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Hilliard to revive dormant CIC group By GARY BUDZAK ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Hilliard’s long-dormant Community Improvement Corporation is about to become active again, offering what city officials call “another tool in our toolbox.” Economic development director David Meeks said there was a vote last month to revive the CIC as an agency of the city after it had been voted to dissolve last

year. Articles of incorporation for the Hilliard Community Improvement Corporation were approved in 1975. According to article III, “the sole purpose for which the corporation is formed is to advance, encourage, and promote the industrial, economic, commercial, and civic development of the City of Hilliard, Ohio.” “The city had formed this CIC for the purpose of being more or less a financial conduit for industrial bonds and mon-

eys that were being provided to businesses that wanted to locate in Hilliard,” said city law director Pamela Fox. Fox said this was done a few times, but the industrial bond market was not the way most companies were going in terms of economic development. At some point, the CIC stopped meeting for many years. Another CIC, the Hilliard Development Corporation, was formed for Destination Hilliard, an organization that promotes the city and its events.

Last fall, a bank asked the city what it wished to do with funds from the Hilliard CIC, prompting a meeting of the original board members. Fox said, “They decided to dissolve, then they decided not to.” “We said, well we’ve got the CIC here, why don’t we just revive this?” Meeks said. Other communities, notably Upper Arlington, also have an active CIC. According to its website, “the UACIC and

the city of Upper Arlington have a number of financial incentives available to encourage businesses to relocate here or to remain in the city as they grow.” Fox said the CIC will need to get a board together, consult with council, and look at its organizational documents. She thought the CIC could be up and running by year’s end. Meeks calls the CIC a good tool to See CIC, page A2

Guests from Hong Kong sample American culture By GARY BUDZAK ThisWeek Community Newspapers

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Michael Pirt (back), Briana Biffath and Ashley Kilpatrick rehearse a scene for their performance of “The Girls of the Garden Club” at Hilliard Bradley High School on Thursday, Jan. 27. The play will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3 and 4 in the Black Box Theatre.

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Two theatre productions to be staged By GARY BUDZAK ThisWeek Community Newspapers

The two plays being presented this month at Bradley High School will involve performers from all four classes at the school and both of the Bradley stages. “The Girls of the Garden Club,” which opened last weekend (Jan. 28-29) and concludes tonight and Friday, features juniors and seniors, and will be performed at Bradley’s 75-seat Black Box. A few weeks later, “James and the Giant Peach,” with a cast of freshmen and sophomores, will be staged in the school’s 900-seat Performing Arts Center. “The Girls of the Garden Club,” written by John Patrick (1905-95), is a comedy that runs 105 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. There is a cast of 17 females and 2 males. “The lure of this play was the size

of the female cast — a lot of plays have a lot of men, but not a lot of girls,” said director Matt Wolfe. The PG-rated comedy of errors includes gossiping and misinterpretations. “The show is basically about Rhoda Greenleaf, and Rhoda wants to become president of her garden club so that her husband will build her a greenhouse,” Wolfe said. “All of her friends have greenhouses. So she’s fighting for status, it’s a power play. She calls the girls of the garden club over to trick the current president and try to steal her title.” Wolfe said auditions began before the holidays, so students could go home with a script, and rehearsals began at the start of the year. Because “Garden Club” is not as well known as some of the school’s other productions, it is being staged in the Black Box.

“Instead of trying to get 200 people to come out on one night and the (PAC) theater is still empty, we do these shows in the more intimate setting, and the kids get to perform to sellout audiences,” Wolfe said. “I’ve really tried to utilize the Black Box. We use it three or four times a year.” Performances of “The Girls of the Garden Club” will take place at 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 3) and Feb. 4. Wolfe said tickets are $5 general admission. More familiar with the audience will be Roald Dahl’s (1916-90) popular children’s story “James and the Giant Peach.” James, an orphan, is being raised by two bad aunts. He enters a giant peach, where friendly bugs take him on a trip to New York. “In the Hilliard City Schools, all of our fourth-graders read ‘James

and the Giant Peach,’” Wolfe said. “The district’s fourth-graders are coming to watch an in-school performance.” The 50-minute show is geared towards children. Wolfe said 15 students started building the scenery in January. Performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 and noon Feb. 26. The latter show will be followed by a family carnival, Wolfe said. Admission is $5. There are 300 students in Bradley’s theater club, Wolfe said. “This is Bradley’s first graduating class, and these seniors are the ones that really helped me get started with the program,” he said. “It’s always exciting to see the kids’ confidence level grow every year, so the product that they put out gets so much better.” For more information, call 614921-7425 or visit

A dozen students and two teachers from Hong Kong experienced life in Hilliard and at Hoffman Trails Elementary last week, including things we take for granted. Like snow. “In Hong Kong, their climate is more like Hawaii, so they had never seen snow before, never touched it,” said Hoffman Trails principal Shelli Miller. The students, ages 11 and 12, were from the Taoist Ching Chung Primary School and are the equivalent of fifth- and sixth-graders, Miller said. After a weather delay in Chicago, the students were met at Port Columbus and stayed Jan. 21-29 with host families who had children attending Hoffman Trails. They shadowed the American students at Hoffman and other schools in the district. This week, students from a Hong Kong secondary school are also spending time at Davidson High School. (Today, Feb. 3, is the Chinese New Year.) Miller said the idea for the cultural exchange took place during an International Alliance for Invitational Education conference last fall. Seventy-eight educators visited the HCSD for a day, and one of them asked Miller if she would be interested in hosting some students. Miller agreed, and went about looking for host families. “We went to families that we see very involved in the school and the community that could offer a wide variety of experiences to each of the children,” Miller said. “To be honest, I thought that would be very hard to do. I’d say, I don’t expect an answer right now, I know it’s something you need to think about or talk over with your family. One of them called back in 10 minutes and said, ‘We’re in.’” “We were honored to be asked,” said Jennifer Wyngarden, whose daughters Sydney (fourth grade) and Mia (first grade) attend Hoffman Trails. They communicated with their guest student and her family via e-mail prior to her visit. “Her American name is Yoyo,” Wyngarden said. “She turned 12 on Jan. 22, so we had a family birthday party for her while she was here. They have gotten along fabulous. It’s like they’ve known each other for ever.” Wyngarden said Yoyo loved playing in the snow. See GUEST FROM HONG KONG, page A2

Parks & recreation Business, club join in charitable effort beginning spring, summer preparations By GARY BUDZAK

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As the snow continues to fall, the Hilliard recreation and parks department is making plans for its spring and summer programs. “I have been on the phone with vendors and entertainers for the Fourth of July, and I pretty much have all those things confirmed,” said recreation and parks director

Steve Mazer. “It’s one of those things where we have to get an early jump to make sure that they haven’t been booked yet.” Spring and summer programs, camps and swim lesson registrations began Feb. 1, and new catalogs are available. Mazer said they’re also looking at lifeguard applications, and planning projSee PARKS & REC, page A3

On Thursday nights, two Hilliard Kiwanis members leave their weekly meeting and head over to Panera Bread on Bethel Road before it closes. That doesn’t sound special, but what they do next is. Don Patterson and George Clark pick up the store’s unsold bread, bagels and pastry, load them into Clark’s pick-up truck and deliver it all to the Bell Center, a drug treatment center on the east side of Columbus on Bryden Road. “They ‘God bless us’ all over the place and we’ve gotten to know some of them by name and have a nice time,” Patterson said

of their visits to the Bell Center. Patterson, 78, a member of the Hilliard Kiwanis for five years, said he came up with the idea two years ago, after learning that Panera donates its unsold baked goods nightly. He talked with the store manager, got the OK from Kiwanis, filled out a form online, and got approved. Patterson said his biggest problem was finding a suitable recipient. Several local food pantries wouldn’t take the entire delivery. “I had all kind of people want it, but they couldn’t take it as a package and I had no way of breaking it up. Most of the places, you pick it up at night, you have to wait until the next day to deliver it. I couldn’t find any-

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body who would take that much bread on Thursday night without having some place to store it.” Patterson said the amount of food they’ve picked up varies, but they’ve had as much as eight bags and two boxes. “The bagels are in the bags and they’re loose. The boxes are the good stuff — cookies and stuff that they put out and get rid of every night.” Bad weather has prevented the duo from making a delivery to the Bell Center only twice in the past two years. “It works out very well,” Patterson said. “I’m happy and they’re happy and Panera’s See HILLIARD KIWANIS , page A3

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Continued from page A1 “We couldn’t get her inside! It’s hysterical,” Wyngarden said. “We went sledding, they built a fort outside, had several snowball fights. My husband took them to the zoo and she loved it. She had never been to a zoo. They froze, but she didn’t care.” City council member Albert Iosue and his wife Maureen also hosted an 11-year-old student from Hong Kong whose American name was Michelle. “It’s very funny because Michelle is an only child, and they kind of threw her into our family with four children,” Albert Iosue said. “All of our children play sports, so she really got entrenched in the American culture with the activities that we do on a daily basis.” After Michelle adjusted to the 13-hour time difference, she joined the Iosues in activities that included sledding, a picnic and Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. Maureen Iosue said she offered to make rice for Michelle if she didn’t care for their American menu. “As a mom, you really want to be a good host and make sure she’s not eating something she hates,” Maureen Iosue said. “She’s like no, I’m sick of rice. I want to eat something else. “She’s experienced everything

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here from fish and homemade macaroni and cheese to chicken fingers and mashed potatoes, tacos, pizza and Al’s homemade spaghetti,” she said. “She has loved everything.’ “I don’t know if my kids would be as brave as she is if they were in Hong Kong.” Maureen Iosue said Michelle and her kids act like they’ve been best friends for years, and she hopes to participate in more cultural exchange programs. “I ask our kids if they’re ready to go to Hong Kong, and they’d be on a plane tomorrow with her if it was OK. They are excited about exploring the world, and what more could you want as parents?” Many of the visitors spoke English well, but some required help understanding colloquialisms or needed to be shown photos of breakfast items. One of the teachers from Hong Kong was Lau Lai Ping, who chose the American name Margaret. Lau and Edda Lai taught

students at Hoffman Trails Chinese paper cutting, and wrote students’names in Chinese characters. “What impressed me most is the students here are willing to express their feelings, to voice out their opinion, which is one thing I’m sure I’ll teach my students when I go back to Hong Kong,” Lau said. Lau said school buildings in Hong Kong are high-rises, so she and the students were impressed by the extra space in Hilliard’s classrooms. “In Hong Kong because of the limitation of space, they’re not allowed to run, even in the playgrounds,” Lau said. “We are afraid there are so many students in the schools they’ll bump into one another.” Lau said that although some of her students were homesick, “the host families, they are so nice — they tried to help my children overcome all of those difficulties, so they really enjoyed the trip.”

have for establishing a revolving loan fund for small businesses. “I look it at as like a mini-port authority,” Meeks said. “CICs can help you buy and sell land, you can get involved in financing property, setting up loan funds, borrow money. There are a lot of things they can do, that they can do a little quicker than the regular city government apparatus can do. “I like having a CIC because then you have a board of business leaders throughout the community, so I would like them to run the Economic Development Council. I think it sends a message to the business community if they’re looking at Hilliard, it’s not just the government doing this — it’s a partnership with local businesses.”

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Baker receives Mayor’s Award By GARY BUDZAK ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Bravery, investigative skills and service were recognized at the Hilliard Division of Police’s annual awards banquet, a private event held Jan. 29 in the Makoy Center. Officer Curtis Baker received the Mayor’s Award, which “exemplifies all those things that we want our officers to be,” said Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt. “He consistently demonstrates leadership, knowledge and willingness to improve police services in Hilliard.” Officer James Miller received the Community Service Award for “his daily outreach to the public,” including serving on the bicycle unit. “It is not unheard of to see Jimmy on his bike in sub-zero weather helping our citizens,” Schonhardt said. There were three sub-division employees of the year: Sgt. Joseph Coniglio (Field Operations); Clerk Pattie Owen (Support Operations); and Clerk Heather Bryant (Special Operations).

Police Chief Doug Francis said Coniglio “is about to retire with more than 28 years of service … he has been a beacon of consistency and dependability and has set an example for watch commanders.” Departmental awards were given to officers and staff in the form of Achievement Citations, Awards of Merit, Commendation Citations, Distinguished Service Awards for seven incidents over the course of the year. Among those incidents was an aggravated vehicular homicide case that was ruled in favor of the prosecution despite nearly forty motions being filed by defense attorneys, since the officer “conducted his investigation without error and with the utmost professionalism. Because of his superior performance, justice will be served,” Francis said. Other incidents included preventing attempted suicides, the arrest of robbery suspects, assisting the Norwich Township Fire Department during a house fire, the arrest of three suspects during an attempted burglary, and the capture of a felony suspect. Of the lat-

ter incident, Francis said the suspect told police “that he had successfully fled from three other police agencies. He is now 3-1.” Other awards included: • Letters of recognition for outstanding performance on an assignment, investigation or other duty were given to: Ofc. Baker (3 letters), Ofc. Kyle Bright, Sgt. Ron Clark, Ofc. Joshua Cohill, Sgt. John Higgins, Lt. Ralph Lambert, Ofc. James Large, Ofc. Tony Larosa (2 letters), Ofc. Doug Lightfoot, Ofc. Mike Metz, Ofc. Shane O’Connor (2 letters), Sgt. David Plesich, Ofc. Mark Proud, Ofc. Glenn Rogers, Ofc. Ryan Turner, Ofc. Robert White, Det. John Wells. • For longevity, awards were given to: Tech. Shannon Halfhill (5 years of service); Ofc. Mark Proud, Ofc. Glenn Rogers, Ofc. Kristopher Settles, Ofc. Robert Seum (10 years); Ofc. Marcus Blevins, Clerk Pamela Cunningham, Ofc. W. Tom Morris, Ofc. Suzanne Muraco, Ofc. Richard Russell (15 years); Ofc. Ronald Burkitt, Ofc. Brian Gano (20 years); Ofc. James Miller, Lt. Robert Parkey (30 years).

ects like putting a disc golf course in at Municipal Park this spring. “I know a lot of people think this is a downtime for us, but before we know it, spring and summer is going to be here and we have to be ready,” Mazer said. The Hilliard recreation and parks commission also continues to meet monthly on the last Thursday night of the month in City Hall. When city council passed its budget for 2011, its seven members (as well as the shade tree commission) no longer received compensation. Chairman Tim Oyster, in his tenth year on the commission, said each member received $1,875 per year for serving. “We don’t do this for the compensation,” Oyster said following last week’s meeting. “I don’t think this commission should be treated any different than the other ones. We felt that the situation wasn’t handled properly.” Mazer described the commission meetings, which are open to the public, as low-key, with staff and commission members providing reports. There’s not a lot of public participation, typically, he said, “but we do have good interaction with the commission mem-

bers. They’re very helpful. They interject, offer some great ideas and support.” During last week’s commission meeting, assistant recreation and parks director Phil Schroeder said ball field assignments were given and this was the first year that pool membership renewals were offered online. “To date, last year at this point, we had sold $9,900 worth of pool memberships, and this year, we’re already at $26,600.” Paul Burkitt said the senior center was pretty active despite the winter weather, although membership was down. “If you buy (a senior-center membership), it’s the best deal in town,” Burkitt said. Mazer said the public restrooms at Municipal Park will be renovated and the summer splash pool event will become a multi-week concert series. “We’re always evolving. We’re never satisfied,” he said. Mazer also thanked his staff for their work during the Old Hilliard Christmas events last December. He said moving the tree lighting to Weaver Park allowed people to mingle more, and he heard many long-time residents say they didn’t know there was a historical village in the park. “It was a great couple weeks,” Oyster said.

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Auditor’s office preparing for property reappraisals Wherever I visit, whenever I talk, property owners in Franklin County ask me the same question and nine times out of 10, it is the first question they ask. “The real estate market seems to be struggling,” they start, “so I should expect to see my property taxes go down as well, correct?” I do not particularly like to disappoint people, nor will I ever be dishonest with them. “No matter what happens with the upcoming 2011 reappraisal,” I say, “You should not expect any significant fluctuation in your tax bill.” The Franklin County Auditor’s Office is in the process of reappraising all of the more than 438,000 parcels of property in the county. When we release new values in the middle of this coming summer, homeowners can expect a new fair market value for their homes. We will mail a letter informing owners what our appraisers have estimated the home would sell for if it were to be placed on the open market. Most property owners can expect that their values will be changed. Many people believe that if a new, higher value is established, their tax bill will be increased at a similar percentage to the value increase. Conversely, if the value is lowered, they expect their tax bill to be similarly lower.

Unfortunately, neither assumption is true. Ohio law is designed to protect both taxpayers and taxing jurisCLARENCE dictions during E. MINGO II periods of rapid change in the real estate market. In a rising market, owners’ tax bills do not increase at the same rate as the rise in values and when the values decrease, tax bills do not decrease at the same percentage as the decline in values . House Bill 920 was passed nearly 40 years ago. It protects both owners and taxing jurisdictions through a tax rate adjustment called “the reduction factors.” Any property owner concerned about their 2010 tax bill or the 2011 reappraisal is welcome to call 614-525-HOME (4663) to speak to a member of my staff. I always encourage individuals to research House Bill 920. There is a wealth of information on the Internet that discusses the impact of the bill and most importantly, how the reappraisal will not affect, in any significant measure, how much you pay in property taxes. After values are set later this year, we will set up sites in various communities within the coun-

ty to give residents the opportunity to come in and talk about the value we have tentatively set for their property. If we find we are in error, we can and will make changes to that particular value. Property owners will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an appraiser from our office at the “informal reviews.” We always encourage property owners to bring in any information that would help us understand their concerns. We will take a careful look at the information provided by the owner as well as other sources of market information to assure fair and equitable valuations, making changes as appropriate. It’s a very user-friendly process. This summer, every property owner in Franklin County will receive a letter from our office letting them know the proposed new value of their property. We want people to take the value notice seriously and we want them to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with us to discuss that value in the fall of 2011. Pay attention, be watchful, and take advantage of the opportunities to converse with us about values. We will be happy to answer all of your questions. Clarence E. Mingo II is Franklin County auditor.


Historical society member backs Destination Hilliard To the editor: Destination Hilliard is made up of several organizations that bring many events to our proud community. These same organizations are constructed of dedicated hard working volunteers that chose to give up their free time with confidence to increase the quality of life in Hilliard by bringing many different events to the community These groups that put in countless hours of work organizing an event receive payment when their events are well attended through good promotion. Destination Hilliard promotes all events not only for non-profit organization but even the city of Hilliard events and attractions. City council, by a majority vote, felt that the percentage of the bed tax that is already received, approved an increase of Destination Hilliard’s portion from 25 percent to 50 percent to help promote the city more aggressively. Mayor Schonhardt believes the approved increase by council is not needed at this time and has vetoed it. In the short time that Destination Hilliard has existed, many of the organizations involved have seen a great increase in attendance to their events through the promotions because of Destination Hilliard Executive Director Christy Clark and all the members. We are in economically challenging times, and our city must be responsible for our tax dollars, however Destination Hilliard has proven to be a wise investment and is backed up with support of many taxpayers. I encourage city council to overturn the Mayors veto, and support the approved funding; this is economics 101, when we market our community correctly everyone benefits. Let’s give our visitors a reason to go beyond the first underpass on Cemetery road, not to just get off I-270

for gas and a burger. Ben Buoni Northwest Franklin County Historical Society member

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time arguing over permanent funding, why don’t the Destination Hilliard people concentrate on promoting our city and showing us all that they deserve the permanent funding they desire? Of course they want a larger share of city tax dollars to fund their new project. Does that mean I can go to council next week with my great idea for the city and get permanent funding? It seems to me that all Schonhardt wants is a little accountability from Destination Hilliard. Is there something wrong with the mayor demanding a little public accountability for taxpayer money? In fact, I think that is what we elected him to do. He is being prudent with our taxpayer dollars. Fund Destination Hilliard on an annual basis and let’s see what they can do.

To the editor: Let me get this right: Mayor Schonhardt is the heavy in this Destination Hilliard drama because he wants to protect the public treasury? Sounds to me that some council members don’t have Hilliard’s best interest in mind. I am all for promoting Hilliard, just not through permanent funding of the new and unproven Destination Hilliard. Though I understand that the trustees of Destination Hilliard believe they will ultimately bring revenue to the city, why can’t they be given a reasonable amount of time to prove themselves? That Karen Wiegandt would just be good business sense, Hilliard which is expected of our elected officials. Instead of wasting all this See COMMENTARY, page A7


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Hilliard’s Station Park next on Schonhardt’s radar By GARY BUDZAK ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Editor’s note: Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt recently spoke to ThisWeek about highlights of 2010 and shared some of his thoughts about the future. This is an edited version of that interview. ThisWeek: Looking back at 2010 in Hilliard, the highlight may have been the opening of the First Responders Park. Don Schonhardt: That was probably from a personal standpoint, and also from a community standpoint, one of the bigger events of 2010. I think the park is certainly a showpiece here in the center of town in Old Hilliard, and I saw an awful lot of pride on Sept. 11 from the residents of the community as they paid their respects and they paid tribute to the first responders and to the people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. A lot went into it. It was the beginning of trying to really attract attention to the heart of the community, and to get people to recognize the many assets we have down in Old Hilliard. Of course, that park became one of the newest assets. As we move into 2011 and begin to make the necessary infrastructure improvements to support development of Hilliard’s Station Park, which would be the park immediately across Main Street from First Responders, I really think you’ll begin to see even more positive change within Old Hilliard. Ultimately when we’re able to build Hilliard’s Station Park, and that park being more of an interactive kind of a venue for families, children and special events, I think it will really become the center of activity within the community. ThisWeek: Hilliard’s Station Park is a reference to the area’s history. Schonhardt : Right. Granted, they called it Hilliard’s — Hilliard was in fact just John Hilliard’s railroad station. We developed that whole theme of Hilliard’s Station, because the station did in fact sit in that area where the plaza is, where the old silos used to be. ThisWeek: What changes do you see ahead for Old Hilliard? Schonhardt : Once the city has invested the capital into these parks, I think what you’re going to see is that Hilliard is now a destina-

tion for an awful lot of people. You’ll see more of the family-oriented specialty-type businesses, and I believe Old Hilliard would be a very conducive place for them. You’ll see a lot of new smaller boutique-type shops opening up. I would presume that there will

be some that will meet the needs of the people that use the rail trail, perhaps bike shops, or skateboard or rollerblade or athletic shoes – you name it. A component part of developing the Hilliard’s Station Park is hopefully the extension of the rail trail south of the new First

Responders Park across the bridge there at Cemetery Road, the old railroad bridge and around City Hall all the way over to Leap Road. We’ll be pushing to get funding to help us get that constructed as well. With those two things happening in the future, you’ll see a

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Hilliard’s Station Park next on Mayor Schonhardt’s radar Continued from page A5 more annexation for Hilliard? Schonhardt: I would presume that we will have some additional annexation. We’ve picked up about a thousand acres in 2009 and 2010, which did of course include the Bradley school site and then just in 2010 we picked up Brown Elementary School. There’s still probably 1,000 to 1,500 acres that’s eligible to be annexed into our water and sewer service contract area. That is all dependent upon the property owners’ willingness and desire to pursue annexation. ThisWeek: What is your outlook for the year ahead with the economy and business in Hilliard? Schonhardt: Our income tax did see minor growth, less than 2 percent, but it was growth nonetheless. So we’re not seeing a loss in income tax revenues. I’m comfortable saying that I think our business community is at least holding the status quo at this point, given the realities of the economy we’re dealing with.

My bigger concern is growth and development have curtailed significantly. We are seeing reductions in revenues related to housing market adjustments. If one is listening carefully to our new governor and what he is trying to accomplish with his need to fill an $8 billion hole in the state budget, I think we are going to be required to do some serious belttightening. You know, we know they are proposing to eliminate the estate tax, which brings to Hilliard an average of $200,000$250,000 annually. We know that our interest earnings over the past several years have gone from $800,000 to $500,000 down to around $100,000, so that’s a significant loss in revenue. We know that there is a potential for us to also lose some funding that we have received from the state of Ohio in the form of that local government fund revenue, which is simply a sharing of some of the income tax revenue that is collected for the state. So I’m concerned. I am obvi-

ously working diligently to maintain costs and actually reduce costs wherever possible. We also have negotiations with our police and our dispatcher’s unions, and we did not include any funding in the budget for that at this point, not knowing how those negotiations were going to go. It’s going to be a very tight budget year. It’s going to be a year where we’re going to have to seriously look at the levels of services we are able to provide, the priority of services to be provided, and probably have to make some very tough decisions about what we’re able to maintain. ThisWeek:You once said cities like Hilliard should consider a city manager form of government. Now that you’re running for your third term as mayor, do you still feel that way?

Schonhardt: We did go through a very lengthy process with the charter review commission where alternative forms of government were considered. That commission believed that the form of government we presently have, the strong mayor form of government with the council, was the most appropriate for the city of Hilliard. They advanced that to the public, and the public did approve it. So at this point, who am I to second guess what the community has already decided? It is the form they are most comfortable with, that they believe works here in their community. As long as I hold the position, I’m going to do my best to live up to the standards that they have set for the position. ThisWeek: What do you like best and least about being a mayor?

Schonhardt : The thing I like best is the opportunity to have an impact on helping to shape the future of the community, trying to do as much as I can to make Hilliard the best place that it could be not only for today’s generation, but the generations that are to come in the future. That’s important to me, because you know I’m raising my family here, and I have four children still at home who I hope would be interested in considering Hilliard as the place they would want to raise their families. The thing that is probably most difficult is quite honestly the time commitment it takes to accomplish such a task. It certainly draws a lot of time away from family. (Recently) I was at planning and zoning until 9:30 p.m. There are a lot of meetings like that. There are a

lot of demands on your time that includes evenings and weekends. I knew that when I signed up for it, but it still makes it difficult when you’re also trying to raise your family and make sure you’re a part of the family activities. ThisWeek: As a parent, what are your thoughts on the school district levy in May? Schonhardt : Well, as a parent, I’m not in a position of secondguessing what the school district needs to educate the children. I believe that to be their responsibility. I think they have a great school district. I think my kids have and are receiving an excellent education. You know, I’m not going to second-guess their decision on how they operate the schools. Likewise, I hope they don’t try to secondguess how I run the city.

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Commentary & opinion DH aided Olde Hilliard Christmas To the editor: This letter is a belated thank you to everyone who came out to support the activities of the first ever Olde Hilliard Christmas. This event represented a collaboration between several community organizations including the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society, the Hilliard Arts Council, the Hilliard Youth and Family Commission, the city of Hilliard and the newly formed Destination Hilliard. The arts council presented four performances of Dickens’Christmas Carol along with our annual production of Handel’s Messiah. All performances were filled to overflowing. As a result, we were able to collect hundreds of canned food items and $350 for Hilliard Welfare as well as over 200 toys for Firefighters for Kids. Not only did those agencies benefit but the community as a whole benefited from the events of Olde Hilliard Christmas. Local restaurants were packed with diners. Many more community members discovered the “hidden treasure” of the historical village in Weaver Park. Children enjoyed craft activities and families enjoyed riding the trolley and viewing the businesses and homes in old Hilliard all decked out for the holidays. We believe the success of this event is due in no small part to the efforts of Christy Clark and Destination Hilliard. In fact, we now consider Destination Hilliard our new secret weapon in promoting all of our arts council events. We look forward to continuing to work with Christy and Destination Hilliard as we publicize our upcoming productions and our summer concert series. Hilliard is very fortunate to have someone with Christy’s talents running Destination Hilliard. We are confident that with her help, we will continue to break attendance records. Robin and Ken Brenneman Hilliard Arts Council

The mayor is only asking that Destination Hilliard “show us their stuff” so that a reasonable determination can be made about whether or not they are worth the tax investment. Ms. Clark seems to be saying that they are entitled to the money just because there is a law on the books to fund organizations like Destination Hilliard. With the information we have at this time, I hope there are sufficient reasonable minds on city

council to sustain the mayor’s veto. and Mayor Schonhardt has publicly stated that he fully supports Jeff Tholt the organization after a very sucHilliard cessful launch and development of very strategic, collaborative Further, there seems to be Destination Hilliard: plans. agreement among nearly all conThis is not the old CVB cerned individuals that the efforts of the organization are vital for To the editor: For some reason, the debate promoting, and developing Hilliard. about Destination Hilliard fund- However, the naysayers want proof ing rages on. Council over- of what the organization can do In response, Destination Hilliard whelmingly voted to support it,

has already accomplished a great deal in a very short period of time: • Secured a very talented and experienced executive director whose passion for Hilliard is equaled by her commitment to Hilliard organizations and events • Developed a six-month calendar for 2010 to promote all of Hilliard’s events followed by a year-long calendar for 2011 • Created effective collaborations with the Ohio Department

of Travel and Tourism, Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Experience Columbus in order to use all of their promotional avenues • Improved and promoted Olde Hilliard Christmas — driven by Destination Hilliard, nonprofit community organizations came together for the first time ever to plan a month of very popular activities See COMMENTARY, page A8

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DH officials should disclose financials To the editor: The recent letters regarding the funding of Destination Hilliard have been quite entertaining but are missing the real point. Rather than attacking Mayor Schonhardt for encouraging fiscal responsibility, we should be requesting that Christy Clark as executive director, or Darrell Mayne as president of Destination Hilliard trustees, disclose the financials of the organization before we commit Hilliard tax dollars to their support. How much money do they have to work with today? What are their expenses? How much is paid in salaries and is that amount reasonable? What have they done to enhance the community? Without that information, it’s hard to support additional funding at the city’s expense. Surely Ms. Clark and Mr. Mayne would agree that money doesn’t grow on trees. Destination Hilliard needs to operate within the boundaries of the money it currently receives from the bed tax much like the rest of us who must live within our means. There needs to be an incentive for them to do their jobs well, not an “entitlement” funded by the tax payers. Mayor Schonhardt is right — someone needs to be looking over the shoulder of this group and making it accountable to our taxpayers.

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Commentary & opinion Continued from page A7 • Developed the visitors guide — for the first time in six years, 15,000 brochures were printed and delivered to Ohio Department of Transportation Visitors Centers and Convention and Visitors Bureaus/Centers and attractions throughout the state • Began development of an identity and brand for Hilliard through a logo and tagline • Launched a website with comprehensive information for residents, visitors, event planners and business owners • Initiated a successful social media presence on Facebook and Twitter With continued, multiyear funding versus a single -year grant, we can look long-term with very strategic, fiscally sound planning for bigger and better community events and promotion efforts that deliver what Hilliard residents told us they want. Further, it is important to note that we have happily agreed to provide quarterly reports to council of our activities and progress. This is not the old CVB … not even close. Drew McCart Destination Hilliard trustee

would opt for — accountability or no accountability? I can’t imagine a single Hilliard taxpayer saying accountability for their tax dolTo the editor: Let’s cut to the core question in lars is an unnecessary exercise. the Destination Hilliard debate: Why wouldn’t we want account- Tim Oyster ability for an agency — any agency Hilliard Recreation & Parks Commission member — that spends our tax dollars? As I understand it, Mayor Don Schonhardt has said he is willing Resident fed up with to fund Destination Hilliard, but he wants some mechanism that school-tax levies will bring about greater account- To the editor: ability. That doesn’t seem wholHomeowners have no rights at ly unreasonable to me. In fact, it all; you work hard and make good seems very reasonable and quite decisions and all you get is school logical. levy after school levy. Last week, the press reported Hilliard has one of the highest that Councilman Tim Roberts in- tax bases in the county. When is troduced legislation that offers a it going to stop? People who rent compromise. He talked about ac- their home should not be permitcountability, too. Under his pro- ted to vote for school levies; they posal, Destination Hilliard is fund- have nothing to lose and everyed for a year and must make quar- thing to gain. terly reports to council about their It’s sad that a person has worked programs and progress. That does hard…to buy a home and lose it not seem to be either unreason- at the hand of a renter. What about able or burdensome. our senior citizens on fixed inWhat’s going on here? Why are come? How can anyone think this some members of city council dig- is right? ging in their heels on something Channel 4 news reported last that, at least on the surface, would week that 24 of our administraput them on the wrong side of this tors or teachers were making more issue and on the wrong side of vot- than $100,000, and you wonder ers. It’s a simple question: Which where our taxes go. do you think most Hilliard voters Let’s use the students; we’ll take away all their activities; we’ll

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threaten that they won’t get the education that they need; we’ll stop busing. Why don’t they just be honest and say that it’s nothing to do with the kids. They just want more income at the sake of the homeowner. It’s pretty bad when a teacher makes more money than most policemen and firefighters. I would encourage everyone to vote no on the May levy. And if anyone knows how to put a stop to this madness, please let me know. Marvin Napier Hilliard

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LoParo ready to build Bradley into winner By BRAD EMERINE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Hilliard Bradley High School thinks it has found the coach to lead its football program, pending school board approval Monday, Feb. 14. A nine-member panel consisting of school board members, school administration and parents selected Mike LoParo from a pool of more than 90 candidates, according to Bradley athletics director Chip Ebert. “Mike LoParo’s résumé stood out immediately because of the increase

in the number of wins at the schools he took over as coach,” Ebert said. “He went to places that had never had much previous success in football and turned things around in a hurry. Well, that’s where we are right now. We think he’s the right person to guide us toward a successful program.” LoParo replaces Ted Wierzbicki, who was 5-15 overall and 1-12 in OCC-Capital Division games in the school’s first two seasons. The Jaguars were 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the league last fall, losing their final five games after a 3-2 start. Their

lone league win thus far was a 42-18 victory over Franklin Heights on Sept. 14. LoParo guided fellow OCC-Capital member Delaware to a 16-15 record the past three seasons, including the school’s only Division I playoff appearance in 2008. He led North Union to consecutive 6-4 seasons in 2006-07, his only two years there, marking the first back-toback winning seasons for the Wildcats since 1974-75. LoParo also served as athletics director at North Union. After LoParo informed Bradley of

his decision, he announced his resignation at Delaware, effective at the end of the school year, on Jan. 25. He is a resident of Hilliard and his wife, Heidi, teaches German at Bradley. They have two children, Macie and Joey. “I am excited for the challenge and opportunity to help build Bradley into a winning program,” LoParo said. “I think no matter where you go, as a coach, you expect to lift the program and make it better. I have high expectations. “You want to build a winning men-

tality immediately. That’s the goal. With (Bradley) just in their second year, what you don’t want to do is start off with a long line of losing seasons because it becomes more difficult to turn the mentality around and increase participation numbers.” Ebert noted LoParo, who served as an assistant at DeSales before heading to North Union, increased the number of players at Delaware and North Union. “He also was able to increase the numSee FOOTBALL, page B2


Darby boys learn from UA By SCOTT HENNEN ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Davidson’s Sarah Behrent said the league meet was a good tune-up for the sectional meet. “(This meet) is huge,” said Behrent, who placed second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 2.57 seconds, fourth in the 50 freestyle (25.65) and helped Erin Brooks, Megan Schmalenberger and Megan Wittman place fifth in the 400 free relay (4:00.52). “You have your competition and you know where you’re seeded. It’s a great way to get ready for sectionals and districts.” Brooks placed fourth in the 100 back-

Matt Allen cruised in for a layup, cutting the Hilliard Darby High School boys basketball team’s deficit to four points with five minutes to play in the third quarter Jan. 28 at Upper Arlington. Then the Panthers unraveled. Quickly, Connor Casey and Wes Richter made steals for easy layups to give the Golden Bears an eight-point cushion en route to a 54-36 win in OCCCentral Division play. “We had way too many turnovers in the first half. We played decently defensively in the first half, only giving up a couple of spurts,” said coach Brett Norris, whose team fell to 5-10 overall and 3-7 in the OCC-Central. “We missed a lot of good shots and we gave up way too many turnovers for layups.” Allen started the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, cutting the deficit to six at 35-29. UA outscored Darby 19-7 after that. “(The Golden Bears) get up under you defensively and they are a tough, physical team,” Allen said. “This game can help us grow up as a team. But also, there is no defense for turning the ball over and giving up easy baskets.” The Panthers trailed 10-4 after one quarter and 22-11 at halftime. “We knew coming in (Brian) Sullivan and (Carter) Smith were their key players. If we were able to stop them, (the Golden Bears) would have to rely on other players,” Allen said. “They are a very tough team the way they play, and skill-wise, Sullivan is as good as anyone in the state.” Smith scored 19 points with two 3-pointers and Sullivan, a Miami University signee, added 11 points. “When you play UA, you know it’s going to be a tough, physical game and they will come after you (with) man-toman (defense). They force you to execute well,” Norris said. “It’s late in the season and we knew a lot of what to expect from them and we should be to where we aren’t turning over the ball as much. It’s hard enough to guard (Upper Arlington), but in the second half we turned the ball over for layups and you can’t defend that.” Allen finished with a teamhigh 12 points and two 3-pointers. Seniors Matt Cyrus and Brennan Hook added five points apiece. “Matt Allen played a nice game, but that’s something you expect from a senior,” Norris said. “They should be there to lead you in games like this.” Upper Arlington remained unbeaten through 14 games.

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Davidson’s Angelo DiSabato (right) battles Worthington Kilbourne’s Nico Shaut in a match at 119 pounds on Jan. 6 at Kilbourne. The Wildcats will play host to Darby in a pivotal league match on Thursday, Feb. 3.


Wildcats, Panthers vie for title By JEREMY STEWART ThisWeek Community Newspapers

When the OCC realigned before the 2008-09 school year, neighborhood schools were pitted against each other for the first time. That meant there could be days like Thursday, Feb. 3, when the Hilliard Darby and Hilliard Davidson high school wrestling teams face each other at Davidson with the winner gaining the inside track to the OCC-Central Division championship. For the first time, Darby and Davidson, which have been among the area’s best wrestling programs for many years, meet with more than bragging rights on the line. “Just based on what happened in our dual last year, that was real exciting and real intense,” said Davidson coach Dominic DiSabato, whose team defeated Darby 39-25 last season. “Our middle school is wrestling their middle school and it’s senior night for us. It’s a rivalry match. It’s always exciting.” Darby is 5-0 in the OCC-

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Darby’s Tyler Perkins (bottom) begins to break from Cameron Early of Springboro on Dec. 11 in the Marysville Duals. Perkins helped the Panthers beat Dublin Coffman 35-31 on Jan. 27. Darby is at Davidson on Thursday, Feb. 3, in a key league match.

Central and Davidson is 6-0 in the league after beating Westland 54-21 on Jan. 31. Dublin Coffman entered the week third in the OCC-Central at 3-2. As one of the Central District representatives for the Division I state dual meet on Jan. 9 at Wadsworth, Davidson was expected to vie for the league title. The Wildcats were second in

the Division I area coaches poll last week behind Olentangy Liberty, and Darby was fifth. The Panthers were expected to field a strong team this season, but as far as the OCC-Central race, they had a hurdle to overcome in Coffman, which won the league title last year at 7-0, ahead of Davidson (6-1) and Darby (5-2). Darby overcame that hurdle

with a 35-31 win over Coffman on Jan. 27. According to coach Brendan Moody, the Panthers turned the match in their favor by winning four weight classes: Sufyan El-Geroushi pinned Seth Yeack in 1 minutes, 59 seconds at heavyweight, Tyler Perkins pinned Redur Mohammad in 1:37 at 125 pounds, Sean Black beat Matt Barley 16-0 to earn a major decision at 119 and Cameron Longwell scored six points at 130 when Coffman forfeited. Adding intrigue to the showdown is that the Wildcats’ best wrestlers appear to be in the middle of their lineup, as they have four returning state qualifiers in Angelo DiSabato (119), Nolan Gill (140), Chase Delande (145) and Alex Mickley (152). “It’s a big accomplishment,” Gill said when asked about the importance of winning the team league title. “To win the league title in a dual format, I think it says more about your program than anything. It’s about not giving up the big decision and having a strong lineup.” See WRESTLING, page B2

At a glance Below are the recent results and schedules for the Bradley, Darby and Davidson wrestling teams: BRADLEY *Jan. 27 — Defeated Franklin Heights 53-15 *Feb. 3 — Home vs. Delaware Feb. 5 — At Darby Duals *Feb. 9 — Home vs. Big Walnut Of note: The Jaguars are 4-1 in the OCC-Capital. *OCC-Capital match DARBY *Jan. 27 — Def. Dublin Coffman 35-31 Jan. 29 — Finished fourth (125.5) at Groveport Cruiser Invitational behind champion Licking Valley (200) *Feb. 3 — At Davidson Feb. 5 — Darby Duals at home *Feb. 9 — At Central Crossing Feb. 11 — At Mount Vernon Of note: The Panthers are 5-0 in the OCC-Central. DAVIDSON Jan. 26 — Def. West Jefferson 3826 Jan. 27 — Def. Central Crossing 44-19 *Jan. 31 — Def. Westland 54-21 *Feb. 3 — Home vs. Darby Feb. 5 — Rieman Invitational at Delaware Of note: The Wildcats are 6-0 in the OCC-Central. *OCC-Central match

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Local teams getting ready for postseason By PAUL BATTERSON ThisWeek Community Newspapers

The two weeks between the OCC and Division I sectional meets will seem like a vacation for members of the Hilliard Bradley, Darby and Davidson high school swimming and diving teams after going through months of grueling training. “Everyone loves taper,” Darby’s Alex Bean said. “You hit that point where you know you’re not going to have any practices harder than you’ve already had. Once you hit the taper, you know it’s the final stretch. It’s the best part of the year.” Coach Brian Dickmann acknowledges

that he is concerned about what his swimmers will be doing during the tapering period. “Taper Island is this imaginary place of joy and happiness,” Dickmann said. “Gone are the morning workouts and the weightlifting is done. We’re just trying to rest, hone in on our strokes and swim fast. “The kids have a little more energy and you worry about them doing things they shouldn’t be doing. I always tell them to think fast and move slow out of the water and move fast and think slow when you’re in the water.” The Hilliard teams got a taste of what the sectional meet Feb. 12 at Upper Ar-

lington will be like when they competed in the OCC meets that concluded Jan. 29. Darby and Davidson competed in the OCC-Central Division meet at Thomas Worthington, and Bradley competed in the OCC-Capital meet at New Albany. In the OCC-Central boys meet, UA scored 388.5 points to finish ahead of Thomas (252), Dublin Coffman (162.5), Worthington Kilbourne (133), Darby (123), Davidson (98) and Central Crossing (55). In the girls meet, UA amassed 453 points to finish ahead of Thomas (252), Coffman (171), Davidson (159), Central Crossing (72), Kilbourne (61) and Darby (50).

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Gleim glad to be battling for Wildcats boys By AARON BLANKENSHIP

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Brandon Gleim initially wasn’t overly concerned when his left knee began hurting toward the end of his sophomore season as a member of the Hilliard Davidson High School boys basketball team. The junior guard, who is known for diving for loose balls, playing in-your-face defense, driving hard to the basket and battling for rebounds against larger players, already was used to feeling banged up on occasion as a result of his physical style of play. As a freshman, Gleim strained a ligament on his collarbone while playing football, and suffered a deep bruise on a rib and three lacerations on his head that had to be closed with stitches or staples while competing for the junior varsity basketball squad. Gleim also had to sit out two varsity games as a sophomore after he sliced open a deep 2inch-long laceration on his right hand on the edge of a large mop while diving for a loose ball during a practice drill. “I guess I do throw my body all over the court playing basketball, because I sell out and do anything I can to make a play to help my team,” Gleim said. “I remember we had an anatomy skeleton sitting in our coaches’ office and we wrote on it to show every place I’ve been injured, and we were able to fill out the ma-

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Davidson boys and girls basketball teams: BOYS *Jan. 25 — Lost to Thomas Worthington 62-59. Chris Logsdon scored 16 points and Davonte Peterson scored 10. *Jan. 28 — Defeated Central Crossing 61-41. Cole Lawson scored 18 points, Peterson scored 13 and Logsdon scored 12. *Feb. 4 — Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne Feb. 5 — At Ashland *Feb. 8 — Home vs. Dublin Coffman

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Davidson’s Brandon Gleim (left) tries to scoot past Darby’s Bryson Hook on Jan. 14. Gleim’s style of play has caused him many injuries.

jority of the skeleton by the time we were finished.” Gleim’s left knee continued to ache once he started playing AAU basketball last spring, and after his first AAU tournament, the pain intensified to the point where he couldn’t walk up a staircase at school and eventually needed the aid of crutches. After physical therapy sessions

only made his knee hurt worse throughout the spring, an MRI test last June revealed that Gleim had a small tear in his patella tendon. With the understanding that it would take six months to recover from surgery, which would wipe out his junior football and basketball seasons, Gleim opted to instead receive plasma injec-

SWIMMING Continued from page B1 stroke (1:02.33) and sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:24.08). Schmalenberger finished fifth in the 100 fly (1:04.53). Vince Gill led the Davidson boys team, winning the 100 breaststroke (1:01.68) and placing second in the 200 IM (2:03.34). Joe Stewart placed fifth in the 100 free (51.97) and sixth in the 200 free (1:55.25). Bean and Hunter Cook led the Darby boys team. Bean placed third in the 100 free (51.33) and fifth in the 50 free (23.34), and Cook placed fourth in both the 200 free (1:52.85) and 500 free (5:00.29). The two teamed with Sam Dignan and Cory McLaughlin to place fifth in the 400 free relay (3:31.47). “I realize I have to go out faster,” Bean said of his performance in the 100 free. “I have to work on the first 50 a bit more. I know I can do it. I just need to prove it in the pool. “The competition like this is great for everyone. At a lot of our dual meets, a lot of our swimmers are messing around and having fun. But meets like this you have to get serious.” The Darby girls team did not

have any top-five finishers. The size of Bradley’s roster caught up with the Jaguars at the OCC-Capital meet. The two-member boys team finished seventh with 42 points behind New Albany (432), Delaware (285), Mount Vernon (166), Olentangy Orange (119), Watkins Memorial (74) and Big Walnut (60). The 10-member girls team finished fifth (114) behind New Albany (343), Delaware (268), Orange (174) and Mount Vernon (155) and ahead of Big Walnut (112) and Watkins Memorial (98). Jon Satre led the Jaguars boys team, placing first in the 200 IM (2:14.69) and third in the 100 back (59.5). Katelyn Goldsmith led the girls team, placing third in both the 50 free (26.43) and 100 free (57.89). “It wasn’t my best, but I am OK with it,” Goldsmith said of her performance at the league meet. “I (am swimming) tired, but everyone else is tired, too.” •SECTIONAL INFO — Darby and Davidson will compete in Division I and Bradley will compete in Division II. In Division I, the top two finishers in each event automatically advance to the district meet Feb.

*Feb. 18 — Home vs. Davidson Of note: The Panthers are 5-10 overall and 3-7 in the OCC-Central. GIRLS *Jan. 25 — Lost to Central Crossing 43-22. Annie Hilditch scored seven points and Molly Bretz added six points. *Jan. 28 — Lost to UA 63-34. Emily Krumpe scored 14 points. Feb. 1 — Played Ready *Feb. 4 — Home vs. Coffman *Feb. 8 — At Thomas *Feb. 11 — Home vs. Westland Of note: The Panthers were 2-14 overall before Feb. 1 and are 2-9 in the OCC-Central. *OCC-Central game

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Bradley, Darby and Davidson swimming and diving teams: BRADLEY Jan. 21 — Boys: Finished third (12) behind Dublin Coffman (107) and Darby (41); Girls: Finished second (34) behind Coffman (115) and ahead of Darby (26) Jan. 22 — Boys: Finished 14th (23) in Pickerington Central’s 19-team Tiger Invitational behind champion Pickerington North (232); Finished seventh (85.5) of 16 teams behind champion North (249) Jan. 28-29 — Boys: Finished last (42) in seven-team OCC-Capital meet behind champion New Albany (432); Girls: Finished fifth (114) of seven teams behind champion New Albany (343) Feb. 5 — Hilliard Invitational at Hilliard YMCA Feb. 12 — Division I sectional meet at Upper Arlington DARBY Jan. 21 — Boys: Finished second (41) behind Coffman (107) and ahead of Bradley (12); Girls: Finished third (26) behind Coffman (115) and Bradley (34) Jan. 22 — Boys: Tied Canal Win-

19 at Ohio State. In addition, 26 at-large district berths per event will be awarded based on times from the two Central District sectional sites, the East District sectional and the Southeast District sectional. In Division II, the winner of each event automatically qualifies for the district meet on Feb.

knee didn’t begin to feel better. “I was down in the dumps, because I couldn’t even shoot baskets, and I had to sit out my whole football season, besides holding the ball for extra points,” Gleim said. “And then I went through all of the injections and I thought I was going to need surgery and miss basketball season, too. But as I did physical therapy near the end of football season, my knee started to feel good. It was a miracle.” Gleim began practicing with the basketball team again just eight days before its season opener on Dec. 7 against Westland. Despite not being able to properly practice for the majority of the previous nine months, Gleim scored 13 points to help lead the Wildcats to a 63-49 victory over the Cougars. On Jan. 14, he scored a career-high 15 points,


At a glance

At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Darby boys and girls basketball teams: BOYS *Jan. 25 — Defeated Central Crossing 51-50. Nic Baker made a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds remaining to give the Panthers the victory. Tae Bradley led with 10 points, Matt Cyrus and Zack Williams had nine points apiece and Bryson Hook added eight. *Jan. 28 — Lost to Upper Arlington 54-36 *Feb. 4 — At Dublin Coffman Feb. 5 — Home vs. Dayton Jefferson *Feb. 8 — Home vs. Thomas Worthington *Feb. 11 — At Westland

tions to try to heal the knee. “I knew it was a big gamble, because there was no guarantee that the injections would work on me, but I really didn’t want to miss my junior season, so I decided to give it a shot,” Gleim said. “The injections were the worst pain I’ve ever felt. The doctor would feel around my knee to find the most painful spot and stick the needle in. The nurse had to pin me down and I would grab the sides of the bed as hard as I could. It took my breath away.” After the first three injections failed to yield noticeable positive results, the only role Gleim could fill for the football team was holding the ball for kicker J.D. Detmer when the Wildcats kicked extra points. Gleim received two more injections in September and was told that he would need to have surgery if his

Of note: The Wildcats are 9-5 overall and 6-4 in the OCC-Central. GIRLS *Jan. 25 — Def. Thomas Worthington 57-43. Katie Dymek scored 14 points, Madie Long and Lauren Bates each scored 13, and Ashley Hurt scored 11. *Jan. 28 — Def. Central Crossing 3028. Dymek scored 10 points. Jan. 29 — Def. Zanesville 54-51. Long scored 13 points. *Feb. 4 — At Worthington Kilbourne *Feb. 7 — At Olentangy Liberty Of note: The Wildcats are 11-5 overall and 8-3 in the OCC-Central. *OCC-Central game

as Davidson defeated Hilliard Darby 52-45. “It was questionable if Brandon was even going to be able to come back and play this season, so it was amazing that he was able to score 13 points in his first game back after hardly touching a basketball for so long,” coach Kevin Logsdon said. “Brandon’s worked hard to get back in shape and to shake off the rust, and when he’s out there, he always goes all out 100 percent of the time. He has a winning attitude and he’s a great team guy. Brandon can play point guard or offguard well, and he’s a scorer who is crafty at getting to the basket and rebounding.” Through 14 games, Gleim was averaging 7.1 points, after averaging 8.4 points as a sophomore. Listed at 5-foot-8, he is hoping to help lead the Wildcats to their first Division I district title since 2000 before graduating. “All of my personal goals are to help our team do well,” Gleim said. “I would like to play college basketball somewhere someday, but I’m short so I don’t know if I’ll get that opportunity. I’m just so thankful that I’ve been able to come back and play basketball this year. I enjoy every moment that I’m out there, because it wasn’t that long ago that I was facing surgery and not being able to play my entire junior year.”

chester for third (129) at Pickerington Central’s Tiger Invitational; Girls: Finished ninth (52) Jan. 29 — Boys: Finished fifth (123) in seven-team OCC-Central meet behind champion Upper Arlington (388.5); Girls: Finished seventh (50) behind champion UA (453) Feb. 5 — Hilliard Invitational at Hilliard YMCA Feb. 12 — Division I sectional meet at UA DAVIDSON Jan. 18 — Boys: Defeated Reynoldsburg 47-16, def. Watkins Memorial 49-35, lost to Central Crossing 4840; Girls: Def. Central Crossing 6331, def. Reynoldsburg 74-18, def. Watkins Memorial 67-27 Jan. 22 — Boys: Finished sixth (93) at Central’s Tiger Invitational; Girls: Finished second (193) Jan. 26 — Boys: Lost to Thomas Worthington 117-44; Girls: Def. Thomas 126-36 Jan. 28-29 — Boys: Finished sixth (98) in OCC-Central meet behind champion UA (388.5); Girls: Finished fourth (159) behind champion UA (453) Feb. 5 — Hilliard Invitational at Hilliard YMCA Feb. 12 — Division I sectional meet at UA

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“It would be very tough for me to be here and there in the future. Delaware defeated Bradley 2824 last fall and 49-7 in 2009. Among the expected returnees for the Jaguars are juniors Blake Scipio (RB/LB), Connor Driscoll (QB), Tony Harvard (DL), Walid Abdel-Jabbar (DB) and Terell Stanford (DB). Scipio ran for 757 yards and eight touchdowns on 96 carries and caught 14 passes for 108 yards. In part-time duty, Driscoll completed 22 of 62 passes for 305 yards with one touchdown and one interception. AbdelJabbar led the team with 71 tackles and Harvard had 59.

ber of participants at those schools and that is something we would love to see here,” Ebert said. “He was one of nine candidates interviewed and he won the contest in a number of areas. He also was exceptional in the classroom from all the reports we received, and coaching football is very similar to teaching kids. We’ve very excited to have him for many reasons.” Perhaps the biggest plus for LoParo is being able to enjoy more family events. “I explained to my players at (Delaware) that it was too good of an opportunity to pass up because my children go to school (in Hilliard) and will be starting to play sports soon,” LoParo said.

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Booth had been injured but returned against Coffman, defeating Tyler Barley 12-6. Darby won five consecutive OCC titles before joining the OCC-Central in the 2008-09 season. They were second in the OCC-Central in 2008-09 — the first year of the current alignment — but didn’t face Davidson. Before last season, Darby and Davidson last faced each other in 2007 at the Central Ohio Duals at Marysville. Davidson won that match 40-20. However, Darby edged Davidson at the Westland sectional later that season, placing second (200 points) as the Wildcats were third (192).

There are a few key matches to watch. One could take place at 119 between DiSabato and Longwell. Both are returning state qualifiers. DiSabato beat Longwell 17-4 when the teams met in a league dual last season. Another match to watch is at 112, where Davidson’s Jake Davis will take on Devin Booth. In the league dual last season, Davis defeated Booth 5-3 at 103. A rivalry developed when Booth pinned Davis with one second left in their match at the Westland sectional a year ago. Booth eventually finished fourth to advance to district while Davis placed fifth and was a district alternate.

“They are the kind of team you have to respect because “Their kids are extremely in- they’re not as athletically giftvested in the game of basket- ed as some teams, but they still ball. I think (the Golden Bears) find ways to win.” are like 37-1 over the last couple years and they spend a lot of time in the gym,” Norris said. “When you do that, you fight harder because you love it. The games are like a vacation because you are able to come out and compete instead of just Modern dentistry in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere! working hard in the gym. Continued from page B1


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Bradley girls set for tough stretch By BRAD EMERINE

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The Hilliard Bradley High School girls basketball team likely had its chance to win the OCC-Capital Division quashed when Olentangy Orange defeated New Albany 50-34 on Jan. 28. Orange improved to 11-0 in the league to maintain its twogame lead over Bradley, which beat Big Walnut 43-28 on Jan. 27 to move to 8-2. Although Orange has three league games remaining, including the regular-season finale Feb. 11 at Bradley, its other league contests are Friday, Feb. 4, against Watkins Memorial and Tuesday, Feb. 8, against Franklin Heights. Entering play on Feb. 1, Watkins Memorial was 0-10 and Franklin Heights was 1-9. Bradley coach Kathy Lindsey knew the importance of the Orange-New Albany contest and planned to attend the game. “If New Albany wins, we’ll still have a chance to share the OCC title,” Lindsey said before the game. “If Orange wins, we’ll turn our attention to the battle for second place between us, New Albany and Big Walnut.” The New Albany loss dropped the Eagles to 7-3 in league play, with Big Walnut at 7-4. After playing at Mount Vernon on Friday, Feb. 4, the Jaguars will play at New Albany on Saturday, Feb. 5. That is a makeup from Jan. 28 when bad weather forced postponement.

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Hilliard Bradley boys and girls basketball teams: BOYS *Jan. 25 — Defeated Franklin Heights 61-44. Trent Weaver scored 18 points, A.J. Dixon had 15 and Jacob Starinsky supplied 10. *Jan. 28 — Def. Big Walnut 61-59. Weaver had 34 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Bell added 10, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds remaining, as the Jaguars overcame a seven-point deficit in the last five minutes. Feb. 1 — Played Central Crossing Feb. 4 — Home vs. Mount Vernon. The Jaguars lost at Mount Vernon 4845 on Dec. 21. The Yellow Jackets were 11-4 overall and 7-3 in the OCCCapital before Feb. 1. Feb. 8 — Home vs. Delaware. The Jaguars fell to the host Pacers 7259 on Jan. 7. Delaware was 10-5 overall and 7-3 in the league before Feb. 1. Of note: The Jaguars were 6-8 overall and 5-5 in the OCC-Capital before Feb. 1. *OCC-Capital game

The Jaguars will play a third consecutive league road game Tuesday, Feb. 8, against Delaware before the regular-season finale against Orange. “It’s a tough stretch, but it is what it is,” Lindsey said. “If we can battle through a 10-day stretch of five games, with four of those being road games, we’ll have a pretty good feeling about ourselves entering the (Division II district) tournament.” Using its typical hard-nosed defense and disciplined re-

GIRLS *Jan. 25 — Def. Franklin Heights 7332. Bailey Pierron scored 15 points, Danielle Dunnagan had 11 and Kellie Roudabush had nine. *Jan. 27 — Def. Big Walnut 43-28. Roudabush scored 13 and Brooke Espenschied had 11. Feb. 1 — Played Westerville Central Feb. 4 — At Mount Vernon. Bradley won 53-22 on Dec. 21. The Yellow Jackets were 3-13 overall and 3-8 in the league before Feb. 1. *Feb. 5 — At New Albany in makeup from Jan. 28. The Eagles won 48-47 on Dec. 7, taking a 25-15 lead into halftime. Hannah Scipio scored 20 for the Eagles, who were 9-6 overall and 7-3 in the OCC-Capital before Feb. 1. *Feb. 8 — At Delaware. The Jaguars won 72-41 on Jan. 5, racing to a 268 lead after one quarter and a 40-19 halftime lead. The Pacers were 10-6 overall and 6-5 in the league before Feb. 1. Of note: The Jaguars were 12-3 overall and 8-2 in the OCC-Capital before Feb. 1. *OCC-Capital game

and got us going. It was a similar game at their place (44-32 win on Dec. 17).” The undersized Jaguars rarely have been outrebounded this season. “The two keys for our continued success are defense and rebounding,” she said. “We need to get over screens and apply on-ball pressure. That leads to turnovers and then we can use our quickness on fast breaks. Kellie Roudabush does a good job defensively in the post. Katie Lindsey does a great job on the opponents’ point guards or off guards and Brooke Espenschied also does a great job defending guards. “As far as rebounding, we worked all summer and constantly repeated to the girls that if they wanted to run and use four guards, they all had to rebound as well. We couldn’t use four guards on offense if we had trouble getting defensive rebounds.” The online seeding will take place Friday, Feb. 4, with the district tournament drawing Sunday, Feb. 6. “We were fifth and Big Walnut was third (behind top-ranked Olentangy and No. 2 Eastmoor in the area poll released Jan. 25), so I’m hoping we’ll move up by the time the seeds are selected,” Lindsey said. “It’s not important for the poll itself, but in terms of seeding, it is.”

bounding, the Jaguars held off Big Walnut two days after whipping Franklin Heights 73-32. “We had a bit of a slow start against Big Walnut and we actually took our press off and decided to work harder in our halfcourt, man-to-man defense,” Lindsey said. “We had given them some easy looks off our press, but when we made them run their offense we were able to create turnovers and score in transition. “That boosted our confidence

Sports briefs Heitzman accepts Michigan offer Davidson senior Keith Heitzman has changed his verbal commitment from Vanderbilt to Michigan. “Ever since (Michigan’s) coaching change, I opened up my options,” said Heitzman, who made the decision Jan. 22. “Illinois came into the picture. I was building a great relationship with them, but then Michigan threw an offer out there and I knew I couldn’t pass that up, so that’s where I finally decided to commit.” Heitzman, a defensive lineman and tight end, said he pulled his commitment from Vanderbilt because of coaching turmoil within the program. Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson received the commitment from Heitzman, however, Johnson retired following the 2009 season. He was replaced by Robbie Caldwell, who resigned Nov. 27. James Franklin was named coach on Dec. 17. Michigan hired Brady Hoke on Jan. 22 to replace Rich Rodriguez, who went 15-22 in three seasons.

Payton to play at Kent State Davidson’s Kyle Payton played a key role in the football program’s success during his career. Payton, a tight end, proved to be a valuable blocker and in the process earned a schol-

arship with Kent State. “Kent State is a good location,” Payton said. “I like the campus. I have a couple friends (Davidson 2010 graduate Phil Huff and Reynoldsburg 2010 graduate Roosevelt Nix) who play up there already.” The Wildcats won the Division I state title in 2009 and OCC-Central championship in 2010. Davidson earned the program’s fifth regional title in 2010, falling to Huber Heights Wayne 28-14 in a state semifinal.

Detmer to kick for Toledo Davidson senior J.D. Detmer was a solid contributor for the football and soccer programs, and had aspirations of playing at the collegiate level in both sports. In the end, Detmer chose football, and will play at Toledo. “It was an accumulation of a lot of things,” said Detmer, who also considered Illinois. “I was really impressed with Toledo. I really liked the school.” As a freshman, Detmer helped lead the soccer team to the Division I state title. Doubling as the team’s kicker and punter, Detmer played a key role in the football team’s Division I state title in 2009. In 2010, Detmer converted on 13 of 17 field goals, with a career-high of 58 yards in a 47-6 win against Northland in a Division I first-round playoff game on Nov. 6.

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The Beat Arts, eats and fun in central Ohio its production of Cinderella, BalletMet ing, Suslov said. “We’ve had a lot of stuff going on 5 For Columbus’ Fairy Godmother is a real-life this year. We’re very lucky.”

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boardist Joel Cummins told The Beat a couple years back that the band writes new material for every show. “We start with something we might have worked out backstage and just start throwing visual cues back and forth. Sometimes we come up with some pretty good stuff.” So, yeah, the Chicago sextet is a jam-band, but less trippy and meandering and more driving and dramatic. The Beat has referred to them as the musical test-tube baby of the Dixie Dregs and King Crimson. Another writer called them “improg.” Nice. Umphrey’s McGee plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, with opener Orchid Lounge, Friday, Feb. 4. Tickets are $20/$25. Call 1-800-745-3000.

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cold — so we’ve heard. Winter in central Ohio has been both cold and, thanks to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Russian. The third and final installment of the CSO’s Russian Masters se-

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ries, set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, at the Ohio Theatre, features guest conductor Larry Rachleff and pianist Kirill Gerstein. The program includes Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905). Tickets are $20.50-$66.50. Call (614) 228-8600.

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tion new-grass outfit Greensky Bluegrass takes standard bluegrass instrumentation and turns it inside out. Well, not in the literal sense, more in the “this ain’t yer granddad’s bluegrass” sense — fresh, creative acoustic music played with serious chops. A seemingly perpetual touring schedule sees the quintet back in central Ohio for a Sunday, Feb. 6, show at Woodlands Tavern. Highlighting the tour is the availability of the tour-only All Access Vol.

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translates no better performed live than spun by a DJ. After all, it’s not made for consumption as much as participation. Swedish pop star Robyn tackles this preconception by entering whirling dervish mode upon taking the stage and not stopping until everyone — herself, her backing band and her audience — has been moved as much as they have moved. Robyn released three records in 2010, and has taken to the road, with support from Diamond Rings and Natalia Kills. The tour stops at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Tuesday, Feb. 8. Tickets are $15. Call 1-800-7453000.

BONUS: The Jefferson Academy of Music concert series, newly christened the Jefferson Signature Series, returns to the Columbus Museum of Art Sunday, Feb. 6. Recently completed renovations at the CMA included the already well-thought-of auditorium. Improved leg room and sight lines and the restoration of the hall’s grand piano will have a positive impact on the concert experience, the Jefferson’s Ruth Haddock said. The Lincoln Trio will perform selections by Mozart, Smetana and others in the afternoon concert. Tickets are $10/$18/$25. Call (614) 292-2693.

mother. The new family’s busy schedule has been aided The production marks the return to the stage for by the arrival of Suslov’s mother from Moscow, longtime BalletMet company dancer Carrie West, who is spending the next six months with her grandwith husband and retired BalletMet dancer Dmitri child — and namesake. Yes, grandma’s name is also Suslov, who welcomed their first child, Valentina, Valentina. in September. “We’re very lucky,” West said. “She wouldn’t The first-time mother has twice danced the lead hear of day care or a nanny, so she packed up and role in the producflew over.” tion at BalletMet, As to the production, most recently in West said “the music’s 2005 and both times (by Glazunov rather with Suslov as her than the traditional Prince. Prokofiev score, and West rightly isn’t arranged by BalletMet concerned that she’ll music director Mikhail suddenly be pigeonPopov) beautiful and holed for more “mafits the story line perture” roles. First, fectly. There’s good she’s not the first balcomedy — the sisters lerina in history — and mother are hysterat BalletMet, even — ical — and the ballroom to have a child. Secscenes are always going ond, she knows well to be great dancing.” the demands of dancAnd, of course, she ing as Cinderella. said the fairy scene “I know how deshould be an audience manding the role is. favorite. Cinderella does a lot For her part, West is of dancing. You need enjoying a different role. to be in really good “I love checking a shape,” West exdifferent aspect of the plained. “I’m not story, to see another quite there yet. side,” she said. “The (Artistic director) Fairy Godmother is a By Tim Norman/ThisWeek Gerard (Charles) regood character – very ally gave me an op- Carrie West, right, portrays the Fairy Godmother difficult to play. When portunity to get back with Adrienne Benz as Cinderella during a rehearsal you’re playing ‘good’ out there, to feel the on Jan. 29. BalletMet Columbus will present Cinyou really have to find stage again.” derella Feb. 4-13 (10 shows) at the Capitol Theatre more levels to the charWest said it does- in the Verne Riffe Building. Tickets are $28-$48. acter. Evil would have n’t feel like she’s been Call (614) 469-0939. played more easily.” off stage for nearly a What does she miss year, but said the “away” feeling was mitigated by more than playing Cinderella? the amount of time she spent with the company. “I miss seeing Dmitri as the Prince,” West ad“Even when I was pregnant and not performing, mitted. “I can picture him dancing it as I’m watchI was always in the studios taking classes,” West ing during rehearsals.” said. Sounds like a Valentina’s… er, Valentine’s Day More recently, West has been taking as many story worthy of a glass slipper. Or, at least this time classes as possible, even bringing Valentina along, around, a magic wand. but only when necessary. West has also spent as much time in the gym as her schedule will allow. For more on BalletMet Columbus dancer Carrie She started back with the company on Jan. 10. West and the company’s production of Cinderella, “It’s absolutely great” to see his wife back to danc- read the BeatBlog at

Lemongrass Fusion Cuisine is a Short North classic The story of Lemongrass Fusion Cuisine says a lot about Columbus. Once a brash and hot new dining star in the explosively growing constellation of Short North restaurants, about a dozen years later it has the status of a mature establishment that can even be taken for granted. That’s what I was thinking recently as I trekked back into Lemongrass’ heart-of-it-all digs. Having not been in a while, I wondered if the place would feel lively and fun again or simply outdated. At first glance, not a heck of a lot seemed different. Those same autographed entryway photographs of Michael Moore and Viggo Mortensen from Lemongrass’s glam-slamming earlier days were still hanging opposite its kicky little bar. And the restaurant proper had retained its theatrical look and

MENU by G.A. Benton vibe. So there’s the stage-like, trendily distressed wooden plank flooring, rainbow sherbet colored walls, a soaring ceiling, low and pleasant lighting and even a few little roofed dining niches bounded by gauzy curtains. This dramatic setting naturally attracts a classic, non-conformist Short North-type crowd. Lemongrass’ food is as flagrantly off-center as its freewheeling patrons and setting. Basically it’s a lot of Thai accents merging with Mediterranean sensibilities. For instance, the alluring Lemongrass Soup with vegetables

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Pad Thai and Eurasia salad at Lemongrass.

($4) was like a compelling collision of minestrone and Tom Yum soups. A light and brightly citric broth with chili, fish sauce and lemongrass notes was filled with pasta shells and firm veggies like carrot, mushroom and zucchini. An unusual, but pretty and pleasing Eurasian Salad ($7) combined

shredded cheese with crispy Asian noodles, toasted almonds, pineapple, mandarin oranges and fresh greens. I liked its crunch and the way its unexpected tamarind-forward Worcestershire sauce-y dressing played off the fruit. Lemongrass’ huge menu includes lots of sushi, like the justifiably popular Lemongrass Roll ($12). With silky swaths of salmon and sweet BBQ eel draped over an inside-out spicy tuna roll accompanied by zingy sauces and garnishes, it managed to be delicious, fun and colorful without sounding too many bells and whistles. Ditto for the excellent Pad Thai with Tofu ($12). I was especially fond of its healthier than usual wealth of multi-hued vegetables and lack of grease. More one-note tasting was the Monsoon Shrimp ($16). It wasn’t

Lemongrass 614-224-1414 641 N. High St., Short North Web: Cuisine: Chinese & Asian Price: $$ ($10-$20 per person) Patio: No Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Monday, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday bad, but largely consisted of a mound of rice surrounded by lotsa shrimp and green beans swamped in a tidal wave of coconut milk. I would’ve liked its hints of chili and lemongrass to have been cranked up to balance out its milky sweetness. A more-interesting coconut milk dish was the Hawaiian Duck ($19). Italy met Asia on a veggie- and fruit-heavy plate of pasta with big chunks of delicious — but not

crispy-skinned — duck. Seared Cajun Scallops ($19) were pretty terrific. A generous load of zesty spice-coated shellfish was beautifully browned and wonderful tasting. Sure, Lemongrass’ ’90s-era cocktails don’t excite and its large wine list contains many smart “best buy” selections that no longer are. And yeah, a dessert like Fried Plantains (with upscale ice cream bar slices) is more fun than memorable. But Lemongrass is still a fun, lively and intriguing eatery. If it’s considered “just another Columbus restaurant,” that only speaks volumes about our modern and great-eating city. To read G.A. Benton’s blog visit

Clintonville readies for servings of Polish comfort food Unlike cities in northern Ohio, Columbus isn’t known for its large ethnic neighborhoods. Dennis Bennett said he doesn’t think that places Babushka’s Kitchen at a disadvantage. “What Columbus lacks in heritage it makes up in its foodiness,” said Bennett, who, with his wife, Jacky, will open the Polish restaurant sometime in the next few weeks in Clintonville. The restaurant will take over the old Scottie MacBean location at 4675 N. High St. The signature dish is the pierogi, which comes in five varieties: potato; potato and cheese; potato, cheese and bacon; mushroom and swiss; and roasted sauerkraut.

It’s made in-house and prepared in classic fashion: Boiled and then pan-fried with onions and butter and served with sour cream. Custom orders are accepted for carryout but must be made 24 hours in advance. Other ethnic favorites include kielbasa, made by a producer in Cleveland using Babushka’s special blend of spices; kolachky, folded pastry lined with fruit or cheese; and golabki, stuffed cabbage. Babushka’s offers counter-order service in a casual environment that seats 112. Reservations are

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Dennis Bennett and his wife, Jacky, are opening Babushka’s Kitchen at 4675 N. High St. The restaurant, which will open in the former Scottie MacBean site, will offer traditional Polish fare.

not accepted and no alcohol is served. The restaurant was founded by Jacky’s parents, Dave and Nancy Abramowski, who opened the first Babushka’s near Akron. A third one is planned for Independence in the Cleveland area. Jacky will keep her job as director of conferences for The Ohio State University Alumni Association, while also pitching in at the restaurant. Her husband, meanwhile, will leave his job as culture coach for Campus Dining Services at OSU to run Babushka’s. Lack of on-site parking struck a nerve with Scottie MacBean’s immediate neighbors. Adding to their aggravation, the coffee shop’s ownership sought a liquor license, which was defeated by voters in the precinct. The Bennetts said additional parking can be found at Beechwold Custom Jewelry, located a few blocks south. Also, they said they have no interest in seeking a liquor license. Jennifer Kangus, the area’s representative to the Clintonville Area Commission, said she’s in a wait-and-see mode with the restaurant, as no one has yet raised an issue about parking. “Parking is always a concern in Clintonville,” she said. “It’s one of our universal themes. It always seems to come up. I’d like to see how things go and hopefully it will work out for the best.” Babushka’s will be open for lunch and dinner five days a week, lunch only on Sunday and closed Monday. For more information, call 614-4479120. Melissa Worthington, a former banker and current nurse, has a new challenge: Cupcakes. Worthington and business partner Briana Irby, also a nurse at the OSU Medical Center, have opened Blue Frost Cupcake in Downtown Worthington. It’s another in a long line of independent cupcake shops that have dotted the central

Ohio map. Worthington said she hopes to differentiate her shop with quality ingredients – Madagascar bourbon vanilla, Saigon cinnamon and Callebaut chocolate, to name a few – and flavor. For video on this story, go to Presentation and taste are equal, she contends. “We wanted something that tasted as good as it looked,” she said. Blue Frost, 657 High St., offers 10 permanent flavors, plus two daily specials, such as the lemon chiffon, which uses scratch-made lemon curd. Cupcakes are $2.50 each, $1.50 for minis. There’s a small amount of seating inside and a few beverages, such as coffee and tea. The bakery is open six days a week, closed Monday. For more information, call 614-844-4850.

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Hilliard 2BR condo on Bennigan Dr., 1½ BA, 1car garage, bsmt., updated! $1,000/mo (614) 324-6717

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Grove City - Country farm house. 3BR, 2.5BA, kitch en, FR, bsmt, 2 car gar, fenced yard, garden. Mins from Holt Crossing Schls. For sale or lease. Jennifer 937-386-2421 btwn 6pm-10pm. HORSE FARMS HOUSE Darbydale Area 4BR, 1BA hse, 2 AC. yard, horse stalls available. $1200/month. No pets. Call 614-805-4448.

WEST SIDE 777 S. Harris Ave. Large 2BR duplex (very large 1BR up, 1BR down), stove/frig, eat-in dining area, large living room, fenced yard, lrg basement w/bar, w/d hookup, 2c gar. $695/mo + gas & electric. 614-832-2184 or 614-205-8050

DUBLIN 6189 INNOVATION 2,000 sq. ft. 3BR, 2.5BA CONDO GRT. RM, LG. EAT-IN KITCHEN WITH BREAK FAST BAR, 1ST FLR. MSTR. STE. OFC. OR BR. + MSTR. STE. UPSTAIRS, FPLC., 2 C. ATTACHED GAR., ALL AMENITIES, ALL APPLS., $1,550. CALL 614-562-8650. 52 53 54 55 56 57 63 65 66 68 69 70 71 72 73 78 79 81 82 86 87 88 89 90 95 96

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Nestled in the trees overlooking the Scioto river, thisone-of-a-kindhomeisavailableinTheQuarry. Be soothed by the calm waters as you relax on yourdeck!Thenewerkitisupdatedw/Millercab, updtd BA, soaring ceils in the LR, & a LL that is perfectforinformalentertaining.Askingpricefor this exquisite home is. $699,900 MLS#2928212

DUBLIN RIVERFRONT HOME Located just steps from historic downtown Dublin thisriverfronthomeissituatedonalmostahalfacre lotw/adeepwaterdock.HomefeaturesBrazilian Cherry hdwd flrs, mother-in-law suite/apt, 4 FPs, deckoverlookingtheriver&4-cartandemgarage. Stop in for a visit & stay for a lifetime. $699,900 MLS#210007928




ATTENTION INVESTORS 4 Columbus Duplex’s-total of 8 units. Low maintenance exterior, perfect owner occupied and investor! All units rented with higher rent potential. Curb Offers Only. $599,900

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HOFFMAN FARMS 5-LEVEL SPLIT Popular 5 level split floor plan w/3-car garage in Hoffman Farms. Home features kitchen with Coriancountertopsand42incabinets,bathswith whirlpool tubs and tile, and some hardwood flooring. Located close to bike trail, YMCA, restaurants and shopping $319,900





Openkitw/SSappl’s,Quartzcounters,lgisland &anabundanceofcabinets.Upgradedfixtures, ceramic tile, Milguard windows, skylights, screened porch, newer roof & wood floors. Formaldining&livingrms,finbsmt,4lgBRs,2.5 BAs. Stop in for a visit and stay for a lifetime!

ScenicHilliard2-storyon1.6acres.Features 4 BR, 2.5 BA, FR w/fireplace, 1st floor laundry. Newer roof, siding & gutters. 32x48detachedoutbuilding.3-carattached garage.

First floor owners suite featuring vaulted great room w/relaxing view of the lagoons. First floor utility room and granite kitchen to inspire the cook in the family!





CARRINGTON WAY 2-STORY Fabulous4BR2-storyw/designerupgradedkit w/granitecounters&trayceil.Large1stflrden w/French doors. Hdwd trim & 6-panel doors thru-out. Recently painted w/soft palate of colors. Expansive owner suite w/marble shower & whirlpool tub.


RIVER LANDINGS BEAUTY Impeccable2-story!Updatedcherryislandkitchen w/granite countertops. 1st floor laundry w/ cabinetry. Loads of charm w/hardwood flrs & oversized family room w/fireplace. Finished LL boasts rec room & office. Vaulted owner suite w/ updatedspa-likebathw/dualvanities&gardentub.

MLS#210044410 $284,900


WOODS OF DUBLINSHIRE Spacious 4 BR, 2.5 BA home with 3,163 SF of living space. Great potential in this 2-story. Large mastersuitew/sittingarea,2largewalk-inclosets, double sinks. Large kit open to 2-sty grt rm. Nice private lot. This is a short sale & needs some TLC priced to move fast. $279,900





B’ful well maintained 4 BR, 3.5 BA, 2-sty in River Landings. Gleaming hdwd floors in entry & kit. Grnt cntrs & center Island in lg kit with bay eat-in area open to spac fam rm with FP. Nice all season rm with hdwd flr & views of great lndscpd bkyd w/brick patio.

Step inside & admire the 2-story entrance, large island kitchen, sunny eating space, 4 large bedrooms, spa-like bath & vaulted owners suite. A fenced yard with large deck perfect for backyard smores & parties! Bright, light & room for everyone.





Ranch3BRhomeboastsstylishlivingspaces. Vaulted great room, beautiful mahogany floors,baths&kitchenw/ceramictilefloors. SS appliances, dining room & 1st floor laundry, finished lower level & screened porch.

MLS#210035954 $249,900





Gather in the vaulted great room addition! Kitchen has cherry cabinetry and a cozy window seat overlooking the fragrant mimosa tree.Hardwoodsfloors,4generoussizeBRs,2 full bas & a beautiful fenced yard with shed. Buckeye tree included!

Amazing property just 25 mins west of Hilliard. 3 lg BR, 2 full BA, 3-car det gar, summerhouse,&justover9acresfulloffruits trees & walking paths. The 1st floor features kitw/hdwdflrs&eat-inarea,livrm,den,fam rm, WB stove, & 1st flr owners BR w/BA.








One of the prettiest yards in the area with a shady pergola & curved paver walkway. 4 generous size bedrooms,family&livingrooms&alovelysunroom overlooks fenced yard. Hardwood floors, turned stairway, freshly painted throughout. Must see!

Open, spacious floor plan with room for everyone! All new carpet, paint, granite kitchen & baths! This home has been lovingly maintained.4largebedrooms,2.5baths,deck overlooking green space & so much more!





Prideofownershipshowsthroughoutthisoneowner home w/1st flr owner suite & BA. Large kitchen includesappliances&plentyofcabinets.Greatroom is open w/cathedral ceilings & skylights. Formal BR, bsmt, loft, & neutral décor throughout. Enjoy the covered porch or entertain in the fncd bkyd w/deck.

MLS#210043215 $229,900

MLS#210010330 $219,900


HERITAGE WOODS 2-STORY Great Curb appeal in this 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 2,072 SF 2-sty. Frml liv & din rms. Spacious kit with center islnd & new SS appl’s that is open to grt rm. Loft overlkng 2-sty grt rm w/ walls of wins & FP. Lg yd with vinyl privacy fence & patio. Price to sell. $212,000




B’ful 3 BR, 3 full BA End Unit! GR w/wall of wins, FP & hdwdflrs.Grmtkitw/grntcntrs&42”cabs.Enjoytheview of the Nature preserve & pond from the 4-season rm. 1st flrownerste,lndry&den/or2ndBR.Hg2ndflrfinbonus rm w/full BA & tons of additional storage space. This is a must see & priced thousands below cost of building new. $199,900 MLS#210027921

RIDGEWOOD SPLIT Don’t miss this 4 bedroom 2.5 bath 3-level split. Beautifully updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances & newer laminate flooring. Large living room & dining room. Hardwood floors in all bedrooms. 3-season/Florida room overlooking fenced yard. Deck, shed & well landscaped.





This spacious 4 BR, 2.5 BA home features a formal DR, paver patio, eat in kitchen & inviting family room with gas fireplace. 1st floor laundry. Home is subject to short sale approval. Take advantage of this great opportunity today.

Strikinghomeattheendofacul-de-sacwith oversize lot! 9 foot ceilings give a spacious feeling to this great home w/large FR & sunlit bayed eating area. Island kitchen w/ plentiful cabinetry & first flr lndry. Finished LL, patio & more to explore!

TheGlennisperfectlynestledneartheScioto River, shopping, & easy access! This 2-story home is updated w/a lovely spa BA, pretty kitchen w/new cntrtps, newer roof, HVAC & a shady bk patio!

Best location with views of open green space. First floor easy living with vaulted greatroomwithagasfireplace.Twoowner’s suites with vaulted ceilings. 3-season room. Isn’t it time to experience a maintenance free lifestyle?











Property has it all! Stream, fire pit, pond, patio, deck, hot tub & 3-season rm. Owners suite w/ new Berber carpet & private access to BA. Wood floors on 1st floor. Large FR open to DR. New appl’s, roof & siding. Newly finished basement w/built ins, surround sound & office.



Super value on this 3-level split! Lovely full brickfireplaceinlivingroom,&lowerlevelis finished with second fireplace. Expansive fenced yard with patio & mature trees. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths & fully equipped kitchen!

Enjoy carefree living in this 2 BR, 2.5 BA condo located just minutes from downtown Hilliard. Newroof,freshlypainted,FP,fnshdbsmt,attgar & patio all await the new owner! Walking distance to schools, Heritage Park & Rails to Trails. FHA Approved!

One story 3 bedroom home with 2-car garage. Screened in porch, new carpet & exterior paint, newer roof & full basement. Fullbathoffofowner’srm,WBstove&eat-in kitchen. Great views from the front porch of the sunsets. Won’t last long at this price.







MLS#210027168 $130,000


COUNTRY RANCH Enjoy the country life w/city access in this all brick 3 BR, 2 BA ranch. Kitchen w/custom cabinets & hardwood floors, front screened-in patio & oversized 2.5-car garage. Over half acre lot. SOLD “AS IS”. SS Bank Approved $124,900







ROSARY RANCH Own cheaper than rent. Rehab of this home is almostcomplete.Flooring,kitchen,bathroom & paint will all be new. Walking distance to schools.




Updated 3 BR ranch w/cherry cabinetry, designer stainlessappl’s,gorgeousgranitew/anislandthatis open to the living room w/natural hardwood floors. Updates include the roof in ‘05, tankless water system ‘08, furnace & A/C in ‘07 & so much more. $214,900 MLS#210037953



Nestled in a convenient location off Bethel Road, this condo hasgreatappeal!Afreshsunlittownhomew/2generoussize bedrooms,2.5baths,finishedlowerlevel,crispwhitekitchen, livingroomw/gasfireplace,shadypatioarea&muchmore!

Well maintained brick ranch home in the heart of Hilliard. New roof in ‘08. Kitchen has been updated w/oak cabinets. Large family room addition w/ frenchdoorstothepatio&fencedyard.Newerwindows,trim&6-paneldoors. 2-car tandem block gar has work benches & electric. Great starter home!!


MLS#211002517 $129,900


50.66 acres Agricultural zoning. CAUV renewed, Lease rights until December 2011 farming48.20acreswithincomeof$4,820 annually.




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Feb. 3 edition of ThisWeek Hilliard