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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.” 

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 

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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Blink-182 drops out of Bunbury days before music festival’s start

All is not lost, but we have disappointing news for those hoping to see Blink-182 along the Ohio River this weekend. 

The band has dropped its appearance at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati set for Friday, June 1. 

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“Unforeseen circumstances” were cited as the reason in a press release and a tweet posted to the band’s page. 

Blink-182 was the headliner for the first of the three-day festival at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove on the downtown riverfront.

The Bunbury show, as well as one set for Saturday, June 2 at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Canada, have been rescheduled. 

Blink-182 has signed on to headline Bunbury in 2019. 

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Single-day Bunbury tickets for Friday’s show can be refunded at the point of purchase until 10 p.m. Thursday, May 31. 

Blink-182 will perform in Windsor on Sept. 18. 

Formed in California in 1992, the skate punk band’s songs include “What’s my Age Again,”  “Wendy Clear,” “All the Small Things,”  “The Party Song” and “Up All Night.”

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Single-day tickets for Friday and Saturday are $89 and still available on Bunbury’s website. 

The Sunday show featuring a line up that includes Jack WhitePost MaloneDropkick MurphysCoheed and CambriaManchester Orchestra and Lecrae is sold out. 

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5 things you ought to know about this year’s Strawberry Queen 

Brooke Klopfenstein has been eyeing the strawberry crown since she was 5 or 6 years old. 

This year, the 18-year-old Troy High School grad’s goal became a reality. 

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The daughter of Steve and Tawnee Klopfenstein, Brooke is the 2018 Troy Strawberry Festival Queen.

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She’ll be the one in the sash and crown at the Troy Strawberry Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in Troy downtown and Great Miami River levee.

“I think it is a great opportunity to be that type of role model for young girls in our community and even girls my age,” she told this news organization. 

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Here are a few things to know about Klopfenstein: 

1 🍓 Oh say she can sing 

She will sing the National Anthem during the festival, which is themed Strawberry Palooza. There will be a bigger emphasis on music at this year’s festival. 

2 🍓 She can tear it up on the ukulele

Brooke sang and played the ukulele during the Strawberry Queen’s Pageant in April at Troy High School. 

Unfortunately, she said it would be pretty tough to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” on the instrument. 

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3🍓 She’s going to be a Bobcat

Brooke hasn’t settled on a major, but plans to attend Ohio University in Athens. 

4🍓 She’s an athlete

Brooke was a member of Troy’s track, cross country and swim teams. 

5 🍓She is excited about this weekend’s festival. 

“I just wanted to be that ‘part’ of the community,” she said.  (I just) want to see everyone and get to see all the visitors.”

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🍰 WANT TO GO? 🍰 

What: Troy Strawberry Festival 

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3 

Where: Troy downtown and Great Miami River levee

Admission: Free. 

Online: WebsiteFacebook | Twitter

NEW DETAILS: Dayton restaurant up for sale

A Dayton restaurant that has closed may not be gone for good.

The owner of the recently closed Paradise Key Cafe location at 1060 Patterson Road in the Breitenstrater Plaza, is considering reopening it under a new concept or selling it, owner Larry Parr said. 

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The asking price for the business is $75,000. 

“It is an option to sell, but we are still open to a new theme,” he said. 

Jennifer Lynn Jones, the restaurant’s chief executive officer, announced Thursday that the restaurant opened in December 2016 would close due to under performance. 

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“It didn’t matter what we tried to do; we just could not get the kind of party we had at our original location,” Jones said.

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The Key West-themed restaurant employed 13.

Jones said they have been offered jobs at the original Paradise Keys Cafe located at 3243 Needmore Road. 

The company began transforming the Patterson Road location into Paradise Key Cafe South from Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers  in October 2016. 

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Parr said he hoped the location would be as successful as the Needmore restaurant, which is located near Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

That business draws from nearby manufacturing companies. 

The Patterson Road restaurant never gained traction, said Parr, who is 71 and hopes to slow down.

“It wasn’t really performing up to our expectations,” he said. Our north store, across from the racino, it really cranks.”

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These ‘Boss Chicks’ are on the rise in Dayton and hope to spread their ‘bossy’ ways around the nation 

Shawon Gullette has been on the receiving  end of advice from “boss chicks” her entire career. 

And she says that has been a very good thing.

“Women have always been my backbone,” the owner of Dayton Trichology Hair Loss Control Center and Infinitee Salon & Spa said. “I said, let me help other women who are in the same shoes I was in.” 

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At one point, Gullette was mentoring five women at once, offering advice and guidance. It was too much and she thought there had to be a better way. 

Boss Chicks Dayton was born from there.

The organization designed for black female entrepreneurs, managers and leaders had its soft launch on April 17, 2017 at Salar Restaurant and Lounge in Dayton’s Oregon District. 

Gullette says it has grown stronger since. 

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“As you help women grow, you help your community grow,” she said. 

Boss Chicks Dayton now has nearly 40 members in Dayton. 

Chapters in Atlanta, Indianapolis and Jackson, Fla. are being organized.

Gullette hopes to expand to even more states in 2019. She envisions a National Boss Chicks conference happening right here in Dayton. 

“As women, we are mothers, we are aunts, we are sisters, we are daughters. We are able to nurture each other and build off that experience,” Gullette said. “‘Boss’ is being better than you were before.”

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Besides building relationships between business women, Boss Chicks hold mixers and mingle social at various bars and restaurants in and around Dayton, quarterly meetings with featured speakers and bar takeovers for a list of causes that includes heart disease. 

Membership is $30 monthly on 

Gullette said Boss Chicks aims to expose women to new ideas and opportunities locally and globally. 

“As women, we need to support each other,” she said. “We need to have certain support for us because we are minority.”

Members range from Mary Kay Cosmetics saleswomen to nurses and doctors. 

“We are bosses in a lot of different way,” Gullette said. “You are boss at home. You are boss at work. You are boss of yourself.” 

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