Dayton-area company to open 60 restaurants in California 

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 1:47 PM

Pizza wars rage on throughout the Miami Valley

A locally-based restaurant is preparing to open 60 stores in the Golden State.

Ray Wiley, the entrepreneur behind Hot Head Burritos and Sumera Sushi, said California has been added to the long list of states where his Rapid Fired Pizza will open. 

As food writer Mark Fisher first reported on July 5, the company recently signed a 

deal with David Perez of San Antonio, Texas that indicates plans to open 44 stores in the Lone Star state. 

>> MORE: Local pizza chain to open 44 new locations in Texas

The Kettering-based pizza business and a developer plan to open 60 franchise stores in California as part of a 10 years deal, Wiley said. 

He said five or so stores will be open in the middle of the state within the year. 

Ray Wiley is co-founder of Rapid Fired Pizza. File photo by LISA POWELL / STAFF(Staff Writer)

He said he could not disclose the developer’s name because the contract is under negotiation. 

Rapid Fired signed agreements in April with two developers to add as many as 175 new locations in Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina and South Carolina.

>> MORE : Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza to expand with 175 new locations

The pizza restaurant has opened 16 new restaurants in 18 months, and has another 13 under construction.

>> MORE: Hot Head founder launching quick-pizza concept

Wiley said as many as 30 new restaurants are expected to be open this year. Another 25 are expected to be added in 2018. 

“We have just tons of activity going on right now,” Wiley said. 

He said franchisees are looking for Rapid Fired locations in several states.     

Rapid Fired uses a quick-service concept, featuring a serving line in which customers pick out the toppings for their 11-inch thin-crust or 9-inch pan pizza. 

“We have really good food,” Wiley said. “It is a really good concept.” 

>> MORE: Pizza wars poised to re-ignite with ‘fast-casual’ chains eyeing SW Ohio

The newest Rapid Fired Pizza has opened in Hilliard. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

MercyPets aims to help alleviate child hunger

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph.
HANDOUT/Marvin Joseph
Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph.(HANDOUT/Marvin Joseph)

A new organization launched by Rev. Satish Joseph from the Immaculate Conception Church aims to assist in child hunger, by taking a portion of the money you would spend on your pet and putting that same amount toward fighting child hunger.

“I decided to make a commitment, because there was no limit to to what I would spend on Tutu,” Joseph said, referring to the dog he received as a Christmas gift in 2010.

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Joseph said he worked with the Dayton Foundation to launch MercyPets and in less than a week the organization has raised $20,000 for hungry children.

The mission of the non-profit group is to inspire pet lovers to commit donating a matching percentage of their pet expenses to help fight child hunger.

“If everybody gave one percent of what they spent - one percent - that would add up to $61 million,” Satish said.

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Santa Claus visits babies in Dayton NICU

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:13 PM

Santa Claus visits the NICU at Miami Valley Hospital

Santa Claus paid a visit to the NICU of the Miami Valley Hospital tonight to spend time with its infants. 

The early holiday visit started at 6 p.m. at the Berry Women's Center Building. 

The NICU "elf" was there to take photos with Santa and the babies. MVH has approximately 30 to 40 infants in its NICU. 

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According to the hospital, Santa's visit has been a positive experience for families over the years as they celebrate their babies first Christmas.

Bolts Sports Cafe in Englewood to open as usual after small fire Thursday night

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 8:58 PM

A small fire Thursday evening led Bolts Sports Cafe to close early.

Staff said the restaurant at 910 S. Main St. will open as usual at 11 a.m. Friday.

Englewood fire crews were called just before 6:30 p.m. for a small fire outside the building. Five engines responded, and all crews cleared in about an hour, according to city police and fire dispatch.

>> Fire causes extensive damage to Wellington Drive house in Dayton

No cause of the fire has been reported, and there were no injuries.

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Greater Dayton RTA driver union days away from another strike

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 3:08 PM

Greater Dayton RTA drivers and mechanics have voted to send a strike notice to the regional transit authority in coming days. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Greater Dayton RTA drivers and mechanics have voted to send a strike notice to the regional transit authority in coming days. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Greater Dayton RTA drivers and mechanics have voted to send a strike notice to the regional transit authority in coming days, Dayton Daily News and WHIO have learned.

RTA and the Amalgamated Transit Union 1385 have until Dec. 31 to settle the dispute before a strike could begin, according to the contract signed by the two parties after a four-day strike earlier this year in January.

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The union must send RTA a strike notice by Dec. 21 if they wish to strike, according to the contract. The union is expected to meet again in coming days to decide if drivers and mechanics will walk off.

“When we settled the strike the company was unable to commit for what the insurance would be for years two and three,” said Glenn Salyer, the union president. “They want us to either give back raises or pay more for insurance, and that’s not going to happen.”

Mark Donaghy, RTA's chief executive, said RTA has offered to meet with the union and the mediator. 

"I am disappointed that instead of negotiating with RTA or through the state appointed mediator that Local 1385 leadership has resorted to using the media and threatening the public with another strike to further his interests," said Mark Donaghy, RTA's chief executive, in a prepared statement. 

"RTA has offered the union a proposal that allows their members to reduce their premium share for health insurance by one-third. The union's current proposal would increase costs to RTA by $1.4 million per year," Donaghy said. "Given our financial situation, having to address a $3 million deficit for 2018 which will cause us to consider raising fares and to reduce service, the union proposal is just not acceptable as it would require further cuts in service to accommodate."

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The benefits plan approved after the strike had employees pay 15 percent of the total cost of the health care plan defined by premium charges for years 2015 and 2016.

In 2017, the contract called for the employees to pay for a weekly rate based on the type of the medical coverage they choose. A single employee would pay $27.53 weekly for medical, prescription and dental coverage, or $88.21 per week for a family. RTA agreed to contribute to a Health Savings Account one-time lump sums ranging from $1,100 for a single employee up to $2,500 for family plan coverage.

The contract language allows either party to reopen only the health care portion of the agreement to re-negotiate the healthcare portion of the deal. The union reopened the contract in March.

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“What they did, essentially, is punt on the issue for a little while, get people back to work and deal with it later if they have to,” said Doug Anspach, a labor attorney with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, in a Dayton Daily News analysis of the contract published in January.

That month, RTA drivers and mechanics walked off the job after failing to reach a contract, kicking off a four-day strike that stranded thousands of riders and drew the ire of local business people and schools.

“Another RTA strike would be unacceptable for our community,” said state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg. “We cannot put hard working Daytonians in jeopardy of not being able to get to work again. I urge both management and labor to come together and reach agreement to avoid another strike.”

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.