In the final installment of WYSO’s ReInvention Stories, we meet Francisco and Maribel Arias Hernandez. The couple came to the United States from Mexico in 1989. They planned to earn money and go back but they ended up starting a family in Chicago, and they lived there for 15 years. Francisco and Maribel came to Dayton with their two sons to start a construction business - during a time when authorities were cracking down on undocumented workers, and immigrants in Southwest Ohio were living in fear.
This week on ReInvention Stories we meet Jeremy Pennucci, owner of the Hazy Shade Disc Golf shop in Belmont.
Pennucci grew up in Riverside. He always wanted to get into construction, and worked in that field for eight years. Pennucci found it less satisfying than he expected, and realized the toll it would take on his body. He was looking for something new when he was introduced to a sport called disc golf.
This week on Reinvention Stories we meet Merphie Frazier, president of the anti-violence group Street Souljaz.
Frazier went to the University of Dayton on a football scholarship. He suffered injures, but he was still able to play - and he was being recruited by the NFL. Frazier wanted to play for the Steelers - until he saw a presentation at a training camp…
This ReInvention Story was produced by Steve Bognar, Basim Blunt, Wayne Baker, Neenah Ellis and Sarah Buckingham.
This week on Reinvention Stories we meet Kelly Dailey, owner of Funk Lab Dance Studio and Creative Arts Center in Kettering. Dailey grew up in Bellbrook and studied nursing at Wright State University. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for seven years at Good Samaritan Hospital and Kettering Medical Center. Now she runs the Funk Lab Dance Studio full time.
This ReInvention Story was produced by Megan Hague and Sarah Buckingham.
Daniel Kinney works third shift at UTC Aerospace Systems, a company that makes wheels and breaks for airplanes. He’s been an electrician for over twenty-five years. He and his wife Keshia own and operate Caribbacanas, a Caribbean food truck. They are part of a group of people reinventing dining. Kinney saw that the food truck movement has potential, and recognized the instability in manufacturing - so he decided to make the leap.
Caribbacanas is now a member of the newly formed Miami Valley Mobile Food Association. The truck will be hitting the streets again this summer.