Obituraries

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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Grand opening for permanent art installation set

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018

Outer Rim Bicycles, 10625 N.E. Halsey St., will fix up your BMX bike, mountain bike or road bike anytime, but this month, it takes on a new renovation: the patio in front of its shop. In late 2016, a Gateway One EcoDistrict grant set the stage for East Portland Neighbors to fund the “Outer Rim Green Wall” on Outer Rim’s patio for $26,000. The...
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Neighbors clean up traffic jug handle formerly known as “Windscape”

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018

Sue Grimsrud got sick and tired of seeing the traffic jug handle at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street festooned with litter while driving by it. Rather than waiting indefinitely for the city or a neighborhood association to do something about it, she put out a call for help to clean it up on Nextdoor, a private social networking service....
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Gateway business owners meet Commissioner Eudaly

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018

Gateway Area Business Association (GABA) held its monthly luncheon on Jan. 11 to kick off a new year of meetings and networking for local small business owners. GABA gathered at El Indio on Northeast Halsey Street to eat, give out their Citizen of the Year award and hear a speech from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. Sitting on City Council and...
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Crime causes businesses to hire private security in Parkrose

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018

Editor’s note: This report begins a three-part series on crime and homeless issues in Parkrose. In our follow-up, we will speak more with police and policy makers about the east side homelessness phenomenon. The stretch of Sandy Boulevard between 112th and 116th avenues has been in a bad way for quite some time. The large parking lots between...
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Updates to “Windscape” roundabout draw strong reactions

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018

“Windscape” is a traffic jug handle known by many names. It’s sometimes referred to as the “traffic circle,” or “roundabout,” while others simply know it by its location at Northeast Weidler Street and 102nd Avenue. Faced with an impending round of property updates, the Windscape has also succumbed, by some, to the title of a gigantic mess. “The...
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Sale of field nets Little League $1 million

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018

Last time we checked in with the local Parkside Little League (Parkrose and Lakeside little leagues combined), we were covering the issues regarding the sale of their beloved long-time home, Bob St. Aubin’s Field on East Burnside Street at 135th Avenue. Now that the sale of St. Aubin’s field is nearly complete, the league is looking to the...
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One Draw Two turns three, prepares for expansion

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018

For Amy Mellen, getting high wasn’t about maximizing an experience at Taco Bell. It was an effort to turn her life around. After a near fatal car accident in 2006, Mellen had become addicted to a myriad of painkillers. In 2014, she decided to turn over a new leaf (literally) and give medical cannabis a go. One Draw Two (ONE DRAW TWO) was the...
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Community gardens a growing trend in east Portland

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018

Grow Portland is an organization with a heart of gold: it wants to feed the hungry. It’s dedicated to producing community gardens in the name of urban food production. In June 2017, it released a Community Garden Expansion report that listed seven prospective “high-quality project” sites in east Portland. Since the summertime, a few of them have...
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