Vision Zero Columbus transportation safety initiative

This came out as my wife came home from riding her bike to the Karl Road Library, and was again reminded how people speed and do not heed (sharrows) on Karl Road. I put in my contribution. If you have concerns please do likewise!

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther in March announced a bold transportation safety initiative to work toward eliminating all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on the city’s transportation network.

Vision Zero Columbus makes protecting human lives the highest priority of our transportation system, while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all residents and visitors.

Your input is important and valued. Please go to the map at to mark locations where you have had a close call or think pose transportation safety risks. Take the survey on the website, too.

June 2020 Forester (it’s Membership month)

JUNE 2020 Forester
You membership mailing should be with this issue.
PLEASE NOTE (from Membership Coordinator Mike Stone:

Within the last few days, you should have received an envelope containing our June Forester and membership materials. If you have the means, it would be very helpful if you could return your membership as soon as conveniently possible.

Please note that a number of envelopes accidentally have incorrect data sheets. If you find a data sheet and the printed information is not yours, simply cross out the incorrect information and write yours to the side. You can also print off a fresh data sheet or use the online form, at Join FPCA, under Membership Forms. Very sorry for the inconvenience.

FPCA Senior Support – Face Protection

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

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

Recycling Matters Even During a Pandemic

Ty Marsh, Director of SWACO (Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio), sent out a letter recently that is worth sharing. Some of the links in the letter seem broken, so I have attempted to supply corrected ones in the quoted text below.

Recycling Matters Even During a Pandemic

“Flattening the curve” has been the driving force behind nearly every policy decision the past few weeks. And rightfully so. In order to protect the health and safety of American citizens, we need to stop the spread of coronavirus as quickly as possible.

In working to achieve this critical goal, we’ve seen a temporary reduction in pollution, energy consumption and waste production. Recently, The New York Times reported “huge declines in pollution over major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Chicago and Atlanta.”

Locally, Franklin County has seen reductions too. The closure of schools, universities, businesses and other commercial facilities has resulted in a reduction in the amount of recyclable and waste material that’s being created. In fact, the amount of material coming to the sanitary landfill is down 8%, or approximately 2,000 tons a week, from just a few short weeks ago.

While this is good news in the near-term, these environmental improvements aren’t permanent.

That’s why I encourage you to continue the sustainability practices you’ve always engaged in and, if you’re inspired, to adopt a few more. There are so many things you can be doing, and just a little bit of effort can make a very big difference.

Take recycling, for example. With coronavirus forcing many of us to work from and spend more time at home, we’re consuming more products packaged in glass, plastic and cardboard. These materials are all recyclable, and Franklin County’s curbside pick-up and drop-off recycling programs (* see Columbus curbside recycling) make recycling as easy and safe as possible.

Recycling right has never been more important. The reduction in the amount of available material has also created an increase in the demand for recyclables like paper and cardboard.

Recycled newspapers, magazines, envelopes and school papers are needed to create products like paper towels and the toilet paper that’s been so hard to find. And recycled cardboard is used to make new boxes so we can avoid shopping in person and instead have goods shipped to our homes.

If we all prioritize recycling now and into the future, we’ll not only help our environment, but we’ll also help our economy. Nearly 400 companies make up central Ohio’s recycling industry, providing jobs and much-needed paychecks to about 5,000 people.

April is Earth Month, so let’s come together – virtually – and commit to helping without leaving our homes. Whether you recycle, compost or just turn off lights, your actions matter.

Before I close, I’d like to express my gratitude to the first responders, healthcare workers and others on the front-line of this battle. This includes SWACO’s very own employees who are working hard every day to keep the landfill open for the health and safety of our community as well as all of the sanitation workers who, day in and day out, are putting their health at risk to ensure our waste and recyclables are collected and disposed of. Thank you to all of them!


Ty Marsh
Executive Director

See the entire letter here! (You can even sign up for more.) Or visit SWACO.

Absentee Ballot Request – if you haven’t voted

It’s not to late to get in your Absentee Ballot Request at the Franklin County Board of Elections!

OR from the or the Secretary of State at: or by calling 1-877-767-6446.

Ballots must be postmarked by April 27, 2020; or dropped off at the Franklin County Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. April 28, 2020. Further information on deadlines, etc. may be found at the Secretary of State’s H.B. 197 FAQ.

The Columbus Dispatch April 7 edition has a copy of the Ohio Absentee Ballot Request on page B-4, along with other information.

Area Kroger stores have Absentee Ballot Requests available.

2020 Census | Censo 2020 | Tirakoobka 2020 | Sensa ya 2020 | … and more

Please tell everyone how easy it is to complete your 2020 Census online.  Just go to

Welcome to the 2020 Census

  • It’s quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It’s safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.

Front Window Easter Egg Hunt

from Pam Weaver (as seen in April 2020 Forester)
— Forest Park Social (Distancing) Activities Committee

A Little Fun For Everyone…

As a mom of two very active boys, ages 7 and 9, I have to admit that things can get a little tense sometimes being cooped up inside all day with homeschooling. In March, some residents suggested on our neighborhood Facebook page that we all get out and do a “Shamrock Hunt” throughout the neighborhood – the Social-Distancing version of a shamrock hunt that is. Many residents joined in the fun by printing and coloring pictures of shamrocks and then hanging them in their front windows. Neighborhood children and adults then went out on daily walks and had a good time “hunting” for new colored shamrocks in the windows of their neighbors. My boys and I had a great time going on walks ourselves! We tried new routes each time and discovered quite a few beautifully colored shamrocks.

Well, lets keep the fun going! For April, I’d like to encourage our residents to join in on the Forest Park Front Window Easter Egg Hunt! Create a paper Easter egg of your own, then paint it, color it, glue construction paper to it – get as creative as you want – but make it bright and visible from the sidewalk. Even if you don’t have children, join in by going out for a walk and enjoying all the gorgeous window eggs, or you can even put up a window egg of your own to brighten up someone else’s day. Feel free to use the blank egg template in this issue of The Forester. I’m looking forward to a beautiful April!

See the egg to color in April 2020 Forester! – see page 10!