Monday, November 15, 2010

Hmmmm, what was that again?

This post is a short one but it's an important one nonetheless. All too often, established media outlets like the Trib, DesNews, and the majority of the broadcasted news channels give our beloved area a good deal of undeserved, predominantly negative attention.

I thought it fitting to show you a time when our good friends at City Weekly have decided to turn this concept on it's ear and give us positive accolades for something that is not in our exact boundaries. The article, about an oriental restaurant, uses the phrase "The increasingly fashionable Rose Park area" to describe the location of said restaurant. That's right my friends, "increasingly fashionable" and "Rose Park" in the same sentence. What does this mean you say? It's simple, whether or not you dig sushi or drink sake, the news outlet was given something positive to report and they did just that.

Keep it up folks.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Another opportunity to make our community a better place.

Ok, before you get the idea that I am pushing some green peace hippie propaganda down your throats I want to enlighten you as to what the word "environment" means. Over the years the "E" word has come to bear the burden of all natural spaces like forests, national parks, wetlands, waterways, and publicly managed lands. In truth, your environment is whatever is around you when you say the words "my environment". Right now I'm in a basement office staring at a computer and a dry erase board and for the moment, it's my environment. (And I don't plan on chaining myself to a tree to protect it any time soon!)

The Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE) is performing a study on the Rose Park area and they want to know what you feel about your neighborhood environment. If you're not satisfied with something, like water or air quality, noise pollution, light pollution, not enough light, public safety, etc. etc. this is your chance to speak up. It is my understanding that (USEE) has received a grant to improve whatever we as Rose Park residents identify and this study will help determine what that is.

So take a minute and fill out the survey. This is one of the opportunities I always preach about where if people know what's going on they can get involved and make a difference. Just click the link below to get started and don't forget share this blog post with your neighbors.

I want to help make Rose Park a better place (take the survey)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Welcome to Neighborhood Watch 2.0!

With the recent success of catching 3 daytime home burglars by using email, we have been asked by the community to go full scale with the idea by creating what we are calling the Rose Park Email Network (RPEN). RPEN will not be used to send pictures of birthday parties or to talk about how awesome our pets are. Rather, it will be an information distribution tool that leans more toward crime, community issues which may require our involvement, or civic issues or decisions that may affect our lives as residents of Rose Park. For example, if a city project involves construction in our area and a period of public comment is mandated by the city, then we will broadcast that information so that all parties who may have a desire to weigh in on the matter will have an opportunity to do so. All too often these opportunities go by with very few people knowing about them and by the time construction has begun, it is too late.

If you are interested in joining RPEN, simply send us an email at We will never use your email for anything but this purpose and will not pass it on to anyone else. If we do this right, and all of us as Rose Park residents get involved toward making a positive difference in our community, I think we'll all find that RPEN is truly mightier than the sword. (I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist!)