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Library Friends set for annual sale at Beaverton location

The New Friends of the Beaverton City Library are putting on their largest used book and media sale ever.

The sale, which opened on Wednesday, continues at the library from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday; on the sale’s final day, Sunday, all books will be for sale at half price.

This year, the sale will be refreshed daily, with over 150 boxes of books available, among them: vintage; cooking; gardening; sustainability; pets; science; math; travel; art; crafts; foreign language; mysteries; popular fiction; classics; sci-fi; Oregon history; performing arts and music; history and biographies; health and sports; sheet music; CDs; DVDs; vinyl records and more.

Children’s books include board books through young adult. Children’s picture books will be available in numerous languages, and one of the friends of the Beaverton Library has donated her collection of collectable bookends as well.

And if you haven’t had your fill by 2 p.m. Sunday, stay and hear author Bill Hall talk about his new book “McCallandia.” A book signing and refreshments will follow, as will the Friends’ annual meeting.

Beaverton breaks ground downtown on The Signal

The City of Beaverton and Metro hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for The Signal, a four-story residential and retail development located at S.W. First Street and Angel Avenue in downtown Beaverton.

The Signal is a public-private partnership funded by an approximately $20 million investment from Rembold Properties and support from the State of Oregon, Metro and the City of Beaverton, bringing housing to downtown Beaverton.

“This project ties right in with our goals to improve walkability and create a more vibrant look and feel for the downtown area,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “I’m excited to see what changes will continue to take place in this area.”

The Signal will offer 78 one-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio market-rate apartments, nine live/work units, and 2,332 square feet of commercial space. Covered parking will be located on the ground floor. The building will also include community spaces, a bike and dog wash station, and a fitness center.

Metro’s Transit Oriented Development program contributed funds toward this project. The TOD program uses modest grants to attract private investment to develop mixed-use, higher density housing and retail projects near public transit.

IAN of Wash. Co. taking ‘Hero’ awards nominations

The Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Emily Georges Gottfried Everyday Hero Award.

Send nominations for those who have made a positive difference in Washington County to ianofwashingtoncounty@gmail.com.

The nomination should include a paragraph describing the nominated person’s efforts for human rights, social or environmental justice, their contact information, and your contact information.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 9. The award will be presented on Jan. 17 at the IAN Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton.

Beaverton to update its comprehensive plan

The City of Beaverton is encouraging the public to review a proposed update to the housing chapter of the city’s comprehensive plan.

A new introduction that describes the guiding principles for the plan — it serves as the city’s long-range policy document — is available on the project website. The public review and comment period runs through Nov. 6. The public can access the draft documents and submit feedback at BeavertonOregon.gov/ComprehensivePlan2035.

Comprehensive Plan 2035 kicked off in the spring of 2014, with the goal of updating portions of the Beaverton Comprehensive Plan to better reflect current trends as well as address future employment and housing needs within the city.

“Beaverton has changed significantly since the last major update to our comprehensive plan,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “The city has made considerable efforts to make sure that our plan is reflective of how Beaverton has grown.”

Beaverton is also updating the amendment procedures and economy chapters of the plan. These chapters are expected to be completed by early 2016. The public will again be invited to review the proposed updates and provide feedback.

The plan provides guidance for the physical development of the city, including land use, economic development, transportation, housing and natural resources. All counties and cities in Oregon are required to adopt and periodically update their comprehensive plans.

The draft housing chapter includes goals and policies to help the city meet the housing needs of current and future residents over the next 20 years. The proposed goals and policies address housing supply, housing type, housing in the central city, and affordable housing.

Beaverton’s Hass named Legislator of the Year for ‘15

State Senator Mark Hass of Beaverton has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Oregon Economic Development Association, the state’s leading trade organization for economic development agencies and professionals.

The Association, which is holding its annual conference in Medford this week, chose Hass and Rep. Mike McLane to share the award for promoting the state’s economic development interests through their work in modernizing Oregon’s central assessment taxation.

“It was one of the thorniest, most complicated bills in the legislature,” Hass said. “The only way we got it through was by working together — putting jobs as the top priority. Once we did that, it all fell into place.”

Specifically, Hass and McLane worked together to resolve complex changes in the way technology companies were assessed in property tax valuations. Hass and McLane knew that assessing tech companies’ “intangible value” in the same way the state taxes railroad tracks would slow development of innovative businesses. After months of negotiations, they were able to pass a bipartisan fix (SB 611) that includes an incentive to provide high-speed internet to all Oregonians. It also kicked off a flurry of construction announcements to build giant data center projects in rural Oregon.

“In an era of deep political divides, two legislators of different parties and chambers, came together for the benefit of the state’s economy,” according to an OEDA statement.

Golden Valley Brew wins a gold medal at national beerfest

Beaverton’s Golden Valley Brewery claimed a gold medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival competition at the end of September.

Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 92 beer categories were announced Sept. 26 at the group’s awards ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo.

Golden Valley Brewery was recognized in the English Summer Ale beer-style category for its Beaverton Blonde. According to a press release from Golden Valley Brewery, its Blonde is brewed with pale malted barley grown in the Pacific Northwest; that comprises the bulk of the malt bill, which is filled out with crystal, Cara-pils, and biscuit malts. Local Columbus, Cascade and Willamette hops contribute light floral notes and just enough hop character to balance the malt. Fermentation with an English ale yeast gives this beer a mild fruity nose.

Golden Valley Brewery is a 2,500-barrel brewery and restaurant located in McMinnville, that specializes in finely crafted beers of great balance and rare complexity; It also operates a Beaverton-area brewpub at 1520 N.W. Bethany Blvd.

For more GABF competition information, including the 2015 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.


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