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January 2013 Hello LOJanuary 2013the official newsletter of the city of lake oswegoHello *****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR 2 Food for Fines Council Wants to Hear from You Requesting City Services Downtown Facade Grants Donate Glasses, etc Comprehensive Plan Update Junk Mail Options Board & Commission Vacancies 3 Parks & Recreation City Library Trains Return 4 Lake Oswego’s Unsung Heroes Electronics Recycling Oregon Passenger Rail Open House Community Calendar Insert Water Conservation Quarterly For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us or Call 503-635-0257.Inside O . O L . KicK Off Set fOr January 7Street SweeperS Keep StreetS and water clean lO readSnew Sweeper HitS tHe StreetS Of lO In Lake Oswego, the street sweepers and Public Works Operations are busy keeping our streets and waterways clean. Last fiscal year, the three street sweepers swept more than 6,400 miles of road, collecting enough debris to fill almost 16,000 40-gallon lawn trash bags. The City Council prioritized a purchase of sweeper due to repair costs and lack of reliability in the current fleet. The recommended life span for a street sweeper is about 5 years. Our current sweepers, ages 12, 9, and 8 years, often spend 1 hour in the City repair shop for every 6 hours on the road or on average one day a week! The new street sweeper will allow the retirement of the sweeper in the poorest condition. Even with unreliable equipment, Lake Oswego meets its stormwater program and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit regulatory requirements for street cleaning. Cleaning streets keeps water clean by preventing gravel and contaminants from entering waterways. In addition, cleaning streets helps prevent flooding and keeps our streets safer and less slick. The City sweeps curbed and guttered streets 4 times per year and major arterials more than 12 times per year. The City Council approved the purchase of a street sweeper and a vactor truck (which cleans catch basins) as part of this year’s budget. The purchase was made with general fund dollars made available through property tax revenue. Street sweeping services are provided through the Surface Water Fund. public infOrmatiOn meeting - January 8, 8:30 a.m.SecOnd Street imprOvement prOJect Improvements to Second Street between A and B Avenues are scheduled to begin in mid-February and be substantially completed by the end of June. The purpose of these improvements is to reconstruct the deteriorating roadway and to enhance the downtown business environment by improving pedestrian and vehicle circulation, parking and the aesthetic character of the street. Additional improvements - consistent with the downtown design character - include stormwater catch basins and planters, wider sidewalks with ADA accessible ramps, decorative streetlights and furniture, landscaping and street trees and a sitting area at Second Street and B Avenue. A public information meeting is scheduled for January 8 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber. For more information, please contact Sidaro Sin at 503-697-7421 or ssin@ci.oswego.or.us or visit the City’s website at www.ci.oswego.or.us/lora/second-street- improvement-project. Celebrate the beginning of the 7th annual Lake Oswego Reads (citywide reading program) by picking up a copy of Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron. The Lake Oswego Library will be giving away free copies of this book on Monday, January 7, at 6:30 p.m. – a Lake Oswego Public Library card is required. Also enjoy some Rwandan food and tea, hear a presentation about Rwandan tea led by Steven Smith, and browse a selection of authentic Rwandan baskets from the Itafari Foundation. Copies of Running the Rift are generously provided by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library (limited number of copies available). During the month of February, the Library, local schools, businesses and organizations will offer special programs connected with Running the Rift. Almost all events are free. Running the Rift is the story of Jean Patrick Nkuba, a boy with Olympic dreams in the 800 meter race, and his family as they struggle to survive the Hutu- Tutsi conflict in Rwanda. Despite the troubles the characters experience, the novel celebrates love and unity as powerful forces of hope. Naomi Benaron will speak at Lake Oswego High School on February 20 at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public and is for high school students and older. Admission is free but a ticket is required. Tickets will be available at the Lake Oswego Library starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 19. Arrive early. There will be a two ticket per person limit and a Lake Oswego Library card is required. Lake Oswego Reads is sponsored by: Friends of the Lake Oswego Library, Step it Up Studios, Lake Oswego Rotary Club and the Lake Oswego Review. For more information, visit www.lakeoswegoreads.org. The street sweeper is in service and ready. Given the hard work to be done by the new addition to the City fleet, it deserves a name. Stay tuned for a Name the Street Sweeper contest! If you’ve seen a baby elephant in Lake Grove these days, don’t worry, it hasn’t escaped from the zoo - it’s August Trunk, the 2011 People’s Choice award-winning sculpture by Alisa Formway Roe. August was recently relocated there by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego to enhance and beautify Boones Ferry Road. The “mammoth” sculpture was unveiled on December 13. Since last spring, the Lake Grove Business Association’s “Art Advisory Committee” has partnered with the Arts Council of Lake Oswego and the City’s Office of Economic Development to find a higher-profile location for the sculpture. “It’s a beloved work of art. The community feels a strong sense of attachment to it,” says Nancy Nye, Director of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego. “We wanted it to have a home where people could see and appreciate it in a new light.” “A big thanks to business owner Joe Buck,” says Nye, “who was generous enough to provide the sculpture with landscaping and flood lights.” August Trunk is located at Boones Ferry Road in front of the Babica Hen Café - 15964 Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego. elepHant SpOtted alOng bOOneS ferry rOad! tHe lO dOwn Keeping yOu infOrmed and engaged To help residents be informed about local government and involved in decisions affecting them, the City of Lake Oswego publishes an electronic newsletter. This e-newsletter, the LO Down, is published twice a month and highlights City Council actions, significant projects, citizen engagement opportunities, breaking news and other upcoming community activities and events. To subscribe, go to https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/ publicaffairs/lo-down-e-newsletter and click “Sign up to receive the LO Down.” 2 City Council 503-635-0215 503-697-6594 (fax) City Council e-mail: council@ci.oswego.or.us City Manager David Donaldson 503-635-0215 tired Of JunK mail? dOwntOwn facade grant available it iS nOt tOO late tO apply fOr a 2012-13 facade grant These grants provide assistance to businesses and property owners within the downtown urban renewal district to improve the appearance of downtown, maximize business exposure and help assure the livability and economic vitality of the area. Grants are awarded up to $15,000 and all work must be completed by June 30, 2013. Proposed projects should make a visible and substantial improvement in the appearance of the property. Improvements must be visible from the public right-of-way and may include upgrades such as awnings and signage, building and site lighting, improvements to parking lots and landscaping, applicable city fees, and other building or site elements that would help enhance the appearance of downtown Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Sidaro Sin at 503-697- 7421 or ssin@ci.oswego.or.us, or visit www.ci.oswego. or.us/lora/facade-grant-program. The City is seeking applicants for the following: • Development Review Commission (need person with Civil Engineering background)• Historic Resources Advisory Board• Library Advisory Board• Natural Resources Advisory Board• Parks & Recreation Advisory Board• Transportation Advisory Board For more details, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc/boards- commissions-vacancies or contact the City Manager’s Office at 503-635-0215. bOard & cOmmiSSiOn vacancieS Mike Kehoe City Councilor 503-706-8365 (Cell) Kent Studebaker Mayor 503-201-2270 (Cell) Jeff Gudman City Councilor 503-780-1524 (Cell) Donna Jordan City Councilor 503-675-1120 (Home) Skip O’Neill City Councilor 503-781-7664 (Cell) Jon Gustafson City Councilor 503-348-5191 (Cell) Karen Bowerman City Councilor 503-791-4516 (Cell) city cOuncil rebrOadcaSt ScHedule The City Council meets regularly on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at City Hall. Meetings are broadcast live on Channel 23, 28 or 30 or via streaming video. For meeting and viewing information, go to: www.ci.oswego.or.us/citycouncil/watch-meetings- online-and-cable-tv. cOuncil wantS tO Hear frOm yOu Including the mayor, four new members of City Council will begin their term on January 1. To help them plan for the year ahead, they would like to hear from you. Participate in the online Open City Hall forum at www. peakdemocracy.com/1098 for the question: What thoughts about Lake Oswego and your City Government would you like to share with the new City Council? The City of Lake Oswego uses Open City Hall to increase the opportunities and ease for citizens to engage with City leaders and staff. free Service can Help StOp tHe clutter One of the best ways to reduce junk mail is with Catalog Choice, which offers a free, easy, online service to help stop the clutter of unwanted phone books, catalogs and mail. To get started, visit https:// oregonmetro.catalogchoice.org. If you prefer to opt out offline, request a kit that helps you say “NO” to junk mail - one phone call or postcard at a time. Contact the Metro Recycling Hotline at 503-234-3000 to have a kit sent to you or visit www.oregonmetro.gov/junkmail. Take these steps to help stop junk mail before it starts. Many households receive close to 1,000 pieces of direct mail each year and businesses and organizations don’t want to use their resources sending you mailings you won’t use. • Ask companies you’ve done business with and organizations you’ve donated to not to sell or exchange your address. • Don’t use a store’s “buyer’s club” cards when making purchases or submit product registration cards. • Avoid participating in sweepstakes or contests unless you can prevent your information from being shared. For more information, contact the Clackamas County Office of Sustainability at 503-557- 6363 or www.clackamas.us/sustainability. requeSting city ServiceS iS eaSy! App available for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Would you like to report a pothole or check for a water leak? How about a missing street sign or streetlight that isn’t working? The City accepts service requests through an iPhone app. The iPhone app is free and can be obtained by searching for the “Citizen Request Tracker” in the app store. When a concern is identified, use the app to take a picture, add a description, and send it to the City. Using the iPhone’s GPS technology, the app automatically pinpoints the exact location of the concern. For more information about this program, contact Anthony Hooper at 503-697-7422 or Corissa Holmes at 503-534-5675. If you don’t have an iPhone, a request can be submitted the following four ways: 1. Online at http://or-lakeoswego.civicplus.com/RequestTracker.aspx or by clicking on the Citizen Request Tracker icon on the main City website: www.ci.oswego.or.us. 2. On your own facebook page by typing in the search bar “Citizen Request Tracker” and downloading the app to your page. 3. Calling Public Works at 503-635-0280 during business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4. In person at the Public Works Operations Facility, 5705 Jean Road, during regular business hours. dOnate glaSSeS, cell pHOneS & Hearing aidS Since 1959, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation has been offering vital health solutions to Oregonians in need in the areas of sight, hearing and preventative health screenings, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Last year, over 86,000 lives were positively impacted by the Foundation programs. Your gift can make a life-changing difference in the life of someone in desperate need of assistance. If you would like to donate eyeglasses, hearing aids or cell phones, please bring your donation to the Citizen Information Center at City Hall at 380 A Avenue, or call the Oregon Lions at 800-635-4667. You can also visit them online at www.orlions.org. yOu are maKing prOgreSS On tHe city’S cOmpreHenSive plan update! cOngratulatiOnS laKe OSwegO! Since 1978, Lake Oswego has been guided by a set of goals and policies in its Comprehensive Plan which outlines how the City government will plan for the community. The current update is shepherded by a City Council-appointed Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), the Planning Commission and City Council, and is based on what is heard from the community. There are seven action areas, each one has a vision statement and implementing/corresponding goals and policies. The City Council has preliminarily adopted the Community Culture, Inspiring Spaces and Places, Economic Vitality, and Complete Neighborhoods and Housing Action Areas. Three action areas are still under review: Connected Community, Community Health and Public Safety, and Healthy Ecosystems. Stay involved! Visit www.welovelakeoswego.com, to learn more. Upcoming meeting are posted on this website. A big thank you goes out to former City Councilor Sally Moncrieff who served as the CAC chair since 2010. A new Council liaison will be appointed in early 2013. In addition, the CAC is recruiting a Young Adult (21-35) representative to serve during the final year. fOOd fOr fineS The Library’s annual Food For Fines program begins in February. This program enables Library users to have their overdue fines forgiven while helping those less fortunate. For every item of non-perishable food donated, the Library will waive $.50 in overdue fines. The food is donated to the Clackamas Service Center. For more information call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 or visit www.lakeoswegolibrary.org 3 y o u r C o m m u n i t y r e s o u r C e F o r i n F o r m a t i o n a n d e n r i C h m e n tcity library d i s C o v e r a C t i v e l i v i n gparKS & recreatiOn West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way For more information call 503-675-2549 Pre-register at www.lakeoswegoparks.org Divisions include the Open Division 18+ and Over 35 Division. The eight game seasons run March 17 to mid June. Primary game days are Sunday afternoons and evenings. You may register as a team. Team registration fees are $495 plus a forfeit fee will apply. Registration opens Thursday, January 31. The registration and payment deadline is February 28. For more information, visit www.lakeoswegosports.com. upcOming eventS 8th Annual Preschool Forum. Free event for parents and preschoolers on Thursday, January 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the West End Building. Do you have a little one approaching preschool? Is your family new to the area? Or are you just trying to find the right school? Attend the Preschool Forum to find out what teaching philosophy, curriculum, and school is best for you and your child. Representatives from over 35 local schools will be on site to provide a brief overview of teaching styles, programs, and to answer questions. This event is co-sponsored by the Lake Oswego Mothers Club and Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation. For more information, visit www.lomoms. com or contact Ivy Schnepp at preschool@lomoms.com. Victorian Dance Saturday, February 9. Join us at the WEB to kick off the Valentine season at the Scarlet O’Hara’s Romantic Dance! Victorian dance is fun and easy to learn, and if you can count to three, you can twirl away the evening to the Blue Danube Waltz. No partner or costume is required. Dancers are invited to partake of tea and comestibles provided by the Youth Action Council. From 7 to 8 p.m., learn Victorian steps then from 8 to 11 p.m., dance and play parlor games. For more information, visit www.victorianteaanddance.org. new claSSeS at tHe web For class information and schedules, call 503-675-2549 or visit www.lakeoswegoparks.org. Intro to Guitar. Do you want to play guitar? This exciting new course is designed to teach students of all ages the basic fundamentals and techniques needed to play guitar of any musical style. Classes are offered to participants ages 5 to 12 years on Monday nights. prOgramS fOr adultS Kick Off Event for LO Reads January 7, 6:30 p.m. The 2013 selection is Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron. Read more about the kick off on page 1. Second Wednesday Performing Arts Series – George Shiolas January 9, 1 p.m. Shiolas will perform a solo violin recital covering a wide range of music, including Classical, Broadway, Folk and International. He will also provide a presentation about the history of the violin. The William Stafford Birthday Celebration January 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m. This annual event will be hosted by Bill Howe, featuring readings by Dorothy Stafford, Barbara Stafford-Wilson, Paul Merchant, and Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen. As your gift, bring along a favorite Stafford poem to read for the rest of the group. The celebration will be open for those in the audience who wish to participate. E-Reader Day January 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn all about the different e-readers to help you decide which device is right for you and learn about how each one works with downloading free books from the Library2Go service. Sign up for free computer classes held at the Library: • The 24/7 Library: Searching Online Resources • Email Basics • Best of the Web! • Search the Internet • Keyboard and Internet Searching Call 503-675-2540, for dates and times. prOgramS fOr cHildren Children’s Storytimes: special reading adventures tailored for a range of ages. Baby Storytime (birth - 18 months) Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m.; Toddler Storytime (19 months - 3 years old) Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m.; Preschool Storytime (3 - 5 year olds) Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Special Series: Musical Laptime with Anne Clark Beginning January 3, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Families with babies from birth through eighteen months are invited to a series of musical laptimes presented by early childhood music specialist Anne Clark. “And They’re Off” with Penny’s Puppet Productions January 12, 11 a.m. In this original musical show, the “Jade Emperor” is searching for a way to mark the passing of time. He gets the idea that different animals could represent each year. The animals decide that a race across the river would determine the order they will go in. Penny Walter has been bringing kids puppet fun for ten years and she teaches puppetry classes for teachers, professionals, and families. prOgramS fOr teenS Teen Writers Group January 17, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Writers in grades 7-12 are invited to develop their skills at this workshop facilitated by Dave Jarecki, a professional writer. Come prepared to write, share, and experience the art and craft of writing in this hands-on workshop. Registration required. Henna Body Art for Teens January 25, 3 to 4 p.m. For grades 7-12, Teens are invited to get original, temporary henna tattoos, created by Rebecca Powell, owner of Violet Fox Creations. There will be numerous patterns to select from, for both boys and girls. All henna used is handmade from scratch with natural ingredients. Tattoos will be applied to either the hand or arm. Performers Needed for First Teen Music Night March 7, 7 to 8 p.m. Attention Lake Oswego teen musicians! The Library is looking for high school teen bands, solo musicians, and vocalists from Lake Oswego to perform in the first-ever Teen Music Night that will take place in March. Teens interested in participating should contact the Library at 503-697-6580. adult cOmmunity center 505 G Avenue, 503-635-3758 Fitness Room Grand Opening! The Adult Community Center (ACC) has enhanced its fitness program by adding three new pieces of user- friendly exercise equipment: A Total Body Recumbent Elliptical, Treadmill, and a Upper Body Ergometer. Members of the ACC have free access to the Fitness Room (after attending an orientation and signing of a waiver). Learn more about becoming a member of the ACC and check out the new fitness room at the Grand Opening on Thursday, January 17, 4 to 6 p.m. Door prizes and more will also be happening. Afterschool Art. Acquire new skills in a variety of mediums to ignite imagination, strengthen thinking skills, and develop as an artist. Beginners are welcome! Everyone Is An Artist. Learn different drawing techniques, from contour, and perspective to still life, figure, flowers, and composition. Explore brain function in relation of creativity and consider art appreciation in a historical context. lOw incOme energy aSSiStance Clackamas County Social Services helps low-income Clackamas County households with their heating, electricity and gas costs. Clackamas County residents who have a gross income of less than $1,844 per month for a single individual or $2,412 per month for a couple, are eligible to receive assistance to help offset heating and utility bills. Eligibility is based on the total gross household income received by all adults living in the home at the time of application. If you feel that you qualify, please contact LIEAP directly at 503-650-5640. Please listen carefully to the message and select the prompt that best meets your need for assistance. laKe OSwegO public gOlf cOurSe 17525 Stafford Road, 503-636-8228 Come join us for the 4th annual Super Bowl Iceman Tournament on Sunday, February 3. Not only is there a golf tournament with a fun format, but we also have a game watching party with great food, beverages, quarterly prize drawings, and a grand prize! To enter, visit our website today at www.lakeoswegogolf.org. lO SpOrtS Girls Youth Lacrosse for Grades 1 through 4. Young lacrosse enthusiasts learn the fundamentals of girl’s lacrosse in a fun environment. Start-up program for girls grades 1 through 2, Skill and Scrimmages program for girls grades 3 through 4. Registration opens for L.O residents Thursday, January 24. Space is limited and priority registration is to L.O. residents. The program runs April through May. To find program and registration information and program details visit www. lakeoswegosports.com and click on Girls Lacrosse. Adult Coed Recreational Soccer. Spring Adult Coed Soccer League for men and women over 18 is here! On Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club will provide two sets of model trains and tracks for public enjoyment. Stop by the Library on the main floor and downstairs to see the trains, “drive” the trains and ask questions. Club members will be on hand to share their knowledge of this fun hobby and answer questions. trainS return tO tHe library 4 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us or Call 503-635-0257. 4 This newsletter is printed on 100% recycled content paper, using soy-based ink. Citizen Information Specialist and HelloLO Editor Bonnie Hirshberger 503-675-3992 bhirshberger@ci.oswego.or.us Event dates are subject to change. More details are available online at: www.ci.oswego.or.us/calendar. For more information, call 503-635-0215. stay ConneCted The City has made it easy! Go to www.ci.oswego.or.us and choose how you want to stay connected! January 1 Tuesday • New Year’s Day - CITY OFFICES CLOSED 2 Wednesday • First Addition/Forest Hills Neighborhood Coordinating Meeting, 7pm 3 Thursday 4 Friday 5 Saturday • Electronics Recycling Event, LOHS, 10am-3pm 6 Sunday 7 Monday • LO Reads Kick Off, Library, 6:30-8pm • DRC Meeting, 7pm 8 Tuesday • City Council Meeting, 6pm 9 Wednesday • Library Performing Arts Series, 1pm • NRAB Meeting, 6:30pm • HRAB Meeting, 7pm • LAB Meeting, 7pm 10 Thursday • Oregon Passenger Rail Open House, Tualatin, 5-7pm 11 Friday 12 Saturday • One Day Meditation Workshop, Parks & Rec, 8:30am-6pm 13 Sunday 14 Monday • Planning Commission, 6:30pm 15 Tuesday • City Council Meeting, 6pm • Library Author Series - William Stafford Celebration, 7pm 16 Wednesday • Public Art Committee Mtg, 9:30am 17 Thursday • Comp Plan CAC Mtg, 4-6pm • Annual Preschool Forum, WEB, 5-8pm 18 Friday 19 Saturday 20 Sunday 21 Monday • City Holiday - CITY OFFICES CLOSED 22 Tuesday • City Council Meeting, 6pm 23 Wednesday • DRC Meeting, 7pm 24 Thursday • 50+ Advisory Board, 8:30am 25 Friday 26 Saturday • Model Train Exhibit, Library, 10am-6pm 27 Sunday • Model Train Exhibit, Library, 10am-6pm 28 Monday • Planning Commission, 6:30pm • SAB Meeting, 6:30pm 29 Tuesday • City Council Meeting, 6pm 30 Wednesday 31 Thursday • Comp Plan CAC Mtg, 4-6pm • LO Reads Film Screening, Library, 7:15pm February 1 Friday • Blood Drive, City Hall, 9:30am-3pm • LO Reads Presentation by Carl Wilkens, Library, 7pm 2 Saturday • Child Safety Seat Clinic, Main Fire Dept, 10am-2pm 3 Sunday 4 Monday • DRC Meeting, 7pm 5 Tuesday • City Council Meeting, 6pm 6 Wednesday • First Addition/Forest Hills Neighborhood Coordinating Meeting, 7pm • First Wednesday, Oswego Heritage House, 7- 8pm 7 Thursday • LO Reads Art Show Opening, Graham’s, 6-7:30pm Community Calendar ACC Adult Community Center DRC Development Review Commission HRAB Historic Resources Advisory Board LAB Library Advisory Board LONAC Lake Oswego Neighborhood Action Coalition LORA Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency MPP Millennium Plaza Park NA Neighborhood Association NRAB Natural Resources Advisory Board PRAB Parks and Recreation Advisory Board SAB Sustainability Advisory Board TAB Transportation Advisory Board TAC Transportation Advisory Council WEB West End BuildingGlossarylaKe OSwegO’S unSung HerOeS The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is studying ways to improve intercity passenger rail service between Eugene and Portland. The study will help decide on a general passenger rail route and evaluate options for train frequency, trip time, and improving on-time performance. In the summer and fall of 2012, ODOT asked the public to weigh in on what passenger rail should look like in the Eugene to Portland area. ODOT received over 800 comments. Based on this input, ODOT drafted project goals and objectives and identified a range of route options between Eugene and Portland. To learn more, visit www. OregonPassengerRail.org ODOT is hosting a public meeting where you can learn more about the Oregon Passenger Rail project, and give ODOT your thoughts on what the future of rail should look like between Eugene and Portland. • Tualatin/Lake Oswego Open House on January 10 - Drop in anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Tualatin Police Department, 8650 SW Tualatin Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062. • Online Open House: Visit ODOT online anytime between Tuesday, January 8 and Friday, January 25 to learn about the project and give ODOT your thoughts. www.OregonPassengerRail.org For more information, visit www.OregonPassengerRail.org or contact Jyll Smith, ODOT, at 503-986-3985 or info@oregonpassengerrail.org. OregOn paSSenger rail - Open HOuSe One of the positive annual events associated with our community is the recognition of volunteerism, through the “Unsung Hero” Award. Since 2001, the City has recognized 40 people in Lake Oswego who best exemplified selfless community service. These are the people that work quietly, often behind the scenes, without seeking or receiving pay or recognition and without a motive other than helping their neighbors and community. These people make Lake Oswego a wonderful place to live. Five people were recognized as Unsung Heroes in 2012. Their names have been added to a plaque that is on display in City Hall. Tom Carey, Michael McConnell and Alan Mela This Farmers’ Market trio has been arriving at Millennium Plaza Park every Saturday morning before 6:30 a.m. from May to October for more than five years. These three volunteers arise from their warm beds, collect their reflective vests and radios, to cheerfully and quietly guide the many, many vendor cars and trucks bringing goods and produce to the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market. With Tom in the front of the plaza, these three work together as a team Since January 2010, computers, monitors, and TVs can no longer be disposed of in the garbage. These items, as well as the others listed below, can be recycled on Saturday, January 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Oswego High School. At this free e-waste recycling event, Green Century, an R2 certified electronics recycling company, will accept: electrOnicS recycling Green Century can also provide computer hard drive data destruction. For more information about the event, go to www.GreenCenturyOnline.net or call Chris Regis at 503-998-5357. To safely dispose of e-waste throughout the year, up to seven computers, monitors, laptops and televisions can be recycled for free through Oregon E-Cycles. Oregon E-Cycles drop-off locations in Lake Oswego include Far West Fibers on Foothills Rd. and Goodwill on S. State St. For details, go to www.oregonecycles.org/ or call 1-888-532-9253. • Computers • Laptops • Monitors (CRT, LCD) • Printers / Scanners • Fax / Copiers • Ink Cartridges • Keyboards / Mice • Servers / Routers / Hubs • Networking Devices • Communications Equipment • Miscellaneous Office Machines • Miscellaneous Electronics • Televisions • VCRs, DVD players • Stereos and Audio Components • Cell phones • PDAs, Handheld Games • Cameras • Telephones • Washers / Dryers • Ovens / Stoves to ensure that the vendors maneuver their vehicles through the maze of tents and tables on the plaza, safely and efficiently. Because of their dedication and commitment to the Market, the vendors, and the citizens who shop and gather there, are able to enjoy a wonderful, relaxing experience. Sarah Howell Sarah has led the effort to bring an Elementary World Language Immersion Program to our schools. She has put in countless hours each week gathering data, interviewing known experts in the field nationwide, and sharing this information with school district leadership. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of children and their families to research, educate, and advocate for the program. Because of Sarah’s efforts and advocacy, the school district now offers an immersion program Pre-K-2nd Grade. There are more than 90 students participating in the program with additional students on the waitlist. In addition, she also finds time to serve on the Lake Oswego School Foundation Board and Lake Grove PTA, and most importantly, as the mother of three small children. Phil Rossi For the past 15 years, Phil Rossi has committed himself to the enrichment and positive development of Lake Oswego Boy Scout Troop 230. As Advancement Chairmen, he provided guidance and encouragement to the scouts and ensured each scout earned his rank advancement in accordance to the Boy Scout’s rules and ethics. Phil is also a volunteer for the Lake Oswego and Clackamas County Amateur Radio Emergency Services. These volunteer groups of licensed amateur radio operators are dedicated and essential in providing communication for local agencies in case of emergencies or disasters. On behalf of the Council and the community, we say “Thank You” to all of our Unsung Heroes who make the Lake Oswego community a better place. From left: Alan Mela, Phil Rossi, Michael McConnell, Sarah Howell, and Tom Carey. Photo by Vern Uyetake, Lake Oswego Review.