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Hartwell Update – March 2018 – HIA Meeting This Tuesday at 7pm; Hartwell Historical Walk March 25; Easter Egg Hunts at the Methodist Church and Centennial Barn; Yard Waste Collection to Resume Tuesday, April 10

Next HIA Meeting – This Tuesday March 20, 7 pm at the Hartwell Recreation Center – The speakers scheduled are Rev Damon Lynch III to talk about the Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Janet Smith from the Metropolitan Sewer District, new city council member Tamaya Dennard, and Paula Kemme Lacker from the Friends of the Public Library.

If you still have a sign from last year’s Arts and Crafts Fair, could you bring them to the meeting? We will need them for the upcoming fair. Thanks!

Have Questions about a Possible Medical Marijuana Dispensary – Rev. Damon Lynch III Will Be at HIA Meeting

The former site of the Big Melon at 8420 Vine St is a proposed location of one of the new medical marijuana dispensaries coming to Ohio. More information can be found in this Cincinnati Enquirer article In Ohio, African-Americans Left Behind in ‘Green Rush’ for Legal Weed Profits

It looks like the new owner has been cleaning up the building, but who knows if a weed dispensary will find its way there?

Home to Hartwell – Friends of the Library are Moving Their Annual Sale to Hartwell This June

The Friends of the Library’s Annual June Booksale is “Heading Home to Hartwell” this year. The sale will be held June 2-9. Friends representative Paula Kemmy Lacker will be at the HIA to answer your questions about the event. If you live near the warehouse and want to know how the parking overflow will be handled that week this would be a good time to attend the meeting.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Hartwell United Methodist Church Saturday, March 24

The Hartwell United Methodist Church will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24 from Noon – 12 pm. There will be crafts, face painting, and twisted balloons as well as the Easter egg hunt. The church is located at 140 Parkway Avenue and the event is free to the public.

Historical Neighborhood Walk Sunday, March 25

The Cincinnati Preservation Collective has scheduled their bi-monthly walk this month in Hartwell. The walk is Sunday, March 25th at 1 pm. The walk will be hosted by Peter Van Hyning and will start at the Hartwell Methodist Church. For more information visit the Facebook Page It should be informative and fun!

Centennial Barn Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, March 25

The Centennial Barn is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, March 25 from 1 – 3 pm. This kid-friendly event is open to the public. There will be egg-hunting, cupcakes, games, and more. The Barn is at 110 Compton Road and everyone is invited.

Hartwell Clean-Up Saturday April 28

The official clean up is the April 28, 9 am – Noon. We will meet at the gateway island at Vine and Galbraith. Jobs include weeding/mulching that gateway sign and trees, and litter pick up on as many streets as possible. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your neighbor and do something good for the community as well.

Entertainment Scheduled for May 19 Arts and Crafts Show – Professional Band, Juggler Scheduled

ArtsWave (the Greater Cincinnati’s region local arts agency and the nations first and largest community campaign for the arts) accepted a proposal written by Lois Smith and awarded $2000 for the third annual and Craft Show at the Hartwell Recreation Center in May. The money will be used to provide family entertainment at the event. The event is sponsored by the HIA and the Cincinnati Recreation Center. Thank you, Lois, for all your hard work!

The very lively Cajun Band Lagniappe and the Space Painter Tom Sparough are scheduled to perform at the event. Make sure you set aside the afternoon of May 19 – these people are certainly worth seeing!

The Cincinnati Neighborhood Games Are Back in 2018; Hartwell Games Are Saturday, June 16

The Cincinnati Neighborhood Games are returning and will be held again this summer. The last time they were held was in 2016 and Hartwell won 2 medals. The events for 2018 are the three legged race, 40 yard dash, HORSE, Bat Spin Relay, Chess, Cornhole, Football Accuracy Toss, Golf Chipping Contest, Hula Hoop Endurance, Soccer Accuracy Test, Stein Holding, Supersize Jenga, Trivia, Tug of War, Water Balloon Toss, and Wiffle Ball Homerun Derby. Alas, no ping pong this year. Men, women, and children are invited to participate. Jim Smith is the captain again this year and will be assisted by Hans Multhopp.

There will be Hartwell Games are scheduled for Saturday, June 16, and the winners will represent us in the CNG Championships (to be held July 21-28. There is more information at the website at

City of Cincinnati On-line Survey about Traffic

Do you have opinions about traffic in Cincinnati and what works and does not work? The City of Cincinnati has launched an on-line survey tool to give residents a simple, interactive way to voice their concerns. The link to the survey can be found here

City Holiday Schedule

When your regular trash collection day falls on the date shown, your trash will be collected the following day. Collections for the remainder of the week will be delayed one day.

  • Monday, Jan. 1, 2018: New Year’s Day
  • Monday, Jan. 15, 2018: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, Feb. 19, 2018: Presidents Day
  • Monday, May 28, 2018: Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Independence Day
  • Monday, Sept. 4, 2018: Labor Day
  • Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – Observed Monday, Nov. 12, 2018: Veterans Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 22, 2017: Thanksgiving
  • Friday, Nov. 23, 2018: Day after Thanksgiving
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 – Christmas

Yard waste collection will resume in April.

Get Fit at Hartwell Recreation Center (513-821-5194); Winter Hours Below

Hartwell Community Center offers Hammer Strength Weight Room, Pilates, Spinning, Senior Programs, Youth Drop In programs, After School Camp, Holiday Camp, and Summer Day Camp for children ages 6-12 yrs. They also offer a Teen Club. The fitness enter has Hammer Strength equipment, a treadmill, an exercise bike, free weights and a Magnum Fitness System.

Center hours are Monday- Friday -12:30 – 9 pm

The cost of the fitness room is included with yearly membership.

Young Adults-18-24 – $10.00

Adults – $25.00

50+ – $10.00

Cincinnati Citizens on Patrol Info – From Laura Feldman

The City of Cincinnati has a Citizens on Patrol program. After applicants are trained, they can use a marked City vehicle to patrol each neighborhood. Some Cincinnati neighborhoods have very active patrols. Here is a link to the application if you are interested:

Give Hartwell Elementary School Your Kroger’s Rewards – From Dawn Murray

If you give Hartwell School your Kroger community rewards, be sure to log in and occasionally check that they are still getting credit. I just looked to see what my last amount was and it told me that I needed to re-enroll by the end of this month. Remember this does not take away from your Kroger gas points, it is just something in addition that benefits the neighborhood school. It may not be a lot of money, but imagine if everybody gave their community rewards to Hartwell School that was on this page.

Join the Hartwell Improvement Association!

The Hartwell Improvement Association is funded by your contributions. For $10.00 a year you can be a participating member in the HIA, which meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Hartwell Recreation Center. The HIA values your support and participation. To join, send a check to HIA; PO Box 15608; Cincinnati, Ohio 45215-0608.

Reminder about Trash and Recycle Bins Plus Link to City Services for Complaints about Overgrown Yards, Junk Vehicles, Signs Down, etc.

Carts are to be placed with the opening facing the curb. Also, it is a good idea to use both hands when transporting a cart to and from the curb.

Here is the City contact info where you can complain about tall grass, weeds, junk autos, etc. The phone number is 513-591-6000 and the online link is here

Hartwell Area Senior News

Hartwell Valley Seniors meet each Thursday from 9am-2pm at the Hartwell Recreation Center at 8275 Vine Street. Annual membership is $10.00 and club dues are $2.00. Call 513-821-5194 for information or pick up quarterly calendar of events at the center. The club president is Shelly King, Vice-President is Carol Hardy, and Program Director is Jan Ober.

Hartwell Social Media Outlets

Keep up with the Hartwell with these social media sites:

HIA Website –

Facebook – Hartwell Improvement Association Group –

Nextdoor Hartwell –

Twitter – @HartofCincy

Facebook – I’m from Hartwell, Ohio –

Facebook – Carthage Hartwell Yard Sale –

City and Police Contact Numbers and City Service Websites – Call 513-765-1212 to Report Crimes; 911 for Emergencies

Be sure to report all crimes or suspicious behavior, no matter how small, to the police. There have been recent thefts, drug activity has been spotted, and residents have been threatened and attacked during the past year. Please keep the police informed when these crimes occur. Police/Fire Non-Emergency is 513-765-1212. Ou local representative is Jody Edwards ( and her phone number is 513-569-8649. Calling her number will not report the crime to the data base – be sure to call 513-765-1212 if you want a crime officially reported.

City Services is; the phone number 513-591-6000. Use this to contact the city about problems such as trash, potholes, unmaintained property, etc.

Here is a link to the City page with the mayor, city council, etc., city manager contact info

Recycle Dates – Tuesdays, March 27; April 10 & 24;

For more garbage and yard waste information – please consult the city web site here:

Friends of the Library Book Warehouse Hours – Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30 pm; Wednesdays, 10 am to 1 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm.