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Humboldt Neighborhood Association Update

For some reason, Humboldt Neighborhood doesn't get the news coverage that Boise does, but nevertheless, it adjoins Boise and is facing the same issues. The Triangle Park project (see below), for instance, is on Mississippi. Also, notice that a much larger and potentially more negatively impactful housing project is in the planning stages right along N. Vancouver (see also below). At least a few PIMC readers and posters live in Humboldt. Come partake in the work for positive change that this neighborhood needs!
Hello everyone,

Since we currently don't have a newsletter I wanted to get the following information out to you. Please forward to any other Humboldt resident you may know that is interested in finding out what is happening in the neighborhood.

The Humboldt Neighborhood Association is actively recruiting for new board members.
To be appointed as a board members you must have attended at least two board meetings, be a resident or own a business in Humboldt.

Current Board Openings:
Recording Secretary term ends Sept. 07
Correspondence Secretary term ends Sept. 06
Parliamentarian term ends Sept. 06
Historian term ends Sept. 06
Member at Large 2 term ends Sept. 06
Member at Large 4 term ends Sept. 07
Member at Large 5 term ends Sept. 07

We are also seeking a new letter editor. Our budget is $800 a year for a quarter newsletter.

Humboldt Neighborhood Association Executive Board meeting
When: Monday, May 22, 2006
Where: PSEB (Public Services Education Building) PCC Cascade Campus Room 101
Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Open to the public

The Humboldt Neighborhood Clean Up has been rescheduled to the Fall
Original date of the clean up was May 20, 2006.
New date to be determined. Need volunteers to make this event happen.

NECN Land Use and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 24, from 7:00-9:00 PM. Location to be determined.

N Williams and N Vancouver Transportation Improvements Meeting
When: Thursday, May 11, 2006
Where: Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME )
large conference room 4134 N Vancouver Avenue
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Your attendance is requested to share your thoughts about transportation safety improvements to N. Williams and N. Vancouver. This project impacts Elliot, Boise and Humboldt.

Triangle Park Update
This project is still going to happen. For those not familiar with this project. In the fall of 2003, members of the Humboldt Neighborhood Association(HNA) began to inquire about possible enhancements to the concrete triangle located at 4500 North Albina. This space is co-owned by Portland Development Commission (PDC) and the Portland Department of Transportation (PDOT). HNA, PDC, PDOT, ICURA and City Repair Project have been working together to renovate this piece of property and make it a safe park space.

While waiting for this project to get the necessary permits, the property still needs to be maintained. The thought is to have a clean up day. If you are interested in doing this, please contact Nancy Clark (HNA Chair)  nclark3482@aol.com or (503) 282-6496.

Humboldt Gardens (HAP)
There has been little attendance at the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP) Community Design meetings for the Humboldt Gardens Project. For those not familiar with this project. HAP received a large VI grant to tear down and rebuild the cluster of housing units that make up the IRIS Court Cluster. The housing unit is located on N. Vancouver between N Emerson and N Alberta. It makes up about 5 acres of property in the Humboldt neighborhood. The Community Design meetings have been held the first Saturday of every month from 9 - noon at Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME ) large conference room 4134 N Vancouver Avenue. There are two meetings left. June 3rd and July 8th. It is really important that more community members attend these meetings as you have an opportunity to give your input about what you want to see getting built along N. Vancouver.

Good in the Neighborhood
Multicultural Music & Food Festival

The 14th Annual Good in the Neighborhood Multicultural Music and Food Festival is scheduled for June 24th and 25th, 2006, 12noon at King School Park located at 4815 NE 7th Avenue, adjacent to King Elementary School. The Festival attracts over 7,000 people during the two days of fun, music, food and festivities. The Annual Community Parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 11am and will begin at Emanuel Hospital parking lot. On Thursday, June 22nd we will once again host a spectacular evening to kick-off the 2-day Festival featuring dinner with the jazz sensations Ben Fowler Quintet and dancing with the R&B group, Moments Notice. The Kick-off Party is FREE and will be held in the McMenamins Kennedy School Gym at 5736 NE 33rd Avenue from 5:30pm to 10pm.

The Festival continues to feature some of the Northwest' finest entertainment such as, The Linda Hornbuckle Band, Patrick Lamb, Norman Sylvester Band, Andy Stokes, Brothers of the Balladi, Ocean 503 and many more. In addition to the Main Stage, our Multicultural Stage will entertain our audience with youth groups and gospel choirs, Raggae Music, Cambodian, Mexican and Indian dance, just to name a few. We invite festival goers to enjoy a variety of ethnic cuisine, clowns, storytellers, our famous "Kid Space" area, and arts & crafts from around the world. Our "Information Village" features 22 booths that will offer, Job and Housing Opportunities, Health Screenings/Activities and a host of local, business and social service resources. Our Information Village has become a popular addition to our event. The Festival is FREE to the public!!

Our Community Sponsor/Partner is The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN). NECN brings 29 years of experience to the planning committee, and provides leadership to 13 neighborhood associations. Proceeds from this years festival will benefit NECN's neighborhood based programs and the King Elementary School PTA. The Festival is also a 2006 Rose Festival Sanctioned Event.

The annual community parade welcomes individuals from all ages and cultures. Last year over 2,500 people participated in the parade by showcasing their antique cars, floats, marching bands, dance troupes, and bicycle clubs to name a few. We have been honored in the past to have the participation of extinguished Grand Marshals such as, City of Portland Mayors Tom Potter and Vera Katz, Paul Knauls, Sr., Portland Trailblazers, and Rose Festival Queens. The 2006 Grand Marshals are Mr. & Mrs. Tom Kelly of Neil Kelly Designers & Remodelers.

The Good in the Neighborhood Planning Committee is comprised of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to build community and provide resources for neighborhood needs. Volunteers contribute more than 2000 hours each year to help make the festival a huge success.

Info line: 503-282-1288 or www.goodintheneighborhood.org

Humboldt Elementary School removed from the closure list. Please consider sending your kids to Humboldt Elementary School, it will only continue to get better with more local support. Humboldt is a PK - 6th grade Elementary School located in the heart of Humboldt.

If you have any Humboldt Neighborhood updates please share as I may have missed some or don't know about them.

Thank you,

Nancy Clark
Humboldt Neighborhood Association Chair
get involved!!! 26.May.2006 15:27


any activists that live in humboldt, i encourage you to get involved. humboldt NA sure could use the help and if you care about your community it would be a great service. soon (if not right now) Humboldt will be facing the same issues as Boise.

the more people that are pre-involved the better. yo cab even work to set up stoppages in neighborhood plans BEFORE greedy developers come in and try to take advantage of your neighborhood. if we had more people involved earlier things might be different right now.

it can be stressful to be in a neighborhood association position because you cant always just say or do what you want, but a little tact and you can get alot accomplished!