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The Voices of Tigard

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Kristina Peltier, Graphic DesignerTelecommuting with Kristina

During this unprecedented time, my advice to the community is: Try to find some time for yourself if you can. If there is something you enjoy doing that helps you to relax like yoga or meditating or a hobby that brings you joy, schedule that into your week. I find taking a little time for myself helps with the daily stresses.

The best way to pass the time while at home is: My friends and I have been meeting regularly for various virtual events. We’ve planned virtual pot lucks, happy hours, and craft nights. It’s been nice to still be able to connect even though we can’t meet up in person. Plus we’ve all enjoyed having different get-togethers to look forward to.


Traci Willey, Library AssistantTelecommute: Traci and Zelda

During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is.... Assess yourself. Are you feeling anxious and worried? Practice self-care. Feeling under the weather, stay home, eat sensibly, and rest. Feeling fine, think about what you can accomplish or how you can help others.

The best way to pass the time while at home is... Check out the library website! Download an audiobook, stream a movie through Kanopy, read an e-book with Libby, or learn a foreign language with Mango. Look for the Digital Library category at the top of the screen for how to information on these resources. And under the Research category resources can be found covering topics from Auto Repair to Tech Skill Building. More importantly, there are resources for Health and Medicine, Homework, Local Help and Services, and Magazines and Newspapers. As for me, I’m trying to follow Marie Kondo’s advice from “The Live-changing Magic of Tidying Up” and working on decluttering and organizing my home. Stay Home, Save Lives!


Michael O'Brien, Municipal Court Judge

During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is.... avoid unnecessary trips and in-person contacts outside your home. If you have a matter pending in an Oregon court, including the Tigard Municipal Court, your court date may be rescheduled or it might be possible to resolve your case without appearing personally. Check the court's website or call a court clerk to review your options.

The best way to pass the time while at home is... yardwork, exercising, reading, occasional binge-watching, and (yes!) work. While I miss interacting in person with our court staff and the general public, judges and staffs are able to do much of our case management remotely, using court software, email and telephones. Another advantage: judges working at home can wear a robe of any color they choose -- not just black!


Jessica Love, Tigard Chamber Jessica Love

During this unprecedented time, my advice to the community is: To stay informed but also remember to take a break from all the information. There is so much information out there that it can be overwhelming. Also, reach out for help.

The best way to pass the time while at home is... board and card games. You can even do virtual game nights!


Amber Bell, Library StaffAmber Bell

During this unprecedented time, my advice to the community is: Do whatever you need to do to take care and stay safe. At home.

The best way to pass the time while at home is... Join a remote dance party or PE class! Jump up and down! or read a book! Did you know that right now, you can use your library card on the Libby app to download the book “Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic” by Michael McCreary, without any waitlists or holds? It’s for the global book club project called Big Library Read. I might even take my own advice, and read it myself.


Mayor Jason Snider

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During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is....  stay home to stay healthy and remain connected to your network of friends and family virtually

The best way to pass the time while at home is...  re-learning to appreciate the little things, play games, do puzzles, take a walk in your neighborhood, and just slow life down a bit temporarily.


Council President John Goodhouse

CVC-CouncilorGoodhouse
During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is.... enjoy this time with family, help those in need, buy gift cards to local businesses or get take out/delivery from local eateries.

The best way to pass the time while at home is... take advantage of this time to be close with family, finish any projects around the house, play board games, read those books you have been meaning to get to, take a walk on many of Tigard’s trails (with social distancing in mind).


Councilor Heidi LuebCouncilor Lueb 

During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is.... give yourself some grace. We're all experiencing this for the first time and trying to do our best under the circumstances. Also if you can, make sure to get outside and get some fresh air - from a safe distance of course!

The best way to pass the time while at home is... If you're working from home make sure to take breaks. For us, having dogs is a great reason to get outside and go for a walk to help break up the day. We're also doing things we haven't in a while, old school board games, puzzles, and finally getting to some of the books that have been on my list for a while.


Halsted Bernard, Library DirectorLibrary Director @ Home

During this unprecedented time,
my advice to the community is: to stay home and save lives. It’s up to us to support our healthcare workers and first responders by flattening the curve. And it has never been more important to reach out to our neighbors and friends, to take that moment to connect and to give support. We all need it right now.

The best way to pass the time while at home is: Reading, of course! My husband and I are working through our extensive TBR (To Be Read) piles of books, not to mention all of the e-books I can still check out from the library. We also have two very playful kittens who are enjoying all of the extra attention.


Mike Lueck, Emergency Services Coordinator

During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is.... stay informed, stay safe and stay healthy. Follow Tigard's webpage! The collection of staff collaborating and referencing citizen questions is some of the best I have ever witnessed. Follow Oregon Health Authority for the technical guidance, the group of medical professionals not just at the headquarters but throughout the state are working tirelessly to keep you protected and healthy using all of the tools at their potential disposal. Additionally, keeping yourself physically safe and healthy but also mentally healthy as well. Instead of driving, dress appropriately, don’t forget your grocery bag and walk to the store get what you need and walk back home. The fresh air and exercise does wonders for us. Don’t let the walls create the environment, reaching out to family members and friends through the phone, skype, facetime messenger etc. however you do it, make it happen daily. It's good for you and those you contact. Whenever outside be responsible and maintain the recommended distance--you’ll be safer for it through this.

The best way to pass the time while at home is... don’t get stuck in a rut of frustration. Time to knock out that list that we never can find the time to tackle. As long as it is safe and you are capable, find that list, prioritize it and start checking it off. These days you can find a DIY on YouTube video for just about everything. Don’t sell yourself short, surprise yourself and take a chance on your project. Make it a family experience filled with memories that you all can reflect on in the future. These opportunities fortunately don’t present themselves very often, take advantage of it and make some lemonade out of lemons. Don’t forget the relaxing downtime too, remember all the old board games, card and dice games? Given a chance, that old school approach can result in some real old school fun. Before you know it, it will be time to go back to school, work and some normalcy. Summer is Coming my Friends let's get ready for it.


Lisa Shaw, Police Business Manager Telecommute! Lisa

During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is... to be patient with one another.

The best way to pass the time while at home is... Work, puzzles, reading and laundry.


Fr. John Henderson - Pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church

My advice to the community is... 
to savor every moment and take stock of the beauty that surrounds each and everyone of us. Do not let this situation we are facing control you but rather you take charge and live the moment. I do not want to be defeated by this virus. I miss the people that I serve but I also know that we are becoming more connected than we ever have.  

The best way to pass the time while at home is...Be creative. Come on to your porch or balcony, open a window and together let us shout out or genuine love for this community and our real need for each other. Read books, watch movies that help you to grow and be stronger and as a spiritual leader I encourage PRAYER. Make a place in your home for meditation, reflection and a place to break open the Word. God is speaking to you during this time.


Councilor NewtonCouncilor Liz Newton

During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is.... do your part to flatten the curve! Stay home as much as possible. When you have to go out, keep your distance from others outside your family.

The best way to pass the time while at home is... I’m getting outside every day. Call (or face time) at least one person a day and have a conversation. I’ve started my spring cleaning!


Ted Magnuson, Tigard Breakfast Rotary Club

During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is...
to Honor the governors request to maintain ’social distancing.’  By limiting our contacts through social distancing,

  1. The number of new cases will be reduced, helping to ease the load on our healthcare personal. And while I’m no medical whiz, my hunch is that
  2. By limiting our contact, those that may have caught a bit of the Covid 19will avoid infecting others, all while building their own immunity. 
  3. We need time to gear up  the medical community to be able to meet an increased load, should the situation accelerate.

The best way to pass the time while at home is... I limit my 'outdoor time’ to work in my yard and walks in my neighborhood and I limit my shopping to groceries and web order. Stay in touch with distant family members, and locally; some  social events that I usually do in-person are now being Skype, Zoom or Facetime. 


Shasta Billings-Beck, Senior Project Engineer

ShastaMy advice to community members is ... 
to be kind to one and other during these stressful times. Maybe regularly check in with friends, family, or coworkers. Give them a call or FaceTime to catch up, see how they are doing, or hopefully make them laugh. Another piece of advice I would offer is to try to stick to a routine or schedule as much as possible while staying home. If you regularly go to the gym after work, once 5:30 hits, roll out that yoga mat in front of the tv and turn on a 30-minute workout video. Lastly, don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Practice some of your favorite stress-relieving activities more regularly. Maybe that’s going for a walk, taking a nap, losing yourself in a good book, working in your yard/garden, taking a bubble bath, or whatever works for you.

Best way to pass time:
Good old fashioned puzzles and board games! It’s so important to keep our brains engaged while we’re staying home. Also, if family or friends have the same game, maybe organize a video call where you can all play together while still practicing safe social distancing!


Karen Emerson, Tigard-Tualatin School Board

During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is... to look for all the good and the silver linings.

Best way to pass the time while at home... Catching up on craft projects that I never make the time for completing.


Sue BillingsSue Billings, Public Works, Administrative Assistant II

During this unprecedented time, my advice to community members is....
 keep up the good work and and stay in touch by calling, emailing, or instant messaging your friends, family, & co-workers.


The best way to pass the time while at home is... For me, I’m passing the time by getting my craft room set up, and doing some long postponed art work.


Pastor Dorothy Cottingham, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Tigard & Chaplain, Tigard Police Department

My advice to the community in this time of anxiousness, fear and uncertainty is to
seek out your faith community on social media. We are posting frequent messages of reflections, hope, prayer and encouragement. If you are able, make a contribution to your faith community or another non-profit humanitarian organization. The work that we do has not stopped. Food banks, shelters, Red Cross, churches continue to serve the community in quiet ways, in the background. Your generous donations will see us through this crisis.

In addition to your generous monetary donations, you can pass the time by being in touch with one friend each day, by phone, FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook live, any medium that allows you to literally ‘see’ another person in real time. It will ease your sense of isolation. Turn off the news - TV, radio or other sources for all but one hour per day. Declutter your space, your mind and your heart. Finally, breathe. Breathe deeply. Feel your muscles relax. You are precious, you are loved.


CVC_GetterGetter Ounapuu, Municipal Court Clerk

During this unprecedented time, my advice to the community is: 
Take it one day at a time. Be kind to yourself and others.

The best way to pass the time while at home is: On the weekends, I have been catching up on projects around the house (the ones I never have time for). For instance, I touched-up scratches in furniture and next on the list is refinishing wooden nightstands. My family, friends, and I have been creative with staying in touch via technology. For example, I’ve had a virtual coffee date with my best friend, my nephews and I use filters in video chat to make goofy faces at each other, and I’ve just been challenged to a virtual board game between relatives (UNO, Yahtzee, and Monopoly are all under consideration).


Joseph Lyons, Community Leader

CVC_josephLyonsDuring this unprecedented time, my advice to the community is to:
be mindful of yourself in your home. Make a list of all the things you are grateful about being in the place you live. If that's easy, take a moment to recognize how wonderful that is and have compassion for those who might be struggling. If you struggle to be grateful about the place you live, journal about the changes you'd like and how they'd improve your life. 

The best way to pass the time while at home is:
Watch Nick Zentner's videos on the geology of the Pacific Northwest on YouTube. Nick is a professor at Central Washington University and has fantastic "2 Minute Geology" videos, public broadcasting episodes, and current live streams where he answers questions about the land below us.


CVC Morgan BengelMorgan Bengel, JVC/AmeriCorps Outreach Youth Specialist

During this unprecedented time, my advice to the community is: extend grace and patience to others as well as yourself. This is a scary time, but acting out of fear is only going to make matters worse. 

The best way to pass the time while at home is: have virtual game nights with your family/friends, read your favorite book, spend time outside (within social distancing guidelines of course!), and get creative in the kitchen!

 

 

 
 
 
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Kent Wyatt
Communications Manager
kentw@tigard-or.gov

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