Monthly Archive: March 2020

Don’t turn ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ into community policing!

On Monday, March 30, Governor Inslee urged our community to begin reporting social distancing and essential workers to the local police department.

I want everyone to be safe and healthy by voluntarily complying with orders and abiding by social distancing and “essential workforce” orders. However, I do not agree with the Governors statement that neighbors should be reporting other neighbors to local law enforcement for social distancing violations.

The #StayHealthyStayHome order was and remains arbitrary and vague. The Governor has already had two press conferences trying to clarify and explain the vague orders. I oppose the Governor threatening our community and taking a business license away from a family or small business in financial desperation.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

The Governor outlined his plan:

  • Tier one: State or local authorities will issue a warning if they receive a complaint.
  • Tier two: Action will be taken if they don’t stop, starting with possible citations, suspension notices, or revoking a business license.
  • Tier three: If the violation continues, authorities will refer complaints to the attorney general or law enforcement.

If you see a violation of social distancing or a business open that is not essential, the Governor says to call your local police department on them and report the violation. The Governor even created a well planned and contemplated website to make it easy for neighbors to report their community members for a violation.

On March 26, only 5 days before this recent order, the Governor praised Washingtonians for helping flatten the curve and even released a graph. The Governor and Attorney General now want to turn ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ into ‘neighbors reporting neighbors’.

Practicing my social distancing with Lewis County Public Health Officer Dr. Rachel Wood on AM1470 KELA.

I urge the community to continue to follow social distancing recommendations and do your very best to comply with the order outlining ‘essential workers’ and ‘essential services.’

Continue supporting your neighbors and educating your neighbors and do not fall into the community policing that can quickly turn dangerous, and be an outlet for frustrations, personal vendettas, and revenge. That is not who we are or who we want to become.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.
Learn more about the #ElectPeterAbbarno campaign at www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com

Promoting Small Businesses & Charitable Organizations on KELA AM1470 – Week 2

As host of the AM1470 KELA “Let’s Talk About It” radio, I am highlighting local businesses and organizations weekday mornings at 8:30am. This is the Week 2 list of highlighted charitable organizations and businesses. Week 1 is available Here.

Our community has an ‘all hands on deck’ mentality and supports each other through the good and bad. I think we do it because our community feels more like a family. I know we will get through the COVID-19 crisis stronger as individuals, families, businesses, and a community.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem, Candidate for State House in the 20th Legislative District, and Host of KELA AM1470’s Let’s Talk About It

Now more than ever, the #chooselocalfirst effort will have an direct impact on the survival of many small and family owned businesses. Be sure to #StayConnected and tune-in AM1470 or stream the show at www.KELAam.com weekdays at 8:30am for the latest news, commentary, and information about local businesses and charitable organizations.

Monday, March 23, 2020

SPARC (Specialized Activities and Recreation in the Community) is organized by Lewis County People First. They provide a variety of inclusive and social opportunities to people with developmental disabilities/special needs. To learn more visit SPARC or People First.

Sandstone Distillery is located in Tenino on Wright Road SE, they hand-craft spirits from Washington-grown grains, carefully fermented and artfully distilled to bring the finest of the spirit to your bottle…right here in our community. During the COVID-19 crisis, they pivoted and began making and freely distributing hand sanitizer to the public and our first responders. To learn more visit, sandstonedistillery.com

NW Sausage and Deli is located on Prather Road in Centralia and has new hours during the #StayHome order, from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Call ahead for food and beverage to-go orders. Lunch menu can found online @dicksbeer.com under the deli tab. The number to call and order your lunch or dinner is (360) 736-7760.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Human Response Network of Lewis County (nka Hope Alliance) advocates for and empowers survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Hope Alliance also seeks to effect social change by collaborating with community partners to inspire life without violence. Call any day, anytime (360) 748-6601 | (800) 244-7414 and learn more at Hope Alliance.

Black Dog Pottery was born of a desire to create a fun, creative space in Lewis County for friends and family to let their artistic energy flow.  Choose the potter, choose the colors, paint, and then pickup your newest creation. Located on Tower Avenue in Centralia, Black Dog Pottery is the perfect experience for the whole family. Learn more at www.blackdogpottery.net.

Donna’s Place on Ramsey Way in Toledo, is a family restaurant ready to serve you for lunch or dinner. During the COVID-19 crisis, Donna’s Place has take our service from 11:00am to 7:00pm by calling (360) 864-2700. The menu is located at https://www.donnasplacetoledo.com/

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Centralia College Foundation was founded by community members in 1982, the Centralia College Foundation seeks and secures private funds to supplement Centralia College’s traditional revenue sources. The Foundation provides scholarship assistance, faculty and staff recognition, development, and enrichment programs, and recognition of distinguished alumni. Learn more about the Centralia College Foundation by visiting https://www.centralia.edu/foundation/

Sister’s Quilt Shop is located in Chehalis and offers a wide variety of about 11,000 bolts of high quality quilting cotton and flannel fabrics. If your are looking for a new hobby or materials for your current #StayHome order situation, Sister’s Quilt Show online at https://sistersquiltshop.com/ has a wide variety of online products and ships daily.

Mackinaws is located in historic downtown Chehalis and a dining gem. The front is Mackinaws and fine dining, the back is Curious the Bar, still fine dining in a more casual setting. Check out their online menu on Facebook or visit www.MackinawsRestaurant.com. If you are checking out Curious The Bar- my advice is don’t leave without the Buffalo Cauliflower.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Big T BBQ in Centralia is all about great food and great service. Slow Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork, Brisket, Meatloaf, Burgers, and more. Big T BBQ is a small family based business with take out service during the COVID-19 crisis. To see their menu, visit them on Facebook or bigtbbqcatering.net/ and call your order in at (360) 330-0830.

The Mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club, visit www.BGCChehalis.org.

Thorbeckes Athletic Club and Thorbeckes At-Home PE has the mission to offer our members an environment that supports continued health, emotional well-being, and improved quality of life. Although the gym is closed, their staff and trainers are posting home exercises on Facebook and social media.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Good Health Nutrition Center in Centralia has been supporting our community members since 1976. Take care of your body by taking quality supplements from a trusted health food and supplement store. Call Good Health Nutrition Center at (360) 736-3830 for the best vitamin, mineral, herb, and protein supplements! Learn more at https://www.goodhealthnutrition.net/

The Tin Snug in Pe Ell lives up to its reputation for great food and friendly service. Pe Ell sits right in the middle between Centralia/Chehalis and the Pacific Ocean, and the Tin Snug is the perfect place to stop. Visit them on Facebook or at TinSnug.com for their menu and hours.

Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce helps small business grow and succeed; attracts new business, conventions, and tourism by working with Lewis County Economic Development Council and local agencies, constantly seeking to broaden our tax base and strength our economy; creates and maintains a climate for business growth and strong quality of life – Protecting and Informing the Business Community and serves as a business advocate in city, state, local, and national government affairs. Provides credibility for your business through association. During the COVID-19 crisis they are the lead agency for the First Responders Fund. Donate by visiting www.Chamberway.com

Governor Signs Mandatory Sexual Education Law!

March 27- Governor Jay Inslee made sexual education mandatory beginning at kindergarten- taking away the rights and decision making of parents and local school boards.

The House pass Mandatory Sexual Education legislation along party lines 56-40, with Republicans voting against. A similar bill, SB 5395, passed the State Senate on January 22.

Mandatory Sexual Education was passed despite a recent survey of 10,000 people conducted by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) that found 58% opposed mandatory sex education for K-12 students.

The issue of sex education should be left to local school boards in conjunction with local families. Olympia continues to pass legislation that erodes local control and family decision making. We should be encouraging families to be part of the process and the discussion on a local level. Our communities are not “one size fits all!”

This issues is more complex than merely ‘are you for or against the teaching of sexual and health education.’ This is an issue of ‘who should teach it,’ ‘where should it be taught,’ and ‘when should it be introduced.’ I support and believe in the decision making of our local families, local school boards, and local communities.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate for the State House of Representation in the 20th Legislative District.

The Law requires:

  • For students in grades K-3, comprehensive sexual health education must be instruction in SEL that is consistent with learning standards and benchmarks adopted by OSPI.
  • For students in grades 4-12, comprehensive sexual health education must include information about:
    • physiological, psychological, and sociological developmental processes experienced by an individual;
    • the development of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to communicate, respectfully and effectively, to reduce health risks, and choose healthy behaviors and relationships that are based on mutual respect and affection, and are free from violence, coercion, and intimidation;
    • health care and prevention resources;
    • the development of meaningful relationships and avoidance of exploitative relationships;
    • understanding the influences of family, peers, community, and the media throughout life on health sexual relationships; and
    • affirmative consent and recognizing and responding safely and effectively when violence, or a risk of violence, is or may be present with strategies that include bystander training.

School districts may choose to adopt the OSPI Curriculum or adopt separate curriculum that complies with the OSPI guidelines. OSPI will review separately developed materials for compliance with OSPI guidelines.

This bill does nothing to strengthen families. It only makes government stronger. If we are truly to break the cycle of poverty then Olympia must empower families and communities.

The ‘birds and the bees’ discussion is a necessary and sometimes uncomfortable discussion for families; but, it builds family trust, builds family connections, and has lifelong positive impacts. My philosophy is to give families to the tools and information for success and encourage the discussions to start locally and at home.

The family structure and bonds must be strengthen by encouraging communication and involvement and providing them with the tools and information. Statistics have proven over and over that strong families give children a better chance at success in life.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate for the State House of Representation in the 20th Legislative District.

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Utility Bill Relief in Centralia

March 25- Last night, one day before Utility Bills were due, the City of Centralia adopted a motion to amend the Utility Billing and Collection policies in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Although more relief may come, the following amendments were approved (7-0):

  • Temporarily suspend late fees for residential and small commercial customers.
  • Small commercial customers that are mandated to close their business by the state will be offered the option to pay 50% of their utility bill balance due until July 1, 2020.  The account will need to be paid in full or have a payment set up by July 26, 2020 to avoid penalties and interest.  Other details to follow.
  • Small commercial customers will not be sent to collections during the declared COVID-19 emergency.

Individuals, families, and businesses in our community will need assistance recovering from this crisis. Considering the City does not know the full economic impact, the amended policies were a welcomed first step and gives Centralia utility customers and the City the opportunity to take a deep breath, assess the situation, and consider additional relief before our next meeting in three week.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem

Learn more at www.CityofCentralia.com

Promoting Small Businesses & Charitable Organizations on KELA AM1470 – Week 1

Each weekday morning at 8:30 on AM1470 (www.KELAam.com), I am highlighting local businesses and charitable organizations on the “Let’s Talk About It” show.

#ChooseLocalFirst

We can’t control every situation, but we can control our emotions; we can control how we react to stress, pressure, and crisis; and we can control how we treat other people.

Choose to support our community, our local businesses, and our charitable organizations. #StayConnected

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

United Way of Lewis County is partnering with the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Twin Transit, Lewis County Seniors, and local organizations and businesses to raise money for the COVID-19 Response Fund! Donate or Volunteer Today!

Elvie’s Bistro at 105 East Center Street in Centralia offers pickup for their Asian fusion food and very delicious food. Call (360) 736-3826 and order yoru dinner and lunch today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lewis County Seniors is a non-profit foundation (501c3) dedicated to serving the nutritional and social needs of our seniors. They are working with the United Way of Lewis County to ensure seniors in Lewis County receive a nutritional meal.

Bonanza BBQ and Catering in Toledo offers take out service Tuesday from 12 pm to 6:00 pm. Call 360 864 2277 or email bonanzabbq@aol.com with your order and time you would like to pick up slow cooked BBQ and more!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

McFilers is now offering essential service workers 15% off all food item, as well as anyone donating 3 cans of food for local families. Their current hours of operation at this time are 12:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Open 7 days a week. Call (360) 996-4400 to place an order. You can also stop by to order in person. Delivery is available up to 6 miles from the bar.

Book N Brush is an independent bookstore committed to providing an interesting and diverse selection of books, gift merchandise, fine art supplies, educational toys and custom framing. Looking for something for kids and students, visit them online or call (36) 748-6221.

Lewis County Autism Coaltion is a catalyst for community action and partnerships that support families and advance success in school, work and life for people on the autism spectrum. This is a community who needs your support and donations now more than ever!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Mill’s Diner is temporarily closed. BUT, be sure to support this amazing Rochester Diner when it reopens. They are located on Route 12 in Rochester.

Mary’s Corner Medical Clinic is located on Jackson Highway in Chehalis and offers respiratory screenings during eh COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other medical services. Call (360) 262-3966 for more information or an appointment.

Boccata is open at 11:00am Tuesday through Saturday offering lunch and dinner service in downtown Centralia through pick up or Door Dash. They are offering a huge menu found on Facebook or at the restaurant located on North Tower in Centralia. Call (360) 736-2404 to place your order today.

Nelson’s Just Wood Furniture in Centralia provides Home Furniture, Office Furniture, Beddings, Bookcases, Unfinished Furniture, Bunk Beds, Sofas & Loveseats. Everyone is home a little more right now, so visit them located on South Gold Street in Centralia, and available at (360) 736-3832.

Keep listing to the Let’s Talk About It Show with Peter Abbarno weekdays at 8:30am on KELA AM1470 and www.KELAam.com. We will be highlighting businesses and organizations every weekday during the show and talking about the issues imporatnt to your community.

Call (360) 330-5352 to share your thoughts and opinions on air.

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Governor Signs “Net Zero” Carbon Emissions Law

On March 19, the Governor signed the Washington will reduce greenhouse gases faster than previously planned to achieve “net zero” carbon emissions.

The law will:

  • Modifies state anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction limits and state agency GHG emissions reduction targets.
  • Requires the state and state government as a whole to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050.
  • Requires state agencies to report biannually on short-term and long-term strategies for meeting emissions reduction targets.
  • Requires all state agencies to seek all practicable opportunities to costeffectively maximize carbon sequestration and carbon storage in their nonland management agency operations, contracting, and grant-making activities.

The governor wants to punish working families and small businesses in the name of global environmentalism. The two are not mutually exclusive and can be achieved in the free market by incentivizing decisions that are both environmental and business friendly. There are many examples where businesses and families are quicker to make environmentally conscious decisions when it also helps their budget. I believe incentivizing and investing is a better policy than punishing and overregulating.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

According to the new law, the state must limit anthropogenic emissions of GHG. The current overall GHG emissions reductions for Washington State are revised as follows: by 2020 reduce to 1990 levels, or 90.5 million metric tons (MT); by 2030 reduce to 50 million MT or 45 percent below 1990 levels; by 2040 reduce to 27 million MT or 70 percent below 1990 levels; and by 2050 reduce to 5 million MT or 95 percent below 1990 levels, and achieve net zero GHG emissions.

Peter and Holly Abbarno at the Earth Day Work Party on Seminary Hill in Centralia.

The governor wrongly emulates the State of California. California has been in crises for many years with families and businesses escaping their regulatory nightmare. The governor’s new law goes so far beyond other jurisdictions that it will put an economic stranglehold on our small and family owned businesses and working families trying to survive the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.
To donate and support the #ElectPeterAbbarno Campaign visit www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com


Governor Decriminalizes Intentional HIV Assault

On Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee singed into law legislation to reduce the criminal penalties for the knowing transmission of HIV, as well as allow a 14 year old to seek HIV treatment without the knowledge or consent of their parents.

The law, as it was, stated that a person is guilty of felony HIV-related assault in the first degree if the person, with intent to inflict great bodily harm, administers, exposes, or transmits to or causes to be taken by another, HIV.

The governor is going in the wrong direction on this issue; especially in regards to notification of the parents and family. The law deteriorates the family structure by encouraging secrecy. Parents have the right to know if their young teenager has contracted HIV so they can understand the importance of their involvement.

Education and Counseling for the child, and the parents, will not only build a stronger family but improve the quality of life for the young teenager who will have a lifetime of treatment. That is why notice is so important.

Peter Abbarno, candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

The law signed by the governor would limit HIV-related assault in the first degree crime to situations in which a person transmits HIV only to a child or vulnerable adult. It is now a defense to prosecution, as a misdemeanor, if the HIV transmitter attempted to take practical means to prevent transmission of the disease.

The law would,

  • Repeals statutes related to counseling for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, the Office of AIDS, and requirements that agencies establish rules requiring acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) training for certain professions and employees.
  • Updates language and changes references in the control and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases chapter.
  • Allows a minor of 14 years of age or older to give consent to treatment to avoid HIV infection without a parent or guardian’s consent.
  • Consolidates and expands rulemaking authority for the State Board of Health relating to control of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Modifies crimes related to transmission of HIV and repeals prohibitions on an individual who has a sexually transmitted disease, other than HIV, from having sexual intercourse if the partner is unaware of the disease.

HIV is a life-long disease and potentially life threatening. Reducing the sentence and including a “practical means to prevent” provision make light of a still serious situation. We need to protect the innocent, not those who knowingly or intentionally assault another with an incurable disease.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.
To support the #ElectPeterAbbarno for State House campaign, visit www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com or find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We need Strong Leadership in Olympia Working For Us.

As you know, I am a candidate for State Representative in the 20th Legislative District. A seat being left open by the retirement of State Representative Richard DeBolt. We need to keep the 20th District working for us!

By this time in a traditional campaign, I would have held a handful of Meet and Greet events, knocked on doors to meet neighbors, and attended numerous events supporting other local organizations. Unfortunately for our community, our state, our country, and the world, plans have changed because of COVID-19.

While I am still seeking election to the State House in the 20th Legislative District because I believe our district and our state needs strong leadership, I am campaigning with social distancing and community restrictions in mind.

I need your support now more than ever!

I need your help over the next couple weeks. Can you help with:

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  • Donations of financial support and investment in my campaign (click Here); and
  • Volunteer to deliver door-hangers (without knocking), walk in parades (when scheduled) and host meet and greets (when restrictions are lifted). (click Here)

Limitations on campaigning means limitations on communicating my message and how important the 2020 election is for our district and our state. We need Strong Leadership in Olympia Working For Us.

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Support the Lewis County Seniors: Emergency Meals

Emergency meals will be available through the Lewis County Seniors for individuals age 60 and over. To order emergency meals, please contact your local senior center by phone Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The designated contact information and pick-up days are as follows:

Twin Cities

  • Wednesdays 10-12
  • Phone: 360-748-0061
  • email: adria.murphy@lewiscountyseniors.org

Toledo

  • Thursdays 10-12
  • Phone: 360-864-2112
  • email: diana.haug@lewiscountyseniors.org

Winlock

  • Thursdays 10-12
  • Phone: 360-785-4325
  • Text Message: 360-262-4046
  • email: lindsay.giberson@lewiscountyseniors.org

Morton

  • Wednesdays 10-12
  • Phone: 360-496-3230
  • email: sally.allen@lewiscountyseniors.org

Packwood

  • Wednesdays 10-12
  • Phone: 360-494-6331
  • email: helen.sutterlict@lewiscountyseniors.org

PeEll

  • Thursdays 10-12
  • Phone: 360-880-6763
  • email: nora.davis@lewiscountyseniors.org

The Lewis County Seniors organization is important to our community by offering both nutritional and enrichment programs in Lewis County. After county funding cuts, the Lewis County Seniors formed a 501(c)(3) organization to continue serving the vital needs of our community; including nutritional and enrichment programs.

With the closing of the Senior Centers due to COVID-19, the Lewis County Seniors and United Way of Lewis County are continuing the nutrition program at the Centers and through deliveries.

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COVID-19: IRS Taxpayer Help!

Tax Help

  • Free File – prepare and file your federal income tax return for free using tax preparation and filing software.
  • Where’s My Refund? – is an online tool that will track your tax refund. You will need your Social security number or ITIN, your filing status and your exact refund amount to use the tool.
  • Online Payment Agreements – you can apply for a payment plan online to pay off your balance over time.
  • IRS2Go mobile app – Check your refund status, make a payment, find free tax preparation assistance, sign up for helpful tax tips, and more!
  • Online Account – use this tool to view: Your payoff amount, updated for the current calendar day, the balance for each tax year for which you owe, up to 24 months of your payment history and key information from your current tax year return as originally filed.

It is often said that there are few things in life more frustrating and stressful than taxes; then the COVID-19 pandemic came. Hopefully, there will be more individual and business relief at the state and federal level for losses and expenses as a result of this crises. In the meantime, it is important for taxpayers to prepare for the inevitable tax season. There is information from the IRS about filing extensions, late payments, and e-filing taxes.

Peter Abbarno, is an attorney with a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Washington, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem, and Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

E-file Your Extension

Individual tax filers, regardless of income, can use Free File  to electronically request an automatic tax-filing extension.

  • Filing this form gives you until Oct. 15 to file a return.
  • To get the extension, you must estimate your tax liability on this form and should also pay any amount due.

Extension for Quarterly Estimated Tax Payments

You can also get an extension by paying all or part of your estimated income tax due and indicate that the payment is for an extension using Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), or a credit or debit card. This way you won’t have to file a separate extension form and you will receive a confirmation number for your records.

File an Extension

Individuals

Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return 

Business and Corporations

  • Form 7004, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns
  • Form 1138, Extension of Time for Payment of Taxes by a Corporation Expecting a Net Operating Loss Carryback  

Other Forms

  • Form 2350, Application for Extension of Time to File U.S. Income Tax Return (For U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad Who Expect To Qualify for Special Tax Treatment)
  • Form 4768, Application for Extension of Time to File a Return and/or Pay U.S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Taxes  
  • Form 5558, Application for Extension of Time to File Certain Employee Plan Returns  
  • Form 8809, Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns
  • Form 8868, Application for Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return.  
  • Form 8892, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Form 709 and/or Payment of Gift/Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax