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<strong>November</strong> 19 - December 9, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. L, No. 9<br />

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Hilltop Commission<br />

OKs election results<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The Greater Hilltop Area Commission<br />

will welcome three new community advocates<br />

to the local advisory board next year.<br />

At its meeting on Nov. 14, the commission<br />

announced the results of the election<br />

that took place last month. It saw a record<br />

number of candidates submit petitions to<br />

vie for one of the four open seats on the<br />

board, and it also saw a record number of<br />

citizens participate in the election process.<br />

According to Leah Brudno, chair of the<br />

government and legislation committee,<br />

these are the results of the Oct. 7 election.<br />

•Candidate Nick Bates received 133<br />

votes.<br />

•Candidate Dean Smith received 120<br />

votes.<br />

•Candidate Jennie Keplar received 111<br />

votes.<br />

•Candidate Keith Neal received 91<br />

votes.<br />

•Candidate Jason Cornell received 61<br />

votes.<br />

•Candidate Ricky Kitchen received 56<br />

votes.<br />

•Candidate Terry Roofe received 41<br />

votes.<br />

With the exception of the incumbent<br />

Keplar, all of the candidates who ran for a<br />

seat in the <strong>2023</strong> election were vying to<br />

become first time area commissioners.<br />

Commissioner-elect Nick Bates has<br />

been a resident of the westside since 2007.<br />

He said in that time, he has seen “so many<br />

great assets here in the Hilltop - most<br />

notably the people.” He added that he will<br />

combine his love of volunteerism and his<br />

professional expertise on policy to try to<br />

make positive changes on the lives of the<br />

people who live in the community.<br />

“I have spent my career advocating for<br />

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ingful progress on these issues by lifting up the stories that<br />

often go unheard in our communities. As a commissioner,<br />

I hope to connect the stories to meaningful policy solutions.”<br />

Commissioner-elect Dean Smith said he wanted to run<br />

for a seat on the commission to make a difference in the<br />

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every street and every resident to reach their full potential,”<br />

he wrote in an email. “Now that the campaign season<br />

is over, I want to imbed this slogan as a guiding principle<br />

in how I operate as a commissioner.”<br />

He said in his first term, he will “aim to work with his<br />

fellow commissioners to build upon the work they’ve done<br />

to increase voter turnout in our elections, improve our system<br />

for advocating for capital improvements, and improve<br />

the Hilltop’s overall image.”<br />

“I am extremely optimistic about our community’s<br />

future and am excited to help others be a part<br />

of it.”<br />

Incumbent commissioner Jennie Keplar has<br />

served on the commission a total of four years —<br />

including a previous time in the early 2000s — and<br />

said she wanted to continue being a part of the<br />

advisory board because she sees a new level of<br />

engagement that was not present two decades ago.<br />

“I feel so much more invigorated, not only by the<br />

current and soon-to-be members of the commission,<br />

but by how much more engaged Hilltoppers seem to<br />

be this time around,” she wrote. “The GHAC is 42<br />

years old, and in that time, we’ve had peaks and<br />

valleys in terms of community participation. I’m<br />

seeing more people attending the meetings voluntarily<br />

and asking really good questions. The more<br />

residents we can get to join us, participate in our<br />

committees, and really take part in our civil discourse,<br />

the more I want to be a part of that.”<br />

Keplar said she wants to help younger generations<br />

of Hilltoppers find the courage to speak up for<br />

their community during her second term on the<br />

commission, “even when the forces they’re speaking<br />

to seem daunting.”<br />

In the biography he submitted to the public for<br />

consideration as a candidate, Commissioner-elect<br />

Keith Neal said he wanted to use his passion for<br />

community activism and youth advocacy to enrich<br />

the neighborhoods in Columbus.<br />

Neal had spent more than three decades at the<br />

J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center, beginning as a janitor<br />

and retiring as its executive director. While<br />

employed at the center, Neal instituted the Great<br />

Expectation Program as a “model of excellence in<br />

character, building, emotional growth, sports activities,<br />

healthy nutrition, and creative outlets.”<br />

The Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong> reached out to Neal to ask<br />

about his decision to run for a seat on the commission and<br />

what he hoped to accomplish during his three-year term<br />

but did not receive a response as of press time.<br />

Commissioner Brudno — who did not run for re-election<br />

this year — said she was “excited” for the future of the commission.<br />

“We have some really great people who will be seated<br />

next year and we had some really great candidates for the<br />

voters to consider,” she said. “I am excited to see what<br />

comes next.”<br />

More than 200 voters participated in the <strong>2023</strong> election.<br />

The process, however, was not without issue.<br />

As the chair of the committee that oversees the election,<br />

Brudno said her auto-correct program incorrectly removed<br />

the ‘e’ on the last name of candidate Terry Roofe when she<br />

was writing the ballots. Typically, a co-chair of the committee<br />

would look over the names on the ballot to check for<br />

mistakes but there was no co-chair this year.<br />

“It was a total oversight and that error should have<br />

been caught before it went out before voters,” she said.<br />

To correct the error at some polling locations, either a<br />

commissioner or a voter tried to add the missing ‘e’ on<br />

some of the ballots. Candidate Roofe filed a complaint to<br />

the city’s department of neighborhoods as he believed the<br />

integrity of the area commission’s election process was in<br />

question.<br />

During the Nov. 14 meeting, he said the commission<br />

should have reprinted the ballot prior to the election<br />

rather than “deface” the official ballot that was before voters.<br />

“You have to have election integrity,” he said.<br />

After he contested the election, the commission sent an<br />

inquiry to the department of neighborhoods and had the<br />

city attorney that oversees area commissions review the<br />

matter. According to neighborhoods program coordinator<br />

David Hooie, the city attorney did not feel it was necessary<br />

for the commission to hold another election despite the<br />

“irregularities” that occurred.<br />

The city officials ultimately left the decision to the commission,<br />

which decided to certify the results as is due to<br />

the fact that voters at the polls were given candidate bios<br />

with the correctly spelled last names prior to casting their<br />

votes.<br />

Vice-chair Victoria Bates-Frye said the<br />

commission will use this incident as an<br />

opportunity to improve upon future elections<br />

and ensure there are no questions<br />

related to the integrity of the process.<br />

“There’s an opportunity here and I think<br />

we should grab a hold of it,” she said.<br />

Roofe said that is ultimately all he wanted<br />

— for the election to be fair to all candidates.<br />

In related news, the commission has an<br />

appointed seat available next year. In order<br />

to be considered, one must be over the age<br />

of 18, and live, work, or own property within<br />

the GHAC boundaries.<br />

Those interested in the three-year<br />

appointed seat can reach out to the commissioners<br />

via Facebook or via their website,<br />

cbusareacommissions.org/greater-hilltop<br />

to request consideration. The commission<br />

will discuss the nominees at their<br />

December meeting and likely vote for the<br />

individuals at their first meeting of 2024.<br />

The next full commission meeting will<br />

be held on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the<br />

Columbus Metropolitan Library: Hilltop<br />

Branch, 511 S. Hague Ave.

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By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Interior and exterior upgrades are slated<br />

for multiple buildings in the South-<br />

Western City Schools District.<br />

At its meeting on Oct. 23, the board of<br />

education unanimously approved two<br />

items for action that will allow the district<br />

to start planning for infrastructure<br />

improvements and renovations at its district<br />

service center and its transportation<br />

service center next year.<br />

The first item for action that was<br />

approved was an agreement with Schorr<br />

Architects to provide professional design<br />

services for the project. Under the terms of<br />

the contract, the district will pay $255,000<br />

to the architectural firm for the design, bidding<br />

and construction administration phases,<br />

with an additional allocation of $33,000<br />

for permitting and plan reproduction costs.<br />

The second item for action that was<br />

approved was a resolution authorizing the<br />

district to advertise for bids for the infrastructure<br />

improvement and renovation<br />

project at the two service centers.<br />

According to Monte Detterman, the district’s<br />

director of business services, the<br />

scope of the project at the district service<br />

center on Marlane Drive includes upgrades<br />

throughout the facility.<br />

“Among the items set for bid within this<br />

project are windows, HVAC, roofing<br />

improvements, and structural issues with<br />

the exterior,” he said in an email. “Many of<br />

these improvements will enhance the<br />

DSC’s heating and cooling capabilities and<br />

reduce utility costs long term.”<br />

The scope of the project at the transportation<br />

service center on Southwest<br />

Boulevard are “mostly cosmetic,” said<br />

Detterman.<br />

“There are some doors that need to be<br />

replaced and the exterior of the building<br />

will be painted,” he said. “A new heating<br />

system will be installed in the mechanics<br />

bay as well as replacing some ventilation<br />

units.<br />

He added that lighting will be upgraded<br />

throughout the facility with energy efficient<br />

LED fixtures and restrooms and<br />

break areas will be renovated to provide<br />

better facilities for staff. The office will also<br />

be renovated to provide a “more functional<br />

work space for scheduling and routing students<br />

each day.”<br />

The current estimate for the district<br />

service center project is budgeted at $1.5<br />

million. The current estimate for the transportation<br />

service center project is budgeted<br />

at $500,000.<br />

Detterman said that ideally the district<br />

service center project would start this winter,<br />

but most of the work would be in the<br />

spring and summer. The transportation<br />

service center project could begin this fall.<br />

He said that it is the district’s hope that<br />

both projects will be completed in August<br />

and/or September of 2024.<br />

Unlike a majority of the infrastructure<br />

improvement and renovation projects that<br />

have been approved by the board within<br />

the past several years, this project will be<br />

funded by permanent improvement dollars<br />

and not federal dollars that have been allocated<br />

through the American Rescue Plan<br />

and The Elementary and Secondary School<br />

Emergency Relief Fund (APR-ESSER).<br />

Some of the district infrastructure projects<br />

that have been approved utilizing<br />

those funds include the construction of a<br />

new Stiles Family Resource Center, HVAC<br />

throughout the school buildings, a new<br />

addition to Hayes Intermediate School, roof<br />

repair and renovation at the recreation<br />

centers, and an event center expansion at<br />

the South-Western Career Academy.<br />

The ARP-ESSER dollars have also been<br />

utilized for learning loss initiatives caused<br />

by the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the<br />

district has spent more than $15 million to<br />

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Hammel’s differences were not always<br />

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Her mother, Janice Hammel, remembers<br />

feeling shocked upon learning that<br />

her daughter’s experience was so painful.<br />

She recalled all the times they were in<br />

public and friends came running to say<br />

hello to her daughter. It wasn’t until years<br />

after graduation that Janice learned not<br />

everyone treated Hammel this way. She<br />

encourages unsuspecting parents to check<br />

in with their child and how they’re being<br />

treated at school. This book is a hopeful<br />

conversation starter in that regard.<br />

In recounting the bullying with her<br />

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story of a little girl with similar struggles,<br />

but with an ending that she herself longed<br />

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“Angel’s Special Day” addresses the<br />

challenges of experiencing a struggle that<br />

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Angel, the title character, gets teased<br />

for her disability on her walk to school,<br />

inside the classroom, and everywhere in<br />

between. She tells her parents how sad she<br />

is, something Hammel wishes she would<br />

have done sooner.<br />

“I wrote this for other kids and adults<br />

who are like me and need help,” said<br />

Hammel.<br />

Once the story was complete, a copy was<br />

sent to Covenant Books Publishing for<br />

review. After minor edits and added illus-<br />

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Heather Hammel is the author of “Angel’s<br />

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how to cope with their own differences<br />

and bullying by their peers.<br />

trations selected by Hammel, the book was<br />

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Janice regards the book as an educational<br />

tool for teachers as one way to prevent<br />

bullying. She said teachers could tailor<br />

this storyline to help explain what is<br />

going on with a certain child in their classroom<br />

that mirrors Angel’s experience.<br />

“She is so much farther along than they<br />

ever thought she would be when she was<br />

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Hammel encourages all who are experiencing<br />

bullying and having a hard time<br />

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“Everything is truly going to be okay,”<br />

said Hammel. “You can get through it like<br />

I did.”<br />

Elementary schools within the South-<br />

Western City Schools District have agreed<br />

to carry the book in their libraries. “Angel’s<br />

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Columbus officials shut down<br />

suspected drug house on the Hilltop<br />

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein<br />

announced on Nov. 8 that the city of<br />

Columbus obtained a preliminary injunction<br />

to shut down a drug house in the<br />

Hilltop, located at 673 S. Richardson Ave.<br />

The Columbus Police Department<br />

(CPD) has received more than 40 calls for<br />

service to the premises since February<br />

2021, including multiple reports of shots<br />

fired and drug activity at the premises.<br />

CPD executed an order to board up the<br />

property.<br />

“Hilltop residents deserve a neighborhood<br />

free from drugs and violence, a safe<br />

place they can call home, start a business<br />

or raise a family,” said Klein. “By shutting<br />

this drug house down, we’re disrupting the<br />

flow of narcotics into our streets and making<br />

the Hilltop safer for residents. I continue<br />

to encourage neighbors who see something<br />

to say something and contact 311 or<br />

law enforcement to get these problem properties<br />

shut down.”<br />

According to court documents, the property<br />

came to the attention of CPD in 2021,<br />

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scene of more than 40 calls for service.<br />

In February <strong>2023</strong>, CPD received a complaint<br />

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later in March <strong>2023</strong>, CPD received a complaint<br />

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In April <strong>2023</strong>, officers responded to a<br />

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Multiple reports of shots fired at the<br />

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observed multiple people coming and leaving<br />

from the premises, as well as drug<br />

paraphernalia and possible prostitution<br />

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cocaine from the premises. Police also<br />

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From 6 to 8 p.m., families can enjoy<br />

activities, sing-along carols and refreshments,<br />

plus a visit from live reindeer and a<br />

special guest. But perhaps the biggest<br />

draw of the evening will be the return of<br />

the Huntington Holiday Train. A ceremonial<br />

switch will be flipped on for the train,<br />

which will delight library customers<br />

through Jan. 7, 2024. Parking for the event<br />

in the Main Library’s attached garage will<br />

be free.<br />

The 600-square-foot Huntington<br />

Holiday Train includes multiple miniature<br />

trains running on more than 280 feet of<br />

track surrounded by more than 50 pounds<br />

of snowflakes. The miniature buildings —<br />

which are all made from leaves, bark,<br />

seeds, pinecones, fungus and moss — are<br />

modeled after actual structures in<br />

Germany.<br />

This marks the 31st year of the holiday<br />

Pet Corner<br />

Pets of the week<br />

Wookie is a 1-yearold<br />

boy who was<br />

found trying to survive<br />

on the streets.<br />

He is as sweet as he<br />

is handsome. Wookie<br />

is neutered, microchipped,<br />

FL/FIV negative<br />

and up to date<br />

on vaccines. Come<br />

visit him in the<br />

Colony Cats’ cage-free adoption center.<br />

FYI: colonycats.org<br />

Nesta is a uniquely<br />

spotted tuxedo lady<br />

who looks like a lovely<br />

little cow. A good<br />

samaritan rescued<br />

her from an apartment<br />

complex and<br />

now she’s ready to<br />

find her forever home<br />

after almost a year<br />

with Colony Cats. She is more reserved, and<br />

often not comfortable being touched. This just<br />

means she is a very independent lady that<br />

appreciates her alone time. Nesta is perfect if<br />

you are looking for a cat that won’t try to lay<br />

across your keyboard as you try to work from<br />

home. Adopt her from Colony Cats.<br />

FYI: colonycats.org<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Huntington Holiday Train back<br />

on track at CML’s Main Library<br />

Blood drive at Glenwood UMC<br />

The American Red Cross has partnered<br />

with the Glenwood United Methodist<br />

Church, 2833 Valleyview Drive, to host a<br />

community events<br />

attraction, which was built in 1992 by<br />

Applied Imagination founder Paul Busse.<br />

The train was originally displayed in the<br />

lobby of the historic Huntington building at<br />

Broad and High streets. In 2009,<br />

Huntington loaned the train to CML. This<br />

year will be its 13th on display in Main<br />

Library’s atrium.<br />

Highlights include a six-foot-tall cathedral,<br />

an eight-foot-tall castle and a waterfall<br />

that pumps 600 gallons of water an<br />

hour. Each building in the display took<br />

between one and three weeks to create.<br />

The castle and waterfall took more than<br />

three months to complete; it took more<br />

than 10 months to build the cathedral. The<br />

entire display takes two days to set up.<br />

The Huntington Holiday Train will be<br />

on display Nov. 22 through Jan. 7 during<br />

regular library hours — Monday through<br />

Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and<br />

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday<br />

from 1 to 5 p.m. The first hour of parking in<br />

the library garage is free.<br />

blood drive. The drive is set for Wednesday,<br />

Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule<br />

an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or<br />

call 1-800-red-cross.<br />

These furry friends are available<br />

for adoption at local<br />

rescues and shelters<br />

Earl is a senior<br />

sweetie with eight<br />

years of experience<br />

in cuddles and taking<br />

hearty naps. He loves<br />

going for walks and<br />

like to take his time<br />

while sidewalk perusing,<br />

watching people<br />

walk by and smelling<br />

the pleasant air. After<br />

a good walk, he will look to take a snooze. Earl<br />

is the gentlest couch potato you’ll ever meet.<br />

Adopt this gentle boy from the Franklin<br />

County shelter.<br />

FYI: franklincountydogs.com<br />

Rose is a 10-year-old<br />

who could be your<br />

perfect match if you<br />

like the easy life. She<br />

is a relaxed, laid back<br />

kind of dog who<br />

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watching movies,<br />

curling up on laps,<br />

and walking very<br />

short distances from<br />

the couch to the food bowl and back. Stop by<br />

the county shelter to meet sweet Rose.<br />

FYI: franklincountydogs.com

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Honoring alumni who have served<br />

The Franklin Heights High School NJROTC unit hosted a special presentation for alumni who served in the<br />

Vietnam War as a part of the Veteran Day festivities that took place throughout the district on Nov. 10. At<br />

the ceremony, a plaque inscribed with the names of the Golden Falcons who are known to have served in<br />

the war was unveiled, including the three alumni who were confirmed killed in action: Joseph Rees (Army),<br />

Larry Herbert (Army), and Andrew Hinderman (Marines). Army veteran John Georgiton, Class of 1964,<br />

kick-started the plaque dedication project as a way to honor all of those who walked the hallways of the<br />

school and served in one of the deadliest wars in modern history. “We all want them to be recognized for<br />

their service and sacrifice,” he said. Pictured here at the location where the plaque will be prominently displayed<br />

are (from left to right) Christian Olinger, Ashton Phaunef, John Georgiton, Dick Grambo (Class of<br />

1967), Lexie Pack, and Joleyne Hernandez.<br />


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Ohio House<br />

Nonvoting<br />

Session<br />

A little-known anecdote about the Ohio<br />

House of Representatives is that, during each<br />

General Assembly (the two-year term of the<br />

Legislature), the House must convene at least<br />

once a week—even during a recess or a holiday<br />

period. As a result, if the House is not<br />

scheduled to meet as an entire body, a small<br />

subset of members must convene in a nonvoting<br />

or “shadow” session.<br />

The agenda for the nonvoting session consists<br />

of noncontroversial business such as first readings<br />

of proposed bills (by title only and so they<br />

become eligible for assignment to and consideration<br />

by one of the House standing committees),<br />

nonpolicy resolutions (congratulatory<br />

kudos for noteworthy achievements in respective<br />

House members’ districts), communications<br />

from the Ohio Senate, and<br />

announcements of appointments of members<br />

and the public to standing House committees<br />

and state-mandated councils. All votes taken<br />

are procedural ones with no objections. The<br />

entire meeting lasts only about five to ten<br />

minutes and is scripted for participating<br />

House members by the House Clerk’s office<br />

staff.<br />

Two members from the majority party (Republican,<br />

currently) are required to complete<br />

the agenda. One acts as temporary Speaker<br />

of the House; the other makes the procedural<br />

motions. The motioning member makes the<br />

scripted motions; the temporary Speaker declares<br />

acceptance without objection. Living<br />

relatively close to the State House, I get called<br />

on frequently for this activity—and have<br />

played each role at various times.<br />

The business accomplished in the shadow sessions<br />

serves to speed the work of the House<br />

and minimizes the time spent on process-related<br />

items when we meet as an entire body,<br />

saving time then for essential votes and deliberation<br />

on the true business of the day. If the<br />

nonvoting sessions are missed, the House<br />

technically would have to adjourn for the biennium.<br />

At that point, only Governor DeWine<br />

then could call us back into session, which<br />

would prove to be an unnecessary use of his<br />

time and attention.<br />

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

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

parts of West, Southwest, and South Columbus,<br />

Grove City, Urbancrest, and portions of Franklin<br />

and Jackson Townships. He reports regularly on<br />

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

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and the latter has a group of<br />

stray dogs go on a journey to<br />

get revenge on the human<br />

who dumped one of their<br />

canine pals.<br />

If none of those are appealing to your comedic senses, may I<br />

present “Quiz Lady”, the latest comedy that could potentially<br />

make you laugh and smile with its silly premise. With a plot that<br />

revolves around two estranged sisters who team up after a beloved<br />

canine companion is held for ransom because of their flighty mother,<br />

this film takes a softer approach in the naughty department<br />

and goes a bit harder on the heartfelt. Although it may not elicit<br />

as many laugh-out-loud moments because it is more subdued than<br />

other <strong>2023</strong> comedic offerings, its overall sweetness could bring<br />

forth those elusive feelings of joy throughout its 95 minute running<br />

time.<br />

In the Jessica Yu directed film that is now streaming on Hulu,<br />

Awkwafina and Sandra Oh work against type by playing Anne<br />

and Jenny, respectively, two sisters who could not be more opposite.<br />

As the youngest, Anne is an extreme introvert, preferring to<br />

spend all of her time outside of work alone on the couch, indulging<br />

in bags of Smartfood popcorn and watching her favorite game<br />

show, “Can’t Stop the Quiz” with her adorable and aging pug, Mr.<br />

Linguine (played by Crosby Cookie), by her side. As the oldest,<br />

Jenny is an extreme extrovert, preferring to spend all of her time<br />

amongst new groups of people as she tries to find the perfect job,<br />

the perfect passion, and the perfect life that has always eluded<br />

her.<br />

Since the sisters are roughly 10 years apart in age, they have<br />

never been particularly close, going long stretches of time without<br />

speaking to one another unless Jenny needs to borrow money from<br />

her steady sister or has to find a place to crash for the night — or<br />

the week or the month. While annoyed at having to be a bank or a<br />

hotel for her sister, Anne always gives her what she needs because<br />

it is the fastest way to get Jenny out of her life.<br />

While at work one day, Anne receives a call from the nursing<br />

facility where their mother resides, informing her that her mother<br />

is “gone.” To be clear, gone does not mean dead. It just means that<br />

she flew off to Macau with her new boyfriend and that one of her<br />

daughters has to come to the facility to clean out her room because<br />

she is permanently banned from the premises.<br />

It is this news that brings Jenny back into her orbit. At first,<br />

Anne thinks they will only have to interact for a few days as they<br />

figure out what to do with their wayward mother. But then the sisters<br />

learn that the matriarch owes a local gangster $80,000 and it<br />

is now up to them to pay him back. Having no way to repay the<br />

debt, the gangster takes Mr. Linguine for ransom and allows the<br />

sisters a “two-week grace period” to cough up the dough or else<br />

something bad might happen to the aging pug.<br />

This action prompts Jenny to suggest that Anne try out for<br />

“Can’t Stop the Quiz” because she is quite skilled at trivia — a real<br />

genius at it, even. Despite Anne’s initial reluctance, the introvert<br />

who doesn’t like to be looked at finds herself faced with no other<br />

choice. As the two go on a road trip to the audition, they begin to<br />

bond amongst their sisterly squabbling, finding common ground<br />

and discovering a new way to look at each other — and themselves.<br />

The script, written by Jen D’Angelo, could use a bit more consistency<br />

when it comes to the laughs, but the physical comedy of<br />

and the chemistry between Awkwafina and Oh more than make<br />

up for the lack. The actresses make Anne and Jenny feel like real<br />

sisters who have drifted apart: You can feel the pain and hurt in<br />

the arguments they have, and you can also feel the hope and the<br />

love they have for each other. On paper, they seem like an oddball<br />

duo who wouldn’t quite work together, but on the screen they are<br />

fun and dynamic, playing so well off of each other that it makes<br />

this movie a delight to watch.<br />

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“Quiz Lady” will have viewers laughing<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

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Dedra Cordle is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer and columnist.

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community events<br />

White Christmas<br />

Food Distribution<br />

The White Christmas food distribution<br />

program has been providing boxes of food<br />

to those in need for more than 45 years.<br />

Each box contains enough food to help<br />

families make their Christmas season a<br />

little brighter. Online registration for this<br />

program begins Nov. 24 and runs through<br />

Dec. 1. Those interested can register at<br />

cognitoforms.com/JacksonTownship2/Whit<br />

eChristmasRegistration<strong>2023</strong>. Those who<br />

do not have access to a computer can go to<br />

Jackson Township Fire station 202, 3650<br />

Hoover Road from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1,<br />

between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., for in-person<br />

registration.<br />

The White Christmas food program is<br />

open to any resident of 43119, 43123,<br />

43126 and 43146 zip codes with a financial<br />

need. Only one box per address.<br />

Participating families must provide a valid<br />

photo ID, proof of current residency, and<br />

the reason for the request.<br />

Distribution of food will take place on<br />

Dec. 23 behind Our Lady of Perpetual<br />

Help School, 3752 Broadway in Grove<br />

City, from noon to 4 p.m.<br />

For more information, call 614-875-<br />

3322 ext: 309.<br />

Free lunch at Hilltop Methodist<br />

The United Hilltop Methodist Church<br />

will host a free community lunch every<br />

Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church<br />

is located at 99 S. Highland Ave.<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. A legal aid<br />

attorney will be available to answer questions<br />

regarding landlord and tenant<br />

issues, public benefits, consumer debt, and<br />

family law. To receive free advice, you<br />

must have a gross household income below<br />

200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.<br />

For more information, call Legal Aid at<br />

614-241-2001.<br />

Free legal advice at Westland<br />

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus will<br />

offer free legal advice the third Tuesday 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 />

medicare, and landlord issues. For more<br />

information, call the library at 614-878-<br />

1301.<br />

Produce giveaway at YMCA<br />

The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce<br />

giveaway the third Wednesday of<br />

each month from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2879<br />

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