OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 4/11/14

1) Beach School Campus Cleanups (4/12 & 4/26)
2) OKNA Monthly General Membership Meeting (4/15)
3) Speakeasy Roundtable (4/16)
4) Overlook House Egg Hunt (4/19) <-note correct date!
5) Portland residents prefer street fee? (4/16 – 5/1)
6) Overlook Sewer Project Construction Update: April 9, 2014
7) Air quality update from the DEQ
8) Get Rid of Junk Spring Clean-up (4/26)
9) City Budget Forums (4/22, 5/15)
10) Intersection Repair Coming Up (5/31)
11) Dog-poop stings coming to Portland playgrounds (incl. Overlook)


1) Beach School Campus Cleanups (4/12 & 4/26)

The annual April campus cleanups have arrived; pitch in and make your local school beautiful for the spring!

Beach School cleanup this Saturday from 10-12- bring a tool you want to use and get a donut! Everyone is welcome.


2) OKNA Monthly General Membership Meeting (4/15)

The third Tuesday of the month, join your neighbors to catch up on the latest happenings in Overlook and find out how you can get involved.

Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00pm

Kaiser Town Hall Building, 3704 N Interstate Avenue

4/15/14 Proposed Agenda:
7:00pm: Introduction and ground rules
7:15pm: Safety Report (if applicable)
7:30pm: Lisa Wills, Emergency Preparedness
7:50pm: Committee Reports
8:15pm- Old & New Business
9:00pm- Close Meeting

Next month’s meeting will include news about upcoming development in Overlook; save the date: Tuesday, May 20.


3) Speakeasy Roundtable (4/16)

It’s time again for another Speakeasy round table for Overlook business owners. It’s another opportunity to connect with a variety of business owners in the area to promote your business and to share advice. If you are planning to join please reply to let me know so that we can have a head count. Spread the word to other business owners in the neighborhood who might be interested in attending. It’s open to all businesses in the area

Meet at Pinkys, 3990 N Interstate Ave. at 6pm, Wednesday April 16.

Looking forward to seeing everyone! Brent Young, youngdesignstudio@gmail.com


Neighbors, I typo’d last week. Please note the correct date for the Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 19.

4) Overlook House Egg Hunt (4/19)

Did you just see some bunny ears and a little white cottontail on the lawn at Overlook House? That means it’s almost time for the Egg-stravaganza – the annual Easter Egg Hunt for Overlook children 5 years and under! Bring your own basket and hunt for treat-filled eggs and tiny Easter treasures! A special prize awaits if you find one of the shiny Golden Eggs!

What: Overlook House Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:30 am, sharp (rain or shine)

Where: Historic Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose Dr

This event is sponsored for Overlook children by the Friends of Overlook House. Free, with contributions gratefully accepted.


5) Portland residents prefer street fee? (4/16 – 5/1)

400 poll respondents may be responsible for you being charged up to $144 annually to pay for unnamed transportation improvements. Or street repair, we’re still not sure. If you have an opinion about this and were not one of the 800 people phone-polled, you can make your voice heard at a transportation funding town hall; there are several more coming up:

Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will welcome the public and discuss transportation needs and funding options at the town hall events:

Wednesday, April 16: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St .

Thursday, April 17: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave.

Thursday, April 24: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center , 7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, May 1: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Woodstock School , 5601 SE 50th Ave.

The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments for the mayor and commissioner to consider as they explore ways to improve transportation funding.

For more information, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.


6) Overlook Sewer Project Construction Update: April 9, 2014

Killingsworth Street (Greeley to Interstate): Crews are connecting homes and businesses to the new main public sewer pipe between Concord and Interstate.

Final paving of Killingsworth between Greeley and Boston Avenues is scheduled for April 21.

There will be traffic disruptions when crews are working on Killingsworth Street. Drivers and bike riders using Killingsworth should observe traffic control signs, and avoid work zones where possible.

For more information, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/OverlookProject. To receive email updates for this project, send an email to Matt Gough at Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov with “Overlook” in the subject line


7) Air quality update from the DEQ

Learn about area monitoring to start in Fall 2014 and how you can contribute. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5Xyw9aPfLklQlhVRjJ6dDVuOTQ


8) Get Rid of Junk Spring Clean-up (4/26)

Saturday April 26th Overlook (OKNA) Paper Shredding

Bethel Lutheran Church – 5658 N Denver
Time: 10am-2pm Free: limit of 2 grocery bags or copy paper boxes
Materials Accepted: Secure Document Shredding


Arbor Lodge/Kenton Neighborhood Clean up
Saturday April 26th, 10am-2pm
Parking lot at N Delaware and N Farragut (7654 N Delaware Ave)
Requested donation of $10/vehicle

Instead of taking bulky items (old couches, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood) to the dump, bring them just a few blocks from your house! Money raised at the clean-up will help pay for Arbor Lodge’s Movies in the Park, and trash cans to Denver Ave. We provide the dumpsters and volunteers to help you unload.

Items we accept: Household junk, reusable building materials, metal and tires, reusable clothing and furniture for free swap pile, styrofoam, rigid and peanuts, E-waste (anything with a cord or battery) but no fluids, fuels, or bio-hazards.


9) City Budget Forums (4/22, 5/15)

The City of Portland invites you to participate in upcoming budget-related events.

These meetings offer Portland residents the opportunity to share with City Council how they will be impacted by the City’s budget decisions and to express which City services are most important to them. The opportunity to testify depends upon the number of people signed up and the time available. All locations are ADA accessible.

For general questions about the forums or accommodations, please contact Sarah Diffenderfer (sarah.diffenderfer@portlandoregon.gov), 503-823-6925.

Community Budget Forum
Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm
David Douglas High School, North Cafeteria
1001 SE 135th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97233

Budget Committee Public Hearing
Thursday, May 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204


10) Intersection Repair Coming Up (5/31)

Save the Date!! Saturday, May 31, 9am-4pm
N. Concord Ave. and N. Failing St. 97227

Whoa!! Big Party at the Intersection! It’s time to give the Intersection a fresh coat of paint! We’ll be putting a brand spankin’ new coat of paint on the street mural and the planter boxes. There will be Food and Drink, Music, Booths about Bee-Friendly Gardening, Emergency Preparedness and more. And of course, neighbors of all ages painting! Let’s break the record of 180 helpers! 

Join us on the day! Bring a paintbrush (just in case we run short).

Join us in advance! Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org if you want to step forward to help with: paint table, pot luck, music, kid’s activities, or any other addition you think will add to the day!

Ken is bringing Kenny & Zuke’s famous pastrami, and we’re asking neighbors to bring a veggie dish to share. Our awesome Station 24 Firefighting crew will have rinsed the intersection, so we’ll get right to the painting! Come early, stay late – we’re going to have a good time… Join us!  

Sustainable Overlook: www.sustainableoverlook.org


11) Dog-poop stings coming to Portland playgrounds (incl. Overlook)

Be a good neighbor and scoop your dog’s poop!

Multnomah County intends to conduct clandestine poop-policing operations at select school playgrounds this May.

Targeted enforcement of leash and poop-scoop laws will be conducted at three Portland schools next month: Beach School, da Vinci Arts Middle School and Duniway Elementary, said Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Christine Miles.

Dog owners at those schools have been particularly delinquent in their duties, said Miles.

Beach Principal Rebecca Torres said Tuesday that parents at her school were sick and tired of owners who won’t curb their canines on the school’s playground and fields.

As part of a new push, Multnomah County Animal Services will conduct leash-law stings and write $150 tickets to violators starting in May. The city operates more than 30 off-leash parks where pouches can play and poop as they please, according to the city.

Portland issued 110 citations to dog owners violating leash laws since last year, Miles said.


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