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Brought to you by Ken Mitchell-Phillips - The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips - LEGAL INSIDER -

THE LAW OFFICES OF KEN MITCHELL-PHILLIPS - Ken Mitchell-PhillipsA comprehensive business plan is the single most important document you can create before founding a new business.

Whether it’s a full-scale commercial enterprise or a business run out of your garage, a business plan outlines the goals and strategies of your company—everything from marketing and financing to revenue projections and competitor analysis.

The best thing about a business plan is that it forces you, the budding entrepreneur, to face facts and answer the hard questions in an always-changing business environment. But a business transactional lawyer can help you answer the questions you didn’t even think to ask.

For instance, federal and state law enforces restrictions on advertising content for almost every industry. A business lawyer can help you ensure compliance with existing codes while also preventing your liability from charges of misleading marketing.

A business transactional lawyer can provide legal advice pertaining to your financial situation, ensuring you get the best deal from shareholders, co-partners and lenders.

Depending on whether you’re planning on hiring full, part-time or contractor employees, a business transactional lawyer can pinpoint the relevant laws and regulations that will affect employee compensation, retention and benefits.

Business and law are inextricably intertwined. Personally, I have decades of experience drafting business documents, minimizing corporate liability and ensuring compliance, working with Fortune 500 companies and small start-ups. Visit The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips for a professional consultation today!

The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips, P.C.

1217 NE Burnside Rd, Suite 801, Gresham, OR 97080



Brought to you by Randy Preston - Honke Heating and Air Conditioning - HEATING AND COOLING INSIDER -

HONKE HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING - Randy PrestonYou wouldn’t run your car for six hours a day, every day, and expect it to work perfectly without any maintenance, would you?

Of course not! But somehow we expect the equivalent from our home cooling systems. In my experience, a majority of repair calls we service could have been prevented with regular a maintenance tune up.

The No. 1 reason most homeowners don’t schedule a maintenance tune up is they’re worried it will be a waste of money. In reality, it’s far cheaper to fix a minor problem than pay for a replacement cooling system—especially in the middle of a heat wave! Having a maintenance tune up on your cooling system does not guarantee that you will not have a problem during the cooling season, but it will prevent most minor problems.

Here’s what you get when you schedule a maintenance tune up with Honke Heating and Air Conditioning. First, our trained service technicians will go through your cooling system, we will lubricate all moving parts, we will clean the outdoor condensing unit, check the indoor blower wheel and motor, test for refrigerant leaks and measure airflow through the evaporator coil. We will also check all electrical components and safety switches. We will check the operation of your thermostat.

Manufacturers recommend having your cooling equipment tuned up once a year to help prevent problems and to help your system run at its highest efficiency. This helps you save money.

But for the bigger issues, give Honke Heating & Air Conditioning a call. Trust me, when Oregon’s hot and heavy summer rolls around, you won’t regret it.

Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 666-3725


Brought to you by Deb-ee Jones, RN - Bridge City Medical Aesthetics - AESTHETIC MEDICINE INSIDER -

BRIDGE CITY MEDICAL AESTHETICS - Deb-ee Jones, RNToday, I want to tell you about a revolutionary new body-contouring device we just had delivered to Bridge City Medical Aesthetics. It’s called truSculpt, and it’s already getting rave reviews from regulars and walk-ins alike.

truSculpt uses radio frequency technology to target and eliminate fat cells, with the additional benefit of tightening skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite. It’s a completely non-invasive outpatient procedure with no discomfort or downtime.

One of the best things about truSculpt is that there’s no “pinch test”—it can work on areas that don’t have enough fat to create a noticeable bulge. That makes it perfect for so-called flat fat on the thighs and abdomen.

Therapy time depends on the area being treated. Small problem areas (like the neck or knees) can be treated in as little as 20 minutes, while larger problem areas can take up to two hours.

To achieve maximum effect, I recommend staggering three treatments over a period of months, allowing three to eight weeks between appointments. Results typically take anywhere from three weeks to four months to appear.

truSculpt is designed to be as safe and comfortable as possible. A few users report temporary feelings of redness, sweating and mild tenderness after undergoing treatment, but these symptoms typically resolve themselves within a few hours.

So what are you waiting for? Stop on by Bridge City Medical Aesthetics to learn if truSculpt is right for you!

Bridge City Medical Aesthetics

1410 NE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97220

(971) 777-0303


Brought to you by Rob Cook - Nancy's Floral - FLORIST INSIDER -

NANCY'S FLORAL - Rob CookFido’s not digging up the garden—he’s become one, thanks to the flower artisans at Nancy’s Floral!

If you’ve never seen the a-DOG-able collection before, it’s hard to believe how lifelike these flowery figures appear. Using only a small bundle of white carnations, the staff at Nancy’s Floral sculpt the face, ears and nose of man’s best friend. Two plastic buttons for eyes (and another for the snout) complete the effect.

The hairless hound is then nestled into a larger bouquet filled with springtime blooms, with additional accents and accoutrements available for every occasion.

Bedridden pet lovers will certainly get a kick out of “Doggie Howser M.D.,” which features a medicine bag toting pooch, while “Best in Class” promises a mini cap and gown for the proud graduate. “Yankee Doodle Doogie” is appropriately patriotic, while “You Had Me At Woof” presents two marital-minded mutts. A somber “All Dogs go to Heaven” is perfect for honoring a beloved passed pet.

NANCY'S FLORAL - Arf Arf! Take me home today!“There’s something about a carnation’s petals that really lends itself to the texture of dog fur,” says general manager Rob Cook. “They’re incredible, one-in-a-kind gifts. They have this great sense of whimsy, but they’re also just as fragrant and beautiful to look at as many of the flower arrangements we offer.”

The a-DOG-able collection is available exclusively from Nancy’s Floral and other 1-800-FLOWERS affiliated partners. To see more styles, visit Nancy’s Floral online, or stop in any time.

Nancy’s Floral

620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 716-4971


Brought to you by Cindy Passannante - C.P. Trips - TRAVEL INSIDER -

C.P. TRIPS - Cindy PassannanteYou’re never too old (or too young) for a magical adventure at Disneyland. It’s the perfect vacation spot for multi-generational groups, with plenty to do for adults and kids alike.

If you’ve never been, Disneyland is split between two parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. You can easily spend a day in each section, and still have plenty of rides, shows and other amusements left over.

The two parks are connected by the Downtown Disney District, a combination shopping and nightlife/entertainment mall that is open to the public, not just ticketholders.

There are simply too many attractions at Disneyland to list them all, but starting this summer you can attend an all-new “Frozen” musical showing exclusively at Disneyland.

For Oregonians, it’s only a hop, skip and jump from our lovely state to Anaheim, California. That’s why I recommend visiting Disneyland first, especially if you’ve only got a long weekend to explore the park.

If your trip includes parents and grandparents, mobility may be an issue. Disneyland is pretty good about providing rental scooters at the park entrances, but that may still be too far to walk for some members of your family. However, I know of an alternative rental service that will deliver a scooter straight to your hotel room. If you’re interested in learning more, please give me a call.

Stay tuned for next month’s article, where I’ll discuss taking a trip to Walt Disney World.

C.P. Trips

Damascus, OR 97089

(503) 658-5646


Brought to you by Randy and Dori DeLaunay - Creative Visions Landscapes - LANDSCAPING INSIDER -

CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - FROM LEFT: Dori and Randy DeLaunayWant to honor your mom and take home a free fish?

This Mother’s Day weekend, Creative Visions Landscapes will offer one free koi to the first 50 people who stop by—with no purchase necessary. This free gift will be available only on Saturday, May 7 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a limit of one fish per family.

To make the day a bit more special, we’ll have free specialty coffees and hot chocolate from 10 a.m. to noon provided by Origin’s Coffee, Tea & Desserts. We’ll also have cookies from Nonnie’s Bake Shop.

If you do decide to buy something, make sure to take advantage of the great coupons we’re currently offering on our website. Until May 31, we’re offering 25 percent off all pond supplies (excluding liner, underlayment and hanging baskets) as well as yard, garden and patio furniture. Check back frequently for more deals and savings!

We’ll also be highlighting our amazing hanging flower baskets at the event, as well as the aquatic plants available from our greenhouse. This year, we partnered with a local nursery to create the baskets.

Looking for a special gift for mom? We’ve got beautiful fountains, birdhouses, statuary, wind chimes and more! Spend $100 on Saturday, May 7 and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate from Creative Visions!

Coffee and koi will only be available while supplies last, so don’t delay!

Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center

9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR

(503) 663-5483


Brought to you by Donivon McCord - McCord Construction - CONSTRUCTION INSIDER -

MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCordThere’s nothing quite like the thrill of a new construction project. But when you go at it alone, you risk not only time and money, but the safety of your family. Instead of ending up with a half-finished mess, leave these five projects to the experts.

Window installation. Window framers rely on specialized tools and years of experience to ensure that a window’s flashing and caulk are airtight. In addition to the risk of drafts and insects, improperly installed windows can raise your heating and cooling bills through the roof.

Wall demolition. “What could be easier than picking up a sledgehammer?” Well, watching your house collapse after you remove a load-bearing wall is pretty easy too. Call an architect or a licensed and accredited contractor before you do something foolish.

Plumbing upgrades. There’s no reason not to unclog your own toilet, but more complex tasks should really be left to the professionals. An unexpected leak or pressure increase can cause thousands of dollars of water damage in just minutes.

Deck construction. If you’re building a deck that’s more than a few feet off the ground, call a professional builder. Sudden deck collapses do happen, and usually occur when large groups of friends or family gather.

New additions. Adding a new room to your house is the epitome of too ambitious DIY projects. Even the pros use a general contractor to coordinate all the different specialists required for additions. You should too.

McCord Construction

500 NW 20th St STE 202, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 348-2366


Brought to you by Doug Lepper - Crown Carpets - FLOORING INSIDER -

CROWN CARPETS - Doug LepperEarth Day has come and gone, but environmentally-friendly flooring is available from Crown Carpets year round!

This month, we’re taking a look at some of our most eco-friendly products. It’s part of Crown Carpets’ larger commitment to the planet and our “green-minded” customers.

Hard Surface Flooring

Linoleum is made from wood pulp and linseed oil. It is available in a vast color selection. It’s very durable and applicable for both residential and commercial use. The most famous brand is “Marmoleum” but Armstrong also makes a version that is gorgeous!

Cork flooring is created by peeling the outer bark from trees, which then regenerate so they can later be peeled again. Cork is warm and quiet, but somewhat maintenance intensive.

Bamboo, a readily renewable resource available in natural and carbonized (caramel) colors and both horizontal and vertical grain looks. Please beware of cheap imported bamboo products that are not dimensionally stable and will cause you problems.

Domestic hardwoods are available in oak, cherry, walnut and hickory taken from trees that are farmed specifically for this purpose, eliminating the need to cut down old-growth timber.


Wool is available in many rich colors and stylish patterns. Look for “long staple” wools, most often from New Zealand sheep, to reduce the incidence of pilling and shedding.

PET polyester is made from recycled water bottles and two-liter pop bottles—perfect for those who wish to have the low maintenance of synthetic fiber carpets while keeping bottles out of the landfill.

Note: Both wool and polyester carpets can be installed over felt or urethane cushions that also contain recycled content.

Crown Carpets has many samples of these and other earth-friendly products available for viewing. Come borrow them, take them home, and see how they fit into your indoor world!

Crown Carpets

21655 SE Stark, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 665-4162


Brought to you by Dr. Ryan Thomas - Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -

HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC - Dr. Ryan ThomasYou’ve just been rear-ended during a motor vehicle collision. You begin to suffer from acute aches in your neck, shoulder muscles and upper back.

Your first question: “When will the pain stop?”

With some research papers showing that the painful effects of whiplash can linger for over a decade, it’s natural to worry about long-term pain and chronic symptoms after a rear end car crash.

Thankfully, decades of pain is not the norm, especially for patients who seek immediate treatment. One study published in a French medical journal shows that about half of those with whiplash will experience “significant relief” of their symptoms within a year.

The biggest risk factors are age, occupation and, unsurprisingly, severity of the injury. Patients who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or have previously experienced whiplash are at risk for increased and prolonged pain. Not seeking treatment is another risk factor.

Of course, every case of whiplash is different, and every treatment plan developed by Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic is individually tailored to the patient at hand. But, in general, with a full treatment of chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic exercises, and massage therapy you can measure your recovery in months, not years.

At Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic, we use spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage and exercise, modalities and J-Tech evaluation equipment to ensure every patient’s full and speedy recovery. Schedule an appointment for a professional consultation today!

Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic

329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 491-0388


Brought to you by Marie Nicholson - Cherry Park Plaza - RETIREMENT INSIDER -

CHERRY PARK PLAZA - Marie NicholsonAt Cherry Park Plaza, we believe that an active lifestyle is key to independent senior living. In fact, anyone can benefit from habitual exercise and movement, regardless of age.

Studies show that regular exercise can alleviate the symptoms of several chronic diseases—and reduce your risk of developing many others, including heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Exercise can also help correct problems with balance, posture or high blood pressure.

So at Cherry Park, we offer a variety of health and wellness classes designed for every age and skill level. One of our most popular classes is called Sittercise. For those who don’t know, Sittercise is just like normal exercise, but performed sitting down. These workouts focus on building strength, balance and coordination, and some of the exercises are as simple as rotating and flexing an unused muscle or joint.

Cherry Park also offers senior yoga and senior balance and posture classes. Many residents enjoy participating in our indoor walking clubs, which promote activity when inclement weather makes strolling outside unappetizing.

For those who want to glide through the water, Cherry Park can help you register for senior classes at the Mt. Hood Community College pool. Some insurance companies also include gym memberships for seniors as part of their benefit programs.

So there you have it! For more information on living an active, independent life at Cherry Park Plaza, drop on by or give us a call.

Cherry Park Plaza

(503) 491-1661

1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060


Brought to you by Randall Wilson - Huntington Terrace - ASSISTED LIVING INSIDER -

HUNTINGTON TERRACE - Randall WilsonThe residents at Huntington Terrace Assisted Living already know they’re living in Gresham’s premier senior living community.

But there are big differences between assisted and independent living. You may not have access to the care you need at an independent living center, nor will you be able to age in place. Here are the key differences:

Independent Living.

Independent living communities are perfect for seniors looking for more opportunities to socialize with people their own age—or who are tired of the endless hassle of home maintenance and upkeep.

Independent living centers generally take the form of many studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments or cottages. A full kitchen is typical, and residents can choose between preparing their own meals or eating at a central dining hall. A meal plan is generally not included in the base price, though transportation and recreational activities are. Housekeeping services are usually provided as well.

Assisted Living.

Assisted living communities provide all the amenities of independent living—plus a little extra care for those daily tasks of living. The on-call staff at assisted living homes can aid with grooming, dressing, personal hygiene, mobility and medication management.

Apartments generally feature a kitchenette and full bathroom. Planned excursions and other leisure activities are included in the base price, along with a meal plan.

Assisted living caregivers can’t provide the same medical services as a hospital or hospice, nor are they equipped to handle persons with severe cognitive impairment or memory issues.

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, Oregon 97030

(503) 465-1404


Brought to you by Dan Schofield - Weston KIA, GMC and Buick - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

WESTON KIA, GMC AND BUICK - Dan SchofieldYour car has faithfully carried you through the gloomy days of winter.

Now that spring is making its appearance with glimpses of the warm sun to come, it’s time to return the favor with some care and maintenance. A good cleaning, inside and out, is a great place to start.

Get the de-icer residue off the outside of the car with a good wash, and clean out the build up of muck that inevitably builds up inside the car during the winter. Clean all of the interior glass before the bright sun of spring creates unsafe glare.

You’ll want to make sure your ride is in tip-top shape before you hit the road for that spring break adventure. First, unless you’re heading for a ski vacation, you’ll want to get those snow tires taken off to preserve their special tread for winters to come.

It’s a great time to have all of your tires inspected and a 4-wheel alignment performed. The service team at Weston knows just what to look for when they see unusual tire wear, and can catch problems early, enhancing safety and preventing premature tire replacement.

If you do need new tires, spring is an excellent time to get them, and the fresh tread can give you great confidence during those May showers.

Consult your owners’ manual or contact Weston to make sure you’re up to date on all of your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance. Cold temperatures and short trips are hard on your engine’s fluids, so get them checked out before any long drives.

Weston offers comprehensive free multi-point inspections for your vehicle’s systems, and can help to identify any issues before they leave you stranded or delayed.

Be sure to visit www.buyweston.com for the latest service specials and to make an appointment to visit the service department.

Weston KIA, GMC and Buick

22555 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97030

(503) 665-2166


Gresham's Opinions

April 29, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: Vote yes to pass Centennial bond

by Steve Brown
The residents of the Centennial School District should vote yes on Measure 26-175, which would issue $85 million in general obligation bonds. Approval of the measure would leverage a state grant of more than $7 million, in addition to grants for…
April 29, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Contributor
April 29, 2016 Elect Stegmann to county commission We are writing to encourage others to vote for Lori Stegmann for Multnomah County Commissioner, Position 4. We have seen and valued Lori’s leadership on the Gresham City Council for several years.…
April 26, 2016

Our opinion: Preserve history with a yes vote on levy

by Editorial Board
Multnomah County voters have a chance in the May 17 election to preserve local and statewide history for an extremely small price. Measure 26-174 proposes a modest property tax levy of 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to support five historical…

April 20 editorial
April 25, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: Alley best choice for GOP voters

by Pamplin Media Group
In a year when many moderate Republicans in Oregon are worried about the two men leading their party’s presidential delegate derby, they should find comfort and hope in the pair at the top of the state GOP gubernatorial race. Allen Alley and Bud…
April 25, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Contributor
April 25, 2016 CORBETT SCHOOL BOND Like before, Corbett should vote no on bond Here we are again in what use to be small town USA with the Corbett School District again asking for a larger school after being told no three times in a row: the first…
April 21, 2016

Guest comment: Chris Hawes on lawsuit concerning disincorporation

by Chris Hawes
Councilor De Young continues assault on his constituents The Citizens Committee for Disincorporation wishes to announce that a lawsuit has been filed by Damascus City Councilor James De Young to halt the upcoming May 17 election on Measure 93, and…
April 21, 2016

Guest comment:Jim De Young on Damascus disincorporation

by James De Young
EDITOR'S NOTE: Damascus City Council James De Young submitted this press release Wednesday, April 20, regarding his legal challenge of Measure 93, the initiative to disincorporate the city of Damascus. The vote in Damascus on disincorporation Is…
Alice Duff
April 21, 2016

Metro's demo plan puts historic landmark at risk

by Alice Duff
Friends of Ambleside Architecture and Landscape (FOAAL) object to the Metro regional government's process for restoring this portion of Johnson Creek’s floodplain for four reasons. First, Metro relied on its “public mandate” from measures voters…
April 21, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Contributor
April 22, 2017 Damascus voters should not surrender self determination My family and I moved to the Damascus area in March 2003. In that year Sunnyside Avenue was a busy two-lane road. We moved to the area to enjoy the quiet of country living, but…
April 20, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: Elect Bill King to Position 4 on Clackamas County Commission

by Steve Brown
Steve Bates resonates with fiscal conservatism RECOMMENDATION: BILL KING FOR POSITION 4 It was Bill King’s own experience of testifying before the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners that gave him the final push he needed to enter the race for…
April 15, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Contributor
It’s time to rekindle the light of Damascus Tuesday’s editorial in The Outlook advocates a “yes” vote on disincorporating Damascus, Measure 93, reversing its position opposing disincorporation in November, 2013. The opinion rehearses the obstacles…
April 14, 2016

Fairview should reconsider economic incentives

by Steve Brown
No. 1: Deliberating on public matters via email, outside of the watchful eyes and ears of the public, violates Oregon's public meetings law. No. 2: Any poll — or vote — of city councilors taken on public matters via email isn't worth the digital ink…
April 12, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: Damascus should turn out lights on city government

by Steve Brown
Everybody gets a do-over, right? So does The Outlook. Back in 2013, when Damascus residents were voting to disincorporate this young city, The Outlook encouraged a no vote. At the time, we felt there was still hope for this city. Sure, there was…
April 12, 2016

Who gets to vote in Damascus?

by Chris Hawes
At the March 7th Damascus City Council meeting, four city councilors directed the city attorney to research ways to keep certain citizens from having their votes counted in the May 17 Disincorporation election. It was witnessed by a…
April 12, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: A vote for MHCC bond is a vote for jobs, facility enhancements

by Steve Brown
• Barbra Striesand scored her first No. 1 hit, “The Way We Were” • The Watergate grand jury indicted seven presidential aides. • Joan Jett formed her first rock group, the Runaways. • President Richard Nixon admitted he withheld information about…
Jim Syring
April 04, 2016

The long journey to leave the city of Damascus is now in sight

by Jim Syring
In early 2003, nearly 100 citizens along Southeast Foster Road applied to annex into Happy Valley and were stopped by a court injunction filed by the Damascus Incorporating Committee. The city of Damascus incorporated one year later with those…
March 22, 2016

Users of Springwater Trail in Gresham must make safe choices

by Steve Brown
Given recent events, we strongly recommend that people using the Springwater Trail corridor take extra precautions for their personal safety. Over the last several weeks, the city of Gresham has taken a hard stand against illegal camping along the…
Chris Hawes
March 14, 2016

Damascus council members are denying citizens their basic rights

by Chris Hawes
Who gets to vote in Damascus? At the March 7 Damascus City Council meeting, four city councilors directed the city attorney to research ways to keep certain citizens from having their votes counted in the May 17 disincorporation election. It was…
March 04, 2016

Letter to the editor

by Contributor
Too many questions unanswered about Centennial bond School districts have an uphill task in Oregon. Oregon leaders do not value education or support a dependable funding stream for schools regardless of unions or economic times. Shouldn’t all…

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