Next Community Council Meeting
Feb. 19, 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
Fri 12-7 Winterfest 6-9pm KHAC

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

Happy New Year! All of us at The Caring Place would like to thank all of YOU for all the support you have shown over the past year. Who volunteered in any way; donated food, clothes, personal care items, household cleaning items, housewares, furniture, and money; who gave a kind word or recommendation; who sent positive thoughts or prayers for our many neighbors in need. It is a blessing, indeed, to be a blessing!

The Caring Place will be open for 2019 beginning on Tuesday, January 8, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will continue to be open every Tuesday and Thursday.

Thank you for extending a helping hand to your neighbors and making Kennedy Heights such a caring place.

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.

Kennedy Heights 2018 Landscape Award Winners
This year’s Kennedy Heights Landscape Awards have been announced! Yet again, we see the deep pride that our residents take in their neighborhood and their homes. Thank you to all who submitted nominations, and to everyone who strives to make our corner of Cincinnati as beautiful as it can be! Congratulations to the winners for their incredible green thumbs.

Patricia Shea and Hameed McKnight
5832 Kinoll Avenue

This is the third time that Patricia and her son Hameed have won a landscape award, so they are now in the Kennedy Heights Landscape Hall of Fame. They have been KH residents since 2004 and over the years have worked together to produce their lovely garden, winning in 2011 and 2014 as well as this year. At this point they most enjoy sitting back and appreciating the finished product that their years of gardening have produced. For those just starting their own garden, Patricia recommends ornamental grasses and New Guinea impatiens as plants that are easy to maintain but make a big splash.

Dave and Reyan Jardine
3441 Woodford Road

Dave and Reyan have lived on Woodford Road for 35 years and have lived in their current house for the last five years. Reyan was an employee of Woodford Paideia for 35 years, and Dave retired from the Cincinnati Zoo after 30 years. In the garden, they are a team. Reyan designs and suggests what plants to use, and Dave makes it happen. He particularly enjoys his hosta garden while Reyan loves the colorful bed of nasturtiums and the Mandevilla vines that accent the porch. One thing that sets their garden apart is the placement of animal sculptures, particularly rhinos and lizards, throughout the beds and on the porch, a tribute to Dave’s years of working at the zoo.

Mary Phillips
3513 Mary Ann Lane

Mary, who has lived in Kennedy Heights for over 30 years, lives on a hill, so her garden’s focal point is a tall stone retaining wall and steep set of stairs leading to the house. Mary loves large plants--tall cannas, robust elephant ears, and a very tall Knockout rose. They are the perfect scale for the retaining wall and steps. In between those, the garden is full of colorful annuals and perennials that make it a real show stopper. When Mary is asked what she likes best about her garden, she says that not only does she love the flowers, she loves working in it--it’s much better than doing housework.

Ron and Ronda Avant
Mary Ann Lane

Ron has lived in Kennedy Heights for 29 years. In that time he has perfected both his front and backyard gardens. Ronda loves the vibrant colors from the annuals and perennials planted in the front garden and the soothing sounds of the fountain. When the color reaches its peak, she knows that summer is here. Ron has created his paradise in the backyard. It’s a tranquil place where he can relax and escape the stress of his job.

Sherry and Freddie Stonestreet (not available for an interview)
6811 Bantry Avenue

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.
Along with Pleasant Ridge, Kennedy Heights is proud to be a member of "district-a" - Where arts+community meet!
A decade ago, District A (which stands for the ARTS & for ALL of US) came together to achieve a new partnership across neighborhoods. When Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge Community Councils launched this venture, they agreed to share neighborhood arts assets and to seek new and sustainable economic development together.

2008 also marked the birth of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s first 'Off-the-Hill' season, with District A as its founding partner. In April 2008, the Playhouse staged a first-ever community performance in Kennedy Heights, and a second in Pleasant Ridge.

So it’s only fitting that Playhouse in the Park returns to kick off our 10-year celebration!

On Saturday, February 3, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Playhouse ‘Off-the-Hill’ brings to Woodford Paideia School a 2018 version of Carlo Colloid’s family classic, Pinocchio.

This new Pinocchio, by Toby Hulse, is packed with magical characters, cartwheels, and circus antics—but the puppet’s dream of becoming a real boy is as real as you remember it! Expect more surprises, too, from our Woodford student hosts!

Please visit for all the details as they develop.



Contributed by John Bange


You have probably seen them at Play In The Park and other events in Kennedy Heights, most likely surrounded by creative and colorful art projects. Perhaps even without knowing it, you have seen the many area gardens that they have planted and nurtured. You may have stopped and looked at the Fairy Tree in front of their home. Lois and Dave Paterson consistently share their talents with the community as a way to encourage others to be creative, to educate our children, and to show how materials can be recycled.

Lois is from the West Side, Dave from the East Side. This “divided” household found common ground in Kennedy Heights, where they have lived since 1997. They were drawn to the neighborhood for its diversity, hoping to raise their young children, Martha and Sam, in such an inclusive environment. They love Kennedy Heights’ diversity of race, age, religion and economic status. They enjoy meeting people, hosting a meal for the Progressive Dinner or dining with neighbors as a participant, and getting to know the people on their street.

When they moved into their home on Davenant Avenue, it had not been updated in many years. With a lot of love and even more work, they cleaned and painted all of the rooms, finished the floors, and remodeled the kitchen and bathrooms. And most visibly to all, they have created amazing gardens. Both have a background in landscaping, so this work comes naturally. Lois has provided gardening advice and labor to many of us over the years, she has helped with community projects, and has even won the KHCC Landscaping Lifetime Award and the Most Unusual Plants In The City Award!

Lois and Dave have added much beauty to our community. They really are artists in residence!

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


Friday, October 26 • 6 to 9 PM

The theme for this year's fall celebration at Kennedy Heights Arts Center is

Fall BACK, when we will be traveling back to 1875 - the year the Kennedy Mansion was built!

Join us for a fun and festive party 1875-style with vintage music and dance, costumes, games, food and drink. Free admission; cash bar.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Kennedy will be our hosts for the evening, as they welcome you to their well-appointed home. Enjoy a Weidemans beer (it was the height of Cincy brewing after all), a Tom Collins (a popular cocktail with a funny origin) or a root beer float (invented in 1875!) and tasty nosh from EastWest Cuisine while listening to music by The Tanager Trio, seeing vintage dance by Flying Cloud Academy (and learn one!) and playing games from the era (tiddlywinks, anyone?)

Don't have a costume? No problem! Visit the Kennedy Millinery Shoppe to make your own Victorian hat for the occasion.

Enter our raffle to win a special 1875 Cincinnati basket featuring a one-of-a-kind Rookwood Pottery vase and gifts from other local companies that date back to the era including Graeter's, Weidemans, the Cincinnati Zoo and more!

It will be bang up to the elephant!

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