Friday, February 23, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

CPS summer school extended by a week

        Last year's summer school for Cincinnati Public Schools students was so successful that the district will add another week and hopes to team with community partners to offer afternoon day care.

        The extended learning program for early literacy will be conducted in neighborhood elementary schools for six weeks, from June 11 to July 20.

[photo] BATTLING GARAGE FIRE: Cincinnati firefighter Mark Greene adjusts his breathing apparatus while battling a blaze in a garage in the 200 block of Clifton Avenue on Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries. The garage will now face demolition.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Last year, students in the second and third grades who did not pass the state's reading proficiency test were required to attend summer school. More than 60 percent of the third-grade students who did not pass the reading proficiency in March 2000 were able to pass the test following summer school.

        “This is not rocket science,“ Superintendent Steven Adamowski said Thursday at a community breakfast where he offered a midyear review of the district's progress. “This is a matter of providing more time for children who can't read and providing more methodologies for children who learn in a different way.”

        The district is seeking community partnerships, hoping to offer afternoon day care for summer school students. Some parents had trouble making child care arrangements last year because of summer school.

Missionaries hold seminar in N.Ky.

        More than 300 members of United Methodist Churches nationwide, including 20 Russian nationals, will be in Fort Mitchell through Saturday.

        The group is celebrating 10 years of mission work in the former Soviet Union with a three-day seminar, Russia Initiative Consultation IX, at the Drawbridge Inn, at Interstate 75 near Buttermilk Pike.

African-American symposium tonight

        “The State of Black Cincinnati,” a symposium tonight at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, will feature African-American civic and business leaders.

        The program, from 6 to 9 p.m., is a follow-up to the one-day “State of the Black Union” symposium in Washington on Feb. 3. That was broadcast nationwide by radio personality Tom Joyner and BET Tonight host Tavis Smiley.

        WBDZ-AM, the Cincinnati affiliate that carries the Tom Joyner Morning Show, is sponsoring tonight's event. Among the speakers: Vice Mayor Minette Cooper; state Sen. Mark Mallory; Cincinnati police Lt. Col. Ron Twitty; and Eileen Cooper-Reid, president of the Cincinnati Children's Defense Fund.

        The event will be broadcast live on WDBZ 1230 AM.

Blood donors begin to step forward

        Tristate residents are beginning to respond to an emergency appeal for blood donors issued Tuesday by Hoxworth Blood Center.

        On Wednesday, the blood bank collected about 100 units more than it does on a normal day. However, when the emergency appeal began, Hoxworth's blood supply was running more than 700 units below normal demand.

        Hoxworth's seven neighborhood donor centers will continue extended hours through Saturday. For information about blood donation, call 451-0910.

[photo] A SIGN OF PEACE: Carson Montessori School students — from kindergarten to sixth grade — set out Thursday on their annual Peace March through Price Hill. It's part of Peace Week at the school, when students and staff emphasize their year-round commitment to learning in a peaceful environment.
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Chamber to hold annual awards dinner

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — The Southeastern Butler County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 25th anniversary during its annual dinner and awards gala on March 9.

        The SEBC serves two of Butler County's fastest-growing townships — West Chester and Liberty - and will hold the annual event at the Manor House in Mason. A number of SEBC annual awards will be presented to businesses, organizations and individuals for community support and charity efforts.

        The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is black-tie optional and is open to the public. Tickets are $60 per person and information and reservations can be obtained by calling the SEBC office at 777-3600.

Children injured in school bus mishap

        COLUMBUS — A school bus headed to the Statehouse for a field trip was struck by a truck Thursday, injuring 45 fourth-graders.

        The students from Wilder Elementary School in suburban Westerville received bumps, bruises and minor cuts, said Aleta Hunter, spokeswoman for Children's Hospital, where the children went for treatment. The children were expected to be released Thursday, she said.

Smoking cessation program to begin

        The Barrett Cancer Center is stepping up its efforts to help Tristate residents quit smoking.

        Smoking causes most cases of lung cancer as well as many cases of heart disease, emphysema and several other maladies, researchers say.

        The new “Win By Quitting” program involves five sessions over 12 weeks. Treatment includes a combination of prescription medications and behavior modification techniques.

        Enrollment costs $50. The first session begins March 5. For information, call 585-CARE.

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Agents swoop down on Covington
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Task force formed to battle illicit 'Oxy' trade
AIDS agency's donations seized
Bill would require hearing before sewer rates go up
Environmentalists, Chabot in league
Farm tradition alive
Five Lakota school buses in accidents
Giving up nudity for Lent? Ky. touts dry T-shirt contest
'Hero' inspires runner
In case of emergency, county will call you
3 locals accused of gun running
Lucas pushes Rx drug benefits
New tower to aid police
Runway study is in the mail
Students need not redo work
Teen faces lengthy prison term for slaying
Tobacco growers vote to keep quota system
Wrong checks add to agency's support payment troubles
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