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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. 

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Jun 04

The Tuesday Top 5: June 4th, 2019

Posted on June 4, 2019 at 10:17 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: June 4th, 2019


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

1. Blastoff to Summer Launches Youth Programming

The Department of Parks & Rec hosted 66 campers during the four weekdays after Memorial Day in what the staff dubbed the 'Blastoff to Summer.'


I stopped by Wyman Woods on Thursday to get a glimpse of the program designed to offer an activity during a week previously unprogrammed for a City camp before the start of the annual Kids Club.


While there, I watched the kids who had just finished Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 5 wallow in a suds-filled pool and race each other in what can only be described as a giant inflatable hamster ball. What fun!


I really appreciate the Parks and Rec’s staff for recognizing a need in the community and having the creativity and drive to organize this program filling that need.

If you or members of your family have yet to sign up for a summer program, check out the list of programs on the department’s website and the link for registering.

2. Rec Volunteer Cavanaugh Remembered For His Service

The City and the Grandview Heights community as a whole said a final farewell on June 1st to Tim Cavanaugh, a lifelong resident and active volunteer with various Parks & Recreation activities for more than 40 years.


Cavanaugh, a 1973 Grandview Heights High School graduate, lost his long struggle with cancer on May 17th, the day before he would have marked his 65th birthday. 

He served multiple generations of youth of this community through Parks & Rec as a coach, umpire and referee in baseball, basketball and other programs, while earning the respect and admiration of the kids involved in various sports as well their parents.

I recall Tim always wore a jacket of some kind, and gladly handed out the bubblegum he kept in the jacket pockets for the kids.

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When not volunteering, he spent the last 21 years working counter sales for Loeb Electric.

Parks & Rec and the City cherish those in this community who spend their free time working to make Grandview such a special place. Tim ranked in the top echelon of those who impact our community daily through service to our kids and adults alike. He will be sorely missed. 
Those interested in sharing their own stories may do so here.

3. Public Works Building Set For September Delivery

The City’s new public works building under construction at 1260 McKinley Avenue remains on track for the projected September completion.


Project architect, Ron Gajoch, reported that news to City Council during the May 14th meeting. Construction on the $5.2 million project that should get completed in September as projected when the sitework began in late 2018.

A lot has changed since I wrote about the framing of the two buildings in late March.

I took a tour of the McKinley complex just west of Central Avenue last week along with Service Director Darryl Hughes and Parks & Rec Director Mike Patterson in order to get a firsthand look at the project’s progress since then.


I found the masonry of both buildings completed with the metal skin for the vehicle storage section of the main building well underway. That storage section building should get its concrete floor poured this week.

The concrete floor and exterior walls of the office section for the Service Department and the Division of Parks is already done. The next stage for that portion of the project is getting the roof installed.


Completion of that milestone will allow general contractor Setterlin Construction and its subcontractors to get started on the interior construction.

The building for the truck wash and public restrooms the planned athletic field have the masonry walls and roof completed.


The Division of Recreation has some confidence the athletic field will get seeded this fall, a goal that would allow programming of the field in the spring or summer of 2020.

4. Stefanie’s Champs Run/Walk Impacts City

The Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions Walk/Run set for this weekend will impact traffic Saturday morning within the eastern street grid of the City.

The June 8th event benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSU/Wexner Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

As many as 2,000 participants in the walk/run fundraiser will begin arriving at parking lots at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, the Ohio State Eye and Ear Institute, Spectrum and behind Miller’s Columbus Ale House off Olentangy River Road at 7:30 a.m. 

Spillover parking after 8 a.m. will be at the Giant Eagle Market District.

Rolling road closures will begin just ahead of the 9 a.m. start as the runners and walkers begin the 1-or 4-mile courses.

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The 4-mile route will start at the Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, traveling west on West Third to Yard Street, south on Yard to West First Street, west of First to Bobcat Avenue, and then east on First back along the south of the park back to Yard. At that point, the route heads south on Yard to Burr Avenue; and west on Burr to Buck Sports Park.

After circling the park, runners and walkers will head east on Burr and then head north on Oxley Road until it hits Northwest Boulevard. At that point, the route heads southeast to Oxley, turning left (east) back into Grandview Yard, then north on Yard Street to West Third and east back to the OSU medical campus on Olentangy River Road.

The short course follows the long course but doubles back at Yard and West First.
City police officers will provide traffic control as the participants make their way through the streets of Grandview Heights.

Organizers expect the walkers to clear the long route around 10:30 a.m.
This is the fourth year this important fundraiser for cancer will take place in Grandview Heights.Meantime, anyone interested in more information on the fundraising event can get it here.

5. Flower baskets on Grandview Avenue poles

I hope residents have noticed the expansion of the flower baskets the Parks and Recreation installed in recent weeks on City light poles along Grandview Avenue and around some City facilities.


Eight of the flower baskets have graced light poles through the Grandview Avenue commercial district between First Ave and the alley that marks the City boundary just south of West Third for a few years. Those baskets now continue south from First to Goodale Boulevard on 10 additional poles.

Other baskets also decorate light poles at City Hall, Pierce Field and the Community Center at Goodale Boulevard and Grandview.

The new set of baskets holders has a set of horizontal poles above allowing for the installation of banners, similar to ones installed on City light poles through the Grandview Avenue commercial district and along West First from Pierce Field to Marble Cliff.

Destination Grandview occasionally runs banner campaigns promoting special events, like this summer’s expanded Grandview Hop.


I hope you agree the baskets mark a welcoming accent as residents and visitors alike enter and exit the City.

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May 28

The Tuesday Top 5: May 28th, 2019

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 5:04 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: May 28th, 2019

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

1. Summer starts with community joining to celebrate Memorial Day

Summer arrived in grand fashion over the May 23rd-27th Memorial Day weekend as our community joined together to honor those who perished in defense of American liberties and celebrated those freedoms during our annual parade.


I want to thank all of those Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff residents who attended  the Blue Star Mothers ceremony 
for the fallen the evening of May 23. I was overwhelmed with the number of those attending this solemn observance at Memorial Park.


Parks & Rec Director Mike Patterson and his staff did a great job organizing the event and I appreciated the attendance of other City staff, several members of Council, and our safety forces at the event.


A shout out as well to the Grandview Heights High School band; Boy Scout Troop 73 Highland Pipes’ Jeff Linn; First Community’s Rev. James Long; Marble Cliff Mayor Ken Studebaker; Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931; Central Ohio Young Marines honor guard; and GHHS Student Council President Shea McHugh for their part in this time of remembrance.


And special thanks to Dr. Thomas Williams and his family foundation, as this served as the first Blue Star Mothers service since the completion of the plaza founded through their vision for the plaza and contributions through their family foundation. 

2. Bell Restored to 1924 Pumper

I once again had the pleasure of driving the City’s historic 1924 Seagrave fire truck during the May 25th parade. That vehicle marked the start of the City‘s independent fire department when it stopped contracting with the City of Columbus.

What parade watchers likely didn’t notice was the silver bell near the front fender of the Seagrave vehicle, unless perhaps you remembered reading my January 1st blog on the subject.


The bell’s life actually started service on a New York steam engine traded into Seagrave for a fire truck. The bell was installed on the Grandview fire truck, which arrived from the factory without a bell.

After a long absence, the bell made its way back to the division in December. You can read more about that story in the January 1st blog.

Thank you Fire Medic Josh Harris for rebuilding the carburetor these last several weeks in time for the parade and making sure the bell was secured to its rightful place.
3. Summer Concerts, Flicks in the Heights Movies Set

The Grandview Heights Public Library will once again partner with the City’s Parks & Rec Department to present the Music on the Lawn concert series on Tuesday evenings in June and July and late afternoon concerts at the First Avenue Park in August.

Parks & Rec staff also will present Flicks in the Heights this summer, with the first movie slated for this Friday, May 31st at Buck Sports Park, 1280 Goodale Blvd. The night’s feature, Angels in the Outfield, will begin at sunset, but you can start congregating at 7 p.m. to get your blanket and chairs set up and pick up a bag of free popcorn.

The second feature, Ralph Breaks the Internet, will take place Tuesday, June 25th while Elf will get shown on Thursday, July 25th.

Meantime, the Knot Brothers will launch the 2019 Music on the Lawn series at the library on June 4th. There will be nine concerts presented this year. Community favorite, The Conspiracy Band, will present a funk/rhythm & blues set on June 25th. Those hour-long concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. 

The musical fun will continue into August as Music at the Yard debuts as a late Thursday afternoon concert series at First Avenue Park between Yard Street and Bobcat Avenue.

A couple of food trucks will set up from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to serve those gathered for the concerts on August 8th, 15th and 22nd. The band Du Jour will play for an hour starting at 5:30 p.m. A few activities for families like balloons, the PopUp library, and yard games will be offered. The event focus is on the food and music.

Stay tuned to this blog and the City’s social media platforms for more details.

By the way, Parks & Rec still has openings for an introductory to scuba diving class that it’s offering three days this summer.

It also is offering a sunrise swim from 5:45 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. for those interested in swimming laps first thing in the morning this summer.

Go online to search.

4. Council Petitions General Assembly on Local Finance Fund

The Grandview Heights Council has asked Ohio’s legislators to restore state funding for local government.

The unanimous resolution passed May 20th notes that the Ohio General Assembly in 2011 reduced the Local Government Fund from an amount equal to 3.68 percent of the biennial state budget to 1.66 percent of the budget. Since then, the combined reduction has amounted to nearly $1.91 million for the City of Grandview Heights alone.

The reductions, according to Resolution 10-2019, have made it “Increasingly difficult (for Ohio communities) to provide basic services, rebuild infrastructure and bolster public safety services…” 
The resolution also states the City opposes any further reductions to the Local Government Fund that members of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate might consider tapping in the future.

Copies of the Resolution will get forwarded to Ohio General Assembly leaders as the two-year budget process heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration. The budget must get enacted before July 1st.

5. Crosswalk Lights at Virginia, First Activated

The flashing lights at the Virginia and West First Avenue went live late last week.



Completion of the crosswalk project a block north of Stevenson Elementary marks the last major project as part of the long-anticipated Safe Routes to School project to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection frequented by the district’s youngest students. Pedestrian activate the flashing lights at the crosswalk signal pole.

The City reconfigured that intersection and painted the crosswalk stripes across West First a few years ago in anticipation of the signs and equipment installed this spring.

The overhead warning lights also will alert drivers approaching the intersection – particularly those traveling eastbound around the curve – of the potential for pedestrian traffic as they round the curve.

I last wrote about the Safe Routes to School projects 
five weeks ago. Construction started in mid-March.

Residents are strongly advised to keep an outlook for inattentive drivers while crossing first even after actuating the flashing lights.

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