In this darkest months of the year we celebrate the season of Advent. The cold, dark days turn our focus inward to the spiritual preparation of our heart and hearth. On Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 3:30 - 5pm Grailville Retreat and Program Center in Loveland, Ohio will observe the Advent Season with an afternoon of family and friends, song and prayer. Please come to view Grailville’s unique collection of over forty Nativity scenes from around the world.
We will mark and celebrate the season with prayers, songs, readings and the opening of our International Crèche Exhibit. Artist, author and Grail Member, Trina Paulus will share with us experiences of her time at Grailville, her artwork and reflections on the modern day relevance of Advent. Come in from the cold for a peaceful afternoon with plenty of time for visiting and something hot to drink.
The Advent season will continue with our International Crèche Exhibit and Luncheon Series held Monday-Thursday, December 5, 6, 7, and 8, Saturday, December 10 (as requested by the public!) and Wednesday-Friday, December 14, 15, and 16, 2011, from Noon to 2:30 pm. A delicious holiday luncheon will be followed by a short presentation. Members of the Grailville staff will speak on the origin of the Nativity scene and talk about the history and background of many of the Nativity sets in the Grailville International Crèche Collection. The luncheon is $15 person and $10 for children 10 and under. Reservations required for both groups and individuals.
Please join us for Grailville’s The Coming of the Light Advent Celebration on Sunday, December 4th from 3:30 - 5 pm at Grailville, 932 O’ Bannonville Road, Loveland OH. The celebration is free to the public. Reservations are highly recommended. Contact (513) 683-2340 or www.grailville.org to register or for more information.
Loveland, Ohio - In this LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO Loveland High School Athletic Director, Jeff Zidron talks with Sports Reporter, Ricky Mulvey about the recent decision of the Board of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA ) that no changes be made at the current time to change the way high schools are assigned to State tournament play. Even though under the current system Loveland must compete against schools three times their size, Loveland joined others in voting against the proposed changes. Zidron explains why.
Based on data received from a survey with member school principals this fall, the Board accepted a recommendation from the OHSAA’s Competitive Balance Subcommittee that no changes be made to the current system.
Last May, the membership voted down a referendum proposal that would have allowed the OHSAA to use a new formula to assign schools to divisions. The formula, if approved, would have taken into account the school’s enrollment along with three factors, including how students are obtained (boundary factor), a socioeconomic aspect, and success in postseason play during the last four years. The Competitive Balance Subcommittee will reconvene in April 2012, but no proposal is expected to be made for member schools to vote on during the May 2012 referendum voting period.
In announcing their decision, the Board said, “The subcommittee strongly supports the OHSAA’s decision to form a Division I Committee, which will study possible solutions to the wide disparity in enrollment between the smallest and largest Division I schools that occurs within the Association’s tournament structure.” Loveland High School competes in Division I.
Actor Michael Anthony Spady who played “Jay” in “The Hammer” (or “Hamill the Movie”) is looking to be nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actor. The movie is about Loveland native and Loveland High School graduate, Matt Hamill.
This would be huge, not only for Spady, or “The Hammer,” but the entire deaf community. If he wins, he would be the first deaf person to take home the award. However, him making history should not overshadow his performance, which is worthy of accolades in itself. When I spoke with Spady he said “It is my dream (to win this award.) I have worked hard, and put in a lot of passion to get here, and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Producer Eben Kostbar is pushing for him too, “He is such a good actor that he beat out every other Caucasian actor who auditioned for the role (Note: the film is a biopic and he plays a person who in real life is Caucasian)… Michael nailed the role of Jay Jakubowski.” Michael was able to overcome being typecast to put on a stunning performance, and all who saw the film were pleased he got the job.
There are several ways to help Spady win this prestigious award. On Facebook, you can write on the NAACP Image Awards wall at http://www.facebook.com/naacpimageaward to show your support. If you’re on twitter, tweet @naacp or @naacpimageaward using #imageaward.
Loveland, Ohio - Roberta Paolo said, "Granny's Garden School has many opportunities that would offer relevant learning experiences for college interns." She mentions the University of Cincinnati, Miami University and other organizations of higher learning in our areaand said that they are always searching for opportunities for their students for unpaid internships. "I am searching for a volunteer to help develop our internship program. Please respond if you think this is something you might find interesting."
Morrow, Ohio - The hall outside of teacher Josh Butler's room held the unmistakable fragrance of olives as his students at Little Miami Junior High School partook of a Greek feast to wrap up a unit on Greek history and culture. Students got to sample a variety of Greek foods like hummus, different olives, tuna jerky, salt fish and baklava. Students also wrote up and illustrated menus for their own Greek restaurant. Pictured here with plates of Greek food and sweets are seventh graders (left to right) Daniel Birdsall, Ethan Briggs, Connor Kincaid, Morgan Nagel and Ana Clevenger.
It's not too late to register for "Growing Up Gifted -- the self development needs of gifted kids". This is a complimentary seminar and a great opportunity to learn more about the unique needs of kids who are both academically very, very quick -- and still are, developmentally, just kids!
Here's the agenda:
You'll learn about five specific hurdles that gifted students face.
You'll be able to create a "Gifts & Challenges" Profile for your own student.
We'll then talk about specific strategies that you can implement immediately.
Reservations are required for this seminar. There are two ways to register:
Call 677-9800. Please leave your name, phone number and number of participants.
City Pursues Commercial Spot Zoning on Residential Lebanon Road
Specifics of Change Revealed One Day Before Public Hearing
The City of Loveland Planning & Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at and around 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at Loveland City Hall, 120 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, Ohio 45140.
The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comments on a request for a Zoning Code text amendment to Section 1115.06(a)B which states: No residentially zoned district shall be rezoned to a non-residential district unless such proposed rezoning site is contiguous to land in the proposed zoning district classification. Information about the proposed amendment is available for review in the City’s Building & Zoning Department during business hours, Monday through Friday.
Interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed amendment. Comments may also be submitted in writing to Eva Parker, Building and Zoning Supervisor, 120 W. Loveland Avenue, Loveland, OH 45140 or emailed to [email protected].
Loveland, Ohio - Documents released today by the Loveland Zoning Department reveal that Assistant City Manager Gary Vidmar's proposal to the Loveland Planning and Zoning Commission is to repeal in its entirety current provisions in the Loveland Zoning Code that prohibit "Spot Zoning" in the City. In a Memorandum dated November 23, Vidmar proposes to replace the prohibition against "Spot Zoning" with what he terms, a "Special Exception Use."
Vidmar said in the memo that current zoning is, "... preventing the location of an orthodontist’s office at 11050 Lebanon Road between the Loveland Middle School and North Star Church." The single family home that Dr. Gerald Johnson, a resident of Mason, has an option to purchase is currently zoned for residential use is also bordered on two sides by other single family homes. Johnson currently has offices at 1010 Ohio Pike in Withamsville and at 6499 Mason Montgomery Road in Mason. He would like to have the office open by next Summer. City Hall has agreed to help him get the broad code change he needs. In order to do that, City Hall must approve an amendment to the code that will affect the entire City. If that change is approved, then Johnson can seek to have the single family home on Lebanon Road re-zoned for his commercial purposes.
Johnson hopes to convince the City that his orthodontist’s office, that is “primarily focused on children” is a compatible use, because it will be next to the two Loveland schools on Lebanon Road - his customers.
The section of code that Vidmar recommends be deleted reads as follows:
Loveland’s Zoning Code §1115.06 (a) B reads as follows:
“No residentially zoned district shall be rezoned to a non-residential district unless such proposed rezoning site is contiguous to land in the proposed zoning district classification.”
In this memo, Vidmar says, "In a community that is mostly built out, §1115.06 (a) B is extremely and unnecessarily limiting in terms of facilitating adaptive reuses of property which, among other things, generate new revenue sources and community services through commercial development."
Elegance and charm is what you will find in the spectacular country estate located in the city! Convenient location min from everything! Beautiful hardwood fls, spacious formal rooms, lg deck and patio for entertaining, Barn & more!
The property has a listing price of $400,000 and a sale is “Pending.”
“There’s nothing like a friendship forged through struggle.”
by David Miller
This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO is of Bonnie Neumeier speaking to a crowd of nearly 200 people, gathered at the Drop Inn Center on the fifteenth anniversary of the shooting death of Buddy Gray on November 15.
Gray, a founder of the Drop Inn Center on 12th Street in Cincinnati, was shot in 1996 with a hand gun in his office at the center by a mentally ill man that Buddy had taken off the streets and found an apartment for. The shooting death came after an intense hate campaign targeting Gray, with signs being posted on telephone poles that said, “Stop Buddy Gray”. The “official” excuse for shooting Buddy was that the man believed Buddy was pumping poisonous gas into the the man’s apartment. Gray was 46-years old.
Neumeier said that she walked and worked side-by-side with Buddy for twenty-three years. She said, “There’s nothing like a friendship forged through struggle.”
She describes Gray as a very intense man with great passion and soul who loved the people in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. “Over-the Rhine was in his soul, and Buddy’s soul is in this land, in this place, on this corner, in this city, and across this United States and the world.”
Neumeier also said that, “Buddy was a simple man who loved simple things. He saved his shoes so he could remember places where he had been.”
Gray once told me that he also loved Loveland, Ohio where he came to visit at Grailville and to fish on the Little Miami River near Nisbet Park.
Pointing to a long time-line stretching along the wall of the Drop Inn Center, Neumeier said that she and Buddy described the “Over-the Rhine People’s Movement” as a freedom train, and they would say to each other, “Anybody - hop a’board.” She concludes her remarks by reading a letter that Buddy had written to her about hope.
I sobbed uncontrollably the afternoon I got home from work and learned that my friend had been assassinated. My explanation for the shooting was that the shooter had lost sight of reality and was simply answering the call - the man was doing what he felt was a favor for the neighborhood - “Stop Buddy Gray”.
I knew Buddy as the man who saved countless lives, including his assassin's. His Center, was from my experience working there off-and-on for several years, a hospital of last resort. It was where hopeless, destitute, men and women ended when all the other agencies and the area’s finest families, hospitals and police departments failed. Early in the 1970's, Gray began to invite homeless people into his own home to prevent them from dying on the streets. In 1973, he began operating evening shelters in various storefronts, moving to the 12th Street location in 1978.
The Drop Inn Center works becauuse they take people from where they are - and, shelter, feed, and clothe them first. Then whenever possible, provide recovery programing, such as transitional housing, case management, medical care for physical and mental needs, and job assistance. Their doors never close.
The hospital that goes by the name, Drop Inn Center is still on 12th Street, still going strong, even stronger than ever. But, more than ever it still needs your help. Not because it’s the Christmas season, but because of the unemployment and housing crisis of the “Great Recession” and the coming of winter.
After watching this video, please visit their Web Site and learn more about the work they do. Then volunteer and send money, and place yourself into the Over-the Rhine People’s Movement time line and “Hop a’board” the Freedom Train.