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May 2013 Uptown Neighborhood News

May 2013 Uptown Neighborhood News

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Opinion
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Crime & Safety
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CARAG News
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Film Reviews & Schedule
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ECCO News
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Events Calendar
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May
2013
Volume 9, Number 5
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Kroos plays two guitar necks at SpringhouseMinistry Center on May 12. (Photo by DarenCornell) (See more events on page 12)
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It’s hard to miss the construc-tion zone at the corner of Hen-nepin and Lagoon, but even withwinter weather challenges, the
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 Neighborhood Benefit scheduled for October 30
 By the ECCO Bike Fest Volunteer Team
East Calhoun’s first bicycle festival will roll into Uptown on May 11.“Pedal Power,” a project of the neighborhood’s green team, will show-case everything from a children’s bicycle swap to free tune-ups fromlocal bike shops. Neighborhood teens will share first-person accountsof how helmets may have saved their lives, and safety experts will beon hand to help kids adjust their own helmets.Representatives from the Midtown Greenway, Nice Ride, and theMinneapolis Bicycle Coalition will share information about theirorganizations. Kids can participate in a bike rodeo and everyone willbe eligible to win door prizes.The event starts at 1:00pm at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church.Meet at the south entrance (beside the flag pole) and south parkinglot. To participate in the kids’ bike swap, bring a used-but-still-func-tional bike, and ride a new-to-you bike home. The festival is free, butdon’t forget to bring your wallet: The Tin Fish will be debuting itsnew ice cream truck.
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Walker Library Update from County Commissioner Gail Dorfman
construction of the new Hen-nepin County Walker Libraryis on schedule. The demolitionof the old Walker is complete.The foundation walls are nearlyfinished. The elevator shaft hasbeen built, and over the next fewmonths, residents and visitorsto Uptown will begin to see thenew library building take shapeas the structural steel compo-nents are placed for the columns,floor and ceiling systems. Andyes, we saved the big library let-ters, which will be incorporatedwithin the new site. If you wantto see the Vincent James Associ-ates’ architectural design plans,get construction updates, orlearn more about this project andthe community process, go to:http://www.hclib.org/pub/info/ buildingprojects/. This time nextyear, look for an announcementof the Walker Library openingcelebration.
 By Bruce Cochran
Lead organizer Pat Fleetham,Calhoun Square and Henne-pin Lake Liquor have set a datefor the return of the HennepinLake Community Wine Tastingto support Uptown neighbor-hoods. That date is October 30and this year’s restaurant sponsoris Uptown Cafeteria.This will be the 30th occurrencefor the fundraiser, which tooklast year off due to the CalhounSquare construction. Since itsinception the combined total of funds raised for the neighbor-hoods to date is $313,000 - fundsthat are unrestricted by the eventdonation. The nine benefitingneighborhood organizationsare: Calhoun Area (CARAG),Cedar-Isles-Dean (CIDNA),
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Crews guide an i-beam as it is lowered into place with an overhead crane.
 
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
East Calhoun (ECCO), East Isles(EIRA), Kenwood Isles (KIA),Lowry Hill East (LHENA),Lowry Hill (LHNA), Lyndale(LNA) and Whittier (WA).
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 Event may become part of Open Streets
 By BruceCochran
After the reinvigo-rated Lyn-LakeFest came back for2011 and 2012, theevent is cancelledfor 2013. Leadorganizer, JohnMeegan, describeshis decision to can-cel the event thisyear.“This great eventrequires a full-timevolunteer organiz-er to work over thecourse of 3 monthsto be able to workfinancially. As I am that volunteer, and need to also run a businessand attend to my family, I can’t make that commitment this year.”Meegan added that there is still some chance that the event may beincorporated into Open Streets, an open street festival on LyndaleAvenue in June.
(Photo by Bethany Heemeyer)
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 By Melissa Slachetka
I’ve had the theme of change popup in my Letters from the Editorand that is because there has beena lot of change happening in mylife. Yes, you may have heard thenews that UNN is looking for anew editor. My next issue will bethe last and I have enjoyed everyminute of it, but I have happilygotten engaged and am turningin my ‘editor hat’ to focus on thisnext stage in my life.Along with stamping my ownunique style on the newspaperand enhancing the social mediaaspect (Twitter/FB), one of myless noticeable accomplishmentshas been making sense of theuptownnews@yahoo.com mail-box. It hasn’t been easy…it’smeant unsubscribing from acrazy amount of mailing liststhat, although intriguing, havenothing to do with Uptown orour Uptown demographic.When I was handed the email
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Our world has been changingat a pace that most of us strug-gle to comprehend. It is full of products and services that sim-ply did not exist a few years ago.We now engage one anotherthrough video calls and instantmessages and social media. Weshop from our laptop and bankthrough our smart phone. Weexpect the information we wantto be available when we want it.New companies like Googleor Amazon have become ourengines of economic growth andold ones have overhauled them-selves or become obsolete. Min-nesota companies like Targetand 3M are thoroughly focusedon innovation and unafraid of change.The one constant through allof this has been the increasingvalue of education. We cannotpredict how technology willchange our world, but we canpredict that those who can learnand adapt will be best positionedto succeed.And that needs to be the prom-ise of education today – prepar-ing our students to succeed ina fast-changing, unpredictableworld.Minneapolis Public Schools hasto make sure that our students– all of them – are preparedto succeed; that they have theknowledge and skills they needto be ready for college or careersafter high school as well as thecultural understanding that willmake them great neighbors andcitizens.By the standard of many urbanschool systems, Minneapolis doespretty well. But, for too manystudents and their families, weare not doing well enough. Toomany students, particularlythose of color, either drop outbefore graduation or gradu-ate unready for life in today’sknowledge economy.Just like companies that mustchange to survive, MinneapolisPublic Schools must also changeto produce the results that thecommunity needs. We are trans-forming education, changingour business model to betterserve students and families.One focus is strengthening theprincipal pipeline, holding cur-rent principals accountable forperformance and providing bet-ter professional development forprincipals to help them transi-tion from building managers toinstructional leaders. Anotherfocus is implementing a com-prehensive teacher evaluationsystem that recognizes exem-plary teachers and provides spe-cific professional developmentopportunities for teachers whoneed additional support.In areas like our Office of NewSchools, we are looking differ-ently at how we deliver educa-tion to the students who needit most. And those results willpay dividends in a Minneapolisthat is richer economically andsocially.The education world is full of promises and, often, soaringrhetoric that is disconnectedfrom reality. Saying we careabout the success of all studentsmatters little if too few of themactually succeed. We need,instead, to be judged far moreon our results – what we dorather than what we say.The relatively easy thing to do isproduce a more thoughtful edu-cational strategy; we are good at
W Mut Poduc T scool Minnpoli Nd
 By Bernadeia H. Johnson, Ed.D. (Superintendent of Public Schools)
that. It is much harder to changeour culture to consistently pro-duce better results for all stu-dents. But, working with ourteachers and educational lead-ers, we are trying to do both.I believe we will ultimatelydemonstrate results – not justrhetoric – if we concentrate onfour big things:Clarity of Purpose. Our goal isto make sure all students staywith us through graduation andleave us with the knowledgeand skills to be ready for col-lege or careers. This means highstandards for all, not just some.If our students succeed afterthey leave Minneapolis PublicSchools, we succeeded.Great Teaching. We havea strong teaching force thatneeds to get stronger. With ourteachers, we have developed anevaluation system that is becom-ing a national model. We mustensure that we support teacherswith the additional training andprofessional development thatmakes them stronger. Everychild, regardless of where he orshe attends school in the city,must have great teachers.Good Choices. Minneapolis hasa long history of providing fam-ilies with choices in the schoolstheir children attend, and wemust make sure they have onlygood choices. We are focus-ing instruction for consistencythroughout the city looking forproven models, including dis-trict and charter schools, thatmake sense for Minneapolis.Strong Partnerships. As theleader of the Gates-fundedDistrict-Charter Compact, we
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Much has been written aboutthe long-term benefits of highquality early education and allday kindergarten, especially forpoor children. Research aboundsto support investments in younglearners as a critical way to closeachievement gaps and improvestudent outcomes. GovernorDayton’s budget contains signifi-cant new investments for bothearly childhood education and allday kindergarten, and every signindicates that substantial invest-ments for early learning will becoming out of the legislature aswell.Minnesota is home to some of the most compelling research on
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 By Brenda Cassellius, Education Commissioner
UNN Editorial
the high return of investment forearly learning – up to sixteen dol-lars for every one dollar investedaccording to former FederalReserve Chair Art Rolnick. Andthere’s more: Child-developmentresearchers at the University of North Carolina recently pub-lished a study that found low-income students who attendedpreschool had higher math andreading scores in third gradethan their low-income peers whodid not. City University of NewYork conducted a study show-ing that one in six students whocan’t read at grade level by thirdgrade will not finish high schoolby age 19 – nearly four timesthe rate of their more proficientpeers. A study begun in 1962 inMichigan tracked two groups of low-income students - those whoattended preschool and thosewho did not - and found that atage 40, participants who attend-ed preschool had attained higherlevels of education, earned higherwages, were more likely to own ahome and were less likely to havebeen incarcerated than those whodid not attend preschool.Yet, despite the evidence, pocketsof opposition continue to ques-tion the wisdom of early child-hood education. To which I saythis: if you want a real life successstory that illustrates the potentialfor high quality early educationto change a life, look at me. Iwas a Head Start baby.I can personally attest to thevalue of early learning, not onlythe early benefits to a poor girlgrowing up in the projects of south Minneapolis, but the long-term effects on my life. I couldeasily have ended up in a cycleof poverty and dependence, but Ididn’t. Why? For many reasons,including hard work and a littlebit of luck, but also because of the early opportunities I receivedand the parenting support givento my mother, who had my sisterat 16 and me at 20.Head Start allowed me to devel-op school readiness skills and alove of learning that have lasteda lifetime. I remember the fun of outlining my 4-year old body ona big sheet of paper and labelingmy parts, of watching a celerystalk turn red in a glass full of tinted water, of reading my firstbook, Harold and the PurpleCrayon, and imagining my owndreams for adventure as I drewthem with a purple crayon. Mybest memory, though, is whenmy teacher would round us upin a circle at the end of the dayto touch the tip of her “magicwand” to the top of our heads,and if we were good and haddone all of our work, the magicstar on the end would light up.Why do these experiences matternow, nearly four decades later?Because they taught me perhapspreschool’s biggest contributionto a students’ future success; theso-called “soft skills,” which helpchildren learn how to pay atten-tion and stay on task. My earliestteachers shaped me by instillingnot only a love of learning, butalso the principles of hard work,goodness and perseverance.These qualities cannot be mea-sured by a test, but they mattera great deal in a competitive anddiverse global economy and arenecessary for success in life.I’ve been lucky. Lucky to beborn in the right decade andthat my mother had access toresources and support. Luckyto have had great teachers whopushed me to be my best. Luckythat wise Minnesotans who camebefore me realized that a goodeducation for every child wasthe surest way to strengthen ourstate’s competitive edge, leadinga generation’s War on Povertyand crafting a Minnesota Miraclealong the way.But should it come down toluck? The Governor and Ibelieve not. We believe all chil-dren deserve access to the samegreat start I had. Investing now,this year, in our youngest learn-ers - with more scholarships forhigh quality early education pro-gramming and increased accessto all-day kindergarten – givesus the best chance to fully lever-age the potential that lies withinevery child.We may never be able to fullymeasure the profound impactearly learning has on life success.Or maybe we can. Maybe we’rejust waiting for a future educa-tion commissioner – a little girlor boy learning and dreaming ina sun-filled classroom today - toshow us just how it’s done.
 Brenda Cassellius Minnesota Commissioner of Education
The tragedies of foreclosuresfor the family involved are nomystery. Yet, the burden of fore-closure also rests squarely, andsilently, on the shoulders of localand state taxpayers. Minnesotamunicipalities expend nearly$20,000 per vacant property eachyear for maintenance costs, andhouses within an eighth of a mileof a foreclosed home loose almost$2,000 in equity simply becauseof proximity. To discontinue thetrend of Minnesota having threetimes as many foreclosed homesin “post-crisis” 2012 compared to2005, or 20,000 foreclosures peryear for the sixth year in a row,I support enacting the Home-owner’s Bill of Rights, currentlyin the legislature. The bill enactscommon sense laws to give basicrights to families who face fore-closure.Critics may object, stating thatthe crisis has passed and regula-tion stunts development, but thefacts stand that regulating banks’foreclosure will safeguard thestate’s economic recovery. Forexample, a Californian bill iscredited with lowering foreclo-sure levels by 39.5 percent fromDecember 2012 to January 2013,when the bill took effect. If sucha bill had been made law in Min-nesota in 2008, at the peak of the crisis, approximately 140,000more Minnesota families wouldbe in homes, and an estimated94,000 Minnesota school childrenwould have remained in stableliving situations.The Homeowner’s Bill of Rightsis needed to protect families andthe larger community. This billguarantees that people goingthrough the foreclosure processhave a single point of contactwithin their banking institutionwhen they are seeking loan mod-ification or facing foreclosure. It
Citizens turned out for the April 16 DFL Precinct Caucuses at JeffersonElementary.
The Tenth Ward Convention is April 27, when candidates hopeto win the DFL endorsement.
(Photo by StuartWainstock.com)
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