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<strong>April</strong> 19 - May 2, <strong>2020</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVI, No. 21<br />

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The nonprofit organization Summer Jam West was recently awarded another grant to bring permanent public art to the Hilltop.<br />

Executive Director Patti Von Niessen said the organization would not be able to accomplish their goals or fund its annual music<br />

and arts festival without the assistance of grantors and sponsors. Shown above is a rendering of the latest commissioned<br />

mural that will be located on the westside. The creation by artists Michael Boudreault and Chris McDaniels compliments the<br />

organization’s <strong>2020</strong> theme ‘Color Your World Green.’<br />

Funding for public art on the Hilltop<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The submissions came flooding in as<br />

soon as the United Way of Central Ohio<br />

opened up the application page on its<br />

website for Neighborhood Partnership<br />

Grant consideration.<br />

Established in 2007, the grant has<br />

gained a reputation with small and large<br />

nonprofits alike for funding unusual projects.<br />

Because of its popularity, applicants<br />

knew they needed to strike fast and make<br />

an impression on the review committee.<br />

“It is a unique grant in that sense,”<br />

said Tina Starner, an administrative<br />

coordinator and NPG grant manager<br />

with the United Way of Central Ohio. “It<br />

has funded quite a few projects that are<br />

considered outside of the box.”<br />

With a focus on supporting community<br />

building activities and projects that are<br />

“meant to strengthen the fabric of the<br />

neighborhood,” Starner said the grant<br />

has helped organizations establish and<br />

expand public gardens, safety initiatives<br />

and youth enrichment services to name a<br />

few.<br />

The grant also funds public events and<br />

art initiatives which is why the local nonprofit<br />

organization Summer Jam West<br />

was among the hundreds of applicants<br />

vying for consideration this year.<br />

Founded in 2014, the organization<br />

whose mission is to bring permanent public<br />

art to the Hilltop has relied on donations,<br />

grants and sponsorships to further<br />

its goals and to fund the annual music<br />

and arts festival.<br />

“Our budget is nuts,” said Patti Von<br />

Niessen, executive director. “You<br />

wouldn’t think it would cost that much to<br />

put on a small festival but you have to<br />

pay for the artists, the bands, the face<br />

painters, the food vendors, the permits<br />

and all the other attractions that make a<br />

festival so much fun.<br />

“It is quite accurate to say that it is a<br />

major expense.”<br />

Von Niessen said that while the organization<br />

has been fortunate to have had<br />

“such solid sponsors and grantors,” they<br />

cannot take that support for granted.<br />

“We have to work hard to sell our<br />

vision and reach out to as many organizations<br />

as we can,” she said.<br />

With that in mind, the Summer Jam<br />

West board submitted an application for<br />

the Neighborhood Partnership Grant and<br />

hoped for a positive outcome. They<br />

recently learned that they had received<br />

it.<br />

In late March, the United Way of<br />

Central Ohio — in collaboration with the<br />

Columbus Foundation and PNC Bank —<br />

announced that Summer Jam West was<br />

one of the 83 funded neighborhood program<br />

projects this year.<br />

“Summer Jam West has a great reputation<br />

with our review committee,” said<br />

Starner, referring to comments made<br />

regarding their “innovative approach to<br />

strengthening community pride and relationship<br />

building.”<br />

“Unfortunately, I have not been able to<br />

get out to their art and music festival yet<br />

but I have heard nothing but good things<br />

from those who have.”<br />

Starner said the nonprofit organization<br />

was granted $2,500, which will help<br />

offset some of the cost of the festival.<br />

The Neighborhood Partnership Grant<br />

was not the first grant Summer Jam<br />

West has received recently either. They<br />

were also the recipients of grants from<br />

the city of Columbus Recreation and<br />

Parks Department, ComFest, the Greater<br />

Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts<br />

Council and Puffin Foundation West.<br />

Von Niessen said they are appreciative<br />

of the funding and support from all of<br />

the grantors, as well as the funding and<br />

support from all of their local sponsors<br />

and civic associations.<br />

“We absolutely could not pull this off<br />

without them,” she said.<br />

With a majority of the festival and<br />

mural project funding shored up, the<br />

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The city of Columbus began work this<br />

week on $10 million in infrastructure<br />

improvements along the Sullivant Avenue<br />

corridor that includes roadway repairs,<br />

pedestrian safety enhancements, new traffic<br />

signals and street lighting.<br />

The neighborhood investment follows a<br />

commitment Mayor Andrew Ginther made<br />

in his State of the City address in<br />

February to the residents and businesses<br />

along this corridor. The upgrades will be<br />

made on nearly two miles of Sullivant<br />

Avenue between Hague Avenue and I-70.<br />

“This is more than revitalizing the<br />

streets and sidewalks and other infrastructure,”<br />

said Ginther. “It is about revitalizing<br />

lives and supporting and empowering our<br />

neighborhoods. Residents and businesses<br />

along the Sullivant Avenue corridor will be<br />

seeing exciting infrastructure improvements<br />

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question as to whether the festival will still go on<br />

remains.<br />

In the past few weeks, major arts and music festivals<br />

have announced their cancellation or postponement<br />

to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Summer<br />

Jam West is still mulling its decision.<br />

“We are hopeful that it will happen this year as<br />

planned,” said Von Niessen.<br />

What gives her confidence, she said, is the month<br />

the festival takes place, the location at which it takes<br />

place, and the number of attendees that come each<br />

year.<br />

“Our festival in July gives us some more room to<br />

plan, as does our central location at Westgate Park,”<br />

she said. “What is also beneficial to us is that, while we<br />

grow in attendance each year, we do not attract the<br />

numbers that the other art and music festivals do.”<br />

She said that if the state is able to open up in the<br />

weeks ahead, the festival will be held on July 11. And<br />

if it does not, she added, the announcement will come<br />

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Play it safe while visiting Columbus parks<br />

Visiting Columbus Recreation and Park<br />

Department’s trails and parks are a great way to<br />

maintain your physical and mental health, but it’s<br />

important to play safe, live smart and take steps to use<br />

them safely. Columbus’ trails and parks currently are<br />

open during the coronavirus public health emergency.<br />

The trails and parks are a resource to help residents<br />

enjoy the outdoors while engaging in recreation, exercise<br />

and education.<br />

“In these times of great disruption, the health and<br />

safety of our residents is key. We have the ability to<br />

slow the spread of COVID-19 by rigorously practicing<br />

social distancing,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther.<br />

“Encouraging residents to use our trails and parks in a<br />

safe way helps prevent exposure and maintains access<br />

to these important resources.”<br />

As the city of Columbus takes steps to protect residents<br />

and stop the spread of COVID-19, city leaders<br />

have weighed the benefits and risks to public health of<br />

keeping facilities open. At this time, the city is committed<br />

to keeping parks and trails open as long as it<br />

remains safe to do so.<br />

Here are some tips to practice social distancing at<br />

Columbus’ trails and parks:<br />

• Do visit parks and trails with your immediate<br />

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family and those with whom you’re staying at home.<br />

• Do take advantage of opportunities to enjoy the<br />

outdoors for recreation, exercise and education.<br />

• Do pay attention to signage and barriers that<br />

restrict access to equipment, such as playgrounds, tennis<br />

courts, disc golf courses and basketball courts.<br />

• Do maintain a six-foot distance from others when<br />

walking, running and biking. You can do this by letting<br />

people know you are passing when you come up<br />

from behind and safely stepping off the path to let others<br />

pass.<br />

• Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting<br />

COVID-19 symptoms.<br />

• Do not step over or remove any barriers that block<br />

access to equipment, facilities and parking lots.<br />

• Do not play group sports using shared equipment,<br />

such as basketball, disc golf and tennis.<br />

• Do not use any equipment such as picnic tables,<br />

playgrounds, and basketball, disc golf and tennis<br />

courts. Currently, all recreation equipment is closed.<br />

Ohio residents with specific questions related to<br />

COVID-19 can call 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-427-5634).<br />

For a full list of department-related updates and closures,<br />

visit ColumbusRecParks.com.<br />

at the end of May.<br />

“We will spend these weeks listening to our health<br />

advocates and heeding their advice,” said Von Niessen.<br />

“And until we determine it will no longer be feasible to<br />

hold the festival, we will keep our fingers crossed, stay<br />

home and be good in order to make this happen.”<br />

The Summer Jam West Music and Arts Festival is<br />

scheduled to be held on July 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br />

at Westgate Park. The theme this year is ‘Color Your<br />

World Green’ to encourage those to make more sustainable<br />

efforts to help the planet. More than 34 local<br />

artists and craft artisans are scheduled to attend as<br />

are musical acts Folquinox, Carole Walker & the<br />

Bittertones, Clemens & Co., The Broken Relics and<br />

Simba Jordan. There will also be craft corners for kids,<br />

chalk artistry, food vendors, entertainment from the<br />

Artists Wrestling League and appearances by local law<br />

enforcement agencies and community partners.<br />

For more information on Summer Jam West, visit<br />

www.summerjamwest.org.<br />

season.”<br />

The Department of Public Service is leading this<br />

neighborhood project, with $2 million of the infrastructure<br />

improvements being completed or managed by its<br />

divisions of Infrastructure Management and Traffic<br />

Management.<br />

“The Sullivant Avenue corridor will be revitalized<br />

with improved streets, sidewalks, street lighting and<br />

other infrastructure fixes,” said Director Jennifer<br />

Gallagher. “The department is excited to be a part of<br />

this project and to complete many of these neighborhood<br />

improvements with our in-house teams.”<br />

Infrastructure Management Division has assessed<br />

sidewalk, panel by panel, for cracks, deterioration or<br />

unevenness. As a result, 500 to 1,000 sidewalk panels<br />

and multiple driveways will be replaced.<br />

Approximately 170 panels are being repaired to eliminate<br />

trip hazards and make the sidewalks easier to<br />

access for everyone.<br />

The Sullivant Avenue streetscape improvement<br />

plan also includes $7 million in design and construction<br />

funding to replace traffic signals with span wire;<br />

build permanent pedestrian safety improvements<br />

including bump-outs, refuge islands and crosswalks at<br />

up to 12 intersections; replace all existing street lights<br />

along Sullivant and side streets with LED cobra head<br />

luminaires; and add artistic lighting at the I-70 bridge<br />

underpass.<br />

Public Service teams will perform and manage project<br />

work including sidewalk replacement, ponding mitigation,<br />

maintenance crack sealing, alley rehabilitation<br />

and landscaping. They will also replace all stop<br />

signs and other damaged or faded signs and upgrade<br />

pavement markings where they are faded or missing.


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Government Focus<br />

Traffic tickets help to fund police department and scholarships<br />

By Amanda Ensinger<br />

Staff Writer<br />

A local police department continues to<br />

make several hundred thousand dollars a<br />

year as a result of a traffic camera program.<br />

The program has resulted in funding<br />

for police services, road improvements,<br />

scholarships and community outreach.<br />

The Franklin Township Police<br />

Department recently shared the total revenue<br />

they have made off the traffic camera<br />

program in 2018 and 2019. Launching in<br />

December 2018, the program netted<br />

$21,300 for the township in December 2018<br />

alone.<br />

In 2019, the program netted just under<br />

$800,0000, however the township didn’t<br />

receive all those funds. In fact, the township’s<br />

total revenue for the program was<br />

approximately $500,000.<br />

Franklin County Department of Job and<br />

Family Services has amended its<br />

Prevention, Retention, and Contingency<br />

Program to provide targeted relief for families<br />

impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

The Franklin County COVID-19<br />

Response PRC Program provides eligible<br />

families with $500 in one-time cash assistance<br />

to help address emergent needs and<br />

expenses brought about by the public<br />

health emergency. The program is made<br />

possible through a special allocation from<br />

the Ohio Department of Job and Family<br />

Services.<br />

“Franklin County families have already<br />

been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

They’ve lost jobs, they’ve lost child care,<br />

“Thirty seven percent of the total net<br />

went to Gatso USA, the traffic camera<br />

provider per our agreement with them,”<br />

said Franklin Township Police Chief Byron<br />

Smith. “This equaled between 2018 and<br />

2019 us having to pay them over $300,000.”<br />

Out of the remaining funds, from<br />

December 2018 through August 2019, the<br />

township provided 58 percent of the funds<br />

to the police department, 28 percent to the<br />

general fund, 10 percent to the road department,<br />

2 percent to a scholarship fund and 2<br />

percent to giving back to the community.<br />

However, in September 2019 regulations<br />

were changed and the township was<br />

only able to use the funds raised from the<br />

traffic cameras for certain things.<br />

“Now, we can only use the funds for the<br />

police department, the scholarship fund<br />

and community engagement,” Smith said.<br />

“We have to use the funds for things like<br />

school safety, scholarships to area students<br />

they’re in crisis mode now,” FCDJFS<br />

Director Joy Bivens said. “This program<br />

will provide one-time assistance to our<br />

most vulnerable families to help them<br />

weather the storm that we all know is coming.”<br />

Families must reside in Franklin<br />

County, have at least one minor child<br />

and/or a pregnant woman in the household,<br />

and have a gross household income at or<br />

below 200 percent of the federal poverty<br />

level, which is $3,620 a month for a family<br />

of three, in order to qualify.<br />

The financial assistance can only be<br />

used for eligible expenses outlined under<br />

the Temporary Assistance for Needy<br />

Families program, which excludes food and<br />

and other ways we can interact with the<br />

community.”<br />

The traffic camera system cites drivers<br />

for going 10 miles per hour or more over the<br />

speed limit. One police officer operates the<br />

handheld camera during school hours and<br />

monitors for speeders.<br />

“Each speeding ticket is priced at a flat<br />

$100 fee,” Smith said. “This is lower than<br />

the average speeding ticket in Ohio, which<br />

starts at about $140 and goes up with an<br />

increase in speed.”<br />

The township was also able to give away<br />

three $1,000 scholarships to local graduating<br />

seniors, donate $1,000 to the Ohio<br />

Youth Development for the Havenwood<br />

Afterschool Youth Scholarship Program<br />

and $200 to Franklin Heights High<br />

School’s Special Olympics Fund.<br />

The township plans on doing similar<br />

donations in <strong>2020</strong> to support the local community.<br />

medical care.<br />

Families can apply online at<br />

jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/covid19PRC.<br />

They can also download and print copies of<br />

the application, while paper copies will be<br />

made available at each FCDJFS<br />

Opportunity Center Monday through<br />

Friday from 8 a.m. — noon. Families can<br />

also submit applications directly via on-site<br />

drop boxes at each Opportunity Center<br />

during hours of operation, by fax at 614-<br />

233-2398, or by emailing franklin-cdjfs-verifications@jfs.ohio.gov.<br />

FCDJFS will notify applicants upon<br />

approval or denial and the Franklin<br />

County Auditor’s Office will mail checks<br />

directly to approved households. At this<br />

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In other news, there was a groundbreaking<br />

to rebuild the roads near Havenwood<br />

Apartments, said Mark Potts, Franklin<br />

Township administrator.<br />

“These roads need a total reconstruction<br />

and when this work is complete, it will be a<br />

huge asset to that part of the township.”<br />

The roads that will be rebuilt are<br />

Lincoln Park Court, Nationwide Boulevard<br />

and Westport Road, all located within the<br />

Havenwood Apartments community.<br />

The township received a $2 million<br />

grant for improvements to the roads, leaving<br />

the township with a small amount they<br />

will need to pay for the project. The total<br />

cost for the project is $2,150,000.<br />

So far, construction is anticipated to<br />

continue on the project. However, as the<br />

COVID-19 pandemic continues officials say<br />

depending on what happens construction<br />

could be delayed or limited.<br />

County to offer one-time cash assistance for families impacted by coronavirus<br />

time, neither FCDJFS nor the Auditor’s<br />

Office can provide an estimated date when<br />

payments will be authorized and mailed<br />

but both agencies will make every effort to<br />

expedite process.<br />

COVID-19 Response PRC Program payments<br />

are one-time and limited to one per<br />

household. The program is effective until<br />

60 days after the public health emergency<br />

ends or until the funding is exhausted.<br />

In addition to the COVID-19 Response<br />

PRC Program, eligible families may also<br />

apply for one-time emergency assistance<br />

through the Agency’s PRC Program.<br />

However, eligibility criteria differ for each<br />

program. Learn more at http://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/prc.


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By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

May 1. That is the date that is on the<br />

minds of students and parents throughout<br />

the state of Ohio.<br />

May 1 offers a hint of normalcy, the<br />

potential end to a state mandated order<br />

that closed all K-12 school buildings last<br />

month to slow the spread of a novel coronavirus.<br />

The staff and administration at<br />

these buildings are working under the<br />

assumption that on-site learning remains a<br />

possibility. That does not mean, however,<br />

they are not prepared for it to be extended.<br />

While declining to give his opinion as to<br />

whether on-site learning will be cancelled<br />

for the remainder of the 2019-<strong>2020</strong> school<br />

year, South-Western City Schools<br />

Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise said the district<br />

will be ready for either scenario.<br />

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“We are working on plans as to how<br />

buildings can be operated should they open<br />

and we still have to observe social distancing<br />

guidelines,” he said, “and we are working<br />

on ways to enhance our procedures for<br />

virtual learning as well.”<br />

The first situation, he said, may pose a<br />

greater challenge but he feels strides have<br />

been made in virtual learning instruction<br />

throughout the past month.<br />

“Our educators have been extremely<br />

innovative and creative and they have done<br />

a wonderful job of making the needed<br />

adjustments as issues arise,” Wise said.<br />

According to Wise, all students have<br />

now received Google Chromebooks for their<br />

instruction, which were modified during<br />

spring break to include safety filters.<br />

Several parents had complained online<br />

that they were not activated, thus allowing<br />

their children to see most of what the world<br />

wide web had to offer.<br />

There were also several small adjustments<br />

made to the format regarding lessons<br />

and assignments, which he called a<br />

normal part of the instruction process.<br />

For the most part, he said, the virtual<br />

instruction will look much like it does now<br />

should it remain in place for the 2019-<strong>2020</strong><br />

school year.<br />

He did note that the district would like<br />

to hold some kind of ceremony for its graduating<br />

seniors but they are still discussing<br />

the logistics of doing so. Additionally, the<br />

district is discussing summer school<br />

options for students who want to advance<br />

their studies and for those who have fallen<br />

behind. A staggered, in-person start has<br />

been debated but not cemented.<br />

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District prepares for virtual lessons<br />

“We will still have summer school in<br />

some format,” he said, “but what it will<br />

look like we don’t quite know yet.”<br />

Wise also said that the district will continue<br />

to distribute meals to children until<br />

further notice. Starting <strong>April</strong> 13, multiple<br />

meals will be distributed to children on<br />

Mondays and Wednesdays only from 10<br />

a.m. to noon at the 15 current pickup locations<br />

and at an additional 16 school bus<br />

sites. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank will continue<br />

to provide prepackaged dinners for pickup<br />

only at Westland High School on<br />

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from<br />

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. until further notice.<br />

To see the pickup locations, visit the district’s<br />

Facebook page or website at<br />

www.swcsd.us<br />

Additionally, the board of education<br />

held its first meeting since the building closures<br />

last month. Though the <strong>April</strong> 13<br />

agenda was light on items for action, the<br />

praise was high for the students, staff and<br />

parents.<br />

Board member David Donofrio<br />

expressed his gratitude to the administration,<br />

the teachers and the parents for “all of<br />

their hard work” during this time, a sentiment<br />

that was echoed by Robert Ragland,<br />

Cathy Johnson and Lee Schreiner. Fellow<br />

board member Anthony Caldwell echoed<br />

their statements and offered admiration<br />

for the student body as well.<br />

“Our students are resilient and they<br />

have done an incredible job,” he said.<br />

The next board of education meeting is<br />

scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. on <strong>April</strong> 27<br />

at Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big<br />

Run South Road in Grove City.<br />

Homework Help offered<br />

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)<br />

is offering K-12 students free help with<br />

their homework by way of a new live chat<br />

feature on its website,<br />

columbuslibrary.org.<br />

CML staff members are available to<br />

directly respond to students’ questions and<br />

refer them to the many free resources<br />

available to them. This new digital service<br />

is available Monday through Friday from 9<br />

a.m. to 4 p.m. on CML’s new Help For<br />

Students Learning From Home webpage,<br />

which also includes dozens of other<br />

resources to help students be successful<br />

while learning from home.<br />

While thousands of central Ohio students<br />

continue to work from home during<br />

the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, CML<br />

is working to provide digital resources not<br />

only for students, but for all who are<br />

impacted by the outbreak. Visit CML’s new<br />

and frequently updated COVID-19<br />

response webpage for information on<br />

everything from foodbanks, internet service<br />

providers, volunteer opportunities,<br />

home learning options for the whole family<br />

and more.<br />

During normal operation, CML offers<br />

free, in-person homework help at all 23 of<br />

its locations in Franklin County. All locations<br />

remain closed through at least May 2<br />

due to the coronavirus pandemic.<br />

Columbus Metropolitan Library has<br />

served the people of Franklin County since<br />

1873. With its Main Library and 22<br />

branches, CML is known for signature<br />

services and programs like Homework<br />

Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading<br />

Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten.<br />

The library’s Strategic Plan supports the<br />

vision of “a thriving community where wisdom<br />

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respond to areas of urgent need: kids<br />

unprepared for kindergarten, third grade<br />

reading proficiency, high school graduation,<br />

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Community Focus<br />

Township encouraging residents to show community pride<br />

By Amanda Ensinger<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Officials in Prairie Township are asking residents to<br />

show community pride as they raise awareness about<br />

things they are doing to bring the community together during<br />

the coronavirus pandemic.<br />

Among the items discussed, at a recent board meeting,<br />

was the bicentennial shirts celebrating the 200th anniversary<br />

of the township. The township sold these shirts in<br />

2019 to celebrate the township and is encouraging residents<br />

to wear them with pride to show they support the<br />

township.<br />

The township also still plans to move forward with its<br />

Hometown Hero Banner Program. The program will display<br />

banners with the names of current service members,<br />

veterans and those who died in the line of duty while serving<br />

the United States Armed Forces. The banners will be<br />

displayed from mid-May to Labor Day on the streetlamps<br />

along West Broad Street.<br />

“This is a great way to celebrate our local service members<br />

and show community pride,” said Rob Peters, township<br />

administrator. “During these difficult times, this is a<br />

great way to come together as a community and celebrate<br />

the residents who make our community unique and have<br />

made sacrifices for all of us.”<br />

The program is still scheduled to take place, however<br />

depending on printing delays because of COVID-19, it<br />

could be delayed.<br />

The Prairie Township trustees also approved a motion<br />

to continue with the <strong>2020</strong> Sidewalk Program and approved<br />

advancing $100,000 from the general fund into the program<br />

fund. These funds will be used to pay the contractor<br />

to repair to area sidewalks.<br />

“The program has taken place for over 15 years and provides<br />

township property owners a 10-year interest free<br />

loan to repair their sidewalks,” Peters said. “The loans are<br />

added to the property taxes of residents and paid<br />

off over a decade. However, if a resident moves,<br />

then they must pay the remaining balance before<br />

the sale of their home can be completed.”<br />

Previously the program was voluntary, but in<br />

recent years the township added a component to<br />

the program where they make residents replace<br />

sidewalks that are dangerous. Also, residents can<br />

report sidewalks that need to be repaired.<br />

Residents have complained for years about<br />

being unfairly targeted or overcharged to repair<br />

their sidewalks, asking if they can instead fix their<br />

own sidewalks. However, the trustees have said if<br />

a resident’s sidewalk is flagged, they have to go<br />

through the approved township contractor to fix it.<br />

For <strong>2020</strong> the township again chose Berkshire<br />

Boys as the contractor to repair sidewalks. The<br />

township has chosen this contractor for several<br />

years.<br />

Last year, the township also enacted a minimum<br />

cost per address of $450, something that also<br />

that didn’t sit well with residents.<br />

The township road department evaluates sidewalks in<br />

the township to determine which ones need repaired, each<br />

year they focus on different streets and continue to identify<br />

new streets each year.<br />

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Celebrating Earth Day in the time of a pandemic<br />

By Christine Bryant<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Earth Day is often an opportunity for<br />

communities to come together and demonstrate<br />

support for environmental protections.<br />

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps<br />

across the nation, however, many Earth<br />

Day activities are being cancelled, as individuals<br />

are encouraged to maintain social<br />

distance.<br />

While group activities are no longer on<br />

the calendar, individuals can still spend<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 making simple changes in their<br />

lives to help protect the environment, says<br />

Jill Snyder, assistant manager of interpretation<br />

and education with Columbus and<br />

Franklin County Metro Parks.<br />

Here are a few ideas, courtesy of Metro<br />

Parks, to celebrate Earth Day even when<br />

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“Take a trash bag on your walk and pick<br />

up litter along the way,” Snyder said. “See<br />

who can find the most trash.”<br />

Snyder says waterways are often a hot<br />

spot for litter, so consider taking a hike<br />

along a Greenway trail or a streamside<br />

trail in any of the parks.<br />

“Wear work gloves while out and keep<br />

practicing social distance,” Snyder says.<br />

Plant native flowers<br />

Planting native flowers in your own<br />

yard is a great way to help develop a<br />

healthy ecosystem.<br />

Native flowers serve as a food source for<br />

wildlife like birds and butterflies, and they<br />

have lower maintenance requirements.<br />

“With time to look at your yard and garden,<br />

develop a plan to plant native flowers,”<br />

Snyder said. “Add a rain barrel to help<br />

water plants and remove run-off into our<br />

streams.”<br />

Add a hummingbird feeder nearby for<br />

some surprise visits. A hummingbird<br />

migration map can be found at hummingbird-guide.com.<br />

The Ohio Department of Natural<br />

Resources provides a list of native species<br />

on its website, ohiodnr.gov/gonative.<br />

Improve green practices at home<br />

Consider implementing simple green<br />

practices in homes during this time,<br />

Snyder says.<br />

For example, use non-toxic cleaning<br />

products when possible, and replace incandescent<br />

light bulbs with LED or CFL light<br />

bulbs.<br />

Even turning off lights and unplugging<br />

items when not in use can make a big difference,<br />

she says.<br />

“An iPhone charging cord left plugged in<br />

even when not charging your phone still<br />

uses electricity,” she said. “Remove those<br />

energy vampires.”<br />

Create a compost bin<br />

With extra time on your hands, now is a<br />

great time to create a backyard compost<br />

bin, Snyder says.<br />

Here are two simple ways to build one<br />

with supplies typically found at home:<br />

●Grab a plastic bin or old trash can, drill<br />

holes in the plastic to allow for drainage<br />

and be sure there is a lid to keep pests out.<br />

●Use a wooden pallet or scrap lumber to<br />

create a box to hold the compost. The box<br />

size can vary based on your materials and<br />

how much compost you make. For more<br />

information on how to build this box, go to<br />

extension2.missouri.edu/g6957.<br />

Once a compost bin is built, add grass<br />

clippings, food scraps (but no meat or dairy<br />

products) and leaves to the bin and turn it<br />

weekly, Snyder says.<br />

“Use it for a student science project and<br />

watch decomposition happen,” she said.<br />

Get crafty<br />

If rain dampens Earth Day this year,<br />

there are several crafts that can mark this<br />

year’s event, Snyder said.<br />

●Create a bug hotel: Use an empty,<br />

clean soup can for the base. Roll strips of<br />

newspaper, printer paper or magazines<br />

into straws and place in the can. Add sticks<br />

and bark until the can is stuffed full. Hang<br />

outside to allow insects a place to hide.<br />

●Make a nature wreath: Go for a walk<br />

and collect items from nature such as<br />

leaves, pine cones or flowers. Braid together<br />

strips of fabric from an old T-shirt to<br />

form into a circle. Add the natural items<br />

with hot glue or weave into the fabric. Add<br />

a ribbon and hang.<br />

●Make eye-spy binoculars: Decorate two<br />

toilet paper rolls and glue or tape them<br />

together. Attach string to make a strap. Go<br />

for a hike to look for birds.<br />

●Create a critter: Use egg cartons, toilet<br />

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The culprits of thinning grass<br />

Thick grass is often a hallmark of a<br />

healthy lawn. If grass begins to thin, homeowners<br />

may feel as though all the time and<br />

effort they spent tending to their lawns<br />

was for naught.<br />

Thinning grass can be caused by any<br />

number of things. And while it might take<br />

a little effort to address, thinning grass can<br />

be treated if homeowners correctly identify<br />

that cause of the problem.<br />

Leaf spot<br />

The Center for Agriculture, Food and<br />

the Environment at the University of<br />

Massachusetts Amherst notes that leaf<br />

spot diseases affect both cool- and warmseason<br />

turfgrasses. Various fungi can<br />

cause leaf spot. Symptoms and the timing<br />

of the appearance of leaf spot will vary<br />

depending on which fungi is causing the<br />

problem. For example, bipolaris sorokiniana,<br />

which affects grasses in warm, wet<br />

summer months, produces small spots that<br />

are dark purple to black. Dreschslera poae<br />

is another fungi that causes leaf spot, and<br />

it also produces dark purple to black spots.<br />

However, it tends to appear in the spring<br />

when the weather is cool and moist.<br />

Understanding the different fungi and<br />

when they typically strike can help homeowners<br />

identify what is causing their grass<br />

to thin. In such situations, professional<br />

landscapers can be invaluable resources as<br />

well.<br />

Stripe smut<br />

The University of Maryland Extension<br />

notes that stripe smut primarily poses a<br />

threat to Kentucky bluegrass that is older<br />

than three years. Pale green streaks that<br />

run parallel to the veins in the leaves and<br />

leaf sheaths are symptomatic of stripe<br />

smut, which tends to be noticed in spring<br />

and fall, when weather is cool. As the disease<br />

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Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame<br />

to recognize service members<br />

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is<br />

accepting nominations to recognize those<br />

who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and<br />

continue to contribute to our communities,<br />

state, and nation through exceptional acts<br />

of volunteerism, advocacy, professional distinction,<br />

public service, or philanthropy.<br />

Each year, the hall of fame inducts up to<br />

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• Be a past or current Ohio resident<br />

• Have received an honorable discharge<br />

The Franklin County Dog Shelter’s<br />

Community Pet Food Pantry is open and<br />

accessible to residents of Franklin County<br />

who are unable to feed their pets. Both dog<br />

and cat food are available.<br />

To get food, individuals need to visit the<br />

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and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

The shelter understands that times are<br />

tough for many county residents and pet<br />

• Be of good moral character<br />

Sam Felton Jr., honored at the Ohio<br />

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Induction Ceremony said, “This Hall of<br />

Fame sets the standard for recognizing<br />

Ohio’s veterans for accomplishments<br />

beyond their military service. In addition,<br />

it is a fitting way to say thank you for your<br />

service to our nation and thank you for<br />

your continued service to our communities.”<br />

The nomination deadline is June 1.<br />

Guidelines, a sample nomination, and<br />

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The Community Pet Food Pantry is<br />

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The shelter is located at 4340 Tamarack<br />

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Southwest Franklin County Historical Society<br />

asks students for essay on life in a pandemic<br />

Since many families are confined to<br />

their homes due to the coronavirus, the<br />

Southwest Franklin County Historical<br />

Society is reaching out to the youth in the<br />

community to write about their experiences.<br />

All entries will be included in a random<br />

drawing and three entries will be drawn to<br />

receive $50 each.<br />

“We’re looking for written experiences<br />

about how everyday life has changed,” said<br />

Steve Jackson, president of the historical<br />

society. “Children and youth are encouraged<br />

to sit down at their computer or with<br />

pen-in-hand and describe this new way of<br />

life.”<br />

“It’s important to record for future generations<br />

what it is like to face a potential<br />

health threat, the inability to experience<br />

actual face time with friends, loss of sporting<br />

activities and challenges of learning<br />

online,” said Jim Hale, a member of the<br />

society. “Those are just a few topics. Be creative.<br />

The society encourages seniors to submit<br />

their experiences.<br />

“We would like to know what high<br />

school seniors are thinking about graduation,<br />

the senior prom and other missed<br />

high school activities,” said Hale.<br />

Parents are encouraged to help the<br />

younger crowd put their thoughts and concerns<br />

in writing. This is a historic time; one<br />

that will be remembered for years to come<br />

and we need to record how the young people<br />

of <strong>2020</strong> will be remembered, Hale said.<br />

“Younger children can participate with<br />

their parent’s help,” Jackson said. “There<br />

are no age restrictions and we will be<br />

accepting comments from the youngest<br />

child to college age students who live in the<br />

South-Western City Schools District or<br />

Southwest Franklin County.”<br />

All of the information will be compiled<br />

into a single historic record as part of the<br />

Young Historians of Southwest Franklin<br />

County project. All information submitted<br />

will become the property of the society and<br />

will be available for public viewing.<br />

Everyone who submits a story will be<br />

entered into a drawing where three $50<br />

prizes will be awarded. The drawing will be<br />

held May 31. All entries should include the<br />

name of the student, email and mailing<br />

address.<br />

The preferred method of receiving information<br />

is by email, addressed to grovecityhistory@gmail.com.<br />

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ADVISORY<br />

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we belong to has<br />

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or product is advised by<br />

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not offer “employment”<br />

but rather supply the<br />

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designed to help<br />

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HAULING<br />

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• Estate Clean-out<br />

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Also Fencing &<br />

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J.A.F. HANDYMAN<br />

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614-271-5793<br />

SINCE 1973<br />

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Room Additions,<br />

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Bsmt Waterproofing<br />

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.<br />

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.<br />

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or 614-863-9912<br />

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LANDSCAPING<br />

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614-649-1200<br />

LAWN CARE<br />

Accepting New Clients<br />

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In Entertainment<br />

“Love Wedding Repeat” humorous but lacks romance<br />

During its long absence from the silver<br />

screen, the much loved and much mocked<br />

romantic comedy experienced a resurgence<br />

on the streaming services. While many<br />

companies dipped their toes in the sometimes<br />

choppy genre water, it was Netflix<br />

who led the charge by producing a slew of<br />

rom-coms that got mouths jabbering and<br />

wallets opening to see the latest buzzed<br />

about product.<br />

While slow to bring it back to the larger<br />

theaters, movie studio executives eventually<br />

glommed onto the fact that people are<br />

still willing to give the rom-com a chance<br />

and began its own revival of sorts.<br />

But then virus induced closures began<br />

and now studios are debating whether to<br />

hold onto their properties and wait until<br />

theaters reopen or release them on demand<br />

and hope people watch them. As they<br />

weigh these pros and cons, Netflix continues<br />

to crank out their creations like they<br />

knew a global pandemic was coming and<br />

people would be stuck indoors and looking<br />

for a distraction.<br />

Its latest rom-com endeavor is “Love<br />

Wedding Repeat” whose plot revolves<br />

around chance and those “ill-fated<br />

moments where all of our hopes and<br />

dreams go right down the toilet.” While<br />

that is a quote that hits the bullseye, the<br />

film itself misses the mark.<br />

It begins in true rom-com fashion with<br />

an awkward goodbye between potential life<br />

mates Jack and Dina (played by Sam<br />

Claflin and Olivia Munn, respectively),<br />

who coincidentally met just a few days<br />

prior. After some false starts, the two go in<br />

for a romantic kiss only to be interrupted<br />

by an old roommate of Jack’s who proceeds<br />

to list of his undesirable college attributes.<br />

Instead of telling his former friend to scamper<br />

off, he leaves with him to split the cost<br />

of a ride to the airport and misses the<br />

opportunity to further his connection to<br />

Dina.<br />

Three years later, the two meet again at<br />

the wedding of Jack’s younger sister<br />

Hayley (Eleanor Tomlinson) and discover<br />

that they are sharing the “English table.”<br />

Hoping to become reacquainted, things<br />

naturally go awry.<br />

Their ill-fated separation begins (again)<br />

when an old flame of Hayley’s shows up,<br />

drugged out of his mind and vowing to ruin<br />

her day. She begs her brother to put a<br />

sleeping sedative in his drink at the<br />

“English table” and he does so against his<br />

better judgment. As he leaves the scene of<br />

the crime, a group of young sprites<br />

rearrange the arrangements and it is anyone’s<br />

guess who has the laced drink.<br />

Upon discovering this unpleasant surprise,<br />

Jack realizes that he is now seated<br />

next to his ex-girlfriend Amanda (Freida<br />

Pinto) and across from her jealous<br />

boyfriend Chaz (Allan Mustafa). To make<br />

matters even worse, Dina is seated next to<br />

a human chatterbox who is not willing to<br />

part from her side.<br />

As the situation with Hayley’s old flame<br />

Marc (Jack Farthing) escalates, Jack has to<br />

try to put out those growing wildfires while<br />

trying to keep that sputtering spark with<br />

Dina alive.<br />

Though the film posits at least eight<br />

possible outcomes from the seating<br />

arrangements, a quick montage shows six<br />

of these alternative timelines with a primary<br />

focus on two. The first timeline,<br />

which takes about an hour, has Hayley’s<br />

man of honor Bryan (Joel Fry) as the unfortunate<br />

victim of the sleep concoction while<br />

the second timeline has Jack as the victim.<br />

While both survive their ordeal with a<br />

tranquilizer that could “knock down several<br />

horses,” the scenes and outcomes vary<br />

wildly as the two struggle to stay awake,<br />

complete their tasks and pursue their passions.<br />

Though “Love Wedding Repeat” is technically<br />

classified as a romantic comedy, it<br />

is more comedic than romantic as the two<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra Cordle<br />

leads rarely get a chance to connect. For a<br />

large part of the film, the two are put on<br />

the backburner as the secondary characters<br />

steal the show, particularly the argumentative<br />

Chaz, the self-obsessed Bryan<br />

and the human chatterbox Sidney (Tim<br />

Key).<br />

Because of the entertaining scene-chewing<br />

of the secondary characters, you don’t<br />

really get a chance to invest in the budding<br />

relationship between Jack and Dina, which<br />

is sort of the point of romantic comedies.<br />

You want to root on the two hapless leads<br />

as they connect but there is too much going<br />

on in “Love Wedding Repeat” to do just<br />

that.<br />

If you’re looking for a true romantic<br />

comedy, this film might not be the right fit<br />

for you, but if you’re looking for something<br />

awkwardly humorous and don’t mind the<br />

elements of romance you might want to<br />

consider giving this one a chance. Grade: C<br />

Dedra Cordle is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer<br />

and columnist.

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