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SOUTHWEST

CTLH by any other name

The Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill Neighborhood Association could become the South Portland Neighborhood Association on Wednesday. The board is expected to approve the name change at its monthly meeting to reflect more accurately the communities within the association boundaries, according to board President Ken Love.

'We also include the South Waterfront, Johns Landing and Fulton communities,' Love said, adding that the area was known as Old South Portland from the 1800s until the early 1960s, when the first urban renewal project created downtown's first residential towers in the South Auditorium area.

The board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church, 26 S.W. Condor Way. More information on the name change is available at the association's current Web site, www.ctlh.org, or by calling Love at 503-720-5683.

NORTHWEST

Pearl celebrates again

Every year the Pearl District grows larger, and so does its annual anniversary Pearl Party.

This year's celebration, a fundraiser for the Pearl District Neighborhood Association, will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday along Northwest 13th Avenue between Hoyt and Irving streets.

A band will play from the loading dock on 13th Avenue, and local establishments will provide food and drinks.

NORTH

Traffic plan input sought

The city is asking for neighbors' input on proposed improvements to North Vancouver and Williams avenues between Russell and Killingsworth streets.

The traffic-calming improvements, to be phased in over the next three years, are aimed at balancing the needs of residents, motorists, bicyclists, businesses and pedestrians, and accommodating plans for new development.

The Portland Office of Transportation and Portland Development Commission have been working for several years with a group of stakeholders, including local neighborhood associations, business associations and the Cascade campus of Portland Community College.

Plans call for pedestrian crossing improvements at 12 intersections, marked crosswalks, new signs, curb extensions and medians. Details are available at www.pdc.us/ura/interstate.

Public testimony for the plan will be taken at a meeting set for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital's Upper Lorenzen Center. The project is part of the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area, the city's largest urban renewal area.

NORTHEAST

The Gulch goes for it

A bagpiper leading a parade of kids on bikes and dogs in costumes will begin the third annual Gulch-O-Rama in the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood of Northeast Portland on Sunday.

The parade will begin at the corner of Northeast 26th Avenue and Clackamas Street at 3:15 p.m. and end at 24th Avenue and Clackamas, where other Gulch-O-Rama events will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will include musical performances; the Boom Pirates, an eight-member crew that performs with song, dance and swordplay; local restaurants with samples of their food; and a neighborhood potluck picnic.

EAST

Lents awaits BES rep

Residents who fear flooding along Johnson Creek in outer Southeast will have a chance to discuss their concerns with the city later this month. The problem: Residents see wood piling up in the creek, damming up the flow - a problem they think could cause serious flooding in nearby homes if not corrected before winter rains hit.

The Lents Neighborhood Association has twice invited the city's Bureau of Environmental Services to address their concerns, only to be disappointed both times due to scheduling errors, association President Kristina Lake Nord said, adding residents 'were really upset.'

However, based on recent conversations with the city, she said a BES representative will definitely attend this month's meeting. 'They apologized profusely,' Nord said.

The association's next meeting is at 7 p.m. Sept. 19, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4244 S.E. 91st Ave.

SOUTHEAST

Comment on cleanup

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is soliciting public comment on a proposed cleanup of contaminated soils and groundwater at a site in outer Southeast Portland.

The site, formerly home to H20 Boat Barn at 9015 S.E. Powell Blvd., contains seven underground storage tanks, dry wells and a disposal area.

For information, contact DEQ Project Manager Jennifer Sutter, 503-229-6148. Written comments can be sent before Oct. 2 to her attention at DEQNorthwest Region, 2020 S.W. Fourth Ave., Portland, OR 97201 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- Tribune staff

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