Fundraising in pajamas
On Sunday, February 23, kids and adults put on their favorite pajamas and hopped over to Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters and Cloud Cap Games for the Second Annual Hot Cocoa PJ Party. The party was a fundraiser for Llewellyn Elementary School’s 5th grade overnight trip to Camp Namanu. The Llewellyn fifth graders decorated the posters you saw around town, baked cookies and cakes and lots of yummy treats for a homemade bake sale, made duct tape wallets, barrettes, jewelry and lots of other art for the craft sale, and helped with hair feathers and tattoos. There were PLENTY of games to have a blast with, and every grownup who showed up in their jammies earned extra money for the fifth graders.
Last year, as fourth graders, the students participated in a fundraising workshop. They learned the fundamentals of fundraising, and then broke out into small groups to generate ideas on how they wanted to earn money for their overnight educational experience. With a team of parent leads, the kids implemented their creative ideas, and were able to send every fourth grader on a one night overnight on the Oregon Trail.
This year, the students continued to build on their ideas from last year, and once again, raised enough money to send every fifth grader on a two-night educational
Experience in May at Camp Namanu, with science taught by OMSI staff.
We wrap this up giving a HUGE thanks to Cloud Cap and Blue Kangaroo for making suggestions and supporting us – and most of all, for hosting the Hot Cocoa PJ Party. We also want to thank Llewellyn students, families, and friends, as well as everyone from the neighborhood who came to our party. Without your encouragement and support, the students could not have done it.
To find out more about fifth grade fundraising at Llewellyn, visit us online at: http://llewellynpta.com/5thgradefundraising. And join us again next year – the Hot Cocoa PJ Party is always on the last Sunday in February!
Written by Hudson Ginocchio (Llewellyn fifth grader)
and Rachel Ginocchio (Mom)
Car vandalism in north Westmoreland
Just wanted to drop a quick mention there seems to be an uptick in car vandalism recently. On our short street (S.E. Reedway between 17th & Milwaukie) there have been two different car window smashings in one week: The first occurred late Saturday night March 8, and the second was on the late evening of March 10.
Another person mentioned to me a bowling ball had been thrown through the window of a third vehicle parked overnight on Milwaukie Avenue, and the folks at our local auto glass repair shop commented that they seem to be seeing quite a few more smashed side windows than usual. Wondering whether this is occurring all over town; when I called around for repair estimates, each of the three glass shops I spoke to were slammed with business.
In my own vehicle’s case, it was NOT a burglary – no attempt had been made to actually get into the car. No doors opened; alarm was not set off; nothing was taken. It was strictly vandalism, and for no apparent reason.
My neighbor (car #2) said it was strictly vandalism with his car, also – nothing missing, and he’d even left his doors unlocked! He said he’d noticed a “tiny hole” in his window before all the glass fell out – so possibly his window had been shot by a pellet gun. Not sure about mine – it had a pretty large hole right in the middle.
K. C. Cote
“Petite Park” coming to Sellwood
I would like to share with everyone a special project happening in Sellwood. I am a recent Portland State grad and part of a team with big plans to create a community space at the vibrant corner of 13th and Miller. A group of local residents are collaborating with the Village Building Convergence (the people who did Share-it-Square) and Portland City Repair to create the Sellwood Petite Park. We have received a small 20 x 40 square foot piece of donated land to build this community space where everyone can gather, talk, play, and hang out. The purpose of this project is to give local residents a place that's open to everyone, outside of a commercial building, which would essentially become an outside living room.
I want to encourage everyone to come swing by the future park to see what we have been doing, and feel free to offer any suggestions or insights. We are also looking for more community involvement and volunteers during the last week in May when building with the VBC starts! We are really excited to get things started, and we know it will be a great, inviting and fun place for everyone to enjoy. You can also find us online! Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SellwoodPetitePark; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; and Instagram: @petiteparksellwood.
Difficulty getting onto McLoughlin
Coming from Sellwood/Moreland heading north on Milwaukie and transferring over to Highway 99E [McLoughlin Boulevard], it used to be that one could do a little shortcut and cut over by the Yummy Garden on S.E. Long Street. I understand that people living on the half-block-long Long Street didn’t like people accessing Hwy 99E on their street, and I guess that was why access to 99E was blocked, turning Long into a dead end.
There is, of course, a left turn lane from Milwaukie (northbound) turning west onto Holgate. This is a great concept, except…. the left turn signal is only long enough to allow about 4 cars to turn on each cycle. So what happens then? As most people hate to wait at traffic signals when there are other options, cars now go north one block past Holgate, and turn left on Reynolds which leads out to 99E. So instead of people going down half a block of Long Street, they are now going two full blocks on residential Reynolds Street. Good job PBOT.
Of course there is a solution and I have called the Portland Bureau of Transportation [about it] but to no avail. A lot of the time, there are no cars coming south on Milwaukie [at that Holgate intersection] – yet you still have to wait at a red turn signal; but if that turn signal was changed to a flashing yellow, the problem would be solved.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: It would also be helpful if ODOT would restore the left turn light at S.E. 17th and McLoughlin northbound. When that traffic signal was upgraded a few years ago, such a turn light appeared – and then ODOT personnel came back and removed it! We enquired, and apparently ODOT felt it was a mistake to have installed it, since “the neighborhood wanted to reduce traffic into Westmoreland on 17th”. If, in fact, that had been an issue at that particular intersection, note that any traffic using that left turn northbound light would, in fact, have been LEAVING the neighborhood instead! We hope ODOT will restore a northbound left turn light at the 17th intersection as part of the current new upgrade of the traffic signals there, in connection with the light rail construction.]
Goodbye to “Stretch”
I was reading THE BEE yesterday when I saw the little announcement, “Ode to a Greyhound”.
I first met Stretch when I was walking my greyhound Nancy in the Woodstock neighborhood. A car pulled up beside me, the window came down, a gentleman said “hi”, and a beautiful fawn greyhound poked his head out the window. We introduced ourselves and the dogs, and went on our way.
I saw Stretch several times after that at Woodstock Park, while I was walking Nancy. He was a trustworthy greyhound, because his owner could let him off his leash. Nancy always recognized greyhounds, so her ears would go straight up and she would stop and watch him. So, when I read the announcement of Stretch’s passing, I choked back my tears and just handed the paper to my husband. He, too, recognized Stretch, and was sad to learn of his death.
Sadly, our Nancy died last October at the grand age of 14. Our house was empty without a dog, and we knew there were always greyhounds waiting for a forever home, so two weeks later we welcomed Carissa into our home. I hope that Stretch’s owner will also make the decision to adopt another of these very special dogs. If that happens, perhaps he’ll see me walking Carissa, and stop me to introduce his new friend.
S.E. Raymond Street
Lower tuition at Waldorf school
I am a parent of two grade-school-age boys who are thriving at a young Waldorf school called the Micha-el School - 10 minutes from our Sellwood house. I’m really excited to share with the rest of our surrounding neighborhood that the school has deepened its commitment to making private Waldorf education affordable. They dropped the tuition by almost 30%, bringing it down to $500/month ($6,000/yr) – a smoking deal in private education, and a radical shift from the dominant tuition trends. Micha-el offers a full Waldorf education on a 12-acre setting with forest and pond. We already have many families there from Sellwood and Woodstock. This tuition reduction might make it possible for more of your readers to offer an alternative education to their children. Thanks for the opportunity to share. www.micha-elschool.org.
S.E. 16th and Nehalem
Rat poison a hazard
I find it disturbing that there is rodent poison in the front of the New Seasons store just 10ft from where people put their dogs in the four-legged waiting area. There are many cats and dogs in the neighborhood that could get into this, or be affected by eating a poisoned rodent. I mentioned and showed it to staff, but [as I write, on March 6,] it is still there today. Just thought BEE readers should be informed.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: One market is not the only place where rat traps are to be found in the area. Businesses, and especially food businesses, are heavily penalized if rats are to be found there. We agree that it would be best to place poison traps where domestic animals cannot reach them, but pet owners themselves should be alert for such metal traps, and should also keep their animals away from any dead rats in the vicinity of the traps.]
Need help with planned class trip
I would like to reach out to the local business community and to families in the neighborhood. This year, 8th graders from Sellwood Middle School will travel to Washington D.C. on a major field trip. The trip is the culmination of the middle school government and citizenship curriculum.
Unfortunately, not everyone can go who would like to. We have three students who are still trying to raise funds.
I am asking if there are families who have had children participate in such a significant experience, and would like to help another student pay for part or all of a trip. Or, perhaps there are business owners in the neighborhood who want to help strengthen our community through assisting the education of a young person in this way.
Memories of the 8th grade trip will last a lifetime, and it’s an opportunity for our kids to see government and leadership in action.
If you would like to donate to the 8th grade trip – and every little bit helps! – please contact the Sellwood Middle School office at 503/916-5656. Thank you for helping our young people start out well in life with this memorable experience.
Sellwood Middle School Library Assistant
Inner Southeast church choirs invited!
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Woodstock, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard, is hosting a Choir-A-Thon on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14th, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. This will be an inter-denominational event and we want to feature traditional choirs from the Woodstock and Inner Southeast area.
Each choir will perform for 15 to 20 minutes, and then all will sing a handful of patriotic songs in celebration of Flag Day. A reception will be held in the Parish Center after the singing. Hoping to hear from other choirs who would like to participate! Contact me for additional information at 503/960-0273.
Community garden advances
It's been a year since the Foster Powell Neighborhood got permission from ODOT to convert an abandoned lot into a raised bed community garden. There has been progress: A shed, some native plantings, and water cisterns…but we’ve needed some funds to get the beds built, thus a fundraiser coming up April 12! Plants to be sold are donated by neighbors, and sold at very reasonable prices. The main raffle prize is a year’s use of the first 4ft x 8ft x 30inch cedar raised bed garden plot. It comes with soil, compost, water, choice of starts, use of tools, tomato cages, and hoop frame. Other raffle prizes are home brew made by the next door neighbor, and native plants from Bosky Dell Natives. A mural/sign will be going up around the event, and a community paint table will be set up. Bring the kids and paint a flower to go on the gate. Again, it’s Saturday, April 12th, 12-4 pm. If you want to donate or help or have questions, please reach me at: email@example.com – and visit our website at: http://62ndgarden.wordpress.com.
Vicki Lynn Wilson
Notable CHS alums honored
On Sunday, March 2, guests gathered at Waverley Country Club to pay tribute to four Cleveland High School Alumni. Mark H. Westcott, Dr. Arthur W. Boylston, M.D., Sho Dozono, and Michelle Lesniak. They were honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in their respective fields.
Dr. Jim Cereghino, former recipient of the Order of the Feather award, gave the reasons to honor Dr. Arthur (Art) Boylston for his significant achievements in medical research, both here and in England. Dr. Boylston couldn’t attend because he is currently teaching at Oxford Medical School in England.
ART BOYLSTON showed intellect, athleticism, and leadership while at Cleveland High School. He was on student council, the Legend staff, the Quill and Scroll honorary, National Honor Society, and a letterman. Not just content with those accomplishments, he was also a talented swimmer, participating in the 200 yard freestyle relay team that finished second in the city of Portland and fourth in state. He went to Yale for his BA, cum laude, and then received his M.D. from Harvard in 1969.
He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in the UK in 1976. From 1972 to 1988, he was a lecturer in pathology at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, part of the University of London. From 1988-2008, Dr. Boylston was Professor of Pathology at the University of Leeds, Head of the Pathology Department at the University of Leeds, Deputy head of the Molecular Medicine Unit at the University of Leeds, while at the same time being, from time to time, Clinical Director of Pathology Services at St. James University Hospital. His recent book is entitled “Defying Providence: Smallpox, and the Forgotten 18th Century Medical Revolution”.
Brian Playfair, who was a close friend and neighbor of SHO DOZONO when they were growing up, talked about the multitude of reasons for honoring Sho with a Distinguished Alumni Award for business and community leadership. A 1963 CHS grad, Sho Dozono distinguished himself by being on the honor roll, Junior Class President, Men’s League President, in Royal “C”, and participating in JV Football, Varsity Wrestling, and JV Track. After serving in the U.S. Army for three years, Sho earned a Master’s degree in education from Portland State University and then taught social studies for five years at Grant High School, where he also coached wrestling. In 1976, Sho joined Azumano Travel, headed by his father-in-law. Sho became President of Azumano Travel in 1981 and owner in 1987.
While heading a major company is very time-consuming, Sho also demonstrated significant commitment to his community, and to Oregon as a whole. In 1996, he organized a 30,000 person march in support of funding for the Portland Public Schools and established the Portland Schools Foundation.
Prior to Nancy Carr presenting the Order of the Feather award to MARK WESTCOTT, there was a brief performance of the Berlin Philharmonic with Mark as the featured piano soloist. Mark had been an early piano virtuoso, with a remarkable international touring career until felled by cancer and other medical issues. He was an active student in the CHS class of 1966 – involved in theater productions and in the A Cappella Choir, while also serving on the student council. He also participated in athletics: Swimming and wrestling. Shortly after CHS graduation, at the age of 17, Mark had “a stunning victory” in the prestigious Young Musicians Foundation Debut Auditions in Los Angeles. Of the nearly 100 pianists from all over the country, Mark was the second youngest; most were college students or older. By the time he was 23, he had world-wide recognition as a piano virtuoso by winning five important international competitions, including the Bronze medal in the Van Cliburn and first prize in the William Kapell Competitions. He was the only young pianist to be awarded subscription concerts with the Chicago Symphony from audition. He recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Londo, and went on to performance tours in Europe, Australia, Mexico, and Canada.
For the very first time, CCHSAA honored a “young” alum with the Platinum Achievement Award. Platinum is the metal that is used to celebrate a 20th anniversary, so it was chosen to honor alums within 20 years of graduation from Cleveland High School. The honor will be bestowed on an “as appropriate” basis, rather than given every year – awarded to an alum who has a significant achievement worthy of such recognition. This year it was awarded to MICHELLE LESNIAK, a 1996 CHS graduate, who qualified for, and then won, the nationally-televised “Project Runway”.
It is remarkable to know that a school that is a current top performer in the nation (included in the top 5% of public schools) assisted in mentoring such a wide variety of talents over the years. Please check our “cchsaa blogspot” to see a complete list of the honorees over the past six years. Their talent and achievements are endless.
Commerce Cleveland High School Alumni Assn.