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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
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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
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
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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.
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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.
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,
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around the westside
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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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the one held at Highland
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year. Jackson encouraged
parents who were unable to
attend the night’s event to
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Franklin County Public Health has
launched Franklin County CARES, a onestop
addiction, recovery, and health data
Funded by the CDC Overdose Data to
Action Grant, the Franklin County
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Evaluation System (Franklin County
CARES) provides a one-stop resource for
comprehensive data on addiction, recovery,
and health for Franklin County residents
The user-friendly website was built with
a diverse array of Franklin County community
members in mind. Franklin County
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about their neighborhoods and surrounding
communities, while agencies addressing
the overdose epidemic can access the
data they need to plan and implement their
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
Demographic data and mapping features
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locations that have experienced and are
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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
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
• 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
• $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
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.
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groups that are suffering from disparities
and identify opportunities to close these
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
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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
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“No one can thrive without the security
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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
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.
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Westland area has new representation
By Hannah Poling
The Westland community will have a
new neighborhood liaison, who was introduced
at the November Westland Area
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,”
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
“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
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
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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
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.
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The Columbus Police Department teamed up with
volunteers to provide a Thanksgiving meal and some
holiday cheer to local families.
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Sahara Columbus delivered the Blessing Bags to
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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
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
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
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.
Sending holiday cheer to inmates
Although Christmas is supposed to be a festive time of joy and
hope spent with loved ones, for tens of thousands of prison
inmates in Ohio, Christmas is just is another day behind bars.
One central Ohio group believes it doesn’t have to be that way.
A local non-profit movement continues to make a positive
impact on the lives of Ohio’s prison inmate population each year
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
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
wrongly accused or falsely convicted. Other studies say at least
two thirds of today’s prison inmate population are people behind
bars because of substance use disorders.
This year, organizers of the movement plan to send out more
than 22,000 personalized cards, which is nearly half of Ohio’s
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.
“Regardless of our past, we all have the ability to write a future
that can change the world,” said Mic Mohler one of the movement’s
organizers. “Yes, they made mistakes. We all make mistakes.
However, we believe everyone deserves love and Christmas
joy, and we are dedicated to sending out cards every year to
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
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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
It is a good thing
that almost all of the
actors in “The
People We Hate at
the Wedding” are so
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.
Andrea Cordle...................................Westside Editor
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