By Sandra Hay Magdaleno

We had a very informative, worthwhile Emergency Preparedness Workshop in May. We appreciate the Red Cross, the City of Portland and NET team leaders and of course our President, Duane Hanson for putting it all together.   We hope to bring more of this information to our neighborhood in the coming month/years and encourage people to become volunteers or NET trained and volunteers.  Please follow this link to learn how to complete the training or become a volunteer as well as how to be prepared at home, in your car or at work at:   www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/58587.   Additionally email:  Sustainability@southtabor.org for ways to become prepared or to work with the Sustainability Committee for the preparedness of yourself and neighbors.   We meet the Tuesday before the monthly board meetings.

The “Litter Clean Up” this year is Saturday, June 10 from 10 am to 2 pm.  We will be doing street clean up on Division from 52nd to 82nd and SE 71st from Division to Powell.   Headquarters will be at Division Dental at 7600 SE Division Street so meet you there.  A pizza party to wrap up the Litter Pick Up will take place afterwards.  It is best to bring your own gloves although most tools and supplies will be provided.

The annual Harvest Festival with live entertainment, plant and tool swap, crafts, our famous apple cider and corn on the cob, plus much more will be Sunday, September 10 from noon to 4 pm.

The General Election took place at the annual meeting in May.   We’ll be reporting the new board members in the next SE Examiner or go to SouthTabor.org website after June 5 to look up and congratulate your board.

We called an emergency meeting to respond to the developer for the 62nd and SE Powell proposed 900 unit Storage Facility.   The letter/email to the developer agreed with and built upon recommendations from the city as well as our own requests from our neighbors and the land use committee.  We will continue to monitor this situation.   You may email:   LandUse@southttabor.org for more information or to participate at our Land Use Committee Meetings held the Tuesday directly before our monthly board meetings which are the 3rd Thursday of the month.

The Communications Committee is still in the process of testing a pilot program for a more useable and beneficial website.  We’ll let you knows once it is up and running for your use.  If you would like to help please contact:   Communications@southtabor.org and/or attend our Communications Committee Meetings the Tuesday directly before our 3rd Thursday board meetings.

Board members, Tina Kimmey, John Carr, Duane Hanson and Sandra Hay Magdaleno all attended the last Mt Tabor Yard Planning Group.   They discussed the proposed art design concept and additional plan changes primarily along the long block entrance off of SE 60th.  A heated discussion ensued.  There is more work to be done.

Our next STNA Board Meeting is Thursday, June 15 at 7 pm.   The Land Use Committee Meeting, The Communications Committee Meeting and The Sustainability Committee Meetings  will be held two days prior on Tuesday, June 13 from 7 – 8:30 pm at Trinity as well.  (2700 SE 67th with entrance from parking in the rear.)  See you there!