Fairborn hopes free downtown Wi-Fi means ‘competitive edge’

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 6:58 AM

The intersection of Main Street and Dayton Drive in Fairborn. JIM WITMER / STAFF FILE
The intersection of Main Street and Dayton Drive in Fairborn. JIM WITMER / STAFF FILE

Fairborn city government is making a “significant investment” in fiber optic infrastructure to attract new entrepreneurs downtown and offer the public free Wi-Fi in a new partnership with Cincinnati Bell, said Assistant City Manager Pete Bales.

City officials said the addition of wireless internet downtown will help the business district’s revitalization and give Fairborn “a strategic competitive edge over other communities who are trying to draw visitors” and tourism to their downtown, Bales said in a memo to city council.

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Cincinnati Bell will design, construct and maintain the system, which “will provide the most robust technology available and feature a fiber optic backbone along Main Street,” Bales said. The public Wi-Fi will run along Main Street from Dayton Drive to Broad Street with the ability to expand.

Cincinnati Bell will immediately begin designing the fiber build. Instillation is slated to begin in the spring, with public Wi-Fi expected to launch by August.

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The fiber instillation will cost the city $388,000, paid to Cincinnati Bell in two equal installments this year and next. The city will also pay a reoccurring monthly fee of $1,410 for 200 megabits per second high-speed internet, data analytics, access points and system maintenance. The costs and fees have been approved in the city’s 2018 budget.

At no cost, Cincinnati Bell will provide 1 gigabits per second internet, Wi-Fi, telephone and television service for the 300 block of Main Street, which city officials have dubbed the Spark Block. In exchange, the city will give Cincinnati Bell naming rights for the Spark Kitchen conference room and sponsorship recognition, including plaques on all televisions in the Spark Kitchen and Spark Block Wi-Fi log-in signage.

Cincinnati Bell has sought for years to transform its network from copper-based telecommunications to a state-of-the-art fiber network, according to its 2016 annual report. Fiber cables transmit pulses of light and are faster than copper wiring, which transmit electrical currents.

Residents said they’re looking forward to the new Wi-Fi and hope it is an attractive feature for prospective businesses.

“I would love to see more businesses down here,” said resident Beth Player. “A lot of people, that’s how they operate and if we expect to keep up with the times, we have got to do that.”

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In Montgomery County, a fiber optic network linking seven south Dayton suburbs is expected to be operating by the end of the year. Kettering City Manager Mark Schwieterman has said future uses for the system could be beneficial for businesses which decide to integrate their systems with the technology. It could also provide businesses with incentive to relocate.

News Center 7 reporter Gabrielle Enright contributed reporting.

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Water rescue underway after capsized boat found in Great Miami River

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 9:33 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:15 AM

Find down boat In great Miami river

UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m. 

Firefighters are still working to determine if anyone was in a boat that was found capsized in the Great Miami River in Moraine Monday morning. 

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Fire crews were dispatched to the area of Arbor Boulevard and East River Road around 9:30 a.m. after the boat was found capsized and hanging over a dam. 

A company has reported to fire crews on the scene they have a missing boat, but all their employees are accounted for. Scanner traffic indicates fire crews are working with the company to determine the boat is theirs and confirm there are no victims from the incident. 

Our crew remains on the scene and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

FIRST REPORT

Fire crews are conducting a water rescue after a capsized boat was found in the river near Arbor Boulevard and East River Road in Moraine. 

Initial reports indicate no victims were found in the boat when fire crews arrived. Firefighters are working to determine if a victim might be downstream. 

We have a crew on the scene and we’ll update this page as we learn more.

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3 presidents you'll see honored around Dayton

Published: Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 2:53 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:02 AM

Sculptor Michael Major of Urbana created this bronze sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln as he looked in 1859 when he spoke on the steps of Montgomery County’s Old Court House. The sculpture was unveiled Saturday at Courthouse Square in front of the historic courthouse downtown Dayton. LYNN HULSEY / STAFF
Sculptor Michael Major of Urbana created this bronze sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln as he looked in 1859 when he spoke on the steps of Montgomery County’s Old Court House. The sculpture was unveiled Saturday at Courthouse Square in front of the historic courthouse downtown Dayton. LYNN HULSEY / STAFF
 

An 11-foot-tall Abraham Lincoln made of bronze now looks over Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

Here are some other presidents you'll find honored with a statue around Dayton:

 
  

Abraham Lincoln 

Courthouse Square, Dayton

  

 

The monument, created by Urbana artist Mike Major, was commissioned to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Dayton on Sept. 17, 1859. That day, Lincoln reportedly stood on a box on the curb facing the steps of the Old Courthouse and spoke to the crowd for close to two hours.

 
   

President William McKinley

 

Cooper Park

 

 

This statue, located in Cooper Park next to the Dayton Metro Library’s main branch, was dedicated to his memory Sept. 17, 1910.

 

McKinley was also the governor of Ohio, an Ohio representative in Congress and a soldier in the Union Army.

 

A plaque on the monument reads, “This monument is a tribute by the citizens of Dayton and the children of its schools.”

  
  

President John F. Kennedy

 

University of Dayton

 

 

“Kennedy’s Eternal Flame” is located outside of the Kennedy Union on the University of Dayton campus.

 

The full-length portrait, which is abstract at the bottom but becomes detailed at the head, is over 8 feet tall.

 
The original sculpture was made of cement and marble by William Joseph Thompson in 1964 and was recast in bronze by John Leon in 1998.
 

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CEO of health center on Good Sam campus says it’s here to stay

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

WHIO Reports Good Samaritan Hospital Closure Feb 11 2018

Obscured by the monumental news that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closed by the end of the year is that a health center on the campus expects to remain operating for years to come.

“We’re not a hospital, but we’re hoping the services we can offer will meet the needs of the community,” Five Rivers Health Centers CEO Gina McFarlane-El said.

The community health center, across the street from the hospital at 2261 Philadelphia Drive, serves patients regardless of their ability to pay. The nonprofit was recognized recently for its work in providing preventative care and managing chronic conditions, which can help avoid unnecessary ER visits.

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Premier Health announced in January it would be closing Good Sam by the end of the year, moving staff and services to other locations in the network. The announcement sparked concern throughout the region about whether the move would disproportionately affect the health of residents served by the hospital, a longtime mainstay in northwest Dayton.

McFarlane-El said the Five Rivers Health Centers board will be discussing what it can do to meet the community’s needs in the wake of the hospital’s closing. Five Rivers is a separately operated nonprofit but has a connection with Premier Health and leases its newly constructed building from the health network.

Five Rivers Health Centers CEO Gina McFarlane-El CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

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“This ZIP Code is one of the most populous ZIP Codes in the area. There are a lot of people in this area. So we want to ask what can we do to tap into the needs of the community and figure out what can work,” McFarlane-El said.

The health center’s network of Dayton-area locations, including the center at Philadelphia Drive, served more than 25,000 patients in 2017 and logged 84,307 patient visits. It is set up to serve the uninsured and under-served, as well as proactively respond to some of the community’s most pressing health concerns.

Areas of focus include helping patients who are uninsured sign up for Medicaid if eligible, working to reduce racial health disparities, reducing the high infant mortality rate, and addressing widespread health problems like hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

Five Rivers has primary care services like dental, OB-GYN, behavioral health, sickle cell care, respite care, a medical and legal partnership, psychiatry and pharmacy. It  also has specialty care like gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedic and hand surgery, general surgery and infections disease treatment.

Even after Good Samaritan Hospital is torn down, health services will remain at the campus through Fiver Rivers Health Centers. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

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About 70 percent of the health center’s patient revenue comes from Medicaid, 11 percent from self-paying or uninsured patients, 10 percent from Medicare and 9 percent from commercial insurance. The high Medicaid percentage compares to about 26 percent for the Dayton region as a whole.

McFarlane-El said the health centers also teach doctors through the nonprofit’s large residency program, which trains recent medical school graduates.

The residency program benefits everyone, McFarlane-El said.

“It gives the community residents an important role because they get to help with the training of the next generation of doctors,” she said.

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By the numbers: Five Rivers Health Centers

$19 million: Annual budget

$3.7 million: Federally qualified health center grant funding

218: Employees

25,092: Patients served in 2017, up 15 percent from 2016

84,307: Patient visits in 2017

70 percent: Portion of patient revenue from Medicaid

Five Rivers Health Centers locations

Center for Women’s Health: 161 Wyoming St.

Dental Center: 30 E. Apple St.

Family Health Center: 2261 Philadelphia Drive

Greene County Health Center: 360 Wilson Drive, Xenia

Medical Surgical Health Center: 725 S. Ludlow St.

Pediatrics: 161 Wyoming St.

Samaritan Homeless Clinic: 921 S. Edwin C. Moses

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1 killed after head-on crash in Moraine

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 8:28 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

A 2 car crash in Moraine is fatal

UPDATE @ 10:36 a.m. 

The man killed had been driving a pickup truck west on Dorothy Lane when he crossed the center lane for an unknown reason and struck a vehicle head-on, police on scene said.

A female driver in the Toyota Rav 4 struck was taken to Kettering Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash. 

A third driver was cited for driving on a closed road after he reportedly blew through the road closed signs that were up for the crash investigation to be conducted.

The road is reopening shortly.

UPDATE @ 8:40 a.m. 

One person has died following a head-on crash on West Dorothy Lane in Moraine, according to police. 

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A second person was transported to an area hospital, but their condition was not immediately known. 

Additional details about the crash were not available. 

FIRST REPORT

Police and medics have responded to reports of a serious, head-on crash on West Dorothy Lane in Moraine Monday morning. 

Emergency crews were dispatched to the 2400 block of West Dorothy Lane, east of North Springboro Pike around 8:10 a.m. after the crash was initially reported. 

Officers arriving on scene reported the crash was head-on, with one person reportedly suffering serious injuries, according to scanner traffic. 

Eastbound lanes of West Dorothy Lane are blocked by police, according to initial reports. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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