6 reasons we love all the construction in downtown Dayton 

Published: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Downtown Dayton: New and upcoming projects

Surely you’ve noticed all the banging and beeping in and around downtown Dayton. 

It is the sound of construction, which is music to our ears.

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There are large development projects like CareSource’s new office tower and housing developments like Delco Lofts, but much of that banging and beeping relates to restaurants and attractions.

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Here’s a rundown of some recent projects  and those we are most looking forward to.


Where: 135 E. Second St. (the former Club Aquarius space)

When will it open: Soon (TBA)


Where: 308 E. First St. (the former home of the much-beloved music venue Canal Street Tavern)

 When will it open: The restaurant, bar and game room opened Wednesday, June 28.

Canal Street Arcade and Deli held a preview party on Tuesday, June 28. The restaurant an bar are located in downtown Dayton near Fifth Third Field.(Photo by Amelia Robinson)


Where: 113 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton’s Fire Block District

When will it open: Construction in progress. The nonprofit seeks donations of display cases and other materials.

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Where: 329 E. First St. in the Delco Building near Fifth Third Field

When will it open:  Soon; the brewery is hiring employees now 

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🏗️ 416 DINER 

Where: 416 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District 

When will it open: Friday, July 7; there will be a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting

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Where: 10 S. Jefferson St. behind Century Bar in the Fire Blocks District

When will it be open: Late fall

Joseph Head of the Century Bar in downtown Dayton. File photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)


Where:  215 E. Third St. 

When will it open: Aug. 5 

Two hundred people — elected officials, levy supporters and children from the The Dayton Metro Library Summer Challenge reading program — will hold the ribbon during a ceremony at noon on Aug. 5. That date is when the new library will be open to the public.

There will be a community festival outside of the library featuring local entertainers from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

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Boy sleeps for 11 straight days, baffling doctors

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:55 AM

Boy Falls Asleep for 11 Straight Days, Doctors Don’t Know Why

When a 7-year-old boy fell asleep following a late-night wedding party, his mother expected him to be tired, but she could never fathom what would unfold.

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The boy, Wyatt Shaw, was admitted to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, during the first week of October after his mother tried and tried and tried to wake up him following the exciting Sunday night wedding festivities.

“Monday I tried to wake him up, and he fell back to sleep,” the boy’s mother, Amy Shaw, told WDRB. “[I’d say], ‘Wyatt, Wyatt, Wyatt!’ And he fell back to sleep again.”

Wyatt slept for 11 consecutive daysAccording to WTVR, medication usually used to treat seizures finally woke the boy up, but doctors are mystified by what happened. Every test performed on Wyatt came back clear.

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“[The doctors] said, ‘We’ll probably never know, but we’re just going to treat him now with rehab to get him better,’” Amy Shaw said.

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Wyatt is having some trouble talking and walking, but he’s improving and is well aware of his story, WDRB reported. The only thing he doesn’t understand is the same thing the doctors don’t — what happened to him.

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His mom hopes he’s back to showing off the energy he’s always exhibited, especially that night cutting up the dance floor at the wedding.

A benefit concert is being held for Wyatt and his family from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at Northside Hall in Radcliff, Kentucky.

Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:10 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:10 PM

July 04, 2017 Atlanta: Leonard Korir collapses to the street after the finish line winning the 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race with an unofficial time of 28:16 on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Atlanta.    Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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July 04, 2017 Atlanta: Leonard Korir collapses to the street after the finish line winning the 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race with an unofficial time of 28:16 on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com(ccompton@ajc.com/Curtis Compton)

For those that take their workouts seriously, be sure to add one more fitness goal to the list: avoiding exercise injuries. 

Not only does getting hurt in the gym or on the trail cut back on how much time you spend getting fit,  it's also painful and treatment can be costly.

Why workout injuries happen

Personal trainer Justin Price, M.A. told Men's Fitness that there are two main reasons for workout-related injuries. The first is poor posture during the day, which weakens your entire musculoskeletal structure. The second: trying to do too much too fast.

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Avoiding injury causes is key, along with understanding which injuries are most common, so you won't become the next person sitting out while everyone else lifts, rows and runs.

Treadmills are involved in more serious injuries than any other piece of gym equipment, and treadmill injuries included broken bones, abrasions, rectal bleeding and gym rats developing chest pain while working out on the machines, according to a USA Today review of the CPSC database system.(JEAN-DOMINIQUE/News | WHBQ)

According to experts quoted in LifeHacker.com, possible injuries do depend to some degree on what workouts you're doing, but there are five areas of the human body that are most susceptible to workout injuries.

5 most common workout injuries

According to Brian B. Parr, an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified clinical exercise specialist, and Brandon Aiken, an athletic trainer, those top injuries are:

1. Strained back: This is the no. 1 most likely injury, said Parr and Aiken. The cause is simple: weakened back muscles due to extended bouts of sitting at work or home. 
 Prevention: Lift with your legs, not your back, and gradually strengthen your back muscles with low intensity exercises.

2. Strained shoulder: An extensive range of motion in your shoulders allows more overuse injuries there, along with injuries initiated by poor posture and faulty workout technique. Shoulder dislocations or rotator cuff damage result in the most pain and suffering.
 Prevention: Instead of "pushing through" shoulder pain, let your shoulder rest. And to prime your shoulders to resist injury, strengthen them with wall pushups, shoulder presses and elastic tube resistance training.

3. ACL/PCL injuries: These are more common to athletes than garden-variety exercisers, said Parr and Aiken, but knee injuries are common wherever sports with jumping or rapid changes in direction are played. An ACL or PCL tear can keep you out of the gym and off your feet for months, possibly requiring surgery.
Price, who owns The BioMechanics, a corrective exercise and functional fitness facility in San Diego, told Men's Fitness that going from a desk job to intense workouts can cause these knee injuries.

 "We don't use our hip muscles during the day. Then we decide to go kickbox or do bootcamp," he said. "If our feet aren't stable, due to improper footwear, and our hip muscles aren't strong, the knee gets all the stress."

 Prevention: While leg extensions, curls and presses would seem the most likely to prevent knee injuries during workouts, they don't help because they don't strengthen the muscles of the feet and hips, according to Price. "A better exercise would be lunges. With a lunge your hip and ankle are bending together, stabilizing and strengthening the knee." For extended benefit, he said to do lunges both forward and backward and then side to side.

Runners in the main event hit the halfway mark in the Peachtree Road Race Chad Rhym/ Chad.Rhym@ajc.com(Chad Rhym)

4. Runner's knee: This irritation of the cartilage beneath your kneecap makes up about 40 percent of all running injuries, Barr and Aiken said. 
 Prevention: Work to strengthen hip, glute and quad muscles. Also shorten your stride when you run.

5: Achilles tendinitis: Your tendon tightens and becomes irritated during various exercises, especially strength training.
 Prevention: Reduce your risk of Achilles tendinitis by increasing strength training gradually (not dramatically) and building strength in your calf muscles.

According to Parr and Aiken, the key to avoiding almost all of the most common workout injuries is simply to be patient. Getting in shape takes time.

The blessing inside my sister's Alzheimer's disease

Published: Sunday, March 05, 2017 @ 12:56 PM

Jennifer Palmieri's sister Dana Drago, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. MUST CREDIT: Courtesy of Jennifer Palmieri.
Jennifer Palmieri's sister Dana Drago, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. MUST CREDIT: Courtesy of Jennifer Palmieri.(Handout)

Last month my sister passed away from early-onset Alzheimer's. She was 58 and probably had the disease for well over a decade. 

Awful. Anyone I share this news with has a visible physical reaction to it. They shudder. Take a deep breath. It's the disease everyone fears. Alzheimer's doesn't just kill you, they are thinking, it robs you of the person you are long before it has the mercy to kill you. 

Every day, more Americans receive the devastating news that someone in their family has this affliction. For now, there is not a lot of hope for recovery. It can make you envious of cancer patients; their families get to have hope. Having come through this experience with my sister, I am afraid that I can't offer these new Alzheimer's families hope for a recovery. But I do hope that by relaying the story of my sister's journey, I can offer them some peace. 

My sister Dana was brilliant, beautiful, full of positive energy, a force of nature. She was not an easy person. She was driven and successful, and, as the disease progressed unbeknown to all of us, it became harder to connect with her. Ironically, that began to change once she got the diagnosis. 

When she called each of us with the news, she already had it all figured out. We were all to understand that, really, she saw the diagnosis as a blessing. It was going to allow her to retire early. It would motivate our family to spend time together we would not have otherwise done. It would shorten her life, but she would make sure the days she had left were of the highest quality.  

For my part, I had a hard time reconciling her optimistic attitude with the knowledge there was no hope for recovery. I envied those cancer patients. But I eventually learned one of the gifts that came with this illness: It strips away your notions of how life is supposed to be and forces you to reassess what it means for a moment, a day, a life to have value. 

Equipped with a more realistic set of expectations, I saw that families fighting cancer faced their own torment. Debilitating treatments, anxiety over whether you are pursuing the right treatment, unrealistic hopes and crushing disappointments. It could ruin whatever time the person has left. My family was spared that particular kind of torment. Dana was true to her word about how she was going to spend her time. In the end, she had far fewer days than we expected, but she brought our family together in ways we never would have enjoyed had she not been ill, and in ways we could not have enjoyed if she was in endless treatments. That was a blessing. 

Patti Eilbacher has Alzheimer's. AJC reporter Zachary Hansen demonstrates a simple test that can indicate a cognitive disease. (BOB ANDRES/AJC)

I should be clear that my sister did not give up her own hope of recovering from Alzheimer's. Early on, she spoke of changes she had to make in her life until "they" found a cure for "this disease." I admired her resolute refusal to see the disease as part of herself. She would not let it define her. 

For years she vigilantly fought her decline and sought to protect her independence. Eventually she ended up in hospice. But she needn't have worried that leaving her home meant losing herself. It was in that hospice room that I saw her refined - not reduced but refined - to her most essential self, a person full of grace and love. Of all the moments in my life I had with my big sister, the ones with the most value, the most intimacy, the most joy, were the ones I spent simply holding her hand in her hospice room. No distractions, no expectations or pressures, a time to simply be present, to simply be sisters. My other two sisters, Dana's best friend and I would sit with Dana and repeat her own mantra back to her - all is well. And it was.  

Even after she largely lost the ability to speak, I could look into her eyes and see she was still there. She was still Dana. I would tell her so. "I see you. I see you in there." She would nod in response. Once or twice, I would even get a smile. Those were days of true value. 

I wish no other family ever had to lose someone to "this disease." But for all those on this path, please know that it does not mean you must be robbed of your loved ones before they leave this earth. They are still there, and the time you spend with them can be a gift of grace you might otherwise never have known. My hope for you is that you get to share the heavenly peace and love our family was able to share with our sister while she was with us. It is a blessing.  

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Palmieri served as White House communications director from 2013 to 2015 and was communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

Grandmother adopts healthy habits and loses more than 100 pounds

Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

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Laura Hyman is proof that it’s never too late to make a change.

After losing both her mother and mother-in-law in short period of time, the 54-year-old grandmother decided it was finally time to lose weight.

“My mother was only 70 years old [when she died] and I was 50 years old. I got scared and I did not want to miss out on my kids and my grandkids,” said Hyman, who was used to “taking care of everyone else but myself.” At her heaviest, she weighed 264 lbs.

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A self-described “emotional eater,” Hyman started the Isagenix weight loss program with her husband Myron in September 2015. Swapping fried foods and carb-heavy meals in favor of organic foods like chicken, quinoa and vegetables and enjoying the program’s shakes helped the retired Indio, California-based couple lose 100 pounds each in less than a year.

“[Isagenix] gave us a time schedule for our meals and snacks,” says Hyman, who now weighs 161 lbs. and eats five times a day: two shakes, two snacks and one full meal. “This system taught us that not only the food we are eating counts but the timing of when we are eating is so important.” Now after dinner, Hyman says, “the kitchen is closed.”

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The couple also started the IsaBody Challenge, a 16-week body transformation program, at the beginning of their weight loss journeys.

“It became a great support system through the Isabody Facebook page,” says Hyman. “I could go on there daily and get workout ideas and meal ideas, and when I put my first before-and-after pictures in there, I could not believe how much love and support I got. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced.”

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Since October, Hyman has also amped up her workouts, hiring a trainer and going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week. “I’ve gained 8 lbs. of lean muscle, which is different because I’m used to the scale going down,” she says. “But now it’s going up and I’m seeing where it is, in muscle. I’m still able to get rid of the visceral fat with the system and it’s amazing.”

Now on her sixth IsaBody Challenge, Hyman was just picked as a finalist out of more than 30,000 applicants Myron received an honorable mention, and she feels better than ever.

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“I fuel my body and don’t eat for emotional reasons,” she says. “I feel better than I did in my 20s.”

And being able to do it with her husband has made it even more rewarding.

“We’ve both invested in each other, cheered each other on and never let the other feel like a failure,” says Hyman. “Accomplishing this weight loss together has made our relationship so much stronger.”