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Rock and Roll Half Marathon – Sunday, May 18

We wanted to make sure you received information about the Rock and Roll Portland Half Marathon taking place Sunday May 18TH in your area. The race will result in road closures from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attached is a brochure that should answer most of your questions. If you have any further questions please call  1-800-311-1255.

See this link for the map POR_14_rcb of the route.

Reminder – Neighborhood Clean Up – May 10


HAND Neighborhood Clean-Up,
 Saturday, May 10
Bring your stuff to our annual neighborhood cleanup Saturday, May 10. This year’s proceeds from the cleanup will go to support neighborhood efforts.Drop off begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. at our same location, the Cleveland High School parking lot on SE 26th Ave., please enter on Franklin Street & exit onto SE 26th.We will have the same general categories for drop off – bulky waste, yard debris, metal and a free exchange/swap area. If you have loose debris, please plan to bundle or bag it up before drop off. Our volunteers appreciate your help in making this a quick and easy process.

TWO ANSWERS TO FAQ’s:
1. Will you accept block styrofoam? – YES! We will accept your large block styrofoam. But please keep in mind that we’ll be charged for hauling it off to the recycler. So if you drop off more than a few pieces, you may be charged a little extra.

2. Will there be a shredding truck? – NO! though a great service and one we have considered, we WILL NOT be providing a shred-it truck to this year’s cleanup.

Last year, items in the free exchange went early and fast! Plan to check it out throughout the day. This is a great resource for toys, furniture, house hardware & more!

Before May 10 – PLAN TO TAKE DIRECT:
TAKE DIRECT – E-WASTE
All computers, monitors, TV’s and other e-waste: As part of the Oregon E-cycles program, you can take these items and drop them off for free at Free Geek, at 1731 SE10th or take it to Goodwill at 1943 SE 6th. For more information, contact FreeGeek at (503) 232-9350 or online FreeGeek.org.

TAKE DIRECT – CARDBOARD, PLASTIC, ETC.
Take flattened cardboard (no wax coated cardboard) and all rigid plastic (including broken kids’ toys, CD/DVD covers) to Far West Fibers for recycling. Most Far West services are basically free services. At best, they request a $3 donation per trip at their public recycling station at 4930 SE 26th Avenue. For more info, call them at (503) 238-1640 or visit: FarWestFibers.com

TAKE DIRECT – PAINT & OTHER HAZ-MAT WASTE
We will NOT accept any hazardous waste materials at the neighborhood cleanup. You can take them to Metro. Metro holds haz-mat collections throughout the year. Visit: OregonMetro.gov for more info on where to go.We reserve the right to refuse to take anything that we feel is unsafe or exceeds the above requirements.The HAND Neighborhood Cleanup is sponsored by Southeast Uplift, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability and Metro. For more information on how you can help, contact Bill Crawford via email:bill@handpdx.org or phone:503-839-7648.

Division Streetscape Project Update: April 30, 2014

Environmental Services and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are working together to improve the Division Street transportation corridor, repair and replace older sewers, add green infrastructure to manage stormwater and make sewers work more efficiently, and improve watershed health.

WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM YOU

We’ve heard there have been some challenges for pedestrians crossing Division where corners and other crossing are under construction. We are currently developing some options for pedestrians to use in these circumstances. Crews are currently working on temporary ramps and the construction team is exploring ways to stagger work locations that would improve crossing during construction. Please be patient. Even as we work on solutions, there may still be locations where options are just not available.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Here is the estimated Division Streetscape construction schedule for the next three weeks. Construction will move from one site to another as crews complete work on each segment. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change due to conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials.

NOTE: Construction crews are moving “Businesses Open During Construction” signs as they move from work site to work site. Sometimes it may take a day or two to get them completely moved, so please be patient.

Week of April 28:
o       Excavate and pour southwest corner bus stop at 26th Avenue (rider information posted at location)
o       Form and pour ramps at 28th Avenue
o       Form and pour sidewalks and ramps at 28th Place
o       Form and pour, and finish excavation of stormwater facilities on north side of Division at 29th Avenue
o       Form and pour sidewalk and ramp at Division at 29th Avenue
o       Form and pour sidewalk, ramp and stormwater facilities near northeast corner of SE Division and 30th Avenue
o       Finish excavation of stormwater facilities near northeast corner of SE Division and 30th Avenue
o       Prep curb, sidewalk and ramps at northeast corner of SE Division and 28th Place
o       Excavate, form and pour stormwater facilities on west side of 28th Place
o       Prep curb, sidewalk and ramps at northwest corner of SE Division and 30th Avenue, then form and pour
o       Continue trench and asphalt maintenance

Week of May 5:
o       Install liner, and place rock check dams for stormwater facility on SE 28th Place at Division
o       Install topsoil for stormwater facility on SE 28th Place at Division Street
o       Install liner, rock and check dams in stormwater facilities on north side of Division at 29th Avenue
o       Install liner for stormwater facilities near northeast corner of SE Division and 30th Avenue, and place rock and check dams
o       Form and pour sidewalk and ramp at SE Division
o       Pour sidewalk and curbs at SE Division and 28th Place
o       Finish excavation of stormwater facilities on the west side of 28th Place
o       Prep curb, sidewalk and ramps on north side of SE Division at 31st Avenue, then excavate stormwater facilities and form and pour
o       Prep curb sidewalk and ramps at northwest corner of SE Division and 32nd Avenue, then form and pour
o       Prep curb, side walk and ramps at north side of SE Division at 33rd Avenue
o       Continue trench and asphalt maintenance

Week of May 5:
o       Install topsoil in stormwater facility on SE 28th Place at Division
o       Install topsoil in stormwater facilities on north side of Division at 29th Avenue
o       Install topsoil in stormwater facilities near northeast corner of SE Division and 30thAvenue
o       Install liner of stormwater facilities on the west side of 28th Place, then place rock and check dams, and topsoil
o       Finish excavation of stormwater facilities on north side of SE Division at 31st Avenue, then install liners, place rock and check dams, and topsoil
o       Form and pour sidewalk and ramps on north side of SE Division at 33rd Avenue

As always, please follow the direction of flaggers and informational signs to ensure everyone’s safety.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Go to www.portlandonline.com/transportation/divisionstreetscape<http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/41107> to see background information and block-by-block maps of the design. To receive email updates for this project, send an email to joseph.annett@portlandoregon.gov<mailto:joseph.annett@portlandoregon.gov> with “Division” in the subject line.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues, or medical or business deliveries. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick response to your concerns, minimal disruption near your residence or business, and open and clear communication with you throughout the project.

Joe Annett
Community Outreach
City of Portland Environmental Services
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204-3713
Phone: 503-823-2934
Email: joseph.annett@portlandoregon.gov<mailto:joseph.annett@portlandoregon.gov>

Tabor to the River Program
This project is part of the Tabor to the River Program, which combines innovative stormwater management techniques with sewer repairs and improvements to stop basement flooding, manage stormwater more naturally, and to restore watershed health. The program area extends from Mt. Tabor to the Willamette River between SE Hawthorne and SE Powell boulevards.

2014 Portland Regional Graffiti Summit – May 20

Presented by
The City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program
and Friendly Streets, a non-profit organization

2014 Portland Regional Graffiti Summit
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
6:00pm to 8:30pm
OMSI Auditorium
1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland OR 97202

FREE Community Conference
This is a free 2.5-hour conference limited to the first 200 who pre-register. (Please pre-register no later than May 10th). Free light meal and dessert will be provided.

Graffiti vandalism can be harmful to the public’s perception of affected areas, and is expensive to eradicate. Graffiti that is left unattended impacts neighborhood livability, influences the economy of businesses, and can affect the sense of security for the entire community.

The focus of this community event is a comprehensive look at graffiti culture, including preventative measures that are being used in a number of communities, how law enforcement is working in collaboration with other agencies to arrest and prosecute vandals, and how to establish and sustain abatement efforts while being fiscally responsible to budget considerations.

Keynote: Constable Valerie Spicer – Vancouver BC Police Dept., M.A. (Art History), M.A. (Criminology), Ph.D. Candidate (Criminology)

Richard Toscan, Dean Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University (School of the Arts)

Award Recognition

Paul Watts, Graffiti Removal Services – Demonstration and free removal kits

Other presentations throughout this event will support the information that Constable Spicer will be sharing.

*Attendees who wish to become abatement volunteers can sign up at this event, and will be given a free kit of removal supplies to take home, courtesy of Friendly Streets and the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

To register, please call Portland Graffiti Abatement Coordinator, Dennis LoGiudice, 503-823-9666, Graffiti Abatement Program Assistant, Victor Salinas, 503-823-3093, or email your contact information to graffiti@portlandoregon.gov.

May 10 – Neighborhood Clean Up

Mark your calendars!
HAND Neighborhood Clean-Up, Saturday, May 10

Bring your stuff to our annual neighborhood cleanup Saturday, May 10. This year’s proceeds from the cleanup will go to support neighborhood efforts.

Drop off begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. at our same location, the Cleveland High School parking lot on SE 26th Ave., please enter on Franklin Street & exit onto SE 26th.

We will have the same general categories for drop off – bulky waste, yard debris, metal and a free exchange/swap area. If you have loose debris, please plan to bundle or bag it up before drop off. Our volunteers appreciate your help in making this a quick and easy process.

TWO ANSWERS TO FAQ’s:
1. Will you accept block styrofoam?YES! We will accept your large block styrofoam. But please keep in mind that we’ll be charged for hauling it off to the recycler. So if you drop off more than a few pieces, you may be charged a little extra.

2. Will there be a shredding truck?NO! though a great service and one we have considered, we WILL NOT be providing a shred-it truck to this year’s cleanup.

Last year, items in the free exchange went early and fast! Plan to check it out throughout the day. This is a great resource for toys, furniture, house hardware & more!

Before May 10 – PLAN TO TAKE DIRECT:
TAKE DIRECT – E-WASTE
All computers, monitors, TV’s and other e-waste: As part of the Oregon E-cycles program, you can take these items and drop them off for free at Free Geek, at 1731 SE10th or take it to Goodwill at 1943 SE 6th. For more information, contact FreeGeek at (503) 232-9350 or online FreeGeek.org.

TAKE DIRECT – CARDBOARD, PLASTIC, ETC.
Take flattened cardboard (no wax coated cardboard) and all rigid plastic (including broken kids’ toys, CD/DVD covers) to Far West Fibers for recycling. Most Far West services are basically free services. At best, they request a $3 donation per trip at their public recycling station at 4930 SE 26th Avenue. For more info, call them at (503) 238-1640 or visit: FarWestFibers.com

TAKE DIRECT – PAINT & OTHER HAZ-MAT WASTE
We will NOT accept any hazardous waste materials at the neighborhood cleanup. You can take them to Metro. Metro holds haz-mat collections throughout the year. Visit: OregonMetro.gov for more info on where to go.

We reserve the right to refuse to take anything that we feel is unsafe or exceeds the above requirements.

The HAND Neighborhood Cleanup is sponsored by Southeast Uplift, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability and Metro. For more information on how you can help, contact Bill Crawford via email:bill@handpdx.org or phone:503-839-7648.

Buckman hosted open forum on Ballot measure for Water and Sewer Services

 Th. April 10th, from 7-9pm, the Buckman Community Association will host an open forum on the Ballot Measure that would remove from City Council management the Water and Sewer (BES) services.

 

The forum will be held in our regular meeting space, the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

 

Many Portlanders are relatively clueless about this measure and its potential impacts on water/sewer rates, but also the environment and related programs.

 

At the forum you will:

 

Find out about the measure from the initiative proponents..its purpose, what it creates and what we can expect. How it will aid ratepayers.

 

Hear from the opponents why this is a bad idea and how it could negatively affect the city, its residents and the environment.  How it will hurt ratepayers.

 

Get your questions answered.

 

The BCA remains neutral and is hosting the forum to create an opportunity for Portlanders to become informed about this serious proposal before the ballots arrive in April.

 

All are welcome!!  We especially invite those from other inner eastside Portland neighborhood to come.  Refreshments will be served at the break.

April 15 Meeting Agenda

Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 

St. Philip Neri Church Paulist Center, St Paul Room
2408 SE 16th Avenue (and Division)

DRAFT AGENDA DRAFT

6:30 LANDUSE COMMITTEE:  agenda TBA

7:00 BOARD MEETING

7:00

  • Call to order
  • Introductions

7:05

  • Approval of Feb. and March Minutes
  • Approval of Treasurer’s report

7:10

  • PPB Neighborhood Response Team Officer Leo Yee

7:20

  • PMLR project report: Coral Egnew, TriMet

7:25

  • Announcements

7:30

  • Better Block Portland: an idea for SE 26th/Clinton

7:45

  • Filmed-by-Bike: Plans for event

7:55: Committee Reports

  • May General Meeting
  • Clean-up
  • Ladd Circle Committee
  • Division Design Initiative
  • Division/Powell Transit Corridor
  • NE/SE Bike route
  • Community Engagement Grant
  • Movies in the Park
  • Community Engagement Grant
  • Powell Blvd High-Crash Corridor
  • SE Quad SAC

8:30

  • Speaker/Discussion:  TBA

9:00

  • Adjourn, tidy room, turn out lights.

Bridge Summit on March 20

Help shape the future of Multnomah County’s bridges

 

Community Bridge Summit, Thursday, March 20, 6 – 8 p.m.

 

Conference Room 315 (3rd Floor), Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

 

Multnomah County has begun a major update of its 20-year Capital Improvement Plan for its six Willamette River Bridges: the Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison, Sauvie Island and Sellwood.

 

A key part of this important planning effort is getting input from citizens and community stakeholders.  We want to know which bridge improvements are most important to the public.  This year we will develop a list of possible bridge improvements for public review.  We also want to learn about projects that organizations are planning that could affect county bridges.

 

As part of our outreach we have scheduled this community bridge summit to:

  • Brief you on the Bridges CIP plan, criteria for selecting projects, and schedule
  • Learn about other stakeholder projects near county bridges
  • Learn about your goals and priorities for improvements on the county bridges
  • Explain how you can stay involved in this project

A benefit for attendees will be the opportunity to learn about projects that multiple groups have planned near the bridges in coming years.

 

The meeting location is served by TriMet bus routes 4, 6, 10 and 14, and Portland Streetcar.  Street parking is available nearby.  We’ll provide pizza at the meeting.

 

A project fact sheet is here Multnomah County CIP Fact Sheet (8) and the project website is www.multco.us/bridgeplan.  If you cannot attend, please consider taking a short online survey about the bridges before April 4.  For information, contact Mike Pullen at mike.j.pullen@multco.us or 503-209-4111.

 

A friendly note from OLCC about alcoholic consumption in March

St. Patty’s Day celebrations – Slainte! 

 

Portland, OR – For those who plan to paint the town green, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission reminds you to celebrate responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  St. Patrick’s Day falls on Monday, March 17; however, many celebratory events are scheduled to start as early as Friday.

 

“Green beer, Irish whiskey, and Irish cream liqueur are all popular beverages on the one day of the year when everyone is Irish,” says Merle Lindsey, OLCC Deputy Director. “Whether you choose to celebrate at home or at one of 7,000 bars, restaurants and taverns that sell alcohol across the state, we ask that you plan ahead for a safe night and not rely on the luck of the Irish.”

 

Tips for St. Patty’s Day Celebrations:

  • Pace yourself – Enjoy water or a snack between beverages, it will help you make it to the pot of gold at the end of the night.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach - A serving of corn beef and cabbage can help your body process the alcohol.
  • Plan ahead for a safe ride home – Save a gold coin or two to pay for a cab or ride public transit
  • Thank your servers and bartenders – They have a responsibility to make sure that customers don’t drink too much.  If they take your drink away or offer to call you a cab – Thank them.  They are doing it because they are responsible and they want everyone to be safe.

 

 

Liquor stores across the state will have normal business hours on St. Patrick’s Day.  Visit www.OregonLiquorSearch.com for store hours, directions, and available products.

Notice of Street Closing on April 19 – SE Clinton Street

The 12th Annual Filmed by Bike is returning to the Clinton St. Theater this April 19-22. Filmed by Bike benefits NW Documentary, a non-profit organization that helps people tell their stories through film.

We will be closing SE Clinton Street as part of our opening day New Belgium street party on Saturday, April 19. The free event is all ages and features a beer garden, live entertainment, a video storytelling booth, a photo booth and a gigantic bike parking area. The street closure will affect SE Clinton Street between 25th and 26th Avenues, and SE 25th Ave from Clinton to Ivon with local access from Ivon. The streets will be closed from 1:00pm – 11:00pm. The street party is 4:00pm – 9:30pm.

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact sue@handpdx.org.