Saturday, January 07, 2012

Make Parenting A Pleasure Program Begins January 19!

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012


Make Parenting a Pleasure, an interactive parenting program that focuses on the enhancement of parenting skills, begins Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the Seaside Head Start center, 1225 Second St. The program runs for nine weeks and is appropriate for parents with children between the ages of 0 and 8. Sessions run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Topics covered include child development, communication, stress management, and discipline techniques. This class is also a wonderful way to meet other families in the community that are having similar experiences in parenting.

Cost for the class is $25, scholarships are available. Dinner and childcare is provided.

For more information and to register please contact North Coast Parenting, (503) 325-8673.

Released by: Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622

The Second Annual Girls Gala celebrating local youth takes place Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Loft in the Red Building, 20 Basin St., Astoria.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for raffle drawings and hors d’oeuvres; the program begins at 6 p.m.

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall is one of the scheduled speakers at the event, which honors forty local fifth- and sixth-grade girls who have completed a 12-week program called Allies in Action. This program, created by Girls Inc., focuses on starting a dialogue about friendships, media pressure, handling emotions and bullying.

The public is invited, but an RSVP is required – contact Meredith Payton or Nina Palmarini at (503) 325-8673. Admission is free but attendees are invited to bring nonperishable food items for donation to Clatsop Community Action Food Bank.

Girl-on-girl bullying, known as relational aggression, is sometimes called “mean girl behavior.” Due to emerging issues of relational aggression, programs for girls, such as Allies in Action, are increasingly relevant. This fall, Allies in Action was held in Knappa, Astoria, Warrenton, and Seaside schools through a grant from the Clatsop County Commission on Children and Families.

The Girls Gala event will showcase short media presentations created by the participants and will highlight local and regional female role models. Guest speakers are Marshall, U.S. Attorney, Oregon District, and Margaret Frimoth, coordinator of the Lives in Transition program at Clatsop Community College.

Event planners hope that by affirming the work of the program participants, and focusing on the encouragement of positive adult role models, that girls will be able to defy traditional stereotypes of women and unite as confident allies.

The event will also honor the work and teachings of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Girls Gala is coordinated by AmeriCorps H.O.P.E. (Healthy Options through Prevention Education) members at the Clatsop County Juvenile Department Nina Palmarini and Meredith Payton, with assistance from additional Oregon H.O.P.E members Jessy Frey and Jennifer Rasmussen. The event is made possible by the generous food and raffle prize donations from Bagels by the Sea, Baked Alaska, Blue Scorcher, Bridgewater Bistro, Buttery, Fulio’s, Lunar Boy, Mother’s Bistro, Nike, Phillips Candy, Safeway, Serendipity, 3 Cups Coffee House.

For more information about Allies in Action, Girls Gala, or other prevention programs offered through the Juvenile Department, contact Nina or Meredith at (503) 325-8673.

Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 325-1000 ext. 1312

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Oregon Public Health Department Reminds Parents To Complete Their Children's Immunization Requirements

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012


The following is from the Oregon Public Health Department:

The New Year is here and the Oregon Immunization Program wants to remind parents that now is the time to make sure kids’ vaccination records are complete. State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations, or have a religious or medical exemption.

Parents and guardians will receive a letter in late January or early February if their child’s immunization record shows that he or she has not received the required vaccinations Children will not be able to attend school or child care starting Feb. 15, 2012, if their records on file show missing immunizations.

“We want to make sure children can go to school in a safe, healthy environment free from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Stacy de Assis Matthews, immunization school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division.

This year, parents should take note of some important information:

Tdap vaccine requirement: Tdap vaccine is required for seventh- through 10th-graders. Tdap is tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) booster. Whooping cough is a serious health concern in Oregon with about 300 cases recorded in 2011.

Hepatitis A vaccine requirement: The hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series now required for children 18 months through third grade.

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider, call the Clatsop County Public Health Department at (503) 325-8500, or call Oregon SafeNet at 1-800-SAFENET or 1-800-723-3638. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines. Additional information on school immunizations can be found on the Oregon Public Health website at

Released by: Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Rosenblum To Run For Oregon Attorney General

PORTLAND, Ore.- After serving six years on the Oregon Court of Appeals, former judge Ellen Rosenblum announced her intention Wednesday to run for Oregon Attorney General.The election to fill the open seat for Attorney General will be held this November.

Man Lodged In Clatsop County Jail For Attempted Murder and Other Charges In Hamlet Area Assault!

On 01/04/11 at around 12:29am Clatsop County Deputies responded to 81575 Layton Road 15 miles East of Seaside in the Hamlet area for a report of a disturbance. The party reported via 911 Kenneth Moore had allegedly stabbed a victim in the face and arms. Mr. Moore then allegedly held several victims at knife and gunpoint and had also tried to shoot his girlfriend however the gun reportedly jammed. Mr. Moore also menaced several other individuals in the household with his knife and had fired the gun at least twice without injury.

Moore then allegedly took a victim by gunpoint and ordered him to drive towards the city of Portland. Clatsop County Deputies were able to locate the vehicle while still in Clatsop County whereupon Moore was taken into custody.

After deputies intercepted the vehicle, Moore ran from the vehicle into the woods but was subsequently taken into custody. The pistol was later located alongside the road where an attempt was made to hide the gun. Following the Deputies investigations, Mr. Moore was subsequently arrested for Attempted Murder, Assault II, Kidnaping II, Theft I of a Firearm, Robbery I, Menacing, Harassment and Pointing a Firearm at Another.

Two victims were taken to Providence Seaside Hospital. One for stab wounds to the face and hands. The other a 95 year old female was admitted for chest pains due to the stress of the situation within the household.

The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office had assistance from the Seaside Police department and an Oregon State Trooper.

Moore is being held at the Clatsop County Jail pending arraignment.

For any additional details contact Sheriff Tom Bergin
Cell 503 791-0072
Desk 503 338-3651

Clatsop County Is Seeking Applicants For Budget Committees

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012


Clatsop County is currently inviting citizens to serve on local budget committees.

These citizen committees review the proposed budgets and make recommendations to the county commissioners. Each committee is made up of five county commissioners and five other local residents they appoint. The committees generally meet in May to review the proposed budgets.

Seats are available on the following committees:

Clatsop County Budget Committee: A full, three-year term representing District 1 is open on this committee, which reviews the county’s overall operating budget. Applicants must live in District 1, which includes western Astoria as well as Warrenton and Hammond.

Road District 1 Budget Committee: Four full three-year terms ending Feb. 28, 2015 and one un-expired term ending February 28, 2013 are available. The committee reviews the district’s budget for roadwork such as cutting brush, patching pot holes, cleaning and replacing culverts, maintaining road shoulders and drainage ditches, grading and re-basing 220 miles of county roads. Applicants must live in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Westport Sewer Service District Budget Committee: Two full terms ending June 30, 2015, two unexpired terms ending June 30, 2014 and one unexpired term ending June 30, 2013 are available to residents of the sewer district, which serves about 95 connections in the unincorporated community of Westport.

The Board of Commissioners will make the appointments. Applications will be taken through Jan. 31. Application forms are available online at under “Quick Links-Citizen Involvement,” from the office at 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, or by calling (503) 325-1000.

Released by:Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622