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!

Here are a few photos from our very successful work party at Helensview School, 8678 NE Sumner St, to build the Helensview community garden. Volunteers shoveled compost from 3-foot-wide paths and then placed fluffy bark dust into those paths.

Helensview community garden work party, 20 Oct 2012

Helensview community garden work party, 20 Oct 2012

Helensview community garden work party, 20 Oct 2012

Helensview community garden work party, 20 Oct 2012
Caption: Everyone in this group — except four — are residents here in Sumner neighborhood. Terry and her two boys had to go before we snapped this photo.

Helensview community garden work party, 20 Oct 2012

Helensview community garden work party, 20 Oct 2012

Our next construction party out there at the Helensview community garden will be on Saturday, November 3, from 9:30 AM to 12 noon. We’ll construct the raised beds from kits, evenly spread the compost across the 20’x20′ sections, and then sow a winter cover crop on all that sweet compost.

Thanks to Laura and Kathy at Portland Community Gardens (PCG) for scheduling and running this event. thanks to Holly at Hands on Portland for helping to coordinate the event. And thanks to all our awesome neighbor volunteers who came out under the threat of rain — Vern and Lisa, John and Katherine, Heather, Joan, Erica, Eric and Demitrina and their boy, Chris, Jim, Cort, and Katherine and her two boys!

One final note: 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!

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.

Sumner newsletter for fall 2012 The newsletter for autumn 2012 (1.1 MB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

If it looks different, that’s because it has a new name — Sumner Sun — selected in a landslide by a vote of the neighbors at our September meeting!

This issue began delivery this weekend. Thanks to Patricia who whipped up & laid out the vastly improved design & who suggested we give it a real name.

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)!

Items include:

  • Halloween party at Helensview on Friday, Oct 26. Sign up to volunteer.
  • Drafting a neighborhood plan at our Oct 16 meeting
  • Helensview Community Garden breaks ground
  • Photos from the annunal neighborhood National Night Out barbecue.
  • Notes from July and September meetings
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