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School Issues: Cut Parents Out of the Equation

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Cut Parents Out of the Equation

It’s time for a little review of the city schools and city politics. The Board of Education (the school board) is comprised of seven members, all elected by the public. Their job is to make decisions for Columbus City Schools. But, because the majority of board members have worked as a rubber stamp for a […]

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Restaurant Review: Dempsey’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Dempsey’s

Dempsey’s entered the downtown scene just last year, but it’s got a real forever-there feel. The restaurant is comfortable in its own footprint: the big, raw brick wall is filled with old photos, and the wood floor is filled with chairs and tables. The staff seems comfortable too. There’s no schtick or song and dance, […]

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School Issues: Students Smarter in Kindergarten than Third Grade

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Students Smarter in Kindergarten than Third Grade

Last week, former Columbus City Schools board member Steph Groce unleashed her intellect and slew of education documents on her new website. This week, she dropped the bombshell. Groce looks at Kindergarten Readiness scores at local schools, and compares those scores to performance data on third grade proficiency tests. The results of the comparison are […]

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Ohio’s Own: Snowville Yogurt

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Snowville Yogurt

When Snowville Creamery (Pomeroy, Ohio) introduced its Chocolate Milk, there was great jubilation in the land. There’s been a little less jubilation for its new yogurt. Of course, the new yogurt is not flavored like chocolate. In fact, it’s also not flavored like blueberries, strawberries or key lime pie. It’s sold in 24oz tubs, and […]

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Lunch Review: Lexi’s on Third

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Lunch Review: Lexi’s on Third

If you’re going to go to Lexi’s On Third for lunch, you might as well order the ridiculously large Lexi’s Tower ($14). Life is short, and epic edibles that come in the form of mammoth sandwiches are few and far between. The Tower is two slices of grilled rye that are filled with giant heaps […]

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School Issues: Groce’s Got A Brand New Bag

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Groce’s Got A Brand New Bag

It’s been over a year since Steph Groce left the school board. Armed with a giant intellect and a tireless love of research, Groce was a popular board member. At least, she was popular with the public… when Groce departed, her colleagues showered her with faint farewell praises at her last meeting: “You are who […]

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School Issues: Wiles Stands Alone

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Wiles Stands Alone

It’s not easy to be school board member, Mike Wiles. When he submitted a list of people’s names to be on the city school levy committee, not a single Wiles suggestion made the cut. When Carol Perkins was re-elected in January for another term as board president, the vote that put her in office was […]

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