JUNE 2019 NANA NEWS Volume LVIII No. 8
Published by the North Avondale Neighborhood Association
Your monthly news & updates
  Greetings Neighbors,

My name is Ethan Perry and I am honored to be the new President of the North Avondale Neighborhood Association. Thanks to Heather Herr for her service last year and for helping me get up to speed in this new role. I love living in this community and I am looking forward to representing our historic, diverse neighborhood over the next year.

Two Summers ago I attended a conference in Atlanta and heard their Mayor, Kasim Reed, speak about the power of people to make change in the cities where they live. He spoke about the fact that our State and Federal governments move slowly, so if you want to see change happen quickly, you need to get involved in your city. His words started me on a journey to become more engaged with my community and eventually to NANA and the task before me.

My number one goal as President is to increase engagement by the residents of North Avondale. The more people we have working together, the more we can accomplish! In that spirit, I created an email address where you can reach out with ideas or opportunities to get involved. Drop me a line at northavondalepresident@gmail.com or just stop me and say "Hi" when you see me walking my dog Thor!
   Ethan Perry
Thank you to everyone that attended 2019 Annual Meeting. We are grateful for amazing neighbors and the growth of North Avondale. Thank you to Jimmy and Ryan for opening their home to the entire community.

Congratulations to our amazing board (and volunteers)and also our incoming board.

Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo, thank you for speaking about the pollinators and plants program (and so many other amazing topics). Everyone enjoyed the armadillo and gator and the incredible zoo discussions.

Cheers to an even more successful 2020 with an energetic and active community.
Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 pm
North Avondale Recreation Center  

  • Carolyn Jones CPS Board President presenting "CPS Where we are and where are we heading."
  • Bob Brockman from Belvedere Condominiums presenting "Proposed Parking Lot Expansion"

Next Meeting July 9 


To pay the Parks to maintain the flower pots along Reading Road, we are taking donations for 2019. You can make a donation on line at: northavondalecincinnati.com/donate/ 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! Thank you! 
NANA Beautification Team  



Take advantage of the following two offerings.
  • The RED CROSS is providing free 10-yr, no battery required Smoke Alarms. They will install them for you. All you have to do is call 513.579.3000 and provide basic information. There is no income criteria; nothing; it is FREE. You have to set up a time and be present when they come out to install. Please take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Every year DUKE ENERGY chooses a neighborhood to which to provide energy-saving products. Avondale was the neighborhood for 2019. Beginning March 22 through the end of July 2019, Duke will be going to EACH residence in Avondale asking permission to walk through to assess where you might be losing energy. Duke will provide and install nine different energy-saving products: digital room thermometer, energy-saving showerhead or shower wand, a one- year supply of furnace filters, water-saving kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, energy-efficient light bulbs, water heater wraps, covers for window AC units and caulking, weather stripping and door sweeps. You will be given about a two-week advance notice when Duke plans to begin its work on your street. The procedure is for you to allow the technicians into your residence for them to do the assessment and then to install the products that you may need. If you work and know that you will not be home during the day, call 855.227.2940 and set up an appointment for them to come at a time that is convenient for you. Duke has indicated that they will try to accommodate every person’s schedule. Once the products are installed, you should experience a notable decrease in your utility monthly bill.

Kimya Moyo, Health Liaison

Ed en Urban Gardens LLC
Good Afternoon North Avondale Friends,
This is April, the urban farmer with Eden Urban Gardens, LLC from Avondale w ho spoke last February at the NANA meeting. 
We have a bountiful amount of produce available for purchase and delivery (Tuesday Evening) to your home! We need your support! We have:
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Spinach
  • Mustard Mix
  • Arugula
  • Nettles
(all the above greens are $3/bag)
  • Collard Green
  • Red Kale
  • Curly Kale
(all these $2 bunch)

  •  Swiss Chard $3 bunch
  • Thyme
  • Peppermint (true) great for mint juleps & teas
  • Oregano
(Herbs in $3 small or $5 large amounts)
How it Works:
  1. You order by calling/texting 513.485.2679
  2. We will confirm your order was received by text, and send a reminder text on Monday to put out your cooler/payment (inside)
  3. You put a cooler at your front door. And an envelope inside the cooler with cash for payment of produce
  4. We deliver your produce to your cooler & take the payment

Easy & Simple :)
Produce stays safe and out of the elements. We cannot just ring doorbells as this takes too long and adds to our production cost, so we use this efficient cooler method.

Please see our facebook page for pictures, link below. You can also text/call with questions and we can send you a picture of amounts.
Please consider supporting Eden Urban Gardens, LLC so that we can continue to urban farm in our city and to support ourselves doing this work as our livelihood. All purchases are greatly appreciated. Thanks and hope to be serving you all soon!
April Pandora
Urban Farmer/Managing Member
Eden Urban Gardens, LLC
Enriching Lives Through Produce
Orders/Inquiries call/text: 513.485.2679
Check us out on Facebook: Eden Urban Gardens LLC

Informational Workshops & Information


  • Ben Blaney (Burton Woods Lane) has been singing with a small group, The Troubadours, at nursing homes and retirement communities. We start rehearsing a new program on August 1 and will sing that into November on Thursday afternoons. For more info see the below flyer. If anyone is interested in learning more about our activities please contact Ben at 264.7174. Note that proposed songs for the "fall" program need to be submitted by early July.
Ben Blaney, BLB7852@aol.com 513.264.174

Earth911 Quiz #56: Does This Go in the Blue Bin?

Earth911 Quiz #56: Does This Go in the Blue Bin?
Editor’s Note: Does This Go In The Blue Bin is one of our most-popular quizzes. We’re giving you another chance to challenge your knowledge of good recycling decisions. Across the U.S., one of the biggest influences on recycling success is your decision about what to toss in the blue bin …

Marian Miller (Red Bud)


Rumpke removed the recycling dumpster in the Recreation Center parking lot because too many people put trash, not recyclables into it. The nearest recycling dumpster is in the Clifton Market parking lot off of Howell Ave.

Cincinnati Amnesty Group 86 Joins 2019 Cincinnati Pride Parade and Invites Others to Join: Cincinnati, Ohio June 22, 2019

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Amnesty International Group 86, invites Cincinnatians to join them from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm to walk in the 2019 Cincinnati Pride Parade.
The parade kicks off at the corner of 7th street and Central Avenue downtown and follows a path through downtown Cincinnati ending at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove. All participants walking in the parade must be in place by 10:30 am. The Amnesty group will also have a table at the festival from 12:00 – 6:00 pm. Volunteers to help table the event are needed. For those who cannot stay and help, the group welcomes you to stop by the table to sign a few important petitions.
To join Amnesty International Group 86 for the 2019 Cincinnati Pride Parade, please email sianbitnerkearney@gmail.com by June 3. Participants will be accepted after the June 3 deadline; however, t-shirts are promised only to the first 15 people who RSVP by June 3. 
For more information on the 2019 Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival, visit https://www.cincinnatipride.org/.
Sian Bitner-Kearney
(513) 505.3073
IKRON Corporation 50 th Anniversary
IKRON's 50th Anniversary Celebration is coming up fast on Saturday, June 22 at Memorial Hall. Founded by North Avondale residents, Drs Julian and Scott Myers (Leyman Dr), come celebrate the big dreams and next steps of hundreds of IKRON participants, like the graduates pictured here.

Enjoy desserts from Buttercup Cake House, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pendleton Parlor: Ice Cream & Cookie Dough, and more. Be entertained by Magician Keith Moeller and other local artists. Spend the evening chatting about what IKRON means to its graduates and other members of the IKRON family.
Register here: https://buff.ly/30j4dmE

Tickets to IKRON’s 50 th Anniversary are $85. For more information, please visit Cincinnati.ikron.org or call 513.621.1117.


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

  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm; Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 
  • 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.

7 Star Dragons Win PKC Top School
On May 12, 2019 The Professional Karate Commission, awarded 7 Star Dragons Team, 2018 PKC Region VII, Top School. The Competition team competed in 2018 at karate tournaments in KY, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio, accumulating points for first through fourth place wins. Our team was awarded a beautiful plaque and Trophy by Mr. Robert Starks, PKC Regional Director. Sierra Hix, Daven Gibson, John Watson and Kevin Hartnell were honored as Triple Crown Winners. They each earned FIRST place ranking in Forms, Weapons Forms and Sparing. This was another highlight of the event that showed the commitment and dedication our team showed in 2018. We are so proud of our 13 members that earned awards for earning top competitor.
On May 4, 2019 our team traveled to Kokomo Indiana to the Spring Smash. The 6 member team performed awesome and earned over 18 awards! A Special congratulations to Amina Issa for winning 4 first place and two grand champion titles. This win earned her two, Nintendo Switch game systems! After her second win, she gifted a game system to her team mate. She had out scored him by only one tenth of a point and felt he deserved to win also. She also knew he really wanted the system for his upcoming birthday. It was such a proud moment to watch her make his wish come true! 
Hirsch Recreation Center - 3620 Reading Road ● 751.3393
  • The building is closed for renovations. But the Pool is OPEN! Some programs are at South Avondale School.

The Cincinnati Public Library   
For Monthly Activities at the Avondale, Norwood and St Bernard Libraries  Click Here  
(limit calendar to the branch of your choice for their monthly updates)
North Avondale Montessori ● 615 Clinton Springs ● 
   363.3900 ● www.namrockets.org      NAM Brochure     
NAM Preschool Brochur e                   
6th Grade Graduation
Editors Note: My two sons graduated from North Avondale and now my three grandchildren have finished for a total of 24 years of my involvement. I served as the LSDMC neighborhood representative for over 15 years, finishing up as president. It has been a wonderful experience at a wonderful school!
Students return to NAM on Monday, August 19!

Have a great Summer.
Roger Lewis, NAM Principal

The New School Montessori (TNSM) 
●  3 Burton Woods Lane  281.7999 ● www.newschoolmontessori.com     
A transformation: Caterpillars become butterflies - Student observers become writers!

New School Montessori (3-6) students are studying caterpillars in their classroom. The students observe as the fuzzy creatures munch on leaves, turn into chrysalises and eventually emerge as butterflies.
What is equally exciting is that we get to observe the transformation of these preprimary students as they trace sandpaper letters with their fingers, learn letter sounds, study consonant blends and emerge as astute observers who are able to record their observations. What amazing transformations!
Ann Baumgardner, Communications Director
  • Meg Keim & David Arends at 4017 Beechwood Ave. --------->
  • Stephen J & Ana Del Rosario Gallegos-Yavorsky at 15 S Fred Shuttlesworth Cr.
  • Urban Rise Co & Natalia Gorodetsky at 697 & 701 Greenwood Ave.
  • Stephanie W Elliott & John Paul at 3937 Leyman Dr/3936 Abington Ave.
  • Oronde A Pittman & Nicole Dillard at 3991 Lowry Ave.
  • Mark John Grieshop & Katelyn Juliann Savage at 667 E Mitchell Ave.
  • Jbeck Properties LLC at 3977 Parker Pl.  
  • Jackson Love LLC at 4040 Reading Rd.
  • Fu Ting Ting & Vincent Taubner at 4 Revel Ct.
  • 208 Sturgis LLC at 208 Sturgis Ave.
  • La Ventura LLC at 3966 Vine St.

  • Tuesday, June 11, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Recreation Center, 617 Clinton Springs Ave. 
  • Tuesday, July 9, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Recreation Center, 617 Clinton Springs Ave. 
Cincinnati's Best Address with Beautiful Homes, Great Neighbors & Civic Passion
President: Ethan Perry
1st VP: Heather Herr
2nd VP: Jimmy Musuraca-Messer
3rd VP: Sarah Henderson
Corresponding Secretary:  Rick Ruehlmann
Recording Secretary: Lesley Chapman
Treasurer: Doug Louder Jr
Block Watch: Carolyn Gillman
Law & Safety: Carolyn Gillman
Dirk Pastoor
Pedestrian Safety: David Emery
Strategic Development: David Emery
Rick Ruehlmann
Neighborhood Association

617 Clinton Springs Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45229