Jessica Vega Pederson: one year in as our Multnomah County Commissioner

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017

Local politics never seem to gain the same traction as their national counterpart in local coverage, on social media—and especially in Internet memes. It’s nearly been one year since Jessica Vega Pederson began her four-year term as Multnomah County’s District 3 county commissioner. District 3 covers a lot of ground; it spans from the...
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The startup MakerSpace Lab brings 3-D printers to David Douglas High School

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017

When Greg Keller graduated from Linfield College in 1996, he told one of his professors that he was interested in working with technology in the classroom. The professor smirked. His response? “Good luck with that.” Now, Keller is more than eligible for an “in your face” retort. Back in fall 2016, David Douglas High School launched its precocious...
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New parks headline City Council meeting

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) are continuing their expansion in east Portland with two parks getting facelifts and a brand new park being constructed, all of which had master plans approved at the City Council meeting on Nov. 8. Just on the heels of the openings of the Luuwit View park and refurbished Argay Park tennis courts and...
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Central City Concern breaks ground on Blackburn Building

Posted by on Dec 9, 2017

The final building in the three-pronged Housing is Health initiative has broken ground, with a ceremony being held on Monday, Nov. 6. The Blackburn Building, as it will be called, got its name from recently retired Central City Concern (CCC) President Ed Blackburn and will serve as both a housing and treatment center. Formerly known as the...
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Gateway Park Project construction to begin in one year

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017

The long-discussed Gateway Park Project has so far been little more than a mirage. The project—which creates mixed-income housing and commercial retail space along Northeast Halsey Street—was backed by community feedback and is an initiative led by Human Solutions, an organization dedicated to low-income families in east Portland, and Gerding...
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Correction

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017

The Mid-county Memo strives to be accurate and thorough in its coverage and corrects significant errors of fact. If you find an error, please call 503-287-8904 or e-mail editor@midcountymemo.com. In last month’s article, “St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church pays its last respects,” we reported that the Sunday, Oct. 29 service was the church’s last....
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Construction in couplet commences in 2018

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017

The Halsey/Weidler couplet is a stretch that runs on Northeast Halsey and Weidler streets from 102nd to 112th avenues. For years, even decades, it’s been at the center of several feverish conversations over progressive urban planning and road improvements. In early 2018, the couplet will finally see a number of these tasks hit the ground running....
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First Quarter student achievement roundup

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017

PARKROSE HIGH SCHOOL Contributions by Lesley Bossert and Keija Lee  Music Parkrose High School (PHS) choir students chosen for the 2018 All-State Honor Choir are sopranos Grace Trang and Angelea Nguyen, altos Victoria Ebert and Katherine Grobey, tenor Hunter Fields and bass Easton Fiser. Selected for the 2018 ACDA All NW Honor Choir are soprano...
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Ben and Jean Harrison: Family, the environment and service

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017

While I sit at the table on Ben and Jean Harrison’s back deck, a bird warbles, and Ben immediately looks up in the singer’s direction. He spots it and calls Jean’s attention to it. Both look with practiced eyes (I can’t see it, but I hear its sweet song), and they talk a little about it to each other and to me. It’s as if one of their children...
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Local Navy vet rallies locals to celebrate USS Portland commissioning

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017

Portland is about to become captain of its own ship—at least in name. The USS Portland is the first naval warship to be named exclusively after Portland, Oregon, and it’s up to one prominent Argay Terrace resident to get the word out. Ollie Lund, known as one of the men who brought McDonald’s to the Pacific Northwest, opened the first McDonald’s...
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Grant makes math friendlier for east Portland students, teachers

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017

If math wasn’t your strong suit back in the day, you can rest assured that there are many who still feel your pain. Yet mathematical scores for two Portland school districts—David Douglas and Centennial—now appear to sting a little less. How could math possibly get any easier, you may ask. Let’s talk the EaMML. Thanks to a little help from the...
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