Community remembers Tom Broder
Members of the Fulton community gathered around Pershing Park May 15 to honor the late Southwest restaurateur Tom Broder.
The Fulton Neighborhood Association held a ceremony where an oak tree was planted in the name of Broder, who passed away in 2008, to honor the effort he put into bettering the Fulton neighborhood.
Jon Finlayson, member of the Fulton Neighborhood Association Board, said the Fulton Neighborhood Association wanted to honor Broder, owner of Broders’ Cucina Italiana and Broders’ Pasta Bar, for the dedication he gave to the community outside of his work at the popular restaurants.
Finlayson said Broder’s relationship with the Fulton Neighborhood Association started with Broder expressing the initial interest.
“It is not common for restaurateurs to fully engage in the neighborhood, but Tom approached us,” Finlayson said. “He felt public service was a good thing, and he did a lot of it.”
Broder served on the Fulton Neighborhood Association Board twice, according to Finlayson, who said Broder always had a project or a plan for the community.
To his own recollection, Finlayson said Broder was unsuccessful only once in his time on the board.
“The only thing he didn’t do is that he never got the skateboard park he wanted built,” Finlayson said.
Molly Broder, Broder’s wife, said her husband’s interest in the neighborhood came from a background in sociology and political science. She said her husband was always thinking about the future of the neighborhood, and he had a strong belief in the ability to solve civic issues through discussion and diplomacy.
“My kids told me they will have to go and touch the tree every time before they go vote,” Molly Broder said.
Holiday Stationstores presentation
The Fulton Neighborhood Association’s Board of Director is inviting Fulton residents to a brief presentation and Q&A session June 9 to learn about proposed changes at the Holiday Stationstore at West 50th Street and Drew Avenue South.
Holiday Stationstores across the city, including this Fulton location, are adding electronic display signs outside their stores. Representatives of the gas station are seeking feedback on the proposed signs.
Mike Cronin, a representative of Holiday Stationstores, will be leading the presentation. The meeting will be 7:45 p.m. at the Pershing Park Recreation Center, 3523 W. 48th St.
Board officers elected
The Armatage Neighborhood Association Board of Directors elected Dan Sweeny president at its April meeting.
Also elected were: Alisha Stowbridge, vice president; Nikki Lindberg, secretary; and Jim Steely, treasurer.
ECCO Super Sale
Saturday, June 5, marks the 38th annual ECCO Super Sale. Hours for the sale will be
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Super Sale is an annual event sponsored by the ECCO Board in which all ECCO residents are encouraged to participate by having a garage or yard sale on the same day. Last year, 55 sales took place within the ECCO neighborhood.
The ECCO neighborhood includes the following area: Lake Street to 36th Street and from Hennepin Avenue to East Calhoun Boulevard.
SSCO to hold annual meeting
The Stevens Square Community Organization [SSCO] holds its annual meeting 10 a.m.–12 p.m. June 12 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. S.
The annual agenda includes election of SSCO Board of Directors members. Also, SSCO committees will report on their activities.
Board officers elected
The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association Board of Directors re-elected Katherine Himes to board president in May.
Other board officers elected where: Mark Greenwald, vice president; Peter Dahlberg, treasurer; and Lisa Peterson-Bender, secretary.
Southwest neighborhood group meeting times
Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA): Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Armatage Park, 57th & Russell.
Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Bryn Mawr School, 252 Upton Ave. S.
Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) meeting: Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S.
Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA) meeting: Board meets every 1st Tuesday at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.
East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO): Board meets 1st Thursday monthly at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.
East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA): Board meets 1st Wednesday monthly at Lyndale Farmstead Park Building, 3900 Bryant Ave.
East Isles Residents Association (EIRA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.
Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Pershing Park, 3523 W. 48th St.
Kenny Neighborhood Association (KNA): Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Kenny Park Building, 1328 W. 58th St.
Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA): Board meets 1st Monday monthly at Kenwood Neighborhood Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.
Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 41st & Nicollet.
Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St.
Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Kenwood Neighborhood Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.
Lowry Hill East (Wedge): Board meets 3rd Wednesday monthly at Jefferson Elementary School, 1200 W. 26th St.
Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA): General membership meetings are on the 4th Monday monthly at Painter Park, 34th & Lyndale.
Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS): Board meets 2nd Monday monthly at 6:30 p.m. at Lynnhurst Community Center, 50th & West Minnehaha Parkway.
Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO): Board meets 3rd Thursday monthly at the Loring-Nicollet Community Center, 1925 Nicollet Ave. S.
Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA): Board meets 3rd Monday monthly at Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave.
West Calhoun Neighborhood Council: Board meets 2nd Tuesday monthly at The Bakken, 3537 Zenith Ave. S.
Whittier Alliance: Board meets 4th Thursday monthly at the Whittier Community School, 2620 Grand Ave.
Windom Community Council: Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at Windom Community Center, 5821 Wentworth Ave.
For more information about Southwest neighborhood organizations, go to southwestjournal.com and click on “Resources.” Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at email@example.com.