Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Kentucky News Briefs

Columbus manatee lands in Cincinnati

AVONDALE - The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has a new manatee.

Dundee, a 1,500-pound male, moved from the Columbus Zoo to Cincinnati Tuesday. He was placed in the Manatee Springs exhibit tank with Stoneman, another manatee.

Dundee was sent to Cincinnati to replace Douglas, who was flown to Miami Saturday for eventual release into the wild. Dundee was named after the main character in the 1986 movie Crocodile Dundee, which was a hit the year he was born. He is a star in his own right, thanks to his appearance on an endangered species postage stamp.

Workshop combats break-ins, robberies

FLORENCE - Florence police are hosting a workshop designed to decrease people's likelihood of becoming a victim of a burglary or robbery during the holiday shopping season.

The 90-minute workshop will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Florence Government Center. The program is free and pre-registration is not required.

Florence police Lt. Tim Chesser said the workshop is intended to prevent years like 1997 when Northern Kentucky saw about 100 break-ins in three months.

Shopping center not on planning agenda

FORT MITCHELL - A plan to build a $55 million shopping center in Crescent Springs won't be discussed at Thursday's Kenton County Planning Commission meeting.

Montgomery developer Bear Creek Capital has asked that the proposal be tabled, said Mike Schwartz, Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission's deputy director for current planning. The reason given is that a traffic study showing how the development would affect local roads has not yet been completed.

The project is to occupy a site off Anderson Road that's mostly occupied by a mobile home park.

Because the Crescent Springs lifestyle center won't be discussed, the meeting has been moved from Lakeside Christian Church to the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission offices at 2332 Royal Dr. in Fort Mitchell. Schwartz said a sign will be posted at the church notifying visitors of the newmeeting location.

Thursday'smeeting will be at 6:15 p.m.

Eatery raises $5,000 to benefit foundation

CRESTVIEW HILLS - The Tristate's second Carrabba's Italian Grill raised $5,000 for the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation during its opening night Monday.

The restaurant at Interstate 275 and Dixie Highway joins a second Greater Cincinnati Carrabba's in Deerfield Township.

Free Thanksgiving lunch for seniors

ERLANGER - Seniors are invited to a free Thanksgiving luncheon at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public on Nov. 25.

The luncheon, which is sponsored by the city and the library system, will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. After lunch, there will be swimming at the Silverlake Recreation Center, a computer class and a movie.

Call Kathy Cahill, Erlanger's community development coordinator of parks and recreation, at (859) 727-7955 to make a reservation.

Hospital signing bonus is $30,000

MOUNT AUBURN - It's the return of the $30,000 signing bonus.

Christ Hospital is offering bonuses of up to $30,000 for nurses and certain health technicians who commit to work for three years in selected areas of the hospital.

The hospital hopes to hire about 100 full-time staff, including a mix of new jobs and unfilled positions, in areas including cardiac and surgical intensive care, the emergency department and a cardiac catheterization lab.

The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, which runs Christ Hospital, offered similar bonuses in April 2002. This year, the hospital is repeating the offer because it is trying to add staff for its new cardiac wing, slated to open later this month, officials said.

For information, call 513-585-6633 or check the hospital Web site at

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