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September 2012

Sidebar closes temporarily in Columbus

Sidebar 122 has closed its doors in Columbus.

The closure is temporary according to a letter posted under a notice from the Tax Commissioner announcing the suspension of the business’ vendor license.

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Note on Sidebar 122 door (contributed photo by Troy Liming)
“We have experienced a missed filing that has forced us to temporarily close. We anticipate having this issue resolved within the next 48 hours and look forward to once again offering you great food, fabulous drinks and wonderful service,” the letter to patrons says.

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The Columbus restaurant is an offshoot of the Sidebar that closed in July in the Oregon Historic District under controversial circumstances.

Restaurant owner Brian Higgins said the Dayton Sidebar location was in the process of being evicted by landlord Dr. Michael Ervin.

According to an article from Dayton Daily News retail and restaurant reporter Mark Fisher, Ervin claimed in July Sidebar and Higgins owed $34,723 in rent, back rent, late fees, utilities and taxes.

Click here to read more of the back story.

Sidebar employer said they were not paid.

Several people have expressed interest in the space.

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(Contributed photo by Troy Liming)

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Bachelors up for grabs

PUSH Dayton is hoping to net $8,000 by auctioning off 17 of the Dayton area’s most eligible guys.

The third annual Men in the City Charity Bachelor Auction is set to start 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Dayton Racquet Club, 40 North Main St., Dayton.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Click here for advance tickets and to take a look at the men up for grabs.

Although the event is designed to allow party-goers the “opportunity to mingle with like-minded professionals,” it has resulted in romance, organizer say.

PUSH co-chair Monica Deal met her now husband at the first auction. They are now parents.

Auction chairwoman Jennifer Shinkle is still dating the bachelor she “bought” at last year’s event.

This year’s crop ranges in age from age 22 to age 55. They include business owners, a state trooper, dancers, a writer and a meteorologist.

Last year’s event raised $5,000 and attracted 115 guests.

PUSH (Professionals United for Sexual Health) is a group of Planned Parenthood safe sex advocates. Proceeds will be used for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio’s free condom program and sexual health advocacy in the Miami Valley Region.

What do you think? Would you bid on a bachelor (bachelorette)?

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Is it worth it to get a flu shot?

Want to get people riled up? Post a question about the flu shot on Facebook.

People have very, very strong feels about the flu shot.

Some say it is not necessary and actually causes more harm than good. Others just don’t think they are at risk, don’t like shots or don’t think the vaccine works.

Amy, a nurse and friend, had this take when I posted a question on Facebook related to the legitimacy of the flu shot (Today’s medically relevant question: is it foolish not to get a flu shot or is the flu shot part of the alien takeover plot?):

“The flu kills more people per year than breast cancer, but I bet most women would take a breast cancer vaccine. Even if you aren’t in a high risk group, you probably have exposure to someone with asthma, an elderly person, or a baby at some time during flu season. If you get vaccinated, you can protect them as well as likely bypass a really nasty illness yourself.”

What do you think?

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Kettering woman wins top design at national contest

Kettering resident Rachel Vaughn designed her way to the top.

The 23-year-old was selected grand champion at the 12th annual Pillsbury Bakers Plus Creative Decorating Competition held earlier this month at the All Things Baking trade show in Houston.

Representing the Cakery on Woodman Drive in Riverside as well as the Ohio Baker’s Association, Vaughn placed in all five of the competition’s decorating contests and walked a way with the Pillsbury Bakers Plus Grand Champion Trophy and more than $3,000.

She is believed to be the first person from the Midwest to have been judged grand champion of the design competition. Vaughn bested nine other competitors.

Self-taught, Vaughn has worked for the Cakery four years.

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Non-profit receives $425,000 in donations, about $50,000 still needed

The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs has launched its “Lights, Camera, Action!” campaign as part of an $475,000 renovation effort.

About $50,000 is still needed.

Click here to learn more about donating.

Opened in 1929, the nonprofit art theater has never had a major remodel, according to a press release.

Its 35mm projectors date back to the1940s and is becoming obsolete as the movie industry is quickly phasing out 35mm film and moving to an all-digital format.

The theater wants to increase its floor incline to improve the sight lines and add a new screen, digital projection and sound and seats. Changes will be made to make the theater more handicap accessible.

The Little Art has already received sizable donations, including a $30,000 gift from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation and $250,000 from the Morgan Family Foundation.

The theater’s board, staff, and members have contributed another $145,000.

Those who donate $500 can have their name or the name of a loved on on a seat.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring. For more information, visit www.littleart.com.

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OVI checkpoint tonight near shopping, entertainment area

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has announced the location of the operating a vehicle while intoxicated checkpoint we told you about yesterday.

The checkpoint will begin at 9 p.m. on Indian Ripple Road just west of I-675 near the Greene in Beavercreek.

A checkpoint was held yesterday on U.S. 40 just outside of Vandalia.

Here are some statistics sent in from Lt. Mark Nichols of the Dayton Highway Patrol Post:

348 vehicles checked at the checkpoint
3 OVI arrests under 21 years old
11 OVI arrests over 21 years old
13 Driving under suspension arrests

What do you think? Do checkpoints make people think twice about drinking and driving?

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Miamisburg-raised, Middletown-born singer dies

Dorothy McGuire Williamson, the second oldest of the McGuire Sisters trio, died last week at her son’s home in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, according to the Associated Press.

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In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 1986 file photo, The McGuire Sisters, from left, Christine, Phyllis and Dorothy, pose outside Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey, File)

Born and Middletown and raised in Miamisburg, the sisters earned six gold records for hits including 1954’s “Sincerely” and 1957’s “Sugartime.”

Dorothy McGuire Williamson was 84 and had Parkinson’s disease and age-related dementia.

As children, she and her sisters Christine and Phyllis performed at Miamisburg First Church of God where their mother, Lillie Fultz, was an ordained minister.

The trio’s father Asa worked at Armco steel factory.

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Troopers to hold OVI checkpoint, do they work?

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will hold an operating a vehicle while intoxicated checkpoint in Greene County tomorrow.

The location of the checkpoint will be announced in the morning, according to a press release from Lieutenant D. L. Eck, commander of the Xenia Post said.

Checkpoints are funded by federal grant funds. They are designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

DO YOU THINK THE CHECKPOINTS WORK?

“Based on provisional data, there were 13,799 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roads in 2011, resulting in 401 deaths and 8,517 injuries, Eck said. “State troopers made 23, 708 OVI arrests last year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

What do you think?

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Would bike sharing work in the Dayton area? Group wants your opinion

Would you share a bike?

Local volunteers are researching the feasibility of introducing a bike share program to the Dayton region.

Their survey - part of the effort to make the community more bike-friendly - can be found at http://bit.ly/OSQI2R.

Bicycle sharing is a membership-based system of short-term bicycle rental. Organizers say is is gaining popularity globally “with the development of purpose-built bicycles and stations that employ high tech features like smartcards, solar power, and wireless internet and GPS technologies.”

Bike share members check out bicycle from automated stations and return the bike to one of the stations once they are done.

Here are a few benefits supports site:

User Cost Savings - Using bicycle share is less expensive than operating and owning a motor vehicle.

Travel Time Savings - For many short trips within the service area, bicycle share trips are likely faster and more convenient than using a motor vehicle.

Congestion Reduction - More people using bicycles may decrease the number of people using motor vehicles and therefore reducing traffic congestion.

Improved Public Heath - Bicycle share will increase active transportation and exercise.

What do you think?

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Vice President asks to borrow Centerville man’s motorcycle

By now, you may have seen the photo taken Sunday of Vice President Joe Biden chatting up bikers at the Cruisers Diner in Seaman (take a look at it below).

There was a very local connect to Biden’s visit.

According to a pool report from Tom Troy of the Toledo Blade posted by the Cincinnati Enquirer and others, Jeff Cook, of Centerville, and Faye and David McQuality of Englewood were at the counter when Biden showed up.

Here’s how The Hill and Fox News reports the banter went down based on the Troy’s account:

“Can I borrow one of your bikes?,” Biden asked. “They don’t let me ride anymore.”

“Probably not,” Cook said.

“Probably not,” Biden said.

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Vice President Joe Biden’s talks to customers at Cruisers Diner, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Seaman, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Trustees deny they are trying to shut down Kil-Kare

Despite rumors to the contrary, Xenia Twp. trustees say they are not trying to shut down Kil-Kare Raceway on Dayton-Xenia Road.

“We want to keep businesses in the county,” Trustee Amy Lewis said at Thursday night’s trustee board meeting. “We don’t want to run it out.”

More than 250 people packed the meeting. Most were longtime race car drivers, fans or Kil-Kare employees.

Kil-Kare Director of Operations Marshall Foiles said the raceway invited its supporters to the meeting in response to a previous meeting in which nearby residents complained about noise. Claims were made about widespread illegal activity such as underage drinking and late night revelry.

“We wanted to respond to those allegations in a public form,” Foilies said.

Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer said that criminal activity has been dramatically reduced at Kil-Kare under its new management. Fischer’s office responded to 34 calls to the raceway in 2011 and 19 this year through Tuesday. The racing season is nearly complete, he said.

Trustee Board Chairman Jim Reed said raceway was 1,000 percent welcome in the township.

He said he was baffled as to why so many people attended Thursday’s meeting as trustees had no plan to take any action concerning Kil-Kare.

The Xenia Twp. Board of Zoning Appeals voted in March in favor of a conditional use that allows Kil-Kare to hold concerts, festivals and outdoor activities such as haunted trails.

Last month, two residents complained about the race track at a trustees meeting. About 50 complained about it at an earlier board of zoning appeals meeting related to the race track’s application for similar activities on an additional 15 acres.

Kil-Kare in June withdrew its request for those activities on an additional 15 acres.

Based on complaints by nearby residents, Reed said trustees extended the area residents who live near Kil-Kare would have to be notified about conditional use applications from 500 feet to 1,000 feet. The township plans to purchase a decibel sound reader and review regulations on noise, lighting and similar issues as they relate to the newly approved uses for the site.

He said trustees have to balance the needs of residents and the race track.

“You want to see a business be successful, but you don’t want them to bully the neighbors,” he said.

Before storming out of the meeting, Kil-Kare owner David Coterel questioned Reed’s real motives.

“He’ll tell you that racing isn’t under fire,” Coterel said. “We are still under fire.”

See tomorrow’s Dayton Daily News for more information on this developing story.

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Browns Fans: Did you forgive Art Modell?

One of the most infamous people in Cleveland sports history died today at age 87.

Former Baltimore Raven owner Art Modell died of natural causes, according to the Associated Press.

I stopped watching NFL football the day Art Modell moved my Browns to Baltimore in 1996 and never really went back.

Since then, his name has conjured up thoughts of treachery in my mind.

Many say Modell’s treatment was not fair and he should be praised for all he did for football and Cleveland.

What do you think? Did you forgiven Art Modell for moving the Browns?

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