As 2011 comes to a close and we celebrate the holiday season with our friends and families, we're reminded of the many gifts so many of our neighbors have contributed to our neighborhoods and city. We deeply appreciate these efforts to create a livable city and provide every Portland neighbor with a warm place to live, food to eat, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. We're proud to be part of this community. And we're grateful to everyone who reads, supports and contributes to Neighborhood Notes.

We're signing off today, Dec. 16, until the first week of January because one of our key team members is recovering from a serious illness. As a consequence of the illness, we haven't been able to publish as much as we would have liked over the past few months. And our goal for the next couple of weeks is to rest, recuperate and prepare for 2012. We have some big plans that we'll share with you very soon.

Warm wishes for a lovely holiday season,
Ken, Lynnette, Chris, Jon and the entire NN team