Warren County emergency policemen are pictured here preparing gifts for needy children who would otherwise be left out at Christmas. From left, at the rear of Jack Well’s used furniture store at Mason, are Capt. Ernie Clark, commander and Warren County deputy sheriff; Mr. Wells (in civilian clothing), a member of the emergency police department; Charles Shiflett, Dennis Roberts and Howard Terry.
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By Michaux Merhout, Mars Hill Academy
Eight local organizations benefited Oct. 4 as students at Mars Hill Academy in Mason set aside the school-day routine to get out and serve the Greater Cincinnati community.
A total of 165 students in grades 4-12 went off campus to serve, and the rest stayed behind to perform service work at Mars Hill, said Roger Wismer, Mars Hill headmaster. “Serving one another sacrificially is ingrained in our school’s culture, so we look forward to this special day where we take that love of service out into the community.”
Boys in grades 10-12 painted and performed home repairs in Hamilton to assist the Butler County SELF (Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families) program. Mars Hill boys in grades 6-9 served at the Salvation Army’s Camp Swoneky in Oregonia clearing brush to create more usable space.
Girls in grades 6-8 assisted teachers at the Lebanon and South Lebanon Early Learning Center. They cleaned and sanitized toys as well as read and interacted with the children.
At Matthew 25 Ministries in Blue Ash, students in fourth and fifth grades assembled personal care kits for disaster relief efforts. Third-graders stayed at Mars Hill to serve Master Provisions ministry by collecting, sorting and boxing gently used shoes for a mission trip overseas. They’ll also create pictures with blessings in Spanish for the children served by the Master Provisions mission team in Honduras.
Second-grade students were visited by a service dog from the Circle Tail Partners with Paws for People With Disabilities organization in Pleasant Plain. They collected pop can tops and sorted newspapers to donate. The students experienced a hands-on demonstration of what it is like to navigate the school environment in a wheelchair, given by a parent of a Mars Hill student who has cerebral palsy.
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Dan Horn reports:
Thousands of autistic children across Ohio could soon get access to an intensive and costly treatment program that state officials have said they are not obligated to provide.
The U.S. Department of Education told state officials in a letter last week that applied behavior analysis, also known as ABA therapy, must be made available to any child who is considered a good candidate to receive it.
“This is huge,” said Richard Ganulin, a Cincinnati lawyer who has fought for wider availability of the treatment. “The U.S. government has ordered the state of Ohio to fix what it’s been doing wrong.”
The order comes as state officials continue to fight in federal court with a Clermont County couple over whether federal law requires Ohio to provide the treatment, which some parents of autistic children believe is the most effective care available.
Holly and Robert Young sued the state last year after the Ohio Department of Health refused to provide ABA therapy for their son, Roman, through the state’s “Help Me Grow” program. They said their son, now 3, thrived in the therapy and regressed without it.
U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett ordered the treatment program reinstated for Roman until his third birthday, at which time his local school district assumed responsibility for providing it.
But the judge’s order didn’t change the way Ohio handles the treatment of autistic children under the age of 3, and it did not guarantee they would have access to ABA therapy if it was deemed the best possible treatment.
Ganulin said that’s why the letter sent last week is so important: It says the state must make ABA available or risk losing the millions of dollars in federal money it receives each year for the treatment of disabled children.
The letter from Melody Musgrove, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s special education programs, said the state must make available early intervention services that “include applied behavior analysis.”
The letter warned that the department is monitoring the litigation in Ohio and that the state is responsible for following the rules related to early intervention services.
Each year, The Enquirer recognizes a select group of area women for their contributions to our community through its Women of the Year program. The Enquirer honors its 2012 Women of the Year class today at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency.
Ruby Crawford-Hemphill earned the nickname “Cassius Clay” in the ninth grade after she stood up to bullies tormenting a classmate.
It’s a fighting spirit the Mason nurse would carry with her all her life as she works to care for women, children and the indigent.
Born the oldest daughter of a working class family of six, Crawford-Hemphill was used to being a caretaker. So when the prom queen and drill team captain earned a full college scholarship, she knew she wanted to become a nurse.
As the assistant chief nursing officer of the Women’s Health Center at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Crawford-Hemphill has been instrumental in expanding the hospital’s medical services to 13 community-based health centers across Greater Cincinnati.
She’s a charter member of Queen City Links, which she helped found eight years ago to improve the quality of life in Lincoln Heights, and helped launch the Women’s Health Fund, which has improved access to underserved women and their children.
She also serves on the boards for the Center for Respite Care, a 14-bed facility that provides medical care to homeless people recuperating from illness, and Every Child Succeeds, an organization that helps first-time, at-risk mothers provide an optimal start for their children.
Crawford-Hemphill is active with Delta Sigma Theta, a philanthropic group of professional women, and Bridges for a Just Community.
She also mentors at-risk girls through Rise Sister Rise.
“Ruby has a determination and fire in her belly that drives her to help our community,” said Nancy Barone, chief operating officer of University Hospital. “Her motivation is infectious and it is truly her life mission to help those in need.”
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Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Patti Jacobs first saw it on Christmas Eve 2007.
She was called into the office at Warren County Children Services, where a handful of crying small children had been taken away from their parents, who had been busted for heroin trafficking.
“I was like, ‘Heroin? What the hell? Are we back in the ’60s? What is going on?’” recalled Jacobs, who is now director of the agency where she’s worked for 24 years.
That marked the beginning of a surge of heroin-related cases at Warren County Children Services.
“And it’s gone downhill ever since. We are just inundated with these children. It’s horrific,” Jacobs said.
In Warren County – a primarily white, upscale area – only 6 percent of the cases in 2008 referred for ongoing services were related to heroin abuse. In 2011, that figure jumped to 73 percent.
That’s 106 cases involving 170 children.
Other counties in Greater Cincinnati are experiencing the same increase in their child protection systems.
• Thirty-three percent of Clermont County kids being removed from their parents are because of opiate abuse; 90 percent of opiate abuse is heroin.
• Half of the cases Hamilton County Children Services sees are heroin-related.
• The number of children being removed from their homes in Butler County because of heroin abuse doubled since 2010. In 2010, 25 percent of the children removed from their home because of parental substance abuse specifically involved heroin. In 2012, that figure jumped to 52 percent. Overall, since 2010, Butler County Children Services has experienced a 30 percent increase in the number of families receiving services due to any kind of substance abuse.
Jill I. Solimini reports:
The statistics are grim. Ten percent of Haiti’s children die before age 1. Fifty percent don’t live to see the age of 15. Each day, 400 children die.
Anthony and Tammy DiPenti of Mason have made it their mission to bring to light the plight of the people of this country – the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.
Their introduction to the Haitian people began 21/2 years ago when a friend invited Anthony to join a mission trip. The timing was good as the couple’s three daughters – Laura, a nursing student at Galen College and a patient care assistant at West Chester Medical Center; Hannah, a sophomore communications major at the University of Cincinnati; and Cecily, who will be a freshman pre-med major at the University of Kentucky next fall – are nearly grown.
“I really felt a calling,” says Anthony, who works in the health care information technology field. “I knew it was time to start giving back.”
His first trip to Haiti occurred less than a year after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake killed 230,000 people and left another 1.3 million homeless. The scene he encountered when landing in Port au Prince was chaotic – rubble and tent cities dotted the capital. The devastation he encountered in the more rural areas was even more alarming.
“Cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, malaria – they are all rampant,” Anthony says. “But I didn’t let it bother me, because I knew I was there to serve.”
Smiles and laughter are in short supply in pediatric oncology units.
But at The Landing – the new home of the Dragonfly Foundation – giggles and good feelings abound.
The Mason-based nonprofit organization, which provides comfort and care to children and young adults with cancer and blood diseases, recently celebrated a move into new and expanded office space at 9275 Governor’s Way in nearby Symmes Township.
The new 6,000-square-foot-space – formerly Keep it Tight Fitness – is a step up from the organization’s 1,200-square-foot office in the Voice of America Shopping Centre in West Chester.
The expansion allows the organization to offer a lounge room for teens and young adults, a stage for music and entertainment events, conference and library areas, increased storage for care-package items and a gathering place for patients and their families.
The lease was made possible, thanks to a donation by Mark and Melissa Matson of Mason. Mark Matson is the CEO of Matson Money, a financial investment and advisory firm. Organizers furnished the space, which already featured upscale finishes like marble counter tops and hand-blown glass bowls, with donations.
“People are going to flip,” said organization co-founder Ria Davidson. “Everything is high-end. No words can describe the space, but spectacular comes pretty darn close.”
Davidson and Christine Neitzke, both Mason residents and public relations professionals, founded the organization two years ago after Nietzke’s son Matt was diagnosed with cancer. Matt, now 13, is in remission, but the goal of bringing comfort and joy to children “living with and perhaps dying of cancer” continues.