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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March 2017 – Business Memos

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017

Local businesses provide employment for area residents and products and services close to home. Mid-county Memo Business Memos celebrate news, advancements, promotions, retirements, expansions and other noteworthy events at these cornerstones of our community. To share news of your business with our readers, Business Memo submissions for the...
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March 2017 – Mid-county Oregon Lottery results for January

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017

This chart shows lottery sales and commissions by area businesses for January 2017. Businesses not offering video lottery games are not included. The three highest-grossing retailers in our area were Shari’s on Airport Way, Elmer’s in Parkrose and Dotty’s at San Rafael. (you can download a copy...
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March 2017 – Meals on Wheels

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017

Following is a list of meals to be served this month in the Mid-county area by Meals on Wheels. Meals are served from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cherry Blossom Senior Services Office in the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. Anyone over the age of 60, regardless of income, is invited to dine. The...
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