Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WCMH - NBC - Short North Businesses Raided For Bath Salts, Synthetic Drugs

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Agents execute six raids in a bath salt investigation, including three Short North-area businesses.

Agents execute six raids in a bath salt investigation, including three Short North-area businesses.

The Garden, The Chamber, and The Joint, all along North High Street were raided Wednesday morning.

Law enforcement told NBC4 that the businesses are allegedly selling bath salts, synthetic cocaine and synthetic marijuana.

NBC4's Mike Bowersock reported that Thomas Smith was arrested Wednesday morning. He owns three of the businesses involved.

Smith was charged with a felony count of permitting drug abuse.

Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott referred to the businesses as head shops, and said he is trying to get the stores closed as a public nuisance.

The three other locations targeted include a home, the S&K Market at 127 E. 5th St., and Lefthand Distribution LLC at 6969 Worthington-Galena Rd.

The raids are being conducted by the sheriff's office, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Franklin County Drug Task Force, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Italian Villagers - "Don't Get Towed" flyering volunteers needed!

"Don't Get Towed" flyering volunteers needed!

Italian Villagers,
Street sweeping in our neighborhood will occur Wednesday, August 15, and Tuesday, August 21. In preparation, we will put reminder flyers on cars on Sunday, August 12. I am looking for some volunteers who are able to place flyers on car windshields that morning before 10 AM. We aim for that time-frame because most cars are still parked. The time commitment would be approximately 1 hour, and you choose exactly when that morning you flyer your assigned area.

Please let them know if you are interested by emailing me at by this Friday at 12PM.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Goodale Park Friday Night

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Goodale Park Friday Night

Help us kick off the 4th season of Screen on the Green tomorrow evening with "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." The movie begins at sundown on a 30-foot screen at the softball diamond in the Southwest corner of the park, and will be preceded by a half hour of classic cartoons.  Tweet And Go Seek will host a scavenger hunt in the park before the film, with seven hidden collectible art tiles in honor of the film's Seven Evil Exes. Those who find the tiles will win prizes from local businesses. Follow @tweetandgoseek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for details.

Food trucks will sell refreshments, as organized by Food Fort Columbus.  Remember to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and flashlights.  There are no rain dates.  Screen on the Green is made possible through organization and major funding by the Short North Civic Association, with additional funding by the Short North Foundation, Gateway Film Center and ComFest.

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We're also showing "Steel Magnolias" on Aug. 17th, and "The Sound of Music" on Sept. 21st.  More information can be found online at


The Colors Run through the Short North

When: This Saturday, July 21st, 9am-Noon.
What: A 5K walk/run where participants wear white shirts and organizers throw brightly colored powder at the walkers at four color stations (powder is a safe corn starch product)
Where: From Arena District, North on Park, West on Buttles, North on Dennison through Victorian Village to 4th, then East to and South along High Street to Downtown (see map for details)
Estimated Attendance: 12,000-15,000

Parking and Traffic Flow will be affected:
·  All vehicular traffic within the defined loop will be halted while walkers remain on the course. Victorian Village residents within the loop will not be able to exit the loop until the walkers have passed (most likely 9AM to 11AM).
·  The west-most two lanes of High Street will be closed for the walkers
·  The east-most lane will remain available for parking
·  The two remaining center lanes will be split with one traveling south and the other north
·  All traffic heading north from downtown will be diverted east or west prior to reaching Spring Street
·  Parking lots on the west side of High Street will not be accessible from 9AM to noon
·  ** Note: all employees or delivery trucks wishing to park or make deliveries on the west side of High must plan to do so either prior to 8:45AM or after noon
Organizers will follow the last participant with a street sweeper and power washer to clean up the dust.

For More information, visit their Website, Facebook or Youtube

Short North Summer & Sidewalk Sale

This once-a-year event showcases shops from the entire shopping district that are slashing their prices to move older inventory ahead of new fall merchandise.

The summer sale runs Friday thru Sunday (July 20-22), highlighted by the Super Sidwalk Sale, Saturday 9am-2pm

Visit the Facebook Event Page, follow deals on Twitter @ShortNorth #SidewalkSale and online at

July SNCA Meeting

Please join us on this evening, Thursday, July 19th, 7-8pm at the Goodale Park Shelter House Caretaker's Residence as we resume our regularly scheduled monthly meetings, open to area residents and businesses interested in learning about and taking an active role in their neighborhood's ongoing development, issues and programming.

Become a member of the Short North Civic Association

The SNCA welcomes all area homeowners, renters, business owners, and employees to become members. Annual SNCA memberships cost $25 for individuals, $50 per household, and $75 for businesses. They can be purchased by visiting the link below. 

Besa Launches in Columbus - Dynamic Searching & $1,000 for your Columbus cause!

Besa is Live!

The first phase of Besa is now live! If you are associated with a Franklin County nonprofit, log in and claim your organization's profile! We're giving away a $1,000 donation to a participating charity.

More on Besa 

We are a non-profit organization devoted to promoting social welfare in Columbus, OH, with a focus on the younger segments of our community.  Our goal is to bring a new level of social engagement to the people and organizations that make up our vibrant city. We accomplish this by means of an easily searchable and interactive website that connects people to causes and organizations.  Key features include:
  • A dynamic database of 1,600 Columbus based charities
  • Profiles of causes and their impact on the community at large
  • A feedback tool that empowers donors, volunteers, advocates and benefactors to share personal experiences of community engagement.
  • Volunteer opportunities via a partnership with the HandsOn Central Ohio.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Columbus Dispatch - Home sales in Columbus area, Ohio up in June

By  Jacob Kanclerz
The Columbus Dispatch Thursday July 19, 2012 1:02 PM

Home sales in the Columbus area and Ohio as a whole ticked upward again in June. 

Sales statewide last month numbered 11,246, up 10.6 percent from June 2011 sales of 10,165, according to the Ohio Association of Realtors. 

The 12-month sales increase streak was the first since December 2004 to November 2005, said Robert Miller, president of the Ohio Association of Realtors. 

“It’s apparent that we’ve begun to overcome the challenges stemming from the economic collapse of 2008 and have made strides in building a solid foundation for having a sustainable, growing marketplace going forward,” he said in a statement. 

In central Ohio, home sales reached 2,429, 18.1 percent higher than June 2011 totals of 2,056. Sales for the first six months this year were up 10.2 percent to 10,473 from 9,507 during the same period last year. 

Home prices rose as well. 

In central Ohio, the median price of a home sold in June was $155,250, 15 percent higher than the June 2011 median price of $135,000. 

The number of homes up for sale, 12,053, is at its lowest total since 2003, according to the Columbus Board of Realtors. 

“With the steady decrease in inventory over the last two years, and increased buyer interest, we’re back to more balanced market levels,” said Jim Coridan, president of the Columbus Board of Realtors, in a news release today. 

Realtors expect the sales surge to continue, recent surveys show. 

According to the Housing Market Confidence Index, a survey put out by the Ohio Association of Realtors, 87 percent of Ohio Realtors who responded have moderate to strong expectations for the market in the next six months. 

For central Ohio, 96 percent of local Realtors have moderate to strong expectations for the market in the next six months. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Columbus Dispatch - Graffiti mars recently repaired Goodale Park fountain

By  Mark Ferenchik  and  Rebecca McKinsey
Tuesday July 17, 2012 3:20 PM

The tagger who hit the Goodale Park fountain Monday night or Tuesday morning was trying to be clever: “Marriage is for people who never forget??” 

First, the fountain resembles a concrete wedding cake. Second, two elephants grace the top. 

It was signed “Scottsdale Yonkler.” 

The graffiti mars some good news for park enthusiasts. The pond finally seems to be holding water after its latest fix, following 10 futile months when nothing seemed to work. The leak had plagued the pond since the Friends of Goodale Park installed the fountain. 

City workers removed the tags today. 

That’s not the only notable city landmark that has been marred recently. 

On July 8, taggers hit the mural of birds in the underpass beneath Indianola Avenue in the Glen Echo ravine area. 

The mural of blue jays, chickadees and cardinals that Short North artist Clint Davidson painstakingly created was, ironically, designed to thwart graffiti. 

“It is definitely disappointing but it’s not totally surprising,” said Tim Lai, a local architect and co-founder of ALTernative, the local nonprofit neighborhood-improvement group that commissioned the mural. 

His group cleaned up the tags two days later. 

ALTernative paid for the repairs. But if this continues, Lai said the group might have to raise more money to keep up with taggers. 

“We do talk about installing some kind of security camera ... to help discourage people,” Lai said. 

In 2007, the city trained two temporary security cameras into the underpass to try to nab taggers in the act. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Columbus Dispatch - Refilled pond at Goodale Park holding water

Refilled pond at Goodale Park holding water

By  Pamela Engel
The Columbus Dispatch Thursday July 12, 2012 7:14 AM

After 10 frustrating months of ruined weddings, spoiled photographs and finger-pointing, the leaky pond at Goodale Park seems to be holding water.

“It was embarrassing that it was drained for as long as it was,” said Jacob Sternberg, a 37-year-old banker who lives nearby and visits the park a few times a week.

City Recreation and Parks officials and volunteers say they have finally conquered the leak that has troubled the pond since the Friends of Goodale Park had a 750,000-pound fountain installed last year.

In April, the city spent $144,600 to line the bottom of the pond with a clay called bentonite in hopes of stopping the leak.

When that didn’t work, Friends of Goodale Park stepped in and paid Procon Professional Construction Services $8,500 to install a rubberized lining around the base of the fountain last month.

The pond was filled from a fire hydrant on June 29 and seems to be holding, said Terri Leist, a recreation and parks spokeswoman.

For now, the fountain, topped by two elephants that spout water, remains dry.Leist said the city is working with a contractor to increase the amount of water pumped once the fountain is turned on.

Sternberg questioned whether the fountain was even worth it in the first place. “It’s very bland and boring-looking. There’s no color,” he said.

Liam Curran, a 26-year-old teaching assistant from Bexley, sympathized with city officials and park volunteers.

“It’s frustrating for them, I’m sure, just like it’s frustrating for us.”

On Tuesday afternoon, the water level was several inches below the top edge of the pond. The recent heat caused some water to evaporate, Leist said.

Officials still aren’t sure exactly what the source of the leak was, however, she said.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New 30% off Discount Gift Certificates on Sale Tomorrow Morning!

Local News. Global Flavors.

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New 30% off Discount Gift Certificates on Sale Tomorrow Morning!
One of the benefits of subscribing to the Dine Originals eNewsletter is receiving an alert prior to the release of our discounted gift certificates. Each quarter we release a limited number of 30% off gift certificates for each member restaurant. These certificates are restaurant-specific and may be applied to the food portion of the bill (our full price gift certificates are called Dine Originals Dollars and are available anytime on the website....they are good at any member restaurant and may be applied to food and beverage).

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So, today is your summer quarter HEADS UP!  The release will take place tomorrow morning.  You have the rest of today to develop your strategy...have a few patios to try once the earth is back on its axis and not veering into the path of the sun?? Need a gift to fold into a birthday card in the next couple of months? Excited to have a first time opportunity to get a 30% off certificate for Hubbard Grille and Mezzo Italian Kitchen in Dublin? Have you had the Vienna Ice Cafe on your mind for weeks? Tomorrow is the day to take care of business! They will be here starting tomorrow!

Great Press for Good Friends Columbus Brewing Company
The Columbus Brewing Company was recently reviewed in the Columbus Alive.
"In the drab days before a trickle of microbreweries would improbably gush into a macro small-batch splash-fest, drips of a world-class suds movement were tapped here by a rare and founding father-y breed of early believers. These malty pioneers operated in a primordial and thankfully extinct world of recreational drinking in which the average tippling citizen found the notion of "Columbus craft beer" harder to swallow than his belovedly cheap and simple Corporate Lite lager."

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Monday, July 9, 2012

USA Today - Yak burgers to Korean hodduk: Columbus' surprising food scene

By Amy Weirick

By Jayne Clark, USA TODAY

The link with more information is here

When considering a getaway that's focused on eating great local food, certain cities spring to mind -- New Orleans, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Columbus…

Columbus? As in Ohio? As in HQ of White Castle, Max and Erma's and Bob Evans? Yes, that Columbus.

I was there for a conference recently and had a chance to sample its vibrant culinary scene. From an innovative, multi-course pairing of food and cocktails at the elegant M at Miranova downtown, to spicy tacos campechanos dispensed from the Taco Nazo food truck parked behind a pawn shop on the north side, my visit was both eye-opening and mouth-watering.

There's a bustling food-truck scene, including 40-plus taco trucks alone. A hundred or so others dish out fare ranging from Korean hodduk (hot griddle cakes stuffed with walnuts, sugar and cinnamon) to duck confit salad.

I wasn't the only visitor who registered surprise and the range and quality of local offerings. At an event at the city's lovely Franklin Park Conservatory, a food and wine writer for a national magazine proclaimed the organic yak burger topped with bacon, fried egg, havarti and sundried tomatoes the best burger he'd ever eaten. The burger came courtesy of The Coop food truck, which was making a special appearance at the event.

A James Beard Award-winning columnist for a national news weekly raved about the yakitori lovingly grilled over imported Japanese Bincho-tan charcoal at Double Happiness in the Brewery District. (The resulting smoke in the upstairs restroom of this hip hole-in-the-wall was so thick you'd call the fire department if you didn't know better.)

"We're a great city for subverting expectations," says Andy Dehus, co-owner of Columbus Food Adventures. He and partner Bethia Woolf (who also writes a blog about the city's taco trucks) offer six different guided food tours.

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Fun fact: 1 in 10 Columbus residents was born outside the USA. It's the diversity, not white-bread homogeneity, that make the area a popular test market, Dehus says. "There's a high degree of food literacy here. People are willing to try new things."

So am I. And because food tours are a great way to explore lesser-known parts of a locale, I joined Duhus and Woolf on one of theirs.
We headed off to the city's north side to a seen-better-days strip mall. There, sandwiched between a Laundromat and a Dollar General is Salam Market & Bakery. The morning ritual at this Palestinian-owned establishment involves baking savory pies – cheese and falafel, spicy chicken and za'atar. They're pillowy half moons of heaven. And at $1.50 to $2, cheaper than a fast-food breakfast. (Go early. They typically sell out by noon.)

Next stop was Mi Li Café, which, Dehus proclaims, sells the best Banh Mi (Vietnamese subs) in town. Each grilled pork, carrot, cilantro and jalapeno concoction is carefully assembled by the café's owner on a warm, chewy baguette.

Then it was off to Solay Bistro, an attractive Somali restaurant, also in the area. (Columbus has the nation's second largest Somali population. Consequently, there are a lot of West African restaurants.) Somali dishes have Ethiopian and Middle Eastern influences, with a dash of Italian. There, we sampled sambusa (meat-filled tarts), fragrant lentils, and Somali-style bread pudding with a turmeric-spiced sauce.

Innovations are occurring on the spirits front, too. At Middle West Spirits in the downtown Short North neighborhood, they're distilling unfiltered "character" vodkas and an all-wheat whiskey.

Next door, Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar dispenses five types of the honey-based drink that hasn't seen a heyday since the Renaissance.

In Lancaster, 25 minutes outside the city, the Rockmill Brewery occupies a bucolic space near the headwaters of the Hocking River. There's a new tasting room in a charmingly converted horse barn. Or bring a picnic to enjoy by the pond. Brew master Matt Barbee's Belgian-style beers are meant to paired with food – prosciutto, cheese, even chocolate.

"Wine and cheese is like arm wrestling," he says. "But beer and cheese is more like holding hands. It's smoother."

Have you happened upon an interesting food scene in an unexpected place?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The next events in the Short North

Red, White & Boom

Fireworks will light up the skies tonight in downtown Columbus as high volumes of spectators will descend on our neighborhood. Additional officers have been scheduled to help assist in keeping Goodale park and parking in order.

Volunteers with ComFest, Friends of Goodale Park, the Short North Civic Association, Doo Dah Parade and other local groups will assist in the setup and cleanup of the park. Anytime you're available to help out from 4pm onward, and especially between 10pm-midnight, please stop by the Goodale Park shelter house to pitch in.

Live NBC4 TV Coverage begins at 9, with Fireworks at 10pm. For a complete list of events and schedules, visit:

Doo Dah Parade

The 29th Annual Doo Dah Parade is Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 at 1:00pm. Line-up is at Noon on Park Street. Parade Route: From Park Street, West on Buttles, to North on Neil, to East on Second, to South on High, to completely fall apart at Russell Street.  There is FREE live music on Buttles Avenue between High & Park Streets from 10am - 7pm. No Entry Fee - Just Show Up!

The Doo Dah DisOrganizers can't wait to see what YOU will have humurous to say about life and politics on July 4th in the Short North.

Follow-up contact info: Deb Roberts, 614-228-0621,,
Screen on the Green
Short North Civic Association will launch the fourth season of Screen on the Green on July 20 with a screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. This will be the first of three outdoor movie nights held on a 30-foot screen at the softball diamond in the southwest corner of Goodale Park. 
  • July 20: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — 8:30 p.m.
  • August 17: Steel Magnolias — 8:00 p.m.
  • September 21: The Sound of Music — 7:00 p.m.
All movies begin at sundown and will be preceded by a half hour of classic cartoons. Each film will also feature themed contests and activities that encourage audience participation.  A variety of food trucks and carts will sell refreshments, as organized by Food Fort Columbus. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and flashlights. There are no rain dates.

Screen on the Green is free and open to the public. It’s made possible through organization and major funding by the Short North Civic Association, with additional funding by the Gateway Film Center and ComFest.

Goodale Park Music Series

You won't want to miss this year's outdoor concert performances, now in their 4th season.  This year live visual and comic book artists, as well as food trucks and the Columbus Artmobile, which touts activities for children, will be on hand to add even more flair to the events.
  • July 8 - Tony Monaco
  • July 15 - The Fabulous Johnson Brothers
  • July 29 - Maza Blaska
  • Aug. 5 - the Spike-drivers
  • Aug. 12 Mary Adam
  • Aug. 19 - Nick Tolford and Company
Shows kickoff each Sunday, 12:30pm at Goodale Park.

More information at:

July SNCA Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, July 19th, 7-8pm at the Goodale Park Shelter House Caretaker's Residence as we resume our regularly scheduled monthly meetings, open to area residents and businesses interested in learning about and taking an active role in their neighborhood's ongoing development, issues and programming.

Tour of Homes seeks Community Supporters

The Tour committee is actively accepting nominations and requests for homes to be on this year's tour.

Local businesses, residents and leaders can get involved by sponsoring, advertising, volunteering or hosting a dinner party.

Mark your calendars - always the 3rd weekend in September - for the 15th (Preview and Dinners) and 16th (Tour).

For more information call 614-228-2912 or email:

Become a member of the Short North Civic Association

The SNCA welcomes all area homeowners, renters, business owners, and employees to become members. Annual SNCA memberships cost $25 for individuals, $50 per household, and $75 for businesses. They can be purchased by visiting the link below.