Neighborhood notebook

EAST HARRIET

MAKING BANK ON ROSEFEST: East Harriet raised a little more than $3,700 at this year’s Rosefest celebration. That’s in contrast to losing around $500 in 2007, said board member Bruce Wadman, who called this year’s take “a nice, hefty profit.” This year’s financial boost came from stronger attendance and several sponsorships, he said. The money will go to East Harriet’s general fund and be available for future events and other initiatives.

NRP UPDATE: Board chair Matt Perry updated members on the new advisory board and city department recently created to govern the NRP program. Perry has been working with chairs of other neighborhood organizations citywide to help define how the advisory board will function and how its eight representatives from neighborhoods will be elected.

BREAKFAST AND BUDGETS: Councilmember Betsy Hodges invited board members and all East Harriet and Ward 13 residents to her monthly breakfast Nov. 19 at 8 a.m. at Pearson’s Restaurant (3808 W 50th St.), where she’ll discuss the city’s proposed 2009 budget and answer any questions.

ECCO

NEW PRESIDENT, NEW OFFICERS: Board elected Nancy Ward as its new president. Ward replaces Bruce Grimm, who stepped down, per ECCO bylaws, after four years on the board. The board thanked Grimm for his service. Also elected were: John Ellis, vice president; Robert Keane, secretary; and Elaine Beyer, treasurer. The board also set members on its three standing committees: Zoning, Social Communications and Special Events, and Neighborhood Safety.

KENWOOD

LAKE OF THE ISLES: The Kenwood Isles Area Association [KIAA] approved a resolution to form an ad hoc committee with other neighborhoods that would advise on completion of the Lake of the Isles renovation.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board [MPRB] began the renovation project in 2000. The plan includes shoreline stabilization, tree planting, path restoration and the improvement of parkland.

Neighborhoods residents have played an advisory role in the process, but have also been disappointed by some aspects of the renovation, such as new shrubs that grew taller than expected and blocked views of the lake.

Nearby neighborhoods were expected to consider a similar resolution in the coming weeks. If approved, representatives from all of the neighborhoods will work with the MPRB to bring the renovation project to a satisfactory close.

LRT STATION: The KIAA discussed a resolution that would clearly state neighborhood opposition to a light rail transit [LRT] maintenance facility in or near Kenwood.

If LRT is routed through Kenwood on the Kennilworth Corridor — a plan that is still under consideration — several sites near the neighborhood may be considered for a train storage and maintenance facility. KIAA board members expressed concern about the additional noise and train traffic associated with such a facility.

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 first 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 Monday monthly at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Neighborhood notebook

CARAG

NEW NEWS REP: The CARAG board is searching for two representatives to serve on the Uptown Neighborhood News board. The monthly newspaper is guided by a six-person board of directors that includes three spots for CARAG residents. The board plans to approve the representatives at its November meeting. Anyone interested can contact CARAG Executive Coordinator Scott Engel at 823-2520 or scottengel@carag.org.

NO DECEMBER MEETING: The board cancelled its Dec. 16 meeting because of its proximity to the holidays. It plans to use the time for a full board retreat.

LINDEN HILLS

NEW LHiNC BOARD MEMBERS: Linden Hills’ annual Town Hall meeting featured some music, an election and a bit of contention.

Aside from the requisite Smores and sitting around the bonfire, residents also elected a new LHiNC Board of Directors.

Jon Hoffert, David Jones, Amy Kane, Linea Palmisano (who will likely be re-elected as board president), Patrick Sarver and Adam Wiatrowski were elected to two-year terms. They will join board members Tom Bicanich, Casey Collins, Jim Fisher, Kelly Keegan, Lesley Lydell, Juan Carlos Ruisenor, Kathy Urberg, Keiko Veasey and Sam Will, who will finish his two-year term.

However, 13-year board member Debbie Evans was not re-elected. Evans has filed a grievance with the board, stating the election process violated LHiNC by-laws. Her grievance will be addressed at a future board meeting, sitting board president Palmisano said.  

The Nov. 11 meeting is scheduled to address recent transportation worries, specifically along Upton Avenue, Palmisano said.

GREEN FILM FESTIVAL: The first-annual Green Carpet Film Festival was held Oct. 24 above Wild Rumpus Bookstore, 2720 West 43rd St., and the event, by all accounts, lived up to expectations. Whether or not the city grant-funded, eco-minded film festival will return for a second year has yet to be decided.

The 25 submissions were aimed at combating climate change.

The Green Carpet Film Festival, funded in part by a City of Minneapolis Climate Change Initiative Grant, received many submissions from students, some as young as 5, said Linden Hills Coordinator Felicity Britton.

The eclectic mix of films featured ninjas, chalk artists, possums, and an animated banana peel, among other clever characters. More than $1,850 in prize money was given out to award winners.

The grand prize (a Golden Garby and $500) went to filmmaker Laddie Messig. His short movie, “Clown Goes Green” has him pledging to keep his red clown nose on until he completes the Minnesota Energy Challenge.

The entries were judged by polar explorer and educator Will Steger, WCCO anchors Amelia Santaniello and Frank Vascellaro and Journal editor Sarah McKenzie.

WHITTIER

FUND TRANSFER: The Whittier Alliance Executive Board will seek neighborhood approval to transfer funds from a rental property rehabilitation loan program to other neighborhood projects.

The board approved a motion to transfer of $200,000 from a loan program begun with funds from phase one of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program [NRP] to its NRP phase two projects. The transfer would require neighborhood approval at the Dec. 8 Community Issues meeting.

Board President Erica Christ said the public meeting might be delayed, however. The Board could determine to transfer the funds to a specific NRP phase two programs before going ahead with the public meeting, now likely set for January, Christ said.

BOARD MEMBER APPOINTED: Whittier resident Daphna Stromberg was appointed to fill an empty seat for an at-large representative to the Executive Board. Stromberg’s term expires in 2010.


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 Monday monthly at 6:30 p.m. 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” in the naviation bar. Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at smckenzie@mnpubs.com.