Posted on December 6, 2016 at 11:04 am
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
Posted on November 2, 2016 at 4:48 pm
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.
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Michael Antonelli – Publisher
Posted on September 26, 2016 at 11:27 am
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.
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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
Posted on August 23, 2016 at 10:21 am
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
Posted on July 21, 2016 at 3:48 pm
Well, I’ve made it to the fourth issue, so I guess I’m here to stay. I’m finally starting to get my “sea legs!”
Summer is in full swing and there’s an endless array of activities and events lined up in our fine city. The ArtSplash Art Show and Sale is this weekend, Friday through Sunday. You can get the full schedule on page 5. The following weekend, Marquis Tualatin is putting on a Car Show and BBQ (pg. 7) with all proceeds benefitting Meals on Wheels People Tualatin, a worthwhile cause that does a lot of good locally. The weekend after that, it’s time for the 66th Annual Crawfish Festival (below). It’s not hard to find a reason to get out of the house this time of year!
In case you haven’t heard, Tualatin has a new chief of police. Tualatin Life has always maintained a great relationship with our local police department and as the “new guy” at Tualatin Life, it was important for me to re-establish that relationship with incoming Chief Bill Steele. If you’ve been paying any kind of attention to the news lately, you realize it’s not easy wearing the uniform. I was pleased to hear that he’s so far received an overwhelmingly positive welcome from the citizens of Tualatin. We talked about the importance of citizens being alert, being involved, and getting to know their neighbors. On page 8, Tualatin Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Massey provides a great opportunity to do just that through the National Night Out Program.
Due to the massive support of our contributors and advertisers alike, this issue is little larger than we’ve done lately. The last few issues have been jam-packed from cover to cover, and I haven’t been able to publish everything that we’ve received – something I really don’t like to do. This month, there were just too many great articles so I figured it was worth the extra effort to add a few more pages. I always appreciate feedback and I’m interested in hearing what you think about the extra four pages… Is it too much? Not enough? You can call or email if you have something to say (or for any other reason for that matter). If you haven’t already “liked” us on Facebook, that’s another great avenue to keep in touch.
Thank you for continuing to support our advertisers. These locally-owned businesses are the same businesses that support our community. It’s important that we show our support for them whenever possible.
Michael Antonelli – Publisher