Keep parties quiet. Outdoor parties are OK, but once Quiet Time begins, parties should move indoors, off porches and decks. Mostly quiet with outbursts of shouting or laughter doesn't qualify as quiet. Nighttime shouting and laughing can be as annoying as loud music. Intoxicated party goers have no clue how loud they are on the street when walking to cars or another party in the neighborhood.
Minimize noise from cars and pickups. A frequent guest honking on his arrival, revv-ing his engine, and squealing his tires on take off can be annoying.
Turn down your stereo. Your Bass should not be audible in our House.
Hold the fireworks. Fireworks are legal a few days before July 4th, through two weeks after. Illegal fireworks late at night are not only illegal, they violate the basic Quiet Time rule, and constitute a fire threat to the neighborhood during the summer.
Do what you have to do. Everyday sounds of power tools, chainsaws, leaf blowers, stereos, musical instruments, and auto horns may be necessary, within reason and within hours.
Learn to Recycle, Portland style. Newspapers, scrap paper, glass, plastic bottles, metal, cardboard, motor oil and other things can be recycled at your curbside on garbage pick-up day. The RecycleAtHome.org website shows how to prepare the materials for recycling. Keep glass bottles and jars separate from everything else.
Dispose of chemicals properly. Don't dump motor oil, paint, or chemicals on ground. Don't leave antifreeze in open where animals may ingest. Car batteries must be disposed of properly. Flashlight batteries should not be put in trash. Learn to dispose of such things responsibly via the RecycleAtHome.org web site.
Join the Neighborhood Watch Group. Watch Group look out for one another's property, pets, gardens, mail, newspapers. The Watch Group captain keeps a list of occupants, phone numbers, vehicles, and landlords.
Help clean up. If you walk or bike in Greenwood Hills Cemetery, please consider supporting the maintenance association through a donation or by joining the spring or fall cleanup parties.
Keep dogs from barking excessively. Dogs will bark, but should not be barking for long periods of time, day or night.
Keep dogs leashed. Cemeteries are not city parks, off-leash areas, or doggy toilets. Well-behaved dogs are allowed off-leash in the Greenwood Hills Cemetery. Riverview Cemetery and Tryon Creek State Natural Area prohibit dogs altogether.
Clean up after your dog. Need we say more? "Pooper-Scooper" laws apply. Greenwood Hills Cemetery provides bags for dog owners. Tryon Creek State Park is no exception to the law. Trails there are used by runners and many children. Sidewalks should be kept clean!
Discourage Vermin and Predators. Pet food left out may attract raccoons or rats. Unsecured garbage can be opened by raccoons. Cats left out may be caught by local coyotes.
The Portland Police NON-EMERGENCY phone number is 503-823-3333. 9-1-1 should be used only for fire, medical, or other emergencies.
Photo Credit: Lamb, A. & Johnson, L. (2004). Coyote on Road. Naturescapes Starters.