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Get your Portland Home on HGTV!


Get your Portland Home on HGTV!  HGTV is looking for 3 lucky homeowners throughout the Portland Metro Area to feature on their new show Bang for Your Buck.  Sign-up here!

Have you recently remodeled a major room of your house?
Then HGTV is looking for you!

Hi, Wilkes East neighbors. Here's something that may interest you. We got this letter from Keri Grogan, who does casting for HGTV:

I work in the casting department for HGTV. We are excited to announce that we will be looking for 3 lucky homeowners throughout the Portland Metro Area to feature on our new show Bang for Your Buck. I was hoping that some of your residents might be interested in being considered for the show. We plan to be in Portland the week of November 17th

Nadaka Park Clean-Up yields new sign, fond memories

Volunteers clear brush, improve visibility

Volunteers clear brush, improve visibility, make new friends

2008 Wilkes East Nadaka Park Clean-Up improves visibility, yields new sign, many fond memories

On Saturday, July 26th the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association (WENA) held a cleanup at Nadaka Park clearing underbrush and lifting the canopy. The Gresham Parks Dept worked with WENA volunteers to advertise this event and provide the necessary tools (rakes, clippers, etc), as well as support staff. Over 35 people volunteered during the three hour event.

Gresham Urban Forestry Committee Seeks Advisory Members

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Urban Forestry Committee seeking two new advisory members

Gresham's Urban Forestry Committee (formerly Tree Preservation Committee) is looking for additional members from the community. There are currently 5 members on the committee and they would like to add at least two more.

This seven-member citizen advisory committee is appointed by the Gresham City Council. The committee advises Council and staff about tree preservation and recommends tree species for the City's street tree list. It recommends and updates the Significant Tree List, and provides public education on those issues including publishing an approved street tree list.

Capri Terrace Neighborhood Watch: Observation Skills Video



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Crime happens fast!

Will you remember the details?

Watch this video

Don't Become A Victim

Bad guys are always looking for an easy target. Did you know that most crimes occurs in plain sight, without anyone being aware?

This "Observation Skills" video, recorded during a recent Capri Terrace Neighborhood Watch meeting, can teach you simple techinques to help protect yourself! Watch closely as these neighbors are put-to-the-test. Did you see the crime occur? What did these neighbors observed and remember? Their responses just might suprise you!

Residential Districts Review, Proposed Map and Code Changes May Effect Your Property Value

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Transition Residential Districts, Increased Residential Intensity, and New Lot Size Standards Proposed

The City is proposing revisions to the Community Plan Map and Development Code as part of the Residential Districts Review project. Property owners who could be most affected by these changes are being notified by mail. Comprehensive Planning staff also wanted to make sure Neighborhood Association officials are aware of the potential changes.

Complete information is available here on a special page on the City's Web site, in addition to project information available here on the main Residential Districts Review page.

Traffic Changes Slated for NE 181st Ave: Spring 2009

Traffic Changes Slated for NE 181st Ave Corridor, City 'Signals' Relief Is On The Way!; Spring 2009.

Traffic 'Near Capacity' On The
NE 181st Ave Corridor.
City 'Signals' Relief Is On The Way!

Ask any rush hour commuter traveling NE 181st Ave in Gresham and they will tell you, traffic congestion between Interstate 84 and NE Halsey St is miserable. In fact at times, it's just downright unbearable!

Over the past few years the increased population and business growth in west Gresham has outpaced the ability of the NE 181st Ave corridor to efficiently handle the additional traffic between the I-84 freeway ramps and the Powell Butte area.

Frustrated commuters rejoice, change is coming!

The City of Gresham Dept of Public Affairs has announced a plan to reduce traffic congestion on NE 181st Ave between NE Sandy Blvd and NE Halsey St. The proposed changes are scheduled to begin spring 2009, and be completed before summer. Changes include installing new state-of-the-art computer-controlled traffic signals, prohibiting southbound U-turn's at NE San Rafael St, eliminating a crosswalk across NE 181st Ave, plus several other changes in hope of improving the flow of traffic along this particularly busy section of the NE 181st Ave corridor.

A public meeting on the proposed changes will likely be held in early to mid-September according to Jill Bradley with the City of Gresham Dept of Public Affairs.

Beds, BBQ's, Even an Old Boat: Neighbors Dump their Junk!

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Sorting bulky waste for disposal

Youth volunteer helps seperate bulky waste for disposal while Event coordinator Brian Heerwagen breaks down larger items

2008 Wilkes East
Neighborhood Clean-Up
a Huge Success!

With the peak of summer came this year's Wilkes East Neighborhood Clean-Up. For the past 3 years, Wilkes East residents have enjoyed the convenient disposal of unwanted trash and yard debris at the annual July fund-raiser sponsored by the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association.

Residents lined-up early for the three hour event held Saturday July 26th from 9AM to Noon in the east parking lot at HB Lee Middle School. Staffed by a dozen volunteers this year's clean-up served 48 families, and filled two industrial sized (40 cubic yard) dumpsters to capacity! One dumpster was dedicated to Yard Debris and Wood Waste, the other dumpster was dedicated to Bulky Waste (trash).

Volunteers directed traffic, helped clean-up participants with their drop-offs, and seperated the debris for disposal. Home pick-up was also available this year for bulky items and to those neighbors without transportation. Many neighbors expressed their appreciation, thanking the volunteers, and stating how much they look forward to the annual event. Disposed items included yard debris, furniture, beds, bbqs, carpet, garage trash, remodeling debris, lots of junk, windows and doors, even an old wooden boat!

Residential Districts Review: Public Input Report June 2008

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Residential Districts Review
June 2008 Alternative Workshops
Public Input Report Now Available

A Public Input Report that describes the information presented at two June community workshops and what we heard from participants during those workshops is now available. The workshops were joint meetings for the Residential Districts Review project and the Development Code Improvement Project.

The document, which is called Public Input Report - Alternatives, can be downloaded at: http://www.ci.gresham.or.us/departments/planningServices/cp/RDR/documents.asp or, if you would like a printed copy, please contact Jamie Zimmerman at the City of Gresham by calling 503-618-2235.

Background RDR documents on topics discussed are available using the following links (these are PDFs):

If you attended the workshops, we encourage you to review the information (particularly the Public Input Summary) to ensure participants comments are correctly described. New comments also are welcome.

Local Photography Artist's Work On Display

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Local Photography Artist's Work On Display

Local photography artist Lee Dayfield's inspiring photographs are on display now. We hope everyone has an opportunity to drop by and view her wonderful photographic artwork.

Lee's photographs can be seen at the following locations:

  • Cooper's Coffee (until August 1st)
    Across the parking lot from OMSI
    1515 SE Water, Portland OR
    Topic: Mannequins

  • Central Cafe
    124 NE 3rd Street, Gresham OR
    Topic: Various photos framed in windows & conventional framing.

Owens Corning Installing Solar System

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Owens Corning Installing Solar System at Gresham Foam Insulation Facility

TOLEDO, Ohio, July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Owens Corning (NYSE: OC - News) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Sun Edison LLC to provide solar-generated energy through the installation and operation of a 206 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of its Gresham, Ore. facility. The facility's solar PV system is scheduled to be installed and operating by the fourth quarter of 2008.

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