Tree Removal

The Urban Forestry Commission is convening a public hearing for the purpose of taking testimony about the Interim Mitigation Rule for tree removal. You can read the Interim Rule at The meeting will begin at 5:45 pm with a presentation from the City Forester that gives an overview of the Tree Code and Interim Rule. The meeting will adjourn at 8 pm. Please be prepared to submit your testimony in case we do not have time to hear your testimony.

Public hearing on the Interim Mitigation Rule for tree removal August 4, 2015 from 5:45 PM – 8 PM
1900 SW 4th Ave. Room 2500A
Portland, OR 97201

If you cannot make the hearing but would like to submit testimony, please send your written testimony to Mieke Keenan at by September 9, 2015. If you have any questions about the Interim Mitigation Rule for tree removal, please contact Mike Keenan at 503-823-5779 or

View this public notice online at

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Movies in the Park is here!

While you are waiting for the movie to start, come check out our RNA table. We have a nifty scavenger hunt board for you to test your neighborhood knowledge. Just in case we run out of game boards at the movie, or maybe you didn’t pick one up at the movie but you want to get in on the action, you can download a copy here. Scavengerpdf  Reed College has even kicked in a prize…I can’t tell you this early in the game though, it would spoil it (which will be given away at the joint picnic in September).  This scavenger hunt will require you to think about some of the answers, too, these are not all easy-peasy…just saying.  Good luck and we hope  you enjoyed the movie.

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Kickball, you in?

Does the idea of kickball intrigue you?  Have you seen people playing and thought, ‘if only I had a team to play with, a team that was near me.’  Well, now you can have both!  If our neighborhood can pull together enough bodies (kiddos included) we can get in on the action of kickball and play against other SE neighborhood teams.  If you are interested in a little competition (or maybe a lot of competition because you are uber competitive, that’s cool too) let me know.  Team forming now!

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July Board Meeting

Reed Neighborhood Association will hold their monthly board meeting this Tuesday, July 14th at 6:30 pm. It will be located at the Reed College Performing Arts Center in room 130. Topics on the agenda include upcoming events like the neighborhood picnic and movie in the park, as well as budget, online communication, and community outreach. Please let us know of any concerns or topics you would like discussed.

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The mermaid rides!

Today was the day for the block party street painting.  The weather was great.  It wasn’t too hot, and it wasn’t too cold, it was Goldilocks, just right.  It did try to make us believe rain was going to fall on us a few times, but fortunately, that never materialized.  Heather was out there the earliest at 6.  I needed a bit more zzz’s.  I was out there at 7:30, but I brought Heather a cup of coffee.  Then it was non-stop working on the working and painting and discussing and having creative license reinterpretations of our picture, more discussions of perspective and composition and lots of mixing of colors.  But, in the end, is something quite spectacular.  The intersection underwent quite a transformation (as did some hands).  We had plenty of great volunteers that showed up, some all day, some periodically throughout the day, to lend a helping hand.  Whatever amount of help they offered was appreciated.  Some showed up for food and that’s cool too.  The kids enjoyed having the opportunity to eat some vittles in the middle of the street, without those pesky cars.  Now, I am so tired.  You should come check this out.

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Mayor and Commissioner Fish recruiting members for the new Public Utility Board

Maybe you could be the next member on this board.  The only way to do that is to apply…

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish are recruiting members to serve on the newly formed public utility board (PUB). The 9-member board will strengthen transparency and oversight of our two public utilities: the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services.

Portland’s two public utilities provide vital water, sewer, and stormwater services to the City. With over 1,000 highly skilled and dedicated employees, the bureaus are operationally and financially complex.

The first meetings of the PUB is scheduled for late August, including a series of briefings about the utilities’ operations before the fall budget season begins. The PUB will be supported by full-time staff from the independent City Budget Office.

Applications for PUB members will be accepted through July 10, 2015. We would appreciate your help in recruiting applicants for the PUB.

More information about the PUB, including application materials, is available on Commissioner Fish’s website If you have questions, please contact Asena Lawrence at (503) 823-3597.

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Youth Service America Grant

Are you between the ages of 5-18 and have an idea that could make your community safer?  This is your opportunity to apply for a grant for $500 to make your idea a reality.  Here is the link to learn more about this grant.  The deadline is midnight August 10th, so get those creative synapses firing.  If you do apply, let me know what your idea is and I can post it here and on the RNA Facebook page, too.

Good luck.  So excited for you…


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Fruit tree project

I know this is last minute, and I know how I feel about last minute things (not a fan) but I just found out about this mere moments ago.  So, as soon as I found out I quickly put it on our Facebook page and now I am posting the same here for those who eschew Facebook, for whatever reason (that’s cool).  Portland Fruit Tree Project is tomorrow, yes, TOMORROW, July 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Parkrose Community United Church.  Here is the link for more information and to sign up.…

I’m inclined to go simply because the host has the same name as myself. Do you know how often I have that happen?  With my name, it’s a rare event!  That’s amazing!!

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Did you see the World Cup!

Then you know how little FIFA pays the women for taking the title versus the men ($2 million versus $35 million). Yes a $33 million dollar discrepancy, someone is really bad with numbers at FIFA even though the women have been winning, and winning often! Ugh. You should come to the street painting on Saturday, July 11 and we can talk about this and any other issues, local and abroad.

Where? 28th Place and Pardee St.
Bring a dish to share for the potluck block-party.
Bring your kiddo(s) and when they get bored of painting, the playground at Tucker-Maxon will be open for them to run around and have a little ‘me’ time. And, the playground is fully fenced.

Come join us, we’ll have paint and brushes/rollers in hand and ready to get the job done.

Hope to see you this weekend!

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Stop and get some fresh fruits and veggies

and see our friends in the neighborhood at Berry Good fruit stand, just off of 28th.  They’ve got some local strawberries that are yummy and full of flavor (which, those giant berries from other unnamed stores seem to be lacking, trust me I know, sadly, from personal experience.  The berries from Berry Good however are not lacking in the flavor department, they can wear their flavor badge proudly!)  Check them out for a little nosh before the music fest at Reed.

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