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Story generates well wishes
To the Editor:

Just a note to let you know how much I appreciate the story in the May edition telling of my retirement from City Home Improvement Company after 33 years (“Pat's parting is such sweet sorrow” MCM May 2014).
I have been stopped at the grocery story, church, neighborhood and just this morning while I was on my morning walk by people commenting on the story and how nicely written it was. Thank you again, and I really appreciate it.

Patricia Dragowsky
Russell resident

Plan falls short without maintenance
To the Editor:

I am driven once again to send some thoughts for pondering to Mid-county residents. The subject is the landscaping improvements being considered for installation in the Gateway area. It is so tiring to keep seeing examples of partly thought-out landscaping plans. We now have a lovely display of weeds down the middle of Northeast 102nd Avenue as well as at the round-about at Weidler Street and 102nd Avenue.

Mr. Ngan's landscape improvements are presented in the article by Linda Cargill in the June issue of the Memo (“Architects present Gateway business corridor designs”) with no mention of an ongoing budget to maintain the landscaping. I think part of the purpose for the planning of trees, etc. is to create a feeling of well-being for those who experience the visual drama. Instead, the weeds we are left with create a discouraging experience. Please tell me there is a budget planned for maintenance that was just left out of the article.

Judy White
Gateway resident

Improvements welcomed
To the Editor:

I just received your June edition and enjoyed reading it, as I do every issue. The cover story about plans in the works for the Northeast Weidler-Halsey corridor was great.

I wondered if you are going to do a story on Phase II of the Northeast 102nd Streetscape Project (Glisan to Burnside). I made a call to the city and found out it is about to happen, and just today, I noticed new surveyors paint and markings up and down the street. It is going to be quite a project, with new street lighting (hopefully the new LED-type, and with banners like they did north of Glisan) and wider sidewalks. Unfortunately, some decent-sized street trees adjacent to the Gateway Children's Center property are marked with paint and tagged to be cut down. That is a shame as they have finally grown big enough to put down some shade.

Also, I found out that the crosswalk at the Northeast Davis pedestrian walkway will be getting a rapid flash beacon. This is the only safe crossing between Glisan and Burnside, and it is about to get safer. Myself and many of my neighbors on 104th use the Davis Street pedestrian walkway to get across 102nd and the MAX station there. The walkway itself is a great asset. It will be a great improvement to have a new flash beacon at the crosswalk there. I'm hoping that it will be signed with both a pedestrian and a bicycle symbol because it is a great connection for both pedestrians and bikes to cross 102nd there, but I'm not that sure about the signage plans.

I hope to see a story about the project in the Mid-county Memo. It sounds like-after all these years of planning-the start of construction on Phase II is imminent. It will be a great improvement to this stretch and will give this part of Gateway a new look and be friendlier to those of us on foot and bikes who use it everyday.

Mike Wert
Hazelwood neighborhood

Thank you Parkrose neighbors
To the Editor:

Saturday, May 10 was the second Parkrose Community Clean-Up. In the course of three hours, Parkrose Neighborhood volunteers served 107 vehicles and deposited 5.36 tons of mixed waste, 1.72 tons of wood and .83 ton of metal into dumpsters in the Parkrose High parking lot. We collected nearly 30 tires that were recycled thanks to Brown's Parkrose Tire Factory.

The Stop 'n' Swap reuse area helped toys including a tricycle and red wagon, garden tools and furniture and kitchen items find new homes.

A big thank you goes out to the 50 community volunteers, local businesses and our sponsors who made the event possible.

Special thanks to Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors. They coordinated the litter pick-up with Crossroads Church in the Parkrose Heights neighborhood.

Thanks to the Parkrose School District, Crossroads Church, Total Reclaim, Historic Parkrose, City of Maywood Park, Brown's Parkrose Tire Factory, Pacific NW Federal Credit Union, Solve, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Metro and Elmer's Parkrose Restaurant.

A recognition party for volunteers was held May 17 at Elmer's in Parkrose. It was a time to celebrate our community and the success of the Clean-Up event. Thanks again to all who contributed to this effort.

Joan Stevens, PNA Treasurer and
Clean-Up Coordinator
Annette Stanhope, PNA Chair
Whitney Kabanuk, PNA Vice-Chair
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