Friends of Trees Planting in Roseway a Smashing Success!

On the last Saturday of March, a volunteer crew of 188 set out in the early drizzle of the morning to start planting trees in the Roseway and surrounding neighborhoods.  By the end of the day over 388 new trees would be added to the area with over 227 of those trees planted in Roseway alone!

Each year, neighbors can sign up through Friends of Trees to purchase low cost trees for their planting strip or their general yard.  This year, however, Roseway was part of a program that gave free trees to those Roseway residents who chose to receive a planting strip tree and volunteered to help out.

The turnout was overwhelming.  Even the Mayor, Sam Adams,  turned out to help plant trees on this blustery spring day.  The Roseway Neighborhood Association would like to thank the FOT Neighborhood Coordinators, volunteers and residents who made the planting a huge success this year.  Your efforts continue to help the Portland canopy grow and keep our air, water and neighborhood clean and beautiful.

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Regional Green Building Hotline

Metro, the City of Portland , Multnomah , Washington and Clackamas Counties offer a community resource serving our region: the Regional Green Building Hotline.  For over four years, the Hotline has provided practical tips and useful information about green home strategies, including resources and incentives for new and existing commercial and residential projects in the region.  The Hotline has answered thousands of questions about ways to reduce your carbon footprint, renewable energy, indoor air quality, salvage, doing more with less, training workshops and more.  The free service is a bridge to the information you need to help you begin, wherever you are.

Inquiries are welcomed from homeowners, renters, real estate professionals, non-profits, contractors, students, developers, business owners and design professionals in the tri-county area. It is the Hotline’s intent to inspire callers to incorporate as many sustainable choices, either material or behavioral, into their projects as they would like.  The Hotline can also help callers overcome perceived barriers and obstacles around green building.

Looking for effective ways to save money on utility bills?
Which local green programs and incentives are available to me today?
What is the WaterSense label?
How can I retrofit my house to healthily age-in-place?
Where can I attend a free class to build a rain garden?
Can I get a rebate for planting a tree? Does my new water heater qualify for a tax credit?

Try this free community service from Metro, City of Portland Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties .

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Facebook ~ Green Development Resource Center
Twitter ~ @greenhotline

Annual City of Portland Build It Green! Home Tour on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Hey, kids, let’s put on a summer concert!

Want to help boost the fun factor in Roseway? Now’s your chance.

Roseway is partnering with Portland Parks & Recreation to bring the city’s free, family-friendly summer concert series to Glenhaven Park in 2012. Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys will christen our foray into the series with their brand of Western swing.

Concerts in the park include food vendors, hands-on visual art activities for children and a chance to meet your neighbors. Bring a picnic and your dancing shoes, and well-heeled dogs on leashes. Under a special-use permit, you can also bring in your own beer and wine.

Roseway’s concert will be Saturday, July 28, 2012, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Our hope is to expand to a series of concerts as early as next summer.

To make all this happen, we need your help.

Each neighborhood that takes part in the citywide series raises the money to cover expenses, such as performer fees and equipment. Your contribution will help start a tradition that will grow over time and enliven our neighborhood.

No donation is too small. And if you’re a business that would like to become a sponsor at the $150 level or above, this is the perfect chance to connect with many potential new customers. Through your tax-deductible sponsorship, you have the potential to reach:

·        A citywide audience with inclusion in the Portland Parks & Recreation summer concert and movie season brochure.

·        A targeted neighborhood audience through other promotional information.

As a sponsor, you also can bring in a promotional table to the events you support. Sponsors often hand out literature about their business, gather mailing list signatures, or hold raffles or other giveaways.

This year only, sponsors who give a minimum of $150 will receive the same benefits as those at the Good Neighbor Sponsor level (normally $250). And because Glenhaven is hosting only one concert this year, sponsors who give $250 or more can table at one to three additional park concerts, depending on the giving level. Go to for a sponsor form, which details sponsorship levels and their benefits to your business.

Please note that sponsor payments are due May 15 to be included in promotional materials.

To make an individual donation anytime, please send a check to:

Summer Concerts
Portland Parks & Recreation
1120 SW Fifth Ave. #1302
Portland, OR 97204

Make your check payable to Portland Parks & Recreation, and write “Glenhaven Park” in the memo line. To pay by credit card, call Judith Yeckel at 503-249-8159.

For more information, or if you’d like to discuss corporate sponsorship in person, email Angela Carpenter at
Please help our efforts to enrich our neighborhood!


How to Improve Your Neighborhood’s Business District

Thriving commercial districts are part of what makes Portland great. It’s these distinct neighborhood hubs, each with a unique character, that draw out the coffee drinker, vintage clothes connoisseur, vinyl collector, or simply the hungry.

When you look at the history of these neighborhoods, and their commercial corridors in particular, you’ll soon discover that they weren’t always bustling. The Pearl District, for example, was once a collection of warehouses and industrial space that had a very small residential footprint and much less commercial activity. All of that changed, though, with a vision and allocation of resources. And while not every neighborhood will become the Pearl, nor do they all strive to be, other neighborhoods share a similar history of being underutilized, or even neglected and in decline, before being invigorated with a combination of planning and available resources.

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Enroll in Citywide Emergency Response Notification

On January 26th, the anniversary of our region’s last great earthquake, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) -in partnership with Multnomah County- will initiate the first-ever, citywide test of Portland’s community notification system. This relatively new system has been used successfully in real, small-scale emergencies. But it has never been stress-tested on a large scale.

During this citywide test, PBEM will attempt to send a single message via landline phone, cell phone, text, and email to a maximum number of Portlanders in the shortest amount of time possible. “We want this test to expose any weaknesses in the system,” said PBEM Director Carmen Merlo.

Greater participation in the test will ensure a larger sample group and help PBEM gauge the system’s functionality. Merlo encourages Portlanders to register for this and all future notifications by signing up at Personal contact information provided during registration is kept private and used only for the purpose of sending geographically tailored emergency messages. During the January 26th test, residents will be notified only if the contact information provided corresponds with a Portland mailing address.

It bears reminding, our region could experience a magnitude 9.0 or greater Cascadia subduction zone earthquake at any moment. The last one occurred January 26, 1700. Scientists say we are in the average window of time during which these massive, destructive earthquakes occur. The community notification system may serve as an invaluable communication tool during this and other kinds of emergencies.

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