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OURTESY VICKIE WALSH OF FAT ALBERTS - After the initial tree removal, demolition commenced on the former Westmoreland Dairy Queen building on the weekend of June 13.New landscaping at former Dairy Queen site: Construction has begun on what will be a new Chase Bank on the lot at S.E. Tolman and Milwaukie Avenue where the Dairy Queen used to be. Seeing some tree removal underway, a disappointed reader contacted THE BEE on June 11. We contacted David Schoellhamer, Chair of the SMILE Land Use Committee, for details of what's been authorized there, and he quoted the city permit: "They are putting in a ten-foot-wide landscape buffer along the east property line, and preserving five trees. 'The applicant has taken steps to increase the functionality of the site, and bring some elements into conformance with current standards, such as the 10-foot, L3 high-screen landscape buffer along the east side of the site, adjacent to a residential site; new perimeter parking lot landscaping along the west property line; and more robust landscaping along the north property line. . . The landscaping on the site will be significantly increased over current conditions, and will exceed the minimum 15 percent of landscaped area. The proposal will plant ten medium trees and one large tree, in addition to retaining five existing trees along the east property line. The large tree, a London Planetree, will be planted on the new landscape bed just north of the curb cut on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, providing shade and softening of both the parking area and the stacking lane'." Windermere Real Estate Donates $690,000 to local food banks: Inspired by a matching donation of up to $250,000 from the Windermere Foundation, the Windermere Real Estate offices in 10 states – including prominent efforts from the Inner Southeast "Windermere Moreland" office on S.E. Bybee Boulevard – recently raised $690,000 for food banks in their communities, exceeding the original goal of the fundraising challenge of $500,000. The company reported, "The emergency fundraising campaign was accomplished in just 13 days in response to a drastic increase in the need for food assistance nationwide, during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic."

Sellwood Attorney Jorden Piraino is the presenter at the Assn. of Home Businesses online ZOOM meeting on July 16 starting at 6:30 p.m.; RSVP to attend.Local lawyer has help and advice for small and solo businesses: Sellwood Attorney Jorden Piraino is the speaker at the July virtual ZOOM meeting of the Association of Home Businesses. Jorden says, "Small businesses need big protection without large expense. Of all business ownerships, small business may be the most complex. Most entrepreneurs start out on their own with little support and generally little experience managing all aspects of a business." He will focus on business formation and maintenance, estate planning, trust administration, and probate, and will answer questions. Piraino assists business clients with creating the initial entity, contract drafting, acquisitions, and sales. Don't miss this conversation, along with the usual camaraderie, at the July 16th meeting of the AHB – online at 6:30 p.m. If you'd like to join this online meeting, and all are welcome, please email your request to – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Folks who RSVP will be given a ZOOM link and password prior to the event. No charge for attending; but without your RSVP you cannot obtain the link to join the meeting.

Venture Portland backs off – a bit: We reported last issue that "Venture Portland", a business-association-supporting nonprofit overseen by the City of Portland and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, had decided to dismiss its Board of Directors, composed of representatives of the member Portland Business Associations. The WCBA delegate to Venture Portland, Stacey Lennon, reported at the June WCBA virtual meeting that there had been an unofficial meeting of many of those disenfranchised former Venture Portland Board Members to discuss this, with the Hawthorne Business Association taking the lead and meeting with Venture Portland. As a result, Venture Portland has reinstated all its Board Members for another year, and Board Meetings will now take place monthly, instead of quarterly, to make it more of a working Board. However, Venture Portland still intends that its new Executive Committee should constitute the organization's overall leadership – and it wants its meetings to be private, in violation of the Venture Portland bylaws. "So there are still issues," she said.


Asia Alvarez Zeller
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