Friday, November 20, 2015

Carol Schubert Passed Away ....

It saddens me to announce yet another wonderful human being who has passed away from cancer.  Bob and Carol Schubert raised their family here in Viewplace. Carol will be remembered for her volunteer services at church, YMCA, and child advocacy work.  Her granddaughter, Katie, was a playmate to my daughter for many years crossing through the backyards to visit each other.  As instructed, the girls were required to call once they reached their destination so Carol and I had many times to talk on the phone about the neighborhood.  We extend our deepest condolences, sympathy, and love to Bob and her big family.

Springfield Township Winterfest Celebration

Enjoy the  19 annual tradition of Springfield Township’s Winterfest ! D oors open at 12:30p.m. Enjoy a Madcap Puppet Show, part icipate in crafts and sing carols on e hay ride. Free photos with Santa, facepain ting and games for kids will top off the afternoo n. Concessions will be available for pur ase. Free Admission! Split the Pot, dona tions & concessions support Art sConnect

More event details at www.TheArt st 522-1410

Details here ...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

In loving memory of Sue Hummer...

Information about Sue Hummer's memorial mass at St. Vivian's Church is here.  I got to know Sue through the PTA  and neighborhood association soon after my daughter received the "Big Heart Award."  This award is given to a middle school student  to honor Sue and Dan's daughter, Stephanie.

I will remember Sue for living a faith-filled and purpose driven life. She was an example for all us.

Friday, October 16, 2015

In loving memory of our dear friend, child advocate, and neighbor...

I learned that Sue Hummer, our dear friend and neighbor, passed away peacefully in her home. Our deepest condolences to Dan, her sons and  their family, and all her friends.

Sue will be remembered for many things, by many people, but I will remember her faith and devotion  to serving God, her husband Dan, her family, and her community.  Whether it was passing time at the gas pump or running into each other in the neighborhood or meetings, I will remember her face lighting up when she talked about the Big Heart Award,  her niece's Thanksgiving meal, her sons and their new families, and other events that filled her day.  She lived her life with purpose and devotion.  She had a way for fixing things in our  neighborhood and at school.  She also took to the time to comfort people in their time of need.

My deepest condolences to Dan and her big family, and  her many friends who loved and cherished her being, her light, courage, and her faith.

May her sweet light shine in the darkness,
My her memory unfold as prayers for the living, and 
May her grace, courage, and faith continue to fill the silence.

Our prayers go out to Dan, family, and friends...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

McFarlin vs. Hufford?

It's important that we get the right information in regard to the upcoming election so please look over the following links to learn about the candidates.  Here is a tape from "Dan Hurley's Newsmakers" Sunday program.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Whether You're Seeing Red or Green Signs ....

It's election time and someone is trying to get our attention. Please take the time to read up on the candidates and issues. Remember the Finneytown Civic Association is sponsoring "Meet the Candidate Night."

SUNDAY October 18, 2015 from 7-9 PM

Newsmakers, September 27, 2015 - Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati - Newsmakers


Please report any and all suspicious activity or people  to the Springfield Township police.  If you see someone walking around your neighbor's property and you're not sure they're home, use the neighborhood directory to call. If they don't respond or you don't have a number, call 911 and give them a description of what you see.  If you hear dogs barking or unusual sounds, call the police. A patrol car will be dispatched to check things out. It may be a contractor giving estimates for something or it may be a person posing as a contractor while another person is burglarizing the home. In any event, Rob Browden, the new Chief of Police, encourages us all to give them a call and they'll come check it out. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure...

Springfield Twp Police Begin Open Forum Meetings With Religious, Academic & Civic Community Leaders

Maintaining a strong relationship with residents has always been a priority of Springfield Township. Its Police Department especially prides itself on the trust and confidence earned through fair and just police practices.
Recent national incidents involving police relations have put the trust of many police departments in question. To ensure this does not take place in Springfield Township, Trustee Gwen McFarlin asked the Police Department to be out front of the issue by initiating a series of open dialogue forums to candidly discuss police relations in the Township. “We currently have the trust of the community. I want to keep that trust by providing a safe place to talk, inform and learn from one another,” explains McFarlin. “I think it’s important to communicate with our residents, well before a need may ever be necessary.”
To date, two forums have been hosted with civic, educational and religious leaders in the community; one in May and a second in September. There is one overriding goal of the gatherings; to provide a forum for proactive, continual dialogue whereby individuals can learn from one another. After several meetings, it is hoped that confidence in Springfield Township’s Police Department will continue to grow and a coalition of church, school and civic leaders would be available to assist if a crisis were to arise. After attending the September meeting, Carole Dunn, representing the Hollydale Civic Association stated, “I’m proud of Springfield Township and the Police Department. These meetings are important because it promotes unity between the public and police.”
“The components of the forums have been consistent,” explains McFarlin. “We begin with a topic, provide a short presentation, then open the floor for candid discussion.” The first forum included time for community leaders to experience a police simulation-training device. The simulation device allowed the participant to virtually walk in an officer’s shoes and be confronted by a wide array of real-life situations. The device responds uniquely to the vocal commands given by the participant. According to Dick Alexander, former Senior Pastor of Life Springs Church, this activity was eye opening, “We all understand police officers have to make quick decisions. But the simulation brought a stunning realization of the split-second life and death decisions officers must make, and a magnified appreciation of the extreme difficulty of their jobs."
Open dialogue in the May forum addressed perspectives on national events and the Township’s police department philosophy. The meeting also shared perspectives of a few police officers. The September forum allowed for a conversation addressing the use of body cameras. Chief Browder understands the value of these conversations, “It’s a mutually beneficial effort. The forums have resulted in a better understanding of what officers face on a day-to-day basis and they also provide us with valuable context as to how actions are perceived”.
Officers asked participants to provide a list of topics they would like to discuss most and how often dialogue should take place. Leaders all expressed a desire to continue the forums on an ongoing basis, involving topics such as police training, the impact of drugs, youth violence and intervention, gun violence, understanding economic disparity and mental health.
“I am encouraged by the response of our community leaders to continue the conversation and look forward to bringing the program to the community with leadership involvement in the near future,” explains McFarlin. “It was important to gain the feedback of our community leaders first. It provides us with a baseline and a source of partnership when we do bring this forum to the community,” explains McFarlin.
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Dog Nuisance and Break In...

Officer Emily Smith offered a program about neighborhood safety in View Place when the Brown-Allen home was broken into a few years ago.

She talked about dog nuisance complaints.  Mainly dogs being chained up outside, fenced in, or left indoors all day while the owners were at work.  Naturally, dogs bark for many reason, but mainly they are seeking attention when they are bored and lonely.  Since the barking is a nuisance and disturbance, it can be reported and an owner can be fined.  However, we want to avoid this unless the owner is not cooperating or listening to your concerns.

Office Smith suggested to dog owners to find a humane way to keep their dogs from becoming stressed out while owners are at work.   For example, leave fresh water in their bowls, fresh food, toys, and make sure they are given them plenty of exercise and loving care when you return.  Make sure your dog is on a leash when walking them throughout the neighborhood otherwise you will be fined.   Just by exercising your dog, it  will cut down on the nuisance barking when they are lonely for their owner. 

Another thing Officer Smith suggested was informing the township police about vacations or extended leave from your  home. Always provide an emergency contact number to a neighbor and police for back up.  Notifying your neighbors or asking one to look after the house for suspicious activity was another suggestion.    All residents should call 911 in the event they see any suspicious activity or people in our neighborhood.  For example, if you see moving trucks or people you can't recognize  removing items from a home, contact the officers anyway.  They  would rather be wrong 100 times checking something out rather than finding a home was being broken into.

Remember, we are a neighborhood here in View Place. Get to know your neighbors. If something is going on like nuisance barking,  small children playing without adult  supervision, or gutters falling down, it's okay to drop over and say, "I'm concerned about....."   If they don't respond or take it personal, use the Quick Links complaint form online.    

Let's all try to first give our neighbors the benefit. Most are very considerate and try to look for solutions if there are issues like break-ins, fulling down gutters,  and barking dogs.  So try and  work together to resolve issues.  If your dog is barking, be considerate. Don't yell or be nasty to neighbors who are only trying to bring something to your attention.  Many neighbors are dealing with serious medical  treatments and some are working all  night at a hospital.  It's inconsiderate and disrespectful for neighbors to go away and not care about their own dog's nuisance barking.

Another thing to remember, if somebody breaks into your home, please contact the Springfield Township 911 immediately. If you find out your neighbor's home was broken into, please offer some form of sympathy and support. Report suspicious activity in our neighborhood by calling 911 for emergencies or 522 1412 for non emergencies.  Also use the quicklinks page to report when a home is falling into disrepair if the neighbor ignores a request to take pride in their property and community.