Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Westside Messenger

Columbus agencies hungry for help

The agencies that help needy Columbus residents obtain food and housing are hungry for additional funding and volunteers, and struggle to keep a roof over their own heads, City Councilwoman Charleta Tavares heard Aug. 6. Tavares, chairwoman of the health, housing and human services committee, conducted two days of testimony from 30 organizations th...

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SWCS hire new treasurer

South-Western City Schools has a new treasurer on board and it might be a name you recognize. At a July 31 special executive meeting, the board of education voted to hire Hugh Garside, 39, as the new treasurer. He signed a three-year contract. Garside has spent the past two years with Columbus Public Schools as the executive director for budget and...

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One-stop shopping for scholars

Prospective students now have a “one-stop shop” Web site for information on Ohio’s universities, two-year colleges and adult career centers, the first piece of Gov. Ted Strickland’s new University System of Ohio. “This is the first time we have brought together information on all the institutions of higher learning in ...

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Reunion notices

Is it time for catching up? Read the Westside Messenger for information about all local reunions. To submit reunion information, e-mail to west...@columbusmessenger.com. Looking for Pirates Are you a Pirate? Did you attend Central High School during 1924 to 1982? If you did that makes you a “Pirate.” Central High School has a very activ...

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Post office construction near completion

   Hilliard Postmaster Roy King, Jr. shows Congresswoman Deborah Pryce and Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt what improvements are being made at the Hilliard Post Office. Long-awaited improvements to the traffic pattern and parking lots at the Hilliard Post Office at 4000 Leap Rd. are finally nearing completion. The U.S. Postal Service projec...

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Hospitals neighbors not happy

An Aug. 7 forum on Children’s Hospital’s expansion plans brought complaints from residents about historic preservation and minority hiring. The hospital’s plan, which calls for the construction of a 12-story, state-of-the-art hospital positioned 200 feet from Parsons Avenue and lined by six acres of new green space, came immediate...

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OCHO is more than meets the eye

The Ohio Hispanic Coalition (OHCO), a non-profit organization that provides extensive services to the Hispanic/Latino communities, has moved, but they still call the Westside home. As of January 2007, OHCO relocated from the Westland Mall to their new home, 3566 Sullivant Ave., Suite 203. Crystal Merida, Program Coordinator at OHCO, said the move j...

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CPS parents call teachers unqualified

Parents with children enrolled in Ecole Kenwood, a French immersion Columbus Public School, expressed dismay with the hiring of three teachers that do not speak fluent French at the Columbus School Board meeting Aug. 7. Nicole Kraft, spokesperson for the parents, emphasized the parents are committed to Columbus Public Schools and thrilled for the o...

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Prairie residents discuss Town center

An open-door policy was in effect at Prairies Township’s Town Hall on Aug. 8. Representatives from the Big Darby Accord and the Town Center Plan were on hand to address questions and concerns from residents during the two hour focus group session. The Town Center, which is a portion of the Big Darby Implementation Plan, is planned for the are...

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Whats happening on the Westside

Be sure to read the Westside Messenger to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood! To submit events and announcements to this section, e-mail information to west...@columbusmessenger.com. SWCS Head Start The South-Western City Schools Head Start and Public Preschool programs will be holding open enrollment from July 17 through August 16...

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