May 3, 2014

Fairview’s festival gets a little bit stronger

Fairview on the Green is the signature event for the city of Fairview. Going on its eighth year, it had a rocky transition to private management. This year we are pleased to announce that we’ve met our fundraising goal.

A special thank you to our 2014 sponsors Brashers Auto Auction, Quality Diesel Parts, Allwood Recycling, Leathers Oil, Georgia Pacific, Five Star Storage, PGE, Comcast, Five Mile Disposal, City of Fairview, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, Fred Meyer, Village Pilates and Dirt and Aggregate.

Additional thanks to the people who helped us raise the money: Mayor Mike Weatherby, Councilor Lisa Barton-Mullins, Theresa Delany Davis, Barbara Jones, Darrin Riorden and Darcie O’Connor Bronson.

This year’s festival is on Aug. 16 at Fairview Community Park next to City Hall.

While we are still working on some of the details, a couple festival favorites will return this year: Oldies 106.7 personality Scott Tom; live music from Tuesday’s Project; ICS sanctioned chili competition; inflatable children’s play area and many food and craft vendors.

Two new additions to the festival have already been confirmed: the Rapport Fitness 5K “Fairview Chili Dash” through Salish Pond Park and “Chalk the Walk” sidewalk chalk art competition.

Do you make a great chili? Do you have a craft to sell? Please check our Facebook page: “Fairview on the Green” for information on how to participate.

I hope to see everyone enjoying a fun, relaxing day in Fairview.

Brian Cooper, Director of Fairview on the Green, Fairview

Rockwood Police station closed too often

On behalf of my neighborhood watch group, I am submitting this letter asking that someone clarify for us the purpose or intended purpose of the police building on Northeast 181st and Glisan Street.

More times than not a “closed” sign is on the front door. The patrons of the area were thrilled to have a police presence in the area. However, it does not appear as if the building is being utilized. What was the cost of this building? Is this another Wapato?

Claudette Naylor, Wilkes East Neighborhood, Northeast Portland

Ouster of Principal Ramirez is disappointing

I could not believe that the Gresham-Barlow School Board is required to replace Principal Henry Ramirez at East Gresham Elementary (“East Gresham Elementary becomes ‘focus’ school,” Outlook, May 13.)

Ramirez is an excellent principal and has the needed qualifications to improve the grades at the school. I volunteer at the school with a national mentoring program, and I have been very impressed with Ramirez.

I have worked with four other principals when I lived in Illinois as a mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters; and he is by far the one that has impressed me the most.

He visits and sits in all of the classes, is there to meet and say goodbye to the students as they come and go from the school.

He has excellent communication with the students and staff. I strongly feel that the school district is losing an excellent principal.

Janet Westberg, Gresham

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