Langlitz Leathers on Division: A long tradition in the Rose City

Langlitz Leathers on Division: A long tradition in the Rose City

SOUTHEAST HISTORY For some motorcycle enthusiasts, it's all about the ride — the thrill of...

SMILE's first Open House lures volunteers

SMILE's first Open House lures volunteers

Most Portland neighborhood Associations face the same challenge: Very few volunteers step up to...

Strohecker's Pharmacy to open in south end of Brooklyn

Strohecker's Pharmacy to open in south end of Brooklyn

Strohecker's Grocery Store in Portland's West Hills was established over 100 years ago on S.W....

A Sellwood connection to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge

A Sellwood connection to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge

SOUTHEAST HISTORY With the recent retirement of the other member of my household, our initial...

Local art: Bullseye Glass employees exhibit in 14th company show

Local art: Bullseye Glass employees exhibit in 14th company show

The 14th annual “Working Glass Art Show” ran from December 7th to January 31th this...

New business building finished at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock

New business building finished at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock

Construction on the Southeast corner of S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard, facing Our Lady of...


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PHOTO BY DICK TRTEK - Joris Barbaray, co-owner of Mezza Restaurant in Woodstock, shows his son, Triatan, how to use a blowtorch to finish off a crème brulee.
January 31, 2016

Milwaukie couple turns "Mezza" French, on Woodstock Boulevard

by Ellen Spitaleri
Joris Barbaray and his wife, Gisella, met at Val Thorens, a French ski resort, where he was a chef and she was the resort manager for a ski company. What followed in their lives was six years…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - The Homestead Schoolhouse owners son, 8-year-old Sims Cronen, was elated to be the person chosen this year to plug in the lights for this seasons tree lighting ceremony on Woodstock Boulevard.
January 31, 2016

Woodstock again celebrates with tree lighting on the boulevard

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
It was a perfect night. No rain, not too cold. The lighting of the Holiday Tree at the Homestead Schoolhouse across from Otto's has started to become a community event looked forward to every…
RITA A. LEONARD - One of Naomis pet goats, Binga, poses with her farm supply stores sales staff, Katie and Becca.
January 31, 2016

Naomi's Organic Farm Supply moves north - to Powell Blvd.

by Rita A. Leonard
Originally, it opened and built a loyal customer base at S.E. Tacoma Street, just west of McLoughlin Boulevard in Sellwood. Then it moved north into the Reed neighborhood, at S.E. 26th and…
DAVID F. ASHTON - During the January Artists Reception, Lewis Elementary first/second grade teacher Jill Brenan stands with student Enzo Luperini, who started the whole idea of holding shows and making sales to support the schools arts programs.
January 31, 2016

Children's Woodstock art show gets big response

by David F. Ashton
One might wonder what kind of art first and second grade students would produce. But, the adults at the “Artist Reception” opening of the Meriwether Lewis Elementary School art show seemed…
COURTESY OF MARK GUSTAFSON - Rusted Rooster
January 31, 2016

Sellwood antique retailer's antic response to snow

by THE BEE
Reader Mark Gustafson, a property manager for Multnomah County, sent us this photo on the snowy morning of January 3. He remarked, “Saw the cutest outdoor display in front of Rusted Rooster…
DAVID F. ASHTON - In The Archer, Clevelands own improvisational comedy troupe The Improvables go through a scene.
January 31, 2016

Cleveland High Theater serves up weekly "Improv Luncheon"

by David F. Ashton
To help lighten the mood of serious and studious Cleveland High School (CHS) students, the theater department presents a freewheeling laugh-fest on Fridays at noon – when Cleveland’s own…
January 30, 2016

FEBRUARY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

by THE BEE
In Inner Southeast Portland FEBRUARY 3 “Pajamas and Popcorn Service” for all at All Saints: Everyone is invited to an intergenerational “Pajamas and Popcorn Service” at All Saints’ Episcopal…
COURTESY OF SMILE HISTORY COMMITTEE - The neighborhoods first bank, the Sellwood Bank, at 13th and S.E. Umatilla, opened in 1907. This two story building with light tan bricks housed medical and dental offices on the second floor. Today Arch Fitters is the tenant on the ground floor.
December 24, 2015

Sellwood and Westmoreland historical secrets revealed

by Dana Beck
Sellwood and Westmoreland abound with remnants of history, and residents can boast that their area is home to three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. But there are still…
DAVID F. ASHTON - A half dozen volunteers quickly served waiting guests a complete hot dinner with all the trimmings.
December 24, 2015

Generous neighbors again back "Feast for Southeast"

by David F. Ashton
When they began the grassroots project “for the community, by the community” that they called “Feast for Southeast”, six years ago at the Mt. Scott Community Center, Roberto and Carol Selva had…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Music lovers Denise Bertetto and Saul Koll look at some of the famous guitars in the OMSI exhibition.
December 24, 2015

New guitar exhibit rocks OMSI

by David F. Ashton
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is giving a “Backstage Pass” to members and visitors, with the opening of their new feature exhibit, which is all about guitars. A touring…

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EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS - This quilt, made in 1930 for a Sellwood woman associated with the WCTU, contains the signatures of more than 300 of her friends and associates.
Dec 24, 2015

Unexpected gifts are the best

by Eileen G. Fitzsimons
In a previous issue of THE BEE I described the role of older buildings as “touchpoints”, wherein previous residents can share their memories with the current homeowners. But other material…
RITA A. LEONARD - Artist and ex-teacher Gaia Swan stands by her Aboriginal Art Car - as well as the colorful garage that she also painted.
Dec 24, 2015

Former teacher creates an Aboriginal Art Car; see it on S.E. 26th

by Rita A. Leonard
Gaia Swan, an artist and retired Portland elementary school teacher, has created a unique Aboriginal Art Car that can be seen near S.E. 26th and Tibbetts Street. The 1995 Nissan 200SX sedan was…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Emily Alexander, second generation puppeteer with Tears of Joy Theatre holds the head of the star of The Adventures of Perseus, a show saved from destruction by the Portland Puppet Museum.
Dec 24, 2015

Sellwood museum saves famed traveling puppets

by David F. Ashton
Portland-based Tears of Joy Theatre, a puppet theater company that settled in the Portland area in 1973, were already known as one of the nation’s top show producers of their kind, when they had…
RITA A. LEONARD - At Bar 33 Brooklyn, owner Jake Whitney and manager Jake Joy are shown as they create a dog friendly outdoor patio for their new sports bars January opening on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just north of McLoughlin.
Dec 24, 2015

Brooklyn restaurant to become "Bar 33"

by Rita A. Leonard
“Bar 33 Brooklyn” plans a January opening at 4729 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, once the site of the “Yummy Garden” Chinese Restaurant, and most recently the site of a “Salvador Molly’s”. New owners…
RITA A. LEONARD - Teacher Susan Frisby shows details on one of Llewellyn Elementary Schools two new entry murals.
Dec 24, 2015

Llewellyn School welcomes with two new entry murals

by Rita A. Leonard
Two large entry murals have been installed in the lobby of Westmoreland’s Llewellyn Elementary School, to exemplify neighborhood pride and cooperation. The colorful murals on each side of the…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Richard Satnick, a/k/a Dick, discusses the menu at his new restaurant, Dicks Primal Burger in Woodstock, with the Carlson family, seated, from left: Kris, Matt, Owen, and Olivia. The new restaurant is across the street from the Woodstock Branch Library.
Dec 24, 2015

"Dick's Primal Burger" opens across from Woodstock Library

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
What was originally to be called “Dick’s Kitchen” has finally opened as “Dick’s Primal Burger” in the Woodstock neighborhood, at the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard. Neighborhood…
DAVID F. ASHTON - At the Wall of Wine - selling all 60 bottles - were Suzanne Kruse, Janeen Rundle, Carole Meyer, and Michelle Maida.
Dec 24, 2015

Southeast Rotary Charity Auction raises funds for local projects

by David F. Ashton
The annual Southeast Portland Rotary Club Charity Auction was the gala event in Woodstock on the evening of December 5; it took place in the Our Lady of Sorrows gymnasium. Started as a “Holiday…
DAVID F. ASHTON - ONI Crime Prevention Specialist Jenni Pullen, spends a moment with PPB Neighborhood Response Team Officer Rob Brown, and Detective Division Cheryl Waddell.
Dec 24, 2015

Drugs gathered, papers shredded, at Southeast Precinct

by David F. Ashton
Although the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) program funding local “drug turn-ins” has ended, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) and City of Portland Office of Neighborhood (ONI) Involvement…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Up and down the streets of Westmoreland, Scout leaders and parents keep a watchful eye, as Scouts from Westmorelands Pack 64 and Troop 64 go Scouting for Food - this year, it was on December 5th.
Dec 24, 2015

700 lbs. of food gleaned by Westmoreland Scouts

by David F. Ashton
Putting into action one of the Boy Scouts of America’s bedrock principles – “doing a good turn daily” – Cub Scouts and some Boy Scouts from Pack 64 and Troop 64 braved the cold and rain on the…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Cristy Landers of Transformations Salon in Woodstock is hosting a Giving Tree for 15 to 17 year old girls, organized by a fifty-one-year-old organization in the Brooklyn neighborhood - Youth Progress.
Dec 24, 2015

A "Giving Tree" for Southeast's Youth Progress girls

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Cristy Landers, longtime Woodstock resident and owner of Transformations Hair Salon on Woodstock Boulevard, thinks Youth Progress deserves recognition. “Youth Progress” (YP), located on S.E.…