Thinning herd forces Elks to sell lodge

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Last month, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Gateway closed the sale of their 30,000 sq. ft. lodge building and the five surrounding acres to the David Douglas School District for $3.8 million. District Communications Specialist Dan McCue said the district is not sure what it will do with the property once they take possession. “Land is scarce in the district, and we’re growing; all of our schools are full, so we know we’ll need...
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City snags development plan

by on Feb 3, 2015 | 1 comment

Last month, most of the seventy people attending the Argay Neighborhood Association general meeting were there to hear an update on Castlegate, the proposed apartment development at the east end of their neighborhood. The three-acres of former farmland lies between the Parkrose Chateau retirement community and Argay Downs condominiums. It connects to Northeast 148th Avenue on the east and abuts dead-end streets Rose Parkway and Morris Court to...
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What’s cooking at The Portland Kitchen?

by on Feb 3, 2015 | 1 comment

The Portland Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that teaches cooking skills to teens attending Madison and Parkrose High Schools, kills many birds with one stone, (before stuffing them and roasting them in the oven). “We have such a low on-time graduation rate (Oregon’s on-time graduation rate is the worst in the country) and a high obesity rate, and our youth unemployment rate is really high as well,” said TPK founder Abigail Herrera, “I was...
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Former owner of Bill’s Steakhouse passes

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Former owner of Bill’s Steakhouse passes Howard Mark Budlong, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away in December at age 82 with his family and friends by his side. He was born Dec. 14, 1932 at the old St. Vincent’s Hospital in northwest Portland to Howard James and Ouida Budlong of Portland. His mother, father and sister preceded Budlong in death. Budlong is survived by wife Charmie, three sons: Brian (Wendi), Bradley (Adeline),...
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Studies with goal to lower speed limit on Halsey-Weidler couplet begin

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Signs posting a lower speed limit along the commercial section of Northeast Halsey and Weidler streets might appear by this time next year, if the Halsey-Weidler work group gets its way. When the citizen work group wrote a wish list of changes for the corridor during its meetings last spring and summer, near the top was a request for a consistent speed of 30 miles per hour along both streets from Northeast 102nd to 122nd Avenues. “The whole...
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Parks advisory committees hold open houses

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To hash out design details, the Project Advisory Committees for Beech and Gateway Park and Urban Plaza have begun a series of meetings that stretch over the next two to three months. Those PACs—one for each park composed of volunteers from the community—began their series of meetings last month. Although PAC meetings are open to the public, the main venue for receiving community comments will be at community forums or open houses, with two for...
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David Douglas pounds Parkrose

by on Jan 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Last month, in a matchup of neighboring school districts, the undefeated and No. 1 ranked 6A David Douglas Scots (7-0, 1-0), rode the smaller 5A Parkrose Broncos (2-5, 1-0) into the ground, 83-64. It was over before it started. Hit with a technical foul for dunking the ball just before the game got underway, the spirited Broncos spotted the Scots two points before a second ticked off the clock. With its stifling defense, David Douglas, went up...
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New tests test east Portland districts

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The Common Core State Standards the new curriculum introduced to public schools in 43 states last year, attempt to standardize education requirements in line with worldwide workforce demands. More rigorous in many ways because they require students to explain what they know and how they know it, the new standards sparked concern from parents across the country, worried about how the shift would affect their child’s GPA. The Smarter Balanced...
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Irish Moss low-income development opens

by on Jan 6, 2015 | 1 comment

Last month, Mayor Charlie Hales and Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey joined PHC Northwest Interim CEO Deb Houston at the opening of Irish Moss, the non-profit’s new, 27-unit low-income housing development on East Burnside Street at Northeast 141st Avenue in the Parkrose School District panhandle. “All of us in this room want Portland to be not just a great city, but a great city that’s affordable for everyone,” Hales said to the more...
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The Rose Apartments plan March opening

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Construction at the 90-unit Rose Apartments at 328 N.E. 97th Ave. is ongoing so that its first tenants can move in, possibly as early as March 1, 2015. The two, four-story apartment buildings, Rose East and Rose West, mirror each other, one facing Northeast 97th Avenue, the other facing Northeast 99th Avenue, each with 45 units. Forty percent of the units are for low-income qualified tenants, available to people earning 60 percent of median...
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New building for seniors opens in April

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Crews from R & H Colas Construction are currently completing a new complex for low income seniors scheduled to open in April 2015. Starting in January, potential tenants can sign up to pre-lease apartments in the building. Formerly called Glisan Commons Phase II, the $15.8 million building at 610 NE 99th Avenue was recently re-named Gilman Court is named in honor of Dennis Gilman, the founder and first director of REACH, which was founded...
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BES showers money on Halsey-Weidler Group for rain garden

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In December, the Bureau of Environmental Services approved a grant, possibly for as much as $100,000 through its 1% for Green program to design and build a rain garden on the east island of the Northeast Halsey-Weidler corridor at Northeast 112th Ave. and Halsey Street. Tom Badrick, a member of the Halsey-Weidler work group and board chair of the Parkrose Heights Neighborhood Association, wrote the grant on behalf of the neighborhood...
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