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Many folks from the area had to travel quite a distance to attend the 2014 Spirit of Portland Awards ceremony this year, on the evening of November 6; but three major organizations and one individual from East Portland found the trip rewarding.

Before the program, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said, “There is a lot of joy in this room. Many times, theirs is a thankless job – this is our way to say ‘thank you’ to those who have given so much to the City.”

Previewing the upcoming awards, Hales added, “East Portland is now really part of the City family. That's why it's great that we see so many awards going to outer East Portland programs and activists – people who have made this community better already.”

The Residents can view the nice mural along the Halsey/Weidler Street westbound lane, which brightens the area. Everyone is happy to see the 102nd Avenue jug handle red poles removed. The location was ill conceived and poorly maintained, making the site unappealing.

One major organization that is working on some of these things and some different ideas is East Portland Action Plan also known as EPAP. If you wish for many of these infrastructure ideas to come about please get involved. Work within your neighborhood organization or EPAP.

By David Hampsten, Hazelwood Neighborhood Association

 

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The Prioritize Portland! Project’s purpose is to create a sustainable and enduring partnership process between public infrastructure providers, non-profit advocacy groups, and the existing Portland neighborhood structure, to identify, analyze, and prioritize neighborhood active transportation needs for services and infrastructure.

TriMet our bus and light rail transportation provider has been installing what is called the "leaner" bench along with other benches in routes throughout East Portland.

To quote the TriMet website about them:

This is the time for leaves to fall. The most frequent cause of flooding in the streets is heavy rains washing leaves into the storm drains and clogging things up.

Ride Connection, a private non-profit focused on accessible transportation, is important to our community and to each individual it serves because mobility opens doors. It allows a person to be independent and it offers a way to access life's essentials.

First, Metro announced in July that Friends of Gateway Green (FoGG) is being awarded a $1 million grant through Metro’s “Nature in Neighborhood” Capital grant program for construction of Gateway Green. The non-profit needs to raise another $1.6 million by the end of 2015, as match for the grant.