Help us Spread the Word: Changes coming to a school in your neighborhood!

Portland Public Schools is planning to make changes to the boundaries and programs
of neighborhood schools that feed to Jefferson. This is an attempt to balance enrollment, easing overcrowding on some schools and directing students to schools that have too few students. Schools in the cluster potentially impacted are: Beech, Boise-Eliot, Chief Joseph, Faubion, King, Ockley Green, Vernon, and Woodlawn.

Options currently on the table include closing some schools, sending neighborhood or immersion programs to different locations or redirecting portions of neighborhoods to other schools; all have significant impacts on our neighborhood schools and their surrounding communities.

NECN’s Schools Committee is participating in this process and plans to attend each of the meetings listed below. Join them in learning about changes happening in neighborhood schools coalition-wide! Families, students, local businesses, neighborhood associations, and community organizations such as churches and civic groups all need to give input at these meetings on decisions that will impact our school.

What can I do to help?
The District needs to hear from everyone in the community. Please get in touch with
NECN’s Schools Committee at strongschools[at]necoalition.org if you know anyone with neighborhood church or neighborhood business contacts, local childcare providers, neighborhood civic groups, neighborhood non-profits, or neighborhood social networks. We will make sure they get invited to meetings!

Please plan now to attend and to speak up for your neighborhood families, students and community.

The District’s meeting schedule meeting schedule has been posted online, check there for any changes. As of September 28:

Beach PK-8
1710 N. Humboldt St. (97217)
Oct. 10, 6-7:30 pm, Auditorium
Oct. 16, 6-7:30 pm, ESL Family Night, Auditorium

Boise-Eliot-Humboldt PK-8
620 N. Fremont St. (97227)
Oct. 5, 8:45-10 am, Library

Chief Joseph PK-5
2409 N. Saratoga St. (97217)
Oct. 17, 6:30-8 pm, Library

Faubion PK-8
3039 NE Portland Blvd. (97211)
Oct. 15, 8:45-10:30 am, Cafeteria
Oct 27, 12-2 pm Cafeteria

King PK-8
4906 NE 6th Ave. (97211)
Oct. 19, Principal’s Coffee, 9:15-11, Media Center
Oct. 23, 6-7:30 pm, Media Center

Ockley Green K-8
6031 N. Montana Ave. (97217)
Oct. 15, 5:40-6:40 pm, Auditorium

Vernon PK-8
2044 NE Killingsworth St. (97211)
October 11, 6-7:30 pm, Multi-purpose room

Woodlawn PK-8
7200 NE 11th Ave. (97211)
October 8, 6:30-8 pm, Auditorium

To learn more about the schools the District is looking at this year: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment-transfer/7722.htm

To learn more about the words and expressions the District uses to describe what is going on:
http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment-transfer/enrollment-balancing.htm

Schedule for upcoming District Meetings at area schools:
http://www.pps.k12.or.us/news/7952.htm

Energize NE Launch Party + Neighborhood Small Grants

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Energize NE + 

Neighborhood Small Grants

Two special announcements:

Energize NE Launch Party

Thursday, September 27th, 6:00 – 8:00pm, presentation at 6:30pm.

Umpqua Bank Alberta, 1745 NE Alberta St.

First 25 people to register for a home energy audit at this event will receive $10 gift card to a local business.

Join NECN, Umpqua Bank and Neil Kelly for a celebratory launch of Energize NE! Learn more about the Energize NE program and how you can get involved yourself! Food and drinks will be provided, appetizers by The Aviary.

Energize NE

Help Your Home, Help Your Community!

Energize Northeast is a unique opportunity for our neighbors, enabling you to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, to save money and energy, and help your community at the same time! For any FREE* home energy audit or paid energy upgrades completed, NECN will receive a donation from Neil Kelly, a local, community-focused business. These donations will be used to directly support community projects through programs such as community small grants.

 Come Celebrate and Learn More!

If you want to receive a free* home energy performance audit from Neil Kelly, or if you want to learn more about home energy saving measures, financing and the rebates of up to $2,000 from Energy Trust of Oregon, please join us this Thursday for food, drinks and informal discussion.

*Home Energy Audits are available for $150, free after $150 rebate through the Energy Trust of Oregon

Want to help your neighborhood reduce its carbon footprint through weatherization? Volunteering with Energize NE is a great way to go about it! Enquire at the Launch Party.

Have a great idea? RSVP now for Neighborhood Small Grants Orientation

NECN 2013 Neighborhood Small Grants: $10,222 available.
Grant applications due November 1st, 2012. Orientation session on October 4th.
NECN is offering $10,222 in small grants to neighborhood, business and community-based groups through a grant announced September 1, 2012. Our goal is to provide neighborhood and community organizations the opportunity to build community, attract new and diverse members and sustain those already involved. We encourage applicants to accomplish this through building partnerships between neighborhoods, businesses and community-based organizations. This program prioritizes engagement of historically under-represented organizations representing people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income families, youth, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bi and transgendered people. For more information, please see our Neighborhood Small Grants info page, click here.

Neighborhood Small Grants Orientation

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

7:00pm – 9:00pm
4815 NE 7th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
Please RSVP, info@necoalition.org or call 503 388 5004.
The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
4815 NE 7th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
503 388 5004
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NECN Volunteer Appreciation Party in pictures

Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated the wonderful volunteers who make the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods a thriving organization! We were fortunate to have a the exceptional photographer Maileen Hamto document our party, Thank you Maileen!

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All photos property of Maileen Hamto of Colors of Influence http://www.colorsinfluence.blogspot.com/

Two Plum Park is Having Another Potluck! Support A Bench for Two Plum Park

Support Two Plum Park! Two Plum Park is Having Another Potluck! « A Bench for Two Plum Park.

Apple Potluck  

in Two Plum Park

(between NE 6th and 7th Ave, Shaver and Mason)

Saturday September 22th

4pm

Bring a dish including apples and Enjoy the first day of fall in Two Plum Park!

There will also be kids crafts and music!

And we’ll update you on fund raising efforts to have a bench installed in the Park!

out of respect for the environment, consider bringing your own plate and cutlery

Historic Resources Code Improvement Project launched

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability launched a new project to improve how historic resources are regulated in Portland.

The Historic Resources Code Improvement project will start a public conversation about issues related to historic preservation and potential solutions in historic and conservation districts. Over an 8-month planning process, the project team will be looking at creative solutions to create a quicker, more user-friendly and predictable review process for home improvements with minor impacts on historic resources, as well as clarifying code definitions and other clean-up measures.

Project website: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/58976
Background
Property owners in historic and conservation districts are concerned about the fees and time involved for historic design review. Fees for small home remodeling projects, for instance, can cost up to $900, and the design review process can take 6-8 weeks. In some cases, the fees can be more than the cost of the job itself. As a result, some property owners decide to make exterior home improvements without going through historic design review, while others decide not to make improvements at all.

Under the City’s current regulations around historic resources, the majority of exterior modification proposals are reviewed through historic design review. Minor maintenance and repair are currently exempt from review. While historic design review provides for flexibility and public dialogue, it also takes time on the applicant’s part.

The overall purpose of this project is to reassess when historic design review is necessary and appropriate.

Project staff will be collecting data to assess the impact of different options, engaging with the community to get their feedback, drafting code amendments and coordinating with the Bureau of Development Services, Historic Landmarks Commission and the Development Review Advisory Committee.

Next Steps
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released an Issues and Options Paper this week summarizing the topics that will be addressed in the planning process. Staff are available to join any community organization to discuss these issues over the next two months. Community feedback will inform a “discussion draft,” which will be available for review in November prior to a public hearing before the Historic Landmarks Commission.

The discussion draft will be revised and submitted to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in January as a proposed draft. After a public hearing, the Commission will forward a recommendation to City Council.

For more information or to schedule a discussion or presentation, please contact Jay Sugnet, project manager, at 503-823-5869 or jay.sugnet@portlandoregon.gov.

Over an 8-month public process, this project will propose amendments to the Zoning Code to make it easier for property owners to make minor home improvements in the City’s historic and conservation districts. For more information, please visit the project website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/58976. If you would like to receive monthly project updates, please visit the website and click on the “stay informed” button.

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)

Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. For more information, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps.