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					        FEATURE STORIES
   Parent Trap Page 3
   The Kids are Alright Page 5
   Portland Pirates Page 13
   Fear and Motorcycles Page 22

        ST. JOHNS
   • Bridge Bash
   • Lily Toad
   • Condo with a View
   Page 8

         EAST SLOPE
   • Sauvie Salsa Squared
   • Linnton Rejected
                                                                                   PHOTO BY TODD FLEMMING
   Page 9

   • Trillium Blooms in Fall
   • It ain’t easy being Ockley Green
   Page 10

         WEST ALBINA
   • Moving Hula Hands
   Page 12
         NORTH END                                                                                                                                                                                ” page 3
                                                                                                                                                                                      Parent Trap
   • More Yummies on N Lomard
                                                                                                                                                                  Featur e story “the      page 6
                                                                                                                                                                               y profile on
   • Big City gets a Little Bigger                                                                                                                                Cover famil
   Page 12

        ARTS & CULTURE
   • School House Rocks
   Page 16

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                                                                                                                                                                              PHOTOS BY TODDY FLEMMING, CORNELIUS SWART AND DAVE ARPIN

New Columbia presents new elementary school for children
and challenging new turf for teen gangs
By Julie Sabatier & Dylan de Thomas

     Rosa Parks Elementary School,       purportedly is up for grabs as the          “But the incidents in McCoy Park,
a state-of-the-art structure at 8960     last park in North Portland to be           which have happened at night, I
N Woolsey Ave. in New Columbia,          claimed successfully by a street            don’t think have direct implication
this fall will become the first new       gang. A series of incidents in the          in the opening of a grade school.”
school to open in Portland since         park has prompted neighbors and                  Even so, HAP has been working
1998. A cooperative model between        police to mobilize.                         closely with Jim Ferraris, the new
the City of Portland, the Housing             The two issues highlight the           North Precinct commander, and
Authority of Portland (HAP), and         opportunities and challenges                Portland Parks and Recreation;
non-profits, Rosa Parks represents        presented by the state’s largest            and HAP will be helping with the
an innovation for Portland’s             housing redevelopment project.              funds to pay for additional officers                Study in contrast. New Columbia’s McCoy Park has become unclaimed territory for
beleaguered school district.                  “(As with) any school, safety          in the area.                                    area gangs. A few blocks away, Rosa Park Elementary represents uncharted territory
     Nearby, brand new McCoy             is important,” HAP director Steve                                                           for Portland Public Schools as innovative architecture and bold partnerships create the
Park, the 100th park in the city,        Rudman said of Rosa Parks School.                                  See Nu School / Page 2   city’s first new school in 8 years. PHOTO BY CORNELIUS SWART

El Del Monte Matador Drug Suit
“Don’t stay quiet,” advises Latina North Portland lawyer takes alleged
plaintiff in historic class-action suit drug house to small-claims court
By Ansel Elkins                                                                      By Elizabeth Fuller

     When eight low-wage,Spanish-        path that ended in Oregon’s largest              Greg Abbott has sued his                   plaintiff in the case when neighbors
speaking workers at the Del Monte        class-action settlement for farm            neighbor.                                       wouldn’t agree to testify. The case
food-processing plant in North           workers. The settlement will affect              The neighbor owns an alleged               may provide a new precedent for
Portland requested safety gloves on      1,800 employees who worked at               drug house, and Abbott, a North                 fighting drugs in North Portland.
December 30, 2004, the manager of        Del Monte. The five class-action             Portland attorney, is suing the                            “I hope it creates a
their employment agency shouted,         plaintiffs will receive $5,000 each;        owner under a little-known state                mushrooming effect,” Abbott said
                                                                                     statute in what may be the first case            in August. “I think it has that
“You have no rights.” All were fired      the settlement agreement totals
                                                                                     of its kind in Portland. Lawsuits               potential.”
on the spot.                             $400,000.
                                                                                     such as Abbots could potentially                     “If it works, it sounds like
     They could have chosen —                 Maria Guadalupe-Segura is              close drug houses for up to a year.             a great way to deal with these
like so many — to walk away and          a mother of one and one of five                   The lawsuit created some                   places... and it gets the community
remain silent. Instead, they fought      women who filed the class-action             initial confusion in the courts,                involved in the policing,” said
for their rights and carved a historic                    See Del Monte / Page 2     according to Abbott, who filed as                                     See Lawsuit / Page 23

    VOLUME 6 ISSUE 9                                                                                                                                         503.287.3880
Page 2 • St. Johns Sentinel • September 2006

                                                                The Murals Gotta Go
                                                                Historic look remains as N Killingsworth restoration proceeds
                                                                By Charity Prater

                                                                     A historic building on 1901 N
                                                                Killingsworth is going through a $40,000
                                                                storefront renovation. The current white
                                                                siding is nearly black from years of
                                                                deterioration. The plan is to give the exterior
                                                                a complete face-lift with new siding, a fresh
                                                                layer of paint, new awnings and signs.
                                                                     The owner, Doug Schmitt, decided to
                                                                renovate the building with a historic look but
                                                                decided not to delve into the complications
                                                                of restoring it to its original layout.
                                                                     “I wanted to make the building look
                                                                historic without taking it back to its original
                                                                condition,” Schmitt said.
                                                                     Underneath the old paint are several
                                                                commercial murals including an old 7-Up
       The St. Johns                                            advertisement and the remnants of a long-

       SENTINEL                                                 spent 1901 Café. Although interesting, the
                                                                murals are slightly too deteriorated and
                                                                clash too significantly with Schmitt’s original
                                                                restoration plans to keep.                                                                                                            PHOTO BY LEANN LOCHER
                                                                                                                          When Schmitt bought it in 1984,
                    503-287-3880                                     Constructed in 1909, the building was            the building was vacant. Today he is a             building’s occupancy is planned to remain
                     PUBLISHED BY                               home to Japanese grocers until they were                                                                 the same after the renovation is completed
                                                                                                                      commercial furniture and cabinetry broker
                           Media, LLC                           forced into internment camps around 1941.                                                                in mid- to late-September.
                                                                                                                      and designer, doing business as Interior
                                                                Since then, the building has served several
                   Managing Edit or                                                                                   Components. He also rents space to the                                  30
                                                                functions including a café in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
                      Cornelius Swart                                                                                 North Portland Acupuncture Clinic. The
                     News Edit or
                           Will Crow                                                                                                                                     and the City of Portland, the $15 million
        ARTS & CALENDAR EDITOR                                                                                        NU SCHOOL                                          campus became feasible.
                       Laura Hutton                                                                                                                                           If successful, the project might be an
                                                                                                                         From page 1                                     example of how a cash-strapped school
                     COPY EDITOR                                                                                                                                         district might fund and manage existing and
                       Michele Elder                                                                                  INNOVATIVE NEW SCHOOL MODEL
                                                                                                                           Rosa Parks is part of a “community            future public schools.
            ASSISTANT COPY EDITOR                                                                                     campus,” including the school, the North                The new facility is also seeking
                      Tamarine Vilar                                                                                                                                     Leadership in Energy and Environmental
                                                                                                                      Portland Boys and Girls Club, and the
                   ASSISTANT EDITOR                                                                                   University Park Community Center, which            Design (LEED) certification from the
                       Chelsia Rice                                                                                   will double as the school’s gym.                   U.S. Green Building Council, a national
                                                                                                                           “We were able to save a bunch of money        organization working to promote sustainable
                    ART DIRECTOR                                                                                                                                         building projects. Rosa Parks Elementary
                      Theresa Rohrer                                                                                  that way because we’re sharing the space,”
                                                                                                                      said Doug Capps, former school board               and the surrounding community campus
                   GRAPHIC DESIGN                                                                                     member and current project manager for             includes water-efficient landscaping and a
                     Colleen Froehlich                                                                                                                                   bioswale system, which filter rainwater run-
                                                                                                                      Rosa Parks.
                    CONTRIBUTORS                                                                                           John Ball Elementary, built in the 1940s,     off and put it back into the ground. The new
                       Cami Martin                                                                                    was on the district’s list of schools in need of   school has large windows that bring natural
                      Caitlin Moran                                                                                   restoration. In 2002 when HAP demolished           light into classrooms, minimizing the need
                      Charity Prater                                                                                  the Columbia Villa housing project to              for electricity on sunny days. Louvers on the
                     Tim McLaughlin                                                                                   erect New Columbia in its place, a school          windows reduce the heat gain from all that
                     Anastasia Gornick                                                                                                                                   sunlight, making air conditioning virtually
                      Elizabeth Fuller                                                                                seemed a natural addition to the mixed-use
                                                                                                                      development.                                       unnecessary. Solar panels on the building
                       Tiffany Perala
                       Julie Sabatier                              Landscapers put on the finishing touches at Rosa         “It was not envisioned initially as part of   also help with energy efficiency.
                        Ansel Elkins                            Parks Elementary School. Tbe building is celebrated   this development, but when the opportunity              Enrollment at Rosa Parks is expected to
                        Derek Long                              for its green design.                                 came to do something extraordinary, people         jump from John Ball’s 280 students to at least
                        Abby Sewell                             PHOTO BY CORNELIUS SWART                              rose to the occasion,” HAP director Rudman         425 as families move into the newly renovated
                      Vanessa Harless                                                                                                                                    New Columbia building. Capacity is 550
                                                                                                                      explained. With funding coming from
                      Audrey Dilling                                                                                                                                     students. While John Ball enjoyed consistent
                         Will Crow                                                                                    Portland Parks and Recreation, the Boys and
                     Vanessa Timmons                                                                                  Girls Club, HAP, Portland Public Schools           academic achievement scores in recent
                       Laura Hutton                                                                                                                                                                 See Nu School / Page 24
                     Ceressa Crawford

                       Dave Arpin
                     Michael Newman
                                                                DEL MONTE                                             was most inspired by her grandmother,
                                                                                                                      who once advised her, “Never let your guard
                      LeAnn Lother                                  From page 1                                       down. Never let anyone abuse you.”
                      Bonnie Meltzer                                                                                       For five women, the legal process was
                     Cornelius Swart
                      Todd Fleming                              suit against Del Monte and the temporary              a long and rough road. Guadalupe-Segura
                                                                employment agency, Quality Manual Labor.              said she barely knew the four other women
              STAFF VOLUNTEERS                                  And, she’s found herself an overnight hero
                 Christopher Knott                                                                                    plaintiffs, who, through long hours with
                                                                for the immigrant worker community.                   lawyers, she grew close to.
            THE ST. JOHNS SENTINEL                                    Among grievances addressed by the                    “We only knew each other before as
  PO Box  • Portland, Oregon                           lawsuit: failure to pay wages owed upon               co-workers, and then we developed a strong                                 firing the workers, not giving employees               friendship.”
                                                                uninterrupted half-hour lunch breaks, not                  They stuck together even though
 MISSION:                                                       paying workers for time spent donning                                                                   Maria Guadalupe-Segura, outside her Portsmouth
                                                                                                                      Guadalupe-Segura said that she and other
                                                                and doffing protective work clothes, and               Del Monte plaintiffs were verbally harassed    home, is one of eight Latina plaintiffs awarded the
                                                                failure to pay its workers overtime (Oregon                                                          largest class action suit in Oregon’s farm worker
                                                                                                                      by former co-workers for being “gossips.”
                                                                agricultural employees must be paid overtime                                                         history. PHOTO BY CORNELIUS SWART
 EACH MONTH AND IS CIRCULATED FREE IN THE MAIL.                                                                            But throughout it all, Guadalupe-
 LIMITED EXTRA COPIES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.               for work exceeding ten hours a day).                  Segura said the group remained focused speak out: “Don’t pay attention to what
 ALL ADVERTISING, ARTICLES AND PHOTOS ARE DUE BY                      While at Del Monte, Guadalupe-Segura
                                                                                                                      on the cause: “Our reason for filing the suit people are telling you about job promises.
                                                                worked from midnight until 7 a.m., sometimes          wasn’t for money. We needed to show the Look into it yourself. Make sure that what is
 PROPERTY OF SYDHONDA MEDIA, LLC. COMMUNITY                     working 14-hour days. Her husband, who                company that we’re not going to be abused... being promised is being offered in a written
                                                                still works for Del Monte, began his shift soon       We’re human and not something else.”            contract. And if they [employers] don’t fulfill
 SUBJECT      TO    CHANGE    AT   THE   EDITORIAL    TEAM'S    after she came home. They trade off caring                 For now, Guadalupe-Segura is them, don’t stay quiet.”
 DISCRETION.       SUBSCRIPTIONS      ARE     AVAILABLE   FOR   for their young son, Larry.                           unemployed while she cares for her son, but
 $10.00     PER     YEAR    (12    ISSUES).   NONE   OF THE
                                                                      Guadalupe-Segura said that her family           she is quick to give advice to other immigrant                                30
 WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE PUBLISHER.                          has a tradition of strong women and she               low-wage workers who may be afraid to

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                                                                                                   political and human struggle going on in

                     Publisher’s Page
                                                                                                   your community every day as thousands
                                                                                                   of teachers, parents and bureaucrats churn
                                                                                                   through a wheel of trails in order to educate
                                                                                                                                                           Off the Cuff:
                                                                                                   the next generation of the world’s most
                                                                                                                                                           Reporter Analysis
Education Issues                                                                                   powerful citizens. Whether this generation
                                                                                                   will be great contributors to the world or a
                                                                                                   great pox upon it has much to do with how
    I, like many, believe education is the                                                         they are educated now.
                                                  complex world. Those skills, the 3Rs, and
cornerstone of our civilization. Without                                                                Whether it’s daycare options (page 5), the
                                                  basic “thinking skills” seem increasingly
education the individual cannot overcome                                                           progress of the Ockley Green Magnet School
                                                  hard to come by.
the great challenges presented by our                                                              (page 10), a new year at Jefferson High School
                                                       Fingers point in all directions. There is
American culture, which favors the strong                                                          (page 3) or life at the University of Portland
                                                  plenty of blame to go around. The solutions
over the weak. The strong can always                                                               (page 4), we’ve tried to paint a broad picture
                                                  are not easy and more often political than
dominate the weak in any culture. But                                                              of what the educational landscape of this
                                                  pragmatic. But the point should be that
American civilization has been engineered                                                          community looks like. So please sit back,
                                                  education affects more than just the children
so that the clever can, with hard work,                                                            relax, and let us tell you a story.
                                                  in school.
overcome the strong.
                                                       Whether you are some of the 30%-40%              See you in the neighborhood,
    Yet so much of the promise of our age
                                                  of Portlanders with children in school, or if
and the resources we wield as a nation are                                                              Cornelius Swart
                                                  you simply went to school at one time, we
squandered because our education system                                                                 Managing Editor/Publisher
                                                  ask you to pause for a moment and consider
so often fails to provide the individual with
                                                  education. There is a vast economic,
the basic tools required to navigate our

                                                  NEW NEIGHBOR
                     Letters                           I am planning on renting an apartment
                                                  on St. Louis Avenue. My move-in date will
                                                  be 9/1 but before signing the lease, I cruised        In last month’s article Alcoholics                 Dear Leon Dudley:
                                                  the neighborhood at varying times of the
                                                  day to see what the atmosphere was like. I
                                                                                                   Not So Anonymous we incorrectly stated
                                                                                                   the period of time in which Anna Om has
                                                                                                                                                                Welcome to
                                                                                                                                                           Jefferson High School
      Is anyone else curious why some             was driving around at 11am on Monday
                                                  the 14th of August when I saw a Portland
                                                                                                   lived in St Johns. Anna Om has lived in
Peninsula residents choose to take up the
                                                  police officer park and start to walk across      North Portland for four years, not at an
center portion of the two lanes on the bridge                                                                                                              By Tim McLaughlin
access road? Since I know that all St. Johns      the street to Subway. I interrupted him          apartment in the north end of downtown
area residents are kind and generous souls        and asked him a couple of questions as to        for four years.                                              Dear Leon,
I’ll assume that those driving up the middle      what the neighborhood is like. He was so
of the two lanes don’t know any better. So        friendly and informative! It was super nice                                                                    As Jefferson’s latest principal, you have
                                                  to have a talk with a down-to-earth person             In regards to the photo for that article.
here’s a tip to improve all of our lives: when                                                                                                             our best and desperate wishes for steering
driving up to the bridge, choose a lane and       like Office McAllister and to know that he        Two unidentified men are pictured. One                   the students and staff of our troubled
remain in that lane until you see the sign that   likes this neighborhood and is proud of the      holding a beer can another is not. The                  neighborhood school into stability and
instructs you to merge. When you merge            developments and culture. I went and signed      Sentinel did not intend to implicate the                organizational coherence, and — we’ll give
there is a chance that one of your neighbors      the lease that day and am looking forward to                                                             you some time for this one — for overseeing
                                                                                                   man not holding the can of beer in any
may get in front of you, but have faith, they     enjoying my new home!                                                                                    a makeover that will make Jefferson H.S.
                                                                                                   illicit activity with the photo. We retract
will gladly repay the courtesy to you when                                                                                                                 an attractive and academically competitive
you merge again the next day.                         Annie Grebin                                 any implicit or explicit association to this            school of choice, as it once was.
      S. Sykes                                                                                     extent and regret any confusion that may                      We’re not as confident as Woody Allen
      St. Johns                                                                                    have arisen from the photos publication.                that just showing up will give you the success
                                                                                                                                                           we all want you to have. Principals have
                                                                                                                                                           been showing up there for a decade now
                                                                                                                                                           with disheartening frequency, and without

  The Parent                                                                                                                                               success. Of Jeff ’s previous six principals, only
                                                                                                                                                           your predecessor Larry Dashiell lasted more
                                                                                                                                                           than one year.

                                                                                                                                                                 The high school is floundering for more
                                                                                                                                                           reasons than that one, of course. Salem drops
                                                                                                                                                           the ball again and again, resisting to adequately
                                                                                                                                                           fund public education. With No Child Left
                                                                                                                                                           Behind, Dubya demands more from public
School choice: too much, too                                                                                                                               schools than he does from a doomed Iraqi
little or just too many deck                                                                                                                               government. He may also be more punitive:
                                                                                                                                                           if Jefferson was struggling before 2001, it may
chairs to rearrange...                                                                                                                                     now be crippled by NCLB consequences for
By Cornelius Swart
                                                                                                                                                           student scores deemed inadequate.
                                                                                                                                                                 Yet Jefferson High School (yes, after
                                                                                                                                                           a thankfully short life, the stunningly
     Olivia Rebanal is a young, attractive,
                                                                                                                                                           misnamed School of Pride and School of
professional, mother of two. She stands in                                                                                                                 Champions on the Jefferson Campus were
her living room next to a baby grand piano                                                                                                                 returned to the simple and sturdy Jefferson
bouncing a fussing two year old on her                                                                                                                     High School) is hanging on this year, with an
hip. The cozy Mock’s Crest house is full of                                                                                                                anticipated enrollment (as of today) of 671
people and children. Olivia seems slightly                                                                                        PHOTO BY TODD FLEMMING   students (roughly the same enrollment as last
overwhelmed with a reporter, photographer,        savoring the glamorous memory. “What do                                                                  year), divided (probably unequally) between
                                                                                                   their values? Their answers are a window into           the high school’s two small schools-within-
3 children under 6 years old, her husband         we got...this Amensia Brewing Company,”
                                                                                                   the changes occurring in education, not only            a-school: the Academy of Arts & Technology
and her sister, all in the same room. “Did you    he frowns thinking of the decidedly more
                                                                                                   in North Portland, but throughout the city.             and the Academy of Science & Technology.
want to take the picture outside?”                homely pub down the street.
     A few blocks east, Mike and Dulane                                                                                                                          Yes, your math is correct: a young person
                                                       These three families are not so far apart
                                                                                                   THE REBANALS: CHARTER SCHOOLS                           entering Jeff as a freshman in the fall of 2003
Moran’s seems more relaxed. Neighborhood          in geography, but they are worlds away in
                                                                                                         Olivia and David Rebanal moved                    will have endured three different academic
children play together in the yard with           how they chose to educate their children.                                                                reorganizations by the time she graduates
                                                                                                   from New York City, where both worked
their 7-year-old son Ethan. Neighbors here             It was once assumed that children                                                                   next June. If poverty and low test scores don’t
                                                                                                   in the finance sector, to their Mock’s Crest
appear to share children like other people        would attend their neighborhood schools                                                                  wear her down, a schizophrenic program and
                                                                                                   home two years ago. They chose Overlook
share food at a picnic. One blond toddler         – Portland Public Schools once captured                                                                  demoralized teachers will.
                                                                                                   because it was affordable and had amenities.
decides to get completely naked. A confused       90 percent of neighborhood children.                                                                           These two new constituent academies of
                                                                                                   Neighborhood schools were a minor                       JHS were part of the overall plan devised by
looking neighbor walks up. “Have you seen         Today the watchword is ‘choice’. PPS’s
                                                                                                   consideration. They have two children,                  the Jefferson Design Team, a mix of parents
my daughter?” Mike Moran smiles and says          liberal transfer policy, it’s magnet schools,
                                                                                                   Ophelia, aged 5 1/2 and Tatiana, aged 2.                and community leaders and educators, most
casually, “Yes, she’s been here.”                 alternative schools and charters schools have
                                                                                                         “In New York, you have to live in the             of whose recommendations were eventually
     Across I-5 just in Boise, Marion Warfield     diversified the body of choices for parents.
                                                                                                   district to get into the good schools,” say             accepted by the school board. That plan
and her 15-year-old son Keenan sit in the         Yet still parents are choosing other options
                                                                                                   Olivia Rebanal. “We had problems with it.               includes two more academies next year —
shade of a backyard tree. Keenan is a typical     such as private schools or moving outside
                                                                                                   But here...everyone transfers.”                         the gender-specific Young Women’s Academy
young man from North Portland. Beneath            the district altogether.
                                                                                                         Portland Public School’s transfer policy          and Academy of Young Men.
his loose “street” posture he seems to be              What does school choice mean to these                                                                     “I really like the new Jefferson plan,
                                                                                                   is a cornerstone of its choice policy.
aware of more than he lets on. Keenan aches       three North Portland families, and to the                                                                splitting the school up into academies—
                                                                                                         According to PPS, 62.9 percent of PPS
to get out of Boise. He just got back from a      pundits and professionals who shape their                                                                especially the gender-specific schools.” That’s
                                                                                                   children attend their neighborhood schools.
mind-blowing trip to South Florida. “They         options? Why do families make the choices                                                                what Jeff Teesdale of Arbor Lodge recently
got South Beach down there,” he says, still       they do, and how do those choices reflect
                                                                                                                             See Parent Trap / Page 26                                See Off The Cuff / Page 20

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                                                  Teens Gone Wild
                                                  Summertime assaults and return of the I-MOB underscore shrinking
                                                  resources for prevention program
                                                  By Dylan de Thomas

                                                       - On a recent trip on the Yellow Line        generally responsible for incidents of petty      for teenagers 14 to 19,” says Leslie Esinga, the
                                                  MAX a group of teenagers loped their baggy        larceny and disruptive behavior such as           Outreach Coordinator/Community Builder
                                                  outfits onto the train at Lombard, laughing,       stopping the Interstate MAX train. But this       for the New Columbia housing development.
                                                  shoving, yukking it up and playing a radio.       year the I-Mob appears to have grown more         Unless we’re talking about sports, which, as

UP yours
                                                  A middle-aged woman boarded, looked at            violent and moved east.                           Esinga noted, can be prohibitively expensive
                                                  the kids, gave them a smile and loudly called          When you add a few record-breaking           for the lower income brackets, there’s a
                                                  out, “Boys, you turn that radio off!” The boys    hot spells into a summer where kids have          paucity of resources.
                                                  immediately complied, the radio went silent,      too much time on their hands things can                “The kids that are doing these activities
Returning University                              the kids yukked some more and jostled back
                                                  and forth, happily embarrassed.
                                                                                                    get ugly. Worst of all when a hundred good
                                                                                                    apples get together and a few bad seeds
                                                                                                                                                      don’t want to be in sports,” says Ron Macias
                                                                                                                                                      of Portland’s Youth Gang Outreach.
of Portland student                                    - While taking a smoke break outside
                                                  the Boise-Eliot School where he works as
                                                                                                    incite them to violence, you get a dangerous
                                                                                                    situation like the I-Mob.
                                                                                                                                                           In light of the Boise-Eliot assault and
                                                                                                                                                      an assault of a pizza delivery driver by two
offers tips for freshmen                          a janitor, Chad Neely chastised a group
                                                  of teenage girls for loudly using vulgar
                                                                                                         The city is trying to stay on top of it
                                                                                                    – they have no fewer than a half-dozen
                                                                                                                                                      youths with a golf club at N Interstate and N
                                                                                                                                                      Portland, one might conclude that outreach
By Caitlin Moran                                  language. The teens cursed him further            different support organizations dedicated to      would be a priority for local government.
                                                  before walking on. Then later in the day,         stemming the flow of kids to gangs and the              But Macias may not be able to do the
     During the last weekend in August            with a number of their friends--one with a        violence that they perpetrate.                    kind of outreach that youth have come to
hundreds of bright-eyed 18-year-olds arrived      baseball bat, they put Neely in the hospital           John Canda, Team Potter’s Gang Czar,         expect. Money for the 18-year-old city- and
at the University of Portland for freshman        for his “disrespect.”                             is busy bringing those disparate agencies         county-funded organization is running out.
orientation.                                           Kids are kids but it only takes a few bad    together to get their proverbial ducks in a       “We’ll be done in October,” Mr. Macias says,
     They spent three days learning all about     apples to spoil the bunch, right?                 row. Every other Friday, the Gang Violence        “and young people don’t care about funding
student government and how to become                   Last August two riots in West Albina         Task Force meets to coordinate efforts to         or budget cuts.”
involved in their residence halls. They found     were reported involving between 100-150           target at-risk youth in Portland’s hot spots           With the county changing priorities,
out about their majors, if they had one, and      teens between aged 13-18. These groups            – Pier Park, NE 60th and Cully, MLK,              Macias fears that there won’t be anyone else
how to get one, if not. They played dozens        destroyed cars and threw rocks at police.         Fessenden. For all the city is trying to          to fill the vacuum left by this lack of actual,
of icebreakers that introduced them to 50         The activity appears to be an outgrowth           accomplish, however, there are still key areas    street-level interaction.
people they will never speak to again.            of incident’s of ‘mobbin’ reported last year      that aren’t being addressed with the same
     Unfortunately, a lot of important            in the Interstate corridor (See ‘Watch Out’       vim and vigor.                                                          30
questions are not addressed during freshman       Sentinel July 2005). Last year the I-Mob was           “There’s a big drop-off in engagement
orientation. What should I avoid eating in
the Commons? Where does everyone hang
out on Friday night? How do I get on my RA’s
good side?
     As a junior at UP, I like to think I know
some of the ins and outs around campus.
                                                  Reefer Madness! the Musical
Read on to find the answers to everything
you always wanted to know about college but
were afraid to ask...
                                                  Moral depravity hits Portland
                                                  By Laura Hutton
     - Don’t eat the meat. Nearly every
experience I’ve had with beef, pork and
                                                       Reefer, parties, jazz—what more could        Joseph J. Klei as Ralph, and Barney Stein as
chicken at The Commons has been bad. Opt
                                                  displease and terrify any good upstanding         The Lecturer.
for the pasta unless you want to throw your
                                                  citizen? In 1936, the propaganda movie Reefer          Reefer Madness! kicks off Stumptown
soppy, fat-drenched chicken skin at your
                                                  Madness hit theatres, haranguing every good       Stages’ second season in business. Last year,
unsuspecting friend sitting at another table.
                                                  American of the dangerously delinquent side       Stumptown Stages premiered with the sassy
     - Take the time to explore campus. One
                                                  effects of marijuana cigarettes.                  musical satire, Urinetown. Stumptown
of my favorite campus hideaways is the rope
                                                       This fall, Portland’s own Stumptown          Stages will put on a 30-year reunion of
swing that randomly hangs on a tree between
                                                  Stages presents a new twist on the old scare-     Grease in February.
The Commons and the tennis center. Just
                                                  film and others like it. Reefer Madness! the            Formed by Kirk Mouser in 2005, the
make sure you don’t drink too much before
                                                  Musical hits the Interstate Firehouse Cultural    theatre company is a non-profit organization
hopping on — it’s a long fall down the bluff
                                                  Center September 8-October 7. Directed by         that also runs classes and summer theatre
to the river below.
                                                  Drammy Award-winning actor Kirk Mouser,           programs at the IFCC.                             Local theatre satirizes 1930’s drug paranoia
     - Get off-campus. Although the UP
                                                  the musical satirizes the motives behind the           Tickets for the show are $25 general, $22 films. No drugs were injured for the taking of this
campus has its share of fun and scenic spots,
                                                  1936 film.                                         for seniors and students. September 8 will photograph.
Portland is really where all the excitement
                                                       Jimmy (Andrew Bray) is his high              feature a special gala to benefit Stumptown
is. Besides going downtown or to Saturday
                                                  school’s golden boy with no experience of         Stages. Tickets are $65 per person or $100 Fore more information or to purchase tickets,
Market, make an effort to explore the North
                                                  the evil underbelly of society — that is, until   per couple. The show begins at 6 p.m., and contact the Interstate Firehouse Cultural
Portland area. Two neighborhood places that
                                                  he meets Jack (Nartan Woods). Jack offers         follows up with an “elegant, but morally Center (5340 N Interstate Ave., www.ifcc-
my friends and I frequent are King Burrito
                                                  Jimmy a marijuana cigarette, and a one-           depraved, reception.”                 , Tickets are $25
(2924 N Lombard) and Proper Eats Café
                                                  way ticket into the depth of drug-crazed                                                            general, $22 seniors and students. Opening
(8638 N Lombard), which features live jazz
                                                  sins of the flesh: sex, violence, and jazz. The                                                      night $65 per person, $100 per couple. Thurs-
for all ages on Thursday evenings.
                                                  production also stars Erin Charles as Mary,                                                         Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
     - Bookmark If you’re a
freshman, you’re not allowed to have a car at
UP, and if you don’t have a car, finding your
way around Portland can seem overwhelming.
If you go to, you can type in your
                                                  From Public School to Private
starting and finishing addresses and get a
list of departure times. Buses usually leave      Kenton facility goes back to school
campus every half-hour; both the #1 and the       By Michael Newman
#40 go downtown.
     - Shhhh...did you hear that? My freshman           A new lease on the late Kenton              The private school’s conciliation with the        Some had argued that Chief Joseph could
year, if I wanted to go to a party but didn’t      Elementary School facility is set to close at    neighborhood included a community                 not handle the transfer of another K-5
know where to find one, my friends and I            the beginning of September, bringing up          meeting and cleanup at Kenton Elementary,         program. Chief Joseph Principal Kathleen
would walk down Willamette Boulevard and           old concerns and also new improvements.          and meetings with the neighborhood                Jaffe says last year was a little crowded but
observe. If we heard loud music or voices, we           In June 2005, the Portland School           association. Also, De La Salle intends to build   now that the newly fledged magnet school,
followed the sound. If we saw large groups         Board made the controversial decision to         a new gymnasium, lay a new parking lot, and       Ockley Green has changed from a middle
of students walking down the street, we            close Kenton Elementary (among others)           make general improvements to the facility.        school to K-8, some children closer to
followed them.                                     following a Portland State University study           Aaron Gray, president of the Kenton          that school have transferred. “Now we all
     - Get in good with your RA. Be polite         which predicted declining enrollment in          Neighborhood Association, offers support          sit comfortably,” she says, and adds, “The
and courteous. Remember that he or she is a        that neighborhood. Kenton’s 150 students         while still questioning the PSU study leading     children have the additional benefits of a
student just like you, so try to find something     then had to be transferred to another public     to Kenton’s closure. “If you accept that Kenton   full-time P.E. instructor and a librarian.”
you have in common. That said, remember            school, Chief Joseph.                            had to be closed, then De La Salle is the best         If conditional use permits are approved
that he or she also has a job to do, so yelling         By fall, the board received a lease         use,” Gray said. But, as reported in the past,    by the city, improvements at Kenton will
“I’m so drunk!” at 1 a.m. probably isn’t a good    proposal from the private De La Salle North      concerns loom about the accuracy of the study’s   begin immediately and De La Salle Catholic
idea.                                              Catholic High School currently located about     research. Gray and others see many new, young     High School’s classes will start in their new
                                                   four blocks away. De La Salle president Matt     families showing up in the neighborhood with      facility next fall.
                      30                           Powell explained simply, “We’re looking to       one less public school to attend.
                                                   move because we’ve outgrown our space.”                                                                                  30

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Park Pals Promote Poo Pick-Up                                                                                                                            Ode to
Group has looked after Columbia Parkʼs well-being for 15 years                                                                                           Adventurious
By Anastasia Gornick

     Tucked in the tall trees off of N              issue,” said Simons.
                                                                                                                                                         By Ansel Elkins
Lombard Street and Woolsey Avenue, up a                   The park was established in 1891 by
                                                                                                                                                               As soon as I entered Tiffany Nail Salon
winding path flanked by flowers, is a small           the residents of the City of Albina before it
                                                                                                                                                         on MLK Boulevard, I realized that my nails
brick cottage, and those inside are plotting        was incorporated into the City of Portland.
                                                                                                                                                         are as interesting as a nun’s panties. I’d never
to lure you in.                                     They had hoped for a space that would
                                                                                                                                                         spent time in a nail salon. I don’t own a nail
     They are the members of Friends of             rival Washington Park in scope and beauty.                                                           file or any nail polish. I only own a single
Columbia Park, and they undertake projects          The park’s design was inspired by a park in                                                          clipper to perform a single task: to get my
to make the park a safe and welcoming place         Berlin, and the original park included rose                                                          nails down to their normal boyish size right
for their neighbors. The group began in 1991        gardens and a field house which is now                                                                above the quick, so that they remain as bare
to fight the city over a proposed parking            Columbia Cottage.                                                                                    naked and charmless as possible.
lot that was going to be installed next to                “Field houses were like community                                                                    The place was quiet except for occasional
Columbia pool at the east end of the park.          centers. They had dances and picnics                                                                 drilling from a manicurist’s instrument, a
     “It was a real grassroots issue,” said         there,” said Helen Warbington. “Barbara                                                              girl softly gabbing on her cell phone, and two
Barbara Simons, FoCP secretary. “They               came to a dance here in high school.” The                                                            TVs hanging from the ceiling that played BET
fought City Hall and won.” The parking              house fell into disrepair, being used at one                                                         hip-hop music videos. The walls formed a
lot never came to be, but the neighborhood          point as a storage shed for Portland Parks                                                           collage of color and culture: Chinese artwork
group stayed. For the last 15 years it has been     and Recreation. The building has now been                                                            and paper decorations hung alongside a big
improving the park, cleaning graffiti, raising       restored to its original function: hosting                                                           reproduction painting of Martin Luther King
money for a new play structure, organizing          weddings, community dinners for the                                                                  Jr. and Malcolm X.
park cleanups.                                      neighborhood, and as a meeting space.                                                                      On a shelf sat a ceramic Buddha beside
     “Every year we try and do something                  The Friends of Columbia Park has                                                               a white, praying Precious Moments figurine;
for the park,” commented Lorna Beckley, the         had a long and productive history, but          Friend of the “Friends”, Don Gilbertson with
                                                                                                                                                         a grinning ceramic monkey with a top hat;
current treasurer. “This year it’s poop holders.”   neighborhood involvement has dropped his posthole digger in Columbia Park during a tree              and, most disturbingly, a black Aunt Jemima
     FoCP is in the process of building poop-       off. “We’ve lost a lot of members,” said Don planting in August.                                     figurine that was engraved with “Bahama
bag boxes to be placed at the four entrances        Gilbertson, vice president and one of the PHOTO BY BONNIE MELTZER                                    Mama.”
                                                                                                                                                               Also on the walls were over 40 original
to the park. They conducted a survey in the         original members. The future of every park
                                                                                                                                                         airbrush nail designs by Tiffany Nails owner
neighborhood, going door to door to find             lies in the hands of its neighborhood, and Annual Harvest Dinner, Oct. 15 at the Columbia
                                                                                                                                                         and nail artist Danny Dang.
out why people were using the park, or if           Columbia Park is lucky to have such caring Cottage. For more information about the dinner
                                                                                                  or Friends of Columbia Park, call (503) 735-                 I hovered over Dang to see what some of
they weren’t, why not. “The dogs were a big         neighbors as these.                                                                                  the younger girls were having done to their
                                                                                                       1537, or visit
                                                                                                                                                         nails. Some of them were getting long stick-
                                                                                                                                                         on nails with Dang’s bright, bold colors and
                                                                                                                                                         screaming airbrush designs.

The Kids are all Right                                                                                                                                         One girl, clad in low-rider jeans and a
                                                                                                                                                         tank top, was getting her nails done in Dang’s
                                                                                                                                                         latest design, the $15 “Water Marble.” He
Child care options challenge parents’ wallets, instincts                                                                                                 individually dipped each finger into a paper
                                                                                                                                                         cup filled with a palette of sky blue and white
By Will Crow                                                                                                                                             paint and whipped up a design, then lifted
                                                                                                                                                         the hand out and blew the design into place
     Kim McCool, describes the search for           looking after their senators-to-be.                children of child care age are using paid child   on the nail.
responsible care as “super tough.”                       In the end, the McCools chose a woman         care, according to the Child Care Division of           “I opened this shop three years ago,”
     “We are leaving the future leaders of the      who offers care in her home, within walking        the Oregon Employment Department. 30              Dang said. Dang is from Chicago and has
free world with someone,” McCool muses.             distance of their Arbor Lodge home. Finn is        percent of those are paying more than 10          worked with his wife Tiffany, who sits nearby
“What if they screw them up? That is my job,        now in first grade, and the McCools intend          percent of their income on childcare.             working on another client’s hands, for five
to screw up my kids – not someone else’s.”          using the same caregiver for Finn’s infant              For help sorting through the complexities    years before opening up Tiffany Nails.
     Affordability, trust and flexibility were       brother, Declan.                                   of child care, the McCools turned to family             Dang said he chose this profession
the biggest issues Kim McCool and husband                Child care is a tangled web, with options     tradition and the Internet.                       “because I like to make people happy.” The
Marc McCool faced in finding care for                including in-home care, day care centers,               “Mostly, we went with our gut. We didn’t     client who chose the “Water Marble” nails
                                                                                                                                                         showed me the cuts around her cuticles she
their elder son, Finn. They are three of the        licensed and unlicensed caregivers, individual     have the family network that we have now to
                                                                                                                                                         received from another nail salon, and said
innumerable factors facing parents of any           and group settings, and more. And it’s a big       check in with. We were the only breeders we
                                                                                                                                                         this is why she chose to stick with Dang.
level of experience who are looking for help        business. Statewide, 43 percent of families with   knew back in the day.”                                  Dang said his airbrush designs will last
                                                                                                                                                         for a month. Looking at the young girls
                             PERPLEXED BREEDERS, TAKE HEART. THERE’S DAYCARE HELP OUT THERE:                                                             getting their nails done in flaunting, taunting
                                                    Child Care Resource and Referral of                consultations and other services are also         colors made my own hands look lonesome as
   Child Care Aware is a program of
                                                                                                                                                         a Christmas tree with no string of lights, no
   the National Association of Child Care           Multnomah and Clackamas Counties                   available for a fee. Metro Child Care
                                                                                                                                                         tinsel, no sparkle.
   Resource and Referral Agencies.            Its   connects parents with caregivers and               Resource and Referral, 912 NE Kelly Ave.,               Looking over the many airbrush designs
   website includes answers to frequently           trains child care providers. The program           Suite 239, Gresham 97030; (800) 695-6988;         from palm trees to seagulls to funky neon
   asked questions, a “child care glossary,” an     is transitioning from its downtown office           e-mail:;         designs, I was tempted to get my nails done
   archive of related articles, and a calculator    to a new permanent home at Mount                                  in funky peacock feathers.
   to help you figure the cost of child care         Hood Community College.              Their                                                                 I walked out of Tiffany Nails with my
                                                                                                       Low-income working families may
   options. Child Care Aware; toll free (800)       website is thinner than those of the above                                                           same sober nails. I boarded the bus home,
                                                                                                       be eligible for assistance through the            only to stare thirstily at any woman who
   424-2246; TTY (866) 278-9428; www.               organizations, although their brochure,
                                                                                                       state’s Child Care Subsidy Program,               had the guts to display her hands with an                              “Five Steps to Finding Quality Child Care,”
                                                                                                       administered by the Department of                 impressionistic extension of her personality.
                                                    is short, simple and packed with common
   Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral                                                             Human Services (DHS) and funded by
                                                    sense. Child Care Resource and Referral
   Network, a network of child care-related                                                            the Child Care Division (CCD) of the              Tiffany Nail Salon, 5126 NE Martin Luther
                                                    of Multnomah and Clackamas Counties,
   agencies serving the entire state, includes                                                         Oregon Employment Department. The                 King Jr. Blvd., (503) 287-0583; hours, Monday-
                                                    1006 SE Grand Ave., Suite 100B, Portland                                                             Saturday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
   on its website a searchable database of                                                             DHS website features child care guides,
                                                    97214; (503) 548-4400; toll free in-state:
   care providers. These are referrals, not                                                            co-pay calculators and other information
                                                    (866) 227-5529; e-mail:;
   recommendations, and the information                                                                in both English and Spanish. Through
   comes from the providers themselves.                                                                funding provided to more than 200 local
   Member agencies also can help parents                                                               groups, CCD also assists teenage parents,
                                                    Metro Child Care Resource & Referral,
   find and evaluate caregivers, and provide                                                            parents in substance abuse programs, farm
                                                    a program of the national Child Care
   helpful explanations of the various care                                                            workers and special needs parents. Oregon
                                                    Development Services Inc., serves
   options available in Oregon. Oregon Child                                                           Department of Human Services Children,
                                                    Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington
   Care Resource and Referral Network, 805                                                             Adults and Families field services, 2446 SE
                                                    counties. It, too, provides referrals for
   Liberty St. NE, Suite 2, Salem 97301; (503)                                                         Ladd Ave, Portland, 97214; (503) 731-3111;
                                                    parents and training for providers, as well
   375-2644; toll free (800) 342-6712; www.                                                  
                                                    as information on adoption services, adult                                                                                main.shtml.
                                                    and elder care assistance, and employer
                                                    benefits programs. Use of the online                And all this doesn’t even touch the
                                                    searchable database of providers requires          mysteries of preschool.                              Ansel Elkins pictured here in NY’s Time’s Square.
                                                    membership; packages cost $19.95 for                                                                 When Ansel is not frequenting North Portland nail
                                                    a month, $49.95 for a year. Personal                                    30                           salons, she is a student at Sarah Lawrence College in
                                                                                                                                                         Bronxville NY.

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                                   Cover Profile: Generation X Jr.
                                   A generation that grew up at the dawn of America’s decline in public education
                                   might be slow to put their own children in the system.
                                   By Cornelius Swart
                                         This month’s cover collage features         both urban and suburban were branded            Beach.”
                                    Krista and David Arias and their 7-month-        by mass alienation and institutional decay           “It has a reputation, that its improving,”
                                    old daughter Calypso (class of 2023). The        that reared up in incidents of urban gang       says David.
                                    family moved from Alberta Street into a          violence and suburban teen suicide.                  Still both too soured on public
                                    house they purchased in the Humboldt                  David attended public school in the        education to embrace even the good things
                                    neighborhood 3 months ago. Both Krista           Beaverton/Aloha area. “I hated it.”             they’ve heard about some of the local school
                                    and David are in their mid-30s and describe           Krista attended public school in Seattle   options.
                                    themselves as artists ’on hiatus’.               and in British Columbia. “ Canadian                  “[Public schools are] just too
                                         The Arias family are part of Portland’s     Schools are better. But I don’t like them any   institutionalized,” says David.
                                    coveted ‘creative class.’ The two have owned     better.”                                             The Arias family will be hard to please.
                                    several businesses and residential properties         The two have thought only glancingly       They don’t like the elitism of private schools,
                                    in the area. They have other businesses          at the school options available to them. At     or the mass production style education of the
                                    planned. In a little over four years time they   the moment they don’t like what they see.       more diverse public schools system. What
                                    will have to decide what to do about their            Waldorf schools come up a lot. But         are young creatives from Portland’s Do-It-
                                    child’s education.                               Beach Elementary in Overlook has buzz to it.    Yourself (ahem Pohemian) community to
                                         If Portland Public Schools wants to win     “I’ve heard a lot of people are excited about   do for a school?
                                    these two over, its got a lot of work to do      that school,” says Krista. “ I know a woman          Krista shrugs. “ We’re thinking of
                                    between now and then. Both parents grew          who took her child out of Waldorf school        starting our own.”
                                    up in the early 80’s when public schools,        and put her in Beach and she did better at                             30

                                   GEAR UP Grant Gets Going
                                   $1.6 million college prep grant begins for Roosevelt cluster
                                   By Cornelius Swart

                                        In 2005, the Roosevelt High School           having someone who is invested in your          slated to develop four “College, Career and
                                   graduating class of 2011 was awarded a            progress can make a huge difference.”           Job Centers” on campus.
                                   $1.6 million federal education grant known             The grant’s goal of “preparing low-             Next year the GEAR UP and Kelllum’s
                                   as GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness            income students to pursue, enter and            office will be housed in Roosevelt’s Media
                                   Readiness for Undergraduate Program.              succeed in postsecondary education” will        Center’s (aka library) Career Center.
                                   The grant is intended to assist this entire       be measured by a series of expectations.        This year the offices will operate out of
                                   graduating class, from 7th through 12th           The program aims to see a 5-10% increase        Portsmouth Middle School while students

                                   grade, in qualifying for and achieving            in students who exceed Oregon’s math and        finish 8th grade.
                                   postsecondary education in junior colleges,       English standards while aiming to have               Kellum was formerly the award-
                                   trade schools and universities.                   85% of the class of 2011 graduate, with         winning coordinator of the Schools Uniting
                                        “Research has shown that if you get          75% of graduates entering postsecondary         Neighborhoods (SUN) program at George

       Decor                       students aware at the middle school level,
                                   they have a greater chance of going on to
                                   college,” says Jane Kellum, the new GEAR UP
                                                                                          According to RHS data, the current
                                                                                     graduation rate at Roosevelt is 68%. In
                                                                                                                                     Middle School for over two years. She
                                                                                                                                     replaces Kathy Fong-Stephens who oversaw
                                                                                                                                     the initial application for the grant and the

      Antiques                     Program Director. “If you’re not in algebra
                                   in 8th grade, then you’re not ready for that
                                   college prep track by the time you get to be a
                                                                                     2000, 72% of Rough Riders who attended
                                                                                     college graduated. That was slightly better
                                                                                     than Wilson High School (71%) but below
                                                                                                                                     first year of its implementation.
                                                                                                                                          “She has a great mind for program
                                                                                                                                     management as well as dealing with kids,”
                                   freshman in high school.”                         Lincoln High School (80%).                      says George Middle School Principal Beth
                                        GEAR UP will offer mentoring, tutoring,           “Kids who go to college have a chance      Martin about Kellum. She seems confident
                                   workshops, college planning, parent support       to earn $1 million more over the course of      that Kellum will be up for the challenge of
      Robert Lawrence              and consistent long-term tracking of
                                   students over the course of six years.
                                                                                     their lifetimes,” says Roosevelt High School
                                                                                     Campus Principal Deborah Peterson.
                                                                                                                                     the GEAR UP program, declaring “She’s
             Proprietor                 “The program goes beyond what a                   Peterson, who refers to the GEAR UP
                                   typical guidance counselor would do,” said        grant as “The Big Grant,” sees the program                            30
                                   Kellum. She stressed that paid mentors            as an important part of other changes under
      7400 N Lombard St.           would be especially helpful to students. “Just    way at Roosevelt High School, which is

      Portland, OR 97203
        503-285-4959               Bonding with Green Space
                                   $227 million bond measure on fall ballot will protect ‘strategic’ natural areas
                                   By Anastasia Gornick

                                        A heron circles the water below,             Burkholder. “When you ask people why            that’s strategic.”
                                   oblivious that beyond the bank of trees           they came here, over and over again they say         The land parcels on the list for
                                   an industrial district toils in the sun. This     access to nature.”                              acquisition were first considered by ecologists
                                   oasis is part of Columbia Slough, one of               With the Portland/Vancouver area’s         for their pertinence in natural ecosystems,
                                   the many areas that may be affected by the        population expected to grow by a million        and then by the business community for
                                   Metropolitan Service District (Metro) Bond        people over the next 25 years, the green        their prospective investment return.
                                   Measure 26-80 for Natural Access, Parks and       spaces that currently exist may be at risk of        Eminent domain is prohibited by the
                                   Streams.                                          development to make space for the city’s        language of the bond measure, so Metro
                                        The measure would raise $227.4 million       newest residents.                               will negotiate with landholders for the
                                   for a combination of open space acquisitions,          “We need to preserve a few places          parcels in question.
                                   grants, and for habitat preservation and access   that are left,” observed Lynn Youngbar, the          “People feel better about it,” Burkholder
                                   development in areas around the Portland          interim executive director of the Columbia      said of the decision not to use eminent
                                   Metro area. The intention is to make it easier    Slough Watershed Council. The group, a          domain or condemnation in the process.
                                   for citizens to connect with nature.              conglomerate of businesses, neighborhood             Another small portion of the
                                        “It’s prudent to plan ahead, like the        activists, and environmentalists, acts as a     money will be set aside for grants that
                                   people who brought us Forest Park,” said          forum for the diverse interests of the slough   communities may use for natural projects
                                   Rex Burkholder, Metro councilor for District      and surrounding areas, as well as running       on a neighborhood level.
                                   5, which includes North Portland. “We need        community projects.                                  “People are really creative,” observed
                                   to provide places for people to get out and            The slough is only one of many areas       Burkholder. “They get some really cool ideas
                                   enjoy nature.”                                    to be potentially affected. The focus of the    that we would have never thought of.”
                                        The Metro Council expects the cost to an     bond measure is acquisitions of land that            The bond measure will be on the ballot
                                   individual taxpayer would be approximately        has been deemed crucial to habitat, public      in November. At this writing there is no
                                   19 cents on each $1,000 of assessed land value,   access, or watersheds.                          organized opposition.
                                   which comes to about $30 to $35 a year.                “We’re not going to buy up all the
                                        “It’s an investment,” commented              land,” remarked Youngbar, “just the land                              30

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 Veterans group sponsors youth audio-essay contest, writing competition
 By Cornelius Swart

      The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)               Prizes and awards are given at the same
 has announced its 60th annual Voice of           levels as high school students. National
 Democracy Scholarship Competition                prizes range from $1000 to $10,000 in US
 for grades 9-12. Interested students can         Savings Bonds.
 compete by writing and then recording a               The competition is designed to
 three- to five-minute audio essay expressing      help students gain self-confidence,
 their views of this year’s patriotic theme,      poise, better communication skills,
 “Freedom’s Challenge.”                           and self-expression skills. More than
      Prizes and scholarships are awarded at      seven million high school students have
 the local, district, state and national level.   participated over the past 59 years.
 State winners receive an all-expense-paid             Local VFW Peninsula-Pep Post
 trip to Washington, D.C., with a chance to       1325 and Auxiliary are sponsoring both
 win anywhere from $1,000 to $30,000 in           competitions. Deadline for entries is
 scholarships.                                    November 1, 2006.
      The VFW has also announced its
 Patriot’s Pen essay competition for grades       For more information, contact Commander
 6-8. Interested students can compete by          Bruce Hall at 503-285-8468 or visit the VFW
 writing a 300- to 400-word essay on the          website:
 patriotic theme, “Citizenship in America.”
                                                                                                    BEST FRIENDS BATH & MORE
Arbor Amore
Friends of Trees gears up for another planting season                                                          d Dogs
                                                                                                    For Cats and D
By Ceressa Crawford

     Trying to keep Portland healthy and          outer Northeast Portland and Outer
smog free can be difficult due to the number       Southeast Portland.
of cars being driven on the roads everyday.            Mariah       Mickman,         with     the
     Friends of Trees, a program working          Neighborhood Trees Program, said that
in the Portland/Vancouver area to plant           Friends of Trees planted 1,500 trees last year.
city and residential trees throughout             She is expecting an order of approximately
neighborhoods, has been contributing to           1,700 trees for this year.
the solution since 1989.                               Deadlines for ordering a tree are
     “One thing people may not realize is         quickly approaching. They range from
what a tree can do for a neighborhood and         mid-September through mid-December for
a family,” said Teri Ruch, communications         plantings from November through March,
and education director for Friends of Trees.      depending upon what area the tree will be
     Trees help with energy reduction             planted in.
throughout the year because they shade                 Friends of Trees rarely accepts orders
houses in the summer, cutting back on             after the suggested deadlines. “Deadlines are
utilization of air conditioning. In addition,     pretty solid,” said Mickman, especially for
they protect houses in the winter from            trees to be planted in a natural area.
precipitation and windstorms. Leaves on                Friends of Trees is also hosting a Run for
trees trap pollutants, facilitating a healthier   Restoration, in which participants can run or
and more economic lifestyle.                      walk through neighborhoods where trees have
     The Friends offer trees for sales at low     been planted. “We’re also hoping to bring the
or reduced prices to city residents who wish      community together to raise awareness about
to plant them in their yard or in the parking     what we’re doing,” Ruch said.
strip in front of their homes. The Friends
also organize mass volunteer tree plantings.      For more information about ordering and
In these events, organized by neighborhood,       deadlines or becoming a volunteer, visit www.
hundreds of trees will get planted for   or contact Teri Ruch at 503-
residents who purchase them in a single day.      282-8846 ext. 17.
     This year the group has expanded the
neighborhoods they operate in to include

                                                         SCENES FROM
                                                           ST JOHNS
                                                               Matt Lyski, 37, father of 2 born
                                                           and raised in St Johns represents
                                                           with new tattoo last August at the
                                                           Urban Soul in downtown. So is Matt a
                                                           St Johns Bad Boy?

                                                           His mother Pattie Deitz, owner of
                                                           Pattie’s Home Plate (Portland’s last
                                                           lunch counter) says “He thinks so.”
                                                           Lyski is the youngest of four. “He’s
                                                           the baby.” Dietz smiles. Hmmm... St
                                                           Johns Bad Baby...doesn’t have the
                                                           same ring.

                                                           PHOTO BY CORNELIUS SWART

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                                                                           ST. JOHNS
                                                                                 .                                            .
       New Home?                                                           CATHEDRAL PARK RIVERGATE ST. JOHNS

                                         Bridge Bash
        Sick of Staring at
       those blank walls?

                                         75 years of stylish service to be feted September 16 in St. Johns
        John Patrick’s Interiors         By Tiffany Perala
        Interior Design and Decoration
                                              The 75th anniversary of the St. Johns
                   e                     Bridge will be celebrated September 16 with
                                         a community event dubbed the St. Johns
              503. 283.1014              Bridge Bash.
           8711 N. Lombard St.
                                              The event commences at 10 a.m. at the
                                         Plaza in downtown St. Johns at N Philadelphia
                                         and N Lombard with the Bridge Bike Ride, a
                                         Bridge Art Exhibition featuring local artists,
                                         and a Street Fair exhibiting local merchants,
                                         crafters, businesses, and community
                                         organizations. An exhibit on the history of
                                         the bridge will be on display and will include
                                         historians, speakers, and opportunities to ask
                                         questions about the bridge. There will be a
                                         Bridge Photo Shoot on Philadelphia Avenue
                                         and sidewalk sales at various businesses in
                                         the town center. A merchant coupon book
                                         will provide food and drink information.
                                              Thomas Ebert, the Bridge Celebration
                                         coordinator and vice chair of the St. Johns
                                         Neighborhood Association, foresees the
                                         Bridge Celebration as an opportunity to
                                         revitalize use of the plaza in downtown St.
                                         Johns. Ebert also envisions the prospect of a
                                         local farmers market emerging.
                                              “We wanted to have this great plaza
                                         here used for something besides the regulars
                                         stumbling out of the local watering hole,”     Scenes from last years St Johns Bridge Rededication Celebration when hundreds of locals walked across
                                         Ebert said. “In addition to being a great the bridge while it was closed to traffic.
                                                                                                 PHOTO BY CORNELILUS SWART
                                                                     See Bridge Bash / Page 20

                                         Lily Toad hops around St. Johns
                                         Children’s clothing store to occupy current Oregon First location
                                         By Caitlin Moran

                                              Lily Toad, a new children’s clothing               office with more parking, said Oregon First        backed out of that space when Ladybug
                                         store, opened recently at the corner of N               President Ken Mistler. At press time, Mistler     Coffee decided to lease both spaces for an
                                         Ivanhoe and N Leavitt in the space formerly             was considering a space near N Portland           organic coffee shop. Ladybug is currently
                                         occupied by Oregon First Realtors. Owner                and NE MLK, but could not confirm a new            applying for its building permit and is
                                         Leslie Boyd is excited to offer the St. Johns           location for the company.                         at least two months away from opening,
                                         community with another retail option.                        Ironically, the main obstacle Mistler        Carmen said.
                                              “We need more places where people can              has faced in his search for a new space is             Lily Toad came back into the picture
                                         shop locally,” she said.                                real estate agents. According to Mistler, he      when the Oregon First space went up for
                                              Lily Toad will offer new and used                  has expressed interest in the location at N       lease. According to Carmen, the influx of
                                         children’s and maternity clothing including             Portland and NE MLK, but the real estate          new cafés and retail stores indicates the
                                         Neve maternity skirts and Earth Bug Designs,            agent for the space has not been responsive.      beginning of a period of commercial growth
                                         a locally-made line of children’s clothing.                  Lily Toad was originally interested in       in St. Johns.
                                         Boyd will feature her own line of tee-shirts            a space at the corner of N Lombard and                 “I think within five years it’s going to be
                                         for kids and expectant mothers for around               N Leavitt, said Roy Carmen, the owner of          a pretty hot place,” he said.
                                         $17 each. The store will also offer high-end            that space as well as the space that Lily Toad
                                         consignment clothing for $3 to $4 per piece.            currently occupies. At the time, Carmen           Lily Toad, 7322 N Leavitt, (503) 285-8623; hours:
                                              Oregon First decided to vacate the space           was marketing the building at Lombard             Tues-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
                                         at the end of August and relocate to a bigger           and Leavitt as two separate spaces. Lily Toad

                                         Condo with a View
                                         Complications and ensuing drama cloud the view of St. Johns’ newest high-rise
                                                                                                 By Elizabeth Fuller                               the year. “We’re going for nice but not luxury,
                                                                                                                                                   because that’s our market,” said Law. Units
                                                                                                      “It has really nice views...a great little   will range in price from $165,000-$325,000
                                                                                                 project from a new construction standpoint,”      and feature some hardwood flooring, some
                                                                                                 said Bob Law, developer at Meadows Group.         carpet with brick and steel exterior.
                                                                                                      Almost five years ago Law bought                   The units will be small, ranging from 800
                                                                                                 property in St. Johns at N Decatur and N
                                                                                                                                                   to 1,200 square feet, studios to two bedrooms,
                                                                                                 Baltimore streets. He envisioned a condo
                                                                                                                                                   with 29 units total. There will be balconies,
                                                                                                 building, five stories in height, that would
                                                                                                                                                   and a garage on the first floor. As typical for
                                                                                                 cater to young people looking to own. At the
                                                                                                 time the property was zoned RH, a status that     condos, the upper floors will contain the best
                                                                                                 allows for higher density and bigger buildings    views, though for now nothing blocks the
                                                                                                 than the typical residential zoning of R1.        building. At this point they are not selling
                                            Building expectations. North Portland’s first                                                           units but are taking names for a waiting list.
                                         market rate mid-rise condo is nearing completion.            Since its purchase, Law has teamed
                                                                                                 up with constructor Eric Rystadt to set                Their project has progressed steadily,
                                         Developers are boldly going where no man has gone
                                         before: the North Portland condos with a view.          the project in motion. Currently they are         but not without resistance.
                                         PHOTO BY CORNELIUS SWART                                building and anticipate finishing the first of
                                                                                                                                                                                  See Condo / Page 24

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                                                                                                                          St. Johns Booksellers
                                EAST . SLOPE                                                                                  A full-service independent bookstore
                                                                                                                            8622 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203
                                                                                                                            (503) 283-0032
                                SAUVIE ISLAND LINNTON
                                                                                                                          Meet CHRISTINE FLETCHER
Salsa Squared                                                                                                             author of
                                                                                                                          TALLULAH FALLS
Sauvie Island festival features spicy food, music                                                                         Wednesday, 9/20, 7:00 pm
By Charity Prater
                                                                                                                            IGNITE A REVOLUTION
     As a back-to-school treat for the              winner will take home two cups of salsa                                        with anarchist writer
family, Howell Territorial Park and adjacent        from each professional chef along with
                                                                                                                          ROB LOS RICOS and friends
agricultural lands on Sauvie Island are             handwritten recipes.
hosting Salsa! Salsa! from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.             “Last year we had a smaller version of                               Thursday, 9/21, 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 16.                             the event, and it was such a success we’ve
     Salsa! Salsa! will include a variety of        decided to expand it this year,” says Raider.           Thursday, 9/14, 7:00 pm: AN EVENING IN BEIRUT
hands-on events, salsa tasting and musical               Sauvie Island Organics, Sauvie Island              a benefit for Mercy Corps featuring music, hummus tasting,
performances. Farm tours will give visitors         Center, and Janus Youth Food Works Farm                          and readings of works by Lebanese authors
a chance to explore parts of the island. Seed-      are hosting the event. Since 1993, Sauvie
saving demonstrations will allow people to          Island Organics has been farming the island
plant their own take-home tomato plants.            and helping to connect consumer and
Sensory games will challenge visitors to seek       grower through a Community-Supported
sounds without using their eyes, and soil/          Agricultural Scholarship program that
compost exploration will give all a chance to       enables low-income people to afford their
get their hands dirty.                              produce. Sauvie Island Center is dedicated
     “The entire event is a blast for all ages,”    to teaching youth and adults about farming,
says Shari Raider, owner of Sauvie Island           the foods they grow, and the land around
Organics. “It’s fun for even those who don’t        them through field trips. Janus Youth
have kids.”                                         Food Works Farm is a youth-employment
     The harvest celebration includes salsa         program that educates participants aged 14
tasting and judging of more than 10 chefs           to 21 in planning and implementing farm
from various restaurants including Salsas by        businesses.
Wildwood, Fife, Taqueria Nueve, Higgins,                 Salsa! Salsa! is free, with donations
Roux, Park Kitchen, Culinary Artistry,              accepted to support the hosts of the event.
Proper Eats, Hot Lips Pizza, Bon Appetit,
Pambiche and many more.                             Salsa! Salsa! Howell Territorial Park, (503)
     Musical performances by Media Cana,            797-1850, 13901 NW Howell Park Rd, from
featuring members of Cana Son, are also             10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 16.
among the festivities. Salsa dancing and a     or    www.
salsa auction are among the most popular  
aspects of the celebration. The auction

Council’s vote on Linnton waterfront raises
several questions, including secession
By Will Crow, News Editor

     By a 3-2 vote, the Portland City Council       present heavy-industrial zoning on the
on August 24 kicked Linnton’s dreams of a           Linnton site – Potter invoked the plague
mixed-use “town center” on its industry-            of dangers awaiting would-be residents:
laden waterfront to the curb for good.              floods, earthquakes, “two hulking tank
     The vote did more than that. It                farms,” a pipeline, railroad tracks that could
permanently shut off the possibility that           harbor boxcars full of hazardous waste...
Linnton residents, still smarting from the          precisely the litany used for years by City
near-destruction of their neighborhood by           planners, disaster-mitigation advisers, and
the widening of Highway 30 four decades             the Working Waterfront Coalition, a group
earlier, have a realistic hope of getting what      of Northwest industrial interests, to oppose
they want from the City of Portland. After          waterfront housing.
prolonged struggle with the Bureau of                   Yet by all accounts, the plan met safety
Planning to craft a Linnton Neighborhood            codes. Bringing us to...
Plan which the Council has never debated,
much less approved, the rejection of one                Question No. 1: What’s the difference
of the plan’s central tenets in all likelihood      between “code” and “safe” in Portland’s safety
means negotiations are finished.                     codes? “My sense is, the neighborhood has
     The vote also raised the odds that a “City     done a masterful job of articulating that this
of Linnton” might someday do the job itself.        project meets the code,” Commissioner Randy
In the wake of the Council’s vote to reject a       Leonard said before voting for Potter’s motion.
Planning Commission recommendation that             Leonard drew a distinction between meeting
would have rezoned the waterfront to allow          code standards and being safe. Earlier in the
housing, neighborhood organizers told the           hearing, however, Linnton’s Pat Wagner, point
Oregonian they might consider seceding              person for the struggle for waterfront housing,
from the City.                                      framed the question begged by Leonard’s
     Secession was just one of the questions        comment: If meeting codes doesn’t mean a
raised by the Council’s vote to reject a Planning   project is safe in the eyes of the City, isn’t there
Commission recommendation for the area              something wrong with the codes?
around the former Linnton Plywood site – a              Potter, Leonard and Dan Saltzman,
recommendation that took City-approved              the “yea” votes, clearly saw Linnton’s
safety codes into close consideration and           accumulation of risks as the deal-breaker.
would have required purchase-agreement              Even so, the gap between “safety” and “safety
covenants acknowledging the risks.                  codes” deserves more than wordplay by the
     Mayor Tom Potter, in Old Testament             commissioners.
prophet mode, called Linnton’s waterfront
“a perfect storm of hazards.” Prior to his               Question No. 2: What does it mean to be
August 24 vote on his own motion to reject          a “neighborhood” in Portland? If Linnton is
the Planning Commission package – and               to remain part of Portland’s tax base, the City
to forbid any future reconsideration of the                                       See Questions / Page 24

                                                                                                                            September 2006 • St. Johns Sentinel • Page 9
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   200 hour YOGA
   TEACHER TRAINING                                                INTERSTATE
                                                                   OVERLOOK ARBOR LODGE

                                               Trillium Blooms in Fall
                                               Charter school plans October move to N Interstate facility
                                               By Derek Long

                                                                                                                                                          The Trillium Charter School will be
                                                                                                                                                     moving from off N. Williams Ave to a
           Sign up now for                                                                                                                           new location on N Interstate Avenue this
          September classes                                                                                                                          October.
                                                                                                                             Interstate Rentals           “We always knew we were going to
         For detailed info go to
                                                                                                                          building, will soon        move,” said Arianne Newton, community

                                                                                                                          bloom into new             development coordinator and garden
                                                                                                                          home for Portland’s        program teacher for Trillium. “The old
                                                                                                                          popular Trillium           location was a temporary space for us, in a
                                                                                                                          Charter School             building we would never be able to own.”
                                                                                                                          Photo by Michael                The change will make the federally- and
                                                                                                                          Newman                     state-funded Trillium one of the few charter
                                                                                                                           PHOTO BY MICHAEL NEWMAN   schools to actually own its own building.
                                                                                                                                                     A partnership with Shorebank Pacific and
                                                                                                                                                     several other local companies helped provide
                                                                                                                                                     funds for the renovation of the former
                                                                                                                                                     Interstate Rental property across from the N
                                                                                                                                                                                 See Trillium / Page 24

                       Restaurant              Ain’t easy being Green
                                               Ockley Green transitions to K-8 arts magnet, with mixed reactions
   CHINESE AND AMERICAN FOOD TO GO             By Abby Sewell

   BANQUET ROOM - COCKTAIL LOUNGE - CATERING        As the landscape of Portland Public        technology magnet program.                            The original grant included Jefferson High
        Available for special occasions        Schools continues to shift, Ockley Green             “My favorite thing about the arts                School, Ockley Green Middle School, and
          Open Daily 11AM - 2AM                Middle School is gearing up for a major         magnet is what I see on the students’ faces.          three feeder elementary schools: Applegate,
           Sunday Till Midnight
                                               transition this fall. The school, which         They’re more excited to come to school                Beech, and Kenton. Two of those, Applegate
        2025 N. LOMBARD | 289-9104
                                               expanded its arts magnet program last year      now,” Malone said. “Before the grant, Ockley          and Kenton, closed the following spring.
                                               with the help of a federal grant, will now be   Green did not have any electives. Now the                   Superintendent Vicki Phillips promised
                                               adding kindergarten through fifth-grade          grant comes along and gives the students an           district parents that the grant money would
                                               classes to the existing middle school.          opportunity to express themselves.”                   follow the Applegate and Kenton children to
      North Portland Native serving                 This follows the general trend in               New equipment purchased at Ockley                their new schools. The majority of the former
        the Peninsula since 1991               Portland of closing small schools and           last year included 30 new laptop computers            Applegate students transferred to Woodlawn,
                                               converting others to a K-8 format. The          for the students to use in science lab classes,       while Kenton children went to Chief Joseph.
                                               community reaction has been mixed.              digital cameras and video recorders for               But in September 2005 the US Department
                                                    Ockley Principal Joseph Malone said        media classes, and an improved projection             of Education sent a letter to Portland Public
                                               he expects about 160 new students this          system for the auditorium. Malone said a              Schools stating that the merger of Applegate
                                               coming fall with the addition of the younger    new playground for the younger children is            and Woodlawn was “not consistent with the
                                               students. Of the 320 students who attended      in the works.                                         objectives of the approved program for the
                                               Ockley last year, Malone estimated that              Ockley Green is the lynchpin of the $5.2         reduction, elimination, or prevention of
                                               70 percent live in the neighborhood, with       million arts magnet grant that PPS received for       minority group isolation,” and that no grant
                                               the others being drawn in by the arts and       the Jefferson cluster of schools in fall of 2004.     funds could be used for Woodlawn.
                                                                                                                                                           Annie Graves, who has one child at
                                                                                                                                                     Jefferson High School and one going into
                                                                                                                                                     the sixth grade at Ockley, has mostly positive
                                                                                                                                                     things to say about the arts magnet.
                                                                                                                                                           “At first I didn’t know if a K-8 would
                                                                                                                                                     work at Ockley, but it looks like they’ve put
                                                                                                                                                     a lot of programs in place from the art magnet
                                                                                                                                                     grant. I’ve talked to a lot of moms with kids
                                                                                                                                                     there and they’re happy,” Graves said.
                                                                                                                                                           Jackie Wallace has five children in
                                                                                                                                                     public schools, one of whom attended
                                                                                                                                                     Ockley Green last year. Her youngest son
                                                                                                                                                     has attended six different grade schools as
                                                                                                                                                     a result of school closures in the district,
                                                                                                                                                     leaving Wallace more than a little frustrated.
                                                                                                                                                     She has glowing words for the Ockley Green
                                                                                                                                                     staff but is apprehensive about the move to
       A place for Naturopathy,                                                                                                                      a K-8.
         Acupuncture, Qi Gong                                                                                                                              “Mr. Malone is really a good principal.
        and Herbal Pharmacy.                                                                                                                         When things are wrong, he’s really on top
                                                                                                                                                     of it,” she said. “But I wouldn’t send my son
                                                                                                                                                     back this year because of the K-8. It’s going
                                                                                                                                                     to be chaos, and he’s in special ed. He needs
               LADIES:                                                                                                                               smaller classrooms and more attention.”
                                                                                                                                                           Instead, Wallace and her husband are
                                                                                                                                                     joining the growing ranks of parents with
                                                                                                                                                     school-aged children who have moved out
                                                                                                                                                     of Portland in recent years.


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Hot Cofy
Kiosk brews up opportunities at
N Portland and N Interstate
By Ansel Elkins

     At 6 a.m., 22-year-old Catherine Morton       service skills, and how to brew up a variety
begins her barista shift in the cramped one-       of specialty coffees, some of which can be
room Cofy Station on the busy corner of N          very demanding when a line of customers
Portland and N Interstate. The first steaming       streams in from the nearby MAX : “I hated
cup of coffee she brews is for herself: “Every     making cappuccinos. They’re a lot of foam
morning I make myself a light roast coffee,”       and you’ve got to perfect it,” said Morton.
she said. “It has the most caffeine.”                   Morton remembers the recent work she
     Although the coffee industry is               did with a teenage homeless couple: “They
no stranger to Portland, the Portland              were both 18 and living in a homeless shelter
Opportunities Industrial Center offers a           together. The guy had just been kicked out
program at Cofy (Career Opportunities for          on the street from his parents’ house. They

                                                                                                         Jeanne Cullen Realty
Youth) Station that trains and certifies high-      had nothing to put on their resumes...
risk youth as future baristas. A.J. Java and            “I’m not only teaching them how to
Bridgetown Coffee are also partnered with          make coffee – I’m a mentor. I like to talk;
the POIC.
     Morton, who works five days a week
                                                   they like to listen. They talk to me on [our]
                                                   breaks about how they became homeless.                                 503-807-1204
in the tiny yellow building on the edge            Being kicked out on the street. I came to                         Call for a FREE Market Analysis
of New Seasons, is Cofy Station’s barista          work just thinking I was going to show them
trainer extraordinaire.                            how to make coffee but left teaching [them]
     “Usually I have just one kid at a time for    about my life experience.”
a three-week program,” said Morton. The                 Morton said her role as a barista trainer
young baristas-in-training range from 18 to        through POIC’s Cofy Station program has
24 years old. Morton has been working for          shaped her career goals: “I’m studying to go
the program for almost two years, beginning        into juvenile justice.”
when she was straight out of high school at
POIC and struggling for job experience.            Cofy Station, open 6am-2pm, Monday, Friday,
     The barista trainees at Cofy Station          and 8am-2pm Saturday. 6400 N Interstate, 503-
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learn about the coffee industry, customer          286-2120                                           Great New Kitchen & Baths                6716 N. Greeley Ave
                                                                                                        3724 NE Portland Blvd                      $259,000.00
License to Swill
Amended liquor license will not bring on-site drinking to New Seasons
By Audrey Dilling

      The Arbor Lodge New Seasons Market           oppose the application. The Arbor Lodge
has applied for an expanded liquor license in      Neighborhood Association has opposed the
order to broaden the beverage selection for        liquor license applications of local businesses   3 BR, 2 1/2 Baths, Family Room            5 BR, 2 1/2 Baths
its catering service.                              in the past, including a stance against the
      The grocery store already possesses the      granting of a liquor license to the Swan
                                                                                                        7624 N. Columbia Blvd                  8934 N. McKenna
required license in order to sell alcoholic        Garden Chinese restaurant.                                  (quiet area)                        $360,000.00
beverages to be removed from the store                  Christine     Duffy,     Arbor      Lodge             $269,500.00    • Competitive Seller Commission
premises and consumed elsewhere. “When             Neighborhood Association president, said                                    • FREE First American Home Buyer
beer, wine or hard alcohol is going to             Swan Garden’s license would have turned                                     Protection Plan for all our sellers and buyers
be consumed on the same day as being               “a low-key Chinese restaurant into a full-                                  • Professional and Dependable Service

                                                                                                     Jeanne Cullen Realty, LLC
delivered you have to have a different license,”   service sports bar serving hard alcohol,
explained New Seasons media relations              beer and wine, with no experience.” The
associate Claudia Knotek.                          possibility of this “major change,” which
      If the permit is granted, it will only       would have included the extension of the                   e-mail:
apply to the catering business.                    restaurant’s hours of operation, motivated           
      “We have no intention of serving beer or     ALNA to oppose the application.
wine for consumption on site in our stores,”            The association does not share this                        4008 N. Colonial Ave.
affirmed Knotek.                                    concern with regard to New Seasons Market.                        Portland, Or. 97227
      Any time that a business desires             Duffy considers the grocery store a “good                          Fax: 503-287-5560
to obtain a permit to serve alcohol for            and responsible neighbor” and does not plan
consumption, public notices are required           to oppose the application.                                This Company Supports The Portland Women’s Crisis Line
in order to inform the community and offer                                                                                 “Women Helping Women”
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                                                                  WEST ALBINA
                                                                    .    . .
                                                                  PIEDMONT            HUMBOLDT               BOISE          ELIOT

                                   Moving Hula Hands
                                   Restaurant to move from big pink house to former flower shop
                                   By Cami Martin

                                        A North Mississippi landmark, the           been here ever since with occasional visits to
                                   battered, boarded-up storefront that formerly    their native land. The two owned the flower
                                   housed Flowers by Viktor, will finally reopen     shop until they retired in 1988 and sold the
                                   in November as the new location of a newer       store to Clarence Walker Flower Shop.
                                   North Portland institution, Lovely Hula               “Running a flower shop took a lot of
                                   Hands restaurant.                                work and a lot of hours,” Meta said. “We want
                                        Lovely Hula Hands, currently located        to spend time with family before we die.”
                                   at 938 N Cook, is run by sisters Sarah and       Clarence Walker Flower Shop stayed there
                                   Jane Minnick, and Jesse Garcia. For this trio,   very briefly, moved on to a new location, and
                                   moving into the building is like a dream.        the shop on N Mississippi has been unused
                                        “We have always loved this building         ever since.
                                   and by a miracle we got it,” Sarah Minnick            Since the building had not been used
                                   says. They bought the building at 4057 N         for so long it required extensive work to be
                                   Mississippi a year ago and hope to reopen        done. The former greenhouses that Viktor
                                   November 1.                                      worked in have now been torn down by a
                                        Viktor Pache, a World War II German         developer. A leaky roof caused the interior
                                   veteran, is now 85 and retired. Pache            of the building to rot and the need for
                                   originally bought the flower shop, built          abundant renovation. Some of the original
                                   in 1923 and formerly known as “Geiger,”          woodwork was salvaged and will be used in
                                   in 1965. His wife Meta ran the shop while        the new restaurant.
                                   Viktor worked in the greenhouses next door.           “In its day it must have been a nice, cute
                                   They rented out an apartment above the           building,” Sarah Minnick said.
                                   store for extra income.
                                        The couple originally came to Portland      Lovely Hula Hands, 938 N Cook St., (503) 445-9910,
                                   in 1955. “So many things were lost,” Meta        dinner Tue-Sun. For more information on Lovely        Check please! Old abandoned building out. Lovely
                                   recalled in a recent interview. They moved       Hula Hands and for pictures of the new building Hula Hands in.
                                   directly to Portland from Germany and have       visit:        PHOTO BY LEANN LOCHER

                                                        NORTH END
                                                          .   .
                                                       KENTON PORTSMOUTH                        UNIVERSITY PARK

                                   More Yummies on N Lombard                                                   Big City Gets
                                   Christie’s focuses on ‘American
                                   continental’ cuisine, January opening
                                   By Caitlin Moran
                                                                                                               a Little Bigger
                                                                                                               Fresh veggies ahead for residents
                                        After four years of vacancy, the brick building at the corner of N     of New Columbia
                                   Lombard and N Van Houten will soon have an occupant – Christie’s
                                                                                                               By Anastasia Gornick
                                   Restaurant, an upscale family bistro and café serving breakfast,
                                   lunch and dinner. Christie’s will have seating for over 100 people
                                                                                                                    Tomatoes are popping, fresh corn graces the farmers markets,
                                   and will open September 13th, owner Robert McArthur said.
                                                                                                               and the smell of blackberries in the sun is everywhere, but for those
                                        Christie’s will concentrate on “American continental” cuisine
                                                                                                               North Portland residents without gardens, fresh produce can be
                                   and strive to provide excellent food throughout the day rather than
                                                                                                               hard to come by and expensive. Big City Produce to the rescue.
                                   specializing in one meal.
                                                                                                                    The produce retailer will add a second location at 4632 N
                                        “If someplace is good at breakfast, why can’t it be good at all
                                                                                                               Trenton in New Columbia this fall in addition to their store on N
                                   meal times?” McArthur said.
                                                                                                               Albina in the Humboldt neighborhood.
                                        The restaurant will be divided into four areas: a patio for
                                                                                                                    “We’re a small community store that serves our neighborhood,”
                                   summer dining, the espresso lounge, a main seating area, and a party
                                                                                                               said Hugh Gray, owner of Big City. “This new spot fits in with that.”
                                   area for up to 30 people. The espresso lounge will feature a variety
                                                                                                                    Big City Produce gained notoriety for bringing fresh veggies to
                                   of drinks as well as Tillamook ice cream and specialty desserts
                                                                                                               a part of the city that was largely ignored by big retailers. They are
                                   including cheesecake, crème brûlée and homemade chocolates.
                                                                                                               looking to continue that tradition in New Columbia.
                                        For breakfast, Christie’s will offer classic Belgian waffles for
                                                                                                                    “We’re a little store big on diversity,” commented Gray, who
                                   $4.99 and a variety of omelets ranging from $10.99 to $12.99. The
                                                                                                               wants to involve the New Columbia community in the store.
                                   lunch menu will feature 10 different large specialty salads, such as
                                                                                                                    They will have a staff comprised mostly of neighborhood
                                   the sunset salmon for $11.99 and the turkey, mango and spinach
                                                                                                               residents from New Columbia. “I have three or four people already
                                   for $9.99. For dinner, a variety of chicken, pork, beef and seafood
                                                                                                               lined up,” Gray said.
                                   entrées will be offered, including Chicken Chipotle with garlic
                                                                                                                    The commitment to community also shows in the dedication
                                   mashed potatoes and vegetables for $10.99 and three different
                                                                                                               to local produce and supporting small local farmers while supplying
                                   prawn entrées for $14.99 each.
                                                                                                               the needs of a diverse neighborhood.
                                        McArthur, who has extensive culinary experience, said Christie’s
                                                                                                                    “Come down and see us,” said Gray of the new location. “We’re
                                   will focus on both service and food quality.
                                                                                                               just the little guys trying to make it.”
                                        “To the best of our ability, everything will be local, organic and
                                   made from scratch,” he said.
                                                                                                               The new location at 4632 N Trenton is scheduled to open in mid-September.
                                                                                                               Visit the original Big City Produce at 5128 N Albina, (503) 460-3830.
                                   Christie’s grand opening, 2pm September 12th, Location: 5507 N Lombard,

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                                                                                                                                                               September 23, 2006,
                                                                                                                                                               10am-10pm, For tickets go to

   Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries                                   B        reak out the rum and bring your cutlass and your kids.
                                                                             The first annual Portland Pirate Festival docks in Cathedral Park
                                                                        on September 23. Organized by Portland Pirates, the festival promises to
                                                                        serve up plenty of booty and shenanigans for the whole family.

                                                                                       Main Stage
                                                                   Performances on the Quarterdeck
                                                                     Captain Bogg & Salty
                                                                     (3 shows)— Eat a lime, eat a lime! Pirate-rock band Captain Bogg & Salty have
                                                                     performed family shows at libraries throughout Portland for seven years. Captain
  Wandering Performers                                               Bogg & Salty get rowdy with a piano, keyboard, xylophone, melodica, accordion,
                                                                     and more. Featuring the swashbuckling talents of Buckle (Andy Lindberg),
                                                                     Captain Angus Bogg (Loren Hoskins), First Mate McGraw (Kevin Hendrickson),
       Portland Pirate Morris— Renegade Rose and                     Mr. Filibuster (Lucas Haley), Ramshackle (Dave Owen), and Sunny Jim (Paul
       Bridgetown Morris Men collaborate to bring land-              Iannotti).
       lubbers the lost Morris Dances. The Morris Dances
       developed in England and the colonies, some more              Flat Mountain Girls
       than a few hundred years ago.                                 (2 shows)—North Portland’s old-time string and three-part harmony band. Fea-                                                Captain Bogg and Salty
                                                                     turing Lisa Marsicek on fiddle, Rachel Gold on banjo, Nann Allemann on guitar,
     The Pirate and His Pet Puppet Show— Drag-
   on Theatre Puppets presents a puppet show about a
   young boy searching for his parents lost at sea. Along
   the way, he befriends many creatures, including a sea
                                                                     and Laura Quigley on bass.
                                                                                                                                                        Rogue Pub Stage
   serpent. The tale of their friendship will entertain the
   whole family.                                                                                                                             Lauren Sheehan and her Jug Band—American roots songstress
                                                                                                                                             Lauren Sheehan performs with a foot stomping backup band. Featur-
   The King’s Navy— A well-seasoned group of reen-                                                                                           ing the Jug Band talents of guitarist Doc Stein (of Fritz Richmond’s Bar
   actors of 18th-century King’s Navy sailors and marines,
                                                                                                                                             B Q Orchestra), washboard talents of Paul “Shorty” Bassett (of Eagle
   the King’s Navy has brought 18th-century history to life
                                                                                                                                               Ridin’ Papas), and bassist Dean Meuller (of Black Tangerine, Rich
   across the West Coast for over twenty years.
                                                                                                                                                  Del Grosso).
   An Daire Academy of Irish Dance—                                                                                                                 Broadside Johnnie—Broadside Johnnie sings a variety
   Traditional Irish dancers from the An Daire
                                                                                                                                                        of traditional Celtic folk songs and sea shanteys. His music
   Academy of Irish Dance perform jigs,
                                                                                                                                                         sticks close to traditional ballads and songs, which, he says,
   reels, and dances choreographed by Jim
                                                                                                                                                          “remedies the prospect of suffering the consequences of
   and Lauren Mueller
                                                                                                                                                          copyright violation.”
   Heather Pearl of Nomadic                                                                                                                           Thryce Wicked Wenches—The three wenches, known
   Theatre Co.—Nomadic Theatre Co.                                                                                                                    for their wicked and bawdy a cappella tunes, will keep those
   presents Heather Pearl—stilt-walker,
                                                                                                                                                     scallywags who venture into the Rogue Tavern entertained.
   clown, physical actor, circus performer.
                                                                                                                                                    Featuring the moonshine humor of Isabelle “Spitfire” Rose,
   Pearl, the co-artistic director of the No-
                                                                                                                                                   Bonnie Strangeways, and Angeline McNaughty.
   madic Theatre Co, will perform her unique
   clowning on stilts.
   Urban Berbers Belly Dancers— The eclec-
   tic group of female tribal dancers melds traditional
   with creative improvisations.
   John Kileen, Sideshow Performer— The
   paintbrush is mightier than the cutlass. Especially                                                                                                                               Merchants
   when it’s on fire. John Kileen hosts many talents,
   including the ability to paint pictures in air with his
   indestructible firestick.
                                                                      Ship-to-Shore Cannon Battles                                                                                   Quicksilver’s Pirate Pots
                                                                                                                                                                                     Marriott’s Shadow Ridge

                                                                                                                                The American Privateer “Lynx”                        Realms and Empires
   .                                                         Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries—
Portland Pirate Festival, 10am-
10pm Saturday, September 23, 2006,
Cathedral Park. For ticket go to
                                                             The crew of the “Emerald Rose” will reenact
                                                             “The Golden Age of Piracy” with cutlass fights,
                                                             hearty song, canon shows, and more. The
                                                                                                              VS.               The crew of the War of 1812 American Pri-
                                                                                                                                vateer Lynx bring 19th-century American
                                                                                                                                maritime adventures to life. Sponsored
                                                                                                                                by the Lynx Educational Foundation, the
                                                                                                                                                                                     Dress Like a Pirate
                                                                                                                                                                                     Milagros Boutique
                                                             Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries (BOOM)
                                                             will also perform a set on the Main Stage.                         122-foot ship provides an interactive relic          Grub and Grog
                                                                                                                                of American marine history.                          Salvador Molly’s Pirate Cookin’
                                                                                                                                                                                     Rogue Brewery

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Send us a press release or info about your                  Be The Light                                                Portland Pirate Festival                                          All shows 21+ unless otherwise noted. Mock Crest Tavern
October event (by September 17) to:                                                                                                                                                       (3435 N Lombard St., 503-283-5014, www.mockccresttav-
                                                            Sept 9—Outdoor dance event to benefit Ethos, Inc.            Sept 23—See article and schedule in Arts &                                (10 N Killingsworth St.), a North Portland nonprofit         Culture. (Also—beef up your pirate lingo to prepare      Hours: 7 am-Late.
                                                            organization which connects children with music.            for the Pirate Festival on Sept 19, International Talk
Calendar compiled by Laura Hutton                                                                                                                                                         Pix Patisserie
                                                            “Dance the Light into Night” with performances by           Like a Pirate Day).
                                                            Winky and DJ Breeze (aka Jason). For more informa-                                                                            Sept 19—Pix Patisserie hosts “Guitar Pix” every
 Our Picks                                                                                                              The event will be held under the St. Johns Bridge in Cathe-
                                                            tion and to buy tickets, visit                                                                         third Tuesday of the month.
                                                                                                                        dral Park, Adults $12 adv/$15 doors, children 2-12 $6/$8.
                                                            Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge, $10.50 presale                                                                     (3901 N Williams, 503-282-6539, 8 pm.
Portland Corn MAiZE                                         only, kids under 12 free, 6-10 pm.                          James John Concert Series
Celebrate the seventh year of the Portland Corn                                                                         Sept 23—Lighten Up will play the James John                       Proper Eats
MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island.                An Evening in Beirut                                        Auditorium to fundraise for the James John Schools                Sept 6, 13, 20, 27—Every Wednesday is Open
Come wander the intricately patterned three-mile            Sept 14—Benefit for Portland-based non-profit                 Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program. See Article                  Mic Night. Sign up ahead of time to reserve a
MAiZE of pathways walled in by twelve-foot corn.            relief agency Mercy Corps. The event will feature           in Arts & Culture.                                                spot at 7-9:30 pm. Sept 7,
(16525 NW Gillihan Rd., $6 adults,   hummus tasting, recorded music with possible                                                                                  14, 21, 28—Every Thursday is Proper Jazz Jam,
                                                                                                                        James John Elementary (7439 N Charleston Ave., 503-916-6266)
$4 children 6-12 and seniors, children 5 and under free.    live performances, and readings from works by                                                                                 featuring Portland Jazz Jams, 7 pm. Sept 15—An-
                                                            Lebanese poets Kahlil Gibran and Nadia Tueni. A                                                                               imabhakti, 8-11 pm. Sept 17—Kate Mann, 7 pm.
Sun-Thurs 10 am-6 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-10 pm, Haunted MAiZE                                                                Back to SCRAP                                                     Sept 22—Brian Cutean, 7-9 pm. Sept 29—Said
evenings 6-11pm.                                            $5 donation for the hummus tasting is suggested
                                                            to benefit Lebanese people through Mercy Corps.              Sept 30—Free workshops for students, teachers                     Funk, 8-11 pm. Sept 30—Seti, 9 pm.
                                                            Mercy Corps will also receive 20% of book sales             and families will be held at the School and Com-
Blue Moon Camera Staff Pinhole Show                                                                                     munity Reuse Action Project’s Back to SCRAP:                      All events all ages, free. Proper Eats (8638 N Lombard St.,
                                                            from the event.
Through Sept 21—The staff of Blue Moon Camera                                                                           Celebration of Creative Reuse. The event will                     503-445-2007,
and Machine present a pinhole photography show              St. Johns Booksellers (8622 N Lombard St., 503-283-0032,    feature workshops on how to set up reuse centers
at the University of Portland’s Buckley Center     free, 7 pm.                          in the classroom, puppet-making, instrument-mak-                  White Eagle Saloon
Gallery (5000 N Willamette Blvd.). Zeb Andrews,                                                                         ing, fashion and puppet shows, raffle prizes, and                  Sept 6, 20—Speedwell, free, 8:30 pm. Sept
Mary Culbertson, Nancy Guidry, Jake Shivery and             Salsa Salsa! On Sauvie Island                               back-to-school materials giveaways.                               7—Pilar French Trio, $4, 8:30 pm. Sept 8, 15,
Faulkner Short will display their unique pinhole            Sept 16—A celebration of food, farming, and the                                                                               22, 29—“Eagle Time” with Reverb Brothers, free,
                                                                                                                        For more information and to register, contact the
camera photographs.                                         land, featuring salsa music and salsa tasting from                                                                            5:30-7:30 pm. MUSICFESTNW, “Power of Country,”
                                                                                                                        School Community Reuse Action Project (3901A N
                                                            N/NE Portland eateries Roux, Proper Eats, Pambi-                                                                              featuring Clampitt, Gassis & Buck, Pure Country
Blue Moon Camera and Machine (8417 N Lombard St., 503-                                                                  Williams Ave., 503-294-0769,,
                                                            che, Taqueria Nueve, and Fife. Higgins, Hot Lips                                                                              Gold, the Conductor, $6 at the door or free with wrist-
978-0333,                                                                              11 am-6 pm.
                                                            Pizza, Park Kitchen, Wildwood, Bon Appetit, and                                                                               band, 9 pm. Sept 9—MUSICFESTNW, “Sire Music
                                                            Culinary Artistry will also participate in the salsa-off.                                                                     Company Showcase,” featuring The Flat Moun-
Oral History Documentary
                                                            Media Cana will lead the dance salsa-off. The cel-                                                                            tain Girls, Amelia, Casey Neill & the Norway Rats,
Sept 7—Premiere of Marie Smith Center Oral His-
                                                            ebration, hosted by Sauvie Island Organics, will also        Live Music                                                       Ashleigh Flynn, The Lewi Longmire Band, Johnny B
tory Project. The documentary highlights the lives of                                                                                                                                     Connolly and Bridgetown, $6 at the door or free with
                                                            feature a schedule of events for the whole family.
15 seniors living in N/NE Portland and their struggle                                                                                                                                     wristband, 9 pm. Sept 10, 19, 26—Joe McMurrian
for African American justice. The film focuses on
                                                            10 am-noon—Tours, seed-saving demonstrations,               In Other Words Books
                                                            field projects, sensory games and soil/compost                                                                                 Trio, free, 8:30 pm. Sept 13—“Cocktail Hour” with
community activists, such as Bobbi Nunn and                                                                             The last two Fridays of the month, In Other Words
                                                            exploration. Noon-2 pm—Salsa tasting/judging,                                                                                 special guests. Chad Bault, 8 pm. Sept 14—Tenth
Mrs. Johnnie Maxey, who worked alongside her                                                                            hosts the Luna Music Series.
                                                            music, and auction. 2-4 pm—Tours, heirloom                                                                                    Anniversary Show of Fez Fatale, $4, 9:30 pm. Sept
husband, the late Charles Maxey. Ninety-eight-year-                                                                     In Other Words, Women’s Books and Resources (8b NE                15—Taarka, $7, 9:30 pm. Sept 16—The Imprints,
                                                            vegetable tasting, field projects, and wildlife/food
old Doris Brockell also shares her story of becoming                                                                    Killingsworth St., 503-232-6003,,           $6, 9:30 pm. Sept 20—Speedwell, free, 8:30 pm.
                                                            chain explorations.
the 44th employee of Techtronics. The Marie Smith                                                                                                                                         Sept 21—John Shipe, $4, 8:30 pm. Sept 22—
Health and Social Center is an adult day service            For more information, contact Shari Raider at (503) 621-
                                                                                                                                                                                          Moonshine Hangover, $7, 9:30 pm. Sept 23—Stan
program and division of Volunteers of America in            6921 or Howell Territorial Park on      Mississippi Pizza                                                 McMahon Band, Phamous Phaces, Empty Room,
partnership with Providence ElderPlace.                     Sauvie Island, 10 am-4 pm.                                                                                                    $6, 9:30 pm. Sept 24—Open Mic/Songwriter Show-
                                                                                                                        Sept 7—Loose Change, 8:30 pm. Sept 8—The
Marie Smith Center (4616 N Albina, 503-335-9980) 6 pm.                                                                  Djangophiles. Sept 9—Little Kid’s Jamboree, 4                     case, featuring Portland’s finest talent, free, 7:30 pm
                                                                                                                        pm. Carra Barrett, Carmen Paradise, 6 pm. Rob                     sign up. Sept 27—Spot the Band, free, 8:30 pm.
                                                                                                                        Barteletti and the Shadows, Nick Peets, 9 pm. Sept                Sept 29—Baseboard Heaters, $6, 9:30 pm. Sept
                                                                                                                        10—Talisman, 6 pm. Sept 11—Swing Papillion, 6                     30—The Accolades, $6, 9:30 pm.
                                                                                                                        pm. The Eclectic Bastards, 9 pm. Sept 12—Missis-                  All shows 21 + unless otherwise noted. White Eagle Saloon
                                                                                                                        sippi Jazz Jam, 8 pm. Sept 13—Portland Songwrit-                  (836 N Russell St., 503-282-6810,
                                                                                                                        ers Association Showcase, 7 pm. Sept 14—Mis-
                                                                                                                        sissippi Music Walk. Sept 15—Voodoo BBQ, 6                        Wonder Ballroom
                                                                                                                        pm. Virginia Lopez and Melao de Cana, 9 pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Sept 6—Feist with guest Rubies, $15, 7 pm. Sept
                                                                                                                        Sept 16—Ukelele Noir, 6 pm. Sept 18—Swing
                                                                                                                                                                                          16—The Thermals and special guests, $12, 8:30
                                                                                                                        Papillion, 6 pm. Sept 19—Mississippi Jazz Jam,
                                                                                                                                                                                          pm. Sept 17—Pato Banton, $15, 7:30 pm. Sept
                                                                                                                        8 pm. Sept 21—Jon Itkin, Paula Sinclair, 6 pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                          25—Phoenix with guest La Rocca, $14, 7 pm. Sept
                                                                                                                        Sept 23—Little Kid’s Jamboree, 4 pm. Crosswalks,
                                                                                                                                                                                          27—The Lost Dogs, $17, 7 pm. Oct 2—TV on the
                                                                                                                        9 pm. Sept 24—Partly Dave, 4 pm. Cuba Ache, 7
                                                                                                                                                                                          Radio, $15, 8 pm.
                                                                                                                        pm. Sept 25—Swing Papillion, 6 pm. Tanya Pluth,
                                                                                                                        9 pm. Sept 26—Mississippi Jazz Jam, 8 pm. Sept                    All shows all ages, full bar for 21+. Advance Ticketmaster
                                                                                                                        28—Joe Uregas, 6 pm. Sept 30—Mojitos, 6 pm.                       prices and door times listed. Wonder Ballroom (128 NE Rus-
                                                                                                                        Oct 3—Mississippi Jazz Jam, 8 pm.                                 sell St., 503-284-8688,
                                                                                                                        All shows 21+ unless otherwise noted. Mississippi Pizza
                                                                                                                        (3552 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3231, www.mississip-
                                                                                                                        Mississippi Studios                                               Reefer Madness at IFCC
                                                                                                                        Sept 7—Andrew Calhoun, $10/$12, 7 pm. Scot-                       Sept 8-Oct 7—Stumptown Stages presents “Reefer
                                                                                                                        land Barr & the Slow Drags, The Imprints, $7, 9:30                Madness,” a musical production loosely based on
                                                                                                                        pm. Sept 8—David Olney, $15/$18, 7 pm. Tango                      the 1936 propaganda film. Humor and song ensue.
                                                                                                                        No. 9, $10, 9 pm. Sept 9—Day of Lions, The                        Directed by Andy Fickman, choreographed by
                                                                                                                        Builders & The Butchers, $5, 8 pm. Sept 10—Blu                    Paula Abdul.
                                                                                                                        Sirkut, $10, 9 pm. Sept 13—Jeff Lang, $12, 8 pm.                  Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N Interstate
                                                                                                                        Sept 15—Storyhill CD Release Tour, $15, 7 pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ave., 503-823-4322, Call 503-381-
                                                                                                                        Sept 16—Steve Poltz, $12, 9 pm. Sept 20—Eliza
                                                                                                                                                                                          8686 for tickets. $25 general, $22 students and seniors.
                                                                                                                        Gilkyson, $18, 8 pm. Sept 21—PF Sloan, $15,
                                                                                                                        8 pm. Sept 24—Guy Davis, $25, 8 pm. Sept                          Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm.
                                                                                                                        30—Harry Manx, $12, 7 pm. Sept 30— Harry
                                                                                                                        Manx, $12, 7 pm. Kaki King with Christine Baze,                   Too Much Coffee Man Opera
                                                                                                                        The Yellow Umbrella Tour, $15, 9:30 pm.                           Cream in the Coffee of Love
                                                                                                                                                                                          Based on the comic book by Shannon Wheeler,
                                                                                                                        All shows 21+ unless otherwise noted. Mississippi Studios (3939
                                                                                                                                                                                          Music by Daniel Steven Crafts, Lyrics by Damian
                                                                                                                        N Mississippi, 503-288-3895,          Willcox & Shannon Wheeler, 4 Performances Only!
                                                                                                                                                                                          September 22, 23, 29, 30 at 8:00pm, Limited Seat-
                                                                                                                        Mock Crest Tavern                                                 ing! Tickets $25/$20. Purchase online: www.pcpa.
                                                                                                                        Sept 7—Randy Yearout & Papa, Open Mic & Jam-                      com, Purchase by phone: 503.224.4400
                                                                                                                        min’, 8:30 pm. Sept 8—Rollie Tussing, 9 pm. Sept
                                                                                                                                                                                          (Brunish Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR )
                                                                                                                        9—Seven Year Tango, 9 pm. Sept 10—Dan Lange,
                                                                                                                        8 pm. Sept 12—NoPoMoJo, 8:30 pm. Sept 14—KC
                                                                                                                        Murphy, Open Mic & Jammin’, 8:30 pm. Sept 15—
                                                                                                                        The Old Yellers, 9 pm. Sept 16—Dakota Bob & the                    Visual Arts
                                                                                                                        Business Man’s Blues Band, 9 pm. Sept 17—Lew
                                                                                                                        Jones, 8 pm. Sept 19—Johnnie Ward & Eagle Ridin’                  Visual Vessel
                                                                                                                        Papas, 8 pm. Sept 21—Donna Jose, Open Mic                         Through Sept 16—Interstate Firehouse Cultural
                                                                                                                        & Jammin’, 8:30 pm. Sept 22—NoPoMoJo, 8:30                        Center presents Vision Vessel: Public Media Works,
                                                                                                                        pm. Sept 23—Blueprints, 9 pm. Sept 24—Fred                        with food, music, and art.
                                                                                                                        Anderson, 8 pm. Sept 26—Steve Cameron & Dave
                                                                                                                        Mathis, 8 pm. Sept 28—Claes of Blueprints Open                    Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N Interstate
                                                                                                                        Mic & Jammin’, 8:30 pm. Sept 29—Sneakin’ Out, 9                   Ave., 503-823-4322,
                                                                                                                        pm. Sept 30—Eric Hatcher and the Worker Bees, 9
                                                                                                                        pm. Oct 1—Russell Thomas, 8 pm.                                   Influence of Motorcycles on Modern Art
                                                                                                                                                                                          Through Sept 16—Guestroom Gallery at the Won-

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der Ballroom presents “Influence of Motorcycles on                (5227 N Bowdoin St., 503-289-2834)                            Sept 11—Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. Sept 18—Life
Modern Art.”                                                                                                                   is Beautiful. Sept 25—Weekend in Havana. Oct
                                                                 Community Bike Repair Night                                   2—Cool Hand Luke.                                            Outdoors and Recreation
Guestroom Gallery at Wonder Ballroom (128 NE Russell St., 503-
                                                                 Sept 12—Every second Tuesday of the month,                    Pix Patisserie (3901 N Williams, 503-282-6539, www.
                                                                 North Portland BikeWorks hosts Community Repair
                                                                                                                      All shows free, 7:30-9:30 pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Shorebirds and Waders at Smith and
                                                                 Night. Tools and experts provided.                                                                                        Bybee Wetlands
                                                                 North Portland BikeWorks (3915 N Mississippi Ave., 503-287-   Tuesday First Amendment Film Series                         Sept 16—Come explore the diverse shorebirds
                                                                 1098,,          at Proper Eats                                              in the most abundant tidal mudflats at Smith and
                                                                                                                               Sept 5—Century of the Self. Delves into how                 Bybee Wetlands in decades. Naturalist James Davis
                                                                 Blue Lotus Healing Center Grand Opening                       Sigmund Freud’s work influenced socio-political              will host two field trips for adults and children 12+.
                                                                 Sept 30—Blue Lotus Healing Center celebrates                  beliefs and pursuits. Sept 12—Life of Victor Jara.          Davis will focus on sandpipers, herons, and other
                                                                 their grand opening. Non-alcoholic beverages will             Explores the life and impact of South American              similar water fowl. Mudflats near the old St. Johns
                                                                 be served. Featuring free samples of acupuncture.             songwriter Victor Jara. Sept 19—Why We Fight. An            Landfill will be open for public viewing only during
                                                                 Schedule an appointment at the opening and                    examination of US military policy and goals. Sept           the trips. Davis will also be leading a field trip on
                                                                 receive a second at no charge.                                26—Global Banquet. A look at globalization and              Oct 6 at the same times.

                                                                 (5660 N Greeley Ave., Suite #D, 503-247-6006, 1alternative    world food supply.                                          Smith and Bybee Wetlands. Call (503) 797-1715 to register.
                                                                                                (8638 N Lombard St., 503-445-2007,      $5 per adult, children free, 9:30 am-noon.
                                                                                                                               Free, 7 pm.
                                                                 Art on the Peninsula Rummage Sale                                                                                         Prananda Yoga
                                                                 Sept 30—From bargain art to furniture to precious             Crepe Soleil                                                Sept 19— 54 Sun Salutes. Welcome the Fall Equi-
                                                                 junk, rummage for arts sake at the Historic Kenton            Call for current schedule.                                  nox by lifting your spirits with sun salutations. All
                                                                 Firehouse.                                                                                                                levels welcome. $12, 5:45-7 pm. Sept 23—Shoul-
                                                                                                                               (3120 N Williams Ave., 503-249-7042, www.angelfire.
                                                                                                                                                                                           der Opening Workshop. $25 pre-registration
                                                                 (8105 N Brandon, 503-978-0119) 10 am-5 pm.)                   com/hi5/creperie3120)
                                                                                                                                                                                           required, noon-3 pm. Sept 30—Lululemon Trunk
                                                                                                                                                                                           Sale. Check out the new yogawear that Lululemon
                                                                 Jon Stewart and the Steven Colbert Report                     Pix Patisserie Monday Movie Madness                         has to offer, 9:30-11:30 am.
                                                                 For poor radicals and humor enthusiasts alike.                Free movies every Monday night. Aug 7—One
                                                                                                                               Crazy Summer. Aug 14—Tron. Aug 21—Tampopo.                  Prananda Yoga (1920 N Kilpatrick St. 503-249-3903, www.
                                                                 Every weeknight, Anna Bannana’s will televise the
                                                                 Daily Show and Steven Colbert Report. Caffeine and            Aug 28—Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.      
                                                                 local brews and wines readily available to enhance            Sept 4—Tokyo Godfathers.
    This replica of the Privateer Lynx, will appear              the experience.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Tree Orders for Friends of Trees
                                                                                                                               Pix Patisserie (3901 N Williams, 503-282-6539, www.
in the Willamette River for a ship to shore battle                                                                                                                                         Oct 23 is the deadline for the Jan 27 planting in
                                                                 Anna Bannana’s (8716 N Lombard St., 503-286-2030) 8 pm. Free, 7:30 pm.
at this year’s Portland Pirate Festival (see page 13)                                                                                                                                      Arbor Lodge, Kenton, Portsmouth, University Park,
                                                                                                                                                                                           St. Johns, and Cathedral Park. Nov 1 is the deadline
                                                                                                                               St. Johns Twin Cinema and Pub                               for the Feb 10 plantings in Overlook, Boise, Eliot,
Do North 2007 Call for Artists                                    Readings, Spoken Word, Lectures                              (503-286-1768,                       King, Humboldt, and Piedmont. Homeowners only.
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center presents Do                                                                               Downtown St. Johns Twin Theatre. Call for current
North: A Community Arts Celebration. The IFCC                                                                                  movie schedule.                                             Fall NE Garden Tour
                                                                 Dexter’s Spoken Mic Night
hosts a series of events and exhibits to showcase                                                                                                                                          Sept 30—Last year’s garden tour focused on North
                                                                 Every second and fourth Tuesday, In Other Words               (8704 N Lombard St., 503-283-1768,
artistic talents of N/NE residents. The series will                                                                                                                                        Portland gardens. This year, the tour will focus on
                                                                 Books hosts Dexter’s Spoken Mic Night, “Where
include visual art, sculpture, short films, poems,                                                                                                                                          NE gardens. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased
                                                                 guitars are outlawed and writers are rockstars.”              St. Johns Theatre and Pub
essays, writings, performances and other artistic                                                                                                                                          at the Madrona Hill Café (5937 N Greeley Ave.). The
                                                                 Once based in San Francisco, the open mic night               Movies every Wednesday night and matinees on
expressions. For submission requirements, please                                                                                                                                           tour benefits Portland Reading Foundation, a reme-
                                                                 has been renewed at IOW.                                      weekends. Call for current movie schedule.
visit Submissions must be in by                                                                                                                                         diation reading program in Portland Public Schools.
Feb. 12, 2007.                                                   In Other Words Books (8b NE Killingsworth St., 503-232-       (8203 N Ivanhoe St., 503-283-8520,      For more information, email
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N Interstate          6003,,
Ave., 503-823-4322,                         Free, 8 pm.

                                                                 Steppin Out: A Journey Towards Freedom
 Community and Culture                                           Sept 13—Night of spoken word and poetry by
                                                                 Madgesdiq ( fol-
                                                                 lowed by a book signing.
Interstate Farmers Market
                                                                 For more information, call 360-907-3209. Interstate
Every Wednesday, the Interstate Farmers Market
serves up the best in local and organic farm pro-                Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N Interstate Ave., 503-823-
duce and goods.                                                  4322,, Free, 7 pm.

(3500 N Interstate Ave., 503-331-3011, www.localharvest.         Christine Fletcher presents Tallulah Falls
org) 3-7 pm.
                                                                 Sept 20—Christine Fletcher reads from her new
                                                                 work, Tallulah Falls, which tracks the adventures of
Teen Summit                                                      a 17-year-old girl traveling from Oregon to Tennes-
Every other Saturday features a live show made by                see to help her ailing friend. Along the way, Tallulah
and for African American teens. Call 971-235-5197                makes some unexpected connections.
to become a member of the studio audience.
                                                                 St. Johns Booksellers (8622 N Lombard St., 503-283-0032,
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N Interstate Ave., Free, 7 pm.
                                                                 Igniting a Revolution with Rob Los Ricos
St. Johns Scooter Club Meeting                                   Sept 21—Anarchist activist and author Rob Los
Sept 6—For owners and enthusiasts alike. Come                    Ricos contributed to the new anthology from AK
show off your scoot or drool over your neighbor’s.               Press, Igniting a Revolution. Los Ricos will also
Motorcycles also welcome. Meetings followed by a                 read from Heartcheck, a work he co-authored with
sociable ride and bite to eat along the way.                     incarcerated activist Free. Los Ricos will also read
St. Johns Booksellers (8622 N Lombard St., 503-283-0032,         from Manufacturing Dissent, a collection of short free, 6:30 pm.                            works he wrote while in prison. All proceeds from
                                                                 the sales of Heartcheck and Manufacturing Dissent
Flight Night at Pix Patisserie                                   go to benefit the authors.
Sept 7—Reds of Southern Rhone, featuring                         St Johns Booksellers (8622 N Lombard St., 503-283-0032,
Chateauneuf de Pape, Cotes du Ventoux, Cotes du         Free, 7:30 pm.
Rhone Villages. Sept 14—Islay Single Malt Scotch,
featuring Laphroig 10, Caol Ila 12, Lagavulin 16.                Henry Hughes at UP
(3901 N Williams, 503-282-6539, $10.      Sept 26—Poet Henry Hughes, author of the 2004
                                                                 Oregon Book Award for Poetry-winning Men Hold-
Neighborhood Beautification Workshops                             ing Eggs, will read his work at the Buckley Center
Sept 9—Our United Villages presents a free work-                 on the University of Portland campus.
shop on beautifying the ’hood. For more informa-                 (5000 N Willamette, 503-943-7244,,
tion, visit                 
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N Interstate
Ave., 503-823-4322,
                                                                 Craig Lesley at UP
                                                                 Oct 2—Novelist Craig Lesley visits the University
SeptemberFest at Holy Cross                                      of Portland. Lesley is the award-winning author of
Catholic Church                                                  Winterkill, The Sky Fisherman, Wintersong, Storm
                                                                 Riders, and Burning Fence.
Sept 10—Celebrate SeptemberFest at Holy Cross
Catholic Church, featuring live music by oldie rock              (5000 N Willamette, 503-943-8225,,
’n’ roll bands the Corvettes and the Holy Rollers.      Free, 7:30 pm.
Free kids’ activities include a pirate ship, jousting,
mini-golf, and tricycle races. There will also be a
beer garden and grilled salmon dinner, as well as                 Out to the Movies
Hispanic and Asian food specialties. The event will
also host a pie-baking contest and craft booths.
                                                                 Monday Movie Madness at Pix Patisserie
                                                                                                                                                               September 2006 • St. Johns Sentinel • Page 15
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                        Coming in September...
                                                                                   Arts                    & Culture
                                                                            School House Rocks
                                                                            Concert series at elementary school
                                                                            aims at raising money for programs
                                                                            By Laura Hutton

   Copies ] Shipping ] Mailboxes ] Fax Services                                  With budget cuts of up to $5000 this          November 16 will feature Cosy Sheridan,
                                                                            school year, LifeWorks NW and the James            TR Ritchie, and Katie Cavanaugh. January
                                                                            John SUN program have been forced to come          22 will feature the Midnight Serenaders.
                                                                            up with creative ideas for raising funds. SUN,     Breslow has been seeking a salsa band for the
              5212 N Lombard Suite 2, Portland OR 97203                     Schools Uniting Neighborhoods, provides            final March concert.
                                                                            after-school activities at dozens of Portland           Although the September concert will be
                                                                            public schools. LifeWorks NW, a Portland           too early in the school year for many students
                                                                            non-profit agency which focuses on children         to become involved, Breslow says he plans
                                                                            and families in need and administers the           to involve them in the following concerts
                                                                            SUN program at James John Elementary.              throughout the school year. Breslow plans
                                                                                 “We have a beautiful auditorium that we       to integrate student art shows and talent
                                                                            need to use more,” says SUN coordinator Jay        showcasing in the concert series.
                                                                            Breslow. Breslow sought out an event that               Breslow acknowledges that there are
                                                                            would bring families and the community             many organizations trying to fundraise
                                                                            together. The concert series will integrate        in the community. The concert series, he
                                                                            local musicians, student artwork, and              says, is a unique fundraising event that will
                                                                            community involvement.                             not put the SUN program in competition
                                                                                 “The goal is to raise money on the            with others.
       (503) 283-2116                       2104 N. Willis
                                                                            ticket sales,” says Breslow, “and also bring the        The concerts, Breslow says, present an
                                                                            community together. Local businesses, local        “opportunity to bring the whole community
        Coupon $$ Savings                   Coupon $$ Savings
                                                                            artists, and the school community.”                into the school outside school hours to bring

     $1495 Oil Change                    $25 Towing                              The first concert is set for the evening of
                                                                            September 23 in the James John Elementary
                                                                                                                               a ‘hub’ to the school.”

        Includes Filter and up to        To Emerald’s Auto Shop Only        auditorium. Local Portland band, Lighten           For more information on the concert series or to
             6 quarts of Oil               Within Four Miles Radius         Up, will headline the concert with a CD            volunteer with SUN or LifeWorks NW, contact
             expires 9/30/06                 Good for 1 Year - 9/30/07      release party. Concerts will continue every        Jay Breslow at (503) 283-6934.
                                         (503) 283-2116    2104 N. Willis   other month through March with local acts.
     (503) 283-2116   2104 N. Willis

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NoPo’s MoJo                                                                                                                                                    St. Johns
Old-timey band NoPoMoJo
By Abby Sewell
     NoPoMoJo may be a new arrival in the
Portland music scene, but the four musicians
                                                to keep the core guys but add a drummer
                                                and maybe a keyboard player and do some
                                                                                                         haunted by an ornery female ghost.
                                                                                                              The band hopes to have a CD finished
                                                                                                                                                               OPEN HOUSE PARTY
are hardly inexperienced pups. It’s not         bigger, more electronic gigs, but still keep             by Christmastime. Beyond that, Yearout Want to Come back to My Place Big Boy?
every day you find a nationally renowned         our unique sound,” says Yearout.                         says they have no plans for touring or world
fiddle player like 80-year-old Dick “Papa”             The foursome has been playing house                domination.                                      The St Johns Sentinel invites you, our
Spain playing along on a shuffle version of      parties and special events around town, as                    “Mostly I just want to keep playing readers to see our new offices and meet our
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon        well as regular gigs at the Mock Crest Tavern            with Papa because it’s what keeps him contributors, staff and various partners in
Rising” with an acoustic guitar and bass,       in North Portland. After taking a brief hiatus           going,” he says.                             crime at the Sentinel Open House Party
and a washboard keeping time. But if you        for Papa’s health, they will be back in force in                                                                    The Sentinel has moved its offices 7
venture down to the Mock Crest Tavern on        September, with gigs at the Mock Crest on                For more information on NoPoMoJo, visit www.
                                                                                                                                                               entire blocks! So we are hosting a welcome
a September evening, there’s a good chance      September 7, 12, and 22. There are also plans  
you’ll see just that.                           to do a live recording at Yearout’s home in
                                                                                                                                                               back to the neighborhood party. Its just our
     Guitarist Randy Yearout met Papa Spain     St. Johns, a 100-year-old house reputed to be                                                                  way of thank you our readers for making us
nearly thirty years ago, and they have been                                                                                                                    the #1 catbox liner for North Portland.
playing together ever since.                                                                                                                                        The Sentinel’s will open its doors from
     “Papa taught me how to play swing                                                                                                                         9pm to 10:30pm for drinks, food, music and
music,” Yearout says.                                                                                                                                          distractions.
     Papa’s musical fame goes back to
1951, when he wrote a boogie-woogie hit,                                                                                                                       See       the den of iniquity the Sentinel
the “Straw Broom Boogie.” He went on to                                                                                                                        calls it’s office
become a several-time Oregon State Fiddle
Champion and second-place winner at the                                                                                                                        Meet you favorite or most hated
National Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho,                                                                                                                      Sentinel writer
two years in a row.
     Bassist Lonnie Feiner (aka Eldon Finger)                                                                                                                  Thrill   at how a paper can be produced
and washboard player Paul Bassette have                                                                                                                        with such outdated equipment
been playing up and down the west coast
in bluegrass and jug bands since the 1970s.
                                                                                                                                                               Drink (if you are over 21 and are not too
When they came to Portland and met up with                                                                                                                     smelly) and be Merry
Randy and Papa Spain, their diverse musical
influences fused together into a hodgepodge                                                                                                                     St Johns Sentinel Open House Party, 9pm-
of sounds, including blues, swing, folk and                                                                                                                    10:30pm Saturday September 23rd (after the
old-timey music, and gypsy jazz.                                                                                                                               Pirate Festival) 8416 N Lombard, in the back
     Although the four musicians had been                                                                                                                      room of the Urban Soul Skate and Tattoo Shop
playing together in various projects for                                                                                                                       (that’s right our office is in the back of a tattoo
years, it was only this spring that they came                                                                                                                   shop, what are you going to do about it!) 503-
together as NoPoMoJo.                                                                                                                                           287-3880,
                                                  Stayin’ alive! With 80 year old Dick “Papa” Spain part of the local group NoPoMoJo, the time to see this
     “The sound will keep changing. I’d like    band is now!

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                                                                  Financial Focus
                                                Financial Strategies for Your
                                                50’s and 60’s
                                                By Dave Trabucco of Edward Jones

                                                     When you started out in your career,         all these resources, will you have enough
                                                you may have focused on paying off student        to enjoy a retirement that could last two or
                                                loans, buying a home and, hopefully, starting     three decades? If not, what can you do about
                                                to save for retirement. Generally speaking,       it during the years before you retire? Should
                                                these are pretty straightforward goals. But       you adjust your portfolio to provide more
                                                by the time you enter your 50s and 60s,           growth? Can you contribute still more to
                                                your financial objectives may be somewhat          your 401(k) and IRA? If you have “maxed
                                                more complex, so you will need to take great      out” on these vehicles, should you look for
                                                care in creating and implementing the right       another tax-advantaged retirement vehicle,
                                                strategies.                                       such as an annuity?
                                                                                                       Clearly, these are not simple questions
                                                WHAT YOU’LL NEED — AND WHAT YOU’LL HAVE           to answer, which is why you may be able
                                                      During your 20s, 30s and 40s, you may       to benefit from working with a financial
                                                have put away as much as you could afford         professional — someone who knows
                                                in your 401(k) and IRA, but your more             your situation and can help you create
                                                immediate concerns were paying someone            individualized strategies to meet your goals.
                                                else: your student loan provider, your mortgage
                                                company, your children’s college, etc. But once   PUT ESTATE PLANS IN PLACE
                                                you reach your 50s, you may have finished               Beyond estimating the cost of your
                                                with these types of obligations. And that gives   retirement lifestyle and assessing your
                                                you an opportunity to look ahead.                 financial preparedness, what else can you
                                                        For starters, you’ll want to envision a   do in your 50s and 60s to make sure you are
                                                retirement lifestyle. Of course, you may have     on track to meet all your goals? You need to
                                                done this exercise when you were younger,         plan your estate.
                                                but your plans could easily have changed.                   Specifically, you will want to have
                                                Now it’s time to take a close look at what        the appropriate legal documents in place.
                                                you expect from retirement. Where will you        Have you named the correct beneficiaries on
                                                live? Will you travel much? Volunteer? Open       your insurance policies? Do you have a will
                                                a small business? The possibilities are vast      and a living trust to make sure your assets
                                                — and so are the differences in cost. So, to      will be distributed according to your wishes?
                                                navigate your course during the years left        Do you have a durable power of attorney so
                                                until you retire, you will want to know what      that someone can make financial decisions
                                                your retirement will look like — and how          on your behalf if you become incapacitated?
                                                much it will cost.                                          By working with an experienced
                                                        Once you know about how much              estate-planning attorney and tax professional,
                                                money you will need to fund your retirement,      you can protect your financial interests
                                                your next step is to look at your potential       — and those of your family. So don’t delay
                                                retirement assets: Social Security payments,      — the sooner you start, the less you will have
                                                distributions from your 401(k) or other           to worry about in retirement.
                                                employer-sponsored plan, and income from
                                                your personal investments, such as bond
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                                                Schools Adopted
                                                James John students, area businesses
                                                foster self-esteem with Adopt-A-Class
                                                By Vanessa Timmons

                                                     Starting this fall, James John Elementary    receive immediate gratification by seeing
                                                School will be the first Portland Public           the difference that they are making in their
                                                School to participate in a new nonprofit           child’s life,” said Leonetti.
                                                program, Adopt-A-Class.                                The program encourages literacy
                                                     The program, modeled after a similar         by having participants write letters of
                                                one that was started in Cincinnati three          introduction, conduct a research project,
                                                years ago, is designed to facilitate sustained    and write a research paper. Leonetti and
                                                connections between members of the                Abbott hope the Portland program will
                                                business community and students attending         be as successful as its parent program in
                                                Title 1 schools. Husband and wife team            Cincinnati. That program now helps 1,800
                                                Janice Leonetti and Wayne Abbott began            children with 1,200 volunteers participating
                                                the program to honor their personal               in three schools.
                                                commitment to area schools.                            The Portland program is looking for
                                                     “We’ve been looking for a way to help        more local businesses to get involved. Their
                                                the community,” said Leonetti. “This is our       current list of adopters includes US Bank,
                                                way of doing that.”                               Fred Meyer, Safeway, Roosevelt High School
                                                     Adopt-A-Class incorporates reading,          Class of 1966, Bank of America, and others.
                                                writing, and social interaction to build               For Leonetti and Abbott, this project is
                                                self-esteem in children. Each adopter will        a labor of love.
                                                correspond with students, plan a field                  “My husband, my husband’s brothers,
                                                trip, and participate in an annual holiday        his mother and her sisters all attended James
                                                party. Leonetti and Abbott estimate that          John Elementary School,” shared Leonetti.
                                                participating adopters will spend around 10
                                                hours of their time throughout the entire         To get involved contact Janice Leonetti at
                                                school year while involved in the program. or Wayne Abbott at
                                                     “This allows the adopter to have   
                                                one-on-one contact with their child and

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Wilson, 21, said that she has difficulties with     individuals reporting harassment each year,
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     Victims of bullying often experience the      for her and the people she knows. “A lot of
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     Special needs victims face additional         and going to the mall, she is also navigating
challenges such as stereotypical labeling,         through this incident. She has made the
personal isolation and lack of social              appropriate police reports and talked to
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advocate and create effective responses to         watchful as she makes her way through her
bullying are important aspects of living an        day. “The hardest part of this is when I see
independent life.                                  them and they talk about me...I try to ignore
     One of the most effective responses           it...Ignoring them has helped,” says Wilson.
to harassment is to tell someone what is           When asked what advice she has for other
happening. Abuse thrives in an environment         girls dealing with bullies, she says simply,
of isolation. By reaching out to police, friends   “Try and deal with it,” and she does just that,
and family, victims increase their support         with her own brand of special courage.
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‘Stair-Stepping,’ Holistically
Blooming Lotus tailors its treatments to patients’ needs
By Caitlin Moran

                                                   and maintaining the results of treatment.
                                                        “I help people learn techniques that
                                                   help them manage their weight for life,”
                                                   Rush said. “I teach people how to change
                                                   their lifestyle.”
                                                        According to Rush, more and more
                                                   people are turning to alternative medicine
                                                   for its preventative approach as they
                                                   discover that prevention takes less time than
                                                   treatment and also creates lasting results
                                                   without the need for medication.
                                                        Blooming Lotus also offers other
                                                   specialized programs including natural
     The Blooming Lotus Healing Center             hormone balancing for women. Rush uses
plans to hold its grand opening celebration        salivary testing to check hormone levels,
on Saturday, September 30, from 4 to               then treats patients with natural hormones,
8 p.m., according to owner Barbara                 herbs and acupuncture.
Rush. Blooming Lotus offers a variety of                Although the clinic offers these
alternative healing approaches including           specialized treatment programs, many
massage, acupuncture, yoga, hormone                patients participate in a variety of treatment
balancing and weight-loss treatment.               techniques. Rush hopes to eventually expand
     “I’ve always wanted to do a holistic,         some of her programs.
multi-disciplinary approach,” Rush said.                “Of course I have lots of dreams, but I
     A holistic approach means that Rush           kind of have to stair-step it,” she said.
and her fellow clinicians take the time to talk         General first-time visits to Blooming
to each patient and learn everything about
                                                                                                     ONLY FIRST RUN CINEMA PUB IN PORTLAND
                                                   Lotus are around $100. Appointments for
his or her lifestyle and medical history.          returning patients range from $60 to $70. At
     “At Blooming Lotus, we like to form a         the grand opening on September 30, anyone
partnership with our patients,” Rush said.         who schedules a future appointment at the
     The weight-loss program, for example,         clinic will earn a free second visit.
is tailored to fit the needs of individual
patients. According to Rush, each blood type       The Blooming Lotus, 5660 N Greeley, Suite D,
calls for a different type of exercise. Every      (503) 247-6006; hours: Monday and Wednesday
person needs aerobic exercise and strength         noon to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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                                                   some Dallas bean counters have reported
OFF THE CUFF                                       about your school credit card use in your
                                                                                                                           Restaurant Reviews
                                                   former school district; it quickly became a
   From page 3                                     non-issue the more we read into it.
told us. He and his wife Jessica have three-                  What does disturb us is the
year-old twin daughters. We asked him what
JHS would have to do or become in order for
him to enthusiastically enroll Josephine and
                                                   prospect that JHS will not be able to attract
                                                   and retain families like the Teesdales. What
                                                   does disturb us is the possibility that, as our
                                                                                                      Family-Friendly Fare
Eliza here in 2017.                                new principal, you won’t take root here, that
           “I’m really encouraged by what          you won’t prune incompetence and poor              A quest for family-friendly dining in North Portland
Vicki Phillips is doing—she has her heart          communication and pettiness from your              By Vanessa Harless
in the right place, wants to do what’s right       staff, that you won’t affirm and reward the
for students. But it’s such an uphill battle,      talented and diligent teachers among your
things have deteriorated here for so long...       faculty, that you won’t lay down the law for
it’ll take 10 years to turn things around. And     student behavior and performance.
I’m not sure if I want to put my kids in that                 We may be a bit too jaded to give
experiment.”                                       you a giddy welcome, but know that we want
           He’s thinking about leaving the         to root for you. Just keep us in the loop, don’t
state, for a lot of reasons, mainly to be near     be afraid to make some unpopular decisions
extended family. “But a better education for       if it means a better school down the road (as
my kids is a big reason for us thinking about      long as you’ll still be walking that road with
a move.” And private schools, Teesdale said,       us then). And try to be gentle with us. We’re
aren’t an option for them.                         a little bruised.
           So we’re not that disturbed by what                             30

BRIDGE BASH                                             David B.Steinman (1886-1960) designed
                                                   the bridge and completed the project in
   From page 8                                     1931. Formerly, a ferry transported people
location to celebrate this anniversary,            and goods across the Willamette River to
the plaza is also a great attribute to the         and from St. Johns.                                OUR DAILY BREAD: CHEERS                             OVERLOOOK: SNEERS
downtown. Unfortunately, it is used far too             The Bridge Bike Ride, Bridge Art       Our Daily Bread lies in the heart of St.                         The Overlook Family Restaurant is
little; we’d like to see that improve.”            Exhibition, and Street Fair conclude at
                                                                                         Johns and it seems transported from a bygone                     both a family diner and bar, splitting the
      This year’s annual bash is the first          noon, followed by festivities in the plaza.
                                                                                         era filled with well-worn booths overflowing                       building in half. The restaurant was busy but
following the November 2005 completion of          There will be music by local acts including                                                            I couldn’t help wonder why. The menu at the
                                                                                         with patrons contentedly munching dishes
the St. Johns Bridge Rehabilitation Project.       the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted                                                                       Overlook is extensive, too extensive. It is a
                                                                                         ample in portion. The menu consists of
                                                   Police – bluegrass rock), and Eve’s Dilemma
With work lasting from March 2003 through                                                solid circa 1950s cuisine, straight from the                     little like restaurant owner Babu Bhatt on
November 2005, the Oregon Department               (modern alternative rock), among others yet                                                            that episode of Seinfeld where Jerry tries to
                                                   to be announced.                      Beaver Cleaver cookbook.
of Transportation now considers the                                                                                                                       be a “very very good man” by helping Babu
                                                        The celebration continues at 8 p.m.    The staples on this menu are tried
Rehabilitation         Project    “substantially                                                                                                          focus on just one type of cuisine. They serve
                                                                                         and true, broiled ham, chicken fried steak,
                                                   at the North Precinct Police Station with
complete.” In their Project Summary, ODOT                                                                                                                 breakfast all day and devote an entire page
explains: “This project included replacement       refreshments, cake-cutting, music and a
                                                                                         liver and onions, pork chops, meatloaf and                       to children but they’re all over the place,
of the concrete bridge deck, painting of the       candlelight walk across the bridge.   homemade chili, all of which, according to                       serving typical diner fare side by side with
bridge’s metal surfaces, upgrades to the                                                 my waitress, are 99% from scratch. You can’t                     Greek food specials. In a section labeled
                                            For more information on the day’s events, get more family-friendly than this. Children
drainage and lighting systems, improvements                                                                                                               Mediterranean Fare the first item listed was
                                            call (503) 283-6482 or email Thomas Ebert at
to the Bridge Avenue ramps on the west                                                   get crayons and coloring book-style menus                        a Burrito (???). This gave me pause, as did
side of the Willamette River, and sidewalk                                               offering chicken strips, spaghetti and                           the slow service and 20-minute wait to be
widening around the bridge towers.”                                                      hamburgers.                                                      acknowledged by the staff.
                                                                                               We started with mozzarella sticks, six to                        It only got worse from there. We tried
                                                                                         an order and fried to perfection with crunchy                    ordering one chili dog a la carte and were
                                                                                         herb-seasoned batter, and in a culinary coup                     resoundingly declined. We then ordered
                                                                                         they heated the marinara sauce! Dinners                          the two-chili dog plate, along with our
                                                                                         are served with soup or salad. Dinner began                      individual meals and the waitress proceeded
            Personal, Medium, Large, and Giant Pizzas!                                                                                                    to lecture us on portion size to dissuade us
                                                                                         with chili topped with copious amounts of
                                                                                         cheddar cheese and onions that lacked a                          from ordering the chili dogs altogether.
                                                                                                                                                                The hot turkey sandwich (which
                     FREE DELIVERY!                                                      spicy kick, but was flavorful, rich and full of
                                                                                         kidney beans.
                                                                                                                                                          tasted old) was open face and served with
                                                                                                                                                          floury tasting, glue-like mashed potatoes
                                                                                               Two pillowy biscuits, which, when                          and drenched in bland gravy with a side of
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                                                                                         Fried Chicken and baked sweet potato with                        I used a fork—because these chilidogs are
                                                                                         green beans. The moist and crispy chicken                        huge and come two to a bun (also served
             11 AM - 10 PM Monday-Saturday • 12 PM - 8 PM Sundays                        was without a trace of undercooked fat and                       open face) with the chili covering the entire
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                                                                                     ,   beans. The 12-oz. top sirloin was grilled                        Greek Combo. It consisted of dolmades,
                                                                                         medium (NOTE: actual grill marks) and                            which are typically grape leaves filled with
                                                                                    a    served with a baked potato, sour cream and                       meat or rice and doused in a lemon sauce.
                                                                                         butter, green beans and a thick wedge of                         At the Overlook, they are boiled cabbage
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                                                                                                                                                          beef and covered in what appeared to be
                                                                                         meal. Topping it all off, a slice of homemade
                                                                                                                                                          the gravy from my turkey platter. The
                                                                                         lemon meringue pie. The unnaturally
                                                                                                                                                          pistachio (a sort of Greek lasagna with a
                                                                                         sunny custard was flawlessly gelled and the                       béchamel sauce) looked right, and even
                                         Friday & Saturday Night                         meringue was firm, high and lightly golden,                       smelled like the cinnamon-wafted noodle
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                                                                                         this would be a pie to be reckoned with.)                        flavor can only be described as a mouthful

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                                                                                               The staff is friendly and possesses the                    of garbage. I could take no more; my
                                                                                         elusive and much desired skill of showing                        appetite so thoroughly demolished, I could
                                                                                         up precisely the moment you need them                            not venture into mousaka territory (Greece’s
                                                                                         and seem stealthily absent when you don’t.                       national dish featuring sliced eggplant). My

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                                                                                NARRATIVE NONFICTION

           Get on and ride...

                                                Fear, Death & Motorcycles
                                                Or How Team Oregon Saved My Life.
                                                By Cornelius Swart

                                                      This is a story of how Team Oregon, the      locations throughout the state. Locally the
                                                state mandated motorcycle safety program,          class is offered at North Portland’s Swan
                                                saved my life.                                     Island test range.
                                                      When I was about 6 or 7, my father                 The class is booked solid three months in
                                                owned a ‘78 Kawasaki 1000. It was covered in       advance. But if you just show up at the start,
                                                chrome, with a speckled metallic purple gas        you can usually get in if someone fails to show
                                                tank, and it was louder than a thunderstorm        up. The course takes two and a half days. It
                                                with a big set of aftermarket tailpipes.           is a combination of classroom lectures and
                                                      My father used to sit me between the         range riding done on Team Oregon’s stock
                                                edge of the seat and the gas tank, and we’d go     of 250-cc bikes. Those who pass their class
                                                riding. Up and down the back roads of our          get a waiver and are automatically given a
                                                small city, banking around slow turns and          motorcycle endorsement at the DMV, as well
                                                firing off the stop lights, the wind buffeting      as a discount on insurance.
                                                my little red, white and blue helmet.                    Donovan Koch was my chief instructor.
                                                      Not long after his divorce, my father put    Koch, like everyone I’ve encountered at Team
                                                away his adventures – no more flying small          Oregon, conducts himself with a confidence,
                                                aircraft, no more road rallies or sailboats,       focus and brevity that reminds me of the
                                                and no more motorcycles. He had bought             military, minus the violence. Koch is no drill
                                                an old Honda 350 that sat like a patient           sergeant – he won’t even let students refer to
                                                little kid next to the Kawasaki in his garage.     the engine cut off switch as “the kill switch.”
                                                I believed that bike was my birthright. But        But he is dead serious when dealing with
                                                when I turned 16, I went into his garage and       skills that will save your life on the road.
                                                found that the Kawasaki and the 350 had                  On the second day at the test range,
                                                been sold. I had believed that my father and       Koch could see that I was not turning my
                                                I were born to be bike riders. But some fear       head enough to make accurate turns. He
                                                in him had changed all that for me. Perhaps        pulled me aside. He walked up to within
                                                after loosing his wife my father was afraid to     inches of me, his face a hard mask, “You are
                                                loose me to an accident.                           not turning your head,” he shouted over the
                                                      Later in life, when I would bring up the     rumble of the engine. “If you don’t turn your
                                                subject of riding, he would simply growl,          head I will fail you!”
                                                “You’ll get yourself killed.”                            He wasn’t angry at me. He was just
                                                      He is right, to some extent. In 2003,        trying to get through to me, to break past the
                                                for example, more than eight percent of all        barrier of fear in my head. In order to turn
                                                motorcycle riders in the US ended their lives      a motorcycle at speed, you need to turn your
                                                in traffic fatalities. They say there are two       head away from the road in front of you and
                                                types of riders: those who have crashed and        into the road beyond the turn ahead.
                                                those who will crash.                                    It’s very unnatural at first. But Koch’s
                                                      That’s where Team Oregon comes in.           approach worked. He got me to snap out
                                                That’s the name of the motorcycle-training         of it.
                                                course offered through the state of Oregon               I passed the course with the basic skill set
                                                and Oregon State University. The program           Team Oregon drills into the riders: turning,
                                                is legendary in the riding community. It has       braking and developing an awareness of the
                                                awarded over 40,000 riding endorsements            road and your surroundings.
                                                since it began in 1984.                                  “It’s about managing risk,” says Koch.
                                                      I have never come across anything so         He claims that 80 percent of motorcycle
                                                universally endorsed; Harley guys, street          accidents involve riders that are self-taught.
                                                racers, lesbians, they all say the same thing.           Once I got my endorsement, I got a bike.
                                                “You need to take this course. It will save        Most recommend a mid sized bike between
                                                your life.”                                        550-750 cc’s. These bikes are big enough to
                                                      A friend of mine, Lynn Webb, used to         keep you from growing out of it too fast and
                                                ride motorcycles. He and I both hang out at        small enough for a beginner to control.
                                                a Chinese Buddhist temple in SE Portland                 I brought Lynn and I, my daughter
                                                from time to time. Lynn promised to buy a          and Phad Thai, the abbot from the temple,
                                                new bike for himself and go riding with me         (a cycle rider in Thailand back before he
                                                if I took the course.                              entered the practice) up to North Portland
                                                      So I finally decided it was time to put the   to inspected a 1977 Yamaha xs650. I wound
                                                old man’s warnings of cetrain death out of         up buying it. Lynn said he was looking at a
                                                my mind and take the Team Oregon course.           new Harley to buy.
                                                      The program is offered in 19 different                                   See Motorcycle / Page 25

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                                                         About 10 years ago, the City passed the
LAWSUIT                                            “Chronic Nuisance Ordinance” as a means            Welcome to the
                                                   of dealing with problematic locations. The
   From page 1                                     ordinance must be enforced by the City,
Christine Duffy, co-chair of the Arbor Lodge
Neighborhood Association and a member
                                                   beginning with a warning letter sent to the
                                                   problem house, and ending potentially with
                                                   the closure of the house or business for as
                                                                                                      New Business Profile
of the steering committee of the North
Portland Public Safety Action Committee.           much as a year. The City has rarely used the
     It did work. According to Abbott, in          ordinance since its initial inception, due to
a voluntary settlement agreement reached           its lengthy process.                               By Christopher Knott
Sept. 1 in Multnomah County Circuit                      Even so, Abbott decided to approach the
Court, sanctioned by Judge Ronald Cinniger,        problem on N Hurst from a different angle.         THE MEADOW
defendant Nicolette Predko agreed to vacate              Using the state statute (officially known
                                                                                                           This cozy little flower shop is blessed by
the house, which she is selling, by Sept. 14,      as ORS 105-550-105.600) instead of the                                                               We understand that your pets
                                                                                                      the artistic eye of owner/arranger Jennifer
and also agreed not to allow further drug          City ordinance, he is entitled to sue to close                                                       miss you when you are gone
                                                                                                      Turner. Before opening up the new flower
use on the premises before then. Predko was        the house in small-claims court. Both                                                                and we will do everything we
                                                   the ordinance and statute target the same          store on N Mississippi, she worked in some
also liable for court costs and attorney’s fees.
                                                   sort of problems – drugs, prostitution and         of the world’s top art museums. A few years           can to make them as
Court officials could not verify details of the
                                                   gambling houses – but the statute, unlike          ago she put her skills toward a more earthly        comfortable as possible.
settlement at press time.
                                                   the ordinance, can be utilized by anyone           endeavor. Turner has been arranging flowers
     “This case shows what can be
                                                   living or working in the county where the          out of her home for awhile now, but has just
accomplished by any resident or business in
Multnomah County who cares enough to               troublesome house is located.                      taken her passion professional this month.
exert the time, effort, and funds necessary to           Under the statute not only can any           The Meadow opened in the Mississippi
clean up a neighborhood,” Abbott wrote in an       person in the county of the alleged nuisance       Commons building last month, selling
                                                   sue under the state statute; he or she may         gorgeous fresh-cut flowers.          Eventually,   licensed, bonded, and insured
e-mail after the settlement. “It also shows that
while Portland Police help is invaluable, one      also sue for personal damages the nuisance         Turner would love to obtain organic flowers
does not have to wait and rely upon the City       has caused. This particularly pertains to          from local growers. But for now, she spends
bureaucracy to be able to protect one’s own        neighbors who deal with the daily reality of       her mornings scouting Swan Island’s flower
neighborhood. All it takes is citizens with the    a nuisance house, giving them another way          wholesalers for unique and colorful flowers.
courage to resist neighborhood decay.”             to fight back, and raising the financial stakes      Her arrangements run the gamut from
     The complaint Abbott filed cited two           in the case.                                       simple to extravagant and deliver a truly            503.929.2241
occasions, in March and April 2006, in which             In addition to the lawsuit, Abbott           personal touch. Of course, you are going to
Portland police found methamphetamine,             plans on indirectly involving the mortgage         need a card for that special delivery, and The
baggies, scales and other typical drug-dealing     companies. Right now, owners of potential          Meadow has a lovely selection of original
equipment at the house on N Hurst Avenue.          nuisance houses are sent letters warning they      prints to suit your needs. If you are really
The suit sought closure of the house for a         may face trouble. Abbott proposes sending          feeling kindhearted, Turner has a great
year, plus court costs.                            letters to mortgage companies as well. If their
                                                                                                      collection of new and vintage vases for your
     The complaint filed in Multnomah               clients end up going to trial, Abbott said, they
                                                                                                      special floral arrangement. Feel free to stop
County Circuit Court cites two occasions,          could be held financially responsible for not
                                                                                                      in and see what else she has to offer, or call
in March and April 2006, in which Portland         dealing with a dangerous situation.
                                                         “If that happens, it takes the City off      the shop for delivery. Side note: Turner’s
police found methamphetamine, baggies,                                                                husband, Mark, is a guru of gourmet finishing
scales and other typical drug-dealing              the hook,” Abbott explained. Mortgage                                                                 dog walking and pet sitting
                                                   companies would have a financial incentive          salts, also available at The Meadow.
equipment at the house on N Hurst Avenue.
The suit seeks closure of the house for a year,    to deal with nuisance owner before the City
                                                   did. That added component increases the            3731 N Mississippi Ave., (503) 288-4633
plus court costs.
     Trial was set for Sept. 1. At press time,     chances of bringing down a house.
                                                                                                                                                        dog walking and pet sitting
Nicolette Predko, the defendant, did not
return phone messages seeking comment.                                   30

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                                                                                                                                                        studies for students ranging from preschool
  Leigh A. Hudson                               CONDO                                             TRILLIUM                                              to high school.
                                                                                                                                                             Charter schools are hybrid public
        Attorney at Law                            From page 8                                       From page 10                                       schools. The schools are their own non-profit
                                                                                                                                                        corporations and use non-union teachers.
 • Bankruptcy                                   First, Friends of Cathedral Park (FOCP), the      Killingsworth MAX station.                            The schools receive Portland Public School
                                                local neighborhood association, has long been           Students will benefit from having a              funding and receive grants to fund programs
 • Workersʼ Compensation                        in opposition of the idea. Since Law purchased                                                          that revolve around a centralized theme or
                                                                                                  green space at adjacent Patton Square Park,
 • Expungement of Criminal                      the land, the zoning laws have changed again,     as well as a performing arts facility at the          focus.
                                                back to R1, a status that permits single-family                                                              Trillium’s focus on contextual learning
   Convictions/Arrests                                                                            Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center next
                                                homes, not 29-unit condos. The City allowed       door. In addition, compared to the old                is promoted through projects ranging from
 • Unfair Debt Collection                       the development to continue under the old         building Trillium leased in a semi-industrial         students working on preserving the Johnson
   Practices                                    zoning. That has the association worried about    area south of Russell Street, the new facility        Creek Watershed to oral history assignments
                                                how they can maintain the quality of life they    is approximately 6,000 square feet larger,            at local senior centers. While students come
                                                                                                  with a design much more suited to the day-            from throughout the Portland Public School
                                                have right now.
 Consultation appointments are always                                                             to-day needs of over 300 students.                    District and some as far as Hillsboro and
                                                     “There are concerns about the
 FREE. Low flat fees or contingency rate                                                                                                                 West Linn, Newton emphasizes that Trillium
                                                developers, that they have been allowed to              The increase in size means that Trillium
 options available in most cases. Evening and                                                                                                           is dedicated to serving the local area.
                                                play fast-and-loose with the rules and get        will be able to accommodate more of the
 weekend appointments available.                                                                                                                             “We’re committed to being in the North
                                                around state and local zoning regulations,”       students who have been placed on waiting
                                                                                                  lists due to lack of space at the school.             Portland neighborhood -- we do have a lot
            Phone: 503-309-1134                 said Erik Palmer, co-chair of FOCP.
       8535 N. Lombard St., Suite 203                                                             Around 120 more students will be added to             of neighborhood kids,” said Newton, “and
                                                     In addition, the association is worried                                                            part of our mission is to get our students out
   (above Starbucks in downtown St. Johns)                                                        Trillium’s enrollment over the next year.
                                                that the already tenuous intersection at N                                                              into the community as much as possible.”
                                                                                                        “We’ve had waiting lists in most grades
                                                Baltimore and N Edison will only worsen.                                                                     Trillium will begin classes this year
                                                                                                  since the very first year,” said Newton.
                                                The actual physical appearance of the                                                                   at their old location on N Page before
                                                                                                        Trillium has grown considerably in
                                                building concerns some, as there is worry that                                                          construction is completed on the new
                                                                                                  the past five years since being founded by
                                                it will appear to cheapen the neighborhood if     Newton and Stephanie Hinkle in 2002 as one            building later this month.
                                                poorly designed.                                  of the first charter schools in Portland. The                                30
                                                     “We persevered through some confusion        school focuses on urban, social, and global
                                                about zoning...,” said Law of the protracted
                                                battle with neighbors, which at one point
                                                saw neighbors literally blocking bulldozers
                                                from the property with their bodies. Still,
                                                Law thinks the issue has been resolved.           QUESTIONS                                             life in the neighborhood. That’s a judgment
                                                                                                                                                        call, and the Council’s call to make; even so,
                                                “The neighbors we talk to now are more
                                                                                                     From page 9                                        it remains for the City to show Linnton that
                                                                                                                                                        Linnton isn’t better advised to rely on its
                                                     “I think the condo is inevitable with                                                              own judgment and strike out on its own.
                                                                                                  will need to make a case to Linntonites that
                                                the way the area is’s going to
                                                                                                  they are better off under the PDX umbrella
                                                contribute to the area becoming a nicer                                                                      Question No. 3: Can Linnton afford
                                                                                                  than they are going it alone. But without
                                                place to live,” said Jeff Tinkham, realtor for                                                          to be a separate city? The infrastructure is
                                                                                                  a place in Portland’s Comprehensive Plan,
                                                Windermere. Buildings like this project are                                                             there -- the Linnton Community Center
                                                                                                  and with no prospect of gaining that place,
                                                increasingly popular in North Portland, a                                                               would make a fine City Hall, and there’s
                                                                                                  isn’t Linnton – along with the still-planless
                                                sign of the area’s continuing gentrification.                                                            clearly no shortage of motivated leadership
                                                                                                  Hayden Island – essentially open frontier for
                                                                                                  any noxious industry that chooses to deal             in the community. The unanticipated day-
                                                                      30                          for the mill site?                                    to-day costs of doing business as a city will
                                                                                                       The vote’s message to Linnton was                need careful examination before Linntonites
                                                                                                  that prospective industrial jobs and other            can make a clear-headed decision to secede.
                                                                                                  perceived needs of industry trump quality of

                                                NU SCHOOL
                                                   From page 2
                                                years, school principal Tamala Newsome
                                                says there is always room for improvement,
                                                especially with so many new students in the
                                                coming year.
                                                      “We had a very, very small school and
                                                we did what we could, but having the space
                                                like this, it’s more than we ever dreamed of,”
                                                she said. “I’m proud to have the opportunity
                                                to lead us into the new building and I
                                                think it will be a wonderful legacy for our

                                                MCCOY PARK: THE TURF
                                                     Currently, McCoy Park is thought to
                                                be the only “unclaimed” park in North
                                                Portland, with various gangs in the area
                                                vying for control of what is essentially a new
               Crouchley                        territory. The consensus is that both local
                                                Latino gangs and members of Louisiana
             Plumbing Co.                       gangs, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, have
                                                                                                  PPS Communications director, Bob Lawrence, surveys the construction of Rosa Parks still underway one week
            8717 N. Lombard Street
                                                clashed over turf. The coalition of agencies
                                                                                                  before the doors open for the first day of school. “The school is going to be great.”
            Portland, OR 97203                  responsible for the area is attempting to
                                                keep any potential dangers under control.
            Phone: 503-286-4431                                                                   coordinator for the new development, stated            know what their presence at the school will
                                                     Brand new North Precinct commander
                                                Jim Ferraris stated that police presence in       that “New Columbia has been created with               look like exactly.” Ferraris said he plans to
                                                New Columbia eventually will include one          design, forethought, afterthought and after-           confer with principal Newsome and added
                                                squad car and two officers in the afternoons       afterthought,” and that crime prevention               that the School Police Division would also
   Service - Repair - Remodel                   and evenings. In addition, the Portland           has been a component of the planning. In               assign an officer to have Rosa Parks on their
             *Since 1907*                       Police requested – and will receive – office       accordance, an upcoming three-day series in            rounds of the other schools in the area. The
                                                space in New Columbia for community               public safety-related community education              authorities have no intention of passively
 *Backflow Testing - Water Heaters               contact, to be staffed by the officers             will be held for New Columbia residents.               standing by and watching how things
                                                covering the area and, “hopefully, citizen        Two Neighborhood Watches have been                     develop in this new community. On the
 *Repipe - Water Service - Gas Piping
                                                volunteers, too,” Ferraris added. In response     established as well by crime prevention                contrary, Ferraris stated that his directive
 *Clean Reliable Plumbers                                                                         specialists with the city’s Office of                   to the North Precinct officers is “to be out
                                                to community complaints to Portland Parks
                                                and Recreation, McCoy will be closing at 10       Neighborhood Involvement; Neighborhood                 of their cars and talking and engaging with
     CCB #1184 State License #26-21PB           p.m. instead of at midnight.                      Foot Patrol training was scheduled for                 citizens.”
         Open Monday thru Friday                                                                  late August.                                                                 30
                8am to 5pm                          Leslie Esinga, community outreach                  Ferraris offered that the police “don’t

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                                                                     All I can say is, hurtling through space with little more         That night, I went across the St Johns Bridge and up
MOTORCYCLE                                                     than your own clothes between you and the air is like flying        Germantown road. The road is dangerous and made up
  From page 22                                                 horizontally. When I ride, all my thoughts of the day-to-day       of about 12 blind switchback turns. Earlier that day a
                                                               world dissolve as I focus in on the road in front of me. Lynn      motorcycle cop had told me a biker had fallen on a curve
                                                               says it’s a meditation.                                            that morning. A Mac truck came around the turn and
     Since then I have spent countless hours on the fairly
                                                                     28 hours before this paper went to press I got another       crushed the motorcycle. The biker had survived.
traffic-free streets of this area – on the slow, meandering
                                                               message. A phone call from Phad Thai the temple abbot.                  The turns are blind especially at night. They are sharp,
curves of Willamette Boulevard; down the long straight aways
                                                                     “Lynn is dead.”                                              dark, forested and up steep hills. Your headlight is of little
of Columbia Boulevard and Marine Drive at the Rivergate;
                                                                     “What?” I said in disbelief.                                 use. Turning your head doesn’t help. You can’t see where
out to the scenic roads of Sauvie Island. Eventually, when
                                                                     Taking me literally Phad Thai repeated only louder           the turn goes.
I had more skill I intended to go up the wild and winding
                                                               “Lynn is dead!” In broken English he relayed that Lynn has              I reached the top of the hill. I saw a large, orange, half
corners of Skyline Blvd and Germantown roads in the
                                                               just died that day at the warehouse where he worked. Phad          moon hanging over a vacant parking lot.
West Hills.
                                                               Thai was on his way to the site. He was driving a forklift and          We all have blind turns to take. At some point you have
     A month after my course was complete; I got an email
                                                               was crushed between the vehicle and an I-beam.                     to take it on faith that you are headed the right way.
from Donovan Koch. Jen, a woman in our class, had gotten
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                                                      When it came time for Ethan to go to
PARENT TRAP                                      elementary school, neighbors warned them
   From page 3                                   against Beach. “This neighborhood is about
                                                 70 percent white, but the school is only about
Roughly 30 percent transfer to different         30 percent white,” says Mike Moran.
neighborhood schools or special-focus/                They looked at neighborhood schools
alternative schools. About three percent         outside of their cluster but went back to
(in 1999) attended charter schools. But          Beach.
those numbers may be more acute in North              “It’s an urban school, but it isn’t any
Portland, where neighborhood schools,            worse than other schools,” says Mike Moran.
especially high schools like Jefferson and            Mike claims there are roughly 23-25
Roosevelt, capture far fewer neighborhood        children per class at Beach.
kids than in most parts of the city.                  The Morans, however, aren’t everyday
     PPS’s transfer policy has come under fire    parents. They are passionate school activists.
recently. The district plans a comprehensive     Dulane chaired a committee that raised
assessment of the policy this fall.              $80,000 for a new playground at the school.
     Olivia assumed she had options when         Mike is now the PTA president. They view
she came to Portland.                            the diversity of their neighborhood school
     Last year when Ophelia was old enough,      as a hedge against the prejudice that can set
they looked at several schools including         in when people are segregated by race and                                 PHOTO BY TODD FLEMMING
private ones. They ended up at a new charter     class.
school, Emerson in NW Portland, due to                “I used to live in Maine,” says Mike
                                                                                                                                                                                            PHOTO BY CORNELIUS SWART
it’s proximity to their jobs downtown, its       Moran, “You can’t imagine the kind of                                                                             “When they first got him, his attitude
classroom size of 22 students, and the           prejudice that people can have against                       Together, her sons have attended
                                                                                                                                                               was horrible. But the teachers are so
school’s pedagogy, or science of teaching.       people they’ve never met.”                              eight different public schools, including
                                                                                                                                                               dedicated. They stuck with him. And now
     “I think because we chose to be in our           According to Mike Moran, 65 percent                three “alternative schools.” They bounced
                                                                                                                                                               he wants to do well in school. He wants to
school the parents are more invested,” Olivia    of Beach students qualify for reduced or                between the Metropolitan Learning Center,
                                                                                                                                                               do well for the teachers.”
says.                                            free lunch. He sees that as a problem in a              Tubman Middle School, special programs
     Charter schools are hybrid public-          neighborhood that is increasingly wealthy.              at Hayhurst, home schooling and other
                                                                                                                                                               YESTERDAY WAS BAD, TOMORROW IS LOOKING UP
schools that have been gaining popularity        New parents are choosing to live in Overlook            neighborhood schools.
                                                                                                                                                               Keenan generally feels his grades have
in Portland. Oregon charter schools are          but not to attend their neighborhood                         “It started out good,” says Warfield,
                                                                                                                                                               always been good. He agrees that he likes
independent       non-profit      corporations    schools. That’s draining area schools of                whose children all began at Sitton
                                                                                                                                                               the teachers and the kids at De La Salle more
overseen by school districts. They receive tax   parents who have greater capacity to support            Elementary in St. Johns. “But in 1995 the
                                                                                                                                                               than other schools. However what he really
money that is allotted to all public school      their schools.                                          budget cuts started. Shaun lost his favorite
                                                                                                                                                               wants is a “normal” high school. “I’m tired
children (statewide average: about $7,300             “Choice is a marketing term,” says Mike            teacher and came home crying. Then they
                                                                                                                                                               of all these alternative schools.”
per child in 2002). They use non-union           Moran. “[In public education] it means not              cut the Halloween party, then took out the
                                                                                                                                                                    Keenan would rather go to Jefferson.
teachers and are generally created by grass-     all choices are equal. Not everyone has the             playground. They cut all the culture out of
                                                                                                                                                               He does, however, believe that his chances of
roots efforts.                                   same choice.”                                           the school.”
                                                                                                                                                               getting into college will be better if he stays
     Some charter schools, such as Portland’s         The Morans cite schools like Chapman                    To Keenan, the academics at his past
                                                                                                                                                               with De La Salle.
new Montessori and Waldorf schools, offer        and Buckman that have their own non-profit               schools were all basically the same. What
radically nontraditional teaching methods.       foundations that channel parent donations               he didn’t like about those schools, located
                                                                                                                                                               PRIVATE SCHOOLS, CHARTER SCHOOLS, A
But charter schools may offer something          to hire more teachers. Beach has no such                in mostly white parts of town, were the
                                                                                                                                                               GROWING TREND FOR NORTH?
more attractive to parents: an alternative       foundation of its own.                                  cultures. “They were good schools,” he says
                                                                                                                                                                    The belief that private education is more
to the district’s bureaucracy, politics and           Tripp Somerville works for the                     with a ‘too-cool-for-school’ deadpan. “I just
                                                                                                                                                               effective than public, is not new by any means.
perceived mismanagement.                         Portland School Foundation, a non-profit                 didn’t like the people I was mixing with.”
                                                                                                                                                               But the idea that it might be affordable to all
     “A lot of people are tentative about the                                                                 Warfield believes she has finally found
                                                                                                                                                               represents a new trend. With the state of the
neighborhood schools,” says Olivia. She                                                                  a match for her youngest boy at De La Salle
                                                                                                                                                               Jefferson and Roosevelt High School clusters,
stresses that for their family, Emerson was                                                              North Catholic High School in Kenton.
                                                                                                                                                               the idea is finding some new allies.
just a better fit than their neighborhood                                                                      De La Salle is not a typical parochial school.
                                                                                                                                                                    “The community shouldn’t have to
school, Beach Elementary.                                                                                Established in 2000, the school’s mission is to
                                                                                                                                                               be held captive by the school district,” says
                                                                                                         serve low-income and minority students in
                                                                                                                                                               Steve Buckstein, senior policy analyst for
TODAY IS GOOD, TOMORROW IS GOOD                                                                          North and Northeast Portland. Sixty percent
                                                                                                                                                               the Portland-based Libertarian think tank,
     The Rebanals seem happy with their                                                                  of the students qualify for free and reduced
                                                                                                                                                               Cascade Policy Institute (CPI).
choice. When they look down the road                                                                     lunch. Fifty percent of the student body are
                                                                                                                                                                    Buckstein       believes     that    PPS’s
they are optimistic about middle and high                                                                ethnic minorities. Half are Catholic.
                                                                                                                                                               neighborhood-school model is outdated.
school.                                                                         PHOTO BY TODD FLEMMING        That diversity seems to have a value
                                                                                                                                                               He believes that a policy of even greater
     Portland’s popular Trillium Charter         that manages 15 Portland-area school                    for Keenan. De La Salle has helped him
                                                                                                                                                               choice is needed, one with more charter
School has moved in the area (see “Trillium      foundations. Somerville stresses that 30                reconnect with the neighborhood after years
                                                                                                                                                               schools and vouchers that would allow tax
blooms in fall,” p.10) she sees that as one      percent of foundation funds over $5,000 go              of voluntary bussing.
                                                                                                                                                               dollars to be used for private schools. “We
choice among others. She seems optimistic.       into grants that assist other Portland schools.              “The majority of our kids come from
                                                                                                                                                               believe tax dollars should be used to educate
     “I see that there are lots of options,”     He sees school choice as critical to keeping            within two miles of the school,” says Tim
                                                                                                                                                               the children, not prop up a bureaucracy.”
says Olivia.                                     parents in public schools, neighborhood or              Hennessy, vice president of institutional
                                                                                                                                                                    The CPI is sponsoring a series of events
                                                 no. But where the question of equity and                advancement. He says the school’s function
                                                                                                                                                               in North and Northeast Portland with the
THE MORANS: NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL                  choice intersect, he concedes, “That’s an               is to prepare low income and minority
                                                                                                                                                               Washington, D.C.-based group, the Black
     Just a few blocks down the street, the      issue. It’s still a work in progress.”                  children for college. In 2005, 95 percent of
                                                                                                                                                               Alliance for Educational Options (BAED).
Rebanal’s neighbors, the Morans, have made                                                               De La Salle’s graduating class went on to
                                                                                                                                                               entitled “Charter Schools and Reform of
a very different choice.                         TODAY IS GOOD, TOMORROW NOT SO SURE...                  college.
                                                                                                                                                               American Public Education,” one well-
     “Since we started Ethan at Beach we’re           For the Morans, that work in progress                   There are roughly 17 children per class
                                                                                                                                                               attended event was held last August and one
down to one car,” says Dulane Morgan, a          can be a difficult one to manage. The                    at De La Salle. Tuition is $2,200 a year.
                                                                                                                                                               will be held this October. The BAEO was
research analyst who rides her bike to work.     Morans enjoy their local school but agree               That compares to the roughly $20,000 a
                                                                                                                                                               unavailable for comment at press time.
Beach school is so close the Morans can          that as their child moves into high school,             year at private schools like Catlin Gabel and
                                                                                                                                                                    Even after hard experiences with public
watch Ethan ride his bike all the way to the     the local options are less appealing. Will              Oregon Episcopal School. A third of De La
                                                                                                                                                               schools, Marion Warfield still believes in
school from the corner of their block.           they send Ethan to Jefferson High School?               Salle students pay only half of their tuition.
                                                                                                                                                               public education. “You can’t just have a ‘me’
     For the Morans, the location and            “We’ve talked about leaving the state,” says            Another third pay almost nothing.
                                                                                                                                                               system,” she says. “That hurts the collective.
diversity of their neighborhood school is        Mike Moran. “But I have seven years to                       Warfield pays $60 a month.
                                                                                                                                                               When it’s all me, me, me, that’s a setup for
what they valued most.                           think about it.”                                             In the school, on registration day, the
     The Morans see Portland’s public                                                                    office is surrounded by half a dozen young
                                                                                                                                                                    All the same, with many options
school transfer options and charter schools      THE WARFIELDS: PRIVATE SCHOOL                           African American women. Slogans on the
                                                                                                                                                               available and with a tax and political system
putting their neighborhood schools at a               Marion Warfield is a single mother with             walls read, “Respect all People”, and, “Let us
                                                                                                                                                               that does not seem to support the current
disadvantage.                                    three boys – Shaun, Lincoln, and Keenan,                remember that we are in the holy presence
                                                                                                                                                               public-education model, the ground is
     “There are plenty of kids on the block,”    agesd 20, 17 and 15 respectively. She lived in St.      of God.”
                                                                                                                                                               shifting for traditional education in Portland.
says Dulane. “But we’re the only ones at         Johns for 10 years before moving to Boise two                To Warfield, the culture of the Catholic
                                                                                                                                                               That sentiment is most painfully felt in
Beach.” She rattles off the schools her          years ago. For Shaun and Lincoln, St. John’s            Church is a tradeoff for getting an education
                                                                                                                                                               North Portland, where the public schools
neighbors attend as she points to the houses:    Roosevelt High School was never an option.              for her child that works.
                                                                                                                                                               seem weakest. If the system is shifting, then
“Robert Gray, Chief Joseph, Opal, Trillium.”          “It seemed to me like a minimum-                        “I’m not impressed by the fact that they
                                                                                                                                                               perhaps the ultimate choice that parents face
     The Morans moved to Overlook 10 years       security prison,” says Warfield.” There were             are talking about oral sex, and what does the
                                                                                                                                                               is simply whether they want to shift with it
ago, before they had a child. The neighborhood   cop cars outside everyday.”                             Bible say,” says Warfield. But she is adamant
                                                                                                                                                               or not.
was inexpensive and close to downtown.                Warfield describes her public school                that the school has turned around her son’s
Schools weren’t a consideration then.            experience as “horrible, unforgiving.”                  attitude towards learning.

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