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Liquor License Application: Rum Club

December 2, 2010

On Thursday, December 2nd, the BCA received notice of a liquor license application for an establishment in the Buckman neighborhood. Any comments or concerns with this application can be forwarded to Theresa Marchetti at Theresa.Marchetti(at) or at (503) 823-3092, by January 2nd, 2011.

Establishment: Rum Club

License Type: Applied under new ownership for a Full On-premises sales license (which allows the sale of liquor, malt beverages, wine and cider for consumption on the premises).

Address: 720 SE Sandy Blvd

Seating capacity: 51 (12 outside included)

Entertainment: Recorded music

Menu: American contemporary

Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 4pm – 2am

Contemporary Art Center Coming to Buckman

November 30, 2010

For the last several years the Yale Union Laundry building at 800 SE 10th Avenue, a striking brick Italian Renaissance space built in 1908 and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, has sat empty. But now, it is poised to become the major contemporary art center Portland has more or less lacked since the closing of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts closed in 1987.

Via Portland Architecture

Liquor License Application: 8-to-1 Store

November 23, 2010

On Friday, November 19th, the BCA received notice of a liquor license application for an establishment in the Buckman neighborhood. Any comments or concerns with this application can be forwarded to Theresa Marchetti at Theresa.Marchetti(at) or at (503) 823-3092, by December 19th, 2010.

Establishment: 8-to-1 Store

License Type: Applied under a change of ownership to maintain the existing Off-Premises sales license, which allows the sale of beer/wine/cider to go in sealed containers.

Address: 2519 SE Belmont

Hours of Operation: 10:00am-11:00pm Mon-Thurs; 10:00am-12:00am Friday/Saturday; 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday

Entertainment: N/A

Food: N/A

BCA General Meeting: Thursday, November 18th

November 18, 2010

Please join the BCA tomorrow night for our monthly meeting. These are normally held on the second Thursday of each month, but we postponed it last week in observance of Veteran’s Day.

We will be meeting at Central Catholic High School, in the library, from 7-9pm. Central Catholic is located at 2401 SE Stark Street.

The agenda will include:

  • Representatives from the State of Oregon, the Historic Preservation Office and the City of Portland, who will be answering questions about the ramifications of creating a historic district within the Buckman neighborhood.
  • Representatives from Boora Architects and Central Catholic High School to talk about the planned expansion of the high school.
  • A representative from the City of Portland Transportation Department to explain the new Leaf Fee.
  • And more!

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Also, be sure to check us out on Facebook. All the kids are doing it!!/group.php?gid=50481109906

Next month we will meet on Thursday, December 9th, also at Central Catholic and also from 7-9pm.

And don’t forget, the BCA Holiday Happy Hour will be on Thursday, December 16th at the Globe Cafe (2045 SE Belmont) starting at 6pm. Come join us for holiday festivities!


Tree Season

November 11, 2010

Friends of Trees is a local organization whose mission is to bring people in the Portland-Vancouver metro area together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces. Through their Neighborhood Trees program, homeowners buy discounted trees to plant with their neighbors at weekend plantings.

This year’s planting day is December 4th, from 7:30AM to 2:30PM. The group will be leaving from St. Paul Lutheran Church at 3880 SE Brooklyn Street.

The final day to order yard trees is November 21st. Anyone interested in ordering a tree or assisting with the plantings should contact Jeff Burns at jeff(at)organicmodern(dot)com, or visit the Friends of Trees website at

Holiday Shenanigans!

November 4, 2010

Mark your calendars! Your friendly local BCA members are planning a holiday happy hour on Thursday, December 16th, 6pm, at the Globe Cafe, located on Belmont just east of SE 20th Avenue:

Food, drinks…well, OK, you’ll have to pay for the food & drinks, but they’ll be good! And we’ll be there! Can the holidays possibly get any more joyous? Answer: no. Unless you get those socks you’ve really been wanting for Christmas.

Metro Grants Available For More Nature In The Neighborhood

October 25, 2010

Metro recently sent out an e-mail with information on a grants program that makes funds available for projects that aim to strengthen community by focusing on environmental issues. The text of the e-mail is below:

The liveliest cities and neighborhoods don’t happen by accident. We all have the ability to shape our communities through vision and leadership – but it also takes investment. Sometimes a little money is all that stands in the way of turning a good idea into a great project.

Does your favorite natural area need a little love?
Does your school need money for trips into nature?
Do you have an idea that will help local rivers and streams?

Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods restoration and enhancement grants connect people to their neighborhoods, natural areas, backyards and beyond. We look for thoughtful projects that help strengthen the community, involve residents and deliver results. Proposals are accepted from nonprofits, or from an individual, business or group that has an agreement with a nonprofit fiscal agent. A pre-application is the first step. The deadline to submit a pre-application is 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. Funding requests can range from $5,000 to $25,000 for hands-on activities and environmental education programs that protect and contribute to watershed health in the 25 cities in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. Visit Metro’s website and review the program information packet for more details:

New this year is the introduction of planning and project development grants. These grants are for organizations and community groups that need support developing partnerships to tackle bigger projects or that lack the financial and technical resources to develop proposals beyond the conceptual or master plan phase. Planning and project development requests can range from $5,000 to $15,000. Up to $30,000 total will be awarded for these proposals this year.

Don’t let the fear of grant writing be an obstacle. If you need help with your application, attend Metro’s free grant-writing workshop geared for first-time applicants. The two-hour session begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 and will include practical advice, examples of successful projects, time to network with others and much more. Contact Metro for workshop details and to reserve your place by calling 503-797-1834 or e-mailing kristin(d0t)blyler(at)oregonmetro(dot)gov.

This is your opportunity to bring a little more nature into YOUR neighborhood!

Rod Park
Metro Councilor, District 1

600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232-2736
503-797-1804 TDD
503-797-1797 fax


Smoke Alarm Giveaway Through November 30th

October 25, 2010

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) is handing out free smoke alarms to owners of single family homes in Portland through November 30th.  As fire agencies statewide join together in support of the 2010 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With”, PF&R wants to reinforce the message that fire safety starts in the home.

“A critical improvement in fire safety that everyone should know about is that in addition to having a working smoke alarm on every floor, every sleeping area (bedroom) in your home should be outfitted with a working smoke alarm, and existing smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years,” said Fire Marshal Erin Janssens.  “This could be the single most important step homeowners can take to significantly increase their chances of surviving a fire.”

Through November 30th, single-family home owners can visit any Portland Fire Station and receive needed smoke alarms free (for self installation).  To find a list of fire station locations in Portland, visit:

Fire Prevention Week is observed annually throughout the United States, marking the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.  This fire destroyed a four-mile long part of the city and killed 250 people on October 9, 1871.

Contact:  PIO Paul Corah, 503-940-6003


October 23, 2010

You’ve probably noticed the furry friends grazing in the vacant lot at SE 10th Avenue and Belmont. They’re owned by Goat Rental NW of Damascus, and were hired by Vancouver realtor Killian Pacific – and their landscape company, GreenWorks – to clear the lot. BCA board member Adam Zucker recently took some photos of them doing what they do best.


Goats with mural artist Joe Cotter

Goats with mural artist Joe Cotter

Dinner is served

Buckman Mural Photos

October 23, 2010

Local artist Joe Cotter is continuing work on the Buckman community mural on the south side of the Plaid Pantry building at SE 12th Avenue and Morrison. BCA board member Adam Zucker recently stopped by and captured some photos of Joe’s progress. Joe hopes to be finished soon (as in, before the heavy rains come).

Joe Cotter at work on the Buckman mural

Joe Cotter at work on the Buckman mural

Joe Cotter at work on the Buckman mural

Joe Cotter at work on the Buckman mural

Joe Cotter at work on the Buckman mural

New Leaf Removal Fee

October 20, 2010

Just a quick note to let you know about a new leaf removal fee that the City Council passed back in May. You can read about it here:

Some quick notes about the new fee:

  • The new fee will be rolled out with the next round of leaf sweeps, starting the first of November.
  • As Buckman is within a leaf-removal zone, Buckman residents and property owners will be affected by this fee.
  • The leaf fee bills will be sent out as stand-alone billings, and neighborhoods will be informed before the process begins.

Update To Meeting Location

October 12, 2010

Starting this month (October), the BCA general meetings will have a new location. Except it’s really an old location.

Confused? Don’t be. We’re just moving from Buckman Elementary School back to our former location, Central Catholic High School. The high school is located at 2401 SE Stark Street. Meetings will take place in the school’s library, from 7-9pm. It’s a great space, and we hope to see you there!

Meetings will continue to be held on the second Thursday of every month, with one exception. Thursday, November 11th, is a national holiday, so November’s general meeting with be held on the third Thursday, the 18th. The time and location will be the same.

Bikes for Students

April 10, 2010

We recently received an e-mail from a woman named Jenny Leonard who’s undertaking a pretty cool-sounding project to help out students in rural South Africa. Read on for more info…


Portland, Oregon – “Jenny’s got the ability to tell a truly compelling story,” begins Brooke Hunter of Career Services at Reed College, “and the commitment to move past her lack of experience to get the money in the door.”

When Jenny Leonard was studying abroad in South Africa in 2008, she met Mercy, a 16 year old high school girl who walked for three hours one way, every day, to get to school each morning. While this is the stuff of evening cable telethons, it was all new to Jenny Leonard who pledged that she would send hundreds of bicycles to South Africa, no matter how much work it took, to alleviate the transportation burden for impoverished school children.

After returning from Africa and earning her BA from Reed College, Leonard immediately started working towards her goal. She was completely new to fund-raising, but started her own Portland chapter of Bicycles for Humanity, an organization that neatly dovetailed with her goal. Over the past year Jenny raised $9,000 for a 40 foot shipping container large enough to send 400 used bicycles to an organization in South Africa which will distribute the bikes to needy school children in rural areas.

Now that fund-raising for the shipping container is complete, Leonard will dive into stage 2: a city-wide bike collection day on April 24 during the City Repair Earth Day Celebration at the old Washington High School on SE 12 and Stark from 10am-4pm. Jenny hopes to get the 400 bicycles in one day.

Jenny will be collecting used (but in good condition) mountain bikes, cruisers, parts, tools, bike accessories, and monetary donations. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Various prizes and treats await good-hearted donors along with the profound feeling of donating sustainable transport to those who need it most.


Jennifer Leonard, Bicycles for Humanity 925-354-1616,

Jessica Glenn, MindBuck Media PR Services 503-998-8770,

Annual Kerns/Buckman Neighborhood Cleanup, 4/17/10

March 30, 2010

It’s that time of year again! Yes, time to scour your house for all that bulky waste and yard debris that you just can’t seem to get rid of.

The Kerns and Buckman neighborhood associations are teaming up once again to host the annual Neighborhood Cleanup. The date is Saturday, April 17th, from 9AM to 1PM. The location, as always, is the parking lot of the Jones-Kendall Building, located on East Burnside street at 26th Avenue. Click here for a Google map of the location.

If you’re not familiar with the event, it’s a great way to dispose of waste that is just too darn big to fit in your trash barrels or curbside recycling bins. With help from Metro, we recycle everything that can be recycled, and make sure that everything that can’t is disposed of properly. Examples of things we take include bulky waste, scrap wood, yard debris, appliances, tires, furniture, metal, styrofoam blocks, bagged styrofoam peanuts, batteries and computer/electronic equipment.

Unfortunately, some things are just a wee bit too toxic for us to handle. This includes things like hazardous waste, paint cans, or garden pesticides.

We collect donations on a sliding scale, based on the amount of waste you bring. It’s generally in the $5-50 range. A small price to pay for freeing up some space around your home and making sure you do it in an Earth-friendly way!

Are You a Friend of Trees?

September 22, 2009

Friends of Trees is coming to Buckman and the Central Eastside Industrial District. Buckman residents will have a unique opportunity to participate with their residential neighbors and businesses in a tree planting on December 5th.

The coordinators of Friends of Trees’ Buckman neighborhood planting invite you to help improve the quality of the neighborhood. You can support the neighborhood tree planting in one or both of the the following ways: purchasing trees for planting in the neighborhood, and/or actively participating on the day of planting.

And the best part: Friends of Trees is able to offer a discount for trees planted through this program!

  • Street trees, planted in the right-of-way between the street and property line, start at $50 for residential customers.
  • Trees planted on private property start at $70.

Friends of Trees staff will suggest locations for trees, obtain necessary permits for street trees, and coordinate locations with underground and overhead utilities. Property owners need only select the desirable tree from a pre-approved list, and provide enough water the first few years until roots are established.

Since 1989, Friends of Trees has been bringing people together to plant, care for, and learn about city trees. A hallmark of the non-profit’s work is its community-based model, which brings neighbors together and often inspires them to organize other projects to improve their neighborhood. Trees make our neighborhood greener and more livable. They provide numerous benefits, from cleaning our air and water, to conserving energy needed to heat and cool our buildings. They not only improve the value of our property, they actually improve the success of our businesses. Studies show that business sales increase at stores where trees have been planted.

To participate with Friends of Trees, please sign up at If you have questions, please contact the 2009 Buckman Neighborhood Coordinators, Jeff Burns or Sara Butcher, at or 503.531.6553.

Sewer Construction Update

July 28, 2009

Crews plan to work on alternate Saturdays, starting with August 1st. Please drive carefully and follow directions from flaggers.

This Week:

* Crews will continue installing new pipe on 14th between Burnside and Couch, and will be crossing Sandy early next week. Crews will then turn west and install pipe on Couch to 13th. The project also includes new pipe on Couch between 17th and 20th, but that work will be done later.

* Next week crews will start work at the intersection of 10th and Ankeny, installing a large new manhole structure. This work will likely close that intersection completely during work hours. Once this manhole is in place, crews will begin installing pipe and manholes northward to Davis. This is large concrete pipe and the work will affect through access on 10th Avenue in the block being worked on. We will work with local businesses and residents to maintain essential local access. In order to minimize the impacts to traffic on Burnside, Installing this pipe across Burnside will be scheduled for night or weekend work hours under a noise variance permit.

* The Portland Water Bureau will be working at 14th and Couch to finish up paving. REPEAT INFORMATION: The contractor has a staging yard at 12th and Taylor and is shuttling material and equipment between the yard and the work areas. Watch for construction equipment in the area and drive safely!

Work on the green street facilities (curb extensions and planters) on Ankeny Street between 16th and 20th is scheduled to start in August.

TriMet has detoured bus routes #19 and #20 off of Burnside between 28th and 12th. TriMet riders may board buses at temporary stops on Sandy and Glisan. For more information, see TriMet at:

David Allred
BES Outreach and Public Involvement Desk

Portland NAs In The Oregonian

July 16, 2009

The link below is an interesting article about neighborhood associations in Portland.

Portland’s neighborhoods associations flex their muscles.
Oregonian story July 2, 2009, presents a look at five neighborhood associations — and the people behind them — that are seeing a resurgence of interest.

East Burnside Couch Couplet Project Open House

July 16, 2009

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is hosting a public open house regarding the upcoming Burnside Couch Couplet construction.  The open house will be Wednesday July 22, 2009 between 5:00-8:00pm at the Jupiter Hotel – DreamBox (800 East Burnside Street; TriMet Access via #12, 20 or 19).

Drop by anytime between 5:00-8:00pm and you will have an opportunity to learn about the construction staing and scheduling and Portland Bureau of Transportation staff and the project design team will be available to answer your questions.  Construction is anticipated to begin at the end of August.

For more project information, visit and search East Burnside / Couch Couplet.   If you have questions, please contact Chris Armes, Project Manager, at 503-823-7051.

Prevention is Key to Keeping your Valuables Safe

June 13, 2009

Okay, bad news first. Car prowls in the Buckman neighborhood are up significantly from last year already. But the good news is that car prowls are one of the easiest crimes to reduce with increased awareness and change in habits. Car prowls are most often a crime of opportunity, which is why prevention is such an important component.

The most important key to reducing car prowls is to keep your car “showroom clean”. You’ve probably heard people say that you should keep your car cleared of valuables. We actually suggest that you keep your car cleared of any belongings to decrease the interest of potential prowlers in the contents of your car. Thieves may not know that your cell phone is broken or that your gym bag only has dirty socks in it. In the meantime, you have the potential of paying an insurance deductible or more to replace the damage to your vehicle, in addition to the stress and aggravation.

We often hear people tell us that they left their valuables in their car because they were only running in to their home or business for a couple of minutes. Again, this is a crime of opportunity. You don’t need to leave a computer or a purse in your car for long, if the wrong person happens to see it on your front seat. It’s important that you take your belongings with you regardless of how long you plan to be gone.

Last, but certainly not least, always report suspicious activity to the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 and crimes in progress to 911. If you are a victim of a car prowl, make sure to make a police report by calling the non-emergency number. This is how we know where and when to focus extra police attention and prevention resources.

It’s important that we all play a role in keeping our communities and business districts safe. Here is the link for the Portland Police Bureau’s Guide to Home and Vehicle Security for more additional tips or you can contact Havilah Ferschweiler at 503-823-0540 or

Public Forum On Washington HS Center On April 9th

April 2, 2009

What does a swimming pool w/spa, open space for outdoor recreation, community meeting rooms, work out area, natural design and craft classes bring to mind? Hopefully if you have lived in Buckman for awhile, when asked to imagine frolicking in nearby amenities and recreational space what comes to mind is the new community center proposed to be built at Washington High School.

The history of this project is long extending for decades. The center’s creation at the corner of SE 12th and Stark has been the main goal of the Buckman Community Association for nearly six years and now we will lead a series of grassroots discussions of the new center, the scope and size of its footprint, and especially its impacts on our neighborhood with particular regards to parking and traffic changes and congestion.

The BCA is hosting a community discussion with our partners in Portland Parks about the center April 9th at 7pm at the Central Catholic High School Auditorium, 2401 SE Stark. This meeting will provide information, answer questions and get feedback from interested participants. All Buckman residents and those from other inner neighborhoods interested in the project are encouraged to come. We especially urge those living near the high school to attend. At this meeting you will find out the history of the project, the status of the land regarding ownership and zoning, how the land was purchased and paid for, the articles of community consensus from the long public process in 2004, and the exciting yet challenging possibilities and interesting constraints of funding the center with federal stimulus funding. The center with its pool, community field and preserved trees will be a wonderful amenity to our neighborhood and will serve many others on the inner eastside. But it will not be without impacts, and as the host neighborhood we will need to work together and advocate for a planned project of appropriate size and scope that will augment our great area, and not bury it in cars and traffic.

The BCA is also conducting monthly meetings about the center at our Land Use meeting, the *last* Thursday of every month, 6:30-8pm in the library of Buckman Elementary, 320 SE 16th. These meeting are informal, open to all, and a great place to share your ideas and find out more information.

For further information, contact the BCA at (best way) or by telephone 503-236-2214.