The colorful history and people of S.E. Spokane Street

The colorful history and people of S.E. Spokane Street

Be they butcher, baker, or candlestick maker, those living along Spokane Street in Sellwood can...

Portland: The nation's

Portland: The nation's "pétanque" capitol

Those driving by, or strolling in, Westmoreland Park may have noticed all the activity at the...

Fire damages, and briefly closes, Brooklyn House Restaurant

Fire damages, and briefly closes, Brooklyn House Restaurant

The entryway porch of the Brooklyn House Restaurant was damaged in a brief fire on the evening of...

Tiny floats at Llewellyn Elementary portray all 50 States

Tiny floats at Llewellyn Elementary portray all 50 States

A most unusual and educational parade took place on the morning of Thursday, June 4, at Llewellyn...

Woodstock's new

Woodstock's new "Portland Fish Market" vandalized

Late Sunday night or early Monday morning, June 14th or 15th, the new “Portland Fish...

Throng greets opening of Woodstock Farmers Market

Throng greets opening of Woodstock Farmers Market

When the opening bell for the first Woodstock Farmers Market of the season rang at 10 am on...

Youthful inventors shine, at OMSI's

Youthful inventors shine, at OMSI's "EurekaFest"

This year’s “EurekaFest” at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), just...


SE Portland's Features

RITA A. LEONARD - The PGE complex at S.E. 17th & Rhone Street is undergoing a major upgrade.
July 03, 2015

PGE's complex in Brooklyn being updated

by Rita A. Leonard
If you’ve driven by it lately, you may have seen the boarded-up windows. Yes, the Portland General Electric complex facing the Orange Line MAX station, on S.E. 17th at Rhone Street in Brooklyn,…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Providing free or low-income dental care in Southeast Portland neighborhoods, Medical Team Internationals roving mobile dental offices earn the gratitude of patients. Loralee Henry, pictured here at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodstock, tells stories of grateful patients.
July 03, 2015

Dental clinics on wheels roll through Southeast

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Waiting at a table inside All Saints Episcopal Church, on S.E. 41st Avenue at Woodstock Boulevard, several people express their nervousness either verbally or through body language. They are…
PHOTO BY RITA A. LEONARD - Bob Harris, owner of Art Factors Custom Frame Shop, which has just moved from S.W. Macadam Avenue to S.E. 13th in Sellwood, displays a sample of his archival and conservation framing.
July 03, 2015

"Art Factors" opens in Southeast

by Rita A. Leonard
When Bob Harris, owner of “Art Factors Custom Frame Shop”, moved to Sellwood from across the river in March, he remarked, “It almost feels like coming home. I grew up in the Westmoreland area –…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - The north side of the former The Hutch, which is now to be named FigMint vegan restaurant and marijuana dispensary, shows no progress or activity yet at this location. The for sale sign is evidently outdated, since the Zukles say they have bought it, and the OLCC recognizes their ownership.
July 03, 2015

Vegan restaurant & marijuana dispensary gets liquor license

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
“FigMint Restaurant” at S.E. 41st and Holgate Boulevard, formerly called “The Hutch”, has been granted a full-service liquor license. Several meetings airing considerable concern about the…
DAVID F. ASHTON - These young students show their musical skills during the Community Music Centers Performance Festival in Reed Colleges Kaul Auditorium.
July 03, 2015

Southeast's Music Center celebrates 60 years of tunes

by David F. Ashton
For years, situated in a renovated firehouse in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Community Music Center this summer is celebrating providing music…
RITA A. LEONARD - Sheressa Dolph, co-owner of the new Sassafrassity Furnish & Flora, at 8326 S.E. 17th Avenue, explains that her new homewares store features unique furniture, gifts, and houseplants.
July 03, 2015

"Sassafrassity Furnish & Flora" settles in Sellwood

by Rita A. Leonard
“Sassafrassity Furnish & Flora” has set up shop at 8326 S.E. 17th Avenue, adjacent to Sellwood Pet Supply. Owners Sheressa Dolph and Sally Bodle opened the homewares store in February, for…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Realtor Reuben Schug, Windermere-Stellar President and co-Owner Brian Allen, and Realtor Kathryn Kreimer pause for a moment during their clean-up event at Westmorelands Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club.
July 03, 2015

Realtors clean up Meyer Boys & Girls Club property

by David F. Ashton
Instead of pitching for listings, or showing properties, Realtors rolled up their sleeves and went to work sprucing up the grounds of the Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club in Westmoreland on June…
RITA A. LEONARD - Owner-teacher Jackie Gelber, shown with Art easel and play stations, at her new Springwater Playschool in Ardenwald.
July 03, 2015

"Springwater Playschool" opens in Ardenwald

by Rita A. Leonard
A new privately-owned facility for preschoolers, “Springwater Playschool”, has just opened in Ardenwald. Owner Jackie Gelber tells THE BEE, “Currently, the curriculum is play-based, but I plan…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Llewellyn Principal Joe Galati congratulates sixth grade student Connor Soingerland for winning a pie eating contest.
July 03, 2015

Llewellyn Elementary hosts neighborhood-wide carnival

by David F. Ashton
It was “come one, come all” when the Llewellyn Elementary School “Old Fashioned Carnival” opened in the early evening hours of Tuesday, May 5. Again this year, visiting kids were given a…
July 01, 2015

JULY S.E. EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

by THE BEE
JULY 4 22nd Annual Eastmoreland Parade. The annual Eastmoreland Fourth of July Parade starts at 11 am at the corner of Reed College Place and Rex Street, and after winding its way through the…

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This architectural drawing of the sign addition to the building at S.E. Powell Boulevard at 6th will identify for you the sign this article discusses - you have surely seen it many times! This drawing appeared in the Oregonian, in a news item describing the project as it was to be built.    This architectural drawing of the sign addition to the building at S.E. Powell Boulevard at 6th will identify for you the sign this article discusses - you have surely seen it many times! This drawing appeared in the Oregonian, in a news item describing the project as it was to be built.
Jun 05, 2015

A man with big dreams, big plans - and a big sign!

by Dana Beck
SOUTHEAST HISTORY Everyone loves a mystery, and when I asked BEE readers in last month’s article about historic signs in Southeast Portland whether they knew anything about one of Portland’s…
DAVID F. ASHTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1442 Honor Guard leads off the parade, followed by the U.S. Marines Color Guard.
Jun 05, 2015

Southeast's own Rose Festival Parade has sun, throngs

by David Ashton
For the ninth year in a row, weather forecasters suggested rain, thunderstorms, hail, and high winds for the last Saturday morning of April — but the crowds present for the 82nd Avenue of Roses…
COURTESY SMILE HISTORY COMMITTEE - Local roses and other plant materials were provided from local gardens for Sellwoods Rose Festival floats. This one, from 1921, was designed to promote a commercial fair development on Ross Island in 1925 (which did not occur). The large Ross Island magnet was intended to pull visitors to Sellwood. A local Queen perched in the rose-covered niche on the right. After the parade, THE BEE complained that Festival officials had mistakenly entered the float in the wrong category, thus depriving Sellwood of what surely would have been a winning entry.
Jun 05, 2015

A century of roses - and Rose Festivals - in…

by Eileen G. Fitzsimons
SOUTHEAST HISTORY In 1980, when I moved into a bungalow north of Llewellyn School, the existing garden plants in my yard included a snowball bush, a forsythia, a lilac, bearded iris, peonies,…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - During Reed Colleges Renn Fayre in early May, fifty flamingos basked in the sun on the front lawn, while a baseball game took place in the background.
Jun 05, 2015

Fifty flamingos temporarily grace Reed College lawn

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Maybe you correctly associate flamingos with warm, wet climes. Or maybe you think of the late Dulcy Maher’s famous garden in the Garthwick section of Sellwood. Dulcy loved plants, but she also…
ERIC NORBERG - Computer expert Kelly Kindrick gave computer security tips at the April meeting of the Association of Home Businesses in Sellwood.
Jun 05, 2015

Computer expert tells Sellwood audience how to keep data safe

by Eric Norberg
It isn’t just huge businesses like Target or Home Depot who experience breaches of confidential customer data; many small businesses have been victimized too. And only a month or so ago the…
RITA A. LEONARD - Konner, age 7, meets a Star Wars Storm Trooper, while a parent captures the moment, and Oodles 4 Kids owner Carolyn Miye looks on in the background.
Jun 05, 2015

"Oodles 4 Kids" hosts Star Wars party in Sellwood

by Rita A. Leonard
Sellwood’s colorful toy and book store, “Oodles 4 Kids”, held a free day-long “Star Wars Party” May 2nd, themed as “May the 4th Be With You” -- and featuring a host of intergalactic crafts and…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - The winning team at this Woodstock evening of trivia was the UF Tree Nuts - former and current staff of Portland Urban Forestry. Seated, from left: Natasha Lipai, Elizabeth Specht, Jim Gersbach, and Emily Wilson. And, standing, Ruth Williams; and at far right, Taylor Meek, wearing a tree hat created by Williams.
Jun 05, 2015

Evening of "Treevia" held at Woodstock Wine and Deli

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
What is the state tree of Oregon? Of California? Of Washington State? The answers: Douglas Fir, California redwood, and Western hemlock, respectively. That was just one of the questions asked…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF  - Grout Elementary School sports two new metal downspouts created by Woodstock metal artist Jill Torberson. They represent the Fremont and St. Johns Bridges, and have plastic drainage pipes hidden inside that extend through the lengths of each bridge.
Jun 05, 2015

New downspouts both functional and artistic at Grout School

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
When public schools are seen as underfunded, parents, teachers, Principals, and community members often heroically come to the rescue. Grout Elementary School at S.E. Holgate Boulevard and 31st…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Isabelle and Benjamin Beaujault were busy creating fence art, at the Earth Day Spring Festival at the Learning Gardens Laboratory in Inner Southeast.
Jun 05, 2015

Brentwood-Darlington "Learning Gardens" celebrate Earth Day

by David F. Ashton
Supporters – and the simply curious, who saw the sign promoting the festival – headed into the Learning Gardens Laboratory in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood on “Earth Day Saturday”, April…
RITA A. LEONARD - Westmorelander Lisa D. Holmes, left, recently published I Heart Oregon (& Washington): 25 of the Portland Areas Best Hikes. Husband John Clark Vincent, at right, has just published Planting a Future: Profiles from Oregons New Farm Movement.
Jun 05, 2015

Westmoreland duo writes books about farming, hiking

by Rita A. Leonard
Westmoreland residents John Clark Vincent and his wife, Lisa D. Holmes have each recently published books about what they love in the Pacific Northwest: Organic farming and local hiking.…