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2014 Roseway Garage Sale Coming this July!

It’s almost here! The 2014 Roseway Neighborhood Garage Sale!  This years event will be held on Saturday the 19th of July. Roseway Neighborhood Garage Sale

Have items in your garage you’re looking to sell?   

Sign up for the annual Roseway summer garage sale!

Click on the link below to print your sign up form!

Forms and $5 donation are due no later than Tuesday, July the 15th!

Your $5 donation will help pay for advertising the garage sale in the Hollywood Star Reporter. We will also advertise on Craig’s List. In addition, we create maps with each address and list the items you are selling, in both printable and Google Mobile formats. These maps will be available the Friday before the event at www.roseway.org.

Downloadable signage will also be available on our website the week before the event, but we encourage you to get creative and make your own attention grabbing and colorful signs to draw in customers.

All money collected pays for advertising and any dollars above those costs stay right here in our Roseway Neighborhood for community events and projects.

Roseway 2014 Garage Sale

Roseway Garden Walk

Roseway Neighborhood Association is initiating a new event to foster closer connections between neighbors, to encourage an exchange of ideas about gardens, to illustrate the potential for beautification, and to celebrate our community.

On  June 28, 2014 from 11:00 till 3:00 a number of Roseway residents will open their gardens for us to view. Many of us have walked by these gardens and appreciated the plantings and landscaping from the street. Now we will have an opportunity to see full gardens and perhaps discuss plants and ideas with the proud caretaker. Most gardens in our neighborhood are small and some gardeners have consequently made careful plant and hardscape selections while others have taken a more natural and seemingly random approach to their gardens. Garden style is a matter of individual preference and character, but every garden is a unique adventure. Perhaps seeing what others have created will inspire us with ideas for our own gardens. Perhaps the walk might even motivate us to actually start those projects we’ve been postponing till a “better time”. But it
will most certainly be a great opportunity to connect with and enjoy the neighborhood.

A listing of gardens that will be open will be available. You’ll find a printable map and address listing for each open garden on our website www.roseway.org.  For those more tech savvy, a link will be provided on our website which allows you to open an online map from your Google Map enabled device (iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Tablet, etc.). With this Google map, you can utilize your smartphones’ GPS to access turn-by-turn directions to each home. A small number of printed addresses will be available at Fairley’s and Safeway and there will also be signs posted at each open garden.

If you or a friend would like to open your garden for this Roseway Garden Walk, please contact Del Lewis at don.abbie@gmail.com

Every Drop Counts: Simple Steps to Help Save Water and Money

by Lindsey Berman, Conservation Program Manager, Regional Water Providers Consortium.

Many of us have ignored the sound of a trickling stream coming from our toilet, or maybe we’ve chosen to overlook those small, slow drips from a bathroom faucet or kitchen sink. After all, how much water do they really waste?According to the EPA, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak every year in homes across the U.S. That’s enough water to sustain the population of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami combined each year. It’s also estimated that leaks in almost 10 percent of American homes drip away nearly 90 gallons of water a day. In the greater Portland metro area, that can mean about $100 in water charges literally going down the drain each year. Many of these leaks occur in old fixtures, such as leaky toilets, faucets and showerheads. Fix these drips and you’ll be amazed at how much water and money you can save.

Plus, in many cases household leaks can be easily fixed by a do-it-yourself plumber and replacement parts don’t require a major investment! For example, faucet leaks are often caused by faulty washers that don’t allow your faucet to shut off properly. Replacing a faulty washer takes less than five minutes, costs less than $1 and is an easy way to recoup water and money savings. Toilet leaks, on the other hand, are often caused by old, faulty toilet flappers that have decayed or have developed mineral build-up over time. Replacing a toilet flapper is relatively easy and costs less than $5. In either case, just remember to bring your old one with you to the hardware store so that you can get a replacement part with the proper fit.

For more tips to help you discover and repair leaks, visit the Consortium at www.conserveh2o.org. About the Regional Water Providers Consortium: The Regional Water Providers Consortium (a group of 22 local water providers plus the regional government Metro) is committed to good stewardship of our region’s water through conservation, emergency preparedness planning, and water supply coordination. The Consortium provides resources and information to help individual and commercial customers save water. www.conserveh2o.org

Easy ways to save energy—and money—this winter

As temperatures begin to drop, heating bills across Roseway neighborhood will begin to rise. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,000 a year on home utility bills. Unfortunately, a lot of that money is wasted when heat escapes through leaky windows or ducts, walls and ceilings without insulation, or by inefficient heating and cooling systems.

Luckily, there are many things Roseway neighborhood residents can do to prepare our homes for the cold months ahead. An energy-efficient home will keep your family comfortable while saving you money—and in the long-term, energy upgrades increase the value of your home.

What can you do right now to help your home run more efficiently and feel more comfortable? Here are four easy energy-saving steps that are good for both pocketbooks and the environment.

  • Take advantage of winter sun. The sun does come out in Portland in the winter. When it shines, be sure to open south-facing window curtains, drapes and blinds during the day, as sunlight can naturally heat your home. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in.
  • Cover drafty windows. Tape a do-it-yourself, clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame. Installing window treatments, such as blinds, drapes or shades, can also help reduce heat loss.
  • Adjust the temperature. Set the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler when you’re not home to use less energy and lower utility bills. You can also lower the temperature slightly at night and add an extra blanket to the bed for a comfortably warm night.
  • Get a free home energy assessment to remove the guesswork and pinpoint more energy saving opportunities. Clean Energy Works will send a certified contractor to your home to identify ways to make it more efficient. Get a customized report that includes which energy efficiency upgrades will help generate the most energy savings. Those savings may be worth an additional $2,000 in incentives, and Clean Energy Works also points you to the best financing options for the upgrades.  Get started with your free energy assessment here: www.cleanenergyworksoregon.org/energy-assessment

Whether you take simple steps or use the whole-house approach—making your home perform better will stretch your investment and comfort in your older home.

About Clean Energy Works

Clean Energy Works (CEW) is a non-profit, public-private partnership that accelerates total home performance across Oregon. The organization brings together local contractors, lenders, governments, and utilities to make it easy and affordable for Oregonians to improve the comfort and health of their homes, while lowering energy waste by a third or more. Learn more online: http://www.cleanenergyworksoregon.org