Community Connections Committee


Making Brooklyn a true community for all, welcoming new residents, and ensuring long time residents are connected!

Brooklyn: Love Your Neighborhood - Community Connections Committee


Creating a focused effort to help neighbors meet other neighbors through promoting and coordinating inclusive events, and actively connecting new and existing Brooklynites to Brooklyn resources and relationships.

Calendar of events

Events calendar (PDF), last updated on Jan 12, 2022

2022 events calendar overview (PDF)

Extra cut-out hearts — print at home and give away! (PDF)

Love your neighborhood print-out hearts

Welcome packet

Coming soon!



Committee members

Melaney Dittler (Chair)


Melaney has lived in her 1898 home in the Brooklyn neighborhood for 16+ years with her husband Tim.  She  has a son who attended Winterhaven and Cleveland, who now lives in NE Portland with his father.  In addition to being the Chair of the Community Connections Committee and Co-Chair of the BAC, Melaney is also a Friends of Brooklyn Park Board Member and was previously the President of the Greater Brooklyn Business Association. She volunteers for several other organizations and groups in the area as well, working to make this community a better place for all to live.  When she is not volunteering around the neighborhood, Melaney is a Realtor and loves working with her neighbors on their selling needs and buying goals and answering questions neighbors may have about anything real estate.  If she has any time left in the day, she loves to work on her house and in her yard, but don’t judge the mess most of the time. 🙂 For fun, Melaney likes to “glamp” each month in her travel trailer in the spring/summer and watch football (Go Seahawks!) most weeks in the fall/winter.

Cheryl Crowe


1.) What are your pronouns?


2.) What is one thing you love about Portland?

1.5 hours to the Ocean or the Mountain.

3.) Why is one thing you love about Brooklyn?

I love it when its unexpected: such as when someone posts an impromptu dance party at the park; someone planted “it’s spring” in snow drops on the hill at the park. I also ❤️ I can walk to the Aladdin to see terrific shows.

4.) Why and when did you join the BAC?

I was on the BAC board from 2018 to 2021, and helped launch this committee. I wanted to have more social, community events for residents such as Brooklyn Bike Scavenger Hunt, the work from home office party and the cheering for the Portland Marathon runners. (And Brooklyn won the best neighborhood as voted on by the runners.)

5.) What is your home state?

Originally hail from Ohio, the buckeye state.

6.) What is your profession?

I have a BS in Horticulture, but transitioned into a political consultant. From Grass to grassroots.

7.) What is one thing that makes you smile?

You can spy me walking around the hood with my rescue and foster dogs, and my husband.

Hans Albing


Lived in Brooklyn since 2017. Enjoys sailing, backpacking and eating. Addicted to cheese. Hoping to meet more Brooklyn neighbors and help with Brooklyn neighborhood events.

Kathy Orton


Brooklyn resident since 1978, Kathy became chair of Save Our School in 1980, with many other BAC posts to the present Adopt A Block.  Major careers: medical research; construction & design and High School Science Teacher. Now retired, enjoy time with 2 sons, 5 grandkids also gardening, walking, traveling, reading and writing…and adventures with husband Lee.

David Ward

Bio and photo coming soon

Sean Batson


I’ve been involved in interactive street art events here in Portland for nearly ten years. I’ve participated in and organized events including Portland Urban Iditarod teams, Bus tours, hiking and backpacking trips and large event parties. As co-founder and Vice President of Brooklyn Based, Non-Profit, Stumptown Events Inc. we provide opportunities for creative people to share their passions with the town and contribute in creating the community we all love. I am passionate about the act of creating. whether it’s a Victorian screen door for my house, an event for 200,000 people or a well oiled production team.

I am an Event Production Professional with over 10 years of experience and 30 years operations management experience. I love bringing together people and organizations from different backgrounds, technical specialties and abilities, realizing the contribution each brings to the community and facilitating their work for a common goal with amazing outcomes.

In addition to running Stumptown Events Inc, I own Portland Event Permits LLC, and Norwest Market Events LLC.

I am also the Operations Manager for the Portland Winter Light Festival.

My “Dream of the 90’s” is a world where people can come together as a community of self expression in fun, creative -and free- street theater. I love Street Theater events that provide a safe, fun environment for individuals or groups to come together and express their unique creative talents in whatever form that might manifest.

Meeting minutes

All minutes are PDF files unless otherwise noted.