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Health panel’s major event has new name By KEVIN PARKS ThisWeek Community Newspapers
It’s a new season and a new name but the same goal for the North Side Health Advisory Committee’s signature event. At last week’s monthly meeting of the panel, created by Columbus Public Health officials to help improve the wellbeing of residents in, initially, the Northland area, members learned that what had been the Northland Walk to
event subcommittee chairwoman Dawn Patterson, who represents the North YMCA on the advisory group. The event, which now incorporates in its title the sale of books, DVDs and The Y Walk Northland Wellness and Media Fair, which now incorporates CDs as a YMCA fundraiser that was in its title the sale of books, DVDs and CDs as a YMCA fundraiser that also held at the facility on Oct. 2, will was also held at the facility on Oct. 2, will take place on Saturday, March take place on Saturday, March 14, be14, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. tween 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Instead of asking civic associations, the Y when it was first held Oct. 2 has The purpose of the event is still to en- churches, senior centers and other orbeen redubbed the Y Walk Northland courage people to get out and exercise. ganizations to form walking teams to Wellness and Media Fair. “This is the official new name,” said converge on the Sandalwood Place
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YMCA, as was done last fall, Patterson said that this time around people will start out from the Y to travel through Forest Park on mapped out courses of differing lengths. Patterson reported that she and the other members of her subcommittee were working on finding between five and 10 additional partners, including churches and senior centers, to participate in putting on the event. Once again, See HEALTH PANEL’S, page A2
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Shayla Ferguson, a chef with Two Caterers, makes a fruit salad Feb. 23 at the facility in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9. Ferguson is placing the scraps from the cantaloupe in a bucket that will go into the compost.
Copper Lodge both banquet hall, lodge for ‘coppers’ By KEVIN PARKS ThisWeek Community Newspapers
Although only one of the women who launched Two Caterers Contemporary Cuisine is still involved in the business, the name remains the same. “I tell people it’s my split personality,” joked company president Angela Stoll Petro, who lives in German Village. In a way, though, that’s highly fitting, since her enterprise is based out of a split facility in the Northland area just outside of Westerville. On one hand, it is home to the offices of Two
Caterers and is the Copper Lodge banquet facility, available for wedding receptions and corporate events. On the other hand, it’s a lodge for coppers. The former Schmidt’s Restaurant and Banquet Facility off Schrock Hill Court is owned by, and is the headquarters for, the Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge No. 9. It was purchased almost four years ago for $1,087,500, according to Franklin County Auditor’s Office records. It replaced the former FOP Lodge in Gahanna. How did a catering business and a union hall for police officers come to coexist under one roof?
“Our realtor was the realtor for FOP,” said Petro. After nine-and-a-half years operating out of first one, then two and then three units in a strip shopping center in Linworth, Two Caterers needed more space, Petro said. When the FOP purchased the long-closed restaurant across from a Ramada Inn, the realtor suggested that Petro write up a proposal for managing the facility and providing the police union with a portion of the profits from catering events held there. “It’s an extra income-producing sector for both
It WAS like speed-dating. Northland Community Council president Dave Paul’s playful description of the format for a series of “Meet Your Columbus City Council” events, the first of which took place last week at the Fedderson Recreation Center on Dresden Street, proved to be fairly accurate. Dave Paul Only instead of, “Do you find me attractive?” over the course of several minutes of conversation, it was a case of, “Can you fix this problem?” and “Do you understand my concern?” Last week’s gathering, which is to be followed by four others through mid-April, was held at the recreation center not far from the intersection of Karl and Cooke roads to attract residents from Clintonville, the Northland area, North Linden and the Northwest Side. Several Northland Community Council representatives were on hand, as were some members of the Clintonville Area Commission. The format involved a brief introduction from Council President Andrew J. Ginther, during which he outlined the committee assignments of the various council members so people with specific concerns would know who best to approach: • Michelle M. Mills, public safety • Zachary M. Klein, development and recreation and parks • Eileen Y. Paley, public utilities and public services and transportation • Priscilla R. Tyson, finance • Hearcel F. Craig, health, housing and human services, as well as minority, business and work-
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Health group’s nonprofit designation ‘still in the works’ By KEVIN PARKS ThisWeek Community Newspapers
The North Side Health Advisory Committee is the newest of four such panels, but the first to seek the designation of a nonprofit corporation. The committee was established in the fall of 2009 by Columbus Public Health officials to address the specific concerns of, eventually, the entire North side. Initially, the panel is focusing on the Northland area.
Previously, advisory committees were created for the Near East, West and South sides. None of the three has yet gotten around to seeking nonprofit status, according to Mathew S. Baldwin, the Columbus Public Health management analyst who advises the advisory committee. At last week’s monthly meeting of the panel, Baldwin said that Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa C. Long expressed surprise that the North Side committee was in the process
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of determining how best to become a nonprofit. Baldwin explained that the members of the committee feel they can accomplish more toward their mission of improving the health of North Side residents by being in a position to apply for grants and other sources of funding. “It will be so beneficial once we do, so we can get some money,” committee co-chairwoman Sandy LaFollette said last week.
It’s not a done deal yet, according to retired registered nurse Chris Rudin, who is on the subcommittee exploring nonprofit status. It’s “still in the works,” Rudin said. She reported that she and LaFollette, along with the other committee co-chair, Scott Dowling, would be holding further meetings toward the goal of achieving 501c3 status. Dowling, who was unable to attend the February meeting, has been working on crafting a set of
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bylaws for the advisory committee, just one of the many steps required by the Internal Revenue Service for nonprofit status. Professional assistance may eventually be necessary, said committee member Gretchen Ratliff. “It’s involved,” she said. At a “Meet Your Columbus City Council” event earlier in the week, LaFollette said she took the opportunity speak with several members of council and their staff and got some leads on where to find guidance in filing the correct pa-
perwork to become a nonprofit. In the meantime, Baldwin said that a check for $1,000, the North Side Health Advisory Committee’s share of a $5,000 grant from Ohio State University, is on the way. The money is being split between the four health advisory organizations and the Weinland Park Civic Association. An existing nonprofit organization, a local settlement house, is serving as the fiscal agent to enable the advisory committees to receive the funds.
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Health panel’s major event has new name Continued from page A1 ce again include a health fair in the gymnasium of the North YMCA. “We learned a lot last year, so we plan to put what we learned into this year,” Patterson said. The Northland High School Marching Band performed for walkers as they
arrived at the Y in October, but this time around additional schools may be invited to participate. Advisory committee member Gretchen Ratliff pointed out that several schools are located in the vicinity of the Y. “The biggest change is the date,” committee co-chairwoman Sandy LaFollette stated. “We’re going with
the spring rather than the fall.” “We’re still looking for (health fair) vendors, of course,” Patterson said, adding that she and those on her panel have a “good base” from the participants in the inaugural event. Columbus Public Health management analyst Mathew S. Baldwin, who advises the advisory committee, said
that he recently attended an alternative health fair at the Whetstone Recreation Center, and suggested that Patterson’s subcommittee consider inviting participants from that event to add variety. In anticipation of eventually receiving a $1,000 grant from Ohio State University, advisory committee members voted unanimously last week to spend
$100 to help publicize the Y Walk Northland Wellness and Media Fair. Patterson said that she could probably obtain matching funds form the YMCA and LaFollette suggested Northland civic associations may also be willing to kick in money to promote the event. email@example.com www.ThisWeekNews.com
Copper Lodge both banquet hall and lodge for ‘coppers’ Continued from page A1 of us,” she said. The catering firm owner admitted that she sometimes has to overcome a public stereotype regarding lodge halls in order to convince clients Copper Lodge is the right place for their event. For example, Petro said, many people expect animal heads to be the main decoration on the walls. “And that’s not the case here,” she said of the dining hall, which can seat 200. “It’s a warm, inviting space.” Petro became a caterer while waiting to become an attorney. A native of the small town of Greensburg, south of Akron, Petro came to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University, but only after taking several years following high school to travel in Europe, including time spent waitressing and bartending in Germany. She was impressed with the high level of service customers are accorded in Europe and the way customers regard the wait staff. “It’s just a respected profession and I love that,” Petro said. When she came back to the U.S. and enrolled at Ohio State at the age of 21, Petro majored in political science and history with an eye toward going on to law school. After graduating, but before committing to that legal career, Petro said that she worked for a time for Katzinger’s Delicatessen in German Village, where she learned a lot. Petro and a friend started Two Caterers in 1997. Initially, the firm operated out of a German Village bar, using the kitchen facilities during the day to prepare food for catering customers in exchange for providing the happy hour menu items. After the proposal for Two Caterers to manage Copper Lodge was accepted three years ago, Petro said there were some concerns, probably on both sides, about how the arrangement would
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work out. “They’re not traditionally a landlord,” she said. For the catering company, things have worked out just fine. Income has doubled since the move to the new facility, Petro said. At the old location in Linworth, Two Caterers had eight to 10 employees and a list of about 25 parttimers to fill in as needed. Now, the business employs 20 with around 70 on the will-call list. Things have worked out for the FOP, as well, according to Cap-
ital City Lodge No. 9 president Jim Gilbert. “Partnering with Angela’s business has been great,” Gilbert said. “The reality is a large organization like us needs a lodge hall so we can provide a centralized location … for us to hold our meetings, but at the same time we want to get good quality use out of our space. “We just think it’s been a winwin to let members of the public in to use our facility.” Said Petro: “We designed the kitchen ourselves and it was built
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Major street, alley resurfacing program proposed Mayor Michael B. Coleman and members of city council chose a Northland setting last week to announce a proposal for $30-million in resurfacing as part of the 2011 capital improvements budget. At a news conference in St. Elizabeth Church on Sharon Woods Boulevard, the mayor was joined by council president Andrew J. Ginther, finance committee chairwoman Priscilla R. Tyson and various neighborhood leaders to outline a program for resurfacing 141 streets and dozens of alleys. It was referred to in the subsequent press release as “the largest single year investment in resurfacing and alleys in the city’s history.” “Our neighborhoods are the lifeblood of our city, and we must invest in them,” Coleman said in making the announcement. “That is why we are investing in street resurfacing, sidewalks,
bikeways and alleys that will improve safety and the quality of life for people across Columbus.” Within the $30-million for resurfacing, $2.5-million will cover surface treatments for alleys. Alley surface treatments smooth the alley surface, fill potholes and apply a mix of crushed stone and a tar-like liquid emulsion. The proposed capital improvements budget also includes $4 million for new sidewalks and nearly $3.5-million for bikeways, bike paths and bike pavement markings. “This capital budget focuses resources where they matter most, in our neighborhoods,” Tyson said. “These are projects our residents told us are important to them, and that is why they are a priority for city council.” Council members are scheduled to vote on the proposed 2011 capital im-
provements budget on March 7. A host of Northland-area streets are among the first set of 31, along with 470 Americans with Disabilities Act curb ramps, scheduled for construction starting in April and concluding, depending on weather conditions, in September. The estimated cost for the first phase is $6.1-million. The streets include: • Alpine Drive between Sunderland Drive and Karl Road • Alpine Drive between Karl Road and Sharon Woods Boulevard • Arbury Lane between Karl Milverton Way and Chesford Road • Atterbury Avenue Sharon Woods Boulevard and Walbridge Street • Bayfield Drive between Maple Canyon Avenue and Deewood Drive • Bella Via Avenue between Cleveland Avenue and Lisa Street
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First ‘Meet Your Council’ event draws about 50 Continued from page A1 force development • Troy A. Miller, administration and zoning Ginther, who heads up council’s rules and reference committee, told the approximately 50 people on hand for his introduction – perhaps a dozen or so more arrived after the start – that any concerns not falling within specific areas could be addressed to him. “I don’t want to be lonely back there,” he said. “This really is for you,” Ginther added. “I look forward to meeting you.” After that, attendees were welcome to approach tables where all seven members of council, along with staff personnel and representatives of the adminis-
tration departments that fall under their committee jurisdictions, were waiting to make acquaintances and take complaints. Sandy Simbro, a former member of the Clintonville Area Commission who now chairs the zoning committee, was on hand for the event. She recalled similar gatherings being held in the past, but without the opportunity for individuals to sit down for something approximating one-on-one time with the elected officials. “I think this is a really nice format,” Simbro said. “I think having one-on-one face time is very important.” William Logan, coordinator of the Northland Community Council’s graphics task force, said that he attended in order to “chew on” several city leaders regarding code enforcement. He
said that it was the only city department to suffer significant cuts in the form on open positions not being filled in the proposed budget, and he planned to argue this aspect of regulation is nearly as vital to neighborhoods as law enforcement. “I like the structure,” commented Sandy LaFollette, cochair of the North Side Health Advisory Committee. “It’s really nice to have face-to-face time because we know who they are but they don’t know who we are.” Sarah Snyder, the CAC’s District 2 representative, said that she turned up not with any specific concern or complaint in mind, but just to see what was taking place. Mike McLaughlin and D Searcy of the Clintonville Area Commission were on hand, as
well NCC president Paul and vice president Emmanuel V. Remy. “I’m impressed,” Paul said of the turnout. Future “Meet Your Council” events, which are open to residents of any sector of the city but held in locations designed to make them convenient to specific quadrants, are scheduled for: • Tuesday, March 8, Barack Recreation Center, for the South Side, Far South Side and Southwest • Tuesday, April 5, at the Martin Janis Center, for North Central, University Area, Milo Grogan and South Linden • Wednesday, April 13, at the Westgate Recreation Center, for Franklinton, Hilltop, Fifth by Northwest and Westland • Tuesday, April 19, at the
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Northland Village update on tap for NABA meeting Stonehenge Co. president Mo Dioun is scheduled to speak at the first quarterly luncheon of the year for the Northland Area Business Association. The gathering will take place on Tuesday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Monaco’s Palace and Catering, 4555 Cleveland Ave. Dioun’s Gahanna-based firm is in the process of redeveloping the site of the former Northland Mall, the city’s first shopping mall and likely the source of the name for
the entire quadrant of Columbus. Dioun is expected to provide an update on the major construction and redevelopment project, which is being called Northland Village, according to NABA vice president Chuck Wolfe. Back in November, Northland Village Developers LLC, the firm Dioun created for the mall redevelopment, paid the city $2.85million for the final 19.8 acres of the site off Morse Road. The rest of the property had been obtained earlier.
The cost of the entire project, which includes the first Menards home improvement store in Columbus and a new county dog shelter, is estimated at $80-million. Following the mall’s closing in 2002, Columbus purchased the entire site. It was subsequently leased to the now-defunct Columbus Urban Growth Corp., which entered into the redevelopment agreement with Dioun’s Stonehenge Co. — Kevin Parks
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Police boost enforcement efforts at scrap yards By GARY SEMAN JR. ThisWeek Community Newspapers
Columbus police have stepped up efforts to catch thieves of copper and air-conditioners by staking out scrap yards in the city. Lt. Michael Woods, who is in charge of property crimes with the Columbus Division of Police, said the property-recovery unit and community-response teams are spot-checking the 15 or so scrap yards in the city limits. Although only two weeks old, the program has reported some success, as several air-conditioning units have been recovered and officers questioned four individuals suspected of stealing the merchandise, Woods said. Those suspects were not charged, so their names were not immediately available. “It’s a very good turnaround,” Woods said. “It’s a combination of the community-response teams working with detectives who are a little more familiar with what they’re looking for.” He said increased presence and intermittent visits should send a message to crooks that officers are actively pursuing the crimes. Helping police in their quest is a web-based search engine that notifies law enforcement when something is scrapped and who is dropping it off, Woods said. Per state law, scrap yards are required to document information about every transaction, such as the time and date, and name
of the person dropping off the material. Theft of copper and other metals, many of which can be found in air conditioners, has become a serious issue in Columbus, Woods said. Thieves are fetching roughly $4 a pound for copper, making it one of the most sought-after metals, next to stainless steel and aluminum. Some of the devices located inside air-conditioner units are valuable, too, he said. One problem with air conditioners is that some residents don’t find them missing until the first hot day of the year, Woods said. That leaves police at a disadvantage because they don’t know if the units, the components inside or other metals were stolen. That’s why immediate reporting of a theft is recommended, he said. Dave Cooper, past president of the Northland Area Business Association and current chair of the Northland Alliance, said over the course of three months, 10 of 17 air-conditioning units have been stolen from the Beechcroft Center where he owns a business. Cooper said the spot checks at scrap yards sound encouraging. “We appreciate all the efforts of the Columbus police department, their ongoing challenge of trying to catch the perpetrators,” he said. “And we’re providing them with information as soon as it becomes available.” email@example.com www.ThisWeekNews.com
Coalition opens up grant application process to neighborhood groups By GARY SEMAN JR. ThisWeek Community Newspapers
The Coalition for a Nonviolent Columbus is accepting grant applications from neighborhood groups looking to improve the quality of life in their communities. The coalition, recently formed by Mayor Michael B. Coleman, has $40,000 available for initiatives involving public safety, neighborhood improvement or education and outreach. Programs can include graffiti cleanup, block watches and crimeprevention activities. Applications will be accepted through March 31. Amanda Ford, spokeswoman for the Columbus Department of Public Safety, said the 25-mem-
ber coalition would review grant applications in April and then make its final recommendations so the various community groups can launch their initiatives by summer. Individuals cannot apply. The applications must come from such groups as civic associations, block-watch groups, small nonprofits and faith-based organizations. Each group would receive a maximum of $1,000. “I think a lot of neighborhood groups want to do good things for their communities but don’t have the money,” Ford said. “And that’s the goal: All of these little things will make a difference in their neighborhood.” Jerry Glick, who is involved in many safety initiatives in German Village, said he will en-
courage the German Village Society to apply for a grant. Glick organizes a monthly police luncheon with Columbus police officers at the Meeting Haus. Last year, the community held a safety day, in which law-enforcement officials were on hand to give advice to residents on a wide range of topics. Additional money could come in handy in a neighborhood that always tries to keep up on crime prevention, Glick said. “I think that’s a great possibility,” he said. For the complete grant application and final report form, visit http://mayor.columbus.gov/initiatives.aspx?id=40225&menu_id=5 28. firstname.lastname@example.org www.ThisWeekNews.com
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The Beat Arts, eats and fun in central Ohio
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email@example.com The Beat sees that some Lady Gaga person is having a concert March 10 at the Schottenstein Center. How come you don’t hear that much about her? On to the Fab Five.
1 Celtic musicians make the
lage, bookended by gigs at the Hey Hey Bar and Grill on Whittier Street Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Great harmonies and fiery picking are common themes form all three shows. For details, call (614) 445-9512. CityMusic welcomes the ethereal Altan in concert Wednesday, March 9, at the Lincoln Theatre. The Donegal, Ireland, ensemble combines traditional ballads and dance tunes with contemporary folk songs in an acoustic setting, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh’s alluring vocals providing the perfect complement to the flute, fiddle and guitar accompaniment. Tickets are $26-$11. Call (614) 4690939.
rounds at all times of the year, but you know it’s getting into March when the density increases. Like during the next week, for example. The Dollyrots are prepared Neo-traditional party band Gael- 2 to unleash bubble-gum punk ic Storm, touring in support of its of the highest order on denizens latest CD, Cabbage, starts things of The Summit Friday, March 4. off Friday, March 4, at the NewFronted by Avril-meets-Gwenport Music Hall. Tickets are meets-Courtney Kelly Ogden, the $19.50/$25. Call 1-800-745D-Rots are probably best3000. known for their tunes BeAcoustic duo Switchcause I’m Awesome, Kick back will perform Me to the Curb and their original liturgical cover of Brand New Key. music at the It doesn’t get much more 11:30 a.m. fun, as the band Mass Sunday, tours the U.S, in March 6, at support of St. Mary 2010’s A Little Catholic Messed Up on Church in Blackheart German Records. That is, Vi l the label run by Joan Jett, a patron for and advocate of the Florida-based trio. The relationship could not be more apropos. Ranger Danger and Charlie Hustle open. Tickets are $8/$10. Call (614) 268-9377. Thomas 3 Chris King may have Trout Fishing in America
sold his soul to the devil a decade ago as Tommy John-
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son in O Brother,Where Art Thou?, but his real-life chops are bona fide. The son of bluesman Tabby Thomas, CTK peppered his blues with hip-hop and other forms, and later on hit it big acting in and scoring films, including O Brother and Ray. King, who has a new album due out call Sketches of Time, and his band will play the Lincoln Theatre Saturday, March 5, in a concert sponsored by the Jazz Arts Group’s Inside Track series. Local band The Floorwalkers opens. Tickets are $30/$25. Call (614) 469-0939. think children’s music 4 You that appeals to adults is a recent phenomenon? Then you haven’t been paying attention, as Trout Fishing in America — the duo of guitarist Ezra Idelet and bassist Keith Grimwood — has been at this game for about 30 years. Lullabies, story songs, audience participation and a goofy, self-deprecating sense of humor, all delivered via first-class folk-pop musicianship is TFIA’s MO. Trout Fishing in America will be in concert Saturday, March 5, at Newark’s Midland Theatre. Tickets are $20-$7.50. Call (740) 345-LIVE.
forming.’Ari Hest loves you. He just loves songwriting more. “There’s something about the feeling of coming up with a good melody or a good line,” Hest told The Beat. “That’s why I do what I do.” Hest, a Brooklyn-based pop singer-songwriter, has proven his adroitness in those other areas as well. In the midst of a heavy touring schedule, he self-produced his 2009 album Twelve Mondays. The project culminated a 2008 Web-based project in which he wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday throughout the year, allowing fans to then select their 12 favorites for the album. “I made all the decisions,” Hest said. “So (for his new record, Sunset Over Hope Street), I gave up the reigns.” Specifically, to indie musician and producer Alex Wong. “I knew going in that this was going to be something I wasn’t used to, but it was very much an ‘I’d like to try this’ mentality,” Hest explained. “I knew going in I would be pushed. Alex uses a lot of strings and keyboard sounds – things I’m not used to. But I left much of the arranging to Alex. I worked on writing and re-writing songs.” While he consciously stepped back in making Sunset Over Hope Street, Hest admitted the making of this record tested his patience after the immediacy of his song-a-week project. “(Sunset) was recorded over a year, in between breaks while both Alex and myself were on tour,” Hest explained. “It was a long time in the making, with a lot of time to listen back to what we had done so far. I started to get slightly impatient, because the songs were done but not finished.” Patience is a theme throughout the album, although, Hest explained, in a more personal sense. “(The title track) is essentially about being patient waiting for something new to come along when you’re just getting out of something, and also feeling happy for the other person as they move on and you try to move on,” he said. The job, now that the album is complete and
Ari Hest will play the Rumba Café Saturday, March 5. The Mooncussers and Crowe open. Call (614) 268-1841.
tour forthcoming, was to “recreate the album with new arrangements for two people,” Hest said, explaining that, for this tour, he’s bringing along a drummer and that’s all. “The songs stand on their own,” Hest said. “They started out this way, so they don’t require a band.” The Columbus date is early in the tour. Hest said he’s looking forward to playing these new songs for audiences. “I hope everything resonates with people in some way,” he said, sounding like a person who cares about the songs the way every good songwriter should. ■ For more from The Beat’s interview with Ari Hest, read the BeatBlog at www.ThisWeekNews.com.
Pickerington pizza shop is a real heavyweight champ The reputation of Catalfino’s pizza precedes it. For over a decade, Catalfino’s took first or second place in the Slice of Columbus competition. It scored several consecutive second places in the North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show. And Catalfino’s landed in the top 10 of the American Pizza Championship. Catalfino’s business also has a storied past going back to the mid-1970s. That was when the family that still owns and operates Catalfino’s co-opened their first one-oven, two-table shop on the East Side of Columbus. Decades of success, change, expansions and relocations eventually brought Catalfino’s to its newest spot in Pickerington a couple of years ago. This latest incarnation is a big and bright, nice but casual restaurant with a decidedly sporty at-
MENU by G.A. Benton titude. There’s lots of Buckeye stuff on the walls, plus tons of TVs beaming in games and races (it’s the kind of place where a NASCAR dad gets decked out in full stock-car regalia). Largely full of happy families, Catalfino’s also has a fully stocked bar detailed with a crazy parade of flattened beer caps. A crazy parade of “Man vs. Food”-type munchies can adorn Catalfino’s pizzas, salads, sandwiches and starters if you so desire. I so desired. That’s why I picked the funky Fagiolo Fries appetizer ($6). It was a big pile of “krinkle” cutters doused in a nice, black-pep-
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The Champion pizza at Catalfino’s in Pickerington.
pery homemade pasta and bean soup topped with melted provolone. Yeah, it sounds odd, but really it’s not far from chili cheese fries. Think of it as Italian-Amer-
ican poutine, if you want, but do think of it. Also think of the Chicago Combo ($9), which the menu says is fully endorsed by The Fan’s Mike Ricordati. Here, a decent Italian beef sandwich increased its girth by the addition of a spicy sausage patty. Was it an authentic Windy City dish? Not really. Did it’s blend of “jus” (I would have liked more), griddled roast beef, spicy sausage and giardiniera (hot pickled veggies) prove Ricordati knew what he was talking about (at least in this case)? You betcha. Of course Catalfino’s topnotch pizzas are the stars. You can design your own, go with a traditional combo or pick one of the shop’s over-the-top specialties ($8.50 to $22). If you’re considering the latter, here are some uncommon things Catalfino’s
Catalfino’s Italian 10501 Blacklick-Eastern Rd., Pickerington 614-575-5380 Web: catalfinos.com Cuisine: Pizza Price: $ (up to $10 per person) Patio: Yes Hours: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.10:30 p.m. Saturday, 4-9:30 p.m. Sunday will toss onto their excellent, thin and crispy crusts: wing sauce, chicken and celery; BLT; spaghetti and meatballs; pulled pork. I’m generally not a fan of barbecue on pizza, but Catalfino’s Carolina pulled pork was a winner. I liked how its homemade
thick, tangy and smoky barbecue sauce complemented both the good meat and — wait for it — onion rings! Also terrific was the wellnamed Champion (ricotta, bacon, sausage, ham, pepperoni and much more). Catalfino’s menu says this pie’s won more than 20 awards in competitions, and I could see — and taste! — why. The menu also says The Fan’s Scott Torgerson declared the Spicy Italian “will be his final meal if he’s ever on Death Row.” After demolishing that irresistible grease bomb (killer spicy marinara plus double meats and cheeses), Death Row seemed almost redundant. To read G.A. Benton’s blog visit ColumbusDiningGuide.com
Warma for the shawarma: Spit-roasted meats gaining popularity Behold the vertical rotisserie, a magnificent machine that is being used by a growing number of ethnic restaurants in Columbus. Spit-roasted options are the signature dishes at such newcomers as Lavash, Pita Hut, Los Guachos and Lashish, the Greek. The electric broiler rotates a composite of meat in front of bright-orange heating lamps, which melt away fat and leave the outside golden brown and glistening with moisture. The outer shell is then sliced off per order, and often placed in a pita or is part of a larger plate ensemble.
Most everyone is at least familiar with the gyro, brown cuts of herb-flecked meat cut from the large, twirling cylinder, and garnished with shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes and tzatziki inside a soft pita. While not new, a different brand of twirling, carnivorous delight is tempting local diners: the shawarma. Several local restaurants offer their own variations.
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Lufti Ayoub, owner of the Pita Hut, cuts the shawarma on Feb. 26. The Pita Hut’s shawarma is seasoned with spices imported from Jerusalem.
Pita Hut in Clintonville has a Jerusalem-style, “As the ethnic population increases, these restauusing alternating layers of dark-meat turkey and rants will remain popular,” he said. lamb. Owner Lutfi Ayoub said the seasoning is Latif said the competition is good, opening up key to the alluring, complex flavor. He uses a blend diners to different cuisines and their spit-roasted of 10 herbs and spices, ground fresh in Israel and dishes. shipped to Columbus. He said he dry-rubs the “Bottom line: the customer wins,” he said. pieces of meat and marinates them, usually overnight, before placing them on the skewer for cooking. The place offers nine condiments, from hummus to cucumbers, for added flavor. “That’s the important part, always,” he said. The sauce also is a big part of the equation, says Recipe of the week Nasir Latif, owner of Lavash, also in Clintonville. He offers a simple but bold garlic sauce for his two shawarma options: a Lebanese-style using lamb and beef and a chicken selection. Latif said big beehive-shaped columns of meat pirouetting behind the counter help draw in customers. “It looks good,” he said. “It tastes good.” Shish Kebab Mediterranean Café and Café Istanbul use the rotisserie to make doner, the Turkish equivalent of gyro. Ilyas Batuk, chef and partner of Shish Kebab on Bethel Road, said the secret to excellent doner is using a good fat ratio – 25 percent – and forcefully compressing the ground beef and lamb mixture on the spit, which gives it a fine texture. “If you don’t have the fat, it’s no good,” he said. Customers seem to agree, as the doner is one of the top sellers in the restaurant. He makes 80 pounds each Friday and Saturday and another 50 pounds on Sunday, with smaller amounts during the rest of the week. Mike Polster, a partner of the Louis R. Polster Co., a restaurant-equipment supplier in the Brewery District, said he believes the sales of the ver- Orange butter cake with Grand Marnier, courtical broilers will continue to increase. tesy of Richard Blondin of the Refectory.
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Gymnastics team wins district title By AARON BLANKENSHIP and JEREMY STEWART ThisWeek Community Newspapers
Members of the DeSales High School gymnastics team were devastated when they learned that senior classmate and former teammate Milena DiMichaelangelo died unexpectedly Feb. 18 at age 17. DiMichaelangelo competed for the Stallions as a freshman and sophomore and had remained friends with many of her former teammates. DeSales was sluggish and unfocused in practice after attending DiMichaelangelo’s funeral on Feb. 22, and coach Misty Lloyd-Matthews wasn’t sure how effective her squad would be when it competed in the district meet Feb. 26 at Worthington Kilbourne. Therefore, Lloyd-Matthews was thrilled to see her team score a season-best 136.85 points to win its second consecutive district title and eighth championship in 10 years. Thomas Worthington (134.525) placed second, with Kilbourne (134.25), Dublin Coffman (133.35) and Dresden Tri-Valley (132.5) rounding out the top five. “This was an emotional week for us and it was hard to get the girls motivated and focused in practice, because they were such close friends with Milena,” Lloyd-Matthews said. “I wasn’t sure how we’d do because we had a bad week of practice, but I think the girls wanted to do well in honor of Milena and they came here and had one of our best overall days of competition. All of them did amazing at district.” DeSales was led by sophomore Kate Miltko and junior Katie Vance. Miltko won vault with a 9.175, finished second in the all-around (35.0) behind Hilliard Darby’s Meghan Parsley (35.55) and tied Dublin Jerome’s Hannah Ruddle for second on uneven bars (8.675). Vance won balance beam (9.1), finished third on floor exercise (9.075) and tied Ruddle for fifth in the all-around (34.55). The top three district teams will compete in the state team meet on Friday, March 4, at Hilliard Bradley. The top eight finishers in each event, including the all-around, will compete in the individual state meet on Saturday, March 5, at Bradley. DeSales finished eighth (134.85) at state last year behind champion BrecksvilleBroadview Heights (148.05). “I did the (Tsukahara) that I normally do on vault, but I hit it better than I usually do,” Miltko said. “We’re excited to go back to state and we’re hoping to do better than we did last year. Individually, I want to place in the top six in at least one event, too.” Miltko said she was looking forward to the competition.
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Cooper Staton of DeSales takes off from the starting blocks in the final of the 50-yard freestyle during the Division II state meet Feb. 25 in Canton. Staton finished second in 20.75 seconds despite breaking his state-record time of 20.96 set last year when he won the event. He also placed third in the 100 freestyle. For more photos from the state swim meet, go to ThisWeekSPORTS.com and click on “Slideshows.”
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Maddie Lockhart (center) of the DeSales girls basketball team hugs Tyler Craig as teammate Miranda Johnson looks on after the Stallions edged Bexley 46-43 in a second-round Division II tournament game Feb. 23 at Olentangy Liberty.
“When you’re in the district, you see the same people all the time and at state you get to see everyone and really go against a lot of good people that you normally don’t see,” she said. •The boys basketball team plays Eastmoor Academy in a Division II district semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. The teams have met in a district final in three of the past four
years, with DeSales winning twice. The last meeting was in 2009, when DeSales won 72-46 on the way to a state semifinal. After losing to Watterson 6048 in the regular-season finale Feb. 18, the third-seeded Stallions rebounded with a 71-43 win over London in a secondround tournament game Feb. 26. The Stallions and Eastmoor both had first-round byes. Eastmoor, which is seeded
seventh, defeated Whitehall 60-32 in a second-round game Feb. 26. Coach Blair Albright said he’s concerned with Eastmoor’s ball pressure. “They’re a team that is extremely physical and tough,” said Albright, whose team is 15By Adam Cairns/ThisWeek 6. “We have to be concerned with their physicality on the ball. The Stallions’ Andrea Acquista performs a dive during the Division II state meet Feb. 23 in Canton. Acquista placed fourth
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Northland girls seeking first district title since ’82 By JARROD ULREY ThisWeek Community Newspapers
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Brookhaven’s Khalid King drives past Austin Davenport of Beechcroft during the Bearcats’ 57-44 victory in a first-round Division I tournament game Feb. 23 at Delaware. Brookhaven ended its season with a 52-47 loss to Westerville North in the second round on Feb. 26.
During the past three weeks, the character of both the Northland and Brookhaven high school girls basketball teams shined through adverse situations. The Vikings, according to coach Dean Washington, “pouted a little” after their first loss, a 60-52 defeat in the Feb. 12 City championship game against Africentric. The second-seeded Vikings responded with tournament victories over Marysville 49-27 on Feb. 23 and 11th-seeded Dublin Coffman 58-46 on Feb. 28 to advance to their second Division I district final in three seasons. The sixth-seeded Bearcats didn’t have junior post player Essence Bates-Hatcher during a rough stretch to close the regular season and then were off for
20 days before beating Westerville South 47-38 on Feb. 25 at Hilliard Davidson. Northland, seeking its first district championship since 1982, takes a 20-1 record into its contest against Gahanna at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Olentangy Liberty. The teams met in a district semifinal last season, and the Lions won 53-51. The Gahanna-Northland winner will play in a regional semifinal against Logan, Pickerington North, Olentangy Orange or Upper Arlington at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Otterbein. The regional final is March 11 at Otterbein. “We couldn’t wait to get back (to Liberty), especially since we lost to Gahanna here last year,” senior post player Tatiana Chapple said. “Our first goal is to win a district title, so making it back here is big.”
Gahanna, which improved to 17-6 with a 58-36 win over Newark on Feb. 28, has won two district titles in coach Rick Hauser’s nine seasons. One of those came last season, but senior guard Tiyona Marshall is the only key returning upperclassman for a team that starts three sophomores. While Chapple had nine points against Coffman, junior Symone Denham scored 16 and sophomore Alexis Peterson added eight while holding the Shamrocks’ Meredith Stranges to 12. “Each game you advance, the teams get better,” Washington said. “We talked about rededicating ourselves (after the Africentric game). We’re going to have to be ready to play (against Gahanna).” Brookhaven played PickerSee ROUNDUP, page A8
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When they’ve had success against us is when they’ve been able to get pressure on us. “We’ve had success when our guys have been attacking up the floor. It’s sort of a situation where you have to fight a fire with fire and go right at them.” Leading Eastmoor are guards Daivon Barrow (9.2 points per game), Doug Richey (10.4) and Ron Tanner (8.5) and forward John Draper (10.4). DeSales used a balanced scoring attack against London, led by Tevin Cox’s 14 points. Charles Chandler (13 points), Clinton James (11) and Kenny Cooper (10) gave DeSales four players in double figures. The Stallions do not have a player averaging in double figures in points. “That’s nice because we’re not too reliant on one guy to do everything,” Albright said. “We have to get everyone involved.” The winner plays at 9 p.m. March 10 in a district final at the Fairgrounds against sixthseeded Granville or Mifflin. •The eighth-seeded girls basketball team played third-seeded Hilliard Bradley in a Division II district semifinal March 1. The Stallions opened the tournament with a 65-43 win over Sparta Highland on Feb. 15 before beating seventh-seeded Bexley 46-43 on Feb. 23. “You obviously hope you can hit a stride when the tournament comes,” coach Brian Cromwell said. “Even with some losses at the end of the year we started to play well, especially defensively. We still have to knock down more shots. We shot about 28 percent against Bexley.” The district semifinal winner plays in a district final against top-seeded Olentangy or Lakewood at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Ohio Dominican. The winner of that contest plays on Tuesday, March 8, in a regional semifinal at Springfield against Cincinnati Indian Hill or Dayton Carroll. The regional semifinal winner returns to Springfield on March 11 to play in a regional final against Cincinnati Wyoming, Dayton Chaminade Julienne, Kettering Alter or Springfield Kenton Ridge. •Cooper Staton of the swimming and diving team concluded his high school career at the Division II state meet on Feb. 25 in Canton. After winning the state title
ington Central in a district semifinal March 2. The winner faces top-seeded Reynoldsburg or No. 12 Hilliard Davidson in a district final at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Liberty. The district champion will play in a regional semifinal at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, against Fairborn or Liberty Township Lakota East at Otterbein. Brookhaven improved to 15-5 by beating Westerville South in the second round, as Bates-Hatcher returned and scored five points. Senior post player Chanae Ward led the way with 16 points, junior Jasmine Johnson scored 10 points and senior Travecia Franklin added nine. Sophomore Renee Cheeks and freshmen Marquita Brown and Aarin White also have become key players for coach Reggie Lee during a season that he acknowledges has had more adversity “than any year that I can remember” because of injuries and off-the-court issues. “It makes you focus more,” Lee said. “I love the way the girls are hanging in there. We’re coming together.” •The second-seeded Northland boys basketball team will play Olentangy Liberty at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in a district semifinal. The winner plays thirdseeded Upper Arlington or Westerville Central in a district title at 9 p.m. March 11 at the Fairgrounds. The Vikings improved to 21-1 with victories over Groveport 87-27 on Feb. 23 at Hilliard Bradley and Franklin Heights 75-36 on Feb. 26 at Jonathan Alder to begin the district tournament. Liberty was 16-6 after beating Delaware 54-51 in a secondround game Feb. 26 at Jonathan Alder. Nine players scored for Northland against Franklin Heights, led by Trey Burke (16 points) and Devon Scott (15). Burke recently was named the district’s Player of the Year and Scott made the third team. Nick Archer scored 14 points and Frank Longhino and Andy Yazrombek both added 11 to lead Liberty past Delaware. The postseason hopes of both Brookhaven and Beechcroft ended last week. The Bearcats lost to the Cougars twice during the regular season but won 57-44 in the third meeting, which came in the first round of the district tournament Feb. 23 at Delaware. Brookhaven then was beaten by Westerville North 52-47 in a second-round game on Feb. 26 at Worthington Christian Middle School. The Cougars finished 12-9 overall and third at 9-5 in the City League-North Division. Northland (14-0) and Centennial (11-3) took the top two spots, and Brookhaven (7-7), Mifflin and Whetstone (6-8), Columbus East (2-12) and Linden-McKinley (1-13) rounded out the standings. Beechcroft will lose six seniors, including Martise McLaurin and Austin Davenport. McLaurin averaged 22 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.9 blocks. Among the top returnees next year should be sophomores Khaleed Franklin and Maurice Hale and freshman Tyrek Pugh. “(Brookhaven) beat us in all phases of the game and kind of outscrapped us a little, which is uncharacteristic of us,” Beechcroft coach Scott Davis said. “Our (junior varsity) team had a decent year and we started two sophomores most of the season and a freshman for half of the year.” The Bearcats finished 11-11 overall and will lose four seniors, including Devon Montgomery (11.4 ppg). Montgomery made honorable mention all-district along with junior Khalid King (14.2 ppg) and sophomore Randal Clarkson (11.5 ppg). Brookhaven won six of its first seven but lost its final five of the regular season. King missed the final two games of the regular season with a finger injury. “We had a lot of hand and muscle injuries,” coach Hali Robinson said. “Every time we played Beechcroft (during the regular season) they played very, very good. This was actually the first time we played them when (we were healthy).” •The Brookhaven boys bowling team finished 17th (3,377) at the 18-team district tournament Feb. 26 at HP Lanes behind champion Westerville Central (4,168). Senior Evan Marshall finished 30th (556) and junior Sam Pellitier tied for 45th (536). The Bearcats finished fourth (3,996) at the 24-
DeSales sophomore Kate Miltko won the vault and finished second in the all-around to lead the gymnastics team to its second consecutive district title Feb. 26 at Worthington Kilbourne. The Stallions will compete in the state meet on Friday, March 4, at Hilliard Bradley.
in the 50-yard freestyle (20.98 seconds) last year, Staton finished second in the 50 free (20.75) behind Hunting Valley University School’s Andrew Malone (20.5) and was third in the 100 free (47.1) as Canal Winchester’s Sam Decker (46.1) won. The 200 free relay of Will Gish, Edward Cordek, James Walsh and Staton was 15th (1:33.68) behind champion University School (1:24.64). The same four competed on the 400 relay, which finished 19th (3:25.57) in a preliminary. Riley Savage was 20th in diving (210.45 points) as Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Danny Moorehead won (432.35). The Stallions scored 37 points to place 16th behind champion University School (377). On the girls side, Suzanne Hrabowy was 12th in the 100 butterfly (59.61) behind champion Sarah Koucheki of Gates Mills Hawken (55.22), and she was 14th in the 100 free (53.69) behind champion Katie Joseph (51.45) of McDonald. Andrea Acquista was fourth in diving (437.75) behind champion Natalie Ritter (454.8) of Columbus Academy. Andrea Devakul was 19th (1:00.91) in a preliminary in the 100 backstroke. The 400 free
relay of Hrabowy, Kara Goodman, Amy Shomo and Devakul was 24th (3:55.77) in a preliminary. The girls team scored 23 points to place 27th behind champion Hawken (334). •Payton Gutierrez of the wrestling team will compete at the Division II state tournament Thursday, March 3, through Saturday, March 5, at Ohio State. Gutierrez finished fourth at 103 pounds at district, which concluded Feb. 26 at Columbus East. The top four placers in each weight class advanced to state. Gutierrez advanced despite losing to Minerva’s Nathan Smith 4-3 in overtime in a thirdplace match. Gutierrez helped DeSales score 33 points to place 19th behind champion Olentangy (158.5). It is the second state appearance for Gutierrez, who was 02 last season. He enters with a 30-10 record and opens against Canton South’s D.J. Schoeppner, who is 40-2. Also competing at district were Jason Allen (145, 1-2), R.J. Ball (215, 0-2), Ian Ferguson (152, 2-2), Tony Moore (189, 12), R.J. Martin (135, 1-2) and Lee Wilson (125, 1-2). www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com
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team Eastland Lanes sectional Feb. 18 to advance to district, as freshman Netronne Backus (fourth, 662), Marshall (seventh, 642), senior Travis Stokes (tied for 10th, 610) and Pellitier (12th, 595) were the top scorers. “We had three kids bowl 600 or better (at the sectional),” coach Todd Norman said. “It’s great for the school and exciting for the kids to make it to district.” Also competing at the boys district tournament was Northland sophomore Trent Ranson (79th, 490). At the girls district tournament, Vikings freshman Bradishia Foster placed 29th (513), Brookhaven senior Madison Morris was 54th (454) and Beechcroft junior Nellie Jones finished 95th (308). The Brookhaven boys tied Centennial (10-3) for third in the 14-team Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division. Northland tied Ready and Watterson for fifth (8-5) and Beechcroft tied Mifflin for eighth (5-7). Hartley (13-0) won the league title. Northland tied Hartley and Ready for second in the 12-team COHSBC-Central girls standings behind Watterson (11-0). Brookhaven tied Columbus Academy for fifth (6-5) and Beechcroft was ninth (3-7). On Feb. 15, the Northland girls beat Briggs (1,711-1,602) and the Brookhaven boys lost to Walnut Ridge (2,155-2,114) in the City finals. •None of the three local wrestlers who competed at district last weekend advanced to the state tournament. Senior Harold Mintsop (171) and junior Adam Bray (119 pounds) each went 0-2 for Northland at the Division I district tournament Feb. 25-26 at Hilliard Darby. The last time the Vikings had a district qualifier before this season was in 2005-06. At the Division II district tournament Feb. 2526 at Columbus East, Beechcroft’s Amos Gweh (160) finished 1-2. After becoming the school’s first district qualifier since 2004-05, Gweh scored one point for the Cougars as they tied for 41st behind champion Olentangy (158.5). Brookhaven, which didn’t have any Division I district qualifiers, placed sixth (114.5) at the City League tournament Feb. 12 at Columbus South behind champion Marion-Franklin (202). Northland tied Walnut Ridge for eighth (105) and Beechcroft placed 11th (51). Mintsop, Bray and junior Andrew Love (145) all won City titles for the Vikings and senior Dionte Stephens (135) placed fourth. Placing for the Bearcats in the City were senior Tavonte Burney (fifth, 171), juniors Jesse Curry (fourth, 189) and Savon Banks (third, heavyweight), sophomores Jalen Bonner (fourth, 140), Ke’Ore Turner (fourth, 119) and Devin Williams (sixth, 160) and freshman Devonte Lewis (fifth, 112). Beechcroft had three City placers in Gweh (third), freshman Joseph Brandon (sixth, 135) and junior Juwaun Patterson (fifth, 140).
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GAMES OF THE WEEK BOYS: Top-seeded Westerville South, second-seeded Northland and third-seeded Upper Arlington are among the Division I boys basketball teams that will compete in district tournament semifinal games Saturday, March 5, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. GIRLS: Olentangy Liberty will play host to all three Division I district finals on Saturday, March 5. Game times are 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
58 in four overtimes Feb. 26 in a Division I second-round district tournament game. GIRLS Columbus School for Girls’ Enri Small had 26 points, 17 rebounds and three assists in a 47-34 win over Newark Catholic in a Division III second-round district tournament game on Feb. 24.
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