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Kettering library, art institute seek local artwork for new branch

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 4:14 PM


            Rendering of planned renovations for Wilmington-Stroop library in Kettering. CONTRIBUTED.
Rendering of planned renovations for Wilmington-Stroop library in Kettering. CONTRIBUTED.

The Dayton Metro Library and Dayton Art Institute are looking for “site specific” artwork to place in the soon-to-be renovated Wilmington-Stroop branch in Kettering, according to a press release.

Proposals will be accepted through Aug. 18 with commissions announced in September.

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A partnership between the library and the art institute called ReImagining Works helps acquire original artwork for each of the library’s new or renovated locations, made possible by an anonymous bequest.

For the Wilmington-Stroop Branch, regional artists — within a 250-mile radius of Dayton — are invited to propose newly created artwork in response to two pieces in the art institute’s permanent collection: Bold Endeavor by John Kuhn and Red Circle by Dwinell Grant.

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The pieces were chosen by community vote, mostly users of the Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library. An informational meeting for artists is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 15 at the art institute, located at 456 Belmonte Park in Dayton. Ruetschle Architects will be on hand to review the building plans and answer questions.

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The Wilmington-Stroop library’s extensive remodeling and expansion project has a targeted opening date of January 2019. The 21,000-square-foot library will encourage pedestrian travel, take advantage of outdoor opportunities and position the library as a community gathering place, officials said.

Police: Laid-off worker steals work truck from Vandalia business

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

DeAngelo Byrd/Staff
DeAngelo Byrd/Staff

A worker who was recently laid off stole a work truck from his former employer and was later arrested during a traffic stop, according to Vandalia police. 

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Officers responded to Jones & Frank at 7468 Webster Street in Vandalia around 11 a.m. Friday on reports of a work vehicle that was stolen. 

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The vehicle was followed by an officer from Montgomery County into Miami County, before it was stopped near New Carlisle, investigators said. 

The driver, who was not identified, was taken into custody. There were no injuries and the vehicle was not damaged, police said.

Additional details were not available. 

Local toy drive: FLOC partners with The Shopping Bag to help area children in need

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

For Love of Children or (FLOC) is partnering with The Shopping Bag to make sure underprivileged children in the Miami Valley have a Christmas to remember.

The Shopping Bag is located at 3109 Far Hills Avenue in Kettering and will be a drop of location for new toys to benefit FLOC’s annual Christmas for Kids program.

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From December 15, through December 22 if you drop off a new unwrapped toy to the Shopping Bag you will receive a gift card to the store. (One per family) 

"The FLOC toy shelves are very barren this year, but the need has increased". Said Beth Mann, President of the FLOC Board of Directors. 

"The partnership with The Shopping Bag and the good people of the Miami Valley will guarantee a very Merry Christmas for the hundreds of families we serve."

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The Shopping Bag will also match all toy donations and toys will be given to FLOC on December 22 in time to be distributed for Christmas.

"When made aware FLOC was in need of toys this close to the holidays, we jumped at the chance to help because the holidays are more about giving than receiving. Hearing children would possibly not have a gift under the tree, our team said this couldn't be and we had to step into action.' Said Lauren Murphy-Zahora, President of The Shopping Bag. 

"The Shopping Bag appreciates the opportunity to do our part in making Christmas extra special this holiday season for children throughout the Miami Valley." Lauren added.

The mission of For Love of Children, is to provide financial, educational, and advocacy support to youth throughout the Greater Dayton Area. FLOC began servicing area children in 1980, and has grown into an industry of volunteers who are passionate about caring for neglected and abused children, children in foster care, and children in need of community resource. You can find more information at FlocDayton.org

The Shopping Bag was created in 2012 with an online presence. After achieving a strong national following the Shopping Bag expanded and opened its flagship store in Kettering, Ohio in 2017. For more information you can visit TheShoppingBag.com.

Car crashes into pole, catches fire in Dayton

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:09 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:35 AM

Car strikes pole, bursts into flames

A loud explosion could be heard as a car burst into flames after crashing into a pole in Dayton early Friday.

The crash was reported around 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of James H. McGee Boulevard and Germantown Street.

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A spare tire exploded when the car caught fire, according to fire officials. 

When firefighters arrived, the occupants had fled. No one was in the car when it caught fire.

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.

For more information on how you can help visit mercypets.org