Cool Options Including Matt Dishman Pool to Refresh and Relax

Monique Gaskins

Portlanders experienced extreme temperatures this summer. During the last week of June, local temperatures hit 112 degrees, the highest temperature recorded. In mid- August, another heat wave rolled through the city pushing temperatures higher than usual. Along with the heat, this has also been a dry summer. As of this writing, the warm temperatures and sparse rainfall haven’t retreated yet.

However, the city has options to help keep Portlanders cool this summer. Eliot residents are primed to take advantage without having to leave the neighborhood. During designated heat warnings, all libraries have bottled water on hand to distribute. Albina Library is participating and scheduled to fully open on August 24th. Throughout the summer, the interactive fountain / splash pad is open at Dawson Park. For residents looking to exercise or play in a pool, Portland’s public pools, including Matt Dishman Pool, are open. 

Portland Parks & Recreation opened its eleven pools on June 22. The pools are dispersed around the city and include indoor and outdoor options. Eliot is home to one of the indoor pools at the Matt Dishman Center at 77 North Knott Street. The pools do not all share the same schedule. Availability of lap swim, aqua fitness, and play periods also vary by pool and by day, so be sure to check the schedule by calling ahead or looking online before planning a visit. The outdoor pools are scheduled to close for the summer at the end of August. Indoor pools should remain open.

At the time of writing, face coverings are required within city facilities to help curb the spread of Covid. The drop-in price for Adults age 18-59 is $4. For seniors and youth, the drop-in price is $3, and children 2 and under get in free. 20 visit punch passes and “Pay what you can” discounts are also available. Check for more details and current schedule or call 503-823-3166.

Paul Knauls: Wall to Wall Soul -Northeast Portland’s Incredibly Generous, Respected Businessman and Honorary Mayor

The history of our neighborhood is somewhat easy to find online if you know where to look. The Oregon Encyclopedia and Wikipedia have entries, and many articles are posted on our Eliot Neighborhood Association website. Then there is the Oral History Project, a series of interviews by the youth of northeast Portland talking to the elders of their community. One name that keeps coming up over and over is Paul Knauls.

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Historic Billy Webb Elks Lodge Devastated by Fire, Needs Help from Community

By Sue Stringer and Restore Oregon

Fire damage from Fire on September 11 at the Billy Webb Elks Lodge. Photo credit Restore Oregon

The following is a press release by Restore Oregon which includes the history of the Billy Webb Elks Lodge that sadly was the victim of a fire recently. The Eliot Neighborhood Association has donated funds to the Elks Lodge for restoration. We hope that others will join us in helping this organization restore the historic building that has meant so much to our neighborhood for so many generations.

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Fall Letter from the Co-Chairs

By Allan Rudwick and Jimmy Wilson

The Eliot Neighborhood Association board has been working via Zoom for two years due to the pandemic. The existing board has been serving for two years and has been working hard.

We signed on to a lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Transportation over a proposed highway widening in our neighborhood. We have also been working to improve air quality from the large number of diesel trucks that drive through our community. We continue to be a forum for a number of community livability concerns. We have stepped up to host the Dawson Park Concerts, and we could use your help.

The more energetic and engaged citizens that are part of the board, the more we can accomplish. Our meetings are open to the public, and commitment starts at two hours per month. Come check us out.

Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting/General Assembly Meeting Agenda Monday, 10/18/2021 7:00pm via ZOOM

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

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Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions – 7:00pm
  • Agenda Additions?
  • Neighborhood Updates
    • Recap of the year – Co-chair
    • Financial report – Treasurer
    • Dawson Park Concerts- recap
    • donation to Billy Webb Elks Lodge update
    • Call for new Eliot News editor and webmaster
  • Elections to the Board (Elect Officers in November)
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

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Spain Come to Eliot: Brasa Haya

Just one block north of Fremont at 412 NE Beech St (where Beech Street Parlor was previously) is the newest Spanish restaurant and a welcome addition to the Northeast Portland dining scene.

Brasa Haya is the creation of owner and chef Ian Munzert and his partner and wife Erin, who have moved to Portland after the Michelin star restaurant, Commonwealth, closed in San Francisco. Brasa Haya’s menu is more traditional yet very creative Spanish dishes.

After just opening on June 9, I had dinner there on the 10th and was amazed at how excellent and organized the service was. The food was divine, and I will definitely return soon.

The menu is primarily small sharable plates, and the dishes come out of the kitchen as they are prepared as per traditional tapas-style.

Check out their menu at and stop in soon—you won’t regret it.

Brasa Haya

412 NE Beech St


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Dates: September 16–October 3, 2021
Location: Online and In-Person Events
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Craftsmanship 105 Years and Counting

Fred Shearer, far right, and Simon Shearer in the derby hat, in a parade in Iowa 1897

The year was 1912, shortly before World War I, when a new chapter in the Shearer family began. Even though Simon Shearer and his son Fred were plasterers by trade, the family moved from Iowa to Oregon to start a potato farm. They landed in Corbett, Oregon, but as the family story goes, they had a blind mule, and the farm didn’t succeed. So, Simon and Fred would travel into Portland to work as plasterers on many iconic buildings and many early 20th century homes that still stand today. Though the business had a few locations in the Portland metro area, the one they resided in the longest is very familiar to our neighborhood. In 1947 they built what we now know as the home of Ex Novo Brewing on Flint just south of Russell. Fred Shearer & Sons remained in the Flint Avenue location until the late 1990s moving to the Beaverton area so their offices and warehouse could be in the same building. However, the business owners still feel connected to northeast Portland and want us to hear their story.

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Now Open: Jerusalem Rose Market

A new corner market and deli have opened in Eliot at the corner of MLK Jr. Blvd and Morris Street. The Jerusalem Rose Market sells staples from Southwest Asia and North Africa, focusing on Palestinian products and hoping to celebrate Palestinian culture through the lens of the country’s food.

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