing sidewalks, and replacing, maintaining and improving our critical water and sewer systems. Smart customer-focused government: This past year our residents, through the National Citizens Survey, rated Dublin city services with an overall approval rating of 99% - one of the highest among more than 200 cities participating in this national survey. We take great pride in providing best-in-class services ranging from recreation programming, curbside services such as refuse, recycling and yard waste, snow removal and street sweeping, policing, parks maintenance, and so much more. Our City departments continue to be accredited by their professional associations and consistently achieve high honors and awards that recognize them among their peer organizations and communities as some of the best and most innovative in the nation. Economic vitality: Office buildings in Dublin maintain a low vacancy rate and are regionally competitive. More office space is planned to be built, adding to the vibrancy of our local economy. We continue to actively engage and forward plan with a focus on retaining and expanding our existing businesses while also attracting new businesses. Developing an ecosystem for new startup companies and technologies continues to be a key strategy as well. The City is at the forefront of constructing intelligent infrastructure to support the emerging industry around connected and autonomous vehicles. We continue to build upon the successes we have gained in emerging industry clusters such as technology, healthcare, automotive, and research and development.

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Great progress has been made on the new Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge over the Scioto River, connecting Historic Dublin with Bridge Park. The City remains focused on protecting the Historic District to ensure that it serves as an integral and contributing part of our local economy. We also successfully completed updates to two key area plans this last year – the West Innovation District and the Dublin Corporate Area Plan, which is a plan to set conditions for, revitalize and keep competitive our aging office parks. We are now in the implementation phases of these plans and will begin to see new investment and projects in these areas. Community engagement: Council, its Boards, Commissions, and Committees, combined with both Council and staff’s resident and neighborhood engagement efforts, provide many opportunities for residents and businesses to be involved. The City’s Aging in Place initiative, West Innovation District Plan, Dublin Corporate Area Plan, and development of its Sustainability Framework are great examples of bringing our residents together to address our future. We are constantly communicating through meetings, media outlets, mailings, our website, and social media to better connect with you and respond to your questions and concerns. Fiscal health: The City’s fiscal health remains strong. City revenues have continued to surpass estimates. Revenue estimates have been relatively flat as office real estate assets have been repositioning themselves within the market. By anticipating this, setting budgets accordingly, and operating within Council’s fiscal policies, the City continues to operate well within its means. For example, the City retains a healthy reserve in excess of 70% and operates within the confines of the City’s debt policy, leaving significant debt capacity now and in the future should it be needed. The City has and continues to have positioned itself to execute an aggressive five-year capital budget investing in its neighborhoods, setting conditions to attract future economic investment and reinvestments while retaining the capacity to provide best-in-class services. This past year, the City of Dublin’s 2018 Operating Budget was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The City retained and achieved the highest of bond ratings while also receiving another outstanding Auditor’s report. I hope you will agree there has been much accomplished and much still to do! We look forward to connecting Dublin to you, our residents and businesses, so that you can thrive! Sincerely,

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For as long as she can remember, theater has always piqued Dublin Scioto High School alumna Reilly Hickey’s interests. Hickey’s parents are native New Yorkers and took their daughter to the city every year. After seeing her first show, Hairspray, something clicked. “I loved everything about it,” Hickey says. “Part of coming to the city was seeing a show, so I just took to it.” But I’m Not an Actor Throughout high school, Hickey was always passionate about theater, but she never saw herself in the spotlight. “I’m not an actor, I’m not a singer or dancer, and just never realized you could do something administratively in theater until late in high school,” Hickey says. When it came time to decide what to do after graduation, Hickey knew that theater would play a major role in her life. When she committed to Pace University in New York City, Hickey knew she was making the right choice. “I told myself, ‘If I am going to go to school in the city, it’s going to be for something I loved,’” Hickey says. “If it wasn’t going to work, then it didn’t. And at least I could say I gave it a shot.” Hickey knew that New York City was the place to be to make it on Broadway, and she was fully invested in chasing her dreams. “I knew even if I didn’t end up pursuing it, I wanted to be surrounded by it at the very least,” Hickey says. Taking Advantage of Opportunity “The city is hard,” Hickey says, recalling her first few years at Pace. “However, I was lucky because Pace is very much part of the city and not just a campus.” Hickey was surrounded by passionate, likeminded people her age, and it allowed her to flourish in the city. Like most college students, Hickey saw the immediate importance of internships and jumped at any chance for work. “I definitely had to make my own way and make my own opportunities through internships,” Hickey says. “I really wanted to focus on that since there are so many opportunities here.” Throughout her time as a student at Pace, Hickey interned with a number of

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Arnold, a partner at TBD and a producer in the process of reviving the Broadway play Once on this Island. “They decided to put together a group of young, underrepresented and up-andcoming producers in theater to help raise money for the show and give them a window of opportunity,” Hickey says. “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.” As a co-producer, Hickey was tasked with fundraising to help aid in the rebirth of the show. Given a short period of time to raise the money, Hickey hit the ground running. “It was a rigorous process with a lot of trial and error,” Hickey says. “Whether

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Dublin Taiko Drums to a Beat of its Own

Drumming brings together communities across continents By Sarah McQuaide

This past fall, the country’s largest youth taiko drumming group and the world’s preeminent taiko master shared the stage in Dublin, Ohio. We’re talking, of course, about Dublin Taiko’s epic performance with Eitetsu Hayashi, held Sept. 9, 2018, at Dublin Coffman High School.

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Taiko is a form of Japanese drumming combining music and choreography. Dublin Taiko has been performing since 2004, and today consists of over 120 students in Dublin City Schools grades six through 12. Hayashi is one of the pioneers of taiko drumming as it is known today. He has toured the world as a founding member and principal performer in the legendary taiko groups Ondekoza and Kodo, and now tours both as a soloist and with his own group, Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai. Dublin has become a cultural hub for taiko thanks to an artist residency, earnest students and one devoted teacher. But what first brought Hayashi to Dublin from across the globe?

Beginnings / 始まり (Hajimari) Hayashi’s story begins in 1970, when Tagayasu Den gathered a group of 40 young men and took them to Sado Island for training in taiko drumming, folk dance, flute, singing and other traditional performing arts. Sado is known for a unique drumming style called ondeko, or demon drumming, which requires considerable strength and stamina. Every morning began with a lengthy run at 4 a.m. The group, Ondekoza, was the first taiko group to tour the U.S. in 1975. Fittingly, its first American performance took place just after the group ran in the Boston Marathon. Hayashi was moved by the response from the U.S. audience, in particular from

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Japanese-Americans. In a post-World War II era, he believed some of these individuals felt a need to assimilate into the American culture rather than express their own. “Finally, when they saw a standing ovation for a Japanese performance, they felt it was okay to be Japanese and proud,” said Hayashi. In 1981, the original members of Ondekoza split from Den and formed Kodo, which went on to further popularize taiko through frequent touring and collaborations with other musicians. In 1982, Hayashi began his solo career, becoming the first professional taiko soloist. Journey / 旅 (Tabi) In 2004, Hayashi came to Dublin for a year-long artist residency arranged by the Dublin Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council and Arts Midwest. Susann Blair, band director at Davis Middle School, committed herself and 20 students to this unprecedented endeavor. Hayashi, Blair and the students embarked upon their journey to learn the art of Japanese drumming. It was unlike anything Blair taught before. “You’re using every limb, every muscle in your body. It’s really an exhausting workout, but the kids are so in the moment they don’t see it that way,” said Blair. Beyond the rigorous taiko practices, the entire school took advantage of the exchange. Every class incorporated Japanese culture in some way. For instance, a seventh-grade math class built a scale model of Toˉ dai-ji Temple, one of Japan’s oldest and largest temples. At the conclusion of the residency project, the group was invited to Japan to extend the impact of the cultural exchange. It performed with taiko students in Echizen and Kanazawa. Fast forward to 2015, when the taiko connection was one of the factors influencing the City of Dublin’s first Friendship City partnership with Mashiko, Japan. Dublin Taiko had traveled to Mashiko that June to participate in a collaborative workshop with Mashiko’s Tenjin Kaze no Kai taiko group, which also studied under Hayashi. The success of this partnership, along with a March 2015 visit to Mashiko by then-Mayor Mike Keenan, led to positive international relations between the two cities, culminating in the signing of the friendship agreement that December. Mashiko Mayor Tomoyuki Ohtsuka, himself a member of Tenjin Kaze no Kai, performed alongside Dublin Taiko at the

Friendship Cities community reception held in Dublin.

What’s Next / 次 (Tsugi) Dublin Taiko will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a performance with Tenjin Kaze no Kai Saturday, Aug. 24 in Dublin. Coincidentally, Tenjin Kaze no Kai will be celebrating its 15th anniversary as well. Learn more about Dublin Taiko by visiting its website,

Harmony / 調和 (Choˉ wa) Nearly 15 years after the artist residency, Dublin Taiko has grown to be the country’s largest youth taiko drumming group and continues to draw interest. Eighth-grader Esha Kanakia joined as soon as she reached middle school. Sarah McQuaide is a public information officer “I saw it at my elementary school, Chap- for the City of Dublin. man, and I was captivated. I’d never heard something so powerful yet so peaceful and Taiko Terms happy in my life,” said Kanakia. • Taiko – drum Tenth-grader Irshad Molla was drawn by the cultural aspect. • Bachi – drum sticks “It’s very interesting to see this art that • Odaiko – large drums comes from a different country and what • Okedo – barrel drum made of staves stories it carries with it,” said Molla. “Dewith straight sides spite coming from a different place with • Shime daiko – tightened drum with different people, it helps unite us. All of highest tone, often used to maintain us from different backgrounds and relithe basic rhythm on songs gions can come and drum. It’s a melting • Happi – short, hip-length robe pot where everyone can get along and just get drawn into the songs. Taiko has • Obi – belt or sash used to hold happi taught me that differences and diversity is closed a strength and can cause more unity be• Hachimaki – headband tween people.” • Tabi – soft shoes with a separate area The impact on students was clear the for the big toe night of the concert with Hayashi. “After every performance, we gather in a circle and everyIrshad Molla one gets a chance to talk about their experience,” said Blair. “After the concert that night, the students talked about why taiko is so meaningful to them. Someone said taiko was there for them when they needed it the most. There were students with tears in their eyes, it was really touching.” “Taiko has taught me that you can always aspire to do what you want from any age,” said Kanakia. “I also learned a new way of teamwork, making sure we are all playing together to make harmony, which happens from playing as a team.” Hayashi says Blair deserves all the credit and admits that teaching young students is challenging. “It can be exhausting to demonstrate everything and repeat it over and over again. Susann-sensei is doing this every day. It’s a great responsibility, a great labor and great reward,” said Hayashi.

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Sweet and Salty, Naughty and Nice

Whether or not your loved one has made the naughty or nice list, they’ll surely appreciate this delicious chocolate pretzel wreath from Our CupCakery. A treat for both the eyes and stomach. Don’t forget to pre-order the wreath before Dec. 18 to ensure a Dec. 22 pickup. $25.

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If you’re looking for a practical yet fashionable accessory this year, these Longchamp eyeglasses should make your shortlist. Choose from a variety of colors and styles, available at Emerald Eye Care. Prices range from $160-$200. www.

Chocoholic Heaven

Looking for a personalized gift for someone with a sugar tooth? Kilwin’s personalized gift boxes offer a huge selection of delectable desserts, from salt water taffy to caramel corn to hand-crafted fudge! Visit the Dublin location for some sweet samples while you’re at it. Prices start at $32. stores/kilwins-dublin

It’s never too cold for ice cream – especially Graeter’s famous artisan ice creams. Pints of all flavors, from its signature chocolate chip varieties to its new low glycemic batches, make a perfect gift for family and friends with a sweet tooth! Mix and match either a six-pack or 12pack for $79.95 and $119.95, respectively. www.

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Gift for a Gift

Not sure what to get your man? A gift card to Modern Male is sure to win a smile! With select gift card purchase, receive a bonus gift set. While you’re there, check out the boxed sets with an array of colognes, shave care and grooming needs.

Custom-Made Treasures

Because the only thing better than a diamond necklace is a custom diamond necklace – find dazzling pieces like this custom Australian opal and diamond pendant in 14-karat white gold at Scott’s Custom Jewelers. $1,999. www.scottscustom


Festive Fashions

Find great, moderately priced outfits and accessories for your favorite fashionista at Boho 72 Boutique in Historic Dublin. This ensemble includes a warm gray vest ($64), an embroidered “lucky” cap ($19.50), a pair of classic black jeans ($41), a gold cuff bracelet ($22.50) and a pair of dark gray stone earrings ($24). Bonus gift: Boho 72’s Eleventh Candle selection, which supports a Columbus-based company contributing to efforts to end human trafficking ($18). 18 • December 2018/January 2019


Escape the Cold

What better way to offer your loved one an escape from winter weather than a gift certificate to spavia day spa? With massages and treatments available for men, women and couples, this gift is ideal for anyone. Prices vary. www.spaviadayspa. com/dublin-oh

Blissful Giving

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these Jellycat stuffed animals – stop by Bliss Life + Style to pick up the incredibly soft toys that are great for decoration as well. Pictured here is “Robyn Reindeer” at $30 along with the Woodfire aromatic diffuser from Illume for $26.

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A Holiday Claydate

Nothing says “happy holidays” quite like the gift of creation. At Marcy’s Clayground, children can try their hand at pottery from the shaping, glazing and, finally, painting of the work of art. Each child at the party will be able to bring home what they’ve made. The perfect gift for the crafty child in your life. Party packages start at $12 per child. www.

Carnivores Welcome

Since 1993, Bluescreek Farm Meats has offered locally raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats. For quick holiday meals and even better gifts, try its selection of meatloaf or hamloaf (available in gluten-free options!) for as little as $6.49.

Digitized Memories

The holiday season is a time to reflect on old memories while making new ones. This year, give the gift of these remembrances through Mtek Media, which has been preserving old VHS tapes by converting them to easy-to-watch digital copies since 2005. $13.

Silver & Gold Aroma Therapy

These Milkhouse candles make a perfect gift for anyone looking for calming and unique scents to fill their home. Find seasonal fragrances like Victorian Christmas, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Apple Strudel at Baker’s Village Garden Center and Gift Shoppe. $14.99. 20 • December 2018/January 2019

With a hammered finish and diamond and tourmaline feature, this 14-karat yellow gold ring from the Milan Collection by Sophia by Design makes a beautiful gift for your loved one. Find it and more at Dublin Village Jewelers. $1,750. www.dublin


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The holidays are a time for giving, but between buying gifts for others, hosting guests, and cooking for friends and family, it’s easy to forget to make some time for yourself. At Woodhouse Day Spa, self-care is easy to come by. A gift card from the Woodhouse is the perfect gift for the person who gives their all during the holiday season. Prices vary. www.

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Real Delicious

For nearly 70 years, Johnson’s Real Ice Cream has been providing central Ohio with its homemade delicacies, making it the oldest ice cream shop in Columbus. This holiday season, Johnson’s is offering a special deal: receive a free $5 bonus card with the purchase of a $30 gift certificate, or a $20 bonus card with a $100 purchase.

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Plenty of Platters

No holiday meal is complete without the most festive of dining ware – head over to Studio J to pick up this merry glassware collection by Vietri. Prices vary.

Ringing in the Holidays Milk, Cocoa & Cookies

Find this enameled “Night Before Christmas” tray and mug set, and much more from Chelsea Borough Home, through its online boutique or holiday events! $22.

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If you’re looking to dazzle your loved one this holiday season, Powell Jewelers’ collection of Gabriel & Co. 14-carat diamond fashion rings will definitely do the trick. Find them now for 25 percent off! Prices vary. www.



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The city manager and a local business owner discuss Dublin’s strong diversity and inclusivity

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By Lydia Freudenberg

hanks to technology, we now have the ability to instantly communicate with people thousands of miles away or travel to another country within mere hours. This level of connectivity has greatly influenced the importance of learning about and understanding other cultures. The City of Dublin understands the benefits of creating, sustaining and strengthening empathy for multiple cultures through educational festivals and events; because if people can accept others, diversity can flourish. Growth in Diversity According to a 2017 U.S. Census Bureau report, the Asian population within Dublin is now at 17 percent, a significant increase since 2000, when it stood at 7.4 percent. Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel says a possible reason for this growth is the dynamic businesses within Dublin and the strength of the Dublin City School District. “We have many technology-orientated, science-oriented (businesses) and that can attract a lot of talent and skills, and that brings a lot of people here,” he says. “We have one of the best school systems in the state and I think that attracts a lot of people here. … Cultural diversity is just a way of life because, in our Dublin City Schools, there are over 70 different languages. That’s significant and really reflects how diverse we’re becoming.” Apart from English, some of the top languages spoken in Dublin are Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Spanish.

In August 2018, McDaniel was recognized by the AsianAmerican Commerce Group as Government Leader of the Year; an award presented to a government employee for helping the Asian and Asian-American community within Ohio succeed. “It was very, very humbling to get recognized,” he says. “I appreciate the personal recognition, but it’s really more of a reflection on the community than it is of me.” McDaniel says, through the years, he and the City have realized the importance of recognizing people of all backgrounds. “I think it’s just important that when there is such a culturally diverse community, which we are becoming, that we understand each other’s cultures and celebrate each other’s cultures,” he says. “We’ve done things like the B.R.E.A.D! Festival … and I really applauded the Dublin Arts Council for developing that. We are always trying to increase awareness and recognize those opportunities to celebrate (other cultures).”

A Powerful Voice Purba Majumder is a well-known figure in Dublin. She created a successful locally based software development company called Cybervation, Inc.; she founded the non-profit CoolTechGirls, which encourages girls to study computers, science and technology; she spoke at the Dublin TEDxInnovation in July 2018 about increasing equality in the workplace; and she was recognized by the 20 Outstanding Women group in 2014. Born and raised in Kolkata, India, the capital of India’s West Bengal state known for its multiculturalism, Majumder has lived in Dublin for more than 12 years, and recognizes the importance of diversity within a community. “When you have a diverse group of people, then you tend to have a very well-thought-out plan of action because everybody is acting on their own experience and providing value to this common goal,” she says. “Thus, diversity is good for the economy, and I think that’s how it works in Dublin.” Majumder says people with different racial or ethnic backgrounds typically have different experiences and insights, and by allowing everyone to have a voice it makes for a strong community. “If the people are happy, and if the people are contributing because they are in an inclusive environment and they are all trying to help the city, then it is a win-win for everybody,” she says. “It’s really a privilege (to live in Dublin) and we’re just really thankful to be here where it’s so diverse and inclusive. And we have a voice; we are being a part of the community, we’re able to exchange our ideas and all that, which Purba Majumder speaking at the 2018 TEDxInnovations in Dublin. Her is wonderful.” topic focused on solutions to increase the number of women represented Dublin celebrates its multicultural community in STEM-related fields because, according to Majumder’s research, only through a variety of events, and one that has gained 24 percent of the industry consists of women. Her video can be found a lot of traction in just three years is the B.R.E.A.D! on the YouTube page TEDx Talks. Festival. Mujumder’s daughter performed the Indian 28 • December 2018/January 2019

Photos courtesy of Purba Majumder and the City of Dublin


dance Odissi at B.R.E.A.D!, and she says it’s exciting and important to have a platform for not only the vibrant Indian dance form but all multicultural traditions. “We tend to become much more open-minded when we’re exposed to all these different types of racial and ethnic groups,” Majumder says. “Once you have that exposure, when you get to know people better, we don’t have the biases.” She says she’s happy to raise her family in Dublin where discrimination is low, and that she believes Dublin is constantly moving forward.

Purba Majumder’s daughter dances Odissi, an ancient Indian classical dance form that originated from the eastern coastal state of Odisha, at the 2017 Dublin B.R.E.A.D! Festival.

“People who are coming in (to Dublin) look at it and say, ‘Wow, there is so much diversity, and I just want to be here,’” she says. “The city is really forward-thinking and they know that if they embrace all the different cultures and provide this safe place for all the different people, then it’s going to be good for everybody.” Lydia Freudenberg is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

Keep Moving Forward

Dana McDaniel talks with a resident at a recent City Manager Talk in the Park.

For Dublin to continue the growth of diversity within the community, McDaniel says the city hopes to globally operate even more. “Local governments really don’t operate on a regional scale anymore, they operate on a global scale,” McDaniel says. “A city like Dublin, our businesses are global businesses. This really opens up pathways to other cultures and other platforms and other countries and help carry on those cultural traditions.” Currently, with the assistance of the Dublin Friendship Association, the City has a relationship with Dublin, Ireland; which was officiated at the 30th Dublin Irish Festival, and Mashiko, Japan; which began through a Dublin traditional Japanese taiko drumming group and evolved into an economic relationship with the town. “We have this saying that Dublin is Home, and I think we really try to provide a welcoming environment where our residents and businesses can thrive,” says McDaniel. “Quality of life, quality of education, quality of business environment, quality service and good democracy is where people want to live. We have to stay on top of those things and make sure we’re doing all of them the best we can.”

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What’s New? By Jenny Wise

Home for the Holidays Dublin Historical Society collaborates with Muirfield Village Garden Club once again The Fletcher Coffman Homestead will once again come to life this holiday season for the City of Dublin Tree Lighting Ceremony and for An Old Fashioned Christmas at Coffman Homestead. For the first time last year, the Dublin Historical Society and the Muirfield Village Garden Club partnered to bring historical holiday decorations to the house.

Inc., for recognition in the Decoration of a Historical Building category. The designs for the 2017 Old Fashioned Christmas at Coffman Homestead took first place not just in the state, but in the entire country as well. Make sure to visit the decorated homestead this season to see how the garden club improves upon last year’s design.

The first floor of the house will be open and decorated for the public to freely enjoy during the tree lighting, but the entire homestead will be decorated the first two Sundays in December for An Old Fashioned Christmas at Coffman Homestead. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $5. Children 5 and under get in free.

Dec. 2 & 9 An Old Fashioned Christmas at Coffman Homestead 2-5 p.m., Coffman Homestead

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After touring and measuring the spaces, the garden club was able to decorate both the house and the barn with artificial trees, garlands, wreaths, candles and period décor. “Some members dug deep into their storage areas and came up with lace tablecloths and quilts made by their grandmothers and ornaments from their childhoods that they were willing to share,” says Kathy Young of the Muirfield Village Garden Club. “We gathered Osage oranges and even sliced and dried some of them. We dried hydrangeas, along with pinecones, apples, pineapple and eucalyptus.” The house was so beautifully decorated that the garden club decided to submit the project to the National Garden Clubs, 30 • December 2018/January 2019

Dublin Life Magazine is excited to introduce Emma Mathews, our high school intern for the current issue. Mathews is a senior at Dublin Jerome High School and is a member of the Young Professionals Academy at Dublin City Schools’ Emerald Campus. Though she is still deciding between The Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky, Mathews’ future isn’t lacking direction. “I plan to major in marketing and minor in fashion, as the two would set me on a good path for working at a fashion magazine like Vogue,” says Mathews. “I hope to study abroad in Paris and/or Milan, as well as get an internship in New York City or Los Angeles.” In addition to her academic pursuits, Mathews also swam competitively for 12 years and has several accolades to show for more than a decade of hard work. “During my time as a swimmer, I qualified for the OHSAA state championships in 2016 and 2018,” says Mathews, “as well as qualified for the Dolfin Junior Nationals in Clearwater, Florida, in 2016 and 2017.” Mathews enjoys spending time with her parents, Colleen and Stephen; younger siblings, Connor and Sophie; and her two dogs; Bella, a black lab, and Harley, a miniature golden labradoodle.

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Meet Jerome student Emma Mathews, the newest member of the team

Celebrating Diversity

Photos courtesy of the City of Dublin

Annual MLK event returns to inspire the community This year marks the third annual Sunday Supper, a gathering inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of bringing a diverse group of people together to embrace their differences and promote racial and cultural understanding through educated conversation. Sunday Supper, launched by Dublin Coffman High School students William Hetherington, Varun Madan and Kofi Amponsah in 2017, features a panel of speakers and guided discussion topics aimed at calling attendees, many of which are community leaders, to reflect and act on what they take away from the evening. “In 2018, each table had a conversation facilitator and each table had

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people from it who represented various identifiers: …veteran status, race, faith, age, LGBTQ, etc.,” says Christine Nardecchia, director of volunteer resources at the City of Dublin. “Conversations were meaningful, lively, enlightening and important among those who are so much more alike than they are different.”

Jan. 20 Sunday Supper 6 p.m. Dublin Community Recreation Center 5600 Post Rd. Jenny Wise is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at

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Decorating the Fletcher Coffman Homestead Photos by Amanda DePerro

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Student Spotlight

When Hard Work Pays Off Coffman senior Nick Harris sets sights on Notre Dame By Kendall Lindstrom

During a time when students are usually making difficult decisions regarding their steps following graduation, Dublin Coffman High School senior Nick Harris is set and ready to go. After accepting a scholarship offer to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame next year, Harris is thrilled to continue to compete in a sport that has played such a significant role in his life. “I’ve always been very active in sports,” Harris says. “I’ve been playing lacrosse since

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I was in kindergarten, and that’s how I’ve made most of my friendships.” He wasn’t sure about Notre Dame at first, but Harris says that once he went on an official visit, it sealed the deal. “I just fell in love with the campus,” Harris says. “And the tradition – I mean, I couldn’t say no after that.” Without the pressure and stress that comes with college decisions, Harris has the opportunity to do what plenty of graduating seniors want to do most – relax. Still, he doesn’t seem too interested in coasting. Aside from playing varsity lacrosse, Harris is a member of the soccer team and National Honor Society, and he still finds time to take part in community service through organizations like Dublin’s Special Olympics and Miracle League. After being introduced to the programs at an early age through his father, Harris says, the organizations have played a big role in his life. “I’ve been involved in (community service work) since elementary school, so it’s something I enjoy doing and plan on continuing to do,” he says. During his time at Coffman, Harris has also been involved with the Peer Collaboration program, which is designed for students to create supportive communities with their fellow classmates and serve as a teacher’s assistant. “This year I’m helping out at lunch,” Harris says. “So I talk to all the students,

ask them about their day, check in and make sure they’re doing well – just give them someone to talk to. Before that I was in the classroom as a helping hand, keeping students on task, showing them what to do and helping out wherever it was needed.” Harris says that while he’s not set on a college major just yet, being involved with Dublin Business Academy through the Emerald Campus has inspired his interest in business and entrepreneurship. As part of the program, students run a small T-shirt printing company and rotate through various fields including accounting, production, sales and management in order to learn firsthand the inner workings of a real company. “It’s a really cool class to introduce you to business, and that’s what swayed me to


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possibly pursue it as a career,” Harris says. “I think it’s a good fit for me because I have pretty strong people skills and a hard work ethic, and I could definitely see myself becoming a small business owner because of this experience.” Harris cites opportunities offered around Dublin and the schools as playing a major role in his success. “The schools are terrific,” he says. “I’ve had a very good education, and it’s one of the main reasons I’m going to Notre Dame, so I’m thankful for that.” With his college decision already made, Harris says he’s most looking forward to spending his last year at Coffman fully enjoying the friendships he’s made as he prepares for the next stage of his life. “This year is going by so fast already, and I want to make the most of it,” he says. “I just want to absorb everything this year – to be living in the moment, but preparing for the future.” When asked what legacy he hopes to leave behind at his school, Harris says that what he really wants to embody is what the culmination of years of hard work look like. “Kids hear all the time that hard work pays off, and they just shake it off,” he says. “But I’ve experienced firsthand that by working hard in the classroom and on the lacrosse field, it paid off, and I’m able to have a bit of an easier time this year because of it. I want to embody that – to show people that it’s not just something that is said; if you actually do the work, it will pay off.” Kendall Lindstrom is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Storyteller Series WITH AMANDA DEPERRO

A Story All Her Own

Longtime school employee finds passion in retirement Part of the magic of Dublin is realizing that everyone has a unique, inspirational story. The person checking you out at the grocery store, the friendly face you see getting gas, the person who has the same weekly routine you do. To learn that story, you just have to ask. When I first reached out to Judy Klare back in 2017 for an interview, our schedules didn’t align, but I promised her I wasn’t giving up. Then, when I reached out again for this edition of Dublin Life Magazine, she admitted she wasn’t sure there was anything to talk about. “I would love to talk, but I can’t imagine what story I would have to share,” she told me. To nobody’s surprise, Klare, a retired Dublin City Schools employee, breast cancer survivor and avid volunteer, has an incredible story – but more on that later. Klare was born and raised in Cincinnati, then moved to Rome, New York, when her husband, Ken, was stationed through the U.S. Air Force. After his tenure in the Air Force, the Klares decided to move to Columbus so Ken could attend The Ohio State University. They moved around in Columbus before settling in Powell. However, when their children, Stephanie and Dustin, were born, the two-bedroom home wouldn’t cut it anymore. Klare, working a part-time job in Worthington, and Ken, now an urban designer with the City of Columbus, decided to find a home that fit their new family. “We knew Muirfield had a lot of green space. … It was an established community 36 • December 2018/January 2019

Photo by Amanda DePerro; opposite page courtesy of Judy Klare

Dublin Life’s Storyteller Series focuses on the people who make Dublin great – people who have made improving the community a part of their life, people who have been able to call Dublin home for a long time and people who have watched Dublin evolve over the years. The Storyteller Series tells the history of Dublin through his or her eyes, and sheds light on what living in Dublin was like decades ago. With the help of these special people, Dublin has undoubtedly become a better place.

Soon enough, Ken would retire, and Klare began to hear the same expression over and over again: “You’ll know when it’s time to retire.” “I thought, ‘What does that mean; you’ll know?’ But I did. It just kind of came on all of a sudden,” says Klare. “As much as I enjoy what I’m doing, I think I could enjoy not being at the office with the responsibilities and all that. I think I’m ready for the next stage of my life.” Klare retired from the Judy and Ken Klare with their daughter, Stephanie, and her family. district in 2011, and she has enjoyed her retirement with bike paths and a pool for the chil- immensely. She spends much of her time dren,” says Klare. “We felt comfortable volunteering, and mixes her hobby and there. I liked the quaint village setting.” volunteer work. And, at the time, a village is just what Klare was diagnosed with breast canDublin was. The Klares moved to Dub- cer in 2004 and counts herself lucky; she lin in summer 1987, and later that year had a lumpectomy and radiation, and was Dublin would attain cityhood. Stephanie cleared of the cancer without undergoing started fourth grade and Dustin second chemotherapy. A long-time cross-stitcher, grade at Deer Run Elementary School, Klare soon found a way to pay it forward and Klare decided to look for work closer for those who haven’t been so lucky: the to home. Knit Wits. She had quit her job in Worthington, The Knit Wits is a group who knits hats but soon found something that was a per- for people undergoing chemofect fit. Dustin’s teacher mentioned a job therapy. The hats are donated to opening in the Dublin City School Dis- the City of Dublin, which district, and Klare jumped on the opportunity. tributes them for free. “I went right away to the principal, “I’ve been part of that group reintroduced myself and expressed an for 10 years,” says Klare. “I love interest,” Klare says. “He offered me a substitute secretary job, so I started in January ’88.” She began working at Deer Run until 1994, when Willard Grizzell Middle School opened. She would split her time between the two schools before switching to full-time at Grizzell in 1999. In 2002, she was offered the administrative assistant to the superintendent position at central office; a title that, Klare jokes, “never fit on a business card.” “I especially liked interacting with the little kids at the elementary school because they’re just so innocent and trusting. … If you helped them with something, Judy Klare is a member of the they thought you were the best thing since Knit Wits, and makes more than mommy and daddy,” Klare says. “Then our 100 hats each year for women family’s inside joke was that I never went living with cancer. to high school; I just skipped it and went on (to central office).”

it, and I think, ‘Don’t ever hurt your hands; I want to be able to do this.’” Klare set a goal for herself to make 100 hats a year, and she’s consistently hit that goal “for quite a while,” she says. Outside of her work with the Knit Wits, Klare enjoys reading, visiting parks with Ken, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Stephanie and her husband live in Texas and Dustin and his wife live in Colorado. Both couples have two children and, Klare says, “they’re all adorable.” Klare and Ken still live in their Muirfield home and feel comfortable where they are. They volunteer at the Memorial Tournament every year, and Ken is involved with the Dublin Veterans Park. For now, Klare hopes she stays healthy and active to enjoy retirement to the fullest – right here in Dublin. “Why would we leave what we know and what we’re comfortable with for what we might not find again?” says Klare. “With all the city has to offer – and that would include the schools and businesses – if you’re not enjoying your time in Dublin, you’re not looking hard enough.” Amanda DePerro is an editor. Feedback welcome at

“If you’re not enjoying your time in Dublin, you’re not looking hard enough.”

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BY KEN DALL LIN DSTR O M P ho t o s c o u r t e sy o f M arsha ll E v a n P ho to gr a p hy

More Than Just a House With 33 years in business, the Morgan House is a city staple

If you are at all in tune with Dublin and its history, then you’re probably familiar with the Morgan House. Established in 1985, the Morgan House was assembled from the foundation of the original log cabin named after John Hunt Morgan, a decorated Civil War veteran hailing from a family of Lexington, Kentucky, founders. Now, at its current location at the corner of Glick and Dublin roads, the Morgan House has expanded from its log cabin beginnings and now covers more than 18,000 square feet. The Morgan House currently hosts a restaurant, gift shop, boutique and furniture department. Its rustic, cabin-style fine dining space provides an ideal spot for lunch, with menu items ranging from light dishes like the orange strawberry salad to house specialties like lobster mac and cheese. It also caters larger events such as weddings and showers in its private event space. Kendra Heinlen, who has owned the Morgan House since its inception, believes both the long-running history and the variety of services it provides sets it apart from other businesses in the area. “What makes us unique is that we offer such a wide range of products all under one roof,” Heinlen says. Aside from its restaurant, the Morgan House is home to an impressive four-story gift shop and boutique that offers anything from fine jewelry to locally made specialty foods to The Ohio State University apparel. Children and adults alike love the gourmet foods and candies room, which is stocked with handmade sauces, dessert mixes, chocolates and a variety of seasonal 38 • December 2018/January 2019

The Morgan House offers a wide variety of local and specialty foods, including a selection of tupelo honeys from the Savannah Bee Company, pictured here.

One of the most unique offerings by the Morgan House is its home decorating service. Pictured here is an example of one of their many home inspiration sets.

Heinlen says its long-running history is one of the main reasons the Morgan House has been so successful. “A lot of people grew up with it, so it’s been part of their lives for a while.”

goods. The Morgan House also uses much of what is sold in the gourmet foods section in its restaurant. Also included in the shop is a full selection of furniture and home décor, with both seasonal and traditional pieces. Another unique aspect of the Morgan House is that it administers a home decorating service, providing design and placement suggestions for décor like accessories, fabrics and window treatments. With so much to offer the community, it’s no surprise that the Morgan House has become a cornerstone of Dublin. In her 33 years running the Morgan House,

Pictured here is a set of decorative oversized candlesticks paired with a large chrome letter piece and vase – perfect to jazz up a cozy fireplace. Find furnishings like this and much more for purchase in the home décor room at the Morgan House.

The Morgan House has come a long way since its beginnings as just a restaurant and small gift store, now offering luxury jewelry pieces like this statement necklace set. “We started our expansion gradually,” says Henlein. “We began with the restaurant and the gift shop, and as that continued to grow we added the clothing and jewelry boutique.” December 2018/January 2019 • 39

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A customer favorite at the Morgan House restaurant is the orange strawberry salad, which includes romaine lettuce, celery, slices of mandarin orange and fresh strawberries, finished with a poppy seed dressing and toasted almonds.


Heinlen and her son, Travis, who manages the store and whom Heinlen dubs “the jack of all trades,” have worked to create the welcoming atmosphere that it embodies today. “It all comes back to the simple fact that people think it’s a wonderful, warm place to come and spend time. They like what we do,” Heinlen says. The Morgan House’s longevity can also be attributed to the relationships it has built with guests throughout the community. Because the Morgan House is suitable for both casual visits and special occasions, its ability to connect with local families on both a day-to-day basis as well as on milestones like weddings, birthdays, holidays and other celebrations has allowed it to become part of many area families’ traditions. When asked why she believes the Morgan House has been so successful, Heinlen’s answer is simple and reflective of a philosophy embodied by the establishment as a whole. “I’m always about family, and that’s what I think we do best at the Morgan House.” Kendall Lindstrom is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Princesses with a Passion Princess Parties mix magic and philanthropy Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Paulette Thompson. She worked with wonderful princes and princesses whose favorite activity was to visit children and bring smiles to all of their sweet faces. OK, so maybe that is a simplified version of what is behind the company Paulette’s Princess Parties, but the essence is true. Paulette doesn’t consider herself a business person. She danced with BalletMet in Columbus for 12 years and has been teach-

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ing at Dance Extension in Dublin for 30 years. She loves to sew and has created dozens of costumes for classes and performances. Parents began to ask if she would host children’s birthday parties with dancers and performers, and that is how her company began. A bout with breast cancer got in the way, but Paulette established her business in 2015, exactly seven years to the day after her cancer diagnosis. Now she is 10 years cancer free and, as a survivor, has a soft spot for others battling illness. Volunteering is a key component for Paulette and the 22 teens and young adults who work in her company. They spend a significant amount of time at the Ronald McDonald House (RMHC) in Columbus, visiting with sick children going through treatment and their families. “I feel like we can really reach these kids and their siblings,” says Paulette. “I also talk to a lot of children with cancer about their treatment steps.” Olivia Poling, an 18-year-old Dublin resident, has been working as a princess for four years. “It’s the perfect job for me because it combines singing, dancing, children and working on weekends,” says Olivia. She loves going to the Princess Room at RMHC and bringing an enchanting experience to kids who may not have the opportunity to visit places like Walt Disney World. “We read books, sing songs, and do princess training like learning to curtsy and using our

manners,” says Olivia. “Then we sit and eat cupcakes together!” Olivia enjoys getting to know her “royal subjects” and helping them to open up. She remembers one little six-year-old named Elena at RMHC that was so thin and pale that she looked more like a fouryear-old. Elena was from Macedonia and hardly spoke any English, but she danced around in princess dresses and showed Olivia her colostomy bag. Every time Olivia and the princesses visited, Elena showed more improvement. “Following up with Elena one year later, I was excited to hear that she was thriving. She was attending school in Hilliard and no longer had a colostomy bag,” says Olivia. Although every encounter with children is significant and amazing, not every situation has a happy ending. Paulette receives numerous requests from families whose children are in home hospice care.

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One little girl wanted a visit from Elsa and Anna, the princesses from Frozen. Olivia and her friend, Joelle Odoguardi, dressed in costume and joined Paulette in the visit. The child’s bed was in the living room and she couldn’t participate much, but enjoyed listening to the princess songs and stories. “We felt overwhelmed doing so little but we held her hand and tried to make her feel special,” says Olivia. The girl was as happy and vibrant as she could manage that evening, but passed away two weeks later. When the parents held a celebration of life gathering, Paulette brought princesses, pirates and all kinds of characters to visit with the guests. Jessica Blake is a freshman at the University of Missouri and has worked with Paulette since 2016. Her favorite part of being a princess is volunteering and giving back, especially to RMHC and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which holds special meaning to her. Four years ago Jessica was hospitalized for surgery on a brain tumor that was causing seizures. Fast forward a few years and she was allowed to visit the hospital as Rapunzel. She met a girl named Hailey who was being treated for seizures due to epilepsy and visited with some of the same doctors who treated her in 2014. Now, both girls are doing great and are seizure free! “I love being part of the magic,” says Jessica. “Listening to children talk about their dreams and helping to inspire them is very powerful.”

Outside of volunteering, Paulette’s Princess Parties can be hired for large or small events including birthdays, tuck-ins at bedtime or rise-and-shine breakfast partners. Mrs. Claus can even bake cookies with your children, read stories and help them wrap presents. All of Paulette’s employees are specially trained to always be kind, stay in character and treat everyone with respect. Besides royalty, Paulette also has 60 other characters for hire such as Disney’s Descendants, Dublin Fairies, pirates, Dickens-inspired holiday carolers and super heroes. Her signature character is Princess Hope, who is always free to visit the sick and those in need of a smile. On Jan. 27, Paulette is hosting the Enchanted Princess Ball of Columbus at the Exchange in Dublin. There will be singing, acting, dancing and a grand coronation for all. Don’t miss Snowy White’s Wishing Well, where all donations received will go toward Make a Wish, the Feel Better Foundation and RMHC. For more information go to www.paulettes or Enchanted Princess Ball of Columbus on Facebook. 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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