Jun 24

The Tuesday Top 5: June 25th, 2019

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 10:31 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: June 25th, 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. Grandview Hop, St. Christopher Fest Set This Weekend

Summer fun continues this weekend, with the annual St. Christopher’s parish festival set for Friday the 28th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  and Saturday the 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.  The first of four 2019 Grandview Hops is also this Saturday.

I wrote in late March, The Grandview Hop has added more kid-oriented fare, including a market for teens to sell products and child activities.

Some of the Grandview Hop entertainment highlights this week include the Scioto Valley Brass and Percussion Company, a group made up of TBDBITL alumni; GHHS alumni and keyboardist Amelia Rose (Walsh); Riviera Royals; Columbus guitarist/singer Jenny Flory; and The Amazing Giants, a stilt-walking troupe.

The Endeavor Brewing Co., 909 W. Fifth St., will operate a beer kiosk on Second Avenue just off Grandview Avenue, with 100 percent of the sales this weekend supporting the nonprofit Tri-Village Mentor League. 

The St. Christopher’s parish festival features rides, carnival games, food and various family entertainment.

2. Conspiracy Band Celebrates Grandview Connections

The St. Christopher’s entertainment will include a notable band with strong ties to Grandview Heights.

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The funk/R&B-oriented Conspiracy Band will headline the Friday evening lineup of entertainment with an 8 p.m. show.

Residents can also catch the Conspiracy Band tonight, Tuesday, June 15th at the Music on the Lawn.

The Conspiracy Band will mark its 14th performance at the Music on the Lawn concert series – presented by the Grandview Heights Public Library in cooperation with the Parks & Recreation Department – when the ensemble takes the stage for a one-hour set at 7:30 p.m.

The double dose of musical fun with the Conspiracy Band in the Tri-Village this week comes as the band marks its 30th season entertaining the region.

Band leader Rodney Sutton said the funk/rhythm & blues band has a special affection for Grandview Heights, where he and his family lived for 13 years. He noted several GHHS musicians – including Sutton’s daughter and GHHS 2010 graduate Courtney – have played either a few gigs or for some time.

“I hold Grandview dear to me,” he said, voicing his appreciation for getting called back for the Music on the Lawn series year after year.

GHPL PR Manager Canaan Faulkner agrees the Conspiracy Band connects well with the community, including bringing talented local kids up for a song or two.

The parent Sutton Entertainment operation has expanded in recent years. Its stable of 30 musicians now form two bands, a string quartet and groups of various sizes, plus DJs to play community concerts, festivals, weddings, and corporate events.

Sutton said an ability to perform a variety of musical styles is a key to the band’s success at venues through Central Ohio. “You give people something to connect with,” he said.

3. First Avenue Park Set For Movie

The second of three outdoor movies presented by the Parks & Recreation Department this will occur tonight, weather permitting.

The First Avenue Park – located at 850 W. First Ave. between Bobcat Avenue and Yard Street – will be the setting for Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Activities begin at 7 p.m. but the movie will wait for the sun to set before the movie reels begin to roll.

Still, those attending the Conspiracy Band concert at the library should have more than enough time to saunter down West First, throw down a lawn blanket, and catch the animated film.

4. McKinley Park Tennis Courts Looking Good

I wanted to point out the excellent repair and resurfacing project completed recently on the four tennis courts at the western end of McKinley Park.

Tennis Court Paint

The courts were closed in mid-May to allow Canal Winchester-based Heiberger Paving Inc. the opportunity to recondition the courts as well as replace the weathered plywood backboard on Court #4.

The competitively bid $48,868 contract called for crack repair, resurfacing and repainting the courts blue with white outlines. The out of bounds area are painted green to complete the U.S. Open color scheme.

Tennis Court Backboard

The project also involved the installation of new nets and hardware as well as a 10’x 20’ Bakko professional series backboard for solo practice. I’m told the upgraded surface provides a natural bounce for the tennis ball and reduces the reverberation, making it quieter for those in the park and neighboring residences.

Tennis Court Players

The resurfacing should extend the life of the courts for many years to come. 

5. Planning Commission Sets Community Plan Review

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, June 26th at 7 p.m. to review and consider recommendation of the Building on Tradition Community Plan presented in early Spring.

As I wrote in early April, the McBride Dale Clarion consulting firm recommended guidelines for targeted zoning improvements; economic development incentives and policies; infill and redevelopment strategies, including a housing study; and public service capacity and efficiency.

When the Commission completes its review, a recommendation will be send it to City Council for its consideration. Any Council acceptance will likely come in the form of a resolution.

The commission will also review a site plan for a water meter building at Grandview Crossing.

The developer also will update the Commission on site plan development for the mixed-use project.

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Jun 17

The Tuesday Top 5: June 18th, 2019

Posted on June 17, 2019 at 9:48 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: June 18th, 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. The Old Spot the newest spot in Grandview culinary scene

The owners of the La Tavola and Lupo on Arlington restaurants in the Tri-Village have nearly completed the transformation of the shuttered Harvest Tavern & Pizzeria into their latest venture called The Old Spot.

Old Spot Exterior

Grandview residents Rick and Krista Lopez plan to complete the training of The Old Spot’s 20 workers serving discounted meals to diners during the next few days in anticipation of an expected official opening this weekend.

Grocer & Butcher owner Tony Tanner is a partner in the Lopezes’ most recent culinary adventure and leaseholder of the property. The Butcher & Grocers has long supplied fresh, high-quality meats to the La Tavola and Lupo restaurants.

I first wrote about the latest upscale restaurant in early April, just after renovations began.

The Old Spot bar section will seat 31 with the main dining section seating 44.

The retail space at 1099 W. First Ave. had served as the home for an Old Bag of Nails for 21 years before its February 2018 closing. The Grow Restaurants operator of Harvest Tavern closed the West First location early this year after just six months or so.

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The City’s Recreation & Parks Department completed another successful SafetyView Heights program on June 14th for Grandview Heights youth headed to Kindergarten in August.

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The two-week, morning program focused on bike safety, fire safety, pedestrian safety, seatbelt safety and general safety topics under the direction of Grandview Heights schools substitute teacher Carrie Williams and teacher’s aide Carrie O’Mara. Three Parks & Rec staff members joined the squad that also included 30 area youth volunteers, six of whom are college-bound this fall and graduated from SafetyView themselves a dozen or so years ago.

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Division of Fire Captain Martin Hafey and Officer Scott Hiles were among the Department of Safety personnel lending their expertise to this important community rite of passage.

Please join me in thanking our staff and the community volunteers in this vital area of service.

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3. Tour de Grandview A Smashing Success

What a turnout for the 26th Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic the evening of June 14, both on the course and the supporters and revelers along the course as the racers made their way through the heart of Grandview Heights.

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Once again the Parks & Recreation Department led the organizing efforts with the full support of our firefighter/medics, police offers and the staff.

A staggering 240 amateur and professional races came to town along with an uncountable number Grandview Heights and Central Ohio residents, their guests and general bike race enthusiasts.
The highlight for me was serving as emcee at the West First Avenue finish line for the City-sponsored Kids Sprints. We had a record number of kids participating – 102 – in the sprints this year and those registered received a $10 certificate of deposit from Pathways Credit Union.  The winners in each age group received $100 certificate with $50 and $25 going to 2nd and 3rd place. 

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Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine provided helmets for the riders. Earlier in the day we had a drawing for 5 donated bikes for anyone how pre-registered for the Sprints.

Tour 3 Kids Sprints

A big “thank you” to the slate of more than 50 sponsors who lined up to support this regional event.
I’ve included numerous pictures in this blog for you to get a taste of the excitement the races bring to Grandview’s streets one night every June.

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A reminder that registration continues for the Tri The Heights Youth Triathlon set for Saturday, August 31st. Kids up to age 14 can register for this competition involving running, swimming and biking. Registration costs jump $15 on July 16th, so get signed up today. 


4. Eagle candidates complete Wallace Gardens projects

Boy Scouts Troop 73 has completed the last of three Eagle Scout projects announced in early February for Wallace Gardens.

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The troop put the finishing touches on GHHS Junior Alecco Walli’s information kiosk/bulletin board within the Wallace Garden turnaround in early June. 

Alecco’s kiosk/bulletin board will serve as a place for gardeners to leave messages or gardening tips for one another.  Parks & Rec may also post garden rules and other public notices on the message board.

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Scout Jude Rosinski, earlier this spring, completed the installation of two raised garden beds with the expectation the wildflowers planted will attract butterflies seeking nectar. Those butterflies also will provide gardeners something to enjoy as some wander to the garden to pollinate the vegetable plants.

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Scout Josh Roemer installed benches set in concrete for gardeners and others seeking a place to rest while walking through the park or tending their gardens. His project also added mulch paths connecting the benches, message board and raised garden beds.

City Council unanimously supported the Scouts’ plans at its February 5th meeting through their approval of a $2,530 grant to support the projects. That financial support follows my $600 grant toward the project.

Troop 73 has a long history of serving our community and installing amenities to make Grandview and Marble Cliff a better place to live. An earlier Eagle Scout project at Wallace Gardens, for instance, involved the installation of a bike rack for those pedaling to the gardens.

I personally want to thank Josh, Jude, and Alecco – and Troop 73 as a whole – for their efforts to improve Wallace Garden.

I trust this tradition of public service continues for a long time.


5. M/I’s Homes at the Yard selling quickly

M/I Homes started the public sale of the first batch of its single-family homes at the Grandview Yard on June 15th after a VIP lottery resulted in 11 of the first 14 homes and lots getting placed in contract.

M I Homes Patio

Eight of the homes in contact are among 12 homes already framed along West First Avenue between Bobcat Avenue and Edgehill Road at Hilo Lane.  M/I contractors have dug the last two basements on that initial string of 14 homes as well.

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The other three homes in contract will get built among the 18 homes set for the southern edge of West First between Bobcat and Pullman Way. The homebuilding also will begin construction soon along Pullman as the builder makes its way north from Williams Road with 20 more homes.
This next batch of homes are expected to get delivered in the first quarter of 2020.

The completed home at First and Bobcat will serve as a model home. The home immediately to its west will open in mid-July as a second model.

In all, M/I Homes expects to build 79 single-family homes.


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Jun 11

The Tuesday Top 5: June 11th, 2019

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 5:23 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: June 11th, 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. Tour de Grandview Race, Festivities Set

The City and Department of Parks & Recreation continue to prepare for our community’s signature event, the 26th Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic Tour de Grandview | Ohio's Premier Cycling Event set to begin this Friday at 6 p.m.

Grandview Avenue set up will begin Friday at 4 p.m. and the commercial corridor will get closed  to traffic at 5 p.m. in preparation for the races.

Again this year, the USA  Cycling Federation-sanctioned races will run on West First, Willard, West Second and Grandview avenues and will involve restricted access to streets on and inside that route during the races. The first of seven full-circuit races will begin at 6 p.m., with the last 60-minute Pro Men’s expected to end around 10:30 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to attend the street party with the live music and food as well as a front row view along the route or at hosted lawn party. Spectators are encouraged to like and follow the races on the Tour’s official Facebook page and to tweet throughout the races.

First, hats off to Lindsay Honda and Lindsay Acura for returning as the Tour de Grandview’s presenting sponsors along with local sponsors Pathways Credit Union, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Destination Grandview.

I also want to extend special recognition to the City’s Parks and Recreation and, particularly, Recreation Supervisor Marta Durban for leading the organizing efforts these last several years. Marta has worked this race for a couple of decades and has played an integral role at elevating this race and associated activities to the premier, signature event it has become.

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Other City departments and a band of community volunteers also have helped make this event more enjoyable for the public as well as the cyclists attracted to this road race.
Those still interested in schedules and pro race registration should click here.

2. Free Bike Helmets and a chance to Win a New Bike

Kid Sprints are always a fun event and one I always look forward to since they became a regular feature in 2005.

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The City is trying to increase advanced registration this year by raffling off three new bikes (Trek, Roll & Johnny Velo bikes) and two Hofbrauhaus gift cards for those who register in advance. To be in the raffle you need to register before noon Friday or stop into Parks and Rec office 1515 Goodale. The drawing will take place at noon on Friday June 14th.

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You can still register for the sprints on race day at a table set up along Avondale just north of First Ave. from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Everyone who registers will receive a $10 saving certificate and the winners of each age group will receive a $100 certificate. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine will provide a safety check on bikes at the registration table and will hand out and fit the free helmets. Line up for the race starts at 7:35p.m. at Glendale with the races by age group scheduled for 7:45 p.m.  Riders will start just east of Glendale and race to the race finish will just east of Avondale.

3. Fire division hire firefighter/medic

The Grandview Heights Division of Fire has bolstered its ranks with the recent hiring a veteran firefighter/medic.

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Robert Stults joined the force in late May. I formally swore him into the post during the June 3rd City Council meeting. Stultz is a graduate of Columbus State Community College’s EMS/Fire Science program. He most recently worked at the Central Ohio Joint Fire District that covers Southwest Knox County and southeastern Morrow County.

The Division of Fire expects to finalize the selection of a new fire captain in the coming weeks as a replacement for Mike Shimko, who retired March 1st after more than 26 years with the Division.

4. Memorial Day Parade Video Posted

It has been a privilege for 20 years to drive the City’s historic pumper in the Memorial Day Parade as mayor and as a member of council and riding or walking in the parade several times before that.

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But I never got to see the rest of the parade. 

This year, the parade got videotaped from the triangular park at Virginia and West First avenues and I received last week a 4-minute video summary which I think was well done. Now I’m sharing it with you.

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A big thank you to all of the City departments for contributing to the parade, both in the organization of this fine Grandview Heights tradition and those taking part in it.

5. Spielman Race Runs Through City

I wanted to give the community a follow up report on the Stefanie Spielman race on Saturday that I wrote about last week.

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Waves of runners and walkers – an estimated 1,400 in all – joined together June 8th to raise cash for the Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions Walk/Run that benefited the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSU/Wexner Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Members of the Rumble Road Harley-Davidson Club roared their Hogs in support of their members and others participating in the fundraiser as the first runners turned south onto Yard Street. Another fun part was Marble Cliff resident and Winans Chocolates Coffee & Wines co-owner Matt Finkes and staff as they handed out candy samples to participants and passersby. Chocolates sold that day raised cash for the cause as well.

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I’d like to extend my congratulations to the participants for their efforts. Also, a thank you to the Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Department, Division of Police, Division of Fire and all the volunteers who worked so hard to keep everyone safe. 

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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