Banking responds to coronavirus: BEE Independent Sales Representative Sandy Hubbard advises, "OnPoint Credit Union on the corner of Tacoma and 13th is temporarily closed, although the ATM is still there and functional. The sign on the door is pointing people to the branch at Clackamas Promenade [east of S.E. 82nd]. Meanwhile, Umpqua Bank down the street is still open; they are letting patrons in one at a time, and coming to the door so you don't have to touch it. They have lots of hand sanitizer in there along with Kleenexes. They are encouraging people to use online banking, and are happy to show people how to set that up." THE BEE notices that the OnPoint branch in the Woodstock Safeway Store, and the Unitus Credit Union branch in Westmoreland, both seem also to be temporarily closed – but the Advantis Credit Union in Woodstock, and the majority of banks in Inner Southeast, are still open – while observing "social distancing" procedures.
Business guru Nancy Chapin – staying 'up' in 'down' times: "What keeps us going in stressful times – a discussion" is the topic of the May meeting of the Association of Home Businesses, which normally meets in person once a month in Sellwood, but during this period of social distancing is meeting online via ZOOM, on the Third Thursday of the month. In May, that'll be the 21st – online at 6:30 p.m. Nancy, a Brentwood-Darlington home businessperson and a well-known consultant to many of the Business Associations in Portland, calls this "An opportunity to hear other people's mood lifters, and to share your own. Join us on May 21st for stories of hope, humor, and inspiration, just when we really need it." If you'd like to join this online meeting, please visit – www.ahboregon.org – for details, and to RSVP. No charge for attending; but without your RSVP you cannot obtain the link to join the meeting.
Saluting high school grads with lawn signs: A lawn sign may not really replace an actual live, formal graduation – but it is better than nothing, reasons Walter Sofko of the Brooklyn neighborhood Minuteman Press. He explains, "We put together an inexpensive yard sign program to celebrate high school seniors who are missing out on their celebrations this year." There are three sign options, with the signs created in colors appropriate to the high school. If interested, you can order online at – www.MinutemanTeam.com – and, Walt adds, "We offer parking lot pickup at 3382 S.E. 20th, or delivery can be arranged."
Local author releases audiobook on "Rae Tomb": Roy Widing, a prolific local author, tells THE BEE, "I just released a non-fiction audiobook, with a Sellwood connection – it's about the intriguing Rae Tomb, 'Whispers From the Tomb', in Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Mausoleum. The story of my book has been featured on KOIN, KATU, and KGW. Parenthetically, another of my recent releases, also with a Sellwood connection, was featured not long ago on Fox News. Here's a picture of former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts at the Rae Tomb, holding a copy of the printed version of my book."
Beer steps up for high school baseball: Cleveland High plans a new indoor baseball hitting practice facility on the northwest corner of the CHS football field, as reported in THE BEE previously. Now, owner Zach Vestal, owner of Westmoreland's Unicorn Brewing (and Portland U-Brew) at 6327 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, announces that Unicorn Brewing's own "Home Run Hefeweitzen" beer – on tap, and available to go in growlers and 22-oz. bottles – will be sold with 20% of all its sales earmarked to help fund the construction of this CHS batting facility. Same-day delivery of Home Run Hefeweitzen is available to residents of Southeast Portland, when orders are called in by 4 p.m. to 503/943-2727, or ordered online – www.PortlandUbrew.com
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