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In the Brooklyn neighborhood, the annual BAC election is combined with a business fair

RITA A. LEONARD - At its annual May election before the business fair began, the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association Board members for the next twelve months were elected: From left, Joanna Jenkins, Don Stephens, Mike Erwin, Josh Hetrick, Guy Berliner, David Ward, Cheryl Crowe, Mike OConnor, and Melanie Dittler. The third annual Brooklyn Business Fair took place on May 22 at Sacred Heart Meeting Hall – combined with the regular monthly meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps, at which new Board members were elected. New faces, new businesses, and neighborhood news were all elements of the meeting, which was hosted by Windermere Real Estate Agent Melaney Dittler.

The elected Board Members of the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association for the next twelve months were announced as being Joanna Jenkins, Don Stephens, Mike Erwin, Josh Hetrick, Guy Berliner, David Ward, Cheryl Crowe, Mike O'Connor, and Melanie Dittler.

April Dewees from Friends of Brooklyn Park arose to describe the ongoing fund-raising activities for the Summer Brooklyn Park Program, and introduced the association's bottle and can drive. "We've raised $120 with it so far, and we hope to continue the drive all year," she said. Daryl Phillippi gave an update on construction of Sacred Heart's new Parish Hall, and said it should be open to the public sometime in June.

Introducing the Business Fair section of the meeting, realtor Dittler discussed new construction projects underway in Brooklyn, and pointed out that TriMet's long-awaited Gideon Overcrossing bridge was now under construction to ease pedestrian and bike traffic over the Union Pacific and MAX Orange Line tracks near the Clinton Street Station.

She also introduced Justin and Jessica Donais, who are planning to open a new pizzeria at 3539 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue by late summer.

State Farm Insurance agent Tim Cain announced he had opened an office at 3880 S.E. 8th Avenue, Suite 150; and Brooklyn's new Veterinarian, Alayson Phelps DVM, invited visitors to Brooklyn Yard Veterinary at 1280 S.E. Holgate Boulevard, in the "Brooklyn Yard" shopping center. Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist Becca Seitz of Thrive Acupuncture said she served both people and pets.

Phyllis Thiemann of Heckman & Thiemann Motors announced their having moved to 3220 S.E. 19th Avenue, adding, "We're starting our second fifty years of serving the neighborhood."

Ashley Hoffman from Artist & Craftsman Supply, 3393 S.E. 21st Avenue, demonstrated artistic glass-cutting, and announced the business' annual Art Fair, June 23, from noon until 5 p.m. Erika Degens, from Stone Barn Brandyworks, introduced a new cherry brandy from their distillery at 3315 S.E. 19th, Suite B. Matt Everett from Townshend's Distillery displayed a selection of the botanical spirits produced at 4211 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

Michelle Palau and Blaine Peters, Managers of the Aladdin Theater and The Lamp restaurant, offered free samples of pastry, chips, and dips, while TomCat Bikes at 3117 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue passed out information on bike repair and home inspections.

The Brooklyn Business Fair now occurs as a feature of each May BAC meeting, at which the annual neighborhood association Board election takes place every year.


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