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The Tuesday Top 5: September 10th 2019

Posted on September 10, 2019 at 4:29 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: September 10th, 2019


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

1. Council taps Hatzifotinos to Fill Empty Seat

Members of Grandview Heights City Council have selected Rebekah Hatzifotinos to serve the last 3 1/2  months of a council seat vacated in August.


Council voted 5-0 during a special meeting on September 10th to appoint the active community volunteer to serve out the unexpired term of Councilman Steve Gladman while Hatzifotinos seeks election to a full, four-year term in the November 5th election. Gladman resigned his seat 
effective August 10th, after nearly 12 years as a leader on Council.

Hatzifotinos, 1294 W. First Avenue, earned a juris doctorate from Capital University in May 2004 and has practiced law for more than 12 years. Her community involvement includes serving as chair of the 2017-2018 Grandview Heights Charter Review Commission; pro bono work for the Children’s Hunger Alliance; and her current service as president of the Edison Intermediate & Larson Middle School PTO.

Two other residents had applied to fill the empty seat: Cody Blair, a McClain Road resident who serves as Director of Marketing for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and Ryan Edwards, a West Third Avenue resident who serves as an Assistant Vice President for the United Way of Central Ohio.

Edwards also will be on the November ballot, where the three candidates – including incumbent Emily Keeler – are assured of winning as three seats are open.

2. City offers $20K Reward to Solve 2013 Murder

Grandview Heights City Council has approved a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who murdered a single mother six years ago.
Council approved the funding at its September 3rd meeting to entice anyone who might have any information about the murder of Jennifer Cooke in August 2013 in her Woodhill Drive home.

Jennifer Cooke

The Division of Police has continued to investigate leads and evidence in this heinous crime and in recent years has had evidence in the case re-examined with the latest technology in an effort to identify the murderer. At no time has the City considered this a cold case.  Police discovered Cooke with multiple stab wounds on August 11th, 2013 but have focused on the period between midnight through 8 a.m. on August 9th as the likely time of the attack.

The smallest piece of information could help the police crack this case.

Anyone with any information regarding the case should contact Det. Drew Brubaker, Det. Zac Scurlock or Sgt. Ryan Starns at 614-488-7901 or 614-340-5484.

Click here to read the Division of Police news release.

3. M/I selling Yard Homes at Quick Pace

Demand for single-family living in Grandview Heights has Columbus-based M/I Homes selling its Grandview Yard homes at a good pace.


The homebuilder reports 28 homes in contract three months after it started taking contracts for the 79-home subdivision between West First and Williams avenues west of Bobcat Avenue.


Seven of those in contract are among the first 14 homes built along the north edge of West First between Bobcat Avenue and the truncated Edgehill Road. M/I also has secured home contracts for two homes under construction and four with completed foundations along the south edge of first where the homebuilder has 18 lots. Homes set for 9 other lots along that stretch also are in contract.

The remaining five homes under contract are located along Pullman Place just north of Williams, including the two that are framed and under roof at that intersection.

M/I has a map showing the status of its sales efforts here. In total, 18 homes are under roof but in various stages of interior construction in addition to the four foundations. The first two homes built serve as model homes.

M/I General Sales Manager Andrew Gottesman said closings on the first homes along First Ave. will occur by late October or early November. Meantime, the homebuilder will continue construction along West First and Pullman Place. “As a production builder,” Gottesman said, “scale is the name of the game.”

4. Advisory Board to Consider McKinley Upgrades

The Grandview Heights Parks Advisory Board will discuss improving the McKinley Field concession stand and the adjacent play area at its September 12th meeting.


The Parks & Recreation Department will present a concept plan in Council chambers, 1016 Grandview Avenue, at 7 p.m. looking at improving the concession stand, adding running water and building a bigger storage area.

The Parks Division also is proposing the development of a natural play area for the space between the ballfield and the shelter house to the east. The proposal calls for adding a natural play area with activities like boulders, logs, ropes, sloped ground areas and possibly a bridge. The plan also envisions a path around the play area for parents to walk around as their kids play.

The idea for the nature theme stems from earlier planning efforts for the McKinley Park/Wallace Gardens, which had included nature learning activities amid the woods between the gardens and shelter house section of the park.

Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff residents are encouraged to attend and add their voice to the conversation during the meeting

5. Pediatric Cancer Focus in September

Statistics show 43 children in America per day – or 15,780 per year – get diagnosed with cancer, with 40,000 under treatment at any given time. Sadly, 80 percent of those are diagnosed late when the cancer has metastasized. Cancer, in fact, is the leading cause of death by disease for children in the U.S.

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Youngsters in our community have not been immune to the scourge of cancer over the years.
In recognition of the devastating impact pediatric cancer has on children and their families, as well as the need for greater awareness and research resources, I read a Proclamation at the September 3rd City Council meeting declaring September 2019 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in hopes to solicit support for families of children with cancer and to urge residents to support fundraising efforts for pediatric cancer research.

Those interested in fundraising might consider the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one option for giving 
or other reputable nonprofits.

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