All posts by Mike OConnor

Mike has been a Brooklyn resident since 1990.

BAC Accepting Nominations for Four Board Positions – Elections at May General Mtg

Dear Neighbors,

Joining the BAC executive board is a great way to have an impact on your neighborhood, work with a devoted group of activists, and have fun! The BAC executive board is open to individuals who work, live, or own a business in the neighborhood and attend two of four consecutive BAC board meetings. There are currently four open positions on our 11-member board, and elections are on May 27. If you qualify and would like to join, let us know by emailing board@brooklyn-neighborhood.org or calling the help line at (503) 241-4540. Come get involved and help us improve, beautify, and enrich our neighborhood.

Join the BAC Adopt-a-Block Effort!

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WHAT IS “PRIDE OF PLACE: BROOKLYN, ADOPT A BLOCK”?

HOW CAN I BECOME A PARTNER?

“PRIDE OF PLACE” MEANS: Recognizing the uniqueness of our neighborhood, being glad to be part of this community!

“BROOKLYN” MEANS: It is only happening here, though anyone could do it.

“ADOPT A BLOCK” MEANS: Becoming a steward of ONE block, doing monthly litter pickup, being the eye on your block for potholes,     street lights out, etc.

RESULT: Sense of community and safer, more attractive place for all.

WELCOME: AM/PM Arco, Vincent’s Tailor, Rainbow Painting!

GET ON BOARD: Sign up at BAC Meeting, March 25th, 7PM, Sacred Heart or Contact Kathy Orton: 503-236-5037, kt_orton@hotmail.com

GROUP “ADOPT A BLOCK” DAY- APRIL 18

On April 18th, all block adopters and interested volunteers, will be out and visible, cleaning and sprucing up the public areas up and down Milwaukie Avenue. Meet at Brooklyn Park Shelter, 10 am. to get equipment, sign in. All are welcome to come!

Questions: Kathy Orton 503-236-5037

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 Continue reading Cleveland High School Choir Holiday Schedule

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. Continue reading Tips for Staying Cozy from Clean Energy Works

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. Continue reading Brooklyn, have you found your farmer?

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:

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.

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

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!