Community Cleanup Coming Aug 27

Do you have a bunch of stuff that you’ve been meaning to get rid of? After two years of Covid times, of course you do!

The Roseway Neighborhood association, in conjunction with Central Northeast Neighbors, is sponsoring a neighborhood cleanup event on Saturday, August 27 at the Glenhaven Parking Lot on NE 82nd and Siskiyou. We will have volunteers to help you drop off your yard debris and wood, appliances, and other stuff. We will be available from 9am to 3pm on August 27.

Want to volunteer? Volunteers who work a three-hour shift or more can drop off a load for free! Sign up here.

What’s OK to bring?

Household items, furniture, metal, toys, corrugated cardboard, dishes, etc. See the prohibited items list below.

Household items, furniture, metal, toys, corrugated cardboard, dishes, etc.

Extra $2 fee for each: Electronics computer components, flat screen TVs, stereo equipment, batteries, wires, air conditioners. Most items with a cord or batteries. Propane tanks. See the prohibited items list below.

Re-Use-Me Sale: Accepting donations. Bring your reusable items and take home a treasure at a great low price!

Drop-off Fees

All proceeds benefit Roseway Neighborhood Association community events and projects!

  • Small Car / SUV ……………………….. $25
  • Small pickup* / Minivan ……………… $30
  • Full-size truck/ Van……………………. $45
  • U-Haul 15’ and up …………………….. $90+
  • Additional trailer**……………………… $25

* No overflows
** If you bring a vehicle plus trailer, pay for both

Prohibited Items

Do not bring materials like these. If you do, we have to refuse your entire load!

  • Construction materials. E.g. remodeling, demolition or landscape materials, such as but not limited to concrete, asphalt, dirt, sod, brick, cement, sand, gravel or roofing, flooring, walls, siding, ceilings, insulation, electrical, asbestos material
  • Hazardous Waste. E.g., gasoline, chemicals, oil, paint, tar, aerosol sprays, pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, poisons, art/hobby chemicals, animal waste or liquids of any kind.
  • Under the sink stuff. E.g. cleaning chemicals & disinfectants
  • Light bulbs. E.g., florescent light bulbs, CFLs, tubes and ballasts
  • Medical. E.g., medical syringes, medications
  • Mercury-containing items. E.g., thermometers, thermostats
  • Tires, Refrigerators, Old tube (CRT) TVs & Monitors

We hope to see you there!

July Neighborhood Association Hybrid Meeting

We’re super-excited to announce that for the first time in over two years, the Roseway Neighborhood Association will meet in person. All are welcome. You may also join via Zoom, so choose the option you’re most comfortable with.

We expect to see some new faces, so we will provide an introduction to the neighborhood association—who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved.

We will also review upcoming community events, including the planning for our Neighborhood Cleanup, scheduled for August 27.

We always leave time for community concerns. We want to hear from you.

Please join us, in person or virtually!

Meeting Details

  • When: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 6:15PM
  • In-person location: Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd. Per current county guidance, please plan to wear a mask.
  • To join via Zoom, click here


More info about Mike and what he will cover during the zoom:

With more than 20 years’ experience in private practice real estate appraisal and property tax administration, Mike joined Multnomah County in 2015 as the Deputy Assessor. He assumed the Director/Assessor role in 2016. Prior to joining Multnomah County, he worked for the Oregon Department of Revenue for 11 years in the property tax division and private practice as a commercial real estate appraiser for four years.

Mike is available to cover common questions, including:

  • The purpose of property taxes and the County’s role
  • Factors that influence property taxes
  • How to understand a property tax statement
  • Property tax trends in Multnomah County

Meeting Details

Zoom Details

Meeting ID: 995 6133 1863

Passcode: 797118

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  • Property tax presentation and Q&A with Mike Vaughn, Multnomah County Assessor
  • Planning and chair elections
  • Project updates + Standing reports

Benefits of planting trees in our yards and planting strips

By Catherine Clark

The Roseway neighborhood is considered a low tree canopy neighborhood after analysis of street tree inventory data collected by Urban Forestry staff and volunteers in 2015. Although neighbors have planted many trees in the intervening years, we have a lot of open space in parking strips and yards we could fill with more trees. Our street trees are dominated by maples, cherries and plums and the lack of species diversity leaves our urban forest vulnerable to pests and diseases. 

In addition to their aesthetic value, trees provide a lot of measurable benefits to our neighborhood. Mature trees produce enough oxygen per year to support two people, and remove carbon dioxide and other air pollutants from the atmosphere.  Trees are also important in improving our water quality by intercepting stormwater runoff and reducing the flow to sewer systems. Research has shown that mature tree canopies provide social welfare benefits as they are associated with better health outcomes, and increased community engagement.

Why we need more trees

Trees and plants reflect sunlight and also release moisture through evapotranspiration. This helps cool the environment, and trees planted near homes can reduce the use of air conditioning by up to 30%. The shade and cooling reduce energy use and thus lead to a decrease in release of greenhouse gases, and improved air quality. Neighborhoods that lack canopy cover and parks become hotter, and so more dangerous during heat waves. The great majority of Portland’s population is found east of the Willamette River. Tree canopy cover is approximately 20% on our side of the river, and this rate is lower than that found in New York or Los Angeles.  The east side of Portland lacks the parks and natural areas like Forest Park that reduce heat accumulation. Westside neighborhoods have more than twice the tree cover found on the east side. 

Portland State University researchers have been working with government and community organizations to study the relationship between tree cover and heat in the environment. They mapped temperatures throughout Portland and show a correlation between increased heat and lack of trees and presence of impermeable surfaces like roads and buildings. They identified urban heat islands throughout east-side Portland, and particularly in far east Portland neighborhoods with very low tree canopy. Heat-related deaths from the ‘Heat Dome’ this past summer were concentrated in neighborhoods with low tree cover (

Why we should prioritize planting native trees

Oregon native trees are adapted to local conditions including summer drought, soils and temperatures ( 

Native trees provide food and shelter for wildlife such as birds and butterflies, and support for local pollinators. Oregon white oak is the only native oak species found in northern Oregon and it provides critical habitat for a number of endangered species. A major food source for nesting birds comes from the over 500 species of caterpillars that can live on oak trees.

We derive the greatest benefit by planting large-form trees such as Oregon white oak, Western red cedar and Douglas-fir. Other large-form native trees include Western hemlock, Ponderosa pine and Red alder.  Vine maple, Cascara and Western crabapple are great trees for smaller spaces. You can find more information about native trees from the Audubon Backyard Habitat Program ( and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) (

We are fortunate in Portland to have local government and non-profit organizations that can help us get trees for our properties and provide relevant information. Portland Urban Forestry has been offering free yard trees to Portlanders for the last few years through the Yard Tree Giveaway ( Although all of their trees are spoken for this year, you can sign up for notifications regarding next year’s giveaway. Friends of Trees (, a non-profit, partners with local municipalities to plant street and yard trees for $35 or less. That cost includes the tree, transport to your home, and planting by trained volunteers. Finally, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services offers a one-time credit on your water, sewer and stormwater bill for a tree planted in your yard through the Treebate program ( I hope this will inspire you to plant more trees!

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