Brooklyn Neighborhood, Portland, Oregon (503) 241-4540

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Brooklyn gets “tip of the hat” from the Oregonian

The MAX Orange Line opens up possibilities for the often-overlooked Southeast neighborhood.

If you may not have had the opportunity to catch this article in the Business section on Friday Dec. 5.  The article goes on to say, “real estate agents are optimistic about the neighborhood’s potential. They say Brooklyn is poised to become Portland’s next hot neighborhood.”
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Cleveland High School Choir Holiday Schedule

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Oct. 24 – Nov. 26

Cleveland HS Choir – Wreath & Holiday Greenery Sale. Looking forward to filling your home or business with the aroma of fresh evergreen this holiday season? Each year Cleveland HS Choir sells greenery for the holiday season with proceeds supporting their State recognized vocal program. Before you buy at the grocery store think about purchasing your greenery to support our local high school. Contact Rachel Fox for an order form rachelessig@gmail.com [Read more →]

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Tips for Staying Cozy from Clean Energy Works

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After a hot summer, temperatures are finally dropping—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. [Read more →]

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Family book store … or porn shop?

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Update: KGW Reporter Erica Heartquist confirmed the explicit advertisements were taken down by the building’s owner Thursday (7/31/14) afternoon.

The Armchair Book Store has been a fixture on Milwaukie Ave for many years. Recently it has been leased to Angelo Ardito of  B-A Video. Many neighbors have been up in arms since a sign went up in the window advertising hard core porn. “It’s my right for me to sell what’s legal,” said Angelo Ardito, who said he’s been selling porn in Portland for 38 years.

Regardless of whether it is a constitutional right, many folks feel it crosses the line of sensibility for a small neighborhood main street where many school kids pass by this store on a daily basis.

Several TV stations picked up the story and interviewed neighbors.
Channel 8 KGW    http://www.kgw.com/news/SE-Portland-adult-store-ad-angers-neighbors-269383871.html

Channel 12 KPTV  http://www.kptv.com/story/26157613/se-porn-shop-criticized-for-questionable-poster


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Coyote Alert

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The Brooklyn Helpline has recently received calls regarding coyote sighting in our neighborhood. Two were last reported on July 26th on SE 14th and Rhone walking down the street.

While it may be a bit disconcerting having wild animals roaming our streets, the following information is made available from the Humane Society.

Both coyotes and foxes are members of the canid (dog) family. Coyotes look similar to medium sized dogs, and are often confused with Huskies. Foxes are slightly smaller, and have long bodies and relatively short legs. Coyotes and foxes are both opportunistic: they can exploit a wide range of habitats, feast on a variety of natural and human-supplied foods, and, if necessary, adapt their activity periods to times when humans are not active. Despite being one of the most successful urban mammals, many people are surprised to see a coyote or fox in their backyard – and that surprise often   leads to panic. The good news is that there really is not much to worry about.

Q: I just saw a coyote/fox during the day – doesn’t that mean he is rabid?

A: It is actually not unusual to see a coyote or fox out during the day. Coyotes and foxes will venture out during daylight hours in search of food.  Both animals are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will hunt for food as the opportunity presents itself –regardless of whether it is day or night. Additionally, both coyotes and foxes eat squirrels, and squirrels are only active during the day. So if you see a fox or coyote outside during the day, he is most likely in pursuit of a squirrel, small rodent, or other daytime food source.

Sometimes people are frightened because a coyote or fox exhibits a “brazenness” that is alarming. This does not necessarily mean that the animal is sick. Coyotes and foxes may habituate to humans because of food sources being constantly available (i.e. cat food left on porches) or repeated contact with no negative consequences.

You can teach a bold coyote or fox to be wary of you and other people by using negative conditioning. Make loud, scary noises by banging metal pot lids together when the animal is nearby, or spray the animal’s hindquarters with a hose. Call your local animal control officer (Multnomah county 503/988-7387) or police non-emergency (503/823-3333) if an adult coyote or fox seen in the daytime is acting at all sick or showing abnormal behaviors such as partial paralysis, circling, staggering as if drunk or disoriented, self mutilating, or exhibiting either unprovoked aggression or unnatural tameness. While waiting for animal control personnel, keep people and companion animals away from the animal. [Read more →]

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Brooklyn, have you found your farmer?

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You can find farm fresh food right in our neighborhood by joining a CSA.  A CSA or Community Supported Agriculture is a way to eat more vegetables and support sustainable agriculture by becoming a member of a local farm. It’s kind of like joining a gym (but with tastier benefits). You “join” a farm, pay a fee to the farmer for a share of that farm’s harvest, and instead of spinning classes or weight machines, your primary benefit is healthy vegetables (and sometimes fruit). Farmers harvest your food each week throughout the growing season and deliver it to convenient, neighborhood pick-up sites. [Read more →]

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New Pedestrian Improvements Across from Watershed Happening this Summer

Screen shot 2014-05-30 at 4.44.40 PMODOT will be initiating some new pedestrian safety improvements at the top of the SE Milwaukie off-ramp exit from 99E/McLaughlin Blvd. This is the location where there is a stop sign at the top of the off-ramp adjacent to and just north of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Area.  The purpose of this project is to enhance pedestrian and driver safety through improving the alignment of the off-ramp for vehicle and pedestrian connections to access Oaks Bottom.   The following list of project elements will be part of this improvement project:

  • Adjust the hill-like geometry of the exit road to SE Milwaukie to increase traffic visibility for drivers and pedestrians alike
  • Construct 2 new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps at the top of the hill of the exit ramp
  • Install marked crosswalk at off-ramp where it connects to Milwaukie Avenue.  [Read more →]
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