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Worthington Police to Train in Spanish with Speak Our Language

WORTHINGTON, Ohio - According to Worthington officials, two percent of the families in the city are Spanish speaking, and it’s a growing population.

The police chief admits there have been some problems communicating with that population.

“Currently we'll search for Spanish speaking officer which can be difficult to find, then we have a telephone service that offers translation,” said Worthington Police Chief James Mosic.

Mosic wants to knock down the language barrier, so he’s putting public safety employees through a 20-hour Spanish Immersion Course.

Tonya Tiggett of “Speak Our Language” is leading the charge to bring Spanish to officers and dispatchers.

Tiggett said that the customized instruction will focus on situations that include traffic stops, domestic violence calls, danger phrases, and field interviews.

The class will be in held in Spanish 95 percent of the time.

“The immersion is the only way they'll train their ear to understand what's being said, as well as to speak. Having the situations helps to cement the experience for them,” said Tiggett.

Mosic, who has taken the course, said it works. He believes it will make a difference.

“I feel it will help build the trust in developing relationships with our community,” said Mosic.

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Tonya Tiggett recognized as a VISIONARY finalist by NAWBO Columbus

The Columbus chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) selected finalists from the Columbus area for the much anticipated Visionary Award. NAWBO is in its thirteenth year of recognizing women business owners who own and operate unique businesses with a visionary approach. These women business owners are also recognized for their mentorship with other women and for the contribution each business owner makes to the greater Columbus community through volunteerism.

We are proud that Tonya has been selected in the 2011 class of finalists who will find out the winner at the July 28 NAWBO Visionary Award Luncheon. Stay tuned!

For a glimpse into NAWBO and this prestigious business award, please view the short video below or you may click here for a slide show.

DAY of THE DEAD Celebration a Chilling Success!

Yes, there were sugar skulls, skeltons, tombs and alters involved at Rancho Alegre Mexican Restaurant in Grandview on Sunday October 17th where we celebrated a little known Hispanic holiday called Dia de los Muertos- or Day of the Dead. Over 25 people in the Columbus community joined us to find out about this very sacred holiday with Christian and Aztec roots, that draws visitors to Mexico from around the world every October and November.

Speak Our Language partnered with Day of the Dead and travel expert Vivian Harvey and Rancho Alegre restaurant to bring a unique holiday celebration to our Columbus community. Vivian gave us a virtual tour of the celebration with pictures, vivid description and intriguing stories. Our waiter Angel also spoke in Spanish about the holiday and told us about the celebration from his point of view when he lived in Mexico. We were so proud of our estudiantes who translated for our non-Spanish speaking guests. Attendees played Day of the Dead bingo and we also held a drawing for some groovy prizes. At the alter were samples of Bread of the Dead (Pan de Muerto), plenty of tamales for all, and of course cerveza and mezcal.

We wish to thank Vivian and Angel of Rancho Alegre for their tremendous hospitality and insight into this fiesta and look forward to more events of this type.

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