Northwest District Clean-up

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Place: NW Community Gardens, 16th between Johnson & Kearney

The NWDA will join Friendly Streets and SOLVE in sponsoring a spring clean-up of the neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter, remove graffiti and collect abandoned grocery carts.
Light snacks, instructions, maps, and supplies will be provided. Please dress for the weather.
Our good efforts will be rewarded with pizza and prizes at the Lucky Lab Brewery, 1945 NW Quimby Street.
Come rain or shine. Open to all ages. To learn more and register, visit
Questions? Email

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Writing Workshop

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Place: Neighbors West-Northwest, 2257 NW Raleigh Street

Interested in sharing your story with the W-NW Collective Memoir project, but you don’t know where to start? Have a draft in place and would like some feedback? Join us for a writing workshop in our intimate, small office setting.
RSVP required due to limited space. Please send your RSVP to With enough interest, additional workshops will be scheduled. First come, first serve – so if you’re interested, let us know soon!

And remember, the next submission deadline for the Neighborhood Chronicles, Legends & Anecdotes: W-NW Collective Memoir Project is April 15th.

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Pearl Spring Cleaning

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Place: Ecotrust Parking Lot, NW 9th & Johnson

Bring Recyclables and Reusable Donations!
• Electronics (i.e. monitors, TV’s, cell phones, stereos, VCR’s/DVD’s, computers/laptops)
• Mixed Waste/General Rubbish (non-toxic and legal materials)
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: Plastics, Metal Scraps, Yard Debris or kitchen Waste, Styrofoam (including packing peanuts), Hazardous Waste – for complete list visit
REUSE ITEMS MOST NEEDED (Gently used, free of stains/tears, and in working order): Pots/Pans, Dish Sets, Microwaves, Linens, Lamps, Mattresses, Household Furniture, Rugs, Vacuum Cleaners
Suggested Recycling/Waste Donation $10 PER VISIT.
All recycling/waste proceeds benefit the Pearl District Neighborhood Association, a non-profit neighborhood association.
Thanks to our many sponsors. Legacy Health, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Multi Services Inc.

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Polish the Pearl

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 8:30 – 11:30 AM
Place: Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 1114 NW Couch St.

Join Your Neighbors for our Spring Neighborhood Clean-up!
Meet at Peet’s Coffee (11th & Couch) at 8:30 a.m. After the clean-up, we’ll meet at Chipotle (12th & Lovejoy) to celebrate our accomplishments plus enjoy a free burrito! (Offer of a burrito applies to the first 75 volunteers to register online.)
To register for the event visit Contact Bill Dolan at 503 256-1010 with questions.

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Sylvan-Highlands clean-up

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Place: Starbucks, 1850 SW Skyline

Sylvan-Highlands neighbors host the 14th consecutive neighborhood clean-up to collect roadside trash in our neighborhood, including a large section of Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum and the Oregon Zoo. Past clean-ups resulted in trash-free roadsides, tires removed from hillsides and pride of job well done. Meet at Starbucks to receive collection bags and instructions. Children must be supervised by their adult. Dress for weather, wear gloves and sturdy shoes.
Free coffee, tea and treats all morning. Questions? Email

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Meet the Pearl District Board

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Place: The Fields Sports Bar, 1139 NW 11th Avenue

This is your opportunity to meet Pearl District board members and hear about current neighborhood activities. We look forward to your company!

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Finding Common Ground, A Community Action Plan for Old Town Chinatown

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 PM
Place: University of Oregon, 70 NW Couch Street

Come and provide feedback on your priorities for the neighborhood. Everyone is welcome.
This neighborhood forum will be facilitated by Resolutions Northwest and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

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Crude Oil Trains & the Linnton Community

By Rob Lee

Did you know more than 100 oil trains have gone through Linnton in the past year?  And that the Port of St Helens is increasing the number of these trains from 17 a month to 34?  Turns out the rail companies in both the U.S. and Canada are only too happy to keep us in the dark, which can have disastrous consequences for communities who don’t know what to prepare for because they don’t know what hazards they’re being subjected to.

In 2007 there were 5,912 train cars carrying oil in the U.S.  By 2012 the number had grown to 234,000.  The increase is largely attributable to the Canadian tar sands and Bakken shale oil fields in Montana and North Dakota, and there is good reason to be concerned.

The Bakken crude contains natural gas and is described as “alarmingly explosive.”  Since July there have been four derailments, in Quebec, Alberta, North Dakota and Alabama, with explosions and fires.  Fortunately, the three latter incidents were in mostly uninhabited locations and no one was hurt, but the first killed 47 people.

Greg Rhodes is a railroad emergency preparedness consultant, and a former CSX rail company employee.   Rhodes points out, “If you have 10,15, 20 railcars on fire, it would challenge Denver, Chicago or any major fire department.”  He also points out that knowing what rail traffic is passing through a community, and the risks involved, are crucial to preparedness.

A top Washington state oil spill official said the oil trains seem, “…to be shrouded in mystery.” State regulators in Washington and Oregon are kept abreast of the where, when and what they’re carrying, because they’re well regulated, but rail companies aren’t required to inform regulators where the oil trains are, nor how many.

State regulators admit that, especially in inland areas, they’re not prepared for accidents. The two states have yet to coordinate emergency plans with railroads. Rural fire departments rarely have supplies of the foam needed to fight oil fires (it’s expensive). The railroads have containment booms for oil spills stored for emergencies, but the two states don’t know where they are. In addition, the DEQ is currently cutting oil spill training for its employees for lack of funds.

In May of 2011, a log car derailed and was dragged two miles, finally hitting a car with 28,000 gallons of ethanol near Cornelius Pass Road, which ignited.  Luckily, fire fighters from St Johns were able to get streams of water fixed on adjacent tank cars, keeping them from igniting also, before they had to withdraw from the intense heat of the fire, which was finally contained over three hours later.  It was also lucky this didn’t happen near habitations, or huge tanks of gasoline.

A hazardous materials consultant named Fred Millar said, “Communities must force rail companies to provide information about what they’re carrying.”  Talk about loaded statements.

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Building a Linnton NET Team

By Andrew Beckman

As has been discussed at numerous LNA meetings a large earthquake or other disaster could put our neighborhood beyond the reach of help from emergency responders. It has also been pointed out that the primary source of assistance in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan was neighbors helping neighbors. Both of these realities highlight the importance of Linnton residents being prepared to provide necessary disaster relief for themselves and each other.

We have hopefully prepared our own disaster kits. The next step is to form a Neighborhood Emergence Team (NET) in Linnton. The NET program is run by Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) and trains citizens to save lives and property until professional responders arrive.

The classes are offered several times a year at the fire department’s facility on NE 122nd and Sandy Blvd. NET members are trained in disaster awareness, utility control, disaster medicine, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and trauma intervention, and team management. All of the information needed to help you, your family, and your neighbors in the event of an emergency.

After the initial lessons there are opportunities for additional training in the use of the Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN) based in our community center, radio communications and advanced first aid.

Last summer there was talk of getting PBEM to offer a class in Linnton. Given that 40 people are needed to fill a class that seems unlikely to happen. The fire department has the classroom space, personnel and equipment needed for demonstrations at their facility. It would be more effective to have a group from Linnton take the course together and carpool out there. It would give them a chance to begin discussing the emergency situations that are particular to our community.

Currently the nearest NET teams are on the opposite side of the river in St Johns and beyond the tank farms in Industrial Northwest. We need a team based here in Linnton. We have two people who are NET members, Nancy Hamer and me. We need ten more to have a viable team.

You can find out more about NET and the class schedule

For more info and to get involved contact,  Jeremey Van Kueren (503 823-4421) NET program coordinator with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) or Andrew .

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