Friday, February 29, 2008
Xavier Players’ “Steel Magnolias” opens next Thursday
When: Thursday, March 6 - Sunday, March 9; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gallagher Student Center Theatre, Xavier Campus; free parking
Tickets: $15; $5 students and seniors
Reservations recommended: Call the Players box office at 745-3939.
Extra included in ticket price: “Hat and Glove Party” with a red armadillo cake as featured in the play. Reservations required: call Tracy at 745-3576.
When: Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 from 12 - 5 p.m.
Where: Norwood Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Rookwood Pavilion
Donations tax deductible: Instruments will be appraised for tax deductions.
More information: CCM External Relations Office, 513-556-2100
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Question: What's the best location to build a salt dome?
Williams Avenue Elementary: 8
Sharpsburg Elementary: 2
Allison Street Elementary: 10
Norwood View Elementary: 0
Norwood Middle School: 34
Norwood High School: 13
The comparatively high number of bullying incidences at the NMS and NHS seems to back up the serious concerns parent and Council-at-Large Mike Gabbard expressed about school safety when he spoke to the BOE at their 1/10/08 board meeting. Here’s the clip of his remarks taken from NCT’s broadcast of the meeting.
1. How often hospitals follow eight recommended care guidelines for heart attack
2. How often hospitals follow four recommended care guidelines for congestive heart failure
3. How often hospitals follow nine recommended care guidelines for pneumonia
4. Average length of hospital stay for nine conditions, including heart attack, stroke and pneumonia
5. Mortality for the same nine conditions
The ratings are based on care guidelines accepted as best practices by groups such as the Joint Commission and the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program/American Osteopathic Association.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Two important upcoming meetings at the Community Center
What: Informal discussion of issues in Ward 1 and around the city and how to best address those issues: communication, curb appeal, developments, vacant properties, building a sense of community, etc.
When: Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Community Center; 1810 Courtland Avenue
Who’s invited: Everyone
What: Liz Blume, Executive Director of Xavier’s Community Building Institute, will give a presentation about the Xavier East Campus project, followed by Q&A. The presentation will include plans for student housing, market housing, medical center, health club, retail and office space, plus discussion about what Xavier and the Covington, Ky. developer Corporex are planning, when it will probably happen, and what the impact will be on the community. And, of course, anything else that would be interesting for people for to talk about.
When: Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Community Center, 1810 Courtland Avenue
Who’s invited: Everyone
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Community blood drive this Saturday
When: Saturday, March 1, 2008; 9 am - 3 pm
Where: Basement of New Haven Missionary Baptist Church, 2417 Indian Mound Ave.
Bonus: Hoxworth offers free cholesterol screening tests to all donors.
Reservations: Appointments recommended. Click here for contact information on the church flier.
"The car had problems, a big repair bill," she said. "Then I had a $400-a-month car payment, $100 a month for insurance, $100 a month for parking. Gas hit $3 a gallon. "It all added up. I was just sick about it."
A court reporter, Englert, 40, is now dealing with the aftermath. Because she still owed more than $10,000 and the car sold at auction for $4,200, Englert is obligated to pay the difference.
"It has affected my credit rating," she said. "I'm a single mother with four children, and I have a good job. I realize now that this could happen to anybody."
Ms. Englert, we're sorry it happened to you.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Just in: Parks & Rec. Committee meeting Wednesday evening
1. Community Center Renovation
2. Community Theatre at Community Center
3. Burwood Park
12:45 p.m. UPDATE: Councilperson Schneider just responded to our email asking about Item 2 on the agenda, Community Theatre. Sounds like he’s hoping for a good turnout from residents for Wednesday night’s meeting. Here’s what he had to say:
“Community Theatre is getting the stage at the Community Center back in shape so that we can potentially have a summer, fall, or winter production or something going on to use the stage. I had two people ask me about it since the Community Center is now being utilized more. Could be fun. I am just trying to find out if there is real interest. Hopefully, we will have some interest in all of the exciting changes that are happening at the parks. It would be great to have some resident involvement and to schedule some clean-ups and really get the word out.”
He also said the meeting won’t air live, but it will be videotaped and played later on Channel 4.
When: Thursday, Feb. 28; 7 pm.
Where: Drake Planetarium at Norwood High School; 2020 Sherman Avenue; directions here.
Cost: $6 in advance; $7 at the door
Reservations: Call 396-5578; must pre register
What: Speed stacking, specifically stacking cups
When: Tuesday, Feb. 26; 6:30 pm
Ages: Best for ages 6-12
Where: Norwood Branch Library, 4325 Montgomery Rd.
Cost: Free; no advance registration required; more information, call 369-6037
Friday, February 22, 2008
Experiment: Weekend open thread
The Supreme Court ruled that “the legislature was unclear about retroactive intent when it voted to ban sex offenders from living with 1,000 feet of schools.” As a result of the decision, according to yesterday’s Enquirer article, “thousands of Ohio sex offenders can return to their homes.”
Remembering that sexual predators was an agenda item for both the January and February Committee of Whole meetings and that former Norwood Law Director Rick Gibson had spoken to council 1-2 years ago about his successful efforts to have sex offenders move who were living under 1,000 feet of our own schools, we called the Law Director’s office to explore what, if any, impact the Supreme Court ruling might have on sex offenders potentially moving back to our community.
We didn’t get very far. We were told the Law Director’s office doesn’t speak to the media.
2/25/08 UPDATE: Regarding last week’s Ohio Supreme Court decision, today’s Enquirer editorial “Get real on sex offender rules” seems to agree with our 2/22/08 commenters for this blog: “Applying these laws retroactively is inhumane. Forcing an offender who has served a sentence to later uproot himself and move beyond an arbitrary boundary line destabilizes the person’s life, while doing nothing to protect society…these laws have several flaws, including treating most types of sex offenders as being equally dangerous...statistics show that most sex offenders aren’t strangers to their victims.” In the wake of the court’s decision, perhaps council will discuss this topic at their meeting tomorrow evening.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
December 07 NFD Activities and Statistics Report
This monthly Norwood Fire Department report is brief enough that we can publish it in its entirety, though we do format it a little differently from the original:
A. Total of emergency responses for the month of July = 338
Medic Runs = 254
Fire Runs = 12 w/breakdown
Average Response Time on Runs = 3 minutes, 4 seconds (city-wide)
Number of incidents by type:
Fire Runs – 12 - (Building, Vehicle, Brush, etc.)
Overpressure, Explosion - 0
Rescue & Medic Unit Assists – 24- (lock-in, extrications, traffic accidents, etc.)
Hazardous Conditions (no fire) - 18 - (power lines down, arcing, spills, etc.)
Service Call – 6 - (smoke removal)
Good Intent – 8 - (odor of smoke, controlled burning)
False Alarms – 26 - (false alarms, system malfunctions, smoke detector activated, etc.)
Special Incident - 0
B. Fire Hydrant Activity
City Hydrants checked for leaks - 489
City-owned hydrants Out of Service & require repair/replacement - 18
C. Total Bureau of Fire Safety Inspections/Activities w/Breakdown = 461
1.) Bureau of Fire Safety Activities and Number of Activities:
Total Inspections – 90 - (residential, schools, churches, businesses)
Total Violations – issued 127
Total Violations – corrected 180
Total Block Inspections – 0 - (Unit #1, Unit #2, Unit #3 – Rental & multi-family)
Additional Activities - 64
2.) Breakdown of Fire Division Events:
Cornerstone Christmas Lunch
Southwest Ohio Code Official Meeting
Hamilton County Accountability Committee Meeting
Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Meetings
Eastern Fire Chief’s Meeting
Siemens’ Grand Opening
Civil Service test for firefighter
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Cincinnati Show Choir holding auditions in Norwood
While talking to Mr. Imhausen, we discovered the Cincinnati Show Choir was the multi-talented group that delighted everyone at the Norwood Historical Society’s Holiday Open House three years ago. They not only sang supremely, they also moved to the music with choreography that added just the right punch to their performance. Among their engagements this past Christmas season, they performed for the Norwood Business and Professional Women’s Club as well as in the Aronoff Center’s lobby prior to performances of The Nutcracker.
Mr. Imhausen told us the choir currently has 12 members. He hopes the auditions will add 8 more so that each singing part - soprano, alto, tenor, and bass - will have 5 members. The choreography can be taught, so people trying out don’t have to have a dance background. In fact, for the auditions, everyone will learn part of a song and a portion of the choreography, then try out together after some practice. Following the auditions, the choir will set to work perfecting their 2008 show, which will include music from the 1950’s and 1960’s, plus tunes like “Over the Rainbow,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” and “Ease on Down the Road” (from The Wiz). Rehearsals will be at Grace Church on Sunday’s at 7:00 p.m.
When: 6:30 pm on Sunday, March 2 and Sunday, March 9
Where: Grace Church, 2221 Slane Ave. Directions here.
Who: Singers who are high school graduates, ages 18 to approximately 35.
Contact: Call Chester Imhausen at 633-6411 to get on the audition list.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Text of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech
“I Have a Dream”
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
Monday, February 18, 2008
XU students giving tax assistance to low income, elderly taxpayers
We just received the following press release from Xavier’s Public Relations Office announcing free basic Federal and State income tax assistance to low income and elderly taxpayers in Norwood, Evanston, and Avondale. Be sure to pass this information along to anyone you know who could benefit from this free service:
TAX SEASON IS HERE!
XAVIER ACCOUNTING STUDENTS CAN HELP WITH TAX RETURNS
The students are offering free basic Federal and State income tax assistance to the Xavier, Norwood, Evanston, and Avondale communities through the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).
Getting help is easy. First, call 513 745-3236, to schedule an appointment. Then, bring a photo ID, your Social Security card, any tax-related forms and a copy of last year’s tax return (if possible) to the appointment. The students will set up on the second floor of the Admission Building (also known as Schott Hall) on Dana Ave. Parking is available in the Admission lot after 5:00 p.m.
Xavier alumni have also volunteered their time to assist in the review process.
January, 2008 Earnings Tax Report
Every month, John Hanrahan submits an Earnings Tax Report to council. Below is the summary information from the January report, which shows collections are off to a good start this year.
Collections thru January 2008.….………........$1,411,434.45
Collections thru January 2007.….……..…......$1,280,808.67
Increase in collections over 2007...10.20%…$ 130,625.78
Year end 2007
Net Collected 2007…….$15,397,382,38
Net Collected 2006.…….$13,532,186.61
Net Increase 2007:……..$ 1,865,195.77
Friday, February 15, 2008
Finance Committee meeting next Tuesday
Finance and Audit Committee Chairperson Chuck Barlowe has called a meeting for 6:00 p.m. next Tuesday, February 19, in Council Chambers.
1. Appointed Positions Salaries
2. Budget Analyst Position
3. Police Cruisers
4. Fire Department Pumper
5. Health Department Computer
6. Auditor’s Office Computers/Training
7. Public Works Pick Up Truck
8. Motel/Hotel Tax
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Rummage sale this Saturday
Hamilton Co. Auditor: Annual Cost by School District
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Pianist Alon Goldstein performing at X.U. this Sunday
When: Sunday, Feb. 17; 2:30 p.m.
Where: Gallagher Student Center Studio Theater; handicapped accessible; free parking
Directions: Enter the main the entrance at University Drive where the stone pillars are. Either park along University Drive or proceed to the new Gallagher Student Center on the right (by circle driveway); park below on the left.
Individual ticket prices: $19 for keyboard side; $17 for right side; Senior Citizens 60 years old & older receive $3 discount; $3 for students grade school (at least 8 years old) through college with ID.
More information: 745-3161
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
We’ve added the Norwood Historical Society to our links on the right side.
October ’07 Norwood Police call stats
Total NPD calls:
January: 2,546 = 82.1 per day = 3.42 per hour
February: 2,556 = 91.2 per day = 3.8 per hour
March: 2,927 = 94.4 per day = 3.93 per hour
April: 3,210 = 107 per day = 4.46 per hour
May: 3,341 = 107.8 per day = 4.49 per hour
June: 2907 = 93.7 per day = 3.9 per hour
July: 3163 = 102 per day = 4.25 per hour
August: 3,167 = 102 per day = 4.25 per hour
September: 2761 = 92 per day = 3.83 per hour
October: 2806 = 90.5 per day = 3.77 per hour
Below are the number of calls for some of the more serious incident categories the NPD tracks. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to format with a chart. The numbers in each category start with January ’07 and go monthly through October ’07.
Auto Accidents: 69-80-69-68-80-74-63-70-74-77
Criminal Damage: 41-32-39-53-46-45-53-41-41-37
Dom. Violence: 25-24-30-34-31-31-31-35-42-43
Traffic Stops: 248-208-324-373-466-320-622-341-207-339
Noise Complaints: 31-33-64-66-78-72-98-36-55-63
Theft/Motor Vehicle: 10-10-12-12-9-16-9-6-10-8
Rape/Attempted Rape: 1-1-1*-1*-1-2-1-1-1-1
* This number was in the “Sex/Crime” category. “Rape/Attempted Rape” category wasn’t in the report for the particular month.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Ms. Del Valle tells us there will be monthly Zumbiel video updates, plus they’re also working on a construction website for this spring that will provide information about the various projects on the campus as well as the development on the Dana/Montgomery corner. There’s still no new date for the Zumbiel implosion, but the February video should have something about it. We’ll post it as soon as it’s available.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Ham. Co. Coroner rules Mark Decator's death a homicide
Interested in finding out what the legal process is in the wake of the homicide ruling, we called the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office and spoke with Bill Ranaghan. Here are the steps he told us will follow:
1. Joe Deters will review both the Hamilton County Coronor’s report on Mr. Decator, including his autopsy, and the Norwood Police Department’s full investigation into the incident. From these, he will determine if there is evidence of a crime. If there’s no evidence of a crime, the case is closed.
2. If Mr. Deters determines there is evidence of a crime, he will assign the matter to a chief assistant in the Criminal Division of his office. That individual may talk with Norwood’s investigating police officers, find out who the witnesses are, what the potential defense is, etc.
3. From there, the chief assistant may refer the case to the Grand Jury, which may or may not indict the police officer.
Mr. Ranaghan said there’s no way to know how long the process will take if the matter winds up going before a Grand Jury.
This website has legal definitions for various types of homicides and describes the conditions under which a homicide is justifiable.
Vineyard Central hosting “Stop Human Traffiking” event
"Life is the gift of our Creator...and it should never be for sale. There is a terrible wickedness afoot in the world...and it has taken root in our own backyard. That wickedness is modern-day slavery...also known as human trafficking. What is Human Trafficking? Who are the victims of trafficking? Who are the traffickers? Where is it happening? How can our local community join the fight? We will wrestle with these questions and explore what is human trafficking and how we can join the fight...
Steven Hamilton is a member of the pastoral staff at the Central Maryland Vineyard. He is helping to facilitate an informal task force within the Vineyard to empower their fight against human trafficking. The Vineyard task force is currently in the midst of filming a documentary and will host a conference in September 2008. Steven was formerly a researcher with the Department of Homeland Security and currently works with trafficking survivors in Ukraine and the U.S."
Event: Stop human trafficking!
When: Saturday, February 16; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: St. Elizabeth’s Church (Vineyard Central) at 1757 Mills Avenue
More information: 396-7202
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Videos of COP presentation at 2/5/08 COW meeting
Below are links to most of the presentation Bill Graff, Lt. Tom Williams, Jr. and Casey Brown made to the Committee of the Whole this past Tuesday. Mr. Graff was quick to say that Citizens on Patrol would not work were it not for the support of the City’s administration. In addition to using their radios to alert police about suspicious behavior they spot on their patrols, COP volunteers are using chemicals to rid our community of graffiti. Mr. Graff displayed a notebook with photos of the graffiti by locations they've removed thus far.
Currently, there are 12 COP volunteers for city wide patrols, but more are needed. Another training class starts later this month, so if you’re at least 21 and would like to participate, call Lt. Williams at 458-4545, and he’ll have you fill out a volunteer application.
Clip 1 - Bill Graff
Clip 2 - Lt. Tom Williams
Clip 3 - Questions by council and Casey Brown
Finance Committee meeting next Monday
1. 2008 Appropriations
2. Health Department Computer
3. Fire Department Pumper**
4. Public Works Pick Up Truck
5. Police Cruisers and Budget
** For background, here’s the May, 2007 letter Lt. Cartuyvelles of the NFD wrote to council requesting a $300,000 pumper.
Just in - Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin to speak at Xavier
Corwin, host of The Jeff Corwin Experience on Animal Planet, has been working for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world since he was a teenager. Planet in Peril takes viewers on an around-the-world examination of our changing environment and has contributed to the spread of knowledge about global warming, animal extinction, and dangerous practices that are negatively affecting our planet.
Community blood drive this Friday
When: Friday, February 08, 2008; 9 am - 3 pm
Where: Norwood Health Department at 2059 Sherman Ave
Bonus: Hoxworth offers free cholesterol screening tests to all donors.
Reservations: Appointments recommended. Call 458-4600.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
According to the Enquirer, C2’ s range “is 15 feet, 10 to 20 feet shorter than the distance afforded (police) officers, and its burst lasts 30 seconds, six times as long…” The 30-second burst allows the shooter to put the Taser down “while it’s still attached to it’s target - and get away.”
We called Lt. Tom Williams, Jr. at the NPD for a little more information. He told us the C2 is a one-use only taser. While not specifically spelling that out in their article, the Enquirer implied it by stating the company will replace the taser if the shooter submits a police report documenting what happened. Lt. Williams said the reason the C2 is designed for single use is to protect the police themselves from being tased multiple times by suspects armed with C2’s. He explained that police tasers fire in 5-second bursts and can be reused multiple times until a subject is subdued. He advised that C2 owners should not tase anyone unless they feel the threat to their safety is serious. For instance, being told “I’d like to wring your neck” probably doesn’t justify tasing…unless the person is approaching with a piece of rope.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Thanks to Relayman for alerting us to this.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Bill Graff to address COW about Citizens on Patrol
1. Speaker - Bill Graff
2. Financial Planning and Management
3. Vacant Houses
4. Rental Property
5. Sexual Predators
6. Zoning Ordinance for Sherman Avenue
According to the Enquirer, “The executive board voted unanimously to name the building in their honor. Dedication of the custom-made sign will be in the spring.”