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Portugal the Man, Oregon Music Hall of Fame, Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Members of the pop music group “Portugal. The Man”, whose song “Feel It Still” appears to be this year’s top hit nationally, accept their award – as presented by Terry Currier. The members of the band currently live in Inner Southeast Portland. (Courtesy of Paul Brown Photography)

Oregon Music Hall of Fame, at Aladdin, honors ‘Portugal. The Man’


Oregon music legends and supporters of music education returned to the Brooklyn neighborhood on Saturday evening, October 13, for the 12th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) induction and concert show at the Aladdin Theater.

“Tonight is a night of great music and celebration, as we again induct musicians, and those working in the industry for more than 20 years, all of whom are originally from Oregon,” explained OMHOF’s Co-Founder, and Director of Scholarships and Music Education, Janeen Rundle.

Again this year, the versatile, hilarious musician-raconteur Tony Starlight began the program with a couple of song parodies before introducing OMHOF’s President, Terry Currier of “Music Millennium”. Also returning was former KINK and KGON DJ Dave Scott, who live-announced the awardees’ awards and played the interstitial music.

As the program got underway, Rundle told THE BEE that the evening was much more than simply a grand party. “What else is really important our awards show is supporting music education, which is OMHOF’s primary mission.

“So far, we’ve raised $235,000 for music education – including funding $2,500 college scholarships, and presenting 22 Music-in-the-School programs at elementary schools, with gifted rock violinist Aaron Meyer,” Rundle said. “We’ve also sent kids to a music camp with Aaron Meyer; and tonight, three children who have studied with Aaron Meyer – thanks to funding from OMHOF – will be performing.”

In addition to receiving the 2018 Artist of the Year Award, “Portugal. The Man”, that group also picked up the Album of the Year Award for their recording, “Woodstock”.

All of the members of “Portugal. The Man” currently live in Inner Southeast Portland!

Among the awards and the fund-raising “signed guitar auction”, attendees were treated to two music acts. First, the “Big Monti” Amundson Trio came back from Nashville, putting on a set that rocked the theater.

Later, the octogenarian soul belter Ural Thomas and his band, “The Pain”, defined rock and blues music – singing in full voice and showing the younger attendees how to really put on a show that brought the house down.

“When I see so many people turn out for this annual program, my heart just bursts with love and pride! It’s simply wonderful when you see people step up to support music education,” Rundle smiled.

Learn more about OHMOF online – – and plan on being in a seat at the Aladdin Theater on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue next year for the next Oregon Music Hall of Fame awards and concert.

Portland Police Bureau, Chief Danielle Outlaw, Warner Pacific College, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Dealing with the Bureau’s current major challenges can’t be done with “cookie-cutter responses”, Chief Outlaw remarked, in her Warner Pacific University appearance. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Police Chief Outlaw speaks at Warner Pacific


Students at Warner Pacific University (WPU) filled their Otto F. Linn Library on October 15, when Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw came to speak on the topic, “Justice and Policing”.

“We are so grateful to Chief Outlaw for taking the time to share her vision for policing and justice with us,” WPU President Dr. Andrea P. Cook commented before the talk began. “This is a unique opportunity for our students to interact with a civic leader on the forefront of these timely issues in our city.”

At the presentation, Chief Outlaw explained to THE BEE why she took the time to address the students and answer their questions. “I think it’s important for young people, being future leaders, not only to hear from current leaders, but to develop their own leadership style and form what they want to do to move forward. And, this is a good opportunity to connect with the community we serve.”

Throughout her talk, and into the Q & A session, the Police Chief spoke clearly and candidly – and occasionally expressed herself using quaint, colloquial terms. Outlaw began by observing to the students that she’d just marked her second year in the post on the first of October.

“We’re working on a Strategic Plan, going through a lengthy analytical process that will give us a five-your roadmap,” Outlaw said. “This will tell us not only where we’ve been, but also where we’re going – and importantly: Who, and what resources, we’re going to need to do that.”

Not satisfied to wait for those five years, Outlaw said that because she’s one of the first police chiefs recruited from outside the Bureau in decades, she decided to start off getting to know “who’s doing it right” under her command – and getting to know, and to build trust, among people in the community.

“You can have the strategies of reducing crime, and improving morale, but if you don’t have the resources to implement them – the people, time, or money to do it – it’s just a strategy that goes up on the shelf,” Outlaw commented.

Three main goals defined
Her three main goals, Outlaw said, “And they’re not prioritized; one doesn’t work without the other”, include:

1. Organizational excellence – Looking internally; “training for today” and not past decades, incorporating the right equipment, and making sure the policies reflect the values the Bureau has established.

2. Crime reduction and prevention – “Not just crime reduction, we like to spend the majority of our time on prevention, so the crime isn’t even there anymore,” Outlaw said. “When we find ourselves being reactive all the time, all we’re doing is chasing our tails.”

3. Community engagement and inclusion – “You’ve heard a lot of police chiefs talk about ‘community engagement’; but, add ‘inclusion’ to what we’re now doing.”

“The authority that I get to do my job comes from you, the community; if I’m not seen as legitimate in your eyes (speaking to a student in the front), you might not call the police when you should,” Outlaw said.

The Chief talked about what she called the “four tenets of procedural justice”: Voice, neutrality, respect, and trust. “And this includes the hiring process.”

In the past, many police officers came from a military background “because police departments are structured paramilitary organizations; but now, we’re also looking … to make sure we diversify the Police Bureau.

“And I don’t mean just your color of skin or gender, we’re talking about how you think, and the perspective that you bring. I want diversity in thought as well.”

About charges of police abusing their authority, for example, Outlaw listed the shooting of unarmed people; people of color being “over policed” in their own communities, such as being “frisked for no reason … we make sure that we do adhere to not only the laws, but also our value systems, based on the principles of constitutional policing and 21st-century policing.”

Challenges faced by Portland’s Police Bureau include burgeoning “houselessness” and larger scale public protests. “There is no cookie-cutter response; problems need to be addressed very deliberately and thoughtfully, case-by-case,” Outlaw reflected.

The Chief followed the talk with a question and answer session, and received a round of applause at the conclusion.

King Tut, burial chamber, public display, OMSI, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Southeast Portland, Oregon
In addition to guests being able to see just how the antiquities looked when they were discovered, King Tut’s burial treasure is also laid out and explained in detail at this new exhibition at OMSI. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

King Tut’s tomb open for exploration at OMSI


Now through January, visitors are invited to “Step back in time” and experience the amazing discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

Entitled “The Discovery of King Tut”, this newly-opened traveling exhibit is filled with some 1,000 objects – reproductions of the burial treasure of teen-aged Pharaoh Tutankhamun, who died more than 3,000 years ago.

Don’t let the word “reproductions” dampen your enthusiasm for seeing this exhibit, which covers a large portion of OMSI’s main exhibition area.

“These are exquisite reproductions that possess the beauty and detail of the originals, which are held in the Egyptian Museum of Cairo – allowing our guests to enjoy treasures without any harm to the fragile originals,” remarked OMSI President Nancy Stueber about the collection.

After a brief video introduction to the exhibition, guests begin to explore the replica artifacts, with the aid of explanatory graphics, video productions, and a personal “audio guide” keyed to each display.

“What’s unique about this exhibition is that when you come in, you see exactly how the chambers looked when they were discovered by Howard Carter in 1922; that helps you understand the process involved in unraveling and uncovering this find,” explained OSMI Featured Hall Assistant Manager and Educator Jennifer Powers, while leading a preview tour.

Then, standing before an actual-size replica of the outer “shrine” in which King Tut was found buried, Powers pointed out that it contains two additional inner shrines nested inside.

“Inside that third shrine was his sarcophagus, inside were more coffins – so, King Tut had a lot of layers around him when he was buried, all beautifully crafted in wood and gilded in gold,” Powers told THE BEE.

To vividly relive what some call the most significant archaeological find of the 20th Century, be sure to see “The Discovery of King Tut”, on display now through January 27.

Tickets to view this exhibit are in addition to OMSI’s general museum admission. For hours and ticket prices, see their website –  

Or, just go visit OMSI, located at 1945 S.E. Water Avenue, under the east end of the Marquam Bridge on the east bank of the Willamette River, and just north of the Ross Island Bridge.

bicycle, collision, fatality, Henderson Street, 82nd Avenue, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Dents in the front of the Honda, and its cracked windshield, show the impact of the collision. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Bicycle rider dies after collision on 82nd Avenue


Just how and why a van – southbound on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses – happened to collide with a woman riding a bicycle eastbound into 82nd from the intersection at Henderson Street on the morning of October 15, still is unclear.

When the first East Precinct officers arrived there four minutes after they were dispatched at 11:09 a.m., they came across a maroon Honda Pilot stopped, facing south, in the inside northbound lane of the Avenue of Roses – and the rider of a red TREK bicycle down on the pavement.

Paramedics quickly prepared the bicyclist to be taken to a local hospital, telling officers that she was believed to have sustained serious life-threatening injuries. “Based on the severity of the woman’s injuries, the PPB Traffic Division Major Crash Team officers assumed the investigation,” reported Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley.

The cyclist died at an area hospital that same evening, Burley revealed the next day.

All that’s been made public from the investigation so far is that, somehow, the “bicyclist and Honda collided at the intersection of S.E. 82nd Avenue and Henderson Street”.

“The driver of the Honda remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators; there have been no citations issued or arrests made at this time,” Burley told us.

The following evening some 20 people, including the victim’s brother and family members, gathered at the intersection for a candlelight vigil; later, police confirmed that the deceased had indeed been identified as 52-year-old Pamela Seidel.

At the vigil, friends described Seidel as a kind and sharing person, despite having been homeless for years. A person close to Seidel said that she recently had moved into an apartment, had gotten a job at a nearby motel, and was receiving mental health treatment.

“This is the 28th traffic related fatality investigated by the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team in 2018,” Burley said.

Anyone with information about this fatal crash investigation should contact Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team Investigator, Garrett Dow, at 503/823-5070, or by e-mail at –  

Girls Basketball, league, takes all comers, Steve Cooper, Cleveland, Woodstock, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Woodstock resident Steve Cooper has been planting lawn signs to recruit players for the Southeast Portland Girls Basketball Club, for which practice begins this month. He does always ask permission before placing the signs! (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock resident builds long-term girls’ basketball club


What would motivate a middle-aged man to devote thirty years to coaching girls’ basketball?

For Steve Cooper, a Woodstock resident, it began when his wife Sarah, volunteering at Lewis Elementary School thirty years ago, told him that the coach for the girls’ basketball team was moving away. Sarah volunteered Steve – and he was off and running.

“I had no experience [coaching basketball] but our two daughters had been playing basketball at Lewis, so I put together a team of twelve girls,” he recalls.

Cooper passed out fliers to recruit the girls, and then teamed up with Sarah Clement, a youth basketball player who became a coach. The pair were successful in putting together third grade teams from other schools, and formed a club.

The now-well-known nonprofit “Southeast Portland Girls Basketball Club” has always been known for its equity and diversity. “Our program is pretty unique.  We take anyone who wants to play,” says Cooper. “We don’t charge huge amounts of money, and there are no try-outs, no discrimination. In the past we had a player with hearing problems, and another with a withered hand who went on to play at Cleveland High School.”

Sarah Clement continued to coach along with Cooper for many years until she got a full-time job, a husband, and a baby.  But she is still on the Board of the club.

For the first few years back in the 1990’s, the third-grade teams did not play competitively until a friend suggested they play in tournaments. They saw more established teams playing in uniforms, so Cooper used his past skills at fundraising (for NW Impact and Portland Civic Theatre) to fund uniforms. 

He also knew that getting girls from a level of having no skills to a competitive level requires parent involvement. “The commitment and hard work sometimes surprises parents,” observes Cooper. “But today the club has parents doing statistics, assistant coaching, and participating at practice sessions.

“It’s a challenge to get parents to commit to what it takes. But at the end of the first year, parents say they can’t believe that their girls have learned so much.

“In addition to the body and eye coordination, they learn how hard you have to work to have your dreams and goals achieved. We aim to have our girls gain the confidence and skills to go onto high school basketball,” explains Cooper.

But overall, life skills are never overlooked in the basketball program. “Our focus, first and foremost, is to have a long-term positive impact on the lives of the girls in our program, and to value the life-long friendships that are formed.” Building character, teamwork, discipline, personal responsibility, academic achievement, and a competitive edge are the club’s goals. 

Cooper is always looking to form partnerships. A recent addition to the club is Tim Bieri, the basketball coach at Multnomah University.  “He helps design and run our [summer] camps – which run 4 days a week, 6 hours per day.  He volunteers because he likes our program, as well as our commitment to using basketball to teach life lessons,” smiles Cooper.

This year the club has girls from twenty-one local elementary and middle schools, who will eventually feed into Cleveland and Franklin High Schools.

Cooper is personally visiting all twenty-one participating schools to talk with Principals about getting out the word, and e-mails are being sent to every teacher and staff member to help with recruitment. One hundred lawn signs have gone up, with Cooper knocking on doors to get permission to post them.

Registration for the club is still open for new student players; parents with children just finishing soccer or other some other sport should sign up ASAP, Cooper tells THE BEE.  Practices start mid-November, games start in January. 

For more information, go online –

Lay Low Tavern, Powell Boulevard, brutal, armed robbery, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Police searched the area, but weren’t able to find the suspects from the brutal Lay Low Tavern armed robbery. The case is not closed, however. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Gun-brandishing bandits terrorize Powell Blvd tavern in robbery


Late-night revelry was cut short on October 19 2:35 a.m. when a trio of mask-wearing outlaws burst into the Lay Low Tavern, at 6015 S.E. Powell Boulevard.

It wasn’t a pre-Hallowe’en prank.

“The suspects directed patrons in the tavern to lie on the floor, and demanded money, while two of the suspects brandished firearms, and one possessed a Taser,” reported Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley.

After grabbing handfuls of cash, the armed robbers dashed out the door and into the night.

“Officers searched the neighborhood, but did not locate anyone matching the suspects’ descriptions,” Burley said, but he conceded that, other than “men wearing masks”, there were no suspect descriptions.

Anyone with information about this armed robbery is asked to contact the PPB Robbery Detail at 503/823-0412. You can also submit an anonymous tip to “Crime Stoppers” – – or call 503/823-4357.

Reedwood Friends Church, 125 years, anniversary, Reed neighborhood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Members and guests examine membership rolls and other exhibits as the Reedwood Friends Church celebrated its 125th anniversary on November 4th. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Reedwood church marks ‘quasquicentennial’ with a celebration


Members, visitors and guests helped the Reedwood Friends Church, located north of Reed College, S.E. Steele Street, to celebrate their 125th anniversary – during the morning services and at an afternoon luncheon on Sunday, November 4.

The congregation that became Reedwood Friends Church began informally back in 1890, when a couple started the “Portland Monthly Meeting of Friends Church” in a schoolhouse near East Harrison Street and Marguerite Avenue (now 35th Avenue), according to the church’s Interim Pastor, Margaret Fraser.

The congregation moved to East 36th Avenue and Salmon Street in 1900; then, needing more space, they built a church in the Sunnyside neighborhood in 1905; followed a decade later by an even larger church, occupying it in 1918. But they weren’t through yet.

In 1970, after the church leadership bought the former Lambert Nursery, across the street on the north side of Reed College, the congregation moved into a new church, and adopted their current name, Fraser told THE BEE.

During the church service on November 4th, the congregation sang, listened to the choir, and heard a message touching on the church’s “quasquicentennial” achievement.

“When it started, the founders had no idea of the outreach and growth that this community of faith would experience, remarked the main speaker of the day, Irv Brendlinger, PhD, a retired George Fox College professor.

“Today, we embrace and support our own Latina ministry; and, there’s a healthy number of professors that teach at George Fox University,” Brendlinger observed, as he discussed many notables who went on to lead Christian universities, and become teachers. “This community has been a safe place for those who sometimes describe themselves as ‘recovering fundamentalists’; and certainly it is a safe place for those that consider themselves ‘seekers’.”

The aroma of pork chops on the grill in the kitchen of the church’s Community Hall downstairs signaled that luncheon was to come for the many guests present.

After the service, members and guests were invited to look at exhibits detailing the church’s history, before turning to the delicious lunch that awaited them.

Trash census, Sellwood Riverfront Park, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Parents and kids alike joined in on the “Trash Pick-up & Brand Audit” that started out in Sellwood Riverfront Park. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Trash census: ‘Stuff’ collected and counted in Sellwood


First thing on a Saturday morning, the only creatures at Sellwood Riverfront Park are dogs and their owners, out for a romp.

However, on September 15, some twenty folks gathered, with buckets and pick-up grabbers, to participate in a census by environmental nonprofit “The Story of Stuff” – as the part of its “Global Week of Action” called the “Trash Pick-up and Brand Audit”.

“After a group produced a documentary called ‘The Story of Stuff’, they formed a nonprofit group that promotes events to raise awareness around issues of litter, pollution, and how our ‘stuff’ gets into different places,” explained the local organizer, Katy Liljeholm, as volunteers gathered.

“During our ‘brand audit’ today, we’ll be picking up trash here in Riverfront Park, and then along the Springwater Corridor Trail, and we’ll be separating the plastic,” Liljeholm told THE BEE. “Then, we’ll examine each plastic item, try to determine the ‘brand name’ of the product it came from, and will write down all that information.

“This is part of a coalition of 1,300 global environmental organizations who are doing little tiny studies like this all over the world, with the aim of aggregating information to present to ‘frequent offender corporations’ to let them know that their trash ends up in our environment, poisoning our communities, and we’re advocating for them to find and use alternative designs and alternative materials.”

After a short briefing, the group was headed out, plucking up trash, and sorting it for identification.

Kenilworth Park, shots, Holgate Boulevard, Southeast Portland, Creston Kenilworth, Oregon
Police blocked off streets near Kenilworth Park after gunshot evidence was found. There was a shooting, they confirmed; but apparently nobody was hurt. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Shots alarm neighbors near Kenilworth Park


As many parents were getting their kids ready for school at nearby Grout Elementary School, in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, on Thursday morning, November 1, gunshots sounded near Kenilworth Park.

At 6:52 a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to the northeast edge of the park at S.E. 34th Avenue and Cora Drive.

“Preliminary information suggests that responding officers located evidence of gunfire,” confirmed Portland Police spokesperson Sgt. Chris Burley. “There were no reports of injury or property damage,”

“No one has been taken into custody in connection with this shooting at this time, but an investigation continues,” Burley said.

School Service Day, Whitman Elementary School, Southeast Portland, Oregon
At Marcus Whitman Elementary School, Patrick Tran from the Cascade Pacific Council office Boy Scouts of America, neighbor Lesley McKinley, and Cub Scout Master Brian Pierce of the new Brentwood Darlington Pack #523, together cleaned the sidewalk and curb in front of the school. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Cleanup blitz prepared neighborhood schools for fall


Volunteers were out in large numbers on Sunday morning, August 19, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, taking part in a “Day of Service” for their schools.

Different groups were simultaneously pitching in to clean Marcus Whitman Elementary School, Woodmere Elementary School, and Lane Middle School.

At Whitman Elementary School, volunteers – including youngsters with newly-formed Brentwood-Darlington Cub Scouts Pack #523, which meets at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center – were pulling weeds, and cleaning the entrance of the school.

In and outside Woodmere Elementary, volunteers were performing a variety of cleanup projects, said Parent Group President Erin Seitz. “Thanks to many parents – and as many as 30 volunteers from ‘Pay It Forward Portland’, which is an outreach of Mission Church – we’re trimming hedges, repainting lines on the asphalt in the playground, cleaning up the different gardens and the school garden, and adding mulch to plants and flower beds.”

“From my perspective, this helps create a community among our parents and helps them be involved in the school – while, at the same time, it brings in community members who don’t have children in our school,” observed Seitz with a smile. “And, of course, it helps increase school pride.”

Meantime, cleaning inside the school was its own Principal, Katherine Polizos. “It’s so very heartwarming to see all the volunteers come out here today,” she told THE BEE. “Being a relatively small school, we really appreciate the ‘extra hands’ helping out!”

Dozens of volunteers were working on several projects at Lane Middle School, too – including digging out and preparing a path alongside the parking lot, to keep the returning students away from cars.

“We’ve got about 50 volunteers here today,” revealed Lane’s Vice Principal, Mike Rowell. “I’m grateful for the amazing groundswell of support that parents, neighbors, and organizations are giving our school today!”

Gas leak, Holgate Boulevard, Ditch Witch, fire response, Southeast Portland, Oregon
S.E. Foster Road was closed to traffic for hours for the repair, when a horizontal directional drilling rig bit chewed through a buried plastic natural gas service line. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Drilling rig punctures gas line, shuts Foster Road


It’s starting to become an all-too-familiar story. This time, it was on S.E. Foster Road that traffic came to a standstill, in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood on October 23 at 1:44 p.m., when workers operating a horizontal drilling rig punctured a natural gas line.

Police closed Foster from Holgate Boulevard southeast to 65th Avenue, keeping traffic and pedestrians from interfering with Woodstock’s Fire Station 25 Engine Company, standing by with water lines charged (pressurized), should the natural gas, seeping out of the hole, ignite.

Workers inside CT Renovation Supply, at 6308 S.E. Foster Road, were escorted from their building as the rotten-egg scent of “Mercaptan”, the odorant added to natural gas, filled the air next to the Vermeer horizontal directional drill, abandoned on the sidewalk.

NW Natural Gas crews conferred the contractor on the project and the first responders from PF&R, before beginning the process to shut off the flow of gas.

“A horizontal drilling rig appeared to have been in use; the damage was caused by a contractor using a directional drill,” confirmed NW Natural Public Information Officer Daphne Mathew to THE BEE.

Asked what had been ruptured, Mathew responded, “It was a small half-inch polyethylene service line serving one business; approximately 10 nearby businesses were evacuated,” adding that whether or not the line had been properly located, and marked as required, was still under investigation.

The situation was resolved in time to reopen S.E. Foster Road in time for the afternoon commute.

Reed Creston cleanup, Holgate Boulevard, Tucker Maxon School, Southeast Portland, Oregon
This futon frame and cushion were taken to the community clean-up’s “Re-use Area”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Neighborhoods join to host annual ‘Clean-Up’


Volunteers with the Creston-Kenilworth and Reed neighborhoods teamed up on Saturday, October 6, to host a “Bulky-Waste Clean-up” near Tucker-Maxon School on S.E. Holgate Boulevard.

“We’ve been holding a clean-up event for at least five years now,” said Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Association Chair Rachel Davies, between incoming loads.

“Even holding it on a blustery day like today, we’ve had good response; it’s a service neighbors say they truly appreciate.”

Altogether, about 15 volunteers cycled through different shifts that day, helping neighbors fill three drop boxes and shuttle Styrofoam and metals to their designated areas for recycling.

“Not only do people have a way to get rid of trash they can’t put in a roll-cart, but it’s also a fundraiser, helping both neighborhoods pay for a ‘Movie in the Park’, picnics, and other projects – like intersection painting,” observed Davies. They expect to hold this event again next fall.

Eastmoreland cleanup, Duniway School, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Dropboxes quickly filled with trash at this year’s Eastmoreland Clean-up. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Duniway School helps Eastmoreland host fall ‘Clean-up’


Thanks to the efforts from the Duniway Elementary School PTA and members of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, residents of the area were able to drop off bulky waste on October 6.

In addition to the trash drop boxes, there was also a metals recycling box, a “Re-Use Area”, and a spot for Styrofoam disposal.

“So far, we’ve had about eighty cars and trucks come through,” remarked Matt Morozovsky, who once again was its organizer.

“It’s a fundraiser for both the neighborhood association and the Duniway PTA, so volunteers from both organizations are helping out today,” Morozovsky told THE BEE.

“Everyone tells us how happy they are to be rid of things that they don’t need or want anymore, which makes it a good experience for them – and for all of us,” Morozovsky smiled.

Foster Road, Harold Street, fire alarm, fire, Southeast Portland, Oregon
A nighttime commercial fire in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood brought many fire crews to the scene. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Mt. Scott-Arleta commercial fire quickly extinguished


The triggering of an automatic sprinkler system in the back of a large commercial building at 7916 S.E. Foster Road summoned several trucks of firefighters at 7:49 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9.

PF&R Lents Station 11’s Engine Company was first to arrive; crew members started pulling water lines, while Woodstock Fire Station 25’s Ladder Company, arriving moments later, worked to gain entrance to a door behind the building – in a loading dock area on S.E. Harold Street, between 79th and 80th Avenues.

As it turned out, the fire was a minor one involving the WORKSOURCE Portland Metro, SE Works, and Bridges, employment services.

“It was a small fire, put out mostly by the automatic fire sprinkler system,” a firefighter at the scene told THE BEE. A PF&R Investigator arrived – but the cause of the fire, or a damage estimate, has not yet been released.

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