News Briefs - Cleanup a success; apply for Gresham police chief
Wood Village Community Cleanup a major success
The volunteers helping at an annual event dedicated to helping Wood Village residents properly dispose of tricky items saw it all.
There were mattresses, toilets, carpets, refrigerators, water heaters, bicycles, tires, air conditioners, electronics, scrap metal and more. But instead of being a headache to get rid of, Wood Village residents flocked to the Community Cleanup Day.
The event was held Saturday morning, May 22, and in total 127 vehicles dropped off bulky items and furniture. Among the volunteers were Wood Village Mayor Scott Harden, several city councilors, City Hall staff and members of the Rotary Club of West Columbia Gorge.
During the event any reusable items were set aside to be donated.
Apply for Gresham Police Chief
As the city is seeking a new leader for the Gresham Police Department, applications have opened to anyone in the community.
The role of Police Chief includes managing operations, setting a vision for the future and evolution of the department, building trust with the community and proactively engaging as a progressive and strategic partner internally and externally.
The search for someone to helm the Gresham Police Department began in February after Chief Robin Sells stepped away from the position after a third-party investigation highlighted a hostile workplace. In her absence, Capt. Claudio Grandjean is serving in the interim role.
Applications will remain open until the role is filled, with the first review taking place Monday, May 31. For more information, and to apply, visit thenovakconsultinggroup.com
Communicate with council
Gresham leadership is now easier to connect with than ever before as the city launches a new way to communicate with the City Council.
Those wishing to testify during council meetings can do so at bit.ly/2J9IDgr
Vote for Senior Center Board
The Gresham Senior Center is holding its board member elections at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, in the Blue Lake Room at the East County Building, 600 N.E. Eighth St.
If unable to attend in-person, ballots with information regarding the candidates are available at the center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only members of the Gresham Senior Center may vote. Membership applications are also available.
River video contest extended
Middle and high school students have more time to compete in Troutdale's "River Starts Here" video contest and a chance to win $500.
The deadline for the student video contest has been extended to Sunday, June 6. Participants must create a 25 to 55 second video on clean water in rivers and streams. Learn more at theriverstartshere.org/video-contest
Students get instant-access to libraries
A new partnership is opening a world of literature, media and resources to local students.
Multnomah County Library is partnering with five school districts to allow student IDs to count as library cards. Those automatic accounts, through Library Connect, can be used to access digital books, magazines, newspapers, music, movies, online tutors and more.
The partner districts include Gresham-Barlow, Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose and Portland Public. The program is also a boon for educators, who can rely on students having access to those resources. Access is available to students K-12.
As libraries reopen, students can also check out books using their student IDs. To learn how to access new accounts, students can visit multcolib.org/how-use-library-connect
Library Connect was made possible by donations to The Library Foundation.
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