‘Undocumented’ Elf on Shelf post leads some to boycott Beavercreek restaurant 

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

Spinoza's Pizza & Salads Elf on the Shelf post included the phrase
Spinoza's Pizza & Salads Elf on the Shelf post included the phrase "undocumented munchkin." It has drawn criticism.(Screen grab)

A Dayton-area restaurateur says people have misinterpreted the intention of a Facebook post in which a brown “Elf on the Shelf” doll is referred to as an “undocumented munchkin.” 

“It was all in good fun, and I guess some people have taken it the wrong way,” Spinoza's Pizza & Salads owner Glen Brailey said of the public response to a post to his restaurant’s Facebook page that has been removed. 

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The restaurant is located in the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. 

Local artist Sandy Bashaw took a screen shot of the original post and shared it to her page. That post has been shared numerous times. 

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Flashing on the word “undocumented,” several people have called Brailey a racist and said they would boycott his restaurant because of the“Ezzo on the Shelf” post.  Hundreds of comments have been left on Facebook posts including Bashaw’s and subsequent shares of that post. Bashaw’s post has been shared more than 40 times so far. 

A sampling of the comments include:

“Wow. Not eating there again.”

“Racist pig.”

“Oh (expletive). I liked the food. But never again.”

“If you live in the Dayton Ohio area please show Spinoza's that delving into politics is a stupid thing to do for a business.”

“At least Spinoza's had the good sense to take this offensive post down. But it doesn't change the fact it was put there to start with. Might want to go somewhere else for music and pizza.”

The name “Ezzo” is a variation of the Italian name “Izzo,” according to Ancestry.com.

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Contacted Monday, Brailey said he is neither racist nor sexist. 

He said the use of the word “undocumented” may have been a poor choice, but was not meant to offend Mexicans or anyone else. 

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People’s tendency to jump to conclusions makes it difficult to communicate, he said. 

“I am not sure what elf is documented. It was posted in humor,” Brailey said. “We’ve got real issues in this country. We’ve got to solve the problems of immigration and it is not with any damn wall. If you can’t even make a joke like that with an elf, we’ve got a problem.” 

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Brailey said some have incorrectly read ill-intentions. 

The elf was pictured on a bar tap because the character is mischievous and Spinoza's restaurant has a bar, he said. 

Brailey said the doll belongs to an employee’s 7-year-old son, and he had planned to use it to make funny “Elf on the Shelf” posts around his bar and restaurant for the holidays. 

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He said he had a professional slip with Bashaw that she discusses in her post. 

“It is pretty obvious she is sore about that and wants to punish me,” Brailey said. 

A message was left on Bashaw’s cell phone seeking comment. 

He believes his critics are making something out of nothing.

“Perhaps they don’t understand what the Elf on the Shelf is,” he said of his critics. “It is disheartening after all the years and dedication to the arts and trying to make it a better community.” 

From the book “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition,” the Elf on the Shelf elves are pictured doing hijinx on Facebook. 

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Brailey is the former owner of the now-closed Pacchia Wood Fired Pizza in the Oregon District, and served as the business district’s president for several years. 

He said it is hurtful that so many have jumped to conclusions about his business, including those he has considered friends. 

“You are going to trash me and the people who work here,” he said.

Employers to recruit at Springfield job fair

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 8:05 AM

FILE
FILE

Local employers like CareSource and Assurant will be recruiting in Springfield this Friday.

CareSource Life Services is holding a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Faith United Methodist Church at 102 W. High St.

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Life coaching, job readiness training and resume support will be available.

Some of the employers who will be there include:

Assurant

CareSource

Interim Healthcare

Mama Rosa’s

Ohio State Highway Patrol

RTA

Vocalink

I-Supply

The Greentree Group

Klosterman Bakery

Securitas

Rate of alcohol-related ER visits up nearly 50 percent

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 8:01 AM

NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The number of alcohol-related emergency department visits is sharply up over the last decade, driven in part by more women abusing alcohol.

The National Institutes of Health reported that between 2006 and 2014 the number of people annually brought to the emergency room for alcohol-related problems jumped from 3 million to 5 million.

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“These findings are indicative of the detrimental effects that acute and chronic alcohol misuse have on public health, and the significant burden they place on our healthcare system,” stated George F. Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The rate of all alcohol-related emergency department visits increased 47 percent between 2006 and 2014, which is an average annual increase of 210,000 alcohol-related visits.

Emergency visits stemming from short-term and long-term alcohol abuse both jumped, but mostly for chronic alcohol abuse, which saw a 58 percent increase in ER visits. ER visits for acute alcohol consumption rose by 40 percent.

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The Nationa Health Institute said these increases “far outpaced” changes in the number and rate of emergency department visits for any cause during the years studied via data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, the largest emergency database in the U.S.

The rise in visits has been costly. The data also showed that total annual costs of alcohol-related visits increased from $4.1 billion to $15.3 billion during this time.

Although men account for more alcohol-related emergency department visits than women, the rate of visits increased more among women than men. This increase was mostly because of a larger increase in the rate of chronic alcohol misuse-related visits for women than men, with visits from women up 6.9 percent annually versus visits from men up 4.5 percent.

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Aaron White, who led the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism researchers, said men’s and women’s drinking habits are becoming more similar in the U.S.

“The larger increase in the rate of ED visits among females compared to males provides further evidence of narrowing gender gaps in alcohol use and related harms. This trend is concerning given that females appear to be more susceptible to some of the detrimental health effects of alcohol,” he stated.

3 Daytonians win big Ohio arts awards

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:50 PM

DCDC will be performing Shed at the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus concert on June 3. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Staff Writer
DCDC will be performing Shed at the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus concert on June 3. SUBMITTED PHOTO(Staff Writer)

The 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts have been announced, and once again, Dayton is in the spotlight.

This year’s award winners include local arts groups, artists and patrons of the arts. Here are the winners:

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company closes its 48th season with its annual Soulstice fundraising gala Saturday, May 13, at America’s Packard Museum. The gala has a New Orleans theme and will include dance renditions of folklore and fairy tales. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

DAYTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY (Irma Lazarus Award)

According to the Ohio Arts Council:

The world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. 

Founded in 1968 by Jeraldyne Blunden, DCDC is one of few American dance companies of international reputation located outside a major U.S. metropolitan area. Having the world’s largest repertoire of classic works by African-American choreographers, the company continues to celebrate dance art around the world. 

Executive Director Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders created collaborative partnerships between the dance company and area universities, and the company delivers extensive education and outreach programs and services to elementary, middle and high schools, both locally and while on tour. 

DCDC is one of three dance companies across the United States tapped to tour internationally through the seventh season of DanceMotion USA, a dynamic cultural diplomacy program run through the U.S. Department of State and Brooklyn Academy of Music. DCDC will travel to Russia and Kazakhstan in May 2018. Historically, this marks DCDC’s third trip to Russia.

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Oral Funk Poetry and The Human Race Theatre will celebrate the 10 season of the The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show with "What's Your Razzle Dazzle." Pictured: Dayton poet Lucy "Sierra Leone" Owens, Oral Funk's founder.(Submitted)

SIERRA LEONE (Community Development and Participation)

According to the Ohio Arts Council:

Writer Sierra Leone is the president and artistic director of OFP Theatre Company, co-founded with her husband Robert Owens, Sr.

For more than a decade, Ohio has benefitted from Sierra's vision of creative urban arts as a powerful artistic medium to bring communities together across racial, cultural, ideological, and economic divides.

Her project “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” presents a hybrid of urban poetry, music, dance, and visual arts from local, regional, and international talent.

The show later expanded to include an energetic poetry competition called The Last Poet Standing.  Her work with youth arts organizations, schools, and community organizations has been ongoing through her company’s educational arm, Signature Educational Solutions.

Sierra is continuing girls’ empowerment work through the Dayton Public Schools’ Girls Achievement program, and she has written and performed commissioned work for many local and national organizations.

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Artist, educator and activist Sierra Leone.(Contributed photo)

View from the top of the amphitheater. The Stuart and Mimi Rose Music Center at The Heights is in its third season after opening in 2015. The music venue seats 4,200 in a covered amphitheater in Huber Heights. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

STUART AND MIMI ROSE (Arts patrons)

According to the Ohio Arts Council:

From dynamic performing arts centers to rare copies of ancient books, Stuart and Mimi Rose’s support of the arts spans a diverse array of fields.

In May 2015, the city of Huber Heights celebrated the opening of its 4,200-seat covered amphitheatre, named the Stuart and Mimi Rose Music Center in honor of the couple’s generous donation.

In its inaugural season, the center presented 29 performances and welcomed thousands of visitors to the city. Their recent support of The Dayton Art Institute, where Mimi served on the board, pays homage to the museum’s upcoming centennial in 2019, allowing many exciting projects that further strengthen the Institute to take place. 

Other past philanthropic gifts have drawn from Stuart and Mimi’s personal interests.

They recently funded the construction of the 300-seat Stuart and Mimi Rose Theatre at Dayton’s Miami Valley School and the 358-seat Carey Family Amphitheater at Cincinnati Country Day School.

Stuart, a rare book enthusiast, has loaned pieces from his private collection to the University of Dayton on several occasions. In 2014, following the “Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress” exhibit featuring 49 rare books, Stuart surprised the school with the donation of a rare “He” version of the 1611 King James Bible and a colorful, whimsical edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland featuring illustrations by Salvador Dali.

First NASA space walk of 2018 happening now

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:44 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

WATCH: Space to Ground - Prepping for a Spacewalk. Video courtesy of NASA.

Since December 1998, there have been 205 spacewalks at the International Space Station. 

The first spacewalk of 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday morning. 

NASA will be streaming the walk live, which begins around 7 a.m. 

According to NASA, American and Japanese astronauts will carry out these spacewalks in January to repair a robotic arm on the space station. 

Mark Vande Hei of NASA will lead the walk along with Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai. 

Last year, there were nine U.S. spacewalks. 

The most recent was Oct. 20 and lasted for six hours and 49 minutes.