BIZ Ins and Outs

Allison Mudrick new leader of Operation School Bell

Although Allison Mudrick retired from the Portland Public School District in 1999, she has remained active in aiding children, focusing first on reading programs and more recently on childhood poverty. Now as chair of Assistance League of Greater Portland’s Operation School Bell, she is managing a community service program with an annual budget of more than $300,000 and more than 60 member volunteers.

“There were always a few children who didn’t have heavy coats, sweatshirts or shoes appropriate for chilly weather,” Allison says, recalling what she saw firsthand during her 30 years of teaching middle school. “With Operation School Bell, we give children new clothes that are clean and that fit. When we do that, we help prepare a child to learn and grow, to be the best they can.”

From Assistance League’s Beaverton headquarters, almost 3,000 children in need in the Beaverton and Hillsboro Public School Districts will benefit from the program this year.
A member of congregations Shaarie Torah and Neveh Shalom, Allison plans to develop more liaisons with local organizations and businesses to increase the impact of Operation School Bell. This year Operation School Bell received a grant from the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation.

“Community partnerships are essential to any program that needs to expand to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in the community,” says Allison.

Assistance League of Greater Portland is a local chapter of a national nonprofit member volunteer organization. Assistance League’s member volunteers provide four community service programs serving children and victims of violence.

In addition to grants, sponsorships and donations, funds for these programs are raised at Assistance League Thrift and Consignment Shop at 4000 SW 117th Ave. in Beaverton.

Bluestone & Hockley names directors

The Bluestone & Hockley Residential Management Department welcomes Jeremy Boardman as its new director of Residential Services and Patty Harvey as director of Commercial Management.

Company owners, Cliff and Julie Hockley, are very active in the Jewish community. Julie is a former board member of the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.  Both Cliff and Julie served on the board that oversaw the transition of Hillel Academy into Portland Jewish Academy.  The couple belongs to Congregation Shaarie Torah.

Jeremy joined Bluestone & Hockley from Washington, D.C., where, for 10 years, he owned and operated a property management company serving single-family rental homes, apartment buildings and homeowner associations. His various certifications include the LEED Green Associate and Certified Home Inspector credentials. He was also a founding member of the D.C. chapter of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers), where he served as chair of the Education Committee.

Bluestone & Hockley Residential manages 1,500 units of multifamily and single-family residences throughout the northern Oregon I-5 corridor.

Patty, formerly the interim director of Bluestone & Hockley’s Commercial Management department, has received a promotion to assume the role of director on a permanent basis.

Patty holds an Oregon Broker’s License as well as a California Real Estate License. Her well-rounded experience includes over 20 years of managing low-, mid- and high-rise office buildings, shopping centers and industrial properties in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay area and downtown Portland. Her extensive experience overseeing significant renovation projects is a key asset to the company during this period of significant growth in the Portland market.

Founded in 1972, Bluestone & Hockley currently provides a comprehensive range of real estate services, including commercial and residential property management, condominium association management and building maintenance.
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Morgan St Theater goes brick and mortar for winter

Jared Goodman of Morgan St Theater is thrilled to be settling down into a new space this winter, bringing his whimsical dessert dining experience to a cozy restaurant in Northeast Portland. This new abode will be at Handsome Pizza, 1603 NE Killingsworth St. The winter location is warmed with a wood-burning fire, with plenty of room for live performances and, in time, an ability to serve wine and beer to pair with the meal.

The live performances will showcase talented people from all over Portland – from storytellers to puppeteers to musicians. Morgan St Theater aspires to be a unique dessert destination, pairing artisan desserts with engaging entertainment and interesting people to create a truly memorable and meaningful dining experience.

The theme and menu change monthly to explore an idea and reflect what’s in season. As host and chef, Jared hopes that your meal is as inspiring as your conversation. This dessert pop-up concept will stick around through May; come June, Jared will be gearing up for farmers markets, street fairs and weddings. What better way to enjoy the dark and wet days of winter than with an evening of dessert theater?

Winter dessert pop-ups have been set for the first two months of 2016 on Wednesday evenings,

Jan. 13, 20 and 27 and Feb. 3, 10 and 17. Tickets to MST pop-ups are now $40, which includes a dessert tasting menu, live entertainment, coffee or tea and gratuity.

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