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International Day of Older Persons: Portland Connections and Communities

By Jack Rubinger On December 14, 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons. Over the next three decades, the number of …

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Lost Restaurants of Portland, Oregon

By David Krogh The past two years of the COVID-19 era has seen many restaurants and eateries close shop. But such has always been an ongoing occurrence, even without the …

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Representatively Speaking October 2022

By State Representative Rob Nosse I am voting “no” on Measure 26-228, the charter reform proposal to remake our city government. There I said it and, believe me, I really want …

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Outdoor School Changes Life and Spawns Film

By Nancy Tannler Nothing captivates our attention more than listening to a great story. When Vin Shambry presented his short story, “Outdoor Camp” for The Moth four years ago, his …

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Great Notion Brewing and Papi Sal’s Team Up on SE Division

By Ellen Spitaleri The Great Notion taproom that opened at 2105 SE Division St. on June 23 in the former Ether Shoes storefront is the result of a project started …

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NorthStar Clubhouse Offers Program to Underserved Communities

By Candice Jordan Inspired by a request for Diversity-Equity-Inclusion-Accessibility (DEIA) project proposals by SE Uplift last fall, a team of members, staff and volunteers at NorthStar Clubhouse set about identifying …

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PCC Creative Writing Instructor Wins International Award

By Amy Bader Portland Community College (PCC) creative writing and composition instructor Thea Prieto published her debut novella “From the Caves” in 2021 and is quickly gaining recognition for her …

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Sweet and Savory Dishes at Division Food Cart Pod

By Ellen Spitaleri Food carts were always part of Katie Proctor’s plan for the parking lot at 1401 SE Division St. when she bought Books with Pictures three years ago. …

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Five Ways to Manage the “Second Pandemic”: Your Mental Health

Pandemic pressures of the last two years and new global concerns are taking a toll on our community’s mental health. In Oregon, about one in four adults have a diagnosable …

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Tackle Clutter With a Purpose

By Arashi Young The days get longer, the weather gets warmer and the neighborhood plants toss pollen into the air. There’s no denying it – spring is here. Spring is …

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Universal Design Principle Advances Equity For All

By Nancy Tannler The 7 Principles of Universal Design were first developed in 1997 by the late Ronald Mace of North Carolina State University, and a group of architects, product …

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SE Café Owner Overcomes Coffee Industry Barriers

By James Hill, Portland Community College The fair trade coffee industry isn’t always fair to small farmers like Hector Mejía Zamora and his family. The owner of SE Portland’s Café Zamora …

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Lemon Tree Wellness

By Ellen Spitaleri When Heidi Weiss decided to rebrand her business in 2021 and call it Lemon Tree Wellness, she took inspiration from a lemon tree she had been given.  …

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Representatively Speaking January 2022

By State Representative Rob Nosse As you have hopefully heard, we held a special session of the Legislature in December to allocate additional rental assistance and deal with other pressing budget …

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Family Promise of Metro East to Open Family Shelters in March 2022

By Ellen Spitaleri Currently the lack of affordable housing and the homeless situation are two challenging issues in Portland.  “We’re all concerned and not sure how to help,” said Beckie …

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Fall Sports Recap: Cross Country Strikes Again for Franklin High School Lightning

By Luke Ramsey On November 6, Franklin High School’s varsity men’s and women’s cross country teams finished in the top four in Oregon’s State Championships 5K races. Senior runners Charlie …

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Student Journalists Contribute to The Southeast Examiner

By Nora Hugo and Sophie McEwen The Franklin Post staff are excited to announce they will be bringing young voices to The Southeast Examiner this school year by contributing one student …

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Portland’s Historic Cemeteries

By David Krogh Many people think of books about cemeteries in terms of spooky tales. Others might assume these books would only discuss important people buried there. A new book …

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Human Solutions: Community Where Everyone Can Thrive

By Ellen Spitaleri When Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish died in January 2020, the metro area lost a beloved and resolute city activist who prioritized affordable housing and accessible green …

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Backyard Science & Discovery Workbook: Pacific Northwest

By Kris McDowell Summer may be winding down and school may be starting, but there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest to get kids …

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For Heaven’s Sake – 5G Satellites in Space

By Nancy Tannler Speakers Julian Gresser and Ben Levi, from the Healthy Heavens Trust Initiative, recently presented the webinar, Protecting the Heavens – The Legal Implications of 5G Satellites in …

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SE Cafés Gradually Reopen

By Gabe Frayne For many Portlanders, the closing or near-closing of the city’s numerous coffeehouses stands out as the most visible impact on the city’s community life brought about by …

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CSAs Support Local Farmers

By Holly Hutchason, Executive Director, Pacific NW CSA Coalition Did you know there are small farms all around the Portland area selling shares of their harvest to residents as a subscription?  …

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Portland Speakers at Recycling Conference

The 2021 Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) Spring Conference offered two days of presentations on environmentally sustainable materials management, a topic not only something many people in the Pacific NW are …

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Portland Statue History Through the Sculptors

By Daniel Perez-Crouse For many, the television show Portlandia primarily conjures images of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein impersonating Pacific NW stereotypes in skits, even for citizens who walk by …

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Book Looks at Criminals in Portland’s History

By David Krogh Portland Rogues Gallery: A Baker’s Dozen Arresting Criminals from Portland History is the latest in a long series of books by Arcadia Publishing on the history of …

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