A popular highlight of the City’s annual State of the City Address is the Community Awards Program. Each year, the City receives an impressive slate of nominations for the five categories, highlighting the many individuals, civic groups and businesses that are dedicated to making UA the best it can be. The 2019 Community Awards program was no different, and we are proud to share details of this year’s winners and to acknowledge all who were nominated for these prestigious awards.
Business – Melia Wolf and Cover to Cover Children’s Books
The front window of Cover to Cover Children’s Books reads “Welcome Friends.” That is exactly what Cover to Cover and its owner are to UA—a very special friend. This quaint, welcoming bookstore—located in the Mallway—plays host to free storytimes and activities for children, provides teacher discounts and PTO donations for special events, and has gifted dozens of new books for the waiting rooms of Franklin County Jobs and Family Services. Melia is an active supporter of Equal UA, the UA Education Foundation and many other community groups. Cover to Cover is a hidden gem for our special community! It’s a welcoming place to hang out, see an author, meet new friends, play chess or build at the train table, or get a great book recommendation.
Our congratulations to the following nominees: Adam Parsons and the UA Veterinary Hospital; Dr. Kristin E. Devor; Arlington Urgent Care; COhatch
Community Enrichment – Jim Nicklaus and Bob Wandel
Jim and Bob had a vision to recognize Jack Nicklaus and the start of his career here in UA. Jack went on to become the greatest golfer in the world. Jim and Bob were part of efforts to rename Parkway Park to Jack Nicklaus Park, then set about building a tribute to Jack in the park. Over three years, they collaborated with an architect, staff and a committee to design a tribute that celebrates Jack’s early accomplishments. They conducted a fundraising effort with the UA Community Foundation and worked with a construction firm to implement the park feature. The tribute to Jack highlights his accomplishments as a youth and young adult, illustrating to our community’s youth what is possible and inspiring them to follow their dreams.
Our congratulations to the following nominees: Susan Caruso and the Northam Park Tennis Advisory; Tracy Peters; Kathy Meyer and Ellen Erlanger; Karla Gengler-Novak; Demi Tsapatsaris; The Citizen Financial Review Task Force
Community Safety – The Stand Project Members and Community Partners for the Vaping Video Series
The Surgeon General has declared vaping an epidemic among youth in the U.S. Unfortunately, UA is not immune to this epidemic – as of 2017, 40.9% of high school students and 12.6% of middle school students have tried vaping. We know that these numbers have only increased. In 2019, The Stand Project took on the issue of vaping by creating a video series in partnership with UA Police, the Schools, Syntero, local businesses, OhioHealth, parents and students to educate the entire community about the risks of vaping and to spark conversation. The Stand Project also created a resource page on it’s website for parents and students.
Our congratulations to the following nominees: Community FIT Leadership Team; School Resource Officers
Senior – Susan Maxey
Susan is a wonderful advocate for our community. She has diligently collected and shared important city information to the community through social media and her involvement in meetings and organizations. She has proven to be a trusted community member as people seek her out to get her input and knowledge on City issues and services. If she doesn’t have the answer for someone she seeks it out. Susan has also taken it upon herself to share communications from the City on several FaceBook groups.
She regularly shares the City’s posts to help inform residents of messages that are important. UA is fortunate to have a woman like Susan who cares about the well-being of our community, her neighbors and residents as a whole.
Youth Award – Greensview Elementary Students
A group of students at Greensview Elementary School published a book titled Golden Bears A to Z. Students applied for one of several positions including writers, editors and marketers. A grant given by the UA Education Foundation allowed the students to work with Mascot Books to publish the book. The book highlights favorite places, traditions, history and people in our community. The proceeds of the book sales have been donated to the Upper Arlington Education Foundation to “pay it forward.”
Our congratulations to the following nominees: The UA Idea Day Planning Team; Ellen North and Addison Rosenbusch