2/6/17 • East End Meeting Minutes

East End Area Council Minutes – Feb 6 , 2017 7PM LeBlond RecPlex
Editor:  Barb Rider

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by President Pat Ormond. There were 30 in attendance, including 18 voting members.

The January minutes were accepted anonymously without c01Tection. Motion by Joe Zimmerman, seconded by Tim Haldemann.

Treasurer Jeff reported $16,786 in the treasury, with no activity since the last meeting. The report was accepted anonymously without correction. Motion by Mary Dyer, seconded by Tim Haldemann.

The Le Blond report was given by director Elayne Kazin, who reminded all of the winter hours for the RecPlex 9am-9pm. Membership is just $10 for those over 50 (good at all CRC facilities); $25 for under 50; $2 for kids. There are free spinning classes in the evening & morning, and yoga in the evening for members.

Erik Thomas from Riverview East Academy reported that the review of the school for their

accreditation will occur on Feb 27 and 28. A student (the first from Riverview East) was chosen to participate in a student exchange with Taiwan. There will be fundraisers to defer the $2700 cost to the family.

The Garden District plan vote has been postponed from January to March. Patrick has been knocking on doors to hear their concerns (traffic, littering and parking). A residents’ only Meet and Greet will occur within the next 3 weeks. Patrick will report on that at the March meeting.

Paddlefest will be a Friday-Saturday festival. Patrick asked Columbia-Tusculum and Boys Club/Girls Club to partner with us, especially with providing volunteers. He will also ask Thrive (they supplied I 000 gift bags last year) and Riverview East to participate, although volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age.

Officer Butler provided the January police report. There were no robberies and burglaries in the East End. Larceny thefts are up to 17 (compared to 9 in January last year). There was an arrest today concerning some auto thefts, which will help considerably.

Dr. Anisa Shomo, director of Riverview East Health Center, distributed monthly calendars of East End events. The clinic is doing wellness activities for the students and staff at the school. Flu vaccines are still available, as well as pneumonia, etc (no shingles). They collected lots of coats and other items for the recent clothing drive. happ

There was a discussion about whether the bimonthly Meet N Greets will continue. There’s been a switch to Wednesday nights at BrewRiver Gastropub. Mardi Gras will be celebrated there on Feb 28.

Attorney and resident Lew Seilor, head of the new EE Hillside Committee, reported on recent activity. He distributed information from the City of Cinti. There are two separate slides concurrently happening west of Collins. The top part is rapid; the bottom is slow. There used to be 12″ movement in 50 years. The western slide in the 2000 block of Riverside is much more active than expected at the rate of 2″/ma. The City has acknowledged that this is impacting utilities on Riverside Dr. There are obvious questions about the safety & stability of the hillside. Most days there are utility trucks working in the area. The head of the geotechnical dept in the City is involved, and they have hired an outside consultant. Inclinometers are in now (at least 12). The issue was addressed today in front of the Neighborhoods Committee, and there was much interest. Ruth Coon, living on the n01th side of Riverside, said that she sees movement every day. Patrick said this could be the most serious problem the EE has faced in 20 years. Property tax relief may be forthcoming.

Regina Moss (representing her co-chair William Sanders, who was at work) presented the EE 2017 NSP proposal, with 7 projects: insurance $900, event insurance $900, website maintenance $260, clinic supp01t $700, Riverview East $4000, landscaping $540, banners $400) for a total of $7700. Discussion included clarification on the purpose and history of NSP. Dr. Shomo asked how school needs would be determined; Melisse explained that the LSDMC of the school helped put together the list of capital needs that the EEAC could purchase through NSP. Vote: 17 yes 1 no O abstentions. Melisse May motioned; Barb Rider seconded.

Cam King, chief investigator of the Citizens Complaint Authority, spoke about the program. In existence since 2002, the agency investigates anytime a Cinti police officer is accused of misconduct. There are several staff members and a board of7 members appointed by the mayor and approved by City Council. Meetings are held on first Mondays at 5pm. Complaints can be emailed or called in: www.cinti-oh.gov/ccia. 513-352-1600. Meetings are on public access TV. In 2015 District 2 had 28 complaints (1 complaint from the EE)

Municipal Court Judge Curtis E. Kissinger spoke. He was appointed in Feb 2015, and is up for election in Nov for 6 yr te1m. He explained what municipal court does, and said he loves his job. Judge Kissinger also serves on the court’s Mental Health Committee. Hamilton County is divided into 7 municipal judge districts; EE is in district 4 (Anderson, Hyde Park, Norwood, etc). 946-5438.

Michelle Dillingham, candidate for City Council in Nov 2016 from Kennedy Heights, spoke. She served with David Crawley and worked on hillside issues with him. Ms Dillingham also ran for council in 2012. www.votedillingham.org

Marissa Reed, of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, a small non-profit, described what the organization does. From March-November, they support communities in the “Great American Clean-up” by providing supplies (water, gloves, bags, etc) free of charge. Staff members plan events in neighborhoods – Sept­Nov is available. They can always use volunteers for other clean-up projects around the city. 513- 352-4380. KeepCincinnatiBeautiful.org. The EE is scheduled for its “Blitz”Nov 6-10. Public services/a dumpster will be in the neighborhood all week. She advised scheduling a community clean­up the Sat afterwards, so we can get another dumpster.

Jackie discussed getting an auditor; in the past, we used the treasurer of Columbia Tusculum (Matt Ackerman).

Meeting was adjourned at 8:00.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Barb Rider

1/16/17 • East End Meeting Minutes

 

The EEAC Board Members met at the request of the president, Patrick Ormond. This meeting was held to further discuss issues brought before the EEAC Meeting held on 1/9/17.

Use of NSP funds available to EEAC in the amount of $7, 700 and due by Feb. 6th at 4:00 PM:

The Board discussed the use of the NSP funds and decided the following which will be submitted to the City by the Feb. 6th, 4:00PM due date:

  • Insurance for the EEAC Board Members: $900
  • EEAC future community event insurance: $900
  • EEAC Newsletter Software: $260
  • EEAC Banners/signage [2] for portable neighborhood identification at events occurring in the East End: $400
  • Riverview East Academy Health Center unmet patient and clinic needs: $700
  • Landscape services to maintain and improve Eastern EEAC Sign and plantings: $540
  • EEAC support for Riverside East Academy for equipment for students’ learning programs: $4,000

Regina Moss, William Sanders and Barbara Rider will write up this proposal and present to the city before the deadline of Feb. 6th, 2017. This will be reported at the EEAC meeting at 7:00 on Feb. 6th.

East End Garden District Plan/ Garden District petition: Much of the discussion about these two documents centered on the Plan’s use of the wording “Implementation Committee” as the group to be communicating with the City on future plans and actions.  In the past, in the development of this plan, the EEAC used the term “Steering Committee” to develop the plan. The question about the possibility that a committee that does not truly represent landowners, renters, or residents of the East End Garden District could be involved in the future plans for this area seems to be a big concern, and not clearly discussed in the Plan. This, in addition to the question of the use of private funds for traffic flow and parking surveys, needs to be clarified.

Therefore, Patrick Ormond asked that within the month of Feb. a meeting occur where all Garden District, East End property owners, residents, and renters meet to discuss and resolve these possible conflicts between the two documents.  The hope is that by the March EEAC meeting, amendments and/or clarification edits can be made within the Garden Plan. Then the Plan can be up for vote at the March EEAC meeting. The location and Date of the Feb. meeting will be announced at the Feb. 6th 7:00 PM EEAC meeting.

 

Secretary: Jane Sites

1/9/17 • East End Meeting Minutes

Meeting was called to order at 7:04 PM by President Patrick Ormond

Motion was passed to accept Dec. 2016 minutes.

Treasury report by Jeff Stewart reported that there is $16,786 balance in the EEAC account and all current bills are paid.

School Report: Charlene reported that the Riverview East Academy is seeking Advanced Education Credit.  This will require a site visit.  They need local support to advocate for this initiative which will occur on Feb. 27thand 28th– when the site visit is planned.  Please contact school for you interest in assisting.

Police Report:  Officer Kevin Butler reported a yearly summary  of crimes in our area and reported overall better results, with crime going down.

Health Center Report: Dr. Shomo reported the clinic is collecting winter clothes for all ages  and they still need donations.  You can leave them at the school, or Le Blond. Both the flu and pneumonia vaccine shots are still available at the clinic. The clinic is open 8-4:00 Mon.- Friday.

Hillside Committee: Mr. Sieler has asked the City to install Inclinometers in the areas most recently involved in the excessive landslides, and the city has agreed to install more monitoring devices.  The location of these devices will be determined by the City Engineering Dept. A question from the audience requested information about the possibility that tree removals in the area have impacted the landslides that our area has experienced.  No one knew of any studies on this issue.

Community Grant Application: Patrick Ormond explained that we missed key ingredients in the application this year, and that the city will require several area approvals, and surveys before moving forward with our application for next year.  This application was to consider the need and location of an area fresh food bank for citizens.

Garden district Plan: James Weaver of the City Planning Dept. presented for vote the Summary and recommendations of the 3 year study and proposal for future planning in the East End Garden District. Parking and traffic flow became the major issues that local citizens prioritized at several previous meetings and votes. There was a motion and a second motion to hold a vote, when a New Petition, reportedly signed by approximately 50+ Garden area residents, property owners, or renters, was presented to the council at the meeting.

A Discussion began about the differences in the petition requests and the Garden District plan started and centered on the issues of: a request that the Garden Plan be stopped; a desire to include parking and traffic surveys using private funds; and need for signage throughout the Garden District.  Mr. Ormond stopped the discussion and requested that the Executive EEAC Board  meet to determine and clarify any discrepancies between the two proposals and that the Board would get back to the Council by the latest of the  March EEAC meeting to take a vote on passage of either documents, or a combination of the two. A motion that the vote be delayed up to the March EEAC meeting date was made and seconded.

Gotham Place Development: Sarah Kokenge owns property on Gotham Place with the Schroder family, as co-owners. They want to swap partials of their land for city property, that includes the now land covered end of Gotham Place Road. The city is in approval of this request as in the exchange the city will gain partials of land that would protect their desire to consider a bike path in the future, on land now owned by Abundance, LLC., lots 251 and 253.  A motion was made to approve this exchange of land and the development for Gotham Place for residential use by Abundance LLC and was seconded and approved at the meeting.

NSP Funds: Barbara Rider wanted a meeting to discuss the need to submit to the City a plan for the use of the NSP funds available to EEAC of $7,700.  This plan has to be to the City by Feb 6th, at 4:00 PM before the next EEAC meeting. Mr. Ormond requested the Executive Board would meet quickly to plan the usage of these funds using proposals previously agreed upon throughout the Fall EEAC meetings of 2016.

Meeting was adjourned close to 8:00 PM.

Secretary: Jane Sites

10/2015 • October Newsletter

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EAST END NEWSLETTER • October 2015
Editor:  Barb Rider

PRESIDENT’S CORNER • Michael Bolan

October preparations for November 3 decisions 

Dear East Enders,

Cincinnatians are blessed with fabulous parks and recreation facilities left by past generations that fostered a sense of community. Among the issues to be voted on November 3 is the City of Cincinnati 1-mill Park Levy. The voters will determine whether the value proposition is worth the cost. Like many issues affecting neighborhoods, the common good can be arrived at after weighing the pros and cons. Predominate on the list of Park projects is the Oasis Bike Trail that would run through the entire 7-miles of East End including the scenic hillside below Columbia Parkway that was built in the 1930’s as a WPA project. I admit to being big fan of views along the grand Parkway and sometimes even enjoy being stopped in a traffic jam along the road coming into town just to savor the moment for viewing the wide vista of our Ohio River valley.

A discussion will be held about the Park Levy as well as the merits of the Oasis Bike Trail at the EEAC meeting on Monday Oct 5th 7 PM Leblond Rec Plex. The East End hillside below Columbia Parkway once served many homes. After the road was built, walking to adjacent hilltop neighborhoods was not so easy and the fully plotted hillside was abandoned except along Walworth, Hoff and Gradstone. These once connected street, now fragmented would be adjacent to the continuous Oasis Bike Trail. The Trail would also intersect existing walkable connections that have fallen into disrepair: Riverside/Kemper to Eden Park/Mt Adams, Riverside/LeBlond/Collins to East Walnut Hills/O’Bryonville, Riverside/Torrence to Hyde Park and Riverside/Wenner Tunnel to CT/ Mt Lookout (see map below). Recently, I walked the overgrown Collins Steps right-of-way from LeBlond RecPlex but still arrived at DeSales Corner in just 12 minutes!

The urban landscape is always evolving. The EEAC is a forum for enlarged conversations about the common good that can render a consensus when available to better prioritize city efforts. Shared minds bring out the best. Should the Park Levy pass and the Oasis Trail be built, a prepared East End could have addition opportunities to make better connections with the hilltop neighborhoods.

Best regards,

 

Michael Bolan

MONTHLY NEIGHBORHOOD  MEETINGS

East End Area Council meetings are held on first Mondays  at 7PM.   All are welcome!   The agenda usually includes reports from District 2 police, the Riverview East Academy principal, and the LeBlond RecPlex director.  There are also reports from the treasurer, Garden District, our City liaison, and more!  East End residents and business owners are eligible to vote if they have attended a meeting within the last 12 months.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming meetings:
Oct 5 –  Info on Park Levy & Oasis Bike Trail.  NSP vote
Nov 2 – Nominees for office are announced
Dec 7 – Election of officers for 2016

 RIVERVIEW EAST ACADEMY NEWS

Our neighborhood public school (at 3555 Kellogg Ave) is celebrating its 10th anniversary!   Come visit this impressive PreK-Gr. 12 school at its Open House on Wed, Sept 30th 4:30-6:30.  Everyone is welcome!

About 80% of the students at REA receive free/reduced lunch (based on family income).  PowerPacks (bags of supplemental food) are provided by the Free Store Food Bank, and are distributed to students in need on Fridays. 

Unfortunately, the school does not receive enough for the need of the school.   Non-perishable, healthy food items were collected at the Sept 22nd.  Anyone interested in providing extra food items (non-perishable) to supplement PowerPacks, please bring to the EEAC Council meeting on October 5th.

The last Movies by the River is Friday, Oct 2nd.   Come watch Pitch Perfect with the family under the stars.  The fun begins at dusk!

-Charlene Myers, Principal   363-3400

 BINGO at ST. ROSE

 Did you know that bingo is played every Saturday at St. Rose (2501 Riverside Dr)?  The doors open at 5:30 and regular bingo begins at 8:00.  Everyone is welcome!

 -Margie Coffey, St. Rose Bingo Manager  MCoffey8203@gmail.com 

 EAST END YOUTH COMMITTEE

 A group has been meeting at the Pendleton to plan after-school activities for the youth of the East End.  Participants have included Ruth Coon, Patrick Ormond, Jackie Weist, Mary Dyer, Anna Hair, and Melisse May.  Ideas include offering odd jobs (like snow shoveling and litter pick-up) to young people, as well as workshops (like gardening and bike repair).  The next meeting is Tuesday, Sept 29 at 6:10 at the Pendleton.   Anyone may attend!

Dr. Anisa Shomo  363-3476

 MONEY for the EAST END

All 51 City of Cincinnati neighborhoods are eligible to apply for funds each year to use for beautification, leadership training, communication and support for youth.  In the past few years, the maximum funds per neighborhood has been $5000 (this is how we got our Delta/Kellogg message board, litter pick-up supplies, boundary signs, insurance, newsletter software).

Next year, each neighborhood’s allotment is $6800!   We will vote on how we’d like to use our Neighborhood Support Fund (NSP) money at the Oct 5th meeting.  Please come and bring your ideas!

LEBLOND RECPLEX

Our neighborhood recreation center, LeBlond RecPlex, is now open 9AM-9PM Monday through Friday (2335 Riverside Dr).  In additional to being the Cincinnati Recreation Commission headquarters for therapeutic recreation with a fully accessible playground and an outdoor multiple sports court, offerings to all residents include:

  • Indoor group cycling Mon & Wed 6:15-7PM, Wed & Fri 5:15-6PM, and Tues & Thurs 11AM-Noon.   Call at least one hr before class to reserve a bike.  Free to CRC members (adults $25/seniors $10 annually).
  • Fitness Room $20/quarter…$5/day.  Orientation Mon & Wed 2-3PM, or by appointment.  
  • Personal Training Mon & Thurs 2-3PM, or by appointment.  

Call Mark for appointments and cycle reservations 352-4013.

 HELP the EEAC

Want to have an impact on your neighborhood?   Consider being an East End Area Council officer or committee chair!   The jobs can be fun, and you’ll learn about our neighborhood while making new friends!  No experience necessary to write the newsletter, put up messages, serve as city liaison or even serve as president!  Contact Jane Sites, nominating committee, at 476-4580 or jane.sites@cchmc.org to learn more. 

 HEALTH FAIR RE-SCHEDULED

 The fun health fair originally scheduled for Sept 26 will now be held on Saturday, Oct 24th 10AM-2PM.  Come celebrate the first anniversary of the Riverview East Health Center and enjoy free food and a bouncy house.  Various health screenings will also be offered.  DJ Dan Hargraves will provide music. It all happens on the grounds of Riverview East Academy at 3555 Kellogg Ave. 

Call 363-3476 for more information – or to make an appointment for a vaccine, check-up, diabetes care, mental health support, etc.  Newborns to elderly are served!

8/2015 • August Newsletter

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EAST END NEWSLETTER • August 2015
Editor:  Barb Rider

PRESIDENT’S CORNER • Michael Bolan

 

Dear East Enders,

Youth Activities?

A group of concerned East End residents will be meeting Monday, August 10 at 6PM to discuss offering after-school activities for youth.  If interested in helping plan things for our neighborhood young people to do, please attend the meeting at the Pendleton Heritage Center (2760 Riverside Dr) – just west of St. Andrews adjacent to Fuel.

 

Meet & Greet

There will be no East End Meet & Greet in August (as previously announced).   Stay tuned for a date and location to be announced for September.

7/2015 • July Newsletter

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EAST END NEWSLETTER • July 2015
Editor:  Barb Rider

PRESIDENT’S CORNER • Jeff Kirschner

July President’s Corner
The East End is on the move.  With several popular restaurants, well used bike lanes, a new health clinic, housing rehabs and new construction, many positive things are happening in the East End.   It is a dynamic neighbor-hood, with an awesome and eclectic population.  In my humble opinion, it is just kind of a cool place.  So it is with both a real sense of sadness and regret that I find myself stepping down from the role of EEAC president.

The time and energy commitment has simply outgrown my ability to keep up, so this next meeting will be my last as President.  I have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many excellent East Enders over the past 18 months.  I hope to see many of you at our next meeting July 6th, 7pm at LeBlond.  Vice Mayor David Mann will be joining us and we will also be getting n update on Garden District Planning.

Have a safe Holiday weekend – and see you on the 6th.

AGENDA • July 6 •  7PM  • LeBlond RecPlex

President’s Report – Jeff Kirschner
June 1 Minutes – Laurie Keleher
Treasurer’s Report – Jeff Stewart

Community Reports:
Police –
LeBlond – Alayne Kazin
Riverview East Academy – Charlene Myers

Committee Reports:
Garden – Joe Corcoran
Development – Melisse May
Community Relations – Jane Sites
City Liaison – Jackie Weist
NSP – Tad Schroeder

Old Business:
Garden District – Justin Lamorella, City of Cinti

New Business:
Vice Mayor David Mann

Other
Calendar
Adjournment

 

6/2015 • June Newsletter

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EAST END NEWSLETTER • June 2015
Editor:  Barb Rider

PRESIDENT’S CORNER • Jeff Kirschner
Dirt is moving in the East End!  Along Riverside Drive you have probably noticed several new homes being built near Brown Street, a new parking lot off of Vance Street near BrewRiver GastroPub, and dirt being moved for a development just east of LeBlond.  You have probably noticed 2 large earthen holes not far from Riverview East Academy.  If you are curious as to what is happening down in these holes, join us on Monday June 1 at 7 pm at LeBlond to hear from Dawn Jackson, Community Liaison for the Metropolitan Sewer District and Greater Cincinnati Water Works.

Monday we will also provide some updates on efforts led by the East End Area Council to develop a community plan for the Garden District (roughly the area between Schimdt Fields and the Riverview East Academy).  Three committees were formed, and they had their initial report outs several weeks ago.  While each committee’s plans were all slightly different, there appears to be some solid areas of consensus.  The committees have worked on refining plans and bringing them into alignment.

We will also discuss some preliminary concepts to consider moving the Showboat Majestic to the Garden District. Finally, a big thanks to the volunteer crew who manned the Flying Pig’s Fun Zone last month, earning over $1000 for the EEAC!

AGENDA • June 1 •  7PM  • LeBlond RecPlex
President’s Report – Jeff Kirschner
May 4 Minutes – Laurie Keleher
Treasurer’s Report – Jeff Stewart

Community Reports:
Police –
LeBlond – Alayne Kazin
Riverview East Academy – Charlene Myers
Committee Reports:
Garden – Joe Corcoran
Development – Melisse May
Community Relations – Jane Sites
City Liaison – Jackie Weist
NSP – Tad Schroeder
Old Business:
Garden District Planning Update
Showboat Majestic Update
New Business:

Dawn Jackson, Community Liaison Metropolitan Sewer District/Greater Cincinnati Water Works

June Calendar of Events
June 1   7PM:    EEAC mtg at LeBlond
June 13   10AM:  Second Saturday Sweep litter clean-up.  Meet at LeBlond
June 16   6PM:  Meet N Greet at Sky Galley, Lunken Airport

 

4/2015 • April Newsletter

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EAST END NEWSLETTER • April 2015
Editor:  Barb Rider

PRESIDENT’S CORNER • Jeff Kirschner

Last month I wrote about two planning efforts that could change the East End in a big way.  A couple of updates:
• First, efforts led by the East End Area Council are underway to develop a community plan for the Garden District.  Three committees were formed, and they had their initial report outs several weeks ago.  While each committee’s plans were all slightly different, there appears to be some solid areas of consensus.  Work over this month will focus on refining plans and bringing them into alignment.

• Second, the Ohio Riverway group has been leading efforts to plan for and develop the northern tracks of the Oasis Rail Line into a bike and pedestrian trail.  Per Cincinnati.com: “The region’s transit authority (SORTA) approved moving forward with the proposal to convert an unused rail line into a bike trail between Downtown and Lunken Airport.  It’s the biggest victory yet for a group that has worked for nearly a decade to build a 4 1/2 mile trail running parallel between Columbia Parkway and the Ohio River.”  The EEAC provided a letter to SORTA supporting the bike trail.

There are three great opportunities to get out and meet your neighbors:  Community Council on Monday the 6th, Second Saturday Sweep on April 11th; and Meet & Greet on Tuesday, April 21.  I hope to see you at one of these!

AGENDA – Apr 6   7PM   LeBlond RecPlex
President’s Report – Jeff Kirschner
Mar 2nd Minutes – Laurie Keleher
Financial Report – Jeff Stewart

Community Reports:
Police – Officer Germaine Love
LeBlond – Alayne Kazin
Riverview East Academy – Charlene Myers

Committee Reports:
Garden – Joe Corcoran
Development – Melisse May
Community Relations – Jane Sites
City Liaison – Jackie Weist
NSP – Tad Schroeder

Fun for Volunteers; Funds for the East End!!
If you’re sitting out the Flying Pig this year, consider joining your neighbors at our Party Zone on Sunday morning, May 3!   Bring a lawn chair and cheer on runners & walkers, while distributing food & drink to their family & friends.   You’ll get a Tshirt, and the East End will earn money for our (easy!) efforts.  Please sign up today at GetMeRegistered.com.  Use eastend as your password. — Nick Motz

Second Saturday Sweep
Despite a steady rain, 10 volunteers cleaned up the litter west of the Rookwood underpass on Mar 14.  Special thanks to the St. Timothy Episcopal youth group, and East End resident Tad Schroeder.

The next clean-up day is Sat, April 11.  We’ll meet at the LeBlond parking lot at 10AM to assign groups of volunteers to specific areas of the East End. And thanks to NSP funds, we now have spiffy safety vests and pick-up sticks!   Plastic bags and rubber gloves will also be provided. Let’s get rid of the litter plaguing the beautiful East End to welcome spring.  Please join your neighbors for an hour or two at our next EEAC “Second Saturday Sweep!” — Barb Rider

Meet & Greet – Apr 21
Come celebrate the opening of Pearls at the East End’s next Meet & Greet on Tues, Apr 21 at 6PM.   In addition to meeting neighbors from Columbia Tusculum and Linwood, we’ll get a first-hand look at the area’s newest drinking establishment.  Owners John Tieman, Scott Yards and Mike Finley have taken 8 months focusing on preservation of the historic building at 3520 Eastern Ave.  A 1000 square foot patio with an outdoor fireplace is a highlight. There will be a cash bar, and door prizes.   Don’t miss this fun time! — Jane Sites

Garden District Housing Design Contest at UC
Did you know that the EEAC sponsored a contest for DAAP students at UC to create housing designs for our Garden District?  You can see the 4 winning posters for “Flood Resilient Infill Housing Competition at the East End” at Garden District Housing Contest.  Take a look – it’s fun to see all the creativity and some very real possibilities for new housing in our neighborhood! — Melisse May

Irish Heritage Center
Lots of ineresting events take place at this East End location at 3905 Eastern Ave:  Blue Rock Boys group (Apr 9), tenor Mick & Friends (Apr 16), Celtic rock band Tempest (Apr 19), The Cavalcaders play (Apr 24-26).  Check them out at Irish Heritage Center or call 533-0100. — Jackie Weist

Riverview East Academy News
REA is one of 38 area schools sending students Apr 15-22 to perform in a Shakespeare Festival at Memorial Hall.  For almost a year, REA high school and elementary students have been working with members of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.  For a complete listing of the week’s events, go to Shakespeare Festival — Jackie Weist

East End Blog
UC students who have been studying the East End for experiential learning at DAAP have decided to create a blog that features the attractions of the East End.  This project is an adjunct to the architecture award project with Professor Frank Russell.  Check it out: East End Blog — Melisse May

Garden Showcase
A day of learning and good eating will take place on Sat, Apr 25 in the Garden District.  Tours and breakfast begin at 10AM in the green space off Strader Ave.  Educational workshops will be held from 11-2, followed by a community potluck (bring a dish to share).  The day will feature planting with straw bales, scarecrow making, cooking demos, transplanting demos, chicken tractor construction and door prizes. This event is sponsored by Urban Greens, Turner Farm’s Community Garden Programs, and the East End Memorial Garden. — Jackie Weist

Free Gardening Classes!
A series of five free gardening classes is being offered by Turner Farm on Given Road in Indian Hill, using our East End Garden District as a “living textbook.”  Classes are scheduled for Sunday afternoons at the Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, beginning April 19.  Topics include growing fruits and vegetables naturally, plant anatomy, sowing seeds and potatoes, seasonable growing practices, managing pests, when/how to harvest, and storing/preserving your garden bounty.  Everyone will work in their own garden journal.  To register, contact Peter Huttinger at 328-0100 or at peter.turnerfarm@gmail.com. — Peter Huttinger

District 2 Safety Tips
MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS KNOW:

  • How to call “911” or “0” in emergencies, and how to use a public phone. Help them practice making   emergency phone calls. Be sure all emergency numbers – police, fire, poison control and emergency medical – are by all phones.
  • Their full name, address, and phone number (including the area code), plus your work phone number. If you have a cellular phone and/or beeper, teach your children these numbers.
  • How to be confident and stay alert to what’s going on around them.
  • To walk and play with friends, not alone.
  • To refuse rides or gifts from anyone, unless it’s someone both you and your child know and trust.
  • To tell a trusted adult immediately if anyone, no matter whom, touches them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.
    — Sgt. Rodney T. Pompey, District Neighborhood Liaison Supervisor

April-May Calendar of Events
Apr 6  7PM:    East End Area Council mtg at LeBlond
Apr 11  10AM:   Second Saturday Sweep litter clean-up.  Meet at LeBlond for assignment.
Apr 21  6PM:  Meet & Greet at Pearls, 3520 Eastern Ave.  Cintas Center
Apr 25  10AM-2PM:   Garden Showcase, Garden District  (Riverside & Strader)
May 3   8AM:  Flying Pig Party Zone
May 4   7PM:  East End Area Council mtg at LeBlond

 

 

3/2015 • March Newsletter

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EAST END NEWSLETTER • March 2015
Editor:  Barb Rider

PRESIDENT’S CORNER • Jeff Kirschner

 

Could big plans change the East End in big ways?  During the past month we saw plans move forward on two major projects that could reshape the East End:
• First, efforts led by the East End Area Council are underway to develop a community plan for the Garden District.  Three committees have been meeting and first reports outs are scheduled for later in March.

• Second, the Ohio Riverway group has been leading efforts to plan for and develop the northern tracks of the Oasis Rail Line into a bike and pedestrian trail.  A standing-room-only crowd attended a SORTA hearing on the plan last Friday.  With support from Mayor Cranley, Great Parks of Hamilton County and many, many others (including the EEAC), this plan seems to be gathering some real momentum.

There are other plans afoot to potentially relocate the Showboat Majestic to a land-based site in the East End.  Leaders of this effort rescheduled their presentation from last month to this coming Monday.

As Eastenders, we have great opportunities right now to shape how our neighborhood changes and evolves.  Our area council is one way to have input.  I hope you can join us on Monday, March 2 at 7pm at the LeBlond RecPlex.

AGENDA – Mar 2   7PM   LeBlond RecPlex
President’s Report – Jeff Kirschner
Feb 2nd Minutes – Laurie Keleher
Financial Report – Jeff Stewart
Community Reports:
Police – Officer Germaine Love
LeBlond – Alayne Kazin
Riverview East Academy – Charlene Myers
Committee Reports:
Garden – Joe Corcoran
Development – Melisse May
Community Relations – Jane Sites
City Liaison – Jackie Weist
NSP – Tad Schroeder
New Business: Showboat Majestic

Second Saturday Sweep a Success!
Six hardy souls volunteered to kick-off the East End’s new monthly litter pick-up on Valentine’s Day.  Despite the blustery weather, Cathy & Jeff Kirschner, Melisse May, Ed Rider, Tad Schroeder, and Mike Weber spent several hours collecting cans, paper cups, etc. from Riverside and Collins.  Thank you to all!
But there is more work to be done.  Consider joining the next clean-up day:  March 14th at 10AM.  We’ll meet in the LeBlond parking lot to choose locations.  Plastic bags rubber gloves & water will be provided.  You can work as long as you wish, with whomever you want!
Let’s think nice early spring fresh air for the EEAC’s 2nd “Second Saturday Sweep”   See you at LeBlond on Sat, 3/14 at 10:00! — Barb Rider

Meet & Greet – Feb 17
A good time was had by all East Enders who gathered to enjoy Mardi Gras on Tues, Feb 17 at Swampwater Grill.  Thanks to Jane Sites for organizing the fun event.   Look for future Meet & Greets on 3rd Tuesday evenings!

March Calendar of Events
Mar 2  7PM:  East End Area Council meeting at LeBlond RecPlex
Mar 6-7:  Neighborhood Summit at XU Cintas Center
Mar 14  10AM: Second Saturday Sweep (litter pick-up).  Meet at LeBlond RecPlex
Apr 6  7PM:  EEAC mtg at LeBlond…and OPENING DAY!!

 

2/2015 • February Newsletter

blogpostEAST END NEWSLETTER • February 2015
Editor:  Barb Rider

PRESIDENT’S CORNER • Jeff Kirschner

Please join us at our February meeting on the 2nd.  Although we did not meet in January, much has been happening and our Board has been busy.

A number of Board members met with a group of architecture students from UC’s DAAP program who are participating in a course/contest to preset design concepts for a home that would be suitable for construction in the Garden District within the flood plain.  In addition, a well attended meeting was held on Jan 28 to formally kick-off our efforts to develop a community land use plan for the Garden District.

While we are proactively focusing on the Garden District, there are a number of other projects being planned for – or proposed for – the East End.  These include interest in potentially relocating the Showboat Majestic to a land-based site in the East End.  Leaders of this effort are scheduled to be at our meeting on Monday.

Well be talking about the bike trail at the meeting also! Hope to see you on Monday!

Introducing Your 2015 EEAC Officers
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Laurie Keleher (sec), Jeff Stewart (treas), Michael Bolan (VP), Tad Schroeder (NSP rep). Re-elected president Jeff Kirschner is not pictured.
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Jackie Weist, moving to City Liaison position, swears in our new officers on December 1.

AGENDA – Feb 2   7PM   LeBlond RecPlexPresident’s Report – Jeff Kirschner
December 1 Minutes – Laurie Keleher
Financial Report – Jeff StewartCommunity Reports:
Police – Officer Germaine Love
LeBlond – Alayne Kazin
Riverview East Academy – Charlene MyersCommittee Reports:
Garden – Joe Corcoran
Development – Melisse May
Community Relations – Jane Sites
City Liaison – Jackie Weist
NSP – Tad SchroederOld Business:
Health Center UpdateNew Business:
Showboat Majestic Relocation
Bike Trail
Monthly litter pick-up – Barb Rider

Litter Solution?
Litter along the roadways of the East End is a persistent problem.  Sometimes random residents will spend a few hours picking up beverage cans, fast food bags, etc. from Riverside, Collins, etc.  But there’s a more effective – and fun – idea for keeping the East End looking good!On 2nd Saturdays each month at 10:00 in the LeBlond parking lot, volunteers will meet to choose areas of East End roadways to clean-up.  Plastic bags will be provided; bringing gloves is recommended.  Work as long as you wish, with whomever you want! “Second Saturday Sweeps” will begin this month – on Feb. 14!  Yes, Valentine’s Day!  Could there be a better way to show your love for the East End?! See you at LeBlond on Sat, 2/14 at 10:00! — Barb Rider

Meet & Greet – Feb 17
Come join your EEAC neighbors and enjoy Mardi Gras on Tues, Feb 17 at Swampwater Grill, 3742 Kellogg Ave! —  Jane Sites

East End Sewer Work
MSD is revamping the sewer mains in the Garden District. The project includes removal of the Pump Station surrounded by chain link fence in the front yard of the school. In the past, sewer overflows frequently spilled over from Humbolt and Lower Delta into the Ohio River. Known as Combined Sewer Overflows, CSO’s are a major source of pollution to our river.

In our area, during wet weather conditions, rain water gets infiltrates into the sewers and overwhelms the capacity of the pipes as well as the treatment plant, causing raw sewage spills into the Ohio River. Cincinnati is under court order to stop violating EPA regulations under the Clean Water Act.

Although huge, multi-million dollar dirt-moving projects like this are part of the solution, green practices like rain barrels and improved drainage practices also minimize the sewer overflows by holding back rain water during peak flows. The rain barrels also lower the use of expensive and energy-consuming tap water to irrigate gardens during dry weather.

The East End Garden District is on the forefront of using best green practices as an example of how to make our lovely river even more beautiful and healthy. — Michael Bolan

February Calendar of Events
Feb 2  7PM:  East End Area Council meeting at LeBlond RecPlex
Feb 14  10AM: Second Saturday Sweep (litter pick-up).  Meet at LeBlond RecPlex
Feb 17  6PM:  Meet & Greet at Swampwater Grill