Dear Everyone,

In our last neighborhood meeting in October, I announced that I was stepping down from chairing Beautification. The experience in this position has been memorable. I had an opportunity to work together with many neighbors, student volunteers and City Departments to get a Big Job done. That was so satisfying. Fortunately, I had some steady volunteers that I could depend on for help. My thank you to all of you will never end; we did a lot together. My sister in-law, Maura Wolf, was a TREMENDOUS help with helping organize and manage beautification events and meetings, as well as submitting Keep Cincinnati Beautiful grants and awards. Having a well oiled machine is key.

I am not going away. I will be focusing on Seasongood Square Park, and continuing as our neighborhood representative with the Parks. I will continue working on my flower bed with my garden buddy.  The round flower bed in Seasongood Square Park needs someone to take ownership. Please step up and contact me at . I owe Tim Franklin a huge thank you for donating his time in Seasongood Square Park. Tim installed plants and thinned some plants in my flower bed.

On Saturday October 20th we had a lovely Tree Dedication Memorial and community social in Marvin Masterson’s honor. I’m very glad we were able to dedicate an official Park Foundation Registered tree for Marvin.  He was a great civic leader and always willing to help out. He will be missed dearly.

This past week I met with the new Park supervisor, Jim Burkhardt. Jim and I walked through the park and started a list together. Pruning of trees will begin soon. The corner bed at the apartment driveway and Clinton Springs will be cleaned out of honey suckle and debris. Parks is contacting the responsible party for the wood fence issue. I requested a new sign for the park, as the current one is faded.  The date for the Spring Cleanup was discussed. Next Easter comes in late April, the 21st. My suggestion is to make early May our park day, or the last weekend in April, Saturday 4/27.

It’s time to get ourselves ready for many family, friends and neighborhood events. Halloween brought great big bags of candy, scary costumes and the smell of burning pumpkins. Thanksgiving is the next big family day to share favorite recipes, memories and talk about the diet plan while we finish our pumpkin pie with a scoop of whipped cream. Then we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, etc. and we close out the year on New Years Eve. Then hibernation is in full swing.

Thank you so much everyone! I would like to see you volunteer in our neighborhood park. Thank you to everyone who supported me and a huge thank you to the volunteers who always helped out in our neighborhood projects. Visit me in the park.


Emily Harten, Beautification Chair 


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