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Phillips West – October 2018

Phillips West Neighborhood Events: www.phillipswest.info

By CRYSTAL WINDSCHITL

Thursday, October 4th, 6-7 pm
Phillips West Monthly Community Meeting!
Join your neighbors and other Community Partners for updates from Local City Government & Minneapolis Police. Meeting will take place at the Center for Changing Lives Building in Room 182 (2400 Park Avenue). Free parking is available in the rear of building off of Oakland Avenue. Free Jakeeno’s Pizza Dinner will be provided! If you would like more information or would like to get involved in the neighborhood please contact Crystal at 612-879-5383 or email her at pwno2005@yahoo.com

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Metro Transit New fareboxes for old

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON

The story of “Aladdin’s Lamp” contains the phrase, “New lamps for old!” Well, two of my bus-riding experiences last month make me think of “New fareboxes for old!”

The first one was on Route 10, Central Avenue Northeast. The bus had a new, very sophisticated farebox. There was even a smart card reader integrated with the farebox; however, it wasn’t in use. There was a regular Go-To Card reader by the front door, as usual. I have reason to believe this was an unannounced test and these new fareboxes may be in our future.

The second one was on Route 70, East Side of Saint Paul. It was one of the old buses from the 1980s, a type rarely seen anymore. It has the padded seats and the windows that actually opened so you could feel the breeze on your face, not just the vents up above your head. Of course it was a high-floor model, so you had to climb three steps to enter or exit. On the other hand, there were more seats than on modern buses, and there were actually seats close enough to the driver that you could actually have a conversation with him or her. As a transit fanatic, I loved the opportunity to talk to bus drivers about the industry. Unfortunately, that space on today’s low-floor buses is taken up by the wheel wells. This puts the kibosh on chit-chatting with drivers, but does provide a flat surface to place extra packages on. Change often both brings and takes away good things.

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Marie Sandvik Center – October 2018

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Hennepin County elections

Questions answered by candidates for County Commissioner & Sheriff

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON

With the help of my friends Lee Leichentritt and Peter Molenaar, and our editor Harvey Winje, I developed a questionnaire for candidates for Hennepin County Commissioner District 4 and Hennepin County Sheriff. Each candidate was asked to pick two topics from a menu of four or five, and explain how they intended to handle them if elected to office.

Topics for Commissioner Candidates:

  1. Housing for low income persons, senior citizens, and persons vulnerable due to mental illness.
  2. Public transportation in the Twin Cities metro area.
  3. Diversity in hiring Hennepin County employees.
  4. Mentally ill people being held in the County jail.

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Peace If Possible – Justice at any Rate!

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October’s Really Really Free Market

East Phillips Park, 2399 17th Av. So., Saturday, October 6, from 1-3 pm

By KIM HAYDEN

A great time to share Halloween costumes and supplies, and cold weather gear. Everything is FREE: offer what you’d like to give and take what you would like to receive. Food, music, and company are as welcome as objects. Enjoy an afternoon in the gift economy!

Please treat everything as a gift, and please take back with you any things that you have brought that nobody has taken. Please also make sure the items you bring are clean and dry. Not everyone who needs items is able to wash and dry items and might need to use them immediately. Thank you.

If you are on Facebook, find the group Twin Cities Really, Really Free Market to be invited to the events.

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Phillips Community Clean Sweep

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East Phillips Improvement Coalition

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association – October 2018

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Ventura Village Neighborhood News – October 2018

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