Metro Transit is in the planning stages of creating a new rapid transit line to Minneapolis and Saint Paul that would potentially run along RT 21.
They are doing community engagement and outreach along the bus route starting in late August.
These are their main questions for the community:
Planned community engagement/ outreach activities:
Saint Paul Public Works will be doing mill and overlay projects in 2021 on:
St. Anthony Avenue from Snelling to Victoria
Concordia Avenue from Lexington to Marion in 2021.
(Work excludes off-ramps and the signalized intersections of Snelling, Lexington, and Dale, which are being addressed through separate projects)
St. Anthony and Concordia often have traffic speeds that are very high, and they are often used as a way to bypass traffic by motorists who do not treat them like the neighborhood streets that they are.
We have heard from neighbors for years that the crossings at the pedestrian bridges and at the schools can be very dangerous. Maxfield has spent significant time working to create safer crossings for their students, and reaching out to the City to address the issue.
The City of Saint Paul is responding by using the scheduled mill and overlay project as an opportunity to do further community engagement along the corridor, and identify how they can improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. SUPC is interested in learning about how construction assessments for people along the corridor can be mitigated. We will be hosting a forum to discuss this with neighbors along Concordia and Saint Anthony.
They are currently encouraging people to take a survey, both online and while tabling at community events. They are also setting up special meetings with people along the corridor like, Maxfield, St. Paul College, and Jeremiah House. They will follow up this outreach period with a community meeting in the fall to review design concepts.
You can participate in the survey by following the link below:
It's time for the SUPC annual election. Find out who is running to join our board in your neighborhood and show your support!
Voting for the Summit-University Annual Board of Directors Election is open! Visit the link below to read about the candidates and how to vote:
The Sterling Club, incorporated on August 28, 1919, is one of the few remaining icons for the historic Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul, MN. If was founded during a time when African-Americans could not access the same accommodations as white community members. Original membership was a vast representation of professionals, including lawyers, government employees, war veterans, railroad workers, janitors,and postal workers; and all carried a vision of community-building.
On, Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Commissioner Carter honored The Sterling Club with a proclamation on it’s official 100th anniversary.
The centennial celebration will culminate with a formal event on Saturday, September 14 at 6 p.m. where they will honor Richard Mann with the Lifetime of Service Award, and Mary Mackbee with the Outstanding Citizen Award.
Hosted by WFNU 94.1 FM
Do you believe local elections matter? Are you undecided? Still unsure if you're registered to vote and/or how rank choice voting works? Want to ask your City Council Ward 1 candidates a specific question?
If you answered yes to any of the above, please come join us for the Saint Paul City Council Ward 1 Candidate Forum held right here in Frogtown:
Friday, October 4, 2019
Kolap Restaurant: 601 Dale St N, St Paul, MN 55103
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Yours truly will be moderating this event. Tony Schmitz will be timekeeping.
Event is free and open to the public. This City Council Ward 1 Candidate Forum will be recorded for future broadcast during my "Living Loud" replay time slot on WFNU 94.1 FM Saint Paul, Frogtown Community Radio.
As usual, we will be asking you to pass up your audience questions during candidates' opening statements to be asked during the main portion of the forum. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the candidates, hear their positions, voice concerns, and ask questions.
All Ward 1 candidates are confirmed as of 8/16:
Liz De La Torre
Abu Nayeem "Frogtown Crusader"
CM Dai Thao
Many thanks to Kolap Restaurant owner, Stevena Pen, for donating space/ sound for this event. Kitchen will remain open for the duration of the forum, so please feel free to order food and drink.
Hosted by Heritage Tea House
On Saturday, September 21st we are celebrating us and demanding that love replaces guns on our community.
Guns Down Love Up Unity Festival is a day to celebrate and uplift those we have lost to gun violence. This year's festival theme, "My Brother's Keeper" will highlight alternative solutions to decreasing gun violence through healing, laughter, and reconciliation.
The day will be filled with fun activities for the whole family;
- Educational gun violence outreach
- Healing spaces
- Creative spaces
- Cultural space
- Free Food
-African Americans are ten times more likely than white Americans to die by gun violence.
-68% of African American adults or someone they care for has experienced gun violence in their lifetime.
- Children exposed to violence are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol; suffer from depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder; resort to aggressive and violent behavior, and engage in criminal activity.
While the numbers may be shocking, the results aren't. Communities across America are discussing the trauma of gun violence and how to solve it. Guns Down. Love Up is bringing this conversation to the community residents of North Minneapolis. And We invite your organization to join us in supporting this vital mission as we focus on the impact of gun violence in our community.
This is the first in a series of educational events organized by the League of Women Voters St. Paul (LWVSP) designed to inform the local voting public on issues relevant to our city and its residents. "Bail Me Out: Bail Reform in Minnesota" will explore the structure of the bail system and the problem of excessive bail and its impact on the community, especially vulnerable communities. Featured speakers include Judge N Nicole Starr, 2nd Judicial District, Ramsey County, and Tonja Honsey, Executive Director, Minnesota Freedom Fund. The Minnesota Freedom Fund is a nonprofit organization that pays criminal bail and immigration bons for those who cannot afford it. The organization stands against cash bail as unjust and they identify wealth-based discrimination as a vehicle by which the criminal justice system targets populations for structural violence.
The League of Women Voters of St. Paul (www.lwvsp.org), celebrating its 100th year in 2019, is dedicated to informed and active participation of citizens in government. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and neither supports nor opposes political parties or candidates. Future LWVSP talks will include topics such as election security, affordable housing, the National Popular Vote, and presidential primaries vs. caucuses in Minnesota. Please see the LWVSP event calendar for more information. This event will include Q and A, and there will be light refreshments.
Free and open to all
2019 Medicare Plan Questions?
What's New in Medicare in 2020?
Were you “deemed” into a Medicare program for 2019 because you were on the cost plan? Are you dissatisfied with your current program? Do you just want to see what options or changes are offered for 2020? Then come to this Educational Program. NO Specific Products will be presented and no SALES will be involved!
This event is FREE to attend. Please call: 651-646-2301 to RSVP.
Neighborhood Network for Seniors
A Living at Home/Block Nurse Program serving Union Park, Summit University, Mac-Groveland (north of St. Clair) Neighborhood Districts.
Join the Selby Ave Jazz Fest Bike Ride, hosted by Move Minnesota, Slow Roll Minneapolis, Model Cities, and Frogtown Farm. Meet us for a beautiful 7-8 mile bike ride that will highlight the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhood. Our group will ride at a relaxed pace. All kinds of bikes and skill levels are welcome—especially beginners.
Highlights will include visiting the Green Line, Frogtown Farms, and remembering the impact of I-94's construction and how it changed the neighborhood. Riders will join in on a New Orleans-style jazz parade and stroll toward the event stage to open the Jazz Fest!
After the ride, participants are invited to join us for some food, and explore different healthy and environmentally friendly ways to get around at our interactive station.
If you have questions or need a bike to ride with us, contact Mark Olivares - email@example.com, and we will do our best to help you out.
Planting at Lilydale Bluffs
Sat, October 05
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lilydale Regional Park - St Paul
Volunteers Needed: 100
Supervisors Needed: 10-15
This 100-person volunteer event is sponsored by our generous partner, the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. Volunteers will plant native seeds and plugs along a two-acre swath of land at Lilydale Bluffs in St. Paul. Significant erosion in the area has led to degrading bluffs and poor water quality in the nearby Mississippi River. The native plants will encourage habitat recovery and stabilize the bluff soils, a critical piece to improving the bluffs.
If you’d like to register as a group (Scout Troop, employees of a company, school group, gardening clubs, etc), please contact Genna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners and Funders: Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® Foundation, the Outdoor Heritage Fund & the City of Saint Paul.
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