May 2013 Newsletter

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EPHIA's Newsletter

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EAST PRICE HILL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION   
May 2013   Volume 23   Issue 05
www.eastpricehill.org
 
In this issue:
Letter from the President     
Meeting Minutes                

Board Members                  
Committees                     
Join EPHIA                     

Coming Events                                 
Other Information 
Volunteer Opportunities                           
                                 
                                 

 
 

~Thoughts from Your President ~


       
I hope all of the mothers in our community had a happy Mother’s Day.  It is one of the times of the year when all children need in particular to express a deep reflection on what our mother’s mean to us and thank them for all they have done to make us who we are today. 
 
East Price Hill like many other communities of the City is watching closely to see how the City is planning to address its budget shortfall.  What we are most concerned about is how the changes will impact our community.                                         
 
The discussions and planned layoffs of City personnel have a direct impact on our community in many ways.  Safety cuts will mean delays in response time from both Police and Fire. Cuts made to non-uniformed personnel in other departments will mean some of the projects and services that our community uses or plans to use may be delayed or not implemented as timely as we would like.
 
The Funding for the Neighborhood Support Program as well as the Neighborhood Business District Programs were only budgeted for the Stub Year (the first 6 months of the year) this year at one half of their normal funding.  The process for receiving the funding has been modified as well.  This has created some issues that our community is trying to address as quickly as possible.  It is important for you to understand we use these funding sources for many things that helps improve our community at our gateways, business district improvements, and special events like the Jazz Festival and the Cultural Heritage Festival.  At our May meeting hopefully we will have more information on the status of the programs to share with you.
 
The City will be discussing the budget in the next several weeks.  It is important that all of us pay attention to what is being proposed and offer members of City Council our own thoughts on some of the proposed changes.
 
On the brighter side, there have been many good things occurring in our community.  The Talbert House is getting closer to having their development on Grand Avenue completed. The rain has caused some delays in working on the grounds, but the interior of the building is nearly finished.  They have been installing the new balconies on the units this past week and it can easily be seen that the building is definitely an improvement from what our community had before the Talbert House purchased the property.
 
The Incline Theatre is becoming more of a reality.  The ownership group is getting closer to obtaining the necessary funds needed for this project.  In the next several weeks I look forward to having this organization present to our community an update on their plans for the site.
 
The past several weeks I have heard a lot of complaints regarding the smells in the air coming from the Metropolitan Sewer District facility located in Lower Price Hill.  At our meeting this month we will have a representative from MSD present to discuss the issue.
 
City Council has now passed the Formed Based Code Zoning Ordinance. We plan to have discussions at our community council meetings regarding what that ordinance means to us and to start our community’s engagement in the process as it applies to our community.  This is very important to planning the future of our community and is worth your time to learn more about it and to provide your input into the planning process.
 
Our next meeting is scheduled to be on May 20, 2013 starting at 7:30 pm at the Holy Family Church’s Cafeteria.  I hope to see you there!!!
 
As you can see there are a lot of good things happening in East Price Hill. There are many things that still need to be done.  It is extremely important for you to get involved in our community today in order for all of us to see a better tomorrow.
 
Thank you for your support,
 
Tom Gamel
EPHIA President

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 EAST PRICE HILL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
Minutes of Regular Meeting – April 15, 2013 – Draft
 
Note:  Minutes for the April 15, 2013 general membership meeting were unavailable when the newsletter went to the printer. 

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EPHIA's Board
President:
Tom Gamel
Vice President: Tom Croft
Treasurer: John Ridder
Recording Secretary: Vacant
Corresponding Secretary: Melissa Wegman
Membership Officer: Mary Cook
 
Directors:  Beth Andriacco
                 Ray Busche
                 Patti Hogan  
                 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                               Beth Andriacco                  513.5155660
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                                           John Lauck                       513.252.2480
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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Upcoming Events

EPHIA MeetingMonday, May 20, 2013 7:30pm  Holy Family Cafeteria 3006 W. 8th Street

Elder Glee Club Spring Concert:  Sunday, May 19, 2013 3pm Seton auditorium  

In the Park After Dark:  Saturday, May 25, 2013  8:30-11:30pm Olden View Park;  2610 8th Street.  Hosted by the East Price Hill Business Alliance.  The first movie will be Back to the Future II and the DeLorean Society will attend with cars for viewing. 

Save Green/Live Green in Price Hill:  Thursday, May 16, 2013; Tuesday, May 21, 2013, or Thursday, May 23, 2013 The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, People Working Cooperatively, the Price Hill Financial Opportunity Center, Price Hill Will, Imago, and the Enright Ridge Urban EcoVillage have partnered up to bring you an exciting workshop.  Learn how you can make your home more energy efficient through free weatherization (for those who qualify), low-cost energy audits, and simple changes you can make on your own.  Join us:  May 16 at the Elder HS Schaeper Center, May 21 at the PH Financial Opportunity Center, or May 23 at the St Michael Bingo Hall.  Time for all sessions:  6:30-8:00pm 

Price Hill Safety CAT Car Wash:  Sunday, May 26, 2013 12-4pm  Parking lot of the Price Hill Skyline.  All vehicles $5 for wash and dry. 
 
Crawfish Boil and Fundraiser for East Price Hill Jazz Fest:   Saturday, June 01, 2013  06:00pm - 08:00pm; Warsaw Project Gallery, 3116 Warsaw Ave. All are welcome for some craft brew and crawfish to raise money for the East Price Hill Jazz Festival.  The party starts at 6 at the Warsaw Project Gallery.
 
Holy Family Summer FestivalFriday, June 7, 2013  6-11pm;   Saturday, June 8, 2013  5-11pm;   Sunday, June 9, 2013 3-10pm
Join the parish for their annual festival, with food, games entertainment, karaoke and a DJ.  

Price Hill Pacer Saturday, June 08, 2013 09:00am at Elder High School; A 5K run to benefit Price Hill Will and Santa Maria Community Services.  Walk or run.  There are prizes for a variety of age categories.  

Character Strength Training:  Hosted by The Price Hill Safety CATWednesday, June 12, 2013 7pm at Elder’s Schaeper Center.  Many people in today's world focus almost entirely on what's wrong with themselves-- their problems, their struggles, and their stressors-- and often lose sight of what is good and strong in themselves. But, there's much more to life than problems. VIA Me! provides you with personalized information so you can take a strengths-based approach to life and shift your focus from what's wrong to what's strong
A strengths-based approach to life:
  • Is honest (acknowledges problems, but doesn't get lost in them);
  • Is positive (focuses on what is best and good);
  • Is empowering (encourages and advances the individual);
  • Is energizing (uplifts and fuels the person);
  • Is connecting (brings the person closer to others, aiding in mutual connection).
Knowing your personal character strengths -- what's best about you as a human being -- is powerful knowledge that can be used to reach your full potential with your work, your family and your relationships. 

Best of the West: Price Hill Road Rally:  Saturday, June 22, 2013  9:00am;  A road rally to show off the best of scenic Price Hill.  To learn more, call 813.623.5727.  

In the Park After Dark:  Saturday, June 29, 2013 8:30-11:30pm; Olden View Park; 2610 8th Street.  Hosted by the East Price Hill Business Alliance.  More details will follow.

St. Lawrence Festival Summer Festival:  Friday, July 5, 2013 – Sunday, July 7, 2013 The festival will have live bands each night.  Friday, July 5, “Bluefish”, Saturday, July 6, “Rusty Griswold’s”, and Sunday, July 7, “Saffire Express.”  Chicken dinners will be served on Saturday and Sunday, from 5pm – 7pm, and  will have lots of other delicious food and good beer.   
 
In the Park After Dark:  Saturday, July 27, 2013  8:30-11:30pm Olden View Park;  2610 8th Street.  Hosted by the East Price Hill Business Alliance.  More details to follow.
 
MYCincinnati Music for Youth in Cincinnati: Please visit http://www.mycincinnatiorchestra.org/upcoming-events  for a list of coming events. 


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Other Information:


Recycle at Your Event
With Help from Hamilton County  

At summer events like community and church festivals, it is common to see overflowing trash cans and can be difficult to find recycling containers for bottles and cans. However, the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District provides free recycling containers for events to recycle bottles, cans and paper. 
 
The containers are designed specifically for event recycling–they are highly visible and easily recognizable as a recycling container. We provide the containers and plastic liners for free; the event is responsible for collecting and recycling the material.
 
By recycling, your event can save natural resources, conserve energy and reduce pollution. 
 
To request containers, contact Cher Mohring at 513-946-7737 or cher.mohring@hamilton-co.org. For more information about recycling in your community, call the Recycling Hotline at 946-7766 or visit www.HamiltonCountyRecycles.org.
 

Smog Reduction Tips



As summer weather quickly approaches, so does the potential of smog. The warm weather and increase in sunlight can bake certain chemicals forming ozone--one of the primary pollutants in smog.
 
By making small changes in our daily habits, we can all help improve air quality. Consider taking the following actions to reduce smog formation:


  • Take the bus (METRO: 513-621-4455 or TANK: 859-331-8265)
  • Carpool or vanpool (RideShare: 513-241-RIDE)
  • Ride a bike, in-line skate or walk instead of driving
  • Combine trips or eliminate unnecessary vehicle trips
  • Refuel your vehicle after 8 p.m.; do not top off when refueling and tighten the gas cap
  • Do not idle your vehicle
  • Avoid quick accelerations and sudden stops as they increase fuel consumption
  • Keep your vehicle maintained with properly inflated tires and timely oil changes
  • Avoid use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment
  • Avoid use of oil-based paints and stains
  • Conserve electricity
  • Spread the word
 
Smog can be harmful to many sensitive groups such as children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions, and so it is important to know the air quality forecast. You can receive air quality notifications by email by registering at www.EnviroFlash.info. Current local air quality is also available at SouthwestOhioAir.org.

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Volunteer Opportunities:

Green Umbrella

The Taste of Cincinnati will recycle at this year’s event! Volunteers are crucial for recycling to be successful. Green Umbrella is seeking volunteers for the event that is held May 25 - 27, 2013. This is a great opportunity to be part of a recycling initiative at Cincinnati’s largest event!
Volunteer Description
There will be five recycling stations set up at the Taste of Cincinnati. Each station will have two volunteers to educate patrons on what can be recycled and transport the recyclables to Rumpke’s.  To learn more visit the following link:  https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1321909.jsp?utm_source=Newsletter+5%2F1%2F2013&utm_campaign=e-news-5-1-13&utm_medium=email

 
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Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 5420
Cincinnati, OH 45205

Phone: 513-549-3744


Next Meeting:   Monday, April 15, 2013 7:30pm
Holy Family Church Cafeteria 3006 W. 8th Street






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