July 2014 Newsletter

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EAST PRICE HILL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION   
July 2014   Volume 24   Issue 07
www.eastpricehill.org
 

~Thoughts from Your President ~


       

Well as you are all aware of summer is here.  While writing this I am looking outside and just seeing a     perfect day for Cincinnati. The temperatures are low and the humidity is as well. I know this is not our typical summer weather, but we have to get out of the house and enjoy this weather when we have the opportunity.
 
Speaking about getting out it is important for everyone to remember most schools are not in session. That means most children are out playing. Remember to drive slow though our community and watch closely for a child crossing the street or running after a ball, etc. Let’s try to save a life versus take one.
 
We had a very great 4th of July weather wise this year. It was great weather for all planned picnics and cookouts.  It seemed like there were more people shooting off fireworks than ever this year.  I know my dog did not appreciate it very much, but I hope everyone had a great fourth of July this year!!
 
During the Summer months of July and August EPHIA does not have General Membership meetings.  Our next meeting will be held on September 15th at 7:30 pm at Holy Family Church Cafeteria.
 
For your information the EPHIA board will continue to meet over the summer months. There are a lot of things happening during the next few months that warrants our attention.
 
SAVE THE DATE: EPHIA’s Annual Picnic ~ Mt. Echo Park, Monday, July 21st
On Monday, July 21st,  EPHIA will have its Annual Picnic at Mt. Echo Park’s shelter house starting at 6:30pm.  There will be food and drinks provided for all those who attend the picnic.  Additionally, we will play our friendly games of Bingo with loads of great prizes to choose from if you’re a lucky winner!  Please plan to come and join us for an evening of fun on Monday, July 21st  in the beautiful  Mt. Echo Park!!
 
This City held their training session for the Neighborhood Support Program (NSP) and the Neighborhood Business District Support (NBDSP) program in the past few weeks. It occurred after our last general membership meeting.  This year instead of getting $5,000 for each program the City is only funding each program at a $4,800 level. Last month you may recall that we voted on the $5,000 level of funding.  In keeping the spirit of the intent of the community when we voted the board decided to just reduced the amounts for each program proportionately arrive at the amount to be appropriated.
 
Price Hill Will has started working on the row houses at the corner of Purcell and West 8th Street. They have been taking a lot of bad building material away and installing new. It seems to be progressing very well.
 
The Landmark Foundation has gotten the funding needed to proceed with the development of the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater.  It has been a long ride to get to this point. They also have received several needed approvals by the City to proceed. Good things are happening in our community.
 
Even though the Neighborhood Enhancement Program has ended its 90 day program in our community there still are activities occurring keeping the program alive.  Building permits are up, people are cleaning up their properties, the Police Department is doing follow up activities with the Hamilton County Probation Department and some street repairs are still in progress.  Even though to some this may have created some problems I believe the overall impact was very good for our community. What most of you do not realize in order to pull something like this off it took a lot of work, a lot of meetings and a lot of cooperation involving a lot of people who cared about our community. I would like to thank all of those involved in making this a success.
 
Thank you for your support,
 
Tom Gamel
EPHIA President
 
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 Meeting minutes
General Membership Meeting –  May 19, 2014 Draft for Approval 

Call to Order - President Tom Gamel opened the meeting at approximately 7:30 pm at the Holy Family Church Cafeteria, 3001 Price Avenue, with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by roll call:

Roll call was conducted and a quorum was established.

Guests and first time visitors were introduced:  1guests/first time attendees introduced himself and were welcomed.
Minutes:  minutes from May 19, 2014 were reviewed.  Motion of approval by T. Croft and seconded by S. Rosenthal. Approved.
Communications: P. Hogan reviewed and submitted communication log; log will be filed with original minutes.
Treasurer Report:  Report reviewed and submitted for 5/19/14.  Motion by H. Stafford and seconded by E. Buhrer - Approved by all.
Membership Report: Presented by Mary Cook and she reported 1 new member.



Fire Dept.: No report available this evening.
Police Dept.: Officer Emody reported submitted the crime stats doe Dist. # 3 and East Price Hill to the group. The 90 Blitz Campaign was completed with good success. Dist. #3 YTD change shows a 22% decrease vs. last year. And 2014 vs. the 3-year average is -15%. She also reported the significant arrest of an individual at Chateau Apts. Involving drugs & weapons.
Probation Dept.: Officer John Schwind reported on their activities and that crime with weapons has shown a 130% increase this year but drug arrests are down.
Safety CAT:  There will be a Good Guy Loitering event on Friday, June 20th from 8-11pm. At Ross and Warsaw. There will be a Safety walk on Thursday, June 26th at 6:30pm beginning at St. Lawrence Church. The McPherson Street Party will be Saturday, be June 28th from 1-4pm. The Summer Youth Work Program has 20 young adults enrolled to-date resulting in 170 hours.
Court Watch:  Nothing to report.
Incline Theater: Groundbreaking now August.

Problem Properties: No update.
Price Hill Recreation Center: No report.
District 3 Relocation: No update.
NSP/2013/14:  Completed and funds paid.
NSP 2014/15:  Reported by S. Rosenthal. Budgeted: Membership and Communication was $3135 to cover Eggstravaganza, Web Administration, Insurance, Price Hill Parade, Jazz Fest, Newsletter and Court Index. Beautification was $1865 LED lighting installation at the Mt. Hope/Elberon Gateway and maintenance (water, mowing, mulch, etc.). This was a second reading of the budget and a hand count was conducted of the general membership: 22 in favor; 0 opposed or abstained. Passed
NBD 2014. Reported by Melissa Wegman. Budget is $2750 for Beautification; $1000 for Communication and $1250 for Events. A total membership vote was taken: 22 Approved; 0 Nay or Abstentions.
Price Avenue Streetscaping:  There was a presentation was given by Jeff Stein from the Parks and Transport Dept. He updated his presentation from our last meeting to be sure the membership understood all the particulars. Tom Croft then made a motion as follows:
EPHIA approves the following major design elements for the Price Ave Streetscaping project:

  • Narrow the street as necessary for a consistent 36 feet width and center line from Elberon Ave to Matson Place
  • Parallel parking
  • Pedestrian crossing bumpouts at vehicle approach lanes
  • Four feet brick paver collector strips and bumpouts
  • Post top accent lighting of the same style as the St. Lawrence/Kroger Streetscaping
  • The installation of a new fence along the South side of Dempsy Park, of the same style as around the Kroger Parking lot

We understand that the final design details are subject to further analysis and consultation with EPHIA. As a safety measure, we urge the installation as soon as possible of four way stops at Mt. Hope and Price Ave. and at Mt. Hope and W 8th St
Motion seconded by E. Bruher. Passed
Jazz Festival. Crawfish Broil was held July 7th to kickoff fundraising for 2015 event. The fundraiser raised $654.     
EPH Business Alliance: The next meeting of the group is July 9th. The next Movie night is June 28th.
St. Lawrence Town Square Update: The second NBDIP grant application for $154,000 was successful; the paver campaign has raised $12,000; the construction bid was awarded to Moeller Construction.
Jazz Festival. Crawfish Broil was held July 7th to kickoff fundraising for 2015 event. The fundraiser raised $654.     
EPH Business Alliance: The next meeting of the group is July 9th. The next Movie night is June 28th.
St. Lawrence Town Square Update: The second NBDIP grant application for $154,000 was successful; the paver campaign has raised $12,000; the construction bid was awarded to Moeller Construction.
NEP: P. Hogan submitted a written report. Highlights as follows: Public Services: 79 civil citations for tall grass; Property Maintenance Code Enforcement inspected 914 properties resulting in 449 notices; Public Services is working on illegal dumping along 8th St; Keep Cincinnati’s Beautiful Post-Blight index was 1.78 out of 4 – a decrease of 6.35%; The Dept. of Transportation replaced repaired/reset street signs; a neighborhood celebration of the programs success was held on June 12th with special thanks to Kroger’s for their support.
Safe and Clean: No update.
Row Houses on Purcell: Progress continues.
Masonic Lodge: Evaluation and progress continues.
Dempsey Pool: Will be completed in December.

  • Dan Boller reported that Community Priority Requests for 2015/16 are due to the city by Aug 8th. Dan indicated that the priorities are divided into three major categories: Traffic/Engineering; Parks and Recreation and Safety.
  • Patti Hogan received a Spotlight Award for her significant work in community improvement. This is a very significant award and reflects highly on Patti’s continues work and dedication to the community.

West Price Hill Civic:  No update
Price Hill Will: There will be and arts programs conducted at the Flats on July 9th.
Price Hill Historical Society: No update.
Mt. Echo Advisory Committee: No update
Wilson Commons Advisory: No update
Price Hill Library: Three upcoming programs are scheduled and pamphlets were provided for membership.
Roberts School: Tracy Powers reported that a community amenity grant was awarded to the Roberts Academy. This is a partnership between the Cincinnati Public Schools, the Mill Creek Watershed and MSD. The project will deliver sustainable storm water management, water quality improvement, and a desired community amenity in the form of newly landscaped detention basin. 
Talbert House:  No update.
MSD: S. Rosenthal reported that she was part of a group who toured MSD. This was informative and they tried to identify odors impacted East Price Hill. They found a possible source that is being worked. A contact number was provided for any odor questions: (513) 557-5979.
Ohio River Travel: The next meeting on this project will be Wednesday, July 23rd at 6:00pm.
Open Communication: Member Ann Patty expressed her desire to see more young adults receive increased physical exams to prevent possible injuries or life threating circumstances. This is based on the result of personal circumstances in her family.
Recognition Letter: It was recommended that EPHIA send a congratulation letter be sent to LaRosas for their 60th anniversary. Approved.
 
Next meeting: No general meeting is scheduled until Sept. The community picnic is scheduled of July 21st at Mt. Echo Park where the Board will meet at 6:00pm prior to the picnic.
 
Adjournment: Motion, seconded and approved.
 
Minutes:   Minutes of this meeting submitted by Richard Zinicola, Recording Secretary.
 

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Humility  vs Arrogance  I have read that a common fundamental truth of all great religions of the world is "all are one."  At times in my life I have felt this.
 
Playing a game with my extended family when all the barriers between us melt away and feeling totally connected to the whole of my family.  Working with a group of volunteers to build an organization to help those in need.  In that experience, it is never about any one of us but all about working together for the common good.  Perhaps you have had similar experiences or moments. 
 
Humility is not about cutting ourselves down or denying our own gifts and talents.  Humility is having a healthy and realistic knowledge that we all make mistakes, that no one is perfect, that we all have quirks and flaws.  It is understanding that we are not better than others but that each of us represents a unique blend of gifts and strengths that contribute to the whole.  And as the definition states, humility is setting aside the ego to recognize the contribution of others in our achievements and success. 
 
This month, give some thought to others who have contributed to your success and make sure that you thank them for their investment in you.    
    
To practice humilty “I will”   ·  Remember what others have done for me   ·   Not boast or brag   ·  Serve without being recognized  ·   Pass along praise to others    ·   Take responsibility for my own actions.

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less."  - C. S. Lewis"
  
"One knows from daily life that one exists for other people..."    -Albert Einstein

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Coming events:

River Song Quintet:  Thursday, July 17, 2014 8pm. Come enjoy the inaugural show at the nucleo – 3117 Warsaw Avenue. 45205! We're so lucky to have River Song Quintet, a chamber-jazz-folk group from Los Angeles (beautiful :D), touring through as well as the home-boys Benjamin Thomas-Whitfield Crocker and Eddy Kwon-MyCincinnati to give the Nucleo a brand new outfit.  Free admission (donations for touring artists encouraged!). This will be a *dry event* because of children! Parking on the street
Please try to arrive at 8pm -- the music will be starting!
 
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Warsaw Arts Festival:  Saturday, July 26, 2014 12-5 pm   Hosted by Price Hill Will.  Featuring MYCincinnati, the Happy Maladies, and a combo from the Cincinnati Symphony, instrument petting zoo and more!  Location: 3117 Warsaw Ave, the Cincinnati Library, and the Warsaw Project Gallery! More details coming soon! 
 
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McPherson Street Party:  Saturday, July 26, 2014 1-4pm  Hosted by the Price Hill Safety CAT, Bloc Ministries, and Lord’s Gym.  Featuring a family friendly activities – face painting, balloons, temporary tattoos.  Lord’s Gym will be on hand featuring a pump-off competition.  Food and drink will be provided while supplies last. 
 
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Ohio River Trail West: Open House:  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6-8pm Cincinnati Christian University Worship and Ministry Center; 2700 Glenway Avenue 45204; Friends and Neighbors of the Ohio River Trail West  - Cincinnati’s Department of Transportation and Engineering and River West Working Group will lead a public open house on development of the Ohio River Trail West.  This exciting project will be a tremendous enhancement to the quality of life of our West Side communities and a big plus for their ongoing revitalization. For more information, visit either of the following sites:  www.OhioRiverTrailWest.com and www.facebook.com/OhioRiverTrailWest.  Map on these sites with show the route of the trail. 
 
Besides background on this greenway/bikeway, the focus of the meeting will be on the possible specific route of Phase 1 of the project, covering the 3.7 miles between Evans Recreation Area and the Riverside/Gilday Recreation Area.  URS, DOTE’s consultant for the Phase 1 feasibility study, will present the results of their work. We are very interested the community’s response and input.
 
The open house will be at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 23 in the Worship and Ministry Center of Cincinnati Christian University at 2700 Glenway Avenue.  A campus map is attached.
Please plan to attend this meeting.  We want to know what you think!
 
In the Park After Dark:  Saturday, July 26, 2014  8:30-11pm; Olden View Park; 2601 W, 8th St.; 45204; The movie of the night: The Lego Movie. 
 
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Mt. Echo Drum Circle and CommUNITY Yoga: Tuesday, July 29, 6-9pm;  Mt. Echo Park, 202 Crestline Avenue; 45205;  Come join commUNITY yoga at 6. Drumming, dancing, spinning, art, slacklining and just downright awesomeness starts at 7. commUNITY OM at 8:30!!
 
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Illuminating the Arts Gallery Walk:  Saturday, August 23, 2014 1-7pm Featuring Shakespeare in the Park; Youth Summer Photography and Flats Gallery Summer Art Workshop display and artist reception; Price Hill Looking UP photo contest winner's announcement in a brand new gallery space on Warsaw, as well as live music and gallery opening at Warsaw Project Gallery.

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Swimming Safety Tips from the Cincinnati Recreation Commission

www.cincyrec.org   InfoLine: 513.352.4000

Safety In/Near the Water
  • Air-filled or foam toys are not safety devices. Don’t use items such as “water wings” or “noodles” as a substitute for life jackets.
  • Avoid alcohol when near the water, before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing, especially if supervising children.
  • Follow pool rules and lifeguard instructions (such as “No Diving” areas).
  • Only enter water to a comfortable depth, especially if you don’t know how to swim.
  • Don’t run or participate in horseplay in or near the pool, especially with small children.
  • If you live near a city pool and hear any activity after hours, call 911 immediately, as it may be an unattended child.
  • Consider swimming lessons and CPR classes for the entire family. These skills may save a loved one’s life.
 
Tips for Parents
  • Small children can drown in even very shallow water, so drain tubs and wading pools immediately after use. 
  • Give children 100% of your attention while they are in or around the pool. Never leave a child unattended around water.
  • Make sure your children are aware of basic water safety tips, such as staying away from drains and pipes to avoid entrapments.
  • If your child is missing, look for him/her in the water first. If they are drowning, seconds can make the difference between life and death.
  • If you have a pool at home, talk to your pool service provider about gates, locks, and alarms to keep your children from entering the pool area without supervision.
 
Swimming and Your Health
  • Practice good hygiene. Shower before heading to the pool and wash your hands with soap after using the restroom.
  • Don’t swallow pool water. If possible, avoid getting pool water in your mouth at all.
  • Take frequent restroom breaks and make sure kids do as well. Avoid changing diapers poolside, as germs can spread in and around the pool.
  • Avoid the pool when you are ill. Germs on your body end up in the water, so you could make other people sick
 
 What to Do When Someone Is Drowning
  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Do not attempt a swimming rescue unless you have been properly trained.
Extend a long pole or branch to the person or use a throw rope attached to a buoyant object, such as a life ring or life jacket. Toss it to the person, then pull him/her to shore

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EPHIA's Board

President: Tom Gamel
Vice President: Tom Croft
Treasurer: John Ridder
Recording Secretary: Richard Zinicola/Linda Holthaus
Corresponding Secretary: Patti Hogan
Membership Officer: Mary Cook
 
Directors:  Eric Buhrer
                 Ray Busche
                 Jeffrey Ensley
                 Shelia Rosenthal
                 Howard Stafford
                 Jim Turner
               
    
Trustees: Ken Rothman (2016)
               Ted Bird, Jr. (2015)
               Dan Boller, Jr. (2017)


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EPHIA Committees           Chairperson                     Contact Info
Beautification                           
Business District                           Melissa Wegman               Mertzie547@aol.com
Citizens on Patrol
Housing and Development             Tom Croft                        513.244.2882
Membership                                 Mary Cook                       513.921.3804
Newsletter                                    Patti Hogan                      513.251.8538
NSP                                            Sheila Rosenthal
NBD                                            

Parade                                         Ted Bird, Jr. 
Problem properties                        Dan Boller, Jr.                  513.471.4183
Policy and bylaws                        
Website                                       


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EAST PRICE HILL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION   
June 2014   Volume 24   Issue 06
www.eastpricehill.org
 

~Thoughts from Your President ~


       

I would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers in our community.  It is a special day for all of us to reflect back on what our fathers meant to us as we were growing up as well as a day for us fathers to reflect back on what we mean to our children, no matter what their ages. Fathers served as the role model for many of us through the years and pretty much set the tone for the family growth along with their spouses.  I know I learned a lot from my dad working right next to him.
 
The City passed it budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1st. There were some cuts made that will affect our community this upcoming year. The impacts of those cuts and shifting of funds will no doubt be felt this upcoming year by our community as well as others.
 
We had our Jazz Festival fund raiser the “Crawfish Boil” Saturday June 7th.  It was well attended and will help provide some of the necessary funds to support next year’s Jazz Festival.  If you were unable to attend you can still make a donation to support the effort. See one of the EPHIA officers who can tell you how you can help.
 
We have completed our 90 days of the Neighborhood Enhancement Program. Many good things have come out of this community effort. The following are just some of them:
  • We had three (3) successful neighborhood cleanups.
  • We had a lot of signage in our community replaced or repaired.
  • We saw a crackdown on illegal activity that resulted in lower numbers of crimes committed in our community.
  • We saw some drug busts and prostitution arrest made moving the activity out of their normal spots in our community.
  • We have seen an increase in policing of the curfew violators in particular on Warsaw Avenue.
  • We started working on a community plan.
  • We started some beautification projects that will be completed in the upcoming months.
  • We have seen orders written on some of the houses that had building code violations. This resulted in an increase in permits for work to be done on a lot of houses.
  • We have seen some additional houses be scheduled for removal from our community because of their conditions.
 
At our June meeting we will be voting on the following items that you may be interested in:
  • The Price Avenue Streetscape that was presented at out last meeting.
  • Our submissions to the City for our 2015-16 Community Priority Requests. Dan Boller has agreed to develop a list of items that we would like for the City to do for our community and will be completing the forms. As we mentioned at our last meeting if you have some items for consideration please get them to Dan.  We will be voting on them at the June meeting.
  • Our 2014-15 Neighborhood Support Program budget - At our May meeting the items were presented for consideration and we announced that at our June meeting we will vote on our budget for submission to the City.
    • Membership & Communication was $3,135 for the Eggstravaganza, Website Administration, Insurance, Price Hill Day Parade,  Jazz Festival, Newsletter and Court Index.
    • Beautification was $1,865 for some Led lighting installation at the Mt. Hope/Elberon Gateway and maintenance (water, electricity, mowing, mulch, etc).
 
Our next meeting is scheduled to be on June 16, 2014 starting at 7:30 pm in the Holy Family Church Cafeteria.  Besides our normal business items I believe the items I have listed above along with the normal reports from Police and Fire will be good for all of you to hear.  Please plan to attend this meeting. I am sure you will find it interesting to hear what is happening in our community. This is a good opportunity for you to become part of the solution to our community’s issues as well as an opportunity to help pave the way to our community’s future. 
Thank you for your support,
 
Tom Gamel
EPHIA President
 
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 Meeting minutes
General Membership Meeting –  May 19, 2014 Draft for Approval 

Call to Order - President Tom Gamel opened the meeting at approximately 7:30 pm at the Holy Family Church Cafeteria, 3001 Price Avenue, with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by roll call:

Roll call was conducted and a quorum was established.

Guests and first time visitors were introduced:  2 guests/first time attendees introduced themselves and were welcomed.

Minutes:  minutes from April 21, 2014 were reviewed. Once change to Mary Cook’s name (vs. Mark). Motion of approval by R. Busche and seconded by T. Croft. Approved with revisions by all.

Communications: P. Hogan reported on Public Services and Litter Control – 17 citations issued; Property Maintenance Code – 314 properties inspected; Dist. 3 partnered with the community and other City Dept’s in a number of areas; Fire Dept. conducted 299 inspections, 124 hydrants inspected, distributed 17 smoke alarms and 112 fire code violations found; Public Services filled 46 potholes and resolved 24 street sign and street light issues; Dept. of Planning assisting PHW and Community Building Institute in creating Community Plan for East, West and Lower Price Hill with a meeting scheduled for 5/31/14 at Elder Schaeper Center.

Treasurer Report:  Report reviewed and submitted for 4/21/14.  Motion by H. Stafford and seconded by E. Buhrer - Approved by all.

Membership Report: presented by Mary Cook. There were 3 new members and 1 renewal.


 

Fire Dept.: No report available this evening.

Police Dept.: Officer Sierra indicated that the new recruiting class is done in 8 weeks and this with internal transfers will positively impact Dist. 3 with manpower. A meeting was scheduled with the EPH McDonalds but no representative showed up. A question on truancy was raised and Officer Sierra indicated this is no longer a priority for Dist. 3 (a manpower issue).

Probation Dept.: Officer John Schwan provided reported on the shooting at Chateau Apts. and that there has been an increase in criminals trying to take advantage of the elderly. The community is asked to report suspicious activity involving elderly residents.
Safety CAT:  Good Guy Loitering scheduled for 5/23/14. 8-11pm and Ross and Warsaw; Safety Walk scheduled for 5/29/14, 6:30pm at St. Lawrence Church parking lot; McPherson St. Party  scheduled for 6/28/14, 1-3pm; 16 young adults have been enrolled in the Summer Youth Work Program with BLOC Ministries providing some adults to assist with supervision.
Court Watch:  Have written an impact statement for a repeat offender in Price Hill. Individual charged with defrauding a senior of $19,000.
Incline Theater: Groundbreaking now July.

Problem Properties: Dan Boller reported on 1241 Elberon and 3018 Murdock. A public Nuisance Hearing was held on 4/25 for 746 Terry St, 562 Enright and 3641 W. 8th St. It was also discussed that Councilman Smitherman has requested that we provide input to his office on these properties. Dan will be our coordinator for gather this information and reporting them as requested.

Price Hill Recreation Center: No report.

District 3 Relocation: No update but the community is being asked to submit Icons (parks, landmarks, historical events, famous citizens or other claims to fame) for Price Hill.

NSP/2013 Stub Year:  Completed and funds are in hand.

NSP 2013/14: Membership and Communication was $3135 to cover Eggstravaganza, Web Administration, Insurance, Price Hill Parade, Jazz Fest, Newsletter and Court Index. Beautification was $1865 LED lighting installation at the Mt. Hope/Elberon Gateway and maintenance (water, mowing, mulch, etc.).
NBD 2013/14: $1400 out of pocket expense as billed from Price Hill Will. The group discussed this situation and T. Croft will research and attempt to clarify and finalize the confusion.
Price Avenue Streetscaping:  Presentation to be given later in meeting.
Jazz Festival. R. Busche reviewed final expenses and results of Jazz Fest. Festival was a success. Music great and attendance overall good (weather did have an impact).  Event came in on budget ($800 additional contributed by PHW). Crawfish Broil will be July 7th to kickoff fundraising for 2015 event.
Price Hill Rec Center and Dempsey Pool: No report.      
EPH Business Alliance: T. Croft advised that their next meeting is June 11th at 11:00am. Movie night is May 31, “Frozen”.
St. Lawrence Town Square Update:  P. Hogan reported that 175 pavers sold to date and still available. Construction bid awarded. Zoning variance for privacy fence and commemoration wall has been approved. Second NDBIP grant submitted. CNBDU board will make recommendations to City and communities to be notified status in June 2014 with monies available July 2014.
 
NEP: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful conducted a pre-blight index before NEP began. EPH scored 2.03 out of 4; The Dept of Trade and Development has assumed responsibility for coordinating and leading EPH initiative to assist residents responding to code violations.; DOTE inspectors are in the process of identifying defective sidewalks. M. Wegman is working in concert with Ethel Cogen of DOTE and $12k has been raised so far.; During the first 60 days the community has been active and vital participant in the NEP. Volunteers participated in the 3 Price Hill clean ups. Patty submitted a report with full details.
 
Safe and Clean: the $5000 Safe and Clean grant has been submitted.
 
Row Houses on Purcell: A contract has been awarded and contractor will be assigned soon.
 
Masonic Lodge: One meeting has been conducted so far and T. Gamel is on the committee. They are working with a consulting firm on what needs to be fixed, how and the estimated costs.
 
Presentations:
Price Ave:  The Dept. of traffic and Engineering had two representatives (Jeff Stein and M. Kelly) at the meeting. They discussed the planning, what decisions have been made and how they were made. The planning for this has been going on for over a year now with some of the stakeholders in East Price Hill. The estimated cost is 3M for Price Ave. and 1.6M for Mattson. They discussed how decisions were made on the parking options – there will be no diagonal parking as there is not enough space gained by using diagonal.  There was also a concern about safety around Holy Family School. There will be bump-outs included, lighting and collector strips. There was a lot of discussion concerning how wide to make the street as parts are 36’ and other 50’. A final decision was to make them 36’ and have wider walking spaces. A street diagram was show and access to a PDF document will be made available to the membership. There was an additional question raised by one member concerning Price and Fairbanks. The concern is that it is used by large trucks and is causing traffic and safety issues. The presenters said they would look into this issue and get back to the board.
 
Ohio River Trail West Update: T. Croft provided a document outlining the update on this project (included with minutes).  The project is proceeding as planned.
 
Kevin Flynn: Councilman Flynn addressed the membership on his background, projects he has worked (very instrumental on the past barge location issue) for our community and his priorities. The membership expressed their thanks for his attending and look forward to working with him on issues that impact East Price Hill.


Community Priority Requests for 2015/16 are due to the city by Aug 8th. Input from the community is requested for our June meeting. Items have to be presented at this meeting as it is our last before the summer break and a vote will have to be taken at the meeting.

West Price Hill Civic:  All Star game.
Price Hill Will: There will be a Comp Plan discussion on 5/31, 10-3 at Elder.
Price Hill Historical Society: There will be a tour to Louisville on June 11th.
Mt. Echo Advisory Committee: Trees planted and mulch will be used.
Wilson Commons Advisory: Mary Croft said that this year’s Eggscellent Nature Eggstravaganza was a great success. 
Price Hill Library: No update.
Roberts School: Findlay Market is going on every Tuesday 3-6pm.
Talbert House:  No update.
MSD: No update.

Youth Leadership: Kathy Boone talked about this effort and what is trying to be accomplished. Their next meeting is June 21st from 1-4PM.

Holy Family Banner: Dan Boller requested that we provide $150. To Holy Family for a festival banner. Motion seconded by T. Croft and approved by all. 

Next meeting: Monday, June 16th at 7:30pm in the Holy Family Cafeteria. 

Adjournment: Motion to adjourn made by T. Croft and seconded by S. Rosenthal. Unanimously approved by membership 

Minutes:   Minutes of this meeting submitted by Richard Zinicola, Recording Secretary.

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Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP)


East Price Hill’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program wrapped up on May 31, 2014.  As was reported in last month’s newsletter, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful conducted a pre-blight index before the NEP began. East Price Hill scored a 2.03 out of a 4 point system.  On Thursday, May 29, 2014 Keep Cincinnati Beautiful conducted the post-blight index.   East Price Hill's Post-Blight Index score came in at 1.78 out of 4 (1=no blight, 4=extremely blighted); that's a 6.35% decrease from the pre-blight score of 2.03.
 
The full 90 day report is being compiled and will be reported in the July 2014 newsletter.
 
Price Hill Plan:  The second meeting took place on May 31, 2014.  Please take a short survey and let your priorities by known.  Follow this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pricehillplanpriorities  

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Endurance vs Discouragement  At the US Military Academy at West Point, they have a phrase, the “long gray line." It refers to the long line of soldiers who have endured the hardships of this     rigorous academic and military training and have gone on to serve our country.  There has been a US soldier posted at the US Military Academy at West Point since 1778 -- the most continuous garrison in our country.  On May 22, 1002 young men and women joined that "long gray line."
 
The Executive Director of the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Mary Andres Russell’s  nephew, Joe Puttmann, was one of them. Joe played football for Army and like many of his brothers there, endured rugged military training, rigorous academic study, and the demands of football.  Three pegs on the stool of discipline, honor, and endurance.
 
The Cadets took an oath on Saturday to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States.  After completing specialized training this summer, as Second Lieutenants, most will lead platoons in the war in Afghanistan.
 
At their graduation ceremony, both the Superintendent of West Point and President Obama called them "leaders of character."
We thank them for their endurance and strength, for not giving in or giving up, for what that “long gray line” has done and will do for our country.
 
To practice endurance “I will”   ·  Not be a quitter   ·   Accept both instruction and correction  ·  Put my whole heart into everything I do   ·   Not waste my time, energy, and talent on meaningless pursuits.
 
“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.”  -- Buddha

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Coming events:

Best of the West Road Rally: Saturday, June 21, 2014 9am – 2pm   Think you know your way around Price Hill? We beg to differ. See if you can find some of the most unusual sites that this historic neighborhood has to offer! 
 
Sponsored by: Price Hill Will, Price Hill Historical Society, Duwel Automotive, Primavista, Hart Pharmacy, Grote Barber, Domino’s, and Brogan Tire.
 
WHO: This Road Rally is open to all street legal vehicles. 75 vehicles maximum.
 
ENTRY FEE: $24.95 per vehicle pre-registered by May 21st, $34.95 preregistered May 22nd or later, $44.95 day of the event.
 
WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2014. Rain or shine.
 
WHERE: The Rally begins and ends at Western Hills High School, 2144 Ferguson Road.
 
TIME: Registration begins at 9:00 am. Drivers meeting is 9:45 am. Rally begins at 10:00 am sharp.
 
COURSE: Approximate length: 29 miles. Will take about 4 hours to complete.
 
WHAT TO BRING: You must be at least 18 years old to be a driver, possess a valid drivers license, and bring proof of automobile insurance. Drivers license and insurance card must be current. Vehicle registration will not be accepted. Bring a clip board, a pen or pencil, a shoe box for your scavenger hunt items and a digital camera. Prizes will be awarded to the top winning teams after the Road Rally. No alcoholic beverages, no pets and no hot rodding permitted. Consuming an alcoholic beverage before or during the Rally will result in immediate disqualification and no refund.
 
Registration form can be found at: http://www.scenicroadrallies.com/events.asp?show=upcoming   Select the 3rd Annual Price Hill Road Rally link for the form.
 
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Project Restoration:  I love you to Life Tour:  Saturday, June 21, 2014 1pm – 4pm   All of Price Hill is invited to Olden Tot Lot located at 3436 Warsaw Ave in East Price Hill in Cincinnati, Ohio between the hours of 1pm and 4pm. We will come together to let our youth know we care, support and encourage them to live. 
 
We want to sow seeds of greatness, and encourage them to live life to the fullest. Our goal is to develop a youth leadership counsel where they will be trained to be the leaders in our neighborhood we truly desire. The population for zip code 45204 is approximately 6972 people, we are anticipating feeding about 700 people. We have enlisted a number of organizations within the Price Hill community as well as, the City of Cincinnati to come out on this day and celebrate family and community and give our young people an opportunity to know someone is thinking about them and they are important to us.
 
We will have speakers from Parents of Murdered Children Inc, Saving our Son and our Special Guest Speaker is Tayliana Miller who is an 8 year old third grader who would like to encourage her peers.  Pastor Warren Curry will deliver the Moral Voice, as part of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence involvement in the event. The Cincinnati Drum line and Let it Flow Concert Series will provide entertainment. We will have face painting and activities for the kids. There is going to be a huge dance routine performed at the end of the event that will include about 100 kids in which we are also collecting money for T-shirts. This may be an opportunity for your employees to contribute or even volunteer for the event.
 
There will be tables displaying resources and so much more. We thank you in advance for collaborating with us to make this event successful and spectacular.
 
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Mt. Echo Drum Circle:  Thursday, June 24, 2014 6pm – 9pm  Mt. Echo Park  Join us for commUNITY yoga at 6. Drumming, dancing, spinning, art, slacklining and just downright awesomeness starts at 7. commUNITY OM at 8:30!!
 
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In the Park After Dark:  Saturday, June 28, 2014  8:30pm – 11pm Olden View Park 2601 W. 8th Street; We'll be watching "The Nut Job" 
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EPHIA's Board

President: Tom Gamel
Vice President: Tom Croft
Treasurer: John Ridder
Recording Secretary: Richard Zinicola/Linda Holthaus
Corresponding Secretary: Patti Hogan
Membership Officer: Mary Cook
 
Directors:  Eric Buhrer
                 Ray Busche
                 Jeffrey Ensley
                 Shelia Rosenthal
                 Howard Stafford
                 Jim Turner
               
    
Trustees: Ken Rothman (2016)
               Ted Bird, Jr. (2015)
               Dan Boller, Jr. (2017)


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EPHIA Committees           Chairperson                     Contact Info
Beautification                           
Business District                           Melissa Wegman               Mertzie547@aol.com
Citizens on Patrol
Housing and Development             Tom Croft                        513.244.2882
Membership                                 Mary Cook                       513.921.3804
Newsletter                                    Patti Hogan                      513.251.8538
NSP                                            Sheila Rosenthal
NBD                                            

Parade                                         Ted Bird, Jr. 
Problem properties                        Dan Boller, Jr.                  513.471.4183
Policy and bylaws                        
Website                                       


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May 2014 Newsletter

I hope all of the mothers in our community had a happy Mother’s Day.  It is one of the times of the year where all children need in particular to express a deep reflection on what our mother’s mean to us and thank them for all that they have done to help make us who we are today. I know I, who just lost my mother a few months ago have reflected back on all of the things that she did for me through the years.

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April 2014 Newsletter

Spring is indeed here!  The trees are budding, the grass is growing and some old leaves have found their way into our yards. It is time for yard work!! That being said, the City of Cincinnati has started up again their yard waste program. Yard waste is picked up at the same time as our recycling schedule. It is important that you only put your yard waste out accordingly. Most of us are in the gold week schedule. The gold schedule indicates that our first pickup will be April 14th this year and will continue every other week after that.

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March 2014 Newsletter

Spring!!!  Spring!!! Are we almost in Spring!!!

We are now in March.  The temperatures are starting to get close to normal finally.  At least they are warmer than they were a few weeks ago anyhow. We sprung forward with our clocks, which is another indicator that Spring is at our doorsteps. Day light is getting longer. Stores are advertising spring items.  I do believe it is almost here.

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February 2014 Newsletter

I had hoped to be able to open this newsletter saying I think winter weather is behind us, but unfortunately, like our hot summer, we are experiencing a cold and snowy winter. Our experience no doubt is affecting everyone’s budgets. The City is spending more on snow and ice removal from our streets.  We are paying higher than normal utility bills. Schools had to close more days than they have snow days in their schedules. Pipes are freezing and Water Works lines are bursting.  Streets are showing signs of needing a lot of pothole repairs. The year of 2014 did not start out very well for all of us.

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November 2013 Newsletter

The national, state, county and municipal elections are all over.  However our community still has one more election event.  That is the EPHIA elections for the Officer’s positions. All of the positions are running unopposed except for the Membership Officer position.  According to our By-Laws the elections are required to be held at our November 18th meeting night. We will not have a General Membership meeting that night, but we ask all members to come out that night to cast your vote, eat some good food and socialize with your board.  Voting will start at 6:30 pm and close at 8 pm.

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October 2013 Newsletter

Last month on September 28th we had our community cleanup day. Once again the students from Elder High School did a great job at helping us clean up our community.  I hope all of you had an opportunity to participate in helping clean up our community.  If you were unable to do so you can still at least clean up around your home and encourage your neighbors to do the same. If everyone did this at least once a month we could make some real impact in our community.

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September 2013 Newsletter

We are now moving into our Fall Season.  We are experiencing some cooler evenings and the trees are starting to drop their leaves. All of the schools are now in session and the swimming pools are now closed for the season.  One thing about living in Cincinnati we always have all four seasons.  Sometimes they are much shorter than we expect and sometimes longer than we really want them to be. But that is Cincinnati.

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July 2013 Newsletter

Well as you are all aware summer is here.  Fortunately this year we are not seeing those triple digit temperatures like we had last year.  Unfortunately we are seeing a lot of rain this summer which is good for our grass, but not so good for our hillsides and the sewer systems.   We had a very wet 4th of July week that had some soggy impacts on all planned picnics and cookouts this year.  I hope everyone made the best of it and enjoyed the holiday!!

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April 2013 Newsletter

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