Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Beaumont Florist marks 25 years of ownership on Fremont Street

Beaumont Florist marks 25 years of ownership on Fremont Street

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Pattie Scarpelli has celebrated her 25th year as owner of Beaumont Florist, 4201 N.E. Fremont St., a business that suddenly became available to her in 1988.

She had worked at the shop under the previous name, Fremont Florist, for 10 years when the owner suddenly died with no family or heirs. Scarpelli contacted the landlord, worked out the details and became … More

Kathy Eaton steps in as community liaison at the Star News

Kathy Eaton steps in as community liaison at the Star News

Kathy Eaton is originally from the East Coast but she has lived in Northeast Portland for almost 20 years. In 2009, she began writing a monthly column in the voice of a standard Boxer named Hank for The Hollywood Star News, chronicling their visits to local businesses and championing support for all animals. After Hollywood Hank passed away in January 2013, Kathy transitioned to writing feature articles for the Star … More

Out and About in Kenton: North Portland neighborhood reflects its working class roots

Out and About in Kenton: North Portland neighborhood reflects its working class roots

 

By Kathy Eaton
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Before the Swift Meat Packing company purchased the independent Union Meat Company in 1906, the neighborhood butcher was king; and because of its proximity to the meat-packing plant, Swift formed a company town in Kenton, a North Portland neighborhood bordered by Columbia and Lombard boulevards, Chautauqua Avenue and I-5.

“As Swift went, so did Kenton,” according to Alta Mitchoff, author of the book, History More

Unique options for matching personal fitness with community giving

Unique options for matching personal fitness with community giving

By Jamie Caulley
For the Hollywood Star News

The traditional holiday season of giving just ended. But why not keep it going into the new year? Often January brings a change in focus towards personal goals, frequently fitness goals. What about combining the two? Here are a couple opportunities that will help you increase your physical activity while giving back to your community at the same time.

Pixie Project

This … More

Mama Leo’s in Roseway: Where two friends focus on familiar foods

Mama Leo’s in Roseway: Where two friends focus on familiar foods

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

For years, Diana Delima’s daughter and Carolina Blanco’s son told the two friends to open a business together and have it related to food.

Last spring, the women followed that advice and opened Mama Leo’s at 6729 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

It is one of Portland’s few restaurants serving the foods of Colombia and Venezuela, their native lands. Because the home cooking of … More

Irvington Bridge Club still taking tricks after 109 years

Irvington Bridge Club still taking tricks after 109 years

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Resilient is the word for the Irvington Bridge Club, which formed in 1905 as a ladies’ auxiliary to the then-newly organized Irvington Tennis Club.

It held teas and luncheons and raised funds to promote youth activities at the tennis club. Besides cards, the club program might include folk dancing and book reviews. Membership was restricted to 100, and a waiting list formed.… More

Windermere jazz supports low-income families

Windermere jazz supports low-income families

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Jazz connoisseurs and local musicians gathered recently for the third annual jazz night to raise funds for the Windermere Foundation and its program to benefit low-income and homeless families.

Ron Howard, managing broker at the Northeast Portland office of Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group, Inc., organized the event, which raised approximately $1,500 for the foundation.

In addition to organizing the event, … More

Hahn Solo hair salon lands on Sandy Boulevard

Hahn Solo hair salon lands on Sandy Boulevard

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Caroline Parker, who once planned to be a doctor, has opened a hair salon, Hanh Solo, in the Bindery Building at 3115 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Suite 220.

Parker has created a three-chair salon intended to be peaceful and comfortable in a grown-up environment, she said, “so you can have a conversation without having to shout over a crowd of people.”

Eight … More

Missing Link shop owners keep rolling on

Missing Link shop owners keep rolling on

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

James and Libby Emond , the owners of Missing Link Bicycle Shop, 7215 N.E. Sandy Blvd., have been open for a year and a half. It previously was owned by Joe Rettke.

James Emond describes the business as “a small shop with big capabilities and a muscular service department.”

With the shop dog, Mrs. Magoo, and the mechanic, Steve, the Emonds offer … More

New owner of Peter’s Bar and Grill excited about neighborhood potential

New owner of Peter’s Bar and Grill excited about neighborhood potential

By Phill Colombo
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A relaxed chat with 37-year-old Tim Williams was punctuated by his frequently leaving to wait on customers (he’s the only one—aside from the cook—working a Sunday afternoon shift with almost two dozen customers) and yielded his admission as a neophyte with Peter’s Bar & Grill, a hard-liquor bar. Williams’ prior entertainment industry work was a scant three years of busing, serving and “a little bar-tending” in … More

Portland green-lights Hollywood District micro-units

Portland green-lights Hollywood District micro-units

By Phill Colombo
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Over objections from residents and businesses, a Seattle firm’s development of a five-story, 50-unit building without parking on the footprint of a two-story house continues. The project is located on Northeast 41st Avenue across the street from Trader Joe’s.

Portland Bureau of Development Services spokesman Ross Caron said, “It looks like this project is proceeding through routine reviews.” Micro-unit construction is allowed under City regulations, but … More

New spa offers warm water therapy for children with complex needs

New spa offers warm water therapy for children with complex needs

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The warm waters of aquatic therapy help increase range of motion, reduce pain and keep essential body systems running, according to staff at the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center.

The water also can open a world of social and verbal skills, said staff members who provide 24-hour skilled nursing care for children with profound disabilities and complex medical … More

Beaumont Village Apartments to move ahead with minor changes

Beaumont Village Apartments to move ahead with minor changes

By Phill Colombo
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There was mixed reaction to Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) early December final ruling, remanding to the City of Portland a building permit allowing Beaverton-based VWR Development to continue construction on its four-story, mixed-use building on Northeast Fremont Street between 44th and 45th avenues. LUBA ruled on Beaumont-Wilshire Neighbors for Responsible Growth’s (BWNFRG) appeal of the City of Portland’s building permit and ordered that … More

New lights brighten up Hollywood Library

New lights brighten up Hollywood Library

By Bryan Fearn
Hollywood Library manager

If you have been in our library recently you may have noticed that it is substantially brighter. Since the building opened we have had too little light for the tasks performed in the building. That was less noticeable in the areas that brought in lots of natural light, but the interior spaces and the entire building after dark could best be described as “dim.” … More

Seasonal activity at Tosis property, but no restaurant

Seasonal activity at Tosis property, but no restaurant

By Phill Colombo
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For the first time in a year, property at Northeast 62nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard occupied by Tosis Restaurant for the past four decades has seen a user, if only in the parking lot. Devoid of business in 2013, the parking lot was the site for Christmas tree sales throughout December.

Rob Moneyhan of Colliers International told the Star the property’s owner lives in Seattle and … More

Grant High School students to attend class at Marshall in 2017

Grant High School students to attend class at Marshall in 2017

By Phill Colombo
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Portland Public Schools has announced that U.S. Grant High School students will move to Southeast Portland’s Marshall High School campus at Southeast 91st Avenue and Center Street for two years, beginning in the summer of 2017. Prior to that, Franklin High School will use Marshall as its temporary home from summer 2015 to summer 2017.

The plan was unveiled at a mid-December Grant PTA meeting where … More

The rebirth of a grand movie palace

The rebirth of a grand movie palace

By Tom Vandel
Hollywood Theatre board member

When the curtains at the Hollywood Theatre first parted on Saturday, July 17, 1926, the movie palace became an instant icon for the community. From that moment on, people began to call the surrounding neighborhood Hollywood. Droves of people arrived that opening day via Model T, streetcar, bike and foot. It was, by all accounts, a momentous occasion.

Today, the Hollywood Theatre is … More

Portland Kitchen offers job training, cooking skills for neighborhood kids

Portland Kitchen offers job training, cooking skills for neighborhood kids

By Anne Laufe
For the Hollywood Star News

Home economics classes have gone the way of the rotary telephone and the typewriter. As budgets have shrunk over the past two decades, most schools in the Portland area have done away with home ec, leaving students with no formal training in how to shop and cook for themselves.

Now, faced with elevated obesity rates and a generation of students graduating from … More

Native American youth train for construction jobs

Native American youth train for construction jobs

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Native American youth are receiving training in construction and house renovation through a partnership with a local housing agency.

The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) is working with Proud Ground, formed in 1999 by the City of Portland and local housing advocates to provide permanently affordable homes. The organization also works in Gresham and Washington County.

Martin McAllister, the … More

Bar Foundation seeks proposals to fund civic education programs

Bar Foundation seeks proposals to fund civic education programs

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Non-profit organizations with civic education programs, especially those relating to the legal system and the judicial system, may be eligible for grants from the Multnomah Bar Foundation.

The foundation, a non-profit supported by local lawyers, judges and others in the legal community, will accept letters of inquiry through January 24. Criteria for the letters and more information about the grants program are … More

Rain gardens, natural plants help protect waterways

Rain gardens, natural plants help protect waterways

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Portland residents can take steps to benefit the fish, wildlife and people who use our local waterways by developing a rain garden. They also can learn how to use native plants in landscapes to conserve water, reduce pollution and provide healthy habitat for people, fish and other wildlife.

The city’s Bureau of Environmental Services and the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation More