By Kristine Harley
The Minneapolis City Council approved the sale of the publicly owned Ritz Theatre to the Ballet of the Dolls, with the condition that the ballet troupe raises the necessary funds and that the neighborhood group approves the plan.
SNO released $25,000 to help fund the rehab after the City Council vote. And on August 31, the Ballet of the Dolls held a fundraising dinner at the theatre, with food provided by the Modern Café.
The City Council also approved $22,500 to finance a second study. The first feasibility study focused on the possible rehabilitation of the building itself; the second study will examine zoning, parking, and rehab issues.
The renovation is estimated to be completed by January 2002. At present the dance troupe, formerly located at the Loring Playhouse, is performing on various stages around the city until it can occupy the theatre.
HELP PROTECT THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER!
By Alyssa Hawkins
Volunteers are needed for a fun, hands-on river stewardship activity.
Friends of the Mississippi River is looking for volunteers in Minneapolis to participate in our Storm Drain Stenciling Project. Volunteers paint the message "Please, Don't Pollute! - Drains to River [or Lake, or Creek]" next to storm drains and to distribute educational door hangers to neighborhood homes and businesses.
We are looking for individuals, block clubs, families, committees, church groups, etc., to take two hours and paint the message on the streets of Minneapolis. Because what we do in our own yards contributes to the pollution of local waterways, we are encouraging local residents to educate each other on the easy ways to keep our water safe and healthy for the future.
For more information contact:
Alyssa Hawkins at Friends of the Mississippi River: 651/222-2193, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us on the web at www.fmr.org.
Friends of the Mississippi River is a non-profit citizen organization that works to protect and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area.
Watershed Education Specialist
Friends of the Mississippi River
46 East 4th Street Suite 606
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1112
HENNEPIN COUNTY 2000 NEIGHBORHOOD WASTE COLLECTIONS
Hennepin County 2000 Neighborhood Collections for Unwanted Garden and Household Hazardous Wastes will be held on September 14 - 16 at the National Guard Training and Community Center Parking Lot, 1025 Broadway St. Northeast, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Follow the green directional signs in the parking lot.)
Call (612) 348-6509 for a complete list of what residents can and cannot bring.
If you need this information made available in an alternate form, call (612) 673-2917 or (612) 673-2157 (TDD).
Permanent, year-round disposal for your household hazardous wastes is available. For additional information, call the county's 24-hour INFOline, (612) 348-6500 for directions and a list of what is accepted. These locations also feature a Free Produce Center, at which residents can pick up good, usable household products for free!
(Please note: The county does not guarantee these products, and items selected by residents are used at their own risk.)
SNO NEWS HALLOWEEN MOVIE PICKS
Okay, I've always wanted to do this. After years of reviewing films, going to the movies my editors assigned for me, attending late-night screenings or early on Saturday mornings, and sitting with rowdy children, their bored parents, giggly teen-agers, and lovesick fans of Harrison Ford, through masterpieces ("Welcome to Sarajevo") and absolute gunk ("Dr. Dolittle"), I finally get to present my favorite films in honor of my favorite holiday, Halloween.
This list that follows is by no means complete-just a sampling of offbeat thrills and chills. Rent these movies, and enjoy!
"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" Germany, 1919 (silent)
Director: Robert Wiene
A carnival magician and his somnambulistic slave bring terror to a quiet German town. Try to find a video featuring a restored print; or even better, catch it on the big screen at a college art house or retrospective theatre. Don't watch an inferior print just to see it. Half of this film's appeal is the expressionistic set.
"The Changeling" Canada, 1979
Director: Peter Medak
A man tormented by the death of his family finds that his new house is haunted by the ghost of a murdered boy. Profoundly unsettling. Stars George C. Scott.
"Diabolique" France, 1955
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Forget the remake-this is the chance to see a young Simone Signoret before she came to America. A tyrannical headmaster is murdered by his downtrodden wife and his disillusioned lover, but he refuses to stay dead. If you can't stand subtitles, there's a competently dubbed English version available through Madacy Entertainment. (Some adult themes.)
Director: Tod Browning
It just isn't Halloween without Dracula, and it just isn't Dracula without Bela Lugosi.
Director: James Whale
Forget Kenneth Branaugh, forget Randy Quaid. This is the best version. However, another comes in at a close second (see below).
"Frankenstein: The True Story" Made for television, 1973
Director: Jack Smight
Well, it's not quite the true story; but this stylish retelling of the Frankenstein myth is the most faithful of all the films to the spirit (if not to the text) of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. The special effects may look hokey today, but the film is buoyed by stellar performances from Leonard Whiting, James Mason, Michael Sarrazin, and Jane Seymour. Leonard Maltin describes this as the "thinking man's horror movie." The screenplay was written by Christopher Isherwood! (Some scenes may be disturbing for very young children.)
"The Haunting" 1963
Director: Robert Wise
This is the original and superior version starring Julie Harris, Russ Tamblyn (West Side Story and Twin Peaks), and the incomparable Claire Bloom. Watch it at night in a darkened room without commercial interruptions, and pay close attention. Nelson Gidding's screenplay adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel is sprinkled throughout with psychological clues that went right over the heads of those responsible for the remake. (Some scenes may be disturbing for very young children.)
"The House of Fear" 1945
Director: Roy William Dell
Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce star as Sherlock Holmes and the elementary Dr. Watson, who are called upon to find out who's killing Scottish members-one by one-at an eccentric gentleman's club. One of Rathbone's best performances as the unflappable detective.
"The House of Usher" 1960
Director: Roger Corman
Based on Edgar Allen Poe's story "The Fall of the House of Usher," this beautifully shot film stars-who else?-Vincent Price as the man convinced that he has mistakenly walled up his sister.
Director: Otto Preminger
This quintessential film noir classic is cinematic perfection. Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, and a young Vincent Price (playing a suave Southern gigolo!) star in this sophisticated murder mystery.
"Nosferatu" Germany, 1922 (silent)
Director: F.W. Murnau
Never underestimate the power of a silent masterpiece! The images in this visual poem are among the most chilling ever filmed. Murnau's use of shadow and simile to craft the sense of omnipotent evil is unsurpassed in the cinema. (Some scenes may be disturbing for very young children.)
"Vampyr" France and Germany, 1932
Director: Carl Theodore Dreyer
As in "The Shining" and "The Haunting," evil manifests itself as a pervasive force rather than a visible ghoul. A lovely and weird film by one of my favorite directors. It also has some funny moments.
Not for Children:
"Don't Look Now" England, 1973
Director: Nicolas Roeg
An impressionistic, weird walk through Venice with a husband and wife who are haunted by the spirit of their dead daughter. Creepy and classy, and Rocky Horror Picture Show star Tim Curry's personal favorite.
Director: Tod Browning
You have not lived until you see this bizarre cult classic about a beautiful and selfish aerialist who marries the circus short man for his money, only to get her just desserts. Features real-life carnival freaks. Not for the squeamish. (Alternate title: "Nature's Mistakes.")
"The Last Broadcast" 1998
Directors: Stefan Avalos and Lance Weiler
This worthy experiment in faux documentary had a very limited release, but the premise is similar to that of "The Blair Witch Project." (However, this movie was filmed and released a year before the record-setting
pseudo-mystery set in Maryland's Black Hills.) Three young men walk into the woods to make a documentary about a reputed killer-hermit, the New Jersey Devil, and only one man walks out again-and how innocent is he? Creepy.
"M" Germany, 1931
Director: Fritz Lang
A child murderer stalks Berlin, and the city's riffraff, in order to stop police harassment of them, decide to find the killer themselves. Fritz Lang's chilling classic starring Peter Lorre is still unsurpassed in its handling of the material, even in our cynical era of celebrity serial killers, and offers some scathing social commentary.
"Night of the Hunter" 1955
Director: Charles Laughton
Very disturbing. A self-styled preacher with "hate" tattooed on one hand and "love" on the other stalks innocent children in a twisted attempt to "save" them. A chance to see the queen of silent films, Lillian Gish, in a strong role as the elderly woman who battles the creep.
"The Shining" 1980
Director: Stanley Kubrick
A disappointing ending mars this otherwise brilliant, Murnauesque film.
"Trilogy of Terror" Made for television, 1975
Director: Dan Curtis
Karen Black gives a tour de force performance in three different tales as a bizarre high school teacher, a pair of feuding twins, and a woman pursued through her apartment by a bewitched doll. The third and most Frightening story in this trilogy has developed its own cult following. Don't watch it alone!
"The Wicker Man" Britain, 1973
Director: Robin Hardy
More psychological thriller than horror film, which follows the investigation of a missing girl on a pagan Scottish isle by a religiously uptight police officer. Edward Woodward deftly garners both the audience's contempt and sympathy in a complex portrayal of a bigoted, self-righteous, but humane Christian. This film features (or purports to feature) local color, songs, and practices, and manages to avoid caricature of both nature worship and orthodox Christianity. The ending will give you nightmares. Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland also star.
"Yeux sans Visage (Eyes without a Face)" Italy and France, 1959
Director: Georges Franju
A must-see! An insane doctor kidnaps beautiful girls to surgically transplant their faces onto the head of his daughter, disfigured by a car accident. The special effects horrified French audiences in its day, and are still effective today. (Alternate title: "The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus.")
SNO NEWS RECOMMENDED READING LIST FOR CHILDREN (AND ADULTS)
Tales of mystery, imagination, and suspense J. K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter books, wasn't the first author to write children's novels that adults can enjoy. Here is a list of recommended reading for the whole family this Halloween. (All titles are available through the public library.)
By Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Illustrations by Alton Raible
Perhaps life-and friendship-would be simpler for two young girls if one of them wasn't absolutely convinced that she is a changeling. But then again, they wouldn't have so much disastrous fun.
Ghost Boat, The
By Jacqueline Jackson
Every summer, while the family camps at their lake, the ghost boat floats over the water; and while the boat floats, its ghost does too-at least until young Tad decides to permanently ground the haunted craft. But is he a match for the ghost?
Giant under the Snow, The
By John Gordon
Illustrations by Rocco Negri
When three teen-agers find an ancient talisman, they gain strange powers and uncover a terrifying secret.
Great Writers and Kids Write Spooky Stories
Martin H. Greenberg, Jill M. Morgan, and Robert Weinberg, editors
Famous horror writers, including Peter Straub, John Jakes, Anne McCaffrey, and Melanie Tem, team up with their children to produce ghostly tales.
Mainly in Moonlight; Ten Stories of Sorcery and the Supernatural
By Nicholas Stuart Gray
Illustrations by Charles Keeping
What the Witch Left
By Ruth Chew
Two girls manage to open the locked drawer belonging to an eccentric aunt. But the objects in it seem perfectly useless-or are they?
Winds of Time, The (a.k.a., The Watching Eyes)
by Barbara Corcoran
Young, streetwise Gail, fleeing her cruel uncle, stumbles upon a strange family living in a bizarre old mansion, and must hide out with them in the hope of contacting her father. But is she safe with these weird people in this spooky old house?
In the major Oops Department: Our last issue wrongly attributed the writing of the SNO Scary Days article to Trish Schilling. The article was actually written by Kristine Harley. The editor apologizes to Trish for the error.
SNO'S NEW WEB SITE!
The Sheridan Neighborhood Organization has a new web address. It is: www.sheridanneighborhood.org
You can also contact SNO via e-mail at: email@example.com.
The old web address listed in the previous issue (http://ra3.mtn.org/sno/) will also get you to a page that will link you to our new site. Check it out for the latest pictures from the second annual SNO Big Deal!
POETRY (AND PUNS) IN MOTION!
SNO Performs in the Northeast Parade
The Shovel Brigade, an amateur drill team of Sheridan residents formed by the SNO Events Committee, gave a rousing performance at the Northeast Parade in July. Under the direction of Trish Schilling, and choreographed by Carolyn Sloat, the group marched and danced down Central Avenue, waving their ceremonial shovels to cheers, applause, and appreciative laughter (as well as a few stunned looks). Hey, all that hard work paid off!
One thing for sure, the Shovel Brigade was a smash. The troupe has even been invited to perform in the 2001 St. Patrick's Day parade on Nicollet Mall next March. Congratulations to the Shovel Brigade, to Trish, and to Carolyn!
NOMINATIONS BEING TAKEN FOR THE 29TH ANNUAL CUE AWARDS
The Committee on Urban Environment is calling for nominations for the year 2000 CUE Awards. The CUE Awards are given for significant achievement in urban, architectural or environmental design, historic preservation, streetscape beautification, neighborhood improvement, parks and open spaces, and public art. Each fall CUE hosts an annual awards ceremony to recognize projects that have been nominated and to announce the winning projects that best capture the urban spirit and enrich the city's landscape.
Examples of past winners include: Northeast's "Art-A-Whirl" and the Camden Gateway, children's projects such as the Habitat for Humanity Mural,Heart of the Beast's May Day Parade and Festival, nature projects such as the Cedar Meadow Wetlands Project and the Minnehaha Park Renovation Plan, and downtown buildings such as the Norwest Tower and Hennepin Center for the Arts.
Projects or events nominated for a CUE Award must be located within the City of Minneapolis and have been completed within the past five years. Incomplete or unfinished projects will not be considered. To facilitate an adequate and equitable evaluation of each nomination, CUE requests submission of photographs or slides of the project or event with each nomination.
Finalists will be asked to produce one 20" x 30" display board of their project, including graphics and text. Boards will be displayed at the awards ceremony and possibly in a traveling exhibit.
Winning entries will be officially recognized and displayed at the CUE Awards Ceremony to be held on November 6, 2000 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
For a nomination form or for more information, call the CUE Line at (612) 673-3014 or e-mail the CUE City Planner at CUE@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.
La Organizaci˘ n del Barrio Sheridan
La ciudad de Minneapolis es dividida entre barrios. El barrio de Sheridan est… al norte del calle Broadway, al este del rio Mississippi, al oeste del calle Washington y, m… s o menos, al sur de la avenida 17 (Vea el mapa para la frontera del norte). La misssi˘ n de la Organizaci˘ n del Barrio Sheridan (SNO) es fortalecer y celebrar la communidad mediante facilitar connexiones entre los residentes, los negocios, y las instituciones del barrio Sheridan.
SNO es dedicada preservar las fuerzas del barrio, identificar y dirigirse a las cambiando necesidades de la communidad y efectuar mejoramiento para todos.
SNO se junta el cuarto lunes de cada mes en la Escuela de Sheridan, 1201 University, a las 7 de la noche. Alli hablamos de cuestiones del barrio. Adem… s, hay cuatro comisiones activas: Comit‚ de Negocios, Comit‚ de Acontecimientos, Comit‚ de vivienda y Seguridad, y Comit‚ de Contacto con la Communidad. Usted puede llamar a la oficina de SNO con preguntas sobre cualquier cosa y uno de los voluntarios le hable el mas pronto possible, (612) 379-0728.
Si le interesa participar en alguna reuni˘ n, le tratamos de ayudar con el idioma. Buscamos gente bilingŁ e para ayudar en reuniones. Tambi‚ n, les invitamos a todos escribir artˇ culos para el peri˘ dico.
Prestamiento al 4%
Hay varios pr‚ stamos disponibles a la gente de Sheridan. Uno de ellos es un programa para prestar dinero con un inter‚ s de cuarto por ciento, hasta $10,000 dolares. Lo page por ˇ ndice a $1,000 del a€ o. Se lo tiene que usar para el mejoramiento de su casa. Puede ser casi cualquier cosa dentro o fuera de la casa, como pintura, plomerˇ a, luz, reparaci˘ n de la estructura, techo, ventanas, construir garaje, paredes o muchas otras posibilidades. No se usa para muebles o cosas recreativas, como Jacuzzis o saunas. Uno puede pagar a un contratista o hacer el trabajo para sˇ mismo. Para obtener detalles del programa hable a Marie del Northeast Home Ownership Resource Center, 909 Main Street en el bajo piso, (612) 378-7985. Ella habla muy poco espa€ ol.
Busque el pr˘ ximo SNO News para informaci˘ n sobre dinero disponible para las casas duplex en Sheridan. O hable con Marie en el Northeast Home Ownership Resource Center.
USE INTERNET FORMS TO REPORT UNSAFE DRIVING
By Kristine Harley
You can now use the Internet to turn in unsafe drivers. The web address is:
You will need to supply the date of the incident, the time, the location, and the offender's license plate number, as well as a description of the violation. You will also be asked for your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address if you have one.
Use the online form to report any unsafe driving incidents that you may have witnessed. An example would be observing a vehicle swerving in and out of traffic, traveling at a high rate of speed, or any other unsafe maneuvers. Running stop signs is a growing problem in the Sheridan Neighborhood-reporting such events on the online form is one way we can help hold people responsible for this dangerous behavior. Any and all information you can give the police about the vehicle(s) involved would be helpful.
BE A GATEKEEPER OF DEMOCRACY! BE AN ELECTION JUDGE!
When we serve as election judges, we serve as the Gatekeepers of Democracy. And as the public's guardians of freedom within a democratic society, we are responsible for the integrity of the election process. On behalf of the people of the City of Minneapolis we proudly conduct elections with
accuracy, integrity and dignity. We conduct ourselves and serve the voters in a manner which maintains public trust and confidence in honest and impartial elections.
The Primary will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2000. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2000 The above information applies to the 2000 Elections. There are no Minneapolis city offices on the ballot in 2000; however, all city offices will be on the ballot in 2001.
You can apply on-line at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us to join this patriotic team. Or to sign up and receive information about the 2001 elections over the phone, contact the Minneapolis Office of Elections at (612)
A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM EAST SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES
Submitted by East Side Neighborhood Services
East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc., would like to make sure that all of our old friends are aware of all the exciting things happening with us.
Did you know we are building a new home? We will be located on the corner of Second Street and 17th Avenue in Bottineau Neighborhood. Construction began in April of this year and will continue through March 2001. We are thrilled to open a new Neighborhood House and get back to our roots of offering
something for everyone in our community. The future of our old home is not yet decided, but a committee of very dedicated folk are examining all the options for that space.
Now, more than ever, we are committed to reestablishing our connections to the old friends that have been part of our history We have come across many pictures dating as far back as the early 1900's, and need help identifying faces and establishing dates. We also welcome any memorabilia that you or a friend may have related to our agency.
Most importantly, we would like to build our list of friends and neighbors to keep in touch with them and maintain the rich history that we are fortunate to hold in this community.
We have an alumni/volunteer group that would love to hear from you! Please contact Mary Ostapenko Anstett at (612) 781-6011 ext. 133 if you would like to reconnect with the old Neighborhood House. Please also pass on information for any old friends that are living out of the community now.
When we open the new doors of the Neighborhood House we want to celebrate with our entire circle of friends, and share the history with the new generation!
LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT IN GASTHOUSE IS ON THE BOOKS
By John Akre
You could be relaxing with a borrowed book in the park at Marshall and Broadway on a fall day in 2002. There's a good chance that a greatly expanded Pierre Bottineau branch library will open as part of a restored Grain Belt complex in about 2 years. This news comes from Chief of Community Libraries Amy Ryan, Library Board member Diane Hofstede, and MCDA Project Coordinator Judy Cedar, who have been working with the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization to make this happen.
The Library would be located at the current site of the historic Wagon Shed and Shops, known collectively as the Grain Belt "Gasthouse." This is the building north of the dry fountain at Marshall and Broadway, where the folks who used to tour the Grain Belt Brewery would stop and enjoy a drink after their visit. Earlier this year Ryan Companies, which is in the process of developing the Grain Belt brewhouse into offices for RSP Architects, decided to remove the Gasthouse from their development plans. This opened the doors for the Library Board.
A Bottineau Library Task Force has been seeking a new home for the branch for years. The current library is in a 2,000 square foot storefront space and is the smallest library in the Minneapolis system. But the library is getting used more, and has received Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds from both the Saint Anthony West and Sheridan neighborhoods for computers and other materials. What could be the home of an expanded Pierre Bottineau library is currently occupied by two structures. The older and larger one, the Wagon Shed, was built in 1893. This is the section of the Gasthouse that abuts Marshall Street.
The other building is the Millwright Shops, which adjoins the Wagon Shed to the west and was built in 1913. According to early research by the MCDA, the Shops building would be completely incorporated into the new library. The Wagon Shed, however, has seen considerable deterioration, according to the MCDA. They propose removing all wood and metal from the structure and rebuilding around the original
steel frame, if that is sound. Two of the building's walls, the north wall and the wall facing Marshall, are made of brick and would be retained.
The proposed library that would be built from these two structures would encompass 11,000 square feet, over five times the size of the current branch, but still a small library. This project would be partly funded by a $500,000 grant from the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). These grant funds were targeted for a public reuse of the Grain Belt buildings and so they could not be applied to the Ryan/RSP project. In order to access these funds, work on the project must begin this year.
At its June meeting, the SNO Board passed a resolution to support the move of the Pierre Bottineau library to the Gasthouse site. In July, the Minneapolis Library Board voted preliminary approval of the project, and directed Library staff to begin working with the community on the project.
Projects like the Bottineau branch library move are funded by the city's Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee (CLIC). The Library has applied to CLIC for $2.5 million for the rehabilitation of the buildings and for the library move. The Library Board would fund the library at a basic level, but has asked SNO to consider supplementing this funding with neighborhood NRP money.
At recent SNO meetings, Ryan presented examples of such neighborhood support in other Library projects, such as the Technology Center at the Hosmer Library, which was funded by NRP funds from several neighborhoods, and a project at Webber-Camden to turn the library into a community center. At
The July SNO meeting, Ryan conducted a brainstorming session with neighbors, asking for their feedback on possible areas of focus in the expanded library. She returned at the August meeting with some cost estimates for some of the items which community members suggested. The MCDA has also asked SNO to
consider helping financially in the work on the park and fountain in front of the building. The size of the park in the finished project is not yet known, because some current park space would be taken up by a slightly larger building than exists at present, and part would be devoted to parking for the library.
SNO members are also investigating the possibility of getting funding from the Minneapolis Arts Commission through their Gateway Project program to fund public art at the site. More concrete information on the project will be available at upcoming SNO meetings. If you have any suggestions for the library project, please call the SNO line at (612) 379-0728 or (e-mail SNO at firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact Amy Ryan at (612) 630-6206 (or email@example.com).
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY IS A NATIONAL DAY OF VOLUNTEERING CELEBRATING ITS 10TH YEAR.
Sponsors include Wal-Mart, USA Weekend, and Newman's Own.
By Jennifer Lee
As the service coordinator for the Logan Park-St. Anthony East Community Health Program, which is housed in the NE Senior Citizen Resource Center, I'd like to announce that we are working with the Silver Angel Thrift Store (29th & Johnson) on a volunteer project in Northeast Minneapolis for Make A
Difference Day on Saturday, October 28th. Our project involves assembling baby care and personal care packages for the Silver Angel Thrift Store to distribute to those in need throughout the year.
The assembly will be done at Audubon Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th. We need lots of volunteers for this.
However, there are many volunteer opportunities between now and then. Interested individuals or groups can collect money or new items for the kits, clip coupons for items, knit/crochet/quilt baby blankets, donate used clothing and household supplies to the Silver Angel.
That's it in a nutshell. Questions can be directed to me at 612-781-5096 / e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coleen/Sue at Silver Angel, 612-789-0600.
PRESERVATION WORKSHOP SCHEDULED
By Keith Ford
The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is presenting a half day workshop on preserving historic and significant buildings on October 25th. From 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. The workshop will be at REDEEMER BAPTIST CHURCH in the Lyndale Neighborhood.
Topics will include building codes, tax incentives for preservation, rehab case studies, design review, etc.
If you're interested, put it on your calendar now and contact the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota at email@example.com or call 612/341-8140. The Preservation Alliance website is temporarily at
The 2000 edition of the Northeast Conference and Exhibitor Fair, which has expanded its focus to include areas of interest to Northeast residents, will be held on Tuesday, October 17th at the Minnesota Guard Armory (Central and Broadway) from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The conference includes not only
workshops on a wide range of topics (Affordable Housing, Safety in Your Community, and Building Strong Neighborhoods), but will also feature live artist demonstrations, a "Taste of Northeast" featuring food and local restaurants and coffee shops, a political question- and answer-session including Sen. Pogemiller, Rep. Biernat, Cmsr. Stenglein and members of the City Council, and entertain. Plus, you will have an opportunity to network with area businesses and organizations.
This annual event is sponsored by the North East Business Association. The cost is $10.00 for the whole event, $5.00 for after 5:00 p.m. arrivals, and $3.00 for seniors. We also need volunteers to help out as greeters, food servers, speaker introductions, political panel helpers, clean-up, etc. For more information or to make a reservation, call (612) 378-0050. You can also complete the registration form below to secure a reservation at this one-of-its-kind event. The deadline is September 30, 2000.
The last weekend in October, the clay artists of the newly-formed Northeast Minneapolis Clay Artists' Association will open their studios to the public in the first-ever NEMCAA Fall Clay Crawl. Six studios in Northeast Minneapolis will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. Most studios will offer free demonstrations and refreshments, and all art will be available for purchase.
Nameless Wildness Clayworks at 1800 Taylor Street N.E. will be showing patchwork, wheel-thrown and raku clay art for the house and garden by Sue Christensen, Heidi Elmer, and special guest Fred Yerich of Frogtown Pottery. Dock 6 Pottery at 425 Wilson Street N.E. will have functional stoneware and architectural ceramics by resident artists Kerry Brookes, Mike Palmquist, Tara Simpson, and Colleen Riley, and sculpture by guest artist Michael Stanitis.
TWO 12 POTTERY at 212 13th Avenue N.E. will feature functional stoneware by Jim Brown and pottery and coral sculptures by Bob Sorg as well as gift items by various artists. Sosin/Sosin Gallery at 1231 Washington Avenue N.E. will be exhibiting hand-built pots by Henry Sosin. Clay Squared to Infinity
At 2913 Central Avenue N.E., celebrating its first anniversary during the Clay Crawl, features whimsical art by Layl McDill and handmade ceramic tiles by Josh Blanc and the other artists of the Handmade Tile Assocation.
Evla Pottery at 912 University Avenue N.E. will be showing pottery by Michael Coon. MTL Studios at 451 Taft Street N.E. will feature hand thrown functional and decorative ceramics by eighth-generation Greek potter Mariena Theodoroc-LeMieux.
Free maps can be picked up at any of these studios. For more information, please call Dock 6 Pottery at (612) 379-2110 or Two 12 Pottery at (612) 331-1556.
St. Boniface Church parking lot Every Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon, through October Offering vegetables, fruits, baked goods, and crafts Minneapolis Ordinance allows residents to sell their own vegetables and herbs. Call Stephanie at (612) 789-7197 for more information.
October 15 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Polish American Community Center 165 N.E. 13th Avenue
October 17, 12:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Minnesota Guard Armory (Central and Broadway) For more information or to make a reservation, call (612) 378-0050 Before September 30, 2000.
October 23, 2000 7 p.m. Sheridan School - Room TBA
Audubon Park 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 28th For more information, call Jennifer Lee at 612-781-5096 /
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coleen/Sue at Silver Angel, 612-789-0600.
Northeast Minneapolis Clay Artists' Association Six studios in Northeast Minneapolis will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, October 28, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. For more information and free maps, please call Dock 6 Pottery at (612) 379-2110 or Two 12 Pottery at (612) 331-1556.
Councilman Joe Biernat is out of touch with the neighborhoods, homeowners, and business owners.
On July 10, 2000, a public hearing was held by the MCDA Community Development Committee to review the proposed amendment to the Grain Belt Brewery area Development Objectives. A mandatory 45-day eighborhood review process preceded this public hearing. Third Ward Council Member Biernat had the opportunity to do what was right for the neighborhood. He had the chance to stand behind a united Sheridan Neighborhood and respect the wishes and desires of six neighborhood organizations (Sheridan Today and Yesterday, Sheridan Neighborhood Organization, Bottineau Neighborhood Association, Bottineau Citizens In Action, St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization, and Mississippi Corridor Neighborhood Coalition).
Instead, the Third Ward Councilman chose to follow the path of government at its worst. Evidently Councilman Biernat has a problem with the citizen participation process of his elected job and feels that when he puts a plan together, no one should question his motives.
Only Council Member Goodman had the courage to question the wisdom of the proposed amendment, and she continued to badger Council Member Biernat on the need to include privately owned property in this development proposal. Council Member Goodman seemed to be more in touch with the Third Ward
Than Council Member Biernat. She listened seriously to all of the speakers at the hearing, and took into consideration the fact that not only did all of the personal letters ask for the removal of the privately owned properties, but that six neighborhood organization also asked Site 2 and the houses on Site 1 to be removed from the amended plan. Council Member Goodman should be applauded for her actions and for the respect that she gave not only to the citizens in attendance but to the six organizations that commented as well.
The people spoke out. The neighborhood organizations did their job. They listened to residents, business and homeowners, and property owners. Council Member Biernat did not listen to the people. He chose to ignore the citizen participation process.
Steve Cramer, Executive Director of the MCDA, not only did not listen to the people and the taxpayers who pay his salary, but he filled his "Summary of Public Comments" with many inconsistencies and outright false and misleading statements. One of these, that "the MCDA's position has been that, in their present condition, the properties on Site 2 are an impediment to the development of new housing in the Grain Belt area|" is absolutely ludicrous and without merit.
In today's housing and rental market, if you build it, they will come. The MCDA has plenty of property to build on at the Grain Belt site that it already owns. In fact, the MCDA has plenty of vacant land throughout the city it should have built new housing on rather than leave the land sit vacant.
Besides the many letters of concern from residents and the letters of comment from the aforementioned organizations, a neighborhood petition was presented at the public hearing, signed by approximately 500 residents and business owners form the Sheridan Neighborhood, surrounding neighborhoods, and outlying areas. The petition requested that the Grain Belt be redeveloped, but that the privately owned properties be left out of the plan.
Explain to us: What gives a politician the right to ignore what the people want? The purpose of a citizen participation process is to let the people have a voice in a government subsidized project. Council Member Biernat and MCDA Director Cramer have taken away the rights of the people. This must not be tolerated!
Editor's Note: Council Member Biernat's amendment presented to the CD Committee proposed to remove Site II from the Request for Proposals due to be sent out shortly, but not from the Objectives altogether, and to retain the houses on Site I in the development. One of these homes, arguably among the oldest in Sheridan, is on the city's Potential Historic Resources or "800" List, a compilation of those properties that may qualify for historic designation.
Council Member Lisa McDonald has added her voice to Council Member Goodman's by urging Council Member Biernat to reconsider. At the subsequent hearing before the full Council on Friday, July *, Council Member Biernat requested and received a two-week postponement to allow for a final meeting with the property owners along Marshall and 13th. This meeting did take place, and was attended by the property owners as well as representatives from STAY and SNO. However, no significant change was made to the development plan, and the Development Objectives were therefore passed with Council Member Biernat's original amendment.
Council Member Lane did vote for the Development Objectives, but added his comments about how odd he found Council Member Biernat's unwavering position in the face of united neighborhood opposition.
This is a very troubling outcome of a process that has been frustrating and exhausting for many people, certainly for those whose properties are threatened with demolition (as well as for those who fear, not unreasonably, that the development boundaries may expand even further). As a historic preservationist, I respectfully disagree with Council Member Biernat's assertion before the full Council hearing that any successful development must "blanket an entire area for redevelopment." One can see the failure of this policy with such relatively recent developments as: Â· the Metrodome (now labeled "inadequate" by our baseball and football teams despite being only twenty years old), Â· the K-mart at Lake and Nicollet (now considered an urban planning disaster), Â· the Quarry (a problem neighbor: inaccessible to bus-riders and the elderly, the major contributor to abandoned shopping carts, and refusing to clear itsicy sidewalks) as well as the proposed demolition of older buildings on East Hennepin (now housing the successful businesses Eat This!, Bobino's, and Tarracino's), and of older homes on Milwaukee Avenue in Seward (now a historic district), in St. Anthony West (for a highway), and on Nicollet Island (for an amusement park). Thank goodness these "blanket" developments didn't go through!
I also wish to remind everyone that privately owned older houses in Bottineau are also threatened with demolition (for the creation of park land along the river). Our Bottineau neighbors need us to raise our voices on this issue as much as the Sheridan Neighborhood needs Bottineau's continued support as We work to find creative alternatives to demolition for the Marshall Street-13th Avenue properties. Despite the Council's decision on the Development Objectives--pieces of paper, essentially--I believe we still have a voice.