Thursday, February 26, 2009

First Creek Neighbors - March Meeting

You Are Invited
to Attend the Monthly Neighborhood Meeting

First Creek Neighbors Monthly Meeting
Wednesday March 4, 2009
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Portland Avenue Community Center
3513 Portland Avenue

Who will be there?
First Creek Neighbors
Tacoma Police Department
Puyallup Tribal Police
City Code Enforcement
Many Others!!!

What Will We Discuss?
* Priorities for 2009
* Strategies to achieve our priorities

Your Attendance Would Be Most Appreciated
For more information call Edwina at 474-7083


Priorities Identified at Feb. First Creek Neighbors Meeting

• Reduce gang activity
• Clean-up the community and Creek
• Stop illegal dumping
• Suppress fireworks
• Make opportunities for community social gatherings
• Fill pot holes


Neighborhood Accomplishments So Far:

• Cleaned up a Meth Lab
• Closed 10 Drug Houses
• Hauled 25 Tons of Junk and 218 Tires
• Lights Restored in Portland Avenue Park
• Illegal Encampments Closed
• Organized an Active Neighborhood Patrol
• Cleaned up Numerous Problem Houses
• Our Own Blog –
• Media Attention
• Resolution passed by Tacoma City Council in support of City/Puyallup Tribe/community collaboration to create a stewardship plan for First Creek


Scheduled Events:

March 14th, Foreclosure Prevention Workshop, Evergreen Community College - 1210 6th Avenue, Tacoma, 10:00am-6:00pm. For more information or to Register call: 1-800-368 1455

April 4th, First Creek Spring Clean-up and Ivy Removal, plus Community Celebration, Meet at East 34th and R Street or Fairbanks and First Creek. Work party 9-Noon, Celebration and Barbeque Noon to 1:30pm. We're looking for teams and groups, also RSVP needed for food count. Contact Dan Fear at 425 260-4991 or email him at

• Community Street Clean-up: First Saturday of each month, 9:00am-Noon. Meet at Portland Ave. Community Center

• Creek Clean-up: Third Saturday of each month, 9:00am-Noon. Meet at East 34th and R St. church lot

• Citizen’s Patrol

For more information about the monthly meeting
call Edwina at 474-7083

Foreclosure Intervention Workshop



Learn how to stop foreclosure now!

March 14th, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Registration begins at 9:00am

Evergreen College - Tacoma Campus
1210 6th Avenue, Tacoma

Are your mortgage payments increasing? Are you worried about losing your home? Did you get a loan you can’t afford or didn’t understand? Do you feel like you were misled by professionals who helped you get your loan? Has your income been reduced?

Come to this FREE seminar and learn about the foreclosure process, income tax issues in foreclosure, safe refinance products and more. Know your legal rights and options.

Bring your loan documents! Certified Mortgage Counselors and Loan modification representatives will be available to discuss options for your mortgage.

City of Tacoma Safe and Clean Team; Improving Livability through Homeownership

Supporting Community Organizations;
HomeSight, United Way of Tacoma/Pierce County; Tacoma/Pierce County Asset Building Coalition; Tacoma and Pierce County Housing Authorities; Tacoma/Pierce County Association of Realtors; Consumer Counseling NW, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, and numerous other businesses and organizations.

For more information or to Register call:

Monday, February 9, 2009

First Creek Neighborhood Clean-Up
Saturday, February 14th, 9-Noon


Please join us on Saturday February 14th, 9 to Noon as we help clean up First Creek.

We will be focusing our efforts on cleaning up the lower creek wetlands and hillside just below East 34th Street. It will be fun, some hard work and it will help make the neighborhood cleaner and safer. We’ll primarily be picking up small paper and trash that the city clean-up crews did not get. Recently, the city removed 53 tons of trash from the hillsides above First Creek. And, they will be removing more this week, so let’s support their efforts and show them we care about of neighborhood.

Bring heavy gloves (leather recommended)
Wear sturdy work boots.

When: Saturday morning February 14th, 9 to Noon
Where: Church Parking lot at 34th and East “R” Street.

Please call Dan Fear, 425 260-4991, if you need additional info.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tour First Creek - Saturday Morning February 7th

A tour of the First Creek will be held this Saturday, February 7th. Join us to learn about this historical creek/watershed and to discover its beauty. The tour will last approximately two hours, and we'll be exploring three areas of the creek. The lower wetlands between the Emerald Queen Casino and 34th, middle area near Fairbanks, and the upper creek area between Lister Elementary School and the new First Creek Middle School.

First Creek between Fairbanks and 34th

Tour starts at 10:00 a.m. Portland Avenue Community Center and we'll leave from there. Hiking boats are recommended but not required, you might also bring gloves and a camera.

What: Tour of First Creek
When: Saturday, February 7th, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Where: Portland Avenue Community Center (3513 Portland AVE)


Also, the First Creek Neighbors community group has scheduled a clean-up of the lower creek area for Saturday, February 14th, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The work party will meet at 34th and East "R" Street, bring your gloves and help the community to clean up this beautiful area.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Neighborhood Improvements - Working Together

On Sunday morning November 31st, a small group of First Creek Neighbors got together to help another neighbor. Two months later, the results are in and the property is much better. Neighbors helping neighbors to make our community better. Here're a few before and after pictures of the cleanup on East Wright. This is just one example of how changes are happening and our neighborhood is cleaner and safer.

To get more involved with First Creek Neighbors (lower Portland Avenue and Roosevelt Heights) join us at our monthly meeting. It's held the first Wednesday of the month, starts at 6:30, location the Portland Avenue Community Center.

We're planning several cleanup days over the next three months.
For more information call (253) 405-9007