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Oct 10

The Tuesday Top 5: October 1st, 2019

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 4:01 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: October 1st, 2019


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

1. GH/MC Historical Society hosts Fall Tour of Homes

The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society will host a tour of four homes in Grandview Heights and two homes in Marble Cliff this coming weekend.


The 14th triennial tour takes place Sunday, October 6th between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Society board member and tour coordinator Karen Riggs said the nonprofit preservation and education group uses the tour to educate attendees about our communities’ history through the featured homes.
The home at 1866 W. First Ave., for instance, was built more than 110 years ago for Josiah Livingstone, an officer of the Livingstone Seed Co. that remains active on Kinnear Road.
Perhaps the most high-profile and iconic home on the tour is the 1908 structure at 1427 Roxbury Road that is in the midst of the No. 10 Arlington Place cluster of upscale homes. That Frank Packard-designed home for legendary quarry owner Sylvio Casparis sports a castle tower.

Riggs said the Wagner-Jaybird Auto Collection in German Village this year will showcase a vehicle from its well-regarded collection of early 20th century cars at each tour stop.  Other homes on the tour are: 1333 Glenn Ave; 1249 Glenn Ave; 1435 Cambridge Blvd. and 1241 Broadview Ave.
The tour this year has a VIP option. A limited number of tickets are available thru October 2nd for a 10 a.m. brunch at the High Bank Distillery on Goodale Boulevard followed by private noon tour prior to the public opening.

1866 First1427 Roxbury

Tickets through Eventbrite cost $12 for the standard tour for society members and $15 for non-members. The VIP option costs $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

2. First Avenue Fall Fest Offered Folks Fun

An estimated 500 adults and children gathered the early evening of Thursday, September 26th to enjoy cool, sunny weather and some fun and games at First Avenue Park.


Park & Recreation staff signed up 22 table vendors, a ‘bounce house’ and a mechanical inflatable, and the awesome The Shazzbots band to amuse and entertain folks at the City’s first First Avenue Fall Festival. A special shout out to the Parks & Rec staff members and volunteers for managing the two-hour event.




The festival showcased the potential for the park to serve as a host venue for organized community events. Earlier this year, we tried out the venue for one of three Flicks in the Heights and three late afternoon concerts in August.

The band performance from the start of the festival until its end kept the atmosphere energized, as did the cool, comfortable weather. I hope this event continues for years to come.
Enjoy these several photos that I think capture the joy shared by one and all.



3. SculptDecor Artist Amazes at Fall Fest, Grandview Hop

Grandview Avenue resident Dustin Weatherby once again stood out at the recent First Avenue Fall Fest and Grandview Hop events.

The SculptDecor artist at the Fall Festival meticulously carved the image of a 1950 pickup truck making its way through a wheat field from a jumbo pumpkin. Two days later, Weatherby drew crowds at the season’s last Grandview Hop as he created a fall harvest-themed ice sculpture through use of a chain saw and drill.

Both events showcased examples of the special effects artist’s custom animatronic creations: two pumpkin-headed, mechanical scarecrows (called Pum’s Kins) at the First Avenue event as well as a ghastly, skeletal ghoul joining the scarecrows at the Grandview Hop.





The City has had the Eastern Michigan University-educated artist at other events over the last several years, including the City’s annual Christmas tree lighting event where he did another ice sculpture in perhaps more appropriate weather conditions.

Weatherby has lived in Grandview Heights area for about 9 years. The Hilliard Davidson High School graduate also crafts sculptures in other squashes and gourds, any metal, hardwoods, plastic and other materials. He sells and rents his animatronic creations to haunted houses and private art collectors.

He said he also wants to promote the value of the fine arts through visits to schools as well as his appearances at public festivals.

4. Pumpkin Run, Marathon Set for Late October

Well, it’s October and the streets of Grandview Heights will again have athletes old and young galloping and jogging through them.

Those running the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon will make their way through the center of our community from the mid-morning through the early afternoon of Sunday, October 20th.  Community residents will volunteer – and maybe a few will run – along the route that includes Grandview Avenue, West First Avenue and Bobcat Avenue as runners head into the last stretch of the annual road race toward the Arena District finish line.

Here in the City, the Parks & Recreation Department is set to host the 41st Annual Great Pumpkin Run and the Tiny Tots Pumpkin Trot the morning of Saturday, October 26th.

The Tiny Tots’ scamper down Oakland Avenue for those ages 6 and under will begin at 8:30 a.m. The Pumpkin Run begins at 9 a.m. at Grandview Heights High School as the 5-kilometer road race works its way through the streets of Grandview and Marble Cliff. 

Those still interested in the Pumpkin Run or Tiny Tots Trot can get more information about the event and registration here.

Tiny Tots

5. Schools Recognition a Capstone Honor

Last week I was honored to receive a Friend of Public Education Award from the Ohio School Boards Association after a kind nomination from the Grandview Heights City School District board.
Being part of rebuilding the economic base of the City has taken up much of the 16 years I have served as mayor. Preserving our community as a distinct entity and the school district at the heart of Grandview Heights always went hand in hand during this time of rebuilding.



The 2018-19 restructuring of the Grandview Yard infrastructure bonds and my support of the district’s school building levy in 2018 mentioned in the district’s nomination for the award certainly culminated the commitment this administration tried to demonstrate during our redevelopment efforts.

Our Safe Routes to School projects installed this year further reflects the City’s commitment to promoting the safety of our youngest residents.

The OSBA award will always serve as a reminder to me of how our residents, school officials and City officials worked together to support quality public education within our tightknit community. I appreciate the OSBA recognition and receive it humbly for all of those who worked so hard with me in support of the district’s students.

Special thanks to school board President Jesse Truett, Vice President Melissa Palmsiciano, member Debbie Brennanand District Treasurer Beth Collier for joining me, my daughter Melissa and grandson Nick at the awards dinner.

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Oct 08

The Tuesday Top 5: October 8th, 2019

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 8:11 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: October 8th, 2019


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

1. Last call for sidewalk contracts amid high response

The Grandview Heights Building and Zoning Department has issued a last call for residents considering having the City repair sidewalks cited for damaged squares and uneven joints to join the program.
The program announced in early July has already proven popular, with 204 of 287 property owners cited – or more than 70 percent –joining the program through October 1st to have contractors hired by the City hired to repair the sidewalks at a bulk rate. Another 28 have self-performed or contracted out the work and 55 have yet to formally respond to the repair citations.

Through the program, property owners can pay $250 per panel replaced and $25 per edge/joint contractors to grind down. The replacement rate is just below the amount the City pays under its contract and well below the $400 per replaced panels some residents have paid.

Building and Zoning Director Charlie Boshane said those who still want the City to take care of the repairs at the bulk rate must quickly notify the department and pay for the work before Oct. 16. Those who have self-contracted or self-repaired the damaged sidewalks also need to notify the Department at 614-481-6220 that the required repair work has occurred.
Those who have not arranged to have the work completed by Nov. 1 will have the work performed as part of the City’s 2020 street program and will get billed for the work at the rate set under a future contract. Nonpayment will result in the City placing a lien on the property until the debt is paid.
I consider the high level of participation a huge success for the sidewalk repair program and the City’s ability to offer another valuable service to its residents.


2. Bowman Lauded with APA Ohio Recognition 

Many here in the City have long recognized the key role Grandview Heights Director of Administration Patrik Bowman has served in the City’s economic recovery from the loss of the Big Bear Stores distribution center and headquarters as our anchor employer and the overall falling economic vitality of this community’s former industrial district.


The insights, experience and talent Patrik has demonstrated in his over 40 years in the planning profession, working for the City of Grandview Heights, the City of Dublin, the City of Columbus and a combined 12 years with NBBJ where he worked on visions, plans and zoning codes for a number of Ohio and Central Ohio Communities including for New Albany, Grove City and Grandview Heights (1997 Community Pan) , were recognized statewide last week. The Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association named Patrik its Outstanding Planner of the Year at their annual meeting in Cleveland. 

Bowman Award

Patrik was my first hire as mayor and started working full time for our city as Director of Administration and Economic Development on January 1, 2004  He has been a key member of the administration team for all major development projects and planning efforts in our city and instrumental in the city attract hundreds of millions of dollars for three brownfield redevelopments: Grandview Yard, Grandview Yard South and Grandview Crossing. 

His commitment to a strong process, community participation and community vision has served our city well. Very simply, we would not be the strong, desirable and economically secure community we are today without Pat.
I first met Pat in the master’s degree program in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) at Ohio State University in 1975.  We have become lifelong friends and great sounding boards for each other’s ideas. I sometimes tell the story that some of the earliest ideas for the redevelopment of the old Big Bear site were from Pat drawings on napkins as we would sit and talk for hours about planning and development during some of our city’s toughest times.

The idea for holding the Big Bear properties together as a single redevelopment opportunity for dense, mixed-use district and the need for all community stakeholders to benefit from redevelopment were all part of those conversations. Although there was no lack of ideas, our real success is owed to many members of this community – whether elected, appointed to boards and an advisory groups or residents giving input – who stepped up to help get us where we are today.  

I hope you will join me in congratulating Patrik on his long overdue statewide recognition, his long list of accomplishments and the key role he played helping guide our community through the process of change.  
3. Mystic Sisters relocates to Grandview Avenue Storefront 

A long-standing business at the east end of the West First Avenue commercial district has moved around the corner into a portion of the former Chapel Hill Florist space.

Mystic Sisters

Mystic Sisters on September 13th moved from 1516 W. First Ave. to 1203 Grandview Ave. as the owners seeks to gain higher visibility for sale of its crystals, jewelry, candles and other products as well as its massage, reiki and reading services.
Co-owner Meggin McAnally and sister Melanne  McAnally in May 2015 bought the business that had previously operated as Sage Sisters and Gentle Wind Center for Conscious Living in the in the West First store for a few decades. “I changed it up and made it my own,” Meggin said. She and her sister welcomed the opportunity to move onto Grandview Avenue. “We were getting destination traffic on West First,” Melanne said. “Now, we’re getting more traffic from those walking by.”


There’s been other shifting of storefronts going on at West First and Grandview. In August, entrepreneur Diana Wang opened the Fine Feather cosmetics and wellness store in another section of the former Chapel Hill Florist space. The GoYoga studio at 1520 W. First is expanding into the neighboring storefront Mystic Sisters and its predecessors had occupied.

That activity follows Grandview Animal Clinic’s relocation in January from 1510 W. First to 751 Northwest Boulevard at Goodale Boulevard at Goodale Boulevard. That First Avenue property remains vacant.


4. Firefighters Begin Pumpkin Sale as Fundraiser 

No doubt many of you have already noticed the pumpkin patch rising at the entrance to the Municipal Building at 1016 Grandview Avenue.


Every fall, for a few decades, the firefighters have sold pumpkins as a fundraiser for the firefighters’ benevolent fund.  It costs $3 for small pumpkins and $6 for the large pumpkins.

Among other things, the fund pays for flowers sent to current and retired Grandview Heights Division of Fire personnel who pass away or current personnel on the occasion of a birth in their family.
While picking up a pumpkin, consider taking a picture with family and friends in front of the fall display adjacent to the patch.

5. Hilliard Graduate, Resident Starts Recreation Post 

The Grandview Heights Recreation division has filled its Recreation Supervisor vacancy with a Hilliard Davidson graduate with experience in the recreation operations in the cities of Westerville and Dayton.
Aaron Geis, who spent nearly a year as a recreation facility specialist in Dayton, joined the Grandview Parks & Recreation Department on October 3rd.
Aaron supervised Dayton’s tennis courts and rec center as well as  managed development of all adult program within Dayton’s Recreation and Youth Services Department. Before that, Geis worked part time for Westerville, first as an athletic manager and then as an assistant sports manager.
He also has managed the day-to-day operations of two health and fitness centers and served two stints as a pitching coach at Hilliard Davidson. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports and event management in 2012 from the University of Findlay, where he interned for a year in the athletic department.

Geis said he looks forward serving as a “multi-tasker” as he works throughout all aspects of the Rec’s youth programming, adult programming and special events. “I love working in a tornado,” he says, “where everything comes at you fast.”
Geis is quite the athlete, having not only played baseball at Hilliard Davidson and at the University of Findlay, but still playing for fun in the regional Men’s Senior Baseball League.

Please welcome Geis to the Rec staff when you see him at a soccer buddies game this fall or at other Rec events.


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Sep 26

Felonious Assault on a Police Officer

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 9:43 AM by Laura Oldham

For Immediate Release:

September 26, 2019

Felonious Assault on a Police Officer

            On September 25, 2019, Grandview Heights police officers were dispatched to 1381 Glenn Ave in Grandview Heights for a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers were advised that the suspect had an outstanding arrest warrant for a traffic offense. As the officers were attempting to have the suspect exit his residence in order to affect the arrest, the suspect kicked and broke glass from his front door out towards the officers standing on the porch. Pepper spray was deployed by at least one officer. The suspect produced a baseball bat that had been altered with screws and nails attached to the end. The suspect swung the bat at one of our officers, striking and breaking the officer’s hand. Furthermore, the officer sustained a puncture wound from the strike.

            The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. Grant A. Metters, 56, was arrested and charged with felonious assault on a police officer.  


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