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Annexation helps build Centennial neighborhood

Thank you for the article in the July 24 issue of the Outlook regarding the annexation of land that is proposed to be developed by the Eastside Timbers. (“Eastside Timbers get Gresham assist,” Page A2).

This positive vote was a great move by the Gresham City Council. This annexation and proposed program will give all boys and girls a chance to take part in a positive life experience as well as giving their parents and the rest of the community a sense of pride and community spirit.

I have had the privilege of listening to presentations at the Centennial Neighborhood

Association meetings by the Eastside

Timbers (namely Butch Pollard and Peter Showler).

It is my belief their program will be a catalyst for more and greater improvements in the Centennial area.

I have seen the willingness on the part of the Eastside Timbers to work with everyone in order to make this program the very best it can be.

I applaud the Gresham City Council and the members of the soccer community of the Eastside Timbers for all their progressive work to make all of Gresham and the Centennial area a greater place to live, work and play.

Marlene Byrne, Gresham

Hey, Outlook: Get your neighborhoods straight

The closure of the Safeway (at Halsey Street and Northeast 181st Avenue) impacts the Wilkes East Neighborhood and benefits Rockwood.

A bit of research, one would clearly see that Safeway sits well within the boundaries of Wilkes East.

Rockwood is south of Wilkes East. The closure will benefit Rockwood as former customers of Safeway will migrate to the Rockwood Albertson store on the southwest corner of Northeast 181st and Glisan Street.

Wilkes East loses out.

Now, please give Wilkes East some credit. The city of Gresham, The Outlook, and I can name others, all have missed the fact that Wilkes East is separate from Rockwood.

Nadaka Nature Park: Wilkes East.

Rockwood Police Station: Wilkes East.

Now this? Rockwood Safeway? Nope. Wilkes East.

Wilkes East is vibrant and thriving. With the expansion of Albertson’s DC, SEKO Logistics, Teeny Foods along with residential developments, street improvements, and the rebuilding of Wilkes East Elementary School, you can see we are a very busy neighborhood.

Quit calling us Rockwood!

Nothing against Rockwood, they are our good neighbors to the south. We do communicate on various issues through Gresham’s neighborhood coalition.

Wilkes East rocks and we deserve the recognition as an upcoming neighborhood, and we will not be deterred by one set back such as the Wilkes East Safeway.

Greg Hartung, vice chair, Wilkes East Neighborhood Association, Gresham

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