Tires Slashed

I noticed on the CPD reports about “Criminal Damaging” reports.  Upon checking that report I found several people on Glouchester and surrounding areas had reported their tires slashed.


The following is from a resident:  On Wednesday, 6/21/17 between 10pm & 6am on 6/22/17 their were multiple tires slashed on vehicles on Sharon Woods @ Brookhurst and around to Nobleshire, Wallbridge, Atterbury & Kennerdown.

If you have camera’s please check the footage for any suspicious behavior and report it immediately.

Volunteers are needed for the 4th of July Parade!

Sharon Woods always has a big presence in the annual Northland 4th of July Parade. We are at the front of the parade & will be passing out 5,000 small American flags. This year it will be Tuesday the 4th, starting at Karl & Morse, going north & ending at Route 161. Registration starts at 9 am & the parade goes forward at 11 am.

We need volunteers…………can you help? Make it a family event & bring the kids to be a part of the parade!  Below are the positions we need to fill:

  • 2 people to carry the Sharon Woods Civic Assoc. banner.
  • 2 people to carry the Beechcroft Lions Club banner.
  • Several people to walk the full length of the parade & pass out flags.
  • Several people to help decorate the truck, the Franklin County bell & trailer.

If you can come celebrate with us & be a part of a standing tradition please contact Roger Heckel at 614-882-6245 or E-mail him at

Hope to see you there! Thanks so much to all who volunteer & keep our neighborhood so great!



Commissioners Announce Summer Program for Youth

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Contact: Tyler Lowry, Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Marty Homan, Commissioners, 614/525-5273


The Franklin County Commissioners today kicked off the beginning of their yearly Summer Youth Success Program for Franklin County young people aged 5-24.  The program represents a nearly $13 million investment in summer camps and job training and workforce experiences for almost 5,000 low-income youth in our community.  Children 5 to 13 years-old can attend free summer day camps, and young people 14 to 24 years-old will participate in workforce readiness and work placement programs.

“Every young person needs constructive activities through the summer months,” said Board of Commissioners President, John O’Grady.  “Our summer camps give kids the opportunity to continue to grow and develop even though school’s out, and the summer work program gives young men and women valuable experience in the workplace.”

In all, 2,472 children who are eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) will attend day camps for ten weeks this summer, which are designed to foster physical and social-emotional development, helping to mitigate the impact of summer learning loss and providing an opportunity to explore new skills and interests.  The camps will be taking place at 70 separate sites throughout Franklin County, and are run by 23 different providers such as the Boys & Girls Club, Central Community House, YWCA, and YMCA.

“Whether it’s summer camp or job training and placement, programs like this are vital to helping thousands of young people stay on track over the summer and get a good start on the next year,” said Commissioner Marilyn Brown.  “In this case, nearly 5,000 kids will get to experience new things through Summer Success, find new friends and mentors, and explore what they may want to do for a career.”

The work experience component of the Summer Youth Success program provides training on workplace etiquette, interview and resume tips, financial literacy, and on-the-job experience.  Work placements range from cultivating urban gardens to building websites for real clients, and from interning in county government offices to helping to develop business plans at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business.  A total of 2,385 TANF-eligible young adults will be enrolled in ten different workforce experience programs at dozens of locations across the county.  Like the summer camps, these opportunities are funded through contracts with County Job and Family Services.  Providers include the Columbus Literacy Council, Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services, the Columbus Urban League, and the Godman Guild.

“Summer can be a wonderful time,” said Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce.  “But it’s also a time of year when young people can get in trouble or not make the best use of their time.  The Summer Youth Success program provides excellent opportunities that will have real, positive, lasting effects on some of our community’s youth throughout their lives.”

Summer Youth Success program activities are beginning this week throughout Franklin County, and Franklin County Administrator Kenneth Wilson will be delivering remarks on Thursday at graduation from the Columbus Urban League’s Work Readiness Boot Camp.  The 200 participants in this program have spent five days participating in workplace readiness training, leadership development, one-on-one coaching, and enrichment activities, including recreation supervised by members of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.  The event is open to the public and will be held at the Ohio Union at 1739 N. High St. at 2:30 pm.

For more information about the Summer Youth Success Program, including about how to participate, visit

Randy Sprouse former Active member of SWCA Passed Away Suddenly in Florida

Obituary for Leslie Randall “Randy” Sprouse

L. Randy Sprouse entered the gates of Heaven on June 2, 2017. Randy loved life and, since March 2016, loved living in The Villages, Florida, with his cherished wife Denise Carol Sprouse. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one brother, Larry Sprouse of Columbus, Ohio; two nephews, Jason (Celena) Sprouse and Joshua (Christine) Sprouse; one great-niece, Piper Sprouse; one daughter; treasured friends Rick and Rita Kirk, Paul and Jayne McKnight, and Rodger and Rebecca Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents Leslie J. Sprouse and Lavonda (Dee) Sprouse and sister-in-law, Vickie Sprouse. Randy was a native of Columbus, Ohio, born July 20, 1951 and graduated from Mifflin High School in 1969. He retired six years ago from Eagle Equipment in Westerville, Ohio, where he had worked for two decades. A loyal son and son-in-law, he was always true to his word. Randy was known for being passionate about helping family, friends and neighbors, and for being an avid Ohio State Buckeyes football fan! He attended Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Westerville, Ohio, and Hope Lutheran Church in The Villages, Florida. During his lifetime, he was a member of the Ohio National Guard and had great respect for the flag and the men and women serving in uniform. Active in his community, he served as trustee and vice-president of the Sharon Woods Civic Association in Columbus. He was especially proud of leading the campaign to provide street lighting in the area, coordinating the children’s yearly Easter Egg Hunt, and driving the Liberty Bell float in the annual July 4th Northland Area Community Parade. Arrangements have been entrusted in SCHOEDINGER NORTH CHAPEL, 5554 Karl Road in Columbus, Ohio, with calling hours scheduled from 11am until the time of service at 1pm on Friday June 9th, 2017. Officiated by Pastor Richard Walston. Interment will follow at Kingwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sharon Woods Civic Association, P.O. Box 297974, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Online condolences may be made at

Don’t Forget to Join the Sharon Woods Civic Association!

Have you ever wondered who takes care of the entrances to our neighborhood, like the beautiful islands at the corner of 161 & Sharon Woods Blvd.? Believe or not it is not done by the City of Columbus, or by elves at night! All of this work is done by volunteers who live in the neighborhood, and who are a very important part of the Sharon Woods Civic Association. You might be surprised to find out what all your civic association does to help keep Sharon Woods a great place to live.

By now you should have received the latest edition of our neighborhood newsletter, The Gatepost. If you did not receive one you can find a copy of it on this web site in an earlier post.

Just a reminder that June is our membership drive month. So, please complete the application in The Gatepost to either renew your membership or join for the coming year (and send it in soon). It is a bargain!

As always, thank you for your support!

Free Legal Aid Clinics

Please click the link at the bottom of message to get dates & times of the free legal aid clinic.

Please spread the word to potential clients that Legal Aid will be offering our next free legal advice clinic for low-income individuals at the Bhutanese Nepali Community of Columbus at 4646 Tamarack Blvd on Wednesday, June 7th at 5:30 PM. Many thanks to the BNCC for agreeing to host!

The clinic occurs every first Wednesday of the month and typically lasts from 5:30 to 6:45 PM. As a reminder, in order for clients to receive this free service, they must have gross household income at 250% of the Federal Poverty Level or below (about $5,000 gross monthly income for family of four) and assets under approximately $24,000 (not counting the home they live in or the car they drive for primary transportation). Non-citizens must bring their green cards or I-94s. Those individuals without individual documentation can still receive general legal information. As of this month, we will have immigration lawyers on hand for those clients who qualify for the clinic.

I have attached full 2017 English, Somali, Spanish and Nepali flyers for the clinic. I encourage you to share with your organizations. Also, if you know of others who should receive these monthly notifications, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add them to the list.

Sincerely,Northland Clinic Flyer – BNCC – 2017Dianna Howie

Notes from the SWCA Meeting on June 1st.

Hydrant Flushing:

The fire department will be flushing hydrants in Sharon Woods during June & July.  We do not expect any problems with “rusty” water coming into your home. or call 614-645-4055 for daily schedule information.



We need flowers that can tolerate the sun for the entrances to Sharon Woods.  If you have any plants that you can donate please contact Sharon and she will be happy to pick them up.

Sandra Stamps
* From Huntley Rd to Ponderosa Dr. there is 3.37 miles of roadway.
* There are 483 Businesses
* There are 101 landlords
*There are 983,000 square feet of grass that has to be mowed (this is from service road to service road including center island).
* The city mowes this area only 4 times a year therefore the business association tries to raise money to have it mowed 20 times per year.
* Cost this year, per mowing, is $1,300.  The company who has the contract is currently experiencing a shortage of workers.
* There is a new Sea Food restaurant going in just west of Sharon Woods Blvd. by the National Church Residents.