Patrick Larkin

Mon
13
Jan

City crews will start cutting down 196 East Side ash trees


An ash tree in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood that was pulled down by St. Paul’s Forestry Department is one of the over 5,000 the city cut down to curb the spread of the non-native emerald ash borer. (submitted photo)

St. Paul forestry crews are shown pulling down an ash tree on the East Side. (submitted photo)

As part of an effort to curb the spread of the emerald ash borers, invasive Asian beetles that destroy ash trees, the St. Paul Forestry Department will cut down an estimated 196 ash trees along public right-of-ways and parkways on the East Side, according to Brad Meyer, spokesperson for St. Paul Parks and Recreation.

Mon
06
Jan

New food co-op, senior housing look likely on East Seventh


The large, empty swath of land along East Seventh Street is filled only with snow, but a couple of developments are on their way to filling the space in with a food co-op and a senior housing complex. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A rough site plan of the East Seventh lot show the senior housing (at left) on the south side, and the co-op to the north end of the lot, at the intersection of Bates Ave. and East Seventh St. (Submitted photo)

With a go-ahead from the city, developers of a senior housing complex and a food co-op are well on their way to fruition.
St. Paul gave Dominium and Mississippi Market “temporary developer” status in December, giving them sole rights to the large city-owned lot along East Seventh Street for a year.

Mon
06
Jan

Meet the new East Side police commander, John Lozoya

At the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District, filling the shoes old FORCE Cmdr. Kevin Casper can be a bit of a tough act to follow.
But John Lozoya, who’s taking his place, is up to the challenge.
“He seems really dedicated,” said Karin DuPaul, longtime community coordinator for the Dayton’s Bluff District Council.

Mon
06
Jan

Developer may put 7 new homes on Wells Street


Seven vacant lots on the 700 block of Wells St. could be the site of new single-family homes come spring. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, putting up new homes on the 700 block of Wells St. has been a decade in the making.
The organization first started working with the city well before the recession to put in properties on the short street, just off of the intersection of Payne Ave. and Phalen Blvd.

Mon
06
Jan

8-year-old housing project will finally see hammer and nails


The Village on Rivoli site sits just south of Phalen Boulevard and just east of I-35E, with a view of downtown. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Long in the works, the “Village on Rivoli” development will break ground this spring, says Jim Ercuhl, director of Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing.
The project’s origins date back to 2006, but plans got waylaid by the Great Recession.

Mon
23
Dec

East Siders turn up to help dole out gifts


Bill Nisbit jokes with another volunteer as they put out gifts on tables. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Bill Nisbit helps find a gift for a boy at the toy distribution event at Merrick Community Services’ Edgerton Ave. location on Monday, Dec. 16.

Toys are shown at the toy distribution event at Merrick Community Services’ Edgerton Ave. location on Monday, Dec. 16. About 3,500 kids will receive holiday gifts through the event.

Hot Wheels, Play-Doh, basketballs, baseball gloves, footballs, Target gift cards -- the gifts poured in for East Siders in need.
Merrick Community Services was able to help 1,000 families have presents to give to their kids this holiday season, via a toy drive culminating in a toy distribution event.
The annual toy drive has been going strong for decades.

Mon
23
Dec

East Sider goes all out with lights display


Doug Schultz, at right, got a lot of help from his neighbors in setting up his light show. Shown clockwise are neighbors Pam Voss and her son T.J. Voss, Carla Hoffman, Rick Buckley, and John Hansen. The lights display has brought the neighbors closer, Voss said. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Doug Schultz is aiming to get 1,000 pounds in food donations for Merrick Community Services through his light show. He constructed a sign to update light show viewers of his progress.

Schultz’s display is spread out over six front yards, and has over 40,000 individual lights, as well as a projected display of Santa Claus.

Doug Schultz stands before his house, the control center for the elaborate lights display on the 1500 block of York Ave.

To say that the holiday lights display at 1526 York Ave. is exuberant is most certainly an understatement.
It’s got 40,000 lights, fills up the front yards of six homes, and is synced up to a rotating queue of 36 Christmas songs with the help of computer light sequencing software.

Mon
23
Dec

Chicago man sees state’s longest sentence in state for sex trafficking

Arteco Marvel Rhodes, 38, of Chicago, Ill., was sentenced to 26 1/2 years for selling a 15-year-old girl for sex in St. Paul.
Ramsey County Judge Salvador Rosas sentenced him on Friday, Dec. 13.
The sentence is believed to be the longest penalty to date in Minnesota for sex trafficking, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office.

Mon
16
Dec

East Siders talk big picture transit


State Sen. Fong Hawj, an East Side DFLer, signs a covenant in support of community engagement for transit planning. The Fostering East Side Transit Conversations group drafted the document as the result of numerous meetings, surveys and outreach to East Siders.

As part of an effort to get the East Side thinking about transit, Fostering East Side Transit Conversations (FESTC) has been reaching out to neighbors.
Over the course of six months, the group conducted surveys of East Side residents and businesses, held discussions and finished off with a summit on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center where organizers presented a working pact to plan future transit projects around community needs.

Mon
16
Dec

With 15-year-old girl shot, neighborhood calls meeting


Joe Neuberger, Senior Commander of the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District, talks to community members about a shooting that took place in the parking lot of the Hazel Park Congregational Church.

Pierre Glass

A 15-year-old girl was shot in the stomach near the 1800 block of Minnehaha Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, according to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
Pierre Glass, 18, is charged with shooting the girl.
She had been at a party in a home near the Hazel Park Congregational Church, which is a block east of Minnehaha and White Bear avenues.

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