September 2013 Newsletter


EPHIA's Newsletter

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September 2013   Volume 23   Issue 09
In this issue:
Letter from the President
Meeting Minutes
Character Council
Board Members                  
Join EPHIA                     
Coming Events                                 
Other News 
Price Hill News

~Thoughts from Your President ~

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.
Last month once again the Cultural Heritage Fest was held on August 23rd and 24th at St. Lawrence Corner located at Warsaw and St. Lawrence Avenues.  This was a very successful event and I hope you had the opportunity to stop by to see all of the activities that were going on.  It was very well attended again this year.
The Waldvogel Viaduct construction is progressing fairly quickly now. The road structures for the bridge work are almost totally connected.  I am sure all of you who normally use that way to travel cannot wait for the work to be totally completed to make your commutes back to normal.
During the months of July and August EPHIA did not have General Membership meetings.  We are now ready to start up our General Membership meetings after the Summer break with our next meeting to be held on September 16th at 7:30 pm at Holy Family Church Cafeteria.
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. 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. Additionally at our October meeting we will also be taking nominations from the floor.
At our next meeting we will have a guest speaker who will briefly explain to the community about an opportunity  we have this coming year for a Neighborhood Enhancement Program.  We had one several years ago and we have been selected again by the City to have it again if our community wants it. After the presentation we will have an opportunity to vote on this issue. Please plan to be at the meeting to learn about the program as well as the planned target area in our community.
Additionally, at our September meeting we will hear about how we were able to use our Neighborhood Support Program and Neighborhood Business District money for the betterment of our community. It was extremely hard for us to use the money in the short window of time that we were given. I believe we put forth our best efforts to use the money that will help promote and improve our community.
Schools are in session and it is extremely important to watch out for children who are walking to and from school as well as getting on and off school buses.  Please remember to reduce your speeds on our streets, adhere to school zone speeds and stop for all school buses loading and unloading children.  We want to make sure that all of our children can safely travel to and from school this year.  Give them a chance to be our future leaders.
For my closing thought I would like to ask all of you to think about our community of East Price Hill.  A community is defined as a place where people have the freedom to live, socialize and work together in harmony and peacefulness. Think about what makes our community special to you?  Why did you decide to live and/or work in this community?  I know there have been a lot of changes over the past several decades.  Some were good and some were not so good.  I ask you to think about what needs to change to improve our community and I ask you to consider getting involved in making positive change happen bringing harmony and peacefulness.  It is very important that we all communicate what we would like for our community and equally important that we work together as a team to make East Price Hill even better than it currently is today.  Share your thoughts at our community council meetings.  That is an opportune time for you to get involved.
Thank you for your support,
Tom Gamel
EPHIA President
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 Meeting minutes

The council is on summer recess.  There are no general membership meeting minutes or standing committee reports.

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Responsibility vs Unreliability   This month be responsible for your attitude.  Are your thoughts positive?  Are you hopeful?  Is there a situation that requires your attention?  Do you need to clear the air?  Or do you see yourself as a victim of some uncontrollable situation?  Choose to be a partner rather than a victim and open the door to refreshing, attitude-changing discussion. 

 To practice Responsibility, 
I will…  · Keep my promises   · Not make excuses  · Do all of my work to the best of my ability · Make things right when I do wrong  ·  Know my duty and do my duty
"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.  The process never ends until we die.  And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."   - Eleanor Roosevelt

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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
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                                           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

 Western Hills Viaduct Public Meetings:  The City of Cincinnati is hosting three public information gathering sessions for the Western Hills Viaduct Project to seek feedback on the proposed upgrade of this important east-west corridor across the Mill Creek and railroad yards.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013    6 – 7:30pm at Orion Academy; 1798 Queen City Avenue; 45214
Thursday, September 19, 2013  45:30pm at Cincinnati City Hall; 801 Plum Street; 45202
Thursday, September 19, 2013  67:30pm at Cincinnati City Hall; 801 Plum Street; 45202

East Price Hill Business Alliance (De)Tours:  Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4-6:30pm Join us in supporting the Findlay Market Farmstand at Roberts Academy. Appetizers will be made with fresh local/regional ingredients bought at Cincinnati's own Findlay Market and prepared by Price Hill's own Incline Public House and East Price Hill Business Alliance members.   GRILLING STARTS AT 4pm

Seton High School Legacy Picture Day:  Wednesday, September 18, 2013  5:30-7:30pm  Enter through Seton’s main office doors to get a family picture with Seton alums in your family.  All Seton women welcome.  No registration.  Wear green.  
Seton High School Alumnae Walk, 5k and Family Day:  Saturday, September 21, 2013 Walk/run check-in begins at 10am in Seton Commons, start line on Beech Avenue at 10:30am and a party at the finish line on Academy.  A band for adults, games for the kids, LaRosa’s lunch, fun for all!  $25 for adults, $7 per child (12 and under), registration required
Price Hill Safety CAT and Boy Scout Troop 107 Car Wash:  Sunday, September 22, 2013 12-4pm Price Hill Skyline parking lot; 3714 Warsaw Avenue.  All vehicles $5 wash and dry. 
Women Helping Women Domestic Violence Vigil:  Thursday, October 1, 2013 5:30pm  Location; Hamilton County Court House on Main St.  Event is free to the public
Women Helping Women Domestic Violence Purple Lights Walk:   Friday, October 11 at 5:30 pm  at the Banks (beginning at the Freedom Center) – will include a resource fair, food, raffle and a short program. The walk will begin at 7pm. People can register at:  Event is FREE!
East Price Hill Business Alliance (De)ToursTuesday, September 17, 2013 4-6:30pm Continue to visit the EPHBA website for more details. 
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.  
Price Hill Safety CAT 6th Annual Celebration of Price Hill Potluck: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 6pm  in Elder’s Cafeteria.  This is the time each year we invite the Price Hill community, our partners and supporters to come together to celebrate our successes and to reflect on Price Hill’s many assets.  This is also the time each year we pause as a community to give thanks for our many blessings – family, friends, home, health, employment, etc.  Bring an appetizer or dessert to share the Safety CAT will supply spaghetti and meatballs!
Election Day:  Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Polls are open from 6:30am – 7:30pm.  All voters in Ohio must bring one form of acceptable identification to the polls in order to verify their identity. Acceptable identification can be found on the Board of Elections website.  Find where you vote:

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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. (Second in the series)

Attractions: You can take a tour or browse a museum as you explore Cincinnati

- Cincinnati Zoo: The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the second oldest Zoo in the United States. The Zoo’s original animal collection was very small, originally consisting of just eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoons, two elk, a buffalo, a hyena, a tiger, an alligator, a circus elephant, and over four hundred birds, including a talking crow. The Zoo was founded on 65 acres in the middle of the city, and since then has acquired some of the surrounding blocks and several reserves in Cincinnati’s suburbs.
The Zoo was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987 due to its significant architecture featured in the Elephant House, the Reptile House, and the Passenger Pigeon Memorial. The Zoo’s Reptile House is the oldest existing Zoo building in the country, dating from 1875.
The Zoo has long been successful at captive breeding, starting with trumpeter swans and sea lions back in the 1880s.  The Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) was founded in 1986 to strengthen the tradition. The research conducted here has made the Cincinnati Zoo an international leader in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants around the world.
Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo annually. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country.
- Coney Island Sunlite Pool at 200 feet wide, 401 feet long, and holding more than three million gallons of water, Sunlite Pool is the largest flat-surface pool in North America.  It’s the perfect place to go to swim, lounge in the sun or dare four exciting water slides.  Classic ride offerings for the smallest guests to the veteran thrill seeker.  Coney has an unmatched collection of classic rides including a variety of “Kiddie Rides”.  Live shows: An entire line up of original live stage shows are presented for families to enjoy.  The feature talented singers and dancers, dynamic music from yesterday to today, and a fun-filled kids show!.  Shows are performed at Lakeside Pavillion and Moonlite Gardens Gazebo.  Other Coney attractions include:  Famous Fairways Miniature Golf Course, EuroBundy Dome, Kids Western Town, games of skill and arcade, Coney Connection gift shop.
- Fountain Square:  Fountain Square attracts over 2 million people annually to its special events, free concerts, tailgates, and lunchtime contests. It’s a place to meet friends for morning coffee, or gather for lunch. It’s a place to bring your children, learn about Cincinnati history, and splash through the water feature. It’s a place to begin, or end, your evening downtown.
When you visit Fountain Square, you’ll find many reasons to return all the year round. Choose a category to the left, and discover its many features.
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center:  The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.  Its purpose is to tell the story of the struggle for freedom in the United States through exhibits and programs that focus on America’s battle to rid itself of the ugly scourge of slavery and treat all citizens with respect and dignity.  The frame of reference of the museum is the compelling drama of the Underground Railroad.  This was not an actual railroad, with tracks, cars and engine, but a secret network of escape routes that existed in the years leading up to the Civil War.  One route passed through the region in and around Cincinnati. 
In addition to five major permanent exhibitions, a full calendar of changing exhibits, programs and activities is offered throughout the year. 
- Duke Energy Convention Center:  Originally opened in 1968, the Duke Energy Convention Center experienced its third Grand Opening in 2006 as the City of Cincinnati unveiled the results of the most recent expansion.  At that time, Global Spectrum was hired by the City to manage all aspects of the more than 750,000 square foot Duke Energy Convention Center. 
A full calendar of events can be found at:
- Cincinnati Museum Center:  Located inside Union Terminal the museum features:  Union Terminal, Omnimax Theater, Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science, Edge of Appalachia and the Cincinnati Historical Library.  The museum offers programs for youth and adults.
- Horseshoe Casino:  The casino offers slots, table games, video poker, World Series of Poker room, five restaurants from casual to upscale, and entertainment. 
- Cincinnati Fire Museum:  The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati highlights the significant contributions that Cincinnati has made to the firefighting profession.
Our mission is to share and celebrate the history of firefighting in Cincinnati, while providing a unique fire-safety education experience. Our vision is to bring the traditions of firefighting to life—in a museum that helps save lives.
- American Classical Music Hall of Fame:  Founded in 1996, the American Classical Music Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring and celebrating the many facets of American classical music.  The Hall of Fame seeks to recognize those who have made significant contributions to American classical music and by do so aspires to sustain and build interest in American classical music.  In May 1998 the first induction took place at Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall.  Three ways to experience ACMHF:  1. Visit the American Classic Music Walk of Fame in Washington Park.  2. View American Classic Music Hall of Fame inductee displays at The School for the Creative and Performing Arts.  3. Visit the virtual museum.
- American Sign Museum:  Visit the American Sign Museum to experience the visual delight of American Sign history.  The American Sign Museum opened its doors in Spring 2005. With the help of supporters the American Sign Museum opened the doors of its permanent home in June 2012.  The museum features 19,000+ square feet of exhibit space, 28’ ceilings, a working neon shop, archives of books, photos, documents reflecting the art, craft and history of signmaking, and event space.
- Architreks – Cincinnati Walks:  The 2013 season of ARCHITREKS features six popular walking tours and special tours on request, sponsored by Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Preservation Association. Join the talented and well trained guides on a fascinating walk through Cincinnati history- great fun for locals and out-of-towners alike. 
- Queen City Underground Tours:  American Legacy Tours strives to make history engaging and entertaining for everyone. Our goal is to enlighten and engage groups of any age through well-researched and witty storytelling.
The idea originated between a close-knit group of friends in 2008. The “Newport Gangster Tour” initially opened as a fundraiser for student travel in 2009 and was met with rave reviews. The group decided to take it a step further, making the tour available every weekend between May and November in 2010 by creating American Legacy Tours. The “Newport Gangster Tour: Gangsters, Gamblers and Girls” has become wildly successful and is noted as the Best Walking Tour in Greater Cincinnati by Cincinnati Magazine, as well as one of the top things to do in the state of Kentucky by Southern Living Magazine.
With the burgeoning success of their first tour, the group expanded into the Gateway District of Cincinnati with the Queen City Underground Tour. This German Heritage tour takes urban spelunking to a whole new level and explores the history of Over the Rhine in Cincinnati.
The Civil War Cincinnati Tour has been added to the list of options, and this tour examines the connections between the Queen City and the War Between the States.
Every October, we cross over into the paranormal with two ghost tours: Queen City is Haunted, and Newport is Haunted. Following the success of the The Newport is Haunted Tour, the group wrote and published a collection of ghost stories in Newport is Haunted: Legend and Lore.
= Tours and Itineraries:  A complete list of tours (Segway, carriage rides, walking tours, etc) and itineraries (Downtown Gallery Hop, Downtown Night Owls, etc) for exploring Downtown can be found at Downtown Cincinnati Inc.
- Cincinnati City Hall Tours:  Cincinnati City Hall was designed by renowned Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford and was completed in 1893. It is the home of City government, and includes the offices of the Mayor, City Council and the City Manager.
The City of Cincinnati offers two types of group tours of historic City Hall. A basic tour lasts approximately 1 hour, and a tour with a simulated City Council meeting lasts approximately 1½ hours.  Contact Brad Burkhalter, 513-591-6025. Please give us a minimum two week notice.
- Krohn Conservatory:  Krohn Conservatory, located at 1501 Eden Park Drive in Eden Park, was built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco era. It's what's inside those aluminum and glass walls that make Krohn Conservatory truly special.
You'd have to travel a good distance from Cincinnati to visit a rainforest or a desert – or come to Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Parks' nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world.
Krohn changes throughout the year with special exhibits and programs, including the ever-popular "Butterfly Show," where thousands of butterflies are free to fly throughout the show room in a specially-themed garden.
You can always visit the famous rainforest waterfall and exotic plants on permanent display in the Palm, Tropical, Desert and Orchid houses as well.
The October 2013 edition of the newsletter will explore Cincinnati outdoors.  

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Price Hill News
Elder Panther Kids Club:  Join this Exclusive Club Just for Elder's Younger Fans (8th grade and younger).  Do you have a future Elder Panther at your house?  If so, the new Elder Panther Kids Club is the perfect club for your child. 

Membership is just $20 and includes an Elder Panthers cinch bag, t-shirt, face tattoo, car sticker and MUCH MORE.  Memberships are available in the Elder Spirit Store.
Elder Recognized by District 3 Police at National Night Out:  On Tuesday, August 6th, all 14 neighborhoods of District 3 came together to celebrate National Night Out.  During this annual community celebration, Elder was presented with an award recognizing their ongoing contributions to the community.

Each year the Elder Glee Club and Steel Drum Band entertain guests at the National Night Out.  Throughout the year, the Elder community service programs assist with clean-ups throughout District 3, Elder hosts numerous community meetings and supports the area as a good neighbor.

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Cincinnati, OH 45205

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

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