Tuesday, April 25, 2006

*77 May Save Your Life! Posted by View Place Neighbor on Keats ...


I knew about the red light on cars, but not the *77.

It was about 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend.

An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on.

Lauren's parents have always told them never o pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather to wait until they get to a gas station, etc.

Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice, and promptly called *77 on her cell phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull overright away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her!

The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars where she was located and there weren't, and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.

Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.

I never knew about the *77 Cell Phone Feature, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car.

Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a safe & quiet; place. You obviously need to make some signals that you acknowledge them (i.e. put on your hazardlights) or call *77 like Lauren did.

Too bad the cell phone companies don't generally give you this little bit of wonderful information.

Speaking to a service representative at **Bell** Mobility confirmedthat *77 was a direct link to state trooper info. So, now it's your turn to let your friends know about *77.

Send this to every woman (and person) you know; it may save a life.

Please send a Thank You ...

If any of you have a moment, please drop a letter to the following individuals for helping stain and install the flower boxes. We are 7 down and 4 to go ...

Mr. Bob Dean
498 Deanview Drive

Mr. Robert Schubart
462 Beechtree

Mr. Dave Hasler
528 Blossomhill

Mr. Dick Godfrey
480 Deanview Drive

And don't forget Greg R. who went above and beyond the call of duty by responding so quickly to our needs here in View Place ... He helped Bob and Dick move the address plates to fit the boxes on the poles at View Place & Beechtree and Keats & Brucehills. Write his supervisor, John Musselman: Springfield Township Service Dept., 752 Compton Road, 45231


Sunday, April 23, 2006

Statistics on Membership 10/05-04/06

Beechtree 43 residents - 23 paid memberships
Blossomhill 18 residents - 6 paid memberships
Brucehills 14 residents - 3 paid memberships
Caldwell 1 resident - 0
Christmas 5 residents - 2 paid memberships
Colorama 4 residents - 1 paid memberhips
Commonwealth 24 residents - 12 memberships
Deanview 20 residents - 10 paid memberships
Georgetown 5 residents - 3 paid memberships
Ipswich - 10 residents - 6 paid memberships
Keats 6 residents - 2 paid memberships
Northbend 12 residents - 1 paid membership
Pinebrook - 5 residents - 1 paid membership
Shelley 8 residents - 4 paid memberships
View Place 61 residents - 22 paid memberships
Wellesley 41 residents - 13 paid memberships

Thursday, April 20, 2006

A Public Service Announcement from a View Place Neighbor

Cincinnati is the site of one of the national gatherings to provide congress with grassroots input on our health care status, and by law they have to listen!!!

We can make a difference.

April 29

Presented by the Citizens' Health Care Working Group

Residents of the Greater Cincinnati area will have the opportunityto lend their opinions, experiences, and insights to the national discussion on health care at the upcoming Cincinnati Health Care Community Meeting.

This community meeting is one of approximately 35 community meetingsbeing held by the Citizens' Health Care Working Group> to get input from citizens about how to make health care work for all Americans. The President and Congress are required by law to respond to the> recommendations that are generated.

Participants at the Cincinnati meeting will engage in small-group discussions of about 10 people led by a facilitator and will vote anonymously using electronic keypads on key themes that arise from across the small group discussions

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2006
Participant check-in: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m
Program: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: Free but registration is strongly recommended
WHERE: Cinergy Center 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH

Online: www.citizenshealthcare.gov

SERVICES: Free parking, continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages will be provided free of charge to all participants.

Child Care: We will offer limited child care on site--free of charge to registered participants for children out of diapers between the ages of 3 and10.

Transportation: We will also offer free bus transportation to and from the Cinergy Center to registered participants> from a limited number of convenient pick-up locations throughout the region (to be determined.)

The focus of the discussion in Cincinnati will be similar to discussions hosted by the Working Group across America:

* What health care benefits and services should be provided?
* How does the American public want health care delivered?
* How should health care coverage be financed?
* What trade-offs are the American public willing to make in either benefits or financing?

The Citizens' Health Care Working Group is a nonpartisan group authorized by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. The group consists of 14 citizens from diverse backgrounds and from> across the country, in addition to Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael O. Leavitt.

For more information about the Citizens' Health Care Working Group, visit: www.citizenshealthcare.gov

Additional Notes from Township Meeting in April

Additional Notes from Township Meeting in April

Fire Department Report
Firefighters will be out in community servicing fire hydrants. This is done in spring as well fall.
They will purchase another ambulance in the near future.

Police Department Report
Up coming events in the near future are Car Shows, 5 K run, Various Contests and Parade.
Office will patrol the Brentwood Plaza on regular basis.
Meet with members in Columbus regarding I-75 left lane closings. ODOT had various plans none excluded closings of left lanes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Sophie and Frank
Mark and Barbara
Rhonda and Joe
Barb and Bob
DE Lewis
Earl & Joyce
Louis & Sally
Robert & Robin
Mary & Frederick

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The New Flower Boxes are Here!!!!

The new flower boxes have arrived and are ready for stain and installation ... write me at viewplacenews@yahoo.com to let me know if you can help and what your availability is ... Thanks!

News from Springfield Township Trustees ...

News from Sandy, Springfield Township:

Within the next few weeks, Springfield Township will be sending out a community "customer-service" survey to identify how we can be better served back here in View Place. Once the results are tabulated and ready to share, we will be invited to a "community-picnic" at Hummer Park on May 10th at 6:30 p.m. for discussion and hotdogs.

This is very good new for View Place and other neighborhoods in Springfield Township. Look for the survey coming soon to your mailboxes...

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Great American Clean Up ...

Sue Hummer e-mailed me to remind me to post this ... sorry it's so late ...

Just a reminder about the Great American (Great Finneytown!) Clean
Up tomorrow (Saturday, April 22) from 9 am to Noon.

Volunteer registration begins at 8:30 am at the Sentior/Community Center where you will get b-fast, t-shirt, gloves and bags.

Pizza & sodas will be served at Noon.

As has been our custom, the FCA will do the Winton/Galbraith Road Intersection back to approximately 1,000 feet and the ramps to Cross County Highway. Melanie agreed to have reflector vests for those of >us doing the ramps. Based on my visual this week and past experience, If we have 8 persons on both tasks it will take about 2 to 3 hours max. Then if at least 5 of us can take a border street & Hemstead to do a quick snipe sign raid, we should be in great shape.

Remember, this event is rain or shine.
See you tomorrow


Thursday, April 13, 2006

Bald Eagles of the Great Lakes

Message from our good neighbor, Mr. Beach ...

Cheryl Dykstra, PhD from Univ. of Wis. and raptor wildlife biologist will present "Bald Eagles of the Great Lakes" at 7:30 PM at Winton Center at the Audubon Meeting.

Cheryl also worked for US Fish and Wildlife and the US EPA before becoming a free lance consultant on raptor research and wildlife biology and ecology. She has also been doing research on red shouldered hawks.

We invite you to attend this free presentation. Winton Center is just west of the stop light on Winton Rd. just north of the lake in Winton Woods. Hope you can make it. Allan B. Beach, Program Chairman, Audubon Society of Ohio

Wednesday, April 12, 2006



I would like to know if you could put an appeal to View Place residents regarding the speed of their vehicles when going up and down View Place Drive.

Another animal (PET) was killed Friday morning. Please use caution. Having been a resident for over 20 years it is getting worst.

I don't think our fellow residents would like it if View Place residents came to their dead end street and sped in speeds over 50-60 miles an hour.

Slow down people!!!! Please.

Editor's note: Change is good; but this kind of change is not. Be civil, be kind, and be considerate when driving through our neighborhood. We want people to feel safe here. What is the rush anyway? What is more precious than time and life?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Public Service Announcement Only

Submitted by View Place neighbor ...

House to Vote on Budget that is Bad for Children

Take Action!
Call Congress Toll-Free NOW!

The House of Representatives will vote on the federal budget for fiscal year 2007 tomorrow morning, Friday, April 7.

The House budget resolution severely underfunds discretionary spending for essential education and health services for children and poor and working-class families in communities nationwide. If passed, this budget would have a detrimental impact on millions of Americans for years to come.Your Representative needs to hear from you! Call your Representative toll-free at 1-800-459-1887 and tell him or her that children matter. Tell your representative that* Adequate funding for education and child welfare programs is essential to the economic prosperity of our country.* If we are serious about keeping America competitive, we must be equally serious about our support of education and child welfare programs. Investing in America’s children is an investment in both the current and future economic well-being of our nation.* Urge him or her to vote for adoption of any amendments offered on the floor of the House that will increase education funding.* Vote NO on the budget resolution unless significant increases in education funding are made. Congress must adopt a budget resolution that will strengthen our nation’s commitment to our children and families.

Call now! You can reach your representative through the House switchboard toll-free at 1-800-459-1887. After you've called, write your representative too! We've provided a letter for you that you can customize.

Just click on Take Action

Regarding Chevis Jackson's Family

Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2006 10:54 AM
Subject: Chevis Jackson Bank Account

There has been an account established at the Brentwood Key Bank for the Jackson family to assist in funeral expenses. Could you please pass this information on? I spoke with Alison Stacey this morning and she is going to send it out to the Booster distribution list.

Kimberly Payne

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

I-75 Galbraith Road Exit Closure Info.

Submitted by Melanie Allen, View Place resident


This memo encourages individuals and businesses to actively speak up before the decision is made to close off the Galbraith Road I-75 ramps. Three alternative plans of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) I-75 project "Through the Valley" would close these ramps. Wyoming City Council, working closely with Springfield Twp., Hamilton County Commissioners, Reading and many other communities and groups has been actively opposing these changes. ODOT plans to make its final decision soon after the last public comments, July 19, 1-7, Sharonville Convention Center. Once the decision is made by ODOT, funds will be sought in 2007; engineering done in 2007-8; then in 2009 construction will begin and the permanent closures will occur.

Unanimous (repeat, a word rarely heard, unanimous) objections to the closure have been expressed by all (repeat all) political jurisdictions around the exits and by all major employers in the area (UC, Patheon, Drake, McCluskey) and all realtors and all community groups (Hartwell, Carthage etc.). If the effort is not successful, Springfield Twp. will be affected by the large flow of traffic down one-lane eastbound Galbraith exit off Reagan Highway; Winton Road businesses would be impacted by the indirect change in traffic flows and backups at exits serving Galbraith; the Valleydale area will be much more isolated than it is now; and the tax base of businesses in the Springfield Twp. area of the Vine St. corridor will be diminished.

I have grave concerns based on my meetings in Columbus and elsewhere that this closure cannot be stopped without 4 key actions –
Businesses and residents should write to Gordon Proctor, Ohio Dept. Transportation, 1980 W. Broad St., Columbus 43233, urging ODOT not to close the Galbraith exits; and copies should be sent to Wyoming City Manager, 800 Oak St., Wyoming 45215 for gathering into our mass presentation.
State Sen. Patty Clancey and State Rep. Jim Raussen, and any others who are known to your businesses and residents, should also hear of your desire to keep open the Galbraith exits (each at State House, Columbus OH 45215).

Please come to the Monday April 17 7:30 pm meeting at Wyoming Civic Center, Springfield Pike at Worthington Ave. to see our "best case" and hear ODOT present its reasons for the closures.
Every possible effort should be made for extraordinary turnout of opponents on Wed., July 19, 1-7 pm at Sharonville Convention Center.

Once the closures occur, the deed is done and the state’s engineers will not change it. So our efforts now, and with legislators on funding decisions, need to be vigorous and sustained. Thanks for doing your part to help this large group effort.