The latest edition of the Westerville Community Recreation Guide has been printed and will be mailed to residents the week of August 30. It can also be viewed online below.
A limited number of copies will be available to the public beginning August 31 at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave..
The Westerville Division of Police (WPD) is looking for this (pictured) red Honda Civic in connection with the death of Westerville man, Robert Goodrich, 62.
Goodrich’s death has been ruled a homicide. Investigators want to talk to the owner of this 2001-2003-year Honda Civic. The car appears to be missing the “H” in “Honda” on the front bumper and has dents in the left front and rear quarter panels. The driver’s side wheels appear to be black or missing the hubcaps. More…
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Westerville Division of Police (WPD) K9 Bruno has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Bruno’s vest is sponsored by Greg Nobis of Delaware and is embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Cooper.” Bruno serves alongside handler Officer Khyrell Baggoo.
This is the second vest provided to a WPD K9 by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. In 2018, the nonprofit donated a vest to K9 Fiji, who retired in 2020. More…
By 1808Delaware, City of Westerville
July is Park and Recreation Month across the country and there’s no better time to take advantage of Westerville’s parks, trails and facilities than now.
The community features more than 650 acres of parkland, 18,000 trees, 51 miles of trails and four premier facilities to enjoy not only in July but throughout the year.
In Westerville, more than a million people of all ages and abilities use its award-winning parks and recreation system. The Department is a five-time recipient of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management and also has been nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) since 2005. More…
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Jonathan Bentley has been named Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director for the City of Westerville. He most recently worked for the City of Youngstown, Ohio as Executive Director and Equal Employment Officer of its Human Relations Commission.
Bentley is the first to hold the DEI Director position. It was formed by Westerville City Manager Monica Irelan when she began in her position last January. Bentley will start in Westerville on Monday, July 26.
In Youngstown, Bentley managed the City’s Human Relations Commission, mediating and/or resolving disputes and settlements on various issues of discrimination in the areas of education, fair employment and fair housing. More…
1808Delaware, City of Westerville
The Rotary Club of Westerville is hosting Independence Day Celebration activities, including the Lights of Liberty tradition.
THROUGH JULY 2
9:30-11:30 p.m. Lights of Liberty at Westerville North High School (950 County Line Rd.). Cost $10 per vehicle.
SATURDAY, JULY 3
5-10 p.m. Concerts, food trucks and activities at the Westerville Sports Complex (325 N. Cleveland Ave.) More information here. More…
When a group of juniors at Westerville South High School (WSHS) surveyed their peers about a change they’d want to see in their school, many of them talked about a need for practical skills such as cooking, car maintenance and financial literacy.
Another group of juniors at Westerville North High School (WNHS) focused their survey to peers about staff diversity and whether they’ve been able to connect with teachers whose racial and ethnic background is different from their own.
The student-led projects are part of Ohio State University’s Student Research Leadership Collaborative, a research initiative for Central Ohio high schools that launched in January. Through the collaborative, students work with an advisor and research an issue that’s important to them at their school, examining the nature, causes and potential solutions. More…
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Rachel Ray has been named Economic Development Director for the City of Westerville. She most recently served as Economic Development Administrator for the City of Dublin.
Ray replaces Jason Bechtold, who was promoted to Assistant City Manager in March by City Manager Monica Irelan. She begins her new role in Westerville on Monday, June 14.
“Rachel brings to Westerville a strong network inside the development community, and she knows what communities need in order to retain and attract business and jobs,” said Bechtold. “She uniquely understands Westerville because of her experience finding opportunities for the Columbus Region. The momentum we’re seeing in Westerville right now will thrive with Rachel leading our efforts.” More…
It is very likely that while we had many common experiences in 2020 due to the pandemic, much of it depended on individual circumstances.
Much happened last year in the City of Westerville, and as we move through the new year, city leaders decided to look back and create a virtual presentation on what the community went through during 2020.
The State of the Community is presented virtually this year, and can be viewed below. More…
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Westerville City Schools’ Summer Enrichment Theatre program is bringing the musical “Oklahoma!” to the stage.
The summer production, open to all Westerville middle and high school students, will be housed at Westerville South High School and performed July 15-18, 23 and 24 at the amphitheater in Alum Creek Park.
Students interested in participating in the summer musical must complete an interest form by May 10. Auditions begin May 22. More…
Westerville is getting serious about its hydrants.
The City’s Hydrant Flushing Program will run around the clock in order to flush the more than 2,471 hydrants in the City’s system. All hydrants are flushed once a year to help clear the water lines of particulates that may build up over time. Crews also check the hydrants and valves for any operational issues which need to be addressed in order to keep the hydrants in good working order.
Residents may notice a brownish tint to their water after the hydrants in their neighborhood have been flushed. If so, run the water through a tap for a few minutes and it should clear up. Residents may also want to run their washer through a rinse cycle once before doing laundry. More…
The City of Westerville is hiring a full-time Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Director.
For more than 10 years, Westerville has been intentional in its development of a diversity action plan that fully addresses our commitment to recruitment and inclusion, while building awareness and support in our community and providing opportunities for partnerships, public spending and more. Since 2019, this work has culminated in Non-Discrimination and Ethnic Intimidation and Source of Income Discrimination legislation adopted by Westerville City Council.
Westerville’s plan promotes an environment of gender, generational, racial, religious and ethnic diversity to position us as a leading community of inclusion and equity in Central Ohio. Home to events and organizations like Community Culture Day, the MLK Legacy Project, 4th Friday Global Bazaar/Hands Across Westerville and many more, Westerville has demonstrated a strong commitment to community engagement and public education. More…