Community service

SELF Community Service Award Winners Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields Celebrates 10th Anniversary and More

April 1—Here’s a look at five positive Butler County stories that made headlines this week.

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Two local women chosen to receive SELF community service awards

HAMILTON – Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families will honor two Butler County community leaders on April 8, as nominees for its Janet Clemmons Community Service Award. The award is presented annually in honor of the late founder of SELF and is intended for community volunteers who go above and beyond.

Pastor Shaquila “Shaq” Mathews of Hamilton and Bethany Tompkins of Middletown were nominated for this year’s award.

Pastor Shaq Mathews is known in Hamilton for founding Hamilton Young People Empowered, as well as serving on the 17 Strong committee and the Hamilton City School Board, according to Rachel Sheets, community relations coordinator for SELF. Its program aims to give local teens a place to socialize with each other, learn important life skills and find employment. Hundreds of teens have found jobs through HYPE, which offers a youth mentorship program during the summer.

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Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields Celebrates 10th Anniversary: ​​What Happens Next

Ten years ago, in July, part of the late Joe Nuxhall’s dream came true.

And while the former Cincinnati Reds pitcher and broadcaster never set foot in the Miracle League Fields complex on Groh Lane that bears his name, you can feel Nuxhall’s presence in every corner of the complex, Ed said. Hartman, a longtime friend and marketing director of Furniture. Fair.

“He’s in the rafters. He’s in the field. He’s in the dugouts. The scorecards,” said Hartman, who chaired the annual Nuxhall Memorial golf outing last year. “We are all surrounded by a big hug from Joe, and his family carried him, with gallantry and love. That’s what he wanted.”

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Fueled by a passion for live music, the RiversEdge team shines

HAMILTON — Serving the community is a top priority for RiversEdge volunteers who also have a great love of music.

With the support of local businesses, sponsors, the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Parks Conservancy, the RiversEdge Concert Series is organized largely by a tireless team of volunteers, a few seasonal employees and a handful of student interns. remunerated, who direct the weekly concerts.

There are no full-time employees on the RiversEdge team.

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17Strong Celebrates Achievements of Hamilton Neighborhoods and Honors Chief of Lindenwald

Saturday was a celebration of all the good the 17Strong has done for the city of Hamilton.

It was also a day in honor of Frank Downie.

The City of Hamilton and the 17Strong Advisory Board hosted the 17Strong Celebration Breakfast at Benison Events and Coworking downtown. It was the first time since the winter of 2020.

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A local resident spotted a missing Oxford man near where the group searched

OXFORD – Nathaniel Coffin’s family and volunteers handed out leaflets and searched a Reily-Millville Road park for hours on Wednesday in search of the 26-year-old who had been missing from Oxford for a week.

It paid off with a happy ending.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Coffin, who has autism, was found standing in the ditch around 7:30 p.m. by an area resident who had received a missing flyer from the mailbox.

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AND, for a sixth additional story of the day…

Mediterranean art and flavors collide at Al-Zaytuna Grill in Bridgewater Falls

FAIRFIELD TWP. —Mohammad and Maha Jarabah of Liberty Twp. are proud of the realization of a dream and the expansion of Al-Zaytuna Grill, a family restaurant that is now open in Bridgewater Falls.

“I’m proud of my parents. I think most of the time people think of artists as one thing, someone who paints or draws, but they’re artists in the way they create their food and present it. to other people, and everyone. You know, you eat with your eyes first, so you have to make it presentable. They know how to do it, so it’s beautiful and good,” said Nasma Jarabah, 18, the couple’s eldest daughter.

Al-Zaytuna Grill’s menu features Middle Eastern and Greek-inspired dishes like falafel, gyros or a tabbouleh salad, as well as a mix of American cuisine, like chicken tenderloins, wings and burgers. Homemade hummus and baklava are always popular with customers. Additionally, there are vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. Fountain soft drinks and bottled drinks are available.

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