Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

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

Out and about: Vernon gains velocity

Out and about: Vernon gains velocity

By Kathy Eaton
with photos by Judy Nelson

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See our Facebook album with more of Judy Nelson’s Vernon neighborhood photos here.

Landlocked by northeast neighborhoods King to the west, Woodlawn to the north, Concordia to the east and Sabin to the south, Vernon is a predominately residential neighborhood. It’s bounded on the west by Northeast 10th Avenue north of Emerson Street and Northeast 22nd Avenue on the east. Northeast … More

Milagro secures funding from multiple sources for arts programs

Milagro secures funding from multiple sources for arts programs

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The Miracle Theatre Group, also known as Milagro, has received several grants to support its programs featuring Latino arts and culture, according to Sarah Kohler, development associate.

The Oregon Cultural Trust awarded a $15,600 grant to support the production of “American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose,” a Mexican immigrant who lapses into a fever dream while studying for his U.S. … More

‘Whodunit’ to feature guests as actors

‘Whodunit’ to feature guests as actors

 

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

A live-action whodunit, in which the guests become the actors, is being planned to raise funds for the Concordia University Libraries’ Art & Culture Program.

Black Ink Mysteries has created The Hader Art Caper: A Mystery of International Proportions, featuring the art and life history of Berta and Elmer Hader, award-winning artist-authors of children’s books, said Linda Church, director … 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

Harmony Yoga celebrates ten years in Hollywood

Harmony Yoga celebrates ten years in Hollywood

By Kathy Eaton
For the Hollywood Star News

Soft music plays and windows let in natural light while students practice Iyangar Yoga taught by Libby Ramirez at Harmony Yoga studio in the Hollywood neighborhood. Ramirez, who’s been teaching at Harmony for seven years, guides the class through meditation and stretching as students decompress to release tension as they prepare for asana or more active poses.

Although Hatha yoga became a … More

Out and about: The once and future King

Out and about: The once and future King

By Kathy Eaton with photos by Judy Nelson
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See our Facebook album with more of Judy Nelson’s King neighborhood photos here.

Originally named Highland, based on its location on a ridge at one of the highest points between the Columbia and Willamette rivers, the King neighborhood was platted between 1873 and 1912. Two decades after Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Northeast Portland citizens petitioned the city to … More

Miracle Theatre gains arts grants

Miracle Theatre gains arts grants

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Miracle Theatre Group, also known as Milagro, has been awarded grants totaling $59,540 to support operations and projects as the Latino arts and culture organization enters its 31st season.

The Oregon Arts Commission provided a general operating grant of $40,000 to support the 2014-15 season. This will enable Milagro to maintain its home production schedule and touring programs, advance experimental programming … More

Local Little League team wins district title

Local Little League team wins district title

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The Hollywood Rose City Little League team clinched the Oregon District 1 title this summer and went on to Oregon’s Little League Majors tournament at Alpenrose Dairy.

In its first-round game, the team won in what Nick Daschel, writing for The Oregonian, described as “a wild 14-12 win over LaGrande.”  The game took nearly three hours to play, Daschel wrote, and … More

Troop 100 Scout focuses Eagle Project on Child Safety

Troop 100 Scout focuses Eagle Project on Child Safety

By Phill Colombo
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When a Boy Scout earns Life rank, he only is only one step away from Scouting’s highest achievement, Eagle. The final requirement for Eagle rank is to complete a project the Scout plans, recruits others to assist with and executes on his own. Troop 100 Life Scout Joe Rink is set to carry out his Eagle project during September’s first weekend. Rink’s objective is helping parents … More

Hollywood demolition and renovation move slowly, apartment building rises

Hollywood demolition and renovation move slowly, apartment building rises

By Phill Colombo
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Two projects, a stone’s throw from each other in the Hollywood Business District, are moving slowly, while a third several blocks to the north is beginning to rise out of the ground. A hardware chain’s renovation of the 40,000-square-foot building that formerly housed the Hollywood Bowl has removed all decorative stone from the building’s exterior.

Several hundred feet to the north on Northeast 41st Avenue, a … More

On residential demolition: neighborhoods relax for summer, begin moving again by fall

On residential demolition: neighborhoods relax for summer, begin moving again by fall

By Phill Colombo
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Speaking for a coalition of neighborhood associations, Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association immediate past-president Al Ellis told the Star, “Given the propensity of people to travel during July and August, it was decided to wait until early September for a ‘Summit II’ meeting.” Ellis added invitations would be sent sometime in mid-August.

Ellis said the “Demolition/Infill Summit” meeting convened last spring with assistance from Central Northeast Neighbors CoalitionMore

High school athletic facilities renovations nearing completion

High school athletic facilities renovations nearing completion

By Phill Colombo
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The push was on in August to complete summer projects at four Portland Public Schools high school athletic fields by restructuring drainage and modernizing the surface of the facilities. This year’s construction schedule included Madison, Jefferson, Wilson and Marshall athletic fields. Madison High School baseball coach Eric Bennett told the Star, “The upgrade of the athletic fields, specifically the football field, will bring great improvement to … More

More than 100 respond to Roseway survey on proposed Walgreens store

More than 100 respond to Roseway survey on proposed Walgreens store

By Phill Colombo
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Between August 4 and August 9, 119 neighbors and business owners responded to a survey asking questions about the proposal to build a Walgreens drive-through Pharmacy on property formerly occupied by the Rose City Church of the Nazarene at Northeast 70th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. More than 80 responded immediately.

Of the 199 responding, a majority of 69 (59 percent) opposed any Walgreens at the site … More

Construction underway on Cully Neighborhood park

Construction underway on Cully Neighborhood park

By Phill Colombo
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Ground had already been broken, and grading was underway when some 150 neighbors, city officials and representatives of Native American tribes gathered on a warm August night to reveal the name of the city’s newest open recreational space. Formerly used as a construction staging area, just over two acres on the south side of Northeast Alberta Street at 52nd Avenue was dubbed Khunamokwst (pronounced KONN-oo-maskt) Park.More

Work advances on Beaumont-Wilshire’s newest eatery

Work advances on Beaumont-Wilshire’s newest eatery

By Phill Colombo
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With inside work on plumbing and electrical moving along during July and early August, workers began in mid-August the outside transformation of the former Wilshire Market into the soon-to be-opened Fire + Stone Restaurant. Owner Jeff Smally would like to open sometime after Labor Day. Smally plans to restore the transom windows that have been boarded up for years to give the restaurant a bright, airy … More

Kirk Reeves commemorative mural on tap for Lloyd District

Kirk Reeves commemorative mural on tap for Lloyd District

By Phill Colombo
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The Regional Arts and Culture Council announced in July that Portland artist Gwenn Seemel will create a mural-sized portrait of Kirk Reeves, a Portland street performer and musician who passed away in November of 2012. The RACC-funded, 10-foot-by-30-foot mural,will be located along the east-facing wall of a building on the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and Lloyd Boulevard, formerly the location of Rich’s Deli.

The portrait … More

Montavilla sheet metal facility re-purposed as physical therapy clinic

Montavilla sheet metal facility re-purposed as physical therapy clinic

By Phill Colombo
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New Heights Physical Therapy Plus co-owners Kevin Poe and Donna Gramont along with spouses have been dismantling a vintage building, reclaiming and re-purposing the old growth fir and used metal into new furniture for a new clinic, transforming reclaimed materials into industrial chic tables, desks, cabinets, bookshelves and doors for the clinic. Object of the renovation: the former Montavilla Sheet Metal building on Northeast Glisan StreetMore

Japanese steak house, locally-sourced butcher shop opens near Hollywood Theatre

Japanese steak house, locally-sourced butcher shop opens near Hollywood Theatre

By Phill Colombo
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Portland’s Hollywood Theatre has a new neighbor: Pono Farm Soul Kitchen, located in the Hollywood Apartments retail space. Pono Farm serves Japanese cuisine, featuring “quality meat raised on our farm in Central Oregon,” according to Pono Farm’s web site, ponofarm.com.

A bar and a retail butcher shop complement the restaurant, and the web site also features a photo gallery with descriptions of the business’ … More