Page 1

JUNE 2016 | LIFE & CULTURE 45223










Visit Cincinnati’s ONLY



Keeping Northsiders smiling since 1982!

Thielen Dental Practice

Christopher Thielen, D.D.S. LLC General Dentist Cosmetic, Implant & Family Dentistry 513 541-5655 4254 Hamilton Avenue

* Environmentally conscientious: Proud to be the only OHIO-EPA DEED GOLD AND GREEN compliant dental office in Cincinnati!

Join Our Loyalty Card Program Win prizes for shopping with us! Brokering Fine Homes Since 1946

Emily Buzek Valentino Sales Vice President

2716 Observatory Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45208 Cell (513) 602-7414 E-mail

Every Wednesday 4-7pm, Rain or Shine May-October: Hoffner Park, 4101 Hamilton Ave October-May: North Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave We accept Credit/Debit/SNAP/WIC/Cash

“Northside’s most prolific Realtor” – Cincinnati Enquirer, June 2013 THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY






Leo Pierson D’Cruz and Michelle D’Cruz

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

PAPER ROLLERS: Happen Inc. Volunteers led by Tommy Reuff

DELIVERY TEAM: 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

LINDSAY NEHLS A maker of arts, designs and weird things, L.D. Nehls currently lives in Northside. Her work can be found at @LDNehlsArt on instagram or at https://www.facebook. com/L.D.Nehls.

CALL FOR ARTISTS/COVER ART The Northsider is seeking monthly cover art submissions from local artists. All 2 dimensional pieces will be considered. One stipulation of publication is that the piece or a print be donated to The Northsider Annual Art Auction Fundraiser that will help support the paper. If you are interested in having your artwork considered: Email: Subject line: Cover Art Submission


The Northsider Monthly is published on the first Friday of the month and is distributed to businesses and residents in the 45223 zip code.

MISSION STATEMENT As an independent monthly communication, The Northsider’s mission is to engage and inform about life and culture in the Northside Neighborhood. As such, The Northsider is committed to providing timely, quality and informative community news and opinions while embracing the diversity of the neighborhood. Northsider, LLC. is a Nonprofit Limited Liability Company overseen by the Northside Community Council. The Northside Community Council is a volunteer, communitybased organization that provides an opportunity for all individuals and groups in the community to participate in Northside’s present and to chart Northside’s future. As such, it is committed to bringing people of diverse backgrounds and opinions together in an atmosphere that fosters cooperation and communication.




Northside Community Council Exploring Entertainment District Liquor Licenses In 2012 Northside became a Community Entertainment District (CED), as recognized by the State of Ohio. This designation created 15 CED liquor licenses available to establishments that also offer food. These CED Licenses can be purchased by qualified businesses at a price of approximately $2,500, much cheaper than a conventional liquor license that can cost $20,000-$30,000.

This designation was passed as a tool to help encourage new business, bring new life to empty storefront space, and help our existing businesses be more competitive. By most measures, the program has been successful – so successful that all 15 of the licenses have now been secured by neighborhood businesses, and a waiting list of additional food and bar establishments trying to open. To encourage this development of our business district, it has been proposed that Northside redraw our boundaries

as two entertainment districts, creating up to 15 additional CED licenses. At the well-attended May meeting of the Northside Community Council, the idea was discussed and met with support from the membership, who voted to move forward with the concept. Draft boundaries will be presented at the Northside Business Association (NBA) meeting on June 4. Should the plan receive support from NBA membership, the concept will be taken to the mayor and city council for consideration, and then to the State of

Ohio. Bradley Thomas, the attorney who has been engaged to advise Northside on this matter, anticipates the process could take 3 to 6 months. Please make your voice heard! The NBA meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4 at Happen Inc, at the corner of Hamilton and Chase. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit

OLLIE KRONER President, Northside Community Council

Northside Business Association Northside prepares for another blow out 4th of July weekend! See the full page article of activities and scheduled events on page 3! There are a lot of great things happening in the business district as well. The Northside Business Association (NBA) will be installing new Pay and Display parking lot Kiosks in both Hamilton avenue parking lots very soon. You may have used the new kiosks on our Hamilton and Lingo lots over the past 2 years. We have learned a lot with this pilot project and will now be upgrading


and adding additional new machines to make you parking experience even better than before. We appreciate you patronage as the revenues generated from parking fees continue to improve the entire Business District. NBA would like to recognize Happen Inc. once again for providing sidewalk clean-up services through their youth program later this summer. It made a big difference last summer and they will be back this summer to continue in that work for us. Make sure to thank these folks as you see them out on our

sidewalks and lets’ all support them by each of us doing our part to clean up our curb appeal this summer. Our Business District Flower Pot Planters have been funded this year by the community parking lots. We are hoping to continue this program into the future as a self-funded amenity sustained by NBA. We hope to add business District “You Are Here” directories on Hamilton Avenue and the lower South block of Spring Grove Ave.. This will help all consumers and visitors to locate your business quickly

and accurately and help everyone to better find their way around. This project was funded in part by “Keep Cincinnati Beautiful” and will be maintained in the future by NBA parking revenues. NBA is committed to continuous improvement and growth throughout the Business and Entertainment District. Next moth we’ll have more good news so check back here for the details.

JIM SWAFFORD President, Northside Business Association



Northside Rocks Cincinnati’s Fourth of July for Tenth Year Entertainment Schedule Friday July 1

8:30 Smut

6:00 The Vallures (Bloomington, Indiana)

9:00 Service (ex-We Are Hex/Blues Explosion)(Indianapolis/NYC)

8:00 Pleasure Leftists (Cleveland)

10:00 Wray (Birmingham)

9:00 Yugos

11:00 Dilly Dally (Toronto)

10:00 Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (Baltimore)

12:00 Nots (Memphis)

11:00 Archie and the Bunkers (Cleveland) 12:00 Chain and the Gang (Washington, D.C.) Saturday July 2 Cool. Eclectic. Fun. Those are just a few of the words often used to describe Northside by those who live in or frequent our neighborhood. An urban paradise with a small village feel, people live in or come to Northside to have fun and truly enjoy life. Perhaps no time of year is this more evident than when the Fourth of July rolls around. Celebrating our Independence Day brings all of Northside out to celebrate in the special way that only Northside can pull off. The historic Northside Fourth of July Parade, which began in the mid-1800s, has become nationally famous and widely attended. Adding to the festivities, the Northside Rock ‘n Roll Carnival has become famous in its own right for incredible music featuring local, regional, and national acts, but with a special emphasis on Northside’s abundance of homegrown musical talent. Bringing even more fun to the party are the unique, amazing carnival acts that have to be seen to be believed. What’s THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY

more American on the Fourth of July than seeing a living, breathing, flame blaze into the night air just before someone swallows it with gusto? Refreshments abound at the Carnival including those from Cavalier Distributing which offers an assortment of craft beer, such as MadTree Brewing selections. Northside brewers Urban Artifact show their commitment to the neighborhood with Hippodrome, a wild double IPA they brew up just for the Northside Rock ‘n Roll Carnival celebration. Food vendors include NYPD Pizza. Each year, the Northside Business Association strives to create a great experience through this volunteer driven effort. The NBA has sponsored the Fourth of July Festival since the mideighties, but in 2006, the festival was reinvented to make it truly Northside. Chris Schrader and Leslie Scott teamed up to put their creative genius to work and the rest is history. Though Schrader and Scott have since moved on the event they redefined has continued to

3:00 D.S.A. 3:30 Cough It Up 4:00 Leggy 4:30 Slippery Lips 5:00 Swim Team 5:30 Kate Wakefield

Sunday July 3 6:00 Go Go Buffalo 6:30 Birdie Hearse 7:00 Lung 7:30 Molly Sullivan 8:00 Moira 8:30 Mr Phlyzz 9:00 Mad Anthony 10:00 Tweens 11:00 Ex-Cult (Memphis) 12:00 White Reaper (Louisville)

6:00 Black Planet

Monday July 4

6:30 Darlene

5:00 School of Rock

7:00 1-800-BAND (NYC)

6:00 Dawg Yawp

7:30 Dinge

7:00 Lemon Sky

8:00 Varsity (Chicago)

8:00 Electric Citizen

thrive and grow. This year, Peyton Copes and Steve Schmoll have collaborated to bring the entertainment schedule. Part of this growth included adding Kegs ‘n Eggs to the event before the parade as well as the post-parade Family Fun Festival. Tommy Rueff and Happen, Inc. brings live music from our youth and family-friendly creative activities. Volunteers are still need for the Northside Rock ‘n Roll Carnival. For their efforts, volunteers will enjoy a t-shirt, some libation privileges, and

a discount on a whole NYPD pizza.. Join the team by signing up at www. More information and volunteer registration at MyEvent Sherpa, run by the local non-profit Tenderle Foundation. The NBA’s Events Committee has extended the Northside Rock ‘n Roll Carnival into four days. 6pm-2am on July 1st, 2pm to 2am on July 2nd and 3rd, and 8am until 10pm on July 4th.



Volunteers Make All the Difference as they approach creative projects— from writing stories to mounting public performances—as members of a dedicated community. Because of that, volunteers regularly report that they learn as much from their experiences at the corner of Hamilton and Blue Rock as the youth they are assigned to support. This month, WordPlay celebrates the work and dedication—as well as the creativity and humor—of its legion of volunteers in photo gallery form.

Volunteer Wabi Tela, a Xavier University scholar, works with area youth at WordPlay Cincy, where learning and growth go hand in hand.

Time + Talents = Community Building Treasures in Northside Children, teens, and grown-ups stood Wabi Tela brings a world of perspective on creativity and community building to WordPlay Cincy, a Northside nonprofit that transforms community through innovations in education. Born in Brussels to a Congolese family, the 20-year-old Xavier University student has been volunteering at WordPlay, working alongside local youth and inspiring all those around him, for close to a year. “I got here and I just completely fell in love with the cause,” says Tela, who spent most of his youth in Nashville, Tennessee. The multi-lingual Psychology major is pursuing minors in Theater and Pre-Med with an eye toward med school and post-collegiate life as a pediatrician. He became involved with WordPlay through his work with Xavier’s Eigel Center, the institution’s hub for 4

community-based learning. Tela is one of select group of students at Xavier selected to serve as a Community-Engaged Fellow, a competitive program designed to empower college students to impact their communities in long-lasting and meaningful ways through service. Tela’s vision for service, like the work he does at WordPlay, is broad, deep and empowering. It mirrors WordPlay’s approach to working with youth as partners in learning and growth, and it stems from a core understanding of the value of each participant’s perspective. He offers his insights on the Eigel Center’s website: “When I think of service, I see opportunities in having an impact in others’ life for the better, discovering new things about myself, and helping the community grow even stronger,” he says. From its inception, WordPlay has encouraged volunteers to serve as guides more than tutors and to share their individual talents with students

WordPlay welcomes new volunteers in monthly training sessions. The mandatory sessions not only prepare volunteers for a wide range of service opportunities at the organization, they serve as important communitybuilding opportunities for volunteers. June’s volunteer training is Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. until noon. Reserve your spot by emailing

Mad scientists, space travel, electricity, chemistry experiments, robots, time warps, biology, and more! It takes real creativity to be a great scientist, and it takes real science to be a great science fiction writer. Free and open to kids in grades K-8. Sat 6/25, 10:30 am-noon: Volunteer training! Email to RSVP. Keep up with the latest WordPlay news by liking the neighborhood non-profit on Facebook: WordPlay Cincy.

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.

Don’t miss these upcoming events at WordPlay Cincy, where all activities are free to all students. See program descriptions for age and grade level specifics. Sat 6/11, 12-2 pm: PlayWrite Saturday with Dramakinetics! Drama instructors from Dramakinetics join us the second Saturday of each month for an interactive blend of performance and writing. Free and open to kids in grades K-8. Sat 6/18, 12-2pm: ArtPlay Saturday with Visionaries + Voices! Come join teaching artists from Visionaries and Voices to create unique themed art projects. Stick around to write in response to the art you made. Free and open to kids in grades K-8. Sat 6/25, 12-2pm: Science Saturday!

Volunteer Kyle Furlane plays a variety of roles at WordPlay Cincy, including leading regular sessions that touch on his area of expertise, philosophy.



Happen’s Breadwinners gear up for Fourth Of July in Northside This spring Happen’s Breadwinners have worked to design the 2016 Northside Fourth of July parade posters and parade t-shirts, pre-sales of the shirts will start this month at businesses in Northside and throughout Greater Cincinnati. After the success of last year’s parade shirts and strong sales by the Breadwinners, the Fourth of July Parade committee met with the teens in February to start work on repeating their success from 2015. This year the teens were asked to come up with a way to also generate funding for the parade’s efforts while still generating income for their own business. The result was the first licensing agreement between the Northside Parade committee and Breadwinners. The teens met with intellectual property attorney, Erich Hemm, who volunteered his time to teach the Breadwinners about about copyright, trademark, and licensing law. Next the teens went through a series of sessions and presentations to the committee, resulting with the final design being approved in late April. All this while also launching their new 45223 shirts at May’s Art In The Park. Happen’s Breadwinners is a group of 7 Northside teens between the age of 13 and 17 who design, print, and sell their own Happen Breadwinners brand shirts. From the robot shirt to zip code shirts, the teens have been perfecting their design, printing, and business skills for over three years. The team meets at Happen’s Make It space every Tuesday night for dinner “family style” as everyone has a chance to share their week’s experiences before they get down to work on new designs, marketing or screening shirts. THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY

Breadwinners shirts sell between $11 and $15 dollars with a portion of the proceeds going to support Northside Citizens on Patrol and to purchase more supplies while the rest gets divided up among the teens. You can now find Breadwinners shirts for sale in local stores such Pangaea in Clifton, Kismet in Over the Rhine, and you can always find Breadwinners shirts, including a sales rack of discontinued styles, at Happen’s Toy Lab. The teens also sell their shirts at festivals and special events throughout the city. Breadwinners are also among the volunteers who roll and wrap the Northsider newspaper each month. At the beginning of every month the Breadwinners along with other teen and adult volunteers prepare 2,750 Northsider newspapers for delivery. On the inside of every newspaper wrap is a special advertisement for Breadwinners reminding you that every time you buy a Happen Breadwinners shirt you are supporting Northside teens and our community.

Happen’s Breadwinners holding their 2016 Northside Parade poster and T-shirt design.

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

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

Happen’s Breadwinners working on their first licensing agreement with intellectual property attorney, Erich Hemm.



HOW REALISTIC IS IT how realistic is it to expect we’ll meet our problems at the door?

will we see their faces in the porch light?


they will come to us on one hundred legs like so many roaches that follow us from the sidewalk into the basement, the bath tub.

the cat kills a centipede and leaves it for me to sweep up. sometimes we are all like roachesswarming, hard, surviving apocalypse. surviving cataclysm. close to invincible as long as our shells do not crack.


Summertime and the Drinkin’s Easy Summertime is the perfect season for relaxing in the park, chilling on your porch, or cooking out in the backyard. And there is no better way to stay cool in your overpriced Warby Parker sunglasses and Yeezy homeless sheik cutoff sweatshorts than with an easy drinkin’ hyper-local summer beer. Because we all know there is no good beer outside the Cincy metro area, so don’t waste your time with anything else. Sol Drifter, MadTree Brewing Co. – Strawberries so fresh you’d think your grandma grew these in her “As Seen On T.V.” Topsy Turvy™ UpsideDown planter. A bright and refreshing strawberry golden ale all wrapped up in a pink can, the perfect match for your salmon colored shorts. Hammock, Ei8ht Ball Brewing Co. – Kick back, relax, and enjoy a thirst quenching glass filled with flavors of clove and banana in Hammock Hefeweizen. A summer delight, that pairs well with lethargy and sunburns. Keypunch, Urban Artifact – Real key limes for a real key lime flavor. Your

snowbird grandparents swear by “authentic” key lime pie but you know better. Skip the cultural wasteland that is florida, and instead hop on down to Urban Artifact for a glass of liquid key lime pie. Nellie’s Key Lime Caribbean Ale, Taft’s Ale House – We get it, you love key limes, you can’t get enough of them, and your mouth is starting to burn from all the straight lime juice you’ve been drinking lately (with tequila, naturally). The breezy folks at Taft’s and I couldn’t agree more, so float on down to OTR and have a pint or three. Lemon Zingibeer, Fibonacci Brewing Co. – It’s hot, you’re sweaty, and crisp beer-y refreshment is your only salvation. Wipe that sweat from your brow and slake that thirst with an ice cold glass of this delicious lemon ginger pale ale.

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

CHASE PUBLIC 1569 Chase Ave written at the Drone Writing Workshop 5.18.16




Cincinnati Art Musuem to Present Powerful African-American Art and Community Conversations in 30 Americans The Cincinnati Art Museum will present 30 Americans, an exhibition featuring artworks by many of the most important African-American artists of the last three decades. This conversation-starting and sometimes provocative exhibition focuses on issues of race, gender, and historical identity in contemporary culture, while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations. The approximately 60 artworks are drawn primarily from the acclaimed Rubell Family Collection, Miami, as well as from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection. Diverse in medium, subject matter, and perspective, the exhibition highlights a wide range of cultural backgrounds and life experiences as expressed by contemporary African-American artists. Paintings, photography, sculptures, videos, and installations from these and other influential artists will fill the largest temporary-exhibition galleries and spread throughout the art museum. 30 Americans offers visitors an opportunity to engage in dialogue with the art and with each other. General admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is always free. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is closed Monday. In addition, every Sunday during the run of the show, the Art Museum will host events dedicated to exploring the themes in the exhibition, starting March 20 at 2 p.m.


A FULL LIST OF PROGRAMMING IS AVAILABLE AT CINCINNATIARTMUSEUM.ORG. On social media, posts related to the exhibition will use the hashtag #CAM30.



Northside Floats Promise Fun for 4th of July Parade As the 4th of July nears, Northside once again prepares for the most eclectic and colorful parade in the city. Hundreds of citizens from around Cincinnati will soon converge on our neighborhood in order to celebrate the holiday and enjoy the unique and celebrated rally. Year after year, participants new and old invent many memorable floats and costumes to march in the parade to the delight of the crowds. While the themes change from year to year, the reason people march remains the same: it is too much fun. One of the most colorful and celebratory floats is vintage clothing store Chicken Lays an Egg. “The first time we did it we just decided to decorate [a friends] yard and watch it,” says store owner Dana Hamblen. “We just watched it from his yard one year, and we went so crazy decorating and dressing up in costumes that everyone going by 8

kept saying ‘you should be in it!’ It’s been 8 years since Chicken Lays an Egg [started] and it’s just grown and grown.” The clothing shop has been responsible for some of the most flamboyant and extravagant pieces in the parade, from a Yellow Submarine last year to marrying off a couple on the parade route. “The first year we just did something kinda big we did a Gallagher theme, and we painted all these watermelons like Easter eggs and smashed them along the way... my friend was Gallagher, even. We’ve done three pretty hardcore themes in a row. Our last one had the most people yet.” Chicken is a business that participates in the event, but there are a myriad of different groups who join in. The Lawn Chair Ladies and The Men’s Drill Team march in formation. The Red Hot Dancing Queens party in the parade amongst many other venues. ABLE Projects transforms a

vehicle into a moving skateboard ramp complete with actual skaters and costumed enthusiasts to the delight of the crowd. However, one particular group of friends, led by Michael Demaria, has a different approach. The name of their float has changed from year to year: last year they were called Patriot Act, a play on the giant papier mache heads of American icons they wore while marching down Hamilton. Their first parade float consisted of a giant whale shark. “I had watched the parade a couple of times beforehand… I knew there was somebody who made the proposition that it [the shark] ought to be in the parade” says group leader Michael Demaria. “So I had held onto this stuff, and I just submitted it in to the parade and since then I have a band of friends that are adamant about it. They want to do it. Every year.”

When asked about marching with a group of friends instead of a company or organization, Michael responds, “Well, we’re art people. That’s about all I can say about it. Everyone that is involved with this is in a likeminded way as far as trying to do something socially, culturally, and in a lighthearted way. The day is about a celebration of independence and having a good time. And the thing about the Northside parade is that it is the strangest and most openminded one that I’ve seen… so I’m proud to be a part of it. I embrace the concept of what they’re doing.” However different their approaches, both Michael and Dana are tight lipped about this upcoming year. “We usually start making stuff and painting now. You’re in for a treat,” says Dana. Michael is similar. When asked about this year’s theme, he smiles and says “Rumble in the Jungle. That’s all I’ll say.” THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY

If you or someone you know wants to join the parade this year, don’t hesitate to visit or email questions to



Ben Johnson is a member of the Northside Parade Committee and recently moved to the neighborhood after spending most of his life in Cincinnati. He spends his time quoting Lord of the Rings and trying to convince anyone he can to watch Battlestar Galactica.

Clockwise from top left: Chicken Lays an Egg Able Projects 2015 Parade Participation Patriot Act



Free Shuttle Service To Farmers Market Starts In June easily and quickly. The free shuttle service will run two loops throughout Northside and South Cumminsville every Wednesday, June-August, 4-7pm.

Rock The Ladle serves samples of her soup.

Starting in June, the Northside Farmers Market (NFM), in partnership with Churches Active In Northside (CAIN), will be serving Northside and South Cumminsville to help customers get to and from the market more


The shuttle is part of a summer long grant project to improve food access in Northside. In May, the market was named a winner of the Cincy Good Food Fund Awards, a program designed to financially support innovative and promising projects that can make a positive impact on our food system. The mission of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is to promote a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system for all within Greater Cincinnati’s ten-county region. The region includes Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, and Warren Counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Grant Counties in Kentucky; and Franklin and Dearborn Counties in Indiana. In addition to the shuttle service, the market will also be creating a

series of budget recipe pamphlets this summer. The recipe collection will include 12 recipes for two people made with ingredients that can be bought from the market for $40.00. The market will also partner with CAIN in August to offer free cooking classes at CAIN and the market’s outdoor location in Hoffner Park, 4101 Hamilton Ave. NFM’s partnership with Apple Street Coop to offer pantry staples at the market is also a grant activity. The shuttle will make stops at the following businesses and organizations. A large yard sign will mark each site, and customers should wait near the signs for shuttle access. North route through Northside: • Northside Farmers Market • CAIN (Churches Active in Northside) • Ashwood Apartments • Corner of Chase and Georgia • St. Boniface School

South route through South Cumminsville: • Northside Farmers Market • Mr. Gene’s Dog House • Millvale Community Center • Working in Neighborhoods, Inc. • Northside Health Center / WIC office • Northside Farmers Market Readers can find the route and stop times (including any changes or additions made to the route above) on the market’s website, www., or posted at CAIN, the Northside Public Library branch, or McKie Community Center. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOURS, PRODUCTS, AND UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT:

ANA BIRD 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.



City Begins Accepting New ID Card for Homeless and Immigrants Taking another step to make Cincinnati a more immigrant-friendly and inclusive community, the Cincinnati City Council passed a resolution directing the city administration to recognize an identification card produced by the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC). Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio is providing financial support for the production. The ID cards are designed to smooth interactions between marginalized Cincinnatians immigrants, the homeless, and return citizens - and the police and other city agencies. An executive order by City Manager Harry Black followed the council resolution directing city departments to accept the ID. A coalition, led by MARCC and stemming from Mayor Cranley’s Immigration task force, developed the idea over a number of months before presenting it to city council for its support. Cincinnati will be the first municipality in the state to recognize this type of ID.

For the thousands of citizens returning from prison, access to an ID card is an important step in reintegrating with the community they are returning to. Oftentimes these citizens have expired licenses, lost their Social Security card or birth certificate, and sometimes only have their prison ID. Having access to the MARCC ID helps break down one more barrier standing in the way of fully reentering society. Voting for the resolution were David Mann, Chris Seelbach, Yvette Simpson, P.G. Sittenfeld, and Wendell Young. Amy Murray voted no, while Kevin Flynn, Christopher Smitherman, and Charlie Winburn abstained. Mayor Cranley and his staff worked with MARCC and others to bring the issue to council.



OPEN DAILY Monday—Friday 7—6pm Saturday—Sunday 8—5pm


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact MARCC at (513) 721-4843.

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

The card is designed to improve the lives of Cincinnatians who are forced to live in the shadows, who have been forced from their home, or who are reentering our community from prison. Too often these Cincinnatians do not have access to state-issued identification that can serve as the lifeline for engaging with the city. City leaders, including Police Chief Elliot Isaac, believe that the MARCC ID card will help encourage those reluctant to report a crime - especially in the immigrant community - to engage with the police to help make our neighborhoods safer. THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY



Meet the Mini Split The Coolest Thing Since A/C It’s been a hot summer day, and it’s time for bed. If your bedroom is on the second floor you probably note that it’s quite a bit hotter up there than on the first floor - as they say, heat rises. Back downstairs you turn down the thermostat and the air conditioning kicks on. Cool air rushes from the first floor vents, but, alas too bad you don’t sleep down there. Back upstairs, you note the pittance of cool air eeking out of the vent on your bedroom floor. Sound familiar?




I was so infuriated by this that I crafted a funnel from cardboard and packing tape, put the small end of the cardboard funnel into the vent, put a small box fan in the top, and tried to “suck” air out of the vent up into our bedroom. Not only did it not do a thing but it looked great too (sarcasm intended).



EST. 2013

Call for a FREE Estimate/Consultation

(513) 808-4127 LOCALLY OWNED, BONDED & INSURED c l e a n r. o r g


Enter the Mini Split. The Mini Split is an air cooling technology that has been around for years, is up to 50 percent more efficient than traditional air conditioning, and is, in fact, heavily used in many other parts of the world. The actual physics involved are the same as with traditional air conditioning, but Mini Splits are different in three major ways. First, they don’t use air ducts, which is great for the many older homes that didn’t have them in the first place. Instead there are two separate boxes with a metal tube connecting them. One box is about the size of a large upright suitcase that goes on the outside of your home and the other box is about the size of two pillows

side by side that attaches up high on your wall inside. The outside box compresses refrigerant into a liquid which is sent through the little tube to the inside box on your wall. There the liquid expands into a gas, absorbing heat from the air inside, thus cooling your air. You can use two or three of the inside boxes with just one outside box, so you can cool more than one room at the same time. The cool air goes directly where you want it. Second, the electric motors powering the compressors and fans are all variable speed. Traditional air conditioning units only have one speed - On. Because Mini Splits have variable motors, they use only as much electricity as they need to get the job done. Third, Mini Splits can run in reverse and heat as well. So the next time you see a weird upright suitcase-looking-thing with a big fan inside sitting next to a building – say hi to the Mini Split. For more information, check out the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s website, http://

CASEY MOOTHART Casey Moothart lives in Northside with no more cardboard funnels



The Principles of Fair Cancer Care “Can we be compassionate to those whose suffering remains hidden from the eyes of the world?” H. Nouwen (1994). Opening the door to fair treatment for minorities and the poor who may have cancer will involve a cultural shift. For too long, the gap between black and white mortality from cancer has been accepted as normal. Recent research has made it clear that minorities and the poor have suffered in major ways from indifference, inadequate policies, and poor treatment once a person gets to a doctor or a hospital. Understanding that health professionals, like many in the general culture, see it as acceptable to hear about and give poor treatment to minorities and the poor makes it imperative that health programs seeking to change will need to follow a different set of training, as well as work on a major difference in expectations for health care, and involve themselves with understanding why poor outcomes for minorities have existed. Cincinnati has the opportunity to create a new form of cancer education. Realizing that Cincinnati

cancer mortality for minorities is the worst in Ohio, a group of social service organizations, professional programs, and city health centers are forming a Cancer Justice Network. Over the next few years, these agencies will be working together in the areas of the city with the lowest life expectancy to achieve a more positive and healthy result. We want any minority or poor person who feels they may have cancer to be able to talk with a person, a navigator, who will guide them to a screening and, if necessary, treatment. We emphasize trust in a new partnership, a welcoming face to healthcare and hospital procedures, a clarity about how cancer works and how it can be survived if caught early, a desire to assist in overcoming obstacles of transportation, finances, and child care, and, most of all, a partnership that cares enough to ensure compassionate treatment..

Dr. Freeman pioneered the development of community navigators, local citizens who could help the person with overcoming any

obstacles to gaining early treatment. In five years of using navigators, he was able to double life expectancy of patients as a result of people getting early screening and timely treatment. Dr. Freeman has visited Cincinnati and met with many members of the Cancer Justice Network and we continue to follow his advice on how to create a similar program. STEVE SUNDERLAND Steve Sunderland(steve.c.sunderland@icloud. com) is director of the Peace Village Cancer Project/Cancer Justice Network.

The Cancer Justice Network will follow the organizational outlines created by Harold Freeman, MD, director, Ralph Lauren Center for Patient Navigation. Freeman, an AfricanAmerican physician, researched what


ashtanga • vinyasa • rocket

CLASSES 7 days/week

would make a difference in cancer mortality if he found a way of bringing minorities sooner to screening and treatment, when cancer was in its earliest stages. As a surgeon, he knew that he was limited in how he could help a person if cancer had advanced to the fourth and most dire stage. The key was a change in how much access minorities had to the earliest screening when it could make the most difference. • 513.542.9642 4046 Hamilton Ave (above Django Western Taco)

Ruth’s Parkside Cafe is pleased to announce the opening of their outdoor patio. Ruth’s is located in the former American Can Factory on Blue Rock and serves lunch and dinner. 513-542-RUTH

NEW STUDENTS: 3 months unlimited yoga for $180 THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY



Summer of Grace faith partners to pilot a summer expansion to serve more families. From June 5 to September 4, CAIN’s Grace Place will be a host site for IHNGC. The homelike setting of Grace Place will house four families at a time, and a total of 12-16 additional families over the course of the summer. Families will stay overnight. Volunteers from local congregations and community groups will prepare meals, provide activities, and stay with families overnight. Families will spend the day at the IHNGC Day Center in Walnut Hills where they will access case management services and additional support for children and their families.

CAIN and Interfaith Hospitality Network Partner to Shelter Families in Need Family homelessness peaks during summer months. Many homeless families stay with relatives who may be more apt to turn away families during the summer when children are out of school. Recognizing this trend and the larger unmet need, Churches Active In Northside (CAIN) joined with Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati (IHNGC), Strategies to End Homelessness (STEH), and

The IHNGC is a family shelter serving parents or guardians and their children who meet the Housing and Urban Development definition of homelessness. IHNGC serves Hamilton County with the majority of guests coming directly from the City of Cincinnati. IHNGC serves an average of 100 families composed of approximately 350 individuals. Each year, 67 percent of guests are children and half of those under the age of five. 100 percent of families served are considered to be extremely low-income.

The Grace Place Summer Emergency Shelter Expansion Pilot Project will provide each family a safe, nurturing, community-oriented, and holistically supportive environment to address physical, financial, material, and emotional issues that underlie their homelessness. These issues include, but are not limited to addiction, unemployment, the stress of single motherhood, and other effects of systemic poverty and the poverty gender gap. The program will meet basic needs for food and shelter upon intake. Through the summer Pilot Project, families with children will have access to the services, education, and support they need to overcome personal and systemic barriers. Resident guests will develop the skills, community connection, and essential resources they need to effectively resolve the issues that underlie their homelessness and become economically self-sufficient. The summer expansion will strengthen CAIN’s collaborative relationships with service agencies, faith partners and community partners like IHNGC, to benefit families in need.

Churches Active In Northside (CAIN) is a non-profit founded and guided by 13 member churches in and outside of Northside. CAIN has compassionately and diligently been meeting the needs of those living in poverty for nearly 25 years as an official non-profit and another 20 before that in what was the Northside United Methodist Church. In 2014, CAIN expanded its hospitality ministry by assuming responsibility for the Grace Place Catholic Worker Community in College Hill to offer transitional housing for homeless women and children. This complements CAIN’s food pantry and weekly community meal programs in fulfillment of its mission to be a neighborhood ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources, and compassion in a way that respects human dignity and builds a more vibrant community. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit: Visit: MATTIE GRIFFIN Mattie Griffin is the Development Coordinator at CAIN.

NORTHSIDE: Beautifully restored one BR apartment.

Energy efficient appliances; water, sewer and trash paid. No pets, background check required.

$595 plus deposit.

Call Kevin at 513-919-2678.




Happen’s Kid Critics Age 8-12 THE ANGRY BIRDS 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 go see The Angry Birds Movie in theaters now.

The Angry Bird movie was compelling for me. These birds as you know Red, Chuck, and Bomb, oh and Terence are in this anger management class. Then the pigs come and the team of angry birds try and save their village. When they find the eagle he is in a slump, so it’s up to them. The story is really interesting. 3 ½ stars - Cole This movie had a good chorus of music. There was an inappropriate subject for really young children. It had some funny moments. I rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars - Max It’s a nice movie, but not worth 4 or 5 stars. It was a little bit cheesy, but I would take my kid to see it. 3.5 out of 5. - Gwen In the case of “The Angry Birds Movie,” I came to the material with absolutely no knowledge or experience with the game that serves as inspiration for this feature film adaptation. Fortunately, this time around, thanks to Happen’s Kid Critics, I don’t have to be the all-knowing expert. For a pre-summer treat, the Happen Kid Critics dive into the story of Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), a member of a flightless flock of birds inhabiting an island paradise. Alone and left to their own devices, the birds are a happy and carefree lot, for the most


part. As one of a small collection of the grounded bird crew with anger management issues, Red must attend classes to curb his rage, where he hooks up with Bomb (Danny McBride) who quite literally explodes in moments of frustration, Chuck (Josh Gad), a quicksilver prankster moreso than a truly fiery type, and Terence (Sean Penn), a seething behemoth. All seems peaceful until a ship of piggies invades their island and the birds must find a way to fight for their happy place. -TT Stern-Enzi

The Angry Birds movie was adapted well from a game to a movie. I think kids and adults will enjoy some good laughs while watching. I like how it had jokes that adults will understand so they don’t get bored. It was also very cute with bright colors for younger kids to enjoy. I give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars. - Noah The Angry Birds Movie strives to be something better but ultimately falls short. There is no real chemistry between the actors and we never feel a connection with Red (the main character) - instead he’s just a jerk we’re supposed to feel sympathetic towards. It could be a story about acceptance but the premises are unbelievable (Red is an outcast because of his thick eyebrows), and the storyline eventually succumbs to a series of cliches. I give the film points for trying though because it’s kind of difficult to create a watchable movie about birds that throw themselves at evil pigs using a slingshot. Stars: 2.5 -Eliza


EVENTS Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays / Playful Learning. A preschool prep. 9:30 a.m. - noon. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue. www. RSVP. Tuesdays, Thursday / Work & Play. Assists parents who work from home by providing co-working space with childcare. 9:30 a.m. - noon. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. RSVP. Wednesday, Fridays / Playful Learning. Summer Camp - 10 weeks. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. 9:30 a.m. noon. RSVP. 6.5.16 / The Mind Set To Rhythm / Ezra (fusion). 8 p.m. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock Street. 6.6.16 / Lego Lunacy. Make lego creations! 6pm. Northside Library. All ages. 6.6.16 / Book Discussion and Potluck “On the Move: A Life” by Oliver Sacks. 6-8 p.m. Free. Future Life Now, 4138 Hamilton Avenue. 6.7.16 / Afternoon Wii! Join your friends and play Wii. Ages 6-16. 4pm. Northside Library. 6.7.16 / smut, Little Spooky, Kindling, Female Members (indie pop). Urban Artifact. 6.7.16 / Blue Wisp Big Band Urban Artifact. 6.8.16 / Preschool Storytime. Enjoy books, songs, activities and more, 10am. Northside Library. Ages: 3-6. 6.9.16 / Animals Alive! Join Miss Julie from Hamilton County parks to learn about local wildlife. 4pm. Northside Library. All ages. 6.9.16 / Slower (EP release show), Jennifer Simone, Eddy Kwon, The Orchardist. Urban Artifact. 16

6.10.16 / Jeff & the Jettones Urban Artifact. 6.11.16 / PlayWrite Saturday with Dramakinetics instructors. Performance and writing. Free. Grades K-8. 12-2 pm. Wordplay, 4041 Hamilton Avenue. (513) 541-0930.

6.16.16 / Digisaurus, Terror Pigeon (future pop, soul). Urban Artifact.

6.24.16 / Moonbeau, John Gold (singer-songwriters). Urban Artifact.

6.17.16 / Bandpire Weekend at Bernie’s, Brother O Brother, Fainting Goats, Black Pharoah. Urban Artifact.

6.25.16 / Science Saturday. Scientists and science fiction writing. 12-2 p.m. Wordplay. Grades K-8. Free.

6.11.16 / Devona & the Demos (rock)+ Cincy Rollergirls after party. Urban Artifact.

6.18.16 / ArtPlay Saturday with teaching artists from Visionaries + Voices. 12-2 p.m. Wordplay. Grades K-8. Free.

6.11.16 / Multifarious Northsider, Manke’s art exhibit opening + karaoke. Ages 21 and up. C & D Northside, 1714 Hanfield Street. Free. 8-11 p.m.

6.18.16 / Know Prisoners, Rockstead, Kick Engine (reggae, funk). 9 p.m. Urban Artifact.

6.11.16 / Outdoor Games! Come and play a variety of outdoor games. 12-2pm. Northside Library. All ages. 6.12.16 / Expeditions, Brain Dead Breath (progressive, exp rock). Urban Artifact. 6.13.16 / Coincidence Improv. Urban Artifact. 6.13.16 / Container gardening. Join Miss Mary from Civic Garden Center to learn easy ways to make a container garden. 6pm. Northside Library. Ages 7-16.

6.19.16 / DADFEST Local bands’ 1st and 2nd generation share the stage. Urban Artifact. 6.20.16 / Open mic jam. Urban Artifact. 6.20.16 / Cool Science. Mentos & Coke experiment. 6pm. Northside Library. Ages 7-16. 6.21.16 / Poop! Get the scoop on scat. A humorous and informative look at poo! 6pm. Northside Library. Ages 7-16. 6.21.16 / Landen Wordswell, Near Earth Objects, Stop Light Observations, Audley (R&B, Rock). Urban Artifact.

6.14.16 / Cool Science. Mentos & Coke experiment. 4pm. Northside Library. Ages 7-16.

6.22.16 / Blue Wisp Big Band. Urban Artifact.

6.14.16 / Art & Science, Radarhill Urban Artifact.

6.22.16 / Afternoon movie! Enjoy a movie and snacks. 4pm. Northside Library. All ages.

6.15.16 / Blue Wisp Big Band. Urban Artifact. 6.15.16 / Preschool Storytime. Enjoy books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. 10am. Northside Library. Ages: 3-6. 6.16.16 / Afternoon art. Create a summer craft. 4pm. Northside Library. Ages 6-12.

6.22.16 / Preschool Storytime. Enjoy books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. 10am. Northside Library. Ages: 3-6. 6.23.16 / King Buffalo, The Terror Electric, Mr. Phylzzz (garage rock) OSU Alumni Event feat. President Michael Drake. Urban Artifact.

6.25.16 / And The Kids, Nice Try, Faux Fiction (Indie Pop). Urban Artifact. 6.26.16 / Father Smash (rock). Urban Artifact. 6.27.16 / Tropicoso (salsa dance lessons, party). Urban Artifact. 6.27.16 – 7.1.16 / Read – Make – Create @ Brain Camp. Registration is required. Call to register. Grades 1-5 *must be able to attend all 5 days. 1-4pm. Northside Library. 6.28.16 / Zijnzijn Zijnzijn (electronic). Urban Artifact. 6.29.16 / Blue Wisp Big Band. Urban Artifact. 6.29.16 / Preschool Storytime. Enjoy books, songs, activities and more. 10am. Northside Library. Ages: 3-6. 6.30.16 / Ultra City, Frederick the Younger (alt rock). Urban Artifact. 7.1.16 / Marbin, Common Center, Cordial Sins, Speaking Suns (jazz, fusion). Urban Artifact. 6.25.16 / Science Saturday. Scientists and science fiction writing. 12-2 p.m. Wordplay. Grades K-8. Free. 7.1.16-7.4.16 / Rock N’ Roll Carnival. Hoffner Park. 7.4.16 / Northside 4th of July Parade. Hamilton Ave.


3416 Clifton Ave, 45220


Happy Pride Month from Clifton UMC!


Look for us at Pride June 25 and Northside Fourth of July







June Series: The Gospel According to Hairspray THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY

August 1st-4th Environmental Summer Camp/ Vacation Bible School 17


In person, on the phone, online, or on-the-go...

Blue Ash 9407 Kenwood Road Cincinnati, OH 45242 (513) 936-8800 Colerain 9315 Colerain Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45251 (513) 385-8190 Delhi 633 Anderson Ferry Road Cincinnati, OH 45238 (513) 347-0700



Finneytown 906 North Bend Road Cincinnati, OH 45224 (513) 242-3200


Bank LOCAL with





Northside (Main Office) 4125 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45223 (513) 542-7800 Springdale 11628 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, OH 45246 (513) 671-3800

Download our new mobile banking app available for iPhones and Android devices Member FDIC

NOW OPEN Hyde Park Center (The Pointe) 2739 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45209 (513) 533-8000

West Chester 8615 Shepherd Farm Drive West Chester, OH 45069 (513) 551-5000



Profile for The Northsider Monthly Newspaper

June 2016 Vol. 3 | Issue 6  

The June edition of the Northsider Monthly

June 2016 Vol. 3 | Issue 6  

The June edition of the Northsider Monthly