One of Cincinnati’s
unique treasures is celebrating a major anniversary this year. Mount
Airy Forest, the 1,471-acre park and nature preserve on the city’s
northwest edge, was established 100 years ago. The Park Board
commemorated the event earlier this month with a day-long event that
included songs, storytelling and historical reenactments.
The city's Health Department will
administer a $760,000 grant from the state to create the Reproductive
Health Improvement Collaborative, in conjunction with University
Hospital’s Center for Women’s Health. The new initiative will try to
lessen health disparities in 19 area zip codes — mostly low-income areas
— that have high Infant Mortality Rates.
People who live on the
streets and have mental problems soon will get some much-needed help.
Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services recently received a
$300,000 grant from the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati to fund a
three-year joint project with the Cincinnati Health Network.
dilapidated bridge on Interstate 75 that connects Cincinnati to Northern
Kentucky got a shout-out last week from the main man. President Obama
mentioned the rusty steel structure in his Aug. 8 speech to Congress as
an example of projects that could be expedited if his jobs plan is
Maybe Bortz, the Charterite
attorney who is seeking his fourth term on Cincinnati City Council,
doesn’t own a calculator. That’s about the only reason we can think of
that Bortz would complain to The Enquirer that he’s tired of
hearing from council’s Democrats that he doesn’t have a plan to avoid a
$33 million deficit next year. As proof that he does, Bortz listed cuts
that would eliminate half that amount. That’s right — half.
The state lawmaker who represents the Ohio House 31st District was appointed last week to a special committee to study Ohio’s tax structure and recommend changes. Having a person like Driehaus — a Democrat from Price Hill — on the group will help ensure a balanced approach to reform that doesn’t benefit corporations by shifting even more of the tax burden onto the middle class.
The superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools, Mary Ronan, deserves a feather in her cap for providing the leadership that’s resulted in the district receiving an “effective” rating from the Ohio Department of Education. That once again makes CPS the highest-rated of Ohio’s eight urban school districts.
The 12-year-old Mariah Reynolds, who is a drama and vocal major at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Over-the-Rhine, recently received a major award for her volunteerism. She was one of four children nationwide selected as winners in the “Kids Who Give” contest, sponsored by Farm Rich, the Georgia-based producer of frozen foods.
In what’s the largest solar project in downtown Cincinnati to date, 429 solar energy collection panels have been installed on the roof of the Duke Energy Convention Center. The 101 kilowatt installation is expected to receive 1,000 hours of sunlight annually and reduce the center’s greenhouse gas emissions by 57.9 metric tons each year.
The hillside neighborhood that overlooks downtown to the west is making a rebound after years of suffering due to bad policy decisions by bureaucrats. Crime reported in the East, West and Lower Price Hill areas took a steep 20.2 percent drop in the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period a year ago, according to statistics compiled by Cincinnati Police.
Megan Ketover, the pastry chef at downtown’s Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel, has been selected to compete against 14 other pastry chefs on the new season of Top Chef: Just Desserts. The reality TV show, which appears on the Bravo cable network, premieres Aug. 24.
Step aside, Happy Days. If everything goes well, the average American might think of downtown Cincinnati’s historic watering hole when they hear TV characters talking about “going to Arnold’s” after this fall. That’s because producers of the NBC drama series, Harry’s Law, have decided to use exterior shots of the East Eighth Street bar and recreate the tavern’s interior in a Hollywood studio.
If this were the Olympics, the Over-the-Rhine Foundation would’ve been awarded a bronze medal, which isn’t bad at all. Despite a concerted online lobbying effort, the nonprofit agency placed third in an online voting competition recently held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
We hardily endorse the latest idea from Kevin Flynn, the Mount Airy attorney and Charterite who’s making his second run for Cincinnati City Council. Like a few other politicos before him, Flynn proposes that council incumbents forego their usual two-month summer recess and stay in session, working on a plan to avoid the city’s estimated $33 million deficit next year.
A judge’s job is to use reason and discretion to make fair decisions, within the scope of the law. But a decision June 24 by Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Bernie Bouchard strikes as excessive and vindictive.