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On October 27th the Piedmont Neighborhood Association has its fall general meeting at the June Key Delta House, located at the corner of Albina and Ainsworth, from 7pm til 9pm.

We have invited Commander George Burke of PPD North Precinct, or one of his representatives, and Mark Wells, City Coordinator of Neighborhood Watch and Citizen Patrol efforts to join us to talk about crime in our neighborhood.

The PNA is in desperate need of neighbors who want to be involved with the PNA, and, more generally, of suggestions and initiatives that would make our neighborhood association more inclusive and more visible. Neighborhood associations are Portland’s unique attempt to have at least some local control and direct democracy. If you want them to work, and not to hand over the city wholesale to politicos and developers, then please become involved.

Involvement  can take many forms, and the easiest is to come to a meeting!  This meeting  (facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/208117992938743/) is also the one time per year when we elect new board members – folks who want to dedicate a few hours a month towards making the neighborhood community stronger.

Please come out and join us!

Minutes from PNA General Meeting 28 Apr 2016

(Sourced from Jan’s post on Nextdoor: https://piedmontportland.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=24932218 .  Nextdoor is a great place to discuss these minutes and other local news, and it is free to sign up!)

Piedmont Neighborhood General Meeting
April 28, 2016

Action item:
After discussing the topic of adopting the strip of land between N. Columbia Blvd and the Columbia Slough, a motion was made and seconded to amend our bylaws to expand our boundaries to include this area into the Piedmont neighborhood. This motion was approved with the following vote results: 9 in favor, 2 abstain, 0 opposed.

Follow up needed: Linda will present this information to the Kenton and E. Columbia neighborhoods, adjoining this strip of land to the north and west, for their approval.

2. The Friends of the Peninsula Park Rose Garden gave a presentation about their Preservation Strategy. Please see their website at penrosefriends.org for more information. And please join them for the following events:

June 4: Rose care class
July 15: Ice cream social
August 21: Art in the Rose Garden

3. Friends of Lombard updates and information: Linda provided an overview of the Lombard Reimagined project

4. Piedmont Neighborhood Spring Clean Up recap: thank you to all of the volunteers as well as all those who brought junk and reusable items. This was a very successful clean up with 4.8 tons of garbage disposed of, 2 truck loads of electronics recycled, many items reused by neighbors and the non-profit Teen Challenge and much fun had by all! We will do it again next year in April.

Staying Connected

There’s extremely lively conversation on the Nextdoor website .  It’s got quite a few discussions per day about local news, giveaways, and a lot of recommendations for local services.

The Piedmont Facebook page features a lot of local and nearby events and news relevant to our neighborhood.

Event listing:  We’ve got some great activities coming up this summer in the neighborhood.  E-mail us to get your event happening in Piedmont added to our list!

Neighborhood Cleanup on April 28th

On April 28th 10am to 2pm at the Holy Redeemer (Enter on Vancouver Blvd), we’ll be hosting a neighborhood cleanup–we’ll have dumpsters and you can bring the junk that’s been sitting in your yard, alley, or basement.

Things that we will accept:

  • Yard Debris (No Stems Larger Than 4-Inches)
  • Tires (With or Without Rim)
  • Metal (Junk Metal & Appliances Without Coolant & Fully Drained Gas Powered Machines & Water Heaters)
  • Bulk Waste
  • Swap Items (Usable Things You Would Like to Swap With Your Neighbor)
  • E-Waste (Everything Except Microwaves)

Not accepting:

  • Recyclables (1 thru 7, no styrofoam blocks or peanuts)
  • Construction Debris (Concrete, Sand, Gravel, Composition Roofing, Plaster, etc.)
  • No Commercial or Kitchen Garbage
  • Paint (Any)
  • Batteries (Any)
  • Bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Lights, Standard Fluorescent Lights)
  • No Hazardous Waste – Chemicals (Any)
  • AC Units

What Can I Bring to Swap?

  • Clothing (Children – Adult)
  • Accessories
  • Books & Toys
  • Play Equipment
  • Household Items
  • Furniture
  • Electronics
  • Art & Craft Supplies
  • Tools & Building Materials
  • Gardening Supplies

What’s it cost?
Base fee:

  • $5 Cars
  • $10 Trucks/Vans
  • $15 Trailers/Oversize Loads

Additional fees:

  • $3 per computer monitor
  • $3 per tire

Event volunteers can dispose and recycle for free.

Volunteers are needed to direct traffic, sort recyclable items, unload debris into dumpsters, and do litter patrol for this event. Contact Justin Thompson @ thompsonju -at- gmail.com or 503.740.0502.

Sponsored by: Piedmont Neighborhood Association, Metro, North Portland Neighborhood Services, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, & Holy Redeemer Catholic School

Piedmont Quarterly Gathering coming up on March 22nd!

Join us to meet your neighbors, learn about events happening in your neighborhood and area, and become an active part of your community! We’ll be meeting from 7-9pm on March 22nd at the June Key Delta Community Center, which is located just across Ainsworth from Peninsula Park. Come take a tour of the new living building! We’ll have representatives from the Portland Police Department, local activists, information about zoning changes and upcoming construction, and other local interest items. We hope to see you out there!