Neighborhood Connections: Oct 2010

City of Gresham: Neighborhood Connections October 2010

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.

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For more information, visit the Neighborhood Associations page at or contact Cathy Harrington at 503-618-2482, or email

Filing a Police Report Just Got Easier

Gresham Police Department recently launched a new crime reporting service that will allow residents to file police reports online at their convenience. These reports include vandalism (including graffiti), lost property (excluding firearms and prescription medications), theft from vehicles, theft (excluding firearms or prescription medications), and vandalism to a motor vehicle. If you file a report online, you can also add additional property information to a prior report.
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Learn Conflict Styles and Communication – October 20

East Metro Mediation is giving a workshop for understanding conflict. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the five ways of responding to conflict, and which works best in a given situation. Learn communication tools for working through those problematic situations. There is no cost for Gresham residents. Register by Monday, October 18 at Read more

Pumpkin Tip

Don’t forget your Halloween and Thanksgiving pumpkins may be composted or placed in your yard debris cart for recycling. More fall garden tips at Sustainable at Home. Read more

Fall Leaves 101

Using machines to blow leaves in the street causes problems and expense. Here are our recommendations for disposing of fall leaves properly. Read more

$200 Rain Garden Grants Available

Planning to landscape? By installing a rain garden into your landscape to manage stormwater from your home, you could be eligible for up to $200 from the City and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Read more

Neighborhood Safety Forum - November 20

Gresham Police Department will preview new crime statistic data available to citizens and demo the department’s new on-line crime reporting system. Read more

Volunteer to Watch Wildlife

Neighborhood Wildlife Watcher volunteers monitor habitat structures in their communities. Volunteers may find flying squirrels, wood ducks, songbirds, swallows, and bats. Opportunities exist for individuals and groups of all ages and skill levels. Two October trainings (16 or 21st) will teach monitoring techniques and match volunteers with sites convenient for them. Read more

A Huge Success: Prescription Drug Turn In Event

The City thanks everyone who helped keep their unused or outdated medications from getting into the wrong hands and keeping them out of our environment. On September 25, almost 500 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications were dropped off at City Hall during the Drug Take Back Event. These medications were safely incinerated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, and three large bags of medicine containers were also recycled properly.

We all know the risk of drug abuse by keeping medications in our homes with children, young or old. Drug take back programs are also an important step in reducing chemicals in the environment. Read more

SmartTrips Neighborhood Marketing Campaign Begins

The City is implementing a Gresham Regional Center neighborhood marketing campaign that will center on the opening of the new Civic MAX Station scheduled to be completed this fall. One of our goals is to provide the Gresham Regional Center area employees and residents with the materials and tools needed to get around Gresham and the Metro region by using a variety of travel options, and save money while doing it. A SmartTrip is anything a person does that reduces drive-alone auto trips and increases the number of bicycling, walking, transit, and carpool trips taken by residents and people who work here. Read more

Last Chance to Comment on Gresham’s Bike System (Take Our Online Survey)

The City invites you to share your thoughts and opinions about two recent projects to assist pedestrians and bicyclists in Gresham – the new bike signs and Gresham Bicycle Guide. Your participation in this short online survey will help us improve future versions of the signs and bicycle maps. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes. Take the survey

Experience is the Best Teacher, and You Have a Lifetime’s Worth

Experience Corps, a program of Metropolitan Family Service, is an innovative program that connects older adult mentors (55+) with students in public schools throughout the Portland Metro Area. Experience Corps volunteers provide mentoring and academic support to students to boost student academic performance, help schools become more successful, and enhance the well-being of both themselves and students in the process. Volunteers serving approximately 15 hours per week may be eligible to receive a monthly stipend. Please contact Heather Pruess at 503.249.8215 ext. 22 or for details. Read more

Upcoming Workshop on Negotiation Skills – November 10

East Metro Mediation will present a workshop on Interest-Based Negotiation, so you can learn to find win-win solutions to those sticky problems. “Conflict Skills – Negotiation” will let participants have fun and practice with a creative dilemma. There is no cost for Gresham residents. Register by Monday, November 8, at or call 503-618-3247. Read more

Winter Weather Safety Tips

Enjoy the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest this winter season, but keep and eye or ear on the changeable weather. Read more

Multnomah County RSVP, a Program of Metropolitan Family Service (MFS)

Multnomah County RSVP volunteers provide a wide range of services determined by both their interests and the needs of the community. Multnomah County RSVP opportunities within MFS include providing transportation and Friendly Visiting services to older adults. Opportunities available at partner community organizations include providing nutritious meals to low income families and older adults; encouraging hospital patients and family members and welcoming visitors to the Portland area.
Please contact Heather Pruess at 503.249.8215 ext. 22 or for details. Read more

Gresham Neighborhoods