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MAGAZINE March/April 2020

New Kids on the Block

Grandview and Marble Cliff welcomes new mayors

UA Optimist Club Hands of Gratitude The Future of UA Schools




V O L U ME 2 1 NUM B E R 3 MARC H / A P R I L 2 0 2 0

4 Community Calendar

1335 Dublin Rd., Suite 101C Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-572-1240 • Fax 614-572-1241 www.cityscenecolumbus.com Kathleen K. Gill Dave Prosser Gianna Barrett Gary Hoffman Rocco Falleti Mallory Arnold Lydia Freudenberg Zoë Glore Amanda DePerro Caitlyn Blair Brittany Mosley Natalie Caswell Gillian Janicki Brendan Martin Sarah Robinson Paula Harer Jessica Flowers Circulation

President/CEO Chief Creative Officer Vice President, Sales Creative Director Editor Associate Editors Assistant Editor Contributing Editor Contributing Writers

6 News & Info from

Upper Arlington

7 News & Info from

The Village of Marble Cliff

8 News & Info from Grandview Heights


9 Faces

May(or) We Introduce...

Give a warm welcome to the new mayors of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff

Editorial Assistants

11 In Focus

Slam Dunk

Advertising Director Accounting/Circulation 614-572-1240

Upper Arlington Optimist Club is putting the fun back in youth athletics

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15 Hands-on Learning


Grandview Heights students providing a worldly impact

19 On the Table

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Give it a Second Chance

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Brussels sprouts make a comeback

Westerville Magazine www.WestervilleMagazine.com

20 Building the Future

Healthy New Albany Magazine www.HealthyNewAlbanyMagazine.com Pickerington Magazine www.PickeringtonMagazine.com Discover Grove City Magazine www.DiscoverGroveCity.com The publisher welcomes contributions in the form of manuscripts, drawings, photographs, or story ideas to consider for possible publication. Enclose a SASE with each submission or email rfalleti@cityscenecolumbus.com. Publisher does not assume responsibility for loss or damage. Tri-Village Magazine is published bimonthly in January, March, May, July, September and November. Subscriptions are free for households within the city limits of Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights and the Village of Marble Cliff. For advertising information or bulk purchases, contact Paula Harer at 614-572-1249 or pharer@ cityscenecolumbus.com. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publishers. Tri-Village Magazine is a registered trademark of CityScene Media Group. Printed in the U.S.A. © 2020 March/April 2020 • www.trivillagemagazine.com

Upper Arlington City School District looks to grow and expand

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On the Cover:

Mayor Kearns and Mayor Cincione

25 Living

Four’s a Crowd

Upper Arlington homeowners repurpose space for new bathroom

28 Around Tri-Village 30 Bookmarks

Photo by Jeffrey S. Hall



Arts and Entertainment Grandview Lights & Flights 5-9 p.m. The Candle Lab 1255 Grandview Ave. www.thecandlelab.com

March 4

UA Historical Society presents author Richard Rothstein 7-8 p.m. Jones Middle School 2100 Arlington Ave. www.uahistory.org

March 4-27

Concourse Gallery: Middle Schools Show

Concourse Gallery & Arlington Hall 3600 Tremont Rd. www.upperarlingtonoh.gov

March 5-7

The Music Man

Various times Grandview Heights High School 1587 W. Third Ave. www.ghschools.org

March 5-8

Arnold Sports Festival

Throughout Columbus www.arnoldsportsfestival.com

March 7

OMN Synergy Conference

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Rd. www.ohioministry.net

March 7

EveryDay Inspired MeetUp: GRL PWR + Self Defense

High, Low, Fast, Slow: A Family Music Concert

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Haven Collective 2025 Riverside Dr. www.thebeautyboost.net

March 10-17

Adventures Alive: Virtual Scavenger Hunt Grandview Center 1515 Goodale Dr. www.grandviewheights.org

March 15

2020 Spring Bridal Soiree 1-4 p.m. The Grand Event Center at Grandview Yard 820 Goodale Blvd. www.eventbrite.com

March 22

Semi-Annual Pub Trivia Contest 1-5 p.m. Smokehouse Brewing Company 1130 Dublin Rd. www.trivillagelionsclub.org

April 2-25

Concourse Gallery: High School Show

Concourse Gallery & Arlington Hall 3600 Tremont Rd. www.upperarlingtonoh.gov

Reading to Rover

April 4

Central Ohio String Festival 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Rd. www.uaschools.org

April 11

Easter Egg Hunt

10-11 a.m. Wyman Woods Park 1520 Goodale Blvd. www.grandviewheights.org

April 25

Northam Park Tennis Open House 1-5 p.m. Northam Park Tennis Courts 2070 Northam Rd. www.upperarlingtonoh.gov

Arnold Sports Festival 4

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Photos courtesy of Arnold Sports Festival, ProMusic Chamber Orchestra and James DeCamp

March 4



April 26

Columbus Dessert Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Grand Event Center at Grandview Yard 820 Goodale Blvd. www.midwestdessertfests.com

Upper Arlington Public Library www.ualibrary.org

March 5

April 2

7-8:30 p.m., Tremont Road Library, Meeting Room B

Noon-1 p.m., Tremont Road Library, Meeting Room B

Cooking With Books

Basics of Microsoft OneDrive

April 29

March 10

April 2

7-8:30 p.m. Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Rd. www.uaschools.org

7-8 p.m., Miller Park Library

7-8:30 p.m., Tremont Road Library, Meeting Room B

UAHS Spring Band Concert

Reading to Rover

March 23-27

Last Minute Service Hours Main Library

To submit your event for next issue’s calendar, contact rfalleti@cityscene columbus.com

March 26

Peeps Science

4-5 p.m., Lane Road Library

Cooking With Books

April 14

Reading to Rover

7-8 p.m., Miller Park Library

April 25

High, Low, Fast, Slow: A Family Music Concert 2-3 p.m., Main Library, Friends Theater

Grandview Heights Public Library

1685 W. First Ave., www.ghpl.org

March 2-May 18

March 10

3:15-4:15 p.m., Mondays except March 23

4-7 p.m.

Monday Mash-Ups

March 2-30

Game On film series 6-8:30 p.m.

March 3

Seed Starting with Tim McDermott 7-8 p.m.

March 5

30th Annual Music in the Atrium Indoor Concert Series – Richard Shack 7-8 p.m.

1-on-1 Career Coaching

March 18

Red Cross Blood Drive

April 9

30th Annual Music in the Atrium Indoor Concert Series – Will Freed 7-8 p.m.

April 14

April 7

We Shall Overcome: Essays on a Great American Song with Victor Bobetsky

7-8 p.m.

April 16

1-7 p.m.

Hocking Hills Day Hikes with Mary Reed

April 9

Super Smash Ultimate Tournament 3:15-5 p.m.

7-8 p.m.

All About Herbs with Stacey Bergmann 7-8 p.m.

April 18

ACT Crash Course

10:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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News & Information from Upper Arlington

insideUPPER ARLINGTON A Factory of Leadership

Leadership UA seeks to inspire the next generation of community leaders By Brendan Martin


Residents can network with aspiring community leaders at Candidates Night.

Leadership UA adult class 6

Youth service project

Meetings often involve administrators from schools, public service providers and city councilors.

“It’s so important, especially as our city council continues to be transparent to residents and it sheds additional insight into the community,” Boe says. Perhaps the most important aspect of Leadership UA is its Candidates Night. The event brings together the community and candidates running for office. At this free, public forum, residents have the opportunity to listen and network with aspiring leaders of the community. “Leadership UA provides a good diverse blend of community representation,” Boe says. While this program has many benefits for its adult members, Leadership UA also leads a high school program. The Leadership UA Youth Program runs for eight weeks from January to April. Students get the chance to create and implement community projects. Proceeds are donated to various causes including the Mid-Ohio Food Collective and the American Red Cross. “We hope participants become advocates and learn to understand what is happening in our community,” Boe says. “If I would ask the folks from last year, they would say they’ve built some tight relationships with people they may have never met.” Brendan Martin is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com. March/April 2020 • www.trivillagemagazine.com

Photos courtesy of Leadership UA

hat makes a good leader? For more than 30 years, Leadership UA has led the way in identifying hundreds of them. This program guides Upper Arlington residents to understand their community and learn how to make a better impact.  “It was designed to educate, engage and inspire current and emerging leaders to take an active role in our community as an extension of services to the city and break down the infrastructure of how the city works,” says Natalie Boe, executive director of Leadership UA. Starting every September, members attend three hour long meetings twice a month for eight months. Meetings often involve administrators from schools, public service providers and city councilors. These meetings provide valuable insight into the city of Upper Arlington. “We try to challenge the classes to add value and try and enhance our community,” Boe says. “Some folks do it for networking, others are aspiring leaders, others have met the top.” Last September, Mayor Kip Greenhill, acting City Manager Dan Ralley and Director of Finance Brent Lewis attended a Leadership UA meeting to discuss the inner workings of the city. Topics ranged from taxes to the community as a whole.

News & Information from the Village of Marble Cliff




Reengineering the Cheer Marble Cliff residents use robotics to bring holiday tradition to life


hile most kids spend the summer time relaxing and enjoying the much-deserved time off, two Marble Cliff residents and current seniors at Grandview Heights High School, Carter Taylor and James Elliot, took a different approach. From June through November, the two were tasked with providing movement and lights for six giant nutcrackers for the BalletMet Nutcracker Ball held in December 2019. The nutcrackers were originally a part of the State Auto Insurance holiday display in downtown Columbus until 2018 when they were donated to BalletMet. Elliot and Taylor are members of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team for GHHS, coached by Grant Douglass. They were able to take the

James Elliot (left) and Carter Taylor (right)

Photos courtesy of Carter Elliot and The Village of Marble Cliff

knowledge gained from their experience and bring life to the once dormant decorations by adding moving parts and lights. “We rebuilt the entire inside of the nutcracker,” Taylor says. “No one had any information on where they were manufactured or even the year. Leaving it up to us to search the internet to try and find parts and mechanisms that would fit together correctly.” The project began as a puzzle, putting pieces together and then making all new bearings, gears, and internal linkages. Elliot mentions that the power and light systems were replaced as well. Once the project wrapped in November, it was put on display at a fundraising event in December for BalletMet. “We had no information manual to look at for the schematics of the nutcrackers,” Elliot says. “We created that based on the leftover parts, and then redesigned a similar system using modern components.” The two plan on continuing their engineering education in college this fall. Elliot plans to attend The Ohio State University to study electrical engineering and Taylor plans to study mechanical engineering at Miami University of Ohio. “Having to organize our project and create timelines for the work progress are valuable skills for college and our careers,” Taylor says. “We learned that you need to keep on pushing, sometimes we felt like we were going to give up, but we kept on going and, eventually, we got the job done.” March/April 2020 • www.trivillagemagazine.com


News & Information from the City of Grandview Heights


insideGRANDVIEW HEIGHTS By Sarah Robinson

St. Patrick’s Day Challenge Discover the Lost Treasure of ZaGR


The virtual scavenger hunt will look to continue the success of the Leprechaun Hunt.

Sarah Robinson is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Photo courtesy of Taylor Lindsey


ith St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, the luck of the Irish is in the air in Grandview. We all have our favorite Irish traditions, from green beer and leprechaun hunts to searching for a pot o’ gold at the end of a rainbow. The Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation department gets into the spirit with a community Leprechaun Hunt. This year, the event is venturing into new, unexplored territory: virtual adventures. With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Tuesday, Recreation Supervisor Taylor Lindsey says it is the perfect Registration is now open. Sign up at time for a change. The new www.grandviewheights.org/onlinereg. adventure will begin March Pick up your packet from the Grandview 10 and participants have Center March 1-10 and you’ll be sent one week to explore at their a code for the app that will guide you own pace. through the adventure. You have until St. Using an app and an Patrick’s Day on March 17 to find the treaadventure booklet with virsure. Let the hunt begin! tual clues, hunters will solve brain teasers and puzzles to unlock coordinates of significant locations throughout Grandview. by Grandview Heights resident There will be check-ins at each location to Joe Buscemi. He saw an oppordiscover new clues in search of the Lost tunity for innovation in the way Treasure of ZaGR. Though there won’t be his kids engaged with devices. any leprechauns running around, there Buscemi wanted to develop will be a pot of gold for the winners. a fun, creative and enriching ex“I’m really excited to see the kids get perience that would captivate out and explore the community just in their imagination and immerse time for spring,” Lindsey says. them in learning. Clearly, he The hunt is hosted by Adven- struck gold with this idea. tures Alive and facilitated by Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation. Adventures Alive is a multimedia experience founded


By Lydia Freudenberg Photos by Jeffrey S. Hall Photography

May(or) We Introduce... Give a warm welcome to the new mayors of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff


t’s always important to know your city leaders, not just on a political level, but on a personal level as well. Tri-Village welcomed two new mayors this year: Greta Kearns for the City of Grandview Heights and Matthew Cincione for the Village of Marble Cliff. From goals and fresh ideas to work-life balance and hobbies, get to know your new leaders.

The Mayor of Grandview Heights

Kerans hopes to solidify the concept of “one Grandview.”

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Public service runs through Kearns’ blood. Her parents were social service and education professionals and many of her extended family members held elected office in local government. So, when it comes to helping the community thrive, Kearns understands the importance of collaboration and the value of quality services. After graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law, Kearns practiced law for more than a decade in central Ohio. During that time, Kearns experienced many life chapters: getting married, having three kids and running for Grandview City Council in 2014. Shortly after taking the political position, she realized her true passion. “It became clear to me that there’s this whole world of wonderful staff and people who are working hard to make this city the best it can be,” she says. “It opened my eyes.” Kearns ran a successful campaign with the empowering slogan “Many Voices. One Grandview.” “It’s important to understand we’re all one community,” Kearns says, explaining how new and more established neighborhoods are becoming more connected, and not just physically. 9

world better. She knows challenges will arise during her time as mayor, but she’s confident the community and city council will further solidify the concept of “One Grandview.” “There are many opportunities to grow and make it the best it can be,” she says. “I think it’s a great community and I love serving it.”

The Mayor of Marble Cliff

Cincione served almost 20 years on the Marble Cliff council

Cincione has deep roots in Tri-Village. His father, Alphonse, grew up in Grandview; Cincione was born and raised in the community; and after attending Capital University Law School, he eventually moved to Marble Cliff where he and his wife, Karen, raised a family. “We’re this small, close-knit suburb with everything Columbus has to offer,” Cincione says. “We’re all so neighborly.” Even though Cincione says many residents are qualified for the mayor position, his qualifications and dedication to the community make him stand out. While living in Grandview for a short time, he served on its city council, and for almost 20 years, he sat on the Marble Cliff council and eventually advanced to the president position. Cincione will stay busy, especially since he plans to keep his position at Plevin and Gallucci during his term. Cincione plans to establish a work balance, all while maintaining current projects and bringing new ideas as the mayor. “There are so many things that have come before me that were so positive that we want to continue,” he says, “but as new people come, we can bring fresh ideas and keep moving forward.” Cincione says he’s excited to install the new solar panels at the Marble Cliff Village Administration building, a project that began before his term did, in hopes of inspiring residents to go green. He’s also thrilled to uphold the small local government, something that’s sometimes at odds with state and federal governments. “There is a lot of pressure to disassemble the idea of a village from the state legislature. … The challenge is to make sure we’re disguised,” he says. “It’s important because the residents get more response and better response (with a small government).” Even though it can be tough to imagine, Cinicone has free time. The mayor finds time to enjoy his favorite pastime: golf. He started playing at age 10 and now plays with two of his three children, Adam and Aaron. When asked his fondest memory of Marble Cliff, Cincione can’t pinpoint one particular event, saying he has many. Instead, he notes how he happily continued the family tradition of raising his kids in Tri-Village. “They’ve all grown up here, and that’s wonderful,” he says.

Kearns has a long list of goals, but is currently dedicating all her time to transitioning smoothly. Kearns is also working on many big-picture projects, such as a new Grandview Heights City Hall, which she says will streamline workflow with modern amenities and make it safer for the fire and police departments to do their jobs. Even though her schedule is jam-packed, Kearns’ favorite activity is spending time with her family. Hopping from musical performances to competitive sports, Kearns says she loves supporting her children’s endeavors and is excited about their futures. “I would be thrilled if one or more went into public service, diplomacy or a position where understanding how the world around you works, because one of your jobs (as a citizen) is to make it better,” Kearns says. Lydia Freudenberg is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at Kearns lives by her own message of helping to make the lfreudenberg@cityscenemediagroup.com. 10

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In Focus

By Caitlyn Blair

A Slam J Dunk Upper Arlington Optimist Club is putting the fun back in youth athletics

oining a sports team means more than throwing a ball around and trying to win a game. For many kids, it is where they find their second family and learn values and skills that they carry with them for a lifetime. The Upper Arlington Optimist Club’s mission is exactly that – to bring out the best in kids. The club is a part of Optimist International, a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 clubs. With leagues for both girls and boys from fourth through 12th grade, the UA chapter has been positively impacting the

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lives of children since it began more than 60 years ago. Paul Boyer, president and director of the basketball program, grew up in Upper Arlington and has watched the program grow over the years. According to Boyer, this is the club’s biggest year ever, with 86 teams and more than 900 kids involved. Mac Schnoll, an 11th-grader has learned a lot during his time with the UA Optimist Club. “Our first game this year, a kid on the other team we were playing had played in the Special Olympics in the past and joined the club this year,” Schnoll says. “He made a miracle three-point and everyone on both teams went crazy.” This consideration that the kids have for one another is no accident. Coach Eric Hardgrove has been with UA Optimist Club for three years, and says that he feels fortunate to be part of an organization that gives back. Hardgrove is quite candid about his approach to coaching. He says it’s all about letting his players learn. The club helps foster togetherness across the community.


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“There is always something to be learned from being part of a team. Optimist is very supportive of that,” Hardgrove says. “They do a good job of highlighting what is important, learning and having fun at the same time.”

Scholarship Opportunities The club also offers the Upper Arlington Optimist Club Exemplary Character Scholarship which awards $1,000 to an Upper Arlington student who demonstrates exceptional character. The winner is announced at the club’s annual banquet. Nominators focus on attributes that make the student a good example to others, whether it be perseverance, courage, selfless service to others, optimism in the face of a challenge, humility or an overall positive attitude. There are also a variety of contests that challenge students to think deeply about what it truly means to be optimistic. The winners of the club level contests can participate in an essay contest in which

The club offers kids an escape to play the game they love.

More than anything, though, it seems they compete for a $2,500 scholarship in the district contest. The topic for the that the kids genuinely enjoy having a 2018- 2019 school year was, “When all place to put their screens down and focus the world’s problems are solved, is opti- on the task in front of them. mism still necessary?”

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UAHS 10th-grader Jack Diwik says, “I really enjoy the laid-back part of the league and being able to just go out and play without worrying about who wins or getting benched. I just go out and play a game I love with my friends.” Diwik has been part of the club since seventh grade. Despite the laid-back nature of the league, it has been known to develop college-level talent. Boyer says that there are three players from Upper Arlington playing at the University of Notre Dame, Pennsylvania State University and Western Carolina University. The players were also recently featured on ESPN. While reaching the next level is a huge accomplishment for any aspiring athlete, the UA Optimist Club is happy to simply offer an escape from daily life and provide entertainment to the community’s basketball lovers. “Kids have a ton of pressure put on them, whether it be school or home life or relationships with their peers,” Hardgrove says. “I think they don’t get a chance to be kids, and through the Optimist Club, what we’re trying to do is give kids the chance to compete without feeling any type of outside pressure.” Caitlyn Blair is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Hands-on Learning Grandview Heights students providing a worldly impact

By Brittany Mosley


t started with an article she came across talking about an organization out of northeast Ohio. Dr. Jamie Lusher, chief academic officer and assistant superintendent of Grandview Heights City School District, was instantly inspired by the work Hands of Gratitude and knew wanted to help the cause. The organization helps build and 3-D print prosthetic hands for those in need all across the world. After a short discussion with a fellow colleague, Lusher began planning a way to get Grandview Heights involved. In just over 24 hours, an ambitious plan was hatched that depended on the entire district – from kindergarten to high school students – to help build prosthetics. “I wasn’t sure how that was going to be possible,” says Farrah Chrstos, president of the Grandview Education Foundation. “It seemed like quite a task.” Through hard work and enthusiasm from students, it did happen, with spectacular results. With so much success, GHSD participated for the second year in a row this past fall and involvement con- Director of Facilities Brett Bradley and District Maintainer Dan Ogg lend a hand to tinues to grow. Stevenson Elementary student Miles Stankovich.

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Although initially there was a little skepticism on how the younger kids could participate, the program was a success with all ages. “It was very cool overall. I went home and thought about how I was actually making a difference,” ninth- grade student Amber Trares says. “I would mess up and it was hard at times, but in the end, it was beneficial and we worked with our peers to make the world a better place.” As the school district completed its second time building prosthetics this past November, the familiarity and prior experiences helped older students apply what they learned and work more efficiently, and even offering a helping hand to other groups. “At the high school level, it was all student-led,” Lusher says. “From a bird’s eye view, the second time the students were a lot more proficient. The kids reMarch/April 2020 • www.trivillagemagazine.com



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membered some of the intricacies and the parts to be assembled from the last time.” Aside from building prosthetic hands, students also decorated carrying cases and wrote letters to recipients. Ninth-grader Greta Tew was able to apply her creativity and language skills to her team’s work. “I decorated bags and my friends and I made cards using calligraphy,” Tew says. “I wrote all the cards in Spanish.” Students walk away from their work with a change in perspective and a little more gratitude to help carry them through the year. “This day helps us feel a little more grateful, especially since we don’t ever have to worry about something like not having a hand,” ninth grade student Alasdair Schlesinger, says. “It was an eye-opening experience.”

A Worldly Appreciation The school’s work they do does not go unappreciated. To the surprise and enjoyment of the entire school district, they were sent pictures and videos of the recipients of the prosthetics. Now with two years under its belt, Grandview Heights has helped more than 600 people across the globe. And for just three hours, an entire school district and 100 dedicated volunteers helped create a worldly impact. “I think it’s one thing to say, ‘Yeah, we’re helping these kids,’ and to see someone we directly helped who uses it every day,” Trares says. “It was very eye-opening. I think a lot of schools and communities should participate because it really brings everyone together for the greater good.” Brittany Mosley is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com.


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On the Table

By Gillian Janicki

Give it a Second Chance Brussels sprouts make a comeback


ood trends come and go, but one food making a comeback is Brussels sprouts. Before you turn up your nose, executive chef of Watershed Kitchen and Bar Jack Moore says you should give them a chance. “You can sear or steam them. They’re incredibly versatile. You can do almost anything with them,” he says. “I mean, anything that you do with a head of cabbage, you can do with a Brussels sprout.” Moore says Columbus diners would be hardpressed to find a sproutless menu, which indicates a rise in popularity. “Every restaurant you go to has Brussels sprouts on the menu,” Moore says. “I think two years ago, they weren’t the vegetable of choice, but now it’s the hip vegetable. Here in Columbus, it’s a vegetable that is readily available to us almost all the time.” Chefs take the often times soggy, sulfur-smelling veggies and create a deep-fried dish full of crispy golden-brown greens coated with honey and lemon juice. “Ours come off a little on the sweeter side. Straight out of the deep fryer, they’re kind of bitter, so to counteract that bitterness, we’ve added honey,” Moore says. “You should be hit with lemon, sweetness and bitterness.” RECIPE The sprouts are then garnished with Roasted Brussels Sprouts mint and black pepper. “I wanted a little bit of heat in there, Want to recreate Watershed’s famous Brussels sprouts? so that’s where the black pepper comes Ingredients Directions from. Now you have something that’s bal• Brussels sprouts 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit anced out by a sweetness and then, to • Black pepper 2. Mix Brussels sprouts with olive oil in a large bowl round off that sweetness, we put a lot of • Honey until lightly covered. Sprinkle and incorporate black lemon juice in there,” Moore says. • Lemon juice pepper, salt and lemon juice Because he grew up in rural Ohio, • Mint 3. Bake for 35 minutes or until crisp • Olive oil 4. Drizzle on honey and add mint Moore finds it important to support the • Salt community and local farmers. One way he does this by making sure to feature seasonal produce on his menus. “Local honey is also something that is available to us all year round, so that’s something I like to use,” he says. “For me to not use Brussels sprouts on of the our menu would be a dumb move. I wouldn’t be showcasing what’s available in our region.”  Gillian Janicki is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Building the Future Upper Arlington School District working master plan By Rocco Falleti


ith an aging infrastructure, Upper Arlington City School District was looking for a major update. While options for repairs and maintenance of the existing problems were explored, ultimately, the plan’s cost was far too high. The district would have to continue working in the current conditions – or do something radical. “All of the internal systems were pretty much reaching the end of life. We were getting to the point where were going to have to open up the walls to redo the plumbing and electric,” says Karen Truett, UACSD director of communications. “What the experts told us was, if it’s done in a piecemeal function, it’ll be the most expensive way of repairing the problems.” In 2015, the community came together to help craft a long-term, financially sustainable plan to combat the aging buildings and also implement a much-needed update to the district’s space and resources. Community members volunteered at all nine school buildings and met several times to go over third-party assessments By fall 2021, the new high school will open to students. 20

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and share feedback. In November 2017, a $230 million bond was passed. The first phase is well under way. Soon the district will be home to a new high school. Five of the elementary schools will also receive vital facelifts.

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Updating Learning Spaces While it still may be hard to see the end result through the construction progress, the final product will be an important update to the general makeup of the school. Naturally, the new high school is the focal point of the project. “The classic model of the school with the narrow hallways and the classroom off of it is what worked really great in industrial times. (Now,) the kids need to collaborate,” Truett says. “We will soon have more space for our students, adequate in some cases, and these environments are going to allow our teachers to provide new ways of educating that they simply can’t do right now.” Ground broke early last year on the new Barrington Elementary School.




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The school board and community made it evident that the updated learning environments were necessary for the continued success of UA students. While it will certainly help to accommodate the growing student body, these updates will also expose students to environments and resources that will benefit them in college and the working world. “All these learning environments are very open and flexible. It’s exciting,” Truett says. “We are doing the absolute best to build buildings that 60 years from now will work for whatever education looks like then.” The newer designs will help encourage collaboration across the school and help expand what students and faculty are capable of learning and teaching. Science labs, for example, are a big improve-

A rendering of the new Tremont Elementary School

A Look Ahead:

June 2020: Windermere demolition begins. The old Wickliffe Elementary School will serve as a transition space for students in 2020-2021 school year. Fall 2020: Greensview, Wickliffe and the renovated Tremont Elementary School open. Fall 2021: New Upper Arlington High School, Windermere and Barrington will be completed and opened to students. Fall 2022: New high school site and first phase of community-developed master plan will be complete. 22

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ment that administrators look forward to completing. “If you walked into one of our labs now, they are very outdated, it’s like a time machine. Kids are taking their labs in the hallway because of lack of space,” Truett says. “Once everything is all up to date, we can really go full throttle with STEM and robotics.”

Moving Along

All projects are moving along and remain on budget and on schedule – a message that Upper Arlington Schools wants to reiterate. As of early February, the construction has moved more to the inside of the buildings as framework for classrooms and hallways start to take shape. Tremont Elementary recently opened the doors to new modular classrooms and attention will soon shift to the demolition of the current Windermere building as well. By fall, Greensview and Wickliffe and the renovated Tremont elementary schools will also open. March/April 2020 • www.trivillagemagazine.com

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By fall 2022, all projects in the first phase of the community-developed master plan will be complete. “It’s exciting for the community because they are finally seeing things coming out of the ground and coming to life,” UACSD Chief Operating Officer Chris Potts says. A group of The Ohio State University students recently toured the sites after spending time studying the structural engineering behind the project. The entire process has become a learning experience for the community. “In this community, there has been such a strong support on education for the first century of its existence,” Truett says. “We now feel we are in the position to begin paying it forward.” Rocco Falleti is an editor. Feedback welcome at rfalleti@cityscenecolumbus.com.

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he Keefer family knew something needed to change. As a family with four teenagers, they needed an additional bathroom. The goal was to convert an already existing attic space into a new full bathroom. But it couldn’t be any old bathroom. This bathroom required simple finishes to make it easier to clean for teenagers and the family hoped to create a contemporary space filled with grays and whites. The tiles used were a little larger meaning fewer grout lines – a much simpler clean for teenagers. “The homeowners were debating on which kids would have access to this bathroom, so they decided to make it very gender neutral,” says Laura Watson, design manager at The Cleary Company. “Nothing too feminine or masculine. They really liked the clean and minimal look.”

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Throughout the design process, special attention was taken with the finishes and the lighting to brighten up space, which had zero windows. “Because of the space and roof limitations, we tried to use the space in the most efficient way possible,” homeowner Peggy Keefer says. “We would have liked natural light, whether that had been a window or skylight, but it didn’t end up happening because of space and budget issues.”

Throughout the project, it was important to maintain easy access to the remaining attic space and allow the family to utilize the walk-in closet. Although it meant a smaller closet, the Cleary team was able to successfully relocate the entrance to the hallway. Recessed cabinets offered additional storage in the room without taking up valuable floor space. A new hidden door led to the attic space, which was perfect for storing the Keefers’ holiday decorations and luggage. When the Keefers first moved to Columbus in 2011, it was difficult to find products and designers who understood exactly what Peggy wanted.


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American Panda by Gloria Chao (grades 7-12) Mei is a 17-year-old freshman at MIT pursuing a degree in medicine, as ordained by her extremely strict and traditional Taiwanese parents. Mei secretly hates medicine and has a passion for dance, but a combination of guilt and fear of disownment has kept her from telling them the truth. Eventually, Mei must decide if she will give up her own identity to become the daughter her parents want or strike out on her own and risk losing them forever.

Albert’s Quiet Quest by Isabelle Arsenault (ages 3-7) All Albert wants is a quiet place to read his book. His house is too noisy, so he escapes to the back alley and begins to daydream that he is enjoying a relaxing day at the beach. Unfortunately, the neighbor kids have other ideas as they invade his daydream with various forms of ruckus. Albert eventually reaches his breaking point and shouts that he is trying to read. The surprise ending is perfect for book lovers and those who sometimes just need a quiet escape. 

Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran (ages 5-9) After soccer practice one day, 11-year-old Titan went to explore a nearby cave with his coach and the rest of his team. The wet season in Thailand hadn’t technically begun, but while they were inside a hard rain fell, flooding the cave and trapping the team. The team was trapped for more than two weeks as rescue teams tried to decide the best way to extract them. The book highlights how individuals from more than 20 countries came together to see the boys safely home, and how the boys’ own teamwork, cooperation and camaraderie helped them survive.


This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews (grades 4-8) Every year at the autumn equinox, Ben’s town celebrates by sending paper lanterns floating down the river. This year, Ben and his friends make a pact to follow the lanterns on their bikes for as long as it takes to see where they end up. But Ben’s friends drop out one by one until the only one left is nerdy Nathaniel who Ben is trying to avoid. What follows is a beautifully illustrated magical adventure involving crazy old lady scientists, fisher bears, enlightened ones and a dog that can walk on water. As the adventure progresses, so does the friendship between the initially reserved and standoffish Ben and curious, free-spirited Nathaniel.  

I Love Me by Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina (ages 0-2) This sweet board book shows two children celebrating all the ways in which they love themselves, from physical characteristics like their hair and eyes to their emotions and “the way my heart knows best.” Childrens books about loving yourself aren’t a rarity, but this one is unique in that it talks about loving yourself whether you are “short and fat or tall and thin.” Most importantly, it teaches loving yourself not only when you’re happy but also when you’re sad. With bold, colorful illustrations and a strong positive message, this one is a win for babies and toddlers. 

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