10. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: health, safety, san, transportation

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is holding a PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE about the Sandy Blvd High Crash Corridor Safety Project on Wednesday evening, March 6. Everyone is invited to learn more and offer feedback.

The city has a number of High Crash Corridors earmarked for improvement. 2013 is the year PBOT will focus on safety improvements on Sandy Blvd from SE 11th Ave. to NE Killingsworth St. This is a great opportunity for Sumner neighborhood residents and businesses to voice concerns and make specific requests and suggestions.

Drop by on Wednesday, March 6, anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 PM at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Avenue (map), to learn more and provide your feedback. An optional Overview Presentation will begin at 7:00 PM. Share your feedback about:

  • Existing conditions
  • Pedestrian, bicycle & transit deficiencies
  • Problem areas

Here in Sumner neighborhood of NE Portland, some improvements have recently been made. At our request, PBOT installed sidewalks on the south side of Sandy from NE 85th to I-205 during 2012. The north side is scheduled to be completed this year.

Likewise, PBOT installed a signalled crosswalk on Sandy Blvd at NE 87th in the fall of 2012. We have requested a signalled crosswalk on Sandy Blvd at NE 91st, which has been included — but not funded — in the East Portland in Motion (EPIM) plan completed in 2012.

Language interpretation will be provided at the Open House if requested by February 22nd. Contact Sharon White at (503) 823-7100 or sharon.white@portlandoregon.gov to submit a request for language interpretation.

For more information, see the High Crash Corridor Safety Program on the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation website.

Sharon (of PBOT) and Shelli Romero of ODOT will attend our neighborhood meeting on March 19 to discuss the Sandy Blvd crash corridor in more detail.

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!