Saturday, August 11, 2001

Neighborhoods


Church reaches out to streets

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        The youth department at Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church, 3771 Reading Road, Avondale, will conduct its second Burnet Avenue Street Meeting, 1-4 p.m., today at Burnet and Rockdale avenues.

        Praise teams, choirs and gospel rappers will be there, lifting up the name of Jesus, said Ronald Evans, president of the youth department.

        The group conducted the street meeting last year, which proved to be successful in reaching a lot of young people, said Bishop Jasper Phillips, pastor.

        “We had a lot of them who came to church the Sunday after the street meeting,” the Rev. Mr. Phillips said. “This is something that is really needed in this area. It is an invitation to help take back our streets through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

        He said the church has an active youth department which puts on a program at 7:30 p.m. each Monday.

        “They have talent performances, singing, praying and preaching. It is very well attended,” he said.

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SYCAMORE TWP. — Ever hear of giving a swimming pool a special recognition? Not a bad idea in the sweltering weather of the past two weeks.

        The Brookside Swim Club, 4400 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township, is having a celebration marking the 40th year of the pool.

        The celebration started Thursday and will run through Sunday. Today is the main party, which will include a steak dinner. Admission to the pool party is $2 person.

        A $15 reservation is required for the steak dinner. Past and present members and the public are invited.

        The Brookside pool is one of many private pools struggling to compete against large public pools.

        It has survived because it has become the center of many social events; graduation, birthday and athletic parties, wedding receptions; swimming and diving competitions; Christmas parties in July.

        “The swim club is a nonprofit organization,” said Terri Reddish, a board member of the club. “We have been here since 1961 and are trying to continue. This celebration is like a reunion of the thousands of people who have been here who are probably all over the Tristate now.”

        The pool is V-shaped with six lanes. It has a high and low diving board.

        Pool parties and dances for kids 14 and under are held each Wednesday with a DJ, water games, snack bar and basketball.

        “We are starting a special membership drive during this celebration,” Ms. Reddish said. “Members can enjoy the rest of the season and all of next year for only $100.”

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NORTH COLLEGE HILL — The senior center, 1586 Goodman Ave., will sponsored a bridge tournament, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21. The cost is 75 cents per person and is open to the public. A hot lunch of hamburgers, salad and pineapple tidbits can be purchased for an additional $1.50. Reservations must made by Friday:521-3462.
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ST. BERNARD — If you want to report a crime tip or drug information, or give tips on wanted persons, call “Crime Tip Line,” at 860-SAFE. All calls are anonymous unless you leave a call-back number. Crime Tip line is a 24-hour voice mail box that receives calls.

       Allen Howard's column runs Saturdays. Phone: 768-8362; mail: The Cincinnati Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

       



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