From the Editor | November Edition of the Northsider

The 'Inside' Scoop

11/7/14 – Northside, Cincinnati, OH –– The newest edition of the Northsider Monthly Newspaper came out in print and online versions today.

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Northsider Vol. 1 Issue 14

This issue is packed full of goodies. I thoroughly enjoyed each contribution submitted and continue to be inspired by all that is happening in our little neighborhood. Here’s the “Inside” Scoop this edition:

Local graphic designer Steve Meek submitted this month’s front COVER ART, a collage of images taken around the neighborhood combined with hand drawn illustrations and converted into a nifty earthy green graphic.

In Northside TIDBITS,  Stefanie Sunderland of  Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. (CNCURC) alerted us all to the $5.2 Million funds available to eligible potential homebuyers through Wells Fargo’s Neighborhood LIFT Program, as well as CNCURC’s down payment assistance program. Ollie Kroner, President of Northside Community Council (NCC) submitted updates on Chase Elementary, Apple Street Market, as well as the very important upcoming NCC elections.

In COMMUNITY NEWS, Mimi Chamberlin of CAIN (Churches Active in Northside) announced a call to Northsiders to “Give” or “Receive” help this holiday season. Kristen Barker, president of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) updated us on Apple Street Market’s progress, as well as invited us all to participate in the Take A Pie Challenge. In two separate articles, Remi Walz of Happen Inc. invited us to participate in Adopt A Tree Day and Happen’s upcoming Photos with Santa and other special holiday programming. Joni Brandyberry of Cincinnati Urban Promise (CUP) announced their annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the community.

In COLUMNS, In her Intrepid Urban Farmer Food Culture column, Ginger Dawson enlightened us with a run-down of her summer tomato harvest. In Health and Wellness this month, Larry Wells of Future Life Now shared his wisdom on the correlation between beliefs and attitudes and the disease process.

In SPOTLIGHT this month, Mary Kroner reminded us to shop local and alerted us to the shops, restaurants, and establishments in Northside that offer gift certificates and fun gifts this holiday season. Additionally, new to Northside this month is designer Chris Glass’s map of Northside’s businesses and organizations. Also in the spotlight is an article by contributing writer Karen Andrew, who interviewed the owner’s of one Northside’s unique retail outlets, Northside Surplus.

In FEATURE this month, the second article in our new series on the plethora of Woman-Owned Businesses in Northside, is an article by Alisa Balestra on the fantastic fashionista Dana Hamblen and her retail store Chicken Lays an Egg. Stay tuned for many more articles in the coming months and be sure to check out all the colorful photos in this edition.

Writer Nick Mitchell submitted a tasty EATS article on Chef Gary Clark’s new restaurant, Fresh, located inside Northside’s neighborhood bar and music venue Chameleon. I was so inspired by the article that after laying out the newspaper I decided to head down to Fresh and enjoy some of that delicious food last night. Chef Gary does not disappoint.

As part of the ongoing series of articles on Northside’s HISTORY, Stefanie Sunderland submitted another article on the National Park Service’s inclusion of  both the Wesleyan Cemetery and the Escape of the 28 Fugitives Corridor as approved Underground Railroad Network To Freedom sites. Great read and fascinating for anyone interested in Northside’s unique history.

Renowned photographer Jon Hughes submitted an inspiring OFF-BEAT photo to this month’s SNAPSHOT 45223. Check it out on page 16.

In VERSE & PROSE, our section featuring local poets and creative writers, we published poems by Northsider Brandon Niehaus and an invoking non-fiction account by Melissa Mosby about her experience with homelessness and feeling invisible. Her story is food for thought on the fragility of the human experience.

In EDUCATION, Bryan Shupe of Northside’s non-profit WordPlay submitted an article on WordPlay’s new STEM Scholars Program, that provides hands-on, kinesthetic learning and disciplinary literacy for students who are traditionally under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This article demonstrates how Wordplay continues to be a leader in providing our young people with the tools to educational success.

In SCREEN, Happen’s Film Critics and Cincinnati Film Critic TT Stern-Enzi, offered us reviews of the films Fantastic Four (2005) and Big Hero 6 (2014).

In OPINION, Steve Sunderland submitted an article on Cancer Treatment for the Poor and Patient Navigators, with insights on the trials poor people confronting cancer face.

And last but not least, in PHOTO STORIES, we published handpicked photos of Northside from Brandon Niehaus’s portfolio.

Some great stuff here this month. Read it, share it and continue to engage with life and culture in the Northside Neighborhood. Oh, and don’t forget to check out SCENE, the events calendar for Northside in November on pages 20 and 21.

Peace out girl scouts,


Northsider Monthly Managing Editor/Publisher


Jeni Jenkins
About Jeni Jenkins (20 Articles)
Managing Editor/Design/Layout Jeni Jenkins is an artist/graphic designer as well as an educator, writer, director, actor and community advocate. She loves being part of the village of Northside and contributing to its uniqueness. Jeni is an active member of the Northside Community Council and owns and operates Uncaged Bird Print and Design Studio, a Northside graphic design studio.

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