Our Neighborhood Stars feature is designed to shine a little light on the people you see every day, working, living and playing in our Northeast and North Portland neighborhoods. If you’d like to be a neighborhood Star, or know someone who would, you can request a survey by emailing ofni.1505840017swen-1505840017rats@1505840017snikr1505840017epdet1505840017.
Flora Bella Flowers owner and Portland Rescue Mission volunteer
Proudest professional moment: Receiving my certification from the Floral Design Institute.
First job: U.S. Army
Favorite thing about your neighborhood: I am blessed with very kind neighbors. It is just great to see them outside in their yards with smiles on their faces.
Fun fact: I spent three years in the U.S. Army.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: At home barbecuing.
Favorite movie: Three Amigos.
Music of choice: Oldies and Christian.
Favorite place to eat: Luca’s.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Found on Fremont, Pip’s, The Arrangement, Beaumont Market.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Life is the flower for which love is the honey,” Victor Hugo. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever,” Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: News about new and start-up businesses.
Broadway Physical Therapy physical therapist
Proudest professional moment: Presenting my research project on the shoulder at a major physical therapy conference.
First job: I was a roller coaster ride operator at Knott’s Berry Farm.
Favorite thing about your neighborhood: The amazing people, and the proximity of amazing parks and food.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: In a tent somewhere in the back country.
Favorite movie: The Shawshank Redemption.
Favorite place to eat: Pambiche.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Next Adventure.
Motto/Inspirational quote: Keep moving forward!
American Family Insurance: Dominic Scott Agency
Proudest professional moment: Teaching at Clackamas Community College.
First job: Papa Murphy’s Pizza.
Favorite thing about your neighborhood: I’m pretty sure West Linn is the safest city in Oregon.
Fun fact: Former violist for the Metro Youth Symphony for years – and we practiced at Beaumont Middle School. I love being back in this neighborhood.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Stanford’s Happy Hour.
Favorite movie: Any of the Lord of the Rings.
Music of choice: Anything with a good beat.
Favorite place to eat: Toro Bravo.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Alameda Brew Pub.
Motto/Inspirational quote: Live well and love hard.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Local and LGBTQ articles.
Trinity Lutheran Christian School principal
Proudest professional moment: Helping a young child who struggled with anger at school to improve daily over the course of several years, when surrounded with parental partnership, clear expectations, prayer, love, patience and grace.
First job: Non-professional: Lawn mowing. Professional: Humane Society Education Department – the guy who brings the puppies to schools.
Favorite thing about your neighborhood: Liveliness, diversity, walk-ability.
Fun fact: If I weren’t a principal, I’d have to seriously consider being a cowboy.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: By a campfire with people I adore – backyard, woods, beach … doesn’t matter.
Favorite movie: Rustler’s Rhapsody with Tom Berenger. (Look it up … it’s a real thing).
Music of choice: Depending on mood … folk, classic rock, world mix, some Christian rock.
Favorite place to eat: As long as meat is offered, I’m in.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Concordia University, Jim and Patty’s, Stanich’s
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” Ephesians 3:23
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: People serving in interesting, enthusiastic ways.
Mind Body Mindfulness educator,
providing mindfulness education and stress reduction training.
Proudest professional moment: I’m not sure I’d say proud, but I would say most pivotal and heartfelt. That would be letting go of the big business world of healthcare to teach mindfulness and wellness. The joy of watching people transform their relationship to life’s challenges is most inspiring and rewarding work.
First job: “Cartographer” for an executive management firm when I was 15 years old. It was a weird job for a 15-year-old.
Favorite thing about your neighborhood: Friendliness, walk-ability, parks, trees, libraries, great eats, farmer’s markets and small businesses
Fun fact: Did you know that mindfulness and meditation practice boosts your immune system?
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Depends on the mood I’m in.
Favorite movie: So many: Inside Out, Like Water for Chocolate, Gone with the Wind, Shawshank Redemption, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Departures, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Italian Job, Cherry Blossoms.
Music of choice: Blues, but also depends on the mood of the moment.
Favorite place to eat: Mama Leos, Chaba Thai, County Cork, Cafe Destino, The Sudra, EastBurn, Petisco, Tapalaya, The Observatory, Rhinelander/Gustav’s, Nicholas, Fleur De Lis Bakery & Cafe, New Deal Café.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Mother & Child Education Center, Hollywood Yoga, Laurelhurst Theatre, Magnolias, Portland Urgent Care, H.Q. La State Farm Insurance, Popinas, Orange Splot.
Motto/Inspirational quote: Face your fears. The result is joy and peace.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: People helping people. Coming together as a community. Stories about joy and goodness in people’s lives.