Dublin was not selected Intelligent Community of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum.

Dublin was not selected Intelligent Community of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum.

At an awards ceremony held last Friday in New York, Suwon, South Korea, was chosen as the winner from a group of seven cities that included Dublin. The other candidates were Arlington County, Va.; Dundee, Scotland; Eindhoven, Netherlands; Ottawa, Ontario; and Tallinn, Estonia.

Although Dublin did not receive the top honor, it is a founding member of the Intelligent Community Association, "which will promote best practices of Intelligent Communities, support research and advocate for digital inclusion," according to information from the city.

"Though Dublin may be the smallest of the top seven communities honored this year, I think this achievement demonstrates that the city's initiatives are on par with innovative communities across the globe," Mayor Tim Lecklider said in a news release.

According to Dublin, the Intelligent Community Forum selected communities that understand the "broadband economy and have taken conscious steps to create an economy capable of prospering in it."

Dublin was named a "Smart21 Community" by the group in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

This was the first time Dublin reached the top seven.

The city announced a partnership this week with a local business that will provide Wi-Fi services throughout Dublin.

Dublin-based HighSpeedAir Inc. and the city launched a citywide Wi-Fi network that will provide wireless Internet access to businesses and residents with a subscription.

According to the city, the family-owned HighSpeedAir uses Cisco technology to provide Wi-Fi for residents, businesses and government employees.

"The primary goals of this system are to enhance public safety and improve the city's operational efficiencies, while also offering a valuable broadband service option to the community," a news release said.

The partnership will provide Wi-Fi to many types of wireless devices including laptops, iPhone, iPad and Droid.

Devices for homes and businesses that boost the signal are available "at a low cost," the release said.

For more information, look online at Dublin.oh.us.

Dublin recently received the gold level award from the American Heart Association's "Start! Fit-Friendly Companies" program.

The award honors employers that encourage healthy living with physical activity programs and foster a culture of health and wellness in the workplace, a release from the city said.

Dublin implemented the Healthy by Choice program, which educates employees on their health and healthy decisions, in 2006.

"The goal of the Healthy by Choice program has been encourage our employees to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors that will ultimately lead to a reduction in preventable health risks in our population and reduce the rate of growth of the city's health-care expenditures," David Harding, Dublin's director of human resources, said in the release. "We're seeing strong evidence the program is working on both fronts."

Dublin also received this award in 2009.

A juvenile has been arrested in connection with a suspicious device discovered at a Dublin home last week, authorities said.

The device was found at a home in the 8000 block of Hollyrood Court at 10:38 a.m. Wednesday, May 19. Dublin police, a bomb squad from Columbus and a state arson squad were dispatched to the home.

Three homes were evacuated for several hours.

The bomb squad examined the small, bottle-like object, destroyed it and took samples for testing, said David Ball, city of Dublin spokesman.

Battalion chief David Whiting of the Columbus fire department said a juvenile was arrested. Shane Cartmill of the state fire marshal's office said the case has been turned over to the Franklin County prosecutor.

The name of the juvenile was not released.