Don’t use dull blades for your home spring clean up
Bring your kitchen and garden tools to the May 19 CNA Spring Clean Up for professional sharpening. Between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., 1Sharptool Edge Service will donate a percentage of the proceeds from sharpening:
• Pocket knives
• Garden shears
• Rotary mowers
Services are first come first served. Prices start at $6.25 for garden tools and $7.50 for kitchen knives. 1Sharptool Edge Service accepts cash, checks and credit cards.
For details, contact 1Sharptool Edge Service at 360.606.7062 or visit 1SharpTool.com.
CNA SPRING CLEAN UP
Saturday, May 19
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
PCC Workforce Training Center at NE 42nd & Killingsworth
Spring cleaning comes to Concordia, and CNA will dump, recycle and/or find new homes for your household items.
• Household waste
• Styrofoam (no peanuts)
• Other household items
Truck, van, SUV: $15
Large truck: $20
Oversized load: $30
• HAZARDOUS WASTE, including batteries and chemicals
• Construction, demolition, roofing & remodeling debris
• Kitchen garbage
• Residential yard debris
• Commercial landscaping materials
• Waste & recyclables collected curbside
• Light bulbs
• Refrigerators & freezers
• Large appliances/white goods
• Tires, rocks & concrete
• Paint & oil
METRO prohibits the disposal of construction, remodeling or demolition materials suspected of containing asbestos at all neighborhood clean ups. Examples of prohibited materials:
Flooring: vinyl tiles, vinyl sheet, mastic
Walls: plaster, decorative plaster
Siding: cement siding shingles “Transite”
Ceilings: acoustical tiles, “popcorn” and spray-on texture
Insulation: spray-applied, blown-in, vermiculite, pipe, HVAC and lagging
Electrical: wire insulation, panel partitions
Other: fire doors, fire brick, fire proofing
SPECIAL FEATURES IN 2018
“You Price It”Yard Sale: See something you like among the reusable household goods, say what it’s worth to you and it’s yours.
Professional tool & knife sharpening: Details here.
All proceeds support CNA’s mission to organize human and physical resources, build community and enrich livability here.
THANKS TO THE CNA SPRING CLEAN UP’S GENEROUS SPONSORS
The hunt begins at 10 am SHARP.
Don’t be late – it ends in a flash!
Volunteers needed to:
– stuff 6,000 plastic eggs with candy on Friday, March 30, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meet at the American Legion at 2104 NE Alberta St.
– hide 6,000 candy-filled eggs on Saturday, March 31. Meet at Fernhill Park (Playground along NE 37th Avenue) at 8 a.m.
Sponsored by Concordia Neighborhood Association & American Legion Post 134
By Kelley Duron
CNews Special Writer
A handsome Irish doctor flees to Brazil to avoid a murder conviction for euthanizing his wife’s lover/brother who was suffering an agonizing brain tumor. The doctor then moves to the United States where he lives in New York, Los Angeles, and finally opens a successful pub in northeast Portland. Seven years later, the doctor returns to Dublin despite facing prison time.
Sound like a soap opera plot? Well, most of it is just that.
Tom “T.C” O’Leary spent seven seasons playing the charismatic but flawed Brendan Daly M.D. on the highly-rated prime time Irish soap “Fair City” Although complex, the plots of this series are more HBO than American daytime TV, Tom explained.
The doctor wasn’t all good guy. He was an alcoholic with a child from his own affair. His wife in the show had an affair with her brother, broke it off, then rekindled it before the brother asked Tom’s character to help him die.
“Assisted suicide is a huge, controversial topic in Ireland,” Tom pointed out. “Our show pushed boundaries, and it has been very progressive in the issues we’ve taken on.”
The draw to acting started long before he landed the role on “Fair City.” As the youngest of four kids living in the small port town of Killiney, just south of Dublin, he loved attention and began playacting by himself around the house.
“We had a lot of freedom in those days, lots of open spaces to play in,” Tom recalled. “But I wasn’t into team sports. I’d rather make up stories and act them out.”
In school, he was convinced to join a talent show in which he had to dress as a woman in a skit. “I realized that people were really enjoying the show and I was very comfortable being up in front of them.”
Later, after a successful part in the school musical, he recalled, a teacher kissed his cheek and told him he was wonderful in the role.
“She was a beautiful woman and that did it for me,” he recounted with a smile.
Although his mother convinced Tom to take accounting courses in college as a back up to acting, and he worked for an accounting firm for several years, the performance bug drew him back to the stage. His first play was in Prague.
“The country was anglicizing its language, so an Irish play made sense,” he explained. From there Tom returned to Ireland and landed a gig as what he called “a geeky mathematician” in the play “Proof,” adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by David Auburn.
“It had a six-month run, which is almost unheard of,” Tom reported.
The producers of “Fair City” spotted him in “Proof,” and offered him the doctor’s role without an audition.
While working on the soap, he fell in love with his real-life wife, Siobhan, who was studying in Dublin. Siobhan moved to New York City after her year in Ireland, and they had a long-distance relationship until she returned to Tom’s homeland and they married in the dead of winter
“Why not? The weather there is hard to predict anyway. We might as well have it then,” Tom’s eyes twinkled with mischief as he remembered the day.
After giving “Fair City” producers a year’s notice that the couple was headed to the U.S., “They wrote a great storyline for my exit,” he said. “Dr. Daly was convicted of murder for the assisted suicide but, in Ireland, they allow you to go home before your sentence starts. My character disguised himself and fled to Brazil.”
The real-life couple spent several years in New York – Siobhan studied for her master’s in education while Tom did voice overs, acted in a few plays and tended bar. Los Angeles was next, but Siobhan worked days teaching special education while Tom worked nights bartending.
“We just never saw each other” he explained. “Plus, I always had a dream of opening a bar, so we decided to move to Portland, where my wife’s family lives.”
TC O’Leary’s opened in November 2016. Since then, Tom said, it has started to build a consistent crowd. “Last year on New Year’s, we had a crowd of maybe a couple dozen,” he said. “This year, we had about 90.”
Shortly after the bar opened, “Fair City” producers approached Tom to reprise his character.
“My return fit the storyline well,” Tom said. “My TV family had joined me in Brazil and, after seven years, we returned to Ireland where Dr. Daly remains in hiding. It was just a two-week part.”
He said the return was great fun and left open the option of continuing the role in the future if they want him.
In Portland, once the bar gets its legs under it, Tom said, he may look around at local playhouses to get back into theater. For now, he’s a happy publican.
There’s no January issue of CNews headed your way. We gave our volunteer writers December off to spend the holidays with families and friends.
HOWEVER, we aren’t missing a beat on the community calendar that you usually find on Page 12. Find it here instead!
Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd Ave.
- Light eats and nonalcoholic beverages
- Activities for kids
- Live music
Pizza generously donated by Hot Lips Pizza, Pizza Jerk and Red Sauce Pizza.
Coffee generously donated by Caffe Vita.
- Performance by Vernon School Choir at 7 p.m.
- Community Sing led by Susan Riggs, director of FEAST Community Choir at 8 p.m.
Food & Clothing Drive and Raffle to benefit Northeast Emergency Food Program
- Men’s & women’s clothing
- Canned meat
- Cereal and oats
- Staples (salt, pepper, cooking oil, etc.)
- Snacks and treats
- Personal hygiene items (toilet paper, feminine hygiene, soap, shampoo, etc.)
- Household supplies (laundry and dish detergent, cleaning supplies)
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Pet food
Raffle tickets: $2 each or six for $10
Raffle prizes generously donated by Basics, a Pacific Foods store; Dekum Street Doorway; Cottage Pantry; Frock; Grand Central Bakery; Hot Lips Pizza; Just Bob; Amelie Marian – Hasson Company Realtors; Red Sauce Pizza; Sarah Miller – Portraits in Prose, ink; Seastar Bakery; and Verum Ultimum Art Gallery.
Recent events indicate nowhere is safe from disaster, natural and otherwise. Dedicated volunteers and professionals in Concordia – throughout Portland, the state and the nation – are ready to help you prepare for events that may come.
Two of them will share details with you at the Wednesday, Nov. 1, Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA) Annual Membership Meeting. It begins at 7 p.m. in the McMenamins Kennedy School Community Room.
Immediately prior to the 7 p.m. Annual Membership Meeting, the CNA Board of Directors will convene for its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend and contribute.
Justin Ross, community capacity specialist, represents Multnomah County Emergency Management at the CNA meeting. That department hosts and sponsors a variety of personal and community preparedness classes through its new Community Preparedness Education and Outreach Team.
His presentation will outline the impacts of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Scientists estimate that zone, a fault that stretches from northern California to Vancouver Island, has a 37 percent probability to rupture within the next 50 years and produce a 9.0-plus earthquake in Portland.
He’ll also discuss the necessity for local residents, businesses, agencies, organizations and governments to become disaster resilient. That requires them to:
- Create plans
- Build community connections
- Obtain training
Amy Gard, leader of the all-volunteer Concordia/Vernon/Woodlawn Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) will explain how the three-dozen-member team plans and drills for natural disasters. She’ll also discuss “Map Your Neighborhood,” an Oregon Emergency Management/Oregon Citizen Corps publication.
The NET is one of 71 across Portland that are trained by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to respond to events that include:
- Severe winter storms
- Hazardous material spills
- Other citywide/regional emergencies
The local team is tasked with acting as first responders to help the 17,000 local residents survive until the arrival of adequate emergency services. NETs aren’t new to Portland which, in 1994, was the third city in the country to form them.
Click here for additional details – including the board election – about the CNA Annual Membership Meeting.
Wednesday, Nov. 1, is election day for Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA). In addition to the election/re-election of board members are presentations on emergency preparedness, CNA committee reports and time for you to speak up on neighborhood concerns.
Immediately prior to the 7 p.m. Annual Membership Meeting, the CNA Board of Directors will convene for its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to also attend that meeting and contribute.
Each year, seven two-year positions – half of the CNA Board of Directors – are up for election/re-election. Incumbents may or may not stand for re-election. In either case you’re welcome to nominate yourself or another Concordian for office.
This year eight positions will be included in the election. That’s because the Southwest 2 position is being vacated, with one year remaining in the term. The incumbent in the East 1 position has indicated he will decline re-election to a two-year term.
Terms expiring and/or becoming vacant Dec. 31, and the incumbents, are:
East 1, Tyler Bullen
Southwest 1, Garlynn Woodsong
Southwest 2, Daniel Greenstadt
Northwest 1, Isham “Ike” Harris
At large 1, Robert Bowles
At large 3, Jody Pollak
At large 5, Truls Neal
Chair, Chris Lopez
See the map to right for CNA district boundaries.
The primary qualification is residing in or owning property or business interests in the neighborhood. The age minimum is 14 years, and any nominee younger than 18 must have written permission from a parent. The two-year terms begin in January.
Each board member commits to attending monthly board meetings, attending regular and special membership meetings, attending CNA-sponsored events and membership on at least one CNA committee.
Board members should additionally be willing to represent the community to the city on issues such as land use, livability and safety. They are also ambassadors within the neighborhood and at association events.
In addition to the board election, the CNA Annual Meeting features emergency preparedness presentations by the local neighborhood emergency team and Multnomah County.
Three dentistry offices in northeast and north Portland will exchange some of the candy stash your trick or treaters collected this year – some for cash, others for toys.
The dentists are participating in the 2017 Halloween Buy Back program and partnering with local veterans organizations to send the candy to military troops stationed overseas. Since 2015, the program has collected more than 130 tons of candy nationwide.
Children have benefited by reducing their sugar intake, dentists seize the opportunity to contribute to their community and military personnel appreciate being remembered.
Local dentistry offices are:
Hollywood Children’s Dentistry 3839 N.E. Tillamook St., 503.288.5891
Wednesday – Friday, Nov. 1 – 3, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Exchange: $1 per pound of candy
North Portland Orthodontics
3332 N. Lombard St., 503.289.1992
Nov. 1, 8 – 4 p.m.
Exchange: $1 per pound of candy (five pound limit)
World Of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry North
4548 N. Albina Ave., 503.626.9711
Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Friday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays – Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fridays
Exchange: toys for candy, children are encouraged to write notes of appreciation to the troops