October 31, 2012
We recently received the following e-mail from Kathleen McKenna, Volunteer Coordinator at the NELA Center for Student Success. She wrote to tell us about an opportunity for community members to volunteer as student mentors. Read on for details:
My name is Kathleen and I’m the Mentor Coordinator at the NELA Center for Student Success in NE Portland. We’re a college access program that serves low income, first generation and of-color high school seniors through a weekly mentorship program that guides students through the college and scholarship application process.
We’re currently looking for mentors to work with our students. This is a one day a week, 2.5 hour commitment for the year. Mentors work with small groups of students to make sure they’re on track with applications and to be a source of motivation.
All mentors in the Mentor 2 College program attend training so they are prepared for questions they may receive. Additionally, our Centers staff is on hand to answer any questions our mentors may have. Mentor meetings begin in the fall and finish at the end of the academic year. The commitment is for the 2012-2013 school year.
If you’re interested, see the attached PDF file for more information: NELA Mentor Flyer
October 15, 2012
This Thursday, October 18th, a Buckman Community Association Land Use Meeting will be held to discuss proposed development at 2607/2625 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The meeting will be in the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 7-8:30pm.
These two magnificent and grand 106 year-old historic houses were purchased at the end of last month. The new owners plan to build a 4-story, 77-unit apartment building where these homes (currently full of commercial tenants) now lie. Here is what they currently look like.
The tenants were unaware the property was being sold and were all given immediate 30-day eviction notices. The former owner, who has held these properties for decades, has said he feels sick about the plans to tear them down and did not know this was planned. These properties are now in real danger of being demolished imminently to make way for this new, large development..
The developer, Aaron Jones, and SERA Principle Architect Kurt Schultz have been invited to the meeting so they can hear concerns about this proposal, and give information to community members. Concerned members of the community are asked to attend. Ideas, suggestions and proposed solutions to save these important properties are welcome and wanted!
For more information on the proposal: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/10/developers_are_planning_a_77-u.html
If you are unable to attend, but are interested in saving the buildings, please contact myself and/or Tim Askin, BCA Secretary and Co-Land Use Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also contact the entire BCA Board anytime at email@example.com.
September 21, 2012
Still having trouble deciding who you should vote for in the upcoming Mayoral and City Commissioner elections? Come bring your ballot and figure it out at the Candidate’s Forum on Thursday, October 11th, sponsored by the Buckman Community Association. We’ll be asking Charlie Hales, Jefferson Smith, Amanda Fritz, and Mary Nolan where they stand on such topics as:
- The Coal Train
- Parking requirements (or lack thereof) for new apartment buildings
- Fees associated with building permits and historic reviews
- Access (or lack thereof) to the Public Involvement Process
- Funding and support for neighborhood associations
There will also be an opportunity for attendees to submit their own question to the candidates. Here are the details:
What: The Candidate’s Forum
When: October 11th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Multnomah County Headquarters Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Commissioners Board Room 100
Position 1 Commissioner’s Forum
Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan
7:15 – 8:00
Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith
8:15 – 9:00
Pizza and light refreshments will be provided.
September 13, 2012
We were recently contact by a non-profit agency called Independent Living Resources, located at 1839 NE Couch, between 18th and 19th Avenues. ILR promotes the philosophy of independent living by creating opportunities, encouraging choices, advancing equal access, and furthering the level of independence for all people with disabilities.
Next Friday, September 21st, from 11am-2pm, ILR will be hosting a block party on NE Couch Street between 18th and 19th Avenues. The block party is an annual celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ILR be joined by 15 other community organizations and agencies that work towards empowering the disabilities community. There will be arts and crafts, performances, entertainment, and food throughout the day. Several of the local Burnside restaurants have donated food for the event, and local businesses have generously donated gift certificates for door prizes.
You can learn more about ILR at their website or Facebook page.
September 11, 2012
“[Art] DeMuro, a Portland developer and preservationist, whose firm redeveloped the White Stag Block in Old Town and a number of other historical properties, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 57. “
The Buckman neighborhood has lost a friend in Art DeMuro. BCA Chair Susan Lindsay, who worked with Art on the proposed redevelopment of Washington High School, penned this tribute:
By now most of you have heard the very sad news that Art DeMuro died Saturday night. I don’t know any details other than it was cancer of a rare and aggressive type. I did not know he was sick, and always commented whenever we met how great he looked.
Art was an unusual developer. While a keen businessman, he did what he did motivated by a desire to preserve buildings of historic worth from the wrecking ball. His projects, showcased on the Venerable Properties website, demonstrate his love of history and the restored buildings are beautiful to behold.
All of Portland has lost a friend this week….and especially Buckman. Art’s professional level of high standards and care in redevelopment took seed in Buckman in recent years and we have a number of preserved structures to show for it.
While meeting with Art over the years on other projects, it during was the Washington High School Redevelopment plan that I really got to know Art. Let’s just say, here was someone who didn’t bat an eye when I told him the school building talked to me……as I’m sure he in his own way had experienced this with his love of old forgotten buildings.
Last spring when Art was finally awarded the exclusive rights on the building and a purchase agreement was approved by the school board was one of the happiest days of my life. I felt so ‘relieved’..that at last the building was in the hands of someone who cared, and knew of its beauty and potential…and had the means and experience to make it anew again.
While I have no idea what his unexpected passing will mean for Washington High, I know what it means for us and me. We have suddenly and with no warning lost a wonderful, caring, intelligent, gifted man who knew how to navigate the difficult world of loans agreements, contracts, timelines and especially personalities to make beautiful, useful buildings appear from decades of waste and neglect. And I and many others have lost a man we considered a friend.
It’s ironic on another level for me. Last Thursday, having returned to Portland from being away much of August, I called some folks to specifically express gratitude for their work on projects we’ve been engaged with. I started to call Art, and then hesitated. I had so much to say to him..about how fabulous I thought he was, I decided to collect my thoughts some more before I called.
He was fabulous…and truly one of a kind. I will miss him very much. He was our friend.
August 30, 2012
An important step towards the creation of a full-service community center at the Washington High School property has recently occurred. The City of Portland Hearing Officer has issued approval for a Master Plan to provide conditional use at the site of 12th and SE Stark for the construction of the community center in two phases. The Master Plan remains valid for ten years.
Phase one of new construction would include the aquatics center, changing rooms, fitness, wood studio and parking lot/field. Phase two would be the gymnasiums. While there is currently zero funding for the construction of the center, having land use approval in place enables phase one to be built as soon as funding occurs. This center, as well as other city-wide projects, will likely seek funding via a future, comprehensive Portland Parks bond. The BCA has been active and involved with this project for years, and all updates on the future community center are shared at monthly meetings when they occur.
The full decision can be read here: http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=46578&a=409397
August 15, 2012
The Build It Green! Home Tour and Information Fair is coming up on Saturday, September 22nd. Word is it’ll feature a home in the Buckman neighborhood!
The 11th annual Build It Green! Home Tour and Information Fair is a self-guided tour of green remodels and new homes around the Portland metropolitan area. Tour-goers pick up great ideas for their own projects by visiting with homeowners, designers, do-it-yourselfers and contractors about accessory dwelling units, solar panels, ecoroofs (green roofs), rainwater harvesting, natural landscaping, affordable housing, water and energy conservation, natural building materials, alternative construction techniques and much more.
Volunteers are also needed for the tour; free admission!
August 7, 2012
We were recently contacted by a Buckman business neighbor – the Rogue brewery and their Green Dragon brewpub – about an upcoming event that benefits Buckman Elementary School. Read on for details:
The 5th Annual Great American Nano Festival
August 25-26, 2012
Sat Noon – 9pm, Sun Noon – 7pm
Cost: $10 at the door; includes 5 taster tickets (additional taster tickets are $1 each)
Location: Buckman Botanical Brewery
SE 9th & Belmont
Portland, OR 97214
Taste over 25 different Nano Breweries. Enjoy Koi Fushion and Voodoo Doughnuts. Sample local artisan cheese, meats, and chocolate. Enjoy Bung Hole, Corn Hole, Buckman Brewery tours, street basketball, and dog washes.
This is a family friendly festival with proceeds benefiting Buckman Elementary School for the Arts.
July 24, 2012
We were recently contacted by an organization called Potholes for Poverty. Coast Pavement Services will provide the labor, equipment, and materials necessary to patch potholes in our neighborhood. In return, people donate their time or money to local charitable organizations. Read more about it here:
June 28, 2012
A group of neighbors is organizing a bike tour of inner-Southeast Village Building Convergence sites this weekend. Read on for details.
I’m writing to invite you to the Pedalpalooza bike tour of inner-Southeast Village Building Convergence sites this coming Saturday, June 30th. This will be a potluck-style three-course meal bike-ride, so feel free to bring something easily transportable to share! We also encourage you to bring your own eating utensils.
We will meet at St. David of Wales Church (2800 SE Harrison St.), which was the main VBC venue, at 5 pm to see their placemaking project and enjoy some salad as the first course of our potluck. Around 6 pm we’ll arrive at our second potluck destination, the intersection painting at 16th & Brooklyn, where we will have our main-course dinner items. We will finish the site tour at the Buckman intersection, 15th & Alder, at around 7 pm. We will share dessert and compost any food waste accumulated over the course of the potluck-ride in the community compost. We also plan to bike by the Brooklyn Community Gardens and Communitecture sites en route to our potluck destinations.
This will be a family-friendly event, so feel free to bring little ones and friends of all ages! It will also be a fantastic way to see some of the awesome placemaking visions our community has brought to fruition during this year’s VBC, while meeting others who are interested in building community creatively, joyfully, and by bike!
Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you on Saturday!
June 28, 2012
We were recently contacted by a group called the Regional Water Providers Consortium. According to their website, the RWPC “is committed to good stewardship of our region’s water through conservation, emergency preparedness planning and water supply coordination.”
The RWPC is offering a free outdoor watering gauge kit to anyone in the RWPC service territory from July 1st to August 10th. We’ll be publishing an article about it in the upcoming print edition of our newsletter, but you lucky blog readers get a sneak peak at it now!
Help make Buckman waterwise – Free water gauge kits and tips from RWPC
Did you know water usage in the Portland Metro area can more than double and even triple during the summer months? We Oregonians work hard to keep our lawns and gardens green in hot and dry weather. Many of us have heard the advice to water our lawn about an inch a week – and more during hotter weather – but few of us actually know what that means. In fact, many people actually overwater their lawns without realizing it. To help residents wise up about their water usage, the Regional Water Providers Consortium (RWPC) is offering a free outdoor watering gauge kit to anyone in the RWPC service territory from July 1 – August 10.
The watering gauge takes the guesswork out of watering by measuring how much water is landing on your lawn. The RWPC also posts a “weekly watering number” on its website (www.conserveh2o.org), which provides the recommended amount of water to keep lawns healthy through summer.
To receive a free watering gauge kit, call 503-823-7528 or email RWPCinfo@portlandoregon.gov (please include your mailing address, water provider name and how you heard about the offer).
Here are RWPC’s “Top Five” waterwise gardening tips:
1. Water lawns and gardens early in the morning (before 10 am) or later in the evening (after 6 pm) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
2. Adjust your sprinklers so that they are watering your lawn and garden and not the street.
3. Water in several short sessions rather than one long session to allow for better absorption and to prevent run-off.
4. Adjust your mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
5. Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose and save about 5-7 gallons of water each minute your hose is on.
About the RWPC
The RWPC is a consortium of 23 local water providers plus the regional government Metro. Visit the consortium website – http://www.conserveh2o.org – for more information and resources to help conserve water at your home or business.
June 27, 2012
We recently received notice from the Bureau of Development Services that the hearing date for the Conditional Use Master Plan (CUMP) for the Washington High Community Center (WHCC) will be held on July 23rd at 9:30 am before the City’s Land Use Hearings Officer. The hearing location is 1900 SW 4th Street, Suite 3000. Residents who live within 400’ of the WHCC site will receive an individually-mailed notice of the hearing. There will be opportunity for the applicant and the neighborhood association to testify at the hearing. Testimony from other interested parties also will be taken. If you are unable to attend the hearing but want to submit comments, you can send an e-mail to the Senior Planner assigned to the case, Kathleen Stokes, at firstname.lastname@example.org, up until July 22nd. She will then present all written communications to the Hearings Officer. You may also present written testimony at the hearing itself if you prefer that to testifying in public. Written testimony is given the same weight as oral testimony.
Once the public record is closed, typically at the end of the hearing, the Hearings Officer has 17 days to render his decision. Then follows a 14-day appeal period. Only people who have submitted written or oral testimony at the public hearing have “standing” to appeal. If no appeal is filed, the Hearings Officer’s decision will become final. If an appeal is filed, the City Council will schedule a hearing usually within one month. The appeal hearing at City Council is run in the same manner as the initial hearing before the Hearings Officer. The City Council’s decision is final at the local level, although opponents can carry their appeal further to the Land Use Board of Appeals.
Approval for the CUMP means that development of this project could move forward once funds are available. This CUMP will be valid for 10 years.
June 21, 2012
We were recently contacted by ANDEO, a Portland-based non-profit organization specializing in educational homestay programs since 1981. This summer, they’ll be welcoming students from France, Spain, Germany, Japan, and China to the City of Roses for a few weeks, and would love for some Buckman families to have the opportunity to host one of them! Read on for details.
Local non-profit seeks families in Buckman to welcome an international student for a few weeks!
ANDEO (www.andeo.org), a Portland-based non-profit organization, is looking for great host families in the Buckman neighborhood to host a teen or college-age student from France, Spain, Germany, Japan, or China for a few weeks this summer. Learn about another culture, share your own, make a new friend, and create some fun summer memories together!
The students are excited to learn more about American culture, practice their English, and discover the Northwest. Some students take classes in downtown Portland on weekday mornings and enjoy group activities in the afternoons. Others are free to follow the everyday flow of life with your family. Either way, your student would be treated as another family member, doing chores, biking around the neighborhood, and participating in your family’s favorite summer activities. ANDEO matches students and families based on age, gender, nationality, and shared interests. The final choice to host a particular student is always yours! The students bring their own spending money and are covered by health insurance. Hosting is free, and ANDEO provides a small stipend to help families cover activities, extra food or utility use.
For more information, or to apply to host, please visit ANDEO’s website at www.andeo.org, e-mail Paulene Hedgpeth at email@example.com, or call 503-274-1776.
May 23, 2012
Many community members find the subject of property tax “compression” confusing. Yet, understanding compression is important to understanding the potential impact of additional property tax measures that appear on the ballot.
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI), a coalition of seventeen neighborhoods in southwest Portland, will host an hour-long conversation on property tax compression, using the library levy as an example. City Economist Josh Harwood and Michael Jaspin from Multnomah County Budget Office will describe how compression works.
The conversation will be held in Room 29 at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, in the Senior Center on Thursday, June 14th from 10:30am to 11:30am. This will be an open discussion for anyone who would like to attend.
For more information, contact the SWNI office at 503-823-4592, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 16, 2012
Dear Buckman Neighbors,
We wanted to let everyone know that the Buckman Community Association will be holding board elections at the June 14th monthly meeting. The BCA is the registered neighborhood association for the area bounded by SE 28th, E Burnside, SE Hawthorne Blvd., and the Willamette River.
The BCA is involved in many ongoing projects, including our annual and always fun Picnic in the Park, to be held this year on Sunday, August 5th in Colonel Summers Park. We also are engaged in ongoing sustainability projects, land use reviews, transportation and safety issues, historic preservation, getting a community center built, and helping neighbors connect with and get results at City Hall.
The BCA Board is a nine person body with two-year electable terms. Terms are staggered, so each year half the positions are open for election. All persons who live, work or have a special interest in Buckman are welcome to become part of the Association and to serve on our Board.
Next month, we will hold elections for four 2-year and one 1-year terms. Please consider serving your neighborhood and running for the Board! We welcome new volunteers!
The election will be 7-9pm, Thursday June 14th in the Central Catholic High School library. Refreshments will be available!
BCA Board Chair
May 16, 2012
A quick note about the BCA’s monthly meetings: because we lose access to Central Catholic High School during the summer months, our July and August meetings will be held in the Multnomah County Board Room, located at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The dates of those meetings are July 12th and August 9th (both Thursdays). Starting in September, we’ll return to our usual location in the library at Central Catholic.
May 14, 2012
Susan Lindsay, Chair of the BCA board, recently passed along some sad news about muralist and friend of Buckman Joe Cotter:
I learned last night the sad news that Joe Cotter, muralist and activist for art, died last month.
Perhaps you already knew this, but in case you didn’t, or did not get the chance to meet Joe, he was a wonderful, talented, complete character and, most of all, a wise and gentle soul. A tireless advocate for art and an amazing muralist, he did many of the McMenamin’s murals around the area, as well as the mural at the Musician’s Hall on NE 20th in Kerns.
I met him some years ago out in Eagle Creek, where he lived with his family amongst fir trees and rushing waters. Then when the Big Pipe grant opportunity arrived, I spent months cajoling him to take on our (at that time) very sad mural space at 12th and SE Morrison. I knew he could make it beautiful.
Joe initially was a reluctant muralist on the Buckman project. He was so busy! But after he got involved…well, his work speaks for itself. The mural is amazing. Ironically, it turned out to be his last major completed project.
No memorial service has been planned yet for Joe, but when it is, I will let folks know.
His family and wife Kolieha Bush (who helped him complete our mural after he first got ill) have asked that contributions in Joe’s name be made to either of these non-profits organizations:
Joe Cotter Memorial Mural Restoration Fund
PO Box 182
Eagle Creek, OR 97022
The Estacada Area Food Bank
PO Box 1196
Estacada, OR 97023
The following are two articles of interest; one from the Oregonian and one from Joe’s hometown paper in Foxboro, Massachusetts:
May 11, 2012
We wanted to let everyone know about two upcoming events from the Hawthorne Civic Ecology project:
Saturday, May 19th
10am to 2pm
Western Seminary, 5511 SE Hawthorne
Lunch will be provided
Thursday, June 7th
6 to 9pm
St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison
Dinner will be provided
For more Information and to RSVP: http://www.thinkhawthorne.com/events
These events will feature local business and neighborhood activists talking about their sustainability efforts.
For more information on the Hawthorne Civic Ecology project, check out an article from a recent edition of the Southeast Examiner:
May 9, 2012
Our friends from the Kerns Neighborhood Association included this snippet about Buckman Elementary in their May e-mail newsletter. We thought it worth passing along.
Most of you are probably aware that Portland Public Schools (PPS) is facing a budget deficit and looking at cutting teachers and staff around the district. There is currently a proposal by the City, Teacher’s Union and School Board that would offset most, if not all, of the teachers cuts for the 2012-13 school year.
While this would be wonderful news, we will not know the outcome of these votes until May 30. (All three groups — City Council, members of the Portland Association of Teachers, and the Portland School Board — have to approve the deal. Please let them know what passage would mean for Buckman!) This news is welcomed but the outcome remains uncertain. Even if votes are passed in favor of this proposal, we cannot be entirely sure that they will re-instate both arts positions in our school. There have been many programs and services cut across our district, not just classroom teachers. Therefore, we must be ready to step in and fill any shortfall in funding, or we may not have our 3 full-time arts positions.
Last Tuesday night we felt an outpouring of love and support for Buckman and its unique and wonderful arts program. Our hope is to continue on this path to preserve and protect this amazing program for our children and future Buckman students. We hope our large funding goal to maintain current staffing at Buckman for the 2012-2013 school year will be lessened–but, we are not of out of the woods yet and anticipate a similar crisis hitting us next spring. There are a number of efforts underway to work on long-term solutions to end these annual school funding crises. Until those long-term solutions take effect, we are continuing our current fundraising campaign. Our over-arching goal is to establish two year’s worth of funding to provide the cushion of time needed to strategize, build partnerships in the arts community, seek grants and work for change on the state level.
Please give as generously as you are able. Make a pledge or donate directly to the Buckman Foundation. Be sure to enter “Specific PPS School” for how to designate your gift, and enter “Buckman” for School Name. If you are feeling compelled to alter your earlier pledge due to the possibility of a change in our immediate need, we will certainly honor that and respect your wishes. During our tabling sessions in the front corridor most folks have expressed their desire to continue with their pledge of support and we so appreciate that. We are all in this together and each have something of value to give–be it time, money or a skill or talent. We will keep you apprised of any updates as they happen. In the meantime, know the crisis has not been averted yet. We are continuing our efforts to preserve our arts program and plan for the future of Buckman. Thank you!
April 30, 2012
The folks at Grow Portland (http://www.growportland.org) have announced a new way for Portlanders to order fresh produce from local growers. Read on for details:
The Growers Alliance (http://www.growportland.org/growers-alliance) is a grower-led marketing collective managed by Grow Portland. The Growers Alliance was created in 2010 to help immigrant, refugee, and beginning American farmers reach direct markets with their produce. We’re offering a new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick-up spot at the Urban Farm Store on SE Belmont this summer.
To join our CSA, Portland residents sign-up and pay in advance of the season to receive a weekly box of freshly harvested, organically grown produce from our growers. Our season is 28 weeks long (May-November), and we offer different sized boxes of produce depending on the family size. These details can be found in our 2012 CSA brochure: http://www.growportland.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2012_GP_CSA_Brochure.pdf.