Next Community Council Meeting
March 20, 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 April 7

25th Annual Sap Run

Sat April 21 “Rapunzel” from Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill 7pm KHMC

25th Annual Sap Run!
Mark your calendars! On April 7, the Kennedy Heights Community Council is having its 25th Annual Sap Run. This is a family-friendly event, and bigger than ever! There will be a variety of activities for the whole family:

· 5k / 10k / 15k - The course is no easy bike path. The Kennedy Heights neighborhood is built on hills and will challenge any runner. Getting ready for the Flying Pig Marathon? Come test your endurance on this course.

· A family bike ride, led by local pro cyclists, who will also lead a bike safety lesson

· Raffles and giveaways

· An amazing Maple syrup-oriented breakfast / brunch

· A kid's race

We need volunteers to help this event be successful! Register for an activity and sign up to volunteer, or both!

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John H. Leahr Memorial Sculpture
We are creating a memorial sculpture for First Lieutenant John H. Leahr, documented Tuskegee Airman and long time Kennedy Heights resident, on the Arts Center grounds. A grant from the Ohio Arts Council and support from the Kennedy Heights Community Council will pay for the sculpture.

We need your contribution to install and landscape the site. Please make your donation here by April 30 for your name to be included in the program. We invite you to attend the dedication ceremony Saturday, June 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

The Lt. Leahr Memorial is funded in part by 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.

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

018 Ohio Arts Council Artist-in-Residence:

Filmmaker Susan Halpern (April 3-28)

Welcoming Reception: March 18 at 2:00 pm

Each spring, Kennedy Heights Arts Center hosts an Artist-in-Residence with support from the Ohio Arts Council. This program connects communities with accomplished visual and performing artists throughout the state.

For this, our 10th year of having an Artist in Residence, we are delighted to welcome filmmaker Susan Halpern of Columbus, OH.

From April 3-28, Susan will be working with individuals of all ages to create a collaborative short film. Entitled "Neighbors Meeting Neighbors," this community project will focus on personal storytelling and finding connections between people, as well as the experience of learning technical video and editing skills. All participants will contribute in some way, depending on your preference - either behind the scenes or in front of the camera!

Join us on Sunday, March 18th at 2:00 pm at the KHAC Lindner Annex (6620 Montgomery Road) for an Artist Talk and Welcoming Reception. Meet Susan Halpern, view and hear about her work as a filmmaker, and learn more about how you can get involved in the project during her residency in Kennedy Heights.

Adults and youth (ages 5 and up) can sign up for groups that will meet once or twice a week for four weeks. This opportunity is open to ALL, regardless of where you live, and no experience is necessary. It is FREE to participate, but registration is required as space is limited. Register now.

Support for the Artist-in-Residence is provided by the Ohio Arts Council and Kennedy Heights Community Council.

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