Sign up Now for Kids Nature Programs with Portland Parks & Rec

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Hello Neighbors!

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:
Early Childhood Programs:
Summer Nature Day Camp Program:
EE Facebook Site:

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)
503-823-1149 (mobile)

Brooklyn Employers: Paid Sick Time is Now the Law!

Screen shot 2014-03-24 at 4.48.49 PMFrom 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!

Information Meeting about Portland Public Water District Ballot Measure

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Forum on the Portland Public Water District May 2014 Ballot Measure
Does Portland need to create a Public Water District to cut rates and improve management?
Come to this informational meeting about the Portland Public Water District Ballot Initiative.

Chief Petitioners Floy Jones and Kent Craford will discuss the extensive history supporting the need for utility reform and review the specific provisions of the Portland Public Water District ballot measure. Prohibit privatization, regionalization, blending Bull Run water with other lower quality sources such as the Willamette and ensconce Bull Run protections in the City Charter. There will be plenty of time for Q and A. Stop City Hall abuses, get the facts and get involved. Visit<> or Portlanders for Water Reform facebook for more information.

When: March 6, 7-9 p.m.
Where:  Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5541 SE Belmont Street, in the basement dining hall




Come to the Community Orchard Meeting 7PM March 10

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Is there Support for a Community Orchard-Garden in Brooklyn?

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Brooklyn Action Corps (BAC) will hold a meeting on Monday, March 10 to gauge public support for a fruit orchard and raised bed community garden.
The proposed site for the ‘Orchard-Garden’ is a triangular lot at SE Pershing and 16th Ave. which is currently being used as a construction staging area for the new Milwaukie to Portland light rail line.

The property belongs to TriMet, and has been offered to the community for this purpose once the light rail is up and running in 2015. Both the orchard and garden would be open to gardeners throughout the Portland-Metro area.

The meeting on March 10 will take place at Meals on Wheels/ Sacred Heart Villa, 3925 SE Milwaukie Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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.

Continue reading Tire puncture update

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

Friends of Trees set to plant in Brooklyn Neighborhood


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 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.

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



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