Plant your Tree with Friends of Trees

Friends of Trees is at it again with tree plantings in the Roseway Neighborhood, but this year there is a twist! The tree is free! If you choose to have a tree planted in your planting strip (the area between your sidewalk and street) Friends of Trees is picking up the tab for Roseway. If you’d still like a tree planted in your yard (any area other than the planting strip) you can do that too and will only cost $35 per tree.

You’ll receive an 8 to 12 foot tall tree, delivery, digging, planting assistance, mulch, stakes and follow up maintenance. A $200 value! All free if you choose a planting strip tree or just $35 for yard trees.


  • To get a tree you must first sign up by February 27th.
  • Go to and click on the GET STARTED button.
  • Signing up does not obligate you to buy, it only makes it possible for a city forester to inspect your planting strip for an appropriate location. After the inspection, you’ll be send a list of recommended trees to chose from.


Planting day will happen on March 31st.

If you’d like to also volunteer your time on planting day, many people enjoy meeting their neighbors and sharing a potluck lunch afterward. There are several ways to volunteer: be part of the planting crew; donate food to the pot luck; help with setup and clean up; drive your pickup truck to make tree deliveries; or even help with registration.

The planting day meeting place is the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church at 4927 NE 55th Ave.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact the Roseway Neighborhood Coordinators at
or 971-238-0799

Covered Skate Park Considered for Roseway

Portland doesn’t have a covered skate park that can be used for more than just the non rainy days. We, myself, Skaters for Portland and from what I’m receiving back for the community, feel like Glenhaven makes for a good first candidate park to receive a cover.

We have been through the review process with the city parks dept. and they are very positive about the idea. This project will cover nearly 12,000 SQFT of area that is currently being used as a skate park. This roof structure will not interfere with any of the other activities at the park however it will make the park available for use all year not just on the good days.

We all know we only get about 40% of the year to really be outdoors without rain. Positive aspects of the roof will include additional light that, I might add there is no light in or around the skating area which makes the current situation a safety concern.

The structure will have solar panels on the roof that will feed power to the grid during daylight hours and pull back from the grid until the park closes at 10pm. This will minimize the monetary resources that the lights would draw from the city. We will make sure that there are night lights on the inside and outside of the structure as well as the paths around the structure to increase safety for passersby.

We are currently working on the design the of the structure with the city to make sure the structure doesn’t negatively impact the park in a visual manner.

I would like to hear any feedback good or bad from the community.

Monty Kurtz

50,000th Cat Spayed/Neutered!

Portland, OR – The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) neutered its 50,000th cat on Friday, September 23, 2011, in Portland. Helping this landmark number of cats underscores the need for our services, and the tremendous amount of work that remains.

The landmark cat was a 5-month old grey and white kitten from Kelso, Washington named Oscar. He was born to a stray female cat who appeared outside the caregiver’s home last fall. He and his two siblings were all neutered at the clinic on the 23rd. His mother was spayed by FCCO earlier this summer. The caregivers feed 13 cats and all of them are now spayed/neutered.

In Portland last year, 6,555 cats were euthanized. The number one reason for this? There are simply more cats than available homes. This overpopulation results in abandoned cats, left to fend for themselves and breeding even more homeless cats. FCCO helps end this tragic cycle, giving both the cats and the community a humane and effective solution: Trap-Neuter-Return.

How many kittens have been prevented? If 50,000 cats had just one litter of four kittens each, there would be 200,000 more kittens. This year FCCO will spay/neuter over 5,000 cats. At just one litter of four kittens each, FCCO will prevent 20,000 kittens this year alone.

What do 50,000 cats look like? The average length of a cat, from head to tip of tail, is 30 inches. Line up 50,000 cats and you have 23.7 miles of feline – that’s a furry path from Beaverton all the way to Gresham!

Who can help? Anyone feeding feral or outdoor stray cats can bring qualified cats to an FCCO clinic. The number to call for help with feral and stray cats is 503-797-2606 or visit HUwww.feralcats.comUH for more information.

Founded in 1995, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization supported solely through donations, is a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral and outdoor stray cats living in Oregon and southwest Washington. The goal of the program is to reduce suffering for existing feral cats and prevent the births and suffering of future generations. The program’s services are targeted for feral cats who have caregivers feeding them. The caregivers trap the cats, bring them to a clinic, and return the cats to where they are being fed with a commitment to feed the cat(s) on a permanent basis.

Launch of Portland Curbside Composting

Save the date for Portland Farmers Market’s Great Pumpkin Event, sponsored by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s “Include the Food” campaign to launch citywide food scrap composting. The event will feature a free pumpkin carving contest and children’s costume parade. Kids get the chance to carve their own pumpkins and practice the art of composting by scooping the seeds straight into a Portland Composts! kitchen pail. Enjoy games, prizes, giveaways and an appearance by “Blaze,” the mascot of the Portland Trail Blazers. Free pumpkins and carving tools provided.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Activities will happen rain or shine.

Pumpkin carving: 9 a.m.- noon (or as long as pumpkins last)
Costume parade for children: noon -12:30 p.m. Bring your ghosts and goblins to the information booth at noon to join the parade through the Market.
Prizes will be awarded: 12:30 p.m. for best carvings. Pumpkins must be carved on-site in order to be eligible.
Portland Farmers Market hours: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University: near the music stage in the center of the Market’s north block. The Saturday Portland Farmers Market is located at Portland State University in the South Park Blocks between SW Hall & SW Montgomery.

All Portland-area children and adults are invited to carve a pumpkin. The costume parade is open to children. This event is sponsored by Portland Farmers Market and the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s “Include the Food” campaign to launch citywide food scrap composting.

Information about curbside food composting and changes to the City’s curbside collection service will be available at the Include the Food information table during the event. For more details on food composting, please visit

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