Category Archives: Community

Development News November 2021

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• Target opening in April
• Peterkort Towne Square
• Life Time
• Peterkort annexation update

Joe’s Ideal Market

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Before there was Safeway, and before there was Bales Thriftway, there was Joe’s. In 1947 the store opened in the now-demolished two-story building at the southeast corner of Murray and Cornell. C&H Hardware was on one side, and Joe’s on the other.

Road News November 2021

• Kenny Terrace/Thompson Road realignment
• Saltzman update

Holiday News November 2021

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• Help make the holidays better for those in need
• Terra Linda Arts & Craft Fair
• Beaverton High School Holiday Bazaar
• Portland Holiday Food & Gift Festival
• Every Husband’s Nightmare Bazaar

CPO 1 News November 2021

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• CPO 1 November 9 meeting
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Development applications
• CPO 1 October meeting notes

Washington County News November 2021

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• Commissioner District reapportionment
• Metro redistricting
• WashCo Town Hall

Smoke in the air—not just in the summer!

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A crackling fire may make you feel snug and homey, but it’s a significant health threat. Many Washington County households use wood burning stoves for heating in winter and others enjoy fires just for their coziness and ambiance. What many people don’t realize is that, when a lot of people are burning wood in their homes, the cumulative effect on air quality can be similar to a wildfire. It’s time to rethink how—and whether—we burn wood.

Community News November 2021

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• Coat donation event at Safeway
• Leaf disposal and food drive
• Sunset Theatre presents The Crucible
• Sunset HS marching band Can & Bottle Drive
• Join TVC’s Creative Youth Collaborative!
• TVF&R deploys new cardiac monitor-defibrillators
• Viva Village Monthly Calendar
• Age Café: Intergenerational Experience
• Join the Friendship Circle!
• Washington County Forum
• Solutions for old electronics
• Beaverton Symphony Orchestra in-person fall concert
• Washington County property tax—new mailing address
• Support ACMA at Panera Bread!
• Beaverton Community Band in-person fall concert
• Civics for Adults II: Beyond Voting—Elections and Campaign Financing
• Washington County Kids panel on race
• Green Business Leaders: Provide input on the future of Oregon’s recycling system
• Green Business Symposium
• Reduce food waste
• Attend a free DEQ virtual training!
• Subscribe to a new County-wide emergency alert system
• Family caregivers invited to virtual workshops throughout November
• Renew expired DMV permits now
• You are invited to our Sheriff’s Showcase
• Ask WCSO: I just saw someone take a package from the neighbor’s front doorstep. What should I do?

Why the white bike?

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“Ghost bikes” are a traditional way of honoring and memorializing a cyclist killed by a motor vehicle. Here in Cedar Mill you may have noticed a white bike attached to a pole at the intersection of Cornell and Old Barnes Rd., near Sunset Veterinary.

Legislative News: new districts

• Redistricting plan approved by legislature at last minute
• Representative Maxine Dexter’s constituent in-person and virtual events

1021-Dev’t News: West Union gas station; Peterkort annexation

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• West Union gas station plans being reviewed by WashCo
• Peterkort annexing remaining property into Beaverton

Our Victorian lady

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Many neighbors have noticed a tall slim young woman strolling the area in Victorian dresses. She’s often called “Mary Poppins,” but her real name is Adelaide Beeman White, and we asked for her story!

Business News October 2021

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• CMBA—polish your online presence
• Village Gallery of Arts
• Celebrate International Credit Union Day with Sunset Credit Union
• Cedar Mill Farmers’ Market
• Donate blood at the Golden Valley Brewery
• Bring sorted recyclable material to James Recycling

CPO 1 News

• October meeting
• September meeting notes

Join an advisory board, represent your community!

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• Washington County Boards and Commissions
• Beaverton Advisory Boards
• THPRD Advisory Committees

Transit News October 2021

“A Better Red” increases Red Line airport service. The project will extend the MAX Red Line west into Hillsboro and Beaverton to serve 10 more stations. The Red Line currently only runs between the Beaverton Transit Center and PDX.

Washington County News October 2021

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• Proposed TVF&R Bond Measure 34-308 on November Ballot
• May 2022 primary

Love trees? Be a Treekeeper!

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It’s easy to appreciate trees when they are in the glory of their fall colors, but at Treekeepers of Washington County we celebrate trees all year around. Besides being beautiful, trees provide environmental, economic, and social benefits—including fighting climate change—by absorbing carbon dioxide and airborne pollutants, storing the carbon, and emitting pure oxygen.

Park News October 2021

• Commonwealth Lake Park improvements need your support
• THPRD hosts their fourth Talking Walls event
• Work parties
• High honors for THPRD’s visioning process

BSD News October 2021

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•32nd Annual Sunset Classic Marching Band Competition
•Sunset Grad Party 2022 October Fundraisers
•Join the BSD Budget Committee
•Tumwater Middle School launches theater program

Public Safety News October 2021

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office continues to build connections and empower community members to create friendly and safe neighborhoods. How? Through deliberate efforts to expand the Neighborhood Watch Program—though it’s not your parent’s neighborhood watch from the 70’s!

Community News October 2021

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• Cedar Hills Ready: Home Fire Safety
• Older Adult Meals in Washington County
• Ask WCSO: What are some things I can do to make my home less attractive to crime?
• Sunset HS Marching Band Can and Bottle Drive
• Special Age Cafe: Celebration of the International Day of Older Persons
• Tualatin Valley Creates offers ArtPass
• Inside Washington County Radio
• Free lacrosse skills clinics offered this Fall
• Cultural Coalition of Washington County 2022 grant applications open
• West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting their annual meeting
• Viva Village events
• Free N95 and KN95 masks for the AG community!

WCSO and homeless population in Washington County

We asked James M. Coley, Lieutenant – Patrol Division, Washington County Sheriff’s Office to help us understand how the Sheriff’s Office responds to homeless folks in the county, and what residents should do if they encounter campers.

The Bauer house

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Jim Bauer is a descendant of one of Cedar Mill’s early families. He shared his recollections of the Henry & Erna Bauer house that is slated for imminent demolition on Saltzman to make way for a new subdivision.

Road News September 2021

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• Cornell Road closing through the tunnel
• Thompson Road realignment
• MSTIP 2023-2028 Funding Allocation Process Work Plan is in progress

CPO News September 2021

• CPO Meeting
• Neighborhood Meetings

Redistricting: A Rep of our own?

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On September 3, maps proposed by the legislative committees were published. All three maps split Cedar Mill into two or more Representative Districts. Public participation is vital in making our needs known to the legislators!

Community News September 2021

• Cedar Hills Ready! “Ready-Set-Go! Family Emergency Plan Workshop”
• Bethany Village Oktoberfest
• It’s “Steptember!”
• I Am My Story Live
• WashCo Forum resumes
• Viva Village September Calendar
• TVF&R will never forget 9-11 and embraces emergency response changes 20 years later
• Ask WSCO: What is Elder Safe?
• Tualatin Valley Creates in-person networking event for emerging artists
• Sunset HS marching band can & bottle drive
• Beaverton Welcoming Week is September 10-19
• Inside WashCo Radio
• DAVS Seeking Passionate Volunteers
• ACMA PTO Fundraising at Red Robin

Japanese Beetle eradication update

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The Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is a serious invasive insect pest that threatens Oregon and the western United States. The largest infestation of Japanese beetles ever found in the state was detected in 2016 around Cedar Mill, Bonny Slope, Oak Hills, and Bethany.

School News September 2021

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• Tumwater Middle School opens
• BSD Back-to-School Update

History in the News: Cedar Mill Historical Society is dissolved but our history lives on

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In July, I received messages from all the board members of the Cedar Mill Historical Society that they were resigning. Since that time, I learned that several of them were forming a new group to focus on the JQA Young House. Since I am interested in the whole story of Cedar Mill, I decided to dissolve the 501c3 and just focus on having fun with sharing our stories.

Park News September 2021

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• Registration for THPRD’s Fall Season
• THPRD Has Job Opportunities

Let’s hear it for these teams!

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To the people of our community, my Cedar Mill neighbors and I hope that other residents of the area—and around our region—will find a way to express our gratitude to the caregivers of Oregon.

Legislative News September 2021

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• Redistricting Town Hall with Rep. Maxine Dexter
• Redistricting Special Session Constituent Check-In with Rep. Maxine Dexter
• Testify on Congressional Redistricting
• Telephone Town Hall with Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
• Beaverton Virtual Special Election Voters’ Forum

Development News September 2021

The “shells” of the five buildings in the new shopping center are nearly complete, and four of them have gotten through the permitting from the county and are ready for the tenants to move in. Insomnia Coffee is beginning to work with the architect on interior finishes.

How does our power grid work?

Electricity provides the energy for many of our daily activities—from each flick of a light switch to charging our devices, we rely on the power grid to live efficiently. Portland General Electric (PGE) is the electricity provider for Cedar Mill, and through their chain model of infrastructure, they ensure that we have consistent access to power.

WashCo News August 2021

• BCC gives green light to develop comprehensive substance use treatment center
• What is Middle Housing?

Road News August 2021

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• Kaiser Road closure
• Upper Saltzman

Seniors speak out!

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There seems to be a universal human drive to make connections with each other and find meaning in our daily experiences and challenges. In the days before the pandemic, people met in coffee houses, meeting rooms, and living rooms to share ideas and learn from each other. But even though COVID-19 changed the location of those gatherings, it didn’t stop people from coming together.

Business News August 2021

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• CMBA looks at acceptance for the • • Asian community
• Fresh Thyme Soup is back!
• Cascadia Taphouse events
• CMFM is a rainbow of beautiful fresh local produce
• Great Notion Brewing is expanding hours
• Village Gallery of Arts News
• Learn (and earn) financial literacy without spending a dime
• New Hawaiian restaurant soon?

CPO News August 2021

• No meeting in August
• Neighborhood Meetings

Library News August 2021

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• Second Edition Resale
• For Kids
• For Teens & Tweens
• For Adults

Community News August 2021

• Clothes for Kids needs you!
• Want to make your business more sustainable?
• Nominate your favorite tree!
• Seasonal Rounds: Picturing Tribal Lifeways through Annual Cycles
• Become a member of Washington County’s Garbage and Recycling Advisory Committee!
• 10-week training for animal lovers
• Catio Tour!
• Less than a month away from La Strada dei Pastelli!
• Metropolitan Youth Symphony Registration
• Ask WSCO: There’s a problem with garbage and lots of parked vehicles near my home. Who do I call?
• Sunset HS Marching Band Can & Bottle Drive
• Curious how recycling works? • Become a Certified Master Recycler volunteer!
• Beaverton Resource Center has reopened
• Beaverton Night Market has a new location
• Portlandia Brass Ensemble
Clean Water News
• Water rates going up
• Viva Village Monthly Calendar—August 2021

Development News July 2021

• Sunset Athletic Club’s new facility is coming along!
• Dinihanian Farm update

A neighbor joins the Space Force!

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Erin Palmer, owner of The Wine Cellar in Cedar Mill, posted proudly on Facebook that her son was accepted into the Space Force, so we had to learn more!

Road News July 2021

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• Ridge/McDaniel gate update
• Kenny Terrace bike-ped and widening
• Walker/Murray intersection project
• Maintenance and mowing on our roads
• Laidlaw road closure
• ODOT News
• Night paving on Sunset Highway

CPO 1 News July 2021

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• No July or August meetings
• CPO 1 June Meeting Summary
• Neighborhood meetings

Washington County News July 2021

* Conflict at WashCo Planning Commission
* No fireworks ban for Washington County or nearby cities

Community News July 2021

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• Parenting in the Digital Age: Keeping Kids Safe Online
• Beaverton Community Band
• Portlandia Brass Ensemble performs at Springville Farms
• Urban Wildfire: Protecting your home this Summer
• Keep Washington County quiet and clean
• Chalk is popping up across Portland-Metro this summer
• Sunset HS Marching Band Can & Bottle Drive
• Washington County Fair
• Pasifika Unity Festival
• Free summer events through THPRD
• 5-Week Computer Science Workshops for Middle School Girls
• Modernizing Oregon’s Recycling System
• Latte & Learn Series
• Aging & Veteran Services Advisory Council Seeking New Members
* Chlorine shortage doesn’t affect Tualatin Valley Water
• BSD Bus Driver Hiring Events
• Oregon FBI Accepting Applications for its 2021 Fall Citizens Academy Program
• National Night Out
• Virtual Social Justice Camp for Youth
• Viva Village activities
• ArtPass Membership Program Launching this July

School News July 2021

• Possible future bond funding for BSD
• ACMA will welcome students back this fall
• Tumwater Middle School ready for students
• Digital summer resources to prevent “summer slide”
• BSD 2021 parent survey
• ParentSquare chat replaces Messenger
• Rent Assistance
• Summer bike rodeos

Legislative update

* Virtual Town Hall with Senator Steiner Hayward, Representative Dexter, and Representative Helm
* Session wrap from Representative Dexter
* Forest Park Walks
* Morning Coffee

Library News July 2021

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• Writers’ Mill Writing Workshop
Expanded hours at Beaverton City library
Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Library News
• Teens & Tweens
• Kids
• Adults
• Second Edition Resale Sidewalk Sale
• Library Book Sale

STOP at 4 to save lives

“Stop at 4” is an ongoing safety campaign to educate families about children and window safety.

Life Time Fitness at Barnes & CHB

Excavation for infrastructure is underway now

With construction finally underway on the Life Time Fitness complex west of Cedar Hills Blvd. (CHB) south of Barnes Road, we have been receiving questions about this development and future plans for the remaining Peterkort properties in the vicinity. Here’s a brief review and a timeline of the Peterkort Master Plan.

Defending and improving postal service

The 2020 election was proof that voting by mail is safe and efficient. We here in Oregon just sailed through—mailing our ballots in, as usual, with no lies about voting fraud. A recent Pew Research Center survey shows an overwhelming 91 percent of respondents have a favorable view of United States Postal Service (USPS), higher than any other federal agency.

Business News June 2021

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• Cascadia Taphouse happenings
• White Birch Design Co. is coming!
• Introducing Coast & Country Designs
• The Wine Cellar
• Village Gallery of Arts
• Cedar Mill Farmers Market, Did You Know?
• Jessica Angle Painting
• Cedar Mill Business Association
• Sunset Credit Union: Four tips to buying the right car at the right price

CPO 1 News June 2021

Cedar Mill Creek

• CPO 1 June meeting
Clean Water Services • Sheriff •
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• CPO 1 May Meeting summary

Community News June 2021

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• The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
• Advisory Committee looks at Ridwell
• Beaverton Symphony presents: An Almost-Sumner Concert
• Writer’s Mill
• Herzog-Meier Senior Scholarship Art Show
• Learn about safer cleaning products
• Tualatin Valley Creates
• Cedar Hills Ready! presents Barrel Survival: Community Cashes & Rain Barrel Storage
• Apply Now for the Beaverton Arts Mix! Virtual Art Show and Sale
• WashCo Radio
• WashCo Forum
• Teens: share pandemic stories for Girl Scout project
• Viva Village

Road News

• Intelligent Transportation Systems Open House
• Which bike/ped projects are important to you?

THPRD News June 2021

Cedar Mill Greenway Trails

• THPRD News
• Walk with Me—Cedar Mill
• Volunteering at THPRD
• Celebrate National Trails Day at Tualatin Hills Nature Park
• Community Garden Work Party at Cedar Hills Park
• RISE Youth Leadership Program is Now a Year-Round Opportunity!
• THPRD is Now Hiring!
• Updated Face Covering Guidance at THPRD

May Special Election Results

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The most recent election was held on May 18. Several positions were filled through this election in the Cedar Mill region and beyond.

Ask WCSO

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Help Me Home is a voluntary enrollment program for adults and children who, should they become lost, would have difficulty communicating vital information about themselves due to a medical condition.

Library News

• Kids
• Teens & Tweens
• Adults
• Second Edition Resale—Sidewalk Sale
• Library Book Sale

Steve Frame, 1957-2021

Steve Frame

Stephen Curtis Frame passed away April 24, 2021 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was a was born and raised in Cedar Mill and lived there all his life, with his wife Marcia. An avid fisherman, he loved catching river and ocean fish.

Welcome to the Cedar Mill Farmers’ Market!

Pull into Safeway’s parking lot on a Saturday to see the space transformed—gone are the cars, replaced by tented outdoor shops and a vibrant, bustling community. Here, vendors call out to customers while arranging displays of lavender and bright florals; intricate, woven textiles dangle from canopies.

History in the News May 2021

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• Our heritage trees: In the iconic 1905 photo of the JQA Young House on Cornell, you can see a pear tree with a ladder leaning against it. That tree has survived along with its neighboring apple tree, but both of them were in bad shape.
• Website help wanted!

Development News May 2021

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• Milltowner Center update
• Dogtopia opening in Kirkland Place
• Stickmen Brewing
• Peterkort parking lot

May election update

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Ballots for the May 18 election began to be mailed out April 28. It’s now too late to update your registration for this election. Visit the county elections page for questions and more information.

CPO News May 2021

• CPO 1 May meeting
• Comment on Long Range Planning Draft Work Plan
• New online system provides easier access to Board of County Commissioners information
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Land Use actions
• April CPO 1 Summary

Meet Jess Fong

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We have been publicizing recycling events at Sunset High School for several months, and we got curious to learn more about one of the students behind this great community service.

CMN news

That’s how I felt as donations came rolling in from my plea for a new computer and software! I created a “GoFundMe” last month and posted it to the Cedar Mill News Facebook page the night before we went to print, just to see what would happen, and by morning there were several hundred dollars already.

Park News May 2021

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You may have noticed a few changes coming to Somerset West Park (off of 185th and Parkview) next to the Somerset West Swim Center. The park has been redeveloped with field and playground improvements funded by the 2008 bond measure.

Library News May 2021

• Library News: May 2021 Featured Events and Programs
• Spring 2021 Storytimes
• Teens & Tweens
• Monthly Groups for Adults

Community News May 2021

• Young Women Have A Chance to Explore a Career as a Firefighter with TVF&R
• Hiring wildland firefighters
• Cedar Hills Ready presents: How to Win Friends and Survive a Disaster: 9 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness
• Ask the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO)
• Power Curve for Women still has openings
• The Arts & Culture Leadership Incubator Digital Showcase
• Fundraiser for “The Halloween Guy” of Vista Cornell
• Washington County Public Affairs Forum
• PCC Music
• Search & Rescue Team opportunity
• Let’s Talk Transportation
• Writer’s Mill
• Acceptance Challenge
• Viva Village
• Washington County DAVS offers support programs for veterans

Earth Month editorial

With some effects of climate change already upon us, we challenge Washington County to view all their actions through the lens of climate.

If we don’t stop contributing to the problem, our efforts at achieving equity will be meaningless. The powerful will find ways to avoid the consequences, and the rest of us will have to adapt to a planet that may not support the life we want for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

Washington County should establish a Climate Challenge Task Force to advise all county divisions on how to establish goals, make climate friendly decisions, and implement sustainable practices. The Task Force needs to include representatives from commerce, industry, development, science, and community organizations.

We understand that it will take time and effort, but we must begin now. If you agree, send a message to your Washington County Commissioner and to the Chair.

County leaves ped-bike safety on the table

When we finally get around to putting in a sidewalk here, taxpayers will have to buy the ROW if there's even enough.

People who want safer routes for bicycles and pedestrians look to Washington County to, if not build them, at least encourage them. In some cases, a developer is required to build them when new houses go in.

Help CMN update our tech!

If you value the work we do, please consider donating what you can.

Why get vaccinated? Here’s what our neighbors say

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The head of the CDC challenged us all to do our part to make sure we conquer COVID by getting folks vaccinated. I’ve included updated vaccination information above, but I’d also like to share some reasons to do it. Sometimes we’re motivated by knowing what our neighbors care about.

Development News April 2021

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Target application is approved, turn lane can stay for now

Washington County has approved the application to allow Target to move into the former Bales grocery location. There was considerable anxiety over a possible Land Use and Transportation (LUT) requirement to close the left turn lane from Cornell into the lot, but in a decision sent out on March 25, LUT has decided it can remain “on a temporary basis until such time as alternative access meeting the access spacing standards becomes available—providing that [they] continue to operate safely.”

CPO 1 News April 2021

• CPO 1 April meeting
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Development applications
• CCI news
• March CPO 1 Summary

Bonny Slope gets a song!

Schaufenbuel has recently published her original harp score, Bonny Slope, in the Folk Harp Society’s Spring 2021 edition of the Folk Harp Journal.

Park News April 2021

• Celebrate spring through volunteering in your parks
• Workgroup to evaluate District Affiliates
• Summer Camp Jobs & More
• THPRD Summer Schedule Online April 12

Obituaries

Luis and Pat

• Luis Palau, 1934-2021
• Suzanne Ballard, 1952-2021

Community News April 2021

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• Cedar Hills Ready! “What’s cooking? Food storage & prep for a disaster”
• Finding Your Primary Police Responder
• SHS Climate Change Club Recycling Drive!
• Washington County Public Affairs Forum
• State of the County 2021
• Inside WashCo Radio
• Beaverton Symphony Orchestra Spring Strings Concert
• Washington County Parks’ Earth Month Art Contest
• Rachel Carson Action Project on Recycling
• Viva Village
• Washington County Kids offers tips and tools for parents/guardians of children K-8
• SAMBA Cans and Bottles Drive
• STS Foundation is looking for volunteer hosts
• Writers’ Mill Zoom meeting
• Washington County Wood Stove Exchange’s (WSE) old stove turn in event
• Oregon libraries offer civics online workshops for adults
• Washington County April Earth Month Events
• The Immigrant Story
• ACMA Fundraising
• iNaturalist Offers Opportunities for Community Science
• TVF&R Hiring Paramedics & Firefighters to Join its Ranks

Sharing with neighbors in a gift economy

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In an effort to declutter, you’ve collected some things you no longer need. What should you do with them? You could throw them in the trash, of course, but that seems wrong when the items are still usable. What you’d like is to give these things to someone who needs and wants them.

Dining out safely in Washington County

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• What is the county’s responsibility in restaurant safety?
• How is HHS getting the updated guidance to county restaurants?
• Does it need to be translated? How many languages? Or are restaurant owners responsible for making sure all employees understand?
• Are there any regulations or guidance about ventilation in the indoor dining spaces?
• About mask wearing while dining and drinking?
• What enforcement powers does HHS have?
• How many staff can do that work?
• What’s the public’s role in reporting? Best practices?
• Aside from you and the state websites, are there other resources for restaurant owners that you know about? Professional groups, unions, etc?

Road News March 2021

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• Upper Saltzman
• Filbert Sidewalk
• Thompson/Kenny road project
• Cornelius Pass now Highway 127
• Complete Streets Open House

Development News March 2021

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• Access to the proposed Target store still in question
• Peterkort Sunset Subdivision extension approved
• No updates for Milltowner, Kirkland

CPO News March 2021

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• CPO 1 March Meeting: Water When We Need It?!
• CPO 7 looks at bike-ped safety
• Middle Housing is coming to Washington County
• CPO 1 February meeting recap
• Public hearing on Catlin Gabel new middle school
• Cornell Farm new building
• New Touchmark building approved

Continuing the “Beetle Battle”

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is continuing its multi-year effort to eradicate the Japanese beetle, an invasive and destructive insect pest in your neighborhood in 2021. Thanks to your support and cooperation, we have had success in reducing the Japanese beetle populations in Oregon, but more efforts are required.

Donuts Plus owner Sue Kim

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Everyone’s favorite donut shop has been closed since February due to the death of co-owner Sue Kim.

Does the WCSO allow people to give anonymous complaints or comments?

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office actively seeks community input—we want to do our best! There are several ways to let us know how we’re doing, including methods for openly reporting so we can contact you if you would appreciate that, and anonymously reporting.

Oregon updates traffic speed rules

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In January’s discussion on speed limits, we talked about the speeding complaints in our community; ways some communities faced this problem; and measures you can take to help solve speeding problems.

Ride Connection expands

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Ride Connection is a free service for individuals (primarily those who have disabilities and/or are senior citizens) in select regions of Oregon. In the past month, this transit program has received funding to better serve Oregonians.

Library News

• Parent Information Series
• For Kids
• Teens & Tweens
• Adults

Community News March 2021

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• SAMBA Cans and Bottles Drive
• Tell your story through art!
• Cedar Hills Ready
• Silicon Forest Toastmasters
• ACMA Fundraiser
• Summer Program Expo
• Free presentations provide information, tips, and tools for K-8 parents/guardians
• Washington County Board of Commissioners host town hall
• New PGE outage map
• State Senator hosts virtual town hall
• Inside WashCo Radio
• ShakeAlert App coming in March
• Cedar Mill Farmers Market
• Project Lotus hosts college mental health webinars
• Beaverton Author Fair
• WashCo Forum
• Washington County DAVS offers support programs
• Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for Advisory Committee
• Skyline Memorial Garden’s Easter Service
• BSD Community-Wide Conversations About Race
• State Rep. Dexter Virtual Coffee Conversations
• WCSO Kids Safety Academy
• Civics for Adults
• What Is Democracy and Why Does It Matter?
• Voting Rights, Voter Fraud, Voter • Suppression and Election 2020
• Viva Village Events March 2021
Take Action to Prevent Fall Injuries

Cedar Mill News Pandemic Resource Guide

• General Information
• Food Resources & Places to Donate
• Rental & Housing
•Jobs & Unemployment
• Health Care
• Mental Health
• Veterans’ Assistance
• Childcare
• Education
• Fitness & Exercise
• Shopping Help
• Internet & Computer Resources
• Social Connections
• Community
• Entertainment & Arts

Wildlife in Our Parks

Blacktail deer roam throughout our parks and along stream corridors, and sometimes appear in our yards!

A tree frog croaks in the distance. A banana slug slithers on the ground beside you. You can hear songbirds singing and see a freshly chewed tree stump, evidence of beaver. These are just some of the wildlife sightings you might experience while walking through Jordan Woods Natural Area.

CPO 1 News February 2021

The new building replaces an existing greenhouse.

• February 9 meeting
• CPO 1 January Meeting Summary
• Cornell Farm Neighborhood Meeting
• Peterkort subdivision time extension requested
• Touchmark addition Development Review
• NW 113th partition and access review

Development News February 2021

• New businesses for Milltowner, Kirkland
• Catlin Gabel campus

Road News February 2021

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• Thompson Road realignment bike-ped options
• Saltzman update
• Saltzman “Phase 2” improvements
• Cornell Road Improvement Project
• Fire gate at McDaniel & Ridge Road may be removed

Park News February 2021

Concept drawing of cyclists approaching the bridge from the south. Pacific Office Automation building is on the right.

• Jackie Husen Dog Run is permanent
• Gain Valuable Experience through Internships
• Love Your Trails Celebration
• THPRD Westside Trail Bridge update
• Chehalem Ridge Nature Park

Getting the COVID vaccine in Washington County

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• What is Washington County’s role in COVID-19 vaccination?
• Can I get on a list to get vaccinated?
• How long will Phase 1A last? (visit website for details on phases)
• Current Prioritized Phases

How clean is our air?

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Portland Clean Air is a nonprofit that has been working for seven years to study and promote public understanding of government agency industrial air pollution data, and advocate for prevention. We asked them to give us a snapshot of the current situation in the Cedar Mill area, along with some ways to take action if you are concerned.

Oregon recycles! and plans to lead into the future

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Starting with our famous “Bottle Bill” in 1971, Oregon was the first in the nation to create a system of waste management that allowed glass and aluminum containers to be recovered from the trash.

CPO 1 News January 2021

lynnridge estates map

• CPO 1 January Meeting
• CPO1 December Meeting Summary
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Proposed 10-lot subdivision “Thompson Crossing”
• Proposed 10-lot subdivision “Lynnridge Estates”

Do we have a speed limit problem?

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If you’ve been on local social media, you’re used to seeing complaints of speeding in neighborhoods in the Cedar Mill area. With more people going out to walk around the neighborhood to escape the confines of their home this quarantine, it’s more important than ever that we keep these residential areas safe.

Sunset students tackle climate change

climate change club

Climate change has been a looming threat to us for many years. With the short amount of time we have left to make a change, we need to buy more time for permanent, systemic solutions. Though climate change is a difficult problem to solve, there are simple ways for us as a community to delay its destructive progress.

State Legislative Update

Dexter

Governor Brown called for a special legislative session on December 15 with the primary goal of providing additional wildfire and COVID relief. The session successfully began and concluded on December 21.

2021 County boards and committees openings

Washington County Logo

• Aging and Veteran Services Advisory Council
• Behavioral Health Council
• Civil Service Commission
• Developmental Disabilities Council
• Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD) Advisory Committee
• Housing Advisory Committee (HAC)
• orth Bethany County Service District for Roads Budget Committee
• Park and Recreation Advisory Board
• Public Health Advisory Council
• Solid Waste Advisory Committee
• Washington County and SDL No.1 Budget Committee
• Washington County Salary Commission

Community News January 2021

heritage quilt barn

• Christmas Tree recycling
• THPRD January news
• Housing Providers Needed for Beaverton Metro HomeShare Program
• Westview Red Cross Blood Drive
• Washington County Forum
• Viva Village January activities
• Clean Water Services Rate and Utility Bill Support
• Library Events
• Board of Commissioners seeking volunteers to serve on new Salary Commission
• The Big One? How to Become Earthquake Safe in Your Home
• SAMBA Can/Bottle Drive
• Tualatin Valley Creates
• Helping Farmers, Ranchers, and Foresters Plan for Business Transition
• Tips to Carry You Safely into 2021
• The value of reporting
• ACMA Dining Fundraisers
• Book Review: “Swedes in Oregon”

December 2020 BSD News

Middle School map

• Middle Schools have new attendance boundaries
• Naming the new Middle School
• BSD offers child care subsidies
• Unaccompanied Students Need Your Help
• Long Range Facilities Planning

CPO 1 News December 2020

short-term rental logo

• December CPO 1 meeting
• CPO1 November Meeting Summary
• Short-term Rentals Online Open House December 4 – January 8
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Development applications

December 2020 Development News

Biggi lot

Thompson is designated as a minor arterial on county plans, which means it needs to be three lanes with curbs and sidewalks, and a total width of 90 feet.

Business News December 2020

touchmark christmas lights

• More small business assistance from Washington County
• Village Gallery of Arts
• Touchmark’s outdoor Winter Fest
• Drop Toy Drive donations here!
• The Ackerly at Timberland is holding a Festival of Lights
• Catlin Gabel offers variety of in-person art classes
• Bethany’s Table adds Marketplace
• Skyline Memorial Gardens ornament tree and toy drive
• Sunset Credit Union teams up with Family Promise
• Juggle Source now offers Mobile Notary

Road News December 2020

western alignment for Saltzman

• Saltzman Road PAC recommends western alignment
• Comment now on changes planned for Highway 217
• Expansion of Neighborhood Streets Program
• Comment on the Walker Road Phase 3 Project
• Cornell/Barnes turn lane on county budget

Community News December 2020

• Library News
• Second Edition Resale
• Toy Drive is different this year
• Inside WashCo Radio
• 2021 Oregon Legislature Session Joint Town Hall
• Five Oaks Museum seeks proposals for two Guest Curator opportunities
SAMBA Can/Bottle Drive
• Viva Village
• Writer’s Mill
• Big Horn Brass
• Drive-in Caroling at CMBC
• ACMA Fundraiser
• THPRD Holiday Giving Drive
• Oak Hills Elementary Book Fair
Washington County Public Affairs Forum
Report package theft to WCSO

Amazon Lockers keep your deliveries safe

Amazon locker

A package is delivered: you are home, but the delivery person did not knock or ring the bell, so you don’t realize it is sitting outside your front door. Or worse, you receive a text that your package was delivered, open your front door, and find nothing.

Japanese Beetle eradication update

Japanese beetle eating roses

In 2016, a number of highly destructive and invasive insects were discovered in a few locations in Cedar Mill. The Japanese Beetle has devastated agriculture and home gardens in the East and Midwest, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) wanted to get ahead of the infestation before the same thing happened here.

CMBA helps bring musical bench to Cedar Mill

Musical bench in Timberland park

Katie Smith is the Community Outreach coordinator for the Cedar Mill Business Association, in addition to being Sales Manager of The Ackerly at Timberland. CMBA was looking for a project to replace the hanging flower baskets (since funding had dwindled), when she learned about Tualatin Valley Creates (TVC) and got in touch with Raziah Roushan, Executive Director.

Development News November 2020

Target is proposing to locate a small-format retail store in the building that previously housed Bales Marketplace, at 12675 NW Cornell.

Road News November 2020

• West Union sidewalks
• Walker Murray Intersection

November 2020 Saltzman improvement update

Washington County engaged JLA Public Involvement to manage a community discussion on alternatives for improving the northern end of Saltzman Road. The third meeting of the Saltzman Road Public Advisory Committee (PAC) was held on October 22, 2020.

Park News November 2020

• THPRD Vision Action Plan
• THPRD Budget Comm. openings
• Metro Parks & Nature Comm. openings

CPO 1 News November 2020

recycling

As reported by OPB, Oregon’s recycling system is suffering from a long list of ailments so we have invited Thomas Egleston, Manager of the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling program, to inform you about a new plan to reform our state’s recycling system.

Community News November 2020

• CWS Annual Leaf Disposal and Food Drive
• Fall native plant sale canceled but resources are available
Dig Into Fall – Attend a FREE Online Workshop!
• Prepare your water system for cold weather
• Cantata Pacifica: The Choir That Won’t Quit
• Viva Village’s November Events
• Don’t be a victim!
• Tree Recycling
• PCC Rock Creek’s Experience Music Series
• Put a Lid on Cooking Fires
• Skyline Artisans Holiday Sale goes online
• Tualatin Valley Creates
• Sunset Marching Band Bottle Drop
• Inside WashCo Radio
• Allen Van Vleen
• Writer’s Mill
• Cedar Mill Library November 2020 Featured Events and Programs
• Washington County Forum
• Salmonberry Trail Meeting
• Immigrant Story Podcast
• Family Caregiver Workshop
• Beaverton School District News
• Board of Commissioners to host Community Investment Conversations

Terra Linda Arts and Crafts Fair

This month, the Terra Linda neighborhood community is putting together their first ever Arts and Crafts Fair.

Cedar Mill News election endorsements

After listening to the candidates and spokespeople for the measures at our October CPO 1 meeting, and reading and reflecting on the literature, here are my views on the local, regional, and state choices on the November 3 election.

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

auto zone

• 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

tuned tube bench

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

Blue boxes at Safeway

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…