Argay neighbors mug East Portland cops

Why did folks from this outer East Portland neighborhood give coffee mugs to all the officers and workers in East Precinct? We’ve got the answer right here …

Portland Police Bureau East Precinct Commander Michael Crebs receives the first Argay coffee mug from Argay Neighborhood Association Chair Valerie Curry.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
We wondered what was happening, when we saw Argay Neighborhood Association chair Valerie Curry getting a couple of East Precinct cops to help her carry large and obviously-heavy cardboard boxes into the police station.

During a break in last month’s East Precinct Citizen’s Advisory meeting, we found out, when Curry presented a wrapped gift to Portland Police Bureau East Precinct Commander Michael Crebs. “Its our way of saying ‘Thank you for all you do’,” Curry told Crebs as they stood before nearly 80 people who were at the meeting.

Portland Police Bureau Chief Rosie Sizer admires her new coffee mug.

Curry also gave a coffee mug to Portland Police Bureau Chief Rosie Sizer. The chief politely thanked Curry as she examined the gift and noted the mugs were green, the official color of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department.

Curry informed Chief Sizer, “This is the official color of our neighborhood association – it’s called ‘Argay Green’!”

Upon closer inspection, we observed that the coffee cups feature the Argay Neighborhood Association logo on one side, and the Portland Police Bureau shield on the other.

These substantial coffee mugs are a token of appreciation from the Argay neighbors to their cops, according to their association’s chair.

Asked how the idea of making mugs for Crebs and Sizer came up, Curry told us, “We wanted to say thank you. There’s not enough public support in Portland for the police.”

Curry added, “The boxes we were carrying in are full of coffee mugs. We made up 144 cups, so all of the police officers and East Precinct workers could have one.”

Meet the Argay neighbors on January 20
If you live in the Argay Terrace area – it’s located east of Parkrose, and runs along the south bank of the Columbia River – consider coming to an association meeting and getting involved in reducing crime and improving livability.

Their General meeting is on January 20, and gets underway at 7:00 p.m. at the Portland Fire Station Training Center, 4800 NE 122nd Avenue. To see their website, CLICK HERE. Or, for more information, call (503) 256-5579 or e-mail to

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