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Mayor Ben’s “Four Things Friday”

Friday, May 26, 2023 at 4:44 pm

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Here are a few things happening in Bexley that aren’t otherwise covered in this week’s Blast. Have a great weekend! – BK

Last weekend, Love Your Alley volunteers, primarily staffed by students from the Bexley High School Environmental Club, took to the alley behind Starbucks and did a fantastic job infusing art and native plantings in this highly visible alley.  And then yesterday CSG students helped remove invasives and plant more than 100 native plants in another Love Your Alley project.  To take a look at this year’s Love Your Alley artwork, visit this interactive map. Thank you to the volunteers and planners for making such a special difference in our alleys!

This week the service department received delivery of our first all-electric pickup truck, a Ford F-150 Lightning.  We’ve been steadily electrifying our fleet, and this model is a big and very logical step for our Service Department.  The truck will be used by the urban forestry department during the week, and will be available for community events during the weekend and after hours.  Its onboard outlets essentially turn it into a powerful battery-powered generator, and it will be especially helpful for community events, our cookout trailer, 4th of July floats, and more!  Props to Service Director Andy Bashore, who has been on a search for an electric truck and negotiated a great deal, resulting in a truck that was less expensive than the equivalent gas-powered version despite these models being hard to find and often selling significantly above sticker price.

Every year, the Bexley City Schools athletic department designates two senior athletes who have demonstrated exceptional sportspersonship for the Annual Mayor’s Athletic and Sportsmanship Cup — an award that has been given out since 1927.  This years’ awardees were Josiah Old and Sofie Sheridan, whose graciousness and humility were called out this week during the BHS senior awards ceremony.  Congratulations to Josiah and Sofie!

At their annual event this week, the Bexley Community Foundation awarded their “Cornerstone Award for Philanthropy” to Dr. Barry Blank.  Dr. Blank and his late wife Denise have made such a difference in our community, with giving focused on trees and beautification projects throughout Bexley.  The Blank Fund was pivotal in honoring Denise’s legacy in the imagining and completion of the DGB Kindness Park — AKA the super cool chalkboard and kindness rocks park next to the Drexel — which was the first completed project of our Year of the Parks initiative. Congratulations to Dr. Blank, and thank you for the huge difference you’ve made in our community!

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