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.
KENNEDY HEIGHTS FLAG, OR, SOMETHING TO WAVE ABOUT!
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: cincyflags.com
2019 KENNEDY HEIGHTS LANDSCAPE AWARDS
The Kennedy Heights Landscape Awards Committee would like to thank the community for submitting a total of 31 nominations for an awardprobably the most nominations in the history of the contest. It was a pleasure for the judges to evaluate the beautiful landscapes and select five winners and two Honorable Mentions. Learn what each winner likes best about their garden:
Gordon Baer, a versatile, award-winning photographer and great friend of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, died March 16 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. His work included stories of Vietnam veterans, the civil rights movement, a dying aunt, the strip mining of eastern Kentucky, a Kentucky chair maker, and almost every type of photo assignment. He worked as a staff photographer at the Cincinnati Post and Times Star from 1966 to 1971. His work has appeared in many national magazines, including Life, Time, Newsweek, Fortune and National Geographic.
He is survived by his wife Shirley VanAbbema of Pleasant Ridge.
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.
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.
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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!
NOTABLE NEIGHBORS: JODY BARKLEY
Longtime Kennedy Heights resident Jody Barkley has been helping people find their home for 44 years. This year, again, she has been honored with a Five Star Real Estate Agent award for demonstrating excellence in her field. An exclusive group of less than 2% of real estate agents in the Cincinnati area, this honor is based not just on sales but also on customer service.
Jody is originally from Clarkson, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor at the same that her first husband was in the ROTC there. In 1964, he was activated and they were sent to Elgin Air Force Base in Destin, Florida. Once in Florida, Jody was surprised to find that the schools and hospitals there were not accredited. With several years of art school and no degree, Jody was asked if she would like to teach school. Even without training or experience, she taught 3rd grade in an all-white school. After his discharge, her husband took a job with General Electric as an aeronautical engineer and they found themselves in Cincinnati. They purchased a house on Doon Ave. in Kennedy Heights. Jody lived there for 39 years, and it was where she raised their two daughters, Alex and Jessica.
Jody did not have a job. She got involved in a Class Action suit in which communities were suing five real estate companies and 17 agents for racial steering (steering white homebuyers away from black or racially mixed areas, implying that the areas would not be safe, would be victims of crimes, and so forth). They won the suit, which energized Jody and inspired her to go to law school and help the underdog.
Jody befriended Henry Leist of Leist Realty and went to work selling homes. One of her first sales was on two homes the same day, Fran and Mike Harmon on Kinoll Ave. and Christine Schumacher and Hal Hess on Wyatt Ave.
Soon after her divorce from her first husband, Jody met Ardell Barkley. It was 1982, and the setting was John Nolan Ford. She went in to lease a car. He sold her a blue 1982 Ford Escort, and they fell in love and marriedan African American Catholic and a Caucasian Jew! Twenty-five years later, after living in their home on Doon for 25 years, they downsized and found a home on Tyne Ave. Ardell died very unexpectedly in March 2018. Like Jody, Ardell knew many people, through his years of work in car sales and playing and coaching baseball.
Jody has many interesting stories from her career. She recalls rushing to meet an inspector at a house when she was stopped by the police in a local municipality. The two officers were suspicious of her at first. She offered her business card as proof of her explanation, but she still got a ticket. Several weeks later she received an e-mail from one of the officers asking her for help in finding a house, which resulted in the purchase of a $250,000 home!
Jody Barkley represents all of the things that are good about our community: welcoming, friendly, supportive, someone you can count on, a good friend and neighbor, someone who truly cares. We thank you, Jody, for caring for our homes and our hearts!
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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2019 SUMMER ART CAMPS
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 www.kennedyarts.org or call 513-631-4278 to learn more.
Because I Said So...
Everyone has a story about their parents; good, bad, funny, or sad. Because I Said So… is a juried exhibition encompassing the range of experiences that occur when growing up with parents or parental figures.
The imaginative show includes work by local artists in a range of mediums that explore memories, reflections, and anecdotes about their parents. Personal stories reveal universal truths. It was curated by Robin Kusten Hartmann and Kim Margaret Watling.
Exhibiting artists include: Mindy Burger, Meili Corbin, Paula Hatcher Cordes, Jan Brown Checco, Gwen Davis, Linda Franklin, Judy Folkenberg, Carole Staples, Vincent Gray, Robin Hartmann, Michael W. Hensley, Samuel Jones, Kathleen Karshner, Stephannie Kennedy, Jeni Kling, Mary Barr Rhodes, Diane Roketenetz, and Kim Watling.
Because I Said So... continues through June 8. Gallery Hours are Tuesday Friday, 10am to 5pm; and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.
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