In the early 1940s, Floyd Standifer could be found playing his trumpet to the hills. He would listen as the sound came echoing back. This was the way, in the farmlands outside of Gresham, he worked on perfecting his tone. However, he also learned a lot from Williams Avenue in Portland.
A family of 5 from Alabama decides to make their way to Oregon for a promising future and opportunity. Not such an unusual story for today but being an African American family in the 1940’s such a decision would be brave and fraught with worry about how the Pacific Northwest would treat them and also that it could be a long time before they see their extended family again. This is the beginning of the story of Kay Toran’s life which has been nothing short of an amazing. Growing up in Eliot, working for public and government agencies and finally finding her place in nonprofit organizations, Toran has been a neighbor, role model and leader for our community. The following is taken from an interview with Kay Toran and it is meant to help new as well as longtime residents learn a little more about our neighborhood and one of the families that has lived in Portland for 3 generations.
Want to get back in shape but feeling out of place next to those super-fit twenty-something bodies happily preening in their color coordinated Lululemons? Maybe you’re in need of a workout that accommodates or helps you rehab an injury? Well, your answer lives right here in the neighborhood and it’s called BodyQuirks (BQ).
Eliot Land Use and Transportation Committee
Minutes for November 14, 2016
Submitted by Vice-chair, Mike Warwick
7:15 pm Vice-chair Warwick called the meeting to order before a quorum was present in order to proceed with Emanuel Hospital’s annual review, as required by the Institutional Management Plan (IMP) it has with Eliot and Boise Neighborhood Associations.
Present: Mike, Montse, Phil, and Paul. Visitors from Emanuel were present as was one neighbor/resident.
On June 13, 2016, James Kyser, M.D., of the Pediatric Cardiology Center of Oregon, became the first and only pediatric cardiologist in the state to provide the Edwards SAPIEN XT transcatheter heart valve procedure for pulmonic valve replacement to pediatric patients. This procedure took place just two months after the FDA approval.
Hi Eliot Neighbors! My name is Lauren Mullen and I’m a member of the Eliot Livability Team.
Our neighborhood has linked with SOLVE to sponsor Neighborhood Litter Pick-Up events during the year. The last litter pickup was in October. We would like to build on that spirit of good stewardship by starting an Adopt-a-Block initiative. We want it to be simple and informal. Let me know if you are interested in keeping your block free of litter and the storm drains ﬂowing and I’ll add your name to the list which will be published periodically.