By Elena Heller
A dental hygienist by trade and lover of great neighborhoods, my name is Elena Heller and I have lived in Sunnyside since July 2013. Recent imports from Fayetteville, Arkansas, my husband and I took a huge journey to move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am green to the area but believe that I understand what is necessary in creating and maintaining an uplifting and inspiring neighborhood.
On the weekends you will often find me out hiking a trail or exploring our city by bicycle. Most likely I will be seen cycling or walking to work in order to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Walking and cycling also help me to see the quirky, fun, and unique characteristics that Sunnyside has to offer, including items we might improve upon. As part of my tenure with the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, I hope to support efforts that contribute to community health and wellness.
A neighborhood is cohesive when you take time to get to know your neighbors. We can unite and speak as a group to alleviate problems, help prevent crimes with our eyes on the street, and become a strong community that everyone enjoys and in which everyone feels safe. Sunnyside is a hub for many amiable gatherings with the vibrant homes, unique businesses, and beautiful intersections that we have to offer. I look forward to meeting and learning more from each of you so that we may continuously progress as a community and be one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Portland.
Please click on the link below to read the latest Sunnyside Neighborhood Newsletter.
Elections for the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association will be held Thursday, May 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The event is a potluck and a chance to get to know your neighbors and board.
Four board members will be chosen. Board members Jane Pullman, Chuck Lawrence and Michele Gila will not be seeking another term. Tim Brooks, a longtime board member who is co-chair of this year’s Belmont Street Fair, will be seeking re-election. Other known candidates include Josh Palmer, a neighborhood volunteer and enthusiast and Karen Hery, also a neighborhood volunteer and founder of the Sunnyside SwapShop and Playspace and The Roost.
Join us on Thursday to learn more about the candidates and to thank the outgoing members for their years of service. Bring a dish to share. Those in the neighborhood who would like to vote will need:
– a current driver’s license or Department of Motor Vehicle ID card
– current voter registration card
— a bill or official correspondence addressed to the individual residing in or owning a business within the SNA boundaries.
Hope to see you there!
Enjoying our Annual Retreat
Reuben Deumling, President
Paul Loney, Vice President
Jane Pullman, Treasurer
Michele Gila, Secretary
Gina Binole, Member at Large
Tim Brooks, Member at Large
Chuck Lawrence, Member at Large
Bill Stites, Member at Large
Heather Wilson, Member at Large