Category Archives: Resources

Resources to maximize your community enjoyment and to assist your active citizenship.

Columbus Police and City Apps

Columbus Police App

Columbus Police recently introduced their new App. Among the most interesting features are the ability to submit Tips, including uploading photos. (This is a complement to the Columbus App’s ability to submit 311 reports for code issues – see below.)

There is also a feature for Recruiting. If you or someone you know is interested in what it would be like and what it would take to join our police division, check it out!
Other features include Alerts, and News, Victim’s rights information, social media links, maps of substation locations, and contact information to various bureaus and precincts.

The Columbus Police mobile app is free and available on the iOS App Store: Columbus Police on iOS App Store, and the Google Play Marketplace: Columbus Police on Google Play Marketplace, or by searching for “Columbus Police” on the respective App Store.

A letter and news release introducing the App.

Columbus City App – “MyColumbus”

The City of Columbus has also had an App available for quite a while now. A most useful feature is the ability to Submit a Service Request. This includes 311 reports such as code violations, or need for Bulk Pickup. (311 is also available on the web site: 311 WEBSITE.)

The Columbus City mobile is app free and available on the iOS App Store: My Columbus on iOS App Store and the Google Play Marketplace: My Columbus on Google Play Marketplace. (or search My Columbus on the respective App Store)

More info on the My Columbus mobile App.

So please make use of these Apps and web sites to “report, report, report” when issues of concern arise. Between the two you have easy ways to report code violations (“The car is parked on the lawn”), or law violations (“The car is blocking the sidewalk”). Of course there are man other resources on the Apps and web sites of our Columbus and Division of Police.

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Spring Tree and Plant Sale

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District is having their Spring Tree and Plant Sale. Here are some resources to beautify our community!

Each year, our conservation team puts together our Spring Tree and Plant Sale. We offer different species of native plants (bare-root woody plants and trees); plug and container perennials (prairie grasses and flowering plants); seed mix (pollinator and native Ohio prairie mixes); and rotate in edible (berries, apples, mushroom kits) and live stakes (fast growing riparian species for streambank stabilization). We serve about 400 central Ohio residents and several non-profits every year by selling or donating plants. Our annual Spring Tree & Plant Sale is a fundraiser that benefits our Conservation Fund.

The 2019 Spring Tree and Plant Sale is now open! Visit the Online Shop now and place your order! Details and a mail-in order form can also be found in the 2019 Spring Frankly Speaking Newsletter.

View our new 2019 Spring Tree and Plant Sale Catalog (coming soon!) with plant descriptions and details.

Source: Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Spring Tree and Plant Sale

To Get Help or Give Help with 2-1-1

I came across this recently. It reminded me what a valuable resource we have for those in our community seeking to help or give help. -ed

To Get Help or Give Help
The Right People, with the Right Resources, at the Right Time and Place

24 hours a day, every day, 2-1-1 is the critical FirstLink between Greater Columbus’ efforts to reduce poverty and ensuring opportunity for every Central Ohioan. HandsOn’s 2-1-1 is the largest, AIRSTM accredited information and referral service in Ohio, and among the largest in the United States. Our professional team of certified resource specialists coordinate service delivery, strengthen food security, centralize homeless shelter access, and make volunteer service connections for nearly 500,000 people each year. We combine best practices, experience, and social innovation to provide one of the nation’s leading 2-1-1 services, in Central Ohio.

Call 2-1-1 or visit to reach thousands of social service, government and community resources in Franklin County to address any problem you might be facing or to be connected to volunteer opportunities.

from: Hands On Central Ohio

Columbus Metro Bike Map (MORPC)

Have a bike, but don’t know where to go? The Columbus Metro Bike Map gives you a color-coded view of the user-friendliness of on-road bike facilities in the core of Central Ohio. The printed map also features safety tips, a one-sided view of the regional map, and a larger inset of the downtown/Ohio State University area.

How to Receive a Bike Map
The fifth edition of the Columbus Metro Bike Map is available online as a pdf and as an interactive map, at local bike shops, and public libraries. Fill out the form below to request a printed copy. A MORPC team member will respond as soon as possible. You can also email bikemaps [at] morpc [dot] org, or call 614-228-2663.

Limit one per person. Organizations and special event requests for more than one map will be reviewed.

Bike Map Request Form, PDF, or Interactive Map, may be found here:
Columbus Metro Bike Map

Pipeline which crosses Forest Park

Perhaps you have received a mailing from Marathon Oil Co. regarding the pipeline which crosses Forest Park.


The pipeline crosses Cleveland Avenue and runs west between Minerva Park Place and Rolling Rock Drive, continues between Blackoak Avenue and Maplewood Drive, jogs south just east of Northtowne Boulevard, then resumes going west along the north side of Northcliff Drive until it crosses Tamarack Boulevard. It then jogs south a bit before resuming a westerly path just south of Riverbirch Drive and Penworth Drive. After crossing Karl Road the pipeline runs west along the south edge of Woodward Park (N. of Fahlander Dr N) until it crosses interstate 71. You can zoom in on a map at:


Safety Information:

Use your sense of sight, sound and smell to identify a potential pipeline leak.
Signs of a potential pipeline leak include:

  • A pool of liquid on the ground
  • A rainbow sheen on water
  • Dead or discolored vegetation
  • Continuous bubbling in water
  • Dirt or water being blown into the air
  • A dense white cloud or fog
  • An unusual hissing or roaring noise
  • An unusual odor such as gasoline, oil, sulfur or a rotten egg smell
  • Energy products transported in pipelines can be odorless. Use your sense of sight and sound as well as smell to identify a potential leak.

If you suspect a pipeline leak:

  • Leave the area immediately in an upwind direction and warn others to stay away
  • If you are near a school, hospital or large business, evacuate individuals from the area immediately as outlined in your emergency response plan
  • Do not light a match, start an engine, use a cell phone or turn on/off any electrical appliances
  • Once you are a safe distance away from the potential leak, use a telephone or cell phone to call 911 and Marathon Pipe Line LLC at 1-800-537-6644
  • Do not drive into an area where you suspect a leak, and do not touch or operate pipeline valves

Here are links to more information:

811 Ohio Pipeline Info
U.S. D.O.T. Pipeline Info
Marathon Additional Resources

Great Green Purge – One Stop Drop for Hard to Recycle Items – Saturday June 28 2014

The Great Green Purge
A One Stop Drop for Hard to Recycle Items

Big Green Head is always helping folks find responsible ways to get rid of “stuff” they no longer want or need. The Great Green Purge is a one-day answer to the question…”what do I do with this stuff?”

With cooperation from SWACO, The City of Columbus, The Ohio History Center, Natural Awakenings of Central Ohio and volunteers from Capitol Square Rotary Club and the Green Shanny Foundation; The Great Green Purge provides Central Ohioans the opportunity to conveniently and responsibly dispose of their unwanted “stuff” while educating the public and providing local resources for recycling throughout the year.

Habitat for Humanity, Mid Ohio – REMODELING MATERIALS
Furniture Bank of Central Ohio – FURNITURE
Goodwill Columbus – CLOTHING & GOODS
Franklinton Cycle Works – BICYCLES & ACCESSORIES
*click on the links above for each vendor’s “accepted items” list.

$20 disposal fee for tube tvs – Special handling is required as they contain several pounds of dangerous materials. Thank you for keeping them out of our landfill!
CRT Monitors – first 2 are free then $5 each.

Military Veterans Resource Center To Host Veterans Career Workshop Tuesday, June 24 2014

Military Veterans Resource Center To Host Veterans Career Workshop

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 2, 2014)–Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) invites all veterans looking for a new career to attend our free Veterans Career Workshop on Tuesday, June 24. This career workshop will take place at MVRC Headquarters, located at 1395 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Ste. 350. It will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

Veterans interested in attending the Veterans Career Workshop must pre-register by contacting career specialist Velecia Luckette at 614-636-4622, or velecia.luckette [at] milvetsrc [dot] org. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Interested veterans should call today to be sure of a seat.

This personalized, interactive workshop is designed to improve veterans’ job search skills and help them become more competitive job candidates. MVRC career specialists will work with veterans one-on-one and will provide individual career assessments, teach cover letter and resume writing, and conduct mock interviews. If veterans have a resume, they should bring it, as they will spend time revising their current resume or writing a new one.

Military Veterans Resource Center is a non-profit organization that provides personalized career services to veterans who served honorably. MVRC works with veterans one-on-one to identify the obstacles preventing them from gaining employment and helps them access the resources to overcome those obstacles. MVRC is based in Columbus, Ohio and operates seven centers throughout the state of Ohio. For additional information, please visit

Feel free to contact me with any questions.


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Abby Reynolds
Public Relations Specialist
1395 E. Dublin Granville Rd, Ste #350
Columbus, OH 43229
614-230-0662 x 103
614-504-4357 direct line