December edition posted

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 | 0 comments

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.

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...
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Singular job integrating new education standards

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 | 0 comments

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.

Michael Lopes, pictured with son Mateo at a football game, is the new Director of School Improvement in the Parkrose School DistrictWhile 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.

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...
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November edition posted online

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 | 0 comments

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.

Last week, the November 2013 edition posted online. 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...
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October 2013 edition posted

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 | 0 comments

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.

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...
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East Portland high school scores up and down

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Except in writing, Reynolds High School achieved the highest state test scores of three Mid-county high schools. This is the second year Reynolds’s 11th graders took the state writing test by computer, online, instead of the old-fashioned way–with paper and pencil.

The low score triggered Reynolds High School principal Susan McKinney to push for more “computer literacy” at her school, besides pumping up writing skills. “Writing is going to be our main focus,” McKinney said.

Parkrose High School’s scores were up in all four subject areas: reading, writing, science and math. The school’s main strategy is employing AVID, the Advancement via Individual Determination program.

Except in writing, Reynolds High School achieved the highest state test scores of three Mid-county high schools. This is the second year Reynolds’s 11th graders took the state writing test by computer, online, instead of the old-fashioned way–with paper and pencil. The low score triggered Reynolds High School principal Susan McKinney to push for more “computer literacy” at her school, besides pumping up writing skills....
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Pepper festival flops

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Held in August at Parkrose High School Community Center, the “1st Annual Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival” was memorable.

The Native American-centric cultural event was memorable for the music.

Native American flute player performs at the “1st Annual Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival.” Poor attendance got the show cancelled on day three of four.

The four-day event, with free music during the day–paid admission at night–was memorable for the first reunion ever of the Free Spirits, the band credited by many with being the first jazz/rock fusion group and co-founded by Pepper in New York City in the mid-60s.

Held in August at Parkrose High School Community Center, the “1st Annual Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival” was memorable. The Native American-centric cultural event was memorable for the music. The four-day event, with free music during the day–paid admission at night–was memorable for the first reunion ever of the Free Spirits, the band credited by many with being the first jazz/rock fusion group and co-founded by Pepper...
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Parkrose High School student missing—again

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 | 1 comment

The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public’s help locating a missing minor.

Dalia Mauro-Contreras, a 15-year-old Parkrose High School student, was reported missing on June 4 when she left school in the middle of the day and never returned, police said.

Dalia Mauro-Contreras, a 15-year-old Parkrose High School student, was reported missing on June 4 when she left school in the middle of the day and never returned.

The person who made the report told police the missing girl her left school work at home, but brought an extra set of clothes to school.

The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public’s help locating a missing minor. Dalia Mauro-Contreras, a 15-year-old Parkrose High School student, was reported missing on June 4 when she left school in the middle of the day and never returned, police said. The person who made the report told police the missing girl her left school work at home, but brought an extra set of clothes to school. In the course of the investigation, police...
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September 2013 posted

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 | 0 comments

Last week, the September 2013 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online.

This issue features stories about new Parkrose High School football coach Maurice France; Seventh-day Adventists from Oregon Central Korean Church give away school supplies; obituaries of Lee Perlman, Memo reporter for more than two decades, Howard Horner and Wesley Johnson, a former Parkrose teacher.

Maurice France, the new Parkrose High School varsity football coach is profiled in this month’s issue.

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.

Last week, the September 2013 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online. This issue features stories about new Parkrose High School football coach Maurice France; Seventh-day Adventists from Oregon Central Korean Church give away school supplies; obituaries of Lee Perlman, Memo reporter for more than two decades, Howard Horner and Wesley Johnson, a former Parkrose teacher. Memo Departments — Memo Pad, Memo Calendar, Letters to the...
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Parkrose Music Education: the First 100 Years

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 | 1 comment

Alumni Debonaires will come together for a reunion performance Saturday, Sept. 7 to celebrate music educators who have shared their knowledge, talents and passion for music with Parkrose students through the years.

Alumni luminaries including Gary Ogan, Casey Wamble, and Terry Robb will also grace the stage; retired and current teachers will also be on hand.

Terry Robb and Parkrose alumni--including Gary Ogan, Casey Wamble and a Debonaires reunion group with a member from every decade since the 60s represented--perform on the high school's front lawn during Parkrose Music Education: the First 100 Years on Saturday, Sept. 7.

COURTESY TY HITZEMAN
Terry Robb and Parkrose alumni–including Gary Ogan and Casey Wamble–perform on the high school’s front lawn during Parkrose Music Education: the First 100 Years on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Alumni Debonaires will come together for a reunion performance Saturday, Sept. 7 to celebrate music educators who have shared their knowledge, talents and passion for music with Parkrose students through the years. Alumni luminaries including Gary Ogan, Casey Wamble, and Terry Robb will also grace the stage; retired and current teachers will also be on hand. Performances begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. on the Parkrose High lawn...
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Broncos break-in new coach

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Maurice France, “Coach Mo,” as he is known to his players, is the new head football coach at Parkrose High School.

France replaces Tim Price, who was 16-32 in five years with the Broncos; last season 4-6 overall, 2-5 in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

In 2010 under Price, Parkrose made the state playoffs for the first time since 1982 (when Reagan was president), losing to Marist in the first round.

Price was picked up by Milwaukie’s first-year coach, Jeff Thomas, to be his defensive coordinator.

Maurice France, “Coach Mo,” as he is known to his players, is the new head football coach at Parkrose High School. France replaces Tim Price, who was 16-32 in five years with the Broncos; last season 4-6 overall, 2-5 in the Northwest Oregon Conference. In 2010 under Price, Parkrose made the state playoffs for the first time since 1982 (when Reagan was president), losing to Marist in the first round. Price was picked up by...
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