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Multnomah Village: Calling All Storytellers


FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 – The Multnomah Arts Center is hosting “Truth Be Told: An Evening of Storytelling in Multnomah Village,” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 2.

The center, a part of the Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau, is at 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway in Multnomah Village.

“We're looking for great storytellers who know how to hook an audience in with their voice and tell us a story they’ll remember,” said Judith Pullman, event coordinator. “Stories should be true and told from the heart, not the page.”

Judges will select an estimated six people to get on stage and wax poetic, Pullman said. “This will be an entertaining night – everyone knows truth is often more stunning than fiction –and we all know Portland is full of great stories.”

Admission will be on a sliding scale, and no one will be turned away. Food and drinks will be sold. Ages 21-and-older only.

The event is sponsored by the Multnomah Arts Center Association. All proceeds from this event will be designated towards improvements to center's auditorium.

Guidelines are available online.

To sign up, call the Truth Be Told Voicemail at (503) 765-7146 and leave up to two three-minute voicemails.

The deadline is Friday, April 11.


Dawson Park rendering

Dawson Park Improvements Announced

March 19, 2014 – Portland Parks & Recreation has identified added funding to upgrade the new playground surfacing and equipment at the soon-to-be revitalized Dawson Park, at North Stanton Street and Williams Avenue. Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz delivered the news first to the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. 

The changes include a playground surface designed to be universally accessible, along with several pieces of play equipment chosen to be enjoyed by children of all abilities. 

“These are exciting changes to a park that is widely treasured and has a significant history,” Fritz said. “I am thrilled that Dawson Park is being re-energized, and proud to see our City working with neighbors to make it a vibrant part of the community once again.”

Mayor Charlie Hales praised the news. “We strive for a goal of ‘Every Neighborhood Complete,’ and this is what we mean. Every neighborhood deserves a great park, and Commissioner Fritz’ news heralds a great new resource for this region,” he said.

“It is important that the playground will accommodate children and adults of all abilities,” Fritz said, noting that Dawson Park is directly across from the Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Several other organizations that serve and mentor children also are located near the park.

The new type of play surface is a sustainable and permeable system that utilizes shredded vehicle tires – one recycled tire for each square foot of play surface.  It allows greater accessibility for people with disabilities, as compared to the typical “engineered wood fiber” play surface found in most of Portland’s playgrounds.

The enhanced turf and playground equipment are part of the larger construction effort by the Portland Development Commission and PP&R to restore the park as a key community gathering space, while honoring its rich African-American history. The $2.7 million renovation project will make the park more welcoming and attractive, with a central lawn, an improved playground, interactive water play feature, barbecues, flowering plants, bike racks, picnic tables and benches, and lighted pathways and better accessibility. 

Construction began in October 2013 and is expected to be completed in June. PDC’s Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area is providing $2.3 million to fund the park improvements.

“Dawson Park is more than just a park — it’s a symbol of this neighborhood, North-Northeast Portland and our constant vision for a better city,” PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton said. “These improvements are truly community-driven and we are honored to play a role in the revitalization of this community asset.”

“The redesigned Dawson Park stands as a testament to Portland’s commitment to a community open and available to everyone and to a better and brighter future for all its children,” said Paul Anthony, Parks Budget Advisory Committee liaison and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods Parks Subcommittee member.

The park also will benefit from a $200,000 Legacy Emanuel Medical Center donation via the non-profit Portland Parks Foundation.  The funds are dedicated to a new water feature at the soon-to-be-renovated park, which encompasses just over two acres. Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s generous contribution provides two-thirds of the needed funding for this exciting park element.

The water feature is one of several opportunities offered in Dawson Park’s upcoming redesign, which was shaped through extensive community input and aims to celebrate the park’s history.  The multimillion dollar makeover will encompass numerous improvements, including interpretive panels that tell the history of the neighborhood and the park, important centers of Portland’s African-American community. The interactive water feature is seen as a vital play element for the community. It originally was suggested by neighbors during extensive public involvement, and heavily supported.

“It is gratifying to see these dramatic and tangible park improvements,” said Michael Alexander, president and CEO of the Urban League of Portland and longtime Portland Parks Board member.  “It is important to deeply understand the history here, while still focusing on the future.  We look forward to a tremendous new park and appreciate the commitment by the City and its partners to increase the quality of life for all here.”

Historic Dawson Park has served as an integral social, political and economic center for many communities – most notably, Portland’s African-American community. The neighborhood around Dawson once was the heart of Portland’s African-American population, and the new park design will recognize that heritage with double-sided cast-stone medallions designed by artist Isaka Shamsud-Din to be placed in a decorative fence surrounding the playground. One side will be inspired by traditional African Ndebele patterns; the other side will contain historic neighborhood remembrances.

The project is a partnership between PDC and PP&R. The Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area will provide $2.3 million in funding, with remaining support for the water play feature from Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland Parks Foundation and Portland Parks & Recreation. Support for the public artwork comes from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. R&R General Contractors has been selected to construct the park improvements; 87% of the construction work will be performed by MWDESB-certified contractors.

For current project information, visit

For more information, call (503) 823-5300 or visit


Old Town/China Town: Mayor Seeks Volunteers for Street Closure Advisory Committee


TUESDAY, JAN 7, 2014 – Mayor Charlie Hales is seeking volunteers to serve on a stakeholder advisory committee for the Street Closure Program in the Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood. 

On Oct. 23, the Portland City Council approved an extension of the Street Closure Program through parts of Northwest Third Avenue between West Burnside and Northwest Everett streets on certain days and during certain hours for a period of one year (Ordinance No. 186305). Upon request from the Old Town Chinatown Community Association (OTCTCA), one of the directives of the ordinance requires the establishment of a stakeholder advisory committee to provide input on multiple aspects of the Street Closure Program, including boundaries, hours of operation, public safety, noise, traffic impacts and more.

The committee will consist of City officials and 10 to 15 representatives from various stakeholder groups in the Old Town/Chinatown and Pearl District Neighborhoods. 

The mayor also would like to see representation from as many of the impacted community stakeholder groups as possible, such as the Chinese community, residents, social service providers, bars and nightclubs, restaurants and others.

Volunteers should be able to commit to attending one meeting per month between February and October 2014. 

All applications should be submitted via regular mail, email, or fax to the contact information provided in the application form by midnight on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.  Decisions will be made by Tuesday, Jan. 24.

The first meeting of the committee will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

To apply, or for questions or concerns, contact:


Project Manager

Office of Mayor Charlie Hales

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite   340


Tel. (503) 823-4027




Multnomah: U.S. Sen. Merkley Holds Town Hall Today


FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014 – U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties in the coming weeks, starting today.

U.S. Sen. Jeff MerkleyHis first event is at 4 p.m. today in the auditorium of the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway, in Multnomah Village.

Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., will answer their questions, and will invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

“Advocating for Oregonians is my No. 1 responsibility and holding a town hall in every county is a great way to hear directly from Oregonians,” said Merkley, a Portlander. “I invite all residents of Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and nation.”

In 2008, Merkley pledged to hold town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. He upheld his pledge in the previous five years.Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties will mark his 181st, 182nd and 183rd town halls as a member of the U.S. Senate.

Moses Ross, who chairs the Multnomah Neighborhood Association, encourages residents to come speak to the senator. “This is a golden opportunity for our communities’ voices to directly be heard by our elected officials and I encourage you to participate,” Ross said.


Ash Creek Neighborhood: Sewage leaks into Creek inSouthwest Portland

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 – City maintenance crews are working to repair a broken sewage pipe that is leaking into Ash Creek in southwest Portland.

The broken pipe is leaking into Ash Creek near the intersection of Southwest Knightsbridge Drive and Orchid Drive.

Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with Ash Creek in that area until repairs are complete.


Parkrose: One-day closure for NE 105th slated for Monday


FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2013 – Railroad maintenance work will close Northeast 105th Avenue between Sandy Boulevard and Marx Street in the Parkrose Neighborhood from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.

A detour will be in effect during those times, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Southbound traffic will be directed east on Northeast Marx Street to 112th Avenue and south on 112th Avenue to Sandy Boulevard.

Northbound traffic will be directed east on Sandy to 112th; north on 112th to Marx; and west on Marx to105th Avenue.

Pedestrian and bike traffic should follow the same detours as vehicle traffic. Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained.

The closure is necessary for Union Pacific Railroad crews to perform track maintenance at the railroad crossing.

The public is advised to travel cautiously in the work zone and to observe detours. Travelers are advised to use alternate routes if possible. Railroad work is dependent on weather and the schedule may change.


Southwest Hills Neighborhood: Water Main Break on Vista Avenue Near Laurel Street


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013 – Portland Water Bureau crews have responded to a main break on Southwest Vista Avenue near Laurel Street.

Around 2 p.m. today, an 8-inch, cast iron water main ruptured, causing water to flow into the street and catch basins. At this time, water to the broken pipe has been shutdown.

No flooding damage has been reported.

Southwest Vista Avenue, a residential street, between Laurel and Elm streets will be closed except to local residents. Traffic will be detoured around the work zone.

Crews will be on-scene until work is completed.


Downtown: Crosswalk enforcement action to take place Nov. 27


FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013 – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 27, to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic law.

The enforcement action will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the marked crossing on Southwest Naito Parkway just north of Harrison Street.

A crosswalk enforcement action includes a pedestrian decoy positioned at marked or unmarked crosswalks. These actions are designed to inform the public of longstanding Oregon crosswalk laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right-of-way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions in response to community requests and to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings. They are conducted approximately once per month.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at


Sunnyside: Sewer construction requires lane closures on Southeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard


FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013 – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public in and around the Sunnyside Neighborhood that sewer work for a private construction project will require limiting Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard to two lanes at the intersection with Alder Street on Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sidewalks will be open at all times to provide pedestrian access. Two travel lanes for vehicles will be open – one lane in each direction. The work will take place on the northbound travel lanes.

This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.

The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously and observe all work zone signage.

Overlook: Sewer construction to delay traffic on Greeley, Willamette, Killingsworth


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30, 2013 – A sewer replacement project in the Overlook neighborhood will close North Willamette Boulevard to through traffic at Greeley   Avenue for two weeks beginning this Friday, Nov. 1.

The street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

During construction hours, flaggers will control traffic at four intersections on Greeley:

• The Adidas garage.

• North Sumner Street.

• North Willamette Boulevard.

• North Killingsworth Street.

A map is available at this link:

The construction contractor will re-open the Willamette-Greeley intersection each day at 3 p.m. although construction may continue until 6 p.m. on Willamette east or west of Greeley.

Motorists should expect significant delays on Greeley, Killingsworth and Willamette and should use alternate routes when possible.

This work is part of the $6.5 million dollar Overlook Sewer Project to replace or repair about 17,000 feet of sewer pipes in poor condition. The city installed many of the sewers before 1920. The repair project will reduce the possibility of breaks, leaks, blockages and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.



Downtown: Sewage released to the Willamette River at Burnside Bridge


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30, 2013 – An unknown amount of sewage spilled through an outfall pipe into the Willamette River on Tuesday at the Ankeny Pump Station in Waterfront Park. The pump station is at the west end of the Burnside Bridge.

People should avoid coming into contact with river water today in that area because of increased bacteria in the water.

The sewage spill was likely associated with a water main break earlier Tuesday on Southwest Fourth Avenue at West Burnside Street. The combined sewer system in that area collects runoff from streets and sanitary sewage in the same pipes. Water from the main break entered the combined sewer system through storm drains in the street.

Tuesday morning, sewage flowed through a valve at the Ankeny Pump Station and discharged to the river. Maintenance crews closed the valve and stopped the discharge at about 11 a.m. Tuesday. Due to a renovation project at the Ankeny Pump Station, its storm water pumps are not currently operational.



Barber Shop Robbed at Gunpoint in SE Portland


October 17, 2013. At 12:39 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Rooks Barber Shop, located at 3580 Southeast Division Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect entered the barber shop armed with a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect left the shop and was last seen walking westbound on Division.

Several officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male, unknown age, 6' tall, skinny build wearing a "Scream" style Halloween mask, dark-colored hoody, dark-colored jeans, armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.



City Seeks Input for Pilot Project to

Enable Community Uses on Unpaved Streets


Portland has about 60 miles of unpaved, dirt and gravel streets within the city limits. While the City does not maintain these unimproved streets, some residents have taken the initiative to create garden plots, rest areas and other community uses in these public spaces.

Mayor Charlie Hales has directed the Portland Bureau of Transportation to gather community input on how the City can enable such community uses on streets. Starting Oct. 19, students from a Portland State University civic leadership class will be going door-to-door on behalf of the City in the Cully and Outer SE Division neighborhoods to gather ideas and gauge public interest in two areas that have concentrations of unimproved streets.

The concept came from Mayor Hales, who thought the City should try to empower communities to help determine what their neighborhoods look like by creating something useful and attractive. Many homeowners on unimproved streets have said that expensive paving projects are not what they prefer, but lower cost alternatives such as placing benches or gardens in the public right of way would still require a City permit.

“Too often, the City comes at a problem with a one-size-fits-all approach,” Hales said. “But when we have dozens of miles of public space taken up by streets that predate the City’s development rules, that the City can’t maintain, we should allow neighborhoods the flexibility to create appropriate uses for these public spaces.”

The PSU students will ask residents if they would prefer to use some or all of an existing unimproved street as a pocket park, community garden site, or other option. Residents may see a need to provide a mix of vehicle access with community amenities along a single street.

“This is very much an idea still in the exploratory stage,” Hales said. “We may find no interest, or we may find a lot of excitement to transform gravel roads into something both functional and appealing to the neighborhood. We are happy partnering with PSU to get some input from residents and see if it’s a viable idea to alter, rather than just pave.”

City Commissioner Steve Novick praised the effort.

“As Commissioner in Charge of Transportation, I appreciate the Mayor’s approach to identify creative uses of unimproved streets,” Novick said. “I look forward to the outcomes of the pilot project to address this long running community concern.”

The public is also invited to share their ideas at two upcoming community meetings. This will be an opportunity to share issues and concerns City staff should take into consideration as they develop the project:


  • Monday, Nov. 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m., EastPortlandCommunity   Center, Poolside Room #1, 740 SE 106th Ave.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.,HollywoodLibrary, Community Meeting Room,4040 NE Tillamook St.


If there is interest in this new approach to dealing with gravel streets, the next step will be setting criteria for evaluating candidate pilot street projects and  further engagement this winter with neighborhood and community groups.  The city’s goal is to select four unimproved streets from sites proposed by community groups and homeowners throughout the city for an initial pilot project in 2014.


No final decisions on street alterations are expected before summer 2014.



Centennial Neighborhood Business Robbed at Gunpoint


Tuesday October 15, 2013.  At 7:41 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Baxter Auto Parts, located at 16716 Southeast Division Street.

Employees told police that the suspect entered the store armed with a shotgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money the suspect left the store and was last seen walking eastbound on Division Street.

Officers, including a Police K-9, checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male, 30-40 years old, 5'10" tall, thin build, wearing a camouflage jacket and pants, armed with a shotgun.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.



Stabbing in Old Town/Pearl


October 10, 2013. At 11:24 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing at Northwest 9th Avenue and Couch Street.

Officers arrived and located the 38-year-old male victim suffering from a traumatic injury to his torso. Medical personnel transported the victim to a Portland hospital for treatment. The victim's current condition is not known, but he was awake and alert at the scene.

Officers talked to witnesses at the scene who described the suspect as white male in his mid-30s, 5'7" tall, medium build, wearing a maroon jacket, white t-shirt, and gray pants, armed with a knife. Witnesses told police that the suspect was last seen running northbound on 9th Avenue. Witnesses described a disturbance between the two men prior to the stabbing.

Anyone with information about this stabbing is asked to call Assault detectives at (503) 823-0400.



Hillsdale Neighborhood Crosswalk Enforcement

Forewarned is Forearmed


Heads up! The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk enforcement Tuesday, October 15th, 2:30 to 4 p.m. on SW   Capitol Highway at SW 26th Avenue.

October 15th is National White Cane Safety Day and emphasizes safety for pedestrians who are blind and crossing the roadway using a white cane or seeing-eye dog, while also informing the public of longstandingOregon crosswalk laws.

Each crosswalk enforcement action will involve a pedestrian decoy positioned at a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Police will monitor how motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

The SW 26th Avenue crossing is heavily used by pedestrians who use nearby TriMet bus stops and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. The crossing itself has pavement markings and signage mounted overhead and on poles.

“Being able to safely access community resources like Mittleman Jewish Community Center is important for my independence and quality of life,” saidPortlandresident Stephen Butler who will attend the enforcement action. “Having drivers stop for me and others that are blind when we are in the crossing increases our ability and right to access this and other valuable community resources.”





Wednesday October 2, 2013, at 8:45 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of multiple shots fired in the 1700 block of Northeast Holman Street.

When officers arrived they spoke with witnesses and learned that a gunshot victim was driven to a Portland hospital prior to police arrival. Witnesses could not provide any suspect information to police.

Officers contacted the victim, an 18-year-old male, and learned that he did not live at the residence that was the apparent target of gunfire but was only visiting. The victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was expected to be treated and released from the hospital that evening.

Based on a preliminary investigation, the Gang Enforcement Team is responding to investigate.

It is not known if this shooting is connected with the shooting earlier in the evening at Northeast 15th Avenue and Lombard Street.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Gang Enforcement Team at (503) 823-4106.




Mayor Hales Interviewed in Arbor Lodge Neighborhood by the Today Show


WEDNESDAY, OCT 2, 2013 – Mayor Hales was interviewed by Erica Hill, anchor of NBC’s Weekend Today for a story highlighting Harper’s Playground, a fully accessible play area in Arbor Lodge Park. The Mayor, who was a supporter of the project even before he was elected mayor, touted the playground as an example of a public/private partnership making good things happen. He compared it to the old story of “Stone Soup” where everybody brings something to contribute to the pot, with great results for all.

The NBC crew also interviewed the Goldberg family, who spearheaded the fundraising effort to build a park that their special needs child, but that all children enjoy.

The story will air on Weekend Today within a couple of weeks, but no specific air date has been set yet.



Central City 2035: SE Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee Being Formed


TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013 – The City o fPortland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is accepting applications through Thursday, Oct. 3, for positions on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Central City 2035 Southeast Quadrant Plan.

To learn more, or to apply, click here.


Centennial: Crosswalk Enforcement Planned Wednesday at 148th & Main


TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013 – A crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday near the Parklane Elementary School in Southeast Portland, to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic law and to emphasize safety at the start of the school year.

The enforcement action will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Southeast 148th Avenue and Main Street. The location has pavement markings, signage and an overhead flashing beacon to help pedestrians cross safely.

A crosswalk enforcement action is designed to inform the public of longstanding Oregon crosswalk laws. These actions involve a pedestrian decoy positioned at marked or unmarked crosswalks while police monitor how motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

This location was selected because of the proximity to Parklane Elementary School and concerns the city has for pedestrian and driver safety on Southeast 148th Avenue. That area has experienced increased traffic as the population has grown.

The Portland Transportation and Police bureaus remind drivers to be alert and aware of pedestrians as they cross streets, and to be aware of children and parents crossing streets especially near schools, community centers, parks, and other neighborhood facilities.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at


Buckman: SE Alder closed to through-traffic between 6th and Grand


MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013 – A sewer construction project has closed Southeast Alder Street between Sixth and Grand avenues to through traffic (

The closure is in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Construction will take three to four months to complete.

Flaggers are maintaining local access to the work area for motorists. The crosswalk on the west side of Southeast Sixth and Alder is closed for the duration of the project. All other crosswalks and sidewalks in the construction zone are open to accommodate pedestrians and bicycles.

Work crews are installing an underground vault on Alder between to store combined sewage during heavy rain storms.


St. Johns/Kenton: Street Improvements to Close Lane on North Portland Road


MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2013 – Street improvements will require a lane closure between the St. Johns and Kenton Neighborhoods this week, on North Portland Road between Columbia Boulevard and Marine Drive.

The work will run from Tuesday to Thursday, Sept. 10 to 12. The lane closure is in effect 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The public is advised to expect delays on North Portland Road while improvements are made. One lane will remain open at all times. The Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

The closure allows crews to apply a fog seal coat to protect the asphalt and to extend the life of the street. Fog seal is a mix of asphalt, water and fine grit that is sprayed onto the street leaving a dark black appearance. It will remain wet and sticky for up to six hours after application. The public is advised to keep children, pets, bicycles, shoes, and vehicles off the pavement until all barricades and traffic controls are removed.

Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.


Hosford-Abernathy: Construction Closes Southeast 6th & Clay


MONDAY, SEPT 9, 2013 – The Hosford-Abernathy Neighborhood will see a street closure next week and running through the first half of September.

The green street and pedestrian improvement project is closing Southeast Sixth Avenue at Clay Street to motor vehicles during daytime construction hours. Bicycles are allowed through the construction area during work hours. The project has not closed Clay Street.

Southeast Sixth Avenue is closed at Clay from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The project will take about two weeks to complete.

Construction crews are installing green street stormwater management facilities, ADA ramps and concrete crossings. Motorists are detouring to Southeast Hawthorne, Grand, Mill, or 7th Avenue.


Hazelwood/Mill Park: Healthy Multi-Family Housing is Topic of Forum


FRIDAY, SEPT. 6, 2013 – The Oregon Public Health Institute will host a forum on healthy, multi-family housing.

The event is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the David Douglas District Office,1500 S.E. 130th Ave.

Join property owners, landlords and property managers to learn about design, construction and maintenance solutions to improve the health and safety of new and existing properties. Participants will take a virtual tour of the new “Healthy Housing Handbook for Portland Property Owners,” hear from local housing providers who are implementing some of the recommended strategies, and come away with a multi-family property cost study on health and safety features.

Opening remarks are by Serena Cruz Walsh, executive director of Virginia Garcia Foundation and former member manager at Albina Construction LLC .

To register for this free event, contact Lesley Barewin at by Sept. 20.  For more information about Oregon Public Health Institute, visit


Parkrose Heights: Project to close lane on NE Weidler


FRIDAY, SEPT. 6, 2013 – Street improvements will require a lane closure on Northeast Weidler Street between 102nd and 112th Avenues beginning today and continuing through Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each day.

The public is advised to expect delays on Weidler while repairs are being made, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Drivers are asked to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This closure is necessary to remove and replace both the base and the surface layers of sections of Weidler to stabilize the foundation of the road and to prevent potholes and other surface distress.

Local access to residences and businesses will be provided. This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.


Lloyd District: Friends of the Multnomah County Library Host Used-Book Sale


TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013 – Friends of the Multnomah County Library will host the 40th annual Fall Used Book Sale with more than 100,000 items, Oct. 18-21.

The sale is slated for the DoubleTree at Lloyd Center,1000 NE Multnomah St. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Multnomah County Library.

Kicking things off is a Members-Only Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Admission is free to the public on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Annual memberships can be purchased at any time, including at the door Friday night. Individual membership is $10 per person and $15 for families.

Oregon’s largest used book sale boasts 100,000 items at great prices. Hardcover and quality trade paperbacks start at $2, mass market paperbacks and children’s books at 50 cents, CDs at $2, and DVDs at $3. Also available in this new and used collection are audio books, LPs, video tapes, pamphlets, sheet music, and maps in good to excellent condition.

No electronic devices to check prices will be allowed during Friday’s Members-Only Night. Phones, scanners and other devices will be allowed Saturday through Monday for checking individual items. Items may not be set aside to be scanned later.

Back by popular demand is the Collector’s Corner. These special and rare books and ephemera are culled from the Friends’ online store and will be available for purchase from Friday to Sunday. Monday will be a 50-percent-off discount day on all remaining regular items.

The Friends of the Multnomah County Library advocate for and support the public library district. For more information, see or contact the Friends at or (503) 224-9176.


Hazelwood: Portland to Test Emergency System on Thursday


MONDAY, SEPT. 2, 2013 – Portland will conduct a test of its community emergency notification system on Thursday in the Hazelwood Neighborhood, as part of National Preparedness Month.

The system is one of several communication tools used by Portland to alert the public in an emergency to stay inside or to evacuate an area.

The test will go out to 11,000 households and businesses via landline telephones, and to others who have previously registered their cell phone or email address with the website The message will be provided in English, Spanish and Russian to test the system’s ability to reach non-English speakers.

Hazelwood was selected for the test because of the large number of Spanish and Russian speakers in the neighborhood.

Hazelwood residents can help the city during the test by emailing with the time the message was received, or posting to Twitter with the hashtag #hazelwoodtest.

Residents throughout Portlandand Multnomah County are encouraged to visit to sign up to receive future notifications by landline telephone, cell phone or email.

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management’s mission is to protect lives, property and the environment through a coordinated and responsive emergency management program. PBEM works before, during and after emergencies to minimize the impacts on the community and promote a culture of resiliency.


Hosford-Abernathy: Construction to Close Southeast 6th & Clay


THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013 – The Hosford-Abernathy Neighborhood will see a street closure next week and running through the first half of September.

A green street and pedestrian improvement project will close the intersection of Southeast Sixth and Clay streets starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, according to the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. The intersection will be closed 24 hours per day for at least two weeks while construction crews install stormwater facilities, ramps to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and concrete crossings.

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will be directed to detour around the intersection, via Southeast Hawthorne, Grand, Market or Seventh Avenue.


Celebrate Diverse Cultures at Portland Roots Festival


FRIDAY, AUG. 23, 2013 – The first annual Portland Roots Festival explores the food justice movement and celebrates the flavors of African Diaspora food culture in an urban landscape.

PCRI logoThe event is set for noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Admission is free.

The event will highlight the food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin and African Diaspora populations of Portland. It will feature dozens of food vendors, micro-entrepreneurs, artists and performers, youth activities, and a keynote speech from Will Allen, founder and chief executive officer of Growing Power Inc. Allen is widely considered a leading authority on urban agriculture and food policy.

The festival is hosted by Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives Inc., in celebration of their Healthy Foods Access Initiative. The organization is a nonprofit, community development corporation with a mission "to preserve, expand and manage affordable housing in the City of Portland, and to provide access to and advocacy for services to our residents."

The organization owns and manages 700 units of affordable rental housing consisting of single family homes, apartments, mixed-use and commercial properties located primarily in North and Northeast Portland.

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Nominations Accepted for Spirit of Portland Award


THURSDAY, AUG. 15, 2013 – 2013 Spirit of Portland awards nominations are being accepted through Friday, Sept. 20.Spirit logo

The City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards each year to individuals and groups who make a difference to the greater community. People are encouraged to nominate individuals, businesses, organizations, neighborhood or business associations that have created a project, service or event that has helpedPortlandshine.

The awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12.

How do I nominate someone?

Complete the nomination form for the organization or individual you want to nominate. Forms can be found at

• Word document:

PDF document:

Charlene Harris with Amanda FritzAttach a separate sheet telling us how your nominee exemplifies each of the six criteria below. Either number and describe each criterion or tell us a story incorporating all six.

Finally, submit these two pages to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement by 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20.

Award recipients will be chosen based on meeting all six of the following criteria:

  1. Assisting in the      implementation of outstanding projects
  2. Enriching and      revitalizing our community and neighborhoods
  3. Providing the      community with a special service
  4. Demonstrating      responsiveness, creativity and civic values
  5. Raising      cross-cultural awareness
  6. Acting as good      steward of the environment


Awards categories

You don’t need to specify the category. The selection committee will pick the category that best fits your nominee and their activities including:

  • Neighborhood Association
  • Business Association
  • Emerging Community Leader
  • Independent Spirit
  • Community Stewardship
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Community Harmony
  • Outstanding Partnership
  • Outstanding Organization (nonprofit and/or business)


Attach a one-page written narrative along with the nomination form. The Selection Committee will not review additional pages.

Please address all six criteria listed above in your written narrative.

Use a 12-point font or greater.

Award winners in the past are less likely to win, unless involved in a new project. Check here for past winners between 1985-2012.


Deadline for submitting nominations is 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20

Send completed nomination forms to

USPS: Office of Neighborhood Involvement

1221 SW   Fourth Avenue, Room 110



Fax: 503-823-3050





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National Night Out


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Which Neighborhood is Mine?


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