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Hartwell Update – July 2018 – HIA Meeting This Tuesday at 7 pm – Beautification Winners Announced; Little Free Library Coming to Parkway Circle July 28; Quilt Raffle to Benefit Little Free Library to Be Awarded That Day

Next HIA Meeting

This Tuesday June 17, 7 pm at the Hartwell Recreation Center.


Death of a Hartwellian

I am so sorry to announce that Jeff Bigelow, former treasurer of the Hartwell Improvement Association, passed away June 18, 2018. A celebration of his life is planned Saturday, June 28 from 12-4 pm at Overlook Shelter at Brookville Lake, Indiana. Jeff is missed by all of us.


Cincinnati Neighborhood Games – This July

Bicycle Torch Relay Presented by RedBike July 20-21, 2018
​All 52 Neighborhoods

Opening Ceremony July 21, 2018
Washington Park

Finals Week July 21-28, 2018
Cincinnati locations

For up-to-date information check


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!


Little Free Library Coming to Parkway Circle; Quilt Raffle Drawing at Grand Opening July 28

A new Little Free Library will be coming to the Hartwell United Methodist Church on July 28. The grand opening that day will be that day from 1-3 pm. A beautiful quilt made by Lynda White (proceeds going to our Little Free Library) will be awarded that day. Raffle tickets for the quilt are still available through Lynda at (513)218-0977. Monetary donations are also accepted. There will also be refreshments and music.

Our Little Free Library will 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. Keep in mind that small children will have access, so try to bring something not too risque!Check the HIA site on Facebook to see what times they meet.


Native American Tales by the Campfire at Caldwell Park August 25

Sat., August 25, 8 – 10:00 pm – Caldwell Nature Preserve, 430 W. Northbend Rd.Even if you missed the first three years, join us during a full moon for family friendly Native American tales around a crackling campfire.  Audience participation makes the stories come to life. The program includes a short break to toast marshmallows provided by staff. At the end, join us for a short night hike. In case of rain, we’ll gather ‘round the indoor fireplace. Meet at the amphitheater. Reservations are required by calling 761-4313 before 8/24.


New Tethering Ordinance Passed by City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati City Council passed a law known as the “tethering ordinance” with the goals of increasing public safety and the humane treatment of dogs in the City. The ordinance regulates when a dog may be tied out and when a dog may be outside during inclement weather. A dog may not be tethered:

  • Between 10pm and 6am
  • When the owner is not home
  • For more than 6 hours in any 24-hour period

The law also restricts keeping dogs outdoors in extreme weather conditions. A dog may not be kept outdoors:

  • For more than an hour when the temperature is above 90, or below 20
  • During a severe weather warning issue by the National Weather Service for the area in which the dog is kept
  • Without adequate shelter, food, and water

DOG ADOPTION The Cincinnati SPCA can help you select the perfect dog from the dozens waiting for a new home. You can also find out about volunteer opportunities, pet care and animal rescue resources at SPCA Cincinnati.

PUP stands for Pick Up Poop. All dog owners can “doo” the right thing and scoop poop when walking and in your own backyard. Our goal is clean water and PUPing is our law.

CAT ADOPTION Looking to adopt a new cat or kitten? There are several shelters in the Cincinnati area.
The Cincinnati SPCA has been sheltering homeless animals, fighting animal cruelty and neglect, and offering programs to address the needs of animals in our community since 1873. 

The Scratching Post has been caring for homeless cats since 1990 and is dedicated to rescuing cats and finding forever homes for homeless felines in our community. You can also learn about adopting, volunteer opportunities, d spay & neuter programs, and more at

Other area shelters include Save the Animals Foundation located in visit

To search area shelters and various local rescue organizations, visit

SPAY AND NEUTER It’s important to take proper care of your pets and that includes spaying and neutering. The Cincinnati SPCA has collected a list of low cost spay and neuter resources Spay & Neuter Resources

REPORT ANIMAL CRUELTY If you know of an animal that has been abandoned, neglected or mistreated, please contact the Cincinnati SPCA to investigate or direct you to the proper resource.

ZOO AND WILDLIFE Take a walk on the wild side with some of the City’s most exotic animals. Make plans to visit the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens at

LICENSES Dog licenses are permitted through the Hamilton County Dog License Program. The current deadline to renew a dog license ($19) is Jan. 31, 2018. After the deadline the fee doubles to $38 per dog. Beginning in 2018, three-year dog licenses and permanent dog licenses will be available. Learn how to apply for the various animal permits and pet licenses required by the Hamilton County Auditor. Information and FAQs are available at Dusty’s Dogs Hamilton County Dog Licensing

LOST ANIMALS Lost or found a pet?
For lost/stray dogs + cats, visit the
SPCA Cincinnati is a great tool for posting lost and found pets in the Cincinnati area.

GET INVOLVED If you’d like to give your time to improve the lives of pets in our City, consider pet adoption or volunteering at the SPCA Cincinnati


Trinity Baptist Church Vacation Bible School and Family Block Party Coming July 23

VBS is July 23-27 from 6 pm-8:35pm and is open to children between the ages of 3 years through 6th grade. There will be fun, games, music, snacks, and Bible teaching. There will be a Family Block Party on Friday, July 27 with free food and inflatables. Everyone is invited to come.


Cincinnati Recreation Center Needs Lifeguards

If you are 14 years old or over you might qualify for a Cincinnati Recreation Lifeguard job. Lifeguards are always needed, and the CRC provides the training. You can find more information here


Pickleball at Hartwell Recreation Center

Pickleball, a combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis, is now being played on Tuesday mornings at the Hartwell Recreation Center. It is less difficult than tennis, played on a smaller court, and is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Already 5-6 people are playing at Hartwell, so if you come you will be able to play a game. Call the HRC at 821-5194 for the exact times.


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, Sept. 3, 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

Join the Hartwell Recreation Center

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



Monday: 11 am – 7 pm

Tuesday: 11 am – 7 pm

Wednesday: 11 am – 7 pm

Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm

Friday: 11 am – 7 pm

Sat/Sun: Closed


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 –

Facebook – Hartwell Makers 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 and Yard Waste Dates – Tuesdays July 17, 31; August 14, 28

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.