Next Community Council Meeting
August 21, 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
Sat 8-3 Jazz in the Heights - Terell Stafford 7pm KHAC

Play in the Park - Wednesdays June 6 - August 15 - 6:30 pm to 8pm - Kennedy Park

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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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Nominate a Neighbor!
It’s time to submit your nominations for the 2018 Kennedy Heights Landscape Awards. Kennedy Heights is full of beautiful landscapes, but if you notice any that are particularly striking, nominate them for an award! If you don’t know the name of the homeowner, that’s okay. You may submit just the address for your nomination. You may also nominate yourself. Judging will take place in early August.

Any landscapes that were winners within the last three years or that are in the Kennedy Heights Landscape Hall of Fame are not eligible.

Submit all nominations to:

Michele Dragga: or 984-6867 NOTE: Michele is spelled with one “l”.

Deadline for nominations: July 25, 2018

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.

Roger and Velma Mitchell
Meet our Neighbors Roger and Velma Mitchell

A teacher once told Roger Mitchell, “If you ever need anything, call on God.” Decades ago Roger was newly married and needed to support a family. He prayed and received the message: “30x30.” If he could mow thirty lawns a week at $30 each that would be enough. Believing that God would provide, he invested all his assets in purchasing a truck and a mower and started mowing. He went the extra mile with his customers to exceed their expectations

Today he’s the owner of GroundTakers, a family owned and operated total ground control business. He’s been at the corner of Kennedy and Woodford since 2000. He and his wife Velma live in Pleasant Ridge and serve customers, both residential and commercial, all over Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The secret of Roger’s success is to honor his word and not overpromise. He offers four-seasons ground control from fertilizing, weed control, mowing, mulching and snow removal. He’ll look at your current lawn and design and install a landscape including trees, shrubs, flowers and rock features within your budget. “I like to beautify

peoples’ homes and make it feel good to them,” Roger says. His wife Velma handles the administrative side of the business. Son John, a student at UC, helps “because it’s a family business.”

A lot has changed since he started when trimming was done with hand clippers. Roger keeps up with the latest in his profession through courses and reading. You may not know this, but if you pull a weed, you are planting 100 others because you loosen the soil where weed seeds have fallen and they geminate within a week. If you want to meet a really nice guy and get help with your lawn, visit Roger at GroundTakers.

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


Three local artists inspired by the atmosphere of land, sky and waterscapes, present Atmosphera, featuring watercolor paintings by Angela Mascolino, pastels by William Linthicum and photographs by John Weller.

These three artists explore the idea of atmosphere as subject matter of air, sky and environment as well as atmosphere as ambiance, mood, and feeling; creating finished works that convey their deep personal relationship to nature.

William Linthicum uses his fingers, palms and forearms as brushes. While his works are technically drawings the results are painterly.

Angela Mascolino, an art teacher at a local grade school, enjoys the luminous, fluid characteristics of watercolors. She paints with a limited color palette to create her impressions of the environment.

John Weller is frequently found at water’s edge on foggy mornings. He uses his camera to paint a scene and his computer to set the tone, color, contrast and mood of his art.

Summer gallery hours are Tues. - Fri. 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Sat. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information, call (513) 631-4278

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call 631-4ART (4278)
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