This Week in Middletown (August 22 – August 28)

The summer fun continues in Middletown.  If you are looking for something to do to get out of the house and be active in your community next week, take a look at these options!

Next Friday, August 26th has multiple events.

Movies in the Park will be shown at Damon Park this week.  The movie will be The Lego Moving with Salvation Army Mercy Point providing refreshments.

You can find general info on Movies in the Park on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyMovieNightsMiddletown/

And on the CBI website: http://www.cbimiddletown.org/summer-family-movie-nights/

The Takin’ it to the Streets concert series will feature Face Value at 8 p.m. downtown. The concerts are located on Broad Street between Central Avenue  and Reynolds Street.

Next Saturday, August 27th.

Craft Beer Walk | 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Don’t miss Downtown Middletown, Inc.’s Craft Beer Walk, right in the heart of Downtown Middletown!

Modified after the very successful Women’s Wine and Chocolate Walk, Downtown Middletown, Inc. is bringing you an all-new Craft Beer Walk, right in your backyard. You’ll enjoy beer tastings and small bites at all of your favorite local downtown businesses – all in effort to raise awareness and funds for the revitalization push happening now in Downtown Middletown.

For additional information, click on the link below

http://downtownmiddletown.org/craft-beer-walk-downtown-middletown/

or contact  Downtown Middletown, Inc. at downtownmiddletown@gmail.com

 

The Takin’ it to the Streets concert series will feature The Hathaways at 8 p.m. downtown. The concerts are located on Broad Street between Central Avenue  and Reynolds Street.  For information on The Hathaways, click on the link below.

http://www.thehathawaysrock.com/index.html

Next Sunday August 28th.

Central Connections  will host a Sunday Breakfast Brunch Buffet | 10:00am – 2:00pm

  MENU:
Coconut French toast, Pancakes, Blintzes, Home fries, Polish sausage and peppers,  Thick-cut smoked bacon, Scrambled eggs, Fried apples, Biscuits and sausage gravy, Fresh fruit, Yogurt and cottage cheese, Assorted muffins,  Assorted pastries, and Bagels with cream cheese.The Cost is:
· adults–$13.95 per person.
· children ages 4 to 12–$7.95 per child.
· children age 3 and under eat free.The following drinks are included with brunch; (coffee, orange juice, iced sweet tea, and water). Soda pop is $2 per person with free refills.Groups of 10 or more will need to reserve tables by calling Chef Karen, 217.2488.Central Connections is located at 3907 Central Ave. Middletown, OH
For more information contact Chef Karen Reed at kreed@centralconnections.org or 513-217-2488.  See also: http://www.centralconnections.org/

Skate Jam | 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave, Middletown OH

Join in on more Middletown fun with the Skate Jam, hosted by Lester’s Rock and Roll!

This is free and open to the public – the Skate Jam will be live skating demonstrations and live music, all at the Baker Bowl in Smith Park.

 Have a great week!

Gee Your Band Smells Terrific – September 2nd Downtown

We have great concerts all summer downtown between the Broad Street Bash and the Takin’ it to the Streets concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.  I try to get each week’s offerings in my Monday morning post so that everyone knows who is coming.

One of the advantages of having my own blog is I get to talk about whatever I want.  In this post, I want to make a shameless plug for a good friend’s band.

On Friday, September 2nd, Takin’ it to the Streets will offer Gee Your Band Smells Terrific.  The lead guitarist is a good friend of mine who grew up with my wife.  The band plays everything 1970’s from all musical genres including arena rock, one-hit wonders, funk/boogie, classic rock, sugar/candy, soft rock, early new wave and more.  They usually play about a three hour show hitting everything from the Archies to Grease, to Aerosmith, Boston, Disco, and more.

If you like 1970’s music, there isn’t a better place to sit back and enjoy a great night of 70’s music in Southwest Ohio.  They are simply great musicians.

I’ll be there and I hope you’ll come out and support the band, downtown and enjoy a great night of music.  You can learn more about Gee Your Band Smells Terrific at the links below.

Come on out and get your groove on….

http://www.geeyourband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=gee%20your%20band%20smells%20terrific

 

River Bike Trail Google Trekker Program

As you may know, Middletown lies within the Great Miami River Trail that runs throughout our region.  As a City, we participate in all projects and efforts made to benefit the Trail, the region, and Middletown.

Five Rivers Metroparks in Dayton has partnered with the Outdoor Adventure Corporation to participate in the Google Trekker Program. The Google Trekker program is a program in which 4’-wide utility carts with Google Trekker 360-degree cameras attached will be sent out throughout the region’s metro parks in order to make a complete, comprehensive, and useful online mapping system for all who wish to use the Great Miami River Trail.

trekker

This will help people who are coming to enjoy recreation along the Great Miami River Trail to plan their trips for safety, and having the accurate and new imagery will help us to showcase the unique paved trail network that we have throughout the region.

Keep an eye out for the utility carts as you are enjoying the bikeways in Middletown, as the program will take a couple of months to complete throughout the region. All license plate numbers and faces that are captured in the Google Trekker panoramic shots will be blurred out.

If you have any further questions regarding this project, please contact Five Rivers Metroparks at (937) 274-3144.

 

City of Middletown Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost issued a press release yesterday praising the city for its financial reporting.    We have our budget, our finances, our quarterly reports and our checkbook online.   We work hard to be transparent and factually correct, and this suggests that we are on the right path.

From the Auditor’s Press Release:

A recent financial audit of the City of Middletown (Butler County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report.  The city’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

“Good finance is important to everything government does,” Auditor Yost said.  “Sound budgetary decisions depend on clean and accurate books.”

The Auditor of State Award with Distinction is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit.  Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

  • The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in the form of a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report);
  • The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies,  Single Audit findings or questionable costs;
  • The entity’s management letter contains no comments relating to:
    • Ethics referrals
    • Questioned costs less than $10,000
    • Lack of timely report submission
    • Reconciliation
    • Failure to obtain a timely Single  Audit
    • Findings for recovery less than $100
    • Public meetings or public records
  • No other financial or other concerns exist that involve eligible entity.

 

This Week in Middletown (August 15 – August 21)

The summer fun continues in Middletown.  If you are looking for something to do to get out of the house and be active in your community next week, take a look at these options!

The Middletown Arts Center continues their exhibition all week exploring contemporary still-life entitled, “Still Alive.” Organized by Cincinnati-based independent curator Maria Seda-Reeder, the show features the work of more than a dozen artists working in various disciplines. There will be gallery talks and workshops by participating artists throughout the run of the show, which closes August 18th.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
John Auer, Amanda Bialk, Arynn Blazer, Patricia Duque Campos (Una Floral), Joe Castrucci, Sara Caswell-Pearce (Paper With a Past), Colin Klimesh, Pam Kravetz, Katie Parker & Guy Michael Davis (Future Retrieval), Brooke Shanesy, Mica Smith, Megan Strasser (Fern), and Christy Wittmer.
EXHIBITION SPONSORS: Middletown Arts Festival, First Financial Bank, Your Doctor
For additional information, contact Hilary Nauman at 513-424-2417.  Middletown Art Center is located at 130 N Verity Pkwy, Middletown OH 45042

National Night Out

Next Friday, August 19th has multiple events.

Movies in the Park will be shown at Goldman Park this week.  The movie will be Zootopia with Calvary Baptist Church providing refreshments.

You can find general info on Movies in the Park on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyMovieNightsMiddletown/

And on the CBI website: http://www.cbimiddletown.org/summer-family-movie-nights/

The Takin’ it to the Streets concert series will feature Hambone Combo at 8 p.m. downtown. The concerts are located on Broad Street between Central Avenue  and Reynolds Street.

Next Saturday, August 20th.

 

The End of Summer Bash is on and they will be bringing the Funk..  The event is family friendly and free with music starting at 5:30 p.m. on Governor’s Square.   Bring  your lawn chair, grab at bite to eat at one of the downtown restaurants and enjoy the music!    For information on Broad Street Bash, click on the link: http://www.longlivethebash.com/

Next Sunday August 21st.

Central Connections  will host a Sunday Breakfast Brunch Buffet | 10:00am – 2:00pm

  MENU:
Coconut French toast, Pancakes, Blintzes, Home fries, Polish sausage and peppers,  Thick-cut smoked bacon, Scrambled eggs, Fried apples, Biscuits and sausage gravy, Fresh fruit, Yogurt and cottage cheese, Assorted muffins,  Assorted pastries, and Bagels with cream cheese.The Cost is:
· adults–$13.95 per person.
· children ages 4 to 12–$7.95 per child.
· children age 3 and under eat free.The following drinks are included with brunch; (coffee, orange juice, iced sweet tea, and water). Soda pop is $2 per person with free refills.Groups of 10 or more will need to reserve tables by calling Chef Karen, 217.2488.Central Connections is located at 3907 Central Ave. Middletown, OH
For more information contact Chef Karen Reed at kreed@centralconnections.org or 513-217-2488.  See also: http://www.centralconnections.org/

Have a great week!

Code Enforcement and Police Year to Date Reports

I told you as we received the remaining reports from MPD, I’d add them in this separate look at crime and code enforcement through June 30, 2016.

Middletown Division of Police continues to get the job done.  In addition to all of their community outreach, they are cracking down on crime throughout the city.  Year to date, Part 1 serious crimes are down another 5% over the same period last year (1,649 last year vs. 1,566 this year.)  Thefts are down 7.4% over the same period last year (1,173 last year vs. 1,086 this year).   Drug related arrests are up almost 60% year to date (359 ytd vs. 223 last year).

Year to Date in Code Enforcement, the department has completed:

  • 272 Commercial/Zoning Inspections – 137 Were Resolved Voluntarily,

Another 49 Were Resolved with Abatement

  • 772 Residential Housing Inspections – 438 Were Resolved Voluntarily,

Another 357 Were Resolved with Abatement

  • 2907 Nuisance Inspections, 677 Were Resolved Voluntarily,

Another 1,461 Were Resolved with Abatement

 

Our city staff is working every day to make the city safer and cleaner.  We hope you notice the difference!

Have a great day.

This Week In Middletown (August 8- August 14)

The summer fun continues in Middletown.  If you are looking for something to do to get out of the house and be active in your community next week, take a look at these options!

The Middletown Arts Center continues their exhibition all week exploring contemporary still-life entitled, “Still Alive.” Organized by Cincinnati-based independent curator Maria Seda-Reeder, the show features the work of more than a dozen artists working in various disciplines. There will be gallery talks and workshops by participating artists throughout the run of the show, which closes August 18th.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
John Auer, Amanda Bialk, Arynn Blazer, Patricia Duque Campos (Una Floral), Joe Castrucci, Sara Caswell-Pearce (Paper With a Past), Colin Klimesh, Pam Kravetz, Katie Parker & Guy Michael Davis (Future Retrieval), Brooke Shanesy, Mica Smith, Megan Strasser (Fern), and Christy Wittmer.
EXHIBITION SPONSORS: Middletown Arts Festival, First Financial Bank, Your Doctor
For additional information, contact Hilary Nauman at 513-424-2417.  Middletown Art Center is located at 130 N Verity Pkwy, Middletown OH 45042

National Night Out

Next Wednesday, August 10th is Broad Street Bash night downtown.  The date is an add- on make-up date featuring blues and jazz..  The event is family friendly and free with music starting at 5:30 p.m. on Governor’s Square.   Bring  your lawn chair, grab at bite to eat at one of the downtown restaurants and enjoy the music!    For information on Broad Street Bash, click on the link: http://www.longlivethebash.com/

Next Friday, August 12th has multiple events.

Movies in the Park will be shown at Douglass and Jacot Parks this week.  Douglass Park’s movie will be Monsters University with New Life Community Church of Middletown providing refreshments.  Jacot Park will show Despicable Me 2 with Vineyard Cincinnati Middletown providing refreshments.

You can find general info on Movies in the Park on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyMovieNightsMiddletown/

And on the CBI website: http://www.cbimiddletown.org/summer-family-movie-nights/

The Takin’ it to the Streets concert series will feature Powerglide at 8 p.m. downtown. The concerts are located on Broad Street between Central Avenue  and Reynolds Street.

For info on Powerglide, see:https://www.facebook.com/Powerglide-1662050547349131/

Next Saturday, August 13th.

The Takin’ it to the Streets concert series will feature 5 O’clock Friday at 8 p.m. downtown. The concerts are located on Broad Street between Central Avenue  and Reynolds Street.

For info on 5 O’clock Friday, see:http://www.5oclockrocks.com/#!/pageHome

 

Next Sunday August 14th

Central Connections’  will host a Sunday Breakfast Brunch Buffet | 10:00am – 2:00pm

  MENU:Coconut French toast, Pancakes, Blintzes, Home fries, Polish sausage and peppers,  Thick-cut smoked bacon, Scrambled eggs, Fried apples, Biscuits and sausage gravy, Fresh fruit, Yogurt and cottage cheese, Assorted muffins,  Assorted pastries, and Bagels with cream cheese.The Cost is:
· adults–$13.95 per person.
· children ages 4 to 12–$7.95 per child.
· children age 3 and under eat free.The following drinks are included with brunch; (coffee, orange juice, iced sweet tea, and water). Soda pop is $2 per person with free refills.

Groups of 10 or more will need to reserve tables by calling Chef Karen, 217.2488.

Central Connections is located at 3907 Central Ave. Middletown, OH
For more information contact Chef Karen Reed at kreed@centralconnections.org or 513-217-2488.  See also: http://www.centralconnections.org/

Have a great week!