Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Erika-San: A love story between two cultures

Erika-San: A love story between two cultures


Based on a true story, the newest book by Caldecott medalist Allen Say, Erika-San, traces the life of a young girl—inspired as a child by a magical painting of a teahouse—who travels to Japan to teach English. Upon her arrival she is shocked by the crowds and asks to be reassigned to a post on a remote island. There she finally connects with the Old Japan of her dreams and … More

Cully fails to land Pink Marlin agreement

By Lee Perlman
For The Hollywood Star

The Cully Association of Neighbors failed to complete a Livability Contract with the Pink Marlin restaurant and, as a result, will fight the liquor license it is seeking. In November Cully voted to authorize chair Kathy Fuerstenau to negotiate such an agreement and, if she succeeded, not to oppose the establishment’s license request. (This was in spite of a history of problems at … More

Morning Star starts over

By Lee Perlman
For The Hollywood Star

Last month, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church declined to appeal planner Tim Heron’s rejection of their proposed design for a replacement church on Northeast Rodney Avenue at Ivy Street, taking the matter to the Portland Landmarks Commission. They are opting instead to regroup and then submit a new design that the church hopes will be acceptable. The church has been trying to replace … More

Members agree support group is TOPS

By Laura Meehan
For The Hollywood Star

When you ask people about weight loss, most will probably mention Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers—yet there is another weight-loss club that has been around longer than either of those: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, or TOPS. Last year, its 180,000 members lost 951,901.64 pounds collectively. At the same time, TOPS is the most inexpensive weight-loss program around, with annual dues of $24 and … More

And one for George

Not everyone could get a Spirit of Portland Award, and Concordia Neighborhood Association land-use chair George Bruender was passed over. However, his fellow board members, feeling something was due, gave him a Spirit of Concordia Award at their annual meeting.

Bruender over the years has provided his community with expertise, leadership, and a problem-solving outlook. Nor has he confined himself to Concordia; he has worked with adjacent communities such as … More

Providence holds annual community meeting

Providence Portland Medical Center is inviting members of the Laurelhurst and North Tabor communities to their annual community meeting and open house beginning at 7 p.m. January 21 in their new Cancer Pavilion auditorium at 4805 N.E. Glisan St. Among the discussion topics will be Providence’s process for updating its own system-wide master plan.


Business group offers events

Want to get a preview of Portland City Government 2009? The North-Northeast Business Association is holding an Inaugural Breakfast with new Mayor Sam Adams beginning at 8 a.m. January 5 at Curious Comedy Theatre in Vanport Square, 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tickets cost $20, and the event is a fundraiser for the association’s Oregon Main Street Program. For more information, call (503)-445-1321.


Businesses receive awards

At their annual awards banquet last month, the North-Northeast Business Association gave out its annual awards, presented to individuals as representatives of companies and organizations. This year’s awards were as follows: Small Business to Seble Ramsey for Mahogany Beauty on the Go, LLC. Large Business to Serena Stoudamire for Legacy Emanuel Health Systems. Community Services to Gary Withers for Concordia University. Innovative Program to Roy Jay for Project Clean Slate. … More

New Lone Fir Cemetery entrances planned

Metro is working on plans for new entrances to Lone Fir Cemetery, representative Janet Bebb told the Buckman Community Association last month.

The entrances, on Southeast Morrison Street at 20th and 26th avenues, will go through property recently donated to Metro by Multnomah County. The county had declared the land surplus and originally proposed to sell it for housing development. However, members of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Friends of … More

PDC turns to Beam

Brad Malsin’s Beam Development, which tried and failed to secure the right to develop the Burnside Bridgehead, the four-square block mega-development project at the east end of the Burnside Bridge, in 2005, has been given another chance. (Opus Northwest, which the Portland Development Commission selected to develop the site, abandoned the project last year.) PDC’s Kia Selley confirmed for the Central East Side Urban Renewal Advisory Committee last month that … More

82nd pedestrian improvements proposed

The city and the Oregon Department of Transportation are proposing to install a series of pedestrian-related improvements on Northeast and Southeast 82nd Avenue.

The city proposes to install pedestrian islands at six intersections, including Northeast Pacific, Thompson and Wygant streets, Sharon White of the Portland Office of Transportation told the Madison South Neighborhood Association last month. They will be paid for with a federal Safe Communities grant, she said.

The … More

Understanding antibiotics and avoiding overuse

By Dr. David Hays and Dr. Todd Canon

The cold-and-flu season is upon us. This is an important time to understand when antibiotics are useful and when we don’t need to use them.

Bacteria and viruses

To understand how antibiotics work, it is important to understand the two most common types of germs – bacteria and viruses. Although certain bacteria and viruses cause infections with similar symptoms, bacteria and viruses … More

Big Brothers/Sisters program appeals to busy mentors, more are still needed

By Janet Goetze

Once a week, Jared Harding has lunch with his friend, Izayah Andrews. Sometimes they play a ball game, too, or they just sit and talk.

Lisa Fleming follows a similar schedule with her friend, Persethmone “PJ” Jones Banks.

The relationships would be unremarkable except that Harding and Fleming are both 27 years old while Izayah is 7 and PJ is 9.

Fleming and Harding met their friends … More

Curious Comedy Theater offers fun for all ages

By Arthur Smid

The players leap up, taking the stage to ask for a suggestion from the audience.

“Name one place where you go to get things done!” one of the actors shouts.

“A barber shop,” one audience member answers.

“A garage,” shouts another.

“Mardi Gras,” says a third.

The atmosphere in the room is collaborative. The audience isn’t waiting for the comic to fail or for a laugh; they’re … More

Another great barber shop


First of all, I wanted to say “thanks” and give a compliment to the writer Mara Stine on a most interesting article on Northeast barbers. (Local barbers a cut above, November 2008).

But I’d like to put in a plug for Gary Gleason, my barber for 10-15 years, at 8403 N.E. Fremont , (503) 257-3631. He gives an excellent haircut. It’s always by appointment (no sitting and waiting), usually … More

More dirt on diapers

By Lee Perlman
For The Hollywood Star

Katie French, spokesperson for GDiapers, supplies more information about the new business that will occupy the old Billy Reed’s space in the Standard Dairy building at 2808 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The product is a “hybrid,” with a re-useable cloth shell and an absorbent lining that is totally bio-degradable: it can be thrown away, composted or flushed. It is available at … More

Council, neighbors unite on prostitution strategy

Last month, the Portland City Council officially approved establishment of an 82nd Avenue Prostitution Advisory Committee. The move received the almost unanimous endorsement of a once-divided community.

The committee, to be composed of law enforcement, neighborhood, business and social service representatives, is part of a strategy to deal with the problem of prostitution. It combines stepped-up law enforcement, particularly against pimps and “johns,” with counseling, addiction treatment, job training and … More

Council hears Cully Park plan

Two weeks after receiving a report on the needs of Cully, Council reviewed a proposal to address one of them – the relative lack of useable open space – with the Thomas Cully Park master plan.

The park is a 25-acre former landfill between Northeast Killingsworth Street and Columbia Boulevard east of 72nd Street. It ceased operations as a landfill in 1991 and was acquired by the city in 2002. … More

Public processes council praises Concordia-Cully study

In adopting the Cully-Concordia Community Assessment last month, the Portland City Council gave lavish praise to the staff and volunteers who had created the document, while acknowledging that its recommendations need to be not only admired but implemented.

Under the leadership of Northeast District Liaison Planner Debbie Bischoff, the study examined the physical, economic, social and recreational condition of the two neighborhoods, with an emphasis on their three public schools: … More