POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish

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Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.  He is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



Friday Roundup

October 17, 2014

Kenton Art Walk tonight!

This evening, join fellow North Portlanders at Kenton’s Third Thursday Art Walk.


Stroll along the beautiful historic neighborhood while perusing its great art and local small businesses. 


When you need a break from all that shopping, enjoy music, dancers, live martial arts, and delicious foods from local eateries. And be sure to walk north on Kenton to visit the historic Paul Bunyan statue!


The event serves as a great connection for two of Nick’s top priorities – supporting Portland’s neighborhood small businesses and our wonderful arts and culture community. 


Join Venture Portland and the Kenton Neighborhood Association tonight.  Check out Kenton’s website for more information. 

Photo courtesy of the Kenton Neighborhood Association.

October 16, 2014

Reel Film Festival

The Northwest Film Center is having its 32nd annual Reel Music Festival!


This year’s festival celebrates the wonderful combinations of sound, images, music, and culture within movies.  


Be inspired by rich, dichotomous blends of old and new, and of familiar and strange.  With diverse, eclectic collections ranging from vintage performance clips to modern animation, viewers are taken on a journey of musical and cinematic exploration. 


The NW Film Center is a recipient of the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s General Operating Support Grant.  


The Reel Music Festival runs through October 22.  Check out NW Film Center’s website for more information.

Photo courtesy of NW Film Center.

October 15, 2014

Clean water history



We could argue that Portland’s drinking water is the best in the world, thanks to innovative Oregonians long since passed.


In 1895, drinking water began flowing from the Bull Run Watershed through underground pipes, down to homes and businesses in Portland. The underground system substantially reduced the number of waterborne disease outbreaks. In 1929, the Portland Water Bureau began adding chlorine, nearly eliminating all waterborne disease outbreaks.    


Over a hundred years later, we still get our water from the Bull Run! And, because Bull Run water is so high-quality at the source, we are one of just six large water systems in the United States that doesn’t need to treat our water further.   


Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), is launching a new show, “How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson,” which explores the history of great innovations. The first episode, titled Clean, takes viewers on a journey of our country’s history of underground water and sewer systems in the mid-1800s. Nicknamed the “clean revolution,” it was a time in our history when we were desperate to make cities healthier and cleaner.   

Clean airs on OPB on Wednesday, October 15 at 9 pm.


OPB’s Oregon Experience series has a great episode on the history of the Bull Run.   Watch it anytime for free on OPB’s website.   

October 13, 2014

Register your business for 2014's "Little Boxes"

Register your small retail business now to become part of the 4th annual “Little Boxes” shopping event in Portland!


Little Boxes launched in 2011, thanks to betsy & iya store owner Betsy Cross. Betsy wanted a strong, local response to the post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” shopping tradition. Portland’s city-wide shopping event has grown dramatically, and showcases the best of Portland’s unique and trendy small business community.


The two-day event, from November 28-29, is a great way to shop local, support our neighborhood small businesses, and even win prizes!


Small businesses are the backbone of Portland’s economy.  They bring character and strength our neighborhoods, create jobs, and drive economic growth in our community.  As Council liaison to Venture Portland, Nick is proud to support Little Boxes.  


Visit Little Boxes’ website for information and to register your business!

October 10, 2014

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