Under Our Feet
These guys were out early preparing to fix the sewers on Evening Street!

These guys were out early preparing to fix the sewers on Evening Street!

The City of Worthington provides many basic utilities to home and business owners.  But perhaps the most critical is one that many folks never think about...until things back up in the basement or a bathroom overflows.  Underneath our feet, under the ground is a vast system of pipes called the “Sanitary Sewer”.  This system carries away the waste we flush, the water we drain from dishwashers, showers and laundry, and the garbage that goes down the disposal to a waste treatment plant south of Columbus.  These systems do age and need regular maintenance and upgrades to keep it all “flowing downhill” so to speak.  Currently, the City of Worthington is performing a variety of projects to not only keep it all flowing, but to ensure back‐ups do not occur due to root intrusion, pipe failure, or flood due to way too much water trying to flow away at one time.

Amongst the projects currently in progress, crews from Miller Pipeline were contracted to perform “Cured In Place Piping” to accomplish all this.  The crew uses equipment to infuse a length of sewer pipe with an epoxy type resin which then clings to the walls of the older clay pipe, and quickly hardens in place.  The result is essentially a new plastic, water tight sewer line inside of the older clay line which may be showing its age.  It’s an inexpensive and unobtrusive way to install what can be considered new sewer pipe without ever digging up the street, the sidewalk, or front yards to get the job done.  Once finished, the line has increased capacity and efficiency allowing water and waste to flow, tree roots cannot grow through cracks and block the lines, and structural integrity of the pipe is restored to prevent collapse and costly flooding.  

In addition, engineers are currently designing brand new replacement sewers to be built at North and Morning Streets, as well a larger sewer known as the Northbrook Sewer to better handle sewage in the southern parts of Worthington. City Service and Engineering crews routinely inspect the lines via a robotic camera, clean and degrease the lines by flushing and vacuuming out debris, and cutting out and treating tree roots that may intrude into some pipes.

So next time you flush, wash your hands or dump your coffee cup, rest assured the City of Worthington is active and vigilant, working hard and making sure when it goes down the drain, it goes away for good.  For more questions or information call the Worthington Department of Service and Engineering at 614‐431‐2425. Rob Chandler works for Worthington's City Service and Engineering Department.

Annina Parini
Worthington to host first "Know Your Neighborhoods" event

Worthington to host first "Know Your Neighborhoods" event

Worthington will be featured for the first “Know Your Neighborhoods” event March 23, a unique networking opportunity initiated by Experience Columbus.

"Experience Columbus is thrilled to launch our new event series in Worthington.  As one of the Midwest’s first planned neighborhoods, we wanted to highlight this charming walkable area and all of its unique restaurants and shops," said Experience Columbus Membership Director Melissa DeGraw.

“Know Your Neighborhoods” was created by Experience Columbus to spotlight central Ohio neighborhoods and add value add to its 1,000-plus central Ohio membership.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Worthington and Old Worthington Partnership,  which are joining Experience Columbus to host the event, look forward to showing off Worthington's unique character and businesses. 

The event begins at The Worthington Inn, where guests can network with peers and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Attendees will receive a  “passport” listing businesses participating in Know Your Neighborhoods and their offers of product samples, discounts, giveaways and interactive experiences.  The group will then head out to explore Old Worthington.    

The event runs from 5-7 p.m. and is free for members of Experience Columbus and also free for non-members who may participate as a Columbus Explorer.
For more information or to register, visit experiencecolumbus.com/know-your-neighborhood.
 

Meet Shoma Jha from Centered Yoga + Movement!
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Shoma Jha opened Centered Yoga + Movement in early February of this year. Her studio, located at 679D High Street, offers another option for the growing number of yoga fans around Old Worthington. Finding the studio is like going on a treasure hunt. Just follow the small tunnel between HER Realtors and Birch Boutique, leading to the Kilbourne Shops courtyard. She shared with us about her studio offerings, her interest in yoga and the sense of community in the neighborhood.

What has the neighborhood reception been so far?

Shoma: The neighborhood reception has been truly heartwarming. As different people have come in the studio for classes, it has been fascinating to witness how people know each other in various contexts. Worthington is a community where everyone is somehow connected. 

What led you to opening your own yoga studio?

Shoma: Sixteen years ago, after I had my second child and was juggling the new challenges of motherhood, my mom brought me a yoga video that she insisted I try with her. Yoga resonated with me right away. Since then, I have practiced regularly through classes at recreation centers and at various studios in the region. Eventually, I trained at the Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute, a phenomenal program. Afterwards, I had opportunity to teach in studios, fitness centers, schools and in the corporate environment.

Through the practice of yoga, I discovered that I was not only able to build physical strength and flexibility, but also build mental and emotional clarity and flexibility. Additionally, yoga gave me a sense of inner peace unlike anything else I had experienced. As my love of yoga expanded, my vision to share yoga with my home community grew stronger. Once the perfect space opened up, I knew it was time to move forward.

What services does Centered Yoga offer? 

Shoma: As the name indicates, Centered Yoga and Movement offers yoga classes, as well as a variety of movement classes. All classes on our schedule are based upon the foundation of mind-body-breath awareness. The yoga classes are all vinyasa style, where a teacher guides students from posture to posture while moving with the breath, creating a fluid sequence.

As for the movement classes, there is quite a selection. One can choose from Nia, Barre-Vinyasa Fusion, Tai Chi-Vinyasa Fusion and Vinyasa-Dance Fusion. In Barre-Vinyasa, the instructor will lead students through a combination of flowing yoga with isometric strength training inspired by Barre. In Tai Chi-Vinyasa, the teacher will move students through traditional yoga poses while integrating tai chi and qigong martial arts movements. Vinyasa-Dance is a class with a yoga foundation blended with elements of dance. We also offer Nia. Nia is an energizing combination of dance, martial and healing arts. While all the other classes have a yoga foundation, Nia’s backbone is dance layered with features of martial arts and yoga.

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Additionally, Centered offers classes to children of various ages. There is a teen class specifically geared to high school aged children. There is a tween class that is a perfect introduction to yoga for young adolescents. An elementary school aged class will also be added to the schedule in the next few weeks.

What's been your favorite part of the Old Worthington community?

Shoma: My favorite part of the Old Worthington community is its down-to-earth and accessible vibe. As a resident of Old Worthington for over a decade, I take pride in the fact that our downtown isn’t simply for show.  From the family friendly restaurants, to the more fine-dining, to the clothing boutiques, to the fitness-based venues, hair salons, banks, home goods stores, schools, post office, farmers’ market and so much more, I find our downtown community to be a vital part of Worthington and surrounding community residents. There is a tangible sense of cohesiveness. I treasure our downtown and am thrilled that Centered Yoga + Movement is a part of it!

Find Centered Yoga + Movement at 679D High Street, and check out the schedule of classes at centered-yoga.com.

The Light of Seven Matchsticks, A Clever Take on the Traditional Speakeasy

A new “speakeasy” downstairs from one of Worthington’s most popular restaurants and entertainment venues is creating quite a buzz around town.

The Light of Seven Matchsticks has opened below Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music at 5601 N. High Street. Open Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight, The Light of Seven Matchsticks offers a full food and drink menu.

Curious about the name of the dark wood, clubby and book-strewn space? Fans of Wes Anderson’s movie Moonrise Kingdom may recognize Light of the Seven Matchsticks as the title of a fictitious book being read by one of the film’s characters, Suzy.

Check out these quirky and clever ‘Speakeasy Rules’

  • No cell phone service. Come with those whose company you enjoy.
  • While we love children, please leave them at home.
  • No reservations.
  • Find the “secret menu.” (Hmmm.)
  • Be respectful.

More about Natalie’s food & music

Since opening Natalie’s, Charlie Jackson and his daughter, Natalie have built on its reputation as Ohio’s first and only coal-fired pizza restaurant, serving authentic old world, New York style pizzas and scratch-made dishes.

Filling out the menu are an impressive selection of craft beers, wines and classic cocktails.

A big draw at Natalie’s is live music. Local and national entertainers perform a variety of Americana-style music, from folk and singer/songwriter to jazz, blues, Irish and other traditional styles.

Check out The Light of Seven Matchsticks facebook page to follow happenings there and Natalie’s website at nataliescoalfiredpizza.com for their entertainment schedule.

  

BlogMindy Mace
It’s Date Night in Worthington

Looking for a way to freshen up date night this winter? Thanks to the fantastic restaurants, sought-after concert venues and all around small town charm, Worthington is brimming with great ideas for the perfect date. So whether you prefer dinner and a show, a quiet morning without the kids, or a little adventure, you'll be sure to find it in Worthington.  

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

·      Classes at Igloo Letterpress – Try something new and sign up to take a class with your sweetheart at Worthington’s favorite little letterpress shop. Most of their classes require no previous experience, and they take place in a relaxed, group setting, which makes them an excellent activity for that first or second date.  

·      Dinner and a Movie – Truth is, you can’t go wrong with a meal at any of Worthington’s wonderful dining establishments. So when you want to wow your one and only this season, book a reservation at The Whitney House, then casually slide tickets across the table to one of the many outstanding shows at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center. Or, if you’re more of a pizza-and-craft-brew kind of couple, an evening at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music will fit the bill.

·      A Wine or Beer Pairing Dinner – Pairing dinners are all the rage these days, and you'll find them at several Worthington restaurants, including The Worthington Inn.  The restaurant’s next pairing dinner, hosted in conjunction with Rockmill Brewery, will take place on February 2. Ladies, if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your man, the Inn’s Winter Rockmill Beer Dinner will not disappoint.

·      A Breakfast Date – We get it. Between homework, kids basketball games and general midweek exhaustion, getting a date night on the calendar is challenging. Why not mix things up and meet for breakfast at La Chatelaine? Block off your calendar, drop the kids off at school and catch up by the fireplace over lattes and homemade French toast.

·      Exercise – There’s nothing like a little exercise and fresh air to shake off the winter blues. Whether you’re training together for your next marathon or you simply want to enjoy a quiet walk through the woods, Worthington’s easy access to the Olentangy Trail is just what you need. And if thrill seeking is more your speed, a date at Vertical Adventures will surely take your relationship to new heights.