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Welcoming STP Riders To The Hub City: Here is what you need to know!

This weekend the Seattle-To-Portland bike ride will make its way through Centralia – the Hub City! The 40th anniversary ride could see up to 10,000 riders.

STP July 13-14, 2019

This is a great opportunity for riders and their families to tour our community and rest at the Centralia College midpoint during the 200+ mile ride. Thank you to all the volunteers, organizers, and sponsors.

The Kaiser Permanente STP is presented by Alaska Airlines. Cascade Bicycle Club organizes the event and it is locally coordinated by our Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce.

This is one of the top 10 recreational bicycle events in the country and we are lucky to have the riders visit the Twin Cities and Lewis County.

Abbarno Family Bike Ride

I am very proud of the volunteers and local community businesses and organizations for their efforts to roll out the red carpet and make the riders feel safe and welcome. My family looks forward to volunteering at the annual event! Come visit us at the mid-point on the Centralia College Campus.

STP July 13-14, 2019

The Washington State Department of Transportation asks motorists to observe the rules of the road for safe driving around people on bikes and to prepare for travel delays during the popular recreational ride. As state driving laws periodically change, drivers may want to review the state driver guide and the driving among bicyclists section.

Bicyclists should also be aware of their responsibility to follow Washington’s bicyclist rules of the road. The Cascade Bicycle Club distributes a free pocket guide about state bike laws with support from the Share the Road license plate sales. To request a copy of the guide, email: info@cascadebicycleclub.org.

The STP route follows state highways and local roads in these areas:

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Independence Day and Summerfest Success Honoring First Responders!

The 4th of July is a time to share with family, friends, and your community to celebrate our country, our freedom, our history, and our independence. This year the #ElectPeterAbbarno campaign honored our First Responders!

Over 30 Friends, Family, and Supporters at the Summerfest Parade in Centralia to support Peter Abbarno for Centralia City Council. ElectPeterAbbarno.com
Over 30 Friends, Family, and Supporters at the Summerfest Parade in Centralia to support Peter Abbarno for Centralia City Council. www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com

I want to thank everyone involved in the Centralia Summerfest celebration for the efforts and dedication to making this annual holiday a success. We had a huge turnout for my campaign and the parade. The support of 30 walkers was pleasantly overwhelming.

It was great to honor our First Responders who do so much for our community. We loved flying the American Flag and flags honoring our Police and Fire!

The Abbarno Family at the 2019 Summerfest Parade. www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com
The Abbarno Family at the 2019 Summerfest Parade. www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com

My family is very thankful for our family, friends, loved ones, and community that came out to support my campaign. After serving breakfast at Fort Borst Park in the morning, joining in the festivities and games, our family was joined by 30 volunteers at the Summerfest Parade.

It truly was an #OrangeCrush for the #ElectPeterAbbarno campaign.

Thank you to the Ahrens, Bailey, Crowson, Gordon, Gruginski, Alvarez, Price, Soderquist families, and everyone who participated in the parade with my family! We appreciate you and your support. It was a lot of fun!!

The day was filled with amazing people and a true celebration of our country. I am always impressed with the way our community comes together to support one another.

We had a lot of fun with a lot of people at Summerfest! www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com
We had a lot of fun with a lot of people at Summerfest! www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com

Over the past four years, my family and our friends and supporters have had a great time at community events and parades. I look forward to continuing the annual tradition. Please consider supporting my campaign this year and in the future by visiting www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com

Four years of fun parades throughout our community! www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com
Four years of fun parades throughout our community! www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com

Centralia Summerfest Events!

Summerfest in Centralia is one of the biggest day long celebrations in Lewis County! Here are some of the events happening in Centralia on the 4th:

Flipping Pancakes with City Manager Rob Hill at Summerfest!

7:00am: I am serving up a FREE breakfast at Borst Park Kitchen #1!

8:00 – 11:00am: FREE Fort Borst Blockhouse Tours!

8:00am: I Ran From The Cops 8k and 1.5 fun run/walk at Thorbeckes!

8:30am: SWAT Challenge thanks to Law Enforcement!

10:00 – 3:00pm: Games and Entertainment in Borst Park!

10:00 – 2:00pm: Open House at the Borst Home and Schoolhouse!

Centralia Campaigns through the years!

4:00pm: Join or Watch the Parade and Elect Peter Abbarno Campaign in downtown Centralia. Every seat is a good seat!

7:00pm: Destruction Derby at the SW Washington Fairgrounds!

10:00pm: Fireworks at the Fairgrounds!

Fireworks: What’s the Law?

The sounds of fireworks are beginning and it is only June! A frequently asked question is: “What is our local law on fireworks?”

The Centralia Municipal Code, CMC 5.98.030, controls the type of fireworks allowed within the city of Centralia and the dates when same may be sold and/or discharged. The Code adopts the State Law, RCW 70.77.

Sale and Purchase

Pursuant to RCW 70.77.395, it is legal to sell and purchase consumer fireworks within this state from twelve o’clock noon to eleven o’clock p.m. on June 28th, from nine o’clock a.m. to eleven o’clock p.m. on each day from the June 29th through the 4th of July, from nine o’clock a.m. to nine o’clock p.m. on the July 5th.

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Join the Elect Peter Abbarno campaign at the Centralia 4th of July Parade!

Join the #ElectPeterAbbarno campaign at the Centralia 4th of July Parade! The parade begins at 4pm, but the campaign will be gathering on Centralia College Blvd. starting at 2:30pm.

The #ElectPeterAbbarno parade entries through the years! We won best government entry in 2015!

Wear Orange- there will be some campaign t-shirts available- but going fast.

After the parade, join the #ElectPeterAbbarno campaign for some refreshments at their campaign headquarters/house! This is a fun yearly event and kid friendly.

Join #ElectPeterAbbarno at Parade!

If you would like to join our campaign at the Centralia 4th of July Campaign, please sign up and provide your information so we can fill you in on the details.

Donate and Support the Campaign!

If you can’t make the parade, please consider donating to the campaign by making an online donation on the Campaign Donation Page or mailing a donation to Committee to Elect Peter Abbarno, 208 North Washington Avenue, Centralia, WA 98531.

Borst Avenue Groundbreaking is about Student and Community Safety

This week I joined Centralia and Lewis County officials for a ceremony to kick-off the construction season at the long awaited Borst Avenue project.

The street remained dangerous and deteriorating for more than 40 years until students from the Centralia High School student government approached the City and County in 2016 for help repairing the road.

City, County, SCJ Alliance, and School Board members break ground on Borst Avenue.

This issue was very personal to me, which is why I advocated strongly for the project. My wife is a teacher at the Middle School and my children are students in Centralia. If I was not willing to send my children walking down Borst Avenue then I could expect other parents. And we all did something about it.

The city and county worked together with SCJ alliance and held numerous public meetings. In 2017, I was proud to move to amend the City of Centralia‘s letter of intent to the State Transportation Improvement Board and increase our commitment (as well as likelihood) of securing the necessary funds for the Safety Improvement Project to 30% match.

Chosen Borst Avenue Project after Public Hearings.

Ultimately the City and County were awarded the grant and the project will begin this summer. Centralia School District 401 students and City of Centralia residents should feel safe walking along Borst Avenue. We should all be grateful that Centralia ASB members like Morgan Fast, Kennedy Woods, Mackenzie Neely, and Amber Johnson presented to the City and County. They truly represent how government should work and how things should get done!

Peter Abbarno with Kennedy Woods, former Miss Lewis County and former Centralia ASB Member

Congratulations Centralia ASB and all the community partners that made this project a reality after so many years. Collaboration, Partnerships, and responding to the needs of our community got this project started. Thank you to all involved.

Abbarno wins Chronicle Newspaper’s Best Elected Official in Lewis County

On June 19th, at a ceremony located at Dick’s Brewery at the Port of Centralia, Centralia City Councilmember Peter Abbarno was voted Best Elected Official in Lewis County.

Abbarno was nominated the past 4 years and last year won the Best Volunteer in Lewis County for his work with organizations throughout the community. His law firm Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been nominated “Best Place To Work” and “Best Customer Service” the past 4 years and won “Best Place To Work” in 2018.

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The “Best of Lewis County” is program wherein voters can visit the Chronicle Newspaper “Best Of” website to nominate individuals and organizations for “Best of. . . ” awards. Once the nominations are narrowed to three, voters have the opportunity to vote for the “Best”.

“There are many “Bests” in Lewis County and throughout our region,” said Abbarno. “I am very appreciative and humbled by the nominations and votes. I want to congratulate everyone who was nominated and thank all those who voted.”

Peter with Tayler Bailey, voted Best Barista in Lewis County for her work at Avenue Espresso!

To support or learn more about Peter’s Campaign for Re-Election to the Centralia City Council, visit www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com.

Interim Ordinance relating to Enhanced Service Facilities and Residential Care Facilities Adopted- Public Hearing Scheduled.

On May 28, the Centralia City Council set a June 25th public hearing date and adopted an ordinance amending Centralia Municipal Code Chapter 20.66, Special Uses, adding and amending definitions, uses permitted and amending the definition of 20.06.305 “Essential Public Facilities”

Centralia City Councilmember Peter Abbarno.

“The public will have input and their voices heard on how are city is shaped today and into the future,” said Peter Abbarno. “The public will have their voices heard on where they want, or do not want, Enhanced Service Facilities (ESFs), Homeless Facilities, and other Essential Public Facilities.”

The biggest changes proposed to CMC 20.66 come in Section (12)(B). 

Where Permitted.  Any zone not listed means the use is not permitted in the zoning district. 

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College Planning in Washington with a 529 on 5/29!

There may be no better time to remind Washington state residents of a 529 than on May 29 (5/29)! A 529 is a great way to begin saving for college and every little bit helps!

What is a 529?

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future education costs. 529 plans, legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. 

There are two types of 529 plans: prepaid tuition plans and education savings plans.

College Savings Plans: You pick your investment and you assume the risk. The value of your account will be based on the performance of your investments.

Education Costs are on the rise!

Prepaid Tuition Plan (Washington’s GET Program): You prepay for college tuition today through units at a set value to be used in the future. The value of the account is guaranteed by the state to keep pace with the residential undergraduate tuition. States pick the investments and assumes the risk.

All fifty states and the District of Columbia sponsor at least one type of 529 plan. In addition, a group of private colleges and universities sponsor a prepaid tuition plan. 

Washington is a 529 plan!

The GET program is Washington’s 529 prepaid college tuition plan that helps families with young children save for future higher education expenses. The State of Washington guarantees that the value of your account will keep pace with the cost of college tuition, no matter how much it changes in the future.

How does it work?

A GET account can be created and units purchased. One unit = 1/100th of the actual resident, undergraduate tuition and state-mandated fees at Washington’s most expensive public university. You can use that money towards any qualified higher education costs (usually tuition, room and board, and books) at any qualified college, university or technical school in the country.

How do I enroll in the GET Program?

  • Online: Visit our GET Started page and click “Enroll Now” to enroll online during our open enrollment period (November 1 – May 31). The on-screen instructions will guide you through the process.
  • By Mail: You may also download an enrollment form and mail it to us. Or, you can request that an enrollment form to be mailed to you. If you choose this option, make sure to request the Program Details booklet and/or the GET Enrollment Guide. You can find electronic copies of these documents on our forms page.

If you have any questions about the enrollment process you can get most of the information from our website or call or email our Contact Center at 800.955.2318 or GETInfo@wsac.wa.gov.

Centralia Public Works Visits Schools for National Public Works Week!

American Public Works Association announced the theme of this year’s National Public Works Week is “It Starts Here”. I want to thank our local Public Works’ staff and departments for keeping our communities safe, healthy, growing, and innovative.

Pouring rain can’t stop the student from having fun at Edison Elementary!

The City of Centralia Public Works Department, headed by Kim Ashmore, is comprised of Water, Wastewater, Stormwater, Streets, and much more. The City is showing the students how our community is built and works.

Antonio waiting in line for a chance to learn more about Wastewater.

Infrastructure starts with public works… Growth and innovation starts with public works… Mobility starts with public works… Security starts with public works… Healthy communities start with public works. To celebrate Public Works Week, Centralia Public Works staff is visiting schools and educating students. Our community appreciates the hard work of our Public Works staff and their dedication to the students during this week.

There is a weekly schedule as follows:

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