Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment

Opticare Vision/Express Mobile Transport

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kroger Recalls Children's Hoodies as Choking Hazards

Kroger, the Cincinnati-based supermarket giant, has issued a recall on a children's hooded sweatshirt sold at Kroger and Fred Meyer stores

Kroger has issued a recall on nearly 8,000 children's hooded sweatshirts Tuesday, according to the Associated Press and other local news media.

Have You Signed Up for #TheGrandCity Experiment?

The Grand City Experiment will begin across Greater Cincinnati on Wednesday/YouTube

A group of organizers around Greater Cincinnati want everyone to spend a little time every day for a whole month dedicated to one simple goal: make your neighborhood more friendly.

The challenge is called The Grand City Experiment, and it begins Wednesday and will continue through the month of October.

PHOTOS: 2014 Merchants & Music Festival

Tower Park transformed on Saturday to play host to the 2014 Merchants and Music Festival, an annual event that brings the community together in support of local businesses, artisans, and musicians. If you missed this year's MMF, here are some photos that will keep you from making that mistake again.

NKY Judges/Executive to Deliver State of NKY Address

Campbell County Judge Executive, Steve Pendery. Provided. 
FORT MITCHELL, KY–On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host their annual State of Northern Kentucky Address at Eggs ‘N Issues from 7:30-9:00am at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center in Erlanger, Ky.

This event will feature Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery, and Kenton County Judge/Executive Steve Arlinghaus. During their comments, each Judge/Executive will share their perspective on the progress, opportunities and challenges facing their counties and the Northern Kentucky region. The Judges/Executive will also respond to questions submitted by members of the business community. Trey Grayson, President& CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, will moderate the discussion.

The cost to attend the event is $25 for Chamber members and $50 for future members. Reservations can be made by calling 859.578.8800 or online at The Eggs ‘N Issues title sponsor is Enquirer Media. The monthly sponsors are Central Bank, C-Forward, HealthPoint Family Care, Heritage Bank, and PNC Bank.

// Press Release

Monday, September 29, 2014

HHS to Establish Athletic Hall of Fame

Highlands High School will establish an Athletic Hall of Fame to recognize and honor former athletes, coaches and teams who achieved outstanding accomplishments or made extraordinary contributions to athletics at Highlands.

“I believe many people in the Highlands community are excited about the formation of the new Highlands High School Athletic Hall of Fame,” athletic director Dale Mueller said. “As our mission states, we hope to recognize past individuals with exceptional achievement and inspire current students.”

A maximum of five players and/or coaches will be inducted each year. Nominations for the first class of inductees will be accepted through March 2015.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Monera Chic Boutique Offers Fashion, Eye Candy and Inspiration

I had an opportunity to visit the Monera Chic Boutique this weekend. This charming Fort Thomas shop tucked back off of Highland Avenue has a little bit of everything when it comes to women's fashion. From jewelry and handbags to clothing and hats, you can pick up a statement piece to help round out your wardrobe. 

The boutique was named after owners Monica Bruns-Howard and Tera Huddleston. The original concept for Monera started as home-based business. Tera began making jewelry as a way to keep her mind off her colon cancer diagnosis and treatment. Monica had partnered with her to grow a collection of handcrafted jewelry pieces. Once Tera received a bill of clean health, the two decided to launch a true store and offer a wide variety of chic items. 

Commissioner Candidate: Use Lakeside Money to Build "Multi-Purpose" Facility in Southern Campbell County

By Melanie Steidel Pelle// Press Release

Melanie Steidel Pelle at the proposed site of the Campbell County Library, which was struck down in a ballot measure in 2012. Pelle (D) is running for a seat on the Campbell County Commission and will face Charlie Coleman (R]. Picture provided. 

There is a need for the Campbell Fiscal Court to provide attention to all areas of the county.  In order to do this, the Fiscal Court needs to begin partnering with groups and agencies in order to make things “happen.”  If elected, as your Commissioner, I will ask the Fiscal Court to use the million dollars from the sale of Lakeside, to build a new multi-purpose facility for Southern Campbell County on the site of the proposed library south of Alexandria on U.S. 27.  Working with the Campbell County Library, I am suggesting that this site be considered for housing a branch of the Campbell County Library, the Campbell County Historical Society, a recreational complex partnering with the YMCA or similar organization as well as Northern Kentucky Senior Citizens. This multi-purpose facility could be built at NO COST to taxpayers.

We can do “Great Things for Campbell County”, and still be fiscally responsible. If elected I will vote for representation on the CVG Board and SD1 Board, without hesitation. I will also make sure ALL of Campbell County’s economic development funds, STAY in Campbell County.  This would be in contrast to the Republicans on the Fiscal Court who gave our economic development money from Frankfort to help Covington build a walking path.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

How did the Highlands-CovCath game turn out?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior linebacker Patrick Schoepf (33) puts pressure on Covington Catholic quarterback Adam Wagner (19) in Friday's game. The Bluebirds won 42-7.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The hopes of it being ‘the year that’ things turn around in this series rise like crazy just before the season begins up until the game in Park Hills.

Is the Highlands-CovCath series still a rivalry?

Allen Ramsey Photo. The Highlands student OZone section cheers on the Bluebirds in their 42-7 win over Covington Catholic on Friday. The Pink-Out signified the community's commitment to Breast Cancer and finding ways to beat it.
Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands running back Grant Murray (24) looks for room in Saturday's junior varsity contest against Covington Catholic. The Highlands JV won 34-20.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

When asked whether it is still a rivalry or not, Highlands senior cornerback Andrew Abner did not hold back his thoughts.

“It’s not,” Abner said. “The goal is to beat CovCath every single year and go as hard as we can. We did it this game. They have signs in their weight room and school saying, ‘Beat Highlands.’ That fires us up a bunch. We’re definitely going to get better and we’re going to come out and execute.”

Did NewCath earn its first win of the year?

G. Michael Graham Photo. Newport Central Catholic running back Jacob Smith looks for room in the recent game against Dixie Heights. Smith rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown in NewCath's 28-0 blanking of Lloyd Memorial on Saturday.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

When the dust settled, the team with more success recently left with the victory.

NKY Youth Science Summit Coming to NKU

Griffin Hall, at NKU, will be the location for the first annual Northern Kentucky Youth Science Summit/Turner Construction

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Northern Kentucky University will be host to the first annual Northern Kentucky Youth Science Summit, which will take place Saturday, October 4th, at NKU's Griffin Hall and hosted by the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bluebird Football Alum Inducted into UK Athletics Hall of Fame

Marty Moore, HHS alum, will be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend/UK Athletics

Highlands High School alumnus and former NFL player Marty Moore will be inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame during this weekend's Hall of Fame celebration, which includes a ceremony during Saturday's home football game against Vanderbilt.

NKY New Media Mavens "Wager" on HHS vs. Cov Cath

Forget Moeller at St. X.

Tonight the center of the Tri-State High School football universe will be held at David A. Cecil Memorial Stadium. 

That'll be especially true for myself and Editor and Publisher of The River City News, Michael Monks.

Editor and Publisher, River City News, Michael Monks 

The Covington Catholic Colonels (3-1) take on the Highlands Bluebirds (4-0) in front of what will undoubtedly be the biggest crowd of the year in Fort Thomas. If you're not a football fan, the box score will likely still be a point of interest when you're having your coffee tomorrow morning.

In what will hopefully become tradition, Monks and I will be "wagering" on the game tonight. If the Birds win, he will be sporting some HHS swag from a #FTMFamily member business.

If the Colonels win, I will be donning some Cov Cath gear from one of RCN's advertisers', Flow - A Shop for Men.  The results will be spread all over the Internets in Northern Kentucky soon after. Photos don't die on the Internet, which means the fallout from this game should live well past from when the smoke clears Death Valley.

Or at least until they face each other again in the playoffs. Pat Lafleur may need to act as intermediary.

Be sure to follow Fort Thomas Matters (Facebook & Twitter) as well as The River City News (Facebook & Twitter) to see the results.

Read both of our coverage of the game here:
(RCN: Friday Night Battle Cov Cath vs. Highlands) 
(FTM: 12 Straight Against Cov Cath?)

Fort Thomas Motorist Involved in Fatal Motorcycle Accident

A fatal motorcycle accident on Kellogg Ave. Thursday night involved a driver from Fort Thomas/WLWT

The Hamilton County Sheriff's office is investigating a fatal motorcycle accident on Kellogg Ave. Thursday night involving a motorist from Fort Thomas.

You wake 'em, you take 'em

Kiddie College, located on Memorial Parkway in Fort Thomas, is part of the #FTMFamily. 

Looking for a new and exciting career as a teacher or teacher aide? Kiddie College, Fort Thomas is hiring!

Position Requirements:
* High School Diploma or equivalent
* Pass In-depth criminal and background check
* Must attend a Cabinet For Health and Family Services orientation class
* Must attend a yearly Division of Childcare 15-hour update class
* Must have Certifications in First Aide and CPR
* More credentials/certifications may be requested upon acceptance of the teacher/teacher aide positions

Please send your resume to and include "resume" in the email subject line.

Mama on a Budget: Meet and Greet Merchants and Music Giveaway


FTM is not just your best source for Fort Thomas news; it is also the best place for unique giveaways!  No, FTM is not a one Trick Pony and we are here to offer one lucky reader a Helluva Life.  For those of you who have NOT been reading the detailed schedule of events at this year’s Merchants and Music Festival, you can check it out here.  For those you have, you may have already picked up on the not-so-subtle hints about the latest FTM giveaway.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What Will It Take for Bluebirds to Record 12 Straight Wins Against Cov Cath?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands quarterback Beau Hoge (center) takes the snap while offensive linemen Lou Bunning (50) and Bo Hebel (55) get in position and running back Josh Watson (right) makes his move. Highlands hopes to win its 12th straight against arch-rival Covington Catholic on Friday.

Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Over in Park Hills, the faithful fans constantly wonder if this is the year the streak ends.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Campbell County Becoming Hotspot for "Millennials," Young Professionals

The "millennial generation" is gaining momentum in the work force and home buyer marketplace in Northern Kentucky/Flickr

Campbell County is getting younger.

At least, according to the latest data. A recent infographic published by the Cincinnati Business Courier looked at how age demographics are shifting throughout urban and suburban communities across the Greater Cincinnati region.

Specifically, the study investigated where the "Millennial" generation seem to be making roots in the tri-state, as they graduate from college and begin their adulthood.

In the report, Campbell County ranked as the highest increase in Millennial residents across the region.

Bill Thomas: For the Love of Fort Thomas

By Mickey Foellger

Fort Thomas and Highlands lost a champion this year. Bill Thomas, Class of ’65, was voted the Outstanding Highlands’ Alumnus for 2013, and was the editor and publisher of Inside Fort Thomas, a local newspaper, and he wrote two books about Ft. Thomas and one about Highlands football. He passed away in June.

I believe he won the alumni award for his love of Fort Thomas, demonstrated by 37 years of writing about the little city and the school, 7 years of coaching Highlands girls’ soccer, and possibly because he originally suggested the Alumni Association Award that he ultimately received. But, it was more than apropos. He and his cousin, Bert, have started the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy, too.

I grew up in the same neighborhood as Bill, and we were both members of the Orchard Hill Gang. Yes, you can laugh out loud at the notion of a gang in North Fort Thomas, and it was more like Spanky’s, but we were very active and mischievous, and there were just so many of us around the same age. Baby Boomers. So, I use the term “gang” as defined in the 1950’s in Mayberry, U.S.A.

Best Furniture Tent Sale in Fort Thomas - Only two days away!

Only two days until the Tent Sale!!!  These items will go quickly. Some marked below way below cost!

Tent Sale

Go to Best Furniture website to see some items at the Tent Sale

  Be sure to join us on our Facebook page for an inside peek at some of the items that will be featured in our Tent Sale.

Pendery, Rechtin Schedule First Debate for Judge Executive Race

Ken Rechtin (Democrat, left) is challenging incumbent Steve Pendery (Republican, right) for Campbell County Judge Executive/Provided

Republican Steve Pendery has held Campbell County's Judge Executive seat for the last 15 years. Democrat Ken Rechtin, who has also served the county as a County Commissioner for over a decade, wants to bring Pendery's tenure to a close, and the opponents have finally settled on a date for their first debate.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Your Guide to the 2014 Merchants & Music Festival

Merchants & Music Festival headliner Dustin Lynch

One of our fine city's most anticipated events of the year, the Merchants & Music Festival, is back to rock Tower Park once again. This year's festival will take place on Saturday, September 27th from 2:00pm until 11:00pm. The complete list of merchants is at the end of this article. 

FTPD Make Drug Arrests, Point Out Hotspots for Drug Activity

NKY has been the epicenter of the recent heroin epidemic hitting the Midwest/Wikipedia

Fort Thomas Police made several drug arrests earlier this month, involving public ingestion of and intoxication from heroin and other drugs while in Fort Thomas, the Enquirer has reported.

Achieve More in the Next 90 days than Most Businesses do all Year
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What benefits could you receive by having a solid Quarterly Business Action Plan that covers every area of the business: Marketing, Sales, Delivery, Administrative and Systems that fuel your Revenue and Profit goals?

One day every three months is your chance to step out of the business and get focused.  We'll work with you to map out a winning game plan for the next 90 days.  Plus with practical workshops and expert training, you and your team will get back to your business with clear direction and new tools to achieve your goals faster.

Momentum to Win in this Economy...

Street Class Follow-Up: Montvale Court's Charity Cookbook

Cookbook author Linda Klare and her granddauther, Gabriela Rodriguez, present a check to the Rett Syndrome Foundation.
Last October, Fort Thomas Matters spoke with Montvale Court resident Linda Klare while she was in the process of writing a cookbook. This was no ordinary cookbook, but instead a way to use food in order to help the lives of others.
Klare was initially inspired to write a cookbook years ago as a gift to her family. After spending years entertaining guests, she had amassed an impressive collection of delicious recipes. She originally thought that writing a cookbook would be a great way to pass something along to her children. Little did she know at that the time that she would be using her culinary expertise for much bigger reasons.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dustin Lynch Sits down with Fort Thomas Matters

"Where It's At" the title track from Lynch's new album is a two-week #1, reaching the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts

Merchants and Music headliner, Dustin Lynch, recently spoke with FTM about upcoming concert in Fort Thomas, what makes a good music venue and who is his current "girl crush."

Lynch (29), originally from Tullahoma, Tennessee moved to Nashville to pursue music in 2003 when he was 18. He has released two albums - Dustin Lynch (2012) and Where It's At (9/9/2014). The hit single "Cowboys and Angels" was released in 2012, and was named one of the Top 5 Country Songs of 2012 by Billboard. His newest album, Where It's At, was released earlier this month, and has reached the #2 position on Billboard's US Country Chart.

Lynch was recently named one of People Country's "2014 Sexiest Men of Country" and his weekly Facebook engagement surpasses 5 million users. Since the release of his hit song “Cowboys and Angels,” Lynch has joined Keith Urban’s Light The Fuse Tour, received over 1 million new Facebook likes and been lauded by Rolling Stone as “The New Hat in Town” in 2013 Best of Rock Issue.

FTM: Growing up in Tennessee, one can assume that country music was a major part of your life. At what point did you realize that you wanted to pursue country music as a career?

DL: I always wanted to be a country music singer and I blame that on Garth (Brooks). At 18 I finally got the guts to move to Nashville and was dumb enough that I could do it. 

FTM: There's really no such thing as an "overnight success." How did you get your start in music, and what was that moment that you would consider your "big break" in music?

DL: It was a lot of little breaks. I used to grind away at the Bluebird Café (in Nashville) to try to figure out how to write a good country song. Back in the time of Myspace and years of doing that kind of thing led to a phone call from my now-manager and it moved pretty quick after that. I worked hard and got a good break. 

FTM: In recent years, there has been a strong crossover by county music into the pop world. Why do you think that this has happened? What does this mean for you as a country artist?

DL: It’s a great thing for me as an artist. It means the genre is evolving, our shows are packed and tickets sales are up. Lady (Antebellum) and Taylor (Swift) have had a lot of success doing the crossover thing and it had drawn a lot more fans to the genre. Country music has its arms wide open to these fans and its as healthy as its ever been. 

FTIS to Host Free Seminar on Finding College Scholarship Money

Fort Thomas Independent Schools will offer a community informational seminar on "College Scholarships: Where to Find the Money," on Monday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. The seminar will be held at the Highlands High School library, and is FREE to the community.

ALERT: Newport Police Searching for Burglary Suspect

Newport Police are searching for Brian Scott Hendricks in connection with several burglaries in Newport and Woodlawn/Newport PD

The Newport Police Department is searching for Brian Scott Hendricks (pictured above), in connection with several burglaries throughout Newport and Woodlawn in recent days and weeks.

Sunrock Farm Founder Passes Away but Legacy Lives On

“What’s the name of this farm?”  asks the white  haired farmer in bib overalls to the barn full of school children.  Sunrock Farm, they reply in unison to which the farmer playfully says, “I can’t heeeear you.”  “Sunrock Farm,” the children now joyfully shout and their fun day on the farm begins!

Over the years, thousands of children have been simultaneously entertained, educated and enlightened by Farmer Frank and his staff of farmers at Sunrock Farm.

Farmer Frank, 71, past away recently leaving behind a legacy of education and passion. Sunrock Farm representatives reflect on the founder of the farm that is in Northern Kentucky's backyard.

Frank Traina

HHS Film, Production Students Assist FTFD with Fire Prevention Week PSA

As Fire Prevention Week quickly approaches the Fort Thomas Fire Department reached out to the Highlands Film and Production class to see if they could create a PSA regarding the importance of testing your smoke alarms.

Chris Rust is a firefighter and paramedic for the Fort Thomas Fire Department and he approached the class to see if they would be interested in the project focusing on this year’s theme, “Working Smoke Alarms save lives: Check yours every month.”

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Why should the Highlands, NewCath communities enjoy the continuous success?

Allen Ramsey Photo. The Highlands football team enters the field for Saturday's game against Paducah Tilghman. Former players formed a tunnel to the home sidelines reminding them of the years of success.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Saturday marked a day I will never forget.

I was glad to attend the 100th season celebration with my wife and see what has made the Highlands Bluebirds football program consistent throughout the years. The all-time record of 859-227-26 that is the second-winningest in the country has been built on a solid foundation of dedication, hard work and great family values. Those three things are something that Highlands does not take for granted as portrayed with their state-record 22 state championships. The same can be said for the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds and their five state championships.

Bluebirds Take Wind Out of Blue Tornado

Allen Ramsey Photo. Paducah Tilghman junior quarterback Jessie Dunigan (12) feels the heat from Highlands defenders Daniel Kremer (behind), Brady Murray (18) and Tyler Robinson (54). Kremer recorded two sacks as Highlands won 49-17.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The list of disadvantages the visitors had coming into the game was not a secret.

The Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado football team still owns the fourth-most wins all-time in Kentucky history with 751. That’s behind only the host Highlands Bluebirds (859-227-26 overall in their 100th season), Louisville Male (837) and arch-rival Mayfield (823).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kroger Testing Online Ordering in Tri-State

The Cincinnati-based grocery chain is testing online ordering, in-store pick up in Greater Cincinnati./Wikipedia

The Cincinnati-based supermarket chain Kroger is currently testing an online order/in-store pick-up service at its Marketplace location in Liberty Township, with hopes to eventually expand the service to other portions of the region.

BREAKING: Water Main Break on Memorial Parkway

Crew works to repair a water main break on Memorial Parkway Friday morning/FTM

FTM spotted work crews repairing a reported water main break near the intersection of Memorial Parkway and Clover Ridge.

Mama on a Budget: Mixed Opinions on “Late Arrival Days”

On Wednesday of this week, parents of Fort Thomas experienced “Late Arrival Days” at the Fort Thomas schools for the first time ever.  The result was mixed.  Some parents expressed understanding and even liked having late arrival whereas others expressed frustration and confusion.  Fellow parents of preschoolers (who did not receive a notice of a late arrival day) were generally frustrated (and tardy) because they did not know that morning school traffic (which usually occurs one hour before preschool start time) would be occurring right at preschool start-time, thus delaying anyone’s travel.

THIS WEEKEND: Celebrate 100 Years of HHS Football

On Saturday, the Bluebirds will take on a brand new opponent, Paducah Tilghman, as part of a celebration that marks something very much not new: 100 years of football excellence at Highlands High School.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Oktoberfest Downtown Street Closures Begin Friday Morning

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2014 takes place this weekend, Downtown/Travelsmartblog

Downtown Cincinnati's Oktoberfest celebration takes place this weekend, Friday September 19 through Sunday September 21.

Big Top Festival, a Cherished Community Tradition

by Kara Gebhart Uhl

Sunday, September 21 members of the Fort Thomas community will participate in a festival rich in tradition at Fort Thomas Public School’s Woodfill Elementary. From noon to 6pm everyone from the community is invited to the school’s annual Big Top Festival, featuring inflatables, a major raffle, a silent auction, food, a cake walk, games, prizes, a basket raffle, spiritwear and up for grabs. Proceeds from the festival are used to provide student services, such as the purchase of media and cultural arts programs, events such as Kentucky Kids Day, and new playground equipment. The PTO fundraiser also provides a college scholarship to a Highlands High School senior from Woodfill each year.

The festival, formerly called The Fall Festival, has been a longtime tradition in Fort Thomas.

“It was called The Fall Festival as long as I can remember,” says Rozellen Griggs, who started working at Woodfill Elementary in 1948 as a fifth grade teacher. “It was always an exciting time for the students and community. It was also a lot of work and planning for the PTA. There were games and sometimes pony rides. Prizes were given. Tents were put up for some activities. A delicious spaghetti [dinner] was served for a very reasonable price. The teachers helped, too.” Griggs, who now lives in Florida, retired from Woodfill in 1985.

Howard Fischer taught at Highlands High School during the 1960s, and at Fort Thomas’s three elementary schools from 1970 to 1974. He was principal at Woodfill Elementary 1974 to 1989, returning as interim principal in 1999. Although now retired, he says he has fond memories of Woodfill Elementary, particularly the festival.

“There were games like the fish pond, ring toss, cake walk and dunking booth,” Fischer says. “The first PTA meeting when I became principal they gave me a paddle that was imprinted ‘Bottoms Up,’” he says. “Then they talked me into being the first in the dunking booth. I wore an old suit and tie and held my paddle. The first one to dunk me was not a Woodfill student, but a neighbor kid that had given me some trouble.”

In addition to pony rides and inflatables, Fisher also remembers a game where children tossed Ping-Pong balls at small fish bowls filled with water. “If they won, they would get a goldfish in a plastic bag filled with water,” he says. “The kids always got a prize. If they didn’t get the bigger prize, they would get a small inexpensive prize.” 

Highlands welcomes overnight visitors in Saturday tilt

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior linebacker Jacob Noe (29) hones in on John Hardin running back Antonio Ayers (center) in Friday's game. The Bluebirds take on the Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

It is definitely not easy traveling five and a half hours to play a regular season football game.

The Highlands Bluebirds did it a year ago and pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 42-27 victory over the Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado in their first-ever meeting in Paducah. In their case, it also did not help that one of the three busses that took the team there broke down after the game.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

KY Senate Candidate Running on Anti-Semitic/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.