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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The Bee: Roundup

April 6, 2010

Reporters David Ashton and Rita Leonard have several great stories in the current issue of The Bee:                                      

- In "City Budget Forum gives Southeast a chance to comment," he reports on the March 3 community budget forum at the Mt. Scott Community Center. Nick spoke at that meeting, asking citizens "to help us do the hard work of figuring out where we cut our budgets."

- Nike recently donated more than 4,000 jerseys to Parks' Saturday Youth Basketball League, Ashton writes in "Lane Middle School students accept gift of uniforms." Nick attended a special ceremony at Lane Middle School to accept the donation. Said Lane student Maddy, "It's really cool that we get these brand-new jerseys."

- The City is looking at steep budget cuts again in this year's budget process. In "Neighbors react to potential closure of Brooklyn Park summer program," reporter Rita Leonard writes about the Brooklyn neighborhood's strong support of its summer program.

- Tonight, an Oaks Bottom Habitat Enhancement Project Open House will be held at SMILE Station. The project, a joint venture of Parks and the Bureau of Environmental Services, will enhance 75 acres of wetland habitat in the southern portion of the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

Celebrate Arbor Week!

April 6, 2010

Portland is one of 49 Oregon cities designated "Tree City USA," a recognition we've received for 33 years and counting. Our community's renowned livability can be attributed in part to our extraordinary collection of trees, in our parks and along our streets.

Portland Parks & Recreation has put together a week of events to celebrate Arbor Week. Yesterday's kickoff event was "Tea Under the Cherry Trees" with members of the Tree Steward Coalition at Waterfront Park.

This afternoon, Nick joined the students and staff of West Powellhurst Elementary in SE Portland for an Arbor Day celebration and tree planting ceremony. Nick also commemorated Arbor Week with a proclamation declaring April Arbor Month in the City of Portland.

Also at the event were Parks Director Zari Santner, City Forester Dave McAllister, Urban Forestry Commission Chair Brian Krieg, Community Forester Kristen Ramstad, and Principal Allen Browning.

In addition to the tree planting and reading of the proclamation, the event offered community tree resources, free native trees, and a host of youth activities, including tree climbing.

There are many more events coming up! For more on Parks' Arbor Week event schedule, click here.


Central City Concern in the national spotlight

April 6, 2010

Central City Concern's work has been garnering praise, both close to home and nationally, recently.

On March 31, OPB's Think Out Loud addressed the challenges of treating homeless people with mental illness. Guest Dr. Phil Shapiro, medical director at CCC's 12th Avenue Recovery Center, discussed CCC's work in transitioning clients from "spin and float" to "recovery and health."

CNN ran a story earlier this year about CCC's plan to build a new clinic on West Burnside and Broadway, highlighting the organization's unique and effective approach to recovery and personal transformation. CCC received an $8.9 million Recovery Act grant to fund construction of the facility.


Thank you, GRUNT interns!

April 6, 2010

Thanks, Leigh! (Front row, far left)

Many thanks to Leigh Quenton, who helped in our office recently as part of the Spring Break Internship program offered by Parks. Leigh is a graduate of Jefferson High School and currently a student at Portland Community College. She joined over 30 other youth interning around Portland at "green" jobs.

The Spring Break Internship program is part of GRUNT, the Greenspaces Restoration and Urban Narutralist Team, a Parks program offering teens in our community the chance to gain job skills and work experience in the environmental field. The program begins with training and continues with paid summer jobs and school-year internships.

Check out this video, produced by Portland Public Schools students, for more on the work of Parks' Environmental Education staff.

Council honors Jefferson basketball players for success on and off the court

April 7, 2010

Council this morning honored Jefferson High School's women's and men's basketball teams for their achievements - athletic, academic, and creative.

In March, the men's and women's teams both won state championship titles following undefeated seasons.

They also produced the 5A Players of the Year, Terrence Jones and Ariel Reynolds.

Congratulations to these teams, whose hard work continues to inspire their classmates and their community.

Click here to read the Resoution Council adopted this morning.