Michael F. Curtin, associate publisher emeritus of The Columbus Dispatch, will be the featured speaker at Capital University's 157th commencement Saturday, May 3.

Michael F. Curtin, associate publisher emeritus of The Columbus Dispatch, will be the featured speaker at Capital University's 157th commencement Saturday, May 3.

Degrees will be conferred on about 470 graduates. Curtin will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

Curtin retired in December after 34 years at The Dispatch, where he rose through the ranks from reporter to vice chairman. He now serves the newspaper as a consultant on civic affairs and editorial policy.

Capital's commencement is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday in the Capital Center at the corner of Mound Street and Pleasant Ridge Avenue.

Ed Showman, Bexley Middle School's longtime technology teacher, will retire at the end of the school year. He began his career in 1980 as the school's wood shop teacher. Later he taught television and technology.

Showman served in the military prior to his years in the teaching profession. After enlisting in the Army out of high school, he served as a military policeman, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.

Upon returning Showman began a program at Ohio State University, which was interrupted when he and a friend embarked on a bicycle tour of the United States. They rode their bicycles more than 6,000 miles, from Ohio to the East Coast, to the west coast of Oregon, down the Pacific Coast highway to Mexico and across the great Mojave Desert to Las Vegas. He then finished college and has taught in Bexley since.

In retirement he plans to become an organic farmer. He also restores tractors.

The Bexley City School District will benefit from the largest Impact Grant awarded by the Bexley Education Foundation. The grant will purchase 69 SmartBoards -- interactive white boards -- for Bexley schools.

The BEF voted unanimously April 16 to place the technology in all Bexley classrooms currently lacking one, at every grade level, by fall.

The SmartBoard provides classroom access to a variety of computer-based and multimedia materials, including the Internet.

The BEF's contribution of $376,050 for SmartBoard models and their installation will be matched by school district funds in the amount of $214,203. Most of the district funds will cover the costs of teacher training and various items essential to support the technology.

The grant, to be paid over three years to Bexley schools, will bring 24 SmartBoards to Montrose Elementary, 18 to Maryland, 16 to Cassingham and 11 to Bexley High School.

For more information about the BEF's Impact Grant, contact Superintendent Mike Johnson at mjohnson@bexley.k12.oh.us or (614) 231-7611.

With the arrival of spring, the Bexley Code Enforcement Office has issued several reminders for residents who may be considering spring home improvement or landscaping projects.

The following guidelines apply to trees and bushes on private property: trees must be trimmed to no less than eight feet above sidewalks and 15 feet above streets and alleys; bushes and trees should also be pruned "in such a manner that they will not obstruct or shade the street lights, obstruct the passage of pedestrians on sidewalks, obstruct vision of traffic signs, obstruct view of any street or alley intersection or generally obstruct vehicular traffic."

Trash receptacles should not be placed out before noon Sunday and should be removed the same day that trash is collected.

Also, most home improvement projects, including windows, roofing, decks, fences, porches and garages, among others, require permits from the city. Call the Bexley Building Department at 559-4240 with any questions.

For additional information, call code enforcement officer David Hayes at 559-4247.

The Trinity Seminary Choir will perform Haydn's "Mass in B-Flat" at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the Gloria Dei Worship Center on Trinity's campus, 2199 E. Main St.

The 50-voice choir will be joined by soloists Margaret Kohler, Rebecca Keck, Matthew Pittman and Jonathan Stuckey, and organist Ellen Cutting.

The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken.

For more information, call (614) 235-4136 or visit www.TrinityLutheranSeminary.edu.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus will host musician Arkady Gips with emcee Tatyana Yassenov for its annual Victory Day commemoration event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the JCC, 1125 College Ave.

The event will include a memorial service and candle-lighting ceremony, and entertainment. The cost is $13 per person and the public is invited.

Reservations are requested by Friday, May 2. To register, call (614) 559-6215 or e-mail rpatlashenko@columbusjcc.org.

For more information, visit www.columbusjcc.org or call (614) 231-2731.