Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet Elementary School’s fourth grade Hmong-language immersion class meets with some Sepak Takraw players during a track and field day. The fourth graders have been learning Hmong language skills alongside English in the school’s two-way immersion program, which is now in its fourth year and has been growing steadily. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
School’s immersion program showing steady growth
“If a grandma cannot speak to her grandchildren, the relationship is lost,” says May Lee Xiong.
Darrell Demarrias charged with child negligence, endangerment The parents of three young children face child endangerment charges after police found their children underfed, unattended to, and living in a filthy home, according to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney's office.
Maxine Brooks picks out some salad greens from Merrick Community Service’s food shelf at Woodland Hills Church. Thanks to the food shelf, she’s able to give her grandchildren, whom she’s raising, nutritious meal options. Brooks, an East Sider, relies on Social Security while raising her three young grandchildren. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
A few years ago, Merrick Community Services’ food shelf was dinky.
It was in a commercial building, where the organization paid market-rate rent of $1,400 a month, and where food shelf recipients waited outdoors, rain or shine, to receive groceries.
The food shelf could only help about 30 low-income families a day.
St. Paul residents work with volunteers to plant a boulevard rain garden to keep stormwater pollutants out of Lake Phalen. (photo courtesy of Sage Passi/Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District)
About 40 new rain gardens appeared in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood over the weekend of May 15-18, thanks to a joint initiative from two local watershed districts as well as the St. Paul Public Works Department.
An open house preview of the new WEQY radio station will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. There, East Siders can learn more about how to be involved in the community radio station, and check out some of the equipment that will be used. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Open house scheduled for May 30
With a studio location in place, equipment purchased, and some programming beginning to form, the East Side’s own community radio station, 104.7 WEQY, is on its way to being ready for broadcasting.
“We have all the equipment; we have the antenna,” reports Brenda Reid, project manager for the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council.
The old Hayden Heights Library kids’ space is a bit outdated, and could use some sprucing up, St. Paul Public Library staff decided. So, with a $10,000 grant, they’ll unveil a new, brighter space on Saturday, May 30. (submitted photo)
A freshened up children’s space will be appearing at the Hayden Heights Library on Saturday, May 30.
St. Pascal Baylon pastor Mike Byron stands in an empty, unused classroom at the parish school. The school was once flourishing with as many as 500 students. Now, the numbers are down to 135 students. In dire financial straits, the school is being restructured. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
St. Pascal Baylon looks to salvage school through restructuring
Up until a month ago, it wasn’t clear whether St. Pascal Baylon’s school would operate past the end of May.
In dire financial straits, the parish and school, which sit at the corner of White Bear Avenue and East Third Street, had been running a combined annual deficit of $150,000.
To make up that deficit, they were drawing from cash reserves, which were being depleted.
A highschooler from Robbinsdale Cooper High School helps put a new basketball hoop in place at Weida Park in Railroad Island. It was part of a day-long effort from 50 Honeywell volunteers and 72 highschoolers to clean up the neighborhood. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
About 125 people could be seen wearing bright red T-shirts and cleaning up the neighborhood in Railroad Island on Thursday, May 7.