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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

In Memoriam

January 15, 2010

We recently felt the loss of two giants in Portland's affordable housing community.

Denny West, the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Portland for ten years beginning in 1991, died in mid-December. Nick worked with Denny when he served on the HAP Board of Commissioners. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, January 24, at Portland State University.

Fred Rosenbaum, who served as a member of HAP's Board between 1965 and 1980 and Chair of HAP for all but two of those years, died on January 12. Fred was a friend and mentor, and the founder of Camp Rosenbaum. A public memorial will be held on Tuesday, January 19, at the Portland Air Base.

PDXYouth interviews Nick

January 19, 2010

Friday afternoon, Nick was interviewed by a group of seventh- and eighth-graders from Boise Eliot School.

The group had a bunch of great questions for Nick, from how best youth can get involved in community service to what Nick's goals for kids are to what the City can do to help the homeless.

The interview was recorded and will be posted on the PDXYouth website soon.

MLK celebrations

January 19, 2010

Being interviewed for a documentary about "Keep Alive the Dream"          Speaking at the Highland Christian Center

Nick attended several events celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this weekend.

Sunday evening he spoke at Maranatha Church, where the Albina Ministerial Alliance presented "The Dream That Woke Up A Nation."

Monday, Nick attended two events. He spent the morning at the 24th Annual Skanner Foundation Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at the Convention Center. Monday afternoon he spoke at the World Arts Foundation, Inc., 25th annual "Keep Alive The Dream" tribute at the Highland Christian Center.

He was also interviewed on KBOO about the legacy of Dr. King.

"We the People" showcases local high schoolers

January 20, 2010

Founded in 1987, "We the People" engages schoolkids across the country in learning about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the underpinnings of American democracy; the program culminates with a simulated congressional hearing in which high school students test their knowledge before a panel of civic leaders, attorneys, and teachers.

Nick was honored to judge Oregon's 2010 "We the People" district competition last Wednesday, January 13, at Lake Oswego high school. Six truly impressive groups of students will travel to Salem this Friday to compete in the state competition following wins at the district competition last week. They will represent Franklin, Lincoln, Pendleton, Junction City, Lake Oswego, and Grant high schools. For the past six years, Grant has won the state competition, and showed strongly in the national competition as well, finishing fourth last year, second in 2005, and third in 2007 and 2008.

The winner of the state competition will travel to Washington, D.C., in late April to compete for the national title.

"We the People" is co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and the Classroom Law Project.

Special congratulations to Franklin, advancing to the state competition for the first time.

Thanks to flickr user Christine Krizsa for the photo!

Nike donates 4,000 jerseys to PP&R's Saturday Youth Basketball Program

January 25, 2010

Tomorrow, January 26, Nick will accept a gift of 4,000 basketball jerseys on behalf of Portland Parks & Recreation's Saturday Youth Basketball League. The jerseys, donated by Nike, are worth more than $150,000.

Attending the ceremony at Land Middle School in SE Portland with Nick will be Craig Cheek, Nike VP/GM North America, Director Zari Santner, Portland Parks Foundation Executive Director Linda Laviolette, and dozens of kids who play in the basketball league.

Since the 1940s, Portland Parks & Recreation has provided a youth basketball program for Portland youth of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, teaching fair play and sportsmanship.

During the 2010 season more than 3,000 kids will participate in the program, managed by over 600 volunteer coaches and parents.

Thanks to flickr user radioflyer007 for the photo!