More than 140 people crowded into the classroom at Portland Fire & Rescue Station 02 to hear Chet Antonsen’s development plans for three acres of farmland in Argay Terrace at November’s Argay Neighborhood Association meeting.
The atmosphere was tense.
Following presentation of the development plans, Antonsen fielded questions from audience members.
Concerned about the development’s effect on property values and livability with increased traffic, residents were not happy; furthermore, they were not inclined to take the builder’s word for anything.
After Antonsen, new ANA board member and real estate expert Al Brown showed how easy it is for the city to open every dead-end street in Argay when adjoining farmland is developed.
Tim Curran @ December 12, 2013
To improve access and convenience for members and patients in the east metro area, Kaiser Permanente Northwest opens its new Gateway Medical Office Monday, Dec. 16.
In Parkrose Heights neighborhood–inside the old Circuit City store, 1700 N.E. 102nd Ave.–the Gateway Medical Office achieves Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Healthcare certification.
The new office is the first in Portland to achieve LEED-HC Gold designation.
services available at Gateway Medical Office include family medicine, general radiology, imaging, internal medicine, pediatrics, phlebotomy, ultrasound and social services, according to KPNW Communications Manager Michael Foley.
Darlene Vinson @ December 10, 2013
Sunday, three nominees were selected by the Democratic Party of Oregon’s Nominating Convention to replace State Rep. Michael Dembrow (D-Northeast Portland), who was recently appointed to represent District 23 in the state senate.
Democrats representing House District 45 precincts chose–listed in order of recommendation by precinct committee persons casting votes–Barbara Smith Warner, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, Tom Sincic, a Nurse Practitioner with Multnomah County, and James Woods, a former Parkrose Board of Education member.
Multnomah County’s board of commissioners choose who fills Dembrow’s remaining term, which ends in 2014.
Tim Curran @ December 9, 2013
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The December 2013 edition posted online last week.
Feature stories include: Parkrose squatters make poor neighbors; Twenty-six facts about the 26th annual Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto; Parkrose Farmers’ market moves to a new home in Gateway; a report on the Synergies project community meeting. Synergies is a project tracking why Parkrose middle school students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math drops off; a roundup of the area’s fall high school athletic and scholastic achievement; looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Hazelwood Plaza developers; the latest county health inspectors report and ratings for east Portland restaurants; and area monthly Oregon Lottery retailer results; a new feature.
Tim Curran @ December 9, 2013
Human Solutions, the east Portland social service organization, opens an overflow shelter tonight at Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan St., for homeless families seeking refuge from arctic temperatures.
“To meet an overwhelming need for family shelter, up to 100 homeless adults and children are able to sleep at Highland,” said Jean DeMaster, executive director at Human Solutions.
The overflow shelter at Highland opens at 9 p.m. each night. Highland is also the site of a new day shelter for homeless families.
Tim Curran @ December 6, 2013
In June 2010, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices released the new Common Core State Standards, the educational benchmarks for K-12 students that 45 states, including Oregon, have since adopted.
The new standards establish knowledge and skill levels students are expected to achieve per grade level, which establishes achievement expectations for educators as well.
While individual states have traditionally dictated their own standards, teachers and researchers from across the nation and around the world collaborated in developing CCSS in the effort to prepare high school graduates for success in the new and very competitive global workplace.
Heather Hill @ December 4, 2013
Six months ago, it was dying on the vine. But now, the Parkrose Farmers’ Market is revived with a new board, new focus and a new home.
Next season, the nonprofit farmer’s market moves to the parking lot of Parkrose Community United Church of Christ at 12505 N.E. Halsey St. in the Russell neighborhood next door to the busy Bi-Mart.
The market opens May 1 every year.
For six years, the market was in the east parking lot of Parkrose High School, where dwindling attendance almost shut it down for good.
Linda Cargill @ December 3, 2013
Several east Portland schools sighed with relief when the Oregon Department of Education recently released its 2012-2013 Oregon Report Card, not because a majority of students passed state tests, but because so many “grew.”
“Growth”–one of the state’s big categories for grading–measures how much students improved from one year to the next on state reading and math tests.
Some of those same schools–three are profiled below–ranked low in the “achievement” category, which measures how many students actually passed the state tests.
The state created a five-tier model to rate each school: Level 5 for the top 10 percent of the state’s 1,200 schools–descending to Level 1, the bottom 5 percent.
Linda Cargill @ December 3, 2013
As The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights enters its 26th year, Festival Coordinator Peter Mott gives us 26 facts–bonus ones too–about the world’s largest Christmas choral festival that opened Friday, Nov. 29 and runs through Monday, Dec. 30 right here in Mid-county.
1) One million people have attended the FOL since its opening in 1988.
2) The Grotto has two names. The official name is The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, but most people just call it The Grotto. Bonus fact: In the second year (1989), the FOL drew twice as many adults (15,610) as year one (8,335).
Tim Curran @ December 2, 2013
Since early July, squatters have been illegally occupying 3728 N.E. 115th Ave. in Parkrose, according to neighbors and police. Neighbors want police to evict them, claiming the unlawful occupants are selling illegal drugs; however, until the bank puts the house into foreclosure, police say their hands are tied.
What’s more, in a strange twist, the squatters are themselves victims of a fraud, they claim.
“The problem that we have as law enforcement is the owner is deceased and the bank has not yet taken the property back,” said Portland Police Officer Joshua Buller.
Nathan Gilles @ November 28, 2013