Patrick Larkin

Mon
12
Jan

Blessed Sacrament celebrates its last Mass in historic building

Blessed Sacrament, a Catholic church located at the corner of White Bear and Lacrosse avenues, will be sold to Academia Cesar Chavez.  (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Blessed Sacrament, a Catholic church located at the corner of White Bear and Lacrosse avenues, will be sold to Academia Cesar Chavez. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Academia Cesar Chavez buying building
Just shy of 100 years as a parish, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church will no longer be holding Mass on its campus at 1801 Lacrosse Ave.
The handsome, dark brick church building, built in 1947, is being sold along with the schoolhouse and the rectory. It’s the latest of East Side Roman Catholic churches to be sold off — in June 2014, St. John’s Catholic church was sold after the congregation was merged with St. Pascal Baylon.

Tue
06
Jan

East Sider wins philanthropy fellowship

Dayton’s Bluff resident Avi Viswanathan is one of five recipients of a Ron McKinley Philanthropy fellowship. The East Sider hopes to connect underrepresented communities, including the East Side, with grants and other philanthropic support. (submitted photo)
Dayton’s Bluff resident Avi Viswanathan is one of five recipients of a Ron McKinley Philanthropy fellowship. The East Sider hopes to connect underrepresented communities, including the East Side, with grants and other philanthropic support. (submitted photo)

Hopes to connect people of color with grant money
Dayton’s Bluff resident Avi Viswanathan just earned an influential spot at the Bush Foundation, thanks to a philanthropy fellowship.
Viswanathan is one of five recipients of the Ron McKinley Philanthropy fellowship. The fellowship, put together by the Minnesota Council on Foundations, seeks to ensure that local philanthropy is equitable and inclusionary to communities of all types.

Tue
06
Jan

Rush Line open houses slotted for January

A map shows how two basic alignments of the Rush Line Corridor would go through the East Side, one via I-35E and another through Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority right-of-way, including Swede Hollow Park. More nuanced versions of the alignments, with more route options, will be on display at the Rush Line open houses scheduled for mid-January. (submitted graphic)
A map shows how two basic alignments of the Rush Line Corridor would go through the East Side, one via I-35E and another through Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority right-of-way, including Swede Hollow Park. More nuanced versions of the alignments, with more route options, will be on display at the Rush Line open houses scheduled for mid-January. (submitted graphic)

New alignments on the table
Bringing more potential routes to the table, Rush Line Corridor staff will present updated information about the potential transit line in open house events scheduled in mid-January.
The Rush Line Corridor is a transit line that would put a public transportation corridor from downtown St. Paul through the East Side up to either White Bear Lake or Forest Lake. Transit planners presented early studies of the potential routes over the summer and fall of 2014. Now, after taking in feedback from residents, they’re coming back to the table to present updated findings.

Mon
05
Jan

iPads land in St. Paul schools by the thousands

Steadily, new tablet computing devices are rolling out into St. Paul Public Schools classrooms.

In mid-December, nearly all of Johnson High School’s more than 1,300 students received Apple iPads.

Mon
05
Jan

Parks and Rec to install archery range

Funds come from DNR grant
After winning a $10,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul Parks and Recreation will look to put in an archery range at Pigs Eye Park, just down the hill from Dayton’s Bluff.
Eric Thompson, former East Side director for Parks and Rec who still works for the department as a certified park and recreation professional, said the initiative to get archery resources in St. Paul came from a meeting in St. Paul City Council member Russ Stark’s office, back in the spring.

Mon
22
Dec

Freedom School looks to talk tough topics with teens

Hoping to inspire young people and talk straight with them about issues of race and poverty, St. Paul organizers from American Friends Service Committee are holding a two-day workshop for teens and young adults called Freedom School.

Mon
22
Dec

East Side radio station airing ... eventually

WEQY, the East Side’s own radio station, will not make it on the air in 2014, as was originally projected.

Mon
22
Dec

No snowmaking for Battle Creek this year

A photo from last year shows the one-machine snowmaking operation at Battle Creek Regional Park, which was a trial run for a more comprehensive and permanent snowmaking setup at the park. Though the trial was deemed successful, staff will not be using the equipment to make snow this winter, despite minimal snow on the ground.
A photo from last year shows the one-machine snowmaking operation at Battle Creek Regional Park, which was a trial run for a more comprehensive and permanent snowmaking setup at the park. Though the trial was deemed successful, staff will not be using the equipment to make snow this winter, despite minimal snow on the ground. (file photo)

Despite the mid-December warm up, Ramsey County Parks and Recreation staff will not be making snow at Battle Creek Regional Park. Not this year, at least.

Mon
15
Dec

Johnson High students can sleep in an extra hour next year

Starting next fall, Johnson High School will test a later start time. St. Paul Public Schools is considering doing later start times at high schools and middle schools across the district.
Starting next fall, Johnson High School will test a later start time. St. Paul Public Schools is considering doing later start times at high schools and middle schools across the district. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

District decides to test later start time on East Side school
For Johnson High School students, it’s time to say goodbye to the yellow bus, and hello to Metro Transit.
Starting next September, most Johnson students will be taking public transit to school. And, they’ll start school an hour later in the day.

Mon
15
Dec

East Sider steps up for fire victims

The Hardy’s home on the 800 block of Margaret St. burned to the ground the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
The Hardy’s home on the 800 block of Margaret St. burned to the ground the Sunday before Thanksgiving. (submitted photo)

On what would have been a normal night for the Hardy family on Sunday, Nov. 25, Shannon Hardy was getting ready to cook dinner for his four daughters.

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