Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 27)

1) Sustainable Overlook Edible Plant Sale (Order deadline March 31)

Place your order by March 31 and pick up your seeds and plants at the Sustainable Overlook Spring Garden Fair on April 18. There will also be a great selection of plants and seeds to shop that day. You’ll find fruit trees, berry bushes, bee-friendly native flowers, herbs and more, and each order benefits Sustainable Overlook and local, sustainable growers. You can also order cute, locally-made mason bee houses, and learn about mason bee keeping at the Spring Garden Fair. Order forms and plant descriptions are available online.

Overlook Spring Garden Fair
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New American (2103 N Killingsworth Ave.)

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 20)

1) N Going Street ramp to close (March 21)
2) Overlook Easter egg hunt (April 4)
3) Aspire Project moves to a new home (April 11)

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1) N Going Street ramp to close (March 21-25)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements require the closure of the ramp on N Going Street eastbound from Swan Island to N Greeley Avenue from Saturday, March 21 through March 25. The ramp closure will be in effect all hours and all days.

The ramp closure is necessary to allow crews to repair the failed road base and stabilize the foundation of the road to prevent potholes and other surface distresses.

Traffic will be detoured east on N Going Street to N Interstate Avenue or I-5 southbound. The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all work zone signage, and use the alternate routes.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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2) Overlook Easter egg hunt (April 4)easter-154403_640

The Easter Bunny will hop by Overlook House on Saturday, April 4. He will leave hundred of eggs containing treats and tiny treasures for children to discover and put in their basket.  Anyone who finds one of the shining golden eggs can turn it in to win a special prize!

The Eggstravaganza takes place promptly at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. The event is sponsored by Friends of Overlook House for neighborhood children. It’s free, with donations gratefully accepted.

Overlook Easter egg hunt
Saturday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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3) Aspire Project moves to a new home (April 11)

Since 2010, The Aspire Project has provided accessible dance classes at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, a historical part of the Overlook Neighborhood. The project recently announced it will move to a new studio in St. Johns.

Officials with the Project said they will miss the Overlook Neighborhood and invite our community to attend the grand opening celebration at the new studio. It will be a fun-filled day of learning dance moves, watching performances, short class demonstrations and a chance to explore the four new studio spaces. There will be complimentary refreshments and a raffle.

Aspire Project grand opening
Saturday, April 11
8426 N Lombard St.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 13, 2015)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (March 17)
2) Sustainable Overlook edible plant sale
3) New bike route through Kaiser Permanente

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (March 17)

OKNA logoJoin your neighbors to talk about what’s going on in Overlook at the monthly general meeting. Topics on the agenda include an overview of the I-5 project from ODOT and an update on the heritage tree that recently fell in Madrona Park.

Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave., across from Overlook Park)

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2) Sustainable Overlook edible plant sale

Create an abundant food forest in your yard or just add a few fun fruit and berry bushes to your landscape. Resilience Design Landscaping is holding a pre-order plant sale with pick-up at the Sustainable Overlook Spring Gardening Fair. Order from a selection of hardy fruit trees, berry bushes and fruiting vines, plus veggie and herb starts and seeds. Offerings include apples, persimmons, blueberries, rhubarb, kiwi and much more. All the plants are locally grown (many right here in Overlook) and are organic and/or Salmon Safe Certified. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Sustainable Overlook’s neighborhood outreach projects and pesticide-free Arbor Lodge Park.

Order forms are available online. Pre-orders will be accepted through March 31.

Pick up your plant order on April 18 and check out our spring info fair in front of New American with natural gardening resources from Metro, co-sponsor North Portland Food Not Lawns and more.

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3) New bike route through Kaiser Permanente

Bike riders headed to Mississippi Avenue and points east  by crossing the Failing Street Bridge have a new route to reach it. Kaiser Permanente has generously constructed a bike path that connects the bridge to the parking lot and to Interstate Avenue at Overlook Drive, where a traffic light will facilitate crossing into the neighborhood. Check it out next time your there … perhaps for Tuesday’s OKNA meeting.

Read more about it at BikePortland.org.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 6, 2015)

1) Madrona Park heritage tree update
2) I-5 closures to affect North Portland
3) Nature in Neighborhoods grants available
4) OLCC wants input on marijuana regulations (March 12)
5) Climate preparation and action

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1) Madrona Park heritage tree update

Heritage Madrona fallenThe heritage madrona tree in Madrona Park fell on Presidents Day. Although the city promptly removed the remnants for safety, it has preserved the wood.

Neighbors and the Overlook Neighborhood Association are working with Parks officials about what to do next. The neighborhood’s proposal will include placing the tree/logs back in the natural area so that people can see the beauty of the tree, native trees and the importance of planting them.

Stay tuned for updates as we learn more.

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2) I-5 closures to affect North Portland

Do you travel on I-5 at night or early on the weekends? ODOT is beginning work to replace the green freeway signs from SW Corbett St. to N. Lombard St. to be more reflective and easier to read. Later this summer, ODOT will also be repaving approximately seven miles of roadway on I-5 between SW Capitol Highway and the Marquam Bridge. Periodically this work will require full freeway closures in the active work areas at night.

Overlook Neighborhood Association is coordinating with ODOT to bring you more information at an upcoming OKNA general meeting. Stay tuned to the weekly update for more details as they become available. In the meantime, learn more about this project and get the latest on closure and detour information online.

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3) Nature in Neighborhoods grants available

Want to restore and care for nature in your community?

If you have a vision for getting rid of weeds, improving water quality, creating fish and wildlife habitat or restoring nature in the Portland metropolitan area, a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods restoration grant can help get your idea off the ground.

Grants are available for individuals, community groups, businesses, neighborhoods, nonprofits, schools and school groups, government agencies, faith groups and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status.

Metro is especially interested in projects that invite communities of color to participate in the design, development, implementation and future benefits of projects.

Thanks to a 2013 parks and natural areas levy approved by the region’s voters, Metro expects to award about $700,000 in restoration grants this year.

Metro will provide more information at an upcoming workshop. Pre-Applications are due on April 21.

Restoration grant workshop
Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Metro Regional Center (600 NE Grand Ave.)

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4) OLCC wants input on marijuana regulations (March 12)

MarijuanaThe Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been hosting public meetings around the state to receive public input on recreational marijuana regulations. On Thursday, March 12, they come to Portland. Under the voter-approved law, personal possession of recreational marijuana becomes legal on July 1 of this year. The OLCC must begin accepting applications for commercial licenses next January, with retail stores to open by late 2016.

This is your opportunity to tell OLCC how much or how little you want them to regulate what stores might open in Overlook.

Learn more online.

OLCC marijuana meeting
Thursday, March 12, 7 – 9 p.m.
Left Bank Annex (101 N Weidler St.)

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5) Climate preparation and action

The City of Portland and Multnomah County have released the draft 2015 Climate Action Plan for public comment. The draft plan builds on Portland’s 20+ year legacy of climate action and provides a roadmap for the community to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim goal of a 40 percent reduction by 2030.

For more information and to read the draft 2015 Climate Action Plan and submit your comments, visit the project site.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 27, 2015)

1) Pesticide-free in Overlook
2) Native plant workshop (March 5 and April 16)
3) TriMet community forum (March 3)

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1) Pesticide-free in Overlook

KGW news featured Overlook Neighborhood this week in a story about the more than 400 people here who have pledged to forgo using pesticides. Mulysa Melco came up with the idea two years ago, and Overlook would be the first pesticide-free neighborhood in Portland if everyone gets on board. Learn more at the Pesticide-Free Overlook website.

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2) Native plant workshop (March 5 and April 16)

Overlook residents have two great opportunities to learn about Native plants from experts this spring. East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District will present two free workshops designed to explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants. The content will be the same, so choose the one that better fits your schedule.

Discover Portland’s most common Native plant communities, learn which species do well together and get tips to help them thrive. A slide show will highlight their unique features and desired growing conditions so gardeners can decide which plants will work best in their own yard.

Register online. Seats are filling fast.

Native plant workshop
Thursday, March 5, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate Ave.)
Hosted by Trillium Charter School, Sustainable Overlook and Friends of Overlook Bluff

Native plant workshop
Thursday, April 16, 6 – 8:3- pm
Historic Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Drive)
Hosted by Friends of Overlook Bluff and Historic Overlook House

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3) TriMet community forum (March 3)

TriMet invites North Portland residents to help plan future improvements to transit service in the community. Where do people want to go? How easy is it to get there? TriMet will use community feedback to identify short and long-term bus service improvements throughout the region.

TriMet community forum
Tuesday, March 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
North Portland Library (512 N Killingsworth St.)
Community Room, 2nd floor

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 20, 2015)

1) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland in 2015 (June 21)
2) Illegal parking and vehicle break-ins

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1) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland in 2015 (June 21)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente today announced that Sunday Parkways will return this year with five traffic-free events through Portland neighborhoods, including a new route through Southeast Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood and over the new car-free Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People.

SundayParkways2015Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city’s largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are hugely popular; total attendance topped 100,000 last year.

This year, organizers are emphasizing ways people can create the Sunday Parkways experience every day. All five Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called ‘neighborhood greenways’ as well as City parks that people can enjoy all year long for their own bicycling and walking trips. The Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood route will introduce participants to new bicycling, walking and transit improvements being made by the City and partners along the new light rail corridor that opens in September.

The North Portland Sunday Parkways will take place on June 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to coincide with Father’s Day. This 9.5 mile double loop course will highlight gems across the route, such as the scenic Willamette Bluff, the Peninsula Rose Gardens, the universally accessible Harper’s Playground at Arbor Lodge, as well as the activities offered at the Kenton, Columbia Annex, and McCoy Parks.

For more information, including the dates of the other parkways, visit the official website.

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2) Illegal parking and vehicle break-ins

Patrick Owen, the North Portland crime prevention coordinator, spoke at the Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting on Tuesday. Among the topics he covered was how to deal with people parking in front of driveways. One option is to mark a driveway with the official “no parking” yellow paint. The city has instructions online, including the specific color to use.  It’s significantly less expensive for neighbors to purchase “TRAFFIC LINE YELLOW” paint and do the work themselves or as part of a group than to have PBOT come out.

If visitors continue to block driveways, neighbors should contact parking enforcement or at 503-823-5195 or non-emergency at 503-823-3333 immediately. If a visitor happens to park on private property without permission (such as a driveway), the neighbor can contact parking enforcement or may arrange.

Officer Robert Foster also spoke at the meeting. He reported that there have been a rash of vehicle break-ins around the neighborhood. The best defense is to follow some common sense steps like locking cars and not leaving valuables in them. For more tips, review the city’s car prowl prevention handout.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 13, 2015)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting (Feb. 17)
2) Native plant workshop (March 14)
3) Sustainable Overlook Summit (Feb. 21)
4) Citywide neighborhood annual summit (Feb. 28)
5) Reporting crime matters
6) Food bank fundraiser (Feb. 17)

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting (Feb. 17)

OKNA logoJoin your neighbors to talk about what’s going on in Overlook at the monthly general meeting.

Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave., across from Overlook Park)

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2) Native plant workshop (March 14)

Only a few seats remain for the Naturscaping Basics class on March 14. Naturescaping is the practice of designing (or redesigning) your landscape so that it reduces water use and decreases stormwater runoff while saving you time, money and energy. This introductory workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping, and also explores pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use; how native plants naturally resist pests and tolerate drought conditions while attracting native birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden; and basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening and design tips

The class will visit a nearby naturescaped project to see design principles in action. Students will receive a comprehensive workbook and even a free native plant to help you get started.

Register online.

Naturescaping Basics
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate Ave.)

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3) Sustainable Overlook Summit (Feb. 21)

Don’t forget to register for the inaugural Overlook Sustainability Summit at Beach Elementary School. The event will bring together neighbors to talk about strengthening the resilience, livability and long term health of the neighborhood. Learn more and register online.

Overlook Sustainability Summit
Saturday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)
Suggested donation $10

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4) Citywide neighborhood annual summit (Feb. 28)

The City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement hosts a community summit each year. This year’s theme “In It Together” focuses on addressing real challenges and engaging our diverse city. Neighbors, friends and activists, community and neighborhood groups and city staff will work together to impact public policy, strengthen relations and build capacity. The summit will include a variety of workshops and dialogues on issues impacting Portlanders all over the city. Attendees will find out how to engage on current issues, hear success stories and connect. This is a free event, all are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required for lunch.

Neighborhood summit – In it together
Saturday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ambridge Center (1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.)

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5) Reporting crime matters

It can be comforting to see crime statistics decrease from one year to the next. Unfortunately, where the decreases are attributable to underreported crime, it is difficult to get a true picture of what’s happening in a neighborhood. Over the years, Crime Prevention Coordinators throughout the city have spoken to a number of residents who don’t report crime to the police.

Portland PoliceProblems that are not reported are not addressed. If everyone reported crime in a neighborhood, officers would become more aware of issues that require attention. Extra patrols and special problem-solving efforts may be directed to a location.

Crime statistics would be more reflective of what’s happening with better reporting. Neighbors are able to access the information using online tools. If they are aware that there is an increase in a particular type of crime, neighbors are more likely to increase their security measures.

Moreover, the number of officers assigned to a patrol area may be impacted by reporting. The crime statistics will drive where resources are directed. This could lead to a decrease in the number of officers serving a particular neighborhood.

Please don’t hesitate to report all incidents of crime to the police. To report an incident that has already occurred and you know that the perpetrator is not around (call 9-1-1 otherwise) call the non-emergency phone number to the police at 503-823-3333. Alternatively, file a report online. Make sure that the crime is eligible for online reporting. Some incidents can’t be reported this way including crimes where there is suspect information or incidents such as burglaries or graffiti.

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6) Food bank fundraiser (Feb. 17)

The Good Samaritan Food Bank will hold its annual Mardi Gras pancake dinner benefit on Tuesday. Admission is a monetary and food donation.

Mardi Gras pancake dinner benefit
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church (2201 N Rosa Parks Way)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 6, 2015)

1) Winter fruit tree pruning workshop (Feb. 28)
2) Roosevelt High School gymnasium’s last hurrah (Feb. 20)

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1) Winter fruit tree pruning workshop (Feb. 28)

Good, timely pruning can improve the shape, strength and fruit set of your trees while simultaneously helping to reduce pest and disease pressure. Certain fruit trees benefit from winter pruning (Jan-Feb), while others benefit greatly from summer pruning (June-Aug). This class will cover the fruit trees that are best pruned in winter, general pruning theory and specific techniques to help students learn how to make the best cuts on their fruit trees with confidence and skill. The methods covered are organic and incorporate permaculture principles.

Local fruit tree expert Monica Maggio of Core Fruit Institute will teach the class, which is cosponsored by Daybreak Cohousing and Sustainable Overlook. The class is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. Registration is required.

Register or make a donation online.

Winter fruit tree pruning workshop
Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 – noon
Daybreak Cohousing Community Room (2525 N Killingsworth Ave.)

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2) Roosevelt High School gymnasium’s last hurrah (Feb. 20)

Roosevelt High School plays its last four basketball games on Feb. 20 in its nearly 100-year old building.  Its storied gymnasium will be demolished soon thereafter.  RHS will then undergo a dramatic $92 million transformation when it is redesigned, rebuilt and reborn over the next two years.  RHS Athletic Director Stuart Smith has asked the community to “fill the gym” for the final four basketball games on that day. This event will celebrate history, and it will herald a new era of hope for a school and community that has fallen on hard times. These are heady times for North Portland, a community so forgotten that RHS was almost closed forever just five years ago.

RHS’s celebration on Feb. 20 will mark the end of an era and herald a new one with four basketball games mixed with a full day of “get crazy” activities, music, and dancing in this nearly 100-year old building.  Madison High School’s boys and girls JV and Varsity teams will be Roosevelt’s last competition before this gym closes its doors forever, and a new state-of-the-art facility rises in its place as part of the $482 million Bond Measure passed by Portland voters in 2012.

The games start at 3:30, and the celebration will culminate in a student/alumni/community dance after the boy’s varsity game.

It all promises to be “A special day of rebirth,” RHS Alumni Association’ Mike Verbout said.  “If we can get a standing-room only turnout, Roosevelt students will always remember, and will long tell the story, of the day the whole world came to see their last hurrah in that fabled, old gym.”

Final four games at Roosevelt High School gymnasium
Friday, Feb. 20, first game starts at 3:30 p.m.
Roosevelt High School

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 31, 2015)

1) Sustainable Overlook Summit  (Feb. 21)
2) Beach Elementary School auction (March 14)
3) Monthly bill-pay option now available for city utilities
4) Trimet survey results
5) Set up a waste collection system that works for you

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1) Sustainable Overlook Summit  (Feb. 21)

Mark your calendar for the inaugural Overlook Sustainability Summit organized by Sustainable Overlook. The event will bring neighbors together to talk about a range of efforts underway that are strengthening the resilience, livability and long term health of the Overlook Neighborhood.

There will be panel and group discussions on ecology, local economy and equity. The purpose of this summit is to bring together committed neighbors, supporters and curious folks to talk about a range of efforts underway that are strengthening the resilience, livability and long term health of the Overlook neighborhood.

RSVP for the event and learn more online. The site includes the full list of speakers and panels.

Overlook Sustainability Summit
Saturday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)
Suggested donation $10

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2) Beach Elementary School auction (March 14)

Beach Elementary School PTA invites neighbors to support the annual school auction, their largest fundraising event of the year. It will take place on March 14 at the Riverside Golf and Country Club.

Beach School SignBeach is a K-8 public school located in the Overlook Neighborhood. It offers two outstanding programs; a traditional Neighborhood school and a Spanish Immersion school. Beach is a proud and diverse school with incredible teachers, committed parent volunteers and, most importantly, an amazing student population. Though the majority of Beach students qualify for free or reduced lunch and a significant number of students qualify for transitional housing services, its students continue to exceed expectations.

Beach Elementary School auction
Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m.
Riverside Golf and Country Club (8105 NE 33rd Drive)

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3) Monthly bill-pay option now available for city utilities

The City of Portland’s two utility bureaus, Environmental Services and Water, value excellent customer service. In response to customer requests, they are excited to offer an option to pay monthly – rather than quarterly – to the 97% of customers who are eligible.

Monthly statements can help our customers manage their monthly budgets and better understand how city utility charges fit into their overall monthly expenses. Customers receiving monthly statements still have their meters read quarterly, but will receive a statement each month. Those customers continue to pay the same total over a three-month period as those who choose to continue with a quarterly bill, in three installments rather than one.

“This option will allow older adults who wish to pay on a monthly basis but don’t have access to electronic billing and payment the ability to do so,” said Barbara Bernstein, Interim Executive Director for Elders in Action. “Our clients have asked for this option for years.”

“Paying for sewer, stormwater, and water services monthly can help Portlanders manage their expenses right now,” said Janice Thompson, the Citizens’ Utility Board’s consumer advocate for Portland public utility customers. “This is an important option that CUB has been pushing for.”

Find out more about the new option online.

To discuss whether monthly statements are a good fit for you, call the Customer Service Center at 503-823-7770 or visit the Service Center in person at 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave.

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4) Trimet survey results

TrimetTrimet this week sent out a big thank you to the more than 3,400 people in North and Central Portland who took the Future of Transit survey last fall. Nearly everyone who participated rides transit. Ninety-eight percent ride occasionally and 89 percent ride the bus (the rest ride MAX, WES or LIFT).

Trimet heard riders’ needs loud and clear: more frequent service is the improvement that people ranked as most important. Therefore Trimet will implement 15-minute service on weekends on Frequent Service bus lines and on MAX fully restored in 2015 (weekday frequent service was restored in 2014).

Check out the full survey results online, including the four most common service improvement requests.

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5) Set up a waste collection system that works for you

Here’s a time-tested question: Who’s in charge of taking out the garbage in your household? Does this job also involve the recycling and composting containers inside your home?

Make recycling as easy as throwing away

Recycling in PortlandMuch of the activity related to recycling and composting doesn’t happen at the curb. It happens in our kitchens, family rooms, home offices, bedrooms and bathrooms. Strategies that create easy ways to separate waste right where it’s generated in the house will increase the chance that things get to the right container out at the curb.

Walk through your home and ask yourself if it is as easy to recycle in each room as it is to throw things away? Are there certain recyclable items that are getting thrown away in some rooms but not others?

One principal to good recycling is to provide a recycling container everywhere where there is a garbage can.

Even in the most motivated households, if you only have a garbage can in place, items that could be recycled may get tossed in the garbage. If you only have a recycling container in place, garbage might end up in your recycling.

It is also important to periodically check the two containers to ensure that waste materials are in the right one. People often make decisions about where to throw things away by looking into the container and seeing what is already there rather than reading signs or asking questions. One person’s mistake can quickly become a household norm.

Composting is easy, too

When it comes to composting, food scraps are mainly in the kitchen, so find and use a kitchen compost container that you like and place it where it works best for your household. When choosing a container, consider where you will keep it, whether you’ll use optional kitchen container liners, how often you fill your container, and how you will keep it fresh and clean.

It is important to also create a space in your kitchen or another agreed upon area where all materials can be collected before being taken to the curb and emptied into their individual containers outside. If you want to collect non-curbside materials, like miscellaneous plastics (bags, caps, lids, Styrofoam), determine a place to put these items aside to deliver to a recycling depot.

Whether you are new to Portland, a longtime resident or often host out-of-town guests, use the start of the new year to get the right materials in the right place.

Want a detailed list of what goes in – or must stay out – of your curbside containers?

Find information online or download a guide in 10 languages. And remember if an item is not on the “yes” recycling or composting list, the best place for it is in the garbage.

Need help remembering garbage day?

Sign up for free email reminders at www.garbagedayreminders.com.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 23, 2015)

1) Public hearing for auto race noise variance (Feb. 11)
2) North Portland Greenway bike ride (Jan. 24)
3) “Grimm” filming in Overlook will disrupt traffic (Jan. 26-28)

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1) Public hearing for auto race noise variance (Feb. 11)

The inaugural Portland Vintage Racing Festival will take place at Portland International Raceway July 10-12. This event will replace the Portland Historic Races.

Some of the participating cars in the race require a noise variance from the city. The race organizer (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) therefore will seek a three-year 115dB variance at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Portland Noise Review Board. Anyone who wishes to comment on the variance may do so at the meeting.

For more information or to provide public comment in writing, contact the Noise Control Office at 503-823-7350 or noise@portlandoregon.gov.

Portland Noise Review Board hearing
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m.
Portland City Hall (1221 SW Fourth Ave.)
Room TBA

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2) North Portland Greenway bike ride (Jan. 24)

npgreenwayroutevisonThe sun is forecast to peek out on Saturday with highs near 60. Why not pull your bike out for some exercise and to explore Overlook and other parts of North Portland?

Take a ride along the current and future North Portland Greenway with Tom Howe. When completed, the greenway will be a bicycle connection between North Portland and downtown.

Highlights on the ride include the Swan Island Greenway, Shipyards Spur, the Swan industrial cruiser bikes, Waud Bluff Trail, the University of Portland campus, BNSF Railroad Bridge, Cathedral Park, and the new bikeway connecting Chimney and Pier parks. The full ride will be about 20 miles long.

Find out more on their facebook page.

North Portland Greenway bike ride
Saturday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m.
Meets at Metropolis Cycle Repair (2249 N Williams Ave.)

 

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3) “Grimm” filming in Overlook will disrupt traffic (Jan. 26-28)

grimmThe television show “Grimm” will film around Overlook Boulevard Monday to Wednesday next week. Expect heavier than usual truck and passenger van traffic as well as sound-baffled generators. Some streets will be posted no parking (details below). Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times, although there might be a few minutes delay.

Affected streets:

Posted “No Parking” Noon – Midnight on Tuesday:

  • East side of N Overlook Blvd between N Concord Ave and N Colonial Ave
  • Both sides of N Overlook Blvd between N Longview Ave and N Colonial Ave
  • North side of N Melrose Dr just south of N Overlook Blvd

Posted “No Parking” 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesday

  • 50ft on west side of N Interstate Ave just south of N Shaver St

Posted “No Parking” 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday; 8 a.m. – Midnight on Tuesday; and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Wednesday:

  • Both sides of N Overlook Blvd between N Shaver and N Court St
  • Both sides of N Shaver between N Overlook Blvd and N Castle Ave
  • East side of N Overlook Blvd between N Shaver and N Castle Ave
  • 650ft of north Side of N Melrose Dr west of N Longview Ave
  • 50ft of roundabout on N Fremont St just west of N Interstate

Posted “No Parking” Noon – 6 p.m. on Tuesday

  • Both sides of N Massachusetts Ave between N Overlook Blvd and N Failing St

Road closed to thru traffic – Local access only: 3 p.m. – Midnight on Tuesday

  • West bound on N Melrose Dr at N Overlook Blvd

Additionally, flaggers will be present to assist with traffic impacts 3 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday

  • North and south bound traffic on N Massachusetts Ave between N Overlook Blvd and N Failing St
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