For more information go to: http://www.diningoutforlife.com/Portland/restaurants
When: Monday, November 21, 7-8 PM
Where: King School Facility, 4815 NE 7th Ave., entrance on 7th
RSVP to katy at necoalition.org
Reduce your family’s exposure to the contaminants and chemicals that can trigger asthma, allergies and other health concerns. Win prizes, make recipes and play games while discussing healthy, cost-effective alternatives to store-bought cleaners!
This workshop is lead by Josiah Hill III Clinic and hosted by NECN’s Safety and Livability Team. Josiah Hill III Clinic is an environmental health non-profit located in NE Portland. Josiah Hill III Clinic’s focus is on providing families in Portland with the tools and information they need to create healthy and safe home environments. They offer free blood lead screenings for families at risk for lead poisoning and a variety of workshops to support the community in creating Healthy Homes, Healthy Childcare, Healthy Equity and Green Cleaning Solutions. To learn more or to schedule a blood lead test or workshop, please call (503) 802-7389.
Free Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop – living in an older home? Participants learn how to prevent lead exposure while living in homes older than 1978. Participants receive a free safety kit worth $30. Contact Community Energy Project at 503.284.6827 x110 to register.
Tuesday, September 14
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Peninsula Park Community Center
700 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland OR
Thursday, September 30
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Community Energy Project
422 NE Alberta Street, Portland OR
Free Weatherization Workshop – is your home drafty? Participants learn how to conduct small-scale draft-stopping measures using simple tools such as a screwdriver and scissors. Great for renters and homeowners alike. Qualified participants receive a free weatherization kit worth $150. Call Community Energy Project at 503.284.6827 x108 to register.
Thursday, September 16 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Community Energy Project
422 NE Alberta Street, Portland OR
Thursday, September 30 6:00pm – 8:00pm
SE Portland Tool Library
2800 SE Harrison St, Portland OR
Families in Irvington have joined the growing number of Portland residents opposing cell tower construction in residential neighborhoods.
Irvington residents are fighting a Clearwire proposal to replace an existing 74-foot utility pole with an installation of multiple WiMax antennas onto a 91-foot tower. The site is on Stanton Street, between NE 23rd and NE 24th, a street lined with mature trees and historic homes.
Residents and Clearwire representatives will make their case at a community meeting this Wednesday, June 9.
This is the second meeting to discuss Clearwire’s proposal. The first meeting held May 27 included a heated discussion on what has proven to be a very controversial topic. As in other neighborhoods, Clearwire did not fulfill its notification obligations under its city contract for the first meeting. Neighbors lobbied the City for a second meeting to ensure the process was followed and a larger number of residents could participate.
Irvington residents oppose this 91-foot cell tower in a completely residential, low priority location because it is:
- Loud. Neighbors are concerned that the noise level of Clearwire’s cooling equipment, though vaulted, will pose a noise problem for the single-family homes surrounding the proposed site.
- Unhealthy. Even the FCC, which licenses cell towers, admits they have not been proven to be safe. Studies outside the U.S. demonstrate health effects ranging from insomnia to increased cancer for people living near cell towers.
- Ugly. A ninety-foot tower on a residential street is an eyesore and lowers property values.
Residents also wonder how this tower could affect Irvington’s proposed Historic District designation. This application is slated to be submitted to the US National Park Service for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Residents have worked for years to have Irvington’s historical significance recognized,” says Steven Cole, father of two young children and an Irvington homeowner just 200 feet from the proposed tower. “Now we are just a couple of months away from having our 110 year old community declared a Historic Place by the National Park Service. Clearwire’s proposal to erect a 90′ tower on a residential street in the heart of Irvington is a slap in the face to our community.”
Irvington neighbors were joined by Respect PDX, a city-wide coalition advocating for the responsible placement of cell towers and other wireless facilities in Portland. Respect PDX began as a group of Beaumont Wilshire residents opposing a cell tower in their local neighborhood and has quickly grown to include members from neighborhoods around Portland. The group asserts that the system for siting and approving these facilities is inadequate and is working to protect all residential neighborhoods from the inappropriate placement of cell towers.
Clearwire has launched a major WiMax service roll out in Portland and faces opposition in a number of other Portland neighborhoods including Alameda, Beaumont Wilshire, Sunnyside, Brentwood Darlington, Arbor Lodge and Mt. Tabor. Hundreds more wireless sites are expected to be proposed by companies in the next two years. Respect PDX wants the process modified to allow residents a voice in what happens on their streets.
Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm
1624 NE Hancock
Respect PDX representatives will be available for media interviews at 6.45pm outside the meeting room in Westminster Church.
For more information go to www.RespectPDX.org
Last year more than 700 local residents learned how to transform their yards into “urban farms,” preserve their harvest and keep chickens and bees. The overwhelming response has led to a tripling of course offerings for the 2010. The expanded roster includes classes such as cheesemaking, cooking, advanced chicken and beekeeping, innovative gardening and healthful food on a budget classes. On-line registration is available at http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/ugb.
“Portland residents know that growing and preserving their own food is great for our personal, environmental and community health,” says Portland Mayor Sam Adams. “The Urban Growth Bounty classes are a great value. There’s always more to learn about how to grow, preserve and eat sustainably on a budget.”
Presented by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, new partners and well-known experts are on board for the 2010 series, including Oregon Tilth, Naomi Montacre, Monique Dupre, Ivy Manning and the creative hands at Salt Fire and Time and Abby’s Kitchen. Classes for all skill levels are offered from February through November and held at locations all over the city.
About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability:
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) promotes integrated land use planning and development based on sustainability principles and practices. BPS also develops and implements policies and programs that provide environmental, economic and social benefits to residents, businesses and government, which strengthen Portland’s position as an international model of sustainable practices and commerce. www.portlandonline.com/bps
Fix-It Fair is a free event designed to save you money and connect you to resources. Join your neighbors and talk to experts about how to spend less and stay healthy.
David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver St
Hours: 8:30 a.m. 2 p.m.
Day long exhibits and hourly workshops provide information and resources for:
· water & energy savings
· home & personal health
· food & nutrition
· community resources
· recycling & yard care
· lead testing & more!
Free lunch and childcare provided.
Organized by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in partnership with other City bureaus, Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland General Electric and the Portland Bureau of Housing and Community Development.