Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Poetry posts sprout up in Northeast Portland

Poetry posts sprout up in Northeast Portland

By Matt Miner
For the Hollywood Star, June, 2010

There’s a lot to catch the eye on a leisurely walk through Hollywood and surrounding neighborhoods. This time of year, you’ll find lush gardens, real-estate flyers and poetry posts. Poetry posts? All over the city, and especially in our part of town, homeowners are sharing their love of the written word with passers-by, mostly in attractively designed wooden display boxes mounted … More

Hollywood Hank leashes up in style

Hollywood Hank leashes up in style

By Hollywood Hank
For The Hollywood Star, January, 2010

What? Another new leash to wear on my walks? I am not a leash chewer like some anxious dog breeds. I am a hefty boy dog as you know, and I promote safety while out walking. So meet Joslin Larson, my new BFF (for those of you who don’t text, that’s “best friend forever”). I heard about her product line … More

People weigh in about the NECC

People weigh in about the NECC

By Tom Vandel, Northeast Community Center board member
For the Hollywood Star, June, 2010

In a recent, slightly less-than-scientific survey, people at the Northeast Community Center (NECC) were asked why they came to the NECC and what they liked about it. Their comments, edited for brevity (no money exchanged hands):

Curt Cooley: “Although I just turned 74, I like to play basketball with the young guys. I’ve been a member … More

Business news: Paper Jam gets public recognition

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

Deborah Fields and her Paper Jam Press business received a few minutes of fame last month. On the Every Day Show of Station KWGN in Denver, a studio audience picked their wedding invitation design as the one they’d like to use. The store offers 200 designs for custom invitations, birth announcements, holiday cards and the like, with a chance for … More

Scholar Athletes honored

By Laura Meehan
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

Twenty-seven high school sophomores throughout the Portland metropolitan area were honored as being Scholar Athletes by the Multnomah Athletic Club. They were chosen by administrators and student leaders in each school, and were recognized at a banquet at the MAC on Wednesday, May 19. All are honor students who will receive memberships entitling them to full use of the club’s … More

Farewell Kathe, Monie and friends

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

This year’s Alberta Art Hop is a farewell for one of its supporters and a last opportunity to give support to some young artists.

Kathe Swaback and her non-profit Art Up have been features of Art Hop for the past two years. Two years ago, in her Women of Honor project, she and other artists painted larger-than-life portraits of 12 … More

Northeast resident, Oregon Symphony member celebrates CD release

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

On May 13, Portland-based quintet Tango Pacifico presented a unique program of the music of Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla, at The Old Church in Southwest Portland. The pieces were performed as originally composed and intended for Piazzolla’s own ensemble as part of Tango Pacifico’s highly anticipated CD release party.

Northeast resident Erin Furbee, who has lived in the Grant More

Spirit nominations open

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

The Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement has begun accepting nominations for the 2010 Spirit of Portland Awards. Since 1985, these have been given annually to individuals, businesses or groups who increase the city’s livability.

Nominations are being accepted for Neighborhood of the Year, Business Association, Large and Small Business, “Community Harmony,” Community Policing or Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness, New or More

Fremont Fest is back!

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

The newly-revitalized Beaumont Business Association is planning their annual Fremont Fest, this year August 7. As in years past, there will be a parade of decorated children, on bike and foot, and dogs beginning at 10:30 a.m. and proceeding east from Beaumont Middle School. There will be food and other street vendors, live music at several locations, and special sales … More

Plan for National Night Out

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

Summer’s coming, and it’s not too early to plan for National Night Out – this year, August 3. This is a night when communities large and small are encouraged to participate in public communal activities after dark. The idea is to reclaim streets, parks and other public spaces as safe places for people to go and participate in lawful … More

Don’t miss Mississippi

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

Yes, the annual Mississippi Street Fair is back once again, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 10. The street will be closed to traffic for the day from Northeast Fremont to Shaver streets, to make room for: many food booths and street vendors. A children’s parade at noon, and a children’s activity area all day. Four stages from which musicians, … More

Multi-Cultural Festival needs you

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

The Portland International BUSINESS District (note their new name) is moving forward with their annual Multi-cultural Festival, noon to 6 p.m. July 10 on the Northeast 72nd Avenue Park Blocks immediately north of Fremont Street. The Reggae band Randy Ross, Latino musicians and others will be performing, and there will be tables occupied by food vendors, businesses and public agencies. … More

Development news: A.I.A. critiques Burnside Bridgehead

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

At last month’s meeting of the Burnside Bridgehead Citizen Advisory Committee, American Institute of Architects representative Sean Batty offered some advice. In general, he said, the A.I.A. likes what they’ve seen of the vision for the four-block mega-project on the east end of the Burnside Bridge. They also appreciate the current approach of building the project in phases, and being … More

Policy news: Irvington Historic District reaches decision points

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

The State Committee on Historic Preservation will hold a set of public meetings this month on the proposed designation of the Irvington neighborhood as a National Historic District. On June 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the committee will hold a public hearing on the subject. That night, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a public meeting … More

Development news: Hollywood seeks urban park

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

The Hollywood Neighborhood Association, with the assistance of architect George Crandall, is looking at the feasibility of creating an urban park in the neighborhood, and possible locations for one. The project was initiated by the association’s sustainability chair, Elizabeth Winnen.

At a kickoff meeting for the project, Crandall said that such a space is crucial to the success of … More

Good in the Neighborhood returns

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

The Good in the Neighborhood festival will be back again for the 18th time this month. Originally a three-day affair, it has expanded over the years. It will start with a kickoff event from 6 to 10 p.m. June 21 at Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., with food, dancing, live music, and a fashion show by Amani. There will … More

Policy news: Portland Plan continues

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability last month kicked off the latest phase of the Portland Plan process last month, to generally smaller audience than the previous phase. A session at Beaumont Middle School, perhaps suffering from competition with a Trail Blazer playoff game, drew just 45 people; and attendance in general was down.

The theme for the sessions … More

Music and movies are back in parks

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

Although economic times have put some dents in their efforts, and made fundraising more difficult, the Portland Parks Bureau will still be providing free live music and movies in neighborhood parks, in partnerships with community groups. At press time, these are the events in Starland we know of:

Colonel Summers Park: the film Pretty in Pink, with the Sounds of … More

Policy news: ONI keeps cleanup funds, cuts grants

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

As with all city bureaus, the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement had to cut its own budget, and ask to keep some funds, as part of the city’s annual budget review process. As reflected in the mayor’s budget published at mid-month, ONI suffered some loss, but they were not as severe as they might have been.

The largest cut was … More

Development news: New Irvington project reviewed

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

At a special meeting last month, members of the Irvington Community Association and interested neighbors met with architect Don Hanson and representatives of Creston LLC on their plans for a new, 49-unit structure at 1510 N.E. Hancock St., immediately to the north of the historic Lion and the Rose bed and breakfast. According to Hanson, the building will be three … More

Park your kid at Buckman Sun

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

The Buckman Sun School program, we are told, is offering summer day camps of a number and variety to great to report on completely here. (Animation, Basketball, Pirates and Wizards are among the themes, we are told.) They will be running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (some to 5 p.m.) weekdays on a variety of schedules between June 14 … More