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'Respond to Racism' schedules meeting; Distracted-driving detail nets 37 citations; Parish plans gun-prevention vigil

'Respond to Racism' schedules meeting

Organizers of Respond to Racism, a grassroots effort to gather the community for a discussion about racism and discrimination in Lake Oswego, have announced that they will hold the next in an ongoing series of meetings on Monday, Dec. 4.

Liberty Miller and Willie Poinsette organized the original event in July in response to a blog post about a racist road-rage incident in Lake Oswego. That and incidents in local schools prompted Miller to start a conversation on the social-networking site Nextdoor, which led her to Poinsette. The women then decided to invite the entire community to join them for a series of monthly meetings that have now attracted more than 100 people.

The next meeting is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Road. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.; the work begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to register, go to http://tinyurl.com/DecemberRespond.

Distracted-driving detail nets 37 citations

Officers from the Lake Oswego and Tualatin police departments and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office issued 37 citations earlier this month as part of an enforcement operation designed to target distracted driving.

The Metro Area Traffic Team (MATT) detail, which lasted about three and a half hours, was conducted along Boones Ferry Road near Kruse Way and along A Avenue from 10th Street to State Street in Lake Oswego. It was the first enforcement operation in the city since Oregon expanded its ban on the use of mobile electronic devices.

The operation also targeted speeding and seatbelt use in addition to distracted driving. The results: 20 cellphone violations, eight speed violations, three expired vehicle tags, two driving without a license, one driving while suspended, one misuse of a special left-turn lane, one failure to signal a turn and one failure to obey a traffic control device.

The overwhelming majority of drivers cited were residents of Lake Oswego, according to LOPD Lt. Doug Treat. The first offense for cellphone violations carries a base fine of $260; additional convictions may result in increased penalties.

"We encourage all drivers to please be aware of their speeds," Treat said. "And remember, 'Head's up, phones down.' Safety and voluntary compliance is the police department's goal."

The next MATT detail is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 13 in Wilsonville.

Parish plans gun-prevention vigil

Christ Church Episcopal Parish will join faith communities across the country on Dec. 17 in a National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Vigil.

The goal of the nationwide program is to remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, pray for those whose lives have been forever changed because of the loss of a loved one and educate one another on proven strategies to reduce gun violence, parish administrator Julie Mankin says.

"Together, we must carry the message forward that many lives are being saved in states where the most comprehensive gun violence prevention laws exist," Mankin says. "We need to recommit ourselves to educating our friends and peers that this is not about taking guns away, but keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them."

The local service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road in Lake Oswego. For more information, contact the church office at 503-636-5618.

— The Review

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