Argay tennis courts renovation: Game point

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017

The tennis courts at Argay Park have begun their overhaul, with the four courts getting a complete facelift. New surfaces, nets, stanchions, benches, a water fountain and more features are being installed to bring the currently dilapidated courts back to life. As is frequently the case with such projects, not everyone is overjoyed. Emily Doumerc...
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Roadwork Ahead!

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017

The solar eclipse isn’t the only thing that will be affecting traffic this August. There’s always plenty of road construction to tide us over until August 21. On June 26, the sixth Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting was held to discuss the 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) provided...
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Inaugural garden tour highlights city’s sylvan nature

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017

Because of Maywood Park’s sylvan nature, it was logical for the first event in the city’s 50th anniversary celebration to be a yard and garden tour. Nine community homes, each marked by a balloon and a sign, opened their yards for visitation on June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maywood Park’s ambience has appeal that draws the appreciative eye,...
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Bike lanes cause rift between city and Gateway businesses

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017

Bikes are to Portland as houses of worship are to religion: They embody a deeply held ideology, as well as a lifestyle. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), 7.2 percent of the city’s commuters travel by bicycle, making PDX the city with the most bikers per capita in the country. And now, in an ironic move, the state...
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Taste of Parkrose doubles attendance despite record heat

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017

Despite record-breaking temperatures, more than 3,000 people—also a record-breaking number—attended the fourth-annual Taste of Parkrose on Saturday, June 24, according to event producers. Relocating the event from the Northeast Sandy Boulevard business district to the familiar confines of Rossi Farms accounted for some of the increased...
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Grant money funds branding initiative for Gateway

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017

Gateway is about to receive a facelift with a little help from their friends at Prosper Portland. A partnership between Friends of Gateway Green and Propel Studio—a community-oriented architecture and design firm—has been formed. Their team objective: to undertake an upcoming branding and wayfinding initiative that will shake up Gateway’s image...
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Tensions simmer as school board inaugurates new members

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017

The David Douglas school board may be returning to simpler times—times of monthly school board meetings that are even a touch boring. It’s not a done deal, but Bryce Anderson’s protesters may be losing their mojo as the July 13 meeting—unlike the meeting on June 1—failed to be effectively shut down. Aggressive protesters were absent, but that...
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Hansen Shelter turns one

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017

The Hansen Shelter marked its first anniversary late last month. In its year of existence, the shelter has remained controversial, attracting critics from all sides and few defenders. Little seems likely to change as it enters its second year. The chorus of disapproval that began in the Hansen Building at the public meeting before the shelter...
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Field of Dreams becomes nightmare for neighbors

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017

The trials and tribulations of Little League in the Parkrose district are certainly not going to come as much of a surprise to anyone. At least, not after the raft of recent coverage the story got from KGW and KATU. The disrepair of Bob St. Aubin Stadium and the field on East Burnside Street near 136th Avenue has gotten so bad, it’s famous. Now,...
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Why is everybody planting trees?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

ANDREW LAND  SPECIAL TO THE MID-COUNTY MEMO We’re quickly turning a corner in our understanding about trees as people who live in a city. There was a time when many of us may have seen trees only for their problems. We’d heard stories of trees breaking sidewalks or cracking pipes underground, and that’s not even to mention that they drop leaves...
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82nd Avenue road construction continues

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017

Not much has changed in the past month along Southeast 82nd Avenue. This is a rare thing. Summertime will keep workers busy as bees as construction inches along for multiple projects initially actualized during spring. Most of these undertakings are part of the larger 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan, which is a scatterplot of road...
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Floyd Light Middle School teacher wins national Educator 180 Award

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017

Life is full of surprises. When Floyd Light Middle School teacher Andrew Locke set out to teach, he couldn’t have daydreamed a more foreign future than his current reality. He didn’t think he would become a special education teacher, that he would move to Oregon—or that he’d win the esteemed Educator 180 Award. The awards, now in their 11th year,...
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