East Side Review

Mon
21
Apr

Eastern District police hoping to avoid repeat of last summer

New community policing unit created to beat the heat
Starting Tuesday, April 15, the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District sent out a newly formed afternoon crew of four officers dubbed the “Community Response Team.”
Eastern District Senior Commander Joe Neuberger says the concept for the team is “in a way pretty old-school” -- the group will basically be hybrid beat officers.

Mon
21
Apr

Payne Avenue: “it’s happening this summer”


Plaza Del Sol is a new hub of Hispanic businesses. The huge building has seen about $800,000 in investment in the past six months. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The 41,000-square-foot, $14 million Arlington Hills Community Center will add to the momentum along the Payne Avenue commercial corridor. The facility is scheduled to open May 22. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cook St. Paul, a new restaurant on Payne Avenue, just opened its doors last week. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

ESNDC identifies $25 million in corridor investments
Spring may be lagging a little, but John Vaughn can see the warmer weather ahead.
“It’s Payne spring,” he says, “it’s busting out!”

Sun
20
Apr

East Side Review police reports Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 2014

Thursday, Mar. 27 - Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

Fri
18
Apr

Young woman shot dead by the father of her baby


Timothy Hendricks

Timothy Hendricks facing second-degree murder charge

A young mother is dead after being shot in the head by the father of her child.

Fri
18
Apr

Controlled burns planned for Ramsey County Parks in April and May


Controlled burns are a regular part of Ramsey County Parks activity. Shown is a 2006 burn at Tamarack Nature Center. (submitted photo)

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation will again be conducting prescribed burns in numerous parks and open spaces this spring. Burns begin in early April and continue through May.

Wed
16
Apr

Residents outspoken in opposing Gateway Corridor transit proposals

“This is still America, I hope,” a visibly upset resident told the crowd at last week’s meeting with policy makers to discuss the Gateway Corridor Project’s light rail and bus rapid transit proposals
Unhappy residents and business owners arrived at Woodbury City Hall Thursday, April 10, most with prepared statements.

Wed
16
Apr

It was lights out last week at Champps

City leaders express surprise that sports restaurant closed
Maplewood Champps Americana, a popular sports bar and restaurant for over two decades, closed last week.

Tue
15
Apr

It’s a family tradition


Siblings Jane and Tex Metzger are the third generation of Metzgers running the family drywall business. The company was started by their grandfather in 1939. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Jane Metzger carries supplies from the company’s stock yard into the office. Jane Metzger officially took over as president of the company in 2011, taking the reins from her father, Gus. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Dave Bleeke, “yard man” at Metzger Building Materials, has been with the company for 25 years. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Long-time family business awarded
If you walked into Metzger Building Materials Company in the mid-1980s, you might see as many as five Metzgers, not to mention the family dog, hanging out at the business.
Tucked away along Phalen Boulevard at 768 Bradley St., the building supply business has been quietly chugging along for over 75 years and three generations.

Mon
14
Apr

With CP Rail expansion, neighbors hope concerns will be heard


Canadian Pacific Railroad operates a switching yard near Pig’s Eye Lake, located just west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With Canadian Pacific Railroad applying to expand operations at its Pig’s Eye switching yard, neighbors are approaching it as an opportunity to voice their concerns.
Canadian Pacific Railroad hopes to fill in six acres of wetlands to enlarge the facility, located just west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road.

Mon
14
Apr

City golf course opens, with private management


Pat McCurdy gets in some practice on the driving range out at Phalen Golf Course April 9. The 18-hole par 70 golf course opened Thursday, April 10. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

So far, so good, city and Prom Catering report
After a drawn out public process, the city-owned Phalen Golf Course is now open for the season, under private management for the first time.
The 18-hole, 6,100-yard recreational course is located in Phalen Regional Park.

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