Jimmy Mak loses battle with cancer

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017

Jim Makarounis, born July 16, 1963, passed away early in the morning of Jan. 2, 2017, after fighting throat cancer for four years. Jim passed at his family home in Portland, surrounded by his wife of 22 years, Stephanie, daughter, Hannah, and son, Christos. Jim’s father, Christos, an immigrant from Greece, and his mother, Adele, an immigrant from...
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Rossi Farms gets Taste of Parkrose

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017

The Taste of Parkrose, a free community event, was created by Portland Development Commission’s Historic Parkrose (HP) group in the summer of 2014 to bring people to the business district. HP, one of PDC’s eight mini-urban renewal areas it has created around Portland, is relocating its signature summer event from the business district to Rossi...
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In search of home

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017

As long as we have been humans, we have searched for “home.” Home: a place out of the weather, away from danger, where we and our loved ones can shelter together, eat, sleep and build families. For centuries, this did not mean home would be permanent. In fact, it was often very temporary—day to day or season to season, following animal migrations...
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East County schools: It’s belt-tightening time

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017

East County schools have a problem that’s green and rhymes with “honey.” That’s because a $1.8-billion shortfall in Oregon’s 2017–19 budget is currently set to cause some dramatic cuts to public services, including public schools. At the annual East County Educator Roundtable January open house with educators and legislators in attendance, State...
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Construction updates on new east Portland parks, tennis courts

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017

According to Mark Ross from Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), three innovative community projects—the Argay Tennis Courts, Gateway Discovery Park and Luuwit View Park—are seeing brisk development despite concerns over snowy setbacks. Argay Tennis Courts The Argay Tennis Courts, a Parks Replacement Bond project, is about to enter the...
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Longtime employee set to retire

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017

A sandwich shop is not a home, but it can feel like one. Still, it’s unusual when employees and patrons become outside friends. Our perceptions may be tainted with images of a Subway-dominated industry plagued by numb, robotic transactions. However, Rachel Salter, who has worked with Joseph’s Deli and its former operator Jim Foster for nearly...
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Halsey-Weidler improvements coming

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017

Compared to a typical evening activity—like a night at the movies—planning committee meetings are not very glamorous. Instead of explosions or conflicts resolved in 90 minutes, you have budget spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. Still, about 30 citizens, including committee members, turned out January 26. The topic: the future of the...
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Bureau promises repaved roads

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017

Just because a road is “scored” doesn’t mean it’s immediately going to be paved. Parkrose residents have learned this the hard way with examples like Northeast 122nd Avenue between Skidmore and San Rafael streets, which saw its surface ground off a few months ago. There has been little work since, but the project has not been forgotten. The...
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Vision Zero: Plan for a safer Portland or hope trafficking?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017

In June 2015, Portland’s City Council unanimously adopted Vision Zero (VZ), a resolution to eliminate all serious injuries and deaths on Portland streets by 2025. This is a laudable goal. But is it realistic, or is Portland’s version of VZ another reactionary attempt by politicians to make it appear they’re doing something—anything—to address the...
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Bias affects decision-making process

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017

Entering its fourth year, a dispute between the Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association (ATNA) and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) over access to a new apartment development is due to a senior PBOT staffer’s dislike of not only the developer but also the Argay Terrace neighborhood, the Memo has found. Citing safety reasons, Kurt Krueger,...
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Still at the drawing board: development in 2017

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017

Remember the Gateway Action Plan? It’s the $53 million-dollar investment into Gateway funded by local tax increment financing, taking place over the next five years. It features a cornucopia of improvements listed on its proposed project timeline, which was approved by the Portland City Council in August. The Memo has sought updates for projects...
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New County board historic for its diversity

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017

Multnomah County welcomed three new commissioners to its board, making it the first board that is majority people of color and the seventh board in the county’s more than 160 years comprised entirely of women. Jessica Vega Pederson, who represents east Portland as commissioner for District 2, was sworn in along with Lori Stegmann, who represents...
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