Posted by on Nov 18, 2018

We welcome submission of obituaries for free publication in the Mid-county Memo. Please send copy and a photo to Submissions may be edited for clarity and will be included on a space-available basis.  Verne Vezie Church, Jr. March 2, 1932 – Sept. 6, 2018 Verne Vezie Church, Jr., passed away Sept. 6, 2018, at Salem...
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Division Transit Project station model unveiled

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018

Members of the media and targeted focus groups got a preview of a key part of the Division Transit Project on the mild morning of Oct. 18 at TriMet’s East 181st Avenue Park and Ride in Gresham. A C-TRAN bus (borrowed from Vancouver) like the ones that will be part of the project repeatedly pulled up and departed from a plywood mockup of the...
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Historic Parkrose executive director moves on

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018

Three and a half years ago, Mingus Mapps was not familiar with Parkrose. Then he took a position that would make him one of the neighborhood’s most influential voices. In October, Mapps bid adieu to his position as executive director of Historic Parkrose, a nonprofit that mediates between community wants and needs through intimate action items,...
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Safety Council created to deal with illegal RV camping

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018

A recycling center and a Christian high school might not have much in common, but when the street they share is threatened, they are a force to be reckoned with. Environmentally Conscious Recycling, 12409 N.E. San Rafael St., and Portland Christian Jr./Sr. High School, 12425 N.E. San Rafael St., are two members of an unlikely coalition of...
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Adopting “Windscape” could be the answer

Posted by on Nov 10, 2018

You would be hard-pressed to find anybody more concerned with the state of the “Windscape,” the rundown traffic rounder at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street, than Tom Badrick. If you listen to Badrick talk about his relationship with this particular plot of land, it’s akin to hearing somebody in the thick of couples counseling. He’ll do...
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82nd needs millions in improvements before city accepts ownership

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018

By all measures, the initiative to transfer power over the whole of 82nd Avenue from the state of Oregon to the city of Portland has seen unprecedented success in 2018. Everybody is on the same page, but no ending has yet been written. On Oct. 17, a panel discussion entitled “Envisioning the Future: Transforming 82nd Avenue” was held, fittingly,...
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Construction on Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project continues

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018

The Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project seems fresh out of surprises. The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT’s) project will revitalize the streets along the Halsey-Weidler business district (or “couplet”) from 102nd to 113th avenues. It was scheduled to begin early this summer and instead broke ground in September, though unchartered...
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Retired cop becomes one-man litter patrol

Posted by on Nov 4, 2018

Retired Portland police officer Blaine Tyler got so tired of seeing litter on the drive from his home in Mt. Tabor to Grace Bible Fellowship, his church on Northeast 124th and Siskiyou Street, that he decided to do something about it. Once a week for the last four years, he walks both sides of Fremont Street between 102nd and 122nd avenues and...
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Police hands tied over Parkrose lingerie modeling shop

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018

Nobody seems convinced that the lingerie modeling shop Secret Rendezvous (10518B N.E. Sandy Blvd.) isn’t a front for prostitution. And though Secret Rendezvous is located .37 miles from Prescott Elementary along a Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)-designated “Safe Routes to School” path, police say their hands are tied.  Making a statement...
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Posted by on Oct 20, 2018

We welcome submission of obituaries for free publication in the Mid-county Memo. Please send copy and a photo to Submissions may be edited for clarity and will be included on a space-available basis.  Thelma Glover Feb. 15, 1918–Aug. 23, 2018 Thelma Delouis Glover came into this world in Ringgold, Louisiana, on Feb. 15,...
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First authorized street mural hits outer Northeast Portland

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018

There’s another first in east Portland, and this one couldn’t have been done alone.  On July 21, at the intersection of Northeast 109th Avenue and Northeast Skidmore Street, the Parkrose Neighborhood Association (PNA), the Parkrose Business Association and Historic Parkrose joined forces with more than a hundred attendees, mostly neighbors, for a...
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ODOT reveals design for Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018

Few Oregon streets are set for a transformation more dramatic than Outer Powell Boulevard, which spans from the area east of the I-205 to just east of Southeast 174th Avenue. For starters, when all is said and done, it will no longer belong to the state. As previously reported (“Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project still on track, despite...
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