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JULY/AUGUST 2019 VOL. 18 NO. 6

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CityReporter

News and Information from the City of Westerville

15 faces

News and Information from the City of Westerville

All A’s Across the Board

Education is a pillar for long-time board member

18 in focus

Double the Festival Fun

Summer is jam-packed with community events

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Life through the candid cameras of Westerville residents Sponsored by

24 Vivid Imaginations

Research indicates a child’s future success depends largely on literacy

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Significant Structures

Walkable tour is a step back in time

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July

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Through July 7

USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge Times vary; Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., www.columbussports.org

July 4

Westerville Rotary 4th of July Celebration 8 a.m. 5K run/walk, 9:15 children’s fun run, Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.; 1 p.m. parade and food drive, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 N. State St., ending at Westerville South High School; 1:30-9:45 p.m. concert series and food vendors, Westerville South High School; 10 p.m. fireworks, Westerville South High School, www.westervillerotary.com

July 5

July 7-Aug. 25

Sounds of Summer Concert Series Sundays, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Park amphitheater, 221 W. Main St., www.westerville.org

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Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce 46th Music and Arts Festival July 13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; July 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Heritage Park & Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., www. westervillechamber.com

July 15

The Mark Wood Fun Show 11-12 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 1 26 S. State St., Combined Meeting Room www.westervillelibrary.org Uptown Westerville Inc. Saturday Farmers Market

July 21

WesterFlora-Westerville Garden Club 28th Annual Tour 12-6 p.m. 182 Sunbury Rd., www.westerflora.com

July 25-28

Summer Musical: Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Times TBD, Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave., www.westerville.org

July 26

Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: World Bazaar 6-9 p.m., Uptown Westerville, 1 N. State St., www.visitwesterville.org

July 28

Tapestry of a Town 1-5 p.m., throughout Westerville, www.westerville habitat.org

Uptown Friday Night: Pop Uptown 6-8 p.m., Uptown Westerville, 1 N. State St., www.visitwesterville.org

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2019 Westerville Jazz Series Saturdays, 6 p.m. (except July 13); Alum Creek Park amphitheater, 221 W. Main St., www.westerville.org

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Aug. 8

Prohibition Walking Tour 6:30-7:30 p.m., Anti-Saloon League Museum, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., www.westervillelibrary.org

Aug. 9

GameDay 5K 7:30 p.m., Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave., www.runsignup.com

Aug. 9-11

First Responder Face-Off Foundation Ohio Heroes Cup Noon; OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks North, 8144 Highfield Dr., Lewis Center, www.columbussports.org

Aug. 16

First Day of School for K-12, Westerville City www.westerville.k12.oh.us

Aug. 17

Women’s Self Defense 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Westerville Administration Building, 64 E. Walnut St., www. westerville.org

Aug. 23

Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Dog Days of Summer 6-9 p.m. Uptown Westerville, 1 N. State St., www.visitwesterville.org

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You Play. You Conquer. You Claim the Cup.

Join Us on the Field Sept. 28 at Otterbein University Build camaraderie. Get outside the office. Collaborate and compete against Central Ohio companies. The Community Cup 2019 Sports Challenge, presented by The Columbus Foundation, is a one-day challenge that rallies organizations to compete in contests for all skill levels.

This adult field day includes 13 events: • One-mile Walk • 5k Race • Basketball Shooting Competition • Cornhole

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Dodgeball Hockey Shot Football Toss Frisbee Toss Golf Chipping

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Lacrosse Passing Soccer Kick Tug of War Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby

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NEWS FROM THE CITY OF WESTERVILLE • JULY/AUGUST 2019

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New Police/Court Facility Would Consolidate Operations, Improve Safety After nearly a decade of evaluating the space the Westerville Division of Police (WPD) and Mayor's Court needs, Westerville City Council is considering plans to consolidate multiple police facilities and Mayor's Court to a single location along Huber Village Boulevard. In 2018, the City purchased the building and land at 229 Huber Village Blvd. with this purpose in mind. After renovation and expansion, the new combined Police/Court facility would house all WPD bureaus including Mayor’s Court, Investigations and Emergency Communications. Currently, these operations are dispersed across three separate City buildings (21, 28 and 29 S. State St., respectively, in Uptown Westerville). “Volunteers and visitors frequently tour WPD The City purchased the building and land at 229 Huber Village headquarters and are consistently surprised Blvd. for the proposed Police/Court Facility. by the compact space, considering the size of the department,” says City Manager David Collinsworth. “This effort would address these long-standing needs and improve safety for the public and staff involved in the operation of the Mayors Court in City Hall.” The concept was planned for a number of reasons, including to unite staff and operations working across the City in multiple buildings and to improve safety with a dedicated Mayor’s Court space. However, the primary reason a larger facility is needed is because WPD has simply outgrown its current 30-year-old building. Ultimately, the decision to proceed with the project belongs to the voters, who will see the issue on their November 5 ballot. Estimated construction costs are approximately $15 million that would be financed through a voter-approved, 20-year bond issue, estimated at $960,000. If approved, the cost impact on property taxes would be approximately $2.80 per home for every $100,000 of market value of property. Find more information, including answers to frequently asked questions at www.westerville.org. www.westervillemagazine.com

THE PROPOSED POLICE/MAYOR’S COURT FACILITY AT A GLANCE Currently, space for Police/Mayor’s Court Operations is tight. So much so that operations had to be split across three buildings. Uniting these operations under one roof, improving efficiency and safety. Mayor’s Court 21 S. State St.

Police Division 28, 29 S. State St.

Police/Court Facility 229 Huber Village Blvd.

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It’s up to you. Voters decide the issue on the Nov. 5 ballot. July/August 2019

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CityReporter

Independence Day Fun Schedule of Fourth of July Events in Westerville

Don’t miss a minute of the Independence Day fun planned by the Rotary Club of Westerville. 5K Walk/Run and Children’s Run Registration for the Westerville Rotary July 4th 5K Walk/Run is open at www. westervillejulyfourth5K.com. 6:30 a.m. 8 a.m. 9:15 a.m. 9:25 a.m.

Registration begins at Alum Creek Park North (221 W. Main St.) 5K Run/Walk Children’s Fun Run Awards Ceremony at 9:25 a.m.

Parade 11 a.m. State Street closes between County Line and Old County Line roads 12:30 p.m. State Street closes through Electric Ave. 1 p.m. Parade begins from St. Paul’s Catholic Church ROUTE: South on State St. to Electric Ave. Family Fun Zone with Live Music, Food Trucks and Inflatables Held at Westerville South High School (303 S. Otterbein Ave.), the Westerville Rotary hosts an evening of live music, food trucks and fun activities before the fireworks show. 2-9:45 p.m. 3-10 p.m. 3-5 p.m. 5:20-7:30 p.m. 8-10 p.m. 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Food trucks and cars Live Music The Hobgoblins Jon Anthony The British Invasion Inflatables

Fireworks Fireworks simulcast with 104.9 The River. For timing updates, follow the City of Westerville on Twitter, www.twitter.com/tellwesterville. If fireworks are canceled due to weather concerns, they will be rescheduled for Friday, July 5 at dusk. Around 10 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk 10 July/August 2019

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Public Safety Profile

Stay Safe this Summer

Nothing dampens a summer afternoon like an injury. The Westerville Division of Fire (WFD) joins the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in encouraging residents to heed the following safety tips this summer: While Grilling Remember that propane, wood pellet and charcoal grills should only be operated outside. Keep all grills away from eaves and overhanging branches. They should also be kept at least three feet away from siding and deck railings.

While in or on the Water If life vests are needed, be sure to only wear a jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. When swimming, adults should never leave children unattended. In fact, it’s safer to make swimming with a buddy common practice.

Mark Your Calendars Don’t miss a minute of the summer fun ahead. Check out p. 6 for a list of upcoming events! www.westervillemagazine.com

While Cycling Always wear proper protective equipment, like a helmet. The USFA recommends wearing bright colors and reflectors to help motorists see you. Remember to keep your hands firmly on the handlebars and follow all traffic rules. Need a refresher? Check out the Bike Safe Westerville video series on Westerville TV at www.westerville.org/tv. For more resources from WFD, visit www.westerville.org/fire. Images courtesy of the U.S. Fire Administration.

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Economic Development Profile

Elevate Westerville Opens Shop in Westar Place

In June, the City helped welcome Elevate Westerville to Westar Place at 670 Meridian Way. The co-working space opened its doors with games, food and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The modern two-story building features 150 office suites, four hightech conference rooms and space for co-working offered with all-inclusive, no-term leases. “This is an exciting development for Westerville,” says Jason Bechtold, the City’s economic development director. “It gives entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers, anyone really, access to sleek, modern workspaces adjacent to some of the largest companies in the City.” Elevate spaces attract businesses from across industries, including consulting firms, hair and beauty salons, artists, and more. Learn more about Elevate Westerville at www.elevateoffice.com/westerville. Order Up! First Watch Coming to South State Street The South State Street corridor continues to blossom with a new breakfast and brunch restaurant. Construction of a new First Watch restaurant is underway at the northeast corner of State Street and Huber Village Boulevard. The restaurant serves everything from “Million-dollar Bacon” to Asian Pork Belly Breakfast Bowls and the classics like pancakes, eggs, and sausage. Stay up-to-date about business development in the City, by visiting business. westerville.org.

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Uptown Update

Columbia Gas Line Replacement Underway

Work by Columbia Gas to replace a low-pressure gas line under State Street is underway. The project was scheduled by Columbia Gas to precede the Uptown Improvement Project, which is set to begin this summer. Columbia Gas will replace the current low-pressure gas line located under State Street with a new medium-pressure gas line during the City-approved work hours of 9 p.m.4 p.m. Sunday night through Friday afternoon. Columbia Gas has indicated typical work hours are 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. (subject to change depending on the needs of the project). All work is weather permitting. To keep things moving efficiently, Columbia Gas is implementing two crews to work simultaneously in Uptown. The expected timeline for the project is as follows: • June 3 to mid-July: Work from Park Street and College Avenue. One crew will begin work on installing the new gas main from College to Park Street. The second crew will begin the internal work. • Mid-June to mid-September: Installing the new gas main and installation of services on the west side of State Street between College and Home. • Early August to November: City begins Uptown Improvements in areas not impacted by Columbia Gas. • Late July to late October: Installing the new gas main and installation services on the east side of State Street between College and Home.

Columbia Gas map shows work boundaries for the gas line replacement project.

Work on both projects will be suspended from Nov. 1 Dec. 31 to reduce disruption to the busy holiday shopping season in Uptown and will resume in January 2020. Impacts on parking will be managed by Columbia Gas and the City. If you have questions related to the community outreach efforts performed by Columbia Gas, please contact Luka Papalko, external affairs specialist, at (614) 420-1376 or by email at lpapalko@nisource.com. As always, the City can be contacted by email at uptown@ westerville.org or by calling (614) 901-6845. Get the latest updates at www.westerville.org/uptown.

Westerville Parks and Recreation Named Finalist for National Award The City of Westerville has once again been named a finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The top Grand Plaque Award recipients will be announced during the 2019 National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Annual Conference in September. Westerville joins three other finalists for the NRPA’s highest award in the Class IV category, communities serving a population of 30,001- 75,000. “We're thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the Gold Medal tradition, and can't thank our residents and visitors enough for supporting the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department. It is truly the community's commitment and connection to the parks system that www.westervillemagazine.com

allows us to deliver services that shine on the national level,” says Randy Auler, Director of Westerville Parks and Recreation. If awarded in September, Westerville will be a five-time Gold Medal winning department. Westerville previously won the Gold Medal in 1974, 2003, 2007 and 2013 (the last year eligible). The Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials. July/August 2019

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CityReporter This Day in History

Westerville Plays Host to Traveling Entertainers, Educators Today, Westerville residents have a veritable buffet of options for entertainment. Not the case 100 years ago today. So, one can imagine the excitement in the air when the Redpath Chautauqua set up their tent to present five days of plays, lectures and storytelling. Severe storms threatened to dampen the event. According to The Public Opinion, “The electric current was broken off

and Westerville was in darkness. The tent was deserted and The Webster Quartet and Capt. Paul Bewsher of the British aviation gave their entertainment in the United Brethren Church behind coal fire lamps.” Overall, the visit was deemed a success, with more than 80 Westerville residents petitioning to have the group return in 1920. This and hun-

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An advertisement for the Chautauqua production of, The Melting Pot by Israel Zangwill which appeared in the summer of 1919.

dreds of other fascinating facts, materials and artifacts are on display at the Westerville Public Library’s Local History Center. Hours are MondaySaturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sunday. Visit www.westervillelibrary.org/ antisaloon to learn more.

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Westerville City Council (Front left-right) Mayor Craig Treneff, Chair Mike Heyeck, Vice Chair Diane Fosselman (Back left-right) Alex Heckman, Valerie Cumming, Tim Davey, Vice Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi

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f you want to feel inspired and leave a conversation with pep in your step, have a chat with Nancy Nestor-Baker. Her passion for education and dedication to Westerville is enough to knock you off your feet, which isn’t surprising when you find out she’s been on the Westerville City School Board of Education for 15 years. Nestor-Baker was elected to the board in 1991, then again in 1993, 1997 and 2001. By the end of 2005, she decided that perhaps her time in the position had run its course and she left. However, the Westerville community wouldn’t have it. After about seven or eight years, people began asking NestorBaker to return to the board. At first, she politely declined, insisting someone else should have a shot at the position. But after some nudging, Nestor-Baker finally agreed once again and was elected. “I never thought I would come back,” Nestor-Baker says. “But people said I was the one for the job.”

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The board has woven in and through Nestor-Baker’s life as time has passed, a constant in her career. She was on the board while working at the University of Cincinnati, during her time as administrator at The Ohio State University and as she worked at United Way. Her kids grew up with the board, and now so will her grandchildren. “It’s part of who we are as a family,” Nestor-Baker says. Not surprisingly, education plays a big role in the lives of her family. Nestor-Baker’s mother, father, sister and daughter have all had roles in education at one time or another. Even her grandmother was a teacher in a tiny, one-room school house. “Education in our family is what we like to call the family firm,” Nestor-Baker says, laughing. “We always have a lot to talk about!” Although she’s been involved in multiple communities, to Nestor-Baker, every student body is unique. Westerville, in particular, has struck a chord with her. “Westerville is fascinating, we have such a strong connection with its schools, city and entirety of who we are,” Nestor-Baker says. “In a lot of communities, I don’t see that connective tissue.” The board works with Westerville Area Resource Ministry, the library, Otterbein University, Columbus State University and other city programs to strengthen their well-developed web of connections. Nestor-Baker believes that web is what it means to be a strong community. “It’s a family of institutions and family centered around community,” she says. “And that makes it a jewel.” As for the work that’s done, there’s never a dull day. Nestor-Baker answers countless emails flooding in with questions, comments or concerns. It’s her responsibility as a board member to listen and work on the issues that come to her, acting as a bridge between the district and community. The position requires her to wear many hats, working on school curriculums, facility planning, personnel, finance and policy components. Currently, the board is working on the middle school design process. During a time that’s so pivotal to child development, Nestor-Baker wants to make sure Westerville schools have the right kind of support and methods to make sure there are ample opportunities for success and growth. “The time I spend has a lot to do with talking with people, being in the school and seeing what’s happening in the community,” Nestor-Baker says. “It’s not always scheduled, it’s a role that focuses on bridging between the community and our schools.” The changes to the U.S. education system certainly weren’t scheduled eiwww.westervillemagazine.com


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ther. Nestor-Baker says there has been lots of shifting in the way the state and federal government view public education. Oftentimes, when new mandates are implemented within the education system, schools feel great stress to rush and be flexible to the change. “We find a way to make sure that who we are as Westerville City Schools continues to shine through,” Nestor-Baker says. “We never lose sight of what makes us unique and what we can do to make education as enjoyable as it should be.” What makes Westerville thrive is the connection. The community works together, depends on one another and exhibits a strong overall sense of solidarity. “I feel incredibly blessed that this community lets me do this,” she says. “How wonderful is that? They actually let me do this every day. I have very deep gratitude for that. It’s a wonderful gift.” Mallory Arnold is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.westervillemagazine.com

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in focus

By Lydia Freudenberg

Double the Festival Fun Summer is jam-packed with community events

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ummertime equals festival time, and Westerville has quite the itinerary for the remainder of the season. Mark the calendar because the Westerville Music & Arts Festival is almost here and three more Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays are slated for the year. From winning awards to celebrating 20 years, 2019 is a milestone for both family fun events.

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30-plus music acts across three stages, 20 food trucks and vendors, and all-new kids’ activities. “We are trying to do more for the kids,” says Matt Lofy, director of marketing and community outreach for the WACC. “Yeah, we’re showing art and music, but we’re really showing off our community in a different light to different people.” Activities perfect for youngsters include a storyteller show all day Saturday, Baby Shark-themed crafts, giant backyard games presented by Westerville Parks & Recreation, art activities by the Arts Council of Westerville, and an instrument petting zoo where kids can experiment and play with different musical instruments. For serious artists grades 12 and under, the second floor of Everal Barn will display the students’ creations and have professionals judge the pieces. The festival has also teamed up with the Westerville-based Megan Lee Designs to create an original t-shirt perfect for kids or those young at heart. The green and gray cotton shirts feature a long-necked dinosaur painting the dates of the event while a group of mice jam out on its back. Apart from the amped-up, kid-inspired activities and gear, get excited for the locally based 1980s cover group The Reaganomics. The band will headline Saturday evening while brews from North High Brewing Co. and Rhinegeist Brewery are served. Other performers throughout the weekend encompass genres of reggae, jazz and acoustic. www.westervillemagazine.com


The festival is accessible for all. Parking will be available at The Point at Otterbein, while bike paths and a trolley system from the Westerville Sports Complex offer additional transportation options. In 2018, the Chamber conducted an economic impact study and found that almost $1 million gets reinvested into Westerville annually and it’s estimated that about $60,000 of that total is being invested into Uptown just during the festival weekend. Lofy and his team are happy to host and attend a worthwhile event. “We’ve been working since the last festival to make this one better,” Lofy says. “I’m just excited to see everyone coming to Heritage Park, and on Saturday night I can sit down, watch The Reaganomics and have a cold North High Brew.”

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Vivid Imaginations

Research indicates a child’s future success depends largely on literacy By Marissa Smithinsky

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very two seconds, a book is mailed to a child between 1-5 years old within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Republic of Ireland. This unique program is called the Imagination Library. In 1995, Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library to combat childhood illiteracy within her home county of Sevier, Tennessee. Originally motivated by her father’s inability to read or write, Parton wanted to ensure every child had the opportunity to read. Today, Parton’s program has expanded to four countries and mails more than one million free books to children around the world.

According to ProLiteracy, an adult literacy and basic education organization, “More than 30 million adults in the United States cannot read, write or do basic math above a third-grade level.” In Westerville, the public library is attempting to rectify this problem with their own version of the Imagination Library. “The program has been an amazing breakthrough for literacy in Westerville,” says Tamara Murray, marketing manager at Westerville Public Library. “We launched the Imagination Library in January 2016,” says Murray. “This was the brainchild of our previous

director, Don Barlow and the Westerville Library Foundation. They were looking for an ongoing project that they could support with fundraising efforts in addition to their work with our endowment fund.” In 2018, the library mailed 25,231 books to over 2,000 program participants. At the library, any child who is 1-5 years old within the Westerville City School Dis-

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trict is eligible to receive one book monthly until their fifth birthday. The Westerville Library Foundation funds this with $25 for each child and guarantees that all books are free. “The biggest boon is that home libraries have a major impact for kids,” says Murray. “For busy parents, getting to the library regularly can be hard. The Imagination Library bridges that gap and gets books into homes between library visits. Studies show that even as few as 20 books in a home can have a positive lasting impact, so this is a huge investment in learning for our community.” In order to register for the Imagination Library, each participant must receive permission from their parents and then their guardian can fill out an online form with their address. It’s a simple process and accessible for all families. Research conducted at the University of Michigan suggests that a mother’s reading level is the greatest factor in her child’s academic success. Therefore, by exposing children to reading early on, they can make connections. A letter can turn into a word and eventually children will recognize shapes, colors and stories.

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“I am actually a librarian at heart,” says Murray. “From birth, kids that start making those connections, they start to understand that there is an up and a down and a left and a right. All of a sudden after being surrounded by reading, they start making the connection that this is a story and that is a character. It’s beautiful.” There are several literacy programs throughout Columbus, but nothing that quite rivals the initiative of the Imagination Library. Each year, the Imagination Library expands and each year another county gives another child a chance to read and to learn. “The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world,” Parton is famously quoted. Dolly Parton may have created the Imagination Library, but the Westerville community has taken it upon itself to continue to spread literacy and guarantee that every child is given the opportunity to succeed. Marissa Smithinsky is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.westervillemagazine.com

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living

By Nathan Collins

Significant Structures Walkable tour is a step back in time

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ost Westerville community members are aware of the fact their community is steeped in rich American history. However, most residents are unaware that not only is this history alive and well today, but that for one day each year it’s on view for all to see. Produced by the Westerville Habitat Partnership, Tapestry of a Town is a walkable tour which allows attendees to travel back through Westerville’s history. Each site chosen for the tour is a historic structure that played an important role in the evolution of Westerville as a city and community.

In previous years, the tour has focused mainly on sites located within Uptown Westerville. However, this year, the tour footprint will be expanded to include historic sites throughout the community. “We’re going to have two sites over on Sunbury Road, one of which is Central College Presbyterian Church Chapel,” says tour co-chairman John Cameron. “And then there’s another very historic home within a couple hundred yards of the church. So, moving outwards a bit to give our tour goers a richer experience, a little more varied than just Uptown itself.”

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Even though the footprint will be expanded for this year’s tour, it is still considered a walkable tour, with the exception being sites located on Sunbury Road. “We want to make sure that people know about it, since this is a new thing we’re doing, expanding the footprint,” says tour co-chairman Kay Hedges. “So we want to make sure that people don’t say, ‘Oh Sunbury Road, I can’t go there.’ Because those are two really wonderful sites.” When people purchase entrance into the tour they are given a souvenir booklet which doubles as their ticket. This booklet contains a tour map and photos of all the sites and a little blurb about each site’s history. This way, tour goers can determine in what order they want to visit each destination. “This booklet is something they get to keep and we always have something about our partnership on here where the money goes, which some people are very interested in,” says Hedges. www.westervillemagazine.com


One hundred percent of the funds generated from the tour go directly to Habitat for Humanity in Delaware County. “For most people, when you talk to them about Habitat for Humanity, they don’t know all the details about it,” says Cameron. “The ticket cost goes to Habitat for Humanity. We take no overhead. We’re all volunteers.” This event is a win for the entire community. Tour goers get to learn about Westerville’s deep history, the funds go to a great cause and local businesses benefit from increased foot traffic. “The business owners get exposure that they wouldn’t have had otherwise on a Sunday afternoon and the money goes to Habitat,” says Hedges. A business might get 200-300 people come through in one afternoon. Some businesses that don’t normally hold Sunday business hours will even open up because it’s an opportunity to increase profits. Below is a sample of the historic sites that attendees can expect to view on this year’s tour:

later and updates, such as a new organ, still enhance the interior. You might get to ring the 1,200-pound bell! Ebenezer Washburn House Within walking distance to Hoover Dam, this 1833 home boasts original doors, fireplaces and floors. The Rev. Washburn was pastor of the First Blendon Presbyterian Church at the corner of Hempstead and Dempsey roads, which burned down under mysterious circumstances a week after it was built. He is buried in the cemetery there. St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Long the spiritual anchor of Westerville’s north end and site of larger community funerals and events, this Romanesquedesigned church is the newest structure of a 106-year-old parish. Visitors are welcome for limited hours during the tour (2-4:15 p.m.) to see the many stunning aspects of the church, including the mural behind the altar, 164 stained-glass windows and an incredible pipe organ. For more information on when and where tickets are available for purchase, please visit www.westervillehabitat.org.

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on the table By Rocco Falleti

Taste of Westerville Westerville provides an evening of its best cuisine

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hether it’s the opportunity to network with fellow professionals throughout the city or sampling that dish from your favorite restaurant you always said you would try, the Taste of Westerville offers a unique experience for the business community and public alike. For 16 years and counting, the Westerville Chamber of Commerce has showcased the best the city has to offer with newcomers and local staples in cuisine. “There is always a huge buzz around the event that is so unique to the Taste

of Westerville,” Courtney Bailey, events manager at the Westerville Chamber of Commerce says. “It helps to get attendees to think of items or places they might have never ordered from before.” This year’s event saw an attendance of nearly 300 people with 20 food vendors and over six different beverage vendors. As Bailey notes, the excitement amongst the participating chefs and vendors is nothing short of inspiring. “It felt special to have that moment for these chefs to present their food and show how and why it was special to them,”

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Bailey says. “This was my first Taste of Westerville this year and it’s exciting to see everyone present their best dishes for the community.” 2019 Winners Though the event is largely centered around socializing and discovering new dishes, there is also competition amongst the vendors for the best dishes. A panel of local celebrities voted on Westerville’s Tastiest and Best presentation while the rest of the community decided the Peoples’ Choice. Westerville boasts a strong and diverse food scene so it comes as no surprise that the competition this year was very tight. For new restaurants, getting their name out to the community is an award in and of itself. For others, it’s a way to celebrate years of success and hard work. “During the last nine years, I’ve lived and owned restaurants in Westerville. I’ve been so welcomed and had the privilege to get to know so many people in this community,” Megan Ada, owner of Asterisk Supper Club and winner of this year’s Best Presentation, says. “Taste of Westerville gives us the ability to promote our business and be successful along with my hardworking staff.” Each year the competition amongst the chamber members is robust, but much to the benefit of attendees, you won’t go home with an empty stomach. And who knows, you may walk away with a new favorite Westerville restaurant. “As proud chamber members from the day we opened, this year was a wonderful opportunity to share our culinary talents with the community,” Nancy Howard, general manager of Hilton-Columbus Polaris and winner of this year’s “Tastiest,” says. “There are so many exceptional dining options in Westerville, so taking home ‘Tastiest’ is an honor.” Rocco Falleti is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at rfalleti@cityscenecolumbus.com

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Festival Fun continued from page 19 Fridays, and the July 26 event marks 20 years of success. “For a lot of families in and around Westerville, the 4th Fridays have become part of their lives,” says Glenda Mihaly, marketing coordinator for the WVCB. “And you can have a different experience every time, it’s never the same.” Now encompassing most of Main Street in Uptown and attracting more than 11,000 people, guests can expect the themes World Bazaar, Dog Days of Summer and Farm in the City for July, August and September. For July, experience belly dancers from Habeeba’s Dance of the Arts and possibly a Polynesian dance group. August will once again have fun activities perfect for dogs and owners, along with performances by SlipStream and Legal Tender. Plus, both July and August will feature soon-to-be solidified celebratory activities for the 20-year anniversary. And always enjoy a variety of food vendors such as Cousins Maine Lobster Truck and Cupzilla Korean BBQ. The biggest takeaway from 4th Fridays is how they have helped rejuvenate Uptown. Shops are always encouraged to stay open late during the events, and even

though event goers tend to not buy during the festivities, Mihaly and Moon both agree it gives exposure and attracts people to come back. 4th Fridays have even inspired cities far from central Ohio. When Moon was visiting a small city in Florida, he and his wife enjoyed an evening at its 3rd Thursday event. Curious, Moon asked a local where the idea came from and was pleasantly surprised with the response. “He said, ‘A guy from Worthington moved down here and they had a similar event to the community next door to him,’” Moon explains with a smile. “He said, ‘It’s bringing people back downtown.’” Even though the City of Westerville isn’t directly involved in organizing the 4th Fridays, Mihaly says it wouldn’t be possible without its collaborative efforts. “To have a safe and operational and clean environment, we could not do that without the City of Westerville,” Mihaly says. “It’s a cooperative effort and the city plays a huge role.” Lydia Freudenberg is the brand loyalty specialist. Feedback welcome at lfreudenberg@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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