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Submissions due today for Dayton project wish list

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:30 AM


Ideas are due today for the annual wish list for federal and state project spending.

The Dayton Region Priority Development & Advocacy Committee (PDAC) is looking for community or government-based projects that will benefit the Dayton area.

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Some of the projects that the committee has chosen to lobby for in the past include new airport infrastructure, defense-related investments, improvements to area colleges and funding for local arts centers.

All project information will be posted on the Coalition’s website for public review.

“Our goal for PDAC is to help find the community projects that will have the most significant impact in the Dayton region,” Jeff Hoagland, Dayton Development Coalition president and CEO, previously said. “This valuable process helps our community speak with one voice to our state and federal delegations, and share the many ways our partners are working to make our community a better place to live.

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Is Dayton’s water supply safe? 5 questions answered for you 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:04 AM

Firefighting foam chemicals found in Dayton wellfield monitoring wells

A new study finds that chemical compounds in firefighting foam — like that once used at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and at the Dayton Fire Training Center — may pose more of a risk in drinking water than previously thought.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study indicates the level of polyfluoralkyl substances, or PFAS, at which health risks might be expected is startlingly close to the 7 to 13 parts per trillion recently detected in water leaving a Dayton plant.

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Here are five questions answered:

1. Where the chemicals found?

The chemical compounds turned up in March at Dayton’s Ottawa Water Treatment Plant, the first time the compounds — believed to be safe when below 70 ppt for lifetime exposure — were detected in water after the treatment process.

2. Should residents be worried? 

Michael Powell, director of the city of Dayton Water Department, reiterated Thursday that the public has little to fear, but said the city is stepping up testing — including trying to pinpoint the source of the compounds. The city has more than 300 monitoring wells, adding 80 in the last six months. Already, a number of wells have been shut down in fear of drawing more PFAS into the system.

3. What’s going on with Wright-Patterson’s water supply?

“Ohio believes strongly WPAFB needs to be more proactive to address PFAS at its source before this contamination can impact additional drinking water wells (either Dayton’s or WPAFB’s). Ohio EPA continues to focus on ensuring Dayton’s and WPAFB’s drinking water wells remain below the current U.S. EPA health advisory level in both water systems,” according to a statement to this news organization.

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Base officials responded: “Wright-Patterson is committed to protecting human health and ensuring safe drinking water and continues to comply with Ohio EPA requirements. We expect to award a contract later this month on an expanded site inspection which will include continued quarterly sentinel well monitoring at the base boundary as well as the installation of additional monitoring wells. We will also continue to meet with the Ohio EPA and other stakeholders monthly to share analytical data.”

4. What do public officials have to say about the issue?

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, applauded the release of the draft findings Thursday, which he had pushed the administration to do.

“This is a matter of public health and safety,” Turner said in a statement. “Based on this information, I encourage federal, state, and local environmental regulators to examine whether they are appropriately communicating the risks presented by and adequately addressing the presence of PFOS and PFOA in drinking water. We must ensure agencies at all levels are using the most reliable data and best available science to ensure our drinking water remains safe.”

5. What do the experts say?

Joyce Dinglasan-Panlilio, chair of the Sciences and Mathematics Division and associate professor of environmental chemistry at the University of Washington-Tacoma, said it’s difficult to say whether Dayton’s water can be considered safe or not.

“Having investigated these compounds for a long time now, I do want people to know that these are synthetic compounds that have no known natural sources,” she said in an email Thursday. “Thus, finding them in drinking water at any level should be something we take seriously.”

The Dayton Daily News is comitted to bringing you in-depth investigations on issues that matter in your community. Read reporters Chris Stewart and Thomas Gnau’s special report on water issues in Dayton. 

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JUST IN: Mexican restaurant to build new area location

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:57 AM


La Piñata Mexican Grill & Bar has plans to build a new standalone restaurant in Centerville.

The restaurant has submitted plans to build the restaurant at the intersection of Sheehan Road and Ohio 48 at the site of a former Coldwell Banker location.

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La Piñata has a location just a block away at 1069 S Main St. in the same shopping center as the Kroger Marketplace. City officials said that restaurant will be closed when the new building is built.

Plans show the new restaurant will have an outside patio that will seat 36 and the inside will seat 127. It will also include a new “tequila bar” and will have enough space so that on busy days workers aren’t “trying to play Tetris” to get around the restaurant, said co-owner of the family business Javier Mata.

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The new location should open by the end of the year at the latest, said Mata. Mata expects the restaurant will need to close for around three days to make the move.

Coldwell Banker Heritage opened a new modern office at 8534 Yankee St. that it renamed it Coldwell Banker at Yankee Centre.


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Fifth Third Bank to lay off undisclosed number of employees

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:38 AM

In 2016, Fifth Third Bank had nearly 50 branches and 700 employees in the Dayton area. The stadium where the Dayton Dragons play is also named for the bank. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
In 2016, Fifth Third Bank had nearly 50 branches and 700 employees in the Dayton area. The stadium where the Dayton Dragons play is also named for the bank. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

Fifth Third Bancorp is cutting jobs in the region, bank officials are telling the media.

The company is not discussing the number of employee layoffs or how many are happening in the Dayton area.

No notice of layoffs appeared on the state’s “WARN” (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice Act) notice board of early Friday. Typically, larger companies that lay off 50 or more employees within 30 days are required by law file a WARN notice with the state’s Department of Job and Family Services.

A Fifth Third spokesman said Friday the bank needs to make “adjustments when there is not a good match-up between staffing, market demand and the operating environment.”

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“Fifth Third has long had an approach of managing staff carefully and making ongoing adjustments,” Fifth Third spokesman Larry Magnesen said in an email. “That has helped avoid large, broad-based reductions.”

The Cincinnati-based company is still hiring for certain critical skills, and has about 1,122 open positions. More than 500 of those openings are posted on our a Fifth Third recruiting web site.

“It’s worth noting that the bank’s total employment in greater Cincinnati of about 7,500 employees is up by 800 over the last five years or so (since year-end 2013),” Magnesen said.

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He added: “Clearly, staffing adjustments increase efficiency. That is a priority of the bank in order to invest in the capabilities in terms of expertise and technology to address our customers’ evolving needs.”

Fifth Third mets its goal of closing some 105 branches by June 2016, Greg Carmichael, the bank’s president and chief executive, told this news outlet in August 2016.

At the time, the bank had 47 branches and about 700 employees in the Dayton market.

Fifth Third’s board elected Carmichael, a University of Dayton graduate, its chairman early in 2018.

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Want a cheap weekend trip? Avoid this popular Ohio city 

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 10:10 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:55 AM

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day

Cincinnati is the most expensive destination in the Midwest, according to the latest survey conducted by

The survey compared 30 Midwestern cities based on the cost of lodging during May 2018. Most Midwestern cities see their highest visitor numbers during the spring, and hotel rates reach their peak during this time.

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In Cincinnati, travelers will have to spend $186 per night, on average, to stay in the cheapest available double room. It has to be noted that only centrally-located hotels rated at least three stars have been considered by the survey. Dayton didn’t even make the list of cities of traveler destinations.

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Rounding out the top three: Madison, Wis. and Ann Arbor, Mich., both with average rates of $184 per night for the cheapest double room. Chicago is surprisingly affordable: it ranks 8th priciest in the Midwest at an average of $157 per night.

This list compares compares 30 destinations in the Midwest based on the average rate for their cheapest available double room (3-stars and above) from May 1–31, 2018:

  1. Cincinnati, OH $186
  2. Madison, WI $184
  3. Ann Arbor, MI $184
  4. Fort Wayne, IN $179
  5. Grand Rapids, MI $174
  6. Indianapolis, IN $169
  7. Kansas City, MO $164
  8. Chicago, IL $157
  9. Columbus, OH $147
  10. Detroit, MI $141
  11. Des Moines, IA $135
  12. Cleveland, OH $134
  13. Omaha, NE $134
  14. Peoria, IL $129
  15. Rockford, IL $124
  1. Lincoln, NE $124
  2. Saint Paul, MN $121
  3. Saint Louis, MO $117
  4. Springfield, MO $117
  5. Rochester, MN $112
  6. Minneapolis, MN $107
  7. Sioux Falls, SD $107
  8. Springfield, IL $107
  9. Cedar Rapids, IO $105
  10. Milwaukee, WI $104
  11. Bismarck, ND $104
  12. Toledo, OH $94
  13. Green Bay, WI $94
  14. Topeka, KS $97
  15. Wichita, KS $87

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