10.21.2018

It is with confidence I write this post. 

Last Thursday the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association held Elections and passed a Budget for this coming year. 

We also formed a new Air Quality/Environmental Committee.

Here are a some highlights:
*  We still have 2 open positions on the Board for At Large members.  These positions ask you to attend the meetings, maybe lead a committee or activity, lend your opinion and voice to all discussions
*  We changed our meeting day to the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 20th at 6:30pm, Kenton Firehouse
* We created a Communications Team to clean up our mailing list, make sure our blog posts work well, and any other communications is working well too
*  Here are the Election results and some areas of interest for each person elected if stated by that person:
Chair - Ginger Edwards
Vice Chair - Mark Wyman, Communications and outreach
Secretary - Lex Burling
Treasurer - Tim Pape
At Large Board members:
Bob Greene
Beth Staus
Sharon Parker - will do outreach to folks who sign up for our mailing list to explore interests
Brianda Pape - Communications, and will now lead Arbor Lodge Park pesticide/herbicide free work parties
Rowan Wade - Transportation, which focuses on safety for bicycles, pedestrians, and cars, Rowan will be reaching out to Overlook NA and Adidas, come help him out
Non Board member Susan Harris volunteered to lead the Clean Air/Environmental Committee, join up!
*  Budget highlights include:
** money to pay for an ADA Port a Potty at Arbor Lodge Park when the restrooms are closed for winter
** Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association received a $1,500 gift from the Portland Parks Foundation.  This money must be spent in/on the Park.  Come help us decide whether to use it to maintain the pesticide/herbicide free work parties, or for some other purpose (we would find other funding to maintain the work parties if we decide to use this money for something else at the Park).

Come check us out, we want to hear your ideas.  In December we plan some Holiday fun, and after our biz meeting in January we always have a potluck pie social.  Look for our Duncan Memorial Fruit Tree Giveaway in late February/early March.  Join the Tree Team and help us plant trees and deal with the invasive Tree of Heaven starts popping up all over Arbor Lodge.

Hope to meet you on Tuesday, November 20th at 6:30 pm at the Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N. Brandon.

10.09.2018

Arbor Lodge Elections
October 18th, 6:30
Kenton Firehouse

Come check out the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association.  Learn what we do, invite us to do more.  We have openings on the Board for a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and several At Large positions.  Come volunteer.

Agenda:

*  Elections
*  Approval of Budget for the coming year - see our ideas, influence the decision
*  Brianda Pape - Arbor Lodge Park Pesticide Free work party on October 13th, 9-12
*  Confirmation on Port a Potty for Park when restrooms shut for winter (if approved in budget)
*  meeting day/time/place - could/should we change when we meet and where?

And some great ideas that came up at our Happy Hour
*  Bob Greene suggested we host some History Pubs, maybe a Vanport Discussion, and how about the Levy activity happening now?
*  Amber asked we continue outreach and set up a sharing time for AL residnets who work from home.
*  Nate suggested we reach out to Alexandra who used to be on the Board and was our contact with the AL Biz Association to see if it is still active.  
*  Dale stated that a group of neighbors is looking to create a pocket park on Jessup between Boston and Omaha.  This is an unimproved street way that can only be used by 4 wheel drive vehicles with high clearances.
*  Ginger brought an idea from Karen Beck - let's have an Arbor Lodge Art weekend or walk or something to highlight all the artists in Arbor Lodge.

Pizza will be provided to all.  Come share a slice and your ideas!

10.08.2018

Arbor Lodge Tree Team meeting
What:  Arbor Lodge Tree Team meeting
Where:  Pinky's, 3990 N. Interstate ( near the Prescott Max stop)
When:  this Wednesday, October 10th, 7 pm
Agenda:
*  review of Large Tree Giveaway on October 6th
*  discussion of neighborhood or coalition?
*  Tree walk online?  - Eugenia
*  Alianthus altissima ??  
*  hosting art events for "Trees at Risk"
*  hand out of flyers from BES for free trees for commercial sites in AL
** your agenda items?????

See you there!

9.30.2018

Sunday October 7: Arbor Lodge Happy Hour!

Sunday October 7
Look Long Brewing 
6550 N Interstate 
5pm to 7pm


Come have a beer, meet your neighbors and learn about your neighborhood association! The Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association's (ALNA) annual election is on Thursday October 18th. We're hosting a pre-election happy hour for anybody who may be interested in joining the board, volunteering in another capacity, or if you'd just like to enjoy a beer with your neighbors--all are welcome! 

Board membership is open to anybody who lives in Arbor Lodge, and is also open to anybody representing a local business, school, church, not-for-profit, or other type of organization located in Arbor Lodge. Basically, it's open to everyone.

Our purpose  (quoting from our bylaws) is to promote livability by providing information, promoting communication and engaging in activities between neighbors and all others interested in the general welfare of the neighborhood. 

Examples of our ongoing work include organizing volunteers to keep Arbor Lodge Park pesticide free, our annual picnic in the park, neighborhood clean-ups and sponsoring a portable bathroom facility for Arbor Lodge Park in the winter months. ALNA volunteers promote civic engagement by facilitating "neighborhood contact" meetings with developers, engaging government agencies such as the Portland Bureau of Transportation and offering public testimony on a range of issues impacting our neighborhood. 

Where we go and what we do in the future is up to you! The neighborhood association system, much like our city, is evolving and changing. We welcome your ideas, and your vision. 

We typically have more seats than candidates, so if you are not excited by the idea of competing with people you haven't met, don't be concerned! We are hoping our board reflects a diversity of perspectives, and life experiences so as to better serve the neighborhood.

A description of the positions is below. C'mon out this Sunday to meet the current board and to learn more.

ALNA has 4 officer positions, and up to 8 "at-large" positions that are open to anybody who is interested. Board members are expected to attend monthly meetings, and to participate in coordinating discussions (via e mail) as time permits between monthly meetings. Officer positions are described below. At large members may chair committees, represent the board at public meetings, or bring forward other projects.


     OFFICERS

A.  Chairperson:  The Chairperson shall be the principal executive officer of the ALNA and, shall in general, supervise all of the ALNA’s business and affairs, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.  Specifically, the Chairperson shall:

1.         Prepare the agendas and chair all meetings of the Board
            and Membership;

2.        Sign appropriate correspondence and contracts for
            Membership or Board approved business of the ALNA;

3.        Sign checks as determined by Board policy.

B.   Vice-Chair:  In the event of the Chair’s inability to act on behalf of the ALNA, the Vice-Chair shall assume all powers and responsibilities of the Chair as described above.  The Vice-Chair may cover other activities upon request of the Chair.

C.   Treasurer:  The Treasurer shall perform or cause to be performed:

1.         Make deposits and disbursements according to procedure
            determined by Board policy;
2.         Keep accurate and complete financial records;
3.         Provide an accurate accounting of the fiscal activity upon
            demand;
4.         Be the primary signatory on all checks;
5.         Be in compliance with budget and finance policies as may
             be adopted by the Board.

D.  Secretary:  The Secretary shall perform or cause to be performed:

1.      Record and maintain the minutes, including all votes and a summary of minority opinions, and all other written records of all Board and Membership meetings;
2.      Send approved copies of minutes to ALNA’s district coalition office, North Portland Neighborhood Services
3.      Post minutes to the ALNA website for public access;
4.      Track attendance of Board members for purposes of encouraging full participation.



Land Use Meeting Tuesday October 9th

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association Land Use Meeting
Tuesday October 9th, 7pm-8pm
Kenton Firehouse
8105 N Brandon Ave


Join your neighbors to learn about a new project planned for 6814 N Greenwich,
between Dekum & Bryant.  Casey McGuirl of McGuirl Designs will present a
three story, 19 unit apartment building.


The apartments will be priced as market rate rental housing, and will not provide
off-street parking. The development team will demolish the existing single family
home, and will not preserve any of the existing trees.

This is your opportunity to provide feedback to the design and construction team,
and to learn more about planned development in Arbor Lodge.

Questions? E mail landuse@arborlodgeneighborhood.com  

9.12.2018

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
Agenda
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


9.11.2018

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.

9.07.2018

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.
How?
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

9.04.2018

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.

8.30.2018

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.