Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Some Good News

Day-care center blossoming

        The 50 kids who attend the Fairmount Day Care Center, 1520 Queen City Ave., will be playing in a new center this year with slides, swings, sand boxes, modular platforms, climbers, flowers, shrubs and trees — lots of trees.

        “This is all so new it is exciting,” said Faye Dawson, executive director of the center. “We have a 6-foot fence and a bay of flowers, plenty of grass and sand.”

        Thanks go to about 35 employees of Marathon Ashland Petroleum in Findlay and several local contractors.

        A crew from Marathon came last week and started replacing the 20-year-old playground and putting in the new one.

        The work began about noon Thursday.

        “They completed everything in one day,” Ms. Dawson said. “They will be back sometime this week to add more grass.”


        Golfers who want to play in a benefit scramble can sign up for the 2002 Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship Open, 9:06 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Grizzly Championship Course, Kings Island Golf Center. To sign up, call 361-5006.

        The scramble is sponsored by the Delta Gamma Lambda Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

        Competitions include longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt, with winners getting pro shop gift certificates.

        Raffle prizes include a color television, DVD player, and restaurant and gift certificates.

        Funds from the scramble will be used for the foundation's scholarship program.

        Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate, Greek-letter fraternity for African-Americans, founded in 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

        The fraternity introduced its “Go-to-High School, Go-to-College” campaign in 1919 to increase the education level of the African-American community.

        Other national projects adopted by local chapters around the country are Project Alpha, a collaborate effort between the March of Dimes Foundation and the fraternity, to increase awareness of teenage pregnancy and a voter registration program.


        Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Greater Cincinnati Mortgage Counseling Center will explain how residents of Huntington Meadows can become homeowners through the agencies' American Dream Program at 10 a.m. today at the Community Chest Building, 2400 Reading Road, Walnut Hills.


        In the throes of hot weather, Reach Out Lakota, a food bank in West Chester, is requesting more fans for the elderly and those who are ill.

        The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, in cooperation with the West Chester Fire Department, is making a contribution of fans to the agency.

        Reach Out Lakota can be reached at 779-7515.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or fax 768-8340.


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