There are many ways to become involved in and give back to your community. Here at the city, much of what we do in service to you is the direct result of the hard work, planning and goal-setting of your fellow community members, be it Upper Arlington City Council or ad hoc groups formed to address a specific programming area or community issue.

There are many ways to become involved in and give back to your community. Here at the city, much of what we do in service to you is the direct result of the hard work, planning and goal-setting of your fellow community members, be it Upper Arlington City Council or ad hoc groups formed to address a specific programming area or community issue.

The city has a number of boards and commissions that serve the community on an ongoing basis, providing policy recommendations to city council based on their area of focus, and helping to oversee the implementation of various projects and programs.

Openings on these boards and commissions become available at different points throughout the year, affording participants the opportunity to help shape their community in areas that interest them.

Currently, the following entities have or will soon have vacancies that we hope to fill:

Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) & Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council (CRAHC): Both groups meet annually to review and make recommendations to City Council relative to the continuation or termination of existing tax incentive policies approved by the city for designated businesses and property owners.

City Tree Commission: Meets the first Tuesday of every other month to determine and make recommendations to City Council regarding the city's comprehensive street tree program.

Civil Service Commission: Meets the second Tuesday of every other month to prescribe, amend and enforce civil service rules for employees of the city of Upper Arlington.

Neighborhood Lighting Utility Board: Meets quarterly to monitor the design, operation, maintenance and inspection of the city's neighborhood lights.

Application forms and additional details can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office, 3600 Tremont Road, downloaded by clicking here, or obtained by calling 583-5030. As a reminder, public service of this nature is voluntary.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational

If you are a golf fan, this is a great week to live in UA as we welcome the Nationwide Children's Hospital Golf Invitational back to our community for the sixth consecutive year. This tournament not only puts UA on the national radar, it brings with it many visitors to our community. Before or after the day's golf rounds, they will be out enjoying the many restaurants, shops and services we offer here.

Please join with me in welcoming the players and their accompanying support, the media that will be spotlighting our community and, of course, the golf fans who have traveled here to enjoy the tournament. For full details of the tournament, visit www.nchigolf.com.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington City Manager.