August 2011


Every June, I wait with great anticipation for Cincy's "Rating the Burbs" issue. This local magazine looks at more than 130 communities and ranks them using census data, crime reports, schools and home sales. How this publication ranks its top 50 is always intriguing, but this article is also the single best source for current neighborhood, village and township statistics, even ranking the top 35 school districts and the top 50 safest neighborhoods.

If you are relocating to Greater Cincinnati, this publication is an absolute "must read" to help narrow down your search for the best places to live. Even if you have lived in the area all your life, this article is helpful to see which communities may be trending up before you purchase your next home. The publication is not the "end all, be all," but it helps to have all that data at your fingertips.

Jason Bowman, Realtor CRS


I always look forward to your June issue of Cincy with its "Rating the Burbs" piece. Because the research is based solely on census data, crime reports, home sales and schools, the city of Hamilton (65,000 population) probably will never make the top 50. It was encouraging to see Hamilton City Schools make the list.

Such data are important, but the study implies that this data may be the sum total of what makes a community great. You and I both know that is not true.

More and more, people are choosing to live in communities where there is an emphasis on true quality of life indicators "” health care, arts, learning opportunities, parks and recreation. Larger outlying communities like Hamilton have their own quality of life opportunities.

I hope future "Burbs" reports acknowledge outlying communities that are finding a path back from the brink with the arts playing a major role, such as in Hamilton. It would be appropriate in a magazine for business professionals that has touted the importance of arts and culture.

Rick H. Jones, executive director of Fitton Center for Creative Arts

Correction: Three Rivers Schools is rated "Excellent with Distinction" by the State of Ohio. An incorrect listing appeared in the June issue of Cincy.
June 2011


Just a brief note to thank you for the excellent and informative article you presented in the magazine [AprilCincy "Easter is Prime Season for Aglamesis."] Thank you for remembering Aglamesis.
James Aglamesis, Cincinnati


Thank you very much for the beautifully written article about Baker-Bird Winery! [May Summer Fun Guide "Red, White and Bluegrass Grapes."] It was so nice of you.
Dinah Bird-Westerfield, Augusta, Ky.


"First Lady of Yoga" [April Cincy] was very interesting. I started out buying (Lilias Folan's) Yoga 101 workout for beginners, and did those for many years. I was diagnosed with MS and the doctor told me I should start yoga, and someone mentioned her name so I looked her up, that is how I got started.  I just recently bought her collectors edition and love them.


Thank you for the great article that you wrote about my career in the February 2011 edition of Cincy Magazine.

I am very appreciative of the kind words, and with Opening Day right around the corner, it is important to bring the Reds to the forefront of the community, and your article helped us to do so.

The awareness of the team is integral in our success and getting the fans excited for the upcoming season. I have always believed that the team needs to win "off the field" as much as it does on the field.

Phil Castellini, Cincinnati


You hit a home run with the premiere issue of the Northern Kentucky edition of Cincy Magazine! We have missed great coverage of Northern Kentucky since the Kentucky Post went out of print. Your new magazine certainly picks up where the Kentucky Post left off.

Thank you so much for covering Northern Kentucky so well!

John Vissman, Covington

 February 2011

I was inspired by your Empress Chili article (October 2010 Its Rightful Place) to start a quest.

Since Cincinnati is known for its special brand of chili, me and my girlfriend decided to visit every chili parlor in town to find the best Cincinnati Chili Cheese Coney. We are blogging about our adventure at

The quest has just begun and we can't wait to find the best coney in town!

Clint Spaeth, Cincinnati


I just read [Peter Bronson's] article "Amen Corner" (December 2010) online as I started my day in the office today.  What a great story about the history of Cincinnati, the religious sentiment of today and our new church home.  

I pray that your story piques the interest of many families to come check out Horizon in January and that we can welcome them to explore their faith with us.

Thanks for continuing to provide interesting and thought provoking stories to readers in Cincinnati.  I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Richard Palmer, Cincinnati


Thanks for the article on our Garmento program, (December 2010) we're excited about the response.
If you ever need info on our industry, feel free to call me.

Ray Kroner, Kroner Dry Cleaners

Wellington Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine's new Western Ridge location will replace its White Oak location (mid-July 2011). A story in the April Cincy incorrectly identified the West Chester location as the office that will be replaced. 
Drs. David A. D'Alessio, Mercedes Falciglia and Nelson Barnett Watts should have been listed under the specialty Endocrinology and Metabolism in the December Cincy.

In the feature on Dr. Matthew McLaughlin in the December Cincy Best Doctors section, Dr. McLaughlin's name was incorrectly listed in the first paragraph of his profile. Additionally, Dr. McLaughlin works closely with surgeons at the Mayfield Clinic.

Also, the Horizon Community Church has 300 parking spaces and Florence Mayor Diane Whalen's father C.M. "Hop" Ewing was incorrectly listed.

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