Portland’s fire department unveiled a new piece of equipment Monday at the Parkrose Fire Station (4800 NE 122nd Avenue). It’s called a quint, and it combines the functions of a fire engine and a ladder truck. Firefighters will now respond with one vehicle instead of two (calling in more help if needed, of course).
This also means a reduction in crew at the Parkrose station. Previously, there were eight crew members per shift; now there will be four.
This station serves the Parkrose and Argay neighborhoods as well as the city of Maywood Park. According to the fire department, they received 2304 calls for service from 7/1/2009 to 6/30/2010.
The nearby Gateway station, at 13313 NE San Rafael, is a smaller station, which was already equipped with just one engine and no ladder truck, and four crew members. This station received 2,695 calls for service in the same year, and serves the Parkrose Heights, Russell, Wilkes and Woodland Park neighborhoods.
The nearest station with the traditional ladder truck and engine appears to be the Mill Park station at 1500 NE 122nd Avenue.
Fire station information is listed on the fire department’s website.
What do you think? Is this a reasonable cost-cutting measure, or a dangerous safety risk?
IMPORTANT: David Douglas schools open late this year, the week of September 9.
A combination of construction projects, a new student information system, adoption of new curriculum, as well as new evaluation systems for teachers and administrators, persuaded the David Douglas School Board to delay by one week the opening of the school year. This will provide staff with adequate time to properly learn and implement these many new initiatives. Making sure these new initiatives start off on the right foot will benefit students in the long run.
Grades K-6 and high school freshman start on Monday, September 9.
Grades 7-8 and 10-12 start on Tuesday, September 10.
Fir Ridge campus begins its regular schedule on Wednesday, September 11.
David Douglas schools hold their fall open houses throughout the month of September, with some falling on Thursday, September 5, before school starts. Check the district website for the complete schedule.
Parkrose elementary students return to school on Tuesday, September 3.
Parkrose Middle School 6th graders start on Tuesday, September 3, but then have Friday, September 6 off.
Parkrose Middle School 7th and 8th graders start on Wednesday, September 4.
Parkrose High School freshmen start on Tuesday, September 3.
The rest of Parkrose High School starts on Wednesday, September 4.
New school hours for Parkrose schools:
Elementary Schools: 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. (students should not arrive before 8:30 a.m.)
Middle School: 7:55 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
High School: 7:50 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Back to School Nights:
Elementary Schools: Thursday, September 19 (times vary)
Middle School: Wednesday, September 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
High School: Back to School Carnival, Wednesday, August 28, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
The Mid-County Memo newspaper has an article on their site about an effort by Mary Walker, a longtime member of the Parkrose Neighborhood Association, to shut down a (legal) medical marijuana dispensary in Parkrose.
In an email, Walker notified members of the Historic Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative that she is contacting local and federal authorities in an attempt to disrupt, even close the business and asked for their help.
This reminded me that I’ve seen several dispensaries opening shop in the Parkrose/Gateway area in the past year or so. We’ve had one near NE 105th and Glisan for a quite a while, but now there are a couple on NE Halsey, one near NE 122nd and Burnside, and the one Walker wants to shut down near NE 103rd and Sandy.
I keep wondering whether this is a sign that medical marijuana is a profitable business, or that their customer base in this area has grown, or what.
I’m also interested in what you think about this. Is an OMMP dispensary just another business? Or is it bad for the neighborhood? Please leave a comment below.
Yes, seriously, they were crossing the actual freeway lanes. Editorial comment: DON’T DO THAT. Here’s the Portland Police Bureau press release.
PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU NEWS RELEASE
Bicyclist Crossing I-205 Traffic Struck by a Vehicle – Traffic Division Investigating
This morning, Thursday August 15, 2013, at 10:23 a.m., East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a bicyclist struck in the northbound lanes of I-205 underneath the Killingsworth overpass.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the adult male bicyclist suffering from traumatic injuries. He has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment and his condition is not presently known.
The driver who struck the bicyclist has remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
Preliminary information indicates that the bicyclist was attempting to cross the freeway when he was struck.
Presently the left and center lanes of northbound I-205 are closed as investigators process the crash scene.
Updates will be provided when they become available.
Parkrose School District enrolled its first students in September 1913. On September 6 and 7, 2013, the district will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a variety of events, including:
Friday, Sept. 6
5:00 p.m. Tailgate Party and Varsity Football Game
Saturday, Sept. 7
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at Rossi Farms
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parkrose Farmers’ Market festivities
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Children’s Parade from Prescott Elementary to Senn’s Dairy Park, followed by a BBQ at the park
3:00 p.m. Alumni Soccer Game
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Back to School Movie Night at Rossi Farms
9:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Parents’ Dance at Russellville Grange (21 and older only)
For more information, and to sign up for the Alumni Soccer Game, visit the district’s Centennial Event web page.
PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU NEWS RELEASE
Portland Police Investigating a Parkrose Heights Neighborhood Bank Robbery
This afternoon, Wednesday August 14, 2013, at 3:39 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Columbia Bank branch, located at 10735 Northeast Halsey Street, on the report of an armed bank robbery.
Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect entered the bank, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money the suspect bank on foot and ran into the neighborhood.
Officers conducted an extensive neighborhood search for the suspect but did not locate anyone matching his description.
Officers did locate a few bills of US currency suspected of being taken in the bank robbery in one yard in the area.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s, 5’9″ tall, 200 pounds, dark hair, dark baseball cap, glasses, a black t-shirt with a colorful design on the front, and tan shorts.
Anyone with information about this robbery should contact Detective Darren Posey at (503) 823-0403 or the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.
Sacramento Elementary has been under construction all summer. Here are some pictures of the progress thus far, including an additional covered area surrounding the covered bike rack, and the new office and hallway in the front.
Sacramento does have an office open for registration and other needs at the Parkrose School District office, 10636 NE Prescott St. School is scheduled to re-open on September 3, 2013, although some of the construction will not be finished until December 2013. For more information about the bond construction, visit the bond information web page.