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Volume XXXX, Number 10 Wednesday • March 10, 2010

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Grandmother’s Heartache:

Woeful of separation, and lost cultural ties BY JAKE THOMAS

THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Whenever Carollynn Smith has a birthday party for her grandchildren C’Lynn or Kofi, she makes sure there is a cake, and her table is spread with their favorite foods like greens, chicken and potatoes. The only thing missing is her grandchildren. For nearly half a decade, Smith has been in a struggle with the Oregon Department of Human Services to gain custody of her two grandchildren, after Kofi tested positive for cocaine while living with her daughter. “My babies are coming home,” said Smith, who seems as sure of this as she is the sun will rise tomorrow. Smith hates having Kofi and C’Lynn separated from her five other adopted grandchildren. But she’s also uncomfortable with her grandchildren being raised by a white couple in Wilsonville, whom she says refuse to grant her visitation. Smith worries that the children won’t have any connection to their heritage or history. As the nation becomes more racially diverse and complex and more couples look overseas for children needing homes, the type of situation that Smith grapples with is bound to take on an increased salience. In a state like Oregon that is overwhelmingly white, but has a disproportionate number of minorities in foster care, the topic will almost certainly grip policy makers and families alike. Transracial adoption in the U.S. has always been tangled, and contradictory. Since whites have long held a patrimonial role over blacks many, like Smith, bristle at the idea of her children being taken from her and given to a white couple. “It’s slavery,” said Smith. continued

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PHOTO BY MARK WASHINGTON/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Carollynn Smith, outside the northeast Portland offices of the Oregon Department of Human services, holds pictures of the grandchildren she lost custody of to the state after a protracted struggle.

Entrepreneur Stays with Dream Troubled past gives way to persistence After spending 14 years behind bars, Sherman Jackson learned to be patient. As the former owner and operator of SJ’s International House of Billiards and SJ’s House of Style on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Fremont Street, Jackson was known to flaunt flashy PHOTO BY MARK WASHINGTON/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER cars and love the entrapments of wealth. But he Sherman Jackson welcomes customers to his Platinum Fade Salon didn’t like waiting, which got him involved in drug at the corner of Northeast Alberta Street and Ninth Avenue. Jackson trafficking and money laundering that scored him was able to break the chains of drug addiction and crime, scrimping quick cash and a trip to prison. and saving for years to get back into business. Today, Jackson has slowly climbed his way back

to the top with persistence, patience, and a rocksolid knowledge of how to handle a pair of shears. A barber by training, Jackson scrimped and saved at low-wage jobs so he could open his northeast Portland hair cutting shop: Platinum Fade Salon. “The money is slower, but life is better,” he said. Just off Alberta Street, at 5010 N.E. Ninth Ave., the shop sees a steady stream of customers trickle in and out looking to get their hair cuts. The room is clean and sleek. The brown walls, which are lined with several awards, look freshly painted. “I stayed with my dream,” said Jackson. But getting back to where he is now wasn’t easy. continued

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Week in The Review Wheeler Fills Post Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler accepted an offer to fill the state Treasurer position left vacant by the late Ben Weslund, Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s office announced Tuesday. Among those lining up to run for Wheeler’s county chair post are former State Sen. Margaret Carter, former U.S. Senate candidate Steve Novick and Multnomah

County Commissioner Jeff Cogen. west, seismological measurements indicate. The fifth most powerful School Board Votes for High quake ever measured shifted other School Redesign parts of South America as well. By a 5-2 vote, the Portland Palin Crossed School board voted Border for Monday on a resolution Canada’s paving the way for a plan Healthcare that would redesign the Former Alaska district’s high schools Gov. Sarah Palin -with neighborhoodwho has gone to based community high great lengths to schools and district wide hype the supposed focus schools. dangers of a big Quake Moves government takeChile City10 Feet over of American health care -- adThe massive 8.8 magnitude earth- mitted over the weekend that she quake that struck Chile more than a used to get her treatment by crossweek ago moved the city of ing the border into Canada's singleConcepción at least 10 feet to the payer system.

Water Shut Offs Targeted The Portland Water Bureau announced Monday that it will begin authorizing water shutoffs on delinquent multi-family account owners. For many years, the bureau maintained a policy that exempted multi-family accounts from shut-off due to the impact on unknowing tenants. Unfortunately, a number of landlords have capitalized on this policy by charging their tenants for water and keeping the proceeds for themselves rather than paying their water bills, officials said. As a result, the Water Bureau will be taking action to make certain this trend does not continue. The bureau will institute a notification system to ensure that tenants and landlords are made aware of any pending shut off, giving both parties a chance to take action. "Everyone who uses Portland's water infrastructure is responsible to pay their fair share, and this initiative will help ensure that multi-family landlords are no exception," said Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff.

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I N S I D E LOCAL

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OPINION LAW & JUSTICE

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Branch designed as community hub BY JAKE THOMAS

THE PORTLAND OBSERVER After countless conversations, a petition circulated by neighbors, and a bond levy, north Portland residents are being served by a new Multnomah County Library branch in the Kenton Neighborhood. This part of town hasn’t had a nearby library since 1975, when budget cuts caused branch closures at nearby University Park and Vernon in northeast Portland. In recent years, north Portland residents began lobbying the Library Advisory Board to reopen a local branch. In 2006, voters passed a fiveyear operating levy that included specific language for new libraries in North Portland and East County. Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen, who represents north and northeast Portland, said getting the new library up and running was a priority. But when he met with residents, who’ve become accustomed to nearly every government service being slashed, he admits they were skeptical. Cogen said that the library, located in retail space at 8226 N. Denver Ave., was intentionally sited in the heart of Kenton’s burgeoning business district, with the intent that library patrons will stop by local businesses. “It’s so wonderful to think that this wonderful resource will be at our fingertips,” said Angela Moos, the chair of the Kenton Neighborhood Association. In true Portland style, the nearly $1.8 million and 20,000 book facility is environmentallyfriendly. The walls are composed of wood from back when it was Cyril S. Kenyon Hardware store. The carpets are made from recycled materials, and a deliberate effort was made to prevent using any volatile chemicals during construction. David Miles, the administrator at the Kenton branch, said that the library will include many of the same features at other libraries and a couple new ones as well. An entire wall will be dedi-

PHOTO BY JAKE THOMAS/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Visitors check out the Kenton library, the newest branch of the Multnomah County Library system.

Kenton Library Administrator David Miles

cated to movies and music, and will have a focus on popular titles. It’ll also have a “lucky day” shelf that will feature bestsellers that can’t be put on reserve, so patrons might find a

popular new title that they won’t have to wait weeks for. Miles also said that he aims to have a pro-active staff that actively helps patrons. “Libraries are more than books,” added Cogen. “They’re 21 century community hubs.” The new branch also has a community meeting space that features the art of local artist Marlene Bauer on the glass panels that has depictions of Portland’s landscape. It also includes more than 20 computer terminals for public use. An official grand opening will take place on Saturday, March 13 beginning at 10 a.m. with live jazz music, a dedication ceremony, free treats, a Dr. Seuss celebration, and other events.


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Tax help volunteers Jose Soto (from left), Marya Gonzalez and Jerald Robinson, join Camille McDonald with the non-profit CASH Oregon to help low income persons fill out tax returns and sign up qualifying families for earned income tax credits.

Events Help Local Tax Filers Tax credits for families a priority Paying your fair share of income taxes can be a bit stressful, but there are people out there who can help. And with some new changes in federal and state law, you might walk away with a hunk of money. Because of the weak economy, many people might qualify for the earned income tax credit for first time because their income declined or their marital status changed. The credit was also expanded under the stimulus bill signed into law last year.

The ETIC is meant to offset the tax burden on working low-income people. The amount of the tax credit varies, depending on your situation, but you could get a couple thousand dollars. The stimulus gives people with three or more children an extra boost with a larger tax credit this year. If you, like many other Oregonians, have been receiving unemployment benefits you can now have a $2,400 allowance of tax-free unemployment compensation.

A number of community organizations partnering with the Internal Revenue Service are offering assistance with tax preparation. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs help out people earning $49,000 or less and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs help people 60 and over with their filings. To find one near you, dial 211. The non-profit CASH Oregon also offers similar services at a number of locations in the area free of charge. To find one, visit cashoregon.org or call 503-2437765.

Entrepreneur Stays with Dream continued

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After getting out of prison in 2002, he took a job at a barber shop in the Lloyd Center making the state’s minimum wage: $7.25 an hour. Jackson patiently built up a steady clientele who followed him to Platinum Fade Salon in 2006. “It was a big step,” said Jackson. Raheem Sadruddin, who also cuts hair at Platinum Fade, worked alongside Jackson at the shop in the Lloyd Center and came along with him when he opened his new shop. He admits that he was a bit nervous leaving a steady job for a startup business, but had confidence in Jackson’s savvy. “I knew he had a good plan,” said Sadruddin. Jackson attributes his rise to his unwavering com-

mitment to giving a good cut every time, telling customers that if there’s a line in you hair, the cut is on the house. He also points out that he has barbers who use actual razor blades ensuring a clean cut. “I try to give the best service I can,” he said. Jackson works seven days a week and hasn’t had a vacation in four years, but seems unfazed by it. When he does find spare time, he talks to kids at churches and schools with a fistful of old newspaper clippings chronicling his fall and incarceration. Jackson’s message for young people is always simple: If you follow his path, you will not pay a price. Jackson thinks about taking the business to another level, opening a shop in Gresham. “But for right now, I’m focusing on Ninth and Alberta,” he said.

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In 1972, the National Association of Black Social Workers said that trans-racial adoption amounted to “cultural genocide,” a charge it later softened. Experts on the issue argue that children in transracial adoptions can experience serious psycho-social difficulties later in life if proper precautions aren’t taken. However, they say that federal law serves as a stumbling block for some important conversations on race and family from taking place. There are few steady numbers for tracking transracial adoption. A New York Times data analysis from 2006 found that 26 percent, or 4,200, of black children adopted from foster care in 2004, were adopted transracially, nearly all by whites, up from 14 percent in 1998. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that in 2000, 15 percent of adoptions were transracial. Over the last decade, the U.S. has seen a wave of adoptions from overseas, with several high-profile celebrity adoptions getting significant attention. The high water mark was in 2004, when Americans adopted 22,000 children from other countries, according to U.S. State Department numbers. In Oregon, a disproportionate number of minority children get caught up in the state Department of Human Services. Thirty eight percent of children spending at least a day in foster care are non-white, and 32.6 percent of adopted children are ethnic minorities. DHS doesn’t track the number of transracial adoptions or the ethnicities of adopting parents, but with the state population estimated to be around 90 percent white by the U.S. Census Bureau, it’s safe to say that some minority children are being taken under the wings of pallid-skinned adults. But discussions about issues of race are largely absent from agencies like DHS, which have a large role in setting up transracial adoptions. In 1994, Congress passed the Multi Ethnic Placement Act, which prohib-

its any federally-funded agency from using race as a factor in placing children in adoptive care. Before the law was passed, it was often up to social workers to make the call on where to place children. Because many of them had reservations on transracial adoption, minority children ended up languishing for long periods in foster care due to the lack of minority families looking to adopt. Two years ago, a landmark report released by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute made call for reform of the law. It made the case that children in transracial adoptions can end up wrestling with issues of selfidentity and self-worth, have trouble adjusting, and are blindsided by discrimination later in life. There are other issues, like healthproblems some ethnicities are prone to, or something as simple as hair care. But there are other problems as well. For instance, how should a white couple react if their minority child is called a slur? The report said that these issues need to be talked about by agencies like DHS. “These are challenges that are not overwhelming and can be addressed,” said Keith Alford associate professor, School of Social Work in the College of Human Ecology at Syracuse University. Alford, and other experts, argue that white parents can care for a colored child if they make efforts to connect them to their heritage, live in a racially-integrated neighborhood that provides mentors, and are generally aware of the challenges their child faces. Kory Murphy, a policy analyst with DHS, said that it would be beneficial to have white parents adopting a child of color to have some sort of counseling on the issue, but because of MEPA workers in the agency avoid any discussion of race to avoid a lawsuit. “We just cross our fingers and hope the kids are going to get it,” he said. Astrid Dabbeni was adopted with her sister from Columbia and raised in a transracial family. She recalls growing up with a sense of white privilege that clashed with the real world once she left the nest. Now the executive director of Adoption Moasiac, a Portland nonprofit that provides educational services for adopting couples, Dabbeni recommends that agencies like DHS could work around MEPA by having all couples receive some sort of counseling on transracial adoption. “They have a sense of ‘I don’t belong here,’” said Dabenni if children don’t have an anchor. The topic hasn’t risen to prominence at the state or national level. Still, Murphy points out that a study being conducted by Portland State University that focuses on disparities in foster care system might spark a broader discussion on the issue. But before that happens, Smith has two empty seats at her table.


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Call for Police Reforms The Albina Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of churches in north and northeast Portland, held a rally at Emmanuel Temple Church in north Portland Friday to press the case that City Hall and the Legislature needed to act to prevent the death of another person at the hands of police. The rally comes a month after the death of Aaron Campbell, an unarmed man who was shot by police outside a Northeast Sandy Boulevard apartment complex during a mental health crisis brought on by the death of his brother from natural causes earlier in the day. Campbell’s mother Marva Davis attended Friday’s call to action. The ministers’ justice coalition is calling for a stronger and more independent oversight of the police. Specifically it wants the Independent PoMarva Davis lice Review Division and the Citizen Review Committee, two bodies charged with overseeing the police, to be given more teeth and the power to compel officer testimony. The panel also wants a full review by the City Council and Police Chief Rosie Sizer of the bureau’s use of force and deadly force policies; and more police training with the involvement of a diverse group of citizens. The AMA group also wants the state Legislature to reform laws that govern how officers can use force; and for Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Shrunk to establish a special prosecutor for incidents where police use excessive or deadly force.

Going Miles for Smiles National Guard soldiers from a military unit based in Tigard recently delivered more than 400 bags of paper, pencils and scissors to students in Iraq -- school supplies donated by friends and families in Oregon. The soldiers of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, distributed the school supplies from the TD Foundation, an organization whose purpose is to help needy families and children nationally and internationally with basic needs, and supporting friends and families back home," said Sgt. Julie Cavinee of Creswell, Ore., the human resources non-commissioned officer with A Company. The Oregon soldiers have made 10 goodwill missions out to Iraqi villages for various reasons. "The kids get really excited. They said we are the first Americans they have seen in a long time," said Capt. Charles Ellis, the commander of A Company. "They know my face."


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Race and Portland Public Schools

A disruptive pattern documented JEANETTE LONA FRUEN The front page news item “Violent death adds to an old anger,” reported that “many people in Portland are perplexed that large segments of Portland’s African American community see the shooting death of Aaron Campbell through a racial lens.” Another Oregonian front page reported the attack by Portland police on 21-year-old Delease Carter. I have known Delease since her senior year at Jefferson High School. She is a fierce competitor on the basketball court, a sensitive poet, polite, and a free spirit. Her courageous truth-telling about the police attack removed any doubt that there are racists in the Portland Police Bureau. But racism in our beloved City of the Roses has not been limited to the police. For over a decade I have witnessed paternalistic attitudes, ill-advised decisions, unconscionable actions and a refusal by Portland Public Schools to seek meaningful input from Jefferson High School students, staff and community. Let me cite a few blatant examples. In 1998, the PPS board sent pink slips to every teacher, secretary, cafeteria worker and custodian at Jefferson. The board called it “reconstitution.”

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And they did it over the articulate, research-based and emotional objections of more than 300 students, parents, educators and community members. In nearly five hours of testimony not a single person supported PPS’s drastic reorganization of Jefferson. The district even acknowledged in a memo that “there appears to be little hard data regarding improving student achievement through reconstitution.” This divisive, disruptive action ignored the successes of Jefferson students and staff. For example, Alicia Moreland, the 1998 Jefferson Rose Festival

students in their neighborhood high school. PPS’s actions and inactions had severe consequences for Jefferson students, staff and community: Nine principals in 11 years; further decline in enrollment; fewer course offerings; staff turnover; and a disruption of school, family and community relationships. Fast forward to 2006 when once again PPS was considering restructuring Jefferson. The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) president testified to the school board that repeated restructuring, high administrative turnover and lack of district leadership led to instabil-

The district failed to communicate these successes so that families would be encouraged to enroll students in their neighborhood high school. Ambassador, was named Rose Festival Queen; went to Stanford on a full academic scholarship; graduated with honors in three years, and completed medical school and is a physician. The Jefferson Jazz Band was ranked #2 in the nation. The school’s video production department won local and national awards. The Jefferson arts and literary magazine was ranked among the top 15 in the nation. But the district failed to build on these successes. And the district failed to communicate these successes so that families would be encouraged to enroll

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77 percent said one school. On the creation of single-sex academies, 69 percent of respondents were opposed. PTSA volunteers also documented how only 21 core courses and 28 electives would be offered in a proposed Arts and Technologies academy; 36 core courses and 8 electives in a Science and Technologies academy; but a much more robust 38 core courses and 31 electives in a community-preferred single comprehensive high school. Despite these facts, PPS continually repeated its disingenuous claims that their proposed academy structure provided “robust and rigorous educational opportunities.” The school board and district administration created single-sex academies and once again reorganized Jefferson High School. The result: Students have had fewer course offerings, hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars were wasted employing five administrators (three from out of state) for four academies; and in the fall of 2008, the district announced that the boys’ academy would close for lack of enrollment. With experiences like these and decades of well-documented overt and covert racism is it any wonder that African American residents – and their white allies -- view the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Public Schools through a racial lens? Jeanette Lona Fruen is a long time Jefferson High School advocate. A 70+ white grandmother, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award at Portland’s largest Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

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OPINION

Wall Street Outrage Continues Taxpayers should have a say GREG MATHIS Americans are outraged at Wall Street and the country’s big banks for several reasons, the least of which is the latest report that bonuses for financial execs increased 25 percent in 2009. Millions of Americans are out of work, unemployment is at the highest it’s been in a decade and the country continues to suffer economically. Yet, an industry that had to be bailed out by taxpayers can afford to reward its top officials. Americans have a right to be outraged. It wasn’t that long ago – just over a year – that the U. S. government offered up $700 billion of taxpayer money to prevent the financial industry from collapsing. Years of unregulated financial dealings and the purchase of faulty credit assets by the banks led to that moment and, without the bailout, our economy would have suffered tremendously. Now, it seems the financial industry has not only “recovered,” it is benefiting from the loan. The dollars use to save the industry were utilized to generate historic profits for the big banks…they in turn gave themselves both cash and non-cash bonuses. To be fair, when a company does well it should reward its staff. But when a company is just coming off of one of the biggest financial disasters in BY

The dollars use to save the industry were utilized to generate historic profits for the big banks…they in turn gave themselves both cash and non-cash bonuses.

Letter to the Editor

Stop Transit Attacks Appearing before the Portland City Council last month, activists from the Transit Riders Union protested TriMet’s proposed service cuts and a fare hike, comparing them to police attacks on citizens: unacceptable. Last year, transit activists collected 1,400 petition signatures opposing cuts to Fareless Square. But

the unelected TriMet board voted 6-to-1 to ignore those concerns and began charging for buses in the formerly fareless zone, ending a community resource that served residents for 35 years. The Transit Riders Union is now working to stop a proposed third round of service cuts and a five

cents a ride fare increase. These cuts are set to eliminate four routes and cut back on 60 other bus lines. TriMet has been cutting back on MAX frequency, even while building more light rail lines. As the treasurer of Transit Riders Union, I have also asked the City Council to reform racist practices by the Portland Police Bureau, specifically protesting the unjustified shooting of an unarmed black man, Aaron Campbell, and affirming Jesse Jackson's characterization of the

history, profits should be reinvested to ensure future financial stability. Reinvesting in the business and industry includes hiring more staff. Most economists think the huge profits are a result of the banks laying off staff or terminating jobs and giving more work to the employees that remained. Less staff and overhead equal bigger profits. We should all write legislators and advocate that the government tie financial sector pay to long-term financial success.

These short-term gains are great, but are not indicative of the overall health of the industry. Critics argue that government should not intervene and has no place mandating how banks pay staff. I disagree. When the taxpayers are responsible for saving the sector from collapse then the government, as our representative, does and should have a say. Greg Mathis is a retired Michigan District Court judge and syndicated television show judge.

shooting as an "execution." The U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation is a step in the right direction, but it may require the U.S. Justice Department 'taking over' the Portland Police Bureau, under the U.S. Attorney General, for real change to occur. In November, the Transit Riders Union picketed the downtown offices of the Portland Business Alliance, the primary group which pushed both to gut Fareless Square, and to keep the sit-lie ordinance

against homeless people (the latter was overturned by a court in 2009). Currently, the TriMet board is appointed by Oregon's governor, not elected by the people. TriMet is a $2.5 billion government agency. Just as we need to fight killer cops, we also need to fight for democracy and to preserve "the commons" in terms of public transit. Electing the TriMet board is a first step toward taking our transit back! Lew Church Southwest Portland


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LAW&JUSTICE Thieves use Card Skimmers The Vancouver Police Department is working with local gas station operators to inform them of a growing fraud and identity theft crime, the use of skimmers on their gas pumps. Over the past several months Vancouver Police have received numerous calls reporting unauthorized charges on debit and credit cards after the person purchased gas using a pay-at-thepump debit and credit card reader. Vancouver Police are distributing informational flyers and working with local gas stations

advising them to consider pump lock changes and encouraging them to conduct regular inspections of pumps to look for possible skimming devices. Citizens are encouraged to pay with cash, debit or credit inside the store and not to use the pay at the pump option if possible. Anyone who believe that they have been the victim of identity theft should immediately contact the bank that their credit and debit card is issued through and then complete a police report. A photo from the Vancouver Police Department shows a skimmer device wired into the back of a gas pump by credit card thieves. The device didn't affect transactions, so customers were able to pump gas while the skimmer quietly collected their credit-card numbers.

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Heroin Overdoses Bring Charges A federal grand jury has indicted two men on charges they sold heroin that resulted in the overdose deaths of two Portland men. Federal and Multnomah County prosecutors say that Jose Luis Torres Rojas and Jose Hernandez Flores were arrested last week accused of two counts of distribution of heroin resulting in death and

one count of distributing heroin. The case involves the deaths last year of 38-year-old Patrick McGinnis and 28-year-old Joshua Reeves. Also arrested was 18-yearold Jose Ismael Torres Rojas, who is charged with distributing heroin. All three men are Mexican citizens. A federal court trial is scheduled for May 4.

Pastor Guilty in Tax Case A former pastor of a northeast Portland church has been ordered to serve five months in prison for aiding the preparation of a false tax return. Maximo Garza, 47, of Vancouver, admitted that he provided false expense invoices which purported to reflect public relations and other services provided by Victory Outreach Church, to William Thompson, who was then operating a mail

order divorce service business using the name Hallwood, Inc. Thompson used the false invoices to take expense deductions on tax returns filed by Hallwood, Inc. in order to fraudulently reduce his tax liability. Garza was the pastor for Victory Outreach Church, a non-denominational church which has operated in Portland for over 15 years.

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LAW&JUSTICE NAACP Ushers In New Generation Elects youngest ever chair The NAACP has named Roslyn M. Brock as Chair of the civil rights group’s Board of Directors. Brock, 44, is the youngest ever and fourth woman to serve as board chair. Her resumé boasts more than 25 years of service to the NAACP, including as a youth board member, youth and college state conference president, board member, and vice chair to the NAACP board. “As the NAACP ushers in a

new generation, it is a great honor to be elected chairman of the board of this esteemed association,” Brock said, after her selection last month. “We are blessed with the opportunity to lead the fight for civil and human rights into another century, and I am honored to help the NAACP issue the clarion call while ensuring the future legacy of this great organization.” Brock announced her candidacy last August after her predecessor Julian Bond declared his retirement. Bond endorsed Brock’s candidacy, citing her ex- Roslyn Brock

perience as well as her youth. “The time has come for me to step down as Chairman of the Board and I cannot think of a better person to pass the torch to than Roslyn M. Brock,” Bond said. NAACP President and Chief Executive Officer Benjamin Todd Jealous called Brock a fierce advocate for social justice, who is squarely focused on addressing the crises of today and winning the victories of tomorrow.” In addition to her service with the NAACP, Brock serves as Vice President at Bon Secours Health Care in Marriottsville, Md. She is

the chief spokesperson for Bon Secours on government relations, advocacy and public policy. She previously worked 10 years in health programs at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich. She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Union University; earned a master's degree in health services administration from George Washington University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Theology at Virginia Union University.

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Kipp Crawford was in some sort of confrontation with another person and landed in the middle of Willamette Boulevard where he was run over by two cars.

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, is asking for your help in solving the homicide of a well known Portland musician. On Nov. 4 at approximately 2:26 a.m., Kipp Crawford, 32, was run over by two cars on North Willamette Boulevard at North Hodge. Prior to being run over, Crawford was seen riding his bike eastbound on Willamette Boulevard, when for unknown reasons his bike crashed and he landed in the westbound lane of Willamette. Witnesses at the scene both saw and heard an angry altercation between Crawford and another man who then stood over Crawford as he lay in the middle of the street. Detectives have reason to believe that

Crawford was the victim of an assault and robbery and as a result ended up in the street. Based on witness descriptions, the suspect is described as a white male in his 20's. Detectives would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this altercation or who may have any information regarding this case. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357), leave a tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com, or text 823HELP plus your tip and send it to CRIMESTOPPERS.

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tive effects of the law. “America is a nation committed to liberty, but you cannot have liberty without equality,” Wyden said. The Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 would prohibit discrimination against current and prospective service members on the basis of sexual orientation, and restore Reserve Officer Training Corps units at universities that currently ban the establishment of ROTC units on campus.

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Lakewood Hosts Comedy Lorraine Bahr (left) and Mary Anne Glazebrook star in the Tony award winning British comedy Lettice and Lovage, a story about an expert on medieval cuisine and weaponry who forges an unlikely friendship, playing at Lakewood Theatre Company, March 12 through April 18.

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America’s Got Talent celebrities Piers Morgan (from left) Sharon Osbourne, Nick Cannon and Howie Mandel will be in Portland, March 17 and 18 for the taping of a show at Keller Auditorium.

Hit Show Comes to Portland NBC’s top-rated summer show, “America’s Got Talent,” will be taping a show in Portland at the Keller Auditorium on Wednesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 18. Area residents can join host Nick Cannon and judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel in the audience as the country’s best amateur performers compete for a chance to win one million dollars. Free tickets to the taping are currently available

online at ocatv.com or nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent. The search for talent came to Portland two weeks ago for auditions. Producers were looking for talent of all kinds – including musicians, dancers, dance crews, magicians, contortionists, comedians, singers, jugglers, animal acts and everything in between, from all walks of life. Last season, Oregon had a contestant in the finals, breakdancer Hairo Torres, who is from Grants Pass.

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Monday, March 15 at 7:30pm; Dr. James Earl Massey Christianity Today named him one of the top 25 Preachers in the World. Tuesday, March 16 at 7:30 pm; Dr. J. Alfred Smith Emeritus Pastor Oakland CA Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30pm; Dr. Arturo Azurdia Western Seminary Women’s Luncheon at 12:00 pm March 16-17. 2010 Session One: Rev. Patrice Turner; Dolton, IL And Session Two: Dr. Charlotte Beeler-Petty; Olympia, WA *Luncheon cost: $20.00 or $35.00 for two sessions For further Information on N.W. Regional Preaching conference - registration cost, workshops & speakers - call (503) 288-2919 or (503) 282-3795 or Web site: WWW.NWRPC.org


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‘Leapin Louie’ Lichtenstein of Clowns Without Borders brings laughter to children in Haiti during a tour last year. The non-profit humanity group holds a benefit show on Friday at the Da Vinci Middle School, 2508 N.E. Everett, so that it can return to Haiti to work with children left homeless by the recent earthquake.

Benefit Show for Haiti The 13th Annual Portland Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show! Friday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Da Vinci Middle School, 2508 N.E. Everett, will support the humanity

group’s outreach in Haiti. Founded in 1995, Clouds Without Borders, strives to relieve trauma through laughter in areas of crisis around the world.

Friday’s show will feature wild physical theater and new circus community performers, including Leapin' Louie Lichtenstein, Rhys Thomas, Flamebuoyant Produc-

Portland Hosts Comic’s Return Martin Lawrence returns to his stand-up roots with a one-night only appearance at Keller Auditorium on Thursday, March 11 at 8 p.m. Arguably one of the most popular and successful comedians of our time, Lawrence began his career doing stand-up on the Washington, D.C. circuit parlaying his act into a 1983 appearance on “Star Search.” He quickly became a household name and a pop culture phenomenon with the introduction of the FOX TV sitcom "Martin" which ran for five seasons from 1992 to 1997. Lawrence has also accumulated an impressive list of motion picture credits, some including Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, House Party 1 and 2, Boomerang, Bad Boys I and II, and Big Momma's House.

tions, the Nomadic Theatre Co, Charlie Brown, Brittany Walsh and her arrows of amazement, and much more. Tickets for the performance are a sliding scale from $10 to $25, and will be available at the door. Portland clowns Lichtenstein and Sarah Liane Foster each led trips to

Haiti in 2009 before the earthquake and are active organizing the Clowns Without Borders response now. The organization plans to send at least four groups of clowns to Haiti this year in collaboration with Clowns Without Borders groups from Spain, France, and Canada.

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Jamaican roots reggae artist Lutan Fyah, backed by Quinto Sol, a band from the barrios of East Los Angeles, perform Friday, March 12 starting at 8 pm. at the Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne. Tickets are $15 in advance and $15 at the door. Much more than a deejay, a singer and more than a chanter too, Fyah also plays guitar, keyboards and the kette drum. He holds strong beliefs in originality with his very own idiosyncratic and unique vocal styling. He embraced the Rastafarian religion at the age of 16 but his songs are not always strictly Rasta. As a “living man with work to do” he ranges over all subjects and everything and anything can inspire him to write, to play, to chant, to sing and to deejay. Preaching to the converted can prove to be a fairly easy task but to take the same message all around the world is a totally different ball game.

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Kells Irish Festival -- Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub, 112 S.W. Second Ave., expands with a huge outdoor tent to host one of the largest St. Patrick’s celebrations in the Northwest, Friday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 17. Highlights include singing sensation and Grammy performer Imelda May, and local favorites Curtis Salgado and the Crazy 8s. The Wizard of Oz -- Roosevelt’s Opening Act Theatre Co. presents “The Wizard of Oz,” at the Roosevelt High School auditorium, 6941 N. Central St., at 7 p.m. on March 11, 12 and 13 along with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 13. Hawaii Club Luau -- Students from Hawaii will share their Polynesian culture with live music, hula and traditional dancing at the University of Portland Hawaii Club Luau, Saturday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in the Chiles Center. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for seniors. Nightmare at the Office -- The office can be a nightmare in the Portland Center Stage production of “The Receptionist,” a comic exploration of the horrors beneath the surface of the most boring office routines. Now playing through March 21.

Theater! Theatre! 3430 S.E. Belmont St. Zoo Spring Break Party -- The Oregon Zoo offers adventures on a budget during its Spring Break Party, March 22 through April 2. Animal enrichment events with special treats and activities to keep the animals mentally and physically stimulated will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Art & Culture Night -- Every last Friday, Portland’s various cultures and communities meet to tell stories, dance, sing and read poetry. This month’s Colored Pencils event will take place Friday, March 26 in Room 101 at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union. Doors open with an art reception at 5:30 p.m. An open mic begins at 6 p.m. To learn more, visit coloredpencilsart.com. Norman Sylvester Band -- Boogie Cat Norman Sylvester and his band perform Saturday, March 13 at Clydes; Sunday, March 14 at the M&M in Gresham; Wednesday, March 17 at the Lotus Card Room; and Friday, March 19 at Domenic’s in Milwaukie.

Mel Brown Live -- Portland jazz giant Mel Brown performs at Salty’s on the Columbia every Friday and Saturday night. Known as the “Gentleman of Jazz,” Brown has a career spanning over 40 years.

Samson the T. Rex -- A magnificent -foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, one of the most fearsome carnivores ever to walk the face of the earth is on display at OMSI. The 66-million-year-old fossil known as Samson is one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens in existence.

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Music Millennium Free Shows -- The Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside, hosts in-house live performances. Enjoy free music and the opportunity to meet artists. Call 503-231-8926 for a schedule.

Spy vs. Spy Intrigue -- A dream world of mistaken identities and danger around ever turn mark Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” now playing at the Gerding Theater at the Armory through March 21. Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop -- Portland’s Fuse Theatre Ensemble presents Slap that Bitch! a hip hop telling of Taming of the Shrew, through March 20 at

OMSI After Dark -- OMSI After Dark is a night at the museum for the 21 and over crowd filled with food, drink and science fun; $10 fee. For more information, call 503-797-4000 or visit omsi.edu. Food and Entertainment -- Sliders Grill, 3011 N. Lombard, features an eclectic assortment of performers on the main stage, accompanied by delicious food. Call 5459-4488 for more information.


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Free Film, Free Fun On Sunday, March 14, families are invited to the Portland Art Museum for Celebrating Film. This free admission event, sponsored by the Northwest Film Center, will feature do it yourself animation, interactive play spaces, improvisational theater games, film screenings, kid-friendly food, and motion themed-gallery tours. Activities take place throughout the day from 12-5 p.m. Northwest Film Center faculty will be teaching kids of all ages the principles of motion using zoetropes and thaumatropes, which spin and whirl simple drawings into animated moving im-

ages. Visitors can also make their own flipbook, play with digitally projected butterflies, and help create the soundtrack for a 1960s Japanese monster movie, live on stage, with the group Filmusik. For those interested in acting for the camera, Oregon Children’s Theater will be leading high energy interactive theater games such as Zip, Zap, Zop!, Whoosh I am a Tree, and Complaint Counter. The Art Museum is located at 1219 S.W. Park Ave., downtown.

From 1960s Sit-ins to War Combat pilot comes of age in Vietnam early years were spent in a NeWhat was the effect of going braska orphanage, and after his to war on an African American adoptive parents divorced, he fighter pilot who lived through struggled with a heightened the 1960s sit-ins, Birmingham sense of detachment as a biravoter registration marches, the cial child growing up in the segMarch on Washington, Black regated Midwest. Panther Party shootouts, riots in He carried this crisis of idenWatts, Detroit and Newark, and tity with him into the war where the assassinations of President his insecurities from the past Kennedy, his brother Bobby, and erupted over the skies of Dr. King? Southeast Asia with a ven"I was conflicted, to say the geance. Now a retired airline least," recalls Brian H. Settles, captain, his is the voice of the author of "No Reason for Dying: warrior poet. Captain Settles A Reluctant Combat Pilot's Confession of Hypocrisy, Infidelity, says, "We must seek to idenand War" (BookSurge, 2009). Captain Settles flew nearly tify the blessings in our lives "Many of my contemporaries 200 combat missions during his although they may be draped felt the war was unconscionable. tour of duty in Vietnam. His in the trauma of crisis." And, for a 24 year old African American male, that seemed to You are cordially invited to the be especially true. But I'd made a commitment for the opportunity to fly fighter jets, and it was my decision to honor that commitment, whatever the cost,” Settles said. “I just didn’t know how great the cost would be."

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March 10, 2010 My neighbor broke her leg and I’ve been going back and forth helping her out and running daily errands. Since I’ve been around her so much, I developed interest in her. She has a boyfriend that doesn’t treat her well and hasn’t been there for her during this time. I’ve stayed with her a few nights and done things like brush her hair, run her bath water and serve her food. How do I let her know my feelings and let her know that I’ve fallen in love and want to date her? --Anthony; Lawton, Okla.

Dear Anthony: The first thing you need to address is the situation with her boyfriend. Inquire and find out about this relationship, where they stand and how serious they are. Once you have those answers and if they’re in your favor, share your feelings and make your intentions known. You must be careful because your neighbor may be sensitive and you don’t want to appear as if you’re taking advantage of her. Again, get answers, share your feelings and keep it moving.

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In Loving Memory Velma Mays-Davis Velma Marie Mays-Davis was born Jan. 16, 1954 and passed away at home on Friday, March 5, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. A Home Going celebration will be held in her honor on Saturday, March 13 at 1 p.m. at Caldwell’s Funeral Home. Velma is survived by her husband Marty Davis; a daughter La’Shawnna Gultry; son La’Shawn Barr; grandchildren Sha’Nae Mejia and Marlon Mejia Jr.; sisters Willola Jones, Lucille Bridgewater, Alice Montgomery and Nazarene Savage; and brothers George Mays, Nathaniel Mays, Ivery Mays Sr., John Mays Sr., Stanley Mays and Albert Savage Jr. She was preceded in death by her mother Georgia Mays, father Lonnie Powell and brother Hosie Mays.

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS METRO PARKS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES FLEET VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR SERVICES RFP 10-1620-PES The Parks and Environmental Services Department of Metro, a metropolitan service district organized under the laws of the State of Oregon and the Metro Charter, located at 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-2736, is requesting proposals for services related to the maintenance and repair of Metro’s fleet of light and medium duty trucks, passenger cars and vans. Maintenance will include warranty work, routine preventative maintenance and repair services on an as-needed basis. Metro staff will track required maintenance and request the services for each individual vehicle. Sealed proposals must be delivered to Metro Procurement Services, 600 NE Grand, Portland, Oregon 97232-2736, to the Attention: Karen Slusarenko, RFP 10-1620-PES, no later than March 18, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. Metro may accept or reject any or all bids, in whole or in part, or waive irregularities not affecting substantial rights if such action is deemed in the public interest. Metro extends equal opportunity to all persons and specifically encourages minority, women-owned and emerging small businesses to access and participate in this and all Metro projects, programs and services. Metro and its contractors will not discriminate against any person(s), employee or applicant for employment based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical handicap, political affiliation or martial status. Metro fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see www.metro-region.org or call (503) 797-1536.


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Portland Observer Auto Review

News and reviews on new motor vehicles

2010 SubaruOutback 2.51 BY KATHLEEN CARR

The 2010 Subaru Outback has made changes that may not be notice from first sight but once you put yourself inside you can clearly notice the larger vehicle. It is much bigger in nearly every dimension. Not only does this provide a more visual distinction from traditionally wagon, but it also provides a significant improvement in rear seat space and cargo capacity. Larger itemscan be strapped to the roof using the standard, adjustable roof rails that easily swing inward to serve doubleduty as cross rails. It's a great feature that cuts down on the wind noise and air drag that go along with fixed cross rails. this is in an effort to draw new consumers to the Outback. The new model will be available in the buyer's choice of a 2.5-liter, normally aspirated flat-four giving

Tested Vehicle Information: 2.5 Liter SOHC 16 Valve Boxer Engine; Six speed manual 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet transmission; 19 City MPG, 2 of torque (backed by one of two new Highway MPG; MSRP$24,995 transmissions: a six-speed manual or Subie's "Lineartronic" CVT) or a 3.6-liter flat-six (256 hp and 247 pound-feet) paired to a conventional five-speed automatic. Regardless of which engine is specified, the fuel tank grows to 18.5 gallons (from 16.9), and regular fuel is all that's required The base 2.5i comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic a leather-wrapped steering wheel. CVT, a four-way power passenheadlights, adjustable roof rails and Optional on the Premium is an All- ger seat, dual-zone automatic clicross bars, full power accessories, Weather package that adds heated mate control and leather upholcruise control, a tilt-and-telescop- side mirrors, a windshield wiper stery. ing steering column, height-adjust- de-icer and heated front seats. The Outback on the road the able driver seat and a four-speaker The optional Harman Kardon ste- chassis felt solid. Over bumps and stereo with CD player and an auxil- reo includes nine speakers, a six- uneven roadways the Outback iary audio jack. The 2.5i Premium CD changer and Bluetooth phone tracked well and kept its line with adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, and audio connectivity. The 2.5i confidence. It had some good initial rear privacy glass, eight-way power Limited adds the All-Weather grunt in each of the 6-speed gears driver seat (with power lumbar) and package, Harman Kardon stereo, but then, after 3500 rpm, it didn’t

really pull the car with much urgency. This was more an issue merging on the freeway and getting up to speed. The last-generation Outback was already comfortable, all-weather and off-road capable, and able to haul pretty much whatever you threw at it. The improvements still may not be enough to get the attention of new consumers.

Neighborhood Activist was Unsung Hero Betty Walker Betty Walker, who epitomized the role of unsung hero for her neighborhood, died Feb. 17 of cancer at age 90. Walker was a consistent volunteer for community causes. She was involved in the Model Cities program in the 1960s and ‘70s, was a member of the Sabin Community Association from its creation in 1969 until her “retirement” last year, and was that organization’s delegate to the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods when it was founded in 1975 to continue the work of Model Cities. Her efforts earned her a Spirit of Portland Award. “She was always there when help was needed,” Sabin co-chair Rachel Studer said at a memorial service on Saturday. Another neighborhood activist, Diane Meisenhelter added, “Betty was there year after year at neighborhood cleanups, and you wondered why they couldn’t find someone else, younger, to take that on.”

Walker was also a consistent supporter of The Reading Tree, a volunteer-run summer remedial reading program that took place every summer in Irving Park from the 1970s until 2005, serving thousands of young people. However, as another supporter, Marie Tabor, said at the memorial, “It wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did if not for Betty. She operated behind the lines, writing grants and doing whatever else was needed.” She played a similar role

In Loving Memory Jamell Patrick Taylor Jamell Patrick Taylor, was born on Dec. 11, 1987, in Tacoma, to proud parents Drake and JoEllen Taylor. He grew up and attended school in Portland with his three sisters and one brother. Jamell developed a love for sports at an early age. At 9 years old, he was the youngest player on a Pop Warner football team. He was featured in the Oregonian as one of the youngest and fastest up-andcoming running backs. He continued his football career throughout high school and into the semi-pro league and he had dreams of going pro. In 2007, Jamell began attending Mt. Hood Community College with plans to transfer to a university

for other causes such as the Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters. In her later years Walker assumed the role of elder statesperson and the repository of information about the organizations she served. One Reading Tree veteran called her “a human google” resource. Edna Robertson, who served as the Northeast Coalition’s director from 1975 to 1994, says that Walker was “like a sister” to her, and visited her frequently. Born in Parkdale, Ore. in 1919, Walker was the daughter of Homer Rogers, who built the Mt. Hood Lodge and ran the Cloud Cap Inn. Together with her sisters Sally and Kate, she grew up in the mountains hiking and horseback riding; she retained a love of the outdoors for the rest of her life. Eventually the family moved to Portland and the girls enrolled and graduated from Catlin Gabel School. Walker studied for two years at Reed College, then took a job as a phone company operator.

college. Jamell was a very spiritual man who gave his life to Christ at an early age and was water baptized with his entire family. In 2007, he met the love of his life Dominique Adrian LaSane and on Aug. 23, 2009 they entered into holy matrimony. Although, their marriage was short, they deeply loved each other and shared many loving memories. Leaving to cherish Jamell’s memory is his loving wife Dominique and their three children, Khaliyah, Khalil and Kyree; his parents, Drake and JoEllen; his sisters Tamika, Kara and Brandy and his brother DeShawn. He also leaves behind many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of many friends and acquaintances.

She later worked at the Reed College Library for 20 years. In 1946 she married fellow Reed student Graham Walker. The couple had three children - Hoyt, Caroline and Marguerite. She

eventually had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and took on the role of doting grandma. One of her in-laws said of her, “Betty was so accepting and so gentle.”

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March 10, 2010

HEALTH MATTERS F A B LIVING W/ REBEKAH STAR

I’ll toast to that! One of my favorite past times is reading. I enjoy gathering information and sharing it with friends and family. Not to persuade, but to inform. As I read through my favorite magazines, I enjoy the stories of different men and women who have changed lifestyle habits that lead to great long term benefits. Recently, alcohol consumption has been one of those. Often, if you are a regular drinker, cutting alcohol consumption down or out completely leads to a great deal of immediate weight loss. And since a whopping 67 percent of Americans are overweight, I’m sure most of us would like to lose a couple of pounds. There are a number of ways drinking habitually helps us and some ways it hurts.

We all know that mixed drinks, beer, and some wines are high in calories. So weight gain is an obvious side effect. But excess drinking can also lead to other health dangers such as alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, and even cancer. Health experts say it also can interrupt your sleep pattern. I’ve noticed in a number of different studies that lack of sleep sets off a chain reaction that causes your body to slow down it’s natural ability to fight stress, fatigue, inflammation, infection, get rid of waste and so on. It a vicious, vicious cycle that we all need to be aware of and correct for our health! I admit those are those nights that I like to go out, have a couple of drinks with friends, have some good food- or even attend tasting parties (as discussed last week). I had a

benefits to having one or two drinks a day, but there are many ways that alcohol can get you into trouble. Most important, alcohol, like soda, adds calories that aren’t recognized by our brain, they are empty calories. We don’t end up full or satisfied, so it actually leads to excess eating. In fact, research also shows that alcohol consumption also makes you eat more and encourages your body to burn less fat. When Swiss researchers gave eight healthy men enough alcohol to exceed their daily calorie requirements by 25 percent(equivalent to five beers for someone who consumes a 3,000 calorie diet), they found that booze actually impaired men’s ability to burn fat by as much as 36 percent. Booze also makes you store fat! Your body sees most alcohol as poison and tries to get rid of it. Your liver stops processing other calories until it has dealt with the alcohol. So anything else you eat likely turns into fat. I don’t know about Know what to drink- And you, but I don’t want any of my what not to for weight loss: organs to stop processing anyWe like beer, we like wine- gin thing! And if you’re on a serious and tonics too! According to the weight loss plan, most studies I’ve book ‘The ABS Diet‘, there are health seen suggest that it’s best just to great time at last First Thursday’s event with Tone and O.G One. You should all attend the next one in April. It was a great mix of professionals, music, and of course, for me wine! I decided my limit would be two glasses as I have read it should be. And that was perfect! It was a very tasty Cabernet and by the time I was ready to leave I wasn’t worried about the long drive home, yet another benefit of limiting yourself. Men’s Health Magazine also suggestss making the second drink the last call for alcohol. In a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that one or two drinks a day actually decreased blood pressure slightly. Three drinks or more a day, however, elevated blood pressure by an average of 10 points systolic and 4 diastolic. The type of alcohol doesn’t matter. Order a Screwdriver, Incredible Hulk, or a glass of wine! But limit yourself to two drinks.

cut out alcohol completely. I knowEasier said than done!

Something to Wine about…Red wine that is: • Consumption of red wine on a regular basis may be a preventative against coronary heart disease. • Wine drinking correlates with a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease. • Resveratrol (and ingredient found in wine) can reduce your risk of heart disease. Wine also can raise your body's levels of HDL (good cholesterol), increasing heart health and can thin blood, decreasing the risk of blood clots. • The phytochemicals in wine, specifically flavanoids and resveratrol, are antioxidants that act to prevent against cellular damage within your body. • Two glasses of red wine (250 ml), taken together with the meal, lower post-meal blood pressure in hypertensive persons. • Red wine intake reduces the risk of kidney stone formation. Go ahead, grab a friend and open a bottle! Let’s toast to great health! Your questions and comments are truly appreciated. Please contact me on our Facebook page “FaB Living w/Rebekah Star” , or send an email to RebekahLiv@yahoo.com. Until next week- Live Fabulously!

Toxins Pollute Fish Catch Public Health officials are urging people who eat fish from the Columbia Slough to limit the amount they eat. The advisory covers the full length of the waterway from the mouth of Fairview Lake on the east to the Willamette River on the west. "We want people to be aware that there are certain fish that live their whole lives in the Columbia Slough and we know that these resident fish have higher amounts of toxins in them," said Barbara Stifel, an Oregon Public Health environmental health specialist. A study found elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in carp. As a result, health officials are advising people to eat no more than two portions per month from the Columbia Slough, and to prepare the fish in a way that eliminates most of the fat, where toxins such as PCBs concentrate. PCBs can harm a baby's developing brain or nervous system. Therefore, it is especially important for women ages 18 to 45 and children to follow this advice, said Stifel.


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HEALTH MATTERS

Red Cross Donor Honored Manuel Baquero of northeast Portland has been honored as a local hero by the American Red Cross for his longstanding commitment to giving blood and years of work building the Latino community-based blood drives. Baquero learned the importance of giving blood from his father, who is not only a blood donor, but also a recipient. With a condition that requires regular blood transfusions, his life literally depends on this life-saving gift. It was this family connection that influenced Manuel to start donating blood in Puerto Rico at age 19. Ten years ago, he began giving in Oregon and now he not only donates regularly, but also inspires others to give. Today, Manuel is a Red Cross volunteer, helping with outreach and interpretation for the Latino community-sponsored Blood Drives. His language skills have been vital to growing these events by more than 1,000 donors in just two Manuel Baquero knows the imortance of giving blood. years.

HEALTHWATCH Maternity Water Workout -- Helping new moms regain muscle tone, strength, and flexibility, all in the support and freedom of the water. Call 503256-4000 for more information. Senior Aerobics -- A low-impact workout geared specifically toward seniors. Call 503-449-0783 for current schedule. Osteoporosis Screening -- An ultrasound bone density screening with personalized education; fee $30. To schedule an appointment, call 503261-6611. Mind Body Health Class -- Learn and practice techniques to help you improve your mood, health and wellbeing, including effective ways to manage difficult emotions and chronic stress or illness. Registration is $70 for Kaiser Permanente members and $95 for nonmembers. Call 503-2866816. Red Cross Certification -- The Oregon Trail Chapter Red Cross now offers credits to helps professionals maintain licensing or certification. For a cumulative list, visit pdxinfo.net. Tenderfoot Care -- Treat your feet with a soak, nail trim, buffing and massage from a licensed nurse at one of six clinics or at your home. Call 503-251-6303 for more information. Free Body Basics -- This physician recommended class is appropriate for all ages and health conditions. Plan to attend this one-session class and learn the simple guidelines for safe exercises, including stretching. Call 503-256-4000 to register. Families with Mental Illness -- A free, 12-week course for people whose family members live with mental illness is offered at Emanuel Hospital, Mt. Hood Medical Center and Providence Medical Center. The course has been described as “life-changing” by former participants. Registration is required by calling 503-203-3326. Managing Chronic Hepatitis C -- Third Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. The informative session is led by a registered nurse to help you manage side effects of medications and dosage preparations and administration; doctor referral required. To register, call 503-251-6313. Cancer Resource Center -- Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and the American Red Cross have joined forces to create the first in-hospital resource center providing books, printed material, computer access and more for individuals and families dealing with cancer. The center is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Better Breathers -- An asthma educational support group meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Adventist Medical Center. For information, call 503-251-6830.

Unwanted Drugs Collected Drug turn in Saturday at Fred Meyer Unused prescription medications will be collected Saturday, March 13 in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer store at 7404 N. Interstate Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The effort is part of a statewide collection of unwanted and expired drug meant to increase awareness about the disposal of potentially dangerous and addictive drugs. Sponsors include the Oregon Medical Association Alliance, Community Action to Reduce Substance Abuse and Oregon Partnership. Water quality samplings have found trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in Oregon’s surface wa-

ter, and focused studies have found pharmaceuticals in groundwater. Flushing unwanted drugs down the toilet are one way the drugs make their way into the environment. Collecting unused drugs also prevents drug abuse by keeping the medications out of the wrong hands. Oregon ranks among the top states for non-medical use of pain relievers among 12-17 year olds. Teens say prescription drugs are widely available from an array of sources, including their homes, friends and relatives. Locking your meds is a household strategy that is gaining more popularity, as parents realize that most teens who abuse prescription drugs acquire them from medicine cabinets at the homes of parents, relatives, or friends.


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FOOD

March 10, 2010 St Pattrick Day Recipes Recipes by: Allrecipes.com

Green Grog Ingredients

• 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate • 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans frozen lemonade concentrate • 2 (2 liter) bottles lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle rum • 2 quarts lime sherbet

Directions In a large pot, combine limeade, lemonade and lemon-lime soda. Stir in rum (add more to taste if desired.) Mix in the lime sherbet.

Slow Corn beef for Sandwiches Ingredients • • • • •

2 (3 pound) corned beef briskets with spice packets 2 (12 fluid ounce) bottles beer 2 bay leaves 1/4 cup peppercorns 1 bulb garlic cloves, separated

Directions 1. Place the corned beef briskets into a large pot. Sprinkle in one of the spice packets, and discard the other one or save for other uses. Pour in the beer, and fill the pot with enough water to cover the briskets by 1 inch. Add the bay leaves, peppercorns and garlic cloves. Cover, and bring to a boil. 2. Once the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat to mediumlow, and simmer for 4 to 5 hours, checking hourly, and adding more water if necessary to keep the meat covered. 3. Carefully remove the meat from the pot, as it will be extremely tender. Set on a cutting board, and allow it to rest until it firms up a bit, about 10 minutes. Slice or shred to serve. I discard the cooking liquid, but it can be used to cook cabbage and other vegetables if desired.

Irish Potatoes, No bake cookies Ingredients • • • •

1 cup confectioners' sugar 1 cup shredded coconut 1 1/2 tablespoons cream 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Directions 1. Sprinkle the sugar on the coconut. Add the cream and mix gently. 2. Take approximately 1/2 tablespoon of dough and roll into balls. Place cinnamon in a plastic bag and shake cookies a few at a time until coated.

Sweet Potato Orange Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • •

6 oranges 1 cup white sugar 1/4 cup orange juice 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup butter, softened, divided 1 tablespoon grated orange peel 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour 1 cup chopped pecans 3 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. Prepare oranges by cutting tops off, 1/4 to 1/2 inch down. Spoon out the flesh, leaving a shell. 3. In a large bowl combine sweet potatoes, sugar, orange juice, eggs, vanilla extract, 1/2 cup butter and grated orange peel. Spoon mixture into orange shells. Place in a deep casserole dish. 4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining 1/ 2 cup butter, brown sugar, flour and pecans. Cook until sugar dissolves in melted butter. Spoon over oranges. Fill casserole dish with water to reach 1/2 inch in depth. 5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.


The Portland Observer, March 10, 2010