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Update: April 2nd 2013

We still need 6 volunteers for the April 27th Clean Up!

Please help us raise money for the July 27th Movie in the Park, "E.T.".  We still need 6 volunteers to split the earnings from this Clean Up.  4 volunteers slots need filling in the 9-12:30 time slot, 2 in the 12-3 time.  If you have a pick up truck and can volunteer to also take either used tires to Les Schwab or building materials to the ReBuilding Center at 3 that would be super.   Volunteers should contact directly to ensure your best time.  Will it be messy?  Yes!  Will it be fun?  Yes!  Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy shoes, a red shirt if possible, and bring gloves.  Volunteering could involve directing traffic, lifting, minor sorting of recycling (to the correct bin).  We'll feed you and thank you too.  Come join the fun.  Thanks, Ginger


Concerns about airport noise? Resources here.

Port of Portland's Jerry Gerspach contacted us to share the following information about summer construction plans at the airport and how they will effect sound quality in our neighborhood:

Work is planned to reconstruct Taxiway C and repair the south runway this spring through fall at Portland International Airport (PDX).

Planned is the full reconstruction of the eastern portion of Taxiway C, which provides aircraft access to and from the south runway. The south runway repair will replace concrete that was damaged after a military jet’s tire failed, causing its landing gear to scrape the runway. Temporary repairs are already in place.

Taxiway C reconstruction work will run from April 1 through mid-October.  Repairs are planned for the south runway from approximately April 15 to May 31, and again from August 16 to September 29. The runway will be open between June 1 and August 15 to help accommodate peak summer traffic.

While no major flight schedule delays are expected, airport neighbors should expect increased flights over some airport neighborhoods during the south runway closure. That’s because many aircraft that would normally use the south runway will temporarily use the north or crosswind runways.

In particular, the use of the crosswind runway will increase the number of flights over neighborhoods south of the airport. The crosswind runway use is necessary, because the north runway alone cannot accommodate all PDX flights when the south runway closes. Furthermore, the location of some airline operations on the south side of the airport will mean that the crosswind runway will see use by larger-than-usual passenger propeller aircraft.

If you have additional questions regarding this project don’t hesitate to contact us. 

503.460.4100 (Noise Hotline)


Update: March 29th 2013

How about a Coffee Hour at CUP.  A neighbor, Barb Rock, found out that CUP the new biz on Interstate (Old North Star Coffee) is developing a family/kids room in the daylight basement.  Come check it out with us on Tuesday, April 16th at 10am.   CUP is located just north of Lombard on Interstate on the east side.  Meet neighbors, ask about what's up with Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association, and just enjoy visiting.  Hope to see you there.


PPS School Board Candidates Forum -- April 3rd

Elections are coming soon for the PPS School Board.  Hear from the candidates at this forum on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM at Concordia University.


The so far skinny on Portland NETs

If you haven't heard of the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Teams, it's because the program withered in a political tug-of-war about a decade ago, and is being resurrected as the threat of a hefty earthquake looms. Arbor Lodge is particularly light on NET volunteers, so I deployed to the first of seven Saturday trainings with my neighbor Angela March 16.

We hope to be among the first christened with a hardhat and vest on behalf of Arbor Lodge. Meanwhile, we'll have learned basic first-aid and crisis management skills to help first responders in an earthquake, flood, volcanic eruption, tsunami or other catastrophic event.

Oregonians have known since the '80s that the state is in line for a major earthquake. And a recent report by a panel of experts underscores how devastating such an event would be. That quake is about 40 percent likely to happen in the next 30 years. Portland NETs are beefing up to assist for this and other reasons, trained by Portland's Bureau of Emergency Management using FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) curriculum.

It's a lot to get prepared, both at home and in the neighborhood. This first class focused on what it is we're even preparing for. The three-hour session covered disasters facts until those of us who think we're smart were feeling pretty silly. Did you know volcanic ash can scratch steel? That it can weigh enough to crush a roof? That you should never store your emergency supplies in a basement? I sure didn't. Hopefully you're already smarter than me.

If you're super smart, then you're started on an emergency kit at home. For more ideas about how to round out your kit, have a look at If you'd like to go further and help us prepare the neighborhood, please think about joining me, Angela and other neighbors as NET members. It requires 17 short videos and a quiz to qualify for training, then 21 hours of instruction and a four-hour field exercise. It's worth it, and its kind of fun. Now even I know what a Japanese shake table is.

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