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Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 7:01 PM
DAYTON — Some community members are asking ALDI representatives to reconsider closing the West Dayton location, which they say would exacerbate an already troubling lack of access to fresh and healthy food items in the area.
Jamica Garrison, co-founder and board member of the community group Neighborhoods Over Politics, is encouraging community members write ALDI to ask company officials to rethink plans to shutter its store at 4303 W. Third St. in the Westown Shopping Center.
Garrison and others say many people who live in West Dayton and patronize ALDI do not have other options nearby to get buy reasonably priced and healthy food products.
Garrison said she believes it is not too late for ALDI to change course.
“I’m a person of great faith and I believe that God changes the heart of man,” she said. “So I believe it’s not over until it’s over — until we see the ‘closed’ sign on the door, there’s still hope.”
On Friday, Dayton officials announced that ALDI plans to shutter the Westown store.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said she was very disappointed that officials with the supermarket chain did not reach out to the city before deciding not to renew the lease.
She said ALDI officials could have started a conversation with the city and the community to try to figure out how to make that location viable and remain open.
ALDI representatives indicated that foot traffic was down, Whaley said, but the shopping center is 100 percent occupied and its owners say its customer base has been steady.
“To make the decision and just close with no communication to the community doesn’t show that they are good community partners,” Whaley said.
Residents who have vehicles will be able to drive to Kroger on West Siebenthaler Avenue, about 4 miles north of the shopping center, or other stores in the Dayton area, said Garrison, who regularly shops at the Westown location.
But residents who walk or ride the bus to ALDI will be hard pressed to find a replacement, she said.
Garrison said if ALDI representatives will not reconsider staying open, hopefully at very least company officials will give the community an explanation for why they are shutting down what to many people is an important business.
She urges community members to contact ALDI and express their support for keeping the business open.
If ALDI decides to leave, the city of Dayton and Westown hopefully will work with the community to find a suitable replacement for the business — not a retailer or grocer of lesser quality and products that does not offer fresh produce and other nutritional items, Garrison said.
“My hope is before a decision is made they have a townhall with residents to find out what they want,” she said.
Nathan Karn, who works at Westown center, said many ALDI customers come by bus to shop, and now they will have to travel much farther for groceries and will have to transport them much farther distances.
“It’s going to be devastating, especially because we have a lot of senior citizens come this way by bus,” he said.
Crystal Nash, 34, who lives on the west side, said she visits ALDI daily to buy food and meals .
She said ALDI is 15 minutes from her home by bus, which is really convenient, and she doesn’t know where she get groceries if it closes.
She may not be able to shop as frequently, which could make her trips more of a hassle.
“With me riding the bus, it may be more difficult because I would have to catch a cab if I were to get a whole lot of groceries,” she said.
Gloria Landis, 79, who lives outside Trotwood, says she has shopped at ALDI in the Westown center at least once a week for many years, dating back to its opening.
The store is a roughly 7-minute drive from her home.
Landis expects to patronize ALDI’s Englewood location because she likes the chain’s products and prices.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:16 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:28 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 9:27 a.m.:
Dayton police are looking for the driver of the vehicle that split in two pieces after its rear struck a DP&L pole Sunday morning.
The vehicle, a black 1989 Pontiac Bonneville, was stolen out of Huber Heights and was involved in a pursuit in Englewood earlier in the night, according to a Dayton police report.
The front of the vehicle was found approximately 30 yards south of the rear on its top near the intersection of North Main Street and Delaware Avenue, according to the report.
Police reported seeing a trail of blood from the car to a wooded area.
A K9 from an outside agency attempted to track the driver but was unsuccessful, the report said.
Police were dispatched to the intersection of N. Main Street and Delaware Avenue Sunday after a car split in half on impact.
The accident occurred at approximately 4:48 a.m.
Witnesses say the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and swerved into a pole to avoid a semi-truck, causing the car to split in half on impact. The driver was seen crawling out of the car and fled the scene.
Police are using a K9 to track the suspect.
It is unknown at this time if the driver sustained any injuries.
No other vehicles were involved.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:47 PM
NEW CARLISLE — A celebration took place earlier today at the New Carlisle Fire Station to celebrate the city being designated a Purple Heart City. The city will post signs at the entrances to the city designating that it’s a Purple Heart City.
The city of New Carlisle was named a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2014, according to Mayor Ethan Reynolds. The honor means the city has many veterans who served in the armed forces.
“Our city is very close to the base and many young men and women go in and serve the military,” said Reynolds. “Unfortunately, some have been wounded and this is a way for us to honor them and show them respect.”
The idea for the event came after a citizen, David Bauer--a Vietnam veteran and a Purple Heart recipient--came to him and asked about why the city didn’t celebrate being named a Purple Heart City when it happened.
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces wounded in combat with an enemy force, or posthumously to the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces killed in combat.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 7:40 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:37 PM
MIAMI COUNTY — UPDATED @ 9:40 p.m.:
Four people--one male, one female, and two children--were displaced after a house fire in Piqua, Captain Paul Brown confirmed.
Initial reports stated that a woman in a wheelchair was stuck, screaming in the house when neighbors assisted her out safely. Two children got out safely as well.
No one was injured, and the damage estimate is roughly $45,000 for the structure and its contents.
A two-story house fire left the inside with extensive fire damage, according to the Northern Bureau Chief for WHIO-TV Steve Baker.
Crews were dispatced at 4:50 p.m. to 524 First Street in the Shawnee Section of Piqua.
There are no apparent injuries, but the American Red Cross is on scene to help displace the family.
It is unsure of how many people are being displaced.
The County Fire Investigator is also on scene helping to determine the cause of fire.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 8:42 PM
MIAMI VALLEY — Huber Heights and Troy announced new Urgent Care Center openings during two open houses earlier today and yesterday, according to a release.
The Premier Health Urgent Care in Huber Heights is located at 8290 Old Troy Pike and the Premier Health Urgent Care in Troy is located at 1843 W. Main Street, with both officially opening on Monday, June 25.
Each location will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. every day of the week, and will be staffed by local advanced practice providers.
These two new locations will handle a variety of health care needs from minor illnesses to injuries. Providers will also be able to conduct school and sports physicals, administer vaccinations, diagnostic testing, X-rays, and more.
Patients will be able to register for an appointment time online and wait in the comfort of their own home up until the time of their appointment. Walk-in appointments will also be available through the convenient registration at self-check-in kiosks. Individuals who check-in on-site may leave to run errands while they wait for their time to arrive, and be alerted through mobile devices when their appointment is getting close so they don’t risk losing their spot in line.