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City of Gresham lifts Boil Water Notice for Gabbert Hill area - 10/19/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - This morning, the City of Gresham lifted a limited Boil Water Notice, effective immediately, for Gresham Water customers served by the Gabbert Hill Reservoir - about 130 homes near Gresham Butte on the City's south central side.

These residents can now drink tap water, and use it for consumption purposes, without boiling it first.

Yesterday, the City of Gresham issued a Boil Water Notice to the south central neighborhood served by Gabbert Hill Reservoir. The notice was issued because a pump at the site failed, causing homes to lose water pressure. A lack of pressure could allow contaminants into the system, so the City issued the Boil Water Notice strictly as a precaution.

No other Gresham Water customers were affected.

This morning, results from water quality tests confirmed an absence of bacteria, so the Boil Water Notice is no longer in effect. No actual contamination was detected during the weekend incident.

The City took every precaution to protect residents. The Boil Water Notice went out to the media, and was posted to the City's website and to social media. City staff went door-to-door yesterday in the Gabbert Hill area to deliver notices and answer questions, and opened phone lines to take public calls. In addition, City emergency operations personnel sent alerts to affected residents by phone or text, and sent an alert through Nextdoor.com, the private social media network for neighborhoods, to the Gresham Butte Neighborhood Association.

By 9 a.m. yesterday, the City had fixed the pump and restored water to the Gabbert Hill area.
For more information, see GreshamOregon.gov/boilwaternotice or call 503-618-2626.

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City of Gresham issues limited Boil Water Notice for Gabbert Hill area - 10/18/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - This morning, the City of Gresham issued a limited Boil Water Notice, effective immediately, for Gresham Water customers served by the Gabbert Hill Reservoir - about 130 homes near Gresham Butte on the City's South Central side. These residents must boil their water until further notice.

Customers in the affected area are instructed to not drink water, or use it for consumption purposes, without boiling it first.

No other Gresham Water customers are affected.

To find out if your home is affected, go to GreshamOregon.gov/boilwaternotice.
The affected area is served by the Gabbert Hill Reservoir, which provides water to approximately 130 homes. Early this morning, a pump at the site failed, causing homes to lose water pressure. Water is not known to be contaminated. But because a lack of pressure could allow contaminants into the system, City of Gresham is issuing the Boil Water Notice as a precaution.

Gresham is taking every precaution to protect customers and has already restored water to the Gabbert Hill area. Members of the City's Water Division staff are going door-to-door today to deliver notices and answer questions. Gresham Water is testing water in the affected service area, and will have definitive results by 8 .m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. The Boil Water Notice will be lifted once samples confirm the absence of bacteria.

Instructions for Boiling Water

Customers should:
? Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute
? Allow the water to cool before using
? Store the cooled water in a clean container with a cover
Customers should use boiled water that has cooled or bottled water for:
? Drinking
? Preparing baby formula and food
? Brushing teeth
? Washing fruits and vegetables
? Washing dishes
? Making ice

Please share this information with people in the affected area, and direct all questions to Gresham Water at 503-618-2626. Staff members will be on hand to answer calls until 5 p.m. today.

Visit GreshamOregon.gov/boilwaternotice to view the Boil Water Notice and get more information. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

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Attached Media Files: Map of Gabbert Service Area
Gang prevention grant brings opportunity to at-risk youth in Gresham - 10/08/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - Late-night basketball and gang intervention programs to boost youth education and employment are coming to the City of Gresham thanks to a state grant.

The $100,000 grant from the Oregon Youth Development Council will allow the City to launch early-intervention programs. They include:

* Basketball every Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at H.B. Lee Middle School, located at 1121 N.E. 172nd Ave. in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood. Supervised games, with coaches and referees, will target at-risk Gresham middle and high school students. The program is a partnership with Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, which will organize and promote the sessions.
* An 18-week counseling and mentoring program designed to teach at-risk students communication skills, coping mechanisms and conflict management. The program is a partnership with the Portland alternative high school Rosemary Anderson High School and the Portland nonprofit Peace in Schools.
* A youth education and employment program, in partnership with SE Works, that features weekly meetings to help young people identify - and achieve - their career and education goals by creating a resume, earning a food handler's card, developing a career plan and either getting a job, staying in school, or enrolling in the Portland Community College Career Pathways Program.

"In Gresham, we have a strong law enforcement approach to gangs, and we are rapidly increasing our prevention and intervention efforts," Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis said. "To reduce gang violence in the future, we need to have a hard focus on law enforcement and an equally strong focus on prevention. As a community, we need to address the root causes of gang involvement, such as unemployment, the drop-out rate, and the hopelessness, anger and boredom felt by some urban teens."

The City has recently added a Gang Prevention Policy Advisor to its ranks, helping focus energy on grant opportunities such as this, and coordinating with regional law enforcement and prevention partners. In May, the City held a Gang Prevention and Enforcement Summit that brought together local leaders to outline a multi-agency approach to gang prevention and enforcement in Gresham. This past June, a countywide gang assessment was released, which provided a snapshot of gang activity, community perceptions, and service gaps affecting gang-involved youth. A copy of the assessment can be found at https://multco.us/file/34749/download

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Gresham students caravan with a cop for International Walk and Bike to School Day - 10/07/14
MEDIA ADVISORY

GRESHAM, Ore. - Media representatives can capture students from Dexter McCarty Middle School as they ride bikes to school with Gresham Police Officer James Leake and Dexter McCarty teacher Michael Mann on Wed., Oct. 8.

The "bike train" will depart at 9:30 a.m. from Main City Park at the Springwater Trail spur.

The ride celebrates International Walk and Bike to School Day, with more than 4,000 events planned in the U.S. to promote the health, environmental and community benefits of walking and biking to school. In Oregon, 222 events are planned to mark the day, according to Oregon's Walk +Bike program, walknbike.org, a partnership between the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, a public-private partnership that promotes safe walking and biking to school, and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Oregon pro-cycling nonprofit.

At the Gresham event, media can shoot footage of the nearly one mile, 10-minute ride, and interview City of Gresham transportation staff, City of Gresham police officers, Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, as well as educators and biking advocates.

Gresham's events are sponsored by the City of Gresham Transportation Department, greshamoregon.gov/transportation; Metro, oregonmetro.gov; and Safe Routes to Schools, saferoutespartnership.org.

Along with the Dexter McCarty ride, Gordon Russell Middle School in Gresham will provide students with safe route tips, giveaways and refreshments.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 8
Time: 9:30 a.m. ride start, 9:15 a.m. meet-up
Place: Main City Park, Springwater Trail Spur, 219 S. Main Ave., Gresham

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