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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.

    

     


Out & about on a Sunday afternoon

Though we have had some rain, the warmth and sun return this weekend!  Here are some great ways to enjoy a sunny Sunday in our community:  

 

The Big Float

 

Join Portlanders of all ages for a leisurely float on the Willamette River – yes – that Willamette.    Thanks to Portland’s investment in the Bureau of Environmental Services’ “Big Pipe” projects, which prevents sewer and stormwater from overflowing into our waterways, the river’s water quality is safe for swimming in the summer!

 

With live music, a parade, and an after party, the Big Float is a great way to beat the heat and have fun. 

 

Register on the Big Float’s website.

 

The Big Float

Waterfront Park

1 – 5 pm

 

Sunday Parkways

 

Grab your friends or family, and your bike, blades, or walking shoes, and head over to the beautiful Northeast Neighborhood Greenways for July’s Sunday Parkways event. Stop by Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill Parks for fun activities, festive music, and food!

 

Sunday Parkways encourages healthy, active living through a series of free events that opens the city’s largest public space – our streets – to walk, bike, roll, and more around the community.  Get outside, get active, and meet your fellow Portlanders.

 

Learn more about the program, including a map of the event, on the Bureau of Transportation’s website.

 

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways

11 am – 4 pm

 

Lents Street Fair

 

Venture to the Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland for a day of international music and food!

 

The Lents Street Fair kicks-off with the “Founder’s Day” parade at 12:15 pm, to honor the historical and cultural diversity of the neighborhood.  

 

After the parade, enjoy international and local rock music, taste an array of culinary delights and refreshments, shop local vendors, and view Portland’s animal celebrities, the Belmont Goats. 

 

Street Fairs are a great way to enjoy the sun, meet our neighbors, and support local small businesses. 

 

Lents Street Fair

91st and Foster

12:15 – 8 pm

 

Have a great weekend!


July 24, 2014

Rediscovering Portland’s locally-owned businesses

Shopping locally is easier than ever!

 

Just in time for National Indie Retailers Week, Neighborhood Notes is launching its new Smartphone app, PDX Localist.

 

A great way to see Portland’s unique and vibrant culture, this free and easy-to-use app is the ultimate guide to our city’s diverse, locally-owned business community.

 

Use the app to discover where to shop in Portland’s colorful Business Districts – like charming Beaumont Village or trendy Nob Hill.  Learn fun things to do around the city, and keep up on the latest indie business news. 

 

Local businesses are the backbone of our neighborhoods – and of Portland’s economy.  For every dollar spent, 70 cents stays in the community.

 

Download the app and shop locally! And bookmark Neighborhood Notes’ website to keep updated on the best new businesses and restaurants in town.


Photo courtesy of Neighborhood Notes.


July 23, 2014

A farm in the middle of the city

 

Yesterday, Nick joined East Portland neighbors and community partners for the groundbreaking of Zenger Farm’s Urban Grange.

 

For 15 years, Zenger Farm’s programs have helped fight hunger and poverty, expand community building, educate youth, and promote healthy eating.

 

The City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Development Commission (PDC) were proud to partner with Zenger Farm to make the Urban Grange a reality. PDC awarded Zenger a Community Livability Grant. Grants were awarded to organizations that foster vibrant and healthy neighborhoods in the Interstate, Lents, and Gateway Urban Renewal Areas. Zenger Farm was one of the largest recipients. 

 

The $2.3 million Grange will allow Zenger Farm to double their capacity to deliver strong educational programs to our community.  Local students will continue to learn about the importance of healthy food, farming, and environmental stewardship. 

 

Zenger Farm also offers a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which allows Portland families to bring home portions of the farm’s harvest each year. In 2013, Zenger helped push local farms to start accepting food stamps, so low-income families could buy healthy, local produce. Zenger also supports the Lents International Farmers Market – the only internationally-focused market in Portland. 

 

Learn more about the Urban Grange on Zenger Farm’s website.

 

East Portland getting new Urban Grange

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Construction begins on urban farm's $2.3 million development

Alli Pyrah in the Portland Business Journal


July 22, 2014

Hollywood comes to the Northwest

Oregon’s creative economy is growing – thanks, in part, to Hollywood. 

 

Nestled right outside of Portland, in a large production studio, is the set of the new TNT TV-series, The Librarians.  In Sunday’s Oregonian A&E Section, Jeff Baker shared more about the new series, which airs this December.

 

Starring Rebecca Romijn and Noah Wyle, the 10-episode season is filmed entirely in the Portland Area.  The show, about the adventures of librarian Flynn Carsen (Wyle), protector of historical and mythological artifacts, is set to air in over 100 countries. 

 

Nick was pleased to visit the set of The Librarians in May, where he toured and watched filming.  As Council Liaison to the arts and small businesses, Nick supports creative industries that contribute to our local economy.

 

“Grimm,” “Portlandia,” “Leverage,” and now “The Librarians” are making rubbing elbows with actors in Portland more likely than ever – and it’s having a big impact on our economy.

 

Oregon offers many incentives to film companies.  Portland, with its mixture of modern and historical architecture, had doubled for diverse locations, including London and Dubai.  Oregon also boasts no sales tax, strong unions, great locations, and a talented pool of actors and behind-the-scenes people.

 

Executive producer and show-runner John Rogers says, “This Portland crew, pound for pound, is the best crew I’ve worked with in 20 years.  Full stop. None better.  We’re able to get incredible value out of them.”

 

Noah Wyle, Rebecca Romijn, and Christian Kane film new TV series, ‘The Librarians,’ in Oregon

Jeff Baker in The Oregonian


Photo courtesy of The Oregonian.


July 21, 2014

Governor Atiyeh, 1923-2014

My family, colleagues, and I join with all Oregonians today in mourning the death of former Governor Vic Atiyeh. 
 
I last saw Governor Atiyeh at a fundraiser for Camp Rosenbaum. He was seated next to former Governors Roberts and Kulongoski at the head table. He spent the evening sharing stories with us, and offering advice on current issues.
 
Governor Atiyeh was a gentle and kind man, modest and humble in his dealings with others. It was an honor to know this statesman, to learn from him, and to call him a friend.
 
We extend our deepest condolences to his family.
 
Jeff Mapes in The Oregonian
 
Photo courtesy of The Oregonian.

July 21, 2014

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