A Whiteaker Middle School student died Friday night.
The 13-year-old boy was a sixth grader at the school. Authorities are still investigating the cause of death.
Keizer Police responded to a report of an unconscious subject at about 9:28 p.m. Medics responded, but were unable to resuscitate the child and he was pronounced dead shortly after.
Counselors were available for both students and teachers this week. Principal Laura Perez said it was conducted in a safe room. Roving substitute teachers were also on hand to relieve teachers who may need some time to themselves.
“This is particularly hard for those teachers who had him in class,” Perez said.
She sent a letter home to parents, informing them of a child’s death at the school and urging them to listen to any feelings of grief the child may be experiencing.
Unemployment in the Salem area rose for the second straight month in April.
It was up to 10.5 percent, up from the March revised rate of 10.1 percent. It’s close to the statewide rate of 10.6 percent.
However, it’s still 0.3 percent less than the April 2009 unemployment rate of 10,8 percent. An estimated 21,305 Marion and Polk county residents were jobless. About 441 less people were unemployed than a year ago, with a total labor force of 197,487 for the month.
Statistics are for the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Keizer.
According to Worksource Oregon Regional Economist Pat O’Connor, the local economy has lost 1,500 jobs in the past year, with the private sector dropping 1,800 positions and government adding 300 jobs.
The local economy added about 100 jobs in the past month, O’Connor said.
“April’s unemployment growth was smaller than is typical for the Salem MSA, which normally adds about 700 jobs between March and April,” he stated.
In key sectors:
• Construction lost 100 jobs in a time when the industry is typically adding positions, O’Connor said.
• Manufacturing lost 100 positions.
• Professional and business services added 200 jobs, and is “showing positive over-the-year growth of 100,” O’Connor stated. “Professional and business services include temporary help employment agencies; this industry is a good ‘leading indicator’ as to the direction the overall economy may be moving.”
• Retail trade was unchanged.
• Federal government added 100 positions while state and local were unchanged.
A new restaurant aims to be Keizer’s own little breakfast nook.
It’s called Mommy and Maddi’s, and it’s located in the old Coffee Paradigm location at 4765 River Road N. [MAP: 10]
You might be familiar with owners Don and Wendi Uselman. They own White’s Restaurant in south Salem and have taken over Chad’s on 12th Street in Salem.
“Three’s enough,” Wendi said with a laugh.
“It’s not a clone of White’s,” said Don. “Just the style of service. It has its own unique style. In serving Salem and the surrounding areas for 19 years, we’ve had so many people that come from the north and they always ask us to open a place in Keizer.”
They don’t just have breakfast. The menu includes a substantial lunch selection, with a soup of the day, salads, burgers, hot dogs and deli sandwiches.
“A lot of people toast the bread, put your mayo on and add cold meat,” Don said. “Ours is all hot, clear through.”
But breakfast may be where the new eatery may make its mark. Selections vary from Maddi’s biscuits and gravy – four buttermilk biscuits smothered in sausage gravy – to meat and eggs, hotcakes, Belgium waffles and German sausage. They also offer a build-your-own-omelet selection.
They also offer a wide variety of pastries, fresh made virtually daily. Jennifer Stan is the resident baker, and made stuffed croissants, mini-lemon pies, fancy cupcakes, filled muffins, carrot and chocolate cake, and all manner of pies.
The location was chosen for its “homey and relaxing” feel, Wendi said, and they chose Keizer “because there’s nothing like this here.”
The house it stands in was built in 1914, and the motif is largely unchanged from when it was Coffee Paradigm.
“I drive around and look for places – what’s new, going in,” Wendi said. “And this place just happened to be empty. It’s a good location with good parking – and it’s a cool little house.”
“We like historical places,” Don added.
Wendi’s daughter Maddi lives in Phoenix, Ariz., but she’s about to become famous. Her picture is featured on the restaurant’s sign. On opening she was helping Mom serve the crowd.
They have wi-fi available as well. The drive-through window will serve coffee, pastries and limited menu items.