Monday, October 08, 2001

Good News: $33,000 to aid disabled

        While disaster-relief efforts have flourished throughout the Tristate since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many other volunteer goodwill efforts also have continued here.

        The Cheviot-Westwood Kiwanis Club presented a $33,382.80 check last month to Margaret B. Rost School for the development of a multisensory environment room.

        “Since we deal with children with multihandicaps, we have to have equipment that is not found in an ordinary classroom,” said Elizabeth Bellew, principal.

        Rost School, 5858 Bridgetown Road, Green Township, is one of three operated by the Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

        The Clothesline Project exhibit, designed by survivors of domestic violence, will open with a luncheon at the YWCA Women's Art Gallery, 898 Walnut St., downtown.

        The project displays T-shirts expressing personal experiences with violence. It is an international program, started in 1990.

        The Women's Art Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

        Students at Roger Bacon High School will assemble a “shantytown” on Oct. 20 and sleep in cardboard boxes to further their awareness of homelessness.

        They also will walk door-to-door in St. Bernard to collect food for Cincinnati's homeless shelters.

        Brighton Center, St. Paul's Child Care Center, Covington Community Center and Children's Inc. will distribute free booster seats to families with children ages 4-8 years on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Fourth and Columbia streets, Newport.

        The project is part of the Boost America campaign, which is distributing 5,500 booster seats to children in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

        For more information, contact (859) 491-8303, Ext. 2028.

        The Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition Chorale wants singers: women and men of all ages, races and beliefs from area churches, mosques, synagogues and choral groups.

        The chorale needs sopranos, altos, tenors and bass singers to start rehearsing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the House of Joy, 5918 Hamilton Ave., College Hill.

        “We have been doing this for 11 years,” said Catherine Roma, director. Mrs. Roma is an associate professor of music at Wilmington College.

        “We usually get about 100 people, but if we can get 200 this year we would love it. Anyone interested and can carry a note, show up Tuesday,” she said.

        The group will rehearse every Tuesday through Jan. 15 and will perform at the King Day program at Music Hall on Jan. 21.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Monday-Friday and Sundays. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are committing acts of kindness in the Tristate, let him know at (513) 768-8362; at; or by fax at (513) 768-8340.


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