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It takes families to make a community; it takes the community to raise our children;

it takes all of us working together for the good of our community.

April 2013

Volume IX

Issue 4

Neighbors Doing Good Deeds

Not only did last months Civic Association Litter Pick-Up get 61 bags
of trash off our streetsbut WP neighbors Shane Polen and Katie
Bemis also found $400 in U.S. Savings Bonds in with the trash!
After tracking down the owner, we found that the bonds had been
reportedly stolen and apparently abandoned by the thief. What could
be better than putting $400 back in the right hands? Finding out
that another WP neighbor had found and returned $200 more of the
stolen bonds the week before. Love our neighbors!
What will turn up next? Join us for the next Litter Pick-Up on Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. (See calendar for details.)

Meet Isom Nivins

and the North Side Pride Center
If you havent met Isom Nivins yet, you should. His smile will put a
smile on your face, tooand his workplace, the North Side Pride Center, is a resource for all of us in Weinland Park. Mr. Nivins grew up in
Weinland Park. He has worked for the City of Columbus since 1978
and as the North Side Pride Center Manager since 2009.
The Pride Center is a one-stop shop for city services. Staff at the center include code enforcement officers, a social worker, and a public
health nurse from the Health Department; police community liaison
officers and neighborhood liaisons from the Department of Development; Columbus Police officers, Ohio State University Department of
Safety staff, and Community Crime Patrol staff.
The centers two community meeting rooms are available for use at no
cost if no scheduling conflicts exist. To reserve one, call (614) 7241900.
In the past several months, the Pride Center has hosted a job fair; a
Super Saturday Tax Clinic; and a tor drive during which 1,050 families
were registered to receive free toys for their children. Read more
about the drive at:

April 2013

Volume IX

Issue 4

Dialogue Circles Take Action

The first round of Weinland Parks neighborhood
dialogue circles moved into the action phase with
an Action Forum on March 27.
Check in early April for
results of the forum.
Next up will be the formation of resident task forces
to work together for the next 36 months on projects selected at the Action Forum. To be us, we
need you: youre very welcome to join a task force,
even if you werent part of a circle. Just contact
Tiffany Allen at (614) 205-8125.

Roots & Roofs 2013

Mark your calendarsits almost time to team up
for our neighborhood-wide spring spruce-up and
housing celebration.
Saturday, May 4
9:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.
Well enjoy the day together planting flowers,
mulching, and doing some litter clean-up, with a
short (free) lunch program at 12p.m. All supplies
and tools provided, plus t-shirts for volunteers.
More details to come in next months newsletter.

Annie E. Casey Foundation: Family-Centered Community Change

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, based in Baltimore, MD, has selected Weinland Park as one of only three
neighborhoods in the U.S. to participate in a five to seven-year program focusing on improving student test
scores and helping parents and caregivers find living-wage employmentafter an extensive search that included over 100 neighborhoods. However, before the program begins, we must design how it will work in our
A number of residents have already been hired to help guide this effort, but more positions will be available. If
youre interested (training is provided and no experience in necessary), please contact Wendy Hansen-Smith
at the Godman Guild at (614) 294-5476 ext. 121

Calendar of Eventsmostly free!

Every Tues.
Every Tues.
Every Wed.
Every Thurs.


Every Fri.
Every Sat.

Thurs. April 4
Fri. April 5


Sat. April 6


Sun. April 7
Mon. April 8
Tues. April 9
Wed. April 10


Wed. April 10


Fri. April 12
Mon. April 15
Wed. April 17
Thurs. April 18
Sun. April 21
Wed. April 24
Sat. May 4
Sat. May 11

Mon. April 1

April 2013

The Box: WHEN: Memphis by Barbara Bickart

Wexner Center

Hands-On Jobs Help, adults

Toddler and Preschool Storytime, ages 15
Family Storytime, all ages
Tween Time, ages 711
Free Admission Thursdays
Teen Gaming Club, ages 1017

Northside Library
Northside Library
Northside Library
Northside Library
Wexner Center
Northside Library

Buckeye Institute Study Buddies, grades K5

Ready to Read Playgroup, ages 03
Saturday Hangout, ages 717
April Fools Day Program, ages 717
The Cave of Light: A Dark Symposium
Authors TalksDavid Small
Wex Lab: Girlz Rock, register at (614) 292-4614,
scholarships available
Civic Association Litter Pick-Up, materials and
refreshments provided
Christian Marclay: The Clock, through 6 p.m. Sun.
Artist's TalksMaya Lin
Civic Association Communications Committee
Civic Association Housing Committee
Civic Association Steering Committee

Northside Library
Northside Library
Northside Library
Northside Library
Wexner Center
Wexner Center
Wexner Center

Godman Guild
Wexner Center


Neighborhood Network
Kris Paulsen: In the Beginning... There Was the
Electron, film studies lecture
Artist's TalksNina Katchadourian
Ohio Shorts: Youth Division Screening Party, $2
Mary Jo Bole: Artist's Book Talk
Civic Association Safety & Mobility Committee


University Area Review Board

Civic Association Development Committee
Writers TalkJill Lepore
Civic Association Roots and Roofs 2013
Other Prom, for LGBTQ high school students & friends

Northside Library
Godman Guild
Wexner Center
Godman Guild
Wexner Center

Weinland Park
shelter house
Wexner Center
Wexner Center
Godman Guild
Godman Guild
OSU Extension

Wexner Center
Wexner Center
Wexner Center
Pride Center

Congratulations, Neighbor!

Weinland Park neighbor Jennifer Cheeks

daughter, Diamond (pictured at left), was
recently admitted into Weinland Park Elementarys gifted and talented program. Diamond is
10 years old and also active in the Girl Scouts.
Weinland Park neighbor Laura Bidwa has two of her paintings in "Four Ways of Looking," a
four-artist exhibition at the Lindsay Gallery, 984 N. High St., through March 30.
Malcolm J, an artist who often works in Weinland Park and organizes the childrens art activities at the annual neighborhood festival, won second place in the professional artist category of the Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition for his acrylic painting Electric City (NYC).
The show is at the Westerville Recreation Center through March 29 and then travels Ohio.

April 2013

Volume IX

Issue 4

Litter Team Tosses 61 Bags

Neighbors Look at Crime Stats

On a cool March morning, 12 residents gathered

to beautify Weinland Park. After a couple hours of
picking, they gathered over 60 bags of litter from
our neighborhood streets.

The civic association's Safety & Mobility Committee

has been tracking neighborhood crime statistics for
several years. Recently, it analyzed the 2012 statistics and found several interesting things:

The group will meet the first Saturday of every

month, kicking off with coffee, donuts, and fruit to
energize you for the event. Come to the shelterhouse at the park at 10 a.m.!

Burglaries are just as likely to happen during

the day as during the night. Remember take
precautions against burglary all the time, not
just at night.

The point of entry for many burglaries was a

kicked-in door. Often the doorframe failed before the door itself broke. To prevent this, check
the deadbolt locks on your doors to be sure they
are attached to the door and to the doorframe
with long screws (at least 2 inches). Check the
screws attaching the door to the doorframe,
too. If the screws are short, take one to a hardware store and ask for help to find longer replacements. This is not expensive.

You can read the full study at

Joyce Hughes, President

Diane Dixon, Vice President
Lydia Yoder, Secretary
Omar Qureshi, Treasurer


4th Wednesday of the month

Schoenbaum Family Center
175 E. 7th Ave.
Next to Weinland Park Elementary
Free dinner provided!
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