Straight From The Heart – July 12, 2019

City Hall 120 W Loveland, Loveland OH 45140  •  •  513-683-0150   
On Tuesday June 25, 2019 Captain Chris Ellis, Firefighter/Paramedic Sean McCallister, Firefighter/EMT Joe Godbey, and Firefighter/EMT Sean Breitenstein of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department (LSFD) were recognized for their courageous response to an incident that occurred on Friday, May 3rd. On that date these brave members of the LSFD rescued a kayaker who had fallen out of her kayak in the Little Miami River and was hanging onto a branch in order to avoid being swept away by the fast-moving water.

Fire Chief Otto Huber introduced Capt. Ellis and his team as Mayor Bailey presented Capt. Ellis and Firefighter/Paramedic Sean McCallister with the Medal of Valor and the Life Saving Award. Mayor Bailey also presented the Life Saving Award to Firefighter/EMT’s Joe Godbey and Sean Breitenstein. Mayor Bailey expressed her appreciation and gratitude for the brave efforts of Capt. Ellis and his team, and the appreciation she, Council, and the entire community have for all members of the LSFD.

We’re excited to announce the Loveland Police Department has joined Neighbors by Ring! The ‘Neighbors’ app is a digital neighborhood watch right on your phone where you can get real-time crime and safety alerts from your neighbors and law enforcement. LPD will be using ‘Neighbors’ to monitor crime in your area and send you updates on key crime incidents so you can all stay informed. By working together, we can all keep Loveland a safe community.

Text ‘lovelandoh’ to 555888 or click here from your smartphone to download the app for free on iOS/Android and see what’s happening in your neighborhood.


Improvements to McCoy Park’s two tennis courts and basketball court are complete. The courts were repaired, resurfaced and re-striped at a total project cost of $19,000. The project also included the installation of a new park bench in the area around the courts. The project was funded through a grant in the amount of $14,000 from the Clermont County Community Park Grant Program and included a local match from the City in the amount of $5,000. The tennis courts include striping for Pickleball with new portable nets. Special thanks to City resident Jerry Ernst who assisted with the design of the pickleball court layout.

The repairs to the courts, follow other recent improvements to McCoy Park, including a new play set, picnic shelter and parking lot resurfacing. City Council and the Recreation Board encourages residents to visit McCoy Park, which is located on Oak Street in the Clermont County portion of the City, to see first-hand all of the recent improvements and take in a game of Pickleball.


The Loveland Police and the Loveland Citizens Police Academy Alumni are sponsoring the annual “Stuff-a-Cruiser” event this weekend to help fill the shelves at the LIFE Food Pantry.  It’s this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Kroger’s on Loveland-Madeira. Summer means higher demand at the Pantry from parents whose energetic kids are home all day – and they don’t have the school lunch programs to fall back on.  Food supplies in the homes and at the Pantry run low at this time of year and encourage everyone to come out to help “Stuff the Cruiser.”
Suggested donation list: Canned Fruit, Canned Tuna, Canned Chicken, Canned Chili, Canned Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Spaghetti O’s, Baked Beans, Manwich, Oatmeal, Cereal, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Soups, Broth, Ramen Noodles, Seasoning Packets, Mustard, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Pancake Syrup, Cooking Oil, Flour, Paper Towels, Dish Soap, Laundry Detergent, Cleaning Products.

The Loveland Art Show is still accepting applications for art exhibitors to display and sell their work in Loveland’s 2019 Art Show that will be held on Sunday, September 8 in Nisbet Park.  Deadline to submit an application is Friday, July 19. Click here to download the application.

Questions? Contact: Johanna Kremer, Loveland Art Show Chair at 513-325-7161 or by email [email protected]

The LCPAAA has a golf outing fundraiser coming up in August and City BBQ has made a very generous show of support for the event.  All day this coming Saturday, July 13, both the Eastgate and Blue Ash (Kenwood Road) locations will donate 25% of their profits to the CPA golf outing.  All folks need to do is dine at City BBQ on Saturday and present the 25% coupon with their order.
City Council, at their July 9 meeting, awarded a contract to JNT Excavating for the replacement of 1,650 liner feet of water main on State Route 48 near Saint Columban, and on Loveland-Miamiville Road from State Route 48 to Sugar Tree Lane.  The condition of the existing water mains in this area have resulted in numerous repairs since 2016. The mains will be up-sized and will be installed with ductile iron piping which has a useful life of eighty years.  The project also includes repaving the project area and the installation of detection units at the traffic signal to enhance traffic flow. 

The total project cost is $606,300.  Thanks to the efforts of City Engineer Cindy Klopfenstein, the City was awarded a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission in the amount of $249,360 and a 0% loan in the amount of $356,940. “Mayor Bailey stated, we are excited about making these needed repairs to our water system, and special thanks to City Engineer Cindy Klopfenstein for securing the State grant funding”. The project is scheduled to commence in the next two weeks and will be completed before the end of 2019.

One of the most beloved romantic tragedies in Shakespeare’s cannon, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of Bard’s star-crossed lovers.  Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love only to discover they come from feuding families.  In defiance of their families, amidst the animosity of friends and concealment from their mentors, a young couple risk everything to be together.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and the City of Loveland are proud to present “Romeo and Juliet” and prove its continued relevance in the lives of young and old alike, throughout the ages.

When: Friday, July 26
Where: Nisbet Park Amphitheater
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Loveland U is an interactive adult learning program where you will encounter an exclusive look behind the scenes of the Loveland community. Participants will obtain first-hand knowledge and provide valuable input and feedback into the issues, plans, and activities in the community.  The City has partnered with the Loveland School District, Little Miami Conservancy, Loveland Stage Company, Stewart Land Use, Loveland Museum Center, Loveland-Symmes Fire Department, Public Works, Finance Department, Police Department, and the City Administration to create a program that you won’t want to miss. 

Loveland U runs from September through November and features a combination of evening and Saturday morning sessions.  Classes are held weekly and last approximately three hours each, including a meal.  Participants will experience: 10 unique workshops, lecturettes, special guest speakers, off-site tours, debates, deliberations, discussions, and interactive simulation exercises.

A fee of $99 will offset the cost associated with materials and meals at all sessions.  Scholarships are available through the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance.  You must live or work in the City of Loveland or be a member of a civic organization based in Loveland to be eligible.  Application deadline is July 31.

Loveland U Brochure
Loveland U Class Schedule
Loveland U Application 

Have you noticed the beautiful planters of flowers around historic downtown? Our Beautification Committee and community volunteers plan, plant, and maintain all of these. Sadly, our bridge flower boxes are being vandalized. If anyone knows of who is doing this please notify the Loveland Police Department. We also ask smokers to refrain from putting butts planters. Thank you for your support in keeping Loveland beautiful.
Attend the Loveland Citizen’s Police Academy and learn more about policing in your community and the life of a police officer! Do you want to use police equipment? Shoot a gun? Watch a K9 search for drugs? See how a Taser works? Ride along with an officer on shift? Drive a police car? Wear a bullet-resistant vest? Talk with a judge? Learn first aid?

Join neighbors from around Loveland, Miami Township, and Milford and attend the Citizen’s Police Academy! The 2019 Loveland Citizen’s Police Academy is held every Wednesday evening August 28 through November 1.

After graduation, you will have a unique opportunity to have fun and stay connected by joining the Loveland Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (LCPAAA.) LCPAAA members volunteer to support your police department and community and help keep Loveland safe! LCPAA volunteers support programs like Drug Take Back which removes unwanted prescription medication, Stuff a Cruiser which helps provide food for less fortunate members of our community, attending festivals and events, and many more!  Apply online for the Loveland Citizen’s Police Academy and make a difference in our community!

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Last Updated on May 9, 2020 by Joe Wessels

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