Letters To The Editor
Glad to learn of "Eastside Village"
Please give my thanks to Elizabeth Ussher Groff for writing such a complete and accurate article about Eastside Village. Being transplants to Portland from Connecticut, we wondered how we would make friends here and thought it would take a long time. However, we joined the village and have immediately gained a whole group of people who want to meet new people and do things together.
This article will help spread the word throughout the Southeast neighborhoods and encourage seniors to reach out to each other to help stay in the area and have some fun together.
Again, please thank Elizabeth for me and thank you for running the article.
via e-mailEDITOR'S NOTE: To find out more about "aging in place" with the help of Eastside Village, go online – tinyurl.com/qnzg95t – or call 503/866-0571. The nonprofit organization's official address is c/o 3915 S.E. Steele Street.
Homeless aid continues at All Saints; you can help
We at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, are still offering Hot Meals to-go on Saturdays starting at 11 a.m., and handing out personal items (toiletries, toilet paper, masks, and even hand sanitizer). The showers and laundry vans are there from noon to 2 p.m.
But we do need to raise about $500 per month for the additional water expense of the laundry and showers, and to be able to offer a temporary restroom facility during "Stay Home, Stay Safe." With many public facilities no longer open, we've learned that it's a significant need. Please let BEE readers know that they can go to – www.allsaintspdx.org/donate – and please designate that it's for the Laundry/Showers program, to help these services continue.
Rev. Andria Skornikvia e-mail
A third Rose Festival Princess this year lives in BEE country
Yesterday our family received THE BEE in the mailbox, like we do every month, and were so excited that the cover story was on both Franklin's and Cleveland's Rose Festival Princesses.
I am reaching out to let you know that my daughter, Melyssa Okazaki, is this year's Central Catholic Rose Festival Princess, and she also lives in and supports the Southeast Portland area. We live off of Woodstock [Boulevard], and are very proud to be a part of the community.
In the future if you are reporting or celebrating the Princess' could you please consider including her in your story.
via e-mailEDITOR'S NOTE: We cover the two public high schools to which families in THE BEE's service area send their kids; but it was not our intention to overlook a student in our service area who received recognition in another high school – we just didn't know about the connection. David Ashton has subsequently covered Melyssa's coronation – see the story elsewhere in this issue of THE BEE – and we hope that all three Princesses chosen this year from our service area will have a Rose Festival this year to get involved in!
Cleveland High reunion planned
Ron Cascisa (CHS 1970)via e-mail
Mascot has changed
The [May BEE article on the] selection of the Franklin High School Rose Princess, by David Ashton, incorrectly stated that the mascot of Franklin High School is the Quakers. The mascot was changed to "Lighting" by the members of the Portland School Board. The [previous] mascot name really was the Fighting Quakers. This was to honor the members of the Quaker religion who participated in the Revolutionary War, against the standards of their religion. At that time, Quakers were to be absolutely passive. Participation in the conflict, from participating in a boycott to actual combat, was against their religion. After the war, these Fighting Quakers were not allowed to return to their religious groups because of their lack of passivity. It is ironic that the [PPS-mandated] name change was initiated by a converted member of the religion who thought the name of the mascot was [supposed to be] the name of the religion.Gordon HilleslandS.E. Windsor Court
Merchant sends a letter
The following e-mail message was sent by Hector Mejia Zamora, of Zamora Café on Gladstone Street in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, to a Woodstock resident who had made a modest donation to help him continue making tamales with his mother, and donating tamales to people in need of food, during the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to share this with BEE readers. . .
"I hope this e-mail finds you well. It has been a very challenging experience to jump from where we had planned to be three weeks ago, to what our reality is now. Things are hard, and they might get harder, hopefully, they don't. However, out of all this madness, darkness and uncertainty, one thing is for sure; kindness, unity, and hope, are the best qualities of our community. I'm more than grateful for everyone coming together to help me to keeping going and enabling me to contribute to our community.
"I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support, your help, your time, and your generosity towards me and my mission. I'm a strong believer that together we are stronger, and I'm living that every day throughout peoples' acts of kindness and support. I received your letter today, and it made me very happy to get your handwriting as a gift by itself. It will be a treasure I will keep for myself – and as for your monetary donation, I will make sure to use it for the best interests of our community.
"As of today, I've donated 480 Tamales, a good portion [of them] going to Transition Projects and Voz Workers' Rights Education Center. Another portion to Grout Elementary School, and the Creston Kenilworth Presbyterian Church.
"Nonetheless, I'm aware there are more places we can help, and even though it might not be much, a little helps a lot. Today, I was able to send 30 tamales to Sisters of the Road, and I will keep working with my mother to provide tamales to our community. Again, thank you, and I hope you stay safe, warm, and positive overall. We will overcome, stronger than ever. – Hector Mejia Zamora."
Sincerely,Elizabeth Ussher Groffvia e-mail
EDITOR'S NOTE: We learned from a reader that Mr. Zamora was involved in an auto accident in March which, although it did not injure him, caused him to close his coffee shop temporarily. If you went by and found it closed, it should be open again by this time.
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