Actor from Miami Valley lands major role in new film

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Photo contributed by Alex Henry
(Photo contributed by Alex Henry)

Come late next year, Dayton will be able to watch one of their very own on the big screen.

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Chase Crawford, a 2014 graduate of Butler Tech and Monroe High School, has landed a major role in the new JM Productions film, Stronger Than Pretty

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The film, set to premiere in late 2018, is one mother’s unfiltered, true account of how she escaped domestic abuse. 

“It’s not too often that you get a script in a story as raw as this one. It all happened … You get to be forever attached in telling that story,” Crawford said. “I can’t imagine living through what she went though.”

The story is sure to be true to its core. Crawford will be working side by side with the mother’s son, one of the producers working on Stronger Than Pretty.
Joining Crawford for the project is a well-known cast including “Shameless” actress Kate Amundsen, Raquel Castro from “Empire,” and “The Birth of a Nation” actor Jason Stuart.

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“Everyone just wants to make sure that this story is given justice,” Crawford said. 

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While Crawford is more accustomed to comedic roles, this will not be his first time playing a serious character. Two successful independent films where he appeared in such roles were the 2016 Sundance Film Festival selection “Goat” and the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (tiff) selection “The Radiant City.”

Shooting for Stronger Than Pretty is expected to begin principal shooting in Los Angeles this September. 

Ohio’s first center for drug-addicted babies set to open in Kettering

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

            Brigid’s Path, the state’s first crisis care nursery for drug-addicted newborns is set to begin treating infants by the end of October. Executive Director Jill Kingston is seen in one of the facility’s 24 private nurseries. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
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Brigid’s Path, the state’s first crisis care nursery for drug-addicted newborns is set to begin treating infants by the end of October. Executive Director Jill Kingston is seen in one of the facility’s 24 private nurseries. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF(Chris Stewart)

The state’s first crisis care nursery for drug-addicted newborns is set to open next week in Kettering and begin treating infants and training families by the end of October.

“The need is huge and still growing,” said Jill Kingston, a co-founder and executive director of Brigid’s Path. “We have women calling. They are just ready for this kind of service to be available.”

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An average of six babies a day — or 2,174 total — were admitted to Ohio hospitals in 2015 for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a consequence of an escalating statewide opioid epidemic. In 2006, just slightly more than 300 cases were reported statewide.

The public is invited to Brigid’s Path for a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25.

The local facility at 3601 South Dixie Drive – four years in the making from inception through community fundraising and construction — features 24 private nurseries built around four common areas.

Lily’s Place in Huntington, W.W. was the first such facility in the U.S. to open and provided a model for Kingston and co-founder Deanna Murphy, who is no longer with the Brigid’s Path.

During 2015, drug-exposed babies born in Ohio were hospitalized on average 14 days costing more than $133 million in Medicaid charges, according to Ohio Department of Health data.

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Infants in withdrawal require specialized care to overcome a number of symptoms, Kingston said.

“They shake — they have what’s called tremors — and that’s just one of the reactions that they are withdrawing,” Kingston said. “They are vomiting, they have diarrhea. They are hard to console.”

Aside from being physically soothed through therapeutic handling by family members and volunteers, the medical staff will also help newborns through withdrawal using medication assisted treatment, Kingston said.

Kingston said about 90 percent of NAS babies could be cared for at Brigid’s Path after they have stabilized in area hospital neonatal intensive care units, a process typically taking three to five days. The organization hopes to prove that the costs can be brought down while also giving families educational support.

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The infants will stay at Brigid’s Path two to three weeks as they are weaned from prenatal drug exposure, but the family mentoring components of the program will continue forward for up to a year, Kingston said.

“These babies can be rehabilitated as long as their environment is consistent and safe.”

The nonprofit raised about $2.5 million, putting about $2 million toward transforming a donated building into a medical facility. State funding provided $1 million split over two years for the pilot program.

Kingston said about $2 million more is needed to keep the pilot program running through October 2018.

Brigid’s Path ribbon cutting

11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 25

3601 South Dixie Drive, Kettering

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Can’t shush this: Dayton library had a very big August

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 3:33 PM

            A photo of the grand opening of the new main Dayton Metro Library in downtown. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
A photo of the grand opening of the new main Dayton Metro Library in downtown. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Pools weren’t the only thing in Dayton to make a big splash in August.

The new main Dayton Metro Library, which opened Aug. 5, managed to attract the kinds of crowds better known for marching through the turnstiles at hot new amusement and water park attractions.

Library officials have long insisted that usage of the downtown library would increase dramatically once the aging and blasé facility was replaced with a new, massive, state-of-the-art building.

It’s still early, but the numbers suggest their predictions were on the mark.

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In August, the new main library had 45,523 visitors, which was up 63 percent from August 2015, according to library stats. The main library closed in September 2015.

Granted, the grand opening of the new facility was a major spectacle that was widely attended, which boosted the number of visitors.

But even when the grand opening event is removed from the equation, the library’s attendance was up 42 percent for the three full weeks of August, compared to two years ago.

The library system issued 1,055 new library cards at the main facility last month, and computer usage has increased 44 percent since August 2015.

Circulation of young adult, teen and children materials have more than doubled, and community and study and conference rooms have been booked frequently.

The length of people’s visits has also increased significantly, and many times of the day there are hundreds of people in the building studying, reading, meeting and borrowing materials, said Tim Kambitsch, executive director of the Dayton Metro Library

“While our door counts show a substantial increase, the quality of the user experience is another difference that is easy to note,” Kambitsch said. “The smiling faces, seeing people taking photos to memorialize their visit, pointing at the art work all tell a story of success that numbers cannot convey.”

Grants available for business expansion, investment in Greene County

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 9:56 AM

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The Greene County Community Improvement Corporation is rolling out a grant incentive program for businesses expanding or relocating to the county.

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The Economic Development Incentive Program is aimed at creating jobs and grants are awarded based on that factor as well as additional payroll, fixed-asset investment commitment, return on investment and alignment with the county's strategic goals, the county development department announced today. 

“The EDIP program provides us another tool to further our goals of attracting diverse businesses and assisting our current businesses with growth," Greene County Development Director Paul Newman Jr. said in a prepared statement. "At the end of the day, it’s about creating job opportunities for our citizens in Greene County.” 

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Grant money can be used for workforce training, infrastructure improvements, purchase of land, site development, acquisition of equipment and relocation costs, according to the release. 

A pilot program last year led to five companies, with a combined payroll of $380 million, receiving a total of $525,000 in grant money, according to the release. That money was used to create more than 600 jobs in the county and assisted those companies with $9 million in facility improvements, according to the release. 

Development officials said companies looking to expand will be considered for grants twice a year, and new or relocating companies will be considered at any time.

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A company that receives an EDIP grant commits to staying put for at least 10 years and achieving projected payroll and job goals during that time, according to the release. 

Businesses involving retail will not be considered, nor will start-up businesses or companies that previously received an EDIP grant, according to the release. 

Applications can be found at the Greene County Department of Development website. Completed applications are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 31 and should be sent to county economic development coordinator Eric Henry,

Local woman wins car on ‘The Price is Right’

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

Patricia A. Larger Hoendorf, who is from Vandalia, appeared on the Price is Right Tuesday and managed to make it all the way to the showcase showdown. Watch to see if she wins the big prize!

UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m.:

Vandalia resident Patricia Hoendorf won a car during her appearance on “Price is Right” this morning.

Hoendorf spun the wheel to make it to the Showcase Showdown, but eventually lost to the other contestant.


A Dayton area woman will “come on down” on an upcoming episode of the “Price is Right.”

Patricia A. Larger Hoendorf of Vandalia appeared on the show Sept. 19. The show airs 11 a.m. weekdays on WHIO channel 7. 

WHIO is a part of Cox Media Group Ohio. 

Cleveland native Drew Carey has hosted the game show for a decade. 

Hoendorf attended a watch party Tuesday at Little York Tavern. She said the best part of being on the show was the supportive and happy environment.

Local woman Patricia A. Larger Hoendorf of Vandalia appeared on ‘The Price is Right' Sept. 19, 2017.(BECKY GRIMES/STAFF)

Patricia A. Larger Hoendorf of Vandalia will appear Price is Right. She is pictured with host Drew Carey. Photo: FremantleMedia North America.(FremantleMedia North America.)