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<strong>Messenger</strong><br />

<strong>Westside</strong><br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 - May 6, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIX, No. 21<br />

4220 W. Broad St.<br />

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Featuring<br />

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Jamming at<br />

the Jamboree<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Dedra Cordle<br />

Art enthusiasts and music lovers<br />

throughout the central Ohio region<br />

came out to the westside on <strong>April</strong> 15 to<br />

experience good art and great tunes at<br />

the Hilltop Spring Jamboree. Presented<br />

by Music Columbus in partnership with<br />

the Hilltop Arts Collective and We<br />

Amplify Voices, the festive event featured<br />

half-a-dozen musical acts, an<br />

instrument “petting zoo” where individuals<br />

could learn a new instrument courtesy<br />

of Music Loves Ohio and Music Go<br />

Round, and create-your-own art opportunities<br />

for beginners and experts alike.<br />

Pictured here during a set for The Real is<br />

lead vocalist Ariadne Francis. In addition<br />

to The Real, the Hilltop Spring<br />

Jamboree also featured performances<br />

from blucone, Dom Deshawn, Parker<br />

Louis, and Use Your Ears.<br />

See more jamboree photos on page 3.<br />

OneField for<br />

all abilities<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Dorothy Meadows did not want to let<br />

cerebral palsy get in the way of her dream<br />

of becoming a star soccer player, but sometimes<br />

she could not help but wonder<br />

whether the outdoor setting was going to<br />

keep her from reaching her potential.<br />

When Dorothy began playing the sport<br />

as a child, the athletic fields where the<br />

game was played did not look as it does<br />

today for individuals with special needs.<br />

“Back then, it was just dirt,” said her<br />

mother, Pamela Carter. “If we were lucky,<br />

it had boundary lines drawn on it.”<br />

Although her child knew that her<br />

wheelchair was bound to get dirty — so<br />

much so that the duo from Blacklick would<br />

See ONEFIELD page 4<br />

Inside<br />

Isla McQuade, a future chalk artist from<br />

the westside, puts a personal touch on<br />

the artwork that was near her station.<br />

Jeremiah Wilmer, 9, tests his skills on the guitar.<br />

Pets of the Week .................. 10<br />

The Reel Deal ........................ 11<br />

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City of Columbus appoints a new<br />

director of public service Page 6<br />

Celebrating 150 Years<br />

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South-Western City School District Board of Education president Anthony Caldwell (left) and vice-president<br />

Lee Schreiner (right) have been recognized with the Ohio School Boards Association’s STAR Training Award.<br />

“Stars’ in the school district<br />

South-Western City School District Board of<br />

Education president Anthony Caldwell and vice-president<br />

Lee Schreiner have been named recipients of the<br />

Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) STAR<br />

Training Award.<br />

The OSBA STAR Award program consists of four<br />

individual awards in the categories of: service, training,<br />

aptitude and recognition. The program is a pointsbased<br />

program where the OSBA recognizes board<br />

members who exceed certain thresholds based on the<br />

amount of time served on behalf of the schools and<br />

communities they represent.<br />

Caldwell and Schreiner received individual STAR<br />

Training Awards based on 200 or more points accrued<br />

in service through engagement in professional development<br />

events and activities offered by the OSBA and<br />

associate organizations such as the Consortium of<br />

State School Boards Associations.<br />

Annually, the OSBA Training Award is presented<br />

to a very select group of school board members. Of the<br />

more than 3,400 board members in Ohio, Caldwell and<br />

Schreiner are two of 29 who will receive the honor in<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Both were recognized at the central Ohio regional<br />

conference last month.<br />

COSI named as finalist for nation’s highest honor<br />

The Institute of Museum and Library Services<br />

announced that the Center of Science and Industry<br />

(COSI) is among 30 finalists for the <strong>2023</strong> National<br />

Medal for Museum and Library Service.<br />

COSI is one of only three institutions in Ohio to be<br />

selected as a finalist for this award.<br />

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor<br />

given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant<br />

impact in their communities. For more than<br />

25 years, the award has honored institutions that<br />

demonstrate excellence in service to their communities.<br />

“COSI is honored to be recognized among such a<br />

notable and distinguished selection of IMLS National<br />

Medal Finalists,” said Dr. Frederic Bertley, president<br />

and CEO of COSI. “At COSI we know that science is<br />

everywhere and for everyone; and with our ONE<br />

TEAM philosophy we strive to design inclusive, engaging<br />

and inspiring STEAM-based experiences for local<br />

and global communities. Standing beside our colleague<br />

culturals and libraries, as innovative impactful institutions,<br />

is an exciting validation of our efforts. I congratulate<br />

all 29 other finalists and celebrate their<br />

respective contributions. Indeed, it takes a village!”<br />

“So many museums and libraries across the country<br />

are committed to providing programs that are vital to<br />

the health and growth of engaged communities. We are<br />

very proud to announce the 30 finalists for this year’s<br />

IMLS National Medal,” said IMLS Director Crosby<br />

Kemper. “These institutions represent the best of what<br />

museums and libraries do for their communities.”<br />

To celebrate this honor, IMLS is encouraging<br />

COSI’s community members to share stories, memories,<br />

pictures, and videos on social media using the<br />

hashtags #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals, and<br />

engage with IMLS on Twitter, Facebook and<br />

Instagram. For information visit the IMLS website.<br />

National Medal winners will be announced in May.<br />

Representatives from winning institutions will be honored<br />

for their extraordinary contributions during an<br />

in-person National Medals Ceremony this summer.<br />

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about<br />

the National Medal, visit the IMLS website.

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<strong>April</strong> Wu adds a flower to the public mural.<br />

South Central<br />

Hilltop Spring Cleanup<br />

The 21st annual South Central Hilltop<br />

Block Watch Spring Cleanup will be held<br />

from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6. Participants<br />

will meet at the neighborhood park behind<br />

Burroughs Elementary School, 551 S.<br />

Mother’s Day<br />

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but volunteers are welcome to bring their<br />

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joke that they would have to make a pass<br />

through the car wash afterward — Dorothy<br />

was willing to be coated with as much<br />

sand, silt, and clay as possible in order to<br />

play the game that she loved.<br />

Throughout the years, recreation fields<br />

started to adapt more to children and<br />

adults who need to use walkers and wheelchairs<br />

and other mobility tools to safely get<br />

around but even those had their own set of<br />

drawbacks.<br />

“The grass fields were many steps above<br />

the dirt fields that she played on when she<br />

was a child,” said Carter, “but she would<br />

always have to stay on the sidelines if the<br />

conditions on the ground were not right.”<br />

For instance, they had thought that a<br />

grass field had properly dried from a previous<br />

rain event but soon realized that was<br />

not the case when Dorothy’s wheelchair<br />

got stuck in the mud. While she may have<br />

wanted to push through these conditions<br />

in order to play, she soon became exasperated<br />

by the poor field conditions that kept<br />

her from the game.<br />

“Dorothy does not like to quit at anything<br />

but it was a challenge for her to want<br />

to stick with soccer when the outdoor fields<br />

that they play on kept putting obstacles in<br />

her way,” said Carter.<br />

Lisa George said that is a frustration<br />

she knows all too well.<br />

For the past decade, George has been<br />

the director of TOPSoccer Columbus, a<br />

community-based outreach program that<br />

teaches children and adults living with<br />

mental or physical disabilities how to play<br />

the game. She said she can see the mounting<br />

stress that crosses their faces when<br />

their walkers or wheelchairs get stuck in<br />

the mud or when they lose their balance<br />

because the ground has lost its level.<br />

“You can literally see all of these struggles<br />

impact their joy of playing soccer,” she<br />

said. “We want people to enjoy the sport, to<br />

feel safe while they are playing it, and not<br />

have to worry about whether their walkers<br />

are going to stick in the ground or whether<br />

the wheels on their wheelchairs are going<br />

to lock because the ground is making it<br />

impossible to move.”<br />

George said as someone who comes from<br />

a family who “eats, lives, and breathes soccer,”<br />

allowing these field conditions to sap<br />

about the happiness that is found through<br />

this sport for people of all abilities was just<br />

unacceptable.<br />

“Something had to be done about it,”<br />

she said.<br />

Although she did not know it at the<br />

time, officials in Prairie Township were<br />

sharing her thoughts. When discussions<br />

began to build up the land that would later<br />

become the Galloway Sports Complex,<br />

township leaders wanted to include an athletic<br />

field that was specifically designed for<br />

athletes with special needs in mind.<br />

“We started this project because we all<br />

believe that no one should be sidelined<br />

because of a disability,” said James Jewell,<br />

township administrator.<br />

In 2016, the township, local business<br />

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Athletes, coaches, and supporters of TOPSoccer Columbus, an outreach program that is designed to teach children and adults with<br />

special needs how to play the game, gathered at the Galloway Sports Complex on <strong>April</strong> 8 to celebrate the grand opening of a new<br />

athletic field that was created specifically with their abilities in mind. According to Prairie Township Administrator James Jewell, the<br />

artificial turf at the OneField is composed of ceramic coated sand which will allow individuals who use walkers and wheelchairs to<br />

have peace of mind knowing that their equipment will not get stuck in the grass while playing and it also has multiple layers of<br />

padding underneath to prevent concussions during the occasional fall while going after the ball. “Our hope is the artificial field will<br />

be a place where families and children with all abilities will connect to other families like them and provide a safe environment that<br />

eliminates the fear of being different,” he said. “Our expectation is that through the addition of the artificial turf field, central Ohio<br />

will become a more open, welcoming, accepting, and inclusive community.”<br />

partners and community advocates teamed<br />

up with George and TOPSoccer Columbus<br />

representatives to begin a massive outreach<br />

effort to seek state grants and<br />

fundraise to build a “one-of-a-kind” soccer<br />

complex on Galloway Road.<br />

Woody Woodward, the executive director<br />

of the Ohio Parks and Recreation<br />

Association, said although he was heartened<br />

by their mission to build a complex<br />

like the one they had in mind, he was a tad<br />

skeptical that it would actually be accomplished.<br />

“I thought that it sounded great but it<br />

might be a little ambitious,” he admitted.<br />

He said he stood corrected during an<br />

official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate<br />

the grand opening of the OneField at<br />

the Galloway Sports Complex on <strong>April</strong> 8.<br />

“It is amazing what can happen when<br />

people come together,” he said.<br />

According to Jewell, the artificial turf on<br />

the OneField is made out of ceramic coated<br />

sand so it will not stick to walkers and<br />

wheelchairs or other mobility devices that<br />

they players use. It was also made with<br />

additional layers of padding in order to<br />

reduce concussions should they lose their<br />

balance while pushing the ball down the<br />

pitch.<br />

The design of the field will also alleviate<br />

flooding concerns as there is a stormwater<br />

sewer underneath the field that will push<br />

excess water toward the wetland in the<br />

adjacent field — a measure that Carter says<br />

will keep her child and all others with<br />

wheelchairs on the field.<br />

“No more tires getting stuck in the<br />

mud,” she said. “We are so excited.”<br />

During the ceremony, Dorothy and her<br />

TOPSoccer Columbus teammates were<br />

able to learn the layout of the artificial turf<br />

— which can be used to hold multiple games<br />

simultaneously - before the season officially<br />

kicked-off on <strong>April</strong> 15. She worked on<br />

her dribbling skills and she glided across<br />

the smooth surface.<br />

She couldn’t help but give a wide grin as<br />

she came to the sideline.<br />

“It’s really nice,” she said.<br />

She encouraged others to learn the<br />

game so they too can reach their dreams of<br />

becoming a soccer star.<br />

Unlike the other athletic fields at the<br />

Galloway Sports Complex, permits are<br />

needed to access the OneField. Saturday<br />

mornings in the spring have been reserved<br />

for TOPSoccer Columbus but those wanting<br />

to use the field can inquire about availability<br />

by visiting Prairie Township’s website<br />

at prairietownship.org or by calling<br />

recreation director Michael Pollack at 614-<br />

982-2126.<br />

Dorothy Meadows, a multi-sport athlete<br />

from Blacklick, works on her dribbling<br />

skills on the in-field. Meadows, 26, has<br />

been playing sports since she was 5. She<br />

gave the new artificial turf her seal of<br />

approval. “It’s really nice,” she said.

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Community Focus<br />

County uses grants to promote equity in healthcare<br />

The Franklin County Commissioners<br />

announced new grants totaling $1.6 million<br />

to community partner organizations for the<br />

purpose of promoting equity in healthcare<br />

for Franklin County residents.<br />

The nine grant recipients and their initiatives<br />

were chosen from among more<br />

than 50 applicants because of their focus on<br />

reducing disparities in health outcomes<br />

primarily for populations that have been<br />

historically underserved by high-quality<br />

healthcare and health services.<br />

“All of Franklin County’s residents<br />

deserve to have their basic healthcare<br />

needs met and to benefit from the large and<br />

modern healthcare infrastructure we have<br />

in place in Franklin County,” said Board of<br />

Commissioners president, John O’Grady.<br />

“Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case yet.<br />

Health outcomes like other life outcomes<br />

continue to depend on what zip code somebody<br />

lives in, their race or ethnicity, and<br />

how much money they have. These grants<br />

are an acknowledgement of those disparities<br />

and a first step toward reducing them.”<br />

The new grants are administered by the<br />

commissioners’ Community Partnership<br />

agency which has made similar grants<br />

since 2021, and which oversaw more than<br />

$10.5 million in total grant funding last<br />

year. Recipient organizations include the<br />

Children’s Hunger Alliance and the<br />

Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, both<br />

of which are expanding their nutritional<br />

support for at-risk youth, and the Cancer<br />

Support Community of Central Ohio and<br />

Physicians CareConnection, which are<br />

working to reduce barriers to care, including<br />

by providing education and other culturally<br />

appropriate services. In addition,<br />

Catholic Social Services will use the funding<br />

to provide preventative health measures<br />

aimed at central Ohio’s Hispanic population,<br />

Lutheran Social Services will use<br />

it to address health concerns for residents<br />

of the Faith Mission and CHOICES domestic<br />

violence shelters, and OhioHealth’s<br />

grant will go to maternal health and infant<br />

mortality efforts.<br />

“If there is anything that the recent pandemic<br />

has shown, it is that not everyone in<br />

our community is equally affected by issues<br />

of health and healthcare, and that there is<br />

a lot of work to be done to ensure that we’re<br />

succeeding together as a community in this<br />

area,” said commissioner Kevin Boyce.<br />

“Black and Brown residents are not only<br />

dealing with higher rates of some diseases<br />

and lower life expectancies, but also aren’t<br />

as likely to be able to get their kids in to see<br />

a doctor when they’re sick, let alone having<br />

access to things like prescriptions or mental<br />

or physical therapy.”<br />

Applicants for the new health equity<br />

grants were required to not only show that<br />

they are providing healthcare to residents<br />

in need, but that they are also focused on<br />

long-term improvements in health outcomes,<br />

and also on moving health equity<br />

forward within the organization and with<br />

its partners. The commissioners’ 2019 Rise<br />

Together Blueprint for Addressing Poverty<br />

in Franklin County identified disparate<br />

health outcomes as both a symptom and<br />

cause of poverty in our community.<br />

“A lot of our neighbors were just getting<br />

by even before the pandemic, and are only<br />

starting to get back on their feet now,” said<br />

commissioner Erica C. Crawley. “A large<br />

part of our mission as elected officials is to<br />

see to it that Franklin County families<br />

have the tools they need not just to survive,<br />

but to thrive, and working on issues of<br />

equity is at the top of our list as we do that.<br />

It is simply not acceptable that because of<br />

their race or the neighborhood they live in,<br />

people’s lives are cut short due to poorer<br />

health outcomes.”<br />

Franklin County Commissioners <strong>2023</strong><br />

Health Equity Grant Recipients<br />

•Cancer Support Community of Central<br />

Ohio: $150,000 to focus on reducing barriers<br />

to caner care, providing appropriate<br />

support, education, programs, and wraparound<br />

services for individuals impacted by<br />

cancer and who are disproportionately<br />

affected by health disparities<br />

•Catholic Social Services Inc.: $50,000<br />

to provide preventative health measures<br />

such as vaccines, mammograms, and<br />

behavioral health and education to Central<br />

Ohio’s Hispanic population<br />

•Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio:<br />

$150,000 to expand the heart healthy<br />

nutritional access program to all patients<br />

•Children’s Hunger Alliance: $150,000<br />

to provide healthy and nutritious meals to<br />

children at risk for food insecurity in<br />

Franklin County<br />

•FESTA: $8,000 to highlight the need<br />

for fitness to address physical and mental<br />

health among young people<br />

•Lutheran Social Services: $50,000 to<br />

provide diabetes and hypertension education<br />

to residents in the Faith Mission and<br />

CHOICES populations<br />

•OhioHealth Cooperation: $125,000 to<br />

provide comprehensive prenatal, postpartum,<br />

and women’s health care to women<br />

residing in Franklin County’s infant mortality<br />

hotspots<br />

•Physicians CareConnection: $500,000<br />

to provide high-touch care coordination<br />

that includes culturally and linguistically<br />

appropriate services<br />

•PrimaryOne Health: $500,000 to offer<br />

a broad range of services and programs to<br />

meet the health needs of women and their<br />

families<br />

For more information on the Franklin<br />

County Board of Commissioners, visit commissioners.franklincountyohio.gov.<br />

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Columbus appoints a new public safety director<br />

The Budget<br />

Process<br />

Continues<br />

As I outlined in my last communication with you,<br />

approving the fiscal year 2024-25 Ohio biennial<br />

budget by June 30 is the top priority of the<br />

General Assembly during the first portion of its<br />

<strong>2023</strong>-24 term.<br />

During my brief tenure on the five-member<br />

House Finance K12 Subcommittee, we have<br />

conducted hearings to obtain input from citizens<br />

and organizations that are stakeholders in our<br />

entire educational system. I also have held individual<br />

meetings with interested parties to gain as<br />

clear of an understanding as possible what our<br />

policy and spending priorities should be. Individually<br />

and collectively, our subcommittee has<br />

made recommendations to the full 33-member<br />

House Finance Committee.<br />

The Ohio Constitution requires that we fund our<br />

K12 schools in a thorough and efficient manner.<br />

To that end, the Legislature established the Fair<br />

School Funding Task Force, consisting mostly of<br />

K12 education professionals, to identify the<br />

precise costs involved in providing a fair and<br />

adequate education to all of our young people.<br />

The resulting Fair School Funding Plan (FSFP)<br />

takes into account the variety of characteristics of<br />

Ohio’s 611 public school districts and their related<br />

enrollment size, property wealth, and student demographics,<br />

among others. To implement fully<br />

the FSFP will require six years, of which this<br />

budget represents years three and four.<br />

My priority is to keep our state on track to meet<br />

this objective, which means both continuing the<br />

funding phase-in and updating the base numbers<br />

from those of 2018 to 2022, the most recent year<br />

for which we have complete data. The result will<br />

be an increase in the state’s share of overall school<br />

funding, which will lessen the reliance on local<br />

property taxes.<br />

The cost of this phase of implementation will be<br />

more than an additional $1 billion annually. Fortunately,<br />

revenues have exceeded projections<br />

during the last two years. So, it appears that the<br />

funds can be available should the Legislature prioritize<br />

them in this way. Because the surplus may<br />

be large enough, the Legislature also is considering<br />

enacting a state income tax cut to return a<br />

part of the collected funds to our taxpayers.<br />

I also have proposed amendments related to science<br />

and mathematics initiatives, gifted education,<br />

and advanced placement course testing. In<br />

addition, I am joining with a number of colleagues<br />

to request a comprehensive study to identify and<br />

quantify the extra costs of educating children that<br />

come from economically disadvantaged situations,<br />

which now amount to about 48% of our student<br />

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Mayor Andrew Ginther announced that<br />

Kate McSweeney-Pishotti has been<br />

appointed the Columbus Director of Public<br />

Safety.<br />

McSweeney-Pishotti succeeds Robert<br />

Clark, who was recently named Vice<br />

President of Public Safety at the<br />

Philadelphia Housing Authority.<br />

“Kate brings a wealth of experience<br />

gained over more than three decades of<br />

public service in criminal justice, neighborhood<br />

safety and public policy,” said<br />

Ginther. “The relationships she’s forged<br />

with community stakeholders and with<br />

Columbus police and fire, combined with<br />

her deep commitment to the residents of<br />

Columbus, will ensure her success.”<br />

McSweeney-Pishotti is the first woman<br />

to serve as safety director. Most recently,<br />

she served as deputy chief of staff for<br />

Ginther, acting as the liaison to the department<br />

of public safety and working closely<br />

with the divisions of fire, police and support<br />

services. McSweeney-Pishotti will<br />

oversee more than 3,700 uniformed and<br />

civilian employees and an annual budget<br />

exceeding $700 million. She will also work<br />

closely with the newly formed office of violence<br />

prevention to advance non-law<br />

enforcement-based strategies to continue<br />

to reduce violent crime in Columbus.<br />

“I am honored and humbled by this<br />

incredible opportunity to lead the department<br />

of public safety,” said McSweeney-<br />

Pishotti. “It is an immense responsibility,<br />

but one I am prepared to accept. I am eager<br />

to continue the great work we’ve started, to<br />

support the women and men who keep our<br />

city safe, and to continue to advance<br />

change and reform our residents expect.”<br />

As deputy chief of staff, McSweeney-<br />

Pishotti helped implement the city’s firstever<br />

Civilian Police Review Board and the<br />

establishment of the Office of the Inspector<br />

General. She championed the Rapid<br />

Response Emergency Addiction Crisis<br />

Team, linking residents who experienced<br />

an overdose with treatment. She also<br />

helped guide the development of the Right<br />

Response Unit, which imbeds social workers<br />

and clinicians with 911 dispatchers to<br />

provide a holistic emergency response. She<br />

was also integral to the creation of the<br />

Public Safety Wellness Center — one of the<br />

first of its kind in the nation.<br />

McSweeney-Pishotti previously served<br />

as deputy director for the department of<br />

public safety following 18 years of service<br />

to Columbus City Council in the legislative<br />

research office and as an aide. Prior to<br />

that, she worked as a probation officer and<br />

as a bailiff for the Franklin County Court<br />

of Common Pleas. She holds a master’s<br />

degree in criminal justice administration<br />

from Tiffin University and a bachelor’s<br />

degree from the University of Dayton.<br />



Mayor Andrew Ginther announced that<br />

Kate McSweeney-Pishotti (above) has<br />

been appointed the Columbus Director of<br />

Public Safety. McSweeney-Pishotti succeeds<br />

Robert Clark, who was recently<br />

named Vice President of Public Safety at<br />

the Philadelphia Housing Authority.<br />

community events<br />

Health Fair in Prairie Twp.<br />

The Prairie Township Community<br />

Center will host a Health Fair from 10<br />

a.m. to 12 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 29 at 5955 West<br />

Broad St. The free event will feature<br />

numerous vendors and include free screenings<br />

from Ohio Health and exercise<br />

demonstrations. For additional information,<br />

visit prairietownship.org.<br />

Touch-a-Truck<br />

Prairie Township will host a touch-atruck<br />

event from 12 to 2 p.m. May 20 at the<br />

Galloway Road Sports Complex, 1503<br />

Galloway Road. This free event offers local<br />

children the opportunity to get an up-close<br />

look at some of the trucks they see on the<br />

roadways. For additional information, visit<br />

prairietownship.org.<br />

Community Fest<br />

Franklinton Prep High School, located<br />

at 40 Chicago Ave. in Columbus is hosting<br />

a Community Fest on May 25 from 9 a.m.<br />

to 12 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity<br />

to talk to vendors and collect material<br />

about resources in the community for<br />

healthy living. There will be give-aways,<br />

free food and complimentary face-painting.<br />

For more information, contact Jackie<br />

Jenkins, student success coordinator at<br />


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Columbus author publishes children’s book to prevent bullying<br />

By Sarah Slayman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Paula Neal is a Columbus based author focusing on teaching<br />

clinical strategies to prevent early childhood bullying through<br />

story.<br />

Her first book, “I’m Gonna Have A Good Day!” was released in<br />

June of 2019, with her sequel “Breath, Gabby, Breath!” to be<br />

released next month.<br />

Neal graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree<br />

in early childhood education, and has used her studies for 25 years<br />

through roles in preschool administration.<br />

At her workplaces, she noted that bullying began at preschool<br />

age. She began to watch how the treatment certain kids were<br />

receiving were deeply affecting them and deserved far more attention<br />

than a simple slap on the wrist.<br />

She began asking questions about what made the child say<br />

what they did and gave room for the other child to speak about<br />

how it made them feel. She watched the frequency of bullying<br />

begin to decrease as an effect. Her staff then received professional<br />

training by Dr. Becky Bailey, who focuses on conscious discipline<br />

to aid social and emotional development. This tactic essentially<br />

uses technique to help calm the child and bring them to a level<br />

space prior to instilling any sort of discipline.<br />

“You have to have strategies for children and get to the root of<br />

what’s bothering them,” said Neal, adding that, though prepping<br />

for kindergarten is priority, the social and emotional development<br />

of these children is more critical.<br />

Neal responded to this newfound issue by authoring her first<br />

book, “I’m Gonna Have A Good Day”. The story follows a young<br />

girl named Gabby who relentlessly aims to have a good day, but<br />

rather falls into spells of rage and disrespect, and experiences no<br />

technique other than time out. Her disappointment in her inability<br />

to change and have a good day continues. This book has no real<br />

conclusion, but is rather used as a prompt for conversations about<br />

her behavior with kids, and leads to her sequel.<br />

Neal’s second book, “Breath Gabby Breath,” tells of Bailey’s<br />

training by showing the effectiveness of conscious discipline, particularly<br />

breathwork. It shows the gradient of Gabby’s ability to<br />

self regulate with help, and her peer’s ability to show their former<br />

bully compassion, offer friendship, and support her newfound<br />

calming technique. The sequel’s conclusion also communicates<br />

that, considering Gabby’s struggle to implement these strategies,<br />

though she didn't necessarily have a good day, it was a much better<br />

day, and that was more than enough.<br />

Neal believes that, to eliminate the repercussions that kids<br />

experience in middle or high school, we need to respond now at the<br />

birth of these destructive habits.<br />

Neal’s background ranges from low-income neighborhoods to<br />

elite private schools, showing that it is an issue unrelated to any<br />

socioeconomic status and all children can benefit from guidance in<br />

social and emotional development.<br />

It’s hard to acknowledge that toddlers are capable of bullying,<br />

but it’s even harder to help them recover from all the damage done<br />

later in life by allowing that behavior at such a formative age.<br />

Children are initially more aware of these dynamics than one<br />

would think, and are capable of developing compassion and strategies<br />

to remedy the issue.<br />

A young student demonstrated this at one of Neal’s local readings<br />

by responding to “I’m Gonna Have A Good Day” by saying, “I<br />

would become her friend and ask her what was going on.”<br />

Kids are absorbent and willing, but just need to be equipped<br />

with the tools.<br />

Neal’s books are available through her website,<br />

Paulajohnsonneal.com, as well as most all Columbus Metropolitan<br />

Libraries. She is available for readings at local schools.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Sarah Slayman<br />

Paula Neal is a Columbus based author<br />

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to prevent early childhood bullying<br />

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New cars have been costly for quite<br />

some time, but those costs have spiked considerably<br />

since the onset of the COVID-19<br />

pandemic. That unprecedented rise has led<br />

many motorists to wonder how they can get<br />

more mileage out of their existing vehicles.<br />

According to data from Kelley Blue Book<br />

and Cox Automotive, the average cost of a<br />

new car in September 2021 was just over<br />

$45,000. That marked a $3,000 increase<br />

from June 2021 and a $5,000 increase from<br />

the end of 2020.<br />

Drivers who can’t afford to keep up with<br />

the rising cost of new vehicles can take<br />

these steps to keep their existing cars running<br />

smoothly for years to come.<br />

• Take care of the timing belt. Engines<br />

may get all the glory, but they cannot run<br />

smoothly without a fully functional timing<br />

belt. Engines need various components to<br />

do their job, and those components must do<br />

so at the right time for the engine to run<br />

smoothly. Fully functional timing belts<br />

help to synchronize movements, but belts<br />

must be replaced every so often. Owner’s<br />

manuals may note when to replace the timing<br />

belt, but they generally must be<br />

How to get the most out of an older vehicle<br />

replaced every 60,000 to 105,000 miles.<br />

That’s infrequent, but drivers can ask their<br />

mechanics to keep an eye on their timing<br />

belts. One issue many drivers encountered<br />

in the early months of the pandemic when<br />

people were driving less frequently was<br />

timing belts that were failing long before<br />

they reached the projected mile markers.<br />

That’s because infrequent driving can hasten<br />

the demise of the timing belt. This is<br />

something for aging drivers who no longer<br />

drive a lot to keep in mind.<br />

• Take care of the brakes and associated<br />

components. The experts at Popular<br />

Mechanics urge drivers of older vehicles to<br />

replace their brake fluid every two years.<br />

Popular Mechanics also advises drivers<br />

whose cars are more than seven years old<br />

to replace the rubber brake lines when<br />

major brake work is required.<br />

• Pay attention to oil levels. The older<br />

engines get, the more oil they’re going to<br />

burn. So drivers of older vehicles should<br />

check their oil levels more often than they<br />

would if their vehicles were brand new.<br />

This also is a great way to discover leaks<br />

before they lead to potentially significant<br />

issues.<br />

• Don’t skip maintenance appointments.<br />

Even if you’re still driving less due<br />

to the pandemic, it’s best not to skip recommended<br />

maintenance intervals. That’s true<br />

for drivers of all cars, but especially those<br />

whose vehicles are aging. Routine tune-ups<br />

and oil changes, which may need to become<br />

more frequent the older the vehicle gets,<br />

can keep cars running smoothly and protect<br />

the engine over the long haul.<br />

The rising cost of new cars is compelling<br />

millions of drivers to keep their cars longer<br />

than they might have anticipated. Some<br />

simple maintenance measures can help<br />

those cars run strong for years to come.<br />


Where the customer matters!<br />

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical<br />

Schools will host its annual Adult Workforce<br />

Development Information Night on <strong>April</strong> 27, giving<br />

area residents the opportunity to explore programs<br />

that prepare adult students for careers in<br />

the medical field, the trades, and law enforcement.<br />

The Adult Workforce Information Night will<br />

be held at Eastland Career Center and Fairfield<br />

Career Center at 6:30 p.m. on <strong>April</strong> 27. Those<br />

attending the event will have the opportunity to<br />

learn about the programs Eastland-Fairfield offers<br />

to adult students, tour the campus and training<br />

facilities, meet instructors and staff, and ask any<br />

questions. Interested individuals are encouraged<br />

to visit the campus where your program or programs<br />

of interest are located.<br />

Programs offered at Eastland Career Center in<br />

Groveport include: Welding, HVAC, Plumbing,<br />

Facilities Maintenance, Basic Police Officer<br />

Training *, State Tested Nurse Assistant (STNA),<br />

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high-quality service and customer satisfaction.<br />

From batteries to engine changes and anything in<br />

between, Dave Hix and his staff put the customer<br />

first, while providing quick service and fair pricing<br />

on all of your automotive needs.<br />

Thanks go to our great employees, loyal customers<br />

and community in making D.A.R.T.<br />

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Adam Miller<br />


News from the<br />

Statehouse<br />

Late last month, I had the honor of joining<br />

State Representative Jean Schmidt for a<br />

signing ceremony with Governor DeWine<br />

for House Bill 178, otherwise known as<br />

Makenna’s Law. We were joined by the<br />

family of the bill’s namesake in the Governor’s<br />

Ceremonial Office to celebrate making<br />

child protection in Ohio stronger,<br />

something that is a priority for Rep.<br />

Schmidt and myself.<br />

What made this event so special was not<br />

just that we were making water parks and<br />

splash pads safer, but how we accomplished<br />

this. Representative Schmidt is a<br />

conservative Republican, and I am a<br />

Democrat. If you believe some people on<br />

social media and cable news, you would<br />

think we cannot, or will not agree, on anything.<br />

Fortunately, the talking heads are<br />

wrong.<br />

Makenna’s law was introduced on March<br />

4th, 2021. The signing ceremony with the<br />

Governor was nearly two years later. The<br />

bill went through the House Committee,<br />

the House floor, the Senate Committee,<br />

the Senate floor, all before it finally reached<br />

the Governor’s desk. Two years of hard<br />

work resulted in a bill that will make Ohio<br />

safer for kids. The bill passed both chambers<br />

of the General Assembly with overwhelming<br />

bipartisan support.<br />

The cynics of the legislature and the skeptics<br />

of the political process often win the<br />

day. We do not hear enough about bipartisan<br />

efforts, like HB 178, that make our<br />

state a better place. We can - and do - work<br />

together, and when we do, Ohio wins.<br />

We have a lot of work ahead of us on issues<br />

like healthcare, capital punishment, school<br />

funding, and inclusiveness. While I will not<br />

always agree with my colleagues, I will<br />

work with those willing to look not for<br />

what divides us, but what unites us. Thousands<br />

of Ohio’s children will be protected<br />

at water parks because two state legislators<br />

decided to focus on what they agreed<br />

on rather than what divided them.<br />

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Pet Corner<br />

Pets of the week<br />

Walter is a senior<br />

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a kind lady decided<br />

he needed a better<br />

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He would love to find<br />

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These furry friends are available<br />

for adoption at local<br />

rescues and shelters<br />

Emma is 2 years old.<br />

Her kittens have all<br />

been adopted and<br />

she is looking for her<br />

turn for a furever<br />

home. She is not<br />

happy in her foster<br />

home because some<br />

of the other cats<br />

chase her. She needs<br />

a home with fewer cats and with someone<br />

who will work with her to gain her trust. Emma<br />

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Adopt her from Friends for Life Animal Haven<br />

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Cristina is a playful,<br />

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loves to fetch. If<br />

you’ve got a ball and<br />

chuck it, she will<br />

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pure joy. She is a<br />

goofy gal who loves<br />

to cuddle. Cristina is<br />

okay with other dogs<br />

but should be introduced<br />

before adoption. She does not do well<br />

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Nominate a veteran<br />

for Hall of Fame<br />

The deadline for submitting nominations<br />

for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is<br />

fast approaching and the organization<br />

would like to hear from those who know<br />

former service members who are excelling<br />

and making a difference in society.<br />

The Hall of Fame recognizes those who<br />

served in the U.S. Armed Forces and continue<br />

to contribute to their communities,<br />

state, and nation through exceptional acts<br />

of volunteerism, advocacy, professional<br />

distinction, public service, or philanthropy.<br />

Each year, the Ohio Veterans Hall of<br />

Fame inducts up to 20 veterans based on<br />

recommendations from an executive committee<br />

of veterans from throughout the<br />

state and approval from the governor of<br />

Ohio.<br />

The deadline to submit nomination<br />

forms for consideration for the <strong>2023</strong> class<br />

of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is June<br />

1.<br />

To be considered, the veteran must<br />

meet the following criteria:<br />

• Be a past or current Ohio resident<br />

• Have received an honorable discharge<br />

• Be of good moral character<br />

This Hall of Fame sets the standard for<br />

recognizing Ohio’s veterans for accomplishments<br />

beyond their military service.<br />

In addition, it is a fitting way to say “thank<br />

you for your service to our nation and<br />

thank you for your continued service to our<br />

communities.”<br />

Guidelines, a sample nomination, and<br />

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around the westside<br />

Free legal advice<br />

at Westland Library<br />

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus will<br />

offer free legal advice the first Monday of<br />

each month at the Westland Area Library,<br />

4740 West Broad St. Representatives will<br />

be on hand from 4 to 6 p.m. to discuss noncriminal<br />

legal matters like health benefits,<br />

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Star Wars and<br />

Superhero Celebration<br />

The Columbia Heights United<br />

Methodist Church is hosting a Star Wars<br />

and Superhero Celebration from 6 to 8<br />

p.m. on May 6 at 775 Galloway Road in<br />

Galloway. The event will feature free<br />

games, crafts, snacks and photos with<br />

Millennium Falcon cockpit and Superhero<br />

backgrounds. Come dressed in your<br />

favorite superhero or Star Wars costume.<br />

Donations will be accepted. To RSVP or for<br />

more information, contact Duane McVay<br />

at 614-400-5669.

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In Entertainment<br />

“Rye Lane” is sure to make you smile<br />

It would be unfair to say that all of the romantic<br />

comedies that have been released in the past few years<br />

have been bad, but it would also be inaccurate to say<br />

that a majority of those movies have that special quality<br />

that makes them become a staple in the rewatch<br />

rotation. In the case of the latest addition to this genre,<br />

“Rye Lane” has that special quality and I believe it will<br />

surely shoot up to the top of those pick-me-up comfort<br />

lists for those who have the chance to see it on Hulu.<br />

To be clear, there is nothing wildly out-of-the-ordinary<br />

about the plot in “Rye Lane” — after all, it still follows<br />

that well-worn path of opposites meetings, opposites<br />

attracting, and then opposites being pulled apart<br />

through complications of their own making — but the<br />

story of those two opposites unfolds in such a vibrant<br />

and joyous way that you cannot help but fall in love<br />

with the duo and the movie despite how little the<br />

action veers from the tried and true formula of its<br />

predecessors in the genre.<br />

At the center of this romantic comedy is Dom (David<br />

Jonsson), a semi-successful twenty-something who is<br />

still reeling from the sudden end of his 6-year relationship<br />

with his “dream woman.” Since the split — which<br />

involved a betrayal with his best friend since childhood<br />

— Dom has done little with his life other than go to<br />

work and gorge on sausage rolls from his favorite diner<br />

in South London but an art exhibit that showcases the<br />

importance of the mouth - “it’s the Stonehenge of the<br />

face,” says his exhibitor friend — finally gets him out of<br />

his parent’s house.<br />

As he is browsing the pictures of a stranger’s teeth,<br />

he checks his phone and sees that his ex-girlfriend Gia<br />

(Karene Peter) and his ex-best friend Eric (Benjamin<br />

Sarpong-Broni) have repainted the walls that he spent<br />

months “breaking his back” doing. The evidence of<br />

them moving on, essentially erasing his presence from<br />

the flat, sends him to the bathroom so he can have a<br />

private moment.<br />

His private moment — which involves him sobbing<br />

hysterically in the restroom — is interrupted by someone<br />

in the unisex stall next to his. Profoundly apologetic<br />

for the awkwardness, Yas (Vivian Oparah) asks<br />

him if he needs help with anything but Dom essentially<br />

tells her to move on.<br />

A bit later, Yas strikes up a conversation<br />

with the more collected Dom and the two<br />

have such an easy rapport that they decide<br />

to keep it going outside of the mouth-filled<br />

walls. This action takes the audience to the<br />

places in London we rarely get to see in the<br />

cinema, and director Raine Allen-Miller<br />

makes all of these charming and romantic<br />

nooks that are prevalent in South London<br />

secondary characters in the movie. These<br />

places are as colorful and vibrant as Dom<br />

and Yas, both opening up and sharing their<br />

tales of woe with their most recent relationships<br />

and bonding over their love for all of<br />

these spots throughout Peckham and<br />

Brixton.<br />

There are multiple factors that make<br />

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these scenes so special. There<br />

are the conversations, which<br />

seems so real and modern — a<br />

true credit to writers Nathan<br />

Byron and Tom Melia; there are<br />

the locations that I mentioned,<br />

so expertly brought to life by<br />

Allen-Miller; and then there is<br />

the chemistry between the characters Dom and Yas<br />

and the actors who portray them. It has long been said<br />

that romantic comedies live or die by the chemistry<br />

between the main leads and these two have it in<br />

spades. It will truly put a smile on your face to see<br />

them taking those quick little glances at the other<br />

when they think they are not being observed.<br />

Although we are treated to so many cute moments<br />

between these opposites — Dom is quiet and sensitive<br />

and wears his heart on his sleeve while Yas is a bit<br />

more guarded in every facet of her life — any romantic<br />

comedy fan knows that there is the inevitable conflict<br />

that could keep them apart. Not so surprising given<br />

the tone in the rest of the movie, their conflict also<br />

feels real and is easily something any one of us could<br />

get caught up in as we try to make a positive impression<br />

on others.<br />

While there are some gripes to be had with the film,<br />

such as the underdevelopment of the secondary characters,<br />

“Rye Lane” is a wonderful and uplifting film<br />

that will pretty much make you laugh and smile<br />

throughout its scant 82 minute run-time. It is not as<br />

over the top or as fantastical as other romantic comedies,<br />

but it is real and magical all at the same time.<br />

Grade: A-<br />

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chair), Diane Lowery Offenberger (treasurer); (back row) Vida Fulton Williams (past president/communications-social<br />

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Veteran services offered through state<br />

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department<br />

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Veterans registered on the website are now prompted<br />

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“We are proud that Ohio is home to the fifth-largest<br />

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The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s 150th birthday celebration featured a birthday<br />

“cake” made of books.<br />

Serving the community for 150 years<br />

Little did the organizers of the first<br />

Columbus Public Library–housed in a single<br />

room in city hall in 1873–know their<br />

efforts would blossom into the multibranch,<br />

multi-programming Columbus<br />

Metropolitan Library (CML) system of<br />

today.<br />

In March, CML celebrated its 150th<br />

birthday from the Main Library to the<br />

Hilltop, Canal Winchester, and beyond.<br />

The architecturally rich Main Library,<br />

located at 96 S. Grant Avenue in<br />

Columbus, was built in 1907 through a<br />

$200,000 gift from Andrew Carnegie and<br />

expanded throughout the years, evolving<br />

into the modern complex of today with a<br />

newly renovated east plaza opened last<br />

year.<br />

In 1928, the Columbus City Council<br />

appropriated $30,000 for the library to<br />

build its first branches–Hilltop, Parsons,<br />

Linden, and Clintonville.<br />

“Our Hilltop branch just reopened in<br />

2021 after a major transformation,” said<br />

CML Library Media Specialist Ben<br />

Zenitsky.<br />

Today there are 22 branches, with the<br />

newest one in Gahanna, which opened on<br />

March 4. In 1950, bookmobile services<br />

started throughout the central Ohio area<br />

and the Martin Luther King branch was<br />

the first in the nation in 1968 to be named<br />

after the civil rights leader.<br />

Computers were first put into service in<br />

1977 and First Lady Barbara Bush helped<br />

dedicate a Main Library expansion in<br />

1991. The library system stopped charging<br />

fines for overdue books and materials in<br />

2017 to remove access barriers.<br />

The 150 year celebration did not begin<br />

and end last month. It continues throughout<br />

the year at the Main Library and all its<br />

branches, along with Partner Days with<br />

free or discounted admission to events,<br />

museums and musical events.<br />

The Sesquicentennial Passport program<br />

enables customers of all ages to pick up a<br />

booklet at any CML location and complete<br />

activities around the city to earn stamps<br />

and prizes.<br />

A new Columbus Book Festival takes<br />

place at the Main Library and Topiary<br />

Park July 15-16 and features national and<br />

local authors, vendors and programs.<br />

CML also offers a Culture Pass program<br />

where cardholders can check out passes for<br />

admission to Columbus Clippers Sunday<br />

games, Museum of Art, Ballet Met,<br />

Columbus Children’s Theatre, Symphony<br />

Masterworks performances, Franklin Park<br />

Conservatory, Ohio History Center and<br />

Ohio Village, and the National Veterans<br />

Memorial and Museum.<br />

The library provides K-12 students with<br />

free homework help through a live chat<br />

feature on its website,<br />

columbuslibrary.org. CML staff members<br />

are available to directly respond to students’<br />

questions and refer them to many<br />

free resources. The digital service is available<br />

Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.<br />

through 4 p.m.<br />

“From our humble beginnings in one<br />

room to the profound gift from Andrew<br />

Carnegie to build the main library, from<br />

civic support that formed our first branches<br />

to community support that builds 21st<br />

century libraries, we owe much of our present<br />

to the work of so many in our past,”<br />

said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “Today<br />

we stand on the shoulders of dedicated<br />

staff and community members who have<br />

come before us–trailblazers who have<br />

forged pathways for us to become the<br />

library we are today, and the library we<br />

aspire to be in the future.”

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