The summer 2013 newsletter (2 MB PDF) of Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) newsletter for summer 2013 This issue was delivered over the last two weekends. Thanks to Patricia for yet another gorgeous design and layout.

Thanks also to our many neighborhood volunteers to deliver the newsletter to your very door handle: Marcy, Janet, Cyril, Henry, Karen, Katherine, Colin, Tish, Molly, Erica, Heather, Katana, Jay, Emily, Cindy, Ronda, Jacob and Joan (the newsletter delivery ringleader)!

Items in this issue include:

  • Annual National Night Out barbecue on Tuesday, Aug 6
  • Onramp widening proposal from Killingsworth southbound onto I-205
  • The city’s Comp Plan Update and our neighborhood’s status in the planning
  • Johnson Lake stewardship picks up a sponsor for Sept 28
  • Calendar of events through September, including litter patrols
  • Notes from spring SAN meetings
  • And much more!

But wait, there’s more! An insert (1 MB PDF) includes the following:

  • Flyer with details about the Aug 6 barbecue
  • Info about how to report odors to the city
30. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: fun, garage sale, maps

This Saturday — June 1, 2013 — is our fourth annual neighborhood garage sale in Sumner neighborhood in NE Portland. We have 12 homes signed up. Get your printable flyer (500K PDF) here! (Link to flyer has been removed.)

Update (6 PM, 1 June 2013): Thanks for visiting…sorry, the sale is over until next year!

2013 garage sale map thumbnail

Most sales start at 9 AM. Lots of items are up for grabs, and this year the sellers describe them with their own words. Here’s a sample:

…Flavorware Oven Deluxe, LaPresse Food Slicer, Eureka Enviro Multi Steamer, Digital TV Converter (for Analog TV-New in Box), 2 Round White Storage/Laundry Baskets, Vented Low Style Chaise Lounge (No pad), Hummingbird Feeder…

Another example:

House decor in dark wood, modern design, DIY furniture, dining room tables, 4 cushion chairs, vases, 3×3 ottoman with butler trays, Blackwell dresser. Priced to sell.

One more:

furniture, file cabinets, computer towers, printers, electronics, small work bench, tools boxes, pressure washer still works.

If you are not familiar with Sumner neighborhood, we are located between NE 82nd and I-205 north of Sandy Blvd (near The Grotto).

Unlike previous years, unfortunately this year our garage sale is not on the same date as the annual garage sale in Maywood Park — just across the overpass. This year their annual garage sale is Friday to Sunday, June 28-30.

The newsletter for spring 2013 (2 MB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

Sumner newsletter for winter 2013 This issue was delivered over the last two weekends. Thanks to Patricia for another georgeous design and layout.

Thanks also to our many neighborhood volunteers to deliver the newsletter to your very door handle: Marcy, Janet, Cyril, Henry, Karen, Katherine, Colin, Tish, Molly, Erica, Heather, Katana, Jay, Emily, Cindy, Ronda, Jacob and Joan (the newsletter delivery ringleader)!

Items in this issue include:

  • Annual neighborhood cleanup at Helensview School on Saturday, May 11
  • SAN board elections on May 21 (and the deadline for filing by Wed, May 8
  • Top five reasons to sign up for the annual neighborhood garage sale on Saturday, June 1 (sign up free online)
  • An earthquake map as a preview for our guest speaker from the Red Cross Oregon Trail chapter about disaster preparedness at our May 21 meeting
  • Calendar of events through June, including litter patrols
  • Notes from February and March meetings
  • And much more!

But wait, there’s more! An insert (1 MB PDF) includes the following:

  • Flyer with details about the May 11 neighborhood cleanup
  • Application form to run for the SAN board, file by May 8
  • Application form to join our neighborhood garage sale on Saturday, June 1
14. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: history, maps, planning, safety

The Oregon state geology department, formally known as DOGAMI, stocks earthquake maps for many parts of the state. The earthquake hazard map of the Mount Tabor Quadrangle includes Sumner neighborhood in NE Portland & its surrounding area.

Though the map is dated 1995, it does not include I-205, which was opened in 1976. And so this earthquake hazard map offers a glimpse into what our neighborhood looked like 35+ years ago.

Sumner neighborhood earthquake hazard map in NE Portland

Caption: Detail of a 1995 earthquake hazard map from the Oregon Dept of Geology

First the hazard details, then the historical details.

Hazard color code:
There are four shades in the map from pale yellow to deep red. They indicate relatively low hazard risk (pale yellow) to relatively high hazard risk (deep red). Most of the residential area of Sumner neighborhood is in the lowest hazard area, but some is in the next shade up. The industrial area and the north face of Rocky Butte are shown as the highest risk areas.

We’ll have another item about earthquake and neighborhood preparedness soon. In the meantime, here are a couple resources:

Historical items:
Because the map does not include I-205, it instead shows what used to be in that space. Besides the missing freeway, another important item should be noted: This area — pretty much anything east of NE 82nd Ave — was unincorporated Multnomah County until the 1980s or 1990s. With those two important changes in mind, here’s an short list of items on the map but no more:

  • Sandy Boulevard Drive In. This is shown on the north side of Sandy Blvd, where the SAN lot is now. The map even shows the placement of the screen in the NW corner of the property. A search of the Oregonian database shows that the drive-in held sunrise Easter Sunday services for about 25 years.
  • Parkrose School. The current Helensview School, located on NE 87th at NE Sumner, operated as Sumner Elementary for many years, but is shown on this map as “Parkrose School.” (Prescott Elementary, at the intersection of Prescott and 105th, retains the same name today, but the Parkrose Junior High School is shown nearby as a collection of small buildings.)
  • Sand and Gravel Pit. West of NE 82nd, the current Thomas Cully Park property is shown as a gravel pit. Local urban legend says that property was a landfill back in the day.

For comparison, here is the same area on a 1963 Texaco map. It shows Maywood Park — but not a tiny town surrounded by Portland. No. It was an actual park on the east side of NE 92nd between Sandy and Prescott. It’s now a fenced-off mound of grass owned by ODOT within the boundaries of the City of Maywood Park.

Sumner neighborhood - Retro Gas Station Map

Sumner neighborhood - Retro Gas Station Ad