To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase upcoming special events, celebrations of milestones in our readers' lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve, and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors along with opportunities to participate in the community. Memo Pad submissions for the September issue are due Wednesday, Aug. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave, Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The fax number is 503-249-7672.
NAYA names new director
He has been actively involved in the Portland community since he moved here in 1998 after completing his master's degree in education at Oregon State University. Morton, his wife Courtaney and son Marcus live in the Humboldt Neighborhood of North Portland. Morton was elected to the Portland Public School Board in 2011.
[Matt's] familiarity with the organization, the vision he has articulated for NAYA, his training and experience, and the confidence we have in him-as well as the confidence we have heard from elders, donors, and advocates-were all reasons we felt made Matt the best choice, the NAYA Family Center Board of Directors said in a statement released to staff.
Matt has been a strong leader in both the Native community and as a member of the Portland Public School Board, said City Commissioner Nick Fish. I look forward to building on our strong partnership with NAYA under Matt's leadership and working toward increased opportunities for the Native American community.
Founded by parent volunteers in 1974, the Native American Youth & Family Center serves self-identified Native American youth and their families throughout the Portland metropolitan area. As an urban Indian agency, NAYA Family Center provides over 57,000 hours of service annually to youth and families representing over 380 tribal backgrounds.
Students demonstrate they are job ready
A pair of area high school students earned Skill Point Certificates at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City in June. Abby Jean Lauer, of David Douglas High School, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in preschool teaching assistant and Cameron Baldwin, a student at Reynolds High School, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in carpentry.
Nearly 6,000 career and technical education students- all state contest winners-competed in 94 different trade, technical and leadership fields. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry leaders using industry standards.
SkillsUSA works with students and educators to ensure a ready workforce.
Share your extra produce
Donations of produce can be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SnowCap warehouse receiving location at 17788 S.E. Pine St. In some cases, SnowCap drivers may be able to pick up donated items. Call 503-674-8785 ext 17 to learn more.
SnowCap provides low-income families with healthy food options, clothing and advocacy.
Keep the lights on
Citizens are encouraged to report street light outages. The city of Portland Bureau of Transportation relies heavily on citizen involvement to report when a street light or public area light is out. Call 503-865-5267 to report outages or submit a report online at portlandoregon.gov/transportation. iPhone and Android phone users can use the free mobile PDX Reporter app.
If the light is in a city park, call Portland Parks & Recreation at 503-823-1600 or submit a report online at parkscanpdx.org.
In all cases, provide as much information as you can about the location, especially pole numbers, adjacent addresses, and side of the street. Simple repairs may take up to two weeks. If the outage creates a hazardous situation, call 503-823-1700 immediately.
Rockwood Rangers rock
League rules allow for three waivered players, or players who live outside league boundaries, per team. Because some of the players attend private schools that draw from a larger region, this team ended up with four waivered players.
Coach Scott Hendison said, This is one of the best teams I've ever coached, and it's too bad we can't go to the district championships or to the state playoffs. He is especially pleased with the success of this group of boys because most of them did not know one another prior to the season.
This group of 10, 11 and 12 year old boys attends several different area schools, among them, Portland Christian and St. Therese Catholic School.
Award nominations open
Nominations are now being accepted for the 27th annual Spirit of Portland awards. If you know of an individual or group who has helped make Portland a better place to live, work, study, pray or play, please nominate them for one of the 2012 awards.
Celebrated since 1985, the Spirit of Portland award ceremony is an important way for the city to recognize and celebrate those who make a positive difference in our community. Each year, there are 20 to 30 winners in various categories. The event will be held on a late October evening at a venue in the community. Specific time, date, and location are to be determined.
Nominations are due in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Nomination forms are available at the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, 1221 S.W. 4th Ave, Room 110, or at the seven neighborhood district offices including East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 N.E. 117th Ave. and Central Northeast Neighbors Coalition Office, 4415 N.E. 87th Ave. They can also be downloaded from Commissioner Amanda Fritz's front page, portlandonline.com/fritz.
Unlike previous years, there is no need to specify a nomination category. Categories will be assigned by the selection committee once all nominations are received.
Nominees will be evaluated in each of the following areas:
Participation in outstanding projects
Enrichment of our community and neighborhoods
Providing a special service to the community
Demonstration of responsiveness, creativity and civic values
Raising cross-cultural awareness
More information about criteria and eligibility for each award can be found on the nomination forms.
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