We are baaaack to in-person meetings, and in full swing! There are so many things going on in our neighborhood that it feels a little overwhelming after all the stillness of the last two years, but it is very welcome! It is lovely to get out and see people gathering and connecting with each other, and it is exciting to get back to the work of building community in East Price Hill.
The active engagement of our community council with city leaders helps our concerns be heard and provides us with opportunities to make a difference in our neighborhood and city. At our April meeting, Councilmember Mark Jeffreys spoke about pedestrian safety and upcoming programs and plans to make our streets safer. City Manager John Curp joined us to discuss the role of community councils in city government, as well as the anticipated financial difficulties the city will be facing in coming years due to the tax impacts of people working from home. Councilmember Meeka Owens will be joining us at our General Membership Meeting on Monday to talk about the Green Cincinnati Plan, which is focused on building a sustainable, equitable, and resilient city. Please join us and learn how you can make a difference.
We believe the work of building community should also be fun, and as you will see, every effort is being made to make it so.
If you have not already done so, please go to our new website, https://www.ephia.org and check out the events calendar on the events page! We are adding information about community events there and will be adding more in the coming days and weeks. For now, there are exciting things going on, particularly the upcoming week of May 16-May 21. On May 16th beginning at 6:30 PM, we will be having our monthly General Membership meeting at ARCO, formerly the Masonic Lodge, at the southwest corner of the intersection of Price and Purcell Avenues. We are planning to hold Split-The-Pot and door prize drawings. Last month Sondra Presley from the Price Hill Library won a gift certificate for Larosa’s pizza in our door prize drawing! On May 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, we are holding a Milkshake Social at Boldface Dairy Bar at the corner of Mt. Hope and W. Eighth. The first 50 people to come to the EPHIA tent that will be set up there will receive a FREE milkshake, courtesy of the East Price Hill Improvement Association! On May 21st from 12:00 to 4:00 PM, we are holding a Spring into Summer Picnic at the Mt. Echo Park Shelter House. Register at ephia.org or the EPHIA Facebook page for FREE food, activities, snow cones, popcorn and entertainment for the whole family! Many thanks to Team Thoms-Ohio & KY Realtors @ EXP Realty for co-sponsoring this event with us.
Please join us in welcoming two new Directors to the EPHIA Board of Directors: Chandran Achutan and Adrian Kaiser will be sworn in at the May General Meeting. I am looking forward to having their energy and insight on our board, and are very glad they have stepped up to serve the community in this important way.
The city is struggling to find enough lifeguards to open city pools, and only eight of the twenty-four public pools are planned to be opened this summer because of it. The Dempsey pool and the Aquatic Center at Dunham are scheduled to be opened, but if you know someone who could lifeguard for even a few hours a week, it could make a big difference for youth in our city. Please contact the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.
See you next Monday!