“Sellwood Pool House roof is a disgrace”
This letter has been a long time coming. I talked to city/park employees “in charge” in some form or another last year – But, here we are.
This is regards the roof of the Sellwood Pool House [in Sellwood Park]. Is it only me who is distressed by its condition? It is basically rotten – rotting kindling – slowly but surely falling off. (Though I hear that in a recent hail storm it was falling off rather quickly). You could see daylight through a hole in the lobby last summer and it went through all the winter rains. (See photo taken last August.)
This has not happened overnight. It did not look good when we moved here from Seattle seven years ago – but NOTHING happens. I have seen no evidence of maintenance, year after year. (Though ignoring maintenance appears to be modus operandi in Portland [esp. Southeast]).
This building is, to my mind, an undisputed treasure of PP&R, and it is so far beyond embarrassing – it is shameful – that it has come to this point. Granted, Portland seems to have city/school budget woes – but, is there no corporate Schnitzer or Nike or Columbia to step up to the plate for basic infrastructure? (Rather than art or general “beautification” onto which they can put their name.)
S.E. 29th Avenue
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ms. Armstrong reports she has also sent this letter to City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. The nearby smaller building just northwest of the Pool House has a roof in similar condition. According to a press release we received on July 3, the Pool House roof would be repaired if the proposed replacement bond measure for Portland Parks passes; it appears that perhaps the other building in the park needing a new roof would also be included.
Something to make certain of
One simple question could save your child’s life: “Is there an unlocked gun where your child plays?” If you feel awkward about asking, consider this:
- One-third of homes with children have guns; many are left unlocked and/or loaded. (Johnson R, et al. AJPM.2004;27(2):173-182).
- Nine children and teens are shot each day in gun accidents (www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html, cited 2014 Mar 20).
- Eighty percent of unintentional firearm deaths of children under 15 occur in a home. (www.cdc.gov/violencePrevention/NVDRS/index.html)
Hiding guns is not enough. Talking to your kids about gun safety is not enough. Children are curious; if they find a gun, they will play with it. That’s why all guns should be stored unloaded and locked, ideally in a gun safe, with ammunition locked separately.
Before you send your child to an unfamiliar home, just ask. If you have doubts about a home’s safety, invite the kids to your home or a park. You may feel nervous about asking, but that’s a small price to pay for your child’s safety.
S.E. Cooper Street, Woodstock
The sign stays up
I found the letter from Chuck Martin [July BEE, in response to a letter from Melissa Mattern in the June issue] interesting, considering he says he is a politician concerned about democracy.
Mr. Martin seems to think that his rights as a politician, or political volunteer, trump the rights of a homeowner to their privacy and will “isolate yourself from those who seek to represent you”. I thoroughly disagree.
There are myriad reasons for a “no solicitors” sign, none of which are the business of Mr. Martin. Perhaps there is a new baby in the house; or the occupant works odd hours and is sleeping; they might be elderly and either can't get to the door or their family has put it there for their own piece [sic] of mind against solicitors who might prey on them; or, maybe, the home owner just doesn’t want to be bothered. Whatever the reason, it is there and should be honored by everyone.
Anyone who wants to be involved in the political process has the opportunity to do so. Having a “no solicitors” sign on your door does not change that.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Although Mr. Martin has apparently run for political office, he has not been a politician within the memory of THE BEE. He has been active in neighborhood affairs in Inner Southeast, and is deeply involved in a Woodstock church. He does not have a “no solicitors” sign on his house.
BEE history writers offer walking tour
Since the last similar tour we led filled up fast, I want to alert BEE readers that the two BEE history writers – also two of our neighborhood historians – Dana Beck and Eileen Fitzsimons will lead a walking tour of Westmoreland on Sunday, September 14, beginning at 1:30 pm. The event benefits the Bosco Milligan Foundation, a nonprofit historic preservation organization located at the Architectural Heritage Center on S.E. Grand Avenue north of the Ross Island Bridge. The charge for the walking tour is $12.00 for BMF members, and $20.00 for the general public. Participants should allow two hours for the walk. To register, or find out more, go to the AHC website: http://www.VisitAHC.org. Sign up fast if you want to come along, as there are only 32 spaces in this walking tour!
I am writing THE BEE to spread the word about our casting call. We are casting locally in Portland, and auditioning talent in the beginning of August. Here is the casting posting: Seeking male and female improv actors of all ages and ethnicities who have restaurant experience, or have been fired from a restaurant (i.e server, manager, chef, bartender, busboy, etc.). It’s for an upcoming reality show on a major cable network. Pay is $200 if booked. Roles Needed: Chefs/Cooks, Restaurant Managers, Hostesses, Busboys, Bartenders, Waiters/Waitresses. Please respond with your contact information, city you live in (it really should be Portland!), a picture, and any relevant restaurant experience to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A bit awkward
I am a student at Sellwood Middle School (going into 8th grade) and I saw the article [July BEE] on new school principals in the area at Grout Elementary and Sellwood Middle. I got some information on the new principals [from the article], but one thing bugged me: The Grout Elementary School’s new principal’s name is spelled three different ways. I can assume her last name is Tabshy, but it is also spelled “Tabshay” and “Tashby”. Maybe the author had a rough night – but I just wanted to tell you about the inaccuracies, especially since it was on the front cover!
Sincerely (and thanks for providing a great community newspaper),
PS – I hope I didn’t spell anything wrong. That would be akward.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We checked, and we have it from Rita Leonard that the correct spelling is indeed Tabshy. As for the other two spellings, we are at a loss to explain it. Good catch! We enjoyed the joke in your PS, too. We welcome Ms. Tabshy to Inner Southeast and wish her much success. And we regret our error.
Concerns about tobacco education
As a former nursing assistant and a current student of public health, I am saddened by the toll tobacco products take on Oregonians. Whether from smoking cigarettes and cigars, smokeless tobacco products, or secondhand smoke, 7,000 Oregonians are dying from tobacco each year. In Multnomah County alone, just over 23,000 people are suffering from an illness caused by tobacco. Tobacco related death is the number one preventable cause of death in Oregon, and not doing enough to combat this issue is unacceptable.
While there are many courses of action that if taken could significantly decrease the number of deaths directly related to tobacco, perhaps the most important is to ensure that dollars allocated to Oregon through the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement are actually applied to Tobacco Prevention and Education programs, as originally intended. I strongly urge our legislators to protect the health of Oregonians by demanding the necessary funding for effective prevention and cessation programs.