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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors

The Hillsdale Neighborhood Association provides a voice for the Hillsdale community in City and neighborhood affairs as well as a forum for sharing information. An election will be held on June 2nd for five of the nine seats on the board of directors. Three seats are currently empty. Two board members are standing for reelection and four members will continue their service to complete their two-year term.

Vice-President Glenn Bridger invites new members to bring new ideas, skills and vision to the association.  "We have a lot of capability in our neighborhood," he says, and hopes to see more of it applied to issues of concern to Hillsdale residents.

If you live, work, or study in the boundaries of the Hillsdale Neighborhood, you are eligible to become a member of the HNA. To be eligible to serve on the board of directors you must be at least 16 years old and a member of the HNA.

To become an HNA member, complete and submit a membership request form.  To express interest in running for the board, email in advance of the June 1st meeting. All candidates will be asked to submit a short statement on why they wish to serve as a board member.

Board members will be elected to two-year terms at the regular meeting of the HNA, to be held via Zoom on June 1st. Officers will be elected by the board subsequent to the general election. 

Learn more about HNA activities here.


Pharmacy Window a Victim of Careless Skateboarders, Not Burglary

Bowman's Hillsdale Pharmacy has been broken into and robbed several times in the past, but the most recent "break-in" was not, in fact, a burglary at all, but a case of a runaway skateboard.

Bowman's pharmacist Laurie Marx reports that the pharmacy alarm system was activated at around 11pm on Friday, May 14. Arriving at the scene, pharmacy staff found one of the front windows broken and learned from employees of the 76 gas station across the street that  a group of skateboarders had been practicing their moves on the low concrete wall in front of the pharmacy. Gas station staff heard the crash of glass breaking and saw the skateboarders grab their boards and make a quick exit from the area. 

Marx says bars on the window have been effective against break-ins since they were installed a few years ago.


Friday, May 7, 2021

"Trojans" Make Way for "Guardians"

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Ida B. Wells students will now be known as the "Guardians." The new mascot takes over from the Trojan, replaced as part of the rebranding process following the renaming of the school. In a message posted on the school's website, Principal Filip Hristić said, "Ida B. Wells . . . was a true guardian of education, democracy and social justice.  As IBW Guardians, we will honor Ida B. Wells’ legacy and her lasting message of determination, valor, and tolerance."

Other Worlds Games & Comics to Host Anti-Bullying Memorial Event       

May 22, 11:00am

Other Worlds Games & Comics

6350 SW Capitol Hwy

503 244 0290

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Street artist duo MenaceResa has been invited to Other Worlds Games & Comics to create a mural memorializing Lake Oswego teen Carson Bride, who took his own life in June of last year. Carson’s mother, Kristin Bride, says Carson found refuge playing “Magic: The Gathering” at Other Worlds.


The Hillsdale store is a gathering place for fans of in-person gaming, hosting tournaments and camps for players of all ages. The COVID-19 pandemic brought in-person gaming to a stop for many months, taking important positive and joy-filled experiences away from kids like Carson, says Bride, who since her son’s death has become an anti-bullying advocate.


MenaceResa is made up of Theresa Kim (aka Resa Peace) and Eric Cheung (aka Menace Two). Travelling across America with two cats in an RV, the duo combine talents for fine art and graffiti in their #PaintLoveAcrossAmerica tour.


After connecting with the artists, Bride reached out to Other Worlds owner Ron Connell, who will display the completed mural in his store window. In a statement, Connell said, “We are so grateful to provide a positive space for people like Carson to enjoy activities they love while meeting other like-minded friends. It is a privilege to be able to honor Carson in this way and to shine a light on a problem that deserves all of our hearts and our attention.”


The project is expected to take 2-3 days to complete. Spectators are invited to watch the artists kick off their work at this event in front of Other Worlds. Masks and social distancing required. Connell will donate 50% of merchandise sales during the event on the 22nd  to the nonprofit STOMP Out Bullying.


Kristin Bride says, “It is through this event and our personal tragedy that we hope to bring awareness to the serious issue and consequences of cyberbullying.”


Saturday, May 22, 11:00am: Other Worlds Games and Comics Mural kickoff event.


Sunday, May 23, 9am-1pm: Hillsdale Farmers Market. Every Sunday.

Wednesday, June 2, 7pm: Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting.

Saturday, June 5, 9-10am: The Usual Suspects litter pick-up. Meet at Hillsdale Basics on the first Saturday of every month.

Sunday, June 16, 9am-1pm: Steven Clark photography exhibit and sale at the Hillsdale Food Park. Weather permitting.

Friday, June 18: Following a brief hiatus, the Hillsdale News will be back in your mailbox. Submission deadline is June 11.


Saturdays: St. Barnabas free food bag program accepts donations from 12:00-2:00pm; free food bags available for pick-up at 3:00pm. 
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St.

Every Day:  Hillsdale Basics Market is a collection point for non-perishable food donations for Neighborhood House through the Positive Charge! PDX One-Can Wednesday program.

SWNI Still in Business

"Reports of SWNI's demise are greatly exaggerated," says president Leslie Hammond in the latest issue of SWNews. Read more from SWNI here.

The non-profit service provider for community organizations in SW Portland has received grant funding to allow it to hire back some staff while it re-groups and reorganizes. SWNI's funding from the City of Portland was eliminated earlier this year in a decision by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who oversees the Office of Civic Life. Read more about SWNI's troubles here.

Council Approves Zoning Changes, Rejects Shelters in Parks and Open Space

On April 28, Portland City Council approved a range of zoning code changes in the Shelter to Housing Continuum package that will allow the City to more easily site shelters for homeless people. In the wake of thousands of comments from residents, City Commissioners and the Mayor rejected proposals that would have allowed organized camping in parks and other open spaces. Find out more about the code changes here.

Hillsdale Food Park Keeping it Fresh

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Meet the people behind the Park: (from left to right) Celine Ratanavetin, Phat Cart; Jorge Cristobal, Taco City; Marc Winter, Food Park Manager; Cin Pau, Sushi Lovers; Jaturong Piraban, Pad Kee Mao; Richard Stein, owner of the Hillsdale Food Park.


Says Richard Stein, "In our ninth year, we are excited about a busy springtime ahead!"

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