Janet Cullen shows off two paintings that will be in her show at the East Side Arts Council. Cullen spent years painting without showing anyone, but recently found the motivation to show her work. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
One of Cullen’s favorite, this piece is darker and contains elements of her past. Though she scrawled “power” on the painting, she doesn’t know why she wrote the word. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
This bright piece of art shows the positive pastel images that Cullen creates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
East Sider Janet Cullen has not had an easy life.
Her father was an alcoholic, and she lost one brother to suicide.
Every year, the City of St. Paul holds a neighborhood honor roll where each of the city’s 17 district councils name three individuals or groups as Neighborhood Honor Roll honorees. Below are bios provided by the district council offices.
Residents in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, near Gotzian and East Fifth streets, decided to spruce up their front yard with an elaborate ice castle. The colorful blocks of ice splash a little color into the gray streets and white snow.
Pam Santoso (top left) sleds with her kids Dewa (bottom)and Rirana at David Sterling’s sledding hill. Sterling’s hill he built on a mostly flat lot is just one of the assets he’s putting into the neighborhood. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)
David Sterling, 71, shovels snow to improve the sledding hill on the vacant lot next to his house in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.
Neighbors sat around on David and MaryJo Sterling’s porch and drank hot cocoa on a cold, blustery day.
East Sider David Sterling, 71, may be an older gentleman, but he’s got plenty of energy to put into his neighborhood.
Bill Nisbit jokes with another volunteer as they put out gifts on tables.
(photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)
Bill Nisbit helps find a gift for a boy at the toy distribution event at Merrick Community Services’ Edgerton Ave. location on Monday, Dec. 16.
Toys are shown at the toy distribution event at Merrick Community Services’ Edgerton Ave. location on Monday, Dec. 16. About 3,500 kids will receive holiday gifts through the event.
Hot Wheels, Play-Doh, basketballs, baseball gloves, footballs, Target gift cards -- the gifts poured in for East Siders in need.
Merrick Community Services was able to help 1,000 families have presents to give to their kids this holiday season, via a toy drive culminating in a toy distribution event.
The annual toy drive has been going strong for decades.
Doug Schultz, at right, got a lot of help from his neighbors in setting up his light show. Shown clockwise are neighbors Pam Voss and her son T.J. Voss, Carla Hoffman, Rick Buckley, and John Hansen. The lights display has brought the neighbors closer, Voss said. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)
Doug Schultz is aiming to get 1,000 pounds in food donations for Merrick Community Services through his light show. He constructed a sign to update light show viewers of his progress.
Schultz’s display is spread out over six front yards, and has over 40,000 individual lights, as well as a projected display of Santa Claus.
Doug Schultz stands before his house, the control center for the elaborate lights display on the 1500 block of York Ave.
To say that the holiday lights display at 1526 York Ave. is exuberant is most certainly an understatement.
It’s got 40,000 lights, fills up the front yards of six homes, and is synced up to a rotating queue of 36 Christmas songs with the help of computer light sequencing software.
Johnson High School principal Micheal Thompson swam with sharks as part of a fundraising effort on Thursday, Nov. 14, Give to the Max Day.
Thompson, along with other principals and faculty, swam in the Sea Life Minnesota aquarium at the Mall of America as Johnson High students watched.
Karin DuPaul (right), standing with “the spirit of Swede Hollow,” looks out at the crowd of people that attended her party on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Historic Mounds Theatre. DuPaul will retire from the Dayton’s Bluff district council after 30 years of involvement. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
St. Paul Police Cmmdr. Joe Neuberger pretends to arrest Karin DuPaul. A long-time community activist, DuPaul coordinated community meetings with the Eastern District Police Dept. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Karin DuPaul is shown at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. (submitted photo)
For some people’s retirement parties, they get a cake, a greeting card and maybe a little scrapbook.
But not Karin DuPaul, community organizer at the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. That would be a small gesture in comparison to the theatrical commemoration of her 30 some years of service to the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.
DuPaul will turn 70 next week and in December plans to retire from her post as the community engagement coordinator at the Dayton’s Bluff District Council. She served on the council’s board from 1982 to 1994, and started as the community coordinator there in 1996.
Mylai Tenner was an enthused tri-sport athlete when he attended Harding High School.
He shot hoops, ran track and played football, all as a varsity player. As a senior, he was given the “H blanket,” an award given to the school’s top three-sport varsity athletes.