Wednesday, September 17, 2014

KY Senate Candidate Running on Anti-Semite/White Power Platform

Campaign sign for Robert Ransdell, running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky/WLWT

Remember this year's Fort Thomas Fourth of July parade? Remember the great turnout? The entertaining floats and performances? The city and national pride?

How about the guy waving a sign around, reading "With Jews We Lose in the U.S. Senate?"

City Leaders Seeking to Make Fort Thomas More Walkable, Bike-Friendly

A commission of city leaders and business owners want to know how Fort Thomas can be more bike- and pedestrian-friendly/Wikipedia

A commission of city leaders and business owners will hold a public forum on Thursday evening, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Building, to gather public input and brainstorm how the city could be more bike- and pedestrian-friendly.

Get to Know the Candidates: A Q&A with Robert "Bo" Wasser, Write-In Candidate for City Council

Robert "Bo" Wasser has filed as a write-in candidate for City Council/Provided

This year, all six Fort Thomas City Council members face re-election. As part of FTM's efforts to keep you, the Fort Thomas electorate, informed and prepare you for the upcoming election season, the Q&A below is part of an ongoing FTM series spotlighting candidates in the 2014 elections. Incumbents and challengers are asked a nearly identical set of questions, then a second round of follow-up questions, if necessary. This week we spoke with Robert "Bo" Wasser, running for Fort Thomas City Council as a write-in candidate.

Robert "Bo" Wasser is a life-long Fort Thomas resident. Bo recently retired two years ago from Resco Products, a company specializing in steel plant services, as a sales and service representative. Before that, he worked in the steel industry for over 30 years in a management role, as well as a brief period spent working for Miller Brewing out of Milwaukee. Bo currently lives in Gettysburg Square Apartments.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

And the September "Yard of the Month" Winners Are...

Linda and Marty Malloy were named September's "Yard of the Month" winners/Provided
Linda and Marty Malloy, of Riverside Parkway, have been named September's Fort Thomas Florist and Greenhouse "Yard of the Month" winners.

City Staff Announces Timeline for VA Homes Project

The city has released a working timeline for the Tower Park VA Homes project/FTM file

by Gina Holt
FTM City Reporter 

City staff met with the Kentucky Heritage Council and a team of engineers last week to discuss the logistics of obtaining bids from developers, as well as to establish a working timeline for the project's completion:

Public Safety Committee Considers Revision to Dangerous Dog Ordinance

The Public Safety Committee, part of City Council (pictured) convened Monday night/FTM file

by Gina Holt
FTM City Reporter 

The Fort Thomas Public Safety Committee met Monday night to discuss revising the city’s dangerous dog ordinance. City Administrator Don Martin presented a sample proposal for the committee to review and discuss. All of the council members except for Roger Peterman were present.

City Council Round-Up: VA Homes Take Next Step, Dangerous Animal Ordinance, Merchants and Music Festival

Fort Thomas City Council/FTM file

by Gina Holt
FTM City Reporter

The VA homes, a dangerous animal ordinance, the Merchants and Music Festival, and more were on the docket for discussion at Monday night's city council meeting. Here's your round-up:

Monday, September 15, 2014

15 North Gets "Centerpiece" Oven

15 North, the new brick-oven pizza place at the corner of Fort Thomas and Highland avenues, got the centerpiece of their restaurant today, the brick-oven. The 4,600 pound oven is going to be on the second floor in the center of the dining room, which has been opened completely up. It's going to sit adjacent to a new bar up there as well. 

The oven made the trek all the way from Washington state. 

Owner, Ed Gossman, has been working tirelessly on the restaurant, which he hopes to have open before the end of this year. Ashli Slawter, the architect on the project, was there to document to process. Her plans have 15 North on the right track and I can't wait to see the final project. 

If I can editorialize for a moment - Ed has worked his tail off to get 15 North heading in the right direction. If you've driven by the restaurant, there's no doubt you have seen Ed there, probably t-shirt drenched in sweat, doing whatever needs to be done. He's going to be a great steward for this address and will help the aesthetics and business community as a whole. 

I've worked with a lot of business owner in Northern Kentucky and the successful ones have a "get it" quality. Ed Gossman has that. I believe 15 North will finally be the restaurant that makes it at that location. 

The second floor is now an open floor plan. This hole was opened up to fit the brick oven into 15 North.

BREAKING: Ruth Moyer Elementary Scheduled for Major Renovation

Ruth Moyer Elementary, expected to receive state funding for a major renovation.

The Fort Thomas Independent School (FTIS) district has received word that Ruth Moyer Elementary has been slated to receive a major renovation.

The news, for which the district has just received official confirmation today, was first hinted at last Monday night's Board of Education meeting, after also being notified that the Moyer facility has made the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission's (SFCC) list of top 10 Kentucky schools most in need of total renovation.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

7 Ways to Prep Your Home for Fall

With the onset of chillier temperatures today, I'm finally ready to start transitioning my home for the Fall season. It's time to put away our "Summer Boardwalk" candle and move onto pumpkin scents and cozier decor. When moving into Fall, I like to incorporate multiple textures to create a layered look. I start with what I already have - sorting through the closets and pulling out pillows, throws and accents in darker colors.  Then I give myself permission to buy a couple new accents. This year is all about the neutrals and metallic - especially gold tones.

I pulled together a handful of items that have caught my eye this season. All of which are available at local retailers, so you can pick them up around town. Happy decorating, my friends!

Budding Journalists: CSI - Fort Thomas

By Lexie Crawford 

In a previous article I told you about a podcasting class that I took through the Fort Thomas Independent Schools Summer Enrichment Program. I mentioned that I was going to take another class and that class is called CSI Fort Thomas. I’d like to tell you a little about it in case you have any interest in joining next summer.
Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) is very popular right now due to all the popular TV shows about it. In this class, budding crime scene investigators join Fort Thomas Police personnel in analyzing clues, excavating bodies, and exploring crime scenes in order to figure out who did it. Some of the things we did during the week included looking through evidence at a crime scene, interacting with a police dog, learning how bugs can lead us to dead bodies, digging up a dead deer, learning about blood spatter and fingerprints, making a mold of our hand, and looking through tools used at crime scenes. If you want to join next summer you might want to know a few quick facts. This class takes place over the course of a week at Highlands High School and is for incoming 6th through 8th graders. It costs $65 to participate but is worth it because you get a fun filled week and at the end a cool CSI t-shirt. The class is taught by Highlands teachers Kathleen Lemmons and Tracy Houston as well as Fort Thomas Police Officer William Hunt. Here’s what he had to say.

Bluebirds 'outmatch' Bulldogs, 49-7

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands wide receiver Alex Veneman (right) reaches up for a touchdown catch against John Hardin sophomore defensive backs Korie Cleveland (center) and Darian Keener (left) in the first quarter of Friday's game. Veneman had eight catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns in Highlands' 49-7 win.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Some of their own faithful did not see them posting many blowouts like previous teams have done.

Bluebird Notebook: John Hardin, Highlands to switch classes next season

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands sophomore Grant Murray (24) tries to block a punt by John Hardin senior Sean Stevens (left). The Bluebirds won 49-7 to move to 3-0 on the season.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The two-year series between two teams that have been at or near the top of Kentucky for seven years ended Friday.

Friday, September 12, 2014

BREAKING: Severe Respiratory Infection, Enterovirus 68, Hits NKU Campus

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- A staff member at Northern Kentucky University has contracted the severe respiratory illness Enterovirus 68, WCPO reported this morning.

VA Homes Reveal Competing Costs of Historical Preservation and Residential Development

The VA homes in Tower Park have plummeted in value over the last seven years.
It was recently announced that the city has been approved to move forward with its long-awaited plan to acquire the properties located in Tower Park that have come to be known as the "VA homes."

However, it appears the nearly decade-long road to approval has yielded a stark decrease in the properties' value and allowed the homes' continued deterioration, which may have mixed consequences for the city.

Mama on a Budget: September Guide to Family Fun

Summer’s over and the pool is closed.  Kids are back in school and weekends are filling up with soccer games, camping trips, and homework.  However, in between these activities, what is there to do?

If you find your weekend calendar suddenly empty, take a look at the below for a guide to family fun.  All events are either free or less than $10!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fort Thomas Again Ranked Among KY's Safest, Most Business-Friendly Cities

Once again, Fort Thomas has been ranked among the state's safest cities, according to a recent list released by Safe Choice Security.

Highlands welcomes John Hardin for season home opener

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands offensive linemen Matt Gall (71), Evan Richardson (74) and Bo Hebel (55) get out of their stances while running back Josh Watson (28) watches. The Bluebirds play host to John Hardin on Friday.

Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Highlands Bluebirds football team has many reasons to be relieved to be coming home Friday for three straight games.

The Bluebirds escaped the road contest at Lexington Bryan Station, 47-41 last week to move to 2-0. They could easily be the opposite if various plays go against them in that game or the season-opening 23-16 win at Campbell County.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Post 9/11 Highlands Middle School Students Learn Lessons on Heroes

Via Fox 19: - See the video and reporting by Gordon Graham

As the nation prepares to honor those who died in the September 11 attacks, some Northern Kentucky eight graders are learning about the tragedy that occurred while they were still in diapers.
Students at Highlands Middle School in Fort Thomas take this time of year to learn about the attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives, caused billions of dollars in damage, and changed our nation's sense of security.

After pausing a documentary, teacher Lisa Birkley explains how New York fire fighters sacrificed their own lives in attempt to save others. "They were still going in, even after the first plane hit they were still going in trying."

Birkley's students are watching the video with students from Rob McCoy's class. McCoy says it's part of a lesson on heroes, and is taught on September 10 and 11 for a reason.

HHS Band to Hold Quarter Auction Fundraiser

The Highlands Band Association will be participating in a Quarter Auction to raise funds for the entire high school band program, at the Newport Elks Lodge in Cold Spring, on Tuesday, September 16th at 6 p.m.

Your Internet Will Be Slow Today To Raise Awareness for Net Neutrality

You'll find spinning wheels at the top of Netflix, Twitter, Foursquare and other top sites today, as they take part in Internet Slowdown Day. While sites won't slow down for real, participating Internet companies will be covered with the symbolic loading icons "to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like," the organizers write on their website.

It's all part of a push to get the Federal Communications Commission to enact stronger protections for net neutrality.

Here's a quick review of the issue:

What is net neutrality all about?
The principle generally means that content isn't prioritized above others, so that a user can go where he wants and do what he wants on the Internet without the interference of his broadband provider.

Get to Know the Candidates: Q&A w/ Councilwoman Lisa Kelly

Fort Thomas Councilwoman Lisa Kelly (photo: City of Fort Thomas)

This year, all six Fort Thomas City Council members will be up for reelection, including 3 incumbents. As part of FTM's efforts to keep you, the Fort Thomas electorate, informed and prepare you for the upcoming election season, the Q&A below is part of a new FTM series called "Get to Know the Candidates." Each participant is asked the same initial set of questions, then a second round of follow-up questions based on their responses. This week, I spoke with Councilwoman Lisa Kelly.