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At The Shops on Lane Avenue

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Pick a Peck of Produce

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Community Calendar Don’t miss these Community Events! May 3

Raise the Roof Annual Fundraiser 7-10 p.m., Amelita Mirolo Barn, 4395 Carriage Hill Ln., Support the Upper Arlington Community Foundation at its annual fundraiser. Tickets are $50.

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May 4

UA Community Marketplace 9 a.m., throughout Upper Arlington, Local businesses host sidewalk sales and residents hold garage and yard sales all over town during this annual event sponsored and promoted by the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce.

May 6-June 21

Concourse Gallery Exhibit Series: Uncontained: Ohio Metalsmiths and the Vessel Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Rd., Fourteen artists use copper, silver, pewter and iron to investigate the limits of the vessel.

May 9

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Music in the Atrium: Cowboy Bob & JoJo 7-8 p.m., Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Enjoy acoustic country favorites at this free indoor concert.

May 12

Tour of Homes 1-4 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd., View three homes in the American Craftsman tradition and learn about artist George Bellows’ Marble Cliff ties at this triennial fundraiser for the Grandvew Heights/ Marble Cliff Historical Society. Tickets are $10.

May 16

Yappy Hour V 6:30-8:30 p.m., Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Bring the family dog to mingle on the library lawn at this fifth annual pet-friendly event, featuring animal-themed music, local pet businesses and veterinarians.

May 16

Memory Boats Reception 5 p.m., Amelita Mirolo Barn, 4395 Carriage Hill Ln., Artist Elizabeth Fergus-Jean unveils her temporary installation Memory Boats, exploring Upper Arlington stories and memories, at this reception.

8th Annual St. Jude Discover the Dream 6 p.m., Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This banquet features food, cocktails and live and silent auctions, and is hosted by Jack Hanna. Tickets are $150 each or $1,500 for a table of 10.

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June 15

Walking Tour of Upper Arlington Historic District 1-2:30 p.m., Miller Park, 1903 Arlington Ave., Learn about UA’s history during this walking tour hosted by the UA Historical Society.

Chip Richter Family Concert 2-3 p.m., Upper Arlington Public Library Lane Road Branch, 1945 Lane Rd., Children’s singer-songwriter Chip Richter shares songs and stories to inspire children in preschool through fifth grade to read.

June 4

Music on the Lawn: The Professors 7:30-8:30 p.m., Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Enjoy this free concert on the lawn and rock out to some 60s jams.

Wall of Honor Induction 3 p.m., Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Rd., Join the city of Upper Arlington and the UA Historical Society to honor deceased UA residents who made outstanding contributions to the community. This year’s honorees are “first” UA resident J.T. Miller and internationally acclaimed pianist George Haddad.

May 22-June 26

Upper Arlington Farmers’ Market 3-6 p.m., Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Rd.. Purchase fresh local produce, flowers and dairy products at this weekly market, held each Wednesday throughout the summer and early fall.

May 23

Memorial Day Service

Sample a variety of local beer, wine and spirits at the third annual Digfest, sponsored by the Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce and Destination Grandview.

June 22

Drop a Beat, Grab the Mic 1-2 p.m., Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Children in grades 6-12 learn to mix beats at the DJ center and rhyme and perform couplets on a live microphone at the MC center. Registration is required.

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June 13

Music on the Lawn: The Conspiracy Band 7:30-8:30 p.m., Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., The Conspiracy Band performs R&B/funk tunes at this free concert.

May 19

June 15

Digfest 4-10 p.m, Grandview Yard, Yard Street,

Tour de Grandview 11:30 a.m., Grandview and West First avenues, More than 100 professional cyclists and spectators are expected for this 18th annual event, which passes through downtown Grandview. Visit the Tour de Grandview website to sign up for the tour or a variety of other related events.

7:30 p.m., Grandview Memorial Park, West Third Avenue and Oxley Road, The Blue Star Mothers host this memorial service. In the event of rain, the service will be held in the Grandview Heights High School Auditorium, 1587 W. Third Ave.

May 24

Memorial Day Parade 10 a.m., throughout Grandview Heights, Floats, marching bands and service organizations will be part of the parade to salute servicemen and women who gave their lives for their country. The parade starts at First Avenue and Cambridge Boulevard and ends at First Avenue and Oxley Road.

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Grandview Hop 5-9 p.m., Grandview Avenue between First and Fifth avenues, Enjoy a unique mix of food, drinks, shopping, art and live music along Grandview Avenue.

May 27

UACA Memorial Day Run 9 a.m., Fire Station #72, 3861 Reed Rd., Be part of the Upper Arlington Civic Association’s annual 5-mile run. A 1-mile Fun Run for kids takes place at 10 a.m.


June 29

Grandview Hop 5-9 p.m., Grandview Avenue between First and Fifth avenues, Enjoy a unique mix of food, drinks, shopping, art and live music along Grandview Avenue.


News & Information from Upper Arlington

insideUPPER ARLINGTON Double Honor First mayor, musician both chosen for Wall of Honor By Holly Butcher Two prominent former Upper Arlington residents will be inducted to the Wall of Honor this year. The city of Upper Arlington and the Upper Arlington Historical Society chose George Haddad and James T. Miller for the Wall of Honor. Former The Ohio State University professor Haddad was well known for supporting the arts. He studied at the University of Toronto and the Juilliard School of Music, as well as the Paris Conservatory, and later became a professor and artist-in-residence at OSU. Throughout his life, Haddad played in several orchestras and was recognized in the United States, Canada and Europe as an accomplished pianist and teacher. His musical involvement enhanced the arts for many Upper Arlington residents, (Left) Myrna Dupler and (right) Priscilla D’Angelo, daughter of making him a great asset to the community. architect and educator Howard Miller’s inclusion on the Wall of Honor is taking place Dwight Smith, stand next to Smith’s 100 years after he sold 840 acres of land that would plaque at the 2009 Wall of Honor become the city of Upper Arlington. Miller was the first induction ceremony. mayor of Upper Arlington and his former home is the site of the First Community Village. He also lived in one of the first six homes in UA. “We felt he was well overdue because this is the 100th Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes, UA founders Ben and anniversary of when he sold his land,” Historical Society PresiKing Thompson and Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas. Wall dent Charlie Groezinger says. of Honor inductees must have lived in Upper Arlington at Past Wall of Honor inductees include OSU football coach some point and made a significant contribution to the city of Upper Arlington, the state or the nation. All are inThe Spielman family ducted posthumously. stands with the plaque that “The person must be nominated; someone has to tell honors Stefanie Spielman, us that and make a case,” Groezinger says. “We get who was inducted to the 15-20 names each year and we keep (the nominations) Wall of Honor in 2010. for a few years.” For more than 20 years Upper Arlington has been adding members to the wall, which currently has more than 30 honorees. “The inductees come from all walks of life,” Groezinger says. The 2013 induction ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. May 19 at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Rd., and will include several speakers chosen by the families of the inductees and the unveiling of the plaques. Holly Butcher is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at




News & Information from the Village of Marble Cliff


Marble Cliff Fountain Named for Former Mayor Monaco Marble Cliff Village Council has named its landmark fountain, located on the Cambridge Boulevard island just south of West Fifth Avenue, the Frank G. Monaco Fountain in honor of Monaco’s 32 years of service as clerk-treasurer, council member, council president and mayor. Frank and his wife, Mary, enjoyed 63 years of marriage, raised four children in the Village of Marble Cliff, and welcomed 28 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren to their Marble Cliff home before Mary passed away in 2005. During his years of public service, Monaco displayed a genuine concern for the welfare of the community and the safety of its citizens. He was instrumental in the design, planning and installation of the fountain in 1992, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to America. “I felt our nice Village should have a fountain just like all the villages in the old country (Italy),” says Monaco, always remembering his Italian heritage. Village Council agrees and thanks Monaco for his devotion and commitment to helping make the Village of Marble Cliff a better place in which to live and work.

A painting, dated 1999, of the Frank G. Monaco Fountain by Monaco’s wife, Mary

“Honoring Frank Monaco for his dedicated service to the Village of Marble Cliff is well deserved. It is unlikely anyone will serve the Village for as long and as well as he did,” Mayor Kent Studebaker says.

Marble Cliff Welcomes ‘Bellows’ Home Tour Three Marble Cliff homes will be featured on the Grand- once occupied by relatives of the noted 20th century painter view Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society Tour of Homes, and Columbus native George Bellows (1882-1925). Sunday, May 12 from 1-4 p.m. Two of the homes were To celebrate the occasion, Marble Cliff Mayor Kent Studebaker arranged with the Columbus Museum of Art for Bellows’ painting Portrait of My Father to be included in a Bellows historical exhibit at Trinity United Methodist Church on the tour day. Each tour stop will have docents available to answer questions and flowers provided by local florists. Coincidentally, the museum is hosting a special exhibition dedicated to Bellows’ work starting Aug. 23. Tickets are $10 per adult and will be available at the door of each home and the church. Parking for the tour will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd. Society Vice President Win Keller summarized the day, saying, “The Society is delighted to have this unique opportunity to partner with the Columbus Museum of Art and (its) Bellows exhibit.” George Bellows’ Dempsey and Firpo (1924)




Family Ties

Brothers’ recruiting firm finds new home on Dublin Road By Amanda King

The company is new to Grandview Heights, but Dawson Recruiting has a long history of helping Columbus residents find jobs. Founded in 1946, Dawson was originally opened to help soldiers returning from World War II readjust to life back home and find employment, making it the oldest recruiting firm in central Ohio. Now Dawson is home to more than 75 employees in office and brings in more than $60 million in revenue each year. Operating out of a new headquarters on Dublin Road, Dawson has evolved from its original methods. At first, those coming in looking for jobs would pay Dawson to find jobs for them. What the company does now is a little different. “Companies now come in and pay us to help them find people to fill open positions they have. They rely on us,” says Chris DeCapua, co-owner of Dawson with his brother, David DeCapua.

“The city of Grandview was very helpful with our move to the new location. There’s a lot going on here.”

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“(For example) we have a company now looking to fill 500 positions, and we are looking to interview over 2,000 candidates.” To help employers find job candidates, Dawson conducts interviews, advertises, networks and becomes a facilitator between companies and job seekers. It has divisions that specialize in IT, creative, call center, office and industrial employment. The difference between Dawson and other recruiting firms is that Dawson is dedicated to Columbus, DeCapua says. “We are focused only on Columbus. We were founded here and we put all our eggs into one basket,” DeCapua says. “Columbus is really the only city in Ohio that is growing. It has a good mix of blue- and whitecollar jobs.” In 1966, his father bought the business from the original owner for $3,000. Chris started working at the family business in 1987, and he and David bought the business in 1999. Moving to Grandview Heights in March has been productive for business. “The city of Grandview was very helpful with our move to the new location. There’s a lot going on here,” DeCapua says. Grandview Heights City Council approved an incentive agreement offering the company a tax credit of up to $250,000 a year for maintaining a payroll of at least $2 million for 10 years and six months. The new office is located in the former Thomas W. Ruff and Co. furniture store, a landmark building in the Grandview area. “I’d have to say, for me, when I showed my father the new building, that meant a lot,” DeCapua says. “We always wonder what we are going to do when our parents are gone. I wanted to pay homage to his legacy and honor the past.” The new headquarters features a theater dedicated to Chris and David DeCapua’s father, Joseph.


“The theater is named after him. There are pictures of the company from the 70s and 80s in there as well,” says DeCapua. To give back to the community, Dawson Recruiting is looking to rent out the theater to groups in the community who could utilize the space. Any profit from the rentals would be given as donations to charities the client would stipulate, such as the Columbus Foundation.

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“We’re thrilled to be a part of this community and thrilled to be a good neighbor,” says DeCapua. “We are planning to grow the heck out of this market; big plans for this market. I wouldn’t rule out a new location.” Amanda King is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

2013 Grandview Heights City Council Back row, left to right: Milton Lewis, P’Elizabeth Koelker, Susan Jagers and Steve Gladman Front row, left to right: Edward Hastie, President Steve Reynolds and Vice President Anthony Panzera



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Tracy Liberatore mixes history and good taste in her Grandview home

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Those in the Tri-Village area know Tracy Liberatore as president of the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society. But Liberatore also has a sweeter side; she’s an award-winning baker. In her kitchen – surrounded by halffinished cabinets that were fashioned by her husband, Jack – Liberatore whips up delicious creations, including a variety of pies and other baked goods, in the Wolf range her father bought her. When her father told her to pick out a good stove that she’d had her eye on, Liberatore balked. “I said, ‘Do you know how much those things cost?’” she recounts. But her dad fired back that she should choose one before he changed his mind. On this particular evening, she’s whipping up a batch of cinnamon rolls for the Grandview Band Parents Association’s annual Cake Walk. “(Cake) is one thing I do not do well,” Liberatore jokes. “I bake them for my kids’ birthdays, but Jack would have to tuck-point them.” Liberatore learned to bake pies at age 9 in her grandmother Rose’s kitchen in Athens, Ohio, but the family’s love of the round, sweet treats goes back at least one more generation. “My great-grandmother Gigi is really the one who really started the baking. She baked nine pies every Monday,” Liberatore says. “She ate them for breakfast. It sounds kooky, but it’s not. It’s fruit and pastry.” Soon, Liberatore’s mother, Nancy Rutherford Penn, had given her the task of making dessert for each Sunday dinner at their home in Bexley. “We’d be working side by side in the kitchen, which was very unusual because my mother didn’t like anybody being in the kitchen with her. “ Liberatore attended West Virginia Wesleyan University for a year, studying secretarial science, before transferring to Ohio University, where her grandfather was on the board of trustees. There she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and fine arts. She and Jack met in the early 1980s at a pub where his brother’s band was playing. Just a few chance meetings later and the two were inseparable.

“We just clicked,” Liberatore says. They were married within a year and recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. They moved to Grandview 27 years ago and have two children, Sam and Emma Rose, who both attended Grandview schools. Sam is 25 and Emma Rose is 22. Over the years, Liberatore held a number of jobs, including one at a preschool – “so I could bring my kids along,” she says – and another as a substitute teacher at Grandview Heights City Schools. Currently, Liberatore works in the billing department at Columbus-based costume design and rental company Costume Specialists. It was Penn who pushed Liberatore to put her baking skills to the test in competitions, encouraging her to enter a historic peach pie contest at the Ohio Historical Society. “You had to do research and make it like they would have made it. Sugar was a very scarce commodity. I had to use arrowroot or something as thickener,” Liberatore says. She didn’t win first place, but she did win second and a double-decker pie basket. After that she went on to compete at the Ohio State Fair, where she earned her first first-place ribbon. Amping up her fruit pies with nuts and liquors helped earn her several more awards at the State Fair, including the Pillsbury competition for both apple and peach pies. Liberatore has also won awards for cheddar cheese pastries stuffed with prosciutto and hot pepper jelly and for a chicken dish stuffed with spinach; covered with a sauce made from whipping cream, red wine and swiss cheese; and topped with crunchy shallots and bacon crumbles. She’s even developed a reputation among her friends and neighbors. “My neighbors all knew they could come over here and get (test pies) Award-winning baker Liberatore prepares cinnamon rolls for the Grandview Band Parents Association’s annual Cake Walk. 13

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Liberatore shows off the ribbons she’s won at various baking competitions.

because I’d have all these pies and we’re not going to eat them all,” Liberatore says. She doesn’t enter many contests nowadays, but does bake frequently for family and friends. “(Competing) was fun, but it’s a lot of work,” she says. “Now I just bake stuff for people. For Thanksgiving, people order pies from me. One person ordered this orange roll. It’s kind of like a coffee cake, but they’re individual rolls ... (made with) sour cream and orange juice, yummy and buttery.” Her involvement in the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society also stemmed from her family background; Penn was a member of the Ohio Village Volunteers’ Association. A neighbor approached Liberatore about joining the local historical society and she was soon hooked, working first as a board member and now as society president. Liberatore was instrumental in getting the Bank Block Building on Grandview Avenue onto the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Jack, a woodworker who built the stage at Grandview Heights High School, even helped, crawling around in the basement to get all the necessary information for the application. Lisa Aurand is editor of Tri-Village Magazine. Feedback welcome at laurand@





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Pick a Peck of Vendors offer insights into products at local farmers’ markets As spring turns to summer, local farmers’ markets begin bringing fresh produce directly to Tri-Village residents from Ohio farmers. “It’s in the field in the morning and your hands in the afternoon,” says Upper Arlington Farmers’ Market Director Mac Kinney. The variety and quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables available at farmers’ markets might seem overwhelming, but vendors at both the Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington farmers’ markets offered some insight on what to look for at the markets and how to enjoy your picks. 16

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The Upper Arlington Farmers’ Market opens May 22, and farmer Brian Helser of Paige’s Produce, in Stoutsville near Circleville, has some simple advice about what to do with the produce you find there. “You can steam them, stir-fry them or eat them raw,” Helser says, referring to his selection of produce including Chinese cabbage, radishes, green beans, zucchini and yellow squash. Helser advises veggie lovers to try every vegetable raw. “I like all vegetables raw; to me it’s a more fresh taste,” he says. “You have to try sweet corn raw. I know it sounds gross, but it is fantastic.” If you prefer your sweet corn cooked, Helser has a quick method. “Sweet corn is great grilled. All you have to do is leave it in the husk and set it on the grill,” Helser says. Rotate the ear as it begins to cook until the entire husk is brown. When you open it up, the silk will fall off, removing the hassle of peeling it. While Kevin Beavers doesn’t recommend you try his product raw, he does encourage market-goers to taste the difference of farm fresh beef. Beavers operates Darby Creek Beef, six miles south of Grove City, where he raises cows on grass, grain and hay and without growth hormones or steroids. “I tell people, I grow beef the way Grandpa used to do it,” Beavers says. Beavers brings different cuts of meats and “good ol’ American hamburgers” to the market. Also on hand: bacon, sausage and pork cuts from pigs that his neighbor raises.

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“People say, ‘I’ve never tasted meat like this before,’ and I say, ‘Well, that’s because you’ve never had it fresh from the farm,’” Beavers says. In addition to fresh produce and meat, you’ll find flowers, cheese and pumpkins at the market, which is held from 3-6 p.m. each Wednesday until Oct. 9 in the parking lot of the Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Rd. On Aug. 14, the market holds Peak of the Pick, an event

that includes food demonstrations, music and samples. For more information, visit “The Upper Arlington Farmers’ Market has everything you need,” Kinney says.

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The Grandview Avenue Farmers Market, which begins July 6, offers produce

ranging from apples to zucchini, and every letter in between. Some vendors go even further, selling products beyond the traditional fruits and veggies. Prairie Fields Farm, an Orient, Ohiobased business that has been selling products at the market since 2009, offers soaps and honey as well as produce. Owner Rachel Najjar and her husband, Matthew, carry more than 20 varieties of beeswax soap, balms and herbal oils that Rachel has created in her kitchen. Najjar even grows the lavender that scents her most popular soap. “Whatever I can grow to put in the soap, I do,” Najjar says. All of these products – including their honey – come straight from the hive. “All we do is remove the beeswax chunks from the honey. It’s unfiltered, and so it retains its enzymes and pollen – its health benefits,” Najjar says. Her own recommendation for honey is a simple and classic one: a peanut butter and honey sandwich. She also suggests replacing white sugar with honey if you’d like to try a more natural sweetener in 17

Matthew and Rachel Najjar

baking. Along with honey products, Najjar spins wool from the family’s sheep into yarn. She also makes jellies and jams from farm fruits. But the most popular item Prairie Field sells is the heirloom tomato. “We can’t keep heirloom tomatoes on the table,” Najjar says. “They have been around for generations. ... They are a pure string of tomatoes whose flavor and texture is better than altered tomato species. Heirloom tomatoes are a smorgas-

bord of color and variety, but the biggest difference is their history.” Najjar understands how busy summertime gets, so she keeps her own meal recipes simple. “There’s so much to do, but making good quality, wholesome food for the family isn’t that hard in the summer,” says Najjar. Though Najjar isn’t Italian, her two favorite heirloom tomato recipes are. With just six ingredients, Najjar creates a simple Caprese salad. She combines toma-

toes and fresh mozzarella with olive oil, lemon juice, basil and a touch of sea salt. For a more substantial meal, Najjar uses a food processor and a few other ingredients to make a fresh tomato pasta sauce. “I just pulse down tomatoes with basil, onion, garlic, Parmiggiano-Reggiano, salt and pepper. Then I douse the sauce with hot pasta, and it is the best,” Najjar says. Fellow grower and Grandview Avenue vendor Marcy Musson, co-organizer of the market, agrees with Najjar’s choice in produce. “Tomatoes are my favorite. We grow 20 varieties. I can’t wait until they’re ready and I cry when they’re gone,” Musson says. She offers a method for utilizing fresh tomatoes all year long. “I can tons and tons of tomatoes. All I need are canning jars, fresh vegetables, boiling water and my pressure canner. In the dead of winter, I can use these tomatoes in all my cooking,” Musson says. The Grandview Avenue Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday from July 6 through the end of October in the parking lot between Vino Vino and the U.S. Post Office on Grandview Avenue. The market hosts special events, inviting guest chefs and restaurants to give demonstrations and hand out samples made from market produce. Along with fresh produce, market vendors offer fresh kettle corn and homemade soup, among other items. For more information, visit view-avenue-farmers-market. Morgan Montgomery is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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The Books of Summer Summer reading programs encourage child and teen literacy Tri-Village libraries are offering up their annual challenge to get kids reading. Here’s a look at this year’s programming, which is themed “Dig into Reading.” Grandview Heights Public Library

The annual Grandview Heights Library Summer Reading program offers opportunities for children of all ages. “They always try to make it a theme that would be appealing to both boys and girls; we have an artist on staff who actually designs the graphics for us,” says Eileen McNeil, Teen and Youth Services manager. The summer reading program at Grandview Heights Library runs May 31 through Aug. 2. “The kids keep track of the time they spent reading over the summer, and for every four hours they read they bring in their log and they receive a prize,” McNeil says. Prizes for intermediary goals range from bookmarks and books to toys and trinkets. “We like to make little stops in between so they can get a prize and be rewarded,” McNeil says.

Prize donors this year include local businesses such as Dairy Queen, DK Diner, Columbus Museum of Art, Franklin Park Conservatory and Galaxy Games and Golf. The reading programs kick off with a concert at a time to be announced May 31 and will be affiliated with several other events throughout the summer, including a concert and a visit

The Grandview Heights Public Library’s summer programming includes Book Buddies (above), which pairs teens with young readers and events such as art projects.


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from Animal Magic, a nonprofit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation and life science education. About 800 students participate in the program each year. To sign up, visit the Youth Services Department. In addition to the children’s program, the library also offers teen and adult programs. Teens get a bookmark to help keep track of what and how long they’ve read. Those who complete the program are entered into a drawing for a grand prize basket. Those who read an additional 10 hours get an extra entry in the drawing.

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Upper Arlington Library summer reading programs are similar to those of the Grandview Heights Public Library. The program runs June 4 through Aug. 3 at all three branches, says Communications Specialist Christine Minx. Four different age groups are permitted to participate: babies through preschoolers, grades K-5, grades 6-12 and adults 18 and up. The UA Library also offers incentives. Five hours of reading earns a “mystery creepy crawly prize,” 10 hours earns a “brag tag,” and 15 hours earns a “Dig into Reading” T-shirt for those in grades K-5. “We also have a grand prize drawing, so the K-5 students who complete the program will be put into a drawing for a party at Sky Zone,” Minx says. Minx says about 3,000 participants are expected, many of whom will sign up at the Kickoff Bash from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4. Online registration is available at Holly Butcher is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@city


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Bellows’ local ties explored during historic home tour The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society is offering the chance to explore American artist George Bellows’ Marble Cliff connections.

These houses on West Third (top) and Arlington (bottom) avenues were designed by C. Walter Bellows, a cousin of American realist painter George Bellows. 24

The 2013 Tour of Homes is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. May 12. Two of the four stops on the tour are homes that belonged to Bellows’ family members and were designed by Bellows’ cousin, architect C. Walter Bellows. George Bellows, a realist painter associated with Robert Henri’s “The Eight” and the Ashcan School movement, grew up in Columbus, and the Columbus Museum of Art has a large collection of his work. An exhibit of Bellows’ work will be on display there Aug. 23 through Jan. 4. The homes – on adjacent lots on Arlington and West Third avenues – were built in 1910 and 1911 and are in the American Crafstman style. The third home on the tour, a 1917 home on Cambridge Boulevard, is in the same style, which is also known as American Arts and Crafts. Exterior Craftsman features include lowpitched roofs and overhanging eaves. Interior designs have more open floor plans than earlier Victorian homes and often feature built-in shelving and cabinetry, as well as breakfast nooks. Patrick Mooney, a historical society board member and tour organizer, is enthusiastic about the artist’s connection to this year’s tour. “We’re combining architecture and art,” Mooney says. “The unique thing about these homes ... one has been occupied by only two families in more than 100 years, and actually, the second and third owners of that house were two generations of the same family, and the other one has had only four families in over 100 years. The third house is the same period, but built a little later in 1917, and retains many interesting features, but has a more complicated story.” For devotees of the tour, the home on West Third Avenue may look familiar. The home, built in 1910, was a featured residence in 2001. Its original inhabitants were Frederick Howard Auld

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Parking for the tour, as well as additional information on George Bellows’ life and work, will be located at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd.

and Gertrude Bellows Auld, a cousin of George Bellows. Auld was president of the D. L. Auld Company, a custom jewelry shop that became the go-to manufacturer of automobile emblems. Some of the home’s distinct features are leaded glass casement windows, arches over the windows and several sets of French doors. The garage – which had a kitchenette, lavatory and carpeted fireplace area – has also served as a party room. The 3,928-square-foot home has four bedrooms, each of which has its own fireplace, and three bathrooms. The fourth stop on the tour is Trinity United Methodist Church on Cambridge Boulevard, which will serve as a parking location and will host further information on Bellows and his family. A docent from the Columbus Museum of Art will present a program as the artist’s “Aunt Fanny” – Bellows’ mother’s sister – telling stories and showing drawings from Bellows’ childhood. In addition, the museum will display Bellows’ Portrait of My Father in the church atrium and play a slideshow with information about the artist. Mooney and other historical society members collected information on the three homes for a brochure that will be available to tour guests. The tour is the historical society’s only major fundraiser and takes place every three years. “It’s become a kind of community tradition,” Mooney says of the event, which is typically held on Mother’s Day. “People do the tour and take Mom to dinner. We


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This Craftsman-style home selected for the tour was constructed in 1917 and is located on Cambridge Boulevard.

often find families coming and saying ‘I once lived in this house’ that’s on the tour. It’s a very strong community event.” Mooney expects more than 500 guests on this year’s tour. Tickets are $10 and are available on the tour date at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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Scratch Chain restaurant Houlihan’s returns to central Ohio, offering fresh-made favorites

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Houlihan’s is back in town. The Kansas-based restaurant chain has been in business since 1972, but its last central Ohio location on West Dublin-Granville Road closed in 2007. Now the upscale-casual restaurant is back with an Upper Arlington location in the Kingsdale Shopping Center. Open since March 11, the restaurant prides itself on quality food and is committed to using sources with responsible growing practices, Houlihan’s General Manager Anthony Roberts says. 27

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This interior has a bar/lounge area separated from the dining room by an indoor fireplace. Stage track lighting at every table provides a unique dining experience, and hand-blown glass globe fixtures add to its modern atmosphere. “It is a blend of our guests’ nostalgia. They’re reliving memories of the old restaurant in an updated setting,” Roberts says. That goes for the food, too. Guests can still enjoy old favorites such as the Jumbo Stuffed ‘Shrooms, a mushroom dish that has been around since Houlihan’s started. New specialties include the Tuna Wonton, sushi-grade tuna in a wonton wrapper with wasabi mayo, flour, Japanese bread crumbs and house-made horseradish sauce. The S’mores Fondue Crock – a dessert including chocolate ganache, marshmallows, crystallized graham cracker sticks and warm strawberries – is another favorite. “We try to create the trends that other restaurants follow,” Roberts says. These trends include buying raw ingredients from small farmers. The company partners with farms across the country, including Ohio farms, to have the freshest and “most responsible” meat and produce for its patrons, Roberts says. That includes some organic and whole grain items.

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One thing guests can expect from Houlihan’s is that every item on the menu is made fresh daily in the Houlihan’s kitchen. “Refined items, from scratch, are quintessential Houlihan’s products,” Roberts says. The restaurant also sports a large selection of wine and spirits – including more than 40 wines. Some of these are new takes on classic drinks. Guests can choose from seven different miniature martinis to create their own Martini Trio flight. Choices include the Adam and Eve Apple mini, Key Lime Pie mini and

Cosmo mini, among others. The restaurant also has a selection of more than 35 beers on tap and in bottles, including selections from Ohio breweries Rockmill Brewery and Hoppin’ Frog Brewing. Happy Hour, from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, is a favorite with guests thanks to half-price well cocktails and drafts and reduced-price appetizers. A Tuesday special offers half-price bottles of wine from open to close. Allison Dalrymple is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@

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(All ages) With warmer weather and the end of the school year just around the corner, this is the book every parent will want on hand. This excellent resource is full of ideas for fun, creative recipes in the kitchen as well as great garden ideas kids will love.

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(Ages 3-6) Throwing a party for dragons is easy if you serve tacos. Dragons love tacos, but they do not like spicy foods. Find out what happens when a little spice is accidentally served at a party full of dragons.

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat

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(Ages 4-8) Not only was Julia Child an exquisite chef, she was a cat lover, too. This is a fun story about Child’s first cat, Minette, and how, though she loved some of Child’s cooking, she preferred a mouse.

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(Ages 12 and up) Making the journey from a girl to a young woman can be difficult. Written when the author was just 16, this book is a fun, insightful guide to help teenagers embrace their true selves and follow their passions.

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Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us By Michael Moss A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at the New York Times, Moss delivers the story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic.


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The Fresh 20, the popular budget-friendly mealplanning service founded by working mother Lanz, is now a cookbook. Lanz offers families an all-natural and easy approach to mealtimes using just 20 organic, non-processed ingredients per week.

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

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Pollan, the bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, explores the enduring power of the four classical elements – fire, water, air and earth – and how they transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink.

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