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2018 Portland area Holiday Activity Guide. Fun for the entire family! Storybooklane, Train rides, Christmas ships, Colorful lights, 300 Tuba Concert on the Square and much more. Info here!

Everybody Freeze!

Freeze the Grease, Save a Bundle

After big holiday meals, no one likes to be the one stuck doing clean-up. But if you aren't careful with leftover gravy, pan drippings and sauces a grease-clogged drain could end up costing you a bundle. To help combat the fat, City of Gresham’s Wastewater Services is offering a free “Freeze the Grease, Save the Drain Kit” to residents.

Owens Corning Nov 1 Q&A Response

Owens Corning Responds to Nov 1 Meeting Q&A

Owens Corning has provided answers here to questions that were asked at the DEQ information meeting held on November 1, 2007, as they agreed to do. Their answers can be read here. Please note that these answers were provided solely by Owens Corning. Owens Corning did not discuss these answers with DEQ, and DEQ does not endorse the answers; George Davis, Department of Environmental Quality - Northwest Region Office, simply passed them on to Wilkes East NA as agreed at the information meeting.

The public hearing on the proposed permit will be held at Centennial High School in the Community Room on December 13, 2007. The meeting will start with an information session at 6:30 pm, followed by the formal hearing.

Red Cross: signatures needed

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Help the Red Cross become part of Oregon’s State's Charitable Checkoff Program

Most of you know that I work for the Red Cross and am devoted to raising money for one of my favorite charities. As part of our efforts, we are working on gathering 10,000 signatures to become part of Oregon’s State's Charitable Checkoff Program.

The State Charitable Checkoff Program allows residents to give a portion of their tax refund to any of the nonprofit organizations listed in the tax booklet and the Oregon Red Cross Chapters want to be one of those organizations.

Powell Valley NA Elects New Board

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The Powell Valley Neighborhood Association (PVNA) recently elected Ebonie Johnson as its newest President.

"The previous President, Sue Ruonala did a wonderful job of organizing the association." says Johnson. With the support of Sue Ruonala as Secretary, Bob Hurley as Land Use, and Kim Peil as Vice President, Johnson pledges to build upon PVNA's prior success during his tenure.

Wilkes East NA extends its congratulations to Mr Johnson and the other Powell Valley NA board members on their new positions and wish them much success in the coming year.

Fall and Winter Cleanups: Volunteers Needed

The City of Gresham's Parks and Recreation Volunteer Program is excited to announce some upcoming Fall and Winter "Community Garden Cleanup" volunteer events! It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy the crisp autumn air amd help your community!

Would you like to sign up yourself or a group to volunteer?

Please contact: Rachel Zarfas, Community Volunteer Coordinator, City of Gresham Parks & Recreation Division (503) 618-2789, Rachel.Zarfas@ci.gresham.or.us


Restaurateur Schettini Passes

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Restaurateur Gino Schettini
Gino Schettini

Gino Schettini
Portland restaurateur passes

Gino Schettini, long time Capri Terrace resident, Portland restaurateur, and soccer aficionado passed away October 30, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Koda, Gresham Police K-9 to retire

Ceremony Set to Honor Koda, Citizens

The Gresham Police Department will take a moment to say ‘farewell’ to Koda, as well as ‘thank you’ to the many who have supported the Police Department in a ceremony scheduled for October 31st, at City Hall. Police Chief Carla Piluso will be on hand to honor Koda for his service and thank the members of the public who provided support after Koda was injured while tracking a dangerous suspect.

Regional Equity Atlas; Wilkes East statistics

How the Regional Equity Atlas benefits everyone

The Coalition for a Livable Future undertook the Regional Equity Atlas Project (www.equityatlas.org) to "advance equity - the right of every person to have access to opportunities necessary for satisfying essential needs and advancing their well-being" - as a key component of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region's approach to development.

The Equity Atlas is an attempt to stimulate discussion regarding the distribution of elements seen as critical to the livability of a neighborhood. These include such things as income, single-family home price, poverty, education/teacher quality, access to usable transit, access to grocery and natural food stores, and access to parks and natural areas.

New Neighborhood Watch Groups Forming


Neighborhood Watch Meetings


Neighborhood Watch


Sandstone, Pacific Drive; 1st Neighborhood Watch Meetings, November 2007

We can do something for ourselves. Get involved. Make a difference. Have fun at the same time!

Sandstone, and Pacific Drive, Neighborhood Watch groups will be holding their first meetings in November 2007.

WENA Meets with Owens Corning


Board meets with Owens Corning over proposed Foam Insulation plant

Board members Kris Freiermuth (WENA Chair), and Lee Dayfield (WENA Chair Land-Use), met Friday October 26, 2007 with Kimberly Howard (General Manager) Owens Corning Foam Insulation Division to discuss the proposed Owens Corning’s Foam Insulation plant located at 18456 NE Wilkes Road, Gresham Oregon; in the industrial park at NE 181st Ave and I-84.

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