East Side Review

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21
Apr

Pocket Parks eyeing Payne


Adding vibrancy to the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, the Payne Phalen Pocket Parks group made a small park out of a vacant lot in 2013. This year, they’re looking to put another one on Payne Avenue. (submitted photo)

Community park group will likely expand this year
With a couple of Payne Phalen Pocket Parks under their belts in 2013, the volunteer crew of East Side neighbors is ready for more. The neighborhood group created a small park and a community garden last year. This summer they’re pulling for a presence right on Payne Avenue.

Mon
21
Apr

Eastern District police hoping to avoid repeat of last summer

New community policing unit created to beat the heat
Starting Tuesday, April 15, the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District sent out a newly formed afternoon crew of four officers dubbed the “Community Response Team.”
Eastern District Senior Commander Joe Neuberger says the concept for the team is “in a way pretty old-school” -- the group will basically be hybrid beat officers.

Mon
21
Apr

Payne Avenue: “it’s happening this summer”


Plaza Del Sol is a new hub of Hispanic businesses. The huge building has seen about $800,000 in investment in the past six months. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The 41,000-square-foot, $14 million Arlington Hills Community Center will add to the momentum along the Payne Avenue commercial corridor. The facility is scheduled to open May 22. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cook St. Paul, a new restaurant on Payne Avenue, just opened its doors last week. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

ESNDC identifies $25 million in corridor investments
Spring may be lagging a little, but John Vaughn can see the warmer weather ahead.
“It’s Payne spring,” he says, “it’s busting out!”

Fri
18
Apr

Young woman shot dead by the father of her baby


Timothy Hendricks

Timothy Hendricks facing second-degree murder charge

A young mother is dead after being shot in the head by the father of her child.

She was shot while seated in the back seat of a car next to her 8-month-old son. Her father was in the driver's seat.

Wed
16
Apr

Residents outspoken in opposing Gateway Corridor transit proposals

“This is still America, I hope,” a visibly upset resident told the crowd at last week’s meeting with policy makers to discuss the Gateway Corridor Project’s light rail and bus rapid transit proposals
Unhappy residents and business owners arrived at Woodbury City Hall Thursday, April 10, most with prepared statements.

Wed
16
Apr

It was lights out last week at Champps

City leaders express surprise that sports restaurant closed
Maplewood Champps Americana, a popular sports bar and restaurant for over two decades, closed last week.

Sun
20
Apr

East Side Review police reports Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 2014

Thursday, Mar. 27 - Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

Fri
18
Apr

Ramsey County Parks Earth Day cleanup set for April 26

Volunteers of all ages are needed for the annual Earth Day Cleanup being held April 26 at several Ramsey County parks. The primary focus of the event is trash pickup and removal to help beautify the parks in preparation for the busy spring and summer seasons.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is seeking 300-400 volunteers to assist with the largest cleanup project at Battle Creek Regional Park, a 780-acre park located in Saint Paul and Maplewood. Volunteers should gather in the western portion of the park in the parking lot located at 75 South Winthrop St.Volunteers of all ages are needed for the annual Earth Day Cleanup being held April 26 at several Ramsey County parks. The primary focus of the event is trash pickup and removal to help beautify the parks in preparation for the busy spring and summer seasons.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is seeking 300-400 volunteers to assist with the largest cleanup project at Battle Creek Regional Park, a 780-acre park located in Saint Paul and Maplewood. Volunteers should gather in the western portion of the park in the parking lot located at 75 South Winthrop St.

Fri
18
Apr

Controlled burns planned for Ramsey County Parks in April and May


Controlled burns are a regular part of Ramsey County Parks activity. Shown is a 2006 burn at Tamarack Nature Center. (submitted photo)

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation will again be conducting prescribed burns in numerous parks and open spaces this spring. Burns begin in early April and continue through May.

Tue
15
Apr

It’s a family tradition


Siblings Jane and Tex Metzger are the third generation of Metzgers running the family drywall business. The company was started by their grandfather in 1939. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Jane Metzger carries supplies from the company’s stock yard into the office. Jane Metzger officially took over as president of the company in 2011, taking the reins from her father, Gus. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Dave Bleeke, “yard man” at Metzger Building Materials, has been with the company for 25 years. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Long-time family business awarded
If you walked into Metzger Building Materials Company in the mid-1980s, you might see as many as five Metzgers, not to mention the family dog, hanging out at the business.
Tucked away along Phalen Boulevard at 768 Bradley St., the building supply business has been quietly chugging along for over 75 years and three generations.

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