December 2016 Newsletter

Division Midway Alliance Monthly Newsletter
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December 2016 DMA News - Ann Ereline, Editor
2017: a time to refocus and renew
DMA's doors are open to our East Portland community

     As the New Year approaches, we at Division Midway Alliance see renewed opportunities to foster prosperity for our communities, businesses and residents in 2017. 
     Together, we will navigate great and many changes, among them, yes, a new President, but also a new Portland mayor and commissioner. 
     Strength through diversity bolsters our Outer East Portland community.  We want to reiterate to our neighbors that DMA is available for support and as a gathering place.  We recognize that we are stronger together and hope to build our community strength in 2017.
     We wish you all a Happy Holidays Season and look forward to a renewal and refocus in 2017.
We Miss You, Kem Marks
By Lori Boisen

     In November, DMA said goodbye to its AmeriCorps VISTA member Kem Marks who transitioned his VISTA role to the Rosewood Initiative.  Kem’s departure has left a large void in DMA’s organization because his contributions reached deep into the organization. 
     Kem began volunteering with DMA in May 2014 and later that year, was chosen as DMA’s AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.  He helped DMA move its offices to its new location and establish DMA’s internal networking and communication systems.  Kem supplied much of DMA’s written advocacy and was a great messenger to DMA’s businesses. Many of those business owners have asked about Kem this past month.  
Reward Yourself! Reward DMA!
 By Ann Ereline

     From jam to jammies, Fred Meyer offers you one-stop shopping .... AND a way to help DMA serve your community. With each purchase, you earn points and DMA receives a percentage from Fred Meyer.  PDC matches all contributions DMA receives in sponsorships and donations one-to-one up to $30,000 per year.  Thus, you can double your contributions.
     These contributions enable DMA to open its doors to many groups who cannot afford to pay for the space such as the Myanmar Support group, ESL classes, and citizenship classes held by local groups.  These contributions also help pay for the lights, water, and salary for staff that allow DMA to do the work it does.
     It's easy, really: simply follow these steps to link your Rewards Card to Community Rewards program and DMA!
Here’s how:
Got questions? Contact Connor Riggs at
1. Access your favorite internet search engine.
2. Go to Fred Meyer Community Rewards
3. Scroll down the community rewards page until you see a yellowish orange heading entitled:
Are you a Fred Meyer Customer?
4. Underneath that heading, there will be a clickable blue sentence that you should click. 
It looks like this: Re-enroll or link your Rewards Card now
5. Sign in to your existing account, or, create a new one!
6. On the Community Rewards program page, fill in the relevant info.
7. Find your organization by typing either, the numbers: 81349, or, division midway alliance. 
8. Click “enroll”
9. Thank you immensely for paying it forward, and don’t forget to sign out.
Look for new trash cans in the Midway district in 2017.
Kem Marks (center) was instrumental in getting this mural up at Southeast 122nd and Division. Artists Donald Thille and Yuliya Kostina shared their talent. Kem spearheaded the public art project, winning support from PBOT and RACC and funding from EPAP. Public art projects such as Midway's first mural -- but not last, hopefully -- are not only affordable but also are proven to deter graffiti. Check it out! 
DMA needs YOU!
Your participation is vital to helping Division Midway Alliance reach its goals of serving community and business. We are looking for community members to join our committees, including: 
  • Board of Directors
  • Marketing 
  • Festival 
  • Development 
  • Capital Improvement  
To learn more about these opportunities and to apply (you will apply, right?), please contact Lori Boisen at

Please JOIN US! 


     DMA seeks reporters, writers and photographers to contribute to our community and area business e-newsletter.  
     Although the work is unpaid, this is a great opportunity to enhance your portfolio and gather clips. You will also be working with a newspaper veteran and editor to fine-tune your work.
     Please contact Ann
Ereline, Marketing Committee chairwoman, through if you’re intrigued. She wants to hear from YOU!
Latest Deaths on Division
Spur Action
By Ann Ereline
     After two more pedestrian deaths earlier this month on Southeast Division Street, Kristi Finney Dunn pleaded “Speak up, even if your voice shakes.” The mother of Dustin Finney, who was killed by a drunken driver at 86th Avenue in 2011, was one of many who packed the room at Wong’s King Restaurant Tuesday, Dec. 20, with personal stories and ideas to make Outer Division safe for all.
     “These are not just numbers, not just dollars, or some technical plan,” added Dr. Susan Kubota, whose niece was killed along the deadly stretch of Division that accounts for an eighth of Portland’s traffic fatalities.
     On Wednesday, the City Council responded by approving $300,000 for pedestrian education in the area; these funds will be combined with additional infrastructure improvements, including speed cameras, increased crosswalks, contiguous sidewalks as well as other improvements. 
     But the fight to make Division safe will continue into 2017, and it will continue to be important for the residents and businesses in Outer East Portland to keep pushing for change. Suggestions at the meeting included lowering the speed limit, a bus-only lane, widening the bike lane, and educating the walking, biking AND driving public.
     However, enforcement of speeding violations, Portland Police Officer Mike Krebs said, isn’t enough. “Changing the look, the design and the infrastructure” of Division is critical. And expensive.
     So keep emailing, writing and calling Portland City Council commissioners, incoming Mayor Ted Wheeler and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
DMA News Contributors
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