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Dozing Westmoreland driver wakens - and rams police cars

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Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - With the debris cleared away, workers begin rebuilding the entrance to the Creston-Kenilworth Walgreen store, after thieves smashed their way in with an SUV, to steal the Automatic Teller Machine.
November 29, 2014

ATM ripped from Holgate Walgreens store

by David F. Ashton
Thieves, intent on grabbing some fast cash, did thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to the Creston-Kenilworth Walgreens Pharmacy, 3909 S.E. Holgate Boulevard, in the early morning hours of…
Photo Credit: JONATHAN HOUSE - The new Tilikum Crossing Bridge across the Willamette River lit up October 16 and 17 when TriMet tested its ambient lighting system. This picture was taken by Portland Tribune photographer Jonathan House at around 8:45 pm on the 16th.
November 29, 2014

Tilikum Bridge's lights are public art - and are informative, too

by Jim Redden
For decades, the light atop the Standard Insurance Building downtown has signaled a weather forecast. The color indicates temperature change; and if the light flashes, it’s going to rain. Of…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Kids flocked to the parks new Natural Play Area.
November 29, 2014

Celebration officially reopens Westmoreland Park

by David F. Ashton
The revamping of Westmoreland Park has been in the planning stages since 2003 when its “Master Plan” was finished – and the construction effort has taken longer than a year: The park was…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - The stolen car was pulled back from the house on the south side of S.E. Division Street into which it had crashed, when its driver attempted to elude the police.
November 29, 2014

Crook in stolen car smacks police unit, smashes into house

by David F. Ashton
A car idling in the otherwise empty parking lot of Portland Community College Southeast Campus drew the attention of a Portland Police East Precinct officer at 5:40 pm on Sunday evening, October…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Workers finish the new Sellwood Bridge east side approach - it was opened to carry traffic, starting in late November.
November 29, 2014

Sellwood Bridge: Pouring a pier, rerouting east end traffic

by David F. Ashton
With concrete forms in place, and water racing through cooling lines, construction workers at the new Sellwood Bridge project poured the concrete of Bent #5, the support pier just east of the…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Firefighters investigate the location of this fire in an apartment building on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.
November 29, 2014

Two Inner Southeast fires in one night

by David F. Ashton
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Inner Southeast Portland firefighters were called out twice – on the same shift – on Veteran’s Day. At about 9 pm on Tuesday, November 11, Woodstock Station 25’s…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - The Sellwood Playhouse actors pause, after the final scene in a rehearsal of their upcoming presentation, Scrooge! The Musical.
November 29, 2014

"Scrooge! The Musical" opens at Sellwood Playhouse

by David F. Ashton
Although the acting company has been presenting “Scrooge! The Musical” for seven years, this is the first season that this adaptation of Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” has been…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Portland City Commissioners Steve Novick and Nick Fish listen, as does neighborhood activist Linda Nettekoven, as Division-Clinton Business Association President Todd Cleek begins the OpenFest! formal program.
November 29, 2014

Cheers, protests greet Division Street "OpenFest!"

by David F. Ashton
To mark the completion of the Division Streetscape Project, City of Portland officials, business district boosters, and neighbors, were invited to an event called “OpenFest!” on the morning of…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Police cars and a Union Pacific vehicle clear the tracks, after a locomotive struck a passenger car at low speed, deep in their Brooklyn rail yard.
November 29, 2014

Locomotive strikes lost driver's car - in U.P. train yard

by David F. Ashton
The call to the 9-1-1 Center from the driver of a vehicle – saying he was trapped in his car after being struck by a Union Pacific locomotive -- was puzzling to emergency first responders, when…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - This electrical transformer exploded, dropping live wires onto S.E. 10th and Woodward, and killing power to the Milwaukie /Powell traffic lights.
November 29, 2014

Wind-caused power outage snarls Powell Blvd traffic

by Rita A. Leonard
When the cold east winds kicked up on November 11, Veteran’s Day, they blew down more than just autumn leaves across Inner Southeast Portland. They caused traffic problems and damage. A power…

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Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Here - rehearsing their roles in Urine Town: The Musical, CHS first show of the season - are Owen Netzer (as Officer Lockstock), who is giving the audience too much exposition during the opening narration - as Cameron Fuller (playing Little Sally) points out.
Nov 29, 2014

Cleveland High student actors prepare for new show

by David F. Ashton
Warrior thespians at Cleveland High School (CHS) have taken on an ambitious season this school year, mounting two productions before Christmas vacation – the second of which is coming up soon.…
Photo Credit: MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Car prowl suspect Deiondre Stephen Simmons, age 18, ran from officers, but was apprehended by a police K-9 in Sellwood.
Nov 29, 2014

Police dog nabs Sellwood car burglar, caught in the act

by David F. Ashton
When most neighbors were fast asleep, about a block from Sellwood Park on S.E. Bidwell Avenue, a young man was busily “car prowling” at about 4:30 am. on Monday morning, November 3. An alert…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - Todays Ross Island Bridge, as seen from the vicinity of the Brooklyn Community Garden beside S.E McLoughlin Boulevard, with the downtown skyline in the background.
Nov 29, 2014

Latest rehab begins on Ross Island Bridge

by Rita A. Leonard
In 2001, an extensive rehabilitation of the surface of Ross Island Bridge caused delays and inconvenience for motorists crossing the bridge for many months. That project added new lighting, new…
Photo Credit: ERIC NORBERG - Landscaping Crash
Nov 29, 2014

Glacial commute, to start November

by Eric Norberg
On the first workday in the month of December, the commute was as slow as molasses – for reasons that the 911 Emergency Center could not explain. Apparently, there were no major traffic issues –…
Photo Credit: ERIC NORBERG - On the day the freezing rain, sleet, rain, snow, and bitter east wind closed the schools and kept drivers off the road - on the earliest date for such things in Portland weather records, November 13 - this snapshot taken in a Westmoreland front yard looked like deep winter! Thats not snow, its an accumulation of ice pellets and sleet; and the temperature all day hovered right near freezing.
Nov 29, 2014

Weather experts predict "normal" winter. Seem normal to you so…

by Eric Norberg
At the October annual “What will the winter be like” public meeting held at OMSI by the local chapter of the American Meteorological Society, most of the featured forecasters thought that the…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - Holiday Turkey
Nov 29, 2014

Giant turkey in Creston-Kenilworth

by Rita A. Leonard
Between Hallowe’en and New Year’s Day, some of our other holidays seem to get lost in the rush. This home at 4608 S.E. Francis Street gives a boost to Thanksgiving, with a giant inflatable…
Pied Piper Play Cafe ~ Biz Briefs
Nov 29, 2014

BUSINESS BRIEFS

by THE BEE
“Pied Piper Play Café” for kids and adults opens Dec. 1. Portland resident Melissa Swan quit her job as a German teacher at Centennial High School last summer to follow her dream of opening a…
Photo Credit: ERIC NORBERG - The Portland Urban Cottage.
Nov 29, 2014

FROM THE EDITOR

by Eric Norberg
Triple whammy from the city to one who played by the rules A Westmoreland family went through the long and costly process to build, authorize, and operate a properly-licensed “Bed and Breakfast”…
Nov 29, 2014

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

by THE BEE
Portland Street Tax’s Bumpy Ride Editor, Three weeks ago, Southeast Uplift, the coalition of neighborhoods representing Southeast Portland, sent letters to the city commissioners questioning…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - The new huge cistern delivered to the Foster Powell Community Garden, to aggregate rainwater to keep the raised garden beds wet, was rolled into place by a crew of four.
Nov 01, 2014

"Community garden over pavement" ready for winter

by Rita A. Leonard
THE BEE has kept you abreast of progress on a unique community garden on S.E. Powell Boulevard – one created without removing the existing pavement on the site. As you might imagine, this…