November 2013 Newsletter


EPHIA's Newsletter

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November 2013   Volume 23   Issue 11

~Thoughts from Your President ~

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.
Just a reminder in November we start collecting dues for the 2014 fiscal year.
In the past month the EPHIA Board approved appointing Eric Buhrer and Jeffrey Ensley to our two vacant Directors positions on the Board. I am pleased to have both of them on our Board because both of them really care about the future of East Price Hill.
Thursday November 28th is the annual Price Hill Thanksgiving Parade.  The parade starts at Western Hills High School at 10 am. The parade route runs from Western Hills High School down Glenway and Warsaw Avenues and ends at St. Lawrence Church.  Please plan to stand along the parade route and root the parade participants on as they go down the parade route.
The City of Cincinnati recently served all 52 communities notice that they will fund the Neighborhood Support Program (NSP) and the Neighborhood Business District Program (NBD) the for fiscal year that beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014. Each of these programs will be funded at $5,000 each.  As you can tell by the beginning date we all have lost several months of funding for these programs. It is our Board’s intent to publish in this newsletter several recommended projects to use these funds thereby serving notice to the community.  We plan to open to the floor discussion of these proposals for community input and official voting at our December 16th meeting.  We ask all members who have some suggestion to discuss your ideas with the Board at our November 18th meeting.  According to the requirements for the usage of these funds the community must vote at an EPHIA General Membership meeting for both of these programs. 
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.
Lastly, on behalf of the EPHIA Board I would like to wish all a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  We all have a lot to be thankful for.  Enjoy the day with friends and family.
Thank you for your support,
Tom Gamel
EPHIA President

 Meeting minutes

General Membership Meeting –  October 21, 2013 - 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:

A quorum was established 

Guests and first time visitors were introduced:  ·  Linda Ackerman  ·  Ken Koefler  ·  Michael Spuzzillo  ·   P. O. Ann Lally, CPD – D3
Minutes:  minutes from the September 16, 2013 meeting were approved by the membership. 
Commmunications:  No report.
Treasurer’s Report:  for the period ending September 16, 2013 presented by John Ridder.
Membership Report: presented by Mary Cook. 

Fire Dept. – No report. 
Police Dept. –  Presented by Cpt. Russ Neville and Ofc. Ann Lally.  Auto thefts are up.  Remember don’t leave your car running.  If you leave your keys in the car and it is stolen insurance will not cover the loss.  There was a good turnout for the October 14, 2013 ground breaking for the new police station.  Status of existing building is still undetermined.  Hoping if will be used for the Safe Street or Traffic Unit.  Cpt. Neville is striving to keep a police presence in the area.  Jeffrey Ensley requested a sign on Purcell to not block driveways.  Cpt. Neville indicated signage in handled by DOTE but CPD will support.  There’s an abandoned property at 3107 W. 8th with squatters – CPD will investigate. 
Probation Dept. –  Presented by Probation Officer John Schwind.  Two notable arrest – Arrest on Manss Avenue of subject with 6oz of crack cocaine; Arrest on Seton Avenue of subjects with marijuana and heroin
Safety CAT:  reported by Patti Hogan   •  Provided results from 9/28/2013 neighborhood cleanup   •  Wednesday, October 16, 2013 hosted the 6th annual celebration of Price Hill.  Special thank you to Tom Gamel for making the pasta, sauce and meatballs  • Last regular “Good Guy Loitering “ of the year will be 10/25/2013  •  Requested 50 volunteers for Halloween version “Good Guy Loitering”
Court Watch:  Impact statements have been written for Kenneth Webb, Maurice Brooks, and Gregory Levy.  Thanks to Probation for delivering.

MSD; Presented by Beth Hinzman.  In October had calls about odors.  Maintenance was being performed on primary tanks.   Community Advisory Panel will begin sometime after the 1st of the year.
MSD Lick Run Project:  presentation by Deb Leonard.  The Lick Run project is part of MSD’s Project Groundwork.  Project Groundwork is one of the largest public works projects in the history of our community.  Project Groundwork, when completed, will capture, treat, or remove 85% of the 11.5 billion gallons of combined sewer overflow and eliminate all sanitary sewer overflows.  The Lick Run watershed covers 2,700 acres.   East Price Hill is part of the project.  Lick Run is part of phase I of Project Groundwork and is scheduled for completion in  2018.  Phase II is currently undefined.  MSD will have a better handle on phase II by 2017.   Questions arose about sewer rate increases.  They have not been approved for 2014.  Rates increases are approved by the County Commissioners.    

St. Lawrence Public Square:  presented by Patti Hogan.  First design meeting is scheduled for 10/24/2013.
Problem Properties:  presented by Dan Boller, Jr.   • Demolition permits have been issued for 3603, 3640 and 3718 Laclede; 1040 McPherson;  956 Fairbanks, 1265 and 1267 Grand   •   A public nuisance hearing to be held at 9 am 10/25/2013 for 907 Fairbanks  •  2809, 2811 Price  and 1036 Grand had a public nuisance hearing held on 6/28/2013   •  2524 Ring, 3604 Glenway, 1042 and 1050 Wells had a public nuisance hearing held on 09/24/13  •  3044 Glenway has been declared a public nuisance    •  549 Considine; 664 Hawthorne; 817 McPherson; 834 Terry; 951 Woodlawn; 939 Kirbert; 961 and 1123 Elberon are out for demolition bid  •  the stabilization of 3301 Price is out for bid  •   819 Hawthorne, 3508 W. 8th, 812 Elberon, 934 and 1124 Wells have been razed. 
Price Hill Recreation Center:  Tom Gamel requested an update from CRC.   Old pool has been removed and Tom was advised new pool would not be ready for the 2014 swimming season.  Board will send a letter to CRC expressing displeasure with the change in status and the fact EPHIA was not notified of the change.
Price Avenue Streetscaping:  presented by Tom Croft  $3M approved through the City for the Price Avenue streetscaping.  Streetscaping will run from Elberon to the Queens Tower.   Stakeholders group has been created.  It’s critical to coordinate the streetscaping with the new theatre project.   Parking is a critical issue.  Net parking not what was anticipated and is inadequate.  Has been discussed.  Letter will be sent addressing issue.   
Neighborhood Support Program (NSP)/ Neighborhood Business District (NBD): presented by Sheila Rosenthal.  Invoices have been sent for reimbursement. 
Jazz Festival:  $1K artsWave grant was awarded to Jazz Festival.  Still looking good for May 2014
Election Committee: Presented by Dan Boller.  Candidates were announced.  Nomination were taken from the floor.  Slate of candidates is as follows:  President:  Tom Gamel and Melissa Wegman;  Vice President:  Tom Croft;  Recording Secretary:  Richard Zinacola/Linda Holthaus (will work as a team)  Corresponding Secretary: Rev. Dorian Daniels;  Treasurer:  John Ridder;  Membership Officer:  Mary Cook and Torry Young.  Election will be held from 6:30-8pm.  To be eligible to vote you must be an active member with dues paid by September 2013.

Price Hill Will Recycling Bin Loan Program: Price Hill Will has up to 15 recycling bins available for use at neighborhood functions. 
Neighborhood Support Program (NSP)/ Neighborhood Business District (NBD): Both programs will be funded in 2014.  Waiting for rules.  Looking for ideas.
East Price Hill Business Alliance: no report
Price Hill Civic:  no report
Price Hill Will: no report
Price Hill Historical Society: no report
Mt. Echo Advisory Committee:   Restrooms have been winterized 
Wilson Commons Advisory: Currently quiet.  
Robert Academy:  no report
Santa Maria:  no report
Price Hill Library: no report
New Board Member:  Tom Gamel announced the appointment of Eric Buhrer to one of the vacant Board position
Next meeting: Monday, November 18, 2013  This is the annual election.   Voting times:  6:30-8pm.  Food will be provided. 
Adjournment: Motion to adjourn made by Dan Boller, Jr.  seconded by  Bob Pessler. Unanimously approved

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Meet the Candidates:


Tom Gamel

My name is Tom Gamel and I am currently President of East Price Hill Improvement Association. I would humbly ask you for your support for the next two years.
I have a very extensive background. I retired from the City of Cincinnati after working almost 32 years.  I have held positions of City Planner and Human Resources Director during my tenure with the City. I have managed budgets and programs ranging from $15 to $27 million dollars for the City. I currently am a self employed Management Consultant.  I am also currently the President of Cincinnati Municipal Employees Association representing 6600 city non-uniform retirees and their dependents. I have held this elected position for almost 7 years now. I have two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and graduated from Elder High School.  I have been a member of Holy Family Church for most of my life. Most importantly, I have been a member of this community for most of my life.
I am aware of how this community was years ago and have a vision of what needs to happen to bring it back to its fullest potential. I have been involved with most of the positive changes that have occurred in East Price Hill.  I have been on the board for 8 years serving in positions of Corresponding Secretary, Vice President and now President. I believe as President I have the vision and have worked to improve our community working with both the private sector as well as the public sector. Many of you who regularly attend EPHIA meetings know that I always give people the opportunity to address their issues with the community.  I think it is important that everyone has the right to express their ideas and concerns for our community’s future.  I ask for your continued support at this time and look forward to working with you in the future.

Vice President 

Tom Croft

Tom has been a member of EPHIA since 1989.  He served as Program Manager of EPHIA’s Neighborhood Business District Support Program  from 2005 to 2009. He was appointed Recording Secretary in 2009, and elected Vice President in 2011.  He is the Chair of the Housing and Development Committee.
Tom’s other activities include “good guy loiterer” and “safety walker” for the Price Hill Safety Community Action Team. He is Co-Chair of River West Working Group, which promotes balanced development  along the Ohio River to make Cincinnati an attractive place to live and work. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Plan Cincinnati, our City’s new Comprehensive Plan. He serves on the Historic Structure Stabilization Program Advisory Board of the Hamilton County Landbank. Tom is a member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Chair of its Investment Committee.  He retired in 2011 as Chief Investment Officer of the University of Cincinnati.

Recording Secretary

Linda Holthaus
(sharing position with Richard Zinicola)

I grew up in Price Hill and Green Township and came back to East Price Hill about 11 years ago.  Graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph and retired after almost 40 years from Procter & Gamble, working in Human Resources here in the U.S. and abroad.  Will graduate in December from the Docent Program at the Cincinnati Art Museum in December.  Have served on various Boards – charity, fund-raising and leadership.  Have volunteered for community efforts such as Friends of Findlay Market as well as schools such as DePaul Cristo Rey High School and the arts such as CSO Party of Note.  Been married to Richard Zinicola for ten years, no children, but lots of nieces and nephews.  Interests are fly-fishing, family, community service, and the arts in general.

Richard Zinicola
(sharing position with Linda Holthaus)

I grew up in upstate New York. I served in the United States Air Force for 7 years, and also completed by Bachelors Degree in Business Management while in the military. Following my military career, I worked for Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals which was later purchased by P&G. I was transferred to Cincinnati by P&G in 1995 and worked in various Human Resources roles including assignments in Russia and Costa Rica.
I married Linda Holthaus in 2003 and we moved to East Price Hill into our current residence. I have two children and two grandchildren. I am a former Director in EPHIA and volunteer at the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and the Cancer Support Society.
I am a golf addict and enjoy gardening. I hope to serve EPHIA as a Recording Secretary sharing this responsibility with my wife Linda.

Corresponding Secretary

Rev. Dorian T. Daniels

The Rev. Dorian T. Daniels has been active in community based organizations and groups all of his adult life. Rev Daniels has had affiliations with such groups as community gospel choirs, marching bands, jazz bands. Also Rev. Dorian was a Student Representative for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Boys and Girls Club Summer Youth Mentoring Programs, and National Action Network, NAACP,  and a host of many other community based organizations. Rev. Dorian Daniels obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Virginia State University Petersburg VA. Rev. Dorian Daniels earned his Master of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology Virginia Union University Richmond, Virginia. Rev. Dorian Daniels is a member of Pocahontas Lodge #7 Free & Accepted Masons (Prince Hall Affiliate) Petersburg, Virginia. Rev. Daniels is serving his first term as current Board Member of Price Hill Will Community Development Corporation.  Rev. Daniels is President of the Southern portion of District 3 Faith Alliance Coalition Team. Rev. Dorian Daniels currently serves as Pastor of Shiloh @ Price Hill United Methodist Church. Shiloh @ Price Hill United Methodist Church is new Congregation in the East Price Hill community. Rev. Dorian Daniels is happily married to former Ms. Teaira S. Grandison. They both reside in the East Hill community. Rev. Daniels believes that an “Church that a disengaged with the community is an anemic institution.”  Rev. Dorian Daniels is proud to serve the wonderful and Historic community of East Price Hill.


John Ridder
(bio unavailable at time of publication)

Membership Officer

Mary Cook
(bio unavailable at time of publication)

Torry Young
(picture and bio unavailable)

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   Initiative vs Idleness   Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it    
Without initiative, skills and talent mean nothing. If we aren't motivated to use what we know, there is no value in knowing it. Initiative is what gets things started. How many times have we moaned about a task that when we finally do it, it doesn't seem bad at all? Fitness gurus often tell their students to just pledge to doing five minutes of exercise and often, once you get started you'll exercise much more than the five minutes.

We can't win a race if we never leave the starting line so this month, get in the habit of getting started and turn initiative into progress.
To practice Initiative, 
I will…  · Do what is right before being told    · Not put off until tomorrow the things I can do today  · Contribute to the success of the whole team   · Be a part of the solution rather than the problem  ·  Look for ways to help others
“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. " - Will Rogers

"If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't been in bed with a mosquito." - Anita Roddick

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EPHIA's Board

President: Tom Gamel
Vice President: Tom Croft
Treasurer: John Ridder
Recording Secretary: Patti Hogan
Corresponding Secretary: Melissa Wegman
Membership Officer: Mary Cook
Directors:  Eric Buhrer
                 Ray Busche
                 Shelia Rosenthal
                 Howard Stafford
                 Jim Turner
                 Eric Buhrer
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
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

Thanksgiving Day Parade:  Thursday, November 28, 2013 Parade begins at 10am traveling East on Glenway to Warsaw ending at St. Lawrence Church where you can get some hot chocolate and cookies, enjoy the petting zoo, and get pictures with Santa.
Holiday on the Hill:  Friday, December 6, 2013 through Sunday, December 8, 2013  The weekend offer a full lineup of fun and events.  Please visit for a complete schedule of events.  

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Making News:

The following Price Hill individuals and organizations won awards at Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s Just Dessert’s Clean and Beautiful Awards Ceremony and Reception.   Congratulations to all of the winners!

Five Star Volunteer Award

Mark Klusman
A life-long Westside resident and a ’61 graduate of Elder.  Mark returned to Elder as a teacher after college and is currently in his 47th year.  He was honored for his many volunteer activities.
Innovation Award - 1st Place

Price Hill Will
Price Hill Will’s “Grow It Forward” program is designed to help people who want to garden but find it difficult to get started. The “Grow It Forward” model helps residents build gardens in their own backyard. In exchange for resources, recipients are asked to volunteer in a “Barn Raising” fashion by helping new members get started. These gardens are bringing neighbors together and expanding the healthy food options in Price Hill.

Sustainable Community Award - 1st Place
Roberts Academy
After the old Roberts school building was demolished in 2011, there was a large open space in front of the new building just waiting to be developed. The Front Yard Committee brought together representatives from Cincinnati Public Schools, local nonprofit organizations, businesses, and residents to plan a multi-phase, multi-year project to transform the space into an inviting, educational destination. The first phase implemented four raised beds which has since grown into a large fenced-in garden. They also added the first Findlay Market Farmstand.  There is more in the works, but collectively, these enhancements are bringing fresh produce to the area, building community pride, and providing an opportunity for nearby students to learn about sustainability. 

Sustainable Community Award - 2nd Place

Price Hill Safety CAT
The Youth Work Program provided an opportunity for youth, ages 16 and under, to earn an allowance in exchange for participating in cleanup and beautification projects around Price Hill. The crews filled over 300 bags of garbage and brush in just 10 weeks! Not only did this help the community stay clean and safe, but it provided a positive influence on the young adults by re-enforcing the importance of respect, hard work, and education.

Community-Wide Project Award - 3rd Place

Price Hill Safety CAT & Cincinnati Police-District Three
Many of you are familiar with the great work Price Hill has done in partnership with District Three Police. They organized three cleanups this year involving residents, businesses, schools, and neighborhood organizations. The Safety CAT also hosts bi-weekly safety walks and litter cleanups as well as “good guy loitering” events where “good guys” arrive early, staking their claim in a certain area before a disorderly crowd has the chance to form. While on site, they promote positive activities and discourage bad behavior. Their results are impressive! Nearly 200 volunteers contributed over 900 hours and collected an estimated 16 tons of litter and debris.

Growing Green Habits Award
St. Teresa of Avila School
This year’s Growing Green Habits Award goes to St. Teresa of Avila School for their Green Ribbon Week!  Green Club members in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade sponsored a week-long program to promote environmental awareness at their school. Each day included an environmental theme, such as “Trash-Free Tuesday” where students and staff were encouraged to pack a trash-free lunch.  The Green Club students and staff researched facts and wrote daily announcements reminding fellow classmates to “go green”.  They also visited each classroom and presented information about recycling.  
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P.O. Box 5420
Cincinnati, OH 45205

Phone: 513-549-3744

Next Meeting is EPHIA’s Annual Election:   Monday, November 18, 2013   Voting times; 6:30=8:00pm  
Dinner provided!   

Holy Family Church Cafeteria 3006 W. 8th Street               


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