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West Chester school move blocked by zoning board

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 9:58 AM


            Community Montessori School in Olde West Chester had hoped to purchase the historic Station Road Schoolhouse Park property on Station Road. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Community Montessori School in Olde West Chester had hoped to purchase the historic Station Road Schoolhouse Park property on Station Road. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Plans for moving a West Chester Twp. Montessori school have been blocked by zoning board defeat.

Officials from the Community Montessori School in Olde West Chester had hoped to purchase a nearby historic school house and its property to expand its enrollment and grades offered.

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The West Chester Township Zoning Board, however, voted 3-1 against the move, with one member absent from the vote.

It ends for now any plans the Montessori school — currently located at 9035 Cincinnati Dayton Road — had to purchase the township’s Station Road Schoolhouse site less than a half-mile away on Station Road.

But school officials told the Journal-News they will continue to explore other moving options.

Zoning officials cited traffic concerns from the narrow and curvy, two-lane road in front of the historical site property.

“We were definitely disappointed,” said school owner Jamie Minniear, whose 50-student school instructs 3-year-olds through the fourth grade.

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Minniear said her school was going to build a 3,800-square-foot addition onto the historic school house at the site and expand its academic offerings up to the sixth grade.

The whole project, including the purchase price, was going to be around $750,000, according to Minniear.

“This is definitely a setback for our plans, but we are going to continue our search,” she said.

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West Chester Twp. Trustee Mark Welch echoed Minniear’s disappointment.

“I was a little disappointed because I was all for it,” said Welch.

The trustees had agreed to sell the property to her for $250,000.

Minniear said it’s too early to publicly discuss what other locations the school might investigate for a move.

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‘Robust’ police presence at Mason schools after 2 threats

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:16 PM


            A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said. FILE PHOTO
A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said. FILE PHOTO

A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said.

In a notice posted on Mason Schools’ website — and sent to school parents in the Warren County district — Mason officials said the district worked with Mason Police in their investigation of a threat posted in a restroom of the school.

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And a Mason Middle School student is under investigation for his threat made on a school bus, said officials.

The student allegedly stood up on the bus today (Thursday) and said he was going to shoot up the school on Friday, according to communications from the district.

“We will have a robust law enforcement presence at all of our schools on Friday, and will have other measures in place that we aren’t sharing publicly. We always support a parent’s decision to do what is in your best judgment when it comes to your child’s safety — and an absence will be counted as excused,” an email to parents from the district said.

“We understand how disturbing threats are for your family. They are for our Mason City Schools staff, too. We are all working hard to share the message that making a threat is very serious and has enormous consequences for the person who does so, and a community,” said officials.

Mason High School is the largest in Ohio and the school system’s enrollment is the biggest in Warren County.

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McDonald’s phasing out plastic straws at UK locations

Published: Saturday, April 07, 2018 @ 10:28 PM

File photo. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Mario Tama/Getty Images
File photo. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

McDonald’s is phasing out the use of plastic straws at its 1,300 locations in the United Kingdom, according to Sky News.

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Straws will only be available upon request, and restaurants also will start using paper straws in May. 

"Straws are one of those things that people feel passionately about, and rightly so, and we're moving those straws behind the front counter. If you come into McDonald's going forward, you'll be asked if you want a straw,” chief executive Paul Pomroy told Sky News. “The other thing we're looking to do is to move to recycled paper on the straws and biodegradable paper straws and that test, I'm really proud to say, will start next month."

Almost all the restaurant’s packaging is recyclable. 

"We've been on a journey over the past 10 years with recycling, from taking out foam and polystyrene to where we are now -- with Big Mac 'clam' boxes that are made with recycled board,” Pomroy said. “The only thing left for us to move forward on are the lids that go on to our cups. Those are complicated, but we're working with our suppliers to find a solution to that. We're really close, so we hope within the next year to be able to have a lid that's recyclable and serves the same purpose -- for hot and cold drinks.”

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McDonald's will implement touch-screen order kiosks

Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 5:13 AM

Touch-screen kiosks will allow customers at McDonald's to order their food quicker.
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Touch-screen kiosks will allow customers at McDonald's to order their food quicker.(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

It’s going to be easier to order a Happy Meal or a Big Mac.

McDonald's is installing touch-screen order kiosks at more than 3,800 restaurants nationwide, WXYZ reported.

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The machines will allow customers to order from the menu, and then use a credit or debit card to pay for the meal.

McDonald's is also bringing back table service. After you order, have a seat at a table and a server will bring you your meal, WXYZ reported.

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McDonald’s premieres new fresh beef Quarter Pounder 

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 5:18 PM

McDonald's has switched to cooked-to-order fresh beef in its quarter-pound burgers and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers.
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McDonald's has switched to cooked-to-order fresh beef in its quarter-pound burgers and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers.(McDonald's)

If your Quarter Pounder tastes different starting today or takes longer to be prepared, there’s a reason for that.

Atlanta is one of the eight places in the country where McDonald’s has rolled out its overhauled burger.

According to a Tuesday news release, the chain said that burger will be made with beef that isn’t frozen and the patties won’t be cooked before you order them.

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The restaurant announced a move toward fresher meat in March 2017. To make the change viable, refrigeration equipment had to be added to stores.

“All McDonald’s fresh beef quarter-pound burgers use 100 percent beef with absolutely no fillers, additives or preservatives,” the release said.

McDonald's has switched to cooked-to-order fresh beef in its quarter-pound burgers and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers.(McDonald's)

“Over the past two years, we have been listening to our customers and evolving our business to build a better McDonald’s,” McDonald’s USA President Chris Kempczinski said in the release. “We are proud to bring our customers a hotter and juicier quarter-pound burger at the speed and convenience they expect from us.”

The national roll out includes 3,500 locations in Charlotte, North Carolina, Memphis, Tennessee, Miami, Nashville, Tennessee, Orlando, Florida, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Salt Lake City.

These changes also apply to the fast-food chain’s Signature Crafted Recipe selections.

The release said the switch is expected to come to the rest of the contiguous United States by early May.

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