Gateway to Opportunity Project means roadwork, and lots of it

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018

Whether or not you’re good with change, you’re about to see a whole lot of it. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (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 between...
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Gateway Green follows the tradition of innovation

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018

American towns and urban areas have long designated open sites where residents could stroll, walk their dogs, play games, read books or enjoy conversations and picnics with friends and family in the presence of nature. This concept for parks and common areas has developed increasing means for citizens to relax and enjoy their surroundings in...
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Obituary

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018

Marcus “Mark” T. Christopher Jan. 27, 1946–Feb. 9, 2018 Marcus “Mark” Christopher passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, after a short struggle with lung cancer. Christopher attended Franklin High School, and his graduation was followed by four years of service in the U.S. Navy. He later attended Portland Community College and...
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Overdue bike shop art installation in search of new home

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018

Your airplane isn’t the only thing getting delayed these days. An art installation dubbed the “Outer Rim Green Wall” did not debut as expected this February outside bike shop the Outer Rim (10625 N.E. Halsey St.), despite a grand opening event having been pre-planned. Now it’s looking like the Green Wall might not end up outside the Outer Rim at...
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Neighborhood market gets new owner

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018

Neighbors Market, 9061 N.E. Sandy Blvd., isn’t necessarily what immediately comes to mind when one describes a “dream business.” It’s not even that easy to describe the place as “cute.” But it definitely has its charms. Chief among them is the new owner, Seth Harris, and his infectious positivity and vision for the business and the neighborhood....
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Italian immigrants create furniture and family in east Portland

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018

PATRICIA RIMMER,  SPECIAL TO THE MID-COUNTY MEMO Castellano Custom Furniture is known to be synonymous with family, craftsmanship and community. Located on busy thoroughfare Northeast Halsey Street in the Gateway District, the family business is run by three generations of Castellano men and women. They are dedicated to keeping family traditions...
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Superintendent leaves Parkrose for Lincoln County

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018

Dr. Karen Fischer Gray announced the end of her tenure as superintendent of Parkrose schools on March 13. After what most would view as a successful 11-year run, which was capped off with a Superintendent of the Year Award for Oregon in 2018 from the Oregon Association of School Executives and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators...
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Winter 2018 student achievement roundup

Posted by on Apr 6, 2018

At the end of each school quarter, the Memo notes the achievements of area students and athletic teams. If we missed someone, let us know by e-mailing editor@midcountymemo.com or calling 503-287-8904. When you encounter young people in this community, know you are meeting some of Portland’s best and brightest.  DAVID DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC...
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Surprise! Hansen Shelter set to close

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018

The Hansen Shelter will be closed by mid-June, missing the 18-month deadline the operator, Transition Projects (TPI), and the Joint Office of Homeless Services set for themselves by just a few months. “Multnomah County has always been clear that the former sheriff’s office site wasn’t suitable for long-term use as a shelter. As...
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Obituaries

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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