Since I'm sitting with them here at the 3rd Place, I have to make up for excluding mention of neighbors' Bruno Bornszstein and Alicia Lacy's Strib article from last week's blog.  They were featured in the March 15th edition for the DIY remodel of their house on Raymond Avenue. Bruno and Alicia publish the DIY websites and where they share tips and information on the work they've been doing on their 1907 dutch colonial. Some members of their online audience apparently were not OK with the decision to paint their dark stained woodwork white. From the accompanying fotos, it looks great. See for yourselves.

Luther Seminary named Dr. Robin Steinke as its new president today. Dr. Steinke is the first woman to head the Seminary in its 145-yr history. She looks to be eminently qualified, but check it out yourself. Dr. Steinke will take over from interim president, Rick Foss, who did a great job after getting the call to help guide the Sem through some difficult times. Rick, along with interim COO, Bill Frame, have helped to set a stable and sustainable path forward for one of our neighborhood's anchor institutions. It's likely that Frame will stay on a bit to help with the transition. Welcome to our neighborhood, Dr. Steinke, we look forward to getting to know you and working with you.

This month's Bugle is dedicated to Andy Boss in honor of all he did for our community - including helping found the Bugle. Editor Kristal Leebrick, writes a very nice editorial about his life and contributions to our neighborhood and all of St. Paul. There was a lovely memorial service last week where neighbor Ellen Watters talked about Andy and his support of people and causes. Friends reminisced about his low-key but highly commited approach. One colleague from Mpls talked about setting up meetings with Andy. Apparently, it was understood that if you were going to get together, it would have to be in St. Paul, and more often than not in St. Anthony Park. Sunrise VP Rick Beeson is quoted in the article naming Andy as the greatest St. Paulite in the last 50 years and that sounds right to me. We were lucky to know him and have him among us. He made an enormous and lasting contribution to this community - his home and favorite place to be. Rest in peace, Andy, job well done.

The Bugle also has the winning poems in its annual poetry contest and articles on St. Anthony Park Elementary's "outstanding educator" Karen Christenson, the new Odd Fellows building owners, Margot Munson's tips for "bee-ing" friendly and more news about the big May 11 Mother's Day concert celebrating 50 years of Music in the Park Series and the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation (35 for MiP, 15 for SAPCF.) The New Standards, featuring native son, John Munson, will perform at 4 & 7pm along with Maria Jette and some local flavor yet to be named. Tickets are going fast, so contact the Schubert Club to make your reservations now.


Winter Parking Restrictions Lifted
St. Paul has reverted to its regular parking restrictions, just follow the posted signs like always to figure out what you need to know.

Accessory Dwelling Units
There are also letters furthering the discussion of the proposed rezoning to allow Accessory Dwelling Units in St. Anthony Park and Judy Woodward writes an excellent history of our zoning or lack of it. The D12 Land Use committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 3 at 7pm to let the community find out more and weigh in on the proposal. Amy Sparks announced today that there will be no vote at the meeting so it will be purely informational. That should give everyone the chance to pose and research questions and take time to understand more clearly all the implications of the proposed change. By all means, come on the 3rd and let's hash it out.

New D12 Executive Director
It sounds like the search committee is narrowing down the field of candidates to find a replacement for retiring E.D. Amy Sparks. I'm not sure when that person will be named or when it will be made public. I assume we should be looking for a puff of smoke coming from the chimney or a blinding reflection off the solar panels over at the SSA/JOTP Rec Center. Stay tuned.

Crime Numbers for Oct - Dec
The report on number and type of crimes for the Districts came out recently and D12 is, as usual, at the low end of things. Our largest crime category is definitely theft and that includes the regular round of parking change and valuables disappearing overnight from cars in garages around the area. We got hit a few weeks back and that isn't the first time. Be aware.


Seniors Need Wheels
SAPAS, the St. Anthony Park Area Seniors group is looking for drivers who can help get our seniors to doctor's appts, shopping, etc. Contact Katharine if you have some time.

New Business Neighbors
Interculturalist, a new consulting firm specializing in community and leadership building, has set up offices near the Hampden Co-op. I'm guessing it's the Update Co. building that houses the Womens Press as well, but can't say that for sure as there's no address listed. They do have a website. Welcome!

Tu Dance Open Rehearsal Tomorrow Night
Tu Dance has an open rehearsal for their upcoming spring concert at the Ordway. This truly inventive and talented company deserves a look, so stop by between 5:30-7pm at 2121 University Ave (behind the Subway across from the Dubliner.) After the rehearsal, stop by the Dubliner for a refreshing beverage, it's a great bar!


Bibelot Helps to Fight Hunger
Bring a non-perishable food item or donation to any Bibelot shop in March and get a 20% off coupon for one item. The food and donations will go to the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and they can definitely use the help.

Barely Bros. LP Store Getting Good Press
The Barely Bros. are open for business in SSA on Raymond Avenue. Minnpost had a nice article on them recently. If you want to buy vinyl disks, both new and used, stop in and check them out.

Peapods Has Great New Stuff and Classes
Just go to there website, there's too much to tell. Plus they have nice graphics and photos.

Neighbor Advises on Nicollet Ave Rehab
Jon Commers, urban development fiscal guru, submitted a report on behalf of the City of Mpls suggesting a $50M investment in the rehab of the Nicollet Mall could generate over $100M in additional revenue and 860 new jobs. The city is trying to get some dough from the state legislature to help accomplish that goal. One of the main folks they have to convince is neighbor Alice Hausman, who chairs the House Capital Investment Committee. She says she still needs to be convinced that its a unique project worthy of the State's help.

Bell Museum Finally Coming East?
Speaking of Alice, she is once again leading the charge to garner state bonding money to help fund a new Bell Museum on the SW corner of Larpenteur & Cleveland, the old one room school house site. Libor Jany writes a very informative article in this month's Bugle that will tell you more. It would be great to have that facility in our neighborhood and I trust they would move the dioramas as well. This is at least the 3rd time they have tried to get the legislature to kick in some bucks to make this happen. Here's hoping it finally gets done. Go Alice! By the by, a second grouping of original Audubon prints are being shown in the Bell Museum Gallery this spring. Here's the link to their website for more info. My wife and I saw the first round and they are spectacular. also, they have summer classes, check those out as well.

Finally, we also saw the Matisse exhibit at the Mpls Institute of Arts. Spring is more than reflected in the great artist's lovely sense of color. Picasso is quoted as saying, "In the end there is only Matisse." Not a bad recommendation from a fairly talented artist in his own right. Warm up while finding out what made Picasso so sold on Matty.

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