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2 EXTR ACentral THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday, September 17, 1991 Residents, d eveiopers to taiK oeiore zoning decision Springfield Township BY SUE KIESEWETTER Enquirer Contributor Hlamilton County commissioners 1 won't rule on a zoning request for a proposed Springfield Township shopping-center strip and multifamily housing project until residents nearby have a chance to discuss the project with developers. The property is 57 acres at the southeast corner of Hamilton Avenue and John Gray Road at the Hamilton-Butler County line. A group of developers has asked that zoning be changed from residential to planned business along Hamilton Avenue, and planned multifamily at the rear. The project would be known as Pleasant Run Station. Anchoring the retail strip Finn said the partners involved with the project were surprised to learn of the opposition so late in the process. Residents did not bring up their objections until Sept. 4, the day county commissioners were to vote on the zone change. That's because residents didn't know of the proposal until a few days before the vote, Daniel said. Finn said the developers have agreed to present their project, answer questions and discuss concerns at the Sept. 26 meeting of the Pleasant Run Farms Civic Association. The meeting will be at Welch , Elementary School, 12084 Deerhorn Drive. Pleasant Run Farms is on the other side of Pleasant Run Creek from the proposed project. The matter is tentatively scheduled to -return to county commissioners Oct. 2. " handle the increased traffic, provided the timing on the traffic light is adjusted. There are also concerns about runoff into Pleasant Run Creek at the rear of the property and whether building will interfere with the flood plain, Daniel said. The plan calls for a retention pond, and no construction in the flood plain, said Robert Glover of the Robert Glover Co., another partner in the project. Residents also want to see whether the project complies with master plans for Springfield Township, Fairfield and Cole-rain Township, which converge near the proposed project. Daniel said the group is also worried about saturation of multifamily housing in the area, and want to know whether the multifamily units will be rental units or condominiums. The Hamilton County Rural Zoning Commission had recommended that only the residential portion be rejected. It hasn't reconsidered the matter since the single-family housing was deleted.' Some nearby residents aren't pleased. "We are opposed to the entire development as proposed," said Jan Daniel, of Fairfield. Daniel said a group of 10 people from Fairfield, Springfield Township and Colerain Township are circulating petitions against the development. The group said it is concerned about traffic because entrances are planned off Hamilton Avenue and John Gray Road. There is a traffic light at the intersection, but there are no plans to widen it for turning lanes. Finn said the intersection will be able to would be an IGA grocery and a SupeRx. A total of 336 residential units, occupying 43 acres, are included in the revised plans, said Greg Schlinkmann, Hamilton County planner. Stores and other businesses would ocr'-py the remaining space. The density of the multifamily housing is about 7.3 units per acre, the same allowed under single-family residential. Originally, the developers wanted to include 52 single-family homes in the project, but that has been dropped, said architect Mike Finn, a member of the Pleasant Run Partnership. Finn's group is involved in the retail portion of the project. Racial A driving passion i il l vu . J 6 Committee suggestions Recruit faculty and staff from varied ethnic backgrounds. Include within the staff-evaluation process a measure to determine effectiveness with students from varied ethnic backgrounds. Adopt textbooks with multicultural content to include Information about customs, culture and behaviors. Seek mentors of varied ethnic backgrounds. Invite minority members to be guest speakers in classrooms. Provide a calendar of school events to community centers, churches, senior citizen groups and other civic groups. Assign students to complete research papers about different cultures and ""-Jps; v;. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 was dumbfounded." After the 1988 incident, some black parents came to school board meetings to complain about how their children were being treated, especially with regard to discipline. A citizens group was formed to address concerns about racism at the school. It eventually disbanded. The UC survey found that blacks were unhappy about how racial conflicts were being handled at the school. They also felt that major contributions by minorities were being overlooked, and that teachers didn't grasp cultural differences. Committee members said their suggestions, if implemented, could improve race relations by boosting communication among the schools, parents and community. "I have seen some of the suggestions the committee made implemented already," committee member Cindy Ragle said. "We've found the administration very open to the suggestions we've made." Teachers, too, have responded positively, she said. They're willing to do anything within reason. The teachers (on the committee) were very willing to listen to us and not take offense at what we said, although they could have." Last week, school board instructed the committee to set up advisory councils to address concerns at each building. Wernz said he has tried to implement as many recommendations as possible. "I believe the race relations are improving ... but we're still not anywhere near where we need to be." Wernz cited the district's difficulty in recruiting minority - teachers. Although 28 of the district's 1,345 students are minorities, only five of the district's 81 teachers are black. Only one administrator hired this summer is a minority. Gains have been 'made, however. Some examples Wernz cited: New texts are screened to make sure they reflect multicultural viewpoints. Elementary pupils are taught how to work out problems among themselves without name-calling. The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission conducted a teacher workshop to encourage sensitivity to cultural backgrounds and differences among them. . ; - j - i The Cincinnati EnquirerErnest Coleman West Chester's Matt Gilardi knows the meaning of effort and years ago, his legs were crushed when he was struck by a car persistence. A dirt-track stock car racer since 1969, Gilardi has while helping an injured girl at the scene of a car crash. Now suffered only a few bumps and bruises in a race car. But four he's back in the driver's seat. See story, Page 7. Nutritionist delivers biting review of school lunch menu Health As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (Sept. 22-29), The Christ Hospital will offer free prostate cancer screenings for men on Sept. 23 and 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. Screenings are free, but registration is required. Registration: 369-2400. ABC (Adults Beyond Co-Dependency), a self-esteem program, meets weekly on Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3174 Mack Road, Fairfield. Information: 852-9144. Registration is being held for Bradley method childbirth classes, a 12-week series to be held September through December. Information: 741-8385. School food CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 students from low-income families, such as Cincinnati, also serve breakfast. Districts in this federal program must meet its requirements for food served in schools. The lunches must satisfy one-third of the students' daily nutritional needs and should derive no more than 30 of their calories from fat. For a lunch, schools must offer 2 ounces of protein (usually meat or a meat substitute), fruit or vegetables, bread and milk. The full price for these plate lunches generally runs from $1 to $2. The schools' most popular drink is low-fat chocolate milk. Few, if any, schools offer homogenized chocolate milk, which has a higher fat content. Many schools says hamburgers and pizza are the biggest-selling foods. They also offer items a la carte, including fruit, vegetables, juices, cold sandwiches, ice cream and cookies. Northwest is among many school districts that don't let elementary and middle school pupils buy a la carte items unless they buy a plate lunch. Some schools also don't allow the younger children to buy more than one snack item for lunch. "That way, they can't take their lunch money and buy three or four bags of cookies," said Linda Bass, Princeton's food service supervisor. High school students generally have considerably more freedom in choosing a la carte items. If they want to eat a lunch that isn't a good, balanced meal, they can, Bass said. "Students at that age should be allowed to start making their own choices," she said. And what do the kids think of their choices? Opinions, predictably, varied widely. "It's not good," Brandi Sorrels, a Walnut Hills High School eighth-grader from Avondale, said about the food at her school. "They have too much greasy food. I try to pack my lunch as much as I can." Kyle Oldham, a Lucas Intermediate sixth-grader who lives in Springdale, said the school food is "OK," but he wished the french fries tasted better and that the hamburgers were more like McDonald's burgers. "The food has a good taste except for the hot dogs," said Justin Jerdon, a Lucas sixth-grader from Woodlawn. Serve Snickers? Asked what new item he thinks the cafeteria should start serving, he had a quick answer: "Snickers candy bars." Janine Baer, assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Cincinnati, said schools do a pretty good job of offering balanced meals that include popular items like hamburgers and pizza. "A cheeseburger isn't necessarily bad if it's accompanied by a fruit salad," she said. To counter the fat and sodium content in an item like pizza, many schools will include in the meal a cholesterol-free, salt-free item, such as a fruit salad. "When you eat that combination, the whole meal comes out to be low in fat content," Bass said. Shirley Ekvall, a professor of nutrition at the University of Cincinnati, said schools have done well in substituting fruits for sweets and in offering high-fiber sources like apples. But they need to reduce the sodium content of their meals. People only need 200 mg of sodium a day, but usually ingest 10,000 mg a day, she said. Courses Shirley Ekvall, professor of nutrition at the University of Cincinnati, analyzed a central Cincinnati area school district's weekly elementary school menu for its nutritional value. Monday: Lunch was chicken nuggets with dip, mashed potatoes and gravy, wheat roll, apple slices and milk. Ekvall's critique: The chicken nuggets should have no skin, salt or dip, and no gravy should be served with the mashed potatoes. Substitute green , pepper strips for the apple slices for the vitamin A they provide. Skim milk always should be available. Tuesday: soft taco with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes, green beans, ' pretzel bits, a fruit cup and milk. Ekvall: Serve broccoli instead of green beans for vitamin A. Offer carrot raisin bars in place of the pretzel bites, which have no nutritional value and may have too much salt. Wednesday: corn dog or LaRib on a bun, seasoned fries, tossed salad, a cookie and milk. Ekvall: Corn dogs should be offered only once a month. Add tomatoes to the tossed salad for vitamin C. Thursday: sausage or cheese pizza, buttered corn, apple crisp and milk. Ekvall: Instead of sausage, which should be served no more than once a month, offer chili with beans. Buttered corn doesn't have much nutritional value. Carrots and green pepper sticks would be better. Friday: fish on a bun with tartar sauce, peas, pineapple, a brownie and milk. Ekvall: Substitute cantaloupe cubes, which provides vitamins A and C, for pineapple. Instead of a brownie, offer pumpkin bread or apricot bread. Importance of vitamins Ekvall said vitamins A and C should be in every meal because they counter chemicals from fat that can may be linked to many diseases, including certain kinds of cancer. She recommends school food service personnel read a pamphlet called Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Other suggestions from Ekvall: Schools should never serve sausage or bacon pizza, which have high amounts of sodium. "Sodium overtaxes the cardiovascular system. "When children develop a taste for sodium, they want more and more of it," she said. They should offer only whole-grain bread and rolls and increase servings of fish and chicken. Each school district should have a licensed dietitian who would plan meals and teach children about the importance of developing good eating habits. Schools should be sure not to rush children through meals and should do more to educate them about good eating habits. STEVE KEMME The College of Mount St. Joseph will offer a non-credit leisure course in animation and cartooning, Wednesdays, Sept. 25 to Oct. 30, 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $60 plus a $15 supply fee due at the first session. Informationregistration: 244-4805. Seminars Seven Hills Counseling Center offers the following seminars: Parentingdiscipline: Sept. 23, 7 to 9 p.m. The seminar will outline different parenting styles and ways of developing self-esteem in children. Family budgeting: Sept. 30, 7 to 9 p.m. This seminar is for individuals or couples interested in better money man CENTRAL ZONE agement. Cost: $20 per person$30 for both seminars. Seminars will be at 5823 Woos-ter Pike, Fairfax. Information: 271-2233. Compiled by Michelle McAdams East Central West East Corrections Reaching us General Information ..721-2700 Advertising 369-1781 EXTRA news......... .............................860-5180 Circulation 651-4500 Reader editor. ...................369-1851 Submissions Calendar items for 77e Enquirer EXTRA must be received one week prior to publication. Other items tot Tuesday's EXTRA must be recielved by 2 p.m. the preceding Thursday; other Items for Friday's EXTRA are needed by 2 p.m. the prevlousTuesday. 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