Brooklyn Neighborhood, Portland, Oregon

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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.

Flat tire
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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               Open the BrookNews Sept 2013 issue here

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

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Latest July / August newsletter

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Support our neighbors in the Armed Forces

Support the troops

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

WaterWise

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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Brooklyn Foot Patrol Back on the Street!

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The Brooklyn Foot Patrol is back on the street!
Please consider volunteering some time to help make our neighborhood safer and stronger. You are welcome to join any of the patrols listed below. Please bring a flashlight. You must be 18 and older. No children of dogs allowed for safety purposes. Each patrol lasts between 60-90 minutes.
  • East Brooklyn Patrol – 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 pm. Meet at 3623 SE 14th
  • West Brooklyn Patrol – 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 7 pm. Meet at Loaves and Fishes Building
  • Daytime Patrol – Tuesdays (Next one is on June 4th).  Meet at 3825 S.E. 10th
Neither East nor West Patrol are constrained to exclusively patrol their side of Milwaukie – this is just an easy way to delegate the scheduling of patrols. If anyone wishes to schedule another regular patrol or anticipates going on frequent impromptu patrols (minimum 2 people) please indicate and we can coordinate. These will continue at least through the summer months. Please email Matt McComas for Spencer Fisher with any questions.
Thanks!
The Brooklyn Foot Patrol
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Public Encouraged to attend Inner SE Station Area Planning Meetings

Help plan the future of the new light rail station areas at OMSI, Clinton, Rhine and Holgate!

The new Portland-Milwaukie light rail line is under construction and will open in 2015. It’s time to update the long-term vision for our new inner Southeast Portland station areas.

Join the City of Portland at a series of meetings and events held this summer to explore the future character of four station areas: OMSI, Clinton, Rhine, and Holgate. All interested community members and stakeholders are invited to participate.

Inner SE Station Area Events - Tentative Schedule Summer 2013

Event Time and Place Topics
Station Area Working GroupMeeting #1 Thurs, June 65-8 pm 

St. Philip Neri Hall

2408 SE 16th

Introduction and orientation
Neighborhood Walk: Rhine & Holgate stations Sat, June 89–11 am 

Meet at Brooklyn Park, corner of SE Haig and Miklwaukie

In field tour and discussion of community goals, issues and opportunities
Neighborhood Walk: OMSI & Clinton stations Thurs, June 134–7 pm 

Meet at OMSI main entrance, 1945 SE Water

Station Area Working GroupMeeting #2 Wed, July 175-8 pm 

St. Philip Neri Hall

2408 SE 16th

Identify and discuss issues, opportunities and constraints in the 4 station areas
Concept Development Charrette 1 ½ day event held the week of Aug 12Date and location to be determined Focused work sessions to generate ideas about the future character of the 4 station areas
Station Area Working GroupMeeting #3 Wed, Sept 185-8 pm 

St. Philip Neri Hall

2408 SE 16th

Review ideas from charrette and select alternatives for further study
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Run for Boston at Champoeg Park May 11

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BROOKLYN FOOT PATROL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

FOOT PATROL IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Training Meeting: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24TH, 7 – 8:30 PM

Sacred Heart Villa Hall (Milwaukie & Center Sts. )

The Brooklyn Neighborhood Foot Patrol is gathering steam. We are looking for at least 12-20 adult volunteers to give 2 hours a month on patrols as well as 2 people to help coordinate details (1-2 hours per week).

If you are interested in meeting your neighbors and making our neighborhood safer by reporting suspicious activity, please attend this training time.

This initial training meeting for the Brooklyn foot patrol is provided by the Portland Crime Prevention Bureau. If for some reason you can’t make the training time but are still interested in participating, please email Matt McComas <mailto:matthew.mccomas@gmail.com>matthew.mccomas@gmail.com or call at <tel:971%2F409-8269>971/409-8269.

Matt McComas
Cru – Operations Director
Portland, Oregon
971.409.8269

email: matt.mccomas@cru.org
twitter: @matt_mccomas

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