Beloved Brooklyn Artist and Gallery Owner Madeline Janovec Passes Away March 4th; Planned Exhibit and Art Show to Continue Through March 31st at 4504 SE Milwaukie Avenue.

The BAC has learned that our beloved and long-time Brooklyn artist Madeline Meza Janovec has passed away from cancer.  Friends and supporters of Janovec have pledged to keep her gallery open for the remainder of what was to be a month-long benefit art show entitled “FOCUS ON WOMEN”, and presented by the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art in celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. This exhibit showcases the work of OWCA artists and invited guests in a variety of mediums, including paintings, photographs, and prints.  It will also celebrate the contributions of Janovec, OWCA’s founder.  Continue reading Beloved Brooklyn Artist and Gallery Owner Madeline Janovec Passes Away March 4th; Planned Exhibit and Art Show to Continue Through March 31st at 4504 SE Milwaukie Avenue.

SE Cora & McLoughlin Bus Stop Access Improvements Approved

During the past few months, the Oregon Department of Transportation has been discussing a project to improve the pedestrian and bike connection between the Brooklyn neighborhood and McLoughlin Boulevard (Highway 99E) with Brooklyn residents, City of Portland officials and TriMet representatives  ODOT identified two possible locations for improved access: Cora Street and Boise Street. Each of these streets dead-ends at McLoughlin Boulevard, with vegetation at Cora and a slope and vegetation at Boise blocking safe pedestrian and bike access.  Based on feedback from the community, the current plan is for ODOT to move forward with a project to improve pedestrian access at Cora Street only.   Continue reading SE Cora & McLoughlin Bus Stop Access Improvements Approved

New “No Wake Zone” Established in Holgate Channel!

The Oregon State Marine Board voted 3-2 on February 17 to establish a slow/ no wake zone in the southern half of the Holgate Channel (from the north end of the entrance of the Ross Island Lagoon to the southern tip of Ross Island.) This new area joins the no wake zone that was established last year in the Ross Island Lagoon. Continue reading New “No Wake Zone” Established in Holgate Channel!

Announcing “Opt In,” Metro’s New Public Involvement Website

Metro, our regional government body, is introducing “Opt In,” , a timely and cost-effective way for the region’s residents to provide input into decisions affecting them and their communities. Opt In seeks to engage a broad and diverse range of individuals throughout our region, including populations who are not always engaged through other forms of public outreach. Opt In uses an effective model used by many private-sector companies to more efficiently gather input and inform decisions. Continue reading Announcing “Opt In,” Metro’s New Public Involvement Website

Results of BAC Public Involvement Meeting

Wednesday’s Public Involvement meeting brought up a host of issues of interest to Brooklyn neighbors:

Issues of Controversy or Concern:

  • Invasive vegetation: holly, ivy, blackberries-how do we get neighbors to control these invasives on their property?
  • Landscaping at 9th Avenue pedestrian bridge:  How do we get the city to maintain this area on a regular basis?
  • Updating the Brooklyn Neighborhood Plan: How do we increase advocacy on city services and infrastructure improvements for our neighborhood? Continue reading Results of BAC Public Involvement Meeting

Local Businesses Being Targeted for Car Prowls, Armed Robberies

Unfortunately, car break-ins are occurring on a regular basis at the new 24-hour fitness location at SE McLoughlin and SE Holgate.  If you must park at the location, leave your valuables at home or bring them in and lock them up inside.  Thieves are watching for people who place valuables in their trunks, then they break in.  There have also been several armed hold-ups around the city at small cafes and boutiques.  The perpetrators are targeting businesses with only one staff person, such as coffee shops, ice cream shops, boutiques, etc and are usually striking just before closing time.  If you notice anything peculiar at a local business near closing time (loitering, fast-driving getaway cars, gun-wielding robbers, etc) please get a license plate number and description of the robber, and call 911.