Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Westside Messenger

Townships encouraging new lighting districts

The night in the Westpoint Two area of Galloway will be brighter as Prairie Township approved a petition for a new lighting district there. This adds to the existing 13 lighting districts in the township, that date back to the late 1980s. “I wouldnt be surprised if it was the largest number in the county, said Tracy Hatmaker, administrator fo...

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Liver transplant saved Westside woman 10 years ago

Afatamah McNair shares her love of dance and song. A liver transplant 10 years ago saved her life and now she volunteers her time to share her story. It is the time of year for being thankful, a concept Westside resident Afatamah McNair understands after she received a liver transplant 10 years ago. McNair lives a healthy lifestyle. She eats a diet...

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Keeping Kids Warm donates more than 400 jackets

More than 400 students at Beatty Park, Trevitt, Easthaven and West Broad elementary schools received new winter coats on Nov. 16. This was in effort by the Keeping Kids Warm program. In its 16 years the program has donated more than 150,000 coats to children in need. A program sponsored by Charming Shoppes, it plans to present more than 20,000 chil...

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Influential African-Americans discussed on Hilltop

Felix Hoover as host, and panel members Bea Murphy, Earl Potts and Clenzo Fox discuss early African-Americans accomplishments on the Westside. On Nov. 13, the Hilltop Historical Society (HHS) celebrated the history of influential African-Americans on the Westside at the Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Hague Ave. Three main presenters an...

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WABA preps for annual scholarship fundraiser

The Westland Area Business Associations (WABA) annual fundraising dinner and auction will be held March 10 at the Mentel Memorial Golf Course. The fundraiser carries the themeWestland Side Story.  At the Nov. 15 WABA meeting, members searched for unique prizes that will be offered in a raffle, along with baskets of donated items for the silent...

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WAC talks possible names for new park on West Broad Street

The proposed park along West Broad Street continues to occupy discussion at Westland Area Commission (WAC) meetings. Members considered selecting a name for the park at the Nov. 16 meeting, but decided to talk with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to learn when work will begin. Plans were to start in the spring with the park to be compl...

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Missing Purple Heart returns home after 60-years

Messenger photo by Tara Figurski John Matyskella receives his late brother’s Purple Heart at a Veterans Day celebration at the Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center. It took more than 60 years for a Purple Heart awarded to long-time Westside resident and Army Private First Class Donald Matyskella to find its way home. It was returned to hi...

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Harris named Ohio Superintendent of the Year

The Buckeye Association of School Administrators named Gene Harris, superintendent of Columbus City Schools, the 2012 Ohio Superintendent of the Year. As Ohios 2012 Superintendent of the Year, her nomination will be forwarded for consideration as the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year. The winner of wh...

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Mayor Coleman announces curbside-recycling program

Columbus residents were introduced to a new curbside-recycling program on Nov. 10. Implementation of the program will begin in late spring, with recyclables being collected every other week. Yard waste will be collected on the weeks that recycling is not collected. The recycling program amounts to $1.44 per household each month and $1.14 per househ...

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Prairie Township residents stand behind JEDZ

Prairie Township passed its Joint Economic Development Zone (JEDZ) after 55 percent of residents voted in favor of Issue 10 on Nov. 8. The JEDZ will create a 2 percent income tax for the commercial strip of West Broad Street, between Interstate I-270 and Hilliard-Rome Road. Faced with nearly half their funding being cut from the state next year, tr...

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