Clintonville nominated as “The Nicest Place in Ohio”

by Maddie Ogden

While it is no secret to Clintonville residents that it is a wonderful place to live, the neighborhood is now receiving state and national attention because of this. Clintonville was nominated by Larry Ziniel as one of the nicest places in Ohio and is now a finalist for the “Nicest Places in America.” 

The neighborhood started gathering attention when quarantine first started back in March. Clintonville has always been a tight-knit community, but it became even closer as people started helping each other adjust to life under COVID-19. It started with an online group for groceries.

“When one neighbor would head to the store, he or she would message others to see if anyone needed anything, limiting the number of trips,” an article in Reader’s Digest about the nomination explains.

Pretty soon, neighbors were organizing socially distant picnics and birthday celebrations. On one street in Clintonville, West Dunedin Road, resident Diane Erwin organized weekly beer deliveries to support Combustion Brewery & Taproom, a new local brewery. Other neighbors wrote birthday messages on the sidewalk and put out cake to celebrate local birthdays. 

“You get to pick your friends, but you don’t get to pick your neighbors necessarily, but somehow we have a really great neighborhood,” said Diane Ray, another resident of West Dunedin Road. 

This nomination is not the only thing that has brought national attention to Clintonville. Back in March, a video of 9-year-old Taran Tien and his sister, 6-year-old Calliope, went viral. The two kids put on a porch concert for their neighbor Helena Schlam, 78. Schlam’s grandchildren could not make it for Passover due to COVID-19, so Taran and Calliope decided to put on a show for her to give Schlam some company. 

These heartwarming stories are just a few examples of what makes Clintonville such a special place to live. It really is a tight-knit community where everybody knows everybody, and people are more than willing to help out their neighbors. It is nice to see this beloved neighborhood getting attention and this nomination is well-deserved. 

Patriotic Pros Play Golf from Sunup to Sundown

On September 8th, patriotic pros will play golf from sunup to sundown in an effort to raise awareness and donations that will benefit families of fallen and disabled service members with educational scholarships for their children.

These committed golf pros will be led by PGA Director of Golf Dave MacLaughlin, PGA Head Pro Andy Oxender and Assistant Pro Trent Kopala at the Golf Club at Little Turtle.  Erin Ogden Oxender is proud of her husband’s involvement in this worthy cause.

How you can help!

Pledge:  Pledge a donation in advance for each hole played!

Birdie/Eagle:  Pledge a donation for each birdie or eagle

To make a pledge stop by the Golf Shop at the Golf Club at Little Turtle for details.

Donation: Donate a flat rate.

To donate a flat rate visit the team fundraising website here.

How the money is used

The Folds of Honor impact hits close to home for this group of Patriotic Pros. Approximately 24,000 scholarships have been awarded to deserving recipients since inception in all 50 states and beyond. This academic year alone, more than 4,500 scholarships were dispersed; a 12% increase over previous year. However, not all qualified recipients were awarded due to lack of funding. The need remains great. Over the last twelve years, golfers nationwide have been instrumental in raising donations for Folds of Honor making it the largest grassroot golf fundraiser in the country.

To learn more about and support The Golf Club at Little Turtle’s FOH Golf Marathon efforts, please visit http://support.foldsofhonor.org/site/TR/FoldsofHonorGolf/General?team_id=2931&pg=team&fr_id=1260 or call the Club at (614) 212-4000. For more information about Folds of Honor, please visit www.foldsofhonor.org.

About Folds of Honor

Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator and platinum on Guide Star, that provides educational scholarships to the families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private educational tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional and F-16 fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserves who served three tours of duty in Iraq, the Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded over 24,000 scholarships in all 50 states and some US territories, including approximately 4,500 in 2019 alone. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, please visit foldsofhonor.org

Our response to COVID-19

Clients and friends,

We value our relationships with our clients, friends, families, fellow agents, affiliates, and partners. We look forward to being part of the fabric of this great community for many years to come.

We just want you to know we are here to help and you can call or text us directly:
Sue: 614-419-3100
Patrick: 614-204-8084
Erin: 614-598-3121
Mary: 614-419-3929
Terry: 614-579-9141
Heather: 614-329-2651
Edie: 614-915-8657
Jeanne: 614-402-3065

Our hearts go out to our families with children with school shutdowns, our seniors in assisted living, our neighbors at the hospitals, our local businesses struggling and everyone impacted by the pandemic. We are immensely grateful for all of the heroes in the medical profession and all 1st responders who are working tirelessly to help during this global crisis.

Our team has many decades of experience that come to bear daily in our real estate business in Columbus and Central Ohio. The heart of our business is always about helping people and connecting people with resources. We are fortunate to have an extensive network of people who may be able to help you out for a trip to the grocery store, watching children or even getting bills paid.

There are so many good people in the Columbus area that are happy to be of service. Call us if you need anything. It does not need to be about real estate. It can be a personal issue and we’ll always work to assist you in some way!

We’ve been asked “How do I sell my home at this time?”

Homes are still selling. Our Federal Reserve just dropped their interest rate to near zero to keep money moving for people buying homes. It’s quite unprecedented.

We can video conference, if you prefer, instead of an in-home selling consultation. We’ll likely have enough information to list your property for sale with a quick tour on your phone, tablet or laptop.

We can even guide you to shoot photos, if you prefer, to keep our professional photographer out of your home. You may be surprised what we can do with our photo editing tools and an iPhone these days! We are taking extra measures to maintain social distance for home buyers looking at our listings as well including limiting showings to one showing at a time. We can even do a virtual showing for our buying clients with a live video tour or facetime call at a property. We are skilled at adapting to the situation at hand and will continue to evolve with the help of our tech tools to help you reach your real estate goals.

If we do need to show your home, we’ll be providing a hand washing station and anything else the CDC recommends to lower everyone’s risk of infection. Safety is our #1 priority.

Some of the top google searches now in real estate are “home prices dropping” and “home prices falling”. That’s not the case at this time. We’ll continue to keep you updated on this.

We are here to guide you and make fact-based, researched decisions if you need to sell your home (or buy one) since life must go on for those in situations who need to move.

This may be you or someone you know. Please know that we have your back.

We are here to help if you need anything. Stay in touch and let us know.

We are inspired by the resourceful and creative ways so many of our friends and family members are finding ways to endure the quarantine with young children. Some of the great ideas coming out of our network include:

  • Create a scavenger hunt for your kids that lead from room to room
  • Take a virtual field trip to a museum or zoo every day
  • Write letters to family members, friends or even 1st responders
  • Read a book aloud to each other
  • Start a cooking challenge
  • Download a free Geocaching app from your app store & join a treasure hunt

Remember these words from Mother Teresa: “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

Your Real Estate Team,
Sue, Patrick, Erin, Mary, Terry, Heather, Edie, Jeanne and Lisa

TCT Hotline: 614-888-6100
Email: Homes@TheColumbusTeam.com

How to Race a Bed

How to Race a Bed

Have you heard? The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is holding a bed race as a fundraiser on May 2nd, 2020! Teams will be racing a bed on wheels, style counts, but speed rules. The Columbus Team is proud to once again be involved in the race! This year we’ll be sponsor the Kid Zone once again!

Why?

The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio uses donations to help families in need in our community. When a family becomes homeless, or experiences eviction, they often lose most of their possessions. When they begin to rebuild their lives, the Furniture Bank offers assistance. No child should have to sleep on the floor. Your help can insure that more children in need can sleep soundly in a bed of their own.

The Furniture Bank serves 80 families a week, 95% of whom earn $24,000/year or less, and the bank donates 1000 pieces of furniture each week. Beds are a big priority for them, as no child should have to sleep on a cold, hard floor. The Columbus Team helps clients find their dream homes every day, but once a year, we are honored to help families in need create a home of their own. Won’t you help us do that?

How can you help?

There are several ways to help! Here’s what you can do to help local families in need, and encourage participants to race their best.

Donate. A simple direct donation to FurnitureBankCOH.org is always needed and appreciated. All gifts are tax deductible.

Support a team. Donations through the bed racing teams are also tax deductible and benefit the charity, but add to the enjoyment of the fundraiser!

Race! Gather a team of 5 people, ages 13 and over (with one alternate), register for the race, and then use your very own fundraising page to gather support. Plus, you get to design and race a bed!

Volunteer! They are looking for volunteers the day of the race to help in all areas of the race. Find out how you can help “roll out” the day on the volunteer info page.

Cheer! Come enjoy the spectacle of the amazing bed race, cheer on your favorite team, and make it an annual event. We’d love to see you there!

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February Events in Central Ohio

February Events in Columbus Ohio (Theater)

February 2020 Events

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and though our mixed bag of mild/cold weather will continue this month, you know spring is just around the corner. While you wait for the consistently good weather, take advantage of these February activities, many of which are free or budget friendly.

All Month – Adults and Teens – The Wexner Center presents a short film called Youngstown/Steel Town (2016), which examines “the evolution of an Ohio rust belt city.” This is a free event. For more information, see this Wexner Center web page.

February 1 and 29 (4-10 p.m.) – for Adults – It’s time for Short North Gallery Hop Saturday! Because this is a leap-year, the event happens twice this month. Galleries stay open late, there are street performers, vendors, shopping, food and drink. This great neighborhood experience buzzes with excitement every year! For more information, visit the Short North Arts District website.

Sunday, February 2 – Ages 13-18 – The Wexner Center presents a Creative Writing Workshop with Claudia Owusu – The Center’s first WexLab this month is a creative writing studio. Journals and all other needed supplies are provided. And while they last, there will also be free goodies to eat. Registration is required. See this Wexner web page to register.

Fridays – for All – Beginning on February 7 at the Old Worthington Library, come, cozy up to the fire with the family, and listen to great music that features some of our area’s most talented musicians. These weekly events run from 4-5 p.m. Musicians this month include Joey Hebdo, Stephanie Jeffreys, Dan Rowan, and Delyn Christian. The library is located at 820 High Street, Worthington OH, 43085. You can reach them by phone at 618-807-2626 or see their full calendar for month on this web page.

February 8 and Various Other Dates/Times – for All – Take a guided walk-in tour of the Wexner Gallery with knowledgeable docents. The tours are free with gallery admission, and gallery admission is free on Thursday evenings. This month the tours are available on February 8, 13, and 23. Please see this Wexner web page for exact times and more information.

February 14 – Please see our Valentine’s Day events post for all the possibilities. Be sure to book early!

February 17 – for All – Explore Ohio’s presidential heritage and enjoy various programs at Ohio Presidents Day, taking place at the Ohio History Center History Museum, located at 800 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus. The hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and this special day features rare objects from The Harding Collection, a presentation called Regiment of Presidents, and more. An educational and interesting day for the whole family. Additional information can be found on the Ohio History Collection’s website.

February 17 – for All – When is the last time you and your family went to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium? Would you like to go for free? On President’s Day, you and the family can do just that! You will need to pay $10 per vehicle for parking (if you’re a non-member). You may be surprised how many animals thrive in the cold weather, and what their natural habitats look like. More information can be found here.

February 25 – for All – Gaelic Storm, a Celtic band from Santa Monica, California, bring their traditional Irish and Scottish music to the Newport Music Hall in Columbus.  Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are on sale now at $25. Please visit this Ticketmaster site for more information.

February 29 – for Adults – If you like wine and the idea of benefitting the CD102.5 for the Kids charity, make your way to the Columbus Winter Wine Festival on February 29. Costs for this event, taking place at Brewmasters Gate (495 S. Front St., Columbus), range between $15-30. The event is broken up into two sessions: 12-4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. In addition to getting 10 wine sample tickets, you will get a commemorative wine sampling glass. What better way to gear up for the spring, than saying goodbye to the winter with happy spirits! Full information and tickets can be found on this Eventbrite web page.

This list was accurate at the time of publication, please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

This list was accurate at the time of publication, please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.