Thursday, May 20, 2004

Neighbors briefs

Public workshop today on Lunken noise study

MOUNT LOOKOUT - Preliminary recommendations from a two-year noise study of Lunken Airport will be unveiled today in a public workshop at Ault Park Pavilion.

The 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. event is required by the Federal Aviation Administration for the noise study of the city's corporate reliever and general aviation airport.

A public hearing on the study will be held June 17 at Sands Montessori School in Mount Washington.

The $250,000 study is expected to wrap up soon and go to Cincinnati City Council for a vote, possibly by the end of June, and then on to the FAA for approval.

Ninety percent of the study's cost came from the FAA; airport revenues paid the other 10 percent, city officials say.

Loan to help renovate Middletown complex

MIDDLETOWN - The Robin Springs Apartments on the east side of town will be renovated with a $6 million, 30-year federal loan.

The Ohio Department of Development announced the award Wednesday for developer Daniel R. Gorman to purchase and remodel the 120-unit Mount Vernon Street complex.

About $20,000 per unit will be spent for new roofs, windows, gutters, flooring, appliances, heating and air-conditioning systems, and asbestos removal. Units will be available to households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income.

Court tosses age-bias suit by ex-treasurer

TRENTON - An age discrimination complaint filed by a former Edgewood Schools treasurer has been dismissed by the 12th District Court of Appeals.

The court ruled this week there was no relief available to treasurer C.G. Uebel, who was Edgewood's treasurer from May 1998 until her November 1999 dismissal.

"I think it's great because we thought she had no basis for the lawsuit,'' said John Snyder, president of the Edgewood Board of Education. "She couldn't do the job. ... She did not work out.""

Under an agreement Uebel reached with the board three months after her dismissal, she was allowed to resign and was to receive a $34,444 cash settlement.

But when Uebel sent out a disparaging e-mail to fellow treasurers - violating the terms of the agreement - she was not paid, Snyder said. Uebel later filed other complaints against the board including age and gender discrimination.

Her replacement, Ryan Slone, was younger; he has since left the district for another job.

Bicycle safety program Saturday in Springdale

SPRINGDALE - Springdale fire and police departments will present the city's sixth annual bike safety program Saturday.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave. It will feature bike safety information, bicycle inspections and minor repairs performed by the Springdale Fire Department.

Bicycles also can be registered in a computer to help prevent theft. Bicycle helmets and bike lights will be given to all who register their bikes, Springdale Police Officer Al Maupin said.

Tom Hinkle, a Springdale resident, will also display several restored antique bicycles.

Hospital helps families set up Internet page

When sick children need to stay in the hospital for days or weeks, friends and family want updates on how they are doing.

Beginning June 1, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center hopes to make communications a bit easier by helping families set up Web pages to share medical news.

Dubbed "CarePages," the service walks families through setting up a Web page, including how to set up message boards and share photos.

For information, call 636-7606 or visit Web site.

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