Day: December 10, 2014

“Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think about Work, Community, and the Good Life” by Chris Farrell

“Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think about Work, Community, and the Good Life” by Chris Farrell c.2014, Bloomsbury $26.00 / $32.00 Canada 256 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER For much of your employed life, you dreamed about not having to work. Retirement would be great. It would stretch out for years, a horizon with no alarm clock and no deadlines. What will you do with it? Chances are, says author Chris Farrell, believe it or not, you’ll go to work. And in his new book “Unretirement,” he says you’ll do it because you want to, not because you have to. It’s a statistic that has some politicians very worried: within the next fifteen years, say demographers, the sixty-five-plus population of America will be nearly equivalent to the current population of New York, California, and Texas combined. That’s a lot of retirees, and a fortune paid out in benefits. For quite some time, though, economists and pessimists have expressed doubts that Social Security will even be around then. Others bemoan the amount of retirement savings that many Baby Boomers (the age group retired or soon retiring) don’t have. According to Farrell, however, these fears ignore the fact that most Boomers are re-thinking the way retirement will work for them. He says that Boomers’ “last third of life is being reimagined and reinvented into ‘unretirement.’” They are,...

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Wolverines make the grade in DOE report cards

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Last November, report cards issued by the Oregon Department of Education hit administrators and teachers at Whiteaker Middle School like an anvil falling out of a clear, blue sky. “I’ll never forget the professional development meeting we had when we showed the scores (from the 2012-13) report cards. I had never seen morale so low. We couldn’t understand how our view of what we do and what those scores were got so far apart,” said Tami Badinger, Wolverine assistant principal. “I watched everyone walk out with their heads down and I felt like there was nothing I could do.” The results weren’t good. Whiteaker had slipped in its school rating to below average and settled somewhere among the lowest ranks within the Salem-Keizer School District. Low growth in the school’s English language learning and disability population were one factor that caused the school’s ratings to sink. “We’ve always been proud of what we do, yet we were placed in the lowest in the district. We had to make a change. If we were going to be rated on just the district assessment, we had to shift our focus,” said Chad Christensen, an instructional coach at the school. By the following month, administrators had regrouped and put forth a new plan for improving the school’s standing. Christensen did some digging into the math...

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Fender-bender turns fatal

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It was a minor enough accident that the Keizer Police Department wasn’t even called. Five days later, however, one of the involved drivers passed away, with the accident being considered a contributing factor. Sgt. Trevor Wenning with the KPD said a minor fender bender took place at Chemawa Road NE and 13th Avenue NE around 5 p.m. on Nov. 3, with the blue 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up of 50-year-old Salem resident Thomas Hawks suffering minor rear bumper damage after being hit by a 2006 Jeep Commander. Wenning said the two drivers exchanged insurance information and that seemed to be the end of it. “She rear-ended him,” Wenning said of the other driver. “They clipped bumpers. There were no injuries and both drove away.” The incident didn’t show up in Keizer’s police logs until three weeks later. When weekly calls were reviewed by the Keizertimes on Nov. 24, the incident stood out, both because of how much time had passed and because it was coded as a fatal accident. Wenning said there’s a somewhat unusual reason for that. “When Mr. Hawks woke up Nov. 5, he had severe headaches and was vomiting,” Wenning said. “He went to Salem Hospital. He went into a coma that day and passed away on Nov. 8.” Wenning said KPD never responded to the accident because there was no...

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