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By Amanda Ensinger
The Sahara-Columbus Club partnered
with the Starfish Assignment and
the Columbus Police to deliver food to
those in need on the Westside.
The Sahara-Columbus Club handed
out more than 150 bags of food to those
in need to ensure they have a nice holiday
meal. Among the items in the bag
where canned ham, stuffing, pancake
mix, gravy, soup, and other nonperishable
“We started creating these bags in
March when kids started learning
remotely,” said Teja Kancharlapalli who
founded Sahara-Columbus. “We wanted
to ensure that kids had proper meals
when they were at home. After doing
this, we decided we wanted to do more to
help and partnered with the Starfish
Assignment to see where we also could
donate these bags.”
The items in the bag can be easily
made; many can even be made in a
microwave if someone does not have
access to an oven or stove top. The group
wanted to make it as easy as possible to
prepare the meals for families in need.
The Starfish Assignment informed
the group about the need for resources
like this on the Westside, so the group
decided to focus on this region when
donating these holiday bags.
“There are so many people in need on
the Westside,” said Columbus Deputy
Chief of Police Timothy Becker. “People
could use a little help, especially with
the type of year we have had. Those in
need that receive these bags are so
grateful and appreciate the help.”
The items in the bag came from
money raised by the club, as well as
donations from the central Ohio community.
“Each of the bags also was decorated
and had a message inside it,”
Kancharlapalli said. “We wanted recipi-
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Sreedha Marre, 12, and Arjun Vattikuti, 7, load food into a police car to give to
Westside residents in need. The food gift bags included notes of encouragement to
those in need.
Columbus Police Officer Sean Taylor sorts food gift bags during a food giveaway
event. Students prepared gift bags full of food and other supplies for homeless people
and others in need. The officers will be giving the bags to Westside residents.
Students return to
By Dedra Cordle
The South-Western City Schools
District will not have in-person instruction
for the remainder of the year.
On Nov. 19, Superintendent Dr. Bill
Wise announced that the district would
transition back to a 100 percent remote
learning model and stay in that model
through winter break. He cited recommendations
from state and county public
health officials for making that determination.
“When we were reviewing the most
recent (COVID-19) data, we looked at the
community conditions and could see that
they were worsening,” Wise said. “In just a
matter of weeks, we have seen a dramatic
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Southwest Public Libraries (SPL) returned to nocontact
service only on Nov. 23 in light of surging
COVID-19 cases and the newest health advisories
from both county and state. These advisories identify
severe virus exposure and spread and urge residents to
stay home except for work, school, or essential services.
There will again be no public entry into SPL buildings
except entryways for no-contact pickup and limited
document services (print, copy, scan, fax). Patrons
will still be able to borrow items but through placing
hold requests for no-contact holds pickup only, a
process now easier than ever.
Unlike in the past, patrons no longer need to schedule
an appointment time to pick up held items once
notified they are in. They should simply call 15 to 20
minutes before planned arrival to allow staff time to
get items checked out, bagged, and placed on no-contact
pickup tables in the entryway.
The library will continue to accept returns only during
service hours. Hours remain:
ents of the bags to know we are thinking of them.”
The bags were delivered to a precinct on the
Westside and officers personally delivered the bags to
those in need. Becker said this is just one tactic the
police ae doing to build relationships in the community.
“Usually when people see us, it’s the worst day of
their life,” he said. “We want to see the residents we
serve on good days too. By delivering these bags to
those in need, we can strengthen those relationships
and start a dialogue with them.”
The Westside of Columbus has continued to see
increasing gun violence and overdoses. Becker hopes
by engaging with the community, they can work with
residents to prevent these issues. They also hope when
something does happen, residents will remember these
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increase in case counts and positivity rates and we
believed that it would soon become increasingly more
difficult to operate our schools safely.”
When Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the state
and county public health officials announced the most
recent stay-at-home recommendations through Dec.
20, it did not mandate that schools cease in-person
instruction as it did in March when the novel coronavirus
was first introduced in the state. Instead, the
officials advised the transition take place as they have
projected another surge after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Wise said following their advice was just another
factor that played into the district’s decision to transition
back to the remote learning model.
“We have followed all state, county and federal recommendations
to slow the spread and we have seen little
community spread in our schools while in the
blended learning model,” he said. “However, all of our
students and all of our staff are members of the greater
community and now we have begun to see more
absences in our student body and our personnel. It is
becoming increasingly harder to staff our schools due
to these conditions.”
According to the most recent data posted on the district’s
COVID-19 Dashboard, there are 38 students
and 20 staff members who tested positive for the virus.
There are 306 students and 58 staff members who
were considered “close contact exposures” and are in
Westland Library returns to no-contact
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• Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Wednesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“We continue to take the health and safety of our
patrons and staff very seriously,” said SPL Director
Mark Shaw. “When we reopened for limited access last
month, we foresaw the possibility of needing to return
to no-contact service for the safety of the community
and have worked to make it as smooth yet safe as possible.”
The library will continue to offer plenty of Grab and
Go options available during no-contact service hours,
including book bundles available for borrowing plus
various take-home craft and activity kits. Virtual programming
such as storytimes, STEM Challenges, craft
tutorials, and more, will continue to be presented via
the library’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
View upcoming programs and kits, find updates, or
access SPL’s digital library –available 24/7 and offering
eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies,
and more – at swpl.org.
interactions and be more willing to talk to the police.
“People are getting away with murder because
neighbors don’t want to talk to us,” Becker said.
“People see things going on, but they don’t want to talk
to the police. We need to build trust with this community,
then when something happens, they are more
willing to help us.”
The Sahara-Columbus Club plans to continue to
find ways to help those in need during the pandemic
“I wanted my kids to know that there is a big world
out there and there are people in need,” Kancharlapalli
said. “Everyone faces different challenges and don’t
have the same opportunities. You can’t make a difference
if you aren’t willing to help.”
isolation or quarantine. Those numbers also include
the students and educators who are participating in
the Virtual Learning Academy.
Wise said student and staff absenteeism was
expected during this pandemic and the district did
take measures to mitigate extended absences from
educators. He added that the issue the district is currently
facing is finding substitute teachers to fill in for
“That is another reason why we have decided to
transition back to the remote learning model,” he said.
“It is getting harder to find substitutes who are as willing
to fill in as we had in the past.”
With the transition back to remote learning for the
remainder of the year, Wise said he is hopeful that the
beginning of 2021 will see more favorable conditions
and a return to the blended learning model. However,
he did not commit to having the students and staff
back in the classroom come the week of Jan. 4.
“We have to take a wait and see approach and follow
the recommendations of the public health officials,”
He added that the district will provide an update on
Dec. 17 regarding future scheduling plans.
In related news, all extra-curricular and co-curricular
performances, contests, and scrimmages are canceled
until Dec.17. District officials said they will
reevaluate this decision at that time.
Residents concerned about concert noise
By Amanda Ensinger
A drive-in concert series is causing
issues for some Franklin Township residents.
The Westland Drive-In concert
series, taking place in the parking lot of the
vacant Westland Mall, has been a nuisance
to many in the community.
At a recent board meeting, residents
voiced their concerns, saying the music is
too loud and is a detriment to the area.
“We don’t want this here,” said Joy
Clasom. “You can hear it from miles away.
It is not helping the area but hurting it.”
Some of the trustees agreed with this
sentiment, saying they live three to four
miles away and can hear the music from
“You are supposed to sit in your car and
turn your radio to a station and hear the
music,” said Franklin Township Trustee
John Fleshman. “However, you can obviously
hear the music from far away, which
is causing a disturbance for many.”
Residents said those that live even closer
to the concert site are having even bigger
issues with the noise. However, the
board said there is little they can do.
“Franklin Township doesn’t own this
land or the mall,” Fleshman said. “They
didn’t come to Franklin Township for zoning,
they went to the county.”
The owners of the property are applying
to become a “community entertainment
district” so they can continue to host more
outdoor events. The permit they were given
only lasted until Nov. 8. Calls to the property
owners for comment were not
In other news, the board provided an
update on scholarships to local students via
funds from the camera ticketing program.
The township announced it will no longer
offer the scholarships and did not award
scholarships to 2020 graduates.
“Right now, the cameras are not in place
because of a court ruling that said we can’t
do civil hearings anymore for these tickets,”
said Mark Potts, township administrator.
“If someone is ticketed, we have to
have a municipal hearing and we can’t do
that right now because of COVID.”
Potts said that as a result, they are not
using the traffic cameras and are not issuing
speeding tickets in this way. He also
said with school closed last year due to
COVID not enough money was raised via
camera speeding tickets to give scholarships
to students in 2020.
The board also gave an update on community
outreach projects. This includes
implementing a successful tire drive.
Currently, Franklin Township has one of
the highest rates of illegal dumping in the
county. Illegal dumping of tires is one of
the biggest issues.
Recently, the township hosted an event
where people could turn in their old tires
and they received 393 tires. These tires are
typically dumped in woods, water streams
or other areas, so properly disposing of
them is important to the township.
Residents were able to drop off up to 10
tires a person at the drive.
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Community Center Director Michael
Pollack, the center will not be having its
traditional activities, but will offer some
“We will be having Santa’s mailbox and
the letters to the Santa program we have
previously had,” Pollack said. “Kids can put
letters in the mailbox to Santa and they
will receive a letter back.”
Pollack said the letters should be in an
envelop with the child’s full name, complete
address, and postage. The mailbox
will be set up in the community center
parking lot, located at 5955 West Broad St.
The center also will be offering phone
calls with Santa. For $2 children can
receive a call from Santa on Tuesday or
Thursday evening through Dec. 22. Santa
also will occasionally do calls on Saturday.
When registering, parents should include
one or two gift ideas so Santa can personalize
the call. Calls will last approximately
five minutes and Santa will not guarantee
gifts for kids but instead tell the children
what he heard they wanted.
“We also are looking at having a holiday
themed inflatable outside that people can
take a photo with,” Pollack said.
Prairie Township to offer phone calls from Santa
Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)
is bringing together a variety of agencies
during a free virtual event to connect central
Ohioans with the help they need.
The Virtual Social Services Fair event
will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec.
8. It is free and open to anyone in need.
Participants will be able to engage with
professionals in a one-stop virtual location
to find help on a variety of pressing issues,
including food access, legal aid, rent stabilization
funds, childcare, job help and
The virtual event is presented in partnership
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Human Service Chamber of Franklin
This photo is of West High School students
scrimmaging at practice or gym
class. The photo was shared by Dorothy
Pemberton (West class of 1955). Her
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that finished 12-7 in the 1954-55 season.
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These events aim to fill the void the
township will have this holiday season
with the cancellation of the annual breakfast
with Santa event, as well as the holiday
In other township news, Pollack gave an
update on activity at the community center
as it opens more facilities.
“It has been a slow process. As people
become more comfortable, they are slowly
coming back,” he said. “The reopening of
the pool and allowing younger children in
the childcare room has helped.”
The center has been offering fitness
classes, pickleball and other activities that
can safely be done while distancing.
Pollack said that while the registration
for swim classes has not been what it normally
is, they are excited about the enthusiasm
of reopening the pool. He also said if
restrictions tighten up again, they would
not close the pool. They may not allow people
in depending on the restrictions, but
they will not drain it.
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First (M-F), Second (S-Th.) and Third (Sat.-W)
Starting pay for first shift is $12.50 per hour.
Starting pay for second and third shift is $14.00.
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These are entry level positions, packing, sorting, RF
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Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds with or without
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November 6, 2020 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 7
SETON WEST APARTMENTS
3999 CLIME ROAD, COLUMBUS, OH 43228
We are a Senior Housing Community...you must be 62 or better.
Rent is based on your income. We offer spacious 1 bedroom apartments
which include: utilities, refrigerator, range, central air, carpet, EMS monitor
pull cords & a limited access building entry system. Seton West is professionally
managed and has 24 hour emergency maintenance services.
Our residents enjoy: a community room for playing cards, potlucks, bingo
or visiting with neighbors. We have two laundry rooms & game room,
library, outdoor patios and an elevator for your convenience.
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE IN OUR FRONT LOBBY OR CALL
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WEST-LINCOLN VILLAGE S.
1 BD FLATS FROM $515 - $555
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Winter Reading Challenge is back
Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)
is bringing back for a third year its Winter
Reading Challenge, in which students can
earn prizes by reading over break. A twist
on CML’s Summer Reading Challenge,
Winter Reading Challenge aims to keep
reading skills strong when students are
out of school over the holidays. From Dec. 1
through Jan. 30, K-12 students can register
online at columbuslibrary.org/winterreading.
Additionally, K-6 teachers can
enroll their classrooms into the program.
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This year’s Winter Reading Challenge
will be all-virtual due to the coronavirus
pandemic. All 23 CML locations are open
for curbside and walk-up services only.
Public entry is not permitted.
The annual program challenges individual
students or classrooms to track their
progress as they read for six hours and
complete six activities on their digital
game boards, at which time they will earn
a book they can keep, as well as a bookmark
and a mechanical pencil, plus a
Raising Cane’s coupon and a Donatos
coupon booklet. Examples of game board
activities include “Read a cookbook and
then make one of the recipes,” “Read a
biography and then dress up like the person,”
“Create a playlist for a book you read”
and many more.
Last winter, the program had nearly
6,900 registrations and more than 2,800
Studies show that kids who read during
out-of-school time maintain reading skills
that are critical to future school success.
Pets of the week
Opie was rescued
from a life of being
chained outside. At 8
years of age, this
shepherd mix now
has a new lease on
life. Opie is housebroken
and is figuring out
life indoors. He loves
to go for walks. He is neutered, microchipped,
heartworm negative and up to date on vaccines.
Opie is available for adoption through
Colony Cats and Dogs.
Ondreja is a 1-yearold
does not get along
well with other cats,
but she is learning to
and does alright with
cats that are more
assertive and won’t
These furry friends are available
for adoption at local
rescues and shelters
let her bully them. She wants to follow her
human around everywhere and always wants
affection. Ondreja is spayed, vaccinated,
microchipped, and ready for a home of her
own. She is available for adoption through
Colony Cats and Dogs.
Rena is a 4-year-old
pit bull mix who is an
This girl enjoys
a comfortable and
relaxed life. Her tail is
always wagging because
she is happy to
see everyone. She is
looking for a forever
family who will show
her love. Rena is good with other dogs. She is
up for adoption at the Franklin County Dog
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