Earlier this year the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) was hedged out of its home of twenty plus years in the Eliot neighborhood by rising rent and a need to expand into a larger space. Now based in Southwest Portland near the Hawthorne bridge, Executive Director, Karen Kraus says, “They are still able to conveniently manage the population of feral cats in Eliot with the assistance of local residents.” They purchased the building in Southwest Portland, completely remodeled it to suit their very specific needs, and on June 25th celebrated the grand opening as well as the organization’s 21st birthday. Their new building is easily accessible from I-5 or the Hawthorne Bridge.
We’ve all heard about “The Big One”—a major seismic event that could hit Oregon within the next 40 years. While many efforts are underway to retrofit Oregon’s schools and commercial buildings, homeowners can also act to keep homes and people safe. Here are some earthquake preparedness tips to get you started:
Just beyond our borders, you can indulge your cat cravings at Purringtons Cat Lounge, the first in the Northwest. When it opened it’s doors in January 2015, I was thrilled to be number 10 in line for opening day free lounge visit. The lounge area has cat and human furniture where you can interact directly with the cats, who are provided by Cat Adoption Team of Sherwood. The idea is that socialized cats make better pets, and meeting your prospective pet in this environment will help prospective adopters experience what it’s like to own a cat. According to Stephanie Tormey, an employee of the cat cafe, they’ve adopted out about 200 cats since opening.
The Emanuel Medical Center Foundation board of trustees recently approved 42 projects, totaling $692,821, in support of programs and services at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Donations from patients, their families, Legacy Health employees and the broader community made funding these projects possible.
I love living in Eliot Neighborhood. I love the proximity to shops, restaurants and services. I love being near the River for walking and enjoying beautiful views. But mostly I love running into people I know and how easy it is to get to know neighbors. People are friendly and helpful. I’m looking forward to all the outdoor events over the summer (see Spring-Summer Events 2016) where I’m sure to meet folks I know.
Portland’s air pollution problem was brought to our attention in January 2016, when the Portland Mercury broke a story, exposing elevated cadmium and arsenic in several areas of our city. Days later, Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the regulatory body responsible for air safety, announced their data indicated a monthly average of 49 times the state’s established air-safety benchmark level for cadmium and 159 times the benchmark for the arsenic. Cadmium and arsenic are both known carcinogens, connected with serious health effects, like cancer, respiratory problems, and organ damage.
Draft proposals to reduce the scale of new houses, allow more housing options and address issues around historically narrow lots are now available for public review and comment.
The Eliot neighborhood was treated to another round of committed, volunteer trash collectors in May. On May 22nd, 29 of your neighbors and fellow residents of Portland walked along sidewalks and side yards and maneuvered around sewer grates, curbsides, and vehicles plucking up the latest batch of accumulated fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts, and uncharitably tossed debris.