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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Hood to Coast relay ran through local park

Editor,

Really like your paper. Look forward to it each month. August 23rd, I shot some of the runners on the Hood to Coast relay, passing through Tideman Johnson City Park. Thought you might find it of interest. This one is of Team 64, “Desperately Seeking Seaside”, which finished 385th! Cheers,

Richard Blakeslee

via e-mail

“Movies in Park” missing from Kenilworth Park

Editor,

I’m curious and saddened about the disappearance of Movies in the Park at Kenilworth Park. I asked the folks at Movies on the Park [at Portland Parks and Recretion] about this, and they said to talk to my community association – which I will. But the turnouts were really strong. Is it a matter of budget? Would you be kind enough to check into this, please? I miss Movies in the Park at Kenilworth, and I will be happy to do whatever it takes to bring them back!

Jack Rubinger

S.E. 30th Avenue

via e-mail

Senior exercise concept cited

Editor,

It's possible that you might remember placing a notice in the community events section of THE BEE when I first became certified to teach Body Recall classes three years ago. The notice in the newspaper was a big help in making people aware of the exercise classes for seniors.

In late August, I received notice about recognition of Body Recall by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging (AoA), as a Tier 1 organization with “disease prevention and health promotion programs and activities which have been demonstrated through rigorous evaluation to be evidence-based and effective.” Considering the value of this information, I am hoping you will consider reporting it.

Lisa Revell

S.E. Flavel Street

Problem at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock

Editor,

Has anyone else had a problem in the left turn lane from S.E. 52nd northbound turning west onto Woodstock? It's where one has to stop for a red light in that turn lane has been changed by the City of Portland around the time 7-Eleven went in; so instead of stopping at the white crosswalk line, the City of Portland merely added another line about one car-length before the normal stopping point and left it at that. I assume the reason for City of Portland doing a quick-fix on the turn lane is that not every bus driver going East on Woodstock, turning southbound on 52nd can make the turn with cars in the oncoming turning lane.

This is what happened to me: I was driving northbound on 52nd and I needed to make a left turn onto Woodstock, so I got into the left turn lane. There were 3 cars in front of me and 8 behind me. The left turn signal turns green and we all go forward, but the light only lets about two to three cars through. Well I was the third car. But the light turned yellow when I was at the normal stopping point - so I HAD to stop. (I know this because I was in Portland traffic court once and the judge told a driver that he had to stop exactly when the light turns yellow regardless of anything else going on – and made him pay in full.)

There was a bus that could not make the turn, since I was there. I moved in reverse as far as I could (without hitting the car behind me), but the bus could still not turn. Then the driver decided to yell at me for being too far forward. I really don't think I had much of a choice in where I stopped. And I have seen this same thing happen to other drivers stuck in the wrong spot.

In my opinion, to fix this problem either 1) that northbound 52nd street left turn green light needs to be a lot longer (especially during rush hour); or 2) that turn lane needs to be removed; or 3) the bus route needs to be changed. Although the proper way to have solved the problem would have been to make the Woodstock lane (for the busses) a little wider there when the 7-Eleven building was under construction.

What do other BEE readers think? Colleen Vaughn

via e-mail

Another 100th birthday cake

Editor,

Cynthia Rose, who lives at Sellwood Landing [Assisted Living], turned 100 on September 11th. She was born in Hood River, and shared her childhood with two brothers and a sister. She grew up in Coos Bay, and her memories of climbing trees and swimming in the Coos River are fond. Cynthia’s first marriage was short – she lost her husband following the war – but it left her with a wonderful son. A dinner party with friends 34 years ago changed her life: There she met Jack Rose, the love of her life. Cynthia enjoys watching national news on TV, especially now, during the election, as she was the daughter of an Oregon Senator – Charles Hall. Cynthia said she had to make it to age 100, because it took her that long to grow up!

Marianne McDowell Sellwood

via e-mail

First “Salvage Home Tour” in Portland this month

Editor,

I want to make sure people know that Portland’s first “Salvage Home Tour” will kick off on Saturday, October 6th, at “Rejuvenation” with presentations by myself and by Anne DeWolf of Arciform on using salvage materials in DIY and home remodeling projects. The presentations will be followed up with self-guided tours of local residential remodeling projects that have an emphasis of using salvage products in the design.

Included on the tour are three homes in the Westmoreland neighborhood, and one of them is the REX Project – “Reuse Everything eXperiment” – my own home, built without a dumpster, and covered at every stage in articles by David Ashton in THE BEE a few years back. Each featured home on the tour showcases top ideas about salvage design and decorating and in each case, the homeowners will be on hand to ask any questions you might have.

Here’s a Facebook page with all the details: HYPERLINK "http://www.facebook.com/pages/Portland-Salvage-Home-Tour-2012/491344000883723" www.facebook.com/pages/Portland-Salvage-Home-Tour-2012/491344000883723

I hope to be visiting with many BEE readers at my home on October 6th!

Shannon Quimby

“Salvage Designer”

Westmoreland

Duniway “brick sale” repeats in October

Editor,

Duniway Elementary has a well-regarded tradition of generous volunteer support of our school’s programs – including a strong arts curriculum, sustainability initiatives, and in-classroom assistance of all kinds. In the last year, increased attention turned towards improvement of the school’s outdated indoor and outdoor facilities, and a school modernization committee was formed with Principal Dr. Sara Hahn. We identified several top priorities, including new water fountains; playground improvements – especially a covered play area; classroom improvements; and landscape amenities in the paved northwest corner.

Our successful spring engraved-brick fundraiser generated dedicated funds to begin replacing the inadequate water fountains at Duniway. In previous years, the fountains have had poor water pressure despite repairs. The old units will be replaced by new Elkay fountains that have cutting-edge filters and increased water pressure. Students will also have access to several bottle fillers in these units, which will encourage the use of refillable water bottles.

We installed the first round of bricks at the school's west-facing main entrance this September, with the assistance of Bobby Eldon, professional landscaper with Crystal Greens Landscape Inc. and active parent volunteer, and other parents. Brad Cownover designed a classic brick pattern that mirrors the building's historic facade. Many passersby expressed their appreciation and interest in another brick sale.

We invite all interested community members, neighbors and alumni to participate in our second round of brick sales this October 1-31. There are two sizes of customizable bricks available; forms will be available in the main office, with students, and at the Duniway website: HYPERLINK "http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/duniway" www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/duniway

If you need assistance, please contact Wendy Foster at: HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or me, Jenny Dempsey Stein, at: HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you so much for your support of our neighborhood school and thank you to our families and neighbors who have purchased bricks already!

Jenny Dempsey Stein

via e-mail

Heard of “Youth Progress”…?

Editor,

I have lived in Southeast Portland for two years now, and have come to love the community I have found. I am fortunate to also work in Southeast Portland at Youth Progress, a nonprofit business whose mission is to provide services to Oregon’s at risk youth. As I meet more business owners in Portland, and uncover the deep tradition of personal growth being returned to the community, I believe Youth Progress needs to be spotlighted. Youth Progress has been in Portland since 1964. It has a solid track record of helping youth become productive members of our community, yet it still needs assistance from all of us. Mentorships and Internships are key in transitioning youth to independence. Building job skills and learning how the world actually runs does not happen in a classroom.

My hope is that the people of Southeast Portland will open their hearts to these young adults and provide anything from a day of job shadowing, to a full internship. One does not need to be a business owner to aid Youth Progress; one-to-one mentorships are just as valuable as corporate sponsorships. Read all about the program that has been empowering youth since 1964 online at: HYPERLINK "http://www.youthprogress.org" www.youthprogress.org – or call 503/233-6121. Each and every one of us has a gift or opportunity that could change the life of a student at Youth Progress.

Bart Sylfae

Youth Progress employee

Southeast Indoor Park at risk

Editor, On October 1st, “Southeast Indoor Park” opened its doors for its 35th season. The park is a nonprofit, cooperatively-run play group that meets in the basement of the Trinity United Methodist Church, at the corner of S.E. 39th (Chavez) and Steele, on Mondays and Thursdays, 9-11am. Southeast Indoor Park is a play place for children 0-5 yrs. It’s a place children can learn socialization skills while playing together, and parents and caregivers can socialize, share parenting tips, and connect with other Southeast area families. Southeast Indoor Park has been a neighborhood treasure for decades. There are parents who took their children there and now bring their grandchildren; women who attended the park as children, and now bring their own children; and families who met at the park thirty years ago and still keep in touch. The park is a fantastic community resource that gets moms out of the house, and gets children running, climbing, and jumping despite the cold rain outside in the winter months. The sun is always shining at Indoor Park!

Membership at the park has been low in the last few years. We’ve spent all our savings to keep the park going. Unfortunately, if we don't get enough members this year, it will have to be our last. So if you have young children, check us out. If you know someone that has young children, let them know about Southeast Indoor Park. With just a little help we can save this Southeast Portland institution! Check us out online at:

HYPERLINK "http://www.playinside.org" www.playinside.org

Barbara Larrison

Southeast Indoor Park Treasurer

Worries about Bybee MAX station

Editor,

In my opinion, there are serious problems with placing the Bybee Boulevard MAX station under the Bybee Bridge. First, it’s close to where three huge diesel locomotives pound through nearby day and night, 25 feet from the station. Diesel exhaust fumes are damaging, and will be right nearby. Second, the grade from the end of the bridge up to the elevator access to the MAX station is at a steeper grade than specified in the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. Third, the platform is under a bridge next to a railroad track; a rider could get mugged or worse and not be seen being victimized by anyone. The proposed Harold Street Station would not be subject to these issues.

Richard Laughlin

Westmoreland

Candidate appearance

Editor,

I want Southeast residents to know about a reception at the Sellwood Community Center to meet Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales, on Monday, October 22, 6:30-8 pm. He will give a short presentation, and then answer questions from those present. A cookie reception will precede and follow this, and children and families are welcome.

Angela Zehava

via e-mail

CLARIFICATION: A representative of Moreland Presbyterian Church has asked THE BEE to make it clear that despite the BEE editor’s speculation that one of the options for the church’s assisting the homeless in the future possibly could possibly involve the apparently widely-acceptable idea in the community of providing shelter within the church itself, the church is definitely NOT considering that solution.

All letters to the editor are subject to editing for clarity and available space, and all letters become property of THE BEE.