New York Times editor calls Yellow Springs ‘one of the best places in the world to visit’

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 10:24 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:16 PM

Monica Drake is an assistant managing editor. She oversees new digital features and projects.
Credit: Béatrice de Géa
Monica Drake is an assistant managing editor. She oversees new digital features and projects.(Credit: Béatrice de Géa)

The newest member of the New York Times masthead and the former editor of its travel section thinks rather highly of Yellow Springs, Ohio. 

In fact, Monica Drake insists that the Greene County community is one of the best places in the world to visit, according to a press release from the Times. 

That should come a no surprise. 

Yellow Springs is Drake’s hometown. 

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She just gave Yellow Springers yet another thing to be proud of. 

It was recently announced that Drake will be overseeing new digital features and projects as The Gray Lady’s assistant managing editor.

Her name will appear with other high-ranking editors listed in the Times’ daily masthead.

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and the newspaper’s managing editor Joe Kahn said this of Drake in a note to staff members: 

“Having Monica join the masthead is a testament to the importance of her new job and our belief that the Times newsroom should play a leading role in securing our economic future, just as it did in the 1970s when a host of new sections broadened the paper’s appeal. But it is also a tribute to the fact that she is one of our strongest newsroom leaders and should have a voice in our discussions about hiring, promotions and coverage.” 

Drake married Greg Winter, now the newspaper’s deputy international editor, in Yellow Springs in 2006. 

At the time of the wedding, her mother -- Dr. Kathleen Glover, an internist who specializes in reproductive health -- lived in the village. 

Her father, Macarthur Drake, Sr., was an attorney in Gary, Ind. 

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Before assuming her current role, Drake was the New York Times’ senior editor over its travel section.  

In October, she received 9,000 applications from writers hoping to travel to the Times’ 2018 picks for 52 Places to Go.

Before that, she worked on the Time’s culture desk. 

The graduate of Columbia’s journalism school and Yale University joined the newspaper as an intern in 1998 and became a copy editor in 2001. 

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Drake is set to begin to start Surfacing, “a cross-platform column that will focus on subcultures around the world.”

The newspaper is looking for reporters who can “tell image-driven stories focusing on subcultures using tools like Instagram, Snapchat, photography, video and more” for Surfacing. 

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Stray dog named Publix rescued, then adopted by his guardian angel

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

400778 02: A Publix Super Market is seen early February 8, 2002 in Norcross, GA. (Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)
Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images
400778 02: A Publix Super Market is seen early February 8, 2002 in Norcross, GA. (Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)(Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

A stray dog who lingered around a former Publix grocery store in metro Atlanta for a year has finally found a loving home. The story behind the adoption is heartwarming.

The animal shelter PAWS Atlanta posted Publix's story Friday on its Facebook page. Shelter staff said a woman came rushing to the office Thursday as it was closing, asking if they had Publix.

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Publix was a dog that shelter staff and concerned residents had been trying to rescue for a year. In December, shelter staff were able to rescue the dog and house him at the shelter. The woman who visited the facility Thursday evening knew the dog well; she called him Buddy. She said the dog would visit her shop and she would feed him, and the two had developed a close bond. When the dog disappeared in December, she had feared the worst.


The woman was overjoyed to learn that PAWS Atlanta had Publix, after a friend alerted her when she saw the photo of the dog on the shelter's Instagram feed.

Shelter staff said Publix was thrilled to see the woman who had been so kind to him, and that they'd never seen Publix so happy or animated.

The woman decided to adopt Publix, making for the happiest of endings for all involved.

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When sports and games meet happy hour... Get to know Dayton Sportcial

Published: Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

Love playing sports, then unwinding at the bar and making new friends? Dayton Sportcial is the social sports league for you. Photo contributed by Dayton Sportcial.
Love playing sports, then unwinding at the bar and making new friends? Dayton Sportcial is the social sports league for you. Photo contributed by Dayton Sportcial.

From childhood playground games to picnic pastimes, Dayton Sportcial combines fun and recreation with camaraderie and community building.  

Sportcial — the brainchild of Raph Carranza and PJ Falter — organizes a variety of leagues, tournaments and special events in and near downtown Dayton.

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Fifth Street Brewpub teamed up with Dayton Sportcial to host a local Beer Olympics on Sunday, February 25, in conjunction with the closing ceremony for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeong Chang. TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

Leagues that are currently under way include:

• Kickball (Kettering Field)

• Cornhole (Dayton Beer Company)

• Volleyball (Lohrey Recreation Center)

Fifth Street Brewpub teamed up with Dayton Sportcial to host a local Beer Olympics on Sunday, February 25, in conjunction with the closing ceremony for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeong Chang. TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

Leagues that are coming soon:

An eight-week skee-ball league gets under way at DK Effect on May 2 and a seven-week Wiffle ball league starts on May 16 at Bomberger Park. 

Sportcial organizes a variety of leagues, tournaments and special events in and near Downtown Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

How it got started

It all began in 2015 after Carranza and Falter played on a softball team together for the first time.  

“We started talking about playing in another league that was more social but, after asking around, we found out that a previous league had closed up shop,” Carranza said. “Having moved around a lot, we agreed that the easiest way to make friends was through fun games. We decided then that we should revive the idea.”  

Since its inception, more than 600 unique players – 1,500 total registrants – have participated in one or more of the many Sportcial leagues.  

“We find that a problem with a lot of adult leagues is competitiveness,” Falter said. “Don’t get me wrong, competition can be fun, but our primary goal is connecting people and building community. We find that by really focusing on sports that are not mainstream, people are put at ease, don’t fear embarrassment, and are more likely to let go and have fun.” 

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Sportcial organizes a variety of leagues, tournaments and special events in and near Downtown Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

How you win in Sportcial?

Carranza and Falter share how they gauge Sportcial’s success:  

How well did we connect people?

“We’ll see people who play or played on different teams having a drink or working together on a project around town. We have some very inspiring people that play in our leagues and they are doing great things in the community. Through our leagues and events, people have a low-pressure way of connecting and finding others who have similar motivations. Seeing the personal and professional relationships grow let’s us know we are succeeding – we just had our first engagement of two players that met in our league.”  

How well did we create community?

“Dayton is our home. All of our leagues and bars are downtown – that’s on purpose. Our players drive from Springfield to Springboro to play, and we want to showcase our city. We’ve had players tell us they didn’t particularly care about downtown, but now love coming downtown, and have even moved downtown. The city of Dayton is making some big strides, and we’re happy we can show off all the great things going on downtown.”  

How well did we build business?

“The success of the businesses we bring our party to is our success. We bring 100-plus people to a bar on a weeknight. One of our bars experiences a 167-percent increase in sales when we’re there. That is awesome, but an even more telling impact is seeing Sportcial shirts out on the town after our events and, even more so, them coming back to that bar when we aren’t there. We also spend our money locally. In addition to for-profits, we push the success of organizations that align with our mission. UpDayton, Generation Dayton, city of Dayton, and Brigid’s Path are some of the groups that we work with.”  

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Sportcial organizes a variety of leagues, tournaments and special events in and near Downtown Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

GIVE IT A TRY  

Upcoming Leagues  

May 2: Skee-ball  

May 16: Wiffle ball  

May 16: Sportcial Golf: Basics, Bogeys and Beers  

June 4: Industry League  

June 13: Cornhole: Recreational  J

une 14: Cornhole: Competitive  

June 14: Ultimate Frisbee: For Starters  

June 21: Kickball  

Sunday FunDays  

For those who want the fun with less commitment – one-day events that can fit into most people’s schedule that involve some sort of game that takes you outside of your comfort zone.  

April 22: Day at the Races  

May 20: Dayton Dragons Game  

June 10: Skydiving  

June 24: Ice cream bike ride  

July 22: River Float  

More info: WebsiteFacebook

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Why these ‘rowdy’ Dayton kids made a real ruckus in the Oregon District

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:32 PM

Stivers School for the Arts students took part in a New Orleans-style second line to raise awareness of DVAC’s 24th Annual Art Auction.
Photo: Amelia Robinson
Stivers School for the Arts students took part in a New Orleans-style second line to raise awareness of DVAC’s 24th Annual Art Auction.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Oregon District diners simply were not ready. 

A dozen or so rambunctious Dayton kids roamed up and down the district 

and in and out of its restaurants, bars and shops Thursday evening.

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The Stivers School for the Arts students swayed and stepped to the theme from the HBO show “Treme” that two classmates played on a trombone and a trumpet.   

The New Orleans-style second line of student artists was led by Eva Buttacavoli, the executive director of the Dayton Visual Arts Center.

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>> The region’s premiere arts event showcases the best Dayton has to offer

They carried some of the artwork included in DVAC’s 24th Annual Art Auction, which will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Ponitz Center, 741 W. Washington St., Dayton. 

Tickets for the event are $50 for DVAC members, $60 for nonmembers and $75 at the door. 

INFO & TICKETS: daytonvisualarts.org | 937-224-3822

We were with the students as they made a ruckus in the name of art in a handful of Fifth Street businesses that included  Bonnett’s Book Store; Blind Bob’s; Lucky’s Taproom, Goodwill, Lily’s Bistro and Corner Kitchen.

Buttacavoli gave away free tickets to surprised diners and shoppers along the way. 

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Our favorite things to do in the spring in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:03 PM

Looking for a summer spot that has all the features of a perfect patio? Check this out! (Image provided by TJ Chumps)
Looking for a summer spot that has all the features of a perfect patio? Check this out! (Image provided by TJ Chumps)

Well, it’s officially spring and has been for awhile. But this might be a weekend that actually feels like spring.

Find your happy place with 10 things to look forward to when the warm sunshine returns. 

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Inside the Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum Metropark on Springboro Pike. CONTRIBUTED

1. A WALK IN THE PARK

There's no better way to welcome spring than with a beautiful hike through nature. The Dayton-area has an overabundance of scenic parks and trails, and they each offer something a little different. If you’re just interested in taking in some beautiful scenery, we recommend a walk through the paths at Cox Arboretum or a walk through the beautiful Charleston Falls. Looking for a more rigorous hike? Try the trails at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs. 

>> 6 of Dayton’s best trails to walk in the spring

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>> RELATED: Where to take a nature hike in Dayton

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A view from the fountains at The Greene in Beavercreek. CONTRIBUTED

2. A DAY SHOPPING OUTDOORS

There's just something about spending money while also taking in some fresh air. Spend a day at The Greene in Beavercreek for a complete shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Shop in tons of great stores, including anchor store Von Maur. Grab a quick bite at Potbelly or E.O. Burger or enjoy a sit-down meal and drinks at places like The Cheesecake Factory, Fleming’s, Bar Louie, The Pub and more. If you want a more unique shopping/dining experience, head to Yellow Springs instead. The village is known for its unique shops and dining destinations, including Ha Ha Pizza, The Winds Café, The Sunrise Café, Peach’s Grill (noted as one of Dayton’s best patios) and the Yellow Springs Brewery. 

 >> Check out three new, independent restaurants coming to The Greene

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Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs offers more than 50 flavors of creamy, delicious homemade ice cream. Heaven! CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

3. ICE CREAM!!!

Sure, you can eat ice cream anytime you want. But ice cream can also be an experience. Especially if it’s at Young’s Dairy!! Spend the day at the dairy barn and see animals, impress your date by showing off your skills in the batting cages or take in a game of putt-putt golf. If you’re hungry, you can grab a casual lunch at The Dairy Store or some comfort food at the Golden Jersey Inn. End your day with a delicious ice cream treat with Young’s homemade ice cream. We recommend the Buckeye sundae. It’s a peanut butter and chocolate lover's dream.

>> RELATED: 7 great places to get frozen treats in Dayton

4. PATIO DRINKING AND DINING!!!

One of the best parts about spring is taking your dining and drinking experience outdoors. Dayton area bars and restaurants have some amazing patios to grab a quick drink or a full meal. Here are a few of our favorite patios: El Meson in West Carrollton, The Winds Café in Yellow Springs, The Trolley Stop and Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon District, Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton, Basil’s Dayton with a river view and The Dublin Pub in the Oregon District.

>> Your guide to the best patios in Dayton

You know spring has arrived when Dragons baseball begins. Heater and Gem and the rest of the Dragons will play at home Sunday through Friday. (Source: Contributed)

5. A DAY AT THE BALLPARK

A true sign of spring and warm weather is Dayton Dragons baseball. A Dragons game should be on everyone’s Dayton bucket list. Even if you aren’t into baseball, Dragons games offer a fun experience for all ages. It’s the perfect setting for a family outing, to enjoy a beer and baseball with friends or even a date.

>> 7 things to get excited about this Dayton Dragons season

>> 7 places to get game-day grub near the Dragons ballpark

>> RELATED: How to make the most out of a Dragons game

Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies

6. FOOD TRUCKS!!!!

Oh, sweet heavenly food trucks. A sure sign of spring is when you can get your paws on a Fat Cat Burger from McNasty’s, devour a bite-sized mac and cheese croquette from Hunger Paynes, or feast on a Pig Apple sandwich from PA’s Pork.

>> RELATED: Dayton food truck guide

Take a spin on one of the more than 300 miles of connected trails in the Miami Valley. CONTRIBUTED

7. A SCENIC BIKE RIDE

One of the best things about living in the Dayton area is a wonderful, interconnected system of bike paths that allow you the flexibility to take a short ride or basically bike across the entire Miami Valley. This is the perfect activity if you want some quiet reflection time while getting some great exercise, or something you can do alongside friends and family. Choose your own biking adventure with more than 300 miles of trails in the region.

>> RELATED: 10 things to know about Miami Valley bike trails

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