Happy holidays from Neighbors West-Northwest. Our office will be closed the week of December 23rd. We look forward to working with you in the new year!
by Joan Pendergast, Pearl District Livability Chair
Do you like living in the Pearl? Have you asked how you could help to make it one of Portland’s most livable neighborhoods? We have a place for you!
Many Pearl residents volunteer as “Graffiti Busters.” Each person is trained in graffiti removal and assigned a block to observe. We are in need of more eyes on the street. We have graffiti abatement supplies available.
The Livability and Safety Committee concerns itself with livability issues after buildings are up and running. Trash, noise, and graffiti are among our concerns. Looking into the future, we would like to sponsor a National Night Out in August 2014, a Neighborhood Watch team, and a Friends of Tanner Springs Park group.
Each of these activities takes leadership and “do bees.” If you are interested in giving back to the community in one of these areas, please come to a Livability and Safety Committee meeting on the first Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at Cupcake Jones meeting room and/or contact Joan Pendergast.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Goose Hollow Foothills League’s annual meeting and board elections scheduled for Thursday, December 19, 2013, 7:00 PM at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon Street. Six board positions are open. The following slate of candidates has been approved by the Goose Hollow board:
- Casey Milne
- Timothy Moore
- Bill Reilly (incumbent)
- Scott Schaffer (incumbent)
- Ken Puckett
- Randy Wyszynski (incumbent)
Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the annual meeting. Each candidate will have three minutes to speak, indicating what they can contribute to the neighborhood, before voting takes place. All League members are eligible to vote if registered as a member by noon on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Membership applications are available on the League’s website. Contact Jen, 503, 823-4265, at Neighbors West-Northwest with questions.
It’s time for NINA’s 6th Annual Food Drive, which will benefit Lift Urban Portland! Lift UP could use canned soups, stews and chili; canned meats; canned fruits & vegetables; and shelf-stable milk. Cash donations are also accepted.
Lift Urban Portland feeds around 855 people per month through their food distribution programs: Food for Kids Backpacks, home delivered food boxes to shut-ins, harvest share of fresh produce, and their weekly food pantry.
Contact Barbara Macnab, 503 255-3387, if you wish to participate this year – request a barrel or learn where you can donate! NINA will coordinate the delivery and pick up of the barrels. Barrel delivery begins the week of December 2nd with pick up scheduled the week of December 15th. (Earlier or later pickups can be arranged.)
Among a myriad of businesses throughout the NW industrial area, you can donate food at Neighbors West-Northwest, 2257 NW Raleigh St.
Also, you can bring your donations to the NINA Annual Holiday Meet & Greet held at Holiday Inn Express – West Hills Meeting Room, 2333 NW Vaughn, at 7:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
Thanks to you all!
The Linnton Neighborhood Association is accepting proposals to coordinate a community-led environmental restoration project along the perimeter of Forest Park closest to Linnton. This program is expected to span multiple years. Current funding supports the launch of restoration activities in early 2014 and the development of systems to maintain the program into the future.
This program’s goal is to encourage the removal of invasive species and the planting of native species near the Linnton side of Forest Park through the following strategies: 1) educate the public, including private property owners, about the benefit of habitat restoration and our partners’ environmental enhancement programs that support the local community; 2) recruit property owners to participate in the neighborhood association and in the existing environmental programs offered by community partners; and 3) coordinate citizen-led restoration events. The implementation of this program will help serve the Linnton Neighborhood Association’s mission by bringing people together for the benefit of the neighborhood, to serve as an educational instrument, and to support projects that improve the neighborhood.
This is an open and competitive process. Qualifying individuals and organizations must submit proposal by 4:00 PM PST on Friday, December 13, 2013. Please read the entire 2013 Linnton Habitat Restoration RFP for a complete description of the project and for instructions on how to apply. For more information about the Linnton Neighborhood Association, click here.
You’re invited to the annual Sylvan-Highlands ZooLights Cookie Exchange on December 5th at the Oregon Zoo! This includes a food drive to benefit Oregon Food Bank. Most wanted foods include canned meats, canned and boxed meals, boxed pastas, rice and cereals.
On Thursday, December 5th, stop by the Oregon Zoo office between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. to drop off your donated item for the food bank and pick up your complimentary zoo pass as a SHNA member. Then, head to the Sunset Room off the Cascade Grill dining room — look for the SHNA banner. Drink some cider, share your cookies and team up with your neighbors to explore. We have a pinata for kids at 6:30 before you head out to enjoy the lights!
excerpts of story by Brian Hoop, Linnton Resident
Linnton’s new State Senator, Betsy Johnson, brought together 13 individuals representing the rail industry, State and Congressional elected officials, and the Linnton Neighborhood Association to open the lines of communication about local train noise. The meeting resulted in renewed cooperation between all parties. There are seven rail crossings within a one-mile stretch through the central core of Linnton. Four of those crossings on on privately-owned industrial land with no public access.
According to LNA chairperson, Ed Jones, Senator Johnson put forward a short-term action item and long-term vision. She directed the railroads to come up with a mitigation plan, of sorts, to address the neighborhood’s concerns and she will call all the parties back to meet again at a future dates. Her long-term vision is to develop a new switching yard in Northwest Oregon outside developed residential areas that would at the same time act as an economic development tool for rural communities including Scappoose, St. Helen’s, Rainier, and Astoria.
Neighborhood leaders recognize we are faced with a problem that is over a hundred years in the making. Right-of-way for these train lines were established long ago and it is urban development that has encroached upon these routes of commerce. At the same time, especially in Portland, local zoning policy has resulted in more dense residential development bringing an increase in population within closer proximity of these rail lines.
What’s happening in Linnton? Train engineers are simply following federal safety procedures, though the devil is in the details as to how strictly they follow the rules when they blow the whistles that wake us at night. The challenge is the trains are limited to 10 mph through Linnton and most switching is done at 2 to 3 mph according to neighborood research. Engineers are required to blow through the entire intersection, which at 2-3 mph results in those long periods of whistles. If money were no problem, the ideal solution is installation of quiet zones. Since construction costs for each federally approved quiet zone intersection typically runs $300k to $500k, the cost would run upwards of $2 to $3 million for Linnton alone.
Email Linnton project coordinator for more information.
Over the summer of 2013, about 100 Linnton residents came together at three different hillside picnics. A good time was had by all, and neighbors built stronger connections.
One neighbor brought a set of fascinating original plats of the Whitwood Court subdivision in the Springville Road area. One map was titled “Million Dollar Views.” Waldmere Hill neighbors took 1st place for turnout at the September 7th picnic. Residents of Linnton Hill had the pleasure of enjoying some amazing gardens. Thanks to all the picnic hosts, to all those who donated over $100 to cover 1/2 the cost of this year’s expenses and to the Linnton Community Center for the use of their tables and chairs.
If interested in organizing Linnton picnics for the summer of 2014, contact Brian Hoop.
by Rob Lee, Linnton Board Member
On Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Linnton will host our kickoff festivity at the Linnton Community Center. Kid friendly and fun, we’ll have warm drinks and pastries, crafts and educational offerings, a plant raffle and a small planting on a newly cleared space next to the Ma Olsen Garden – followed by lunch.
The Ivy Removal Initiative is a new, innovative project to help home owners. On a succession of Saturday mornings, each hill of our community will be swarmed by a gang of neighbors and volunteers, armed to the teeth with loppers and saws – and a dumpster – to clear unwanted weeds, trees and vegetation. The properties will be previously assayed, the work delineated. There will also be follow up and evaluation. The work will be followed by a catered lunch.
Linnton will be the first community to try the Forest Park Conservancy’s brainchild – an attempt to create a sustainable, community-led restoration model on private lands. Attempting to address invasive weeds without removing noxious plants on the park’s perimeter is self-defeating. We are still in the planning stages of this project, so let us know if you want your property included. The Conservancy has already enlisted more than 150 landowners to jump-start our effort.
LNA will also partner with West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, the Columbia Land Trust and the Audubon Society of Portland. This is a tremendous collection of environmental and gardening expertise available to our community. LNA will guide you toward the right person.
Questions? Contact Rob Lee.
The Goose Hollow Foothills League (GHFL) would like to hear your opinions about parking and transportation safety in our neighborhood. We are inviting neighborhood residents, business owners and employees, and students to share their thoughts and concerns by participating in a brief, online Parking and Transportation Survey. The results of this survey will help the GHFL Board identify priorities for improving the traffic and safety environment in the Hollow. Please take a few minutes to share your insights with us.