Friday, October 22, 2004

Neighbors briefs



School for the deaf having trouble moving

MONTGOMERY - A school for the deaf operating at Montgomery Presbyterian Church has scrapped plans to build in Clermont County's Miami Township.

Maria Sentelik, executive director of Ohio Valley Voices, said she withdrew a zoning request after discovering that a cell tower on Branch Hill-Guinea Pike would interfere with cochlear implant devices worn by most students. Sentelik was interested in property behind Arrowhead Apartments and a vacant church close by.

"I'm cursed. I'm cursed," Sentelik said, adding she continues to look elsewhere.

The school, which opened in 2000 with a dozen students but has tripled in enrollment, recently won a one-year reprieve from Montgomery officials. They allowed a zoning extension on the condition that the school prove that it was making a serious attempt to relocate.

Sentelik's attempt this summer to have property rezoned in Sycamore Township was rejected when neighbors on Plainfield Road complained.

Loveland's vision closer to reality

LOVELAND - Keeping historic charm while attracting retail shops, offices and housing topped the list of priorities set by residents helping to set a vision for revitalization of historic downtown.

Representatives of McGill Smith Punshon Inc., a planning consultant hired by the city, will complete a final report that council will consider in coming weeks, City Manager Fred Enderle said.

"If council adopts it, that's the way we would market downtown," he said, adding that the vision would be used as a guideline to judge developers' proposals.

City officials also are preparing to implement tax incentives that would help attract developers. Enderle said the city could actively begin marketing downtown in January or February.

Sellman Middle School demolition postponed

MADEIRA - Demolition of Sellman Middle School, initially slated to begin Monday, will be postponed until early December.

Superintendent Steve Kramer said additional time is needed to clean out items sold at a public auction last weekend and to salvage other useable items.

Sellman, built in 1937, is being replaced in a $28 million construction project that includes improvements to the high school and construction of new primary and middle schools for 2006-07.

Deerfield assistant submits resignation

DEERFIELD TWP. - This Warren County community is looking for a new assistant administrator.

Township trustees this week accepted the resignation of Jennifer Wilder, who has been with the township since January 2002. Her last day will be Oct. 27.

Kenwood health fair scheduled for Sunday

KENWOOD - Those interested in quitting smoking, joining a walking club or learning more about how to find reliable health information on the Internet can learn more Sunday at Kenwood Towne Centre.

"Health Shop," sponsored by Jewish Hospital, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the mall food court.

Pets can compete in costume contest

AMELIA - Friends of Noah, a nonprofit animal adoption program, will hold its fifth annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest at 3 p.m. Saturday at 1894 Ohio 125 (Beechmont Avenue/Ohio Pike), two miles east of Amelia.

A $5-per-pet entry fee will benefit the program.

Information: (513) 797-7387.

Contributors: Sheila McLaughlin, Erica Solvig, Tim Bonfield, Perry Schaible, Karen Andrew




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