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HERE’S TO A HEALTHY 2020! With a new year comes new resolutions, many of which are centered around health and fitness. At the City of Dublin, we place a high emphasis on providing ample opportunity for our residents, corporate residents and City employees to thrive by keeping as healthy and fit as possible. When it comes to our residents, there are a variety of ways to maintain an active lifestyle through the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Our 110,000-square-foot Dublin Community Recreation Center offers high-quality fitness equipment along with classes, programs and activities for all ages. For those who enjoy water activities, we have both indoor and outdoor pools along with swim lessons and water fitness classes. And with over 130 miles of recreation paths and more than 60 parks, it’s no wonder Dublin has been recognized nationally as one of the best places to live. You can learn more about what we offer the community by clicking on the Parks and Recreation tab at DublinOhioUSA.gov. To create a culture of wellness among Dublin’s business community, the City’s Recreation staff launched a corporate wellness initiative called FitBiz – a complimentary consulting service offered exclusively to Dublin businesses and organizations. FitBiz offers a value-added service to help Dublin businesses with employee recruitment and retention. While 87% of employees say they consider health and wellness offerings when choosing an employer, most employers have no idea where to begin in addressing these needs or are unable to hire dedicated staff to coordinate internal wellness programs. FitBiz was created to address this need in an innovative and cost-effective manner, serving as both

a unique community program and economic development incentive to encourage continued investment in Dublin. You can learn more about FitBiz by heading to econdev.dublinohiousa.gov/fitbiz. We know that healthy employees are more productive, have higher job satisfaction and directly impact an organization’s bottom line through fewer sick days and lower medical costs. That is why we at the City of Dublin do our best to make health and wellness a top priority for City employees. The City’s Healthy by Choice wellness program inspires a healthy culture while providing a boost to employee morale, employee engagement and talent retention. We were recently recognized for our efforts by being awarded a 2019 Healthy Workplace Gold Award by the Healthy Business Council of Ohio. You can read more about this recognition in this issue of the magazine. As you can see, healthy living is very important to the City of Dublin, and I hope it is for you too. Please join us in one of the many ways that we can help you to achieve your health and fitness goals in 2020 and beyond! Sincerely,

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“Take two deep breaths.” Kathryn Dougherty, the founder and CEO of Spritz Sparkling Tea, a nonalcoholic sparkling tea startup, read the reminder strewn across her notes in big block letters as she prepared to walk on stage for the New Beverage Showdown hosted by BevNET. It’s a competition for emerging entrepreneurs in the beverage business to pitch their company to industry leaders for the chance to earn notoriety and a cash prize. The bright lights and leaders from companies like Coca-Cola and Nantucket Nectars sitting in the crowd in Santa Monica, California, made her realize just how far she’d come – literally. When Dougherty founded the business, she never imagined she would become one of just 12 contestants chosen from the 120 applicants to be in such an intense showdown. But she didn’t stop there. She went on to become one of the six finalists in the two-day competition. While she didn’t take home the grand prize, the young startup did win audience favorite. The opportunity was enough to inspire her to keep following her dreams, dreams that started in her kitchen in Dublin. While training for a half Ironman with a few of her friends in 2016, Dougherty wanted to celebrate. But a 10-mile run scheduled for the next morning took alcohol and sugary drinks off the table. Instead, she made a non-alcoholic spritzer from herbal tea and seltzer she found in her kitchen. The creation would become the same concoction that led her to the showdown.

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“It’s this product I’ve been working on for years, and to see an entire manufacturing facility making your product … it’s gotta be like a form of..motherhood,” Dougherty..says...“I stood there and just thought, ‘It’s real.’” Dougherty left her job at Johnson & Johnson, where she spent 10 years, to pursue her tea business full-time. From coming up with a name and creating a website to finding a beverage..engineering firm and doing market..research, building a business from scratch was no easy task. “So. Much. Google. Searching,” Dougherty says, pausing between each word and laughing. “I was able to get

a good base at Johnson & Johnson on sales, marketing, product development – but what J&J is not is a startup. The scrappiness and figure-it-out mindset is something I’m encountering now with, of course, the help of so many mentors, friends and family.” Much of Dougherty’s success is due to the support of the Dublin community, and as the company continues to grow, she’s working to solidify Spritz as the non-alcoholic alternative in bars and restaurants, boutique fitness studios, spas and salons, and grocery partners throughout the Midwest. But for Dougherty, Spritz Sparkling Tea isn’t just about providing a healthy nonalcoholic alternative. It’s also about using the brand to ignite and promote change supporting women’s empowerment. “I’m very much about women supporting women,” Dougherty says. “I want to change those social landscapes to showcase women in high profile roles, and I want my brand to be celebratory of women in leadership – to be encouraging, inspiring, empowering.” Made of Iron Dougherty’s decision to take on the Ironman race was, as she calls it, logical.

“I wanted to diversify from just running,” she says. “When Ironman came to Ohio in 2016, I was so excited to have a local race to compete in.” It’s not the first time she’s jumped into a competition, though. Dougherty had just finished her first 70.3-mile triathlon in 2015. “It doesn’t matter the distance, I’m always nervous before my races,” she says. “It’s time to deliver and see how all the pieces are going to fit together on race day – the swim, bike, run transitions and nutrition all play a role.” The 2016 Ironman was an amazing day for Dougherty. She thrived during the swim and the bike ride, but during the first mile of the half marathon portion, disaster struck. Any runner knows how painful muscle cramps can be, but after enduring an entire race, Dougherty’s calves and quads were screaming. “But this was both the beauty and pain of a triathlon,” she says. “It was so painful, but each time (I fell) I got up and would push forward another quarter of a mile before I went down again.” With the encouragement and help of fellow racers, she nearly made it to the end and collapsed less than 100 meters from the finish line. Volunteers rushed out and caught her as she fell,

immediately cooling her down with ice and tending to her sore muscles. “That’s a humbling experience to feel strangers taking care of you,” she says. “I remember that every time I race.” Since her 2016 race, Dougherty completed the Ironman Maryland in September: a 2.4-mile swim through jellyfish, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. “Coming down that red carpet to the finish line was one of the most incredible moments of my life,” she says. “About 14.5 hours to complete, nine months of training and five years of the sport.” Lillian van Wyngaarden is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

“Completing these races teach me, always, the power of persistence and what humans are capable of. It has taught me resilience, discipline and the need to prioritize and focus on my key goals.”

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Healthy Dublin The Healthy Business Council of Ohio honors the City of Dublin The Healthy Business Council of meet basic criteria, received a recogniOhio (HBCO) has recognized the tion award. “This year’s apCity of Dublin as a Healthy Workplication was more place Gold Award winner. This is c o m p r e h e n s i v e the first time the City has achieved than.past.years as.we.worked Gold status, having previously to better align achieved Silver status in 2015 our..assessment with.the.CDC and 2017. The City of Dublin is one of 111 Ohio employers that the HBCO recognized for healthy worksite practices during the 16th annual Healthy Worksite Awards presentation in January. The Healthy Worksite Award recognizes Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Applicants are scored on the extent to when their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment. “We take great pride in our efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle,” says City of Dublin Human Resources Director Homer Rogers. “We do this not only from a workplace productivity standpoint but also out of a true concern for the well-being of our employees and their families. Our employee health and wellness metrics consistently outperform the averages provided to us by our health care administrator. It is evident that the City’s Healthy by Choice wellness program continues to inspire a healthy culture while providing a boost to employee morale, employee engagement and talent retention.” All applications for the HBCO awards were reviewed and evaluated using objective criteria. Three levels of high achievement were awarded in 2019 – Gold, Silver and Bronze. Other applicants, who 14 • February/March 2020

Worksite Health ScoreCard so worksites could more effectively become competitive with national trends in workplace well-being programming,” explained Healthy Worksite Award Co-

Chair Annie Laurie Cadmus..“Worksites who.are.recognized this year should be especially proud of their accomplishments knowing.they have..provided their..employees with..nationally competitive and well-rounded..programming that supports healthy lifestyles.” Head..to..DublinOhioUSA.gov/ newsroom to see a complete list of the award winners.

GoDublin App Improves City’s Service Response Times

GoDublin is a platform designed for easy communication between Dublin residents and the City of Dublin. It launched in March 2019 and is accessible through both DublinOhioUSA.gov and as a mobile app. In the first nine months, GoDublin processed more than 7,800 requests. The most popular request by far is for the chipping service, which was requested more than 4,800 times. The next most popular request was for City tree maintenance, with 180 submissions. GoDublin was created to streamline the service request process. It offers residents a one stop shop for submitting requests and tracking their progress. The app also allows City employees to easily see service requests on a mobile device and to provide even better customer service to our residents.  “We have noticed a significant improvement in our response time since implementing GoDublin,” says Robert Taylor, P.E., City of Dublin Infrastructure Asset Management Engineer. “Overall, our average time for an initial response is less than one day, and the average time to complete the requests ranges from three days to six days.”  This is a great example of the City leveraging technology to make Dublin an even better place to live.




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We all know in a world with social media and high expectations, stress, anxiety and depression are more common in kids now more than ever before. But Dublin and Hilliard school districts are ahead of the curve and are fighting this. For the past five years, these school districts joined forces to create the Be Well program, which centers on continuing education for both parents and students about the growing number of social and emotional issues faced today. “We are committed to meeting the needs of the whole child, not just the mind but emotional and physical well-being of our students,” Assistant Superintendent of Dublin City Schools Tracey Deagle says, “and help our parents become connected to how they support their students.” The program is a year-long effort to create a conversation about how parents and children can live safe, happy and productive lives. There are so many resources to help in any situation, whether that be mental health issues, stress, bullying or even just support in general – but many people don’t know where to look to find them. In years past, there has been focus on how to deal with vaping and protecting students from certain content on the internet. The districts are always listening to new worries. “As exposure to different and harmful factors becomes easier, it causes the need to pivot,” Deagle says. “As our society shifts around us, we need to be agile enough to shift as well and address the current issues of the day.”

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“I hope we can continue to bring the conversations together and empower our communities to be able to tackle this together. We tend to be more reactive; it is my hope that we can intervene and educate and put in as many preventive actions in place.” - Vicky Clark

their thoughts and feelings on the overall direction of the program. These meetings typically consist of seven students and one superintendent and are an invaluable resource to the success of the program. Students find a common ground with each other and better understand that they all face similar issues. “One thing that has really rose to the top of these conversations is this selfinduced pressure they possess,” Deagle says. “They’ll say, ‘My teachers aren’t

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putting pressure on me, nor are my parents, but I have this tremendous pressure I am putting on myself and I don’t know how to let go of it.’” Another way students can be heard is through the Dublin City School District’s website. There is a button that allows people to report bullying or harassment and encourages them to speak up if they need a friend or assistance. This resource has proved to be extremely successful and breaks down the stigma of asking for help. “I can see how young students are when they are thinking about self-harm or feeling isolated. It’s not a cluster or a regional thing, it’s from high school all the way down to elementary school,” Deagle says. “To be able to see that report come in and know we have a team of mental health experts that will take it from there helps me rest a little bit easier.”

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“Our goal is to also empower our parents through awareness,” Superintendent of Hilliard City School District Vicky Clark says. “We want to bring awareness of issues and teach how to access resources and support that are in our own community that they may not know about.” Each year, educators pick a book that helps parents and educators better understand students. Past years’ books have focused on topics like social media, depression and suicide. The 2020 book is The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey. Breakout sessions will be held along with a book talk and keynote led by Jessica Lahey on Feb. 29. The reception to these events has been positive and allows the Be Well initiative to develop and evolve. “The most noticeable shift has been with our families,” Deagle says. “They are giving great feedback and appreciate the continued focus on this and the learning.”

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Working Toward the Future Community support alone from Hilliard and Dublin is the reason this program continues to be successful each year. “It engages the entire community as ‘difference-makers’ in the lives of our students,” Clark says. “We really try to get the right people engaged in these conversations because we are the ones that can make a difference.” From parents and students to school staff, business partners and even the police and fire departments, all parties are heavily involved with the future of this program. Clark mentions they hope to empower everyone with knowledge of where to find helpful resources. “I hope we can continue to bring the conversations together and empower our communities to be able to tackle this together,” Clark says. “We tend to be more reactive; it is my hope that we can intervene and educate and put in as many preventive actions in place.” Rocco Falleti is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at rfalleti@cityscenecolumbus.com.

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St. Patrick’s Day Through the Pages Cracking open a piece of history By Mallory Arnold

In the heart of Dublin, Ohio, down in a nook of the Dublin Police Station, a piece of history sits. President of the Dublin Historical Society Tom Holton sits in front of a massive, 20-pound scrapbook, pieced together with laminated pages the size of posters. The book dates back to the 1980s when the city was still a village. Holton is quite the history expert, and even though he’s been around for 35 years, he considers himself “the new guy” compared to other members of the historical society. We cracked the book open, cultivated and kept safe by Linda Stephens, and explored its pages. A Challenge In 1979, Dublin Mayor Catherin Headlee received a call from a Michigan broadcaster asking how the Village (Dublin was not yet a City) was going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. She told them there were no plans in place, but challenged him to call back next year. “She was known for taking on challenges,” Holton says. “When she said she was going to do something, she did it.” Thus, began an organized group of Dublin community members called the Shamrock Shenanigans. Seeing Stripes The Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade used to consist of a special tradition of painting a bright green line on the road to mark what path the parade would take. Green stripers, as they were called, took to the street and painted a line right in the center. “Do you see that?” Holton asks, pointing to a photo taken in the 1980s. “There’s not 20 • February/March 2020

one car. No traffic. We can’t really continue this tradition now, with all the traffic.” However, there still are remnants of the tradition on parts of Post Road. See if you can spot a green stripe on your next drive around town. A (Large) Piece of Cake A.shamrock cake is pretty selfexplanatory.–.a cake.decorated with..shamrocks to..celebrate..the holiday..However, Dublin folks took this a step further with the traditional Shamrock Cake Contest. Every year these cakes became bigger and bigger, until 1988 when Cardinal Foods donated the biggest shamrock cake in history, recorded at 850 pounds. The cake was enjoyed by an unnamed Dublin couple, who married during the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and used the cake for their wedding.

Miss Colleen Every year a Miss Colleen was elected to lead the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. En-

“It’s important to me because it reminds us about where we came from,” Holton says. “Our roots make us stronger today.” trants had to be between 16-21, single and without children. A noted pageant winner in the scrapbook is 17-year-old Erika O’Brien, Dublin’s 1985 Miss Colleen. In 1984, George Eger was named the first Grand Leprechaun. This soon became the tradition, and Miss Colleen was phased out.

Blarney Stone The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone made of the same material as the stones in Stonehenge. The original Blarney Stone is in Cork, Ireland, built into the battlements of Blarney Castle. According to the legend, the stone has magical powers. Kissing it gives you the gift of eloquence. The Dublin, Ohio, Blarney Stone is located in front of Indian Run Elementary School. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

Better be Green A tradition no longer held in the community but captured in photos, articles and memories, are the Keystone Cops. If anyone was found not wearing green at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, he or she was put behind Kelly green bars, or, “jail.” “The Village was so small then, remember,” Holton says, “so, when the Keystone Cops caught you not wearing green, you most likely knew one of them and it was all in good fun.” The Keystone Cops wore long green caps, police-style hats and bright stars on their chests.

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Are the Dublin Lions excited to present the pancake breakfast? This is our biggest event of the year for the Dublin Lions Club. We spend some time in every one of our meetings throughout the year doing some type of organization and planning related to the pancake breakfast. We appreciate our part in making St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin a great event for families and friends. This is also our largest fund raising event of the year and provides us the financial ability to support charitable causes in our community like free eye exams and eye glasses for needy families, Ohio State School for the Blind, and Pilot Dogs to name a few. Is there a secret to making the PERFECT pancake? We’ve done a great deal of research over the years to get the right combination of batter mix, eggs and milk to produce the optimal taste and consistency of our pancakes. The exact mixture is a closely guarded secret. Green syrup always helps the pancakes taste better on St. Patrick’s Day.

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What’s the best part of the pancake breakfast? We enjoy seeing the families stop by for breakfast before going to the parade. It has become a tradition for many families and we see many familiar faces year after year. We also conduct a raffle drawing during the breakfast.  There are numerous prizes donated from local businesses, which creates a great deal of excitement as well.  How has this become such a staple to the St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Why do people look forward to it?  The Dublin Lions Club has been hosting the pancake breakfast for over 45 years. People can always look forward to a warm and dry place to meet before the parade, which is sometimes a valuable asset in the middle of March.  It’s also convenient for people to come down to Sells Middle School early, park their cars, set up some lawn chairs along the parade route and then come in the school for breakfast.


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Hospital Expansion Delivers More Life to A $20 million renovation to the OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital helps local patients receive excellent care in their community

O By Megan Hageman

OhioHealth’s Dublin Methodist Hospital has been on a mission to create a different kind of health care experience since its opening on Jan. 8, 2008. The hospital combines a commitment to providing excellent care in areas ranging from behavioral health to cardiology and maternity care, with a welcoming, community approach. Sherrie Valentine, the hospital director of obstetrics and women’s health services, explains the logic behind Dublin’s initial design featuring natural light and fewer white walls; a strategic plan built on evidence-based feedback sourced directly from patients. “There is some level of tension and anxiety you’re experiencing when you walk through the front doors of a hospital. Even if the reason is a new baby, you’re still anxious,” Valentine says. “So, the whole environment of this hospital is designed to create a warm and soothing space, not one where it’s very medically oriented.” The draw of this comforting space and patients’ desire to be treated closer to home has led to an influx of new patients, making the need for expansion at the Dublin location evident. Dublin Methodist Hospital’s $20 million expansion commenced in 2018 to make 22 • February/March 2020

room for growing demand and updated service offerings. Maternity Inpatient and Outpatient Additions As a segment of the renovations, a 15bed observation unit was added that connects to the hospital’s emergency room. However, the major focus of the expansion was in the maternity unit. “When we first opened, we opened a brand new hospital, it was a challenge because you don’t know what to expect,” says Valentine. “Within two years we tripled our volume. We started between 700 and 800 births a year, and today we’re at about 3,000.” To accommodate the overflow, eight additional postpartum rooms were designed to make a total of 27, and the hospital’s 10th labor delivery room was added to the second floor. With the growth, Dublin Methodist can now even accommodate patient transfers from neighboring OhioHealth locations. “When other facilities, such as Riverside, are at a high volume pace, we can help alleviate and balance out that volume because we are all OhioHealth and we support each other,” Valentine explains. With this further development of inpatient areas, the clear next step was to advance the women’s health outpatient services as well. Prior to the improvements, services such as prenatal testing were carried out www.dublinlifemagazine.com



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in the inpatient triage unit, mixing two populations with very different needs. To address this issue, Valentine and her team received authorization to utilize empty space on the second floor of the medical office building, located beside the main hospital. “We retrofitted three different services into this space including maternal fetal medicine five days a week, prenatal testing five days a week and we opened up an outpatient lactation center,” says Valentine. Room for Residency More patients at Dublin Methodist means more hands on deck. In July 2018, the hospital’s first class of six family medicine residents began their training, led by Dr. Matthew Kunar, Dublin Methodist’s director of medical education. “Before I started we never had any residents or medical students in the hospital. As a hospital we avoided medical education,” says Kunar. “Over time, as the hospital got busier and was able to support medical education and train family physicians, the perfect opportunity came.” Kunar describes the work of family medicine as “from birth to grave.” He also explains how residents rotate through services within the hospital to gain experience in all areas and how beneficial the expansion has been to the program. “It’s been great for the trainees in our program to have a higher patient volume at the hospital. An increase enhances the medical education for our department,” says Kunar. The family medicine residency is a three-year program, and in July 2020 the third class will begin for a total of 18 residents in the hospital. OhioHealth’s overarching mission is “to improve the health of those we serve.” Dublin Methodist is no exception and takes this commitment to the next level. The Dublin location will continue to refine the space, services and resources offered to fit the ever-changing needs of the community and deliver care that is personalized and convenient. The door is always open for future expansion. “Dublin always wants to be a community hospital at heart but we also want to see what services are best for that community,” says Kunar. “If we can always offer more services at the hospital so people don’t have to travel further away from their homes, that’s what we’re going to try to do.” Megan Hageman is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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Not Just a Wilting Winter Finding the beauty in a snow-covered garden By Mallory Arnold

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City of Dublin Assistant Horticulturist Tim Fleischer knows his stuff when it comes to managing plants in the winter. He defines winter interest plants or seasonal extenders as foliage, trees and shrubs that look beautiful even in the chilled weather. For example, hydrangeas can be cut down to the ground until regeneration in the warm weather, but Fleischer actually prefers leaving them be. “They look beautiful all winter,” he says. “The flower heads turn brown and create an interest in your garden.” While perennials die above ground in the colder seasons, the roots stay alive underground. There’s not much you need to do to cultivate these roots, although Fleischer recommends you mulch your perennial beds on a yearly basis to keep things protected. “The word perennial means that it will return and come back,” Fleischer says. “They’re cold hearty and will come back every year since the roots can withstand the cold.” Many gardeners may go into a chilly despair when they see their garden turn icy, but Fleischer says this kind of garden maintence is what he knows best. “It’s one of my main things I strive for when I’m designing a new landscape in Dublin,” he says. “I plan for seasonal extenders.” One winter interest plant to keep an eye out for is the deciduous holly. This shrub isn’t the typical green holly we think of in the winter; it loses its leaves so that bright red berries pop through the bare branches. As for picking favorites, Fleischer struggles. “It’s difficult for me to pick just one,” he says, laughing. “I could give you my top 10.” He enjoys a particular shrub called beautyberry. This plant pops up around the new year and flourishes with iridescent purple berries that remain when the Beautyberry leaves fall. Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@cityscenemediagroup.com.




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Take That, MCAT! How Catie D’Angelo’s Biomedical Research Academy experience helped pave her future By Lydia Freudenberg

Ready to be impressed? Catie D’Angelo (daughter of Dublin Life’s own Colleen D’Angelo!) is an undergraduate sophomore at Ohio University and is already enrolled in OU’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – she doesn’t even have to take Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The Dublin Coffman High School alumna thanks the Biomedical Research Academy through the Dublin City School District for much of her academic success. Biomed, as D’Angelo calls it, is an integrated immersion into biology, research, physiology and art offered to students interested in careers in medicine. The program covers advanced sciences, features interactive labs and professional speakers, and concludes with a capstone project of choice. “Hearing that I could do more hands-on activities with bio throughout the day, I thought, ‘This will be perfect, I’ll be able to learn so much more, understand it more,’ and that’s exactly what happened,” D’Angelo says. “It was all focused on us learning – it wasn’t about the exams, the test or even getting an A. I was surrounded by people who wanted to be there and that really helped my motivation.” Biomed isn’t an AP science course, it’s more advanced. D’Angelo spent half her day in the program, so juggling her other required classes was a challenge. Still, the in-depth material taught in 34 • February/March 2020

biomed made her transition into college a breeze. “(Biomed) was the first time I took a conceptual bio class where I had to take all of my knowledge and actually apply it,” she says, “which honestly really helped me by the time I got to college and I was taking intro bio.” D’Angelo says one of her favorite parts of biomed was the research. For her capstone, she focused on analyzing the heart with a holistic approach to medicine. The project required hours of data collection and in-depth writing, but it all paid off. Once D’Angelo decided to pursue pre-med at OU, applying for OU’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Early Assurance Program was next on her list. D’Angelo discovered the program after her biomed teacher, Roger Rabold, invited an OU doctor to speak during class. After being accepted into early assurance, D’Angelo has the opportunity to earn her undergraduate and doctorate degrees in as few as seven years. “I called my dad, my sister, my mother and was like, ‘You’ll never believe it, listen to this program, it’s amazing,’” D’Angelo says. “It’s all because Mr. Rabold made that effort to reach out and get these different connections for us. He really showed us that he wanted us to succeed.” As for after school, D’Angelo hopes to work with kids, conduct cancer research or even combine the two passions.

This OU freshman knows that accomplishing her pre-college goals wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Rabold and her family. Her sister, Courtney, cheers her up when times are stressful; her brother, Christopher, keeps her competitive spirit high; her father, Tony, is a true cheerleader; her mother, Colleen, helps with anything and everything. “My family is so supportive, they are the best,” she says. “I couldn’t ask for better parents or better siblings.” Lydia Freudenberg is an associate editor feedback welcome at lfreudenberg@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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A Coast with the Most New winery creates ideal destination for a wine night out – right at home Coast Wine House has officially opened its doors at 75 S. High St., giving Dublin the perfect spot for a casual drink. To find the perfect location for the new winery, owner Dustin Snow looked at sites in areas like.Italian.Village, German.Village.and Grandview..Heights, but eventually returned to historic Dublin. “Dublin is doing everything right to build our..community..and grow..economically,” Snow..says...“Bridge Park and the development on the north end of Old Dublin gave me the confidence that our small business would be successful.” Its name is no coincidence – the West Coast is very much an inspiration for Coast Wine House. “I spent quite a bit of time out there in my previous professional life,” Snow says, “and fell in love with the pace of life and optimism of the people.” For Snow, creating Coast Wine House’s intimate and relaxed environment was very strategic. The goal is simple: to make you feel like you’re being welcomed into a home for a delicious sip of wine. The house was built in the 1880s and was previously a residence for more than 100 years. 36 • February/March 2020

Perfect Pairings “We try not to overthink the (wine and food) pairings,” Snow says. “A high acid white wine or pinot noir would pair really nicely with some of the fatty meats and cheeses that we have.” One of Snow’s favorite wines is the Subliminal Cabernet Sauvignon. “It’s unrefined, unfiltered, with nothing added or removed in the wine making process – and the grapes come from sustainably farmed vineyards,” he says. People have practiced pairing wine and cheese for hundreds of years, but lately charcuterie boards have spiked in popularity. It’s is a culinary art that has been revived by the traditional food movement. The menu at Coast features a Salt Fat Acid Heat board which includes a toasted baguette with assorted butters, salts and pickles. With five different cheeses and four different meats to choose from, you can’t go wrong when making your own pairing. And if you’re not a fan of wine, there’s no need to cancel your plans. The menu features four local craft beers, like a Pil-

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Shrimp Paturi By Sarah McQuaide

The Dublin Dishes series gives readers a glimpse inside kitchens inspired by flavors from around the world. To view recipes, share your recipe or recommend a chef to be featured, visit DublinOhioUsa.gov/dishes. Bidisha Nag opens the front door of her Tartan Ridge home with a warm smile. Her bright kitchen features an oversized island countertop with plenty of space for prepping and serving. Ingredients for today’s meal are laid out: shrimp, banana leaves, turmeric, shredded coconut, Thai chili peppers, mustard powder and mustard oil – a staple in Bengali cooking. “You can make it with other fish, but today I’m doing it with shrimp,” says Nag. “For Bengali people, since we are located near lots of rivers, we tend to eat a lot of fish. This dish is very easy to cook. I don’t like cooking very complicated things.” Through her Create Your Curry cooking classes, Nag teaches participants how to make fast, simple meals that can be prepared days in advance. Her goal is to help people spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. Nag, who holds a Ph.D. in cultural and human geography, began teaching as a professor at the University of Nebraska. “I have taught undergraduate classes with 120 people who were only there because it was a requirement,” says Nag. “When I started my cooking classes, I realized this too is a combination of culture and geography, and my students actually want to be here!” Nag grew up in Kolkata, India, and has lived in Chicago, Nebraska and New Jersey before moving to Dublin in 2016. She and her husband moved here for his job in

Columbus, and chose Dublin for the excellent school system. Their son is now a senior at Dublin Jerome High School. One thing she liked about living in Chicago was the diversity. She recalls the memorable potluck spreads with foods from around the world. She was happy to discover Dublin is also a diverse and inclusive place to live, with nearly one in five residents born outside the U.S. She always looks forward to gatherings with neighbors and friends. “We have such an international community that we always wonder who’s going to bring what food,” Nag says. By now the kitchen is filled with fragrant aromas as the shrimp paturi emerges from the microwave – one of her favorite and, in her opinion, underutilized cooking tools. To view the recipe visit Dublin OhioUSA.gov/dishes. To learn more about Create Your Curry cooking classes, visit createyourcurry.com or follow it on Facebook and Instagram. Class locations include Nag’s home, The Seasoned Farmhouse, 1400 Food Lab and The Mix at Mitchell Hall. Sarah McQuaide is a public information officer with the City of Dublin.


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BY BRITTAN Y MOSL E Y P ho t o s c o u r t e sy o f H u f f m a n a nd H uffm a n

Finishing Touches Converting an unfinished lower level into a 2,200-square-foot pool house When homeowner Anna Wells and her husband built their Dublin home almost a decade ago, they left the basement unfinished for their sons to use as a playroom. However, the family is originally from Texas and felt that having a pool was important to them, so after living comfortably in their home for a few years, they went ahead and put one in.

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But there was one problem: Their property wasn’t conducive to building a pool area around it. Killing two birds with one stone, the Wells converted their 2,200-square-foot lower level basement into its own pool house. Mark Huffman, of the interior architectural design and décor firm Huffman and



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Huffman, along with Samuel and Jennifer Teitt of The Bellepoint Company, were put to the task of making this sweeping change. Although he has designed many lower levels, Huffman has never been challenged with creating a pool house environment, but loves the finished product. “I love how the aesthetic overall carries throughout all the spaces in the lower level,” Huffman says. “I think it’s really successful.” The Wells also found the process rewarding.

“It was really enjoyable for us. We heard lots of horror stories with people renovating, but Mark is very professional and he listened to exactly what we wanted,” Wells says. The design process alone took around six months and the physical transformation took several months as well. Wells says that she and her husband have very different styles, but they found a way to bring the two together in a relaxed, uniform space. “We wanted simple, not really ornate, but comfortable and clean,” Wells says. “We liked the fact that (Huffman and


Huffman) would narrow things down and understood what our tastes were.” The space is simple yet modern with a consistent style that permeates throughout each room. Wells cites the wallpaper and the custom shower doors as some of her favorite design touches, while the beams across the ceiling add an element of symmetry that appeals to her husband’s taste. “We knew that bright colors and too much activity on fabrics wouldn’t work for them. They wanted things to be more calm and



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8625 Dunblane Court – Located on the Muirfield Tournament Course. This ranch with walk-out lower level with sweeping views of the nearly 3/4 acre lot & no. 2 green. Well updated with newer carpet, fresh paint, large master, & professional kitchen. Newer roof, 3 car garage, 2nd kitchen in lower level are all added bonuses not often found at this price point. $975,000. COLDWELL BANKER KING THOMPSON www.TheMathiasTeam.com

4131 Brinsworth Drive – Custom built home in Wedgewood Glen on 2/3 acre of a private wooded lot! Hardwood floors lead you into the updated chef’s kitchen with large island, SS appliances, & granite counter tops. The open floor plan & wet bar provides the perfect space for entertaining. Enjoy the backyard with the beautifully paved patio with a huge brick masonry fireplace. $730,000. COLDWELL BANKER KING THOMPSON www.TheMathiasTeam.com

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Mike & Lorie Strange (614) 361-8853

8422 Greenside Drive – Enjoy outstanding detail throughout 4BR home with luxurious 1st floor Owner suite. Vaulted kitchen featuring center island, 2 pantries, granite counters & casual dining. Vaulted ceilings in great room & den. Open staircase w/ large loft overlooks foyer & GR. Lush landscaping, irrigation system surrounding entertaining paver patio. Enjoy sunsets from the relaxing covered front porch. 3-car sideload garage. $489,900. CUTLER REAL ESTATE www.conleyandpartners.com

This beautiful home sits in the heart of Hawk’s Nest, next to the bike path that leads to the neighborhood park. As you walk inside, you will immediately notice the open floor plan and vaulted ceilings. Large deck with private backyard, Stainless appliances, center island, first floor master with spectacular bathroom and a private deck and more.


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Fitting in My Fitness To say that Dublin has changed in the last 23 years since we moved here from Connecticut is a drastic understatement. At the time, we had a 2-year-old son and a baby daughter and only knew a handful of people. One of my first goals was to find an indoor tennis center that had childcare for the kids and a friendly tennis team for me. Tennis gave me two hours of great exercise when I could be competitive, have a break from being a mom and meet wonderful women who are still some of my closest friends. I still play tennis, but my teammates and I have all endured many injuries on the court and have branched out into other workouts as well. Aerobic exercise is crucial as we age to relieve stress, improve sleep and combat weight gain. Several ladies have switched to paddleball in the winter months, while others have tried pickleball. Recently I joined the regulars at the Dublin Community Recreation Center who play “pickle” there every day from 1:30-4 p.m. It was fun, friendly, competitive and good cardio, so I may have found my new indoor sport. Some form of yoga or Pilates that includes stretching is also vital. As we get older, less blood circulates to our joints and calcium deposits can form, leading to stiff muscles and joints. As a former dancer, I enjoy Barre classes, 44 • February/March 2020

but you don’t need a dance background and you don’t need to be flexible; small simple movements meant to target key muscle groups are what Barre classes are all about. It is also important to build muscle mass with weights to fend off arthritis, increase bone density and improve posture. You can work on your own, with an app or with a trainer to keep your routine fresh. As we settle into 2020 and our New Year’s resolutions, look for a sport or exercise that also brings you joy, friendship and satisfaction so you stick with it and don’t think of your workouts as work. I asked members of the Facebook group Dublin Moms in the Know for advice and received many suggestions on where to go, what to look for and why you will love it. Sue Swyt says she likes an inspiring instructor and has found some super ones at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, Balancing Owl Yoga, Endeavor Defense and Fitness, and Vertical Adventures.

“I look for safe instruction and stretching – I am not 20 anymore,” she says. “I need an educated instructor who won’t put my body at risk. And I need to stretch because after the workout I will be sitting at my desk for hours.” Julie Carter suggests trying a free first class to see if you enjoy it and feel comfortable with the culture. “As I’ve gotten older, I look for something that is sustainable long-term and low-impact so I’m doing more good than harm,” she says. Melissa Himes likes Row House and says the instructors are amazing and encouraging. “It is a great workout that all fitness levels can do, and you can track your meters rowed through their app,” says Himes. Terri Edwards and Kelly Ackert both rave about Peak Human Performance which they describe as friendly, upbeat and inclusive with many different classes. “All of the instructors know you and your health/exercise goals and encourage you to reach the very best you,” says Ed-

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wards. “I can go in any mood and come out happy and feeling great,” says Ackert. Stefanie Solano recommends Barre 3 for its strong, encouraging community, classes and the childcare, which is included in her membership. Melissa Sitter recommends Orangetheory Fitness for its convenience, varied programs and flexible times. She loves that her 14-year-old can work out with her and that you can use any Orangetheory studio around the world if you are traveling. Jessie Null also likes Orangetheory because she needs to coordinate efficient exercise with her children’s school schedule. “I get a great workout in 60 minutes and it’s only five minutes from home,” says Null. Not everyone likes to take classes, and many people recommend facilities that have flexible hours, prime location and multiple options like Life Time Fitness or the Dublin Community Recreation Center. Ginger Pettit and Beth Haab also both enjoy Individual Fitness Solutions in Shawnee Hills for its awesome personal trainers, 24-hour access and fair price. Most importantly, don’t think of a workout as a chore but rather an opportunity to transform your life. It is a break from the crazy stuff going on in your world and a chance to learn something new, meet a friendly face and get centered on feeling better both physically and emotionally. 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. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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