Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, April 30, 2010

Backyard Compost Bin Sale for Hamilton Co. residents only

Saturday, May 8, 2010

9 am - 2 pm
Cash, Check, VISA, Mastercard, or Discover are accepted.
Checks are payable to Norseman Plastics.


Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
3520 Central Parkway (Enter off Ludlow Avenue - parking lot C)
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

Princeton High School
11080 Chester Road (Enter parking lot across from school)
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

The Earth Machine Compost Bin will be sold for $35 (retail price is $100). Also available will be Compost Turners ($15) and Kitchen Scrap Pails ($7). First come, first served; quantities are limited/ The Earth Machine's dimensions are 33" X 33" and has an 80 gallon capacity.

Residents are able to purchase more than one bin but quantities are limited. There will be 1,000 compost bins available at each location and the District is not able to issue rain checks. The sale will end promptly at 2 pm. If you are unable to participate in the sale, click here for local retailers that sell compost bins.

Composting experts will be available to answer questions.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

March 2010 NFD Activities and Statistics Report

A monthly feature

A. Total of emergency responses for the month of February = 364

Medic Runs = 273
Fire Runs = 10 (Building, Brush, etc.)
Average Response Time on Runs = 2 minutes, 54 seconds (city-wide)

Number of incidents by type:
Fire Runs – 1 - (Building, Brush, etc.)
Overpressure, Explosion - 1
Rescue & Medic Unit Assists – 40 - (lock-in, extrications, traffic accidents, etc.)
Hazardous Conditions (no fire) -7 - (power lines down, arcing, spills, etc.)
Service Call - 7 - (smoke removal)
Good Intent - 4 - (odor of smoke, controlled burning)
False Alarms – 23 - (false alarms, system malfunctions, smoke detector activated, etc.)
Severe Weather - 0
Special Incident - 0

B. Fire Hydrant Activity
Strapped hydrants. Pumped as needed - 260

C. Bureau of Fire Safety Activities = 983
Total Inspections – 261 - (residential, schools, churches, businesses)
Total Violations – issued 335
Total Violations – corrected 301
Referrals to Health and Building Depts. - 6
Additional Activities - 80

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Norwood skinhead arrested in brutal beating of homeless man

According to the Enquirer, Michael Hesson, 24 of Norwood, and 3 Army members have been charged with felonious assault for brutally beating a homeless man with a with pipes and bats. Hesson and 1 of the Army members have been arrested; warrants are out for the other 2. After a night of drinking, the 4 men decided they wanted to beat up a homeless man believing they would be less likely to be caught. However, the victim, John Johnson, 52, went public about the attack 2 weeks later, and that resulted in police receiving tips from the public that led to the arrests. Mr. Johson said that during the beating, his attackers called him a “bum, lazy, no good” and that he should get a job.

Michael Hesson reportedly told the police the 4 suspects are skinheads, though he is “a skinhead because of the fashion statement, but he’s not violent like some others associated with the skinhead movement.” He's not violent? We're speechless.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Baseball-themed Norwood Republican Club meeting tonight

Everyone is invited to attend tonight’s 7:30 p.m. Republican Club meeting at the Community Center at 1810 Courtland Avenue. Guest speaker Rodney Rodgers with the Norwood Historical Society will be talking about the Norwood Highlanders Baseball Team. Wearing baseball caps, jerseys, and other baseball-themed clothing is encouraged. Hot dogs, peanuts, and popcorn will be provided.

Norwood man 1 of 2 indicted in fatal hit and run crash

The Enquirer is reporting that Rlela Potter, 24, of Oakley, and her boyfriend Adam Jones, 28, of Norwood, were indicted Friday by a Hamilton County grand jury in connection with the hit and run crash that killed Norwood resident Luis A. Urbina, 74. Police say Rlela Potter was driving a van at about 7:15 p.m. on February 24 when she hit Mr. Urbina at the corner of Park Avenue and Linden Street. She is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. Adam Jones is charged with tempering with evidence and obstruction of justice for wiping evidence from the vehicle. Potter faces up to 10 years in prison, and Jones faces up to 6 years. Warrants have been issued for their arrests.

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Tuesday, April 27th
Preschool Storytime
6:30 p.m., Ages 3-6

Wednesday, April 28th
Preschool Storytime
11:30 a.m., Ages 3-6

For more information, call 369-6037.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mammogram screenings at Health Department May 14

2059 Sherman Avenue

*Covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies under the following guidelines: Ages 35-40 Baseline Screening,
Over 40 an annual screening

CALL 513-956-3729

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Highlights of Norwood Orchestra’s Chicago performance & tour

Guest blog by Allison Craig

The Norwood Orchestra just returned from an exciting performance in Chicago, IL! April 16-18, the orchestra participated in a music clinic at Elmhurst College and performed for people from all over the world at the Field Museum. We also learned about the history of Chicago on the lake and river boat tour and saw how much the city of Chicago values the fine arts through the parks they have such as Millennium Park. One of the highlights was attending a performance of the Blue Man Group. In addition to the cultural aspects of our trip, we spent time on the Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place, the John Hancock building observation deck and Navy Pier.

The group of students who performed and participated in this trip received several compliments. Our clinician at Elmhurst College complimented the posture and playing technique of the orchestra as well as their ability to perform difficult dynamic contrasts. During our performance at the Field Museum, several audience members commented on how professional the orchestra looks and sounds, and one even called home to let a friend hear us play! Also, the architectural tour guide gave us a huge compliment stating that Norwood’s student group ranks in her top 10 school ever (in terms of respect, behavior etc). Norwood should be very proud of this group of fine students, I know I am!

Allison Craig
Strings Specialist, Director of Orchestras
Norwood City Schools

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

March 2010 Earnings Tax Report

A monthly feature

Last month, earnings taxes were down 3.81% ($97,448.51) from February 2009. This month shows another decrease.

Individual………….$ 123,011.02
Business……………..$ 57,241.81
Withholding……….$ 943,153.39

Collections thru March 2010….……….....…...........$3,678,907.84
Collections thru March 2009...............................$3,872,705.37
5.25% decrease in collections over 2009.………………$ (193,797.53)

Salvation Army offering $10 coupons for clothing donations

Take your used clothing to an area Salvation Army store, including the one in Norwood at 2250 Park Avenue, before May 31st and you will receive a $10 outlet store coupon. The coupon can be redeemed at either the Van Heusen, Izon, or Bass Shoe outlet store at the Premium Outlets in Monroe, Ohio. You can also claim the donation on your taxes. Click here for more information about the offer.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wanted: public input on draft of Disturbing the Peace Ordinance

Guest blog by Casey Brown

My name is Casey Brown and I am the Clerk of Council for the City of Norwood. Council has recently discussed at their Committee of the Whole Ordinance 509.09, entitled Disturbing the Peace. With input from citizens and all council members, they have totally re-written this section of Norwood Ordinances. Council had the first reading of this ordinance on April 13th. That action allows for time for residents to comment on the content of the ordinance.

Council would like your input on this draft ordinance, as it affects all residents. Click here to read the entire re-written ordinance, posted as council is considering it, on the City of Norwood’s website, Norwood City Council online, under the Ordinances link, or click here if you would like to read a paragraph by paragraph comparison of the current vs. the proposed ordinance. You can also stop in to the Clerk of Council’s office from 8:30-3:00, or call Caroline Schirmer at 458-4594 to obtain a copy of this draft ordinance.

Please send your comments to the Clerk of Council office via email at or you may contact your councilperson directly on the City of Norwood's website, Norwood City Council Online page, "Contact Council" link. A link to the city website is provided in the right hand margin of this CBN blog. Please comment, if you would like to, as soon as possible; council may be considering this ordinance for its final reading by their first Tuesday meeting in May.

Casey Brown
Clerk of Council
City of Norwood

Finance & Audit Committee meeting today

The Finance and Audit Committee of City Council is meeting at 7:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers at City Hall to discuss the following 4 agenda items:

1. Street Repair and Improvement Funding.
2. Financial Status of the City.
3. Request from Norwood Recreation Commission for a new ID system.
4. Letter from Police Chief William Schlie regarding CIS cars.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation’s “Forget-Me-Knot” Walk, Festival & Corn Hole Tournament

On Saturday, May 8, the Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation will hold its Fourth Annual “Forget-Me-Knot” Walk in Norwood, beginning on Lafayette Avenue behind Surrey Square proceeding on to Floral Avenue. This important community event is the Foundation’s major fundraiser for the year. The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation is established to fulfill a small boy's (Caleb) request made during a heart-wrenching battle with bone cancer that he "not be forgotten". It is his family's desire to honor this request to “not be forgotten” and preserve Caleb's memory. Through commemoration of his steadfast love for God and family and relentless passion for life and learning, the family strives to preserve Caleb’s memory by serving the spiritual, social and educational needs of other children in the community.

The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation works to create new educational enrichment programs and support existing programs for children in Norwood and surrounding communities. The Foundation helps provide funds as needed for children to participate in programs that promote Christian values and education, academic excellence, health education, literacy, music and fine arts, as well as multicultural, social and special needs awareness.

Proceeds from the 2010 five mile “Forget-Me-Knot” Walk, Festival, and Corn Hole Tournament will provide funding for local programs available to all kids in our community. Dr. Joyce McDowell, the Foundation’s Community Liaison, says that the Foundation plans to continue to provide scholarships for kids to attend Cornerstone Christian Academy here in Norwood in addition to providing a limited number of book scholarships to college bound seniors at other schools including Norwood High School. We plan to again host a Mad Cap Puppet show this summer and Mad Science event this fall both free to all kids in the community. We would also like to host Money Matters, a ten week financial literacy program for kids and provide support for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital through their StarShine Hospice Program and the Darkness To Light child abuse prevention program.

Dr. McDowell says the Foundation hopes that Norwood will embrace this event and she encourages everyone to participate or volunteer to help with the “Forget-Me-Knot” Walk, “Forget-Me-Knot” Festival and Corn Hole Tournament. She says individuals are asked to pre-register online or down load a registration form for the walk or Corn Hole Tournament and mail it in. Donation Sponsor sheets can also be downloaded to help raise money for your walk.

Registration will also be available on the day of the event at 8:00 a.m. prior to the opening ceremony at 9:00 a.m. . This will be at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Lafayette Avenue. According to Dr. McDowell, there will be a Memorial Balloon Launch facilitated by StarShine Hospice of Cincinnati Children’s hospital. Then a cook-out lunch free to all those registered for the walk. One block of Lafayette Avenue will be blocked off for the “Forget-Me-Knot” Festival with a Bid & Buy, Corn Hole Tournament, Guitar Hero, Fire Safety Hazard House and oodles of Carnival Games and fun. Landlords, please take note that Charles Russ, Norwood Building Department inspector has issued a special challenge to all Norwood landlords to give him their best shot at the dunk tank. But don’t worry, landlords. He will be blind folded so you can remain anonymous.

As an added incentive, for every $10 donation made, contributors will receive an opportunity to win a free netbook. There will be a special drawing on the day of the event from these names.

Dr. McDowell says that many people did not know Caleb and so the Foundation is encouraging them to participate in the Walk as individuals or to form teams walking in memory of someone who has been special in their life. She believes this is a wonderful way to bring the memory of a loved one to life through service to children in our community. She adds to be sure to put this person’s name on your registration form so they can be recognized in the memorial Balloon Launch at noon on May 8th. You can also post their picture on line through our website and even share their story with others.

This is a great event for our community and a very worthwhile cause. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate as a walker or as volunteer or at the afternoon festival. To find out more about the Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation or to register for the walk or the Corn Hole Tournament, go to the website at If you are a business wishing to help sponsor the event, please contact Dr. Joyce McDowell at 631-4377 or visit the website to find out how your business will be promoted at the event. It is not mandatory to register ahead of time, but we encourage everyone to do so through our website or by contacting Dr. Joyce McDowell at the phone number above.

Norwood Service League survey

Guest blog by Lupe Gonzalez-Hoyt

Norwood Service League is asking for your input on our community needs. Please go to our website at and click at the top of the home page where it says “Please take our survey”.

Hardcopies are also available for churches, civic and fraternal organizations, social groups, businesses, etc. Call Misty at 924-1200 for a packet of 50 or the quantity you need.

Thank you for your time in helping us meet the changing needs of the people of Norwood.

Lupe Gonzalez-Hoyt
Norwood Service League

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Tuesday, April 20th
Preschool Storytime
6:30 p.m., Ages 3-6

Wednesday, April 21st
Preschool Storytime
11:30 a.m., Ages 3-6

Friday, April 23rd
Make Your Own Recycled Paper
4 p.m., Ages 5-12

For more information, call 369-6037.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Reserve a plot at NEXUS Community Garden!

Plots are now available for the new NEXUS (Norwood-Evanston-Xavier Urban Sustainability) Community Garden. Click here to download the application, which is due by April 30th. If you get your reservation in before Saturday, April 24th, you can attend that day’s Garden Planting Party from 10:30 a.m. to noon when all participants are invited to plant their raised beds, and other volunteers will be there to assist.

NEXUS is located on the north side of Cleneay Avenue between the Cohen parking lot and the McGrath Health & Wellness Center on the fringe of Xavier’s campus. Contact Norwood resident Brad Rogers at or Molly Robertshaw at 745-3560 for more information.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Free Pet Health Seminars this Saturday at Norwood Kroger

Vicki Clark with the Norwood Star sent us the following announcement to share with our readers:

The Money Shop at Norwood Kroger is having two free Pet Health Seminars: Saturday, April 17th from 1:00-1:30 p.m. and 3:00-3:30 p.m. . For more information or to RSVP call 841-3935.

Learn about how preventive care and routine vet visits can save you money. Ask questions about pet insurance and how it can save you money.

A FREE Pet Gift Basket will be raffled off to those attending the seminar!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Do you want your personal information on

One of our readers alerted us to the search engine that specializes in “organizing people-related information from phone books, social networks, marketing lists, business sites, and other public sources…By searching beyond the Web, Spokeo yields much more comprehensive and targeted results than general-purpose search engines for people-related queries.” One of us immediately plugged in her name and almost just as quickly hit the lower right “privacy” button to delete her page, which contained a lot of incorrect information, including the description “not interested in politics.” Really? That’s an immediate fail. But the real issue was having so much personal information published in the first place.

Next, we searched for and found various family members, like a married nephew incorrectly identified as Asian instead of Caucasian. His two children are misnamed, and, interestingly, his wife is listed as the “decision maker.” A female friend in South Norwood is identified as male and living in a household with five members when there are only two. She’s a college graduate described as having “some college” living in a “below average” neighborhood that is roughly only 25% Caucasian. Another Norwood friend’s long time ex-wife is listed as his spouse. We doubt he and his current and former wives will be pleased about the error.

We’re pretty horrified by, and we want to thank our reader for asking us to let everyone know that pages can be deleted by hitting the privacy button.

NPD sergeant assaulted by drunk suspect in holding cell

According to the Enquirer, Norwood police picked up John Wethington, 52, of St. Bernard after they found him passed out in front of a Norwood business late Monday. Unable to walk unassisted, he was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge while intoxicated and taken to the Norwood police station where he allegedly struck Sgt. James Hicks when he tried to put him in a holding cell. Wethington was booked into the Hamilton County jail at 11:30 p.m. with an additional charge of assault on a police officer. No information was provided about Sgt. Hicks’ condition. We hope his injuries were minor and wish him a speedy recovery.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Xavier hosts 10th Annual Spring College Fair

Xavier University will host over 130 nationally-recognized universities at the 10th Annual Spring College Fair Sunday, April 25 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center on the University campus. There is no charge and visitors do not have to RSVP. Plenty of free parking is available adjacent to the Cintas Center.

All high school students and parents are invited to explore college options and speak with representatives of the more than 150 universities present. Last year more than 1,500 students and their parents attended the fair.

In addition to Xavier, representatives from other Jesuit universities including Saint Louis University and Wheeling Jesuit University will be attending. Universities that will be represented include University of Cincinnati, College of Mount Saint Joseph, University of Dayton, LeMoyne College, Michigan State University, and Miami of Ohio.

Click here for more information or directions to the Xavier University campus or call 745-3301.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Program

Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District is conducting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Program now through October 16, 2010 for all Hamilton County residents. Hazardous material such as paint, batteries, pesticides, driveways sealers can be dropped off at Clean Harbors Environmental on Spring Grove Avenue. Be sure to bring proof of Hamilton County, Ohio residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

April 10—October 16, 2010
Tuesdays: 2 p.m.—6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m.—1 p.m.
Closed the following Saturdays: May 29, July 3 and September 4

Where: Clean Harbors, 4879 Spring Grove Avenue. Cincinnati, Ohio 45232

More information: call 946-7700.

Acceptable Items:
• Pesticides/Fertilizers
• Solvents/Thinners
• Lawn/Pool Chemicals
• Cleaners
• Household/Auto Batteries
• Fire Extinguishers
• Propane Tanks
• Oil-Based Paint
• Mercury
• Fluorescent Bulbs
• Driveway Sealer
• Gasoline/Motor Oil
• Antifreeze
• Thermostats

Unacceptable Items:
• Latex Paint**
• Radioactive Materials
• Medical Waste
• Explosives/Ammunition
• Smoke Detectors
• Tires
• Yardwaste
• Garbage
• Roofing Materials
• Appliances
• Computers/Electronics
• Heating Oil or Fuel Tanks
• Unmarked Cylinders
• Fireworks/Gun Powder
• Prescription Drugs

**Latex paint is not accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff Site, since it can be thrown away with regular trash once it is in its solid form. To get latex paint in a solid form that is acceptable for trash collection, you must dry it out. Simply leave the lid off of the paint, and mix the paint with sand, saw dust or kitty litter to speed up the drying process. Once the latex paint is dry and ready for disposal, leave the lid off when you dispose of the can. That way, your waste hauler can see that the paint is dry.

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Tuesday, April 13th
Preschool Storytime
6:30 p.m., Ages 3-6

Wednesday, April 14th
Preschool Storytime
11:30 a.m., Ages 3-6

Friday, April 16th
Friday Morning Book Club
Jazz Bird
By Craig Holden
10:30 a.m.

For more information, call 369-6037.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Norwood Health Commissioner: Syphilis Outbreak in SW Ohio

Guest blog by Pamela Walker-Bauer

I realize that for most of us, discussing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is not particularly easy; but as your health commissioner, I am obligated to make the community aware of the dramatic increase in any disease that has serious consequences if left undetected and untreated. In this case, it is not a new disease like H1N1, but rather it is an old foe. Syphilis has reared its ugly head yet again.

The number of Syphilis cases reported in Southwest Ohio has increased greatly over the past two years. There were 56 cases in 2007 and 70 cases in 2008. In 2009, there were 171 cases! Public Health officials have alerted area physicians of the outbreak advising them to be more suspicious and test for this disease. Syphilis is known as “the great imitator” because the signs and symptoms of this disease are similar to many others.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease passed directly from person to person through direct contact with a Syphilis sore. Spread of the bacteria that causes Syphilis occurs during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Pregnant women can even pass on this disease to their babies. Signs and symptoms of Syphilis occur in a series of stages: primary, secondary, and late.

Symptoms in the primary stage include a sore called chancre-there can be one or several. The sores are usually painless, firm, and round. The sore will heal in 3-6 weeks without treatment. However, if not treated with antibiotics at this stage, the disease will progress to a secondary, more serious stage.

The secondary stage of Syphilis is marked by a rash on one or more areas of the body. There may also be a fever, swollen glands, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, or weight and hair loss. These symptoms will resolve even if not treated. Again if there is no treatment with antibiotics, the disease progresses to the late stage.

Late stage Syphilis may occur 10-20 years after the initial infection. This stage of the disease can be devastating. Damage occurs to the internal organs including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, liver, bones and joints. Symptoms include: paralysis, difficulty moving, numbness, blindness, and dementia. Death may even occur from the damage.

If detected early, Syphilis is easily treatable with antibiotics. Physicians can detect the disease with a simple but accurate blood test. Through an STD grant, my colleagues at the Cincinnati Health Department can provide free testing for Syphilis at the Ambrose Clement Health Center, 3101 Burnet Avenue, (513) 357-7301.

Syphilis transmission can be reduced by the use of latex condoms. But the only sure way to prevent the spread of Syphilis is to abstain from sexual contact or have sexual contact only with one long term partner who has been tested and is known not to have the disease.

Coincidentally, April is STD Awareness Month. If you need any additional information on Syphilis or any other STD, please contact our nurses, Chandra or Betsy, at the Norwood City Health Department at 513-458-4600 or at the following email: Chandra and Betsy are also able to provide health education on other communicable and chronic diseases as well.

Pamela Walker-Bauer, MPH, RS
Norwood City Health Commissioner

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Zumbiel’s relocation to Hebron, KY to be completed by fall

Family-owned Zumbiel Packaging told the Enquirer that by fall its remaining offices, printing operations, and 175 employees will be relocated from 2339 Harris Avenue to a newly expanded plant at its 30-acre Hebron site. Six years ago, the paperboard packaging maker announced it would consolidate operations in Hebron’s Gateway Industrial Park after selling its former plant on Cleneay Avenue to Xavier University for its expansion.

Man arrested, held without bond following Sharpsburg incident

According to Channel 12, Guy Tenkotte, 56 and homeless, told Norwood police Tuesday he was just trying to tuck is shirts into his pants when they arrested him for public indecency outside Sharpsburg Elementary. He is accused of pulling his pants down to his knees in the presence of school children, a crossing, and several parents. The children were immediately rushed back into the school building. In a court appearance yesterday morning, the judge ordered Tenkotte held without bond.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

City Beat poll: Norwood’s The Pet Spot voted the Best Doggie Daycare

Julie Metzelaar with Mahan Advertising, Inc. published a piece on the Enquirer’s Hyde Park Community Page announcing The Pet Spot at 2503 Norwood Avenue won the Best Doggie Daycare category in City Beat’s annual Best of Cincinnati poll. More than 18,000 votes were cast, the most ever submitted in the award’s 14 years of existence. With 50,000 square feet under one roof, The Pet Spot is the area’s largest full service luxury pet resort and doggie daycare facility featuring boarding suites, luxury villas, both indoor and outdoor play arenas, 4 groomers, 4 dog trainers, and luxury cat boarding capabilities.

We congratulate The Pet Spot’s owners for winning the Best Doggie Daycare poll. Several of our neighbors have used the services and come away extremely impressed. We have a few suggestions for Ms. Metzelaar, though:

  1. How about mentioning in future media that The Pet Spot is actually located in Norwood?
  2. How about giving better directions than “The Pet Spot, located just off the Montgomery Road exit on the Norwood Lateral” and giving the actual street address 2503 Norwood Avenue?
  3. If the Enquirer allows it, how about publishing this and any future press releases about The Pet Spot on the Enquirer’s Norwood Community Page as well as the Hyde Park Community Page? You do want to reach the market of Norwood pet owners in our city of approximately 20,000, don’t you?

COW meeting tomorrow

City Council’s Committee of the Whole is meeting in Council Chambers at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow to discuss one agenda item: Disturbing the Peace Ordinance Draft.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Vote every day again for Refresh Burwood Park & Pool grant!

Since Refresh Burwood Park & Pool did not win the $250,000 grant in the Pepsi Refresh Project contest for February and March, Jenny Wallace, Executive Director of Norwood Recreation, has reapplied for another run for the April contest. The partnership she developed with Cincinnati Soapbox Derby is still intact: their supporters will vote for our project and Refresh Burwood Park & Pool supporters will, hopefully, vote for their $25,000 project.

How to vote:
1. Click here to vote every day for the Refresh Burwood Park & Pool grant.

2. Click here to vote for the Cincinnati Soapbox Derby grant.

Initially, you will be asked open an account by providing your email address, a password, birth date, etc.

Visit the Norwood Recreation website to see a prototype of the proposed Burwood project.

Monday, April 05, 2010

“Do not occupy order” planned for Norwood rental home

According to this article, when Norwood police officers responded Saturday to a disturbance call on South Madison Avenue, they found 7 children living in deplorable conditions in a rental home. In addition to seeing trash outside, Officer Michael Jackson said, “Clothes everywhere, basically just filth, there was animal feces all over the house.” The Norwood Fire Department was called to shut the water off because of a foot of water in the basement. Norwood building inspector Charles Russ was called to the scene and told Channel 9 a “do not occupy order” is planned for today. Child endangering charges are possible for the parents of the children.

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Monday, April 5th
Monday Evening Book Club
Jazz Bird
By Craig Holden
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 6th
Preschool Storytime
6:30 p.m., Ages 3-6

Wednesday, April 7th
Toddle Jam Time
Ages 1-4 With Adult
10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
11:30 a.m., Ages 3-6

April 10th
Lego Club
3-4 p.m., Ages 6-12

For more information, call 369-6037.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Xavier observes Holocaust Remembrance Day

On April 12, Xavier University’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement will offer two programs in observance of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Both are free and open.

From 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Steven F. Cassidy will bring his collection of Holocaust and World War II-era original artifacts to the Xavier campus and display them on the 3rd floor of the Gallagher Student Center. Cassidy and Rabbi Abie Ingber will be with the artifacts all day long, helping visitors learn and experience these remnants of the Holocaust. This will be a rare chance to see this many important historic artifacts up close and learn from their curator and collector the history each represents. Cassidy is a Holocaust expert and owner of the largest private collection of Holocaust artifacts in the United States. He has personally spoken to both concentration camp survivors and convicted Nazi war criminals and continually researches this period in world history. His collection includes Jewish money, a Secret Service uniform and hat, concentration camp uniforms and patches, propaganda posters, gas cylinders and gas masks from the extermination camps, and photos.

At 8:30 p.m. in Long Recital Hall on the first floor of Edgecliff Hall the film “Paper Clips” will be shown. It is a moving and inspiring documentary that captures how rural Tennessee students responded to lessons about the Holocaust - with a promise to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis. Despite the fact that they had previously been unaware of the Holocaust, their dedication was absolute. Their plan was simple but profound. The amazing result, a memorial rail car filled with 11 million paper clips (representing 6 million Jews and 5 million gypsies, homosexuals and other victims of the Holocaust) which stands permanently in their schoolyard, is an unforgettable lesson of how a committed group of children and educators can change the world one classroom at a time.

Click here for more information on the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Upcoming book to showcase Norwood's "true grit" after GM closing

Guest blog by Vicki Clark

A book is being written about Norwood GM workers and the plant’s history. The author, Phil Borris, is looking for individuals who will share their stories. He wants to hear from the “guys on the line.” He wants to hear their funny stories, true stories and anything they would like to share. This book is intended to tell the story of the contributions made by Norwood workers and to show the “true grit” of Norwood and its survival and success since the closing.

Phil is planning to attend the Norwood Historical Society’s May 8th meeting at 2 p.m. at McCullough House at the Lindner Nature Preserve, where the topic of the meeting is GM History.

Phil is willing to travel to interview individuals as well. You can reach Phil Borris at (740) 649-3766 or call me @ Norwood Star (513) 607-8537 and I will contact him and have him return your call.

Vicki Clark
Norwood Star