Neighborhood notebook

BRYN MAWR

Ash tree counters sought

The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) was recruiting neighborhood residents to assist with a neighborhood ash tree survey 9 a.m.–noon Sept. 26.

The survey is part of a two-pronged BMNA effort to stay on top of the spread of emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle whose larvae infest and kill ash trees. In addition to leading the survey, the BMNA-established Ash Borer Committee plans to keep neighborhood residents informed of the scope of the infestation in the city and neighborhood, as well as plans to address it.

Bryn Mawr residents who wish to help should contact Jessica Wiley at jesswiley@comcast.net or 374-3481.

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KENWOOD

Playground improvements

Improvements to the Kenwood Community School playground, funded in part with a $10,000 Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) matching grant, recently were completed.

A new retaining wall and fencing were installed along the W. 21st St. side of the playground. Some asphalt was removed from the playground surface to improve drainage for four new elm trees.

A brick column and new seating also were installed during the project. The total cost was about $44,000, much of it paid for through donations from current school families, alumni and neighborhood residents.

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KINGFIELD

Photographers needed

The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) is looking for neighborhood photographers to take part in its “Kingfield Utility Box/Thinking Out of the Box” project.

The organization is seeking photo submissions that define the neighborhood. Up to 20 images will be reformatted and used to wrap Kingfield utility boxes with the goal of promoting public art and preventing graffiti. A sample utility box can be found at 38th Street and Nicollet Avenue.

Photographers can submit up to five sets of photos, shot in the neighborhood, along with a short phrase completing the sentence “Kingfield is…” A panel of community members will choose the best shots.

Participants must submit photos along with application and waiver-of-rights forms by Oct. 1. The forms and more information about the project can be found at kingfield.org. Call 823-5980 with questions.

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WINDOM

Fall festival coming up

The Windom neighborhood’s Fall Festival is set for Sept. 26, from 4–8 p.m. at Windom Community Center, 5821 Wentworth Ave. S. The event will feature games, music, food and more. For more information, contact the Windom Community Council at 668-3392.

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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 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.

Neighborhood notebook

CARAG

Annual meeting on Sept. 15

The CARAG neighborhood annual meeting and potluck is Sept. 15 at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S.

The annual meeting, including board member elections, begins at 6:30 p.m.
A potluck dinner and music follow at 7:30 p.m.

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EAST HARRIET

Peace Bridge to be dedicated

After six years in the works, the new Peace Bridge in the Lyndale Park Peace Garden will be completed early this month and dedicated Sept. 20. The dedication ceremony will start at 1:05 p.m. at the garden, 4124 Roseway Road. Music and mingling will start at 12:30 p.m. Children of all ages will be invited to participate in the ceremony, which will include a new peace song by composer Steve Heitzeg.

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ECCO

Labor Day festivities

The East Calhoun Community Organization is holding is annual Labor Day parade and picnic on Sept. 7.

It starts at 2:45 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 35th & Irving. There will be games, kids activities, bingo and a potluck dinner.

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FULTON

Fall festival

The Fulton Fall Festival on Sept. 12 will feature the biggest food drive in the neighborhood’s history. The event will feature the building of a giant canned food sculpture supervised by Simply Jane Art Studio. The food drive will benefit Joyce Food Shelf.

The festival will also have live music, children’s activities and a bike parade. It will be held 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at Pershing Park, 48th & Chowen.

Other highlights include:

— The debut performance of Peace Child/USA-Minnesota, a Fulton neighborhood-based group working on finding solutions related to world peace, human rights and the environment;

— Live musical performances by Shout, Kevin Anthony & TC Playboys, Don White and Blues 211; and

— More than 140 artsy lawn signs designs by Fulton residents.

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LINDEN HILLS

A day of dog celebration

Dog lovers get ready — the Linden Hills Business Association’s 5th annual Woofstock is set for Sept. 19 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at 43rd Street and Upton Avenue. The event will feature a dog parade, more than 30 booths with products for your pooch, an agility demonstration, trick contests, a warm water dog wash, a scavenger hunt and live music. Dog-friendly businesses interested in setting up a booth or dog owners who want to show off their pets in the trick contest can find registration information at lindenhillswoofstock.net.

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STEVENS SQUARE

Stevens Square hires volunteer and events coordinator

The Stevens Square Community Organization in July hired a part-time volunteer and events coordinator.

Josie Shardlow, who formerly served as community organizer for the Whittier Alliance, will work about 10–15 hours per week organizing neighborhood projects and activities. Shardlow is a Whittier resident.

SSCO appoints new board member

The Stevens Square Community Organization Board of Directors appointed Erik Farseth to an empty seat on the board at its Aug. 20 meeting.

Farseth also serves on the board of the Stevens Square Center for the Arts. His one-year term runs until June 2010.

David Crockett, a developer who lives in Stevens Square, withdrew his application for a board appointment at the same meeting.

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THE WEDGE

CVS sign variance gets OK

A variance request required for a sign outside the future CVS Pharmacy at 1010 W. Lake St. won support from the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) Board of Directors.

The LHENA board voted Aug. 19 to approve a variance for a sign facing an alley on the east side of the building. CVS representatives explained that the positioning of the building, which has very little setback from Lake Street, required them to mount a sign on the rear of the building so it would be visible by passing motorists.

The pharmacy was scheduled to open in early 2010.

Tattoo parlor non-conforming use application rejected

After listening to testimony from concerned neighbors, the LHENA Board of Directors voted to oppose a change in non-conforming use for a property at 2401 Dupont Ave. S.

Formerly divided into a salon and grocery store, the property owners were requesting a new permit for a tattoo and piercing parlor that would share the building with a coffee shop.

Several nearby residents said the property had been vacant for some time. They said the residential setting of the property was not appropriate for the proposed use.

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WHITTIER

Whittier Alliance rejects mixed-use proposal

Plans for a mixed-use development on a vacant lot on Nicollet Avenue failed to win support from the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors.

The proposal from Master Engineering for 2644 Nicollet Ave. S called for 47 rental units in a four-story building with ground-floor retail. Several board members expressed disappointment with the quality of construction in previous Master Engineering projects.

The Board voted to deny support for the site plan at its Aug. 27 meeting, and also rejected a variance request to allow a rooftop deck.

In a separate motion, the Board requested that if the project does win city approval, it is built as presented in the site plan, with quality materials used throughout the interior and exterior. They also requested that some units be reserved for home ownership, and that the builder would enter into a community benefits agreement with the neighborhood.

6th Ward candidate forum scheduled

A 6th Ward City Council candidate forum 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Sept. 16 at Whittier International Elementary School, 2620 Grand Ave. S, will be moderated by Star Tribune city hall reporter Steve Brandt.

City Council Member Robert Lilligren and candidates Mohamed Cali, Laura Jean, Michael Tupper and Andy Exley will meet with residents for 20 minutes at the beginning of the forum. Whittier Alliance and the Stevens Square Community Organization co-sponsored the event.

— Dylan Thomas, Jake Weyer and Sarah McKenzie

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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. S.

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 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. S. 

Windom Community Council: Board meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at Windom Community Center, 5821 Wentworth Ave. S.

For more information about Southwest neighborhood organizations, go to www.swjournal.com and click on “Resources.” Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at smckenzie@mnpubs.com.