Neighborhood notebook

FULTON

ELECTIONS: The Fulton Neighborhood Association held its elections on Sept. 10. Originally, five candidates vied for six positions, but to fill the gap, current board president Nick Mark threw his name into the running.

“I have been considering stepping down,” Mark said beforehand.

New to the board are Charles Donly and Earl Savage. Returning are Mark, Bill Kerker, Linda Romine and John Finlayson — a 15-year veteran of the board. Outgoing are Taunya Nelson and Tom Steele.

E-NEWSLETTER: The Fulton Neighborhood Association has launched an electronic version of its newsletter. To sign up to receive the e-mail, call 922-3106 or e-mail info@fultonneighborhood.org.

KENWOOD

SOUTHWEST CORRIDOR LRT
: A resolution opposing the proposed Kenilworth route for future light-rail transit was approved after much debate by
the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) Board.

The resolution opposes trains on the Kenilworth route through Kenwood — one of several proposed routes through Southwest — unless design plans include “real and substantial mitigation and benefits that will be acceptable to the neighborhood.”

The final version of the resolution was amended to include stronger language against the route through Kenwood.

KINGFIELD

PROJECT ORGANIZER: The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) is looking for a part-time project organizer to focus on crime and safety, event planning and committee project support. The position is paid. For a full job description, visit www.kingfield.org.

3700 NICOLLET: The Minneapolis Planning Commission will consider a Conditional Use Permit and variances for Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation’s (PCNF) affordable housing development slated for 3700 Nicollet Ave. on Sept. 22 in room 317 of City Hall, 350 S. 5th St. A public hearing will take place before the commission’s discussion.

EATING FOR ART: On Oct. 2, several Kingfield restaurants will donate a portion of their sales to help pay for the recently completed Walldogs on Nicollet mural project. For a list of participating restaurants and more information, visit www.kingfield.org.

LOWRY HILL

LAKE OF THE ISLES BRIDGE CLOSURE: City Council Member Lisa Goodman (7th Ward) told the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA) board on Sept. 9 the Park Board informed her of its plans to close the Kenilworth bridge on the west side of Lake of the Isles to vehicular traffic from Sept. 15–Oct. 2. The Calhoun lagoon bridge on the southeast end of the lake will be closed from Oct. 6–Oct. 23. These closures are in preparation of next spring’s repaving of Lake of the Isles Parkway. (See Parks Update on page A18).

FRIENDS OF THOMAS LOWRY PARK
: Lowry Hill resident and Friends of Thomas Lowry Park member Barb Fogel told LHNA the organization needs new volunteers, planting materials and money. Friends of Thomas Lowry Park recently became a 501(c)3 organization, making all donations tax deductible.

Fogel asked the board for its support in purchasing a large, weather and theft resistant urn to install in the southwest corner of the park. Tangletown Gardens has agreed to keep the urn planted for free in exchange for acknowledgement of its gift.

LHNA president Craig Wilson created a taskforce to research the cost of the project and appointed Fogel its chair.

The board thanked both Barb Fogel and her husband Jim for their volunteer efforts in the park.

PALIO FESTIVAL: LHNA agreed to support the Palio Festival with a donation of $500 and membership volunteers.

Jim and Barb Fogel accepted the board’s nomination to act as grand marshals of the Palio Festival parade.

MISSING LINK TASK FORCE: The board formed a task force to address the safety hazard posed by an unmarked street crossing that neighborhood residents use to get from Kenwood Park to Lake of the Isles. The crossing is east of the Kenwood Recreation Center between Oliver and Logan avenues on Franklin Avenue. The sidewalk through Kenwood Park comes to a dead end at Franklin Avenue and begins again on the other side of the street.

Board member and chair of the taskforce, Janet Hallaway told the board that city traffic engineers recommended extending the sidewalk through the park to Penn Avenue. “They felt it was too dangerous for anyone to be crossing the road right there,” said Hallaway.  

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): 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 Tuesday 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, click on “Resources” under the navigation bar. Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at smckenzie@mnpubs.com.

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ARMATAGE

FUN WALK FUNDING: The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) voted to not donate $500 to organizers of the Armatage Family Fun Walk.

The board’s decision came after a late request from Fun Walk chairperson Tina Erazmus — also an ANA board member — for the board to provide the event with the same amount of money it did last year.

At the ANA’s Aug. 19 meeting, Erazmus said the board’s donation kick-started last year’s event and that another $500 donation would be critical for the Fun Walk to get a second go-around.

But other ANA board members disagreed with the idea that the board had to make a donation simply because it did so last year. Several said ANA has a more fiscally conservative mindset in the face of impending Neighborhood Revitalization Program changes and thus can’t afford to simply give away another $500. Plus, the Fun Walk raised more than $25,000 last year.

“I have serious doubts about a fundraising group that raises $25,000 but can’t hold $500 to start itself back up,” ANA President Noah Schuchman said.

Tom Alagna, ANA’s treasurer, was on the board last year when the previous $500 amount was approved. He said he thought at the time that it wouldn’t become a multiyear commitment.

“I think it’s really unfair,” ANA member Denis Houle said. “I don’t think this board can lose $500.”

But Erazmus said it would be a mistake for the board not to help out the fundraiser, that it would come back to haunt them by creating a disconnected image in the neighborhood.

The motion to donate failed 5-2. An amended motion, which would have decreased the donation to $300, failed similarly.

CARAG

ANNUAL MEETING: The Calhoun Area Residents Action Group’s (CARAG) annual meeting and potluck is scheduled for Sept. 16 at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. The potluck starts at 6 p.m. and the board meeting, which will include board elections, starts at 7 p.m.

TANGLETOWN

HOME TOUR: The Tangletown Neighborhood Association is looking for volunteers for its annual home tour. Each of the five stops needs two-person teams on hand to provide security and assistance.

The tour is scheduled for 1–5 p.m. Sept. 28.

Those interested can contact the association at 952-886-3303 or info@tangletown.org.

WEST CALHOUN

NO MEETING: The West Calhoun Neighborhood Council will not hold its regular meeting in September. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Whole Foods, 3060 Excelsior Blvd.

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): 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 Tuesday 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, click on “Resources” under the navigation bar. Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at smckenzie@mnpubs.com.