OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8/16/13

In fire-safety news, along the bluff. Thank you to all the neighbors who contacted OKNA and your city public safety officials about the fire hazard from people cooking on the Overlook Bluff.  Two camps were posted and removed this week.

1) Cover Oregon Questions Answered (8/19)
2) OKNA General Meeting –Special Edition (8/20)
3) EPA Open House (8/22)
4) Thank You from our Bridge Pedal Partners!
5)  Help Bring E.T. to Overlook Park!
6) Job Announcement – Overlook House Program Coordinator (8/26)
7) TRAFFIC ADVISORY (8/19-8/23)
8) Community Block Party/Clothing Swap (9/7)
9)  Party in the Park @ Patton Square Park (9/14)
10) From the OKNA Facebook

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1) Cover Oregon Questions Answered (8/19)

Please join US Senator Ron Wyden and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith for a Health Care Town Hall

Monday August 19, 2013
11:00am-12:30pm (refreshments provided)
Self Enhancement Inc
3920 N Kerby Avenue
Portland OR 97227

Representatives of Cover Oregon will be available to answer questions about enrollment in the new health care exchange. To RSVP, call the office of Commissioner Loretta Smith: 503.988.5219

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2) OKNA General Meeting –Special Edition (8/20)

Join your Overlook neighbors for an extra meeting this year and stay to socialize.

Tuesday, August 20
7:00-9:00 pm
Lucky Lab Taproom, 1700 N Killingsworth St

Remember: This year’s OKNA Annual Picnic will be Sunday, September 1, immediately before the Movie in the Park presentation of E.T. The Extraterrestrial

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3) EPA Open House (8/22)

Normally this would just be a press release cut/paste for you to attend the meeting. However, for context, I saw this article in the news today. EPA eyes N. Portland site for toxic dump (http://www.koin.com/2013/08/15/35429-autosave/)This issue will be discussed at the Community Information Session.

You are invited to attend a Portland Harbor community information session hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Time: 5pm (Open House), 5:30pm (Information Session)
Location: BES Water Lab, 6543 N Burlington Ave

5pm – Open House
We encourage you to arrive at 5pm so EPA and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality staff can meet you. During this time we will also provide frequently asked question/answer cards on confined disposal facilities and Portland Harbor fact sheets developed for the community.

5:30pm – Community Information Session
The purpose of the session is to discuss and clarify information related to confined disposal facilities. The discussion will be based on questions that we’ve heard from the community. EPA will also provide general information on work being done at Portland Harbor.

Before the meeting, please see information and fact sheets about cleanup at Portland Harbor via the EPA website http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/CLEANUP.NSF/sites/ptldharbor and,

the confined disposal facility frequently asked questions and answers sheet http://www.epa.gov/region10/pdf/ph/sitewide/cdf_qanda_fs_011412.pdf

Contact: Alanna Conley, 503-326-6831

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4) Thank You from our Bridge Pedal Partners!

Bridge Pedal was a great success! Special thanks to the 20 folks from Bethel congregation and the Drop-In Center’s Board and parent community who volunteered at the St Johns rest station and surrounding intersections on Sunday August 11. We welcomed and directed, fed and protected 10,000+ bikers!

We also earned $500 for the center and brought back crates of leftover bananas, peaches, and bagels for the Drop-In kids and neighborhood families. Additional thanks to FOB Alan Cranna, the Overlook Neighborhood Association, and North Portland Neighbors for including us in plans for the rest station year after year.

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5)  Help Bring E.T. to Overlook Park!

We’ve got many organizations to thank for making the showing of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" a reality for us coming up on Sunday, September 1, at Overlook Park: Portland Parks & Recreation, The Prescott, Pemco Insurance, Overlook Restaurant, Arciform LLC, Ainsworth Wine and Gifts, Happy House Restaurant and Eddie’s Flat Iron Pizza.

Here’s a way you can show your appreciation and also participate in the festivities that day – volunteer!  We need lots of volunteers for several specific assignments that will last only 30-60 minutes.  The more who sign up, the better.

Please let us know you can volunteer by writing at movie@overlookneighborhood.org. We’ll get back to you with the details.  We thank you in advance.

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6) Job Announcement – Overlook House Program Coordinator (8/26)

The “Friends of the Overlook House”, a non-profit organization responsible for the stewardship of the Overlook House for the benefit of our neighborhood, is searching for a Program Coordinator. This is a part-time paid position (28 hrs/wk, no benefits, $16.00/hr.) reporting to the board of directors. This position is responsible for daily operations, including: booking paid events, scheduling community events, supervising staff, maintaining records, and promotion of the Overlook House.

Our ideal candidate will be a person that is self-directed and self-motivated, that easily initiates contacts, is a creative thinker, and has a commitment to our mission. Working with minimal supervision, being well organized, possessing keen attention to detail, and being able to work offsite are very important. Familiarity with word-processing, email, spreadsheet, and calendar software is also important.

Responses must be received by Monday, August 26th.  Please mail to:

Overlook House
3839 N Melrose Dr.
Portland, OR 97227

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7) TRAFFIC ADVISORY (8/19-8/23)

Street improvement and lane closure slated for week of August 19th on NE Killingsworth Street from 14th to 16th Avenue

Street improvements will require a lane closure on NE Killingsworth Street between NE 14th and 16th avenues from Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 23. The closure will apply each day from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m.

The public is advised to expect delays on NE Killingsworth Street while repairs are made. NE 15th Avenue will also be closed when the intersection of NE 15th and Killingsworth Street is paved. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe the lane closure and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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8) Community Block Party/Clothing Swap (9/7)

You’re invited to join your neighbors at Bethel Lutheran Church for a big Block party!

September 7, 9 am – 4 pm

Rummage Sale & Clothing Swap
Live Music!
Hot Dogs!
Family Friendly!
Bring Washed wearable clothes to swap for other clothing items

5658 N. Denver Ave
Portland, OR 97217
bethellutheran@bethelpdx.org
www.bethelpdx.org

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9)  Party in the Park @ Patton Square Park (9/14)

Mark Your Calendars…Saturday, September 14 from 11am to 3pm for the Party In The Park at Patton Square Park. Live music, games, fitness, and fun for the whole family as well as food from local restaurants makes for a great day in our little park next to IFCC. Come out and enjoy the day with your neighbors!

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10) From the OKNA Facebook

www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

Occasionally, news pops up during the week. Jump over to Facebook and ‘like’ OKNAinPDX to keep up with history, trivia and fascinating news from the neighborhood.

-Several people have posted about car break-ins, and even a gas theft. Please remember to report all these crimes, as that helps us keep police patrols in Overlook. You can report online from the comfort of your easy chair: Citizen Online Reporting – Portland, Oregon Police Bureau (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor/)

-There is a run this weekend that will take over much of Willamette Blvd.; Coming from Columbia Park Annex, the turnaround is at Killingsworth (all along the bluff) http://www.5k9walkrun.com/portland.php

-Lee Perlman, a long-time journalist and contributor to the Portland Observer, was found dead Friday at his home in northeast Portland. Lee has been a fixture in the neighborhood system in Portland and was a tireless reporter of our meetings and troubles. A memorial page has been set up to share memories with his family.

https://www.facebook.com/LeePerlmanMemorial

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