The 7,000 children and youth of the Phillips Community will once again have a place to learn to swim. If one young person’s life is saved from drowning by this huge effort to bring swimming back to these neighborhoods with immense “kids of color” population, all the blood, sweat and tears will have been worth it. The fact that every drowning victim in Mpls., the City of Lakes, for several years has been a youth from a diverse community who was not able to swim and without an available and affordable place to learn has motivated this project. The Phillips Pool project is intent on resolving this serious inequity of the City.
The East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC) has been in the forefront of the community wide effort to save and renovate the defunct swimming pool in the Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
East Phillips Neighborhood members supported the pool in a series of votes to allocate $50,000 of EPIC’s NRP dollars for the reconstruction of the pool and facility. EPIC sequestered these funds hoping for a matching grant. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community made that offer. The combined gift of $100,000.caused the dream for the full facility to “get real”. The renewed, Phillips Aquatic Center, will have refurbished main pool and a new zero entry warm water teaching / therapeutic pool along with locker rooms and all the new filtration systems.
Who would have imagined back in 1975, The Alley Newspaper would still be exploring and growing into its vital purpose of serving as a community- governed media source today? But here we are, thanks to all of you–readers, writers, and advertisers.
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But, in staying true to our mission, we are not yet done exploring our purpose. The leadership of Alley Communications, publisher of The Alley Newspaper, seeks assistance imagining what the future of the organization may hold and how to sustain The Alley Newspaper. They are planning to spend the year convening some of the readers, writers and contributors into listening and brainstorming circles. As the format for delivering news changes in this new era of technology, how might The Alley stay flexible and current while continuing to reflect the authentic voices and opinions of the Community? If you would like be part of this dynamic conversation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-990-4022.
At the end of 2015, The Alley plans to share what has been learned and to celebrate the 40 years of this vibrant community-news source. Watch for details.
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By Sue Hunter Weir
It’s not unheard of for a reporter to get carried away with a story and exaggerate a little for dramatic effect.
The story about David Fisher’s death was one of those stories. It ran in the Minneapolis Tribune on September 4, 1903, under the headline, “Killed on Way to See His Dying Wife, David C. Fisher, Old and Feeble, Struck by a Street Car As He was Tottering from Poor Farm to City Hospital—Was Going to Make Perhaps Last Visit to His Aged Partner In Life, Separated by Illness and Misfortune.” This lengthy headline more or less tells the whole story and a little more.
When Annie Fisher got sick in the spring of 1903, her husband, who was old and somewhat frail himself, could no longer take care of her at home. She was taken to the City Hospital where, according to newspapers accounts, she was expected to die any day. She was over 90 years old and in poor health.
Annie and David Fisher had been together a long time. According to the 1895 Territorial Census for Minnesota, David Fisher had moved to the United States from Canada in 1857, one year before Minnesota became a state. Annie was born in Indiana.
They were married in St. Anthony on January 1, 1860. They married relatively late in life; although records give varying birth years for each, they were both approximately forty years old. In the 1860s they adopted two children: a daughter named May and a son named James.
David held a number of jobs over the years. He started out as a cooper. In 1879 he got a job as one of the city’s poundmasters, the equivalent of working for Animal Control today, except that in addition to dealing with dogs and cats, he would have had to contend with the horses, cows and sheep residing within the city limits. He earned a reasonable, though not lavish salary, about $10 a week. When that job ended about six years later he worked as a watchman and a barnman, most likely for the animal pound. Not long before he died, he was reported to have been running a laundry out of his home.
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Project for Pride in Living, at the request of Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association (MPNA), has agreed to host a position to support the community improvement work of MPNA. This part-time position provides administrative support/assistance to help ensure the smooth functioning of Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association. Duties include providing contract management and administrative support to Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association; Monitor neighborhood issues at City Council and Regulatory committees; state and county issues; and with other neighborhood entities; Manage logistics for all neighborhood and Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association Board meetings and communicate details to the Board members; Provide administrative assistance to Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association Board that includes, but is not limited to, drafting and typing correspondence, copying material, preparing mailings, filing, assisting with special projects, site tours and special events; Financial and budget management.
December has been a big month for EPIC. Here are a few of our highlights.
Phillips Aquatic Center Pool NEW Funding: EPIC Donated $50,000.00 to the Park Board for renovation of the Phillips Community Center Pool. We are deeply grateful to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), which offered a match for up to $250,000 making the total EPIC donation $100,000. EPIC had set this money aside just waiting for such an opportunity. Wells Fargo also donated $25,000, with the match, the day’s total was $150,000 for the pool.
FIVE East Phillips Youth Soccer teams WIN BIG: The 11u, 13u and 18u teams took home the City Park Championships and received the trophies. 15u and the young women’s team also played a vigorous and strong season. The 11u and 13u teams are seen here holding their trophies and celebrating a congratulatory meal with family and friends. Rep. Karen Clark, EPIC Board member Ali Macalin, Board President Carol Pass and Jean Whitehill, East Phillips Park Director, also attended. (11u means 11 years & under)
Computer & Financial Literacy Classes: The East Phillips Park Programming Partnership, a Standing Committee of EPIC, is partnering with Wells Fargo, the City of Minneapolis Information Technology Department and the Park to bring Free Classes on Financial Literacy and Computer Literacy to the newly updated East Phillips Park Computer Lab. Contact Brad Pass at 612-916-8478 – email@example.com or the Park – 612-370-4888 to sign up. Read the rest of this entry »
Two important concerns will be addressed:
1. Community Action directed at local Pollution and its impact on our children.
Many of us in East Phillips have been concerned about our high level of pollution for many years, in particular the pollution from the Asphalt Plant of Bituminous Roadways and from Smith Foundry. In the past the neighborhood has earnestly requested of the businesses that they seek new sites far from children.
Recently our concerns have been greatly escalated by the ominous Nov. 12, 2014 Star Tribune article stating that 100% of the children of nonsmoking mothers who were exposed to high levels of the industrial pollutant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) during pregnancy, were diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This means many of our children’s future development is seriously at risk or actually compromised.
PAHs are only one of the serious pollutants produced by Asphalt plants such as Bituminous Roadways located at 2825 Cedar Ave. S. Their neighbor, Smith Foundry at 1855 E. 26th St. is also a serious source of industrial pollution in this residential neighborhood. Both industrial sites border the Midtown Greenway and in addition to their emissions, they bring the added pollution of constant heavy truck traffic. Read the rest of this entry »
Senator Jon Tester Visits Language Program in Phillips
by Laura Waterman Wittstock
Jon Tester won office in 2006 and has wasted little time since then to look deeply at the needs of tribes and nations. He became chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs this year when former chair Maria Cantwell stepped down.
Senator Tester’s visit to Minneapolis and the Wicoie Nandagikendan program is an example of how seriously he takes his chairman role: he wants to see Indian communities in action. He told Wicoie executive director Jennifer Bendickson that Congress needs to hear from people like her and others who are teaching Dakota and Ojibwe in the state. He said he enjoys his visits but the voices of the people are critical to restoring language.
This year, Senator Tester, along with four other senators, introduced and the Senate passed the ‘‘Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act.’’ Under the Act, those eligible for funding include schools or private tribal, nonprofit organizations that have plans to develop and maintain, or to improve and expand, programs that support schools using Native American languages as the primary language of instruction of all curriculum taught at the schools.
The bill states that “[the] Secretary [of Interior] may award grants to eligible entities to develop and maintain, or to improve and expand, programs that support schools, including prekindergarten through postsecondary education, using Native American languages as the primary language of instruction of all curriculum taught at the schools.”