LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Opposes planned replacement of house with development
We've learned, in the S.E. Martins area of the Llewellyn district [of Westmoreland] that contractors had applied for and had been granted a building permit to construct 'Llewellyn Lofts' on the corner of S.E. Martins and Milwaukie Avenue, beginning by demolishing an existing structure built in 1912. This beautifully restored farmhouse is located next to the home of a wonderful 94-year-old lady who could be disturbed by what is planned for the site. I stand opposed. If the historic farmhouse now standing is demolished, so will be our sense of community! We should rewrite the zoning laws to be motivated less by profit than by social cohesion and democracy.
Likes new BEE website
I like www.thebeenews.com. I read the Oregonian online, and am accustomed to perusing headlines, and then reading the stories I want [as the new BEE website is styled]. That is quicker than scrolling through all the stories. So, keep working on it. I am in Elgin, Illinois, about 35 miles N.W. of Chicago. Unfortunately, our real estate market is the opposite of yours. We have sprawl, and more supply in housing than demand. It is amazing how much property in your area has increased! When we were considering Sellwood, I went to the Sellwood library to get a history of the area, and read the one in the notebook that SMILE put together. The area was pretty much developed before WWII. No wonder it is desirable. It has what we are yearning for after 50 years of sprawling suburbs. Hopefully I will sell this house and move to Portland, and read the BEE on paper. The vitality of THE BEE is one of the reasons we want to move to the area. To have a community you have to have dialog. But, until then, I thank you for the on-line version.
Reading THE BEE down under
My mother, Jan Braman, directed me towards your website. My family and I own a home in Sellwood, but moved back to a small coastal community in Australia 6 years ago, where we are now living. It's lovely to be able to see pictures of home and read articles about an area I love and miss. Thanks for having a website which I can access--much easier than my mom cutting out the articles and posting them to me.
Saving salmon in the park
I work with the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, and we are hosting an event in Sellwood Park on Tuesday, September 19th from 5 till 8 pm. There will be approximately 400 people in attendance, there will be 5 public speakers, and there will be a small band to provide music at the beginning of the event. The public is invited.
Save Our Wild Salmon
Crime news questioned
I love reading THE BEE and catching up on truly local news and events. I was dismayed by the August edition, however, and the high number of articles on crime. While it's important that readers stay abreast of crime in our neighborhoods, and how it can be prevented, some of the recent articles seemed out of sync with the paper. The "Gunman at Eastport Plaza" article seemed especially inappropriate as that area isn't even served by THE BEE. Please, please, do what you do best and cover small local issues that inspire, educate, and inform BEE readers. Leave the shock and awe to the 5:00 news.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Thank you. Unfortunately, there has been a recent rise in crime in Inner Southeast we could not ignore. And, since we covered the renaming of 82nd 'Avenue of Roses' rather extensively last year, including the ceremony making it official at almost exactly the same spot where the shooting was, we felt it was within our province to cover that event. A judgment call. No change in the overall policy you seem to approve of is contemplated!
Looking for seniors - and folks to help seniors
Many seniors in Sellwood and the surrounding neighborhoods struggle with losses including their health, their spouse or partner, friends, driving and independence. VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-Being of Seniors) runs free support groups at many Senior Centers for people ages 60+ to talk about their losses, and to find understanding and search for ways to cope with changes that can be associated with aging. We'd like to locate more volunteers as well as more clients. Group members are screened over the phone to make sure the group is a good fit, and all groups are confidential. VIEWS hopes to recruit more older volunteers for our 50-hour training scheduled this fall. For information or to volunteer, call me at 503/661-5455, ext. 230--or Laura Heller, at the same phone number--ext. 233.
VIEWS Volunteer Coordinator
Gone to the dogs
What started five years ago as a small Brooklyn neighborhood Oktoberfest soon became a fund raising event for local shelters, because of our Pooch Menu. We soon found a majority of our customers' pets had come from one shelter or another. We decided to work fund-raising into our Oktoberfest to create 'Bark'Toberfest'. In the past years we have raised money for the Multnomah County Sheriff's K-9 program when they had gotten the new pups to work with. We had Greyhounds adopted as pets from the Oregon Humane Society. We raised money for the Katrina animals, and teams of workers who went to Louisiana to rescue animals. This year we are staying closer to home and working with organizations who are very local and who work and live with in our community. The 'Bark'Toberfest' (dogs welcome!) will again be across the street from The Berlin Inn, 3131 SE 12th one block south of Powell Boulevard, on the weekend of September 8th-10th: Friday 5 to 10 pm, Saturday noon to 10, Sunday noon to 7; $3.00 admission (beer served; adults only).
We're still here
With the OHSU Sellwood Clinic downsizing, we will truly miss having our neighbors and good friends at the clinic across the street. But rest assured that Moreland Physical Therapy [which is not connected with it] will remain at our 6336 S.E. Milwaukie location. Our independent outpatient physical therapy facility has operated at this address for twenty years, and we are very happy to be in this neighborhood.
Timothy and Jewell Derin Lehman
Cleveland grads planning next reunion
The Commerce/Cleveland High School Alumni are planning an all-school reunion picnic in the summer of 2007. We're asking all Cleveland grads to put the picnic on their calendar now for next year: Friday, July 13th, 11-5, Oaks Park. Woody Hite and his Big Band will be entertaining at this picnic reunion. Check our website for more information: www.chsalum.com!
Darlene Norgard VandenBiesen
Cleveland High Class of 1950
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