East Side Review

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14
Feb

Down to the Last Men

Even in 1998, the numbers of the South St. Paul VFW Post 295 Last Man’s Club were dwindling. (submitted photo)

South St. Paul’s WWII Last Man’s Club is down to three
Running his finger down the list, Ken Lawrence reminisces about the names he reads. 
As chaplain of South St. Paul VFW Post 295’s World War II Last Man’s Club, Lawrence has read over the names on that list countless times.
“You look down the roster, and it brings back memories of most everyone. That’s where we live, in our memories now, anyhow,” Lawrence says. 

Sun
14
Feb

Roseville hosting kids ice fishing contest

Roseville Parks and Recreation invites kids ages 5 to 14 to spend Saturday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the ice competing in an ice fishing contest.

Sun
14
Feb

‘Black Baseball in Minnesota: Stepping Up to the Plate’

Join baseball historian Frank White at the Roseville Library Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 12:30 p.m. for an illustrated talk about some of the greatest ball players ever to grace the mound or hit a line drive.

Sun
14
Feb

Bookstore opening receives positive responses on the East Side

Jason Burbul, proprietor of the new A Greener Read used bookstore on Payne Avenue, says the store fills a need in the neighborhood. (Rachel Weiss/Review)
Jason Burbul, proprietor of the new A Greener Read used bookstore on Payne Avenue, says the store fills a need in the neighborhood. (Rachel Weiss/Review)

For-profit business sells used books, CDs, DVDs
Combining a love of reading and desire to recycle used books, Jason and Eden Burbul co-founded a company called “A Greener Read” and opened a store in Woodbury. 
Now the couple just opened up a second retail location, this one on the East Side.

Sun
14
Feb

Payne-Phalen community leader proposes bike lanes

Parking would remain on both sides of Payne Avenue and include bike lanes. (Image courtesy of Eric Saathoff)
Parking would remain on both sides of Payne Avenue and include bike lanes. (Image courtesy of Eric Saathoff)

New lanes could help Payne Ave. businesses
“Within Payne-Phalen, there really aren’t places, safe places, to ride,” said Eric Saathoff, a member of the District 5 Planning Council and Board, and the chair of the District 5 Transportation Committee.
Saathoff is also a bike commuter, who goes back and forth to his job as a teacher at Crossroads Elementary in the Como neighborhood. 

Sun
14
Feb

China Garden project taking shape

The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department released an architects’ rendering of the future China Garden at Phalen Regional Park, This pavilion is designed to look like the Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha, China. (submitted illustration)
The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department released an architects’ rendering of the future China Garden at Phalen Regional Park, This pavilion is designed to look like the Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha, China. (submitted illustration)

Conceptual plans released for Phalen Park amenity
After months of discussions, the proposed China Garden at Phalen Regional Park has begun to take shape, even if it’s still in the blueprint stage.
St. Paul Parks and Recreation and The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society recently released conceptual plans for the China Garden. According to their press release, the garden will be built in phases, with a goal of starting Phase 1 in 2016. 

Sun
14
Feb

Two East Side teachers are candidates for Teacher of the Year

The list of 114 candidates for 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award was released Feb. 3. Among them were two East Side teachers, Koua Yang and Juanita Ortiz. 

Wed
10
Feb

Thin ice sinks Lake Elmo Lions ice fishing tournament

The ice was thick enough on Saturday, Jan. 30, for students from Tartan’s Relay for Life Team Dr. Cure to host an ice fishing tournament. Team We Cure Because We Care took care of the concessions. For many years, Tartan has been a top fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The ice was thick enough on Saturday, Jan. 30, for students from Tartan’s Relay for Life Team Dr. Cure to host an ice fishing tournament. Team We Cure Because We Care took care of the concessions. For many years, Tartan has been a top fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Contest cancelled second year in a row
Though Tartan High School Relay for Life students held their ice fishing tournament on Lake Jane the last weekend of January, the larger-scale Lake Elmo Lions Club Ice Fishing Contest planned for Super Bowl Sunday on Lake Jane was cancelled due to thin ice. 
The Lions’ ice fishing event will not be rescheduled, but the cash drawings still took place.

 

Wed
10
Feb

Home Depot partners with local VFW for renovations

The North St. Paul VFW was a sea of orange shirts working hard on pulling up carpet and taking down old ceiling tiles on Thursday, Feb.

Sun
07
Feb

East Side Review police reports - December 31-January 6

Thursday, December 31 - Wednesday, January 6, 2016 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

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