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Bellevue opens region's fifth Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Local shoppers seeking discounted home renovation supplies can now look no farther than the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which opened recently on Donnermeyer Drive, in a shopping center that has long housed Goodwill, Big Lots and other discount merchants.
The new Bellevue Restore is the fifth of its kind in the region and will feature salvaged appliances, cabinets, furniture, building products and other household items.
The nonprofit, Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC) is the group behind the ReStore project. The Greater Cincinnati chapter opened in 1986 in efforts, according to the group’s website, to, “…build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”
HFHGC salvages items from demolished and abandoned properties throughout the region. According to its website, the group is responsible for diverting up to 500 tons of waste from local landfills each year.
Visit the HFHGC website for more information.


KY Makers Market to feature regional playbook launch

The season’s final installment of the popular Old Kentucky Makers Market series will kick off Friday, November 4 in Bellevue and feature craft beer, local food and music. The event will be a variety of local vendors, as well as autumn-themed activities
The purpose of the series is to showcase Northern Kentucky’s vast and varied handmade offerings and homespun ideas, but organizers are also using the event to test the Neighborhood Playbook — a tool created by two local residents that will help bring investment and positive change to emerging communities.
The playbook was created by People’s Liberty Project Grantees Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol — both Northern Kentucky residents, but who work extensively with redevelopment groups representing both sides of the river.
Organizers will distribute copies of the Neighborhood Playbook and share ideas for individuals and groups to activate their neighborhoods and build on positive momentum.
The event starts at 5 p.m. at 700 Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue. Visit the Old Kentucky Makers Market Facebook page for more info and to RSVP.
Catch the WVXU interview with Wright and Nickol here.


Beyond the Curb brings hundreds to Ludlow

The fourth installment of the popular Beyond the Curb series took place over the weekend in Ludlow, KY, and featured hundreds of visitors exploring the cozy river town community’s unique public spaces and private residences.
Previous Beyond the Curb tours have explored riverfront spaces in Newport, Covington and Bellevue/Dayton. Tours feature both renovated properties and new construction – all with the goal of showcasing the wide variety of options for living and working in Northern Kentucky’s urban core.
The Catalytic Fund is the group charged with promoting events and series like Beyond the Curb, with a mission of “accelerating Northern Kentucky’s urban renaissance though targeted investments in catalytic real estate development and redevelopment projects in urban neighborhoods.”
The Catalytic Fund is a private sector, not-for-profit organization providing financing assistance and related services for developers of quality residential and commercial real estate projects in Northern Kentucky’s urban cities. The organization was designed to implement the urban renaissance initiatives outlined in the myNKY regional plan, and emphasizes the “Power of Six” focus areas critical to regional economic competitiveness.
Visit thecatalyticfund.org to learn more about the organization’s goals and discover more upcoming and ongoing events.
Read the full River City News story and explore Beyond the Curb photos here.


Plans still in works to redevelop iconic Bellevue theater

Nearly one year ago, developer Kent Hardman announced his plans to transform Bellevue’s historic Marianne Theater into a brewery. This month it was announced that the City of Bellevue will extend its memorandum of understanding, allowing more time for those plans to come to fruition.
Hardman’s past accomplishments include renovation of the old Jackson Theater in Cincinnati’s Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood, as well as redevelopment of an old firehouse, which now houses Fireside Pizza and Hardman’s personal residence.
After purchasing the Marianne for $138,000 in 2014, Bellevue enlisted the Catalytic Fund’s help in evaluating requests and choosing a developer. The memorandum will extend for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 90 days.

Read the full River City News article here.

City approves completion of Newport's Riverwalk

Newport officials this week announced the city’s approval of a contract with Woolpert Engineering to create a pedestrian bridge from the foot of the Taylor-Southgate Bridge to the floodwall on the Northern Kentucky side.
The announcement marks the latest development in NKY’s Riverfront Commons project – a planned 11-mile trail that will eventually connect Ft. Thomas to Ludlow and cost a total of $1.65 million.
Another related project on the Bellevue-Newport border, Taylor Creek Overlook Park, will continue this summer. In addition to tying into the overarching Riverfront Commons plans, the two projects will do much to increase walkability between the neighboring cities.
“Ultimately, we want sidewalks to Bellevue,” said Newport City Manager Tom Fromme.
Read the full River City News story here.

Northern Kentucky to host River Cities Relay race

This summer brings a brand-new event to NKY’s riverfront that promises both a health and an economic boon for the region.
The River Cities Relay, a new event presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, will start and end under Newport’s Purple People Bridge. The finish line will feature a celebration complete with local food, drink and live music.
The Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2016 created the race event, adding a charitable component with a list of beneficiaries that includes the Brighton Center, Parish Kitchen and the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.
The 15-mile race will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, with registration now open for individuals as well as two- and four-person relay teams.
Read the full River City News story here.

Campbell County Schools hires local educator as new superintendent

On April 18, Campbell County’s five-member Board of Education voted unanimously to hire David A Rust as the county district’s new superintendent.
Rust, former director of academic services at Bellevue Independent Schools, has 21 years of experience working in education. He will begin his new role this summer in preparation for the 2016-17 academic year.
Campbell County ranks No. 21 out of Kentucky’s 173 public school districts, a ranking that is based on statewide test results. Campbell County ranks fourth among Northern Kentucky districts behind Fort Thomas Independent Schools, Beechwood Independent Schools in Fort Mitchell and Walton-Verona Independent in Boone County.
Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer article here.

Dayton vice mayor previews Beyond the Curb NKY urban tour

“Vibrancy is a core and essential feature of our Northern Kentucky river cities – it’s a chief reason why so many choose to live, work and play here,” Dayton Vice Mayor Ben Baker said in a recent Enquirer opinion piece.
Baker’s comments preview the upcoming installment of Beyond the Curb, an ongoing urban living tour of Northern Kentucky that allows participants an inside look at some of the region's most iconic structures. The tour will come to Bellevue and Dayton April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Past tours have featured residences and other buildings in Newport and Covington. The series highlights NKY’s walkability and unique history as well as its proximity to river trails and other outdoor amenities.

For more information and to register, visit beyondthecurb.org.
Read the full Enquirer story here.

NKY smoking rates continue to be concern for health officials

Northern Kentucky streets and sidewalks are consistently littered with discarded cigarette butts. The volume of smokers in Kentucky ranks the state as third in the nation, and Northern Kentucky contributes heavily to that.

Twenty-seven percent of Kenton County residents use cigarettes, including high school and middle school students.

“We have a long rich history of growing tobacco in Kentucky. Even though that's not the number-one crop in Kentucky, the historical knowledge and influence that it has had is still very prevalent for us today,” said Stephanie Vogle, Director of Population Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department. “We hear about people being sent to college from their parents growing tobacco. They may still have plots of tobacco. You have that particular piece that plays quite a bit into why we in this region smoke more.”

Campaigns against smoking, citing the serious health risks associated with cigarettes, are ubiquitous. Here, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has teamed up with other like-minded organizations to form the Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northern Kentucky.

Read the full River City News story here.

Winter Carnival returns to Bellevue Feb. 20

Winter Carnival In Vue returns to Bellevue’s Fairfield Avenue 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, bringing with it even more family-friendly carnival fun and games than last year’s successful event.

Strolling Shrine Circus clowns, Presto Paul the magician, a balloon twister, face painters and the roving Pickled Brothers, who will perform feats of fire-eating and sword swallowing, will entertain visitors to Winter Carnival In Vue.

Four giant artist-created photo boards — featuring Anna and Elsa, Ariel and Flounder, Mickey Mouse (pictured) and Star Wars’ Kylo Ren characters — will be set up in Fairfield Avenue shops. Kids can get their pictures taken with each board and enter a drawing at each of the four locations to win one of two photo boards: Anna and Elsa and Star Wars’ Kylo Ren.

Read the full River City News story here.

New Riff to host Nov. 7 festival celebrating Kentucky craft beer and spirits

The first Holler Festival will be held at New Riff Distillery Nov. 7 to feature craft breweries and distilleries that call the state of Kentucky home. Hosted by Ei8ht Ball Brewing and New Riff, the event not only celebrates Kentucky-made products but also demonstrates what it means to be a Kentucky brewery or distillery.
Kentucky bourbon is celebrated around the world for its flavor, say event organizers, due to the region's water, grains, air and people.
New Riff opened adjacent to The Party Source in 2014 and is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. Many Holler organizers are members of the Kentucky Distillers' Association and the Kentucky Guild of Brewers — both groups work to support, enhance and grow the craft communities of spirits and beer in Kentucky.

Read the full Soapbox story here.

Federal grant to help Catalytic Fund push NKY redevelopment efforts

Earlier this year, The Catalytic Fund was certified as a Community Development Financing Institution, which made it eligible to apply for funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financing Institution Program.
The Catalytic Fund recently received a $700,000 grant from the CDFI fund. It’s one of three Kentucky organizations and one of 123 across the nation to receive CDFI funds this year.
The money will be used for redevelopment efforts in Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Ludlow and Newport, including $500,000 for seed money of a $2 million predevelopment fund.

Read the full Soapbox story here.

Covington gets $5.4M to transform riverfront

The city of Covington has received $5.4 million in federal money, most of which will pay for trails and other improvements to the riverfront.

The city will use $3.9 million of the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant to turn the former Covington Landing along the Ohio River into a well-manicured park with green space and paved public commons and paths.

It will help Covington complete $10 million worth of improvements along the Ohio River as part of the Riverfront Commons project. Riverfront Commons will connect the Northern Kentucky river cities of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton with trails and green spaces.

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer article here.

Eight Ball Brewing launches first-ever can series

Craft brewer Eight Ball Brewing is canning its beer for the first time ever, and Greater Cincinnati beer lovers will soon be able to get their hands on it.

Bellevue-based Eight Ball is canning its Prodigal American Pale Ale starting Monday and releasing it in a can launch celebration in its Newport taproom adjacent to the Party Source on July 21. The brewery has hand-bottled beer in the past, but this is the first time it has released cans.

"Cans are the ideal packaging choice for our beers. We feel they are the best vessel to protect our beers from unwanted oxygen and light while having the advantage of being extra portable for our fans," brewmaster Mitch Dougherty said in a news release. "Simply put, cans mean better, fresher beer in the hands of more beer drinkers."

Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.

Neighborhood Heroes: Bellevue's collective impact

The small town allure of Bellevue makes you forget downtown Cincinnati is less than two miles way across the river.

Family-owned establishments line Bellevue’s Fairfield Avenue as it follows the path of the Ohio River east from Newport, and neighbors greet each other by name as they purchase candies at Schneider’s Sweet Shop or grab coffee at Avenue Brew. Bellevue’s easy charm is no accident. It’s the result of deliberate effort from its exceedingly humble residents. 

Each person interviewed saw someone else in Bellevue as the real hero. They spoke of neighbors who helped a 95-year-old woman fix up her home, police officers who gained admiration through their inordinate kindness and a city councilman who created little free libraries.

Those anecdotes, as well as the stories of Bellevue heroes featured here, illustrate the collective impact that’s possible when everyone does his or her small part to create a vibrant community.

Read the full Soapbox story here.
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