East Side Review

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East Side Review police reports May 15 - 21, 2014

Thursday, May 15 - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

Fri
06
Jun

City Academy builds up


City Academy kids remove some old window trim from a serious fixer-upper owned by Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. The school’s Youth Build program, which has been going strong since 1993, got a bump up in funding via federal grants. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Chia Yang, the Youth Build crew leader, was once a City Academy student himself -- he went through the Youth Build program and became a licensed contractor before coming back to work for the school, teaching kids how to do contracting work. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Added grant means more ‘hands-on’ for alternative high school students
It was not your typical last day of school -- on a hot and sunny Friday, May 30, four teenage boys wore safety glasses, masks, and threw debris out a second story window into a dumpster.

Fri
06
Jun

Lake Phalen waterfall gets new life


Dry for decades, the 15-foot tall stone waterfall at the northwest corner of Lake Phalen has been restored. The dedication of water cascading again was held during the WaterFest events May 31. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

St. Paul Park and Recreation’s landscape architect Bryan Murphy, second from left, would later speak to a crowd at the dedication of the restored stone waterfall at Lake Phalen. Water is drawn from Lake Phalen and recirculated. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Lake Phalen’s old, dormant waterfall has been brought back to life.
The waterfall, which sits on the west side of Lake Phalen, was originally built in the 1950s when the lake levels were receding -- the manmade waterfall drew from a nearby well and was a makeshift way of replenishing the water supply.

Mon
02
Jun

Arlington Hills opening kicks off summer


Teen boys took to the courts on opening day of the long-awaited Arlington Hills Community Center. The 41,000 square foot facility celebrated a grand opening on Thursday, May 22. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Library-goers were able to check out books and browse on the opening day of the community center. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Kids, teens, and families all came to check out the new Arlington Hills Community Center. The stairway leading down to the teen center and gymnasium is decorated with wood paneling and a minimalist chandelier. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Teens scoped out the center’s teen area, where they’ll have access to hi-tech gadgetry, a recording studio, and a performance space. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A kid’s play area was a curiosity for young East Siders. The Arlington Hills Community Center seeks to be a resource for East Siders of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

East Siders turned out in numbers on Thursday, May 22, to check out the brand new Arlington Hills Community Center, a long-awaited multi-purpose space officials are hoping will serve as a backbone for the community.

Mon
02
Jun

New Carnegie library stewards want to “raise the roof”


The people behind the East Side Freedom Library may have a lease on the old Arlington Hills library building, but they’ve got their work cut out for them. They need to find funds to replace the roof by the end of the year. (file photo)

Well, they may have the building, but there’s a lot of work to be done yet.

Mon
02
Jun

Polly’s benefit planned to ease construction woes


A road construction project on Payne Avenue has meant slow business for Polly’s Coffee Cove and other nearby shops. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Since construction started on Payne Avenue in April, Ann Polachek figures her business has dwindled by roughly half.

Mon
02
Jun

Metro State science building has green light


Metro State University will break ground this summer on its new science building, thanks to state bonding funds. A rendering of Metro State University’s new science building shows how it will connect to the rest of the campus via skyway over East Sixth Street. (submitted graphic)

Will mean a busy summer of construction on East Side campus
Well, the funding’s lined up, and the contractor’s picked -- Metro State University will begin work this summer on a new science education building.
Construction is slotted to start in August, and will go through winter 2015.

Sun
01
Jun

East Side Review police reports May 8 - 14, 2014

Thursday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

Fri
30
May

During chase, Ramsey County Sheriff squad car crashes into building, ignites gas fire


A Ramsey County Sheriff squad car crashed into a building at Willow Lake Boulevard and Labore Road while pursuing another vehicle, igniting a gas fire that burned for two hours. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)

The squad car cracked a segment of the curb as it left the road, on the west side of the intersection of Willow Lake Boulevard and Labore Road. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)

A Ramsey County Sheriff's squad car crashed into a building while pursuing another vehicle in Vadnais Heights the evening of May 29, hitting a gas line and igniting a fire that burned for nearly two hours until Xcel Energy cut off the line, police

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