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How green is your clean?

By EMILY WORMAN

This summer, the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is partnering with Hope Community and the Lake Street Council on a project focused on improving air quality in Phillips. This project aims to reduce the environmental and public health risks associated with certain cleaners, by assessing the janitorial products used in housing complexes and local businesses and working to help them switch to cleaner products. MnTAP offers a variety of free services to interested businesses, including assessment of the safety of current cleaning products, education on safer products and recommendations for alternative products, and samples of new products. We are dedicated to making this project a success by working with you to find alternatives that are comparable in cost and effectiveness.

There are many benefits to switching to safer cleaning products:

  • Improve air quality for customers and residents by limiting harsh chemicals and air pollutants.
  • Protect employees from health risks such as respiratory system issues and aggravated asthma- that can come from exposure to unsafe chemicals.
  • Limit loss of labor and reduce insurance and worker compensation costs through creating a safer work environment.
  • Lower cleaning costs by replacing aerosols with reusable containers and reducing the cost of hazardous waste disposal.
  • Use as a marketing tool, by showing your commitment to sustainability and earning green building credits.

This is a great way to continue to improve your community, while helping address the important issues of pollution and community health. A small change can make a big difference. If you are interested in setting up a meeting with MnTAP, to schedule a free consultation and sample new cleaning products, please reach out to Emily Worman at worma007@umn.edu, 952-567-0445 or 612-435-1682.

Emily Worman is a MnTAP Intern at Hope Community

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What’s Up at the Franklin Community Library – July 2018

By Erin Thomasson

ALL AGES

Franklin on the Green
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm
Badminton, soccer, Frisbee, & games outside; weather permitting.

Science Wednesdays
2-4 pm
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) activity each week!

Puzzlemania!
Thursdays, 2-4 pm
Educational, fun puzzles & games!

Game On!
Thursdays, 5-7 pm
Card games, board games, xBox, & VR – play or learn a new one.

Family Storytime
Fridays, 10:30-11 am
All ages & caregivers. Talk, sing, read, write & play sharing books, stories, rhymes, music & movement.

Energy Release Games
Saturday, July 14, 2-3 pm
Registration required. Try 10-15 different games that will make you move! Sponsors: Friends of the Hennepin County Library, MELSA. Collaborator: Pros of the Rope.

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Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table

Thursday, July 19, 6 – 8:30pm
Also Ingebretsen’s at Norway House (913 E. Franklin Avenue)

A celebration of wild mushroom foraging…beyond morels + a photo exhibit of wild mushroom still lifes by Michael Karns, Lisa Golden Schroeder, and Dennis Becker. Free event.

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Phillips West – July 2018

Phillips West Neighborhood Events: www.phillipswest.info

By CRYSTAL WINDSCHITL

July 5th Thurs. 6-7:30pm
Phillips West Monthly Community Meeting

(Note: No July meeting due to proximity to 4th of July holiday)

August 7th Tuesday 5-8 pm
Phillips West Neighborhood 22nd Annual National Night Out Celebration!

Please join hundreds of Community Partners & Residents for one of the biggest National Night Out Celebrations in Minneapolis! EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL AGES WITH PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE!!!!! Event will be held along 27th Street between Columbus and Portland Avenues! A variety of FREE picnic food including snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs, watermelon, cookies & ice cream! There will also be a variety of entertainment including a Mariachi band, dancing contest, open mic rap contest with opportunity to win grand prizes, salsa dancers, 3 clowns, 2 bounce houses, a puppet show, face painters, fish pond, children’s games, McGruff the Crime Dog, twinkle the Mascot, Mickey Mouse, and a giant inflated slide! Information on dozens of community resources will be available! If you would like an information table or would like to get involved contact Crystal at 612-879-5383 or email pwno2005@yahoo.com

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Two in One Celebration! Peavey Park Phase 1 Grand Opening & Phase 2 Ground Breaking! July 9, 11 am (Franklin & Park Ave)

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Letter to the Editor Separating children from parents? “This is exactly who we are!”

BY DONNA NESTE

I have been glued to MSNBC, writing letters, and emails to the Justice Dept., Homeland Security, the White House, and calling lawmakers in Washington; since the horrendous, immoral and, frankly, evil Trump policy was put in place; of separating children from their parents at the southern border. While watching this unbelievable darkness descend upon our nation (again) and unfold on cable television, I heard the talking heads say time and time again, “This is not who we are.” Really? This is exactly who we are.
We have a history of separating children from their parents. We did it during our nation’s “original sin,” slavery. We separated Native American children from their parents and put them in boarding schools. Stealing their land was not enough, we also had to steal their children. We imprisoned Japanese American families during World War II and we turned away a cruise ship, the St. Louis, with hundreds of Jewish people from our shores in 1939 fleeing Nazi Germany, all forced to return and most died in Nazi death camps. Hopefully we can take action to break this cycle of national child abuse.

Today, I sent a post card to Kirstjen Nielsen, the Secretary of Homeland Security, because the only way to contact her that I could find is by snail mail and I wrote: “Do you hear the babies crying in the middle of the night?” Her address is Homeland Security, Washington D.C. 20528. Perhaps she should receive a shower of such post cards.

– Donna Neste, Citizen of Phillips, Minneapolis, Minnesota, the USA and Humanity

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Metro Transit – The squeaky wheel gets the grease

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON

Another slow month in the transit world… However, there was one interesting piece of news for Route 2 riders. I went to an “open house” in June regarding proposed improvements to Franklin Avenue bus service, including cutting back on the number of stops to make the bus go faster, installing new (presumably better) bus shelters, and adding signal priority, which is a system that allows buses to request a green light sooner than would normally be the case. Unlike signal preemption, which is used by emergency vehicles to demand a green light immediately, signal priority requires a computer to make a judgment call as to whether granting an early green to the bus is better or worse for the overall movement of people through an intersection.

The most controversial part of this proposal from the bus rider perspective is probably the stop spacing. Metro Transit is proposing to have a stop once every four blocks on average instead of every two blocks. That will indeed improve the speed of the bus, but will also mean a longer walk to or from the stop, especially if your origin or destination isn’t a major intersection or transfer point. Some people, however, have trouble walking long distances and would prefer a slower ride with less walking at either their origin or destination. This is one of those trade-offs that the public should make their voices heard on, no matter which side they support. (Personally, I support less stops and more speed, despite currently having mobility issues.) This is one of the reasons I attend Metro Transit open houses and public hearings on proposed changes, and write about them in this column. Not everybody has the time or ability to follow this stuff, but now that you’ve read about it, you can contact Metro with your opinion if you have one.*

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Restoration by movie and tour funds – Markers keep memories aboveground

TODD MAHON, MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery
By SUE HUNTER WEIR
158th in a Series

Have you ever wondered what happens to the money that we raise by showing movies and giving tours in the Cemetery? Now that the money needed to restore the fence is secured, we’ve moved on to see what can be done to preserve the markers.

From June 13 until June 20, 2018, members of the Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps have been in the Cemetery cleaning, straightening, unearthing, and resetting markers. At the end of only three and a-half days they had already completed work on 80 markers and they still had two and-a-half days to go. And they did much of their work in 90-plus degree temperatures.

The staff is five members of an AmeriCorps crew who have received training in restoring historic properties. Their work is funded through the State’s Legacy program, and Friends of the Cemetery is picking up the cost of the materials and cleaning supplies.

How important are these markers? Cemetery markers serve as gateways to stories about people’s lives. The section of the Cemetery where the crew started working is Section j-1, the stretch that runs from approximately 20th Avenue to Cedar along Lake Street. There are 814 people buried in that section but probably no more than 80-100 of them have markers. The majority of burials in j-1 date from between 1900 and 1910.

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Marie Sandvik Center – July 2018

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Alley Contest!

E-mail, text, or call The Alley with location of this sculpture to enter a raffle for a $5 gift certificate at Pow-Wow Grounds Coffee. Tell who put on the green leaves for 5 Spirit of Phillips Note Cards by Dave and Linnea.

612-990-4022
Editor@AlleyNews.org

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