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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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To stay connected and moving forward during this difficult time, we will be holding our Community Council meeting via telephone/video conference. Thanks to the guidance of Invest In Neighborhoods, we have set up a digital council meeting through Meet on Google Suites.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no July Council meeting. Enjoy your summer!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.

Join us for another virtual community council meeting

Meeting ID

Phone Numbers
(‪US‬)‪+1 574-241-1036‬
PIN: ‪453 185 950#‬

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.

Tentative agenda includes safety updates from our Police and Fire departments, opportunities to celebrate our neighborhood's history of fighting for social justice, and updates from neighborhood partners.

CLICK HERE To watch a recording of the meeting

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE To watch a recording of the meeting


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1. All attendees will be automatically muted upon entering.

2. If you have a question, try to be in a quiet room with minimal audio distractions.

3. Have patience and good humor. Technology is fickle.

We hope you will join us in this “first” for Kennedy Heights Community Council. We are eager to share neighborhood updates and learn what is on your mind.

JOY is not cancelled!

July 22- August 12

We could all use some joy right now.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to cancel Play in the Park this summer – but joy is not cancelled!

During this time of social isolation, the need for neighbors to connect and have fun has never been greater. Since we aren’t able to gather together in the park, we are bringing the play to you! We’re calling it "Play in the Street."

Kennedy Heights Arts Center's Joy Mobile will be visiting four lucky areas in Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge, sharing FREE food, music, dance and artist-created activities.

We collaborated with our local community councils to identify pockets of the neighborhoods that are less resourced and/or haven’t been as engaged in community events in the past.

Local artists Karen Saunders and the Afrakan Artist Alliance have designed special pop-up experiences to delight residents of all ages. There will be costumed performers, lively music, and plenty of surprises. We love surprises! Everyone will receive yummy treats and free kits with materials for hands-on activities to keep the (distanced) party going.

Just like an old-fashioned ice cream truck, the Joy Mobile will drive down selected streets playing music, and folks are invited to come out to their front yards to participate in the fun! Greet your neighbors – but please wear a mask and keep 6 feet distance from others for safety.

All events are held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 pm. (Rain date Thursday)

• July 22: Bantry/Iris/Dante Streets around Triangle Park (Kennedy Heights)

• July 29: Zinsle Ave. (Kennedy Heights)

• August 5: Troy/Cortelyou/Bona Vista (Pleasant Ridge)

• August 12: Glengate/Lawndale Ave. (Pleasant Ridge)

Brought to you by: the Arts Giving Circle of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, with support from Kennedy Heights Community Council, Pleasant Ridge Community Council, and Streetpops.

A new school to ease overcrowded classrooms. A new road to ease overcrowded commutes. The 2020 Census can deeply impact our community. The results of the census help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed to states and communities every year.

Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires a once-a-decade population and housing count of all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and the Island areas. National Census Day is April 1, 2020.

• Census results are used to determine the apportionment of U.S. and State Congressional Districts.
• Census data determines how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed to states and communities annually.
• There will NOT be a citizenship question on the Census.
• All census responses are protected under Title 13 of the US Code. Answers can only be used to produce statistics.

Kennedy Heights has been identified as a community likely to have lower than average participation. Make sure our neighborhood receives the federal support it deserves!

You will receive your invitation to participate by April 1, 2020. You can respond to the census online, by mail, or by phone. Make Kennedy Heights count!

Welcome Your 2020 Board!
Back row, L to R: Jean Bange, Sharifah Tafari, Romona Mayo, Kate Elliott, Eric Armstrong
Front Row: L to R: Sister Carren Herring, Mary Ray, Anita Hisle, Peggy Brown, Dee Cannady Lowry
Not Pictured: Cassandra Jones
Contributed by John Bange

In April of 2018, an initiative was launched to create a unique flag for each of Cincinnati's 52 neighborhoods. The purpose was to build neighborhood pride and a better sense of place. Over several months, teams of local designers learned about their communities through an online survey, visits and workshops.

Once preliminary designs were created, they were reviewed with community councils and other members of each community. Those in attendance at the meetings voted for their favorite design. The final flag designs were created based on all of these steps.

In Kennedy Heights we owe thanks to Jeffry Weidner, Lois Patterson and Lettie Davis for additional creative support during the final design phase.

The designs were created with five basic guidelines:

• Keep it simple.
• Symbolism.
• two or three basic colors.
• No lettering or seals.
• Be distinctive or be related.

The Kennedy Heights flag is now complete! Neighbors viewed it at the October Kennedy Heights Community Council.

The goal is for residents to hang them on their porch or businesses and fly them outside. The initial flag was made by The National Flag Company right here in Cincinnati. But the art for the flags are considered “open source,” so they can be ordered from any manufacturer.

It will most likely be best to place a bulk order for many flags. This will ensure consistency and a better price and delivery, and reduce everyone’s individual effort. The flags are also intended to be used as a fundraiser for the community.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the KH Presbyterian Church. Come and learn more about how you can order your very own Kennedy Heights flag.

To see all 52 flags and learn about the neighborhoods, go to:


The following memorial was provided by Cecelia’s daughter, Kirsten, at the request of the Kennedy Heights Community Council.

Cecelia (“Ce”) Holm moved to Cincinnati as a young mother of three in 1968. Coming from Chicago, she and her husband Duane knew they wanted to live in an integrated neighborhood. At that time, many African Americans had begun moving out of traditionally segregated areas of the city, and some neighborhoods did not know how to react. The Holms were attracted to Kennedy Heights in particular because the Kennedy Heights Community Council, made up of white and black residents, had organized a committee to introduce the community to prospective residents. This initiative made integration more successful, and made it a key value of the neighborhood. Ce and Duane felt this activist neighborhood was home.

Ce grew up near Army bases in Iowa, Minnesota, and Arizona, then settled in California. She graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Physical Education and worked in children’s programming for Los Angeles Parks. Drawn by the opportunity to serve inner-city children, she moved to Chicago to work as Recreation Director at Erie Neighborhood House. There she met a young minister, Duane Holm. Duane was assigned to Scotland next, and so it was there that they were married. They lived in Scotland for several years, then returned to Chicago, and finally moved to Cincinnati for Duane’s new church.

Plunging in to her new city, Ce became actively involved in the local elementary school. She worked with other parents to improve the quality of education for neighborhood children. She worked hard to foster the diversity she felt was one of Kennedy Heights' greatest strengths. In the early 1970s, she became part of a parent cooperative preschool held in the Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church. This school ultimately became the Kennedy Heights Montessori Center. She obtained a Montessori credential and later a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. She worked as a teacher, then as director of KHMC until her retirement in the early-1990s.

After retirement, Ce worked part-time at 4C teaching home daycare providers Montessori-based educational activities to use in their work. She fully retired in 1996 to enjoy being with her granddaughter and continue her work in the neighborhood. She chaired the Education Committee for many years, working to improve relations between Kennedy Heights and Woodford School.

Ce passed away on November 6, 2019. Ever the teacher, she donated her body to UC Medical School. In her Cincinnati Enquirer obituary, it was expressed that In lieu of flowers, contributions could be made in Cecelia's memory to the Kennedy Heights Montessori Center.

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.
Meaningful, Compassionate Care Thursday, March 26th, 2020
This year’s theme focuses on engaging persons with dementia using meaningful activities, music and art therapy, and Tai Chi. Emphasis will be on discussing care which involves mindfulness, compassion, and respect for diversity. The Keynote Speaker, Teepa Snow, will present “Creating Days with Meaning for Those Living with Dementia.” She will identify meaningful activities for persons with varying levels of dementia, as well as demonstrate strategies for positive emotional connections using verbal and non-verbal communication. CEUs will be available for purchase for nursing, OT, Social Work, and Counseling professionals.

Registration is now open! Go to to register with early bird pricing!


Left to Right - Sylvester Smith, Terrance Bell

You have probably seen them walking in Kennedy Heights, two robust men gliding along at a quick pace with walking sticks. They are Terrance Bell and Sylvester Smith.

Terrance grew up in Walnut Hills, and now he and his wife Staci live on Aikenside. They have two daughters, one here in Cincinnati and the other in North Carolina. Sylvester grew up in Madisonville, and now he and his and wife Liliann live in nearby Silverton. They have a daughter and two grandsons.

They started their careers in a similar fashion, transporting youth from detention facilities to juvenile court. Later, they both attended the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio. There they learned the skills necessary to be a bailiff, which is a law enforcement officer vested with maintaining order during courtroom proceedings. They ensure that the public, jury, legal teams, witnesses and defendants proceed through trials and other court proceedings with the required decorum. They were both soon certified. Sylvester and Terrance finally met while working at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court as bailiffs.

Terrance has been with the courts for 25 years and is currently the Assistant Chief with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Sylvester retired in 2013 with 30 years service, and had earned the title of Chief with a rank of Colonel. He now serves as a School Crossing Guard at Pleasant Ridge and Sands Montessori.

Terrance and Sylvester used to walk about nine miles around downtown after work, from the Court House down to Pete Rose Way, around town and back. Eventually, they decided to go home after work and instead meet in our area and walk the neighborhood.

Why do they walk? They do it for their health and because they enjoy the time together, On weekdays, they start walking in the evening at 4:45. On weekends, they start early and walk for about 90 minutes. They do not walk if it is raining, but they do walk when it is snowing, and they never walk on Sundays.

The sticks they carry are mostly used as a walking sticks. Though they do speculate that, with the number of dogs on the loose they’ve encountered, just the sight of the sticks may have kept the dogs at bay. With the miles they’ve put through the neighborhood, it may surprise some to know that they have not come upon the scene of a fire or accident. They have, however, helped a number of people who have fallen and needed assistance getting up. They have also found and turned in several wallets with large amounts of cash.

The next time you see The Walking Men, please give them a friendly wave!

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


Expand your creativity, learn new skills, and have fun in a variety of 8-week classes for people of all ages. Youth can enjoy darkroom photography, stop motion animation, or open studio for kids. Adults and teens (ages 14+) can explore drawing, pastel drawing, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, clay hand building, and open studio. You can also try a one-day mixed media workshop!

Classes start the week of January 27. Sliding scale fees for those with financial need.

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