News Links for August 23rd, 2013 through October 6th, 2013

Here’s the news from the Parkrose/Gateway area for August 23rd, 2013 through October 6th, 2013:

Parkrose Fire Station Changes Equipment, Loses Staff

logoPortland’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?

David Douglas Back to School Information 2013

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 Back to School Information 2013

Start dates:

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.

More information and supply lists.

News Links for August 11th, 2013 through August 20th, 2013

Here’s the news from the Parkrose/Gateway area for August 11th, 2013 through August 20th, 2013:

Bicyclist Crossing I-205 Struck By Vehicle

Yes, seriously, they were crossing the actual freeway lanes. Editorial comment: DON’T DO THAT. Here’s the Portland Police Bureau press 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.



Portland Police Investigating Parkrose Heights Bank Robbery

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.


Construction at Sacramento Elementary

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.

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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.

News Links for August 6th, 2013

Here’s the news from the Parkrose/Gateway area for August 6th, 2013:

National Night Out, Where Are You?

Tonight is the annual National Night Out, in which neighborhoods across the U.S. come together to celebrate, ostensibly as a way of fighting crime in the neighborhoods.

My family has attended National Night Out in Knott Park for several years. This event was previously put on by the Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors, assisted by Parkrose United Methodist Church. I know there have also been prior events at Argay Park and in the Woodland Park neighborhood. But this year, unless the events aren’t being publicized or registered with the City of Portland, nothing is happening. And I’m curious. What happened? Is it because of budget cuts in the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement? Or did everyone simultaneously lose interest?

I wish I’d remembered about National Night Out before today. We just moved recently (although we are still in Parkrose Heights), and we might have organized something for our apartment complex.

The nearest events this year are at Ventura Park (tonight) at 6:00 p.m. and at Glenfair Park on Wednesday, August 7 starting at 5:00 p.m.