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CBJ alumni dropping sticks for shovels at new park installation

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As a commitment to the community and the younger generation, Columbus Blue Jacket Foundation has announced a new playground going into Barnett Community Center.

On August 15, Blue Jackets staff alongside former players will spend the day completing the installation of the playground—the fourth of eight others by the hockey foundation.

Back in 2016, the CBJ Foundation announced a $400,000 grant commitment to build and install eight Blue Jackets-themed playgrounds throughout central Ohio over the next four years to help kids get healthy, play safely and stay active.

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“The Blue Jackets organization is incredibly proud to be part of providing this opportunity and helping the City toward its goal of having a playground and park within a half mile of every home,” said Kathryn Dobbs, Columbus Blue Jackets Vice President of Community Development and Executive Director, Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. 

The installation of the playground will take place on Wednesday, August 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Barnett Community Center is located at 1184 Barnett Rd., Columbus. 

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Pres. Trump honors OSU officer for stopping ISIS-inspired attack

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One of Ohio State’s finest was honored by the President in a ceremony this week for his uncommon bravery in the line of duty. Officer Alan Horujko, the OSU police officer who stopped a machete-wielding assailant’s attack on OSU campus in 2016, was awarded the Medal of Valor.

Originally established by President Clinton in June 29 of 2000, the Presidential Medal of Valor for Public Safety Officers is awarded for “Actions above and beyond the call of duty; and exhibiting exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind; or an unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life.”

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On November 28, 2016, Oficer Horujko shot and killed 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who drove a vehicle into a group of people on OSU campus before assaulting them with a machete.

Artan left a note pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State group prior to the attack.

“Thank’s to Alan’s swift action, not a single innocent person died that day. Officer Horujko, we are forever grateful,” said President Trump prior to the award ceremony.

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Bagless Bexley? Single-use plastics ban could take effect

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Single-use plastic grocery bags, straws and cutlery could become obsolete in Bexley in the next few years if a new ordinance is passed.

Ordinance 14-19 would place a ban on plastic grocery and carryout bags at all businesses within Bexley city limits and at all city facilities and city-sponsored events beginning Jan. 1, 2020. A ban on beverage straws, stirring sticks, drink stoppers and cutlery would follow on Jan. 1, 2021, reports This Week News.

Also on January 1, 2021, the ban on single-use plastics would extend to educational institutions, with the exception for plastic straws for those with special needs. Mobile businesses, like food trucks, would be another exception to the single-use plastic ban.

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Customers would be encouraged to bring their own bags, but business owners would be allowed to offer paper or other reusable bags for a 10-cent charge under the proposal. Troy Markham, chairman of council’s service and environmental committee who introduced this ordinance April 23, ensured that the 10-cent charge would not be collected by the city, but rather, would be itemized by the store to the consumer, reports This Week News.

Bexley City Council will vote for the third and final time on this legislation during the meeting Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 PM at t Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.

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Video: Disc golfers, tiny dog vs. Agitated deer in local metro park

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According to a post on the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Facebook page, couple of disc golfers got more than they bargained for when an agitated deer interrupted their outing:

Nice try, lil dog.

If you’re planning a visit to one of the area’s many great metro parks, keep your wits about you. And remember, while a frisbee makes an effective self-defense accessory in a pinch, it might be better to simply tuck tail and run. Those deer hoofs look sharp!

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