Prineville City Councilor Teresa Rodriguez elected to the NeighborImpact Board of Directors

Saving Grace will be hosting a presentation on Preventing Teen Dating Violence on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bend at 1004 NW Milwaukee Ave. #100.

One in three adolescents in the United States experiences some form of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner. Nearly 80 percent of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser. And two-thirds of teens who are in an abusive relationship never tell anyone about the abuse. But prevention is possible.

That's why, in honor of Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, Saving Grace is launching the Central Oregon Youth Anti-Violence Council (YAVC). Led by local teens, this regional council will organize awareness and fundraising events to support Saving Grace's violence prevention program in area schools and empower youth to speak out.

Students, parents and educators interested in learning more about the YAVC should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Teens can talk to an advocate on their 24-hour helpline at 541-389-7021.

For those interesting in working with teens or other survivors, Saving Grace is hosting a volunteer advocate training in March. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Crook County resident and newly elected Prineville City Councilor Teresa Rodriguez has been elected to the NeighborImpact Board of Directors. Rodriguez formally worked for the State of Oregon Employment Department transitioning adults to new employment opportunities, and is strongly interested in affordable housing issues and is a parent of two former Head Start students.

"I am excited to bring my experience as a Head Start parent and advocate for low-income Oregonians to the NeighborImpact board," say Rodriguez. "I am interested in developing solutions to our housing issues and thinking outside the box when it comes to providing access to housing for those in our communities that have been shut out of the housing market." Rodriguez will represent Crook County.

In addition, Brenda Comini, of Prineville, will serve her first term as secretary/treasurer.

For more information on the board of directors at NeighborImpact or the governance of the organization, please contact Board President Chad Carpenter at 541-948-6649, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For a complete Board of Directors list, visit the NeighborImpact website at

"What's Brewing?" will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Meadow Lakes Restaurant, 300 SW Meadow Lakes Drive. This week join Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe as she leads a panel discussion on how the city and others are working hard to alleviate the pressures created from limited housing availability. How is the housing crunch affecting our community? What innovative solutions may help manage the problem? Vacant rentals are hard to find and housing prices are rising. Prineville, like all Central Oregon communities, has a critical need for affordable housing.

Prineville Perk will be hosted by Norm's Xtreme Fitness on Friday, Feb. 17 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. The Perk will be held at 120 NW Third St. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

Meadow Lakes Golf Course has announced that both their driving range and putting greens are now open. They anticipate that the back nine will be open this week with the front nine opening this weekend or early next week. You can always check their website: for updated course status information and to view a live webcam. They also want to remind everyone that The Polar Bear Open is scheduled for March 4. You can also contact them at 541-447-7113.

This column was written by the Central Oregonian's general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian's business briefs, e-mail it to: [email protected]

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