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 Councilvote; in the other, neighbors asked for changes in City demolition and building permit regulations.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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