Posts Tagged ‘Parkrose news’

Three cheers for pop cans and bottle returns

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

The Parkrose Bronco cheer squad is ready to rah, rah, rah your donation of returnable cans and bottles Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to p.m. at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.

Donate your returnable pop cans, bottles and plastics to the Parkrose Bronco Boosters Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 12003 N.E. Shaver St. in the high school’s east parking lot.

Parkrose Bronco Boosters use funds raised from these collections to support student programs and activities throughout the school year.

All you have to do to show your Bronco spirit, is bag up your empties, toss them in the trunk and make the short trip down to the high school.

The cheer squad does the rest.

Police investigate Parkrose shooting

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Police responded to multiple 911 calls of shots fired neared Northeast 109th Avenue and Wygant Street in Parkrose early today.

As officers were responding around 3:30 a.m., a caller reported her residence at 10934 Northeast Wygant Street was hit by gunfire, but that everyone inside was unharmed, police said.

When  they arrived and located the victim’s apartment, police said they found several bullet holes to the rear of her residence.

The victim was with an infant and seven-year-old child.

Based on preliminary information gathered at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to conduct an investigation, police said.

Spada Farms opens for season

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Ron Spada of Spada Farms called in to let us know his farmstand in Parkrose is open for the season.

Located in Kmart’s north parking lot along Sandy Boulevard near 123rd Avenue, his famous Hood and Albion strawberries sell for $25 a crate, $15 for a half, or $3 a hallock (basket).

The Spada Farms' stand in Kmart's north parking lot along Northeast Sandy Boulevard is open for the season.

The Spada Farms’ stand in Kmart’s north parking lot along Northeast Sandy Boulevard is open for the season.

Spada carries most native berries at his stand as they come into season, and usually closes in late October/early November.

Parkrose Cleanup today

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

The Parkrose Neighborhood Association and Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors plan a joint community cleanup today, from 9 a.m. until noon, or until the dumpsters are full, at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.


Recycle unwanted electronics, appliances, metals and non-commercial tires, and responsibly dispose of non-toxic and non-hazardous bulky items that are too large to be collected curbside.

First come, first served. The suggested donation to help defer costs is $5 for cars, $10 for pick-ups and vans and $20 for oversized loads.

Acceptable bulky items include furniture, mattresses, bathtubs, sinks and rugs.

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.

School district, union settles

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The Parkrose School District agreed to pay $260,000 to settle a labor complaint filed by the union representing its classified employees during a mediation session held last week.

“Both groups worked hard to come to an agreement and we are pleased to move forward,” said Parkrose Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray in an email.

In 2012, the Oregon School Employees Association filed an unfair labor practice against the district for refusing to bargain furlough days for the 2011-12 school year and the 2012-13 school year.

Instead, the district arbitrarily deducted 16 days from the work year of most classified employees, despite warnings that those days were bargained for under contract.

Parkrose School District, union enter mediation

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

In November, the Oregon Employment Relations Board rejected a request by the Parkrose School District to reconsider its ruling that the district violated state law when it imposed 16 furlough days on classified employees without collective bargaining.

COURTESY PARKROSE SCHOOL DISTRICT<br>In November, the Oregon Employment Relations Board rejected a request by the Parkrose School District to reconsider its ruling that the district violated state law when it imposed 16 furlough days on classified employees without collective bargaining. The district and the union representing classified employees agreed to mediate the dispute in February.

In the original decision, the ERB ordered the district to restore lost wages and benefits to about 200 Parkrose classified employees.

“The district has filed an appeal of this decision with Oregon Court of Appeals; it also filed a motion to stay the payment,” said Parkrose Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray in November. “We really aren’t doing anything until we hear back from ERB about the stay. After that, I can provide more information if the stay does not go our direction.”

Home invasion robbery in Argay Terrace

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Today, around 9:30 a.m. police responded to a home in the 4000 block of Northeast 125th Place in the Argay Terrace neighborhood on the report of a residential robbery.

When police arrived and spoke to the victim, a 71-year-old man, he told police someone knocked on his front door and when he answered it, two men pushed their way into his home, assaulted him and stole items from the home.

The suspects then ran out of the house and disappeared into the neighborhood, police said.

Several police officers, including a K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects descriptions.

Shots fired in Parkrose Friday night

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

North Precinct officers responded to the block of Northeast 107th Avenue and Wygant Street on the report of multiple gunshots heard in the area Friday Jan. 17 around 9:30 p.m.

Arriving officers found several shell casings in the middle of the street, but no apparent victims.

Gang Enforcement Team officers responded and assisted with the investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or illegal gun crimes in the City of Portland is asked to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau’s Tactical Operations Division, 503-823-4106.

End of the road for Parkrose bus drivers?

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

The Parkrose School District recently notified the union representing its bus drivers a feasibility study was commissioned to determine how much money the district would save, if any, contracting bus service to a private company–the first step towards firing drivers and selling the bus fleet–effective the 2014-15 school year.

At the Parkrose Board of Education's October meeting, classified union employees Colleen Van Houten and Rick Doyle listen to the ruling barring Van Houten from reading her statement during October's Citizen Comment period because she is not a resident.

Halfway into October’s three-hour Board of Education meeting–when Vice-Chair Thuy Tran, conducting the meeting in Chair Ed Grassel’s absence announced before a break two of the three people who filled out comment cards to speak during the Citizen Comment portion would not be allowed because they are not district residents–things got testy.