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🍕 Is Portland pizza better than New York's?

Plus, boozy Boba tea.

Welcome to Tuesday.

I have a VERY important question for you: Is Portland pizza better than New York pizza? Twitter user Sam Lloyd says yes and there are plenty of opinions in the replies. 

What do you think folks? Can Stumptown compete with the Windy City and the Sleepless City when it comes to pies? What defining features does Portland pizza have? (My midwest relatives might ask me on our next Zoom call, so I really need your help on this).

Do you have a strong opinion about this? Hit reply and let us know. 

Today our Bridgeliner Unabridged members are playing a game of I Spy with us. Wanna join the fun? Become a member today.

Let’s dive in.

📸 Instagram of the Day

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3 things to know today 

📈 The new strain of COVID-19 is popping up across Oregon. First identified in the UK, this strain is more contagious than its previous iteration, health officials said. Possible good news is that the Moderna vaccine appears to be working on this new strain. See the latest COVID-19 case numbers here

🛡️Gov. Kate Brown is defending her decision to let teachers get vaccinated before senior citizens. Brown argued that getting educators vaccinated is a step toward reopening schools across the state. Teachers became eligible for vaccination this Monday, seniors will have to wait until the week of Feb. 7. Read the full breakdown here

📱Portland police ignored dozens of 911 calls over the summer, newly released records show. Current police policy dictates that someone who calls 911 must be told why if their call won’t be responded to by an officer. Instead, many of these calls went unanswered or were closed out without police response or contact with the caller, according to emergency dispatch records. Read the full story and the police bureau's explanation here

3 things to make you smile

🐶 Join Scarlett the American Bulldog (and her humans) on a rainy day Portland adventure. This video is adorable and definitely has good vibes. Watch it here

🍹 Boozy boba tea? Sure, we’ll drink to that. Here are the details — and here is where you can find it

😍 These baby bats are not just winging it. There are now baby Flying Fox bats at the Oregon Zoo, a kind of bat that eats fruit and is important to the environment. Also, one of the babies is being raised with a fake upside-down ‘sock mom’. See the video here

🔒 Unlock I Spy

Right now our Bridgeliner Unabridged members are playing a game of I Spy. They get to don their deerstalker caps and figure out the mystery of where in the Portland area a photo was taken. Wanna get in on the fun? Get access to exclusive original storytelling? Access to future virtual events? Become a member today. 

📅 Things to do

Submit your events to our calendar.

Tomorrow

✊ Lunch & Learn with Equitable Giving Circle about Historic Activists (Online)

📓 Combine nature and writing with this virtual workshop (Online)

😂 Crack up with Quarantine Comedy (Online)

🎥 LOVE that journey for me — it’s Schitt’s Creek trivia (Online)

Thursday

🌿 Learn how to nurture and grow your seedlings (Online)

🎨 Let’s paint a moose! (Online)

Friday

🍋 Get fizzy with it: Try 10 different hard seltzers at the 1st virtual OMSI After Dark of 2021 (Online)

😍 Enjoy the magic of shrinky dinks (Online)

Monday

🤔 Get your pandemic wedding questions answered (Online)

Thursday, February 4

🍅 Learn how to cook a healthy and nourishing meal (Online)

Friday, February 5

🎨 Let’s paint a snow day! (Online)

Saturday, February 6

🎨 Learn how to paint some spirited horses (Online)

☝️One more thing …

Thank you for reading all the way to the end.

Let me know if you got any snow today — heck, let me know if you got any slush. 

Also if you haven't yet, send in your suggestions for our Ultimate Portland Doughnut Bracket; we wanna know which PDX doughnut you'd send to the United Nations to represent Stumptown.

Additionally, we are still testing our new newsletter design. Got any feedback for us? Let us know here.

We will see you tomorrow. 

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

P.S. Did today’s newsletter make you laugh? Cry? Teach you something new today? If you know a friend / coworker / Portlander who should know about Bridgeliner, why not do us (and them) a solid and forward this email? 

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