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Cincinnati Zoo’s matriarch of gorillas, Samantha, the oldest at 50, humanely euthanized; had health issues

Samantha, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s oldest mammal and matriarch of its gorillas, has been humanely euthanized. Born at the Zoo 50 years ago, she exceeded the life expectancy for her species by more than a decade and was in good health for most of her long life.  Recently, however, it became apparent that age-related health issues were affecting her quality of life. “Maintaining...

Statewide day of online giving brings Kentuckians together with Kentucky Gives Day on May 12

Kentucky Gives Day – the statewide 24-hour online giving event – returns for an eighth year on May 12. Nonprofit organizations interested in a tool to raise needed funds for their mission and boost their online fundraising efforts are encouraged to participate. “Last year, Kentucky Gives Day helped nonprofits across Kentucky work together to raise over $383,000 through a single website...

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road calls on businesses to buy nearly 50,000 boxes of cookies

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) relies heavily on cookie sales as they represent more than 80 percent of its annual operating budget. The cookie sales also provide girls and their troops the opportunity to set goals and earn their own money, used to fund rigorous programs and growth opportunities. Because GSKWR Girl Scouts must sell cookies door-to-door and at public gathering places,...

Asian Food Fest latest event to be rescheduled, moved from Mother’s Day weekend to August

Asian Food Fest, presented by Kroger, will return to The Banks in Cincinnati for the 10th annual event, Aug. 8-9. The celebration on Freedom Way between Elm and Walnut Streets is being postponed from its regular Mother’s Day weekend dates due to measures in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. The event is free and open to the public. In addition to variety of Asian dishes, the popular Secret...

Convention Center transformed into makeshift homeless shelter, thanks to a caring coalition

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor What do the homeless do when there is no home for “staying home and be safe” from the coronavirus pandemic or when nighttime temperatures dip below freezing? For a couple of weeks, home could be the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington which has been transformed into a makeshift homeless shelter, providing a place to stay for those who would...

Weekend effort to help bring cheer, positivity to the region can be ‘chalked up’ to Renaissance Covington

It’s been a crazy few weeks. Most of our community members are cooped in their homes, the kids are crazy, and working remotely is challenging. Renaissance Covington (RCOV) wants to help bring cheer & positivity to Covington neighborhoods with “Chalk Up the Cov,” on Sunday, March 29, at 6 p.m. The goal is simple, spread positivity and fun, using sidewalk chalk and artistic messages. “At...

Life Learning Center partners with Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders on alternative sentencing

Life Learning Center President Alecia Webb-Edgington announced Friday that Life Learning Center has created COVID-19 protocols to meet the increased need through the budding alternative sentencing partnership with Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders and Kenton County Jailer Terry Carl. Webb-Edgington “We are pleased to propel our partnership with Life Learning Center on this Alternative...

ArtsWave cancels remainder of ArtsWave Days series, postpones other events, rolls out Virtual Arts

ArtsWave, the engine for the Cincinnati Region’s arts, has announced cancelation of the remainder of its campaign event series, ArtsWave Days, and postponement of both CincySings and its next Flow concert featuring vocalist Jazzmeia Horn. In addition, it has expanded its Coronavirus Arts Hub, to include the most comprehensive listing of all virtual and online arts experiences being offered throughout...

St. Elizabeth Foundation supports hospital’s COVID-19 efforts; offers instructions on making masks, too

St. Elizabeth Foundation has provided the following update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) St. Elizabeth Healthcare is continuing to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) news, updates and precautionary measures here. Horizon Funds NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund St. Elizabeth has partnered with Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky to launch the NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund, providing flexible financial assistance...

Brighton Center serves infants-older adults across all income levels, taking on more challenges

By Tammy Weidinger President/CEO, Brighton Center We are living in a historic and uncertain time, but what is certain, is our dedication to the NKY community and providing hope during this difficult time. Our community is in need now more than ever and we face challenges beyond anything we could have foreseen. As a comprehensive social service agency with 41 programs serving individuals from infants...

NKY Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund launched by Horizon community partners; goal is $4m

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is launching a new fund to support Northern Kentuckians facing increased crises or needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund aims to raise at least $4million with nearly half of that already committed. Through the generous support from The Butler Foundation and The R.C. Durr Foundation, and corporate citizens including Fischer...

Covington Parks & Recreation activities ratcheted back; trails and green spaces still open

The City of Covington is refunding shelter reservations, canceling its upcoming Easter Egg Hunt, and making other significant adaptations to programs, activities and facilities run by its Parks and Recreation Division. The moves are designed to comply with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s directive on group activities and with commonsense health guidelines designed to limit the spread of the COVID-19...

Duke Energy Foundation awards $50,000 rapid response grants locally related to COVID-19

Duke Energy has awarded $50,000 to the local community as part of its  rapid response grants for community needs in the region during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Grants focused on three key areas: the elderly, schools, and the homeless. “We recognize the immediate, critical needs in our communities which include access to meals and medicine. We’re focused on helping those organizations that...

Learning Grove finalizing plan to offer emergency childcare for young and school-age children

While Ohio and Kentucky are still finalizing the requirements and regulations around providing emergency childcare for young and school-age children, Learning Grove is ready to respond to the needs of our health care workers and other employees. In response to the COVID-19 viral epidemic currently facing our community, Learning Grove, formerly Children Inc., is prepared to begin operating high-quality...

Helping the hungry in a pandemic; Be Concerned creates ‘safe’ ways to pick up food, donate

As the contagious COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the nation, Covington’s largest pantry has two challenges getting food to people who desperately need it: • Making sure it has food to give. • Getting that food in the people’s hands while protecting the health of recipients, staff, and volunteers. Be Concerned: The People’s Pantry is addressing both challenges with an appeal...