May 2 - 15, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVII, No. 22
Every day is
Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Earth Day is a bit of a misnomer for volunteers
with Friends of Westgate Park.
While they can often be found picking
up litter or doing other beautification
projects at the westside park on that
designated day, they can also be found
there throughout the year. “We consider
it an Earth Day every time we are out
here,” said Jillian Manning, a Friends of
Westgate Park board member. To compliment
and continue the April 22 festivities,
its volunteers came out that weekend
to remove and replace trees and
shrubs that were damaged. According
to Manning, the volunteers planted
three new trees (two magnolias and
one sweet gum) in the park and added
three pinky winky hydrangeas to the
expanded flower bed at the Recreation
Center entrance. Here, (top right) Paul
Adams gently places one of those
hydrangeas into the bed.
Market is growing
By Andrea Cordle
The Westgate Farmers Market is
expanding its season.
The popular westside market is held
from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third
Saturday of each month from June
through October. For its sixth season, the
market will expand to host two additional
shopping opportunities. The first will be a
May Market Preview, which will be held
See FARMERS MARKET page 2
Bottom right, Ric Brandel and Jillian
Manning rake the bed near the recreation
Pets of the Week ................... 11
The Reel Deal ....................... 16
Officer updates Westland Area commissioners
on safety issues Page 2
School district reports an increase in its
ELL student population Page 3
Corissa Spence helps shovel dirt into
the new home of the magnolia tree
nearest to the pond.
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By Hannah Poling
Officer Rob Bruce from the Columbus Division of
Police attended the virtual April 21 Westland Area
Commission meeting to discuss several concerns in the
Westland and Hilltop areas.
In mid-April, Columbus police officers were sent to
a homeless camp after receiving multiple complaints
from residents. The camp was reportedly located
behind the Valleyview middle school. The individual
who was staying in the area was given a few days to
clean up and vacate.
According to Bruce, the officers do hand out literature
to the homeless with lists and locations of
resources to help them.
“A lot of people can get new sleeping bags and tents
and such from Jordan’s Crossing and Resource center,”
said Westland commissioner Nancy Day-Achauer.
According to Melissa Green, a neighborhood liaison
with the city of Columbus, they also work closely with
the Mount Carmel and Mary Haven outreach teams.
Before any camps are moved, outreach employees and
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Safety concerns addressed in Westland area
Park work day
Friends of Westgate Park will host a park work day
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 8 at Westgate Park.
social workers go to the camps and do several weeks of
engagement with the homeless to try to connect them
with supportive housing.
“It’s not illegal to be houseless, so it’s kind of a grey
area that we try to straddle, trying to be supportive
and connect people to as many resources as they’ll
take, and then also being respectful of the neighbors
who live around there and their private property. It’s a
delicate balance,” said Green.
Officers plan to return to the camp within the next
few days to see if it has been vacated.
Additionally, Day-Achauer relayed that she has
been seeing comments on a neighborhood social media
site about residents hearing gunshots in the Galloway
“Our shot spotters will pick up 90 percent of shots
that are fired and the second and third shift officers
are the ones to circulate the area and it usually pinpoints
pretty close to where they find shell casings of
bullets,” said Bruce.
The officer said he would look into seeing if there is
a shot spotter in the Galloway Ridge area and will see
if any suspects or leads have been found regarding
Volunteers can meet at 3271 Wicklow Road in
Columbus to help clean up the park. For more information,
on May 15. To end the season, the market will host a
Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 20.
“We want to give shoppers an opportunity to buy
local in those months,” said Molly Donavan, Westgate
Farmers Market manager.
The vendors people look forward to are returning to
the market again this year, said Donavan. The vendors
will sell produce, jam, bread, baked goods, eggs, meat,
and more. Non-food related items will also be available
including home goods, plants, candles, and apparel for
humans and their pets. According to Donavan, there
will be new vendors this year as well with offerings of
honey, handcrafted wood items, and small batch roasted
“Our main focus is food, but we offer a wide variety,”
The Westgate Farmers Market makes it easier for
residents to find fresh fruit and vegetables, especially
on the westside. The Hilltop area in particular has
been referred to as a food desert, with a lack of grocery
“There are dollar stores around here, but those
establishments don’t always provide access to fresh,
local food,” said Donavan.
The farmers market accepts both Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women,
Infants and Children (WIC). According to Donavan,
last year, the market saw a 500 percent increase in
food assistance programs.
“This tells us that people are using the market,” she
In addition to accepting SNAP and WIC, the market
offers the Produce Perks program, which provides a
$25 match on produce purchases. Donavan said this
means any amount spent with SNAP/EBT or P-EBT,
up to $25, will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
The Westgate Farmers Market is also looking for
volunteers and board members. The group needs volunteers
to help set up before each market and tear
down after the event. Donavan said the market operates
under a volunteer board of directors and they are
looking for new members to better reflect the social,
economic, and cultural diversity of the Hilltop. Board
members typically serve a three-year term.
Those interested in volunteering or becoming a
board member, can email
The farmers market will again operate under
COVID-19 safety protocols set forth by Columbus
Public Health. Masks, or facial coverings, will be
required and the tents will be spaced out to allow for
sufficient social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be provided,
and no samples will be given out.
The Westgate Farmers Market is located at the
West Gate Masonic Lodge, 2925 West Broad St. For
more information, visit www.westgatefarmersmarket.com.
By Dedra Cordle
The percentage of students who have a connection to
the English Language Learners program has hit a record
high in the South-Western City Schools District.
At the April 26 board of education meeting, program
coordinator Ed Kennedy shared compiled data that shows
roughly 25 percent of the student body population now
falls under that ELL umbrella.
“For the 2020-21 school year, we had 3,404 enrolled students
who have been identified as English Language
Learners, and we also had just under 1,800 students who
have recently exited the program,” he said.
For the past several years, the district has been hovering
around the 21 to 22 percent mark, but the steady
increase of students enrolling year after year has now
pushed it to 25 percent.
Kennedy attributed that steady increase to great “word
of mouth” from parents whose children are new to the
“They know that our ELL program has a strong reputation,”
he said in a post-meeting interview. “Our district has
a program that really works to help kids become proficient
and we have a number of support services to help them
and their families during this transitional phase as well.”
Traditionally, the areas that have seen the greatest
amount of growth in the ELL population is the Franklin
Heights and Westland corridors, but Kennedy said that
has slowly started to shift.
“Those areas and their feeder schools are still seeing a
tremendous amount of growth, but Central Crossing High
School and the Grove City corridor to a lesser extent are
seeing a rise in their own ELL population.”
Spanish continues to be the number one language with
EL students at 71 percent with Somali and Arabic following
at 12 percent and 8 percent, respectively.
Kennedy said Ukraine had been coming in at number
four but was recently surpassed by Hakha Chin with 4 percent.
In totality, there are 84 languages and dialects spoken
by students in the district.
Kennedy said that when students enroll in the program,
a majority are doing so when they are at the pre-functional
or basic level of learning the English language.
He added that it takes one to two years for students to
have a proficient grasp on conversational skills, while it
takes five to seven years to become proficient with their
reading and writing skills. He said the curriculum largely
focuses on their basic interpersonal communication skills
first and then transitions to their cognitive academic
language proficiency skills.
“You have to have an understanding of basic
oral skills before you can begin to read and write
and listen proficiently.”
For the past three years, the district has been a
recipient of a Striving Readers Comprehensive
Literacy Grant through the Ohio Department of
Education. Kennedy said those funds have allowed
the district to purchase reading materials and create
professional development opportunities for
He said some of those reading materials that
were purchased included graphic novels which
allows students to read the text and comprehend
that corresponding action with the visual graphics.
“Graphic novels have been a huge help with
their comprehensive skills and keeping their interest
in the material,” he said.
In fact, Kennedy reported that the opportunities
created from the grant have helped raise the reading
level average by 1.2
grade levels for all EL’s in
grades 7-12 and assisted
with a 5.4 percent increase
in the number of 7-12 EL’s
scoring proficient or higher
on state EL assessment
“It feels like a lot of
progress has been made,”
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ELL student population grows in South-Western
Free produce market
The Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the
Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Council
#2898 will host a free produce market the
fourth Friday of each month through the
end of October at St. Agnes Church, 2364
West Mound St. in Columbus. The food
pantry will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. For
additional information, email Kevin Miller
Prairie Township history sought
The Southwest Franklin County
Historical Society is in the process of
updating its website on Prairie Township
and is looking for historical photographs
and stories of that area. Individuals who
are willing to share information or photos
are asked to email pictures and information
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Of
particular interest would be any information
of old buildings and/or businesses in
the communities of Alton, Rome or
around the westside
Westgate Plant Swap
Do you have indoor or outdoor plants
that need divided? Looking to diversify the
plant types in your yard? Friends of
Westgate Park and the Westgate
Neighbors Association are partnering to
host the second annual Westgate Plant
Swap. Those interested can drop off plants
from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 14 at the swap
location. The groups will sort the plants
into categories and get them organized for
the next day. Come back to the swap location
from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 15 and
pick out some new plants.
Here are some examples of plants that
would work well for this swap: hostas, irises,
daylilies, black-eyed susans, ornamental
grasses, sedum, purple coneflower, etc.
Houseplants are welcome as well.
Parking for the day of the swap is available
along Parkside Road, as well as the
large parking lot near the park. The swap
will take place outdoors; rain or shine.
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In related news, Kennedy said the district will once
again host a summer program for EL’s, though it will primarily
target grades K-8. He said the district is in the
process of identifying students who may benefit from the
program and information will be sent out to parents and
guardians soon. He added that it will be virtual but there
will be an opportunity for in-person Friday events where
students can participate in cultural awareness festivities
and book fairs.
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Vigilance required when walking your furry friend
As emotionally draining as the drawn
out pandemic days have been, there have
been a few bright spots. But being harpooned
by my second Covid vaccine needle
and the myriad of reactions I got from it
most certainly does not qualify as one of
them. No, not complaining, it does beat the
risk of the alternative. I haven’t had chills
like that since I got stuck in a sub-zero
North Dakota blizzard many years ago.
One bright spot does stand out for me.
I rarely watch the PBS channel, just too
much culture for my crude existence to
absorb. About the only thing I’ve watched
over the years are some of the old music
specials and groups they bring back, the
ones I grew up listening to. They always
get the fond memories bouncing, once I get
over how old they look and must remind
myself I look just as old.
I stumbled upon “Masterpiece” on PBS
and was excited to see its new adaptation of
the 1978-1990 series, “All Creatures Great
and Small,” the story of a 1930s veterinarian,
James Herriot, set in Yorkshire, a historic
county in England. Loved reading the
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new series was truly excellent, better than
the original, and I was glad to see it will be
back for another season. Watching it
turned back the pages many years to my
college days when I lived and worked at a
veterinary clinic, much like the one portrayed
in the books and TV series.
Watching the show sent my mind back in
The veterinarian I worked for was very
much like James Herriot. His practice was
split about 80 percent small and 20 percent
large animal. His life was his work, he was
totally dedicated to it as many vets were in
those days. He lived to work, not worked to
live. There were no after-hour emergency
clinics in those days. He or the associate he
brought in, was on call 24/7/365. It was not
unusual for me to get a middle of the night
call in my downstairs clinic apartment to
assist with an emergency ranging from
going out with him to a dairy farm for a
calving or milk fever case, to surgeries in
the clinic for dogs hit by cars or removing
quills from a dog that tangled with a porcupine.
A recent dog walk triggered a flashback
to one specific emergency.
We’d just locked up the clinic after a
long day. I was back in my tiny apartment,
just gotten through de-doggyfying myself
with a long shower. The clinic intercom
phone rang. “Dave, got a dog emergency
coming in, going to need you.” His house
was attached to the clinic, just like
Within minutes we were back in the
clinic and the dog arrived. I went out to the
car to assist carrying it in. It was a very
heavy, full grown Saint Bernard. He was
bleeding profusely from multiple areas.
The owner said another dog was being
walked by his house and he lunged after it
through his big living room window, shattering
the glass and sustaining several severed
veins and arteries and tissue injury
from the sharp glass. He was in bad shape
and I could see the concern in the doctor’s
eyes when we set him down inside.
Surgery lasted for quite some time, but
the doctor got him sewn back together and
the bleeding stopped. His loyal clinic resident
dog, a docile Chesapeake Bay retriever
named Lancer, graciously chipped in by
donating some much needed blood as he’d
been called upon to do a few previous times
while I lived there. The dog beat the odds
and went on to recover after many initial
Memories of that night came back as I
walked my dog and went by a house that
always worries me. It has two large breed
dogs that stand on top of the living room
couch and literally lunge repeatedly at the
big window with their front feet clawing,
barking like guard dogs as we walk by.
When there’s full sunlight, you can see the
glass move. I always take a deep breath
with a sigh of relief when we get by. So far,
the window has held. But who knows, both
lunging with all their weight hitting the
window at the exact same time a certain
way…..? They’re needlessly tempting fate.
I can’t understand why the owners continue
to ignore the obvious ominous risk.
That situation happens more than you’d
think. But it’s usually the smaller breeds,
so I don’t worry as much. Many dogs (and a
few neighbors) let us know we’re not welcome
as we walk by, that’s natural and
fine, so long as they’re contained. Some
even wag their tails in friendship and
whine at the front door. A few others have
managed to burst out the front door and
come at us, not in friendship. Years ago,
one came at my dog and I got tangled in the
leash and pulled down. Luckily, we were
able to get things under control without
any damage to me or the dogs.
It all comes down to responsibility and
anticipation. If you’re a responsible dog
owner, you anticipate and assess situations
and react accordingly to prevent obvious
risks. If you’re not and do neither, things
can happen, sometimes bad things. I’m still
having to live remembering a 1987 jury I
sat on, where we had to listen to the case of
a little girl being mauled by two dogs who
found a way to escape from their poorly
secured apartment back porch area. It was
a senseless tragedy that a littler forethought
could have prevented.
When I walk about the area, I keep my
eyes far ahead. If I see a situation that
might present a problem, often a loose dog,
I try to avoid it by either waiting or changing
my route. There are times I can’t avoid
it and try to prepare myself. Controlling my
large dog can be difficult. Sometimes I
must yell at a loose rapidly approaching
aggressive dog at the top of my lungs and
at the same time drag my large dog with all
my might to keep moving until we get
away, leaving me exhausted and my dog
puffing and panting.
Dogs have Houdini genes in them and
can be incredible escape artists. It’s natural
for some to answer the distant call of the
wild, especially if they’re bored or not regularly
exercised. They find ways to get out of
their fenced, too often insecure, enclosures.
The owners sometimes don’t even realize
they’re gone for hours as the dog runs precariously
about, dodging cars, not always
successfully, creating havoc and chaos with
other dogs in its own neighborhood or farther
away. When the owners hopefully get
them back, they ignore taking time to fix
the escape route and the jail break scenario
soon happens all over again. Sometimes it’s
the same dogs that are seen galavanting
about and you read a response on the website
from a concerned poster for a dog spotted
wandering down a major road, “Oh,
that’s my neighbor’s
dog, it’s always out
A popular neighborhood
always filled with
dog notice postings:
lost, found, two
large dogs seen running
anyone seen.., etc.
It’s disconcerting how many active posts
there are, but also encouraging how fast
helpful responses come in from concerned
neighbors. They often result in happy endings
that leave you smiling. But sometimes
the posts remain unresolved and sometimes
resolved, but on a sad note.
Situations arise with dogs, things happen,
and they will get loose. That’s understandable
and acceptable under the
assumption the owner recognizes it shouldn’t
and deals with it. Maybe that’s the root
of the problem. Perhaps a few just don’t
realize things can happen or refuse to deal
with it. We’ve all asked the question before,
“why do they even have a dog.” Some folks
just shouldn’t have one. They just aren’t
prepared to accept the responsibilities and
apparently just aren’t able to comprehend
the far-ranging risks.
Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the
Columbus Messenger Newspapers. He
lives in Grove City.
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Breakfast at the Lodge for Special Olympics
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 at 2925
West Broad St. Adults eat for a donation of $6, children age 3 and
above pay $3. Serving is from 9 a.m. to noon.
Produce giveaway at YMCA
The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce giveaway the third
Wednesday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2879 Valleyview
Drive in Columbus. For more information, call the YMCA at 614-
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This photo from 1939 is of Mrs. Watts’ kindergarten class. Kindergarten was not provided universally
yet at public schools at this time. Most students this age obtained private classes often taught in rented
rooms in churches. This kindergarten was located on Sullivant Avenue near Central Avenue in an
unidentified building. Tom Ongaro (deceased) of the Hilltop originally shared this picture. He is pictured
in the third row, right end. Others identified are: second row, left end - Ronnie Coup, right end - Carl
Dewhurst, and third row, third from left - David Recob. If you have a photo to share, contact Stacy
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Fire department facing financial strain after levy
By Amanda Ensinger
A local fire department is continuing to
struggle, despite recently passing a new
levy. According to Franklin Township officials,
the levy was not enough.
Recently, the Franklin Township
Trustees asked voters to approve a 5.89-
mill replacement levy. This was a smaller
levy than what was proposed.
Franklin Township Fire Chief James
Welch laid out several options for the board
to choose from. If the township wanted to
maintain services at the time, voters would
have had to pass a 13-mill levy, according
to the chief.
“This option would have allowed us to
have two engines and two medics,” said
The other two options were a 9.85-mill
levy that would result in the department
keeping two fire engines and one medic or
a 5.89-mill levy that would result in the
department keeping one fire engine and
Wellness and foot care
LifeCare Alliance provides a nurse at
the Prairie Township Community Center
around the westside
According to Welch, with option two the
department would have to had let go of six
firefighters and with option three they
would have had to let go of nine firefighters.
As a result, Welch said this would
impact their response rates and they would
have to wait for neighboring fire departments
to respond to calls if they couldn’t
The trustees agreed to go with the 5.89-
mill replacement levy option because the
department needed to get a levy passed.
“The trustees thought voters would be
more likely to approve this than a levy asking
for more millage,” said Mark Potts,
township administrator. “This amount will
allow our fire department to continue to
operate, while also staying within their
The township also has three other permanent
The township placed a 19-5-mill township-wide
levy on the ballot in the spring of
2020 but that levy failed.
As a result of the smaller levy passing,
the department has had to cut its staff size
weekly to provide free foot care and other
wellness services. To schedule an appointment
or for more information, contact the
wellness office at 614-437-2878.
down from 39 firefighters to 29. Instead of
laying off staff, they are not filling the positions
when someone leaves.
“We will still be a 24/7 fire department,
but we may not be able to respond to emergencies
as quickly as we normally could,”
Welch said. “We will have to rely on mutual
aid when we can’t get to an emergency.”
This is the smallest the department has
been in 15 years.
“I think a large part of the reason the
previous permanent levy failed was
because there was a group of people putting
false information out there,” said
Franklin Township Trustee John
Fleshman. “If we had a permanent levy
then, we wouldn’t have to keep coming
back to voters every five years asking for a
Fleshman also said with inflation, the
costs continue to increase to operate the
The township’s police department is facing
similar issues, according to Fleshman.
As a result, they also plan to ask voters to
approve a levy this year.
“A township-wide levy would help
spread these expenses out more and ensure
everyone is paying their fair share,”
Fleshman said. “It also would allow us to
collect from people who have annexed out
of the township.”
Fleshman said getting communities like
Valleyview and local businesses on board is
the only way a township-wide levy will
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A bi-monthly feature celebrating the
wisdom, experience and contributions of our community’s senior citizens
COAAA partnering with new
online caregiving platform
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
(COAAA) is partnering with Trualta, a free easyto-use
online platform that equips caregivers with
the knowledge and skills needed to manage care
for a loved one in the home. Trualta is tailored to
meet the caregiver’s learning style through articles,
tip-sheets, quick five-minute videos, and
The online platform, which can be accessed
from a computer or any mobile device, offers
practical caregiving tips and techniques, links
caregivers to local resources and assistance, connects
caregivers to other caregivers, and covers
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email Andy Haggard at
Are you new to Medicare?
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unbiased information to help you make informed decisions. At this
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COAAA does not represent
or sell insurance products.
Upcoming ‘Medicare for Beginners’ Workshops
May 19 at 2:00 p.m.
including personal care, brain health, safety, selfcare,
and working with memory issues or dementia.
Trualta is for caregivers who live in COAAA’s
eight-county area – Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette,
Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and
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contact Maddie Huggins at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 614-645-7445.
June 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Visit www.coaaa.org/medicare for a complete
‘Medicare for Beginners’ workshop schedule.
Alzheimer’s Association offering virtual programs
The Alzheimer’s Association will hold
virtual educational programs from May 4
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All programs are free and open to the
public. Registration is required. To register
for the program, call 800-272-3900. The
•May 4 - Effective Communication
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•May 5 - Understanding Alzheimer’s
and Dementia at 3 p.m.
•May 10 - Dementia Conversations at
•May 11 - Effective Communication
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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce, President • Commissioner Marilyn Brown • Commissioner John O’Grady
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the Messenger Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.
Older Americans Month
Every year in the month of May, we celebrate Older Americans
Month. Older Americans Month, or OAM, was established in the
year 1963, with a goal of bringing awareness to the needs of older
American citizens living within the United States. The Administration
for Community Living, or ACL, is responsible for spearheading
the national observance of Older Americans Month and creating an
honorary theme. In years past, themes have included “Engage at
Every Age”, “Connect, Create, Contribute”, and most recently last
year, Make Your Mark”. For May 2021, the monthly theme just so
happens to be “Communities of Strength”.
“Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives
through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and
contributions help to support and inspire others. This OAM, we will
celebrate the strength of older adults and the Aging Network, with
special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in
building strong communities”.
Over the past year, older Americans have had to face several
challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic. Social isolation,
personal and family illnesses, and financial hardship, are just a few
of what older Americans endured and to do so, takes immense
amounts of strength. The Franklin County Office on Aging has been
with these older Americans every step of the way. Through
providing free home-delivered meals for most of 2021, to providing
free transportation to COVID-19 vaccine appointments, to finally
continuing to provide their existing support programs and services
to Franklin County older adults. The community in which the
Franklin County Office on Aging serves, is a diverse group of
individuals who love to stay involved and participate in strength
There are a few ways that older Americans and their family or
friends can continue to develop their strength and to stay connected
as a community.
-Utilize social media: Many of us have social media application,
whether that be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Social
media allows for you to connect with others and stay informed about
the lives of loved ones. Most social media accounts are free to join,
and if you decide to create one, make sure to follow the Franklin
County Office on Aging on Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn.
-Create Zoom meetings: Create Zoom meetings: We all miss seeing
others face to face, however with COVID-19 still present we want to
make sure you have safe interactions with others. A popular way of
doing so is by creating Zoom video call groups. You can simply call
one another to chat, you could create a weekly or monthly book
club, or even have a movie night or painting event. The creative
ideas you can come up with are endless.
-Self development and sharing: There are many people who would
love to add an additional skill to their list. Perhaps that is cooking,
drawing, taking up yoga, or maybe even learning a new language.
By continuously learning, you cannot only build up yourself, but
you can share your newly acquired skills with your family, friends,
or acquaintances. You strengthen others, when you strengthen yourself.
This pandemic has taken a lot of enjoyable moments, loving individuals,
and amazing memories from so many of us. However, if we
stick together as a community, we will come out stronger than ever.
If you are an older adult age 65 or over or know of an older adult that
may need any of the programs or services listed above, please contact
the Franklin County Office on Aging at (614) 525-6200.
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Beating cancer with humor and a pie to the face
By Linda Dillman
Tony Sobony believes in taking on cancer
with pie in the face humor by helping
donors raise money through American Pie
Party fundraisers to battle the disease.
In the late 1970s, Sobony was a teacher
at Hamilton Township High School when
he asked his mentor and fellow teacher,
Carol Lowe, “What should I do? I am not
sure if I want to teach the rest of my life.
She replied, ‘Specialize in something.’”
When he went home that night and
watched “The Tonight Show’s” Johnny
Carson describe humor as often being the
extreme of something, Sobony was diagnosed
with throat cancer five years ago and
skin cancer a few months ago. Also, his
father passed away from lung cancer.
Sobony believes God planted the seed
that would become the American Pie Party.
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“A pie in the face is the extreme physical
comedy act,” said Sobony. “It is funny, therapeutic,
and sometimes magic. Cancer is
the extreme physical tragedy. It hurts in
many ways and it kills. By combining the
laughter of pies in the face and the sorrow
of cancer, unlimited amounts of money can
be raised for the war on cancer. My friend
Carol later passed away from breast cancer.
Now I am a frustrated fundraiser.”
Sobony said people have donated more
than $100,000 over the years through pie
party events where–in non-pandemic
years–individuals line up with a creamfilled
pie plate to throw at designated recipients.
“We have held pie parties at Columbus
City Hall, the Statehouse lawn, parking
lots, backyards, living rooms, churches,
schools, and restaurants,” said Sobony.
“We recruit celebrity PiePals–people who
celebrate life–to raise funds and accept a
whipped creme paper plate pie in the face
from a cancer survivor, preferably. On
National Cancer Survivor Day, the first
Sunday in June, we hold SpeedPie.
Approximately 600 pies are tossed at me in
a minute. I have accumulated over 70,000
in 40 years with notarized signatures.”
Pie parties are also held at birthday parties,
family reunions, auctions where participants
can bid for the opportunity to
throw a pie in the face, and a Human
Checkers game where whoever gets
jumped gets a pie in the face and if you get
“kinged,” you get to throw a pie at anyone.
Five years ago, American Pie Party TAG
was launched with the premise that 90 percent
of the money raised during an event
goes to a celebrity’s chosen cancer agency.
Since the pandemic hit, the organization
started promoting Virtual Pie Party TAG
to benefit children’s families who are going
“We direct the funds for co-pays, medications,
and supplies,” said Sobony. “With
Virtual Pie Party TAG, we ask the volunteer
to video the event and TAG another
with the tagline, ‘What’s the cure for cancer?
Tag! You Are It’ We hope the concept
A fish fry benefitting the American Pie
Party is scheduled on May 5, from 11 a.m.
- 1 p.m. at River Vista Health and
Wellness, 1599 Alum Creek Drive,
Columbus. This event is sponsored by
StoryPoint Senior Living in Grove City,
River Vista, Bickford Senior Living of
Bexley, and Oasis Senior Advisors. People
can pre-order meals ($10) or donate at the
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American Pie Party organizer Tony Sobony takes a few pies to the face during a pie
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xFocus on Rentals
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
PUBLIC HEARING NOTIFICATION
May 11, 2021 at 7:00 P.M., at the
Prairie Township Hall, 23 Maple Dr.
Variance Application No. 656-VA-21 – Parcel No. 240-000887, 264 Norton Road,
Columbus, Ohio 43228. To grant a Variance from the provisions of Section 825 (High
Density Residential District (R-8); to permit the applicant to build a new multi-family unit
development with more dwelling units per gross acre than the Resolution requires in an
R-8 (high density residential) District.
Variance Application No. 657-VA-21 – Parcel No. 240-0001620, 4757 W Broad Street,
Columbus, Ohio 43228. To grant a Variance from the provisions of Sections 936 (Special
Setback Requirements for Business and Manufacturing Districts), 1110.1 (Off Street
Parking Space Design Standards), 1803.3 (Building Orientation), 1806.1.a (Parking),
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Variance Application No. 658-VA-21 – Parcel No. 240-000762, 200 Buena Vista
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I have never thought of myself as a violent
person, but I have to admit that I
began to question my preferred method of
confrontation by using passive-aggressiveness
and snark thanks in large part to
While a casual player of the video game
that irate parents and Congressional leaders
swore would corrupt the youth of the
world, it was the live-action adaptation of
1995 that reeled me into the web of imagined
fisticuffs. Upon watching this version
for the first time, I became obsessed with
the skill and power of the characters, wishing
that one day I too would be able to competently
wield harpoon-like spears
attached to the length of a rope like
Scorpion or snap necks with my knees
while in a handstand like Sonya Blade.
In the years that followed,
I did not rack up
a body count, or even
learn how to do a handstand,
but I did parse
out that what I was
feeling whenever I
thought of “Mortal
Kombat” was something
called nostalgia. Like a fist, or foot, or
ice spike, nostalgia can be powerful. It burrows
into you, making you feel vaguely irritated
when someone makes fun of what you
like, and it brings forth a feeling of protectiveness
when someone tries to remake
had decided to
franchise, I felt
that inkling of
irritation but I thought would give it a
chance because it’s “Mortal Kombat.” It’s
supposed to be stupid fun and that is something
we can all use in our lives. But this
latest version largely turns down that
aspect in favor of stupid without the fun.
While it’s not awful enough to make you
want to inflict Sub-Zero levels of violence,
it is bad enough to make you want to give
its new creators a powerful stink-eye.
It begins with an effective prologue taking
place in 17th century Japan where
skilled assassin Bi-Han (Joe Taslim) has
found the guarded woodland home of rival
Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada). After
killing his wife and child, the two warriors
face off in the film’s most exquisitely choreographed
fight scene, expertly blending
moves only found in the video games and
martial arts movies of yore. When this
sequence is over, however, so too is most of
the film’s promise.
The film then jumps forward to the
Outworld where sorcerer Shang Tsung
(Chin Han) is delightfully planning
Earthrealm’s destruction. Knowing that
they only need one more win at the Mortal
Kombat competition to take over this
“pathetic” realm, he sends his greatest
assassins to find their warriors and eliminate
them before the competition can take
place. At first, not much urgency is given to
this mission, but he then discovered a
prophecy that foretells their defeat should
the Hasashi line unite the champions. This
bit of news is a surprise to all the baddies
of that realm as they thought Bi-Han and
the Lin Kuei assassins killed them all centuries
That whoopsie turns out to be Cole
Young (Lewis Tan), a character created
specifically for this movie universe. Born
with a dragon tattoo (seriously), he is a
down-on-his-luck MMA fighter who knows
nothing of his lineage or Mortal Kombat
and the hell that is about to be unleashed
upon him and his family.
While out for dinner one night, Cole and
his wife and daughter are attacked by a
specter who has the ability to generate and
control ice. Knowing that they are no
match for this Cryomancer, they hesitantly
accept the help of stranger Jax Briggs
(Mehcad Brooks) who tells them to seek out
When Cole finds
her, Sonya (Jessica
to him what Mortal
Kombat is, who the
people are who also
share in his dragon
tattoo, and when this fight to the death
might take place. She then encourages him
to follow her on a quest to find the location
of Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano) who
could help train and guide them as they
prepare for this world’s greatest death
When they reach Raiden’s lair, the film
slows to a crawl as the fighters try to
unlock their “arcana,” or special power that
could help them not have their spines
ripped out of their body or smashed to a
bloody pulp by Prince Goro, the Outworld’s
last champion who is a multi-limbed halfhuman,
half-dragon creature. There is a lot
of exposition in these scenes, a lot of Cole
(and Sonya, to a degree) wondering who
they are and where they fit in this world,
and not enough combat.
But the latter point is one of the biggest
issues with this film — there is little Mortal
Kombat in “Mortal Kombat.” There are
mortals in this film, and there is combat in
this film, but there is no true Mortal
Kombat in “Mortal Kombat.”
With the lack of the tournament itself,
this film can only be described as a prequel,
as a way to introduce the audience to this
weird world. It teases with one-on-one
fights in the end (Max Huang is a true
delight as the razor-hat wearing Kung Lao,
who definitely has the best fatality of the
film), but it really is a set up for potential
sequels even though the studio has not
committed to making said sequels.
There is also a big issue with the
ambiance of the film — it just takes itself
too seriously. While it tries to say it’s the
opposite with high levels of gore or overthe-top
fatalities, its dialogue and plotting
say something else altogether, and usually
in a monotone voice.
Should potential sequels go forward,
there is some hope that things can be salvageable
with better pacing, a better script
and maybe some acting lessons in emoting
for its core actors. But until then, I say to
fans that this version is not a flawless victory
for the franchise, but it’s also not a
Watching “Mortal Kombat” is like a punch to the gut
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But the latter point is one of the biggest
issues with this film – there is little Mortal
Kombat in “Mortal Kombat.” There are mortals
in this film, and there is combat in this film, but
there is no true Mortal Kombat in “Mortal
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