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NEWS IN NORTHSIDE: CONVERSATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY���������������� 2 SPRING CLEANING����������������������������������������������������� 2 NFC LAUNCHES NEW LOGO & WEBSITE������������������ 3 GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN-UP������������������������������������ 3

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NORTHSIDER MANAGEMENT TEAM: Ollie Kroner, Mati Senerchia, Karen Andrew, Jarrett Shedd, Kamall Kimball, Jonathan Sears, Barry Schwartz, James Heller-Jackson, Leo Pierson D’Cruz and Michelle D’Cruz

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Kamall Kimball, Riccardo Taylor, Karen Andrews, Sue Wilke, Stephen Davis, SaraLynne Thoresen, ThoraLynne McKinney, Mati Senerchia, Noeli Senerchia, Jacob Walker, Daisy Walker, Evan Hunter-Linville, Owen Hunter-Linville, Lauren & Meredith Shockely-Smith

Katelyn Lacey lives in Northside with the two cutest dogs in the entire world. She decided to move here last year after years of admiring the culture and tight-knit community of Northside. She is a cosmetologist, artist of many mediums, style enthusiast, Halloween lover, free-lance writer, community advocate and avid DIY-er. You can follow her on Instagram @thecoolghoul and Twitter @dumpsterdracula.

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ARTS AND CULTURE: FIND YOUR PEOPLE. FIND YOUR PRACTICE������������� 4 ART IN THE PARK������������������������������������������������������� 4 HAPPEN HAPPENINGS: CHRIS SICKELS SHARES HIS NEW BOOK����������������� 5 CREATIVE WRITING: HAMILTON AVE������������������������������������������������� 6 SPIRITS: TWO WAYS TO GET THROUGH TAX SEASON���������� 6 ENVIRONMENT: LEAD IN THE WATER���������������������������������������������������� 7 EDUCATION: WORDPLAY PLANTS SEEDS FOR POET TREE���������� 8 AT THE MARKET: PARTY LIKE IT’S EARTH DAY��������������������������������������� 10 CITY HALL: CINCINNATI PROTECTS WORKERS���������������������������� 11 COMMUNITY: FEED YOUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED����������������������������12 OPINION: WHEN WILL CANCER CROSS THE COLOR LINE������ 13 WELLNESS: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN IT GETS WORSE?������������14 SCREEN: HAPPEN’S KID CRITICS��������������������������������������������� 15 EVENTS������������������������������������������������������������������������ 16



Northside Community Council: Conversations with the Community There are so many positives in Northside today. As a dense, diverse, walkable neighborhood, we have been making steady progress for decades by most measures. However, there are certainly still many areas for improvement. Here is a short list of issues that frequently arise in conversations with the community:

are happy here, and wish to stay here for a long time. We often hear from neighbors who are concerned that the rising property values will make it hard for them to stay in the neighborhood. Similarly, other neighbors are concerned that our big old houses in Northside will be tough places to grow old in.

1) Laundromat

3) Responsible Dog Ownership

Approximately 60% of Northsiders rent their homes. While some rental units include in-house laundry, many do not. Over the last few years, the laundromats in the area have closed, leaving many of our neighbors in a pinch.

After a series of events in which neighbors have felt threatened by offleash dogs, including children on school grounds, there has been a resounding call for responsible dog ownership. Our Safety and Livability Committee has been exploring opportunities for a dog park in the neighborhood.

2) Affordable Housing/Aging in Place Many people who live in Northside

4) Graffiti So many complaints about graffiti… While our murals, and public artworks are celebrated, the thoughtless scribbled initials are generally disappointing. When you consider your building, your yard, or your business your artwork, it is exasperating when someone else paints over your work. 5) Heroin We all know it’s a problem – a national problem. The police list multiple arrests each month. The fire department laments how many runs are sent to overdoses. Solutions are not obvious. The needle-exchange program that operates a few hours a week in Northside has reported some

success, bringing around 10 percent of visitors into treatment. Community Council is actively working on each of these in some capacity. Many of these are tough problems that will require creative solutions. I share them with you in hopes that maybe you have a bright idea, or you have seen an effective strategy elsewhere. Community Council is a volunteer organization working to address neighborhood issues - we need your help. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit

OLLIE KRONER President, Northside Community Council

Northside Business Association: Spring Cleaning Spring is upon us once again, and historically this is the time for spring cleaning. April has traditionally been the month to get our house in order here in Northside, and in our true form we’re getting ready once again to focus on clean-up around the community and especially within the business district.


We have the Great American Clean-Up and a number of upcoming projects that are focused on getting the trash and graffiti cleaned up. We simply want an all-around refreshing of our landscapes and curb appeal. The Happen Inc. Youth Group will be back again this summer to provide a regularly scheduled clean-up of

Hamilton Avenue as well as other area or item specific clean-ups throughout Northside. Specific projects and dates will be posted here in the Northsider, so keep a close eye out and participate whenever you can. Every little bit counts! I would especially like to appeal to the business and property owners to adopt a sidewalk. For simplicity, adopting the sidewalk right in front of your place of business would be very helpful. Curb appeal and the sense of a neat and orderly business district sends a clear and powerful message to our patrons and customers. It reflects our community and our commitment to doing good business here in Northside. We will be sponsoring a number of sidewalk clean-ups this season, but we need everyone to “pitch-in” to keep up the

curb appeal in between the more thorough clean-ups. We will also be working to replant our Business District flower pots and we will be adding a number of “you are here” directories to help pedestrian traffic navigate our entire business district to find YOU, our Northside businesses. This season let’s all do our part to put on our best impressions and curb appeal to welcome customers and convey that Northside is alive, vibrant, and ready to do business. Thanks to all of you in Northside that help to make it a more thriving and vibrant marketplace for everyone!!!

JIM SWAFFORD President, Northside Business Association



NFC Launches New Logo & Website

The Board of the Northside Community Fund (NCF) is thrilled to launch our new logo and website thanks to over a year of work by UC Students, Northside Nonprofit Partners, and many individuals in this community. I need to first thank Northside resident, Lora Arduster, a UC Professor in English and Comparative Literature, Professional Writing, for first contacting me on New Years Day 2015. Lora recruited fellow UC Professor Mary Beth Debs, Associate Professor, Director of Professional Writing, Department of English and together, with their two graduate classes, we had a team assembled to produce a fantastic website. As Lora said at our first meeting, NCF is doing a terrible job of telling your story and what the NCF has accomplished. We are thrilled to now tell our story of what we have accomplished. Complete with e-books embedded within the website featuring Happen, Inc., Northside Farmers Market, Northside Porch Tour, and the Northside Rock-n-Roll Carnival, we able to tell the story of what the NCF has accomplished with the above non-profits and many others. We thank all of our non-profits for lending their time and energy in making the website what it is today. As a way of celebrating our new website, the NCF Board has decided to solicit grants applications for programs and events scheduled for this spring and summer within Northside. Grants will be small, ranging between $250$1,000, and it is best if NCF is a part of a team that is funding your event. THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY

Applications and grant guidelines are available on the website and are due by 5pm on Friday, May 13th. Since it’s inception in 2004, NCF has invested over $50,000 in Northside Non-Profits, a tradition that we intend to keep in the years to come. It has been challenging to form a new community fund when our fourth birthday brought us one of the worst financial recessions in years. Despite the challenges, NCF was able to establish a community fund at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. We branded the new community fund by setting examples of what we wanted to fund on a yearly basis. We are thrilled to be just shy of meeting our goal of a $100,000 endowment fund. With a safe investment return on the endowment through GCF, we should be able to make those grants for years to come. If the over 8,000 residents of Northside each contributed $1, we will have exceeded our goal we set twelve years ago of a $100,000 endowment. NCF Board members would like to invite you to tour our website, examine what we have funded over the years, and be convinced like all the NCF Board Members are, that your money is truly going to great causes, events, and activities in YOUR neighborhood. We challenge everyone to use the direct link on our new website and support the programs and events we have funded for years. Many great things happen in Northside, and unlike the daffodils that mysteriously sprout every year about this time, we need Northsiders’ to actively support and make NCF grow. I promise your neighborhood will be richer for your contribution. FOR MORE INFORMATION:


Great American Clean-Up

The dynamic signs of spring are all around us, so it is time to spruce up our Northside neighborhood. To get the ball rolling the Northside Safety and Livability Committee had a “Trash Social” 1-hour CleanUp on February 27th. It was a crisp Saturday morning and 27 people tackled the Skate Park Hill at Colerain and West Fork. The group, including Northside families, Happen Inc. teens and Ofc. Melissa Cummins, filled 25 bags of trash in one short hour! A fun-filled lunch followed for some at Boswell’s. Two upcoming opportunities to brighten up the neighborhood are Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s State Roadway Clean-Up on Saturday, April 2nd, and The Great American CleanUp on Saturday, April 30th.

impression to others about our neighborhood. The Great American Clean-Up on April 30th will provide different opportunities for volunteers, such as, ridding streets of litter, beautification projects, mulching at Hoffner Park, tackling weeds and debris along our alleys, and working on the Millcreek Trail across from Spring Grove Cemetery. We need volunteers! Sign in at McKie Recreation Center at 9:00 am (donuts at 8:30 am!), and finish up there for pizza at noon. FOR INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS: Contact Jenn Ballard at:


The Statewide Roadway Clean-Up targets highway ramps all over Ohio. We will have a Northside crew meet at the Skate Park corner to work on the I-74 ramps; a primary travel route that can leave a negative 3


Find your People Art in the Park Find your Practice The 12th annual Northside Art in the How many times have your started a mindfulness book or app only to lose steam because you were doing it alone? How many times have you left a Yoga class and thought, “I wish I knew the others I was practicing with just a little better?” How many nights have you been sharing drinks with friends and wished you could talk just a little more in depth about what you’re discovering in reading or meditation? There is a new place in Northside looking to make this more possible. The Hive is a place where community and contemplation meet. No need to be mindful all alone. Founder and Northside resident, Troy Bronsink, describes the center this way, “After years as a musician and spiritual activist I was burning out and stumbled upon communities of practice as one of the best ways to keep up my focus and my faith in humanity. Then about a year ago, with friends in Northside, I thought, why not curate dozens of such groups in our community and design a place where all these groups can intersect? The Hive opens the first week in April with over a dozen weekly classes and weekend workshops including: Functional Yoga (Alex Ryberg), Enneagram for Self Discovery (Deni Tato), The Courage to Teach (Troy and Kelley Bronsink), For Grief and Praise (Amy Tuttle), Activating the Artist Within (Lisa Howe with Chase Public), The Spiritual Practice of Non-Violence (Troy Jackson with AMOS Project), How to tell Better Stories (Brad Wise with Bespoken), Design Thinking for Social Change (with Starfire and Design Impact), and many more. The Hive is at 1662 Blue Rock between Urban Artifact and the Fire Station. Register for classes: 4

Park will take place, rain or shine, Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jacob Hoffner Park, at 4101 Hamilton Ave. This family-friendly, oneday event features more than 50 artists, children’s activities, and food trucks. The mission of Northside Art in the Park (NAP) is to fill up and overflow Hoffner Park with local fine arts and crafts every year during the first weekend in May. NAP is a small organization made up of people who enjoy art fairs in the spring, selling their artwork, and spending time in Hoffner Park. Northside Art in the Park showcases a range of jewelry, ceramics, mixed media, photography, fashion and paintings. “I am so excited about this year because it is the first year we will be showcasing the wide variety of artists in the tri-state area,” said organizer, Sara Mulhauser says. “The avid as well as the professional artists; the individual artist as well as gallery-represented artists. I really try to get a nice range of talent and throw in some unexpected vendors as well. It will be a surprising, fun, jam-packed full-of-art kind of event! Hope to see you there!” Children will be entertained by family activities. Parking lots are available for a nominal fee throughout Northside, always within walking distance. Red bike parking is available at the park. Performances,
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wump Mucket Puppet Show,
12-1 p.m. Dramakinetics fun, 1-4 p.m. Hoola Hooping Workshop with Dizzy Bee Entertainment
all day Happen Inc. art activity and new t-shirts from Happen’s Breadwinners FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY


Chris Sickels Shares His New Book At Happen, Inc. figures on sets constructed of found objects which he then arranges into fantastic scenes and photographs. In her New York Times review of The Secret Subway Maria Russo describes the Red Nose Studio illustrations as “astounding” and we couldn’t agree more.

This spring Happen, Inc is once again excited to welcome back illustrator, animator and long-time friend Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio. Chris has been a part of Happen since the very start, from designing the “flying boy” logo to playing some of Happen’s first wacky characters and teaching fundamental art concepts to families. Since those early days at Happen, Chris has gone on to become a nationally renowned illustrator whose work can be seen on magazine covers, advertisements and the walls of Happen’s Northside studio. And now, along with author Shana Corey, Chris is releasing his third illustrated children’s book collaboration, The Secret Subway which tells the true story of Eli Beach who built a small, air-powered subway in New York City during the mid 19th century. To celebrate the release of The Secret Subway Happen will be hosting a one night only reading and book signing with Chris Sickels on Saturday, May 14 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. As Red Nose Studio, Chris creates unique, three dimensional scenes using hand-made cloth, wire and clay


Happen couldn’t be more proud of all of the success Red Nose Studio has had over the years and we love to share this amazing artist with our friends in the community. The book signing event will not only feature a reading from Chris but you’ll also have the opportunity to see the characters from the Secret Subway up close plus, see a demonstration of how a pneumatic subway works. You’ll also get a chance to see a few of Red Nose Studio’s animated videos where these amazing puppet creations come to life through stop motion animation. And in the two weeks following the books signing you’ll get to try your hand at several different types of animation as Happen’s Make It explores the art and science of animation with Animation Exploration. Keep an eye on happeninc for more details. Join Happen for Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio featuring The Secret Subway and don’t forget to come back for Animation Exploration at Happen’s Make It. This will be one of Happen’s “can’t miss” events this year and we hope you jump at the chance to meet Chris, an artist who truly embodies the spirit of Happen, Inc

HAPPEN, INC. Art activities for parents & children 4201 Hamilton Ave (& Chase)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit: Call: (513) 751-2345 E-mail:



HAMILTON AVE the sun is coming home, a shadow cuts across the sidewalkwe don’t step on the lines, just in case. skip over the cement seams but do not spend too much time looking down at your feet, the fears. a three-legged dog walks by on a leash- you know its name. everyday this street is filled with faces that come, they do not go. there’s an old joke that when somebody moves to Northside from anywhere other in Cincinnati, you’ll never see them elsewhere againthis place: still Cincinnati, but something else too. Hamilton Ave doesn’t cut like a knife through the heart of our neighborhoodthrough warm butter or bread; it’s the spine of an old book being read again, opening, and unfolding. we wait for busses, walk into bars, restaurants, shops, cafes. we smoke, we spit, we talk on our phones, look over our shoulders with our hands in our pockets-


2 Ways to Get Through Tax Season Its tax season once again here in these great United States of America! The “one” time of year Uncle Sam gets his due, or perhaps it’s that wonderful time of year the government gives you back (without interest) some of that money that you accidentally overpaid throughout the previous working year. Whatever end of this burning candle you reside on, there is one sure fired thing to help you cope with or celebrate the changes to your bank account, spirits. It is not quite memorial day, but the springtime is the perfect time for some white spirits. Thankfully for you, there are a couple local options cropping up in the Queen City, one of which is right here in Northside! Should you have found yourself on the losing side of your taxes this year, what better way to raise your spirits than with some local Northside… spirits. Little known Northside Distilling Company has recently opened in the northern part of this wonderful neighborhood producing an unaged Corn Whiskey. This white liquor is similar to rhum agricole, in that it is a true expression of the grains from which it is derived. Flavors of sweet corn, light grain, and

a hint of grassiness provide a deeply agricultural experience for a white corn whiskey. Enjoy over ice with some lemonade, or if your taxes have you feeling lower than Dante’s 9th circle of hell, shoot down straight. On the flip side, should you find yourself exiting this laborious tax day victorious, ready to feast high on the hog, raise that martini glass and proclaim your love for your gin martini made with New Riff Wild Gin. Located just across the river in Newport, KY, their Wild Gin is as unique to the Ohio River Valley as it is enjoyable. It contains your classic flavors: juniper, coriander, orris root, lemon peel, and cinnamon but with a unique local twist. Goldenrod, the state flower of Kentucky, provides a bright floral flavor, American Juniper adds a subtler and more enjoyable pine-like experience, and the signature flavor Spice Bush adds an enchanting aroma of allspice crossed with pink peppercorn. A truly remarkable gin to help you celebrate that tax refund in high-class style.

BRETT KOLLMANN BAKER Bret is a, liquid enthusiast, and Co-owner/ Chief of Brewing Operations at Urban Artifact.

they do this stuff everywhere, but ours is somehow special. A family walks by, you know the kids’ names.

CHASE PUBLIC 1569 Chase Ave




Lead in the Water What Our City Does to Protect Us From Lead Following the lead poisoning tragedy in Flint, Mich., you may be wondering what Flint should have been doing to prevent lead from getting into the drinking water. Fortunately, our own Greater Cincinnati Water Works provides a great example. The thing that may surprise you is that the water that comes out of a water plant almost never has lead in it – the problem occurs as the water travels from the water plant to your house through old pipes. The problem is the pipes and fixtures between the water plant and you. By learning the dates after which lead was banned for use in certain things we get a nice little review of where the lead is hiding. As of 1927, lead was banned from water pipes themselves (in Cincinnati specifically – Northern Kentucky wasn’t until 1955, and Chicago not until 1986!). As of 1986 lead was banned from the solder used to join water pipes (The Safe Drinking Water Act Amendment of 1986). And finally, as of Jan. 4, 2014, the percentage of lead allowed in brass water fixtures was lowered from 8% down to 02.% (The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2014). So lead leaches into the water from elderly lead pipes, young-adult-aged lead solder, and toddler-aged brass fixtures. Again, since this occurs after the water leaves the plant, what is the water utility supposed to do about it? Two important things: Control the pH of the water and Utilize Lead Corrosion Control. First, it is well-known that acidic water THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY

will leach more lead into the water. Therefore, Greater Cincinnati Water Works makes sure our water is not acidic, and, in fact, keeps it a little on the opposite side of acidic (aka basic). For a quick review of pH, recall that a pH of 7 is exactly in the middle, any lower is acidic, and any higher is basic. Drinking water is supposed to be kept near a pH of 8 – Flint’s was at 7.34. Our water is where it is supposed to be. Second, there are substances that bond to and form a protective coating over the lead. The use of these substances (called orthophosphates) for lead protection is called Lead Corrosion Control. Flint was not using this – our city is. Over the years, the coating grows until little to no lead is in contact with the water. But wait! Why don’t we just replace all the old lead pipes so we don’t need to worry about all this in the first place? The problem is that is a heck of a lot of pipes. The City estimates that roughly 16,000 properties (all prior to 1927) may have lead pipes. If you want to look into checking your home for lead, go to: cincinnati-oh. gov/water/lead-information/checkcustomer-owned-private-service/ or call the Greater Cincinnati Water Works at 513-591-7700. Oh and I almost forgot – thank you, Greater Cincinnati Water Works!

CASEY MOOTHART Casey Moothart is a pediatrician who does lead tests in children all the time. Thankfully they are almost all negative.




Wordplay Poets and local youth plant seeds for month of Poet Tree in Hoffner Park Kids’ fresh poems bloom on iconic neighborhood tree This month, new blooms sprouting on Hoffner Park’s biggest tree herald a new neighborhood collaboration that helps Northside kids’ share their voices with the world. Called The Poet Tree and timed to coincide with National Poetry Month, the project is the brainchild of WordPlay co-founder and Executive Director Libby Hunter. She was inspired by an earlier WordPlay project during which young readers and writers crafted poems on handmade paper and hung them from a small tree inside the nonprofit’s Hamilton Avenue storefront. Everyone loved the display and it made young poets feel proud when they saw their work showcased for visitors to enjoy. She knew that research shows that kids with confidence tend to be better equipped to deal with peer pressure and their


own strong emotions. Confident kids also tend to be better able to cope with challenges and frustrations. All of those benefits can improve kids’ school, and life, outcomes. So Hunter wanted to bring the project back, using National Poetry Month as a natural hook. Then, in true WordPlay collaborative fashion, she designed a volume-boosting twist.

“These poems are wonderful gifts for people to take home and share,” Hunter says. “Plus, it increases students’ confidence in themselves when they see their work shared and valued.”

Instead of having the new version of the project include only poems written by WordPlay Cincy regulars, she wanted to offer an outlet to all Northside youth. Outreach is nothing new at WordPlay, where every program must fall in line with the organizational focus on community, innovation, education and transformation. With an eye toward transformation, Hunter wanted to display this new crop of poems outside, on a real live tree that young poets could visit regularly with their family and friends.

To inspire and gather them, she knew she’d need partners. WordPlay Writersin-Residence Pauletta Hansel and Corey Burdine coach young people at WordPlay, but they also will visit all K-6 classrooms at Chase Elementary to get even more poems to take root. Still, they needed reinforcements to cover all of the school’s classrooms.

Cincinnati Parks allowed for the Hoffner Park tree’s month-long transformation. Now Hunter needed poems. Lots and lots of poems.

Hunter recruited the poets of nearby fellow nonprofit Chase Public to help lead poetry sessions at the elementary school. After that, she extended a

Poet Tree branch into the Northside Library, where children’s librarian Marni Blanken runs after-school sessions. The library will host a WordPlay poetry workshop for children of all ages on Thursday, April 7th from 3-4 pm, where Writers-in-Residence will plant the seeds for even more poems. The group even decided to display an additional Poet Tree in front of the library. Librarian Blanken sees it as a wonderful opportunity in many ways. “With most children relying heavily on computers and phones to communicate, I think sitting down and putting thoughts on paper is getting to be a lost art,” Blanken says. “Children are so rushed just to get homework and assignments done, there isn’t really time to process their feelings and emotions in written form.” The process involves students writing their poems, which are then typed and


“These poems are wonderful gifts for people to take home and share. Plus, it increases students’ confidence in themselves when they see their work shared and valued.” –Executive Director, Libby Hunter printed on cardstock. Each poem is identified with the author’s first name, age and affiliation—Chase Elementary, WordPlay or the library—written on the back. Poems hang in small plastic jewelry bags tied to the trees with brightly colored ribbon. Poems are gifts from the youth to the community. Passersby are encouraged to take one, read it and enjoy. Trees will be refilled with poems as necessary, Hunter says. “These poems are a very public opportunity for us as a community to hear from our youngest neighbors,” she said. “I can’t think of any better way to celebrate the amazing young people all around us while also taking advantage of the arrival of spring in our neighborhood.”

taken home to be treasured. “This is also a good opportunity for children to get together and exchange ideas about their lives and the world around them,” she says. If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer with the Poet Tree project or sponsor a branch, please email info@ or call 513-5410930 to learn more.

ELISSA YANCEY WordPlay Co-Founder and Past President, Director of Special Projects and Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.


At the library, Blanken mentions an additional benefit, one that will last long after the last poem-gift has been THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY



Party Like It’s Earth Day April Farmers Market Events Celebrate The Earth During the month of April, the Northside Farmers Market (NFM) will honor Earth Day, April 22, by hosting events celebrating reducing, reusing, and recycling. Of course, buying local foods is good for your carbon footprint - foods grown close to us travel fewer miles, less is wasted and our farmers practice sustainable growing methods. This month, however, we’ll be exploring how to reduce our impact in other ways. On April 13, the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance will be at the market to answer any questions about solar energy for homeowners. The Energy Alliance gives free assessments and educates homeowners about the incentives and tax credits available in the region. They’ll be at the market from 4-7 p.m. with information about the City of Cincinnati’s new incentive program. On April 20, NFM partners with Green Umbrella and The CORV Guide to host Eat Shift Party Local - a release party for the 2016 CORV Guide. The CORV Guide magazine is a comprehensive resource for locating local food options


in the Greater Cincinnati region. Also at the party Green Umbrella will unveil its 2016 revamp of the Ten Percent Shift Campaign - an initiative encouraging individuals to pledge to shift 10 percent of their food budget to local foods. If 10 percent of the population took the pledge, $49,000,000 would go into our local economy along with over 500 new jobs. NFM will be celebrating the two organizations’ efforts with appetizers from 5-7 p.m., raffles every half hour during the event, contests and live music. The party will be a good time to meet farmers, sample the tastes of local foods, sign up for the Ten Percent Shift Challenge and visit with neighbors and other local food enthusiasts. Finally, on April 27, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., the market will host an up-cycling class given by Adrian Hawk, art teacher and up-cycling enthusiast. She’ll be teaching attendees to make various projects out of old book pages. The class is $10.00 and those interested can sign up on the market’s website.

Join the market for the CORV Guide Release Party on April 20th



Ana Bird is the Manager of the Northside Farmers Market. She loves to garden, to eat, and learn about regional foods. She also teaches ballet to children in the Greater Cincinnati Area.



Cincinnati Passes Legislation Protecting Workers Cincinnati made history earlier this year by being the first city in the state to pass Anti-Wage Theft legislation. In the nature of full disclosure, I should note up front that I had a significant hand in drafting the legislation, and my boss introduced it.) Wage Theft is the improper payment of wages to a worker for the work they performed. This can happen in any number of ways, such as paying less than minimum wage, not paying for all hours worked, failure to pay overtime, or misclassifying workers as contractors instead of employees. While this issue is pervasive across sectors, wage theft is extremely prevalent in the construction industry. Studies nationally have shown that 60 percent of low-wage workers have experienced wage theft, and an Ohio Attorney General’s report estimated more than 90,000 Ohio workers were illegally misclassified. Knowing that Wage Theft and misclassification often hit low-wage and immigrant workers the hardest, we set out to find a way to protect workers in Cincinnati.

new construction projects. Under the city’s new Wage Theft law, any development project receiving more than $25,000 in economic incentives from the city must report any instance of Wage Theft on their project, and the city has the authority to recoup our investment in the project. With this new authority, the city is sending a message that where Cincinnati tax dollars are invested, we expect workers to be paid for the work they do. Cincinnati’s renaissance is being driven in part by millions of dollars in private development that is supported by the city with economic incentives. This legislation is an important step in ensuring that the men and women literally building and rebuilding our community receive the pay they deserve.



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PETE METZ Pete Metz is Chief of Staff to Vice Mayor David Mann. He and his wife, Becca, moved to Northside in July.

As opposed to creating new wage laws, the ordinance introduced by Vice Mayor Mann and supported by seven members of City Council gives the city new authority to enforce wage laws that are already on the books. Frequently, the city invests money in the form of tax abatements and credits, grants, or loans in




Turn You Kroger Shopping Into Cash To Feed Your Neighbors In Need! Help Northside get a share of Kroger’s $4 Million giving The word, give, is a verb that means to freely hand something to or provide for someone. Giving implies action whether that means writing a check, swiping a card, or clicking a button. One program that benefits local community organizations is the Kroger’s Community Rewards program, which is a way to give back to local nonprofits while grocery shopping. In the Cincinnati/Dayton area alone, Kroger has helped more than 2,500 non-profit organizations raise funds to help support their causes.

the letters CAIN, click search. 4. Select CAIN by clicking on the circle to the left of our name. 5. Save changes. If you do not currently participate, enroll:

If you currently participate in the Kroger Community Rewards program, you must re-enroll annually during the month of April:

1. Visit website at

1. Visit website at www.

3. Enter CAIN’s number #81303 or the letters CAIN, click search.

2. Sign in using your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, just click on “forgot password” and a link will be sent to your email to change your password.

4. Select CAIN by clicking on the circle to the left of our name.

3. Enter CAIN’s number #81303 or

2. Create an account and link your Kroger Plus card to it.

5. Save changes. Your Kroger Plus Card can be linked to only one organization at a time. However, you can change your

designation online at any time. Now is the perfect time to consider joining the Kroger Community Rewards Program. LYNNE FREE Lynne Free is CAIN’s CityVision Intern serving in Northside for two years while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Global Urban Leadership. Helping local non-profits is easy. Simply enroll your Kroger Plus Card online at Once registered, the organization you’ve chosen will earn rewards on all eligible purchases you make using your Kroger Plus Card and it does not impact your fuel rewards or other Kroger deals.




CAIN (Churches Active in Northside) is a designated charity that receives quarterly rewards. Last year, about 50 households

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When Will Cancer Cross the Color Line in Cincinnati? “Although blacks have suffered and died from cancer throughout the twentieth century, the images associated with cancer--particularly cancer awareness and prevention-had been for more than fifty years overwhelmingly of white Americans.” —K. Wailoo Cancer screening and treatment have a troubled past and present, especially for minorities and the poor. In fact, for many physicians, African Americans specifically were not seen as capable of having cancer. Segregated practices reflected prejudiced medical attitudes. Even after a 1947 scientific study at Howard showed poor cancer treatment of blacks and the resulting difference in outcomes, the acceptance of blacks with cancer was minimized. The latest Cincinnati cancer mortality statistics for minorities show that same troubling pattern of lower life expectancy for all types of cancer. There is a shocking twenty year difference in life when a citizen lives in a poor community. A major change program: Lay Patient Navigation: Harold Freeman, M.D, surgeon, former president of the American Cancer Society, and now

director of the Ralph Lauren Center for Patient Navigation Training, has designed a major intervention that doubles life expectancy for minorities, the poor, and anyone with cancer. He devised a program of hiring community agents, “navigators,” focused on getting citizens to screening and treatment at the earliest time in the development of their cancer. Over five years, he doubled the life of people with cancer. Freeman was invited to a conference in April, 2015, to present to Cincinnati hospital and social service staff the methods and outcomes of his program. While he was enthusiastically received, no hospital based program has begun. Instead, a group of social service organizations will initiate a cancer education program at weekly dinners, food sharing at pantries, special meetings, and any way that cancer education can be offered. Physicians, led by Nemat Moussavian, M.D., will provide knowledge about how cancer works and how it can be survived. A group of volunteers from the University of Cincinnati’s school of social work and community volunteers will be trained

to be the first “navigators”, and will meet with people at these communitybased meetings An appointment for screening will be made and the navigator will accompany the person to the screening, helping with transportation, childcare, and other obstacles to making the appointment. A navigator directory will also be created. A city wide calendar is being developed showing the dates and places for cancer education. Street Vibes, the weekly newspaper of the Homeless Coalition, is planning to publish the calendar in each issue. The goal is to reduce cancer deaths in a significant way. The Cancer Justice Network will create a learning and action system to promote early and timely screening and treatment using the Freeman navigation process. In time, we hope to see many more people coming for screenings all cancers that can be caught early and survived. If successful, we anticipate longer and better life expectancies for minorities and the poor in Cincinnati.

Right now, there is no hospital or social service agency that offers cancer education or a “road map” to rapid screening.

In order to have a different outcome for minorities and the poor it is necessary to have a different approach to access.

Access needs to start in the community with citizens learning about how they could best survive cancer by getting early screening.

STEVE SUNDERLAND Steve Sunderland is the director of the Peace Village Cancer Project. For more information write


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What Do You Do When It Gets Worse? “Did you ever have one of those days?” That’s a line from an Elvis Presley song. It continues, “When nothing went right from morning ‘til night. Did you ever have one of those days?” Well, I just had one of those days this morning. Our household had a change today from our normal schedule. As a result, I was a bit late getting ready for work. I was scurrying around, rushing my usual morning routine. All was going well until the shirt, tie and jacket that went together so well in my head did not look that great in the mirror. (By the way, NPR reports that what one wears to work does in fact impact one’s work and contributes to or detracts from success.) Even we men care about our appearance to one degree or another. So finally I settled, get dressed and rushed out the door only ten minutes later than I had planned. I didn’t have an early appointment, so no problem. Arrgh! One tire on my car was nearly flat! I could still drive on it and I

wasn’t far from a garage. So I gingerly drove there. Good news! There was no line of cars waiting to be serviced, and the people at the garage graciously checked the air on all four tires at no charge. I was then twenty minutes later than planned. I arrived at the office only to discover that I had worn my prescription sunglasses but had left my regular glasses at home. Not to worry. I could do some things at the office without my bifocals. I would go back home to get them later. Uh-oh, I had also left some essential items at home that a colleague needed to do her work. I couldn’t put it off; I had to go home right away. So I made the ten-minute journey, gathered all the necessary articles and headed back to the office.

The friendly young man at first said it didn’t matter, but finally decided to take a look. We exchanged cards and I made it back to the office. So what do you do when it gets worse? You write an article and know that in two weeks, two months or two years, today will be just another day, even if it’s one of those days.

LARRY WELLS Larry Wells is a Certified Trainer/ Consultant and a member of the Global Neuro Linguistic Programming Training and Consulting Community. Larry also has training in Spiral Dynamics and organizational development. He has worked in schools, churches, sales, and corporations, both for- and non-profit.

That’s Life We can always choose how to frame events. If we choose to frame “bad” events in a small frame—a frame of one day or a few hours or minutes—the “bad” takes up the whole frame and it’s a “Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” indeed and we can feel very bad and upset. If, on the other hand, we choose a large frame in which these events are only a small part of the overall scheme of things, the events are just a part of life.

A road crew was working and putting out orange cones. I dutifully selected the appropriate lane as directed, but had to pull to the right to avoid a worker. ARRRRRRGH! My passenger side mirror clipped the driver side mirror of a parked car! Bam! Plastic pieces flew in every direction. I stopped and got out. A lady on the front porch on the other side of the street directed me to the house of the owner. I knocked on the door.


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Happen’s Kid Critics Age 8-12 WORLD OF TOMORROW


I am proud to present, World of Tomorrow, as March’s featured film review from Happen’s Kid Critics. The film, written and directed by Don Hertzfeldt, was a recent Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Short and won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It is the story of Emily, a four-year old visited by her third generation clone from over 200 years in the future. The cloned version of Emily transports her to the future, exposes her to snippets of experiences, and extracts one key memory from the young girl. The film explores the typical questions and concerns about time travel (the impact of changing or influencing the future) from a unique perspective and does so, utilizing a stark, hand-



drawn style that seems to belie the notion of futuristic representations. The Kid Critics tackle the subject matter as only they can, prepping would-be audiences for a daring experience. World of Tomorrow is currently available on Netflix and via the streaming service Vimeo. -TT Stern-Enzi Each month, Happen’s Kid Film Critics received their own official Happen film critic packet and a press badge. TT Stern-Enzi, Cincinnati film critic, provided insight about the film and guided the children as they wrote this month’s film reviews. Read the reviews below, and be sure to watch - The Brady Kids - The Complete Animated Series


This animated short tells of the relationship between deadpan Emily and her first –generation clone, Emily Prime. Emily shows the then young, innocent Emily Prime the “World of Tomorrow.” The director portrays existential angst, despair and condemnment of the human race in an original and surprisingly witty way. Emily’s robotic, emotionless voice and Emily Prime’s young, naïve toddler work well together. Their crude stick figures portrayal is somehow more indepth than 3-D animation would have been. - Eliza

I love this short! While only 15 minutes it is cuter than Disney and nerdier than Spielburg. The only word I can describe this with is “watchable. “ There’s something in the “World of Tomorrow” for everyone. Cute animation, dark humor and sci-fi brilliance … all in all, this is a short better than even Pixar could’ve achieved. “World of Tomorrow” is by far the best short I’ve seen in very long time. - Luci

World of tomorrow is a piece of art in every way. World of tomorrow has the ability to capture every emotion in just a sixteen minute film. I highly recommend seeing this film. - Henry


EVENTS 04.08.16 / *Spring Break* w/ Basspusher Productions Urban Artifact dance party. 9:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH. 04.09.16 / Family Yoga Slow down and practice creative movement, music and yoga with your little ones at The Family Enrichment Center. Ages 5 and under. 10:3011:15 am. 4244 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.09.16 / Light Matters: A Retrospective Photographic images taken by Ann Segal around the world where magic happened. Free. 6:30-8:30pm. 4138 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.09.16 / Easy Roscoe + The Grove + Evening Redness Urban Artifact welcomes Nashville party rock band (Easy Roscoe) and local artists. 9:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.10.16 / kidDEAD Urban Artifact brings Tallahassee rap to Northside. 8:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223.

04.11.16 / Life Size Candyland It’s Candyland, but bigger. Ages 3-99. 6pm. Northside Library.

01.18.16 / Evening Arts! Come create a craft. All ages. 6pm. Northside Library.

04.11.16 / Matt Hartman + Andy Moehler Urban Artifact. 8:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223.

04.20.16 / Blue Wisp Big Band Urban Artifact local big band jazz show. 8:30-11:00 pm. 1160 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223.

04.12.16 / Aaron Todahl + Nick Pierock Urban Artifact local jazz show. 8:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223.

04.20.16 / Preschool Storytime Enjoy books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. Ages: 3-6. 10am. Northside Library.

04.12.16 / Lego Lunacy Build a Lego creation. Ages 3-99. 4pm. Northside Library.

04.22.16 / Hanging Hearts Urban Artifact explores experimental jazz with Chicago’s Hanging Hearts. 9:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223.

04.13.16 / Blue Wisp Big Band Urban Artifact local big band jazz show.8:30-11:00 pm. 1160 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.13.16 / Preschool Storytime Enjoy books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. Ages: 3-6. 10am. Northside Library. 04.14.16 / Cool Science This month’s experiment is an egg drop challenge. Ages 6-12. 4pm. Northside Library. 04.15.16 / The Young Jazz Messengers + Neo Nati Urban Artifact local jazz, funk and R&B show. 9:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.16.16 / Dramakinetics presents Drama Saturday Each month Dramakinetics presents an interactive blend of performance and writing for children grades k-8 at no cost. 12:00-2:00 pm. 4222 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45223.

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04.16.16 / She’s Crafty Urban Artifact brings Chicago female Beastie Boys Tribute to Northside. 9:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223.

04.23.16 / SciFi Saturday at WordPlay Every third (with except to this month on the fourth!) Saturday kids K-8 have an opportunity to engage critical thinking skills while exploring scientific principles that inspire our own original works of science fiction writing at no cost. 12:00-2:00 pm. 4041 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.23.16 / Urban Artifact First Anniversary Party Stay tuned for details.1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.23.16 / Family Movie! Call branch for title. All ages. 3pm. Northside Library. 04.24.16 / Massimo + The Grove + Dead Man String Band Urban Artifact local rock n’ roll show. 8:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.26.16 / Farm League Big Band Urban Artifact local big band jazz show. 8:00 pm. 1160 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.26.16/ Family Storytime! Enjoy books, songs, activities and

more, while building early literacy skills. Ages: 3-6. 6pm. Northside Library. 04.27.16 / Preschool Storytime Enjoy books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. Ages: 3-6. 10am. Northside Library. 04.27.16 / Afternoon Art! Come create a craft. All ages. 4pm. Northside Library 04.27.16 / Blue Wisp Big Band Urban Artifact local big band jazz show. 8:30-11:00 pm. 1160 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.29.16 / ill Poetic Urban Artifact local psychedelic, hip hop funk show. 9:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223. 04.30.16 / Aprina Johnson Eternal Love Book Release Local artist celebrates the release of her new book. Free and open to kids k-8. 12:00-2:00 pm. 04.30.16 / Mechanical Dance Party Urban Artifact funk dance party. 9:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223. 05.01.16 / Sole + Counterfeit Money Machine + Ghost Hussy + Spoken Nerd Urban Artifact local hip hop show. 9:00 pm. 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223. EVERY SATURDAY /Family Yoga Children will jump at the chance to assume the role of animals, trees, flowers, and warriors. $10/class. 10:30am. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. 4244 Hamilton Ave. EVERY WEDNESDAY + SATURDAY Signing Safari Children can “talk” with their hands as early as 9 months. Why whine when you can sign. $10/class. 11:15am. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. 4244 Hamilton Ave.


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