24. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: cnn, food, fun, san

Another National Night Out barbecue, another attendance topper! Last year we had 100 people and this year we must’ve had 130+ attend. It was tough to count because — unlike last year — everyone didn’t show up at once.

Thanks to everyone who helped and volunteered — grillmaster Eugene and grillmaster junior Cyril, Ronda and her girls and boy, Alison and CNN who co-hosted, DAV Bingo (who loaned us stacks of (heavy) tables and chairs), Gary Davis who entertained us nonstop with music, Erica and her boys who helped us pack up, and everyone else I’m forgetting.

Here’s a few photos by Heather Somohano.

A-board sign greets neighbors out front
A-board sign greets neighbors out front

Gary Davis provided entertainment on the keyboard
Gary Davis and his keyboard provided entertainment

A Mr Miyagi moment between Eugene and Cyril
Eugene shares a Mr Miyagi moment Cyril at the grill

Youngsters and their dad
Youngsters enjoying some fun

14. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: gardening, helensview, planning, san

Sumner newsletter for summer 2012 The newsletter for summer 2012 (2.8 MB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

This issue was delivered a week or two ago. Thanks to Patricia who whipped up & laid out the vastly improved design. Thanks also to our many intrepid neighbors who volunteered to deliver the newsletter to your very door handle: Marcy, Janet, Cyril, Henry, Karen, Katherine, Colin, Tish, Molly, Erica, Heather, Katana, Jay, Emily, Karrie, Cindy, Ronda, Jacob and Joan (the newsletter delivery ringleader)!

Much of the newsletter is stuff you’ve seen on this site already.

Items include:

  • Grant approval and soil test for the Helensview Community Garden.
  • Annunal neighborhood National Night Out barbecue.
  • Portland comprehensive plan update & how Sumner neighborhood can set priorities within it
  • Notes from May and June meetings
  • Helensview graduates 68 students.

Our monthly neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, August 21, has been CANCELLED.

Please save the date for our next meeting on Tues, Sept 18. Our guest speaker will be Debbie Bischoff, Senior Planner with the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, to talk about the Portland comprehensive plan update & how Sumner can best express its priorities.

Light refreshments during social time at 6:30 PM. Meeting is at the usual location: CNN conference room, 4415 NE 87th (aka side door of Fire Station #12, just north off Sandy Blvd).

27. June 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Cleanup, cnn, food, garage sale, gardening, helensview, litter, safety, san

Thanks to Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) secretary Erica Martin for taking such detailed meeting notes.

Highlights are below but you can download or view the full Sumner neighborhood meeting notes here:

Highlights for March 2012

  • Guest speakers: Three candidates for city council position #1: Incumbent Amanda Fritz, State Rep Mary Nolan, and businessman Bruce Altizer.
  • Helensview community garden: Grant approval pending in May. Ground breaking in June.
  • Graffiti grant: CNN granted funds ($700) to SAN for graffiti abatement. Looking to paint in June, July and August.
  • Sumner Pride litter patrol: February turnout our best ever: 12 people and 356 pounds of litter collected.

Highlights for April 2012

  • Guest speakers: Cary Watters from Friends of Gateway Green and Sarah Coates-Huggins of the Portland Parks and Recreation. They spoke about the Gateway Green project (along I-205 south of Maywood Park) and the Sullivan’s Gulch Trail project (along I-84 from the Willamette River to Gateway Green).
  • Helensview community garden: Soil testing scheduled for April 19.
  • Sandy Blvd sidewalk project: South side confirmed to begin installation on May/June. Will include a crosswalk at NE 87th at Sandy. The crosswalk planned for NE 91st will be part of a different project, now slated for 2013.

Highlights for May 2012

  • Guest visitor: Delivery guy from Pizza Hut (at 82nd and Sandy) with a stack of pizzas!
  • Neighborhood cleanup and garage sale: Slated for Saturdays, May 19 and June 2, respectively.
  • Helensview community garden: Two important pieces of good news: (1) East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District approved our $17,000 grant request; (2) The soil test came back clean. With that good news, the preliminary garden design was shared & feedback was gathered for an improved design. Details of the feedback are in the May meeting notes PDF.
  • SAN lot adopt a highway: Jacob filed paperwork to ‘adopt’ the SAN lot (between NE 92nd and I-205 north of Sandy Blvd) as part of our neighborhood litter patrol.
  • Ad hoc Bylaws committee: Eugene, Erica and Rachel agreed to meet and discuss for a proposal to simplify.
14. June 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: johnson lake, litter, parks, san

Join us on Saturday, June 23, from 10 AM to 1 PM for our second stewardship event at Johnson Lake in NE Portland held jointly by Portland Parks & Recreation with Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN).

Ground level view of Johnson Lake
Caption: Ground level view of Johnson Lake (source: BES)

Per Susan Hawes at PP&R:

Join Portland Parks & Recreation, Sumner Neighborhood Association and other community members to maintain trails, pick up litter and remove invasive species at this “hidden” natural area! All of these activities will improve the experience of Johnson Lake Park users. Please wear long pants and long sleeves, sturdy walking shoes, and bring a water bottle. Tools, gloves, water and treats will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, contact PP&R City Nature East Stewardship Coordinator Susan Hawes: susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823–5937.

Where to meet on Saturday, June 23

We’ll gather at the east end of NE Colfax St in the Airport Business Park at 10 AM. There should be adequate parking there and you’ll see a sign at the trailhead for the 8.76-acre PP&R natural area on the NE shore of the lake. Please note that we will not be doing any work on private Owens-Illinois property.

How to get there (map on Bing): Drive east on Sandy Blvd, then turn left (north) on NE 105th at the traffic signal. Drive about half a mile to the 3-way stop at Alderwood Drive, and then turn left (west) onto Alderwood. Drive another half mile past the long-term parking lot. Turn left (south) on NE 92nd Drive. Cross the new bridge over the slough, and then turn left (east) onto NE Colfax St. Drive to the east end of the dead end street. That’s the trailhead where we’ll be set up.

Driving map to Johnson Lake
Caption: Driving map to NE Colfax St on Johnson Lake

As a special bonus: SAN will furnish lunch for the first 20 volunteers who sign up. To sign up, call Ronda at 503-823-3156 or email Scott at sumner.neighborhood@gmail.com.

This stewardship event is a second for SAN at Johnson Lake, and the first in 2012. We have another scheduled for Saturday, October 6, and we hope to make this a twice-yearly event. Small grants are available for this kind of stewardship & maybe next year we’ll file the paperwork.

For more about Johnson Lake and the cleanup underway there by DEQ and Owens-Illinois, see our August 2011 neighborhood meeting notes and this background article about Johnson Lake.