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TriMet shortens Line 84 starting Jan. 1

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1, TriMet’s bus Line 84 route will become shorter but bus service will become more frequent.

Line 84 provides weekday rush-hour service between Gresham and Boring along Hood, Powell and Boring Road/282nd, or between Gresham, Orient and Kelso along Hood, Powell, Orient, Bluff and Kelso Road.

But with the Boring area’s requested withdrawal from the TriMet Service District, Line 84 will no longer serve the communities of Kelso and Boring, said Roberta Altstadt, TriMet spokeswoman.

The new route name will be Line 84-Powell Valley/Orient Drive. It will continue to operate weekdays only during the morning and evening commutes, but it will travel clockwise along the loop portion — Powell Valley Road, 282nd Avenue, Orient Drive and 257th/Kane — in the morning and counter-clockwise in the evening. Service also will be improved from every hour to approximately every half hour.

For a map and preview schedules go to trimet.org.

Parkrose students collect items for needy

Parkrose Alternative Center of Education will hold its 30th annual Homeless Project, a student-based program designed to help homeless individuals in the Portland area.

Students are collecting toiletries — dental hygiene projects, feminine hygiene products, razors and shaving cream, shampoo and conditioner, combs and brushes, deodorant and socks — and cash donations to buy towels and blankets.

Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 14, in D Region, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., Portland.

Call Evan McFadden, adviser, with questions at 503-408-2623 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Job Corps hosts holiday dinner Dec. 12

The annual Job Corps holiday dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Springdale Center, 31224 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale.

For information, call 503-695-2245, ext. 202. RSVPs should have been made by Dec. 7.

Troutdale Scouts to recycle Christmas trees

Boys Scout Troop No. 174 of Troutdale will hold its annual Christmas Tree Recycle 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec 29-30 and Jan. 5-6, at the corner of 242nd and Cherry Park Road.

Boy Scouts haul trees to Fairview for chipping and donate the chips back to the Fairview Parks and Recreation Department.

Donations are gratefully accepted and will go toward the boys’ summer camps.

Gresham Optimists hold Shop with a Cop Dec. 15

The Gresham Optimists will hold their annual Shop with a Cop event Saturday, Dec. 15.

Children selected through the Salvation Army will have the opportunity to shop with police officers and Optimists beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gresham’s Fred Meyer.

About 25 children will participate in the second Shop with a Cop event of the season, Ed DeSantis, an Optimist member, said. Each child will receive about $100. Officers and Optimists will take the kids out to lunch at Burgerville afterward.