Next Community Council Meeting
Aug 20, 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 Council does not meet during June and July. Next scheduled meeting is Tues August 20 at 7:30


Kennedy Heights is full of beautiful landscapes, but is there one that inspires you to reroute your morning walk? Nominate them for an award! You can even nominate yourself. If you don’t know the name of the homeowner, submit the address. Submit nominations to Michele Dragga. or 513-984-6867.

NOTE: Michele is spelled with one “l.”

Deadline for nominations: July 12, 2019. Judging will take place mid-July. Winners within the last three years or households in Kennedy Heights Landscape Hall of Fame are not eligible.

In Memoriam: Gordon Baer

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.
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

Christine Schumacher and Hal Hess

Our neighborhood has been graced with the presence of Christine Schumacher and Hal Hess for 44 years. Christine hails from a farming community in the northwestern corner of Ohio, and was raised in the Swiss Mennonite tradition. Hal grew up on a farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and was raised in the Old Mennonite tradition.

Hal was drafted in 1965 during the Vietnam War. In lieu of military service, the couple served as Civil Rights workers by moving to Atlanta during Atlanta’s ‘racial riots.’ While in Atlanta, Christine earned her Master’s in Social Work from Atlanta University. After completing the two-year term of service, Hal taught at the Frederick Douglass High School.

From Atlanta, they moved to Indiana University so that Hal could sing opera and earn his Master’s in choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music. Christine was employed by Family Services in Bloomington.

The couple moved to Cincinnati in 1974, when Community Mental Health hired Christine. They lived in an apartment for a year before finding their Wyatt Avenue home. Christine eventually became Director of the Mason office of Community Mental Health Centers of Warren County. Her career spanned family counselling, drug and alcohol prevention, and community education. Hal taught music at Winton Woods Middle School for 29 years.

In the fall of 1976, Christine and Hal invited several neighbors to have a ‘Leaf Raking Party’ which meant two hours at each house, with time for a snack, and then sharing a scrumptious dinner. The tradition has continued for 42 years, with only one change: no raking, just dinner!

Their community involvement has been profound. They have hosted the Progressive Dinner at their home often. Christine served on the Community Council from about 2012 to 2017, during which time she conducted 24 interviews for the Elder Series (all posted on the KH website). These interviews celebrate and remember the rich history of the intentional diversity of KH. She also started the Welcome Baskets Program, a way to greet new folks in the community and inform them of Kennedy Heights activities.

Hal has worked on the Beautification Committee and maintained the “Welcome to Kennedy Heights” signs at the entrances to the community. His personal gardening venture has been a boon, producing glorious vegetables. He loads a wagon and visits neighbors, offers vegetables to all. Much of the bounty goes to the Caring Place in KH.

Soon Christine and Hal will be moving away from KH into a smaller, single-floor home. They have sold their house on Wyatt to a young couple who want to be closer to their parents on Davenant Avenue, and who look forward to continuing the traditions of our community. But Christine and Hal emphasize they will always consider KH home!

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.

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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