City stands behind Gateway to Opportunity project, despite some chagrin

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018

Northeast Halsey has proven a provocative subject for both the city of Portland and Gateway residents, if not for different reasons. There are currently nine Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)-funded “safety fixes” as part of a broader Gateway to opportunity Project, impacting Halsey Street from 60th through 162nd avenues over the course of...
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Church hosts free health clinics in 2018

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018

Four east Portland churches—Gateway Church, Crossroads Christian Church, Rivercrest Community Church and Woodland Park Baptist Church—are partnering with Adventist Health and the faith-based nonprofit Compassion Connect to provide four free mini-medical clinics in 2018. “Compassion Clinics” are designed to help the under-insured and those in need...
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Mayor denies any strategy to push homeless east

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018

Is Portland’s homeless population being shifted to the east side? And if so, is there something that can be done about it to both compassionately accommodate that reality as well as assert east Portlanders’ right to a livable community? In our last issue, we looked at homelessness as a problem that seems to be driving petty crime, public drug use...
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Parkrose car thief cops a plea, gets three years

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018

In a city where car theft is treated like nabbing a chocolate bar from a convenience store, one neighborhood is finally seeing justice for a repeat offender. A cluster of Parkrose denizens living around Northeast 105th Avenue and Shaver Street have been awaiting the judicial fate of 21-year-old David Dahlen, an alleged car and property thief...
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Surprise! Hansen Shelter exceeds its life expectancy

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018

The Hansen Shelter, which houses 200 homeless men and women (and some pets) in the former Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office building at 12240 N.E. Glisan St., is about to reach a milestone. When it was opened in August 2016, it was estimated that it would remain open no more than 18 months. The crumbling and inadequate building is “the...
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February Freeze

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018

Regarding Portland weather, a native once said, “We’ve only got two seasons here: July, August and September—followed by everything else. And ‘everything else’ includes a week in February when it freezes.” The week of Feb. 19 was 2018’s freezing week. This snowman, one of many, was found on Northeast Fremont Drive near Siskiyou...
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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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