Thursday, January 29, 2004

Neighbors briefs



Loveland LaRosa's goes all smoke-free

LOVELAND - Smoking is off limits starting Sunday at LaRosa's on Loveland-Madeira Road.

Officials at the franchise pizzeria didn't return several calls to explain why. But, LaRosa's corporate marketing officer Pete Buscani said restaurants usually go smokeless because their customers ask for it.

"It really comes down to what customers want and need," Buscani said. "I think they probably had some comments. It's not that big of a space. When it's pretty crowded, it fills with smoke."

About 40 percent of LaRosa's 54 locations are smoke-free altogether or during specific times of the day, he said. The trend started in 2001 when the Newport store, which is a franchise, banned smoking. Buscani said about 70 percent of LaRosa's are independently owned.

"Newport was the acid test. When we didn't get any issues in Newport - with Kentucky being a tobacco state - everybody felt more comfortable about it," he said.

Westwood Historical Society seeks members

WESTWOOD - The fledgling Westwood Historical Society is looking for members.

Anyone who pays the dues of $15 per household before Jan. 31 will be named a founding member of the historical club.

Call 662-1156 for more details.

Meeting February 7 on proposed Wal-Mart

DEERFIELD TWP. - The zoning commission will continue its meetings about a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter on Mason-Montgomery Road at 7 p.m. Feb. 2.

The meeting will again be at the Lakeview United Church of Christ, 8639 Columbia Road.

Study to examine Monfort Heights Drive

MONFORT HEIGHTS - Responding to residents' concerns over drivers speeding down their residential street and using it as a shortcut between busy roads, the Green Township trustees approved a traffic study this week for Monfort Heights Drive near St. Ignatius Loyola Church.

The study, which will cost the township $3,950, will be conducted by local transportation consultant John Niehaus.

"This is a good example of our board responding to residents' concerns," said trustee Chuck Mitchell.

Residents on Monfort Heights Drive near the North Bend Road interchange of Interstate 74 fear a speeding car will strike one of the 50 children on the block unless the township blocks off the road to drivers who use it as a shortcut to bypass backed-up traffic lights at Boomer and North Bend roads.

Butler County Board of Election extends hours

HAMILTON - The Butler County Board of Elections plans extended hours through Monday, the registration deadline for the March 2 primary election.

The main office on the 10th floor of the Government Services Center, 315 High St., in downtown Hamilton will be open from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday; and 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday.




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