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.
In mid-July, the Landscape Award committee of Carolyn Thompson, Jane Patty, and Michele Dragga, spent an enjoyable morning judging the 17 landscapes that had been nominated for an award. The nominees proved once again that Kennedy Heights is full of lovely gardens. Thank you to all of you who submitted nominations, and congratulations to our five winners!
A message from Christine Schumacher, author of the Elders Series:
In getting ready for the 50th anniversary of the Community Council, I realized the significance of the efforts of many citizens who cared deeply about our neighborhood and gave of their time and skills to create a desirable and welcoming place for everyone to live, regardless of their ethnicity.
I decided stories needed to be told so newer residents could learn the history and build on the gains made by these dedicated leaders. So, with the approval of the KHCC Board, I began interviewing people that were part of the process that helped make Kennedy Heights the quality neighborhood that It is.
There are twenty-four interviews with thirty people. The Pleasant Ridge Library will soon have the complete Elder Series interviews in a binder on the reference shelf so anyone unable to access a computer can read them in the Library. The binder should be available by the end of 2016.
The Caring Place saved my life,” says Beverly age 70. “I want people to know that I don’t know what I’d do without the people at The Caring Place.” Several years ago Beverly was working at the polls when she was handed a pamphlet about The Caring Place and the Senior Baskets they provided each month. She visited and immediately fell in love with then-director Ceal Bellman and her granddaughter Sarah. Beverly reluctantly joined the knitting classes they were promoting but ended up having a great time. When she was a child she learned to knit using pencils because her family couldn’t afford needles. Eventually her grandmother found two needles of different sizes for her at a thrift store.
When Beverly got sick, she needed weekly shots for asthma and COPD but had no transportation. The Caring Place came to her rescue with bus tokens. When Ceal was ready to retire Beverly thought, “I’ll be in a world of trouble,” but Sharifa and JoAnn have warmly embraced her and call on her whenever they need volunteer help. “Beverly is effervescent and brings a lot of joy to all of us when she is here,” JoAnn said. Beverly has developed a fabulous friendship with the workers and volunteers. Now she is caring for her 96 year old father, her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter. With six in the household, Beverly still needs support from The Caring Place.
Some of the statistics from 2016: 136 people came for the first time during the year and there were 5687 volunteer hours given to serve the clients. Stop by and join the community at The Caring Place, located in the Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, is open 9-2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Our Oldest Neighbor: Harry Ewers & Sons
W e’ve all driven by it a 100 times. It has been there as long as anyone can remember. Since 1908, Harry Ewers & Sons Building Supply has been at the railroad tracks on Woodford Road. Harry Ewers, his wife, four sons and two daughters, lived in the small house at the west end of the property. They initially hauled sand and gravel and soon expanded into hauling coal, the major fuel for heating homes and businesses in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. They also provided snow removal. A modified plow was pulled by a horse to clear sidewalks and driveways.
Older residents of Kennedy Heights will remember the concrete silos that stored the coal brought in by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The sight of a train coming through was a thrill for the kids in Kennedy Heights, and many of them put pennies on the track to watch the engine and coal cars flatten them.
Realizing that the use of coal would soon be replaced by natural gas, Ewers started to work with blacktop in the late 1930s, which soon became the majority of their jobs. The silos were later used to store cement. From the top of a silo you could see the Carew Tower downtown. After a fire in the silos in the 1950s, they were torn down.
In the early 1950s, Robison Road was extended from Woodford east to Glen Edge. The Lang Brothers developed the area off Robison Road and Glen Edge, building houses at the west end of Glen Edge and developing Skyview and Edgeview. Ewers worked with Lang to construct the driveways. Three of the Ewers sons ended up purchasing homes in the new subdivision.
Today Ewers specializes in blacktop and counts among their clients the ATP tennis courts and multiple country clubs in Greater Cincinnati. The biggest challenges Ewers faces today are complying with regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and dealing with employee turnover.
The founding Harry Ewers was followed by his son, Harry Jr. Bob Ewers took over next and was followed by Bob Jr., a member of the fourth generation and the current Ewers at the helm. We are grateful for Ewers support as a Friend of Kennedy Heights.
The small building at the crossroads to the right of the silos was the passenger station. The Ewers first family home, still standing, is to the left of the silos. Above the silos is the home of the Robinson estate that became Robison now Kennedy Park. Robison Road east to Glen Edge and Kennedy is a dirt path.
We salute the many outstanding residents of our neighborhood who work to make this a better place to live, and shine the spotlight on our community through their great work and achievements. Read more about some of Kennedy Heights' finest!
A year after the old Kroger store property at Kennedy and Montgomery was transformed into the Kennedy
Heights Cultural Campus, there is more excitement happening at the corner. The nondescript exterior will be brought to life with public art!
Kennedy Heights Arts Center is partnering with ArtWorks to create a mural on the façade of the Center’sLindner Annex at the campus. Artist Casey Riordan Millard, herself a Kennedy Heights resident, designed the mural with input from a committee of local residents. Mostly known for her “Shark Girl” sculptures, drawings, paintings, and publications, Millard’s work has drawn the admiration of a growing national audience. The mural will be painted this summer by a team of professional artists and young adult art apprentices.
You can be a part of the project, too! Everyone is invited to Community Day at the mural on Saturday, July 16 from 11am to 2pm. Casey and the ArtWorks team will lead participants in making artwork inspired by the mural. These works by community members will come together in an installation in the Annex’s lobby. Adults and youth of all ages are invited to participate.
This vibrant mural will not only be a treasured asset for Kennedy Heights, but it will also attract visitors from throughout the region. It will inspire everyone to see the beauty of our community!
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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SUMMER CAMP AT KHAC
This summer, delve into some creative art-making at Kennedy Heights Arts Center! Join in the fun by participating in one of our creative art camps for youth ages 5-13. We offer a variety of one-week camps for youth exploring visual arts, media arts, dance, music and theatre. Each camp runs from 9:30am to 2:30pm daily. Extended care is available for all camps from 8:30 - 9:30am and 2:30 - 5:30pm for a fee of $10 per day. Sliding scale fees available for those in financial need.
Visit our website at www.kennedyarts.org or call 513-631-4278 to learn more. Camp descriptions and registration will open March 1st, 2017.
Volunteer opportunities for teens ages 14-18
Artswave Arts Sampler Weekend:
Saturday, February 18th 10:00am 2:00pm
FREE Art in your neighborhood! The Macy's Arts Sampler weekend, presented by ArtsWave, celebrates the arts in our community with two days of FREE activities throughout the region on February 18th and 19th. Check out the arts that make Cincinnati amazing! All ages are welcome to join us at the KHAC Lindner Annex on Saturday, Feb. 18th to participate in some awesome music and dance experiences.
The Dance & Dash Booth (MamLuft&Co. Dance / CCAC) at 10:00AM-2:00PM
The Power of Percussion with Liz Wu at 10:15AM-11:00AM
Nouveau Chamber Players at 12:00PM-12:30PM
Bacchanal Steel Band at 12:45PM-1:15PM
ArtsWave supports more than 100 arts organizations making impact in Greater Cincinnati, including Kennedy Heights Arts Center. More information theartswave.org
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