East Side Newsbriefs

Sun
17
May

East Side’s last Catholic school finds fiscal saviors

St. Pascal Baylon pastor Mike Byron stands in an empty, unused classroom at the parish school. The school was once flourishing with as many as 500 students. Now, the numbers are down to 135 students. In dire financial straits, the school is being restructured. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
St. Pascal Baylon pastor Mike Byron stands in an empty, unused classroom at the parish school. The school was once flourishing with as many as 500 students. Now, the numbers are down to 135 students. In dire financial straits, the school is being restructured. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

St. Pascal Baylon looks to salvage school through restructuring

Up until a month ago, it wasn’t clear whether St. Pascal Baylon’s school would operate past the end of May.
In dire financial straits, the parish and school, which sit at the corner of White Bear Avenue and East Third Street, had been running a combined annual deficit of $150,000.
To make up that deficit, they were drawing from cash reserves, which were being depleted.

Sun
17
May

A floating plastic island on Phalen?

Some Payne Phalen neighbors are considering the possibility of installing a floating plastic island such as the one shown above in Lake Phalen. (submitted photo)
Some Payne Phalen neighbors are considering the possibility of installing a floating plastic island such as the one shown above in Lake Phalen. (submitted photo)

Some Payne Phalen neighbors are considering the possibility of installing a floating plastic island in Lake Phalen.

Sun
17
May

Placemaking panel examines zipcodes and death

Dr. Anthony Iton, a national public health expert, talked about the connection between a person’s zipcode and their life expectancy as part of a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 12 at Metro State University. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Dr. Anthony Iton, a national public health expert, talked about the connection between a person’s zipcode and their life expectancy as part of a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 12 at Metro State University. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

If you live in the Payne-Phalen or Dayton’s Bluff neighborhoods, odds are your life will be eight years shorter than someone living in Minnetonka, Edina, or Eagan.

Sun
10
May

Short-term mental health crisis residence eying old Blessed Sacrament building

People Incorporated is hoping to move its Diane Ahrens Crisis residence to this former convent building at 1784 Lacrosse Ave. (Courtesy of Cushman Wakefield)
People Incorporated is hoping to move its Diane Ahrens Crisis residence to this former convent building at 1784 Lacrosse Ave. (Courtesy of Cushman Wakefield)

A non-profit mental health and social services organization would like to establish a short-term mental health crisis center on White Bear Avenue.

Sun
10
May

51 warrants resolved at Ramsey County event

Of the roughly 4,500 active misdemeanor warrants in Ramsey County, 51 were resolved during a warrant resolution event held May 2 at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

Sun
10
May

SPPS looking for summer food service hosts

Adding a food truck, too
St. Paul Public Schools is hoping to provide more of its students with free summer meals.
Though the schools have long been providing free summer breakfast and lunch programs, there’s a marked discrepancy between the number of free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches served during the school year and what’s served during the summer months.

Sun
19
Apr

DNR invites public input on Invasive Carp Action Plan

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a statewide plan to combat invasive carp threatening Minnesota rivers and lakes.

Sun
19
Apr

Neighborhood meeting assuages some fears, but worries others

Freedom Works, a post-prison ministry, will look to locate in a former convent at 869 E. Fifth St. where they’d provide housing for about 24 men who are recently released from prison. (file photo)
Freedom Works, a post-prison ministry, will look to locate in a former convent at 869 E. Fifth St. where they’d provide housing for about 24 men who are recently released from prison. (file photo)

Post-prison ministry group hoping neighbors will be welcoming

Sun
12
Apr

Meeting to look at development opportunities along Gateway Corridor

The Gateway Corridor, a bus rapid transit route, is on track to be completed in 2022. Ahead of that, Community and business leaders are getting together to discuss ways to attract development to the new transit corridor. (submitted graphic)
The Gateway Corridor, a bus rapid transit route, is on track to be completed in 2022. Ahead of that, Community and business leaders are getting together to discuss ways to attract development to the new transit corridor. (submitted graphic)

With plans for the Gateway Corridor coming along slowly, planners are looking to spark conversations about how to attract desirable commercial development along the proposed route.

Sun
12
Apr

Goodbye, tattered billboard

The billboard over the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District building will be taken down. (file photo)
The billboard over the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District building will be taken down. (file photo)

Deciding to abide by the city’s own regulations, City Hall staff have announced the blank, aging billboard above the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District building is coming down.

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