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by 03.23.2009
Posted In: CPS, Community, Environment at 11:31 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Have You Hugged Your School Today?

What happens when tree-huggers go to school? You get “Green & Healthy Schools.”

ALLY: Alliance for Leadership and Interconnection is a “citizen’s group providing leadership coaching and strategic guidance for policy development and implementation of environmental sustainability programs.” According to their Web site. And their first significant action in 2004 was to begin the Growing Green and Healthy Schools Network.

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by 11.24.2010

Freestore Helps Feed Nearly 35,000

As part of its annual Thanksgiving Day preparations for the needy, the Freestore Foodbank distributed almost 400,000 pounds of food, its largest amount ever for the holiday.

During the past three days, the emergency food provider distributed 399,660 pounds of food to 12,204 households. That's enough to feed 34,980 people, according to a spokeswoman.

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by 04.22.2009

Re-Integrating Millions

Considering that the United States has incarcerated more of its citizens than any other country in the world, we’ve created a problem we can’t avoid – re-integrating millions of people into mainstream society. With restrictions on employment that bar former felons from even submitting an application for an open position, we’re creating conditions that, at best, force former offenders into lying to get jobs or returning to crime in order to survive.

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by 04.30.2009
Posted In: News, Community, Environment at 02:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Talkin' Trash

Not long before Earth Day, Arbor Day and other green-focused days there’s a vast call for volunteers to do all kinds of thing from trash pick up to planting more green stuff. But after it’s all done, there’s little information provided about what was accomplished.

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by 04.27.2009
Posted In: Not-for-profit, Community, News at 09:53 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

And They’re Off!

April showers bring May flowers and the start of run/walk/roll fundraisers. Combining a worth-while cause with fitness and the great outdoors is way to stay in shape as much as it is an opportunity to lend your time and financial support to groups you believe in – toss in a few prizes and other activities and the whole family can make a day of it.

That’s what the Sixth Annual A Kid Again 5K Run/Walk is hoping you’ll do.

“A Kid Again provides fun-filled activities for children with life threatening illnesses and their families, all year long,” according to an event announcement.

The group, formerly known as Adventures For Wish Kids, “strives to enrich the lives of children with life threatening illnesses and their families by providing healing times of respite through our fun-filled group activities and destination events, which we call adventures.”

The registration fee is $25 pre-race day and $30 day of race. Proceeds will support A Kid Again.

Prizes will be awarded to:

- The team with the most team members

- The team that raises the most money

- The team with the best name

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. on May 30 at Kings Island. And for this race, early registration is its own reward – the first 500 people to register will get into Kings Island free the day of the event.

Register Online at www.akidagain.org/5k or call 513-232-5104 for more information.

by Kevin Osborne 09.10.2011
Posted In: Religion, Community at 12:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Archdiocese and Islam


When The Enquirer reported Thursday that Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, head of the Cincinnati Archdiocese for the Catholic Church, would participate in an interfaith 9/11 memorial on Sunday with a Muslim group, it raised a few eyebrows and prompted some emails.

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by 12.19.2008
Posted In: Community at 10:06 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Winter and You

The Department of Public Safety Emergency Management Agency doesn’t want you to get caught out in the cold or in a flood or any of the other icky weather situations that arise during the winter months in Ohio. In a press release they offer a number of helpful tips that make a lot of sense.

“To stay safe, learn the difference between winter storm watches and warnings mean,” the press release says. “Prepare your home against the cold; and use caution and common sense when driving.

And this is what they have to say about that…

Winter Awareness Information:

  • A winter storm WATCH means a winter storm is possible in your area.
  • A winter storm WARNING means a winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area. Local National Weather Service forecast offices issue warnings on a county-by-county basis.
  • A blizzard WARNING means sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions.

Winter Preparedness Information:

  • Use a NOAA Weather Radio to keep you informed of watches and warnings issued in your area
  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from
  • Discuss with your family what to do if a winter storm WATCH or WARNING is issued Make sure your home is properly insulated. If necessary, insulate walls and attic

Winter Driving:

  • Have your vehicles winterized before the winter storm
  • Put together a separate disaster supplies kit for your vehicle
  • Speed and Distance —The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop. When accelerating on snow or ice, take it slow to avoid slipping and sliding. Remember, Ice and Snow…Take it Slow
  • Brake — Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly, and never slam on the brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal. Either way, give yourself plenty of room to stop
  • Control — When driving on ice and snow, do not use cruise control and avoid abrupt steering maneuvers. When merging into traffic, take it slow. Sudden movements can cause your vehicle to slide.
  • Vision — Be aware of what’s going on well ahead of you. Actions by other vehicles will alert you to problems more quickly, and give you that split-second of extra time to react safely

To check out road closures, detours and other traffic information, visit www.buckeyetraffic.org

by 12.04.2008
Posted In: Community at 10:43 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Shopping Mania

Shop-til-you-drop is the new mantra for a lot of people, but buyer beware!

“Ken Grossman, crime prevention specialist with the Xavier University Police Department, has created a list of holiday safety tips as a means of reminding and helping members of the community remain safe during the holidays,” says a press release from Xavier.

• Don’t be overburdened with packages. Carrying several shopping bags makes you vulnerable.

(Going back to the car to drop purchases in the trunk and be a pain, but look at it as additional exercise and an insurance policy for seeing people open those gifts you picked out – don’t forget to set your car alarm.)

• Shop with others. If there are three or more people together, the chance of being targeted for crime is 90 percent less than when alone.

(The stress of finding parking and waiting in line is a lot easier to deal with when you’re able to enjoy the company of friends, not strangers, in the midst of all the hassle.)

• ATM robberies often occur after the patron has completed their transaction. Always have your head up and be aware of your surroundings when you leave an ATM.

(Only go to well-lit ATM locations, go with an ATM buddy or, better yet, use an ATM during banking hours when there security guards are standing by.)

• Avoid leaving boxes from purchases (especially TVs, VCRs, computer, etc.) out on the curb for trash pickup.

(Take advantage of community recycling drop centers – you can recycle cardboard and other materials removing tell-tale signs of expensive gifts in the house and get rid of old computers and related paraphernalia via the computer recycling program offered by Hamilton County.)

More tips can be found at the school’s Web site, too.

by 02.11.2009
Posted In: Community, Public Policy, Social Justice at 03:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Homlessness in 2009 - Family Style

Since the late 1980s, Cincinnati’s homeless population has included a growing number of families with children

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by 12.23.2008
Posted In: Community at 08:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Let's All NOT Kill Each Other on the Roads

So you're going to be driving over the next few days.  As I write the roads are getting icy, but it will be 53 degrees on Christmas Day.  If I don't start a riot due to the stupid weather, I will also be driving.  I would appreciate it if you wouldn't kill me while I drive by doing something stupid.

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