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. Continue reading Tips for Staying Cozy from Clean Energy Works
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. Continue reading Brooklyn, have you found your farmer?
ODOT 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:
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.
FROM RICK SADLE, OWNER, Salvador Molly’s
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, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
Rick Sadle & Darrielle Sadle-Ruff
Salvador Molly’s Restaurant
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!
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.
Portland Parks Environmental Education offers nature classes and summer day camps that help connect children & youth to their parks & natural areas through ecology, games, crafts, stories, exploration & play. We are always eager to spread the word and get new families involved! I’ve attached a flyer that gives more information as well as links that might be helpful! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via phone or email!
Environmental Ed Website: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/ee
Early Childhood Programs: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/natpreschool
Summer Nature Day Camp Program: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/ndc
EE Facebook Site: www.facebook.com/PortlandParksEnvironmentalEducation
Chrissy Larson (a.k.a. Teacher Balsam)
Portland Parks & Recreation
Interim Coordinator for Environmental Education | City Nature – EE
2909 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97201503-823-3601 (office)
From Commissioner Fritz’s Office: Protected Sick Time is here!
As of January 1, 2014, the City of Portland’s new Protected Sick Time ordinance went into effect, providing workers in Portland with a protected right to earn sick time to use when they or a family member are sick, injured, or in need of preventive health care.
The ordinance applies to all employees who work within the geographic boundaries of the city of Portland for 240 hours or more in a calendar year. Employers with six or more employees must allow workers to earn paid sick leave. Employers with five or fewer employees are required to provide unpaid sick leave. Full, part-time, and temporary employees should accrue one hour of job-protected sick time for every 30 hours worked and, if earned, can accumulate up to 40 hours paid or unpaid sick time per calendar year. Earned sick leave may be used in increments of one hour or greater, and may be used to cover all or part of a shift. Continue reading Brooklyn Employers: Paid Sick Time is Now the Law!