Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Sweet Shop sponsors Peeps Diorama contest

By Lee Perlman

Peeps, those soft candy chicks that appear in Easter baskets, may find new roles in Portland, thanks to Hattie’s Sweet Shop. 

The shop at 4185 N.E. Fremont St., and its sister business, Sweets, Etc., 828 S.W. Capitol Hwy., are sponsoring a Peeps diorama contest for Portland-area residents.

Dioramas are usually small-scale scenes. For the contest, they must be a standard shoebox size and contain Peeps. Entrants … More

Hollyfwood Acupuncture Clinic Opens

Hollywood Community Acupuncture has opened at 1535 N.E. 41st Ave. to offer affordable health care that some people find effective for pain, anxiety, digestive problems and other issues, said owner Marianne Banke, a licensed acupuncturist.
Through March, the clinic will waive the $10 initial intake fee for new patients.
“We welcome people to drop in during clinic hours, Monday through Friday, to ask questions and see our new space,” said … More

Cycling Center Plans Your Summer Camps

Summer bike camps for kids, ages 6 through 17, will teach safe riding skills, bike maintenance and offer travel to fun city destinations, said Kelly Hansen, program manager for Community Cycling Center.
Registration is open for the week-long camps, scheduled between June and August. Information is at
One high school program will feature hands-on training with the center’s shop mechanics for a half-day, followed by rides in the … More


NECC registration for spring classes
March 1. Register for aquatics, youth soccer, youth volleyball, kids’ yoga. For prices and dates: Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.,, (503) 284-3377

Bargain books, CDs, DVDs
March 3. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Used books and other materials for sale at 55 percent off usual prices. The Multnomah County Library’s The Title Wave used bookstore, 216 N.E. Knott St.

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Public Process

By Lee Perlman

City proposes some parking minimums

At the direction of the Portland City Council, and in response to outcries from many neighborhoods, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has proposed to impose some on-street parking requirements for large new multi-family developments in situations where there are currently no such requirements.
The proposed amendments would require developers to provide .25 parking spaces for every unit in … More



Laurelhurst strip bar seeks liquor

Diamonds, the strip bar formerly known as Mynt at 3390 N.E. Sandy Blvd., is seeking a liquor license.
Tracy Doss received a license for Mynt despite strong opposition from the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association, as well as the presence of the Teen Challenge drug rehab center and a daycare facility within a block, and records of problems Doss had had as manager … More



By Lee Perlman

Star Reporter

Creston pursuing third Hollywood project – with parking!

Creston Homes, which is in the process of building two 47-unit buildings in Hollywood, has plans for a third – and this one would have (gasp!) on-site parking!
Spokesperson Dave Mullens told the Star that the company is negotiating to purchase a parcel of land, currently used as a parking lot, north of the Bank … More

Time to grab your peanuts and Crackerjacks: Portland Beavers

By Anne Laufe

It seems that, in recent years, Portland’s interest in the great American pastime has waned. The Portland Beavers have moved away; and, with so many other sports for kids to participate in, from lacrosse and track to year-round soccer, fewer kids are playing Little League and high school ball.
A dedicated group of Northeast Portland coaches wants to change that. Eric Bennett, head baseball coach at … More

Ocean’s Six Micro-Restaurants

By Jamie Caulley

In the space between the culinary shores of restaurant dining and food cart eating lies The Ocean—a group of micro-restaurants located at the corner of Northeast 24th Avenue and Glisan Street.
“You’d have to be living under a rock in this town, not to notice the exposure to food carts,” Ocean developer Kevin Cavenaugh explains. “(But) there are elements of that reality that aren’t wonderful,” he … More

Henry Meece makes the team and brings home the gol

By Kirsten Jewel,

volunteer, Northeast Community Center 

Born in Seoul, Korea, Henry Meece was adopted by Nancy Newell and Ted Meece at the age of six months and brought home to the United States. This year, the 22-year-old snowboarder was selected to join four other talented Oregonians to compete in the Special Olympics World Games, which took place in PyeongChang, South Korea, January 29th to February 5, 2013.  … More

Letters to the editor

Hollywood Hank’s ‘other’ life
Thank you very much for your staff’s tribute to my dog Hank. I’ve enjoyed seeing the “other” life that my dog lived when he wasn’t with me. Even though Hank was my dog, Hollywood Hank was Kathy Eaton’s creation; and I’ve bemusedly followed along as Kathy would schedule Hank’s photo shoots with me, and I took a little bit of pride in sharing the column … More

JJob expo matches employers with job seekers who have disabilities

By Kathy Eaton

Star Staff Reporter

For the past six years, Incight, a Portland-based non-profit that assists people with disabilities, has partnered with Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS) to sponsor job fairs that match employers with job seekers who have disabilities.
This year’s event, Tapping Fresh Talent/Career Inclusion Expo, will take place April 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin … More

How to Train your Dragon

By Andrea Deeken, Hollywood Library clerk

I don’t know about you, but I just so happen to be the parent of a very gregarious five year old. He likes to have things his way. He can be volatile and reactive. He vocalizes loudly and often, at inappropriate times. He likes to be the boss of me and gets me to do just about whatever he wants. The irony in all … More

Kitchen Revival Tour: Eight vintage kitchens inspire your remodel

By CJ Hurley
CJ Hurley Century Arts 

The Architectural Heritage Center is gearing up for its annual Kitchen Revival Tour. The Tour, which will take place April 13, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Each year, the Tour spotlights kitchens in original or near-to-original condition as well as kitchens that have been sensitively remodeled to fit the history of the home. All of this year’s homes are on Portland’s … More

Development News for March 2013

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star

Capstone discusses Burnside & 26th plans

Capstone Partners, the developers of Grant Park Village, are also partnering with Mark Desbrow on a building on East Burnside Street at 26th Avenue, once the site of a Wells Fargo Bank branch. Desbrow and architect Kurt Schultz told the Kerns Neighborhood Association that the proposed structure would be four stories high, contain 135 units plus … More

African American Read-In a success

By Nancy Sullivan
Madison High School teacher/librarian

Madison High School’s 2013 African American Read-In was a wonderful event. Students heard from Byrd, Dr. Samuel D. Henry, Keith Lampton, Renee Mitchell, Turya Autry, and Jerry McGill. Guest readers traveled to various classrooms, and featured readers in the library presented to a packed house throughout the day.
It was very moving and inspiring to hear which pieces our readers chose and … More

NECC announces Kim Montagriff as new executive director

By Eunice Noell-Waggoner
Northeast Community Center 
board president

The Northeast Community Center (NECC) has hired a new executive director who leads by example. Kim Montagriff was drawn to the NECC because of its combination of fitness, wellness and sense of community, which reflects her own values.

“I believe in the power of physical activity and movement as a tool for personal health and community engagement,” Montagriff said.
Montagriff has an

At The Pencil Test, it’s all about the right fit

By Kathy Eaton
For the Hollywood Star

Having The Pencil Test on Alberta Street has been so awesome. Both my business partner and myself are so thrilled to have pretty bras in our own unusual sizes available right here in Portland. Holly is The Bra Lady and knows her stuff,” said customer Marissa Rodriguez, who also happens to be the owner/partner of nearby abrahams&duffy, a women’s clothing boutique.


HW Farmer’s Market announces Community Cookbook Project, call for recipes

By Ari Rosner
Hollywood Farmers Market community volunteer coordinator

Before I get into the exciting new project at the Hollywood Farmers Market (HFM), I want to put in a plug for volunteering at your neighborhood farmers market this season. Volunteering at the market is a great way to meet your neighbors, learn more about the farmers at the market and have a great time on Saturday morning. Our annual volunteer


Letters to the Editor: Modifications requested for Beaumont project


Thank you for your continued coverage of the no-parking apartment building proposed for Northeast Fremont between 44th and 45th avenues (“Beaumont project starts demolition,” March, 2013). 
To clarify the position of Beaumont-Wilshire Neighbors for Responsible Growth, we cannot file an appeal with LUBA until the building permit has been issued, which has not occurred as of mid-March. Under the appeal rules, we have 21 days from the time … More

Gardening: Where small is the big thing

 By Janet Goetze

For the Hollywood Star

Dwarf varieties are just one of the trends in gardeningRhododendrons and camellias, those Northwest landscape standbys, are among the dwarf shrubs that hybridizers now are producing to fit city lots, said landscape designer Judy Kokesh.
Kokesh, who has dwarf varieties in her own yard near Grant High School, said a growing number of plants that fit small spaces are appearing in local … More