By Jill Riebesehl

It’s that time of the year when our neighborhood association, Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood District Association or HAND,  takes stock of the past and gears up anew for the future. At the general meeting May 16, we will be turning our attention away from issues such as density, development and other civic concerns and putting out an extra-hearty welcome to  all interested persons who live between SE 29th Avenue and the river, Hawthorne and Powell boulevards.

We’ll have refreshments and entertainment with experts telling stories about such historic oddments as who Clinton Kelly and Ladd were, where the cable car once ran, why we weren’t sliced in half by a proposed Mt. Hood Freeway, and we will engage in wide-ranging talk about our future, such as the design of what’s being called the Clinton Triangle and how to make Powell Boulevard a nicer street.

Intrinsic to looking forward will be election of new board members and re-election of board members who choose to re-up for another two-year stint. All those who live, work or own property within HAND are welcome to throw their hat in the ring.

HAND meetings are held in Carvlin Hall on the St. Philip Neri campus. The land-use committee meets at 6:30 pm; the main meeting is 7 pm, every third Tuesday of the month.