Westside Messenger - December 15th, 2019

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December 15, 2019 - January 11, 2020 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVI, No. 13

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Celebrating

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

The feet were fast and the rugs were cut

as dozens of children and adults came

to the Westgate Park Community

Center on Dec. 6 to attend the annual

Holiday Dance. The event, which is

hosted by the West Columbus Civitan

Club, celebrates those with intellectual

and developmental disabilities and

their families and guardians. As an

extra special treat, there was a surprise

appearance by members of The Royals

Project. Top right, westside resident

Patrick Stumpp goes to the ball with

Cinderella, aka Amelia Crabtree.

Bottom right, Tasha Corson, Dean

Hughes and Zach King take a moment

of festive rest before boogying down

again.

Helping Westside

residents find work

By Christine Bryant

Staff Writer

Like most applicants, Marcuse Peterson

had no idea the smallest mannerisms

could make such a big impact when interviewing

for a job.

The Columbus resident had been unemployed

since the spring and began looking

for ways to gain an edge on other job candidates.

He worked with a job and life skills specialist

at the Columbus Metropolitan

Library, took a Microsoft Word and Excel

class and attended job fairs. He says one

course in particular opened his eyes to how

he could set himself apart from the rest in

an often crowded applicant pool.

“I sat in a class on how to prepare

myself for a job interview,” he said. “I

learned a lot. (The course organizers) got a

suit for me, they motivated me and got my

resume set up where I can go in confident

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The 11th annual #3 “Refuse to Lose”

Ryan Salmons Blood Drive will be held at

Memorial Baptist Church, at 2435 Eakin

Road on Dec. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to register. Walkins

accepted as schedule permits. A raffle

will be offered with all contributions benefiting

the Columbus Blue Jacket

Foundation. Grand prize is dinner, a pair of

tickets to a Blue Jackets home game and a

buffet dinner. Additional Jackets memorabilia

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who died in 2009 after a brief battle with

cancer. Donors receive a complimentary

ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased

for $5 each or three for $10 at the event or

in advance by calling 614-309-6686.

Fresh produce to be distributed

Free fresh fruit and vegetables will be

distributed on Jan. 11 to qualified, lowincome

Franklin County residents. The

fresh produce will be available at Central

Baptist Church, 1955 Frank Road, beginning

at 10:30 a.m. To assist in registration,

WORK PROGRAM

Continued from page 1

and present myself to the company - not

sell myself, but present myself.”

The class is just one part of a new workforce

readiness program that supports the

Franklinton and Hilltop communities in

demonstrating early success. The collaboration

between Columbus Metropolitan

Library and CoverMyMeds launched in

July and is available at no cost at the

library’s Hilltop and Franklinton branches.

The program offers adults in neighborhoods

where unemployment rates are as

high as 7.9 percent an opportunity to learn,

grow and gain skills that translate into

workplace readiness and real-world success.

“When they announced their plan to

build a new campus in Franklinton,

CoverMyMeds approached us with the

desire to uplift the community,” said Alison

Circle, chief customer experience officer at

Columbus Metropolitan Library. “Together

we created a concept: a new program of free

classes at our Franklinton and Hilltop

branches designed to upskill jobseekers,

particularly around technology skills.”

For Peterson, in particular, among the

skills he gained were how simple actions

like eye contact and going into an interview

with a prepared strategy could work in his

favor.

“I did a couple of things before I went in.

I used a mirror to practice and make sure I

was making eye contact and to get myself

motivated and ready,” he said. “They also

taught me to write down questions for the

interview, and (the interviewers) really

liked that.”

So far, seven participants have secured

quality careers within months of completing

training, including Peterson, who will

start a new job as a tool shed maintenance

technician at Mars Petcare at the beginning

of January.

Circle says the workforce readiness program

focuses on the skills that make job

candidates desirable to employers.

“They cover everything from technology

and computer skills to interviewing and

resume writing and working as part of a

team,” she said. “We believe that the more

classes you attend, the better your outcome

will be.”

The program also has partnered with

Goodwill and Jewish Family Services to

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bring a photo ID and your current address

in Franklin County. You are asked to also

bring heavy-duty bags, boxes or carts to

carry the bulk produce home. For more

information, contact the church at 614-279-

3115 or www.centralbaptistcolumbus.org.

Produce giveaway at YMCA

The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce

giveaway the third Wednesday of each

month from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2879 Valleyview

Drive in Columbus. For more information,

call the YMCA at 614-276-8224.

deliver training on the soft skills of the

workplace, such as how to communicate,

workplace expectations and career planning.

In addition to helping develop the curriculum

to include a focus on technology,

CoverMyMeds employees are supporting

participants through mock job interviews

and resume coaching.

“The interest and drive we’ve seen so far

from CoverMyMeds employees has been

incredible, and that’s critical for the lasting

success of our collaboration with the

library to support the community,” said

Kate Bauer, community engagement manager

at CoverMyMeds.

A CoverMyMeds team member recently

joined the Westside Workforce Program

Advisory Committee as well, she said.

The goal of the program, Circle says, is

to expand to include additional partners

and help address a larger issue in the community.

“We see this project as an incubation of

a bigger idea that we hope to take to many

of our other locations and entice other businesses

to support in other communities,”

she said. “Ultimately, our goal is a welltrained

workforce who earn a living wage.”

Also among the seven who have secured

jobs is Peterson’s wife, Jennifer, who

attended workplace technology classes and

received soft skills training and coaching

through the workplace readiness program.

For the Petersons, securing employment

has changed many areas of their lives.

Though they had been living in a shelter

for a year, they now have the stability they

needed to move forward in their lives.

“Now I have a great job, a home,”

Peterson said. “It just turned out great,

and I met great people through it. Don’t

ever think you can’t do something. I

walked past that class four times before I

finally said I was going to go in there. It

has opened a lot of new doors that before

weren’t open.”

Those who are interested in participating

in the workforce readiness program can

visit the library’s Hilltop or Franklinton

branches and ask a staff member for more

information. Interested individuals also

can contact Jon Mullineaux at (614) 849-

1027. No registration is required.


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Holiday fun in Prairie Township

A group of children dance and chase each other to the tune of “Up on the Rooftop,”

sung by the Westland High School Chorale outside the Prairie Township

Community Center during the Dec. 1 Tree Lighting event.

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Hilltop Commission reviews MORPC transportation plan

By Josephine Birdsell

Staff Writer

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

(MORPC) is finishing its long range transportation plan

and is accepting feedback on transportation issues across

Columbus.

Thea Walsh, director of transportation and infrastructure

development, spoke about the plan at the Dec. 3

Greater Hilltop Area Commission meeting.

The plan is revised once every four years. This term, the

plan spans 30 years and covers transportation primarily in

Franklin County and Delaware County, as well as urban

areas of associated counties. MORPC expects to receive

over $20 billion to allocate to projects over the next 30

years, Walsh said.

The plan will be finalized by July 1, 2020.

MORPC is now in the final stages of planning. The plan

currently outlines major transportation projects across

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system, and a hyperloop connecting Columbus to

Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Five corridors are proposed for the Bus Rapid Transit: a

corridor along East Main Street, a northeast corridor from

downtown Columbus to the Polaris area, a northwest corridor

from downtown Columbus to Dublin, a southeast corridor

from downtown to the south end near Rickenbacker,

and a corridor along West Broad Street coming out of

downtown.

There is no exact timeline for the Bus Rapid Transit,

however the busing system will most likely be functional

within the next 10 years, said Walsh.

The system aims to help the city prepare for population

growth. Central Ohio is expected to experience a population

growth from two million to three million residents by

2050.

“Not everyone’s going to be able to drive a car or we’re

going to have a gridlock,” said Walsh, “so ensuring that we

have high performing transit systems is key in

Free meal at Hoge Memorial

There will be a free hot meal served at Hoge

Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2930 W. Broad St.,

from 5 to 6 p.m. every Saturday. For more information,

contact the church at 276-5433 or visit www.hogepresby.org.

Choir looking for singers

New singers are needed for an adult community

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order to be able to move everybody and to encourage people

to live close to their jobs.”

There is no timeline for the hyperloop connecting

Columbus to Chicago and Pittsburgh, but MORPC hopes

to see movement on the project by the 2020s and a fully

realized transit system by 2050, said Walsh.

MORPC’s plan also accounts for smaller projects, like

widening roads, improving existing bus routes and creating

new bike paths.

The organization is taking suggestions from community

members on projects they would like to see addressed.

Suggestions should include specific locations for projects

and details on the type of work needed.

“I cannot understate how important that feedback is to

us (westside projects) getting funded,” Melissa Green,

West Side Pride Center Manager said.

MORPC is holding a public open house on Feb. 26 from

4 to 6 p.m. at the MORPC office, 111 Liberty Road, to hear

project suggestions from community members.

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choir in Grove City. The group is looking for singers

ages 18-50 with the ability to read music. People with

choral experience is preferred. All voice parts, especially

baritone and bass, will be considered. To set up an

audition, call 614-277-1614.

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on the last Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Westside Christmas

Church Services

2833 Valleyview Dr.

(corner of Valleyview & Hague Ave.)

(614) 274-8469

Pastor Leo A. Cunningham

Christmas is busy enough!

Step Out of the Christmas Eve Rush

and celebrate an Early Christmas Service

Tuesday December 24 at 5:00 pm

and join us on any

9:30 am Sunday School

10:45 am Traditional Worship

3:00 pm Cambodian Worship

weekly podcast at

www.thegumc.org

Faith Community Church of God

“The Church at the Roundabout”

Welcomes you for the Christmas Season!

Breakfast with St. Nick

Saturday, Dec. 21 - 10 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Ages birth to 12

Breakfast treats and the opportunity to make a

gift for mom and dad. Make Cards for friends and

family. Pictures and story time with St. Nick.

Join Us for Christmas Eve Service

December 24 at 6:30 p.m.

for Candles and Carols

Come and gather with us in an intimate

setting for your family while singing

traditional favorites.

Westgate United Methodist Church

61 South Powell Ave., Columbus, OH

Pastor Kevin Orr | 614-274-4271

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24th

with Orchestra and Bell Choir at 6:00pm

Sunday Morning Service at 9:00am

Sunday School at 10:00am

View us on the web at: www.westgateumc.com

Parkview United Methodist Church

344 S. Algonquin Ave., Columbus, OH

Pastor Roland J. Moore - 614-274-8431

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24th

with Bell Choir at 8:00 pm

Pre-Service Music at 7:30pm

Sunday Morning Service at 10:15 am

Sunday School at 9:15 am

CROSSROADS

UNITED METHODIST

CHURCH

1100 S Hague Avenue

Columbus, OH 43204

(614) 274-4920

Pastor Don Wallick

Sunday - 10:30am

Christmas Eve Worship

Candlelight Service - 7:00 pm

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Christmas Sunday Service

Sunday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 A.M.

Join with us as Pastor Adrian Powell

brings the message,

“The Wise Still Seek Him.” Hear the message

of the “real Christmas story”.

Family Fun Night

Tues., Dec. 31, 2019

from 5:30 P.M. until ?

join Faith Community for fun, games,

holiday snacks, sing-a-long to

favorite hymns and New Year Plans.

4203 Alkire Rd., Grove City, Ohio

Galloway

Presbyterian

Church

6191 Hall Road, Galloway, Ohio

614-878-5015

Dec 24th - Christmas Eve

Candlelight/Communion

Service - 7pm

St. John’s Evangelical

Lutheran Church

2745 W. Broad St., Columbus , OH

Pastor David B. Hill

Christmas Eve - Candlelight Service

December 24th - 7pm

Regular Morning Services

December 29th - 9:15am - no evening services

Concordia Emblem

225 Schoolhouse Lane, Columbus, OH 43228

614-878-7800

Pastor David Kane

concordiacolumbus@gmail.com

Christmas Week Service Schedule

Childern’s Christmas Program December 22nd - 10:45

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24th - 7:00

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Valleyview

NewL!fe CCCU

455 Murray Ave. Columbus OH

Please join us to celebrate

Jesus this Christmas!!

Sunday, Dec. 22, 10am

“What Gift Will You Bring?”

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 6pm

Candlelight Service

775 Galloway Rd.

Galloway, OH 43119

(614) 878 4530

Rev. Dr. Ru ben Cabanillas

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service:

Tuesday, Dec. 24 7:00 pm

In the Sanctuary with Special Music Solo

And the Chancel Choir Cantata

Live Nativity

Sunday Worship Times:

9:00 am Contemporaryr

10:30 am - Traditional

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Westgate Baptist Church

4234 Clime Road North, Columbus, OH 43228

Candlelight service on:

Wednesday, December 18, 7:00pm

6:30pm - New Year’s Eve

Pork & Sauerkraut dinner

Lots of fun to wait on Midnight

Westgate Baptist Church wishes all a very

BLESSED CHRISTMAS and a SAFE NEW YEAR

Westminster Presbyterian

Church, PC(USA)

222 Schoolhouse Lane, Columbus, OH 43228

614-878-4623

www.westminstercolumbus.org

Christmas Eve Service - 7:30pm

Christmas Day Service - 10:30am

We’d Love to see you!

Hoge Memorial

Presbyterian Church

2930 W. Broad St., Cols., OH 43204

Pastor Tom Billman | 614-276-5433

Christmas Eve Services - December 24th

Candlelight Service - 7:00 pm

Sunday Worship - 10:30 am

All Are Welcome To Attend!

Hillcrest Baptist

Church

2480 West Broad St.

Columbus, OH 43204

614-274-4333| www.hillcrest-baptist.com

http://www.facebook.com/hillcrest.baptist

Our Sunday Worship Time

at HBC is 10:00 am.

December 24th, 2019

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 6:30 pm

Come and celebrate the season

with us as we share Christmas Music and the

Christmas Message.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Catholic Parish & School

3730 Broadway, Grove City

Parish Office: 614.875.3322

www.ourladyofperpetualhelp.net

“to form and send intentional,

missionary disciples of Jesus Christ”

Christmas Eve Masses at Our Lady

4:00 p.m. in Church (no incense will be used)

4:00 p.m. in School Gym (no incense will be used)

7:00 p.m. in Church

10:00 p.m. in Church

Christmas Day Mass at Our Lady

9:30 a.m. in Church (no incense will be used)

St. Cecilia Parish

434 Norton Rd., Columbus

Parish Office:

614.878.5353

saintceciliachurch.org

“Where Love is Witnessed Knowledge is Shared

Service is Rendered”

Christmas Eve Masses at St. Cecilia

5:00 p.m. (no incense will be used)

8:00 p.m. (no incense will be used)

11:15 p.m. Office of Readings prior to Midnight Mass

Midnight

Christmas Day Mass at St. Cecilia

9:30 a.m. (no incense will be used)


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By Amanda Ensinger

Staff Writer

A program dedicated to helping low

income families and seniors in need will

once again come to a local township.

At a recent Prairie Township meeting,

the trustees discussed a partnership with

ModCon Living, formerly called Rebuilding

Together Central Ohio.

The program provides significant

repairs to homes during a scheduled weekend.

It provides the repairs to ensure senior

citizens and low-income residents are

living in a safe environment.

Since 2018, the group and the township

has worked together to improve area

homes. In previous years, they have

worked on homes in Little Farms and

Lincoln Village. This year, homes on Inah

Avenue, Gladys Road, Postle Boulevard

and Oxley Road would benefit from the program.

“Work will take place between May 8-9,

2020,” said Rob Peters, administrator for

Prairie Township. “Work will include electrical

and plumbing updates, furnaces and

hot water tank replacements, fire safety

and fall prevention improvements.”

In previous years, more than 500 volunteers

participated during each event and

invested $400,000 in contributed time,

skilled labor, contributions, equipment and

materials.

In order to work in the communities,

ModCon Living asks the municipality to

invest as well. In 2018 and 2019, Prairie

Township invested $50,000, helping pay for

materials and equipment. While an

amount has not been decided, Peters said

the township would invest again next year.

To be eligible for the program, one must

be below the federal poverty guidelines.

“Last year, the average income in the

neighborhood was $21,000,” said Julie

Smith, executive director for ModCon

Living. “When you are only making

$21,000 a year, you can’t afford to fix a

bathroom or drainage issues.”

ModCon Living’s goal is to sustain

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Home repair program coming to Prairie Township

By Amanda Ensinger

Staff Writer

Handheld traffic cameras have been a

benefit to Franklin Township.

At a recent meeting, the board of

trustees adjusted the distribution of funds

from revenue generated from the traffic

tickets. The adjustments include giving 59

percent of the generated funds to the police

department for school safety, 2 percent to a

community scholarship fund, 2 percent for

community engagement and the remaining

funds will go to the general fund and road

department.

Since the handheld camera system has

been engaged, the township has raised over

$104,000 in revenue for the township. The

township has written over 3,800 tickets.

The handheld camera system is used by

one officer during school hours, which is

peak speeding time, according to Franklin

Township Police Chief Byron Smith.

Drivers are ticketed for going 10 miles

per hour or more over the speed limit. Each

speeding ticket is priced at a flat $100 fee,

according to Smith. This is lower than the

average speeding ticket in Ohio, which

starts at about $140 and goes up with an

increase in speed.

As a result of the new ticketing system,

the township has been able to give away

three $1,000 scholarships to local graduating

seniors, donate $1,000 to Ohio Youth

Development for the Havenwood

Afterschool Youth Scholarship Program

and $200 to Franklin Heights High

School’s Special Olympics Fund.

In other news, the trustees approved a

motion to allow township officials to renegotiate

a written agreement between the

Ohio Department of Transportation

(ODOT) and the township regarding maintenance

for the medians on Georgesville

Road.

In 2013, the township partnered with

ODOT to build the medians. Investing

thousands of dollars in decorative plants,

the plants quickly died because it was not

the right fit for the area.

In a rush to complete the project, no

maintenance agreement was ever signed

by the township, therefore they had no

responsibility to maintain the property. As

a result, the landscaping became neglected

and turned into an eyesore. ODOT also

would not maintain the property without

an agreement, so the property has only

been mowed from time-to-time.

homes and neighborhoods by providing

reliable, affordable homes repair and modification

services, while serving vulnerable

homeowners, according to its website.

During each project, usually around 70

homes are repaired. For residents that are

not eligible for the program or do not live in

the area being improved, ModCon Living

has a tool library residents can take advantage

of. For $40 a year, residents can rent

tools from the tool library for free to do

home improvements. Seniors and students

who met income guidelines pay $20 a year.

For more information, visit www.modconliving.org.

Trustees redistribute funds gained from speeding tickets

The city of Columbus has been hard at

work to innovate solutions to complex problems.

The impact of the opioid epidemic on

the residents of Columbus has resulted in

the need for outside of the box thinking to

solve the crisis.

To that end, the department of public

safety took a hard look at the way the city

was responding to overdose calls and

searched for the best way to link individuals

with the appropriate care and treatment

to address their disease of substance

use disorder.

In partnership with the Columbus

Police Division, Columbus Fire, the

ADAMH board, Southeast Health, Central

Ohio Area Agency on Aging, and the

Central Ohio Hospital Association, City

Council has worked to establish the Rapid

Response Emergency Addiction Crisis

Team (RREACT).

Over the last year, the team consisted of

a paramedic and social worker who

responded to the hospital emergency room

to engage residents who had just experienced

an overdose in hopes of linking them

with treatment. The RREACT program is

the first of its kind collaboration between

EMS personnel, CPD officers, social workers,

and treatment facilities to combat the

ongoing opiate crisis.

“The RREACT program is an innovative

response to the complex opiate problem,”

said councilman Mitchell Brown. “I commend

our first responders from the

Division of Fire, Division of Police and all

other partners for combining efforts to combat

this crisis in our community and provide

compassionate care to those struggling

with addiction.”

Two vehicles have been purchased for

the program, with a cost of $65,884.

Overtime for CPD officers working on the

program is funded through a $50,000 grant

from the Ohio Attorney General.

“The funding for the RREACT vehicles

secured by Brown will allow our team to

continue to conduct outreach and provide

transportation for residents who are ready

for their journey to recovery,” said Lt.

Matthew Parrish, Columbus Division of

Fire.

“The Division of Fire is proud to be the

facilitator in working with our partners on

the long term solution to this tragic epidemic,”

said Chief Kevin O’Connor,

Columbus Division of Fire. “This REACT

The trustees have been hesitant to agree

to any other similar projects until this

issue is resolved. Some of the projects they

have been presented with, but haven’t proceeded

with or have put on temporary hold

include planting and treating trees on West

Broad Street and landscape improvement

to the I-270 interchange project.

“We already put $100,000 of taxpayer

dollars into medians and the plants that

were planted died because they weren’t the

right plants for that area,” said John

Fleshman, township trustee. “We then

spent an additional $15,000 on additional

plants and those died because we had no

maintenance agreement. I do not want to

spend any more money on projects like this

until this issue is resolved.”

City program aims to get opioid users into treatment

Champions at

Community Christian

A Hilltop section of the recovery program

put on by Champions meets every

around the westside

Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Community

Christian Church, 118 S. Powell. This is a

program for men who are struggling with

addiction, whether it be from drugs or alcohol.

The program offers help, hope and

Government Focus

healing, whether it be physical, emotional

or spiritual, said co-pastor Steven

Heninger. The program is free and men of

any age are welcome.

cooperative is the first step and is showing

results.”

In 2018 of the 3,387 EMS runs where

naloxone was deployed, more than 1,000

residents were connected with treatment

opportunities. Through these visits, RRE-

ACT successfully engaged nearly 90 percent

of the time with residents, and provided

direct linkage to treatment to approximately

25 percent of these individuals.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Guide

Keep the meals simple when hosting holiday gatherings

Families big and small typically celebrate

the holiday season together. For

some, celebrating the holidays with family

requires traveling, while others stay put

and welcome family and friends into their

homes.

At some point during the holiday season,

celebrants who host family and friends

will no doubt prepare a homecooked meal

for their loved ones. Cooking for a crowd

can seem like a daunting task, especially

for first-time hosts. However, there are

various ways for hosts to simplify cooking

for a crowd this holiday season.

1. Prepare a familiar dish

Hosts may agonize over their holiday

menus, and some may feel compelled to

prepare a family specialty or the same

dishes their parents or grandparents prepared

for holiday dinners when they were

children. But holiday hosts can make

things easy on themselves by choosing

dishes they’ve made in the past, regardless

of their place in family history. Chances

are the ingredients for hosts’ own specialties

are already in the pantry, saving a

potentially time-consuming trip to the grocery

store. And thanks to the familiarity

factor, hosts’ own specialties likely won’t

require as much time to prepare.

2. Share some cooking duties

Another way to simplify cooking for a

crowd is to invite guests to bring along a

side dish or dessert. Guests who live nearby

can make something in advance of the

big meal, while hosts can hand over their

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Get out of the house and ring in 2020 at a New

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The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6500 Doubletree

Ave., will host Mike Albert and The Big “E” Band

at this 15th annual New Year’s Eve bash.

Albert is an award winning “Elvis Presley

impersonator.” His wardrobe, voice and amazing

wit makes for a wonderful show.

You can get a full service dinner, drinks, room,

hats and horns, champaign toast at midnight along

with a full breakfast New Year’s Day for only

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Early check in is at 1 p.m., ballroom doors

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“Mike’s New Year’s Eve show is like no

other,” said promoter Doug Henry. “He interacts

with the crowd, which makes for a fun time.”

kitchens to overnight guests who express a

willingness to contribute their own homecooked

dish to the party. Sharing the cooking

duties gives hosts more time to connect

with friends and family and serves as a

great way to plan the menu in advance.

3. Only make what guests are likely to

eat

Hosts also should not feel pressured to

cook more food than is necessary. Holiday

meals have a tendency to be lavish, but

hosts don’t have to spend all day in the

kitchen preparing food that will likely end

up as leftovers or trash. Get a final headcount

in the days before everyone comes

over and adjust your recipes accordingly.

4. Start early

If the big is on Christmas Day, that does

not mean hosts have to start cooking while

everyone unwraps their presents. Hosts

who are uncertain about what to cook can

look for meals that can be prepared in

advance so come the big day all they need

to do is turn on the oven and let meals cook

while the family spends time together.

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simplify the process of cooking for a

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PAGE 12 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - December 15, 2019

The interwoven thread between greed

and death has been the focus of two movies

released in just as many weeks at the theater.

The first to mine the dual subjects

came out around Thanksgiving and was a

throwback to the whodunit era. The second

and more serious offering was released this

past weekend and was a throwback to,

well, every era. The former is the more

buzzed about option while the latter is an

important, albeit depressing, piece of work.

While vastly different in tone, both are

worthy of a watch.

There are some who believed that director

Rian Johnson was finished after a

groundswell of backlash for his involvement

with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Such was the anger for this film and his

vision that multiple petitions made the

online rounds, begging the studio to change

the film. Some even swore that they would

never support a film written or directed by

him again.

Likely reeling from the intensity,

Johnson went back to his smaller fare roots

and wrote and directed “Knives Out,” a

murder-mystery akin to the beloved “Clue.”

In it, the audience is taken to the day

after the apparent suicide of a famed mystery

writer on the night of his 85th birthday.

While trying to unwrap the mystery of

this potential murder, the detective on the

case, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), also tries

to solve the secondary mystery as to who

hired him to solve the mystery.

The prime suspects in the crime are

vast, as the late novelist Harlan Thrombley

(Christopher Plummer) has many after his

fortune, namely his family. Throughout the

course of the film, we see various points-ofview

and get to know these self-serving

members and delight in their lying and

scheming ways.

With an ensemble cast that includes

Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Chris

Evans, Michael Shannon and Don Johnson,

the movie can feel a little over-stuffed but

it is the presence of actress Ana de Armas

that grounds this film. Her role in this

whodunit is that of Harlan’s home health

aide who may know some (or all) of the

buried secrets in this wealthy family.

While it may not be as clever as it sets

out to be, “Knives Out” is great fun, filled

with twists and turns and a terrific performance

by Craig. Though his accent

wavers at times, some of his lines, particularly

those comparing his mysterious hiring

to that of a donut with seemingly endless

donut holes, had me laughing out loud.

In contrast, nary a laugh is to be found

in “Dark Waters” but it is an equally

engaging movie in an entirely different

way.

The script was mined from multiple

journalists (Nathaniel Rich, Mariah Blake

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Two movie reviews with one common theme - greed

and Sharon Lerner) and their respective

publications which detailed the poisoning

of the air and water supply in Parkersburg,

West Virginia by DuPont.

The loosely based film stars Mark

Ruffalo as Robert Bilott, a corporate attorney

who gets roped into listening to a perceived

paranoid hillbilly as a favor to his

grandmother. Said perceived paranoid hillbilly

is Wilbur Tennant (a terrific Bill

Camp), a cow farmer who believes his herd

has been poisoned by the land he shares

with the chemical company.

He shows Robert the preserved intestines

of his cows, noting the blackened

teeth, enlarged spleens and hearts and

shakenly relays that he had to shoot many

of them due to aggressive behavior. At first,

Robert is skeptical but agrees to take the

case and sue DuPont with the approval of

his boss Tom Terp (Tim Robbins).

During the discovery phase, Robert

uncovers that they knowingly exposed

their workers, the townsfolk and just about

everyone and everything else to dangerous

“forever chemicals” for their bottom line.

The movie takes place over the decade

plus of Robert’s legal battle with the company

and shows how it changes his life, the

lives of his family, and the lives of everyone

who shares this world. It’s an infuriating

look at this public health crisis that is still

ongoing with more horrors unfolding, and

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useless government

officials that enable

these companies in

order to line their

pockets.

While there are

depictions of bright

spots in the film —

some of those who faced life-threatening illnesses

were granted millions in settlements

— it’s cheapened by the fact that

these people, the heads of these companies

who do this, belong in prison but will never

be held to that level of account for their

malfeasance.

“Dark Waters” is not a fun watch, nor is

it an easy one, but it is a worthy one that

brings attention to an infinite crisis and

shine the light on some of the people who

fight tirelessly and thanklessly to bring

them to (some) justice.

Knives Out: B+

Dark Waters: B+

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

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