It’s so nice to have a new year started with great ambitious ideas and a positive outlook of our neighborhood. We continue to be the best address in Cincinnati because of the people that we are as a community. We have the privilege to make the good things happen for the community with generous support of volunteers. There’s plenty of room for more and it’s always nice to make new friends in your neighborhood.

Beth Ewing has graciously stepped up to fund raising for the flower pots, partnering with the Park’s cost sharing program, and for general beautification needs.

This year beautification volunteers gathered at Avon Nature Preserve on Sunday January 22nd for our kick-off meeting, lunch and desserts.  We set the dates for Great American Cleanups (GAC) with kick-off Saturday, April 8th,  followed by Parks Green-up Day at both Seasongood Square Park and MLK Park along with another GAC date for Saturday, April 29th from approximately 9am -12 noon, registered through Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB).

Many thanks to attendees: Nina Caporale, Beth Ewing, Edie Gaudio, Emily Harten, Jennifer Harten, Teresa Harten, Ursula Hassel, Richard Jackson, Regine Moulton, Janet Neidhard, Mary Piper, Maura Wolf, and Ann Wong .

Both efforts in April need many community volunteer leaders to guide the University of Cincinnati students that volunteer to help us. As of this moment I have 100 volunteers for both dates from UC.  Hopefully we can get some XU students too.

I plan to  get the super cans/dumpsters delivered to our neighborhood one of 2 Dates: April 22nd or the 29th.  The location of the dumpster or dumpsters and date will be posted in plenty of advanced notice for you to clean out your yards/homes of large items.

This year Maura Wolf, Mike Caporale & I worked on two KCB award submissions for our 2016 multi-event GACs and for our Walkway Safety Enhancement and Beautification project partially funded through KCB’s/city of Cincinnati Safe and Clean Grant, and a very generous  match by Richard Jackson, not to mention several volunteer hours. Maura Wolf polished the submissions up with her expertise in writing these; Mike was helpful adding his flair in this effort too.  I am thankful and grateful for the award of recognition in the recent past.  This was due to the generous support of the community.  Thank you!

We welcome and look forward to working with Mary Huttlinger, the new Executive Director of  Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. There is also a new submission process for awards and a new location for the awards ceremony. The event is  February 23rd at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center 5:30 to 8:30pm.  RSVP required.

If you can volunteer, please contact me at . We need you!

Thank you,

Emily Harten, Chair 


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