Patrick Larkin

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.

Mon
15
Dec

East Side home values recovering

This house on the 1300 block of Hazelwood St. in the Greater East Side neighborhood has risen significantly in value, and could be looking at a 26 percent increase in property tax.
This house on the 1300 block of Hazelwood St. in the Greater East Side neighborhood has risen significantly in value, and could be looking at a 26 percent increase in property tax. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Means bigger 2015 tax bill for homeowners
In 2014, East Side homes values went up for the first time since the Great Recession.
According to Ramsey County, values in the four identified neighborhoods that make up the East Side — Sunray-Battle Creek, Greater East Side, Dayton’s Bluff, and Payne-Phalen — all saw average housing values drop beginning in 2008, and they kept dropping up until 2014.
But now those values are starting to recover, and for the first time since the recession, East Side property values are on the upswing.

Mon
15
Dec

New HealthPartners construction to start in spring

HealthPartners will add a new 128,000-square-foot neuroscience building at 295 Phalen Blvd., near the intersection of Interstate 35E, replacing the structure shown above. The nonprofit HMO asserts it will be the largest free-standing neuroscience center in the Midwest, and one of very few in the country.
HealthPartners will add a new 128,000-square-foot neuroscience building at 295 Phalen Blvd., near the intersection of Interstate 35E, replacing the structure shown above. The nonprofit HMO asserts it will be the largest free-standing neuroscience center in the Midwest, and one of very few in the country. (submitted photo)

New Phalen Blvd. site will be 4-story neuroscience building
HealthPartners has announced it will begin building a new neuroscience center on Phalen Boulevard, just east of Interstate 35E, starting this spring.
According to a statement from the company, it will be the largest, freestanding neuroscience center in the Midwest, and one of very few in the country.

Mon
08
Dec

East Side schools get grants for innovation

Money will bolster African American history, aerospace programs
Among the recipients of a St. Paul Public Schools Foundation grant for innovative teaching methods are four teams of East Side teachers.
The teachers are among a pool of 16 groups receiving small grants from the school district’s foundation. The 16 grant awards total $26,000.

Mon
08
Dec

St. Paul libraries offer a creative approach to fine reduction

Teens can geek out with tech to eliminate fines
Would you rather pay overdue library fines, or make a short animation instead?
That’s the ultimatum St. Paul Public Library staff are giving to teens with fines on their accounts.
Rather than blow their allowance paying back the fine they got for keeping a DVD past its due date, teens can, for the month of December, take part in the public library’s “Do Down” program, and get rid of their fines through creative activities.

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