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Village launches Innovate New Albany ‘INC@8000’ business incubator on Walton Parkway opens with 13 new companies By LORI WINCE ThisWeek Community Newspapers New Albany officials hope to make the village an innovation center for development with a new initiative that includes an expanded incubator program for small businesses. The village recently launched Innovate New Albany — which will use the village’s assets and help connect entre-

preneurs with mentors, capital and other necessary resources — to build on the spirit of innovation that already exists locally, said community development director Jennifer Chrysler. For example, Chrysler said, the New Albany-Plain Local School District hosts a Cisco computer academy, through which its students can become certified to work with computers and networks. Also, several entrepreneurs have used

TechColumbus’ TechStart program to take their ideas and build them into businesses. “We want to grow innovation at all these different levels,” she said. The village’s new business incubator site is at 8000 Walton Parkway, Chrysler said, and includes 7,900 square feet provided by the New Albany Co., the area’s largest developer. The Innovate New Albany Center — known as INC@8000

— is available as office space for entrepreneurs wanting to develop business ideas or start a new company. Chrysler said 13 of the 15 available office suites already are occupied by companies like Buckeye Interactive, which is owned by Brad Griffith and specializes in interactive marketing and website development. Griffith founded his business in the former incubator site at 6530 W. Campus Oval and said work-

ing in New Albany has been a positive experience. “They have the infrastructure to support small businesses,” Griffith said. “The village has helped to promote us and connected us to other small businesses. There are some very successful small businesses in New Albany.” Chrysler said the businesses and startSee INNOVATE, page A4

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how to fund them. Domine said the district is talking to the New Albany Community Foundation and asking the PTOs for assistance. Corporate sponsors may also be contacted. She said the district may need to contribute $5,000 and the students themselves would contribute through programs they already operate with help from JACO. Chris Briggs, 4-5 principal, said fourth- and fifth-graders are part of an impressive partnership with JACO. Fourth-grade teacher Tim Bush said the fourthgraders are challenged to prepare products for an entrepreneurial day sale and think about to whom they will market their products. In 2010, Bush said, the students raised $10,025 from the event. Part of the money raised is given

The New Albany-Plain Local School District still is growing and could add more than a 1,000 students by 2020, said director of business operations Ken Stark at the Feb. 28 school board meeting. “Student enrollment is not an exact science,” Stark said. “Enrollment projections are subject to a variety of factors which are difficult to accurately predict.” When projecting enrollment numbers, Stark said, the district works with two outside consulting firms: Georgetown, Midwest & Pacific Consulting and DeJong-Healy. Georgetown, Midwest & Pacific Consulting provides numbers collected from building permits issued in the school district boundaries, residential home sales and builders’ projections, along with student enrollment figures by neighborhood. DeJong-Healy also looks at housing information, along with birth rates and census data. Georgetown, Midwest & Pacific Consulting will be paid $9,200 on its contract for this year, said district communications director Jeff Warner, while DeJong-Healy is due $3,750. Warner said only the former firm had been used in the past, but DeJongHealy was brought on last year “because of the critical nature of enrollment projections” to the district’s hiring practices and general operation. “This is a recurring thing, something that we update annually,” Warner said. District treasurer Brian Ramsay also uses information he collects on current student enrollment and average numbers of students produced in housing developments to provide more information for the district. Though the different methods produce slightly different numbers overall, Stark said, all of the projections show the district will continue to grow. As of the 2009-10 school year, enrollment was 4,180. DeJong-Healy estimates the student body will grow by 1,079 in the next 10 years. The other consulting firm projects an additional 1,098, while one of Ramsay’s methods predicts an additional 1,163 students. The similar outcomes from three different projections should give the board greater confidence in the numbers, Stark said.

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New Albany first-grader Mimi Economus cheers for the Jazz for Kids Combo as the musical group played for students during an assembly at the New Albany K-1 building March 3. The musicians will conduct their Jazz for Kids residency program at the school this month. To read more, see page A3.

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District to test education prototype By LORI WINCE ThisWeek Community Newspapers The New Albany-Plain Local School District has been chosen as a test site for new programming from Junior Achievement of Central Ohio (JACO). The Columbus-based nonprofit organization is looking to expand its educational programs on business operations and personal finances. “We want to make sure (students) know personal financial literacy and have an entrepreneurial mindset,” said JACO president Mike Davis. Local fourth- and fifth-graders already benefit from some of the opportunities provided by JACO, but superintendent April Domine said the district hopes to add programming for other grades this year. She said the district is looking forward to expanding its offerings with JACO.

Domine said three districts were chosen this year to test the expanded programming: Columbus City Schools, Village Academy Schools in Powell and New Albany-Plain Local. Each is working to find funding to support the JACO programs, which will involve students in the second, third, fifth and sixth grades and high school. Members of the district’s parent-teacher organizations already are on board. The New Albany Middle School PTO, for example, already has dedicated $1,000 to the new programs. PTO president Cara Iovino said the program is designed to help sixth-graders learn more how they are part of a global workplace and provide them with information on international trade. Davis said JACO would provide funds for this year’s programs if no other available funding is found. He said JACO and the district are discussing programs to implement next year and

New Albany PTOs report on their activities in each school By LORI WINCE ThisWeek Community Newspapers New Albany parent-teacher organizations (PTOs) contribute a lot of money and resources to the local schools. During a joint PTO meeting held March 1, district principals thanked the PTOs for providing volunteers and funding for special programs that could not be offered without their help.

“Thank you for your leadership,” said K-1 principal Deloris McCafferty. “Without your support, we would not be able to offer these great educational opportunities.” The PTO presidents spoke to the audience about funds they raise for local programs and how they help in the school buildings on the district campus. The elementary PTO organizations tend to provide funds for extra pro-

gramming, they said. Christy Pirkle, K-1 building PTO president, said her group raised $14,570 through February. Money has been used to provide classroom books, playground improvements and to support local residency programs held in the building. This is the first year that there are two elementary PTO organizations. The other PTO supports the 2-5 building. Its president, Kathy Vinciguerra, said the PTO

provides food for teacher events and luncheons, as well as funds for extra programming in the building. Chris Briggs, 4-5 principal, said any time the school asks for help from the PTO, it gets it. On the middle school level, president Cara Iovino said the middle school PTO raised nearly $20,000 this year. Most of that money goes to teacher grants, which are given in the fall and

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spring. They support band, choir and orchestra performances, mentoring and intervention programs, a summer math and reading program and the eighth-graders’ annual roller coaster building project. Money also helps with author visits and residencies and supplies for some classes. Iovino said the PTO provides a lot of

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ENROLLMENT Continued from page A1 Stephen Pleasnick, president of Georgetown, Midwest and Pacific Consulting and a village council member, said a few local apartment complexes are still anticipated in the district’s boundaries, but he hopes they will be geared towards single people with less than three bedrooms. That would help reduce the number of students coming into the district, he said. Board member Cheri Lehmann said that is her hope, as well, but questioned how the district can control that development. Board member Mike Klein asked Stark how long the district could keep its buildings on one centralized campus, considering the latest growth projects. Stark said the campus master plan, which was approved last year, indicates school buildings may remain on the centralized campus but some other facilities, such as sports practice fields, may

have to move. The plan can be accessed at “With the master facilities planning, we’re comfortable that we can accommodate these enrollment projects,” Stark said. “But if we’re talking 10 years out, there may be changes in educational practices that can help us better accommodate the enrollment.” Board vice president Laura Kohler asked Stark how the numbers would change after all-day kindergarten is instituted in New Albany. Stark said there is indication that a large percentage of the local population is sending kindergartners to an all-day program elsewhere. Tracy Healy of DeJongHealy said if New Albany were to start the all-day program, it would increase the number of anticipated kindergartners and change the enrollment projections. Kohler said because the enrollment projections show the district adding 650 students in the

next five years, it may be difficult to accommodate those children in the current K-1 building. Klein agreed, saying 600 kids equals an elementary school. Superintendent April Domine said since joining the district in January, she has seen everything from hallways to teacher break rooms used as classroom space to keep up with growth. “We’re doing a lot of creative things and we’re going to continue to work through these issues,” she said. Domine said the district already has two modular classrooms outside the 2-5 building and adding other modulars is an option to deal with growth. Another option is to lease space off the school campus for some programming or implementing split sessions, where different parts of the student population attend school at different times. “We have to look at everything, all possible options, she said.

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New Albany K-1 students learning about jazz music By LORI WINCE

The Jazz for Kids residency is and compose an original jazz musicians from Jazz for Kids. ing into and integrating all subject writing processes and conventions “What they do with our young areas, in addition to music and fine and fluency. teacher organization and the prin- Krista Diddle. “During the work- students and jazz is amazing,” art standards,” she said. “Some “Additionally, many math stancipal’s discretionary fund. The shops, the jazz musicians help the Lichtman said. particular kindergarten curricular dards were taught through this arts New Albany-Plain Local school students put their original piece to Diddle said students would learn areas that were enriched through- integration, as well, including board recognized the cost of the a style of jazz music, they help many things from the program. out this residency included the lan- counting, patterns, functions, numprogram — $9,060 — at the Feb. them choose the tempo and the “The process of the jazz resi- guage-arts concepts of word recog- bers and number sense.” 28 board meeting. key and they work through the dency serves to enrich and extend nition, oral and visual communi- K-1 principal Deloris McCaf- form of the song, adding solos, our current curriculum by reach- cation, acquisition of vocabulary, ferty said each year the school trading fours, scatting and other chooses its residencies to enrich jazz elements as the students see the students’ education. The K-1 fit.” You are cordially invited to an building has hosted performancThe residency culminates with es and residencies by the Jazz for a performance on March 24 at the Kids program in the past. Jeanne B. McCoy Community March 14, 2011 • 7:00 - 9:00pm • Grades 1 - 12 “(The students) get so much Center for the Arts, where the stufrom this,” McCafferty said. dents will perform the piece for The program is geared towards an audience. Please RSVP your attendance to Barbara Davidson at children in kindergarten to third The program incorporates sevgrade. Through live performanc- eral curriculum pieces. Teachers 614-433-0822 or es and workshops, the Jazz for will use the book “Nicky The Jazz Kids musicians teach students Cat” by Carol Friedman as a lanLearn why Marburn parents say: about the basic elements and his- guage-arts component. Diddle said “We know of no other school tory of jazz — and music in gen- students will read the book and that has this much to offer.” eral. listen to a compact disc of jazz “During this residency, the stu- pieces that accompanies it. Each dents become partners with these class has its own book and disc to musicians as they help to write work with, along with the visiting

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Jazz music is not typically heard in the hallways of the New Albany K-1 building. But that will change for the month of March when students are “scat singing” during a residency with the musicians of the Jazz for Kids Combo, who met the students March 3. “They were so great, they really met the kindergartners and firstgraders at their level,” said Linda Lichtman, the K-1 music teacher. “The band did some funny things, like pretending to play other styles of music and the students laughed. They got the kids singing some ‘scat’ and ‘trading fours.’” Scat singing is a popular jazz tradition in which a vocalist uses wordless sounds and syllables to create an instrumental solo with his or her voice. Trading fours is a jazz technique that involves alternating brief four-bar solos.



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to 1997. He has practiced law for more than 22 years and has worked in the hospitality industry for more Jill Richardson of New Albany than 18 years. has joined the Kendle/Ingle Real Estate Group as an assistant. Chamber sets monthly She has seven years of meeting for March 17 marketing exThe New Albany Chamber of perience and a Commerce’s March luncheon background in meeting will feature keynote real estate ap- speaker Robert Chich. praisal. The luncheon will be held at Richardson 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17, Jill Richardson is an active member of the New Albany Community Events Board and the New Albany Women’s Network. She and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters.

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PTOS Continued from page A1 food throughout the year for teacher events and members were proud to provide refreshments at this year’s middle school drama production, the first in several years. President Beth Silverstein said the high school PTO does not raise much money but does provide a great deal of volunteer support. Members work with all the booster groups and provide teacher grants and funding for the 60 high school clubs. “The majority of our funding goes to teachers,” Silverstein said. The high school PTO also sponsors five $1,000 scholarships for seniors and helps bring in authors and other guest speakers for the students. At the end of the meeting, superintendent April Domine was introduced to the group. Domine, who began work with the district in January, thanked the group for considering themselves to be part of the schools and for “being part of the essential business of what we do.” “We’re one school, one campus, one community, wrapped around these kids in kindergarten to 12th grade and beyond,” she said. “You are the leaders, the spokespeople of how we connect across buildings and how we communicate to the community and to the kids. Let us know how we can continue to grow and improve.” Domine also thanked the PTO presidents for serving on the district’s recently formed benchmarking committee, which will report on the best practices of other high-performing districts around the nation to determine how New Albany can improve.

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INNOVATE Continued from page A1 up companies are supported by infrastructure and connectivity to the fiber-optics network provided by Bluemile. They have office space at INC@8000 guaranteed through a three-year agreement with the New Albany Co. and have access to many resources that can help them, including the TechStart program, which offers companies mentoring and consulting services as well as office, meeting and lab facilities. The village has hired consultant Tom Guy, who will work with the 13 new businesses at INC@8000 as a liaison to connect the entrepreneurs with investors and other resources. “There are a lot of investors and venture capital people here in New Albany and I’m making the connections between potential funding and investors and the entrepreneurs with all the creative ideas,” Guy said. The Innovate New Albany initiative also in-

cludes the New Albany Innovation Exchange, a weekly blog that will provide updates on new businesses and available resources. Buckeye Interactive is hosting the blog at The site also includes information on upcoming workshops held by TechColumbus, TechStart and the Ohio Small Business Development Center, all of which are free and open to anyone. A leadership roundtable, which consists of chief information officers and other corporatelevel executives from successful, established local companies, also has been developed. It will be a networking resource and help with mentoring, Chrysler said. “This is a comprehensive, community-wide approach to economic development,” Chrysler said. “We want to cultivate that type of environment that is rich with innovation.”

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PROTOTYPE Continued from page A1 to local charities chosen by the students and some is contributed to help the fifth-graders attend JACO’s Biz Town. Domine said some of the money also could be used for the new JACO programs. JACO operates Biz Town on Second Street in Columbus, which is open to area fifth-graders and provides them with handson work experience. Biz Town

is a small community inside a former school building. The “town” has its own city hall, a bank, professional offices, a café, a radio station, a television station, a newspaper office, a science center, a supply and delivery center, a wellness center and retail shops featuring hockey equipment, natural products, signs and a wireless provider. JACO offers business packages for local schools, which include a five-week unit on eco-

nomics that culminates with the trip to Biz Town. Before visiting Biz Town, students prepare résumés and apply for jobs. Teachers do job interviews and students are “hired” for the day at Biz Town. When they arrive at Biz Town, they work their jobs, receive two paychecks and can use their money to eat in a café or shop in one of the retail stores.

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Optimism growing as village weathers economic storm New Albany has garnered commitments for more than 1,100 new jobs. Since the summer of 2008, companies have JOSEPH committed to STEFANOV add more than 2,000 new jobs in New Albany. Many of these commitments are slowly coming online now and we expect nearly all them to transform into actual jobs by the end of 2012. While these new jobs are tempered by the jobs and income-tax revenues we’ve lost, they still provide tremendous momentum for our future. Anxiousness is slowly subsiding, perhaps slower than we all might have hoped, but it’s happening nonetheless. Growing op-

timism is leading to economic activity that will benefit every New Albany household today and into the future. As the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. As a country, as a community and as individuals, we’ve weathered the most challenging economic storm since the Great Depression. Your village has survived a 20percent decline in revenues but managed to maintain service levels without a tax increase. Our current struggles are not yet fully in the rearview mirror, but we’re seeing positive signs for the future. Your village government will continue to control local spending and make wise investments that attract business, grow jobs and maintain your quality of life. Joseph Stefanov is the New Albany village administrator.

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Coming up To add, remove or update a fessional leaders are invited. listing, e-mail editorial@thisweekNew Albany tors, a Toastmasters International Club, 6:30 p.m. the first and Meetings third Tuesdays of each month at The New Albany Chamber Nazarene Church, 6000 Johnof Commerce meets the third stown Road. Contact Tammy Thursday of each month. Visit O’Neill at (614) 551-7146 or for mail Soroptimist International of the meeting time and location. To RSVP, call (614) 855-4400 or e- Northeast Suburban Franklin mail office@newalbanycham- County, an organization for fessional women, 6:30 p.m. the New Albany Rotary Club, second Monday of each month 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Mia at the Mifflin Township AdminCucina Restaurant, 5525 New Al- istrative Building, 155 Olde Ribany Road W. Business and pro- denour Road.

In brief Temple Beth Shalom plans ‘Purimania’ Temple Beth Shalom, 5089 Johnstown Road, will be retelling the story of how Queen Esther saved the Jews of Persia from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19. The songs of the Beatles will bring the actions of Queen Esther, King Ahashverosh, Hamen, Mordechai and the citizens of Shushan alive. Children are encouraged to come in costume.

King Ahashverosh rewards Mordechai for saving his life by leading him through the crowded village of Shushan on horseback so that all may praise him. The children in the audience will be invited to follow Mordechai around the sanctuary to help honor him and show off their costumes. Groggers and hamentaschen will be provided. For more information, call (614) 855-4882 or visit

Friends of Big Walnut Creek and Tributaries, 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 4991 Johnstown Road. Contact R.C. Bostard at (614) 470-9699. New Albany Baseball and Softball Board, 7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Plain Township Fire Station, 9500 Johnstown Road. Columbus Christian Writers

Association, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at the New Albany library branch, 200 Market St. For more information, e-mail Barbara Taylor Sanders at or visit New Albany Lions Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6916 Cen-

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School news Two juniors receive MLK scholarships The New Albany-Plain Local school board recognized two Martin Luther King Jr. scholars at the Feb. 28 meeting: juniors Jillian Rodney and Jerry Allen. Superintendent April Domine said they were chosen as the two top performing African-American

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Great deals, healthy meals and Asian flavors at Poong Mei From its sign outside, Poong Mei — aka Spring of China — claims it’s a Chinese restaurant. And you do pass through a red-and-gold imperial-type “China gate” by G.A. Benton portal to enter the place’s dining room. But one gaze at Poong Mei’s menu or the food laid out on its busy tables (many is more Chinese than Japanese, neither filled with obvious regulars) informs you is the dominant ethnicity. Because while that while this self-described “Asian bistro” Poong Mei certainly has Chinese and Japanese appendages, its head, heart, body and soul are purely Korean. Ambience-wise, Poong Mei is neither particularly distinguished nor bad looking. Lived-in but not dumpy, it’s got a sort of past-its-prime, small-town country club vibe. Likely its most standout features are a huge, sports-tuned projection TV and goofy, piped-in stringy music, By Dan Sohner/ThisWeek which could’ve been exCuddled Tofu Soup with Beef Short Rib at Poong Mei. humed from the sound-


tracks of melodramatic ’70s movies. So the food’s the thing at Poong Mei — and fortunately, the food is very good. A sensational shareable starter was an octet of obviously homemade Steamed Pork Buns ($8). Served on a steaming metal tray, they were beautiful snowwhite pillows with puffy, delicate, meltin-your-mouth textures and lovely, mildly fermented, sourdough-like flavors. Inside each was a wildly juicy scallionflecked clump of lusty, sausagey ground pork. Also great was a more robust group meal-igniter which could equally serve as a large entree for a single diner — Seafood Noodle Soup ($10, comes with a fine array of “ban chan,” small plates). In a super fragrant, medium spicy red broth were Poong Mei’s phenomenal housemade noodles (long, thin, silky and springy) plus bits of tender seafood-like green mussels, little shrimp, cuttlefish and octopus. A handful of veggies — like sweet carrots and earthy greens — rounded out the bowl’s happily married flavors.

Poong Mei 4720 Reed Road, Upper Arlington 614-273-9998 Cuisine: Chinese and Asian Price: $ (up to $10 per person) Patio: No Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday The hits kept coming — as did the sweet deals and healthy meals — with the Cuddled Tofu Soup with Beef Short Rib ($12; I got the vegetarian version). A bold, garlicky and mildly spicy chili broth held lots of wiggly bits of silky tofu plus veggies such as unmushy zucchini and cloud ear mushrooms. At the last second, a raw egg had been dropped into the gurgling hot broth — and I was amazed how much it enriched the soup when I broke the egg’s yolk and stirred it through the quick-cooking pot. But wait, there was more! The supersatisfying, lean soup (which included ban chan) had a fatty accomplice in the form

of irresistible kalbi (three bone-in shortribs) slathered in a sweet, thick sort of barbecue sauce. Poong Mei’s terrific housemade noodles were the basis for a dramatically allblack stir-fried Zhang Mun ($11). Looking like a dish of squid ink-sauced pasta but tasting like the marvelous (if a bit greasy) Asian stir-fry it really was, this nifty noodle-athon united pork, tiny shrimp, a lot of onions, veggies and assorted seafood bits in a salty fermented black bean sauce. Whether it’s that Chinese-style dish, or a neat Chinese-Korean hybrid like Shredded Pork with Hot Pepper ($12) or a great, straight-up Korean Hot Stone BiBim-Bob ($10), Poong Mei does it well, inexpensively and with genuine flavors. To read G.A. Benton’s blog, visit

Factory worker returns to food industry After working factory jobs both in Delaware and in central Ohio, Anuson “Chris” Khumauksorn is once again pursuing his love of cooking and the restaurant business. The Bangkok native has opened Taste of Thai in the Polaris area, replacing Ha Long Bay, a Vietnamese restaurant at 8489 Sancus Blvd. The menu offers a wide range of Thai classics, from

tom yum soup to pad Thai to shredded pa-

what Khumauksorn had in mind. Sure, he helped his mother run a restaurant in his native Thailand, while also earning a bachelor’s degree in business manpaya salad. agement. Most entrees are in the $9 to A cousin who owned a restau$11 range, with a few of the rant in Florida beckoned, so Khuhouse specialties costing around mauksorn and his family moved $15. to the Sunshine State to help. Owning a restaurant — and He removed himself from the being its chef — isn’t exactly restaurant industry for several years and moved to Ohio with his wife. Yet he longed to return to the business and staked out a location in the Polaris area, which currently has a lot of restaurants but no Thai. The interior – and store sign – at Taste of Thai is bright yellow for a reason, as the color symbolizes warmth By Eric George/ThisWeek and cheerfulTaste of Thai owner Anuson “Chris” Khumauksorn prepares his pad Thai with rice ness, he said. noodles, shrimp, chicken, eggs, ground peanuts, beansprouts and scallion in pad He said Thai sauce. there’s still a

learning curve for some customers, who tend to group all Asian cuisines together. Or they have another stigma about Thai. “People think of Thai food as spicy, hot,” he said. Therefore, he makes it clear that he will adjust the spice level to the diner’s preference. For now, there is no alcohol, but Khumauksorn said he intends to apply for a license to sell wine and beer. Taste of Thai is open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information, call 614-436-3735. Fresh off the opening of the successful San-Su, Yun Hui “Yumi” Wada has another restaurant planned for Bethel Road. Aoi, a Japanese restaurant, will take over the 5,000-square-foot building that once housed Einstein Bros. Bagels and Boston Market, 876-878 Bethel Road. The menu will feature sushi, noodle dishes, tempura and the like. It is expected to open in May. Meanwhile, Wada has leased SanSu, a Korean restaurant, to Jae Uk Jong. Wada is the founder of the two local Genji Japanese Steakhouses, among other enterprises.

In an economy that still struggles to gain traction, William Glover walks a fine line. The chef and owner of Sage American Bistro in the University District must balance cost, quality and value. “I think we’re as competitive as it gets in that regard,” said Glover, who is now a contributor to Food & Wine. Part of the reason for his success, he said, is his staff. “I’ve got a great team,” he said. Not to mention the effort and creativity that seem to go a long way toward customer satisfaction, he said. His new spring menu will offer a scallop nestled in ginger aioli and crowned with red pepper marmalade, with a streak of balsamic reduction accenting the plate. While seasons play an important part in the menu, whimsy is just as important, he said. Glover said if he’s inspired, he will change the menu more than four times a year. “I don’t like to draw lines in the sand,” he said. Glover said he’s been some-

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Matt Odierno of New Albany squares off against Elyria’s Jason Gott in a first-round match at 215 pounds during the Division II state tournament March 3 at Ohio State. Odierno went 1-2 at state to finish the season 43-7.


Eagles’ Odierno ends career at state By KURTIS ADAMS

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It took New Albany High School wrestler Matt Odierno less than 48 hours to move past his quick exit at the Division I state tournament. The senior, who went 1-2 at 215 pounds to finish with a 43-7 record, already was talking about his future plans the day after the meet concluded March 5 at Ohio State. “I’m thinking about playing lacrosse again,” he said. “I played all through middle school and then my freshman year, too.” Odierno, who was New Albany’s first state qualifier in Division I, dropped his opening match 20-5 against Elyria’s Jason Gott on March 3. Gott later advanced to a champi-

•Finishes: Third in OCC-Capital, 10th at sectional, 31st at district, tied for 73rd at state •Seniors lost: Drew Auld, Tanner Bracale, Alex Hake, John Kim, Matt Odierno and Nate Peck •Key returnees: Jack Archer, Cameron Brooks, Ryan Cao, Tommy Chamberlain, Nick Fluty, Joe Molnar, Corey Mulvey and William Seward

onship semifinal and eventually placed third. Odierno made it to the second day by eliminating Vandalia Butler’s Nathan Martin 11-4 in his first consolation match. Odierno then lost 216 against Lorain’s Amon Willis, who went on to place eighth as Wadsworth’s Nick Tavanello captured the title.

“I can definitely see how making it as an underclassman can help. Being there for the first time, it’s a little overwhelming,” said Odierno, who was a state alternate last season. “I won’t get another chance, but I still feel pretty good about my season. I just should have set my sights a little higher, maybe.” Odierno won a sectional championship Feb. 19 at Pickerington North and was runner-up at the district tournament Feb. 25-26 at Hilliard Darby. The Eagles totaled 59 points at sectional to place 10th behind champion Olentangy Liberty (239.5), which also captured the district team title (128) as New Albany finished 31st behind Odierno’s 18 points. He was the team’s lone wrestler to advance to district, although junior Tommy Chamberlain

(145, 31-13) and senior Alex Hake (heavyweight, 30-12), a first-year wrestler, were alternates. Seniors Nate Peck (130, 23-15) and Drew Auld (135, 27-17), both of whom previously qualified for district in Division II, also placed at the sectional tournament. The Eagles, who will graduate six seniors, went 5-2 to finish third in the OCC-Capital Division behind Mount Vernon (7-0) and Hilliard Bradley (61). Olentangy Orange (4-3) was fourth and was followed by Watkins Memorial (3-4), Big Walnut (2-5), Delaware (1-6) and Franklin Heights (0-7). Odierno and Peck made first-team all-league while sophomore Nick Fluty (112) was second-team. Hake made third-team and freshman Cameron Brooks (103) was fourth-team. Fluty

finished 23-14 and Brooks was 2615. The other seniors are John Kim (160) and Tanner Bracale (171). The Eagles will return five others who posted double-digit victories, led by junior Ryan Cao’s 18-19 mark at 152. The others are sophomores Joe Molnar (119) and Corey Mulvey (140) and freshmen William Seward (125) and Jack Archer (189). Odierno, who still is weighing his college options, has enjoyed a stellar senior year up to this point. He also played guard and linebacker for the football team, which posted an undefeated regular season. “I’ve got no complaints,” he said. “It’s been a great time.”

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Another pause in the postseason schedule should benefit the New Albany High School boys basketball team. The eighth-seeded Eagles have six days to prepare for their first appearance in a Division I district final. The game against top-seeded Westerville South is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, March 11, in the Fairgrounds Coliseum. The Eagles are 7-0 when playing with at least that many days between games and already have won twice in the tournament under that kind of timeframe. Aside from the extra preparation, the break also could allow New Albany to regain its health. The Eagles eliminated fifthseeded Pickerington North 5250 in a semifinal March 5 in the Fairgrounds while playing without starting center Scott McDonald, who was hospitalized with a stomach ailment, and Trent Guy, a defensive catalyst coming off the bench. Coach Sam Davis said Guy is day-to-

day after suffering a concussion during a 65-58 four-overtime win over Newark in the second round on Feb. 26. “Hopefully, we’ll be a little closer to full strength,” Davis said after the North game. “Today we certainly weren’t.” The Eagles never trailed North, however. They jumped out to a 22-8 lead by making six of their first seven 3-point attempts. Five players contributed to that total, and Travon Bodrick’s 3 provided the 14-point advantage with 5 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Sam Krebs, who scored a team-high 14 points, had two of the 3s while the others came from Ryan Mayle, Tommy Smotrich and Nick Sosh. “One of my assistant coaches, Joe Bills, who played at Wright State (after starring at Zanesville Rosecrans), designed a set that we used about seven times early in the game that we had a lot of success with,” said Davis, whose team improved to 18-4 overall as the OCC-Ohio Division co-champion Panthers

By FRANK DiRENNA The Fairgrounds Coliseum is known as a challenging basketball venue for shooters. The Columbus Academy boys team foiled that notion in a 7146 win over North Union in a Division III district tournament semifinal March 2. The Vikings made nine of 17 3-point attempts, and sophomore Daniel Aronowitz hit four and scored 23 points. “People had been talking about that all week,” Aronowitz said of the Fairgrounds’ reputation for being tough on shooters. “I just try to ignore it and do my thing. We’ve talked amongst ourselves (that) it’s all mental; it’s all in your head. If you get out there and just start By Jeff Mills/ThisWeek shooting around and get that out of your head and start making Tommy Smotrich and the Eagles will seek to avenge a some shots, the flow kind of regular-season loss to Westerville South when they face the keeps going.” top-seeded Wildcats in a district final Friday, March 11, in the Sixth-seeded Academy was Fairgrounds Coliseum. 17-5 overall before playing MSL-Ohio Division rival and finished 21-2. “We kind of shoot the 3.” thought we could put them in a The Eagles made nine 3-point- top-seeded Heath for a district title on March 9. quandary with our four guards, See BOYS, page B2 The winner will play the winactually five, with our ability to

ner of the Jamestown GreeneviewCincinnati Summit Country Day district final in a regional semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Kettering Fairmont. Against fourth-seeded North Union, the Vikings took control with an 18-0 run in the second quarter. Academy, which led 1615 after one quarter, used two 3pointers apiece from Aronowitz and Austin Peterman to help take a 34-20 lead at halftime. “Our game plan coming in was try to wear them down defensively with full-court pressure,” coach Christopher Jones said. “That’s a good squad and before their legs went a little bit, it was sort of nip and tuck. Then there came a point where they were sucking a little bit of wind and we were able to take advantage at that point.” North Union pulled to within 34-24, but could not get closer. Junior forward Zach Ratcliff scored 16 points and junior guard Tim Eldridge added 11 points for Academy. “This feels good because we work so hard to get in shape and See VIKINGS, page B3

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Hilliard was dominant in winning the Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League’s Blue Jackets Cup for the first time. The Wildcats won all four games, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 23-5. Casey Fulton, a senior wing player from Hilliard Davidson, anchored the effort offensively with seven points, including five assists. Matt Hannan, a junior center from Darby, scored four goals and totaled five points, and goaltenders Doug Martin, a senior from Jonathan Alder, and Gage Robison, a junior from Franklin Heights, posted two victories apiece. Hilliard defeated Northeast 6-2 in the final, but that game was played Feb. 20. That means that the four GCHSCHL qualifiers for the Buckeye Cup state club tournament — Hilliard, Northeast, PRPC and Newark — will enter the seventh-year event having not played a meaningful game in nearly three weeks. The state tournament runs Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 13, in Canton and Wooster. “You just have to make sure your practices are (conducted at) game speed,” first-year Hilliard coach Mark Mead said. “We’ve done a lot of inner-squad scrimmages and scrimmaged against some of the other local teams. That’s about all we can do to stay ready and be prepared.” Newark and Northeast were among the league’s best teams during the second half of the regular season. The Generals went 7-2-1 down the stretch to forge a tie for fourth place with Athens, and they won the tiebreaker to qualify for the Buckeye Cup for a fifth consecutive season by finishing 1211-1 in the GCHSCHL with 25 points. They followed a similar path to state in previous years, capturing the state title in 2009. “We worked the magic again,” Newark coach Don Jennings said. “It was just another amazing late-season run. Every game

Below is the schedule for the Buckeye Cup state club hockey tournament: MARCH 11 — 5:30 p.m., PRPC vs. North Royalton (Canton), Mason vs. Painesville Riverside (Wooster); 7:30 p.m., Liberty Township Lakota East vs. Newark (Canton), Hilliard vs. Oxford Butler County (Wooster); 9:30 p.m., Jackson vs. Bellbrook (Canton), Medina vs. Northeast (Wooster); MARCH 12 — 8 a.m., PRPC vs. Mason (Canton); 8:20 a.m., Newark vs. Riverside (Wooster); 10 a.m., Jackson vs. Hilliard (Canton); 11:30 a.m., North Royalton vs. Butler County (Wooster); noon, Lakota East vs. Medina (Canton); 1:30 p.m., Bellbrook vs. Northeast (Wooster); 5 p.m., Riverside vs. PRPC (Canton), Mason vs. Newark (Wooster); 7 p.m., Butler County vs. Jackson (Canton), Hilliard vs. North Royalton (Wooster); 9 p.m., Northeast vs. Lakota East (Canton), Medina vs. Bellbrook (Wooster); MARCH 13 — 8 a.m., No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed semifinal (Canton); 10 a.m., No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed semifinal (Canton); 4 p.m., final (Canton)

we played at the end was a playoff game, really.” The trick now for Newark is to regain the momentum it might have lost given that the regular season concluded Feb. 13. The Generals went 0-2 in the Blue Jackets Cup, as did regular-season league champion PRPC. PRPC finished first in the GCHSCHL at 15-7-2 with 32 points as Hilliard and Northeast both finished 14-7-3 with 31 points. The Storm went 8-2 to end the regular season but lost twice to Hilliard in the Blue Jackets Cup. It played six games in the tournament over three days, including three in a 24hour period. “You can practice and scrimmage all you want, but it’s not the same,” Northeast coach Mark Fixari said. “There’s nothing like a real game to keep you sharp.” The 12-team field for the state tournament also features Liberty Township Lakota East, Mason, Oxford Butler County and Bellbrook after they finished in the top four of the Cincinnati High School League. Lakota East was the regular-season champion at 19-3 with 22 points. The Cleveland-based North Coast Hockey League, on the other hand, awards its four state

berths following the completion of its postseason tournament, which is a spread over two weeks and ended March 5. The state qualifiers were Jackson, Medina, Painesville Riverside and North Royalton. Jackson was the regular-season champion at 10-0-1 with 21 points. “It’s absolutely a different situation,” Jennings said. “Our league has battled against waiting three weeks to play the state tournament, but Jackson, as the host team, won. Once the weather warms, it’s extremely hard holding onto the players as the spring sports get started. If this keeps up, we’ll have to address maybe moving the start of our regular season back another week.” Northeast has been practicing without one of its top defensemen, New Albany senior Colin Laviola, a Division I college lacrosse hopeful who is struggling to fulfill obligations in both sports as the hockey season drags on. There could be some positives that come out of the delay, however. For example, PRPC slumped toward the end of the regular season as injuries mounted. The Ice Prowlers still won’t have leading scorer Kyle Hyer, a Pickerington North sophomore who is out with a broken collarbone, but defenseman Sean Straker has had more time to recover from a concussion that kept him out of the Blue Jackets Cup. He is expected to play, as is Newark left wing Tyler Russell after he missed the tournament because of mononucleosis. In addition, Newark center Thomas Nichols has been cleared to play following a shoulder injury. Hilliard should benefit from getting right wing Drew Kennedy, a junior from Darby, back on the ice for the first time since December. He helped key the Wildcats’ 14-0 start before suffering a knee injury. PRPC is the only team in any of the three leagues to qualify for the Buckeye Cup every year since the state tournament’s inception in 2005. Medina won the first two titles before West Chester Lakota West took the

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tem. Teams play three pool games and the top four point scorers advance to the semifinals. One point is awarded for winning a period, and teams split that point in the case of a tie. The winning team in each game receives an additional two points. All four local coaches are in agreement that three of the four semifinalists could come from the GCHSCHL. “That might very well happen,” Mead said. “We’ve played some tight games with each other and that should continue because we’re all fairly even. Of course, it’s hard telling what the affect might be from the layoff.”

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Eagles now have a chance to avenge another one of their losses against Westerville South, which prevailed 64-54 on Feb. 15. The OCC-Cardinal-champion Wildcats are 22-1 after pulling away in the second half to eliminate Pickerington Central 7149 in a district semifinal March 5. Marcus Ball, a 6-2 sophomore, scored 22 points while Wisconsin-recruit Traevon Jackson, a 6-2 senior, added 18. Jackson scored 18 points in the first meeting with New Albany. Like the Eagles, the smallish Wildcats also are solid at the defensive end. They’re allowing only 35.7 points a game in three tournament victories. “When we play really well defensively, we’re pretty good,” South coach Ed Calo said. “When we don’t, we’re like everyone else.” Fortunately for the Eagles, they will have some extra time to rest for what essentially could become a track meet. South’s players rarely quit moving at either end of the floor. “They’re extremely athletic,” Smotrich said. “We’re going to have to excel on defense and keep people in front of us.” The district champion returns to the Fairgrounds for a regional semifinal against Cincinnati Princeton or Liberty Township Lakota East at 7 p.m. March 17. The winner of that contest plays in a regional final at 7:30 p.m. March 19 against Gahanna, Northland, Walnut Ridge or Westerville Central.

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ers in the game, which spread the floor and enabled them to counter North’s taller lineup. New Albany also got a 3 from Jalen Rhea, and it opened the third and fourth quarters with 3pointers for leads of 29-19 and 39-32, respectively. Never mind that the Eagles were playing at the Fairgrounds, which is known for its difficult shooting background, for the first time since winning a 2006 district final in Division II. They lost 37-35 to Teays Valley in the opening round a year ago playing in Division I for the first time. “None of us has ever played here,” said Smotrich, a 6-foot-2 senior. “Early on (in the week) we went to USA Sports Academy (a multi-court facility on Columbus’ east side) and shot around. I think that really helped.” Smotrich and the 6-0 Sosh, both of whom scored 10 points, held their own defensively playing against a North frontcourt led by 6-6 Justin Zielinski and 6-5 Michael Klamo. In addition, Krebs held North’s Trent Waybright to no first-half points and only one 3-pointer in the second. Waybright, a 6-4 guard, averaged 16.5 points in his team’s two previous postseason games. Zielinski and Klamo combined for only 11 points. “There’s not much difference in teams at this level,” Panthers coach Pete Liptrap said after his team’s 16-game winning streak was snapped. “For us to win, we have to score inside.” North had won the regular-sea- son game 51-49 on Jan. 29. The

The Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio (GCSTO) is looking for new athletes for its spring season. New swimmers are allowed a week with the team to see what it has to offer before deciding to commit. The team practices at Columbus Academy, the Concourse Hotel Fitness Club and St. Charles Preparatory School. The team also has started a

championship the following season. Athens was the first GCHSCHL team to win the state title in 2008. Lakota East is the defending state champion, but it lost early in the CHSHL’s tournament as Bellbrook defeated Mason in the final. Hilliard advanced to state for a third consecutive season and fourth time overall. Northeast is making its second appearance, having first reached state in 2009. “Top to bottom, I think Columbus is a little stronger than the other two leagues,” PRPC coach Joe Tonello said. “That being said, it’s never easy. We’ve been there time and time again and haven’t won it yet.” The state tournament will be played using the five-point sys-

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GAMES OF THE WEEK BOYS: Second-seeded Northland takes on Westerville Central in a Division I district final at 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. The Warhawks knocked off three of the district’s top 12 seeded teams en route to the championship game. GIRLS: Northland, Pickerington North and Reynoldsburg are competing in the Division I regional tournament at Otterbein. The regional final is Friday, March 11.

State Wrestling: Hilliard Davidson’s Chase Delande won a Division I state title at 145 pounds. He was the only wrestler from’s coverage area to win a state title. Boys Basketball: Previews for all central Ohio teams playing in a district title game, including Division I top-seeded Westerville South and secondseeded Northland. Girls Basketball: Pickerington North and Reynoldsburg repeat as district champs. Hockey: Olentangy Liberty lands a berth in the state tournament.

Top performances BOYS Westerville Central’s Quentin Henderson scored 17 points as the Warhawks upset thirdseeded Upper Arlington 59-56 in a district semifinal March 5. GIRLS Northland’s Alexis Peterson led the Vikings with 20 points as they earned their first district championship since 1983 with a 51-35 win over Gahanna on March 5.

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Jamestown Greeneview entered its district final at 20-2. Key players for the Rams, who won the Ohio Heritage Conference, are 6-foot-6 post players Ronnie Drinnon and Evan Bradds. Summit Country Day, which was 19-3 overall, won the Miami Valley Conference-Scarlet Division. Key players for the Silver Knights are sophomore forward Kevin Johnson (13 points per game), senior forward Ryan Glass (12.3), junior guard Tommy Kreyenhagen (10) and freshman point guard Antonio Woods. Before its district final, Ratcliff led Academy in scoring at 14.2 points a game, followed by Aronowitz and Eldridge at 12.3 apiece. Ratcliff led in rebounding at 8.7 a game.

have everyone really conditioned,” Aronowitz said. “Coach always talks about winning the war of attrition and I think it paid off because you could see (North Union) getting tired. We were in better shape than them. They’re a very good team, but we came out to play.” The Vikings were seeking their first regional semifinal berth since 2008, when they advanced to a regional final and lost to Anna 75-74 in overtime. “The nice thing about this team is we don’t have any superstars like we had a few years ago when we made the regional final run,” Jones said. “This time around we have a team and a bunch of kids that do a bunch of different things.”

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614-394-4499 A Budget Priced Company with Professional Quality. BUDGET PRO SIGN-UP in March & get a FREE POWERWASH w/whole house paint job. Ins/Free Est, 614-237-4187 A Job Well Done Again Painting, Powerwashing, Stucco & Drywall Repair, Gutter Cleaning, Carpentry. Need some thing done? Just ask! (614) 235-1819 Call Today! BUCKEYE PAINTING CO Average Room $89 Exterior Trim Ranch, $399 Insured, Bonded, BBB Scott, 614-402-4736 PRECISION 1 Serving Central Ohio Since 1986! Interior specials! 10% off with this ad. Spruce up your interior this winter. 614-833-6000

BENCHMARK ROOFING Windows, Siding, Gutters & Toppers. All work Guaranteed. BBB, Licensed/Insured 90 & 180 SAC Financing Visa/MC/DC/AX Free Est. 614-236-2000

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2011 RAM 2500 4X4 $36,245 AUTO SHOW SUPER SAVINGS -$6,245



*All rebates to dealer. 36 mons lease, 12,000 miles per year. $1,500 due at signing. **$2,380 due at signing. Plus tax, with approved credit. Offer ends 3/31/11. certified pre-owned


2007 CHRYSLER SEBRING STK #11120A .................................................................................................................... $9,925 2010 DODGE AVENGER STK #P3181...................................................................................................................... $12,925 2010 CHRYSLER SEBRING STK #P3194....................................................................................................................... $12,925 2008 DODGE RAM 1500 STK #11043A, ONE OWNER, LOW MILES ........................................................................ $14,905 2008 DODGE NITRO STK #P3217, 4X4, SHARP!! ............................................................................................. $15,925 2010 JEEP COMPASS STK #P3223........................................................................................................................ $16,325

certified pre-owned

2008 JEEP WRANGLER STK #11142A, CLEAN!..................................................................................................... $16,815 2010 JEEP PATRIOT STK #P3221 .................................................................................................................... $18,125 2010 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY STK #P3227, TOURING, POWER SLIDERS ........................................................................ $19,435 2008 JEEP COMMANDER STK #P3218, SUNROOF, 4X4 ........................................................................................... $19,625 2009 DODGE RAM 1500 CREW CAB STK #P3220, 4X4, DVD, BUCKET SEATS .......................................................................... $26,675 2010 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED RUBICON STK #11143A, 6 SPD, BOTH TOPS ................................................................................... $27,905


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