Field Regina Northrop News and Events

Operation Clean Sweep

Sign your alley up for the 2014 pilot of Operation Clean Sweep. The 10 selected alleyways will be able to help neighbors clean out garages, attics, basements, yards, alleyways and boulevards to help improve your neighborhood. At least 25% of residents on each side of an alley must be committed in order to qualify. For more information and to sign up click here. 

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Have you seen the attractive lawn signs around your neighborhood? One can be personally delivered and placed in your yard.  

If you would like to have one for your house, click here to sumbit a request for a sign to be delivered to your house. 

Minnesota Housing Loan Programs

Funds Available for Homeowners and Rental Property Owners Affected by June Flooding
Minnesota Housing loan programs offer up to $70,000 in assistance

Residents affected by June flooding in Carver, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Wright counties
may be eligible for state loans up to $70,000 through Minnesota Housing. Funds are for capital
improvements that return the home to pre-disaster or comparable condition.
There are two loan programs available:

Community Fix Up flood loans can provide up to $50,000 in repair funding for residents with
qualifying credit. The interest rate for these loans has been reduced to 3.00%

For residents who do not qualify for a Community Fix Up loan, the

Quick Start Disaster Recovery Program can provide assistance up to $20,000.  Quick Start loans are interest free and forgiven if the owner remains in the home for 10 years.  Funding for rental housing properties is also available under similar terms and conditions.

Hennepin County residents are encouraged to call at the CEE Lending Center directly at 612-335-5851

DEADLINE:  October 24, 2014

Eligible residents should contact the Nate Phelps, the local administrator of Center for Energy & Environment to learn more and apply. 612-335-5851

A Right to Establish a Home - Exhibition - Aug 22 - Jan 4

In August 1931, Arthur and Edith Lee, a young African-American couple, purchased a home at 4600 Columbus Avenue South, Minneapolis, in what many considered a “white neighborhood.” A Right to Establish a Home examines the protests that followed in the context of race and housing in Minneapolis, racism in Minnesota, and the individuals and organizations that defended the Lees, including the NAACP and the distinguished attorney Lena Olive Smith.

Guest curated by arch professor Greg Donofrio & Laurel Fritz, w/ community collaborators Stearline Rucker and the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group, the opening reception on August 22, from 6-8 PM in the HGA Gallery (Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis), will feature the Dove Choir of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

More at Star Tribune - http://z.umn.edu/nik & http://z.umn.edu/nil.

National History Day-The Arthur Lee Family

Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) is proud to announce that on March 25th, at a Regional Event at Augsburg College, Molly Hynes and Emily Voigt qualified for the National History Day competition at the University of Minnesota..  Molly and Emily also won that competition on May 3rd for their exhibit, "Racism in our Hometown: The Story of the Arthur Lee Family (1931)".  They will now move onto the National Competition in Washington DC.

The exhibit introduces the Lee Family experience within the historical context of the years following WWI and the lives of the postal workers and veterans. It emphasizes its significance in light of short-term and longterm consequences in the community. 

The students continue to research, conduct interviews, and augment their exhibit to honor the legacy of the Lee Family in preparation for the State competition. Also, Molly and Emily, with guidance from their teachers and librarians, will be working with their classmates to produce and direct a puppet show about the Lee Family for U.S History classes at CDH. They will build on the puppet show that was performed a few years ago at the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater’s (HOTB) free Saturday morning  performances. Their teacher, Greg Poferl—a former Postal Worker—collaborated with  Howard Kling from the Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota, Ester Ouray from HOTB, and the show’s creator, Children’s Theater actor and educator, Emily Zimmer to do the show.

Finally, Molly and Emily’s exhibit will be featured at the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) State convention May 5th-6th in Brainerd, MN. It has had a special place in the APWU and especially with the Minneapolis Area Local. Onward!

In peace and friendship,

Greg Poferl and Stearline Rucker.

Greening Committee Update

 

I-35W Sound Barrier Wall - On 2nd Ave. from Minnehaha Creek to 42nd St.

We are looking to develop a partnership with MnDOT regarding the care and maintenance of the new trees, plants and flowers along 2nd Avenue South from Minnehaha Creek to 42nd Street

The current maintenance contract for the new plantings comes to an end this June. From that point on, maintenance of the land will need to rely on neighborhood volunteers to cut grass,  weed,  or add new plantings along our thoroughfares.

In order to remain a vibrant community, we look to our community members to join us in this necessary volunteer effort to be coordinated by the FRNNG Greening Committee. You don't have to live along 2nd Ave. to participate in this beautifying project! 

Studies have shown that neighborhoods, who have highway boulevards that are well maintained, add a nice view for neighbors and drivers  SLOW TRAFFIC AND REDUCE LITTER and vandalism. 

VOLUNTEER NOW!  Be part of the "We Love Our Neighborhood" project.  The Greening Committee meets regularly to plan and schedule.   To get involved, please contact the FRNNG Greening Committee at greening@frnng.org or to get your block involved, contact your block leader.

Gateway Project

In addition to these efforts, the 62 Crosstown Project enters its final planning phase. MnDOT is working with neighborhood groups to design the community "gateways" crossing 42nd, 46th, 50th, 60th (and intersecting with 2nd and Stevens Avenues) in Minneapolis and added street gateways entering Richfield. Neighborhood groups have been meeting with MnDOT representatives to decide on signage and limited plantings along these major thoroughfares into and around our communities. Final designs of possible signage are  found on the MnDOT website at www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35whwy62gateway.

For the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood, please send any ideas or concerns you may have to the FRNNG Greening Committee at greening@frnng.org.

Ted Moe and Tim Price

Art & Community Together!

Meet other artists! 

September 4, 2014      7:00pm

Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church - 1620 E.  46th St.

FRNNG is launching an arts initiative in our neighborhoods for performing and visual artists! Its mission is to promote and advance arts-based opportunities in the Field Regina  Northrop Neighborhood, providing support to the artist community and fostering greater engagement with the neighborhood.


Thanks to the efforts of FRNNG to increase arts opportunities, The Parkway Artist Coalition (The PAC) was started.  Artists of all disciplines and art educators are welcome!

 

Senior Nutrition Program

Monday through Friday the Volunteers of America host a free/reduced price lunch for area seniors aged 60+. The suggested contribution is $3.50, however they just ask people to pay what they can afford. No one is ever denied a meal because they cannot pay.

Meals are at 1:00pm at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 1720 E. Minnehaha Parkway. For more info call 952-945-4157 or 612-729-6668.

Free Home Security Audits

Is having your house or garage broken into a constant worry for you? Stop home burglaries before they happen with a free home security audit conducted by Crime Prevention Specialist Sue Roethele. Contact Sue at the Third Precinct by calling 612-673-2839 or e-mailing her at sue.roethele@ci.minneapolismn.gov.

Volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood

Are you looking for a way to volunteer with organizations in your neighborhood, but don't know quite how to get connected with the right group? For information about non-profit groups near you that are looking for volunteer help, check out VolunteerMatch.org, an easy-to-use web-site that lists volunteer opportunities by zip code. There are plenty of opportunities to help your neighbors. If you want a way to "get back" while you "give back," volunteering is the way to do it!

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Help FRNNG residents learn about your business by advertising here. Contact the FRNNG office to learn more.

Free advertising

For a limited time, we will be offering free ads here!  Contact the FRNNG office if you are interested in reaching our neighborhood audience.