December 2013 Newsletter


EPHIA's Newsletter

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December 2013   Volume 23   Issue 12

~Thoughts from Your President ~

I would like to start out extending to all members of our community a happy, safe and joyous holiday season from the Board of EPHIA. During this season it gives us the opportunity to thank all of those who have done so much for us in the past.  It is also a good time to spend time with our family and friends. 
As a community we have a lot to be thankful for. We have seen some positive changes during this past year in our community and I am confident that you will see some additional positive changes this upcoming year.
Last month we held the elections of the officers for EPHIA for the next two years.  I would like to thank all of you who came to our election night meeting and participated in the election process. I would like to thank Tom Croft for getting the food that we ate that evening and Ken Rothman for getting the drinks.  They both did an excellent job.
The Thanksgiving Parade was very good this year.  There were many parade participants as well as spectators who enjoyed the historical Price Hill Thanksgiving Parade.  I have heard many positive comments about the parade.
Our next meeting is scheduled to be on December 16, 2013 starting at 7:30 pm in the Holy Family Church Cafeteria.  Besides our normal business items we have several items on the agenda that I think you might be interested in hearing more about.
      1.    A while back the community approved the St. Lawrence Square project. 
            There will be some site drawings for you to look at as well.
      2.   We will be voting on the Neighborhood Support Program (NSP) and the
             Neighborhood Business District Support Program (NBD) budgets that
             we will be submitting to the City for our community. Each of these
             grant programs are for $5,000.
             a.   NSP Budget:
                   .  Beautification approximately $2,665, including $2,265 for the
                      Warsaw/Wilder Gateway improvements and $400 for the
                      Mt. Hope Gateway maintenance; 
                   .  Membership and Communications approximately $2,335,
                      including Jazz Festival $1,200, website and newsletter $500,
                      insurance $450 and other.
             b.   NBD Budget:
                   .  Beautification approximately $2,000, including $1,400 for
                      flower pots and $600 for gateways;
                   .  Communications approximately $1,500 including $1,000
                      for web content manager and $500 for membership communication
                   .  Events approximately $1,500, including $700 for outdoor movie
                      nights, $400 for de Tours and $400 for community concerts.
      3.   We will also hear the results of the audit of our books for this past
             fiscal year.
I am not sure if you are aware of the fact that Price Hill Will has information on grant dollars that are available that will fund removal of lead from your home. There are only a few months left to utilize these funds.  If you are interested or have any questions regarding this program please contact Price Hill Will for more information.
Remember to support our local businesses who are trying to provide our community with good products and services.  Their success counts on our community’s support.
We are now experiencing our winter weather.  Always remember to drive a little slower under those conditions to protect yourself and other from harm. 

We are also in the Christmas season. During this time thieves become increasingly more active.  Please remember to not leave any valuables exposed within your car.  Remember to lock those items up in your car’s trunk or take them with you.
Thank you for your support,
Tom Gamel
EPHIA President
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 Meeting minutes

No minutes from the November 18, 2013 meeting as it was the annual elections .  

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Meet the new EPHIA Officers:

President:                                  Tom Gamel
Vice President:                         Tom Croft
Recording Secretary:               Richard Zinicola/Linda Holthaus
Corresponding Secretary:       Rev. Dorian Daniel
Treasurer:                                 John Ridder
Membership Officer:                Mary Cook
For those not in attendance the oath will be administered again at
the December 2013 meeting

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   Self-control vs  Self-Indulgence   Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right   

Recently a school guidance counselor told a story to demonstrate the need for self-control.  “When we lose control and unleash our anger or criticism on another person, it is like taking a clean sheet of paper and crumbling it into a wad of trash. 

Later in regret we may try to repair the relationship, just as we might try to straighten out that sheet of paper.  But try as we might, the folds and creases remain.  And just as that piece of paper is never the quite the same, the same can be true of relationships.  It can take years to repair one out of control argument. 
This month be aware of Self-Control and be disciplined and gracious in your words and actions.

To practice Self-control
I will…  · Look beyond today    · Guard my steps  · Restrain myself   · Turn away from compromising situations    ·  Seek accountability through trustworthy friends
“Some people regard discipline as a chore.  For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly." – Julie Andrews

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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: Rev. Dorian Daniels
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
Business District                           Melissa Wegman     
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                                            Terry Grote            
Parade                                         Ted Bird, Jr. 
Problem properties                        Dan Boller, Jr.                  513.471.4183
Policy and bylaws                        
Website                                        John Lauck                      513.252.2480

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We encourage you to join the East Price Hill Improvement Association for $5.00 per year. By applying, you agree to abide by the EPHIA constitution in all actions relating to membership. You also certify that you are eighteen years of age or older. Please complete the form and mail it (or bring it to a meeting) along with your dues to EPHIA, PO Box 5420, Cincinnati, OH 45205.
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Neighborhood Support Program and Neighborhood Business District Support Program Budgets
After discussion with several members of the East Price Hill Improvement Association and the East Price Hill Business Alliance, Sheila Rosenthal, our NSP Manager and the East Price Hill Business Alliance have recommended the following preliminary budgets totaling $5,000 each for the remainder of the City’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. We will vote on budgets for submission to the City at EPHIA’s general membership meeting on December 16, 2013. Only residents of East Price Hill may vote, whether or not they are members of EPHIA.
Preliminary NSP Budget: Beautification approximately $2,665, including $2,265 Warsaw/Wilder Gateway improvements and maintenance, and $400 Mt. Hope Gateway maintenance; and Membership and Communication approximately $2,335, including Jazz Festival $1,200, website and newsletter $500, insurance $450, and other.
Preliminary NBDSP Budget: Beautification approximately $2,000, including $1,400 for flower pots and $600 for gateways); Communications approximately $1,500 including $1,000 for web content manager and $500 for membership communication materials; and Events approximately $1,500, including $700 for outdoor movie night, $400 for deTours, and $400 for community concerts.
If you have comments or questions regarding NSP, please contact Sheila at  If you have questions about NBDSP contact Terry Grote of the East Price Hill Business Alliance at
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2014 Dues:  Just a reminder 2014 dues are now due.  If you haven’t done so please remit your payment of $5.  Payments can be mailed to PO Box 5420, Cincinnati, OH 45205 or paid in person at the general membership meeting. 
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Making News:

Thanksgiving Day Parade:  The Purcell Avenue Garden and Social Club won a first place award for their float in the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Parade.  A few pictures of their float follow. 
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City of Cincinnati trash amnesty weeks:
During trash amnesty weeks,  residents may set out additional trash in sealed plastic trash bags next to their approved City-provided container. Amnesty weeks are centered around holidays when households typically generate more trash than normal. 
Upcoming amnesty days include:
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2013
  • Winter Holidays: Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan. 3, 2014
  • Memorial Day: May 27 to May 31, 2014
  • Independence Day: July 5 to July 11, 2014
  • Labor Day: Sept. 2 to Sept. 6, 2014
(Note: Even during Amnesty Weeks, bulky items must still be scheduled for special pickup.)  If you have a bulky item (like furniture, tires or appliances), visit or call 513-591-6000 to schedule a special pickup.
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Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 5420
Cincinnati, OH 45205

Phone: 513-549-3744

Next General Membership Meeting:    Monday, Dece,ber 16, 2013   7:30pm  
Holy Family Church Cafeteria 3006 W. 8th Street


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