PARK THEFTS: Jerry Peterson, Armatage Park director, noted that there has been an increase in thefts from cars in the parking lot at Armatage Park. Incidences have occurred mostly from 2–4 p.m. when parents are picking their kids up from school.
FESTIVAL: Board members voted to hold the Armatage Summer Festival on July 22.
GARAGE SALE: The board has agreed to hold a garage sale event over Memorial Day weekend with Kenny neighborhood.
CROSSTOWN BP: The city’s Planning Commission had approved requests from the Crosstown BP at 60th and Penn to remodel the interior and add a 100-square-foot extension onto the backside of the station that will house car-washing equipment. The station will be required to re-stripe the lot and clean up and install landscaping.
ROSEFEST: The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) is looking for volunteers to help out with Rosefest, the neighborhood’s signature community event planned for July 19. The event will feature live music, a garden tour, Theodore Wirth House Tours, activities for children and more. To get involved, call the Rosefest hotline at 824-9350 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
WALKER TASK FORCE: The EHFNA board approved continuing the Walker Task Force, a group established as a communication channel between residents and Walker Methodist at 3737 Bryant Ave., for at least one year. The group was created in response to complaints from neighbors about noise and other issues at the center.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: The EHFNA board approved allowing its president, Matt Perry, to organize a Ward 13 meeting about community engagement and the future of the Neighborhood Revitalization plan. The meeting was planned for early March.
LIGHT RAIL MEETING: A special neighborhood meeting to gather opinions on the Southwest Transitway was discussed by the East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) Board of Directors in February.
Several routes are under consideration for the proposed light-rail transit corridor, some of which follow a path along the Midtown Greenway through East Isles. Board members agreed to hold a special neighborhood meeting to gather residents’ opinions, which would then be used to develop a resolution stating EIRA’s position on a preferred route.
Board President Ross D’Emmanuele said he hoped to set a date for the neighborhood meeting when the EIRA board met in March.
EARTH DAY CLEANUP: Fulton’s Environment Committee has agreed to help with the Earth Day Cleanup on April 19 at Lynnhurst Park, 1345 W. Minnehaha Pkwy. The board donated $100 toward the event. A 5k Recycle Run will take place the following day at Lake Harriet.
FESTIVAL: The 2008 Fulton Festival is scheduled to take place on Sept. 13.
WEBSITE REDESIGN: The board is considering several consultants to help redesign the Fulton neighborhood website and hopes to select someone by the March meeting.
MOSAIC MURAL: The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) voted to turn down a request for payment from artists hired to paint a mosaic mural at 4325 Nicollet Ave. The mural was never painted, but the artists created a rendering of it and requested payment for time spent on it. The artists have copyrighted the design.
3700 NICOLLET: KFNA’s Redevelopment Committee has hosted a series of meetings about Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation’s affordable housing development for homeless young adults planned for 3700 Nicollet Ave. The committee plans to make a recommendation about the development in April.
NEW WEBSITE: The KFNA board plans to launch a new, more user-friendly website in March. It will have the same address: www.kingfield.org.
BUSINESS FAÇADE GRANT: The KFNA board voted to agree to a partnership with the East Harriet Neighborhood Association on a business façade improvement grant application only if KFNA receives 50 percent of the funding for three of its nodes. Otherwise, KFNA planned to apply individually for a grant.
FESTIVAL: The council has decided to make Linden Hills’ annual festival on May 18th a zero-waste event. The goal would be to take steps to ensure that anything the festival provides or produces is compostable or recyclable. The group sees the festival as a way to be an environmentally responsible role model for the community. Numerous changes would be needed, such as finding alternatives to foil condiment wrappers, chip bags, Styrofoam cups, hot dog wrappers, straws, balloons and candy wrappers. The city has already agreed to provide recycling and compost bins for the event.
MARCH POTLUCK: The regular council meeting in March will also be a potluck and town hall meeting; residents are invited to attend and bring food. The event will start at 6 p.m. and speakers will talk about the affect of the mortgage/foreclosure crisis on the neighborhood. Pizza will be served and there will be entertainment for kids.
INTERNSHIP: The council’s Environment Committee would like to hire an intern from the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, which funds community-level internships. The council agreed to give a $500 contribution toward the program. The intern would help with the neighborhood’s source-separated organics project, treating diseased elms and researching grants, among other activities.
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 Coldwell Banker Burnet Building, 5516 Lyndale Ave. S.
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 Residents Inc. (LHRI): 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): Board meets 4th Monday monthly at Painter Park, 34th & Lyndale.
Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS): Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at Lynnhurst Community Center, 50th & West Minnehaha Parkway.
Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO): Board meets 2nd 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 Monday monthly at Whole Foods (classroom), 3060 Excelsior Blvd.
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 www.swjournal.com and click on “Resources.”