CrystalClearSolutions Blog

March 27, 2010

North American Honey Bees are Rapidly Diminishing

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Did you know that the honey bee pollinates 30% of all the food we eat in the USA?

Did you know that in the last 20 years the honey bee population has shrunk by 30-50% in the USA?

Did you know that it takes about 25,000 flights to collect the flower nectar to make one pound of honey?

This and much more fascinating information is available http://tinyurl.com/ydq2zzp

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March 25, 2010

Movie Event Fundraiser for Beaverton Oregon Homeless Children

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HELP A GREAT CAUSE:

LET’s GET the LEAD OUT  – Movie Tickets FOR SALE!

April 7th, 2010 : The Blind Side

6PM : (Doors open at 5:30PM)

$10/Ticket

Valley Cinema & Pub : 9360 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton Oregon

ALL donations go directly to help the 1,200 homeless students in Beaverton

Learn More at : http://www.BeavertonOregon.gov

Hosted by Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board & Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committees

Sponsored by : City of Beaverton, Beaverton School District

March 23, 2010

Quote

Filed under: Uncategorized — crystalclearsolutions @ 4:56 am

Everything has a number, it is the order of arrangement that differentiates it from all else.”  Melissa D. Nourigat

March 22, 2010

Motivation

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Motivation

“Do not seek glory, fame or fortune, it is the act of doing that perpetuates the calling”.  Melissa D. Nourigat

March 13, 2010

Hone Your MS Office Skills

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MS Office Labs Home Page

http://www.officelabs.com/ribbonhero?WT.mc_id=1015#

Ribbon Hero is a game for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 and 2010, designed to help you boost your Office skills and knowledge.

March 6, 2010

Revised Edition: 1,210 Homeless Children in our City alone – What We Are Doing.

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I’ve learned over the last several months through my community participation that there are over 1,210, (300 w/o adults in their lives) children living couch to couch, neighbor to neighbor, neighborhood to neighborhood every day in our city alone.

In our community we are reaching out to these kids, but we need your help.  I’m talking to the government officials, the community leaders, the legislators, businesses and the schools.  There is a grass roots movement through the City of Beaverton called Beaverton Cares, a program who is distributing literature that offers free medical services and low cost medication programs as well as free Tax clinics and assistance.  They have been unsuccessful in getting this information into the schools where these children go to school every day – WHAT IS UP WITH THAT??  This is the primary home base for these children to get critical information that could save their lives and help their families who are not aware of these services.  They don’t all go to the library or public offices, but they are going to school every day and keeping their grades up even under this duress.

I hope all the people reading this will write a letter of recommendation to their local school boards encouraging them to allow this type of literature to be at the front desk or on bulletin boards where children and parents can find it.

I hope everyone reading this will get involved on some level.  It’s easy, many NAC’s are donating $100 towards the SAT costs that homeless graduating seniors can not afford.  You can contact your local city offices and find out what’s going on in your neighborhoods and how you can help our people here at home.

March 2, 2010

Back to Expertise – Squeaky Wheels Get the Grease

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I got a bit off course with opinions rather than expertise, so I’m back to keeping my blog informative rather than a soap box.  However, those conversations may pop up time to time, that’s just who I am and I hope you will enjoy the jovial introspection of my personal opinions, because they are based on real life experiences.

Today I have the pleasure of talking about being a squeaky wheel.  Not  the best description of an attribute in professional terms, but in your community it is a great place to let your actions speak louder than words.

This year I became the Beaverton Oregon Five Oaks/Triple Creek Neighborhood Association Committee Chair volunteering for a 2 year term.  I am so excited about this opportunity because it allows me to gain leadership skills, highlight organizational and project management aptitude expertise while establishing a presence of caring in my community.  I have always wanted to be more involved, but lacked experience.  As I have traversed through my career building credentials, I have earned the rights of passage – finally!  The funny part is that I didn’t have any competition for the position 🙂

I got involved with the NAC about 2 years ago when I investigated why there was no bridge through a dangerous section of roadway in our neighborhood.  I soon learned by joining the NAC that they had been complaining about the same topic for 8 years.   I began my ascent to understand who, what, where and why this wasn’t being addressed.  Thus, my first squeak.

I took two stances, one the government entities should do something.  Second, that if they were not willing to correct this concern then perhaps a community/business partnership could find a way to solve our issue by donating time and money to the cause.   So, I reached out to several government agencies first letting them know this concern was not going away and that this bridge was a safety factor in our neighborhood.  I wrote tons of letters.  It became personal in that my 8 year old decided to ride his bike to a friend’s house who lived on the opposite side of the narrow roadway with no bridge.  Always a great incentive when it’s a little more personal, but it opened my eyes to the seriousness of a larger picture.  Other pedestrians and bicyclists were crossing through here every day in large numbers with no safety permitted.  It was my understanding that nothing was being done because the government entities were in debate about widening the entire Walker Road, so why add a bridge that would be removed.  Unacceptable.

During several NAC meetings I informed the committee about my progress that was met with well regarded approval.  We were also fortunate to have a board member advance to the city council who supported our cause with a letter along with many other letters to the Metro Planning Board getting our project added to the 2009 JPACT federal stimulus funding list of projects.  Unfortunately, the bridge did not meet the ODOT requirements for roadway improvements.

This did not deter my ascent to build a bridge.  The good news was that our county transportation planning organization was not deterred either and agreed that this section was a safety concern for our neighborhood.  The site coordinator said it was all about the squeaky wheel and that people repeatedly voicing their concerns were how they are informed certain projects are really important to communities.

The planner will be in our meeting this month to give us the update on the bridge project.  He mentioned that they have the bridge and all the building supplies ready to go, they are just figuring out what the best date is to shut the road down to have it installed.  Everyone will be all ears.

I hope to have a picture by May/June from our ribbon cutting ceremony 🙂

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