National Night Out 2014: Community spirit in the Twin Cities

Update: Scroll down to the Storify to see scenes from 2014’s National Night Out.It’s that time of year again, National Night Out is back! Celebrated the first Tuesday of August, this year’s NNO will mark 31 years of communities across the nation coming together with “lights on, dusk to dawn,” to get to know neighbors, reflect on community happenings, and sip root beer floats while planning ways to promote safer neighborhoods.In 2013, as in previous years, Minneapolis ranked #1 for National Night Out celebrations among cities with a population size of 300,000 or more, according to the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). Saint Paul also made a strong showing last year, ranking #3 out of 142 cities with a population size between 100,000 – 299,000.For more on National Night Out, see the related links belowList of registered NNO events in Saint PaulList of registered NNO events in MinneapolisNATW website for nation-wide NNO informationNational Night Out is Tuesday, August 5!Will you be participating in National Night Out this year? Do you attend National Night Out in your neighborhood or do you join gatherings outside of your community? Let us know if and how you celebrate NNO in the comment section below.To add scenes from your community to the Storify below, use the hashtag #NNO14 and check back to see your photo or post added to the National Night Out in the Twin Cities 2014 highlights reel! [If you don’t see the Storify photos and comments below, please refresh your browser window.][<a href=”//″ target=”_blank”>View the story “National Night Out in the Twin Cities 2014″ on Storify</a>][<a href=”//” target=”_blank”>View the story “National Night Out in the Twin Cities 2014 Highlights” on Storify</a>] Continue Reading

Grand Old Day 2014: Rain keeps it quiet

Rain or shine, St Paul has been enjoying Grand Old Day on the first Sunday in June for 41 years. While the big storm held off, 2014 certainly qualifies as a rainy year. The crowd seemed thinner this year, but cooler weather and lighter crowds made it easier to move around and see what was happening.The big day starts with a parade that heads west from Dale at 9:30 am and the fun continues until 6:00 pm. Five main stages feature a lineup of popular local acts such as Chastity Brown, Charlie Parr, White Iron Band, Black Diet and Central High School graduates Heiruspecs. The only bummer for music loving families is that you can’t get near the bands without a bracelet for 21+. Continue Reading

Twin Cities street art: Statues of Summit Avenue

Street art can take lots of forms. Mostly I’m interested in murals and graffiti but for years I’ve walked up and down Summit Avenue in St. Paul thinking someone should take a picture of all of these statues. The art of Summit Avenue is there to stay, which makes is a different breed from the more fragile street art forms. Sometimes it represents an investment in art that was made generations ago; sometimes it’s a more current investment that I’m sure will be around for generations to come. It’s personal expression for the well-heeled. The tone and topic are for the most part different. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | You really don’t want to meet the Dicks at Dick’s Resort in the Mall of America

I’m not one to cry. Truth is, I rarely cry, but during a visit to Dick’s Resort in the Mall of America I was literally reduced to tears! The bartender was abusive, abrasive, and mean as HELL. I wasn’t sure why he was in a bad mood, but later found out that it is their “niche” to be mean as spitfire. Were they really trained to treat people like this, to the point of harassment? Continue Reading

Summit Hill Association 2014 meetings and events calendar

Meetings are held in the Linwood Community Center, 860 St. Clair Avenue unless noted otherwise. Dates and time may change. Call SHA at 222-1222 to confirm.Executive Committee: last Thursday, 7 p.m.Board of Directors: second Thursday, 7 p.m.Pedestrian Safety & Traffic Calming Committee, 3rd Monday, 7 p.m.Communications & Outreach Committee, 3rd Wednesday, 7 p.m.For the following Committees, please call for meeting time/location:Development Committee: as neededEnvironment Committee: as neededZoning and Land Use Committee – As needed.Curbside Recycling: every Friday, recycling must be out by 7amJANUARY2 Summit newsletter deadline 9 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting – Board11 Christmas Tree Pickup Fundraising Event13 Lexington Bus Line – Public Meeting16 SHA Board Holiday Party20 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming30 Executive Committee31 Citywide Honor Roll Awards NightFEBRUARY1 Summit Newsletter Arrives 6 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting – Board17 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming27 Executive CommitteeMARCH6 Summit newsletter deadline13 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting – Board17 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming27 Executive CommitteeAPRIL1 Summit Newsletter Arrives10 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting – Board21 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming24 Executive Committee26 Spring Progressive SupperMAY2 Summit newsletter deadline 3 Spring Neighborhood Garage Sale 8 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting – Board17 Annual Neighborhood Cleanup19 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming29 Executive CommitteeJUNE1 Summit Newsletter Arrives 1 Grand Old Day12 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting – Board14 SHA Plant Exchange16 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming & SHA After Hours26 Executive CommitteeJULY3 Summit newsletter deadline10 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting – Board16 Communications & Outreach21 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming31 Executive CommitteeAUGUST1 Summit Newsletter Arrives 2 -9 Pedestrian Safety Week 5 National Night Out!14 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting – Board18 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming20 Communications & Outreach28 Executive CommitteeSEPTEMBER4 Summit newsletter deadline11 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting – Board14 Summit Hill House Tour15 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming17 Communications & Outreach20 Fall Neighborhood Cleanup25 Executive CommitteeOCTOBER1 Summit Newsletter Arrives4 Fall Neighborhood Garage Sale 9 SHA Annual Celebration and Elections15 Communications & Outreach20 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming30 Executive CommitteeNOVEMBER6 Summit newsletter deadline 8 Fall Progressive Supper13 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting – Board17 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming19 Communications & Outreach27 Executive CommitteeDECEMBER1 Summit Newsletter Arrives15 Pedestrian Safety/Traffic Calming Continue Reading

Marching for jobs and justice in St. Paul, 50 years after March on Washington

Community leaders gathered in St. Paul on Wednesday, August 28, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington. Like the original march, a combination of organized labor, community leaders, and representatives of the faith community put this one on.At Frank Boyd Park just behind the St. Paul Cathedral, a small but enthusiastic group gathered in the mid-day heat. March organizer Harrison Bullard, of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), invoked the memory of Frank Boyd, the namesake of the park, saying he was a porter and a “member of one of the first black unions,” as well as a member of the NAACP. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | East Side of St. Paul is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ until a serious incident happens

In recent weeks, a devastating incident occurred on the Eastside of St. Paul where several teens allegedly beat a passerby until he was unconscious. This is a circumstance that no person should have to endure. One of the notable pieces of information that has surfaced is the fact that the passerby was white and the teens were African American. Although some within the broader community argue that the attack was based on race, the reality is that in light of the circumstances under which the attack occurred, the victim could arguably have been any individual who was within the vicinity of the young people in question. Actually, a similar severe beating of an innocent Black man, Edwin Daniel, by five young Somali men occurred on the Eastside just a few years prior to this most recent incident.The factors that contribute to these types of horrific episodes, including shootings by young people against other young people, may revolve around underlying issues at the intersection of race and poverty that are pervasive on the East Side of St. Continue Reading

A St. Paul girl returns to the James J. Hill House for a “Downton Abbey” Season 3 sneak peek

Since I grew up in St. Paul, James J. Hill’s mansion has long provided a fantasy backdrop for how I’d hope to live…someday. (Haven’t quite made it, but you just never know!) I, along with oodles of young gals, toured this landmark as a Camp Fire Girl; we volunteered to be “servants” during MHS seasonal events. As grade-schoolers, we’d tour the house and then be quizzed on the history of St. Paul. In high school we worked catering parties, getting a chance to investigate the more functional rooms in the house. We grew up passionate about F. Scott Fitzgerald and the gilded mansions of Summit, and learning about the legacy families that built St. Paul. We loved having opportunities to physically surround ourselves in history—especially “high society” history! Continue Reading