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ProMedica Ebeid Institute Scheduled To Open Dec. 9

The grand opening of ProMedica Ebeid Institute and its market, Market on the Green, is scheduled for Wed. Dec. 9!


Made possible through the generosity of Mr. Russell Ebeid, the Institute at 1806 Madison Ave. in UpTown Toledo is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the community by increasing access to healthy food, delivering nutrition education and providing job training opportunities. It’s where healthy living takes root.


The cornerstone of the Institute is Market on the Green, a grocery market offering fresh and affordable healthy food choices to a designated food desert. The second floor of the Institute, to be completed in early 2016, will feature a teaching kitchen and additional community programs.


Market on the Green will specialize in fresh, local produce and foods, including fresh meat, dairy, locally baked breads and baked goods, and frozen foods. Everyday necessities, from toiletries to pet food, will also be available. The market is also proud to support local, with fresh produce from Toledo’s Sam Okun Produce Company, Amish-made goods from Walnut Creek Foods, and coffee from Flying Rhino Coffee & Chocolate.


Stay tuned for updates on special market discounts and grand opening events in early December!



Toledo, volunteers plant flowers in medians, containers

Cherry Street is sporting color. So are medians on Summit and Monroe streets and Reynolds Road. The Anthony Wayne Trail was planted with marigolds and wave petunias last week. A blighted stretch of Huron Street will be rejuvenated.


A few years after the popular city of Toledo Urban Beautification program disappeared — resulting in roses, peonies, and day lilies being choked by weeds and mowed under — new growth is being established thanks to a city pocketbook that’s a bit greener. In 2010, Mayor Michael Bell cited dire financial straits for ending the program. To balance the budget without raising taxes, he was wrangling a $48 million debt, and priorities focused on the basics: police, fire, roads, and demolishing abandoned houses.


“For people to expect the city to do all of that [landscaping], it’s not going to happen,” he said at the time.


Granted, 2013’s flower allotment is less than some suburbanites spend on their own landscapes. But Denny Garvin’s not complaining. “I think the response from the flowers we put in last year in preparation for the Glass Arts Society’s conference was so incredibly positive and lasting, we decided to continue.”


Last June, nearly 1,000 glass artists and educators met for the society’s annual meeting held downtown and at the Toledo Museum of Art. People pitched in, raising money, donating flowers and elbow grease to spruce up vegetative dross and many continue the effort. Mr. Garvin’s department did what they could with no additional budget. “We had to eat it,” he noted.


A $70,000 contract has gone to John Bishop, a stalwart landscaper who, even when his work with the city was dropped in 2010, continued planting public spaces at his own expense. He filled 45 three and four-foot diameter pots in the median on Reynolds north of Heatherdowns Boulevard, as well as the right-turn traffic triangle at that intersection.


“I hated for all those cars coming into the city [off of the Ohio Turnpike] seeing it overgrown,” Mr. Bishop said in 2011. “The city’s fallen on hard times, and I wanted to do something for the city.”


A successful alternative to the shrunken budget was to spread the responsibility. Nearly 300 concrete pots that had brightened downtown sidewalks until financial drought turned them into ashtrays, have been distributed to shopkeepers who pledge to plant, weed, and water them.


Several groups, organized by one or two passionate leaders, have adopted plots. Dave Crafts of the UpTown Association and Paul Ackerman, a member of First Alliance Church in Toledo, selected a red-white-and-blue theme with celosia, vinca, and ageratum this year. They bought and planted flowers and are maintaining planters on several blocks of Monroe. The museum fills planters between its two major buildings on Monroe. The Warehouse District cares for oblong containers on Summit.


In West Toledo, Old Orchard residents plant flowers in the Kenwood Boulevard median and people on three blocks of Cheltenham Road plant their tree lawns (the strip between the sidewalk and the street) with color-coordinated annuals.


Perhaps nowhere is the spirit more evident and lasting than in Point Place, where 40 containers on Summit, its main thoroughfare, were filled last month with cannas and wave petunias; a small battalion of people, including staff and children at a day care center, have pledged to water them all season, said Cathy Rochte, the organizer and owner of owner of the Crimping Tree Dermatherapy,


“It’s gratifying that people have grabbed hold of this and shown that it’s a priority,” said Mr. Garvin. “I am extremely proud of the volunteer commitment to providing color and life to our city.”



Toledo Metro Federal Credit Union Extends Banking Services to UpTown Members

The Toledo Metro Federal Credit Union is partnering with the UpTown Association and extending it's banking services to all UpTown Association members and their employees. Since opening its doors in 1954, Toledo Metro has grown to become a $32 million federal credit union servicing nearly 6,000 members. Toledo Metro is conveniently located at Adams and 12th Streets and offers traditional inside services, three drive-through bays and ATM service. 


UpTown Association members and member employees can initiate banking at Toledo Metro by contacting Julie Champa, Executive Director, UpTown Association's to verify membership and be referred to UpTown's Toledo Metro contact to discuss your banking needs. 


Toledo Metro Federal Credit Union Offers:


Deposits - Full array of CD's, Money Markets, Saving, Holiday Club Savings, FREE Checking with FREE Debit Cards


Loans - Full array unsecured and secured loans including: Signature, Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Boat, Recreation Vehicles, and Mortgage and Home Equity. 


Credit Cards - New programs to be announced in early 2013 including fixed rate platinum cards with score card rewards.


Toledo Metro Federal Credit Union Hours:

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8 am - 5 pm (drive-through service until 5:30 pm) and Wed: 9 am - 5 pm (drive-through service until 5:00 pm). 




Adam Street Zombie Crawl III

















TOLEDO, OHIO. The UpTown Association, Inc. is excited to announce the grand opening of two new businesses on Adams Street in the UpTown District this Friday, November 11, 2011.

Adams Street Antiques and Art located at 1500 Adams Street and J. Valentine Antiques located at 1501 Adams Street will each open 11:00 a.m. this Friday.  Special Grand Opening hours are 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. for the Friday Grand Opening.  Refreshments will be served for the Grand Opening of Adams Street Antiques and Art all day and evening.

Adams Street Antiques and Art, owned by Connie Hoffmann, will feature fine antiques, shabby chic and Victorian clothing and home décor, fine glass and antique jewelry. Over 10 dealers will vend their antiques six days a week; Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  “I am thrilled to be opening my shop in the UpTown area”, said Ms. Hoffmann. “As the premiere up and coming neighborhood, UpTown is the perfect location to open my unique retail location”, added Hoffmann.


J. Valentine Antiques, owned by James Valentine will feature fine art and vintage and antique furniture. Located at 1501 Adams Street, regular store hours will be Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


The UpTown Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501 c (3) Community Development Corporation whose mission is to organize, direct and coordinate the economic revitalization, development and redevelopment of the UpTown District and to foster, promote and implement programs to insure the integrity and stability of the area.




FEBRUARY 28, 2011, Toledo, Ohio – The UpTown Association, Inc. announces the launch of the UpTown Clean Team. The Clean Team, a collaboration between the UpTown Association and OhioLink Community and Corrections Treatment Services, will be responsible for picking up litter and trash from streets and sidewalks of the UpTown neighborhood. Members of the Clean Team will be identified by their bright orange safety vests imprinted with the UpTown logo. The team will work regularly scheduled and supervised shifts. 

“This effort is collaboration at its best and a win-win for all” said Julie Champa, UpTown Association Executive Director. “UpTown will benefit from a cleaner neighborhood while OhioLink will gain needed work opportunities for their clients.” 

The UpTown Association, Inc. which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is the community development corporation for the UpTown district of Toledo, located between Toledo’s central business district and the Old West End. It is roughly bordered by 10th, Jackson, Adams, Woodruff, Collingwood and Washington. The association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.





SEPTEMBER 23, 2010, Toledo, Ohio -- The UpTown Association, Inc. in support of its goal to create economic opportunities, announces the UpTown Business Development Program. The program will help new and existing businesses identify programs and funding sources for economic growth, determine eligibility and provide technical assistance in preparing funding applications. It will also orchestrate venture capital commitments with financial institutions and facilitate business partnerships. Potential opportunities for UpTown businesses include the City of Toledo Facade Improvement Program for exterior improvements to commercial buildings and Neighborhood Economic Development Loans to fund new construction, renovation of existing buildings, fixed asset acquisition and inventory.“We are excited to be able to help UpTown businesses identify opportunities for growth. This greatly supports our goal of creating a sustainable and revitalized neighborhood” said Julie Champa, Executive Director. The program is funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the City of Toledo’s Department of Neighborhoods. The CDBG program, started in 1974, funds local community development activitiesThe UpTown Association was formed in 1986 as a community development corporation for the UpTown district of Toledo, which is located between Toledo’s central business district and the Old West End, and is roughly bordered by 10th, Jackson, Adams, Woodruff, Collingwood and Washington. The association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.




June 24, 2010, TOLEDO, Ohio --- The UpTown Association, Inc. was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to provide training, operational support and funds for pre-development activities. “We are excited to be selected by LISC to receive this support. The Association has put much effort into strengthening its services as a community development corporation and serving the needs of our neighborhood,” said Julie Champa, Executive Director. 
The Association was formed in 1986 as a community development corporation for the UpTown district of Toledo, which is located between Toledo’s central business district and the Old West End, and is roughly bordered by 10th, Jackson, Adams, Collingwood and Washington Streets. The association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

LISC, the largest community development support organization in the country, is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity. LISC mobilizes corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with loans, grants and equity investments as well as local, statewide and national policy support and technical and management assistance.  In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC helps identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.

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