Next Community Council Meeting
Sept 18, 2018
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
Sat 9-22 35th Annual Progressive Dinner 5:30 KHAC

Mark Your Calendar!
For 34 years, Kennedy Heights’ residents have been enjoying a casual night out with neighbors and friends. We call it the Progressive Dinner and we will continue the tradition this year on Saturday, September 22.

The evening starts with appetizers, drinks and live music at the beautiful Kennedy Heights Arts Center. From there, guests will be assigned to various homes in the neighborhood for a delicious dinner and great conversation while meeting new neighbors and re-connecting with old friends. Finally, we will meet up again at the Lindner Annex for dessert, music and a silent auction.

Please consider hosting a dinner in your home! We have many longtime hosts but new hosts are always welcome. We are happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

You’ll be able to purchase tickets in the coming months, either online at or you can contact Jean Bange at Your nominal donation will contribute to the vitality of our community. Additionally, we always need volunteers to plan, coordinate and donate appetizers, desserts and items for the silent auction.

Our neighborhood depends on participation, involvement and commitment to the activities that contribute to our uniqueness and sense of community. Please support this enduring tradition and make this the most successful Progressive Dinner ever!

If you would like to Host a dinner or contribute your time and/or talents in any way, or if you have questions, please contact Jean Bange at or call 513-289-0872.

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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.

Dave and Reyan Jardine
3441 Woodford Road

Mary Phillips
3513 Mary Ann Lane

Ron and Ronda Avant
Mary Ann Lane

Patricia Shea and Hameed McKnight
5832 Kinoll Avenue

Sherry and Freddie Stonestreet
6811 Bantry

Honorable Mention

Teri Tatum
5835 Pointer

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.
PO George Engleman
Salute to Retiring Police Officer George Engleman
Our beloved and loyal neighborhood police officer, George Engleman, will retire January 15, 2018. He dedicated 21 years of service to the city of Cincinnati and 12 years to Kennedy Heights, Pleasant Ridge, and Madisonville. He saw a lot of changes during his many years of service: cameras added to patrol cars, body cameras, updated computers, and new weapons for officers.

To Officer Engleman, the best parts of community-oriented policing were having the community as stakeholders and maintaining their trust. He laughs as he admits that the biggest challenge was keeping fit—but he didn’t become a Cincinnati police officer until he was 37 years old!

“It’s been a pleasure and an honor to serve both Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge,” said Officer Engleman. “Play in the Park, Winterfest, Great American Clean Up, and, of course, putting the Bumps on the Bridge have been some of my most memorable and rewarding events. Pleasant Ridge and Kennedy Heights will hold a permanent spot in my heart.”

At almost every community council meeting, Officer Engleman reported that Kennedy Heights has one of the lowest crime rates in the city and praised us for our vigilance and cooperation.

We will miss you, Officer. We thank you for protecting us, responding promptly to our calls for service, and teaching us how to prevent crime. His parting wish? “I would love to see more streets become block watch certified.”

Board Vacancies

We have two important roles to fill on the Kennedy Heights Community Council board and are asking for your help. The role of President and Vice President of Administration will be vacant at the beginning of the year and we are asking for the community's help in finding our next President and VP of Administration. These are both one year terms from January through December.

What are the responsibilities of these roles?

Duties and responsibilities of the President:

  1. Preside at meetings of the Council and the Board of Trustees.
  2. Appoint committee chairs.
  3. Represent KHCC outside of Kennedy Heights.
  4. Provide overall guidance and direction to KHCC activities.

Duties and responsibilities of the Vice-President for Administration:

  1. Assist the President as needed.
  2. In the absence of the President, assume the duties of the latter.
  3. Oversee fundraising.
  4. Monitor and manage the Neighborhood Support Worker Project.
  5. Assure completion of the annual audit shortly after election to office.

You would not be on your own to manage either role. The board works as a team and supports one another on governing the council and making necessary decisions that have a positive impact on the neighborhood.

Our next meeting is in November, which is when we elect our board members for the following year for those that have term limits up. We encourage you or someone you know to step up and consider serving on the Kennedy Heights Community Council.

There are many great opportunities and experiences to gain from these leadership roles. If you have any questions about either of these roles, please email

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.

Peggy Brown and Sharifah Tafari


Peggy Brown and Sharifa Tafari

by John Bange

The Dynamic Duo of mother and daughter Peggy Brown and Sharifah Tafari are serving our community proudly. Peggy is the Kennedy Heights Community Council Secretary and Sharifah is a Member At Large.

Peggy is a lifelong Cincinnatian, growing up in the downtown area, then later living in several other neighborhoods before finally landing in Kennedy Heights. Peggy remembers a positive impression of Kennedy Heights from many years ago when Sharifah had friends from Walnut Hills High School who lived in our community. As the family looked for a new home, they remembered those good feelings and kept an eye on the area. When a house became available on Red Bank Road, they relocated in February 1996.

Peggy has worked as an Registered Nurse (RN) at Jewish Hospital for 43 years. Sharifah is her only daughter. Sharifah has been the Executive Director at the Caring Place for three years. The Caring Place provides services Golf Manor, Kennedy Heights, Pleasant Ridge and Silverton, offering a variety of services for neighbors in need. Sharifah has two children, Issachar, age 25, an Electrical Engineering student at UC, and Nijah, age 22, who works at Citibank.

Peggy and Sharifah became involved in the Kennedy Heights Community Council gradually. Several years ago, the city was planning a bike trail along Red Bank Road. The proposal was to have the trail on both sides of the street. Peggy and Sharifah realized that this would cause an issue for residents because many properties had short driveways and they relied on street parking. The bike trail would have eliminated all street parking. Neighbors got together and went as a group to the council meeting to present their concerns. Council understood, supported their recommendation and delivered it to the City of Cincinnati. A compromise was reached by creating the bike trail on only one side of the road. Peggy and Sharifah were so pleased with the process that they were inspired to attend more meetings. Eventually they became members, with Peggy serving for three years, and Sharifah for five.

They both look forward to seeing Council continue to make a positive impact on the community. Upcoming projects they have their eyes on include the new bridge on Kennedy Avenue, the rehabbing of the tennis court area at Lang Park, and the continuation of beautification and cleanup activities. They hope to find ways to work with residents and businesses that may need encouragement to improve their properties.

Peggy and Sharifah love Kennedy Heights. They appreciate that its quiet, friendly, diverse and walkable personality. They enjoy the parks, the Progressive Dinner, Play In The Park, The Arts Center and the Lindner Annex, District A, the Jazz Concert series, and many other things. They also appreciate the history, recent and years past. They take particular pride in the fact that the Juneteenth Cincinnati celebration had its founding in Kennedy Heights in 1988. They hope to meet you at one of these events!

The Caring Place
Guests are invited to enjoy warm bowls of savory soup and specialty breads in the Fellowship Hall at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, upstairs from The Caring Place. The early lunch will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on January 4th and 8th, February 1st and 6th, and March 1st and 6th.

This delightful new initiative was started by Jim Bellew, a longtime volunteer. He had a vision of showing clients how to prepare tasty, healthy meals from items available in the food pantry and build community in the process.

Mrs. Lydia Morgan will prepare the lunch with her wonderful kitchen staff, Susan Stebbins and Carolyn Miller. “I enjoy cooking and sharing food, and this is a ministry our church is interested in developing,” she stated.

Jim’s crew of volunteers from Nativity Parish will serve the guests and provide company and conversation. The program will be tested for three months. If it is meeting a need, it will continue and possibly develop into a bigger outreach program.

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


This fall is packed with interesting and informative classes taught by some of the best local artist educators! A wide variety is available for kids ages 5 – Adult. Make being CREATIVE a priority.

Youth ages 5-12 can get immersed in ceramics in our Saturday morning Cool Clay Creations class. Our studio will come alive with Advancing your Drawing Skills, Watercolor Painting, Acrylic Painting, Clay Hand Building, and Pastel Drawing.

Need a supportive place to experiment on your own work? Join our Open Studio! Our Video Storytelling class, held in our Digital Media Lab, will teach you about equipment and digital editing.

Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks. Sliding scale fees available for those needing financial assistance! Class descriptions available on our website and Registration is OPEN! Visit our website at or call 513-631-4278 to learn more. Make Art. Build Community.

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