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Newsletter | May 2014


A familiar face in Weinland Park politics will soon
return to civilian life. Term limits are calling for
Joyce Hughes to retire after seven years of tireless
service as president of the Weinland Park Community Civic Association.
Ms. Hughes presidency may be ending, but her
devotion to her community never could. She has
lived in the same home on North 6th Street since
she was six months old. She recalls that WP was
home to many local business owners and all the
properties were well cared for before three
decades of deterioration began in the 1970s.
By 2000, apathy was setting in, but the Weinland
Park Plan launched in 2006, exciting people and
giving them hope. As a child, Ms. Hughes watched
the Columbus Coated Fabrics factory expand
across the lots where her neighbors homes used
to standand this month she will, in turn, proud-

ly attend the groundbreaking of Grant Park, the

future home of many new neighbors, built on site
where Columbus Coated Fabrics used to stand.
Ms. Hughes has representing us before City
Council, the University Area Commission, and
countless investors and institutions impacting the
current renaissance. Her approach has always
been to take a 30-foot view, see the challenges
instead of the problems, and do what you have to
do to keep the body-at-large intact. It is your job
to protect your community at all costs, to stand
behind their decisions in spite of your own
She continues to serve as a UAC commissioner, but this month she opens a new WP chapter
in her life tasked with the duty of watching her
neighbors pick up where she left off.


The new officers have been elected! Here they are:

Brandyn McElroy

As a resident of Weinland Park,

among the many qualifications,
I bring experience as a leader of
the Southside Area Commission,
and leader of the Mayors Coalition for a Nonviolent Columbus. I currently serve as the co-chair of the Safety/Mobility
Committee, and I am a commissioner on the University Area
Commission. I have strong relationships with the Mayors Office, the mayors executive management team, as well as City
Council. I understand the need to represent the community
in its entirety, which includes those who are otherwise unable to participate in the civic process. I have a true love for
the Weinland Park community and look to forward to helping
it grow and further thrive in what is our communitys revival.


Jennifer Mankin

As a resident of Weinland Park, Jennifer

brings the passion, concern, deportment,
and integrity needed for the office of Vice
President. Jennifers commitment began with regular attendance to the civic
meetings, her participation in the Safety
Committee, her leadership as chair of the
Communication Committee, as well as her participation in
the Community Conversations. She also recently committed
to serve as a district commissioner for the University Area
Commission. Jennifer brings a high level of leadership skills,
an ability to work with all stakeholders and residents in our
neighborhood, as well as commitment on the Collaboratives
Communications Committee. The skills and abilities Jennifer
brings to this office are vitally needed to serve as Vice President of the WPCCA. (Text prepared by person who nominated
Ms. Mankin.)


Ive gained experience as a civic
association leader over the past 7
years by serving as vice president and
safety committee chair. Ive also been
a very active member of the housing
and communications committees, and
Ive attended meetings of every other
committee. Through my neighborhood
work outside the civic association,
I have good relationships with the
organizations that currently serve as fiscal agents for civic
association funds. I am very comfortable with math and with
reading financial statements, and I have about 15 years of
experience with grant management, which should be helpful
in supporting the different grants the civic receives funding



Our neighbor Leslie Passmore has transformed this

vacant lot on North Fifth Street between Eighth and
Ninth avenues into a pleasant space to relax and bird
watchmaybe even spot a goldfinch. And on April 5,
more than 20 people came throughout the day to clean
up, lay paths, build benches, plant flowers, spread
compost and mulch, and install a rain garden. Stop by
anytime to enjoy this free neighborhood green space.
Well be doing even more there during Roots and Roofs
on May 10.



Come to the Godman Guild and exercise your right to

vote! Here are the important local issues on the ballot
May 6.

Issue 6 A yes vote will approve a permanent

property tax increase to support the Columbus Zoo
and Aquarium. Estimated cost to homeowners: $44
per $100,000 of property value.
State Issue 1 A yes vote will renew a program
allowing the state to issue up to $1.875 billion in 30year bonds over the next 10 years to pay for local
road, bridge, water, and other infrastructure
projects across the state.


Kimberly Golden

Kimberly has been active throughout the

neighborhood and lives on 6th Street.
Come to the next Civic Association
meeting to meet Kimberly and see her in
action as our new Secretary!


Roots and Roofs is May 10! Join some 150 neighbors
and volunteers anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30
p.m. to spruce up our communityjust stop by the
Godman Guild to get started. Mulch and flowers will
again be sold to WP residents at a deep discount with
all proceeds to benefit the civic association.



Give your kids a memorable and safe summer with the

Godman Guilds great programs. Call (614) 294-5476 for

ACES Summer

A free, seven-week day camp to help get children ready

for kindergarten and first grade.

Summer Youth Empowerment

WP youth grades K8 can attend this eight-week day

camp at Camp Mary Orton. Fees based on income level.


Income-eligible 1424-year-olds can enroll in this 812week jobs program, averaging 25 hours a week at $10 an

R.I.S.E. (Resiliency, Integrity, Strength,

Excellence) Youth Club

In collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club, middle and

high school students can drop in from 38 p.m. Monday
Friday for activities that empower them to become productive, caring, and responsible community members.




Homework Help Center, grades K12

Northside Library


3:306:30 p.m.

Every Fri.

36 p.m.


10 a.m.3 p.m.

Job Help Center: Hands on Help, adults

Northside Library

Mon., Tues., and Thurs.

4:305:30 p.m.

Reading Buddies, grades K3

Northside Library

Every Thurs.

48 p.m.

Free Thursday night admission

Wexner Center

Every Sat.

10 a.m.

Zumba, Latin-inspired dance fitness, $3/class

Godman Guild

Sat., May 3

10 a.m.noon

Litter Clean-Up and Newsletter Distribution with coffee,

donuts, and fruit

Shelter house at the park

3 p.m.

Superhero Bonanza, stories, games, activities, free comic

books, ages 3 and up

Northside Library

4 p.m.

Artists Talk: Katie Valeska (WP Storybook Contributor)

Dress for Success, 1204

N. High

Sun., May 4

11 a.m.6 p.m.

First Sundays, free admission

Wexner Center

Wed., May 7

6-8 p.m.

Pages exhibition and open mic

Downtown Library

Sat., May 10

9:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.

Roots & Roofs

Godman Guild

Mon., May 12

6:30 p.m.

Civic Association Communications Committee

Godman Guild

Tues., May 13

5:30 p.m.

Civic Association Housing Committee

Godman Guild

Wed., May 14

5:30 p.m.

Civic Association Steering Committee

Godman Guild

68 p.m.

Neighborhood Network Gathering

Godman Guild

6 p.m.

Civic Association Safety & Mobility Committee

Pride Center

6:30 p.m.

University Area Review Board, Northwood & High Building,

room 100

2231 N. High

Sat., May 17

7 p.m.

Artists Talk: Daniel Clowes and Hillary Chute

Wexner Center

Mon., May 19

6 p.m.

Civic Association Food & Wellness Committee

Godman Guild

Wed., May 21

6:30 p.m.

University Area Commission, Northwood & High Building,

room 100

2231 N. High

Sat., May 24

811 p.m.

Other Prom: Zombie Prom (for LGBTQ teens)

Wexner Center

Wed., May 28

6:30 p.m.

Civic Association Monthly Meeting

Schoenbaum Family Ctr.

Sat., May 31

10 a.m.6 p.m.

Summer Reading Club Kick-Off, all ages

Northside Library

10 a.m.noon

Hoot Family Film Series; suggested donation of a canned

good for the Open Shelter

Gateway Film Ctr.

1 p.m.

Walk-in tour

Wexner Center

Thurs., May 15






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Next to Weinland Park

Elementary School
Free dinner provided!


The City of Columbus

will deliver and plant a
tree for property owners and for renters who
have written permission
from their landlord
and its all free.
Just call (614) 645-3111
or visit to
submit a request.

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