By Ute Munger

 

The recent 8th annual Harvest Fest was another success with various vendors representing other neighborhoods and diverse handcrafted wares as well as opportunities for small businesses having their information ready to distribute.

A big ‘thank you’ to Trinity Fellowship for again offering their green space, parking and open house; also to all contributors of gifts for the raffle, the fabulous musicians and last but not least the incredible volunteers, who had been amply fed with sweet rolls, freshly pressed cider and pizza. It may sound schmaltzy, but it is true that it couldn’t happen if it wasn’t for the goodwill of all to come together.

As in past years, the Jade International Night Market took place on two consecutive Saturdays in September at the SE PCC campus. It too has become increasingly popular and more vendors and outstanding entertainment, as well an enormous variety of food vendors and a beergarden kept visitors busy and elated.

South Tabor (STNA) and Foster Powell (Fo/PoNA) Neighborhood Associations staffed a booth to inform visitors and neighbors of the functions and importance of their Neighborhood Association and suggested how to become involved for the purpose of getting to know their neighbors better for a closer and eventually safer place of living.

Most neighborhoods usually receive a visit from their district police officer at their monthly meetings to get a current report on changes, crimes and a brief Q&A session. Sadly, with sparse staffing and cutbacks of officers, STNA has not had any recent visits, though crimes of stolen, broken into, or damaged vehicles and properties seem to be on the rise. Remember, to report non-emergency problems call 503.823.3333.

The Tabor Yard committee will meet again October 24 from 6 – 8 pm on the Warner Pacific campus off of SE Division and 67th Ave. at Egtvedt Hall #203. Current topic, among others, is the planned development of the Long Block off of SE 60th, between Harrison and Lincoln, which currently holds a thriving community garden. Neighbors and interested parties are welcome to attend.

The Land Use Chair reports of a meeting with architects of a planned complex at 8116 SE Woodward scheduled to hold 19 living units on a 50’x100’ lot. It is zoned Commercial and due to its smaller size does not trigger parking or traffic analysis.

The sale of the 7 Dee’s Nursery property at SE Powell and 62nd Ave. was recently publicly announced with a 40% off sale on all inventory. It is planned to be replaced with a 900 unit storage facility. The developers and the City of Portland are working out details regarding entry/exit, storefront and various design requirements. Neighbors of STNA and Fo/PoNA have voiced their concerns with letters to the City’s Office of Design and hope to have shown strong interest and detailed concerns to be validated.

Franklin High school has opened its doors for the 2017-18 school year with a showcase of a modern new complex. Parking issues have arisen at the Taggart Court and Clinton St. areas, making parking for residents difficult. A free flowing, paved walking path from Woodward to Division should be open during daylight hours and operated with automatic closing gates at night, but is not yet functioning.

STNA resident, Gary Howarth, husband of  Mary Louise Ott, has written a book about her life in South Tabor, away from it and her return to it. She was a long time resident, neighborhood activist, artist, poet, historian, soft spoken, continual scholar, and friend to all. Sadly she died in December 2015.

A copy of the book will be available for your perusal from STNA. Contact Oota (Ute) at welcome@southtabor.org. For a copy, contact Gary Howarth at hfsllc@gmail.com. The title of the book is: Three Husbands and a Lover. If that doesn’t get your attention, you may need help.

The next Land Use meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17 and the general Board meeting for Thursday, October 19. Both are from 7 to 8:30 pm at Trinity Fellowship, 2700 SE 67th with entry from the parking lot in back. All are welcome.

Meanwhile enjoy the early Fall days and get ready for the ghoulish end of the month. Ahh, yes, more candy!