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Locals hope to fight back

Lake Oswego School District board members, administrators and parents oppose plans by Stars Cabaret, a strip club, to open a new location at 17939 McEwan Road. Various groups are forming to take action.

The address is in Tualatin but on the Lake Oswego side of Interstate 5.

The location is approximately .8 miles from River Grove Elementary School, which is located at 5850 McEwan Road in Lake Oswego.

Administrators included an item on the club in their ListServ e-mail along with information on submitting written comment to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the city of Tualatin mayor and city council.

River Grove Elementary Principal Nancy Verstegen spoke at the Tuesday town hall meeting in Tualatin. Currently, the school is waiting to take action until the district board takes an official position, but the Verstegen said that dozens of parents have e-mailed, called or stopped by her office to express their concern.

'We are definitely strongly opposed to the location of an adult entertainment business in our community. It's the proximity to the school and the proximity to other business that serve children and families such as Players,' she said. 'We respect that people have the right to run businesses; we just think it should not be in a business area that is so family oriented and right at the gateway to a residential neighborhood.'

School administrators and members of the Parent Teacher Association networked with other concerned River Grove community members such as 24-Hour Fitness, Motel 6 and representatives from the neighborhood associations.

A leadership committee has formed to make a plan of action and delegate responsibilities, said Dolores Cranley, former PTA board member.

Cranley has a fourth and sixth grader at River Grove.

'There are very few sidewalk and very few street lights and lots of kids that walk up and down that corridor going to the movies (at nearby Bridgeport Village) and other favorite hangout spots,' said Cranley. 'Once this comes in it's definitely not a place for our kids to be.'

Both the School Advisory Committee and Parent Teacher Association are meeting next Tuesday and will come up with a formal action plan. Additionally, the school district has added the item to its Monday afternoon meeting agenda.