Hood to Coast runners passing through this weekend


By Ardenwald-Johnson Creek NDA Webmaster
Friday, August 22, 2014 at 6:37 AM PT

Hood to Coast runners are making a dash for it from Mt. Hood to the Oregon coast on Friday, August 22nd and Saturday, August 23rd.

A few course route legs will send runners onto Springwater Corridor Trail, including through the Tideman Johnson Park and Three Bridges areas for Leg 12.

Expect heavier than usual pedestrian traffic on the Springwater Trail and support vehicle traffic on SE Johnson Creek Blvd. and Tacoma Street during the event.

Bike Milwaukie swings by future Balfour Park


By Bryan Dorr
Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM PT

Bike Milwaukie at Balfour Street Park

About 30 riders in the Bike Milwaukie bicycle ride stopped by the future Balfour Park on Sunday afternoon.

Lisa Gunion-Rinker, Ardenwald’s chair for Balfour Park Committee and a current member of Milwaukie’s Parks and Recreation Board, served cookies and juice to riders while providing updates on the future neighborhood park on SE Balfour St.

Bike Milwaukie riders toured several undeveloped and developed parks within the City of Milwaukie on this Sunday’s ride. The monthly community rides usually begins at Milwaukie City Hall and is usually an easy pace.

(Photo: Bryan J. Dorr)

Police ask for public help in locating a missing Portland man


By Bryan Dorr
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM PT

img_CharlesEJohnsonFrom the Portland Police Bureau:

The Milwaukie Police Department, in coordination with Portland Police, is asking the public for help in locating 70-year-old Charles Edward Johnson, a Portland resident, who was last seen at Providence Milwaukie Hospital on August 2, 2014, at 10:20 a.m. Mr. Johnson left the hospital and has not returned to his southeast Portland residence.

Mr. Johnson is described as 6’3″ tall, and weighs about 190 pounds. He has short, graying hair and a beard. He may be wearing glasses. He was last seen wearing knee-high khaki shorts, a white T-shirt and a black jacket.

It is possible Mr. Johnson may appear confused or disorientated. He takes medication on a daily basis.

Anyone seeing Mr. Johnson is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact the Milwaukie Police Department.

(Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

Whispering Roses at Ardenwald Concert


By Bryan Dorr
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 9:03 PM PT

Ardenwald Concert - Whispering Roses

The Celtic sacred folk band group Whispering Roses performed to a couple hundred spectators on a cool Thursday afternoon in Ardenwald Park. Ian McFeron will perform with acoustic folk music next Thursday, August 21.  More details about the concerts is found at the Concerts in the Park page.

(Photo: Bryan J. Dorr.)

Johnson Creek Clean-up Event Aug. 23


By Bryan Dorr
Monday, August 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM PT

Johnson Creek Watershed Council is hosting a Johnson Creek clean-up event on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Volunteers will meet at Mill Park at the corner of SE Linnwood Ave and SE Overland St. for the clean-up that runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The clean-up will include wading in the creek for trash removal in certain segments of the creek, so participants will need to wear clothing and shoes they don’t mind becoming wet and dirty, and bring a water bottle. Overland Park Coalition is hosting a post-work party barbecue afterwards from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Participants interested in registering for the event or have questions about the event need to contact Amy Lodholz at 503-652-7477 or amy@jcwc.org.

Big turnout for first concert of 2014


By Bryan Dorr
Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:36 PM PT

Ardenwald 2014 Concert

About 300 people turned out to bask under the blue sky with the setting sun and listen to the fantastic blues sounds of Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes at the first Ardenwald Concert Thursday evening.

While the crowd kicked back on the lush green lawn in Ardenwald Park, Liz’s Creative Cafe and Milwaukie High School Dance Team were on hand for food and refreshment. The original food vendor was unable to attend the concert Thursday night.

At the end of the concert, Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association chairman Jeff Davis randomly drew and called out raffle ticket numbers for fourteen different prizes as treasurer Chris Davis handed the prizes to the lucky winners.

Ardenwald’s Creek Committee chairman Russ Stoll had a table set up with information available and donation requests for the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Tacoma St./Johnson Creek Station boardwalk.

The National Night Out event portion was very light. Only a Milwaukie Police Department captain attended briefly prior to the concert.

The next three concerts are Thursday, August 14, 21, and 28, from 7:00 p.m. to dusk.

Intersection work begins Tuesday


By Bryan Dorr
Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM PT

110611-075335-0006-07-480.jpgConstruction work on the intersection for widening and traffic signal at SE Johnson Creek Blvd. at SE 32nd Ave. will begin Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Jennifer Koozer, TriMet Community Affairs Representative Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, said the construction work for the westbound SE Johnson Creek Blvd. lane widening, traffic signal installation, and sidewalk ramp work was delayed for a few weeks.

Construction work was originally scheduled to begin early July. A reason for the delay was not provided in the update email.

Flaggers will control the intersection during the work hours. The flashing red light will be removed, but the intersection will continue to be a three-way stop during non-working hours.

The TriMet 75 line bus stop on westbound SE Johnson Creek Blvd. will be relocated to southbound SE 32nd Ave. near SE Furat Ct.

Trees were removed in February in preparation for the require intersection improvement in connection with the TriMet Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Tacoma Street/Johnson Creek station Park & Ride.

For questions about the intersection construction design or construction, contact Jennifer Koozer at 503-962-2116 or koozerj@trimet.org.

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail weekly construction updates are online at www.trimet.org/pm.

New stop sign at SE Roswell St. and SE 29th Ave.


By Bryan Dorr
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM PT

A new stop sign was installed Tuesday on SE Roswell St. at SE 29th Ave. Vehicle traffic on SE Roswell St. are required to stop at the intersection. SE 29th Ave. traffic, which is also a designated bike route, does not stop.

Power Outage


By Bryan Dorr
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 12:35 AM PT

Some Ardenwald residents are without power due to equipment failure. Power loss happened at 9:43 p.m. Monday night. PGE estimates power restoration between 1:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.

For updates on status, visit PGE’s website https://cs.portlandgeneral.com/mobile/outages.aspx.

Update: Power was restored around 1:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Share your humorous neighborly tales at Southeast Uplift’s ‘Knock-Knock 2014′


By Ardenwald-Johnson Creek NDA Webmaster
Monday, July 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM PT

img_Knock_Knock2014From Southeast Uplift:

Calling All Storytellers! Knock, Knock! It’s Your Neighbor Open-Call Auditions, July 12th from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. and July 22nd from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Helium Comedy Club.

This year’s Knock, Knock! It’s Your Neighbor storytelling extravaganza will take place on September 24, 2014 and could feature your story of “Mistakes of Neighborly Proportions.” Join SE Uplift at one of their open-call auditions and share your tale of a disastrous, humorous, or enlightening misunderstanding or mishap between neighbors. For more information and guidelines visit www.itsyourneighbor.org.

P.S. Did we mention that the event helps funds awesome community projects like these?

More information (PDF)