Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, October 29, 2010

Good news: Stolen wheelchair ramp found undamaged

Rickie Paul, president of Norwood Firefighters Local 445, tells us the aluminum wheelchair ramp stolen Sunday night from a Glenside Avenue home has been recovered undamaged from a scrap metal dealer. When police release the ramp to the homeowner, volunteers from Local 445 will reinstall so it will be more difficult for thieves to take it without being noticed. No arrests have been made yet.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Marshalls’ Grand Opening at Surrey Square today!

We’re off to check out the new Marshalls, which is open today from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. What do we think of our new department store?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2010 Trick or Treat in the ‘wood

Halloween Trick or Treat will be celebrated this Sunday, October 31 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Xavier Players and MadCap Puppet Theatre Present…

Tales of Flight with the Brothers Wright

On Saturday, November 6 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Xavier Players will present Tales of Flight with the Brothers Wright directed by John Lewandowski, Madcap Puppet Theatre’s Artistic Director. This is the first show in this season’s Hats Off series collaboration with Madcap and Xavier. Tickets cost $7 each. Click here to purchase tickets or call 745-3576.

Take part in Ohio’s aviation history with an adventure featuring the famous Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville. Imaginations will take to the sky as the Wright brothers become the first in flight with dreams of wings and flying machines. Their tale will interweave with the Greek myth of Icarus, as he flies too close to the sun. The audience will journey to new heights in this action packed high-flying experience. The Wright brother dreamt big and big dreams require big execution. Madcap’s giant puppets are the perfect way to bring this tale to life!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Joint session of Norwood City Council & Board of Education

Norwood City Council and the Norwood City Schools' Board of Education will meet in joint session at 6:00 p.m. this Thursday, October 28. The Norwood Community Coalition will present information on the recent 100 Best Communities for Young People in America Award. The award will be presented to the City and NCS.

10/26/10 Addendum #1: We failed to say that the joint session will be held in the High School Mini-Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.

10/26/10 Addendum #2: Clerk of Council Casey Brown emailed us the following clarification: “The event this Thursday is not a meeting between the school board and council, but a joint recognition event for these people who got this award. There will not be an agenda , and it is not considered an official council meeting. I just did not what there to be any confusion.”

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Wednesday, October 27th
Movers & Shakers
10 a.m., Ages 1-4

Preschool Storytime
10:30 a.m., Ages 3-6

Thursday, October 28th
Queen City Gothic
Discover Cincinnati's Infamous Unsolved Murders With Local Author J.T. Townsend
6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 369-6037.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Xavier speakers to address U.S. Transition Movement

Michael Brownlee and Karen Lanphear will address “Transition Towns -Inspiring Pathways to Community Resilience” on Sunday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiff Conference Center in Xavier’s Cintas Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Transition Movement recognizes the problems communities face as cheap and plentiful oil becomes limited, climate change continues and economic crises unfold. Transition Towns are led by grass-roots organizers who seek to reduce their community’s carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuels leading to a more enjoyable, resilient and self-reliant existence. Transition Towns use the collective creativity and cooperation of the entire community to develop practical solutions and plan ahead for a healthy, bright and sustainable future. Originating in the United Kingdom, it grew to the United States where Brownlee and Lanphear have become leaders in the movement.

Michaell Brownlee is co-founder of Transition Colorado, formerly Transition Boulder County, which was the first officially recognized Transition Initiative in North America. He is also a founding member of the Boulder County Food and Agricultural Policy Council and a board member of Transition U.S.

September 2010 City Council Auditor reports

Click here to view City Auditor Jim Stith’s City Council Auditor’s reports for September.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pro athlete, top lawyer promoting financial literacy for Norwood youth

Jonathan Fanene of the Cincinnati Bengals (on the left above), and Eric “The Bulldog” Deters (on the right above) of 700 WLW joined The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation on October 12th along with Huntington Bank to kick off MONEY MATTERS: It’s Either Working For You or Someone Else program to Norwood Middle School where twenty-six youth from the middle school and Cornerstone Christian Academy are participating.

Jonathan and Eric came to highlight the importance and need for financial literacy training for young people with 'real world’ applications. This six week program is being taught by former Police Officer John Keuffer, NFL Alumni Richard Carey and retired P&G Executive Kathy Garrison as part of a one hour regular classroom. MONEY MATTERS™ was created by the trio in 1999 as a pilot program in teaching financial literacy to gang involved youth. Since then, they have taught the program to thousands of youth across the country.

“It’s a great opportunity to give back to kids and it’s tremendous that The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation along with Huntington Bank are providing the funding to make this happen.” Fanene commented.

The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation spearheaded this project by raising funds for the program and providing the manuals for the youth. They also brought in local sponsor Huntington Bank who helped with funding as well as four piggy banks for each participant to learn how to budget money . Center City Collision and The Norwood Professional Business Women’s Club also made contributions. The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation was formed to honor the memory of a young boy, Caleb Fuller who passed away from bone cancer. It was Caleb's wish that he "not be forgotten". “We are excited to help other youth and to do so in Caleb’s honor.” commented Dr. Joyce McDowell, Community Liaison of the Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation. Dr. McDowell also stated that there has been a lot of interest from parents about this program who would like their child to be able to participate in the class. If anyone is interested in a one day mini version of this program this spring for kids and parents, please contact Dr. McDowell at 513-236-2838.

Click here for information on Teen Response and Money Matters™.

Click here for more information on The Caleb Tate-Fuller Foundation.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

September 2010 Earnings Tax Report

A monthly feature

Individual…………….$ 38,672.72
TOTAL……………....$ 1,761,153.68

Collections thru August 2010….……….....…...........$11,545,546.43
Collections thru August 2009..............................$12,856,247.65
10.19% decrease in collections over 2009.…………..(1,310,701.22)

Monday, October 18, 2010

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Tuesday, October 19th
Celebrate National Chemistry Week
See Cool Chemistry Experiments!
6 p.m., All Ages

Wednesday, October 20th
Movers & Shakers
10 a.m., Ages 1-4
Preschool Storytime
10:30 a.m., Ages 3-6

For more information, call 369-6037.

Friday, October 15, 2010

September 2010 NFD Activities and Statistics Report

A monthly feature

A. Total of emergency responses for the month of August = 442

Medic Runs = 299
Fire Runs = 22 (Building, Brush, etc.)
Average Response Time on Runs = 3 minutes, 9 seconds (city-wide)

Number of incidents by type:
Fire Runs – 22 - (Building, Brush, etc.)
Overpressure, Explosion - 2
Rescue & Medic Unit Assists – 65 - (lock-in, extrications, traffic accidents, etc.)
Hazardous Conditions (no fire) -5 - (power lines down, arcing, spills, etc.)
Service Call - 18 - (smoke removal)
Good Intent - 8 - (odor of smoke, controlled burning)
False Alarms – 21 - (false alarms, system malfunctions, smoke detector activated, etc.)
Severe Weather - 0
Special Incident - 2

B. Fire Hydrant Activity
None for September

C. Bureau of Fire Safety Activities = 644
Total Inspections – 135 - (residential, schools, churches, businesses)
Total Violations – issued 168
Total Violations – corrected 206
Total Block Inspection - Unit #’s 1, 2, 3 - Rental & multi-family: 9
Referrals to Health and Building Depts. - 13
Additional Activities - 113

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Musketeer Madness to tip off Xavier basketball season

Xavier basketball hosts Musketeer Madness presented by Skyline Chili on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Cintas Center. Musketeer Madness is the tip-off event for the 2010-11 Xavier men’s and women’s basketball seasons. The event is free and open to the public and features a Fan Fest on the plaza in front of Cintas Center starting at 4 p.m. Fans can get autographs from both men’s and women’s basketball players from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. Other activities include inflatable games for kids, a balloon artist, cornhole, and more. Skyline Chili and Trauth Dairy will serve chili and ice cream and FOX Sports Ohio will have promotional giveaways and activities.

The madness continues at 6:20 pm with the introduction of both basketball teams, to be followed by intra-squad scrimmages. The Xavier pep band, cheerleaders and dance team will help tip off the season.

The 2010-11 X-shirt will be unveiled and available to purchase for $18. Xavier students receive a $4 discount with a valid Xavier student ID. Members from each basketball team will host an exclusive Junior Musketeers Club members-only free clinic from 4-5 p.m. in the Kohlhepp Family Auxiliary Gym. Call 745-3378 to join Junior Musketeers. Fans will be able to purchase season tickets and mini-packs for both men’s and women’s basketball.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

September report for Keep Our Property Safe Program

A monthly feature

In September the KOPS (Police, Building & Property Maintenance, Fire and Health Departments visited the following eleven problem properties that were selected by the Norwood Police Department as habitual offenders:

4341 Montgomery Rd..........5282 Montgomery Rd.
2001 Crown Ave..................1814 Williams Ave.
2003 Crown Ave..................4729 Section Ave.
2005 Crown Ave.................2076 Elm Ave.
2011 Crown Ave..................4627 Baxter Ave.
1915 Crown Ave. .

These inspections resulted in all properties being issued orders.

Respectfully Submitted,

Gerry Stoker, Building Commissioner
City of Norwood

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

City of Norwood website makeover

What do you think of the City’s website redo? It looks like it’s still under construction.

“Beers with Jim” campaign event this Thursday

Join us for

Beers with Jim Stith

at the

Mound Cafe

5226 Montgomery Rd
Norwood, OH 45212

Thursday, October 14th
6:30-8:00 PM

Join Jim for drinks and conversation in a
relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Click here if you would like to donate to Jim Stith’s campaign for Ohio State Representative for the 33rd District.

Monday, October 11, 2010

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Wednesday, October 13th
Movers & Shakers
10 a.m., Ages 1-4
Preschool Storytime
10:30 a.m., Ages 3-6

Friday, October 15th
Friday Morning Book Club
Murder On the Orient Express
by Agatha Chrisite
10:30 a.m.

For more information, call 369-6037.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Invitation to Bark Out Against Battering Pet Fest

Animal abuse and domestic violence are difficult crimes to discuss. Both happen behind closed doors in homes that might seem typical from the outside. Both include the commission of violence against innocent pets, children, spouses and other loved ones, by someone that is supposed to care for and protect them. Both leave the community wondering, why? During this Domestic Violence Awareness month the SPCA Cincinnati, Women Helping Women of Hamilton County, and the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati will hold a joint event offering information on the relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence, resources for people and pets in need, as well a venue for celebrating everything wonderful about the family pet.

Please join us for The 1st Annual Bark Out Against Battering Pet Fest on Saturday, October 9th from 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the SPCA Cincinnati located at 11900 Conrey Road in Sharonville. Bring your family--including your pet--for pet trick-or-treating, pet costume contest, live demonstrations by pet trainers and K-9 units, doggie kissing booth, pet portraits, information, raffle prizes, food and fun. Non-retractable leashes please!

Xavier’s Ragtime revisits America’s Gilded Age

Xavier Players will present Ragtime at 7:30 p.m. each night from October 21-24 and 1 p.m. on October 23 in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre. Tickets price for students, senior citizens and Xavier employees is $5 in advance or $7 the day of the show. Admission is $15 for the general public. Click here to purchase tickets.

Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, this powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America is still relevant today. Ragtime intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

Plays, by their very nature, can be considered theater of conscience as they serve to make us more aware of our human condition. Xavier Players strives to combine real-life experience in the form of meaningful service that relates to the issues presented in the plays.

Babies’ and Children’s Fall/Winter Clothing Sale

One of our readers, a Norwood resident, is participating in the upcoming Eastern Hills Mothers of Twins or More Club’s tag sale and asked us to help publicize it.

Fall/Winter CLOTHING &

9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.

Check out the…
HALF-PRICE SALE @ 11:45 a.m.

On 1500 Nagel Road (corner of State & Nagel)
(I-275 Five Mile Rd. ext. /approx. 1 mile east of Beechmont & Anderson Towne Center)


Thursday, October 07, 2010

90-year old Robert Lindner still works daily at Norwood UDF headquarters

Norwood native Robert Lindner, along with his siblings Carl, Richard, and Dorothy built the home-delivery dairy business their father started into today’s 187-store United Dairy Farmers. Just as he has since 1940, Mr. Lindner still reports to work every day at the company’s headquarters on Montgomery Road. In recognition of his work ethic, stewardship of one of Greater Cincinnati’s biggest companies, and his philanthropy, he Lindner will receive the 2010 Carl H. Lindner Award for Entrepreneurial and Civic Spirit today at a Music Hall Ballroom luncheon. This Enquirer article has a lot of interesting facts about the Lindner family and the early days of UDF, a “cash and carry” that sold milk for 28 cents per gallon.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Norwood police arrest 2 on felony drug trafficking charges

According to the Enquirer, a long-term, undercover investigation by the Norwood Drug Task Force resulted in the arrests of Walter Harris, 24, and Charles Winbush, 28, yesterday on multiple felony drug trafficking charges. They are accused of distributing crack cocaine in the area since last April. Both men were booked into the Hamilton county jail at 9:30 p.m. and held overnight without bond.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Norwood to receive Gold Award for promoting good health

The City of Norwood will receive a Gold Healthy Ohio-Healthy Community award Oct. 15 at the Ohio Society for Public Health Education Health Educator’s Institute annual meeting at Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center in Cambridge. The City of Norwood is one of 14 communities to be honored by the Ohio Department of Health Office of Healthy Ohio (OHO) in 2010.

“Norwood has won Gold four years in a row due to the on-going commitment to live a healthy lifestyle by members of the community,” said Norwood Health Commissioner Pamela Walker-Bauer, MPH, RS.

Healthy Ohio-Healthy Community awards recognize communities’ outstanding achievements in implementing health-related policies and providing healthy community environments. The award recognizes communities’ efforts in encouraging and enabling employees, residents and visitors to make healthy choices including participating in physical activity, eating good, nutritious foods and avoiding tobacco.

“The overall well being of a community is one of the most important things we can invest in,” said ODH Director Alvin D. Jackson, MD. “The City of Norwood is helping to improve the health of our state and is a model for what all Ohio communities can be for their residents and visitors.”

OHO is a key component of Gov. Ted Strickland’s comprehensive health care reform initiative and consists of three core areas: health promotion, disease prevention and health equity.

Monday, October 04, 2010

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Wednesday, October 6
Movers & Shakers
Music & Movement Storytime Sing, dance, move!
10:00-10:30 a.m., Ages 1-4

Preschool Storytime
Preschool Storytimes: Stories, songs, and a craft!
10:30-11:00 a.m., Ages 3-6

Toddler Jam Time
Music & Movement: Storytime Sing, dance, move!
10:30-11:00 a.m., Ages 1-4

Thursday, October 7
Teen Advisory Board
Join us for a pizza party to organize the Norwood Branch Library's new Teen Advisory Board. Make new friends and have your opinions heard about how the library may better serve teens in our neighborhood.
6:00 p.m., Ages 12-18

Saturday, October 9
Pay Rock Bottom for Everything Coupon Class
Finance & Money How to Save Tips and Tricks!
1:00 p.m., Adults

Lego Club
More Fun Stuff! Lego lovers, build a monster creation and have your picture taken with it!
3:00 p.m., Ages 6-12

Friday, October 01, 2010

Norwood Firefighters Costume Bowling Tourney for charity

When: Friday, October 15th from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Stones Lanes, 2748 Montgomery Rd., Norwood
Cost: $50 per 4 or 5 member team
Prizes for team score and best costumes
Contact: Jeff at 379-9338 today reserve your team’s spot

All proceeds will benefit the Norwood Firefighters’ 501c3 Charity.