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Midsummer Festival, Scandinavian, Oaks Park, Sellwood, Elsie Nordby, Jeff Klein, Portland, Oregon
Born four years after the festival began, honored guest Elsie Nordby sat with her son Jeff Klein, the current “Scandinavian of the Year”, and her daughter Linda Hovis. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

90th Scandinavian ‘Midsummer Fest’ held at The Oaks


Dark clouds overhead, which eventually turned into a torrential downpour, didn’t hinder the participants of the 90th Annual Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival from having a joyous celebration at nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park.

The rain could not have been a surprise to native Portlanders – the festival was on the same Saturday as the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade – when it often rains! – Saturday, June 9.

The celebration, presented by Nordic NorthWest, was filled with music, dancing, games, Nordic foods, and entertainment.

“We’re excited – both because this is our 90th consecutive year for this Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, and also because our event has been named an “Oregon Heritage Tradition” by Oregon Parks & Recreation. It started in the same year as the Pendleton Round Up,” smiled Nordic Northwest Events Coordinator Sassa Carver.

Before the rain set in, they’d already raised the Maypole and held some of their sporting games.

“The importance of this festival is that it’s a central tradition we brought from the Nordic countries,” Carver told THE BEE. “It’s celebrated, with variations, in different countries; some have the mid-summer pole, others have a giant bonfire – but, sadly, the bonfire isn’t practical here at Oaks Park.

“The festival draws people of Nordic heritage – and others who enjoy the festivities – from all over the Pacific Northwest,” recounted Carver. “This is one place where everyone, Nordic heritage or not, can enjoy the traditions of our cultures; smell and taste the foods; and browse among the many vendors that are here.”

Honored this year was long-time attendee Elsie Nordby. “I first attended in 1931 – in my mother’s belly before I was born!” she said. Later, when she was 10 years old, Elsie was voted “Lucia Queen of 1941”, and she has come every year since then. Currently, her son Jeff Klein, is “Scandinavian of the Year”.

“For me, this is still is about family, friends, and the traditions brought here from Sweden,” Elsie said. “I now enjoy seeing the younger generations participate in our heritage, as I did when I was young – and I enjoy knowing that it will continue on.”

For information about all things Scandinavian see the Nordic Northwest website –

Tucker Maxon, School, solar panels, ribbon cutting, Holgate Boulevard, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Graduating fifth graders joined Executive Director Glen Gilbert in the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon with the big scissors to inaugurate use of the new solar panel roof at Tucker Maxon School. With the ribbon cut, Gilbert and many of the students reached for the big red switch on the power panel nearby, to put the new solar panels “online”. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

Electrifying development at Tucker Maxon: Solar panels on roof


Months ago, Tucker Maxon School – a school for both deaf and hearing children on S.E. Holgate Boulevard – learned of the availability of grants from PGE for nonprofits to install solar panels to generate electricity on their roofs. Tucker Maxon applied, and was granted $128,000 to put solar panels on the school roof.

The money from these grants, a Portland General Electric representative explained at the celebration of the solar panel installation project on June 15, comes from the PGE customers who elect the “green power” option on their bill, by which they pay a little more to promote development of “Green Future energy”, which includes generating power with solar panels.

June 15 also happened to be the last day of school before summer vacation at Tucker Maxon, and the graduating fifth graders were made part of the ribbon cutting ceremony on the same stage, in their gym, where they would be graduating shortly.

The ribbon was cut at 12:03 p.m., and many hands on the stage reached for the big red switch which, when pulled, put the 128 solar panels covering the school roof “online”. The school expects half of its power needs will be filled with the solar installation, and any power not needed is sent back into the PGE power grid for a credit to the school.

Afterward, a barbeque lunch was served to all the students and parents present; the private school’s cooks were busy just outside the gym’s side door in the 11 a.m. hour, at the grill, preparing the meal.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, Smart Streets, sensors, ceremony, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he’s enthusiastic about the “Smart City PDX Traffic Safety Sensor Project” – and the related projects that follow. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Smart Streets, sensor, real time traffic, monitoring, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
“Traffic Safety Sensor Project” devices, like this one, are going up now on utility poles in Inner Southeast Portland. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Sky Eyes’ to give Portland real-time road data


At Clinton Park, near S.E. 55th Avenue at Division Street, officials from the City of Portland, and its technology partners, held a “Smart City PDX Traffic Safety Sensor Project Celebration” on Monday morning, June 18.

In addition to the speeches, a newly-installed street light-mounted sensor demonstrated how it was able to provide remote, real-time information about how people are using streets – including where they typically walk, bike, and drive – and just how they’re driving.

The sensor on the utility pole near Clinton Park is just one of the units going up in Inner Southeast Portland on Division between S.E. 11th Avenue out to 122nd Avenue, remarked Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Public Information Officer Dylan Rivera, who served as the media event’s Master of Ceremonies.

In Outer Southeast Portland, sensors will monitor and report traffic along S.E. 122nd between East Burnside and S.E. Duke Street, Rivera said.

 “I could not be more excited about this, today!” began Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in his prepared remarks. “Everywhere you look, technology is rapidly changing the ways that we live, the way we work, and the ways that we get around our city.”

“These new Safety Sensors allows us to harness the power of the technology and advanced data, so we can use it to make our transportation system safer for all users,” commented PBOT Director Leah Treat. “When it comes to designing safe streets, knowledge is part of how we do that: First, we need to know how people use streets, whether they are walking, driving, taking transit, rolling, or whatever.”

Then, as the celebration progressed, one by one technology industry partners stepped up to congratulate the city for taking on the “Smart City PDX Traffic Safety Sensor Project”, and discussed it from their own point of view.

Looking for clarity, THE BEE asked Mayor Wheeler to break down the dense technospeak. “Is gobbledygook the word you’re looking for?” he smiled. “In the past, we’ve often had to work without benefit of having all the data we like to have to make the best decisions. And, with limited financial resources, and we need to use the best resources to get the best ‘bang for the buck’.

“We’re starting with the traffic monitoring sensors supporting our ‘Vision Zero’ program so, by having precise traffic information, we’ll be able to tailor solutions in ‘High Crash Corridors’ to invest dollars based on what data shows is actually happening in that area,” explained Wheeler.

“The next step might be remotely-monitoring air quality issues. Eventually, we’ll be able to determine, on a very local level, any remediation that is needed. We may, for example, deploy lower-carbon-emission busses in that area.”

To Learn more about the Traffic Safety Sensor Project, go online:

And, for more information about Smart City PDX –

Foster Road, Shelter, Multnomah County Supervisors, homeless shelter, Transition Projects, Brentwood Darlington, Good Neighbor Agreement, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
The Foster Shelter Steering Committee meetings have moved to the Brentwood Darlington Community Center for the summer – where the focus is on creating a “Good Neighbor Agreement”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Foster Shelter group drafts ‘Good Neighbor Agreement’


After the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted to sign a lease on a property located at 6144 S.E. Foster Road to be used as a shelter, funded by the Joint Office of Homeless Services and run by Transition Projects, the “Foster Shelter Steering Committee” was established to assure that all neighbors and partners would have a “seat at the table” during the planning process.

The former Winley Market building on S.E. Foster Road stands empty and unaltered, although large-scale remodeling of the Assembly Brewing Company building next door is now underway.

Starting with a May 29 meeting, and throughout the summer, the Steering Committee’s meetings have been moved to the Brentwood Darlington Community Center.

“I’m the representative for our neighborhood association, and I have the key to the building; I’m here to help setup and breakdown,” smiled Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) Chair Chelsea Powers, as representatives gathered for the meeting.

“The BDNA Board is a neutral party, and has not taken a position for or against the shelter,” Powers said. “We’re participating in this to make this the best for every neighborhood.”

The other neighborhood associations represented on the Steering Committee are Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Woodstock.

“Tonight is the night we begin work on the ‘Good Neighbor Agreement’; the communities’ voices are vital in terms of helping to say what the expectations are from the shelter,” said Multnomah County Commissioner, District 3, Jessica Vega Pederson.

“Communities want to make sure that their priorities and values are stated in the agreement, as the process goes forward,” Vega Pederson told THE BEE.

Other homeless shelters in the city have established a Good Neighbor Agreement, Vega Pederson remarked, so this Steering Committee has the benefit of seeing previously drafted agreements.

The Willamette Shelter in Westmoreland – run by the same organization as will the Foster shelter, Transition Projects, and run in the same manner – has not posed any issues for the neighborhood, and SMILE – the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association – has not, to date, had any cause to seek such an agreement.

Such an agreement isn’t legally enforceable, Vega Pederson acknowledged. “But what it does do is add clarity to the operating procedures that the shelter would have, anyway,” she said. “And, this is to really make sure that there is no misunderstanding about what the community’s desires and expectations are around the shelter.”

Once the agreement has been drafted and approved, “there still will be several months before the shelter’s opening, so there is more time to establish the relationships that will be so important once the shelter is open,” Pederson said.

During the meeting, after the welcome and introductions, April Rohman, the Emergency Shelter & Services Coordinator at “A Home for Everyone” in the Joint Office of Homeless Services, presented an outline of the themes of the meeting.

Then Transition Projects’ Stacy Borke gave a PowerPoint “day in the life” presentation of what typically goes on in such shelters.

Sylvia Ciborowski of JLA Public Involvement and Stacy Borke then gave an overview of Good Neighbor Agreement process – after which those present broke into small discussion groups.

The result was a six-page draft Good Neighbor Agreement – with provisions for promoting client safety, and encouraging guests to be “good neighbors” in terms of littering, smoking, gathering in large groups outside the shelter, and creating a timely way for “comments” made by the staff and customers of the 7-Eleven store, situated in the same plaza, to be addressed.

Renovation costs escalate
Although not in the purview of the Steering Committee, “A Home for Everyone” – led by an executive committee made up of elected officials from Portland, Multnomah County, and Gresham, and Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland) – revealed that the cost of turning the Foster Road storefront into a homeless shelter has increased by more than $1 million since the lease was authorized.

On June 12, an unnamed spokesperson for “A Home for Everyone” said that the cost estimate is now $3 million for renovation, blaming higher construction costs and labor shortages. “But the cost also reflects contingency funding, and efforts to add amenities and features in response to community feedback,” the spokesperson said.

The increase will buy upgrades for the 120-bed shelter – such as a recreational courtyard, including landscaping and fencing “designed to increase privacy and offer residents a comfortable and attractive place to be outside”. Other upgrades include sleeping area improvements, and a full-service commercial kitchen.

Foster Shelter, Sawyers Market, Pal Do Market, Winly Market, Foster Shelter, homeless, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Historic signs were recently uncovered on the front and sides of the grocery store at S.E. 61st and Foster Road, as the site is redeveloped into a temporary housing shelter owned by Multnomah County, and operated under contract by Transition Projects. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

Human Services Center moving into grocery store with a past


In recent months a building at S.E. 61st and Foster Road, in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood, has been the focus of vigorous debate over redevelopment of the site into a shelter for people struggling to find a safe place to live in the city.

The transformation is now under way and In May, as layers of siding were pried from the façade of the building, vintage signs reappeared. It was a last chance for this curious historian to delve into the past uses of the building, recently the Pal Do Market.

Well into the 1930’s there were hundreds of modest “Mom and Pop” grocery stores scattered throughout the city, often within a few blocks of a streetcar line.  They were small, like the Foster Market at 62nd Avenue, which is just over 1700 square feet in size.

While searching the 1926 Portland City Directory for information on the market structure being remodeled, I noted at least six similar markets within ten blocks of the site. After World War II, small grocery stores began to disappear, as chains like Safeway and Fred Meyer began building larger stores with convenient parking lots. (On-site parking is what originally led to the Safeway name – it was the “Safe Way to shop”.)

But it took decades for the independent markets to fade; and obviously some are still in operation.

In 1947 an individual experienced in the operation of small neighborhood groceries began construction of his new, modern, concrete-wall store at 6112 S.E. Foster Road. Portland-born Pius G. Moore opened his new 7,000 square foot business, Moore’s Food Center, in 1948.  

Moore, known as “P.G.” or “Mac”, operated the business for more than twenty years, until he retired in 1970. He and his wife Frances, a native of Verboort in Washington County, lived nearby, at 4136 S.E. 63rd – and then at 5118 S.E. 52nd Street, until their deaths in 1979 and 1975.  

After 1971, operation of the store was assumed by Leonard and Sharon Moore, who may have been related to P.G., but were neither children nor siblings. The business underwent name changes, becoming Moore’s A.G. Food Center (which perhaps stood for Associated Grocers), and then Moore’s Shure Fine Foods from 1974-1977.

In 1977 Roger and Mrs. Diane Sawyer purchased the business, and it became Sawyer’s Food Center until the early 1980’s. Subsequently, it was the Foster Villa Market, operated by Arriani Assi, and in 1985 it was managed by Habib and Suhail Fakoury, followed by Mr. Jong Lee Young.

Between 1992 and 2004 it was named the Seoul Market, owned by a Mr. Cho. Finally, in 2007, it became the Pal Do Market. The last sign posted on the front of the building before purchase by Multnomah County was “Winly Cash and Carry”.

The photo with this article, taken as the building was fenced off for the thorough remodel, reveals some of the earlier names of the business held during its span of 70 years. Now owned by Multhomah County, it should be converted into a Human Services Center soon – perhaps by the end of the year. 

Foster Powell Neighborhood, house fire, Southeast Portland, Oregon
A PF&R Rapid Intervention Team stood by to rescue firefighters, if needed, as they battled a house fire on S.E. Rhone Street in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Fire chars Foster-Powell home


When fire broke out at a house in the Foster-Powell neighborhood on Monday, June 11, Portland Fire & Rescue crews responded fast to S.E. 71st Avenue at Rhone Street, a block south of Powell Boulevard.

At 1:25 p.m. that afternoon, first-arriving firefighters reported to dispatchers seeing heavy smoke and fire from the front room of the house.

While some crew members searched the structure for potential victims, other firefighters laid in water lines, and began fighting the blaze.

Twenty minutes later a PF&R spokesperson reported, “Fire crews have managed to make a quick attack on this fire and stopped it. They are now working to mop up hotspots and await the investigator.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and has not been announced; and no damage estimates have been released by PF&R.

River Plan, Willamette River, Llweyllyn School, Southeast, Portland, Westmoreland, Brooklyn, Oregon
Access to the Willamette River from the Brooklyn neighborhood has been a long-standing concern, confirmed BPS Planner Joan Frederiksen. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Southeast neighbors envision new ‘River Plan’ for Willamette


“What’s your vision for the South Reach of the Willamette River?” was the question put to Inner Southeast Portland residents by representatives of the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS), as part of a “Visioning Workshop” on Saturday morning, June 9.

The meeting was held in the Llewellyn Elementary School cafetorium that morning. The planners said the area of focus for the forum was what they call the “Willamette River / South Reach”, which is an area roughly from the Ross Island Bridge (excluding South Waterfront) to the north part of Dunthorpe south of the Sellwood Bridge, as well as portions of the Brooklyn, Sellwood, and west side “South Portland” neighborhoods.

“This is a high-level, public meeting to dream about the Willamette riverfront, here in this area; and it’s part of updating the overall 1987 plan for this section,” said BPS Senior Planner Debbie Bischoff. “The goal is to start the process of getting ideas and feedback – as well as learning their concerns about the area – from people for what they want for the riverfront, including river access.”

Reporting back to the group of about 40 attendees from the breakout session she had observed, BPS Planner Joan Frederiksen remarked that much was said about access barriers between the river and the Brooklyn neighborhood. “The discussion was about not having any connection to the river, whether physical or aspirational by way of viewpoint.” This is not a new complaint from Brooklyn.

Another topic that came up was about the Springwater Corridor Trail, and “how to make it more welcoming for the different users – including fast bikes, casual bike riders, and pedestrians; finding a way to separate out those uses a little, to enhance our connections to the river,” Frederiksen said.

In another group, which focused on balancing recreation and ecology in the study area, BPS Environmental Planning Program City Planner II Jeff Caudill commented that the concerns expressed centered around the need to balance river access with natural area management. “The question also was: How do we feel about the natural area, and recreation, and then, factoring in increased housing in the area.”

Bischoff reported back to the gatherings about recreational concerns expressed in that breakout group. Echoing a previous topic, she said, “River access – whether paths, boat dock, or launch, in Brooklyn is a long-standing issue and desire.”

The trail along the river also came up in the recreation discussion group. “We heard about gaps in our trails, and comments about reducing trail congestion, and requests for better signage on the trails for how people should behave to make it safer and more comfortable to use for everyone,” Bischoff said. “There were requests for more boat docks – specifically in the lower East side – and a suggestion for a boat launch at the [foot of] the S.E. Spokane Street right-of-way.”

Other recreation-based suggestions included:

  • Fence the no-leash dog area at Sellwood Riverfront Park
  • Add interpretive signage along the river
  • Offer easier paths from Oaks bottom from the top of Oaks Bluff
  • Increase ADA extensibility throughout
  • Add “bump-outs” along the trail where the river can be viewed, without being in trail traffic

The next steps in the project are to create a draft report with illustrative drawings by late June. BPS plans to hold more meetings during the summer, and by fall, provide a status report of the project. The finalized report is expected to go before the Portland City Council early in 2020.

For more information, go online –

Sellwood Pool, Portland Parks and Recreation, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
On June 19, the first day of its season, hundreds turned out for an afternoon of aquatic fun at the venerated Sellwood Pool, in upper Sellwood Park, on S.E. 7th Avenue. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Summer splashes begin at the Sellwood Pool


Just in time for summer, the Sellwood Pool – Portland’s first publicly-owned swimming pool, now more than 100 years old – opened on June 19, to the delight of neighbors from all over Inner Southeast Portland.

“We couldn’t ask for a better opening day; people have been waiting in anticipation, and we’re having a great start to the season,” exclaimed Portland Parks & Recreation Assistant Aquatic Supervisor Andy Amato.

They don’t just throw the doors open when the season begins, Amato said. “Because it’s been closed for eight months, we first have to clean the building from top to bottom, vacuum the pool, pressure-wash the pool deck, stock the concession counter – and make sure everyone knows how to make popcorn!” Amato told THE BEE.

Beyond the physical plant, the Sellwood Pool’s crew must first face training, orientation, and making sure everyone is prepared for the new season, he said.

The pre-summer sunshine brought about 300 people to the “Open Swim” session on the afternoon of opening day. But the pool can accommodate 409 people in the water, and more on the pool deck – making it perhaps the highest-capacity pool in the Portland Parks and Recreation system.

“Even so, on a really hot day, we’re sad to see that some families may get shut out occasionally, when we’re filled to capacity,” Amato observed.

When the pool is at capacity there will be fourteen lifeguards around the pool watching, and an additional five or six lifeguards off deck, to rotate the duty positions.

“Safety is our #1 Priority,” Amato said. “All our lifeguards have international certification, which includes more than 30 hours in initial training class, and then an additional four hours of training every month to keep up their certification.”

So, when a lifeguard blows the whistle, pay attention. “They’re not trying to discourage fun, they’re trying to make sure that everyone stays safe, and goes home with a smile on their face,” explained Amato.

For the schedule of hours, class information, fees – and, yes, even party rental information, go online –

Brooklyn Park, summer program, water slide, kids activities, Brooklyn Neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
Brooklyn kids enjoyed the revived Brooklyn Park Water Slide on Tuesday, June 19. The park’s summer program, de-funded by the city, is now paid for by local donations. (Photo courtesy of April DeWees)

Brooklyn Park reaches fund goal; summer program and water slide are back


Brooklyn neighbors are celebrating hot summer days again with the famous Brooklyn Park water slide. After much planning and fund-raising, the neighborhood has brought back the popular Brooklyn Park Summer Program, with longtime director Craig Montag still at the helm. The park program was lost to neighborhood kids last year, due to program cutbacks at Portland Parks & Recreation [see article in THE BEE, March, 2018].

Brooklyn neighbors worked hard through the nonprofit “Friends of Brooklyn Park” to re-establish the popular decades-old children’s program, through business and private donations. Questions about it can be directed to Ben Tarne, “FoBP” Chair, at 971/772-6578. The revived summer program is open four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 12 noon till 8 p.m. Montag’s supplies were stored in the Park Shack during the interim, until the program could be restored with resident funding.

Montag, and his partner Miranda Roso, monitor the hundreds of youngsters who enjoy card and memory games, plaster crafts, lawn golf, basketball, and other long-time established activities in Brooklyn’s park. Parents and youthful volunteers also pitch in to help where needed, providing an opportunity to develop community pride and youth responsibilities during the eight-week run of the program (June 18-August 24).

The large sheet of flexible plastic that comprises the water slide was donated by neighbor Michael Robirds, and the water for it is donated by neighbor Jim Houser. The slide is brought out when temperatures pass 90 degrees. Helpers lay out and stretch the plastic down the park’s hill, deploy the water hose, and keep kids in an orderly line to await their turns.

Montag, a retired teacher, has been a neighborhood icon for 40 years, and has watched as many of the “Park Kids” grew up, had children of their own, and returned with them to enjoy the program that was such an important part of their own summers past.

Earthquake preparedness, N E T teams, neighborhood emergency teams, SMILE Station, Sellwood, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
OHSU Family Medicine physician Dr. Daisuke Yamashita told of his experiences helping out in Japan, just days after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami there. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Japan quake’s ‘lessons learned’ apply here, too


A presentation by a Portland State University (PSU) group, entitled “Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami: Lessons Learned”, highlighted a well-attended meeting of the Sellwood-Westmoreland, Eastmoreland, and Brooklyn Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET), on the evening of April 24 at SMILE Station in Sellwood.

“We believe there are many parallels between what happened in Japan, and what could potentially happen right here,” said Deborah Otenburg, co-leader of the combined Sellwood-Westmoreland-Eastmoreland-Brooklyn NET. “The information provided tonight about lessons learned from the Japan earthquake on March 11, 2011, will help us know what we can do and how we can prepare for similar scenario here in Portland.”

The Coordinator for the PSU Initiative for Community and Disaster Resilience Program, Josh Metzler, introduced the talk: “Our overall goal is to encourage dialogue and exchange of knowledge and experience around the topics of emergency management, and community and disaster resilience, that students acquired from their trip to Japan recently.

“It’s easy to talk about infrastructure, and how the federal government responds to major disasters in earthquakes,” Otenburg went on. “But it’s never too early to start planning and realizing our own individual expertise, community resources, and assets, to create bonding and resilience.”

PSU Department of Public Administration Chair Dr. Nasami Nishishiba Ph.D. reported that nine people had been on the expedition to Japan, including undergraduate and graduate students and emergency managers.

The students went over a list they’d compiled on the trip, of comparisons of Japan and the Pacific Northwest – pointing out similarities in the potential for a huge 9.0 magnitude temblor and annual plate movement, to the more than 60 people at the meeting.

On a list of “Major Challenges Faced”, relevant items included:

  • Limited extended-stay shelters; food and water shortages;
  • Debris isolating towns and blocking roads;
  • Total Communications failure; and,
  • Lack of appropriate personal protective equipment.

OHSU’s Dr. Daisuke Yamashita shared his own experience of providing care for the sick and wounded in a damaged Onagawa hospital in the aftermath of that devastating tsunami.

“I got to the scene about 10 days after it happened,” Yamashita recalled. “What I learned there was the resilience of the people.

“Physicians are not useful, without having medical support,” Yamashita continued “And in a disaster zone, [responders] who go in without having sufficient logistical support can become another ‘disaster in the zone’ – but,  you who are involved in NET are ahead of the game, so to speak.”

You can be one of those “ahead of the game” by becoming a member of your local NET group. Learn more online –

stabbing, Powell Boulevard, D V 8 Club, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
An AMR ambulance prepared to take a man, said to be involved in an altercation at a Powell Boulevard lounge, to a hospital for treatment of stab wounds. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Powell Boulevard lounge stabbing injures two


After a reported ruckus at the “DV8 Lounge”, at 5021 S.E. Powell Boulevard, at 5:39 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, East Precinct officers were called to the club.

A caller to the 9-1-1 Center said there had been a disturbance among several people at the lounge, after a customer was asked to leave the premises.

“Officers located two people with injuries; emergency medical personnel provided medical aid to those injured,” Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley.

One of the involved individuals, who witnesses identified as the customer who had been asked to leave, suffered what were believed to be serious but not-life-threatening injuries, Burley added. “The customer's injuries were possibly caused by a bladed instrument, such as a knife.”

That person was taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment, Burley said; the other cut person, an employee of the lounge, wasn’t injured sufficiently to require being taken to a hospital.

Detectives from the PPB Detective Division's Assault Detail took the lead in the investigation, and were assisted by criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division.

“All subjects involved in the disturbance have been contacted by investigators, and there is no reason to believe there is continuing danger to the public,” said Burley.

L I D paving district, Tenino Street, Errol Heights, Brentwood Darlington, paving, dirt streets, ruts, potholes, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
This deeply-rutted section of S.E. Tenino Street certainly could benefit from paving, and that might be worth the estimated cost of $12,750 for it, to the individual property owners. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Errol Heights street-paving L.I.D. passes


After Errol Heights Local Improvement District (LID) polling ended in late May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) reported that it garnered enough support to go ahead. The same idea had been rejected twice in the past.

On June 8, PBOT announced that Errol Heights property owners in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood had turned in 57 petitions supporting the LID – to pave, and put in other improvements – primarily along S.E. Tenino Street, between 45th and 52nd Avenues.

Waivered properties – properties with “waivers of remonstrance” attached, permitting owners to make improvements – were counted as automatic supporters of the LID. Those, plus non-waivered supporters, reached 62%; without including the wavered properties, the LID still had 48% approval.

“While this level of support sends a strong signal to City Council that the neighborhood is behind the project, more petitions are always better,” wrote PBOT Project Manager Elizabeth Mahon in a release. “It's not too late for your support to be counted,” she added.

The date for the LID Formation Hearing at Portland City Council is still pending, but will likely occur in August or September.

For more information, including how to testify in support of – or against – the LID, go online –

Share It Square, Sherrett Street, Sellwood, repainting, painted intersection, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Sara Heath displays the template for this year’s street painting design in the intersection of “Share-It Square” in Sellwood. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Annual ‘Share-It Square’ intersection repainting spawns octopus


A warm Saturday, June 2, set the stage for the 22nd annual community street repainting at S.E. 9th Avenue and Sherrett Street in Sellwood.

This year’s design centered on an orange octopus hosting a tea party, under a colorful row of planets extending across the sky. The four white chevrons extending out from the intersection, and the red-brick designs were touched up to complete the design.

Project co-coordinator Sarah Heath revealed, “New features this year were live music performers, and two kid craft stations: One to paint a banner for the 5:30 p.m. potluck dinner for the participants, and the other to make yarn octopus toys. We had over a hundred volunteers by noon, including over a dozen high schoolers from Orange County, California.”

Heath and her two cohorts, Ute Kongsbak and Liana White-Allahdadi, coordinated the day with energy and good cheer. Allahdadi monitored the children’s banner-painting site. “We’ve streamlined the paint station to be more efficient this year,” she remarked. Kongsbak recalled, “We did a fundraiser earlier in the year – a neighborhood garage sale – and we also appreciated the many donations.”

The octopus motif was inspired by a paint spill from last year that was turned into an octopus shape. “People loved the spontaneity and creativity of the fix-up,” smiled Heath. “We combined the octopus with a tea party this year to represent our longtime Tea Station here, which signifies community and helping hands. The Space theme – a row of planets – represents the ‘big picture’ of our place in the universe.”

Neighbors and businesses donated time, money, food, and community spirit to the yearly enterprise. Miller Paint gave a discount on the paint, and Sellwood’s UPS Store helped with printing needs. Food and drink were donated by Bob's Red Mill, Grand Central Bakery, Sellwood New Seasons, and Starbucks. Neighbors brought a variety of pizza, pastries, fruit, and veggie snacks. A plate of watermelon sat near the Tea Station, and kids were shown how to make “ants on a log” with celery sticks, raisins, and peanut butter.

“The 80-degree weather helped the paint dry pretty quickly,” observed volunteer Amanda Leonard, a BEE reader who lives nearby at Lilliput House. Neighbors involved in a Blues band and the Sweet Honey Band entertained with live music on guitars and mandolin. Parents and coordinators gave cheerful advice and encouragement to complete the community-building project.

The Sellwood painted intersection, known as “Share-It Square” was begun by the City Repair Project, and has won an award from the state.

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