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Clintonville shop earns “America’s Best” award

614now Staff



Clintonville’s Johnny Velo Bikes has been named one of the top bike shops in the nation according to an industry source.

Johnny Velo Bikes has received an America’s Best Bike Shop award from the National Bike Dealers Association (NBDA). The shop is among only six in Ohio to earn the distinction.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the best bike shops out of more 4,000 shops in the country,” owner John Robinson said in a statement. “We’ve only been in business for two years, but we’ve worked very hard to create a professional and friendly atmosphere for our customers.”


The NBDA’s America’s Best Bike Shops program identifies and rewards bicycle stores in North America against the highest performance standards in the industry. The awards are issued based on an application and secret shopper process, with shops scored on layout and design, staff and management, training, marketing, and community involvement.

Contact John Robinson at 614-333-0012 or [email protected] for all your bike-related needs. For details on the shop, visit

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Zoo Babies! We’ve got the photo cuteness




Start the ooo-ing and ahhh-ing, Columbus, because we’ve got Zoo baby pics!

A Masai giraffe calf, a sea lion pup, two red panda cubs, and a siamang (gibbon) baby—all recent births at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for these endangered species. It’s a show of commitment from the organization how they were able to nurture these species populations at-risk for extinction and bring new generations of them into the world. 

“We are extremely proud to welcome these babies as they all represent hope for the future of species that are increasingly facing challenges in their native ranges,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO, Tom Stalf. In the press release, Stalf detailed how special these births are as the threatened species received around-the-clock, top-quality care by the Animal Care staff over the three-month-closure of the Zoo, due to COVID-19. 

OK, no more waiting—get your fill of cuteness below with these Zoo baby pics!

Masai Giraffe Calf

“A Masai giraffe calf was born on June 28, 2020, at 2:29 p.m. to mother, Zuri, in a behind-the-scenes barn of the Zoo’s Heart of Africa region.”

Sea lion Pup

“During the early morning hours of June 25, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed the first sea lion pup ever to be born at the facility!”

Two Red Panda Cubs

“Two healthy red panda cubs were born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a welcomed addition to this endangered species.”

Siamang (Gibbon) baby

“On the morning of May 29, 2020, the Australia and Islands region welcomed a baby siamang. Mom, Olga, is being very attentive to her little one, whose sex and name have not yet been determined.”

Get information about conservation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium here.

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Columbus libraries, other local organizations step up to serve community lunches, education




The system is broken when children need to go to school in order to be nourished for that day. Even in uncertain times, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, along with other Columbus organizations, stepped up to fix a broken system.

The Summer Lunch program has been bringing Columbus-area kids meals between June and August since 2002. 2020 has been a bit different, however, in that we’ve seen the true giving spirit of Columbus organizations.

“Everybody really stepped up. This year, everybody's rolled up their sleeves to provide food.”

Kathy Shahbodaghi, public services director at CML

The CML–in partnership with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and Children’s Hunger Alliance–are once again supplying a much-needed service. CML usually partners with the Hunger Alliance for a snack program, though they recognized the need to supply meals en masse to students this year.

Columbus City Schools also served lunch outside of many of their schools during the months when students were out of school due to COVID-19. The Columbus YMCA partnered in feeding Columbus kids during school months as well.

Due to COVID-19, grab-and-go meals are to be eaten at home. Meals include either breakfast and lunch or lunch and a snack. Meals are available Monday-Friday for ages 1-18.

Summer Lunch will be distributed in the parking lots of these nine Columbus Metropolitan Library locations until Aug. 14:

  • Barnett Branch – 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
  • Driving Park Branch – 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
  • Karl Road Branch – Noon-1 p.m. 
  • Linden Branch – 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
  • Marion-Franklin Branch – 1:30-2:30 p.m. 
  • Northern Lights Branch – 1:30-2:30 p.m. 
  • Shepard Branch – 3-4 p.m. 
  • Southeast Branch – 3-4 p.m. 
  • Whitehall Branch – 10-11 a.m.

Click here for a full map of available meals for kids.

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Grant funding applications open tomorrow for Columbus human services organizations




On June 11, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Council President Shannon G. Hardin, and Councilmember Priscilla Tyson announced additional funding in the sum of $17.2 million for human services programs through the CARES Act.

$2.2 of the $17.2 million has already been allocated to 44 human services programs that were selected in 2019. The money is being used this year in place of the bed tax revenue, which was lost on not hosting major events this year.

The $15 million that remains will be used for human services COVID-19 support grants, in which human services programs can apply starting tomorrow. City officials will distribute the grants that will provide “access to residents’ basic needs as well as increasing the capacity of Columbus Human Service providers.”

In response to COVID-19, the city of Columbus received $157 million in funding through the CARES Act.

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