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Columbus Realtors: January housing sales best in years

Not only were central Ohio housing sales up in January, but they showed the highest activity for that month since 2008. The 1,125 sales showed a 6.0 percent increase over January of 2011 according to the Columbus Board of Realtors.

In addition, 1,845 residential homes and condos were placed in contract – up over 40 percent from the same time one year ago.

“Sales last month were at the same level as we experienced just prior to the housing boom,” said Jim Coridan, 2012 President of the Columbus Board of REALTORS®. “It’s a direct result of the increased activity during the last few weeks of 2011 – and a great way to begin 2012.”

Click here to read the full report.

KEYHOLDER EVENT ANNOUNCED – The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio will host its Keyholder event June 29.

In the past, special guests at the event have included Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.

This year’s guest will be announced this weekend, but the group is offering early access to the announcement here.

MALONE TO HAVE GRAD PROGRAM MEETING – Malone University will present information meetings for each of its six graduate programs on March 22, at 6 p.m. in the Fred F. Silk Auditorium of Mitchell Hall on the campus located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.

Light refreshments and registration begin at 5:45 p.m. Prospective students may visit with the program directors and graduate admissions personnel regarding pursuing a master’s degree in education, counselor education, theological studies, business administration, nursing, and the master of arts in organizational leadership which can be completed n 16 months.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Thursday’s View From The Pugh column features upcoming local events. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

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Dream job of the week: Director of Development – Heinzerling Foundation

Each week, we’ll feature a “dream job” of the week.

This week’s “dream job” is the Director of Development for the Heinzerling Foundation.

To submit a job opening for a future “dream job” of the week, email me here.

Director of Development
Heinzerling Foundation
Columbus, Ohio

The mission of the Heinzerling Foundation is to provide a loving and nurturing environment that enriches the development, education and quality of life of individuals with severe or profound developmental disabilities

The Director of Development and Public Relations provides leadership, direction and coordination of fundraising and stewardship strategies for the Foundation.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Develop and manage an integrated, comprehensive and balanced fund raising program that meets annual and long-term fundraising goals.
Develop and manage strategies to increase donations from corporations, small businesses, and individuals through multiple means, including but not limited to planned giving and major gifts.
Develop and manage the annual department budget.
Work in collaboration with other Foundation departments to ensure strategic working relationships to foster a collaborative and creative work environment.
Track and report department expense budgets and revenue figures.
Coordinate gift tracking and acknowledgement systems.
Ensure the collection of meaningful data in the measurement of outcomes.
Represent the Foundation in the community, developing positive relationships with current and prospective individual and corporate donors.
Oversee donor prospect tracking system
Track and report department expense budgets and revenue figures.
Coordinate gift tracking and acknowledgement systems.
Participate in ongoing refinement of development aspects of web site.
Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and public relations strategy.
Write and submit grant requests as needed.
Attend Board of Trustees meetings, Development Board meetings, Department Head meetings
Represent Foundation at public, social, and business gatherings.
Attend external functions, making presentations, etc, on behalf of the Foundation to increase public awareness of the Foundation.
Inform potential contributors of special need of Foundation and encourage individuals, corporations, and foundations to contribute through donations of gifts in kind.
Generate reports of gifts and pledges for use by departmental and other institutional and governing body committees.
Maintain relationships with preferred vendors.
Provide project status updates and management reports.
Coordinate promotional advertising, mailings, and corporate sponsorships.
Serve as editor of external newsletter.
Other duties as requested.

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; at least 5 years of nonprofit fundraising/development experience.

Send cover letter and resume to

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The original job posting can be found here.

Grace Polaris to hold seminar on taxes

Grace Brethren Church in Columbus will hold a seminar called “Payments to Caesar: How to reduce them” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 3 in DC211.

Kent Semple will present information on how to be a good steward of those resources God has entrusted to you regarding taxes.

Call 614-410-4289 to register.

Big crowd today at Columbus Marathon

Runners take part in this morning’s 32nd annual Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon. About 17,000 runners were slated to take part in the event. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo courtesy of The Columbus Marathon).

Bodhi, the Asian elephant, to move out west

Bodhi, the seven-year-old Asian elephant at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, will be moving to the Denver Zoo in Denver, Colorado by year’s end to start a new chapter of his life.

Bodhi’s highly anticipated birth occurred on April 16, 2004 and marked the first successful Asian elephant birth at the Columbus Zoo. This was a significant birth, not only for the Zoo, but for the Asian elephant population as well.

The hope of Bodhi’s move to Denver is that he will one day sire calves and continue to increase a genetically diverse population of Asian elephants within zoos. Bodhi’s new home at the Denver Zoo’s Asian Tropics is located on 10 acres of land, consists of five elephant yards and can house eight to 12 elephants at a time.

“Bodhi is very special to us and we hate to see him go, but it’s the right thing to do,” said Harry Peachey, Assistant Curator at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. “He may have an important role to play in the future of the Asian elephant population in North America, and if that’s the case, he’ll be better positioned to do that at another facility than he will here at Columbus. Asian elephant social groups in the wild are predominantly matriarchal, kinship-based groups, meaning the members are mostly related females. Males don’t play a permanent role in social groups like that. What that means for Asian elephants is that young males like Bodhi have to leave the group early on in life. From watching their behavior, it is pretty clear that, in a wild group, Phoebe and Connie would have asked Bodhi to leave long before now. Because of that behavior, Bodhi has not been a part of their social group for some time. Fortunately we were able to wait for an opportunity like this to come along before we moved him to another facility.”

Over the last seven years Bodhi has been a favorite of many Columbus Zoo guests and will no doubt be loved in Denver too. Guests are invited to the Zoo from now until Bodhi’s departure, before the end of the year, to bid him farewell and wish him luck in his future. Bodhi can be seen every day in the Zoo’s Pachyderm Building between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds receive awards and recognition

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Wilds were recognized by their peers during the Honors and Awards ceremony at the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) conference held last week in Atlanta, Georgia.

North American Conservation Award

Top Honors were received by both the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds in the North American Conservation Award category for the Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center. This award recognizes exceptional efforts by AZA institutions toward regional habitat preservation, species restoration, and support of biodiversity in the wild.

The Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center was opened in 2001 along the banks of the Scioto River near the Columbus Zoo to assist in the propagation and conservation of highly endangered freshwater mussel species. The primary goals of the Center are to: 1) establish brood stock of target endangered species; 2) conduct basic conservation research on mussels including host identification, phylogenetic analyses, and health parameters; 3) culture and propagate newly transformed mussels for eventual introduction to the wild; 4) translocation of targeted endangered species; 5) offer temporary refuge to mussels removed from situations where there have been environmental disasters; and 6) provide educational outreach opportunities for the citizens of Central Ohio.

The Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center is a collaboration between the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Wilds, The Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

Exhibit Award

Top Honors were received in the Exhibit Award category for Polar Frontier which opened at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2010 – bringing back the community’s most asked-for animal, presenting a conservation education story about the fragile arctic environment, and designing an exhibit with a major focus on animal enrichment.

Polar Frontier represents a long-abandoned mining town and draws guests into the Arctic Circle; connecting them to the animals that live in some of the coldest climates in the world including polar bears, brown bears, and Arctic fox.

The polar bear habitat features a 1.32-acre yard with two pools and viewing of the bears from above and below water that is kept between 55 and 65 degrees year-round due to underground geothermal tanks. The brown bear habitat is nearly an acre full of dig pits, deadfall trees, two shelters, waterfall and a freshwater pool. The Arctic fox habitat represents a garden shed that sits against the abandoned mine and includes an outdoor yard and indoor den with visitor viewing at both locations. Polar Frontier also includes a themed playground and an interpretive center.

The Polar Frontier experience is made possible due to the generosity of Franklin County residents and funds raised through a county property tax levy as well as significant corporate and private contributions from Battelle, Nationwide Insurance, David C. Goss Family, and the Ed and Ellen Klopfer Family.

Outstanding Service Awards

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Assistant Curator Harry Peachey received an Outstanding Service Award for his important work with elephants and the Elephant Taxon Advisory Group.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Director Emeritus Jack Hanna and the Zoo’s Animal Programs Director Suzi Rapp both received Outstanding Service Awards for their support and efforts on behalf of the annual AZA Legislative Reception.


The Wilds was once again granted accreditation by the AZA after undergoing a rigorous review and on-site inspection of its operations and programs including animal care, conservation initiatives, visitor services education programs, safety, and financial stability. Both the Wilds and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are part of a prestigious group of AZA-accredited facilities that represent less than 10 percent of the approximately 2,400 USDA-licensed wildlife exhibitors.