Saturday, April 12, 2014

                                        Plant and Garden Sale + Indian Taco Lunch

On May 3rd, from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., The Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship (3917 NE Shaver St., wheelchair accessible) will hold a fundraiser featuring an annual plant and garden sale as well as an Indian taco lunch ($7). For further information, call 503-281-0324.

Thank you,     Helen Stewart

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Protected Sick Time is here!

As of January 1, 2014, the City of Portland’s new Protected Sick Time ordinance went into effect, providing workers in Portland with a protected right to earn sick time to use when they or a family member are sick, injured, or in need of preventive health care.

The ordinance applies to all employees who work within the geographic boundaries of the city of Portland for 240 hours or more in a calendar year. Employers with six or more employees must allow workers to earn paid sick leave. Employers with five or fewer employees are required to provide unpaid sick leave. Full, part-time, and temporary employees should accrue one hour of job-protected sick time for every 30 hours worked and, if earned, can accumulate up to 40 hours paid or unpaid sick time per calendar year. Earned sick leave may be used in increments of one hour or greater, and may be used to cover all or part of a shift.

For employers and employees interested in learning more about this new law, visit, email or call 503.823.3994.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I was sitting just a few seats down from you Monday at the Alameda Assoc. Flasher mtg.  Unfortunately I had to leave before the mtg. broke up or else I would have introduced myself.
While Beverly Cleary is not in Beaumont-Wilshire, this item may be of interest to NE neighbors. I’m working with several parents to create a new garden space at the school honoring our former student.
Thanks so much,

Barbara Linssen

Garden Honors Area Student

Ella Westervelt was a much loved Beverly Cleary student.  Her wit and tenacity were known to many in the school community and beyond.  Ella fought cancer for several years and died in 2013.  This Spring a garden is being built at the Beverly Cleary Fernwood Campus in honor of Ella and her colorful, fun loving personality.  The garden space will compliment the existing learning vegetable garden along the north edge of the campus near the little league field and play structure.

Local metal artist Alan Root is donating a wonderful entry gate for the garden that captures Ella’s interests and activities. He has also created a fun and kid friendly art piece for kids to sit on and play around.  A poetry post, bench, native plantings and accessible pathway are also planned.

The garden is entirely a volunteer effort and donations are very welcome!  Send to: Beverly Cleary PTA with “ Ella’s Friendship Garden” noted on the check, mail to the school at 1915 NE 33rd Ave., 97212.  Work days are being planned for Spring Break (March 22-30) and around Earth Day (mid-April).  Watch for a plant donation event at Garden Fever near Earth Day.  For the latest plans and pictures of the garden and artwork like "Ella’s Friendship Garden" on Facebook where the dates and times of work events will be posted.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dear Mr. Ellis,
      It has come to my attention that the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is considering a zoning change that would allow short term rentals in residential neighborhoods.  Feb. 21 is the deadline for voicing opinions on this matter.  This doesn't seem to be getting much publicity although it could drastically change our lovely Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood along with many others.  Does anyone really want to live next door to a mini-motel with strangers constantly coming and going?  It would be great to see the B-W Association make everyone aware of this proposal and encourage input to the Bureau along with letters to City Council members.  Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.
                                                                                                               Diane Eklund

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Neighbors and Concerned Friends:
It's hard to believe that it's been almost 18 months since more than 400 neighbors formed a standing-room only crowd at Bethany Lutheran Church to discuss the four-story building with no parking planned for our neighborhood. Not long after that meeting, Beaumont-Wilshire Neighbors for Responsible Growth formed to reduce the impact of the building, and to address the issue citywide.

Our hundreds of hours of work this past year HAS resulted in changes that the city of Portland has made to respond to such exploitive development. Working with a coalition of other neighborhood groups, we persuaded the city to adopt minimum parking requirements for developments like the one on Fremont, and after weathering months of developer-delays we were able to make our case last month to the state's Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). 

While we await LUBA's decision -- due later this week -- we confront an urgent reality with which we need your help. For the first time since we have been fighting these battles, we do not have the funds necessary to continue paying our bills from Dunn Carney, the firm of our land use attorney, Ty Wyman. To date we have raised $5,500 through direct solicitations, an ice-cream social, Fremont Fest, and last month's event at Blackbird Wineshop. Even with significant monthly discounts by our lawyer's firm and the extraordinary generosity of many neighbors, we estimate an additional $4,000 is needed to have brought our case to LUBA.

Now for the outright fundraising plea...
...if you have been waiting to see what happens with the case before donating, we suggest that now is the time to contribute to it.
...if you've given already (and there are many of you), we're asking you to consider donating again.
...if you know of someone -- a neighbor, a friend in another neighborhood or city -- who tries to support grass-roots causes like ours, please forward this email to them. 
...if you think that this is a lost cause because the building is nearly finished, remember that LUBA can reverse the issuance of the original permit, requiring the developer to either meet the minimum parking standards implemented in May or bypass the parking requirements by reducing the number of units—and therefore the building's overall impact.

Consider this: we could easily meet out fundraising goal if everyone who was at the church 18 months ago gave $10, or if every household in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood gave 78 cents, or if every person who visited our website over the past year gave $1, or if everyone receiving this email gave $50.

There are three ways that you can donate (in whatever amount): 
  1. Go to the Umpqua bank branch at 4335 NE Fremont and make a deposit directly into the account for "Beaumont-Wilshire Neighbors for Responsible Growth" or "BWNRG."
  2. Mail a check payable to "Beaumont-Wilshire Neighbors for Responsible Growth" or to "BWNRG" and mail to:
    • c/o William Price
      WP Price 
      4300 NE Fremont, Suite 250
      Portland, OR 97213
If you would like more information about the case before deciding to donate, please respond to this email with your questions/concerns, and one of our members will reply to you as soon as possible.
Thank you again for all of your continued and future support. Look for news on the upcoming LUBA decision later this week. 
your neighbors at Beaumont-Wilshire Neighbors for Responsible Growth

Monday, December 2, 2013

We changed the date on our Cookie Bake with Kids. It is now ; Fleur De Lis Cookir Bake with Kids,Saturday, December 14th,  from 1-2 PM. First 20 kids are free with reservations.
503 459 4887, or
Fleur De Lis Bakery & Cafe, 3930 NE Hancock

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Christmas Tree Recycling Available

Your local Boy Scout Troop 107 will recycle your Christmas Tree and other holiday greenery!
Two options:

Drop-off: 9:00 AM ñ 3:30 PM, Sunday, December 29, 2013, and Saturday & Sunday, January 4 & 5, 2014
WHERE: at NW Corner of Wilshire Park (NE Skidmore & 33rd Ave)

Curbside Pick-up: Saturday: January 4, 2014
Email: or Call: 503-482-8107 to request pickup.

Suggested Donation: $5 to ??
Cash or check accepted (payable to BSA Troop 107). Pay with credit card via Paypal at
All proceeds benefit troop activities.

Questions?  Email: or Call: 503-482-8107