Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Boise

Dawson Park reopening set for July 16

Dawson Park reopening set for July 16

By Phill Colombo
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Save the date: Wednesday, July 16, 6 p.m. at North Stanton Street and Williams Avenue, a renovated and refurbished Dawson Park, under reconstruction since last October, will reopen. To mark the occasion, a live concert in the park, light refreshments and guest speakers will be on hand to thank those who made the upgrade possible and note the historical significance of this green spot in … More

Out and about: Eliot phones home

Out and about: Eliot phones home

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

In 1873, the original town of Albina was platted totally within the Eliot neighborhood, bounded by the Willamette River on the west, Northeast Broadway on the south, Northeast Fremont Street on the north and Northeast Seventh Avenue on the east. Today the Albina area spans several neighborhoods in inner … More

Grants offered for neighborhood projects

Grants offered for neighborhood projects

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is offering $1,000 grants for projects that improve the quality of life in the 12 coalition neighborhoods.

Applications are due March 14 at the coalition office, 4815 N.E. Seventh Ave. Information is available from Fran Ayaribil, special projects coordinator: gro.n1414808257oitil1414808257aocen1414808257@libi1414808257raya.1414808257narf1414808257 or (503) 388-9188.

The coalition neighborhoods include Alameda, Boise, Concordia, Eliot, Grant Park, Humboldt, Irvington, King, Sabin, 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

Out and About on North Mississippi Avenue: Thriving business district sparks community on historic avenue

Out and About on North Mississippi Avenue: Thriving business district sparks community on historic avenue

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

Rosemary Anderson High School Students to plant free trees in Humboldt, Boise, Eliot neighborhoods

Rosemary Anderson High School Students to plant free trees in Humboldt, Boise, Eliot neighborhoods

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Residents of the Humboldt, Boise and Eliot neighborhoods are eligible to receive free street trees, planted by Rosemary Anderson High School students and volunteers.

The project is called the Albina Tree Initiative. The leader, Spencer Burton, gained a community watershed stewardship grant from Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services and a special project and community event grant from the East Multnomah Soil More

New Seasons opens ultimate neighborhood grocery store

By Kathy Eaton
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At 7 a.m. on August 28th, the Boise Eliot neighborhood welcomed Portland’s newest New Seasons Market located at 3445 N. Williams Ave. It’s the chain’s 13th store since New Seasons opened its first store in 2000. The new store, Williams New Seasons, sits four blocks from the company’s home office. Williams marketing director Amy Brown stressed how important it is for the company to connect with … More

Lee Perlman public memorial planned

Lee Perlman public memorial planned

The community is invited to attend a remembrance/memorial event for Lee Perlman on Sunday, September 15 at 4 p.m. at Lorenzen Conference Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. That was the site of many meetings in Lee’s Eliot neighborhood.

Legacy Emanuel is on North Vancouver Avenue between Russell Street and the east end of the Fremont Bridge. The Lorenzen Center is off Graham St. between the hospital and the Medical Office … More

In memory of Lee Perlman, Star News reporter and neighborhood journalist

In memory of Lee Perlman, Star News reporter and neighborhood journalist

Lee Perlman
January 27, 1949 – August 8, 2013

Lee Perlman was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 27, 1949. His parents, Samuel and Lucille Perlman, were both involved in the Civil Rights movement and other social justice causes of the time. He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School and attended Boston University, where he majored in journalism. After graduating in 1970, Lee returned to New York City where … More

Letter to the editor: Lee Perlman will be missed

Letter to the editor: Lee Perlman will be missed

Editor:

The recent loss of long-time contributor Lee Perlman simply devastates us. We have known Lee since 1978 from the days of the Portland Scribe, the Portland Tenants Union and the whole social-activism hub around the old Centenary Wilbur Church. He was always a passionate voice for social justice and development projects and how they would impact neighborhoods; that only grew stronger as he pursued the facts over the … More

Muralists complete Boise project then move to North Tabor

Spacecraft, an artistic collaborative, has completed most of the work on a community mural on North Mississippi Avenue in the Boise neighborhood. Now they are looking to do a similar project on the wall of Southeast Precinct, in Muralists complete Boise project, head for North Tabor.
The Mississippi mural, on the wall of a Portland Bureau of Transportation property south of North Fremont Street, is mostly complete except … More

Letter to the editor: Possible partnering for historic preservation in Boise neighborhood

Editor:

The loss of the historic Boise neighborhood home is very sad (“Historic home slated for destruction,” Letter, January 2013). Perhaps the Lake Oswego developer could be persuaded to work with the city to save the Rayworth House. The one thing we can never recover is our history. Historic preservation serves our people and our children. Instead of writing this off as a lost cause, perhaps the developer could … More

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Eliot projects proposed
Ivy Street Partners, the owners of the land upon which a new New Seasons Market is now under construction at North Williams Avenue and Fremont Street, is finalizing plans for a major project immediately to the south, bounded by North Williams and Vancouver avenues, Cook and a vacated Ivy streets. As architect Greg Mitchell told the Eliot Neighborhood Association in December, the company plans to … More

Mississippi Street Fair can’t get bigger!

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. North Mississippi Avenue will be empty of cars and full of people. And music, poets and dancers doing their respective things from four different stages. And street vendors of food, information and everything else. And a children’s parade at noon, together with other children’s activities. And, for the adults, a beer garden offering the … More

Don’t miss Mississippi

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

Yes, the annual Mississippi Street Fair is back once again, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 10. The street will be closed to traffic for the day from Northeast Fremont to Shaver streets, to make room for: many food booths and street vendors. A children’s parade at noon, and a children’s activity area all day. Four stages from which musicians, … More

Good in the Neighborhood returns

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

The Good in the Neighborhood festival will be back again for the 18th time this month. Originally a three-day affair, it has expanded over the years. It will start with a kickoff event from 6 to 10 p.m. June 21 at Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., with food, dancing, live music, and a fashion show by Amani. There will … More

Policy news: Committee approves urban renewal changes

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

An ad hoc committee assembled by the Portland Development Commission voted overwhelmingly last month to expand the Interstate Urban Renewal District to take in parts of the adjacent and soon-to-expire Oregon Convention Center district as well as other properties. The decision will be forwarded to the PDC Commission in July, and then to City Council.

The committee also approved, unanimously, … More

Transportation news: Traffic flows, bridge out

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

Construction activity for the Portland Streetcar east side extension on the east side of the Willamette River should take a break this month, as activity shifts to the Pearl District and crews hold off on the Rose Quarter area to accommodate Rose Festival activity. However, from July 6 to September 10, the Broadway Bridge will be closed to auto traffic, … More

Business news: Albina Bank encounters difficulty

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has raised concerns about the state of Albina Community Bank’s finances. According to Vice President Cheryl Cibula, the bank has entered into a “consent order” with FDIC to “raise our level of capital and reduce our level of non-performing loans,” by July 2. She did not say what the consequence of failing to do this … More