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Hartwell Update – September 2018 – HIA Meeting, Tuesday, September 18 at 7 pm; Hartwell Recreation Center Has New Hours and Saturday Morning Programs

Next HIA Meeting

This Tuesday September 187 pm at the Hartwell Recreation Center.

Judith Boyce, candidate for State Representative, will be coming to the meeting.

Hartwell Elementary Back in Session

Remember to watch out for students – schools are back in session. Here is a schedule of the upcoming clubs and events at the school. Both the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts meet at the school, as well as choir, art, tennis, and sign language groups. Contact the school at 513-363-2300 for more information.

Don’t Forget to Vote November 6

You can find all the information you need at the Hamilton County Board of Elections

Remember the Board of Elections is not downtown anymore – it is located at 4700 Smith Road, Norwood, OH 45212-9002. The phone number is 513 632-7000. You can check if you are registered, register to vote, or check your polling place at the link provided above. Important – Monday, October 9 is the last day you can register to vote in the November 6 election.

Another great site for voter information is This is the site of the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area. They will have lots more information about candidates and issues as we get closer to Election Day. We will keep you posted.

Two New Hartwell Groups Meeting for Crafts and Litter Collection

Lynda White has started two new groups. The first is for arts and crafty people and meets on Thursdays at the Hartwell United Methodist Church on Parkway. You can find it on Facebook under “Hartwell Makers Group” Sometime they meet in the afternoon and sometimes in the evening, so please check the page if you are interested.

The other group is a litter collection group that meets every other Saturday to pick up litter in Hartwell. You can find more information at the Hartwell Improvement Association page if you are interested in helping:

Thank you, Lynda, for starting these groups!

Need Something to Read – Visit the Little Free Library

The new Little Free Library is up and running in the Parkway Circle on the north side of the Methodist Church.

Our Little Free Library is be a freestanding box that will house books to be lent for free to the people of our community. Anyone will be able to go up to the box and take a book. You can return it when you are done or donate other gently used books in its place. Children’s books are especially welcome. A special thank you goes to Lynda and David White for successfully pursuing this project.

Please donate your books to the Hartwell Makers Group that meets on Thursdays at the Hartwell United Methodist Church. Check the HIA Facebook page for times. Keep in mind that small children will have access, so try to bring something not too risque!

Also, THANK YOU to Dan Torbeck for providing the bench by the little library. It makes the area even more inviting.

Lots of Homes for Sale in Hartwell This Month

Check here –

Still Riding My Bike

Still riding my bike around Hartwell, Carthage, and Wyoming. I see a lot more on a bike than in a car or walking (because I am looking at the ground). Saw a groundhog near the north end of Woodbine – wondered if it was the one who was digging a home next to my house. (Sorry, filling it in!) Also saw a couple of tiny lizards – could they be the Italian Wall Lizards that were smuggled here by a little boy back in 1953? They used to live in the parts of town with rock walls, but now they are said to be everywhere.

Most people I see around Hartwell are very friendly when they see me. If you see me give me a wave. I have a white bike and black helmet and try to ride very, very carefully.

Mill Creek Networking Meeting – Wednesday, September 12, 5 – 6:30 pm at Wyoming Civic Center

From David Gaines of La Terza Coffee:

Businesses in the Mill Creek are invited to Wyoming Civic Center on Sept 12th, from 5-6:30 pm. The meeting will be hosted by the Wyoming Business AssociationThis again will be a great chance to all meet, share business experience, current projects, etc. We will also create some space where you all can hear about the awesome projects you are working on in order to collaborate, cheer each other on, or whatever! We will have some light appetizers, so please let us know if you plan to attend so we can know how much food we will need.

Lastly, if you know of any individuals who would like to attend or would be a good fit for this event, please send them a link to this page and invite them as well!

Feel free to reach out with any thoughts or questions at

Attention Crafters/Cottage Producers/Artists! Gertz Garden Center Needs Vendors for Fall Market Saturday, October 13!

Gertz Garden Center will be hosting their annual fall market! It is always a fun filled day with our urban pumpkin patch, local crafters and vendors, food, and music. This year they are making the event bigger than ever – moving onto Williams Street in front of the garden center. Saturday, October 13th 2pm-7pm – Redwine & Co will be serving up their southern inspired food! The Village of Lockland will host a free Touch A Truck for the kids! Kids will have the chance see some of the equipment that keeps a village government moving each day. Multiple crafters and vendors – Gertz Garden Center will have one day specials on Mums and will also be fully stocked with our fall pumpkin patch. There will also be live music. Send an email to GGCMARKETS1@GMAIL.COM to sign up to be a vendor.

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.

  • 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

Join the Hartwell Recreation Center – New Hours and Programs for Fall

Located at the corner of Vine Street and Galbraith Road, our Hartwell Recreation Center is a huge asset to our community. Membership includes Hammer Strength Weight Room, Pilates, Spinning, Senior Programs, Youth Drop In programs, After School Camp and Summer Day Camp for children ages 6-12 yrs and a Teen Club. Call 513-821-5194 or email for more information. The Hartwell Recreation Center is managed by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.


Juniors (0-17) $2

Adults (18-24) $10

Adults (25-49) $25

Seniors (50+) $10

Center Hours – Monday through Friday 12:30 am – 9 pm.; Saturday 9am -1pm

New Saturday Programs:

Teen Fitness Room Instruction – 10-11:30 am

Pickleball for All – 10am – 12:00pm

Open Fitness Room – 9am – 12:45pm

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. Current officers are Carol Hardy, President; Bev Morris, Vice President; Edna Seward, Treasurer; Debbie Baldwin, Recording Secretary; and Joanne Collins, Sunshine.

Hartwell Social Media Outlets

Keep up with the Hartwell with these social media sites:

HIA Website –

Facebook – Hartwell Improvement Association Group –

Facebook – Hartwell Makers Group –

Nextdoor Hartwell –

Twitter – @HartofCincy –

Facebook – I’m from Hartwell, Ohio –

Facebook – Carthage Hartwell Yard Sale –

Facebook – Hartwell Little Library –

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 513-569-8649Calling 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 and Yard Waste Dates – Tuesdays September 25; October 9, 23

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.