|NOVEMBER 2018 NANA NEWS Volume LVIII No. 3 Published by the North Avondale Neighborhood Association
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Goodbye October and Welcome November. This autumn has been good to us and I am grateful for a community that is appreciative, team oriented and supportive. We need everyone to be involved and take an active role. Please feel free to contact me directly to see how you can become more involved.
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. Meeting minutes are published here:
Tree Dedication Memorial in honor of Marvin Masterson
NANA and NABA for the wonderful ceremony in honor of Marvin who was NANA president 2016-2017. The event was Saturday, October 20th in Marion park and at the Belvedere.
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, Lead@myGCWW.org, or by calling 513.651.LEAD (5323).
to view the GCWW newsletter with more information on this subject.
Don't forget to Vote on November 6. To find your polling location and the nonpartisan Voter Guide by The L
eague of Women Voters see
From the City and Other Nonprofits
Yard of Month
Please nominate a home that should be considered for Yard of the Month. Email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are pictures of this month's Yard of the Month winners, Mel and Lois Nizny of 3953 Rose Hill Avenue.
NANA GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00pm
North Avondale Montessori Cafetorium
Next Meeting is December 11, 2018
Elsa T. ZumBrook
, (Dakota Ave.) born on August 14, 1939 in Mexico City, to the late María Luisa Marquet and the late Friedrich ZumBrook, passed away at age 79 on October 29, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio, after a short illness. She attended the Alexander von Humboldt School and was a graduate of the National Institute of Cardiology, in Mexico City. She was a Registered Nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital until retiring in 2004. Elsa is survived by her son, Juan Carlos; daughter, Adriana, and son-in-law Andrew; and grandchildren Sofia, Trevor, Nathan, and Max; and niece Beatriz and nephew Victor. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Elsa loved music, cooking, her pet Golden Retrievers and she could often be seen walking "Menina" and "Lily," never failing to distribute treats as the neighborhood dogs will attest. A resident of North Avondale since 1965, she was an active member of NANA, and was beloved by her community of neighbors. She cultivated a wide circle of friends at Clinton Hills Swim Club and beyond, and was treasured for the jams and cookies that she shared widely. In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations in Elsa's memory to the American Heart Association. Friends and family are welcome to attend the Memorial service on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2pm, with visitation at 1pm and a reception to follow, at the Spring Grove Funeral Home-Cedars of Lebanon Chapel, 4389 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223, Tel: (513) 681.7526.
The U. S. Census Bureau is currently hiring. The 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors and census takers. The positions will be located across Ohio and Kentucky and offer flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.
- Help us get the word out about 2020 Census jobs.
- Call on local organizations to request assistance in providing information about jobs to the people they serve.
- Answer questions from the public about jobs, qualifications, and how to apply.
- Conduct formal and informal presentations about 2020 Census jobs.
Applicants can go online to: gov/jobs or call 1855-JOB-2020 for more information. We are hiring in both Ohio and Kentucky and anyone can access the application online to be considered in their area. Hourly wages vary according to geography and applicants can call the toll free number for information on pay rates in their community.
Thank you in advance for your help in spreading the word about 2020 Census hiring!
U.S. Census Bureau - Philadelphia Region
Office 267.780.2295 Fax 215.717-2588 Cell 267.909.7787
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The St Bernard Library Jobs Available
(scroll down to St. Bernard Branch for the current openings)
FROM THE CITY AND OTHER NONPROFITS
- It's voting season - are you informed?
League of Women Voters-CEF
, is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government.
Every election year, the League of Women Voters - CEF compiles a
that provides background information on candidates and issues. We are proud to have them as a member working in the democracy space in Greater Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Public Library
at the St Bernard Library Month
(limit calendar to St. Bernard by month for calendar)
This year will be even groovier than last, so join us and let loose while we toast to what makes Cincinnati beautiful! Enjoy a variety of small bites from some of your local favorite restaurants. Boogie the night away to the funky tunes of
DJ Soul Step
; test your luck at our boozy ring toss; sip from the open bar (beer & wine), and bid on some stellar silent & live auction items. Every guest will also be automatically entered into our raffle!
Talbert House goes on a quest to Make Camp Possible Annual event supports youth summer camp
Make Camp Possible
event, presented by the Harold C. Schott Foundation,
Friday, November 16 at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati from 7 to 10pm. Guests will be able to sample signature dishes from several area restaurants and bakeries including Duck Donuts, La Soupe, Metropole, OCD Cakes, P.F. Chang's, Please, The Phoenix, and Via Vite. There will also be drinks and music complete with an "out of this world" theme. Tickets include dinner by the bite and two drinks. All proceeds will support Camp Possible, a therapeutic-based summer camp for children 6-13 struggling with behavioral health issues. This year's event sponsors include Fifth Third Bank, Myriad Neuroscience, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, USI Insurance Services, the Williams Foundation, and Mrs. Robert D. Stern. The Make Camp Possible co-chairs are Stacy Cole and Michelle Baxter. Tickets for Make Camp Possible are available online, Click Here. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Jenna Toon at 513.751.7747 ext. 1095 or email@example.com. #
Don't Be Scared!
You can still get tickets to Secret ArtWorks
ArtWorks is over the moon to be hosting Secret ArtWorks from The Banks on Friday, November 16, 7-10pm, at the old Howl at the Moon Bar, 145 Second Street East, The Banks.
Come for the Secrets, stay for the treats!
Enjoy music from soul/funk group AfroChine, spins from DJ Pillo, bites from your favorite local restaurants, drinks from Rhinegeist Brewery and Watershed Distillery.
And we can't forget our emcee, Penny Tration! You can keep the party going at the official Secret ArtWorks from The Banks after-party location to be revealed.
Because of the generosity of our Secret Artists, we've already received 500 Secret Works of Art!
Creep around our vault, and take a peek at the latest Secret Works of Art.
Our Artist Ghouls and Goblins are Hard at Work
Don't Miss Our Preview Party!
We are unlocking the vault for our Secret ArtWorks from The Banks Preview Happy Hour at 3 Points Urban Brewery on Wednesday, November 7 from 5:30-7:30pm! You'll be able to see all the Secret Works of Art we have collected so far! Take note and reference the preview page on our website for more information on your favorite piece.
- "Building a Community of Kindness to Prevent Bullying."
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
List of NANA Committees
In our last neighborhood meeting in October, I announced that I was stepping down from chairing Beautification. The experience in this position has been memorable. I had an opportunity to work together with many neighbors, student volunteers and City Departments to get a Big Job done. That was so satisfying. Fortunately, I had some steady volunteers that I could depend on for help. My thank you to all of you will never end; we did a lot together.
My sister in-law, Maura Wolf, was a TREMENDOUS help with helping organize and manage beautification events and meetings, as well as submitting Keep Cincinnati Beautiful grants and awards. Having a well oiled machine is key.
I am not going away. I will be focusing on Seasongood Square Park, and continuing as our neighborhood representative with the Parks. I will continue working on my flower bed with my garden buddy. The round flower bed in Seasongood Square Park needs someone to take ownership. Please step up and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I owe Tim Franklin a huge thank you for donating his time in Seasongood Square Park. Tim installed plants and thinned some plants in my flower bed.
On Saturday October 20th we had a lovely Tree Dedication Memorial and community social in Marvin Masterson's honor. I'm very glad we were able to dedicate an official Park Foundation Registered tree for Marvin. He was a great civic leader and always willing to help out. He will be missed dearly.
This past week I met with the new Park supervisor, Jim Burkhardt. Jim and I walked through the park and started a list together. Pruning of trees will begin soon. The corner bed at the apartment driveway and Clinton Springs will be cleaned out of honey suckle and debris. Parks is contacting the responsible party for the wood fence issue. I requested a new sign for the park, as the current one is faded. The date for the Spring Cleanup was discussed. Next Easter comes in late April, the 21st. My suggestion is to make early May our park day, or the last weekend in April, Saturday 4/27.
It's time to get ourselves ready for many family, friends and neighborhood events. Halloween brought great big bags of candy, scary costumes and the smell of burning pumpkins. Thanksgiving is the next big family day to share favorite recipes, memories and talk about the diet plan while we finish our pumpkin pie with a scoop of whipped cream. Then we celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, etc. and we close out the year on New Years Eve. Then hibernation is in full swing.
Thank you so much everyone! I would like to see you volunteer in our neighborhood park.
Thank you to everyone who supported me and a huge thank you to the volunteers who always helped out in our neighborhood projects. Visit me in the park.
Emily Harten, Beautification Chair
To pay the Parks to maintain the flower pots along Reading Road, we are taking donations for 2018.
You can make a donation online at:
and check Other and put: flower pots or you can mail a donation to: NANA, 617 Clinton Springs Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229, ATTN: Beautification. Please consider helping with a tax deductible donation so we can continue making our neighborhood beautiful!
Carolyn Gillman, Flower Pot Fundraising Chair
HEALTH & WELLNESS
This Message is from the Chair of the Board of the Health Department of the City of Cincinnati, Phil Lichtenstien from HealthMatters, the Cincinnati Health Department newsletter, October, 2018.
Your vote November 6th can make a difference not only in Ohio, but also in the United States.
The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare or the ACA) is in danger of being dismantled and you, your family and loved ones could lose healthcare coverage and the ability to prevent disease and stay healthy. If changes to or the dismantling of the ACA is successful, your pre-existing conditions will no longer be covered. This also means that the healthcare costs will skyrocket!
Your children and grandchildren will lose their healthcare because of the increasing cuts in the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Women's Health Care and the choices they select to keep them healthy are at RISK of being eliminated through cuts in Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and changes in the Supreme Court.
If you are using a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC - Cincinnati Health Department) as your primary place for receiving healthcare, those facilities are facing drastic cuts in the services provided. Access to quality health is at risk.
Voting is a constitutional right and privilege that Americans fought to have. It's best to make use of that right while you still can.
FROM YOUR NEIGHBORS
- 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 email@example.com or call or text to 513.252.3366.
Jim Hart (Valley Lane)
- Opinion | The Neighborhood Is the Unit of Change - The New York Times
Here is an inter
Mel Nizny (Rose Hill)
MARVIN MASTERSON MEMORIAL
Thank you very much to everyone who came out for the tree dedication in honor of our past NANA president Marvin Masterson, and a special thank you to Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman and to Linda Thomas, President Avondale 29, for their beautiful, personal remarks on this occasion, and to Holly Nelson, whose excellent violin performance really made the event special. We had a nice community gathering afterwards at the Belvedere, and in addition to it always being enjoyable meeting up with our North Avondale neighbors, it felt like a very appropriate celebration of life in wake of the too sudden passing of Marvin.
The Ginkgo tree is officially registered in Marvin's memory with the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. Many thanks to Emily Harten, John Jones, Hanne L
ken Larsen, Michael Caporale, Miles and Maura Wolf, NANA and NABA, for resourcefully planning and organizing this event. A special thank you to Hanne for her warm welcoming remarks and as Master of Ceremony, to Emily for organizing the tree dedication with the Parks, Michael for making a memorable slide show, to Miles for helping with sound system and photography, to Five Star Foodies for catering the event, to Heather Herr for baking cookies to share, and to the Belevdere for letting us host the event in their community room.
As Vice Mayor Smitherman stated, Marvin was a great statesmen and we were very proud to have him serve as our President. He was an all around great person who made North Avondale, this City and the world a better place. He will be missed greatly.
Marvin's Co-Board members, friends and neighbors on the planning committee
PARKS AND RECREATION
- 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 1:00pm
Center Closed: November 12, 22, 23
Mini Camp: November 21
Open For Voting: November 6
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
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
Cincinnati Parks Avon Woods Events:
Harvest Day Camp
Avon Woods Nature Preserve
4235 Paddock Road
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
On this Thanksgiving Eve join us to celebrate the fall harvest, learn about local Native American tribes and their culture. Discover the forest resources that sustained them and make a delightful craft to take home. Pack a lunch and drink, and dress for the weather. For grades K-3rd grade, register online at Click Here by Nov. 20. Call for more info - 861.3435.
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
Here are more up coming events for Cincinnati Park's Explore Nature division. Lots of holiday themed activities for various age groups as well as an excellent volunteer opportunity at the Avon Nature Preserve (see above) on December 8th!
Monsters in the Sky
Fri., November 9, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Wolff Planetarium at Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods
You've heard of lions tigers and bears and thought... of my? Try gorgons, the wrath of ancient gods and the release - of the Cracken!!! Oh my indeed! Join us for a monster tale, 2,000 years in the making. Programs are open to adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. Fee: $5 per person. Seating is limited. Reservations are required by calling 751.3679.
Homeschool: A Pioneer Experience For Ages 9 - 13
Fri., November 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - California Woods Nature Preserve
How did pioneer children and families live in the early 1800s? Learn how children and families lived in 1803, just after the Louisiana Purchase and the year Ohio became a state. See how lifestyle challenges, religion and tradition helped shape Cincinnati. Play an "Oregon Trail" style game and make choices and purchases for your interactive pioneer journey west. On your trek, encounter characters such as a schoolteacher and medicine woman. Fee: $5 per child/chaperone, assisting adults free. Paid registrations required by 11/7 at https://explorenature.regfox.com/18fallhomeschoolpgs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231.8678 for more information and availability of spaces after the deadline.
Campfire on the Bluff
Fri., November 16, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
- California Woods Nature Preserve
Learn about the night time forest and lore while enjoying a roaring fire on a beautiful bluff in California Woods! Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and cook a s'more. There is a short but steep luminaria-lit hike up to the bluff. This program is FREE but seating is limited and it often fills before the deadline. Pre-registration is required before 11/14 by emailing email@example.com or calling 231.8678. The California Woods Advisory Council is the sponsor of this program.
Sat., November 17, 10:00 a.m. - Noon - LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve
5400 Lanius Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45224
Discover how early Ohio Pioneers may have created a Thanksgiving celebration and explore how this iconic holiday has changed over the past centuries. This exploration of stations is an informal program: Create a turkey call, try your hand at cursive with a feather quill pen, and enjoy games that pioneer children may have played. Fee: $5 per person or $15 per family (up to 5 members). Call 542.2909 by 11/15 for more information and paid reservations.
Berries & Bows Holiday Centerpiece
Sat., December 1, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - The Gibson House, 425 Oak Street, 45219
Make something beautiful for the holidays in a festively decorated Victorian home. Join our professional florist for a lesson in floral design. Create a fragrant centerpiece of assorted evergreens, pine cones, berries and bows and topped off with a tapered candle. Materials and instruction are provided but the creative touches are all yours. Feel free to bring personal embellishments to accent it for your home. A sample of wine adds to the festive atmosphere. Fee: $30 per person. Spaces are limited and may sell out before the deadline. Call 761.4313 or email
by 11/28 for more information and paid reservations.
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
NORTH AVONDALE SCHOOLS
ndale Montessori ● 615 Clinton Springs ●
November events at NAM!
4 - New perspective PS-K Open House - 1pm to 3pm
5 - ILT Meeting - 2:30 pm - Media Center
6 - Election Day - No School
12 - Veteran's Day - No School
13 - LSDMC Meeting - 2:30 pm - Media Center
20 - Grandparent's Day - 8:15 am to 10:15 am
21-22-23 - Thanksgiving Vacation
26 - Students return to school.
29 - 2nd Quarter Parent-Teacher Conf. Night - 4 pm to 7 pm
North Avondale Montessori School Media Center News
It's the fall season. The Media Specialist, Mrs. Paulette Simpson, at North Avondale Montessori School organized a fun fall event to celebrate reading and the season of fall.
The students and staff members at NAM had the opportunity to participate in NAM's 1st year 'Storybook Character Pumpkin Incentive.'
The Storybook Character Pumpkin incentive had rules for all to follow. They had to use a pumpkin (preferably a plastic/fake pumpkin.) They had to decorate their pumpkin as a storybook character. No carving or punctures to pumpkin if its real pumpkin.
The students and staff had 2 weeks to bring in their storybook character pumpkin. Wow, what a great turn out. We had over 75 storybook character pumpkins (link to view each pumpkin below). The students and staff members of NAM had a joyful time making their storybook character pumpkin and seeing all of the pumpkins displayed in the media center.
In addition to the incentive, Mrs. Paulette Simpson organized reading prizes for the winning pumpkins. All students and staff members had the opportunity to cast up to 10 votes.
Three winners will be selected from each of the following two categories: K-3rd and 4th - 6th
- 3rd place: Pizza Achievement Coupon - LaRosa's Pizzeria
- 2nd place: $10.00 gift certificate from Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
- 1st place: $20.00 gift certificate from Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Winners were announced on Monday, October 29, 2018.
Mrs. Paulette M. Simpson
New School Montessori mom, Carrie Driehaus, brought monarch butterflies into each of TNSM's classrooms. The students listened intently as Carrie shared all she has learned about the plight of monarch butterflies.
Carrie first took an interest in insects when she focused her camera lens on studying flowers.
The bees, butterflies and ants were ever-present in her work, which sent her into research mode to learn more about these creatures. Since May, Carrie has turned her Clifton garden into a home for bees and monarch butterflies (with a backyard beehive housing 30,000 bees). Carrie has also planted milkweed (purchased from her local nursery) and has subsequently provided a safe place for 170 monarch eggs to mature through their life-cycle. Carrie's monarch eggs were taken from deposits that migrating wild monarchs left on the surface of her backyard milkweed leaves. When unprotected in nature, a monarch egg has a 1% chance of becoming a butterfly. In a home, the survival rate rises markedly to 90% survival.
Over the last 20 years, monarch populations have been in steep decline due to pesticide use, loss of roosting habitat and diminished access to a ready food supply of milkweed. Carrie emphasized that monarch butterflies already have an uphill battle with their inborn migration patterns taking them farther than any other animal on the planet (2,000 - 3,000 miles). Carrie encouraged us to give the monarch butterfly population a boost by doing what we can to help them thrive and to plant milkweed as part of our landscaping. The honeybee and the monarch butterfly have moved Carrie's focus from flowers to insects - and we are learning right along with her as she follows her passions.
Ann Baumgardner, Communications Director
WELCOME NEW NEIGHBORS
- SJA Rentals II LLC at 1005 Dana Ave.
- BLHD Properties LLC at 1023 Dana Ave.
- BLHD Properties LLC at 970 Dana Ave.
- Wilbert Taylor at 3546 Eden Ave.
- Kyle Linhardt at 925 Glenwood Ave.
- Trinity Realty Solutions LLC at 642 Greenwood Ave.
- Joe Brummer at 4014 Red Bud Ave.
- Lauck Holdings LLC at 2 Revel Ct.
- Patrick R & Andrea S Anater at 4220 Rose Hill Ave.
- John Kenney at 3926 Wess Park Dr.
REMINDER CONCERNING RAKING LEAVES
Under the City Municipal Code, raking leaves into the street or right-of-way is prohibited and is
PUNISHABLE BY LAW.
- Please compost yard waste at home whenever possible.
- Your yard waste is collected every other week on your recycling day.
Make sure to put it in a separately marked container or the special paper bags.
- Also this is a good time trim hedges and plants that have grown out over the sidewalks making it difficult to walk safely and easily.
Tuesday, November 13, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Montessori School Cafetorium, 617 Clinton Springs Ave.
Tuesday, December 11, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Montessori School Cafetorium, 617 Clinton Springs Ave.
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