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Shortly before returning to his old haunting grounds in
Haddonfield, Illinois, Michael Myers (a.k.a. River Byas, right)
made a surprise appearance during the westside’s beloved
spooktacular spectacle Mums & Mummies on Oct. 15.
Sponsored by Friends of Westgate Park and the Westgate
Neighbors Association, Myers and his fellow cinematic villains
and otherworldly beings were on their best behavior as they
competed in costume contests and haunted hula hoop activities
and vied for the best spot in line during the trunk-or-treat
portion of the afternoon event at Westgate Park.
The strength of a dinosaur and the magical powers of a fairy
were not enough for twins Rhys and Landen Germany (left to
right, bottom right) to win a game of tug-of-war against their
mother, Rochelle. The westside siblings said they feel they
would have won had the dinosaur costume provided more
length for the arms.
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Federal funds help
By Christine Bryant
The Prairie Township Fire Department
is about to expand to meet a growing need
in the westside community.
The Prairie Township trustees voted to
accept a $3 million federal grant at the
Oct. 19 meeting that will create nine additional
full-time firefighter/paramedic positions
in the department. These additional
positions will bring the total number of
full-time firefighters assigned to each shift
to 12, Fire Chief Allen Scott said.
“We are extremely excited for these new
full-time positions,” he said. “Additional
staffing will increase the safety of our
members and the community we serve.”
The Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) established the Staffing
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The Prizzi-Meyer hive had a lot of buzz around them at the
event, especially since they created their own costumes.
Pictured clockwise are Logan Meyer, Jonah Prizzi-Meyer, Erika
Prizzi, and Rudy Prizzi-Meyer. To see more photos, see page 2
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Mums and Mummies Photos
Continued from page 1
“Mr. Mum” Tom Prince (top) poses with a
few of the mums that were for sale at the
event. The long-time Friends of Westgate
Park volunteer grows a majority of the
flowering plants in his westside home.
All of the Mums & Mummies proceeds
go to FWP to fund year-round beautification
projects at the park.
Bottom right, Tim Sterling originally
came to Mums & Mummies to show support
for his husband Allen as he performed
with the Dancing Witches of
Westgate, but two unexpected things
happened while waiting for the magical
showcase. The first was he made a new
friend in Cindy Williams and the second
was his 3-year-old dachshund Coco
took the top prize in the animal costume
contest. “I just wanted to dress her in
this cute pumpkin outfit,” he said. “I didn’t
have any plans to enter the contest.”
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For Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)
grant to provide funding directly to fire departments
and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help
increase or maintain the number of trained, front-line
firefighters in communities.
The Prairie Township Fire Department has been
operating on a 20-year-old staffing plan, yet has seen
the number of calls increase as the westside has experienced
further development. In 2021, the fire department
responded to 6,401 calls for service, up 15 percent
The $3 million SAFER grant will fund nine new
positions, including salaries and benefits, for three
years. Scott says the department does not anticipate
spending all of the grant funds over the three-year
“The grant allows for application of an extension to
exhaust any remaining funds,” he said. “Once all of the
funds are spent, we will evaluate our financial situation
and determine the need for additional revenue.”
Scott said the department will continue to pursue
outside funding to help pay for current and future
expenses as well.
“We have been fortunate to receive several grants
over the last few years and we will continue to pursue
outside funding to the furthest extent possible,” he
Forecasting what tax revenue will look like in three
years is difficult, he says.
“We can only predict revenue based on current tax
collection numbers,” Scott said.
Predicting future spending is also difficult due to
the fluctuation of fuel and supplies, he said.
“Near the end of the grant period, we will have a
much clearer picture of our needs.”
Full-time Prairie Township firefighters work 24-
hour shifts every three days. All full-time members are
both firefighters and paramedics.
“We can hire members as firefighter/EMTs, but
they have to become paramedics within two years,”
The department has a current full-time eligibility
list already, so Scott says he expects the hiring process
to be quick. He plans to present a list of names to the
board of trustees at the Nov. 30 regular meeting. The
nine new hires would then begin service Jan. 1, 2 or 3,
depending on which crew they are assigned.
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Community and township look for best use of land
By Christine Bryant
Nearly every day, a group of neighborhood
kids gather at the corner of Mix and
Stiles avenues in Prairie Township.
The plot of land has become a place
where they can throw the football, run
around and take a break from screen time,
says Catherine Martinez, who lives nearby
and whose 12-year-old son often joins the
“Kids will ask, ‘Do you want to go to the
field?’” she said. “It’s like their ‘Sandlot.’
It’s their place to just be kids.”
When Prairie Township considered
donating the L-shaped piece of land to
Homes on the Hill, a non-profit organization
that develops affordable housing in
southwestern Franklin County, a group of
neighbors banded together in an effort to
keep that parcel of land undeveloped. They
called themselves, “Friends in the Field.”
“Our neighbors really showed up at the
(Prairie Township Board of Trustees) meeting
and said that we really need a safe
place for our children to play,” Martinez
At the Sept. 7 board meeting, the
trustees voted down giving the parcel to
Homes on the Hill after taking into consideration
Although the lot currently remains a
greenspace for the kids to gather,
Township Administrator James Jewell
cautions that the only action that the township
has taken with the land so far is stopping
the designation to Homes on the Hill.
“We’re back to the drawing board,” he
Developing the land into housing would
have generated an estimated $52,000 in
total annual tax revenue across all agencies,
“We’re kind of in limbo and continue to
mull it over and maintain it,” Jewell said.
There may be additional parcels of land
nearby that could be converted into a
greenspace where neighborhood kids could
gather, he said, but Martinez says the lot
at the corner of Mix and Stiles avenues is
within eyeshot of neighbors’ homes, allowing
them to watch their kids while they
“We’d like to see a community garden
there,” she said. “We can grow our own
food, we can teach young kids and get the
kids at (Stiles Elementary) involved.”
Martinez said she has been working
with the Franklin Park Conservatory and
other organizations in the area to learn
more about community gardens and creating
spaces where neighbors can gather.
“The more involved our community is
with our children, the better off they are,”
She also plans to approach township
officials to further discuss the possibilities
for the land. In the meantime, Jewell says
he encourages any community members or
organizations to submit requests for the
land or to approach township officials with
“We encourage the community to give us
some direction on what they would like
done with the property,” he said.
around the westside
Senior Christmas Party
Prairie Township invites its residents to
attend a Senior Christmas Party. This
event will be on Friday, Dec. 9 from 4:30 to
7 p.m. at the Community Center, 5955
West Broad St.
The event will feature a fully-catered
dinner from Hudson’s Edge Catering, fun
games, holiday music, an ugly sweater contest,
prizes and more. The township will
also be accepting non-perishable food items
for the local food pantry. Attendees must
be residents of Prairie Township and must
be 62 years or older. Call 614-982-2123 to
RSVP to this event by Nov. 14. You must
RSVP in order to attend.
Columbia Heights United Methodist
Church will host a Trunk-or-Treat event
from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at 775 Galloway
Road. For additional information, visit
Hilltop Legal Clinic
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus will
host a Hilltop Legal Clinic every Monday
from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Columbus
Metropolitan Library Hilltop Branch, 511
S. Hague Ave. in Columbus. A legal aid
attorney will be available to answer questions
regarding landlord and tenant issues,
public benefits, consumer debt, and family
law. To receive free advice, you must have
a gross household income below 200 percent
of the Federal Poverty Level. For more
information, call Legal Aid at 614-241-
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to benefit Special Olympics
The Westmeath 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.
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Improvements planned at Glenwood Park
By Dedra Cordle
The city of Columbus continues to make
improvements at a popular westside destination
that is often referred to as ‘the gateway
to the Hilltop community.’
Last year, the city’s recreation and
parks department formalized plans with
the local consulting, engineering, and construction
firm Resource International Inc.
to revitalize specific areas of Glenwood
Park. Although the community hub on
Fairmont Avenue encompasses more than
16 acres of land, the primary objective of
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this project was to make enhancements to
its 8.7 acres of wooded terrain.
City officials said they were told by the
community that improvements to this area
were of the utmost importance.
“The department wanted to partner
with the community to revitalize and
restore the forest at Glenwood Park to
make it accessible and safe to park users,”
said communications and marketing manager
Stephanie Garling. “Half of the park
was under-utilized because eight acres of
forest lacked formalized trails, wayfinding
signage and good visibility.”
She said in addition to improving the
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safety for the park users, the project will
also restore the area back to health.
“This restoration is a chance to enhance
a forested wetland, improve biodiversity in
the park, remove invasive shrubs like honeysuckle
and establish a native understory.”
Project managers said the first phase in
this multi-phased project is mostly complete.
One of the first things the team did
was cut back on the density of the forest,
making the area more visible to pedestrians
and motorists along West Broad Street.
According to Michelle Eckels, the vicepresident
of environmental services at
Resource International Inc. the forest area
space is overgrown with invasive species,
filled with dead trees, and used as a homeless
camp because it was so dense with
“The primary goal (of phase one) was the
clearing of this area,” she said during a
project update at the Greater Hilltop Area
Commission meeting in October. “We wanted
to be able to see across the whole vegetative
area, so you could see across Broad
Street and so that they could see you across
that wooded area.”
She said the thinning out of the density
eliminated much of the “unwanted activities”
that were present in the park prior to
The second phase, or the design phase,
is currently underway and is approximately
75 percent complete. This portion of the
project focused on what the community
said they would like to see in the park, such
as benches, wayfinding signage, restoration
of the steps to the wetland area, and
enhanced wildlife biodiversity.
According to Eckels, the naturally existing
wetland, or vernal pool, will not be
touched during this process. Although
some residents in attendance at the meeting
expressed concern about its ability to
attract mosquitoes, she said it was not the
project’s objective to be rid of the insects
“Hopefully some of the clearing (of the
overgrown brush) has and will help…but
that is not something this project has set
news and notes
out to eliminate,” she said.
What the project will do is create a
native wildlife habitat that will attract
bees and butterflies, especially Monarchs.
Eckels said the diversity of the vegetation
in the area is “not high” so this phase
will enhance the wetland to bring more pollinators
into the area.
The second phase will also do more to
bring humans to the area by placing benches
near the wetland, adding educational
signage, creating visible, but natural,
walking trails, and constructing a new
staircase for easier access to the area.
The commission asked the project’s
team leads whether these steps would be
accessible for those with physical limitations.
They said they would not be as the
amount of grading that would have to be
done was too excessive for the wooded area.
Another feature in the second phase was
the prioritization of pedestrian safety in
the area. The project team said they have
seen evidence of cars, trucks, motorbikes
and ATVs accessing the lower terrain,
which is strictly prohibited.
Eckels herself was almost run over by a
vehicle when preparing to take a stroll
down to the natural walking path.
To keep vehicular traffic out of the
pedestrian-only area, there will be additional
mounding features made to the
upper, middle and lower terrace, fencing
around the path entrance and removable
bollards. All measures will be done in such
a way as to not restrict access for safety
vehicles or park maintenance equipment.
The first and second phase of the project
cost approximately $23,000 and $92,000,
respectively. Garling said the city department
is still finalizing the budget for the
third phase which would see the construction
of the pollinator garden, the natural
walking trails, the benches at the vernal
pool, and the staircase. Additional invasive
species and felled trees would also be
removed during this phase.
The anticipated completion for the
Glenwood Park Natural Area restoration
and revitalization project is late 2023.
Property Tax Assistance Program
The Franklin County Auditor’s office is
now accepting applications for the Property
Tax Assistance Program (PTAP) from lowincome
older homeowners who need help
paying their 2022 first-half property taxes,
said Auditor Michael Stinziano.
The PTAP provides emergency one-time
property tax assistance to low-income
homeowners age 60 or older and is a nonprofit
entity. New this year, the PTAP
application can be submitted online.
PTAP applications are reviewed by a
board that includes the Franklin County
auditor’s office, Franklin County treasurer’s
office, Franklin County Office on
Aging, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging,
and several other partner organizations.
“PTAP can help older residents on fixed
incomes keep their homes despite rising
home values,” Stinziano said. “I encourage
anyone who needs assistance and qualifies
to apply to the program.”
Applications are due by Nov. 18.
Information about the program and an
application can be found on the auditor’s
office website, franklincountyauditor.com.
The PTAP was founded in 1987 and has
supported hundreds of qualifying homeowners
in Franklin County.
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Columbus bond package
would support local parks
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther
joined city and community leaders recently
to outline how the proposed $1.5 billion
bond package on the ballot would support
the Columbus Recreation and Parks
Department. Specifically, Issue 15 would
allocate $200 million for planned capital
investments in parks, playgrounds and
facilities without raising or imposing new
“Our parks and community centers are
central to who we are and who we aspire to
be,” said Ginther. “It is essential that we
continue to grow and strengthen our
incredible parks system so that everyone
can enjoy the broad range of benefits they
provide, and so we can realize our full
potential as a vibrant, dynamic and diverse
If approved by Columbus voters, funding
would be allocated as follows:
•$100 million: Planned renovations and
•$48 million: New greenway and park
•$14 million: Acquisition for future
•$14 million: Small program projects for
rental, golf and sports facilities
•$10 million: Large program projects for
rental, golf and sports facilities
•$8 million: Emergency replacements
•$6 million: Unanticipated, time-sensitive
“Columbus parks represent our values:
open to everyone, free, and owned by the
community,” said council president
Shannon Hardin. “If it is not for all, then
it’s not for us. We know that parks are for
all of us.”
Voted bonds allow the city to borrow
money to pay for capital improvements at a
lower interest rate, saving residents millions
and allowing the city to invest more
in neighborhoods. Recent examples of projects
paid for by bond funding include the
renovation of the Scioto Southland
Community Center, construction of the
Linden Community Center, the expansion
of North Bank Pavilion, the renovated
Goodale Shelterhouse, the John Burroughs
Park renovation, Olentangy Trail expansions
and improvements, the lower field
and skatepark at Tuttle Park and the
Wyandot Lodge Construction at McKnight
Outdoor Education Center.
“We see time and again the tangible
impact of these improvements on our residents,”
said Columbus Recreation and
Parks Department Director Bernita Reese.
“By making the investments we need to
continue our progress and plan for future,
we will build a parks system that strengthens
our city’s quality of life and lays the
groundwork for greater opportunity and
The bond package — Issues 14-18 — will
be voted on by Columbus residents in the
general election on Nov. 8. Early voting is
currently underway at the Franklin
County Board of Elections at 1700 Morse
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Falling into a fest of fun
Grove City resident Isabella Yake (left) and westside resident Nadia Ackerman bury
themselves in a bed full of straw at the Shekinah Christian School’s Fall Celebration
on Oct. 15. The 5 and 6-year-old friends were in attendance at the Plain City event
because their parents wanted to give them something fun and different to do in the
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The Ohio Department of Development announced
that up to $182 million will be available to support
small businesses in Ohio.
“There is no better place to live, work, and raise a
family than in Ohio, and our small businesses are a
major reason why,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “My
administration is dedicated to supporting the small
businesses that are so integral
to our state, especially those
that need extra support to get
off the ground and become a
The funds are being awarded
to Ohio as part of the federal
State Small Business Credit
Initiative (SSBCI). Ohio will
initially receive approximately
$52.4 million to support socially
and economically disadvantaged
individuals, very small
businesses, and early-stage,
The remaining funds will be
made available through multiple
allocations as the state
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Zoning code updates discussed at WAC
By Hannah Poling
Zoning was the topic of discussion at the October
Westland Area Commission meeting.
Kevin Wheeler, assistant director for growth policy
with the city of Columbus, attended the meeting to discuss
the future of zoning. He said the Columbus zoning
code has not been updated since the 1950s and city officials
are looking at an overhaul of the zoning code.
“Zoning can be a barrier to seeing what the community
wants and investing in our community. Or it can
set the standards,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler said that the city has updated the code in
bits and pieces over the years but they have never
taken a look at the code to make sure that it makes
sense with the ever-changing evolving and growing
“If the city is going to continue growing, then we
need to figure out how to manage that,” Wheeler said.
According to Wheeler, the city code does not provide
for future housing needs and it does not support transit.
In addition, the code is not user-friendly and there
is an overreliance on site-to-site negotiation.
“No zoning code is really user friendly but ours is
very unfriendly. In the end, you have to be almost an
expert to understand. That leaves neighborhoods and
communities behind in the conversation,” he said.
The city is planning to work on addressing the code
in phases - starting with a mixed-use corridor.
According to Wheeler, the city is going to do its first
round of work looking at these mixed-use transits to
see how they can update the zoning code and map to
allow for more development while being consistent
with what the community is trying to achieve. He
hopes to start formulating a plan throughout 2023 as
they shape what this will look like. They are hoping to
have something to present to city council by 2024.
Wheeler plans to come back before the commission
to keep the community updated on the progress.
State initiative to help small businesses
After school snacks
at local libraries
Columbus Metropolitan Library has
once again partnered with Children’s
Hunger Alliance to provide after-school
snacks for children ages 1-18 at several of
its locations including:
• Franklinton Branch: Monday -
Saturday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Ohio Third Frontier, splitting the funding among four
programs that are expected to be available by the end
• The Community Development Financial
Institutions (CDFI) Loan Participation Program will
provide loans to socially and economically disadvantaged
individuals, very small businesses, and businesses
located in CDFI tracts.
• The Ohio Collateral Enhancement Program will
provide collateral on small business loans made by
financial institutions to allow small businesses to
access loans that otherwise would have been denied.
• The Ohio Venture Fund will provide capital to
investment funds to invest in early-stage, tech-based
• The Early-Stage Focus Fund will complement the
existing Ohio Third Frontier Pre-Seed Fund to support
funds that target investments to early-stage, techbased
companies in underserved communities and
“Small businesses are the backbone of the Ohio
economy, and this money will help ensure they are
positioned to grow and create good jobs across Ohio,”
Development Director Lydia Mihalik said. “Our staff is
working hard to stand up these programs so the funding
can flow to businesses as soon as possible.”
The American Rescue Plan reauthorized and
expanded SSBCI, which was originally established in
2010 to increase access to capital for traditionally
underserved small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Additional details about the programs are available
around the westside
• Hilltop Branch: Monday - Friday:
3:15-3:45 p.m. and Saturday: 2:15 - 2:45
These locations were selected for the
meal program based on student need. A
typical super-snack provided by Children’s
Hunger Alliance consists of a fruit, vegetable,
protein, grain and milk.
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Romantic comedy uses
star power to shine
A vital piece that has been missing in
the romantic comedies of late — besides a
truly original plot, that is — is the lack of
genuine movie stars featured within. To be
fair and kind to the up-and-coming actors
and the well-known faces who are cast in
their stead, they mostly do an admirable
job of trying to sell these products of pure
fluff to the masses, but it is the presence of
the movie star that can make even the
most standard rom-com on the lot truly pop
off the screen.
“Ticket to Paradise”, a romantic comedy
that was released solely into the theaters
on Oct. 21, understands the power that
they can hold and uses it to their advantage.
Truthfully, it doesn’t have a great
script, but it doesn’t have to have one
because George Clooney and Julia Roberts
are speaking its words. And it’s not even
that romantic, but it doesn’t have to be
because Clooney is smiling his crinkly
smile and Roberts is giving her clarion call
laugh. Heck, it’s not even particularly good,
but it doesn’t really have to be because
these sparkling and beautiful people are
throwing their sparkle and beauty around
in a movie whose locale is as equally
sparkling and beautiful.
This is a film that knows it is not a great
piece of cinematic art, but it effortlessly
wields the power of the movie star and
somehow manages to be something that is
light and fun and mostly charming. With
the shininess of the stars and the magnificent
of its beachscapes, it lulls you into
looking past its general ho-hum-ness and
asks that you bask in a world that you
could never dream of living — or afford to,
for most of us.
In “Ticket to Paradise,” Clooney plays
David Cotton, a bachelor architect living in
Chicago who, after nearly 20 years of being
divorced, still gripes about his first and
only wife to any co-worker who is willing to
lend an ear — or just be within his general
vicinity. For her part, Roberts plays
Georgia Cotton, a gallerist semi-living with
her pilot boyfriend who, after nearly 20
years of being divorced, still gripes about
her first and only husband to any co-worker
who is willing to lend an ear — or just be
within her general vicinity.
Although they are bitter exes to the
core, they have managed to raise a nearly
perfect daughter Lily (Kaitlyn Dever) who
has just graduated from law school and is
on her way to a prestigious job at the top
law-firm in Illinois. To celebrate her
accomplishments, David and Georgia have
paid to send her and her best friend Wren
(Billie Lourd) on an all-expense paid vacation
to Bali for two months before they
have to get used to the soul-sucking grind
Feeling as if they did a good deed by
The Reel Deal
working together on this project, the (when
put together) demonic duo agree to never
see or speak to the other again — and they
do just that until Lily shoots off an email
saying she met a wonderful local man
named Gede (Maxime Bouttier) and they
plan to marry within a weeks’ time.
Not wanting their daughter to make the
same mistake as they did — David and
Georgia married right out of college and
she put her career plans on hold to support
her family — they strike a rare truce and
agree to work together to sabotage their
impending nuptials from the inside. While
the film does not fully acknowledge how
truly awful their mission is and how off the
deep-end they are, the genuine movie stars
play their parts so well that they manage
to infuse their characters with some
pathetic charm so you do not outright hate
them for their occasional bouts of
This romantic comedy likes to split its
time between the two couples, one fresh in
the bloom of love and the other, well, decidedly
not — or so it seems. Over the course of
trying to crush their daughter’s heart and
spirit, the latter pair can’t help but get
swept up in the magic of the island and the
unresolved issues that have frayed their
once loving friendship and romance.
Although both of the couples could use a bit
more of a romantic chemistry, it’s hard to
deny that the adults are the most interesting
pairing to watch, much of it due to the
fact that they were given the most material
to work with and had the characters who
were the most developed. It also doesn’t
hurt that they are played by movie stars
who know how to chew the fat from any
“Ticket to Paradise” is a movie where
you can see how much fun the actors had
filming it, and for the most part, that
translates out of the screen and with the
audience. But with its over-reliance on the
star power of Clooney and Roberts, some
aspects of the film suffer from a lack of
attention paid to other important elements.
Overall, this film isn’t a bad one but if
you are able to withstand the presence of
Clooney and Roberts together again, you’ll
probably notice the cracks in the foundation
a bit more. But if you just want to turn
off your brain and watch beautiful people
do ugly things and then put in some work
to beautify themselves again in a majestic
location, then this might be something you
want to check out when you get a chance.
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
Pets of the week
Artemisia is a sweet
1-year-old gal. She is
a fun-loving girl looking
for her furever
home. She likes toys,
pets, and definitely
treats. Artemisia will
keep you entertained.
She is up for
adoption through Colony Cats and Dogs.
Charlie is a 3-monthold
who was rescued
from a high kill shelter
in West Virginia. He is
a sweet snuggle bug
and a good listener.
He is crate trained
and almost house
trained. Charlie loves
to play with other
dogs and is respectful
of cats. He is current
neutered, and ready to find his forever home.
Adopt him from Colony Cats and Dogs.
October 30, 2022 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 7
These furry friends are available
for adoption at local
rescues and shelters
Reed is an 8-year-old
terrier mix who is a bit
of a wallflower. Reed
is a shy yet charming
dog who is searching
for a patient human
with a relaxed
lifestyle. He could use
some gentle guidance
to help him
come out of his shell. Reed is up for adoption
at the Franklin County shelter.
Polar is a real go-getter.
mixed breed is action
oriented. He would
love a home with
someone who wants
to get outside and get
moving. Polar would
make a great walking
or jogging partner. He
has a ton of energy
and loves to play ball.
If you think you can keep up with, contact the
county shelter about meeting Polar.
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Police levy in Franklin Township
Franklin Township will ask voters to
approve a police levy on the Nov. 8 ballot.
According to the Franklin County Board of
Elections, the tax will be an additional 7.4
mills, which amounts to $0.74 for each one
hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing
period of time. This will be the fourth
time in two years that the township has
asked voters to approve a police levy. The
polls for the election will be open from 6:30
a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. Early voting is
already taking place.
Levy estimator now available
With early voting beginning, Franklin
County Auditor Michael Stinziano is
reminding homeowners that the updated
Levy Estimator is now available to help
them understand how a proposed levy
would affect their property taxes.
Levies and bond issues are on the ballot
in several jurisdictions across the county,
including in Columbus and Franklin
Township, both of which could affect the
services residents receive and their property
“Voters in Franklin County may have
one or more levies on their ballot which
may change how much they pay in property
taxes, and I encourage every qualified
voter to know the value of their vote before
heading into the voting booth,” Stinziano
To use the Levy Estimator, visit audrapps.franklincountyohio.gov/LevyEstimato
r. After selecting your home’s location or
entering a parcel number, the estimator
will show both your current and estimated
taxes if a levy or bond issue in your jurisdiction
passes in the November general
Early and absentee voting began on Oct.
12 and will run through Nov. 7.
For more information about voting and
early voting hours, visit vote.franklincountyohio.gov.
“I offer my common-sense values and solutions as your
candidate for the State Legislature. As your
Representative, I’ll fight for our families so they can build a
better future for themselves. I will lead the way with
economic, educational, and workforce development
initiatives, and I’ll work to keep our communities safe. I will
engage with both Republicans and Democrats to advance
the common good. I humbly ask for your vote.”
“Dave’s abilities will help us move
—Ohio Governor Mike Dewine
“Dave’s work on the Columbus School Board and in our
community well suits him for our legislature.”
former Franklin County Prosecutor
We need Dave Dobos FIGHTING FOR US.
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Adam Miller for State Representative
It has been my great honor and privilege to
represent you these past 6 years in the Ohio
House of Representatives. The Miller family has
called the West Side-Hilltop neighborhood our
home for over 110 years. Redistricting expanded
my District’s borders, keeping the Hilltop, adding
Prairie Twp., Galloway, and parts of Hilliard, but
my passion for the Westside and for representing
each of you has not changed.
Legislation I’ve sponsored which has been
signed into law include ensures good government
and protects public assets (HB 190), authorized
$120 Million and created 600 jobs in State support
for a new Hilltop Area Mental Health
Hospital (State Budget); and provides 7-figure
funding for public after school extra-curricular
programs, priorizes DEI protections for Ohio
businesses, and increases funding for Ohio
Veteran’s organizations (HB29). As the only
member of the House Finance & Appropriations
Committee from the Westside, my approach will
Dobos a Candidate for the Ohio House
Dave Dobos, longtime west Columbus resident,
is a candidate for the Ohio House of
Representatives 10th District. He obtained the
Republican endorsement for the seat when threeterm
incumbent Laura Lanese opted not to run for
reelection in June. He will face off against his
Democratic opponent Russ Harris in the Nov. 8th
general election. The new 10th District encompasses
west and southwest Columbus (south of
Sullivant Avenue), Grove City, and parts of the
south side of Columbus.
If elected, he intends to focus on economic
development issues, education, workforce development,
and public safety and crime prevention.
With Intel building its massive new $20 billion
chip manufacturing facility in central Ohio, he
will work with the local business community to
encourage related enterprises that expand or
emerge here to locate on or near the west, southwest
or south portions of Columbus and Franklin
Spencer 4Higher Media LLC, in partnership
with The Ohio Sickle Cell and Health
Association, announced the Franklin County
Office on Aging will present the third annual
Caring for the Caregiver Expo on Nov. 5 in
Columbus at The Boat House at Confluence Park
at 9 a.m. The Caring for the Caregiver Expo is a
free one-of-kind event that allows caregivers, first
responders, essential workers, parents, grandparents
and guardians a chance to enjoy pampering
services like massages, reflexology, mini-manicures
and facials. Attendees can participate in
health and fitness activities, including yoga, aerobics
and line dancing. Lunch and Learn sessions
with guest speakers and community resources and
continue to leverage state support for improved
transportation infrastructure, meaningful job creation,
affordable housing, and addiction recovery
support housing, enhancing neighborhood safety/removing
urban blight, and protecting the environment.
Health care must be more affordable
and easier to access – particularly for seniors and
shut-ins. In the wake of court decisions fundamentally
changing women’s reproductive rights,
know that I will always protect a woman’s right to
make her own medical decisions and bodily
integrity. Similarly, I will continue to advocate for
more mental health, wellness, and suicide prevention
dollars pushed to the local level.
Please continue to reach out for assistance on
any state, local or federal governmental matter
where you need help or on any policy issue that
matters to you. Your e-mails and letters are persuasive.
Thank you for your support!
Adam C. Miller
Ohio State Representative
“We have a window of opportunity for Ohio to
become the high-tech manufacturing center for
the U.S.,” says Dobos. “I want to help us grow the
economic pie and assure that all of us can share in
Long active in his community, Dobos has
assumed leadership roles at various times in several
west Columbus organizations, including the
Greater Hilltop Area Commission, Hilltop
Business Association, Hilltop Historical Society,
& West HS Alumni Association.
Dobos has developed a reputation for independent
thinking, an analytical, data-driven
approach to solving problems, and a collaborative
style when working with others to achieve group
He has two adult special needs sons, both currently
living in group homes.
Caring for the Caregiver Expo
information from health care organizations, businesses,
and government agencies will be available.
The Franklin County Office on Aging provides
centralized access toprograms and individualized
services for older adults, dependent adults,
and their families so they can preserve their independence
and stay in their own home. Franklin
County residents aged 60 and older can access
programs and services through the agency, as well
as support services for caregivers and kinship
families, including adult day services, durable
medical equipment, caregiver counseling and
more. Call (614) 348-2667 or visit caringforthecaregiverexpo.com
WESTSIDE MESSENGER - October 30, 2022 PAGE 9
Making better use of old pumpkins
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Picking pumpkins and gourds to decorate your yard
and doorstep is part of many families fall traditions.
While it’s easy to toss old pumpkins and gourds into
the trash, doing so creates unnecessary food waste and
wastes natural resources.
There’s a better way to use those pumpkins. Below,
the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) is
sharing simple ways you can safely dispose of your old
pumpkins and gourds while doing your part to care for
• Eat Your Pumpkins: When it comes to preventing
food waste, SWACO’s Save More Than Food campaign
wants you to know that eating food is best. You probably
can attest to how tasty roasted pumpkin seeds can
be, but did you know that uncarved, fresh pumpkins
can be used to make pies, breads, soups and more.
• Feed Local Wildlife in the Winter: Birds love to
nosh on little pumpkin snacks. Once you scrape out the
flesh and seeds and remove any paint or remnant wax
(in the case of a jack-o-lantern candle), cut the pumpkin
into small pieces that could fit into a bird feeder or
dish. Toss out any pieces that are starting to grow
mold, as those are unsafe to consume. Be aware that
other critters may want a pumpkin snack, so if you live
in a more urban community and want to avoid inviting
more squirrels, raccoons, deer or other pests in your
yard, this option may not be ideal for you.
• Donate to Local Farms: Feeding farm animals can
be expensive, so donating pumpkins and gourds to
local farms is a simple way to support local farmers.
Plus, common farm animals like cows and chickens
love to snack on them. Call your local community
farms to see who may be accepting pumpkins or consider
posting in local Facebook or NextDoor groups to
connect with others who are collecting these items for
• Compost at Home: Before you toss your pumpkins
in your backyard to decompose, be sure to clean them
thoroughly, removing any seeds or any other non-compostable
materials (e.g., decorations, accessories, stickers,
etc.). Also, scrape the skin off any pumpkin that
has paint or marker. Cut the pumpkins into pieces so
it’s easier for them to break down in your compost pile.
Don’t worry if it doesn’t happen overnight — it takes
about 8 to 12 weeks for pumpkin pieces to break down
Drop Off Pumpkins at Local Collection Sites: Make
a difference this fall when you drop off your harvest
vegetables at one of these participating pumpkin and
gourd collection locations:
•City of Columbus: Nov. 1 — 30 (Monday — Friday)
at the Division of Refuse Collection, 2100 Alum Creek
Drive, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
•Dublin: Oct. 17 — Dec. 9 at the Dublin Service
Center, 6555 Shier Rings Road
•Grandview: Oct. 29 - Nov. 11 at 1525 Goodale
Boulevard (next to the food waste drop-off)
•Grove City: Oct. 31 — Nov. 27 at Fryer Park, 3899
•Hilliard: Oct. 28 — Dec. 2 at 3770 Municipal Way
(next to the food waste drop off)
•New Albany: Nov. 1 — Dec. 2 at New Albany
Public Service, 7800 Bevelhymer Road
Intact and decaying pumpkins, carved jack-o’-
lanterns and gourds are all accepted. Please remove
candles and avoid dropping off pumpkins that have
been painted or drawn on with permanent markers.
Hilltop History & Heritage
The Green Gables restaurant was located at the southwest
corner of West Mound Street and Harrisburg Pike. It was
both a unique drive-in and dine-in restaurant for Hilltoppers
in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. This photo is from a 1958
remodel of the restaurant. Servers came to you and took
your order while you relaxed in your car. They were known
to have the best strawberry cream pie, chicken in a basket,
and cheeseburgers. The restaurant was founded by Milt
Lustnauer (West HS 1935). He later started the Burger Boy
Food-O-Rama restaurant chain (ultimately renamed Borden
Burger) whose first unit appeared on the opposite corner at
Mound and Central Avenue. A McDonald’s now sits on the
former Green Gables location.
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United Dairy Farmers - Hague & Sullivant Ave.
Alex Carry-Out - Binns & Sullivant Ave.
Dollar General - Kingsford & Sullivant
Dollar General - Georgesville & Atlanta
M & S Carry-Out - Georgesville & Atlanta
United Dairy Farmers - Georgesville & Parwick by Freeway
Thorton’s Gas Station - Georgesville & Norton Rd.
Shell Gas Station - Georgesville & Norton Rd.
Kroger - Georgesville Square
Turkey Hill - Georgesville & Clime Rd.
United Dairy Farmers - Clime & Demorest Rd.
Walgreens - Clime & Demorest Rd.
Certified Gas Station - Briggs & Demorest Rd.
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Speedway Gas Station - Eakin Rd. & Harrisburg Pike
Heartland Bank - Great Western Shopping Center
Walgreens - Harrusburg & Hopkins
Certified Gas Station - Broad St. & Orel
Walgreens - Hague Ave. & Broad St.
Marathon Gas Station - Georgesville & Industrial Rd.
La Plaza Tapatta - Georgesville & Hollywood Rd.
BP Gas Station - Georgesville Rd. & Broad St.
Westland Library - Lincoln Village Plaza
Giant Eagle - Lincoln Village Plaza
Thorton’s Gas Station - 4990 W. Broad St.
Walgreens - Broad St. & Galloway Rd.
Kroger - Broad St. & Galloway Rd.
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United Dairy Farmers - Norton & Hall Rd.
Circle K Gas Station - Norton & Hall Rd.
Dollar General - Norton & Hall Rd.
Marathon Gas Station - Broad St. & Murray Hill Rd.
Speedway Gas Station - Broad St. & Murray Hill Rd.
Dollar Tree - Broad St. & Murray Hill Rd.
Speedway Gas Station - Broad St. 7 Freeway
Sheetz Gas Station - Westland Mall
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Kroger - Consumer Square Shopping Center
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WESTSIDE MESSENGER - October 30, 2022 PAGE 11
By Dedra Cordle
On Sept. 3, Thomas Howard Smith sat
at his desk in his London home, perched on
the chair, staring intently at a large computer
monitor. A television screen in an
adjoining room could have offered him a
more expansive view, but his satellite signal
was not working well that day—a fact
that he found to be humorous and somewhat
ironic considering the technological
advances that were to occur before his
Locked into a live stream via the
National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) web page, Smith
soaked in the sight of a 322-foot tall rocket
called the Space Launch System (SLS) that
was minutes away from blasting off into
the atmosphere. Ever since childhood, he
has had a passion for airplanes and spacecraft
(real and fictional), but looking at this
marvel of design, engineering, and operation
hit him a little differently.
“It was just parts being assembled when
I started working on the SLS and the
Artemis program with our [NASA] team,
and seeing it completed and ready to
launch was a real treat for me,” he said.
Unlike most people who were watching
the feed through the web stream or live on
a cable news, Sith was familiar with the
verbiage from the mission control booth
and knew something was amiss during the
systems test prior to the scheduled launch.
Sure enough, the initial mission that
would take the uncrewed spacecraft Orion
into a month-long distant retrograde orbit
around the moon was postponed when a
liquid hydrogen leak was detected.
Retired from NASA for the past three
years and living more than a thousand
miles from the Kennedy Space Center in
Cape Canaveral, Fla., Smith said he was
ready to pack a bag, get in his car and
drive down I-71 to help the operations crew
find and fix the problem so they could get
the rocket and spacecraft into the sky for
exploration of the lunar surface.
“Lisa [his wife] told me to sit back
down,” he said with a laugh. “I have the
utmost confidence that they can find and
fix the problem, but I just wanted to go
there and help.”
Smith said he wasn’t too disappointed
that the SLS did not launch initially
because “reality is, nothing new goes on
the first try.” Even so, he could not quell
the buzzing sensations that were coursing
through his body from the experience.
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Thomas Howard Smith’s budding love for science and space
exploration was cemented when, at age 7, he watched the
Apollo 11 moon landing on the television set in his home in
London. He would later spend more than three decades working
for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
on the operations team for shuttle missions, the International
Space Station, and the Artemis program. Although the powerful
rocket, the Space Launch System, has yet to have a clear window
to blast off into space, the Artemis program will allow for
further exploration of the lunar surface with uncrewed and
crewed missions. The program’s ultimate goal is to put humans
“I am so excited about this program and the implications it
could have on our future, finding life outside of our planet and the
possibilities of new scientific breakthroughs and discovery,” he
said. “And to know that I played a part—a very small part, mind
you, but a part nonetheless—in this new phase of space exploration
that could inspire a new generation of scientific minds and the science-curious
is still hard to wrap my head around.”
Smith recalls liking science and “space stuff” as a young boy.
His dream to work at the space agency started to take root at the
age of 7 when, on July 20, 1969, he watched Apollo 11 Commander
Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin land and walk
on the moon from the television set in his home in London.
He said prior to that event, he really had no knowledge of
NASA and what it would come to mean to him and so many others.
“Watching the landings on the moon was just very exciting to
me, just from the point of view of people exploring a place no one
had been before,” he said. “Added to that, I was then what would
be called a ‘tech-nerd’ now.”
After the historic event took place, Smith went on something
akin to a personal mission as he attempted to get his hands on any
book or magazine or piece of literature on space and science fic-
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LOVE OF SPACE
Continued from page 11
tion. He started to build his own miniature
rockets that he and his friends would try to
launch. His father, George, who would
later retire as the deputy warden of London
Correctional Institution, and his mother,
Shirley, who was a local sixth-grade
teacher, encouraged their son’s interest but
they were not always amused by his antics.
“They were supportive of my interest,
but they didn’t always appreciate the racket
we would make with our rocket launches,”
After graduating from London High
School in 1980, Smith attended Michigan
State University where he joined their Air
Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Four
years later, equipped with a bachelor of science
in physics and astronomy, the second
lieutenant requested a transfer to the
Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa
Barbara County, Calif., which was collaborating
with NASA on Space Shuttle missions.
“For the first half of my Air Force
career, I was working on planning and
hardware processing for the first shuttle
mission that was to have been launched
from Vandenberg, and I did some training
at the (Kennedy Space Center) in Florida,”
When the shuttle launch facilities at
Vandenberg closed shortly after the 1986
Challenger disaster, Smith transferred to a
program at the base in charge of Titan, a
heavy lift rocket that carried large intelligence
and reconnaissance satellites into
orbit. There, he provided engineering and
analysis assistance to get the program back
on its feet after it experienced an uncrewed
accident in a manner similar to the crewed
In 1988, a friend told Smith that NASA
was hiring for its operations staff and he
decided to apply. Having given up the
dream of being an astronaut at 10 due to
poor eyesight—“I knew it would disqualify
me for being any kind of military pilot,
which was the primary background for
most astronauts at that point”—he knew he
could process the data and set schedules
and help find a solution to any mechanical
issue that could arise. Still, he didn’t think
he would be selected.
Then he was.
“I think I sat there [after the initial
interview when he was told he was unofficially,
but mostly officially, hired] for about
an hour just absorbing what had happened,”
From 1988 to 1997, Smith worked operations
for the Space Shuttle processing, a
job he described as scheduling backwards
from a planned launch date to make sure
the right parts are getting ordered and the
right people are being called to fix problems
that occur to ensure the safety of the
missions, especially the manned crews.
He said one of the most difficult things
he had to do while working at NASA was to
find the mechanical parts of the manned
Columbia Space Shuttle that experienced a
catastrophic failure as it reentered the
atmosphere in 2003.
In 1997, Smith went to work in
International Space Station (ISS) processing,
which he said was interesting, albeit
frustrating, because the largest modular
space station was being constructed in
“Each chunk that went up—and we’re
talking like 40 chunks—changed the configuration
of the station, and all of the configurations
had to work,” he explained. “So, it
was like if you bought a car and you had
two tires and part of an engine and maybe
a seat, you had to find a way to make it
operate. And then later, you would bring
up maybe a couple more times, a bigger gas
tank and another seat, and you would have
to find a way to reconfigure the parts in
order to make it work because people are
[now] living on this station and they need
power, and electrical power, and their life
support units have to work.”
Smith said those stressors were compounded
when the teams at their partner
agencies in Canada, Europe, Japan, and
Russia would have a different way of finding
solutions to problems.
“I loved working with the Italians, but
they had a very different way of doing
things, you might say,” he laughed. “If you
were working on a [launch] problem in
August and tried to get ahold of one of their
operations team members, you wouldn’t be
able to get ahold of them because August is
their vacation month.
“It was sometimes stressful, but always
interesting working with all of these different
agencies and all of these different personalities.”
During his time in ISS processing,
Smith got involved with planning for Mars
missions and later came to work on operations
planning for the Ares I program
which later became the Artemis program.
Although the initial mission of the Artemis
program is to create a long-term human
presence on the lunar surface for further
exploration of the moon, its ultimate goal is
to send humans to Mars via a series of
experiments to determine how astronauts
could get to the Red Planet and live on it
for a duration of time.
“The moon will essentially be a testing
ground [for Mars expeditions],” Smith
explained. “The equipment wouldn’t necessarily
be the same, but a lot of the concepts
of how the equipment is used—like the
space suits, the science equipment, the
vehicles that the astronauts roll around in
and go to different places—you can test that
stuff out on the moon where they’re close to
Earth. If something goes wrong, you can
bail out and come to Earth within a few
days, but once they get to Mars, they’re not
going to have that option.
“It takes months to get there, and you
can only return to Earth during a specific
window in our rotation.”
Smith reiterated his excitement about
the potential of the Artemis program and
its implications for science, space exploration,
life on Earth, and life within the
“Carl Sagan, who is one of the people I
think had a pretty big clue about what was
going on, outside of his own personal life,
said, ‘We are a way for the cosmos to know
itself’, and I take that to heart,” Smith said.
“If we are the only intelligent species
around, that means we have a responsibility
to try to keep understanding the universe.
We have a responsibility to try not to
let ourselves get wiped out in some way,
and we have a responsibility to keep trying
to understand the universe.
“And if there are other kinds of life, not
civilizations, but just life like amoebas or
bacteria, we have to try to understand how
it works, how they work, and add that to
our library of what life looks like on another
planet, in another place, and compare it
to our extensive library of what life looks
like here on Earth.”
Smith said it will be a great day for science,
a great day for space exploration,
when the Artemis I program officially
launches. The launch is now scheduled for
mid-November. He added that he hopes it
will inspire a new generation of explorers
who go out and discover, and build their
own backyard rockets, and dream.
Thomas Howard Smith holds master of
science degrees in engineering management
and space science. He teaches an introductory
astronomy course at Columbus State
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Variance Application No. 679-VA-22 – Parcel No. 240-000498,
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