BWNA annual NNO picnic is Tuesday, August 2nd at Wilshire Park with food service beginning at 6:30 pm. Grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers will be supplied by BWNA along with cold beverages; while everyone attending is encouraged to bring a side-dish, dessert or snack to add to the potluck buffet table. A raffle of prizes donated by local businesses and kids games will be part of the entertainment, as well as visits by police and fire department units ( as available at time of picnic). Come out and enjoy the evening of fun and food among the firs of Wilshire Park.
By all accounts, the July 4th Children’s Parade on Wistaria Drive was another great success. The pictures sure attest to this fact, as lots of smiling children and adults decked out in red, white and blue make for an awesome patriotic statement. A big thank you goes out to Mimi Farley and her group of helpers for making this event such a fun time enjoyed by so many over the last 10 + years !
Thanks to efforts of a few neighbors, in particular, Dan Hahn; there is now a link to a new document that helps one through the process of organizing a block party within our neighborhood. Go to the links page at bwna.us and click on Block Party Toolkit to review the steps and get ideas on how to facilitate an event to bring your neighbors closer together, strengthen the friendship bonds and make your immediate neighborhood safer.
This free event combines a BWNA-sponsored spring celebration for the neighborhood (Taste of Beaumont) and the annual BWNA Board Elections General Meeting. Local eating establishments contribute cuisine samples for your noshing pleasure, and the Beaumont M.S. Band, under the direction of Cynthia Plank, provides entertainment. With respect to elections, there are 4 open Board positions to fill, and B-W residents are encouraged to step up to the plate to serve. The event concludes around 8:15.
The weather cooperated on Saturday, March 5th as 20 or so volunteers from the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood and Solve organizations planted over 500 natural plants within planting beds on the Alameda stairs that end near Wisteria and NE 43rd Avenues. An additional load of plants did not arrive in time and a second planting will occur , watch for postings to come and lend a hand. Enjoy the stairs as the plants mature and grow larger over the next few months. Thanks to all who contributed time and got their hands a little dirty for a great cause in beautifying a unique public space within our neighborhood.
Our annual “Taste of Beaumont” and BWNA elections will again be held at the Beaumont Middle School cafeteria on Monday, April 11th. The meeting starts at 6:30 to allow attendees to sample the food supplied by local eateries and be entertained by the Beaumont Middle School band before the business meeting portion of the evening. Presently, there are open positions on the BWNA Board, so the event presents the opportunity to step forward and be directly involved in discussions and decisions effecting our neighborhood. If you have questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Let’s Take the Lead on Lead
In the wake of the contaminated water in Flint, Mich., and the documented high levels of toxic emissions from glass factories here in Portland, it’s worth noting that hundreds of homes will go down among us this year, in a cloud of dust sure to contain lead and other hazardous materials. The dust travels up to 400 feet, according to a federal study, free to be ingested by people and settle on yards, gardens, and play equipment.
Join us for a special engagement preview screening of MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic and join the front lines in protecting yourself and others from lead poisoning.
Free and open to the public
6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
Online RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-engagement-preview-screening-of-mislead-hollywood-theater-pdx-tickets-20834632948
A Q&A follows. The event is presented by Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association, Lead Safe America, and United Neighborhoods for Reform, and supported by a grant from Central Northeast Neighbors.
Background on Portland demolitions
Many homes in Portland were built before 1978, when up to 70 percent—or about 15 pounds—of a can of paint consisted of lead. Careless renovation or demolition releases lead particulates into the environment, posing irreversible health effects.
Children are most at risk. The Centers for Disease Control has said there is no amount of lead that is safe in children. Children, who are most susceptible to lead’s irreversible effects because of their developing systems, are least able to know to avoid contact with lead dust and how to protect themselves. They probably won’t think to wash their hands before eating after playing on a swing set coated in dust from a nearby demolition.
During demolitions, lead paint is pulverized and dust sent into the air, settling into soil and on play equipment in yards up to 400 feet away. Lead already is regulated in renovation projects of 6 square feet or more, but not for demolitions.
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