Patrick Larkin

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Jun

Maryland-Arkwright construction slated to start mid-August


Maryland Avenue will be widened at the Arkwright intersection later this summer. (submitted graphic)

Ramsey County Public Works crews have been working on Maryland Avenue one intersection at a time.
So far they’ve added left-turn lanes at two dangerous intersections along the avenue -- at Prosperity Avenue and at Rice Street.
Next, they’ll be working on the Arkwright Street intersection, putting in left-turn lanes, widening the road and improving the sidewalks.

Sun
30
Jun

Hmong talk about an elephant in the room


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St. Paul resident Tiffany Vang says she never felt particularly encouraged to go to school by her family. “College” wasn’t a word that got thrown around in her household, and most of her siblings did not go to college.
She sees this as part of a larger problem in the Hmong community.
So, working with colleagues, she’s hoping to change that with a new group at the Lao Family Community of Minnesota.

Sun
30
Jun

Late-night gunfire leads to raid, arrests, seized guns

In the early hours of June 17, residents on the 1600 block of McAfee Street were awakened by the sound of gunshots inside a home.
Nearby on White Bear Avenue, a St. Paul police officer heard the shots. Approaching the area, he was able to confirm what he’d heard with residents, who directed him to a specific home on the block, according to a statement from the St. Paul’s Eastern District Police Station.

Mon
24
Jun

With more police, will Payne have more peace?

The Eastern District of the St. Paul Police Department has been beefing up its presence on Payne Avenue in recent weeks.
Eastern District Commander Kevin Casper said the new presence along the commercial corridor is partially due to a recent shooting near the intersection of Case and Payne avenues. On Monday, June 3, police responded to reports of gunshots at the intersection. Upon arriving, police saw a man fleeing the seen and chased him down. They found a gun on him and arrested him on a warrant for a prior robbery charge.

Mon
24
Jun

Stocking back up: DNR adds shipped fish to Beaver Lake


Ray Heinz, a summer intern at the DNR’s East Metro Fisheries building, drops channel catfish into Beaver Lake on Tuesday, June 18. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

TJ DeBates explains the best way to catch channel catfish to passersby during a fish stocking at Beaver Lake on Tuesday, June 18. Live bait works well, he said, since the fish look for food based on smell. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

After a significant fish kill on Beaver Lake, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has done some extra restocking of the lake.
DNR fisheries crews dropped in 460 bluegills, 1,300 yellow perch, and 200,000 tiny walleye hatchlings to make up for the thousands of fish that died over the long-winded winter. Most recently, they added some out-of-state channel catfish.

Mon
24
Jun

East Side talking transit

The East Side’s got a lot of potential transit coming.
There’s the Gateway Corridor, the Rush Line, and a citywide streetcar feasibility study that’s looking at a couple East Side lines.
“Geographically, there are a number of studies currently that could impact the East Side,” said Tim Mayasich of the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority.

Mon
24
Jun

Lessons in gardening


Landscaper Christine Anderson talks about the benefits of backyard berries at a community garden on Arlington near Interstate 35-E. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

These stick structures serve as low-budget trellises to support climbing bean plants. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

It was a gorgeous sunny evening, around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
The weather was perfect for a leisurely garden walk, part of a new environmental focus at the Payne-Phalen District Council.
About 20 residents toured several East Side gardens, led by landscaping expert Christine Anderson, getting advice and checking out the neighborhood gardening digs.

Mon
17
Jun

The end of an East Side mainstay


St. John’s Catholic Church Parishioners attend an 8 a.m weekday mass on Wednesday, June 12. Located at 977 E. 5th St., the church has been holding daily mass since it opened in 1922. The parish will hold its last mass on Sunday, June 30. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

A view of St. John’s Altar.

A rainy day mass early Wednesday morning, June 19, saw about 20 parishioners.

St. John’s church is adorned with stained glass windows, framed in Norman style arches.

The charming old church at 977 E. Fifth St. has been around a long time.
Opened up in 1922, St. John's has since held Mass nearly every single day no matter what the weather -- rain, shine, snow or sleet. In all it's probably held over 32,000 days of Mass.
But its streak is about to end.

Mon
17
Jun

Priest will retire after 85th birthday, but hopes not to slow down


Fr. Welzbacher is ready for the next chapter in his long career. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Rev. George Welzbacher sits at his desk in his office at the rectory beside St. John’s. Welzbacher is a big collector of books, and will have to get them all packed up before moving out.

On Thursday, June 13, the Rev. George Welzbacher turned 85 years old. He’s been a Roman Catholic priest for 62 years, most recently at St. John’s Catholic Church on the East Side. And with the closing of St. John’s on June 30, he’ll be going into retirement, nominally at least.
Though he’ll be moving into senior housing owned by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, he intends to keep busy, helping out at a St. Louis Park church among other things.

Mon
17
Jun

School shuffle


Parkway Elementary, which housed L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school, will be converted into a Montessori elementary school this summer. (photos courtesy of St. Paul Public Schools)

An artist rendering of a classroom at the new Montessori Middle School. The rooms will be clustered in pods and designed to allow students to move around within the room and between rooms more effectively, says Steve Unowsky, assistant superintendent for middle schools at St. Paul Public Schools.

The Ames and Prosperity buildings where L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school is relocating have been updated, shined and polished. They’re more or less ready for the 2013-2014 school year.
With school out Friday, June 7, the old French Immersion building, known as Parkway, is going to get a makeover.

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