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As the Parkrose School District Capital Construction Bond moves towards its final year of construction, we are becoming more and more excited. By the time this article is posted, we would have already begun the 2014 – 2015 school year.

The Prioritize Portland! Project’s purpose is to create a sustainable and enduring partnership process between public infrastructure providers, non-profit advocacy groups, and the existing Portland neighborhood structure, to identify, analyze, and prioritize neighborhood active transportation needs for services and infrastructure.

TriMet our bus and light rail transportation provider has been installing what is called the "leaner" bench along with other benches in routes throughout East Portland.

To quote the TriMet website about them:

This is the time for leaves to fall. The most frequent cause of flooding in the streets is heavy rains washing leaves into the storm drains and clogging things up.

Ride Connection, a private non-profit focused on accessible transportation, is important to our community and to each individual it serves because mobility opens doors. It allows a person to be independent and it offers a way to access life's essentials.

One of our main goals is to make Historic Parkrose a destination location with well-lit, clean and easy to maneuver thoroughfares that are identifiable. Summer Nights on Sandy gives the opportunity for neighbors and surrounding residents to have a reason to come to our commercial corridor and to support local merchants.

You may have noticed city staff in orange vests knocking on doors this summer. What were they up to?

For the past couple of years I have been involved with Human Solutions Family Winter Shelter at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ. The shelter is a "winter only shelter" that runs from November to May and is available only for the use of families.

One of the goals of the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP) has been to equalize public investment here compared with the rest of the city. Housing issues have been in the news quite a bit lately.

You likely appreciate and value the natural beauty of the city and the region – rivers, open spaces, forested hills, and tree-lined streets. You know these enhance the place you live. Did you know green street planters (aka Bioswales) also add green spaces to our neighborhoods?