District 2 Council Reports - November 2006

The East Side Review’s monthly guide to what’s going on with the District 2 Community Council.

Ames Coat Drive
Ames Elementary School has had a large amount of requests for children’s coats this year. The White Bear Avenue Business Association (WBABA), District 2 Community Council, the Duff Group of Keller Williams and Maplewood Old Country Buffet have joined together to collect coats and warm the lives of kids in our community. On Saturday, November 25, we will try to fill the Duff’s truck with coats for kids. It will be parked on the old Hafner’s site. We will have coffee & cocoa and the OC Bee will be there to entertain the kiddies. We will accept new and gently used (clean) coats in youth sizes S-XL. If you would like to send a cash donation, please make the check out to D2 and write Ames Coat Drive in the memo section. For more information, contact the District 2 office at 651-774-2220.

Hmong New Year Celebration- Saturday, December 2, 2006
The District 2 Community Council will be celebrating our Seventh Annual Hmong New Year Celebration on Saturday, December 2 at the Roosevelt Homes Community Center from 10am -2pm. Every year we have many neighbors join in this event and be a part of the celebration. We will have performances and food. Please join us for this opportunity to get to know our South East Asian neighbors. For more information, contact Peto at the District 2 Office.

Hazel Park Heights
Construction is moving along on this twenty-seven unit condominium on the corner of White Bear and Maryland. The development group expects to have a model open by mid-December and occupancy before the end of February. If you are interested in a unit call Jeff Simek at 651-225-3990 or Jim Gilbert at 651-235-3908.

New Neighbor Coming Soon
The Montessori Training Center of Minnesota (currently located on Saint Paul’s West Side) has started their capital campaign with plans to redevelop the property at 1611 Ames Avenue into their new facility. The Montessori Training Center of Minnesota will not only serve the needs of area students but acts as a regional training center for Montessori teachers. If you are interested in more information, you can learn more on the web at www.mtcm.org

Save that Date!
North East Neighborhoods Development Corporation will be holding their annual meeting dinner on January 25 at 5:30 PM at the Minnesota Humanities Commission at 987 E. Ivy. This year’s key note speaker will be Cecile Bedor, the new Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Saint Paul. Tickets for the dinner are $30 and available through NENDC at 651-771-6955.

Avoiding Auto Theft
It takes a professional thief less than 20 seconds to steal your property. Don’t make it easy for professional thieves or joy riders to take your wheels. Auto theft does not only occur in the warm summer months. Please be advised that under Saint Paul City Ordinance, it is a violation to leave keys in your car’s ignition or leave the car running. Violations of this ordinance are considered tag-able and/or tow-able offenses

Some other tips to keep your vehicle safe are to:
Lock your car and pocket the key when you leave—even if just for a minute. Close windows all the way and make sure the trunk is locked.
Control your keys. Never leave an identification tag on your key ring. If your keys are lost or stolen it could help a thief locate your car and burglarize your home.
Park in well-lit busy areas. Avoid leaving your vehicle in unattended parking lots for long periods of time. If you park in a lot where you must leave a key, leave the ignition key only, to protect items in trunk or glove box.
When buying a car ask about anti-theft options such as steering column locks, alarms, switches that interrupt the fuel or electronic systems, and locks for tape decks, batteries and gas tanks. Many insurance companies offer reduce rates to owners who install security devices. You may also want to consider a remote start option.
Keep your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a complete description in a safe place at home.
DO NOT leave the title of your vehicle in your car. Keep it a secure place outside of the vehicle such as your house or safe deposit box.
If your vehicle is broken into or stolen, inform the police immediately. Stolen vehicles may be used in the commission of other crimes. Your quick action may both aid in recovering your vehicle and preventing its use for illegal purposes.

District 2 Annual Clean Up- Thank you to all!
Over three hundred neighbors took advantage of this opportunity to clean up their garages, basements and attics. We were able to remove more than 40 dumpsters of garbage, construction debris, mattresses, and old furniture/appliances. As in prior years, we made a special effort to reuse as many items as possible. Local charities benefit from our reuse area including Bridging, Inc (who received two truckloads) and God’s Closet. We want to send a special thank you to everyone who volunteered on a very, very cold morning. Nearly 60 neighbors braved the chilly temperatures to help make this year’s event a success. We also want to thank Perkins on North St. Paul Road for the coffee and cocoa and Richard Dunn of Edward Jones Investments on Larpenteur for providing water for our volunteers.

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