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SOUTHWEST

Rieke anxiety ranks high

A recent survey revealed that Hillsdale residents' greatest concern about living there is uncertainty over the future of Rieke Elementary School.

Portland school board officials this spring had said they would close Rieke unless attendance increases. In response, a group of parents who support the school commissioned a survey to determine the school's strengths and weaknesses.

The survey found that parents with children in the school are overwhelmingly positive about its offerings. Their biggest concern is its possible closure.

The survey was conducted by Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall Inc. The Portland-based public opinion research firm questioned 417 Hillsdale residents in July.

The survey found that most residents are very satisfied with their neighborhood, praising the public library, schools, farmers market, neighbors and local shops and restaurants.

NORTHWEST

Legal help offered

A new clinic has opened in Old Town to provide free and low-cost legal assistance to owners of small businesses.

The Small Business Legal Clinic, 422 N.W. Everett St., received a $100,000 grant from the city and reduced-cost office space in a Portland Development Commission building, and much of its staff will be made up of Lewis and Clark law students.

Lisa LeSage, assistant dean at Lewis and Clark, said the collaborative nature of the clinic - funded by the city, the Portland Business Alliance, businesses and law firms - makes it unique in the country.

According to the law school, there are an estimated 1,000 low-income small businesses in the Portland metropolitan region.

NORTH

Doors to archives open

The city auditor's office is inviting history lovers to an open house at the Stanley Parr Archives and Records Center on Friday.

The seventh-annual open house will feature a tour, trivia contest and a demonstration of the Efiles, a new Web application that provides access to frequently requested information such as historical images, documents and City Council records.

The center is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the North Columbia Boulevard site and 30th year of the program. The center is open for public research mainly by appointment.

The open house will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the center, 9360 N. Columbia Blvd. For information, call 503-823-4631 or visit www.portlandonline.com/auditor

Homecoming help sought

The Jefferson High School alumni association is looking for people to donate the use of a special car for the school's homecoming kickoff party Oct. 20.

The association hopes to have one car for every graduating class, and also is seeking other volunteers to organize former classmates and bring a grill, food and music.

The association meets 6:30 p.m Tuesdays at Jefferson, 5210 N. Kerby Ave. For information, or to offer to loan or host a class car, call Phoebe Tyeskey, 503-490-0985, or Maggie Mashia, 503-331-7507.

SOUTHEAST

Tree group gets growing

Friends of Trees, a local nonprofit devoted to planting and caring for trees and natural urban areas, plans to hold its first fundraising run and walk Sunday starting at Oaks Amusement Park.

Sign in is at 8:30 a.m. for the Fun Run for Restoration, and the first 500 participants get free T-shirts. There are two courses, a 5-mile run and a 3.5-mile walk. The run begins at 9 a.m.; the walk begins a half-hour later.

Registration fees range from $18 to $25 per person, free for kids 6 and under, and $50 for a four-member family.

Funds raised will go to Friends of Trees' planting programs, which for the 2006-07 planting season are scheduled for 48 Portland neighborhoods and 18 natural areas.

EAST

Lents park work begins

A long-stalled improvement project is under way at Earl Boyles Park in Lents - one that will include new features for tots, a water play area and a community garden.

Located next to Earl Boyles Elementary School at Southeast 112th Avenue and Boise Street, the nearly 8-acre park was acquired from Multnomah County in 1986, but a revamp was put on hold in 2002 for lack of funds.

The current construction, funded in conjunction with the Portland Development Commission, should be completed by the end of the year, but the project won't be open until next April, when new grass is expected to be well-established.

- Tribune staff