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Local news briefs for Dec. 7

Christmas light display

Steven and Sandy Goddard report their home, 158 S.E. Greenway Lane in Gresham, has its annual Christmas lights display, a local favorite.

Passers-by can tune their car radio to 97.7 FM and enjoy the light show to the music.

The Goddards are off Southeast 268th Avenue between Northeast Division Street and Powell Valley Road.

Grant helps city hire officers

The Gresham Police Department is looking for potential officers in hopes of putting a federal grant to local use. The Community Oriented Policing Services Grant (COPS) funds three positions. When combined with attrition, the city has six openings in the department of 120 sworn officers.

Applicants need to pass an initial written and physical test to move on to an oral board. Psychological and background investigations and a final interview with the police chief will determine which final candidates are offered a job with the fourth-largest city in Oregon.

Interested persons should visit GreshamOregon.gov/jobs for a complete job description and information on how to apply.

The COPS Grant is a federal grant that was awarded to Gresham earlier this year. Gresham, one of three jurisdictions in Oregon to receive the grant, was awarded $879,000 from the $243 million in grants awarded nationwide to 238 law enforcement agencies.

Road opening, winter festival in Rockwood

The new 187th Avenue between Stark and Burnside streets will be dedicated at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Plaza del Sol, 18709 S.E. Stark St.

The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Gresham City Councilor Lori Stegmann will hold a ribbon cutting to commemorate completion of the project.

The new street is meant to create a much safer path between the MAX station and the residential neighborhood south of Stark; it includes a new signalized intersection at 187th Avenue and Stark Street.

The existing segment of 188th Avenue will become a one-way driveway for parking.

In addition, Plaza del Sol will host the Family Winter Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. This free event features live music, crafts, prizes, and a food drive benefitting SnowCap Community Charities.

For more information, or to join the event as a co-sponsor, call Dina DiNucci of the Rockwood Business Coalition at 503-740-0578 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..