In just 3 days, Congress adjourns for its August recess....with the foundation authorizing $260 million a year in federal funding for autism in jeopardy!
Before they leave town, urge your Senators to complete action on legislation, Autism CARES, which would protect our nation's response to autism and send the bill to President Obama!
Autism CARES would authorize continued federal funding for autism research, medical training and monitoring. years. The bill has been voted out of the House and just needs a final floor vote in the Senate!
Urge your state's 2 U.S. Senators to vote for Autism CARES! In order for the bill to pass the Senate, all 100 Senators must be in agreement.
Here is How YOU Can Help:
1) CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW! Go here to our Autism Champions site where you will be connected directly to your Senators' offices! Just ask them to support Autism CARES!
2) SPREAD THE WORD! Urge your friends and family to help get the job done. After you take action, post something like this on your own Facebook page: "I just asked my U.S. Senators to protect America's investment in autism research by voting for the Autism CARES Act. You can too, by taking action here:http://bit.ly/SensCall.Write 'done" so that we know you did it and share!"
3) READ THIS BLOG! If you haven’t used our Autism Speaks Champions tool to connect with your legislators yet, read this quick blog & watch the videos as these two parents used the website for the first time! It really is just this easy. Take the #ASBTBchallenge and ask your friends to do the same, then share your story on Facebook or Twitter using this hashtag!
Congress leaves Washington in just a few days for its August recess, so take action NOW! It's fast and it's easy!
Shelley Hendrix National Director, Grassroots Development Autism Speaks
The Loveland Initiative mission is to provide educational support and assistance to under-served children and their families. As we move into the 2014-2015 school year, we are preparing for our Cool School Tutoring Program. It is an after school tutoring program which meets twice a week throughout the school year, on Tuesday’s and Thursdays. It helps students with organization, studying for tests, homework.. But, it does more than that. It provides attention to those students who need that extra caring and supportive touch.
With the help of the Loveland Community, we will provide brown-bag lunches for 15-20 students that do not have nutritious food (or any food) available to them at home during the fall and winter months when government food stamps are depleted. The program relies on individuals, businesses; and organizations to prepare 20 brown-bag lunches on the days listed above. The number of lunches required varies slightly according to the enrollment. This is a great way for individuals and others, to group with each other and share making the lunches on a rotational basis.
Each bag lunch can contain a combination of any of the following items:
Individual fruit cup or applesauce
Individually wrapped crackers
100% fruit snacks
Juice box or bottled water
Individually wrapped Pretzels...etc...
(No Peanut Butter Products Please)
The Cool School Tutoring Program is begins on Tuesday September 9.
To donate and for more information please contact Terri Rogers via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-633-0233.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
Terri Rogers is Executive Director of The Loveland Initiative
Our Class Garden Educators use nature-based lessons and activities to teach students in first through fourth grades during the school day. These are regular seasonal, part-time positions that work weekly generally from late August to early November, mid-March to early June, and one week in January. Weekly work hours can be as few as 5 hours or as many as 10 hours depending on your availability and our schedule.
We currently have openings on school campuses in Loveland and at Stewart Elementary School in Sharonville.
Teaching and/or gardening experience is helpful but not necessary. We provide a schedule of activities and detailed lessons, as well as on-going training to insure you are prepared to lead classes. The ideal candidate enjoys interacting with children, is dependable, organized, and enthusiastic, and likes working outdoors. It is a plus if the candidate has experience working with large groups of children, has teaching experience and/or some hands-on knowledge about gardening.
I want to thank you for the many years you spent as the Director of Umpires for Loveland Youth Baseball. Your countless hours can never be repaid, but they were appreciated. As a parent and an educator I saw you lead this developmental program with commitment, integrity and a vision to build strong citizens.
Loveland youth umpires benefitted greatly from the many lessons they learned on early Saturday mornings, on the field and in one on one conversations. Through their participation in this program my children learned:
Persistence -Youth arrive early on Saturday mornings to sign up for games. Those who show up early or stayed by the phone for make-up game calls get rewarded with a chance to umpire.
Resiliency -99% of the interactions with coaches are positive, but sometimes challenging situations arise. When they did you took the time to talk with the youth umpire to help them understand the situation. I can remember a time when one of my sons had a challenging situation with a coach. You called and asked if it would be okay to put my son in a game with the same coach so my son could have an opportunity to face a challenge.
Leadership -every youth umpire is required to be in control of the game. They make eye contact and speak directly to adults, with authority in their voices.
Responsibility -Each umpire knows they are responsible for their actions on the field, as well as having a responsibility to ensure good sportsmanship.
Time-management -Umpires are responsible to coordinate their schedules, arrive early for games and ensure that the game is moving along.
Money-skills -This program gives 12-15 year olds the chance to make money and learn how to save and/or spend it.
Work ethic -You started the young and new umpires with the younger players (8U) and allowed them to prove themselves competent to umpire more challenging games as they developed. I know from my own sons that sometimes there were tense moments, but you always supported them and they knew it. Your belief in them gave them the strength to face uncomfortable situations.
I am sure received some emails and calls from disgruntled coaches, etc., but you held strong to your commitment for Loveland Youth. Your actions exemplify the Little League mission, abbreviated below:
Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists children in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.
For that, you will always be an All-Star in my book.
Mr. Duckworth has explained in private correspondence that this is a misperception. There are no traffic problems in downtown Loveland. !!!
Apparently my notion that it should take less than 15 minutes to traverse Loveland Ave., from the intersection with Loveland-Madeira Rd. to the intersection with 2nd St./SR 48 is unreasonable.....
I might accept the status quo but with the new traffic likely to occur it is incumbent upon us, on behalf of ourselves and future residents, to insist that city leaders tell us how they are handling the problem. It's not just complaining on our own behalf; city businesses and events will suffer from reduced numbers of customers/attendees when the parking AND traffic issues grow astronomically worse.
PLEASE attend the 7:30 Parking Committee meeting tonight (July 16) at city hall to add your voice to those of other residents who are directly affected by the current traffic problems and want to know how traffic issues will be handled with the anticipated huge influx of residents in Loveland Station apartments.
Photo taken in one of the restrooms in Nisbet Park by Loveland Magazine yesterday.
I have no problem with the city of Loveland purchasing the old bowling alley (Now with more money than God, taxpayers buy a bowling alley). If the sale and subsequent purchase by a viable business brings more tax dollars to the city I'm all for it. But what I would like to see happen is some money set aside for maintenance of the bike trail.
Let's face it... it's heavily used and on any given day the bathroom in Nisbet Park is atrocious. It's dirty, not well lit, many times there's no soap or towels and is not cleaned enough to keep up with the need.
I understand people aren't doing their part to pick up after themselves. I've seen the garbage overflowing with paper towels when all anyone has to do is stick their foot in the garbage can and press it all down thus creating more room! But I also believe that if folks see a better kept bathroom, they will rise to the occasion and do their part to keep it looking good.
Please have it cleaned daily. It's a real health hazard.
Do you enjoy getting your hands dirty, meeting new people and working outside? Join Grailville Retreat & Program Center in Loveland, Ohio for a fun filled day outside with the community at Grailville's Volunteer Day on Saturday, July 12th from 9:00 am to Noon.
As stewards of 315 acres, Grailville relies on a community of volunteers to help us maintain a beautiful, accessible, and mindful space. Grailville Volunteer Days are ideal for: families who want to spend together-time; students and youth groups needing service projects hours; and businesses that support employee volunteering.
We will meet at the Grailville Gazebo, rain or shine, prepared to work on maintenance, grounds and trail projects.
Please bring gloves, a water bottle and a smile. It will be a
great day to spend with friends and family in the community. No experience necessary. All are welcome!
Please join us for Grailville's Volunteer Day on Saturday, July 12th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Grailville, 932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland OH. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but highly suggested. Contact (513) 683-2340 or email me at email@example.com to register or for more information.
Grailville is a center of The Grail, an international movement of women committed to spiritual search, social action, ecological sustainability and the release of women's creative energy throughout the world. Located on 315 acres of woodlands, pastures and organic gardens, Grailville is a diverse community offering spiritual, cultural and educational opportunities for the public, as well as providing guest facilities for meetings, lodging and dining.
Another school year has closed. I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped our students and our schools this year. We realize that we could not do the wonderful things at our school without the support from many of you.
Many of you have spent many hours helping in classrooms, working at school events, or serving on committees. When I have visited schools I have seen parents reading with students, helping them with math, or giving support for classwork. Every event I attended for music, athletics, drama, or special programs, there were always parent volunteers there to help. We could not do it without your help and it is greatly appreciated.
I want to thank our staff for an outstanding year. This year was especially challenging as we dealt with a winter that seemed to never end. Many of our staff spent extra hours to help us handle the situation as best as possible. Even though we had a rough winter our teachers and support staff stayed focused on making sure we continued to take care of our top priority, helping our students. Thank you!
I am also very appreciative for our community! Our community members truly are there to support the work we do each day. This was evident as the entire community came together to support our students during the football season. It was also evident when they supported our schools in May. We will continue to do our best to educate and care for the children of our community.
This weekend we will celebrate our 2014 graduating class. I thank them for their positive leadership and commitment to their education. As a class they earned more than 13 million dollars in scholarships, a true testament to their academic achievements. They have raised the bar for all of our students across the district and have truly served as a positive influence. I wish them the best as they venture to continue their education, serve in the military, and begin their careers. They are truly an outstanding group of young men and women!
Thank you to everyone who made a difference this year! I look forward to making next year even better for our students and our community.
My friend Paul Elliott and I debate the wisdom and merit (or lack thereof) of a government entity “being in the real estate business.” This was recently rekindled due to the Community Improvement Corporation (the City of Loveland’s economic development organization) purchasing the former bowling alley on Loveland Madeira Road. The site is to be cleared and re-marketed for private sector development.
Philosophically those at varying ends of the political spectrum might all come to agree that in a pure capitalistic private enterprise system “government” wouldn’t be in the real estate business, or perhaps any other business for that matter – water, parks, emergency medical service? But, practically speaking this isn’t an option. Government has long provided enterprise services and been engaged in economic development projects that serve to bring jobs, revitalize communities and expand the tax base.
A couple glaring practical matters which require tough public policy decisions faced Loveland Council as it relates to the bowling alley property. The first, on a “macro” level is the reality that property tax burdens over the past 20 years have dramatically shifted. According to a Columbus Dispatch article (June 15, 2014 by Jim Siegel) homeowners and farmers now carry 70% of the school property tax load as opposed to being less than 50% as it was in 1991. Most of this is due to tax changes at the State level and many of those changes served to improve Ohio’s competitive balance. But what this has done is make it so those of us at the local level must work aggressively toward increasing the commercial tax base. Allowing a dilapidated and outdated structure at the entry to our commercial strip to remain and become non-tax paying runs counter this objective. The second practical matter is that Loveland Madeira Road is the principal commercial corridor in and out of Loveland. We need clean “shovel ready” sites for redevelopment that will maintain, and hopefully strengthen, the Loveland Madeira corridor.
We are open to criticism either way. If redevelopment fails to occur in a timely and quality manner we will rightfully be asked “why did you do that?” Had we done nothing and an obsolete untaxed building remain we’d rightfully be asked “why did you let that happen?” I’d prefer to respond to the former since it is the path that leads to jobs and growth.
Mark Fitzgerald is Loveland Vice Mayor and President of Community Improvement Corporation
I am hosting another "Coffee with your Congressman" this month in Milford, and I hope you can join me. These are great opportunities to hear about what I'm doing in Congress and southwestern Ohio, share your thoughts on issues that matter to you, and get a cup of coffee!
“Here Comes Summer” was the theme of the June 10 meeting of the Loveland Woman’s Club. A pot luck luncheon was served and a musical program was presented by Marilyn Schildmeyer, Ralph Quisno and Mildred Jones. Hostesses for the meeting were the officers for the past year: Mildred Jones; Connie Smith; Laurie Gordon; Barb Kressler; Shirley Matre; Mary Ellen Camele, Winkie Foster and Kay Napier.
Three recent graduates of Loveland High school were recipients of Loveland Woman’s club $1500 scholarships. Sara Geiger was this year’s winner of the Viola Phillips scholarship and will attend Indiana State University with a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education. Anne Lehman will attend the University of Alabama with a major in Biomedical Engineering. She plans to attend medical school and become an Orthopedic Surgeon.. Emily Robinson will attend the University of Dayton in the honors program and will major in Music Therapy.
Officers for the coming year were announced and installed. They are: Connie Smith, president; Linda Williams, first vice president; Pat Furterer, second vice president; Barb Kressler, recording secretary; Shirley Matre, Corresponding secretary; Mary Ellen Camele, treasurer; Winkie Foster, historian and Mildred Jones, advisor.
Next meeting of the club is Tuesday, September 9 at the Joanne Richardson house at Loveland Historical Museum at 12 noon.