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

<strong>June</strong> 11 - 24, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIX, No. 24<br />

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On <strong>June</strong> 3, local residents and regional travelers came out to<br />

2925 West Broad Street to celebrate the official return of the<br />

Westgate Farmers Market. According to manager Molly<br />

Donavan, the market will welcome more than a dozen new and<br />

returning vendors selling items that range from home goods,<br />

baked goods, garden goods, and treats for furry friends, and it<br />

will also include arts and crafts tables for children and<br />

Storytime events on select days. The Westgate Farmers Market<br />

will be held on the first and third Saturday of each month from<br />

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Among the vendors who were making their<br />

return to the market was the Hilliard-based Starlight Gardens<br />

which sells popular produce and floral arrangements. Here,<br />

Lorraine Cathala rearranges the mustard flowers that were<br />

given to visitors of the booth.<br />

Remi, a 2-year-old pointer mix, (bottom right) waits patiently<br />

for a free sample at the Bougee Dog Bites table. Dan<br />

Steigerwalt, who co-owns the company with his wife, Alyssa,<br />

said they make natural “restaurant-style” food for canines.<br />

Fire official seeks<br />

parking restrictions<br />

on Hilltop streets<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Public safety officials have asked a local<br />

advisory board to advocate for parking<br />

restrictions on some westside streets in<br />

order to improve the emergency response<br />

time.<br />

At its meeting on <strong>June</strong> 6, the Greater<br />

Hilltop Area Commission heard from the<br />

administration at Fire Station 17 on West<br />

Broad Street about their growing concern<br />

over the amount of vehicles that are<br />

parked on the roadway — especially those<br />

that are narrow and have been designated<br />

as a one-way street.<br />

“We have to hold our breath sometimes<br />

when we travel down these streets,” said<br />

Capt. Mark Mattox with the Columbus<br />

Division of Fire.<br />

According to the veteran firefighter and<br />

the westside native, the overabundance of<br />

vehicles parked on both sides of the street<br />

have caused accidents, near accidents, and<br />

are impairing the ability of the fire engine<br />

and ambulance drivers to safely observe<br />

the road.<br />

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the market. Pictured from left to right are members Jeff<br />

Gonzalez, Vinnie Maneri, Evan Phillips, and Jordan Steinbrook.<br />

More information about the band can be found on their<br />

Instagram @thelongstreetcombo.<br />

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Trucks galore and more in Prairie Township<br />

The Central Ohio Ghostbusters crew was in attendance to offer<br />

tips on how to use homemade gadgets to get rid of supernatural<br />

pests. Here, Ava and Mia Justice learn some of the tricks-of-thetrade<br />

from pros Joey Rudnick, Theresa Knapp and Matt<br />

Rudnick.<br />

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Hundreds of families throughout the westside came to the Galloway Sports Complex on May 20 to attend the<br />

popular interactive event known as Touch-A-Truck. Hosted by Prairie Township, the area’s children – and the<br />

area’s young-at-heart – were able to climb inside some of the massive machines they see traversing the roads<br />

throughout the year and explore their inner workings. Here, future firefighter Silas Coomer gets comfortable<br />

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Siblings Lyla and Roman Wotring find a cozy spot to rest.

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Continued from page 1<br />

around the westside<br />

Movie in the Park<br />

The Prairie Township Community<br />

Center will host a free outdoor Movie in the<br />

Park at 8 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 16 at the Galloway<br />

Road Sports Complex, 1503 Galloway<br />

Road. The movie begins at sunset and will<br />

feature “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.”<br />

Concessions will be available. For more<br />

information, visit prairietownship.org.<br />

Community Hours<br />

Franklin County Auditor Michael<br />

Stinziano continues to hold weekly community<br />

hours meetings where residents can<br />

stop by and visit, or join virtually via<br />

Facebook @mstinziano, and share their<br />

feedback and ideas about the auditor’s<br />

office or any concerns they have. The office<br />

will have a community meting at 1:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 13 at Hilltop YMCA, 2879 Valleyview<br />

Drive, Columbus.<br />

“As tight as those streets are, and the<br />

way the kids are darting in between the<br />

cars…” said Mattox. “I think (making<br />

changes to the current parking situation)<br />

would give us a little more opportunity to<br />

see what we’re seeing and a bit more room<br />

to move safely when we are responding to<br />

emergency calls.”<br />

Mattox said there are only a handful of<br />

streets that he would recommend the commission<br />

advocate for parking restrictions<br />

with the city government: they are<br />

Clarendon, Eureka, Richardson, Terrance<br />

and Wayne. He would also like for the<br />

sharp bend in the road at Eureka and<br />

Whitethorne to be examined as residents<br />

have made numerous complaints of their<br />

vehicles “getting scratched” by ambulances<br />

coming down the road during emergency<br />

calls.<br />

Mattox is not asking for the commission<br />

to advocate for a complete ban on parking<br />

on these streets. Instead, he would like the<br />

city to consider a parking restriction to one<br />

side of the road, especially on those oneway<br />

streets. He would also like the city to<br />

consider adding more connector streets<br />

that they could use as a safe cut-through,<br />

like they do with Highland and Wheatland.<br />

“I think it is something that needs to be<br />

looked at,” Mattox said.<br />

He added that the department cannot<br />

continue to have to back-up their vehicles<br />

when responding to emergency calls just<br />

because they cannot safely get down the<br />

narrow streets that are filled with parked<br />

vehicles.<br />

“We’re not going to worry about clipping<br />

car mirrors when we have a cardiac arrest<br />

call or someone is choking,” he said.<br />

The commission said they would speak<br />

to the residents and the city about the<br />

issue.<br />

“This is something that we are going to<br />

need a lot of public input on,” said commission<br />

chair Dan Fagan in an interview after<br />

Firefighter’s Fish Fry<br />

Prairie Township Fire Department will<br />

host its annual Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 10<br />

p.m. on <strong>June</strong> 23-24 at 123 Inah Ave. in<br />

Columbus.<br />

Firefighters fry approximately 2,000<br />

pounds of ocean perch. They also serve<br />

hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans,<br />

coleslaw, fries, pies, cakes and soft drinks.<br />

There will also be a beer garden, vendors,<br />

evening entertainment and more.<br />

On <strong>June</strong> 23, the fire department will<br />

host its 22nd annual Cruise-In, sponsored<br />

by local State Farm Agent Eric Snider.<br />

Registration is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The<br />

entry fee is $10. All years, makes, models<br />

are welcome. The rain date is Saturday,<br />

<strong>June</strong> 24.<br />

For more information, visit prairie<br />

township.org.<br />

the meeting.<br />

“We agree that something needs to be<br />

done to address the issue, but we also have<br />

to get the input from the residents who<br />

would be directly impacted by a potential<br />

parking restriction.”<br />

One immediate solution to the overabundance<br />

of cars parked on the street,<br />

said Fagan, is for residents to use the<br />

alleys behind their homes to park their<br />

vehicles. He admitted that it was not a<br />

“great option” for many as they do not feel<br />

comfortable either walking in the alley or<br />

leaving their cars parked there.<br />

“We have a lighting issue in the alleys,”<br />

said Fagan. “We have been asking the city<br />

for years to add more lighting to our alleys<br />

or to repair the lights that are out in our<br />

alleys and I think if those things were to<br />

happen maybe people wouldn’t feel as<br />

uncomfortable walking to their homes or<br />

leaving their cars there overnight.”<br />

He said the commission would be discussing<br />

the parking situation further at<br />

the public safety committee meeting on<br />

<strong>June</strong> 22.<br />

“It’s a complicated issue,” said Fagan,<br />

“but I think there are some potential solutions<br />

here that can be implemented so the<br />

safety of our residents is not (negatively)<br />

affected.”<br />

In other news, the full commission<br />

meeting in July has been moved to the <strong>11th</strong><br />

to accommodate the Independence Day holiday.<br />

It will still be held at 6:30 p.m. at the<br />

Hilltop Branch of the Columbus<br />

Metropolitan Library.<br />

The commission also approved to move<br />

their regular full commission meeting to<br />

Nov. 14 to accommodate the general election<br />

on Nov. 7. They will have regular<br />

meetings in September, October and<br />

December. There will be no full commission<br />

meeting in August unless immediate pressing<br />

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The beloved historic Hilltop Bean<br />

Dinner Festival will once again return this<br />

year to Westgate Park.<br />

The popular <strong>Westside</strong> event will take<br />

place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday,<br />

<strong>June</strong> 24 at Westgate Park, 455 S. Westgate<br />

Ave., Columbus.<br />

Applications and registrations for booth<br />

spaces, arts and crafts vendors, and the<br />

annual car show are now available on the<br />

Hilltop Business Association’s website,<br />

hilltopbusinessassociation.org.<br />

One of the largest and oldest community<br />

festivals held on the <strong>Westside</strong> of Columbus<br />

every year, the Bean Dinner is known for<br />

serving guests its “secret recipe beans.”<br />

However, guests will also find plenty of<br />

other activities, from an antique car show<br />

to music and food vendors.<br />

The bean dinner’s roots date back all the<br />

way to the Civil War. The area now known<br />

as Westgate Park used to be a Civil War<br />

prison camp called “Camp Chase.”<br />

According to the Hilltop Business<br />

Association, the camp was a feared place<br />

by Confederate soldiers, who were fed a<br />

ration of beans twice a day.<br />

Over the years, the local connection to<br />

bean dinners evolved. Veterans from the<br />

war would gather for reunions and cook<br />

simple food - usually beans and coffee.<br />

Politicians running for local offices also<br />

looked at bean dinners as a way to meet<br />

and greet residents in one location.<br />

Before the 1930s, the Hilltop<br />

Businessmen’s Association sponsored yearly<br />

picnics at Buckeye Lake, but began looking<br />

for a local way to thank their customers<br />

for their business. They began hosting<br />

bean dinners several times a week, and in<br />

the late 1950s and early 1960s, organizers<br />

added carnival attractions, drawing visitors<br />

from areas outside the Hilltop.<br />

In the early 1970s, however, the Bean<br />

Dinner event temporarily paused after<br />

unrest, security problems and the decline<br />

of businesses on the Hilltop. In 1981, a<br />

renewed Hilltop Business Association<br />

brought back the Bean Dinner at Franklin<br />

Heights High School. It then moved to<br />

Westgate Park after organizers sought permission<br />

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Columbus implements summer safety initiative<br />

On <strong>June</strong> 1, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther was joined by<br />

leaders from the Columbus Division of Police and Recreation and<br />

Parks Department to announce the city’s summer safety strategy.<br />

“There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks in our community:<br />

festivals, concerts, Pride, parades, Boom, camps, pools<br />

and more,” said Ginther. “Know that we are committed to doing all<br />

that we can to ensure a safe and successful summer — particularly<br />

for our children, teens and youth. That is why we are, once again,<br />

making unprecedented investments in summer programming to<br />

provide fun and engagement through structure and stability.”<br />

This includes $20.1 million for summer programming in partnership<br />

with Columbus City Council, including $9 million going to<br />

more than 90 community organizations. These groups offer safe,<br />

constructive opportunities for youth to learn, grow and stay active,<br />

and include programs like ReRoute and TAPS (Teen and Police<br />

Service Academy) that are specifically designed to steer kids away<br />

from violence and other dangerous behaviors.<br />

The city is also bolstering policing city-wide, through initiatives<br />

including “Operation Moonlight,” “Operation Burnout,” and “Safe<br />

Streets.”<br />

“Operation Moonlight” will put up to 40 additional officers in<br />

high-visibility areas during key times throughout the summer.<br />

That means dozens of extra boots on the ground, when and where<br />

they are needed most. This represents a total cost commitment of<br />

$2 million, up from $1.6 million last year.<br />

“Operation Burnout” targets the reckless operation of motor<br />

vehicles, “take-overs” of city streets, businesses and private properties,<br />

along with related criminal activities. This has been successfully<br />

rolled out over the last month in multiple parts of the<br />

city. Over the last few weekends in the Short North, “Operation<br />

Burnout” resulted in 10 felony arrests, 45 misdemeanor arrests,<br />

seven weapons recovered, five incidents of drugs seized, nine curfew<br />

summons, and 202 vehicles impounded.<br />

“We are pleased with these results because those numbers are<br />

down week over week. That means the community heard and<br />

heeded our warnings: that violent, disruptive behavior of any kind<br />

will not be tolerated,” said Columbus Police First Assistant Chief<br />

LaShanna Potts. “But more importantly, we saw two weekends in<br />

a row without violence in one of our most densely packed, heavily<br />

visited neighborhoods. Our goal is not arrests and citations: it is<br />

safety. And by that measure, ‘Operation Burnout’ has been an<br />

unqualified success.”<br />

The “Safe Streets” program will also return this summer.<br />

Teams of bike officers will work together across the city in every<br />

zone, both engaging the community and conducting enforcement<br />

activity. These officers will be highly visible and eager to interact<br />

with the community.<br />

Last year during “Safe Streets,” officers:<br />

• Checked 375 businesses, churches and schools<br />

• Attended 169 community events<br />

• Worked 523 hours attending community meetings and events<br />

• Made 107 felony arrests<br />

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The Westland Area Business Association’s Independence Day<br />

Parade will take place on <strong>June</strong> 24. The parade starts at 9 a.m.<br />

near Beacon Hill Road then travels down West Broad Street, ending<br />

at Norton Middle School. For additional information, visit<br />

westlandarea.com.<br />

around the westside<br />

Free city pool admission with CML card<br />

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has partnered with the<br />

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to offer free outdoor<br />

pool admission for CML cardholders this summer.<br />

CML cardholders who show their library cards at any of<br />

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department outdoor pools will<br />

receive a free leisure card good for five free entries.<br />

CML is celebrating its 150th birthday with help from community<br />

partners offering free or discounted admission or programs.<br />

For more information, visit columbuslibrary.org/150-anniversary.<br />

• Seized 96 firearms<br />

• And spent more than 2,000 hours on their bikes<br />

This year “Safe Streets” will be enhanced by the addition of<br />

CPD’s newly created 6th Patrol Zone. Adding this new zone has<br />

helped police balance calls for service across the city. This has<br />

more evenly distributed the workloads of patrol officers, creating<br />

opportunities for stronger relationships between officers and the<br />

neighbors they serve.<br />

Supporting these efforts, the division of police will have 29<br />

brand-new officers completing their training and hitting the<br />

streets.<br />

Thanks to funding approved by Columbus City Council, safety<br />

efforts in Columbus parks are once again being bolstered by 25<br />

portable camera towers and seven light towers. These cameras can<br />

be monitored in real-time and relocated as needed in consultation<br />

between CPD and Columbus Recreation and Parks.<br />

The city also asks for the continued vigilance and partnership<br />

of parents and guardians to do everything they can to keep their<br />

kids and teens safe. Per city code, everyone between the ages of 13<br />

and 17 needs to be off the streets from midnight through 4:30 a.m.<br />

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Statehouse<br />

Ohio’s budget was passed out of The Ohio<br />

House of Representatives last week. It now<br />

heads to the Ohio Senate and, most likely,<br />

back to the House before it is approved by<br />

both chambers. The budget process<br />

avoided the headlines. After all, most members<br />

agreed on 75 percent of funding and<br />

debated the 25 percent that aligned with<br />

their political views. While the budget left a<br />

lot to be desired, the hard work escaping<br />

the current political headlines was a good<br />

thing. In the end, the House budget moves<br />

our state forward.<br />

You do not have to look very hard on the internet<br />

or social media to see that the political<br />

rhetoric has recently gone too far. I can<br />

only imagine what Jim Rhodes, Vern Riffe,<br />

Ronald Reagan, and Tip O’Neill would say if<br />

they were alive today. We have heard individuals<br />

claim that elected officials are possessed<br />

by demons and have seen others<br />

defend slavery, all while there were<br />

swastikas at local protests. These hateful<br />

voices may be loud, they do not represent<br />

how Ohioans feel.<br />

How do we combat these things and<br />

change the rhetoric moving forward? For<br />

one, we get involved. We work with one another<br />

by reaching out and helping those in<br />

need. According to Volunteermatch.com,<br />

there are more than 800 volunteer organizations<br />

in and around Galloway alone. From<br />

food banks to faith groups to sports and recovery<br />

support, we make the world better<br />

by engaging with one another. The Human<br />

Services Chamber of Franklin County has<br />

more than 160 members doing just that and<br />

they are always in need of more volunteers<br />

and members.<br />

As spring turns into summer, we have a<br />

choice in Central Ohio. Let’s choose to engage<br />

and help one another and focus on<br />

what unites us rather than what divides us.<br />

Go to events like the Bean Dinner, Summer-<br />

Jam West on the Hilltop, or the Celebrations<br />

at the Station in Hilliard. Or join one of those<br />

800 plus volunteer organizations. Let us rise<br />

above the rhetoric and make our community<br />

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A guide to navigate graduation<br />

Another high school graduation season has come and<br />

gone with the class of <strong>2023</strong> about to move onward and<br />

hopefully upward. We were unable to attend a family<br />

member’s graduation on the east coast, but modern technology<br />

stepped in and gave us the next best thing to being<br />

there in person by streaming the event via a live feed. We<br />

watched the entire two-hour ceremony unfold and in<br />

between eyeblinks even caught the few seconds when he<br />

strutted across the stage to receive his handshake and<br />

diploma. At least we think it was him, at times the streaming<br />

had its clarity limitations.<br />

Despite occasional sound quality issues, I found myself<br />

listening intently to all the speeches by students, faculty<br />

and distinguished guests, something I didn’t even do at my<br />

own graduation. I’m glad I did. They were good and almost<br />

short enough and triggered some intense thoughts down<br />

memory lane for me after I’d turned off the live-feed connection.<br />

I’m much older now, with facial wrinkles from life’s successful<br />

and failed learning experiences along the way to<br />

prove it, and wishful thinking suggests just maybe a bit<br />

wiser than I was when I graduated back in 1967. I pondered<br />

the question: knowing what I know now, if given the<br />

opportunity to return to my high school alma mater to<br />

address a graduating class, what would I say to help prepare<br />

them for the challenging difficult road ahead. My history<br />

of being brutally honest in my writings suggest I<br />

wouldn’t be asked back again, but let’s listen in as I’m<br />

about to speak:<br />

Hello graduates. Congratulations! Let’s hear it for the<br />

class of <strong>2023</strong>! Yes, you somehow made it. What seemed like<br />

an eternity for many of you has finally come to an end.<br />

Believe it or not, when you get as old as I am you won’t<br />

believe how fast you’ll notice the school years fly by and<br />

the memory of your own high school days of eternity will<br />

be seen as just a quick stop for gas on your life’s superhighway.<br />

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Dave Burton<br />

ready to take that next big step forward along life’s pothole-filled<br />

yellow brick road. Some of you gave your all and<br />

we’ll assume almost all gave some to get here. Hopefully,<br />

all will give even more in the future because the winding<br />

and often uncharted roads ahead will need it.<br />

You’ve been longing for the day when you’d be considered<br />

an adult and can begin to start calling your own shots.<br />

Well, here it is, the time is now. I think you’ll find it won’t<br />

be as easy as you thought, but now you’ve got that important<br />

diploma in your hands to hopefully help unlock and<br />

open many exciting new doors of success for you.<br />

As you enter the adult world you may lack confidence<br />

and perhaps even feel you’re not worthy of stepping up to<br />

contribute and make a difference by leaving your mark<br />

upon the future of this troubled world. Erase that thought.<br />

Just look around you and feel content the world is crying<br />

out for you to help shape the future? A needy country<br />

awaits and beckons you to help solve its many problems. I<br />

used to break out in hives when I heard my high school<br />

English teacher speak the dreaded word Shakespeare in<br />

class, but I’ll use a quote from him: “We know what we are,<br />

but not what we can be.” Don’t wait for life to come to you,<br />

go after it, it awaits and looks forward to you and most<br />

importantly, needs you.<br />

As hard as it may be to accept now, I can promise you<br />

at some point in your life you’ll find yourself looking back<br />

on your high school days with increasing frequency and<br />

probably even start wondering why you were in such a<br />

hurry to leave. You might even find yourself wishing you<br />

could do it all over again. Yes, that’s correct, I said that. It<br />

happened to me and hit like a lead brick when I realized<br />

the past is past, forever.<br />

I often think about what I’d do differently if I could go<br />

back in time. For one thing, I’d try a bit harder. Any extra<br />

effort would be well above the half-hearted effort I gave. It<br />

seemed like I had to learn so much, for lack of a better<br />

word, garbage. Now, many years later, I can still say the<br />

same thing about much of it, but over the years I’ve found<br />

myself amazed at how often I’ve been able to use something<br />

my frustrated teachers tried to teach me.<br />

I think the biggest change I’d make would be to ask my<br />

teachers at the onset why something was important to<br />

learn, rather than just memorize it to get through a test.<br />

At the same time, I’d recommend teachers proactively try<br />

to explain that same thing more often. For example, Me:<br />

“Why do I need to know the difference between mitosis and<br />

meiosis?” Teacher: “Today we’re going to be begin learning<br />

about mitosis and meiosis and why it’s important for you<br />

to understand why learning about them is important.” I<br />

suspect my learning process might have been far more fulfilling<br />

for me and my teachers who were probably tempted<br />

to use a sledgehammer to get through to me. Anything<br />

would have helped to focus my concentration on learning<br />

in those days instead of staring at the girl in the row in<br />

front of me or watching the clock move so painfully slow for<br />

the next period bell.<br />

You may not want to admit it, but you’ll probably find<br />

yourself out on websites in your later years trying to<br />

remember the names of your old classmates and teachers<br />

and see if you can find what became of them. The experience<br />

will be an eye-opening harsh reality when you realize<br />

at your age, your teachers have gone to teach in that big<br />

high school in the sky, even that favorite teacher that<br />

made such a positive impact to your development. But it’s<br />

fun and often startling seeing what some of your classmates<br />

went on to pursue, the many different and often surprising<br />

directions they took, where they now live and some<br />

of their successes and achievements.<br />

One thing I’ll always remember from high school was<br />

the peer pressure. It was too often downright cruel to<br />

some, and I’m sure left permanent scars for many.<br />

Unfortunately, it usually doesn’t get much better as you<br />

travel down the adult road. I’ve always tried to keep one of<br />

my favorite quotes in the back of my mind to help me deal<br />

with it. It comes from writer Henry David Thoreau: “If a<br />

man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is<br />

because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the<br />

music which he hears, however measured or far away.” As<br />

you move on, try to treat your new peers with respect and<br />

understanding. Also, try to keep your personal pride by<br />

conducting yourself with unquestionable high moral, ethic,<br />

integrity, and professionalism standards, all sorely lacking<br />

too much in today’s adult world. As a proverb says: “He<br />

who rules his spirit is better than he who takes a city.”<br />

I’d like to leave you with a guiding thought as you continue<br />

your life’s journey. Always live for today but look forward<br />

to tomorrow and remember it’s there waiting for you<br />

and hoping you’ll seize the many wonderful opportunities<br />

it’s going to throw your way. If you can’t find them at first,<br />

take a step back, regroup and keep looking harder. They’re<br />

always there and just waiting to be discovered.<br />

Finally, and most importantly, never forget or feel<br />

guilty about looking back at yesterday and your days here<br />

and the other places you’ll be visiting on what I hope is a<br />

long and exciting life’s journey for you. Despite what some<br />

of you may think now, I’m confident you won’t forget your<br />

high school days here and you’ll be smiling more times<br />

than not when you think back on them.<br />

Dave Burton is guest columnist for the Columbus<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> Newspapers. He lives in Grove City.

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<strong>June</strong> 11, <strong>2023</strong> - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 7<br />

Enjoy the <strong>2023</strong> Hilltop Bean Dinner!<br />

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SATURDAY, JUNE 24, <strong>2023</strong> - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM<br />

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One of the largest and oldest community festivals<br />

By Christine Bryant<br />

Staff Writer<br />

A favorite event among <strong>Westside</strong> residents<br />

is just around the corner.<br />

This year’s Historic Hilltop Bean Dinner<br />

Festival will take place from 10 a.m.<br />

to 5 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 24 at Westgate Park, 455<br />

S. Westgate Ave.<br />

One of the largest and oldest community<br />

festivals held on the <strong>Westside</strong> of<br />

Columbus every year, the event is known<br />

for serving guests its “secret recipe<br />

beans.” However, the festival also includes<br />

many other activities, from live<br />

musical acts throughout the day to a children’s<br />

area that features inflatables.<br />

Event history<br />

The bean dinner’s roots date back all<br />

the way to the Civil War, HBA executive<br />

secretary Nancy Rhynard said in a <strong>Messenger</strong><br />

interview conducted for a previous<br />

Bean Festival article. Veterans from the<br />

war would gather for reunions and cook<br />

simple food - usually beans and coffee.<br />

“These events came across the Ohio<br />

River from Kentucky and West Virginia<br />

into southern Ohio,” she said. “Soon,<br />

politicians running for local offices looked<br />

at the bean dinners as a way to meet and<br />

greet residents in one location. Strong<br />

coffee mixed well with politics.”<br />

Before the 1930s, the Hilltop Businessmen’s<br />

Association sponsored yearly picnics<br />

at Buckeye Lake, but during that<br />

decade began searching for an alternate<br />

way to thank their customers for their<br />

business throughout the year. That’s<br />

when the idea of a bean dinner came<br />

forth, she said.<br />

“After a few years, the Bean Dinner<br />

was held on three days, Wednesday,<br />

Thursday and Friday, from noon until<br />

around 9,” she said. “Beans were cooked<br />

in large pots on open fires, and businessmen<br />

could display their goods or hand out<br />

samples.”<br />

During the late 1950s and early 1960s,<br />

organizers added carnivals as attractions,<br />

drawing people from areas outside the<br />

Hilltop.<br />

“Trouble ensued as security became a<br />

problem,” Rhynard said. “Unrest at local<br />

high schools contributed to the mix. By<br />

the early 1970s, it was decided to cancel<br />

the Bean Dinner, not only for the security<br />

problems, but also due to the decline of<br />

businesses on the Hilltop.”<br />

In 1981, however, a renewed Hilltop<br />

Business Association began the Bean<br />

Dinner again, with the first event located<br />

at Franklin Heights High School. Wanting<br />

to return it to the Hilltop, organizers<br />

sought permission from the Columbus<br />

Parks and Recreation Department to hold<br />

it at Westgate Park.<br />

“The Hilltop Business Association has<br />

worked diligently to maintain this community<br />

event for Hilltoppers and others,”<br />

she said. “Many folks return from across<br />

the country to see old friends and visit. It<br />

is truly a reunion, just like the first bean<br />

dinners.”<br />

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Weekly recycling to begin in Columbus<br />

PAGE 8 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - <strong>June</strong> 11, <strong>2023</strong><br />

The city of Columbus is expanding curbside<br />

collection of residential recycling containers<br />

to weekly service beginning the<br />

week of <strong>June</strong> 12.<br />

The expanded city service, versus the<br />

current biweekly collection, is expected to<br />

increase the amount of recyclables collected<br />

by 25 to 40 percent, divert these items<br />

from the landfill, and help meet the manufacturing<br />

need for recoverable materials.<br />

“Recycling supports jobs and a circular<br />

economy to help our community and neighborhoods<br />

thrive,” said Columbus Mayor<br />

Andrew Ginther. “It is an important tool to<br />

reduce carbon emissions, extend the life of<br />

the landfill, and meet critical Columbus<br />

Climate Action Plan goals for a healthier,<br />

more equitable and sustainable community.”<br />

Of the locally collected recyclables, 95<br />

percent go to businesses in the U.S., and<br />

the vast majority of the recoverable materials<br />

are used by manufacturers in Ohio and<br />

the midwest. Climate Action Plan goals<br />

include diverting 95 percent of recyclables<br />

from the landfill and achieving carbon neutrality<br />

by 2050.<br />

The enhancement to weekly recycling<br />

pickup was identified by Ginther as a priority<br />

in his proposed <strong>2023</strong> operating budget.<br />

Since then, the Department of Public<br />

Service’s Refuse Collection Division, with<br />

recycling collection partner Rumpke Waste<br />

& Recycling, have been working on an<br />

implementation plan.<br />

“We continuously strive to provide<br />

exceptional core service delivery to residents<br />

and neighborhoods every day, and<br />

intend to meet that high bar with weekly<br />

recycling,” said Jennifer Gallagher, public<br />

service director. “Refuse Collection is a<br />

leader in the city’s efforts to reduce and<br />

divert recyclables and waste going to the<br />

landfill.”<br />

SWACO Executive Director Joe<br />

Lombardi joined the city and Rumpke<br />

Waste & Recycling to celebrate the implementation<br />

of weekly residential recycling<br />

service.<br />

“Bold initiatives and collaborations<br />

among the public and private sectors such<br />

as the implementation of weekly recycling<br />

services for individuals in the city of<br />

Columbus will help our region meet our<br />

diversion goals,” said Lombardi. “Not only<br />

will this new weekly recycling program<br />

provide an opportunity to increase the<br />

amount of recyclables kept out of the landfill,<br />

and extend the life of the landfill, but it<br />

will also help to create a steady supply of<br />

additional materials benefiting the nearly<br />

400 recycling-reliant businesses that call<br />

our region home.”<br />

Approximately 22,000 city households<br />

will be notified via a letter mailed to their<br />

address before <strong>June</strong> 12 that their recycling<br />

pickup day is changing. The city and<br />

Rumpke have worked to minimize collection<br />

day schedule changes while ensuring<br />

timely service will be provided.<br />

In addition, all Columbus households<br />

will receive a mailer prior to the start of<br />

weekly collection with information about<br />

the expanded service and how to Recycle<br />

Right by placing acceptable recyclables in<br />

your blue container.<br />

“Increasing the frequency of recycling to<br />

a weekly pickup is important because it<br />

will reduce the amount of waste sent to our<br />

SWACO landfill and help families reduce<br />

the amount of waste going in their waste<br />

receptacle,” said councilman Emmanuel<br />

Remy, chair of the environment committee.<br />

“Columbus residents and businesses continue<br />

to improve and increase their recycling<br />

habits, and this monumental change<br />

will benefit the next generation and<br />

beyond.”<br />

Yard waste collection will remain on the<br />

current biweekly schedule. Residents are<br />

encouraged to reduce the amount of yard<br />

waste set out for collection by composting,<br />

mulching, and leaving grass clippings on<br />

lawns for healthy fertilization.<br />

Residents may sign up at<br />

columbus.gov/publicservice/Refuse-<br />

Collection/ to receive reminders of their<br />

scheduled collection days for recycling,<br />

yard waste, and trash.<br />

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around the westside<br />

Prairie Township<br />

Farmer’s Market<br />

The Prairie Township Farmer’s Market<br />

will be held on Monday afternoons from 4<br />

to 7 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 19 through Sept. 18 at the<br />

Prairie Township Community Center,<br />

located at 5955 West Broad St. in<br />

Galloway. The market will feature numerous<br />

vendors and food trucks. Taquito’s and<br />

Bubba’s Shaved Ice will be on hand at the<br />

market on <strong>June</strong> 19. For more information,<br />

visit prairie township.org.<br />

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It’s time for the<br />

WABA 4th of July Parade<br />

Saturday, <strong>June</strong> 24, <strong>2023</strong> at 9:00am<br />

On West Broad Street!<br />

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The Westland Area Business Association<br />

will hosts its annual parade on <strong>June</strong> 24. At<br />

last year’s parade, friends Kaylee Fuller,<br />

Tiffany Arguello, and Mykia Canady (pictured<br />

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Summer blockbuster season is off to a good start<br />

The presence of children at a movie<br />

screening is not always an enjoyable experience<br />

for me — I find that they get up too<br />

often to use the bathroom, they seem to like<br />

the noise the straw makes as it sucks up<br />

the liquid dregs of their big gulps, and they<br />

prefer to use their outdoor voice to ask the<br />

random and related questions that pop into<br />

their minds — but I have to admit that some<br />

of the observations they have about the<br />

film can be spot-on.<br />

For instance, I went to see “The Little<br />

Mermaid” and “Spider-Man: Across the<br />

Spider-Verse” as a part of a summer blockbuster<br />

movie review mashup and came<br />

away completely impressed with the variety<br />

of comments they made about the aesthetics<br />

of the films and their complete<br />

befuddlement about plot threads, character<br />

development, and even the length of the<br />

run time.<br />

Based on my mental notes of their frequent<br />

commentary, I would say that the<br />

general consensus of the younger audience<br />

was that while they liked, and even loved,<br />

both movies, they saw that each film had<br />

its strengths and weaknesses. And as the<br />

most quasi-professional movie reviewer of<br />

the bunch, I would have to say that I cannot<br />

disagree with their overall assessment<br />

of these films.<br />

In the case of “The Little Mermaid,” the<br />

primary complaint that I heard from the<br />

children at my screening was that it was<br />

too dark to see some of the underwater<br />

scenes and that with a run time of two<br />

hours it was just too long. While I agree<br />

with the latter assessment — why are<br />

movies so lengthy now? — I have to push<br />

back on the former because it could have<br />

been so much worse. If you recall when the<br />

trailers first came out for this film, the<br />

lighting made everything look dark and<br />

dank, nothing at all like the original animated<br />

feature on which it is based. I don’t<br />

think anyone was expecting another<br />

“Avatar: The Way of Water” but a sharpening<br />

of the picture would have been more<br />

proficient. Thankfully, the lighting situation<br />

in the movie that mostly takes place<br />

under the sea was better than advertised<br />

though it was still devoid of vibrant flashes<br />

that are necessary for films like this to<br />

make a lasting impression, at least visually.<br />

My main complaint with this film is the<br />

issue that I have with almost all of the liveaction<br />

adaptations Disney has pulled from<br />

their classics vault: the unwillingness to<br />

deviate from the original and beloved<br />

material. Basically, director Rob Marshall<br />

and writer David Magee made a shot-forshot<br />

and word-for-word remake of the 1989<br />

animated film and just sprinkled in a few<br />

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title character so desperately yearns to be a<br />

part of.<br />

What saves this largely uninspired liveaction<br />

film is the inclusion of and the<br />

reprisal to most of the original music by<br />

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken and the<br />

casting of Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King,<br />

and Melissa McCarthy, who play the little<br />

mermaid Ariel, her human love interest<br />

Prince Eric, and the chaos-loving sea witch<br />

Ursula, respectively. One of the best uses<br />

of the expanded run time is the additional<br />

focus on the growing connection between<br />

Ariel and Prince Eric so it starts to make a<br />

little more sense as to why she may be<br />

more willing to leave her family and fins<br />

behind to walk among the mere mortals in<br />

the human world. They have a sweet chemistry<br />

and it was a delight to watch them<br />

work together with these additional scenes.<br />

However, it would have been nice had<br />

there been more of a focus on<br />

Ursula/Vanessa because McCarthy was<br />

fantastic as the half-woman, half-octopus<br />

who loves nothing more than to stir up<br />

trouble and snatch up some poor, unfortunate<br />

souls while doing so.<br />

In the case of “Spider-Man: Across the<br />

Spider-Verse,” the primary complaint that<br />

I heard from the children in the audience<br />

was that there was too much going on — “It<br />

hurts my eyes,” said one - and that the<br />

ending left them feeling a bit angry.<br />

Actually, that was also a complaint from<br />

the adults in the theater as they apparently<br />

did not realize the film originally had a<br />

“Part One” attached to the title. Those<br />

were really the only grumbles I heard<br />

about this animated feature and the analysis<br />

on the former is all I can really take<br />

issue with too because this film is fantastic<br />

in just about every way possible.<br />

Some of the main concerns I had going<br />

into the viewing for this sequel to the<br />

Academy Award winning “Into the Spider-<br />

Verse” (2018) was whether it could top — or<br />

even come close to — the greatness that was<br />

that movie. I know there is a lot of negativity<br />

about animated films and superhero<br />

movies in general, but that particular film<br />

is largely regarded as one of the most influential<br />

films in the past decade as it opened<br />

up the possibilities of the multiverse in theatrical<br />

comic book adaptations and it<br />

sparked a whole new visual style for other<br />

animated features.<br />

To be fair, the plot within “Into the<br />

Spider-Verse” wasn’t that original — it’s<br />

another origin story of the famed webslinger<br />

but this time placing the groundbreaking<br />

Miles Morales, a half-Black, half-<br />

Latino teenager, into the mask and spandex<br />

- but it was the visualization of telling<br />

the story through the perspective of a comic<br />

book come to life that made such a strong<br />

impact on the audience and even yours<br />

truly.<br />

Like all great sequels, “Across the<br />

Spider-Verse” builds on the tricks of its<br />

predecessor and continues with the multiperspective<br />

structure of “Into the Spider-<br />

Verse.” While Miles (voiced by Shameik<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra Cordle<br />

Moore) is still front<br />

and center as he<br />

tries to balance his<br />

life as a student<br />

with his life as a<br />

superhero, his story<br />

gives up some<br />

ground to Gwen<br />

Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), the Spider-<br />

Woman of a parallel Earth whom he met in<br />

the 2018 film.<br />

The loneliness that they feel and their<br />

desperation to recapture the feeling of not<br />

being the only webslinger in their world is<br />

what leads them to the “Spider Society,” an<br />

interdimensional squad of Spider-Beings<br />

who are tasked with stopping anomalies<br />

from bleeding into other universes. It is led<br />

by the humorless Miguel O’Hara (Oscar<br />

Isaac) who considers Miles to be one of<br />

those anomalies since he technically should<br />

never have been “chosen” to be a Spider-<br />

Man.<br />

This push-and-pull between the two<br />

heroes is a primary plot point but not the<br />

only one. The secondary one, which is sure<br />

to be expanded upon in the third installment<br />

out next year, is the introduction of<br />

the villain Spot (Jason Schwartzman) who<br />

can access interdimensional portals<br />

through the markings on his body. What<br />

makes this such an intriguing thread is not<br />

that he blames Miles for his ailment due to<br />

the events of the previous film, but that it<br />

seemed he could have deviated from his<br />

planned multiverse villainy had Miles just<br />

been a touch kinder to him.<br />

“Across the Spider-Verse” is thematically<br />

darker than its predecessor but it still<br />

has a lot of the heart found within the first<br />

installment and the visual style continues<br />

to be unrivaled. The thousand-plus animators<br />

deserve all the credit in the world for<br />

their use of the color and design toward<br />

making each Spider-Being and their<br />

respective world unique. It is quite breathtaking<br />

to see on the big screen, but it sometimes<br />

makes for a “too much going on” feeling,<br />

therefore diminishing the congruent<br />

story that is taking place.<br />

All in all, I would say that the summer<br />

movie blockbuster season has gotten off to<br />

a good start and that parents should consider<br />

making a trip to see one, if not both,<br />

of these films a priority for their children<br />

and maybe even themselves. Although<br />

these films are lengthy, I think they can<br />

spark some great dialogue and open up<br />

new imaginary worlds to people of all ages.<br />

The Little Mermaid: B-<br />

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Rezoning for apartments approved<br />

By Hannah Poling<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Pets of the week<br />

Summer and her<br />

sister, Savanah, were<br />

rescued from a rural<br />

West Virginia shelter.<br />

Summer is still a<br />

young pup, born this<br />

past January. This<br />

Lab mix is super<br />

sweet and very loving.<br />

She is doing well<br />

learning potty training<br />

and basic commands. This sweet girl is up<br />

for adoption through Colony Cats and Dogs.<br />

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Savanah is<br />

Summer’s littermate<br />

and is also a 5-<br />

month-old Lab mix.<br />

She is a sweet gal<br />

who loves to play and<br />

loves attention. She<br />

gets along well with<br />

cats, dogs, and children.<br />

Savanah is still<br />

learning basic commands<br />

and house training but she’s doing<br />

well. Both pups are spayed, microchipped,<br />

and up to date on vaccines.<br />

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Rezoning of property for multifamily<br />

housing was discussed at the May meeting<br />

of the Westland Area Commissioners.<br />

Joe Thomas, director of development at<br />

Metro Development LLC, attended the<br />

meeting to present the zoning requests for<br />

the property at 4300 Alkire Road in<br />

Columbus that would allow multifamily<br />

residential housing.<br />

The triangular-shaped property is over<br />

six acres in size. Metro Development LLC<br />

plans to build a housing community made<br />

up of one and two-bedroom apartment<br />

units ranging from $1,100 to $1,400 plus<br />

utilities. The community will also include<br />

amenities such as a pool, community center,<br />

and a gym for its residents.<br />

Thomas requested four variances to be<br />

approved on the project. To reduce the setback<br />

for the meter building from 50 feet to<br />

15 feet, to reduce the setback from 270<br />

from 25 feet to five feet, to reduce the<br />

perimeter yard on the western side of the<br />

property from 25 feet to 15 feet, and to<br />

increase the height of the garages from 15<br />

feet to 16 feet.<br />

The commission voted 9-1 in approval of<br />

the variances requested by Metro<br />

Development LLC and 9-1 in approval of<br />

the zoning request.<br />

According to Thomas, the project is currently<br />

in the process of being annexed into<br />

the city of Columbus for future utility connection.<br />

The project in total is expected to<br />

cost approximately $18 million dollars to<br />

build. They hope to begin construction<br />

early next year and to have the first unit<br />

available in August 2024.<br />

Maryellen O’Shaughnessy from the<br />

Franklin County Clerk of Courts also<br />

attended the meeting to introduce herself<br />

to the new commissioners.<br />

O’Shaughnessy is serving her fourth<br />

four-year term as Franklin County Clerk of<br />

Common Pleas and 10th District Court of<br />

Appeals Courts. Previous to her election to<br />

the post, she served for 11 years on<br />

Columbus City Council.<br />

According to O’Shaughnessy, in her<br />

position, she oversees 200 deputy clerks<br />

who serve in nine different locations<br />

throughout Franklin County. The office<br />

has five divisions: Administration, Fiscal<br />

Services, Information Technology, the<br />

Legal Division, and the Auto Title Division,<br />

which includes four locations throughout<br />

Franklin County.<br />

O’Shaughnessy told the commissioners<br />

and attendees that in her position she<br />

doesn’t work for the judges, a common misconception,<br />

she works for the people.<br />

“I work for you. I make sure that you<br />

have access to the documents that you need<br />

to settle your affairs,” O’Shaughnessy said.<br />

These furry friends are available<br />

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Pizza is a big, chunky<br />

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year-old has spent<br />

half of his life with<br />

Colony Cats waiting<br />

for a family to call his<br />

own. He may do best<br />

in a home without<br />

other cats and with<br />

older children as he can be spicy. Is Pizza the<br />

one you need to complete the space in your<br />

home and heart? If so, come meet him at the<br />

adoption center and see if he’s the right slice<br />

for you.<br />

FYI: colonycats.org<br />

Cole is an energetic,<br />

free-spirited boy who<br />

loves back scratches<br />

and sniffing his surroundings.<br />

This 5-<br />

year-old mixed breed<br />

is an inquisitive fellow<br />

who loves to follow<br />

his nose. Cole knows<br />

sit and shake, and<br />

has had positive<br />

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Charles Travon Easley, 19, said he<br />

knew he wanted to be involved in the theater<br />

when he was 2 years old. He never<br />

stopped dreaming, and he never gave up.<br />

Now he is producing a musical and said he<br />

is doing it because to create opportunities<br />

for others on the westside.<br />

Easley said he owes his success to his<br />

grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Tyree, his<br />

faith, and Rachel Muha, founder of The<br />

Run the Race Club, which is part of The<br />

Brian Muha Memorial Foundation.<br />

Born and raised in Columbus, Easley is<br />

the youngest of 12 children. He grew up on<br />

the westside, attended public school, and<br />

graduated from Bishop Ready High School.<br />

He spent a lot of time at the Run the Race<br />

Center where he helped direct performances.<br />

Steve Polk, a volunteer at the center,<br />

said he would pay for summer theater if<br />

Easley were good and got good grades. He<br />

was then cast in a professional show at the<br />

Columbus Childrens Theater. Easley said<br />

if it were not for the Brian Muha Memorial<br />

Foundation, he would not have had those<br />

opportunities, which is why he wants to<br />

give back and create opportunities for<br />

other people on the westside.<br />

Rachel Muha, who founded the foundation<br />

after her son, Brian, was kidnapped<br />

and murdered in May 1999, was his mentor,<br />

and provided the helping hand in writing<br />

this new chapter in his life.<br />

“Travon is a superstar! (Close friends<br />

and family call him by his middle name,<br />

Travon.) He started coming to RTR (Run<br />

The Race) when he was in third grade. And<br />

now he graduated from high school last<br />

year, went to college for one year, is working<br />

in a bank now, but his heart is in writing,<br />

directing and acting in plays,” said<br />

Muha. “He has directed plays and produced<br />

plays for us, and now he’s branching<br />

out a little bit and producing “The<br />

Bodyguard.” It won’t be held at the center,<br />

but we are with him 100 percent.”<br />

Easley’s latest project “The Bodyguard -<br />

a Musical,” will run <strong>June</strong> 15-18 at East<br />

High School, 1500 East Broad St.,<br />

Columbus.<br />

“Come feel like the ‘Queen of the Night’.<br />

Come see one of the best shows this summer.<br />

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West High 50 year reunion<br />

West High School class of 1973 will host<br />

its 50 year reunion. Alumni are invited to<br />

tour West High School from 4 to 5:45 p.m.<br />

July 21 then meet at Bella’s Pizza from 6 to<br />

10 p.m. On Saturday, July 22, alumni will<br />

gather in the Hollywood Casino Ballroom<br />

from 6 to 11 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.<br />

For additional information, contact<br />

Wanda Estepp Ross at 614-570-9899.<br />

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<strong>Westside</strong> native Charles Travon Easley is<br />

presenting his version of “The Bodyguard<br />

- a Musical,” which will run from <strong>June</strong> 15-<br />

18 at East High School. Cast members<br />

pictured here include (left to right) India<br />

Riley, Mark Anthony Tomsic, and Charles<br />

Easley.<br />

receive,” said Easley.<br />

“The Bodyguard - a Musical” is about<br />

former secret service agent turned bodyguard,<br />

Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect<br />

superstar Rachel Marron from an<br />

unknown stalker. Each expects to be in<br />

charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in<br />

love. A romantic thriller, “The Bodyguard”<br />

features a host of classics including Queen<br />

of the Night, So Emotional, Saving All My<br />

Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, and one<br />

of the biggest selling songs of all time — I<br />

Will Always Love You.<br />

Showtimes will be <strong>June</strong> 15, 16, and 17<br />

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For more information about The Run<br />

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Memorial Foundation, visit brianmuhafoundation.org.<br />

Hilltop Legal Clinic<br />

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus will<br />

host a Hilltop Legal Clinic every Monday<br />

from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Columbus<br />

Metropolitan Library Hilltop Branch, 511<br />

S. Hague Ave. in Columbus. To receive free<br />

advice, you must have a gross household<br />

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“All Together Now” for Summer Reading Challenge<br />

Southwest Public Libraries invites the community to a summer<br />

of fun and learning with its annual Summer Reading Challenge,<br />

launching <strong>June</strong> 3, and running through July 30. The challenge is<br />

open to all ages, infants through adults and features reading fun,<br />

live entertainment, and engaging programs all summer long.<br />

Enjoy a celebratory kickoff show from entertainer Mike<br />

Hemmelgarn on Tuesday, <strong>June</strong> 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Westland Area<br />

Library and 1:30 p.m. at Grove City Library. All performers and<br />

programs are free and open to the public.<br />

Summer Reading Challenge participants will be able to track<br />

their reading, attend library programs, and complete activities to<br />

earn prizes and raffle entries for gift cards and more. This year’s<br />

theme, “All Together Now,” promotes not just literacy but also<br />

kindness, friendship, and community. Participants may sign up<br />

beginning <strong>June</strong> 3 online at the library’s website swpl.org, in-person<br />

at the library, or through the READsquared app available in<br />

Google Play and The App Store.<br />

“Summer Reading Challenge is for the whole family,” said<br />

Brittany Harrison, youth services librarian at the Westland Area<br />

Library. “We want everyone to be involved. Summer reading is key<br />

in preventing summer slide for kids and ensuring that they go to<br />

the next grade prepared. It also helps keep adult brains active.”<br />

The research-backed “summer slide” refers to the tendency for<br />

children to lose significant learning gains over the summer if they<br />

do not participate in reading or other enrichment activities while<br />

on summer break.<br />

While excited children and teens make up the majority of challenge<br />

participants, the library’s adult challenge has been quickly<br />

growing in popularity<br />

with prizes and<br />

community events<br />

raffles of its own.<br />

“Our adult<br />

Summer Reading<br />

Columbus Air Show<br />

The Columbus Air Show Presented by<br />

Scotts will be held at Rickenbacker<br />

International Airport, 2241 John Circle<br />

Drive, Columbus, on <strong>June</strong> 16-18 from 9<br />

a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

Performers and attractions at the air<br />

show include: the United States Navy Blue<br />

Angels; the United States Air Force F-22<br />

Raptor; Ohio Air National Guard; the<br />

United States Marine Corps C-130 “Fat<br />

Albert”; the B-17 “Yankee Lady from the<br />

Yankee Air Museum; an F-5 Tiger; the C-<br />

47 “Hairless Joe from the Yankee Air<br />

Museum; the B-25 “Rosie’s Reply” from the<br />

Yankee Air Museum; the P-51 Mustang<br />

“Old Crow” based in Central Ohio; and<br />

more.<br />

There will also be ground displays, air<br />

racing, exhibits, civilian superstars, vintage<br />

aircraft, and other experiences.<br />

All tickets and parking passes for the<br />

air show are available online at<br />

www.ColumbusAirShow.com. Visit<br />

www.ColumbusAirShow.com for information<br />

and follow the show on Facebook,<br />

Twitter, and Instagram.<br />

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Challenge promotes<br />

adult literacy and offers interaction with the library and friends in<br />

so many fun and different ways,” says Grove City Adult Services<br />

Librarian, Emma Trudeau. “Not only can you earn prizes for reading,<br />

you are invited to join us for book discussions, DIY programs,<br />

crafting or game nights, and much more.”<br />

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge features two live performers<br />

and presenters for youth each week hosted on Tuesdays<br />

and Thursdays, plus a multitude of other library programs. Check<br />

out swpl.org for a full schedule of all presenters and events.<br />

Library Programs: The Highlights<br />

•Weekly storytimes, plus Storytime in the Park<br />

•Art, craft, and DIY programs for youth and adults<br />

•Weekly Take & Make kits for youth and adults<br />

•Sensory and STEM programs for youth<br />

•Game nights, retro video game nights, and movie nights for<br />

adults<br />

•Educational adult programs from OSU extension, The Bee<br />

Collective, and more<br />

•Free Job Search Assistance<br />

•Free Legal Advice Clinics<br />

Southwest Public Libraries serves over 127 square miles in<br />

southwest Franklin county and surrounding areas through its two<br />

branches, Grove City Library and Westland Area Library. SPL<br />

seeks to serve as the community’s center for lifelong learning by<br />

connecting visitors with resources, technology, and programs to<br />

educate and inspire. The library system provides access to millions<br />

of items through a consortium partnership with 17 central Ohio<br />

libraries and offers an array of free services to the community.<br />

Visit swpl.org for more information or connect with SPL on<br />

social media: Facebook @SPLFranklinCountyOH and Instagram<br />

@southwestpl.<br />



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House of<br />

Representatives<br />

Approves Eleven<br />

Measures<br />

This past week the Ohio House of Representatives<br />

completed a busy itinerary, passing ten bills and<br />

one resolution on to the State Senate for its approval.<br />

Every measure garnered true bipartisan<br />

support, winning at least 80 votes from the 99-<br />

member body. I’ve summarized several of these<br />

measures below.<br />

House Bill (HB 27) requires our state public universities<br />

to provide financial cost, aid, and average<br />

salary data in an easy-to-understand one-page format.<br />

In this manner, students and parents will understand<br />

better the cost of a college education and<br />

the dollars typical new graduates earn in the field<br />

to which the student has gained admission. I was a<br />

co-sponsor of this piece of legislation.<br />

HB 57 calls for indexing to inflation the value of a<br />

property that is not subject to a portion of property<br />

tax because it qualifies for the homestead exemption.<br />

This measure particularly will help senior citizens<br />

and military veterans maintain financial<br />

stability and stay in their homes.<br />

HB 105 reduces the penalty for an individual filing<br />

a late municipal income tax return from $25 per<br />

month to a one-time-only $25 fine. It does not<br />

erase any of the actual tax obligation an individual<br />

may have accrued. This measure will help protect<br />

students who may have worked in one municipality<br />

for a summer job and had income tax withheld but<br />

failed to file an actual return at the end of the year.<br />

HB 50 is a criminal justice measure designed to help<br />

reduce recidivism among formerly incarcerated individuals.<br />

It allows them to petition the court for a<br />

certificate of qualification for housing (CQH), which<br />

could be granted for individuals designated as rehabilitated.<br />

If granted, the CQH will help make it<br />

easier for the individual to gain access to housing<br />

and by providing provide some legal protection for<br />

the landlord.<br />

Additional measures: HB 28 designates March as<br />

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Month.<br />

This type of breast cancer occurs more frequently in<br />

younger and African American women. HB 61 designates<br />

November 19th as “James A. Garfield Day”<br />

in Ohio. Garfield, from Ohio, was our twentieth<br />

president and no special state designation had<br />

been in place for his birthday. The final measure<br />

was a resolution to support the Ohio Commission<br />

for the United States Semiquincentennial, America’s<br />

250th birthday celebration that will take place in<br />

three years. It affirms the legislature’s full and enthusiastic<br />

support for the activities leading up to<br />

and culminating on July 4, 2026.<br />

(Dave Dobos represents the 10th District in the Ohio<br />

House of Representatives, which consists of parts of<br />

West, Southwest, and South Columbus, Grove City, Urbancrest,<br />

and most of Franklin Township. He reports<br />

regularly on his activities in this position and his campaign<br />

has paid for this communication with you.)<br />

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Safety Focus<br />

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City orders Hilltop<br />

bar to implement<br />

security upgrades<br />

On May 24, Columbus City Attorney<br />

Zach Klein announced that the city<br />

secured a preliminary injunction in the<br />

Franklin County Environmental Court<br />

ordering safety and security upgrades at<br />

Cain’s Sports Bar, located in the Hilltop.<br />

The bar was the scene of a double homicide<br />

where four individuals were shot in July<br />

2022. In March <strong>2023</strong>, three people were<br />

shot following a fight outside the bar<br />

around 2:30 a.m.<br />

“Guns and alcohol are a bad mix that<br />

turn bar fights into deadly situations. With<br />

violence spilling out into the streets and<br />

threatening public safety, it was imperative<br />

that the city step in, hold bar owners<br />

accountable for this troubling behavior,<br />

and make sure they work with the experts<br />

at Columbus police and Columbus fire to<br />

improve safety and security for patrons,<br />

employees, and the surrounding neighborhood,”<br />

said Klein.<br />

Under the terms of the agreed order,<br />

bar owners are shutting down operations<br />

earlier, hiring more security, and allowing<br />

full police and fire security assessments to<br />

determine future safety and security plans<br />

to protect public safety.<br />

“The city is willing to work with owners<br />

to improve security, but we won’t hesitate<br />

to take appropriate legal action if problems<br />

persist or owners are no longer cooperating.<br />

It’s a matter of public safety,” said<br />

Assistant City Attorney Sarah Pomeroy,<br />

the city’s chief attorney assigned to problem<br />

bars.<br />

For the next several weeks, bar owners<br />

have agreed to cease alcohol sales by 1:30<br />

a.m. and close the premises by 2 a.m. The<br />

bar must also hire properly licensed security<br />

or off-duty Columbus police officers<br />

from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday to Sunday<br />

and reassess security staffing levels one<br />

year following the signing of the order.<br />

Additionally, the police department is<br />

now authorized to arrest and trespass all<br />

non-employees loitering after the bar closes.<br />

Bar owners must also submit to CPD<br />

and CFD security assessments of the property<br />

and operations.<br />

“Neighbors in the Hilltop are rightly<br />

concerned about the levels of violence in<br />

and around this bar. While this agreement<br />

is a step forward, the city’s focus will<br />

remain on this bar to see that safety and<br />

security are a top priority - or we will take<br />

further action,” said Assistant City<br />

Attorney Zach Gwin, zone attorney for the<br />

city’s westside neighborhoods, including<br />

the Hilltop.<br />

The city and Cain’s ownership are<br />

scheduled to meet on <strong>June</strong> 29 for a status<br />


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Breakfast at the Lodge<br />

The West Gate Masonic Lodge #623 is<br />

preparing breakfast once a month to benefit<br />

the Special Olympics. The public is invited<br />

to have breakfast the second Saturday of<br />

each month at 2925 West Broad St. Adults<br />

eat for a donation of $7 and kids can have a<br />

meal for $3. Serving is from 9 a.m. to noon.<br />

For more information, email westgate623@gmail.com.<br />

Produce giveaway at YMCA<br />

The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce<br />

around the westside<br />

giveaway the third Wednesday of each<br />

month from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2879 Valleyite<br />

Drive in Columbus. For more information,<br />

call the YMCA at 614-276-8224.<br />

Wellness and foot care<br />

for senior citizens<br />

LifeCare Alliance provides a nurse at<br />

the Prairie Township Community Center<br />

weekly to provide free foot care and other<br />

wellness services. To schedule an appointment<br />

or for more information, contact the<br />

wellness office at 614-437-2878.<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Hilltop History & Heritage<br />

This photo from around 1927 features the Matsonia Barbeque, then located at 3184<br />

West Broad St., near Brinker Avenue and Algonquin/Orel avenues. The owner was<br />

George W. Matson, and the caption states, “The only barbeque in Ohio equipped with<br />

a Modern Electrical Kitchen.” The office of podiatrist Dr. Kyle Wire now is located at<br />

this address. Matson’s son, George Matson, started the Matson Insurance Agency,<br />

now located at 1275 Demorest Road, in 1958. If you have a photo to share, contact<br />

Stacy Berndsen-Campbell at stacyberndsen12@gmail.com.

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