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Community to celebrate Mr. Gresham unveiling - 09/19/18

GRESHAM, OR. – Long-time and beloved Gresham resident Todd Kirnan earned the nickname “Mr. Gresham” in his high school days, due to his unfailing kindness, good deeds and community spirit. Now, the Gresham community has come together, with donations large and small, to commission a bronze statue of Mr. Gresham. The art will be revealed at a community celebration and parade on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in historic downtown Gresham.

Todd was diagnosed with autism shortly after birth and suffered through a rough childhood, including abuse and foster care. Today, Todd is a familiar face in downtown Gresham. His cheerful smiles, warm greetings and willingness to lend a helping hand endear him to local business owners. For the past 15 years, he’s worked helping downtown businesses with food and coffee deliveries, mailing letters, helping set out tables and chairs and anything else that is asked of him.

“If you live in Gresham, odds are high that you’ve met Todd. He is a great example of Gresham’s amazing community spirit,” said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, who has been friends with Todd since high school. “We love Todd Kirnan, and we love what Todd Kirnan says about who Gresham is as a community.”

Gresham Outdoor Public Art led fundraising efforts to make the statue a reality and worked with the artist on the design. Heather Soderberg-Greene, who sculpted two other bronzes in downtown, will cast the bronze sculpture.

On September 22, a mini-parade, including police and fire vehicles as well as Portland Trail Blazers mascot Blaze and local high school cheer and dance teams, will escort Todd from Main City Park to downtown starting at 10 a.m. The first 50 to check in at NE 3rd and N Main will receive a free Gresham t-shirt, featuring a variety of illustrations of local parks and landmarks. The celebration will continue on NE 3rd Street between N Main and NE Roberts with an unveiling of the statue. Attendees can enjoy free coffee and bagels donated by Jazzy Bagel, free cupcakes donated by Sugar Cubed Cakes, 80s music and a photo booth with Todd-themed props. Celebrants can pick up a “Todd Passport” and visit local businesses to check out their “Todd Special of the Day” to be entered to win a $100 gift card bouquet.

The event is sponsored by Gresham Outdoor Public Art and City of Gresham.

Mayor and City Council pitch in to kick off the "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program - 09/14/18

GRESHAM, OR. – Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis and members of City Council will pair with community volunteers to trim hedges and trees that are out of reach for a disabled homeowner as part of the City of Gresham’s new Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. Volunteers will also remove other vegetation and debris. The clean-up will take place on September 18, 9:30-11 a.m. in Gresham’s North Central Neighborhood.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is the City of Gresham’s new, inventive way to help people with hardships and the elderly or infirmed who have a code enforcement issue on their property. The program will solve those issues with a team of community volunteers instead of immediately turning to enforcement. Volunteers will assist the City’s livability team with work party projects such as hauling junk and debris, mowing grass and trimming shrubs. The person in violation of the code must have a hardship such as a disability or illness.

“Government is often too quick to come sweeping in with the heavy hand of enforcement, instead of starting with the simple goal of gaining compliance,” said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. “This program gives us an outstanding new tool to come alongside our elderly and infirmed residents with helpful neighbors and volunteers to solve their code issues, instead of issuing violations and fines. And, we’ll tap into Gresham’s community spirit and promote community building.”

The Neighbors Helping Neighbors program is the latest innovation in the City’s recent realignment of code enforcement services into its Office of Neighborhoods and Community Enhancement. Livability staff and neighborhood association support staff now work hand-in-hand to support Gresham’s neighborhoods and maintain livability.

Larger code violations such as sidewalks and roof repairs are not eligible for this program.

Sign up to volunteer at www.GreshamOregon.gov/Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors or call 503-618-2869.

MEDIA NOTES:

  • The clean-up will take place at 1340 NE 20th St., Gresham.
  • Interview opportunities: Mayor Shane Bemis and Council President French will be available to speak with reporters.
  • Please note, the disabled homeowner has requested privacy and will not be available for interviews.

Multnomah County Fire Departments/Districts Lift Summer Burn Ban - 09/14/18

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. – Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has lifted the outdoor burn ban in all areas of Multnomah County.  The burn ban has been lifted due to the recent rainfall and moderate temperatures, which has improved the moisture content of the local ground cover. 

Recreational campfires, fire pits and agricultural burning is now permitted on DEQ approved burn days.  Yard debris and open burning is still not permitted; the usual start date for these is on or around October 1. 

Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For updated information please call the burning information line at:

503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 10

503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14 

503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30

General Information for Portland Fire & Rescue, 503-823-3700

 

For additional information contact Gresham Fire and Emergency Services at 503-618-2355.

Free CityFest event features big rigs, passports and family fun - 09/06/18

GRESHAM, OR. – Join us for a festival of fun at City Hall on September 8, from noon to 4 p.m., featuring big trucks, police and fire vehicles, delicious local food and treats, and more. Pick up an event passport at the welcome booth and fill it out to be entered to win a $100 gift card bouquet!

This free, hands-on family event includes:

  • Passport Day: Renew or update your passport between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Check out our big rigs—climb, explore and discover how they work.
  • Mini ride-alongs with our Gresham Police officers. Watch our K-9 Unit in action and visit with the many divisions that make up our Gresham Police Department.
  • Emergency 3-gallon water bottles for sale for only $5.
  • Visit with our Neighborhoods team about the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, tour the new Block Party Trailer, and learn how it can come party with you on your block.
  • Pop-up park and games.
  • Tour fire engines, meet Sparky the fire dog and our wonderful crew, and watch an auto extrication demonstration.
  • Come build your future parks with our giant Legoland activity.
  • Local food for sale from Bent Whisker Sandwich Co. and Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon’s. Sweet treats from Kona Ice. Free popcorn.

The event will be held at Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway. Free parking available. More information at www.GreshamOregon.gov/CityFest.