Author Archives: Scott Prigan

About Scott Prigan

Current President of FPCA 2021- FPCA webmaster

Looking Ahead for 2022

The start of a new year is always cause for hope and optimism. Here I share a few hopes and dreams for the coming year in Forest Park. You can add a few too.

  • We finally finished getting the 501c3 designation … Finally! … Really!! … Thus we become eligible to seek grants for community building and service activities. Your creative imagination and efforts will be a great help in such endeavors! We’ll also be able to get some 501c3 considerations that help us with another project: to move our technology infrastructure to association-owned accounts, to prevent catastrophe should Dave or yours truly suddenly no longer be available.
  • A break from the pandemic!!!! … I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the pandemic to at least move to an endemic, preferably to disappear in the rear-view mirror. Please do everything you can to encourage everyone you know to do their part: vaccinations, masks, vaccinations, etc.
  • A Crew Supporters’ Shield +PLUS+ MLS Cup annus mirabilis. (Let’s throw in advancement in the World Cup for the red, white and blue! … and maybe for a few other favorites.)
  • More marching bands in the Northland Independence Day parade: … Northland, Beechcroft, DeSales, .. more!!! … Maybe since we are the only traditional 4th of July parade in the City of Columbus, we can invite every Columbus City Schools high school. Private schools and near suburbs are welcome too. Let’s party!

Consider how YOU can be involved in making Forest Park an even BETTER place to live.

See you soon! It’s so good to be sharing a place we can all call HOME.
Your president, Scott Prigan.

If you’d like to submit preferences for ways to get involved, you can visit the F.P.C.A. Volunteer Form, or just get in touch: Contact F.P.C.A.

Light Up Forest Park

The fall color of autumn leaves is rapidly fading, and the grey dread of Winter is descending. … But fear not, for we are going to Light Up Forest Park!

Usually around Thanksgiving I join many of you in putting up lights and holiday decorations. Since I happen to be Christian, I actually look at the start of Advent (preparing for Christmas), and the end of Epiphany (season of “light” following Christmas), as the time for the lights to be up — also the darkest part of the year.

Hanging the lights can be a challenge, especially if the weather turns rude. I’m not going to climb the extension ladder to the peak on the front of the house if it’s icy. I’ll just grumble while I do when it’s merely cold.

At the beginning of November, I noticed lights were on at a neighbor’s house. “Oh boy! They are eager beavers,” I thought. Then I thought again. The light went on! … My neighbors have Nepali heritage; they are celebrating Diwali! … Oh boy, another good reason for lights in the dark months! (Perhaps I should consider putting the lights up even sooner, in honor of my neighbors?!)

Diwali is a festival of light celebrated by our neighbors whose heritage is from a variety of places in Asia. It comes in mid-October to mid-November, in accordance with the traditional calendar, timed by a new moon (Nov. 4 this year). Diwali celebrates “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.” Now that sounds worthy of celebration.

Enjoy the season of hanging lights, whether it be for Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, another holiday, or just plain enjoyment. I’ll also be enjoying your lights.

See you soon! It’s so good to be sharing a place we can all call HOME.

Your president, Scott Prigan.

The Trees of Forest Park

It’s time to enjoy a little fall color, and kids rolling in leaf piles. Of course, we here in Forest Park have been enjoying the phases of the trees since the first long-awaited leaves emerged in spring.

There are the Oak trees, in several varieties, reigning over Forest Park with specimens like my neighbor’s 100-foot plus queen that has me seeking shade-tolerant plants for my backyard garden. This beauty provides shade and saves on the cooling bills in mid-summer, It also rains acorns. In a “mast” year like this I may be able to break the record for barrels of acorns raked up. Every squirrel in north Columbus knows about this beauty!

Then we have the Maples, red and yellow fire in fall. Some stunners stand out on Sandalwood and other streets. I have one in my tree line, starting to push up the sidewalk. I am reluctant to call the city about the sidewalk (they will fix it when it gets bad enough), in case they decide the tree might have to go. (Maybe we do need some smaller trees in the tree line?)

Calvin's DogwoodSpeaking of smaller trees, I planted a Dogwood out back, in honor of our canine friends. This dogwood is a small native tree that stays small and ideally fits in the backyard garden.

Ninebark (“Little Devil,” actually a bush) is another Ohio native I found to replace the dreadful barberry that skewered me too many times while working in the garden. It has lovely foliage, covers the barberry’s red color in the fall, and the wild creatures just love the berries.

Black Walnut, another royal towering specimen, is not in my yard — but the nuts find their way to my yard! The squirrels love to leave husk fragments as they, which I must remove to prevent black stains on the driveway and sidewalks. If you decide to husk these, wear gloves, or be prepared for a few days of looking like you washed your hands with black ink.

Ash … 😢 Does anyone still have one?

The trees make Forest Park FOREST Park. What are your favorites? All the beautiful trees (and everything else) give us a great place to come home to, refreshing us and making us ready to improve the world through our work and Civic engagement.

See you soon! It’s so good to be sharing a place we can all call HOME.
Your president, Scott Prigan.

P.S. Here’s the Dogwood after the frost.Calvin's Dogwood 2

Thank Our Business Neighbors

30 years ago, Northland Mall was still a BIG DEAL “place to go” for shopping in Columbus — and there were many booming businesses along the Morse Road strip.

20 years ago Northland Mall was featured on the Ghost Malls website — and a significant number of the businesses on the strip were struggling. … But positive developments were starting to move! New people filled with new hope (many in a new country) were moving in. These folks saw good housing in a good neighborhood. They saw the empty storefronts as an opportunity. They perceived the value of the area and were eager to join us! Some came as renters first, some bought homes immediately, some established businesses. People from 4 continents recognized Forest Park and Northland as a place they could call HOME!

Today the empty storefronts on Morse Road are GONE — essentially fully occupied, and 161 is soon to follow. Most of these are local businesses, run by local people — not chains that cut and run if the company has a bad quarter. (Remember the Olive Garden, busy and prosperous, but still pulled out. … and the chains eventually seek to follow the local entrepreneurs back into the neighborhood.)

I encourage you to visit these neighbors. Tell them about the Forest Park Civic Association. Invite them to JOIN F.P.C.A., both as families (if they reside in Forest Park proper), and as businesses. There are a couple of fine fellows who can help them join as well:

Business Representative: Sheridan Landon, sheridanlandon@yahoo.com, 614-515-0783
Asst. Business Rep.: Alan Ray, aray.bergahorn@gmail.com, 614-506-3386

See you soon! It’s so good to be sharing a place we can all call HOME.

Your president, Scott Prigan.

See the recent Columbus Dispatch story that inspired my thoughts:
New census data show Asian, other minority residents driving Northland’s population growth

References:
Contact FPCA
Join FPCA
online Business Membership Form

Ahh!! Peace and Quiet!

I recently got a message from a community member (paraphrased) and my response (annotated):

… I have a question about excessive noise with our neighbor across the back fence and I am not sure who to turn to for help.
He really has a big sound system in the back yard with a massive bass. In past years, he has played music into the early morning hours a couple of nights in the summertime. We just dealt with it. I really don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun. This year, he’s been loud pretty much every weekend, an even weekdays.. The bass can be felt in our house! While my family is trying to enjoy our backyard, we get to hear his music every night.
I have called the police non-emergency number a couple of times, but I know that they are busy protecting us and tending to other things, so I understand it can take a while for them to follow up.
I really don’t mean to complain, start a conflict, or ruin anyone’s fun at all. I just wish I was able to get sleep and enjoy my backyard as the gentleman with the speaker is enjoying his backyard.
I have spoken with several neighbors, and they share my concern. Is there anything we can do to “quiet” this issue?

I too find this kind of thing frustrating. I thought we left all the loud party stuff behind when we left the college environment. (Don’t be tempted to retaliate by chainsawing your old dead tree at 5 am some morning after.)

The best thing, if you can, is to engage the noisy neighbor in a conversation (not confrontation). As school is soon starting, we have another reason to request cooperation. If things go well, you might even get invited to the next (not so loud) party.

The Columbus noise standards are a little subjective, but provide legal support. [2329.11 Community noise.] They stipulate a noise level not to exceed 60 dB over an hour from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., or 65 dB 7 a.m to 10 p.m. 60dB would be normal conversation, perhaps in a restaurant or office, background music, air conditioning unit at 100 feet, fairly quiet — half as loud as 70 dB. 70 dB would be office noise, inside a car at 60 mph.

Sec (C), “Prohibited sounds,” states: No person shall make or allow to be made any unreasonably loud and/or raucous noise in such a manner or at such a volume as to disturb the quiet, comfort, or repose of a person of ordinary sensibilities. Strict liability is intended to be imposed for this section. Further, it states that amplified sound should not be heard 50 feet beyond the property line. That limit is reduced to 25 feet when residential units are located within 50 feet of each other, which describes most of our homes with 10-15 foot setbacks from property line.

[So you are fully in your rights to call the police! … But our inquirer was trying to be a kind neighbor, so … ]

You might calmly advise the neighbor of what you expect — e.g. hour after which you would be forced to call police. If there are other neighbors who don’t appreciate the “sharing,” perhaps they can agree and also call when noise is too loud or too late.

One should be able to enjoy one’s music without disturbing the neighbors unduly. That’s a good sign of a lively community. But if they really want to crank it up, perhaps they should take it inside and close the windows — or invest in some great headphones. Respect must go both ways.

Hope this helps.

See you soon! It’s so good to be sharing a place we can all call HOME.

Your president, Scott Prigan.

Email and TEXT spam schemes

In the past day or so, someone has sent TEXTs to some of you from a number purporting to be from your president. In the past there have been episodes where people have received emails from someone masquerading as an officer or representative of the Forest Park Civic Association. (You may also receive these by people claiming association with other religious, charitable, or community organizations.)

BEWARE!!!

Usually they will ask you to buy gift cards, and send code numbers somewhere, perhaps via reply. Or they may try to get you to go to a web site and enter the code numbers and/or personal information.

Forest Park Civic Association will NEVER send you such a solicitation.

Should you receive something like this purporting to be from person at FPCA, feel free to contact the named person at the email address or phone number listed on our web site Contact page, so they can confirm that fact. You may also like to inform Columbus Police.

Please always be alert to any email if the topic is questionable, the “from” address is unusual, or other clues in the header look strange. The header in the email will likely NOT match the posted address for our representative. Or the TEXT may come from an odd phone number. BE SKEPTICAL. CHECK BEFORE SENDING ANY CARD NUMBERS OR PERSONAL INFORMATION in response to this kind of communication.

(If you have an suspicious email, clues such as those found in the header — and the entire message — will be of interest to legal authorities should you file a report.)

More information:

National Night Out 2021

National Night Out 2021 is happening tomorrow, Tuesday August 3. If you see neighbors gathering together, check it out. (You can catch the Olympics competitions later on streaming!) Have fun!

Here is a partial list of some NNO parties in and near Forest Park:

West
5478/5488 Rockwood Rd
5560/5553 Redwood Rd
5713 Loganwood Rd

East
5264 Butternut Ct East

Near
2377 Halkirk St. North

Together Again!

LIVE! from Forest Park. It’s Tuesday Night!

The pandemic really isn’t over … (Let’s hope and pray that all the unvaccinated people around the world don’t give the virus a chance to mutate and return the whole world to February 2020. Let’s hope, pray, and advocate for rapid international sharing of vaccines to stop the carnage still happening in some places! … And our youngest neighbors, as well as some people with medical conditions, are still unprotected!Yet still I am really “psyched” about the opportunity that we will soon have to have our second Tuesday meeting in July LIVE! … Can you remember when we last were able to meet in the hospitable environs of our local neighborhood Epworth United Methodist Church? ALLLL RIIIGHT!!! Finally!!! Hallelujah!!

Of course, as we celebrate the opportunity (for some of us) to meet again in person, we need to remain aware that there are some people who have not been able to gain the protection of vaccination — as well as some who have chosen not to avail themselves. It is important that ALL PERSONS NOT FULLY VACCINATED, whether by necessity, opportunity, or choice; either DO NOT ATTEND our live meeting, OR BE PROPERLY MASKED. You are on your honor to take precautions to protect all members of our community. (Those vaccinated may choose to attend masked or unmasked, as they see fit.)

As we reopen the possibility of meeting in person, please note that we will be investigating ways for people unable to attend F.P.C.A. meetings to continue to attend virtually. It may not be exactly as we have done the last year plus, but we will seek a way to keep this participation option open in the future. Stay tuned!

Speaking of our next meeting … Have you ever participated in a “card shower,” where friends and families honor some person’s special occasion? In honor of our special occasion, it might be an occasion to give our Treasurer, Cheryl, an exciting bundle of membership and volunteer forms! If you still have the mailing on your end table, consider this opportunity. Of course, it might be easier to just complete everything online, at Join FPCA. … It’s your choice!

See you soon! It’ll be great to be LIVE! from Forest Park! It’s so good to be sharing a place we can all call HOME.

Your president, Scott Prigan.


This article was included in the print edition of the Forester, which will also be available in the News/Forester category on the web site.

Council Residential Districting Commission Survey

I’m not sure when this survey closes, so you might want to weigh in sooner rather than later. –Scott

CRDCAAM

[COLUMBUS, OH]  The Council Residential Districting Commission is drawing the maps that will create nine Council districts in the City of Columbus, and we need your help to get it right. Take the CRDC survey today at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Columbusdistricts.

The survey seeks your insight on neighborhood representation in Columbus and how you want to see the CRDC address the new residential Council districts. The information collected will inform the strategy in drawing the maps, which will take place later this year.

The survey is available online at:
www.surveymonkey.com/r/Columbusdistricts

Working together, we can amplify every corner of the City with a legislative voice. The CRDC is defining the future, today! Visit columbus.gov/districtingcommission for more info.