Graffiti Abatement to End?!

If it seems like there’s been an uptick in graffiti in Northeast Portland in the past couple of years, it’s not just perception graffiti has been on the rise. In fact reported incidents have dramatically increased over the past five years according to a 2017 report by the city Portland. So it comes as a surprise to us as neighborhood association that The Office of Neighborhood Involvement has proposed cutting the program entirely next fiscal year. The reason for the proposed cut is that most city bureaus are dealing with a 5% budget cut, but it seems unwise to cut this needed service altogether especially when it is such a small portion of ONI’s overall budget. Studies show the best way to reduce graffiti is to deal with quickly and systematically. Neighbors what are your thoughts on ending the graffiti abatement program in Portland? You can provide feedback in the comments or vote our Facebook poll Here You can also provide input to the city and ONI directly until March 12 when the budget goes to final vote. Learn more here http://katu.com/news/local/portlands-graffiti-abatement-program-on-chopping-block-this-upcoming-fiscal-year

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Masquerade Ball to Support Alameda Elementary

The Alameda School Foundation Annual Auction is only a few weeks away and this years’ theme is a Masquerade Ball with entertainment and dinner at the Melody ball room March 3rd. At $65 a ticket this fun event is expected to sell out so get yours now! Proceeds directly to support children’s learning by funding positions such as kindergarten classroom aids. The Alameda Neighborhood Association is a proud sponsor of the 2018 auction fundraiser. More information and tickets here

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NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT: Madeleine School Open House

The Madeleine School Open House The Madeleine School, with full-day kindergarten through 8th grade, invites you to join us for our Open House events. All are welcome! We are a faith-filled Catholic community committed to nurturing the growth of the whole child with weekly full-day kindergarten, before and after-school care, music, art, PE, middle school Spanish, daily hot lunch, four on-site learning support teachers, and an on-site counselor.   Open House Events Monday, February 1 at 7pm Prospective Parent Information Night The Madeleine School Parish Hall 3240 NE 23rd Avenue (enter on NE 24th Avenue) Come hear all about the school from Principal Susan Steele, Father Mike Biewend and current parents. Visit the classrooms and enjoy conversations with current parents.   Tuesday, February 2 from 10am – 1pm (No RSVP needed) Open House and Family Tours The Madeleine School Main Entrance 3240 NE 23rd Avenue (enter from parking lot on NE 24th Avenue) Bring your child for a tour of the school and see the teachers and current students in action. Questions? Please contact Susan Steele at 503-288-9197. Applications available at themadeleine.edu/school. Caryn Fiedler Development Director The Madeleine School cfiedler@themadeleine.edu 503-288-9197 | themadeleine.edu/school

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Christmas Tree Recycling Fundraiser with Boy Scout Troop 107

Christmas is just around the corner! Before you know it, we’ll be in the New Year and you’ll be looking for a way to recycle your Christmas tree….   Look to Boy Scout Troop #107! They have two options for Christmas tree recycling fundraiser:   #1: Drop-off: Saturday, December 30, 2017 Saturday & Sunday, January 6 & 7, 2018 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM at the NW Corner of Wilshire Park (NE Skidmore & 33rd Ave)   #2: Curbside Pick-up: Saturday: January 6, 2018 • Please place tree at curb by 10:00 AM; • Place attach an envelope marked “TROOP 107” with cash or check, payable to BSA TROOP 107 in small plastic bag on the tree or on your front porch.   Suggested Donation: $5 – $50   All proceeds benefit Troop activities for the entire year. (This is our only fundraiser.)   Please remove all tinsel, metal, wire or nails; Flocked trees & wreaths are OK.   Questions or to Schedule a Pick-up:   Email: chris@thebartells.com   Call/Text: 503-916-9780

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“Worst Day of the Year” Ride rolling through Alameda!

Portland’s annual “Worst Day of the Year” bicycle ride is returning for the 17th year on Sunday, February 11th, 2018, and it we’ll see the participants roll through our neighborhood! Check out maps of the route, to see how it might affect road closures and traffic in your area, and to find out where to get views of the costumed cyclists. If you’re interested in participating, you can register here (kids 12 and under ride for free!).

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Alameda Neighborhood Association Opposes PPS School Redistricting Plan

Dear Portland Public School Board: After thoughtful review and soliciting input from Alameda residents on PPS’s proposed changes to school boundaries in our neighborhood, we strongly object to the proposal in its current form. Specifically, the ANA objects to the current proposal for the following reasons: 1.) Alameda Elementary had a boundary change in 2011, its enrollment has been decreasing, and is forecasted by PSU to continue to steadily decline. Additionally, we have seen no data or evidence that changing Alameda’s boundaries will have a meaningful impact to enrollment in neighboring schools. 2.) The current proposal does not align with PPS’s Administrative Directive for creating “Compact Boundaries” (4.10.409-AD Section V.3.a-d). Further, the proposed changes do not promote a sense of community by keeping neighborhoods together, and instead would move children who reside just a few blocks from their neighborhood schools, and sends them miles away. PPS states that it seeks to align school boundaries with neighborhood boundaries, which this proposal clearly fails to do. 3.) The ANA has very serious concerns about safety issues at Tubman Middle School with respect to air quality, soil hazards, poor sight lines and other unsafe areas. Also, and critically important, the changes proposed by…

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