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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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 16, 2015)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (Jan. 20)
2) Fix-It Fair (Jan. 24)
3) Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop (Jan. 17)
4) North Portland Land Use Group meeting (Jan. 22)
5) Report air quality problems

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (Jan. 20)

The monthly meeting of the Overlook Neighborhood Association will occur on Tuesday evening. Join your neighbors to talk about what’s going on in Overlook. This month’s meeting will feature a discussion about the proposed city comprehensive plan review as it affects the Overlook area.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave., across from Overlook Park)

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2) Fix-It Fair (Jan. 24)

Fix-It Fair is a free City of Portland event where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources. Join your neighbors and talk to the experts about how to spend less and stay healthy. Exhibits and workshops include:

A free lunch, on-site childcare and door prizes will be available. There’s no need to register in advance.

Fix-It Fair
Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rosa Parks Elementary School (8970 N Woolsey Ave.)
On Facebook

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3) Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop (Jan. 17)

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).

The workshop will cover the fruit trees that are best pruned in the winter, general pruning theory, as well as specific techniques to help you learn how to make the best cuts on your fruit trees with confidence and skill. Methods taught are organic and incorporate permaculture principles. Taught by local fruit tree expert Monica Maggio of Core Fruit Institute.

Please register by emailing sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org with your name and contact information.

The workshop is cosponsored by Daybreak Cohousing and Sustainable Overlook.

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. – Noon
Daybreak Cohousing Community Room (2525 N Killingsworth Ave.)
Suggested donation $10

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4) North Portland Land Use Group meeting (Jan. 22)

The North Portland Land Use Group (NPLUG) will meet on Thursday to discuss issues related to design guidelines and standards. If you attend, please try to bring at least one photo on a thumb drive of a building in your neighborhood that you have been unhappy with. You are also welcome to bring images of buildings (especially new buildings) that bring joy to your day. The group will use those images to talk through different concerns that people have and then arrive at next steps.

The meeting also will include discussion of the city tree code.

Looking ahead, the February meeting (Feb. 26) will feature a presentation and discussion of the city’s mixed use zones project.

North Portland Land Use Group meeting
Thursday, Jan. 22, 7 – 9 p.m.
Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave.)

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5) Report air quality problems

A reminder to please “Smell it, and tell it.”

The State Department of Environmental Quality’s North Portland Air Monitoring project began intensive monitoring of Swan Island air quality and local meteorological conditions on Nov. 1. The testing will continue through Nov. 1, 2015, and after approximately 6 months of analysis, DEQ will reach out to group members (including the Overlook Neighborhood Association) to present the results.

As a reminder, DEQ is also undertaking parallel nuisance odor investigation of the same area for the same duration. Investigators are coming out weekly to check for odors. However, with the new meteorological data, it is helpful to DEQ to receive reports from you telling the time, location and nature of odor so if you smell it, tell it using DEQ’s online reporting tool.

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The Overlook Neighborhood Association, its board and its members do not endorse the events, programs, services or other items included in the Overlook E-Blast. This information is provided as a community service.

Submissions to the E-Blast should be received no later than Wednesday at 8 p.m. to be included in the following Friday’s E-Blast. They can be sent to info@overlookneighborhood.org. We reserve the right to edit and decide on all content printed in the E-Blast and other OKNA publications.

Thank you for your contributions and support.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 9, 2015)

1) Happy New Year!
2) Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop (Jan. 17)
3) Overlook Sustainability Summit (Feb. 21)
4) Nature in Neighborhoods grant applications deadline (Jan. 13)
5) OLCC seeks input on marijuana regulation (Jan. 12)
6) Noise control meeting (Jan. 26)

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1) Happy New Year!

Your weekly Overlook Neighborhood Association update returns refreshed from the holidays. Every Friday we will let you know about news, events and other information interesting and important to our neighborhood. Things are already shaping up for another exciting year of fun and neighborly goodwill.

If you have an event or news you’d like to see in the update, send it to info@overlookneighborhood.org. Please try to send your submission by Wednesday evening for inclusion on Friday and be sure to include contact information in case we have any questions.

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2) Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop (Jan. 17)

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).

The workshop will cover the fruit trees that are best pruned in the winter, general pruning theory, as well as specific techniques to help you learn how to make the best cuts on your fruit trees with confidence and skill. Methods taught are organic and incorporate permaculture principles. Taught by local fruit tree expert Monica Maggio of Core Fruit Institute.

Please register by emailing sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org with your name and contact information.

The workshop is cosponsored by Daybreak Cohousing and Sustainable Overlook.

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. – Noon
Daybreak Cohousing Community Room
2525 N Killingsworth Ave.
Suggested donation $10

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3) Overlook Sustainability Summit (Feb. 21)

Mark your calendar for the inaugural Overlook Sustainability Summit organized by Sustainable Overlook. 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.
Overlook Sustainability Summit
Saturday, Feb. 21, Noon – 4 p.m.
Location TBA
Suggested donation $10

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4) Nature in Neighborhoods grant applications deadline (Jan. 13)

Do you have an idea to connect people with nature? Teach people about water quality, fish and wildlife habitat or to support healthier communities? A conservation education grant from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods program could help your program grow.

Small grants up to $25,000 and large grants up to $100,000 are available for projects that connect neighborhoods with nature. A wide variety of projects can fit the bill, such as nature education for school-aged children, job training or internships for nature-based careers, or building capacity for groups to connect their communities to nearby natural areas. Please fill out a simple pre-application by 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at www.oregonmetro.gov/grants.

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5) OLCC seeks input on marijuana regulation (Jan. 12)

It’s almost certain that North Portland will have one or more shops selling marijuana products when it becomes legal in Oregon. Streets such as Killingsworth and Interstate are attractive locales for development because of their accessibilty and high volume of traffic.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has launched an online community survey at marijuana.oregon.gov asking Oregonians to share their hopes and concerns about the coming legal market for recreational marijuana. The survey, which is open through Monday, January 12, will help the agency plan a statewide listening tour to be announced later this month.

“We need to hear from Oregonians across the state as we implement the law,” said OLCC Chairman Rob Patridge. “We need to hear from community members, parents, law enforcement, people who want to grow or sell recreational marijuana, and local governments. We want to know your priorities. What should marijuana regulation look like in your community?”

Patridge said the survey and listening tour are the first steps in a yearlong rulemaking process that will include monthly Commission meetings, rules advisory committee meetings and other opportunities to hear from the public.

 “OLCC is committed to a transparent and inclusive public process to help us implement the law in a way that protects children, keeps our communities safe, and brings the recreational marijuana industry into the regulated market,” he said.

Under the new law, 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.

The survey will be live on the web through January 12 at marijuana.oregon.gov.

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6) Noise control meeting (Jan. 26)

The Northeast Coalition of Neighbohoods will host a public meeting with Portland Noise Control Officer Pal van Orden on Monday, Jan. 26. The event is open to all Portland residents.

This is a chance to learn about the Portland Noise Office, including noise variances and neighbot’s rights, construction noise and the citizen citation process, and the citizen-based Noise Review Board.

Public meeting with Portland’s noise control officer
Monday, Jan. 26, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
4815 NE 7th Ave.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email Update 12-12-14

1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Tonight! Dec. 12)
2) Overlook general meeting canceled (Dec. 16)
3) De-Gentrifying Portland movie to screen in North Portland (Dec. 13)
4) New trees coming to North Portland (Dec. 20)
5) Keep safe after dark
6) N Mississippi Avenue featured in New York Times
7) Santa’s visit to Overlook House

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1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Tonight! Dec. 12)

Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors at the annual holiday potluck party. There will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around. Door prizes given out.

Please bring an entrée, side salad or dessert to share and lets socialize.  Dress casually.

Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck
Friday, Dec. 12, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Cohousing Common Room
2525 N Killingsworth St.

 

2) Overlook general meeting canceled (Dec. 16)

This month’s Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting at Kaiser Town Hall is canceled. The Neighborhood Association wishes everyone Happy Holidays.

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3) De-Gentrifying Portland movie to screen in North Portland (Dec. 13)

Join Know Your City, Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) and artist and Project Coordinator Sharita Towne for the public premiere of short films made by local youth of color that address the topic of gentrification and changing neighborhoods in Portland. In addition to the student films, there will be work screened by other artists from Portland addressing similar themes, as well as an art show of photographs by youth from Self Enhancement, Inc., clothes by local designers, and appearances by local musicians and guest speakers.

Learn more at the Know Your City website.

De-Gentrifying Portland — North Portland screening
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m.
Sons of Haiti Lodge
3503 N. Mississippi Ave
Cost: Free and open to the public

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4) New trees coming to North Portland (Dec. 20)

The lovely Omaha Boulevard between Killingsworth and Rosa Parks is getting some new trees, courtesy of the diligent organizational efforts of Arbor Lodge tree steward Liz Stevenson and Karl Dawson of the city’s Urban Forestry section of Parks & Rec.

Please join the planters. No experience in tree-planting necessary, tools will be provided. Coffee and other refreshments will also be provided!

Tree planting
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9-11 a.m.
Gather at 6421 N Omaha Ave.

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5) Keep safe after dark

With the Winter Solstice arriving on Sunday, Dec. 21, Portland’s nights are at their longest. The Portland Bureau of Transportation reminds everyone that remaining visible when out walking or biking is the easy and the best way to make sure you’ll be around to see the Summer Solstice in June.

High visibility gear and clothing is made of fluorescent colors with added reflective tape or designs. To best be seen in all conditions – during the day, at dusk and at night – you should be wearing both fluorescent and reflective items.

Learn more online at PBOT’s website.

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6) N Mississippi Avenue featured in New York Times

The New York Time’s fascination with Portland continued this week with a feature about Mississippi Avenue.

North Mississippi Avenue in Portland delivers a hipster experience as reliably as the rain. The street’s commercial district, which runs five blocks from North Fremont Street up to North Skidmore Street, has coffee-roasting equipment, saltwater aquariums, chandeliers made with recycled wine bottles, jewelry cast from animal sex organs and possibly the best corned beef hash ever fried.

Read the rest of the story.

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7) Santa’s visit to Overlook House

Santa visited the Overlook House recently, bringing Holiday joy and merriment for children of all ages. Friends of the Overlook House wish to thank Fire Station 24 for delivering Santa by fire truck. Below are a few pictures of the fun. To see more, visit the flickr page.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email Update 12-5-14

1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Dec. 12)
2) Santa to visit Overlook House (Dec. 7)
3) North Portland Land Use Group meeting cancelled
4) Ockley Green Middle School’s backpack program for kids
5) 10th Birthday Celebration for North Portland Tool Library (Dec. 9)
6) New trees coming to North Portland

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1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Dec. 12)

Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors at the annual holiday potluck party. There will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around. Door prizes given out.

Please bring an entrée, side salad or dessert to share and lets socialize.  Dress casually.

Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck
Friday, Dec. 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cohousing Common Room
2525 N Killingsworth St.

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2) Santa to visit Overlook House (Dec. 7)

Santa Claus will visit Overlook House on Sunday, Dec. 7. Come tell Santa what you want  for the holidays and have your picture taken. There will be face painting and other fun activities as well.

Santa Claus
Sunday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Overlook House
3839 N Melrose Dr.

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3) North Portland Land Use Group meeting cancelled

The December meeting of the North Portland Land Use Group has been canceled. The next meeting will be on Jan. 22. ‪The agenda is still being developed, but it will include tree code, design guidelines and more.

Happy Holidays! We’ll see you next year.

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4) Ockley Green Middle School’s backpack program for kids

Ockley Green Middle School is in need of food items for the backpack program for kids for weekends and holidays.  Right now we are sending home 300-350 pounds of food for the weekends weekly in 35 backpacks. At the holidays, we will attempt to send home closer to 1600 lbs.

Below are nine ways you can help the students. The most helpful (and often the most economical) way to buy for us is from Costco or from grocery stores in quantity (example: 10 boxes of crackers when they go on sale for a dollar or 8-packs of soup or Chili from Costco, etc).

For our holiday boxes we will be collecting food all the way up to Wednesday, Dec. 17. This will include fresh fruit, holiday treats, and bathroom tissue. Folks are welcome to drop them off at the Ockley Green office or send me an email if they would like to drop off larger quantities.

We will be packing 40 holiday boxes.

Here are 9 ways you can help support our local school the next time you go shopping.

  • Four jars of store brand peanut butter
  • Three boxes of granola bars
  • Five cans of tuna or chicken
  • Cans of chili or beef stew
  • Instant oatmeal packets
  • Bar soap
  • Dish soap
  • Deodorant

For more information and pickup please call or message Jill Hoddick at hoddick@up.edu or call 503-286-9803.

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5) 10th Birthday Celebration for North Portland Tool Library (Dec. 9)

Come support the North Portland Tool Library, where all sorts of tools are available to residents of our neighborhood. PAUSE is generously donating 25% of all food and beverage sales from 5-10pm to the North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) – so please eat and drink up!

10th Birthday Celebration for North Portland Tool Library
Tuesday, Dec. 9,  5-10 p.m.
PAUSE Kitchen & Bar
5101 N Interstate Ave, Portland

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6) New trees coming to North Portland (Dec. 20)

The lovely Omaha Boulevard between Killingsworth and Rosa Parks is getting some new trees, courtesy of the diligent organizational efforts of Arbor Lodge tree steward Liz Stevenson and Karl Dawson of the city’s Urban Forestry section of Parks & Rec.

Please join the planters. No experience in tree-planting necessary, tools will be provided. Coffee and other refreshments will also be provided!

 Tree planting
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9-11 a.m.
Gather at 6421 N Omaha

 

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