Music program fosters independence, confidence

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016

What do Abbie Loring, Maxwell Baker and Eliza Fitz have in common? They’re all musicians in the David Douglas School District music program and, apparently, fine individuals, enthusiastic young people and hard workers—definitely not the types of teens in their phones constantly, because … like … they’re too busy. Abbie Loring just had an exchange...
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Parkrose church welcomes “hipster” pastor

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016

Ever wondered what it would be like to have a pastor who takes you hiking and brewery-hopping while dressed in a chic plaid T-shirt? Well, wonder no more: It looks like Portland has finally had its way with the Parkrose United Methodist Church. Emma Donohew, Parkrose United Methodist Church’s fresh-faced pastor replacing the outgoing Bill Gates,...
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Fritz lobbies neighbors for tax increases

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016

Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz asked Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association board members to vote for tax increases this November at their meeting last month. She asked the nine board members and neighborhood volunteers to support Measure 26-179, a $258.4 million bond measure that will fund up to 1,300 units of affordable housing. If approved...
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Maywood Park focuses on adult education

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016

In an era highlighting deep divisions between many of us, it is impressive to observe the similarities of the educational hopes and commitments that drove a Catholic community of the 1920s and inspires a 21st-century community college administrator. Equally impressive is the fact that these educational efforts have largely been activated in the...
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Partnership brings overdue project to Prescott

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016

Last month, in front of St. Rita Catholic Church in Parkrose, Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane and PBOT Director Leah Treat announced an agreement between the two agencies to build sidewalks, make safer crossings and provide more transit service along 122nd Avenue. In addition,...
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Rapid transit committee members stand up for MHCC

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016

The Powell-Division transit corridor continues to take shape. In three years of planning, the bus rapid transit format was chosen early on. Now the project has reached the point of “feeling the sting of losses and reductions,” as Metro co-chair Bob Stacey put it at the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project Steering Committee meeting...
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Development adds two stories, more affordable housing

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016

With $53 million dollars of urban renewal money to be invested into Gateway in the coming five years, residents may be wondering just what that’s going to look like and how their neighborhood might change. The Gateway Action Plan details 27 different items to be implemented, each with their own timelines. They’ll be focused on just three areas,...
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Parke Diem coming to a park near you

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016

The largest citywide volunteer event for Portland Parks is coming this month. Fifty-eight park projects are scheduled to be completed in two days during the Portland Parks & Recreation Parke Diem event Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15. PP&R partners with the Portland Parks Foundation, corporate sponsors and volunteers. According to...
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The Barn closing … forever

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016

“Ask anyone in mid-Multnomah County where The Barn is located, and they’ll tell you on Northeast 148th Avenue between Airport Way and Marine Drive. It’s where folks from all around come to buy produce during the Northwest’s bountiful harvest season.” —From a story in the June 2009 Memo about The Barn’s owners, Tom and Sheila Trapold. This year,...
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Posted by on Sep 21, 2016

We strive to be accurate and thorough in our coverage and correct significant errors of fact. If you find an error, please call 503-287-8904, or e-mail Darlene Vinson at In last month’s display advertisement for Spada Farms, we published the wrong address of his new fruit and produce stand. The correct address is 5905...
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East Portland transportation update

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

August was a quiet month for transportation development. Metro has launched a survey on the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project. It takes three minutes to complete and can be accessed through Sept. 9 at A new PDTDP information page has been posted on the Metro site. It can be seen at
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Parkrose marijuana trade growing, employing

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016

If anyone wants a boost of positive energy, the perfect way to get it is to stop in at one of the Parkrose’s four marijuana dispensaries. Making a purchase might do the trick, but so will asking the polite and stylish person behind the counter (who is technically known as a “budtender”) about the products or asking the manager how business is....
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