THE BEE's "want ads" are named "Community Classifieds".

An important innovation is that classified ads placed in THE BEE may also be available at the special Community Classifieds website, at the HotLink below!

In addition, Community Classifieds now offer the additional service of in-column photographs of vehicles and homes for sale. The photos can not only appear in THE BEE, but on the website as well.

Community Classifieds appear each month in THE BEE, and can also reach up to a half million additional readers by being published in any combination of the 24 other newspapers in the "Community Newspapers" group, including the weekly Clackamas Review, Oregon City News, Lake Oswego Review, and West Linn Tidings; the monthly Sherwood Gazette, and Southwest Community Connection; the twice-weekly Gresham Outlook and Portland Tribune; and the other newspapers in the group.

To get information or place your classified ad by phone, here's the number to call: 503/620-7355!

Now, click on the logo directly below, and read the Greenlight "Community Classifieds"!

Community Classifieds, want ads



Barbeque, Woodstock Wine and Deli, Greg Fujino, Southeast Portland, Oregon, Slap Yo Daddy Barbeque
Woodstock Wine and Deli’s Gregg Fujino (foreground) prepares a “judging box” for the barbecue judging students to sample. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Masters’ mentor new BBQ cooks and judges, in Woodstock


Although “Woodstock Wine & Deli” is typically closed on Sundays, on September 29 more than two dozen people were seated at its tables indoors, and the parking lot was filled with smokers and portable barbecue grills.

“Today, we have 33 ‘certified barbecue judge’ candidates going through a day-long training; and outside, there are more than 20 pit masters; all of them barbecue cooks of varying degrees of experience,” said Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association Training Chair Pat Maddock of “Maddog’s BBQ”.

Inside, the budding barbecue judges were learning from their peers, certified judges, how to rank each barbecue sample – ranging from “2” for “inedible”, to “9” for “excellent” – in three categories: Appearance, taste, and tenderness.

“And, these cooks have varying goals and desires which bring them here today,” Maddock told THE BEE. “Some of them want to improve their backyard barbecue skills; others want to learn to be competition cooks; and we also have competition cooks who come to this class to pick up extra tips and techniques.

“I chose instructors who are willing to share their secrets; by and large, the ‘winningest’ barbecue cooks are happy to help others along,” Maddock said. “My attitude is, I’ll help coach and mentor you – all the way up to fourth-place! – and then you’re on your own.”

Maddock Best BBQ Tip: “If you look’n, you ain’t cook’n!” He added that every time a cook opens the pit, heat and smoke escape, resulting in a longer cook and tougher meat.

Grand Champion BBQ Pitmaster mentors
Many of the cooks and judges were delighted to see Champion Pitmaster Harry Soo, of “Slap Yo' Daddy BBQ”, arrive at the Woodstock event from his headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, near Los Angeles. 

Although he didn’t start entering barbecue competitions until 2008, in 2010 Soo and his team defeated all the teams in the first season of the “BBQ Pitmasters” cable TV show – including two BBQ World Champions – In the winner-take-all “Rib Throwdown” in Texas.

“We came here to hang with our friends, including Portland’s Gregg Fujino, who is again hosting these classes right here at his store,” Soo said, pausing from his coaching duties. “The barbecue community is like a bunch of Gypsies, attending events all over the country, hanging out with each other on weekends; and we have some really good friends in the Pacific Northwest.”

By day, Soo said, he is an “IT guy” who builds data centers for living; but, on weekends, “I am a ‘weekend warrior’, cooking barbecue.”

Having won more than 100 first-place awards around the world, and three dozen grand championships, from Hawai’i to Canada and even in London, and having een featured on television, he’s stepping back from competition, Soo told THE BEE, to spend time teaching and mentoring.

“In my opinion this is the only true, born-in-America food,” Soo grinned. “There is something magical and Neanderthal about barbecuing; there’s something within you, when you see the smoke and the fire and the meat together, that just makes you excited!”

He continued: “America ‘stole’ foods from other nations – the hotdog, the hamburger, noodles, pizza, and even French fries – but we are the only culture in the world that cooks meat, above ground, for 10 to 15 hours; and that makes us unique.”

Soo’s Best BBQ Tips
“It’s not about the pit, it’s about the cook! So don’t worry about your equipment; it’s all about your skill as a Pitmaster,” Soo’s counseled. “The thing to remember is, when barbecue is ready, it’s ready – don’t rush and hurry. It’s not like heating a microwaved burrito – it’s a bit of an art form!”

For more information about the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association, go online – – or just stop by Woodstock Wine and Deli on Woodstock Boulevard and chat with Gregg Fujino.

Michelle McCann, gun control, book, for teens, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Sellwood author Michelle McCann has just published a book addressing teens on the issue of gun control and safety. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Recent mass shootings provoke Sellwood author


Sellwood children’s book writer and editor Michelle McCann has published several informative books for teens over the past few years. Her latest book, “Enough is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety”, [Beyond Words Publishing, 2019, 320 pages], arose from her personal desire to inform her own teens on the topic. She tells THE BEE she has been researching gun safety issues for six years.

The new book features a Foreword by Shannon Watts, founder of an organization called “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America”. The book is a call to action for teens who want to get involved in the issue of gun violence prevention and safety.

“Enough is Enough” examines national gun violence issues, providing a road map for teens ready to advocate for change. It offers perspectives from both sides of the issue, including gun owners who strongly believe in the right to own a gun, but believe ownership involves much responsibility as well.

Readers will learn about the history of the Second Amendment of the Constitution, and America’s apparent fascination with guns; the influence of advocacy groups and lobbyists, current gun control models in Europe and Australia, and current gun control legislation in some U.S. States. It also asserts that gun violence uniquely impacts women, communities of color, and LGBTQ people.

Among the statistics McCann cites are that last year 1,297 American children were killed by gunfire, and 5,790 more were injured. Gun violence is the #3 killer of young people, she says – behind only illness and car accidents.

The 15-year-old illustrator of her book, who also designed the T-shirt that McCann wears, and who declined to be identified by name, lives in Southeast Portland. In Inner Southeast, Westmoreland’s Wallace Books will be among the booksellers carrying the tome, and McCann will hold an author event there in November before heading out on a national speaking tour in the spring.


Jackie Babicky Peterson, small business, consultant, PCC, AHB, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Jackie Babicky Peterson will help small business owners learn how to set prices they can stand by with confidence, at this month’s Sellwood meeting of AHB – open to all.

At November’s AHB meeting, “Charge What You’re Worth”: Jackie Babicky Peterson – CPA, coach, consultant, and author – is a strategic adviser to small businesses at Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center. Her clients are interested in making a living doing what they love, but some struggle with self-confidence and uncertainty when it comes to pricing. You’ll learn value-based pricing and learn how to price your services, programs, and products in a way that you’re comfortable standing by them. The meeting is open to all for a $10 door fee, which includes networking and a buffet supper, 6-9 p.m. on November 21. RSVPs are requested to assist in food preparation; advise of any food sensitivities when RSVPing by e-mail – – or call 503/232-2326. It’s at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of 13th Avenue and S.E. Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. More details online –

Three restaurants close in Sellwood-Westmoreland: “Arugularium” owner Gary Douglas announces that the restaurant’s last day of serving customers was October 27, and a “Retirement Closure and Business Sale” will take place November 4-30 at the creperie and bakery’s location at 8337 S.E. 17th, at Harney, in Sellwood, with serious inquiries to be directed to – Previously, the half-century-old Dairy Queen in Westmoreland closed at the end of September also due to owner retirement, to be replaced by a Chase Bank branch (see separate story); and as of the end of September, the popular Laurelwood Public House on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue just south of the Moreland Theater closed its doors as well, without disclosing a reason to THE BEE.

Sellwood Desk Depository, Sellwood Bank Building, Southeast Portland, Oregon
The new rentable desk and office space service, “Sellwood Desk Depository”, has opened in the historic “Sellwood Bank Building”.

Historic Sellwood building reopens under single ownership: Jeff Stephens, owner of Portland-based Abound Properties, announces he has bought the historic, 101-year-old “Sellwood Bank Building” on the southwest corner of Umatilla Street and S.E. 13th in Sellwood, in an unusual transaction requiring buying it from two different, unrelated parties. He explains that the building, though one structure under a single roof, was legally divided into two separate lots in 1918, and had been owned by two different parties ever since. A year ago, Abound Properties purchased the south portion of the building; then, last February, the company bought the north portion of the building – and in doing so became its first single owner in 101 years. The building now is open as “the Sellwood Desk Depository” – a neighborhood “co-working” space that offers desks and small furnished offices for rent to individuals or home businesses on a monthly basis. It features an open floor plan; a reservable conference room; free coffee, tea, and filtered water; high-speed WiFi and printing; and access to the “Thinking Vault” – which is the original bank vault, now converted into “a comfortable furnished sitting room”. The new business announces it will donate 1% of its gross revenues to local Sellwood-Westmoreland non-profits.  Local non-profits are also invited to use the conference room for meetings, as available, at no charge. For more information about the Sellwood Desk Depository, or for a free “Day Pass” to try out the space, go online –

Collage “free craft nights” continue: “Collage”, on S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland, reminds that its monthly craft nights at two neighboring businesses continue: “On the first Tuesday of every month from 5 to 6:30 pm you can bring your little ones by the Nectar Lounge on Bybee at Milwaukie Avenue to eat something sweet, and make something neat with Collage; November 5th we will be making maracas. And in the month of November we will be decorating cloth napkins with fabric markers and stamps, at Pizza Craft Night, across the street from Nectar at Pizzicato.”

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