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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.

February 2014 edition posted online

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

The February 2014 edition posted online.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz announces two new east Portland parks for you.This month’s feature stories are: Commissioner Amanda Fritz annouced two new east Portland parks to be fully built by 2017; Parkrose School District is one step closer to outsourcing its bus service, letting 19 employees go and selling its bus fleet; the house occupied by alleged squatters moves closer to foreclosure, pleasing neighbors; with an overwhelming majority of registered Democrats in Oregon House District 45, their primary decides who wins the seat; the Memo took a tour of the construction at the new Parkrose Middle School’s construction site, and completed work at Shaver and Sacramento elementary schools; a Wilkes man who inspired a homeowners bill died; the February Parkrose High School athletic calendar; the latest Multnomah County health inspector’s ratings for east Portland restaurants; and the area’s Oregon Lottery retailer monthly results.

December edition posted

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The December 2013 edition posted online last week.

Earl Eggleson and the people living at 3728 N.E. 115th Avenue have no legal right to be there, say neighbors and police; however, since the owner is deceased and his heirs "gave" the property back to the bank—and they haven't foreclosed yet—only the owner can evict the occupants.

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, a new feature: area Oregon Lottery retailer monthly results.

Human Solutions opens overflow shelter for families

Friday, December 6th, 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.

Rosa Kramer and her children were homeless without the Family Winter Shelter at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St. “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.

Human Solutions operates the Family Winter Shelter that opened Nov. 1 at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St.

Parkrose Farmers’ Market gets new digs

Tuesday, December 3rd, 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.

Parkrose Farmers' market moves to Parkrose Community United Chuch of Christ in Gateway.

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.

November edition posted online

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Last week, the November 2013 edition posted online.

At the 211info call center in east Portland, Lead Information Specialist Raina Daniels monitors a call.Feature stories include the 411 on 211info, a non-profit that provides information on housing help and myriad social services; Is it end of the road for Parkrose bus drivers?; Longtime Russell neighborhood resident Ray Alexander celebrated his 100th birthday at Gateway Church, a congregation he helped found; construction updates on the new Parkrose Middle School and Glisan Commons, and the latest Mid-County restaurant ratings.

Memo Departments–Memo Pad, Memo Calendar, Letters to the Editor, Business Memos and the monthly Meals on Wheels People menu–teem with listings of events, reunions, activities, local business news, special events, fundraisers, achievements and milestones reached and passed.

‘Dire situation’ at homeless winter family shelter

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Homeless families are flocking to Human Solutions‘ recently opened Family Winter Shelter in record numbers.

On Tuesday alone, 64 people–including 32 children–sought nighttime shelter from the rain and cold inside Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, the winter homeless family site at 12505 N.E. Halsey St.

The Family Winter Shelter is a seasonal 100-bed homeless family shelter that operates Nov. 1 through April 30, 2013 in Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St. The shelter is open every night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., providing safe shelter to homeless families with children.

There are cots for them to sleep on, but cupboards are bare.

Homeless families seeking shelter have nothing to eat, according to Jean DeMaster, executive director of Human Solutions, the nonprofit social service agency that operates the Winter Shelter and a new Day Center that gives homeless families who stay overnight at the Winter Shelter a place to go during the day.

Raymond Alexander Marks 100th Birthday

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

100 years of good, clean living

According to his birth certificate, Raymond Alexander turned 100 on Oct. 27.

But he’ll tell you that that’s just a piece of paper, and that he was really born Oct. 28. “My mom told me I was born at 3 a.m. on the 28th, and I believe her.”

However, this year–surrounded by more than 150 friends, family members and well-wishers at Gateway Church, the congregation he co-founded with four other families more than 55 years ago–he celebrated his 100th birthday on the official date.

At 100-years old, Raymond Alexander, seated, is Oregon’s oldest licensed optometrist. Pictured with wife Ann and his children, from left, Sue, Ray and Patti, he marked his birthday with more than 150 family members, friends and well-wishers last month at Gateway Church.

October 2013 edition posted

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Last week, the October edition posted online.

Feature stories include the proliferation of medical marijuana storefronts in Mid-County–”East Potlandia“; east Portland high school test score results; the Oregon legislature funds sidewalk construction projects in Parkrose; Senior Health Insurance Benefit Assistance program volunteers help new enrollees navigate Medicare paperwork; a neighborhood gentrification study is examined and the latest Mid-County restaurant ratings.

Cannabarista Chelsea Harvey shows an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patient the selection at ReLeaf MM, a dispensary in outer southeast Portland.

Family Fun Day fun for families

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Families, congregants, neighbors and friends gathered Faithful Savior Ministries Lutheran Church on Saturday, Sept. 14 for the second Family Fun Day.

A rock climbing wall, face painting, food, a bounce house, music and midway booths were all part of the church’s outreach to the community.

At Faithful Savior ministries Family Fun Day last month, kids lined up to climb the rock wall.


Added this year, a free school supplies giveaway was part of the festivities.