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Forest Park Civic Association July 4 Parade

Northland Community Fourth of July Parade

 

Monday, July 4 – Karl Rd. from Morse Rd. to Dublin-Granville Rd.
Starts at 11 a.m.

The 59th Annual Community Independence Day Parade will take place on Monday, July 4, 2022. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Morse Rd. and proceeds north on Karl Rd. to Dublin-Granville Rd. (1.7 miles).

The parade is sponsored by the Northland Community Council, a coalition of civic associations, home-owners associations and other community groups in the Northland area of Columbus.

FPCA BIKES AND TRIKES
The Forest Park Civic Association is seeking volunteers to assist with our annual Bikes and Trikes entry. Kids ages 12 and under are invited to bring their decorated bikes and trikes to the parking area in front of Woodward Park Middle School by 10:30 a.m. to participate.

Prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated bikes in two categories: Originality and Patriotism. We are seeking volunteers to help with the judging. Contact volunteerFPCA@gmail.com to volunteer).

The kids join the parade with the FPCA group and ride  to the YMCA (for little legs) or to Dublin-Granville Rd. (for stronger legs).

Parents or guardians must register participants and sign a waiver on site. Kids 5 and under must be accompanied by a parent or older child during the parade. All children must wear helmets.

The 2022 Theme is Elevate Northland – Celebrate the 4th!

The 2022 Northland Independence Day Parade Grand Marshall will be ELEVATE NORTHLAND. Elevate Northland‘s mission is to lift up the people of Northland and create opportunities.

Sign-In for participants begins at 9:30 am in the Home Buys west parking lot, 1630 Morse Road.

To learn more and register your business or group to participate, visit the official web site at https://northlandparade.org.

Meeting

Join us for the June FPCA Meeting

Everyone in Forest Park East and West is welcome to join your Forest Park Civic Association at our June 2022 meeting.

Get the latest info on what’s happening in our community, see what the FPCA does, and meet your neighbors. Sit in and watch or ask about volunteering.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Epworth United Methodist Church
5100 Karl Road (across from Woodward Park Middle School)

Directions

Questions? Email volunteerFPCA@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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.

City Council Asks for Community Input on Reimagining Safety in Columbus

As your FPCA Representatives, we encourage thoughtful contributions to this process.

December 30, 2020

City Council Asks for Community Input on Reimagining Safety in Columbus
Survey to Help Inform Path Forward

[COLUMBUS, OH] Columbus City Council invites residents to participate in a community survey designed to gain further insight on how to establish alternative crisis response models, invest in accountability and a better Division of Police, and invest in violence prevention.

The survey opened on December 21, 2021, and is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReimagineSafety.

“Over the summer, Council announced its intention to push forward how we reimagine safety together. This survey asks how the community wants to invest in violence prevention, accountability and begin to stand-up a more comprehensive crisis response system,” said Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “This is one more step in our community’s process to build a safer, stronger City.”

The survey is another step in Council’s commitment to reimagining public safety driven by the people. In partnership with the Saunders PR Group, residents will participate in virtual town halls, focus group discussions and hearings. The information will be quantified to inform a comprehensive safety strategy that reinvests in neighborhoods, realigns safety protocols to specific community needs while creating a more equitable Columbus.

“Any plan to tackle the violence in our city must have residents’ voices at the center,” said President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown. “The 2021 operating budget process is our opportunity to invest in better public safety while also addressing the underlying economic insecurity among residents that is linked to it.”

The 16-question survey asks users for their insights into safety in Columbus and how they want to see Council advance a budget that keeps all neighborhoods safe.

“We must listen to our community if we are to improve safety and successfully invest in our neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Mitchell J. Brown, chair of the Public Safety committee. “We want to hear from as many voices as possible. I encourage you to participate in this survey.”

For more information about the Columbus City Council Reimagining Safety Initiative, visit www.columbus.gov/reimaginesafety/.

FPCA Senior Support – Face Protection – still have some!

We still have some masks available – fill out the form below!

If you are in need of receiving a COVID protective mask, please complete this form:

Someone will get in touch to arrange for you to receive a gift from some of our neighborhood volunteers!