Maintaining a Local Tree Canopy

by Bryan Burch – In August, Sylvan-Highlands Neighborhood Association and Eden Community Church of the Nazarene members gathered to mulch and water the Arboretum at East Sylvan Middle School in preparation for the beginning of school. A Portland Parks & Recreation Learning Landscape, 23 trees were planted in 2010 to provide students with a School Arboretum. Neighbors and church members gather each year to care for the trees, mow the lawn, and prepare the grounds for the beginning of the school year.

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NW Neighborhood Parks & Rec Fund Accepting Apps

The Northwest Neighborhoods Parks and Recreation Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation invites proposals from qualified nonprofit and public organizations for grants to support the construction and renovation of parks and recreation facilities in NW Portland. While there is no specific ceiling on requests, recent grants have ranged from $3,500 to $75,000. Applications are due Friday, October 31, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. at Neighbors West-Northwest.

For information, please contact Neighbors West-Northwest, 2257 NW Raleigh St., Portland, OR 97210, 503 823-4211; The Oregon Community Foundation, 1221 SW Yamhill St., Suite 100, Portland OR 97205, 503 227-6846; or visit the NWNW website. to download the request for proposal and application.

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Neighborhood Associations & Emergency Preparedness

September is National Emergency Preparedness month. There are many activities going on this month through the Bureau of Emergency Preparedness. In addition to participating in these activities, many neighborhood associations are active on emergency preparedness issues. Interested in joining you neighbors? Various contacts are included below. If you don’t see your neighborhood listed below, feel free to contact us here at NWNW to point you in the right direction.



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Pearl District Annual Meeting & Elections

The Pearl District Neighborhood Association annual meeting is October 16, 2014. Location to be determined. Several board seats are available, so if you are interested or would like to recommend a candidate, contact Kate Washington, or visit the Pearl District website. If you nominate someone else, please include their contact information.

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AHNA Annual Meeting

Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Place: Sylvan Fire Station, 1715 SW Skyline

You are cordially invited to the Arlington Heights social and neighborhood elections. Come renew old acquaintances, meet new neighbors, and catch up on neighborhood news. This is a great opportunity to find out what is going on and weigh in on neighborhood issues. If convenient, bring an appetizer or snack to share; beverages will be provided. Parking available near East Sylvan Middle School. Find out about transportation and parking in Washington Park, Japanese Garden Expansion Plans and Reservoir Construction.

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Pearl Party on 9/12

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: NW 13th Ave., between Irving St. & Hoyt St.

The 23rd annual Pearl District Neighborhood Association block party & fundraiser is quickly approaching. Everyone in the city is invited to join Pearl residents, business people, and workers. It’s a fun and frolicking neighborhood party with free food and drink from dozens of Pearl restaurants, breweries, wineries, and shops. Come enjoy live entertainment by Folsom and a raffle with exciting prizes.

The annual party is the PDNA’s one fundraiser for the year. Thanks to the assistance from businesses, apartments, condominiums, organizations and individuals, we raise thousands of dollars to make the Pearl a better neighborhood. To learn more about the Pearl District, visit their website.

In addition to live music and great food, there will be a raffle with some exciting prizes. Tickets are $10 each, or you can purchase three for $25. Prizes include:

  • Take pleasure in sumptuous dining with $50 vouchers to each of Bruce Carey’s four renowned restaurants.
  • Enjoy some of the best theater Portland has to offer with tickets to Portland Center Stage, Oregon Children’s Theater, CoHo Theatre and Boom Arts.
  •  Follow the Timbers close up in their run to the playoffs with two tickets to the October 8th match vs. San Jose. You’ll also receive autographed Timbers & Trail Blazers balls!
  • Ride through town on a Connect bike with a black magic aluminum unisex Trapez frame from Kalkhoff. Available in small or medium.
  • Get fit with a one month unlimited yoga studio membership, a yoga mat, three fitness sessions & more!



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NW Industrial Camping & Graffiti

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: Doors open 7:00 AM for networking; meeting begins 7:30 AM
Place: Holiday Inn Express, 2333 NW Vaughn,

by Ode Minton-Smith – NW Industrial Neighborhood Association (NINA) has recently received reports from area businesses and NINA members of homeless camping in the industrial area as well as graffiti concerns. To follow up, we’ve arranged for the Police Bureau to speak at NINA’s next meeting. Officer Nick Newby, the NW Industrial Neighborhood Response Team officer, will outline the camping situation. What do the police currently know? What can be done? How can businesses assist the police? Officer Terry Colbert with graffiti abatement will also attend. Bring your concerns and questions. This is an opportunity for area businesses to collaborate on issues.

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NWDA Air Quality Update

by Sharon Genasci, Chair, NWDA Air Quality Committee

The NWDA Air Quality Committee will not meet in August. The next meeting will be Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Breakfast Room at the Silver Cloud Inn on NW 24th Place and NW Vaughn St.

Please continue to submit your odor complaints on our website. If you are unsure of the source of the odor, try to walk about and find it. If you can’t find it, come to our meeting, and we will help you. All odor complaints on our website go to us and to DEQ. If they are ESCO complaints, they will be sent to ESCO to discover what occured at the time of the odor.

Currently, the Committee is working on the oversight for the clean diesel agreement with C.E. John Residential in their construction over ten years in the Con-way Master Plan area of the neighborhood. We are also talking with Good Sam Hospital about clean diesel in vehicles serving the hospital.

Join us and help clean up our neighborhood air.

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Goose Hollow Picnic 9/5

Join your neighbors at the Goose Hollow Neighborhood Picnic on Friday, September 5, 2014! This year, we’re once again being hosted at Providence Park for an evening of food and drink. There will be music, games and a live raffle of awesome prizes from your favorite Goose Hollow spots! Check out the Goose Hollow website to sign up for the e-newsletter in order to receive more information as the date gets close.

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Linnton Picnics

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Place: Whitwood Ct/Springville Rd., near NW Mills & Whitney St.

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Place: Waldemere hill, near NW Hoge & Wilark

Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM (both picnics)

These picnics are great opportunities to meet your neighbors. Let the kids play together. Share neighborhood history and some food. Burgers, hotdogs, and sodas will be provided. Bring your favorite picnic dish or dessert. Contact Brian Hoop for locations.

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