Center focuses on Somali youth, disabled and business community

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018

Since 2006, the Africa House has spent a lot of time helping immigrants from African countries as they settle in Portland. A division of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), the group primarily focuses on increasing the visibility of Portland’s African community in a variety of different ways. Now the Somali community of...
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University of Western States looks at relocating its east Portland campus

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018

Nowadays, you can get an education just about anywhere: downtown, the Internet, and at east Portland’s University of Western States (UWS), a ballooning institution that specializes in integrated healthcare education.  UWS’s aging Russell neighborhood campus, 2900 N.E. 132nd Ave., was built in the 1950s as Marycrest, a girls’ Catholic high school....
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Traffic rounder redesign committee approves final site recommendations

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018

Tom Badrick, longtime Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors chair, is leading the effort to redesign a local green space that’s currently better known as a notorious eyesore. The roundabout island at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street, across from a Kaiser clinic, is a site so infamous that it goes by many names. Even Badrick isn’t...
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Taste of Parkrose draws 3,000 visitors in its fifth year

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018

Much like a five-year-old child, Taste of Parkrose has seen a massive growth spurt since its birth in 2014. In five years, the Historic Parkrose (HP)-founded event––sponsored by Parkrose Hardware, Prosper Portland, Big Green Egg, Rossi Farms and Gateway Brewing––has become Parkrose’s most attended yearly bash, with a “25 percent increase in sales...
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Gateway’s proposed “multigenerational community” gains mayor’s eye

Posted by on Aug 11, 2018

Some big names are lining up behind a spendy initiative to build a 10.5-acre mixed-use site at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Pacific Street across the street from the Gateway Fred Meyer and the transit center named the 102nd and Pacific/Generations Gateway Project. Last month, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler opened a “Gateway community discussion” for...
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School food pantries not just for students

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018

Food insecurity, the modern phrase for hunger suffered by a household, has been a growing problem nationally, and nowhere has the problem been more pronounced than in Oregon. The state increased its share of households suffering from food insecurity by nearly 40 percent between 2004 and 2015, going from 11.7 percent (just above the national...
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Police response to property crime spotlighted

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018

On Saturday, May 19, sometime shortly after 4 p.m., a house near the corner of 146th Dr. and Knott Ct. in the Wilkes neighborhood was broken into and burglarized. The house was ransacked so badly, the owners still scarcely knew what was stolen three days later, and what wasn’t simply destroyed was strewn somewhere, still yet to be found. A...
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Whither Hansen? A look at life after the shelter

Posted by on Aug 5, 2018

The Hansen Shelter has been closed for more than a month now, and the future of the building and the land it sits on at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street is slowly being worked out. Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson hosted a meeting at the East Portland Neighborhood Office on June 26 to begin the public discussion of the...
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Gateway Discovery ready to be discovered

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018

After years of planning and construction—not to mention nearly a year of delays—Gateway Discovery Park, one of Portland Parks & Recreation’s (PP&R) signature new park projects, will open Aug. 4. The 3.2-acre park has been reported on extensively in these pages and features a host of technological amenities aimed toward making the park one...
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East Portland obituaries

Posted by on Jul 21, 2018

Jerome Harlan Beier Feb. 3, 1936 – April 10, 2018 Jerome Harlan Beier passed away Tuesday, April 10, of metastatic lung cancer at the age of 82. Jerry was born Feb. 3, 1936, in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, to Dave and Leona Beier. The second of four children, Jerry excelled in football and baseball. After graduating from Hillsboro High School, he...
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Gateway Elks unveil new lodge after three years in the making

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE)—or just the Elks, as most people know them—are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year as a national organization. Locally, the Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 is celebrating an additional milestone as they finally move into their new location at 16321 S.E. Stark St., after spending the last three...
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