Upcoming Events: General Meeting & Neighborhood Cleanup

In the next 2 weeks the Piedmont Neighborhood Association will be holding two big events!

First up is our General Meeting on Thursday, April 24th @ 7pm in the Peninsula Park Community Center. We’ll have have a number of guests coming to talk to our neighborhood and will be talking about many important issues for our neighborhood.

Later that week is the Piedmont Neighborhood Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 26th from 9am to 1:30pm. This year we’ll be joining with the East Columbia Neighborhood Association to have a joint cleanup day. We’ll be accepting all kinds of waste that you’d normally have to take to the dump and it will only cost $5 a car load, $10 for trucks/vans and $15 for trailers or oversized loads. This is a great way to finish up your spring cleaning and get rid of some unwanted items. This year we’ll be collecting items at the Minit Mart parking lot at 630 NE Marine Drive near NE 6th and NE Faloma (see the map below).

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General Meeting, Thursday, January 30th at 7pm

The Piedmont Neighborhood Association will hold it’s quarterly January meeting this Thursday, January 30th at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the June Key Delta Community Center (5940 North Albina St. – just south of Peninsula Park).

Hear are a few of the featured topics:

  • Steve Buel, Piedmont Neighborhood’s elected member of the Portland Board of Education, will be present to talk about his work on the board, his views on education and anything else he’s inspired to address. He has been an active voice via editorials in The Oregonian and Willamette Week, and on his Facebook page. Expect him to provide a candid update on the negotiations between Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers.  We are allotting 15-20 minutes specifically for Q&A follow-up.
  • Jim Bittner, of Cascade Radon,will present information about the radon issues we face here in Portland. Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States, and this presentation can help clarify how to test for radon in your home and, if present, options for removing it. Jim will share a short slideshow presentation, then answer questions from the audience.

Please join us to learn more about your neighborhood!

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General Meeting & Board Elections – Thursday, Oct. 24th – 7pm

June Key Delta Community Center – 5940 North Albina St.

Green Zebra GroceryJoin your neighbors at our quarterly general meeting and annual board elections. We’ll have a meet and great starting at 6:30pm with snacks generously provided by Green Zebra Grocery. We’ll also have an update on public safety by our neighborhood police officer, introductions to some new businesses, a demonstration by students of The Portland Ninja School and much more!

We also will be voting in a the neighborhood board and we encourage and welcome all interested neighbors to run for a position on the board. The commitment isn’t huge (about 1 meeting a month) and the positive impact you can have on your neighborhood is HUGE!

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Block Party!

Come join the Piedmont Neighborhood Association for our annual Block Party on Thursday, August 29 from 6pm to 8pm.  We’ll be having the block party on N. Mississippi Ave between N. Rosa Parks Way and N. Ainsworth. We’ll have games, snacks, chalk, bubbles! Come meet your neighbors and bring your kids and dogs to get to know everyone! We’ll have news about the Piedmont neighborhood and we’ll be excited to hear your thoughts on the future of our neighborhood!

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Introducing the Piedmont Walkers

Taking a page out of the Kenton Neighborhood’s playbook – Piedmont Neighborhood Association wants to start a Piedmont Walkers group. A few people are needed to share neighborhood newsletters and other special events with their neighbors door to door. With about 4 hand outs per year, you would walk the flyer to about 15 homes near where you live.

Get to know your nearby neighbors and help us bring the neighborhood together when important information needs to be shared.  On our Piedmont Walkers page you can find out more about this program and figure out what blocks are available. You can even sign up to volunteer for your block!

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Full Median at Michigan Ave and Rosa Parks Way

Members of the Piedmont Neighborhood Association recently met with the PBOT project manager of the Michigan Ave Neighborhood Greenway project, Ross Swanson, to talk about some continuing problems with cut-throughs on the greenway from driver’s trying to avoid traffic on I-5.

Mr. Swanson showed us traffic counts that showed that cut-throughs were indeed still a problem and agreed to move on to phase 2 of the project – adding a full medium to the crossing at Rosa Parks Way.

A overhead diagram of the Michigan Ave crossing at Rosa Parks Way showing a full medium.

A overhead diagram of the Michigan Ave crossing at Rosa Parks Way showing a full median.

As you can see from the diagram above, the full median will allow people walking or riding bikes to cross Rosa Parks, but will not allow cut-through drivers to turn left from Michigan Ave on to Rosa Parks and continue to I-5 North. Work on the full-median is expected to begin shortly.

We know that a lot of neighbors are concerned that the full-median will simply shift cut-through over one block over to Mississippi Ave. We shared that concern with Mr. Swanson and shared some ideas for diverting cut-though drivers earlier in the neighborhood. Mr. Swanson said he would take these ideas to a PBOT traffic engineer and the overall Neighborhood Greenway Program Managers. Recently we heard from Mr. Swanson and unfortunately there is no remaining budget available for diversion improvements earlier on the Neighborhood Greenway.

The Piedmont Neighborhood Association is now planning to write a letter in conjunction with the Humboldt Neighborhood Association to ask the PBOT and Commissioner Novick, who is in charge of the PBOT, for improvements to the Neighborhood Greenway to reduce cut-throughs.

Please comment below if you have any input on these changes to the Michigan Neighborhood Greenway.

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Peninsula Rose Garden Weeding Party – April 15th

Foliar damage caused by herbicide overspray.

Foliar damage caused by herbicide overspray.

Monday, April 15, 8am – 12pm

We have scheduled a work party on Monday to weed the slopes at the Peninsula Park Rose Garden. We are hoping to cut down on the use of herbicides in the garden this year, so your help getting on top of the weeds early in the season would be greatly appreciated.
Join us if you can for an hour or two or all morning. Bring a friend;  the more of us doing this work, the quicker it will be done. Also please bring your favorite weeding tool as our weeding tools are a bit limited at the garden.

If you can, let me know if you can make it so we can plan accordingly. My e-mail is penrosegarden@gmail.com.

Thanks ever so much and hope to see many of you on Monday.

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