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by: Courtesy of Beeson's daughter Brooke Sellwood Chiropractor Dan Beeson, shown at his high school’s Hall of Fame wall, on which he has just been honored – in the entryway of the Phoenix High Gym.

Sellwood Chiropractor named to alma mater's hall of fame

Dr. Dan Beeson, whose Beeson Chiropractic Center has been located on S.E. 13th Avenue at Sellwood Boulevard, overlooking Oaks Bottom since 1974, returned to his high school this fall to receive a special honor. He was selected to the first hall of fame class at Talent-Phoenix High School (near Ashland) for the 'Alumni Award'. The 6'8' senior helped take his team to the state tournament with a record of 24-1. In one game at the tournament, Beeson set three state records which still stand: 21 free throws attempted, 19 made, and 18 made in a row. He was awarded Alumni status due to his career at Linfield College in McMinnville; he was named to the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame in its tenth year of existence. Beeson, a member of Linfield's Class of 1970, was a four-year basketball letterman and a three-time NWC all-star, and still holds the Linfield record for most rebounds in one season (397), and is ranked #3 in Linfield career rebounds (934). He averaged 15.3 career points per game for four seasons, including 19.8 points per game as a senior in the 1969-70 Season. He received a B.S. in Physical Education. After graduation, Beeson was drafted by the New York (now New Jersey) Nets, and the Seattle Super Sonics. He attended the Sonics rookie camp in 1970, and was the last one cut from the team, and was later invited to remain with the club as an assistant coach, but he decided to instead enroll at the Western States Chiropractic College in Portland. The six-foot-eight Beeson has practiced in Sellwood for 38 years. He is married to Darla Beeson, and has three grown daughters. He lives in Lake Oswego.

Sellwood-Westmoreland resident publishes book

On December 6th, Scott Farris' first book was published by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press: 'Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation'. Farris, a former bureau chief for UPI and a political columnist, has interviewed most of the men and women who have sought the presidency over the past thirty years. He has managed several political campaigns, run for Congress (and lost), and served as senior policy advisor to a series of high-ranking elected officials. He has lived in Sellwood-Westmoreland for the past six years with his wife Patti, and two children. He once served as former Portland Mayor Vera Katz's press secretary, and currently works for an energy infrastructure company in government relations.

New businesses in Sellwood and Westmoreland

Chuck Martin, Manager of the Sellwood- Westmoreland Business Alliance, advises of some new businesses now open which have not yet appeared in THE BEE's Business Briefs or featured articles: 'Innovative Campaign Strategies', a strategic consulting firm, has opened at 2015 S.E. Ochoco, Suite 100; contact Jon Isaacs at 503/727-5721. 'Wire Quote', a software developer, has opened at the same address, in Suite 200; contact Aaron Starr at 503/278-6814. 'The Distribution Team', a consulting firm specializing in distribution, has opened at 7972 S.E. 13th, Suite 106; contact Jason Bader at 503/282-2333. 'Dore Law Firm', specializing in defense law, has opened in Suite #202, 6519 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue; contact Blake Dore at 503/683-3642. Dr. Deanna McCrary, a naturopathic physician, is now practicing at 7972 S.E. 13th, Suite 104; she can be reached at 503/298-6856. 'Sam's Attic', an eclectic thrift store, has opened at 8123 S.E. 17th; Patty Pullen can be reached at 503/730-8160. 'Natural Pet Food Solutions', a pet food store, has opened at 7639 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, in the former location of Sellwood Cycles; Kristen Larson can be reached at 971/373-8077. 'Sacred Root Acupuncture' has opened at 7912 S.E. 13th, #4, where Joshua Green, Lac, LMT will provide classical acupuncture and other adjunct therapies. He can be reached at 503/896-9802. And, 'Sellwood Public House' at 8132 S.E. 13th is under new ownership; contact Jason Warner at 503/736-0179.

AHB talk: 'Getting Inside the Customer's Head'

At this month's meeting of the Association of Home Businesses in Sellwood, open to everyone, on Thursday, January 19th, the speaker will be Eric Norberg, editor of THE BEE (itself operated as a home business), who will discuss communicating with a customer in terms the customer understands and is interested in. He says, 'You are not going to sell something today, or even attract customer interest, if you do not respond to what the customer already thinks and knows. The principle has long been established - it's called 'positioning' - but some have viewed it simply as a sales gimmick. It isn't - not today. It's a sales ESSENTIAL. Ignore it at your peril.' The meeting is 6-9 pm on January 19th at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino (a block south of Tacoma Street) in Sellwood. $10 charge; includes a buffet supper. RSVP online at: www.AHBoregon.org - or call Eric at 503/232-2326 to RSVP to get a head count for food preparation.

Two local employers receive state recognition

State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, head of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), on December 1st presented the 3rd Annual BOLI Business Leadership Awards at BOLI's 27th Annual Employment Law Conference at the Oregon Convention Center. This year, two Oregon employers - both located within the BEE's sphere of influence - were recognized for significant contributions to their communities. This year's honorees were: (1) Hawthorne Auto Clinic, whose co-owners are Jim Houser and Liz Dally, was nominated for efforts to foster a more livable community. Houser's work to increase small business employees' access to healthcare and to provide career paths in mechanical fields for diverse youth, and Dally's support for Bradley-Angle House and leadership on workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, helped earn Hawthorne Auto Clinic this year's 'Civil Rights Champion' award. And (2), SE Works on S.E. Foster Road, which for 14 years has helped build positive connections between job seekers and employers. As SE Works has assisted job seekers - especially low-income, 'multi-barriered' individuals, in seeking and applying for jobs, this has also translated to strong relationships with employers who reach out to SE Works when they need reliable help. SE Works was named this year's 'Workforce Development Champion'.

Local resident announces Jazzercise classes

Eastmoreland resident Meegan Rust reports that she will begin classes in Jazzercise, 'the world's leading dance fitness program', starting Monday, January 9th, at Casa del Padre Church's gymnasium at 1666 S.E. Lambert Street in Sellwood. The class will be offered Monday-Friday, 9:15 am-10:15 am; and the first three classes will be offered free of charge - January 9-11 - to encourage visitors, 'to see if the classes are right for you'. Rust explains that 'a 60-minute Jazzercise class offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and Latin-style movements, set to a variety of popular music. Each class has special offers for new students, and includes a warm-up, high energy aerobic routines, muscle toning and cool down stretch segment for people of all ages and fitness levels.' Visitors encouraged; class costs are described as 'very affordable'. For more information call Ms. Rust at 503/680-1151.

Sellwood band performs at Aladdin

It is perhaps disingenuous to call it simply a Sellwood band - but Marv and Rindy Ross do live in Sellwood. They began performing in the 1970's locally as Seafood Mama; in recent years they have been performing in annual Christmas shows at the Aladdin Theater in Brooklyn, as 'The Trail Band'. Those shows took place this year in early December, and now the duo are booked to perform there as Quarterflash on New Year's Eve. The Aladdin is on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, a half block south of S.E. Powell Boulevard.

Eastmorelander named to CEO position

'Rosenberg Marketing' of Portland has officially named Eastmoreland resident Mike Rosenberg as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Rosenberg recently exited his post at a Portland-based digital marketing agency to expand Rosenberg Marketing, where he will focus on marketing, new business development, and overall strategy. Rosenberg Marketing is a full-service marketing agency focusing on traditional and online (social) public relations based in Portland.

Sellwood photographer honored internationally

Professional photographer Kim Campbell of Sellwood was presented the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup 'Honor of Distinction' in the category of Fine Art, at a prestigious Nomination and Winners Photoshow. The live online ceremony webcast Sunday, October 29, 2011, was viewed by photography fans in 83 countries who logged on to see the climax of what is billed as the industry's most important event for color photography. 'It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,321 entries we received this year,' remarked Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. 'Kim Campbell's 'Muerte,' an exceptional image entered in the Fine Art category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present her with the title of Honor of Distinction.'

Cypress Beauty and Wellness now available for events

Owner Nancy Lisac advises that Cypress Beauty and Wellness on S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland now offers private 'spa parties and celebrations'. She explains, 'Parties of from 4 to 16 people will have the exclusive use of our beautiful facility for up to 3 hours. Guests will be able to select from a special event menu that includes massage, facial and waxing services.' For more information call 503/236-4654, or visit online: www.cypresswellbeing.com .

Special seasonal cuisine at a Cena

Owner Chris Custer of a Cena Restaurant in Sellwood reports, 'During December and throughout the Holidays we will be celebrating the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna. a Cena wishes to celebrate this Northern Italian region by presenting Chef Gabe Gabreski's familial recipes. Chef Gabreski is truly influenced by the elements of this region, as he was born in Bologna. His family traditions and later culinary experience are something that he will share with us throughout the Holidays.' The restaurant is situated at 7742 S.E. 13th Avenue.

'Art a la Carte' for kids to open in Sellwood

Owner Aria Chittenden announces that 'Art a la Carte, LLC' will open on January 7th at 8535 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. She remarks that it 'is a woman-owned, minority-owned, mother-owned business, and I consider my daughter Keilani to be my business partner, as well as my inspiration. She will turn 6 on the day we open.' Art a la Carte LLC is an art studio in which children go to 'salad bars' filled with recycled goods, art supplies, and household materials, and load up cafeteria trays up with materials. They then sit on cafeteria tables and create 'anything and everything'. The walls are painted with chalk-board paint, so the children can draw on the walls, on the windows, whatever. Aria goes on, 'One room will be a mommy lounge where mothers can enjoy Wifi, enjoy complimentary coffee - and pre-packaged snacks will be available for purchase as well. Inside the mommy lounge will be bouncers and toys for children 6 months to 36 months, so the whole family will be able to join! This baby area will be provided by Sweetpea resale, a childrens consignment shop located on 13th. Every Friday night will be parents' night out. From 6 till 9:30 pm, parents can drop their children off and enjoy a date night. Here the children will be fed dinner, enjoy art projects and end the evening with a movie. The parents will be encouraged to stay in Sellwood for their date with coupons and offers for local restaurants.' The Grand Opening is 11-4 pm on January 7th, with face-painting, live music, and giveaways.

Sellwood's Fulcrum Fitness moves HQ to studio

Fulcrum Fitness has operated outdoor bootcamp fitness classes from its Sellwood studio for two years now - open to all ages and fitness levels. Fulcrum announced in early December that it will move its corporate headquarters to the same location in Sellwood (8524 S.E. 17th Avenue) early in 2012. Principals Dave Levy and J.B. Mire comment that 'Fulcrum doesn't work with machines and weights; all workouts are based on bodyweight strength-training and ever-changing routines.' Fulcrum Sellwood bootcamp classes start at 5:30 am, Monday through Friday. Levy adds that childcare will be offered onsite in the near future. For more information on classes and schedules visit online: www.fulcrumfitness.com .

Mt. Scott Nutrition announces its 'Grand Re-Opening'

The nutrition store, at S.E. 72nd and Harold Street, introduces a new 'wellness coach', Sarah Spohn, and adds that the store serves 'yummy smoothies, energizing herbal tea, restoring herbal aloe, and is a FUN place to hang out.' Their next weight loss challenge starts January 10th, and includes a free wellness profile ($39 value). They add that there is a discount offer for BEE readers.

First Friday art event in January

Portland's Eastside Galleries will be hosting First Friday in January, and participating galleries will be open for this event on Friday, January 6, 6-9 pm. Portland Eastside Galleries consists of over 50 participating galleries and venues, many in THE BEE's Southeast circulation area. These monthly events bring new exhibits, artist's receptions, and live entertainment. For additional information and a map, go online to: www.firstfridayguide.com , or look for the Art Source Portland Guide in neighborhood locations, such as coffee shops, stores, and galleries.