Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 28)

1) OKNA Board meeting (May 2)
2) Overlook Neighborhood cleanup (May 20)
3) Remember to vote in the special election (May 16)
4) Where to report trouble
5) PPS Bond town hall with KATU (May 3)


1) OKNA Board meeting (May 2)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday, May 2. Board members will discuss homeless camping, a potential heritage tree on N Maryland Avenue and more. Read the full agenda here.

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

2) Overlook Neighborhood cleanup (May 20)

Mark your calendars for the annual Overlook Neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, May 20. We’ll be showing our love of Overlook by picking up trash and removing graffiti along Denver, Greeley, Killingsworth and Interstate.  As a thank you, volunteers will receive an organic tomato start plus the opportunity to throw some items too big for a garbage can into the dumpster. We will accept block Styrofoam packaging but a few things can’t be accepted. Prohibited items include:

  • Packing peanuts
  • All hazardous materials
  • All construction, remodeling or demolition materials
  • Kitchen garbage, residential yard debris and trimmings
  • Waste and recyclables collected at curbside
  • Items that could be donated for reuse.

Please bring work gloves and dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Many thanks to our financial sponsors, Metro and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Annual Overlook Neighborhood cleanup
Saturday, May 20, 10-noon
Bethel Lutheran Church parking lot (5658 N Denver Ave.)

3) Remember to vote in the special election (May 16)

This year’s May election includes several important measures that will shape the future of our community for decades. Don’t pass up your chance to be heard.

Ballots are due to county elections officials by 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 16. You can mail in your ballot (be sure to postmark it a few days early) or drop it off in an official box at a county library, such as Overlook’s North Portland Library at 512 N Killingsworth St.

Thank you for participating in our democracy.

4) Where to report trouble

During a ride on public transit, an afternoon spent at the park or a walk to the grocery store, you might encounter challenging situations in public and not know how to respond. Most residents are aware that they should call 911 for an immediate threat to life or property or a crime in progress. However, there are a number of public safety and livability issues that do not warrant calls to 911. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program has put together a list of who to call about what. Download it here.

5) PPS Bond town hall with KATU (May 3)

Portland voters in May will decide the fate of a record $790 million school bond. Do you think Portland Public Schools desperately need the funds for safety improvements, renovation and new construction? Do you think there’s no way the school board and other leaders can be trusted with so much money after all of their recent debacles?

KATU News is looking for people with diverse perspectives to speak at a town hall on Wednesday, May 3 about how the bond will affect PPS, students and taxpayers. If you’re interested in participating, call the channel at 503-231-4265 and ask for Evon.

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