East Siders Tony Yang (left) and Pa Xyen take turns shooting Tuj Lub tops at Wakefield Park in Maplewood. Their team, along with the other competitive teams in the Twin Cities, will soon have a chance to play on official courts being built by the City of St. Paul and Ramsey County. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Tuj Lub courts under construction in St. Paul, Maplewood
On a mild, windy September day, six East Side Hmong men spent the entirety of their evening practicing the artful lawn sport of Tuj Lub at Wakefield Park in Maplewood.
Combining elements of bowling, bocce ball, shotput, a shooting range, and more, Tuj Lub has a small but strong following amongst Hmong men in the Twin Cities, as well as other parts of the U.S.
East Sider Nancy Finch stands before her home, which was repainted last week thanks to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program. Finch’s home served as the center of a kickoff event, celebrating 153 painting projects that were be done through Habitat for Humanity across the country during the week of Sept. 20 through 26. (submitted photo)
Payne-Phalen resident part of nationwide home improvement celebration
Over the past weekend, the modest Payne-Phalen homeowner Nancy Finch was the center of attention.
Over 100 volunteers stood in the street outside her house on the 1000 block of Greenbrier Street a block from Payne Avenue, kicking off a week-long national Habitat for Humanity event, where thanks to extra paint donations, the non-profit housing agency is getting 153 homeowners across the country a fresh coat of paint.
Ramona Turner, a victim of domestic abuse, was killed by her long-time partner in their Dayton's Bluff home. Family members are hoping to focus on the positive in the wake of the tragic event. She's shown above with her two sons, one of whom reportedly witnessed the murder. (Submitted photo)
Ramona Turner's sons raise funds for her funeral; focus on positive memories In the wake of the death of their mother, who was murdered by their father after years of abuse, Joshua Weisner and his older brother are hoping to turn focus away from the tragic death and celebrate her life.
Joshua describes her as an East Sider with a passion for flower gardening and music, who loved to dance.
She was an upbeat force for the family, and a focal point for family gatherings and connectivity, he said.
A 9,000 square-foot grocery store showcasing organic products opened in Dayton’s Bluff on Wednesday, Sept. 2. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Co-op comes from humble neighborhood beginnings
East Seventh Street is starting to look whole again — a foundation’s set for the new senior housing project by Dominium, Metropolitan State University’s parking ramp is done and their student center’s coming along, and the new Mississippi Market food co-op is open.
The 2014 parade grand marshal Alfreda Flowers charmed the crowd. Flowers, who started the social services and charity organization Family Values For Life, organizes an annual backpack giveaway. This year’s grand marshal is Ed Bertges, owner of the revitalized Schwietz Saloon. (file photo)
Weekend full of fun on the docket
With the East Side’s long-time tradition hitting its stride again, neighbors will gather for fall fun and merriment the weekend of Sept. 18 through 20.
At noon, Payne Avenue’s golden commercial stretch will be closed off to make way for a 60-group parade on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Will address topics of racism, interacting with police
Some new conversation projects hosted by three St. Paul district councils will seek to get teens talking to adults in law enforcement and the city’s parks department.
A dialogue starting Monday, Sept. 14, will team up 35 or so teens with 15 police officers from the St. Paul Police Department to talk about race and racism, how police are perceived in the community, and more.
More biking, fewer intersections on the docket for Johnson, Wheelock
Looking to make Johnson and Wheelock parkways more park-like, planners behind the St. Paul Grand Round are proposing closing off many side streets that intersect the two roadways, to improve the experience of the Grand Round for pedestrians on the East Side.