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Parkrose Heights shooting last night

Mid-county neighborhood associations host forum on Portland Public Water District initiative

Pat’s parting is such sweet sorrow

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It was an emotionally charged day for City Home Improvement Office Manager Pat Dragowsky when dozens of past and present employees assembled at the Parkrose business’ showroom for a group picture with her.

Office Manager Pat Dragowsky retires after more than 33 years at City Home Improvement, a Parkrose remodeling firm. She poses with CHI owners Ron, left, and Charles "Buck" Best.

While the occasion was neither a formal going away party for Pat–who was retiring after more than 33 years–nor retirement ceremony, the party spirit was prevalent with cards, flowers, good feelings and lots of hugs. “There’s not a one that hasn’t been to my house,” she said.


Tim Curran @ April 23, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lane closures on Fremont Street

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Street improvements next week close lanes on Northeast Fremont Street.

Street improvements close lanes on Northeast Fremont Street from Northeast 105th  to Northeast 112th avenues beginning Wednesday, April 23 to Tuesday,  April 29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The closures, from Northeast 105th to 112th avenues, begin Wednesday, April 23 to Tuesday, April 29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The lane closures allow work crews to grind down about a mile of deteriorated asphalt in preparation for repaving.

Paving will occur during a window of dry weather.

One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.


Tim Curran @ April 19, 2014

Parkrose Heights shooting last night

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Around 9:30 p.m. last night, police responded to a home in the 11100 block of Northeast Knott Street in the Parkrose Heights neighborhood on the report of a shooting.

There was a shooting in the Parkrose Heights neighborhood last night.

When police arrived, they located three gunshot victims inside the house.

Two shooting victims were transported to a Portland hospital for treatment of their gunshot wounds.

A third victim was treated at the scene by medical personnel.

Police said that at this point, there is no suspect information available to share with the public.


Tim Curran @ April 17, 2014

Mid-county neighborhood associations host forum on Portland Public Water District initiative

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Three Mid-county neighborhood associations–Parkrose, Parkrose Heights and Russell–present an informational forum on Ballot Measure 26-156, the Portland Public Water District initiative, Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary of Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St.

An informational forum on Ballot Measure 26-156, the Portland Public Water District initiative, Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary of Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St.

The initiative would remove control of Portland’s water from city government and give it to an independent agency.

The Yes and No on Measure 26-156 campaigns, and the Peoples Water Trust will make presentations at the forum, followed by audience questions.

For more details, please call PHAN chair Tom Badrick at 503-610-4700


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Tim Curran @ April 15, 2014

East Portland Oregon Lottery numbers for February

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Every month, Oregonians spend in the neighborhood of $87 million on Oregon Lottery products.Every month, Oregonians spend in the neighborhood of $87 million on Oregon Lottery products.

Of that amount about 62 percent is spent playing video games, the remaining 28 percent to play traditional games: scratch offs, keno, Power Ball and Mega Bucks.

Retailers are paid a commission.

Click here for the chart showing gross sales (after payouts) and east Portland retailer’s net commissions for February 2014.

Businesses not offering video games–small grocery stores and the like–are not included in this list.


Darlene Vinson @ April 9, 2014

Parkrose Educational Foundation party Saturday

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The 11th annual Parkrose Educational Foundation dinner and auction is just days away.

The 11th Annual Parkrose Educational Foundation Auction is Saturday, April 12 at the Sheraton Portland Airport, 8235 N.E. Airport Way. The all-volunteer group raises thousands of dollars for distribution to Parkrose students for classroom needs a school budget does not provide. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m.If you have not purchased tickets, do it today at parkroseedfdn.org.

It’s the only way you will be able to bid on a kayak adventure on the mighty Colorado River or experience historic Queretaro, Mexico with your own personal tour guide.

If you aren’t at the action, you have no chance of touring the Michael Curry puppetry studios in Scappoose, exploring Pier 39 in San Francisco or spending family time in Disneyland.


Darlene Vinson @ April 8, 2014

How does your favorite Mid-county restaurant rate?

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There are approximately 3000 restaurants in Multnomah County, about 350 in east Portland.

We compile a monthly listing of how these restaurants score on their semi-annual health inspections.

Multnomah County Health Department Environmental Health Specialists conduct unannounced inspections of food service establishments. These inspectors ensure food safety by evaluating food worker habits and practices, where food comes from and how it is stored in the restaurant, how food is prepared and cooked, cooling, holding and reheating temperatures.

Click here to see this month’s list.


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Darlene Vinson @ April 7, 2014

Commission hears ideas how to prevent displacement

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A bevy of bureaucrats, nonprofit supervisors and even a few neighborhood activists met with Portland Human Rights Commission members on March 6 to hear stories from people displaced by gentrification; however, none showed up to share their stories.

Human Rights commissioners and guests gather at Ron Russell  Middle School to talk about ways to help residents displaced from old neighborhoods.Participants wanted to discuss ways to prevent future displacement, gather ideas from agency and government workers, and hear experiences from uprooted residents.

Their absence didn’t dampen the spirits of the commissioners and the 20 or so invited guests, from state, county and city departments, Mayor’s office, police bureau, nonprofits, and school boards, who sat in a circle at Ron Russell School, brainstorming ideas that covered housing, jobs, property tax reform and crime prevention.


Linda Cargill @ April 7, 2014

Free concert debuts original works

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Parkrose High choirs will debut two original pieces created exclusively for them by composer Chris Lawry at its annual spring concert Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Parkrose High Theater, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.

PHS A ChoirChoir director Lesley Bossert used funds from a Parkrose Educational Foundation Innovation Grant to commission two works by the British freelance composer.

Lawry was tasked with creating something fun, quirky and rhythmical.

The first piece, “Welcome to Choir” is described by Lawry as fun, energetic and lively.

The second piece, “On the Breath of the Wind,” will test the choir’s ability to work together, according to the composer.


Darlene Vinson @ April 7, 2014

April Mid-county Memo posted online

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The April 2014 issue posted online last week, here are April’s feature stories and Departments:

2014 Madison High School's Rose Festival court

East Portland princesses–from Madison, Parkrose and David Douglas high schools–were picked last month.

A new development is roiling neighbors in the outer Northeast Glenfair neighborhood.

The Parkrose School district passes on putting a local option levy on May’s ballot.

The Portland Development Commission spent $67,000 on a series of workshops for Gateway property and business owners.

A round-up of results from Mid-county winter high school sports and activities.

Joe Rossi cancels the Barn Bash, his popular annual party in Parkrose.


Tim Curran @ April 5, 2014