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Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 9:32 AM
HAMILTON — When residents participating in the Plan Hamilton effort to create a 10- to 15-year vision for the city’s future met in five areas of the city recently, they were asked to place dots on a city map to represent where they live.
As a neighborhood leader of the Lindenwald neighborhood looked at that map on Wednesday, he noted dots were notably sparse in some of the poorest areas of the city, including the East Side neighborhoods of the 2nd and 4th wards, Jefferson, the East End, and even northern Lindenwald.
Those are some of the city’s areas most in need of help, noted Frank Downie, chairman of PROTOCOL (People Reaching Out To Others; Celebrate Our Lindenwald).
It’s especially surprising because city leaders had taken care to distribute the five meetings throughout Hamilton, including at Booker T. Washington Community in the 2nd Ward on July 22, a Saturday.
Wendy Moeller, owner and principal planner of Blue Ash-based Compass Point Planning, which is facilitating the comprehensive plan, said the East Side turnout was disappointing. The map’s dots make it easy to see the gaps.
“The main reason we did this map is we wanted to see if there were those big spots, and then we need to re-think how we need to get those folks engaged,” she said. “We will probably try to do some strategies to get them involved, but there’s other things we’re going to be doing …”
“We are trying to get any idea to go out there,” she added. “Sometimes it’s very engaging to go out to churches, or if they have local community events there.”
While the Lindenwald business district made both lists of things residents are proud of and want to see improved in coming years, not making either list was the 2nd Ward, which city officials have previously committed to work to revitalize along with Lindenwald in coming years.
“There were a number of places that called out the 2nd and 4th wards,” Moeller said. “People talked about neighborhoods, or even sub-neighborhoods that we didn’t try to identify individually. A lot of times they were identified in specific meetings, and didn’t necessarily cross all of them.”
“That’s why one of the things I continuously hounded on was ‘Just because you don’t see something specifically here does not mean it’s not important,’” she said. “This (series of lists of top issues raised) is where we’re just hearing repeated issues.”
Bob Harris, president of the South East Civic Association, which focuses its efforts on the 2nd and 4th wards, said he attended the BTW Center meeting.
“I don’t know where Hamilton’s going to be 10 years from now,” Harris said. “What I do know is you have to have your best minds at the table. You need those who will work hard, with sweat equity, to make a difference in your city. And you do need diversity on all of your committees and boards.”
“That may not be something I’ll see in my lifetime,” he said. “That’s what we should be looking for as a community and a city.”
Harris said the lack of diversity in city government, and on City Council, was one reason he supported a recent failed effort to place on the November ballot an issue that would change council’s elections to a ward system. Opponents have said a ward system could create infighting between parts of the city, and lead council members to represent parts of Hamilton, rather than the whole.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 6:12 AM
— Beware: A dangerous pest could be lurking in the shadows of your home this summer.
According to WOOD-TV, brown recluse spiders are becoming more active as the weather warms up.
Here's what you need to know to identify – and avoid – the unwelcome arachnids:
1. What do they look like? The nocturnal spiders can be as large as a half-dollar and usually have violin-shaped markings on their upper body.
They like "dark, secluded places," such as in closets or under garbage cans, Live Science reports. They might be lurking in boxes, shoes or clothes in your garage or basement, Holly Schwarting, who works for Kansas State University's Department of Entomology, told KFVS in 2016.
3. Are brown recluses dangerous? While fatalities are rare, you definitely don't want to get bitten by one.
"The brown recluse spider's bite can be kind of a nasty one," Schwarting told KFVS. "Their venom contains a material that causes our tissue to break down, so it can create a lesion and a slow-healing wound."
The bite may have a red or purple circle around it, according to MedlinePlus. Bite victims may experience discomfort, chills, itching, nausea, fever and sweating, the site says. Rarely, the bites can cause jaundice, kidney failure, blood in urine, seizures and comas.
You should go to the nearest hospital, call 911 or contact the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you think you've been bitten, according to MedlinePlus.
4. How can I protect myself around the house?
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:21 AM
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Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:56 AM
FORT MEADE, Fla. — A 22-year-old Fort Meade, Florida, man was killed and two others were injured Monday evening in a shooting during an argument about a dog, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies were called shortly before 6:45 p.m. to a home on Third Street Southwest near South Charleston Avenue and West Broadway Street after a shooting was reported, Sheriff's Office spokesman Brian Bruchey said.
Teconsa Tyree McDonald was killed and Calvin Johnson, 30, and Edwin Burgess, 18, were injured in the shooting at the home of 48-year-old Charles Peddycoart, Bruchey said.
"The preliminary information – which could change as the investigation progresses – suggests that McDonald, Johnson and Burgess were looking for their dog and knocked on Peddycoart's front door," he said. "After opening the door, an argument ensued, and Peddycoart shot all three men in the area of the front porch."
Detectives said they're interviewing Peddycoart.
Johnson, McDonald and Burgess were roommates, investigators said.
"McDonald died on scene, and the injured men were transported to an area hospital for surgery, with gunshot wounds to the torso," Bruchey said. "Their conditions are unknown at this time."
The shooting remains under investigation.
No other details were given.
PCSO is conducting a shooting investigation in #FortMeade this evening w/3 victims & the shooter in custody - occ'd @ 6:45 p.m. in the 400 block of 3rd St SW. Briefing @ 9 pm @ media staging area, intersection of 3rd St SW and Palmetto St South. Sheriff Judd & PIO on-scene— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) June 19, 2018
Sheriff Judd is briefing the media & our FB fans on a shooting in Ft. Meade with multiple victims. The shooter is in custody.Posted by Polk County Sheriff's Office on Monday, June 18, 2018
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:19 AM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Today: Some passing showers are moving through this morning before sunrise in the far northern Miami Valley, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. We’ll see dry time for most of the area during the morning commute. It will be warm and muggy again tonight with highs in the upper 80s and the heat index in the mid-90s. It will be sunny with scattered clouds. Isolated storms will redevelop this afternoon. Passing showers and storms will move through in the afternoon and into the evening. There’s an increased threat for flash flooding during the evening commute. An isolated strong storm could produce strong wind gusts as well.
Wednesday: There will be dry time early. Highs will reach the mid-80s and it will still be muggy. Some passing showers and storms are possible in the afternoon with localized heavy rain being the main threat. Showers and storms will move south into the night.
Thursday: A boundary to our south should keep the rain chance in the far southern Miami Valley. We’ll see a brief break from the heat and humidity with highs around 80, which is normal. Most will stay dry.
Friday: There will be dry weather early. Clouds will increase and scattered showers and storms will return through the day and evening. Highs will be in the mid-80s. The flash flood threat continues.