SUMMER 2019 NANA NEWS Volume LVIII No. 10 Published by the North Avondale Neighborhood Association
Your monthly news & updates
Happy Summer Neighbors!

It looks like the springtime rain has finally moved out and the HOT weather is here. It is wonderful to walk through the neighborhood and see so many people out gardening, barbecuing and just sitting on the porch enjoying a cold drink!

One great way to get outside and meet your neighbors this summer is to take part in a Power Hour cleanup. We are organizing informal meet ups and walking the area with grabbers and trash bags to help eliminate litter on our streets. It is a great way to keep North Avondale beautiful and meet new folks. No need to bring anything, as NANA provides all of the supplies. We will try different days and times over the next few weeks so that people can fit it into their schedules. You can even bring the kids! Keep your eye out for Facebook posts announcing date and time.

Speaking of Facebook, have you liked our page yet? Head over to  so you can stay up to date with all of the great things NANA has in the works for the rest of 2019! Facebook is a quick and easy way to reach the people in our community and we are going to be using it more in the future. Don’t forget to invite your neighbors who may not be involved with NANA…yet!

I hope to see everyone at our July meeting! Until then, have a safe and happy Independence Day!
   Ethan Perry
Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 pm
North Avondale Recreation Center  

No August Meeting
Next Meeting September 10


Richard Jackson was given the Citizen’s Award from the Hamilton County Fraternal Order of Police . Lt. Chris Ruehmer from District 4 nominated him for the award. The presentation was held at the Mayerson Center in Blue Ash on May 10. He was the only non-police person to receive an award. Many awards were given out for all the great work that our police men and women do for our community. Richard was recognized for the work that he had done at the Dana/Victory Parkway Triangle. Also for taking care of the Roundabout on Dana, keeping the side walk clear of trash, honey suckle cut back and he put in the new garden at the top of Marion at Clinton Springs. When Richard started 5-6 years ago, there was so much honeysuckle (HS) one could not see through it. A major safety issue for people walking through that area. It took a lot of work to rid it of HS, the state plant of Ohio. But today, no HS! Lt. Ruehmer helped him on several occasions to have abandoned cars towed at the Triangle, 14 to date! Since 2003, The Triangle is his gift to our community. He has planted 11 trees to date and countless flowers and shrubs. Getting the North Avondale sign has been the highlight.
Editor’s Note: All one has to do is look at the pictures below to see the amazing beauty Richard brings to our neighborhood. Thank you Richard!
Marion/Clinton Springs
Gateway Sign
Victory Parkway
Victory Parkway
Victory Parkway & Dana Bypass
Neighborhood Flower Pots

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: 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

At the time of this writing, Cincinnati has had 109 days of rains out of 169 days! That’s 65% - RIDICULOUS!!! But that is an example of the times in which we live. So, we are the ones who need to adjust. And if it was just rain, we would have no need to complain; but we are experiencing Torrential Downpours! And with the downpours, some of us experience flooding. Professional cleaners are the optimal choice; however, they are expensive. If you find that you have to do the cleaning, here are some tips on how to clean up safely.

1.  Take photos or a video for insurance claims and tax deductions.
2.  Keep a record of all expenses related to the clean-up.
3.  Check with your insurance company for other requirements needed to make your claim.
4.   Flooded books and papers may be frozen until you have time to work with them. Place waxed paper between layers and place items inside plastic bags before freezing.
5.   Wear protective gear.
6.   Keep windows open.
7.   Because the humidity is elevated, clean up as soon as possible to avoid mold build up.
8.   Shut off gas and electricity before removing standing water and soaked materials.
9.   Shovel out the mud.
10.  Scrub walls and floors and disinfect with a bleach solution (10 parts water to 1 part bleach).
11.  Dry thoroughly before rebuilding. Wait several months before remodeling
12.  Never mix bleach and ammonia. The fumes are toxic.
13.  Household cleaners can remove dirt; disinfectants help to stop the growth of disease- causing microorganisms carried in flood water.
14.  Powdered or liquid cleaners are more practical and less expensive than aerosol products since large areas will probably need to be cleaned.
15.  Buy cleaners in the largest size available.
Call the Health Department for more information: 513 357.7200

Kimya Moyo, Health Liaison

2019 ReLeaf Program Accepting Applications

Get free trees ('Oregon Trail' Sugar Maple, Eastern Redbud, 'Emerald City' Tuliptree, Okame Cherry).
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

We would like to thank everyone who helped in the search, and with their prayers, as we looked for our lost puppy Buddy. We had the help and comfort of family, friends, neighbors and strangers as we searched for five days throughout the North Avondale neighborhood for him. It was not the outcome we had hoped for, but we have closure and our beloved Buddy will be in our hearts forever. We are grateful to live in the most wonderful neighborhood in all of Cincinnati. We couldn’t have gotten through this without you. Thanks so very much.  

Jean and David Krebs (Beechwood Ave.)
Dear neighbors,

If you have gently used household items such as tables and chairs, sofas, beds and dressers including mattresses without soil, please call New Life Furniture Bank (513.313.0530) and they will pick up your items to be used for people recovering from homelessness.

Additionally, you can contact St. Vincent Depaul (513.421.2273) to arrange a pick up for similar type items.
And of course, don’t forget that you can always take items to Goodwill if you need to and are able to remove them yourselves.

If you have an item that you are unsure of where it may be best used and would like some help, I would be happy to assist via email. Your treasures don’t have to become part of the landfill!!

Jolene Struebbe Beechwood Avenue

John Kachuba’s new book, Shapeshifters: A History , has just been released. He will be giving a talk and signing his book at Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 pm . The book an also be ordered at: Click Here

John Kachuba (Glencross)

Do you know the steps for recycling these common household and automotive products? Test your recycling how-to knowledge in this month’s quiz. Your day is filled with recycling opportunities but are you making the decisions to recycle successfully? In this quiz, we’ll test our familiarity with ...

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.
POPS 4 of July Concert at Riverbend
  • Get tickets by clicking here

  • 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.

  • AFTER SCHOOL DAY CAMP registration begins July 1. Click here for more information.
Please call 961.1584 if you have any Recreation Center questions.

100 % of 7 Star Dragons Members Win at The 2019 Battle of Atlanta World Championships

On June 13-16, 2019 7 Star Dragons team traveled to Atlanta to participate in their first NASKA world tournament. The team participated in the Traditional forms, Weapons and sparring divisions. There were over 2,000 competitors in attendance with the top athletes in the country competing for honors. The team won 17 awards; 5 - first places, 3 - 2nd place, 7 - 3rd place, 2 - 4th places. Team members were; Amina Issa, Layah Clark, Devlin Kennedy, Daven Gibson, Caveer Smith, Sammazah Bonnie, and John Watson. The team had a lot of fun activities, met new friends and were complimented highly on their martial arts skills. Each student was supported by their families who cheered them on and made this opportunity possible. It is truly an honor to be their Sensei. Thank you to the Staff at NARC, Cincinnati Recreation Commission for the support of our program. All of our team members and supporters contribute to our success. New students are being accepted to register for classes beginning in September. You may register on line at
7 Star Dragons Youth Team Members 14 and under.
Summer Students at NARC admiring awards from Atlanta.

Hirsch Recreation Center - 3620 Reading Road ● 751.3393
  • The building has been closed for renovations but will open very soon! Meanwhile 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 ●      NAM Brochure     
NAM Preschool Brochur e                   
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 ●     
Video Clips of New School Montessori Senior Project Presentations

Each year, New School Montessori sixth graders embark on a yearlong odyssey, researching a topic of interest to them. They condense their fifteen-page papers into riveting 5-minute oral Power Point presentations. In the span of a pleasant evening you can learn about many interesting topics and characters from history.
Our alumni often return to the school to support each year's 6th graders. They have shared that what they learned through TNSM's senior project process has prepared them - not only for the rigors of junior high and high school - but for writing, public speaking and the joy of learning they have experienced in their university studies and in their careers.
Click the picture below to see samples from this year's presentations on such topics as Marvel comics, warping space and time, the history of women's rights, Cincinnati architecture, Ella Fitzgerald and more. These students have put a lot of themselves into this work - and it shows.
Ann Baumgardner, Communications Director
  • Michael & Jennifer Ballard at 49 Burton Woods Ln.
  • RMF Holdings LLC at 700 Chalfonte Pl.
  • Morgan L & Thomas J Rottinghaus Jr at 965 Lenox Pl.
  • Sadre Orafai Stephanie N & Alfred J Cotton III at 1038 Redway Ave.

  • Tuesday, July 9, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Recreation Center, 617 Clinton Springs Ave. 
  • Tuesday, September 10, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Montessori School Cafetorium, 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