East Side Review

Sun
24
May

Bill passed for slain police officer Scott Patrick

Candles, flowers, flags, and more were left at the corner of Dodd and Smith in the days after officer Scott Patrick was killed following a traffic stop. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Candles, flowers, flags, and more were left at the corner of Dodd and Smith in the days after officer Scott Patrick was killed following a traffic stop. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Last week, a bill to designate a section of Dodd Road in Mendota Heights as “Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Highway” was unanimously passed by the state House and Senate.

The law was then signed by Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday, May 19.

Sun
24
May

Merrick and Woodland Hills team up for food shelf success

Maxine Brooks picks out some salad greens from Merrick Community Service’s food shelf at Woodland Hills Church. Thanks to the food shelf, she’s able to give her grandchildren, whom she’s raising, nutritious meal options. Brooks, an East Sider, relies on Social Security while raising her three young grandchildren. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Maxine Brooks picks out some salad greens from Merrick Community Service’s food shelf at Woodland Hills Church. Thanks to the food shelf, she’s able to give her grandchildren, whom she’s raising, nutritious meal options. Brooks, an East Sider, relies on Social Security while raising her three young grandchildren. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A few years ago, Merrick Community Services’ food shelf was dinky.

It was in a commercial building, where the organization paid market-rate rent of $1,400 a month, and where food shelf recipients waited outdoors, rain or shine, to receive groceries.

The food shelf could only help about 30 low-income families a day.

Sun
24
May

Taking aim at summer fun

Malachi Robinson learns some archery skills at the DNR’s “Take Aim at Summer Fun” event.
Malachi Robinson learns some archery skills at the DNR’s “Take Aim at Summer Fun” event.

Gearing up for summer, the DNR held its annual “Take Aim at Summer Fun” event at their headquarters on Saturday, May 16. The outdoor recreational fair offered a chance for people to try fishing, canoeing, archery, and more, all for free.

Sun
24
May

Rain gardens come alive in Payne-Phalen

St. Paul residents work with volunteers to plant a boulevard rain garden to keep stormwater pollutants out of Lake Phalen. (photo courtesy of Sage Passi/Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District)
St. Paul residents work with volunteers to plant a boulevard rain garden to keep stormwater pollutants out of Lake Phalen. (photo courtesy of Sage Passi/Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District)

About 40 new rain gardens appeared in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood over the weekend of May 15-18, thanks to a joint initiative from two local watershed districts as well as the St. Paul Public Works Department.

Sun
24
May

WEQY getting closer to airtime

An open house preview of the new WEQY radio station will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. There, East Siders can learn more about how to be involved in the community radio station, and check out some of the equipment that will be used. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
An open house preview of the new WEQY radio station will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. There, East Siders can learn more about how to be involved in the community radio station, and check out some of the equipment that will be used. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Open house scheduled for May 30
With a studio location in place, equipment purchased, and some programming beginning to form, the East Side’s own community radio station, 104.7 WEQY, is on its way to being ready for broadcasting.
“We have all the equipment; we have the antenna,” reports Brenda Reid, project manager for the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council.

Sun
24
May

Hayden Heights Library gets new kid zone

The old Hayden Heights Library kids’ space is a bit outdated, and could use some sprucing up, St. Paul Public Library staff decided. So, with a $10,000 grant, they’ll unveil a new, brighter space on Saturday, May 30. (submitted photo)
The old Hayden Heights Library kids’ space is a bit outdated, and could use some sprucing up, St. Paul Public Library staff decided. So, with a $10,000 grant, they’ll unveil a new, brighter space on Saturday, May 30. (submitted photo)

A freshened up children’s space will be appearing at the Hayden Heights Library on Saturday, May 30.

Wed
20
May

22nd annual Friday night History Cruzers car show begins June 5

Beginning Friday, June 5, the streets of downtown North St. Paul will be bustling with activity as collectors, residents and out-of-town visitors and spectators of all ages come to scope out the vintage vehicles, street food and live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The festivities will take place every Friday evening, through Sept. 18.

"It's probably one of the cheapest events in the Twin Cities that you can go to and enjoy yourself," says John Pontrelli, the event founder.

Tue
19
May

Anatomy of a robbery investigation

Marvin Spencer Sr.
Marvin Spencer Sr.

Pawn America robbery, shooting suspects make their way through the legal system

Those who regularly read Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig’s “One Chief’s Perspective” newsletter recently got a look at the prosecution of the suspects charged in last year’s armed robbery of the Pawn America in Roseville
The May 8 newsletter offered an intriguing look at wha’s happened since the inital investigation, and as the Review delved into the topic, details revealed the robbery was anything but “the perfect crime.”

Sun
17
May

East Side’s last Catholic school finds fiscal saviors

St. Pascal Baylon pastor Mike Byron stands in an empty, unused classroom at the parish school. The school was once flourishing with as many as 500 students. Now, the numbers are down to 135 students. In dire financial straits, the school is being restructured. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
St. Pascal Baylon pastor Mike Byron stands in an empty, unused classroom at the parish school. The school was once flourishing with as many as 500 students. Now, the numbers are down to 135 students. In dire financial straits, the school is being restructured. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

St. Pascal Baylon looks to salvage school through restructuring

Up until a month ago, it wasn’t clear whether St. Pascal Baylon’s school would operate past the end of May.
In dire financial straits, the parish and school, which sit at the corner of White Bear Avenue and East Third Street, had been running a combined annual deficit of $150,000.
To make up that deficit, they were drawing from cash reserves, which were being depleted.

Sun
17
May

The Skinny: notable incidents from the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District - published 5-17

The Eastern District Police reports from May 4- 11.

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