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Beaumont Hardware Floor Staff
Proudest Professional Moment: Acting assistant manager of Stanwood Hardware, Stanwood, Wash.
First job: Ranch hand during the summer of 1967 in Madras.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The people.
Fun fact: Drove the ALCAN Highway alone with my dog in October, 2005, Seattle to Fairbanks.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: My art studio at home.
Favorite movie: Anything with Harrison Ford or Johnny Depp.
Music of choice: Anything by Eric Clapton
Favorite place to eat: Crow’s Nest in Anchorage, Alaska.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Green Dog and Beaumont Hardware.
Motto/Inspirational quote: Age is a state of mind, if you don’t mind it.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: The ones you do now are great!
Hollywood Neighborhood Association Chair
I am retired, however I volunteer at several local non-profits. Oregon International Air Show (since 1991), Dress for Success-Oregon, Hollywood Neighborhood Association chair, Central Northeast Neighbors chair, Off the Couch Events vice chair, Veterans Day Parade Committee.
Lives: Hollywood since 1974
Plays: Primarily Hollywood, however, there are so many wonderful places to hang out with friends and do something fun all over the city.
Proudest professional moment: Actually, there are two that stand out. As chair of special events at the air show, we hosted several hundred guests with special needs each year at the event. Reserved seating, onsite parking and lunch were provided for each guest. For many it was the only outing that they were able to participate in during the year. The second was the installation of Stoll Plaza here in Hollywood. The neighborhood association worked with the property developer and the city to provide an outdoor space for residents. In a neighborhood that does not have a park of its own, it was important to make that happen.
First job: Working on the Birds Eye Cannery production line in Hillsboro, OR. I am still picky about how broccoli is prepared. Yikes!
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Hollywood feels like an old-fashioned neighborhood or small town. I grew up in the house my dad was born in out in the Helvetia area. Everyone knew everyone and looked out for each other. That is kind of what it feels like here.
Fun fact: I learned how to drive a tractor, before I learned to drive a car. We lived on 62 acres and being the oldest of 7 kids, my dad figured if I could reach the pedals I could be of help. It really was fun, although I never would have told him that.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Sitting around a table with friends enjoying a meal and an adult beverage or two.
Favorite movie: I love the classics, It takes a Thief, Casablanca, The Thin Man series, etc. They just make me feel good.
Music of choice: A little bit of everything. I especially enjoy listening to live music. Watching someone perform the music they love makes me enjoy it even more.
Favorite place to eat: Columbia River Brewing, Aunt Tillie’s, Killer Burger, Pastini’s, Sam’s Billiards
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Magnolia’s, Hollywood Theatre, Antique Alley.
General Manager and Chef at Americano
A new restaurant, soon to open at 2605 E. Burnside, will focus on vermouth/amaro/bitters cocktails and terrific wines by night – and a very exciting “global brunch intrigue” menu by day. I have a mischievous streak a mile wide as a chef, so Americano will feature playful, globetrotting takes on soul food at the crossroads of American food and drinking cultures. I look forward to participating in neighborhood charities – as we do in the restaurant business. Issues of climate change, ecology, human rights, and Planned Parenthood are particular passions for me.
Works: Kerns, that festive neighborhood near East Burnside and 28th
Lives: Hollywood District
Plays: Everywhere there’s music or great wine!
Proudest professional moment: The next dish I’m going to create, the next perfect wine or cocktail I’ll suggest to make your meal memorable. That’s why I’m proud to be in the restaurant world – to delight guests and enjoy the camaraderie of our dedicated staff. I will say having my tiny New Orleans restaurant, Green Goddess, recognized as a Top 100 Wine Restaurant by Wine Enthusiast was really gratifying, too. But serving forth the next meal is very much why I love my career.
First job: In tenth grade, in 1976, at a family pizzeria making $1.75 per hour.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I get such a kick from the secret “fairy houses” and amusing yard art that I come across, walking around in Hollywood. The kids having their Fourth of July parade with a New Orleans band is always a hilarious good time, as is the bigger Children’s Parade during the Rose Festival. I’m from New Orleans, so you know that I love a great, big parade.
Fun fact: I know too much basketball trivia. March Madness is my favorite sports event, followed by NBA hoops.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Usually I’m at work, so I hope Americano becomes a hot spot for a few people. For those rare Saturday nights off, I’ll look for the best music or movie/theater experience I can find. On my nights off, you might find me at Sapphire Hotel, The Driftwood Room, or at one of our urban wineries, like Southeast Wine Collective or Cyril’s.
Favorite movie: Down By Law, starring Tom Waits in the swamps of Louisiana, directed by Jim Jarmusch.
Music of choice: Jazz is my favorite, as there are so many styles from Big Band to bop, from soul funk to the intellectual arrangements of Gil Evans and Wynton Marsalis, and I love listening to KMHD all the time, like I did with WWOZ in Nola. But I do listen to a huge variety of music.
Favorite place to eat: I love exploring Vietnamese restaurants. I also enjoy the barrage of mezze dishes at Mediterranean Exploration Co. downtown, with Korean and Ethiopian fare as my other favorite ongoing culinary quests.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Of course, much love to the Hollywood Theatre, where I’m a member. I also like to pop by Paulsen’s Pharmacy for a milkshake from the soda fountain, my guilty treat. The Moon & Sixpence is a great late night anchor, too. If I’m in the mood for sushi, Daruma, located on the corner of Northeast 42nd and Fremont, is fantastic, intimate, and features beautiful sake!
Motto/Inspirational quote: Wendell Berry, the great Kentucky poet and farmer who reminds us to defend the idea of putting our roots down where we live and love: “What I stand for is what I stand on.”
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: I enjoy reading all the neighborhood news, from my fellow small businesses and great local charities and arts organizations. Keep ‘em coming.
Albina Community Bank
Proudest professional moment: Helping small businesses grow in the communities I serve
First job: Server
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The people – it is like a family.
Fun fact: I cycle my ten-mile commute to work and love it.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Checking out a brewery with great craft beers: sours, stouts, porters.
Favorite movie: Battle Royale
Music of choice: Indie bands
Favorite place to eat: I am eating my way through Portland.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: No way could I choose just one – they are all awesome.
Motto/Inspirational quote: Live life as if it were your last day.