August 2014 Mid-county Memo

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 | 0 comments

The August issue of the Mid-county Memo posted online this week.

an east Portland pools free-swim guide

COURTESY PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION

This month’s feature stories are:

The Halsey-Weidler corridor Working Group got a pleasant surprise when Portland Development Commission representatives told them money for improvements tripled; obituaries on Dr. Leo J. Freiermuth and Joel Caldera; an east Portland pools free-swim guide; after more than five decades, Parkrose tire king Bob Brown retires, and finally this month, a Parkrose Heights brain tumor survivor walks for a cure.

In addition to this month’s feature stories, August Departments–Memo Calendar, Memo Pad, Business Memos, and the Meals on Wheels monthly menu, are full of news about east Portland.

The August issue of the Mid-county Memo posted online this week. This month’s feature stories are: The Halsey-Weidler corridor Working Group got a pleasant surprise when Portland Development Commission representatives told them money for improvements tripled; obituaries on Dr. Leo J. Freiermuth and Joel Caldera; an east Portland pools free-swim guide; after more than five decades, Parkrose tire king Bob Brown retires, and finally this...
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May 2014 Mid-county Memo posted online

Posted by on May 6, 2014 | 0 comments

The May 2014 issue posted online.

One result of a study by Civilis Consultants for the Portland Development Commission  on the Gateway-Weidler couplet, from 102nd to 112th avenues, said a recreation of the iconic arches torn down in 1991, would be a good idea.

This month’s feature stories and Departments are: A Parkrose home illegally occupied by squatters is in presale: Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick discuss the new street maintenance fee with business owners at a forum; the Beech Street Community Garden is underway in Madison South neighborhood; results of a study by Civilis Consultants for the Portland Development Commission  on the Gateway-Weidler couplet, from 102nd to 112th avenues were presented to property owners; Glenfair neighbors appeal a housing development in outer Northeast; City Home Improvement Office Manager Pat Dragowsky retires after more than three decades at the Parkrose remodeling firm; and the Gateway Fun-O-Rama returns in May.

The May 2014 issue posted online. This month’s feature stories and Departments are: A Parkrose home illegally occupied by squatters is in presale: Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick discuss the new street maintenance fee with business owners at a forum; the Beech Street Community Garden is underway in Madison South neighborhood; results of a study by Civilis Consultants for the Portland Development Commission  on the...
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February 2014 edition posted online

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

The February 2014 edition posted online. 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...
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Wilkes man who inspired homeowner bill dies

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Wilkes resident Jim Crockford had been battling to stay in his home for his remaining years.

In the end, he got what he wanted.

On Jan. 14, Mid-county Memo publisher and friend Tim Curran found the 85-year-old Crockford dead of a heart attack in his home.

Jim Crockford is pictured doing one of the things he loved most, taking his dog Corbett, right, to a local park--Thompson in east Portland--to meet and play with dog friends. The county coroner estimates Crockford died three days earlier. Before his death, for roughly three years, Crockford fought what looked like a losing battle with his mortgage holder and the state of Oregon to stay in his home.

However, his motives were largely personal, his singular desire to keep his house earned Crockford a legacy well beyond Parkrose.

Wilkes resident Jim Crockford had been battling to stay in his home for his remaining years. In the end, he got what he wanted. On Jan. 14, Mid-county Memo publisher and friend Tim Curran found the 85-year-old Crockford dead of a heart attack in his home. The county coroner estimates Crockford died three days earlier. Before his death, for roughly three years, Crockford fought what looked like a losing battle with his mortgage holder and the...
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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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Northeast 148th Avenue closed through Friday

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 | 0 comments

From today through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18th, construction of a Union Pacific Railroad bridge over Northeast 148th Avenue closes it between Northeast Stanton Street and Northeast 146th Drive in the Wilkes neighborhood.

Construction of a Union Pacific Railroad bridge over  Northeast 148th Avenue closes it between Northeast Stanton Street and Northeast 146th Drive from 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14th through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18th.

Construction of a Union Pacific Railroad bridge over Northeast 148th Avenue closes it between Northeast Stanton Street and Northeast 146th Drive from 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14th through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18th.

A detour will be in effect during those times.

North of Interstate 84, traffic will be directed to Northeast 122nd Avenue or Northeast 162nd Avenue via Northeast Sandy Blvd.

From today through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18th, construction of a Union Pacific Railroad bridge over Northeast 148th Avenue closes it between Northeast Stanton Street and Northeast 146th Drive in the Wilkes neighborhood. A detour will be in effect during those times. North of Interstate 84, traffic will be directed to Northeast 122nd Avenue or Northeast 162nd Avenue via Northeast Sandy Blvd. South of Interstate 84, traffic will be directed to...
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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: 148th Avenue closed for construction

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 | 0 comments

Beginning  Monday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Aug. 30, construction of a new railroad bridge over Northeast 148th Avenue in the Wilkes neighborhood requires its closure.

Adding a second set of tracks, Union Pacific Railroad is building a bridge over Northeast 148th Avenue.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Aug. 30, construction of a new railroad bridge over Northeast 148th Avenue requires its closure .

 

Northeast 148th Avenue is accessible for locals only between Northeast Sandy Blvd. and Northeast Halsey Street.

To cross Interstate 84, travelers should follow detour routes and use either Northeast 122nd or 162nd avenues.

Beginning  Monday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Aug. 30, construction of a new railroad bridge over Northeast 148th Avenue in the Wilkes neighborhood requires its closure. Adding a second set of tracks, Union Pacific Railroad is building a bridge over Northeast 148th Avenue.   Northeast 148th Avenue is accessible for locals only between Northeast Sandy Blvd. and Northeast Halsey Street. To cross Interstate 84, travelers should follow detour...
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July issue update

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 | 0 comments

The July 2013 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online last week.

East Portland news and feature stories, all right here.

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David Douglas picked up third place at the 6A track meet thanks to help from team leader sprinter Dmitry Vakulchik, left, who finished fourth in the 200-meter dash and also ran the 100-meters.

The July 2013 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online last week. East Portland news and feature stories, all right here. This month’s feature stories are: A Spring school activities round-up; East Precinct police give an alleged domestic violence victim and her advocate the brush-off; a story about the inaugural Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival, a celebration of the local Jazz legend who died in 1992; a $5.5 million dollar Oregon...
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May issue recap

Posted by on May 8, 2013 | 0 comments

The May 2013 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online.

Feature stories and news about east Portland, all right here.

LaShawn McCarthey, Prescott Elementary SUN site manager, poses with some of his students, from left, fifth grader Anthony Green, first grader Rickiya Overton and fifth grader Forrest Clark. Students participate in up to 45 minutes of daily homework help.

This month’s feature stories are: Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) shines at Prescott Elementary in the Parkrose School District; a Top Notch labor dispute at Yaw’s restaurant in Gateway; East Portland Sunday Parkways kicks off in outer southeast this Sunday; the East Portland Neighborhood Office and the East Portland Action Plan face budget cuts; Parkrose school board candidates answer a question and, how do Mid-county restaurants rate?

The May 2013 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online. Feature stories and news about east Portland, all right here. This month’s feature stories are: Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) shines at Prescott Elementary in the Parkrose School District; a Top Notch labor dispute at Yaw’s restaurant in Gateway; East Portland Sunday Parkways kicks off in outer southeast this Sunday; the East Portland Neighborhood Office and the East...
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Still time for discounted tree buying

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Yes, for some of you, there is still time to both buy and plant street trees in parking strips.

Friends of Trees is offering trees, at $35 to $75 apiece depending on variety and location, to property owners in the Argay, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Russell, Sumner and Wilkes neighborhoods through February 4.

There is still time to both buy and plant street trees in parking strips. Friends of Trees is offering trees, at $35 to $75 apiece depending on variety and location, to property owners in the Argay, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Russell, Sumner and Wilkes neighborhoods through February 4.

If you live in the Argay, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Russell, Sumner and Wilkes neighborhoods, there is still time to both buy and plant street trees in parking strips.

 

Trees are offered that are calculated not to cause damage to pavement or overhead wires in a specific site.

Yes, for some of you, there is still time to both buy and plant street trees in parking strips. Friends of Trees is offering trees, at $35 to $75 apiece depending on variety and location, to property owners in the Argay, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Russell, Sumner and Wilkes neighborhoods through February 4.   Trees are offered that are calculated not to cause damage to pavement or overhead wires in a specific site. Tree prices includes...
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