Friday, April 25th, 2014

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Blockwatch Beat: Staying safe this summer

We want to be safe and have fun during summer, but the season has its own set of safety rules. Swimming smart It seems every home with kids has a backyard pool. Are you aware of the rules that go with that pool that you bought at the store? Here are some basic city codes that must be followed for an above-ground pool 42 inches deep or more: •...

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Franklin Twp. recommends to vacate alley, road department update

A Franklin Township resident could soon cope with less dust and her grandchildren will breathe easier after trustees recommended to vacate an alley during their June 7 meeting. The alley runs parallel to Brown Road near the home of Martha Renda and her family. Renda cited dust, potholes and traffic cut-through as issues, said Jim Stevens, Franklin...

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Independence parade, fish fry will be in conjunction

This years Westland Area Independence Parade is in conjunction with the Prairie Township Fish Fry on June 30. “Were trying to make it more of a community event, said parade chair Dennis Horn.Instead of having two separate events, were going to make it one. The parade was formerly the Saturday prior to July 4. According to the Westland Area Bu...

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Photo: City starts collecting recycables on Westside

Mayor Michael Coleman empties a 64-gallon recycling container as he rides with Rumpke on the Westside. On June 4, the city of Columbus began the first phase of collecting recycables in Franklinton, the Hilltop and Westland areas. City officials expect around 227,000 residences to be recycling by February of next year....

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Hilltop YMCA hopes to expand programs, remodel

The YMCA of Central Ohio aims to raise $1.5 million to better its branches with expanded programs and improved facilities. So far it has raised $455,000. According to Paul Westenheffer, executive director of the Hilltop YMCA, they hope to raise $50,000 toward the capital campaign and their branch. The official kickoff for the Hilltop YMCA Capital C...

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Franklinton featured in Bicentennial Bus Tour

Residents have five chances to board the Bicentennial Bus Tour and glimpse the past 200 years of the city of Columbus. The Columbus Historical Society (CHS) will guide passengers through the historic neighborhoods of Franklinton, Victorian Village, the King-Lincoln District, and downtown on June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 1, and Oct. 13. Each stop...

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Nearly a dozen Hilltop homes to be demolished

On June 4, the Greater Hilltop Area Commission (GHAC) received a list of vacant properties slated for demolition later this year. David Hooie, of the Columbus Department of Development, said nearly a dozen Hilltop homes have gone through the process to be torn down. The abandoned residences are on Eureka Avenue, Oakley Avenue, Warren Avenue, Steele...

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Westland graduate sets school history with award

Samuel Reynolds, Sr. and Samuel Reynolds, Jr. stand in the Westland High Schools music room. The Reynolds made school history when both, father and son, won the Louis Armstrong award. Westland High School graduate Samuel Reynolds, Jr. shares a love for the trumpet with a long line of family members. His passion earned him the Louis Armstrong award...

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Prairie Twp. considers building recreation center

Prairie Township residents could soon see the development of a recreation center and a reduction in operation days for the township senior center. On May 30, the Prairie Township trustees gave the go-ahead to architectural and engineering firm Moody-Nolan and Associates to study the feasibility and potential features of a township recreation center...

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Hollywood Casino reaches out to local vendors

Hollywood Casino is scheduled to open this fall and has reached out to local vendors for their services. According to Maurine Adams, chief financial officer for Hollywood Casino, about 70 percent of purchasing will be on food and beverages. The $400 million casino will feature a steakhouse, a 10,000 square-foot banquet hall, cocktail lounge and spo...

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