Boise-Eliot School Earns 2008 Celebrating Student Success Award

State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo named sixteen Oregon public schools that have made significant progress in closing the achievement gap. The announcement was made in April at a press conference at Boise-Eliot School in Portland.

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The Rinehart Building

For nearly 7 years, Eliot residents have wondered what the future is for the building that housed the Cleo-Lilliann Club for many years. At the corner of N Williams & Monroe, it was a fixture for social gatherings in the neighborhood until closing in 2001. Since that time, it has sat vacant and been a target for taggers as no real estate deals apparently have been worked out between owners and potential buyers.

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Get ready for Recycling Roll Carts

New recycling roll carts are coming to Portland neighborhoods between May and July. The heart of the new system is replacing the two yellow recycling bins currently used with a single roll cart. All material currently placed in the yellow bins can be combined in the roll cart, except glass. A lid keeps recyclables dry and sturdy wheels make the cart easy to set out. The carts also are easier and safer for trash haulers to collect, since mechanized trucks can tip the carts into the truck. Glass should be placed in one of the remaining yellow bins.

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Building Green

Around the Neighborhood…

I recently found out that the Irvington newsletter has featured a column of the same title (Around the Neighborhood) for several years.  Apologies to Dick Levy, but I decided to keep using this title anyway.

This column is for Earth Day, April 22nd.  One of my pet peeves in the land use/development world is how politicians and businesses get away marketing themselves as “green” when they are anything but.  Recent articles have extolled how “green” Oregon and Portland are.  Also, several recent housing developments in Eliot have made the same claim.  The combination finally set me off.

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Alu Opens

Eliot Neighborhood has a new wine bar and lounge to add to it’s growing list of places of to hang out. The wine bar quietly opened their doors about 6 weeks ago.

According to the menu Alu refers to the aluminum finish on the side of the building.  Inside, Alu has a good variety of wine, beer and a German inspired menu created by chef Sandro di Giovanni.

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