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Welcome to the St. Johns Review on-line edition

 The Review is a bi-weekly publication * Founded in 1904 * Portland’s Oldest Community Newspaper


  The paper contains: Local news, livability issues & concerns, community & association meeting notices, human-interest stories, obituaries, an entertainment section.


Historical Article:

 Each issue also contains a special historical and entertaining article written by published writer Jim Speirs. Jim is a life-long North Portland citizen and his fascinating stories are from his years of research and study about the North Portland area. From his articles in the Review he has published six books titled: Tales of North Portland, which are for sale throughout the community. Contact him at:


Writing/Article Contributions:
The Review welcomes contributions from its North Portland citizens. It does not have to be word-perfect, the Review will edit as needed. “If you find it interesting or of a concern, others will too.” Letters To The Editor: Letters To The Editor are welcome and encouraged. They must be legibly written and contain a signature. Published letters are at the discretion of the editor, and may be edited for size, language, or grammar.


Gayla Patton, Owner/Publisher since 1994


Phone: 503-283-5086

Mailing Address: PO Box 83068, Portland, Oregon 97283

Physical Address: 6635 N. Baltimore #261 Portland, Oregon 97203

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The REVIEW is 112 years old. It has been North Portland's Community Newspaper Since 1904 and is Portland's OLDEST Community Newspaper


History of the REVIEW:


The St. Johns Review was founded November 11, 1904 by J. C. Crome. He made it known that he intended to make the newspaper an invaluable resource to the residents of the Peninsula and a newspaper in which they could take pride and satisfaction. Throughout its history, each publisher has strived to maintain Crome’s original image. Although the REVIEW has changed appearances throughout the years, its philosophy has remained the same: “A community newspaper makes a community better.”


More about the REVIEW:


The paper contains community news, historical articles, events, personal interest stories, meeting notices, crossword and other puzzles, classifieds, birth/death/marriage (etc) notices., and other helpful and entertaining information.


Owner and editor Gayla Patton covers events in the community, writes articles, researches information, sells advertising, designs ads and the newspaper. Jim Speirs is the historical editor and writes articles relevant to the North Portland area. He works and lives in North Portland.


About the paper and the owner: ﷯
Gayla Patton purchased the St. Johns Review newspaper in December 1994. “It has always been my intention to keep the newspaper a friendly and, accurate source of community news for my fellow North Portland residents and businesses with information about what is happening in the neighborhood to help keep them informed and also entertained.” Patton began her publishing career in 1989 when she founded the Hayden Island Connection newspaper. Since the two newspaper’s boundaries aligned perfectly, in 2001 she merged the Connection with the St. Johns Review. She has lived in North Portland since 1984 and raised her two children here. She currently has an office at Cathedral Park Place. It is the former location of Columbia Sportswear, located below and just west of the St. Johns Bridge. The REVIEW is mailed to a large subscription base with many dedicated readers having subscribed for over 50 years. It has approx. 20,000 readers per month. The St. Johns Review, Inc. The Review's phone number: 503-283-5086 Office Address: 6635 N. Baltimore, Suite 261, Portland, Oregon 97203 Mailing Address: PO Box 83068 Portland, Oregon 97283

Gayla with her two granddaughters, Maddy & Paris

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