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Brought to you by Marissa Phillips, ComForCare - Home Care INSIDER -

COMFORCARE - Marissa PhillipsAccording to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25 percent of seniors over age 65 have diabetes, diagnosed or undiagnosed.

If you or your loved one needs assistance in managing diabetes, ComForCare can help.

With appropriate care and medication management, complications of diabetes can be prevented.

Under the direction of our Registered Nurse and along with your doctor, our caregivers can assist with nutrition and monitoring, which can help keep blood sugar levels consistent and prevent dangerous spikes. If desired, caregivers can help set up daily exercise routines to provide motivation for healthier living.

Our caregivers have specialized training managing chronic conditions such as diabetes. We can help coordinate doctor’s appointments, transport you to and from appointments, and help you carry out doctor-recommended activities.

Caregivers can set up regular schedules to coordinate eating and insulin administration to keep you healthy and balanced. If blood sugar levels ever become a concern, caregivers understand how to take immediate action and can contact medical services to assist.

Depending on the type and severity of diabetes, there are different diabetes management aids that may be prescribed by doctors. These may include insulin/glucose pumps, insulin pens or other devices. Our trained caregivers can help you get used to using the devices for blood sugar control and monitoring.

Nutrition is the cornerstone of proper diabetes management. Caregivers can help with meal planning and preparation so that meals are both healthy and enjoyable. We will make sure that your diet is well-balanced and low in sugar and carbohydrates to avoid blood-sugar fluctuations.

ComForCare Home Care

10580 SW McDonald St., Ste. 202

Tigard OR 97224



Brought to you by Pacific Medical Group - Medical Family Practice INSIDER -

PACIFIC MEDICAL GROUP  - Schedule an appointment today.Did you know that women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men?

“There is a silent health crisis in America. It’s the fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women,” said Dr. David Gremillion of Men’s Health Network, the non-profit that sponsors Men’s Health Month each June.

Though many prefer to “tough it out” when they feel unwell, men owe it to themselves and their families to get regular medical checkups and screenings and to follow through with doctors’ recommendations.

Men are more at risk than women to suffer from heart disease, cancer, injuries, stroke, depression, hearing loss and other afflictions. More than 30,000 men die of prostate cancer each year.

“Just like taking the car in for an oil change or for the 25,000-mile checkup, men also need to take themselves to the doctor’s office to make sure everything is running smoothly,” Gremillion added. “That’s why Men’s Health Network created this campaign – to help men keep track of how often to check their blood pressure, get a tetanus booster and check their testosterone levels.”

Here’s a guide that outlines how often to get checkups: www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/getitcheckedpostermen.pdf

Pacific Medical Group’s five clinics have each been recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the NCQA and the State of Oregon, which means they offer enhanced, coordinated medical care for their patients.

Call now to schedule an appointment.

Pacific Medical Group

13200 SW Pacific Hwy

Tigard, OR. 97223

(503) 598-2000


M-F 7:30am-7pm/Sat 9am-1pm

Brought to you by Nancy Felton, Crescent Grove Cemetery - Cemetery & Mausoleum INSIDER -

CRESCENT GROVE CEMETERY & MAUSOLEUM - Nancy FeltonAt Crescent Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum, we are always available to answer your questions and listen to your concerns. Here are some common concerns:

Q. How much notice do you require for a burial?   

A. Generally 3-4 days, depending on the family's specific or culture needs, but a minimum of 48 hours.

Q. What choices are there to honor our loved ones who choose cremation?

A. We allow cremated remains to be buried in a traditional casket grave, urn garden, inurned into a niche/columbarium which may or may not be in a mausoleum, or our scatter gardens.

Q. We are a couple. One of us wants to be cremated and the other casket burial. Is there any way we can be together in death, as we were in life?

A. Yes, you would need one grave or mausoleum space.  If the person who prefers cremation passes away first, we would place the cremated remains under where the headstone will be, so in the future when we open the grave for the casket burial, we will not disturb the cremated remains. Should it be reversed, we would place the cremated remains on top of the outer burial container for the casket.

Q. When would a headstone be installed?

A. Headstones are purchased when the family is ready to do so. Most order right away, but some families wait weeks, months, sometimes years. 

Q. Who installs the monument?

A. Cemetery staff or the granite company install the monuments, depending on size.

Crescent Grove Cemetery & Mausoleum

9925 SW Greenburg Rd.

Tigard, OR  97223

(503) 639-5347


Brought to you by Annette Saarinen, AccounTax of Oregon - Accounting INSIDER -

ACCOUNTAX OF OREGON - Annette SaarinenSo you're halfway through the tax year for 2016. Yes, really!

While your 2015 taxes were due just a few months ago, it’s time to take a look at how this year is shaping up for your business or personal taxes.

At AccounTax, we call this a “mid-year review,” which helps take the stress out of next year’s returns — and a lot more.

Review what’s happened and make corrections — Two quarterly tax payments have come and gone. Mid-year is a good time to see what you’ve paid in estimated taxes and balance projections, using actual numbers. The next quarterly estimate is due Sept. 15.

Track where your money is going – daily. More than a monthly reconciliation, knowing where your money is every day means your business or household can be nimble enough to make corrections within the next six months. To accomplish that, you’ll need an accounting program or detailed spreadsheet, you can see where money is flowing both in and out.

Review capital expenses and plan for deductions — Section 179 is a portion of the tax code that allows business owners to deduct the full expenses of a capital purchase immediately, rather than depreciating the cost over a period of time. To take advantage of this tax opportunity, business owners must understand the tax differences between taking the deduction versus offsetting it into future years. Performing a financial review in July allows your business six months to plan for capital expenditures and strategic purchases.

Accountax of Oregon

8050 SW Pffafle St., Suite 110

Tigard, OR 97223



Brought to you by Griffin Hampson - Cartridge-Network - PRINTER, INK & TONER INSIDER -

CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonDo “bargain” (cheap) printers save you money? Rarely. Consumers and businesses are sold printers and buy on price, without understanding a printer’s actual cost-per-page (CPP).

Office supply stores, warehouse clubs (limited selection / knowledge) and general merchandise big chain stores (limited selection / knowledge), have printers “on special” for $60 or $70 with $40, $50+ in savings from “regular pricing”. Buyer beware. The least expensive printers have higher CPP. You’ll spend more money for cartridges with a high CPP.

Fully costed CPP costs range as follows: inkjet from $0.05 - $0.30+, black laser from $0.01 to $0.05, color laser from $0.06 to $0.25.

Spending $30 or $40 more on a better inkjet model, or $100 for a laser printer now, saves hundreds (or thousands) of dollars over time, because CPP costs are significantly lower. There are several superior performing and low CPP inkjet printers currently available for about $100. Why save $40 or $50 for an inferior printer?

And remember if you’re interested in factory remanufactured or compatible cartridges, buying the newest printer, which replaced a virtually identical model, means only OEM cartridges are available for a year or more, so you can’t reduce further your CPP for quite a while, with aftermarket cartridges.

How we approach customers’ printer purchases: know your “needs” vs. “wants”. Color vs. black only?, copy & scan?, wireless?, duplexing? Routine volumes (measured by reams of paper), user(s) environment. Call or stop by our store to learn how to get the most value for your money.


6800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

(503) 246-0665


Brought to you by Askol Saieedi, Prestige Senior Living Riverwood - Retirement Living INSIDER -

PRESTIGE SENIOR LIVING - RIVERWOOD - Askol SaieediOlder couples sometimes find that running a household, taking care of themselves and each other has become too much of a burden.

Prestige Care communities offer options for couples, even when level-of-care requirements differ.

Couples can choose studio or one-bedroom apartments. All have kitchenettes with compact-sized refrigerator/freezers and microwaves. All meals are served in the dining room, unless a resident is unwell or requests to have room trays delivered to them as part of their service plan.

For each resident, regardless of marital status or cohabitation, a level-of-care assessment is done. A comprehensive service plan is tailored to each, with all activities of daily living considered — including dressing, bathing, grooming, elimination, mobility, reminders and medication management.

Care needs are assessed and a service plan is developed for each of our residents. Certain services cannot be supported in Assisted Living and require Skilled Nursing or Alzheimer’s care. When in search of a community to live in, make sure to ask for details about next-level care.

We invite you to visit our community for a free tour. Call today to reserve a time!

Prestige Senior Living - Riverwood

18321 SW Pacific Highway

Tualatin, OR 97062



Brought to you by Norm Matheis of Specialty Heating & Cooling - Heating and Cooling INSIDER -

SPECIALTY HEATING - Norm MatheisHave an older home-cooling system? Energy.gov suggests looking for the following warning signs to determine whether your system needs maintenance, repair or replacement:

Refrigerant leaks — If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged at installation or it leaks. Simply adding refrigerant is not a solution. A trained technician should fix any leak, test the repair, and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. The performance and efficiency of your air conditioner is greatest when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer's specification.

Inadequate maintenance — When filters and air conditioning coils become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.

Electric control failure — The compressor and fan controls can wear out, especially when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently, as is common when a system is oversized. Because corrosion of wire and terminals is also a problem in many systems, electrical connections and contacts should be checked during a professional service call.

Sensor problems — Room air conditioners feature a thermostat sensor, located behind the control panel, which measures the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil. If the sensor is knocked out of position, the air conditioner could cycle constantly or behave erratically.

Drainage problems — When it's humid outside, check the condensate drain to make sure it isn't clogged and is draining properly. Room air conditioners may not drain properly if not mounted level.

Specialty Heating & Cooling

7500 SW Tech Center Drive, Suite 130, Tigard, OR 97223

(503) 946-6396


Brought to you by Jarod Cogswell, FIT Academy - Fitness INSIDER -

FIT ACADEMY - Jarod CogswellThe fitness industry is exploding with an array of options and choosing the right facility can be confusing.

There are now so many studios competing for their share of the fitness market featuring specific disciplines such as yoga, barre, personal training, and boot camps.

And of course, the franchise gyms, low-priced chain facilities, and full-service clubs continue to offer traditional fitness and then some.

 So which one should you choose? Some factors to consider:


What can you afford? What type of value do you put on your personal health? Be realistic about your budget, but remember, you get what you pay for. Higher rates usually relate to better service and quality fitness experiences.

Your Health and Fitness Goals

Whether your goal is to lose weight, improve athletically, connect with new friends, or learn a new activity, choose the environment best suited for you. Do you like to exercise with other people? Do you prefer one-on-one training? Would you rather keep to yourself? The best facilities focus on building a motivating culture to help you reach your goals.

The Intangibles

Consistent exercise is challenging for most people. Unfortunately, the fitness industry has a less-than-stellar reputation when it comes to providing a clean and supportive environment.

This impacts the exercise experience, so be selective. Tour the facilities. Meet the staff and members. If you can envision happiness and being sincerely cared for, you probably have found the place for your fitness journey to continue or begin.

FIT Academy

9140 SW Hall Blvd.

Beaverton, OR 97223



Brought to you by Linda Elder, Woodland Heights Assisted Living Residence - Assisted Living INSIDER -

WOODLAND HEIGHTS ASSISTED LIVING - Linda ElderWe’ve long felt that the term “life enrichment” encompasses the true essence and value of activities provided in senior facilities.

Most of our residents move from their own homes or apartments, where they have become somewhat sedentary and often alone much of the time.

Socialization and human interaction are well documented in thousands of studies as critical to maintain both mental and physical well-being.

The concept of what an “activity” should be has changed over the years at Woodland Heights, as we constantly strive to improve for the benefit of those entrusted to our care.

We have studied and observed the attendance and preferences of our residents and were led to alter our approach to scheduling activities.

We are guided not by what we think they should want to do or what they have always done, but by asking what they want now.

This has created a variety of choices from large musical entertainment to small two- to three-person groups. When we set shopping days, we ask where they would like to go.

Once a schedule is created, it remains fluid and changeable -- not the same week after week.

Indeed, this takes more time, but it allows us to meet the needs of those residents who want consistency in the programs they enjoy and look forward to while still providing experience for those who want new adventures and stimulation or learning opportunities.

Woodland Heights Assisted Living Residence

9355 SW McDonald St., Tigard 97224



Brought to you by Dr. Daniel Beebe, Beebe Chiropractic & Wellness Center - Chiropractic INSIDER -

BEEBE CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER - Dr. Daniel BeebeMore than 100 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain.

Tragically, a growing number of Americans have turned to opioid pain relievers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone, escalating from about 76 million prescriptions in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed 18 bills related to opioids; in March, the U.S. Senate approved a comprehensive bill. While most of the House bills were related to further prescriber education, there were several that could lead to enhanced roles for the nation's doctors of chiropractic in battling this scourge.

The American Chiropractic Association lauds the passage of the bills as a major first step in combating the nation's opioid epidemic. An important next step, according to the association, is expanding access to conservative treatments such as chiropractic care for pain relief in the country's health care system.

In an effort to provide life-changing and life-saving information, Beebe Chiropractic & Wellness Center is offering six free classes at its clinic on Tuesday evenings, from 6 pm to 7:15 pm.

Topics include: What is health? Is there a health crisis in America? Models of health care in America. How stress may adversely affect health and how to combat it. Innovative ways to address and identify stress. America’s report card on health.

Join us on Tuesdays for these thought-provoking sessions. Register by calling the clinic at the number listed below.

Beebe Chiropractic & Wellness Center

13500 SW 72nd Ave.


Tigard, Oregon 97223


Brought to you by Marissa Phillips, ComForCare - Home Care INSIDER -

COMFORCARE - Marissa Phillips, ComForCareQ: How do I know that the caregiver I choose will be the best for my mom?

A: Great question!

When hiring an individual as a caregiver, there is a lot of research you should do before becoming the person’s employer.

· You need to make sure you’ve done a thorough criminal background check, called the person’s references, maybe even talked to prior clients for whom they’ve worked.

· Does this individual have the skills needed to manage your loved one’s complex issues that seem to get worse as they age?

· What if the hired individual isn’t doing the job properly? How do I fire the person?

These scenarios run through your mind all the time when you employ an individual caregiver.

By having an agency on board, we handle all of this for you and more. We screen the employees, only bringing the best on board.

We meet your loved one and do our best to get a caregiver with the right skills and personality to match your situation.

Our Registered Nurse and Administrative team work 24/7 to ensure that there is ongoing support and training, right at your home, where it is needed.

If you have trouble, call ComForCare and we will manage it for you.

ComForCare Home Care

10580 SW McDonald St., Ste. 202

Tigard OR 97224



Brought to you by Dr. Quenton Gebeau, Q Family Dental - Dental INSIDER -

Q FAMILY DENTAL - Dr. Quenton GebeauOur team at Q Family Dental will tell you brushing on a regular basis is critical for a healthy mouth, but you can definitely overdo a good thing.

Known as “toothbrush abrasion,” over-brushing can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums, not to mention the wearing down of the protective layers of your tooth enamel. Over-brushing can also push back your gums, and in the process, expose the dentin layer under the enamel.

“So, how do I avoid over-brushing?”

Use a soft or extra-soft bristled toothbrush to prevent gum damage and wear on the soft tooth dentin

Keep in mind which direction bristles face when you brush. They should be perpendicular, not parallel. Place the head of your toothbrush with the tips of the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and brush away!

Move the toothbrush with short strokes and a scrubbing motion, several times in each spot – don’t saw back and forth across the teeth with your toothbrush.

Apply just enough pressure to feel the bristles against the gums. If you are squashing the bristles, you're brushing too hard.

Replace your toothbrush when you notice frayed and bent bristles.

Brush for two minutes at a time.

If you have any questions about proper brushing techniques, ask us about it at your next appointment or give us a call today!

Q Family Dental

9370 SW Greenburg Rd., Tigard OR 97223



Tigard's Opinions

July 28, 2016

Metzger doesn't need another set of apartments - why not a park?

by Kristine Rowan
AG Spanos Companies, a real estate development and construction company based in California, is putting an application into the city of Tigard very soon to develop a six-story Class A Luxury Apartment complex on Oak Street in Metzger at 8950 S.W.…
July 28, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
Tigard Police says thanks to locals for all their support In Tigard, there is a wave of reaction escalating and aimed at Tigard Police. Compelling voices and determinant feelings are echoing from those who live, work or visit here. Those feelings…
July 28, 2016

WES is a mess: Time to pull the plug

by Bill MacKenzie
Oh sure, plan for massive ridership growth. In early 2009, TriMet predicted WES would have 2,400 daily riders its first year of operations and 3,000 by 2020. But things started to go south quickly. WES began operating in February 2009. By December…

July 28, 2016

Many questions yet unanswered regarding lead in PPS water supply

by Harold Warner
My questions: When Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carol Smith put on leave some key personnel in PPS, was that the correct answer or a way to appease the citizens and parents? If it is true, the water from Bull Mountain is without…
July 21, 2016

IP 28 will put stress on family budgets

by Editorial Board
School leaders throughout the state should display the same rational thinking that the Bend-LaPine School Board demonstrated last week when it came out against a 2.5 percent gross receipts tax in Oregon. A majority of board members in the Bend-area…
July 21, 2016

Tigard should stop development scheduled along 113th Avenue

by Todd Ouzts
Three more lots totaling 7.5 acres in unincorporated Washington County are poised to be annexed into the city of Tigard. The lots span Southwest 113th Avenue south of Durham Road, just behind the abandoned Albertson’s/Haggen store. Southwest 113th…
July 21, 2016

Writer questions assertion that Tigard supports new MAX line

by Brian Conroy
I’m addressing the “Our Opinion” editorial in last week’s paper titled “Tigard should vote yes so light rail can proceed.” I wonder if the author of this opinion is a Tigard voter with skin in the game? You say that “most of the elected officials,…
July 14, 2016

Our View: Tigard should vote 'yes' so light-rail project can proceed

by Pamplin Media Group
Democracy can be a messy process, and you don’t have to look to the upcoming Trumpapalooza in Cleveland for proof. Just west of Portland, the Tigard City Council referred a question to the November ballot, asking voters whether the city should…
July 14, 2016

Lead and water quality: What you need to know

by Marilyn McWilliams
Clean, safe drinking water has been a growing topic of concern in the news (and around the water cooler) in the past few months. What started as a local crisis in Flint, Mich., about lead in the drinking water has broadened into media investigations…
July 14, 2016

A sales tax by any other name is still ...

by Steve Buckstein
Public employee union backers of Initiative Petition 28 have turned in more than enough signatures to place their massive 2.5 percent gross receipts tax measure on Oregon’s November ballot. While supposedly dedicating most of the $6 billion per…
Suzanne Bonamici
July 07, 2016

Gun violence spurs Bonamici's new call to action

by Suzanne Bonamici
Every time I hear about another mass shooting, I immediately want to call my kids. Even though they are grown now, I still want to hear their voices, know they are safe and be available to comfort them. I think about all of the mothers who have lost…
Miles Vance
July 07, 2016

Can we take just one day, July 4, to celebrate the good of America?

by Miles Vance
There are days, my friends, when one wonders about life in America. The ongoing presidential campaign certainly plays to those concerns, with voters on one side of the aisle concerned about the possibility of electing a novice politician with no…
July 07, 2016

Gov. Brown should step up, reject IP 28

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employees unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest attempt to make a mess of Oregon’s tax system. This threat to…
Mikel Kelly is the former editor of The Times, and former chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune. He contributes a regular column.
June 30, 2016

Column: It's not really easy being an expert on everything

by Mikel Kelly
The other person who lives at our house and I were watching TV the other day when she observed, “Isn’t it interesting how good we are at seeing everybody’s faults?” I had to agree, because it’s true — we’re pretty much experts on everything. Not…
June 30, 2016

Soapbox: State's economy is weeds in rose garden?

by Adam Davis
Have you heard? Everything is coming up roses in Oregon. “All good news” according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. The roses: a 4.5 percent unemployment rate, 5,000 jobs added per month for the past two years, gains in wages and personal…
June 30, 2016

Soapbox: Don't wait, help is available for all victims of domestic abuse

by Susan Johnson
Domestic violence is found across all socioeconomic groups — in fact, more than one in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. However, women are often…
June 21, 2016

Our opinion: Governor needs to oppose gross receipts tax

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest attempt to make a mess of Oregon’s tax system. This threat to…
June 17, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate decision

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding election-year tradition of inviting the two major candidates for governor to make a joint appearance at their summer…
June 16, 2016

Focus on solutions, not theatrics

by Editorial Board
The horrific attack in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub early Sunday morning could have happened anywhere at anytime — and that sad reality should prompt every community to consider how to lessen the odds that it will be a target for the deranged.…
ADAM WICKHAM - An informal vigil on the Portland waterfront Sunday evening honored victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
June 13, 2016

Our Opinion: What happened in Orlando is terrible, and it could have happened here

by Pamplin Media Group Editorial Board
The horrific attack in an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning could have happened anywhere at any time — and that sad reality should prompt every community to consider how to lessen the odds that it will be a target for the deranged. Oregon…
June 08, 2016

Stop fighting, settle Cover Oregon suit

by Editorial Board
It would be hard to say which entity the public distrusts more — big business or big government. As such, many people in Oregon will have trouble deciding who was tricked and who was the trickster in the Cover Oregon debacle that cost taxpayers more…
June 08, 2016

Parents hosting underage drinking parties could face legal trouble

by Alan Orr
This time of year is marked by many happy occasions such as prom, graduation celebrations and summer break. Some parents will be faced with the choice of hosting a teen party where alcohol may be involved. We would like to remind parents of the…
June 08, 2016

With Flag Day coming Tuesday, the stars and stripes still live on

by James F. Burns
It’s been to the moon. It’s been burned. But more often, it’s been honored. It’s your American flag, and Flag Day is coming up on Tuesday. With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, the American flag was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New…
June 02, 2016

State's open records laws need overhaul

by John Sepulvado
In elementary school, Franklin Weekley was diagnosed as “mentally retarded.” He was slow to learn, but quick to act out on impulse. Teachers at his rural school were unequipped to handle him. Weekley ended up spending much of his time at home.…
June 02, 2016

Seniors, I urge you to make connections in your life always

by Miles Vance
Dear seniors: As usual, I’ve been thinking about what grand advice I might share with you, as your high school graduation quickly approaches. And once again, I was saved by a vintage movie I stumbled on the other night as I was flipping through the…

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Jun 02, 2016

Take a look a downtown Tigard and all of its ongoing progress

by The Times
Great things are happening in downtown Tigard — spread the word. According to the mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force Final Report of 2013, one of the city’s goals is to — “Develop and implement a…
Jun 23, 2016

From the Editor's Desk: Looking back to honor father' importance

by Miles Vance
You may have missed it. You may not have even known it was here, but Sunday was Father’s Day. In case this auspicious occasion did not make an appearance on your calendar of events, forgive me,…
Jun 23, 2016

Soapbox: Consider the impact of food carts before approving…

by Jonathan Crane
While I think it is fair to say that Tualatin’s temporary trial of food carts will be well received by local people who enjoy a variety of good, affordable food, I am concerned for the welfare…