Noise variance hearing May 9 for light rail construction

The City of Portland Noise Review Board will hold a public hearing Wednesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. regarding TriMet’s application for a construction noise variance for the project’s East Segment in southeast Portland, the portion between the Willamette River’s east bank and the Multnomah County line near S.E. Tacoma Street.

TriMet says normal construction hours are Monday–Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The noise variance would allow night and/or Sunday work where the alignment crosses SE 8th, 11th and 12th avenues, Powell, Holgate and McLoughlin boulevards, Harold and Tacoma streets, and Crystal Springs Creek.

A public hearing will take place before the City of Portland’s Noise Review Board at the Bureau of Development Services Building, 1900 S.W. 4th Ave, Room 2500 B, Portland.

The Tacoma Street Station is located within the northwestern corner of Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association boundary in the Portland city limits.

Document: Southeast Segment Noise Variance  Application (PDF, 4.4 MB)

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Prescription drug turn-in event Saturday, Apr. 28

From the Milwaukie Police Department:

Milwaukie Police Cadets, Providence Milwaukie Hospital, and PSAC (Public Safety Advisory Committee) are hosting the third annual Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day on Saturday, April 30 at the Public Safety Building, located at 3200 S.E. Harrison Street, in Milwaukie. This initiative coincides with the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, scheduled nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Milwaukie Police Cadets will be available in the parking lot of the police department to receive the public’s unwanted prescription medications.

The ‘drive-through’ service is available to anyone wanting to properly dispose of unneeded or expired prescription medications. Environmentally safe methods of disposal will be used, thus preventing the medications from leeching into rivers, streams, groundwater and other sensitive areas. (People are discouraged from dumping medications down the toilet, water drains, or in the garbage because many drug compounds release toxins known to be hazardous to the environment.)

Proper disposal of prescription medications also prevents teenagers and others from unlawfully obtaining and using these prescription drugs.

This free service will be available on Saturday, April 28, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Public Safety Building is located on the corner of S.E. Harrison Street and S.E. 32nd Avenue in Milwaukie.

Baseball task force meeting rescheduled for Apr. 25

The final Milwaukie Baseball Citizen Task Force meeting has been rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict, according to City of Milwaukie’s website.

The meeting originally scheduled for Thurs., Apr. 19, has been rescheduled for Wed., Apr. 25, 6:30 p.m. at the St. Johns Episcopal Church (2036 S.E. Jefferson St, Milwaukie).

Additional information about Milwaukie Baseball and website links are available on Ardenwald.orgBaseball Stadium page at

Neighborhood Main Street Project survey closes Friday

Time is running out to chime in on what you would like to see improved in the light commercial areas along S.E. 32nd Ave. in Ardenwald and S.E. 42nd Ave. near King Rd.

The Milwaukie Neighborhood Main Street Project online survey closes Friday, April 13, 2012.

The survey is online at

For more information about the project, visit the website “Neighborhood Main Street Project” resource page at

Buy plants online to help raise funds for building the new Balfour Park

You can help the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association build its new community park by purchasing flowers online.

The Balfour Street Park Committee has set up an online fundraiser to raise funds for designing and building the new Balfour Park on S.E. Balfour St. in the Ardenwald neighborhood.

The fundraiser is through Flower Power Fundraising. For every purchase made on the site, 50% of the proceeds (excluding shipping fee) goes towards the new park.

Simply go to the Balfour Park Fundraiser site, browse and make your selections, and then check out using a credit card. Shipping is available to U.S. Postal delivery addresses only.

The fundraiser ends Friday, April 27, 2012.

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