Cleveland High grad drowns in swimming mishap

Cleveland High grad drowns in swimming mishap

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Neighbors can't save Eastmoreland home from demolition

Neighbors can't save Eastmoreland home from demolition

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"Plaid" robbery spree includes Woodstock store

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Old Sellwood Bridge put up for sale (buyer must tow)

Old Sellwood Bridge put up for sale (buyer must tow)

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Stolen BMW takes dive into Oaks Bottom

Stolen BMW takes dive into Oaks Bottom

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"Alex Rovello Memorial Tennis Courts" dedicated on July 27

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Woodstock Library hit with flood

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August 29, 2014

HISTORY'S INSIDE VIEW

by Jim Redden
Maintenance of SP 4449 locomotive offers a rare view of local rail heritage Portland's most famous steam locomotive is open for public inspection — literally. The city-owned 1941 locomotive…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - The smoke pouring over this Sizzler restaurant wasnt from burned steak; the back of the building was on fire.
August 29, 2014

Careless smoker sets 82nd Ave "Sizzler" ablaze

by David F. Ashton
That wasn’t an overdone steak or burned chicken on the charbroiler that filled the Sizzler Restaurant with thick dark smoke, on Tuesday evening, July 29, and hustled all the customers outside.…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - An ODOT crew installed ADA-accessible sidewalk ramps, and realigned the Milwaukie Avenue exit ramp and the curb at the top of the ramp from McLoughlin Boulevard southbound, in a recent three-week state-funded project.
August 29, 2014

McLoughlin offramp at Milwaukie Avenue rebuilt and upgraded

by Rita A. Leonard
Motorists unpleasantly surprised by the sudden closure of the Milwaukie Avenue southbound exit ramp from S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard in July are now resting easy; it’s open again. Crews from the…
Photo Credit: ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - The empty lot in the background is one of several along Woodstock Boulevard from S.E. 39th (Chavez Blvd) to 57th Avenues that are ripe for development.  Some neighbors say they dont want a Division or Hawthorne here. An upcoming charrette will tackle issues of development.
August 29, 2014

"Charrette" visioning planned - to refine Woodstock's development

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Woodstock residents and businesspeople are being invited to refine the vision for the future development of the Woodstock neighborhood commercial district, and the residential areas closest to…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - The intersection of S.E. Holgate Boulevard and Milwaukie Avenue was once again closed down, while police investigated yet another injury accident there.
August 29, 2014

Another crash at Holgate and SE Milwaukie

by David F. Ashton
With seemingly increasing frequency, motor vehicle accidents occur at the intersection of S.E. Holgate Boulevard and Milwaukie Avenue. For example, at 9:34 pm on Sunday, August 3, a Kia Rio and…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - After a main attachment of this Eastmoreland silver maple tree failed, major limbs came crashing down.
August 29, 2014

Aged Silver Maple tree fails in Eastmoreland

by David F. Ashton
With an earth-shaking crash, part of a giant Silver Maple tree gave way, and came crashing down in Eastmoreland, during the late afternoon of Thursday, August 14. Few of the giant limbs fell…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Its not the electrical transformer on fire, according to PGE; its just burning insulation on shorted electrical wires.
August 29, 2014

Construction crew sparks electric fire

by David F. Ashton
The smell of burning electrical wire insulation filled the air in Eastmoreland on Wednesday, August 13, followed by an electrical service line falling and arcing. At 11:12 am, the crew at…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - Solterra designer Andrea Wallace and intern Jeff Dellis presented information to the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association about the planned 46-unit, 4-story apartment complex on Milwaukie Avenue just north of McLoughlin Boulevard.
August 29, 2014

Brooklyn neighborhood learns of new urban construction coming…

by Rita A. Leonard
The July 23rd meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps (BAC) neighborhood association focused on issues of transportation and development. Jay Higgins and Jennifer Koozer from the Portland Milwaukie…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Workers check level of the runnels (small channels) that will direct a stream of water once covered with sand.
August 29, 2014

Westmoreland Park "Nature Play" area takes shape

by David F. Ashton
Even after one had attended several workshops and open houses, it was difficult to picture the Westmoreland Park’s new “Nature Play” area, based on drawings and images of other “Nature Play”…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF KATU-TV-2 - S.E. Powell Boulevard was closed near the Ross Island Bridge, in the late evening of August 5th, as police investigated a deadly motorcycle crash.
August 29, 2014

Powell crash kills U-turning motorcycle rider

by David F. Ashton
For two friends, out for a late-night motorcycle ride, the evening of Tuesday, August 5th, ended tragically when one of them died in a crash on S.E. Powell Boulevard, near the east end of the…

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Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Police investigate the report of a gunshot, fired on or near S.E. Harney Street.
Aug 29, 2014

Shot fired ends dispute, but not legal action

by David F. Ashton
THREE DIFFERENT "SHOTS FIRED" INCIDENTS IN INNER SOUTHEAST The sound of a single gunshot brought Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers to the 6100 block of S.E. Harney Street in…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - OES Science Instructor Jane Kenney-Norberg of Westmoreland, center, narrates the computerized LEGO Logo Board display which tells the story of the Oregon Zoos centenary.
Aug 29, 2014

LEGO Display wows Division Street Fair visitors

by David F. Ashton
After years of showing off their annual Lego display at the Providence Richmond clinic during the Division-Clinton Street Fair, this year the Oregon Episcopal School (OES) display moved south…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - After reportedly running a red light, the gold Outback was hit by the Chevy Tahoe, jumped the curb, and took out a crosswalk sign at Flavel and S.E. 72nd.
Aug 29, 2014

Another red-light runner T-Boned in Southeast

by David F. Ashton
For the second month in a row, THE BEE is reporting a local collision caused by an inattentive driver never noticing – apparently – that the traffic light at the upcoming intersection was…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - As the sun comes up, Providence Bridge Pedal riders gear down for the Sellwood Bridge crossing over the Willamette River.
Aug 29, 2014

Pedaling at dawn across the Sellwood Bridge

by David F. Ashton
Again this year, two of the “rides” of the “Providence Bridge Pedal” put bicyclists on a path through Westmoreland and across the Sellwood Bridge in the early morning hours of August 10.…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Volunteers touch up the Bybee Circle on repainting day.
Aug 29, 2014

Eastmoreland's "Bybee Circle" gets a makeover

by David F. Ashton
The Eastmoreland traffic circle intersection of S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 37th Avenue that neighbors turned into a street mural last year was repainted on August 2. “The paint really had faded in…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - This Heritage Gravenstein apple tree in Brooklyn, dating back to the pioneer days, was damaged in a July windstorm.
Aug 29, 2014

Heritage apple tree damaged in Brooklyn

by Rita A. Leonard
A heritage Gravenstein apple tree in Brooklyn was damaged in the windstorm of Wednesday, July 23. The historic tree is thought to be one of the only surviving orchard trees originally planted by…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - A Portland Police Traffic Division officer talks with the driver of the car also involved in this accident.
Aug 29, 2014

Motorcycle accident stops Powell Blvd traffic

by David F. Ashton
Scrape marks where a chopper-type customized motorcycle when down told the story, police say, in an accident that closed eastbound Powell Boulevard at S.E. 20th Avenue, just east of the Union…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Portland Police Bureau officers converge on Sawyers Market, after it was held up for cash and cigars.
Aug 29, 2014

Southeast stickup men grab cash and cigars

by David F. Ashton
Two men strode into Sawyers Market on S.E. Flavel Street at 60th in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood and looked around, at 4:28 pm on Tuesday afternoon, July 29. They made their criminal…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Portland area money counselor Shell Tain returns to the Association of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood this month to discuss Billing and Collections, Oh My! -- Youve done the work.  Learn how to get the money.
Aug 29, 2014

BUSINESS BRIEFS

by THE BEE
AHB – “Get the money for your work” talk, dinner, and an Internet marketing session too! Ms. Shell Tain returns to give collections advice and answer money questions as September’s speaker at…
Aug 29, 2014

FROM THE EDITOR

by Eric Norberg and Jim Redden
Guest editorial: New poll shows transportation attitudes Last month, we pondered how TriMet seemingly plans to reward the unfailing support of two decades by Inner Southeast Portland for light…