May 9th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Cassingham Middle School Gym & Playground
On May 9th, join the Bexley Police Department, the Columbus Fire Department, the Franklin County Board of Health, Bexley Recreation Department, and a broad assortment of organizations and vendors focused on safety, for a safety expo and safety education workshops. We'll have a bike helmet give-away, kids' safety activities, adult safety workshops, and demonstrations and information booths from a wide variety of relevant vendors and organizations. We'll also have breakout sessions with information on block watches, crime prevention, bike safety, and more! This is a great opportunity to learn, ask questions, and help contribute to a safer Bexley! For more information, visit www.bexley.org/safety.
May 9th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Former Bexley Chess Instructor, F. Leon Wilson, was arrested and charged with one count each of rape and gross sexual imposition involving a student at a Lewis Center preschool. The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department was made aware of the arrest and allegation through media reports on the morning of Tuesday, April 28th.
F. Leon Wilson was an instructor with the Bexley Recreation Chess Program from late 2010. A background check we have on file does not indicate any criminal record, and we had not previously had a basis for concern. Upon hearing of Mr. Wilson’s arrest and allegations, we immediately worked to reach out to all families who had a child in any of his chess programs over the years.
Our first concern was for the safety of our children and to make all parents of children who had come into contact with Mr. Wilson aware of the incident. We have worked to communicate with parents through email and individual calls to each participant. Through our communication, we have worked to provide resources for all families, including appropriate police department contacts as well as access to a psychologist to help them navigate through this difficult situation.
Now that we have had the opportunity to individually reach out to all of the families that have come into contact with this instructor, we are providing this information in order to keep the broader community informed. The City of Bexley is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all children within our programs. The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department continuously reviews policy to help ensure safe programming for all participants. Residents with additional questions or concerns regarding this issue should contact the Bexley Recreation and Parks Director Mike Price at 559-4300.
Community Yard Sale/Freecycle Signs Now Available
This year, yard signs to advertise your participation in the Bexley Community Yard Sale and Freecycle event will be available for purchase for $5 each through City Hall. They are designed to be reusable for subsequent years, so stop by City Hall during business hours to grab yours! Please note, yard signs should be placed in yards no sooner than Monday, April 27, 2015 to advertise for the event the following weekend. For full information about the Community Yard Sale/Freecycle Event, and to register as a participant, please visit www.bexley.org/yard-sale.
We have a full schedule for arbor day this year, especially if you like maple syrup! Whether you're interested in an educational workshop, a tree walk, some good labor with a tree planting, or just in tasting our 2015 "Kelveden" Bexley urban forest maple syrup, we've got something for you!
Schedule of Events:
7:00 am+: French Toast + Bexley Maple Syrup at Zoe's Cafe
8:00 am: Sawmill demonstration with Bexley hardwood (@ Bexley Pool Parking Lot)
8:30 am: Forest walk with a City arborist at Jeffrey Park (meet @ Bexley Pool Parking Lot)
10:00 am: Maple scones at Cherbourg Bakery made with Bexley Maple Syrup
10:00 am+: Pre-order Walnut Maple Ice Cream with Bexley Maple Syrup at Johnson's Ice Cream
11:00 am+: Purchase 8 oz. bottles of Bexley Maple Syrup at Urban Emporium ($20 ea. - limited supply!)
3:30 pm: Planting of 8 Zelkova trees at Livingston and Sheridan Avenue (Peking Dynasty)
5:00 pm+: Bexley Maple Syrup Cocktail Hour at Giuseppe's Ritrovo
All Day: Enjoy a self-guided arboretum walk. Visit www.bexleyarboretum.org for our online map!