The Hills Market Downtown Grand Opening

The Hills Market Downtown Grand Opening Photo via The Hills Market Facebook Page The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived.  The Hill Market Downtown Grand Opening was yesterday! Photo via: Columbus Food Adventures Photo via Mayor Coleman’s Facebook Page The cutting of the ceremonial ribbon took place at noon on Tuesday, March 19th and was attended by Mayor Michael Coleman and City Council President Andrew Ginther. Photo via Civitas Now The 12,000 square foot store is located on Grant Avenue, in the Discovery District section of Downtown, next door to the Grass Skirt Tiki Lounge. The store offers most of the modern grocery amenities including prepared foods, meat and seafood counters, a floral department, a bakery and a large beer and wine selection. With the Reopening of Whole Foods Upper Arlington and the new Hills Market we have great options for grocery shopping!!...

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U.A. Schools Receive Excellent with Distinction Award

Upper Arlington City Schools Officially Rated Excellent With Distinction By The Ohio Department of Education For the 2011-2012 school year the Ohio Department of Education awarded Upper Arlington City Schools the rating of Excellent with Distinction for meeting or exceeding  academic standards. Upper Arlington City Schools is one of 86 school districts achieving this designation, out of 609 districts in Ohio. The state released official report card results for the 2011-2012 school year Feb. 27, 2013.  Upper Arlington met 26 of 26 state indicators and earned a Performance Index score of 107.4, an improvement over last year’s 106.8. Upper Arlington schools have been rated excellent or excellent with distinction for  12 consecutive years. We have a lot to boast about when it comes to our schools!...

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Hippity, Hoppity Easter’s On It’s Way!

Hippity, Hoppity Easter’s On It’s Way! Upper Arlington, Grandview and Marble Cliff Easter Festivities Image via Getty Images Easter is only two weeks away.  Sunday, March 31st.  If you have yet to make plans I have compiled a list of Tri-Village activities to choose from. Upper Arlington Easter Candy Hunt The Upper Arlington Civic Association and the City of Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Department invite children ages nine years and under to join in the search for more than 5,000 pieces of candy that are hidden in Thompson Park. Rain or shine! You should have your little ones at Thompson Park by 9:45am as the goodies disappear quickly once the hunt begins.  Afterward, residents often mingle to catch up with neighbors after being cooped up indoors over the Ohio winter.  Rain or shine! In case of inclement weather candy will be passed out as a drive-through in the McCoy and Woodbridge parking lots.  Weather Hotline: 583-5345 (after 8:30 am)  Saturday, March 23, 2013 4250 Woodbridge, Thompson Park. uaca.org Wyman Woods Easter Egg Hunt Meet and greet the Easter Bunny and search for the hidden treasures. Ages 10 and under  1520 Goodale Blvd. Saturday, March 30, Time:10:00 a.m. Easter Chocolate Affair Adults can have fun for Easter too! Join Upper Arlington’s Schakolad, along with several of the finest chocolatiers in Central Ohio, at Camelot Cellars Easter Chocolate Affair.  Enjoy...

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Date Change for Spring Cha-Ching Gala

Date Change for Spring Cha-Ching Gala As you may know Destination Grandview and the Grandview Area Chamber are hosting a new community-wide event this spring, Spring Cha-Chaing!  What you may not have heard is the date for this event has changed.  The evening is now Friday, March 29, 2013.    The time is still the same:  6pm -11pm at The Hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Road. The Spring Cha-Ching kicks off with a cocktail reception followed by a silent auction, live entertainment, dinner and a little gambling. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Grandview Heights High School Seniors Scholarship Fund.  The Scholarship program is being reformatted to not only benefit students who know where they are going to college but to also provide stipends for students who wish to participate in career shadowing or internships. Tickets for Spring Cha-Ching are $75 and includes two cocktails and a full dinner.  The silent auction will include items such as: an assortment of upscale wines; a year of pizza from Donatos; Hyatt Place Packages; Spa Days; etc. If you would like to provide an item for the silent auction or make a monetary contribution, contact Michelle Wilson at 614-486-0196 or mwilson@grandviewchamber.org. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the invitation logo on the chamber’s website, grandviewchamber.org. Have you been to the casino?  Not being much of a gambler, my first...

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Upper Arlington School District Elects Imhoff Superintendent

Upper Arlington School District Elects Imhoff Superintendent Photo via uaschools.org Paul W.  Imhoff will assume the Superintendency on July 1, 2013, following the retirement of Dr. Jeffrey Weaver. Since 2007 Imhoff has served as the superintendent of schools for Mariemont City Schools in  Cincinnati.  Prior to Mariemont Imhoff was the assistant superintendent of Madeira City School District also in Cincinnati.  In the three years Prior to that he was principal of Cincinnati Wyoming Middle School. Additionally Imhoff served as an assistant principal for Madeira Schools and as principal of Mapleton High School. Imhoff has ties to central Ohio as he was a language arts teacher at Pickerington Junior High School. Imhoff received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University and his Master of Science in Education from the University of Dayton. Imhoff brings impressive credentials. He is also on the national governing board of the American Association of School Administrators and is vice chairman of the Alliance for High Quality Education.   He is also a member of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators’ finance and legislative committees. In his community Imhoff serves on the board of directors of the Mariemont Kiwanis and the board of directors of the Leadership Cincinnati Alumni Association. The Cincinnati Enquirer bestowed its “2012 Best Place to Work for Midsize Companies” on the Mariemont School. Welcome to UA Dr. Imhoff!...

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Grandview Heights Yearbook Collection

Grandview Heights High School Yearbook Collection Did you know that the Grandview Heights High School Yearbook Collection is available digitally?  Photohio.org and the Grandview Heights Public Library have complied over 12,000 pages of Highlander Yearbooks from 1915 to 2005. Browse the collection here: photohio.org Enjoy your trip down memory lane!...

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Safety First! UA Alerts System

Safety First! UA Alerts System The city of Upper Arlington’s longstanding Communicator system was recently replaced with UA Alerts.  The new system offers crisis management in an instant media world.  The city’s older Communicator system called residents on their landlines but because more and more people are relying solely on their mobile devices the city switched to an updated system. Image via Getty Images  UA Alerts replaced the Communicator system because it offers mass notification to residents about everything from emergency situations to community events.    UA Alerts provides modern technologies which can contact people not only via landlines, but also by email as well as calls or texts to mobile phones.  Users can “opt-in” for alerts to be sent to specified telephone numbers, including cell phones, as well as to email addresses.  They  will be able to select the types of notices they wish to receive.  UA Alerts is a system the city purchased from Everbridge, a Glendale, Calif.-based interactive communications and mass-notification solutions company.  The city will pay $11,550 for services in the first year of a three-year contract with the company, and $8,550 in two subsequent years. Photo via Getty Images As for operations, land-line numbers for all Upper Arlington addresses, listed in the White Pages and Yellow Pages, were automatically stored in the UA Alerts database. Those numbers automatically receive any emergency notifications issued by the...

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