October 2013 Newsletter

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EAST PRICE HILL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION   
October 2013   Volume 23   Issue 10
www.eastpricehill.org
 
In this issue:
Letter from the President
Meeting Minutes
Character Council
Board Members                  
Committees                     
Join EPHIA                     
Coming Events                                 
Other News 
Price Hill News

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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.
  
At our last meeting we had guest speakers that led the discussion regarding the Neighborhood Enhancement Program that is being proposed for East Price Hill next year. After the discussion a motion was made and approved that we support having this program in our community next year. This will mean there will be a comprehensive effort made to clean up one of our community’s problem areas utilizing a number of departments of the City’s enforcement efforts.
 
Starting October 7th the City of Cincinnati is starting their new Waste Collection Program in which the only garbage that will be picked up needs to be in the City supplied garbage containers.  The City will no longer pick up waste in plastic bags set out on the curb. You can still put your recycling bins out every other week.  Properly marked yard waste containers can be set out at the same time as your recycling bins.  This is supposed to save the City millions of dollars per year. The new program is also intended to encourage residents to do more recycling.
 
Have you noticed any changes around Dempsey Park lately?  If you drive by the area you will see the renovation and the building effort of the Price Hill Recreation Center and the new pool has begun.  We are hoping everything meets planned timelines.  Meanwhile all services that normally were provided at the Recreation Center have been reassigned to other buildings until the newly renovated building is complete.  This is a good thing for our community.
 
In November we will be holding our elections for the officers of EPHIA.  The positions that we will be seeking to fill this year are as follows:  President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Membership Officer..
 
In helping us to get nominees for these positions the following individuals are on the nomination committee: Dan Boller Jr., Sheila Rosenthal, Ken Rothman, Eric Buhrer, Mary Croft, Frank Lenkerd, and Bob Pessler. One of these individuals will be trying to make contact with all paid up members to see if you are interested in running for one of these offices. If you are interested in running for one of the offices listed above or would like to find out more about the positions please contact one of these individuals or me. At our meeting this month the committee will provide their report of those interested in running for these positions.  Additionally we will be taking nominations from the floor.  If you are interested in running for one of these positions it is important that you be at our meeting this month. 
 
We submitted our report for the Neighborhood Support Program and Neighborhood Business District Program to the City of Cincinnati.  We are waiting on the City’s response to all of our expenditures for each of these programs. At our October meeting we hope to provide an update on our programs.
 
We are currently working with the City on plans for the Price Avenue Streetscape program.  The City is providing $3 Million funding for the project.  Even though that sounds like a lot of money in reality it is not enough to do all of the things that we would like to see happen along that area. We are trying to incorporate some of this to enhance the new Theater development as well. One of the problems that have been raised is the fact that businesses going into our area need to have parking to support them. It is extremely important that residential on street parking cannot be compromised by future development. This is important to the residents who do not have off street parking.  We do not want our community to be like Mt. Adams where residents cannot leave 
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 Meeting minutes

General Membership Meeting –  September 16, 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.  ·  Megan Brandmaeir, Price Hill Library  ·   Leah Burger. CSA  ·  Russ Focht & Christine Focht.  ·  Leah Burger, CSA  ·    LaShawn Williams, Paradise Lounge.
Minutes – minutes from the June 17, 2013 meeting were approved on a motion by Don Busch and Bob Pessler.  Membership approved. 
Communications – No report.
Treasurer’s Report – for the period ending August 19, 2013 presented by Ken Rothman.
Membership Report – presented by Mary Cook.  1 renewals at the meeting 2 other renewals

Fire Dept. – No report. 
Police Dept. –  no officers present.  Patti Hogan reminded all in attendance to not approach anyone on the Most Wanted List – call dispatch. 
Probation Dept. –  Presented by Probation Officer John Schwind.  They are concentrating on visual impact of probationer on the Warsaw and Glenway business corridor.
·  Arrests:  Keneul Collins 3 counts of felonious assault related to 12 year old girl shot on Grand Avenue
Safety CAT: reported by Patti Hogan  Neighborhood cleanup 09/28/2013 9am – 1pm at Elder’s Rudemiller Commons   •  Next Good Guy Loitering 09/27’2013 8-11pm at Warsaw & Woodlawn  •  Next litter pickup 09/19/2013 starting at Probation substation 6:30pm  •  Safety CAT and BSA joint car wash 9/22/2013 12-4pm

Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP): Ethel Cogens and Lt. Col. Dave Bailey gave a brief presentation on the nationally recognized program.  Program will run from 03/01/2014 through 05/31/2014.  Program is a partnership between the neighborhood, city departments and some private partnerships.  Focus area of the program is still to be determined.  Buildings & Inspections will evaluate the properties in the focus area and notify property owners of code violations.  Some help may be available to property owners to provide financial assistance where needed.  Neighborhood team will develop a wish list (sidewalks, street and curb repairs, etc.).  Pre-work will begin in December, 2013 consisting of team development, wish list, lining up corporate sponsors, kick off.  The wish list developed by the team with initial priorities.  The list will be sent to city departments and they will advise what is doable.  EPHIA will form a subcommittee with city liaison and will do presentation to the entire body.  EPHIA board voted to participate. Ken Rothman made a motion seconded by Eric Buhrer to participate.  Membership approved unanimously.  

St. Lawrence Public Square:  Presented by Tom Gamel.  City returned contract to PHW just today.  Project will begin shortly.
Neighborhood Support Program (NSP): presented by Sheila Rosenthal.  The entire $2500 has been spent.   Voucher submittal is in progress.
Neighborhood  Business District (NBD): $2500 was available.  Report will be provided after discussing status the East Price Hill Business Alliance
Jazz Festival:  Presented by Ray Busche  Tentative date: 05/17/2014 but must discuss with the Rec. Center.  Artswave grant was submitted.
Election Committee: Will be getting together before the October meeting.  Ken Rothman will chair.
Thanksgiving Day Parade: presented by Patti Hogan  Primavista has generously agreed to have a fund raiser for the parade.  Eat at Primavista on October 28, 29, or 30 and Primavista will donate 10% of the check to the parade.
East Price Hill Business Alliance: no report

Bloc Ministries Make a Difference Day Grant:  Nancy Sullivan is requesting EPHIA write a letter of support for a grant application for a community garden and a small recreation area primarily for the Hispanic community on McPherson Avenue.  The properties in question are vacant lots and secured by Bloc from the Port Authority. Don Busch made a motion seconded by Ray Busche to write a letter support the application.  The membership unanimously approved.
Price Hill Cleanup: Board made a motion to support the 9/28/2013 cleanup with a maximum donation of $80. Rick Drout seconded the membership unanimously approved

East Price Hill Business Alliance: no report
Recreation Center Rebuild: Some demolition should begin in October 2013.  Some aspects of project had to be rebid.
Price Hill Will: presented by Ken Smith.  Updates were left on the table for everyone to review.  Contract was received from the city for the St. Lawrence Public Square project.  Project will begin shortly.  Partnering with U.C. students on row houses on Purcell Avenue.
Price Hill Historical Society: no report
Mt. Echo Advisory Committee:  presented by Eric Burher.  Shakespeare in the Park took place.  Labor Day fireworks were fantastic. $500K not available to keep the park open—more on this later.
Wilson Commons Advisory: presented by Mary Croft.  Currently quiet,  Also stated budget issues.
Robert Academy:  presented by Tracy Powers  Sunday is the Latin American Festival from 1-6pm.  Provided an invitation and poster to completed facilities master plan celebration scheduled for 9/28/2013 from 11am-3pm
Santa Maria:  no report
Price Hill Library: Issue 1 on the ballot is a renewal to support library system.  Levy makes up one third of operating costs.  East Price Hill branch serviced 500 patrons per day in July.  Please consider supporting,
Talbert House:  presented by Teri Nau  Signage for building is on the way.  It will be complete 4-5 weeks after getting permits.  Sewer line break caused flooding on the ground floor.  Sewer line and  apartment repairs are complete.  Building is close to 100% occupancy

 Next meeting: Monday, October 21, 2013

 Adjournment – Motion to adjourn made by Don Busch seconded by Bob Pessler. Unanimously approved

 Minutes  –  Minutes of this meeting submitted by Patti Hogan.

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Patience vs vs Impulsiveness   The ability to wait or endure without complaint.   Do you ever interrupt other people while they are talking? Do you ever try to complete their sentences?  Ugghh. I know I do that sometimes and have come to realize that it really irritates people.  I learned in a seminar this week that when we ask someone a question, we should give them seven seconds to answer. Time that out. 1... 2... 3... 4... 5... 6... 7... It can feel like an eternity. But that seven seconds allows a person to gather their thoughts, check into the hearts, remember details... It is a really good practice in Patience and let's others know that we care enough to listen. 

To practice Responsibility, 
 
I will…  · Wait for others to finish before I speak   · Take the time to do tasks right  · Not complain when delays occur  · Make the most of wait time  ·  Take turns with others
 
"Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour."   - Ovid

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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:  Ray Busche
                 Shelia Rosenthal
                 Howard Stafford
                 Jim Turner
                 Vacant
                 Vacant
    
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                                           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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Upcoming Events

 
 Thanksgiving Day Parade Fund Raiser: Monday – Wednesday October 28-30, 2013 Sponsored by Primavista.  Eat at Primavista on any the these three day and mention the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  10% of your check will be donated to the 2013 Thanksgiving Day parade.   Reservation can be made on line at http://www.pvista.com/contact.php#dialog Then click the "Make a Reservation" link
Safety CAT Halloween:  Thursday, October 31, 2013  The Safety CAT is looking for volunteers for a fun Halloween version of "good guy loitering" on Halloween night.  Volunteers are encouraged to dress in fun costumes (please avoid scary and ghoulish and no masks). Our goal is to have candy stations along the corners of the Warsaw/Glenway business district in East & West Price Hill. Two volunteers will be at each corner.   The number of volunteers determines the number of corner stations.   The center point of activity will be Warsaw at Ross.  We will move inbound/outbound from there.  The Safety CAT will supply the candy (donations gratefully accepted).  We'd love to see 50+ volunteers to cover corners from Warsaw/Grand  through  Glenway/Sunset.  If you are interested in helping please send an email with your name and number of volunteers to hogan.patti@gmail.com.  This is another effort to promote positive activity along the business corridor. 
Election Day:  Tues., November 5, 2013 Polls open 6:30am–7:30pm.  Ohio voters must bring one form of acceptable id in order to verify identity. Acceptable forms of id can be found on the Board of Elections website.  http://boe.hamilton-co.org/voting-on-election-day/voting-101.aspx.  Where do I vote:  http://boe.hamilton-co.org/voting-on-election-day/where-do-i-vote.aspx
Balluminaria 2013  Saturday, November 23, 2013 4-6pm  Mirror Lake in Eden Park  This spectacular picturesque FREE event has become a traditional way to kick off the holiday season in Cincinnati!  Event features:   Balloon glow, face painters,  Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature activities, Cincinnati Circus Entertainers, Live Holiday Music. food, hot chocolate, and crafts for sale, costumed characters from the Cincinnati Ballet & Playhouse in the Park.  Please view the event/parking map & road closures at http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/component/content/article/15-news/56-balluminaria for safety and ease of navigation prior to the event.  Free on street parking throughout the Mt. Adams neighborhood; $10 parking in the lot off of Martin Drive between Cliff Drive and Parkside Place - follow the parking signs.  $10 Parking fee includes 1 FREE ticket and a $1 Off coupon to the Krohn Holiday Show; a $7 value.
Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade: Thursday, November 28, 2013  The Thanksgiving Day parade is a tradition that started in 1929.  It set the stage for the West side rivalry between Elder High School and Western Hills High School. Team members, fans, community groups, and anyone wild about football marched to the game in support of their team. What a way to start your Thanksgiving morning!  Today the football game takes place in October, but the Price Hill Historical Society has kept the parade marching.  They revived it in 1991 and it has been getting bigger ever since. A variety of community organizations, schools, and residents get involved and make it happen. Creative floats, good music, and great people are just a few reasons to make this Price Hill tradition one of your own. The excitement continues at St. Lawrence Hall for hot chocolate, Santa and the Eagle Wings Choir.
Holiday on the Hill 2013: Friday, December 6, 2013 thru Sunday, December 8, 2013   Holiday on the Hill is an annual event held the first week of December.  Friday kicks off with “Light the Hill,” then the festivities continue Saturday. Price Hill businesses, community organizations, and enthusiastic residents put together a fun weekend that anyone will enjoy. Local musicians perform, artists display their work at craft shows, businesses hold open houses, and more. Holiday on the Hill showcases everything Price Hill has to offer. You'll discover a Christmas cheer that will bring you back next year.
Friday,  December 6, 2013: 6pm: Christmas Tree Lighting @ Seton High School; Musical Performances by Elder and Seton HS; 6:30pm MYCincinnati Concert @ Seton High School Commons; Hot chocolate, cookies, and crafts provided by Seton High School; 7pm to 9pm: Illuminating the Arts Gallery Walk with art displays at the Warsaw Project Gallery, The Flats Gallery; Price Hill Author's Book Signing @ BLOC Coffee as well as musical and dramatic offerings.
Saturday, December 7, 2013: 10am to 12pm Breakfast with Santa @ Price Hill Recreation Center $2 for adults and $1 for children; 11am to 4pm Open House @ Price Hill Historical Society and Museum; 11am to 4pm Art Show & Sale @ Elder High School Schaeper Center; Musical Performances: schedule coming soon! 
Sunday, December 8. 2013:  Details soon!




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Other News:

Exploring Cincinnati:  Enjoy the Arts, explore miles of nature trails, connect with your neighbors or gaze at the stars. You can find it all in Cincinnati. (Third in the series)
Outdoors: Enjoy the green hills and river valleys of Cincinnati.
- Cincinnati Parks: Today's Cincinnati Parks constitutes more than 5,000 acres, which amounts to approximately 10 percent of the City's total land area. We're considered among the best in the nation. As you travel through the city's greenspaces with this site (http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/), you will see ample evidence of the Cincinnati Park Board's ongoing efforts to preserve the best of the past and carry a long tradition of excellence into the future.
 
Today, the Cincinnati Park Board manages the City of Cincinnati's parklands, and our management vision states that the city's parks should be clean, safe, reliable, green and beautiful. The 5,000-plus acres of city parklands consist of five regional parks, 70 neighborhood parks, 34 natural areas, five neighborhood nature centers, 30 sites managed by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, five parkways, 16 scenic overlooks and 65 miles of hiking and bridle trails.  Visit: http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/  to learn more about Cincinnati Park and the locations of parks with nature centers and hiking trails.
 
As they stand today, Cincinnati Parks offer outstanding outdoor settings and unique facilities for leisure activities, nature education, floral exhibits, social functions, and more. The way we see it, they're only going to get better. As you use this site to find new parks to explore, remember: visiting Cincinnati parks is a long-held tradition for our citizens.
- Bike Trails
    - The Ohio River Trail:  Once completed, the Ohio River Trail will span 23 miles along the north bank of the river from Coney Island through Downtown to Sayler Park.  The trail will enhance quality of life, increase mobility and recreational opportunities, and support economic development. The trail will connect our neighborhoods to Downtown and the world-class Cincinnati Riverfront Parks. It will complete the connection from Downtown to the Little Miami Scenic Trail that will eventually extend to Lake Erie.
    - Queen City-South Mill Creek Greenway Trail:  When all four phases are complete, the off-road Queen City-South Mill Creek hike-and-bike trail will span 3.4 miles along the river, from Mitchell Avenue at the Queen City shopping center to the Mill Creek Road bridge in South Cumminsville.  The multi-purpose trail will connect with existing streets, on-road bike lanes, Metro and Access bus stops, and pedestrian sidewalks. In addition, the trail will link parts of five residential neighborhoods, two business districts, Salway park, and the Spring Grove Cemetery.
    - Little Miami Scenic Trail: The Little Miami Scenic Trail runs though five southwestern counties in Ohio.
As of 2008, it was the longest paved trail in the United States, stretching 76 miles from Springfield to Newtown, Ohio. The largely wooded corridor was created along the right-of-way of the old Little Miami Railroad.  The Hamilton County Park District intends to extend the Little Miami Scenic Trail to Clear Creek.  From there, it will follow the Little Miami River to Magrish Preserve, just past Lunken Field. At Kellogg Avenue, the trail will meet the Ohio River Trail. 
http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/bikes/bike-infrastructure/trails/
 
- Golf Courses:  Six CRC courses await your swing! Cincinnati Recreation Commission Golf Courses - located throughout Cincinnati, Ohio - proudly offer golfers six outstanding golf facilities, all professionally operated by Billy Casper Golf.
 
Featuring outstanding service in friendly atmospheres, the CRC Golf Courses offer great golf at truly affordable prices.  With seven facilities conveniently located throughout the City of Cincinnati, the golf courses provide scenic settings, beautiful views and both fun and challenging layouts, and are perfect for every level of player, from a seasoned golfer to a beginner just starting to play the game.  Don’t miss out…play your favorite CRC Golf Course today!
 
Advance tee times may be made by calling the golf course of your choice (see each course for phone numbers). Walk-ins at the golf course can make tee times after the first tee time of the day.
 
CRC is committed to accessibility in all its activities and programs, including golf! Solo Rider carts can be used on several of CRC’s courses. 
 
Golf instruction is available for the beginning and/or the advanced golfer. Call individual courses for more information.
More information is available at http://www.cincygolf.org/index.php
Avon Fields Golf Course:  4081 Reading Road; Cincinnati, Ohio 45229  513-281-0322
California Golf Course: 5924 Kellogg Avenue; Cincinnati, Ohio 45228  513-231-6513
Glenview Golf Course: 10965 Springfield Pike;  Cincinnati, OH 45246  513-771-1747
Neumann Golf Course:  7215 Bridgetown Pike; Cincinnati, OH 45248  513-574-1320
Reeves Golf Course: 4757 Playfield Lane; Cincinnati, OH 45226  513-321-2740
Woodland Golf Course: 5820 Muddy Creek Road; Cincinnati, OH 45233  513-451-4408
 
Visit: http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cityofcincinnati/visitors/  to discover more about Cincinnati.  


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Price Hill News

Price Hill Cleanup results: Held Saturday, September 28, 2013, 125 volunteers worked 4 hours each and collected 89 tires. 153 bags of litter/debris, and completely filled a 30 yard dumpster with sofas, chairs, end tables, mattresses & box springs, etc.  Thanks to all who volunteered!  A special thanks to Elder, Cincinnati Police Department, Price Hill Kroger, Corner Bloc Coffee, Papa John’s, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, Price Hill Civic, EPHIA, and Price Hill Safety CAT.

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Next Meeting:   Monday, October 21, 2013 7:30pm  
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