Posted by on Jun 18, 2018

Larry Harvey 1948–2018 Larry Harvey, whose whimsical decision to erect a giant wooden figure and then burn it to the ground led to the popular, long-running counterculture celebration known as “Burning Man,” has died. He was 70. Harvey died at a hospital in San Francisco surrounded by family, Burning Man Project CEO Marian Goodell said. The cause...
Read More

PBOT has plans for east Portland

Posted by on Jun 16, 2018

While Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews jump into the 2018 construction season, the planning and design of future projects continues as the bureau looks toward 2019. One such project is the East Portland Access to Employment & Education (EPAEE) project. EPAEE is a comprehensive, Metro-funded project dedicated to improving east...
Read More

Old Country Sausage closing paves way for Filipino BBQ opening

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018

The American dream is alive and well in the food industry. When Old Country Sausage (10634 N.E. Sandy Blvd.), a German-immigrant founded European deli, shut its doors this spring after 40 years, the same doors opened for an immigrant from the Philippines with a brawny ambition to open a brick-and-mortar location for her Filipino barbecue...
Read More

Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project breaks ground

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018

2018 will see the introduction of numerous city and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) efforts designed to improve safety for bikes, cars and pedestrians east of 82nd Avenue. Many of these improvements are part of the Fixing Our Streets (FOS) initiative, of which, the first two FOS east Portland-associated projects have officially broken...
Read More

Ringside Restaurant replaced by hipster brewery

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018

East Portland will soon become home to Portland’s only craft beer designed specifically for golfers––and yes, it’s set to be brewed on a golf course. The Pearl-based brewery Von Ebert Brewing is opening a 9,000-square-foot second location on the Glendoveer Golf Course in the former location of the dearly departed Ringside Grill (14021 N.E. Glisan...
Read More

Gateway mixed-use development site update

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018

Thursday, May 10, saw the Gateway Area Business Association’s (GABA) monthly luncheon at the El Indio Mexican restaurant on Halsey Street. Attended by local Gateway business owners and other concerned stakeholders, the meeting was another opportunity for Andy Miller, executive director of Human Solutions, to update the community on the progress...
Read More

Taste of Parkrose returns for year five

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018

Since launching five years ago, the summer social extravaganza that is Taste of Parkrose has earned its red-carpet treatment. It’s now the neighborhood’s biggest yearly event, reporting more than 2,000 visitors in 2017 and a projected 25 percent increase in attendees this year. The notably free event is raising the bar for year five, which will...
Read More

Next open house date for Windscape makeover set

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018

Last January, east Portland residents had plenty to say about a surprise open house dedicated to enhancing an infamous plot of local land. Now, a second open house for “Windscape,” the roundabout at Northeast Weidler Street and 102nd Avenue, is scheduled for June 21 at the East Portland Neighborhood Office (1017 N.E. 117th Ave.) from 3 to 7 p.m. ...
Read More

May 2018 – Obituaries

Posted by on May 30, 2018

Merlin “Mel” Morasch Sept. 22, 1923–March 21, 2018 Heaven has gained another one from the Greatest Generation. Merlin “Mel” Morasch is survived by his six children, Steven, Michael, Douglas, Alan, Melissa and Melody; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his baby sister, Ruth Williams, and her husband, Chuck; and many nieces and nephews. He...
Read More

Mid-county meets Western Europe with céilí dancing

Posted by on May 28, 2018

Céilí dancing is the traditional group dance of Ireland that has been performed in the Emerald Isle for nearly 500 years. Its history in Portland doesn’t go back quite as far, but it is still venerated within the community and consecrated by four decades and counting of robust participation. Started by Mary Rose Kerg and Brother Eugene Traynor (a...
Read More

Vision Zero sees speed reduction to Outer Stark Street

Posted by on May 26, 2018

While life whizzes by, the city wants traffic to slow down. On April 13, all speed limit signs from 109th to 162nd avenues along Southeast Stark Street were replaced and reduced from 35 mph to 30 mph. Stark is not the first (and won’t be the last) to see emergency speed reductions as part of the city’s Vision Zero.  In a nutshell, Vision Zero is...
Read More

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...
Read More