What I Know 2-5-15

February 6, 2015
Tonight was the D12 Land Use Committee meeting and Tom Frattalone from Frattalone's Hardware stores announced his intention to buy the Post Office building on Como Ave and turn it into their latest retail spot. It's very exciting to think about a hardware store returning to North St.AP and barring extreme site contamination, there could be a new store there by next spring.

The PO's lease expires at the end of November and unless we can find another spot for it, we will need to rely on the one at the U of M Student Union or the Raymond Station site that just renewed their lease for another 5 years. It's hard to know how serious the PO is about relocating, but it's worth a try, so I will be working with other interested parties to see if there is another suitable location.

The good news is that a new hardware store will be great for our neighborhood and that Frattalone's is a St. Paul family business that is widely known and respected. Tom said that his family is very excited and strongly believes in the business potential of the site.

Other news at Land Use included an ADU update on a public meeting on March 16 for neighbors to weigh in on what questions they would like the ADU Task Force to answer. Look for more info on that coming up.

Finally, Aeon, the development company that bought the Pirtik building on University & Vandalia gave a general presentation about beginning their process of in-house and community consultation on just what kind of apts they plan to build on the site. Sounds like they would tear down the existing building and put small retail on the ground floor.

Urban BoatBuilders Charter School is inviting the public to the grand opening of their new location in the CEZ this Sunday, Feb. 8 from 1-4pm at 2288 University Ave., just a little south and east of the Raymond Ave Station. There will be a short program at 2:30pm - desserts and beverages will be served. This is a unique and very successful program. Come find out more and get to know our newest neighbors.

Transition Towns has a great new website that will tell you everything you need to know about this community led effort to reduce our carbon footprint. The web remodel was paid for from the grant award TT won in the St.AP Foundation's 15th anniversary competition. The website also has more about their upcoming visioning meeting next Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6:30-9pm at Luther Sem's Northwestern Hall at 1501 Fulham. This will be a great opportunity to talk about how we can make St. Anthony Park a leader in sustainability. Ideas welcome!

iPads are coming to St. Anthony Park Elementary school students. There will be family orientations on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

National African American Parent Involvement Day is coming up Feb. 9 and Murray invites all parents to attend from 7:30-11:30am, visit their students' classrooms and tour the school. St. Paul NAACP President, Jeff Martin will be the guest speaker.

Eighth grade students may shadow a current student on Mondays or Tuesdays in February. Contact Sandy Kestner to schedule your shadowing day. 651-744-3997 or sandy.kestner@spps.org. Spaces are limited and are filling up fast so sign up soon! Como Showcase coming up on Feb. 10th from 6 to 8 pm.
 Families and prospective students are invited to come visit Como teachers and students.

Congrats to our City Councilman, Russ Stark who was appointed City Council President to replace Kathy Lantry who has accepted the role of Public Works czar.

Our fellow neighbors will host the annual SAP Progressive Dinner on March 7.  Come meet your neighbors, enjoy a special meal, and have great conversations. You may come alone or with a friend, but you must register to confirm your participation before February 25...How would you like to design a hole for a miniature golf course? Can Can Wonderland is looking for artists to do just that for their proposed new course in the old American Can building on Prior just north of Menards. Contact Christi for more info...more coyote sightings, I saw one drinking a double mocha latte at Lori's, I think. Hard to tell as it was wearing shades. 

That's all for now. Take care of yourself and be a good neighbor.

What I Know 1-22-15

January 22, 2015

A weekly update of news and events happening in St. Anthony Park - from the Foundation's Executive Director, Jon Schumacher 

Transition Towns invites you to a "Reflective Circle" gatheringSaturday, Jan 24, 12:30-2:30pmSt. Anthony Park Library meeting room. Join them to consider how the climate change issue is changing us -- our spirits and values, as well as our habits. 
FREE Valentine Card MakingWednesday, January 289:30 -11:00 AM (During Senior Leisure Center) SAP UMC 2200 Hillside A...
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What I Know 1-15-15

January 15, 2015

WHAT I KNOW 1-15-15

A weekly update of news and events happening in St. Anthony Park - from the Foundation's Executive Director, Jon Schumacher 

Well, the new year seems to have pushed me to a Thursday publishing day for my blog. Maybe it's better to get the majority of the week under my belt before I post, so I think I'll keep Thursdays if that's okay with everyone.

Our neighborhood Transition Town - All St.AP group (TT-ASAP) has announced a community get-together for Wednesday, February 11 at ...
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What I Know 12-10-14

December 11, 2014

I have to lead with a reminder to give generously to your local non-profits, including the Foundation. We rely on your donations to keep this community great and growing!


Last Thursday, the Foundation held its 2nd annual State of the Park forum, entitled Preparing for the Best: Demographics, Design and Development. Over 150 attendees began the evening by visiting the 13 non-profit tables to learn about their service and support. Foundation chair gave a brief report ...
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What I Know 11-26-14

November 26, 2014

BLOG: WHAT I KNOW 11-26-14 

A weekly update of news and events happening in St. Anthony Park - by the Foundation's Executive Director, Jon Schumacher 

Thanksgiving. A time to consider our blessings. For some, that's easy to do...for others, it's harder. I have much for which I am thankful. Most importantly, I am surrounded by love, support and community. I am also privy to a warm house, a full pantry, ready access to transportation and enough money to know those will - for the most part - remai...

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What I Know 11-19-14

November 20, 2014

BLOG: WHAT I KNOW 11-19-14 

A weekly update of news and events happening in St. Anthony Park - by the Foundation's Executive Director, Jon Schumacher 


Puckelball may be coming! Coming to St. Paul... coming to St. Anthony Park. "What" you say, "kind of a game is Puckelball?"  First of all, it's less a game than a playing field, and it's not just a field, it's a piece of art. Take a look at the field in the photo, there is nothing normal about it. It's the kind of field the Who's in Whoville wou...

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What I Know 11-12-14

November 12, 2014

I promised to report back on my Murray-Wolfridge experience and here it is. In a word: amazing. For those who aren't familiar with this program, it's a combination environmental/cultural/leadership learning experience for 80 Murray students which is specially crafted in partnership with Wolfridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN. I have had the opportunity to be a part of it all on numerous occasions and every time I make the drive back home along the ruggedly scenic north shore o...

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What I Know 11-5-14

November 4, 2014

BLOG: WHAT I KNOW 11-5-14 

A weekly update of news and events happening in St. Anthony Park - by the Community Foundation's Executive Director, Jon Schumacher 

I am writing this blog a day in advance as tomorrow, bright and early, I will be on my way up to Wolfridge Environmental Learning Center on the North Shore with a group from Murray Middle School. For those who aren't familiar with this program, it's a combination environmental/cultural/leadership learning experience for 80 Murray student...

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What I Know 10-29-14

October 29, 2014
The power of the press is alive and well. Some of you may have seen the nice article on Micawber's by Jim Walsh that ran in the Strib last week. It described our local retailer's efforts to develop a new business plan in the midst of difficult economic times for independent bookstores. It also referenced a group of neighbors supported by the Foundation that have been meeting with owner, Tom Bielenberg, to try to help him navigate the challenging waters and changing times. One of the outcomes ...
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What I Know 10-22-14

October 22, 2014
Fall is certainly in the air and we have enjoyed a sustained color parade for several weeks thanks to the cool nights and sunny days. I hope you have all had a chance to take in this visual feast, Hillside and Valentine were particular highlights on our fall color tour.

Fall means school activities are back in full swing as well as events for a variety of neighborhood groups I have listed below. I attended the October community meeting at Como High School last night. This is part of the outre...

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About Me

Jon Schumacher - Executive Director Hi, I'm Jon Schumacher, the Executive Director of the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation. The Foundation's role is to understand our community needs, bring people together to help find solutions and then support their implementation. I am the point person for that and the blog is my way of keeping my board and neighbors up-to-date on all that is happening around District 12.