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Jan. 3-March 15

The Fluxfax Portfolio Miller Gallery, Otterbein Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Rd., This exhibition features the work of 35 artists, including Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik, who created images in honor of George Maciunus, founder of the Fluxus art movement.

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Altering Life by Holding it Still: Photographs by Dorothea Lange and Marion Post Wolcott Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St., The exhibition features the work of two 1930s-40s era documentary photographers.

Jan. 6

America’s Music Series Opening Session 2-6 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., The Westerville Public Library and Otterbein University kick off this program, part of the 2013 Year of the Arts in Westerville, with a discussion led by Otterbein’s Michael Yonchak on current trends in American popular music.

Jan. 7

America’s Music: Blues and Gospel 7-9 p.m., Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., The first installment in the series features a screening of the first episode of Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues and a discussion led by Tom Piazza, an award-winning author and writer of the HBO series Treme. Landscape themes in recent monotypes and intaglio prints by Chilean artist Isabel Cauas are on display.

Jan. 10

Preschool Open House 6:30-8 p.m., Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Preschools in Westerville, Lewis Center, Sunbury and other surrounding communities converge on the Community Center to share information with parents.

Jan. 12

Experience the Arts 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., This event, part of the 2013 Year of the Arts in Westerville, features edible craft-making, collage-making, creation of a large-scale mural, sketching lessons, a banjo and guitar performance, African drumming and dance, clay instruction, and line-dancing demonstrations.

Jan. 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast 8 a.m., Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Rd., Columbus, www. Janet Jackson, president and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio, will be the keynote speaker at Westerville’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year’s theme is “Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?”

Jan. 21

Cultural Divide 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Food tastings, crafts and entertainment are all part of this celebration of the cultural diversity of Westerville, which is co-sponsored by the Otterbein University Center for Community Engagement.

Jan. 22

Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Rhythm and Arts 5:30-8:30 p.m., Hilton Polaris, 7-11 p.m., Embassy Suites 8700 Lyra Dr., Columbus, Columbus, 2700 Corporate Exchange Dr., Columbus, The annual dinner and awards ceremony acknowledges all This evening affair features of the Chamber’s honors and music from jazz virtuoso Dwight accomplishments, including the Lenox and Otterbein University honoring of the Business Person Motown group the Anticipations, of the Year. as well as a ceremony honoring six Westerville residents’ contri- Jan. 28 butions to the arts. America’s Music: Rock

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America’s Music: Swing Jazz 7-9 p.m., Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., The second installment in the series features a screening of an episode of Ken Burns’ Jazz Jan. 9-May 10 and a discussion led by CoImpulsos Vertiginosos Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine lumbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Byron Stripling. St., 614-818-9716,

and Roll 7-9 p.m., Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., This edition of the America’s Music series features a screening of an episode of The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll and a discussion led by Lauren Onkey of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Father-Daughter Dance 6:30-8:30 p.m., Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Girls ages 6-13 can attend this semi-formal dance with their fathers or another male mentor and enjoy a catered dinner, a gift bag and a promstyle photo.

Feb. 2

Chilly Open Noon-5 p.m., Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell, This annual fundraiser is run by the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise and supports a variety of local children’s charities. Highlights include live music by the Debits, children’s activities, raffles, a silent auction and food from 30 local restaurants.

Feb. 4

America’s Music: Mambo and Hip Hop 7-9 p.m., Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., The final installment in the America’s Music series offers screenings of the first episode of Latin Music USA and From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale, followed by a discussion led by Michael Yonchak and Richard Lopez of Otterbein University.

Feb. 8-24

Curtain Players Theatre presents Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Rd., Galena, This comedy begins with the creation of the universe and then follows two actresses through a variety of roles in

modern life, from teenagers on a date to sisters at their grandmother’s funeral.

Feb. 9

Tunes & Tales: Peter and the Wolf 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., The library and the Westerville Symphony celebrate 25 years of Tunes & Tales with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, as well as an instrument petting zoo.

Feb. 14

PRISM Concert 7 p.m., Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Rd., This annual concert includes performances from a variety of Westerville North musical ensembles.

Feb. 16

Music and Romance 8 p.m., Valley Dale Ballroom, 1590 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, This night of music from Otterbein’s jazz and popular music ensembles is a fundraiser for the university’s chapter of the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association.

Feb. 17

Honor Flight Jukebox Revue Time TBA, Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Rd., This annual variety show in the tradition of The Ed Sullivan Show raises money for Honor Flight Columbus, helping veterans visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Feb. 21-24

Westerville Central High School presents Honk! Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave., 614-797-6800 Central’s student actors perform Honk!, a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s tale The Ugly Duckling.

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State of the Community 7 p.m., WOCC-TV Channel 3, Westerville City Council Chairman Mike Heyeck and City Manager David Collinsworth – along with representatives from Westerville City Schools, Otterbein University and the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce – deliver the 2013 State of the Community address.

Feb. 28-March 3

Westerville North High School presents Peter Pan Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Rd., 614-797-6200 North’s winter musical is the much-loved story of the boy who never grew up.

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Uptown Plan Seeks Community Input Do you have some ideas about what Uptown Westerville should look like in the next 10 years and beyond? Now’s your chance to “tell Westerville” through a new community engagement portal devoted exclusively to the Uptown Plan. The Westerville Planning and Development Department has launched an online portal through, a community engagement Web company that allows users to post ideas and comments and vote on the ideas of others. The system generates interactive discussion and idea development from the community that will be integrated into the Uptown planning process. The more resourceful, practical and creative the idea, the more likely it will move on to potential implementation. The Uptown Plan will be in development through 2013, said Westerville Senior Planner Bassem Bitar.

“We think this online portal will inspire and engage the community in a new way. The user experience is all based on having fun and being imaginative with the possibilities in our historic Uptown district. What amenities do we want in Uptown? Where do we see the district in the next decade and beyond? This website allows us to see other’s ideas and explore the opportunities that seem most appealing and innovative,” said Bitar. “Many communities have used this system with success,” said Julie Colley, Westerville Assistant City Manager. “From Fort Worth, Texas to Los Angeles, California, this tool has given cities a way to pair convenience and creativity to boost civic engagement and ultimately jump-start a project.” Check out the live site now and learn more about how to post your perspective on the future of Uptown. Visit for more information and a link.

Email Notifications Now Available

News, information and event alerts may now be delivered directly to your inbox. The City has recently launched a new Web-based feature designed to help you keep track of upcoming City events. Known as e-Notifications, this system sends emails directly to you on event information. Subscribers can opt into the following categories: • City Events • City Meetings • Westerville Electric Division Events • Parks & Recreation Events • Westerville Senior Center Events • Public Service Department Notifications (leaf collection, snow removal updates, refuse, recycling and yard waste) To sign up today, please visit to select your preferences. From there, you can also change what alerts you receive or unsubscribe at any time. For more information, contact Community Affairs at 614901-6400.

State of the Community to Air Feb. 26

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Tune in to WOCC-TV Channel 3 on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. for the annual State of the Community address. Westerville City Council Chairman Mike Heyeck and City Manager David Collinsworth will be joined by leadership from Westerville City Schools, Otterbein University and the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce for this live broadcast. WOCC-TV will schedule rebroadcasts, which can be accessed via its website at (see TV Schedule at top of page). Visit the City website to watch live by selecting “Watch City Council” on the homepage to access the menu. 9

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Public Safety Profile

Self-Defense for Women Course Helps Educate, Train The Westerville Division of Police starts each SelfDefense for Women training course with the facts. One such fact: A forcible rape occurred every 6.3 minutes in the United States in 2011. Another: Aggravated assaults are the most reported violent crimes, followed by robbery, rape and murder ( Because women are often targets of violent crime and assault, the Westerville Division of Police created a learning experience to help defend against would-be attackers. Now in its 13th year, the course is designed to pair education with risk reduction and defense techniques so that women are less likely to become victims of violent crime. “Our goal is to help the class participants develop a defensive instinct,” said Lieutenant Tracey Myers of the Division’s Community Services Bureau. “We build a defense strategy around three rules, and train women to assess risks and protect themselves.” The three course rules and principles: • React immediately when in a dangerous situation. • Resist an attack.


• Crime scene No. 2 is always worse than crime scene No. 1. Statistics show physical injuries are more likely if a woman is moved to another location. Women of all ability levels (some portions of the class are physical) will learn and practice simple, effective defensive skills from certified self-defense instructors, as well as a series of tips from safety experts focused on how to react to an attacker. “If the safest way to escape an attack is to run, we teach women how to make that assessment and flee,” says Myers. “Sometimes that’s simply not possible, so it’s our objective to teach women how to confront the situation and fight back to ideally get attention, help or an opportunity to escape.” A $25 deposit is required for the course, which is refunded upon course completion. Women 18 and older may register; girls 14 years of age or older may participate, but must attend class with a parent/guardian. The next Self-Defense for Women course will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westerville Community Center. The self-defense curriculum is offered five times a year. For more information, please call the Community Services Bureau at 614-901-6860.

Westerville Adds Award to Finance Accolades The City of Westerville has again received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (2011), awarded late last year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This is the 28th year the City has received this recognition. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, representing a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Westerville Finance Director Lee Ann Shortland was presented the award for the 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), produced and published by the City’s Finance Department. “We’re pleased to be able to add this recognition to those earned by the City that demonstrate our diligence and commitment to providing excellent financial stewardship to our community and our residents,” said Shortland. To learn more about the CAFR, view other recent awards and recognitions presented to the Finance office, or inspect documents and reports, please visit

Don’t-Miss Event: Honor Flight Jukebox Revue In the tradition of The Ed Sullivan Show, the annual Westerville for Honor Flight Jukebox Revue will take place on Sunday,.Feb. 17 at Westerville North High School. All proceeds from this fast-paced variety show featuring musicians, dancers and other acts and entertainment benefit Honor Flight Columbus to support a 2013 Westerville-community sponsored flight for World War II and Korean War-era veterans to visit Washington, D.C. for a day of honor. Tickets for the event are available for $10 at Westerville City Hall. World War II and Korean War veterans are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit us on Facebook at www.

Introducing the Spring 2013 Property Improvement Program Landscaping • Plant materials in landscape enhance the total overview of the property. • Landscape colors attract viewers from the street or sidewalk and harmonize the surrounding landscape (e.g., trees, shrubs and structures). • Layout and proportions of plantings and structures are uniform. • Design is balanced. For example, plant beds relate to scale and design of structure. • Landscape is visually appealing and creates an atmosphere of tranquility. • Garden beds are clean, mulched and deadheaded. Building Design • The general style of the original structure is improved.

Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration Examines Community Healing For the second consecutive year, the annual Westerville Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration has adopted a theme to celebrate Dr. King’s belief in stronger, more united communities. In “Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?” the day of honor will explore how Westerville, like many other communities across the nation, has been affected by local and national political differences as well as ever-changing social and cultural issues. Janet E. Jackson, president and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio, will be the keynote speaker. The program also features entertainment, guest speakers and awards for students and community leaders who embody the ideals of Dr. King. Additionally, in its annual tradition of continuing the celebration throughout the day, Otterbein University will host service projects through its “Day On” community service program. In conjunction with the City of Westerville Parks & Recreation Department, the Cultural Divide will take place at the Westerville Community Center from 11 a.m.1 p.m., featuring food tastings, crafts and entertainment. This event is free. Registration for the breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., with the program starting at 8 a.m. The event, presented by Leadership Westerville, takes place at Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Rd. Cost is $25 per adult and $15 per student; businesses may sponsor a 10-person table for $300. For more information, visit

• Awnings, painting, paint removal or window replacement constitute improvements. • Additions to the existing structure enhance its visual appeal. Window Design • Business display windows are creative and visually appealing. • Window displays present noticeable improvements. All nominees must own or lease property in the corporate limits of the City of Westerville, and all improvements must have been implemented no earlier than May 31, 2012. Program materials are online at All nominations must be received by the City no later than 5 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2013.

Parks & Recreation Seeking Input on Master Plan

The Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a series of focus groups in January to get community input on the Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan, which establishes programs and priorities for the future of Westerville parks, recreation facilities and services. Focus Groups will take place on the following dates from 7-8:30 p.m. Interested residents and workers employed in Westerville can participate by sending a RSVP to pam.betts@ or by calling 614-901-6509. Monday, Jan. 14: Westerville Community Center Tuesday, Jan. 15: Westerville Community Center Wednesday, Jan. 16: 64 E. Walnut St. Thursday, Jan. 17: Westerville Community Center Monday, Jan. 21: 64 E. Walnut St.

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The City of Westerville is now seeking nominations for the Property Improvement Program, a friendly, semiannual awards program for Westerville residents and businesses to recognize significant improvements made to homes, buildings or landscaping within the last year. “Westerville residents and businesses continue to invest in and improve the aesthetic appeal of their properties,” said Westerville City Manager David Collinsworth. “This program will showcase these residential and commercial transformations and highlight local efforts to keep Westerville beautiful.” Awards will be presented to commercial and residential properties based on improvement efforts in these categories:

Tuesday, Jan. 22: 64 E. Walnut St. Wednesday, Jan. 23: Westerville Community Center Thursday, Jan. 24: Westerville Community Center Monday, Jan. 28: 64 E. Walnut St. Tuesday, Jan. 29: 64 E. Walnut St. Wednesday, Jan. 30: Westerville Community Center* Thursday, Jan. 31: Westerville Community Center* *public meeting


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Staff Profile:

Bryan Mundy, Information Systems

Not Your Average “IT Guy” Staff colleagues of Bryan Mundy’s know him as a technology enthusiast. You don’t get the stereotypical “IT guy” frustration with Bryan; every help request or technology conundrum presents an opportunity to talk about what program, device or system may best provide a solution. He’s one member of a team that keeps Westerville poised to know and appreciate how emerging technologies can help us best serve our residents and businesses. Where are you from? How did you come to your position in Westerville? I’m originally from Marion, Ohio. During my high school years, I was active in local BBS (Bulletin Board Systems – before the World Wide Web) and computer meetings. During this time, I met peers in the same line of work. This led me to a full-time position at the City of Dublin. While I was there, I gained experience and worked my way up to an administrative position. I had moved to the Westerville area in 2004 and saw there was a job opening much closer to me that offered more responsibility. I applied and the rest is history. What are your job responsibilities? I work for the City as a Network Operations Manager, which really means that I get the chance to lead a great team in all things technical. We are the driving force behind all of the technical services at the City, from Web pages, wireless access and online services to telephone networks and fiber optics to pretty much anything else that is part of 12

the technology framework that we manage behind the scenes. With the rapid pace of emerging technologies, things never get boring! Technology experts typically talk about “taking things apart” and rebuilding them to learn their skill set. How did you first become acquainted with technology? My first experience with computing was with a Texas Instruments TI-99. I was very lucky; my father had plenty of computer equipment to “fix.” At the time, I was breaking more than fixing, but after much trial and error, I would go to my parents’ friend’s houses to fix their systems. I’ve always had the drive to figure out what makes things work. What type of training did you pursue in your field? How do you stay in the know about new and emerging technologies? Initially, I focused on Novell, Microsoft and Cisco training. Today, we are more focused on cloud computing and mobile technologies. It’s very difficult to stay up on trends and technology. Much of my personal time is devoted to “geeking out” with new technology as it becomes available. I subscribe to several podcasts, participate in online forums and do plenty of online training. We try to visit technology road shows when time and schedules allow. Sometimes the best thing to do is get with others in the industry and see what they are using and why they think it is the way to go.

The City recently implemented a bring-your-own-device mobile policy. How does that benefit the organization? I’m glad you asked that. Bring-yourown-device (BYOD) is a new trend that we are seeing become commonplace. With the rapid release schedule in the mobile industry mirroring what we saw with personal computers more than 10 years ago, it’s impossible for an organization to keep the newest technology in the hands of those who need it. With this policy, the City has established a common framework to allow select devices to access data anywhere. This means if you unwrapped a new tablet or smartphone recently, it will be possible to access data that you need for work. This also allows others who like to buy the latest and greatest gadget to leverage that device for work purposes. Another benefit is that you now have enterprise-level security and encryption protecting your device, which is becoming much more important now that so much information is stored on these devices. What is the most common question you’re asked about technology from people outside of work? “Can you help me fix my (insert device name here)?” Or, “Should I buy a new one now or wait a couple more months?” You are everyone’s best friend when you know how to fix nagging tech issues. What is the most common piece of advice or tip you give about technology? If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. When shopping for that new device, it’s worth a little extra to get what you really need. Typically, with technology, you have three levels of devices: cheap, mid-range and over-the-top expensive. I tend to stay to the middle ground most of the time. The cheap side will be last year’s technology and only end with frustration. The over-the-top expensive route will be nice at first, but when the next gadget comes out in a few months, you may regret the expense. The midrange gives you the capacity you need and hopefully some money left in your pocket. Another piece of advice that I like to give is, “Just give it a chance.” I know that people are hesitant to change, and it’s true that change isn’t always for the best. But when a new device, operating system or application comes out, just give it a try. One thing to remember is that the vendors in the game today are not going to go back to the old version.

What do you like to do in your spare time, technology or non-technology related? Well, I do love my technology. But in my spare time, I really enjoy hiking with my wife, summertime family cookouts and vacationing to areas without technology. I also spend time working on cars, specifically tuning high-performance engine computers. I spend many summer weekends at car shows and track days.

2012 Employee of the Year Nominees

Each year, the City of Westerville recognizes staff members for their dedication and commitment to their jobs and the residents of Westerville. The following employees were nominated as Employee of the Year by their staff colleagues. The recipient of the Employee of the Year, as well as nine Excellence in Service winners, will be profiled in the March/April edition of Westerville Magazine. Jonathan Arnold, Public Service Department Joe Bargdill, Planning & Development Jason Bechtold, City Manager/Economic Development Chris Davis, Westerville Division of Police Cheryl Denman, Public Service Department Aaron Dickison, Westerville Division of Police Gino Iasiello, Water Department Nick Jones, Westerville Division of Fire Sandy Kitzmiller, Westerville Division of Fire Dan Koch, Westerville Electric Division Nancy Mattiello, Mayor’s Court Joe Peterson, Public Service Department Lee Pierce, Planning & Development Margi Rundio, Parks & Recreation Leonard Sagar, Westerville Electric Division Toni Schorling, Parks & Recreation Rebecca Stalnaker, Finance Department James Tharp, Westerville Division of Fire Ed Townsend, Finance Department/Utility Billing Service Gary Turner, Planning & Development

Special Events in Westerville Take any given weekend in Westerville and there is likely to be a special event, whether it is a race, fundraiser or community celebration. With our expansive parks system and public facilities, Westerville is a popular destination for organizations when they select a site for their event. The City of Westerville requires a permit for special events, defined as those including festivals, performances, competitions or other organized public events in which public rights-of-way or public property will be used or significantly impacted. Events of these types are considered to require the involvement of public personnel and equipment, particularly to consider the safety of the public. Parades, block parties, events on private property and private rental agreements are not considered special events that require a City permit. A committee comprised of staff members from each of the 10 City departments meets each month to review and approve special event applications. Event organizers and community organizations are invited to this meeting to have a discussion about what City services, facilities or streets and public property may be needed for the event. Last year, the committee endeavored to complete a thorough review of the Westerville application and event management process as compared to other municipalities in our region. Committee members also worked to streamline, improve or repair processes related to past event issues or administrative concerns. As a result, the Special Events committee has updated its application procedures with changes designed to improve processes and recover public costs where appropriate. An updated application and process are now posted online at If you have hosted events in the past or regularly host events in Westerville, we encourage you to read the application for policy updates. For more information, please contact us at 614-901-6400.


Number of community events and special occasions making up the “Year of the Arts” in Westerville throughout 2013. More events may be added! For more information, consult the 2013 City of Westerville community calendar. Didn’t get a calendar? Pick up a copy at City Hall, 21 S. State St., or call 614-901-6400.

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Where do you see technology leading us in community services and programs? I think that there will be a natural progression to mobility and ease of access. With Web-based services dominating today (Yahoo, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) people expect to access City services just as easily. You may notice our website has a mobile format now and we are continually working on making more services available from anywhere. I think the same can be said about the programs we use today.

Reminder: Trash/Recycling Bins Trash bins and recycling containers need to be picked up within 24 hours of refuse and recycling collection each Tuesday. If you have any questions or concerns about a collection date, or you need to order a replacement bin, please contact the Westerville Public Service Department at 614-901-6740.


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Civic Organizations By Garth Bishop

Early-Morning Exemplars Sunrise Rotary supports worthy causes far and wide Whether it’s paying tribute to community heroes or helping out an orphanage in Mexico, the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise is strongly dedicated to its humanitarian goals. The local club, formed in 1994, has about 90 members. It’s committed to the service priorities of Rotary International, which has 34,000 clubs worldwide:

community service, international service, club service, vocational service and new generations. The Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise is known for three big events in the Westerville community: the Chilly Open, a fundraiser for children’s charities that takes place the first Saturday in February at the Columbus Zoo and

Aquarium; the Field of Heroes, a display of 3,000 American flags across from the Westerville Community Center paying tribute to Westerville residents’ personal heroes, put up on Memorial Day weekend; and the Poinsettia Sale, which runs through most of November and raises money for such local programs as the Westerville Area Re-

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FIRE/MEDICAL/POLICE EMERGENCY . . . . 9-1-1 Gas/Carbon Monoxide Leaks. . . . . . . . . 9-1-1 Fire, non-life threatening emergency. . 882-2213 Police, non-life threatening emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 882-7444 City Website. . . . . . . . . . . Community Affairs ... . . . . . . . . . . ... 901-6411 Animal Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6863 Animal Removal (dead at roadside). . . 901-6740 Cemeteries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6740 City Manager’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6400 TDD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6413 Clerk of Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6410 Digging (Ohio Utilities Protection Service) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-362-2764 Economic Development. . . . . . . . . . . 901-6403 Electric Division. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6700 Electrical Outages. . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6700 Street Lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6700 Tree Trimming Near Electric Lines. . . 901-6700 Finance Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6440 Fire Division Headquarters. . . . . . . . 901-6600 CPR/First Aid Training. . . . . . . . . . 901-6600 Human Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6406 Income Tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6420 Leaf Collection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6740 Mayor’s Court. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6419 TDD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6418 Parks & Recreation Department. . . . . 901-6500 Inclement Weather Hotline. . . . . . . 901-6888 Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6530

Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . Everal Barn & Homestead . . . . . . . Parks Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . Highlands Park Aquatic Center. . . . Recreation Program Center. . . . . . . Senior Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shelter Information . . . . . . . . . . . . Urban Forestry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Permits Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Burning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Parade/Block Party. . . . . . . . . . . . Security Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zoning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Planning & Development Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Planning, Engineering & Zoning . . . Traffic Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . Zoning Enforcement . . . . . . . . . . . Police Division Headquarters. . . . . . . Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Detectives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Recorded Information Line. . . . . . . . Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Service Department. . . . . . . . . . . . . Sewer Emergencies. . . . . . . . . . . . Sewer Line Maintenance . . . . . . . . Stormwater Hotline. . . . . . . . . . . . Street Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Maintenance Repairs . . . . . .

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Trash/Recycling Collection. . . . . . . 901-6740 Water Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6740 Water Line Maintenance . . . . . . . . 901-6740 Traffic Violations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6419 Tree/Storm Damage (in right of way) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6591 After hours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6790 Tree Trimming (in right of way). . . . . . . 901-6598 Utility Billing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6430 Water Plant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6770 Other Community Service Contacts Airport—Port Columbus. . . . . . . . . . . 239-4083 Concord Counseling Services. . . . . . . 882-9338 COTA Bus Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228-1776 Delaware County General Information . . . . . . . 740-548-7313 Franklin County Board of Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 462-3160 Property Taxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 462-3696 Voter Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . 462-3100 Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital. . . . . 898-4000 Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 882-8917 Westerville Area Resource Ministry . . . 899-0196 Westerville City Schools . . . . . . . . . . 797-5700 Westerville Historical Society . . . . . . . 891-0821 Westerville Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 882-7277 Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 794-0401

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source Ministry and Honor Flight Columbus. New this year, the club will collaborate with Otterbein University to present a World Peace Day event dedicated to cultural diversity on Feb. 23. Beyond its big events, the club contributes to a wide variety of causes. The 17th annual Chilly Open on Feb. 2 is expected to bring the total donated to children’s charities to $2 million over the course of the fundraiser. It has donated a van to an orphanage in Mexico, and members have made several trips to assist an orphanage in Honduras. It sponsors inbound and outbound exchange students. Like all Rotary clubs, it also raises money for Rotary International’s goal to eradicate polio worldwide. Those interested in joining the Sunrise Rotary are invited to attend its weekly meetings, Wednesday mornings at MCL Cafeteria. Visitors are welcome; there’s no cost to come as a guest and eat breakfast. “Pretty much, if people attend the meeting, they enjoy it,” says club President Rob Hunt. “We’re a pretty lively group.”

Chilly Open

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Disc Fever

Otterbein professor and Ultimate Frisbee coach takes an innovative approach to community involvement For Patti Wilson, fitness and “My partner and I enjoy watching the Frisbees go hand in hand. kids play,” says Wilson. “The biggest Wilson is a professor in the Department joy for both of us is being able to see of Health and Physical Education at Ot- these kids really make a connection to terbein University, where she has worked a community – my son knows kids who for 20 years. She lives in play all over the state of Westerville with her partOhio now.” ner, Kim Boggs, and their Westerville North is in son, Mason Boggs, a the 12-team Columbus freshman at the University High School Ultimate of Dayton. League, and for the past Wilson teaches more two years, the team has than just classes; she’s also gone to the Ultimate an athletic adviser. Her State High School Chamsport: Ultimate Frisbee. pionships open tournaThe sport combines ment. Last year, the team aspects from a variety of placed fifth. other physical games. A Wilson’s involvement team scores points when in the high school arena a player catches the lightdoesn’t stop with North. Patti Wilson weight flying disc past the She works with USA Ulopposing team’s goal line, but players timate, the sport’s national governing cannot run while holding the disc, mak- body, to revise physical education teaching clever positioning and quick passing ing guidelines across the state of Ohio. paramount to victory. But now, Wilson’s stepping up her Wilson first became involved with Ul- game to install a club team at Otterbein, timate Frisbee while teaching a class on the school’s first, which will begin play the sport at Otterbein. Around that time, this spring. There are 200 to 300 univerMason came home from Westerville sity teams throughout the country. North High School and suggested startWilson is serving as the team adviser. ing a team there. The idea stuck. She doesn’t play the game, but she has In forming the team at North, Wilson extensive knowledge of the sport and worked with Jeff Will, then the school’s how it’s played. athletics director, to ensure the team re“I really like to teach kids the fundamenceived status as an official club. tals, and then I can utilize some of the “She knew that she had students who things I know from being a physical eduwere interested in Ultimate Frisbee and cation teacher,” she says. she wanted to make sure that they had Wilson is keenly aware of the physical those opportunities,” says Will, now benefits associated with the sport. the coordinator of special projects for “The health benefits of being involved Westerville City Schools. are tremendous,” she says. “It’s a very After much organization, the team was aerobic, fast-paced game. It involves a formed in 2010 with Wilson as its ad- lot of running and quick jumping.” ministrator. Mason played on the high There are also social advantages. school’s team, and he now is on a team The games are self-officiated, meaning at Dayton. players must make calls on rule viola16

tions themselves. This helps with leadership ability, Wilson says, and the game creates a great atmosphere for team camaraderie. “The thing I think I like about (Ultimate Frisbee) most is you get a bunch of kids together who probably don’t have a lot in common (otherwise),” says Wilson. “Anybody can play this sport. It’s kind of a newer sport, so people don’t come in with years and years of experience. All of our players are starting at square one.” Of the 20 years she’s taught at Otterbein, Wilson has lived in Westerville for 15. In that time, she’s busied herself with a plethora of community engagements that benefit local children. “Patti’s participation in the entire school community doesn’t end with her involvement with Ultimate Frisbee,” says Will. “Her enthusiasm and her willing-

Connor Duncan competes as part of the Westerville North High School Ultimate Frisbee team.


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ness to help anyone who needs help are just fantastic. She has a genuine, caring spirit.” Her other activities include Best of Both Worlds, a transitional program for high school graduates with disabilities, and Share Bac a Pac, a weekend program that delivers food to children who may not have access to lunches outside of school. Wilson works through Otterbein on both programs; there are people in town who need help, she says, and

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getting students involved is important for community growth. “I work a lot in all of the classes I teach to have some kind of community involvement,” says Wilson. “I like to be able to help make connections with people and programs. It’s all about connecting to people – I think that’s how we make our way.” Rose Davidson is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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The Arnold returns to Columbus for its 25th year You won’t be seeing any Ultimate Frisbee there, but a huge line-up of other competitions is laid out for the 25th annual Arnold Sports Festival. This year, the Arnold runs Feb. 28-March 3. Events take place in and around downtown Columbus. A total of 45 sports and events, from bodybuilding and weightlifting to mixed martial arts and archery, make up the Arnold agenda this year. New in 2013 are the Arnold Scottish Highland Games, featuring such competitions as the Scottish hammer throw and the caber toss; the Arnold, Champions & Legends Sunday Morning Showcase, an information session and Q&A with event founder and namesake Arnold Schwarzenegger and the winners of several festival competitions; and the Arnold Party with the Pros, the official after-party for the Arnold at the new Hollywood Casino Columbus. That’s on top of the usual highlights, which include the Arnold Fitness Expo, this year boasting more than 700 exhibitors selling the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition; and the Arnold Classic, the professional bodybuilding competition that started it all. Westerville has sent a number of top-flight competitors and keen organizers to the Arnold over the years, including: • Damien Brandon, a middle school teacher who won the Arnold 5K Pump and Run in 2007; • Nathan Aichele, a former Westerville North High School track star who took second place in the Pump and Run in 2008; • Wally Carl, owner of Old Skool Skate Shop, who co-promoted the Arnold Skateboarding Contest in 2010; and • Kevin Buckland and Pertain Gillespie, husband-and-wife graphic designers and owners of Buckland Gillespie Design, who started the Art at the Arnold competition in 2010 and continue to coordinate it.

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Race Place Westerville is host to a great many 5K and other runs Westerville has had a good run lately. Actually, in the last year, it’s had more than 20 good runs. And 2013 could bring even more. Thanks in large part to its scenery and its preponderance of walkable trails, Westerville has attracted a great many 5K runs – as well as 10Ks, fun walks and all manner of other races. From First on the First on Jan. 1 to the Holiday Run on Dec. 9, organizations are bringing feet to Westerville. “There are a lot of events that are benefit-related,” says Mike Herron, fitness and wellness manager for the city. “There’s at least one … 5K, whether it’s competition-based or benefit-based, each month.” Westerville is a runner-friendly community, Herron says, and that’s attractive to organizations. That’s made especially clear by its abundance of trails; it’s possible to put most or all of a race on the city’s trails, and that means no street closures, which can be a hassle for motorists and an expense for race organizers. It’s one of the reasons why so many organizations come to the Columbus Running Company seeking to hold walk

or run events in Westerville, says Jim Jurcevich, co-owner of the Westervillebased company. The city has “plenty of bike paths, and … a few nice parks that are big enough that you can host races there,” Jurcevich says. The company coordinates a number of local races throughout the year; in 2012, these included the Party at the Creek 5K, the St. Paul Parish Memorial 5K, the Running Water 5K, the Celebrity Ghosts 5K, the Rotary Honors Veterans 5K, the Game Day 5K and the Rudolph Run. It will be adding some new ones in 2013, including the Stingray 5K in March. Herron is heading up the city’s new Live W.E.L.L. (Wellness, Education, Leisure and Lifestyle) Westerville, a community-based initiative that provides healthrelated resources for individuals who live and work in the city. It has been in operation for a few months, most notably coordinating an eight-week series of walks in city parks called Healthy Lifestyles: A Walk in the Park. The group contains leaders from such organizations as the city of Westerville, Westerville City Schools, Otterbein University and local health partners.

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Live W.E.L.L. is working to put together a list of 5Ks taking place within Westerville’s borders, but that’s just a small part of its overall mission. It has six dimensions: physical activity, nutrition, education, screenings, mental health and safety. 5Ks are good workouts in their own right, and they allow those looking to get in better shape to establish a baseline – a race time they can seek to beat when the next race rolls around. “There are a lot of people who would not be able to come away from a race earning prizes,” says Herron. “There’s … got to be an internal motivation to beat your previous time.” And the specter of an upcoming race is often a motivating factor to get and stay in good shape. “Knowing you have an event coming up helps you get out the door on a regular basis,” says Jurcevich. Getting ready to run a 5K might seem like an intimidating task, but almost anyone can do it – 5 kilometers translates to about 3.1 miles. It’s important to note that walking a 5K or similar race is almost always an option, so individuals not inclined to run need not sit out. “A lot of people may shy away from doing a 5K because they may not be able to run a 5K,” Herron says. There is a large number of training programs out there – including those of the “couch-to-5K” variety. “The biggest thing starting out is listening to your body and taking time getting into it,” says Jurcevich. A lot of people want to make progress more quickly than their bodies will allow, and that’s a no-no; it’s important to give the body time to recover. Jurcevich and his colleagues recommend a “conversational” pace – if you can’t run and talk at the same time, you’re going too fast and are more likely to run out of breath or start feeling pain in your sides. The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department is considering putting together a program to help residents prepare for 5Ks and similar athletic events. The Columbus Running Company has two preparation programs. One is the Cbus Pacers, a group that gets together for weekday runs. The other is Starting Line, which is geared toward preparation for longer races such as 26.2-mile marathons and 13.1-mile half-marathons. Garth Bishop is editor of Westerville Magazine. Feedback welcome at

5Ks of Westerville

The Westerville area played host to about 25 foot races in 2012. Many of them will return in 2013, alongside at least one new addition. Race



2012 Date 2013 Date

First on the First

Luke Billings Foundation

M3S Sports

Jan. 1

Jan. 1

Stingray 5K

Just for fun

Coughlin Chevrolet


March 2

Wellness in the Woods (Sharon Woods)

Franklin County Metro Parks


March 25

April 13

Bunny Hop 5K

Westerville Parks Foundation

Ultrafit USA

April 7

March 30

Hoover Hustle 10K and 5K

Just for fun

Ultrafit USA

April 15

April 21

Trot for Thought 5K

Brain Injury Association of Ohio

Brain Injury Association of Ohio

May 12


Chase Memorial Freedom 4 Mile Run

USO, Honor Flight Columbus

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

May 26

May 25

Party at the Creek 5K

Westerville Parks Foundation

City of Westerville

May 31


RadioU 88.7 5K

RadioU/Spirit Communications


June 8


Wellness in the Woods (Blendon Woods)

Franklin County Metro Parks


June 10


Independence Day 5K

Rotary Club of Westerville

Rotary Club of Westerville

July 4

July 4

OhioHealth Beethoven 5K

Westerville schools music scholarship program

Westerville Symphony

Aug. 11


St. Paul Parish Memorial 5K

St. Paul Pipe Organ Fund

St. Paul Catholic Parish

Aug. 18


Run 4 the Health of it

Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians Foundation

Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians Foundation

Sept. 3

Sept. 2

9/11 Heroes Run

Travis Manion Foundation

Travis Manion Foundation

Sept. 8


Run Your Buns Off 5K

Ohio House Rabbit Rescue

Ohio House Rabbit Rescue

Sept. 23


Wings to Fly Foundation

Sept. 23


5K Walk, Run and Roll

Central Ohio Spina Bifida Central Ohio Spina Bifida Alliance Alliance

Sept. 29

Sept. 14

Wellness in the Woods (Sharon Woods)

Franklin County Metro Parks


Sept. 30


Running Water 5K

Ethiopian Orphan Relief Inc.

Ethiopian Orphan Relief Inc. Oct. 6

Day for Angels Run/Walk 5K Wings to Fly Foundation


Fire Prevention Week 5K Nationwide Children’s Hospital Genoa Township Fire Department

Oct. 13


Celebrity Ghosts 5K

Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau

Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau

Oct. 26

Oct. 25

Rotary Honors Veterans 5K

Local veterans organizations

Rotary Club of Westerville

Nov. 3


Game Day 5K

Westerville Central HS Westerville Central HS cross-country cross-country

Nov. 17


Rudolph Run

Westerville Sertoma Club

Westerville Sertoma Club

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Holiday Run

Just for fun

M3S Sports

Dec. 9


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Chill Chilly Open changes name and sponsor, but goal remains the same By Duane St. Clair In the four years Pat Kemmer has been event chairman, the Chilly Open has gone through major transformations. First, it moved to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Now, in 2013, it’s changing its sponsor and its name. What hasn’t changed is the purpose of the Open, organized and coordinated by the Rotary Club of Westerville Sun22

rise: raising thousands of dollars to help a dozen organizations or programs in and around Westerville, in central Ohio and even in a couple of foreign countries. After a modest beginning on the grounds of the Anheuser-Busch brewery 17 years ago, the Open has become a major event. Organizers expect to top the $2 million overall mark this year. The

Chilly Open has become one of the biggest one-day Rotary charity drives in the U.S., Kemmer notes proudly. Initially, it was the Wendy’s Chili Open, named after its primary sponsor, and was staged the first weekend of February as a sort of pitch-and-putt golf outing – usually on frozen turf, if not ice and snow. That weekend remains the designated time for the event. Wendy’s dropped out as sponsor for 2013; beginning this year, the event will be known as the Chilly Open, Presented by Kroger, which is itself a strong booster of the zoo. That has made for a comparatively easy transition, says Kemmer, since the event itself will change little. That’s better than could be said for the transition to the zoo four years ago. All the club’s members, who now number about 90, are involved on a dozen committees that handle all sorts of matters, from lining up restaurants to serve patrons to entertainment, from sponsors to assigning 300 volunteers event day. The club is the leader of every aspect of the open, though it shares proceeds with others that play major roles. Kemmer calls the burdens of the move “huge” in terms of time spent and logistics necessary. “We had to change every process,” he notes. Golf, for example, is at Safari Golf Club, the zoo’s neighboring cousin, and is handled by Dublin AM Rotary, which keeps proceeds from it for its own programs. So how did it go in the first go round at the zoo? “It came off smooth as silk,” despite a 14-inch snowfall that nearly crippled travel to and around in the Columbus area, Kemmer says. Only one of 22 restaurants was unable to make the show, which drew a surprisingly robust crowd of 2,400.

“We knew at that moment that this move was for the best,” Kemmer says. The turnout despite the severe weather proved that “because of the enormous interest in the zoo, we knew it would grow,” he adds. And it certainly has, with attendance going up each year. Turnout this year is expected to exceed 3,500, and backers anticipate the event will net about $250,000, a 25 percent jump from 2012. That will push total collections, now at $1.9 million, well past the $2 million milestone. The club’s foundation determines where all proceeds go, but it doesn’t disclose amounts recipients get. Some proceeds go to large organizations such as the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Westerville Area Resource Ministry, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s for neo-natal care, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Flying Horse Farms and Buckeye Ranch. The club’s foundation gets a share, too, for its own use. Some benefactors in the Westerville area include Westerville Special Olympics, Leadership Westerville, Challenge Day, other anti-bullying programs in high schools and the Elementary School Leadership Summit. Then there are the international beneficiaries, which include a malnutrition clinic in Honduras and an orphanage in Mexico. Kemmer got involved a year after he joined the club, served as event cochairman for three years and agreed to become chairman “in a weak moment,” he says with a laugh. It’s a team effort, of course – “All members are on deck,” he says, and help carry the load. One key

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to the event’s success is finding sponsors, who pay $500 to $25,000 and in turn receive free advertising and ticket allotments based on their contributions. Kemmer, project manager at Franklin University, has leeway from his job – “an understanding employer,” he says – to devote countless hours to the Open. Planning begins in July, but the showdown begins a couple months ahead of the event with frequent committee meetings. Then, “From two weeks out, that’s about my life,” he says. When it’s over, he looks forward to “weekends when I can do some things I want to do.” He’s being assisted by Pat Knott, who will become Open chairman again when Kemmer gives it up and moves up to be-

come club president in mid-2014. As all club members do, he will continue working on the outing. He finds it enjoyable because “we get to go to the zoo a lot.” And “It’s a true family affair now.” Knott, also a former club president, has told Kemmer that being club president is easier than being Open chairman. “I hope he’s not lying to me,” Kemmer jokes as he discusses the changeover. The chairman has to find his successor. How did he convince Knott to do the job again? “I got him in a weak moment,” he says in a less-than-serious tone. Duane St. Clair is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

Chilly Open

Presented by Kroger

Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Date: Feb. 2

Time: Noon to 5 p.m.

Cost: $40 per person ($35 in advance); zoo members get $5 discount per ticket, children 12 and under free. Zoo admission included for the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is $5. Highlights: Free food served by 30 restaurants in Water’s Edge Events Park; daylong entertainment by the Debits; many childen’s activities; raffles, including $5,000 for groceries for a year from Kroger; auctions, including behind-the-scenes tour with Jack Hanna, zoo director emeritus, as well as collectible items, trips, event tickets and more.

The Polar Bear Open Location: Safari Golf Club Date: Feb. 2 Time: 8 a.m. to noon. Cost: $80, including golf and Chilly Open admission 24

By Garth Bishop

Grants for the Greater Good Westerville Fund’s assistance helps local organizations improve the community

For more than 30 years, the Westerville Fund has been giving local agencies and nonprofits a boost to help them complete projects in the public interest. Money from donors is invested with the Columbus Foundation. Often, donors contribute in their wills. “We only spend the interest each year – we don’t touch the principal so we can have this on an ongoing basis,” says Bill Rectanus, chairman of the Westerville The Westerville Area Resource Ministry’s food display Fund’s board. Grants are doled out by the cooler was purchased with money from a Westerville fund’s seven-member board Fund grant. and cannot be used for operational costs. for telecommunications and computer Recipients must be located within the equipment and a food display cooler. Westerville City School District and must The cooler, in conjunction with a dishave 501(c)3 status. play freezer funded by the Rotary Club The fund gave its first grant in 1977: of Westerville Sunrise, allowed the food $100 to Concord Counseling Services. pantry to offer more perishable items and Since then, it has provided grants to create its Client Choice program. The the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, program gives clients the opportunity to Westerville Parks Foundation, Wester- select food based on their own needs, ville Symphony Orchestra, Westerville rather than take home pre-sorted bags. Area Chamber Foundation, Westerville “Prior to that, we just had residential Public Library, Westerville Historical So- refrigerators and freezers … and you ciety, Westerville City School District and couldn’t have somebody just rummage more. In 2011, the fund gave $2,493 through five refrigerators and freezers to to the Westerville Crew for life vests and see what they want,” Marier says. thermal suits, allowing team members to The fund’s board will accept submispractice in the winter; $15,000 to the sions for 2013 from Jan. 1-Oct. 1. city of Westerville for the Westerville Applications for grant funding can be Legacy Train Depot; and $6,750 to the sent to the Westerville Fund, Howard Otterbein University Police Department House, Otterbein University, 131 W. for body armor and protective vests. Park St., Westerville, OH 43081. ContriThe fund has been very generous and butions can be sent to the same address. helpful to W.A.R.M. and, by extension, to Westerville residents in need, says Garth Bishop is editor of Westerville W.A.R.M. Executive Director Scott Mari- Magazine. Feedback welcome at er. Westerville Fund grants have paid


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By Alex Wallace

Strong Foundations Loaded home gym keeps fitness a priority in the Arnold household

The gym is padded with hard, rubber flooring. A treadmill, an elliptical walker and a recumbent bike sit in front of one of the mirrored walls. In the corner, there is a squat rack next to a multi-purpose workout station. A BOSU ball, free weights and medicine balls of various sizes fill the rest of the room. “Foundation Fitness” is painted on a metal beam that stretches across the uncovered ceiling beams. Foundation Fitness isn’t a new bodybuilding gym. It’s the home workout facility of Westerville residents Megan and Josh Arnold. When the couple moved to Westerville, finding a house with the space to build a home gym was a high priority for them. “Fitness is a very important part of our lives, so we try to make it accessible,” Megan says. “If it’s not accessible, you’re probably not going to do it.” When she was attending Ohio University, Megan participated in figure competitions for women. Josh, also an OU student, was involved in bodybuilding competitions. The two met at the gym during a workout.

Because fitness is important to the couple, the convenience factor was a big plus of a home gym. “ I t ’s . a l w a y s . e a s i e s t when it’s at your fingertips,” she says. In addition to the treadmill, elliptical walker and recumbent bike, there is also a total gym, a weight pulley system and a chinup/pull-up bar, allowing the user to work almost every muscle in the body and perform more than 60 exercises. The squat rack is for free-weight lifting and other exercises with a more old-school feel. It works multiple muscles to build Megan and Josh Arnold with their daughter, Ellie strength and mass. The medicine and BOSU ball – half workout with clients,” Megan says. of a large, inflated rubber ball attached The gym is designed to provide opto a solid, flat platform – are for improv- tions for achieving a more efficient ing balance and the core. workout. Attached to the Foundation Fitness “With our setup, you can have an beam is a TRX Suspension Trainer, awesome and efficient workout in 30which uses the 45 minutes,” Megan says. “It’s all about exerciser’s own training efficiently, not longer.” body weight – Plus, the home gym is equipped with rather than a col- mirrors to better inspect one’s form – lection of various not to mention a plasma TV and surfree and assist- round sound to keep things fun and ed weights – to interesting. perform a wide Family members and friends train in variety of exer- Arnold’s home gym, as do the few perc i s e s . t h a t . b u i l d sonal training clients she instructs. strength,.endur“My goal is to teach people how fitance, core stabil- ness and staying active keeps people ity and mobility. young,” says Megan. It was developed One gym patron in particular, by a Navy SEAL. though, doesn’t need any help staying “We.wanted to young: the Arnolds’ 2-year-old daughget the equipment ter, Ellie. The gym doubles as her play we thought we space. would use and then The gym is baby-proof. The mirrors The unofficial name of the Arnolds’ home gym is written on an also to be able to are secured to the wall and a power uncovered ceiling beam. d o . a . t o t a l - b o d y strip for all the cardio equipment is



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Megan Arnold demonstrates the chin-up bar and weight pulley system.

out of reach of children. Gyms and babies don’t usually mix, but Megan is determined to instill the idea of a healthy lifestyle in her daughter early on. “Usually, we make working out a family event,” she says. “It’s all about spending time together and family fitness.” Arnold will set up an obstacle course for her daughter, giving Ellie the opportunity to jump over things or crawl around while others are working out. “We hope through having fun, she’ll grow up with a healthy fitness orientation,” Megan says. Alex Wallace is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


on the table By Garth Bishop

Green Hot Chili Peppers Green chilies are the key ingredient in Chile Verde’s unique menu Tom Anthony is quick to draw a distinction between the Mexican cuisine seen at innumerable restaurants and the New Mexican cuisine cooked up by Chile Verde Cafe. It all starts with the restaurant’s namesake: green chilies. In late November, Chile Verde opened its second central Ohio location at 1522 Gemini Pl., which was previously occupied by Shane’s Rib Shack. The restaurant’s other location is in Northwest Columbus. The Polaris restaurant is much closer to home for owner Anthony, who has lived in Westerville for most of his life. And it’s just the most recent sign of success for the popular New Mexican restaurant, which has been in business for 22 years. The Northwest Columbus location underwent a significant expansion three years ago. New Mexican cuisine is a combination of three different culinary styles: Hispanic, Native American and American pioneer. And green chilies are at the center of it all.


Chile Verde gets its green chilies from New Mexico, where they thrive in the desert climate. They’re a perfect component for any meal in New Mexico, adding a smoky, spicy flavor, says Anthony. “You go to McDonald’s (in New Mexico), they’ll put green chilies on it if you ask for them,” Anthony says. Until recently, the restaurant was incorporating frozen chilies only in a gravy-like sauce used in many of its dishes. But now, it’s having fresh chilies shipped in from Albuquerque every week, and the menu has changed accordingly, increasing the number of green chile-focused foods. Among these are the Green Chile Mac n’ Cheese, Green Chile Crab Cakes, Green Chile Cheeseburger, Green Chile Stew and Green Chile Cheese Fries. Changes to the menu will be noticeable to those familiar with the previous one. Enchiladas were on the menu before, but now they are stacked in the New Mexican style, layered with the diner’s choice of protein and covered with a signature sauce. Also new is the Navajo

Taco, a monstrosity featuring choice of chicken, shredded beef or spicy ground beef topped with lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese, black olives and jalapenos on a Navajo flatbread – which, despite its size and potential for mess, needs to be eaten sans utensils for the diner to get the authentic New Mexican experience. “In New Mexico, they just eat with their hands,” Anthony says. “They’re crazy.” Because every meal starts with chips and salsa, Chile Verde puts a lot of work into its salsa, making sure it is flavored by its ingredients and not by added spices. The menu is filled out by such items as the Santa Fe, which is chicken, steak, shrimp or a combination sautéed with corn, black beans and peppers in a spicy tequila marinade on a bed of New Mexican rice; Chile Rellenos, green chilies stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese, then dipped in a light meringue batter and fried, then covered with sauce; the BBQ Grilled Fajita Burrito, which is marinated chicken, steak or a combination of both sautéed with green peppers and onions,

Green Chile Stew Ingredients • 1 ¼ lbs. hand-cut tenderloin • 1 ½ carrots, sliced ¼ inch thick • 2 potatoes, peeled, quartered and sliced • 2 stalks celery, diced • 3 Tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes • 1 Tbsp. granulated garlic • ¼ Tbsp. cayenne pepper • 2 Tbsp. black pepper • 1 Tbsp. salt • ½ Tbsp. ground cumin • ¼ Tbsp. chile powder • 1 Tbsp. whole leaf oregano • 8 cups water • 1 ½ cups diced onions • ½ cup beef base • 1 cup mild green chilies • 1 cup roasted jalapenos • 60 oz. canned chopped tomatoes • 2 cups water • 1 ½ cups flour Instructions Trim meat and dice into 1-inch cubes. Brown stew meat in stock pot. Add onions and spices to meat. Cook on medium for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, tomatoes, water, chilies, jalapenos and beef base to stock pot. Continue to cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, until carrots and potatoes are tender. Mix water and flour together. Whisk together slowly until a creamy consistency has been achieved. Bring contents of stock pot to a rolling boil, then slowly add the flour and water mixture to the pot. Turn off heat. Continue to whisk until thickened. Top with shredded cheese and serve with a warm flour tortilla. Yields 6 quarts, enough for a large group.

then wrapped in a seasoned flour tortilla and covered with the restaurant’s signature Anasazi BBQ sace; and a selection of specialty margaritas. The restaurant’s décor includes paintings of scenes such as a mission church and a bullfight; the Agave Room in the back of the restaurant, which incorporates Patron tequila bottles hanging from the lights; and woodwork made from the pieces of an old sugar shack Anthony bought in Gambier, Ohio. Chile Verde’s local connections go beyond Anthony – the new location was designed by Robert Giuliani and Jason McKee of Westerville-based Giuliani Builders.

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