Monday, December 09, 2013

I-75 Lane Closures...

Interstate 75 lane closures scheduled

Hamilton County (Monday, Dec. 9, 2013) – Bridge work will require the following lane closures on southbound Interstate 75, just north of Galbraith Road, the week of Dec. 16.

Monday, Dec. 16: Left lane closed at 8 p.m. with a second lane closure at 11 p.m.; both lanes open to traffic by 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Dec. 17:  Right lane closed at 8 p.m. with a second lane closure at 11 p.m.; both lanes open to traffic by 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Dec. 18:  Right lane closed at 8 p.m. with a second lane closure at 11 p.m.; both lanes open to traffic by 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Dec. 19:  Right lane closed at 8 p.m. with a second lane closure at 11 p.m.; both lanes open to traffic by 5 a.m. Friday.

Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming lane closure.

To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.

Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.

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For more information contact:
Sharon Smigielski, Public Information Officer, at (513) 933-6511
Liz Lyons, Public Information Specialist, at (513) 933-6534

Friday, December 06, 2013

Snow Removal?

Contact Donna  at 821-5714

For View Place Senior Citizens Only ...

If you are a senior citizen and homebound and need to get out to the grocery or doctor and you don't want to call a cab or drive your car, contact Donna on Deanview Drive at (513) 821 -5714 between 9 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday!

Membership Information



FINNEYTOWN CIVIC

ASSOCIATION


PO 317696 Cincinnati, OH 45231

October 29, 2013

Dear FCA members,

It is time to renew your membership in the Finneytown Civic Association for 2014. Your continued support is crucial to the success of the FCA. We have worked hard to bring issues forward, such as property maintenance, housing values, schools, safety, roads, support of businesses through our Cash Mob project, and, working with the Springfield Township government. We do this through public meetings, our web site (fcaontheweb.org), and, our long-running Meet-the-Candidate’s Night.

The more members we have, the stronger the impact we have on our community. The FCA encourages you to get involved on a committee or as a trustee. Your input is important to the future of Finneytown.

The membership dues ($10/person) have not changed for many years. Please consider an annual family membership for only $20.

Your support enables the Association to carry out our mission of “Working to Keep Finneytown a Great Place to Live”.

Also, consider supporting to the Steve Elliott Community Service Scholarship, which annually recognizes the community service of two graduating seniors from Finneytown High School.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

·         Nancy McGuire (Membership Chairperson) at 521-2145

·         Rhoda and Dick Meyer (Treasurer) at 522-0547

Membership Form:

Name(s):__________________________________________________________­­­­­­_­­­­

Address:____________________________________________________________

Phone:_________________ E-mail:______________________________________

We will be sending the newsletter via email unless instructed otherwise.

Dues:  $10/Person   $20/family per calendar year                                $_________

Contribution: Steve Elliott Student Community Service Award         $_________

Total:       (Please make checks to the Finneytown Civic Association)  $_________

Mail to: FCA Membership, P.O. Box 317696, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Consider joining a Committee or serving as a Board Member:

Land Use and Zoning____           Membership____            Township Liaison____

Newsletter____                           Business Liaison____       Technology____

Officer or Trustee____                Schools ____                    Social____

President Joseph Gorman can be reached at jgorman@fuse.net or (513) 325-5202.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Please join our EMAIL distribution list for updates and reminders...

Write Donna on Deanview at Viewplacenews@yahoo.com to join the email distribution list.  


We don't like spam, either, so identify yourself in the "subject box" by your first name and street address.  Emails will not be opened if your name and street address is not in the "subject box."






Friday, November 15, 2013

Springfield Township Announces New Electric Aggregation Program Rate

More information from Springfield Township about saving money on your energy bill here.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sad News about our dear neighbor, Bob Dean...

Very sad news about a very sweet neighbor who passed away. Robert "Bob" Dean passed away quietly surrounded by his loving family who all grew up here in View Place. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jeff, Lynette, Travis and Bev.

Here's what Jeff wrote:



My Dad passed away yesterday.  Visitation is at St. Paul United Church of Christ in North College Hill on Friday at 10:00 am. Please tell Fred and Donna and Stu and his family.  Also feel free to share it on the BlogSpot. Please acknowledge you got this email. Thanks.
Jeff

Friday, September 20, 2013

Finneytown Civic Association Meets Monday, September 23 at 7 pm at Senior Center Room A

Finneytown Civic Association Meets Monday, Sept. 23 to Discuss Schools and Township
Joseph Gorman • President

The Finneytown Civic Association holds its regular meeting, Monday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Township Senior Center, Room A, at 9158 Winton Road, 45231.

Finneytown Schools Superintendent, Tyrone Olverson, will address the association for about 20 minutes expressing his vision and goals for the district. There will be 10 minutes allotted for Q&A.

Springfield Township Trustee President Joe Honerlaw will share an update on the Township, including local and State budgets.


The FCA encourages you to come to the meeting and share your concerns or suggestions. It is a very good opportunity for you to get updates from local government and school staff.

We will also be reporting on housing issues, land use and zoning, membership, and new Township developments.
Please call Joe at 325-5202 to learn more about the FCA or visit our website at: www.fcaontheweb.org.



Joseph T. Gorman, President
FCA
(513) 325-5202 cell
www.fcaontheweb.org

Thursday, September 05, 2013

FOUND DOG IN PARKVIEW AREA

CONTACT CHRISTINA SIMPSON  HERNANDEZ ON FACEBOOK OR EMAIL VIEWPLACENEWS@YAHOO.COM
 

Monday, June 03, 2013

Position Openings for Springfield Twp.

Springfield Township Police Department
Positioned To Hire Top Cops In The Region
Now Hiring Part and Full-Time Officers
 

(June 3, 2013 Springfield Township, Hamilton County, OH) The Springfield Township Board of Trustees and staff have long placed a high priority on the need and value for quality long-range planning efforts involving all aspects of Township operations and endeavors. This, combined with making difficult decisions, adopting fiscally responsible budgets and developing a number of innovative programs and solutions have allowed the Township to remain sustainable during the recent economic and housing crisis and have positioned the community well to address the continual future challenges it will face.

Organizational, policy and operational modifications in the Township's Police Department are representative of actions that are taking place in all Township departments in order to meet the Board's goal of delivering the highest level of service to residents and business in the most effective and efficient manner.  

The Police Department is now positioned to hire part and full-time officers as a result of a number of recent retirements in the Department. Recruiting is now underway in a search for top talent.

Police Chief Dave Heimpold hopes to acquire a long list of highly qualified candidates to interview for various vacant positions. At full-staff, the department operates with 46 officers, which makes it the third largest law enforcement agency in Hamilton County. "We serve the community with the highest level of service and have been successful in finding innovative ways to secure long-term stability of the department. We have incurred a number of retirements over the past few months which now places openings for experienced officers " explains Heimpold.

As one of the leading police departments in the state, Springfield Township operates a full-serviceforce. The department employs, promotes and trains top detectives, traffic patrol, drug enforcement, school resource and K-9 officers. Unlike smaller cities and most townships, Springfield Township does not contract with the county for service. Chief Heimpold explains, "We offer mutual aid services to surrounding communities whenever assistance is requested and/or an officer with a specialized area of expertise is requested."  

Township officials instill a dedication to training in the Department. Trustee Tom Bryan reflects, "We want the best, so we train them to be the best." This philosophy is shared among the entire department. Interim Assistant Chief Rick Bley is the fourth in the department to be recently accepted into the elite FBI National Academy. The ten-week program, held in Quantico, Virginia,is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the executive and administrative skills in police departments. Participation is by invitation only, through a nomination process. In 1983 Springfield Township Police Chief David Heimpold graduated from this nationally acclaimed program, followed by Lt. David Schaefer in 2000 and Assistant Chief Robert Browder in 2006.

The agency underwent its sixth accreditation review by Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in March, 2013. Upon an extensive review process, the Police Chief was notified that the department was recommended for full reaccreditation and has also been recommended to receive an Award of Excellence, the highest award, awarded by CALEA. The reaccreditation and Award of Excellence will be determined by the Commission and awarded following a hearing before the Commission during the CALEA Conference and Awards Banquet on August 3, 2013.

Applications are currently being accepted at the Springfield Township Police Department thru 5:00p.m. on June 14th. Experienced officers are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen and 21 years of age or older by the time of appointment; be a High School Graduate or GED equivalent, possess a valid driver's license and be insurable by Springfield Township's Insurance Company. Springfield Township will create and consider two separate candidate classes for the positions; (Class 1) Candidates with OPOTA certification with full-time police service experience with a department or (Class 2), part-time officer candidates with O.P.O.T.A. certification by the time of appointment, who have no full time police service. Any candidate in Class 1 will not be required to take a written entrance exam. All Class 2 candidates will be required to take a written entrance examination on June 27th at 6:00 p.m. Candidates will undergo a physical fitness assessment and oral /medical /psychological and polygraph (CVSA) examinations. There is a $20.00 administrative fee for processing applications and test fees for part-time applicants. Detailed information will be provided to applicants after the applications are submitted. MINORITIES AND WOMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Springfield Township is an equal opportunity employer.  

Applications and detailed information can be found at www.springfieldtwp.org/jobs.cfm.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN UP!

Your help is greatly needed for Springfield Township's twelfth annual community cleanup on Saturday, May 11th. Consider gathering a group of friends, co-workers or scouts together and make an impact on this one day, community-wide initiative. 

This year a major effort will be placed on cleaning one of our most heavily traveled roads, Hamilton Avenue and on replacing trees that were lost to the Emerald Ash Borer insects. Over 300 saplings will be planted in Brentwood Park and we need your help. We will also focus our attention to cleaning many of the creek waterways in our parks. Other projects include picking up litter, planting flowers and making this community an even more beautiful place to live and work!

A current list of projects that will be completed on May 11th can be found online atwww.springfieldtwp.org/greatamericancleanup.cfm. Additional projects may be added to this list. 

Register as a volunteer today online! The online registration will allow you to easily register yourself or a group of volunteers. (Names not needed - only the total number of volunteers are required.)

There are two check-in locations for volunteering, the main Springfield Township Fire Station at 9150 Winton Road and the Pleasant Run Farms neighborhood swim club.

 If you are interested in volunteering for any of the Pleasant Run Farms projects, check-in is at the pool at 8:30 a.mAll other volunteers should check in at the fire station located at 9150 Winton Road anytime between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Both locations will include a light breakfast and a free Great American Cleanup t-shirts (while supplies last). Volunteers will work from 9:00 a.m. until noon. 

To make the greatest impact, our goal to have 150 volunteers out in the community for three hours. With your help, this goal will be achievable and YOU can make the difference! 

Supplies provided at check-in will include trash bags, directions and plastic gloves. Please bring your own work gloves. Litter sticks, shovels and rakes would be helpful.

*We will work in light rain. If there is heavy rain, we ask that volunteers check in at regular time, pick up supplies and select a project. In this case, volunteers can complete their project within the week and report their results to the Township by Monday, May 20th . 
 
Register To Volunteer Now!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

PICK UP YOUR DOGGY POOP!





AT THE END OF VIEW PLACE,  A VERY NICE NEIGHBORS IS REMINDING  DOGGY WALKERS TO PICK UP YOUR DOGGY POOP.  THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF DOGGY POOP IN YARDS WHERE THERE IS NO DOGGY.  

Finneytown Civic Association News & Meeting April 22


Finneytown Civic Association
Volume 30, Issue 2
April 2013
www.fcaontheweb.org
Up Front
E-News of the Finneytown Civic Association
Development Note: Dollar General is building a new
store next to the UDF on North Bend Road.

WELCOME NEW PASTOR AT GRACE POINT CHURCH
JOSEPH GORMAN • PRESIDENT

I received a nice note from new pastor David Bryan regarding the lighting issues affecting numerous View Place residents. Pastor Bryan has promised to help work out a resolution with the neighbors over the bright lights recently installed at the church.  It is very welcome news for the community, and good relations with neighbors is something that David aspires to achieve. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with pastor and the church.


Springfield Township's 2013
Great American Cleanup
Where: Springfield Township Fire Station
9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
When: Saturday May 11, 2013 from 8:00 AM to NOON

We are asking FCA members to come out in force to help clean up our community. This year a major effort will be placed on cleaning one of our most heavily traveled roads, Hamilton Avenue and on replacing trees that were lost to the Emerald Ash Borer insects. We will also focus our attention to cleaning many of the creek waterways in our parks. Other projects include edging and weeding flowerbeds, painting picnic tables.
A current list of projects that will be completed on May 11th can be found online at
www.springfieldtwp.org/greatamericancleanup.cfm. Contact FCA rep Robin Hendley at 608-2424 to
register. Let’s go, Finneytown Civic Association!

FCA PRESENTS TWO STEVE ELLIOTT
COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIPS MAY 15
JOSEPH GORMAN • PRESIDENT
It is always a privilege to present at the Seniors Awards Program our Steve Elliott Community Service
Scholarships to two deserving graduating seniors from Finneytown High School. This continues the many years that the FCA has supported Finneytown schools by offering two $500 scholarships. To win, you must be an exceptional student with a history of community service coordinated through the excellent staff at Finneytown High School.

FCA MEETS MONDAY, APRIL 22 AT 7 P.M.
JOSEPH GORMAN • PRESIDENT
The Finneytown Civic Association holds its regular meeting, Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the
Township Senior Center, Room A. We will feature Deb Semenick, Acting Superintendent of
Finneytown Schools. Also, the folks from Harvest Food Hub will be on hand to talk about the food coop
farm on North Bend Road (at Greenfield Drive).The FCA encourages you to come to the meeting
and share your concerns or suggestions. It is a very good opportunity for you to get updates from local
government and school staff.We will also be reporting on housing issues, land use and zoning, and new developments.

Springfield Township Arts & Enrichment Council is bringing two exciting activities to the Springfield Township Center, including:

1. ArtLocal, Reception May 3 from 7-10 p.m. includes a CCM jazz trio. On May 4, musician Zak
Morgan plays from 11-Noon, and children’s crafts from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Gallery open both days.
2. Dinner Theatre July 12 at Springfield Township Center. Cost is $32 per ticket.


2013 Meeting Dates:
• General FCA Meeting
Monday, April 22, 7 - 9 p.m.
Township Senior Center, Rm. A

• General FCA Meeting
Monday, September 23, 7 - 9 p.m.
Township Senior Center, Rm. A

• Meet The Candidate’s Night
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Township Senior Center, Rm. C

We Need Your Help! Please Volunteer!
FCA Membership
Annual Dues are:
Family $20; individuals $10
Mail to:
Finneytown Civic Association
P.O. Box 317696
Cincinnati, OH 45231

INFO: Nancy McQuire, Membership Chair 253-4036


WANTED: FINNEYTOWN FAMILIES & FRIENDS WHO LOVE SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOL
COMMUNITY BY PROVIDING COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR FAMILIES IN NEED, PTA GRANTS FOR TEACHERS, PTA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENT TRIPS, CAMPS, AND COLLEGE, PTA SCHOOL APPRECIATION EVENTS FOR TEACHERS, AND A WONDERFUL SEND OFF TO GRADUATING SENIORS!

Enrollment in Kroger Community Rewards is just one click away to register your Kroger Plus Card online so
Finneytown Secondary PTA can continue the mission for our school year 2013-2014. Visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com. You will need to search on Finneytown to find our PTA. It’s
a safe and an efficient way help us fundraise for our Secondary PTA since so many of our families
and neighbors shop at Kroger.

NOTE: The FCA is seeking two replacement officers to serve on the Board, including a recording secretary.
This is a great opportunity for you to give back to your neighborhood. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!

FCA Officers and Board of Trustees
President JOE GORMAN
Vice President JEFF DECILE
Recording Secretary (needs a volunteer)
Treasurer DICK MEYER
Board of Trustees
CHRIS AUFFREY
JIM GOLAN, HOUSING
ROBIN HENDLEY - TOWNSHIP LIAISON
GREGG HOPKINS, CASH MOB
JEFF DEAN, LAND USE & ZONING
NANCY MCGUIRE, MEMBERSHIP
WAYCROSS COMMUNITY MEDIA OFFERS
EXCITING 10-WEEK FILM WORKSHOP

CHIP BERQUIST • WAYCROSS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Waycross Community Media is offering a ten week summer workshop for middle and high school students
led by Cincinnati filmmaker Bob Leibold. The workshop will introduce students in grades 6 – 12 to the process of film making. The students will create a short film (between 4-7 minutes), complete with
credits and soundtrack, while learning the fundamentals of how films are created. There is a registration fee of $100 for this Workshop, and registration will be limited to 12 students per session. To register online, visit http://www.waycross.tv/summercamp.html. For information, call 825-2429.


FINNEYTOWN BUSINESS NETWORK MEETS
JOSEPH GORMAN • PRESIDENT
The Finneytown Business Network is up and running and are meeting on the last Wednesday of every month. Coordinated by John Dickerson and Kim Flamm, this group represents the Mom and Pop Finneytown businesses. The next meeting will be April 24 at Finneytown Graeter’s at 8 a.m. Between 12 and 20 folks are expected to attend.

FCA BOARD SUPPORTS NEW WELCOME SIGNS
NANCY MCGUIRE • MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON
The Finneytown Civic Association Board of Trustees voted at its March 30 meeting to move forward on replacing two FCA Welcome Signs. For years, folks driving into Finneytown were greeted by the welcome signs. However, two of the wooden signs are completely rotted and have to be replaced. We would prefer that a carpenter or vendor from Finneytown help us craft two new signs.

Please contact me at 253-4036 if you know a good resource. Finneytown Civic Association P.O. Box
317696 Cincinnati, OH 45231 fcaontheweb.org Joe: 325-5202

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Weekend Activities in Springfield Township


Weekend Activities In Springfield Township
Friday: Show Only Tickets Available For The Middle Child
Saturday: Street Closure Announcement for Finneytown 5K Run
Sunday: Pitch Hit And Run
     
(SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Hamilton County, Ohio, April 4, 2013) Springfield Township is full of activity this weekend as the spring season finally arrives! Here are a few activities you can participate in this weekend.


Friday, April 5th: The Springfield Township Arts and Enrichment Council will host an improv showdown featuring Cincinnati's leading improv entertainment troupe, The Middle Child. Show-only tickets are on sale now and at the door for $19. Local jazz musicians, Jay Valerio, Rick Kennedy & Joe Hickey will play during the dinner/ cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.  RESERVE SHOW-ONLY TICKETS HERE  This is a 21 and over event. For more information on the show, visit http://www.springfieldtwp.org/dinnertheater.cfm,  call 522-1410 or emailartsinfo@springfieldtwp.org. Check payments should be made payable to Springfield Township Arts and Enrichment Council. 

Saturday, April 6th: Finneytown Athletic Boosters is hosting a 5K race fundraiser. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the high school. Race-day registration is $25 for adults or $15 for kids, 14 and under. All registrations include goodie bags, chip-timing, post-race refreshments and a chance to win door prizes and awards. Step off at 9 a.m.
The following streets are affected by the race route and will be temporarily closed during the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Fountainebleau Terr, Mockingbird Ln., Thunerbird Ave., Cottonwood Dr., Hempstead Dr., and Vacationland Dr. 

Sunday, April 7th: Springfield Township, The Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA and the Finneytown Athletic Organization together will host Major League Baseball's official Pitch Hit & Run local level competition at Helwig Park. This is a free skills competition for boys and girls, ages 7-14.  Registration will begin at the park at 2p.m. Players must bring a copy of their birth certificate in order to compete. Once registered, kids will test their hitting, pitching and base running abilities. Registrations will be accepted until 3 p.m. The competition will end when the last person has completed their skills assessment. First, second and third place participants in each age and gender category will receive a certificate. First place and overall winners in each skill will advance to the sectionals. Registration forms and event information can be found athttp://www.springfieldtwp.org/pitchhitrun.cfm  

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SCHOOL COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

To register for the Inaugural Wildcat 5k on April 6, please download the form   HERE

There are still a few days to get your vouchers to purchase your flowers/plants at Moeller Greenhouse.  Finneytown Secondary PTA will receive a few bucks to help fund their scholarships, grants, and activities on behalf of the student community.  Please follow  this link to print out your form and return to Dan Deitsch at the address listed on the form by this weekend. He lives on Seymour so you can drop it off at his house!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

MOELLER PLANT SALE THROUGH FINNEYTOWN PTA



BUY A FLOWER VOUCHER AT A DISCOUNT PRICE!  USE YOUR FLOWER OR MULCH VOUCHER AT MOELLER’S GREENHOUSE TO SELECT VARIETY, COLOR, QUALITY.   Don’t forget a voucher to select a flower basket for Mother’s Day. 


MOELLER’S GREENHOUSE IS LOCATED AT 2471 Banning Road.   The vouchers are valid from APRIL 5th - May 31, 2013.




PTA/FLOWER VOUCHER FORM -

 Please cut-out and complete this form to purchase a voucher.  Don’t forget to include your check.

______Annual Flats (8 pack – 32 plants) $16.50
______10” Standard Hanging Basket $21.00
______Annual Flats (15 Pot Flat 4 ½” pots) $62.50
______Perennial Flats (5” Deep Pot – 8/flat) $50.00
______Vegetable Flats (Flat of 18 – 4 inch pots) $22.50
______Hardwood Mulch (black) 2 cubic feet/bag $4.00/bag


______Total Cost                               ______Total Vouchers


NAME_________________________________________________ 

PHONE________________________________________________

ADDRESS____________________________________________ ZIP _______________________


PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO FINNEYTOWN SECONDARY PTA AND RETURN THIS FORM BEFORE MARCH 22 TO DAN OR LINDA DEITSCH AT   1199 W. SEYMOUR AVENUE, 45216, OR RETURN FORM TO YOUR SCHOOL OFFICE IN AN ENVELOPE MARKED “PTA FLOWER VOUCHER SALE.” If you have questions, please contact Dan or Linda at (513) 761-8619.  




Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Residential and Church Lights

Hello Neighbors, 

Just read a letter generated by Chris Gilbert that the Township is generating the case file to require the photogrammic study. A photogrammic study will document the impact of the Church lights on the neighborhood -- amount of light that floods into homes and obstructs viewing at night. 

Mr. Gilbert has also informed the neighbors in View Place directly impacted by the light pollution  that he is meeting with the Law Director to get an opinion on specific requirements.  Once the church is in receipt of the letter, a timeframe for the study will be ready and they can move forward. 

It is a good thing to have the language of the resolution about residential lighting on the side of the neighbors in View Place. It is also a very good thing to have the advocacy and support of neighbors and Finneytown Civic Association all whom are willing to use their personal time to look into zoning regulations and restrictions.

Since Monday, the lights have been off so somebody is answering our prayers.

Thank you!

Donna on Deanview



Thursday, February 07, 2013

HEADS UP VIEW PLACE: NIGHTLY ROAD CLOSINGS


Galbraith Road Night Time Road Closure Notification



 
A Message From The Hamilton County Engineer  
      

     
(SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Hamilton County, Ohio, February 7, 2013) Theodore B. Hubbard, the Hamilton County Engineer, would like to announce the night time closing (8:00 PM - 6:00 AM) of Galbraith Road, between Winton Road and Ronald Reagan (SR 126) in Springfield Township beginning Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
Work being performed by Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping is storm sewer repair and is anticipated to last until February 22, 2013 (weather permitting). 
Any problems or questions should be directed to Harry Schmeusser with the Hamilton County Engineer at: 946-8430 or Harry.Schmeusser@hamilton-co.org
  
Mt. Pleasant's detour will be routed over Vine St. (SR 4) to Compton Road to Winton Road and vice versa. 
 
For information on other Hamilton County road projects, please visit www.hamilton-co.org/engineer                                                                             

Finneytown National Honor Society

Featured in the Hilltop Press this week are Finneytown National Honor Students serving the Senior Citizens in our community.  CLICK HERE

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Finneytown Civic Association Newsletter JAN.. 2013



HAPPY’S PIZZA NOW OPEN
ROBIN HENDLEY • FCA LIAISON
Besides the opening of Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine at 8592 Winton, and, the relocation of Fantastic Wok in the former PJ Restaurant space, the latest business addition to the Finneytown area is Happy’s Pizza located at Daly and North Bend Roads. Happy’s menu features more than 220 items, including pizza, seafood, chicken, ribs, various side items and desserts. There is something for everyone. The convenient drive up window allows for advance phone orders 541-5500 and free delivery is offered for all catering orders and orders of $25.00 or more.

CASH MOB AT BRENTWOOD SPIRITS & WINE - FEBRUARY 9, 1 PM - 5 PM
GREGORY HOPKINS • CASH MOB COORDINATOR
FCA will conduct another “cash mob” to benefit one of our small businesses in Finneytown. The premise is simple: an alert goes out via Twitter, Facebook, email, etc. that directs like-minded shoppers to a particular retail store or restaurant. This is not only an opportunity to support a local business but also a chance to meet new neighbors and see old friends. Brentwood Spirits and Wine will be our cash mob target on Saturday, February 9th, from 1 pm – 5 pm. Brentwood Spirits and Wine fits the profile because they are locally owned and independently operated. We are asking everyone to stop by Brentwood Spirits and Wine on Saturday, February 9th and spend $15-20 (or more if you wish). This is a great opportunity to pick up some heart-healthy red wine for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Brentwood Spirits and Wine is located at 8621 Winton Rd, near Arby’s. Their phone number is 522-5830. Be sure to mention the FCA Cash mob when you stop by on Saturday and please spread the word to others!

DEB SEMINICK TAKES OVER FEB. 1 AS SUPERINTENDENT
ROBIN HENDLEY • FCA LIAISON
The Finneytown Local School District Board of Education named Ms. Deb Semenick as interim superintendent. Semenick takes over February 1, 2013 when current superintendent, Dr. Alan Robertson, retires. The vote was unanimous.  ”She has an in-depth knowledge of the community, curriculum and instruction, and also knows what it takes to continue the great tradition,” said Mrs. Horn. Ms. Semenick is no stranger to the Finneytown traditions, having been a principal at Whitaker Elementary from 1997-2008. She is currently Director of Student Services for the Finneytown district. Semenick, who is licensed as a superintendent, principal, and teacher, has served as a principal and teacher of both regular and special needs students in five different school districts. She has received numerous awards and accolades as an effective leader, including the Council for Exceptional Children Principal Award, a nomination for the Leadership Award from the Inclusion Network, and Finneytown Educator of the Year. She has participated in the High Aims Math and Science Academy for Principals, and is a certified trainer for Ruby Payne’s Framework for Understanding Poverty. At Whitaker she spearheaded a school improvement project
to expand the academic achievements of all students based on Effective Schools research and the 8-Step
Instructional Model. One parent commented about Ms. Semenick’s “astute ability” to support change with grace. She “has been an excellent role model of change for her peers, staff, and Whitaker students and families.”

AUDITOR WARNS ABOUT PROPERTY VALUATION APPEALS
Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes is warning property owners to beware of companies offering to assist with valuation appeals. ValueAppeal, LLC of Seattle is one of several companies mailing letters to area residents saying they could be overpaying their taxes because the County value of their property might be in error, Rhodes said. “The information is available and free,” Rhodes said. The letters come on the heels of the 2011 reevaluation of all Hamilton County properties. Overall, property lost $5 billion in value. The current values became effective on the first tax bill in 2012. “We advise homeowners to contact a realtor who is active in their area for an independent opinion of their value as a first step,” he said. Owners can also review
recent sales of comparable properties on the auditor’s Web site www.hcauditor.org. Rhodes added nobody
can offer a “guarantee” or “a very high likelihood” of a value reduction. Owners who believe their value is inaccurate should submit their Board of Revision complaint forms to the auditor’s office by 4 p.m. on March
31. Complaint forms and instructions are available from the Auditor’s office or may be accessed on the
Auditor’s Web site.


VIEW PLACE NEIGHBORS FIGHTING GRACE POINT CHURCH LIGHTS
JOSEPH GORMAN • PRESIDENT
I really hate to give up a chance to talk out problems, but it appears that is the case concerning bright
lights from a church that disturbs neighbors. And, I mean, REALLY bright lights! View Place neighborhood has always been known as a star-gazer’s delight, with dark skies perfect to see stars and the night sky heavens. The Township is now undertaking a study to determine if the stadium-like lights installed at Grace Point Church that borders Keats and View Place are in fact against the law. The pastor has revealed that he is not going to cooperate with the neighbors by either replacing the bright lights with a softer light, or, by turning the lights off after 10 p.m. Now, we are at the mercy of Springfield Township.


Duke Energy Appliance Recycling
Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky has launched a new program designed to give customers the ability to
recycle outdated refrigerators and freezers in a convenient way (and earn some money too)! The Appliance
Recycling Program (ARP) was launched in October, specifically targeting older refrigerators and freezers
that customers often keep in garages or basements to aid in food and beverage storage. Older appliances that are not as energy efficient as newer models can cost an additional $150 per year to operate. To have your refrigerator or freezer picked up, appliances must be in working condition and between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size. An incentive check for $30 will arrive within 4-6 weeks. Call Duke Energy at (855) 398-6200 or visit duke-energy.com/recycle.

2013 Meeting Dates:

• General FCA Meeting
Monday, April 27, 7 - 9 p.m.
Township Senior Center, Rm. A

• General FCA Meeting
Monday, September 23, 7 - 9 p.m.
Township Senior Center, Rm. A

• Meet The Candidate’s Night
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Township Senior Center, Rm. C

We Need Your Help!
FCA Membership
Annual Dues are:
Family $20; individuals $10
Mail to:
Finneytown Civic Association
P.O. Box 317696
Cincinnati, OH 45231




Monday, January 28, 2013

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NEEDED...

While the Finneytown Music Parents Association does a terrific job fundraising and raising awareness about the importance of enhancing the public school experience for students attending public school, they are in need of used musical instruments for students wanting to be in the orchestra or band.  The new director, Mr. Carl Phlipot (pronounced "fleepoh") informed me that it doesn't matter if the instrument is broken because they have a volunteer who repairs and refurbishes from parts.

Thank you for supporting quality public school education in Finneytown.  Helping out with an additional donation or scholarship to the many parent volunteer organizations only adds to the success of individual students  and our community.  See the school's webpage at www.finneytown.org and click on "support organizations" at the top of your screen for more information about how you can make a special contribution to honor or memorialize your loved ones.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Focus Group at Finneytown ...

Here is an ARTICLE IN HILLTOP PRESS about the what parents want in a new superintendent.

Finneytown School Superintendent Update ...

Just a quick reminder that we are down to the final last days of a career in education spanning 37 years of promoting quality educational opportunities and experiences for students attending public schools. If you haven't done so already, there's still time to send off your note of congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Alan Robertson, Superintendent of Finneytown School District,  before he slips quietly into that "retirement" phase of his life after spending 22 years right here in Finneytown guiding our district through a roller coaster-like ride of changes in federal and state legislation impacting funding and curricula that would make most of our heads spin!


Click here for future plans to hire a new superintendent.
Look HERE for more information about Dr. Robertson.






Wednesday, January 23, 2013

PETITION ABOUT NUISANCE LIGHTING

THE PETITION IS ON A CLIPBOARD NEAR THE FRONT DOOR. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DROP BY TO SIGN THE BACK OF THE LETTER.


January 25,2013
Mr. Chris Gilbert
Township Administrator
Springfield Township, Hamilton County, Ohio
8375 Winton Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Subject: Nuisance Lighting generated from the Gracepoint Church

Dear Mr. Gilbert:

We the residents of the View Place neighborhood in Springfield Township who reside near the
Gracepoint Church wish to register the following complaint concerning the lighting generated by
the Gracepoint Church from its parking lot lights. The lights were installed approximately 3 years
ago, and the nuisance has increased as described below.

Specifically, the parking lot light poles are equipped with lights which have the strength normally
seen in stadium lights, much stronger than street lights. The light penetrates houses through
windows and even curtains, spills onto the lots, and blots out the sky. The nuisances include but are
not limited to reducing the enjoyment and value of property by the necessity of shutting blinds and
curtains when that action is not desired, annoyance of having one's yard lit up, forcing people to
look the other way when on the property or nearby streets, and having the sky blotted out. The light
spills onto adjacent properties that are a good distance from the building and across the street, and
onto properties at least two doors away from those adjacent properties on Deanview and Brucehills,
and as far away as the east side of View Place Drive.

Last winter, the residents reached an informal compromise with Gracepoint. Gracepoint agreed to
limit the lighting to between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm on nights when acdvities occurred, and the
residents agreed to tolerate the lights at their current strength. This compromise was largely adhered
to by Gracepoint until this winter.

Starting in late October or early November, the lights have been on 7 days per week, and from 6:00
pm to sunrise the next morning. In addition, the parking lot lights at the back of the church building
are also on, where they were not usually on in the past. The ones in the back increase the area of
influence of the lighting, which is already very significant.

We believe that the lights at their current strength cannot be tolerated, and should be reduced to a
brightness appropriate for a quiet, relatively low-density residential area. We believe that the
Township has a responsibility to protect our residential property. We suggest that the Township has
the authority to remedy the problem through its Zoning Resolution sections 5.08, 5.09, and 10.30.
Thank you for your help in this matter.

 Sincerely,
Residents of Springfield Township


Monday, January 21, 2013

FINNEYTOWN CIVIC ASSOCIATION


HAPPY’S PIZZA NOW OPEN
ROBIN HENDLEY • FCA LIAISON
Besides the opening of Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine at 8592 Winton, and, the relocation of Fantastic Wok in the former PJ Restaurant space, the latest business addition to the Finneytown area is Happy’s Pizza located at Daly and North Bend Roads. Happy’s menu features more than 220 items, including pizza, seafood, chicken, ribs, various side items and desserts. There is something for everyone. The convenient drive up window allows for advance phone orders 541-5500 and free delivery is offered for all catering orders and orders of $25.00 or more.

CASH MOB AT BRENTWOOD SPIRITS and WINE - FEBRUARY 9, 1 PM - 5 PM
GREGORY HOPKINS • CASH MOB COORDINATOR
FCA will conduct another “cash mob” to benefit one of our small businesses in Finneytown. The premise is simple: an alert goes out via Twitter, Facebook, email, etc. that directs like-minded shoppers to a particular retail store or restaurant. This is not only an opportunity to support a local business but also a chance to meet new neighbors and see old friends.

Brentwood Spirits and Wine will be our cash mob target on Saturday, February 9th, from 1 pm – 5 pm.
Brentwood Spirits and Wine fits the profile because they are locally owned and independently operated.
We are asking everyone to stop by Brentwood Spirits and Wine on Saturday, February 9th and spend $15-20 (or more if you wish). This is a great opportunity to pick up some heart-healthy red wine for your Valentine’s Day celebration.  Brentwood Spirits and Wine is located at 8621 Winton Rd, near Arby’s. Their phone number is 522-5830. Be sure to mention the FCA Cash mob when you stop by on Saturday and please spread the word to others!

DEB SEMINICK TAKES OVER FEB. 1 AS SUPERINTENDENT
ROBIN HENDLEY • FCA LIAISON
The Finneytown Local School District Board of Education named Ms. Deb Semenick as interim uperintendent. Semenick takes over February 1, 2013 when current superintendent, Dr. Alan Robertson, retires. The vote was unanimous.  ”She has an in-depth knowledge of the community, curriculum and instruction, and also knows what it takes to continue the great tradition,” said Mrs. Horn. Ms. Semenick is no stranger to the Finneytown traditions, having been a principal at Whitaker Elementary from 1997-2008. She is currently Director of Student Services for the Finneytown district. Semenick, who is licensed as a superintendent, principal, and teacher, has served as a principal and teacher of both regular and special needs students in five different school districts. She has received numerous awards and accolades as an effective leader, including the Council for Exceptional Children Principal Award, a nomination for the Leadership Award from the Inclusion Network, and Finneytown Educator of the Year. She has participated in the High Aims Math and Science Academy for Principals, and is a certified trainer for Ruby Payne’s Framework for Understanding Poverty. At Whitaker she spearheaded a school improvement project to expand the academic achievements of all students based on Effective Schools research and the 8-Step Instructional Model. One parent commented about Ms. Semenick’s “astute ability” to support change with grace. She “has been an excellent role model of change for her peers, staff, and Whitaker students and families.”

AUDITOR WARNS ABOUT PROPERTY VALUATION APPEALS

Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes is warning property owners to beware of companies offering to assist with valuation appeals. ValueAppeal, LLC of Seattle is one of several companies mailing letters to area residents saying they could be overpaying their taxes because the County value of their property might be in error, Rhodes said. “The information is available and free,” Rhodes said. The letters come on the heels of the 2011 reevaluation of all Hamilton County properties. Overall, property lost $5 billion in value. The
current values became effective on the first tax bill in 2012.  “We advise homeowners to contact a realtor who is active in their area for an independent opinion of their value as a first step,” he said. Owners can also review recent sales of comparable properties on the auditor’s Web site www.hcauditor.org. Rhodes added nobody can offer a “guarantee” or “a very high likelihood” of a value reduction. Owners who believe their value is inaccurate should submit their Board of Revision complaint forms to the auditor’s office by 4 p.m. on March 31. Complaint forms and instructions are available from the Auditor’s office or may be accessed on the Auditor’s Web site.



Duke Energy Appliance Recycling

Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky has launched a new program designed to give customers the ability to
recycle outdated refrigerators and freezers in a convenient way (and earn some money too)! The Appliance
Recycling Program (ARP) was launched in October, specifically targeting older refrigerators and freezers
that customers often keep in garages or basements to aid in food and beverage storage. Older appliances that are not as energy efficient as newer models can cost an additional $150 per year to operate.

To have your refrigerator or freezer picked up, appliances must be in working condition and between
10 and 30 cubic feet in size. An incentive check for $30 will arrive within 4-6 weeks. Call Duke Energy at
(855) 398-6200 or visit duke-energy.com/recycle.

2013 Meeting Dates:

• General FCA Meeting
Monday, April 27, 7 - 9 p.m.
Township Senior Center, Rm. A

• General FCA Meeting
Monday, September 23, 7 - 9 p.m.
Township Senior Center, Rm. A

• Meet The Candidate’s Night
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Township Senior Center, Rm. C

We Need Your Help!
FCA Membership
Annual Dues are:
Family $20; individuals $10

Mail to:
Finneytown Civic Association
P.O. Box 317696
Cincinnati, OH 45231


VIEW PLACE NEIGHBORS FIGHTING GRACE POINT CHURCH LIGHTS
JOSEPH GORMAN • PRESIDENT

I really hate to give up a chance to talk out problems, but it appears that is the case concerning bright
lights from a church that disturbs neighbors.And, I mean, REALLY bright lights!View Place neighborhood has always been known as a star-gazer’s delight, with dark skies perfect to see stars and the night sky heavens. The Township is now undertaking a study to determine if the stadium-like lights installed at Grace Point Church that borders Keats and View Place are in fact against the law. The pastor has revealed that he is not going to cooperate with the neighbors by either replacing the bright lights with a softer light, or, by turning the lights off after 10 p.m. Now, we are at the mercy of Springfield Township