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Month: January 2013

Delaware Symphony To Offer Cutting-Edge Therapeutic Drumming

Delaware Symphony To Offer Cutting-Edge Therapeutic Drumming

Central Ohio Symphony Delaware OhioWhat does Delaware, Ohio’s Central Ohio Symphony have in common with the Los Angeles, Detroit, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and St. Louis symphonies?

Along with those groups, it was one of only 22 orchestras nationwide to receive a community-investment grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras in the inaugural year of the grant.

Equally – if not more important – no other community the size of Delaware or symphony the size of the Central Ohio Symphony was in the first round of grantees.

The Symphony was awarded a grant of $16,000 for its proposal to establish a therapeutic drumming program in collaboration with the Delaware County Juvenile Court and Maryhaven, a mental health and recovery services provider in central Ohio.

The drumming program will be integrated into the Court’s specialized docket for juvenile offenders suffering from mental illness and/or drug and alcohol disorders.

The innovative proposal, believed to be the only type of its kind nationwide, was the vision of Symphony Executive Director Warren W. Hyer, who is also a professional percussionist.

“This was a chance for the Symphony to engage in a groundbreaking collaboration with our juvenile court and Maryhaven, an established and respected treatment provider,” explained Hyer. “We see this program as an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of young people and the community.”

Judge Kenneth J. Spicer of the Delaware County Juvenile Court commented that a “treatment court is an alternative docket that coordinates the legal and treatment process to achieve the maximum positive result for the participants. The Juvenile Court appreciates the Symphony’s creativity in adding music therapy to Maryhaven’s resources used in our Treatment Court.”

Getty Education and Community Investment GrantsPaul Coleman, President and CEO of Maryhaven, echoed Spicer’s sentiments. “This grant will permit us to offer an accountable service with measurable results,” Coleman added. “We will measure the effect that this therapy has on our young patients, and will report the results not only to the Getty Foundation but also to the community.”

Hyer agrees. “This provides the Court and Maryhaven alternative treatment options unlike anything else they have been using. Best of all, it is a pure gift to the community. The Symphony will be able to provide the program at no cost to either the Court or Maryhaven, thanks to the award.”

Hyer, Maryhaven counselor Rhonda Milner, and percussionist Caitie Thompson will head to Los Angeles in early-February for training and certification in therapeutic drumming techniques through the Remo HealthRHYTHMS program. After that, Hyer hopes to see the program officially begin before the end of February.

“The Symphony’s mission statement is ‘Engaging the Community Through Music,’” noted Hyer. “This project just extends our mission even further outside the scope of the concert hall.”

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Chocolate Walk Returns to Downtown Delaware on Friday

Chocolate Walk Returns to Downtown Delaware on Friday

Tickets are available for Main Street Delaware’s February 1’s First Friday “Chocolate Walk.” Only 200 tickets will be sold for the once-a-year event, which enables participants to enjoy chocolate treats from 6-9 p.m. at more than 30 downtown Delaware locations. Chocolate lovers are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance as the event traditionally sells out.

Chocolate Walk, Delaware, Ohio, photo by elehrke/sxc]
Main Street Delaware will celebrate its annual ‘Chocolate Walk’ on February 1 in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio, on Friday. [photo by elehrke/sxc]
Chocolate Walk tickets are $15 each and are available at sites including Beehive Books, 25 N. Sandusky St.; Button Up, 29 N. Sandusky St.; Carousel Closet, 24 N. Sandusky St., and Fundamentals Parent Teacher Bookstore, 25 W. Winter St. Tickets also are available online with a PayPal account at www.mainstreetdelaware.com.

The Chocolate Walk will begin at the Main Street Delaware office, 20 E. Winter St., where participants will trade their tickets for tour maps and goody bags to help carry any treats that don’t get eaten right away. For the latest list of participating businesses, visit Main Street Delaware’s Facebook page.

The Feb. 1 First Friday also will feature free children’s activities, live music, and more family-friendly fun in historic downtown Delaware. Many restaurants and businesses stay open late for the monthly celebration.

All proceeds from the Chocolate Walk will benefit Main Street Delaware, a 501(c)(3) member-supported organization that seeks to preserve and promote historic downtown Delaware. In addition to coordinating each month’s First Friday celebration, Main Street

oversees the Downtown Farmers’ Markets, maintains the downtown flower planters, and coordinates the annual Christmas tree lighting, Santa’s House, holiday parade, and more.

On March 1, Main Street Delaware’s First Friday will feature a “March for Art” theme with artworks from Delaware City Schools students on display throughout the downtown.

Global Holocaust To Be Discussed in Delaware Tonight

Global Holocaust To Be Discussed in Delaware Tonight

Ohio Wesleyan University will hold its inaugural Robert Kragalott Lecture on Genocide, Mass Atrocity, and Human Rights on Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center in Delaware, Ohio.

Timothy Snyder
Timothy Snyder

The newly endowed lecture series honors the memory of Kragalott, Ph.D., a 27-year Ohio Wesleyan professor of modern European history. The free presentation will feature Timothy Snyder, the Housum Professor of History at Yale University, discussing “Global Holocaust: An Attempt at Explanation.”

Snyder has written five award-winning books including 2010’s Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, which examines Nazi and Soviet mass killing on the lands between Berlin and Moscow. The book earned the Leipzig Prize for European Understanding as well as the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in the Humanities. It has been translated into more than 20 languages and has achieved bestseller status in four countries.

According to the New York Review of Books, Bloodlands is “a brave and original history of mass killing in the twentieth century. … Snyder’s original contribution is to treat all of these episodes – the Ukrainian famine, the Holocaust, Stalin’s mass executions, the planned starvation of Soviet POWs, postwar ethnic cleansing – as different facets of the same phenomenon.”

Ohio Wesleyan’s new Kragalott Lecture was endowed with a monetary gift by 1969 university graduate Carroll P. “Pete” Kakel III, Ph.D., a research historian and lecturer at The Johns Hopkins University Center for Liberal Arts. A history major at Ohio Wesleyan, Kakel later earned his master’s degree in Holocaust studies (with distinction) and his doctorate in modern history from Royal Holloway College, University of London. Kakel’s first book, “The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective,” was published in 2011.

His gift honors the career and contributions of Robert Kragalott, an Ohio Wesleyan faculty member from 1964 to 1991. Kragalott’s scholarly interests included Russian and Yugoslavian history, and he researched and published on the Treaty of Versailles. In 1967, Kragalott helped to found the Ohio Wesleyan Forum, a precursor of the university’s Sagan National Colloquium, which annually examines in-depth an issue of global significance.

“As an OWU undergraduate,” Kakel recalled, “Robert Kragalott inspired in me a love for history and historical inquiry. As someone who had lived and studied abroad, Dr. Kragalott had a global perspective, and he emphasized the importance of empathy in developing an understanding of other peoples, cultures, and histories – in the past and present.

“It is my sincere hope,” Kakel concluded, “that the Kragalott lectures will encourage audiences to engage with past and, sadly, recurring global issues of genocide, mass atrocity, and human rights.”

The endowment will support a biennial lecture on these important issues. In years when lectures are not held, the endowment will support a student independent research project supervised by a faculty member in Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of History.

Hamilton-Williams Campus Center is located at 40 Rowland Avenue in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

 

Egyptian Revolution Kicks of Great Decision Series in Delaware

Egyptian Revolution Kicks of Great Decision Series in Delaware

The 2013 Great Decisions Community Discussion Series on U.S. Foreign Policy talks will cover the globe with conversations regarding Iran, NATO and the European Union, China, Myanmar,and more without having to lead Delaware, Ohio, when it begins at William Street United Methodist Church on Friday, February 1, at Noon.

Ramses II [photo by Martyn E. Jones/sxc]
Sabra Webber, professor at Ohio State, will open the Great Decisions lecture series on Friday at William Street United Methodist Church discussing the Egypt Revolution. [photo by Martyn E. Jones/sxc]
The kick-off talk on the Egyptian revolution by professor Sabra Webber of The Ohio State University has as its background the Arab Spring of January 2011, which brought progress toward democracy in Tunisia, gradual reform in Morocco and contributed to the outbreak of civil war in Syria.

Egypt, however, is of particular importance in this democratic movement.  It is home to the Arab world’s most populous country with 83 million inhabitants. It has the largest military and the third largest economy, and is an important religious and cultural center and a leader in Middle East politics.  Commentators widely acknowledge that Egyptian political developments “are likely to serve as a model” throughout the region. The United States is deeply committed to and concerned about this long-time international partner. As a special enrichment to her presentation, Dr. Webber will be accompanied by two graduate students, Shahreena Shahrani and Nicholas Mangialardi, who work with Egyptian youth culture in the context of the revolution.

Distinguished speakers during the eight-session series are as follows:

  • February 1, PERFORMING REVOLUTION: NAVIGATING AN UNCERTAIN TRANSITION IN EGYPT. Sabra Webber, Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Ohio State University.
  • February 8, NATO: CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS? Sean Kay, Chair, International Studies Program, Professor, Politics and Government Department, Ohio Wesleyan University; Mershon Fellow, Ohio State University.
  • February 15, MYANMAR AND SOUTHEAST ASIA. Vladimir Steffel, Professor Emeritus of History, Ohio State University.
  • February 22, EMBRACING THREATLESSNESS: REASSESSING MILITARY SPENDING. John Mueller, Senior Research Scientist, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University; Cato Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.
  • March 1, FUTURE OF THE EUROGoran Skosples, Professor, Department of Economics, Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • March 8, HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION AND U.S. POLICY. James Franklin, Chair, Politics and Government Department, Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • March 15, CHINA IN AFRICA: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OR EXPLOITATION. Kelechi Kalu, Associate Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs; Professor, African American and African Studies, Ohio State University.
  • March 22, IRAN AND THE U.S.: THREE DECADES OF FUTILITY. R. Blake Michael, Chair and Swan-Collins-Allan Professor of Religion, Ohio Wesleyan University.

Following each discussion, participants will have the option of completing a quick survey — prepared by the Foreign Policy Association — to add their opinions to thousands of others across the nation.  The survey results will be made available to local media and sent to Washington, D.C., where our voice as a community can be heard by federal decision-makers.

All Great Decisions discussions will be held at noon in the parlor of William Street United Methodist Church which is located at 28 West William Street in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch. Complimentary coffee and tea will be provided.

DelawareOH365: City Hall & Opera House Historical Marker

DelawareOH365: City Hall & Opera House Historical Marker

As the traffic buzzes along two of Delaware, Ohio’s main arteries on William and Sandusky Streets a historical marker highlights one of Delaware’s first — its City Hall and Opera House.

Delaware City Hall and Opera House
Paying homage to the original Delaware City Hall and Opera House which burned down in 1934. [photo by Toby Boyce]
The original City Hall housed city offices, police, jail, fire house, and even an opera house at the same location along William and Sandusky Street as its current follower. The building was built in 1880 but was not without a lot of negativity. Initial designs called for the building to be built for $22,800 and $10,000 for the land. According to delaware43015.com the final price tag for the building, unaffectionately referred to as the “White Elephant” by locals cost $110,000.

Original Delaware City Hall
Original Delaware City Hall

As so often happens when boundaries are stretched, within 30 years City Hall was in a constant state of disrepair. The world class opera house was too expensive for both patrons and touring acts to earn its keep. In addition, city coffers were struggling with World War I. It appears that the city continued to “pass the buck” on city hall with annual resolutions to do required improvements or sell parts of the opera house appearing on the city docket continually according to Delaware43015.com.

That is until February 24, 1934, when the “White Elephant” turned into a blazing inferno and according to the Delaware Gazette its legendary clock tower collapsed at 3:34 a.m.

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Delaware Real Estate Continues to Slide Further into Winter

Delaware Real Estate Continues to Slide Further into Winter

This Week in Real Estate: January 21-27

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If last week’s real estate numbers in Delaware County were a lamb, then this week is … well … lambchop?

Only 63 property’s transferred in Delaware County last — the lowest in the 12 weeks we’ve been tracking here at DelawareOHRealEstate.com — exactly one-half of the units that transferred last week. The four-week rolling average slid to only 116 properties from 120 last week.

The $8,023,272 in volume is nearly 48 percent below the four-week rolling average of $16,893,493.50. The rolling average slid 7.19 percent this week and is down 52 percent from its high in mid-December.

The four-week rolling average per parcel continues to fall, dropping another 6.31 percent this week, to just under $142,000.

City By City Break Down of Transfers in Delaware County

Community Nu. (Valid) Paid Tax Amt.
Ashley – (-)
Columbus 2 (1) $198,000 $358,700
Delaware 20 (3) $510,808 $3,100,600
Dublin 1 (0) $0 $136,000
Galena 1 (1) $212,000 $198,000
Lewis Center 6 (1) $614,800 $1,554,800
Marengo – (-) $- $-
Ostrander – (-) $- $-
Powell 13 (7) $2,938,065 $2,915,050
Richwood – (-) $- $-
Sunbury 4 (3) $744,000 $682,900
Westerville 17 (8) $2,805,599 $4,491,400

As to the drop in the number of actual transfers the only thing I can guess is that it goes hand-in-hand with the Holiday season. People were focusing on friends and family this time in December and not on buying homes.

I would expect we’ll see the four-week rolling averages begin to trend upward in two weeks after we get past the first of February.

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Delaware Seeks to Fill Five Board, Commission Seats

Delaware Seeks to Fill Five Board, Commission Seats

Delaware Ohio Shade Tree Commission
Delaware City Council is looking to fill three positions on the Shade Tree Commission. [photo by Miguel Bastos]
The City of Delaware is seeking to fill five open seats on City boards and commissions.

Three seats are open on Shade Tree Commission; a new term that runs through January 2016; an open, unexpired term that runs through January 2014, and a student representative term.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has an open Fourth Ward seat. The term runs through December 2015.

Board of Zoning Appeals has an open Fourth Ward seat that runs through November 2015.

Information will be accepted until the positions are filled by the Mayor. A letter of interest and background information should be submitted to: City of Delaware; c/o Michele Kohler; 1 South Sandusky Street; Delaware, Ohio 43015.

For additional information, contact the City Manager’s office by phone, 740-203-1010, or e-mail, mkohler@delawareohio.net.

Diabetes Class Tonight in Delaware Ohio

Diabetes Class Tonight in Delaware Ohio

Delaware Primary Care is hosting a free class on Monday, January 28, at 5 p.m. for the “Diabetes Academy” to educate those facing possible health issues.

diabetes class in delaware ohio
Free class on managing your diabetes offered January 28 at 5 p.m. at Delaware Primary Care in Delaware, Ohio. [photo by Cienpies Design]
The Diabetes Academy is taught by a Novo Nordisk Diabetes Educator to help those facing diabetes learn to manage the disease. The curriculum includes:

  • Diabetes 101. A basic overview of diabetes terminology and information.
  • Staying Healthy. Provides convienient tips for managing your disease by eating healthy and staying active.

There will also be an overview of Novo Nordisk drugs that can be used to combat diabetes.

The free class is offered at Delaware Primary Care which is located at 801 OhioHealth Boulevard Suite 260 in southern Delaware, Ohio.

Dine Out, Support HelpLine of Delaware, Morrow Cty

Dine Out, Support HelpLine of Delaware, Morrow Cty

Donation to Helpline of Delaware and Morrow County
Dine at 1808 American Bistro on January 29 and 10 percent of all food receipts will be donated to HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties. [photo by acscom/sxc]
Are you going out to eat on Tuesday night in Delaware, Ohio? Well head to 1808 American Bistro and support HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow County at the same time!

Enjoy a meal at the 1808 American Bistro on Tuesday either for lunch — from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. — or dinner — from 4 – 10 p.m. — and the restaurant will donate 10 percent of all food receipts to support the work of HelpLine. No coupons or special flyers are needed.

You can make reservations online or just stop by for lunch or dinner at 29 East Winter Street in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

DelawareOH365: Delaware Airport Takes on Star Wars Name

DelawareOH365: Delaware Airport Takes on Star Wars Name

Delaware County is home to possibly the best-named airport in the nation and is this week’s “DelawareOH365 in pictures” feature for this Sunday.

Obi One Airport, Delaware, Ohio
Delaware County’s Obi One Airport has to be one of the most uniquely named airports in Ohio. (photo by Toby Boyce)

The privately owned Obi One Airport, seemingly named in reference to Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi, is located in rural Delaware, Ohio, along Panhandle Road near where it intersects with Main Road.

While the private field at Obi One Airport is not open for most flights, Delaware, Ohio’s Delaware Municipal Airport at Jim Moore Field is located four miles away.

Delaware County Residents Double Wealth Since 2006

Delaware County Residents Double Wealth Since 2006

Delaware County residents have accumulated personal wealth at one of the fastest rates in the nation, Columbus Business First reported today.

Sunbury Village Square.
Growth in communities like Sunbury, Ohio, have been key to Delaware County’s personal wealth growth and recent ranking. (photo by Toby Boyce)

On Numbers, a research initiative created by Business Journals Inc., looked at 455 major counties in the nation and classified Delaware County as #5 in personal income growth from 2006-2011. Delaware County has a total personal income of $10.43 billion which grew by more than 50 percent since 2006, and an amazing 946 percent since 1986 the report indicated.

Delaware County and Colorado’s Douglas County, which was ranked #1, were the only two in the top-17 to not be from the Sun Belt region.

2013 Continues to Come In Like a Lamb in Delaware County

2013 Continues to Come In Like a Lamb in Delaware County

All the prognosticators have 2013 as the “Year of Real Estate” however in Delaware County Ohio it appears to be coming in like a lamb.

Transfers are starting slow in Delaware County Ohio.
Delaware (Ohio) County transfers are starting slow in 2013 compared to how they ended 2012.

There were 126 property transfers in Delaware County from January 14 – 20 with a transferred volume of only $12,941,843 or at least 11-week low of $102,713 per transfer.

The Four-Week Rolling Average for transfers reached a 7-week low when it dropped to 120 units this week down 4.38% from last week. However, the four-week rolling average on volume reached a low since, Ohio Home Team and Toby Boyce began tracking these statistics last November at only $18,108,504.50 down 17.87 percent from the previous week.

The extreme drop in volume is easily shown by the drastic increase in the number of non-valid sales that occurred this week with 61.9 percent of the transfers being not-valid sales. Only nine of those 77 transfers had any value at all associated with the parcels being transferred which drags down the overall value.

City By City Break Down of Transfers in Delaware County

Community Nu. (Valid) Paid Tax Amt.
Ashley 1 (1) $101,750 $88,700
Columbus 2 (0) $0 $18,667,200
Delaware 36 (17) $4,073,805 $4,831,500
Dublin 4 (1) $450,000 $1,612,100
Galena 5 (4) $882,188 $917,900
Lewis Center 16 (9) $2,767,412 $3,165,700
Marengo 1 (0) $0 $46,100
Ostrander 7 (1) $27,000 $1,277,200
Powell 22 (6) $2,288,560 $6,368,700
Richwood 1 (0) $0 $2,400
Sunbury 11 (3) $506,740 $1,414,100
Westerville 21 (7) $1,844,381 $5,990,400

As to the drop in the number of actual transfers the only thing I can guess is that it goes hand-in-hand with the Holiday season. People were focusing on friends and family this time in December and not on buying homes.

I would expect we’ll see the four-week rolling averages begin to trend upward in two weeks after we get past the first of February.

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OWU, Delaware to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of I Have A Dream Speech

OWU, Delaware to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of I Have A Dream Speech

Ohio Wesleyan University and the Delaware County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee will observe the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech with two days of programming including a worship service, breakfast celebration, and examination of “President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration as a Celebration of Dr. King’s Dream.”

The 2013 observance will begin with the 28th annual Delaware-area worship service at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at First Presbyterian Church, 73 W. Winter St., Delaware. The service will feature the Rev. Dr. Albert Paul Brinson, a colleague of the Rev. Dr. King, John Lewis, and others active in the civil rights movement. Brinson earned his master’s degree in divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta was ordained at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church by co-pastors Martin Luther King Jr. and Martin Luther King Sr.

Brinson also will speak during the Jan. 21 MLK Breakfast Celebration in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The 20th annual breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m. and Brinson’s reflections on “Keeping the Dream Alive” will follow at 8:30 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Albert Paul Brinson
Rev. Dr. Albert Paul Brinson (courtesy of Ohio Wesleyan University)

Individual breakfast tickets are $20, with eight-person table sponsorships available for $160. For reservations, contact Rosalind Scott, celebration committee chair, at (740) 368-3386 or at rdscott@owu.edu. Reservations and payment are requested before Jan. 16, 2013, but tickets will be available at the door. Table sponsorships help fund Delaware County MLK Scholarships. Since 1990, the Delaware County Martin Luther King Celebration Committee has awarded more than $18,000 in scholarships to county youth.

The celebration of King’s legacy will continue at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, when Ohio Wesleyan’s Emmanuel Twesigye, Ph.D., discusses President Obama’s second inauguration in the context of King’s dream. (Event location to be announced.) Twesigye is the Aden S. and Mollie Wollam Benedicts Professor of Christian Studies at Ohio Wesleyan, and his teaching specialties include church history, theology, and Christian ethics.

Menards Taking Shape in Delaware County

Menards Taking Shape in Delaware County

Delaware County’s first Menards is taking shape along U.S. 23 in Orange Township.

Menard taking shape along US 23
Menards is taking shape along U.S. 23 in southern Delaware County in Orange Township. [photo by Toby Boyce, Delaware Real Estate]
Menards is expected to open the 175,000 square foot store in mid-2013 according to initial reports from ThisWeek News. The location is expected to hire 150-160 full-time employees when it opens.

This was the second go around for Menards, after it was defeated by Orange Township in 2008 when it attempted to open just south of Home Road and was blocked by residents and the township.

The current location sits basically across the road from the Orange Township Branch of the Delaware County District Library on U.S. 23.

Meanwhile, those looking to shop at Menards can head north to Marion (2400 Marion – Mt Gilead Road) or south to Columbus (1805 Morse Road) for the closest locations.

Cabela’s Nears Opening in Delaware County’s Polaris

Cabela’s Nears Opening in Delaware County’s Polaris

The 80,000 square foot building has gone up quickly and will soon become the pilgamridge location for thousands of Ohio outdoorsmen as the first Cabela’s World Foremost Outfitter will be opening its first Ohio store in spring 2013.

Cabelas Opening Delaware County location. photo by Toby Boyce
Cabela’s will be opening its first Ohio store in Southern Delaware County in April 2013 with the nearly 80,000 square foot facility expecting to bring 175 jobs to Columbus and Delaware County. Not to mention some really cool shopping and displays. [photo by Toby Boyce, Delaware Ohio Real Estate]
The 80,000 square foot facility took shape quickly along Lyra Drive and Gemini Place adjacent to I-71. (On the map, the location is the field located north of Gemini Place and east of Lyra just south of the hotel.

The photograph above was taken from the I-71 southbound exit to Gemini Place and the entrance off Lyra is even more grand and appears like Cabela’s could open in the A.M. for business.
Based on a search of the Cabela’s Web site, it appears that only two positions are currently unfilled at the Polaris store – a regional support technician in information technology and an aquarium outfitter for the 5,575 gallon tank.

Some information included in this article came from “Outdoor retailer Cabela’s to open Polaris store” from Dispatch on February 16, 2012.

 

DelawareOH365: C Dee’s Lil’ Store Pizza & Subs, Kilbourne

DelawareOH365: C Dee’s Lil’ Store Pizza & Subs, Kilbourne

C Dees Lil Store Pizza and Subs in Kilbourne Ohio
C Dee s Lil Store Pizza and Subs epitomizes that classic adage that great things come from those non-descript eateries you find along the unexpected roads.

It is an unassuming location, nestled quietly along State Route 521 in the rural Delaware County community of Kilbourne, Ohio, but the pizza pies are anything but quiet and unassuming from C Dee’s Lil’ Store Pizza and Subs.

The classic pizza shop is located inside one of Kilbourne’s only commercial establishments remaining as it shares space with the convenience store along State Route 521 across from the church and just east of the old Kilbourne school location.

our meal at C Dees Lil Store Pizza and Subs included stromboli, sub, and soft pretzel.
The soft pretzel, stromboli, and the signature pot roast sandwich was our meal this visit to the Lil Store.

The wife and I began our meal with Giant Gourmet Soft Pretzel ($3.95) which comes with a the choice of a cream-cheese filled or a jalapeno filled with mild-pepper jack cheese. It was a solid start to the meal with an exceptional blend of the head of jalapeno and the cheese to keep it from being too over-powering.

I’m a sucker for anything that says “signature” so I had to order Dee’s Signature Pot Roast Sub ($8.95) which features sliced pot roast, hot banana peppers, lettuce, tomato, and Dee’s special horseradish mayo. It was good and definitely would get it again, though not sure that it was on the level as a signature dish as I expect it to be.

We shared a Deluxe Stromboli ($11.95) which includes pepperoni, sausage, and cheese and this could have been on the level of being a signature dish for C Dee’s Lil’ Store Pizza and Sub. The dough wasn’t over powering and it allowed the flavors of the ingredients to come through — something too many pizza shops have forgotten it seems.

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As a whole, C Dee’s Lil’ Store Pizza and Subs is a place that I would suggest that every Delaware County resident — and even those from out-of-town visit. It isn’t swanky like Amato’s but good old-fashioned classic pizza done just right.

C Dee’s Lil’ Store Pizza and Subs is located at 5620 State Route 521 in Kilbourne, Ohio.

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Market Inventory Shoots up 49% in Powell Ohio in December

Market Inventory Shoots up 49% in Powell Ohio in December

Traditionally, the Holiday season brings home sales to an essential stand-still in greater Delaware County Ohio. Well that wasn’t the case in Powell, Ohio during December, 2012.

The Month of December

Powell Ohio real estate market
Cold winter days slowed down the Powell real estate market a little bit as single-family home inventory nearly doubled in December 2012.

The month of December saw 41 homes sell with an average price of $318,830 or $119.62 per square foot after being originally listed at $336,393 and being on the market for 81 days. Currently there are 194 active listings in Powell, Ohio with an average price of $427,192 and having been on the market for 118 days.

The condomiunum market continued to be a challenge with 12 units selling in December 2012 for an average cost of $233,058 or $115.78 per square foot. There are 41 units active with an average price of $207,622 with an average price per square footage of $119.19. The 3.42 months of inventory is what remains in the Powell, Ohio, condominium market at this point.

By comparison, the single-family market took a step-back in December as the inventory shot up 43.9% to 5.31 months worth of standing inventory after boasting only 3.44 months in November 2012. Only 29 homes sold in Powell, Ohio, during the month of December, which is the biggest reason for the increase in inventory at this point – because active listings also dropped to 149. The average home sold for $354,322, or $120.85 per square foot, and were in contract in 85 days. The active listings average $488,241 and $147.16 per square foot and have been on the market for 121 days.

There was a decrease in the overall number of sales which led to a slight uptick to 4.73 months worth of inventory in the 43065 zip code.

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Public Shaming … As Old As America Itself

Public Shaming … As Old As America Itself

Shaming the public into achieving a common good is nothing new, our government has been doing it for years … and we take it for granted. However, the city of Columbus has been using this methodology to attack slumlords and the Dispatch reviewed it in a recent article “Is city’s ‘list of shame’ working?” by Mark Ferenchik (@MarkFerenchik on twitter).

What’s the “The List of Shame”

The list of shame in this particular case is in regards to non-resident owners that have accumulated a certain amount of code violations and length of property vacancy. Following a tragic fire on Christmas Eve 2011 at 90 Wisconsin Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, in which three people – including a four-year-old boy – died. The sad tale of a personal-heater catching fire and burning down a home turned into public outcry when it became known that the home had been condemned since 2009 yet Sam Vazirani continued to rent the property out until the fatal fire. The “list” was designed to “highlight” or “shame” the offenders of the list into bringing homes into compliance.

America’s History of Shaming

In fact in many cases the government is required to shame the public the name of “public notification.” From foreclosure notices, divorces, to personal property tax delinquencies all of these are required to be publicly published in the county’s paper of record. In Delaware County that’s the Delaware Gazette while in Franklin County it is The Daily Reporter.

It takes many different forms, for example,

  • The weekly foreclosure notices announced in the weekly paper
  • Divorce decrees announced in the paper of record
  • The recently published home phone numbers and contact information for those associated with teh Steubenville “rape case” and the Westboro Baptist Church by the organization Anonymous.
  • Another form, shown below in the chart, is that the Delaware County Auditor is required to release everyone that owes personal property taxes to the County

The Delaware County Auditor released its list of delinquent personal property tax offenders for 2012 recently.

Top Five Delinquent Personal Property Tax Offenders in Delaware County

No. Company Location Amount Owed
1. Qumran Enterprises (dba On-Site Instruments) Orange Twp. $247,274.48
2. General Castings Delaware $145,458.08
3. Sancol Districution Powell $47,191.07
4. PHPK Technologies Inc. Orange Twp. $22,041.19
5. Frontway Network Orange Twp./Columbus $20,243.70

Information from the Delaware County Auditor’s publication of Delinquent Personal Property Tax published on December 18, 2012 in Delaware Gazette.

While very few would find much sympathy for the five listed above, there are the obvious oversights on the list that make you wonder “why?” Case and point is First Corp First Portland which owes the county $0.86. The resources, supplies, and postage eliminate any positive that comes from attempts for the county to recapture that debt.

Does Shaming Work in Today’s Society?

columbus ohio slumlords continue to plague the system.
Slumlords continue to plague the system with vacant and substandard homes throughout Columbus, Ohio.

But back to the point, does shaming work? In tight-knight small-town communities … yes. Is Delaware – and Delaware County – still a small-town tight-knight community that’s debatable.

But when it comes to the direct article in the Dispatch, unfortunately my response would be no. Why?

  • It’s Invisible. The list appears on the Development’s Web site buried about three links deep. That’s essentially invisible in today’s world. I wanted to find the site and essentially had to go back to Ferenchik’s original Dispatch story, then 3-4 clicks later I ended upon the PDF list. Solution: Make the list more prominent on the Web site, turn into more functional feature than a PDF list, allowing for visitors to search the site. Biggest thing – create a “This Week’s Top Five” and promote to the media with a collection of audio quotes and releases for the media. More coverage allows for more awareness.
  • Add Signatory Names to LLC. The “biggest” trick in real estate is to create a limited-liability corporation to limit the personal exposure that is faced when owning a property. In the case of a slumlord it adds another level of screening — who owns the home? For example, the property at 840-842 Campbell Street is owned by Finish Line Investment Properties LLC. Hard to shame someone when know one knows whom the owner is. A quick search on the Secretary of State’s site and a Google search and we have a name for a Radnor, Ohio resident that owns this property. Solution: I would publish the name of the signatory for the person that created the limited-liability corporation, if legally possible.

Why is This on Delaware Ohio Real Estate?

There is definitely an issue with slumlords in Central Ohio – not just Columbus but every Central Ohio community – and we need to work on a program that will address the community on a greater scale than just a one community approach. Sadly though, I believe that it will remain a Columbus problem while the folks in sleeper communities – and I include Delaware, Ohio – bury their head in the sand and say it doesn’t happen here. Drive along some of the streets on the south side and you’ll find homes that are being rented yet lacking in maintenance that most would consider acceptable for our community.

Main Street Delaware Annual Meeting Announced

Main Street Delaware Annual Meeting Announced

Main Street Delaware’s annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, at Old Bag of Nail Pub in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

The meeting will feature the introduction of new board members. All Main Street members are encouraged to attend. Main Street Delaware Inc. is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing historic downtown Delaware.

Old Bag of Nail Pub is located at 66 North Sandusky Street in Delaware, Ohio.