Design a T-shirt for Gem City Market, and you could win $150

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Gem City Market has launched a T-shirt contest. Image: Illustration using Gem City Market photos.
Gem City Market has launched a T-shirt contest. Image: Illustration using Gem City Market photos.

Here’s your shot to design Dayton pride and love for the co-op market planned for near downtown. 

The Gem City Market is accepting submissions for its T-shirt design contest through Nov. 17. 

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Organizers hope to use the winning design on a T-shirt to be sold in December, June Allen of the The Hathaway Group said.

The shirts would be used by the market’s volunteers and supporters. 

“They have a lot of people who really want to help or be part of the movement,” Allen said. 

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The cooperative grocery store is planned for 2019 in the 100 block of Salem Avenue in Northwest Dayton near downtown.

T-shirt design entries do not necessary have to use the word “Dayton,” but should speak “Gem City Market movement and the communities served,” a press release said. 

The contest is limited to two entries per person. The market’s outreach team and other volunteers will serve as judges. 

The winners of the $150 top prize and two $50 honorable mention winners will be announced by Dec. 1, 2017


Entries MUST: 

•Include “Gem City Market” name in the design. 

•Maintain that the design fits within a 10”x10” block and is vertically oriented. 

•Submit original art. No trademarked characters or other depictions will be allowed. 

•Submit one color artwork for printing. (Please suggest the color t-shirt you envision with your design.) 

•SUBMIT DESIGNS BY NOVEMBER 17, 2017. These can be emailed to or mailed or dropped off by 5 p.m. to: 

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area 

Attn: Etana Jacobi, T-Shirt Competition 

33 W. First Street 

Dayton, OH 45402 

Other Notes: 

The contest is open to everyone, but limited to two entries per person. The GCM outreach team and related volunteers will judge the entries. One first place winner ($150) and two honorable mention winners ($50) will be announced by December 1st. All winning entries become the property of Gem City Market and may be reproduced for promotional purposes.

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The 45th annual Dayton Holiday Festival kicks off today

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 4:22 AM

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The holiday season kicks off in Dayton today with the annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights.

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This year marks 45 years celebrating the Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by Dayton Power & Light.

The event will be held at Courthouse Square and surrounding buildings from 4-9 p.m. with the tree-lighting ceremony at 7:45 p.m. and the parade immediately following. Hundreds of thousands of lights will illuminate the 45-minute parade, which will feature a variety of floats, entertainers, animals and several surprises.

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Activities planned include the live reindeer display, musical entertainment, carnival rides and games, holiday crafts and games, horse-drawn wagon rides, the Tike's Shoppe and a gingerbread house contest.

A complete list of festival events is available online, as well as a calendar of other downtown holiday events.


The parade will begin at 7:50 p.m. at Second and Wilkinson streets. It will proceed east on Second Street to south on Main Street, then to west on Fourth Street. When at Fourth and Perry streets, the parade floats will disband and stage for escort to their designated storage area.

Streets to Be Closed for Dayton Holiday Festival:

  • Closed from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.:  Third Street between Main and Ludlow
  •  Closed from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Second Street between Perry and Vista View 
  • Closed from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Wilkinson Street between Second and Third,  Ludlow Street between First and Second
  •  Closed from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Main Street between First and Fifth, Second Street between Jefferson and Perry, Third Street between Jefferson and Perry, Fourth Street between Jefferson and Ludlow, Wilkinson Street between Maple and Fourth, Southbound Red Cross Lane between First and Second, Southbound Stafford Street between First and Second

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The Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, is a program of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the Mrs. Virginia W. Kettering Dayton Holiday Festival Fund.

Need a job? Best time to find one in a decade in Dayton area, report shows

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:58 PM


Employment in the Dayton metro area increased by 2,100 jobs in October, rising to the highest level since January 2008, according to state labor market data released this week.

Hiring has been steady in the region, and the metro area’s unemployment rate remained at 4.3 percent for the second consecutive month, the data show.

The metro area consists of Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties.

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In the metro area, nonfarm payrolls grew to 390,600 last month, which is the highest job total in nearly a decade, according to seasonally adjusted data.

Almost one-third of U.S. metro areas still have not returned to their pre-recession peak employment levels, including Dayton, according to a report released earlier this year by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The Dayton metro area lost 34,600 jobs during the downturn, and it is not projected to reach the pre-recession levels of employment until after 2022, based on the current rate of job growth, the report states.

The metro area employed 394,500 people in March 2007.

When Ralphie, Rudolph, Frosty and the gang are coming to your TV

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

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The holidays are full of traditions, and one of them is snuggling up with loved ones on your couch watching your favorite holiday classics on TV. 

Make sure you don’t miss your favorite — whether it’s Ralphie, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, Frosty or even Buddy the Elf!

Happy holidays! Mark your calendars now for the shows airing on the major networks.

Of course, plenty more offerings depending on all of the channels you have at your fingertips. If you have Freeform, there are even more!

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“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” 8 p.m. Nov. 22, ABC: The Peanuts gang celebrates their own version of the holiday. 

“Elf,” 8:50 p.m. Nov. 22, Freeform: Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa, decides to head back to his place of birth in search of his biological family when he learns that he's not a real elf.

“The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS,” 9 a.m. Nov. 23, CBS: Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight host the telecast of the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York. 

“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” 9 a.m. Nov. 23, NBC: Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker host the broadcast.  

“Frosty the Snowman,” 8 p.m. Nov. 24, CBS: Frosty’s silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend. Followed by “Frosty Returns” at 8:30 p.m.

“Trolls Holiday Special,” 8:30 p.m. Nov. 24, NBC

"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," Dec. 2, 7 p.m., ABC: Burgermeister Meisterburger stars in Rankin/Bass' Santa Claus origin story.(ASSOCIATED PRESS)

“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” 8 p.m. Nov. 24, ABC: The 1970 Rankin-Bass Productions animated tale features Fred Astaire narrating the tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney). 

“The Christmas Train,” 8 p.m. Nov. 25, Hallmark Channel: Journalist goes on a cross-country train ride at Christmas. Dermot Mulroney stars. 

“CMA Country Christmas,” 8 p.m. Nov. 27, ABC: Reba McEntire hosts the eighth annual event from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. 

“Angry Angel,” 9 p.m. Nov. 27, Freeform: A young woman (Brenda Song) has been turned into an angel but is stuck on Earth. 

“A Very Pentatonix Christmas,” 10 p.m. Nov. 27, NBC: Jennifer Hudson and Jay Leno are the special guests. 

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8 p.m. Nov. 28, CBS: Burl Ives narrates the animated tale based on the popular song of the same name by Johnny Marks. 

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” 8 p.m. Nov. 29, NBC: The evening includes performances by Brett Eldridge, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani and The Tenors. 

The whole gang gathers to celebrate the holiday in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Contributed(Tribune News Service)

“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 8 p.m. Nov. 30, ABC: The digitally remastered 1965 special shows Charlie Brown complaining about the materialism he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. 


“Eloise at Christmastime,” 7:30 a.m. Dec. 1, Freeform: Eloise (Sofia Vassilieva) is warned not to interfere as the Plaza Hotel prepares for a romantic Christmas Eve wedding. 

“Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 2 p.m. Dec. 1, Freeform: Jack Skellington becomes obsessed with bringing Christmas under his control. 

7 "National Lampoon" movies: National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982), National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), National Lampoon's Joy Of Sex (1984), National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). The name has since been bought out and several straight-to-video releases have been made, including 2003's "National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze," starring Tatiana Ali from "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."(HANDOUT)

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 7:05 p.m. Dec. 1, Freeform: The Griswold family looks to have the most fun-filled old-fashioned family Christmas ever. 

See “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Norton Thursday.Contributed by MGM Television

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 9:10 p.m. Dec. 2, Freeform: Jim Carrey stars as the title character who tries to ruin Christmas for all the Whos of Whoville. 

“The Polar Express,” 11:50 p.m. Dec. 2, Freeform: Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for the tale of a young boy and the magical train he boards to the North Pole. 

“The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 8 p.m. Dec. 4, ABC: This is the fifth season of the competition show that looks at the most spectacular and over-the-top Christmas displays in America. 

“Shrek the Halls,” 8 p.m. Dec. 7, ABC: Shrek doesn’t have the holiday spirit, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. 

“Ready Jet Go!: Holidays in Boxwood Terrace,” Dec. 11 (check local listings for time), PBS: Jet is excited when his idea for the annual Boxwood Terrace Christmas Pageant is accepted. 

“Disney Prep & Landing,” 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14, ABC: An elf named Wayne is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. 

“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” 8 p.m. Dec. 16, ABC: Rerun, the younger brother of Linus and Lucy, gets Snoopy to invite his canine brother, Spike, for a visit. 

“Christmas with the Kranks,” 11:55 p.m. Dec. 16, Freeform: A decision to skip Christmas changes when a couple’s daughter decides at the last minute to come home for the holiday. Tim Allen stars. 

“The Sound of Music,” 7 p.m. Dec. 17, ABC: The Oscar-winning classic features the songs “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Julie Andrews stars. 

“Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic,” 8 p.m. Dec. 18, Freeform: An inside look at how holiday magic is created throughout Disney Destinations. 

“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” 7 a.m. Dec. 21, Freeform: Holiday special loosely based on the hit song. 

“Peppa Pig: Father Christmas,” 12:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Nickelodeon: Peppa and the rest of her playgroup are very excited to put on a big Christmas time show. 

“I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” 8 p.m. Dec. 22, CBS: The new one-hour special features two back-to-back colorized episodes of the classic series: “The Christmas Episode” and “The Fashion Show.” 

“The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!,” 9 p.m. Dec. 22, CBS: The two newly colorized back-to-back episodes were selected by series creator Carl Reiner. They include “My Blonde-Haired Brunette” and “October Eve.” 

“Christmas Getaway,” 8 p.m. Dec. 23, Hallmark Channel: Travel writer finds herself double booked for the holidays. 

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“A Christmas Story,” midnight Dec. 24, TCM: The holiday film will run continuously until 8 p.m. Dec. 25. 

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a holiday classic. Contributed(Tribune News Service)

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” 8 p.m. Dec. 24, NBC: The 1946 Frank Capra film stars Jimmy Stewart. 

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration,” 10 a.m. Dec. 25, ABC: Hosts Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey take viewers on ride down Main Street, U.S.A. and beyond. 

“Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” 8 p.m. Dec. 26, ABC: The Peanuts gang is ringing in 1986 and Marcie and Peppermint Patty are throwing a big New Year’s Eve bash.

Whaley wants police to be ‘aggressive,’ cite panhandlers who break laws

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:53 AM


Panhandling is protected free speech, but Dayton leaders want police to be “very aggressive” to cite panhandlers who violate the city’s ordinances.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said panhandlers constantly break the law by illegally entering the right-of-way to collect cash from motorists.

“They get in the road every time — it’s dangerous, it’s not good for our quality of life and it needs to be enforced,” she said.

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The city passed ordinances last year prohibiting “distribution” in the right-of-way to try to replace its anti-panhandling laws, which it rescinded for likely being unconstitutional.

Whaley recently instructed police Chief Richard Biehl and police command staff to prioritize enforcement of the city’s distribution laws and crackdown on panhandlers who violate the city’s ordinances. She said panhandling harms citizens’ quality of life and said police must do everything they can within the law to discourage the activity.