Woodstock Community Center on chopping block again!

Proposed Closure part of the PP&R FY 2018-19 Budget Proposal

The Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation (PP&R) has just released its proposed budget cuts for fiscal year 2018-19. Included in the package is a proposal to close the Woodstock Community Center at an alleged savings of $35,000. We have been through this before.

WCCHistory: As part of the budget process for fiscal year 2003/2004, the PP&R proposed closing the Woodstock Community Center due to budget shortfalls. After a year of investigating strategies with PP&R to save the building, a Partnership Agreement between the Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) and PP&R was signed in June of 2004.

The agreement assigned WNA and the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center responsibility for specified routine maintenance such as custodial tasks and landscape maintenance. The idea was that by off-loading such expenses, the building could be run in a manner that was “cost neutral” and would not require a subsidy from the City’s general fund. This agreement proved to be very successful, and it has been renewed several times. It is set to either expire or be renewed in July of 2018.

A city budget meeting was held on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at IRCO on NE Glisan, and some our neighborhood reps did attend in order to learn more and to voice their concerns.

But we need to keep the pressure on! Voice YOUR concerns about closing our Community Center. Click HERE to proceed to Parks’ online comment form.

Spectacular Spooktacular Season

The southernmost section of Southeast Portland offers numerous Halloween events for children and families this year. Here is a chronological listing:

Sun, Oct 22, 4pm-7pm
Spooktacular 2017

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association’s 3rd Annual
Spooktacular and Trunk-or-Treat event! Refreshments provided.
Everyone is welcome, regardless of neighborhood!
Brentwood-Darlington Community Center
7211 SE 62nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206

Fri, Oct 27, 6pm-8pm
Family Fun Night:
A Haunting on Harold Street

Ages 2-18; Parents welcome!
$3 if you pre-register (PPR course #1081504); $5 at the door
Portland Parks & Recreation
Mt. Scott Community Center
5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206

Sun, Oct 29, 10am-2pm
Farmer’s Market Halloween Carnival

Woodstock Farmers Market’s sixth annual Halloween Carnival.
Bring the whole family for trick-or-treating, kid’s music,
delicious food, and kids crafts.
KeyBank Parking Lot
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206

Mon, Oct 30, 6:30pm
Halloween Spooktacular Carnival & Cafe

A fun-filled evening for all ages! Costumes welcome!
For the kids there is a carnival with lots of games, activities and prizes.
For all, enjoy spooky snacks and more.
Bring 2 cans of food and receive 4 free game tickets – 2 cans of food per person limit.
Additional tickets may be purchased at 4 for $1. Proceeds benefit local youth and families.
Portland Parks & Recreation
Sellwood Community Center
1436 SE Spokane St., Portland, OR 97202

Tues, Oct 31, 4pm-4:45pm
Not So Spooky Stories

Enjoy stories and songs and make something fun. Wear your costume, if you like.
(first come, first serve)
Woodstock Library
6008 SE 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97206

Tues, Oct 31, 4pm-7pm
Woodstock Neighborhood Halloween Costume Party

Free family friendly gathering with popcorn and other treats,
music, craft and game activities for the young ones.
All ages welcome!
Woodstock Community Center
5209 SE 43rd Ave, Portland, OR 97206

WNA endorses proposed Multnomah County measure to tax sugary drinks

Is it healthful for children to consume sugary drinks?  A growing number of people are coming to the conclusion that it is not.  Some cities—Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, Boulder, Colorado, among others—have passed a tax on sugary drinks. The Navajo Nation also supports a tax.

At the August Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) meeting, Dante Haruna, a political organizer with Multnomah County’s “Yes for Healthy Kids and Education” campaign, made a presentation and requested WNA’s endorsement of a 2018 ballot measure.

“The point of the ballot measure is to reduce over consumption of sugary drinks. Multiple studies show a 10-20% reduction [of these harmful beverages] with an increase in water and milk consumption,” said Haruna.

Scientists throughout the world have proven that consuming too much sugar is harmful to adult and children’s health and can result in diabetes, high cholesterol and/or tooth decay.

The measure calls for a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks. Products subject to the tax include sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks and sweetened teas. Not included are infant formula, milk products, natural fruit and vegetable juices. The tax is not applied at point of sale, but to distributors. For example, a distributor would pay 18 cents to the county for a twelve-ounce bottle of sugary drink.

The tax would raise an estimated $28.4 million per year in Multnomah County, half of which would expand preschool for low-income children in the county. The remainder would go toward playground improvements and school gardens that encourage exercise and healthy eating for kids.

The WNA board endorsed the Multnomah County Children’s Health and Education Act at their August 16th meeting.

Anyone interested in volunteering to collect signatures to get the measure on the ballot, or any organization that wants to host a community meeting, can contact the Coalition at info@healthykidsmultnomah.org or call (971) 319-4092.


WNA Meeting Postponed to August 16

Due to the extremely high temps, and the lack of A/C at the WCC, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s August meeting, scheduled for tonight, August 2nd, will instead be held on the third Wednesday, August 16th, at the regularly scheduled time and place: 7:00pm at the Woodstock Community Center. Here is a link to the meeting agenda, which has changed slightly, as reflected in the notes below.

Due to the postponement, Anthony Bencivengo, from the Portland Tenants United, will be unable to attend the August meeting, and will come in September instead to present, for our consideration, a resolution in support of renewing, expanding, and making permanent Portland’s mandatory relocation assistance ordinance.

Dante Haruna, Multnomah County Coalition for Healthy Kids and Education Campaign will be there on the 16th provide a recap on the Multnomah Children’s Health and Education Act, and we will take a straw vote for a WNA endorsement to be voted on in the WNA board meeting.

In addition, the 16th being the regularly scheduled time for WNA’s Land Use Committee meeting, we will allot a good portion of the meeting to Land Use updates and discussion, topic/s to be announced.

Looking ahead, our September 6th WNA meeting features a Red Cross presentation on Emergency Preparedness.

A Brief History of Portland Fish Market

Portland Fish Market is the dream of Mike Shirley and Ben Berkowitz. Ben explains, “Mike and I have called Oregon home for over a decade and in that time we have spent countless hours fishing the coast. Our dream was to create a sustainable supply chain of fresh retail seafood directly from the boats we fished on and around, without the use of large corporate wholesalers/middlemen. Today Portland Fish Market has done just that. We buy directly off hard-working boats that catch the freshest seafood in the Pacific Northwest.”

tuna boat display

WNA: Why choose Woodstock for your business?
Ben Berkowitz: Agnes and I have lived in Westmoreland for 13 years and have always thought of Woodstock as an extension of our neighborhood. We felt like we hit the jackpot being able to open our business in our own back yard.

WNA: We love your Fish & Chips Window! Are there any new additions to the menu or market this year?
Ben: Thanks, opening the window has been a long-term goal of ours. We have thoroughly enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm the window has brought to our shop and to our seafood. As for new additions to the menu I only have one word: Shellfish!

WNA: Top three personal favorite products that you carry?
Ben: If I had to choose three, I’d say Smoked Black Cod because it’s so rich and satiating. Next, Dungeness crab, we are so lucky to have access to this especially sweet resource. Last but not least, our fish and chips, because it’s just so darn good.

WNA: Share your most interesting product request?
Ben: At a fish market we get a lot of interesting requests; fish from far off lands, cuts we never imagined eating. I enjoy these orders the most, because they allow me access to seafood I never thought I’d see or work with.

WNA: What other businesses would you like to see pop up in the neighborhood?
Ben: As Woodstock continues to grow in leaps and bounds, I’d like to more owner-operated businesses come in to enhance the sense community.

Portland Fish Market has indeed enhanced our community! Look for Ben and Agnes at their Woodstock Farmers Market booth on Sundays this season!

Thanks to Cora Schleicher for conducting the interview and contributing photos for this post.

Time for Neighborhood Elections!

The Woodstock Neighborhood Association annual board election is just one week away! Voting takes place in person at our regularly scheduled monthly meeting, Wednesday, June 7, at 7:00pm, at the Woodstock Community Center.

Everyone in the neighborhood—that is, people who live, work, rent, or own property or a business in Woodstock—is eligible to vote, but you must show up at the June 7th meeting in order to cast your vote. None of the positions are contended, so far, but we do have a few empty seats, and all positions will be voted on, even if the person who is currently serving has volunteered to serve another year.

We invite all Woodstockians to consider becoming involved in WNA as a way to build community and help make a great neighborhood ever greater….! Follow our blogs, from now until election night, to learn more about the WNA, this election, and the empty positions we hope to fill. Nominations for all of the following positions will be accepted until the vote takes place on June 7th.

  • WNA Chair
  • WNA Vice Chair
  • WNA Treasurer
  • WNA Secretary
  • Land Use Committee Chair
  • Friends of the Woodstock Community Center Chair
  • Friends of the Woodstock Community Center Financial Manager
  • Events Committee Chair
  • Communications Chair
  • Area 1 Representative
  • Area 2 Representative
  • Area 3 Representative
  • Area 4 Representative
  • Area 5 Representative

Don’t Miss the Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale on May 13th!

2017 plant sale posterJoin us on
Saturday, May 13th
9am to 3pm,
for the
Plant Sale

at the
Woodstock Community Center

5905 E 43rd Ave., Portland
[click for google map]

A splendid variety of plants at wonderful prices await you at this popular annual event. Come by and hang out with neighbors who love to garden just like you.

• Perennials • Herbs
• Vegetable Starts • Succulents
• Native Plants • Ornamental Grasses • Trees
• Hypertufa Sedum Planters • House Plants
• Garden Sculptures by Jill Torberson

Proceeds from the sale go into the Woodstock Community Center Maintenance Fund and support volunteer efforts to provide routine maintenance for the Center, including custodial service and supplies, and some landscaping needs—a key part of an agreement with Portland Parks that keeps the Center open and available for community use. The fund may also be used for other neighborhood community projects.

WNA Meets Wednesday, May 3

All are welcome at the Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting, held the first Wednesday of the month at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Avenue. Doors open at 6:30pm and the meeting starts at 7:00. Click here for a PDF of the agenda.

Agenda Highlights:

  • Find out what’s happening with Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
  • Hear WNA Board Member Christopher Bacher’s concerns about the city’s planned Green Loop.
  • Get a briefing on the June WNA board election—what’s needed to prepare for the election, and how to nominate yourself or a friend for a seat on the board.
  • Get ready for the Woodstock Plant Sale coming up on May 13th (the day before Mother’s Day).

Please join us!


Volunteer for the Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale

plantsalekioskWe need your help for this year’s Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale scheduled for Saturday, May 13th, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 E 43rd Ave.

Proceeds from this annual event go into the Woodstock Community Center Maintenance Fund and support volunteer efforts to provide routine maintenance for the Center, including custodial service and supplies, and some landscaping needs, a key part of an agreement with Portland Parks that keeps the Center open and available for community use.

When to Volunteer

  • On Friday, May 12th from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, we need 12 to 24 volunteers for as much time as they can spare to bring plants into the Woodstock Community Center, and label, price, and sort plants into categories (herbs, ground covers, white perennials, etc.).
  • On Saturday, May 13th from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, the day of the sale, we need early morning volunteers to set up display tables, carry plants outside and arrange them on tables. From 9:00 AM to the end of the sale we need people to help customers find and transport plants, and to help with plant information. From 2:00 PM on, we will need help with putting things away and cleanup.

How to Sign Up

  • Select one or more shifts using our online signup.
  • Visit the Woodstock Community Center at 5905 E 43rd Ave and add your name to the signup sheet. The center is open most weekday mornings as well as Monday nights from 6:00–9:00 PM.
  • Attend the Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 E 43rd on May 3 at 7:00 PM and add your name to the signup sheet.


Sewer Repair Project update on WNA’s April 5th agenda

map-methods-msaw-jan2017Portland Bureau of Environmental Services has completed design of a project to repair or replace approximately 5,600 feet, or about one mile, of public sewer pipes in the Mt. Scott-Arleta and Woodstock neighborhoods. Most of the sewer pipes are more than 85 years old and are deteriorating due to age. The project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets. Construction is scheduled to begin in June of 2017 and take about a year to complete.

Since their last update, BES has decided which sewer pipes will be repaired and what construction method will be used at each location. They have determined two locations where evening or night work will be needed. If you can’t attend our meeting (or Mt. Scott–Arleta’s meeting earlier in the evening), you can find an updated map and newsletter on the project website, www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/mtscott.

For more info, contact Matt Gough at Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5352.