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November 27 - December 10, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIX, No. 11

4220 W. Broad St.

(Across from Westland Mall)

Featuring

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Last market of the year

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

The Westgate Farmers Market hosted its last event of the year

on Nov. 19. Although the temperatures were low and the wind

was on the wrong side of pleasant, dozens of vendors and residents

throughout the area made the trip to its location on West

Broad Street to snap up some late season produce, browse for

holiday gifts for family, friends, and themselves, and make conversation

around a fire pit about how they could not wait to

come back to the market for their next scheduled event on May

20, 2023. Top, David Queen warms up his hands by the fire pit.

This year marked the first time a warming station had been

placed on the grounds for the final market of the season.

Members of the market’s board of directors said its popularity

would make it an annual fixture at the event late in the year.

Members of the Westgate Farmers Market Board of Directors

(bottom right) celebrate another successful season. Pictured

from left to right are David Householder, Matt Smith, Molly

Donavan, Brian Landers, and Kristina Rowson.

Below, the Cookie Monster and Santa Claus (aka Deb and Jim

Hearns) showcase a few of the desserts at their booth, Deb’s

Designer Cookies.

To see more photos, visit columbusmessenger.com.

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Stopfinder in

South-Western

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

The South-Western City School District

has over 12,700 students who ride the bus,

and nearly all of them hate waiting at their

stop in the morning.

Although they may be fine standing in

the elements when it is lighter outside and

the conditions are on the right side of comfortable,

the irritation starts to boil over

when the weather takes a turn for the

worse.

Instead of wondering whether they

should skip school that day or pretend to

have seen their bus go by in order to hitch

a ride with members of their family, they

will now be able to access an app that

See SOUTH-WESTERN page 2

Inside

Pets of the Week ................... 6

The Reel Deal ......................... 12

Educational Advocacy

Family-friendly event held at Highland

aims to promote education Page 3

City News

The Hilltop Early Learning Center set to

receive funds from city budget Page 4

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Wreath laying service at Camp Chase

At noon on Dec. 17, Christmas wreaths will be laid

on graves in Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery,

located at 2900 Sullivant Ave. in Columbus.

Community members are asked to attend and help

spread more than 335 wreaths across the cemetery.

For more information about Wreaths across America,

visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Breakfast with Santa

The Prairie Township Community Center will host

a Breakfast with Santa event at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Dec. 10 at 5955 West Broad St. Participants can eat

breakfast, meet Santa, and make holiday crafts. The

cost is $12 for township residents and $15 for non-residents.

For more information or to register, visit prairietownship.org.

Santa’s Mailbox

The Prairie Township Community Center is helping

local kids hand deliver their letters to Santa. A mailbox

will be at the entrance of the community center,

SOUTH-WESTERN

Continued from page 1

around the westside

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5955 West Broad St., from Nov. 25 through Dec. 15. To

guarantee delivery, include the child’s full name, complete

address, and postage. For more information or to

register, visit prairietownship.org.

Blood drives

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive

from 12 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Norton Middle School, 215

Norton Road in Columbus and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 9 at the Prairie Township Community Center,

5955 West Broad St. in Galloway. To schedule an

appointment, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Free Medicare and Medicaid seminar

The Westland Area Library will host a free

Medicare and Medicaid information seminar at 6 p.m.

Dec. 1 at 4740 West Broad St. The seminar will take

place in the main meeting room. Snacks and beverages

will be provided. No registration is necessary. For

additional information, call the Westland Area Library

at 614-878-1301 ext. 603.

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sends notifications to their smart devices when their

transport has pulled into a specified area.

On Nov. 28, the district will launch a new planning

tool called StopFinder which will allow parents and

guardians to receive real-time information on where

their child’s school bus is in proximity to their home

address.

According to Evan Debo, the district’s executive

director of communications, this app has the capability

to reduce the time spent out in the harsh elements,

thus making the student’s life and the lives of their

family members run a bit more smoothly in the hectic

morning hours.

The district has started to send out emails regarding

the new software tool to families through the most

current address provided in the Infinite Campus

Parent Portal. The invitation to the registered users

will give directions on how parents and guardians can

download the secure app, and it will show them how

the app works so they can curate the bus tracking notifications

to their specificity.

Another key feature of the StopFinder

App is that it allows parents and guardians

to be able to share the child’s bus tracking

data with other trusted adults, such as

providers of care after school.

Through the official app, additional

information will be displayed on how parents

and guardians can set up the route

sharing feature. It will also show how to

rescind that access if necessary. Debo said

the district will leave that decision on

whether other adults should have access to

a student’s bus location to the parents and

guardians.

Not everyone who has a smartphone, a

smartwatch, or a table has to opt-in as this

new planning tool is voluntary. And those

who may be interested in the app but would

like to take a “wait and see” approach can

still download the app after the initial

launch on Nov. 28.

As it stands right now, the app will not

be able to notify parents and guardians on

whether the bus is running late — the district

will continue to provide that information

as it is currently performed — but Debo

hopes that will be a feature on a future version

of the app.

The district has created a frequently

asked questions page on its blog at swinsider.com

for more information and troubleshooting

solutions.


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Educational advocacy promoted at Highland

It is often difficult to get children to go back into their school building when the day

is officially over, but dozens of students and their parents and guardians made a

special exception at Highland Elementary. On Nov. 11, the school on the city’s westside

transformed into a special event center that featured a host of activities and

crafts for the children and informational sessions for the adults on educational

advocacy at the local, state and federal level. Sponsored by CareSource in partnership

with All in For Ohio Kids, and A Step in the Right Direction, the evening event

sought not only feedback from the young children and the adults on topics such as

what they liked about their local schools and what they thought could be improved,

but it also offered tips on how to engage with local and state officials on topics like

fair school funding and advocate for educational opportunities for all public school

students. Katelyn Jackson, a parent organizer at All in For Ohio Kids, said the surveys

that were filled out and the feedback that was given would be distributed to a

number of student advocacy groups to try to make changes to the school funding

formula. Jackson, who is pictured at left with Kayla Davis, the founder and executive

director of the local non-profit A Step in the Right Direction, said all voices need to

be heard in order to make educational changes for the betterment of the community.

The state-wide coalition of

community members, educations,

parents and organizations

plans to host additional

Family Festivals like

the one held at Highland

Elementary throughout the

year. Jackson encouraged

parents who were unable to

attend the night’s event to

fill out surveys and give

feedback on the state of

their schools at

www.allinforohiokids.com.

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Government Focus

Franklin County Public Health has

launched Franklin County CARES, a onestop

addiction, recovery, and health data

website.

Funded by the CDC Overdose Data to

Action Grant, the Franklin County

Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery

Evaluation System (Franklin County

CARES) provides a one-stop resource for

comprehensive data on addiction, recovery,

and health for Franklin County residents

and communities.

The user-friendly website was built with

a diverse array of Franklin County community

members in mind. Franklin County

CARES will allow residents to learn more

about their neighborhoods and surrounding

communities, while agencies addressing

the overdose epidemic can access the

data they need to plan and implement their

programs.

The website features dashboards showcasing

local data on the overdose epidemic,

including emergency department admissions,

deaths, 911 calls, and justice system

interactions, as well as resources and datadriven

strategies to address substance use

and abuse. It also provides access to a database

of funding opportunities, promising

practices, and community health resources

to assist Franklin County Public Health,

community partners and community members

in finding the resources needed to

address substance use disorder and other

health-related issues.

Demographic data and mapping features

on Franklin County CARES offer

opportunities to identify populations and

locations that have experienced and are

experiencing disparities in health. The

Health Equity Index allows for more explicit

identification of these areas. By breaking

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Proposed budget to address Hilltop Early Learning Center

Mayor Andrew Ginther released his proposed

2023 General Fund budget — the

largest-ever in city history. Through fiscal

management aimed at mitigating the

financial fallout of the pandemic and the

revenue impacts of remote work legislation,

the city is presenting a budget totaling

$1.14 billion for programs, services and

priorities benefiting Columbus residents

and neighborhoods while restoring key

reserves and establishing new goals for the

city’s rainy day fund.

“Our economy is strong, and the city’s

financial position is secure,” said Ginther.

“With this robust, thoughtful and comprehensive

budget, we will be better positioned

to deliver on and expand efforts that

address our community’s highest priorities

— safety, affordability and vital city services

— while preparing for and guarding

against potential economic challenges and

uncertainties that we may face in the

future.”

Ginther highlighted the following

investments as part of his budget priorities:

• $3.1 million for operating expenses at

the Hilltop Early Learning Center.

• More than $2.1 million to reduce illegal

dumping by expanding refuse collection

to include hot-spot inspections; opening

two convenience centers for residents to

properly dispose of hard-to-recycle items,

food and yard waste, hazardous waste and

bulk items; and hiring more drivers for

refuse trucks.

• Over $2.3 million for summer, afterschool

and job-readiness programming to

keep Columbus’ youth safe and engaged.

• Additional staff to support the

Columbus Housing Strategy.

• $10 million in Human Services Grants

for social services organizations that provide

support for vulnerable residents and

neighborhoods.

• $6 million to increase recycling to once

a week citywide.

• Expected balance of $95.2 million in

the city’s Rainy Day Fund by the end of

2023.

The city charter requires the mayor to

present a budget to city council on or before

Nov. 15 annually. Columbus City Council

will begin budget deliberations, including

public hearings, and is expected to approve

an amended budget in early 2023.

The full budget can be viewed at: columbus.gov/2023budget.

Franklin County CARES website to help with addiction

out all available data into subgroups, community

members and agencies can identify

groups that are suffering from disparities

and identify opportunities to close these

gaps.

Franklin County Public Health was

awarded a three-year CDC Overdose Data

to Action Grant, which has brought an estimated

$3.9 million dollars a year to the

community to fight the opiate crisis. The

purpose of the funding is to obtain high

quality, more comprehensive, and timelier

data on overdose morbidity and mortality,

and use the data to inform prevention and

response efforts.

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The Franklin County Commissioners

voted to approve a $5 million grant to the

Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and

Franklin County, which is an independent

non-profit lender that works to develop

affordable housing in central Ohio. More

than 30,000 evictions have been filed in

Franklin County since the beginning of the

COVID-19 pandemic, and a quarter of Ohio

renters lack confidence in their ongoing

ability to pay their rent.

“No one can thrive without the security

of stable housing,” said commissioners

president Erica Crawley. “Rent today can

eat up many families’ whole paycheck,

though, and there are plenty of places

where you can’t find a nice place to live at

any price. It’s vital that we continue to

increase the stock of affordable housing for

our residents and doing that in a way that

also gets more women and minorities into

the real estate development business is a

win-win.”

The Affordable Housing Trust will use

the commissioners’ funding to establish a

new program to increase the amount of

affordable housing that is available in central

Ohio by engaging with more minority

and women developers. The new initiative

will provide both technical assistance and

working capital to new projects from program

graduates. Participants will take

part in a six-month educational course, and

then have access to one-on-one consulting

and be able to apply for low interest loans

from the Affordable Housing Trust. The

city of Columbus and JPMorgan Chase are

also partnering on this project.

In a separate action, the commissioners

approved a $10 million grant to IMPACT

Community Action for emergency assistance

for families that are struggling to

stay in their homes. Under that agreement,

IMPACT will provide rental and utility

assistance to approximately 2,600 lowincome

central Ohio households that have

been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To date, IMPACT Community Action has

used city and county funding to help 30,000

families stay in their homes since the

beginning of the pandemic.

The funding for this grant was made

possible by the American Rescue Plan

(ARP). To learn more, visit

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Westland area has new representation

By Hannah Poling

Staff Writer

The Westland community will have a

new neighborhood liaison, who was introduced

at the November Westland Area

Commission meeting.

Olabisi Eddy has replaced Melissa

Green as the liaison for the westside. Eddy

served two terms with AmeriCorps and has

worked with Community Health Action

Teams (CHATs) across Franklin County

doing community engagement. She also

has experience being on a commission herself,

which the city said will be a great

asset in her new position.

“I’m really glad to be joining the team

here. I am familiar with doing community

engagement for the last five years and I

live just south of the Hilltop,” said Eddy.

Eddy began her new position on Nov. 21.

There were also some new positions

announced within the commission.

Lori Balough, former chair of the education

committee, is now being replaced by

Matthew DeCastro due to prior commitments.

DeCastro is a director of classified

personnel with the South-Western City

Schools District. He has worked in the personnel

department for approximately five

years and will be starting as education

chair in January.

“I am excited to be here with you all,”

said DeCastro.

Nominations were also taken for officers

for the commission for 2023.

Scott Taylor was nominated for commission

chair, Jeff Tanner for vice chair, Dave

Van Order for treasurer, and Janet Cahill

for recording officer.

The November meeting was the last for

Nancy Day-Achauer, chair of public health

and safety, who will be pursuing her political

campaign next year and stepping down

from her role as commissioner.

Day-Achauer nominated commissioner

Heather Abdalla to take her position.

In other news, Mark Dravillas, administrator

for the Columbus City Planning

Division, attended the commission meeting

to discuss a plan update.

The planning division works on a wide

variety of projects and programs, which are

aimed at improving the quality of

Columbus’ neighborhoods. Its primary

areas of work include annexation,

Columbus city-wide planning policies,

development review, historic preservation,

and design review areas, maps and apps,

Columbus art commission, and the urban

infrastructure recovery fund.

The city currently has about four area

plans in place with the Westland plan

being the oldest.

According to Dravillas, the city has

drastically changed and the city needs to

do a comprehensive plan update. The

update has been on hold for several years

because the city was working to update the

zoning code.

“By doing a zoning code update for your

area, there is a planning aspect to it. We

need to sync up any of our planning with

the zoning code update process,” Dravillas

said.

Dravillas encouraged the commissioners

to be prepared to engage in the zoning code

update until they can update the area plan.

The Westland Area Commission will not

meet in December due to the holidays and

will resume meeting on the third

Wednesday of the month in January.

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Honoring Hilltop veterans

The Hilltop Historical Society, in conjunction with Don Gentile American Legion

Post 532, presented its eighth annual Honor Program of Hilltop Veterans on Nov. 13.

Pictured here are Dave Dobos the president of the Hilltop Historical Society, Sandy

Doutt the sister of the Hilltop Historical Society honoree Yeoman Monty Chase, SGT

Paul Grutsch the honoree of the Don Gentile Post, Jeff Chase the brother of Monty

Chase, and Bernie Brogan the post commander of the Don Gentile Post 532.

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Schools and municipalities to

receive funds from auditor’s office

On Nov. 22 Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano

announced that the auditor’s office is redistributing $5 million to

schools, libraries, municipalities and agencies this November.

Of that $5 million, a majority of the funds — more than $3.2 million

- is going to school districts across the county. Additionally,

Franklin County cities and villages will get $397,802, townships

will get $250,755, libraries and parks will get $130,314, and county

agencies will get $964,298.

“Due to the auditor office’s ongoing commitment to being fiscally

responsible, the auditor’s office is able to return this money to

benefit our community,” Stinziano said. “Our goal is to redistribute

these dollars back to the taxpayers as closely as possible and

I am happy to be able to support our schools, municipalities and

ultimately our residents.”

Columbus City Schools will get the largest allotment of all

qualifying entities, at $1 million. South-Western City Schools will

also receive $249,295.

Among cities and villages, Columbus received the largest

amount, at $184,999. Among libraries, the Columbus

Metropolitan Library will receive $92,477.

The money that is being redistributed is collected as required

by state law to pay for real estate reappraisals and triennial

updates.

around the westside

Breakfast at the Lodge 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.

November 27, 2022 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Volunteers from Sahara Columbus collected and bagged groceries and treats for police officers to give out

in local areas.

Delivering Blessing Bags

The Columbus Police Department teamed up with

volunteers to provide a Thanksgiving meal and some

holiday cheer to local families.

In a partnership facilitated by the Starfish

Assignment, volunteers from Sahara Columbus collected

and bagged groceries and treats for officers to

give out in neighborhoods. Children of Sahara volunteers

hand-decorated and assembled the 100

Thanksgiving meal bags and more than 150 treat bags

for other kids.

Sahara Columbus delivered the Blessing Bags to

officers, who then distributed the food to families

across the city. Thanks to CME Federal Credit Union,

Byers Auto Group, and the Cooper Family Foundation,

Starfish was able to add a $50 grocery gift card to each

of the Thanksgiving meal bags.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin

Township Police Department, and other agencies also

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE

WE

WON!

That—and a healthy dose of disbelief—were

my initial exhilarating thoughts as the vote totals

became final on Election Night when you

selected me to be your choice for the Ohio

House of Representatives 10th District! The

20,000+ doors we knocked, the 500+ yard

signs placed in front of voters’ homes, the

countless time spent at public events, parades,

and candidates’ forums all contributed

to, what for me appeared to be, a stunning

victory.

To each of you who answered a door, who allowed

me or a campaign volunteer to interrupt

your day, I thank you! To each of you who

voted—whether for me or my opponent—I

say thank you! This entire process is distinctly

American and, win or lose, emphasizes the

blessings we all enjoy here in the United

States.

Now…the real work begins. During the campaign,

I promised to concentrate on the quality-of-life

issues about which we all care:

economic growth, workforce development,

and excellent academic education for our children.

In the weeks since, I have begun preparing

for the tasks ahead. I have (and will

continue to) meet with community leaders

and members to help me understand issues

and priorities. I have attended the new Ohio

House member orientation to help me begin

to learn systems, processes, and supports that

exist within our legislative organizational

structure. I have met with House leadership

to communicate how my experiences can

translate into committee assignments that

emphasize my strengths. And I am hiring a

legislative aide who will help me be as responsive

as possible to constituent requests and

get prepared for the daily work required. I

want to hit the ground running—to the degree

it is possible—when I am sworn in on

January 3rd.

I will report to you regularly via this column

about the work my colleagues and I do in the

legislature. I will write about the legislative

process and my experiences inside it. My intent

here is to be informative and helpful, not

partisan. When I am sworn in, I will publish

my office contact information. I invite you to

reach out anytime to me about any concern,

point of view, or request.

It is an awesome responsibility with which

you have entrusted me. It is a privilege to

serve you in this capacity and to be in a position

to make a difference for each of us. I

promise to do my best to represent our communities

in a responsible, responsive, and effective

manner and to advocate for all of us in

the Ohio House of Representatives.

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Sending holiday cheer to inmates

Although Christmas is supposed to be a festive time of joy and

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One central Ohio group believes it doesn’t have to be that way.

A local non-profit movement continues to make a positive

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by sending them personalized, handwritten Christmas cards that

encourage them to “Continue the Story.”

Over the past several years, central Ohio’s “Continue the

Story” movement has personally reached more than 64,700

inmates incarcerated in Ohio’s prison system at Christmastime,

one inmate at a time, in hopes of brightening their lives by spreading

the Christmas spirit, which is one of joy and hope.

Although it is rapidly growing with hundreds of volunteers

throughout the Columbus area, “Continue the Story” was created

six years ago after members of the organization became aware of

some of the horrors of the modern criminal justice system.

Organizers believe a lot of the people who are incarcerated today

are essentially good people who have made mistakes

“I believe every single person is worthy of hope and encouragement

- no matter their past, no matter their story,” said Jess

Kimmel, executive director of the non-profit organization,

Continue the Story. “I participate because I’ve seen firsthand

what that love and support can do. Ohio inmates often feel isolated

and unsupported as they work through their sentence toward

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Of the estimated 45,000 to 43,000 inmates in Ohio’s prison system,

some studies suggest up to 6 percent of them are actually

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bars because of substance use disorders.

This year, organizers of the movement plan to send out more

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prison inmate population. To pay for the cards, however, fundraisers

are currently under way and they are taking donations.

“Receiving a Christmas card from ‘The Drop’ with a prayer,

some scripture, words of hope or even a silly joke helps to brighten

the inmate’s day and shape a new perspective about how their

story doesn’t have to end in a prison cell,” Kimmel said.

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that can change the world,” said Mic Mohler one of the movement’s

organizers. “Yes, they made mistakes. We all make mistakes.

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joy, and we are dedicated to sending out cards every year to

express that.”

Each year, organizers start another drive to raise the money

necessary to send out all those Christmas cards. Last year, they

sent out 21,000 cards. The cost for postage and material exceeded

$15,000 last year – all of which came from generous donations

from area churches and members of the community, as more and

more people learn about the mass mailing and the impact it has

on the inmates.

Mohler said that getting personalized mail in places like that is

a big deal for inmates, especially during the holidays. Unlike typical

mass mailings, in which every card is the same, each

Christmas card they send has the inmate’s name and number

handwritten on the card with unique and personal messages of

hope written by one of the volunteers.

Because each card is personally mailed out the week before

Christmas, more than 1,000 area residents and community leaders

volunteer their time to participate in the event. Some members

of the group help raise money, others fill out the handwritten

cards, and others help coordinate the actual mailing, which everyone

notoriously refers to simply as, “the Drop.”

One day, organizers say, they hope to send cards to 100 percent

of the inmates in Ohio’s prison system because they believe no one

should be left out for Christmas. To make this possible, nevertheless,

organizers hope to continue getting the word out as they

believe even the harshest convict deserves to hear their messages

of hope, which is the true reason for the holiday season.

For more information on Continue the Story, to donate, or to

participate in this year’s drop on Dec. 16, go to

continuethestory.org.


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funds are based in US

dollars. Toll Free numbers

may or may not

reach Canada. Please

check with the Better

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486-6336 or the Ohio Attorney

General’s Consumer

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information on the company

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WANTED

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Call Office 614-272-5422

RENTALS

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xClassified Services

CARPET CLEANING

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Any 5 areas ONLY $75

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Specializing in Pet Odors

CLEANING

DEEP CLEAING &

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CONCRETE

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All Types Concrete Work

New or Tear Out-Replace

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AJ’s Concrete,

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Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

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FREE ESTIMATES

Contact Adam

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FENCING

EAZY FENCE

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GUTTERS

Bates & Sons

GUTTER CLEANING

5 ★ Google Reviews

614-586-3417

HAULING

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614-276-1958

DUMPSTER RENTAL

4 Days - $275 & Up

No Hazardous Materials

Tires - $10.00 each

Call 614-254-1131

INFORMATION

12/18 A

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HVAC

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Fast Service - Licensed

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HOME

IMPROVEMENTS

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HOME REMODELING

Baths, Kitchen,

Plumbing and Electrical.

All your Handyman needs

No Job too Big or Small

Over 30 Yrs. Exp. Lic.-Bond-Ins.

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614-332-3320

KLAUSMAN HOME

IMPROVEMENT

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Doors-Roofing-Soffit-

Fascia-Gutters-Trim

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Sidewalks, Decks

& Electrical Work

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.

Licensed-Bonded-Insured

Owner & Operator

James 614-419-7500

C&JHandyman

Services LLC

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Install Hot Water Tanks,

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All Interior Remodels

Also Fencing &

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Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines

614-284-2100

INFORMATION

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THE PROFESSIONALS

IN OUR

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For Service

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12/4 A

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Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

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$20 & Up

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PAINTING

Classified Services

12/18

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HANDYMAN SERVICES

614-235-1819

MultiCraft Const.

& Handyman Services

All Types Handyman Services:

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Kitchen/Baths

Window/doors installed

Interior Painting

Drywall Repairs

All Types of Flooring

Call/Text 614-774-2923

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Service

Over 40 yrs. exp.

Hot Water Tanks

Door Locks

Kitchen/Bath Remodels

Roofmg * Siding

Porches & Decks

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Free Est. Reas. Rates

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Plaster & Stucco

NEW AND

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Established 1917

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614-274-5629

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YWALL &

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614-551-6963

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All About Drains & Plumb.

Will snake any small drain

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MYERS

PLUMBING

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SEWING MACHINE

REPAIR

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.

service. Clean, oil, adjust

in your home. $49.95 all

work gtd. 614-890-5296

TREE SERVICES

BURNS TREE SERVICE

Trimming, Removal &

Stump Grinding.

614-584-2164

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In Entertainment

Actors save “e People

We Hate at the Wedding”

The Reel Deal

Dedra Cordle

The potential to be entertained abounds

when there are impending nuptials, especially

when the life milestone is explored

through the lens of books, cinema, or on the

small screen. For centuries, these matrimonial

events have showcased genuine and

heartfelt expressions of love, mined the

dynamics of a dysfunctional family, and

have descended into the realm of absurdity

with bizarre plots that revolve around

romantic rivals stealing the faces or bodies

of the bride as they prepare for their big

day. However the topic of a wedding is chosen

to be explored, chances are they are

going to be quite fun to witness through

this fictional lens and the latest film to

delve into the creatively inspiring world is

no exception.

In Prime Video’s new original movie,

“The People We Hate at the Wedding,” the

exploration of the event leans heavily on

the comedic side of the aisle but there is a

strong focus on the dynamics of a dysfunctional

family. What results is a mostly

humorous and occasionally charming look

at some unlikeable characters doing

unlikeable things as they try to resolve

their differences as the wedding of a once

dearly loved sister approaches.

At the center of this saga is the relationship

between siblings Alice (Kristen Bell),

Paul (Ben Platt) and their half-sister

Eloise (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). Sharing

the same mother, Donna (Allison Janney),

the trio had a tight bond throughout childhood

— this is despite the fact that Eloise

spends half the year in England with her

father, Henrique (Isaach De Bankole) — but

it slowly started to unravel when Alice and

Paul started to notice the wealth disparity

between their respective families.

Although they have always tried to maintain

some warmth toward their half-sister,

Alice and Paul eventually grew to resent

Eloise for her “ostentatious displays of

wealth, her haughty manner, and her meddling

in their lackluster jobs and lives.”

Like most mothers, all Donna wants is

for her children to get along, which is why

she is beyond ecstatic when she learns

Eloise is getting married. “It will be a

chance for all of my kids to come together

and repair their relationship,” she says.

For her part, Eloise feels the same way,

hoping this event will be a catalyst for

reconnection. For their part, Alice and Paul

want nothing to do with this wedding, with

their sister, and frankly, with their mother

who they feel has moved on too fast from

the death of their father. Naturally, the

duo end up going, mostly because it is an

all-expense paid trip to London. But that

does not mean they are going to like it, nor

does it mean they are going to be wellbehaved

on their

travels abroad.

It is a good thing

that almost all of the

actors in “The

People We Hate at

the Wedding” are so

charismatic because

the characters they play are often unlikeable

and they act out in ways that are hard

to sympathize with. Now, that is not to say

that every book or film or television show

has to have likeable characters at its center,

but it sometimes makes for a harder

read or watch when you are squirming

with second hand embarrassment over the

things they do or the things they say.

The very fact that the audience can, at

times, feel sorry for the characters is

another testament to the skill and charm of

the actors, but it does bring up some issues

with the script. Although wickedly sharp at

times, the story that was adapted by Lizzy

Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux by

a novel from Grant Ginder does not delve

too deeply into the motivations of the characters

so we cannot fully embrace their

acts of rebellion. At times, it just feels too

bratty and unjustified — which I suppose

can be a form of entertainment if the mood

hits just right.

Not everyone can enjoy watching films

that are filled with awkward moments —

director Claire Scanlon has a true talent

for staging the most cringe-worthy scenes —

but I think those who can tolerate it will

find some form of enjoyment from “The

People We Hate at the Wedding.” Not

everything they do hits, and some of the

more sincere and dramatic moments feel

out of place, but it will make you laugh,

and smile, and thank a deity that your

immediate family is not like theirs. And if

it is, well, try to turn that dynamic into a

book or a script because some people would

really enjoy it. Grade: C+

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff

writer and columnist.

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(Distribution: 6,300)

Andrea Cordle...................................Westside Editor

westside@ columbusmessenger.com

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