Sep 20, 2021 SNA Emergency Board Meeting

The SNA Board will hold a short 15-minute emergency board meeting on Monday Sep 20, 2021 from 6:00pm to 6:15pm to approve/reject the following time sensitive proposal. The meeting will be held over Zoom (link below). This meeting is open to the public.

Due to COVID-related financial losses during the 2020-2021 financial year, the City of Portland Printing office is adding a surcharge to our newsletter printing costs, bringing them from about $380/month to $535/month. We cannot afford that increase within our current budget. The next printing order is due to go out by Sep 25, 2021 before our next scheduled regular board meeting.
Phoenix Media is a printing shop located in Sunnyside at 2950 SE Stark St.
They have agreed to provide the printing service at the price of $400.00 for 3250 copies (our typical order), with an additional discount of $30 if we provide them with a standard ad space (similar to our other ad spaces), bringing the effective cost to $370, in line with our historic costs.
Newsletters will be printed on yellow paper as per current format, and bundled into 100s for distribution similarly to current practice. The only change is that the order will need to be picked up instead of delivered, but the pick up is right here in Sunnyside at 2950 SE Stark St.

The board will vote on approving/rejecting this change during the emergency meeting.

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Sep 9, 2021 SNA Board and General Meeting

The SNA Board and General Membership Meeting will be held Thursday, September 9 at from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This meeting is open to the public.
Times are approximate.  Agenda items subject to change.

Meeting Agenda

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom.  All attendees will be muted upon entry into the meeting.  In order to ask a question or make a comment, please use the “Raise Hand” feature.  If accessing the meeting via computer, tablet, or smartphone app, you can do so via the “Raise hand button” in the “Participant” menu. If you are calling in to the meeting via phone, please dial *9.  You can learn more about how to use this feature here:

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Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Q&A with Amy Jones and Roger Robinson

Something unusual and delightful began popping up around the Sunnyside neighborhood as winter set in last year.

As COVID-19 continued its spread I began seeing a new contagion, one marked by joy and vibrant colors, spreading from tree to tree. On our evening walks, my partner and I began seeing it take hold on new streets. At first, we thought only trees were harbingers of it. And then we saw that the neighborhood Little Free Library was also susceptible.

Yarn bombing isn’t new but it is to our neighborhood. And it’s been a welcome surprise of color and joy during what’s been a monumentally challenging moment for Portland and our nation. This type of street art is referred to by many names: yarn or wool bombing, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting, and kniffiti. Whatever you chose to call it, it employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.

We became enamored with these mystery yarn artists. So I began asking around until one day I found out who they were.

Spoiler alert: The yarn bomber was not Banksy. It was—and is—Amy Jones and Roger Robinson, neighbors of ours from down the street.

When did you begin the yarn bombing project, how did it start, what keeps you going, and what do you love about it most?

Roger Robinson: We began in October 2020. Amy mentioned to me that she didn’t know what to do with the knit squares she makes to keep her hands busy, which reminded me of an example of knit bombing I had seen in Cincinnati, Ohio a few years ago. I asked her to give some squares to me and said I’d show her how we could use them.

So knit bombing came to Sunnyside! She continues to knit them and I sew them together and we bomb them together. I enjoy seeing the excitement on the children’s faces when they see the bombs, and especially when they hug them.

Amy Jones: I keep doing it because I like to knit and to see my work enjoyed by others.

How long have you two lived in Sunnyside?

Amy: 22 years

Roger: 3 years

What’s your background?

Amy: I was a Head Start teacher in Pittsburgh and Portland. I was born in Bronxville, NY. I love to read, and earlier in life I loved bicycling and hiking.

Roger: My longest career has been as an architect. I’ve also been a database designer and business partner. I enjoy playing piano and painting, and I was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

What was the hardest part of the pandemic for you?

Amy: Not being able to work with the kids at Glencoe Elementary School and not being able to travel.

Roger: Separation from friends and family.

What’s one thing you would like to see change about Sunnyside?

Roger: Eliminate the 100+ degree days.

Amy: I’m pretty pleased with Sunnyside.

What’s a fun fact about each of you?

Roger: I hitchhiked across the country when I was a teenager.

Amy: When my daughter Anne, also a Sunnysider, was 8 years old, she was bitten by Norman Rockwell’s dog.