Dec. 18 community briefs
Newberg City Council will soon have a vacancy
The city of Newberg announced last week that it is accepting applications for the District 2 seat on the Newberg City Council. The opening came about because incumbent Elizabeth Curtis Gemeroy moved out of the district, but remains within the city. Under the city charter, Gemeroy can continue serving on the council until Feb. 26 or until the council appoints a replacement. Gemeroy's term ends in December 2022.
District 2 is generally located in northwest Newberg between Mountainview Drive and the Willamette & Pacific rail line on the south, Hess Creek on the east and Main Street on the west.
Applicants must live within District 2, have been a resident of Newberg for a minimum of one year and be a registered voter.
Blood drive Dec. 30 in Newberg
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center, 1802 Haworth Ave.
The need for blood and blood products increases during the holidays, the organization said, adding that between Thanksgiving and Christmas more than 1 million units of blood could be infused in the United States. Those individuals with Type O blood are especially needed, according to a press release.
Individuals can make appointments by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-733-2767 or appearing in person at the blood drives. An incentive to donating is that through Dec. 18 donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
NDPD effort continues to hold drivers accountable
A recent effort by the Newberg-Dundee Police Department concentrated on three common violations by motorists: using a cell phone while driving, speeding and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The department's enhanced patrols in November produced "20 contacts for operating while using a mobile communications device, 138 contacts for speeding and nine arrests for DUII," according to a release from the NDPD.
The department is continuing its specialized enforcement efforts in December thanks to an ongoing grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact, a Clackamas-based nonprofit that concentrates on DUII education and enforcement.
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