April Blog

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 11:00 am
Mike Antonelli

This issue marks Tualatin Life’s 8th anniversary and my first anniversary as publisher. I thought it would be an appropriate time to check in with our former publisher, founder and friend, Jonathan Crane. You can read his interview, conducted by Jordan Berriér, on page 4. 

I owe a big debt of gratitude to the many individuals that have been involved with the paper over the years, and allowed us to thrive as a local, community newspaper.

First of all, I wanted to thank our contributors who continue, after eight years, to take the time out of their busy schedules to write monthly columns. A fundamental of Tualatin Life is the idea it would be a community-supported newspaper, and we would be built upon the support of the community. Although there are too many people to list here, there are several people I’d like to single out (Apologies to those I’ve missed):  

Loyce Martinazzi writes the monthly Tualatin history column, which is the #1 answer I get when I ask people what they like about the paper. Dale Potts has steadfastly documented the stories of Tualatin Veterans in his Veteran’s Corner column. Kim DeMarchi provides the foundation for our kids and family section with her Passport to Parenting column. Larry McClure handles our monthly calendar, as well as a variety of other feature articles. Susan Noack contributes a monthly column on Aging issues. And, last but not least, Jonn Karsseboom (owner/operator of the Garden Corner) shares his poetic musings, usually containing a bit of insight he’s picked up in the garden.

And then of course, I would be remiss not to mention our advertisers. We have a wonderful group of advertisers, many of which have been with us from the beginning. It’s an expensive endeavor to produce, print, and mail over 12,000 copies of the paper every month, and we would be unable to do it without the support of the local businesses you’ll find throughout these pages. Please take a moment to thank them by patronizing their businesses.

And finally, A big Thank You to you… our readers – especially those who have taken the time to contact us and make comments, suggestions, or even complaints. One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is hearing from our readers after an issue comes out.

We wanted to do something special to commemorate our 8th year, so we’ve printed some full-color, glossy window stickers. If you send me an email, or a letter to the address below, I’ll send one (or two if you ask.) If we see one on your car, you might be accosted by our ‘Prize Patrol’ and receive a special gift!

Michael Antonelli – Publisher

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Publisher’s Note

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 11:04 am
Mike Antonelli

As 2016 comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect over the last year and begin to contemplate the future. We’ve certainly seen a lot of changes here in Tualatin over the last year, and as we look forward, it is apparent that more change is in the air! We’ll have a new president who’s likely to shake things up on the national level, and here in Tualatin, we’ll soon have some new ideas with the addition of City Councilors Robert Kellogg, Paul Morrison, and a third, yet-to-be named councilor that should be appointed in the next couple of days. Welcome aboard! We’ll also be saying good-bye to outgoing councilors Ed Truax, Monique Beikman and Wade Brooksby. We thank them for their years of hard work and service to our community.

We’re also seeing a lot of physical changes transforming the landscape of Tualatin. Sadly, one of the biggest changes we’ve seen was the destruction of the Clark Lumber building. The Clark family continues to operate from the site and I was very happy to accept an advertisement from the company in this month’s issue (see page 3). We’ve seen many new businesses come to town over the last year… and it looks like even the Cracker Barrel that everybody’s been asking about has finally broken ground and will be opening early 2017!

Here at Tualatin Life, we’ll be contemplating a few changes as well. The first change you’ll be seeing is the transition to a true monthly. Moving forward, look for your monthly copy of Tualatin Life in your mailbox on or about the first of every month. We’ll also be revamping and adding new features to our website (www.tualatinlife.com) over the coming months. More on that later…

Please remember to keep our advertisers in mind as you make your purchasing decisions. It is through their support we’re able to continue bringing you this community forum.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Michael Antonelli – Publisher
mike@tualatinlife.com
503-692-9215

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November 2016

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 4:48 pm
Mike Antonelli

What a political season it’s been! On a national level, I don’t think we’ve ever seen this many twists and turns leading up to a presidential election. Here in our quiet little town of Tualatin, we have our own heated political issues, not the least of which is Measure 34-247 (Term Limits). I was happy to see a great turnout at the Candidates Forum last month, and once again, we’ve devoted a fair amount of space to the election, giving both sides an opportunity to share their views. If you haven’t already voted, I urge you to spend some time with our special election coverage on pages 12 & 13. Hopefully, with a little luck, we can collectively make the right decisions on these important issues. And in less than a week, we can relax, take a break from the political commentary, and concentrate on more important issues… like getting ready for the holidays. If you’re starting to suffer from election-overload, Dr. Jeff Clark provides some excellent tips to deal with election related stress on our back cover.

There are a lot of things happening around Tualatin to help get you get out of the house and into the holiday spirit. The Chamber will be holding their Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction on December 6th at the Tualatin Country Club – and if you’re interested, be sure to attend the Preview Party on November 17th. (See page 3 for details.) If theatre is your thing, Mask & Mirror Community Theatre opens their 6th Season on November 4th with a production of The Last Night of Ballyhoo (page 6.)

For a younger audience, a local Tualatin family has been instrumental in Christian Youth Theater’s production of Shrek the Musical JR., which opens on the 11th (page 5.) Finally, if you’re like me, and tell yourself every year you’re going to get a jump on Christmas shopping, you might want to head over to the library this weekend, where the Friends of the Library will be holding their annual Used Book Sale. You just might find that perfect gift for a hard-to-buy-for loved one. (page 22).

Being that November 11th is Veterans Day, I was honored to share the heartwarming story below, about two vets, father and son, separated 35 years ago and only recently united – just in time for Thanksgiving. And if you haven’t already gotten your tickets for Tualatin’s Veterans Day Breakfast, held at the Juanita Pohl Center November 10th, you might want to give them a call soon. Free for vets and $10 for others. This event sells out every year.

Please continue to show your support for the advertisers that allow us to bring you this paper month after month. Their advertising is what brings you the paper… free!

Michael Antonelli – Publisher
mike@tualatinlife.com
503-692-9215

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October Blog

Posted on September 26, 2016 at 11:27 am
Mike Antonelli

The leaves are falling and Autumn’s calling – one of my personal favorite times of the year, and there is so much to do in our fine city! October 15th kicks off what has become one of Tualatin’s, and for that matter, Oregon’s most popular events: The West Coast Pumpkin Regatta. With costumed characters, 1,000+ pound pumpkins, and a cult-like following, the Regatta is expecting to draw 20,000 people this year! Get there early and you can also join the 2016 Regatta Run 5K Run or Walk – A great way to have fun and raise money for the Cpl. Matthew Lembke Memorial Scholarship Fund, benefiting several deserving TuHS students every year.

You may have noticed this issue is in your mailboxes a couple of days early. Tualatin Life has a long record of advocating for our readers to get involved with the local political process. There’s a lot going on this year, and I’m not just referring to the heated presidential race… When the opportunity to partner and help promote the Tualatin Chamber’s Candidate Forum came up, we took the unprecedented step of moving our press date up five days so we could give our readers advance notice of the forum that will take place this coming Wednesday, September 28th (Our originally scheduled in-home date). There are several important choices you will be making this year, including electing a State Representative, filling a City Council seat, and deciding on two highly contested measures: 97 (Oregon Business Tax Increase) and 34-247 (Tualatin Term Limits). We also have extensive coverage on the election issues on pages 11-15.

There will be another opportunity to meet the candidates a couple of weeks later as the Tualatin Area Aging Task Force presents its own Candidate Forum, with a focus on topics affecting the our older population. Details on page 16 – And speaking of the Task Force, an accompanying story on the facing page 17 illustrates just how effective community involvement can be. This David vs. Goliath story is well worth a read.

Don’t forget to support our advertisers. They make a commitment to Tualatin Life because they care about our community, and recognize the value of having an independent voice in the community.

As always, we’re happy to hear your comments, ideas, suggestions or complaints. Feel free to contact us directly at the email or phone number below.

Michael Antonelli – Publisher
mike@tualatinlife.com
503-692-9215

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August 2016

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 10:21 am
Mike Antonelli

Last month, I asked for feedback and you didn’t disappoint. I want to take a moment to thank all the people that took the time to call, email or check-in on our Facebook Page or website. Tualatin Life strives to be the voice of Tualatin so I encourage you to reach out if you have something to say or there’s something we could be doing better. I personally respond to phone calls, email and Facebook messages.

This issue is jam-packed with what I hope you’ll agree is a great selection of stories and a few new advertisers. It’s never easy to approach someone about a story idea after a tragedy, and over the last several weeks, we’ve had more than our fair share. By now, most Tualatin residents are familiar with the Clark Lumber True Value Hardware fire. We were grateful that members of the Clark family agreed to sit down with us and give us an update to share with our readers. It was heartwarming to see that they’re back at it already, conducting business out of a small trailer on the property. They remind us of the resilience of the human spirit… a theme that seems to play out repeatedly in this issue.

Past publisher Jonathan Crane makes a return to the pages of Tualatin Life with an interview with Tualatin residents Dale and Claudia Lembke, who graciously agreed to share their story on page 8. Through the loss of their son, a scholarship fund benefitting TuHS students continues to keep his name alive.

With the fifteenth anniversary of 9-11 around the corner, it’s timely for local resident John Beaulieu to share his involvement with rebuilding after another tragedy. John played a crucial role in the building of the Freedom Tower on the site of the destroyed World Trade Center buildings.

And on page 4, you’ll read how one family honored their daughter’s spirit and love of horses and through Cindy’s House of Horses. It was great meeting so many of you at the Crawfish Festival and the various National Night Out events throughout our city. We took a lot of photos, so many that we decided to publish them on our website. Be sure to check them out at www.TualatinLife.com.

Finally, A big thanks you to our advertisers that make Tualatin Life possible. Please continue to support them.

Michael Antonelli – Publisher
mike@tualatinlife.com
503-692-9215

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