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Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

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Schoolhouse Supplies Drive

School is starting soon (sorry kids), and Schoolhouse Supplies is seeking donations of supplies and cash to help give kids a good start for the new school year.

August 21, 2012

By David Nguyen

School is starting soon (sorry kids), and Schoolhouse Supplies is seeking donations of supplies and cash to help give kids a good start for the new school year.

Schoolhouse Supplies, an award-winning nonprofit, has distributed more than $16.7 million in school supplies to needy children and classrooms since 2000.  The organization supports public education and gives kids greater access to learning by providing free school supplies.

The annual Schoolhouse Supplies drive, sponsored by KGW is looking for everything from pencils to crayons to notepads.  These supplies are crucial for the kids to be successful in their path toward higher education.

Please help by dropping off supplies at one of the many drop-sites around Portland. 

You can also donate online - a $25 donation provides a child with the tools needed to learn for an entire school year.

Where to drop off donated school supplies in Northeast Portland?

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

Parkrose Soccer Field grand opening

Nick was pleased to join members of the Portland Timbers and the Parkrose community at the grand-opening of the Parkrose high school's brand new Soccer Field last Saturday.

August 21, 2012

By David Nguyen

Nick was pleased to join members of the Portland Timbers and the Parkrose community at the grand opening of Parkrose High School's brand new Soccer Field on Saturday.

The $350,000 project was a partnership between the Parkose School District, the City of Portland, and the Portland Timbers.  During the event, Nick spoke about the importance of sports and education and shared his personal experience being a soccer dad. 

The event concluded with a Parkrose alumni soccer scrimmage, and Timbers player autograph signing.

Photos courtesy of Parkrose School District and the Portland Timbers

Kids Cook! event a fun-filled success

On Sunday, Portland Parks & Recreation hosted its first ever family-focused food event, Kids Cook! at the St. John's Community Center.

August 21, 2012

Story by Abby Warren

Walking down the farmers-market-style pathway between "I Tried It" stations at Kids Cook! last Sunday, one could be sure to hear little voices exclaiming: "can we make this when we get home?"  "parsley? I love it!"  "I'm ready to plant my seed now!"

On Sunday, Portland Parks & Recreation hosted its first ever family-focused food event, Kids Cook! at the St. John's Community Center.  The event was a success, as it elicited many smiles, not many sour faces, and sparked curiosity amongst the participating youth and families.

Community partners Growing Gardens, Slow Food Portland, Outgrowing Hunger, St. Johns Farmers Market, and Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, hosted "I Tried It" stations where kids were invited to try a seasonal produce option in exchange for a stamp in their "I Tried It" passport. Once passports were completed, seasoned fruits and veggie eaters ran to the prize table to collect their winnings - a lesson in planting seeds. Tiny hands filled pots with soil, learned how to read a seed packet and plant accordingly, covered them up, decorated their pot, and took it home to transplant after a few weeks.

Every half hour, children gathered around the Cooking Demo Station, where they learned how to make kale-avocado salad, tofu-lettuce wraps, and corn-cabbage salsa. Lessons were led by Grow Afterschool, The Portland Kitchen, and the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts. The kids were invited to participate in the demos, using their hands to mash up avocado, squeeze a lemon, or mix a salad - and then were invited to try their creations. Approving glances were passed amongst green smoothie-mustached faces.

Also a big hit for both kids and parents were samples of recipes with recipe cards from local St. Johns eateries including Proper Eats, Cathedral Park Kitchen, Krugers Farm Market, Hopworks Urban Brewery and Che Cafe Food Cart.

Kids Cook! was based off of Portland Parks & Recreations new Grow Afterschool program that gives kids the opportunity for hands-on exploration of cooking, gardening, and healthy living. Grow Afterschool debuted in spring 2012 as a pilot project at St. Johns and Charles Jordan Community Centers. This fall Grow Afterschool will expand to also be offered at Sellwood and Hillside Community Centers. Read more in the Oregonian.

Check out Grow Afterschool in action on the Let's Grow blog. Take a look around and find kid-approved dishes for all seasons in the recipes section.

Council approves anti-camping lawsuit settlement

On August 22, 2012, Commissioner Nick Fish and the Portland City Council unanimously approved an agreement settling a lawsuit challenging the City's anti-camping ordinance.

August 22, 2012

Today, the City Council unanimously approved an agreement to settle a lawsuit challenging the City's anti-camping ordinance. The agreement formalizes operational changes the Portland Police have already made in how they interact with people sleeping outside. Consistently applied, these changes will ensure that people sleeping outside are treated fairly and with compassion.

National drivers such as high unemployment, a broken mental health system, the foreclosure crisis, and rising healthcare costs continue to push families into homelessness. At a time of rising need and declining resources, we must work together - advocates, government, non-profits, business, and faith partners - to help our neighbors in need.

The Oregon Law Center and the City took a collaborative approach to this settlement. Under the agreement, the City will pay a small amount of damages to the plaintiffs, and the Oregon Law Center will forego attorney's fees in order to direct $37,000 to the Portland Housing Bureau's Short Term Rent Assistance program. Rent assistance is our most effective tool to prevent homelessness and quickly more people from the streets into permanent homes. The Oregon Law Center's support for this program reflects its genuine commitment to helping our community's most vulnerable.

Everyone deserves a safe and decent place to call home. Over the last four years, the Portland Housing Bureau has invested nearly $300 million to address our community's unmet housing needs, which includes ending homelessness one person, one family at a time. This settlement is one more confirmation that our collaborative approach is working.

Mayor Sam Adams Addresses Camping Lawsuit Settlement

Dennis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury


Anti-camping law stands, but Portland will pay $3,200 to homeless plaintiffs

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


City settles anti-camping lawsuit

Kevin Harden in the Portland Tribune


Camping lawsuit against homeless draws to a close

In Street Roots blog

This Weekend: Sunday Parkways in Southeast Portland

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation for another Sunday Parkways event in Southeast Portland.

August 23, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation for Sunday Parkways in Southeast Portland. This will be the second to the last Sunday Parkways event of the year, and it looks like the weather will be great!

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. One Sunday each month from May through September, we block off a route from 11 am - 4 pm.

Click here for the Southeast Portland route and decide where you'd like to join!

The event promotes healthy, active living through free events. Estimates put total attendance at more than 100,000 since 2008. The event is safe, family-friendly and a great chance to meet your neighbors.

Free activities, plus food, vendors, music, and fun will be provided in Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, and Mt. Tabor Parks.