Jenell Ross will receive Citizen Legion of Honor award

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 8:15 AM

Jenell Ross
Jenell Ross

Jenell Ross will be the 68th recipient of the region’s 2018 Citizen Legion of Honor award, the Presidents Club of Dayton said.

The award, given every year since 1951, is the oldest and most continuous recognition of volunteer servant leadership in the Dayton region.

Ross is the president of Bob Ross Auto Group, a second-generation leader of the area’s 44-year business. She accepted that role in 1997, the club noted in an announcement on the award.

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Her father, the late Bob Ross, was one of the first minority auto dealers in the nation.

Ross has served as a member of the National Automobile Dealers Association; the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers; General Motors and Chrysler Minority Dealers Associations; she served as the 2013 chairwoman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA), as the first African-American woman to hold that office.

Ross has served on numerous area boards including the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance; Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce; Dayton Development Coalition; Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Central State University Foundation Board and many others.

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Today, she serves the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve Board of Cleveland; the Miami Valley School Alumni Council; and the Minority Business Partnership of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jenell established the Norma J. Ross Youth Foundation in honor of her mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010. “She has continued to volunteer, work and support education awareness of breast cancer and has been an ardent fundraiser for the American Cancer Society for many years,” the club said in its announcement.

Ross has also received the the Dayton Daily News’ Ten Top Women of Dayton award and has been recognized with the Better Business Bureau Torch Award; YWCA’s Woman of Influence Award; and 50 Most Influential Women awards; the Barbara Cox Automotive Woman of the Year; Urban League Pillar Award and many others honors.

Past recipients of the award include developer Bob Mills, U.S. District Judge Walter Rice, entrepreneurs Clay and MaryAnn Mathile, Oscar Boonshoft, Brother Raymond Fitz, and more than 60 others, going back to the award’s first presentation in 1951.

The Presidents Club of Dayton will recognize Ross at its annual luncheon starting at 10 a.m. October 4 at the Dayton Convention Center.

Sponsorships and tables for the event are available by contacting Marcia Bostick at (937) 226-8225 or emailing at

The proceeds from this event go toward sustaining the scholarships at Sinclair Community College for active student volunteer leaders in our community.

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Dream job alert: Ohio’s first Legoland Discovery Center hiring 40 people

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 2:50 PM

            Ohio’s first LEGOLAND Discovery Center will open this fall in Columbus.
Ohio’s first LEGOLAND Discovery Center will open this fall in Columbus.

Ohio’s first Legoland Discovery Center is looking for 40 full-time and part-time employees in a July hiring push.

Open interviews at the indoor playground’s job fair will be July 13 to 15. The company is looking for experience in food and beverage, retail, admissions and custodial roles, according to a release.

Legoland will open Sept. 21 at the Easton Town Center in Columbus.

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Applicants can visit Legoland Discovery Center offices at 3991 Worth Ave., Columbus, from noon to 6 p.m. July 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15.

The 36,000-square foot facility is located in Easton’s current Station Building, next to the AMC movie theater. Easton is already home to a Lego store in the town center’s north district

The Discovery Center will have a range of Lego play areas including two interactive rides, master classes, special party rooms for celebrations and a cinema, according to Easton Town Center. The Discovery Center will also include a Miniland, which will reflect the iconic buildings of the Columbus area.

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Those looking to work for the company are encouraged to apply in advance on the Columbus Legoland website .


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Recalls: Ladders and scarves 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:35 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:30 PM


Dangerous ladders and women’s scarves are on this week’s list of recalled products from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.


One person has reportedly been hurt in a fall from a broken Werner Multipurpose Telescoping Aluminum ladder. 

There are five models with the following model numbers, date codes, and sizes, under recall: 

Date codes: 121744XX or 011844XX

  • MT-IAA-13A -13 feet
  • MT-IAA-17A- 17 feet
  • MT-IAA-22A -22 feet
  • MT-IAA-26- 26 feet
  • MT-IAA-26A-26 feet

The ladders were sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores between April 2018 and May 2018. 

Don’t use a recalled ladder and contact Werner at 888-523-3370 or return it to the store to receive a full refund. 

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Butterfly print women’s scarves by Yangtze are under recall because they do not meet flammability standards.

No injuries have been reported but don’t wear the recalled 100 percent silk scarves which were sold under the name “Long Georgette Silk Scarf Butterfly Print” exclusively at


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The scarves are approximately 67 x 22 inches and were sold in 11 colors from January 2017 through April 2018. 

Contact Yangtze Store at 877-861-1539 for a full refund. 

For more information on these and previous recalls visit

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Good Samaritan Hospital closing day set

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:57 PM


Good Samaritan Hospital will close 12:01 a.m. July 23.

Premier Health, which operates the hospital, shared the closing date late Friday afternoon.

Premier announced earlier this year that it would shut down Good Samaritan Hospital, moving 1,600 jobs out of northwest Dayton.

The Dayton-based health system had previously said it would close Good Samaritan no later than Aug. 29 but hadn’t set a specific date.

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The announcement has received some community backlash over the loss of the anchor institution, and a group of clergy in May filed a federal complaint saying the closure is a civil rights violation of black residents now served by the hospital.

Good Samaritan is the closest hospital for 38,600 people — 75 percent of them African American, according to a study of travel times by the Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University, the complaint stated. The complaint also states that the loss of the hospital will harm women through the loss of maternal health care in an area with high rates of infant mortality.

Premier leaders have said the closure was a difficult but necessary decision to reduce unnecessary duplication of services, pointing to the high number of empty beds and the high cost of maintaining an inefficient and out-of-date facility when Premier has another hospital in the city, Miami Valley.

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With hospital stays on the decline and health care shifting to outpatient centers, the need for large hospitals has declined, Premier officials have said. The hospital will be torn down, and Premier also plans to give $10 million toward redeveloping the site.

The hospital has already started winding down operations, and the emergency department will close at noon on July 19. The closing time was previously reported as 11:59 p.m. July 19 but the time has since changed. 

Obstetrics and gynecology was the first major health service to move out, and was transferred in April to Miami Valley Hospital.

The satellite locations – including Good Samaritan Health Center North in Englewood and Good Samaritan Health Center Huber Heights – will stay open but will be renamed Miami Valley to reflect the new main hospital they will be under.

The hospital dates back to 1928 when the Sisters of Charity and the community raised money to start construction on a new hospital in Dayton and has since been added on to many times.

Premier, with $1.7 billion in revenue, is the region’s largest private employer. Besides Good Samaritan, the health system operates Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center, as well as a large network of physicians.

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Teradata sues German tech giant

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

Teradata plans to move its headquarters in Maimi Township to San Diego were revealed in government filings earlier this month. More than 300 employees work at the Austin Landing location and could be gone be the end of 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Teradata plans to move its headquarters in Maimi Township to San Diego were revealed in government filings earlier this month. More than 300 employees work at the Austin Landing location and could be gone be the end of 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Teradata, a data and analytics company with a Dayton-area presence, this week sued SAP SE, SAP America, Inc. and SAP Labs, LLC (collectively known as “SAP”) in federal court for allegedly stealing Teradata’s intellectual property.

The action claims “trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement and antitrust violations,” on SAP’s part, Teradata said in an announcement on the lawsuit.

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SAP, a German technology giant, released a statement saying the lawsuit “surprised” it.

Teradata — which in recent weeks announced that it is closing its Miami Twp. offices by year’s end — charges that SAP has engaged in “a decade-long campaign of anti-competitive behavior, to the detriment of the parties’ customers and Teradata alike.”

Teradata said SAP “lured” it into a “purported” joint venture to gain access to Teradata’s intellectual property.

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“SAP’s purpose for the joint venture was to steal Teradata’s trade secrets, developed over the course of four decades, and use them to quickly develop and introduce a competing though inferior product, SAP HANA,” Teradata said in its statement. “Upon release of SAP HANA, SAP promptly terminated the joint venture, and SAP is now attempting to coerce its customers into using HANA only, to the exclusion of Teradata.”

Teradata seeks an injunction barring SAP’s conduct, monetary damages and other relief the court may see fit to grant.

Reuters news service has reported that Teradata’s lawsuit draws on allegations by a “whistle-blower” whom Reuters said has been identified as former internal SAP auditor Thomas Waldbaum.

In a statement, SAP said it was “surprised” to learn of the complaint.

“Although SAP generally does not comment on pending litigation, SAP may issue a statement, if appropriate, after it has had an opportunity to review the complaint,” the company said.

Earlier this month, Teradata said it was moving functions from its offices in Miami Twp.’s Austin Landing, affecting 267 of 306 Dayton-area jobs.

Teradata is offering 39 Dayton-area employees a chance to continue working in the Miami Valley. The company will also offer 202 Dayton-area employees a chance to move to other company locations.

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