UPDATE: Learn about the “Stark Street Stroll” on August 8 — See why volunteers installed new benches and planters to invite the harried to relax and enjoy the merchants and restaurants in Montavilla ‚Ķ

One of the teams installing benches and barrel planters in the revitalizing downtown Montavilla area are Maria Sworske, Sandra McDaniel, Jennifer Tamayo, Sarah Selden.

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When Montavilla was incorporated 100 years ago, it was a bastion of civilization as one headed out ot town east of Mt. Tabor. Stark Street was one of the heavily-traveled roads which connected the city with the countryside.

See photos of East Portland Chamber of Commerce members having fun, while they support a fellow Chamber member at their “BBQ-4-Bob” ‚Ķ

Holly Moss, Richard Kiely and Julia Farman ‚Äì the organizers of the BBQ-4-Bob event ‚Äì pause, after receiving a warm round of applause for their efforts. See the “Photo Album” below ‚Ķ

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Through hard work, Bob Hodges and Margaret Erikson took a building that was once a bank branch, then a failed teen club, and turned it into a first-class destination for both barbecue and blues music.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

You will be enlightened, when you read this jurist’s candid comments on courthouses, crooks, and business cases ‚Ķ

The Honorable Thomas M. Ryan, Multnomah County Judge, frankly shares his views to members of the Midway Business Association. Club president, Donna Dionne is in the background, listening intently.

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Business people in southern outer East Portland are staying connected with their community when they come to meetings of the Midway Business Association.

While planting roses along the 82nd Avenue of Roses is a new event for many businesses and homes, learn which outer East Portland school has had this tradition since 1955‚ and why‚

Standing with her court, Jalah Reid, Jaimie Taber and Brittany Ades, Rose Festival Ambassador Katrina Holland poses for photos with the Royal Rosarians before planting a rose bush at Madison High School.

Photo and story by David F. Ashton

Seeing members of the Royal Rosarians in their dapper suits and jackets has become a more common site along 82nd Avenue of Roses these days.

The owners of Truax Builders supply watched their showroom burn to the ground. See how this family-owned company has bounced back …

After the Thanksgiving Day fire a couple of years ago, there wasn’t much left of the company, except a bit of the awning.

Standing in front of a case containing “accidental sculptures” —  aluminum extrusions that melted during the intense 2004 Thanksgiving Day blaze — Truax Builders Supply president Joe Sidey is company 11-year veteran, Dan Piluso.

Story and Photos by David F. Ashton

Years ago, Dan Graham had a dream – to create a school that trained people for the construction trade. See how his dream became a reality on April 17

Hundreds turned out for the opening ceremonies of a college dedicated to teaching people building skills.

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How do you build things ‚Äì bridges, homes, office buildings and supporting infrastructure like water, sewer and electric power ‚Äì if there’s a shortage of trained workers?

The President of the new construction college, Dan Graham, speaks at the ceremony marking the opening of the new school in Parkrose.

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