Cambodian/Lao/Thai communities collaborate, celebrate

by on May 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Jealousy is not usually a productive emotion; however, in restaurateur Saron (Ron) Khut’s case it served him well. While visiting his California relatives during the three-day Asian New Year, Khut always went to large festivals that made him jealous. “When I visit relatives, they always have these big New Year celebrations,” he said. “I was always jealous of those celebrations.” Since Cambodia, Laos and Thailand share the same New Year dates in...
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Planners present Beech Park ‘preferred alternative’

by on May 20, 2015 | 0 comments

At their open house March 31 at Shaver Elementary School, Portland Parks and Recreation staff and architects from 2.ink Studio showed off their final design for Beech Park. The design contained elements of the three schemes they presented to the community in February. Those three schemes, dubbed A, B and C, contained many common elements but moved from the most passive to the most active, meaning more and larger recreational sports areas were...
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Rose Spada Garre 1920-2015

by on May 18, 2015 | 0 comments

The matriarch of one of Parkrose’s historic farming families has died. Rose Spada Garre passed away last month at the age of 94. Rose Spada was born in Metzger, the fourth of six children by Cosmo and Angiolina Spada. As an infant, she moved with her family to the Parkrose area. She was a graduate of Grant High School. Rose married Bert Garre Feb. 14, 1943. They farmed in the Parkrose area and raised three children. Bert died in 2001. Rose...
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ODOT issues request for 82nd Avenue plan consultant

by on May 14, 2015 | 0 comments

The Oregon Department of Transportation issued its Request for Proposals for a consultant for the 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan March 31. The deadline for applicants was April 21. The RFP listed some of the duties to include project management; public and stakeholder outreach and communication; transportation planning; conceptual design engineering; traffic, financial and land use analysis; and graphics and visual imaging. The...
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Gateway Park plan presented

by on May 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Landscape architect Mauricio Villareal unveiled what he called the “preferred concept plan” for the proposed $8.2 million Gateway Park and Urban Plaza at an open house at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization March 24. The proposed park is 3.6 acres at Northeast 106th Avenue and Halsey Street. Standing before slides filled with colorful drawings, Villareal, along with PLACE, the landscape architecture firm contracting with Portland...
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Parkrose, Lakeside merge, become Parkside Little League

by on May 10, 2015 | 0 comments

Youth team sports participation declined nearly 5 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to a 2014 Wall Street Journal article. The same report said Little League baseball was down 7 percent. Reflecting the national trend, two local Little Leagues, Parkrose and Lakeside, completed a two-year merger this season. Because of the merge, and because Little League International is introducing an intermediate division for older players (11-13) where...
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PDC looks to develop site next to new park

by on May 8, 2015 | 0 comments

The Portland Development Commission reissued its Request for Qualifications March 26 for the one-acre parcel it owns at the corner of Northeast 106th Avenue and Halsey Street. People interested in buying and developing the parcel must submit an application by 4 p.m. Monday, May 18. PDC originally issued the RFQ last December. “As we looked back at it, we feel like a lot of the potential proposers didn’t see it,” said Susan Kuhn, PDC project...
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PDC gives Halsey businesses $10,000 to improve their look

by on May 6, 2015 | 0 comments

This month, the Portland Development Commission is launching a pilot program on Northeast Halsey Street to improve businesses along the corridor. Called the Commercial District Improvement Pilot Program, PDC is granting $10,000 to five to seven businesses chosen from a pool of applicants to perform innovative improvements on their stores. To spearhead the pilot project, PDC hired Seanette Corkill, owner of retail design firm FrontdoorBack, as...
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Two vie for Parkrose school board

by on May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

In Mid-county’s only contested school board election this May, voters choose between Joshua Singleton and Dave Carter for a four-year term on the Parkrose Board of Education. The seat is open because incumbent Thuy Tran, who was elected in 2013 to a two-year term after being appointed to the seat, decided not to run for re-election. Asked why, without elaboration, Tran said in an email, “I will not run for re-election as a Parkrose School...
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East Portland diversity reflected on Rose Court

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

A diverse group of young women on the 2015 Portland Rose Festival court represents Mid-Multnomah County. The first is Amber Shackleford of Madison High School. The 18-year-old senior is a National Honor Society member, an AP Scholar, a Mathlete and the winner of an excellence in chemistry award. She runs track and cross country for the Senators and is co-editor in chief of the yearbook. She has designed t-shirts, posters and logos as a graphic...
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East Portland citizens want to secede

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Stymied in their first attempt to de-annex a significant portion of the city of Portland, three east Portland citizens have vowed to rewrite their recently rejected petition, reformat the demand into an initiative petition, and gather the 31,345 signatures needed to land it on the November 2016 ballot. The target area, roughly from the Columbia River to the edge of Happy Valley, west to just above Lents, and from Northeast 82nd Avenue to the...
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Community builders shape our neighborhood

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

This month, with our profile on Beverly Fischer, we continue our occasional series profiling Mid-county Memo community builders who give Mid-county its character by lending us some of theirs. Their decades-long sedulous work at hundreds of businesses, government entities and non-profits in east Portland builds our area’s identity. Their competent, professional and reliable presence radiates confidence in their institutions and our community....
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