How Chef James Major “Chopped” His Way to Celebrity Status

In our new world of celebrity chef-dom and 24-hour networks with shows dedicated to cooking, baking and eating, epicurean stars come and go as quickly as Halley’s Comet. Chef James Major, the new executive chef for Funky’s Catering Events, is the latest bright light in the city’s cooking constellation, thanks in large part to one of those afore-mentioned cooking shows.

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The People Behind the Wheel at Red Bike

Tandem bikes notwithstanding, a bicycle in and of itself is a solidary mode of transportation—you, a couple of wheels, pedal power, a chain and steering. But use a Red Bike, and your velocipede all of a sudden has a whole peloton of bike mechanics, managers and aficionados riding along.

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Jami Edelheit on this weekend’s TEDxCincinnati

Search “TED Talks” on YouTube and you’ll find videos on motivation, relationships, happiness, education, leadership, artificial intelligence, you name it.  TED, which stands for Technology, Education and Design, has been on the scene for more than three decades and posts thought-provoking presentations from around the world. 

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Jayne Utter on Peace, Love and Summerfair

Art shows come and go as easily as the latest styles. But back when bell bottoms and tie dye were in vogue, a group of Mt. Adams residents decided to hold an arts festival to celebrate the opening of the then-new Playhouse in the Park. What we know now as Summerfair began with a 10 cent map, free admission and $3 booth spaces.

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Kelly Adamson collaborates to keep OTR open for business

Kelly Adamson grew up serving in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. A Wyoming High grad, Adamson learned the value of helping others from her parents so she spent many a day handing out sandwiches in Washington Park. Today, she walks through that same park amazed at the transformation of not only that area but the entire neighborhood.

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Iris Simpson Bush keeps the Flying Pig Marathon running

It is no exaggeration to call the executive director of the Flying Pig Marathon "the "peripatetic Iris Simpson Bush," so that is what I am going to do.

From the time, Iris was six years old, she was walking the two-mile round trip from her home on the East End “(4369 Eastern Avenue; it’s gone now”) to St. Stephen Grade School. To this day, she finds walking and running to be as much therapeutic as it is exercise -- part and parcel of her life's philosophy.

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Frank DeJulius keeps Cincinnati running

Fortunate are those who can take their passion and turn it into a career. Being able to introduce others to what you’re passionate about? Well, that’s a bonus and that’s what Frank DeJulius and his wife, Stacey, have been able to do in Cincinnati since 2012, when they took over Fleet Feet Sports.

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