Putting the “Green” in Green Space

More awesome things going on this Wednesday:

A Northeast Community Discussion

The City of Minneapolis Public Works, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Parks & Recreation & Preventing Harm Minnesota have teamed up to develop healthy & sustainable land management practices and projects for the “Green Campus” of Edison High School, the Flood Basin & Jackson Square Park, which together comprise a significant block of open space in our community. As a first step, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) is funding a feasibility study to develop project ideas to improve water quality in this area. You’re invited to learn more about the “Green Campus” initiative & provide input into its direction.

Date: Wednesday, June 29th
When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Eastside Food Cooperative, Granite Studio
2551 Central Avenue NE, Mpls
(Street parking only. Co-op parking lot reserved for customer use.)
More Info: Contact: Julia(-at-)preventingharmmn.org or Lisa.Brock(-at-)ci.minneapolis.mn.us

One week left for submissions to the NE Calendar Project!

Northeast

Do you Love Northeast Minneapolis and/or have great images of your favorite places in Northeast?

Be a part of a fun community project and participate in the 2012 Northeast Calendar!

  • Submit work easily online
  • No submission fee
  • Up to $200 in cash prizes!

For more information and an online submission form, visit calendar.northeastcdc.org

Only one week left for submissions!

If you’ve left us a message at any point in the past year…

A voicemail box somewhere on our system was gradually piling up with messages over the past year, possibly even longer.

My clue to the fact that this was going on came when I called in to check messages and the system said “your mailbox is full” – even though I had only two messages in my box. I called Qwest, spending roughly 10 conversations and countless hours trying to determine:

  • where exactly the messages where
  • how I could get to them (not knowing where they were other than “not on my line” and “not in the general mailbox,” my passwords didn’t work.)

We were trying to do all of this without resetting the system entirely – which would erase all the messages. I didn’t want that to happen because obviously, I would like to respond to those messages if I needed to!

Apparently this was a very odd voicemail vs voice messaging problem that even left the helpful techs at Qwest scratching their heads. Even more unfortunately, in the process of trying to help me gain access, somebody at tech support did what we were trying to avoid and RESET THE ENTIRE SYSTEM. While it successfully created room for people to leave more messages (woohoo!) it did so by deleting everything.

We tried to find a way to retrieve them – but were totally unsuccessful. My final response from Qwest was nice but did not bring good news:

I am sorry for the delayed response. I have exhausted all possibilities in regards
to retrieving those voice messages. My understanding is that they are no longer
available even on any backup systems.

:(

So.

If you’ve called anytime in the past year left a message and have not received a call back, please accept my sincere apologies. Feel free to call me again about something awesome at 612-627-9366 (and leave a message on our fancy fixed voicemail system if I don’t answer.) Or you can always email me at jamie-at-northeastcdc.org.

Thanks!

-Jamie

Northeast Parade update from the Chamber

Celebrate Northeast Parade

Today’s weather is very uncertain. The parade will be called  either on or off at 3p.m. based on the recommendation of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Notification will be given in the following manner either way:

  • Via email to the primary contact
  • An announcement will be posted on the parade homepage www.minneapolischamber.org/parade
  • A message will be placed on the voicemail of this number 612 378-0050

If the parade is NOT cancelled we will proceed as normal with step off at 6:30p.m. If severe weather occurs once the parade is underway it will be delayed one half hour and the situation will then be re-evaluated and the parade will either proceed or be cancelled.

If you do decide not to participate a notification would be appreciated at any point in the day via email clevens(-at-)minneapolischamber.org/parade.

Outdoor Dining Ordinance

Attention Northeast restaurants and businesses with sidewalk cafes (or those in favor of them): Please call in your concerns about this ordinance (http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/business-licensing/docs/Outdoor_Areas_Ordn.pdf) to your City Council Member. This is very important and your voices can make a significant difference.

Council Member Glidden, 8th Ward, asked that we make this effort to stop passage of a terrible ordinance.

(from the attached letter)

We know that the City of Minneapolis recognizes the importance of outdoor dining to the prosperity and vitality of its commercial districts. The purposes of our outdoor-dining regulations should be to allow for and to support this desirable activity while controlling potentially negative side effects. We believe that current ordinances when enforced do that. Additional restrictions and approvals needed for an outdoor dining facility will make the process for approval of these amenities seem more onerous.

Council Members and Wards are listed below. Please go to http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ for contact info.
Ward Council Member:
1 Kevin Reich
2 Cam Gordon
3 Diane Hofstede
4 Barbara Johnson
5 Don Samuels
6 Robert Lilligren
7 Lisa Goodman
8 Elizabeth Glidden
9 Gary Schiff
10 Meg Tuthill
11 John Quincy
12 Sandy Colvin Roy
13 Betsy Hodges

For reference: Tuthill Ordinance Changes (pdf) & Letter regardingOutdoorDining (pdf)

This could affect the small businesses and restaurants here in Northeast, as well. We encourage you to read up and respond!

(Thank you to our friends at Lake Street Council for bringing this to our attention.)

 

If you’re trying to leave us a message…

If you’re calling and receiving a “mailbox full” message, my apologies. Apparently there’s a voicemail box in our system (not our general box and not my mailbox) that has been racking up messages and I don’t have access to it. I’ve been trying to work with Qwest to get access to the messages without just resetting our system, because that would delete all our messages and I want to make sure those messages get addressed. However apparently this is an “unusual situation” and getting assistance and response from them is taking forever.

Until we get this resolved, please email us at info@northeastcdc.org or jamie@northeastcdc.org

Again, apologies for any inconvenience.

Grantwriting assistance from CURA

CURA will be providing grantwriting assistance over the summer through a pilot Grantwriting Assistance Program (GAP). Through the end of August CURA will hold two days of office hours per month where community groups can seek grantwriting advice and feedback on proposals. The days are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 2-4pm at the CURA office. If you would like assistance with existing grants or one-on-one general advice on grantwriitng please contact me to set an appointment within these times. Office hours begin next week on Tuesday June 14th 2-4pm. Appointments will be on a first come first served basis so please contact Jeff Corn ahead of time. If you are looking for feedback on a specific grant please e-mail it to me a couple of days before your appointment to allow CURA staff a chance to review it.

Please call (612-625-0744) or e-mail with any questions.

Call for Northeast themed artwork and photography!

Do you love Northeast – or have some great photos or artwork about Northeast?

Then participate in the Northeast Calendar project!

The Northeast CDC, a local nonprofit, is creating a calendar for 2012 to celebrate the awesomeness of Northeast Minneapolis! The calendar will highlight local artwork and photography as well as the 13 Northeast neighborhoods.

We’re looking for great images and artwork about Northeast Minneapolis.

How it works:
Submit your artwork online using the online submission form
After the deadline, we’ll create an online gallery with each neighborhood’s images.
During the month of July people will vote for their favorite!

Prizes
There will be 13 winners — one for each month, and one for the cover
$50 for each winning artist
$200 for the #1 artist!

Submissions Information
No entry fee!
Submit your image easily online
Any medium is acceptable
Artwork must represent or be categorizable in one of the 13 NE neighborhoods
Limit 13 total submissions per artist
Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2011
No hard copy submissions will be accepted.

For a map of Northeast Minneapolis complete with neighborhoods, please visit the project site at: calendar.northeastcdc.org/

The Northeast CDC is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our mission is promoting the economic development of Northeast Minneapolis in a manner that furthers the interests of residents and businesses.

The Northeast Calendar Project

Hello!

The Northeast CDC is excited to introduce a new project – the Northeast Minneapolis calendar! Not only will the calendar be a great identity piece for Northeast as a whole, it will also celebrate the individual neighborhoods and their respective awesomeness!

If you’d like to advertise something specific or help support the project, there are sponsorship opportunities available that will help us cover the cost of printing.

We’re also looking for submissions of photography and artwork for the project, and have created an easy online submission process for artists. I’ve included the call for artists below. If folks are willing to list the opportunity on various websites, blog, or newsletters we’d appreciate it!

________

Do you Love Northeast?

Participate in the Northeast Calendar project! We’re looking for great images and artwork about Northeast Minneapolis.

Free submission and cash prizes for participating artists – up to $200!

More information can be found here: http://www.calendar.northeastcdc.org

The latest on Tornado response

Three great resources to get you the latest on Tornado response and how to help:

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North Minneapolis Tornado Response

Neighborhood Leaders,

As you know, North Minneapolis was struck by a devastating tornado yesterday. The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department will provide updates to neighborhood organizations over the next few days to keep you informed of recovery efforts and what your neighborhood organization can do to help. Please note that the information below is the best information we have at this time. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. If your organization has any questions or comments, please contact Carrie Aspinwall Day at (612) 673-2243 or by email at carrie.aspinwall@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.

Please also check the City’s website at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/, or call 311.

For safety, and to assist with recovery efforts, three Exclusion Zones have been established in North Minneapolis. People will need to show I.D. and/or the reason they need to get into a zone. Our understanding at this point is that the Exclusion Zones are still in effect and checkpoints around the Exclusion Zones are still in place. For a map of the exclusion zone and checkpoints, please see http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/docs/TornadoExclusionZone.pdf. For more information on the Exclusion Zone, please see the City’s website at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/20110523NMplsTordanadoUpdate_1.asp.

Updates for today include:

Officials visit the site: This morning, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, joined by Council President Barbara Johnson and Council Members Hofstede and Samuels, led a tour of the impacted neighborhoods with Governor Mark Dayton, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, and other local and state officials.

No curfew: Minneapolis Police have determined that a curfew is not needed for this evening.

Crews in the neighborhoods: Crews are working as quickly as possible to get the affected neighborhoods open so residents can return. Emergency managers have divided the area into three zones. Within these zones, staff are going block-by-block, door-to-door, assessing damage, evaluating the safety of structures, and clearing debris to reopen streets. One of the biggest safety concerns is downed power lines. As areas are cleared, residents (only residents) will be allowed to return to their homes.

Food and water for affected families: Three stations are set up to make food and water available to North Side residents. The three locations are:

  • Lowry and Penn avenue
  • Golden Valley Road and Penn Avenue
  • Lowry and Lyndale avenues

Housing for affected families: 257 people stayed overnight last night in the shelter set up at the Northeast Armory, and there are now about 400 people getting assistance at the Armory. Today, Hennepin County and the City are working with social service providers to assess the housing needs of people in the shelter to move them into housing for tonight and to work with individual families on long-term solutions. Several dozen families with children will be staying at the recently-renovated Drake Hotel Downtown, and other arrangements are being made for others who need housing. The goal is to have as many displaced people and families as possible move out of the shelter and into better housing as early as tonight.

People on the North Side who have not gone to the shelter but who need assistance can still go to the Armory at 1025 Broadway Ave. If folks need transportation to the Armory, they can go to the Fourth Precinct for assistance, which is located at 1926 Plymouth Ave. N.

How the public can help: People throughout Minneapolis and the region have been asking how they can help people affected by the tornado. There are several ways to help:

  • Donate funds, not goods – The Minneapolis Foundation has established the Minnesota Helps – North Minneapolis Recovery Fund to assist with both short-term and long-term housing and recovery-related needs on the North Side. To make a donation by credit card, visit www.GiveMN.org or send checks for the recovery effort to The Minneapolis Foundation, 80 S. 8th St., Suite 800, Minneapolis, MN, 55402. People can also donate to the Red Cross at www.redcrosstc.org. Please do not donate goods at this time.
  • In the coming days, volunteers will be needed – There are crews working already in the neighborhoods, but the conditions are not yet safe enough to accommodate volunteers. The City and Urban Homeworks, a local nonprofit, will be making a call to volunteers in the coming days, but at this point it is not safe to bring folks in.
  • Tree cleanup: Minneapolis Public Works and Park Board crews continue to work in north Minneapolis to make streets passable following yesterday’s tornado. After that work is done, the City and Park Board will provide debris pickup for property owners in the affected area.

Public Works and Park Board crews will collect large debris beginning May 25 through June 10 for properties in the city west of Interstate 94 and north of Highway 55 (Olson Memorial Highway). This service is for property owners clearing their property after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. Visit the City’s website or call 311 for more information.

Additional information:

  • The Governor and other state and federal elected staff have toured the area for a better assessment of the damage.  FEMA is on the ground and will be conducting their damage assessments.
  • Corporations that want to donate goods or volunteer staff (not individual contributions): please email information including name, phone number and rough idea of quantity and type of goods and email to Marc Dronen (marc.dronen@ci.minneapolis.mn.us).
  • Catalyst and KMOJ have partnered and they are accepting non monetary donations at their location at Penn and Broadway.
  • 94 exit ramps are closed and will be until the zones are cleared – anticipated that will take a few days.
  • Minneapolis Animal Control is OPEN to bring animals to the shelter. ACC will respond as usual to loose dogs, etc. Customers can go to ACC to look for lost animals.

The following schools are open for shelter, food and water for those that need it:

  • Patrick Henry High School
  • North High School
  • Folwell

Please consider re-posting this on your neighborhood website so everyone can have the proper information.

Call for volunteers – please help in North Minneapolis

Hi friends,

On the off chance you haven’t already heard the news – areas in Minneapolis were devastated today due to the tornado. (Or a “suspected” tornado as the news said – but I’m not sure what that means exactly…)

If anybody is interested, available and/or willing to help our friends over in North, Urban Homeworks and the Sanctuary Community Development Corporation are mobilizing volunteers to complete tornado clean up.

People are meeting at 8AM at 1800 Emerson Ave N Minneapolis MN. Volunteers may contact Ryan Petersen at 612-701-2653 or ryan.petersen-at-urbanhomeworks.org

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Thanks,

Jamie