Next Community Council Meeting
May 21, 2019
Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church
6312 Kennedy Ave
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Kennedy Heights is one of 52 recognized neighborhoods within the City of Cincinnati. It is located in the northeast corner of Cincinnati, Ohio. Kennedy Heights straddles Montgomery Road between Pleasant Ridge and Silverton. The Kennedy Heights Community Council is the official body designated by the City of Cincinnati to represent and serve the neighborhood's 2,800 households.
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Kennedy Heights Community Calendar
Day Date What When Where
Tues KHCC monthly meeting & community dinner - dinner starts at 6:30 7:30 KH Presbyterian
Community Council Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month August - May
Savory Soup Lunch - Tuesdays at the Caring Place!
10am - Noon Caring Place

2018 Board Elected

At the November 20th Kennedy Heights Community Council meeting, residents had the opportunity to vote for the Council members who will represent the neighborhood in 2019. Meet your incoming 2019 Council:

Douglas Linn, President

Sharifah Tafari, Vice President of Administration

Mary Ray, Vice President of Planning

Peggy Brown, Secretary

Sister Carren Herring, Treasurer

Jean Bange, Neighborhood Support Program Manager

Eric Armstrong, Member at Large

Anita Hisle, Member at Large

Dee Cannedy Lowry, Member at Large

The Kennedy Heights Community Council meets every third Tuesday of the month, with a break in July. The Council meets 6:30-7:30 p.m., during which a free community dinner is served to the public. From 7:30-8:30 p.m., the meeting is opened to the public. This is a great opportunity to see friends, voice concerns about your neighborhood, and learn about issues or initiatives that will impact your community.

Mark your calendar, and make it your New Year’s resolution to get involved with Kennedy Heights!

The Caring Place
The Caring Place appreciates the abundance of donations from near and far. Teddy's Closet, our clothing room, is currently filled to capacity. We can always use new socks and undergarments for men, women and children, as well as toilet paper and grocery bags (plastic, paper and cloth). Thank you for helping your neighbors in need.
Lang Pickleball Courts

Coming in 2019

Here is an image describing the plan (installing six dedicated pickleball courts) for Lang tennis courts. The center area (where grass has been planted) is where the sewer (30' below grade) collapsed and caused the sinkhole. The sinkhole was filled with lean fill then site restored.

The remaining work for the pickleball courts will take place once the contract or bid is approved. This probably won't take place until the spring of 2019, unless the funding is approved sooner.

A crowd of more than 100 turned out to celebrate the incredible legacy of Kennedy Heights’ own 1st Lieutenant John H. Leahr. After months of planning and fundraising, the Leahr Memorial was finally unveiled with great celebration on June 9th..

1st Lieutenant John. H. Leahr was a documented, original Tuskegee Airman, part of the legendary group of black pilots who protected bombers in the air from German attack during World War II. He began training in 1943, and served overseas during the war.

Present at the celebration was Herb Heilbrun, aged 97, a friend of Leahr’s and a bomber who also served in World War II and received the invaluable protection of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Made possible by the support of the Ohio Arts Council.

Dementia vs. Normal Aging
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life for older adults, people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. There are more than 3 million cases of dementia in the US every year. Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. There is no cure, but there are treatments. For this reason, early intervention is greatly beneficial. See the below table to help figure out if you or a loved one is exhibiting warning signs of dementia.
Ten years ago, Maria Kreppel and a small cadre of leaders had a vision of uniting and strengthening Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge through the arts. This vision led to the founding of “District A”—with the ‘A’ representing the ARTS for ALL of US.

District A’s mission was to connect local arts, business, and community assets to stimulate and sustain community vitality and economic growth within and beyond our neighborhoods. They sponsored arts activities including an annual Arts Festival, and hosting Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill productions.

Ten years later, the mission is complete. The neighborhoods are well-positioned for continued success, especially with the vibrant Kennedy Heights Arts Center and its studios and performance space at the Lindner Annex. We are excited to see the arts flourish for decades to come, thanks to the incredible seeds planted by Maria and the District A Board.

From all of us to you, Maria and your Board: Thank you!



Contributed by John Bange


The McCreary family has been a Kennedy Heights presence since 1949. Napoleon McCreary was born in Alabama and came to Cincinnati as a young man. Margaret Brinson was from West Virginia and came to live with an uncle and aunt in Walnut Hills. Both were seeking a better way of life. They met, married, and began what they considered the greatest adventure of their lives!

They raised all ten of their children in their home on Iona Avenue, just off of Red Bank Road. Margaret attended classes at UC for one year, with the plan of becoming a teacher. When she became a mother, she decided to stay at home and shared her gift for teaching with her ten children.

Four of the McCreary children still live in Kennedy Heights, and they fondly remember:

• Which areas were dirt roads and woods instead of paved streets and houses.

• Leaving the door unlocked and playing anywhere safely.

• When African Americans lived primarily in one area, from Dunloe Avenue to Kirkup Avenue, parallel to Red Bank Road.

• Their church, the First Baptist Church of KH, with Rev. Earl Wagner as the pastor for 36 years, and a community so dedicated that many members mortgaged their homes to provide funds to buy the land on which the current church was constructed.

• Foster’s Corner getting its nickname from the grocery store at the corner of Zinzle Avenue and Red Bank Road, owner by Mr. Foster, who would allow folks to buy groceries on credit until they received their next paycheck.

• The Kennedy Heights Teen Council, formed under the guidance of Mrs. Caroline Goings, which taught about citizenship, organizational skills, and planned dances for area youth.

• Spending a whole week decorating bikes for school or neighborhood parades.

• Being held accountable to all adults, not just their parents—because it takes a village!

The children attended Kennedy School (the site of the current KH Arts Center Annex), Shroder Junior High School (the now-abandoned building near Kennedy Heights Park), Woodward High School and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

The McCreary children were involved in Brownies, Boy Scouts, dance, and various KenSil teams. Around 1956, there was a fire in the McCreary home. They lost everything. They stayed with their mother's uncle and aunt for about six months while the house was being rebuilt. Community members came together and helped rebuild, which made the homecoming sweet, indeed.

Margaret died in 1964 of breast cancer, but Napoleon kept the family all together. He was a millwright by trade, a skill he learned in the Navy. He worked for 25 years at American Standard in Fairfax as a maintenance man. When the company moved out of town, he became a self-employed home maintenance man until retirement. He passed away in 2007.

The McCrearys hope that today’s Kennedy Heights children become assets to the community and help it grow and become even better. Meanwhile, we are grateful for the McCreary’s role in the making the community as wonderful as it has been for the past 70 years!

Nextdoor is the new social network that helps you to connect with your neighbors in Kennedy Heights for just about any reason! Choose the boundaries that you want, include other neighborhoods in “your” network, and invite other neighbors to join. The Nextdoor website offers privacy and safety features, address verification, secure encryption using the HTTPS Internet protocol, and mobile access via an iPhone and Android app. Information that you share will never show up in search engines and Nextdoor never shares your personal information with third-party advertisers.
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K.Heights Arts Center News


Fun-filled, uplifting, and affordable summer camps! Kennedy Heights Arts Center offers a range of one-week art camps for ages 5-13 that allow for creative exploration in visual arts, photography, video, dance, music, and theatre. Camps run June 3 to August 5, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Extended care is offered for a fee of $10 per day/per child. Volunteer opportunities are also available for teens, ages 14-18.

Camp registration will open March 1, 2019. Register early, as camps fill fast! We offer sliding scale fees for those with financial need. Visit our website at or call 513-631-4278 to learn more.


Poet Wendy McVicker (Athens, OH) and artist Nancy Gamon (Cincinnati, OH) have been selected as our 2019 Artists in Residence. Wendy has been an Ohio Arts Council Teaching Artist since 2000, and loves bringing people together to collaborate and discover themselves through the sharing of stories. Nancy is an experimental mixed-media artist who spends the majority of her time creating and teaching in her studio at the KHAC Linder Annex.

For six weeks through April and May, these artists will lead Common Threads, a community art project connecting text with textiles! With so much political division in our everyday lives, Wendy and Nancy are hoping to focus on the commonalities that unite us. Participants of all ages will be invited to consider ways to visually express the unity of their experiences as human beings, while celebrating our individual stories. Participants will express their personal truths through creative writing, and use their stories as inspiration to create a

wearable piece of clothing using stitching, painting and other art techniques.

There will be opportunities for adults and youth to take part in the project. Participation is free, thanks to support from The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust. Watch out for more information about the residency and how to participate, or contact Mallory to sign up: or 513-631-4278

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