Stinziano Announces August Community Hours

 Councilmember Michael Stinziano will hold Community Hours in August across the city to listen to issues and concerns of Columbus residents. Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help.  All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend.

“Significant issues confront our diverse city every day. I want to hear, firsthand, from my constituents about what concerns them as we work together to make our neighborhoods the best places to live, work, start a business and raise a family in Ohio,” said Stinziano.

Councilmember Stinziano will hold August Community Hours at the following locations:

Thursday, August 3
Panera Bread – Clintonville
4519 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
10:30am-12pm

Wednesday, August 9
Columbus Metropolitan Library—Livingston
3434 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43227
5-6:30pm

Friday, August 18
Columbus Metropolitan Library—Main
96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
12-1:30pm

Saturday, August 26
Columbus Metropolitan Library—Hilltop Branch
511 S. Hague Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
2:30pm-4pm

Tuesday, August 29
Columbus Metropolitan Library—Shepard Branch
850 N. Nelson Rd., Columbus, OH 43219
5-6:30pm

Councilmember Stinziano Announces July Community Hours

Councilmember Michael Stinziano will hold Community Hours in July across the City to listen to issues and concerns of Columbus residents.

Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help. All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend.

“Significant issues confront our diverse city every day. I want to hear, firsthand, from my constituents about what concerns them as we work together to make our neighborhoods the best places to live, work, start a business and raise a family in Ohio,” said Stinziano.

Councilmember Stinziano will hold July Community Hours at the following locations:

Thursday, July 6
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Northside Branch
1423 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
4-5:30pm

Tuesday, July 11
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Linden Branch
2223 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
5-6:30pm

Saturday, July 22
Panera Bread - Blacklick Center
6887 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213
1-2:30pm

Monday, July 24
South Side Roots Café and Market
280 Reeb Ave., Columbus, OH 43207
2:30-4pm

City helps kids do a good turn

The Columbus Dispatch - Editorial Board

Columbus City Council has carved out $25,000 to help guide some of the city’s more vulnerable children into the right kind of “gang”: One that teaches American values such as helping other people at all times and being helpful, friendly, courteous, brave, thrifty — and always prepared.

Councilman Michael Stinziano sponsored an ordinance that teams the city with the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of American and MY Project USA to launch Scout programs on the West Side that, while open to all, will target refugee and immigrant children in the Wedgewood neighborhood.

The city and scouts want to get kids into positive peer groups before they can be groomed by gangs.

Zerqa Abid, founder and director of MY Project USA, said that she hopes the Scouts will help “change minds from being a refugee to being a loyal, productive citizen.”

Boys ages 10 to 18 will be organized into packs or troops, and a co-ed venture for girls and boys in high school will begin in August.

The best way to prevent kids from falling into trouble is to keep them busy with productive activities. This effort will keep both the kids and community safer.

Local dad pushes city to address changing table access in public restrooms

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — The City of Columbus is using grant money to help get changing stations for babies installed in restrooms.

The grant will help small businesses that want changing tables in its men's rooms or changing tables in both restrooms.

It's an effort that all started with a dad who became frustrated with public restrooms that didn't offer changing tables in restrooms.

Ethan Hansen still remembers the day and place when he faced that challenge as a new dad.

Hansen said he was watching his 4-month-old daughter while his wife was at another event. When Hansen needed to take his daughter to the restroom, he had everything he needed, but the most important thing was missing.

"I took her to the bathroom and there was absolutely no where to change her diaper whatsoever. I ended up changing her on the floor in front of the urinal, which is not where anybody wants to change their daughters diaper," said Hansen.

Instead of complaining about the problem, Hansen challenged the city to address it. Hansen asked the city to change the zoning code so that changing tables would be a requirement in all public restrooms.

Hansen is happy to see progress being made a little more than one year later.

The City of Columbus announced the new grant program at Sweet Carrot in Grandview Heights, Thursday afternoon. Sweet Carrot already accommodates moms, dads and caregivers.

"When we built this store and were working on the design and amenities, it wasn't even a question of whether or not we'd have changing tables in the restrooms," said Angela Petro, the Founder and CEO of Sweet Carrot.

The grant program is about $25,000. The city said it's Recreation and Parks department will also install equally accessible changing stations in 30 recreation centers throughout the city.

http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/local-dad-pushes-city-to-address-changing-table-access-in-public-restrooms

Council Grant Program Allows Businesses to Apply for Equal Access Diaper Changing Stations

Who: Councilmember Michael Stinziano

When: Thursday, June 15 at 1pm

Where: Sweet Carrot1417 W. 5th Ave.

What: Councilmember Michael Stinziano is announcing funding for a new grant program for small businesses and organizations to increase equal access to diaper changing stations for all parents and guardians in the City of Columbus. Businesses and other organizations will be encouraged to apply for changing stations to grant equal access to their facilities.

In addition, the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks will also install equally accessible changing stations in 30 recreations centers throughout the City.