Tip Of The Week: Cyber-Bullying and Your Children

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Bullies are nothing new, but Internet accessibility has given rise to a new type of bully. It has created cyber-bullies, who bully others via electronic devices. Cyber-bullies use e-mail, instant messages, blogs, chat rooms, and social networking sites as well as cell phone text messages, and photos to harass their victims.

Cyber-bullies utilize the Internet for the following:
Send insulting messages
Spread rumors
Post embarrassing photos
Pose as someone else and send messages supposedly from the victim
Share someone’s secrets online
Threaten the victim and make him or her live in fear
Exclude their victim from an online group
Who is affected by cyber-bullying?
Middle –school and high-school aged youngsters are the most likely to be affected. Your child may be a victim and not tell you. Or, your child may be a cyber-bully.
Why do kids cyber-bully?
Children become cyber-bullies for the same reasons they bully in person. It makes them feel important. But unlike bullies, cyber-bullies can hide behind anonymity on the computer and be just as mean or meaner to others.
What are the dangers of cyber-bullying?
Victims of cyber-bullying can get so upset and/or depressed that they attempt suicide or hurt others. While bullies my threaten children at school, cyber-bullies “invade” your home so that there’s no escape from them. Hurtful messages or pictures can be e-mailed, posted online or forwarded via cell phones, making the bullying widespread and long lasting.
What are some warning signs a child is being cyber-bullied?
Warning signs may include; unexplained anxiety, anger, sadness, or fear, especially after using the computer of cell phone. Falling grades, lack of interest in friends, school or other activities, trouble sleeping, more or less interest in the computer or cell phone.
What can parents and guardians do about cyber-bullies?
Talk to your children. Tell them to let you know if anyone is being a cyber-bully. If someone is, have your child save all communications from that person, including e-mails, Internet Messages (IMs), and text messages.
Report incidents to the Internet or Cell Phone provider, your child’s school and/or police if you fear your child is in danger.
Find out how to block the cyber-bully’s e-mail address or phone number, or change your child’s online information.
Note that filtering software cannot prevent cyber-bullying.
What can your children do?
If one of your children receives a hurtful message, he or she needs to tell you about it, but not send a message back. Responding negatively to the cyber-bully, or forwarding the hurtful message on to others, makes your child a cyber-bully as well.
Avoid web sites where cyber-bullying occurs.
To keep others from being hurt, your children should report any instances of someone they know being cyber-bullied.
For more information and tips, visit our web site at http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

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REST AREA ALONG HIGHWAY 18 TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY FOR UPGRADES

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Lincoln City, OR – Rest Areas on Highway 18 in the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor near the junction with Highway 101 are set to close starting Oct. 13, 2014–weather permitting. Both North and South Rest Areas will close in order to complete a paving restoration project. The parking areas and restrooms will not be available during this closure.

Road and Driveway Company of Newport will repair and resurface degraded asphalt, replace concrete curbing, improve drainage systems, enhance ADA access and re-stripe the lots.

Funded by Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the estimated $171,000 project is set to be completed by Nov. 2, 2014.

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The 10th Annual Chowder Cook-Off returns to Tanger Outlets in Lincoln City on November 8th & 9th

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The 10th Annual Chowder Cook-Off returns to Tanger Outlets inLincoln City on November 8-9, 2014. Explore the comfort food of the Oregon Coastas professional chefs from around the Pacific Northwest battle for top honors in this chowder competition.

 

On Saturday, November 8 from 11am to 4pm, restaurants from all over the region will compete for the title of best chowder and the coveted People’s Choice Award. Attendees can vote for their favorite chowder, and winners will be announced by4pm. Mark Alan and the Ivie-Meziere Trio will provide live music, while craft beer will be available from Rusty Truck Brewing and local wines from the Wine Shop at the Eventuary.

 

Sunday, November 9 from 11am to 3pm, bring the kids and celebrate Native American Heritage Month courtesy of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Activities include tribal dancers and drummers, hands-on Native American crafting, and a tribal storyteller. Chinook Winds Casino Resort Executive Chef Jack Strong will also give a cooking demonstration featuring traditional Native American cuisine. And don’t worry, there will still be plenty of chowder to sample!

 

Chef Greg Hill, from Deli 101 in Lincoln City, will be competing this year. “I got 2nd place at the Jambalaya Cook-Off and 3rd place at the Mushroom Cook-Off this year,” says Hill. ” I plan to keep that momentum up at the Chowder Cook-Off.” Deli 101 has quickly gained a local reputation for their chowder, which Hill says is a recipe handed down from his grandmother. “It’s comfort food, so lots of cream and butter is the trick to great chowder. I am hoping that this year my grandmother’s recipe will win people over.”

 

Upon asking him why he competes, Hill refers to chef camaraderie. “I love competing at the Cook-Offs because I can catch up with fellow chefs in the industry. Chefs are a tight knit community, so it’s great to see what everyone has been up to. Competing in the Cook-Offs is also a great way to market your business and get in front of potential customers.”

 

Admission to the cook-off is $5 for a one-day pass, which includes a tasting size portion of each chowder and unlimited access to daily entertainment and activities. Tanger Club members receive 20% off admission if they show their card and kids 12 and under get in free. On both days, desserts and sweets are available for purchase from My Petite Sweet and Captain Dan’s Pirate Pastry Shop. Local clamming expert Bill Lackner will be on-site to teach you how to catch your dinner. Door prizes will be given away and attendees can enter to win a weekend getaway to Lincoln City, including a Tanger Outlets gift card.

 

The Lincoln City Culinary Center presents four annual cook-offs: Jambalaya, Fish Taco, Wild Mushroom, and Chowder, each featuring some of the best chefs in thePacific Northwest. For more information on the Chowder Cook-Off contact the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or visitwww.oregoncoast.org.

 

Thank you to the following Event Sponsors: Ace Hardware, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, The Coho Oceanfront Lodge, Ester Lee Hotel, Gomberg Kite Productions International, The Liberty Inn, Looking Glass Inn, The News Guard, Pelican Shores Inn, Shearwater Inn, Willamette Dental.

 

Lincoln City – A Great Place to Try New Things!

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Coast Guard Rear Admiral Gromlich To Attend Town Hall Meeting

SenateOregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Representatives Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter Defazio and Earl Blumenauer made the following joint statement after learning that Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich has agreed to attend a community meeting in Newport on Monday, October 20th to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s decision to close its Newport rescue helicopter facility.

“We are pleased that the U.S. Coast Guard has listened to our request and will attend the community meeting in Newport to hear directly from community leaders and the public about the Coast Guard’s decision to close the rescue helicopter facility in Newport. It was extremely ill advised that the Coast Guard made this decision without hearing from the community and then were planning to miss this important public forum.

“We have been urging the Coast Guard to either delay its decision or reverse it completely and while we haven’t gotten the final decision we are hoping for, we are encouraged that Admiral Gromlich will be coming down to Newport to listen to residents. This is a step in the right direction.

“This fight isn’t over yet and we will continue to work together to ensure that the safety of Oregonians whose livelihoods depend on the ocean are not threatened by this decision.”

The town hall meeting will be held on Monday 10/20 at 5:30 at Oregon Coast Community College commons room.

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October 16, 2014 · 10:31 am

New Tools Help Anglers Navigate Marine Reserves

Cape Falcon marine reservesThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has introduced some new tools to help ocean anglers map the boundaries of marine reserve areas as they fish off the Oregon Coast. Fishing is prohibited within Oregon’s four marine reserves and it can be difficult for anglers to know whether they’ve entered a marine reserve area, said Stacy Galleher, ODFW community engagement coordinator for marine reserves.

The new tools offer anglers a variety of ways to download the marine reserve coordinates onto a number of different devices:

· Download coordinates directly to common hand-held and boat GPS devices.

· Create a map at home where the marine reserves can be downloaded and displayed on Google Earth.

· Download a mobile app called FishAlerts. Developed by a private company, Great Outdoors Mobile, Inc., this free app displays rules summaries for all marine protected areas in the United States, including those in Oregon.

Anglers can find links to all of these options at the state’s Oregon Ocean Info website http://oregonocean.info under the “News from ODFW” section.

It has been the agency’s goal to provide information about the boundaries and harvest restrictions of the marine reserves sites in as many different ways as possible, Galleher said. In 2013 the agency issued thumb drives with mapping information to commercial fishers who could input the boundaries to their PC-based navigation plotters. “Clearly we needed a similar tool for sport anglers,” Galleher said. “The number one call we receive about marine reserves is from sport anglers looking for the boundary coordinates.”

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Survey Shows Lincoln City Citizens Don’t Support VRD’s

lincoln city logoLincoln City, city manager David Hawker gave a report to the city council about a community survey that was sent to city voters. Hawker said the city received over 1500 responses back so far. Hawker said he wanted to share information with the council on the record regarding feedback received from the survey questions about Vacation Rental Dwellings or VRD’s.

One of the questions asked what type of growth should the city encourage or discourage. 62% wanted to city to discourage VRD’s. There was a question regarding how people feel about VRD’s in their neighborhood and whether or not the city should put tight limits on them. 65% were in favor of tight limits and 35% did not want tighter limits. 75% of the respondents were homeowners.

Hawker said there are concerns around how the VRD’s affect the seasonality of the cities economy. “Perhaps the number one problem in this community is the seasonality of our economy. It’s pervasive, it affects the schools, the police department, it also affects the wage earners, businesses and everybody.” So Hawker told the council “we are always interested in things that will increase or decrease the seasonality.” Hawker told the council that VRD’s are more seasonal as far as the gross room revenue. They get 32% of the revenue in the two highest months. Hotels and Motels receive about 24%.

Hawker encouraged those who have not yet filled out their surveys and turn them into the city. The city has now closed the public comments on the three ordinances that surround VRD’s. Council will now look at all the information and will make a decision on the matter in the next month.

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