Monday, June 30, 2008
Respected Norwood Residents. I am the CEO of the corperation that owns Empire Tavern. I want to let you know that Empire Tavern will be closing in the next couple of weeks by its own will. We have put alot into trying to make Empire work but it has become obvious that it cannot exsist in the current locatation. After this occurance I and my company have lost all taste for the Tavern buisness. I hope that you and your readers will accept our apology.
Dave Proud | 06.30.08 - 8:42 am | #
End of the Empire?
It’s a given the City would prefer the second option above. At their 4/22/08 meeting, city council passed the following resolution objecting to the renewal of the Empire’s liquor permit:
RESOLUTION OF OBJECTION TO THE RENEWAL OF LIQUOR PERMIT #2714575, 50FIVE GROUP, INC., DOING BUSINESS AS “EMPIRE TAVERN”, WORTH AVENUE, NORWOOD, OHIO 45212, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Prior to the vote, a number of people spoke to council in support of the tavern, including, several employees. They talked about the owner’s efforts to improve security in order to reduce the extraordinarily high number of calls to police for fights, intoxication, etc. We remember at least one speaker suggested the place was being unfairly targeted by local authorities. Little did the supporters know that night that the Empire was the subject of a joint investigation already well underway. Council was not persuaded by their arguments, and the resolution passed.
In view of Friday night’s raid, arrests, and citations, is there any way the Empire Tavern won’t lose its liquor license?
(Thanks to Jeanette for sending this news item.)
Community blood drive at Rookwood Commons
When: Thursday, July 3; 11 am - 5 pm
Where: Bed, Bath and Boyond at 2669 Edmondson Rd.
Appointments recommended: Call 366-3532 or click here to schedule an appointment online.
Bonus: All donors will get a free T-shirt.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Citizens on Patrol: graffiti vandals’ worst nightmare
So what’s the biggest weapon in the COP arsenal? Elephant Snot, of course. What, you're like us and didn't know about the wonders of Elephant Snot and how it “penetrates deeply into concrete, cement, brick, grout, stone, virtually anything porous to dissolve and loosen all types of tags?” It removes “spray paint graffities, marker, pen, ink, crayon, shoe polish, lipstick, pencil, and most other graffiti marks and stains.” Bill Graff, Vice President of West Norwood Neighborhood Association and a founder of Citizens on Patrol, says that “while Elephant Snot is expensive at $75.00 a gallon, it really does the job on spray paint removal. COP volunteers have used it to remove graffiti that was years old after failed attempts with other products.” He advises, of course, that it’s important to read and follow all safe use instructions.
Bill says one of their recent victories was removing the 6 or 7 year-old word “SEER” from the brick apartment building at the corner of Park and Forest. But the job is much easier if it’s tackled right after the graffiti appears. In several instances lately, his team has removed graffiti within 24 to 72 hours of the offense. And now there’s a Norwood ordinance that requires property owners to remove it within five days of its appearance. Lt. Tom Williams, Jr., sponsor of COPP, encourages the public to call the NPD’s non-emergency phone # 458-4520 to report graffiti sightings. If you see someone in the act, please try to give an accurate description of the suspect. Be on the lookout for the code words “COS” and “CRUST,” which he says are starting to pop up in a number of places throughout the city.
Both Bill Graff and Lt. Williams tell us COP volunteers can advise homeowners how to best remove graffiti from their property and will even perform the task for residents like senior citizens who either unable to do it themselves and/or can’t afford $75 for removal products. Residents will be asked to sign a liability waiver for removal as well make a small donation to COPP to help defray the cost of the chemicals. Before and after photos will be taken.
To report graffiti: Call the NPD at 458-4520.
Residents who need help with removal: Call Bill Graff at 371-6977 or Lt. Williams at 458-4545.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Mayor Williams sets attendance goal for Burwood pool
Naturally, we’re all invited to swim at Burwood in support of the 60-per-day goal, but we’ve got a technical question: what exactly counts as swimming? For instance, if one feels wearing a bathing suit might frighten the children, would it count as swimming to come over in shorts, sit on the edge of the pool and dangle the feet for half an hour, or does it have be a whole-body immersion?
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Relayman asks about aluminum can theft
According to a flyer we received from the City of Norwood, removing aluminum cans from the recycling bins is illegal. Yet, once again, it's Monday night and the old guy is going down Kenilworth pulling cans out of recycling bins.
I called the dispatch center once on another gentleman, and they sent out an officer, but I'm not sure how that was handled (I doubt that an arrest was made, though, because the officer didn't actually witness the subject stealing aluminum).
What's the solution? My solution is simple: I don't put aluminum cans in the recycling bin any more. The last straw was when I saw two children, about six and eight, going through the bins.
We quickly paid a visit to the Norwood Health Department website’s Recycling page and found this:
It is illegal to remove items from recycling bins, either on private property or at the curb. The City of Norwood receives grant funds to increase recycling based on the amount recycled, so taking items from residents’ recycling bins is just like stealing from the city. It is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a $1000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
Next, we spoke with the NPD’s Lt. Tom Williams, Jr., and he told us, “Residents should immediately call the police non-emergency number 458-4520 every time they see someone illegally removing items from recycling bins. It’s not illegal, however, for people to remove items from regular garbage cans. Although the responding officer does have discretion not to arrest, say, a first time offender, perhaps someone who claims not to know about the ordinance, the police do need a record of each infraction in the event there‘s a second offense.” Lt. Williams also said it’s extremely helpful if the witness can provide a sworn affidavit about the incident in case the police aren’t able to catch the crime in progress.
The City of Norwood is paid by the ton for what we recycle, so it costs every time items are stolen from the bins. Lt. Williams pointed out that aluminum cans are increasing in value, so we may see more and more thieves on the prowl for them. If that’s the case, Relayman’s last question may not be farfetched: do we need bins that lock and only Rumpke can open them?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Just in: Mike Gabbard says Relay for a Life a huge success
I wanted to say THANK YOU again for all your help in getting the word out about the Relay For Life.
This year we raised $64,000.00 and had about 800 participants. The night was full of fun for all ages. Ken Broo, Sports Director for Ch.5 News, was on site and broadcast his sports segment live from the Relay. His wife Jackie also spoke and shared her story of "taking control of your own health" at the survivor dinner. Speaking of the survivor dinner, we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Betta's Restaurant for providing the dinner for all our survivors. Owner Willie DeLuca provided the dinner in memory of his father Roger DeLuca, who passed away from cancer. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Willie.
We look forward to this event event again next June and hope to have even more people come join in the fun. Besides raising money our goal was to raise awareness and that was accomplished with your help. Thank you, CBN.
Mike "Gabby" Gabbard
Clases de español en Norwood Service League
There will be two 10-week sessions, one in the morning and one late afternoon. There need to be at least 5 students enrolled per class in order for the classes to proceed:
1. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m. starting July 7
2. Every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. starting July 10
At this point, Lupe tells us, both the fee and length of each class are open-ended because Elba wants to know if adult learners want a 1 hr., 1.5 hr. or a 2 hr. class each Monday or Thursday. The length of time AND how many students are enrolled determine the individual weekly fee. So, a 1.5 hr class with 5 students would cost $15 while a 2 hr. class with 5 students would cost $20. The more students in the class, the less cost per student. Materials are developed and provided by Elba Madison.
Anyone who is interested in this opportunity should call Norwood Service League as soon as possible at 924-1200 to place your name their Spanish Language Class list. As Lupe says, “This class will help with your job and broaden your interaction with more people in the community.”
Monday, June 23, 2008
Al-Yanna belly dancers at Norwood Library this Saturday!
When: Saturday, June 28, 2008; 11 a.m.
Where: Norwood Branch Library, 4325 Montgomery Rd.
Who’s invited: all ages
More information: 369-6037
Two other great programs this week at the Norwood Library:
1. Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m.; Storybook Puppeteers for ages 3-12
2. Thursday, June 26, at 2:00 p.m.; Stage Combat (with Amazing Portable Circus!) for ages 12-18
Low interest HIP Program loans reinstated
- No Income Restrictions or limits (must be able to meet bank's credit requirements)
- Loans capped at $50,000
- For one-family, or two-family, and commercial properties valued up to $350,000 (based on - Hamilton County Auditor's appraisal)
- Owner-occupied and investment dwellings
- No property value limit on multi-family dwellings (three or more units)
- Loans can be used for alteration, repair, maintenance or improvement
- Can also be used for code violation compliance and property upgrades
Friday, June 20, 2008
Stretch your grocery budget at Norwood Nazarene Church!
With the price of food skyrocketing, this incredible, community wide, grocery-savings event on July 26th, hosted by Norwood Church of the Nazarene, is definitely right on time. Deb Robinson, a member of the church, told us the church is one of many teaming up with Angel Food Ministries in a national program that delivers quality food packages to all the host churches at a greatly discounted price. She explained that “the food is not seconds, dented, or day old. There is a cost of $30/per box, which is supposed to feed a family of four for about a week. There are also 3 meat/poultry and 1 veggie/fruit add-on specials ranging in price from $16 to $20 each. It’s a great program to help families stretch their food budgets. There are no income guidelines, so ANYONE can order. Food stamps are also accepted."
Incredibly, you pay only $30 for the following items worth $60 to $75:
40 oz. Marie Callender’s® Family Crock Pot Dinner (Meat Included)
1.5 lb. Boneless Pork Filet
5 lb. Breaded Chicken Chunks
1.5 lb. Meaty Beef Ribs
28 oz. Meatloaf and Gravy
1 lb. Beef Fajitas
1 lb. Fully Cooked Meatballs
1 lb. All Meat Hot Dogs
1 lb. Broccoli
1 lb. Peas and Carrots
28 oz. Pasta Sauce
1 lb. Pasta
32 oz. Borden 2% Reduced Fat Shelf Stable Milk
32 oz. Hawaiian Punch
12 ct. Corn Tortillas
7 oz. Blueberry Muffin Mix
1 Dozen Eggs
1 Dessert Item
Click here to see the menus, including the 4 specials, ordering instructions, and the order form, which must be submitted with payment (except for food stamp recipients) by Sunday, July 13, to Norwood Church of the Nazarene, 4424 Floral Avenue, 45212. You can either mail the form with your payment or drop both off at the church any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 9:00 a.m. and noon before the July 13 deadline. After that, all you have to do is pick up your order at the church on Saturday, July 26, between 1 and 2 p.m.
If you have questions, call the church at 531-7585 or email Pastor Tim Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our thanks to Deb Robinson for letting us help spread the word about this great event and to Norwood Church of the Nazarene for helping community members save on our groceries!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
A perfect day for NSL’s Open House and Building Dedication
Among this morning’s Open House attendees were Harriet Arnold, who began volunteering at Norwood Service League 60 years ago; former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery who is currently the CEO and President of Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati which provides funding to NSL; Councilperson Mike Gabbard; Kevin Raines, pastor of Vineyard Central Church; Casey Brown with the Norwood Fireworks Committee; and Mayor Tom Williams and Mrs. Williams.
Liz Wenker, Board Chair of Norwood Service League, welcomed about thirty guests to the outdoor Building Dedication Ceremony, followed by Mayor Williams reading the “Norwood Service League Day” proclamation. Next, Executive Director Lupe Gonzales Hoyt unveiled the Graff Building plaque and made the official dedication. After some modest remarks by both Bill and Vivian Graff praising others for all their help, Pastor Jerry E. Jones of the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church offered the Dedication Prayer.
The Open House goes until 3:00 p.m. today, so stop by if you can and enjoy the festivities.
May, 2008 Earnings Tax Report
Below is the summary information from the Earnings Tax Department‘s May Report. This 1st Quarter report showed a YTD increase of 13.6% over the 1st Quarter of 2007. Collections for last month show a significantly smaller increase over May ’07, which prompted Councilpersons Joe Sanker and Keith Moore to make some remarks about it at last week’s council meeting. Essentially, they said the days of 8-15% increases may well be things of the past, but that 4% increases in earnings taxes are still the envy of many other municipalities.
Collections thru May 2008.….……….....….......$7,121, 308.98
Collections thru May 2007.….……..….............$6,838,455.01
Increase in collections over 2007.....4.14%..….$ 282,853.97
When: Saturday, June 21 from 10: 00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: CVS Pharmacy, 5229 Montgomery Road
Cost: Make a donation
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
2008 4th of July Hometown Fireworks at Shea Stadium
There’s another great addition to this year’s program, and this is really, really fantastic for our young people. The Fireworks Committee had an essay contest through Norwood High School on the subject of “What do the fireworks symbolize on the 4th of July?” Committee member Casey Brown tells us Stacha Hof wrote the winning essay, and Sarah Watson was the runner up. Stacha will be presented a cash prize of $300, and Sarah will receive $200. Also, Stacha’s essay will be printed in the fireworks’ program, and we’ll publish it here at a later date. Congratulations to these two gifted essayists!
When: Friday, July 4, 6:30 p.m. ‘til after the fireworks at dusk
Where: Shea Stadium, 2603 Harris Avenue
122nd Army Band Concert: Starts at 8:00 p.m.
Food and beverages: Athletic Boosters and the Boy Scouts will have separate booths.
Fun extras: There will games and different fun things for the kids to do before the fireworks start, plus B-105.1 FM Country Radio will be on hand.
Master of Ceremonies: Steve Thornbury
More information: 731-4287
The Fireworks Committee has created a terrific poster to promote the event and is looking for businesses, churches, and other organizations to place them. If you can help, call Casey Brown at 396-6683 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Cincinnati Reds’ summer baseball camps at Shea Stadium
Three camps at Shea Stadium:
1. Little Red Champions: For boys & girls ages 5-6, covering all the basics - $129
2. Reds Prospects: Ages 7-9, for the beginning player - $149
3. Reds Veterans: Ages 10-14, for the more experienced and competitive player - $149
Camp sessions run for three hours, with ages 5-9 starting at 9 a.m. and ages 10-14 camp starting at 1 p.m.
The cost includes:
Two tickets to a Reds Home Game
1 Ticket to Red’s Hall of Fame
Reds Summer Camp Hat and T-shirt
Summer Camp Graduation Certificate
Click here to enroll and pay online or call 247-9511.
Red light cameras - is it time?
Is it time for red light cameras in Norwood? Cincinnati is struggling with the issue with City Council supporting the move for the protection of the community and with COAST and the NAACP opposing the issue on the side that cameras are intrusive, cause more accidents, increase insurance rates and would scare people from downtown.
Red light cameras are automatic systems that take pictures of cars that run red lights. A citation and usually a picture is sent to the owner of the car. These camera systems are more often than not monitored and maintained by a private company receiving a portion of the money generated by the tickets at no cost to the community.
Of the many down sides to the system, a person is considered guilty and must prove his/her innocence. The cameras may tend to increase the number of accidents because people slam on there breaks when they see that they may be caught by the camera. In addition, there is a big brother feel to the cameras as you can see on YouTube. A camera in Hartford, Connecticut caught a hit and run incident where an elderly man was left in the street and was passed by a number of people with no one coming to his aid.
Why red light cameras? Norwood is a city of pedestrians. In our town, people walk to school, the store, church, the bar, with their dogs, and to our parks and pools. Cars that run red lights are a clear danger not only to other cars but also to those pedestrians. With the ever higher gas prices, we are bound to see more and more walkers.
Having personally witnessed a number of drivers just blow through red lights while other cars patiently waited, I can see that it will not be long before we will have to deal with the tragedy of the situation. That our police can only do so much and cannot be everywhere at the same time may need to be a factor in our decision.
So, is it time for red light cameras or are there other solutions? Do we need to increase police presence at major intersections, drawing them away from their current patrols? Hire more police, which will increase our taxes or draw money from other services like the fire department? While having heard the arguments against red lights cameras, I have not heard COAST or the NAACP come up with solutions to the problem. We can always do nothing and just pray that our family, friends and neighbors do not become the victims. Prayer is good; just make sure you include the atheists and the agnostics. They have kids, too.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Open House at Norwood Service League this Thursday
Norwood Service League is a community-based social service agency helping people in crisis in Norwood, and helping to move them toward self-sufficiency. A staff of trained professionals carry out the work of anti-poverty, job preparation, information and referral. NSL is a Community Rep for Hamilton County Food Stamp Program. We partner with Great Oaks Vocational for our adult education program, The Center for Closing the Health Gap for our health initiative, the Norwood Community Coalition for asset building initiative, and Abriendo Puertas-ASAP Center.
Lupe A. Gonzalez Hoyt
Norwood Service League
When: every Monday for 10 weeks starting July 7; 3 to 5 p.m.
Where: TriHealth Senior Link at 4750 Wesley Avenue
Cost: $40 for each 2-week class includes Student Manuals
Contact: Judy Oberton of ezPC Training at (513) 706-0916 or visit their website at www.ezpctrain.com.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tree Board’s Rene Dierker speaking at WNNA meeting
When: Tuesday, June 17; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Community Center, 1810 Courtland Avenue
The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life-Norwood is only 7 days away. It starts next Friday June 20th, at Shea Stadium.
* Opening Ceremonies begin at 6 pm with the Survivor Lap & Survivor Dinner to follow.
* Calling ALL Cancer Survivors...please come down and be our honored guest. Free t-shirt, dinner and gift.
* Luminary Ceremony begins at 9 pm. This is a very heartwarming ceremony. All the names on the luminary bags that encircle the track will be read aloud.
* Luminary bags can be bought in honor of a survivor or in memory of someone who you've lost.
* Stop by anytime between 6pm Friday thru noon on Saturday. It's 18 hours of Celebrating, Remembering and Fighting Back.
* A LOT OF FUN for all ages. Very family oriented event
* GREAT EVENT with GREAT FUN all for a GREAT CAUSE!!!
If you would like to make a donation to the Relay please make checks payable to:
American Cancer Society
Mail checks to:
Relay For Life
4631 Carter Ave.
Norwood, Oh. 45212
Call Michael "Gabby" Gabbard with any questions at 200-6846
Hope to see you there!!!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
6/12/08, 8:25 a.m. UPDATE: Quatman's has pulled ahead of Zip's! Yesterday morning when we posted this, Quatman's was in 2nd place with 23% of the vote, and Zip's had 28%. Less than 24 hours later, Quatman's is 27% vs. Zip's 26%. Keep voting, everybody!
April 08 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 just a little differently from the original:
A. Total of emergency responses for the month of April = 375
Medic Runs = 290
Fire Runs = 18 w/breakdown
Average Response Time on Runs = 2 minutes, 56 seconds (city-wide)
Number of incidents by type:
Fire Runs – 18 - (Building, Vehicle, Brush, etc.)
Overpressure, Explosion - 0
Rescue & Medic Unit Assists – 21 - (lock-in, extrications, traffic accidents, etc.)
Hazardous Conditions (no fire) - 15 - (power lines down, arcing, spills, etc.)
Service Call – 4 - (smoke removal)
Good Intent – 4 - (odor of smoke, controlled burning)
False Alarms – 23 - (false alarms, system malfunctions, smoke detector activated, etc.)
Special Incident - 0
B. Fire Hydrant Activity
Spring Service Program started in April: flow and lubricate hydrants
C. Bureau of Fire Safety Activities = 719
Total Inspections – 141 - (residential, schools, churches, businesses)
Total Violations – issued 186
Total Violations – corrected 286
Total Block Inspections – 6 - (Unit #1, Unit #2, Unit #3 – Rental & multi-family)
Additional Activities - 100
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
10th Annual Rolling Thunder POW/MIA Awareness Run
When: Saturday, June 28
Ride starts: 12:00 noon at the Harley Davidson Store , 1799 Tennessee Ave. Assemble on the side street, Transpark Dr.
Ride ends: 1:00 p.m. with a brief memorial service at Victory Park, Montgomery Rd. at Mills Ave.
More information: Call Jerry Owens at 531-2848
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
99 swimmers at Burwood pool, but who’s counting?
“We have just enjoyed our first full week at Burwood. The first day, it took a while for the pool to get open (inspections and such), and the next two days it stormed, but this past Thursday was great, and today we had our Opening Day picnic. We served more than a hundred hotdogs! Also, Thursday, today, and for the next 2 days (yes, we actually get to swim this weekend!) Burwood will be open until 7:00 pm. Of course, when Waterworks opens, we have to go back to the normal hours. Thursday we counted 99 swimmers!!”
Click here to see photos of the kids enjoying the pool.
Ordinance to purchase new $382,541 Seagrave pumper
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE SAFETY TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH HORTON EMERGENCY VEHICLES UNDER THE STATE BID PURCHASE PROGRAM FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE (1) MODEL YEAR 2008 SEAGRAVE MARAUDER II PUMPER OUTFITTED WITH THE PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT FOR USE BY THE NORWOOD FIRE DIVISION, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
WHEREAS, the City of Norwood requires a replacement fire apparatus to continue to serve its citizens, businesses, and employees in the performance of their duties; now therefore,
BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Norwood, State of Ohio:
SECTION 1. That the Director of Public Service Safety is hereby authorized to enter into a contract under the State Bid Purchase Program, in accordance with specifications on file in the office of the Director of Public Service Safety, for the purchase of one 2008 Seagrave Marauder II pumper outfitted with the proper safety equipment for use by the Norwood Fire Division.
SECTION 2. That the City Auditor is hereby authorized to draw and the City Treasurer authorized to pay warrants in the amount of THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY TWO THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY ONE DOLLARS AND NO CENTS ($382,541.00) plus interest not to exceed 8% for the purchase of the aforementioned vehicle out of the FUND 98 - FIXED ASSETS.
SECTION 3. The Auditor is hereby authorized to execute, on behalf of the City, any and all financing agreements to obtain financing for the purchase of the aforementioned vehicle.
SECTION 4. This ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency ordinance and a measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety and general welfare and shall go into effect forthwith. The reason for said emergency is the necessity to proceed forthwith.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Councilperson Steve Thornbury launches Ward 2 Website
“The Ward 2 website has been designed to give residents a resource for news and information that affects our ward and the City of Norwood in general. It includes a calendar that we’ll try to keep updated with current events. Please feel free to send any information you have about the ward or the city that you’d like to see added to the calendar. You can also use the site to alert me to any concerns you might have on any subject related to the city services.”
We think a ward website is definitely an idea whose time has come, and we congratulate Mr. Thornbury for blazing the trail. Norwood Ward 2 has been added to our links on the right hand side, another great addition to our growing online community!
Farmers markets at Whole Foods Markets in Norwood
Where: Whole Foods Market at Rookwood Commons, 2693 Edmondson Road
Hours: 4 to 7 p.m.
Dates (all Tuesday’s): June 10 and 24; July 8 and 22; August 12 and 26; September 9 and 23
More Information: 531-8015
Related story: Friday’s Business Courier reported that Whole Foods Market, based in Austin, Texas, has recalled fresh Roma and large field-grown round tomatoes at all its stores following a salmonella outbreak linked to eating uncooked tomatoes. Texas health officials found 21 confirmed cases of salmonella since mid-April and believe raw tomatoes are the likely source. Yesterday, we noted the Norwood Kroger’s has also pulled Roma tomatoes off the shelf and is selling only the vine-attached variety.
How to find the cheapest gas in and near Norwood
Friday, June 06, 2008
Health Fair at Norwood Presbyterian Church
When: Monday, June 16 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Norwood Presbyterian Church, 4400 Floral Avenue @ corner of Washington Ave.
More information: 531-1546
1. Height & weight measurement
2. Blood pressure check
3, Blood screening (sugar, cholesterol, hemoglobin)
4. Vision check
5. Dental screening
6. Hearing check
7. Information about health related topics
8. Every person will receive a free health kit at the conclusion of the screening (shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.).
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Calling all 12-18 year olds: take the TeenTube Challenge!
Click here for the complete details on how TeenTube Challenge works. And thank you, Cathy, for sending us all the info for our readers.
When: Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Joseph Beth at Rookwood Pavilion
Line letters are required and are available with book purchase.
More information: 396-8960
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Section 8 density: how does Norwood compare?
But how many is too many? Compared to other communities listed on this Assisted Housing by Neighborhood spreadsheet, Norwood’s Section 8 stats look relatively low. With regard to D. and F. in the figures below, the Dean asked Kelly Kramer from CHMA the following question: “Am I correct in thinking that columns D and F indicate the percentage of rentals and houses that are section 8 as compared to the neighborhood’s total stock of rental and housing units?” She replied, “Yes, your thinking on columns D and F is correct.” She also said: “We only update our list of assisted housing divided by neighborhood twice a year. The last one was completed in February.”
B. Total Assisted Units in Neighborhood: 242
C. Rental Units in Norwood: 4,499
D. Assisted Units as %of Total Rentals: 5.38%
E. Housing Units in Norwood: 10,044
F. Assisted Units as % of Total Units: 2.41%
G. Housing Choice Voucher: 212
H. Project-Based Section 8: 8
I. MOD: 0
J. CMHA Public Housing: 18
K. Affording Housing: 4
Using data the Dean pulled from the spreadsheet and some we collected, too, here’s how Norwood’s D. and F. figures compare with the following communities:
Assisted Units as %of Total Rentals: 5.38%
Assisted Units as % of Total Units: 2.41%
Assisted Units as % of Total Rentals: 34.08%
Assisted Units as % of Total Units: 13.82
Assisted Units as % of Total Rentals: 26.83%
Assisted Units as % of Total Units: 11.14%
Assisted Units as % of Total Rentals: 9.84%
Assisted Units as % of total Units: 5.19%
Assisted Units as % of Total Rentals: 11.10%
Assisted Units as % of Total Units: 6.27%
Assisted Units as % of Total Rentals: 24.45%
Assisted Units as % of Total Units: 14.36%
Assisted Units as % of Total Rentals: 18.13%
Assisted Units as % of Total Units: 6.59%
Assisted Units as % of Total Rentals: 14.77%
Assisted Units as % of Total Units: 6.60%
Assisted Units as % of Total Rentals: 22.78%
Assisted Units as % of total Units: 9.08%
How Operation: Splash! gets needy kids swimming
Operation: Splash! was established by David Bientz when he was on the Recreation Commission about 7 or 8 years ago. Last year, Norwood Service League helped to raise funds for this account at Wright-Patt Credit Union for families that can not afford to purchase a $30 pass for their child. Once again, we are beating the drum to raise funds on behalf of our needy children.
Operation: Splash! works this way: A needy family contacts the Norwood Recreation Commission office requesting free swim passes. They are referred to Norwood Service League to screen household income, proof of residency, verify need with a signed form from NSL. They take the NSL form back to the NRC office and receive the requested swim pass. The dollars come from an account set up at Wright-Patt and every penny goes directly to helping our kids swim this summer.
My hope is Citizens for a Better Norwood’s blog readers will consider donating generously to Operation: Splash! If anyone has questions, please call Norwood Service League at 924-1200.
Norwood Service League is a 501 (3)(c) charity, and all donations are tax deductible. Wright-Patt is the fiscal agent working with Norwood Recreation Commission in overseeing donations received. Send your donation to:
C/o Wright-Patt Credit Union
4560 Lafayette Ave.
Norwood, OH 45212
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Surrey Square update at Keepin’ It REAL Estate
Monday, June 02, 2008
This past Friday, Ms. Burton underwent a mastectomy. The staff at Norwood View raised more than $1,000 to help pay for house cleaning or anything else she and her family need during her recovery. They and family members organized a calendar to deliver food to her Deer Park home. "We could never repay her for all she's done," said Sandra White, principal at View. "She's just that once-in-a-lifetime person that you're able to meet that does so much for others."
Norwood City Schools Place Three New Principals
Superintendent Steve Collier announced three personnel changes in the Middle and High School. Brad Winterod, principal of Sharpsburg Elementary, will become the new principal of Norwood High School. Kathy (Shelby) Sabo will become principal of the Middle School. Mark Gabbard, a social studies teacher at the middle school, will become assistant principal of the Middle School.