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Many folks from the area had to travel quite a distance to attend the 2014 Spirit of Portland Awards ceremony this year, on the evening of November 6; but three major organizations and one individual from East Portland found the trip rewarding.

Before the program, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said, “There is a lot of joy in this room. Many times, theirs is a thankless job – this is our way to say ‘thank you’ to those who have given so much to the City.”

Previewing the upcoming awards, Hales added, “East Portland is now really part of the City family. That's why it's great that we see so many awards going to outer East Portland programs and activists – people who have made this community better already.”

The Wilkes Community Group, a Portland Neighborhood Association, has a remarkably active Board of Directors of nine (bylaws allow 15), sharing many important responsibilities, but we are only as effective as the level of citizen participation (Wilkes has approximately 3,900 homes).

One major organization that is working on some of these things and some different ideas is East Portland Action Plan also known as EPAP. If you wish for many of these infrastructure ideas to come about please get involved. Work within your neighborhood organization or EPAP.

By David Hampsten, Hazelwood Neighborhood Association

 

We need volunteers! See below...

As a follow-up to the Wilkes history article in the July East Portland Neighborhood Association News newsletter issue, associating Wilkes with the early Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC), we neglected to mention....

The Prioritize Portland! Project’s purpose is to create a sustainable and enduring partnership process between public infrastructure providers, non-profit advocacy groups, and the existing Portland neighborhood structure, to identify, analyze, and prioritize neighborhood active transportation needs for services and infrastructure.

If you attended any of the six “Movie in the Park” events in East Portland, you probably saw a large group of volunteers in red t-shirts.

These volunteers are called “The Rovers” and represent volunteers from seven different neighborhoods...

TriMet our bus and light rail transportation provider has been installing what is called the "leaner" bench along with other benches in routes throughout East Portland.

To quote the TriMet website about them:

This is the time for leaves to fall. The most frequent cause of flooding in the streets is heavy rains washing leaves into the storm drains and clogging things up.