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Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 11:28 AM
WEST CHESTER TWP. — IKEA West Chester opened 10 years ago this week at 9500 IKEA Way. The 344,000-square-foot store looms large off of Butler County’s Union Centre Boulevard exit and continues to be a big hit with shoppers near and far.
Here are a few things you may not have known about the store:
1. It’s offering a series of discounts through Saturday
To celebrate reaching the decade mark, IKEA West Chester on March 9 launched a week’s worth of family-friendly activities, marked down prices, gift cards, food and product giveaways.
The first 10 visitors each day through March 17 who present valid photo identification showing their birthday is March 12 will receive a $10 IKEA Gift Card.
Each day of the celebration features family-friendly activities such as “Kids eat FREE Tuesday,” face painting, balloon art, story time and an appearance by the Cincinnati Museum Center. For a complete list of activities, click here.
2. It donates to local organizations
IKEA West Chester generates a healthy profit margin, but it also gives back to numerous area organizations. Some of those who have been recipients of the retailer’s generosity are Lakota Local Schools, University of Cincinnati, Ronald McDonald House, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Artworks, Toys for Tots, Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, One Way Farm, Bethany House, First Step Home, Reach Out Lakota, Lighthouse Youth Services, Hannah’s Treasure Chest, and Cincinnati Red Cross.
3. 50 employees who started at the store are still there
The West Chester location employs 250 people, of which one-fifth are among the original employees who greeted shoppers when the store opened its doors March 12, 2008. A co-worker rally this week featured the store’s manager recognizing the milestone, plus cake and cupcakes. Employees who attained the decade-long milestone received a $500 IKEA gift card.
4. It’s eco-friendly
On Jan. 24, 2012, the store plugged-in a solar energy system installed there. The 128,000-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,026-kW system, built with 4,186 panels.
That investment by IKEA reinforces the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic technology. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or a power purchase agreement.
5. It was Ohio’s first IKEA
When it opened on 28 acres of a 56-acre parcel along I-75 at the southeastern corner of Allen and Muhlhauser roads, IKEA West Chester was the first and only Ohio store. New locations debuted 114 miles away in Columbus in June 2017 and 122 miles away near Indianapolis in October 2017.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:10 PM
PITTSBURGH — Hundreds of marchers took to the streets of Pittsburgh Thursday night, protesting the fatal police shooting of a teenager during a traffic stop Tuesday night.
Traffic was brought to a standstill as protesters spilled onto Pittsburgh’s Parkway East.
The protest is described by WPXI reporters on the scene as “tense,” but “peaceful so far.”
Marchers, holding signs and cell phones, sat down in the street, blocking traffic and causing a back up for miles.
Residents are angry and upset over the fatal police shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose.
Allegheny County police officials said that Rose was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in East Pittsburgh around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday because it fit the description of a car seen fleeing the area of a shooting in the nearby borough of North Braddock. As an officer handcuffed the driver of the car, which investigators said had bullet damage to the back window, Rose and a second passenger got out of the car and ran.
Footage of the shooting posted on Facebook Tuesday shows the scene from a distance. The 18-second video shows Rose and the other passenger, who has not been found by police, get out of the car and make a break for the yard between two nearby houses.
Three shots are heard and one of the passengers appears to fall into the grass.
Rose, who police officials said was struck three times, was taken to McKeesport Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Allegheny County medical examiner on Thursday ruled the teen’s death a homicide.
The East Pittsburgh police officer who shot and killed Rose was sworn in just hours before the fatal encounter.
Mayor Louis Payne told WPXI Wednesday that the unidentified officer who killed Rose previously spent seven years working in other departments, but confirmed that he was working his first shift following his official swearing in with the East Pittsburgh Police Department.
Cox Media Group’s Crystal Bonvillian contributed to this report.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:05 PM
DAYTON — Two Dayton recreation centers hosted the 2018 World's Largest Swimming Lesson this morning.
The Greater Dayton and Lohrey Recreation Centers taught basic water safety reminding everyone that learning to swim helps prevent drowning. More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2017.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for children ages one to four, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for children ages one to 14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors.
"The earlier you introduce kids to the water, the greater chance of survival," said Ian Morgan, the Head Life Saving Instructor for the City of Dayton. "When you enter a kid into water and teach them swim lesson one through four, you reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent."
In a 2014 survey completed by the American Red Cross, results indicated 54 percent of Americans either can't swim or don't have all of the basic swimming skills.
Other results show parents do not recognize that supervision is key.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:12 PM
MIAMISBURG — All activities related to the Miamisburg Bicentennial have been canceled for Thursday night due to inclement weather.
The schedule for Friday remains unchanged at this time.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:54 PM
MIAMISBURG — Miamisburg City Council has scheduled a meeting for Friday morning when the city manager is to enter into a contract agreement with Teamsters Local No. 957.
According to the notice released Thursday afternoon and signed by Mayor Richard Church Jr., the city and the union have reached a tentative agreement. The council declared emergency, meaning the contract will take effect immediately.
The city and its largest union have been in contract renegotiations since last year, with multiple attempts going unsuccessful.