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Aircraft traffic to increase this summer over Wilkes East during airport runway construction

Aircraft traffic to increase this summer over Wilkes East during airport north runway construction. Click here for project details!

Get ready for increased air traffic as PDX extends their runways

North Runway Extension project underway

Wilkes East residents may notice a change in aircraft flight activity as Portland International Airport begins major runway improvements starting May 1st through October 31st 2009.

During the six-month closure of the north parallel runway jet aircraft will use the south runway and will follow noise abatement procedures that direct them over the Columbia River corridor to minimize overflights of residential areas.

The south runway’s east takeoff and approach path will increase air traffic directly over the Wilkes East neighborhood -- particularly in the Sandstone area.

Pacific Drive holds Spring 2009 Neighborhood Watch meeting

Pacific Drive holds Spring 2009 Neighborhood Watch meeting. Start your watch group today!

Pacific Drive group shown
'mapping' project.
Positive real estate news presented.

Spring meeting well attended

Pacific Drive Neighborhood Watch group held a Pot Luck luncheon for their Spring meeting on Saturday the 25th of April with 10 households represented.

Meetings are open to all neighbors in the vicinity of: NE 168th Ave (between NE Pacific Dr and NE Oregon St), and NE 169th Pl (between NE Hassalo St and NE Pacific Dr). Get map!.

Member presentations

Art Abbott showed his neighborhood 'mapping' project to the group and asked the group for additional information in order to complete it.

Jim Kunkle, realtor, spoke to the group regarding real estate values in the Wilkes East area. Jim described some of the creative ideas brokers and contractors are using in our area to sell homes. He also mentioned there were no foreclosures recorded for our area.

County commissioners ask Rockwood residents to be realistic about the East County Justice Center

Rockwood, East County Justice Center debacle continues.  Budget overruns, poor leadership, and tough economic times plague beleagured project

The debacle continues.
Budget overruns, poor leadership, and tough economy plague chronically delayed project in Rockwood.

Source: The Oregonian, Tuesday May 12, 2009
by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Stalled for decades, project now lacks support

Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel told a crowd gathered to fight for a East County justice center in Rockwood that there's not enough board support to build the long-delayed courthouse project anywhere in Gresham because of the economy. The community should stop fighting for location and push commissioners to support building it at all, she said. Editor: Contact the commissioners here.

McKeel, County Chairman Ted Wheeler, Sheriff Bob Skipper, Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis and District Attorney Mike Schrunk sat with a panel of other government officials at a forum Tuesday night where community members were to urge the county board to reconsider building the beleagured project in Rockwood.

Original plans called for a justice center to be built in Rockwood, which has been plagued by crime and disinvestment. But Wheeler proposed the project, which has been stalled for decades, be moved to downtown Gresham because it would save about $7 million.

Big changes at Nadaka Nature Park

Wilkes East Neighborhood Nadaka Park Planting & Invasive Plant Removal Project

New sign, new plants,
invasive species removal

Get a litte dirty.
Join us for a park cleanup!

New plants added

There is a lot going on at Nadaka Nature Park, NE 176th Ave & NE Pacific St
(Click here for a map). In addition to removing invasives at WENA's March 8th park cleanup, the entire front along NE Pacific St was cleaned up outside the fence. Also 130 native plants and trees were planted along the NE Pacific St side of the park.

Here's a list of what was planted:

  • Big Leaf Maple
  • Western Red Cedar
  • Western Hemlock
  • Cherry Trees
  • Vine Maple
  • Cascara
  • Indian Plum
  • Blue Elderberry
  • Red Elderberry
  • Serviceberry
  • Salmonberry

New sign, barbed wire removed

The new Nadaka Park sign should be installed within a month. WENA was able to purchase the new sign along with removing the barbed wire on NE Pacific St with a grant obtained last year. This year WENA's Friends of Nadaka group has applied for a Metro Nature in Neighborhood grant for improvements to Nadaka which we should find out about in May. This is a matching grant 1:1 so we will need volunteer help as well as in-kind donations. Interested parties should contact Lee Dayfield by email at leedayfield@wilkeseastna.org.

Capri Terrace holds Spring 2009 Neighborhood Watch meeting

Capri Terrace holds Spring 2009 Neighborhood Watch meeting. Start your watch group today!

Shamrock & Springtime

Luncheon has 99.9% turnout.
Near-zero crime reported

Great turnout, great entertainment

99.9% of the Capri Terrace Watch Group along with 2 new households gathered for their first quarterly meeting of 2009. 2 families had phoned indicating they were ill and couldn't make it (they missed a good time). Billy & Laurie Simmon's along with their twin daughters Alex & Andie hosted a lovely Shamrock & Springtime luncheon/dinner. 13.5 lbs of stew meat (none was left-over) was prepared for the occasion along with lots of desserts and salads. A huge display of Easter Egg cupcakes fit for an Easter Bunny King were seen brightening up a very windy, but sunny day. We also were entertained with some Irish Violin music by Laurie & Alex Simmon's.

More troubles for Reynolds. State ethics board to investigate two former, one current Reynolds employee

More troubles for Reynolds.  State ethics board will investigate two former, one current Reynolds School District employees

Medical bills draw scrutiny.

Complaints filed against a current and two former school district administrators

Source: The Oregonian: Saturday, March 14, 2009

The state ethics commission will investigate one current and two former Reynolds School District employees for allegedly using district money to pay for unnecessary medical procedures that included cosmetic surgery and Viagra prescriptions.

The commission is responding to complaints filed by Reynolds Superintendent Robert Fisher against former Superintendent Terry Kneisler, former Human Resources Director Wayne Travillion and current Salish Ponds Elementary Principal Ed Smith.

A factor in the budget crisis?

The complaints allege that Kneisler's bills, totaling $15,000, included massages, cosmetic dental work, Viagra prescriptions and laser eye surgery for himself and his daughter.

Reynolds School District board to cut $10M, host budget cut input sessions

Reynolds School District to cut $10M from proposed 2009-2010 budget. Public comments wanted: Mar 16th, Apr 1st

District to cut $10M from proposed 2009-2010 budget with staff and program reductions

Public input: Mar 16th, Apr 1st

The Reynolds School Board has set two dates to receive public input regarding recommendations to reduce the 2009-2010 budget with proposed staffing and program cuts totaling $10 million.

Click here to view the proposed budget cuts!

Public Input Wanted

Don't miss this important opportunity to have your voice heard! Our children's future depends on your participation.

  • Monday, March 16, 2009 6:30PM
    HB Lee Middle School Gymnasium
    1121 NE 172nd Avenue, Gresham

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2009 6:30PM
    Reynolds High School Multipurpose Room
    1698 SW Cherry Park Road, Troutdale

“The Board invites parents, patrons and staff to fully participate in this process to shape the services received by the students within Reynolds School District,” officials said in a statement.

HGTV is looking for First-time Portland Homebuyers to be on “My First Place!”

HGTV is looking for First-time Portland Homebuyers to be on My First Place! Click here to sign-up!

Get your Portland home on HGTV!

HGTV is looking for First-time Homebuyers to be on “My First Place!”

One of HGTV’s most popular series, “My First Place” will be in Portland for its SEVENTH season to film first-time homebuyers through all the trials and tribulations of looking for, bidding on and ultimately buying their first place! Each half-hour episode features people making the dream of homeownership a reality!

We are currently looking for homebuyers who are:

  • Buying their FIRST place.
  • Fun, interesting people who are excited to be a part of this show.
  • People willing to share their personal & financial struggles with viewers.
  • Buyers that are going to be closing before the end of 2009.
  • Will be buying within a 90-minute radius of downtown Portland.

Candidates who are chosen for the show will also receive a housewarming SURPRISE gift at the end of shooting to thank them for being on the show!

Singles, couples and families are all encouraged to apply!

181st Corridor Signal Improvements Coming Spring 2009

181st Corridor Signal Improvements: Spring 2009.

181st Corridor Signal Improvements Coming Spring 2009

Smart signals, wider turns to relieve traffic congestion

The 181st Avenue Corridor project is intended to increase existing street capacity and support new industrial businesses within the Urban Renewal Area, and is supported by the Wilkes East Neighborhood and the Rockwood Business Coalition.

Reason for the project

181st Avenue provides the only connection to Interstate-84 within Gresham city limits. As the areas to the south develop, including Pleasant Valley and Damascus, this corridor will grow more congested because it provides the nearest freeway access. The redevelopment potential of the Wilkes East and North Gresham neighborhoods, including the industrial portion of the Rockwood-West Gresham Urban Renewal Area, will be hampered (without improvement) as intersections on 181st near the freeway reach capacity.

Smart signals, wider turns, and a crosswalk closure are expected to relieve traffic congestion through this busy area.

Neighborhood Connections: Jan 2009

City of Gresham: Neighborhood Connections Nov 2008

City of Gresham News, Community Activities, Workshops & More

Neighborhood Connections is a publication from the City of Gresham Communications & Community Outreach offering City of Gresham news, Public Safety information, Community Activities & Events, Training & Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

Inside this Issue...

For more information, visit the Neighborhood Associations page at GreshamOregon.gov or contact Cathy Harrington at 503-618-2482, or email cathy.harrington@ci.gresham.or.us.

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