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Halloween Reminders

City Trick or Treat Hours: The City of Loveland's trick-or-treat hours will be held Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.
Candy Police: Loveland and Hamilton Township Police Departments want to make Halloween a special day for everyone. If you live in the Loveland City limits or Hamilton Township limits and your child or adult has a disability or special need, we'll come to you! Please contact Lt. Mike Szpak at (513) 707-6116 or with your loved one's name, address, and your phone number. Requests accepted through Oct. 30. 
Colored Pumpkins: If you see a child carrying a colored pumpkin, it may represent a medical condition. Here are the common meanings:
Blue: Autism
Purple: Epilepsy/seizures
Teal: Food allergies
Reminder from Public Works: Please prep your sidewalks to make sure walkways are safe for trick-or-treaters! It is the property owner's responsibility to clear branches/obstructions within 7 ft. over sidewalks and 13 ft. over roads, as well as trimming trees away from blocking street lights and traffic signs.
Street Light Outages: Likewise, make sure your block is well lit for Halloween night. Street light outages can be reported to Duke Energy online here.
"Brush" up on what you can set at your curb!

Fall Brush Removal 

Public Works will begin fall brush removal on Monday, Nov. 8. You do not need to call to schedule pick-up; our crew drives a route through the city limits. Brush must be placed in the grass near the roadside no later than Sunday evening, Nov. 7. Click here to view a PDF of instructions.

Parking Meter Survey

You are invited to complete a survey about the city's parking meter pilot program. The survey is open Oct. 12-Nov. 9. Take survey now.

Currently, the city is evaluating the pilot's effectiveness. The Loveland Police Department has submitted its observations and program data to City Council. In addition, Council would like to collect feedback about the parking technology used, how your parking experience(s) went, and your general feelings about the Downtown Loveland area. Your feedback is needed to help Council determine how to move forward. Survey responses will be reviewed by Council at the Nov. 23 meeting.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Loveland Symmes Fire Department (LSFD) Emergency Services Unit (ESU) volunteer program is recruiting new members. Work alongside professional firefighters during training, ride-along time and emergency responses. ESU members provide support at the scene of emergency calls including structure fires and serious crashes. Interested? Submit a Volunteer Contact Form by November 14. 

The Tree & Environment Committee is holding a volunteer event on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. Volunteers will learn about non-native plants and how to clear bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii). This is a hands-on event, and you will be working to clear the plant from a portion of the Simpson Forest! Committee members will teach you exactly which plants to cut and which to avoid. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot at Phillips Park near the basketball court. Interested? Please RSVP here.

Veterans Day Program

St. Columban School will hold a ceremony to honor veterans in our community. The event will be held on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the city's Veterans' Memorial. Details will be posted here.

Project Updates

Miamiview Culvert Replacement: Duke Energy relocated a section of gas line to facilitate the water main replacement. Water mains should be switched over soon and the project completed within the coming weeks. Click here for more info.

Annual Road Paving: Crews have been replacing curbs along State Route 48 near the downtown area. Weather permitting, milling will take place Oct. 21-22 and paving Oct. 25-26. The limits of paving are near the Five Points intersection to the O’Bannon Creek Bridge between Harrison Ave. and Lyon Ave.

Click here for the list of all streets included on the 2021 schedule.

Main & Chestnut Project: A large infrastructure project involving Main, South Wall, and Chestnut Streets began Oct. 4. Riverside Drive was closed to thru-traffic Oct. 11-14. One lane of Riverside Dr. will need to be closed for one day during the week of Oct. 17, but 2-way traffic will be maintained by flaggers. Click here to read more about the total project.

West Loveland Avenue Bridge Improvements: The city and Hamilton County were recommended to receive an Ohio Public Works Commission grant for replacement of the sidewalk on the north side of the county's bridge, as well as railing/walls, and bridge abutments. The city is providing a local match for the additional cost to upgrade to decorative railing and potentially the light poles. The project construction is delayed due to private utility relocation work affecting the sidewalk. This is an ongoing project; please stay tuned for more updates.

Community Spotlight

The Community Spotlight feature highlights Loveland businesses and residents. This month we are featuring the Loveland Library.

Throughout the pandemic, the Loveland Branch Library has adapted in many ways to reach the community. Most recently, they took a special reading event outdoors and even partnered with a secret "bookfairy." Children's Librarian Heather Jobson gives us the latest news about upcoming events, current hours, and what's new (Have you heard about the MakerSpace?). Read now.

School Spotlight

The feature highlights a story from the Loveland City Schools' community. To get more news, you can sign up for their community newsletter here.

We have an amazing mother and daughter who teach at Loveland Primary and Loveland Elementary, working with some of our most special Tiger students. Mary and Ashley Frees both work with students with special needs. Mary is an intervention specialist at LES and has been teaching for 22 years. She got her start in teaching when her mom heard about a need for someone to teach Sunday school to adult men with Down Syndrome. “When I was in high school she signed me up and then dropped me off at the group home and wished me luck,” Mary said. She unexpectedly found her passion for students with special needs. “The joy in seeing my students with special needs learn something new or finally accomplish something they have worked on for weeks is so fulfilling,” Mary said. 
Her daughter, Ashley, followed her into teaching. Ashley is in her 5th year teaching and after starting in Loveland working with high school students, she now teaches at Loveland Primary - not too far away from her mother. She didn’t initially plan to follow her mother’s example but found herself drawn to working with special needs students. “What got me into teaching was my work with Camp Stepping Stones throughout college and leading a disaster response team out West. I found that teaching was my passion,” Ashley said. 
Thank you to the Frees family for your dedication to our Loveland community and your passion for working with students with special needs.

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For a list of upcoming City Council and committee meetings, click here.
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