I5 Construction and Residential Infill on September's Agenda

Interested in Land Use/Development issues or Transportation?  Want to make sure Arbor Lodge Park remains pesticide free or that hungry neighbor kids get fresh fruit in their backpacks to take home for the weekend? Also, we have a monthly happy hour. Come out and get to know your neighbors.

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association elections are October 18th.
We are seeking a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and some "At-Large" board members.
Please see what’s on the agenda for September and come out for our meeting.

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association
Thursday, August 20, 2018
Historic Kenton Firehouse 8105 N. Brandon

6:30 - 6:35 Introductions

6:35 – 7:00 Jessica Bull and Thor Alvarado, JLA: Briefing on Upcoming I5 Construction Projects

In September 2020, the northbound bridge of the Interstate Bridge will close for up to two weeks as crews replace a cracked trunnion and other parts that lift and lower the bridge. Members from the project team will share details about the project along with the current plans for traffic management. This will also be an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on additional ways to mitigate impacts on the neighborhood.

7:00 – 7:30 Ben DeJarnette, Bridgeliner

Bridgeliner is a local publication in Portland that will be doing a series this fall on housing affordability. Ben (Bridgeliner's director) is hoping to learn more about how neighborhoods like Arbor Lodge are experiencing housing issues, and what questions residents have about the city's growth plan, residential infill proposal, etc. 

7:30 – 7:40 501c3 Status

7:40 – 8:10 Budget Report and Finalizing Budget

8:10 – 8:15 $50 for BBQ Flyer Design, $45 request from a neighborhood block party

8:15 – 8:25 Outreach for Pesticide Free Park Coordinator and Board Elections

8:25 – 8:30 Approval of August Minutes


North Portland Transportation Partnership Kickoff

Discuss transportation in North Portland at new group kickoff event

The North Portland Transportation Partnership (NPTP) will host a kickoff event on September 19th featuring Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.
Oregon Department of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Transportation staff will be on hand to present information about transportation projects happening in North Portland. The event is open to the public and free to attend.
NPTP is taking a fresh look at the issues affecting North Portlanders who ride, bike, drive, roll and walk in and around our neighborhoods. The partnership seeks to take a collaborative approach to transportation issues and to create a shared venue for residents, businesses, government organizations and others to discuss and influence transportation projects that affect us all.
At the kickoff event, NPTP will connect community advocates, residents and transportation officials who share mobility concerns that affect North Portland.  Register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-does-north-portland-connect-discuss-transportation-in-north-portland-w-speaker-kotek-tickets-49925943842. Due to limited time at this location, questions will only be accepted in advance when registering on Eventbrite. Pose questions to ODOT or PBOT. Time will be reserved for networking at the end of the session.
Anyone interested in getting involved prior to the event should contact Mary Jaron Kelley with North Portland Neighborhood Services at mary@npnscommunity.org or 503-823-4099.
  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m. (building closes at 8:00 pm)
  • Where: Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave) ADA entrance on south side
  • Parking: Bike and car parking are available behind Kaiser Town Hall
  • Transit option: Ride the Yellow MAX line to the Overlook Park Station

The City of Portland ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids and services. To request these services, contact 503-823-4099, City TTY 503-823-6868, Relay Service: 711.

Please note that the event location has changed from its initial announcement. It no longer will be held at the University of Portland. The date and time remain the same.


Hungry kids need our help.
At Chief Joseph Elementary backpacks with food go out each Friday for about 30 students.  These students have clearly shown the need for this food help.
The Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association organizes individuals and families to assist by adding fresh fruit to these backpacks each week.
If you sign up, you are asked to bring 30 individual pieces of fresh fruit to the school front office by Wednesday of the week you are assigned.  Think apples, oranges, tangerines and little boxes of raisins.  Bananas are a no go - they bruise to easily.
You can trade if the week assigned doesn't work for you and you get a reminder at the beginning of the month if you are assigned during that month. 
Usually we have enough volunteers that we ask each volunteer to donate twice a year. This year we are short 6-8 individuals to make that work.
Please consider joining the Fresh Fruit Network.  It is easy, doesn't cost you too much, and makes a Big difference for kids to know they are supported, and they get that fruit, along with noodles, chili, etc.  To join, email ginger.edws@gmail.com with your preferred email for notices/reminders.  I bcc you on the Big yearly list, and only share with your permission for the month you are assigned so you can trade if needed.
Thanks for considering


Love Your Park!
Want to keep it pesticide and herbicide free?
If yes, then please consider volunteering this Saturday, September 8th, 9-12
meet at the baseball field nearest Greeley on Dekum
We'll spread bark mulch, might flame weed (depending on the weather), maybe weed (depends on hardness of the ground).
And, we will get to know our neighbors.  Water and snacks and thanks in abundance.
Hope to see you there.


Can you imagine being hungry all weekend?  Some children in Arbor Lodge experience this. 

To make a positive change,  join the "fresh fruit for school backpacks program".  An activity of the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association.

Every year, teachers and the school counselor at Chief Joseph identify between 30-40 children who come to school very hungry each Monday due to lack of food over the weekend.

The PTO works with charitable groups to buy shelf stable food.  We - neighbors like you and me, provide 2 pieces of fresh fruit per backpack each week.

If you sign up you'll be scheduled with another family to bring the fresh fruit to the school on your assigned week by noon on Wednesday of that week.  It is that simple.  We don't do bananas - they bruise easy and what kid eats brown bananas?  But apples, oranges, tangerines, little boxes of raisins, are all good.

You can trade weeks with others in the network, and you'll get a reminder the week before you are scheduled also.

Hope you can join us fight hunger in Arbor Lodge.


Large and Medium Tree Giveaway - October 6th, 9-12
Cathedral Park, by the boat ramp

Many of us know that trees convert polluting carbon dioxide in our air into breathable oxygen.  But have you ever laid on your back beneath a mature white oak or noble fir and looked up at its branches?  

It looks a lot like the lungs in our chest!  

Limbs stretch out from the main trunk (trachea and primary bronchi) into ever smaller bronchiole-like branches and eventually into small alveoli-ish clusters of leaves and needles. It’s quite a sight, and quite a consideration:  Oxygen-producing trees that look like the lungs we use to breathe that oxygen!

We like trees.  They improve our air quality and health and well-being, and provide visual appeal, cooling shade, erosion control, stormwater benefits, higher property values, and food for wildlife.  Kids like to climb them. And studies show that a vibrant urban forest can even help reduce crime.

Thanks to a grant from PPR’s Urban Forestry mission in cooperation with your local Tree Teams, we want to give you a free medium or large tree.  We’re talking Douglas firs, scarlet oaks, giant sequoias, western red cedar, Pacific ponderosa pines, and purple beeches among others. Come get yours on Oct. 6 at Cathedral Park.  

To register for this event click the link below:


Sometimes, simple changes to our environment can be just the thing we need to help our community live longer and healthier. Trees are one such change. Get yours now!


Arbor Lodge Tree Team notes from July meeting

*  final review of the letter to De Marco Developers about preserving the Oregon White Oak at 3341 N. Willamette during demolition and reconstruction.  We will send it out electronically

*  review of BES sites available - Eugenia, Greg, Ginger and Mary Helen all took a section of the neighborhood to do outreach.  *** look for a follow up forwarded mail - Eugenia found the original paperwork from BES which gives us good info and talking points.  Sept 1st is a deadline - but only for a tree to be planted this winter.  Inquiries after Sept 1st will be gathered by BES for next winter's plantings.  Please reach out to one of us if you'd like to approach a property owner on this yard tree giveaway that includes 3 years of watering and pruning by the City of Portland, all free.  Potential sites include any commercial buildings and multi-family housing.  These are for yards, not street trees.  Many sites are already identified by BES, making it easier to ID potential sites.

*  October 6th Yard Tree Giveaway - site of giveaway is the Boat Ramp at Cathedral Park
    *  October 6th, 8-1/1:30 volunteer time  - public pick up of trees - 9-12 for all reserved trees, 12-1 for any left over and/or not reserved.
    *  training for the event, September 26th, 7-8:30, Kenton Fire House, 8105 N. Brandon
    ****  we still need 2-3 volunteers for the day of the event, please email Ginger if you can volunteer that day, and attend the training on Sept 26th.
   **** we also still need 2 more volunteers to call those who have reserved a tree during the week before to remind them to come get their tree.

*  the Tree Team is working to develop a template of paragraphs we can use to quickly write a letter to any developer who has bought a lot with large trees.

submitted by Ginger


August 16th Agenda

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Historic Kenton Firehouse 8105 N. Brandon

6:30 - 6:35 Introductions

6:35 – 6:40 Rosa Parks Restriping / Crosswalk Update (Amber)

6:40 – 6:45 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Request for Donation

6:45 – 6:50 North Portland Transportation Alliance Request for Contribution

6:50 – 7:00 What to do with all the stuff in storage in Ginger’s basement

7:00 – 7:10 Transition to new coordinator for Pesticide Free Park

7:10 – 7:20 Land Use Updates (Mark Wyman)

7:20 – 7:25 Portland Clean Energy Fund Voters Pamphlet Endorsement

7:25 - 7:35 Announce open positions/ Break

7:35 – 8:00  Budget discussion & planning (Mark & Robert)

8:00 – 8:20 Online motions, voting and review of minutes