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Office manager for our mediation and arbitration business, but I’m also a photographer, singer and – now – an actor
Proudest professional moment: One proud moment was performing in Naked Lunch at age 66. Another was creating a music and dinner show for a corporation at Atwater’s. I selected music to go between each course of a six-course dinner, including being met at the door – with the wait staff holding magnums of champagne – by singers performing “The Night They Invented Champagne.”
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The amazing people everywhere. The walkability. There are so many restaurants we can walk to. Starbucks and Jim & Patty’s for coffee and Beaumont Market grocery store just around the corner. The post office and bank are also walkable. We moved here in 2003 to be closer to my husband’s brother and our block is amazing. I wanted to go caroling our first Christmas here so I made caroling books and we caroled in the rain and loved it. We have done it every year since, with big groups and lots of children to ring doorbells.
Fun Fact: Growing up, my parents built and ran the Division Street Corral dance hall. My three siblings and I worked there. I joined the New Oregon Singers in 1969 and sang and traveled throughout the world with them for 18 years. I also sang with a group called Pure Class and with the Portland Opera Chorus for 21 years. During my mother’s later years, I came up with a simple idea that is proving to be helpful and fun for many. I created placemats that help improve memory skills and provide education fun for young children. I call them MatchMats. Recently, as a bit of a fluke, I performed in the play Naked Lunch in Los Angeles. I am hoping we might be able to do it in Portland someday. In March and April this year I will hang some of my art at the Beaverton City Hall with my friend Maureen Love – who is also a photographer and plays harp with Pink Martini.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: The older I get the happier I am just being cozy at home with my husband, Doug, and watching a movie or working on my computer with my photos.
Favorite movie: “Somewhere in Time” is one of my favorites but I love many.
Music of choice: Classical has become my favorite music. I also like old western and instrumentals with guitar, banjo, piano and cello.
Favorite place to eat: Amalfi’s! Also Alameda Brew House and Cha Cha Cha. And now the wine shop with their great cheese, wine, salads and paninis.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: I love shopping at the Arrangement, and Beaumont Hardware comes in quite handy too. Green Dog pet store used to be a regular stop, but we lost both of our pets this last year.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust. “Who is the richest? The one satisfied with what they have.”
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: My MatchMats!
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management training and exercise specialist, Boise Neighborhood Association secretary, communications chair and emergency team lead
Lives: Boise (Frequently mislabeled Boise/Eliot neighborhood because of the school.)
Works: Lents. The Portland Emergency Communications Center where I work is located far from downtown on the most stable soil in the city, to protect it from impacts from major earthquakes. It’s going to be immediately usable after the Big One, so we can rely on it for city response and recovery.
Proudest professional moment: This past week I worked over the weekend and even slept at my office to support the city and county’s response to the severe weather impacts on transient and homeless populations. It’s inspiring to work with these people, and know our work is helping to save lives and improve quality of life during trying times.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I’ve lived in the Albina area for nine years and in Boise for four. I love being walking distance from so many restaurants and shops. I like our smaller house lots, our alleys, and our diversity and rich history.
Favorite place to eat: Favorite Mississippi restaurants are Radar, Por Que No, Sweedeedee and Interurban. On Williams, I love Poa Cafe and Hopworks. I could go on, there are so many good ones.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Barre3, Pistils, Flutter, Paxton Gate and Wanderlust + Wildhearts.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “I am who I am, and what I believe in and what my spirituality is about is that we’re all in this together.” – Bernie Sanders
Proudest professional moment: Photographing nine immigrants for the City of Beaverton’s BOLD program in 2016 and having my first solo show still on exhibit.
First job: My first newspaper internship was at the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The trees! Ease of walking around and reading neighborhood poetry posts.
Fun Fact: I once got kicked out of a convent when I was 19 and lived in New Orleans.
Favorite movie: I recently saw “Moonlight” and loved it.
Music of choice: All over the map.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: The Hollywood Theater, Rust Coffee and the Hollywood Library.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn
Edward Jones financial advisor
Proudest professional moment: I love my job and have been with the company for almost 19 years.
First job: I miss being a paperboy. It was a great first job and I learned a lot about business.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: We have great people in our neighborhood. Everyone looks out for each other. I also love that I rarely need to drive. I can walk or ride to most everything we need.
Fun Fact: I still ride my bike to the comic shop.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: If there is a Blazer game on, NEPO42 – they have a great deal on wings and the best tap list.
Favorite movie: I like Jason Statham movies. It’s nice that they are all pretty much the same.
Favorite place to eat: Old Salt for brunch, Pizza Jerk for lunch, and Ciao Vito for dinner.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things.”
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: My biggest concern in the area is all the apartments going up without parking.
Residential Realtor at Realty Trust Group on Northeast Sandy
Proudest professional moment: When I helped one of my first real estate clients, an active medic with the Oregon Air National Guard, purchase his first home.
First job: My first job was as an usher at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: My favorite things are the vibrant local shopping scenes, inexpensive international cuisines, and my 32nd Avenue neighbors are the most engaged, trustworthy bunch you could ever hope to share a street with.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: I try not to go out on the weekend, but one of my favorite go-to’s for a drink and some snacks is Expatriate a few blocks from my house.
Favorite movie: I love movies and have so many favorites. A few of the ones I have to stop everything and watch if they’re on TV: “Shawshank Redemption,” “Trading Places,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Steel Magnolias and Pulp Fiction.”
Favorite place to eat: As a major food-lover, this is a hard one. Favorites include Enzo’s Caffe Italiano, Screen Door, Arrosto and Bora Bora Taqueria.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: I love shopping at The Arrangement, Garnish, Presents of Mind, Collage, pedX Shoes, Imelda’s and Tumbleweed.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: I just read an L.A. Times article about the American Legion on Alberta and how they’re breaking with tradition in order to keep their doors open. I bet you could do better!