Plus, Portland has pork rolls now.

🍓 Saving the Portland Saturday Market

Plus, Portland has pork rolls now.

It’s Thursday.

It’s also April Fool’s Day.

I found you these delightful roundups of Portland-based pranks from OregonLive and this one from EaterPDX to kick off your day. It’s got everything from the Oregon Zoo discovering “grunting rodents” to Bob’s Red Mill making “bacon flour.” 

If you’ve got any good pranks of your own to share (nice ones please, I don’t want to know about any hurtful practical jokes), hit reply to this email and we’ll share them in our next newsletter. 

For today’s news: How to get a vaccine in Portland, the details on Oregon’s tax break and extension, the crowning of the Rose Festival Princess, and how to get your mitts on a pork roll in Stumptown. 

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Let’s go to press.

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💵 Oregon is following the IRS’s lead with a new tax break. What’s that mean exactly? According to OregonLive, “Oregonians who paid taxes on unemployment benefits do not need to file amended returns.” In early March, the federal government passed the American Rescue Plan, which allows taxpayers to exclude up to $10,200 on unemployment benefits in their 2020 taxes. Oregon and the IRS plan to automatically adjust the returns of people who have already filed. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, know that you’ve now got until May 17, thanks to another extension. 

💉 Here's some handy vaccine tips. Keep in mind that appointment slots are going like hotcakes, so be prepared to move quickly. One of these tools is the Oregon Health Authority’s Get Vaccinated Oregon, where you can check your eligibility and get notified when a vaccine is available for you. Also, sidebar, did you know you can get your vaccine card laminated for free? Here’s how to do that.

⚖️ A Proud Boys leader indicted in the Capitol insurrection was friendly with the Portland FBI, according to recent court filings and a report from The Portland Mercury. Joe Biggs, a leader in the far-right extremist group the Proud Boys, is currently under house arrest. His lawyer filed a document saying this wasn’t necessary due to Biggs’ “years-long supportive relationship with officers with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), including those in Portland's FBI Field Office.” You can read the rest of the in-depth story from Mercury reporter Alex Zielinski here

3 things to make you smile

🎬 The Portland-filmed episodes of ‘Top Chef’ start airing today at 8 p.m. And you’ll be able to catch some Oregonian culinary wizards in the lineup — from Gabriel Pascuzzi of Stacked Sandwich Shop and Mama Bird, to Sara Hauman, the chef at Soter Vineyards. Contestants will compete using local Oregon ingredients like foraged mushrooms, produce from the Hood River Fruit Loop, and a Quickfire Challenge with ingredients used on the Oregon Trail. You can get the show queued up here.  

🌹 Folks, our Rose Festival Princess has been crowned. And she is Parkrose senior Natalie Mathers. The Rose Festival has made adjustments to keep things safe during the pandemic, and in this year’s theme of a “Burst of Hope.” Keep any eye out for future Rose Court announcements, and tune in as we get closer to May for festival events. 

🍳 Here’s how to get your mitts on an East Coast breakfast sandwich. Although there’s some debate about whether to call it a “New Jersey Pork Roll,” “John Taylor’s Pork Roll,” or just a “ham, egg, and cheese.” Whatever you want to call it, you can snag one of these bad boys at Dimo’s or LaMotta’s. Apparently what to call this sandwich in the PNW is a sticking point with Dimo’s and LaMotta’s, so if you have strong feelings, hit reply to this email and get to venting. 

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🙋 One more thing …

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

Folks, the springtime sunshine we’ve been getting means the return of farmers and weekend markets to our neighborhoods. 

And one of those markets needs our help: The Portland Saturday Market has been running since 1974, and the financial impact from the pandemic has hit them pretty hard.

I don’t want to see this awesome part of Portland’s history disappear, so if you can spare anything, head over to their GoFundMe to show your support and help a piece of “Old Portland” survive the pandemic. The market itself will reopen for their 48th season on April 17, with social distancing guidelines in place to protect customers and vendors. 

You’re a rockstar, thank you for reading, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow. 

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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