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Omarosa in Dayton today for grand opening and you can see her

The friendships forged in college don’t always last. 

But it turns out that the one Dayton realtor Shannon Jackson and Omarosa Manigault-Newman formed in a Central State University communications class 26 years ago was made out of super strong stuff. 


“We connected on so many different levels,” said Manigault-Newman, a reality TV star and former assistant and a director of communications in the President Donald Trump administration. “She’s has had my back through good times and bad times and through rough patches.” 

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Manigault Newman, who is often referred to as just Omarosa, will have Jackson’s back today as Jackson and Kurt Jackson — her husband of 8 years and an agent for 25 years — open their HER Realtors office at 1024 W. Third St. in Dayton’s historic Wright-Dunbar neighborhood.  

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There will be a 12:30 p.m. flyover in Xenia today at Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport led by Allan B. Taylor, Jackson’s brother, to recognize the neighborhood’s aviation heritage.  

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The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at the new office. 

Jackson said she chose the neighborhood partly because it is central located, as her business serves all of the Miami Valley. 

She said she also is happy to contribute to Wright-Dunbar  revitalization. The building also contains the City of Dayton’s Innerwest Priority Board office. 

“I want to see the westside grow and develop, and I want to be a part of it,” Jackson said. 

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The office will have about 10 to 15 agents, Jackson said. 

Manigault-Newman now lives in Jacksonville, Florida and married Pastor John Allen Newman, the senior pastor of The Sanctuary at Mount Calvary, last year. 

An ordained minister herself, Manigault-Newman works with her husband. The Youngstown native studied at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton and the Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce. 

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She said she and Jackson both share a deep connection to their mothers and keep faith as the center of everything they do. 

 “Our marriages are based on hope, faith and love,” she said. “This move into her new physical space is a move so she can help the community more. So people can experience the greatest thing you can as an American and that is to be a homeowner.” 

Women smashing their way into upcoming firefighter challenge 

Women are about to smash a glass ceiling, and it should come as no surprise. 

These ladies carry hammers and axes.

Jake Preston, the organizer of the annual Hunks and Ladders calendar, said this year’s Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Challenge will be co-ed for the very first time. 

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That means female firefighters will battle for glory at the event set to start at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at The Greene, 4450 Buckeye Lane in Beavercreek. 

Preston said he is excited to have ladies included in the fund-raiser.  

“Why not let our sisters in the fire and EMS services take a crack at it?” he said.  

Firefighters try to woo the crowd as one-by-one they compete in an obstacle course during the challenge. 

The event also will include a performance by the band Stranger, beer sales and other activities. 

Funds raised at the free event and from sales of the 2018 Hunks and Ladders calendar benefit A Special Wish Foundation Inc., Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association and Pink Ribbon Driven.

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Preston is searching for this year’s competitors. 

The fitness challenge is open to all Ohio firefighters. 

Audience members and judges — this writer included — will help select the top 12 firefighters for the 2019 Hunks and Ladders calendar.

A champion will be belted and receive a $1,000 travel gift certificate. The second-place winner will receive a $500 gift certificate and the third-place winner will receive a $250 gift certificate. 

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Hunks and Ladders was started in 1987 as a fundraiser for the burn unit at Children’s Hospital. 

The 1988 calendar was Hunks and Ladders’ first. 

All 118 firefighters featured in the project’s 30 years are featured in this year’s calendar, which is on sale now at the Dayton Firefighters Credit Union, 338 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton. 

The calendars also will be sold at the combat challenge in July.  

Through the years, Hunks and Ladders firefighters were recognized by talk show host Oprah Winfrey and appeared on Phil Donahue’s national show. 

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The first combat challenge was held in 2015. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge

WHEN: Begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21

WHERE:The Greene, 4450 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek

COST: Free 

INFO: or Facebook

Folks behind one of Dayton’s most beloved festivals now serving lunch TODAY 

You don’t have to wait until the dog days of summer to enjoy the tastes of one of Dayton’s favorite festivals. 

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, the German club behind Germanfest Picnic set for Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at RiverScape MetroPark, introduced a new Monday lunch a week ago. 

Patricia Kister, a loyal member of the club located at 1400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill historic neighborhood, hipped us on to the lunch and even shared a few pics.

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The lunch to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays—today included — is open to the public.

Carryout meals are available.

The menu includes brats, metts, schnitzel with gravy and a host of Germantastic sides like red cabbage, potato salad, noodles and of course sauerkraut. 

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The club will also have weekly specials, according to a post on its Facebook page. 

Today’s special is rouladen /rotkraut and spätzle. 

On June 18, the club expects to serve linse and spätzle with a salad as a special.  On June 25, it will be  weiß wurst with a pretzel.

Prost to that! 

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What: German lunch 

Where: Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill historic neighborhood

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays. 

Price: Most meals are $7.50 to $12.50

Contact: FacebookWebsite 

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Oscar winner praises Pine Club as one of ‘America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants’ in Bon Appetit 

One of Dayton’s favorite restaurants got a rather big shout-out from one of its favorite daughters as part of a respected  food magazine’s favorite eateries list. 

Oscar-winning actress Allison Janney, the star of CBS’ “Mom” on WHIO-TV,  praises the Pine Club in a newly published story on Bon Appetit magazine’s website about America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants. 

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“The ambience of The Pine Club hasn't changed a bit over the years; it’s dark and comfortable. Large red booths and a great big wraparound bar create an old-school cool vibe. When I go home to Dayton, I go directly to the Pine Club for a delicious burger and a great salad. The salad dressing has always been my favorite, and sometimes my mother ships me out with a bottle of it so I can bring a little bit of home back with me.”

Raised in Oakwood, Janney won an Academy Award early this year for her role in “I, Tonya.”

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She loves her Dayton grub. She also has given love to Flying Pizza and Ashley’s Pastry Shop’s sand tarts.  

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For its neighborhood restaurants article, Bon Appetit asked 80 people, among them writers, actors, athletes and chefs, to share thoughts about the spots they love the most. 

A magazine spokeswoman said the article is intended to acknowledge the places that keep on keeping on year after year.

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Founded in 1947 at 1926 Brown Street, the Pine Club has certainly done that. 

The Dayton classic has been praised here, there and everywhere for its 20-ounce bone-in ribeye served with onion rings.

It has made more than a few best steak restaurant lists in its time. 

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Last year, The Pine Club was ranked as one of the best steakhouses in the United States in’s “United Steaks of America.”

The piece said:  "Serving the best steaks in town since 1947, The Pine Club... has remained virtually unchanged in its 70 years in business, and that's why we love it." 

In 2015, the Pine Club was included in an episode of the Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants.”

In December 2013, it made a list of “10 of the World’s Greatest Old Dining Institutions” by a writer for T Magazine, the New York Times Style Magazine, joining restaurants in Paris, London and New York City.

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TONIGHT: Local brewpub hosting Harry Potter trivia with prizes

Ready those wands and prepare to cast a few avada kedavra spells at the competition. 

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The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive in Beavercreek, is hosting its popular Harry Potter live trivia from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. 

Reservations are required and teams must be in groups of four or more. 

Call (937) 956-5216 for reservations. 

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The night includes three rounds of Trivia hosted by Pepper Sprout Productions with a $10 prize awarded for each round. 

The overall prize is $25. 

Prizes also will be given out for winners of a costume contest. 

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WHERE TO EAT THIS WEEK: Hidden in plain sight Beavercreek restaurant pumping out big flavors 

Sometimes the wait is worth it. 

That is definitely true when it comes to the made-to-order food prepared at La Colombiana Restaurante, 2495 Commons Boulevard in Beavercreek.

The food the family-owned eatery serves comes out hot and full of flavor. 

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Staffers at the restaurant opened in 2014 were friendly and helpful in navigating a menu filled with traditional and approachable Colombian food. 

Started by Martin and Ana Maria Rivera, La Colombiana is festively decorated, but not over-the-top. 

It is located near the Mall of Fairfield Commons and has about 40 seats.

It offers healthy-size meal portions for lunch and dinner and has both gluten-free and vegan options. 

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I started by ordering a beef empanada with a hot con aji (a milder sauce is also available) because I can’t pass on the chance to eat fresh empanadas. 

Glad I didn’t. 

The golden corn turnovers were a potato and shredded beef delight. There are also chicken and vegetable empanadas. 

An appetizer serving of four is $5.99. A single empanada is $1.50 each.

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 After much pondering, I settled for marinated and tender pork skewers for lunch. 

The delicious dish was served with an arepita bread, perfectly seasoned fried potatoes and a surprising pineapple gratin for $7.99. 

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The menu includes an impressive list of Colombian dishes like the traditional peasant platter ($15.99): beef, pork belly, sausage, egg, pinto beans, white rice, plantains, arepita and a salad. 


You’ll also find Arroz con Pollo (a shredded chicken and rice meal), picada and arepas.  

Bunuelos ( fried cheese doughballs) are sold on Saturdays and Sunday for $2 each. 


What: La Colombiana Restaurante

Where: 2495 Commons Blvd., Beavercreek.

Connect: (937) 306-8096| lacolombiana.usFacebook

Hours: Sunday: 3 p.m. to  6 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday  to Thursday; 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and  Saturday. 

JUST ANNOUNCED: Ziggy Marley adds Dayton-area concert  

An eight-time Grammy winner with “The Power to Move Ya” is set to play in the Dayton area. 

Reggae icon Ziggy Marley will perform at the Rose Music Center at The Heights on Tuesday, Sept. 11 with Steel Pulse.  

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Tickets will go on sale 11 a.m. Friday, June 8 at and the Rose Music Center Box Office. 

Marley, the son of Rita Marley and reggae legend Bob Marley, recently released Rebellion Rise, his seventh full-length solo studio album. 

Marley long ago stepped out of his father’s famous shadow. 

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He had eight records with Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers including “Look Who’s Dancing," "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down," before starting his solo career in 2003 with the album “Dragonfly.”

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He won Grammys in the best reggae album category in 2006,  2013, 2014 and 2016 for the self-titled Ziggy Marley, which marked his fourth consecutive debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart. Marley first children’s album “Family Time” won the 2009 Grammy for “Best Children’s Album.” 

He also won a Daytime Emmy Award for “I Love You Too,” which shares its title with his 2012 debut children’s book. 

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JUST IN: New Dayton Burger Week coming, and one restaurant is giving away free Bonnaroo tickets to celebrate

Prepare yourself for a week of juicy burgers served for a mint as part of a brand new food festival. 

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Dayton Burger Week, a partnership between Cincinnati CityBeat and The Ohio Beef Council, is set for Aug. 6 to 12.

Participating restaurants will sell gourmet burgers for $5 each. 

Mudlick Tap House  is among the restaurants that have signed on to participate. 

Jennifer Dean, the co-owner of the eatery at 135 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton, plans to offer three burgers: its signature Black Hawk Farms wagyu beef burger,  its white bean tabbouleh burger and one created by the winner of a social media contest that also comes with a pair of tickets to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

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BONNAROO TICKETS: Dean said the person who posts the “best burger tribute” to an act performing in the festival — set for June 7-10 in Manchester, Tenn. — in the comments of Facebook and Instagram posts about the contests will win.

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They will receive the tickets, two Bonnaroo fanny packs and their burger on the burger week menu. 

“We thought it would be fun,” Dean said of the contest that closes at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3.  

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Here is the description from the Facebook page: 

From gourmet blends to off-menu specialties and even beer pairings, this is a week dedicated to America’s sweetheart, the Hamburger! Each restaurateur and Chef will prepare their unique take on the burger. Dine-In, Take-Out, & Delivery options available, depending on location. 

The idea is to get people to embrace the food, culture and Dayton-love while getting them out to eat, drink, and try new places!  

Burger week will draw hardcore burger fanatics and people that can appreciate a good hearty meal. So fire up the grill and let burger mania take control!

Dean said the week will be similar to Cincinnati Burger Week, set for July 16-22. 

Jill Scott, Dave Chappelle give props to Dayton funk 

Dayton funk got major props during the final night of Dave Chappelle’s epic Juke Joint inside a Yellow Springs farm’s barn. 

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Not only did Chappelle give props to Dayton funk legend Roger Troutman and his family band Zapp, but Dayton resident Millie Smith told us singer Jill Scott belted out Shirley Murdock’s 1986 classic “As We Lay” following a medley of songs from Zapp.  

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Murdock, a Toledo native, was a background singer for Zapp.

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Larry Troutman and Ohio Players keyboardist Billy Beck wrote “As We Lay.” 

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Roger Troutman helped Murdock, who recorded at his Dayton record studio, get a record deal with Elektra Records.  

Smith said the shout out to Dayton funk was “super dope,” but topped by the tribute to Prince. 

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Tickets went on sale on Thursday, May 24, 2018, for the  two nights of  Chappelle’s Juke Joint featuring DJ D-Nice and musician Fred Yonnet and The Band With No Name. 

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Both nights of the cellphone-free parties (thus no public videos) sold out within 15 minutes. 

Scott commanded the stage both nights. 

Besides Scott,  comedians Donnell Rawlings,  Amy Schumer and Hannibal Buress; Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest;  rapper Doug E. Fresh and singer Martin Luther McCoy were among the celebrities spotted during the Juke Joints held in a barn on Whitehall Farms in the Tecumseh Land Trust. Chappelle had his first Juke Joint in Yellow Springs in 2015. He has since had similar bashes all around the country.

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