Sellwood Moreland Improvement League

March 2018 SMILE Newsletter

SMILE -- "The Neighbor"


SMILE’s traditional “Easter Egg Hunt” is 10 am sharp, March 31


The longtime, traditional free Easter Egg Hunt for kids – divided into different age categories, to give all kids a chance – is at 10 a.m. SHARP on Saturday morning, March 31, sponsored by SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association, and run by the Oaks Bottom Lions Club. Parents and kids are strongly advised to avoid disappointment and come early, to the south end of Westmoreland Park just east of the parking lot, since the start will be at 10 a.m. to the very second, and only five minutes later, it’s pretty much over.



“Sundae in the Park” to tap neighborhood talent

This year’s SMILE-sponsored “Sundae in the Park” in upper Sellwood Park on August 5th will begin at noon with an hour of neighborhood talent – a “Neighborhood Showcase” of entertainment! And we are looking for several neighborhood singers – solo or in a group – dancers, musicians, sword swallowers, or whatever, that would like to have their act highlighted on stage, performing at Sundae in the Park. The acts can be made up of kids and/or adults. Each one will have 10-15 minutes to strut their stuff, and show us what they’ve got. It may seem like a long way off, but August 5th – the first Sunday of August – is the date of this event, and we are already gearing up for a great day. Once the hour is full, that’s it – so don’t delay. Contact us today at –



SMILE Land Use Committee update

David Schoellhamer, Chair of the SMILE Land Use Committee, reports that Portland’s Better Housing by Design Project is rewriting the zoning code for multifamily housing. The proposed rules will limit the size of buildings allowed, remove limits on the number of units allowed, and eliminate required on-site parking on most lots. More information on the Project is online -- Comments on the Discussion Draft Report are due March 19. The SMILE Board of Directors considered submitting comments at their February 21 meeting.


To see if you are in a multifamily zone, go to and type in

your address; your zone will be listed. R2, R1, and RH zones are multifamily zones, and are generally found near S.E. 13th, 17th, Tacoma Street, and Milwaukie Avenue. 21% of the lots in Sellwood-Westmoreland have this zoning, and many currently have single-family homes.


The SMILE Land Use Committee will meet Wednesday, March 7, at 6 p.m., at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino. You are welcome to attend.



Community input solicited on “Moreland Woods”


“Friends of Moreland Woods Committee” is an ad-hoc committee of SMILE, and as such can accept contributions to SMILE earmarked for the committee, which will be tax-deductible, inasmuch as SMILE is a 501c3 nonprofit. Such contributions will be earmarked to assist in acquisition of the property described below.

In February, SMILE and the Friends of Moreland Woods Committee solicited public input on a proposed community park, perched on the bluff overlooking Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and nestled between Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial and Llewellyn Elementary School. The proposed park is a nearly two-acre lot that neighbors are calling “Moreland Woods”. The lot features mature conifers that serve as a natural buffer between the neighborhood and the refuge, while providing a scenic viewpoint, important habitat for Bald eagles, and a rare opportunity for a new community park. It also offers a learning opportunity for children, and has the potential to provide a future home to the Moreland Farmers Market, which will be displaced from its current location.


When neighbors learned that this land was being offered for sale, they struck an arrangement with its new owners to sell it to a public or charitable entity for a discounted price, and now have twelve months in which to realize this vision for a new community asset. You can take the survey and learn more, online, at


The Friends of Moreland Woods Committee thanks all the thoughtful participants who came to its information-gathering forum February 7th as part of the SMILE General Meeting. There were about 75 people who made comments and gave direction for efforts to preserve the two-acre property on S.E. 14th.


Corrine Stefanick of the committee says, “We are grateful for the continued support of volunteers, and welcome you to get involved as we need more hands-on such as that provided by Carl and Kristina Perkins. They donate printing of marketing materials on short notice through their Rhino Digital Printing Company. These are high-quality, full-color flyers and door hangers that we use to spread the word throughout Sellwood and Westmoreland. Many thanks to them for their generous support.”



Attend a SMILE meeting!


You’re invited to attend SMILE meetings every month at SMILE Station, an historic fire station now owned by the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League. The March General Meeting will be at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 7th – and the next regular Board meeting will be at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 21st. SMILE Station is on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, at 8210 S.E. 13th in Sellwood. Meeting agendas beforehand, and draft meeting minutes afterward, are posted online at:



“Buy a Brick” fundraiser underway at SMILE Station


“Give the gift of eternity! – By having an engraved brick in the new SMILE Station front path,” encourages SMILE Board President Joel Leib. As the old Sellwood Bridge’s railing fragment was installed in front of the meeting house owned by the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League neighborhood association, Leib said that a suggestion had been made to add a brick pathway, leading from the sidewalk on S.E. 13th Avenue at Tenino Street, up the front lawn to the monument, and continuing to the front steps. “Now, the path has been installed, and the next step is encouraging people to ‘buy a brick’ and have it engraved.” The funds raised will help liquidate the cost of the project; excess funds that might be generated will be used for other neighborhood needs, according to Leib. More than 500 bricks can be thus memorialized, as well as about 40 larger 12” x 12” pavers. “We’re offering the bricks and pavers at $100 for the regular size brick, and the larger pavers go for $500 each,” Leib explained. The bricks are to be engraved in the ground, without removing them, by “On the Rocks Engraving” of Milwaukie, in April or May. For complete information, including how to purchase, visit the new website at – or go to, and look for the “Buy a Brick” link.




SMILE 2017-18 Board election results!

At the May 3, 2017, Annual General Public Meeting, SMILE's annual Board election was held. The results were:

Officers (1-year terms):

President: Joel Leib

Vice President : Gail Hoffnagle

Treasurer:  Pat Hainley

Secretary: Eric Norberg


At-Large Board Seats (2-year terms):


Elaine O'Keefe

Elizabeth Milner  [Elected to fill this vacant seat at a special election on October 5, 2016]

Miriam Erb 

Timothy DuBois



Bob Burkholder

Brian Bawol

Kim Borcherding

Kevin Palmer

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