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

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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


East Portland Oregon Lottery numbers for February

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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.


Parkrose Educational Foundation party Saturday

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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.


How does your favorite Mid-county restaurant rate?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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.


Commission hears ideas how to prevent displacement

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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.


Free concert debuts original works

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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.


April Mid-county Memo posted online

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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.


Parkrose pugilist punches his way to the top

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

In 2004, when he was eight years old, aspiring boxer Lorenzo Caldera wanted to be champion of the world, no different from millions of kids who play sports with similar dreams.

Amateur boxer and Parkrose resident Lorenzo Caldera, who has more than 100 fights on his resume, won the Regional Golden Gloves championship last month and hopes to win the national title in May, garnering him an invitation to train with future Olympians.A decade later, with more than 100 fights behind him (91-10), his answer is the same.

Caldera still chases his dream, and furthermore, after winning the regional Golden Gloves lightweight championship title in Las Vegas last month, he’s about halfway there; however, the second half of his quest is the most difficult.

As he rises though, the odds of him making it are long; professional athletes are rare.


Parkrose passes on levy … this year

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Parkrose Board of Education postponed a resolution referring a five-year local-option levy to voters after hearing a survey’s results of likely voters at its March meeting.

 In March, the Parkrose Board of Education, from left Chair Ed Grassel, Vice Chair Thuy Tran, James Trujillo, Mary Lu Baetkey and Erick Flores voted unanimously to not place a five-year local-option levy on May’s ballot, but to revisit the issue next spring.

However, it resolved to revisit the idea next spring, when conditions might be more favorable.

The district hoped to add between $850,000 and $1.2 million a year to its general fund with the property tax. The additional revenue would allow the district to hire teachers addressing the district’s oversized classes.

A $200,000 home would pay an additional $170 in taxes at a rate of 85 cents per thousand of assessed value, according to figures supplied by the district.


PDX Community Advisory Committee Meets April 2

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Portland International Airport Community Advisory Committee meets from 2:30-5:30 p.m. April 2 at the Port of Portland headquarters, 7200 NE Airport Way.

The Portland International Airport Community Advisory Committee meets from 2:30-5:30 p.m. April 2 at the Port of Portland headquarters, 7200 NE Airport Way. The public is invited and public comment is welcome at the meeting in the Chinook Conference Room on the eighth floor.

Agenda highlights include discussion of a proposed industrial warehouse development on Northeast 33rd Avenue near Marine Drive; the strategy for phased redevelopment of properties north of Airport Way; and the annual passenger forecast.

Click here for the full meeting agenda.

The 30-member advisory committee is an outgrowth of Airport Futures–a three-year planning process which created a long-range plan for PDX.