East Side Newsbriefs

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14
Jun

Catching some rain

(photo courtesy of Urban Roots)
(photo courtesy of Urban Roots)

Students at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School came out to work on the school’s rain garden on Friday, June 5 with Urban Roots staff.

Sun
14
Jun

East Sider wants Payne Ave. visitors to have eyes for Swede Hollow

Crystal Passi wins $5k grant for Swede Hollow history viewer
East Sider Crystal Passi is hoping that people traveling on lower Payne Avenue will take notice of Swede Hollow Park.
The park, which sits just down the hill from Lower Payne Avenue, is barely visible for pedestrians and motorists on Payne, who pass within feet of the lush, wooded hollow.

Sun
07
Jun

Metro State pursues eminent domain for holdout house

The house at 393 Bates Ave. is the only home left on a block that’s now filled with construction for a new parking ramp for Metropolitan State University. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The house at 393 Bates Ave. is the only home left on a block that’s now filled with construction for a new parking ramp for Metropolitan State University. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Meanwhile, owner sells 393 Bates to new buyer for $525,000 About 20 feet from the front steps of the odd house at 393 Bates Avenue, cars will soon be parking on the third level of Metropolitan State University’s new parking ramp. The one-story adobe home, with its symmetrical facade, is the only holdout on a square-block development project the university is doing. The construction project includes a new student center as well as a large parking ramp, which will replace what was previously a surface-level parking lot in the same location.

Sun
07
Jun

North St. Paul Lions Club celebrates 70 years of community service

Lion Donita Haack receives the International President’s Award from former International Director Debra Wasserman at the North St. Paul Lions Club’s 70th Anniversary Party May 1. (submitted photo)
Lion Donita Haack receives the International President’s Award from former International Director Debra Wasserman at the North St. Paul Lions Club’s 70th Anniversary Party May 1. (submitted photo)

This February marked the 70-year anniversary of the chartering of the North St Paul Lions Club, on Feb. 20, 1945.  

Sun
07
Jun

Conway gets greened up

The recently renovated Sun Ray Library will host some new programming that seeks to get kids to engage with the outdoors. The programming comes thanks to efforts from the national non-profit Children & Nature Network. (file photo)
The recently renovated Sun Ray Library will host some new programming that seeks to get kids to engage with the outdoors. The programming comes thanks to efforts from the national non-profit Children & Nature Network. (file photo)

Group hopes to engage kids with nature
Some nature-oriented programming is coming to Conway Park and the Sun Ray Library, along with some trees and a new garden, thanks to efforts from the Children & Nature Network.
On Friday, June 12, corporate volunteers from Wells Fargo are coming to the park to plant a variety of trees and other plants provided by St. Paul's Forestry Department.
Then, the following day, a kick-off event takes place in the park which will launch a variety of initiatives that Children & Nature Network, a national non-profit organization that promotes connecting kids with nature, have been developing.

Sun
07
Jun

New sound, new lights: Historic Mounds Theatre will get updates

Thanks to a $55,000 St. Paul Neighborhood STAR grant, the Historic Mounds Theatre's new stewards will be able to bring the place some needed updates.

Sun
31
May

Neighbors file appeal against Freedom Works zoning decision

Some Dayton’s Bluff neighbors have filed an appeal against the city of St. Paul’s zoning decision that would allow Freedom Works, Inc., to move into a vacant former convent building at 869 Fifth St. E.

Sun
31
May

Railroad Island to have a banner year

In hopes of creating an identity for the Railroad Island neighborhood, a group has organized to put up banners along the neighborhood’s main drag, Payne Avenue.

Sun
31
May

Phalen Lake speaks Hmong

Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet Elementary School’s fourth grade Hmong-language immersion class meets with some Sepak Takraw players during a track and field day. The fourth graders have been learning Hmong language skills alongside English in the school’s two-way immersion program, which is now in its fourth year and has been growing steadily. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet Elementary School’s fourth grade Hmong-language immersion class meets with some Sepak Takraw players during a track and field day. The fourth graders have been learning Hmong language skills alongside English in the school’s two-way immersion program, which is now in its fourth year and has been growing steadily. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

School’s immersion program showing steady growth

“If a grandma cannot speak to her grandchildren, the relationship is lost,” says May Lee Xiong.

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.

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