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Cohen retiring from Brookings chamber

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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

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

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

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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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Grocery stores dump plastic

 

Beginning Monday, plastic bags will no longer be offered to customers at ShopSmart in Harbor and Ray’s Food Place in Brookings.

C&K Market, Inc., which owns the stores, as well those in Smith River and Crescent City, said in a press release that it was making the change as part of a “renewed commitment to be a leader ... when it come sto responsible, sustainable practices regarding plastic waste.”

Customers will now have two options: free paper bags or 99-cent reusable bags, both made from recyclable material.

 

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Possible microbrewery on tap for downtown Brookings

 

The Brookings City Council, acting as the Urban Renewal Agency, will discuss a conditional use permit that could bring a microbrewery to town.

The Urban Renewal Agency meeting will follow the regular city council meeting that begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Government offices are closed for Veterans Day Monday.

Dave Faires and Nathan Heath of central California propose to open a microbrewery at 625 Chetco Ave., in the basement of 625 Wine and Tap Room, that replaced MoVino’s this summer. Tight Line Brewery hopes to start small and expand over a period of years.

 

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Speaker: Vote yes on Measure 79

Larry Ball, who spoke on behalf of the Curry County Board of Realtors Association, encouraged voters to vote “yes” on Oregon Ballot Measure 79, and to educate the community about the measure during the September Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce forum at the Brookings Inn Resort. 

Ballot Measure 79 is an initiated Constitutional amendment that would “prohibit real estate transfer taxes, fees, other assessments, except those operative on December 31, 2009.” It will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

 

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Region’s sole drive-in to close early this year

CRESCENT CITY – A sharp decrease in business this summer is prompting the local drive-in theater to close for the season earlier than normal while its owners pursue its possible sale.

Bill Thomas, whose family has owned and operated Red’s Crescent Drive-In since 1980, said the family has discussed selling the drive-in for about two years due to a gradual decline in business. At the beginning of this year, he said, he spoke to Crescent City real estate agent Donna Zorn, telling her he was looking for someone to purchase the theater. In the meantime, the drive-in will close at the end of September, Thomas said.

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After-school program begins Tuesday

 Dance, tumbling, aikido, hula-hoop, juggling, jump rope, drama, language arts, LEGO robotics, culinary arts, puppetry, Spanish, arts and crafts and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are all classes that will be offered in parent Jodi Harvey’s after-school youth development program. 

Harvey plans to collaborate with Curry County 4-H Youth Development Coordinator Michelle Carrillo to offer new clubs, as well.

She will host the program for children ages 5 through 8 and 9 through 12. This year, the program will run from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at #4 430 Oak St., the former location of Heart of Dance. 

 

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Pair reopen the Tea Room

 

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Owners Morris and Ann Cates, left, and manager Dee Johnson operate The Tea Room restaurant in The Abbey mall on Redwood Street. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez

Dee Johnson and Morris and Ann Cates will combine their people skills, decorating abilities and business experience for a cause close to their hearts – reopening the Tea Room, now Dee-Ann’s Tea Room Cafe, located at 434 Redwood St., on Monday.

“I came to town and my favorite place had closed, and the only thing I could do was buy it,” Ann said. 

Morris and Ann Cates of Tyler, Texas, who own two companies in east Texas and vacation in Brookings during the summer, drove into town at the end of June and learned that the Tea Room would be closing June 29.

 

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