See you Wednesday night!

We have another jam-packed agenda for our March 5th meeting at the Woodstock Community Center (doors open at 6:30, meeting goes from 7:00 to 8:30+).

Besides the usual neighborhood reports and committee briefs, we’ll hear a brief presentation from Metro Councilor Bob Stacey, followed by Q&A.

LRS Architect Greg Mitchell discusses the design of the
Woodstock store’s underground parking garage, as
New Seasons Development Director Don Forrest looks on.

In addition, a couple of neighbors who attended last Monday’s public forum with New Seasons reps are interested in continuing the discussion about traffic and safety concerns and how we might work with the city to mitigate the impacts of all the new development on the boulevard. So we’re going to attempt to begin that discussion at this meeting, but due to time constraints, we’ll hope to form a Land Use subcommittee to continue the dialogue and explore mitigations with the city.

To download the notes from February 2014 and other previous WNA meetings, go to our Meetings & Minutes page.

SE Portland Neighborhood Air Quality Meeting With Neighbors for Clean Air, Wednesday, February 19th

Wednesday, February 19th
SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main St
Please join us for an informational meeting with representatives from Neighbors for Clean Air to discuss:
1.  Nuisance and Air Pollution Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s new nuisance enforcement strategy and how it can be used by communities as an effective way to address and reduce air emissions from regulated polluters.
2.  Neighborhood scale air monitoring project NCA has received funding to monitor particulate matter air emissions in Portland neighborhoods with large metal manufacturing businesses.  We are looking for suitable areas near Precision Cast Parts and East Side Plating to consider for monitoring in 2014.  We are also looking for neighborhood volunteers to participate in a neighborhood advisory committee for this project.

Submit your comments! Bus Service and the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

A repost from
Submit your comments here:

In September 2015, the 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie MAX light rail extension will go into service. The new MAX line will serve 10 stations being constructed by the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, and all existing MAX stations on the Portland Mall (SW 5th and 6th avenues) in downtown Portland. Trains will run between approximately 4:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. daily (ending one half hour earlier on Sundays). Trains will arrive every 15 minutes most of the day, and every 10 minutes on average during weekday rush hours. Operating in a dedicated right-of-way that does not include vehicle traffic except at intersections, MAX provides schedule reliability.
Regional planning for the light rail project envisioned bus lines meeting up with MAX in Milwaukie. Now as we begin preparations for the opening of the new Orange Line, we want to remind the community of those assumptions and to see if any adjustments need to be made. We are asking the community for feedback on how to configure bus service in the area while minimizing duplicative service and relieving traffic congestion. Assumptions based on project planning include:
Bus lines that currently travel north of Milwaukie on SE McLoughlin Boulevard would no longer do so, ending their trips in or near downtown Milwaukie
Bus lines that currently travel across the Ross Island Bridge would instead use the new transit bridge, improving reliability by avoiding traffic congestion
Bus lines currently operating in the Portland-Milwaukie light rail corridor include:
Line 17
9-Powell Blvd
29-Lake/Webster Rd
31-King Rd
34-River Rd
36-South Shore
43-Taylors Ferry Rd
66-Marquam Hill/Hollywood
70-12th/NE 33rd Ave
75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard
99-McLoughlin Express
In order to take advantage of the new light rail service and make best use of bus service resources including bus facility improvements made by the project, TriMet is engaging the community to develop a Bus Service Plan.
Bus Service Planning fact sheet.
Tell us what you think should happen
As part of this process, TriMet conducts ridership, cost and operational analyses, considers transit equity, and seeks input from our riders, TriMet operators, businesses, and community groups and organizations.
Please submit your comments how TriMet bus service can best complement and work in tandem with the Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension.

New Seasons Neighborhood Forum

Event: New Seasons Neighborhood Forum
Host: Woodstock Neighborhood Association and New Seasons
Time: Monday, February 24, 2014 07:00PM
Location: All Saints Episcopal Church
Address: 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland

Additional information:
New Seasons is committed to being a good neighbor and they want to hear from you! NS Director of Development and project architect LRS will share plans for the new Woodstock store, then entertain questions and listen to concerns from local residents.

All Are Welcome!

New Berkeley Tennis Courts will be a Great Resource for Woodstock Neighborhood Families

Woodstock neighbors warmly welcomed Geri and Jim Rovello to our January 8th meeting to talk about the impressive tennis court renovation project they are spearheading at Berkeley Park, funded by the memorial fund named for their son. Click here to download a one-page PDF information sheet about the Alex Rovello Fund and how you can contribute to this great neighborhood project.

The tennis courts at Berkeley Park, located at SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd. and Bybee Blvd., are badly in need of an upgrade (see photos below at left). This project has been adopted by Geri and Jim Rovello as a fitting memorial to their son, a Cleveland High School graduate who was a four-time state tennis singles champion and a member of the University of Oregon tennis team at the time of his tragic death last spring. Alex began playing the game on the Berkeley courts at the age of 2, as the family lived just a couple blocks from the park.

The Rovello family has made great strides toward raising the funds needed for the creation of a fantastic community resource, with the full cooperation and support of Portland Parks and Recreation. Their stated mission:  

“Providing a safe and professional environment for children and adults, from all walks of life, to learn and play tennis.”

Beyond resurfacing the two existing courts, the current plan includes replacing the benches, poles and nets, upgrading the lighting, replacing the fencing and trimming the trees around the court. There will be a mural at one end, as well as a backboard on one side to facilitate solo play. When finished, the courts will be the only ones in the city that are fully handicapped accessible, and will have a unique flexibility, with special striping and specially sized nets, to be set up for children to play on smaller courts, using larger balls and smaller rackets.

There are several ways to help the Rovellos achieve their goal. Memorial donations are being accepted via mail, direct transfer, or online; find more information at Look for “Alex Rovello Memorial” on Facebook, like the page and share it with your friends. If you have ideas for grants or want to host a special fundraising event, the Rovellos would love to hear from you! They can be reached at

Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Opportunities

Every so often, you’ll see an article like the one in the January 2014 issue of The Bee, about the importance of being prepared for catastrophic events. In Portland, talk of “resilience” is not just tied to people’s concerns about long-term recovery after a big earthquake, but also worries about a “long emergency” resulting from economic crises, energy shortages, or climate change. Throughout the northwest, there is definitely a rumbling…not a temblor (not yet anyway!), but lots of talk about preparing for The Big One.

Here is a listing of local courses and educational programs happening in the very near future, designed to get more and more Portlanders trained and ready for emergencies at the household level and beyond. Although emergency preparedness can be a serious and even scary topic, these efforts often have a great side effect of helping to build community by giving us a chance to connect with neighbors.

Register for CERT Trainings Now!

Coming up real soon (Jan–Mar 2014), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings are being offered by three different entities: Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM), Portland Community College (PCC), and University of Portland (UP). The classes meet on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, respectively, but there is some flexibility in that PBEM, PCC and UP have all agreed to allow students who miss a portion of their CERT class to make it up by attending one of the other program’s classes.

For more information, including registration links, click here to download a CERT Coordinated Trainings document.

Southeast Emergency Preparedness Events in the Works

A coordinated effort to plan and present three different workshops in various locations in Southeast Portland is now underway, thanks to a group of volunteers from Woodstock, Sellwood, and Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhoods. These programs will be marketed to a large swath of Southeast, including Sellwood-Moreland, Westmoreland, Brooklyn, Ardenwald-Johnson Creek, Woodstock, Reed, Creston-Kenilworth, Eastmoreland, Brentwood-Darlington, Mt. Scott-Arleta, Foster-Powell and Lents.

Three different educational program topics are in the works for events projected to take place in March through May 2014:

  1. Making a family emergency plan and building an emergency kit
  2. Neighborhood networking (sharing preparedness information with others)
  3. Securing your living environment (seismic strengthening for homeowners and non-structural security measures applicable to renters as well as owners)

Keep an eye on this blog as well as neighborhood bulletin boards and social media sites for more details including locations, dates and times, as they become available.

Additional volunteers are needed and welcome to help plan and execute these events!  If you are interested, please send an email to Virginia Petersen and Liz Bryant, members of the Woodstock Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET), via, or call Virginia at 503-775-0953.

A Message from your Woodstock Library

Your Woodstock Library has 5 poster sized family portraits from our Portland community art on display until the end of the month. Come in and take a look! You can see more about the project here: We Are Portland.: