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
Resilient is the word for the Irvington Bridge Club, which formed in 1905 as a ladies’ auxiliary to the then-newly organized Irvington Tennis Club.
It held teas and luncheons and raised funds to promote youth activities at the tennis club. Besides cards, the club program might include folk dancing and book reviews. Membership was restricted to 100, and a waiting list formed.… More
The therapists at Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa, who deliver pain relief and healing of body, mind and soul throughout the year, are offering ideas for surviving the holidays, as explained by assistant director Jenn Tasnim-Savage.
PLAN AHEAD: This will help you streamline your efforts and feel less harried. Every year, I make a calendar that outlines my commitments plus those of
Friends of Trees is encouraging Portland residents to plant trees to benefit neighborhoods in a variety of ways, including reduced air pollution, cooler temperatures in summer and added value for homes.
The organization works with Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, which requires a permit to plant in parking strips or public rights-of-way. Trees offered through the Friends are tailored to each homeowner’s … More
The co-owners of Broadway Books, Roberta Dyer and Sally McPherson, are thrilled to be launching their annual school “adoption” book drive on December 1. This will be their third year of sponsoring Roosevelt High Schooland working with Betsy Tighe, the school’s librarian. The book drives have been an annual event for a number of years and have included several schools throughout … More
David and Michela McMahon founded Cloudburst Recycling in 1975, soon after moving into their Irvington home. David McMahon recalls the day an older man wearing a leisure suit parked his car in front of the McMahons’ Irvington home, came to the door and said the arts and crafts style house built in 1908 was designed and constructed for his grandfather, Franz Deggendorfer, a German immigrant. The … More
An Irvington neighborhood resident has gained recognition from Portland State University for starting an unusual organization for supporting medical research.
Molly Lindquist started a website, Consano, to enable individuals to find medical research projects that matter to them personally, whether as patients, family members or friends. Consano is Latin for healing.
She recently won the Elevating Impact Summit pitch-fest through Portland State’s Impact Entrepreneurs. Lindquist went looking for an organization … More
At the direction of the Portland City Council, and in response to outcries from many neighborhoods, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has proposed to impose some on-street parking requirements for large new multi-family developments in situations where there are currently no such requirements.
The proposed amendments would require developers to provide .25 parking spaces for every unit in … More
Creston pursuing third Hollywood project – with parking!
Creston Homes, which is in the process of building two 47-unit buildings in Hollywood, has plans for a third – and this one would have (gasp!) on-site parking!
Spokesperson Dave Mullens told the Star that the company is negotiating to purchase a parcel of land, currently used as a parking lot, north of the Bank … More
The Irvington Community Association last month voted to allocate $9,000 to install a Benson Bubbler public drinking fountain on the northwest corner of Northeast Broadway at 15th Avenue. The request reflects a long-sought push by some ICA board members that the funds received from the neighborhood’s annual Historic Home Tour, so far used primarily to fund its own activities and a Charitable Giving … More
Last month the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission formally voted on a position regarding exterior lighting on the west side of the Madeleine Parish school and church. They unanimously voted to allow the lights to remain on newer additions to the buildings, with the addition of metal hoods to reduce glare for nearby residences, but called for removal of lights on the historic, 1927 … More
By Rebecca Ragain For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010
Kim McDodge leans over a chive plant, showing another gardener which of the long, narrow leaves to snip in order to prolong the plant’s production of flavorful new shoots. A few minutes later, in another area of the garden, McDodge pulls a few leeks out of the ground, shaking the dirt off the plants’ roots. They’re getting too old and … More
By James Bash For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010
With the rampant growth of art galleries on the east side of Portland during the last decade, it was only a matter of time before a number of them coalesced to sponsor an informal gallery guide. Called First Friday, the guide calls attention to galleries and venues that are open every first Friday evening of the month from 6 p.m. … More
By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010
A proposal to make the Irvington neighborhood a National Historic District moved forward last month, surmounting a few bumps along the way.
At a June 4 meeting at the Irvington Tennis Club, the State Historic Preservation Committee voted seven to one to forward the proposal to The State Historic Preservation Office and then to the National Park Service. If … More
By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010
If you are a fan of the Arabian Breeze Middle Eastern restaurant at 3223 N.E. Broadway, don’t panic if you see a new sign proclaiming the place Nicholas. The Khouri family, which operated Nicholas Restaurant at 318 S.E. Grand Ave. before opening the Breeze, recently launched a third restaurant in East Portland and decided to give a common brand to … More