We had another great turnout Saturday for our second Helensview community garden work party. Portland Community Gardens and Hands on Portland lured some of their resourceful garden ninjas. Even Portland city Commissioner Amanda Fritz joined us!

The raised beds will be avaliable for low-mobility gardeners to rent. The ‘cover crop’ is good for two reasons: One, it keeps the compost from running off during the winter rain. Two, the cover crop (beans, Kathy said, I thinkwinter pea and rye, per Holly) are rich in nitrogen and so they’ll enrich the soil when they get plowed under before the garden’s grand opening on March 9.

2nd Helensview garden work party 3 Nov 2012
Caption: The ‘before’ group photo. That might look like nasty muck, but it is sweet compost for the garden plots.

2nd Helensview garden work party 3 Nov 2012
Caption: Kathy, with Portland Community Gardens, demonstrating how to sow the seeds for cover crop

2nd Helensview garden work party 3 Nov 2012
Caption: Sheree, Heather, Carrie, and John raking soil over the sown seeds

2nd Helensview garden work party 3 Nov 2012
Caption: Nieghborhood garden ninjas John and Chris putting together one raised bed

2nd Helensview garden work party 3 Nov 2012
Caption: Tanner, Brennan, Carrie, and Alec putting together the other raised bed

2nd Helensview garden work party 3 Nov 2012
Caption: Getting a raised bed in place. (Do not try this at home: That thing was heavy.)

2nd Helensview garden work party 3 Nov 2012
Caption: The ‘after’ group photo

Thanks to Laura and Kathy at Portland Community Gardens (PCG) for scheduling and running this event. Thanks to Holly and John at Hands on Portland for helping to coordinate the event & bringing in Brennan, Carrie and Alec. And thanks to all our awesome neighbors who volunteered under the threat of rain — John and Katherine, Erica, Tanner, Chris, Cort, Heather, Laura and Sheree!

Reminder: You can sign up today for a garden plot at Helensview community garden. Sign up now, but individual plots won’t be chosen until our grand opening and garden party on Saturday, March 9, 2013. PCG offers scholarship for gardeners who cannot afford the rental fee, so sign up and mark your calendar!

04. November 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: cnn, food, fun, helensview, san

Here are just a few photos from the Halloween party last Friday, Oct 26, at Helensview School in Sumner neighborhood in NE Portland.

Sumner neighborhood Halloween 2012

Sumner neighborhood Halloween 2012

Sumner neighborhood Halloween 2012

Sumner neighborhood Halloween 2012

Sumner neighborhood Halloween 2012

Thanks to our awesome co-sponsors:

Thanks also to our awesome neighborhood volunteers: Vern, Eugene, Janet, Henry, Cyril, John, Karen, Heather, Erica, Laura, Ron, and Ronda and her girls. We even had help from our CNN friends: Alison, Wayne, Jo, Ruth, Nancy, and David and Kaitlyn.

25. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: cnn, food, fun, helensview, san

2012 Sumner halloween flyer

Thanks to our awesome co-sponsors:

It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer and help out. It’s a great way to have fun, meet neighbors, eat for free, and build community!

16. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: health, safety, san, transportation

Things are looking a little bit different out there on Sandy Blvd today.

April Bertlesen of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) said on Sept 26 that the new crosswalk on Sandy Blvd at NE 87th might be turned on by mid October & today was the day. PBOT was only awaiting installation of traffic control signs that must be in place before the full signal can be turned on.

The crosswalk includes a pedestrian activated signal on all four corners of the intersection. Motorist will not be expecting an active crossing signal yet, so please use caution when crossing NE Sandy Blvd on foot — even with a green light.

In related news, the second half of the Sandy Blvd sidewalk project — the north side from 85th to 92nd — is delayed until the next summer construction season after July 2013, according to PBOT.

The first half of the $100,000 sidewalk project — the south side of Sandy Blvd from 85th to 92nd — was completed this summer. However, design work was more extensive for the north side of Sandy because sidewalk space is narrower or more sloped. The needed design delayed the construction until too late in the road construction season.

The Sandy Blvd sidewalks was requested by Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland to improve pedestrian safety. Tragically, two pedestrians were struck and killed by motorists on Sandy Blvd at NE 91st, one each in August 2009 and March 2011. Another crosswalk is slated for that intersection in 2013, according to the East Portland in Motion (EPIM) plan.

Overall pedestrian safety needs to be improved for due to the proximity of the I-205 freeway entrance/exit and the Parkrose/Sumner transit center. The date in the EPIM plan synchs with other PBOT info indicating that 2013 will be the year they focus on Sandy Blvd with their ‘safety corridor’ program.

SAN aims to host guest speakers from PBOT and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) about this topic to our neighborhood meetings early next year.