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Day: February 6, 2013

Home Sweet Home

Gift (left) and Prakhong Sookyanudith show some of the food available at Sweet Home Thai Cuisine. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Gift (left) and Prakhong Sookyanudith show some of the food available at Sweet Home Thai Cuisine. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes

It’s fair to say Prakhong Sookyanudith has been living a dream lately.

Two months ago he married wife Gift.

In January, the couple took over Thai Cuisine at 4140 River Road N. in Keizer and rebranded it Sweet Home Thai Cuisine.

Prakhong had previously been at a restaurant in Newport, but when he and his new bride saw Thai Cuisine, they fell in love.

“It’s like a dream,” he said. “People come and I sit them in my house. The first time I saw it, it hit my eye. The first time I saw it, it made a dream come true.”

Gift felt the same.

“We really like it,” she said. “The building looks like a house. You want your neighbor to have a good meal at your home. That’s why we like it here.”

Prakhong was a chef in Hollywood for six years and was then in Newport for six years, where he was part-owner of a restaurant. Now he’s ready to put that experience to good use in a town new to him.

“This is my own place, 100 percent,” he said.

Sweet Home Thai Cuisine

Location: 4140 River Road N, Keizer
Phone: (503) 390-1838
Hours: Sunday though Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

English language learning progress draws community concern at S-K board meeting

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For the Keizertimes

English-language learners (ELL) were the subject of several speakers from the audience at the Jan. 23 Salem-Keizer School Board meeting.

All the speakers, who included Keizer residents Hugo Nicholas and Vickie Falcon-Vazquez, complained that little progress had been made in the last several years in ELL achievement.

Annalivia Palazzo-Angulo, a former budget committee member, said, “There seems to be stonewalling.” She said that a recommendation for tracking the progress of ELL students had been repeated yearly but that the community “has stepped back during the budget crisis.”

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