Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

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Portland residents air street repair fee and demolition opinions

Portland residents air street repair fee and demolition opinions

By Phill Colombo
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A couple of late-May and mid-June meetings saw some of Portland’s elected officials apprised of citizen opinion on a proposed road maintenance fee, and city bureaucrats looped into public opinion on infill demolition and rebuilding. In one case, airing concerns resulted in a delayed City Council vote; in the other, neighbors asked for changes in City demolition and building permit regulations.

Residents and business owners packed … More

At your service: Steps to a great paint job – Know how to get the best for your home

At your service: Steps to a great paint job – Know how to get the best for your home

By Weinmann Painting
For the Hollywood Star News

Be lead-safe

Houses built before 1978 (like most houses in the Laurelhurst area) may contain lead paint, which can be harmful to families, yards and pets if not removed properly.

A lead test will be able to tell if lead is present in your home. Test kits are available at paint stores for about $8.

If lead is present, it is extremely … More

Efforts to curb demolition and infill continued

Efforts to curb demolition and infill continued

By Phill Colombo
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Portland’s neighborhood associations are gearing up to generate significant attendance and broaden their involvement at a public forum 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, at Concordia University’s Luther Hall.  Office of Neighborhood Involvement Director Amalia Alarcón de Morris will moderate the session sponsored by Portland’s North, Central Northeast, Northeast and Southeast neighborhood coalitions, according to Mary Jaron Kelley, North Portland Neighborhood Services associate program director.

Experts from … More

New TriMet buses hit the streets, 2014 model MAX cars also on way

New TriMet buses hit the streets, 2014 model MAX cars also on way

By Phill Colombo
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This spring, TriMet’s newest 40-foot diesel buses began rolling off a California assembly line for an initial break-in drive to Portland. During May, the buses began carrying riders in the Portland region. Over the past two years, TriMet has added 125 new vehicles with 90 more new buses slated to be in service by the end of 2014.

Serial numbers on the newest buses start at … More

Patience is key for neighborhood gardeners

Patience is key for neighborhood gardeners

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Gardeners will need patience this spring because of the cold winter and low temperatures in early spring nights, gardening experts advise.

“I think everything is going to be later this year,” said Hester Garbellano, a garden designer and Master Gardener with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Wait until the soil is near 60 degrees Fahrenheit before transferring tomatoes and other vegetables … More

Neil Kelly Memorial Scholarship: Helping four neighborhood students pay for college

Neil Kelly Memorial Scholarship: Helping four neighborhood students pay for college

Memorial scholarships honor Neil Kelly, founder of remodeling business, community leader and charter member of the Rotary Club of Albina

On May 16, the Rotary Club of Albina will present four North/Northeast Portland high school students with the Neil Kelly Memorial Scholarship, which provides them $8,000 ($2,000 per year for up to four years) to help pay for their college education.

The Neil Kelly Memorial Scholarship was started 17 years … More

North/Northeast neighborhood business district events funded

North/Northeast neighborhood business district events funded

By Phill Colombo
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Venture Portland, an organization awarding grants to stimulate business, has earmarked $37,000 to fund close to two dozen spring/summer projects in Portland’s neighborhood business districts citywide. According to VP, the funding will result in an additional $179,591 in private investment, a 5-to-1 match.

Central Northeast Neighbors executive director Alison Stoll, who chairs Venture Portland’s Grants Committee and represents the Parkrose Business Association, said the … More

Development Update: Dawson Park playground

Development Update: Dawson Park playground

By Phill Colombo
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Portland Parks & Recreation identified more funding to upgrade playground surfacing and equipment at soon-to-be-opened Dawson Park. In addition to a universally accessible playground surface, several play equipment pieces were selected for use by children of all abilities. The Portland Development Commission and PP&R are collaborating to restore Dawson Park as a key community gathering place, honoring the park’s rich African-American history. The $2.7-million construction, begun … More

TriMet bus riders get new street furniture

TriMet bus riders get new street furniture

By Phill Colombo
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Riders on Line 75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard, which carries passengers between St. Johns in North Portland and the City of Milwaukie south of Portland, have new places to relax and rest while waiting for the bus. About 600 benches were replaced as part of a program funded entirely by Lamar Advertising. TriMet said the new benches will be more durable, easier to maintain and bolted to the … More

PPS approves student increase for Benson High School next school year

PPS approves student increase for Benson High School next school year

By Phill Colombo
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With a goal of ensuring that “every student by name will meet or exceed academic standards and will be fully prepared to make productive life decisions by the end of elementary, middle and high school,” the Portland Public Schools (PPS) board of directors approved an increase of students to be admitted as freshman and sophomores to Benson Polytechnic High School (BPHS). At the same time, the … More

TriMet proposes 2015 budget that responds to improving regional economy

TriMet proposes 2015 budget that responds to improving regional economy

By Phill Colombo
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Public transit is set to improve during the next year should TriMet’s board of directors approve a budget aimed at adding bus and MAX service back to 2010 levels, sharpen schedule reliability and add buses to some lines to reduce overcrowding. For the second consecutive year, TriMet will not ask for a fare increase.

Proposed additions of weekday evening trips on frequent-service lines is designed to … More

Rose City Park association urges caution as city seeks input on short-term rental regulations

Rose City Park association urges caution as city seeks input on short-term rental regulations

By Phill Colombo
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The City of Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission is scheduled to hear public comments on Tuesday, April 22, between 6 and 9 p.m. at 1900 S.W. 4th Ave., Suite 2500A, following the March release of a second draft of proposed regulations on less-than-30-day rentals, currently considered under the hotel/motel regulations.

While the City moves forward on what it calls a “minor” amendment, allowing short-term rentals (STRs) … More

Art to raise awareness of water issues

Art to raise awareness of water issues

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Artists may submit work until March 15 for the Recycled Rain Project, which is dedicated to raising awareness of local and international water-related issues.

A jury of artists will select those who will be asked to create new work using recycled rainwater, said Sara Sjol, founder and Recycled Rainer. An exhibit of these works is scheduled to open at 6 p.m. May … More

Bike rides planned for Sunday Parkways

Bike rides planned for Sunday Parkways

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Sunday Parkways events are scheduled throughout the city, starting May 11 in East Portland and concluding September 28 in Southwest Portland, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The series of free community events opens streets for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. An estimated 100,000 residents and visitors annually say they enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and … More

Volunteer’s of America’s Kay Toran honored with leadership award

Volunteer’s of America’s Kay Toran honored with leadership award

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star

Kay Toran, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Oregon, has received the Gov. Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award from Concordia University.

Before joining Volunteers of America, Toran was director of Oregon’s Department of Services to Children and Families. She held the post longer than any other person in state history.

She also has served with the former Children’s Services Division,More

Twelve neighborhood school buildings will get summer of 2014 facelifts

Twelve neighborhood school buildings will get summer of 2014 facelifts

By Phill Colombo
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Portland Public Schools (PPS) is doubling the number of schools slated for renovation during 2014’s summer, compared to last year’s projects. This year’s $15.5-million bond-funded improvements begin in June for completion when school opens on September 2, according to David Mayne, PPS spokesman for the bond projects.

Schools to be worked on this summer include Arleta, Beach, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Chief Joseph, Creston, Grout, Hosford, James John, King, More

Lloyd Center Nordstrom to close after 55 years as anchor tenant

Lloyd Center Nordstrom to close after 55 years as anchor tenant

By Phill Colombo
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After almost 55 years as a Lloyd Center anchor, Nordstrom will close its Lloyd Center store at the end of 2014, announcing that 220 non-seasonal employees who want to continue working with the firm “will likely have a position available for them.” Nordstrom, operating 260 stores in 35 states, also announced the closure of its Vancouver Mall store in Washington.

Erik Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom stores, … More

Correction: Don’t get lost looking for discounts at Green Zebra Grocery

Correction: Don’t get lost looking for discounts at Green Zebra Grocery

In our March 2014 print edition, we inadvertently published the incorrect address for Green Zebra Grocery, a new, quick-stop market offering healthy and locally sourced foods in the Kenton neighborhood.

The store is located at 3011 N. Lombard St.

Our online version of the story has been corrected and can be found here.

The address that we published in the newspaper is in the St. JohnsMore

Tamale Boy to open restaurant in Woodlawn neighborhood in March

Tamale Boy to open restaurant in Woodlawn neighborhood in March

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Tamale Boy, which has served authentic Mexican street food from a truck for the past three years, plans a grand opening for a brick-and-mortar restaurant on March 14.

The new Tamale Boy, still using family recipes, will be at 1764 N.E. Dekum St., in the up-and-coming Woodlawn neighborhood, said owner Jaime Soltero Jr. With a large patio, it will have … More

Green Zebra Grocery offers healthy food, senior discounts on Tuesdays

Green Zebra Grocery offers healthy food, senior discounts on Tuesdays

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Green Zebra Grocery, a quick-stop market offering healthy and locally sourced foods, is new in the Kenton neighborhood and offers discounts for some customers.

The grocery store at 3011 N. Lombard St. offers 10 percent discounts on Tuesdays for customers who are age 62 or better. Students with school identification get 10 percent discounts on Wednesdays. A “Healthy Access” discount … More

Library website available in five languages

Library website available in five languages

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The Multnomah County Library’s website features content available in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese as well as English, according to Vailey Oehlke, director of libraries.

“The library’s translated website is another positive step toward providing responsive and inclusive service to our diverse community,” said Oehlke. “As the needs of our community shift and evolve, the library will continue to look ahead … More