Sellwood Moreland Improvement League

April 2017 SMILE Newsletter

SMILE -- "The Neighbor"




McLoughlin repaving project to rebuild sections of the highway


McLoughlin Boulevard is about to get a “full makeover” during the extensive ODOT repaving project coming up shortly this summer, which includes widening the highway foundation in some areas – particularly between Harold and Tacoma Streets – and improving drainage in others. The paving project will start at S.E. Harold Street and move south from there, ultimately concluding at Harrison Street (at the south end of S.E. 17th) in the City of Milwaukie. There will be some weekend closures between Tacoma Street and Harold Street to allow replacement of the Crystal Springs culvert under the state highway opposite the Westmoreland Union Manor. Learn more, including the schedules for road closures and paving work, at a special “drop in” open house that ODOT is holding at SMILE Station in Sellwood, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, on Tuesday afternoon, April 4, from 5 until 7 p.m.






Annual Westmoreland Park Easter Egg Hunt on April 15


Rain or shine, the Traditional SMILE Easter Egg Hunt starts Saturday morning, April 15, at 10 a.m. sharp (about five minutes later it’s all over, so be there on time!) – at the south end of Westmoreland Park, opposite the parking lot area. The (chocolate) Easter Egg Hunt is free, but if you can, please bring canned goods to donate for those in need. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos. This annual children’s event is sponsored and underwritten by SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association; supported by the Sellwood New Seasons Market; and overseen by the members of the Oaks Bottom Lions Club.




Report from the SMILE Land Use Committee


The Land Use Committee section of the SMILE webpage – – includes the latest information on several large developments in the neighborhood, SMILE land use correspondence, meeting minutes, and links to land use, zoning, and planning resources.




The SMILE Land Use Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m., at


SMILE Station. The committee will have the latest information on proposals to add affordable units (and eliminate on-site parking) to proposed developments at


6003 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue (at Yukon), and 1707 S.E. Tenino (formerly Mike's


Drive-In). The complete agenda is always available online:






Consider joining the SMILE Board!




The annual Board election for this Sellwood and Westmoreland all-volunteer neighborhood association is at the General Meeting on the first Wednesday in May – it’s the 3rd, this year. Anyone who lives in, owns property in, or is employed in a business in, Sellwood and Westmoreland is eligible, and the main obligation is attending the General and Board meetings on the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month as often as possible. Nominations will be open at the April General Meeting (April 5) and can also be made from the floor before the election on May 3. A nominations committee will be assembled by SMILE, but any eligible person is welcome to nominate themselves, or someone else who is interested and qualified.






Attend a SMILE meeting!




You’re invited to attend SMILE meetings every month at SMILE Station, an historic building on the site of the original fire station for the old “City of Sellwood”. The March General Meeting will be at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 5th – and the next regular Board meeting will be at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 19th. 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:






Rent SMILE Station – or the historic church!




SMILE is the renting agent for the historic and picturesque Oaks Pioneer Church, on S.E. Spokane Street at Grand, just north of the Sellwood Bridge – overlooking the Willamette River. The church is available at very attractive rates for weddings, memorials, christenings, and other events. In addition, SMILE owns its own building – SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino, at 8210 S.E. 13th – which is also for rent at very attractive rates for business meetings, parties, wedding receptions, and special events; it will seat up to 100 and has tables, chairs, and an industrial kitchen facility. See more at: For information on renting either building for your event, call 503/234-3570, and leave a message for Lori Fyre; she will return your call. To research Oaks Pioneer Church and what it offers, visit its own Internet website:




Community volunteers serve on SMILE committees, too!




SMILE is also looking for neighbors to serve on one or more of SMILE’s committees, including:


  • Transportation Committee
  • Land-Use Committee
  • Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee (“SNAC”)
  • Sundae in the Park Committee
  • History Committee
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee
  • Crime Prevention Committee
  • Friends of Sellwood Community Center
  • Historic Pioneer Church Committee
  • SMILE Station Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Various ad-hoc committees as needed


Attend a SMILE meeting, and find out more about what we do!






Websites for Sellwood-Westmoreland




SMILE offers two complementary websites as a resource for the neighborhood. One is the neighborhood’s blog: – posting neighborhood news, and regularly updated. A second website contains SMILE’s agendas, minutes, announcements, documents, resources, and much ongoing and regularly-updated neighborhood reference information – it’s online at: In addition, SMILE maintains an informational website for the Oaks Pioneer Church on Spokane Street at the east end of the Sellwood Bridge, for which it is the renting agent: For more on SMILE Station:






Neighborhood survey: What your neighbors think




Many thanks to the hundreds who completed last year’s SMILE Neighborhood Survey. It was a fantastic success, with over 700 people filling out the questionnaire! Your neighborhood association, SMILE, is using the results of this survey to help give direction to our stances on neighborhood issues facing our community. It will also help recruit much-needed new volunteers for SMILE’s various committees. Thanks once again. We have a great neighborhood!! Go to this Internet address to view the detailed results of the survey: It is also posted on both SMILE websites:, and A Southeast Uplift presentation, from the July 15, 2015, SMILE Board Meeting on Land Use Training, is also now posted for downloading on the latter website for those interested in the subject.






Who SMILE members are




SMILE members are everyone living in, working in, or owning property in, Sellwood and/or Westmoreland – unless they specifically exempt themselves. All SMILE members are welcome to volunteer for any of the SMILE committees of particular interest to them.






SMILE is a 501c3 nonprofit




Of the 95 recognized neighborhood associations in Portland, SMILE is one of the few to be authorized by the IRS as a nonprofit “501c3” organization. This means that donations made to SMILE are tax-deductible – and are very welcome!




SMILE 2016-17 Board election results!

At the May 4, 2016, Annual General Public Meeting, SMILE's annual Board election was held. The results were:

Officers (1-year terms):

President: Corrine Stefanick

Vice President : Gail Hoffnagle

Treasurer:  Pat Hainley

Secretary: Eric Norberg


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


Bob Burkholder

Joel Leib  [Elected to fill this vacant seat at a special election on November 2, 2015]

Steve Szigethy

Nancy Walsh


Elaine O'Keefe

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

Miriam Erb 

Timothy DuBois

Portland, Oregon 97202

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