Fall High School achievements round-up

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Editor’s Note: We know this round up is not comprehensive; however, we want to share achievements of all students in the Memo circulation area. Help us by emailing editor@midcountymemo.com your student and school’s achievement(s) anytime, but especially at each academic quarter’s conclusion.   Academic All-state This program recognizes outstanding achievement in the classroom. Teams with a collective grade point average of 3.0 or better...
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82nd Avenue improvements planned

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The Oregon Department of Transportation, which currently has jurisdiction over 82nd Avenue, kicked off its 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan last month. In many ways, 82nd Avenue is the best of roads and the worst of roads. Alongside prostitutes and sex shops, award-wining Cambodian, Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants are found there. In addition, some of the most dangerous intersections in the state are along 82nd Avenue. In recent...
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Gateway Park, public plaza plans proceed

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Landscape architects will soon begin designing Gateway Park and Urban Plaza, with construction crews likely hitting the ground as early as next summer. Portland Parks & Recreation, which owns the 3.2-acre parcel at Northeast 106th Avenue and Halsey Street, where the $8.2-million park will be built, opened bids for designing the park in late July. PLACE, a Portland landscape architecture firm, was awarded the bid in September. Since then,...
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Windscape letters blow us away

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Windscape, the landscape sculpture of red poles and custom masonry in the traffic jug handle at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street (“Vandalism blows Windscape away” November 2014 MCM). Moreover, the sentiments expressed were universal: Windscape was ill conceived, supercilious, ridiculous, and, despite created with good intentions, a complete waste of taxpayer money. In addition to engendering more letters than ever, the article also...
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Football success energizes community

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Parkrose wrapped up its best football season in decades, losing a first-round playoff game to Springfield last month. Not only did the senior-laden team have a winning record overall—6-4, 6-3 Northwest Oregon Conference—but it also made it to the playoffs for the first time in four years as its conference’s number-four seed. Moreover, unlike the 2010 trip to Eugene where they were out of it by the third quarter against Marist Catholic, the...
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East Portland residents testify about 2035 Comprehensive Plan

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When the Portland Sustainability Commission held four public hearings this fall to gather feedback about the city’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan draft, east Portland neighbors showed up in force to voice their complaints and recommendations. They especially packed the Oct. 14 meeting, held at Parkrose High School Community Center. Nick Sauvie, director of the Rose Community Development Corporation, said over the past 30 years, east Portland has...
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Africa in the house

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Last month, as part of a trip arranged by the U.S. State Department, 15 students and three chaperones from the Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast and Niger visited Washington D.C., Chicago and Portland where they were hosted by the World Affairs Council for nine days. The students visited Grant High School and Africa House, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization’s community center for African refugees and their families on Northeast 102nd...
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Correction

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The Mid-county Memo strives to be accurate and thorough in its coverage and corrects significant errors of fact. If you find an error, please call 503-287-8904 or e-mail department editor Darlene Vinson at editor@midcountymemo.com. In the October Calendar item headlined “Making music happen,” we got the date of the Michael Allen Harrison’s Back Home concert date wrong. It’s Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. in the Parkrose High School Community Center...
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Vandalism blows Windscape away

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We got a call last month from reader John Chinakos. He wanted to know what happened to the array of red poles in the jug handle at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street that city workers removed recently. Chinakos’ call was not unique. Despite a half-dozen Lee Perlman reports of its evolution beginning in 2005, and a front-page feature when it was being constructed (“Living sculpture adorns improvement project” MCM November 2008), we get at...
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Argay Terrace neighbors, developer approach rapprochement with Developer

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“If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, it is partly because that is the road they generally start out on.” — Stephen Garrard Post The day after Al Brown’s election to the Argay Neighborhood Association board and chair of its Land Use Committee, he moved quickly. He got to work on his plan to bring city planners and developer Chet Antonsen closer to the group’s ideals of what they want to see in Antonsen’s three-acre development of...
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