10th Annual Eliot Clean Up is May 19

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Eliot resident bikes in donations at the 2017 cleanup.

It’s that time of year again when we get the urge to do a bit of spring cleaning and get rid of all that clutter that has been gathering in our closets, basements and garages.  How convenient that the Eliot Neighborhood Association is organizing its 10th annual spring clean-up event where you can bring items that you no longer want that someone else may have been pining for and throw away that broken chair that’s taking up valuable real estate in your shed.

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Food Cart Owner Pays it Forward

Jimmy Wilson

Pay it forward.  This is a well-known phrase that is easy to understand and possible to enact but rarely a lifelong philosophy that continually directs your life.  One Eliot businessman has dedicated his life to paying it forward and it has had a positive effect on his life and the life of others. You might have been to the food cart pod on Vancouver and Fremont or maybe you’re new to the Eliot neighborhood and are looking for some convenient and delicious dinner options. Jimmy Wilson owns the food carts at this location and the story about how they came to be located here is one of dedication and generosity.

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Meet the Board – Jere Fitterman

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Jere Fitterman

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Jere has lived in Eliot since Jan 2009. She has been on the board for two years as Co-Chair with Patricia Montgomery. This year she is the Chair. Jere wanted to join the board because she wanted to get to know more neighbors and get involved in local issues and events.

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Meet the Board – Maggie Gardner

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Maggie has lived in Eliot for 12 years. She has attended meetings sporadically over the years, but never been on the board before this year. She just got elected Vice Chair and is interested in exploring what might unite and engage our community.

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Meet the Board – Sue Stringer

Sue Stringer

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Sue is fairly new to Eliot. She has lived in the neighborhood for the last five years but has lived in Portland on and off for 21 years.  Sue joined the board as the  Eliot News Editor in 2014. She joined the board because she wanted to get more connected with the neighborhood and meet new neighbors.

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Meet the Board – Anna Daggett

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Anna has lived in the Eliot neighborhood for a year and a half and in Portland for seven years. This is her first term as a board member.  She wanted to join the board to increase her knowledge and awareness about what is going on in the Eliot neighborhood.

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Meet the Board – Monica Choy Salazar

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Monica Choy Salazar

Monica has lived in the Eliot neighborhood since May 2017 and has worked here since August 2013. She just joined the board in October and we’re excited that she was willing to be elected as our Recorder. She is happy to live and work in Eliot and wants to be more involved in the community here.

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Meet the Board – Brad Baker

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Brad Baker

Brad has lived in Eliot for a little less than a year. Before living in Eliot, he lived in Goose Hollow. Brad just got elected to our board in October. He is interested in helping Eliot be as wonderful as it can potentially be. To him, that means a diverse, safe, affordable, sustainable, and welcoming community.

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Meet the Board – Patricia Montgomery

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Patricia Montgomery

Patricia is a native Oregonian and has lived in Eliot for 28 years.  She has been on the board for five years with the last two years being our Co-Chair with Jere Fitterman. Her favorite things about the neighborhood are the accessibility to the city, the diversity of the neighborhood and the sense of a caring community.

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Meet the Board – Jim Hlava

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Jim Hlava

Jim has been a Portland resident for the last 34 years and has lived in the Hollywood District for 27 years. Jim has been a board member since 2008 and has been our Treasurer for the last year and will continue on with that position this year.

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Meet the Board – Jimmy Wilson

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Jimmy Wilson

Jimmy does not live in the Eliot neighborhood but has worked here for nine years. He just joined our board in October for the first time.  He wanted to join the board to change how people communicate with each other.

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Portland Winter Lights Festival Shines Again

Tree light up for Festival of Lights
Portland Winter Light Festival. “TrEeD” by Tyler FuQua. Photo: Carlton Ward

Once again, February 1-3, the city will be lit up with art along the banks of the Willamette River near OMSI and in other various locations throughout the city. Artists and performers will showcase their talent for residents who have bundled up to embrace winter weather and the season of darkness, connecting with their city when most of us choose to stay indoors.

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Seth Prickett: The Waypost Owner and Philanthropist

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Seth Prickett

Thirteen years ago, Seth Prickett’s life was changed by a decision participate in a study abroad program while attending Linfield College. He was the fifth-generation to be born and raised in Washington County, and he was eager to go somewhere far away and culturally different. The class offered in Ghana, Africa seemed to fit both of those desires. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan colony to gain its independence in 1957. Ghana hosts a diverse population and is an example of democratic success. Prickett was a political science major and was also active in student government at Linfield. The history course he took that January was “Emergence of Modern Ghana,” and his project looked at the political structure of the country and how it manifested from 1957 to today. What started as just a curiosity about Ghana’s culture and history became a humanitarian and philanthropic venture that has helped to shape the future of Ghanaian children for years to come.

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