Straddling the Beaumont
We all know where we live— Oregon, Portland, the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood. We know where the grocery and the pub and the coffee shops are, and who lives down the street and next door. But how many of us know our ecological address.
An ecological address defines where we live in terms of the natural rather than the built environment. It anchors our place in the landscape showing things like the climate zone, the annual precipitation rate, the soil type, and perhaps most importantly what watershed we live in.
Those of us who call Beaumont Wilshire home, either live in the Columbia Slough Watershed (technically a Sub-Watershed) or the Willamette River Watershed. Sure everyone’s seen the new “Columbia Slough Watershed” signs on 33rd and 42nd. But who knows what watershed they live in? Who knows where the real Continental Divide of Beaumont Wilshire is?
Well from 33rd, the watershed dividing line heads east up Bryce, crosses Alameda on 37th and then intersects with Fremont just east of 38th. It then travels east dividing the blocks between Fremont and Klickitat before it crosses Klickitat as 45th turns into 46th. Just before 47th, the watershed boundary line dives south and out of the neighborhood jutting across Stanton between 49th and 50th. Go ahead, walk out in a downpour to one of these spots and try to find the area where water begins to move in different directions.
We can all make a positive difference in our urban ecology. A great first step is to recognize what watershed we live in. In our neighborhood where all the real streams have been piped and paved over, the stormwater running down the street is essentially a primary stream. Let’s treat it with the wonder and respect it deserves. For more information on the Willamette River Watershed, call Roberta Jortner with the City of Portland at 823-7004.
For more information on or to get involved in the Columbia Slough Watershed call Jay Mower with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council at 281-1132. To play with cool mapping programs that allow you to look at watershed boundaries across the region, check out one of Metro’s web pages—http://metromap.metro-region.org/MetroMapPublic/
By all accounts, the festival was a great success. What made a difference this year, according to Fremont Fest coordinator Byron Ady, was "really having a music focus for the first time, getting the horses back, and rekindling interest and enthusiasm for the event." He estimates that two-thirds of the businesses put on special activities for the occasion and that about 2,000 to 3,000 people came out to take part, whether it was browsing sidewalk sales, making chalk art, or watching any of the dozen bands playing live on two stages.
Meanwhile, at the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood Association table, Greg Olson won the raffle for the watercolor painting by Carol Sands, which features the Dutch Village Building at the corner of 41st and Fremont. Many festival goers bought postcards printed with the image, with proceeds benefiting the BWNA. (Postcards (five for $3) are for sale at all BWNA meetings or by calling 287-2419.)
Booth visitors also had the chance to browse pictures from the annual National Night Out picnic, which the BWNA hosted earlier in the week, and to check out information about past and future neighborhood projects, including the upcoming Beaumont Middle School landscape project and the Wilshire Park trail-repair party of last April. Next Fremont Fest is August 4, 2001; mark your calendars!
To submit feedback about this year's Fremont Fest and to provide input for next year, call Byron Ady at 253-5031. Next Fremont Fest is August 4, 2001; mark your calendars!
By Helen Koba
OVER 350 PEOPLE attended the eighth annual BWNA National Night Out picnic on August 1, 2000. According to Roger Meyer, chair of the picnic committee, the crowd consumed a lot of food: 214 hamburgers, 68 gardenburgers, 100 hot dogs, 12 cases of soda pop, 75 pints of Odwalla juice and 100 bottles of water. The burgers and dogs were topped off with 10 heads of lettuce, 11 lbs of onions, 18 lbs of tomatoes, and 185 slices of cheese. In addition neighbors brought salads, deserts, bread, fruit, chips and dips.
A special thanks to Roger Meyer for organizing this wonderful event; to Wilshire United Methodist Church for the use of their tables and chairs and to the following local businesses that generously donated food, prizes, drinks, utensils, and support for the picnic.
Fall Just Around the Corner
Summer is drawing to a close and the season I love best is here. You probably have noticed the not-so-subtle change in the air. We have had a terrific summer in Portland and especially in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood. Thanks to all who attended the annual National Night Out picnic. It was a tremendous success with over 300 people in attendance. Thanks to the many merchants and volunteers who made my job so easy!! Next year we are hoping to see even more neighbors attend.
The Fremont Fest was also very successful. Congratulations to Greg Olson who won the beautiful Carol Sands watercolor raffled off at the gathering. We have postcards of the artwork available for sale, complements of Ms. Sands, as well as BWNA t-shirts. Please also continue to support the local businesses that are an integral part of what makes the neighborhood great.
With the onset of autumn and winter, our thoughts turn to home weatherization projects, utility bills, and children back in school. Please drive carefully now that more kids are out, especially in the early morning and afternoons. No amount of time saved is worth the cost of a precious life, young or old.
Now is also the time to begin to prepare the old house for winter. With the higher cost of gas as well as the cost of electricity promising to be more expensive this year than before, it is especially important to conserve energy and weatherize thoroughly. If anyone interested in attending a weatherization workshop, please let a board member know. If we can generate sufficient interest, I am sure we can have various utility representatives put together a very worthwhile training workshop.
Finally, welcome to the new neighbors. I am confident you are (or will be soon) finding out that this is a very special part of Portland. If you haven't received a welcome packet from BWNA, please contact Margaret Davis, or any board member. Please plan to attend the next general membership meeting on the ninth of October. I look forward to seeing you then.
Willie Nolan, BWNA President
By Greg Pressler
At one time or another, we have all been a victim of the most frequently committed crime in Northeast Portland-vehicular speeding. On a daily basis we see cars zipping through the streets of our neighborhood, flagrantly exceeding posted speed limits and endangering the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers. What can we do about this growing problem?
At a recent meeting of civic leaders, police officers, and neighbors, "speeding" was indicated as the number one public safety complaint in Northeast Portland. Not only were problems flagged at the meeting, but a number of possible solutions also were discussed. Some ideas to help combat speeding in our neighborhood include:
Fighting the increasing problem of traffic speeding in our neighborhood is going to take your involvement and assistance. Our safety is at stake, so please ask yourself now what you can do to help your neighbors in this critical battle.
By Helen Koba and Mario Caoile
As the rains return, we begin to spend more time in our homes, 'nesting', reading, and contemplating. One Saturday in early September, as we were working on this BWNA newsletter issue, we heard a loud crash - metal on metal kind of crash. Along with other neighbors, we rushed out to the street, anxious, curious, and concerned. Two cars had run into each other at an intersection two blocks from our house that has no stop signs in either direction. One neighbor called medical and police assistance immediately. The rest of us stood around and exchanged ideas why these things happen: people driving too fast on residential streets, not slowing down at intersections, each driver assuming he/she has the right of way, etc. We agreed that many of the streets in the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood are similar to Shaver, a small residential street crisscrossed by other residential streets with no signs telling drivers to stop, slow down or yield.
That Saturday, we don't know for sure if anyone was injured. As we retuned later from a quick dinner out, residents were still cleaning up the debris. The fire trucks, ambulance and police cars were gone. The responsiveness and concern of people on our street heartened us. We want to echo the comments about safety and speeding expressed by Willie Nolan and Greg Pressler elsewhere in this issue: we are responsible to ourselves and our neighbors to drive slowly and conscientiously, to slow down at intersections, to be alert and watch for others.
By Debra Kennedy
Is your money dripping down the drain because of rising water and sewer bills? The focus of our next BWNA General Meeting will be a water conservation workshop, sponsored by the Portland Water Bureau and the Community Energy Project.
The workshop will teach how to detect leaks around your home, repair leaky faucets and toilets, control your water-sewer bill, and more. They will share ways we can all live comfortably while reducing water use. Everyone attending will receive a FREE kit of materials that can help save up to $80 a year on your water and sewer bills. The materials are valued at $25 and include lots of water saving "goodies".
The Community Energy Project, Inc. (CEP) is a non-profit organization that has been conducting free energy conservation services since 1979. They utilize volunteers, community outreach, educational programs and self-help workshops in combining energy conservation with community development. Volunteers share their time weatherizing the homes of low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Using less energy decreases utility bills, providing more money for other necessities.
At the meeting, you'll also be able to sign up for a volunteer project later this year. The CEP staff will help us plan weatherization projects to fit the number of volunteers interested in participating.
Typically, volunteer groups meet at the CEP office where they go through a thirty-minute training. Volunteers then go to project sites in their area and install weather-stripping on doors, caulk windows, and install "interior vinyl storm window kits" (reusable plastic on the insides of windows). Last year their volunteers completed over 8,000 hours of service in over 200 households!
Information about upcoming self-help weatherization workshops in our area will be available too. The Community Energy Project is a great organization. We appreciate their interest in sharing their time and knowledge with us. You won't want to miss this meeting!
No Dirty DogsNo Excuses
By Diane Charlton
Your best friend (actually a beloved member of your family) deserves a hot bath, not a cold shower from the garden hose. Now there's a better way to wash your dog. And it's right here in our Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood.
Lita Monaghan (an ex-engineer) and her husband, Eric Bergson, opened Pups & Cups, Dog Wash and Café, on July 29th at 4516 NE 42nd Avenue at Prescott. Pups & Cups is a self-serve dog washing facility with everything included to make your canine companion clean and happy for a flat fee of just $15. Additional dogs are only $12 each. Or pre-pay $60 for 4 baths and get your 5th session FREE.
Five antique tubs are available for medium and large dogs and there's a special antique porcelain tub for small breeds. Shampoos, conditioners, flea and tick formulas, hair detanglers and electric clippers, professional, quiet dryers, toe nail trimmers, towels, aprons are all ready for your use. And you don't have to clean the tub or the mess. That's the friendly staff's job. If you want, they'll even bathe your dog for $22 while you enjoy a free cup of house coffee in the "Dog Park". Either way, you get a clean, happy dog and meet more of your neighbors.
The Café is open for coffee and pastries starting at 7 AM Monday-Friday and 8AM on Saturday and Sunday. The first baths start at 10 AM on weekdays and 8 AM on the weekends. Thai food from Thai Grill is featured during the lunch hour and you always get free dog treats for your "pup" with each wash.
So stop by and patronize this great new business on 42nd. Remember it's an easy walk to Wilshire Park with your best friend, either before or after that great hot bath. Check out their website at www.pupsandcups.com. See you at the dog wash.
By Jeanne Federovitch
I want to thank all of the people who called and volunteered to join the crew who delivers the newsletters. Most positions were filled!!! I am still in need of two captains and one route carrier. If you are willing to take this on, please give me a call at 460-9055. Remember, it only takes a couple of hours, once every other month (6 times a year), and it provides a GREAT service to our neighbors.
BWNA neighbors will miss Diane and Baer Charlton, former newsletter editors, active board members, and great neighbors who are moving out of Portland. We wish them the best and thank them for giving their time and energy to many neighborhood projects over the years.