Last week I noted some transitions of neighborhood folks - Paul Fate announcing his retirement from Common Bond and Amy Sparks moving on to the CEZ from D12 - but I forgot to mention Hans Weyandt leaving Micawbers. This now officially comes under the heading of old news as there's a nice article in this month's Bugle (as well as the usual collection of interesting articles) but I do want to add my appreciation for the job he and fellow owner, Tom Bielenberg have done in first saving our beloved bookstore and then making it a successful venture. 10 years ago when they bought the place from its previous owner, Micawber's future was by no means certain. Big box bookstores were in their prime and smaller bookstores were shutting down all around the country. Hans and Tom, through their initiative, business acumen and personalities engaged our community and prevailed through some lean years when all small retail was under siege.

Knowing Tom, there will be no relaxation of effort, but Hans will definitely be missed in many ways. The good news is that he is leaving to take care of his three children as his wife's job responsibilities have increased. Having been fortunate enough to be able to spend a fair amount of time with my kids while they were growing up, I know he is in for some great experiences that will pay a lifetime's worth of dividends for the whole family. He is a great guy and will hopefully not be a stranger to our neighborhood. Goodby Hans, hello Dad!


Green Line Launch Party Planning
The June 14 launch of the much awaited Green Line will be accompanied by party's up and down the corridor. Our district is starting to plan our own and you are invited. Come to the Dubliner next Wednesday, Feb. 12, 8:30-10am if you want to help brainstorm the first day activities. Contact Amy Sparks for more info.

New Coffee House in SSA
Round Table Coffee Works is putting together final funding in preparation for the opening of a new coffee shop and roasting manufactory on the corner of Raymond & Territorial, in the space formerly leased by the St. Paul Cookie Company. They're looking at an early March opening and will offer some pastries as well as coffee. You can find out more online.


St.AP Elementary - apparently there continue to be break-ins to cars of parents delivering or picking up kids at the school. Do not leave anything in your car even if you're gone for a only few minutes. Lock valuables in your trunk before you park.

Murray Middle - neighbor Dave Christianson pointed out that my piece on Murray alum philanthropy failed to mention that Murray was not just a high school in the 60's & 70's, but a full 7-12 institution. Thanks, Dave.


Community Sing Dedicated To Seeger
The upcoming Feb. 9 Community Sing will be dedicated to the honor of recently passed folk legend, Pete Seeger. Join your neighbors this Sunday from 2:30-4:30 at Luther Seminary's Olsen Student Center for socializing, snacks and Seeger! 

St. Anthony Park Co-op Pre-school Family Fun Day
This Sunday. Feb. 9 at the Langford Rec Center, the popular local pre-school is holding a fundraiser from 2-4pm. Raptors, face-painting and Jumpy castle. It will be hot in there, take the kids for some fun! $8/person.

Sunrise Bank Park Perks to Blackhawks
This month's Park Perk donations at the Sunrise Bank will go to support the Blackhawk Soccer Club's trip to Sweden. Get warm sending our local kids to a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Library Computer Classes
Susan Henry announced the start of computer classes at our local branch library on Tuesdays at 10-noon and 1-3pm. Find out more by contacting Susan.

Valentine's Day Flowers
Sarah Deming, who used to run the flower shop in Milton Square and still operates a mostly wholesale business out of the 3rd Place at 2190 Como, will deliver flowers for free anywhere in the Metro for Valentine's Day. Just contact her at or 645-1445 before Feb. 10. She is very dependable and I know your loved one will enjoy her beautiful bouquets.

Tu Dance Gets McKnight Grant
Our local Tu Dance company (studio behind the Subway on University Ave) got some great news in the form of a significant grant from the McKnight Foundation. They received $500,000 to help diversify the dance scene by expanding programming. Toni and Uri, the Artistic Directors & co-founders, are very talented and great people. Congrats!

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