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Mozart's gatherings, WOSU garner CAC's appreciation

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Gratitude was in abundance at last week's Clintonville Area Commission session, much of it directed toward the owners of a local restaurant that hosted children and their parents looking for something to do on recent school calamity days.

A certificate of appreciation also was approved for WOSU Public Media and producer Mary Rathke for the Columbus Neighborhoods episode focusing on Clintonville, first broadcast Jan. 26.

It was an "outstanding documentary film on the history of Clintonville," CAC Chairman Daniel B. Miller said.

The other resolution approved by the panel expressed thanks to those involved in organizing and contributing to activities for children at Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe when harsh winter weather led to the closure of Columbus City Schools late last month.

"The snow-day activities for children on Jan. 28 and 29, 2014, exemplify the outstanding community spirit, citizenship and volunteerism for which Clintonville is known," the resolution stated.

Those singled out for their contributions included local puppeteer Bob Abdou, Marcel Cairo, the Clintonville Community Market, Colonial Candy Shoppe, Donatos Pizza, Lucky's Market, Million LEGOs for Kids, Mozart's owners Anand and Doris Saha, face-painter Suzanne Camilli Beem and Weiland's Market.

Also at last week's meeting, commission members received an annual update from Bill Owens, executive director of the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.

"We've had a big year," Owens said.

A total of 4,451 people from 1,632 different households in 40 different ZIP codes received food -- 317,515 meals worth -- as well as clothing and items for other basic needs in 2013, he reported. The Senior Support Services program helped out 390 older adults.

The Kids Club after-school program expanded last year for the first time since 1998, Owens said, with 25 additional children able to participate at Maple Grove United Methodist Church. That brought the total number of children in the Kids Club to 113.

Looking ahead, Owens said CRC personnel would conduct a needs assessment in Clintonville to identify "emerging issues in the neighborhood."

He, too, thanked the Sahas for having raised $272,000 over the past 16 years through an annual December event at Mozart's.

Eric Van Deusen, a volunteer "ambassador" for RecyColumbus, the city's recycling program, offered CAC members information on some changes that will take effect beginning March 3. Existing residential customers no longer will alternate between recycling collection and yard-waste pickup. Both will take place on the same day, and the day of collection will remain the same. To accommodate this, however, and to prevent recycling material from backing up at the Rumpke processing facility, collection districts will be split in two, with half being picked up one week and the other half the following week, Van Deusen said.

This change is in response to a survey that found continuing confusion among residents over which week they were to put out leaf bags and which week the blue recycling bins, he added.

The program also is being expanded to include apartments, condominiums and townhomes where the residents use 90- or 300-gallon trash containers that are serviced by the city's refuse-collection personnel, and where there is space available for the recycling bins.

District 8 representative Kristopher Keller noted residents may register online to receive email reminders of recycling days.

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