Brooklyn Neighborhood, Portland, Oregon

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Family book store … or porn shop?

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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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Take the Poll on What Kind of Development Should Happen at Old Advantis Site!

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Take the Poll Today!

TriMet is working to release its Advantis Property, at 3717 SE 17th Avenue, for redevelopment.  A committee of neighborhood representatives is working with TriMet to shape developer selection for the property. The committee would like your feedback on criteria that will be used to compare different proposals for redevelopment.  Take the online poll and spread the word among your neighbors. The poll closes June 9th. The finalized criteria will be presented at the July BAC Board meeting. Developer solicitation will begin late summer.

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Salvador Molly’s OPEN HOUSE at old Yummy Garden Site June 9th 5-7

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HELLO BROOKLYN! Salvador Molly’s second location is opening soon and we are very excited about becoming a part of your vibrant community. We are a family owned and operated business with a core commitment to giving back to the community. We have raised many tens of thousands of dollars for local schools and nonprofit organizations over the years with our monthly Friends & Family and School of the Month fund raisers.

We’ve been searching for the right South East location for many years now and have finally found it at 4729 SE Milwaukie Avenue. We are planning to install an Original Art Mural on the exterior walls of the restaurant. We’ve hired a local artist Aden Catalani, (503-757-1845, ac2designsca@gmail.com) to hand paint the original artwork on three walls of the façade. The mural will cover 18’ of the South wall, the entire East facing front façade (58’), and 34’ of the North wall.

Please attend an open house, menu tasting, and Public Meeting on Monday June 9th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at 4729 SE Milwaukie Avenue. We will be sharing the details of the artwork on the mural as well as food and (non- alcoholic) beverages. We’ll also be asking for suggestions for our “Friends and Family” and “School of the Month” programs in the coming months.

We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Sincerely,

Rick Sadle & Darrielle Sadle-Ruff
Co-Owners
Salvador Molly’s Restaurant

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Neighborhood Cleanup and Rummage Sale May 17

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The cleanup is an annual event where the neighborhood association and our volunteers hire several drop boxes that are placed on the southeastern corner of Brooklyn School Park, and neighbors bring their loads of trash, yard debris, and reusable items for our simultaneous rummage sale. Hours are 9AM to 3PM. Mixed waste costs $10-15 for small pickup loads or trunk loads. Larger loads are $20-25. Yard debris is $7 per load. We can’t accept motors, large appliances, curbside recyclables or hazardous wastes. If you need help getting your trash to us, let us know at 503.241-4540. We can probably help transport it to the event. Proceeds for the whole event go to help fund our Movie in the Park and our Ice Cream Social, among other events and initiatives. See you on May 17!

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Swing by House Party to Support Sisters of the Road–Saturday March 29 5:30PM at Loaves & Fishes

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You’re invited to a Sisters of the Road House Party this Saturday March 29, at 5:30 at the Loaves and Fishes Center at SE Center and Milwaukie.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Come learn about this legendary Portland institution.

Sisters of the Road Cafe opened in 1970 by Sandy Gooch and Genevieve Nelson. It’s a safe, hospitable space which offers delicious, nourishing food to the homeless population of Portland. They are located at 133 NW 6th Avenue.

Come find out more about this safe haven!

  • People barter for their meals
  • Sisters of the Road was instrumental in changing federal law
  • Their book, Voices from the Street, compiled from 600 interviews with people experiencing homelessness is now used by social service organizations, faith communities, and government workers.
  • They recently expended into the adjacent space
  • 7,300 hours were donated by volunteers last year

Sisters of the road is funded 74% by donations–your donation is appreciated.

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