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


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/


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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.


FRIDAY Sept 19 2014

6pm to 9pm.

Historic Kenton Firehouse

2209 N Schofield St, Portland OR 97217


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.    


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.


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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