The hotels and boarding houses of old Sellwood

The hotels and boarding houses of old Sellwood

SOUTHEAST HISTORY When the West was young, almost every town had at least one saloon, general...

Eastmoreland observes July 4th with parade and hot dogs

Eastmoreland observes July 4th with parade and hot dogs

For at least two decades, Eastmorelanders have gathered to celebrate Independence Day with a...

Publishing Resource Center recovers from smashup, offers youth program

Publishing Resource Center recovers from smashup, offers youth program

Sometimes one story leads to another. In the July BEE, we told you about how a driver suffering...

Eastmoreland elms still suffer from Dutch Elm Disease

Eastmoreland elms still suffer from Dutch Elm Disease

FALLEN LIMBS Much attention has been given lately to three ancient redwoods endangered by...

Eclectic lineup at Riverfront Concerts appeals to many tastes

Eclectic lineup at Riverfront Concerts appeals to many tastes

Music, food, beverages, and neighbors magically combined to provide five memorable outdoor...

Powell grocery store sponsors

Powell grocery store sponsors "Mexican Gothic" mural

A unique mural has been painted on the south wall of Tienda El Campesino Mexican Grocery at 6611...


SE Portland's Features

August 01, 2015

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

by (none)
In August, in Inner Southeast Portland AUGUST 2 “Sundae in the Park” noon today at upper Sellwood Park. For a third of a century, the SMILE neighborhood association for Sellwood and Westmoreland…
JAIME VALDEZ - Actor Randy Schulman has found great success since moving to Portland, appearing in Grimm, Leverage, and Wild - and he has now joined the Sellwood food cart culture, with Atlas Scoops.
July 31, 2015

Sellwood Scoop: From "Grimm" to gelato

by Max Denning, Portland Tribune
You might recognize him from his role in “Grimm,” but this summer you’re most likely to find Randy Schulman at his gelato cart Atlas Scoops in Sellwood. Open for its second season, the bright…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - KILT Irish Brew Pub on Woodstock Boulevard closed suddenly in mid-July, after the owners experienced a series of unforeseen setbacks.
July 31, 2015

Woodstock's KILT Irish Pub suddenly closes

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
It’s happened again. For the third time in less than two years, a tavern/restaurant on the southwest corner of S.E. 44th and Woodstock Boulevard has abruptly closed. On Wednesday, July 15, KILT…
RITA A. LEONARD - Brooklyn Parks hill has always made it an ideal place for a water slide.
July 31, 2015

Brooklyn Park's water slide returns - for 38th year of beating…

by Rita A. Leonard
The exceptionally hot days at the end of this June and early in July made the perennially-popular Brooklyn Park water slide “cooler” than ever. Park Director Craig Montag has watched…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Rebekah Sabzalian is ready to catch her son, Javier, as he takes the plunge into the Sellwood Pool.
July 31, 2015

Sellwood Pool opens in time for early summer heat

by David F. Ashton
For many Inner Southeast residents, a favorite way to “chill out” during this, one of hottest summers on record, has been to splash in the Sellwood Pool with hundreds of their neighbors. “Just…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Arturo and Maria Lagos examine the Silver Ghost automotive model made of many, many matchsticks; its part of the Ripleys Believe It or Not collection.
July 31, 2015

OMSI still offers adult summertime "date nights"

by David F. Ashton
Although the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), on the waterfront just north of the Ross Island Bridge, is primarily known as an exciting kids’ and family destination – many grown-ups…
COURTESY OF MATTHEW MIÄ?ETIć - The security camera shows that when the owner turns his back, the man walks out - with an obvious bulge in the back of his shirt.
July 31, 2015

Foster Road game store owner nabs shoplifter

by David F. Ashton
Looking at still images taken from their security cameras, it seems obvious that the burly man in the blue shirt who was looking over the merchandise at Red Castle Games in the Foster-Powell…
RITA A. LEONARD - Sellwood Life Coach Randy Spelling, owner of Being In Flow, has published his first book, Unlimiting You.
July 31, 2015

Sellwood's Randy Spelling publishes first book

by Rita A. Leonard
Born into Hollywood royalty, and now a Sellwood resident, Randy Spelling has been a Certified Life Coach for eight years -- and has just published his first book, “Unlimiting You”. The book…
RITA A. LEONARD - Trackers Earth students Kat, 10, and Alex, 12, display the first mini-comic given free to them - and to all of Trackers student campers.
July 31, 2015

"Trackers Earth" produces comic and how-to books; plans more

by Rita A. Leonard
Tony Deis, founder of “Trackers Earth Wilderness Training”, is expanding into the book business, with the hope of encouraging children to become devoted readers. A few months ago, “Trackers…
RITA A. LEONARD - Sinae Lim is one of the two owners of reFresh Coffee and Wine Bar at 2860 S.E. Gladstone Street, now open in the new Creston Lofts mixed-use building.
July 31, 2015

Mixed-use building on Gladstone Street hosts new coffee and wine…

by Rita A. Leonard
A new coffee and wine bar, “reFresh”, recently opened at 2860 S.E. Gladstone Street, on the ground floor of the newly-constructed mixed-use Creston Lofts. The small cafe is both kid- and…

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DAVID F. ASHTON - New Zenger Farm Executive Director Mike Wenrick (yes, hes the big carrot, wearing sunglasses) plays with his three-year-old daughter Eleanor. She loves her vegetables!
Jul 31, 2015

New Zenger Farm Executive Director has deep Inner Southeast roots

by David F. Ashton
Mike Wenrick traveled the world before settling down near his original family home, to head a notable nonprofit – “Zenger Farm”, on S.E. Foster Road. “I am an Inner Southeast Portland native,”…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Neighbor Watch signs are available from the city for blocks that have set up a Neighborhood Watch group. Older signs were yellow; the new signs are blue.
Jul 31, 2015

Neighborhood Watch: Why, and How-to

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
At least once a week or more, we hear via the online social media or through the old-fashioned neighborhood grapevine, that one or more Inner Southeast Portland neighborhoods have had a theft…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Group leader Millie Layman strums on her cigar box ukelele.
Jul 31, 2015

Woodstock group promotes joy - "uke joy"

by David F. Ashton
Just because the ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawai’ian adaptation of a small guitar-like Portuguese instrument, doesn’t mean it isn’t popular today – right here in Inner…
DAVID F. ASHTON - David Johnstones teammate, Diana Jacobs from Los Angeles, throws her boule.
Jul 03, 2015

Portland: The nation's "pétanque" capitol

by David F. Ashton
Those driving by, or strolling in, Westmoreland Park may have noticed all the activity at the north end, near the dark green cinderblock clubhouse, on the weekend of June 13-14. More than 100…
COURTESY OF SMILE HISTORY COMMITTEE - A truck from Sellwoods Eastside Lumber Mill is shown delivering a load of Lumber on Spokane Street. John P. Miller is the passenger on the truck and the owner of the lumber mill. The house with the dormer in the background was once the Commerce Hotel.
Jul 03, 2015

The colorful history and people of S.E. Spokane Street

by Dana Beck
Be they butcher, baker, or candlestick maker, those living along Spokane Street in Sellwood can boast of some of the most important people and buildings that make Sellwood and Westmoreland what…
RITA A. LEONARD - The PGE complex at S.E. 17th & Rhone Street is undergoing a major upgrade.
Jul 03, 2015

PGE's complex in Brooklyn being updated

by Rita A. Leonard
If you’ve driven by it lately, you may have seen the boarded-up windows. Yes, the Portland General Electric complex facing the Orange Line MAX station, on S.E. 17th at Rhone Street in Brooklyn,…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Providing free or low-income dental care in Southeast Portland neighborhoods, Medical Team Internationals roving mobile dental offices earn the gratitude of patients. Loralee Henry, pictured here at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodstock, tells stories of grateful patients.
Jul 03, 2015

Dental clinics on wheels roll through Southeast

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Waiting at a table inside All Saints Episcopal Church, on S.E. 41st Avenue at Woodstock Boulevard, several people express their nervousness either verbally or through body language. They are…
PHOTO BY RITA A. LEONARD - The front entrance porch of the Brooklyn House Restaurant was damaged in a June 9th fire. The melted bucket of linseed oil that caused the fire is front and center. The restaurant will reopen by early July.
Jul 03, 2015

Fire damages, and briefly closes, Brooklyn House Restaurant

by Rita A. Leonard
The entryway porch of the Brooklyn House Restaurant was damaged in a brief fire on the evening of Tuesday, June 9. The restaurant, formerly known as the Berlin Inn, is a continental-style…
PHOTO BY RITA A. LEONARD - Bob Harris, owner of Art Factors Custom Frame Shop, which has just moved from S.W. Macadam Avenue to S.E. 13th in Sellwood, displays a sample of his archival and conservation framing.
Jul 03, 2015

"Art Factors" opens in Southeast

by Rita A. Leonard
When Bob Harris, owner of “Art Factors Custom Frame Shop”, moved to Sellwood from across the river in March, he remarked, “It almost feels like coming home. I grew up in the Westmoreland area –…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Students watch, and learn, during the Llewellyn Elementary Parade of States.
Jul 03, 2015

Tiny floats at Llewellyn Elementary portray all 50 States

by David F. Ashton
A most unusual and educational parade took place on the morning of Thursday, June 4, at Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland. “In a few minutes, we will see the results of what our…