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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

Thriving business district sparks community on historic North Portland Ave.

Thriving business district sparks community on historic North Portland Ave.

By Kathy Eaton
photos by Judy Nelson
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“North Mississippi Avenue is returning back to the street it was a century ago. It was a streetcar community with approximately 400 homes built by Northern European immigrant craftsmen,” said Kay Newell, owner of Sunlan Lighting, 3901 N. Mississippi Ave.

Historic North Mississippi Avenue is part of Boise, a Northeast Portland neighborhood bordered by Fremont and Skidmore streets, Rodney Avenue and … More

Bureau seeks proposals for healthy watersheds

Bureau seeks proposals for healthy watersheds

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

A city bureau is looking for community based projects that would improve Portland’s watershed and benefit neighborhoods. The Bureau of Environmental Services has grants of up to $10,000 for selected proposals.

The bureau has set a deadline of 4 p.m. February 14 for community groups to submit a one-page, pre-application form for the Community Watershed Stewardship Program, said Linc Mann, bureau spokesman. … More

Portland Food Project seeks neighborhood coordinators, food donors

Portland Food Project seeks neighborhood coordinators, food donors

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The Portland Food Project, an all-volunteer organization, is seeking more residents who will provide non-perishable food to two Northeast Portland pantries on a regular basis, said spokesman Richard Nudelman.

Volunteers have begun donating items for the Northeast Emergency Food Program, a program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and Casa Trinidad Food House, a program of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Residents may become … More

New trail opens to cyclists and pedestrians

New trail opens to cyclists and pedestrians

By Phill Colombo
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The newly paved Columbia Slough Trail, now open for cyclists, walkers and runners, provides painted striping and directional sign safe passage for bikers and pedestrians beneath I-5 with mountain views, birds and other wildlife habitat. Trail entry points are located at North Vancouver and Denver avenues.

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February 2014 calendar: North and Northeast Portland events

February 2014 calendar: North and Northeast Portland events

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Guardino shows include heart art
Feb. 1. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jenny Gray’s oil paintings and Evan Burnette’s fused glass are in the main gallery. A group show, “The Heart of the Matter,” is in the feature area. Exhibits close Feb. 25. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 … More

Kathy Eaton steps in as community liaison at the Star News

Kathy Eaton steps in as community liaison at the Star News

Kathy Eaton is originally from the East Coast but she has lived in Northeast Portland for almost 20 years. In 2009, she began writing a monthly column in the voice of a standard Boxer named Hank for The Hollywood Star News, chronicling their visits to local businesses and championing support for all animals. After Hollywood Hank passed away in January 2013, Kathy transitioned to writing feature articles for the Star … More

North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood reflects its working class roots

North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood reflects its working class roots

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By Kathy Eaton
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Before the Swift Meat Packing company purchased the independent Union Meat Company in 1906, the neighborhood butcher was king; and because of its proximity to the meat-packing plant, Swift formed a company town in Kenton, a North Portland neighborhood bordered by Columbia and Lombard boulevards, Chautauqua Avenue and I-5.

“As Swift went, so did Kenton,” according to Alta Mitchoff, author of the book, History of More

Mama Leo’s in Roseway: Where two friends focus on familiar foods

Mama Leo’s in Roseway: Where two friends focus on familiar foods

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

For years, Diana Delima’s daughter and Carolina Blanco’s son told the two friends to open a business together and have it related to food.

Last spring, the women followed that advice and opened Mama Leo’s at 6729 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

It is one of Portland’s few restaurants serving the foods of Colombia and Venezuela, their native lands. Because the home cooking of … More

Windermere jazz supports low-income families

Windermere jazz supports low-income families

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Jazz connoisseurs and local musicians gathered recently for the third annual jazz night to raise funds for the Windermere Foundation and its program to benefit low-income and homeless families.

Ron Howard, managing broker at the Northeast Portland office of Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group, Inc., organized the event, which raised approximately $1,500 for the foundation.

In addition to organizing the event, … More