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By Dedra Cordle
It is not often that school assemblies
become ingrained in the mind, yet that is
what happened to Tara Ysseldyke after
she saw Jim ‘Basketball’ Jones.
It was more than five years ago when
Ysseldyke, then an educator at the intermediate
level, brought her class down to
see him perform for the school. At the
time, she had not heard of Jones but was
intrigued when she saw the vast amount
of basketballs in a variety of sizes scattered
throughout the gymnasium.
Like many in the crowd, she believed
they were in for a sports related presentation.
She quickly learned that it was so
From the moment he made his presence
known, he was engaging with the
students in a way she had never seen
before. He would pick some out of the
crowd, talk to them, compliment them
and assist them as they learned how to
spin basketballs from the tips of their
fingers and the side of their mouths.
In between all of the action, he would
remind them of their worth, and ask
them to remind themselves of the worth
of others. Then he would encourage them
to never give up on themselves and to
never give up on each other.
Having assumed that his presentation
would just be an entertaining bag of
basketball gags and tricks, she said she
was blown away by his entire presentation
and the way he made the kids — and
adults — feel.
Earlier this year, Ysseldyke heard
that her new school, Darby Woods
Elementary, was looking to schedule
character-based presentations to benefit
the entire student body. She immediately
thought of Jones.
“I like his message of perseverance
and kindness and thought it connected
to our character-based education,” she
wrote in an email, “so I thought I would
Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Darby Woods Elementary student Chase Fullerton spins a basketball on his finger
with the help of Jim ‘Basketball’ Jones at a school assembly on Feb. 10. Jones, a resident
of Cleveland, travels the country speaking to students of all ages about bullying,
kindness and self-acceptance. He also shows off some cool tricks of the trade too.
mention it to our principal and see if we
had the funds (to bring him to the
Much like Ysseldyke did after watching
his first presentation, Brian Novar
looked at Jones’s website and came away
with the same impression she did.
“As a part of our professional development,
it is our mission to create a community
where people know that they matter,
where we emphasize good character and
kind traits,” said Novar. “When I saw
what he was about, I knew he would fit
nicely with our character building mission.”
Jones, who is known throughout the
country for his talents with a basketball,
said it is a personal goal to connect with
people through his words rather than just
the way he can spin and twirl and juggle
basketballs with the various limbs on his
“Having them connect with what I am
saying is a great feeling,” he said. “I want
them to come away believing in themselves,
feeling good about themselves and
maybe, just maybe, come away wanting to
learn how to spin a basketball on their finger.”
Jones said when he began presenting
at schools more than two decades ago, he
wasn’t always known as Mr. Motivation
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Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth
Brown will hold a special competition
event for a unique policy idea, and submissions
are due by March 1.
“Creating public policy is not just putting
words on paper; it’s about making a
difference in peoples’ lives,” said Brown.
“No one knows more about the effect of a
policy than the people impacted and I am
excited to tap into the everyday expertise
of residents to learn how our city can do
Brown will partner with Cohear, a
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The Prairie Township Community
Center is hosting the 2020 indoor duathlon
on Sunday March 22. This event consists of
a 15-minute walk/run, 25-minute indoor
cycle, and finishes with a 20-minute
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walk/run. There will be three waves with
eight spots each with the first wave starting
at 7:30 a.m. The cost for this event is
$30 until March 21 and $35 if you sign up
on race day. Space is limited so reserve a
spot. All participants with receive a finishers
medal. To sign up, visit www.prairietownship.org,
call 614-907-7990 or sign up
at the community center in person.
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There will be a free hot meal served at
Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2930
W. Broad St., from 5 to 6 p.m. every
For more information, contact the
first Policy Pitch Night, a civic competition
for residents who have a policy idea to solve
a problem, improve quality of life, or to
make city government work better for all.
Columbus residents of any age can submit
a policy pitch for the competition by
March 1 and can seek help from Cohear to
hone their concept into a policy submission.
Once the submission window has closed,
a group of grassroots leaders and community
members will then score the submissions
and determine the top five finalists, who
will have five to seven minutes to present
their policy idea at an event on March 31.
The audience will cast votes to select the
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Breakfast to benefit
The Westgate Masonic Lodge #623 is
preparing breakfasts once a month to benefit
the Special Olympics. The public is
invited to have breakfast the second
Saturday of each month. Adults pay $6,
children age 3 and above pay $3 while children
under 3 eat free. Serving is from 9
a.m. to noon.
final winner. After the community selects
the winning policy, Brown will champion
the issue at City Hall.
Policy Pitch Night originated in
Cincinnati two years ago when Cincinnati
City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld partnered
with Cohear, pledging to bring the
winning policy to City Hall. The annual
event has been a resounding success in
Cincinnati, and the Cohear team is proud
to bring this opportunity to the Columbus
community for the first time.
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The drug epidemic continues to afflict
the westside and Franklin Township has
seen the impact firsthand as a rash of overdoses
have been reported. At a recent board
meeting, officials discussed the ongoing
“There has been a dramatic spike in
overdoses since the beginning of the
month,” said Franklin Township Assistant
Police Chief David Ratliff. “There must
have been a bad batch because we have had
multiple overdoses in the same day.”
According to trustee Aryeh Alex, the situation
is so bad right now that the
Franklin County Coroner’s Office and prosecutor’s
office have released statements
cautioning drug users that there are fatal
doses of heroin and cocaine spiked with
fentanyl on the streets right now in an
attempt to caution users.
According to the coroner’s office, 10 people
died of fatal overdoses in Columbus
neighborhoods in the westside, south side
and Linden area within 24 hours recently.
Other crime issues were also discussed
at the meeting, including an update on
criminal activity for 2019. In 2019, township
police took 7,194 dispatch runs, drove
more than 62,000 miles, wrote 1,197 citations
and took 294 accident reports.
“We also wrote 8,378 camera citations,”
Ratliff said. “Meaning this was the amount
of people we cited for speeding in the township
via our new traffic camera system.”
The new traffic camera system cites
drivers for going 10 miles per hour or more
over the speed limit. One police officer
operates the handheld camera during
school hours and monitors for speeders.
“Each speeding ticket is priced at a flat
$100 fee,” said Franklin Township Police
Chief Byron Smith. “This is significantly
lower than the average speeding ticket in
Ohio, which starts at about $140 and goes
up with an increase in speed.”
The township has raised several hundred
thousand on the citations in 2019. Out
of those funds, 59 percent went to the
police department for school safety, 2 percent
went to the community scholarship
fund, 2 percent went to community engagement
and the remaining funds went to the
general fund and road department.
As a result of the new ticketing system,
the township has used those funds to
award three $1,000 scholarships to local
graduating seniors. The township also
donated $1,000 to the Ohio Youth
Development for the Havenwood
Afterschool Youth Scholarship Program
and gave $200 to Franklin Heights High
School’s Special Olympics Fund.
In other news, the township is considering
partnering with the county and city to
create a tiny homes community.
“They have done these in Denver and
they have been very successful,” said John
Fleshman, township trustee. “If we could
find a large piece of land and figure out
sewer and water hookup, it could be a very
successful project. We also would be the
first community in
Ohio to offer this.”
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Overdoses and speeding tickets discussed in Franklin Twp.
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“If we could find
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size, the tax revenue
this could generate
would be very beneficial
to the township,”
Fleshman said. “It would be a great
investment in the community.”
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with a Basketball.
“I didn’t think anyone would be interested
in anything I had to say,” he said.
It was a belief that had been entrenched
in his mind since elementary school.
When Jones was a kindergartener, he
had trouble understanding letters and
“They just didn’t make any sense to me
whatsoever,” Jones said. “I tried with all of
my might to make it make sense, but it
wasn’t coming to me.”
After a series of tests, Jones was diagnosed
with dyslexia and put into a special
education program to build his skills at his
learning level. As a student in the program,
it made him an easy target.
“At first it wasn’t so bad but our school
was set up in numerical order,” said Jones.
“The first graders were at the front of the
school, the third in the middle section and
the fifth at the end. As I grew, and my
classmates grew, they went further in the
back and I stayed in the front.
“It wasn’t easy, listening to what they
would say to me or about those in the special
education program, but I tried not to
let it get in my heart.”
He said he considers himself fortunate
that he was placed into the special education
program even though it made him an
“easy person for others to pick on.”
“I think when you grow up with challenges,
it makes you a little grittier and it
gives you a stronger work ethic because
things do not come easily to you,” he said.
Though he struggled at school, he persevered
and went on to graduate with a
degree in finance at Bowling Green State
University and then a master’s at Ohio
Jones said when he tells people that tidbit,
they always wonder what he is doing
travelling the country performing at
schools while showcasing his skills with a
basketball (or three or four and all of various
“It surprises them,” he said. “It surprises
me too sometimes but I do not want to be
doing anything else.”
He said what he loves about his work is
that when he goes into a new school, he
always learns a new story and makes a
For instance, when he performed at
Darby Woods on Feb. 10, there was a student
who was not paying attention to his
performance. Though Jones said he wasn’t
offended in the slightest, he could tell other
kids were getting agitated by their actions.
So he asked the child politely to sit, gave
them a pencil, told them how awesome
they are and then later had them come up
to help him perform one of the more complex
basketball skills acts.
“(This child) gave me the biggest smile
and talked to me afterwards,” he said. “I
was later told that it was something they
Jones said he knows all about not judging
people by their appearance, or even
judging them by a bad moment or day.
“We all have them and we all make mistakes,”
he said. “No one is perfect and that
is completely OK.
“You never know what someone is going
through so that is why you always want to
show kindness to them.”
He said that while he does not share
most of his story with the kids —“too boring,”
he joked — he does slip in lessons he
has learned along the way while dazzling
them with spinning basketballs that fly
through the air.
“When I started doing this as my career,
I knew I wasn’t going to change the world,”
he said. “But I knew I wanted to change a
part of their world by being kind and
reminding them that they are enough.”
Savannah Rivers was pulled out of the audience to assist in an act that saw Jones pour
water in her mouth while spinning the basketball. The towel was used as a precaution.
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Westgate Neighbor’s Association to offer scholarship to local student
Applications are now being accepted for
the 2020 Westgate Neighborhood
This scholarship is open to any graduating
high school senior who is a resident of
Westgate in Columbus (Westgate boundaries
for the purposes of this scholarship
are defined as West Broad Street to
Sullivant and Hague to Demorest) and has
applied to attend a college, university,
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Learning through art and dance
During February, Columbus Metropolitan Libraries across the city are hosting a
series of events to celebrate Black History Month. On Feb. 11, the Hilltop Branch
invited patrons of all ages to join Babaaritah Clark, a West African song and dance
performer, to learn about African history and culture through the art of song and
dance. Clark is pictured here teaching kids at the Hilltop Library a song called
“Funga Alafia,” which means “welcome, blessings” in Nigeria. After teaching the
song, Clark taught around 15 kids the dance that goes along with the song.
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students currently attending a college, university,
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To celebrate President’s Day, the
Hilltop Historical Society hosted a
Ulysses S. Grant reenactment for the
community at Crossroads United
Methodist Church on Feb. 16. Dave
Dobos, president of the society, said
the organization tries to provide programs
that promote not only the history
of Hilltop, but of Ohio as well.
Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of
the United States, was portrayed by
Doug Ebert. Ebert took listeners back
in time, detailing the President Grant’s
life from as early as his childhood
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Six schools in the South-Western City Schools District earned the Momentum Award
from the state of Ohio. The schools were recognized at a recent school board meeting.
Schools gaining momentum
By Dedra Cordle
It is difficult to achieve straight A’s on
any report card, let alone one whose standards
are determined by the state department
of education, yet six schools in the
South-Western City district managed to
accomplish that feat in the 2018/19 school
On Feb. 11, Buckeye Woods Elementary
was recognized at the board of education
meeting along with Franklin Woods,
Galloway Ridge, Holt Crossing, Park
Street and Hayes Intermediate Schools for
being named the recipients of the state’s
The criteria set for the award, said Brad
Faust, the district’s assistant superintendent
of curriculum, is to have earned
straight A’s in all value-added measures on
the state report card. In addition to that
standard, they also have to have at least
two value-added subgroups of students,
which include gifted, lowest 20 percent in
achievement, and students with disabilities.
To meet the criteria is an arduous task,
said district officials, and these schools
were able to meet those standards by
exceeding expectations in student growth.
Among the recipients of the Momentum
Awards were three schools that had previously
been recognized and three who were
recognized for the first time.
Since the state board of education began
recognizing schools with Momentum
Awards, Holt Crossing has amassed four,
all of them consecutively. They are one of
just 69 schools in the state to earn the
award for three or more years.
Principal Tyler Winner said the recognition
is not something the school takes for
“We are always pushing ourselves and
always striving to be better,” he said. “We
hold this award in high regard.”
He said one of the greatest factors in
achieving student growth is the dedication
the staff has to enrich the educational
experience of its students.
“We truly have a staff that loves their
Buckeye Woods and Galloway Ridge
received their second Momentum Award.
Angie Chandler, a literacy coach at
Buckeye Woods, said the consistency of the
staff that is always working toward greater
student achievement has been a boon to
the school as has the push toward creating
an inclusive environment.
“We expect 100 percent kindness in
action each day,” she said.
Brittany Budimirovic, the principal at
Galloway Ridge, said the implementation
of programs such as pizza with a principal
and the showcasing of student talent and
achievement have all contributed to a more
positive and engaging experience for students
Franklin Woods, Park Street and Hayes
Intermediate all received Momentum
Awards for the first time.
Park Street Assistant Principal J.D.
Johnson said they have fostered an environment
where it is acceptable to make
“We have a growth mindset in our classroom
and with the staff that it is OK to
make mistakes,” he said.
The lesson, he added, is that while mistakes
are normal, you have to keep pushing
on with the desire to learn and to grow
as a student, teacher and individual.
At Hayes Intermediate, Principal
Michael Nesler said intervention teams
are one of the largest contributors to
exceeding student growth while Franklin
Woods Principal Andy Stotz said it was the
commitment to invest in more rigorous
curriculum that pushed the school toward
greater student achievement. He also
noted the implementation of social and
emotional programs for staff and students
that have been an immense benefit to the
In addition to these contributing factors,
each school representative said it was
the district’s enactment of programs such
as I-Ready, a diagnostic tool that offers
real-time assessment to teachers regarding
a students’ strengths and weaknesses in
reading and mathematics, and the encouragement
of participation in Teachers
College that have propelled them to exceed
expectations in student growth.
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but she still has
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all the challenges.
Maddy is very affectionate
humans. Don’t be
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“Fantasy Island” is a tedious slog to get through
In “Fantasy Island,” a magical power source is able to
turn back the hands of time to give its characters the
opportunity to choose a different path. And it is such a
shame that the source is not real as I would very much like
to recover the hours spent watching this garbage.
“Fantasy Island” is one of the dumbest movies I have
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quite some time” at the end of that statement. It is just one
of the dumbest movies I have ever seen. Full stop.
From the moment it opens with a woman running
through the jungle in high heels to the unveiling of the
deepest and darkest desires of the main characters to it
unsurprising and nonsensical end, this film is a tedious
slog to get through. While there are brief sputters of interesting
things happening, such as contest winner
Melanie (Lucy Hale) getting to exact revenge on
what she believes is a holographic form of a childhood
tormentor, it is just as quickly squashed by
things like dialogue and acting and pacing issues.
The latter is a big problem in this film, especially
because the story relies on the fulfillment fantasies
of five characters and the concept of being careful
with what you wish for.
While pacing was an issue, it was not the primary
issue I had with this film. That would be the
lack of knowing what it wanted to be and just
throwing things around to see if it would make
sense. I am not one to say that a film must choose
one genre but “Fantasy Island” tries it hand at several
and fails at them all. It tries to create a supernatural
atmosphere but it dies with the reanimated
bodies that pile up. It reaches for the psychological
thriller but is neither psychologically compelling
nor thrilling. When it bombs at those genres, it
goes for horror and is horrible. Then it tries to turn
itself into a campy comedy and just sputters out like a
small fire in a torrential rain.
The attempt at the latter was particularly egregious as
that is a personal favorite. It is hard to pull off camp but
what helps is a cast that is in on the joke, even if the overall
film is not that great. The cast in this film, which
includes Maggie Q, Michael Pena, Ryan Hansen and
Austin Stowell, do not seem to be in on any joke, though
Hansen tries when paired up with Jimmy O. Yang. (The
two play brothers wanting to live the high life.) Instead, it
feels as if they do not know what is going on or how they
came to be involved with the film. I suspect it had more to
do with the island location and the paycheck rather than
an affinity for the script.
With a terribly told story, shoddy pacing and not-sogreat
acting, “Fantasy Island” will not fulfill any fantasies
you have about watching a good movie, or even being
entertained by a bad one: It’s just this weird hodge-podge
of rough draft ideas with a very low enjoyment factor. If, by
some chance, you had wanted to see this movie, do yourself
a favor and speak with your wallet and consult with your
free time beforehand; listen to it and agree with it as they
tell you to spend it on something else, anything else. After
all, there is no magical power source granting us the
opportunity to choose a different path. Grade: F
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer and columnist.
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xFocus on Rentals
Sat., March 28, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
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1) Katheryn A. Zachariah, 758 Demorest Rd., Columbus, OH 43204
2) Scott A. Jones, 2137 Gaylord Pl., Columbus, OH 43232
3) Peggy R. Eckenrode, 1865 Tanis Dr., Grove City, OH 43123
4) Justiniano M. Almendarez, 693 Gali Ct., Columbus, OH 43228
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6) Carole B. Bocook, 4039 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43228
7) William A. Coleman, 200 S. Oakley Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
8) George Sullivan, Jr., 1149 Woodbrook Circle W., Apt. C, Columbus, OH 43223
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10) Melissa L. Day, 2741 St. Patricks Rd., Columbus, OH 43204
11) Colby J. Taylor, 3488 Countryview Dr., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
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Cycling can have positive impacts on both the mind and body
As warm temperatures return, many
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time outdoors. Spring and summer are
peak times of year to enjoy the great outdoors.
A popular activity in spring, summer
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in various ways.
•Mind. One of the more common mental
health benefits of exercise is that working
up a sweat can help alleviate physical and
mental stress. Reducing stress is important
for overall health and can reduce a
person’s risk of developing certain illnesses.
Cycling is a great way to get outdoors,
meet people and see the scenery. Getting
outside to exercise also can reduce anxiety
•Body. The Victoria State Department
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Cycling generally causes less strain on
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People who want to improve their cardiovascular
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help the body burn fat when combined with
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Disease risk and adverse health outcomes
can be reduced by hopping on a bike.
A study conducted by researchers at the
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years. The study found that cycling to work
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Jumping for fitness and fun
Jump your way to fitness and fun with Big
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Not only will you burn a ton of calories, you
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Big Bounce also offers dodgeball, group
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Gymnastics is one of the most rewarding
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Fliptastic! Gymnastics, in the Hilliard area,
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The facility has three separate gym areas for
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Whether you want to jump for fun, fitness, or for
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Gain confidence with
Gymnastics is designed to develop skills and
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Those eager to get started on cycling are
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