Thursday, October 16, 2014

Visioning our Main Street Together: Oct. 23, 24, 25 & 27

JUST ONE WEEK AWAY!

Thursday, October 23rd is the date of the first big public session of the "Woodstock Design Project," a.k.a. Woodstock Charrette, starting at 6:30pm and going til about 9:00.

An Open House on Saturday, October 25th from 4:00 to 6:00pm, will give people a chance to check on the progress of the National Charrette Institute's 5-person design team in translating neighborhood ideas into visuals, and give further input and feedback. The public may drop by the studio anytime from 10:00am to 4:00pm on October 24th, 25th and 27th.

We encourage everyone to turn out for the big public meeting at the conclusion of the four-day intensive, scheduled for 6:30 to 9:00pm on Monday, October 27th, where the NCI team will present the "products" (i.e., drawings, maps, reports) generated through the community vision/design process. 

Location of all charrette events is All Saints Episcopal Church, located on the north side of Woodstock Blvd. between SE 40th and SE 41st Aves.

PLEASE JOIN US!

Come together with other Woodstockians — i.e., people who live and/or work in or near Woodstock, or own property here, and have an interest in our business district — to think about, discuss, consider and express your own unique vision for Woodstock's main street, and its place within the Woodstock neighborhood and greater Portland. We keep hearing the drumbeat: "Density, Density, Density" and city planners talk about zoning for higher density along transit corridors. Is Woodstock such a corridor? If so, how can we, as a community, plan for that growth and help shape it?

It's really important to get as many local residents involved in the charrette conversations as possible. Please join us! And please help us spread the word about the Woodstock Charrette by telling your neighbors...

Click on the flyer below to see the schedule of all the public events and drop-in hours. Click here to download a PDF version of the flyer.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Petition: Help Stop the Demolition of Portland Homes and keep Portland Sustainable

https://www.change.org/p/portland-city-council-and-the-portland-development-advisory-review-committee-drac-stop-the-demolition-of-portland-homes?recruiter=158877215&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Portland citizens are working together to fight the “epidemic” of house demolitions throughout the city.  The Mayor and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz have tasked a group called the Development Advisory Review Committee (DRAC) to come up with short-term fixes for issues raised by the community that can be adopted by City Council by the end of 2014.   There are long term issues that must be addressed as well early in 2015, but we need action now by DRAC and the City Council in these 6 critical areas to help protect the character and integrity of our neighborhoods:

·         Restore the mandatory 35-day delay on all residential building demolitions by repeal of the “K-1” exemption for one-to-one house replacements.

·         Require that demolition permit applicants be required to attest to their compliance with all State and Federal environmental and safety regulations, including those related to asbestos and lead.

·         Establish a new definition of “demolition” that specifies that removal of 50% or more of the current structure is defined as a demolition.

·         Retain the existing language in City Code providing for 120-day residential demolition delay upon request (during the initial 35-day period) by a recognized neighborhood association or neighborhood coalition, with the understanding that a good-faith effort be made by the association to find an alternative to demolition.

·         Provide proper notification to the public of filed demolition permits by posting of a large, conspicuous sign on the site and email notification to the affected neighborhood association and the neighborhood coalition.

·         Establish a rigorous definition of “deconstruction,” a vastly more environmentally friendly alternative to simple demolition and disposal of the debris in a land fill, and define appropriate incentives to encourage deconstruction, providing that such incentives not interfere with the working of the optional 120-day demolition delay or appropriate notice requirements.

CRIME STOPPERS OFFERING A REWARD IN WOODSTOCK NEIGHBORHOOD HOMICIDE

The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred in the Woodstock Neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

On Tuesday September 30, 2014, at 11:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 6100 block of Southeast 52nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 30-year-old Michael William Olson, deceased after suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. Olson resided in the Woodstock Neighborhood.

Homicide investigators believe Olson was killed in the course of a robbery.

An eyewitness described the suspect as possibly being a light-skinned African American or Hispanic male.

Homicide investigators are continuing to follow leads this morning and believe there may be several people with information about the shooting. This is the 19th homicide in Portland in 2014.

Witnesses may contact the investigators directly or, to remain anonymous, they may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Det. Rico Beniga
(503) 823-0457
rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov

Det. Mark Slater
(503) 823-9319
mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two Great Woodstock Farmer's Market Events!

Woodstock Farmers Market's Halloween Carnival
October 26
10:00am - 2:00pm
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd (KeyBank parking lot)
www.woodstockmarketpdx.com
info@woodstockmarketpdx.com
971-208-5522
Cost: Free
Ages: All

Join the popular Woodstock Farmers Market for our third annual Halloween Carnival. Bring the whole family for live music from Tallulah's Daddy, face painting, trick-or-treating with vendors and neighborhood businesses, crafts, a toddler playground, and more! There will also be fresh produce, meat, cheese, hot food, and more from the 35+ vendors.

Woodstock Farmers Market's Pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market
November 23
10:00am - 2:00pm
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd (KeyBank parking lot)
www.woodstockmarketpdx.com
info@woodstockmarketpdx.com
971-208-5522
Cost: Free
Ages: All

Join the popular Woodstock Farmers Market for our third annual Pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market. Shop for ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast and stock up for the winter. There will also be live music and activities for kids. Find out what vendors will be there on our website, www.woodstockmarketpdx.com.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Neighborhood Nap Day

Saturday Sept. 6th, 2–6 pm
SE Reedway–Ramona Alley, between 57th and 60th

How often do you get time to think and daydream? Yet, arguably, idleness — and the time it affords one to reset and think — is critical for a democratic society. In this effort to “distribute leisure” to our neighbors, you are invited to participate in Community Nap Day. The alleys of SE Portland — these little slices of lazy wilderness that cut through our hood —  offer a unique backdrop for our reveries.

Hammocks, forts and other sleeping spots will be provided for napping but bringing/making your own is also encouraged.

Sleeping starts at 2pm and will be done in shifts until 6pm. In between naps, talk with neighbors about your thoughts on our neighborhood; provocative ideas; their gardens; or the weather.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Represent Historic Landmark Preservation - July 31, 2014 at 2pm!

The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (PHLC) will be presenting their State of the City Preservation Report 2014 to City Council July 31st. A key priority for the PHLC and focus of the presentation will be protection and prevention of loss in our residential neighborhoods. Several organizations and individuals will be testifying regarding the demolition epidemic and related historic preservation issues. The public is encouraged to attend and show their support and numbers. Please help us make an impact!
 
Thursday, July 31, 2014
 
City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Council Chambers

State of the City Preservation Report at 2:00 pm
State of the City Design Report at 2:45 pm

Note: The Commission is hoping that a lot of people will attend this, even if they are not designated speakers, so that the City Council can see a big crowd of concerned citizens filling the room.  The Landmarks Commission might ask for the people who are there specifically because they are concerned about demolitions to stand up, or something along those lines, to reinforce the message to City Council.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Woodstock Wellness Temporary Location

FYI: They are temporarily seeing patients now  at 4615 SE Woodstock Blvd.  while they wait for their new space to be remodeled!  The new space will be announced in the coming weeks to stay tuned.

Questions? woodstockwellness@gmail.com

Where?
Woodstock Wellness Center
4615 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97206

www.woodstockwellnesscenter.com