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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
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
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By Dedra Cordle
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
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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
“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
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
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.
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
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
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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
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.
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
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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
Bob Spears, Jr. and Steven Spears
are the third generation of family members
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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
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
“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
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
In Toth’s spare time, she says she likes
to enter competitions that test her skills
“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
effort, Mayor Andrew Ginther,
columbus city councilmember Shayla
Favor and other city and community leaders
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
“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
“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.
Applications are currently being accepted
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
•Plan your meal with the Guestimator,
a dinner party calculator that estimates
how much food you need to keep your
guests full and happy.
•Store food properly with the Storage
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•Reimagine holiday leftovers with
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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
“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
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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
“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
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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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
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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.
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
“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
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
“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.
CHRISTMAS WEEK SERVICES
ON OUR CHRISTMAS CHURCH PAGE
in The Westside or
Grove City Messengers
The page will print in
our December 11th issue.
The deadline for this year’s Christmas Church Page
is Friday, December 2nd at 2:00 pm.
Groveport Zion Lutheran Church
6014 Groveport Rd., Groveport 43125
Pastor Matthew Cox
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00 pm
Christmas Day Service at 10:00 am
Communion celebrated at both services
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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
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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
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Prairie Township invites its residents to
attend a Senior Christmas Party. This
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7 p.m. at the Community Center, 5955
West Broad St. The township will also be
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local food pantry. Attendees must be residents
of Prairie Township and must be 62
years or older. Call 614-982-2123 to RSVP
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A burger battle
South-Western Career Academy senior Natalie Faught and junior Emma Kirsh from
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The parodist songwriter Al Yankovic is
the subject of a new biopic. And yes, it is as
weird as you might imagine it to be.
Co-written by the loveable goof who rose
to fame in the late 1970s by turning pop
classics such as The Knacks’ “My Sharona”
and Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”
into comedic gold with an ode to questionable
lunch meat in “My Bologna” and a
lament on public transportation in
“Another One Rides the Bus,” “Weird: The
Al Yankovic Story” is anything but a traditional
account of the life of the man who
only ever wanted to make up new words to
songs that already existed.
Taken at face value, Al Yankovic makes
a terrible subject for a biopic. By his own
admission, his parents were fully supportive
of his wild dreams, he abstained from
alcohol and drugs throughout his entire
career, and he did not engage in public
fisticuffs with artists who may have initially
been a little sore that he lovingly lampooned
their creations. But in this film
however, Al Yankovic does what Al
Yankovic does best: he turns his completely
normal and sweet and square life into
something entirely different, something
dark and gritty and, frankly, more befitting
of a traditional biopic of a creative genius.
The end result may be a little out there
for some, but “Weird: The Al Yankovic
Story” is a wonderful — and wonderfully
funny — homage to the man who has
brought so much joy to the world through
his creative stupidity.
Daniel Radcliffe stars as the man of the
decades, an aspiring parody songwriter
whose parents do not believe in him. His
mother (Julianne Nicholson) worries about
where he will go in life when she finds
Hawaiian shirts tucked away in his bed
like a naughty magazine, and his father
(Toby Huss) is too busy at his factory job to
pay attention to his son and his outlandish
dreams where he becomes not technically
the best but arguably the most famous
accordion player in an extremely specific
genre of music.
After years of hiding all of his musical
talents — both at the accordion and with
making up new lyrics to songs that already
exist — “Alfie” finally has enough of their
dream dampening behavior and sets off
with his glorious hair and his gloriously
colorful Hawaiian shirts to make a name
for himself in the music industry.
At first, the industry wants nothing to
do with him and his ability to create new
lyrics from songs that already exist. They
feel it is too unoriginal, too boring, too
niche, too reliant on the accordion. But
when the famed Dr. Demento (Rainn
Wilson) takes him under his wing, Al
Yankovic finally starts to fly high. And
then he starts to get high too, eventually
“Weird: e Al Yankovic Story” is endlessly enjoyable
becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol at
the influence of pop sensation Madonna
(Evan Rachel Wood) who has her own ideas
for how his story should go. Shortly after
(very shortly after), he has a falling out
with his band — “you’re all a bunch of normals,”
he shouts at them — gets into a public
spat with Michael Jackson who parodied
his hit single “Eat It,” and runs afoul of the
leader of a notorious cartel.
Needless to say that there is a lot going
on in “Weird,” but it completely works if
you allow yourself to succumb to the wackiness
within this “100 percent true, not at
all made-up movie” about Al Yankovic’s
rapid rise to fame and equally fast downfall
and nearly instantaneous recovery and
immediate tragic ending.
Admittedly, it might be hard for some to
succumb to the wackiness that abounds
within this film, but what may help sell the
material is the fact that the cast takes it
seriously. Chances are if you liked “This is
Spinal Tap,” “Zoolander,” or “Wet Hot
American Summer,” you will enjoy this
because it was filmed and acted in the
same vein as those comedy classics. It has
that same spirit and is delivered with the
same amount of love for these characters
by the actors, especially Radcliffe. He is
just a joy to behold in this film where he
alternates seamlessly between earnest
dreamer at the start of his career and
The Reel Deal
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
being streamed only on the Roku Channel
(it is also available on their website) and
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
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
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