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Consider Boxing for your new workout

Want to try a new form of exercise that gets you in shape, is fun, and reduces stress?

Fitness boxing at Sweet Science Boxing in the North Portland neighborhood of Kenton is the greatest place for the best boxing workouts in PDX.  We offer 18 classes per week, which include 12 adult and 2 teen boxing classes plus strength & stretch…

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Posted by Laurie Gold on March 9, 2015 at 1:51pm

Happy New Year! 2015 Portland Events

Hey, Portlanders!  Happy new year!  It's 2015, and we're kicking off another great year with tons of ideas of fun things to do in Portland! I started the new year with a hike at Upper Macleay Park in Portland.

Here are some featured Portland events in January 2015.  View the Portland…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:30pm

Article: 12 Portland Hikes Worth Getting Out of Bed For

A friend posted a link to this article, "12 Portland Hikes Worth Getting Out of Bed For" (Full article here: http://www.newscastic.com/news/12-portland-hiking-trails-worth-getting-out-of-bed-for-2472641/ )

At dawn, the view from the top of Council Crest makes the whole city look like a bed of sparkling jewels nestled in the most verdant valley of an enchanted…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:00pm

Inspired by the movie Wild? Why not go on some hikes in 2015?

If you've been inspired  by the movie Wild, and would like to enjoy some Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge hikes, check out Friends of the Columbia Gorge: http://www.gorgefriends.org/section.php?id=6…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:00pm

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Neighborhood near max rail for student

Hello Everyone, This is my first post on this forum. I just recently got the notification of acceptance into a grad program I was interested in Hillsboro. As I'm quite unfamiliar with the general…Continue

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Started by Mikey Park in General Portland Discussion Mar 25.

Choosing a Neighborhood in Portland 2 Replies

Hi and thanks for reading this, Portlanders!  I live in Cleveland and my sister and I will be moving to Portland--or nearby--this summer.  We would like to live centrally located to the Hawthorne…Continue

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Hi Future Neighbors!Like many others in this discussion, I too am relocating to Portland in July 2014. I visited Portland in January and was able to explore many NE and SE neighborhoods. I will be…Continue

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Hi:  My husband and I are relocating to Portland in February.  We are looking for a neighborhood near public transportation.  I will be working in downtown Portland (2nd and Market) and will not have…Continue

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On Fire: Big in Japan Reviewed

In 1966, protesting Japanese nationalists almost stopped The Beatles from opening their Revolver world tour at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan martial arts center. But they played on, laying the foundation for later concerts by Bob Dylan, Beyonce and Japanese favorites Cheap Trick.

What is it about rock stars making it big in Japan? Like Napoleon, so many forge East (albeit with Gibsons instead of cavalry) in search of immortal fame. And like Napoleon, most stay small.

Tennis Pro, the Seattle-based trio in John Jeffcoat’s Big in Japan, doesn’t have the answer. But they go to Japan anyway. The entire film is like that: a direction-less romp through bubble massages, rubbery “ice-cream hotdogs” from a late-night vendor, and headlining for a band whose lead singer isets his pubic hair ablaze on stage. The middle-aged punk group pools meager funds won gambling in the States to follow a stranger, supposedly a prolific manager, who promises fame and fortune. Instead, the group lands in a brothel for a hostel, where webcam call-girls routinely answer Skype call from their mousy wives back home.

Director Jeffcoat doesn’t seem to have any answer to the Japan question either, but like the band he jumps in anyway. The result is a rote story-line. Small potatoes rockers play to empty dance floors; sex, drugs and rock and roll antics take over; and inevitably, they’re offered the choice between breaking up or playing their dream show without bespectacled band member Phillip Peterson (in real life a near-prodigal cellist with credits including Owl City and Gym Class Heroes). Right on cue we get the inevitable “making it big in Japan” montage and moral uplift as they gain followers, fame and make endearing friendships with the locals.

There’s nothing extraordinary about Tennis Pro in the film. They look and sound like a middle-aged Weezer impersonating The Clash. There’s nothing extraordinary about Big in Japan either. It looks and sounds like School of Rock’s lovechild with Almost Famous.


But it’s ironically this small-fries mediocrity that earns Tennis Pro our hearts. Loosely-based on the real-life band’s own attempts in Tokyo, Big in Japan is everyday enough to make its audience at home. We tag along, bemused, for an hour-and-a-half of misguided tourism with a group of awkward Seattleites. We can sympathize with lost luggage and the close quarters that put Sean Lowry’s head uncomfortably close to Phil’s ample ass in tighty whiteys. We feel for the Pro’s pathetic attempt to don tennis whites and wow balloon-toting toddlers in the park. Not magnifying the rockstar lifestyle to coke-snorting and diamond-dripping heights, Big in Japan stays with the softcore stuff. And in doing so, it softens our hearts.


Tennis Pro will not make the history books like Napoleon or the charts like The Beatles. and Big in Japan still leaves us questioning why cat cafes and miniature bidets seem like stepping stones to fame. But we’re only slightly worse for wear after this punk rock romp through Tokyo’s mid-size nightclubs.

Grade: A-

SEE IT: Big in Japan is at Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., 7 pm Saturday-Sunday. $9.


Portland School Board Members React to Administrator Salary Increases

It started as a heads up. It ended as a head butt.

Sean Murray, chief human resources officer for Portland Public Schools, sent an email to school board members Tuesday alerting them to his interview with WW about salary increases among top administrators earlier in the day. WW's story on the hefty raises among administrators, including Murray, appears in this week's paper.

"I expect that the story will contain criticism of raises for district leadership positions," he wrote. "I explained the technical, organizational and market rational [sic] for PPS to continue to improve our classification and compensation system in order to attract and retain the best talent for the district." 

Murray's message also included a sentence that jumped out to at least three board members. He attached a 2014 memo and repeated a line Jon Isaacs, the district's spokesman, wrote in an earlier email to WW in advance of its story. The memo, Murray's email said, "clearly states the board’s desire for all salaries to be adjusted to eliminate compression"— i.e. keep administrators' salaries higher than teachers' and principals'—"and make PPS salaries competitive."

Board member Bobbie Regan wrote back first, telling Murray the assertion was inaccurate. The memo, Regan reminded him, came from the board's two leaders, not the whole board. The co-chairwomen were then Pam Knowles and Ruth Adkins.

Then Tom Koehler, a second board member, jumped in. "The board never clearly stated that all salaries should be adjusted," he wrote.

Greg Belisle, a third, says the board did send that message. In a 2012 public meeting. Koehler joined the board in 2013. Regan's served three terms, but she said nothing during the meeting. She's now running for a fourth.

In a separate email to the board and Superintendent Carole Smith, Regan spelled out additional concerns. Regan had already been working with other board members to propose an audit of central-office salaries. "The PPS Board has worked diligently to maintain and increase staffing to our schools to support teaching and learning," she wrote. "We have also spent considerable time reviewing and approving salary increases for principals, teachers, classified employees and other school staff. I was sent some information and it appears that in the past year that the superintendent has overseen a 30 percent jump in central office employees making over $70k/year. Year-over-year salary increases for some employees are more than 10 percent, even though the job title remained the same." 

Steve Buel, a fourth member, also replied. His was the hardest punch. "[W]hat bothers me is that we gave people 10 percent increases without sharing this particuluar [sic] thing with the board," he wrote. "Didn't anyone realize that giving teachers a 2.3 percent increase in a well-reported negotiations to help them get up to market is a lot different than giving top administrators a 10 percent increase to help them get up to market without sharing it with the school board. I mean, I am personally embarrassed that I didn't know this took place. And I should be. This was all undoubtedly done in the back room as have so many things been done that I have objected to throughout my tenure on the board. As a friend of mine said to me today when she heard this, 'Well, they just slipped it through.' My answer, 'Yep.' It would be nice that I, as a board member, did not have to ride herd over everything we are doing. But this just shows I need to be more vigilant yet. ​Not a good situation."

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