Preview Performance of Grounded Benefits NWNW

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm, Drinks & Conversation
Seating: 7:15 pm
Place: CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh Street

Join us for the preview performance of CoHo’s final show of the season and help support neighborhood projects and services!

Come connect with your neighbors and enjoy an evening of collaborative, homegrown theater with the solo play, Grounded. After discovering she’s pregnant, an ace F-16 fighter pilot finds herself reassigned to the Air Force drone program. By day she hunts terrorists, piloting a remote-controlled drone from an air-conditioned trailer in the Nevada desert. Each night she returns home, retreating to the routines of civilian life and parenthood. But navigating the shift may prove to be the most dangerous mission of all.

Purchase your tickets today! $25 for adult tickets, $15 for seniors, students & educators. Tickets for this preview performance are available over the phone at 503 823-4288 or in person at 2257 NW Raleigh. Cash, check & credit card accepted. Learn more about the fundraiser online or more about CoHo here.

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Calling All Gardeners

by Lura Jones, Linnton Resident & Masters in Public Health Candidate at Portland State University
Portland Parks and Recreation is interested in building a community garden in Linnton at Kingsley Park off of NW 114th Ave. The City of Portland’s Community Gardens program coordinator, Laura Niemi, needs to confirm that at least 10 local residents or businesses are interested in order to proceed. Typical community gardens contain 25-50 plots, but since Linnton is a small community, the city agreed to install as few as 10 plots. They have sent out a postcard to all local residents and businesses to gauge community interest. Please fill these out and send them back if you are interested or have comments and suggestions about the community garden project. Once enough interest has been confirmed, the process of designing the community garden and securing funds to build and maintain it will begin. For more info: Laura Niemi, 503 823-1612,  or click here.
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River Access in Linnton?

by Brian Hoop
“We are one big step closer to river access,” reports Ed Jones, Chair of the Linnton Neighborhood Association, referring to the Type 2 land use review of a proposal to redevelop the former Linnton Plywood Mill site into a natural habitat “mitigation area.” The proposed pathway at NW 107th Avenue to a river view overlook has been of particular interest. The Linnton Neighborhood Association has long sought this location as an access point to the Willamette River Greenway and a sandy beach that is within the public right-of- way. The Bureau of Development Services approved the developer’s application on the condition the path be extended the additional 35 feet from the overlook to the property line. This is still no guarantee for access to the sandy beach. “Nonetheless,” says Jones, “We want this done as part of this project, rather than left to an uncertain future. My concern is that once it is built it will be impossible to make changes….” Questions? Contact Kathy Harnden, Bureau of Development Services, 503 823-7318.
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Help Old Town Chinatown Receive Matching Funds

The Old Town Chinatown Community Association has a chance to contract with a District Manager to transform the image of the neighborhood and to serve as a catalyst for new activity. Among other duties, this person will increase positive neighborhood communications, bring people living and working in the neighborhood together, and support event coordination. Show your support by providing a financial contribution so that OTCTCA can secure $50,000 in matching funds from the Portland Development Commission. The PDC grant is available only if an equal amount is contributed by the local community. Contact Jane Demarco with any questions. Thank you for considering a tax deductible donation. Please make your check payable to:

OTCT Community Association
Attn: District Manager
221 NW 2nd Avenue, Box 15
Portland, OR 97209

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Join a New Group of NWNW Interns!

Help us collect stories of Northwest and inner Southwest Portland – the history of everyday people living, working, learning, and volunteering in the local community through the W-NW Collective Memoir Project. Join a new group of interns and volunteers interested in supporting this project in a variety of ways – as storytellers, researchers, visual artists, and event planners. Interns and volunteers may be interested in one or more of these roles. An anthology will document a legacy that describes how actions in the past have impacted the community we see before us today, and is intended to inspire others to positively influence the future. For additional information, visit us online at or contact Angela, 503 823-4211.

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Pearl District Turns Out for Public Safety

Some 60 Pearl District neighbors attended a safety information meeting on January 21, 2015 at the Ecotrust Building. Hosted by Friends of the Pearl, a subcommittee of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association’s Livability and Safety Committee, attendees learned about crime issues and how everyone can play a role in helping to combat criminal activity.

Bill Dolan, Chair of the Livability and Safety Committee, spoke about the goals of establishing foot patrols and neighborhood watch activities. Mr. Dolan introduced Jacob Brostoff, Crime Prevention Coordinator from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), who spoke about various criminal activities, provided basic tips about awareness and reporting and described how the neighborhood can organize and communicate with each other. Numerous handouts were provided including information about bicycle theft prevention, illegal drug activity, car prowl prevention and reporting suspicious activity. Detailed information is available at the ONI website.

The Pearl District needs 20 people to sign up for our foot patrol and six people to be community coordinators to gather residential buildings and businesses to establish neighborhood watches. The Crime Prevention Bureau will provide training for these activities. For those interested in participating, please email the Livability Committee.

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Volunteer Highlight: W-NW Collective Memoir Project

Neighbors West-Northwest volunteer Jinx Faulkner is out in the community starting to interview volunteers, activists and a variety of community members to capture local stories about the history of the area. Information gathered will be compiled in the W-NW Collective Memoir. If you would like to share your story with Jinx, or volunteer your time learning more about local history, contact Angela or call 503 823-4211. Learn more at online.

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Clean-up Season Kick-Off

While it may still feel cold, spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about how to make your neighborhood squeaky clean! Why not partner with your neighbors and organize a clean-up? Last spring, Neighbors West-Northwest neighborhoods, including Forest Park, Goose Hollow, the Northwest District, Northwest Heights, Old Town Chinatown, the Pearl District, and Sylvan-Highlands removed mixed waste materials from neighborhood streets! Both the Pearl District and Northwest Heights concentrated on recycling and reusing materials collected from their residents.

Funds are available to help neighborhood associations host clean-ups through May 2015. Litter clean-ups, recycling/reuse events, and bulky waste clean-ups are eligible. To learn more about the neighborhood clean-up program requirements or to get in touch with your neighborhood association to suggest a project, click here or contact Jen, 503 823-4265.

All neighborhood clean-ups must be registered by February 27th to receive funding. Get in touch with your neighborhood association leaders to plan an event. Funding provided by Metro and the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Maintain Medians

By Pat Wagner, Linnton Neighborhood Association

As part of the agreement for installation of the median and street trees on St. Helen’s Road, the Linnton Neighborhood Association agreed to take responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of this project. We’re looking for more volunteers to help out so we can maintain a regular schedule of weed pulling and other median maintenance. As always this committee is open to anyone that wishes to participate.

Thanks to the numerous volunteers including Gordon and Donna Huntsman who helped pull weeds for years before retiring and relocating to a sunnier climate. More recently Rob Lee and Andrew Beckman have assisted Pat. It appears anonymous volunteers have also been helping out. Please let us know who you are so we can recognize you. For more information and to volunteer, contact Pat Wagner, 503 475-3731.

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Publication Boxes

by Felicia Williams, Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association President

Portland’s neighborhood associations were originally formed to help create livable communities and, when they band together, their combined efforts can positively change the city. In 2011, the Northwest District Association (NWDA) applied for and received an Office of Neighborhood Involvement Graffiti Abatement Grant to inventory, clean, and/or remove the many abandoned newspaper boxes cluttering the sidewalks in their neighborhood. At the same time, the Pearl District NA Livability subcommittee responded to residential and business concerns about abandoned or poorly maintained boxes within their area. At a Public Safety Subcommittee meeting in 2011, the Downtown Neighborhood Association heard a report from Clean and Safe officers about abandoned publication boxes being used for drug drops, and following the NWDA’s lead, applied for a Graffiti Abatement Grant to inventory and clean up boxes in downtown, as well as contacting all of the publishers with a condition summary of their boxes.

The three neighborhood associations recognized a shared issue and in early 2012, an ad hoc committee of the NWDA, the Pearl District NA, and the Downtown NA was formed with the goal of pushing for a comprehensive change to the City Code governing publication boxes in the right-of-way. Members of the ad hoc committee met with other neighborhood associations and business associations to gather support for changing the City Code. They contacted the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and TriMet with a proposal for changing the regulations, as well as meeting with several publishers to discuss various options for cleaning up the right-of-way. The Portland Business Alliance also acted on the problem of abandoned and unkempt publication boxes in the Central Business District in 2012, installing four newspaper condo boxes around Pioneer Courthouse Square in a pilot project approved by the City Council.

These efforts finally bore fruit in 2014, when PBOT hosted a meeting of the publications, neighborhood associations, community groups, and business association representatives in order to revise City Code 17.46 in a way that would meet the needs of both neighborhoods and publications. On January 7th, 2015, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted amended code 17.46. The amended code creates guidelines as to when, where, and how publication boxes can be placed, as well as requiring publishers to affix a sticker to all of their boxes with a working phone number to report condition issues with the boxes. It defines what constitutes an abandoned box, and it creates a mechanism for PBOT to enforce the code. The code revision also creates an option for newspaper condo boxes in other parts of the city. This is a huge step forward for cleaning up the public right-of-way and it is all due to the combined efforts of dedicated community activists and neighborhood associations working to create livable communities.

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