Stay aware and help keep our community safer. Stay up to date on crimes in our community: The SUPC Community Safety and Improvement Committee is now making the District #8 Crime Reports from the Saint Paul Police Department available on the SUPC website. Stay abreast of neighborhood events, activities, and news: Join the neighborhood-based forum "Nextdoor", nextdoor.com.
Safety Tips from the Western District Police Department
Spring is here and so we need to look at some of the crimes thattraditionally come with the nicer weather and take preventative measures to not become a victim! Theft from vehicles is usually a "crime of opportunity." The difference in the Spring is that people go to parks & lakes to walk and enjoy the areas. Thieves know this and they watch for people to get out of the car and tuck a wallet, cell phone, purse, etc. under the seat, or maybe put it in the trunk. Once they walk away the thief moves in to check it out and likely breaks a window to take their property. Most cars have a trunk release inside so getting into the trunk is no problem! If there isn't a release button, it only takes seconds for the thief to pop the trunk open & take your valuables. The moral of this tip is never to leave any valuables in your vehicle and always stop to put your valuables in your trunk BEFORE you reach your destination! Property most often stolen includes - Purses & wallets Laptops & I-pads Back packs or gym bags Cell phones Cameras & equipment Cash & spare change Take preventative precautions and don't become a victim! Pamala McCreary Crime Prevention Coordinator West District Citywide National Night Out Coordinator Saint Paul Police Department
Spring Cleanups in Summit-University!
April 22 Earth Day Citywide Spring Parks Cleanup: The Citywide Spring Clean Up (parks and neighborhood areas) is an annual event planned and hosted by the City of Saint Paul. Each year, hundreds of volunteers gather across Saint Paul for the Citywide Spring Cleanup to pick up garbage that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow. Please join SUPC on Earth Day 2017 to clean up our community!
Where: Central Village Park (Central and Mackubin) When: 9 AM Interested volunteers are encouraged to register, call 651-228-1855 for assistance.
What this is: Community volunteer opportunity to spruce up Summit University. What this is NOT: Drop off to get rid of unwanted objects.
Block Club Community Cleanups! Would you like to plan a small afternoon cleanup with your neighbors? We can help! We can provide some materials to make the job less difficult, and help you rally support on your block.
Citywide Drop-Off Events (Formerly known as Citywide Cleanups) (We find this confusing too!) The city partners with local district councils to organize annual community drop-off events for residents to properly dispose of large refuse items, recyclable materials not collected in the curbside program and share usable goods with others. Drop-off events are open to all City of Saint Paul residents. Volunteers are always needed! To volunteer, please contact us! Due to budget cuts, Summit University does not have a Drop Off Event located in our District. If you are a senior citizen who may need assistance in participating in this event, contact the office at 651-28-1855. We will try to provide support on a first come first serve basis, if volunteers are available. For more information visit: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/public-works/recycling-and-waste-reduction/citywide-drop-events
What this is: A perfect opportunity to get rid of that couch, pile of books, or leftover remodeling supplies! What this is NOT: An event that takes place in Summit-University.
Oxford/ Jimmy Lee and MLK Recreation Center Updates
Summer Program Registrations at MLK & Jimmy Lee Recreation Centers Summer camp & activity registration is now open at Oxford/Jimmy Lee Recreation Center and MLK Recreation Center. Visit theMLK Recreation Center and Oxford/Jimmy Lee Recreation Center websites to browse and register for fun day camps, fitness classes, dance classes and more!
Annual Tree Sale
Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County is delighted to offer thirteen fine selections of trees, shrubs, roses, and vines. For the first time ever, we've got a columnar birch, a tree-form hydrangea, and a tasty red currant so you can REALLY eat locally-from your own yard!
Order for yourself, give a living gift to someone else, or donate to a park. Over twenty cities in the metropolitan area accept donations through our tree sale. With the devastating effects of emerald ash borer taking a toll on our urban forest, your donation is incredibly important to help municipalities replace dead and dying ash trees.
Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that has been promoting and protecting parks, trails, and open space for 32 years.
Donations to parks are fully tax-deductible. Order deadline is April 21. Pickup is May 6, 9:00am to 1:00pm in either Maplewood or St. Paul. You choose the location when placing your order.
One of the best used-book sales in the Summit-University neighborhood will be held April 21 and April 22, 8:30 to 4:30 daily at Unity Church (732 Holly Avenue, St. Paul).
Please, no VHS tapes, reference books, mildewed books, or textbooks. Clear your own shelves and bring them to Unity until April 21, then drop in again for some new fresh reads to fill up those spaces.
Starting at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, you can fill a bag for $5.00.
All proceeds benefit Unity's high school programming.
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News from Our Council
Check out our new website -- summit-university.org and keep current on neighborhood events, projects, block clubs and recycling information. Do you have a community concern or issue? Do you have some ideas on how to make our neighborhoods safer or more vibrant? If so please come to the SUPC Community Forum, Thursday, April 14 from 6-7:30 at the SUPC office, 627 Selby, Suite A.
Please consider becoming a board member. We currently have vacancies in Districts A, D, and E. If you are interested, contact Jens@summit-university.org
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