Here are some updates on what’s happening around the Northside Neighborhood. And don’t forget, the Next NCC Meeting is 7:00 PM Monday April 21 at Mckie Rec Center
Great American Cleanup
Northside’s big clean up usually draws over 100 volunteers. This year, the cleanup is scheduled for May 17 9:00-12:00, and wraps up with a pizza party for all of the volunteers. Contact Kelly Walsh to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Support Program (NSP)
NSP Funds were approved by the City, bringing $5,000 into Northside to help fund various neighborhood initiatives, including the 4th of July Parade, CAIN’s Hunger Walk, the Youth Soccer Program, and the production of The Northsider!
Land Use Plan Update
The revised Northside Land Use Plan has cleared a few major hurdles, and is nearing finalization. Guided by a broad collaboration between Northside Community Council, Northside Business Association, the City of Cincinnati, and numerous neighbors, the Land Use Plan outlines a vision for the future of our community. The latest draft is available at Northside.net
Community Learning Centers
Both Chase Elementary School and Parker Woods Montessori are designated as “Commmunity Learning Centers” by Cincinnati Public Schools. The NCC Education Committee will be hosting a meeting between the schools, parents, and neighbors to discuss how to best build this relationship. For more info contact Sue Wilke, education committee chair at email@example.com
The Spring season launched this week. Northside is represented by 4 teams, sponsored by Happen Inc., Queen City Cookies, Ellanet, and WordPlay. The soccer program has a new home field thanks to a partnership between the Soccer Committee and Parker Woods Montessori. www.northsidesoccer.org
Northside Celebrates Earth Day with Recycling Upgrades
Keep an eye out for new lids and signage on recycling containers along Hamilton and in Hoffner Park! In 2010, the NCC received a District Priority Grant from the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District for a pilot recycling program. More than 35,000 pounds of recyclables later, it’s time for a few small tweaks. Tori Houlihan of Citizens on Patrol (COP) identified cans that were underused or contaminated by non-recyclable materials; NCC board members James Kinsman, Ollie Kroner and Mati Senerchia worked with COP to develop a new strategy. Containers will be paired with trash cans, equipped with new lids accepting recyclables only, and set apart by local artist Ursula Roma’s permanent new signage. These measures should make recycling easier and more intuitive for residents and visitors to Hamilton Avenue – helping to keep Northside clean, green and beautiful!
Come get involved!
By Ollie Kroner, Northside Community Council President