• Allan Classen


Updated: May 1, 2020

Harbor of Hope began bringing shower and laundry trucks to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral every Monday before noon in March. The trucks visit about 10 sites around the city, providing showers, laundry services, clothes, blankets and personal hygiene kits, according to Lisa Marandas, who manages the program. Photos by Wesley Mahan
A “social distancing art show” by high school students from the Reconnection Center on the Benson High School campus can be seen through the windows at the Nob Hill Bar & Grill, 937 NW 23rd Ave. Restaurant owner and artist-in-residence Greg Hermens helped the students design a depiction of the Mount St. Helens eruption of 1980 in fused glass. “Funny thing,” Hermens said, “the last time we were advised to wear masks was after the mountain blew 40 years ago.”

COVID-19 testing in the Uptown Shopping Center parking lot has resumed after Willamette Week reported that the center’s landlord ordered it to stop in March. The property is owned by Atlas Investments, which is owned by former U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland. The testing is being conducted by American Family Care, an Uptown tenant. On April 6, the Oregon Health Authority ordered the landlord to allow the screening facility to limit the spread of the disease. Sondland has since replaced his wife, Katherine Durant, as the company’s chief operator.

Wallace Park was just an idea when this photo was taken from the West Hills in the early 20th century. Friends of Wallace Park will hold a centennial celebration in the park Sunday, Aug. 9. Kyle McAvoy chairs the centennial commemoration committee. Photo from Norm Gholston collection

The late Arlene Schnitzer (seated on floor, second from right) with artists at Fountain Gallery in 1980.

The Pearl District Neighborhood Association raised $213,000 in private donations to fund the acquisition and placement of 150 public trash cans on district sidewalks and parks. The city empties the tamper-resistant receptacles four times a week. “This successful program is a testament to how communities and government can successfully work together for the greater good,” PDNA President Stan Penkin said.


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