On October 5th the Senior Studies Institute (SSI) begins hosting a regular current event forums on Friday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00. Forums are open to the public and are moderated by experienced SSI volunteers. The forums are held at the Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center, 5600 NE 42nd Avenue, Building 1, Room 132.
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
The Concordia Neighborhood Association, Englewood Christian Church and Trinity Lutheran School will be sponsoring a Spelling Bee for adults, ages 18 and above! This event is free to all.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 from 7-8pm
Englewood Christian Church
3515 NE Killingsworth St.
Start studying the dictionary, play Scramble on Facebook, do the daily spelling on the Scripps National Spelling Bee website, challenge a friend to pla Scrabble, dust off that Thesaurus and watch for the February issue of the Concordia Neighborhood News for more details! Spectators of all ages will be welcome!
Neighbors’ Night Out August 4, 2009
Teams, schools, friends, church groups, businesses, child care, YOU! Organize a group or come by yourself but plan to get out for some fun! Concordia Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a parade August 4.
The Decoration Station will be at Faubion Elementary School parking lot facing NE Dekum open from 5 pm on to decorate your bike, trike, wagon etc. The parade starts at 6 pm and we will work our way to Fernhill Park for music, food, activities and more fun! A kazoo band? A wagon train? A hula-hoop troupe? Get creative and join the parade!
For information or to register your group contact: Anne 503-493-1938 or arothert [at] gmail.com
(Individuals do not need to register)
CNA HOLIDAY PARTY
Tuesday, December 2nd , 2008
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Concordia University’s Fine Arts Building
The ANNUAL CNA HOLIDAY PARTY is just around the corner, so please mark your calendars! Due to last year’s record crowd, we have moved the party location to a much bigger venue. Concordia University has generously donated their Fine Arts Building (FAB) for our event so there will be plenty of room to enjoy the festivities. The Fine Arts Building is located at 6410 NE 27th Avenue. All residents and business owners of the Concordia Neighborhood are invited to the free holiday festivities on Tuesday, December 2nd in lieu of our General Meeting.
The holiday party is a great way to meet new neighbors and mix and mingle with friends, old and new, in a festive and family-friendly atmosphere. This year we are again delighted to be serving homemade Indonesian food provided by Priska Hillis, Indonesian Personal Chef, a native of Bali and a resident of the Concordia Neighborhood. Priska’s recipes are passed down from her grandmother who lived in the rural eastern slice of the island of Java. More traditional finger-food and nonalcoholic beverages will also be provided by the CNA. Additionally, we will be having a cookie decoration station for children so they can create their own tasty treats.
A holiday party would not be complete without music! This year, we are pleased to announce that we will have two music groups performing festive songs for our listening pleasure. Trinity Lutheran School Band, under the direction of Ruth Gray, will be performing lovely ensemble pieces for the audience. The Portland Community Wind Band (PCWB), conducted by Cynthia Plank, will also be providing beautiful music for our celebration. The PCWB (www.PCWB.org) was founded with community in mind to provide an opportunity for adults to perform advanced band literature and to show students that there are many ways to participate in music after high school that may not include playing in a rock band or majoring in music in college. We are blessed to have both of these bands perform.
The CNA Green Team will also be collecting warm clothing, outerwear, and blankets at the Holiday Party to be donated to the HIV Day Center housed at Ainsworth United Church of Christ. So please do not forget those that are less fortunate than us during this holiday season and donate what you can. Men’s clothing is preferred. Lastly, the Green Team will be handing out “Green” Goodie Bags at the door. There is a limited supply, so don’t be late! We hope to see you all there for this fun end-of-the-year event!
By Eve Connell
Each month, people – thousands in the summer – flock to our neighborhood to join in what has become one of the most popular events in Portland: Last Thursday Art Walk on Alberta Street. The informal arts-related festival began with just a few businesses and artists in 1997, and has expanded to reach not only the entire stretch of businesses on Alberta (roughly 20 blocks), but entices street vendors, performers, and other organic attractions to participate as well. Galleries, studios, restaurants, and other art venues on Alberta Street open their doors for a celebratory evening of art, usually from 5 to 9:30 P.M. Street vendors and performers (and enthusiastic participant-observers), usually stay much later (again, primarily in the summer months).
People in our neighborhood seem to have a love-hate relationship with this event. Many look forward to the night of festivity and fun, while others dread trying to make it home on time to secure their street parking.
The positive elements of this event include some peaks in business, attention to the Alberta Arts District, a general focus on art, and a night of casual fun for all.
However, negative elements do exist, and are not limited to the obvious: lack of parking, excess trash and noise, and rowdy visitors to the neighborhood. More serious issues include safety (e.g., excessive and potentially dangerous traffic, public drunkenness) and event exclusivity (e.g., longtime neighborhood residents do not feel welcome to participate).
Some people took it upon themselves this summer to monitor the event on their own – one robust yet informal group even attempted unofficial street closure in June, which illustrates further that Last Thursday is reaching a tipping point.
Open discussion began a few weeks ago to address the issues that top the list of concerns. The City of Portland has been fabulously cooperative with business owners, street vendors, and the public. Because there’s nothing official about Last Thursday, the City could choose to shut it down, but they choose to cooperate with neighbors, business owners, vendors, and other participants. With swelling crowds this summer (July’s Last Thursday event brought over 8000 people — and 75+ open container warnings as well as eight tickets for the same offense), just how to proceed is being discussed with City officials from Sam Adams’ office, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Police, Alberta Business Association, Art On Alberta, and concerned neighbors, both for and against the event.
We are looking for volunteers to supervise the Fernhill Park Wading Pool again this summer. It is super easy…all you need to do is attend a half hour training, complete a background check, and commit to a two-hour shift of helping at the Fernhill Park Wading Pool. You are welcome to help as often as you would like, but we are so happy even when you can only help one time. When we work together, we can provide so much more for the children. The plan is to have the wading pool open on Tuesday and Thursdays, 12:00 to 4:00, July 1 through August 21st. If we get a lot of volunteers, we can keep the pool open longer on Tuesday and Thursday or possible add other days. Please give me a call if you have any questions or to put you on the volunteer schedule.
Contact: Melody Winn, 503.282.6574
Also, we have a few dollars left from the playground fund that we are going to use to purchase water toys. We always welcome donations of water toys or other things (soccer balls, hula hoops) children can use in the park. I am looking for someone to donate a badminton/volleyball net and all the supplies. Our volunteers can put them up on Tuesday and Thursday during the pool hours. There is arranged storage for all the items when they aren’t in use.
The Concordia Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with Portland Parks and Recreation, is very excited to bring you another year of FREE concerts this summer. The community sponsorship and neighborhood attendance has been greater than we could have ever imagined.
Concerts are on Fridays, starting July 11th through August 1st from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., and conclude with a special Neighbors Night Out on Tuesday, August 5th. Concerts are free to attend and you are welcome to bring your food and drink, but note there will also be food vendors, Aladdin’s Café and Hot Dog Ernie’s, at the events. We will pass the “watering can” during intermission for you to donate any amount to ensure we can continue this event in the future.
Follow the link below for a complete schedule of dates and performers:
Is there be a better way to spend a summer evening than gathering with your neighbors at Fernhill park for music, dancing, food and family fun? Thanks to the generous sponsorship of local businesses and individuals the free Concerts at Fernhill Park have become a much anticipated summer tradition in Concordia.
The Fernhill Concert Committee is already hard at work making plans to fill Fernhill Park with incredible music and family fun on every Friday in July following Independence Day and on National Night Out in August. In addition to the work of volunteers, the concerts can’t happen without support from local businesses and individuals. We especially count on the generosity and community spirit of our business neighbors to help raise the dollars we need to produce the free concerts at Fernhill.
So even though summer is a few months away, please consider becoming a sponsor of the Fernhill Summer Concerts or providing support at any level. It doesn’t matter if you are a business-owner, a family, or an individual, we need you to make the concerts happen!
For information on supporting the Fernhill Concerts, please don’t hesitate to contact Tony Fuentes at 971-570-6930, Milagros@milagrosboutique.com or Katie Ugolini at 503 – 296-7839, email@example.com. Check back here to download sponsorship forms directly from our website.