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UPDATE: Gresham PAL center to stay open, for now.

Gresham PAL center to stay open, for now. Generous donations keep doors open through end of month for more than a hundred at-risk children. Info here!
Gresham PAL Center, NE 172nd Av
Photo:Everton Bailey Jr./The Oregonian

Generous donations keep doors open through end of month for more than a hundred at-risk children.

Fundraiser next Friday

Source: kgw.com (Feb 15, 2013)

The Gresham Police Activities League Center will stay open at least through the end of the month.

The PAL center is an after school program for more than a hundred “at risk” children. More than 3000 children a year benefit from the program.

“We’re thrilled!” said PAL Board President Mark McGinnis. Earlier in the week he said the doors would close if the organization could not make payroll by Friday. He said that would take $20-thousand-dollars.

Financial problems force Gresham PAL Center to close Feb 15, 2013

Financial problems force Gresham PAL Center to close Feb 15, 2013. Info here!
PAL Center, 424 NE 172nd Av, Gresham

PAL Center on 172nd
to close Feb 15th

Local youth center to cease after school activities

Source: Pamplin Media Group, Feb 12, 2013

Without additional funding, the Greater Portland Police Activities League Program said Tuesday that it will be forced to close its centers in Portland and Gresham on Friday, Feb. 15.

Beaverton’s PAL center is expected to stay open for now.

A Tuesday press release said “the ongoing reduction of governmental funding and the economic times have placed the organization in the position to need to make this difficult decision.”

“It is with great sadness that this wonderful program may have to close,” said PAL board member Cliff Madison. “It has made a great impact in the lives of many kids in our community and has taken down many of the walls between Cops, Kids and Community. It will be missed.”

The closure will include both the Bud Monnes PAL Center (NE 172nd Av) in Gresham and the PAL Office at the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct.

Local Contractors Sought for Rockwood Public Safety Facility Construction, Open House: Jan 10, 2013 3PM-7PM

01/10/2013 - 3:00pm
01/10/2013 - 7:00pm
Local Contractors Sought for Rockwood Public Safety Facility Construction, Open House: Jan 10, 2013 3PM-7PM. Info here!
Rockwood Public Safety Facility, Gresham

All Trades Welcome!

When: Thu Jan 10, 2013 3PM-7PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pwy
Gresham OR
Get Map!

The Gresham Redevelopment Commission invites local contractors to attend an open house on Thursday January 10 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Gresham City Hall to learn about opportunities to participate in construction of the new Rockwood Public Safety Facility. Representatives from the project’s Construction Manager/General Contractor, P&C Construction, will be there to describe the project schedule and the process for bidding on work. A formal presentation at 4:30 p.m. will go over details of bidding and contracting on the project.

All trades are welcome at the meetings but attendance is not required for bidding. Interested firms and individuals are strongly encouraged to sign up for more information about working on the project at http://local.ecologisticsllc.com/rockwood_psf/.

New city councilor rooted in Rockwood

New city councilor rooted in Rockwood; City of Gresham appoints Palmero to vacancy. Info here!

City of Gresham appoints
Palmero to vacancy

Mario Palmero, a 36-year-old welfare caseworker at the Oregon Department of Human Services's Gresham office, is Gresham's newest city councilor.

Gresham Outlook, Dec 18, 2012

After interviewing Palmero and two other candidates during the Tuesday, Dec. 18, council meeting, councilors in a 4-1 vote appointed him to fill Position 4 for the last two years of the seat's four-year term. Council President Karylinn Echols was absent.

Gresham's Lee Dayfield found the hidden gem in Wilkes East and opened it up for all

Nadaka Nature Park a 10-acre
Lee Dayfield just inside the north gate
of Nadaka Nature Park. Click to enlarge.

Nadaka Nature Park

For years, the plot of land tucked away in Gresham's Wilkes East neighborhood was forgotten.

Source: The Oregonian, Nov 14, 2012
by Nancy Anderson

Those who noticed the forested 10 acres must have figured it was off limits. An 8-foot-tall fence topped with barbed wire enclosed the site, save for one small entrance. Few would have guessed this was public land, officially known as Nadaka Nature Park.

But in 2008, the right person with the right heart and a vision stumbled upon the park and set out to make it known and accessible.

Lee Dayfield of Gresham has since led an effort involving extensive community partnerships to give the park new life and purpose.

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake rattles North Portland early Monday morning Nov 19, 2012

Did You Feel It??

Do You Have A Plan For a Cascadia Subduction Event?

Nov 19, 2012 Portland, OR
Monday morning at 6:15AM PST a 3.1 magnitude earthquake rattled the North Portland area beneath Kelly Point Park where the Willamette River joins the Columbia River. The quake occured at a depth of 11.8 miles. No reports of damage. If you felt the quake you are encourage to report it to http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/.

Last Friday morning at 5:19AM PST another quake occured in the same area beneath the Columbia Slough.

Scientist say these type of earthquakes are the best type of quake to have -- small and frequent; allowing local faults to gently release pent-up energy.

Wilkes East, Fall 2012 newsletter now available for download

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community - Together we can make a difference!

Wilkes East Fall 2012 newsletter has arrived. Find out what's happening in your neighborhood. Inside this issue: Habitat to Build 26 New Homes 2014; Don’t “Leaf” Debris In The Street; Earthquake!! Are You Prepared?; Desire a cozy home this winter?; Freeze the Grease, Save a Bundle; Nadaka Clean-up Event, Dec 1; WENA Annual Meeting, Nov 26. Click here!
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Find out what's happening
    in your neighborhood



  • Habitat to Build 26 New Homes 2014
  • Don’t “Leaf” Debris In The Street
  • Earthquake!! Are You Prepared?
  • Desire a cozy home this winter?
  • Freeze the Grease, Save a Bundle
  • Nadaka Clean-up Event, Dec 1, 9AM
  • WENA Annual Meeting, Nov 26, 7PM

Download the full-color edition here. Now with clickable links!

Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

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Got a story to share?
Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300 words and may be subject to editing. Send articles by email to: info@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: PO Box 536 • Fairview, OR 97024.

Metro Proposes Five-Year Option Levy to Manage Public Lands. Take The Survey Here!

Columbia Slough, Portland Oregon

Our community is known for its natural beauty and commitment to protecting farms, forests and natural areas. Since 1995, our region’s voters have approved two bond measures to allow Metro to acquire natural areas to protect water quality, wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Today, Metro manages more than 16,000 acres of land – more than a third of all the public parks and natural areas in our region. By law, Metro is prohibited from using the existing voter-approved bonds for ongoing preservation and maintenance.

Metro wants your input on their recommendation.
This summer, a 15-member independent advisory panel recommended that the Metro Council take the first step in a long-term plan to protect and maintain these areas purchased with the bonds by referring a five-year local option levy to voters.

Take the survey below to learn more about the advisory panel’s recommendation and tell the Metro Council about your priorities.

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