‘Updates’ replaces plain-text weekly schedule emails

Updated Dec. 4, 2012: “Updates” will be emailed and posted on the first and third Monday of the month, not weekly.

The first Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association “Updates” will replace the plain-text email “Schedule of Events and Meetings.”

The “Updates” will be emailed as an Adbobe PDF file to email list subscribers  weekly on the first and third Monday of the month. It will not be available in print distribution and postal mailing, but readers can print a copy from the PDF file.

“Updates” will contain articles and images. It will also contain the latest Calendar of Events.

Immediate releases and announcements will still be distributed by email in plain text.

An archive of “Updates” will be online at www.Ardenwald.org/updates.

Two anonymous families selected for Christmas Families

Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association has selected two anonymous families for 2012 to help out the families who are in need during the holiday season. Donations can be brought to the Holiday Potluck on December 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Ardenwald School, or call Lisa Gunion-Rinker at (503) 754-1655 or email astrantialgr@gmail.com if you have anything to donate or have any questions.

Donations must be received by Sunday, December 16, 2012.

We want to thank you for donating. The gifts will be delivered to the families December 18 or 19, 2012.

Read the message from Lisa Gunion-Rinker

Go to Christmas Families page for more information and current list of needed items.

Come join us for the annual Holiday Potluck

Every year the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association gathers to celebrate the holidays with its annual potluck.

Neighbors, families, and friends gather each year to enjoy music, laughter, food, and good cheers in an informal setting.

The potluck is held in lieu of the regular meeting on December 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m. at the Ardenwald Elementary School, 8950 SE 36th Ave., Milwaukie, inside the cafeteria.

Although rare, neighborhood business could take place at the potluck.

Please bring your appetite and something to share, and come for a good time!

Download Flyer (PDF)

Thieves target batteries in boats and travel trailers

From Milwaukie Police Department:

The Milwaukie Police Department has seen a recent spike in the number of battery thefts occurring in residential areas.  Thieves are targeting travel trailers, boats, and other recreational vehicles parked in residential driveways.  

Thieves take the stolen batteries to recycling exchange businesses and receive money for the battery cores.  While victims may have paid $100 or more for a battery, a thief gains about $7 to $10 for each stolen battery returned to a recycling business.

One such incident occurred yesterday on SE Filbert Street.  Resident John Henry discovered a stranger in his front yard, near the travel trailer parked in his driveway.  Henry confronted the man, who was in the process of stealing two batteries from a storage container installed on the tongue of the travel trailer.

The suspect hopped onto a bicycle to make a hasty getaway.  The suspect was hauling a bicycle trailer into which he would put his ill-gotten gains.  Henry grabbed and flipped the bike trailer causing it to become unhitched.  The suspect pedaled away, and disappeared, leaving the trailer behind.   The bike trailer was seized and brought to the Milwaukie Police Department.  

Police are trying to identify the suspect.  He is described as a white male adult in his mid to late thirties, 5’11” tall, weighing about 160 pounds.  He has short, straight, brown hair.  He had light facial hair, as if unshaven.  He was last seen wearing a plaid flannel shirt and blue jeans.

After this incident, John Henry decided it would be best to store the batteries inside his locked home, to make it more difficult for thieves to steal them.

As this a crime of opportunity, police recommend citizens remove and secure batteries from recreational vehicles, travel trailers, campers, and boats when not in use.  Many battery storage containers are unlocked, plastic boxes attached to the exterior of recreational trailers.  These trailers are often parked in a residential driveway, or alongside the front of the residence.  This combination of factors provides thieves with easy access to steal the batteries.

Milwaukie Police also ask that when someone sees suspicious activity ‘occurring now’, or observes a crime in progress, to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Milwaukie residents can dispose leaves for free

Milwaukie residents can drop off leaves for free at the Public Works site at 6101 S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd.  Leaves can be loose or bagged in paper or plastic bags, but be prepared to empty loose loads and/or leaves in plastic bags.

Milwaukie residents must present a City of Milwaukie utility bill when arriving to the drop site as a proof or residence.

Drop off date and times are:

  • Saturday, November 17, 2012, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8, 2012, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

More information is available at City of Milwaukie website, or contact Ronelle Sears, Stormwater Division Supervisor at 503- 786-7615 or email searsr@ci.milwaukie.or.us.

Ardenwald residents in the Portland city limits can visit Portland Bureau of Transportation Leaf Day Pickup webpage, or call 503-865-LEAF (5323) Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or email leafday@portlandoregon.gov to find out more about Portland’s leaf pickup program.