OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 9-12-2014

GRIMM Location: The TV series Grimm is filming on N Melrose today and will wrap tomorrow. Key Asst Location Manager Ben Lipsey tells me they will be filming at this location again this year and they want to make sure everything is working well for neighbors. If you have any concerns, please contact Ben at grimm@pdxlocations.com

1) Big OKNA Meeting: Bylaws/Elections/Developers (9/16)
2) Beach School Campus Clean Up Day (9/13)
3) Squared Away Party at Patton Square Park (9/13)
4) NE Safety & Livability Team Meeting (9/15)
5) Sustainable Overlook Meeting (9/18)
6) Affordable Housing Forums in N/NE Portland (9/18)
7) Repair Café North Portland <CORRECTION> (FRIDAY 9/19)
8) Greenway Expansion Project & Construction Update (9/23)
9) City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee seeks new members
10) Friends of Trees turns 25, offers $25 street trees

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1) Big OKNA Meeting: Bylaws/Elections/Developers (9/16)

Join your neighbors for the monthly Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting;

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Kaiser Town Hall Building
3704 N Interstate Ave @ Overlook Blvd

The agenda this month includes:
New Apartments Coming:
Developer Presentation: 1532 N Blandena Ave (@Interstate Ave)
Developer Presentation: 5135 N Interstate (@ N Sumner)
Meet Chad Torrey, your new Overlook Views editor
Discuss update to OKNA by-laws
Elections for OKNA board

Take a moment before our next meeting (Tuesday, September 16) to review the proposed changes to OKNA’s bylaws. We’ll be voting to accept them on that evening. http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/2014/09/okna-bylaws-update-proposal/

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2) Beach School Campus Clean Up Day (9/13)

Hi Neighbors, Got some free time on your hands?  Feel free to join us on Saturday, Sept. 13th at 10:00 for the back to school edition of the Beach School Grounds Clean Up.  Many hands make for light work and if you have a willing spirit, we will have a job for you.  If you have any small gardening tools at home please feel free to bring them along.  We will mostly be pulling weeds, cleaning up planting beds, and prepping a wall for a mural. 
If you have any questions feel free to email tammyborenking@gmail.com or call Tammy at 503-327-4821.
Thanks for your time! Tammy Boren-King, Beach School PTA Volunteer Coordinator

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3) Squared Away Party at Patton Square Park (9/13)

We* decided to embrace the change of seasons with a party — and you’re invited! Tomorrow at Patton Square Park from 11-2pm.  Spend a few minutes or the entire three hours, you won’t regret it.

"Squared Away" at Patton Square Park will feature entertainment from St. Johns Ballet Folklorico, The Aspire Project, Rio Grands, Fairytale Stereotypes (an Ethos rock band), Vega Black and the Portland Island Serenaders. Our party will also feature authentic Mexican food from Olrosfe Taquería, a climbing wall and other kids activities, and an Overlook neighborhood history lesson from Dan Haneckow. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and make an afternoon of it!

* Ethos in partnership with the Friends of Patton Square Park: Aprende con Amigos, Overlook Neighborhood Association, Portland Parks & Recreation, REACH, Trillium Charter School and United Advantage NW Federal Credit Union

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4) NE Safety & Livability Team Meeting (9/15)

The NE Coalition of Neighbors invites you to a community crime prevention summit:

Monday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211
(located at the King Neighborhood Facility/King School)

A part of our quarterly public safety series. This month, our speakers are North Precinct Captain Chris Davis alongside colleagues from the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Antoinette Edwards and Tom Peavey. They’ll help start off a discussion on community policing and community-led crime prevention initiatives.

The main purpose of these public safety conversations is to provide a space for community members (YOU!) to ask questions, share concerns and connect with other folks doing work to promote safe, healthy communities. Please feel free to invite a friend or forward this message!

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5) Sustainable Overlook Meeting (9/18)

Get involved with sustainability and resilience efforts in Overlook and help chart the course of preparedness and ecological living in our own neighborhood. Our meetings are a fun way to meet your neighbors, share ideas for sustainability initiatives and lend a hand with projects already underway. Mark your calendar for the 3rd Thursday of every month.

September 18th, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Atomic Pizza: 1936 N Killingsworth

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6) Affordable Housing Forums in N/NE Portland (9/18)

Join us at a Community Forum and share your opinion!
North / Northeast Neighborhood Housing Strategy

The City is investing $20 million in North/Northeast Portland over the next five years to help address the need for affordable housing. We need your input to inform the housing strategy.

You are invited to participate in Portland Housing Bureau’s Community Forums where you can learn about affordable housing tools and give input on how to invest the $20 million.

Childcare and translation services will be available.

(Click on the links to register. Registration is not mandatory, but it helps staff plan for the event)

Highland Christian Center, 7600 NE Glisan St

Thursday 9/18/14 • Dinner 6:00 p.m. • Session 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott St

Saturday 9/27/14 • Lunch 1:00 p.m. • Session 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham

Thursday 10/9/14 • Dinner 6:00 p.m. • Session 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

New Song Community Church, 2511 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Saturday 10/11/14 • Breakfast 9:00 a.m. • Session 9:30 – Noon

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7) Repair Café North Portland <CORRECTION> (FRIDAY 9/19)

Last week’s announcement was unclear; sorry!

Do you have something that is not working right? Does your old blender clunk when it should whirr? Do your old speakers crackle or does your turntable make Cat Stevens sound like a chipmunk? Do you have a pair of earrings missing clamps or hooks? Perhaps your bike just needs a much needed tune up or your favorite kitchen knives need a little TLC. If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to come to the Repair Café.

**We are planning to have volunteers who can help repair the following:

Clothes and linens

Bike Tune ups and diagnostics

Leather Repair

Small Engine repair

Jewelry

Tool Sharpening

These are just a selection of Volunteers we having coming so you definitely do not want to miss it. If you don’t see your item listed that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t get fixed bring it by anyway we might just have someone on site who can fix your item.

Confirmed:

FRIDAY Sept 19 2014

6pm to 9pm.

Historic Kenton Firehouse

2209 N Schofield St, Portland OR 97217

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8) Greenway Expansion Project & Construction Update (9/23)

You are invited to join us at the Daimler Trucks North America Informational Session: Greenway Expansion Project & Construction Update

As a member of the local community, you’re invited to an informational session about the Daimler Trucks North America headquarters construction project.

Where: Kenton Firehouse at 8105 N. Brandon Avenue
When: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, September 23, 2014

RSVP: Due to space limitations, we are asking that you RSVP if you intend to attend the informational session http://tinyurl.com/dtnafirehouse

On behalf of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) – which has its global headquarters here in North Portland where it employs approximately 2,000 white collar employees – we want to bring the local community further “into the loop” on the start of our major building project on Swan Island. 

As some of you may have already seen or heard in the local media, our project will include a new nine story office tower, a parking garage to support the new building and an overall enhancement of our Swan Island campus. 

We are particularly excited about working with the Port of Portland to expand the public greenway trail that current runs along two of our corporate buildings along the Willamette River, but which was previously interrupted by the Ports O’ Call building (which has now been demolished).  Along with this expansion, we will improve public access to the trail by opening a new access point for the public to utilize and incorporate a new lookout into the trail within close proximity to the river. A rendering of the new site and greenway trail which gives a visual representation of the scope of the project will be presented at the informational session.

Construction recently began and is expected to run through the first quarter of 2016.  We hope and believe that the construction-related impacts to the North Portland neighborhoods will be relatively minor, but we do want the community to be aware that the project will require the installation of steel piles for a 10-week period starting in early to mid-September, the sound of which may be heard throughout the North Portland neighborhoods. Important updates on the construction will be provided periodically to North Portland Neighborhood Services and posted on the website of the Swan Island Business Association at  http://www.swanislandba.org/. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the project, please e-mail us at nova@daimler.com.    

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9) City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee seeks new members

The City of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) is seeking new members. The BAC has been advising city staff and elected officials on matters related to bicycling since the 1970s. Committee members meet monthly to review and make recommendations on: planning and policy documents affecting bicycling, funding priorities for bicycle-related projects and designs for specific bikeways.

The committee is made up of 13 members with full standing and up to seven alternate members. To qualify, applicants must be: an adult resident of the Portland Metropolitan area, have an interest in promoting the use of the bicycle for transportation and recreation and make a commitment to attend monthly meetings and participate in the work of the committee.

Members are appointed to 3-year terms. If you are interested, you will find more information and application materials here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/37435

Applications must be received no later than Friday, October 24th.

Applications should be mailed, faxed or emailed to:

Roger Geller
Portland Office of Transportation
1120 SW 5thAvenue, Room 800
Portland, OR 97204
Fax: (503) 823-7576; Email: Roger.Geller@portlandoregon.gov

Please contact Roger Geller at roger.geller@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-7671 with any questions.

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10) Friends of Trees turns 25, offers $25 street trees

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, Friends of Trees is offering residents a wide variety of street trees for just $25 to residents in Portland, Vancouver, Salem, and Eugene!

The price includes inspection, permits, delivery of a healthy young tree, and planting the tree in the strip between the sidewalk and the street. Street trees are regularly priced at $35-$75.

“Our goal is to bring the benefits of trees to even more neighbors,” said Scott Fogarty, Friends of Trees’ Executive Director. “Trees not only beautify our neighborhoods, they help lower power bills, raise home values, and clean our city’s air and water.”

Residents may sign up for trees at FriendsofTrees.org/plant or call 503-595-0212.

Once signed up, a city inspector will visit the resident’s home to assess planting space and conditions. Residents then order trees from a list of approved species and may show up to help on their neighborhood’s planting day, when Friends of Trees organizes volunteers to plant. A video of the entire process can be found here: http://bit.ly/1tMnIhk

Friends of Trees invites residents to match their tree purchase by sponsoring additional $25 trees for residents who can’t afford them.

“Cost should never be a barrier to getting a tree for your home,” Fogarty said. “Thanks to generous supporters, we can offer planting scholarships to a neighbors in need.”

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 9-05-2014

Public Safety Alert: Neighbor Kristin reports: My wallet was stolen from my car in front of my house at the triangle of Colonial and Overlook between 1-2pm, Sept 4th (yesterday).

The thief used my card at North Portland BikeWorks on Mississippi and I got the following description from them: male, 25-35, thin, tall, light beard, light hair. He bought a lime-green bike messenger bag.

ALSO my neighbor’s house was broken into through a back window (using a crow bar from their garage) during the day on September 2nd. The thief went through the house, but did not steal anything. It looked like they were looking for easy cash or cards. These may or may not be related, but it does seem like someone is trolling/ aware of who’s home and who is not. Both of us filed police reports, so if you do see someone suspicious you can reference our calls.

Don’t forget your online OKNA connections on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX for late breaking news and quirky stories.

1) Concerned About Portland Rivers? (9/9)
2) Build Our Own North Star Village For Aging in Place (9/14)
3) Repair Café North Portland (9/16)
4) OKNA Bylaws Update Up for Vote (now)
5) How do I become a Portland NET Member?

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1) Concerned About Portland Rivers? (9/9)
Two Rivers, One City, takes place on Tuesday, September 9th. The event, hosted by Groundwork Portland and Columbia Riverkeeper, presents an important opportunity for people in Portland to learn about how contamination in our rivers affects local communities. The Portland Harbor superfund issue is one that has gotten much press recently—from the Oregonian, the Tribune and Street Roots to name a few—and one that residents seem increasingly concerned about.

This event will bring together a diversity of river users to voice these concerns, discuss current threats to the health and prosperity of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and share their future visions for the waterways. We’ll also be joined by renowned environmental lawyer, Robin Morris Collins, to discuss the intersections between river health and environmental justice in Portland.

As a follow up event, the Pacific Northwest Social Forum will be holding a march on September 28th to demand an equitable and thorough cleanup of the Willamette River.

Two Rivers, One City
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
6-8 pm
Charles Jordan Community Center
9009 N Foss, Portland

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2) Build Our Own North Star Village For Aging in Place (9/14)

Villages are created by neighbors who want to grow old in their own home & neighborhood, supported by a caring community. Members can be homeowners, renters, seniors sharing housing or living with relatives.

A caring network of neighbors-helping-neighbors and reduced-cost professional support fosters affordable, interdependent aging in community. We’re talking about unique, locally-determined Villages that are not a real estate development or retirement community. It’s not a place. It’s a plan for aging in place!

Learn more about the Portland-metro-area Village Movement and how you can get involved in creating North Star Village serving the North, Inner North and Outer North West Portland neighborhoods.

Sunday, September 14 from 2-4 PM
North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth

For more information, contact Patt Opdyke, North Star Village coordinator:
NorthStarVillage@comcast.net or 503.978.0540
A member of the Villages NW Network www.VillagesNW.org

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3) Repair Café North Portland (9/16)

Do you have something that is not working right? Does your old blender clunk when it should whirr? Do your old speakers crackle or does your turntable make Cat Stevens sound like a chipmunk? Do you have a pair of earrings missing clamps or hooks? Perhaps your bike just needs a much needed tune up or your favorite kitchen knives need a little TLC. If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to come to the Repair Café.

**We are planning to have volunteers who can help repair the following:
Clothes and linens
Bike Tune ups and diagnostics
Leather Repair
Small Engine repair
Jewelry
Tool Sharpening

These are just a selection of Volunteers we having coming so you definitely do not want to miss it. If you don’t see your item listed that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t get fixed bring it by anyway we might just have someone on site who can fix your item.

Thursday Sept 19 2014
6pm to 9pm.
Historic Kenton Firehouse
2209 N Schofield St, Portland OR 97217

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4) OKNA Bylaws Update Up for Vote (now)

Take a moment before our next meeting (Tuesday, September 16) to review the proposed changes to OKNA’s bylaws. We’ll be voting to accept them on that evening.

http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/2014/09/okna-bylaws-update-proposal/

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5) How do I become a Portland NET Member?

Anyone who lives or works in Portland can take NET training. Over 2,500 volunteers have completed basic training. Join them today.

WHAT YOU GET
FREE disaster response training that improves your practical skills and prepares you for a major disaster.

Get to know your neighbors, and join a group of highly skilled community leaders.

After completing basic training, you also receive access to free advanced training opportunities, exercises, and classes.

WHAT YOU GIVE
About 28 hours for basic training, usually done over the course of three Saturday classes.

At least twelve hours of volunteer time every calendar year. This can be in the form of talking with neighbors about emergency preparedness, attending neighborhood meetings, or taking advanced training classes.

Register & more info here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/58587

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OKNA Bylaws Update: PROPOSAL

Please take a moment to review the updates to OKNA’s bylaws.

You can read them here. (pdf)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-29-2014

Don’t forget your online OKNA connections on Facebook: /www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX for late breaking news and quirky stories.

1) Movie in Overlook Park this Sunday (8/31)
2) Overlook NET Meeting: Newcomers Welcome! (9/4)
3) Save the Frogs Presentation with HiNooN (9/11)
4) Squared Away: Food, Music & FUN (9/13)
5) Block Party & Rummage SWAP (9/13)
6) Comp Plan Open House & Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearings
7) BDS Customer Survey Now Online
8) Bonus Reminder! Free Earthquake Classes (9/17 & 18)

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1) Movie in Overlook Park this Sunday (8/31)

If you’re in town this weekend, don’t miss our great neighborhood event – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Starting at 5:30, the River City Band will play, the Agnieszka Laska Dancers will perform and the contest participants will show off their costuming skills.

BREAKING NEWS! We have opened the costume contest to adults. If your inner Indy is jonesing to be seen, now’s your chance. Email movie@overlookneighborhood.org to register. Everyone will get a prize…and photo ops galore.

Bring your picnic dinner or find food from our vendors Eddies Flat Iron Pizza, Grilled Cheese Grill and Eva’s Herbucha. Check the latest Overlook Views for details: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news/

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2) Overlook NET Meeting: Newcomers Welcome! (9/4)

Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) quarterly meeting
Thursday, September 4th
6:30-8pm
Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N Killingsworth @ Concord

This is an invitation to anyone living in (or near!) the Overlook neighborhood to join our circle of preparedness. We’re looking for new ways to make Overlook more resilient in case of a disaster.

If you have questions or aren’t sure if you fit in, please contact Ovelook NET co-captain Mitch Bixby: travelmoretoo@gmail.com

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3) Save the Frogs Presentation with HiNooN (9/11)

Our Hayden Island neighborhood association HiNooN is entertaining an internationally acclaimed speaker, Michael Starkey, of Save The Frogs at their Thursday Sept 11th meeting in Oxford Suites, 12226 N Jantzen Dr, Portland, OR 97217, at 7pm. You are all welcome!

About the Presentation:
Amphibian populations around the world are declining at an alarming rate and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared since 1979. This is not normal! Why is this happening? What is causing this Amphibian Extinction Crisis? How can you help? SAVE THE FROGS’ Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey answers these questions by explaining what is causing the Amphibian Extinction Crisis and informs the audience about how we as a society can help out amphibians around the globe. Founded in 2008, SAVE THE FROGS! is America’s first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. Our mission is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. The presentation features many of Mr. Starkey’s photos of amphibians from around the world, and there will be a question and answer session following the presentation.

Questions? Contact Jeff Geisler, Chair of HiNooN: jeffgeisler@msn.com

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4) Squared Away: Food, Music & FUN (9/13)

Mark your calendar for another fun event in Overlook coming up soon. Visit Patton Square Park on Saturday, September 13 from 11-2pm to enjoy Squared Away! for music and dance, activities for kids, and meeting friends and neighbors. Ethos, in partnership with Friends of Patton Square Park*, is hosting this free event. Entertainment will include St. Johns Ballet Folklorico, Aspire Project, Rio Grands, Fairytale Stereotypes and Tongan Folk Singers. Food for purchase from Olrosfe Taqueria. Bring a blanket and enjoy the afternoon.

*Aprende con Amigos, Ethos/IFCC, Overlook Neighborhood Association, Portland Parks & Recreation, REACH, Trillium Charter School, United Advantage NW Federal Credit Union

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5) Block Party & Rummage SWAP (9/13)

Bethel Lutheran Church (5658 N Denver Ave) hosts the annual Block Party & Rummage Swap on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, on N. Jessup St adjacent to the church. This family-friendly event features a clothing swap, rummage sale, live music, free food, sno-cones, a bouncy house, and games for kids. Bring washed, wearable clothes and swap them for something new to you! Unload your rummage ahead of time (beginning Monday, Aug. 18, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) or bring it by early on the 13th—all rummage sales support Bethel’s community outreach including Bethel Drop-In Center, Sunday Breakfast and Wednesday Dinner Bell.

For additional information, contact Bethel at 503.285.4919, email us at bethellutheran@bethelpdx.org, or check online www.bethelpdx.org.

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6) Comp Plan Open House & Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearings

Curious about what the Comprehensive Plan has in store for your neighborhood, your block, your lot? Do you have questions or suggestions for improvements to the plan? Now is the time to speak up and share your thoughts with the planners. Come to an open house or hearing to learn more:

Comprehensive Plan Update Open House
Roosevelt High School, Cafeteria: 6941 N Central St
Thursday, September 18 2014, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A
Tuesday, September 23 2014, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver Street, Student Center
Tuesday, October 14 2014, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
Portland Community College SE Campus, Community Hall: 2305 SE 82nd Ave
Tuesday, October 28 2014, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A
Tuesday, November 4 2014, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

North Portland questions or want more information? Contact Leslie Lum, 503-823-7896 or leslie.lum@portlandoregon.gov

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7) BDS Customer Survey Now Online

Bureau of Development Services is excited to announce that for the first time ever we have launched an online survey to gather feedback from all our customers and stakeholders. This initiative is a crucial element of our strategy to continuously improve our customer service. The survey is now online at www.BDSSurvey.com and is open to all through September 15th, 2014. It is also available via the BDS website at www.BDSSurvey.com. We would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill out this short survey to let us know what we are doing well and what we can do better. Please forward this information to others who might want to participate.

Upon receiving input and feedback, the bureau will analyze and implement necessary changes and improvements to our services and programs, where possible. Other approaches to our customer service improvement program include reaching out directly to recent permit and land use applicants, as well as providing easy ways for customers to give confidential feedback at any time.

If you would like to join the BDS e-mailing list to receive our bi-monthly newsletter, The Plans Examiner, and other BDS public notices please subscribe via the BDS website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/41448.

No internet access or need language translation? Contact Greg Supriano at Greg.Supriano@PortlandOregon.Gov or 503-823-7351.

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8) Bonus Reminder! Free Earthquake Classes (9/17 & 18)

Do you know what to do before an earthquake to make your home more resilient? If not, register for PBEM’s two free classes:

Wednesday, Sept. 17 – Don’t get smooshed

Thursday, Sept. 18 – How it shakes out at home

Register & information: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/499940

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-22-2014

1) Bluegrass concert/BBQ for Beach School (8/23)
2) Movie and Costume Contest in Overlook Park (deadline 8/27)
3) Overlook NET Meeting: Newcomers Welcome! (9/4)
4) Free Earthquake Classes from Bureau of Emergency Mgmt (9/17 & 18)
5) Water Bureau Seeks Input re: Boil Water Alert
6) Concerned About Demolitions and Development?
7) TriMet Service Enhancement Announcement

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1) Bluegrass concert/BBQ for Beach School (8/23)

Local bluegrass band, The Loafers, will play at The Overlook House Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

5-9 PM (band will play from 6-8:30).

Historic Overlook House: 3839 N Melrose Drive.

The Beach School Fundraising Committee is hosting this family-friendly event: a free concert with concessions (beer, wine and food) being sold to benefit Beach School.

Please come join us and support Beach School!

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2) Movie and Costume Contest in Overlook Park (deadline 8/27)

Don’t miss the showing of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark at Overlook Park on Sunday of Labor Day weekend (8/31). At 7:00, OKNA will hold a Costume Contest (for 18 years & under). Kids can dress as any character from the film. They will be judged in three groups: 5 years and younger, 6-12 years and 13-18. All contestants will win a prize. The top three winners will get – first prize: a 27" x 40" Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie poster; second prize: "Pizza School" at Pinky’s Pizzeria; third prize: a New Seasons gift certificate.

Participation is limited, so make sure the child or parent registers soon–the deadline is 8/27. Email child’s name, age and contact number to movie@overlookneighborhood.org. For more information, read our article in the Fall 2014 issue of the "Overlook Views" newsletter. http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news

And, if you’re planning to attend our event, consider wearing a fedora or proper adventurer’s wear yourself. Sorry, no prizes for adults. Just some fun and satisfaction of enjoying the last days of summer in proper fashion!

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3) Overlook NET Meeting: Newcomers Welcome! (9/4)

Speaking of preparedness (yes we were!), it’s about time for the…..

Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) quarterly meeting

Thursday, September 4th

6:30-8pm

Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N Killingsworth @ Concord

This is an invitation to anyone living in (or near!) the Overlook neighborhood. Some of us have gone through the NET training (and we encourage others to do so). But, if not, we’re thrilled to have more neighbors involved. ‘Cause that’s how we’re going to weather whatever storms find us. So bring a friend, too.

Our main order of business will be discussing the Overlook Operations (‘Ops’) Plan, which, yes, that would be the OOP. 13 other neighborhoods have submitted drafts already; we need to start pulling one together for us. My guess is that ‘Ops Plan Changes’ will be a standing agenda item for some time. We’ll try to get a draft out a few days in advance.

Co-Captain Mitch Bixby’s interest leans towards developing our radio networks. While this falls under the Ops Plan, there’s been quite a lot of motion around wireless communication, so this might be another topic of discussion. That also relates to non-disaster communication and outreach, which could be a third agenda item.

If you would like to see other agenda items, please send them to Mitch at travelmoretoo@gmail.com

Let us know if you think you’ll be joining us, and, of course, if there are any questions.

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4) Free Earthquake Classes from Bureau of Emergency Mgmt (9/17 & 18)

Do you know what to do before an earthquake to make your home more resilient? If not, register for PBEM’s two free classes:

Wednesday, Sept. 17 – Don’t get smooshed

Thursday, Sept. 18 – How it shakes out at home

Register & information: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/499940

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5) Water Bureau Seeks Input re: Boil Water Alert

In late May of this year the Portland Water Bureau sent a drinking water advisory (boil water notice) to customers telling them to boil their drinking water because of potential contamination.

While the Water Bureau is always working to keep our drinking water safe, we would also like to improve how we communicate important information to you in an emergency situation.

We want to hear from you about your experience during the drinking water advisory in May. Please go to the link below and complete a short survey. The survey will ask you how you received information and advice on what to do during the incident.

We will use this information to improve the way we communicate with you and other community members in the future.

Please click on the link below to complete the online survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PortlandDrinkingWaterAdvisory

For more information or if you have questions, please contact:

Portland Water Bureau Water Line

503-823-7525

www.portlandoregon.gov/water

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6) Concerned About Demolitions and Development?

Demolition/Development Summit II:

United Neighborhood Associations for Reform

Despite initiatives advanced by individual neighborhood associations or small groups of neighborhood associations that have resulted in a number of homes being spared from destruction, as well as modest reform from the Bureau of Development Services in the area of demolition notification, the demolition/development “epidemic” continues to roar along. The Comprehensive Plan Update is one avenue toward substantive, long-term reform, but the final product is months, maybe years away. Meanwhile, developers transform our neighborhoods, seemingly without regard to character and heritage. Given the immediacy and urgency of the problem, prompt building code reform is essential.

If you are concerned about these issues and would like to represent Overlook in this Summit II, please contact us for more information. info@OverlookNeighborhood.org

Premise: Strength is numbers

Objective: Follow-up meeting to last spring’s Summit I for the purpose of collectively drafting a building code reform proposal to present to City Council

Rationale: Demolition/Development epidemic warrants Council’s urgent action

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7) TriMet Service Enhancement Announcement

Starting Sunday, August 31, we’re adjusting schedules on various bus lines and MAX.  Enhancements include more weekday evening trips on frequent service bus lines, more buses for reduced crowding and schedule changes for improved on-time reliability. Please check the new schedule to see how these changes may affect your trips on TriMet.

See what’s changing and view the new schedule for your line(s)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-15-2014

 

Safety Alert Update: The suspect in two assaults in Overlook this past week has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes. You can read about the result here: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/08/suspect_in_overlook_neighborho.html

Why attend your neighborhood block party or OKNA event (Neighborhood Picnic! Movie in the Park!)?
“These events are a fantastic way to get people out into their neighborhoods,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “A united neighborhood strengthens the fabric of community — critical for safety and prosperity.”
We all do better together. Get together with your neighbors soon!

1) This Week! OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th
2) Overlook House Holiday Bazaar
3) The Willamette Speaks Oral History storytelling event (8/23)
4) Bluegrass concert/BBQ for Beach School (8/23)
5) Overlook Views Delivery Heroes: Thank You!
6) OLCC Notice of Liquor License Application
7) Comp Plan Conversation/Explanation (8/22 & 8/26)
8) The Tour de Lab bicycle ride (9/7)

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1) This Week! OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th

Join your neighbors for our annual summer gathering, held this year at the new Atomic Pizza location at 1936 N Killingsworth (@ N Denver Ave). Owners Jenna and Bill have arranged a buffet spread for us to choose from, at $8 per person. Expect varied slices of pizza, including vegan options, green and spinach salads, cookies/sweets and fountain soft drinks. Beer, wine, bottled sodas and Ruby Jewel ice cream will be available for purchase.

Come see the newly remodeled space and meet your neighbors in the beautiful gardens!

WHAT: OKNA Picnic
WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Atomic Pizza, 1936 N Killingsworth @ Denver Ave
WHY: To get together with neighbors and enjoy a natter over dinner; come meet someone new!

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2) Overlook House Holiday Bazaar

Plans are underway for the Overlook House Holiday Bazaar November 15 and 16.

We are seeking interested vendors who sell handmade, crafted items. For information to become a vendor please contact us at OverlookHouseEvents@gmail.com with the word BAZAAR in the subject line.

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3) The Willamette Speaks Oral History storytelling event (8/23)

We often see it and cross it, but do we appreciate the lower Willamette River? Do we see it’s uniqueness and vital connection to our community both past and present, or recognize it as the commons? The Willamette Speaks Oral History sponsored by the superfund community advisory group seeks to reconnect community members with the lower 11 miles on the river through storytelling. The first of three storytelling events will explore the river as the commons and will feature three speakers. Superfund advisors will also be on hand to answer questions about the clean up, and offer avenues for feedback to the EPA and local leaders.

The Willamette Speaks Storytelling
August 23, Saturday
6:30 to 8:30pm
BES Water Lab, 6543 N. Burlington on the St. Johns waterfront
FREE – all are welcome!
Light refreshments, Starbuck’s coffee, tea, juice, available

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4) Bluegrass concert/BBQ for Beach School (8/23)

Local bluegrass band, The Loafers, will play at The Overlook House Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

5-9 PM (band will play from 6-8:30) at Historic Overlook House: 3839 N Melrose Drive.

The Beach School Fundraising Committee is hosting a family-friendly event at the Overlook House in North Portland the evening of August 23rd. It’s a free concert with concessions (beer, wine and food) being sold to benefit Beach School.

Please come join us and support Beach School!

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5) Overlook Views Delivery Heroes: Thank You!

In my usual rush to complete the last newsletter and include everything, I forgot one of the most important items: My deep thanks to all the Overlook neighbors who have volunteered their time and shoe leather to deliver your neighborhood newsletter to you.

As often as every other month, the Delivery Heroes take a route of 100 or more papers and drop one to every residence and business possible in Overlook. This dedication has kept the print edition of Overlook’s important events in everyone’s hands, whether they have internet or not.

More importantly, these are neighbors practicing what we all preach, getting out and meeting people face to face. I think this has contributed immensely to the sense of community we enjoy and Delivery Heroes regularly tell me how much they enjoy being of service to Overlook in this way.

A friend and I were recounting delivery stories this week, and noticing how turning up on someone’s doorstep can illicit a combative first impression, but as soon as they see that neighborhood newsletter, it’s all smiles and usually a new friend.

Thank you, all of you over the years, for your rain or shine delivery duties and an extra tip of the cap to the Delivery Coordinators who have kept the routes covered and made it easy for everyone to volunteer: Alan Cranna and Carol Cushman are Delivery Heroes too!

Fondly, Michelle

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6) OLCC Notice of Liquor License Application

The OLCC has received an application for a Full On-Premises Sales license and an Off-Premises Sales license for Milk Glass Mkt. The proposed business will be located in the space that was previously licensed as Atomic Pizza.

A holder of a Full On-Premises Sales license may sell by the drink (including tastings) of wine, malt beverages, cider, and distilled liquor for consumption at the business. The license holder may also allow a patron to remove a partially consumed bottle of wine from the premises is the wine was served in conjunction with a meal. The license also allows the "to go" sale of malt beverages, wine, and cider in securely covered containers with a capacity of two gallons or less provided by the consumer (commonly called growlers).

The Off-Premises Sales license will allow the holder to also sell factory sealed containers of malt beverages, wine, or cider for consumption off the licensed premises.

The legal hours for alcohol sales are 7:00 to 2:30 AM all days. The applicant’s proposed hours of operation are:

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday- Thursday; and 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.

The proposed business has indoor table seating for approximately 28 patrons, plus outdoor sidewalk café seating for 22 patrons. The applicant will need to obtain a City of Portland Sidewalk Cafe Permit for sidewalk cafe seating. The applicant is not proposing to offer entertainment.

If you would like to provide factual information to the OLCC regarding this application, please send your written response to this request by the end of the day on August 29th, 2014 .

You can send your response by email to dan.mcneal@state.or.us or by mail to:

Dan McNeal, License Investigator c/o OLCC
P.O. Box 22297
Portland OR 97269-2297

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7) Comp Plan Conversation/Explanation (8/22 & 8/26)

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s new Comprehensive Plan Map App is online (http://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/cpmapp2/). If you’ve taken a look at it or perused the draft Comprehensive Plan, you may have some questions about how it might affect your property, your neighborhood, or Portland. You can call the helpline at 503-823-0195 with any questions or you can drop in at these locations on the listed dates to talk to Leslie Lum, the North District Planner.

8/22 at Kenton Library (8226 N Denver Ave) 12-2 p.m.
8/26 at Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave) 4:30-7 p.m.

Do you know what to do before an earthquake to make your home more resilient? If not, we want to tell you! PBEM is offering two free classes in September in partnership with Oregon Emergency Management and Metro. Please share with your networks and sign up soon before they fill up!

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/499940

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8) The Tour de Lab bicycle ride (9/7)

The annual Tour de Lab ride is an annual community bicycle ride and fundraising event benefiting Dove Lewis, Portland’s only 24 hour emergency care animal hospital. The route comes through the Overlook Neighborhood.

Tour de Lab will take place on September 7, 2014, and the start/finish line is at the Lucky Labrador Brewing Company 915 SE Hawthorne and includes the three other Lucky Labrador locations as rest stops at 7675 SW Capitol Hwy and 1945 NW Quimby and 1700 N. Killingsworth. This whimsical dog-themed community bike ride is wacky fun with a costume contest and dog-themed treats at all locations en route.

Here are the links to the ride routes:

The Big Dog: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1321352
The Puppy: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1315045

To assist in the safety of congregated bike riders at the start/finish and at the rest stops, there will be one 1-block street closure in the North Portland neighborhood by the Killingsworth Lucky Lab Taproom from 9am-3pm, there will be a closure of N. Concord St. between N. Willamette Blvd and N. Killingsworth St. We will have amplified sound at controlled levels for music and announcements as well as beer allowed at the finish line from the Lucky Lab SE on SE 9th Ave between SE Hawthorne and SE Madison.

We anticipate approximately 1200 riders to participate. All riders agree to share the road and follow normal rules of the road for cyclists, and emphasis is given in ride promotions and materials on the importance of respecting other users of road and trail and following all rules for shared usage.

Thank you for your cooperation! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Tonya Oyala – Good Sport Promotion | 503.459.4508

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-08-2014

 

1) OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th

2) N Williams Traffic Open House (8/12)

3) Communications Positions Open

4) Seaport Celebration Registration Open!

5) PSU Traffic and Transportation Course

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1) OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th

Join your neighbors for our annual summer gathering, held this year at the new Atomic Pizza location at 1936 N Killingsworth (@ N Denver Ave). Owners Jenna and Bill have arranged a buffet spread for us to choose from, at $8 per person. Expect varied slices of pizza, including vegan options, green and spinach salads, cookies/sweets and fountain soft drinks. Beer, wine, bottled sodas and Ruby Jewel ice cream will be available for purchase.

Come see the newly remodeled space and meet your neighbors in the beautiful gardens!

WHAT: OKNA Picnic
WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Atomic Pizza, 1936 N Killingsworth @ Denver Ave
WHY: To get together with neighbors and enjoy a natter over dinner; come meet someone new!

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2) N Williams Traffic Open House (8/12)

Major changes to improve safety for all travelers are coming this fall to North Williams Avenue, a corridor that serves a growing neighborhood as well as being a popular commuting route for vehicles, bicycles and transit between downtown and North Portland. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will preview the N Williams Traffic Safety and Operation Project’s new street design and construction plans at an open house August 12th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 2926 N Williams Ave. 

The project was developed in 2012 after a 16-month public involvement process that addressed community concerns over development and traffic safety.   A$1.5 million grant received in 2013 from the Oregon Department of Transportation is funding the improvements, which will extend from NE Broadway to N Killingsworth Street.

The project creates a new street design that eliminates one travel lane and provides a new, buffered bicycle lane on the left side of the street to reduce conflicts with buses; improves crosswalks for pedestrian safety, reduces the speed limit and also creates a new traffic signal at the busy N Cook Street intersection.

Construction is anticipated to begin in early September and be completed within three months.  Construction mainly consists of restriping the street and crosswalks, installing curb extensions, and the traffic signal.   More details are available at northwilliamssafety.org, and this map.

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3) Communications Positions Open

It’s been suggested that I have not been as clear as possible here: There will be no more newsletter, website, Facebook or Nextdoor postings for OKNA after September 15. Your OKNA Communications Chair is retiring and we are looking for people interested in sharing OKNA news with neighbors. We need help in the following areas; please consider taking on a satisfying project that will teach you about the internal workings of our city government and give you a chance to directly and positively impact your neighborhood!

Website: The website content is up to date but the template could use some updating. This position should be held by someone familiar with WordPress, who is willing to keep the site updated and secured. Most work is done in the WordPress dashboard but the webmaster should be familiar with the back end works as well. OKNA maintains several email accounts (with forwards) that this person should also assist with. We recommend having multiple content managers.

Facebook: Topping 600+ members, the OKNA Facebook page would be well served by having several administrators who can post to the page. The page is well connected with information for ‘shares’. Of you 600, are there 3 or 4 who’d help out with sharing posts and updates?

NextDoor: Similar to Facebook, but private, this social media site has an active constituency. OKNA could benefit from one person posting OKNA information (meetings etc) to the group. This group is not run by OKNA, we should just contribute there.

Newsletter: Our quarterly print newsletter needs a new coordinator to maintain contact with the OKNA board and community members to share Overlook news. This job can be done by multiple people, if they’ll coordinate. See past issues here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news/

Please contact us at info@OverlookNeighborhood.org or come meet us at a meeting, the picnic, movie in the park or other OKNA event soon!

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4) Seaport Celebration Registration Open!

Pre-registration is now open for THE event of the summer. On Saturday, August 16, the gates of Terminal 4 will open up to the general public for Seaport Celebration. Explore the working waterfront by welding with a professional welder, perusing the Industry & Art exhibition, taking a $10 jetboat ride or listening to the tunes of Recess Monkey. Admission and parking are free, so register today!

Seaport Celebration
Saturday, August 16
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Terminal 4
11040 N. Lombard Street
Portland, OR 97203
Event details
http://www.portofportland.com/Mar_Sprt_Clbrtn.aspx

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5) PSU Traffic and Transportation Course

A Portland State University course sponsored by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation

Local traffic and transportation issues, transportation options, and how to get things done in your neighborhood are the focus of this well-respected, ten-week, university course.

Registration is now OPEN for fall 2014 class. 

Over 1,000 Portland residents have taken this popular class and learned how to negotiate the maze of traffic and transportation agencies and issues.  Here’s your chance to hear about how you can make a difference even in these times of budget cuts and shrinking gas tax revenue.  Speakers include policy and decision makers, planners, and engineers from TriMet, Metro, and PBOT.  The class is facilitated by Rick Gustafson, transportation planning consultant and former Metro executive officer.

What:    A 10-week course sponsored by PBOT and PSU’s Urban Studies Program
When:   Fall Term 2014, (10/2/14 – 12/4/14).  Thursday evenings, 6:40 – 8:40 pm. 
Where:  Portland State University Campus. (Two classes take place at Portland Building, check course outline for details) 
Who:     Designed for the neighborhood activist, new or experienced, who wants to make a difference in traffic and transportation issues in Portland.
Application Due:  September 1st, 2014.

MORE information at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/35727

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-01-14

1) Expanded Overlook Village Street Fair Tomorrow! (8/2)
2) Ice Cream Social at the Overlook House (8/3)
3) School Supplies Popsicle Sale at Patton Square Park (8/6)
4) OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th
5) Parking Discussion Group Forming
6) OLCC Customer Service Survey
7) Check Your Zoning on the Comp Plan Draft Map
8) Communications Positions Open

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1) Expanded Overlook Village Street Fair Tomorrow! (8/2)

KICK IT UP! On North Killingsworth Street
Overlook Village Soccer Celebration & Street Fair: August 2, 2014 from 11am-4pm

Enjoy live Music, 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament, Dog Costume Contest, Classic Car Show, and Discounts at Local Businesses.

Events take place between Gay and Concord Streets on North Killingsworth.

Coupon Books available at area businesses & included discounts for all!

Along with the soccer tournament; four live bands, the ever-popular dog costume contest, classic car show, knit-along, food, vendors and special offers and discounts at participating Overlook Village businesses are all part of the celebration.
Several restaurants and bars will also have MLS All-Star game viewing parties on August 6th.

See you tomorrow at the Kick It Up! Street Fair of the Season!

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2) Ice Cream Social at the Overlook House (8/3)

Sunday, August 3rd 6:00PM at the Overlook House is our always fun annual Ice Cream Social. This year Home Made Ice Cream is provided thanks to Lovely’s Fifty / Fifty.  Bring your favorite summertime hat, meet your neighbors, and enjoy some great Home Made Ice Cream. There will be activities for kids too. As last year, we will have a raffle and some great door prizes.

Annual Neighborhood Raffle benefiting the Overlook House

This year’s Raffle is better than ever ! !  Nine Great Prizes, worth over $1,800. — Prizes include:

iPad – Full Size ($529.00) WiFi & 4G & Bluetooth Capable, 9.7” Retina Display, HD Camera

Treat Yourself to Massage, Facial, and Dinner ($185.00 Value) Blue Sky Spa, Into Eden Facial, North Light Restaurant

Romantic Outing ($138.00) Tesoaria – Local Vineyard & Winery, Portland Japanese Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, North Light Restaurant

Por Que Para Quatro ($100.00) Dinner, Drinks, and Dessert for four at Por Que No

Boise Beervana  ($140.00) Ecliptic, Lompoc 5th Quadrant, Hub: Bike Bar, Widmer

Local Food Choices – at home or out ($150.00) Lovely’s Fifty/Fifty, New Seasons Market, Pause Restaurant

Kids Like to Play  ($205.00) Coffee Kids Family Game Package, OMSI, Black Wagon, Mississippi Pizza

Beech St Cart Pod  ($60.00) Gabagool, Döner Haus, Tiffin Asha, Moberi

A Bit of Everything  ($131.00 Value) Fresh Pot, Ristretto Roasters, Happy House, Silver Moon Creperie, Pistils Nursery, Spoke & Vine

All proceeds will benefit the Overlook House.  You can buy a chance to WIN for only a dollar, or you can get a lucky 7 tickets for only five bucks.  Financiers will be fond of 20 tickets for ten dollars, and serious investors will prefer 50 chances to WIN for only twenty bucks.  Your odds of winning are a gazillion times better than the lottery, and you don’t need to be at the drawing to WIN.  You can buy tickets from your neighbors: Greg duFour & Marcella McGee, Mary Ellen Baldauff, Barbara Brooks, Carol Cushman, Jane Finch-Howell, Carl Brenden, Michelle Hylland, Jay Hunt, Dawn Barry-Griffin, Kathy Murphy, or Molly Brady.  Or call the Overlook House at (503) 208-7312.  Drawing will be at the Ice Cream Social in the backyard of the Overlook House, Sunday evening, August 3rd, from 6:00 to 8:00.  Good Luck ! !

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3) School Supplies Popsicle Sale at Patton Square Park (8/6)

This Wednesday, residents of the Patton Park Apartments are selling popsicles and ice cream treats to raise funds for their school supplies.

The sale takes place on Wednesday August 6th from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm in Patton Square Park and coincides with our National Night Out Celebration.

Residents at Patton Park are in need of donations to purchase supplies to support their ice cream sales. If anyone is interested in donating please contact Resident Services Coordinator Patricia Haggerty at 503-546-1662 or PHaggerty@reachcdc.org
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4) OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th

Join your neighbors for our annual summer gathering, held this year at the new Atomic Pizza location at 1936 N Killingsworth (@ N Denver Ave). Owners Jenna and Bill have arranged a buffet spread for us to choose from, at $8 per person. Expect varied slices of pizza, including vegan options, green and spinach salads, cookies/sweets and fountain soft drinks. Beer, wine, bottled sodas and Ruby Jewel ice cream will be available for purchase.

Come see the newly remodeled space and meet your neighbors in the beautiful gardens!

WHAT: OKNA Picnic
WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Atomic Pizza, 1936 N Killingsworth @ Denver Ave
WHY: To get together with neighbors and enjoy a natter over dinner; come meet someone new!

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5) Parking Discussion Group Forming

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Parking Analysis & Tool Kit for Neighborhood Centers and Corridors Project.

Applications are available at the project website:

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/63980

About the project

In this case, “tool kit” describes the suite of policies and programs available to manage on-street parking. We are reviewing and updating our parking management tools in light of more dense development along mixed use corridors and in neighborhood centers that​ are experiencing redevelopment. PBOT will take a close look at parking demand in 5 case study areas that best represent the type and intensity of development we are seeing and can expect in the future, and recommend new policy and code language related to parking demand management.

What is the role of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee?

The 20-member committee will serve an advisory role to PBOT staff throughout the project, from case study selection to development of recommendations that will be presented to City Council for adoption. The committee is expected to meet 6-8 times through June 2015. The first meeting will be held in mid-September.

Who should apply?

PBOT is interested in having diverse perspectives on the committee, particularly from individuals and organizations interested in parking and transportation issues that affect residents, businesses and visitors in mixed use centers and corridors. To that end, neighborhood associations, business associations, homeowners, renters, religious congregations, property developers, residential property managers, low income housing residents or advocates, environmental representatives, and neighborhood-scale commercial or retail business interests are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be received no later than Monday, August 18. For more information about the project, contact Grant Morehead, PBOT project manager, at 503-823-9707 or grant.morehead@portlandoregon.gov
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6) OLCC Customer Service Survey

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission requests your input to guide the agency in serving the public. Please take our online Customer Service Survey!
The OLCC is committed to providing excellent customer service and value to our customer groups. Your input will help provide a more complete picture of how we are doing. Please take a minute to complete the applicable survey below. We sincerely appreciate your time and value any additional comments you may have.
GENERAL PUBLIC Customer Service Survey
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7) Check Your Zoning on the Comp Plan Draft Map

The updated Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft can now be viewed in the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s Map App. http://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/cpmapp2/

If you’ve taken a look at the Map App or read the Comprehensive Plan [Link to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/497622], you may have some questions about how the Plan might affect your property, your neighborhood, or the City. You can always call the helpline at 503-823-0195, but if you’d prefer to talk to somebody in person, or take a look at a big paper map of the Comprehensive Plan changes in your area, here’s your chance! The District Liaisons (planners who work with community partners in five areas of the City [Link to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/402395] ) will be holding drop-in Comprehensive Plan “office hours” at various locations in July and August. You can find them on the calendar of events [Link to calendar]. Please drop by to meet your District Liaison and talk about the Comprehensive Plan!

Drop in hours and locations for Leslie Lum, North Portland District Liaison:

8/22- Kenton Library 12-2

8/26- Kenton Firehouse 4:30-7:30

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8) Communications Positions Open

Your OKNA Communications Chair is retiring her position in September and we are looking for people interested in sharing OKNA news with neighbors. We need help in the following areas; please consider taking on a satisfying project that will teach you about the internal workings of our city government and give you a chance to directly and positively impact your neighborhood!

Website: The website content is up to date but the template could use some updating. This position should be held by someone familiar with WordPress, who is willing to keep the site updated and secured. Most work is done in the WordPress dashboard but the webmaster should be familiar with the back end works as well. OKNA maintains several email accounts (with forwards) that this person should also assist with. We recommend having multiple content managers.

Facebook: Topping 600+ members, the OKNA Facebook page would be well served by having several administrators who can post to the page. The page is well connected with information for ‘shares’. Of you 600, are there 3 or 4 who’d help out with sharing posts and updates?

NextDoor: Similar to Facebook, but private, this social media site has an active constituency. OKNA could benefit from one person posting OKNA information (meetings etc) to the group. This group is not run by OKNA, we should just contribute there.

Newsletter: Our quarterly print newsletter needs a new coordinator to maintain contact with the OKNA board and community members to share Overlook news. This job can be done by multiple people, if they’ll coordinate. See past issues here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news/

Please contact us at info@OverlookNeighborhood.org or come meet us at a meeting, the picnic, movie in the park or other OKNA event soon!

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 7-25-14

 

1) Zoning Changes Released for Review

2) Overlook Village Street Fair Changes (8/2)

3) Ice Cream Social at the Overlook House (8/3)

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1) Zoning Changes Released for Review

The updated Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft can now be viewed in the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s Map App. http://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/cpmapp2/

If you’ve taken a look at the Map App or read the Comprehensive Plan [Link to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/497622], you may have some questions about how the Plan might affect your property, your neighborhood, or the City. You can always call the helpline at 503-823-0195, but if you’d prefer to talk to somebody in person, or take a look at a big paper map of the Comprehensive Plan changes in your area, here’s your chance! The District Liaisons (planners who work with community partners in five areas of the City [Link to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/402395] ) will be holding drop-in Comprehensive Plan “office hours” at various locations in July and August. You can find them on the calendar of events. Please drop by to meet your District Liaison and talk about the Comprehensive Plan!

Drop in hours and locations for Leslie Lum, North Portland District Liaison:

8/22- Kenton Library 12-2

8/26- Kenton Firehouse 4:30-7:30

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2) Overlook Village Street Fair Changes (8/2)

If you haven’t heard, we’ve changed up our Street Fair this year. New day, new structure and a new Soccer theme! The 2014 MLS All-Star Game is being held in Portland. And with a city so obsessed with its Timbers, we’re excited to help the fans celebrate. We’re hoping these fans and thousands of other Portland residents will come out to Overlook Village in August and play with us!

The Street Fair will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014. We hope you got our Facebook "save the date" a couple of months ago!

If you’re available and want to be a part of this amazing Celebration-please go to our website www.overlookvillagepdx.com to register. Unfortunately, we’re not looking for food vendors this year, please check back with us next time though!

If you have any questions, contact Jenna- overlookvillage@gmail.com.

overlookvillagepdx.com

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3) Ice Cream Social at the Overlook House (8/3)
Sunday, August 3rd 6:00PM at the Overlook House is our always fun annual Ice Cream Social.  This year Home Made Ice Cream is provided thanks to Lovely’s Fifty / Fifty. Bring your favorite summertime hat, meet your neighbors, and enjoy some great Home Made Ice Cream.  There will be activities for kids too.  As last year, we will have a raffle.

Annual Neighborhood Raffle benefiting the Overlook House

This year’s Raffle is better than ever ! !    Nine Great Prizes, worth a total of $1,778.00  Prizes include:

iPad – Full Size ($529.00) WiFi & 4G & Bluetooth Capable, 9.7” Retina Display, HD Camera

Treat Yourself to Massage, Facial, and Dinner ($185.00 Value) Blue Sky Spa, Into Eden Facial, North Light Restaurant

Romantic Outing ($138.00) Tesoaria – Local Vineyard & Winery, Portland Japanese Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, North Light Restaurant

Por Que Para Quatro ($100.00) Dinner, Drinks, and Dessert for four at Por Que No

Boise Beervana  ($140.00) Ecliptic, Lompoc 5th Quadrant, Hub: Bike Bar, Widmer

Local Food Choices – at home or out ($150.00) Lovely’s Fifty/Fifty, New Seasons Market, Pause Restaurant

Kids Like to Play  ($205.00) Coffee Kids Family Game Package, OMSI, Black Wagon, Mississippi Pizza

Beech St Cart Pod  ($60.00) Gabagool, Döner Haus, Tiffin Asha, Moberi

A Bit of Everything  ($131.00 Value) Fresh Pot, Ristretto Roasters, Happy House, Silver Moon Creperie, Pistils Nursery, Spoke & Vine

All proceeds will benefit the Overlook House as a valuable community asset.  You can buy a chance to WIN for only a dollar, or you can get a lucky 7 tickets for only five bucks.  Financiers will be fond of 20 tickets for ten dollars, and serious investors will prefer 50 chances to WIN for only twenty bucks.  Your odds of winning are a gazillion times better than the lottery, and you don’t need to be at the drawing to WIN.  You can buy tickets from your neighbors: Greg duFour & Marcella McGee, Mary Ellen Baldauff, Barbara Brooks, Carol Cushman, Jane Finch-Howell, Carl Brenden, Michelle Hylland, Jay Hunt, Dawn Barry-Griffin, Kathy Murphy, or Molly Brady.  Or call the Overlook House at (503) 208-7312.  Drawing will be at the Ice Cream Social in the backyard of the Overlook House, Sunday evening, August 3rd, from 6:00 to 8:00. Good Luck ! !

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 7-18-14

1) Shabbat in the Park at Overlook Park (7/18)
2) 4th Annual Overlook Yard Sale / Free Share (7/19-20)
3) Liquor License Application/Comments Due 8/11
4) Local Education Listener/Liaison?
5) Don’t Set Me on Fire, Please
6) Street Fair Vendors Wanted (for 8/2)
7) Business Neighbors – Share Your News (now)
8) ADA – What Does It Stand For? (7/26)
9) Fraud Alert; Please Share With Neighbors (now)
10) Be an Extra on Portlandia
11) OKNA Meeting Recap

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1) Shabbat in the Park at Overlook Park (tonight)
July 18 6:30 pm
Musical guests Stumbleweed featuring our own J.D. Kleinke will open our evening. Bring a picnic dinner and your friends. We will welcome Shabbat in prayer and song, and share some hallah afterwards. For more information, see our website at http://shirtikvahpdx.org/, send an email to info@shirtikvahpdx.org, or call us at 503.473.8227. No RSVP required!

Catch a Stumbleweed sample at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYkzRcGrWCc

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2) 4th Annual Overlook Yard Sale / Free Share (7/19-20)

Yard Sale:  Saturday July 19   /   Free Share:  Sunday July 20
Come on out to sell, share or buy! Over 50 households are signed up to participate this year.  On Saturday, households will lay out and sell their goods.  On Sunday, any items left remaining that must go will be set out on the curb to be shared for free with neighbors.  Printed maps showing all of the participating households in Overlook will be available at the Friends of Overlook Bluff Fundraising Yard Sale on Saturday at 3969 N Overlook Terrace.  Deal-hunters can also view the online version of the map at www.sustainableoverlook.org starting now.  Hope to see you there!

It’s not too late to participate! If you want to get in on the fun, just set some things out on Saturday morning.. there will be lots of traffic in the neighborhood; you don’t need to be on the map to sell!

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3) Liquor License Application/Comments Due 8/11

The following Liquor Licenses applications were received for consideration by the City of Portland the week of July 7 to July 11, 2014
Please follow this link to see the applications in their entirety:
http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=61884&
Neighborhood Association: OVERLOOK
Business Name: NEW AMERICAN
Business Address: 2103 N KILLINSWORTH
Type of License: CO/FOP
Neighborhood Coalition: NPNS
Business Association: INTERSTATE CORRIDOR
Comments Due: 8/11/2014
If you wish to comment please fill out the attached comment form and submit it to the City of Portland Liquor License Notification Program.
Attn: Theresa Marchetti
By mail to: 1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 110, Portland OR 97204
By fax to: 503-823-3050
By email to: theresa.marchetti@portlandoregon.gov
Email OKNA if you need the comment form. To save you looking it up, this location is currently home to Mextiza restaurant on Killingsworth at Detroit.

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4) Local Education Listener/Liaison?

A North Portland neighbor thinks our neighborhood associations have a role to play in education. He proposes to bring together an informal group representing the North Portland neighborhoods that can devote a modest amount of time to discussing their concerns and what a focused effort might productively do. 

You may have already heard or read about the controversy surrounding the new tests that come along with the Common Core State Standards. Or the latest shuffling of administrators. Or about possible changes in the transfer policy or cluster boundaries. What about the school board elections next year? Or the next bond issue in 2016 asking for yet more money?

David Crandall (Piedmont NA) asks to identify one or more folks in Overlook who believe that our kids and grandkids deserve the best education that’s available. These people should be available for an initial meeting some time in the next few weeks. If you’d like to represent Overlook, and report back to neighbors about these meetings, please contact us soonest: info @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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5) Don’t Set Me on Fire, Please

Floating Lanterns are completely, totally and utterly ILLEGAL in Oregon.
If you’re more motivated by being a good neighbor, let that be your guide: Don’t burn down your neighbor’s house for your own fun. You can’t control where the lantern goes, so don’t set it off.
http://www.opb.org/news/article/not-a-bright-idea-sky-lanterns-illegal-dangerous/
Fire Marshall’s statement:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Codes/TA12_02.pdf

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6) Street Fair Vendors Wanted (for 8/2)

The Overlook Village Street Fair is on Saturday, Aug 2nd and we are accepting local art vendors. The event consists of a classic car show, live bands, doggy costume contest, 3 on 3 soccer tournament and of course local art vendors. Time and space are running out so sign up soon by visiting our online registration hosted by The Lucky Lab, http://luckylab.com/kick/ it’s only $50. You can also find out more information by visiting our website at www.OverlookVillagePDX.com
Thanks and we hope to see you soon. Jenna

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7) Business Neighbors – Share Your News (now)

It’s the return of our Business in Overlook column in the upcoming Overlook Views newsletter and time for you to toot your own horn. Write up your 50 word post letting Overlook know who you are, where you are and why they should come see you right away! Home-based and other small businesses are invited too; please make use of this free promotion to your immediate neighbors! Email your post to Michelle: Views@ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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8) ADA – What Does It Stand For? (7/26)

ADA: What Does It Stand For? is the theme for the 24th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Matt Dishman Community Center on Saturday, July 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. The free event is open to the public and being presented by the City of Portland and several community partners.

A full afternoon of activities for all the family is planned at the center, located at 77 NE Knott St. The event will include live entertainment, an open mic session, interactive activities, multi-ethnic snacks, speakers, including Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and a birthday cake for the ADA’s big 24th anniversary. Also, Kristi Jamison, a member of the Portland Commission will be an emcee and ASL interpretation will be provided.

For further information and updates, visit the Portland Commission on Disability’s website at www.portlanddisability.com.

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9) Fraud Alert; Please Share With Neighbors (now)

Don’t be vulnerable to these scams.. share with your friends, you’d be amazed who needs to see this.

Beware of callers asking to collect on your bill and watch out for fraudulent bills in emails
We want to alert you about two scams targeting customers of PGE and utilities nationwide, that we’re working with local authorities to investigate. The first is a telephone scam in which thieves posing as PGE employees ask for a pre-paid credit card to collect a past-due bill or payment for services like switching a meter. The second is an email scam, in which customers are sent an email with fraudulent account information and asked to click on a hyperlink to confirm or view information. That link can download viruses to your computer.

Stay alert! Read & save this factsheet about fraudulent calls & emails to utility customers nationwide. http://bit.ly/1iLO3aS

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10) Be an Extra on Portlandia

Want to be an extra on Portlandia? Send in your photo & cross fingers you’ll be in the (?) last season.
http://www.smhcasting.com/extras/PDXia-welcome.html

11) OKNA Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for a fast paced, informative meeting!
We had a presentation/introduction to our NETs-Neighborhood Emergency Team members. They reminded us that there’s not going to be any government services when the Big One comes; we need to be nimble and resilient ourselves.
Leader Alice Busch said they’ve learned important things in the past few years.. where they used to tell us all to ‘make a kit!’, the most important survival tool seems to be strong connections with your neighbors and friends. So today’s advice should be "Make friends!"
If you’d like to organize a Know Your Neighborhood meeting, a simple gathering of the people who live on your block to outline a basic plan, a skills & equipment inventory or even just a contact tree, get in touch with OKNA and we’ll connect you (info@OverlookNeighborhood.org). And store some water.
Our patrol officer from PPB stopped by; his only update is that they are doing the best they can at the Skidmore Bluffs but the situation is severe. Fire danger is extreme right now. Concerned neighbors should continue to call in illegal drinking, parking, traffic issues, IE any and everything that is bothering them.
If you have anything to be included in the next Overlook Views newsletter, now is the time to reach Michelle (me). Email Views @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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