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5 January/February 2023 • VOLUME 24 NUMBER 2 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2023 6 Community Calendar 8 Faces The Shoe Fits A look at the UA resident who designed Ohio Stadium 10 In Focus Rooted in Community The Red Oak Foundation creates space for autism acceptance in Upper Arlington 14 Making Strides Combat cabin fever at exciting, expanding Quarry Trails Metro Park 20 Student Spotlight Golden Bear Cares UA student Ashley He selected for governor’s Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council 22 Living Home for the Holidays Barbara Bush’s family home retains historic charm in modern era 26 On the Table Firehouse Meals Made Hot These firefighters keep Upper Arlington safe and don’t sacrifice taste to do it 28 Top Homes 29 Luxury Living Real Estate Guide 30 Bookmarks On the Cover: The Stair family Photo by Jaime Jozic @TriVillageMagazine 14 @CitySceneColumbus 26 MAGAZINE 8 The Official Magazine of Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington and Marble Cliff MAGAZINE GET NOTICED. Contact Laura Pappas today for great rates! 614-572-1250

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The Shoe Fits

Howard Dwight Smith may not be a name that you recognize, though if you have lived in the Columbus area for any amount of time, you have likely seen – or been inside –one of the structures he designed.

Smith attended and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1907, a place that captured his heart after leaving his family farm in Dayton. Smith started his career in New York City, then ultimately landed a job as Ohio State’s lead architect only 10 years after graduation. He designed many of the school’s most iconic buildings, including his first project with the school: the revolutionary Ohio Stadium.

Born in 1886, Smith would have been coming of age as Dayton was at the height of its Gilded Age, when the city was home to many of the world’s top inventors, including the Wright Brothers.

Smith was heavily influenced by his father, Andrew Jackson Smith, who was a religious, hardworking man. Smith’s granddaughter, Cyndi Starr, believes that growing up in an environment that was famous for breeding revolutionary ideas had an impact on his ambition and pursuit of intellect.

His ambition led him to OSU, from where he earned a degree in civil engineering in 1907. He would then go on to harness his passion for architecture at Columbia University in New York City.

During his time at Columbia, he received a scholarship and used it to explore Europe in 1911 with his peers in the architecture program.

Back in New York, the city was rapidly expanding, as many northern cities were at the time, and Smith was nearly an instant commodity. He was designing Long Island mansions when he was only in his mid-20s.

He would go on to earn a Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architecture at age 36. (Frank Lloyd Wright, who was somewhat of a rival to Smith, did not earn his Gold Medal until he was in his 80s.)

His passion was not in New York, however, as Columbus had left its mark while he was at OSU. He returned to

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A look at the UA resident who designed Ohio Stadium –100 years after its construction
Smith in 1922, when Ohio Stadium was completed Howard and Myrna Hazel Smith at OSU graduation ceremony 1943 Howard Dwight Smith Smith in Europe in 1930 Smith (second from right) in Europe traveling as a student Photos courtesy of Upper Arlington Historical Society, Cyndi Starr and Kathie Roig

Ohio when he was 28 and became a professor and architect for the school.

While he cared for his students, Smith’s work ethic knew no bounds. When a student would come to him with worries about not being able to find time to finish a project, Smith would tell them, “There are 24 hours in a day, and how you use them is up to you.”

“I think teaching was something he enjoyed so much, and Ohio State, … that was his home sweet home. He loved that campus. He wanted to come back to that campus and that’s one of the reasons I think he left New York,” Starr says. “And also, in Upper Arlington. That connection was symbiotic between him and his community in Upper Arlington and him and his community at Ohio State.”

Smith’s sole focus was never on design, as he was always spending time helping his students and writing about his creations. Starr says he wrote a 14-page article detailing the design inspiration and plans for the Buckeyes’ football stadium.

There were many skeptics at the time who believed the stadium was a terrible investment and that the university would never be able to fill its original 66,210-seat capacity. 100 years later, the stadium regularly sells out to more than 100,000 fans.

He designed many buildings during his time at OSU, including St. John Arena, an expansion to William Oxley

Thompson Library, Hughes Hall and French Field House.

His time in Europe appears to have influenced his style, as much of his work has elements of the Classical style of famous European structures. The Shoe is known to display its influence from the Roman Colosseum.

While working at OSU, Smith was ambitious with his vision for cohesive aesthetics and a further expansion of the school across the Olentangy River. Ultimately, he was helping OSU churn out so many new structures that the school had to hire more architects to oversee the completion of his projects.

His influence was not limited to the confines of campus, and he became a major figure in Upper Arlington, where he lived, as well as all over Columbus and central Ohio.

He designed several city halls, schools, government buildings and more. One of his most notable projects was Columbus’ Open Air School for impoverished students who were at greater risk of, or were diagnosed with, tuberculosis.

“I think he felt no matter your status in life, everyone deserves a well-built, solidly made, beautifully designed place to live and work,” says Kathie Roig, another granddaughter of Smith’s.

Smith added inspirational quotes and words of encouragement above doorways at the school to boost morale.

Smith had three homes in Upper Arlington, two that he designed himself and one that he moved into after his retirement in the 1950s.

He remained involved with Ohio State and was able to enjoy the fruits of his labor at football games. Smith’s daughter remembers that their season tickets at the Shoe were right behind Orville Wright’s, whom she remembers as being a quiet and sweet man.

Smith was heavily involved in his community. He volunteered at First Community Church and was a member of several local groups including the Rotary Club of Columbus, Upper Arlington Board of Building Standards and the City of Columbus Planning Commission.

He was a member of several intellectual clubs as well, and he loved to read and write.

His love for architecture comes through in his sketches and watercolor paintings – some of which are on display at the Upper Arlington Historical Society – as many of them depict buildings that left an impression on Smith.

On Oct. 2, 2022, the historical society featured a presentation on Smith alongside OSU’s anniversary celebration for the Shoe turning 100. Historical society director Kristin Greenberg says that more than 100 people attended, which was a great turnout for the event.

“We have a community of folks that are very passionate about our community and making it better and working hard to help each other and help the region,” Greenberg says. “I’m not originally from central Ohio and I have never lived in a town with such passion and pride in the community.”

Smith served as a great example for the residents of Upper Arlington and Columbus that hard work and dedication are the keys to mastering your craft and becoming the best at what you do.

His versatile intellect and drive to succeed propelled him to the top of the architecture world. Smith’s impact makes a difference in so many of our daily lives in this region, which he loved and called home.

Tyler Kirkendall is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at tkirkendall@

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Smith’s sketch of Ohio Stadium, 1941 The library in Venice

Rooted in Community

After months of developmental delays, Annie and Jim Stair’s son, Graham, was diagnosed with autism at 2-and-a-half years old.

The diagnosis answered the question of why Graham wasn’t progressing at the same rate as his peers, but it brought about a new slew of questions. One such question was what’s the next step?

“It was a lot just getting our treatment plan in order and getting connected to the right resources,” Annie Stair says. “We thought that there could be a more centralized place where families could get together for events and network and share resources.”

It was this thought that inspired the Stairs to establish the Red Oak Family

Foundation. Founded in April 2022 and named after the oak tree in Annie and Jim’s front yard, the foundation provides a space where families can connect, relax and learn.

“We found that we got the best information from other families that had been through what we’d been through,” Stair says.

While Red Oak events primarily provide a space for the kids to relax and make friends, the organization also serves as a crucial learning space for the parents.

“We hold educational events and social events so families can be together in comfortable environments. A lot of autism families don’t go out often with their

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In Focus
The Red Oak Foundation creates space for autism acceptance in Upper Arlington
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The Red Oak Family Foundation provides a safe space for children with autism and their families. Pictured: Graham Stair Photos courtesy of Annie Stair

kids or are hesitant to do that because their kids may have meltdowns,” Stair says.

In the past year, they have hosted an IEP breakdown workshop as well as three sensory-friendly events for families. Additionally, they partnered with the Upper Arlington Civic Association for July Fourth and Christmas in the Park in order to provide sensory-friendly spaces amid the festivals.

“We wanted to create environments where families could be around other families that get it,” Stair says.

Because of Red Oak, these families can connect in spaces designed to accommodate their kids’ needs.

Reaching the Community

Marissa Donham, a board member at the Red Oak Foundation, joined the organization because of its commitment to sharing resources and connecting families. When Donham’s three children were also diagnosed with autism at a young age, her family experienced the same world-altering shift as the Stairs.

“It was incredibly isolating. We didn’t know anybody who had a child with something as huge as autism. There was nobody to talk to,” says Donham.

After finding few answers by scouring the internet, Marissa began to reach out to people through Facebook in the hopes that someone could help her find resources for her kids.

“You just come into this world knowing nothing, and there’s really nobody to talk to about it,” says Donham.

Donham met Stair through a therapy program both of their kids attended. Through their friendship, they realized they both struggled with finding resources and connecting with the autism community.

When Stair started the Red Oak Foundation, Donham became a board member. After three years of forging relationships in the world of autism, Donham was an invaluable resource because of her knowledge base and experience.

“I spent those three years (after the diagnosis) trying every single therapy and finding all the autism events. Anything that was out there that was autism-related, I either researched or I found somebody to talk to about it,” Donham says.

After joining Red Oak, Donham noticed a marked shift in the autism community in Upper Arlington.

“I’ve seen people feel less lonely and feel less shame and feel less embarrassed,” Donham says. “I’ve seen a safe space being carved out where we are celebrating that our kids are stimming and making weird noises.”

Because of Red Oak and Stair, Donham has hope that they can build a community that welcomes them for who they are. Events like the UA Parade and Christmas in the Park are spaces where the community has begun to embrace the autism commu-

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Annie Stair speaking at the foundation launch event in 2022. The Stair brothers: Jack, 11; Parker, 9; Graham, 6

nity. The collaboration between the Upper Arlington Civic Association and the Red Oak Foundation is a testament to the community’s willingness to adapt.

“I think that there is really starting to be an area where these kids can be celebrated for who they are and I’m really proud of our community for always saying yes to everything we suggest,” says Donham.

Making an Impact

In the future, Red Oak plans to introduce a parent program that provides information and mental health support to the parents of kids

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with autism. It also plans on launching a sibling program which will include four nights throughout the year where siblings can come and talk about their experiences while hanging out with other siblings.

“It’s supporting those individuals with autism, but then also their family members,” Stair says.

Get Involved

Families can get connected by going to the Red Oak Family Foundation website and sending a message to the organization via the contact page.

To donate, visit the foundation’s website ( All proceeds go toward scheduling events for individuals with autism.

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Making Strides

Combat cabin fever at exciting, expanding Quarry Trails Metro Park

If your New Year’s resolution involves getting more exercise, experiencing parks in our area is a great way to stay active. The Quarry Trails Metro Park has been a popular spot for locals since its recent opening, and every day more residents and visitors are discovering the park that feels hidden in plain sight.

Thanks to the efforts of the City of Upper Arlington, the City of Columbus and The Ohio State University, Columbus’ newest metro park will be more accessible than ever.

In a recent study conducted by OSU, almost 90 percent of Upper Arlington residents answered that they would like a pedestrian connection from Lane Avenue to the Quarry Trails Metro Park. The city has since been hard at work putting together a plan to accommodate those who want to get out and walk or bike to the burgeoning new nature trail.

You may remember the 2017 Sidewalk Connection Project, which added

plenty of new walkways, though much of Lane Avenue was still not pedestrian friendly. This would ultimately become a continuous talking point once Quarry Trails construction began.

“Traffic congestion is definitely an issue,” says Jill Snyder, visitor engagement manager for Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. “So, trying to create some sort of means to access it without having to get in the car is always a goal for us.”

In 2018 and 2019, the city used community feedback to determine that a pedestrian- and bike-compatible route to the Quarry Trails from Lane Avenue was very important to Upper Arlington residents.

The city was awarded both federal and state grants which will enable the construction of the long-awaited walking path. It will connect Lane Avenue to the park’s entrance on Trabue Road.

Snyder has high hopes for connecting walking paths to the Quarry Trails Park.

“One of our big goals was that we wanted to have a metro park or a trail within five miles of every Franklin County resident,” Snyder says. “So this really hit a goal for us and it’s along the Scioto River, so it’s got all that riparian corridor and gives that connection. … The other big plan is to connect this park to the Greenway Trails and to the other communities.”

The Metro Park is uniquely situated within this community, as it weaves through residential areas, former quarry mining sites and the numerous bodies of water that lie within its borders.

Water’s Ways

The park is situated in the Scioto River watershed, which is vital to its offerings of beautiful scenery and fun activities.

“I love the waterfall, I think it’s beautiful,” Snyder says. “There are really amazing fossils hidden in all of those stairs.”

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The geologic history of the park is on full display if you know where to look, and evidence of the massive ocean that once covered Ohio is everywhere. If you are lucky, you may show up when a ranger is waiting at the waterfall entrance with a table of fossils found at the park.

The rock formations at Turtle Cove reveal layers of rock compounded by millions of years of sediment buildup. This section of the lake is home to stunning wildlife such as swans, ducks, beavers, frogs and a diverse population of turtles.

Kayaking and fishing are popular activities at the quarry. Anglers line the piers, docks and shores of the large pond in this section of the park, hoping for bites from the park’s varied fish population.

Get Moving

There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors at the park, with many more on the way.

There is currently an exciting and quite challenging cycling area within this Metro Park, but Snyder says that an easier path is on its way which will make it easier for families to get their younger or less experienced riders on the track.

There is an impressive sledding hill opening this season, which promises hours of thrills once the snow falls.

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The rock climbing area has created even more buzz for the park. This pioneering effort will offer a climbing experience unlike any other you’ll find in an urban setting in the U.S.

The climbing route will be via ferrata, which gives adventurous climbers a protected climbing path across a massive rock face while utilizing natural holds, rather than the manmade holds of a typical via ferrata path.

“It’s climbing in a different way. It actually means you would be going across the cliff face as opposed to up and down,” Snyder says.

Staff will monitor the path, at least at first, to ensure a safe experience for the adrenaline-seekers looking to conquer the rock face.

There are currently parks employees that oversee the park’s operations during opening hours, which conclude once the park grows dark. Snyder says the department is currently in talks to potentially extend opening hours, so stay tuned for updates on this expanding park.Community feedback has informed much of the development surrounding the park, and will surely continue to influence its future.

As new homes pop up in the area to accommodate a rapidly increasing population, Snyder is sure that the park will continue to be a great place to stay active and enjoy the park in whatever way you choose.

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UA student Ashley He selected for governor’s Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council

In July, Governor Mike DeWine announced the students who will be part of the inaugural Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council within the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC).

The group is comprised of 16 student safety advisors from high schools across the state. Each will work with the OSSC to identify school safety concerns and come up with solutions to address them.

One of those 16 students is Upper Arlington High School’s own Ashley He, who leapt at the opportunity after hearing about it at school.

Growing up with lockdown and weather drills, He believes the drills leave much room for improvement in teaching the student body key lessons in safety.

“I have always felt these drills and preparations felt very isolated,” He says. “Of course, there’s no stopping hurricanes or tornadoes, but school safety goes so beyond that.”

He pursued a council position because she believes that accidents, incidents and natural disasters are not the only threats to students’ abilities to go to school.

“School safety isn’t just fire drills, but also whether or not a student wants to come to school in the morning,” He says. “It is putting measures into place to safeguard students from not just physical, but also emotional, social and mental harm.”

Creating plans isn’t enough for safety, and a big part of the reason she wanted to make her voice heard is to create a positive impact on students’ mental health.

“I think that in the conversation about school safety, the voices of students are often underrepresented, despite being arguably the most affected by it, along with teachers and other faculty, of course,” He says. “I wanted to join the conversation, to mobilize with other like-minded students to make real change.”

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DeWine says one of the council’s main goals is to involve students in policy making, as they know better than anyone what is happening at school.

The governor initially wanted a team of 10 for the council, but increased interest bolstered the student count to 16. The opportunity to collaborate with the other 15 council members is a major bonus for He.

“I want to connect with students all over Ohio, I know that there are so many incredible and motivated young people all over Ohio who want to make a change in their schools, who care about school safety and making every school a place where all can feel welcome and accepted,” He says. “I have already met 15 of them through this fantastic opportunity I’ve been given.”

She looks forward to the opportunity to be the voice of her class and help make students feel safe and at home when they’re in the classroom.

He said she is very lucky Upper Arlington provides her with so many resources, and that she hopes to create a bigger space for students in high-level conversations.

“I’d like to help mobilize a system where meaningful student feedback can be taken into consideration. Our schools’ administrators and our students have a common goal: ensuring Upper Arlington Schools are places where students can learn in an accepting and safe environment,” He says. “If we can bridge the gap between us, I think we can see even more real and meaningful progress.”

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Home for the Holidays

Barbara Bush’s family home retains historic charm in a modern era

In 1929, James and Lulu Pierce built a home that would become a beloved childhood vacation spot for their granddaughter, former First Lady Barbara Bush, when she visited on holidays and school breaks.

The English Tudor revival has three floors including six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a music room, a playroom, billiard room, fitness room, workshop, library and a six-car garage. The backyard is home to a stunning year-round white garden consisting of only white flowers meant to glow in the moonlight – an English tradition brought to life by master gardener Leila David.

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The property also features a porch, three-hole putting green and additional garage with plumbing. The home went through renovations in the early 2000s and the expansion nearly doubled the space, making it what it is now.

However, despite the modern renovation, the home retains its historic charm. An original outdoor fireplace from the 1920s sits at the edge of the backyard. The additional outdoor brick garage is also from the original blueprint. On the third floor, a servant’s bell acts as a reminder of the home’s past. Additionally, the delicate English molding along the ceiling in the sitting room and the French molding in the library add elegance and charm to the space.

The Bush family sold the home in 1958 after the passing of James and Lulu Pierce. Since then, the home has passed through the hands of loving homeowners dedicated to honoring its history.

In an effort to bring the historic home into the modern day, the current owners updated key features to encourage universal design. In the name of accessibility for disabled people and older adults, the current owners installed an elevator and ramps from the back door to the backyard, as well as from the hallway into the garage. Each room has ample living space and low counters that enable wheelchair access.

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The owners also prioritized unified indoor and outdoor spaces in their design. The natural lighting and white tones of each room brighten a space at risk of falling into heavy darkness, a key feature of English Tudor homes. The glass paneling in the two-story family room allows for a view into the gardens that complements the light wood flooring.

The current owner used her degree in art history as she worked with Jay Suiter, an interior designer, to design each space. Each room boasts a collection of contemporary and classical works from local artists like Marti Steffi and Perri Frey. Antiques like a Louis XV sofa, French deco cabinet and French ballroom chair elevate each space.

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Firehouse Meals Made Hot

These firefighters keep Upper Arlington safe and don’t sacrifice taste to do it

As an integral part of the Upper Arlington community, the Upper Arlington Fire Department Station 71 always needs to be at the top of its game, which starts with a healthy diet.

Station 71’s firefighters start each day with morning workouts followed by a healthy lunch, then fire training and other tasks for the remainder of the day. Finally, whoever is assigned to cook begins preparing dinner.

“We always do a veggie, grain and a protein,” says firefighter-EMT Rex Holman.

In 1993, Holman won the NCAA title for wrestling at The Ohio State University. By using his dieting techniques and healthy habits from his wrestling career, Holman helps Station 71 stay fit by cooking meals that contain the essentials for active-duty firefighters. However, the unit knows they don’t need to sacrifice good taste to stay healthy.

“We always eat good and pretty clean on our day,” says paramedic Brennan Woods.

Favorites in Station 71 range from taco Tuesdays and smoked meats to holiday turkeys and the traditional weekly pizza Saturdays. By rotating who cooks each day, the firefighters eat diverse meals throughout the week. Whoever is cooking will make enough food for dinner and lunch the next day. Following this system helps to efficiently feed everyone during their 24-hour shifts.

“We’ll do a lot of themed meals, but we put a healthier spin on them,” says Woods.

To make these meals possible, every unit within the fire department puts together their own daily “chow fund.” After an agreed dollar amount per person is collected, a few designated firefighters head to the grocery store. Even during this seemingly normal task, firefighters are recognized and thanked all throughout the community for their service.

Tips to Prevent Winter Fires:

• Install and test carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms once a month.

• Keep items that can burn at least three feet away from heaters, fireplaces and other heat sources.

• Only plug in one heat-producing appliance into an electrical outlet.

• If you have a chimney, be sure to have it cleaned and inspected before use once a year.

• Always use a metal or heatresistant screen when using your fireplace.

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Station 71 sits down for lunch Photos by Kobe Collins

“Upper Arlington is such a good community,” says Woods. “It’s different than any department I’ve been around. We feel included and treated very well.”

The fire department puts on its annual flower sale fundraiser on Mother’s Day. The Upper Arlington community is invited to buy flowers to support the costs of sending firefighters to regular trainings and conferences.

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Feeds about seven to eight firefighters for dinner and lunch leftovers. Served on tortillas, nachos or by itself.

Crockpot Chicken

Add all ingredients to a crockpot on high for five hours. Shred chicken before serving.

• 5 lbs. chicken breast

• 3 packs of mild fajita seasoning

• 2 cans of pinto beans

• 4-oz. can of diced green chilis

Pressure Cooker Grains

Mix grains or rice with the instructed amount of water found on the box, add canned vegetables to cook with rice.

• 1-lb. bag of ancient grains

• 1 can of diced tomatoes

• 4-oz. can of green chilis

Bacon Broccoli

Chop bacon into short strips and sauté in a pan. Once cooked, mix broccoli into bacon bits in a pan and cook until broccoli is soft.

• 2 slices of bacon

• 1 large bag of broccoli

Sauteed Veggie Mix

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl and sauté with choice of seasonings.

• One head of cabbage

• One bag of coleslaw greens mix

• One bag of carrots

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Top homes sold in the Tri-Village area

All information is collected from the Franklin County Auditor’s Office.

In October 2022, Grandview Heights home prices were up 17.4% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $573K. Upper Arlington home prices were up 3.9% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $535K. (Data from Redfin)

Upper Arlington 2700 Crafton Pk. 5 beds, 6 baths $3,950,000 Sold on 11/14/22

2252 Tremont Rd. 4 beds, 3.5 baths $2,240,000 Sold on 10/3/22

2516 Tremont Rd. 5 beds, 4.5 baths $1,700,000 Sold on 11/3/22

2981 Leeds Rd. 4 beds, 3.5 baths $1,597,795 Sold on 10/10/22

1760 Chelsea Rd. 4 beds, 4.5 baths $1,525,000 Sold on 10/7/22

2063 W. Lane Ave. 3 beds, 2.5 baths $1,368,300 Sold on 11/2/22

2611 Clarion Ct. 4 beds, 4.5 baths $1,365,000 Sold on 11/17/22

1515 Essex Rd. 4 beds, 4.5 baths $1,155,000 Sold on 11/2/22

2645 McCoy Rd. 4 beds, 3.5 baths $1,120,000 Sold on 11/3/22

3901 Tarrington Ln. 4 beds, 3.5 baths $1,090,000 Sold on 10/31/22

Grandview Heights 857 Pullman Way 5 beds, 4.5 baths $940,000 Sold on 11/1/22

945 W. First Ave. 3 beds, 3.5 baths $822,500 Sold on 10/24/22

1130 Westwood Ave. 4 beds, 2.5 baths $807,500 Sold on 11/16/22

952 Hudson Crossing

3 beds, 3.5 baths $705,000 Sold on 10/14/22

1196 Hope Ave. 3 beds, 2 baths $700,000 Sold on 10/14/22

1358 Wyandotte Rd. 3 beds, 1.5 baths $630,000 Sold on 11/10/22

1273 Broadview Ave. 3 beds, 1.5 baths $625,000 Sold on 10/31/22

1411 W. First Ave. 3 beds, 1.5 baths $572,500 Sold on 10/31/22

1125 Fairview Ave. 4 beds, 1.5 baths $550,000 Sold on 11/14/22

Marble Cliff

1427 Roxbury Rd. 3 beds, 2.5 baths $575,000 Sold on 10/3/22

1001 Parkway Dr. 3 beds, 2 baths $740,000 Sold on 10/7/22


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Book reviews from the Upper Arlington Public Library

For youth: Yoga Adventure! by Jamaica Stevens and Jamaroo Kids

Travel the world in this interactive book filled with great yoga poses for kids of all ages. Learn about mindfulness, meditation, and different types of animals – all while keeping your mind and body healthy! Yoga Adventure! comes with an online link to an animated video demonstrating poses and a fun sing-along song.

Smaller Sister by Maggie Edkins Willis

Lucy has always been close with her older sister Olivia, but things are starting to change. When their family realizes that Olivia has depression and an eating disorder, they focus all their attention on getting her the help she needs. Lucy struggles with this new dynamic AND balancing starting a new middle school. This book offers a great look at mental and physical health as well as the struggle to ask for help when you really need it.

American Murderer: The Parasite That Haunted the South by Gail Jarrow

Meet Necator americanus, a hookworm that terrorized the American South in the late 1800s like a modernday vampire. Learn about how this parasite was discovered and how the medical community fought to save millions of lives against all odds. An engaging (and sometimes gross) nonfiction title for grades 7 and up.

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For adults:

River of the Gods by Candice Millard

During the 1900s, the desire to colonize and map Africa was at a peak. This book focuses on those who explored the Nile and their desire to be the first to “discover” the source of the Nile. The intrigue surrounding this race is filled with many adventures, such as the fighting among explorers, daily hardships and illnesses. Millard highlights the importance of guides and local peoples that helped the European explorers.

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty

This practical guide was written by Jay Shetty, who lived many years as a monk, meditating and learning how to live a mindful and purposeful life. Shetty helps readers focus on well-being, purpose and mindfulness in three steps: letting go, growing and giving.

Oil and Marble: A novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo by Stephanie Storey

Oil and Marble takes you into 15th century Italy with a witty narrative that describes the lives of Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo, and the feud that both consumed them and helped them to create the masterpieces that we treasure today. It’s an entertaining and informative behind-thescenes look at what drove and inspired these artists to create their work.

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