Biz Beat 5-5-2016

The city of Eugene was one of 10 recipients nationwide announced by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation, as a 2016 Community Court Grant Program winner. “Eugene Community Court will receive $200,000, as well as technical assistance from the Center for Court Innovation to implement a community court. Community courts respond to quality-of-life crimes by ordering offenders to pay back the communities they’ve harmed through visible community service projects — for example, painting out graffiti, beautifying neighborhood parks and cleaning up litter and debris from public streets.”

• KLCC’s Angela Kellner won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her story “Oregon Medical Cannabis: One Family’s Search For Seizure Relief” from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The award recognizes excellence in electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. KLCC is judged in Small Market Radio, Region 1. Kellner’s story won the Regional Award for Writing and will be entered into the national 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award competition. National winners will be announced in June. 

• Smiles Dental invites community members to help whiten teeth for charity from now, through June 30, during the annual Smiles For Life campaign, in collaboration with Crown Council. 100 percent of the proceeds from teeth whitening services are given to charity. Half of the donations raised by Smiles Dental are given to A Family for Every Child, a local organization dedicated to finding loving, permanent families for every waiting foster child. The remaining balance goes to the Smiles For Life Foundation to support its national and international initiatives, including programs in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Guatemala. For more info go to

Sweet Life Petite, Sweet Life Patisserie’s second location, is officially open as of Monday, April 26, near the intersection of 19th and Agate south of the University of Oregon campus. Offerings at the new location are similar to the sweet treats at the original bakery, say owners Catherine and Cheryl Reinhart, with cakes, cream puffs, candies and more. Just before opening, Cheryl Reinhart says, Sweet Life Petite suffered a bit of a jolt when a car ran into the building — no one was hurt, and the building suffered little damage. Get in touch with the new bakery by calling 541-683-5676. Hours are the same as the original location: Monday through Friday 7 am to 11 pm and Saturday through Sunday 8 am to 11 pm.

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