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Our 42nd Avenue community engagement manager
Proudest professional moment: Accidentally insulting one of the mayor’s top aides at a holiday party.
First job: Babysitting!
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Everybody in it.
Fun fact: I once sat courtside at a Bulls game with Scottie Pippen. He was pretty cool.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Sloan’s.
Favorite movie: Free Willy.
Music of choice: Florence + the Machine! Always!
Favorite place to eat: My Granny’s home back in Chicago.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Every business on N.E. 42nd Ave., north of Mason and south of Lombard!
Motto/Inspirational quote: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” —Wayne Gretzky/Michael Scott
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Anything from Ted Perkins! Or just more stories on awesome neighborhood businesses doing awesome things.
Tamara Anne Fowler
Cats! Cats! Cats! and other small animals pet sitting and Open Farm pet food demo rep for the first and only certified humane pet food on the market
Proudest professional moment: Taking care of Crowe, a 17-year-old black cat, while his mom was in Germany. I was giving him meds and fluids. Crowe started to decline, so I took him to the vet—only to find there was water on his heart. We had to put him to sleep, but I was not able to contact the owner in Germany. I took that sweet cat in, giving him all the love he could take, and was with him until the end. I know this might not sound like a proud moment—putting a client’s cat to sleep—but the amount of care I was able to give him and the peace of mind I could give his mom … it was a gentle, beautiful thing.
First job: Server at Large’s Big Dipper in La Habra, California.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The way 42nd is growing—a blessing and curse—I love being able to walk to my favorite neighborhood hangs!
Fun fact: Pizza Jerk is the oldest building on Northeast 42nd Ave. This may need to be fact checked, but I remember learning that it used to be a dairy, or something.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Home with kitties or downtown at a small club taking in a concert or at 24-Hour Fitness (when I am being good).
Favorite movie: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Music of choice: Alternative punk.
Favorite place to eat: Miss Zumstein’s and Old Salt Marketplace and Pizzicato and Pizza Jerk and Red Sauce Pizza. (Hmm … I see a trend here.)
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Gina’s Cafe – and the success story behind it.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Be kind to everyone you meet for they are fighting a great battle,” and “While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.” —Mark Twain.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: More on senior housing, rent control issues, etc.
Business Lender at Craft3, nonprofit investing in communities and small businesses in Oregon and Washington
Proudest professional moment: Helping Living Cully, a coalition of neighborhood organizations, purchase the old Sugar Shack strip club.
First job: Cart kid at Salishan golf course.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Diversity, walkability and bike-ability.
Fun fact: Craft3 has a new online loan application that businesses can use to apply for loans: www.craft3.org/apply. (Fun!)
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Anywhere with good friends.
Favorite movie: Kitchen Stories, a quirky Swedish film.
Music of choice: Anything with Soul.
Favorite place to eat: Supa, Spielman Bagels, Mars Portland, Bread & Honey.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Kiriko, an artisan clothier that makes modern clothes and accessories using traditional Japanese methods/prints. (It’s a new shop in Old Town.)
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” – Chief Seattle, 1855.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Good news about community oriented people and organizations
Founder and Executive Director at Building Blocks to Success Corp. (BB2S), a local nonprofit organization
Works: Concordia and throughout North and Northeast Portland.
Plays: All over Northeast Portland as a football coach at Central Catholic, robotics teacher at City Christian School, youth ministry leader at New Song Community Church and mentor to youth throughout Portland.
Proudest professional moment: Stepping out on faith and leaving my job at Banfield Pet Hospital this past summer to pursue my passion for working with youth by going full-time with my business.
First job: My first “real” job out of college was working for Daimler Trucks North America in their trucking division with Freightliner as a buyer on the corporate procurement team located on Swan Island.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The many different styles of homes and neighborhoods that surround mine. I love walking or riding my bike around the neighborhood and seeing the many changes going on. My neighborhood is close to many wonderful restaurants and small shops that I enjoy checking out.
Fun fact: Just got into road biking and love it. I ride on the corridors and along the designated bike roads around the neighborhood.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: It’s really just being at home with my family relaxing because I am busy running around all the time so to be able to chill out and relax is a great time for me.
Favorite movie: An older movie called “Fresh” because it deals with strategically navigating through life like playing chess and I enjoy playing chess so I totally get it.
Music of choice: I love listening to Jazz and Gospel music. I typically have music playing all the time when I’m at my office or when I’m at home or in my car.
Favorite place to eat: Thai Noon on Alberta or NoHo’s on Fremont.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Amalfi’s Italian restaurant on Fremont or Cat Six Cycles on 42nd Ave., ProForce Athletics on MLK Jr. Blvd.
Motto/Inspirational quote: The only limits that you have are the limits that you put on yourself. Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Stories about youth doing good things in the community.
Star News advertising executive
Proudest professional moment: Winning a sales competition and a trip to Mardi Gras.
First job: Customer service at an independent oil company.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Running into people I know.
Fun fact: I love painting furniture in bright, fun colors and designs.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: It varies. I like to listen to live music.
Favorite movie: 300, I love Gerard Butler!
Music of choice: Country, old and new.
Favorite place to eat: Amalfi’s.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Now it’s Sandy Blvd. Tire and Auto. They saved me last Friday. I had a severely damaged flat tire!
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Decisions determine destiny.”
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Maybe local philanthropy stories?