UPDATE: Salvation Army to add $4.3M expansion to Kroc Center land

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:27 PM

Soccer field and amphitheater coming to Salvation Army Kroc Center

Just seven years after building the $40 million Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in North Dayton, the Salvation Army plans to expand across the street with an amphitheater and soccer field to fill the growing needs of children in the neighborhood.

The Salvation Army wants to begin construction in the spring on the $4.3 million expansion and open the field in 2019, with the 1000 N. Keowee St. center expanding across Webster Street onto land it bought from Dayton Public Schools.

The Dayton center is one of 25 Kroc centers built across the country in disadvantaged neighborhoods, the legacy of McDonald’s heiress Joan Kroc, who died in 2003. She bequeathed $1.5 billion to the Salvation Army to create places where children and families could find recreational, educational and cultural activities otherwise beyond their reach.

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Major Stanley Senak said the regulation soccer field will cater to the interests of the children they work with, including the growing immigrant population in the area. Staff had previously spotted kids playing with a makeshift soccer field in the area, which helped prompt the idea.

“In this community we have a larger immigrant population and they play soccer,” Senak said. “We were looking at what would meet the needs in this community.”

The project will be funded with Salvation Army resources from philanthropist and McDonald’s heiress Joan Kroc’s donation to the national organization, which also helped fund the seven-year-old Dayton community center.

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The center has about 120 children participate in its after school program but also has additional child focused programs and families that it helps at Christmas, with emergency utility assistance and other family focused programs

Jerry Bowling III, president of the McCook Field Neighborhood Association, said he was excited when he learned the Kroc Center had plans for the empty lot and will bring more options for event space.

“The fact that that land is being used is huge, plus it also expands the capabilities of the Kroc Center and the Salvation Army to serve the community,” he said.

While the Dayton center has plenty of indoor space, like a large worship center and 128-seat movie theater, Business Administrator Tim Erlandson said they could use more outdoor space for recreation.

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There is room at the original 17 acre site to tear down more trees and develop more of the green space, but the Salvation Army decided they wanted to keep the green space on the original campus. The property across the street gave them the opportunity to expand and maintain the green space on the original campus.

The site will also have an amphitheater where people can bring their lawn chairs and attend concerts and events. Senak said they have “big dreams” for the new outdoor event area and want it to be a place where neighbors can gather for events.

“It will be something where the neighborhood can come and have a fun time,” Senak said.

There also will be a building constructed at the end of the lot that can house the Salvation Army’s mobile feeding canteen and can be used as a warehouse, bathrooms for the center and a concession area.

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The soccer field will be able to serve as a lacrosse field. The project will also include a walking track wrapping around the field, a splash pad, and outdoor pickleball courts. Senak said interest in pickleball has picked up in Dayton and its the fastest growing sport in America.

“It’s really picked up on our indoor courts,” he said.

By the numbers: Dayton Kroc Center

• $4.3 million expansion project

• $40 million original investment in the center

• 120 children enrolled in after school program

24-hour CrossFit workout launches today in honor of fallen soldiers

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 6:04 AM

 (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

CrossFit 937, Spring Valley and State Route 48 in Centerville, on Thanksgiving Night will launch a 24-hour memorial workout to remember fallen soldiers.

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Beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, and every hour until 8 p.m. Friday, owner Mike Burnett will lead a workout in honor of a named fallen soldier.

The event is being held also to raise money and canned goods, with every person who participates being asked to bring a canned good for a local VFW post or foodbank.

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For the uninitiated, CrossFit is constantly varied and functional movements performed at high intensity. The movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more.

Burnett has participated in CrossFit competitions, most recently in Toledo, and has been ranked as one of the nation's top crossfit participants. This special holiday workout would also resonate because he is a Marine who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Emily Stork, a member at CrossFit 937 since September 2014, said she will be taking part in the 6 a.m. Friday workout. 

When she found out about the 24-hour memorial workout, she said her first reaction was "Mike's crazy. I actually think it's great."

Stork said to get Thanksgiving Day started, Burnett will be holding a holiday workout at 9 a.m. for friends and family of Crossfit 937 members who are in town for the day.

California woman thwarts abduction of her children

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:59 AM

Mother and child in a stroller.
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Mother and child in a stroller.(NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man wanted in the attempted kidnapping of two children in California on Wednesday.

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Deputies said a mother was with her two children in a jogging stroller in Valencia around 11 a.m. Wednesday when the man suddenly approached her from behind, KCAL reported.

Investigators said the man grabbed the stroller’s handle and tried to pull it away, but the woman managed to regain control and ran away. She called 911 but the man was gone when officers arrived, KCAL reported.

“My energy goes out to this mother,” said Cindy Potts, also a mother of two young children.

Though she has no connection to the attempted kidnapping, it still leaves Potts rattled.

“The thought of someone taking away my most precious cargo, my life fulfillment, it’s an empty feeling and it’s a frightening feeling,” she told KCAL.

The man is described as a transient, police said.

Crews battle fire at vacant house in Dayton

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:52 AM

A vacant house was damaged by a fire early Thursday morning.

The fire was reported around 4:35 a.m. in the 200 block of Deeds Avenue.

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The fire started in the living room and destroyed the home’s front porch, according to initial reports.

An investigator has been called to the scene.

Dry and cool weather for Thanksgiving

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 4:53 AM

A cool day is expected in the Dayton area on this Thanksgiving, with warmer temperatures returning tomorrow.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds for the first half of today
  • More sunshine Friday
  • Slight chance for rain early Saturday

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Thanksgiving: We’ll see clouds to start the day, but as we head into the afternoon, a few more breaks in the clouds are expected, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Temperatures will be a notch higher today as we top out in the lower to mid-40s.

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Tonight: More clearing is expected overnight. Temperatures will drop back into the upper 20s.

Friday: Those shopping early will see early morning temperatures in the 20s. Sunny skies are expected with eventual highs reaching the lower 50s.

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Saturday: There is a slight chance for a few passing showers early Saturday as a cold front moves through, but chances are fairly slim. Most look to stay dry Saturday. Highs will be in the lower 50s early, then fall through the 40s most of the day.

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Sunday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to mid-40s.