Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Little red wagon gets her to class

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

Each day at 7:45 a.m., two kids arrive at Jane Hoop Elementary School in Mount Healthy pulling a little red wagon.

The passenger is 9-year-old Jaszmin Pitts, who broke her right foot two weeks ago in a bicycle accident.

"When she broke her foot, I had no idea how I was going to get her back and forth to school," said Jaszmin's mother, Dawn Sears. "We live near the school, and my children walk to school, but it is too far for someone with a broken foot."

Jaszmin Pitts, a third-grader at Jane Hoop Elementary School, shows off a cicada shell as her sister Cierra Sears (left), a fifth-grader, and fourth-grader Alexis Aleshire pull her home from school in a wagon. Jaszmin gets the special treatment because she broke her foot in a bicycle accident two weeks ago.
THOMAS E. WITTE for The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sears, a single mom with three children, said they discussed how to get Jaszmin to school.

"First we thought of getting a baby buggy, but it seemed too small," Sears said.

The solution came from Sears' mother, Cheryl Sears, 45, who bought a red wagon so that the other siblings, Cierra Sears, 11, and Keonta Pitts, 7, could pull her to school.

"Jaszmin didn't want to when we first decided that this was the best way to get her to school, but she has accepted it now," Sears said.

Notre Dame award

The highest honor of the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati will go to attorney Edward J. Adams with the Law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC.

Adams will receive the club's 2004 Award of the Year at Universal Notre Dame Night, onight at the Radisson Cincinnati Riverview Hotel, Covington. The ceremonies begin at 6 p.m.

The award recognizes a local graduate who has made extraordinary contributions to the community and Notre Dame, especially through the local club.

Adams graduated from Xavier University in 1960 and from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1963. He won a special recognition as the Cincinnati Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyer of the Year in 1998. He was appointed to a nine-year term on the Ohio Board of Regents by Gov. Bob Taft in 1999 and serves as vice chairman. The board is the coordinating agency for higher education in Ohio.

Mason honors workers

Ten employees of the city of Mason have received the 2003 Employee Excellence Awards.

Recipients included Mike Middleton and Eric Lykins, public works; Marlene Burnell and Troy Applegate, parks and recreation; Bill Barnett, engineering and building; Karen Manning, fire department; Keith Collins, public utilities; Cathy Frazier, finance department; Paul Lindenschmidt, police department; and Barb Hering, administration.

Cystic fibrosis month

Last month, the U.S. Senate declared May as National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.

This month will be highlighted locally by the Sixth Annual 2004 Boomer Esiason Sporting Clays Pro-Am, sponsored by Cincinnati Bell.

The event will be held Thursday at the Elk Creek Hunt Club, 1860 Georgetown Road, Owenton, Ky.

It is expected to raise $250,000 for the Boomer Esiason Foundation and the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Esiason, a former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, will attend the event.

His son, Gunnar, suffers from the disease.

Police open house

GLENDALE - The Police Department will hold its third annual open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the village's historic police station, 301 W. Sharon Road.

Top officers will be available to explain daily operations of the department, and visitors will be able to meet the entire staff of patrol officers and court clerks.

Tours of the police station also will be available.

Officer DeLow Williams will present information about children and strangers, including a 30-minute video and group discussion.

A bicycle safety course and inspection also will be conducted.

Displays of police and related agencies will be set up and brochures will be available at no cost.

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