Jun 17

The Tuesday Top 5: June 18th, 2019

Posted on June 17, 2019 at 9:48 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: June 18th, 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. The Old Spot the newest spot in Grandview culinary scene

The owners of the La Tavola and Lupo on Arlington restaurants in the Tri-Village have nearly completed the transformation of the shuttered Harvest Tavern & Pizzeria into their latest venture called The Old Spot.

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Grandview residents Rick and Krista Lopez plan to complete the training of The Old Spot’s 20 workers serving discounted meals to diners during the next few days in anticipation of an expected official opening this weekend.

Grocer & Butcher owner Tony Tanner is a partner in the Lopezes’ most recent culinary adventure and leaseholder of the property. The Butcher & Grocers has long supplied fresh, high-quality meats to the La Tavola and Lupo restaurants.

I first wrote about the latest upscale restaurant in early April, just after renovations began.

The Old Spot bar section will seat 31 with the main dining section seating 44.

The retail space at 1099 W. First Ave. had served as the home for an Old Bag of Nails for 21 years before its February 2018 closing. The Grow Restaurants operator of Harvest Tavern closed the West First location early this year after just six months or so.

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The City’s Recreation & Parks Department completed another successful SafetyView Heights program on June 14th for Grandview Heights youth headed to Kindergarten in August.

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The two-week, morning program focused on bike safety, fire safety, pedestrian safety, seatbelt safety and general safety topics under the direction of Grandview Heights schools substitute teacher Carrie Williams and teacher’s aide Carrie O’Mara. Three Parks & Rec staff members joined the squad that also included 30 area youth volunteers, six of whom are college-bound this fall and graduated from SafetyView themselves a dozen or so years ago.

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Division of Fire Captain Martin Hafey and Officer Scott Hiles were among the Department of Safety personnel lending their expertise to this important community rite of passage.

Please join me in thanking our staff and the community volunteers in this vital area of service.

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3. Tour de Grandview A Smashing Success

What a turnout for the 26th Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic the evening of June 14, both on the course and the supporters and revelers along the course as the racers made their way through the heart of Grandview Heights.

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Once again the Parks & Recreation Department led the organizing efforts with the full support of our firefighter/medics, police offers and the staff.

A staggering 240 amateur and professional races came to town along with an uncountable number Grandview Heights and Central Ohio residents, their guests and general bike race enthusiasts.
The highlight for me was serving as emcee at the West First Avenue finish line for the City-sponsored Kids Sprints. We had a record number of kids participating – 102 – in the sprints this year and those registered received a $10 certificate of deposit from Pathways Credit Union.  The winners in each age group received $100 certificate with $50 and $25 going to 2nd and 3rd place. 

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Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine provided helmets for the riders. Earlier in the day we had a drawing for 5 donated bikes for anyone how pre-registered for the Sprints.

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A big “thank you” to the slate of more than 50 sponsors who lined up to support this regional event.
I’ve included numerous pictures in this blog for you to get a taste of the excitement the races bring to Grandview’s streets one night every June.

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A reminder that registration continues for the Tri The Heights Youth Triathlon set for Saturday, August 31st. Kids up to age 14 can register for this competition involving running, swimming and biking. Registration costs jump $15 on July 16th, so get signed up today. 


4. Eagle candidates complete Wallace Gardens projects

Boy Scouts Troop 73 has completed the last of three Eagle Scout projects announced in early February for Wallace Gardens.

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The troop put the finishing touches on GHHS Junior Alecco Walli’s information kiosk/bulletin board within the Wallace Garden turnaround in early June. 

Alecco’s kiosk/bulletin board will serve as a place for gardeners to leave messages or gardening tips for one another.  Parks & Rec may also post garden rules and other public notices on the message board.

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Scout Jude Rosinski, earlier this spring, completed the installation of two raised garden beds with the expectation the wildflowers planted will attract butterflies seeking nectar. Those butterflies also will provide gardeners something to enjoy as some wander to the garden to pollinate the vegetable plants.

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Scout Josh Roemer installed benches set in concrete for gardeners and others seeking a place to rest while walking through the park or tending their gardens. His project also added mulch paths connecting the benches, message board and raised garden beds.

City Council unanimously supported the Scouts’ plans at its February 5th meeting through their approval of a $2,530 grant to support the projects. That financial support follows my $600 grant toward the project.

Troop 73 has a long history of serving our community and installing amenities to make Grandview and Marble Cliff a better place to live. An earlier Eagle Scout project at Wallace Gardens, for instance, involved the installation of a bike rack for those pedaling to the gardens.

I personally want to thank Josh, Jude, and Alecco – and Troop 73 as a whole – for their efforts to improve Wallace Garden.

I trust this tradition of public service continues for a long time.


5. M/I’s Homes at the Yard selling quickly

M/I Homes started the public sale of the first batch of its single-family homes at the Grandview Yard on June 15th after a VIP lottery resulted in 11 of the first 14 homes and lots getting placed in contract.

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Eight of the homes in contact are among 12 homes already framed along West First Avenue between Bobcat Avenue and Edgehill Road at Hilo Lane.  M/I contractors have dug the last two basements on that initial string of 14 homes as well.

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The other three homes in contract will get built among the 18 homes set for the southern edge of West First between Bobcat and Pullman Way. The homebuilding also will begin construction soon along Pullman as the builder makes its way north from Williams Road with 20 more homes.
This next batch of homes are expected to get delivered in the first quarter of 2020.

The completed home at First and Bobcat will serve as a model home. The home immediately to its west will open in mid-July as a second model.

In all, M/I Homes expects to build 79 single-family homes.


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Jun 11

The Tuesday Top 5: June 11th, 2019

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 5:23 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: June 11th, 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. Tour de Grandview Race, Festivities Set

The City and Department of Parks & Recreation continue to prepare for our community’s signature event, the 26th Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic Tour de Grandview | Ohio's Premier Cycling Event set to begin this Friday at 6 p.m.

Grandview Avenue set up will begin Friday at 4 p.m. and the commercial corridor will get closed  to traffic at 5 p.m. in preparation for the races.

Again this year, the USA  Cycling Federation-sanctioned races will run on West First, Willard, West Second and Grandview avenues and will involve restricted access to streets on and inside that route during the races. The first of seven full-circuit races will begin at 6 p.m., with the last 60-minute Pro Men’s expected to end around 10:30 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to attend the street party with the live music and food as well as a front row view along the route or at hosted lawn party. Spectators are encouraged to like and follow the races on the Tour’s official Facebook page and to tweet throughout the races.

First, hats off to Lindsay Honda and Lindsay Acura for returning as the Tour de Grandview’s presenting sponsors along with local sponsors Pathways Credit Union, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Destination Grandview.

I also want to extend special recognition to the City’s Parks and Recreation and, particularly, Recreation Supervisor Marta Durban for leading the organizing efforts these last several years. Marta has worked this race for a couple of decades and has played an integral role at elevating this race and associated activities to the premier, signature event it has become.

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Other City departments and a band of community volunteers also have helped make this event more enjoyable for the public as well as the cyclists attracted to this road race.
Those still interested in schedules and pro race registration should click here.

2. Free Bike Helmets and a chance to Win a New Bike

Kid Sprints are always a fun event and one I always look forward to since they became a regular feature in 2005.

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The City is trying to increase advanced registration this year by raffling off three new bikes (Trek, Roll & Johnny Velo bikes) and two Hofbrauhaus gift cards for those who register in advance. To be in the raffle you need to register before noon Friday or stop into Parks and Rec office 1515 Goodale. The drawing will take place at noon on Friday June 14th.

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You can still register for the sprints on race day at a table set up along Avondale just north of First Ave. from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Everyone who registers will receive a $10 saving certificate and the winners of each age group will receive a $100 certificate. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine will provide a safety check on bikes at the registration table and will hand out and fit the free helmets. Line up for the race starts at 7:35p.m. at Glendale with the races by age group scheduled for 7:45 p.m.  Riders will start just east of Glendale and race to the race finish will just east of Avondale.

3. Fire division hire firefighter/medic

The Grandview Heights Division of Fire has bolstered its ranks with the recent hiring a veteran firefighter/medic.

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Robert Stults joined the force in late May. I formally swore him into the post during the June 3rd City Council meeting. Stultz is a graduate of Columbus State Community College’s EMS/Fire Science program. He most recently worked at the Central Ohio Joint Fire District that covers Southwest Knox County and southeastern Morrow County.

The Division of Fire expects to finalize the selection of a new fire captain in the coming weeks as a replacement for Mike Shimko, who retired March 1st after more than 26 years with the Division.

4. Memorial Day Parade Video Posted

It has been a privilege for 20 years to drive the City’s historic pumper in the Memorial Day Parade as mayor and as a member of council and riding or walking in the parade several times before that.

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But I never got to see the rest of the parade. 

This year, the parade got videotaped from the triangular park at Virginia and West First avenues and I received last week a 4-minute video summary which I think was well done. Now I’m sharing it with you.

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A big thank you to all of the City departments for contributing to the parade, both in the organization of this fine Grandview Heights tradition and those taking part in it.

5. Spielman Race Runs Through City

I wanted to give the community a follow up report on the Stefanie Spielman race on Saturday that I wrote about last week.

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Waves of runners and walkers – an estimated 1,400 in all – joined together June 8th to raise cash for the Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions Walk/Run that benefited the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSU/Wexner Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Members of the Rumble Road Harley-Davidson Club roared their Hogs in support of their members and others participating in the fundraiser as the first runners turned south onto Yard Street. Another fun part was Marble Cliff resident and Winans Chocolates Coffee & Wines co-owner Matt Finkes and staff as they handed out candy samples to participants and passersby. Chocolates sold that day raised cash for the cause as well.

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I’d like to extend my congratulations to the participants for their efforts. Also, a thank you to the Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Department, Division of Police, Division of Fire and all the volunteers who worked so hard to keep everyone safe. 

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Jun 04

The Tuesday Top 5: June 4th, 2019

Posted on June 4, 2019 at 10:17 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: June 4th, 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. Blastoff to Summer Launches Youth Programming

The Department of Parks & Rec hosted 66 campers during the four weekdays after Memorial Day in what the staff dubbed the 'Blastoff to Summer.'


I stopped by Wyman Woods on Thursday to get a glimpse of the program designed to offer an activity during a week previously unprogrammed for a City camp before the start of the annual Kids Club.


While there, I watched the kids who had just finished Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 5 wallow in a suds-filled pool and race each other in what can only be described as a giant inflatable hamster ball. What fun!


I really appreciate the Parks and Rec’s staff for recognizing a need in the community and having the creativity and drive to organize this program filling that need.

If you or members of your family have yet to sign up for a summer program, check out the list of programs on the department’s website and the link for registering.

2. Rec Volunteer Cavanaugh Remembered For His Service

The City and the Grandview Heights community as a whole said a final farewell on June 1st to Tim Cavanaugh, a lifelong resident and active volunteer with various Parks & Recreation activities for more than 40 years.


Cavanaugh, a 1973 Grandview Heights High School graduate, lost his long struggle with cancer on May 17th, the day before he would have marked his 65th birthday. 

He served multiple generations of youth of this community through Parks & Rec as a coach, umpire and referee in baseball, basketball and other programs, while earning the respect and admiration of the kids involved in various sports as well their parents.

I recall Tim always wore a jacket of some kind, and gladly handed out the bubblegum he kept in the jacket pockets for the kids.

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When not volunteering, he spent the last 21 years working counter sales for Loeb Electric.

Parks & Rec and the City cherish those in this community who spend their free time working to make Grandview such a special place. Tim ranked in the top echelon of those who impact our community daily through service to our kids and adults alike. He will be sorely missed. 
Those interested in sharing their own stories may do so here.

3. Public Works Building Set For September Delivery

The City’s new public works building under construction at 1260 McKinley Avenue remains on track for the projected September completion.


Project architect, Ron Gajoch, reported that news to City Council during the May 14th meeting. Construction on the $5.2 million project that should get completed in September as projected when the sitework began in late 2018.

A lot has changed since I wrote about the framing of the two buildings in late March.

I took a tour of the McKinley complex just west of Central Avenue last week along with Service Director Darryl Hughes and Parks & Rec Director Mike Patterson in order to get a firsthand look at the project’s progress since then.


I found the masonry of both buildings completed with the metal skin for the vehicle storage section of the main building well underway. That storage section building should get its concrete floor poured this week.

The concrete floor and exterior walls of the office section for the Service Department and the Division of Parks is already done. The next stage for that portion of the project is getting the roof installed.


Completion of that milestone will allow general contractor Setterlin Construction and its subcontractors to get started on the interior construction.

The building for the truck wash and public restrooms the planned athletic field have the masonry walls and roof completed.


The Division of Recreation has some confidence the athletic field will get seeded this fall, a goal that would allow programming of the field in the spring or summer of 2020.

4. Stefanie’s Champs Run/Walk Impacts City

The Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions Walk/Run set for this weekend will impact traffic Saturday morning within the eastern street grid of the City.

The June 8th event benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSU/Wexner Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

As many as 2,000 participants in the walk/run fundraiser will begin arriving at parking lots at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, the Ohio State Eye and Ear Institute, Spectrum and behind Miller’s Columbus Ale House off Olentangy River Road at 7:30 a.m. 

Spillover parking after 8 a.m. will be at the Giant Eagle Market District.

Rolling road closures will begin just ahead of the 9 a.m. start as the runners and walkers begin the 1-or 4-mile courses.

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The 4-mile route will start at the Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, traveling west on West Third to Yard Street, south on Yard to West First Street, west of First to Bobcat Avenue, and then east on First back along the south of the park back to Yard. At that point, the route heads south on Yard to Burr Avenue; and west on Burr to Buck Sports Park.

After circling the park, runners and walkers will head east on Burr and then head north on Oxley Road until it hits Northwest Boulevard. At that point, the route heads southeast to Oxley, turning left (east) back into Grandview Yard, then north on Yard Street to West Third and east back to the OSU medical campus on Olentangy River Road.

The short course follows the long course but doubles back at Yard and West First.
City police officers will provide traffic control as the participants make their way through the streets of Grandview Heights.

Organizers expect the walkers to clear the long route around 10:30 a.m.
This is the fourth year this important fundraiser for cancer will take place in Grandview Heights.Meantime, anyone interested in more information on the fundraising event can get it here.

5. Flower baskets on Grandview Avenue poles

I hope residents have noticed the expansion of the flower baskets the Parks and Recreation installed in recent weeks on City light poles along Grandview Avenue and around some City facilities.


Eight of the flower baskets have graced light poles through the Grandview Avenue commercial district between First Ave and the alley that marks the City boundary just south of West Third for a few years. Those baskets now continue south from First to Goodale Boulevard on 10 additional poles.

Other baskets also decorate light poles at City Hall, Pierce Field and the Community Center at Goodale Boulevard and Grandview.

The new set of baskets holders has a set of horizontal poles above allowing for the installation of banners, similar to ones installed on City light poles through the Grandview Avenue commercial district and along West First from Pierce Field to Marble Cliff.

Destination Grandview occasionally runs banner campaigns promoting special events, like this summer’s expanded Grandview Hop.


I hope you agree the baskets mark a welcoming accent as residents and visitors alike enter and exit the City.

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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