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
971-570-2155

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.
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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

SGNA COMMUNITY MEETING THIS TUESDAY!!

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.

Friday, September 10, 2010

GULCH-O-RAMA IS HERE!!

The fifth annual GULCH-O-RAMA, your community’s annual celebration of this fabulous urban village is tomorrow, September 11th from 4-9 pm on NE 24th and NE Clackamas.

This year, in addition to the music and food, vendors and artists, Suliivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association presents Circus Cascadia, an interactive circus experience where children and adults can try all kinds of circus equipment and skills. Try something new yourself or just enjoy watching others learn new things from this joyful group of circus professionals

They'll teach us...
Chinese Ribbons, Pole Balancing, Plate Spinning
Stilt Walking, Walking Ball, Rolla Bolas
Unicycling, Devil Stick, Clowning, Juggling, & Diabolo

GULCH-O-RAMA Schedule of Events
3:00 - PARADE
Kids gather at 24th and Clackamas to Parade through the Gulch drawing people back to 24th and Clackamas

4:00 - GULCH-O-RAMA BEGINS!
Sullivan’s Gulp with free samples of local delicacies
Vendors, Artists and community organizations
Raffle drawing every hour
4:00 - CIRCUS CASCADIA!
4:30-6:00 - Local musical talent
5:00 - Potluck Dinner - SGNA is providing the entree, Gulchers do the rest!
Water provided free, pop is $.50 a pop!

If your last name starts with a...

A through I bring a side dish

J through R bring a salad

S through Z bring a dessert

6:00 – 9:00 - Music a plenty!

Gulch-O-Rama Challenge to Hold-Outs

This year’s Gulch-O-Rama is hoping to draw the largest number of gulch residents that have never before come to a community event. If you are new to the neighborhood or just never dared to come before., whether your rent or own, we want you to come and get your Gulch on.

If you have been to Gulch-O-Rama before but know neighbors who have not, bring them with you and introduce them at the welcome table and get a free raffle ticket.

If you have never come to a Gulch-O-Rama before, your name will be entered into a special raffle drawing when you introduce yourself at the welcome table.


Artists invited to display and sell work at Gulch-O-Rama
Any artists or craftsperson who would like to set up a table at the Gulch-O-Rama event on September 11th should bring their own table to set up between 2 and 4 pm on the day. Spaces will be assigned first come first served.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

SGNA COMMUNITY MEETING TUESDAY 9/14

The SGNA Board of Directors is meeting Tuesday, September 14th at 7:30p.m. in the Club Room of Holladay Park Plaza(NE 16th & Multnomah). If you're a Sullivan's Gulch resident, this is a great opportunity to find out what going on in your neighborhood and meet your fellow Gulchers. 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. Stop by and say hello.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SGNA Newsletter - Hot Off the Press!

By now you should have received the Fall issue of our SGNA Newsletter.
It's chock-full of info and remembrances of Gulch-O-Ramas past and present as well as all the recent doings of our SGNA Board of Directors.
If our delivery folks missed you, please give us a holler here at the blog.