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Cohen receives ‘lifetime achievement award’
July 12, 2013 09:29 pm

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Retiring Brookings Harbor Chamber of Commerce President Les Cohen and his wife, Liz, receive a ‘lifetime achievement award’ during a recent chamber mixer. The Pilot/Charles Kocher
Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce President Les Cohen was recently honored with a “lifetime achievement award” from the America’s Wild Rivers Coast Marketing Consortium.

Cohen retired from the job June 28 after more than 20 years as the chamber’s administrator.

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Krebs open Black Trumpet Bistro in Brookings
June 23, 2013 10:39 pm

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Rob and Kyli Krebs opened the restaurant in May. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Smaller dishes, fresher ingredients and better food.

That is what Black Trumpet Bistro owners Rob and Kylie Krebs hope sets apart their eatery from other restaurants in Brookings and keeps clients coming back.

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Couple launch medical transportation service
June 11, 2013 08:22 pm

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Lisa and Jimmy Dofflemyer are offering transportation services for Curry county residents with medical or mental disabilities. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins
An elderly woman who’d suffered a stroke, has hearing impairments and is legally blind needed a ride to Medford to visit her physician last week.

Calling an ambulance was out of the question, as she didn’t need emergent care. A taxi could have picked her up and dropped her off — for about $500 round-trip — but likely wouldn’t provide the extra care she needs while en route.

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Chamber honors volunteer, business of the year
May 31, 2013 10:28 pm

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Andrew Myer of Palm Cleaning gets his Business of the Year Award from outgoing chamber president Les Cohen. Submitted photo
The Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce recently selected Palm Cleaning to receive its 2013 “Business of the Year” award, and Debby Phillips as its 2013 “Volunteer of the Year.”

Each year the chamber asks its membership for nominations for the two awards. Nominations are reviewed by the Chamber’s Board of Directors and award recipients are selected by a majority vote.

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Port opens Bell and Whistle coffee house
April 03, 2013 01:27 am

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Customers gather at the port owned and operated Bell and Whistle at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk. Submitted photo
The Salty Dog is no longer — and the Port of Brookings Harbor is now in the coffee business.

According to Port Manager Ted Fitzgerald, the port recently took over operations at the popular gathering place, located in the retail core of the port off Lower Harbor Road, and plans to establish it as “a profitable enterprise.” He declined to say why the Salty Dog owners have left.

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Facility eases clients’ mental needs
March 29, 2013 09:40 pm

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Visitors tour ColumbiaCare’s 5-bedroom facility called “Bell Cove” during an open house. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins
ColumbiaCare hosted a housewarming party Monday afternoon, inviting all its neighbors to check out its new digs on Cove Road in Brookings Monday.

The five-bedroom house blends in with its neighbors on the block, and starting next month will be home to five residents — three men and two women — from the Oregon State Hospital who will work to improve their social skills, become independent and integrate themselves into the community.

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Cohen retiring from Brookings chamber
March 22, 2013 08:26 pm

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Les Cohen
After 20 years as president and CEO of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Les Cohen this week announced he will retire on June 28.

“It’s been a fantastic 20 years, but it’s time to move on, and it’s time for the chamber to move ahead with new leadership,” Cohen said Friday.

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Roots beneath the Golden Arches
February 20, 2013 10:15 am

You might say Tim and Theresa Williamson fell in love beneath the Golden Arches.

They were 19 and both working at neighboring McDonald’s restaurants. A crew meeting brought them together.

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Fresh start for longtime dry cleaning shop
February 01, 2013 08:55 pm

Shirts and pants pressed, wedding gown cleaned, clothing altered, draperies cleaned; check, check, check and check.

The ability of residents of Brookings and the surrounding areas to check these things off their to-do lists will remain intact as the only dry cleaning business within 30 miles of Brookings will remain open under new ownership.

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Brookings nail technician makes house calls
January 25, 2013 09:25 pm
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Michelle Connolly gives a pedicure in a home. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez
Door to Door Nails is just as it sounds — a door-to-door nail service in which owner Michelle Connolly travels to people’s homes with all of her gear to serve their nail needs.

Connolly offers manicures, pedicures, gel nails, basic reflexology and massage. She started the business in Brookings in October after being a nail tech in Washington state for more than 20 years. 

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  • Citi to hire 100 bankers in Asia, eyes more business from smaller clients
    Citigroup plans to hire as many as 100 bankers in a renewed push into Asia-Pacific commercial banking, following in rival HSBC's footsteps with a strategy that focuses on selling smaller corporate clients a wider range of products. Global banks like Citi and HSBC are now concentrating on small to medium-sized clients due to a dwindling number of $10 billion-plus IPOs from Chinese state-owned companies - deals which had sustained investment banks in the region over the last decade. The increase in headcount, which represents a 10 percent boost for Citi's Asia-Pacific commercial banking unit, is aimed at offering firms with annual sales of between $10 million and $500 million additional services such as foreign exchange and cash management. "This is not about adding hundreds of new clients in the region, but winning more wallet share from commercial banking clients who have cross-border business by providing them with more loans, FX, cash and trade products," Citi's Asia-Pacific commercial banking head Ashish Bajaj said in an interview.
  • Wall Street yawns as deal news offsets data; Herbalife sinks
    Stocks ended nearly flat on Monday as the latest deal news offset losses following discouraging data on the housing market and some signs of weakness in the services sector. Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR.O) offered to buy rival discount chain Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO.N) for about $8.5 billion. The transaction, including debt, values Family Dollar at about $9.2 billion. Family Dollar's stock shot up 24.9 percent to $75.74 and was the S&P 500's biggest percentage gainer.
  • Consumer Reports wants Toyota to recall older Camry hybrids
    An influential consumer magazine on Monday called on Toyota Motor Corp to recall about 177,500 older Camry hybrid sedans to address potential power brake defects. Consumer Reports, which many consumers use when studying what vehicles to buy, said the Japanese automaker's decision to call for a service campaign or a warranty extension on two different problems covering cars from model years 2007 to 2011 does not go far enough. Under a service campaign, an automaker repairs cars as they are brought back to dealers by consumers. "Consumer Reports believes that Toyota should recall these cars," the magazine said.

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