Columbus -- The suspended attorney general's office manager who is already under investigation for sexual harassment and damage to two state vehicles also may have been involved in a hit-skip accident last summer while driving a state car, the office says. Read on... Dann aide Guitierrez accused of hitting truck- cleveland.com.
A flood of records has not confirmed accusations that a senior aide to Attorney General Marc Dann sexually harassed two junior staffers.
the documents and emerging details make one thing clear: Dann and a
circle of his closest aides interacted with a group of young women in
the office more like buddies - or prospective boyfriends - than
Dann's 28-year-old scheduler, Jessica Utovich,
playfully calls Dann names, invites him to drinks, solicits his opinion
of her hair and scolds him for his conduct in thousands of e-mails
between them released this week. Read on...
UNION TOWHSHIP, OHIO - The visitation for SSgt. Matt Maupin is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, ending at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.
Parking details are: Parking at the Civic Center will not open until 10:45 AM Saturday, April 26. Civic Center public parking will be limited to the far parking lot. The near parking lot is designated for handicapped and yellow parking pass holders.
Additional parking will be available at Total Quality Logistics (TQL), 4289 Ivy Pointe Blvd., and at Eastgate Mall, 4601 Eastgate Blvd. Buses, courtesy of the West Clermont Local School District and Croswell Bus Services, will be shuttling from these two locations to the Queen City Metro lot at the Civic Center, and back, until 10:30 PM Saturday.
Guests should park in the designated areas at TQL, and buses will leave from the front of the lot, by the traffic light at Ivy Pointe Blvd.
At Eastgate Mall, parking is available behind Dillards and Kohls department stores, in the area of the old Eastgate Cinemas. That is also the bus shuttle pick-up and drop-off area.
Due to expected heavy traffic, Aicholtz Road may experience some temporary closings throughout the event. Only residents of Aicholtz Road and holders of yellow parking passes will be permitted to enter Aicholtz Road during these closings.
MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OHIO NEWS - The Clermont County Highway Department will be closing Price Road on Monday, May 5 through Tuesday, May 6. The closure is for a culvert pipe replacement at Hobbyhorse. Hobbyhorse will be accessible from the North side of Price Road.
This is a daytime only closure from 7 AM until 5 PM.
"This is a serious violation of EPA's system for protecting people and
the environment from the potential harmful effects of pesticides," said
Mary Gade, a regional administrator for the EPA.This is an example of a formatted note note. Read on...
Columbus- The State Highway Patrol will investigate whether
a suspended manager at the Ohio attorney general's
office wrecked his state vehicle in October, and, if so,
whether he was drunk when he did it. Read on...
Audit coming of department in attorney general's office
- The state attorney general's office has asked for an audit of the
department overseen by an aide accused by two subordinates of sexual
Anthony Gutierrez, 50, the director of general services for Attorney General Marc Dann,
has been on paid leave as Dann's office investigates the claims from
two 26-year-old women. Aside from the harassment complaints, one of the
women told an investigator that Gutierrez told her he was drunk while
driving, fell asleep and crashed a state-owned SUV into a guard rail in
As director of general services, Gutierrez oversaw the
office's fleet of 254 state-owned vehicles and assigned vehicles to
himself, Dan spokesman Ted Hart said. Read on...
LOVELAND, OHIO - The
Loveland City School District Preschool Program has openings for girls
in the afternoon session for the 2008-2009 school year.The
District’s preschool program serves students with a variety of special
needs, and on a tuition basis enrolls typically-developing peers to
serve as role models. Each classroom is a multi-age grouping of 3-5 year olds taught by qualified teachers.Classes are in session Monday-Thursday.Applications are available at Loveland Early Childhood Center.Contact the LECC school office at 683-4200 with any questions.Space is limited. LINK
MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OHIO – In a SafetyNet advisiory issued by Miami Township Chief of Police Steven Bailey he said, “We have been notified that unidentified persons are calling citizens in the community asking for donations to a 'Drug Awareness' program. The reports say that the person sounds very authentic and that you can hear what sounds like a police radio in the background. When asked for a call back phone number, the person hangs up.”
Bailey said that his police department is not soliciting donations from anyone for a Drug Awareness program or any other program.
Bailey's advice is that when asked for a donation to any group, always ask for an address and a phone number of the organization. Also ask, if the person is a hired solicitor, and what percent of the donation goes to the program and to the soliciting company. “Ask for time to think about your answer, and never be afraid to say no.”
If you think that you have been misled by a solicitor or you feel that you have received undue pressure from a solicitor, you can contact the police department at: 248-3721.
CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO - Testimony will be heard Wednesday in Columbus on a proposal to rename part of I-275 in Clermont County as the Staff Sergeant Matt Maupin Veteran’s Memorial Highway. The House Infrastructure, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs Committee will be considering House Bill 344 introduced by State Representative Joe Uecker (R-66) and State Representative Tom Brinkman (R-34).
Clermont County Veterans’ Services Director Dan Bare will be among those testifying in support of the bill. “Matt Maupin became America’s son during the four years he was missing,” said Bare. “He was the face of the war, and for a long time, he was the only American soldier unaccounted for in Iraq.”
Maupin was taken captive on April 9, 2004 while taking part in an Army convoy near Baghdad. His remains were recently discovered and his body is being returned for a funeral service in Cincinnati this weekend.
“Four years is a long time to be gone,” added Bare. “People have a tendency to forget with time, but not here. In Clermont County the community embraced Matt and refused to give up hope. That spirit of support remains for all of our men and women stationed on foreign soil.”
“Matt and his family made an enormous sacrifice for this country, and House Bill 344 would give us a method to recognize that sacrifice,” said Representative Uecker.
A penny for your thoughts? Or... How 'bout YOU paying $25.00? $65.00?
by David Miller LOVELAND, OHIO – It's a growing trend, being expected to shell out what's left of your hard earned paycheck, to get access to government leaders. Here are two examples that hit close to home.
If you can afford a lunch break on Tuesday, April 29, from 11:30 AM -1:00 PM, the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting lunch at a local country club where for $25.00 you get to hear views on school taxes as presented by the Superintendent of the Loveland District and the Loveland City Manager. An unspecified meal is on the menu. Work afternoons, or the graveyard shift, paying those local property taxes? At least you won't have to ask the boss for a little time off with pay.
In a “joint” press release issued by the Chamber and the City, the subject of the session is, “Supporting our Public Schools: the Role and Importance of the Commercial Tax Base.” Guest speakers will include Dr. Kevin Boys, Superintendent of Loveland City Schools; Tom Carroll, City Manager of Loveland; and Paulette Leeper from the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce.
If usual practice is followed by Loveland, and if you are an elected official, lunch is on the taxpayer.
There are rumblings in the community that the average Joe and Jane will have to pay $25 to hear these appointed community leaders discuss their taxes, and that the Chamber may now be profiting from the recent school levy defeat. Despite formally endorsing or opposing several local ballot issues in recent years, the Chamber declined to support the recent tax levy for the school.
City Council Member Paul Elliott has always refused to allow City tax dollars to pay his way to Chamber events. The City, being a Chamber member, issues an e-mail soliciting whether City Council members wish to attend Chamber functions like networking breakfasts, cookouts, or golf outings. When Council Clerk Linda Cox receives responses, she makes reservations for the individuals and a city check is written. A recent Chamber event that was held at City Hall required an admission fee for a catered breakfast and a presentation by the City Manager and Mayor to present the “State of the City.” Elliott, being a council member wanted to find out what state his City was in, however, Elliott did not allow a reservation to be made in his name. He said he went after the breakfast was served to hear the presentation.
Boys was asked “The City usually uses tax dollars to pay the way to Chamber events for Council members - will the District pay the cost for Board members to attend this lunch?” Boys responded, “It would be a proper public expenditure, but I see your point.” Boys had told Board members at their last meeting to let him know if they wanted to go, and he would make a reservation for them to hear him speak.
Boys said in an e-mail, “Interesting. You know me.... if given the opportunity I will speak on behalf of Loveland schools and our children... not sure I would pay $25 to hear me speak.”
Responding about the upcoming breakfast where the City Manager and School Superintendent will discuss school taxes Elliott said, “I always find it interesting that such a potentially important community dialogue, especially on such an important subject, has a significant cost the attend.”
Paulette Leeper is the Executive Director of the Chamber and has also been a member of the City's Finance Committee for several years where she votes to recommend a budget to City Council that contains line items for the types of expenditure that lead to checks being written to the organization she runs. Leeper then routinely solicits money from the City for Chamber membership, and support for Chamber programs, such as a golf outing, a membership directory, and lunches where the City writes checks for staff and council members who attend.
The luncheon will be on Tuesday, April 29, from 11:30 AM -1:00 PM at the Oasis Conference Center. You can contact the Chamber to make your reservation at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 683-1544. Chamber members receive a $5.00 discount; all others will be charged $25.00 for the privilege. Example #2
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has final authority over all federal dollars spent on transportation in the region. This quasi-government agency's purview also covers greenspace and land use, water quality issues, air pollution, homeland defense, and has an annual operating budget of $7.5 million. Their primary source of funds is from Federal and State government grants. The Boards of Directors, OKI's policy making body, are elected and appointed representatives from county, township, and municipal governments in eight counties in greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana.
They are currently working on a long-range plan that includes funding recommendations for the allocation of more than $7 billion for road, transit, freight, and bicycle/pedestrian projects in the eight-county region.
If you are a Board member there is no-cost for their April 24 Annual Meeting at the Savannah Center in West Chester where you “Step back in time when Southern grace and elegance was part of everyday living …” and be served grilled New York Strip with sauteed mushrooms and onions, a speech by Ohio Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, and get a first hand presentation of how they have used their time and your tax dollars the past year. Presumably, they will also discuss how that $7 billion will be spent.
Concerned whether OKI will recommend that trucks are banned from I-75 and rerouted to the Loveland area? Non-Board members can pay $65.00 for the “gracious service and the warmth of Southern hospitality and culinary talents of award-winning Chef Henry,” the knowledge of Toni Sander, their Sommelier, and chat with local leaders about the use of your tax dollars. If you want to make a reservation, call Marilyn Osborne at (513) 621-6300 ext. 120.
Bobby Capobianco was taking a nap after school a few weeks ago when
his father told him that it was being reported that Tom Crean had
agreed to become the basketball coach at Indiana University.
was April 1 and Capobianco was certain his dad was playing a trick on
him. The 6-8, 230-pound high school junior from Loveland, Ohio, was
pretty sure he would attend Marquette to play for Crean. However, the
previous summer he played AAU basketball for Bloomington-based Indiana
Elite, and spent a lot of time working out in Assembly Hall.
PITTSBURGH -- Bobby Capobianco hadn't planned on committing to a college anytime soon.
The 6-foot-9 Loveland (Ohio) High School power forward averaged 21
points and 12 rebounds last season as a junior and was ready for the
summer recruiting crush. But his relationship with new Indiana University coach Tom Crean was so strong that when Crean took over the Hoosiers, Capobianco decided it was time. He committed to the Hoosiers last week.
“I was probably going to play for him at Marquette,” the high school junior said Thursday. When
IU hired Crean a little more than two weeks ago, Capobianco’s interest
in the Hoosiers shot up, and on Wednesday night, the 6-foot-8,
230-pound forward spoke with Crean and verbally committed to play for
When Barack Obama met Hillary Clinton for another televised Democratic candidates' debate last night, it was more than a step forward in the 2008 presidential election. It was another step downward for network news -- in particular ABC News, which hosted the debate from Philadelphia and whose usually dependable anchors, Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, turned in shoddy, despicable performances.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A state worker whose sexual harassment allegations triggered a scandal at Attorney General Marc Dann's office intends to file a criminal complaint with police, two newspapers reported Friday.
The idea of an art/environmental-science course would have seemed sort of out there 30 or 40
years ago. Groovy, yes, but seriously? Our children see things differently today.
They have grown up with environmental science and ecology. Recycle and reuse. Turn out the
lights. Avoid pesticides. And, despite the erosion of arts education in many schools, children
still love art, and some even imagine it as a career.
Bobby Capobianco, Junior power forward for the Loveland Tigers has made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Indiana University his mother comfirmed to Loveland Magazine this afternoon. She said the she thought Bobby would go to Marquette, but it was Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean that sold the school to her son. She also said that her son will be close to the friends and their families that Bobby has met while playing AAU ball for Indiana Elite One.
SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OHIO - Sometimes making the transition when very young people play the part of an adult is seamless. Sometimes it is not. Triumph can be achieved through makeup, costumes and choosing the cast. However it was done – it was done very well at last night's dress rehearsal for “Oklahoma.” Although many of the musical's roles are that of young people, it is usually the stretch of the adult parts of a high school production that can stand out as unbelievable, and distract from other well played parts. Not true however of the spring musical put on by the Loveland High School Drama Club.
The production premiers tonight at 7:30 PM in the Ron DeWitt Theater at the High School, continues at the same time on Friday night, and a matinée performance on Saturday at 2 PM.
Also distracting sometimes, is the transition between speaking parts to singing. But also not true of this production, as the singing roles, either from individuals, duets, or the large chorus is spontaneous in a seamless and artful manner. Speaking of singing, there is not one weak singing role or chorus number to be found. Neither is there one weak character role in the production. All of these students must have worked extremely hard developing their character's believable dialect
and stage persona.
The show's Director is New Jersey native Larry Smiglewski, who ended up in Cincinnati after being recruited to the Carnegie Theater in Covington. At the end of his first year teaching 5th grade in Public School 89 in the Bronx, Smiglewski was honored as one of three “Model New Teachers in NYC” by First Lady Laura Bush. Smiglewski is Artistic Director and co-founder of Jersey Productions in Covington and has worked with Tony Award winning, producer Stuart Ostrow and director Walter Bobbie. The student Director is Carrie Southcott. The Musical Director is Jill Stagg, assisted by student Musical Director, Logan Sand. Loveland High School graduate, Kristin Rutter directed the choreography and is proving herself again as an artist and teacher capable of pulling off inspiring stage presence for actors and dancers. Rutter takes the actors to the very edge of the stage at subtle times almost to the front row seats, sucking the audience right into the drama.
This is not your father's Buick production of the World War II era musical, and Director Smiglewski said last night, “This after all is Rogers and Hammerstein.” He was referring to the murky elements of the story and the loner, Jud Fry character, played by Senior Matt Robinson. The rivalry between farmers and cowboys, Robinson's portrayal of grave and brooding and the dark, earthy, emotions are not shied away from. The forbidding side of the story receives equal weight to the unfolding love story and songs we are familiar with
Dress rehearsal tests the whole production, from lighting, set design, sound, and orchestra. Flaws could be found, such as wireless microphones that cut out because antennas were not yet installed, and orchestra mis-cues, but these problems were already being addressed before people headed home for the evening.
This is an excellent production, not just an excellent high school production, which it is, but a well told story through acting, singing and dancing that is first rate and one that any community would be proud to brag about. You don't have to just like musicals to enjoy this show, it's for those who enjoy well acted drama as well.
Michael D. Shelby, director of the Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction, says a report on the safety of Bisphenonal A, a chemical used in some plastics, finds it might cause cancer, early puberty and neural and behavioral changes.