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Monday, September 28, 2009

Highlands Football Gets National Praise

All the major sports news outlets are singing the praises of the Bluebirds only a few short days after their big win over St X. Here are links to the major services:

USA Today - Highlands moves up to #23

Rivals - Highlands at #20 (one of only 2 teams in the top 25 with their stock rising)

ESPN - Highlands at #24 (ESPN calls the St X contest a 'statement game')

With Elder being ranked in the top 5 by all the major services should we hope for a big win against Elder to support the Blue Birds?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sidewalk Along Memorial Parkway

The Kentucky Post has an interview with Don Martin where he indicates work has in fact started again on the sidewalk along Memorial Parkway. I had actually assumed that work had finished near the city line with Bellevue and would never be completed. I am excited to see that it will be connected with Taylor in Bellevue.

However, my excitement is muted by the fact that the section of sidewalk in front of the apartments along Memorial has shown no signs of being completed. Not only did the developer tear out a hillside and trees which provided good erosion control but they leave the grounds unkempt. Because it is the developer's property it is their responsibility to complete the section of sidewalk in front of their development. My question is why the city can not fine the developer everyday that this work goes unfinished. As homeowners in town we are just billed for street resurfacing and other work I think the same operating procedures should hold for this developer. What do you think?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Stimulus Funds Flowing to Fort Thomas & Campbell County

There is a new website - - that provides details on where stimulus money is flowing across the country. The site breaks out contracts, grants, and loans and provides some high level information about what the award is for and who it is flowing to.

The map shows that a contract was awarded by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Fort Thomas for Building 1 and 15 facade restoration. The contract was awarded to Chevron Construction Services based in Mason.

While there were no grants or loans awarded in Fort Thomas there is a long list of each in Campbell County.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pocket Park @ Grand & Highland

I didn't know that the city rented our pocket parks for promotional purposes. This was taken today around 5:30 - not sure what Cincinnati Bell was doing but they had a highly visible display at one of the busiest intersections in the city. Any idea what it costs to rent the park?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Latest on the Newport Pavilion

Today the Business Courier reported that Target is still planning a summer 2010 open date which I still find hard to believe considering not 1 brick or ounce of concrete has been poured. With that being said it is encouraging to hear a confirmation from Target - the first such confirmation in some time. The other big news is that it will be a Super Target - one of only 50 in the nation. They have one such Target in Fisher Indiana and it is quite impressive.

Kroger continues to commit to the early October open date despite rumors to the contrary. No mention was made by the Kroger spokes person about any water / drainage issue as has been rumored but only mentioned final approvals as the delay.

Needless to say this is very good news for the development. Regardless of who may still be committed (Chipotle did not confirm the location in a recent article in the Enquirer) the traffic generated by these two mega stores will surely bring other great eats and shopping options.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Random Updates

As we move into the long Labor Day weekend a few things you might be interested in:

  1. You may have seen that the African Children's Choir was recently in Fort Thomas and while I was not able to go my family had an amazing encounter with the group this week. Peter, my young son was at the park with his babysitter when the choir showed up to play at Tower Park. At one point during play one of the care takers asked the children to stop and provide an impromptu performance and needless to say my 2 year old was in awe.
  2. The Fort Thomas Board of Education has a published position of the Obama school address for the upcoming week. I think this is the right position. Use the address as a learning opportunity - I felt this way about the Bush I address in '91 and I feel the same about the Obama address as well. Our children will and should be exposed to many different thoughts, ideas, and beliefs many of which we have no control over - this approach allows each family to address it in their own way.
  3. On the Newport Pavilion Facebook page someone commented that they went to the job center and they informed him that the Kroger will now be delayed until November. There are apparently problems with the water main.
  4. I am hearing some rumblings that there have been some near misses on new retail around the Midway. I believe there will be some real momentum in the area once the construction gets out of the way. Open retail spaces have dropped in price and are now near a level where money can be made.
  5. Merchant's & Music Festival is on September 26th and lets hope for good weather. The last 2 years have been difficult for all outdoor festivals in Fort Thomas. You may remember my mention of a LinkedIn group called Fort Thomas Provides (FTP) that helped with the Ruth Moyer rain garden - FTP now has a Facebook page and will be at the Merchants & Music festival offering support at the beer ticket booth.
  6. Pergola's will be switching their seasonal menu on September 21st. It should be interesting to see the new menu items and if the concept changes any as we move into the fall and winter.