Officer to graduate Friday from academy
Lake Oswego Police Officer Casey Okami-Watanabe will graduate Friday from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Trainings 358th Basic Police Class.
The 16-week-long Basic Police Class includes dozens of training areas, including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition and dozens of other subjects.
The public is invited celebrate with Okami-Watanabe and the 37 other graduates at 11 a.m. on Friday. The ceremony will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. Chief Tom Turner of the Florence Police Department will be the guest speaker, and a reception will immediately follow the graduation.
Okami-Watanabe joined the LOPD in January after graduating from the University of Oregon with a bachelors in psychology and working as a fitness trainer and wellness coordinator. He will be assigned to the Patrol Division after Fridays ceremony.
LOPD arrests three impaired drivers in June
Lake Oswego Police officers arrested three drivers for DUII incidents in June as part of a nationwide enforcement operation conducted during regular-duty patrols, the department said last week. All of the arrests involved alcohol-related offenses.
LOPD Lt. Doug Treat said the next national DUII enforcement event is scheduled for late summer and the Labor Day holiday weekend Aug. 19-Sept. 5 when officers all across the Portland metro area will be on the lookout for distracted and impaired drivers who may have overindulged.
Drivers arrested for DUII can be subject to a number of monetary fines, have their license suspended and spend time in jail.
Stay safe, take care of your friends and family, find a designated driver if needed and keep others from driving if they appear impaired, Treat said. Please act responsibly and drive sober.
Plank & Coil opens Friday in Kruse Village
Plank & Coil, the Northwest Portland purveyor of sustainable furniture, mattresses, bedding covers and accessories, will open a second location Friday in Lake Oswegos Kruse Village shopping center.
Owner Dennis Rose will be on hand for a grand-opening celebration at the 6,306-square-foot store. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 9 a.m. and a public reception from 4-7 p.m., with wine and hors douevres served.
We have quite a customer base already in the Lake Oswego area, so it was a natural move for us to open a second store at Kruse Village, Rose says. Kruse Village is ideal for us. Its easily accessible, easy to find, has abundant parking and is family-friendly; its a nice fit for us.
The original store, on Northwest Raleigh Street between Northwest 22nd and 23rd streets, was called Eclectic Home. Rose, who bought the store 10 years ago, has since changed the name to Plank & Coil.
Kruse Village, the 60,000-square-foot shopping center that first opened its doors in April 2015, is bordered by Kruse Way, Carman Drive and Meadows Road in Lake Oswego. The development includes a variety of restaurants and retail shops in six buildings on five acres.
Meet The Staffords new executive director
The Stafford Boutique Retirement Community will host an open house next week to introduce its new executive director, Wendy Wood.
The public is invited to attend the event, which begins at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, at the facility (1200 Overlook Drive, Lake Oswego). Celtic Trill will play harp and flute music and wine and appetizers will be served.
Those wishing to attend should call Rita Segura at 503-496-3729.