DECEMBER 2018 & JANUARY 2019 NANA NEWS Volume LVIII No. 4 Published by the North Avondale Neighborhood Association

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Dear Neighbors,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. As we gear up for the Holidays lets continue to come together as a community to help others within and near to our community. Thank you to North Avondale Neighborhood Association for lending a helping hand to our neighbors at  Gabriel's Place to purchase hats, gloves and other needed items for the winter ahead. 

Your contribution to NANA by paying your NANA dues, with a little bit extra, helps ensure our neighborhood has the resources to grow and that we can contribute to projects that help others. The holiday banners are up, the new gateway sign, near Xavier, is almost complete and the flower pots and gardens around the neighborhood were beautiful. These are just a few of the things we can achieve with contributions from awesome neighbors. Thank you!

The North Avondale Neighborhood Association (NANA) meets monthly, on every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, at the North Avondale Montessori School Cafetorium.  All meetings are open to the public and we encourage attendance. The next meeting is December 11, 2018. We encourage everyone to attend and consider bringing a holiday dish to share for the Holiday Social starting before the meeting at 6:30 pm. We will also celebrate Paul Barnes 97th birthday. Meeting minutes are published here:
Lead Service Line Replacements Are Now Underway
In December 2017, Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) Lead Service Line Replacement Program (LSLRP) sent out the first LSLRP packets to customers located in neighborhoods with current water main replacement projects. GCWW offers FREE lead testing to everyone in the service area. You can request a free lead test kit by going to the Lead Awareness website,, or by calling 513.651.LEAD (5323).  Click Here   to view the GCWW newsletter with more information on this subject.  
NSP Grant 2019
NANA receives City money through the Neighborhood Support Program (NSP) for projects and activities that enhance the quality of life in our neighborhood. For 2019, NANA has the potential to receive $6.085 which we will divide into two categories.
The categories for our projects and activities are: Membership & Communication (Database, Email, Connections, Membership Events & Outreach, NANA News, Website) and we are seeking approximately $3,000 for this category and the Look and Feel (Block Watch, Clean-up & Beautification, Banners, Environmental Affairs, Land Development & Improvement, Law & Safety, Strategic Development, Traffic Studies, Zoning) and we are seeking approximately $3,085 for this category. Though we can propose new categories, the majority of projects that are proposed to the Board, fit within these categories.
Please send any ideas or comments to NANA or attend the Tuesday, December 11 NANA General Meeting where we will discuss this grant funding request with the final vote at the January 8 General Meeting. 

Yard of Month
This is the last Yard of the Month until Spring. Congratulations to this month's Yard of the Month winners, Jolene Streubbe and Jim Miller of 4018 Beechwood Avenue.  Below are the pictures of their lovely home.

Happy Holidays!
Heather Herr

Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 pm
Holiday Social starting at 6:30 pm
North Avondale Montessori Cafetorium  

Next Meeting is January 8, 2018     



  • Jazmone Kelly, age 27, 3960 Abington Ave. has been accepted into the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at the Georgia Campus, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). She has an M.S. in Nutrition and B.S. in Biology. She is a graduate of Urusline Academy. 
  • Mr Paul Barnes, (Ardmore) a World War II veteran will be 97 on December 11. Come to the NANA December 11 General Meeting to celebrate his birthday.
Lillian/Albert Andrews (Ardmore)


  • James Hart is offering piano lessons for all ages and levels at his North Avondale home studio. Mr. Hart teaches many styles of music including classical, jazz, and popular. He also offers voice, music theory, composition and electronic music production lessons. Please contact James at or call or text to 513.252.3366.
Jim Hart (Valley Lane)
  • Lois and Mel Nizny  of 3953 Rose Hill wish to thank NANA for Yard of the Month: appreciation is extended to Mr David Nebel of The Plant Trolley who helps make our small paradise possible. 
Mel Nizny (Rose Hill)

  • The Cincinnati Herald's Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance for tots to teens and beyond is Saturday, January 26, from 6 - 9 p.m. at Duke Energy Convention Center. Walk the red carpet to a magical evening of dinner, dancing, keepsake professional photo, prizes and more. Tickets on sale on For more info., call (513) 961.3331 ext. 600.
Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney (Lenox Lane)
  • Dear Friends, You can make your reservations now on Eventbrite for the Cincinnati CD Release Party of "Because We're Night People"  by Cincinnati native, vocalist Petra van Nuis ( SCPA & CCM grad), and pianist, Dennis Luxion (pianist to trumpeter/singer Chet Baker in Europe in the 80's). The Chicago duo will be coming to Caffe Vivace on: Monday, February 25, 2019 CINCINNATI CD RELEASE PARTY "Because We're Night People" Petra van Nuis/Dennis Luxion voice/piano duo 7:30-10 pm Caffe Vivace 975 E McMillan St. Cincinnati, OH 513.601.9897
Here's a video: 
Petra van Nuis/Dennis Luxion - 6 song video from live recording of
Petra van Nuis/Dennis Luxion - 6 song video from live recording of "Because We're Night People" CD
They will be doing all evening themed tunes with many selections from their new CD.For the Press Release with more information:  Click Here
Hope to see you there!
Rosalie van Nuis (Burton Woods Lane)


●  The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) would like to inform you of its annual public hearing before the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) to consider its proposed 2019 Operating Budget and proposed 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget.  
The BoCC is holding two public hearings at the County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street, Room 603, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202:
· Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
· Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
MSD's annual operating and CIP budgets are developed and recommended by MSD to the BoCC each year.  MSD is not proposing a sewer rate increase for 2019.   The Operating budget reflects the funding needed to support MSD's operation of its collection and treatment system and the personnel and non-personnel costs to run MSD 24/7/365.
The CIP budget includes capital items like new sewers, upgrades to treatment plants and other assets to keep the sewer system in good, working condition and projects mandated by a federal Consent Decree.
Together, these budgets ensure full compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as protect public health and the environment throughout Hamilton County.  This notice is available on MSD's website and will also be published in The Cincinnati Enquirer in the Legal Notices section on November 24 and December 8, 2018.
MSD Communications
Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati
  • "Building a Community of Kindness to Prevent Bullying."
Hello there,
I hope you all will be able to join Cincinnati Public Schools for a neighborhood conversation about "Building a Community of Kindness to Prevent Bullying."
We know that bullying doesn't just happen at school, and we know that CPS alone can't solve the societal issue of bullying.  But we have a part to play.  That's why we're kicking off a series of community conversations around the District on how we can create a community of kindness, and support our students and their families.
We're holding a conversation with parents and neighbors in the Avondale area at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Avondale Boys and Girls Club, focused on the school communities of North Avondale, Fairview, South Avondale, Rockdale, Walnut Hills, Evanston, Douglas, AWL, and Spencer.
East Central/Avondale Area
*Including North Avondale, Fairview, South Avondale, Rockdale, Walnut Hills, Evanston, Douglas, AWL, and Spencer
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6
Avondale Boys and Girls Club, 3504 Washington Ave
Please encourage your networks to attend this event.
I hope to see you there!

Lauren B. Worley
Chief Communications and Engagement Officer
Cincinnati Public Schools

  • 2019 Neighborhood Summit Awards Nominations

We are looking for nominations for the 2019 Neighborhood Summit. Please use the survey below to read more about the awards and nominate individuals and groups to win. The survey will close December 20th. Thank you for your participation!
Begin Survey at: 

  • ArtWorks 

Photo: Brian Douglas
BLINK, illuminated by ArtsWave, returns to Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky, October 10-13, 2019. We are looking for artists to submit proposals for interactive light-based installations to feature during the 4 day art and light celebration.
Applications are now being accepted and are due by Monday, January 28, 2019. A jury consisting of a diverse panel of representatives from ArtsWave, Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center and community curators will review applications. 

Join us for an information session!
Hear more about BLINK 2019 from the creative partners, have your questions answered, and enjoy some lite bites.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
*Attendance is not required to submit an application.*


●  The U. S. Census Bureau is still hiring. 

Rose Simmons,  Partnership Coordinator
U.S. Census Bureau - Philadelphia Region
Office 267.780.2295   Fax 215.717-2588   Cell 267.909.7787
Email      Apply on Line
Connect with us on Social Media

●  The St Bernard Library Jobs and other Library Jobs Available 
(scroll down to St. Bernard Branch for the current openings)

  • North Avondale Recreation Center - 617 Clinton Springs Ave. 513.961.1584 

    • Hours of Operation:  
      Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm; Friday: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm; Saturdays: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm  
    • Center Closed: December 25, January 1, 21
    • Mini Camp: December 27 through January 4
    • Memberships: Youth (5-17) $2.00; Young Adult (18-24) $10.00; Adult (25-49) $25.00; Senior (50+) $10.00; Weight Room $10.00/3 months, $35.00/year
    • Parents Night Out December 14, 6 to 8:30.  ( call for more information )
    • Spinning: New Teachers for Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 to 7:00 pm and Sonja Warner still teaches on Thursday at 10:15 to 11:00 am

Carmen Sanders (Tuesday)
Benjamin Oldiges (Thursday)

Please call 961.1584 if you have any Recreation Center questions.
Hirsch Recreation Center - 3620 Reading Road 751.3393
  • Is closed for renovations. Some programs are at South Avondale School.
Cincinnati Park's Explore Nature Division


  • Eradicating Alien Invaders
    Cincinnati Parks Avon Woods Nature Preserve
    4235 Paddock Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45229
    Saturday, December 8, 2018
    10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
    Join us for a "Green Up Day" in the middle of winter. Help Avon Woods Nature Preserve remove harmful invasive plants such as winter creeper and honeysuckle. You'll be rewarded with a bounty of Spring wildflowers. Plus, pizza will be provided for lunch afterward for all volunteers! Please RSVP at  by December 6.
    Rachel Rice Nature Next Door Cincinnati Parks, Avon Woods 
  •   Holiday Skies Planetarium Show 
    Fri., December 7, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Wolff Planetarium at Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods
    Come join us at the Wolff Planetarium as we experience the real holiday light show, the winter sky. Discover the mysteries of the Christmas Star, see a bright holiday "wreath" of twinkling lights, and hear the tale of the man being pulled across the sky... and his three baby goats! Programs are open to adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult.  Fee: $5 per person. Reservations required. Seating is limited. Call 751.3679 by 12/6 for paid registrations.  
Brittany L. Ashcraft, Explore Nature! Clerk Bettman Natural Resource Center 513.321.6070

The Cincinnati Public Library 

For Monthly A ctivities  at the St Bernard Library  Click Here
(limit calendar to St. Bernard by month for their calendar or chose other libraries for their activities)


North Av o ndale Montessori ● 615 Clinton Springs   
    363.3900 ●    NAM Brochure    
NAM Preschool Brochur e                  
NAM December/January Calendar
4 - LSDMC Meeting - 5 pm - Media Center 6 pm - PTSO Meeting - Cafeteria
NAM - Foundation Meeting - 6 pm ELA adjacent to the cafeteria.
6 - NAM Fathers Group Meeting - 7 pm Weidemann Brewery 4811 Vine St.
12 - Winter Concert - 6 pm - Gymnasium
21 - Pajama Day - Student Council Dress up theme. Last day for students.
22 - Jan. 6 - Winter Recess
7 - Students to return to school.
14 - Staff Professional Development Day. No Students.
21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Holiday. Schools Closed.
February 4 - Teacher Learning Teams. No Students.
2018 Grandparents Day is a huge success!

On Tuesday, November 20th, NAM hosted their 9th annual Grandparents Day!  Over 250 people attended the event that lasted for approximately 2 hours. Grandparents visited their grandchildren's classroom and worked on projects, along with other educational activities during their visit. "When I visited the classrooms I was impressed with the interactions I saw with our students and their grandparents. The bond was very evident and the joy I saw on their faces was heartwarming. We host many events at our school but this is my favorite by far," said Principal Lewis. To begin the day, grandparents register and are treated to breakfast. Prior to going to classrooms, grandparents are entertained by students performing in the areas of vocal music, orff, and dancing. Ms. Cooper, Art Teacher, has an art gallery located on the first floor displaying a variety of student artwork. Mr. Wes Branfield, Music Director, organized the entertainment for the event. "My students really stepped up and performed great! I am proud of their performance and look forward to our Dec. 12 Winter Concert." "Organizing an event of this magnitude requires many volunteers. Our parents assisted with registration, setting up the gymnasium, selling spirit wear, and parking cars. This is truly a team effort and I appreciate all the help from our parents," said PTSO President, Val Perez. Grandparents Day is always hosted on the last Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving Break. Next year's date is Tuesday, November 26, 2019, so mark your calendar! "Next year will be a special year for me. To have the honor and privilege to host this event for a decade is remarkable. We have plenty of time to be creative for next year," said Principal Lewis.

Roger Lewis, NAM Principal

The New School Montessori (TNSM)  
 3 Burton Woods Lane
Giving Thanks at The New School Montessori

TNSM elementary students gave their Thanksgiving presentations, teaching us about the history of succotash and how the Native Americans shared their food and planting practices with Pilgrims. We learned how different countries celebrate their harvest season and discovered what our students are thankful for. Some expressed gratitude in song, in art and in poetry. Sixth-grade students popping up within the crowd, stood on chairs as they delivered their lines of thankful poetry. The whole program was very impactful and ended with Chef Audrey and her assistant, Jonathan, offering slices of homemade pumpkin pie to the audience.

We are very grateful for the generosity of our New School families and staff who contributed food and personal care items in support of CAIN Ministries in Northside.

Click for video of students singing.

New School Montessori Thanksgiving Celebrations
New School Montessori Thanksgiving Celebrations


  •  Elizabeth A & Harry Edwards at 750 Avon Fields Ln.
  •  Timothy & Elizabeth Anne Boland at 971 Avondale Ave.
  •  Matthew J & Sarah J Barger at 791 Clinton Springs Ave.
  •  Nakrimaz LLC at 694 Gholson Ave.
  •  Thomas K & Molly Fairbanks at 642 Greenwood Ave.
  •  Cynthia A & Raymond Hill at 917 Lenox Pl.
  •  Sarah M Henderson at 758 E Mitchell Ave.
  •  Maureen A Boyle at 3896 Reading Rd.
  •  Darryl Floyd at 3694 Vine St.
Kevin Joiner Jr at 979 Burton Ave
Tara D Jones at 620 Greenwood Ave
Cincinnati Capital Partners 250 LLC at 986 Lowry Ave
Matthew Aaron Knotts & Andrew L Kiley at 3950 Winding Way
  • Tuesday, December 11, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Montessori School  Cafetorium, 617 Clinton Springs Ave.  Holiday Social starting before the meeting at 6:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, January 8, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Montessori School Cafetorium, 617 Clinton Springs Ave. 

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President: Heather Herr
1st VP: Jennifer Cronk
2nd VP: John Jones
3rd VP: Jimmy Musuraca-Messer
Corresponding Secretary: Kelley Bagayoko
Recording Secretary: Ken Brawner
Treasurer: Doug Louder Jr.
Beautification: Emily Harten
Block Watch: Carolyn Gillman
Law & Safety: Carolyn Gillman
                         Dirk Pastoor

Master Plan Update: Ian Smith
Pedestrian Safety: David Emery

Neighborhood Association

617 Clinton Springs Ave.

Cincinnati, Ohio 45229