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

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Tire puncture update

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We have received some good news along with some bad news.

The good news is that the Brooklyn Neighborhood has seen a “slacking off” in the number of reports dealing with the punctures. The bad news is that it continues to happen although at a much lower frequency.
Do not forget to report if it happens to you and also report any suspicious activity to 911.
The following is the latest report from Officer John Fulitano / Crime annalist.

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Come to the Tree Team Meeting Tues Nov 19

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Last summer, the Brooklyn Tree Team completed an inventory of significant trees in the neighborhood. Last weekend the team presented their data at a conference. The Brooklyn Tree Team will meet at the Loaves & Fishes facility on Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 pm to discuss the inventory and plan for the future.

We hope that future includes you! If you’re interested in planting or providing a location for a tree, please come!

Tuesday, November 19, 6:30PM

Sacred Heart Loaves and Fishes Center, 3925 SE Milwaukie Boulevard, Portland

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Friends of Trees set to plant in Brooklyn Neighborhood

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Friends of Trees set to plant in Brooklyn Neighborhood

Residents can order discounted trees now—the earlier the better…

All that good, squishy soil means it’s tree-planting time, and Friends of Trees is getting ready to hit the ground in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Residents who want to order discounted trees for their street or yard should sign up by November 4 in order to be a part of the December 7 planting in our neighborhood. To sign up and browse the tree selection, visit www.friendsoftrees.org/plant-it-programs or call 503-282-8846.

Trees cost $35-75, which includes delivery, planting by volunteers (you’re encouraged to join!), permitting, mulch, stakes, and follow-up maintenance—a $200 value. If you can’t afford a tree, Friends of Trees has scholarships available. Each planting starts with breakfast and ends with a potluck.

“Plantings are like a party with your neighbors. It’s all about good food, good people, and being able to say ‘I planted that!’” says Whitney Dorer, Neighborhood Trees Manager for Friends of Trees.

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More flat tires in Brooklyn

We have received the following information from a crime data specialist at the Portland Police ….

I spent two hours today going through the Brooklyn neighborhood where the tire punctures have been occurring.  There were several new cases we found as we canvases the area.  So you know the tire punctures continue.  Encourage your neighbors to report and be as specific as possible about what time it happened.  Another help is watch for people walking or riding a bike/skateboard down the middle of the street after midnight and up to sunrise.  If they pause or stop at the front tire on the street side, that would be suspicious.  Most people do not walk in the middle of the street.  Most bike commuters do not stop when commuting and wear appropriate lighting.  Unlikely to be a local transient(s) because the area of these cases extends well beyond I-84.

 There has been several repeat tire punctures.  Tell people that if you were a victim once, you have a much higher probability to be a victim again. 

 We are working the cases and understand the stress this puts on an individual and family to pay for the damage.

 Here are some recent stats as of Sept 7th

Because of the entry time into our database, I do not have a complete week after the 7th.  I will shortly.

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Station Wagons are primarily from the Subaru all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive family.

Remember:  If it was not reported it will not show up in the police data

Crime stoppers has  listed this as a Featured Crime and is offering $1000.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=4380&ec=1

 

 

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Flat tires in Brooklyn

If you ever came out in the morning to this scene,  you know how frustrating it could be.

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TV Channel 6 News had an article in their evening news on Thursday 9/5  about the occurrences of this in the Portland area. Unfortunately the report was based on incomplete information.

With all the incidents happening in Brooklyn, a request was made to the Portland Police Dept to supply us with some related crime data. The crime analyst developed a map showing the areas where the crimes had occurred. The map used for the news program showed no crimes in Brooklyn. Further queries showed Brooklyn with a concentration of occurrences as follows. 

Brooklyn neighborhood incidents are concentrated in a small area covering 12th from Holgate to Cora and then 9th from Cora to Rhone. Then there are several on 10th and 11th from Center to Rhone. On 8th there are 2 near Franklin. The following link to the crime statistic map shows the major concentrations.

Map of Tire Punctures through Aug 30

Keep in mind that this information is only for incidents reported to PPD. If it happened to you or a neighbor make sure it is reported. Reports can be made on line at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor/
This problem has not ended as there was a report of an RV flat tire on 9th Ave this week.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case or any other crime.

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Latest Newsletter for September / October 2013

 

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Black “Brooklyn 97202″ tee-shirts will be available at the Ice Cream Social for $15

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Support our neighbors in the Armed Forces

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Do you have a family member or friend serving in the Armed Forces? Did they live in the Brooklyn Neighborhood?

We have neighbors who have donated black “Brooklyn 97202″  t-shirts that they would like to make available for shipping to our neighbors serving in the military.

The active duty service member could be your son, daughter, grandchild, brother, sister, mother, dad, aunt, uncle or a friend as long as they were a Brooklyn resident. Just let us know where they are. When they wear this t-shirt it will let people know where they are from.

Fill out this form  “Neighbors in the Armed Forces”  and email it to brooknews@brooklyn-neighborhood.org  or call the HelpLine at 503/241-4540.   Small size is not available at this time.

 

 

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Tips for waterwise gardening in Brooklyn

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One of the things that makes Brooklyn such a great place to live is our beautiful lawns and gardens. Local residents also have a strong commitment to preserving the community’s natural resources – and we frequently hear from Brooklyn gardeners who are looking for new and better ways to save water while keeping their gardens green and healthy in the dry summer months.

Good news: the Regional Water Providers Consortium has some great free resources to help Brooklyn residents do just that.

The first step is knowing how much water your garden actually needs. The Consortium makes that easy by posting a “Weekly Watering Number” (www.conserveh2o.org) that tells you exactly how many inches of water your lawn or garden needs for the week, based on the weather in your zip code. You can even sign up to receive the watering number by e-mail each week.

Another step to reduce outdoor water use is selecting low-water and native plants, and using smart watering techniques. The Regional Water Providers Consortium offers plant guides, information about lawn alternatives and how-to videos on waterwise irrigation on the Outdoor section of their website: http://www.conserveh2o.org/using-water-efficiently-outdoors

Here are the Regional Water Providers Consortium’s “Top Five” waterwise tips for Brooklyn  gardeners:

  1. Water lawns and gardens early in the morning (before 10 am) or later in the evening (after 6 pm) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
  2. Adjust your sprinklers so that they are watering your lawn and garden, and not the street.
  3. Water in several short sessions rather than one long session to allow for better absorption and to prevent run-off.
  4. Adjust your mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
  5. Group plants with similar watering needs together, as different plants require different amounts of water.

Finally, the Regional Water Providers Consortium will offer free outdoor watering gauge kits from July 1 – August 10. The kits include a water gauge and timer to help you measure your sprinkler’s water use and ensure that you’re giving your lawn and garden the right amount of water. Kits are available while supplies last—one per customer—to metro-area residents who receive water service from one of the Consortium members (visit www.conserveh2o.org/about to confirm your provider).

To receive a free kit, call 503-823-7528 or email RWPCinfo@portlandoregon.gov. Please include your mailing address, water provider name and how you heard about the offer.

Happy gardening!

About the Regional Water Providers Consortium 

The RWPC is a group of 20+ local water providers plus the regional government Metro. Visit the Consortium website – www.conserveh2o.org – for more information and resources to help conserve water at your home or business.

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