Wednesday, August 30, 2006

More Graffiti Photos

I had difficulty adding these to the main Graffiti post. The same applies. Let's catch these twerps! Maybe we can get them to clean it all up!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Graffiti On The Increase

There is an increasing amount of graffiti appearing around Wayne Ave and along Wyoming Ave. If you see graffiti you can report it online at
The person doing it is leaving their "tag" and should be able to track down if anyone knows who the people are. If you know who is doing the graffiti you can post their name and remain anonymous and it will be forwarded to the police. I'm sure the person doing the "tagging" is new to the neighborhood and based on their behavior, won't remain here too long. In the meantime we have to deal with their behavioral disorder! Let us know if you know who uses these tags.

Drinking in the park

Every week it seems that people are drinking alcohol in the park at dark and are leaving their empty cases and containers lying around for others to clean up. This has gone on for years and is hard to police. If caught, the penalty is a ticket and a fine. The problem really isn't the drinking or vandalism, which is quite minimal. The problem is that glass bottles are being broken in the shelter and the glass gets tracked into the playing area where children visit every day.
In case you weren't aware, both alcohol and glass containers are prohibited in public parks. So that everyone is aware of the rules, I have asked several times for bi-lingual signs to be posted at the park but it seems that the department directors at the city have other ideas or aren't hearing me.
While we cannot condone the activity that seems to happen up there, we can ask for polite consideration for the other neighborhood people who visit the park. Please, properly dispose of containers, or if the garbage cans are full then take the containers home and dispose of them there. I suspect the people breaking the bottles are not the same as those drinking their contents but one is leading to the other. This is one of those cases where a small handful of people ruin the enjoyment for everybody.
If you are visiting the park and feel it is within your power to pick up some of the trash, feel free to do so. This is OUR park and is an asset that we shouldn't be prepared to lose to a small group of teenage thugs or bullies who in a few short years will no longer be smarter than their adult contemporaries!


Walnut Hills participates in the "Adopt-an-Area' program. Our area being Wyoming Ave from Highland Park to Wayne Ave. Twice a year volunteers pick up the litter and debris along this stretch of road. The next date for this event is October 14th. More details will be in the October newsletter. To volunteer, call Mike Schommer at 256-2516

Soccer in the park

Soccer in Walnut Hills Park is scheduled to begin after September 11th, 2006. The date was not confirmed at the time of this printing. It is for ages 4-9 and will operate in a similar way to the T-Ball program this summer with a practice and a game every week. If you would like to register your children or volunteer to participate in the program, call Theresa Wendell at 259-1898

Saturday, August 05, 2006

A resident contacted me to report that the driver of a white Chevy pickup with the plate # DBL 4181 was witnessed pulling aluminum downspouts off of garages and putting them in the back of their truck. If you see this vehicle you may want to watch what the occupant(s) are doing.

Alley Sweep and Park Picnic!

The alley sweep is scheduled for Saturday, August 26th. The city assigns two garbage trucks to travel up and down all the alleys while volunteers walk behind the trucks picking up trash and debris. There is also a tire truck and a metal collection truck that runs through the neighborhood but no volunteers are needed for them.
We will begin at 9 AM at the Church on the Rock located at 321 Edgar Ave. I need at least 8 volunteers to walk behind the trucks. Once again this will NOT be an additional opportunity to put out bulk waste. Any trash that appears to be for bulk pick up will be left in place. We cannot afford to fill up these trucks with items that should be scheduled for pick- up on the 17th or 31st of August with the city's regular schedule. (Call 333-8774 to schedule your bulk pick up). Everyone can help in a small way. We can clean the alleys but I would like everyone reading this (whether you live in Walnut Hills or not) to go out their front door and pick up the trash and litter in front of your house on that morning. Traditionally we feed the volunteers lunch. This year, since there are supplies left from the July 4th picnic, we will have another picnic in the park starting at 1 PM. We have already made provisions for a grill! If you have never ventured to the park, this would be a good day to go.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Dayton Activates Heat Emergency Plan

Release Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Contact: Lt. David Wright, Dayton Fire Department, 333-4536

As a result of the heat advisory issued by the Montgomery County Combined Health District, the City of Dayton has activated its Heat Emergency Plan to help area residents escape the excessively hot temperatures. Residents should take immediate action to protect themselves from the dangerously high temperatures. Families and neighbors are also asked to check on elderly residents and other at-risk individuals. The City’s Heat Emergency Plan will be in place for as long as a heat advisory warning is in effect for Montgomery County.

As part of its Heat Emergency Plan, the City of Dayton has designated its recreation centers as “cooling centers” during regular business hours. City personnel will monitor the situation and may extend the hours of operation according to the need and demand for their use. If necessary, EMS personnel may check conditions at the City’s cooling centers and offer assistance as needed. Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units are also equipped and ready to treat heat-related illnesses.

The following locations have been designated as public cooling centers:

City of Dayton Recreation & Youth Services facilities, including pools.
Bomberger Teen Center, 1306 E. Fifth St.
Lohrey Recreation Center and Belmont Pool, 2366 Glenarm Ave.
Northwest Recreation Center and Dabney Pool, 1600 Princeton Dr.
Burkhardt Recreation Center, 215 Burkhardt Ave.
Richard A. Ellison Senior Citizens Center, 2412 W. Third St.
Stuart Patterson Recreation Center, 238 Baltimore St.
Westwood Recreation Center, 611 Leland Ave.
Riverbend Art Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.

RTA Hubs
South: 2730 Lyons Rd.
North: 2075 Shiloh Springs Rd.
West: Westown Shopping Center
East: Eastown Shopping Center
Downtown: Wright Stop Plaza, 4 S. Main Street

For more information on the City of Dayton’s Heat Emergency Plan, contact Lt. David Wright at 333-4536.

Reminders for Dealing with Excessive Heat


Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations, such as malls or libraries.
Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
Take a cool bath or shower.
Minimize direct exposure to the sun.
Stay hydrated – regularly drink water or other non-alcoholic fluids.
Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods, such as fruits or salads.
Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes.
Check on older, sick or frail people who may need help in responding to the heat.
Know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses.


Direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when the room temperature is hotter than 90 degrees.
Leave children and pets alone in cars for any amount of time.
Drink alcohol to try to stay cool.
Eat heavy, hot or hard-to-digest foods.
Wear heavy, dark clothing.