State to close Huber Heights center, eliminate 214 jobs

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 2:03 PM


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More than 200 workers in Ohio will lose their jobs as the state closes two centers for people with developmental disabilities, including the Montgomery County Development Center in Huber Heights.

The Ohio Department of Development Disabilities will eliminate — or already have — 214 positions at the Montgomery Developmental Center in Huber Heights and the Youngstown Developmental Center in Mineral Ridge, according to a warn notice sent to the Office of Workforce Development. Both facilities will be closed.

The job eliminations will take effect on June 30, the letter stated, and the respective unions that represent employees have been notified.

» INITIAL REPORT: State to close local center for developmentally disabled

The Montgomery Developmental Center, which is located at 7650 Timbercrest Drive in Huber Heights, provides services for individuals with severe developmental disabilities. The center first opened in 1981.

The closure has an economic impact for the local community in Huber Heights, said Sally Meckling, spokeswoman for the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, which represents staff members at the Huber Heights Center.

In 2015, the OCSEA represented 120 staff members at the center. They now represent 87 workers who will be impacted by the position eliminations. They are working to find positions at other facilities for the workers.

In total, 94 employees — including exempt staff, OCSEA and other bargaining units — are still employed by the center. There are 10 residents still living at the facility, and many have already been transferred to other facilities or group homes.

The state has been downsizing developmental centers for several years, including one in Springfield in 2005. Meckling said the biggest impact will be on the individuals with severe disabilities and their families.

Each resident has or will be moved to another facility, some that are in other cities like Columbus or Batavia.

“I think it has a big impact on families,” Meckling said. “The great thing about these developmental centers, it’s much more convenient to be a part of their loved ones. We know that services that we provide are in high demand.”

In Youngstown, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has worked with county boards and family members to find new homes for current center resident, who also have 10 still living there.

“The department continues to work with staff to find alternative employment opportunities,” a department spokeswoman told this news organization. “The department is grateful for Youngstown Developmental Center employees’ commitment to providing high quality care to residents during this transition.”

The closings are part of the state’s efforts to use more home-based and community-based options for development purposes, the spokeswoman said.

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Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 3:03 PM

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The property housing Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dayton-Huber Heights near the busy Interstate 70-Old Troy Pike intersection has been sold for nearly $5 million.

Jai Shreeram Inc. bought the three-floor, 65-unit hotel for $4.85 million from Stoney Properties LLC, Montgomery County property records show.

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The hotel, with 1.7 acres of land, is located at 5612 Merily Way, at the end of Merily Way, south of Interstate 70 in Huber Heights.

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5 fast facts that will help make filling out FAFSA a breeze

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:32 AM

The following points are what you need to know, as well as common mistakes to avoid when filling out the FAFSA Fill it out – you have nothing to lose The sooner you submit your FAFSA, the better Gather the information you'll need Watch out for common mistakes like leaving fields blank Keep an eye out for requests for more information

It's that time of year again when parents and college or college-bound students fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

The idea of wading through a form – especially one that requires financial information – is definitely not an appealing idea, but the FAFSA could be a tremendous help in getting your student money to attend college.

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The following points are what you need to know, as well as common mistakes to avoid when filling out the FAFSA.

Fill it out – you have nothing to lose.

You may think that you don't need to fill out the FAFSA, especially if you believe you might not qualify for need-based aid. But there's no income cut-off point with federal student aid, according to the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, the FAFSA can help you qualify for all kinds of grants, loans and scholarships, including those offered by your state, school or private organizations.

By investing a few minutes of time, you could reap thousands of dollars in potential rewards.

Submit it ASAP.

The sooner you submit your FAFSA, the better, according to consumer adviser Clark Howard. Although the federal deadline isn't until June 30, 2018, you should check with the financial aid administrator at colleges you're interested in to make sure their deadlines aren't earlier.

Submitting earlier will help you plan how you'll pay for college. You'll also have a better chance of getting as much aid or scholarship money as possible since some colleges distribute their available money on a first-come, first-serve basis, Howard says.

Gather the information you'll need.

The FAFSA asks questions about the student as well as his or her parents if the student is a dependent.

You'll need the following information on hand as you fill out the FAFSA:

  • The student's Social Security number
  • The parents' Social Security numbers
  • Driver's license number (if you have one)
  • Alien registration number (if you're not a U.S. citizen)
  • Federal tax information for the student (and his or her spouse, if applicable) and the parents. This can often be imported online, so you may not need your records.
  • Information on the student's and parents' assets, such as money held in bank accounts and real estate holdings (not your primary residence)
  • Records of the student's or parents' untaxed income, such as veterans benefits and interest income

Watch out for common mistakes.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators points out some common mistakes that can delay your form's submission or cause you to not get the aid and scholarships you might qualify for. They include the following:

  • Leaving some fields blank – Instead, put in a "0" or "not applicable."
  • Listing an incorrect Social Security or driver's license number – It pays to recheck these numbers.
  • Failing to use your legal name – Use the name on your Social Security card, not a nickname.
  • Forgetting to list colleges – Even if you're not sure of which college you'll be attending, add any reasonable possibilities to the list of colleges that will receive your information. You're under no obligation to apply to or attend these colleges, and they can't see which other colleges you're interested in.

Keep an eye out for requests for more information.

Your FAFSA may be selected for verification, which means you'll have to provide some additional or supporting information, U.S. News & World Report explains. This process doesn't necessarily mean you've done anything wrong. You may have a discrepancy or mistake on your form, but some FAFSAs are just randomly selected for verification (lucky you!).

These requests will often come to the student's personal email account or university email address, so he or she will have to be diligent about checking it and responding to any requests by the stated deadline.

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Magazine names Wright-Patt Credit Union ‘best bank in Ohio’

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 10:48 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

Wright-Patt Credit Union headquarters at 3560 Pentagon Boulevard. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Wright-Patt Credit Union headquarters at 3560 Pentagon Boulevard. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Money magazine has designated Wright-Patt Credit Union as the “best bank in Ohio 2017-2018” as part of its “best bank in every state” November issue, the credit union announced.

Using information from Bankrate.com, the magazine evaluated data on fees, interest rates, and account requirements for checking and savings accounts for the largest 90 brick-and-mortar banks, 50 credit unions and 15 online banks, the credit union said.

The credit union said its designation was based on:

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• Offering a checking account with no monthly fee.

• Access to at least two free out-of-network ATM transactions per month.

• 340 Co-Op branches in the state of Ohio.

“We are honored to be chosen as the best bank in Ohio by Money Magazine,” Tracy Szarzi-Fors, Wright-Patt Credit Union’s vice president of marketing and business development, said in a release from the credit union.

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Founded in 1932, the credit union is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative that has more than 349,000 members and $3.8 billion in assets.

Candy shop that sells pickle juice soda opens second location

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 3:21 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

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Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop opened a second Dayton-area location in Middletown.

The vintage-feel candy shop, which is locally owned by Bill and Tiffany Kelly, opened the region’s second location at 1212 Central Ave. in Middletown last month. The store offers a selection of candy, old-fashioned glass bottled sodas and ice cream.

The Middletown location will also have a selection of fresh, homemade doughnuts and a candy buffet.

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Grandpa Joe’s was founded by Christopher Beers in Pittsburgh, and has locations in Pennsylvania. The Kelly family opened the first Ohio location with Beers back in April when a space in downtown Miamisburg became available.

The stores have hundreds of bottles of specialty sodas. Flavors include everything from Coca-Cola to Flying Cauldron Butter Scotch Beer and specialty sodas that tastes like ranch dressing, pickle juice and buffalo sauce. The store also offers bulk candy orders and gourmet chocolate candies. Customers can fill a box of goodies from their candy buffet for just $5.

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