Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, July 29, 2011

Medication Take Back at Tuesday’s Police Night Out

Guest blog by Chandra Corbin, RN

During the Police Night Out Event (see 7/27 blog below) taking place at Upper Millcrest Park on August 2nd, the Norwood Health Department along with the Norwood Police Department will be holding a Medication Take Back Event. This will be our second event. Our first event in 2010 was great success. This is the perfect time for everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets of any old, out-dated and unneeded medications (prescription or over-the-counter). If anyone is trying to find a safe way of disposing of medications that they no longer take or medications left from a deceased loved one, we will take those as well. No questions asked.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact the Norwood Health Department.

Chandra Corbin, RN
Public Health Nurse
Norwood Health Department
2059 Sherman Avenue
Norwood, Ohio 45212
Phone: 458-4600

Thursday, July 28, 2011

2011 Norwood Day Parade float winners

Congratulations to this year's winners:

Best Float ($500) – New Haven Baptist Church
2nd place Float ($250) – Cameron Avenue Church of God
Mayor Aaron McNeil Trophy – New Bethel Baptist Church
President’s Trophy – UDF
Rick Dettmer Trophy – Liberty Tax Service
Judges Choice Trophy- Norwood Little Indians Football League
Musical/Performance Trophy – Star Strutters

Congressman Chabot’s upcoming town hall meetings

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot has scheduled the following 3 town hall meetings. His office told us the meeting this coming Monday is particularly subject to change if the debt ceiling issue remains unresolved.

Monday, August 1
St. Bernard Community Center
110 Washington Ave., St. Bernard
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, August 22
North Avondale Recreation Center
617 Clinton Springs, North Avondale
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, August 29
Westwood Town Hall
3017 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Take the 2011 Community Health Assessment!

Taking the 2011 Community Health Assessment is an easy way for our readers to help Norwood gain public health grants and other resources for the community. We hope everyone will participate. Pamela Walker-Bauer (see today’s blog below about her new position with the Clinton County Health Dept.) just sent us the following “how-to.”

Guest blog by Pamela-Walker Bauer

The NHD has begun the 2011 Community Health Assessment. We will have individuals at Norwood Day at Coney Island today to ask for voluntary participation in a brief survey about the health of our community. In exchange for your participation, we will have a small token of appreciation.

The last NHD Community Health Assessment was in 2005. In order to qualify for many grants and bring resources to the Norwood community, we need to have a more current assessment.

We need help from the community on this project to make it a success. If you can't visit our surveyors at Coney Island, please visit them at the Norwood Police Night Out festivities on August 2 (see blog directly below). You may also take our survey on-line at:

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Invitation to Norwood Police Night Out

Capt. Keith Bellman with the NPD gave us the following information about a very special and fun community wide event:

When: Tuesday, Aug. 2nd from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Upper Millcrest Park/parking lot at 1701 Mills Ave.
What: Police/Fire equipment displays. SWAT / K-9 / Bomb Squad, Air Care helicopter will land, strolling magic show. free food/cookout /drinks


  1. A bike for a boy and for a girl will be given away.
  2. 200 bike helmets will be away to kids
  3. 300 tickets for Kona Ice Treats
  4. 3 - $50 certificates to local restaurants awarded to (1) longest Norwood resident, (2) oldest Norwood resident, and (3) newest Norwood resident. Bring ID for proof!
This is a family event. All are invited.

Capt. Keith Bellman
Norwood Police Division

Pamela Walker-Bauer named Clinton County health commissioner

Pamela Walker-Bauer has resigned as Norwood health commissioner and has started her new position this week as head of the Clinton County Health Department. She is replacing retiring Clinton County Health Commission Bob Derge, who is helping her make a smooth transition into the new post. We are sorry to lose Pam. She was a great friend to the community and a big supporter of this blog with her many informative guest blogs and PSA’s over the two years she was here. We wish her the very best in her new position. We understand the Norwood Health Commission has begun a search for a new commissioner. In the meantime, Pam hasn't completely left NHD. She's helping tie up lose ends and assisting on various projects.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mary Yeager joins Republican slate for Council At Large seat

Yesterday we received the following announcement from the Norwood Republican Party:

The Norwood Republican Party is pleased to announce our candidate for Council At Large for the 2011 City of Norwood elections, our esteemed colleague, Mrs. Mary Yeager, CPA. We were sad to hear that Mr. Ron Hughes, who was previously on the ballot for Council At Large, had to decline to run for the seat due to professional reasons.

The Norwood Republican Party was fortunate to have more qualified candidates who where interested in running than the number of seats available. Mrs. Yeager’s enthusiasm for serving on council is evident to all who meet her. Mrs. Yeager is a local professional CPA who, with her husband, Travis, is raising their family here in Norwood.

We wish Mr. Hughes all the best in the future and look forward to Mrs. Yeager’s participation in the campaign. We are excited to have her join our exceptional slate of candidates!

Summer Splash Family Night this Thursday

Everyone is invited to Norwood Recreation’s annual Summer Splash Family Night this Thursday, July 28, at Water Works Pool at 2605 Harris Avenue. Everything is free: free swimming from noon to 8:00 p.m. and free music/DJ and food from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. This event is made possible by donations from businesses and individuals. Special thanks to Norwood Firefighters and Anderson Realty. For more information, call 531-9798.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Norwood Dems approve Jessica Wiles, endorse Lynn Ellis

Following is an announcement from the Norwood Democratic Party regarding two new candidates in this year’s City races:

"A meeting of the Norwood Democratic Precinct Executives took place on Thursday, July 21, 2011. At this meeting, Jessica Wiles was approved to fill the At-Large slot that was vacated by William A. Tracey. Additionally, Lynn Ellis (write-in candidate for Auditor) received the endorsement of the Norwood Democratic Party.”

Joe Sanker - Co-Chair, Norwood Democratic Party
Joe S. Geers - Co-Chair, Norwood Democratic Party

Invitation to Norwood Day at Coney Island

Guest blog by Laura Hobbs

Hi, Norwood neighbors! If all this hot weather has you thinking of ways to keep cool, I have a suggestion: the 76th annual Norwood Day at Coney Island next Wednesday, July 27.

Admission is the same as last year: $17 for age 4 and up; $4 for ages 2 and 3; free for babies under 2.

This is a great deal! Your admission price includes all the Coney rides, pool, free soft drinks and free parking. Just be sure to come in Gate 1 (the one at the west end of the park off Kellogg Avenue). The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at Gate 1 on the day of the event or in advance from the treasurer's office at Norwood City Hall during business hours.

In addition, the Norwood Business & Professional Women's Club offers other activities for a small fee: bingo; a corn hole tournament and our traditional Baby Show. You can either bring a picnic or buy food from the various Coney Island vendors.

We're also selling tickets for our combination raffle, with more than 100 great prizes. Top prize this year is $300 cash! But we also have kids' bicycles, restaurant gift cards, museum gift certificates, Reds tickets, flowers, salon services -- see our website for a list: We are able to offer these prizes thanks to our wonderful donors from the community.

It's called a combination (or "combo") raffle because you buy a strip of five tickets for $1 and put them in the hopper and have a chance at winning any of the prizes offered. We keep drawing tickets until all the prizes are awarded, so each 20-cent chance is a pretty good deal.

A little about our club: Norwood Business & Professional Women's Club is a civic group celebrating our 77th anniversary this year. We use the money raised at Norwood Day to support our charitable work in Norwood and the surrounding community throughout the year. We fund two scholarships each year for girls graduating from Norwood High School as well as a number of other organizations. Some of those are also listed on our website.

If you have additional questions, contact us through our e-mail address, We're also on Facebook and Twitter.

Club members will be marching in Tuesday's Norwood Day Parade, so we'll see you then and at Norwood Day on Wednesday!

We appreciate your support!

Laura Hobbs
Norwood Day Publicity
Norwood Business & Professional Women's Club

2011 Norwood Day Parade

Sponsored by the Norwood Chamber of Commerce
Theme: “Hope Lives Here: Voted One of the 100 Best Communities for Young People”
Grand Marshal: Norwood Community Coalition

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
7:00 p.m.
PARADE ROUTE – Montgomery Road
Starts at Ashland Avenue and Montgomery Road and ends at Maple Avenue and Montgomery Road which is right past City Hall.

Over 100 entries including high school bands, performance/musical entries, floats, specialty vehicles, politicians and the famous Syrian Shriners, just to name a few. Bring your family, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening in Norwood celebrating our past, present and future.

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Tuesday, July 26
Baseball Jeopardy
Baseball has always been America's pastime, but it certainly changed along the
way!! To see how baseball and America have changed together, get ready to play
Baseball Jeopardy.
2:00 p.m., All ages

Wednesday, July 27
Movers and Shakers Storytime
10:00 a.m., Ages 1-4 with adult

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

Friday, July 22, 2011

Invitation for children to attend free Mad Science Event

Guest blog by Joyce McDowell

The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation will be providing a free Mad Science Event for children in the community on Saturday August 6th. This one hour program will begin at 9:15 a.m. and provide fun, educational entertainment just prior to the annual Back to School Bash which begins at 10 a.m. at the Norwood Church of the Nazarene on Floral Ave.

Special thanks to the Norwood community for donating 125 pounds of nonperishable food items at the Foundation's free Mad Cap Puppet show that was held in June. Donations were given to the Norwood Service League's Food Pantry. The application deadline for Christian School scholarships awarded by the Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation is July 31'st. Applications are available online at

Joyce McDowell
The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Norwood neighbors aim to improve Upper Millcrest Park

Following is a guest blog by Sarah Allan, who is helping with the revitalization of Upper Millcrest Park. Sarah is also the Ward 1 Democratic candidate City council.

My name is Sarah Allan and together with several neighbors who live in West Norwood, we have taken an interest in the revitalization of Upper Millcrest Park at the end of Mills Avenue. Many of us have children and place a high value on being able to walk places with them, particularly to parks. While Upper Millcrest Park might leave a bit to be desired, we see it as having great potential as an asset for the West Norwood community.

So far, our group has met with the city recreation director and its board to review work that needs to be done in the park. As a first step, we have started doing some short term improvements with the help of the city, including planting flowers, bringing more picnic tables to the park, defining a picnic area with mulch, and removing part of an abandoned tennis court to facilitate a demonstration garden that will provide fresh organic produce to the neighbors of West Norwood.

Our next step is to produce a master plan for the park so that we can then apply for grants. It is important for us to engage as many stakeholders in this process as possible, and while we are specifically focused on getting the neighbors of West Norwood involved, all are welcome to participate. We will be having a community input session on Thursday, August 11th at the Norwood Community Center at 1810 Courtland Ave. from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.** Light snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Sarah Allan

Date to be confirmed

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Program opens July 30

FREE to Hamilton County Residents Only. Bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. Hamilton County covers the cost per car dropping off material to encourage proper disposal of your household hazardous waste. Remain in car at all times.

This program prohibits the acceptance of hazardous waste from businesses, churches, schools, and non-profit organizations.

Dates: July 30 - December 3, 2011

NEW Locations: Environmental Enterprises, Inc.

1. 4600 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45232 (Directly across from Winton Road)
Tuesdays from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

2. 10163 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241
Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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 will be accepted only if resident brings other household hazardous waste. If resident brings only latex paint, resident will be charged $1.50 per gallon of paint (minimum charge of $5.00). Check or credit card only - Cash NOT accepted.

If you have questions, click here or call (513) 946-7700.

Latex Paint
Latex paint is not hazardous and can be safely thrown away with your regular trash once it is solid. Simply leave the lid off and mix in sand, sawdust, or kitty litter to speed up the process. Once it is solid, place the can next to your trash with the lid off so your waste hauler can see that it is dry.

Reduce waste by only purchasing the volume of paint you will need.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Free Social Security/Medicare Seminars

This past Saturday, one of us attended a free Social Security/Medicare seminar at the Hamilton County Business Center at 1776 Mentor Ave. It was conducted by Premier Living, LLC, which is located at the HCBC. It was extremely informative, and we recommend that anyone who is starting to think about retirement income/benefits attend one of this organization's upcoming public seminars. The next one is tomorrow, Wednesday, from 6:oo - 8:00 p.m. in the 1st floor conference room at the HCBC. Click here for the complete schedule.

We asked Premier Living’s founder Marc Kiner to share some of his insights about Social Security with our readers. Following is his guest blog:

Social Security Consultant? – Why?

Why is a Social Security consultant necessary? You got to be kidding? Why on earth should Social Security recipients consult with anyone prior to begin collecting benefits? Because Social Security benefits will last a lifetime. More than half of all Social Security recipients because they do not understand their options. Around 40% of all Social Security recipients rely solely on their Social Security monthly income. Through proper planning and exploration of options a Social Security recipient can increase monthly income by $150-$800 per month. This additional income is not magic or voodoo, but is due to the options that are available.

I teamed up with a 35 year veteran of the Social Security Administration, Jim Blair. We set up a new company called Premier Living, LLC. Our mission is to empower people to take control and to maximize their Social Security Benefits. Jim Blair understands that there is a lack of resources relating to Social Security resulting in confusion and misconceptions by the public. With 10,000 people turning 65 per day, the Social Security administration and offices will be stretched too thin. The good folks at the SS offices cannot be expected to explain and explore the various options available to recipients. They just do not have the time or the staff. Social Security employees expect that people have already done their research before applying for benefits. Don’t make me laugh!

Who is available to talk to people regarding their options? CPAs? Financial Advisors? Insurance Agents? Enrolled Agents? Lawyers? Not likely. These professionals may understand the difference in benefits due to retiring at age 62, Full Retirement Age, or age 70. But can they explain “file and suspend”, “filing a restrictive application”, “family benefits” or “filing a protective claim”? People can increase monthly benefits a whopping 57% by waiting to age 70. Do these professionals understand that taking benefits early will permanently reduce an individual’s benefits for the rest of their life? Do these professionals understand that waiting until the age of 70 will result in a permanent increase in benefits? Do these professionals understand that waiting until a later age to begin receiving benefits might result in greater benefits to a surviving spouse? Probably not!!!

Retirees meet with their Financial Advisors prior to retiring to tweak assets to reduce risk and increase income. The Social Security laws are very complicated. Combine this complication with SS being a lifetime benefit and you can see why future retirees should meet with a Social Security consultant prior to applying for benefits.

Please listen to our radio show on oldies 1480 on Saturday mornings from 9-10. Visit our web site or call 513-351-5707 for additional information and to find out about our public seminars.

Marc Kiner
Premier Living, LLC

Monday, July 18, 2011

Movie starts shooting in Norwood next week!

The Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter is reporting that an independent film called “Measure,” a crime thriller, will start shooting here next week. It’s about an aging Irish mob trying to retain control of a city and a police officer with a family grudge. Click here for the details.

h/t Casey

Hero: Norwood firefighter rescues woman while on honeymoon

On July 8, Channel 12 reported that Norwood firefighter Philip Reed rescued a woman while he and his wife were snorkeling on their honeymoon on the island of Oahu. As they were swimming out toward a reef, they heard a woman screaming. As they got closer, they saw her pointing to the water where a woman was face down. Reed and his bride pulled her onto the reef and gave her abdominal thrusts to get water out her. Reed was told the woman was put on life support when he left the island, but he doesn’t know if she has survived. On July 8, he was surprised to receive a certificate and letter from the chief of Hawaii’s EMS. Reed told Channel 12, “For us, its just our job and that just what we do when we wake up. I'm just glad we were able to do something and hopefully we gave her the best chance she had." Click here for Channel 12’s transcript and video.

h/t Lisa

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Monday, July 18
Monday Evening Book Club
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 19
Birds of Prey
See live raptors!!
Presented by Hamilton County Parks
2:00 p.m., All ages

Wednesday, July 20
Movers and Shakers Storytime
10:00 a.m., Ages 1-4 with adult

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

Thursday, July 21
Bring friends or come on your own to compete in this live action game.
2:00 p.m., Ages 12-18

Friday, July 15, 2011

Xavier unveils Fifth Third Trading Center

Yesterday, Xavier University announced the Fifth Third Foundation has made a generous grant to underwrite operating costs for the University’s state-of-the-art, Wall-Street-style trading room, which today was named the Fifth Third Trading Center. The center is located in Smith Hall which opened in fall 2010 as the new home for Xavier’s nationally ranked Williams College of Business and is the largest Bloomberg-equipped facility among universities in the country.

“The generous support of the Fifth Third Foundation for the Fifth Third Trading Center will enable us to continue providing our students with unique real-world experiences which will better prepare them to be leaders in their future careers,” said Michael J. Graham, S.J., president, Xavier University. “For that we cannot thank Fifth Third Foundation enough.”

“We are honored by Fifth Third’s continued support of Xavier University,” said Gary Massa, vice president for University Relations, Xavier University. “I’d especially like to thank Fifth Third executives and Xavier Trustees Robert Sullivan and Mike Michael for helping Xavier continue its mission of academic excellence.”

Since it’s opening, the Center has trained more than 300 students, faculty and staff on its 44 Bloomberg terminals. Students are able to use information and apply analytics to make decisions, either in a simulated environment or, for the student investment funds, real decisions about investment holdings. The Center is used for undergraduate and graduate courses, Xavier's two student investment funds, workshops for students and faculty, a video conference speaker series, faculty and student research, and executive education for financial professionals.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

YouTube video: Siemens plant

Mayor Williams thought our readers might enjoy taking a peek inside the Siemens plant on Forest Avenue.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

X.U. hosts summer speaker series on community partnerships

The Community Building Institute is hosting a series of conversations to explore the benefits of forming lasting positive partnerships in community. Explore examples of community partnerships making positive change. Hear from practitioners, neighborhood residents and partners who have taken the plunge and are working together to form lasting partnerships that are improving the places we all live, work, and play. These are informal, conversational sessions, so come prepared to hear some great ideas and share your own. All will be held at Xavier’s Cintas Center where there is plenty of free parking. Individual workshops are $25 each. If you register for all three, the package is $60.

Deadline to register for the July 22nd workshop is July 18. Click here to register. For more information, contact Trina Jackson at
July 22, 2011 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
“The School/Community Connection” Parents are an essential part of school/community partnerships. Come and hear what Ellen Schumer of Community Organizing for Family Issues (COFI) has been doing to connect parents and schools to their communities in Chicago. Rolonda Smith from Parents for Public Schools will also be here to talk about the Parent Leadership Academy and other activities in Cincinnati. Please join us for some great ideas about how to recruit parents to your efforts and better connect schools to our neighborhoods.

Speakers: Ellen Schumer, Executive Director of COFI, Chicago, IL.; Rolonda Smith, Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools, Cincinnati, OH

August 12, 2011 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
“Corporate Partnerships in Community” Business and corporate neighbors can be seen as both asset and problem. Finding common ground between businesses and residents can be a challenge. Come hear from corporate citizen Pete Strange at Messer Construction and neighborhood principal Tom Boggs of Bond Hill Academy about the decades-long relationship that has deeply connected Messer Construction to Bond Hill and to educating neighborhood children. Peg Moertl of PNC Bank represents a different kind of community partner. PNC bank has been opening new branches, making loans, and making grants to support community initiatives in communities across Ohio and the Midwest. Peg will share her experiences with partnerships locally and throughout the region, and talk about how to strike a constructive partnership.

Panel: Peter Strange, Chairman, Messer Inc.; Tom Boggs, Principal, Bond Hill Academy; Peg Moertl, Senior Vice President, PNC Bank.

September 9, 2011 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
“Community-University Partnerships” The "thousand pound gorilla" in the room, a hospital or university can be the best and worst of community partners. It has lots of resources, generates lots of activity, and potentially has lots of jobs, but can carry lots of baggage. Institutional expansions, safety, and an uneven distribution of power and influence are issues that institutions and the neighborhoods they live in have to grapple with. Strong institutional partners can help create transformational change for communities; they can also create long lasting scars. Xavier University and Evanston have been in both places. Ms. Anzora Adkins and Dr. John Kucia will talk about maintaining an ongoing relationship that is mutually beneficial. Dr. Carol Scheerer and Stacy Hill-Simons will talk about their specific work at the new Evanston Academy (formally Hoffman Parham School).

Panel: Dr. Carol Scheerer, Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Xavier University; Anzora Adkins, President, Evanston Community Council; John Kucia, Administrative Vice President , Xavier University; Stacey Hill-Simons, Principal, Evanston Academy

Monday, July 11, 2011

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Tuesday, July 12
Laptop Madness for Kids
Use your mind to snag a victory in our online games! Space is limited. Choose
either a 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. session and sign up to get yourself a spot!
Ages 8-11
Registration Required

Laptop Madness Teen Edition
Use your mind to snag a victory in our online games.
3:00 p.m., Ages 12-18
Registration required.

Wednesday, July 13
Movers and Shakers Storytime
10:00 a.m., Ages 1-4 with adult

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

Friday, July 15
Friday Morning Book Club
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
10:30 a.m.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Energy Alliance's program helps homeowners with energy improvements

Chris Graves with Powers Agency asked us to publish the following press release:

For a limited time, the non-profit Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is offering homeowners in Hamilton, Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties a three-to-five hour assessment of their home’s potential energy inefficiencies for just $50. The normal cost of that review – which includes an in-depth examination of a home’s heating and air conditioning systems - would run between $300 and $400.

The Energy Alliance will also pay for 35% worth of energy improvements. That means that a qualifying homeowner would spend just $3,300 for a $5,000 in improvements. The Energy Alliance would pay the remaining $1,700. In addition, the $50 assessment fee is completely reimbursable when a homeowner invests in an energy improvement.

Low-interest financing is also available through the Energy Alliance’s GC-HELP loan program which includes a 15% incentive toward home energy improvements. GC-HELP is a 6.99% unsecured loan of up to 10 years that has the ability to generate savings which can meet or exceed loan payments. Thanks to a partnership with Kentucky Home Performance, Kentucky residents can benefit from a reduced 3.99% interest rate through August 31st.

“It doesn’t matter if a home is five years old or 105 years old, there are cost effective energy upgrades in almost every home we've ever looked at," says Andy Holzhauser, GCEA's executive director. "It's our job to make the process easy and more affordable for everyone in our community.’’

The average home energy improvement is estimated to save the homeowner 20 percent or more on monthly energy bills, he said.

The Energy Alliance takes the guess work out of finding contractors, as well. They work with local contractors trained to find affordable and environmentally sustainable ways to retrofit homes.

There are no income restrictions for the program. Click here to find how much you could save and to schedule as assessment go to

Click here for a fact sheet about the program.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Siemens to add several local jobs

According to this Enquirer article, Siemens Energy and Automation at 4620 Forest Avenue expects to add several of the 250 new jobs that will be created as a results of a contract to supply Amtrak with 70 energy efficient electric locomotives. The Norwood plant will supply traction motors and gears units. Two hundred jobs will be created at the Siemens plant in Sacremento, CA, and the remaining 50 will be divided between plants in Alphraretta, GA, and Norwood.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Poll question: Do you favor repeal of Senate Bill 5?

Last week, opponents of Ohio Senate Bill 5 delivered 1.3 million petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State. This was more than 5 times the 231,147 verified signatures needed to place a referendum of the bill on the November 8 ballot. Senate Bill 5 (click here to read the text) will not be in effect unless the referendum fails to pass. We’re curious about what our readers think about the issue, so following is another one of our unscientific polls:

Do you favor repeal of Senate Bill 5?
Not sure yet free polls

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

This week at the Norwood Branch Library

Tuesday, July 5
Arts & Crafts Camp (Day 1)
Three days of creativity!
2:00 p.m., Ages 7-11
Registration required.

Wednesday, July 6
Movers and Shakers Storytime
10:00 a.m., Ages 1-4 with adult

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

Arts & Crafts Camp (Day 2)
2:00 p.m., Ages 7-11
Registration required.

Thursday, July 7
Arts & Crafts Camp (Day 3)
This final Arts & Crafts Camp features Melissa from the Kennedy Art Center.
2:00 p.m., Ages 7-11
Registration required.

Saturday, July 9
Saturday Storytime
Enjoy books, songs, activities and more while building early literacy skills.
11:30 a.m., Ages 3-6

Lego Club
3:00-4:00 p.m., Ages 6-12

For more information, call 369-6037.

Friday, July 01, 2011

May 2011 Earnings Tax Report

A monthly feature

Individual…………….$ 114,580.34
Business……………….$ 57,759.01
Withholding………….$ 797,839.88
TOTAL………………....$ 970,179.23

Collections thru May 2011….……….....…...........$5,943,746.89
Collections thru May 2010..............................$6,730,219.24
11.68% decrease in collections over 2010.………($786,472,35)