National Pizza Day: Celebrate at one of these 6 longtime local pizza institutions

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 5:30 AM

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National Pizza Day is Feb. 9, a time to celebrate the Italian taste treat that’s served as thin-crust, deep dish or anywhere in between.

One things for certain about these six local pizza places: they’ve earned a dedicated following of customers throughout Butler County and beyond during their decades in business.

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Chester’s Pizzeria

Nick Dadabo, one of the owners of Hamilton’s Chester Pizza, gets a pie out the oven, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, a day which marks Chester’s 60th anniversary. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Greg Lynch)

Chester’s Pizzeria, 2929 Dixie Highway in Hamilton, was founded by Chester and Mary Dadabo back in 1947 in the kitchen of their Lindenwald home, then as a standalone business in 1954.

Mary Dadabo first presented her pizzas for sale, half-baked and frozen, in their Chester’s Market grocery store on Pleasant Ave. That’s the way the pizzeria still does it today.

“Mom and Dad gave us one recipe to follow and we wouldn’t change it for anything,” the business says on its website.

In addition to pizza, the business also serves sandwiches, chicken wings, spaghetti and salads.

FROM 2014: Chester’s Pizzeria celebrates 60 years in business

Anthony Castillo of Richards Pizza serves guests samples during the 2015 Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. This year’s event on Oct. 4 will feature more than 90 local businesses. GREG LYNCH/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Richards Pizza

Richards Pizza, which sells pizza, steak sandwiches and more, opened in 1955 at 2343 Dixie Highway, but moved in 2011 to 3015 Dixie Highway. A West Side Richards opened at the corner of Main and “D” streets in 1956. The current West Side location at 417 Main Street, Richards’ flagship restaurant, opened in 1970.

Since taking over the business from their father in the late 1980s, co-owners Karen and Gayl Underwood opened three additional locations in Trenton (2004), Fairfield (2006) and Monroe (2009).

The business also serves a World Famous Steak Sandwich, calzones, sandwiches, pastas, spaghetti and salads. To ensure pizza toppings hold their flavor, Richards puts its cheese on top.

FROM 2015: Richards Pizza family marks 60 years feeding Hamilton

Milillo’s Pizza

Milillo’s Pizza, 1010 Main St. in Hamilton, was founded in 1968 by the late Jack and Ruth Milillo along with Jack’s brothers, Lawrence and John, and sister Ann Milillo Diefenbacher.

The restaurant, which has no seating inside and no delivery, does a steady business off its pizza and other Italian specialties, such as penne, ziti and lasagna, made in both meat and vegetarian versions.

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Shaddock’s Pizza and Drive-Thru

Want to order a pizza but not get out of your car? Shaddock’s Pizza at 4713 Central Ave. in Middletown has a drive-thru for food pick-up. That drive-thru also allows for pick up of other store merchandise, including a diverse selection of wine, beer, other alcohol and sodas.

Also listed on the menu at Shaddock’s: spaghetti, lasagna, calzones and hot wings, plus a bevy of side dishes, breads and sandwiches.

SDS Pizza and Subs

SDS Pizza and Subs is located at 7 E. Chestnut St. in Oxford in the heart of Miami University. Founded in 1975, it’s family-owned and operated by the Amarantos family, which is originally from Chicago and has been in the food business for more than 40 years.

The business is run by Andy, Terry and Tommy Amarantos and serves pizza, subs and wings.

Big Dog’s Pizza 

Founded in 1997, Big Dog’s Pizza is located at 7967 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. in West Chester Twp. and owned by Chris Sackrider.

Specialty “West Chester Style Pizzas” include numerous meat and veggie options, including the “Taco Pizza,” “The Hawaiian,” “The Teriyaki Chicken,” “The BBQ Chicken” and “The Bacon Cheeseburger,” which features bacon, hamburger, onions, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, ketchup, mustard and pickles

Big Dog’s also features hoagies, calzones, sandwiches and subs, plus chicken served roasted, not fried. Five beers are on tap, including West Chester’s DogBerry Brewing.

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Crews responding to house fire in West Chester

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:16 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:32 PM


UPDATE @ 2:30 P.M.:

The fire on Hollywood Drive appears to be “knocked down” but crews have not yet cleared the scene, according to Butler County scanner traffic.

We have a reporter in route to the scene and will update this story when more information is available.

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Emergency crews are responding to a reported fire at a West Chester house.

Dispatchers got the call at 1:41 p.m. for a fire at a two-story home in the 7300 block of Hollywood Drive.

West Chester Fire Department is on the scene and, as of 2:09 p.m., fire departments from Sycamore and Deerfield townships are on the way.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update as more information becomes available.

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Céline Dion says her late husband is only man she’s ever kissed

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:43 PM

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27:   Singer Celine Dion (R) and manager Rene Angelil arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Celine Dion (R) and manager Rene Angelil arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

In a recent interview with The Project, 49-year-old music legend Céline Dion got candid about the 2016 death of her husband and manager René Angélil.

Dion described what it felt like to lose Angélil — who died at age 73 after a cancer battle —after decades of marriage.

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“For three years, my husband did not have a sip of water or food. He was eating through a tube,” Dion said. “The only thing I hoped while he was in three years of agony: I wanted him to live in peace. I wanted him to feel so light and no worries. He had a little heart attack. It’s so quick; he didn’t even feel anything. I thought that he was like liberated from his pain.”

“He’s the only man I’ve seen. The only man I’ve loved. The only man I’ve kissed,” the Canadian added.

Angélil — with whom Dion shared sons René-Charles Angélil, 17, and twins Eddy and Nelson Angélil, 7 — died two days before his 74th birthday and days before the death of Dion’s brother, Daniel Dion. As Dion’s longtime music manager, Angélil had always had a role in her life personally and professionally.

Dion has a bronze replica of Angélil’s hand that she brings along to every one of her performances. With two Las Vegas residencies that combined have spanned well over a decade and counting, she’s had many performances with his hand in hers since his passing. 

Dion put her residency on hold during her husband’s bout with cancer, but it was Angélil’s constant support even through his illness that quickly led Dion back to the stage.

“I shake my husband’s hand and knock on wood with him every night before every show,” Dion, 49, told The Daily Telegraph. “Even after he’s gone, I still talk to him.”

A month before Angélil’s death, the longtime couple celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary.

21 years today 💍 21 ans aujourd'hui 💕 #tbt

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“My husband wanted me to go back onstage before he passed; that’s what he wanted the most,” Dion said. “So I went back onstage while he was still alive; he wanted to make sure I could keep going. So I did prove to him (that), yes, I could keep going. I told him I’ve got the kids and that he’s got to trust me, he’s got to relax.

“He taught me so much. He did a great job; what he had been giving to me all his life and all my life will always be with me. He gave me his all. He mortgaged his house to pay for my first album. I guess before he left he wanted to make sure I was fine. I’m trying to prove to him every day I’m fine. Our kids are growing. We feel strong. We’re good.”

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WATCH: The Ohio River is rising, prompting flood warnings for some areas

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

Ohio River rises, floods areas of Cincinnati

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Ohio River at Cincinnati from late Sunday until early Friday.

The  river has been rising at a steady pace with the recent rain and there are even ducks floating in water where a road once was. 

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WATCH: Heavy rain creates flooding along Ohio River near Riverbend Music Center, Coney Island and Schmidt Boat Ramp.

According to our news partner WCPO, the Ohio River is expected to rise to about 55 feet by Wednesday in areas near Cincinnati. Several major roads in Cincinnati have already closed for flooding including Kellogg Road, Eight Mile Road and Four Mile Road. 

The Ohio River is expected to fall back below flood stage by Friday afternoon.  

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This 145-year-old company’s move to Lebanon is creating new jobs

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:50 PM

A global supplier of components and engineered systems is opening a new Lebanon manufacturing facility next month and hiring 50 new full-time production employees.

A company seeking to double its local workforce debuts its new $10 million facility today in Lebanon’s Kingsview Industrial Park.

Kadant Black Clawson, a global supplier of fiber processing systems for the pulp and paper industry, is opening a 130,000-square-foot facility at 425 Kingsview Drive.

The company is relocating 65 employees from office space at 7312 Central Parke Blvd. in Mason to the new building and adding 50 new full-time production employees to their ranks.

More than half of America’s recycled waste paper is processed on equipment made by Kadant Black Clawson, whose roots stretch back to Butler County in 1873.

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Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer said the city, the city manager and the economic development department had been working for an extensive period of time on securing the company for the community, which she said is “beyond exciting” for Lebanon.

“To bring in such a quality business and industry for our city is outstanding, but it took a lot of work,” she said. “As we all know … businesses are always looking to locate and choosing the right location and so there’s a lot of competition.”

The company’s expansion is fueled by a state tax credit approved in January by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. The 1.687 percent, eight-year Job Creation Tax Credit for the company’s expansion project is expected to create 62 full-time positions, generating $3.5 million in new annual payroll and retaining $7.4 million in current payroll

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