You may not know that our neighborhood is part of a coalition of neighborhoods known as Neighbors West- Northwest (NWNW). The coalition includes the Pearl, Downtown, Goose Hollow, Arlington and eight other neighborhoods.
The coalition gives NW neighborhoods a stronger voice with the city and allows us to work together on common goals including our emergency preparedness efforts, the Polish the Pearl events and our annual Pearl Party.
Like many non-profits the ability to keep this organization effective requires considerable volunteer time, and to the extent we can get them, contributions.
Once a year NWNW has a fundraiser. Through the generous support of CoHo Theater we sponsor a preview performance. The stage is small and you really feel like you're sitting on stage next to the actors. This year's performance is based on a novel by Charles Dickens.
Tickets are only $25 with all funds benefiting NWNW. Two tickets and a dinner and you have a cheap "date night" and an excellent way to support the PDNA's efforts by supporting NWNW. See you there!
Jamison Square Park
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Store-to-Store Easter Egg Hunt – Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family, collect treats, do art projects, and search for this year’s “signature” Easter Egg cut-out that is creatively hidden in participating merchants’ windows or shops. Collect stamps to complete your map, vote for the best window displays, get “bounce back” offers for special deals in the future, and be entered to win raffle prizes.
Live Music, Treats and Raffle Winners – 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hop to Jamison Square to learn the raffle winners and listen to live music with Jenna Ellefson and Amanda Breese – original Americana string music.
Portland, Ore. – The City of Portland is giving communications vendor First Call a chance to re-test the city’s emergency notification system. The exercise is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 9, 2012. The first, failed launch of this test occurred late last month. During that attempt, First Call, the operators of the system, reached less than one percent of the roughly 317,000 devices attempted.
“Clearly, it’s disappointing First Call failed to meet its obligation during the first citywide test. But this is why we test systems in advance of an actual emergency,” said Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) Director Carmen Merlo. PBEM serves as the notification system’s administrator. “The ultimate goal is to have a high-functioning alert and notification tool, something that gives us confidence we can communicate to any number of residents during a major emergency.”
Thursday’s re-attempt will confirm whether First Call successfully resolved the technical issues that hampered its ability to send a single test message to all landline phones, as well as all cell, text and email subscribers who voluntarily registered their contact information at PublicAlerts.org. First Call has had success launching notifications to Portland residents during small-scale emergencies over the past year-and-a-half. For this upcoming re-test, First Call estimates it will need up to three hours to contact every device in the system.
Merlo encourages Portlanders to register for the test and all future notifications by signing up at www.PublicAlerts.org. Personal contact information provided during registration is kept private and used only for the purpose of sending geographically tailored emergency messages.