Paul Thao, an East Sider who goes to Harding High School, was chosen as one of a select few to go to Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America. (submitted photo)
East Side Hmong teen chosen to represent the region
Prior to Friday, Feb. 21, 17-year-old Paul Thao had never been on an airplane.
The East Side teen was flown out to Washington, D.C. by the Boy Scouts of America to take part in the organization’s annual report to the nation, detailing the Scouting’s accomplishments. This year, the boys gave the report to Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Janet Cullen shows off two paintings that will be in her show at the East Side Arts Council. Cullen spent years painting without showing anyone, but recently found the motivation to show her work. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
East Sider Janet Cullen has not had an easy life.
Her father was an alcoholic, and she lost one brother to suicide.
Every year, the City of St. Paul holds a neighborhood honor roll where each of the city’s 17 district councils name three individuals or groups as Neighborhood Honor Roll honorees. Below are bios provided by the district council offices.
Residents in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, near Gotzian and East Fifth streets, decided to spruce up their front yard with an elaborate ice castle. The colorful blocks of ice splash a little color into the gray streets and white snow.
Pam Santoso (top left) sleds with her kids Dewa (bottom)and Rirana at David Sterling’s sledding hill. Sterling’s hill he built on a mostly flat lot is just one of the assets he’s putting into the neighborhood. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)
East Sider David Sterling, 71, may be an older gentleman, but he’s got plenty of energy to put into his neighborhood.
Bill Nisbit jokes with another volunteer as they put out gifts on tables.
(photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)
Hot Wheels, Play-Doh, basketballs, baseball gloves, footballs, Target gift cards -- the gifts poured in for East Siders in need.
Merrick Community Services was able to help 1,000 families have presents to give to their kids this holiday season, via a toy drive culminating in a toy distribution event.
The annual toy drive has been going strong for decades.
Doug Schultz, at right, got a lot of help from his neighbors in setting up his light show. Shown clockwise are neighbors Pam Voss and her son T.J. Voss, Carla Hoffman, Rick Buckley, and John Hansen. The lights display has brought the neighbors closer, Voss said. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)
To say that the holiday lights display at 1526 York Ave. is exuberant is most certainly an understatement.
It’s got 40,000 lights, fills up the front yards of six homes, and is synced up to a rotating queue of 36 Christmas songs with the help of computer light sequencing software.
Johnson High School principal Micheal Thompson swam with sharks as part of a fundraising effort on Thursday, Nov. 14, Give to the Max Day.
Thompson, along with other principals and faculty, swam in the Sea Life Minnesota aquarium at the Mall of America as Johnson High students watched.