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Lake Oswego makes Top 10 lists for safety, business climate

Lake Oswego is one of the safest places to live and one of the best cities to start a business in Oregon, according to the latest group of Top 10 lists making the rounds on the Internet.

ValuePenguin, a New York-based research company, used 2013 FBI crime statistics to rank the 77 safest cities across the state. Lake Oswego was named the third-safest “big city” (population of 20,000 or more) and the 11th safest overall. Brookings, Hubbard and West Linn topped the list. You’ll find the full list at bit.ly/1A0kU76.

NerdWallet, an online consumer finance site, ranked Lake Oswego as the 10th best place to start a business in Oregon. Wilsonville finished atop the list, followed by Hood River.

The company looked at communities with at least 5,000 residents and more than 500 businesses ranging in size from sole proprietorships to big companies. It then factored in median annual income, median annual housing costs, the unemployment rate and overall “business climate.”

Lake Oswego ranked high for having several business districts, a strong downtown shopping area, thriving local businesses, a strong Chamber of Commerce and a marketing-savvy Lake Grove Business Association.

NerdWallet’s rankings are online at nerd.me/1EfdOa7.

You can nominate the next Teacher of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the Oregon Department of Education’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year award.

“Candidates should be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teachers who have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues,” said outgoing Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “They should inspire students of all backgrounds, play an active role in their community and school, and be poised and articulate representatives of all Oregon classroom teachers.”

Teachers can’t nominate themselves, but anyone else can fill out the online form at surveymonkey.com/s/GV3X3XZ. The deadline for nominations is May 31.

The 2015-16 Teacher of the Year and the teacher’s school will each be awarded $5,000 this fall. Two additional finalists will each receive $2,000. Oregon’s Teacher of the Year will also have an opportunity to apply for the National Teacher of the Year award, to speak to groups across the state and to attend several national events, including the National Teacher of the Year conference, the National Teacher of the Year Recognition Week in Washington, D.C., and International Space Camp.

To learn more, go to www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=227.

Walk4Water8 exceeds fundraising target

Lake Oswego-based WaterAfrica reports that it beat its fundraising goal for this year’s Walk4Water event, which was held in April.

“We have now exceeded our goal of $70,000,” said event co-director Gary Mittelstaedt. “Over 1,400 Zambians will soon have life-giving water for life.”

Mittelstaedt said about 300 walkers participated in the event and that the local business community provided wide support. Funds raised at the Walk4Water8 will go directly to World Vision’s water program in Zambia, which Mittelstaedt said is the most effective privately funded rural water, sanitation and hygiene program in the world.

In July, Mittelstaedt, his wife (and event co-director) Judi Mittelstaedt and other board members will travel to Zambia to observe the installation of bore holes that provide a consistent supply of fresh, healthy water. Mittelstaedt said World Vision hopes to provide 100 percent safe water coverage to all of the rural areas of Zambia by 2020.

For more information about WaterAfrica, go to www.www.waterafrica.org.

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