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.
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.
The City of North St. Paul will be hosting an open house on May 28, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at City Hall to review the final draft of the Zoning Code Recodification, as well as answer questions, take comments and feedback.
Webster Elementary held their first ever Color Run with 200 pre-registered participants and more registering on race day with each runner- student, staff, family, friend contributing fifteen dollars for the school fundraiser.
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.