2 local Cub Foods stores closing

Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 7:42 PM
Updated: Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 11:13 AM

Two Cub Foods stores in Dayton’s south suburbs will close on Sept. 30, their Beavercreek-based owner announced Thursday. A total of 130 people will lose their jobs.

Lofino’s Food Stores Inc. plans to close the Dayton Mall Cub Foods, 8245 Springboro Pike, in Miamisburg, and the Sugarcreek Cub Foods, 6314 Wilmington Pike, in Sugarcreek Township.

“While we have attempted to operate efficiently and with profitability, the continued decline in general business conditions has been too great to overcome,” Lofino’s Human Resources Director Darryl McGill wrote in a letter sent to affected employees.

The letter indicated that the company has warned employees of the potential for closures since 2010.

A total of 63 employees at the Miamisburg store will be affected, plus 58 more at the Sugarcreek store and nine at the company’s support center, 3255 Seajay Drive in Beavercreek. Most of the eliminated jobs, 101, are hourly, both full and part time. The rest are salaried positions.

Nicole D’Amico of Miami Township said she used to shop at the Miamisburg Cub Foods often, but stopped because the store doesn’t offer organic options carried by other retailers.

“Everybody is going green. They don’t have the organic products,” she said outside the Miamisburg location Thursday night. “They don’t have what DLM has, they don’t have what Kroger Marketplace has, they don’t have what Health Foods Unlimited has.

“Now you’ve got the Earth Fare over there. I mean, they’ve just kind of been pushed out.”

Other Lofino’s properties, including the Cub Foods at 5495 Salem Ave. in Trotwood, several local Save-A-Lot stores and the Lofino’s Marketplace in Beavercreek, are not affected by the closings.

Michael Lucking, Trotwood city manager, said he’s pleased that the Trotwood Cub Foods store will remain open.

“They have a very strong retail presence in the Trotwood community,” Lucking said. “They’ve done good business in Trotwood and they’re a valued marketplace.”

A “Question & Answer” bulletin for employees attached to Thursday’s letter cited “competitive challenges in the retail grocery industry,” as a reason for the closings.

“The Company has incurred severe financial losses over the last several years,” the bulletin states.

Lofino’s also notified the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services of the closing, in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The law requires certain employers to give at least 60 days notice of layoffs or facility closings.

Some employees whose jobs will be impacted are members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75. Union representatives could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

U.S. Navy sailor sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

VIDEO: Sailor Sketched Pearl Harbor Attack Before He was Killed in Action

Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.

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Boy exchanges prized Christmas gift to help homeless 

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:46 AM

Boy Gives Up Game Console To Help Those In Need For Holidays

An Xbox is tops for many gamers’ holiday wish lists. 

Mikah Frye was no different, until he noticed homeless people outside during the cold Ohio weather.

His grandmother said he asked what homeless people do when it’s cold outside. So he came up with an answer: giving those who needed them a blanket to stave off the chill, WJW reported.

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But he needed to find out how to pay for the gifts.

His grandmother suggested he give up one gift to help warm the homeless.

“He later said if the Xbox is $300, and the blankets are $10 then I can buy 30 blankets,” Mikah’s grandmother, Terry Brant,  told WJW.

Mikah’s family found themselves in a similar situation a few years ago. They had some financial difficulties and lost their home and had shelter thanks to the Access program, WJW reported.  

So far more than 60 blankets have been donated and have started to be given out to families in need. Each one has a message from Mikah that says, “They gave me a blanket, but I had to leave it. That’s why I want you to have your own blanket.”

He ends his note with “Today, I live in my own house, and someday you will too. Your friend Mikah.”

And while Mikah gave up his dream of an Xbox for those who need help, WJW reported that “Santa” is still trying to get the video game for the selfless child.

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Fire department recreates adorable holiday card one year later

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

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A fire department in Oklahoma is warming hearts again with their special holiday card.

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Last year, the Durant Fire Department went viral with their 2016 holiday card, which featured children of the firefighters.

Six of the station’s 33 firefighters welcomed new babies within six months of each another.

This year, the department decided to keep the tradition going with an “updated” photo.

Babies Ava, Owen, Nash, Mitchell, Gus and Brevyn donned matching outfits on their fathers’ firetruck.

Gus’ mother, Shembra Wilson, told ABC News, “It was a lot harder this year because they’re more mobile. We’re all jumping up and down acting like morons to get the shot and they’re looking at us like, ‘What in the world?’”

The department has decided to continue the tradition annually “to watch them grow.”

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Five tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

How to Avoid Package Theft

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us and is especially handy during the holidays, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps.

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So beware the so-called porch pirates. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty-handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall , a company that specializes in cybersecurity.

“A more sophisticated porch pirate might send you an SMS message or email with malware,” Miliefsky said. “That would let them gain access to your computer or smartphone, and they could install a RAT (Remote Access Trojan). Then, they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.”

They also might be able to locate you through the geolocating feature on your phone, he said. That would tell them when you are away from home, providing the final link in their well-laid plan.

Police tell us thieves mark their calendars with notes that say such things as  "Package theft Wednesday."

“If they know you aren’t home and that a package is scheduled for delivery, it’s going to be easy for them to steal it,” Miliefsky said.

There are, however, ways around even cybercriminals. Miliefsky offers these tips for outwitting porch pirates and keeping packages safe:

• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way, they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours while anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family members to ship packages to your work address.

• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on workdays, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safekeeping.

• If a neighbor can’t receive your packages and you can’t get them at work, another option is available. Miliefsky suggests trying Doorman, a service that lets you arrange for a package to be held at a warehouse until you arrive home. Then you can arrange delivery for evening hours that better suit you.

• Disable geolocation on your smartphone so that thieves – or other hackers, for that matter – can’t track your location. There’s no need to make it easier for them.

• Set up a live recording video camera aimed at your porch. That could allow you to spot a theft as it happens and alert law enforcement officials, or at least provide you with video that might help identify the thieves.