Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SGNA Fall General Meeting next Tuesday, Oct. 12

Calling all residents of Sullivan'sGulch! Join us at the SGNA Fall General Meeting next Tuesday, October 12th at Holladay Park Plaza(on the corner of NE 16th & NE Multnomah). We'll be discussing parking by permit in the Gulch, SGNA committees and the City's future plans for inner NE PDX including Sully's. Guest speaker Karl Lisle from the city planning office will join us for that last topic. Plus we'll be electing new members to the SGNA Board of Directors. If you have a desire to serve your neighborhood association this is definitely the meeting to attend. 7:00 p.m. in the large first floor meeting room. Come one, come all. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Needs our Help!

Hey Gulchers. Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization of Portland really needs our help. At this time Big Bros./Big Sis. find themselves with many, many more Little Brothers and Little Sisters in NE PDX than adult mentors for them. Therefore they are offering BIG opportunities for Gulchers from all walks of life. As a Big Brother/Big Sisters volunteer, you'll bring a treasured friendship to a child in Portland. Being a Big Brother, Big Sister means developing a friendship and sharing the best part of yourself. It's about doing simple activities that become hallmark moments in a child's life: Perhaps an afternoon at a ball game, a visit to the library or a museum, or even just accompanying you as you run errands. Not only can you be there when these moments occur, but you can be the reason behind the wide eyes and smile!

Big Brothers Big Sisters works to help boys and girls achieve their potential through positive adult relationships. A volunteer does not need any special skills to be a Big Brother or Big Sister. They only need to be interested in sharing their time with a child. Just by sharing experiences, celebrating accomplishments, and listening to their concerns, a Big Brother or Big Sister can make a huge difference to a child.

In these tough times it's more important than ever to look out for each other.

Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at;

Big Brothers Big Sisters
1827 NE 44th Ave., Suite 100 

Portland, OR 97213

(503) 249-4859

Thanks neighbors. Please give them a call today.

Portland's Neighborhood Small Grants Program

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement(ONI) and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods(NECN) are excited to present the fifth year of the City of Portland’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program. The program invites SGNA to team with community-based organizations in the Gulch to apply for grants that range from $250 to $2500 and are meant to provide Sullivan's Gulch and community non-profits within the Gulch an opportunity to build community, attract new and diverse members and sustain those folks already involved. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process. Applications will be reviewed by a community-based grant making committee made up of neighborhood and community-based organizational representatives.

Typical types of grant winning community-building projects are;
Communications: designing new websites, email lists and forums, newsletter mailing to all households.
Outreach mobilizations: door-to-door canvassing, A-frame signs, to build membership and outreach to neighbors and businesses.
Targeted outreach strategies to build ties with people traditionally not involved including low-income families, people of color, young adults, immigrants, and people with disabilities.
Projects that build relationships between neighborhoods and local organizations such as schools, PTA’s, churches, non-profits, and businesses.
Providing language translation and interpretation, childcare, or other efforts to make neighborhood activities more accessible.
Community-building activities: street tree plantings, neighborhood clean-ups.
Crime prevention activities: National Night Out, foot patrols, and block watches.
Community design/build projects such as planning for playgrounds, intersection repairs, and community gardens.
Neighborhood or culturally specific fairs and/or festivals.
Special one-time events and projects such as publishing community story books, block parties and neighborhood forums.

In the first three years of the Neighborhood Small Grants Program, $553,847 was awarded to 271 Portland neighborhood projects. The average grant award was $1,972. 127 general neighborhood projects were funded along with 102 projects initiated by underrepresented organizations representing people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income families, youth, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bi, transgendered people.

Proposals must be received by:
6 PM, Wednesday, November 3rd , 2010

For More Information and how to apply contact
your NECN grants manager;
Imani Muhammad
Community Initiatives Coordinator
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
4815 NE 7th Avenue, Suite #131
Portland, OR 97211
P: 503-823-4264

Thursday, September 30, 2010

SGNA Fall General Meeting Agenda

SGNA's semi-annual meeting of the membership is here! This is a great opportunity for us Gulchers to catch up on doings in the neighborhood, hear a great presentation on the city's long-term plans for our nabe, and maybe get a little more involved by standing for election to the SGNA Board of Directors. Hopefully we'll see you Tuesday. As always, refreshments will be provided. Come one, come all!!

SGNA Fall General Meeting Tues Oct 12th 7 to 9pm
Holladay Park Plaza, 16th and NE Multnomah

7:00-7:15 Meet and greet/refreshments

7:15-7:20 Craig Nyschens, SGNA Chair

7:20-7:40 Karl Lisle, Project Manager for the
Bureau of Planning & Sustainability:

Vision for N/NE quadrant, the Lloyd Dist, B’way/Weidler commercial corridor & future Street Car line. Discussion about how we residents can be more informed & engaged with City Planning that affects our neighborhood.

7:40-7:50 Questions, discussion

7:50-8:00 Will Elder, SGNA Land Use Chair:
Residential Parking Permits west of NE 21st

8:00-8:15 Questions, discussion

BREAK until 8:30

8:30-9:00 Chris Lopez, SGNA Communication Chair
Nominations and Elections of Board Members

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pilaf is Found!!

New Gulcher Karena Kelly's cat Pilaf is safely home again. He had set out to explore his new neighborhood a week ago and got lost finding his way home. He finally made contact again yesterday and has now returned to his much relieved family at Chez Kelly. Many thanks to all who kept an eye out for Pilaf, and thanks to all who may have fed and sheltered him during his Gulch adventure. Karena isn't so sure that she pulled down all of the flyers she posted so if you see any straggling Pilaf posters mentioning his disappearance feel free to ignore them, or better yet, pull 'em down if you don't mind. Thanks!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pilaf is Missing!!

New Gulcher Karena Kelly(2 weeks new. Welcome to the Gulch!) needs our help. Her cat Pilaf set out to explore his new neighborhood a couple of days ago and hasn't been home since. Pilaf is a large, dark grey tabby. He is 9 years old and super dooper friendly! He's wearing a blue collar with little paw prints and an i.d. tag that says:

Pilaf Marsh Kelly

The phone number is Karena's cell. If you see Pilaf around the Gulch please do let her know. The Kelly fam and Pilaf's sister Sherlock miss him something terrible. Thanks for keeping a watchful eye Gulchers!

Central City N/NE Quadrant Project Upcoming Events

The planning process for the Central City North/Northeast Quadrant Project will kick off this month. The City of Portland and ODOT will collaborate on the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans to integrate land use and urban design planning with I-5 freeway planning and improvement needs within the area which covers Lower Albina and the Lloyd District. The N/NE Quadrant Project is an element of the broader Central City 2035 Project to update the 1988 Central City Plan.


Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meetings
Beginning this week and continuing through the fall and winter, a series of Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings will be conducted to generate input on the development of the quadrant plan. All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include a public comment period. The SAC will advise project staff and make recommendations to the Portland City Council and the Director of the Oregon Department Transportation on policy and project proposals resulting from the planning process. The project web page will be updated regularly with meeting dates and times, agendas and meeting minutes. The first two meetings are scheduled as follows:

Meeting 1: September 16, 2010, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
ODOT Region 1 Headquarters, 123 NW Flanders, Portland
Agenda: Introductions, planning context, process & schedule, collaboration principles.
Meeting 2: October 14, 2010, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
ODOT Region 1 Headquarters, 123 NW Flanders, Portland
Agenda: Review of study area history and existing conditions: land use, urban design, transportation.

Community Walks
The North/Northeast Quadrant Project team will host two Community Walks — one in the Lloyd District and the other in the Lower Albina District. The walks will provide an interactive opportunity for participants to learn about the districts and contribute to the vision for the future of the area. Observations and feedback will be recorded and used to help frame issues and identify opportunities and constraints for discussion later in the planning process. All community members are invited to attend the walks. We hope to see you on the streets!
Lloyd District Walk: Saturday Sept. 25, 2010 at 9:30 am
Meet at the Rose Garden Pavilion, near the fountain (NE Multnomah St, near NE Wheeler Ave)
Lower Albina Walk: Wednesday Sept. 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Meet in front of Portland Public School Headquarters (N Dixon St & N Larrabee, near N Interstate)

For more information about the project, visit www.portlandonline/bps/cc2035/neq You may also contact Karl Lisle, N/NE Quadrant Project Manager, at 503-823-4286 or Stephanie Beckman at 503-823-6042 for more information.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I.T.'s in the Gulch!

I met new Gulch resident and great guy Nick Jensen at G-O-R this past weekend. He's a computer technician by trade and has just started his own company here in the Gulch, Kumo Tech. Nick has given my PC a new lease on life with these handy computer tips. I hope they'll do the same for you. And by all means give him a jingle if you have a more serious computer malady. As a Gulcher, he's only a few steps away!

Clear Your Internet Browser Cache
Most people with computers use them to get on the Internet. When we browse there are hundreds of little files we collect along the way. Images, cached pages, cookies, all sorts of things. These things clutter up the back of your computer’s storage and can bog it down pretty easily. Here are some quick and easy instructions for clearing your internet browser cache. If you haven’t cleared these files out in a while, this could take a few minutes.
Internet Explorer -
Click on “Tools” then “Internet Options”. A window will popup, with several categories. Under the “General” tab, the second set of three buttons contains the ones we want. Click on “Delete Cookies” and “Delete Files”.
Chrome/Firefox - Press these three keys at the same time: Control + Shift + Delete, a window pops up - click “Clear Browsing Data”/”Clear Private Data Now” and done!

Uninstall Unused Programs
Through the course of regular computing we decide we need programs installed on our computer for whatever reason. No matter if they are casual games or a program we needed once to open that file our colleague sent us and wont send it in a proper format, a few of them can probably be deleted. Doing this saves our computers resources and helps it along the way.
Do this by going into “Start”/Windows menu - “Control Panel” then “Add or Remove Programs” or just “Programs”. Remove what you don’t need or recognize (leave updates alone), just be careful to not remove programs you use every day.

Disk Cleanup
Probably the easiest to do is Disk Cleanup utility. It doesn’t get everything, but sometimes gets things that are easily missed. Just open “Start”/Windows Menu - “All Programs” - “Accessories” folder, “System Tools” folder, then “Disk Cleanup”

Malware Scan
Malware is software with malicious intent, usually downloaded unknowingly from web sites you visit. It is caught with programs like Spybot S&D, Adware, and many others. Performing regular scans for Malware keeps it off your computer, using up less of your computer’s resources.

Virus Scan
Virus scanning is very important. Even if you have a virus protection software suite that offers Active Protection, you should still preform scans weekly. Sometimes viruses and other malware gets past active protection and needs to be scanned to get caught and removed. Performing manual scans, or if your software supports it automatic scans, can keep your computer clean of viruses and running like a well oiled machine.

If your computer still feels sluggish, it may need some advanced tweaking and cleaning to get it running back to normal. Feel free to call me if you feel the need for an expert to step in and remove that huge computer-aided headache you are getting.

Nick Jensen 360-989-8999
Kumo Tech

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Your SGNA Board of Directors is meeting with Gulch residents this Tuesday, September 14th at 7:30p.m. in the Club Room of Holladay Park Plaza(NE 16th & Multnomah). If you're a Gulcher, this is a great opportunity to find out what going on in your neighborhood and meet your fellow citizens of Sully's. Tuesday we'll discuss how Gulch-O-Rama went for everyone, our big October SGNA Community Meeting and SGNA Board of Directors elections, as well as SGNA committee reports. This is one you'll not want to miss! Nibbles provided. We hope that all of our new G-O-R friends stop by and say hello.