Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Out and about: The once and future King

Out and about: The once and future King

By Kathy Eaton with photos by Judy Nelson
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See our Facebook album with more of Judy Nelson’s King neighborhood photos here.

Originally named Highland, based on its location on a ridge at one of the highest points between the Columbia and Willamette rivers, the King neighborhood was platted between 1873 and 1912. Two decades after Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Northeast Portland citizens petitioned the city to … More

Construction underway on Cully Neighborhood park

Construction underway on Cully Neighborhood park

By Phill Colombo
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Ground had already been broken, and grading was underway when some 150 neighbors, city officials and representatives of Native American tribes gathered on a warm August night to reveal the name of the city’s newest open recreational space. Formerly used as a construction staging area, just over two acres on the south side of Northeast Alberta Street at 52nd Avenue was dubbed Khunamokwst (pronounced KONN-oo-maskt) Park.More

Harmony Yoga celebrates ten years in Hollywood

Harmony Yoga celebrates ten years in Hollywood

By Kathy Eaton
For the Hollywood Star News

Soft music plays and windows let in natural light while students practice Iyangar Yoga taught by Libby Ramirez at Harmony Yoga studio in the Hollywood neighborhood. Ramirez, who’s been teaching at Harmony for seven years, guides the class through meditation and stretching as students decompress to release tension as they prepare for asana or more active poses.

Although Hatha yoga became a … More

Miracle Theatre gains arts grants

Miracle Theatre gains arts grants

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Miracle Theatre Group, also known as Milagro, has been awarded grants totaling $59,540 to support operations and projects as the Latino arts and culture organization enters its 31st season.

The Oregon Arts Commission provided a general operating grant of $40,000 to support the 2014-15 season. This will enable Milagro to maintain its home production schedule and touring programs, advance experimental programming … More

Local Little League team wins district title

Local Little League team wins district title

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The Hollywood Rose City Little League team clinched the Oregon District 1 title this summer and went on to Oregon’s Little League Majors tournament at Alpenrose Dairy.

In its first-round game, the team won in what Nick Daschel, writing for The Oregonian, described as “a wild 14-12 win over LaGrande.”  The game took nearly three hours to play, Daschel wrote, and … More

Troop 100 Scout focuses Eagle Project on Child Safety

Troop 100 Scout focuses Eagle Project on Child Safety

By Phill Colombo
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When a Boy Scout earns Life rank, he only is only one step away from Scouting’s highest achievement, Eagle. The final requirement for Eagle rank is to complete a project the Scout plans, recruits others to assist with and executes on his own. Troop 100 Life Scout Joe Rink is set to carry out his Eagle project during September’s first weekend. Rink’s objective is helping parents … More

Hollywood demolition and renovation move slowly, apartment building rises

Hollywood demolition and renovation move slowly, apartment building rises

By Phill Colombo
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Two projects, a stone’s throw from each other in the Hollywood Business District, are moving slowly, while a third several blocks to the north is beginning to rise out of the ground. A hardware chain’s renovation of the 40,000-square-foot building that formerly housed the Hollywood Bowl has removed all decorative stone from the building’s exterior.

Several hundred feet to the north on Northeast 41st Avenue, a … More

On residential demolition: neighborhoods relax for summer, begin moving again by fall

On residential demolition: neighborhoods relax for summer, begin moving again by fall

By Phill Colombo
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Speaking for a coalition of neighborhood associations, Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association immediate past-president Al Ellis told the Star, “Given the propensity of people to travel during July and August, it was decided to wait until early September for a ‘Summit II’ meeting.” Ellis added invitations would be sent sometime in mid-August.

Ellis said the “Demolition/Infill Summit” meeting convened last spring with assistance from Central Northeast Neighbors CoalitionMore

High school athletic facilities renovations nearing completion

High school athletic facilities renovations nearing completion

By Phill Colombo
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The push was on in August to complete summer projects at four Portland Public Schools high school athletic fields by restructuring drainage and modernizing the surface of the facilities. This year’s construction schedule included Madison, Jefferson, Wilson and Marshall athletic fields. Madison High School baseball coach Eric Bennett told the Star, “The upgrade of the athletic fields, specifically the football field, will bring great improvement to … More

More than 100 respond to Roseway survey on proposed Walgreens store

More than 100 respond to Roseway survey on proposed Walgreens store

By Phill Colombo
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Between August 4 and August 9, 119 neighbors and business owners responded to a survey asking questions about the proposal to build a Walgreens drive-through Pharmacy on property formerly occupied by the Rose City Church of the Nazarene at Northeast 70th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. More than 80 responded immediately.

Of the 199 responding, a majority of 69 (59 percent) opposed any Walgreens at the site … More

Work advances on Beaumont-Wilshire’s newest eatery

Work advances on Beaumont-Wilshire’s newest eatery

By Phill Colombo
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With inside work on plumbing and electrical moving along during July and early August, workers began in mid-August the outside transformation of the former Wilshire Market into the soon-to be-opened Fire + Stone Restaurant. Owner Jeff Smally would like to open sometime after Labor Day. Smally plans to restore the transom windows that have been boarded up for years to give the restaurant a bright, airy … More

Kirk Reeves commemorative mural on tap for Lloyd District

Kirk Reeves commemorative mural on tap for Lloyd District

By Phill Colombo
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The Regional Arts and Culture Council announced in July that Portland artist Gwenn Seemel will create a mural-sized portrait of Kirk Reeves, a Portland street performer and musician who passed away in November of 2012. The RACC-funded, 10-foot-by-30-foot mural,will be located along the east-facing wall of a building on the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and Lloyd Boulevard, formerly the location of Rich’s Deli.

The portrait … More

Montavilla sheet metal facility re-purposed as physical therapy clinic

Montavilla sheet metal facility re-purposed as physical therapy clinic

By Phill Colombo
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New Heights Physical Therapy Plus co-owners Kevin Poe and Donna Gramont along with spouses have been dismantling a vintage building, reclaiming and re-purposing the old growth fir and used metal into new furniture for a new clinic, transforming reclaimed materials into industrial chic tables, desks, cabinets, bookshelves and doors for the clinic. Object of the renovation: the former Montavilla Sheet Metal building on Northeast Glisan StreetMore

Japanese steak house, locally-sourced butcher shop opens near Hollywood Theatre

Japanese steak house, locally-sourced butcher shop opens near Hollywood Theatre

By Phill Colombo
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Portland’s Hollywood Theatre has a new neighbor: Pono Farm Soul Kitchen, located in the Hollywood Apartments retail space. Pono Farm serves Japanese cuisine, featuring “quality meat raised on our farm in Central Oregon,” according to Pono Farm’s web site, ponofarm.com.

A bar and a retail butcher shop complement the restaurant, and the web site also features a photo gallery with descriptions of the business’ … More

Businesses to open doors for ‘makers’ event this weekend

Businesses to open doors for ‘makers’ event this weekend

If you have ever wondered how pizza crust is made or what goes on behind the scenes at a dental office, find out at the 42nd Avenue Makers’ Fair.

From noon to 6 p.m. August 23, merchants and professionals on 42nd Avenue, in the vicinity of Northeast Alberta Street, will offer tours, classes, tastings, contests and giveaways. The local business organization also has organized a scavenger hunt that may qualify … More

Out and about: Alberta is where the art is

Out and about: Alberta is where the art is

By Kathy Eaton with photos by Judy Nelson
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See our Facebook album with more of Judy Nelson’s Alberta photos here.

History

Alberta Street, with its storied past of gangs and gunshots, emerged as an arts district in the late 1990s when a local realtor advertised a home in a crime-ridden neighborhood later renamed Alberta Arts District. A distinctive cultural area, Alberta Street between Northeast 14th and  Northeast 31st avenues … More

Roseway eyes church conversion to drive-thru Walgreens

Roseway eyes church conversion to drive-thru Walgreens

By Phill Colombo
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Surprise and disagreement from Roseway residents: reactions to a proposal to demolish the vacated Rose City Nazarene Church property at 7016 N.E. Sandy Blvd. to construct a Walgreens Pharmacy drive-through directly across the street from Rose City Safeway which contains a pharmacy and two blocks west of Fairley’s Pharmacy. The Roseway Neighborhood Association has a history of stepping up to counter and alter similar proposals made … More

Fremont Fest: Parade, music, shopping, food and fun for everyone

Fremont Fest: Parade, music, shopping, food and fun for everyone

An always popular fun-filled street fair, Fremont Fest, will take place Saturday August 2nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The event will take place in Beaumont Village, on Northeast Fremont Street, which will be closed to traffic all day between Northeast 42nd and 50th avenues, creating a safe, fun-filled pedestrian mall with four stages for live music, street vendors, food, a pub crawl, entertainment and attractions … More

Out and About: Take a bite out of Beaumont

Out and About: Take a bite out of Beaumont

By Kathy Eaton with photos by Judy Nelson
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See our Facebook album with more of Judy Nelson’s Beaumont photos here.

Beautiful mountain

The first plat for Beaumont, a French word meaning beautiful mountain, was filed in 1910 by Rose City Park Association, owners of was then open land. The plat covered Fremont Street from Northeast 39th Avenue to Northeast 45th Avenue. Two years later, the association added Northeast More

Shop local: Milo’s City Cafe offers ‘family comfort’ all day long

Shop local: Milo’s City Cafe offers ‘family comfort’ all day long

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Fifteen years ago, when Milo’s City Cafe opened at 1325 N.E. Broadway, Loren Skogland and his wife, Marianne Meskel Skogland, began a venture they had been working toward for several years.

Now they have a clientele that comes early in the day for eggs Benedict, perhaps with salmon or pepper-bacon under the hollandaise sauce. By lunch it might be a pulled … More

Heritage Home Tour: Spectacular homes, lovely gardens and smashing artwork

Heritage Home Tour: Spectacular homes, lovely gardens and smashing artwork

By Joanne Carlson
For the Hollywood Star News

During the Architectural Heritage Center’s (AHC) fifth annual Heritage Home Tour, visitors can view some of the spectacular homes that make Portland neighborhoods unique and interesting. The Tour will take place Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The self-guided driving tour features five architecturally distinctive homes with five different stories to tell about Portland history. The homes, which are … More