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"Meet & Greet" Gresham's incoming Chief of Police: Oct 25, 2008

10/25/2008 - 1:00pm
10/25/2008 - 3:00pm

Meet incoming Gresham Chief of Police Craig Junginger, Saturday Oct 25, 2008, 1:00PM-3:00PM East Hill Youth Center, 50 NW 5th St, Gresham OR

Meet incoming Gresham Chief of Police Craig Junginger
Saturday Oct 25th, 1:00PM

When: Saturday Oct 25, 2008 1:00PM-3:00PM
Where: East Hill Youth Center
50 NW 5th St
Gresham, OR

You're Invited!

Join Mayor Shane Bemis, Gresham City Councilors, and Citizens For A Safer Gresham in welcoming Gresham's incoming Chief of Police Craig Junginger, Saturday October 25th, 2008 from 1:00PM-3:00PM at the East Hill Youth Center, 50 NW 5th St, Gresham OR.

Experience, and more

Junginger, 52, was named to the department’s top position from among 28 applicants as part of a national search to replace Chief Carla Piluso, who will retire at the end of the year, ending a six-year run as police chief and a 29-year career with city’s police department.

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

East County Parks and Tree Summit: Oct 4, 2008

10/04/2008 - 8:30am
10/04/2008 - 5:30pm
East County Parks and Tree Summit: Oct 4, 2008

Click here to sign-up now!
Exploring the Linkage between
Urban Parks, Trees, Public Safety & Economic Vibrancy

When: Saturday, October 4, 2008 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR

Field Trip 3:30PM - 5:30PM

Cost: $10.00 (includes lunch)

This Summit is a chance to explore how investments in urban parks and trees can contribute to business vibrancy, safer streets and neighborhoods, increased property values, and enhanced fiscal health.

Featuring guest presenter Kathy Wolf, Research Director at the University of Washington's Human Dimensions of Urban Forestry and Urban Green program.

As a valued member of our community we want to hear from you!

Seating is limited. To register, or for more information, visit or call 503-667-2300

Public Input, NE 181st Ave Traffic Improvement: Sept 24, 2008 7PM

09/24/2008 - 7:00pm
09/24/2008 - 9:00pm
Public Open House, NE 181st Ave Corridor Traffic Signal Improvement Project, Wednesday Sept 24th 7PM

Public Open House,
NE 181st Ave Corridor Traffic Signal Improvement Project,
Wednesday, Sept 24th 7PM

When: Wednesday, Sept 24, 2008 7:00PM-9:00PM
Where: Springwater Trail Room
Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon

The City’s Transportation Division and Urban Renewal Dept would like to discuss a proposed project to improve freight and commuter traffic conditions on NE 181st Ave, between I-84 and the San Rafael industrial district, in North Rockwood.

Your Input Is Valuable

Please attend this open house and let the City know your concerns about this project, especially the possible prohibition of southbound U-turns at NE 181st Ave & NE San Rafael St to improve traffic flow .

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.

County Commissioner #4 Debate at St Aidan's: Sep 18, 2008

09/18/2008 - 7:30pm
09/18/2008 - 9:00pm
East Multnomah County Commissioner Candidate Debate between Diane </p>
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A "Must See" Event!
East Multnomah County
Commissioner #4 Candidates Debate,
Diane McKeel vs Carla Piluso
Sept 18, 2008 7:30PM
St Aidan's Church

When: Thursday, Sept 18 2008 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Where: St. Aidan's Episcopal Church
Murdock Hall
17405 NE Glisan St
Gresham, Oregon

Substantial off-street parking available

Debate starts promptly at 7:30PM

No admission charge!

Sponsored by the Rockwood Neighborhood Association, Roger Meyer, President; phone (503) 666-2776, email

All Gresham Neighborhood Association residents are invited to attend a lively 90 minute debate between Diane McKeel and Carla Piluso, candidates for County Commissioner District 4. Preference to be given to audience questions from members of West Gresham's Neighborhood Association members from Rockwood, North Gresham, North Central, and Wilkes-East.

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

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!

2008 Neighborhood Clean-Up: July 26

07/26/2008 - 9:00am
07/26/2008 - 12:00pm
Garbage Truck

Dump Your Junk!
Saturday July 26th, 2008

Wilkes East
Neighborhood Clean-Up!

When: Sat July 26, 2008 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Where: HB Lee Middle School
1121 NE 172nd Ave
(between NE Glisan & NE Halsey. Click here for a map!)
Cost: $15.00 per household

"Spring Clean-Up" usually means you discover a lot of things you wish you could take to the dump! Well, now you don't have to take your junk very far! The dumpsters are coming to you!

    What you CAN dispose of:

  • Yard debris, garbage, wood scraps, and general "clean-up" items

    What you CANNOT dispose of:

  • Hazardous waste, chemicals, paint cans, appliances, tires

This event is open to all Wilkes East Neighborhood residents. Click here for a neighborhood map!

You can bring all your general debris to the dumpsters located in the parking lot at HB Lee Middle School, 1121 NE 172nd Ave (between NE Glisan & NE Halsey), Saturday July 26th from 9AM to Noon.

Come for ice cream and a chance to get to know your neighbors!

House District 49 Candidates Forum: July 23, 2008

07/23/2008 - 11:30am
07/23/2008 - 1:00pm

Gresham Chamber of Commerce logo

You're invited!
House District 49 candidates Kahl(D) and Nelsen(R) square off for a lively forum July 23

When: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Where: Heidi's Restaurant
1230 NE Cleveland Ave
Gresham, OR

Please join us on July 23rd as the candidates for House District 49, Democrat Nick Kahl and Republican John Nelsen square off at the Governmental Affairs Forum.

One of the two will soon be representing the constituents of House District 49. Which candidate deserves the vote? You decide as we 'Meet the Candidates.'

Democrat Nick Kahl and Republican John Nelson square off at the July 23rd Governmental Affairs Forum. Only one will prevail in the up coming election so now is the time to ask the tough questions. Who is most qualified serve? Who has the experience and who has the vision? Where do the candidates stand on the issues affecting you and what are their top priorities? Who deserves your vote in November?

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