School district rents space at Menlo Park Plaza

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017

For those wondering why the Menlo Park Plaza parking lot is exceedingly full a few Fridays a month—and what the David Douglas School District has to do with it—there are answers … and an ongoing debate. In August 2015, the David Douglas School District entered a two-year lease for a 9,800-square-foot office space in Menlo Park Plaza. David...
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Nonprofits rise in public schools

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017

Elevate Oregon is one of the many nonprofits operating in the education space to aid elementary and secondary schools in improving outcomes such as graduation rate. Times have changed a lot since the 1960s, when public schools had virtually no presence of nonprofit organizations other than churches. Nowadays, it’s commonly seen as gospel that...
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Trunk or Treat teases third year

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

When it comes to throwing an imaginative trick-or-treating hallmark event for their kids, Parkrose businesses have their eyes on the ball. Though the Parkrose Business Association heads Parkrose’s annual Trunk or Treat—a makeshift trick-or-treating destination spread throughout the Parkrose High School parking lot—as its signature event, the...
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New basketball coach brings life of basketball experience

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017

Donell Morgan is the new boys basketball coach at Parkrose High School, with his inaugural season set to begin this fall. Though his presence on the sideline will be a fresh change, he’s not new to the Parkrose School District. Morgan is the program director for Elevate Oregon, a nonprofit education concern serving the children of Parkrose from...
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Controversial apartment complex breaks ground

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

Last month, developer Chet Antonsen broke ground for his Castlegate Apartment Homes in Argay Terrace on 2.9 acres of what was a former strawberry field. A 55-unit complex of two- and three-bedroom apartments, the seven three-story buildings will be arrayed from Northeast 145th to 148th avenues between Northeast Rose Parkway and Morris Court. Six...
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Gateway district rebranding and wayfinding project laid out

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

A triad of local organizations—Venture Portland, Propel Studio and Friends of Gateway Green—gathered to talk about Gateway’s immediate future on Sept. 21 at the East Portland Neighborhood Office. The crux of the conversation revolved around the Gateway District branding and wayfinding project that is currently being undertaken by Propel Studio...
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Spada Farms reopens the great pumpkin patch

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

In addition to their produce and berry stand at 5905 N.E. 158th Ave. (off Sandy Boulevard), Spada Farms opened a pumpkin patch in October. Modern farmers Ron Spada and Jeanette Tobie pose with Sable, their 14-year old dachshund, in their eight-acre pumpkin patch. For more information about what’s in season and pumpkin pricing, call 503-539-5396....
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Complaints put Parkrose lingerie shop out of business

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017

In an unprecedented neighborhood assault, influential Parkrose players have put an end to the young and troubled life of lingerie shop Tush Lingerie Modeling, previously located at 4826 N.E. 105th Ave. Seemingly doomed from the get-go, Tush was a consistent source of controversy in the local media: a topic not made any easier when considering its...
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New park in Argay Terrace set to open this month

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017

Luuwit View and Gateway Discovery parks are set to open in the fall, as we learned when we took a tour of the under-construction parks over the summer. Excitement for the projects’ completion is now reaching a fever pitch within Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R). We spoke with Mark Ross from PP&R media relations and Britta Herwig,...
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Gateway Discovery and Luuwit View preview

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017

As has been extensively reported in these pages, there are two new city parks under construction that have been in the works for nearly 10 and 55 years, respectively. Both are set to finally open to the public this fall, and Mid-county Memo got an exclusive tour of the Gateway Discovery and Luuwit View parks, as they’re now known. Luuwit View: A...
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East Precinct holds open house

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017

On Saturday, August 19, east Portland residents had an opportunity to visit Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB’s) East Precinct, 737 S.E. 106th Ave., to meet and greet officers, command staff and other employees stationed at this southeast command post to learn what goes on there—and to eat ice cream. The open house, coordinated by Administrative...
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82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan enters final stages

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

The fat lady is about to sing. With the incoming of fall, there are only two seasons left before the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) plans on capping off its rigorous 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan. Last month, the third Community Advisory Committee met for its sixth meeting to unveil public feedback for the plan. The seventh...
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