MARCH 2021 NANA NEWS Volume LX No. 6
Published by the North Avondale Neighborhood Association
Your monthly news & updates
Hi Neighbors,

We are all thawed out and it feels like Spring is right around the corner. While the neighborhood was beautiful covered in snow, I am glad for the end of shoveling and the return of sunshine. 

The new season comes with new opportunities to get involved and make a difference in North Avondale! In May we will hold our annual meeting and elect the board for the 2021 term. As we all emerge from pandemic isolation there will be many opportunities to reconnect with our neighbors and do great things in North Avondale! Serving on our board is a great way to meet your neighbors, contribute to our community and have fun doing it! 

NANA will be forming our Nominating Committee soon and working to find volunteers for our board. If you have been considering becoming more active with NANA, now is your chance! Our goal is to have a board that reflects all the areas of North Avondale as well as the diversity of our great neighborhood. If you are interested in learning more drop us a note: 

Looking forward to seeing you all soon! 
Ethan Perry
 Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 pm

Passcode: 45217

Meeting Agenda Items:
1. Updates from JSDC on next steps
2. Nominating Committee and the next board term
3. Introduction to the new President of Xavier as well as our new neighbor Dr. Colleen Hanycz.

Next NANA General Meeting April 13

2021-2022 NANA Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee is forming and NANA is gathering names for the Nominating Committee and the 2021/2022 slate of elected officers for the North Avondale Neighborhood Association. If you are interested or have anyone to suggest, attend the NANA General Meeting or call the NANA answering machine at 401.4546 or email

Serving on the NANA Board is a great way to give back to your community and help in making our community grow and thrive like we envision. You can make a difference!


Spring Floral Arranging Demonstration with Jolene Struebbe
Saturday, May 22, 2-4 pm
(Outdoors, socially distanced, COVID friendly)
Do you admire other’s floral arrangements, but feel intimidated to create one of your own? Have you tried to create your own arrangements but then decided you didn’t like them? Do you not even notice flowers, but after reading this, think well, maybe I should? 😊 Well then….

Please make plans to join Jolene Struebbe, of Beechwood Avenue, on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 2 until 4 pm to learn some basics about floral arranging using garden greens and grocery store flowers. This will be a demonstration only class – you get to sit in your chair, watch, ask questions, and take notes, while Jolene does the work. Topics to be covered will include basic floral conditioning, how to choose a container, and basic principles of floral design. Jolene plans to demonstrate an arrangement for a center hall table, dining table and bedside table.

Jolene got her start in floral arranging through her church flower guild. She would bring home leftover flowers and practice arrangements at home all the while training her eye. She then went on to complete three terms of floral design school at Great Oaks. She has enjoyed being a floral demonstrator and creating tablescape designs for events at the Cincinnati Woman’s Club and the The Garden Club of Charleston.

This demonstration will be a fundraiser for NANA Beautification efforts. Please reserve your space, as they will be limited,
  1. by emailing your interest to Jolene at, and
  2. sending in your donation of $25 per person, payable to NANA (Beautification) to Jolene at 4018 Beechwood Avenue. Checks must be received by May 15. 

An outdoor site is still being chosen and will be shared to those who are participating. Day of, please bring your questions, mask and portable chair. 
This Valentine’s Day was extra special for the families of The Ronald McDonald House. The North Avondale Community came together to form the first annual “Neighborly Love” event where our families signed up to make Valentine’s Day care baskets for the Ronald McDonald residents. We were overwhelmed with the creativity, love and generosity that each and every one of you shared. NANA collected over 80 baskets which were delivered by Jay and Morgan Rottinghaus on February 10th. The baskets brought tears to Mother’s eyes, put smiles on children’s faces and gave them signs of hope, encouragement and support during a difficult time.
We want to thank the parents and children of North Avondale as well as the amazing staff at The Ronald McDonald house. NANA looks forward to continuing this new tradition in the years to come. Click here to see the thank you note from Michelle Steed, Chief Development Officer Ronald MacDonald House Charities
Upcoming Spring Events (Details Forthcoming):
  • April – Easter Egg Hunt & Food Truck Festival
  • May – Sidewalk Shenanigans, Bubbles, Brew & BBQ
If you are interested in planning an event, joining a committee or have any questions, please reach out to NANA Board Member and Events Chair, Morgan Rottinghaus.
Phone : 917.683.0349
Keeping Community Strong,
Morgan Rottinghaus, Chair

The city of Cincinnati is cracking down on landlords who are delinquent in taking care of their apartment buildings. 

The landlord must:
  • Comply with requirement of any building, housing, health or safety codes which materially affect health and safety;
  • Make all repairs and do whatever is reasonably necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition;
  • Keep the common area of the building safe and sanitary;
  • Provide trash and waste receptacles, if there are four or more apartments in the building;
  • Supply running hot water, a reasonable amount of hot water, and reasonable heat at all times;
  • Give tenant reasonable notice of intent to enter into a tenant’s apartment and enter only at reasonable times;
  • Keep all electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning fixtures and appliances and elevators in good safe working condition, when these things are supplied or required to be supplied by the landlord;
  • Not harass the tenant by unreasonable or repeated demands to enter the tenant’s apartment. If the landlord or agent enters without the tenant’s permission or repeatedly demands entry, the tenant can recover actual damages resulting from the landlord’s entering.  

If you are concerned with the conditions in your rental unit, please reach out to the city using the Citizen Service Request @ or call them at 561.9000. You can also reach out to us @ or call 401.5356 and leave a voicemail.
Carolyn Gillman, Chair
Don't clean up your yard yet!
Let's talk plastic bag recycling.
Many folks know that they can recycle bags at their local grocer (NOT in your green CART), but did you know you can also take your PLASTIC FILM to be recycled? The following items are accepted in plastic bag/film programs:

  • Plastic retail bags
  • Produce bags
  • News Paper Bags
  • Dry Cleaning Bags
  • Cereal Box liners
  • Paper towel and toilet paper wrap
  • Over wrap on cases of soda or canned vegetables
  • Sealed air pouches, plastic bubble envelopes (labels removed)
  • Ziploc and other zipper style bags—please remove zippers prior to recycling

Collection cans are located at most Kroger, Meijer, Walmart, Lowes, Whole Foods, Target and JCPenney. Please contact the store to check availability or if bringing a large amount items.

The materials collected locally at Kroger become more plastic bags at the Hilex-Poly recycling plant in North Vernon, IN.
Materials collected at the majority of other retailers go to the Trex Company.
On Thursday, March 11, the Xavier University Music Series will present EmiSunshine & The Rain: Live from the Smoky Mountains. Emi is a teenage Americana singer/songwriter, who has been attracting national attention since she was 9 years old.

EmiSunshine performs nationwide with her family band, The Rain, which consists of her father, Randall Hamilton (bass), brother Jonathan Hamilton (mandolin) and Uncle Bobby Hill (drums). They will perform from Emi’s home studio in East Tennessee, for the Xavier University Music Series on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. For information, visit

The Boujee Boutique

Women's Fashion Boutique: With The Latest Trends, From Very Affordable To High-End. We carry sizes small to 4xl. Plus size is our specialty! Come experience the experience and activate your Boujee!

3896 Reading Rd UNIT Z
Cincinnati, OH 45229


I am part of the Mack family that immigrated to Cincinnati in the mid-19th century. Many of the Macks moved to North Avondale in the early 20th century. I believe the address is 4220 Rose Hill Avenue. The house was built for the clothing manufacturer Jacob Mack in 1931. The house has been described to me as Tudor style with a half turret jutting out from the front. According to family lore, in 1813, the family adopted the surname of Mack (originally Mak) as an acronym for its patriarch Moses aus Kueps. At approximately the same time, the family adopted a family crest depicting a tree with the sun shining through its leaves and accompanied by the German phrase “Ohne Dich Tod”. The phrase translates roughly to “ without it, death” suggesting that sunlight is the source of life. The figure may even allude to the Biblical Tree of Life. In my research, I have run across a few references to the family maxim including a family heirloom ring, a portrait of a Mack, a book plate from a family member’s library, and reportedly incorporated into a window in Jacob Mack’s 1931 house.

As the Mack family historian, I was hoping to find a photo of the house’s stained glass window that has the family’s crest motto “Ohne Dich Tod” that was adopted back in Bavaria. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Again, thank you in advance. Hopefully the house’s current owner will be willing to send me some photos of the window and phrase in exchange for the story behind its origin.
Michael Rich
The Punch House has amazing news to share with North Avondale and Cincinnati as have officially purchased multiple Mayweather Boxing and Fitness Franchises. This transition will officially take place in June/July of this year. This is an exciting time for us and we guarantee that you will absolutely love our new high tech workout programs and upscale facilities.

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness is an inclusive, high-intensity fitness experience developed by the Champ himself. Formulated with the perfect combination of boxing, strength and cardio conditioning intervals designed to make you look good, feel good and leave with more than just a great sweat.


Where Will We Open Locations?
Our new locations will be located near North Avondale and around Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Louisville KY. Locations in Cincinnati can be found near Kenwood Mall, Hyde Park, Downtown, Mason, and Westchester. These franchises are upscale and will be accessible across the world. 500 locations will be available to the public worldwide within the next 8 years. 

If you do not have an Active Membership at The Punch House, please call to start/reactivate it in order to receive discount deals at your new gym. As early as March, 2021 we will begin our PRE-SALES for Mayweather Memberships. The FIRST 100 MEMBERS to sign up with Mayweather will get the lowest discounted rates on memberships. Stay on the lookout for the official Pre-Sale notifications.  

When we start our "PRE-SALES" in March, you’ll be receiving the following:
  • A brand new facility with multiple trainers
  • A essentials kit that includes a Heart Rate Monitor, Boxing Gloves, and More
  • Brand new Treadmills, Rowing Machines, Boxing Equipment, weight training equipment, and More.
  • A chance to meet Hall of Famer, Floyd "Money" Mayweather
  • Invitation to our Grand opening in June/July 2021 and More.

We’re incredibly excited for this transition but we will miss North Avondale and never forget the lives we changed while here. Mayweather Boxing and Fitness gives us an opportunity to change more lives across Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana. It is all about Hard Work and Dedication while keeping a healthy mind and body. North Avondale we will miss you and we love you.

Please share this news with as many people who you may think are interested in Mayweather Boxing and Fitness so we all can get in shape together. Please visit to learn more about our newest business venture.  If you have any questions, please call us at 513.692.5123 or email Danny.Calhoun@Mayweather.Fit

For the record NANA was established in 1960, contrary to what was printed in the February, 2021 NANA News (p.3) and will be celebrating its 61st (not 60th) year in 2021. *

For those interested in NANA's activities in past years, they can be found in old NANA News (dating from 1960 through March, 2008) stored at the Cincinnati Museum Center's Cincinnati History Library & Archives located at Union Terminal. **
Also Kudos to Dr. Mel Nizny who was also featured in the February, 2021 NANA News. In addition to his illustrious professional career, Mel became President of NANA in the early 1980's when the organization was at a low point. He not only re-invigorated the organization but was instrumental in moving NANA's office from its location at the blighted Gershuny property (now an empty lot at Reading/Paddock Roads) to the North Avondale Recreation Center where it remained for over 35 years until recently asked to leave.
Gerry & Marvin Kraus (formerly Stratford Pl)

*The confusion came from the fact that NANA's first Annual Meeting was in 1961 making this year our 60th Annual Meeting anniversary but NANA was formed a year before the Annual Meeting making NANA 61 years old. To see more history click here.

** Newsletters from 2000 until today are on the NANA Website.

I wanted to let you know that I've updated the COVID Vaccine Q&A to include a table of contents for easy navigation and also added an "After the vaccine" portion. Hope you, or the people in your life, may find this helpful!  I'm going to add a section on the J&J vaccine soon.  
You can find the Q&A here: 

Sarah Rich (Rose Hill)
Hi, I am Tricia's daughter, Haley Renneker. I am currently trying to raise money for CancerFree KIDS, a non-profit organization that helps raise money for pediatric cancer research so that one day, every kid will have a chance to grow up. Every year, CancerFree KIDS puts on Night for the Fight, an overnight event where over a thousand high school students come together to knock out childhood cancer. With the strange position Covid has put us in, this years event will look a little different but it will still include fun activities leading up to a final zoom event. I have spent the past few weeks sending emails to help raise money. This link will take you directly to my fundraising page. I truly appreciate every dollar you can donate. If you have any questions about CancerFree KIDS or Night for the Fight, please don't hesitate to reach out to my email: at Thank you for your consideration!

CancerFree KIDS’ Night for the Fight: Fight Week, presented by TQL Foundation will be held on March 6-13, 2021. Night for the Fight is a fundraising and awareness event that attracts over 1500 high school students inspired to knockout childhood cancer. This year’s Fight Week will feature an interactive scavenger hunt that will be participated through the student’s cell phones. The conclusion of Fight Week will be a livestream on March 13th at 7 pm. Registration is OPEN. Click HERE to register!
Haley Renneker (Ledgewood)

Harry D. Liebschutz, (formerly of 3937 Leyman) passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the age of 68. Harry is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Patti (nee Mauger). Preceded in death by his brother, William David “Bill” Liebschutz and his parents, David S. Liebschutz and Elaine Liebschutz Friedman. Harry grew up in North Avondale, graduated from Walnut Hills High School, and attended University of Cincinnati. He was an avid swimmer and swam with the Pepsi Marlins. Harry enjoyed spending summers with his family in Charlevoix, Michigan. No services. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597. Geo. H. Rohde & Son Funeral Home serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

Hospice of Cincinnati Make a donation

February 15th was Bernadette Watson Day in Hamilton County. Bernadette (Mitchell Ave.) was the first African American woman Chief of Staff for a Mayor in Cincinnati.
 I want to honor my father, Dr. Herbert Smitherman Sr., for his work as the first African American PhD hire at Procter & Gamble. My fathers PhD was in Organic Chemistry. His degrees are from Tuskegee University & Howard University. My father pledged Alpha Phi Alpha as an undergraduate student at Tuskegee University.
My father was born to a Baptist Minister in Birmingham, AL. He was an only child. He made many sacrifices in order to be an excellent husband & father. ️ #BlackHistoryMonth
Chris Smitherman (Lenox Place)

Editors Note: Dr. Smitherman developed a number of incredibly popular patents, including Crest toothpaste, Safeguard soap, Bounce fabric softeners, Biz, Folgers Coffee and Crush soda, to name a few. His home was on Redway where his wife still resides.
Sydney Herr (Betula) & Phoebe Wright (Lenox Pl)

Two local swimmers competed at State of Ohio High School swimming this past weekend in Canton. Only the top 24 swimmers in each event qualify and due to COVID this is an amazing accomplishment due to limited swim meets. We are so proud of our NA state swimmers.

Sydney Herr, freshman Saint Ursula Academy

20th 100 back
14th in the 200 free relay
12th in the 400 free relay
Phoebe Wright, Junior at Walnut Hills HS

4th 100 free
3rd 200 free
19th 200 medley relay
23rd 400 free relay

Heather Herr (Betula)

  • Juan O Lopez Rosado & Dylan Neu at 723 N Fred Shuttlesworth Cr.
  • Larry W & Cynthia C Collins at 3900 Rose Hill Ave. 203A
  • 3J VENTURES LLC STE B at 45 Wuest St.
10x10 TEEN ART EXPO 2021
There's still time to submit artwork: Teen Art Expo 2021 Submissions due March 15

The museum is looking for talented young artists in grades 7–12 to display their work at the annual 10x10: Teen Art Expo, May 6–9. This year’s theme is “Space”—whether it’s outer space or personal space, express your feelings about this open-ended prompt visually.

All works must be on paper and measure 10 inches by 10 inches. No frames or mats allowed. All artwork must be submitted through our online form to be considered. Our panel of teen volunteers will select 100 works to be displayed in person, and all other qualifying works will be presented in a slideshow. Artwork for this year's show is due March 15.
The Black Events and Exhibits Committee, of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library is looking for community members who would be interested in sharing their experiences surrounding the 2001 unrest. As an organization, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library would really like to highlight the impacts from Timothy Thomas’ death and honor the loss of a life.
For context, we are currently have community activists, a local minister, and possibly a journalist participating. While we are excited to hear from some more community-focused people, we are also interested in working with anyone who may have an interesting perspective or impactful story to tell. We are hoping to start filming within the next two weeks. 
Here’s what we will be asking participants to speak about: 
  • What do you remember about the 2001 uprising?
  • How did you become involved in the uprising?
  • How did you feel about the events then?
  • Have your views changed about the uprising over time?
  • Do you think race relations have improved over the last 20 years?
  • What work are you doing/ aware of that is working to continuously improve things
Please let me know if you are interested and I will connect to the appropriate people set up a schedule.
Kaya Burgin, Avondale Branch Manager
Office 513.665.2878
St Bernard Library
Hello Spring! Break Day Camp
  • Avon Woods Nature Center, 4235 Paddock Rd, 45229
  • March 29, 9:30-noon
Get ready to unplug and spend some time outdoors exploring nature’s busy season! Leaves are budding, flowers are blossoming, animals are waking and the environment is re-born. We’ll hike, play games and learn all about this glorious time of year. 

Register at no later than Thursday, March 26 at midnight.

Cincinnati’s Wild Canines
Red Fox, Gray Fox and Coyotes… the latter now the most commonly seen wild dog here in Ohio. This was not the case a few decades ago. Coyotes are not native mammals to our region, but over the years, they have expanded their range and are now found in 49 states.
  • They are highly adaptable to many habitats, and can live in small, dense territories such as near Soldier Field in Chicago, where some were found in basically a concrete “den”, with a territorial range tracked to a very small area; or they can inhabit larger greenspaces, interspersed between highly trafficked highways and housing developments.
  • While not always nocturnal, they have grown more so to avoid human interaction. People can be wary of coyotes, however the number of verified attacks on humans and even pets is very small!
  • To keep them out of your yard, make it inhospitable to them by feeding pets indoors and clapping or making loud noises if one does appear.
  • The fact is, coyotes have come to play an important role in our urban ecosystems, controlling rodent populations.
  • It’s interesting to note Avon Woods’ role in that ecosystem at large – the golf course, nearby cemetery and even adjacent residents’ backyards are actually part of a much bigger habitat that the animals depend upon (for water sources, shelter, food or space). Many people think of the golf course as dead space, but this particular one – Avon Fields – managed by Recreation, is modeled after the Audubon style, which helps offer even more resources – portions are allowed to go wild for cover; it is not as manicured as other courses, which is good for the environment as a whole.
Rachel Rice, Nature Next Door Cincinnati Parks, Avon Woods Nature Center 513.861.3435
North Avondale Recreation Center - 617 Clinton Springs Ave. 513.961.1584 

Athletics Spring Programming
Adult Kickball League at Oakley on Tuesdays
Flag Football ages 10-12 & 13-15 April – May
  • Registration February 8 to April 2
Soccer League – stay tuned. Working with FC Cincinnati
Special Events
Teen Esports league - TBD

Kids from the North Avondale Recreation Center had a great time celebrating Mardi Gras!
7 Star Dragons Karate is happy to announce, indoor classes are returning to North Avondale Recreation Center on March 9, 2021.
Students enjoyed an outdoor alternative while awaiting reopening. Classes had been canceled since March 13, 2020 due to COVID-19. Thanks to CRC, 7 Star Dragons will offer enrichment classes to it’s school dojo’s and NARC students. Students must be in the first grade to participate. The program will follow CDC protocol. Enrollment is limited. Please visit our site for registration, current offerings and program information.

Brittany Barrett Community Center Director 

Hirsch Recreation Center - 3620 Reading Road ● 751.3393

  • Hours: 7:00am to 7:00pm Monday thru Friday
  • Many recreation centers are offering full daycare or afternoon/afterschool care. Check out for your childcare needs.
  • Our weight room has reopened by reservation only. There are seven one hour time blocks within the day that customers can call to reserve.
  • Spinning classes: Monday at 5:15pm to 6:00; M/W 6:15 – 7:00 pm. It is necessary to sign up before class. To register call 751.3393 or go to the front desk.
  • Teen and young adult dance (20 spots max. reservation required): Friday 6:00 to 7:00pm
  • Teen and youth open gym is open for reservations. Call for availability.
  • Gym Schedule click here for all programs
  • Program Schedule click here
Blake Williams, Service Area Coordinator

North Avondale Montessori 
363.3900 ● 615 Clinton Springs
In January 2021, the students wrote letters to Frontline workers in media. Here is a letter of thanks from Christ Hospital. Way to go, NAM rockets.
Dear Students of North Avondale,
I am writing to thank you for the letters of gratitude that you sent to the nurses and doctors at the Christ Hospital Cancer Center! We really appreciate your encouragement. Sometimes it is hard to take care of all the patients, and COVID has made it even more difficult. Getting nice letters from students like you really brightens our day!

Thanks again!
Holly, RN

The New School Montessori (TNSM) 
● 3 Burton Woods Lane  281.7999 ●   
Preprimary New School Montessori students worked with Robby to make their classroom table

Some student work takes 5 minutes to complete while other works can take 30 minutes or more as students repeat and strengthen their focus and skill level. This particular work of creating a classroom table from scratch took several months – and as you can see, required many hands to complete.

It all began (as many projects do) with someone noticing a problem. The West Room needed another small table. Luckily, teacher Robby Lewis (in addition to being a teacher and musician) is a carpenter.

Robby brought West Room students into the process by having them first study one of the tables he built over the summer. The students turned the table upside down, taking measurements and talking about the process of building and what steps happen first.

Robby brought in raw lumber for students to measure his cuts. With the children looking on from the safety of the deck doors, Robby cut along their markings on the wood. Then came the sanding, the gluing and the nailing. Robby took the finished product home to seal with varnish, and upon its return to the classroom, each student traced his or her hand on the bottom of the table, a living testament to the project born from the labors of their hands and minds.

Teacher Sarah Strietmann worked behind the camera, chronicling their process in photographs. As a result of their group efforts, this project will be remembered by all for many years to come!
Ann Baumgardner, Communications Director
  • Tuesday, March 9, NANA General Meeting 7 pm Zoom: Passcode 45217
  • Wednesday, March 10, Events Committee Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 16, JSCD Meeting
  • Tuesday, April 13, NANA General Meeting 7 pm Zoom: Passcode 45217
President: Ethan Perry
1st VP: Heather Herr
2nd VP: Laura Pike
3rd VP: Patrice Watson
Corresponding Sec.:  Ryan Jarrell
Recording Sec., Events: Morgan Rottinghaus
Treasurer: Robin Senser
Beautification, Interim: Maura Wolf
Block Watch & Law & Safety: Carolyn Gillman
Membership: Tristen Yarborough
NANA/NABA Joint Strategic Development
Jeff Herr - Chair
Beth Ewing - Vice Chair
North Avondale Neighborhood Association
PO Box 16152
Cincinnati, Ohio 45216