Villa Garden Club marks 70 years

Posted by on May 24, 2018

By JANELLE BONIFACIO A large panel of high-ranking members sat at a long table at the front of the room for the Villa Garden club’s 70th anniversary celebration.  Among the most notable attendees to this special event were Gaye Stewart, President of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs; Peggy Olin, Pacific Region Director; and District...
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Division Transit Committee hears updates

Posted by on May 22, 2018

The beautiful weather took its toll on the Division Transit Project (DTP) Community Advisory Committee meeting April 19: public attendance was sparse. Eight out of 10 committee members were present. The committee is made up of representatives of community organizations, as well as Portland Community College Southeast, Oregon Health Science...
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Parkview Retirement bids farewell to married employees

Posted by on May 20, 2018

Linda and Steve Williams have a lot in common. They share seven kids, a marriage of 45 years––and on March 5, they both left their longtime jobs at the same company, Parkview Christian Retirement Community, 1825 N.E. 108th Ave. “I thought I was going to work for a couple more years,” says Linda Williams. “And then Steve and I started really...
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New playground at Ventura Park officially opens

Posted by on May 16, 2018

The Parks Replacement Bond Measure has once again provided east Portland with another gem of improvement. This time, the Ventura Elementary School playground was the beneficiary, getting a full facelift, including completely new equipment, art and a Portland Loo. The Mid-county Memo spoke to Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) Commissioner...
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102nd Avenue Safety Project unveiled

Posted by on May 14, 2018

As of April 1, Portland’s residential city speed limit will be reduced to 20 miles per hour. This move is part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Vision Zero, which also calls for some changes west of the 100s Neighborhood Greenway along the high-crash corridor of 102nd Avenue from Northeast Weidler to Sandy Boulevard. A proposed “street...
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Pols send letter to ODOT about 82nd Avenue jurisdiction change

Posted by on May 12, 2018

If you had asked any official a month ago if a jurisdictional transfer of 82nd Avenue from the state’s hands to the City of Portland was in the cards sooner rather than later, nobody would have given you a straight answer. Then, with the click of a “send” button, everything changed.  On March 26, a host of Portland political heavyweights stomped...
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New mural at Prescott Elementary

Posted by on May 10, 2018

Many in Portland know artist Alex Chiu for his massive, detailed and uplifting mural at the 82nd Avenue MAX station. The mural was covered in newspapers and radio, including a lengthy piece by OPB. It’s quite an achievement and a highlight of Portland’s mural scene. One of the people who saw him painting it as she came home from work was Monet...
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Gateway Discovery park and mixed-use development update

Posted by on May 6, 2018

While Luuwit View, Ventura, Argay Park and other Portland Parks and Recreation, (PP&R) projects in east Portland have opened to varying levels of fanfare, one of the most ballyhooed of the bunch, Gateway Discovery, on Northeast Halsey Street at 106th Avenue, has suffered from some construction delays. Now, with an opening date set,...
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Posted by on May 6, 2018

CORRECTIONS 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 In last month’s article “Winter 2018 student achievement roundup,” we reported David Douglas High Mt. Hood Conference All-Star basketball...
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Gateway to Opportunity Project means roadwork—lots of it

Posted by on May 5, 2018

Whether or not you’re good with change, you’re about to see a whole lot of it. The Portland Bureau of Transportation, or PBOT, has created an extensive laundry list of action items for the streets of Gateway in east Portland as part of its Gateway to Opportunity Project. At present, the plan involves 11 action items slated for construction...
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Parkrose Town Hall on crime turns testy

Posted by on May 4, 2018

What was supposed to be a business-as-usual Parkrose Business Association community meeting has turned into a potential lawsuit.  On March 21, the Parkrose Business Association (PBA) held a Parkrose Advocacy Town Hall Meeting at Hookset Automotive, where it invited Venture Portland (VP) to speak about gaining increased law enforcement and...
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