Posted by on Mar 23, 2018

Oliver “Ollie” Lund May 13, 1928 to December 26, 2017 JACK RUSHALL, MID-COUNTY MEMO The man who introduced the world’s most famous hamburger to Oregon has passed. Oliver “Ollie” Lund was born on May 13, 1928, in Rock, Michigan; the youngest of 12 children to an immigrant Finnish family. He was raised among seven of his parents’ grandchildren, a...
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East county schools hire lobbyist

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018

East Portland has often alleged a lack of attention from both City Hall and Salem. Now Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) has made a bold new move to court that attention by hiring a lobbyist—officially called a government affairs administrator—to work for east county schools in Salem. Stacy Michaelson was chosen for the position and...
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Wayfinding signage, new trash cans debut around Gateway

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018

Hopefully, if you’re ever looking for Gateway Green, Portland’s first mountain-bike park, or the I-205 Multi-Use Path, you won’t have trouble finding them. The last batch of wayfinding signage was been installed to help east Portland residents wander in the right direction. Previously, it was believed the sites were too easy to miss. This project...
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City stands behind Gateway to Opportunity project, despite some chagrin

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018

Northeast Halsey has proven a provocative subject for both the city of Portland and Gateway residents, if not for different reasons. There are currently nine Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)-funded “safety fixes” as part of a broader Gateway to opportunity Project, impacting Halsey Street from 60th through 162nd avenues over the course of...
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Church hosts free health clinics in 2018

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018

Four east Portland churches—Gateway Church, Crossroads Christian Church, Rivercrest Community Church and Woodland Park Baptist Church—are partnering with Adventist Health and the faith-based nonprofit Compassion Connect to provide four free mini-medical clinics in 2018. “Compassion Clinics” are designed to help the under-insured and those in need...
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Mayor denies any strategy to push homeless east

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018

Is Portland’s homeless population being shifted to the east side? And if so, is there something that can be done about it to both compassionately accommodate that reality as well as assert east Portlanders’ right to a livable community? In our last issue, we looked at homelessness as a problem that seems to be driving petty crime, public drug use...
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Parkrose car thief cops a plea, gets three years

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018

In a city where car theft is treated like nabbing a chocolate bar from a convenience store, one neighborhood is finally seeing justice for a repeat offender. A cluster of Parkrose denizens living around Northeast 105th Avenue and Shaver Street have been awaiting the judicial fate of 21-year-old David Dahlen, an alleged car and property thief...
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Surprise! Hansen Shelter exceeds its life expectancy

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018

The Hansen Shelter, which houses 200 homeless men and women (and some pets) in the former Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office building at 12240 N.E. Glisan St., is about to reach a milestone. When it was opened in August 2016, it was estimated that it would remain open no more than 18 months. The crumbling and inadequate building is “the...
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February Freeze

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018

Regarding Portland weather, a native once said, “We’ve only got two seasons here: July, August and September—followed by everything else. And ‘everything else’ includes a week in February when it freezes.” The week of Feb. 19 was 2018’s freezing week. This snowman, one of many, was found on Northeast Fremont Drive near Siskiyou...
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Posted by on Feb 20, 2018

Gerald “Jerry” Frederick Fitzgerald  Dec. 7, 1930–Jan. 8, 2018 Gerald “Jerry” Frederick Fitzgerald was born in Seattle, Wash., on Dec. 7, 1930, to Adeline and Joseph Fitzgerald. When he was five years old, his family moved to Portland, Ore. He attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School and Central Catholic High School. He worked at Nicolai Door...
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State grant delivers more field trips to Zenger Farm

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018

Healthy food relies on healthy soil, while a healthy educational program depends on some serious dough. Zenger Farm (11741 S.E. Foster Road) has long provided David Douglas School District fifth-graders with seasonal class visits, encouraging science-focused lessons on its various premises. With a new Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Farm to...
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82nd Avenue will receive less state funding in 2018

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018

The 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan has finally wrapped. A second and final Steering Committee meeting, held on Jan. 22 at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Region 1 offices (123 N.W. Flanders St.), saw the committee provide a thumbs-up to three design scenarios that have been disbursed throughout the community to better...
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