School plans rain project

Two events are planned as part of a storm-water retrofit project proposed for Capitol Hill Elementary School, 8401 S.W. 17th Ave., which has more than 4 acres of hard, impervious surfaces, including a large parking lot.

The school is being studied by the city's Bureau of Environmental Services for a possible storm-water management project to help enhance the adjacent Tryon Creek and Stephen Creek watersheds.

The first is a design charrette exercise in the school library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.

The second is a workshop at 7 p.m. in the library Thursday, April 26. It will include information on problems caused by storm water, available technologies for treating it and a virtual tour of local storm-water facilities.

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Pearl takes on graffiti

Just in time for spring cleaning, the Pearl District Neighborhood Association has begun to tackle the growing problem of neighborhood graffiti.

Board member Timothy Bradlee has taken on the task of documenting the neighborhood tags - he's found more than two dozen so far - and sending low-resolution photographs (camera phones are fine) to the city's Graffiti Abatement Services. The program sends crews out to remove the graffiti.

Bradlee urges residents to take pictures of any graffiti they see and forward them to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Ethos gets a face-lift

Ethos, the eight-year-old North Portland nonprofit that provides music lessons and programs to at-risk children citywide, is nearing completion of a $60,000 storefront improvement program that will feature a new cafe off its main entrance.

The 1,500-square-foot cafe will serve Stumptown coffee, sandwiches, cookies and popcorn, and proceeds will benefit Ethos. In the future, it may turn into a work-study program for families to earn lessons, said Charles Lewis, executive director.

Many other changes are under way as well. Last week, Ethos began a live cable-access show on Comcast Channel 23, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, which will feature kids performing in bands and soon will be a forum for kids' open-mike nights.

In May, McMenamins will hold an instrument drive for Ethos, in which people can drop off their old instruments at any Oregon or Washington location.

On May 19, Ethos, at 10 N. Killingsworth St., will hold an open house. The center begins its five summer camps in late June, and its daily lessons are at capacity.

'There's just so much demand, it's awesome,' Lewis said. For information, go to


Sewer work starts

Motorists traveling on portions of Northeast Columbia Boulevard will encounter sewer construction-related work for the next 10 months.

The Bureau of Environmental Services promises that one lane in both directions will be maintained through the construction zone, although some delays are to be expected. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday work may be scheduled as needed during the same hours.

The project will lay a new sanitary sewer line in the roadway between 27th Avenue and 59th Place. It includes work on 33rd Drive, Holland Court, and the 47th Avenue ramp that connects Columbia to 42nd Avenue.

When it is finished, the $3.89 million project will provide sewer service to about 80 commercial and residential properties.


War memorial mulled

City Commissioner Randy Leonard has set a meeting for Monday to discuss building and installing a World War I memorial at the Mount Tabor reservoirs in Southeast Portland.

The commissioner, in charge of the city's water bureau, has several proposals from neighborhood groups in hand.

Bureau officials are scheduled to be present to talk about land-use review requirements that meet both Portland standards and those of the National Register of Historic Places.

Public comment is welcome at the meeting, which is to be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the third-floor Rose Room at City Hall.

For information, call Tricia Knoll, 503-823-7510.


East Portland picks up

Ready to finish your spring cleaning? Then start planning, because the East Portland Neighborhood Office is ready to help you get rid of all those things you don't need and can't use.

On May 12, the East Portland Neighborhoods Annual Cleanup will accept your bulky waste, yard debris, old appliances, metals, tires and all types of recyclable materials.

The event takes place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the former Albertson's parking lot at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Halsey Street. Organizers caution that no hazardous waste, garbage or Styrofoam will be accepted.

For information or to volunteer to help with the event, call Carol Williams, 503-255-9596, or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, call the East Portland Neighborhood Office, 503-823-4550.

- Tribune staff

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