November Meeting Agenda

Our next neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 20th, 6:30pm at the Kenton Firehouse. You're invited to join us for information sharing, thoughtful discussion and relationship building in the community.

Topics we plan to cover include:
  • A request from United Neighborhoods for Reform (UNR) to consider supporting their Demolition Resolution. Here's a link to the UNR website for more information about the group and the resolution language itself: http://unitedneighborhoodsforreform.blogspot.com
  • Discussion on how the association wants to handle notifications we receive in regards to people who lease part or all of their home as a Short Term Rental (Like AirBnB or VRBO)
  • Opportunities for archiving our records in the City Archives, along with storage of other ALNA "stuff"
  • Holiday Caroling - Seeking singers, and volunteers to plan and host the pre-carol gathering
Do you have a topic you'd like help with? Bring it to our meeting on Thursday and we'll see if we can help!


Did you sign up at the October meeting?

The sign up sheet for new volunteers for the Clean Up, Movie in the Park Committees, and the School Backpack program has been lost!  It was worth its' ink in gold, but phooey, I lost it. 

If you still want to volunteer to help plan either the Clean up in April or the Movie in the Park for next summer; or if you want to join the School Backpack Donation Network and you signed up at the meeting, please pop me an e-mail so I can direct you to the Committee or Network.  New volunteers always welcome too.  Thanks, Ginger - ginger.edws@gmail.com


Have you ever wondered if hunger exists in Arbor Lodge?  It does.

56% of the children attending Chief Joseph Elementary and 77% of those at Ockley Green qualify for free or reduced lunch.  Sometimes these kids come to school hungry on Monday mornings, not having had enough food to eat over the weekend.  Study after study shows school success is tied to nutrition - having enough to eat so students can focus on class, not on being hungry.

How can you help?

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association has a "Donation Network".  We encourage folks to sign up to donate fresh fruit for the weekly backpacks that go out with kids.  Right now, the PTA is packing 15 backpacks each week to give a hungry child enough food to get through the weekend.  fyi, other food is either purchased on donated from other groups. 

What is expected of you?  When it is "your week" you are asked to bring 15 (we hope that will go up to 20-25) individual pieces of  fresh fruit to Ockley Green by noon on Wednesday.  All backpacks are put together at Ockley Green, then brought to Chief Joseph for distribution.    Right now we have 12 families contributing.  That means donating 2 1/2 times a school year.

If interested, please send an e-mail to ginger.edws@gmail.com
I'll add you to the list, send it out to you,  and do my best to remember to remind you on Sunday nights that "this is your week".  Thanks for considering helping hungry kids in your neighborhood!


Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association Happy Hour tonight, October 24th, 5:30 to ?
Lucky Lab on Killingsworth.
why tonight instead of the last Friday?  Next Friday is Halloween.  Come meet the new ALNA Board, some neighbors, enjoy a rainy Friday night with friends.  


Please join us for Elections and more this Thursday, October 16th, 6:30, Kenton FireHouse


*  Welcome/introductions
*  Year of ALNA in review, opportunity to sign up for next years' big events and suggest your ideas- it will be fun
*  Elections
*  By Law changes?
*  brainstorm of ideas for next year
*  maybe Guest presentation, Clean Energy.

If you are interested in being part of the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association Board, come and let us know.  We are eager to include everyone and all ideas and energies in ALNA.


Put your hands in the air - ALNA's October E-news

Just in case we don't have your email address in MailChimp yet, here's a link to our most recent quarterly newsletter. Hope to see you at one or many October events!  Click Here for the News.


The Future's So Bright...ALNA's Comp Plan Comments for Review

After many months of discussion and outreach, we are ready to submit comments on the City's Comprehensive Plan that will direct how the city (and our neighborhood) grows and is impacted by development over the next 20 years. From the City's website:

"Portland has only created one Comprehensive Plan before, and that was adopted almost 35 years ago. Today’s advances in technology provide planners with so much more information and data that it takes more time to analyze and apply the findings to our work...There’s definitely more to consider this time around. Portland is a third again as big as it was then, mostly due to annexation. And our increasingly diverse population has grown by 200,000 people...The issues the plan is addressing are also broader and more complex."
We looked at where we'd like to see businesses and apartment buildings, industrial warehouses, open spaces and more. Take a look at our draft comments, and bring your questions and ideas to our meeting, Thursday, October 16th, 6:30pm at the Kenton Firehouse. Also, feel free to contact our Land Use Volunteer, Nate Young at landuse@arborlodgeneighborhood.com if you'd like to ask questions outside of the meeting. 


Today - Take Action on Air Quality

Are you concerned about the air quality in our neighborhood?

Today, Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00pm - Buckley Center 163 at the University of Portland (5000 N. Willamette Blvd.)

Vigor Industrial, who operates a shipyard on Swan Island, has reached out to Neighbors for Clean Air to attempt to address community concerns about their impact on neighborhood air quality. As part of this process, Vigor Industrial has engaged an engineering firm, ERM, to conduct an alternatives analysis to reduce emissions and odors. Resident volunteers will be representing neighborhood interests in negotiating a Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) with Vigor. It is vitally important that we meet with our neighbors, explain what we are doing, and find out from you what you would like us to include in and accomplish with this GNA. This first meeting is short - only one hour -  in an effort to encourage as many neighbors as possible to join us. The advisory committee members will stay an additional half hour to answer questions. 

Bring yourself and bring your neighbors - your presence will make a difference.

The meeting will:
1. Introduce the advisory committee members
2. Provide a brief history of how we arrived at this negotiating process
3. Summarize the Odor and Hazardous Air Pollutants Emissions Assessment Plan currently underway at the Vigor facility on Swan Island
4. Explain the purposes and goals of a GNA
5. Gather desired outcomes to include in the Vigor GNA


Candidates for ALNA's Board

We are looking forward to another great board year in the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association!
We invite you to join us October 16th and vote to elect volunteers who will serve in the board (or run for a seat).
The following people have declared the position they are interested in serving - and you can add your name to the list - just let us know if you'd like to run!

You may email any of the candidates if you have questions for them or would like to get to know them better.
Allen Wheeland
Bob Meehan
Duane Eldred
Eli Patton
Ginger Edwards
Katy Asher
Lauren Patton
Nate Young
Nicole Leggett
Robert Green
Sharon Parker
Tammi Kipp

Come vote at ALNA's Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2014!


Tips for Staying Cozy this Winter

From Clean Energy Works

After a hot summer, temperatures will eventually drop—and winter is just around the corner. Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors.

Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, there is sun, even in Oregon winter! When it’s shining, be sure to open south-facing window curtains, drapes, and blinds during the day, so the sunlight can naturally heat your home. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in.

Cover drafty windows. Tape a do-it-yourself, clear, plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame. Installing window treatments, such as blinds, drapes, or shades, can also help reduce heat loss.

Adjust the temperature. Set the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler when you’re not home to use less energy and lower utility bills. Lowering the temperature slightly at night and adding an extra blanket to the bed keeps the whole family extra cozy.

Give your home a free check up from Clean Energy Works. Your home does a lot for you—everyone needs a check up every once in a while. We’ll give you a complete look at all the ways you can improve your home: becoming more efficient, creating comfort, providing better air quality, and even being safe during an earthquake. Take an online eValuation, and use HomeScope to see what your neighbors are doing for their homes—with all kinds of information on rebates and financing available when you’re ready for a home upgrade.  It’s all available at: www.cleanenergyworksoregon.org