Even during the summer months, see how “Dave’s Can Clan” works to turn recycle-for-credit bottles and cans into cash to help student programs – and how you can help …

The Parkrose High School Varsity Cheerleaders help out with can and bottle collection efforts, during their July Saturday morning event.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The Parkrose Bronco Boosters’ “Can Collection Drive” continues throughout the summer months, on the first Saturday of every month – with the exception of July 12, when we caught up with them.

As we pull up, members of the Parkrose High School Varsity Cheerleaders look dejected that we don’t have a trunk full of returnable bottles and cans – but they say they’re happy to help promote the fundraising effort.

The money collected from this first-Saturday-of-the-month can drive at Parkrose Middle school is evenly divided between the Parkrose Bronco Boosters, and the sports team or club that helps out.

Dave, the Parkrose Can Man – can — and does!
“Last year we generated $6,000 here from our 12 monthly can drives,” said Parkrose’ “king of cans”, Dave Luce. “This is all from people who bring us their returnable-for-credit cans and bottles. And, we then help them by sorting them, and taking care of their non-refundables as well.”

He does this, Luce said, because his kids went to Parkrose Schools. “And, I’m retired and I don’t fish as much as I used to,” he says with a smile.

With the help of area businesses and neighbors, Luce places barrels and collects cans to raise money for Parkrose Senior All-night Parties.

Supports All-night Party
Additionally, Luce also raised $9,000 for the ’07-’08 Senior All-night Party. “I’m starting on next year’s event already,” he says.

Luce gets the cans by gaining permission to place 55-gallon plastic barrels or drums in various locations, he revealed. “I have 194 of them out at people’s businesses, and some homes.  They fill them and give me a call, and I come take ’em home and sort them. At the same time, I drop off a clean and empty barrel. It keeps me busy year-round.”

You can help
If you generate a substantial number of deposit-return cans and bottles at your home or business, give Dave Luce a call at (503) 255-3745, and help him help our community.

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

What a great summertime festival! See why more folks are setting aside the second Saturday in July to attend this event …

Tyler Whitmire, president of the Portland International District Business Association strings up the welcoming banner.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The second annual International Festival on July 14 – a community program of the Portland International District Business Association – was again gifted with sunny weather and blue skies.

And, the event grew this year, with more than double the attendance of the first one.

The An Daire Academy of the Celtic Arts – based in Portland and now with a school in Corvallis – energetically performed “Riverdance”-style Irish Step Dancing to the delight of the audience.

Making a ‘culturally inclusive’ area
“We are creating a culturally inclusive zone in Portland,” Tyler Whitmire, the president of the district association explained. “It’s where people can come and learn to understand one another. When understanding increased, people can benefit from the enlightenment that comes from exchanging ideas and culture.”

This event, Whitmire continued, helps do that by bringing people together to explore and celebrate their cultures.

Portland City Commissioner and Mayor-elect Sam Adams visits the festival. Here, he’s checking in at the Lions Club Health Screening van with volunteer Jan Wilson.

Adams congratulates fest organizers
“This festival is important in terms of what we want for our neighborhoods and our city,” said Mayor-elect Sam Adams, speaking to folks at the event. “I’ve been here both years, and it is amazing at how much it’s grown this year.”

Adams thanked Whitmire, Dr. Thomas Wright, and Eileen Stoker, and other organizers of the event. “I see lots of volunteers here, doing a lot of work to help keep this neighborhood get safe and friendly. I thank everyone who helps put this on.”

Entertainment abounds
The main stage at the Festival was the focal point for the event, as act after act entertained attendees.

Among the musical acts: Sam Bamboo played with steel drums; Love Pyle played American classics, and featured a young lady who really could belt out the blues; Allen Mathews sat in to play a solo set of Brazilian classical guitar music; and Haldaman’s Ooompa Boys finished the day with rousing Germanic songs – including the famous “Chicken Dance”.

Our International Festival Photo Album

The streets along Roseway Park are lined with public service providers, community group representatives and lots of great food booths.

The Roseway Neighbors Players Chauntey Cruz, Terrie Quinteros, Kieu-Oanh Nguyen, and Morris McClellan are introduced by the play’s author and director, Jeannie LaFrance, before they present “This Place is Home”.

Ronda Johnson of Central Northeast Neighbors hands out literature.

Artist Carol Hamilton paints a fine likeness of Spongebob Squarepants on Jakob Smith’s leg.

Demonstrating dances of the Pacific Isles is Kanani O Ka Aina. Kanani is on the left.

Again this year, it was your reporter’s pleasure to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Special thanks to our audio producer, Mo McClellan.

Find out more
Want to find out more about this association, that works with business and neighbors along NE Sandy Boulevard? “Find out more information by going to www.pdxid.com, to find other ways we bring businesses and neighbors together,” invited Whitmire.

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland New

See how many neighborhood groups are celebrating the 25th annual “National Night Out against Crime” …

Rosanne Lee talks up “National Night Out” parties, at a recent outer East Portland event.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
“America’s Night Out Against Crime” will be celebrated locally at several events in outer East Portland as they celebrate the 25th Annual “National Night Out” (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention program on Tuesday, August 5.

“We have many events going on this year,” said Crime Prevention Specialist Rosanne Lee, who works with the East Portland Neighborhood Organization.

“These neighborhood parties were created to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, and to generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs,” Lee explained. The events tend to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, she added; “They send a message to criminals – letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.”

Last year, the Argay/Russell event attracted nearly 300 guests.

This year’s major events include those put on by these associations:

  • Argay Neighborhood Associations BBQ – It runs from 6 until 8:30 pm at Argay Park, NE 141st & Beech Street. There’ll be live music, games, face painting, visits from police and firefighters, information booths, and much more.  Burgerville cheeseburgers, chips, and a drink – for only $2!
  • Centennial Community Association – It runs from 6 until 8 pm at Parklane Park, SE 155th & SE Millmain. They say the community is invited for refreshments. Meet police, firemen, crime prevention and the volunteers from Centennial Community Association.
  • Glenfair Neighborhood Association – This one will be from 6 until 9 pm at Glenfair Park, NE 154th & Davis Street. Free pizza for Glenfair residents (please don’t mooch!). Enjoy clowns, face painters, games, a fire truck, and other surprises.
  • Lents Neighborhood Association Ice Cream Social – Their event is from 6 until 8 pm at Lents Park Picnic Area A, SE 92nd & SE Holgate. Come meet Lents residents, Police Officers, Lents Firemen, and find out what’s happening in the neighborhood! Information will be available on homeownership, crime prevention, the Neighborhood Emergency Team, and the Lents Neighborhood Association. Free ice cream and prize raffle.  Contact Amie at 503-788-8052 x105 or amie@rosecdc.org. Ice Cream is available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Wilkes/Russell Neighbors’ Celebration – These folks put on a big event from 5:30 until 8:00 pm at Wilkes Park, NE 154th just south of Sandy Boulevard.  Come and enjoy an evening with your neighbors, police, fire, & crime prevention representatives. Complimentary BBQ burgers with all the fixin’s, pop, watermelon & children’s prizes!
  • Woodland Park Neighbors’ Luau/Block Party – The small neighborhood with the big heart runs their event from 6 until 9 pm. This year, it’s in front of 1737 NE 101st. A Hawaiian Luau theme is planned for Woodland Park’s celebration. Come enjoy good food, music, children’s activities, raffle prizes, and meet your local neighborhood police officers, crime prevention reps, & neighbors.
  • Mill Park Neighborhood Association BBQ — This event runs from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at SE Yamhill Street and SE 113th Avenue. These folks get together for family fun, barbecue and music.

Find one in your area
Whereever you are in the Portland area, you can find an event near you by visiting the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement directly by CLICKING HERE.

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

These slime-buckets broke in and stole the family goods and car. Then, they went on a spending spree with their credit cards. Help us bust these crooks by taking a look …

Annie Diess and her son Max show us where their TV, video games, and other home electronics used to sit, before they were stolen while they were in church on July 20.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
It was a typical Sunday morning for the Diess family. They got ready and left for church on July 20 just before 8:00 am, as they typically do.

Sadly, criminals were watching their departure as they walked to their church.

When the family returned to their NE Portland home, just off E. Burnside Street, at 9:10 am, they found that crooks had broken into their home.

The thieves stole cell phones, a laptop computer, an Ipod, video equipment, jewelry, and even worse, credit cards. The crooks even stole the little girl’s piggy bank! The family’s big television was too tempting to leave behind, and they stole a family car, also.

The burglars didn’t get Max’s piggy bank, but they did steal the one that belonged to his sister.

Joy ride and spending spree
According to some reports, their stolen SUV was seen joy-riding around town – in areas from inner SE Portland to Gresham. Within hours, three people were seen in outer East Portland going on a spending spree – with credit cards belonging to the Diess family.

“Police received information from the Fred Meyer store at 14700 SE Division Street,” reported the bureau’s spokesman, Sgt. Brian Schmautz. “Three subjects attempted to use the victim’s credit card to buy about $700 worth of clothing. Store personnel became suspicious when they saw the suspects quickly stuffing merchandise into shopping carts. When they asked for identification, the subjects took off.”

It is obvious where the Diess family computer once sat on the desk in their home office.

Crime makes them feel suspicious
Reflecting back on the break-in, when she talked with us on July 31, the burgled homeowner, Annie Diess, said the family is still not sleeping well.

“I feel afraid, bad, and suspicious,” Diess told us. “We’re suspicious of every car that drives by or parks near home; we look at people who walk by the house. We’re constantly resetting our alarm system. It has changed our whole lives.”

She, and her son Max, show us most obvious result of the burglary – the gaping space where their widescreen television used to be, in the family’s media room. “Things like the TV can be replaced,” she commented. “There are a few sentimental pieces we really care about. More than that, I want the people who did this to know how much they hurt people by doing this. I hope they don’t get away with it.”

Max added, “It feels weird and bad because we won’t get to play games on the Wii for a long time. They also went into my room and took my pocket knife, and some rare coins I got from the Tooth Fairy.”

The young lad added he was sad because the crooks also stole presents from his First Communion.

Put the heat on these crooks and get cold cash
Fortunately, the Fred Meyer store surveillance system caught three individals on tape while inside “shopping” with the stolen credit cards. Take a look at this trio but note: the police call them “credit card fraud suspects” — they are not necessarily accused of being the persons who broke into the home.

Here are two looks at Suspect #1 – a white male in his 20’s, 5’10”, 170 pounds, short or possibly shaved head, goatee, and multiple tattoos on both arms and on the back of his neck. He was wearing a white baseball cap, awhite short sleeve T-shirt with “Hurley” on the front, and plaid shorts.

Suspect #2, seen here with the first suspected crook, is a white male, in his 20’s, short dark hair, wearing a short-sleeve striped polo shirt.

Suspect #3 is a white female in her 20’s, with long straight brown hair. She was wearing a dark-colored short sleeve top, and dark-colored pants.

By the way, the stolen vehicle, a 2005 blue Toyota Highlander, was recovered in the 5400 block of NE Hoyt Street, parked and left on July 25th.

Your tip can be anonymous
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, which leads to an arrest in this case, or in any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous. If you have a tip, call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357), or visit the website, www.crimestoppersoforegon.com.

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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