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.

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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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No agreement expected in Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 7:03 PM
Updated: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 7:03 PM

Despite reaching an agreement to extend Medicare Advantage coverage, Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare are not expected to agree by tonight’s midnight deadline on other portions in the negotiations that would have preserves health plans for thousands of residents in the region, Premier officials said.

Dayton-based Premier Health, the largest health system in Southwest Ohio, and UHC, the nation’s largest health insurer, have agreed to extend Medicare Advantage coverage until the end of this year for UHC members who use Premier hospitals and providers.

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However, the two sides remain at odds over a key issue with the first deadline for a portion of their contract set to expire at midnight Saturday, potentially displacing tens of thousands of local residents with individual and employer-sponsored health plans.

Unless an agreement is reached, those policy holders would no longer have access to Premier hospitals as part of the insurance company’s network.

Premier physicians would also be considered out-of-network on May 14 for employer-sponsored, individual and Medicaid plan members, according to UHC. And Premier hospitals and physicians would be out-of-network for Medicaid plans starting May 14, if an agreement is not reached.

All toll, about 70,000 residents would be impacted in the local area, according to UHC, which said Premier’s decision not to participate in the insurer’s plan design, which ranks hospitals and providers in tiers based on cost and quality, was the sticking point in the ongoing negotiations.

Premier objects to the “tiering” system because, company officials said, it would intentionally steer patients away from Premier providers.

UnitedHealthcare had already sent letters to patients and providers advising them that a contract might not be reached by the deadline, ending in-network access to Dayton-based Premier’s hospitals for those residents with individual and employer-sponsored health plans.

In a statement, Premier Health said, “We are deeply disappointed that UnitedHealthcare has rejected our proposal to extend our contract until the end of the year. Our offer was put forth in good faith, and an agreement would have provided patients and area employers the opportunity to make choices about where and from whom to access care, during the normal open enrollment period for 2018.”

Houston bakery creates treats inspired by the Unicorn Frappuccino

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 5:59 PM



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A bakery in Texas is cashing in on the buzz around Starbucks' latest beverage creation, the Unicorn Frappuccino.

El Bolillo Bakery in Houston has created "uniconchas," which are brightly colored, shell-shaped pastries.

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The bakery is working on a tres leches unicorn cake, according to KHOU.

How to get a $1 Jimmy John's sub on May 2

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

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Jimmy John's is celebrating Customer Appreciation Day on May 2 with $1 sub sandwiches.

Select Jimmy John's locations will be participating in the promotion, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Customers can use a tool on Jimmy John's website to find a participating location.

The promotion applies to in-store orders only, not deliveries.

Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 1:44 PM

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Are you ready for Pickle Juice Soda Pop?

Miamisburg-based Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop is now selling dill pickle-flavored pop in stores and online. The vintage-style store at 42 South Main St. in downtown Miamisburg has more than 200 bottles of specialty sodas.

“If you’re the kind of pickle lover who relishes all things pickled, this is gonna be a really big dill. Pickle Juice Soda Pop is here,” the store posted on social media.

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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. The store also has other odd flavors of soda including everything from Coca-Cola to Flying Cauldron Butter Scotch Beer and specialty sodas that taste like ranch dressing and buffalo sauce.

Customers can also buy novelty items like funny socks, notepads, mugs and magic trick toys.

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