ACE Holiday open house tomorrow, Friday

by on Dec 14, 2011 | 0 comments

The staff at ACE invites the public, ACE parents, alumni, and industry partners to its annual holiday open house tomorrow and Friday. This special event, both days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, is a showcase for students’ handcrafted work. Christmas and toy items will be on sale, proceeds in support of ACE students and programs. Custom designed gingerbread houses, hand finished mantles, magical toy trebuchets, and a robot challenge are examples of display items. ACE is a shared-time program for eleventh and twelfth grade students. Its student body is comprised of learners from the sponsoring school districts, neighboring high schools, and home schools. ACE offers a math, science, English, and technical skills curriculum in the design-build industry delivered in an integrated, hands-on setting. Industry partnerships are integral to students’ experiences at ACE. Opened in 2008, the Oregon Building Congress’ Academy for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering is a tuition-free charter high school sponsored by the OBC in partnership with Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, and Reynolds School Districts. For more information on ACE Academy, including a photo gallery, click here. ACE Academy is housed inside the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute in outer east Portland at 4222 N.E. 158th...
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Headwaters work gives neighbors headaches

by on Oct 29, 2011 | 0 comments

At the recent Wilkes Community Group open house held to answer questions about the city’s newly acquired future hybrid park — Wilkes Creek Headwaters Natural Area — angry neighbors vented frustrations to a panel of city representatives about stabilization work the city did on it in August. Metro and the city of Portland paid $1.96 million in February to acquire the 20.5-acre Roughton property on the city’s eastern edge, a finger shaped, former filbert farmstead bordered by Northeast Fremont Street on the north, I-84 on the south, between 153rd and 155th avenues. It was one of few remaining privately held, large undeveloped parcels of land in east Portland. They are planning for a 16-acre natural area and, someday, a four-acre developed park at the northern end of the 20.5-acre site. Wilkes Creek Headwaters Natural Area is the latest milestone for Metro’s 2006 voter-approved Natural Areas Program, which protects water quality, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities for future generations. The cost was divided equally between Metro’s 2006 natural areas bond measure, Portland’s share of the Metro bond and funds from Environmental Services’ Grey to Green initiative; the city, which has two-thirds ownership of the site, is overseeing natural resource and restoration work and the public access planning through its Portland Parks & Recreation bureau. To be more efficient, agencies involved dealt with issues for which they were best suited. Metro’s focus was on the structures and the city was responsible for the natural area stabilization work. The issues roiling neighbors include: removal of four-acres of English holly trees, “Some of the largest anyone had ever seen,” said Susan Barthel, Columbia Slough Program Coordinator for Portland’s Environmental Services; limited access; poor communication with neighbors; security; demolition and salvage of the two-story log cabin residence and outbuildings; and removal of a dam on the property, causing, according to one Wilkes resident, hundreds of pounds of sediment to be deposited in the creek bed on his property near Sandy Boulevard. Neighbors expressed concerns now the property is public about how transients could be prevented from setting up camp in the property’s upper reaches in the uncultivated filbert orchard, out of neighbors’ view. North Precinct Officer David Kemple urged residents to call Park Rangers for park security issues and to use the police non-emergency line if they witness a crime like drug dealing or vandalism. A PP&R representative said a pull post would be installed at the Klickitat Street entrance, preventing unauthorized vehicles access. A few days after the contentious meeting with a panel of Portland Parks & Recreation, Environmental Services and police, Steve Lynch, who has lived next to the property for 12 years, said his experience with city and Metro officials...
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Smith and Adams visit ACE Academy

by on Sep 27, 2011 | 0 comments

Mayor Sam Adams and Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith visited east Portland’s Academy for Architecture Construction and Engineering last month to learn more about the innovative public charter technical high school that draws from seven east county high schools — Parkrose, Reynolds, Centennial, Gresham, Barlow, Springwater Trail, and Sandy. A wide-ranging conversation from construction industry representatives centered on why ACE’s industry partners are committed to the success of the design-build centric school and ways the mayor and Portland Public Schools can get more involved. Dan Drinkward, ACE board member and Hoffman Construction operations manager said, ‘This project based, experiential education is just critical to be successful in the workplace.” He summed up how important the advanced training ACE students receive is when he said, “Another thing you learn from this type of education is 90 percent right is not an A minus in the construction world, 90 percent right when you’re building something is criminally negligent. You can’t get it (a construction project) partway there, and this type of learning cements that and really develops that understanding.” Hoffman has over a dozen ACE interns every year. ACE graduates 90 percent of its students; its second class of 54 students graduated in June. Not counting students in alternative, special education or charter schools, PPS is graduating students at a 63 percent rate. This year, ACE started with 160 juniors and seniors from the Parkrose, Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Centennial school districts (the Sandy School District withdrew from offering the program this year). The academy’s capacity is 225 students. Unlike other vocational and technical schools, ACE embeds required English, science and math classes in a curriculum designed equally by industry professionals and educators. Students attend either half or full days alternating at their home high school. ACE Academy’s goal is not merely to prepare high school students for careers in the design-build industry. ‘We want them prepared to do what they need to do after they leave high school,” said Mike Bryant, new executive director at ACE. ‘We’re with four school districts right now and we’re excited to open talks with Portland Public Schools. We’re going to move in and try and do something with Carole and her group.” Senior Josh Coon, one of four full-time ACE students, who is considering the engineering program at Oregon State upon graduation, echoed Bryant. ‘They push you to achieve greater than just the normal standard. To get the highest grade here, you don’t just have to do the work and do it correctly, you go above and beyond; you do research at home and it’s difficult, but I enjoy that extra challenge. It’s proficiency based; if you know it you get a good grade....
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Mid-County mayhem results in stabbing at strip club

by on Jan 21, 2011 | 0 comments

A news release from the Portland Police Bureau about a stabbing at an outer east Portland strip club follows: At approximately 1:30 a.m., this morning, January 21, 2011, Portland Police responded to a fight at the Dream On Saloon located at 15920 Southeast Stark Street.  After an initial investigation, officers learned that a 21-year-old male, later identified as Dontrelle Williams, was armed with a knife and fighting with two unidentified males. During the altercation, Williams stabbed a 21-year-old male who was not part of the fight.  The 21-year-old male victim was transported to an area hospital with a stab wound to his thigh. A 21-year-old female associate of Williams also received minor injuries during the fight. The female victim was transported to an area hospital and later released. Portland Police Assault Detectives were called to the scene and spent the early morning hours interviewing victims and witnesses. 21-year-old Dontrelle Williams was taken into custody and will be charged this morning with Assault in the Third Degree for stabbing the 21-year-old male who was not an intended victim. Williams will be lodged in the downtown Multnomah County Facility later this morning. This is an ongoing investigation and Detectives will not release the names of the victims until tomorrow when additional interviews have been completed. Contact Info: Lt. Kelli Sheffer — Desk: 503-823-0010 Pager:...
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Mill Park man argues with family, shoots at police, commits suicide

by on Nov 23, 2010 | 0 comments

A news release about Craig Boehler, who opened fire on police after they were called to a Mill Park home during a family argument. The release follows: At 12:40 a.m. on November 23, 2010, Portland Police Officers responded to a call in the 11000  Block of SE 106th and Cherry Blossom regarding a family disturbance. When they arrived, they discovered that a father, adult son and adult daughter were in the midst of an argument and gunfire had been exchanged. Officers were able to coordinate getting the father and daughter safely out of the house. However, the son remained in the house and continued to fire at officers. The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) was activated. When they arrived, the man continued to fire at SERT and a SERT officer returned fire. At some point, officers noticed a fire in the rear of the house and called the Fire Bureau to respond. It is not known yet the origin of the fire UPDATE: Portland Police are continuing their investigation into last night’s officer-involved shooting involving an armed, barricaded man, who was shooting at police.  After the fire was brought under control, police found the subject deceased. Since notification of family is complete, the Bureau can release the identity of the man; he is 46-year-old Craig Boehler. Fire investigators are still trying to determine if the house is structurally safe for police and fire personnel to enter. There is still much of the investigation to be done.  The investigation is...
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