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‘Bagel Man’ John Marx joins The Point/Arc’s Point-Perk coffee shop as new general manager

By Andy Furman Point/Arc For 50-plus years he was known as The Bagel Man. Now, John Marx is the Coffee Man – he was named general manager of The Point/Arc’s Point-Perk by Judi Gerding, President of the non-profit organization. John Marx (Photo from The Point/ARC) A native of Chicago, Marx owned and operated Marx Hot Bagels on Kenwood Road, Cincinnati. “Looking for an experienced restaurant manager,...

Dan Beard Council to celebrate completion of improvements to Union’s Camp Michaels Oct. 9

The Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the completion of the first major capital improvement campaign in Camp Michaels’ 75-year history on Saturday, October 9 at 10 a.m. The event will be a celebration of the renovations at Camp Michaels as well as a dedication of Eagle’s Lodge located in Union. Community business leaders, Scouting families, volunteers and supporters of local...

Grant from Joanie Bernard Foundation to fund NKADD cat spay/neuter program for sixth year

A grant to the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) from the Joanie Bernard Foundation will continue to help reduce the number of community cats through a regional spay/neuter program. NKADD and its eight counties have been working with Team Shelter USA, a national consulting firm that helps shelters implement best practices that include Community Cat Diversion. A Community Cat Diversion...

Mutter Gottes Neighborhood Association pumpkin sale is Oct. 3; get pumpkins, gourds, squash, more

It is time for the third annual Mutter Gottes Neighborhood Association Pumpkin Sale! Established in 2019 and designated to be held on the first Saturday in October, this year it’s October 2nd, starting at 10 a.m. and going until 5 p.m. The sale will be held at the corner of W. 6th and Craig Streets. This is right next to the train trestle that marks the border between Mutter Gottes and Mainstrasse...

Victorian at Riverside increases capacity with new accessible wing; ribbon-cutting set for Sept. 30

The Victorian at Riverside has announced the grand opening of a new accessible wing that will provide the ability to house 40 residents. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new space will take place on Thursday, September 30 at 2 p.m. after more than a year of construction. The new courtyard at The Victorian at Riverside (Photo from VAR website) “We could not be more thrilled about the new expansion...

Emergency Shelter of NKY launches Help Us Home campaign to finish, outfit new state-of-the-art facility

An artist’s rendering of the new ESNKY facility (Photo from ESNKy) Northern Kentucky’s immediate entrance, low-barrier shelter launched a new capital campaign that will allow the organization to transition into a new state-of-the-art home this winter. The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky (ESNKY) Help Us Home campaign aims to raise $5 million to complete construction and furnish the facility,...

Behringer-Crawford Museum free Sunday with downloaded ticket from Smithsonian Museum Day

Behringer-Crawford Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Sunday as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day celebration. The event, which the Smithsonian bills as an “annual celebration of boundless curiosity,” allows museums, zoos and cultural centers from all 50 states to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington,...

Over 200 swimmers to take the plunge as Great Ohio River Swim returns to Public Landing Sunday

Get ready to make a splash! The Bill Keating, Jr. Great Ohio River Swim returns to the water on Sunday. The event was originally scheduled for late August, but river conditions caused its postponement. A fundraiser for Adventure Crew, a local nonprofit that offers outdoor recreation opportunities for city teens, the event is the only open water swim to travel across the Ohio River and back. Participants...

Horizon Community Funds’ ‘The 410’, a model giving circle, to focus on NKyians living with disabilities

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky’s giving circle for emerging philanthropists, The 410, kicked off this week with a vote to determine which focus area in the nonprofit sector they would like to fund for the 2021 cohort. The more than 40 members voted to focus their combined gifts on Northern Kentuckians living with disabilities, an area that is often referenced as overlooked and underfunded. “We...

Duke Energy awards four major grants in NKY: Boone County, Cov schools, NKY Education Council, NKU

Duke Energy boosts local giving; awards $217,500 to 16 inventive educational initiatives in Greater Cincinnati, including four grants in Northern Kentucky. Most of the funding for the 16 local grantees is aimed at reversing academic declines due to recent in-person learning gaps among K-12 students across Greater Cincinnati. This includes the common “summer slide” and emerging “COVID slide.” “Across...

Friends of the Kenton County Library to resume book sales that cover shortfall in traditional funding

Did you know that the Kenton County Public Library District might not exist except for the work of a handful of very dedicated volunteers? Prior to 1967, there were two libraries in the county – the Covington Library and a library in Erlanger sponsored by the Erlanger Women’s Club. There was also a state-supported bookmobile that served rural Kenton County. The original Erlanger library (Photo...

Purple People Bridge gets two major grants to help in restoration to full service; one matches donations

The effort to repair the pedestrian Purple People Bridge has received a major boost with the announcement of two major grants for the project. The Devou Good Foundation of Covington has announced a grant of up $154,000 to help fund the short-term repair of the bridge and a portion of the long-term repair. The bridge closed May 11 after stones from Pier 1 reportedly fell into the Ohio River. The majority...

Behringer-Crawford to offer free admission to all Smithsonian Museum Day ticket holders Sept. 19

Behringer-Crawford Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Sunday, September 19, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day celebration. The event, which the Smithsonian bills as an “annual celebration of boundless curiosity,” allows museums, zoos and cultural centers from all 50 states to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s...

Thomas More kicks-off its 100th anniversary with series of events, including a special Saints Serve day

Thomas More University is commemorating its year-long 100th anniversary celebration with a series of events that started with its season opener football game on Saturday and a 10 a.m. mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington followed by a Founders Day reception today. On Monday, TMU will hold an Academic Convocation – an assembly of the entire University community, students,...

Life Learning Center annual gala Oct. 9 to feature roast of St. Elizabeth Healthcare CEO Garren Colvin

Life Learning Center, the Covington-based nonprofit organization that helps people transform their lives for long-term success, will host its annual gala Saturday, Oct. 9 at PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation. An invite-only VIP reception kicks the event off at 6 p.m., followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. The event will also include dinner, which begins at 7 p.m., featuring the roast...