Monday, August 9, 2004

Soccer nearby worries Rozzi's Fireworks


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The Enquirer

SYMMES TWP. - Officials at Rozzi's Famous Fireworks say taxpayers should pay for a new fence because people playing soccer near the business could pose a homeland security threat.

The company, which leases practice soccer fields along Lebanon Road to the township, has expressed concern about post-9/11 security there.

"They are concerned about not knowing who is using the fields," administrator Gerald Beckman told trustees last week. Lt. Dan Reid, of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, said he would look into obtaining a homeland security grant for the business so it could gate off its parking lot. Reid said Rozzi's could be considered a lower-level terrorist target because of its use of explosives.

Deerfield trustees OK study of sales tax

DEERFIELD TWP. - In a township that's seen several commercial developments in recent years, trustees want an update on how much sales tax is being generated.

Trustees voted 2-1 to approve a proposal by the University of Cincinnati Economic Center for Education and Research for a sales tax study. The study is expected to cost $9,450.

Recent developments include the 400,000-square-foot Deerfield Towne Center along Mason-Montgomery Road, which was expected to keep more shopping dollars in Warren County rather than having residents traveling to Hamilton County to shop at Tri-County Mall or Kenwood Towne Centre.

Organization for kids holds charity golf event

Supporters of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati will tee it up today while celebrating 19 years of helping provide a better future for area youth.

The Comair Boys Hope Girls Hope Pro/Am Golf Tournament will take place at Kenwood Country Club, 6501 Kenwood Road. About 400 people in more than 80 teams will compete with local celebrities starting at 8:30 a.m. Among the celebrities are Brad Johansen, Steve Wolf and Chris Welsh. Each foursome also will have a professional playing along side them.

Event organizers hope to surpass $2 million raised in the tournament's history at this year's event.

Boys Hope Girls Hope helps children who are hurt and at-risk but academically capable, providing a family-like home setting and education through college.

The local affiliate was formed in 1984 and consists of three homes serving 16 boys and eight girls.




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