Summer is Here!
Yesterday a postcard should have arrived in your mailbox (for all Bridlemile residents) with details about this summer's neighborhood events. Bridlemile Neighborhood Association has two entertaining nights in store at Hamilton Park:
  • Saturday, July 22nd Summer Free For All's Movies in the Park will be returning to Bridlemile with a showing of Disney's Moana (2016) PG. Festivities will begin at 6:30pm with the band Mosimosi Koula (Tongan, Pacific Islander music, dance) and the movie starting around sunset.
  • Tuesday, August 1st from 6-8pm is our National Night Out. The Bridlemile Foundation will be supplying free hot dogs, chips and water. Meanwhile Dairy Hill is again providing ice cream for everyone who joins us during this fun evening. The Beat Goes On Marching Band is scheduled to provide entertainment for participants of all ages.
If you would like more information please contact us at  BridlemileNABoard@swni.org.
Remembering Bridlemile Citizen Greg Schifsky, 1946-2017

Written by Steve Mullinax, Bridlemile Neighborhood Association Vice Chair
     The Bridlemile neighborhood owes a lot to Greg Schifsky. Greg lived in Bridlemile from about 1974 to 2016. Sadly, Greg passed away on June 26, 2017. He was living in Grants Pass.
     Greg served for decades on the Board of the Bridlemile Neighborhood Association (BNA). One of his most productive projects for BNA was the work of the Bridlemile Creek Stewards. I attended my first BNA meeting in 1998 to ask about clearing English ivy from my creekside yard, hoping not to run afoul of regulations or upset any neighbors. The Board suggested I work with Greg, who was the BNA stormwater at the time. (I had no idea what clearing ivy had to do with stormwater!) 
     From this meeting, through Greg's and my joint efforts, the Bridlemile Creek Stewards were born. We recruited a team of Bridlemile neighbors. Regulars included Dave Baasch, Hal Bernton, Kathy Gantman, Marge Hanley, Jerry Eckstein and Victor Von Salza. Over the next eight years we would do many projects to improve habitat and water quality on Bridlemile's Fanno Creek tributary streams. We would restore, notably, first Hamilton Park, then Albert Kelly Park. Our first project, clearing invasive plants and planting natives, was October 31, 1998, on Fanno Creek behind Albertson's. We taught classes for kids at Bridlemile School, worked with homeowners and won grants from Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. Perhaps our proudest moment was receiving the Green Heron Award, in 2005, from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Though the Creek Stewards are not currently active, there is a good history of our work at the  Bridlemile Creek Stewards web site. (Thanks to Victor Von Salza for creating the web site, along with his restoration work.)
     The Bridlemile Creek Stewards have planted several thousand trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in Bridlemile over the years. These are an ongoing improvement to the neighborhoods habitat and water quality as these plants mature and reproduce. Of course, there is always room to carry this improvement further, through everyone's continuing restoration efforts.
     Visit Albert Kelly and Hamilton Parks to see Greg's ongoing legacy as a founder and tireless worker for the Bridlemile Creek Stewards. We miss his activism, his dedication to the neighborhood, and, not least, his friendship. We will plan to raise a toast in his honor soon, which should surely include a brunch at O'Connor's, where we wrapped up our New Years Day restoration work parties. If you are interested in festively remembering Greg, please email Steve Mullinax,  BridlemileNAParks@swni.org.
Please thank our Summer Event Sponsors

This summer's events do not happen without support from local businesses. Thanking these valuable sponsors makes it so we can continue to provide the community with valuable programming and community building opportunities. If you, or a business you know, would like to be a sponsor please contact BridlemileNABoard@swni.org to learn more.
Aubrey Holt - State Farm Insurance

Aubrey Holt is a State Farm Insurance agent who lives and works right here in Bridlemile. You can visit her office at 5915 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy to learn more about the services she offers during business hours Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm. Her office phone number is (503) 292-2933.
Alex Page - (w)here Real Estate

Alex has worked with clients buying and selling homes for more than 15 years.  As a native of the Pacific Northwest, she has called Portland her home since 1986.  Over the years Alex has helped buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals with ease.  She approaches each client relationship with honesty, integrity and humor and as a result, has built a loyal customer base that has evolved into a strong business based almost entirely on referrals.  Whether buying or selling a small condominium or large home, Alex approaches each opportunity with the same tenacity and personal touch that will help her clients achieve the best possible result.  She understands that her clients' time is valuable.  With her extensive market knowledge and expertise, she will guide her clients through the process from start to finish, as quickly and conveniently as possible, for the best price.

She can be contacted at  alex.page@where-inc.com  or in her office at (503) 313-6967.
Raleigh Hills Automotive

Located at 4545 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Raleigh Hills Automotive provides quality auto repair in Portland, OR. They are a family owned business delivering honest and professional auto repair and auto maintenance services to the people of Portland and surrounding areas. The quality ASE (automotive service excellence) certified technicians at Raleigh Hills Automotive employ today's latest automotive technology and are equipped to handle all major and minor repairs on foreign and domestic vehicles. They also offer discounts to all AAA members.

Their phone number is (503) 292-4904 during normal business hours 8am-5pm Monday-Friday or email them at info@raleighhillsautomotive.com.
No Meetings This Summer

There will be no meetings for Bridlemile Neighborhood Association over the summer as school will be out of session. We hope to see you at our summer events. Meetings will resume in September with a Board meeting on the 6th and a General meeting on the 13th.
Summer Construction Information
Phase one of the project on Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy is finally nearing completion. This project is part of Portland Bureau of Transportation's (PBOT) Fix Our Streets program. Please drive carefully while the roadway is under construction, especially where the bike lanes have been removed near Hillsdale. Questions about this project should be directed to either Michael Magee or Sheila Parrott within PBOT.
Check Before You Cut

This winter was a brutal one for people, roads, and trees. Numerous trees were damaged during the many storms that swept through the region and with the weather improving many people, and contractors, are looking to clean up that mess. Bridlemile is home to many streams and environmental overlays which are more sensitive and require additional diligence before removing trees, even damaged ones.

Checking with the city prior to having any work done could save headaches later. This site,  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/trees/59505, is a one stop information source. If you aren't sure about any overlays on your property you can visit PortlandMaps.com, click on Permits & Zoning, then click the button for Zoning & Districts for a color coded map of the neighborhood. A 'c' or 'p' after a number (i.e. 10p or 7c) indicates a type of environmental overlay.
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Join us at our monthly meetings located in the Bridlemile Elementary Staff Lounge
4300 SW 47th Dr., Portland, OR 97221 ( map) at 7pm
Board meetings are the first Wednesday and
General meetings are the second Wednesday of the month during the school year.
Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.

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