Letters To The Editor
"Sellwood was not declining in the mid-20th Century"
Editor,Now living In Ohio – I am always pleased to read your paper, as there is where I spent many years. I was disappointed to see the thoughtless comments [St. Johns Church article] about the Sellwood area as being a declining neighborhood [in the 1940's and 1950's].
We moved to 11th Street in 1955, and I spent the next eight years there and in Westmoreland. Great memories of a blue collar neighborhood. Good working class people who kept care of their homes, being proud to live there. Some rentals – and it was these homes that were not maintained, just as some rentals are not today.
Our first introduction was to Sellwood School, where we had very dedicated teachers – interested in language, math, arts, and music. Our arts teacher had the vision to take us on a field trip to many churches in the City, where we could see the beautiful stained glass windows. A music teacher took us into the City to listen to the Symphony Orchestra. These teachers certainly stayed with me throughout life.
Then there was Sellwood Park. We had a full-time staff person who always made sure we had activities to do. The pool (still there today) could be used from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a little corner store across the street. When the pool was closed we were at the Community Center (still standing), or at the Library.
There was a local IGA Store that served our community, along with a Jewelry Store, a Five and Ten Cent Store, and the Theatre which we looked forward to visiting on Saturday afternoons. Then we could go to Oaks Park to go skating or ride the rides, and on the 4th of July you could go to the back of Sellwood Park, on the hillside, and watch the fireworks.
A wonderful place to raise a family. I am sure many others who lived there could add to these stories. Thank you for continuing to provide us with local news.Georgeann GodseyDayton, Ohio
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Yet another Inner Southeast Princess!
Editor,There is a fourth [2020 Rose Festival] Princess who grew up and lives in the BEE coverage area. Princess Grace from St Mary's Academy is an Eastmoreland native, and graduate of Holy Family Catholic School. Lots of royalty from Southeast Portland!!Ted GentnerRobson Developmentvia e-mail
"Cartlandia" appreciates BEE profile
We wanted to give you an update [to David F. Ashton's May BEE "food carts" profile]: Almost ALL of our carts are OPEN. And we have added three new carts that opened just before the pandemic – Nacheaux (Southern Mexican fusion), offering brunch 9-4 p.m. on Sunday; and We Are Baked – a cookie cart offering homemade cookies while you wait, and delivery by Postmates as late as 11 p.m. Also, Little Arabia offering Mediterranean food. We also have [just added] two more new carts – Reef Kitchen, and Manna International.
We have also opened our Beer Cart for takeout growlers and mason jars of beer and cider. [We really appreciate David] featuring us! Many people do not know that we are open. We also wanted you to know that one of our Carts – Baked 'n' Boned – has worked with Mt. Scott Community Church to provide meals for people at the 92nd Avenue shelter.
Carol Otis"Carlandia"S.E. 82nd at the Springwater Trail
CHS 50th Class Reunion delayed
How one restaurant responded to COVID-19 shutdown
Editor,Navigating a restaurant (like so many other businesses) during COVID-19 stay at home orders has been a challenging endeavor. Fortunately, in Limelight Restaurant & Lounge's 21 years of operation here in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood, we have amassed a great group of staff, customers, neighbors, and friends along the way. These people have been the backbone of our ability to weather this storm to date, and will continue to be, moving forward. One such example is what we like to call the "appreciation taco movement", an idea sparked by a dear customer who wanted to help us stay afloat, and also to show appreciation for her local grocery workers at our neighborhood QFC. Sharon Darcy contacted us within the first week of Oregon's mandated shut down order to ask what our plans were – would we be staying open for takeout, would we survive, and if so how long? These were all questions I was also constantly asking myself – the answers to all of which suddenly felt very uncertain. Sharon reached out the second week asking if we were still doing our popular Taco Tuesday special. She wanted to purchase 20 orders to feed the staff at QFC. We were happy to oblige, did the order at a small discount, included a note, "To QFC staff – From a grateful customer who appreciates you working the frontline!" And we delivered the order to a very pleasantly surprised group of workers. The next week we decided to follow Sharon's lead and delivered tacos to the always helpful staff at our neighborhood ACE Hardware store. The following week Sharon's daughter Shelley called and wanted to send tacos to the staff at New Seasons. Suddenly we were spreading a bit of joy each week with these taco deliveries, and starting a chain reaction of good. While Sharon and Shelley continue to be the lead drivers of this movement, we've had a couple more people join the trend, and together we have delivered almost 500 tacos to various workers around town including the staff at "Outside In" health center for homeless youth, Westmoreland Veterinary Clinic, Trader Joe's, Division Hardware, The Bike Gallery, and several others. Sharon's generosity and mission to help our small business while showing appreciation and support to others working with the public during this unprecedented time is inspiring. We feel honored to help her spread this joy, appreciative of the support and moral boost it has given our small business, and share in Sharon's hope that others might find a similar way to pay it forward and help small local businesses survive this difficult time.
Limelight Restaurant & Lounge
6708 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.
Woodstock Farmers Market opening – what you need to know
Editor,We are excited for the 10th season of the Woodstock Farmers Market to open on Sunday, June 7th, and we are working hard to create a safe market while still connecting our community with local vendors.
We would like people to know they can walk to the market and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from their favorite vendors like Flying Onion, Amica Farms, Winters Farm, Greenville Farm, Nature's Wild Harvest, Dos Hermanos, and many more. We'll even have hot food, but it will be "to go" only.
There will be one entrance on 47th in order to limit the number of shoppers in the market at one time if necessary. And like the grocery stores, we're asking people to wear masks and shop alone if possible.
We won't be selling the $5 debit/credit tokens this year for safety reasons (to cut down on handling market currency), but tokens purchased in previous years are still accepted with our vendors. Most of our vendors take cards now, and all accept cash.
SNAP shoppers will still be able to purchase SNAP tokens at our information booth, and of course we'll be matching up to $10 with Double Up Food Bucks to increase their spending power with our local farms. The Farmers Market Fund is funding a portion of our SNAP Matching program, so SNAP users will be able to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and mushrooms with the matching funds. Regular SNAP tokens can be used to purchase those same items along with bread, cheese, and meat.
We're keeping our GoFundMe live to make sure we have enough to match $10 for each SNAP shopper every week of the season. We expect to see a big increase in SNAP shoppers this year.
Find more information about this season's vendors, new safety guidelines, and a link to our GoFundMe on our website – www.woodstockmarketpdx.com
Peggy McCaffertyBoard Member
Woodstock Farmers Market
We can clean up Portland responsibly and ethically
I have been a business owner in Portland for over 37 years, and I remember with longing the beautiful, vibrant, safe, and clean city Portland used to be.Today, as a business and property owner, I'm continually having to clean up the filth left on my property by the homeless population. I've had to deal with human waste and trash, vandalism, and outright break-ins. I've even had to call the police for help removing a person who was so drugged that I honestly wasn't sure he was alive. The police eventually roused the trespasser and made him move off down the street. I had to sanitize the area before my customers could enter.
This is not how Portlanders should have to live and do business. We can restore Portland to its former beauty and safety white doing so responsibly and ethically.
First, and foremost, the response to the homeless issue needs to be at a national level, otherwise, the vagrant population will continue to flock to the cities that are "homeless friendly," putting an unequal financial and health burden on our local taxpayers and businesses.
In absence of a unified Federal response, Portland must get its streets cleaned up before any more businesses close down, and before we have a major disease outbreak from the unsanitary conditions that pervade our city. Our current solution to just "push the person off onto your neighbor" is not working. We need a united plan across our region.
Portland, and surrounding counties, can convert sections of our industrial zones into areas designated for the homeless, with bathrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. These official homeless zones can be modeled after KOA campgrounds, at least for the near term. Longer term solutions should use Federal funds and could be more substantial. These official homeless camps must be located in industrial zones, away from residential and business areas. They must have localized police and medical teams, and should have access to employment centers, training centers, rehab, and daycare for those people who want the help.
Once we have these designated camps, the city must do a public awareness campaign to inform the homeless that the existing vagrancy laws will be strictly enforced by a set date. Once that date passes, any personal items left in public areas after 7 a.m. will be picked up and taken to the dump. If we don't respect and enforce our own laws, they will never be respected and obeyed by others.
The homeless population poses a health risk to themselves, and to our families and customers, and it poses a very real, very heavy financial burden on our local businesses. It's time to do something about this. Once Portland provides hygienic alternatives to the street, and enforces our vagrancy laws, Portland can again become the beautiful, vibrant, safe, and clean city it once was.
Donna TallmanSoutheast Portland
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