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People Watching March 31

by: contributed photo, Dalton Huxley

Huxley to play Paris in play

Boring/Damascus area resident Dalton Huxley, a sophomore at Barlow High School, will be playing the role of Paris in the Northwest Children's Theatre's upcoming production of 'The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.'

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 15, at the Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 N.W. Everett St., Portland.

The show is recommended for youth and adults ages 12 and older. For more information, or for tickets, call 503-222-4480, or visit www.nwcts.org.

Lim named honorary deputy

Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto recently recognized Rep. John Lim, R-Gresham, as an Honorary Deputy Sheriff. The Honorary Deputy Sheriff program is an honor that is not given out lightly. Sheriff Giusto recognized Rep. Lim because of his dedication to the people of East Multnomah County.

'Lim is an excellent advocate for the state of Oregon, especially the citizens of East Multnomah County,' Giusto said. 'He has always been a strong supporter of law enforcement, and I am pleased to recognize him for his outstanding contributions to public safety.'

Lim, who is a graduate of the FBI Citizens' Academy and a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, was also honored as a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Dan Noelle, Giusto's predecessor.

Recently, Lim has focused his public-safety efforts on a joint resolution that identifies September as Drug Awareness and Prevention Month and a bill that criminalizes salvia divornum, a hallucinogenic sage that is available to minors. He has also targeted underage drinking.

Piluso earns Herrell award

Gresham Police Chief Carla Piluso and Dale R. Koch, presiding judge of the Multnomah County Circuit Court, recently received the Judge Stephen B. Herrell Award.

The Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council founded this annual award to recognize individuals who have carried on Herrell's pioneering work to improve the safety of women and children in Multnomah County.

Herrell established the Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council in 1987, then known as the Family Violence Steering Committee.

Piluso and Koch were honored at a special ceremony Thursday, March 22, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland. The event also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council.

Piluso is a member of Community Against Domestic Violence, a coalition of organizations and individuals for East County that focuses on public education and responses to domestic violence.

She also is chairwoman of the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families and Community, and serves on the board of Human Solutions Inc. and the Multnomah County Cultural Council.

In addition, Piluso created the Gresham Police Domestic Violence Unit and developed policies to improve police response to domestic violence incidents and increase support for victims.

She continues to be an outspoken advocate of the rights and needs of domestic violence survivors.

Koch serves as president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and is recognized as a national leader in the area of domestic violence and child abuse intervention. Locally, he established a Domestic Violence Court in 2006 and has worked to promote safety for victims.

The Family Violence Coordinating Council is a 39-member voluntary organization of public and private agencies that develops, coordinates and supports effective responses to domestic violence in Multnomah County.

Blumenauer now on committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently named Congressman Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, to the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. The committee, which was created with strong bipartisan support, will examine a wide range of issues linked to climate change and energy.

'Global warming poses the single greatest threat this generation will see, and we must begin examining and implementing real solutions now,' Blumenauer said. 'The new Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming is a key step in this process.'