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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

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Kids Cook! this Saturday, August 19

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and our community partners this weekend at St. Johns Community Center for Kids Cook!

August 16, 2012

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and our community partners this weekend at the St. Johns Community Center for Kids Cook!

This is a free, family celebration of seasonal foods exploration, cooking lessons and healthy living.

Partner Organizations, including Outgrowing Hunger, Growing Gardens, Slow Food Portland, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, and the St. Johns Farmers Market, will host 'I Tried It' stations where kids will taste seasonal produce and earn prizes for their willingness to explore.

Kids Cook! will also feature:

Kids Cook! is based on Portland Parks & Recreation's new Grow Afterschool program which encourages healthy, active lifestyles for kids by introducing them to tasting, cooking and planting Oregon's seasonal bounty.

Grow Afterschool debuted last summer as a pilot project at the St. Johns and Charles Jordan Community Centers. A USDA Food and Nutrition Service Child Care Wellness grant made this project possible. This fall, St. Johns, Charles Jordan, Sellwood, and Hillside Community Centers will all offer Grow Afterschool programming.

For more information visit the Kids Cook! website.

To learn more about programs and classes from Portland Parks & Recreation that let people of every age explore ways to be well and live healthily, like the Sprout Academy at Southwest Community Center, visit the Let's Grow website. 

Kids Cook! Tasting and Cooking. Free and open to all!

St. Johns Community Center

8427 N. Central

Sunday, August 19, 10 am - 1 pm

Statement from Commissioner Fish in support of water fluoridation

Commissioner Nick Fish released a statement regarding a proposal to add fluoride to Portland's drinking water.

August 16, 2012

I believe it is time to add fluoride to Portland’s drinking water.

Fluoridation is supported by a broad coalition of public health, medical, and community-based organizations. It’s a safe, cost-effective and common sense approach to protecting public health.  In fact, Portland is one of the last cities of our size that doesn’t fluoridate its drinking water. 

As the parent of an 8-year-old, I am fortunate to be able to follow my dentist’s recommendation and give my child regular fluoride treatments.  Many hardworking families simply cannot afford this basic preventative measure, and their children are twice as likely to suffer from dental disease. 

With fluoridated water, simply drinking tap water gives all of our children the same opportunity to start life with healthy teeth.  No child with a toothache can be expected to learn in a classroom or have fun on the playground.

Tooth decay can be easily prevented at a cost much lower than what it takes to treat the disease.  Once decay sets in, dental procedures are even more costly.  In fact, cities save an estimated $38 in dental costs for every $1 invested in fluoridation.

Fluoride is a mineral that exists naturally in nearly all water supplies; it just happens that our Bull Runwater could use a little more to help protect our children and families from cavities. 

It’s time for Portland to join the majority of cities across the nation and fluoridate our water.  When this issue comes to Council, I will vote to protect the basic health of all our children.

Fluoridation plan gains political support from Commissioner Nick Fish; Portland City Council approval seems likely

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Fluoridate Portland's water

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Looks Like We'll Be Getting Fluoride in Our Water; Fish and Novick Both Like It

Dennis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury

 

Fluoride's new friend is Commissioner Nick Fish

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Fluoride group secures second vote on Portland City Council for $5 million project

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Everyone Deserves Healthy Teeth

Neighborhood kids secure community grant

Kids at the Tamarack and adjacent New Columbia communities will now have a brand new field to practice their soccer skills - thanks to the effort of Jordan Soto and his friends who live in the Tamarack apartments.

August 17, 2012

By David Nguyen

Kids at the Tamarack and adjacent New Columbia communities will now have a brand new field to practice their soccer skills - thanks to the effort of Jordan Soto and his friends who live in the Tamarack apartments.

The construction of the soccer field was funded by Home Forward, which provided grants to residents with project ideas that would encourage neighbors to improve communities together.  The Tamarack kids won a $2,400 grant, and construction began last October on an empty lot on the east side of the Tamarack.
So far Home Forward has handed out 16 grants, for a total of $60,000, for projects such as a community garden and an after school homework and activities program.  The soccer field grant is unique because it's the only application that children helped write. 

Portland Timbers Army board member Fernando Machicado heard about the program, and volunteered to coach the kids.  He even arranged for Timbers Army donations of cleats, soccer balls, and pinnies.

The kids are already looking forward to fall season but for now, they will celebrate the end of summer by going with their coach on a field trip to a Timbers U-23 game later on this month.

Photo courtesy: Home Forward

Tamarack Apartments kids win public housing grant, Timbers Army support, and build soccer field

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

Friday roundup

Portland City Council will vote in favor of fluoride after Mayor Sam Adams announces support

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Fluoride group secures second vote on Portland City Council for $5 million project

Brad schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Fish supports fluoridation

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Tamarack Apartments kids win public housing grant, Timbers Army support, and build soccer field

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

 

Looks Like We'll Be Getting Fluoride in Our Water; Fish and Novick Both Like It

Dennis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury

 

Homeless veterans to receive housing help from Portland nonprofit

Jillian Davey in The Oregonian

 

Tax credits boost Habitat housing project

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune

Summer fun this week with Portland Parks & Recreation

Looking for things to do with your family and friends this week? Check out Portland Parks & Recreation's Summer Free For All events happening around Portland!

August 20, 2012

By David Nguyen

Looking for things to do with your family and friends this week? Check out Portland Parks & Recreation's Summer Free For All events happening around Portland!

Care to take in a film?  Check out this week's Movies in the Park schedule - movies begin at dark with pre-movie entertainment (music! rock walls!) that begin at 6:30pm.

Need a place to cool down from the summer heat? Parks offers daily Free Swims at several of our pools.  Look online for more details.

Lunch in the park?  Take advantage of our free healthy lunch for kids.  This program will end this Friday - just in time for back to school. 

As summer begins winding down, we want to again thank our valued sponsors, and the hundreds of volunteers that make Summer Free For All a reality.