It looks like the big news on Ramsey County’s proposed 2014-15 budget is that property owners won’t see any increases in the county’s levy.
“We’re going to have no levy increase,” declared budget chair and District 2 commissioner Victoria Reinhardt.
Reinhardt says that’s because other entities have begun funding county programs they’d dropped for several years.
About 80 people gathered Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Arlington Hills Lutheran Church to discuss ways to take action against violence in Payne-Phalen and surrounding neighborhoods. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
About 80 people showed up for a Thursday, Sept. 19, discussion about recent violence in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.
The meeting came one month after a lively August meeting where community members erupted with emotions and concern about area violence, following the shooting death of 17-year-old Vincent Arron Allison by another teenager in a store parking lot, and the brutal beating of Raymond Widstrand, a young man who was attacked on a walk in his own East Side neighborhood.
Heights Community School’s playground went up in a quick four hours thanks to volunteers and school staff. (submitted photo)
It was a whirlwind of activity, involving hundreds of people and months of preparation and anticipation.
And in a quick four hours, the East Side’s Heights Community School had a spiffy new structure to show for it.
Around 300 volunteers and 100 students from the Heights Community School managed to build a playground in a single day.
I hope there’s a library card in there! Most Washington County residents or people who own property in Washington County are entitled to a FREE library card. And, OMG, the access to information and materials that it provides is out of this world!
This past month, I had the pleasure of meeting and touring with the Park Steward of Bethke Park, Maxine Bethke. This beautiful and peaceful seven-acre park is tucked away in Oakdale, just north of Stillwater Boulevard, about halfway between Granada and Gresham avenues. It must not be missed by neighbors and nature enthusiasts.