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Oregon Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum today issued the Department of Justice's "20 Worst Charities" list, an annual review of organizations that spend the vast majority of the donations they receive on professional fundraising and administrative costs rather than charity.

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The city will move forward with a December 16th public hearing taking comment on the potential sale of seven excess city properties that have received offers. There are hundreds of these parcels that the city has deemed excess.

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Family and friends of 25-year-old Chris Tremain, who was found deceased last Monday are gathering together in what they term as a "farewell for now" celebration & memorial this Saturday at The Astoria Event Center, located at 894 9th Street, between Commercial & Marine Drive at 5:00 P.M.  Public is welcome to join in remembrance of  Mr. Tremain.

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For some, paying escalating water and sewer bills is a tough proposition.  Typically the city sends out upward to 350 shut-off first notices every other month and ends up shutting off service to an average of 8 households when deadlines aren't met.  With Monday's council decision some help will be on the way as the city approves a program that would set aside $10,000 to help those most in need.

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Oregon investors have already lost millions of dollars in 2013 in classic high-risk investments involving everything from a gold mine to oil and gas schemes to a struggling Russian ethanol plant.

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The Astoria Fire Department fire engines will be parading through neighborhoods in Astoria on Monday, December 9th, Tuesday, December 10th, and Wednesday, December 11th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Firefighters, family, and friends will be picking up non-perishable food items and donations for needy families this holiday season.  The fire engines will be decorated with lights and playing Christmas music.  We've heard that Santa Claus will be making an appearance

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In December, the Astoria Library Board will hold two public meetings pertaining to the Astoria Library Renovation Study.  The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00PM, at the Astoria Public Library.   For those who cannot attend a weekday meeting, the Board will host a Saturday coffee on December 7 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM, in the Flag Room. 

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State fishery managers have approved an evening razor-clam dig on ocean beaches starting Saturday, Nov. 30, and running for five days for Long Beach on the lowest tides so far this season.

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