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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.