Stories for September 2015

Wednesday, September 30

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Business Loans for Energy Retrofits

The Portland Development Commission has approved a new program that will allow PDC to provide loans to owners of commercial buildings undertaking energy efficient retrofits.

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A Photographer to Capture the Moment

Specializing in photographing corporate and private events, travel tours, weddings, headshots, website pictures and more, Naim Hasan is a professional photographer based in northeast Portland.

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Be Fabulous, Diva Style

A former salon owner is focusing on bringing beauty directly to people’s home this season.

Tuesday, September 29

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Livability grants for communities of color

PDC opens application process

The Portland Development Commission is accepting applications for projects that foster vibrant and healthy neighborhoods and improve the prosperity of area residents through its Community Livability Grant program.

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Helping Businesses Thrive

Jackie Babicky Peterson has helped to launch at least 1,000 small businesses in her career.

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Fundamental to Living in a Democracy

Voting rights matter

Just a few weeks ago, we marked as a nation the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a significant civil rights legislation that has protected voters from discrimination for a half century.

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A Photographer to Capture the Moment

Specializing in photographing corporate and private events, travel tours, weddings, headshots, website pictures and more, Naim Hasan is a professional photographer based in northeast Portland.

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Innovative Business Owner Honored

The city of Beaverton and Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce honored a local minority-owned business this quarter to celebrate their success in the community.

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Chefs Grow Popular Restaurant

Putting down roots at Vanport Square

An African immigrant couple is bringing generations of experience in cooking East African cuisine to Portland food-lovers. Horn of Africa owner-chefs Khadija and Mohamed serve traditional cuisines of Ethiopia, Somalia, Djbouti and the Middle East every day at their restaurant in the Vanport Square shopping complex in northeast Portland.

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Making Classrooms Work for All Our Students

Big data meets the ‘three Rs’

The most important factor in a student's success is a great teacher. But in the modern classroom, even great teachers face daunting obstacles.

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New Selection for ‘Everybody Reads’

Author explores pursuit of American Dream

“The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henríquez has been selected for Everybody Reads 2016, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project.

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Culturally Competent Counseling

Individuals and families looking for culturally sensitive counseling have an opportunity to work with Zadora Williams.

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In Loving Memory

Shirley Stanton-Frazier

Shirley Stanton-Frazier was born April 19, 1947 and died Sept. 22, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 N.E. 112th Ave., in Vancouver.

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Giving Back to His Community

Attorney named to advise Metro on visitor venues

A young African-American attorney who gives back to his community has been named to the Metro Recreation Exposition Commission (MERC), the volunteer board that advises three of the region’s visitor venues, the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Expo Center and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts.

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Opportunity Knocks

Food cart owners make business splash

Portland's food carts have drawn rave reviews and according to CNN lay claim to the title of “World's best street food.” But the scores of food carts do not just offer some of the best food anywhere — they often serve as stepping stones to other opportunities for their owners.

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Scoop of Heaven

Ice cream shop brings year-round cool

A small ice cream shop is bringing year-round cool to a corner of northeast Portland.

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Feeling the Punch

Working class upheaval on the Ashland stage

It often takes a generation or more before we can grapple very honestly with our most complicated stories, especially if they involve people at the margins, or people who aren't in a position to control the dominant narrative.

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‘Beast Coast’ Rappers

The Underachievers, a Brooklyn, N.Y. duo that’s part of the “Beast Coast” hip hop movement with Joe Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Pro-era and others, play the Roseland Theater, downtown on Tuesday.

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Business Professional Finds a Niche

Mobile fitness training for people on the go

A mobile fitness training and lifestyle coaching company is reaching out to change how people think about health and exercise.

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Cultural Cuisine Inspires No. 1 Rating

Business owner and chef Shyamal Ghanraj Dausoa is reknown for his famous samosas, a cornerstone of Mauritian street food.

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Top Soul Food Kitchen

Dub’s St. Johns welcomes you with love

Soul food and local history come together at Dub St. Johns, your destination for great barbecue in the heart of the St. Johns neighborhood in north Portland.

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Special Screening of Black Panthers Film

Hollywood Theatre hosts event to support NAACP

The Hollywood Theatre in northeast Portland will host an advance screening of a new Black Panthers documentary and a post film panel of local civil rights activists as a fundraiser for the NAACP Portland chapter.

Monday, September 28

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Made By Nilina

Passion for creating turns into business

Young craft artist and designer Nilina Mason-Campbell has become one of Portland’s most iconic goodie-makers.

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Black Parenting Symposium

Open forum for sharing empowerment messages

A diverse organization that brings parents and caregivers together is getting ready to host their sixth annual symposium in Portland.

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Premier Location for Multicultural Hair

Chadowboxx Salon owner provides ultimate experience

Chadowboxx Salon is Gresham's premier location for multicultural hair and skincare needs.

Tuesday, September 22

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Threats of another Government Shutdown

Hillary’s emails and the GOP agenda

To hear Republican presidential candidates tell it, you’d think the most important issue facing the nation is Hillary Clinton’s old emails.

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

You’re invited to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, the second most important event on the Chinese calendar after Chinese New Year, this weekend.

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A Movement One Year after #MikeBrown

For some police and politicians, response has not matured

One year out, something must give. Not just in Ferguson, but in the hearts, minds, and actions of Americans everywhere.

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Triumphant Return to Stage

Tracy Morgan made a triumphant return to the Emmy Awards on Sunday, telling TV's biggest stars and power players that he had missed them after spending months recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

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In Loving Memory

Byron DeWayne Watterson

A memorial service for Byron DeWayne Watterson will be held this Saturday.

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Best Dramatic Actress

Viola Davis quotes Harriet Tubman in historic Emmy

A long-standing barrier fell in the history of television at Sunday's Emmy Awards as Viola Davis became the first non-white actress to claim top drama series acting honors.

Wednesday, September 16

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Obo Addy CD Finally Ready

Friends and family of the late Portland resident and African musician Obo Addy are celebrating the release of a new “Best of Obo Addy” CD.

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NBA Great was ‘Chairman of the Boards’

Moses Malone dies at age 60

A three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball's most ferocious rebounders, Malone died Sunday in Norfolk, Va., where was scheduled to appear at a charity golf event. He was 60.

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Williams gets Miss America Apology

Controversy forced her to give up the crown 32 years ago, but Vanessa Williams got her moment of redemption Sunday night.

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Hip-Hop Crew Portland Bound

Miami hip-hop crew and Tech N9ne’s label signee, ¡Mayday! brings their high energy live show to Portland this Thursday.

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Women’s Equality Still Not a Reality for Many

The litany of challenges is daunting

The right to vote armed women with a critical weapon in the fight for equality. However, the persistence of economic policies that degrade the value of women’s work, damages the access to fair labor and cripple career promotion undermines that promise of equality.

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‘Bridge of the People” Lights Up

The science behind Tilikum’s expressive lights

Portland’s newest bridge over the Willamette River brightens the city’s nighttime skyline with its aesthetic light program permanently switched on.

Tuesday, September 15

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Hispanic Heritage Embrace

La Luna Nueva celebrates diversity and multicultural arts

Portland’s celebrated annual festival of Latino arts and culture from around the world is back for Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Police Filmer Files Federal Lawsuit

Man was arrested during Ferguson rally

A man who films the police has filed a federal lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau and the city alleging that he was unfairly arrested for filming officers during a protest last fall at a Ferguson solidarity rally.

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Boogie Cat’s 70th Birthday

An open invitation is out to join “Boogie Cat’” Norman Sylvester, a music ambassador of our community since 1965, for a Birthday Blues Bash in honor of his 70th birthday.

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August in September

Local students explore black experience

With a trip to New York, cash prizes, and scholarship opportunities on the line, the August Wilson Monologue Competition could be the launching pad for Portland’s next great thespian.

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Finally Teammates

Football at Stanford puts Scarlett brothers on same team

Brennan and Cameron Scarlett have become used to calling each other many things: brother, scholar, athlete and sometimes opponent. Now they can add one more title to that list, teammate.

Sunday, September 13

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Routine Traffic Stops Shouldn’t Rip Families Apart

Scapegoating immigrants isn’t the answer

Daily expulsions and deportations have instilled a culture of pain and fear among all our nation’s immigrant communities.

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Literacy Volunteering in your Community

Reading changes lives!

Literacy is more than just reading a book - it's a way to change a person's life for the better.

Wednesday, September 9

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Sickle Cell Walkathon Saturday

The Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon will host its third annual walkathon Saturday, Sept. 12 in northeast Portland.

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Shoulder to Shoulder on Racial Justice and Worker Rights

Our victories won and yet to be won

The history of the labor movement is also filled with numerous points of tension with the movement for racial justice, ranging from the battles against racial discrimination in the steel industry after World War II to today’s face-offs between police unions and Black Lives Matter activists over shootings of unarmed black people.

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Free Senior Day at the Oregon Zoo

Senior Day is come back to the Oregon Zoo this Tuesday!

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Working Harder, but Falling Further Behind

A dark cloud behind the economic recovery

As we celebrate labor and America’s slow but steady climb to newfound economic prosperity during its most sustained period of job creation this century, we discover a dark cloud inside the silver lining of our recovery: The prosperity of the American economy is not being shared equally.

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Housing Help for First Time Buyers

Bond revenues support below market rates

Resources are available to help first-time homebuyers get a mortgage loan at below market interest rates, officials from Oregon Housing and Community Services announced last week.

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To my African-American Brothers and Sisters

A love letter, I’ve long owed you

This is the love letter I’ve long owed you. Long owed, because we’re living next to each other, sweating a workplace together, determinedly dreaming a kinder America for our children – but no one’s properly introduced us. Not the way our grandmas, yours and mine, always said good people do.

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Police Custody Death Settlement

Freddie Gray family reaches $6.4 million deal

The parents of Freddie Gray reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the city of Baltimore.

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Break the Silence, Break the Stigma

Stories start a dialog towards healing

A new production shedding light on the shame and stigma surrounding mental illness comes to Portland next week.

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Native Family Center Powwow

Portland’s Native American Youth and Family Center is excited to welcome the community to its sixth annual powwow on Saturday.

Tuesday, September 8

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Stepping Up for a Cure

Sistahs support breast cancer survivors

A group of local African-American women are starting a tradition at the upcoming Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by opening up next Sunday.

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Multicultural Night Market to Debut

Celebrating different cultures

The first-ever Beaverton Night Market, a multicultural evening marketplace of international food and craft vendors, as well as cultural performances, debuts Saturday.

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Awesome Women Cops

Girl’s story sparks outreach by female officers

The story of a 4-year-old girl from Clark County who wanted a police SWAT costume for Halloween but found the uniforms were only being marketed to boys got the experience of a lifetime and an outpour of support after her mom shared her child’s disappointment on social media.

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Film Center Shares Historic Film

A piece of African-American film history is coming to Portland audiences this weekend.

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Saved from Human-caused Extinction

Two new bontebok — a species considered among the most handsome and least athletic of African antelope — debuted at the Oregon Zoo last week.

Wednesday, September 2

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Voting Rights Act Celebration Planned

Governor to join NAACP mobilization event

Gov. Kate Brown will join the NAACP Portland Branch and Common Cause Oregon for an evening of inspiration, education and mobilization in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

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Portland Liquor Outlets to Expand

The Portland metro area could see 17 additional liquor stores as part of the largest liquor outlet expansion since Prohibition.

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Fed Shouldn’t Be Discussing Interest Rate Hikes

The case for black workers

The unemployment rate gaps between blacks and whites are stubborn at every education level, and the gaps are glaring. In fact, what the unemployment rate gaps suggest is the old adage that blacks must be twice as good to compete in the labor market with whites.

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Broken Bootstraps on Path to Making It Rich

The tragedy of childhood poverty

Pulling ourselves up the by the bootstraps is a myth, because bootstraps in this country are not only weak, they are broken.

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Ferocious NBA Star Remembered

Darryl Dawkins, whose board-shattering dunks earned him the moniker "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, is being remembered after his death at the age of 58.

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Never One to Shrink Away from a Worthy Fight

Julian Bond leaves a lasting legacy

Julian Bond lived his life as a tireless champion of the oppressed and maligned, a battle-worn warrior for civil rights, equality and social justice. Bond fought the good fight, and at the still-youthful age of 75, he completed his course.

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Looking for a Knockout

Local undefeated mixed martial artist Isaac Shelton looks to make it 4-0 in an upcoming match with Washington's Ricardo Martinez this Saturday.

Tuesday, September 1

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Waterfront Concert Spectacular

Free concert with Oregon Symphony, other musicians and youth orchestras

The Waterfront Concert – one of Portland’s favorite end of summer events and largest free concert in the state – is coming back this Thursday, Sept. 3 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, downtown.

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When ‘The Show Must Go On’

Comedy goes behind curtain of theater business

Portland’s Artist Repertory Theatre debuts a new season with The Understudy, a witty look behind the curtain of the theater business.

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Hail Trinity and Concordia!

Church, school and college celebrate 125 years

The weekend of Sept. 11-13 will start of a year-long celebration for the 125th anniversary of Trinity Lutheran Church and School and mark the 110th year of Concordia University, a trio of northeast Portland institutions serving a diverse community.

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Paying the Pink Tax at $1,400 a Year

Unfair markups for gender

You probably think you know about all the taxes you pay. Income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes — it seems like the list is endless. But there’s one tax I’ve been paying for most of my life that you might not know about. If you’re a woman, chances are you’re paying it too.

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Cole Porter’s Anything Goes

An age-old boy-meets-girl story comes to Lake Oswego’s Lakewood Center for the Arts this fall.

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Queen of the Segregated Tennis World

American Masters recounts the life of Althea Gibson

Don’t miss the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s.