Click Here for Web Version  |  Issue #155 Sep 19, 2016
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New businesses announce locations in Anderson and area residents LOVE IT!

With the post announcements reaching over 60K people, 300 shares, and just under 500 likes, it is clear that Anderson area residents are pretty enthusiastic about recently announced additions to the Kroger development area!

In two separate articles this week, the Cincinnati Business Courier annouced four of the businesses that will occupy locations in the new Kroger development. In the first piece, The Eagle, and Currito were announced to the delight of thousands in the area. Later the same week, it was revealed that McAllisters Deli and Ambiance Nail Salon & Spa would be locating in the new spaces.

Anderson Township is the place to be!

Public Services Levy Would Cover Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement Protection for Five Years

Passage of levy on November 8 maintains same level of public safety services currently in operation

When Anderson Township residents go to the polls on Election Day 2016, they’ll see a 3.55 mill public safety levy on the ballot.

After stretching the 2008 public safety levy three years beyond its projected five-year life, Anderson Township Trustees decided in July to return to the voters to secure funding for safety services over the next five years.

If approved by the voters, the levy would cover fire, EMS and law enforcement operating costs, including salaries for 65 fulltime firefighter/paramedics and 35 sheriff’s officers, uniforms, firefighting gear, medical supplies, utilities and repair & maintenance of facilities and equipment. (Most equipment purchases, like fire engines, police cruisers and ambulances are covered by Tax Increment Funds -TIF).

“Our primary job as trustees is to ensure our residents safety,” said Township Trustee President Andrew Pappas. “That is something we don’t take lightly. Given increased demands on our sheriff’s department due to the heroin epidemic, we have a responsibility to make Anderson safe.”

“We want people to know what they are paying for. If we want the level of service we currently have, we have to pay for it. That’s why we put the levy on the ballot,” he said.

The 3.55 mill levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $10.35 per month.

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Forest Hills high schools earn top STEM award

The Ohio Academy of Science recently honored Anderson High School and Turpin High School (Forest Hills School District) and 18 Anderson and Turpin science teachers with the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. The award recognizes schools and teachers who stimulate student scientific research and technological design that extend beyond traditional classroom activities. AHS and THS are two of only three schools in Cincinnati and 45 in Ohio to earn the award. Only 460 teachers across the state earned the award.

To receive the award, an elite panel of judges critiqued the quality of each school, teacher and STEM program and the ability of each to develop student communication, collaboration, innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Judges represent Case Western Reserve University, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio State University, Procter and Gamble, Purdue University, the U.S. Department of Energy, Wright Patterson Air Force Base and more.

In addition, to qualify for the prestigious award, schools and teachers must participate in science activities beyond the classroom, qualify at least one student for an Academy District Science Day and host a local science fair with at least 20 students participating. Last year, approximately 550 students participated in the FHSD science fair.

Anderson High School teachers who were recognized are Dave Brandon, Justin Good, Jeff Rodriguez, Krista Willertz, Courtney Snider, Troy Spitzmueller, Louise Keep, Harvey Stansell, Holly Lowden, Jeff Granger, Corey Larrison and Emily Dorsey. Turpin High School teachers who were honored are Corey Mullins, Lindsay Camm, Erin Berling, Caitlin Holmes, Carmen Venditto and Peter Hoying.

“These schools and teachers push the boundaries of the traditional classroom by advising and mentoring student originated research and other hands-on experiences,” said Michael E. Woytek, the Academy’s interim CEO.

Each school will receive a Governor’s Award certificate and each teacher will receive a complimentary membership to the Ohio Academy of Science.
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