Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Summer charity helps children, elderly cool off

Good Things Happening

The Cincinnati Chapter of Links Inc. has presented Santa in the Summer through its Summer Linkage program of delivering special "cool gifts'' to inner-city kids and the elderly.

"The program goal is to provide funds for activities and provisions that will help make the long, hot summer more comfortable, cooler, safer and productive for some inner-city residents,'' said Miriam West, who chairs the program. "We present funds in three categories: cool fun for kids, cool learning for teens and cool down the elderly.''

"Fun for kids" recipients were Emanuel Community Center and Wesley Child Education Center.

"Each center received 1,200 Popsicles,'' West said.

The Inner City Tennis program received money to buy tennis balls and T-shirts under the "cool learning for teens" program, West said. Money for kids to attend camp went to the Melrose YMCA, Walnut Hills, and to Camp Joy, Clarksville.

"We funded six teens for camp from the Melrose YMCA ... and funded one kid to attend Camp Joy,'' West said.

She said money was provided to buy fans and air conditioning for inner-city elderly people through Mercy Franciscan at St. John, Over-the-Rhine, and to provide residents of Alaska Acres Care Center, Avondale, bus excursions to community events and ice cream treats throughout the summer.

The Summer Linkage program is one of many charitable programs made possible from the proceeds of the Links annual fund-raiser.

Principal leaves retirement

Stephen J. Zinser is back in school after retiring from a 32-year education career.

Zinser will become principal of St. Vincent Ferrer School, 7754 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, on Aug. 1 for the 2004-05 school year.

Zinser, 53, brings a long list of credits as a teacher and principal in elementary and high schools.

He was a principal at Lloyd Mann Elementary School in the Loveland School District, Norwood View Elementary School in Norwood and principal of Heritage Hill School in the Princeton School District.

He taught at several elementary schools in the Old Greenhills-Forest Park School District, now Winton Woods.

"I am really looking forward to getting back into the school,'' said Zinser, who retired from public education last summer. "I grew up in the Catholic school system. Returning to St. Vincent is like coming back home.''

The Rev. Terry Hamilton, pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, said the school is coming off a great year after a $3.5 million expansion and renovation.

Behind the badge: Funds raised for Shriners

A raffle of a fire helmet recently raised $320 for Shriners Burns Institute.

The raffle was held by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Leatherheads. The group is made up firefighters dedicated to promoting training and safety within the fire service.

Cincinnati firefighter Joe Newcomb won the fire helmet, which was donated by First in Rescue Equipment, a Florence-based company.

The local Shriners hospital is one of 22 facilities in the Shriners Hospitals for Children system, a network of hospitals offering specialized, orthopedic, spinal cord injury and burn injury care to children.

No payment is ever sought from the family, the federal government or any third-party payer for services rendered in the Shriners hospitals.

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