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School Issues: Retaining High-Quality Educators

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Retaining High-Quality Educators

This past week, Mayor Coleman named Rhonda Johnson as the new Director of Education for the City of Columbus. In the media coverage surrounding the appointment, the Mayor shared that Johnson was the person responsible for many of the Education Commission’s recommendations for improvement in local schools. The new director is credited with a list […]

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Dish Deathmatch: Cheesy sMACkdown

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Dish Deathmatch: Cheesy sMACkdown

It has been an exceptionally godawful winter. Under such unendingly miserable conditions, heavy-duty comfort food is in order. First, because it’s comforting, and the weather has been uncomfortable. Second, because comfort food helps build a thin layer of blubber under the skin, to better insulate against the cold. So, there’s been a lot of macaroni […]

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Restaurant Review: Pizza Cucinova

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Pizza Cucinova

Pizza Cucinova looks exactly nothing like a Sbarro. The expectation of resemblance seems rational: Pizza Cucinova is an offspring of the mall eatery… and why mess with success? Sbarro was and is an institution of fabulous high school calzone memories. While there are about a thousand Sbarro stops, there is only one Pizza Cucinova, for […]

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Ohio’s Own: Carfagna’s Pasta Sauce

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Carfagna’s Pasta Sauce

Carfagna’s pasta sauce is the sort of thing that could make a dedicated food fan feel stupid. Afterall, Carfagna’s market has been around for a long time— something like seventy-five years. It’s also been making jarred marinara sauce for a long time (although not seventy-five years). So, discovering it only in 2014 makes it feel […]

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Restaurant Review: Westies Gastropub

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Westies Gastropub

Westies Gastropub has set up camp in a big, really big, beautiful spot at 940 S. Front Street. It made its grand debut a few weeks ago. For all its bigness, the parking lot is teeny, so it’s easiest for drivers to to scope out a nice little spot for a vehicle on the street […]

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Ohio’s Own: The 614 Chocolate Bar

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: The 614 Chocolate Bar

Love it or hate it, there can be no middle ground on the 614 Bar. Who knew chocolate could be so controversial? Ironically, the 614 Bar is made in Athens, Ohio by O’ Chocolate. Appropriately though, the company makes a 740 bar too. All of its products are based on free trade, organic, premium chocolate. […]

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School Issues: Three Unsung Heroes in the CCS Audit

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Three Unsung Heroes in the CCS Audit

The dust has settled in the wake of the January release of State Auditor Yost’s report on Columbus City Schools. The findings of the audit have been discussed ad nauseam in press conferences, news articles and on television broadcasts. In the midst of the reports of corruption and the discussion surrounding it, there are three […]

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