Back to school: A run-down of Woodstock health hazards

maskIt’s a sad situation for any neighborhood, but it’s not unique: Back-to-school time throughout Portland now means assessing the risks to your child’s health. Here’s a run-down of the factors in play for Woodstock Elementary and Lewis Elementary, the two public schools within the Woodstock neighborhood boundary. At many of the links below, you’ll see paths to learn about schools outside the neighborhood.

Parents: If you have late-breaking or close-up facts not seen here, please add them in your comments below. Read More»

Woodstock survey results: Traffic, theft, bias and acceptance

challengesThe results of this summers’ neighborhood survey are in; thanks to all who participated. You can delve into the graphs and responses as time allows — but here’s a quick sketch.

Background and acknowledged bias: The survey was online and was promoted here, on Facebook and on NextDoor, in the neighborhood association’s monthly email newsletter (subscribe) and at events including the Movie in the Park. Thus it has an inherent bias toward people who have a high level of online access and comfort. Also, the nearly 300 respondents predominately are homeowners living within the Woodstock boundary. Read More»

Coming soon: New food, drink and more

As seen this past month on Facebook, things are happening in Woodstock: New places to eat and drink will open soon or soonish, and several marijuana-related businesses appear to be in the works. For details, click the yellow icons on this handy map — or just read the paragraphs below it.

But before you do: Remember that you have a voice in “what’s next” in Woodstock: Make time to attend the Land Use Committee meetings, third Wednesday each month. Read More»

Land Use Committee Breaks New Ground Starting July 20

Land Use Committee meeting
Weds., July 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave.

Things are changing quickly in and near the Woodstock neighborhood, so the Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee (LUC) is following suit. Starting this month, meetings are to be more organized and efficient. Four 15-minute segments plus spillover time will help keep things moving along.

The LUC’s first task will be to build and prioritize a list of crucial topics to track, most likely including unimproved streets, infill housing, slowing down traffic on Woodstock and/or Steele, and more. Want a hand in shaping the future of the neighborhood? Come to the LUC meeting this and every month.

 

Infill Project Affects Woodstock; Comment by August 15

GenHousePic_1_tThe Residential Infill Project* is a set of proposals to alter residential housing over a large area of Portland, including Woodstock. It’s a mixed bag of good and bad news for both developers and residents. It could lead to more houses being demolished and replaced, but may also encourage more dwellings of a smaller scale in square feet and/or price. The proposals will affect our quality of life — so it’s up to all Woodstockians to inform themselves and add insightful comments to the process before the August 15 deadline. Read More»

Toxic air: A Woodstock-specific update

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As you’ve probably heard, the U.S. Forest Service measured Portland moss samples in 2013 and found some locations with high levels of toxic elements. More details released earlier in June indicate that two locations within the Woodstock neighborhood boundary are among the top eight for nickel and cadmium — but they have not been characterized by the DEQ as within the top tier of four locations with the most discouraging results. Read More»

WNA Wants You! Board Nominations Due May 4

Screenshot 2016-04-03 at 11.10.52 PMLend a little of your time and energy to Woodstock, and help make a great place to live even greater. Nominate yourself or a friend for one of the following WNA Board positions by May 4.

  • Chair
  • Co-Chair, Land Use Committee
  • Chair, Friends of the Woodstock Community Center
  • Financial Manager, Friends of the Woodstock Community Center
  • Web Administrator
  • Chair, Events Committee
  • Area Representative

The Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s annual board election is just around the corner, and we are looking for a few good candidates. We have rather big shoes to fill, in that Terry Griffiths and Lonnie Port are both stepping down after many dedicated years of service as chairpersons of the Land Use Committee and Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, respectively.

We welcome people with new ideas and vision to join our volunteer team. Anyone who is nominated or nominates themselves should possess a strong interest and preferably some experience that matches the board opening — but mentoring is available, so don’t be shy if you’re a little green but want to gain valuable experience. Neighborhood Associations are a great place to learn and practice leadership skills within a supportive community. There are also openings for “neighborhood rep” in different sections of the neighborhood.

For more info, contact WNA Chair Becky Luening at info@woodstockpdx.org.