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April 2012 Uptown Neighborhood News

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Opinion
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Crime & Safety
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CARAG News
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ECCO News
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Events Calendar
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APRIL
2012
Volume 8, Number 4
inside
< Brown Thrashers
 This hand-colored engraving by John James Audu-bon, was one of several slides presented during theMinneapolis Audobon Societie’s “Bird Art Through Time” at Bryant Square Park in March.
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Cvig h Uptown AreA
and the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO
The Easter Bunnyhas Lots of Treats!
Enter to WinChipotle Dinnersor Calhoun BeachClub 7-Day Passes
(see details on page 12)
Th Tin Fih Li!
 A short, true fish story with a happy ending
 By Phyllis Stenerson
Lest one doubt the passion and power of neighbors working together forthe common good, read on.E-mails and Facebook postings started flying through cyberspace short-ly after the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) FinanceCommittee unexpectedly launched a discussion of their lease agree-ment with the Tin Fish Restaurant casting doubt about its season openerscheduled for April 15.This happened on Wednesday evening, March 14. The expectation wasthat the full Park Board would make a decision the following Wednes-day. ECCO President and environmental leader Sarah Sponheim hadattended the MPRB meeting and sounded the alarm. Several local activ-ists quickly responded, a public rally was organized and the word wentout. The activating phrase quickly became “Save the Tin Fish.”When I used to walk mydog around Lake Cal-houn years ago, Ienjoyed being able tofeel the earth beneathmy feet and noticethings that I couldn’tin a car or on a bike. I wouldnotice how the water lookson a cloudy day or the hun-dreds of ways people walk.Eventually I would evennotice things that looked outof place, like people in pin-stripe suits walking aroundthe lake, street musicians, Big
Gtting T Grn
 How do we make environmental decisions?
 By Bruce Cochran
Bird and eventually trash.But aside from cigarettebutts, I rarely saw peo-ple actually throwingthe trash on the groundand I would wonderhow it got there.Did it fall out of some-one’s pocket? a car? or dida squirrel steal it from a gar-bage can?I started to pick up the trash.It felt good and it was easy.
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 By Brendan Jordan
When a group of neighbors firstgot together more than four yearsago, we had lots of big ideas andenthusiasm, but not much else.Fast forward to the present, andthe Uptown Market is a local fix-ture and an exciting Sunday des-tination during the summer. Butbeing a fixture doesn’t mean we’redone changing and improving.We are excited to report that theMarket will start its 2012 season ina new location adjacent to Inter-media Arts.Uptown Market will be located inthe Intermedia Arts parking lot,2822 Lyndale Avenue. The newlocation offers many advantages,including the opportunity for animproved vendor layout, prox-imity to businesses on LyndaleAvenue and access to the marketfrom both Aldrich and Lyndale.Just like our old location on 29thStreet, the Market will be easy toget to on bike or on foot. We lookforward to working with Interme-dia Arts, an organization that alsoserves the local arts community.In an effort to better serve localartists and craftspeople, the marketis lowering its vendor fees for one-day-at-a-time vendors from $40 to$25 per market event. The lowervendor fees are possible because of contributions from neighborhood
Uptwn Markt LaunchNw Lcatin And Chang
 Market consolidates next to Intermedia Arts and lowers vendor fees
Story and photos by Aline Anliker
Food from all over the world - andyou can have it all in Uptown!No matter if you are into Euro-pean, Asian or American dishes,Uptown is the meeting placefor food lovers. Places fea-tured in this article areonly some suggestionsout of many moreoptions, and certainlyall of them will makeyour mouth water.
Th landf mil
Authentic Thai cuisinewithin walking distanceis not a wish but a real-ity. In Uptown, there areno fewer than four placeswhere you can find deliciouscurries, traditional soups such asTom Yum or Tom Kha, fried ricespecialties or noodle dishes as themuch-loved Pad Thai:
Tum RupThai
(1221 West Lake),
Sawatdee
 (1404 West Lake Street),
ChangMai Thai
(3001 Hennepin Ave-nue) and
Amazing Thailand
(3024Hennepin Avenue) all make up agreat Thai experience.How about trying out Indian orVietnamese food? Crispy pork eggrolls, beef noodle salad or home-made broths are served in thefamily-owned
VietnameseSaigon
restaurant (3035Lyndale Avenue). Samo-sa, Pakora, Biryanis,the famous IndianChicken Tikka Masa-la and many more– the menu at
DarbarIndian Grill
(1221West Lake Street)is long and the foodincredibly savory. Trythe Darbar India plat-ter and you’ll get a greattaste of some of the bestchoices.
Ging lcal
High quality local American
Earth Day april 22, 2012: 4.5 Billion yEars anD Counting...
 By Sarah Sponheim
Common LAW is a monthly column on local issues concerning our com- mon land, air, water and waste.
Rcycling Nw
Minneapolis residents can recyclemore stuff! In addition to existingmaterials (such as cans, glass, plas-tic bottles, cardboard, newspaperand office paper), the City is nowaccepting:
food and beverage cartons - pleaserinse before recycling. Examplesinclude milk and juice cartons;juice, soy milk, soup, broth andwine “boxes”refrigerated and frozen foodboxes. Examples include frozenpizza boxes, frozen waffle boxes,butter cartonspop and beer cartons (any size)• ALL plastic containers – pleaserinse and put caps and lids backon. Examples include yogurt, cot-tage cheese and margarine con-tainers, microwavable food trays,
The colorfully arranged Indian dishesat Darbar Indian Grill are incrediblytasty.
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One colorful sign at the Tin Fish Rally is held by Maya L. and admired by HeatherWulfsberg. Heather’s daughter, Bella, is somewhat less interested.
All live in the EastCalhoun Neighborhood. (
Photo by Courtney Kiernat)(Photo by Roxie Speth)
 
 
 
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News tips, story ideas, articles, photos with captions, letters to the editor and commentary are welcomed and encouraged. Send by the 15th of themonth to uptownnews@yahoo.com or UNN, 3612 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409.All submissions must be relevant to Uptown. Letters to the Editor are limited to 250 words. High resolution photos are required. We reserve the rightto decide whether or not a piece will be published and to edit for space, clarity, appropriateness or legal concerns. We need to know your name, address,phone number, e-mail and neighborhood.UNN is a monthly publication of Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) in cooperation with the East Calhoun Community Organization(ECCO). UNN covers the news of Uptown and is delivered free to households within the area bounded by Lyndale Avenue and Lake Calhoun, betweenLake Street and 36th Street. Copies are distributed to businesses in the Uptown area. Circulation is 5,200 with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publica-tion and distribution is before the first of every month. Contributors are area residents who volunteer their time to bring the news of the area to residents.UNN is managed by a board of local citizens with the ECCO and CARAG Boards each appointing three representatives. Monthly meetings are heldat St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue from 7 pm to 9 pm the first Monday of the month, unless otherwise scheduled. Meetings areopen to the public. Contact uptownnews@yahoo.com to confirm and/or request time on the agenda.
Copyright © 2012 Uptown Neighborhood News
Editor
 Phyllis Stenerson (CARAG) 612.331.1929
uptownnews@yahoo.com
Art Direction and Production
Bruce Cochran (CARAG)
unn612@gmail.com
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 Susan Hagler (CARAG) 612.825.7780
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Managing Board
Ralph Knox,
 President (ECCO)
Elizabeth Walke,
Treasurer (CARAG)
Linda Todd, Secretary
(ECCO)
Harry Savage
(ECCO)
Samantha Strong
(CARAG)
Nancy Riestenberg
(CARAG)
Contributing Photographers
Aline Anliker, Bruce Cochran, CompetitiveImage, Bethany Heemeyer, Courtney Kiernat
Contributing Writers
Aline Anliker, Carol Bouska,Bruce Cochran, Julie Cohen,Brendan Jordan, Harry Savage,Wendy Schadewald, Monica Smith,Sarah Sponheim, Phyllis Stenerson,Meg Tuthill, Nicole Valentine
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Hm swt Hm - Plant earth
 Editorial by Phyllis Stenerson
“When one tugs a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was initiated by Senator GaylordNelson of Wisconsin. A catalyst was the publication in 1962 of 
SilentSpring
, the best-seller by Rachel Carson, alerting many peoplefor the first time to critical environmental problems.Senator Nelson insisted that the first Earth Dayactivities be organized at the grassroots, notfrom Washington, DC. The participationof an estimated 10% of Americans drewextensive media attention.At that time there were no regula-tions to prevent industry from pol-luting the air, water and land. TheEnvironmental Protection Agencywas founded in late 1970 duringthe presidency of Richard Nixon.A new era of awareness and activ-ism about the caring for the earthwas launched. The photograph of the earth taken from outer spaceby the Apollo 17 space mission onDecember 7, 1972 quickly becamethe icon of the environmental move-ment and gave planet earth a newidentify: “The Blue Marble.”
“There are no passengers on spaceship earth.We’re all crew.” Buckminster Fuller
An energetic, promising start to increased stewardshipof the planet slowed when corporate powers fought back againstregulations that could inhibit their earnings. Scientific studies emergedindicating that pollution produced by human activity was changing theworld’s climate. As this data was confirmed by more and more creditablescientists the effort to debunk the data also accelerated. The idea thatglobal warming is a hoax became a key propaganda point of right wingextremists. Think tanks funded by the oil-billionaire Koch brothers, andothers, generated studies that sought to disprove scientific research, or atminimum cast enough doubt to persuade the public and limit govern-ment regulation.Dedicated environmentalists pushed on to educate the public aboutthe critical need for private, corporate and government action toprotect natural resources, despite well-funded opposi-tion. Although it became an established fact that thecourse we are on is not sustainable, many in thegeneral public remained either unaware orapathetic. Far too many Members of Con-gress had become horribly dependenton money from big donors for theircampaigns and reluctant to advocateagainst these special interests.
“Although some of the planet’s resources are finite, the reason for unwarranted optimism is that the human mind is unlimitedin its capacity to think, grow, plan ahead and act in terms for the common good.” Dr. Berenice Bleedorn
Many now believe the tools andknowledge are available to stopdegradation of the planet and even toreverse some damage. Public opinionis increasingly in favor of governmentaction to protect the environment and activ-ism has accelerated in recent years. Bizarreweather like 80 degrees in Minnesota in Marchmay be influencing people that climate change is realand needs to be addressed.Bill Moyers was referring to his grandchildren when he said “We arestealing their future. Betraying their trust. Despoiling their world. Whathas happened to our moral imagination? What we need is the capacity tosee, to feel and then to act as if the future depended on you. Believe me, itdoes.” I agree wholeheartedly.
 Phyllis Stenerson is Editor of the Uptown Neighborhood News. Context for this editorial and more about revitalizing American democracy can be found at www.progressivevalues.org.
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In this rough rendering of a sample building looking southwest provided by the Midtown Greenway Coalition, a non-steppedback building is shown at left. Without step backed upper floors, shadows are cast over the Greenway, during winter months atpeak daylight hours. The building on the right shows how shadows are avoided by upper floor step backs. The Coalition maintainsthat their concern is that one building may set a precedent for all of them to ignore the shadow affect. The Greco Project was originally designed for 7 stories but the zoning for the area only allowed 5. City staff requested that the 5thfloor be stepped back by 25 feet, the 6th to 35 feet, and the 7th floor to be just a rooftop deck.
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 Fundraiser for Joyce Uptown Food Shelf 
A new feature is being added to the fourth annual spring fundraiser for the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf.Mark Thompson, professional appraiser, will be there to look at items brought by attendees and give anestimate of the value. The event is Sunday, April 22 from 2 pm to 5 pm at St. Mary’s Greek OrthodoxChurch, 35th and Irving Avenue.Desserts, coffee, tea and punch will be served. Suggested donation is $3 for children and $10 for eachadult, appraisal of two items included. The event is sponsored by the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf Board,St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church and the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO).For more information contact Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, 612.825.4431 or joyce@visi.com.
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 By Julie Cohen
Mark your calendars for the first-ever Dining Out For CARAG event at Lucia’s on Thursday, April 12 from5:30pm to 9:30pmBring a few friends – bring the whole family – and join us as we support our thriving small business commu-nity and raise much needed funds for the CARAG neighborhood.Lucia’s, a staple in the Uptown neighborhood for 27 years, will serve up delicious seasonal and local favoriteseveryone will be sure to enjoy. As the exclusive restaurant sponsor of Dining Out For CARAG, Lucia’s isgenerously donating 20% of the evening’s proceeds to CARAG. These funds help support the neighborhood’shousing, safety, transportation, and community-building programs.CARAG’s Neighborhood Livability & Engagement Committee, the group behind Dining Out For CARAG,plans to make this a recurring event, highlighting one local area restaurant each quarter. It’s a great way to sup-port your local business community, get to know your neighbors and help raise money for your neighborhood.For more information about Dining Out For CARAG, or to get involved, please contact CARAG’s executivecoordinator Scott Engel at scottengel@carag.org or 612.823.2520.Reservations are encouraged. Lucia’s, 1432 West 31st Street, 612.825.1572, www.lucias.com
 Julie Cohen lives in CARAG and serves on the CARAG Neighborhood Livability & Engagement Commit- tee
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 By Nicole Valentine
In late February, Kenwood fifthgraders spent four days and threenights at Eagle Bluff Environ-mental Learn-ing Center nearLanesboro, MN.Darwin Lee, oneof Kenwood’stwo fifth gradeteachers, broughtthe trip to theschool’s curricu-lum when hejoined the staff last year. Thispopular trip hasalready becomean academichighlight forKenwood’s 5thgraders.Lee, who taughtat Kenny Ele-mentary Schoolin southwestMinneapolis formany years, hasbeen taking fifthgraders to EagleBluff, an accredited, non-profit,environmental education center,for 15 years. “I’ve been a huge fanof Eagle Bluff and what they dosince they began years ago. The
“They are pushedin so many ways during this experience. They are learning about science and the outdoor world, but also about how to work andlive together.”
- CAROLINE VAALER
programming and staff are justexcellent.” The students wereimmersed in six hours of classes aday, consisting of environmentalscience, outdoor skills, challengeskills, and cultur-al programming.Lee added, “Thestaff at EagleBluff keeps thekids busy andengaged; plus theaccommodationsare comfortableand the food isgood. This canbe a huge plusfor the kids.”Eagle Bluff’smission is to fos-ter environmen-tal awareness,responsibilityand literacy,and to promoterespect and per-sonal responsi-bility throughteamwork andproblem solving.Fifth grader andKenwood resident Lucie Allenhighly recommends the trip,reporting that it was “really, reallyfun.” She especially liked the highropes course and the pioneer lifeclass.ECCO resident and chaperoneCaroline Vaaler said the trip wasa great experience for the kids.“They are pushed in so many waysduring this experience. They arelearning about science and the out-door world, but also about how towork and live together.”Principal Cheryl Martin said,“Kenwood is excited to have theEagle Bluff trip as part of our5th grade curriculum. This is avery special opportunity for ourstudents and the 4th graders arealready excited about their chanceto go next year.”For the eighth year in a row, theKenwood School community hassuccessfully raised enough fundsto offer only full day Kindergar-ten for the 2012-2013 school year.Because of the added learning,social, and playtime a full dayschedule allows, the communityhas made funding for full day Kin-dergarten a priority. The SchoolDistrict provides Kenwood withonly one full day Kindergartenclassroom so the community raisesfunds to “buy up” the two remain-ing classes.Campaign co-chair and Kenwoodresident Stephanie Bell said, “Wefeel that offering all incoming Kin-dergarteners the same opportunityto benefit from Kenwood’s well-rounded curriculum is impor-tant. Without a full day schedule,the literacy and math work timewould suffer, and the childrenwouldn’t benefit from the school’sarts residencies, specialist teacherssuch as music, art, and physicaleducation, or participate in playtime and recess.”
 Nicole Valentine is a parent of Ken-wood students.
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