Category Archives: Community

Election security in Washington County

With all the confusion and controversy surrounding the national election, we wanted to check with Washington County about how they are ensuring the safety of our own voting process.

October 2020 Road News

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• Temporary paving at Murray/Cornell
• Walker/Murray appeal denied
• Cornelius Pass reopens
• Comment on Metro projects

Heritage trees at JQA Young House

JQAY apple tree

In the earliest photo we have of the John Quincy Adams Young House on Cornell, you can see a fruit tree with a ladder propped up against it. That pear tree, and the apple tree next to it, still stand next to the house!

October 2020 CPO 1 News

We're Ready! Vote!

• October meeting
• September recap
• Proposed gas station
• Partition on Rainmont

Saltzman project update

Saltzman West Plan

A public involvement process is underway to collect community opinions on the proposed alternatives for improving the north end of Saltzman, between Bayonne at the top of the ridge, to Laidlaw.

THPRD proposes pedestrian bridge to cross Highway 26, link segments of Westside Trail

THPRD bridge

When it is completed, it will connect the Westside Trail from SW Greenbrier Parkway to NW Cornell Road through the BPA powerline right-of-way behind the industrial area on Science Park Drive.

October 2020 Development News

CVS front

• CVS opening next month
• Karla Heights ready to build

OHS and Immigrant Story collaborate to share immigrant experiences

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and The Immigrant Story (TIS) are proud to announce that a series of oral history interviews with local immigrants are now publicly available through the OHS Digital Collections website.

Community News October 2020

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Cedar Mill Elementary Chipotle Fundraiser
Drive-thru COVID-19 and flu testing site at Convention Center
Washington County Forum
Inside WashCo Radio
Writer’s Mill
Beaverton & Merlo Station School-Based Health Centers are open
Viva Village calendar of events
“Beyond Voting: Elections and Campaign Financing” workshop
The Constitution: Fulfilling Democracy’s Promise?
PDX Concierge
Musical Benches
THPRD resumes opening
Westview Red Cross Blood Drive
Naturescaping Workshops online
Washington County Democrats
TVF&R Seeks Chief Examiner for Civil Service Commission

Road News September 2020

Cornelius Pass news
Saltzman solution?
Walker-Murray intersection project is appealed by Beaverton Councilors
Springville Road construction

Saving what’s left—efforts to protect the remaining natural areas and wildlife habitats in Washington County

As Significant Natural Resources (SNRs) and wildlife habitats in Washington County diminish, community members have become more vocal in trying to protect what is remaining. This article is just a brief overview of some of the activities presently in progress in Washington County.

Election news

We asked Lisa DuPre, Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator at the Washington County Administration Office, about the county’s ballot collection boxes.

Update on the 2020 Census

Once per decade, the United States Constitution mandates that all current residents of the US and territories must be accounted for in the US Census. The datasets derived from census-obtained information provide opportunities for additional state funding, business investments, Congressional apportionment, and the creation or adaptation of public policies.

Development News

The (Cedar) Rumor Mill
Milltowner updates
Cedar Grove affordable housing nearing completion
185th gas station
Columbia Sportswear new building

Library News September 2020

No more appointments!
Conversation About Oregon’s Racist History
Second Edition Resale Sidewalk Sale
For Kids
For Teens
For Adults

Community News September 2020

PCC Music Information Session
Washington County Forum
Prevent car break-ins!
“Socially Distanced Inspiration” written and illustrated by 12-year-old
Inside WashCo Radio
Project Lotus supports Asian American mental health
Civics for Adults virtual sessions: Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda
Project-Based Rental Assistance
Viva Village public events
Five Oaks Museum Call for Artwork
Get There Oregon Rewards
Sunset High School Teacher Receives Prestigious Award
Connect Oregon Students offers tutoring help
Young Life
THPRD opens two major facilities!
TVF&R Offers Tips to Prevent Window Falls
Girl Scout collects pet supplies for Silver Award

CPO News August 2020

CPO 1 August meeting: COVID-19 updates
July meeting recap
Neighborhood Meetings
Ped and bike improvement proposals

Business News August 2020

Sunset CU helps over 100 local businesses with PPP Loans
Village Gallery
Cedar Mill Farmers Market is bursting with fresh produce!
Inside Out policy helps businesses meet physical distancing requirements
Open Air Beaverton Program
Fieldstone Cornell Landing hosts August events online
Great Notion Timberland
Adult watercolor classes at Catlin Gabel
World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

John ‘Buz’ Walker III, October 18, 1932 – July 15, 2020

Walker Garbage Service has served Cedar Mill businesses and residents since 1948. Buz Walker’s parents were in the dairy business with his mother’s Egger family. John Walker Jr., a German immigrant from the Volga River region in Russia, entered the garbage hauling business and bought what would later become Walker Garbage and Recycling, Inc.

Library News August 2020

Storytime at Home
Simple Summer STEM and Crafts for kids
Angel Ocasio’s Virtual Comedy Show
Three on a Theme Book Talk
Writers’ Mill
Voices in Verse
Owl Book Group

John Fox, 1939-2020

On July 12, 2020, Cedar Mill lost an impactful member of our community. A lifelong liberal, John Foz coped with the 2016 passing of his wife Carol by throwing himself into political activism in his community, Cedar Mill.

CPO News July 2020

CPO July meeting
Changes proposed for County Charter would remove “Ordinance Season” and change how Commissioners are paid
Leadership changes at county

Development News July 2020

McDaniel commercial property sold, plans unknown
Development proposed for home site in Bonny Slope West
Construction beginning for Kirkland development

Were Portland’s founders drunk when they laid out the Multnomah/Washington County border?

Since lockdown, I’ve been using Google Earth to take virtual tours of the world. In so doing, I noticed that Multnomah County’s western border is quite odd. Zigzaggy, if that’s a word. Were our founders drunk when they laid it out or what? —Desktop Globe-Trotter

­­Cedar Mill and Bethany Library news

Holds service turned on
A new system for contactless pickup
Library programs and events

History in the News

The Cedar Mill Historical Society has a treasure trove of local stories, photos, and even a few artifacts, and we have wonderful plans for bringing them to the community. What we need are a few good folks—like you?—to join our Board of Directors to help us achieve our goals.

ODA continues multi-year effort to eradicate Japanese beetle

The Japanese beetle is an invasive insect that has been causing large-scale destruction to garden plants and agricultural crops in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. If this beetle establishes in Oregon, it would be a serious threat to our thriving nursery, turf grass, and specialty crop industries.

Helen Fohl 1920-2020

Helen Lorrine Fohl was in her 100th year, just two months shy of celebrating her first century, when she passed away. Her loss to the Ackerly left empty shoes just too large to even try to fill. Her wonderful wit, her wise insight were blessings to us all, noted one neighbor. She added, “I shall miss you more than anyone could know.”

Community News July 2020

Cedar Hills Ready says know your neighbors
Looking for an After School Care Provider for School Re-Opening?
TVF&R burn ban in effect
Red Cross Blood Drive
THPRD News
Catlin Gabel and partners improve habitat
Inside WashCo Radio
TVC helps theater groups, shares online arts and culture events
PCC Music
Viva Village news
Census update
Gender Euphoria virtual exhibit

Sunset BSU moves community to peaceful demonstration march

by Andrew Bitans, CMN contributor Today’s BSU Sunset march. Today’s march to honor the lives of African Americans that have been needlessly lost to police violence was well supported by our community. Quite a large turnout, probably around 2000 people. It started raining shortly before we left the high school and ultimately dumped buckets for

Postal service in Cedar Mill

For several months, we’ve noticed posts on NextDoor from people who were unable to deposit mail into the blue collection boxes at Safeway. Some people assumed it was because the Post Office wasn’t collecting mail often enough.

June 2020: COVID-19 in Washington County

• State approves Washington County for Phase I starting June 1
• House cleaners and other home services
• Face coverings guidance for businesses and transit
• Reporting violations
• FAQs now available on OHA website
• Safety advice from WCSO
• Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter update

State Land Use Commission issues enforcement order against Washington County

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) has issued an enforcement order against Washington County for its lack of compliance with statewide land use planning goals designed to protect significant natural resources.

CPO News June 2020

• CPO 1 June meeting
• Neighborhood meetings
• Ordinance 854

Road News June 2020

Butner Detour Map

• Butner Road culvert construction
• Culvert replacement and waterline at Autumn Creek

College this Fall? It’s not too late to apply for Portland Community College

As an academic and career advisor, I have been working with students that are preparing for college this fall. With the anticipation that many colleges and universities will be providing online-only classes for the fall 2020 term and perhaps into winter/spring 2021, some of my students are now seeking alternatives to paying higher tuition.

Business News June 2020

Village Gallery of Arts;
Cedar Mill Business Association;
Cedar Mill Farmers Market;
Fieldstone;
Staying active at home;
Bethany Family Pet Clinic continues “concierge” service;
American Sign Language Class;
ReStore is open to shop and donate, and resumes donation pickups;
Win a Nintendo Switch from SSPFCU;
Art classes for kids, watercolor for teens and adults

COVID-19 in Washington County

According to Wendy Gordon, Lead Public Information Officer, Washington County Emergency Operations Center, Washington County will follow the governor’s plan on when and how to reopen. On April 14, Brown’s office introduced a “Framework for Reopening Oregon” that outlines the prerequisites for the safe way to move forward.

COVID-19 in Washington County

COVID graph

Most of us are aware that Washington County is leading the state in the number of confirmed cases of the virus. People have been speculating on the reason, so we have included what seem to be some good clues. We have compiled this article from a variety of sources, and links to them are in each section. We’ve also included information about Washington County response and resources…

TriMet schedule changes

Starting on April 2, no more than 10-15 riders can be on a bus at one time—10 individuals, or up to 15 if people are riding together (such as couples or parents with children). TriMet is also closing off some seats—there will be a sign that says you can’t sit there…

Community News April 2020

Home-to-Go

Community Warehouse
Help for people in recovery
Library resources and more from home
Weed Watcher Workshop Update
Naturescaping Basics
Viva Village
THPRD Summer Camps Delays
THPRD Closures
Cedar Mill Bible Church
Inside WashCo Radio
Writers Mill
Washington County Public Affairs Forum Suspends Meetings

Road News April 2020

Butner culvert location

Butner Road culvert will include pedestrian improvements; Roadside spraying will start soon…

Meet the candidates for our State Representative

Four Democrats have filed in the H.D. 33 Democratic primary: Andy Saultz, Maxine Dexter, Servin Bussell, and Christina Stephenson. Meanwhile, one Republican, Dick Courter, has filed in the H.D. 33 Republican primary, making him the presumptive nominee to run against the Democrat winner in the November’s general election…

CPO 1 News

No meetings scheduled; Gas station in a wetland?; Development news; Board of Commissioners meetings available for live-streaming…

It is NORMAL to be anxious

In these times of conflicting and unclear advice about this virus, and as we learn more day to day, we may be able to reduce some of the uncertainty and fear…

We’re all doing what we can

Once we realized that there would be NO events to list in this month’s paper, I put out a request on our Facebook page to find out what people wanted to read about. A bunch of great suggestions came in, along with some offers to help work on the stories…