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.
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.
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.
Received from the school district 4/19/12, 4:49 p.m.
April 19, 2012
Dear Parkrose Parents, Guardians and Community,
As you may already know, the Parkrose Faculty Association notified the District that they would be conducting a strike starting on April 25th. In an effort to communicate with the parents, guardians and community of the Parkrose School District, we are sending you both an email and a letter in the mail regarding our Tentative Strike Plan for the students of the Parkrose School District.
The District and PFA have been bargaining for almost a year for many hours. On April 16, 2012 we met for another 14 hours in our fifth mediation session. While the parties seemed to agree on a majority of the workload issues, the sticking point continues to be salary and benefits. We will be having our 6th state mediated session today, April 19th at 6:00 pm to try to settle this contract in order to avoid the unfortunate occurrence of a strike. Tuesday, the Board voted unanimously to implement the final offer presented to the Association which, we also sent to you in an email last week. A full copy of the final offer is located on the District home page. We are trying hard to give you all current information so we can keep everyone informed. Our desire is to settle the contract but it takes both sides for this to occur. We are hopeful each and every time we meet that this will be accomplished and we are confident that we will get there. We also know that a strike is bad for everyone and can damage school districts and communities for many, many years to come.
Below is the Tentative Strike Plan. I need everyone to know that it may change and it will certainly be more detailed with time. Locations are to be determined. Hopefully, we will never need it.
*Week One*: April 25, 26 and 27: No students. Scheduled varsity sports only.
*Week Two*: April 30-May 4: Day Care provided for students K-5, and varsity sports. Middle school and high school students will have breakfast, lunch and dinner snack available at the high school.
*Week Three*: May 7-May 11: Regular school for grades K-2, and high school seniors. Day care continues for grades 3-5, special education all grades, and varsity sports. Middle school and high school students will have breakfast, lunch and dinner snack available at the high school.
*Week Four:* Full school all grades, all students.
We are in the process of lining up qualified substitutes and working out about a million details which will continue to flow to you mostly through email. We are sending this message to the school secretaries who will forward it to all parents. We will continue to do that. At times, we will also be mailing information home through the post office to get the best communication coverage.
I know that this tentative plan doesn’t answer everything but I wanted to share with you just what we have done so far. I know that this communication may raise more questions than answers. Please send your questions to us and we will do the best that we can to answer them. Just a final note, that strike days are NOT furlough days. Furloughs will be different days. During strike days, all other staff are required to be at work.
We will continue to keep you informed.
The hope of the Parkrose School District is that this is one plan we will never have to implement.
Dr. Karen Fischer Gray
Join your neighbors for a National Night Out event this week — see below for details.
Tuesday, August 2
Parkrose Heights: National Night Out in Knott Park (NE 117th and Russell) at 6:00 p.m., including a hot dog dinner, entertainment from local band Cheap Date, and games for kids.
Glenfair: National Night Out in Glenfair Park (NE 154th and Couch) starts at 5:00 p.m. Includes carnival games, balloon animals, and a bouncy house and slide.
Sumner: National Night Out barbecue at 4415 NE 87th Avenue (in the fire station parking lot). They’ll supply hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda; bring a side dish to share.
Saturday, August 6
Parkrose: Neighbors’ Night Out at Senn’s Dairy Park (NE 112th and Prescott). The event begins at 6:00 p.m. Bring your own picnic dinner and enjoy local musicians and community information.
I’ve seen the angry letters to the editor in a local paper. I pass by a sign every day asking me to vote no on the Parkrose Schools bond measure. It kinda kills me. I have three kids in Parkrose schools, with one entering the middle school (a primary focus of the bond measure) in the fall. I want them to be attending safe, secure schools. I want them to attend schools that are good environments for learning. It’s personal for me.
But measure 26-123 just makes sense to me, anyway. I’ve been a childless adult, and I’m reasonably certain I’d still vote for it if I had no kids.
The main project attached to the bond is a new middle school. Parkrose has only one middle school, constructed in 1961. Yes, many buildings constructed in 1961 are just fine, but this one isn’t. It requires such extensive repair and renovation that it will be more cost-effective to replace the whole building. Otherwise, the district will have to keep throwing money away just to keep patching it up. And that decision wasn’t made lightly – the district did get professional opinions.
Elementary schools would receive safety, security and technology upgrades, and three of the four schools would have new multipurpose rooms built, because currently they each have only one room available for use as gym, cafeteria and assembly room.
The high school would benefit from district-wide safety and technology upgrades as well, although no major renovations or upgrades are planned (the current high school was built in 1997).
And the cost for all of this? Only whatever you are currently paying in property taxes. Your taxes will NOT go up! Parkrose has an existing bond that is expiring this year, and the new bond will simply replace that one, at the same tax rate.
We have the opportunity to invest in our community’s future without any additional expense to property owners. It makes perfect sense to me. Please vote YES for Parkrose on May 17, 2011.