Quote of the Week: "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." -Frank Herbert
|Vigil to be held at Paul Brown Stadium|
The "Cincinnati Cares Freedom Rally" will be held at Paul Brown Stadium on Friday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. for the event, which promises to bring the community together for an evening of music and reflection on last week’s tragic terrorist attacks on our country. Red Cross volunteers will be collecting donations at the gates and throughout the stadium. Glow sticks will be distributed at the gates to participants in the community vigil.
Hamilton County Commission President John Dowlin stated, "We must make the best of every opportunity to unite our community at this time. It’s only right that we bring the community together for a vigil to reflect on what has happened to our nation, to pray for the survivors and remember those who have lost their lives. We also need to pray for President Bush and our nation’s leaders as they plan our nation’s response."
Commissioner Tom Neyer added, "This is a difficult time for our nation and for our community. The recent attacks will not dampen our American spirit and unity. Together we will show our unity of purpose and our care for our fellow countrymen and women."
Stated Commissioner Todd Portune, "Our citizens have an important opportunity on Friday night to reflect on this recent tragedy and the assault against our nation, but more importantly to gain strength in that which unites us, a love of country, and a commitment to a better, stronger America."
There will be no charge for parking for the event. The Hamilton County Sheriff and the Cincinnati Police are taking additional security measures. No concessions will be provided at the event and participants will not be permitted to bring coolers or beverage containers.
We hope to see you there on Friday night for what promises to be a meaningful community event.
|How to Deal with the Tragedy of Terrorist Activity|
The following information was provided by Life Management Systems, the County's Employee Assistance Program provider.
Tragic and momentous events of the past several days in our nation have
had almost immeasurable impact on our lives.
Life Management Systems
remember that confidential counseling regarding any of the above matters
is available, at no cost, to employees and their household family members
through Life Management Systems EAP.
You can call confidentially to speak with an EAP counselor at (513)
326-2469 or 1-800-733-0257. Also
consider keeping these suggestions in mind over the coming days:
TV viewing. You will want
to keep abreast of the news, but do not overdo it.
Remember that your children will be particularly vulnerable to
seeing scary to confusing images over and over.
Turn the TV off and talk to your children about what they are
and/or establish meaningful routines.
One of the problems with traumatic events is that they seem random
and chaotic. Combat these
feelings by emphasizing things like family meals, group activities,
spirituality, and family discussions of events.
Maintaining as predictable routine as possible especially helps
less of yourself. You may
feel fatigued, have difficulty focusing, or find your moods swinging more
than usual. This is normal. You may need to temporarily re-evaluate how much
put on your plate. If you
have children, they need more of your time and attention right now.
Be honest with yourself about realistic priorities.
your children. Let kids
know about all the things that are being done by you and others to keep
them safe. Do not worry if a child asks you a question that you cannot
answer. Children do not need
you to predict the future for them. They
need to know that they are loved and that grown-ups who love them are
working to protect them.
¨ These are scary events. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
A Message from County Personnel regarding our recent tragedy:
It is too soon to know how profoundly the events of
September 11th will affect our personal and
work lives. However, what we share in our communities, at home, and on the
job, and our common values will help us move forward and bind our wounds.
|Hamilton County Business Center celebrates the Graduation of 9 small businesses|
The ceremony was highlighted by a keynote address from Johnathan Holifield, Executive Director of the Cincinnati USA Tech Initiative, who spoke on the need for improvement in small business creation in Greater Cincinnati and the need for improved use of business assistance tools, such as HCBC, by start-up ventures.
The graduation ceremony is the culmination of an excellent 12 months for HCBC in which the following companies graduated:
|In addition to the graduation of nine
companies, HCBC and its clients had the following successes during the
past 12 months:
In closing the graduation ceremony, Patrick Longo, Director of HCBC stated the following: "These 9 graduates represent the true meaning of entrepreneurship – they all possessed a vision, created a plan, and implemented the plan to success. Each company had different goals and objectives. And for each, the excitement of reaching those goals has been a challenge. HCBC understands that none of these businesses traveled a straight line to success, but we are very proud that they persevered and accomplished much on their way to today!"
With graduation comes the enviable task of securing the next class of successful incubator clients. If you know of an entrepreneur who could benefit from the "HCBC experience", please have them contact Patrick Longo at (513) 631-8292.
|Attend the Ohio State Use Trade Show: See How Ohioans with Disabilities can help you|
|Hamilton County Commissioners again encourage attendance at the Ohio State Use programs upcoming trade show.
This trade show is presented by the State Use Program to give Community
Rehabilitation Programs an opportunity to present information on the
products and services available for purchase.
Available information will include many of the ways you can purchase excellent product and services provided by Ohioans with disabilities. Community Rehabilitation Programs from the local area will provide information and demonstrations of the value of the resources available from their agencies, which assist Ohio citizens with disabilities in achieving economic independence through work.
The event will be held at the William Howard Taft Building at 237 William Howard Taft Road from 10:00a.m. -1:00p.m on Friday, September 28, 2001. All Hamilton county employees and official with purchasing authority are encourage to attend.
|Environmental Services and Reds team up to promote recycling|
PET containers, took place on August 23, 2001, after the Red’s game as the cleaning
crew began their job of cleaning up the stadium. As trash was collected, PET bottles
were separated and stored to be recycled.
Examples of PET bottles include plastic beer bottles, water bottles, and soda bottles. These bottles are one of the newest problems in the recycling industry, as they have replaced easily recycled glass and aluminum containers. It is especially difficult to recycle PET bottles due to their low weight to volume ratio. The amber colored plastic beer bottles, which make up approximately 40% of the PET bottles, have chemical properties that make them especially difficult to recycle, adding to the overall problem.
with the hopes of instituting a permanent recycling program in the Great American Ballpark. In the meantime, Environmental Services will be working with the staff at Cinergy Field during the off-season to locate closer markets for this recycling program.
The Department of Environmental Services would like to thank the cleaning crew at Cinergy Field for their participation and all those who helped with the project, especially Declan Mullin and Steve Sears with the Cincinnati Reds, for partnering with us on this project. For more information on how you can become more involved in your community’s recycling program, call our 24-hour recycling hotline at 946-7741 or visit our web-site at www.hcdoes.org. For more information on this and other community recycling programs, call Holly Christmann at 946-7705 or Sue Magness at 946-7736.
|Make your Nominations for 2001 National Caring Award|
|The Caring Institute is currently accepting nominations for
the 2001 National Caring awards. These awards recognize and honor those
who are "working to make the world a better place."
Nominees should provide examples of extraordinary commitment to public service and social responsibility. Nominees should demonstrate selflessness, exhibit a long-term commitment to service and the betterment of society, and have a significant impact on the lives of others in their community, nation or the world.
More information on this award is available at www.caringinstitute.org.
|Over-The-Rhine Clean-up Postponed|
|Due to the recent events and the postponement
of Oktoberfest until this weekend, 55 WKRC radio has decided to move the
Over-The-Rhine Clean up from this Saturday, September 22nd, until October.
The specific date has not yet been determined. Check the next edition of
Hello Hamilton County for updated information. The event organizers
hope those who signed up to volunteer will still be able to do so.
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