Colonial Hills one of top 10 housing markets in America

As reported by Realtor.com, Colonial Hills is in the 2nd “hottest” ZIP code in the US for the first half of 2015! A few highlights from the article, which was re-reported by a number of news agencies:

  • “Homes in these top 10 communities sell four to nine times faster than the national average, and spend 20 fewer days on the market than their respective metropolitan statistical areas. Their listings on our site are viewed three to eight times more often than overall U.S. listings—an average of 2.3 times more often than their respective metros.”
  • “‘Each locale on this list is emblematic of the key trends driving housing this year—healthy local economics, job opportunities, and affordability,’ said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com®. ‘For first-time home buyers, these communities provide great opportunities to enter the housing market, build a career, and raise a family; older generations are able to build wealth and enjoy a variety of lifestyles.'”

Read the entire article here: http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/top-10-hottest-zip-codes-in-america/.

Looking good Colonial Hills!

Results – 2015 Run Through the Hills 5k

Congratulations runners on a great Colonial Hills 36th Annual Run Through the Hills 5k this past Saturday! Results are now available for Juniors (19 & under) and Adults (20 & over) (note that posted ages are rounded down to be the lowest for the age group– you’re welcome!). Overall results for all runners is here.

Thanks to our presenting sponsors for helping make the race a great success: Columbus State Community College Center for Workforce Development, Worthington Community Center, Road ID, and The CyMack Group! And as always in recent years, thanks to Jeff Spain, Courtney Jolley, and the rest of their volunteers for putting together a great event. Hope to see you again for next year’s race!

4th of July Extravaganza!

Our 4th of July extravaganza is this Saturday! The lineup of events includes:

  • 8:30am: 36th annual “Run Through the Hills” 5k – check-in and day-of registration 7:30-8:15
  • 10:00am: Spirit Parade – children ride their decorated bikes, trikes, strollers, etc around the park; awards for best decorations!
  • 10:00am – 1:00pm: Festival! Live music includes Colonial Hills’s own musical talents: Arnett Howard, Tyler Moore, and Matt Steidle. Also there will be midway games, bounce houses, and concessions. Tickets for bounce-houses and games are 25 cents each; “all-play” bracelets are $5

Volunteers needed! Sign-up online to volunteer: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F4DA4AC2DAAF58-4thofjuly/

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Garage Sale 2015

This year’s Colonial Hills Neighborhood Garage Sale is Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9am-2pm. All are invited to participate! If you plan to participate as a seller, please contact Rachael Dorothy via facebook or at rachaeldorothy@gmail.com. Rachael is creating a master list of addresses to publicize the event, and also distributing “garage sale care packages” (care of CyMack) to anyone hosting a sale.

Remember, if you are hosting a garage sale for this event (or at any time), it is necessary to request a permit from the City of Worthington at least 7 days in advance and pay a $5 fee. More at the City Clerk website at http://www.worthington.org/index.aspx?NID=468#.

Invite everyone you know to come shop the Colonial Hills Neighborhood Garage Sale on June 20, and help make our event a success!

2015 Scholarships

Attention all High School Seniors living in Colonial Hills: the CHCA is offering post-high school scholarships. Applications can be found at CHCA Educational Scholarship 2015 Application (MS Word) and CHCA Educational Scholarship 2015 Application (PDF).

Any graduating senior is eligible, and scholarship money can be used for all types of educational programs beyond high school (e.g. college, vocational school/training, technical, business institute, etc).

Applications (with transcripts) are due April 10, 2015 (if mailed, postmarked by April 8). Please see application forms (links above) for more info and application form.

For any questions, please contact Jenny Kendall parrothead614@yahoo.com or Doug Knight  dougknight314@gmail.com.

Best of luck to each of you!

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell

Hope that everyone had a great summer, and that your fall/autumn is going well! This is the time of year when our neighborhood events calendar starts to heat up again. Here are the upcoming Colonial Hills events:

  • Sunday, Oct 26 @3:00 pm: Halloween Party! (Selby shelterhouse)
  • Friday, Oct 31 @6:00 pm: Beggars’ night (door-to-door)
  • Tuesday, Nov 11 @7:30 pm: Monthly CHCA meeting (Selby). CHCA officer elections!
  • Saturday, Nov 15 @9:00 am: Food Drive

…and then we get to December and holiday and end-of-year events. See the “Fall 2014” edition of the Courier for more info.

Also, if you’re new to the neighborhood, we do have regular curbside leaf pickup. See the Leaf Collection page of worthington.org for more about that.

Look forward to seeing you at one or more of the above!

2014 Run Through the Hills Results

The 35th Annual Run Through the Hills 5k was another resounding success! We had a beautiful course, great weather, and a full field of participants out to have fun and be fit. Congratulations to all our runners, and thanks to Jeff Spain and Courtney Jolley and their volunteers for another well-run event! Thanks also to our sponsors for their contributions: Kroger, Bart’s Dry Cleaners, RoadID, CyMack Realty, and the Worthington Police Department.

Here are the complete results:

Hope to see you again for next year’s race!

Independence Day Celebration!

Join us on Friday, July 4, for our Independence Day Celebration / 4th of July Extravaganza! Here is the schedule of events:

  • 7:30 am: Race registration / packet pickup
  • 8:30 am (sharp!): 35th Annual Run Through the Hills starts!
  • 10:00 am: Spirit Parade – children ride their decorated bike / trike / wagon / stroller / scooter / big wheel / etc around the park. Pets (especially decorated pets!) are also welcome. Prizes for best decorated!
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Festival! Bounce houses, midway games, 50/50 raffle, and concessions. Plus entertainment from Colonial Hills’ own Matt Steidle!

The weather forecast looks great – hope to see you there!

Summer Activities at Worthington Libraries

Worthington Libraries are offering a number of programs and activities this summer. Where else can you talk to a Holocaust survivor (June 28), or look at memorabilia from the OSU archives (Aug 23) and more? Attached are fliers for upcoming adult programs (including “Local Art Treasures” – tonight, June 12!), and upcoming programs for teens & adults. See www.worthingtonlibraries.org/ for lots more fun stuff for people of all ages!

Garage Sale Map & Details

Colonial Hills garage sale day is this Saturday, June 14! Thirty-five homes have officially registered, plus there are a few of us last-minuters in the neighborhood who are also planning to join. CyMack has provided this neighborhood map and list of “official” participating houses. The list also shows what items are being offered at some homes. “Official” hours for the sale are 9am-2pm, but some houses may offer extended hours. Happy treasure hunting!