Prepare to work in swampy areas, pull ivy at TJP work party

Friends of Tideman Johnson Park work party is Sat., Oct. 2, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tideman Johnson Park boardwalk.

Volunteers will be pulling weeds and ivy.

“One of the challenging spots that remains is the area east of the wetland, which gets very swampy in the winter so it’s hard to work there,” says Marianne Colgrove of Friends of Tideman Johnson Park.

Tools and refreshments are provided at the work party. Waterproof boots are not provided, but are recommended for working in wetland areas.

Special Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project update meeting Sept. 29

TriMet is holding a Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project update meeting, which regards recalibrating the project to fit the lower than anticipated federal funding resources. The meeting is Wed., Sept. 29, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Rose Villa, Wm. Russell Mefford Fellowship Hall, 13505 SE River Rd. in Oak Grove.

TriMet published a list of proposed cuts and deferrals and presented it to the Citizens Advisory Committee on Sept. 16. Two items on the proposed cuts or reductions lists affecting Ardenwald are the elimination of the traffic signal at SE Johnson Creek Blvd. (JCB) and SE 42nd Ave. for traffic calming (saves $300,000), and reducing the Tacoma St. Station 800-car garage to a 320-car parking surface (saves $10.8 million).

The parking garage and the traffic signal items may be restored if funding becomes available. On April 20, 2010, the Milwaukie City Council voted 4-1 to reject staff recommendation for a traffic signal at SE 42nd Ave. and SE JCB for traffic calming related to the PMLR project.

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Ardenwald Neighborhood Bike Parade

Ardenwald’s parade is coming up this Saturday, September 25, 2010, starting at 12 p.m. at the Ardenwald Elementary School.

The parade has been a neighborhood tradition for over 55 years. You can help keep the tradition going by participating in the parade.

Children and parents are encouraged to decorate their bicycles and ride in the parade, but decorating is optional. For non-riders, walking is also an option in the parade.

Helmets are required for all rides at the age of 16 or under, and encouraged for all riders over the age of 16.

Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association is hosting the parade this year.

The parade has been on the third Saturday of September, but this year it will be held on the fourth Saturday.

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Weekly newsletter is now sent twice a month

Starting Tuesday, September 21, 2010, the “Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association Weekly Update” will be emailed on the first and third Tuesday of each month. This change does not affect public meeting notices (including agendas and minutes) and late-breaking neighborhood news or announcements emails.

The new days are one week before and after a neighborhood association regular meeting. Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association does not mail hard copy or paper version of the newsletter.

The latest neighborhood news and information is found on the website at