See how groups are working together to turn renters into homeowners – and why …

Mary Taylor, Bank of America, teaches prospective homeowners how to arrange their finances so they’ll qualify for a loan.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
One way to improve a neighborhood is to turn renters into homeowners, says Amie Diffenauer, of the Lents Homeownership Initiative in the Lents neighborhood.

To this end, the organization has developed a coalition of governmental and commercial interests to increase home ownership. Banks, mortgage companies, utilities, and a church are showing families how they can start putting their lodging budget into owning a home, instead of just paying rent.

t’s true; Jon Turino isn’t a crop farmer, he’s an insurance Farmer. Confused? You won’t be if you take a look at how he’s helping making going to college easier for a student ‚Ķ

Farmer Jon Turino ‚Äì that’s not right! Farmer’s Insurance agent Jon Turino, seen here out meeting and greeting folks at a community event, added $250 to the pot of scholarship funds provided by the Parkrose Business Foundation.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
Some business organizations exist only to further their own agenda. Others, like the Parkrose Business Association (PBA), founded a non-profit organization, called the Parkrose Business Foundation, to help area students continue their education after high school.

Join us at Beal St. NW on June 29 for a fund raising event featuring a full BBQ buffet, great blues music and fun …

Bob Hodges and Margaret Erikson watching an all-star band last fall at the blues music benefit at their Parkrose barbeque restaurant,Beal St. NW. This event helped NW Medical Teams raise $144,000 in donations and in-kind support for hurricane Katrina victims. Now, their friends are doing their best to help this giving couple cover major medical bills.

Read how neighbors joined with businesspeople in a unique campaign to fight crime along Portland’s Avenue of Roses ‚Ķ

82nd Avenue of Roses Association board member Mark Schmidt (far right) organizes volunteers for their crime reduction information and window-cling distribution event.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Earlier than you’d expect on a Saturday morning, a small crowd started assembling outside the Bank of the West at SE 82nd Ave. of Roses and Division St. on June 3.

Soon, two dozen neighbors, business people and other volunteers had gathered on a beautiful morning to take on an ugly issue – crime along the avenue.

Read how neighbors joined with businesspeople in a unique campaign to fight crime along Portland’s Avenue of Roses ‚Ķ

82nd Avenue of Roses Association board member Mark Schmidt (far right) organizes volunteers for their crime reduction information and window-cling distribution event.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Earlier than you’d expect on a Saturday morning, a small crowd started assembling outside the Bank of the West at SE 82nd Ave. of Roses and Division St. on June 3.

Soon, two dozen neighbors, business people and other volunteers had gathered on a beautiful morning to take on an ugly issue – crime along the avenue.

See how ‚Äì and why ‚Äì the Leach Botanical Garden’s Children’s Nature Fair “hooks” kids on learning about nature ‚Ķ

David Christenson with little Marcella and Vincent being checked in by volunteer Ann Kracke. “It is a beautiful day,” David told us. “This is our first time coming out to the Botanical Garden. It is nearby, so we thought we’d come to see the Children’s Nature Fair. They’ll see insects, bugs and animals. It is good for them to learn more about our world ‚Äì this gives them a hand-on experience.”

See how his brother ‚Äì one of the original Portland rock group, The Kingsmen —  follows his passion, and turns it into a rockin’ good time ‚Ķ

Sorry we don’t have a PodCast running here on our website yet, but if we did you could hear the great sounds as they were laid down by the Dennis Mitchell Band, photographed here at the New Copper Penny in Lents a few weeks ago.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
When he was young, Dennis Mitchell was known has the “little brother” of Mike Mitchell, lead guitar player of The Kingsmen (of Louie, Louie fame).

Hey, look! If you missed the Gateway Fun-O-Rama Parade and Fair – this article is short – but boy-o-boy, do we have the photos …

Photo Story by David F. Ashton

Portland Police Officer Mike Gallagher pulling in with the Cadet trailer loaded with bike helmets.

On the Fun-O-Rama Parade reviewing stand, ready to announce the passing parade, are Bianca Gille, St. Therese; James Luu, Parkrose High School; Michael Taylor, Superintendent, Parkrose School District; Fred Sanchez, GABA and Realty Brokers at 111th Square; Barbara Rommel, Superintendent, David Douglas Schools; Barbara Ho, David Douglas high school.

See volunteers work, so others may have good, family housing they can afford …

Helping with the planting project are Mike Schmidt, Stanley Tools; Dave Winterling, Stanley Tools; Kris Cowan, Joe Kelley, volunteer on the site; and Todd Cleek, volunteer and member of the board of directors of the Kivel & Howard Law Firm.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
East on SE Stark, near the Gresham city border, another Habitat for Humanity development is about ready for happy families who got the opportunity to buy new, reduced-priced housing in outer East Portland.

Watch ’em blow up cars ‚Äì just for the fun of it! See RC race cars blast around the track at 100 mph! View hundreds of the best classic, special interest and hot rod vehicles assembled in one place.  Beeeee there ‚Ķ

Hundreds of all kinds of specialty vehicles are on display at the Parkrose Rose Festival Cruise-in on June 24.

Story and archive photos by David F. Ashton
What’s the ONLY officially-sanctioned Portland Rose Festival event located east of the 82nd Avenue of Roses?

Learn the secrets of mediation they learned at their “Chamber After Hours” and see how they helped with the grand reopening of the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel ‚Ķ

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Chamber After Hours
“After Hours” allow members and guests to gather, network and learn at an evening event once every quarter, in addition to the groups weekly Wednesday morning meetings.

Everyone who came to the East Portland Chamber’s “Chamber After Hours” event at Bill Dayton’s (on the right) Pizza Baron was greeted by the savory smell of pizza, served by event sponsor (left) Nancy Chapin, The Support Group on May 18.

Look at the folks having fun at this year’s Police Activities League Auction, as they raise fun as well as funds ‚Ķ

DJ Steve Andersen spun tunes while Patricia Peneyck, Debra Monk Terri Baker checked folks in to the “Blast from the Past” auction for PAL on May 13.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
We expect cops to bust the crooks, and hold criminals at bay. It’s their job.

But do you know that Portland Police Bureau officers volunteer their time, working with more than 3,500 youth each year, to help them stay on the straight-and-narrow?

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