Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Star-News reporter Lee Perlman among winners of Spirit of Portland Award

Lee Perlman

Lee Perlman

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Reporter Lee Perlman, who withdrew his name after past nominations for a Spirit of Portland Award, has received the award posthumously for lifetime achievement for community and neighborhood engagement.

A posthumous award also has been given Afifa Ahmed-Shafi, the public involvement best practices coordinator for the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

They were among 21 Portland residents and organizations recognized in November for outstanding dedication to positive community change.

Nominations for the honor are made by fellow Portlanders to a committee representing city commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, neighborhood associations and other community organizations. The mayor and each commissioner also selected award winners to recognize specific achievements.

Ahmed-Shafi, whose passion was for social justice, also was a board member for the Center for Intercultural Organizing. She died of a brain tumor in July at the age of 35.

Perlman, who reported neighborhood news for the Hollywood Star News and other publications in Portland, died in August in his Eliot neighborhood home. He was 64. His 40-year reporting career followed the development of Portland’s neighborhood associations, and he was a familiar presence at community meetings and events.

Recognized for “Community Harmony” was Midge Purcell with the Urban League of Portland. The outstanding community organization was Friends of Gateway Green. Named the business association of the year was the North-Northeast Business Association, which undertook a Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Run.

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