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City to give North/Northeast affordable housing $20-million boost

City to give North/Northeast affordable housing $20-million boost

By Phill Colombo
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Saying it is investing $20 million in North/Northeast Portland over the next five years to help address the need for affordable housing, the City of Portland is asking citizens for advice on its housing strategy. The public has been invited to participate in the Portland Housing Bureau’s Community Forums to learn about affordable housing tools and provide input on how to invest the $20 million.

The … More

Portland schedules public hearings on City’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Portland schedules public hearings on City’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

By Phill Colombo
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Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission has scheduled four public hearings, inviting Portlanders to share feedback about a proposed draft of the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan:

•  Tuesday, October 14, 5-9 p.m.: Parkrose High School, Student Center. 12003 N.E. Shaver St.
•  Tuesday, October 28, 5-9 p.m.: Portland Community College Southeast Center, Community Hall, 2305 82nd Ave.
•  Tuesday, November 4, 4-8 p.m.: 1900 S.W. 4th More

Neighbors closer to drafting proposal to curb house demolitions

Neighbors closer to drafting proposal to curb house demolitions

By Phill Colombo
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Upwards of 100 representatives from Portland neighborhoods and coalitions gathered in early September at Grant Park Church to further refine a proposal to stop needless demolitions of older residential structures throughout the city. Dubbed “Demolition Summit II,” the confab followed a smaller gathering of just over two dozen neighborhood leaders earlier this year.

Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association Immediate Past President Al Ellis chaired the meeting … More

All Hands Raised Partnership gains many grants for kids

All Hands Raised Partnership gains many grants for kids

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The All Hands Raised Partnership, which supports school districts in Portland, has received more than $600,000 from local and national foundations and corporations since January, said vice president Jeanie-Marie Price.

The organization supports local districts in work toward kindergarten readiness, attaining ninth-grade credits toward graduation, eliminating chronic absenteeism and eliminating disparities across communities.

In the fall, Price said, the organization will … More

The Pea Pod to offer support for families

The Pea Pod to offer support for families

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

A new non-profit, The Pea Pod Family Resource Center, is forming to provide a shared support system for families, especially those with newborns to 6-year-olds.

The Pea Pod resources are expected to include parenting workshops, adult and children’s wellness classes, support groups, play groups and a play-based cooperative pre-school, according to Natasha Stanley, marketing co-chair.

Tara Sawyer, who spearheaded The Pea Pod, … More

Middle school to gain filmmaking studio

Middle school to gain filmmaking studio

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The Hollywood Theatre Education Programs will take film making to Open Meadow Middle School with a state-of-the-art media arts studio, thanks to a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation.

The studio will feature 16 production stations and editing bays, equipped with DSLR cameras, light kits, sound equipment and MacBook Pros loaded with Adobe Creative Suite, according to a news release.

A … More

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