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November 13 - 26, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIX, No. 10

4220 W. Broad St.

(Across from Westland Mall)

Featuring

our

famous

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Celebrating

the Hilltop

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone hosted its first annual

‘Celebrate Hilltop’ event on Nov. 5 at Westgate Park.

Established by the local non-profit organization’s board to

“bring a bit of joy to the community,” the festive gathering had

live music, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, resource booths,

and an impromptu petting zoo as several residents brought

their exotic birds and friendly goats to the party. Shown here

are a few scenes captured at the celebration.

Top right, Jacob Stevens and his son, Nolan, work on their

archery skills.

Bottom right, Sandy Harper and her goat Buckley take a brief

rest in the grass. Harper said the 8-month-old Alpine goat loves

being outdoors and meeting new people throughout the community.

“He’s an emotional support animal and a completely

shameless attention seeker,” she said. “He always wants to go

to these events so he can get affection and bring out smiles in

everyone.”

More photos can be found at columbusmessenger.com.

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Commissioners

want input on

Eakin school site

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

The Greater Hilltop Area Commission

wants to be involved in the future planning

of the Eakin Elementary School site.

At its meeting on Nov. 1, the commission

unanimously approved a request from

its human services and education committee

to send correspondence to city officials,

the local school district, and other government

entities to inquire about holding

informal discussions with the body on the

future use of the premises.

Committee chair James White said its

members felt it was necessary to ask that

See SCHOOL SITE page 2

Inside

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The Reel Deal ......................... 16

Township News

Prairie Township welcomes its first

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Fun for the Family

The Hilltop Early Learning Center hosts

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a series of meetings with community stakeholders be

established because they are concerned that the site

will sit barren if and when a new Eakin Elementary

School is constructed. He added that it was their belief

that the grounds could be used to build facilities that

would benefit the entire community.

“The Greater Hilltop Area Commission has identified

a lack of resources within our community west of

Demorest Road,” said White. “That area (where Eakin

Elementary is currently located) is over two miles

away from the closest library, recreation center, and

community pool.

“The commission has also recognized that the police

substation for Precinct 10 is landlocked within Big

Run (Park) and removed from the community.”

With these areas of concern in mind, the inquiry

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seeking to establish a series of meetings regarding the

feasibility of building such facilities was sent to the

city of Columbus, the recreation and parks department,

the city’s division of police, the Columbus

Metropolitan Library, and Columbus City Schools.

White said they are not certain what will come out

of these discussions, but he felt it was time to start a

dialogue with them so their concerns and desires about

the future use of the site can be heard.

“The biggest thing we want is to get everybody to

come to the table and talk about what we could do

there,” he said. “I have spoken to one (city official) and

they think it might be feasible to do something within

the school or create a mini-rec center or something of

that nature where they could still service the community

but in a joint partnership with the schools.”

There is no current time-table for when

the discussions would be held, nor is there

a time-table for when a formal idea on the

future use of the site could be presented to

the community. The commission did state,

however, that they would like to start the

process sooner rather than later.

“We have to get a dialogue started

because this is important to all of us to be

heard in the process,” said White. “I am not

certain what the schools’ plans are but I

believe anything other than a vacant lot

would be ideal.

“Like I mentioned before, the whole community

west of Demorest is just lacking in

so many resources and they have to travel

so far just to get to a library or travel even

further away to get to a pool. And for an

area that has as many people living there

as they do, it is just not acceptable to not

have any plans for the site beyond a field.

The people who live west of Demorest

deserve to have the same access to the

same things that we do in the central

Hilltop area.”

The urgency for the committee and the

commission to reach out to these local entities

came about due to the unveiling of the

Columbus City Schools Facilities Master

Plan (FMP).

In one of the first phases of its plan to

build new elementary, middle, and high

schools, it calls for the construction of a new

600-student capacity Eakin Elementary

School. The initial recommendation is for

the school to be relocated to the site of the

former Wedgewood Middle School.

The plans to construct a new Eakin

Elementary and additional schools

throughout the district’s geographic boundary

were put on hold by the board of education

when they recently voted to remove a

$680-million maximum 35-year bond issue

and a 4.7-mil permanent improvement levy

on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Jacqueline Bryant, the district’s director

of communications, acknowledged that

while there are no current plans for the current

elementary site once construction and

operating funding is secure, it is possible it

would be used in the short to medium term

as swing space to “allow other aspects of the

FMP to move forward.”

She added that the long term disposition

of the site will require more discussion with

the community and potential partners.


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SWCSEF benefit concert series

The South-Western City Schools

Educational Foundation will host a benefit

concert series. The first concert will feature

the district’s honor choir and honor orchestra.

It will start at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at

Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big

Run South Road in Grove City. The second

concert will feature the district’s honor

band and the Grove City Community

Winds. It will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at

Central Crossing High School. Tickets are

$10 for adults and $5 for children and can

be purchased at the door. Funds raised will

be used for student scholarships and educational

grants. For more information, visit

swcsef.org or looks up the foundation’s

Facebook page.

Library card discount at

National Veterans Memorial

Columbus Metropolitan Library has

partnered with the National Veterans

Memorial and Museum (NVMM) to offer

library cardholders up to four admission

tickets at a discounted rate of $11 each.

Regular price of admission at NVMM is

$18 for adults ages 18-64, $16 for seniors

ages 65 and older, $13 for college students

with ID, $11 for children ages 5-17 and free

for children under age 5. Those who present

their library cards (from any library

system) at the ticket counter are eligible

news and notes

for the discount. The promotion, in honor of

military veterans and Veterans Day, runs

Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

The National Veterans Memorial and

Museum takes visitors on a narrative journey

telling individual stories and sharing

experiences of veterans from all military

branches throughout history. History is

presented through a dynamic, participatory

experience with photos, letters and personal

effects, multi-media presentations

and interactive exhibits. Learn more at

nationalvmm.org.

Chamber Singers perform

The Grove City Chamber Singers will

present a holiday concert “Wonderful

Peace,” at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Grove

City United Methodist Church, 2684

Columbus St. A variety of holiday music

will be performed, and they will be joined

by guest singers, the Reynoldsburg High

School Chamber Singers. Doors open at 3

p.m. and admission is free.

For more information, go to gcchambersingers.wixsite.com/gcchambersingers.

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will host a

blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov.

21 at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, 5131

Beacon Hill Road. To schedule an appointment,

call 1-800-448-3543 or visit

www.redcrossblood.org.

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Hilltop History & Heritage

Jerry Spears Funeral Home, 2693 West

Broad St., was started by Jerry Spears,

Sr. in 1928. It is a full-service funeral

home and crematory and the only such

business that originated in west

Columbus. This is a photo of Jerry

Spears, Sr. in the 1960s. Also pictured is

the Hilltop location, which in its first

years of operation, also housed the

Spears family. The company opened a

second location at 5471 Frazell Road in

Hilliard a few years ago. Jerry Spears,

Sr. passed away in 1972 and his grandsons

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Monty M Chase, age 74, born on January 13,

1948 passed into the arms of his loving Lord at Kobacker

House on October 26, 2022 after a year long courageous

battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, wife,

Margaret (2014) and parents Walla and Marylee Chase.

Survived by daughter, Stacey Chase Jividen,DVM (Shane)

and grandchildren Audrey and Owen Jividen, sister, Sandy

Doutt (John), brother Jeff Chase (Denise) and many loving

nieces and nephews.

Monty was a proud graduate of Columbus West High School and was vice-president

of his senior class, he was also voted the most reliable of the class of 1966. He also

was a graduate of Franklin University (1976).

He worked many years in the banking business where customers were his friends.

He served in the US Navy Reserve (1967-73) with Top Secret Clearance, CINCPAC. He

also served as President of Grove City Lions Club, Hilltop Business Assoc. and Hilltop

Historical Society. He was Vice Commander of SCV Camp 1535 and Master Mason at

Reynoldsburg Masonic Lodge.

Monty's life was centered around God, family, country, friends, animals and serving

others. He believed "If you like to see change in the world, be that change". He was

his family's historian and had a passion for American history. He also loved his cats

and enjoyed model trains. Monty was loved by many because he loved so many.

The Family received friends on Friday, November 4th, from 3:00- 7:00pm at JERRY

SPEARS FUNERAL HOME of HILLIARD, 5471 Frazell Rd., Hilliard, Ohio. A

"Celebration of Life" will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, November 5th at

10:00am. Interment to follow at Wesley Chapel.

Donations may be made in Monty's memory to Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Dr.,

Columbus, Ohio 43214.


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Anastasia Toth is the first full-time female firefighter in Prairie Township. She is pictured

here with Prairie Township Fire Chief Allen Scott.

Prairie Township hires first

full-time female firefighter

By Christine Bryant

Staff Writer

The Prairie Township Fire Department

has hired its first full-time female firefighter/paramedic.

And Anastasia Toth is certain of one

thing - she won’t be the last.

“I am honored and excited to be a part of

this department,” she said. “I have amazing

mentors and a great crew to learn from.

I may be the first female here, but I certainly

won’t be the last.”

The 23-year-old Hilliard resident joined

the department part-time in December

2021 and has been a part-time firefighter

with the Jefferson Township Fire

Department since April 2020. She started

her full-time role with the Prairie

Township Fire Department on Oct. 1,

replacing a member who left to take a position

with the Columbus Division of Fire.

“Anastasia is a fantastic fit for our

organization,” Prairie Township Fire Chief

Allen Scott said. “Her strong work ethic

and passion for the fire service is exactly

what every fire department is looking for.”

He said the Prairie Township community

is lucky to have her on staff as a fulltime

member.

“Being the first female, full-time firefighter

in Prairie Township is a milestone

for her and sets a positive example for any

female who desires to become a firefighter,”

Scott said. “The fire service was a maledominated

profession for many years. That

ceiling was broken a long time ago in many

departments around the country and we’re

so proud to be able to say it’s happened

here, too.”

Although Toth says she was initially

interested in becoming an engineer, one of

her high school teachers left a lasting

impression on her.

“My history teacher sophomore year,

Tim Cave, was a retired firefighter and had

a lot of fun stories about the firehouse,”

Toth said. “Initially what attracted me to

this career was the brotherhood and the

ability to give back to the community.”

She enrolled in the Delaware Area

Career Center’s high school program and

graduated in 2017.

“At DACC, Captain Jay Louks further

inspired me to become the best firefighter I

could be,” Toth said. “Now I can’t imagine

doing anything else. I love waking up in

the mornings and going to work.”

Toth has two associate degrees in EMS

and Fire Science and began medic school in

2020.

In Toth’s spare time, she says she likes

to enter competitions that test her skills

and endurance.

“This past year I’ve competed in a half-

Ironman, half-marathon and two Olympic

triathlons,” she said. “Now that I’m out of

medic school, I am attempting to learn the

banjo as well.”

She also enjoys traveling and camping.

While Toth says she is focused on

becoming a great paramedic and firefighter,

her goals are to help other firefighters

as they join the department. In fact, the

department is projected to grow by nine

positions at the beginning of 2023 thanks

to a $3 million Staffing For Adequate Fire

and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant

from the The Federal Emergency

Management Agency (FEMA).

“I’d like to help others accomplish their

goals and be someone that new recruits can

come to ask questions and learn from,”

Toth said. “This is a great department to be

a part of and I’m excited to see where my

career takes me.”


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As part of a national lead poisoning prevention

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gathered recently to promote several

home repair and lead remediation

resources available to Columbus residents.

All of the programs are designed to protect

vulnerable residents from housing-related

hazards while preserving housing affordability

in Columbus.

“The benefits of a safe and healthy home

cannot be overstated,” said Ginther. “Our

Housing Strategy makes clear our commitment

to protecting our most vulnerable

neighbors by offering a range of resources

to keep them in their homes as our regional

population grows and the housing market

tightens. That is why these programs are

so important and why we are doing all we

can to empower more of our residents to

remain stably housed while reducing the

cost of homeownership.”

Specifically, the Lead Safe Columbus

Program provides funding to property owners

for lead-based paint hazard control in

owner- or tenant-occupied units. To date,

this program has addressed health hazards

in more than 200 Columbus homes and

completed more than $460,000 in repairs.

The Healthy Homes Program, meanwhile,

offers families up to $7,500 to fix

health and safety concerns in households

in which children under the age of 6, seniors

and/or people with disabilities reside.

Estimates project this program will serve

more than 250 properties over the next

three years and educate 8,000 residents on

ways to keep their homes safe.

Additionally, the Columbus Emergency

Repair Program offers homeowners up to

$7,500 for essential repairs to abate certain

emergency conditions. Eligible repairs

include leaking, obstructed or clogged toilets,

sinks, tubs and sewer lines; loss of

heat; leaking or inoperable hot water

tanks; loss of electricity; and more.

Contractors who meet local, state and federal

requirements are assigned to perform

the work. To qualify, homeowners must

have owned and occupied the residence for

at least one year, and household earnings

must be 50 percent or less of the Area

Median Income.

“Housing-related environmental problems

are a significant cause of adult and

pediatric health conditions, from asthma to

lead poisoning. But it goes beyond just

health outcomes. Homeownership is the

greatest key to wealth building in the

United States. If we can support residents

to secure safe and healthy homes, we can

positively impact families for generations

to come,” said Favor.

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for all three programs. For more information,

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Reduce food waste this Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Solid

Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO)

is encouraging families to reduce food

waste by offering tools for planning ahead

and repurposing leftovers.

“An inordinate amount of food is wasted

around the Thanksgiving holiday -- some

200 million pounds of turkey, 40 million

pounds of mashed potatoes and 30 million

pounds of stuffing will end up in trash cans

across the nation,” said Joe Lombardi,

SWACO’s executive director. “With a little

preparation and planning, this waste can

be drastically reduced.”

In central Ohio, food waste accounts for

the single largest source of landfill material

(by weight) and is equivalent to residents

and businesses throwing away nearly

one million pounds of food daily.

“When the food from our dinner plates is

wasted, so are all of the resources that

went into producing it and the thousands

of dollars that families spend to purchase

food that is thrown away,” said Lombardi.

SWACO’s More Than Food website

(savemorethanfood.org) offered tips for citizens

this holiday season to help prevent

food waste, saving money and protecting

the environment:

•Plan your meal with the Guestimator,

a dinner party calculator that estimates

how much food you need to keep your

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•Reimagine holiday leftovers with

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creative recipes for making holiday leftovers

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•Donate leftovers to food rescue organizations,

restaurants, and other food donors

with soup kitchens and shelters to create

access to healthy, edible food for food insecure

residents.

“Our Save More Than Food website

offers a ‘Holiday Hub’ which provides our

residents with simple ideas to reduce food

waste throughout the holidays,” said

Lombardi. “Our research shows that central

Ohioans are very concerned about food

waste. By simply tweaking a few things in

our routines, we can all work together to

make powerful progress in lessening food

waste in our homes this holiday season as

well as all year long.”

Overall, the Save More Than Food campaign

is working toward a goal to reduce

food waste by 50 percent by 2030. In one of

its pilot program communities where food

waste drop-off sites and educational outreach

has been shared and waste generation

monitored, there has been a 20 percent

reduction in household food waste.

Residents and businesses can visit savemorethanfood.org

for information to help

reduce food waste on Thanksgiving and

throughout the holiday season.

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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: President Erica C. Crawley • Commissioner John O’Grady, and Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce

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.

Franklin County Office on Aging

Free Home-Delivered Meals Program

Extended Through End of Year

The Franklin County Office on Aging has extended

its free Home-Delivered Meals program through the

end of the year. Franklin County residents aged 60

and older are eligible to receive free home-delivered

meals without income verification now through

Dec. 31, 2022.

A service offered through the Franklin County

Office on Aging Senior Options program, the

Home-Delivered Meals program paused any

income verification requirements in April 2020 due

to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Franklin

County, residents receiving home-delivered meals

has increased by nearly 48% since 2019, from 3,883

to 5,749.

“Early in the pandemic, especially during the

stay-at-home orders, seniors were significantly impacted,

some being fearful of leaving their homes

for any reason,” said Interim Director Chanda

Wingo. “We understood how critically important it

was to remove barriers and expand access to

adequate nutrition needed to stay healthy.”

The Franklin County Office on Aging Senior

Options program has been providing community-based

services to residents since 1993. Senior

Options empowers Franklin County residents aged

60 and older with the necessary tools needed to

maintain their independence. The program also

helps ease the minds of family members by connecting

them to support services so they can provide the

best care for their older parent, family member or

friend with limited abilities.

To learn more about the Franklin County Office on

Aging and the support services available, visit

officeonaging.org or call (614) 525-6200.


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Police levy approved in Franklin Township

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According to the unofficial results from

the Franklin County Board of Elections,

the Franklin Township police levy was

approved by voters with 987 (or 54.56 percent)

voting in favor of the levy and 822 (or

45.44 percent) voting against the measure.

The tax will be an additional 7.4 mills for a

continuing period of time. This was the

fourth time in two years that the township

has asked voters to approve a police levy.

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Contact us today to secure your spot in our Worship Guide.

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

Family fun day at Early Learning Center

Although the Hilltop Early Learning Center may be months away from officially

opening its doors, prospective students and their parents and guardians were

able to get a sneak-peek of the facility and its amenities through a community outreach

program that aimed to bring “fun for all.” On Oct. 29, dozens of families

across the region visited the future pre-kindergarten learning center at 45

Clarendon Ave. to participate in the first annual Family Fun Day. Sponsored by the

city of Columbus and its local early learning centers, attendees were able to walk

through the educational rooms and put their creative skills to use through a variety

of arts and crafts and activities. Shown here learning how to play the bucket

drums in one of the building’s most unique spaces are siblings (from left) Future

and Isaac Price. Teaching the class of early music learners was Scott Wedell, an

instrumental music teacher at West High School. He said bucket drums are a great

way to introduce children to music because of their simplistic nature. “You communicate

with them on how to use the sticks on the buckets and then they just go

for it,” he said. For more photos, visit columbusmessenger.com.

Messenger

Westside

Jocelyn Probasco, the director of

development at the Columbus Early

Learning Centers (pictured at the bottom),

and Paula Neal, the Hilltop

Partnership Director at the Columbus

Early Learning Centers, have a bit of

fun during the event. Neal said she cannot

wait for this center to officially open

early next year.

Four-year-old Egypt Barker works on

her artistic skills at a painting station.


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City to file lawsuit against auto companies

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein announced his

plans to file a lawsuit against automakers Kia and

Hyundai for their failure to include industry standard

anti-theft technology in vehicles that has led to soaring

levels of theft in Columbus. The city has seen a more

than 450 percent increase in the number of Kia and

Hyundai thefts over the past year, an average of 17

thefts each day this year. Kia and Hyundai models

account for nearly two-thirds of all vehicle theft

attempts in Columbus so far this year.

For years, Kia and Hyundai manufactured vehicles

without engine immobilizers or other alternative security

features, such as reinforced steering columns and

sensors designed to detect window glass breakage.

Many of these features come standard on nearly every

other consumer vehicle manufactured during the same

timeframe.

“For years, Kia and Hyundai cut corners and sold

vehicles they knew were so unsafe they could be stolen

with ease by a teenager with access to simple tools and

a TikTok account,” said Columbus City Attorney Zach

Klein. “Kia and Hyundai’s negligence in pursuit of corporate

profit is unconscionable. It’s time we held these

automakers accountable for cheating consumers and

passing the buck and responsibility to clean up the

mess they made onto the rest of us.”

These deficiencies have been highlighted on social

media platforms, where content creators describe how

to steal a vehicle in a matter of minutes by anyone

with a screwdriver and USB charger. The city alleges

that the bulk of thefts are being perpetrated by juveniles,

including a group known as the “Kia Boyz” who

steal Kia and Hyundai vehicles, post their exploits to

social media, and challenge others to do the same.

“In my 16 months as the chief of police, I have often

asked what more can we do as an agency to save our

children from themselves. We enforce the laws, are

engaged with parents, collaborate with our judicial

system, and are exploring programming in our

schools,” said Columbus Chief of Police

Elaine Bryant. “And on this issue, we’ve

asked Kia and Hyundai for their assistance.

To date, we have received no meaningful

cooperation. These automakers

should be just as concerned as we are that

their products are so easily accessible and

are being used to commit felonious acts. As

a result, our children are putting not only

the community in harm’s way, but themselves

as well. We owe it to our children

and our community to do all we can to prevent

these often tragic events from occurring.”

The city of Columbus contends that the

rash of Kia and Hyundai thefts due to substandard

security features in their vehicles

have cost consumers, insurance companies,

local governments and law enforcement

millions of dollars over the past year alone.

Further, the deficiencies in these vehicles

have caused additional harms including a

number of juveniles being seriously injured

or killed during joyrides after easily stealing

the vehicles.

Despite knowing of the security deficiencies

of their vehicles, Kia and Hyundai

have refused to recall or repair vehicles to

better secure them from theft, instead

largely ignoring calls for action and placing

the burden to respond to the issue on consumers

whose cars were stolen as well as

local governments and law enforcement

departments.

“The victims of these thefts aren’t CEOs and executives,

they’re teachers and servers, retail workers and

nurses - people whose lives have been upended and

who’ve likely spent nights lying awake thinking about

how they’re going to afford to buy a new car while putting

food on the table and making rent,” said Klein.

“These victims had their cars stolen through no fault of

their own. They shouldn’t have to bear the responsibility

to make this right. The corporations who put profit

above all else should be held accountable.”

The auto companies have sold vehicles that lacked

sufficient, industry-standard security features, including

engine immobilizers and certain other safety and

anti-theft systems. The city has spent significant

resources investigating and responding to these thefts,

and the city’s residents have to deal with the problems

of juveniles and others illegally joy riding on Columbus

streets and highways.

The city plans to ask the court to compel Kia and

Hyundai to abate the public nuisance caused by their

inaction that has led to the rise in thefts, and with it,

the substantial cost incurred by the city as it continues

to respond to the automakers’ negligence. Additionally,

the city plans to seek injunctive relief to prohibit the

further sale of unsafe vehicles and require Kia and

Hyundai to recall, repair or replace the unsafe vehicles

currently on the road, as well as damages in excess of

$25,000, punitive damages, legal expenses, and preand

post-judgment interest in the case.

“Kia and Hyundai marketed and sold cars they

knew were unsafe and now refuse to take any responsibility

as others have to bear the consequences of their

decisions. That’s not right,” said Columbus Solicitor

General Rich Coglianese.

Klein said the he intends to file the lawsuit on

behalf of the city of Columbus in the Franklin County

Court of Common Pleas in the coming weeks.

LIST YOUR

CHRISTMAS WEEK SERVICES

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our December 11th issue.

The deadline for this year’s Christmas Church Page

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around the westside

Free anksgiving dinner

The Hilltop Methodist Men will serve a

free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 4

p.m. Nov. 24 at the Hilltop United

Methodist Church, 99 S. Highland Ave. in

Columbus. All are welcome.

Free lunch at Hilltop Methodist

The United Hilltop Methodist Church

will host a free community lunch every

Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is

located at 99 S. Highland Ave.

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-

2001.

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 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.

A burger battle

South-Western Career Academy senior Natalie Faught and junior Emma Kirsh from

the Academy Grill finished second in the Cap City Burger Battle Championship. Want

to try their award-winning burger? The Belgium Sunrise will be a new addition to the

Academy Grill menu when they move to the winter menu soon. The Academy Grill is

open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pets of the week

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The parodist songwriter Al Yankovic is

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Co-written by the loveable goof who rose

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becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol at

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(Evan Rachel Wood) who has her own ideas

for how his story should go. Shortly after

(very shortly after), he has a falling out

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he shouts at them — gets into a public

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vicious frontman a la Jim Morrison during

one of his most famed concert performances.

From start to finish, “Weird: The Al

Yankovic Story” is highly engaging and

entertaining. Jokes come hard and fast and

they range from silly slapstick gags to

pointed references with punchlines that

pay off down the line. It’s the kind of film

that begs rewatching to catch all of the references

and sight gags, and to fully appreciate

the jokes that age with time.

Unfortunately, this film is currently

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unfortunately it will likely stay only on the

Roku Channel. But if you can find a way to

view this movie through that free ad-based

streaming service, I highly encourage you

to do so. Like the man and his work, it will

bring a smile to your face, warmth to your

soul, and a genuine sense of puzzlement for

finding something so absurd so endlessly

enjoyable.

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