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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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Choosing a Neighborhood in Portland 4 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

Tags: Milwaukie, apartment, Hawthorne, Hawthorne District, Neighborhoods

Started by Jill Huettich in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Jill Huettich 16 hours ago.

Neighborhood near max rail for student 1 Reply

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. Last reply by Rick Hamell yesterday.

The skinny on neighborhood differences? 2 Replies

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

Started by john doney in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Katie McMahan Nov 7, 2014.

Relocating to Portland 2 Replies

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

Started by Maria Wilks in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Maria Wilks Jan 31, 2014.

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Jill Huettich replied to Jill Huettich's discussion Choosing a Neighborhood in Portland
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Join us this Thursday, July 2nd, for our First Thursday Browse with a Brew! We have hundreds of brightly painted, beautifully stained, and totally unfinished pieces to choose from. Our wide selection is all handcrafted, solid wood, and wholesale. Stop in, grab a beer or a glass of wine, and find inspiration for your summer home update! We will be serving drinks from 4pm 6pm. We hope to see you there!See More
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Presented in Spanish with supertitles in EnglishBy Héctor Quintero | Directed by Yvonne López ArenalThrough thick and thin forever!A tragicomedy set in Havana during the second half of the 1950s, just before the Cuban revolution takes hold. When an optimistic, materialistic matriarch battles to create the appearance of wealth in front of her neighbors, she only succeeds in creating chaos for the whole family and risking what’s most important!See More
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Oregon Legislature Will Fund $17 Million in Safety Improvements for Outer Powell Boulevard

East Portland's most notorious road is finally getting sidewalks.

State lawmakers are preparing to spend $17 million on building sidewalks, crosswalks and lane widening on 14 blocks of Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Politicians have promised such improvements on Outer Powell for more than three decades. The funding means construction will begin in 2018.

The safety project will start at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard—which state transportation officials say is Oregon's most dangerous intersection—and continue east to Southeast 136th Avenue.

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick will announce today that the city will contribute an additional $3 million to the project.

The project is part of a capital construction bill, a package of funding which is typically hammered out at the end of the Oregon Legislature's session.

But preparations for this project date back two years. That's when Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-Clackamas) began stumping for more sidewalk funding in East Portland following the death of a five-year-old girl crossing Southeast 136th Avenue.

Fagan and other East Portland legislators secured $4.9 million in the 2013 session to design safety improvements for Outer Powell from Southeast 111th Avenue to the Gresham border.

"Every time I've knocked on doors in Portland," Fagan told WW then, "people are pissed off—because for the last 30 years they've been hearing Powell was five to 15 years away from being a priority."

In a funding request sent in April to the Legislature's Ways and Means Committee, Fagan estimated the cost of adding safety improvements from Southeast 99th Avenue to Gresham at $75 to $91 million.

Supporters of $337 Million Capitol Renovation "Appalled" That It's Not Happening

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation, a non-profit established to safeguard the building that houses the Legislature, governor, secretary of state and treasurer, is reacting angrily to news that lawmakers will not include money to begin a proposed $337 million seismic upgrade of the building.

As WW reported in May, the price-tag on the project has risen, and critics say that many other public buildings, such as schools and courthouses deserve at least equal consideration for scarce state borrowing capacity.

Here's the foundation's response to news that the project won't get funding this year:

Leaders of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation are saddened and appalled that the 2015 legislature appears to be shirking its responsibility to rescue the State Capitol from certain collapse in a major earthquake.

“It seems courage and leadership have left the building, throwing away ten years and $30 million of deliberations, planning and design,” said Fred Neal, Chair of the Foundation.

“They had the ability to put together a responsible, long-term funding program for the Capitol renovation, for public schools and other public buildings, and for the proposed public housing program.  There would still have been bonding capacity remaining for other needs.  They blew it.  The project will be done someday and will likely cost more,” said Gary Wilhelms, Chair of the Foundation’s Building Committee and former House Republican leader.

“Costs of construction, of borrowing, of shutting down the already functioning project only add to future expense and in trade for what? Misguided fear of 2016 political consequence? How sad for not just the People’s Building but for the legislative process,” concluded former Senator Jane Cease, immediate past Chair of the Foundation.

None of the three Capitol Foundation members quoted in the release is a rookie. Neal is the former longtime state elections director; Wilhelms is former state representative who served as House Republican leader in 1979, and Cease is a former state senator from Portland who later oversaw the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles.

All three knew that the Capitol project was a top priority for the Legislature's longest serving and perhaps most powerful member, Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem), and the surprise that Courtney's wishes did not become reality may explain the tone of their response.

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