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September 7th (Thursday) 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.Phillips West Monthly Community Meeting!

Join your neighbors and other Community Partners for updates from Local City Government & Minneapolis Police.  We will also have Hennepin County Community Action present to share their programs that can benefit residents! The meeting will take place at the Center for Changing Lives Building in the Centrum Room (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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Transit: Loos, Fare Hikes, and Detours

BY JOHN CHARLES WILSON

Finally! A month with Phillips-specific transit news, after two months of waiting.

The Lake Street light rail station is being renovated, including fixing the elevators and escalators, cleaning and re-coating/re-painting surfaces, replacing broken glass, and putting in new signs and lights.

Now if only the Met Council would do something about the elevators smelling like urine. I recommend installing a “Portland Loo” (http://www.theloo.biz) at light rail stations, park and ride lots, and other transit facilities. The Portland Loo is a metal outdoor toilet designed for areas where people often misuse provided facilities. It is vandalism-resistant and affords just enough privacy and comfort to be usable while not encouraging loitering or improper use. Passersby can’t see your genitals, but they can hear everything and see if more than one person is inside.

Non-rush hour local fares are going up from $1.75 to $2.00 and rush hour local fares are going up from $2.25 to $2.50 as of October 1, 2017. Express and Northstar fares are also increasing by 25 cents across the board. The Transit Assistance Program, an experiment which provided lower fares to people with low incomes, becomes permanent with a fare of $1.00 at all times, the same as the revised limited mobility fare. A proposed extension of reduced fares for children 6-12 and senior citizens to all times, instead of just non-rush hours, was not adopted.

Route and schedule changes affecting Phillips for the August 19, 2017 pick are as follows:

Minor schedule adjustments for the Blue Line and Routes 5 and 9; weekday afternoon times will be adjusted “to better accommodate ridership” on Route 21; Route 11 will have minor changes to reflect the new schedule at Washburn High School.

Route 2 must detour because the Franklin Ave. bridge over I-35W will be closed. It will take five minutes longer than usual between points east and west of the freeway. In addition, Route 27 will run once every 30 minutes at all times, rather than increasing to once every 10 minutes at rush hour. This route uses 26th and 28th Streets to zoom between the Lake St. light rail and McDonald’s by I-35W and Lake. Last but not least, Route 67 is being reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes at non-rush hours weekdays and Saturdays. The 67 provides a pleasant alternative to busier routes between the Franklin Ave. light rail and downtown Saint Paul.

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History: what and who chooses? After 150 Years Gone, But Not Forgotten

Mike Barth, Pioneer and Soldier Cemetery Caretaker “through rain or shine” on the lawnmower or here on a bobcat helping Brian Orth setting a Veterans grave marker. Tim McCall

By Sue Hunter Weir

In his book “In the Memory House,” author Howard Mansfield raises questions about who we, as a society, choose to remember and why.  The “why” has less to do with the accomplishments of those being remembered and more to do with our sense of who we are as a society.  Some people’s stories get told; others’ stories do not.  Who decides?

In 1993, when he wrote the book, he made an observaation that describes what we are witnessing today:  “History is like that; you’re gone but a hundred, a hundred and fifty years, and someone takes you off your pedestal, or they leave your name off of your portrait.” After last week’s events in Charlottesville, statues, monuments, and markers honoring the military leaders of the Confederacy are coming down but with tens of thousands of books written about the Civil War, those men are not likely to be forgotten.

The monuments and markers in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery are mostly in memory of individuals and none of them would be viewed as offensive or hurtful.  There is a flagpole that was a gift of the Women’s Auxiliary in the 1930s, two Depression-era stone birdbaths, and a large boulder with a sentimental quote by Abraham Lincoln that celebrates the contributions of pioneer women.  There is a large block of granite with a plaque dedicating it “To Our Nation’s Defenders.”  Where it came from, and when, is one of our enduring mysteries.

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association News-September 2017

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EPIC Report-September 2017

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September 2017 Ventura Village

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St. Paul’s and Semilla Center’s annual Taste of Phillips Art Festival

BY PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL

Get ready for some fabulous art!  October 28, 2017, 4-9 pm: St. Paul’s and Semilla Center’s annual Taste of Phillips Art Festival. Hands-on art.  Live music: acoustic, Latin American & more!  Youth Photography Show.  Great food and silent auction.  Dedication of our Peace Garden on 28th Street.  All at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Ave. S.

Writers of any level or experience: we want your work!  The Phoenix of Phillips literary magazine is accepting submissions of poetry, essays and short stories for its 4th edition: “Healing”.  Writing about healing in the widest sense—healing of mind, body and soul, healing of community, healing of the earth—is welcome. Youth and adults who live, work or volunteer in the Phillips neighborhood are invited to submit to this community journal.  Deadline is September 30.  E-mail submissions to semillacenter@gmail.com or mail them to: Semilla Center for the Arts @ St. Paul’s, 2742 15th Ave S.  Minneapolis, MN 55407.

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The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts and Annual Block Party @ St. Paul’s Lutheran 28th and 15th Avenue

Gardening, Art, Growth and Laughter

BY TALIA HANSEL AND AUBREY DONISCH

The Young Leaders Program of The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts @ St. Paul’s Lutheran has come to an end for the summer of 2017. The past six weeks have been full of gardening, art, growth and laughter.

The Young Leaders brought the community together at St. Paul’s annual Block Party—they brought their A-Game and their water conservation knowledge to share. By performing a dance about water, the Young Leaders moved the community in a new way by showing gestures of what water means to them and why Water is Life (Agua es Vida).

A central piece of our work was planting native plants in boulevard gardens.  These plants serve two purposes: first, they help attract pollinators. Second, because their roots are deep, they hold more soil, which in turn, helps hold and clean more storm water runoff from the sidewalk.  Everything bit of storm water that runs into the storm sewers in our neighborhood goes directly to the Mississippi River, without being treated.

Young Leaders also traveled all over the city to meet with community artists and activists from locations like the All My Relations Gallery to the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization to Walker Art Center (and everywhere in-between).

Like our Boulevard Garden, the Young Leaders have grown strong and have developed in their skills of guidance, kindness, awareness, and advocacy. In the style of our Peace Garden, the Young Leaders have shown more care for their community and more camaraderie among themselves.

The Young Leaders would like to thank everyone they have been able to meet this summer—we had a blast!

Talia Hansel, is Community Ambassador for Young Leaders and Aubrey Donisch, is Youth Program Director

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4 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

By the Phillips Wellness 50+ Team

It’s challenging to know what to do to stay healthy. Advice from experts seems to change from month to month, and it’s hard to keep track of what’s most important.

That’s why the Phillips Wellness 50+ group strives to take on four simple-to-remember behaviors:

  • Getting 150 minutes of physical activity each week (that’s 30 minutes a day for five days each week).
  • Eating five servings fruits and vegetables a day. Think of a serving as about a half of a cup.
  • Drinking little or no alcohol (no more than an average of one drink a day for women; two per day for men).
  • Eliminate smoking and other tobacco products.

Doing these four things can produce important benefits, including:

  • Better functional health (being able to do everyday things) that allows for good quality of life and independence.
  • Lower incidence of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions.
  • Decreased depression, stress and other emotional health issues.
  • Lower overall mortality.

Phillips Wellness 50+ is an initiative to increase health and well-being, by and for people in the Phillips neighborhood.

We invite you to join us for a weekly group walk. Meet us in the lobbies of Ebenezer Park Apartments and Ebenezer Tower every Tuesday night at 5:45 PM. After the walk we gather to learn, connect and support each other.

Contact Donna Nordin at 612-741-5180 or dnordin2@comcast.net for information.

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12 Local Auto Shops Help Reduce Hazardous Air Pollutants

Maddie Norgaard, showing the safer brake cleaner with Le Le, lead mechanic and manager of Nicollet Auto Services.

Helping Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment. mntapP@umn.edu

BY MADDIE NORGAARD

The results are in from this summer’s Phillips Community Air Quality Improvement Project!

In total, 12 automotive repair shops chose to switch to safer cleaning and degreasing products resulting in approximately 3,000 pounds of air emissions reduced per year. Working in partnership with Hope Community Inc., the Lake Street Council, and the Franklin Area Business Association, a Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) intern helped auto shops assess the relative safety of their current products, and then identified safer alternatives available at local retail stores. Participating shops were given free samples of safer alternative products and a starter case to encourage adoption. MnTAP recommended safer products that have no Hazardous Air Pollutants, are low in Volatile Organic Compounds, and minimize Minnesota Chemicals of Concern.

Thank you to all the auto shops making a significant contribution toward better air quality in South Minneapolis:

Alliance Auto

Clausen Service Center

Duke’s Cars and Towing

Green Garage

Intermaco Auto Body

K&J Auto Repair

Nicollet Auto Services

Lake Street Tire

Red and White Taxi

Rongos Auto Service

Starr Auto Service

Valvoline Oil Change

Air Emission Reductions (per year)-

450 lbs. of Hazardous Air Pollutants

860 lbs. of Volatile Organic Compounds

1,765 lbs. of ground-level ozone (smog)

To learn more about this project or to get involved in future safer cleaning and degreasing projects, please visit MnTAP’s website or call 612-624-1300.

Maddie Norgaard is a MnTAP Intern

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