Neighborhood notebook // Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr considers memorial for Accent Signage victims

The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association is in the early stages of planning a memorial to honor the victims of the Sept. 27 workplace shooting at Accent Signage Systems.

Options include a garden or monument on parkland adjacent to the business at 2322 W. Chestnut Ave. or some other type of memorial near the intersection of Penn Avenue and Cedar Lake Road, a small commercial node residents refer to as “downtown Bryn Mawr.” A small group of neighborhood volunteers is also considering a gathering to honor the victims next summer.

“We’re of the mind this is unfortunately and tragically one of the most significant events in Bryn Mawr, probably ever,” said Kristin Markert, one of the volunteers on the project, during a Nov. 14 presentation to the neighborhood association.

Six people died in the shooting, including the gunman, 36-year-old Andrew Engledinger, who opened fire when he was told he’d lost his job and eventually turned the gun on himself. 

Neighborhood association President Marlin Possehl said Shereen Rahamim expressed interest in some type of memorial to him during a funding event for the victims. Rahamim is the widow of Accent Signage Systems founder Reuven Rahamim, who was among those shot and killed by Engledinger.

— Dylan Thomas 

East Isles 

Biden honors outreach 

worker for The Bridge 

EAST ISLES — Vice President Joe Biden recently honored a local outreach worker as an emerging leader of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. 

Kristan Clow, youth and community outreach manager at The Bridge For Youth, attended a barbeque this fall at Biden’s home, which is a mansion on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Ninety honorees toured the White House and discussed issues like the AIDs epidemic and foreign persecution.

They talked about what the U.S. is doing to help individuals get aid in countries where they are persecuted, Clow said. “It put a whole new perspective on things. … You can get drug out of your house and lynched in the street for being gay.”

Clow discussed her work with Biden’s wife, Jill. She explained that The Bridge provides housing and transportation to LGBT students who are kicked out of the house, guaranteeing they can attend their original schools. The Bridge for Youth is currently ramping up outreach to Minneapolis Public Schools.

“[Jill] talked a lot about the bravery and courage it takes to live authentically,” Clow said. “She was thanking us for the hard work we do. She said we make the world a better place by being out.” 

— Michelle Bruch 

Lowry Hill

Walker plans campus improvements 

The Walker Art Center has announced it is planning improvements to its building, an adjacent green space and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, with repair work on the museum building to begin in February.

The Walker, among the leading venues for contemporary art and performance in the nation, aims to develop a “unified vision” for its campus, according to a press release from the museum. The planning process began in 2009 and was led by James Dayton, a museum trustee and principal architect at Minneapolis-based James Dayton Design who is currently serving as president of the museum’s board.

Resurfacing of the museum’s original, 1971 brick façade begins in February. A metal-clad expansion of the museum, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, opened in 2005, but the façade of the older part of the building, designed by Edward Larabee James, is now in need of “extensive repair due to deterioration of its surface,” according to the announcement.

The renovations are scheduled for completion in December 2013. The museum will remain open and accessible to the public during the repair work.

Meanwhile, plans for the museum’s four-acre green space, site of the Open Field summer program, and the sculpture garden, are still under development.

According to the museum, the sculpture garden is in need of significant improvements after nearly 25 years of use. The garden is jointly operated with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and both organizations continue to seek the funding for new plantings and energy efficiency improvements.

A new Jim Hodges sculpture of four boulders covered in brightly colored, glossy stainless steel appeared on the green space next to the Walker this summer. The hill beside the museum is also home to James Turrell’s “Sky Pesher,” installed in 2005.

The hill remains largely undeveloped and open, and according to the Walker any plans for the space will ensure it remains available for flexible programming, including the Open Field program and the museum’s annual Rock the Garden concert.

— Dylan Thomas 


CIDNA board meeting

The next CIDNA board meeting has been changed to Wednesday, Dec. 5 for further discussion on the Southwest LRT draft environmental impact statement. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave. 

East Calhoun 

Livability Committee meeting

The Livability Committee, which reviews zoning proposals and safety issues, among other things, will be meeting Nov. 27, 7–9 p.m., at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S. 

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 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. 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 Walker Methodist, 3737 Bryant Ave. S. (Health Service door) 

East Isles Residents Association (EIRA): Board meets 2nd Tuesday monthly at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St. 

Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Pershing Park, 3523 W. 48th St. 

Hale Page Diamond Lake Community Association (HPDL): Board meets last Monday of the month at 5144 13th Ave. S. 

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 Thursday monthly at 6 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 5:30 p.m. at The Bakken, 3537 Zenith Ave. S. 

Whittier Alliance: Board meets 4th Thursday monthly at the Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W. 26 St.

Windom Community Council: Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at Windom Community Center, 5821 Wentworth Ave. 

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