Patrick Larkin

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Aztec celebration March 15


Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Pig’s Eye switching yard is a major shipping hub for the company. Noise and fumes from the site have irked residents for years. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The East Side’s Azteca new year celebration has been growing steadily since its modest start four years ago.
Now, with over 500 participants, the event looks to be a bold and unique community event.
Scheduled for Saturday, March 15, the gathering is free and open to the public. It takes place at Johnson Senior High School, 1349 Arcade St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Arlington Hills Library’s classic building to be emptied


The classic Arlington Hills Library building at the corner of Greenbrier Street and Jessamine Avenue will no longer be open as a library as of Friday, March 14. Built in 1916, it is one of three Carnegie libraries in St. Paul. (submitted photo)

New library will open May 22
Well, neighbors knew it was coming, but now there’s a hard date -- the Carnegie building that holds the Arlington Hills Library will no longer be open as a public library after Friday, March 14.
The closure comes as the new Arlington Hills Community Center construction wraps up. Staff will transport library materials into the new building, which is projected to be open to the public in late May.

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Old fire station finds new owner


Plans call for the old St. Paul fire station at East Seventh Street and Flandrau Avenue to become a single-family home, with wood floors, a patio and a garden sanctuary. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Building will turn into a home, with fancy features
When St. Paul officials built “Old Engine House No. 24” in 1916 at the corner of East Seventh Street and Flandrau Avenue, they probably had no idea it would one day be turned into a home.
But after a months-long process to find a new owner, the city will sell the property to an East Sider to be renovated into a house.

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D.C. trip is East Side Boy Scout’s honor


Paul Thao, an East Sider who goes to Harding High School, was chosen as one of a select few to go to Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America. (submitted photo)

East Side Hmong teen chosen to represent the region
Prior to Friday, Feb. 21, 17-year-old Paul Thao had never been on an airplane.
The East Side teen was flown out to Washington, D.C. by the Boy Scouts of America to take part in the organization’s annual report to the nation, detailing the Scouting’s accomplishments. This year, the boys gave the report to Speaker of the House John Boehner.

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Job skills in the bank at Harding High


Bruce Thao, 16, a Harding High junior, tells his friends about the benefits of opening a savings account. Harding High School now has a credit union within its walls, located in the cafeteria. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Credit Union at school is only the fourth in the state
It’s not every day that you stroll into a high school and find a credit union.
In fact, in Minnesota, it’s pretty rare -- Harding High School is only the fourth high school in the state to have a credit union within its walls.

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Life-long East Sider finds peace in a paintbrush


Janet Cullen shows off two paintings that will be in her show at the East Side Arts Council. Cullen spent years painting without showing anyone, but recently found the motivation to show her work. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

East Sider Janet Cullen has not had an easy life.
Her father was an alcoholic, and she lost one brother to suicide.

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Officials, neighbors look at lower Payne redesign


Residents teamed up with local business owners and city staff to hash out ideas for how to improve lower Payne Avenue. The group focused on the area from Edgerton Street down to East Seventh Street. (submitted photo)

In its current state, the lower end of Payne Avenue is ready for some attention, says Amy Brendmoen, city council member for Ward 5.
Luckily, the street should get some love next year, thanks to some Capital Improvement Budget funds, which would bring a redesign of the Payne Avenue and East Seventh Street intersection. It’s ranked 15th among city CIB projects, and stands to get around $97,000 in 2015 for a reworking of the intersection, and improved pedestrian and bicycle features.

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Cookie Cart looking at East Side


Cookie Cart, based in Minneapolis, could be looking to add an East Side location. The company is a youth employer that runs training programs for kids while also giving them hands-on job training. They employed 145 youth in 2013. (submitted photo)

The nonprofit youth employer Cookie Cart might be adding a location on St. Paul’s East Side.
The Minneapolis-based company employs neighborhood teens in North Minneapolis, giving them hands-on job training, financial literacy training and career readiness training.
Youths work in the bakery making cookies for wholesale, as well as to sell in the company’s retail shop, while also taking courses with the organization.

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Confusing White Bear Avenue intersection to get a redo


The five-way intersection at White Bear Avenue, Ames Place and Case Avenue should get a makeover this summer. St. Paul Public Works Department plans to turn Ames Place into a cul-de-sac. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Chuck Repke recalled a time years back when a car slammed into the side of a hair salon at the corner of White Bear and Case avenues.
It struck the building so hard that not only was the exterior wall of the building damaged, but the interior walls were also askew.
The incident happened when a southbound car on White Bear Avenue struck a vehicle exiting Ames Place, Repke said.

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Low-income housing to get facelift


The Maryland Park Apartments at 1619 Maryland Ave. E. will get a facelift if things go according to plan. Real estate developer Dominium is looking to purchase and spiff up the apartment complex starting this summer. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Maryland Park Apartments may be bought by Dominium
The mostly Section 8 housing complex at 1619 Maryland Ave. E. will get a new owner and a facelift if all goes according to plan.
Dominium, a massive national development and property management company specializing in low-income housing, is looking to purchase the 172-unit apartment complex owned by Bloomington-based Stuart Companies. 146 of the units are Section 8.

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