Luminaries Light Up Dark Year!

Please sign up, using our SignUpGenius for Kit Assembly this year, for Luminary Kits Set Up, Saturday, December 5, starting at 10:00 AM.

The City of Worthington has approved the CHCA’s use of the shelter house for our luminary kits assembly on Saturday, December 5, starting at 10:00 AM. This approved event will be strictly Covid-protocol compliant, enforced by the Event Chair:

  • Masks will be worn at all times
  • Socially distanced workstations, with no more than 8 people continuously inside the shelter house, and no more than 13 people continuously outside in the work area
  • Volunteers will sign up in advance via SignUpGenius, for either of two shifts, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, or 11:00 AM to noon, for the following tasks:
  1. Inside the shelter house component assembly (up to 8 volunteers)
  2. Outside the shelter house component assembly (up to 3 volunteers, plus the Event Chair)
  3. Bundling supervisor
  4. Pea gravel shovelers (up to 4 volunteers), who are requested to bring their own standard-size, pointed-tip garden shovel. Each shoveler is also requested to recruit an immediate family member to assist them in holding open their grocery bags while they shovel. This immediate family member can be a youth no younger than middle-school age.
  5. Except for the pea gravel assistants, no youths can be included in the event this year

Some background: As an essential part of complying with CDC protocols, our plan uses the minimum number of volunteers needed to complete kits assembly in about two hours. This plan is a modified version of our usual workflow, and is modelled on our actual experience with a minimal number of volunteers during the 2014 kits assembly event, when 18 heroic volunteers completed kits assembly during a continuous, cold rain.

That is, instead of the 18 intrepid volunteers who worked the entire approximately 2.5 hours that day in 2014, we plan to have up to 21 volunteers for each of the two one-hour shifts, to complete the assembly in about 2 hours in 2020. We will monitor signups to try to ensure all positions are filled.

Donuts will be individually packaged by Tim Horton’s, and plenty of hand sanitizer will be provided inside the shelter house.

We do regret this year, that you cannot simply show up to volunteer Saturday morning, if you haven’t already signed up for an available slot on SignUpGenius — we cannot have more people at the shelter house than specified in our approved plan.

Regarding the Trustees picking up their bundles of kits for their Districts: We are asking the Trustees to start coming over no earlier than noon on Saturday to pick up their bundles, so as not to increase the number of people present in the shelter house area during the kit assembly timeframe, 10:00 AM to noon.

Light Your Luminaries! Our luminary display evening will be Sunday, December 13, starting at 7:00 PM, per the instructions which will be enclosed in each resident’s luminary kit.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or if you encounter any difficulty using our event’s SignUpGenius. Thank you,

Will Pearce, Luminaries Event Chair
365 S. Selby Blvd
614-888-8236
willpearce@columbus.rr.com

CHCA Meeting Minutes

The CHCA Meeting Minutes and Agendas which have been archived to our website are listed below
(if there is a link “Continue reading CHCA Meeting Minutes” below, click it to display the archived items).


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Selby Park Playground Renovation Survey

The City of Worthington had in its budget the replacement of the Selby Park Playground this year. The playground surfacing is showing its age and several of the components of the playground including some of the decking are showing excessive wear. The project was put on hold in the spring along with many other projects due to uncertainty with funding.

However, this project has now been reinstated, and Parks & Rec has the green light to begin planning for the renovation. Our goal is to complete a design with community input this fall and winter and be under construction in the spring when the weather allows. Please help us determine how we should move forward with the playground by filling out our Selby Park Survey (via SurveyMonkey).

Thank you.

2020 Halloween House Decorating Contest and Photos

Neighbors, you are the BEST! Our judges had a challenge with selecting the winners for the Halloween decorating contest. There were several split decisions but difficult choices had to be made.

Drumroll, please …

Friendliest: “2020?! Good Grief!” photo booth at 400 Park Blvd.

Most Creative: “There’s no place like home… during a pandemic” at 417 Kenbrook Dr.

Best Effects: “Skeleton party in the yard” at 350 Kenbrook Dr.

Spookiest: “Witches Brew CoronaVirus Vaccine” at 244 Colonial Ave.

(And now for the photos (Photo Credits: Secret Judges) – please click the “Continue reading” link below to see these pics which have the following descriptions)

_Winners, Photo Montage #1
_More Pics #1, Montage #2
_More Pics #2, Montage #3
_More Pics #3, Montage #4


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CHCA Halloween 2020 Events Are Scheduled!

Here are the details for our events:

Halloween House Decorating Contest – Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 PM

  • Our 3rd Annual Halloween Decoration Contest will be judged at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, 10/20.
  • The categories are: Spookiest, Friendliest, Most Creative, and Best Effects.
  • To help scare up your creative spirit, you might refer to some of the frightful winning designs from the 2019 contest (spiders, coffins, and bats, oh my!):
    2019 Halloween Decorating Contest Blogpost

Socially-Distanced Halloween Party at Selby Park – Sunday, October 25

  • When: Sunday, 10/25:
    Last names beginning with A-L – 3:00-4:00 PM
    Last names beginning with M-Z – 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Where: Selby Park Shelter House
  • What: You are welcome to wear costumes!
    Join us at the park during your designated timeframe to choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, get your yearly family photo at the CyMack photo booth, and get a goody bag with treats and a craft to take home.
  • We will not be gathering; it will be more of a grab-and-go event.

Thank you to CyMack, Keller Williams Capital Partners for their continued sponsorship of this event!

Colonial Hills Traffic Calming Study

Beginning Monday, August 31, residents will see new temporary traffic control measures on Foster Avenue near Kenbrook Drive in the Colonial Hills neighborhood, per details including photos, given in the Colonial Hills Traffic Calming Study PDF.

These temporary traffic control measures are part of the study of traffic calming options that the Worthington Service & Engineering Department has been conducting in response to Colonial Hills residents requesting traffic calming solutions in this area. The effects on vehicle speed and counts of various study options have included temporary stop signs installed at Loveman and Foster. The current study option is the chicanes (cone-shaped obstacles), which were recommended by the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board.

These temporary chicanes will be in place until September 14, and while they may not end up being permanently placed at this location (to be determined), this study will help the City determine the effectiveness of various chicane designs at similar locations throughout Worthington (see photos in the Colonial Hills Traffic Calming Study PDF).

For more information, please contact the Worthington Service & Engineering Department at 614‐431‐2425.

2020 Virtual 5k Results

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 41st Annual Run Through the Hills this year.

Not everyone wanted their time posted but it’s not about winning this year, just doing your best! Nevertheless, we did want to recognize the top overall female and male finishers (remember those bragging rights!):

  • Female: Teresa Moore – Time: 25:31
  • Male: Jamie Stillman – Time: 20:29

And here are the rest of the times of the first ever (& hopefully only) Virtual 5k, in an alphabetical list of everyone who sent in their times and wanted their times published:

Thank you to Courtney Jolley and Jeff Spain for initiating and organizing a Virtual 5k race this year. And Courtney, so much thanks for documenting the results, and for getting our t-shirts to us, the design for which we all thought was truly awesome!

CHCA and Family Mentor Foundation Buddy Box Packing

The CHCA had originally planned a neighborhood “packing” event with the Family Mentor Foundation (FMF) to pack Buddy Boxes to help hungry kids in our community! (Buddy Boxes are weekend food boxes provided to kids in Franklin County who lack food over the weekends both during the school year and summer.) Unfortunately, we cannot go as a big group but they still need our help.

Gather your family or small group (no larger than 6) and sign up here for a time to volunteer:
SignUpGenius: CHCA FMF Volunteers Buddy Box Packing
Location: 460 Schrock Road, Suite E

The Family Mentor Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help pack Buddy Boxes! Please visit their website to learn more about this wonderful organization and to sign up to help throughout the year:
Family Mentor Foundation

Answers for the July 4th Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Here are the answers for the Scavenger Hunt. We hope you enjoyed our Virtual 4th of July! 🙂

July 4th Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

The list of items for the scavenger hunt is here in Word format or here in PDF format.

You can print out this list, or bring it up on your phone, as you are walking around the neighborhood, and fill out the street address for each of the items on the list. The answers will be published here on July 5.

This list contains a thumbnail-size photo for each item on the list – also, you can bring up the 10 large-size photos for these items, in the same order as the list, by clicking the “Continue reading” link below.

And as you are walking around the neighborhood, stop by the corner of Indianola Ave and Park Blvd for a goody bag and bike safety gear. One per child please. While supplies last!

(To view the pics, with photo credits to the Secret Judges – please click the “Continue reading” link below)

_01 windsocks in the tree and/or field of pinwheels
_02 vertical flags on every window
_03 flag-lined driveway
_04 a little bit of everything!
_05 groovy tie dye
_06 America sign
_07 driveway chalk art
_08 bunting and flags
_09 spray-painted yard / balloon arch
_10 Uncle Sam blow-up

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