Month: September 2014

Resource night at Kennedy, open house for other schools

Kennedy Elementary School is going all-out for its Open House event Tuesday, Sept. 2. Students will find out who their new teachers are and explore new home rooms, but there will also be opportunities to get dental and vision screenings, free haircuts and more. New Kennedy principal Jesse Leonard, who was reassigned from Gubser at the end of the last school year, is tapping into local resources to make the event a community resource fair. Easter Seals, NW Human Services. Keizer Police Department, Capitol Dental, Salem Keizer School Nurses, Lancaster Family Health, Boys and Girls Club, Mano a Mano Family Center, Church on the Hill (haircuts) and Chemeketa’s High School Equivalency Program are all participating. The Kennedy Resource Fair will start at 4:30 and end at 6:30 p.m. (30 minutes after the Open House ends.) All other Keizer elementary schools, Keizer, Cummings, Forest Ridge, Clear Lake, Gubser and Weddle, will host their Open House activities the same day from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet and talk with teachers. School supplies can also be dropped off during Open House hours. The first day of school for sixth and ninth graders is Sept. 2. All other grades except kindergarten and preschool, begin Wednesday, Sept. 3. Kindergarten programs begin Sept. 9 and preschool programs begin Sept. 16. Head Start students begin Sept....

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New homes on Bair proposed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The developer hoping to convert the “cow pasture” by Claggett Creek Park into apartments is also proposing a new subdivision on Bair Road. Mark Grenz with Multi-Tech Engineering has submitted an application to turn a 2.32 acre parcel by Bair Park into a new 12-lot subdivision. A hearing on the application was conducted recently by Cynthia Domas, Keizer Hearings Officer. The property in question is designated on the Keizer Comprehensive Plan map as Low Density Residential and is zoned Residential Single family. The property address is 1010 Bair Road NE. As proposed, lots would range in size from 5,704 square feet to 11,999 square feet. The average lot would be 6,946 square feet. Bill Lydon is listed as the property owner. In addition to the new homes, a new road would also be required, according to a city staff report. “Seven of the proposed lots within the subdivision will be served by a new street which will be constructed within the subdivision,” the report reads in part. “This new street will extend from Bair Road almost to the southern property line. No other connections from the site are warranted given the development of the property to the west and south are both developed with existing single family homes that preclude any logical connection from the subject property.” Plans indicate a cul-de-sac will be...

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A busy day for Keizer Police

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes From start to finish, Aug. 20 was a strange and busy day for the Keizer Police Department. It all started around 8 a.m. when a member of the KPD’s Community Response Unit (CRU) spoke with Angelica Maria Rodriguez, 33, who had been living illegally in a residence at 4795 Verda Lane NE. According to a release from the KPD, officers started getting complaints in January from neighbors regarding the residence, with complaints centering on damage to a neighboring fence, garbage piling up and numerous people coming and going at various hours. Officers determined the residence was in the foreclosure process and eventually became owned by Deutsche Bank. Rodriguez was established as living at the house, even though no evidence could be found that she had ever owned or rented the house. A representative from Deutsche Bank informed a CRU officer that Rodriguez was not permitted to occupy the house. In early August, when the CRU member went to the residence, Rodriguez refused to leave, citing “Occupy Portland” privileges. She refused to elaborate and only spoke through the closed front door. On Aug. 20, a CRU officer was at the front door when Leon John Brown of Salem, 56, came upon the scene and engaged in a struggle with the officer. During the struggle, Rodriguez came out of the house and assisted Brown. Both...

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