District 2 Council Review - July 2006

A Major Facelift for White Bear Avenue
It wasn’t that long ago that someone said that they are always talking about what is going to happen on White Bear Avenue but nobody does anything. Well, keep your eyes open this summer because a lot of changes are happening on White Bear Avenue from top to bottom. So let’s start at the north and head south:
Sherwood Lounge: Have you noticed the new outdoor fireplace in front of the Sherwood? Colleen is in the process of building a new patio for the Sherwood Lounge. The patio will have a fireplace and water falls and when City approval is given, will offer outdoor service, so that customers can enjoy the warm summer nights with a cool beverage.
Life Care Animal Hospital: What is currently a large hole in the ground at White Bear and Ivy is the start of a major expansion of the Avenue’s veterinary clinic. Dr Morrisette and company are making a major commitment to upgrade the facility with a significant expansion of the clinic at 1328 White Bear Avenue.
Hazel Park Heights: This development at White Bear and Maryland is a joint venture of North East Neighborhoods Development Corporation, Zeman Construction, Guptil Construction and the City of Saint Paul. Built on the site of the former “Lou’s Market” the three story brick building, Hazel Park Heights will become a significant new landmark on White Bear Avenue. When completed there will be twelve one bedrooms, twelve two bedrooms and three two bedroom, plus den walk-up units in the complex. For sales information call Sylvia Maietta at 651-653-2550.
The Smile Center: On June 28th the City of Saint Paul approved funding for the North East Neighborhoods Development Corporation to assist The Smile Center in acquiring the properties on the southeast corner of White Bear and East Seventh Street. Demolition of the existing buildings should begin this week and The Smile Center will begin construction this month of a new dental clinic. The clinic will be a full service dental clinic with ten dentists and twenty chairs.
White Bear and Minnehaha: OK, so nobody likes road construction, but this project will have a significant improvement for traffic flow. The point of this project is to install left turn lanes at the intersection. If you have ever been stuck at this intersection you will soon appreciate the improvement. Construction will be completed by the end of summer.
The Cherry Pit: Once the dust settles from the road construction at White Bear and Minnehaha you will notice that The Cherry Pit is installing a new patio for outdoor service. Rob and Nichole plan to offer both food and beverage service to their guests in their new patio. National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1 is National Night Out. National Night Out is designed to: Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; Generate support for and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
We encourage all District 2 block clubs to hold block club parties as a way of showing your block is organized and fighting crime. In addition, block parties are a great way to get to know your neighbors and are just plain fun. We will also be holding three larger events that any District 2 neighbor is invited to attend. They will be at Hazel Park Recreation Center 945 Hazel, Prosperity Recreation Center 1371 Kennard, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities, 1620 Ames Avenue.
If you are thinking about holding a block party, call Chris at the District 2 office 651-774-2220 for ideas and assistance. She can help you with information on requirements if you want to close your street or put you in contact with others in your area who may be interested in helping.

Garden Party
The Twin Cities Parade of Community Gardens will be August 19th from 10AM to 2PM. Community gardens around the Twin Cities will be opening their gates to allow neighbors to learn about community gardening. East Siders are invited to stop by the District 2 Phalen Village community garden located at Maryland and Hazelwood (behind the Armory). Guided maps for other sites are available at www.gardenworksMN.org. Parade-goers can walk, bike, or drive from one garden to the next, soaking in each one’s unique blend of vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, and native grasses. For more information, call or email GardenWorks: (612) 278-7123, info@gardenworksMN.org.

East Side School Supply Drive
Many of our area schools will be starting to send out lists of supplies your child must bring to school on the first day, imagine not being able to afford those supplies.
The East Side District Councils will be holding a school supply drive again this year to support needy Eastside school children. We need new and unused crayons, notebooks, pens and pencils, looseleaf paper, calculators and other school supplies. Contributors can bring school supplies to their neighborhood National Night Out celebration or during the entire month of August, can leave them at several drop locations in the neighborhood.
For a list of drop locations, to make a tax-deductible cash donation or if you would like your business/school to be a drop site please contact Lisa at the District 2 Community Council at 774-2220 or via email lisa@district2council.org.

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