Break-ins, thefts from vehicles, thefts from yards…reading listserv it seems like these activities are stretching from a few months of the summer to pretty much year round. Day and night time, when occupants are gone or home, one person even reported that their dog was found in their yard apparently having been let out by the burglars. I’m afraid these kinds of crimes are not going away and the advice that we continually receive from the police about locking doors, putting locks on windows, etc. is the best defense short of a security company – which has been recommended by some listservers. 

These tend to be crimes of opportunity where perpetrators scout out random homes that seem vulnerable and act quickly. During the day, they often knock first to make sure no one is home and at night look for unlocked garage doors or cars. Add to that the metal scrappers, who roam neighborhoods looking for scrap metal curbside, but sometimes find things in your yard not meant to be taken. I’ve heard of ladders and even a kid’s soccer goal that disappeared.  

According to police there does seem to be increased break-in and theft activity in our neighborhood as well as Highland so it’s more than increased reporting. Police continue to encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity or experiences thefts to report it to them immediately. A recent call by a neighbor who thwarted a daytime break-in attempt brought a K-9 unit within 3 minutes. So, take preventative measures, keep your eyes and ears open, and communicate. 

(For more info click on D12.) 

Neighborhood Clean-up This Saturday
The annual Neighborhood Cleanup is coming this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8am – Noon. It’s a one day, one stop drop for all those tough to toss items like electronics, major appliances and construction materials. Enter from Larpenteur Ave at the North end of State Fairgrounds. 

Norman Borlaug 5K this Sunday 
Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 9:00am. A University of Minnesota student group, Project Food Security, is hosting the Norman Borlaug Food & Hunger 5k on the St. Paul campus. Participants of all ages are welcome in this family friendly race honoring the late University of Minnesota alumnus Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. 

Irrigate Arts Placemaking – Sept. 28
This multi-year endeavor to empower artists to improve the physical, economic and cultural infrastructure along the Central Corridor Light Rail line in St. Paul has rwo more workshops coming up. After completing the training, artists will be eligible to apply for a $1,000 collaborative placemaking project grant through a simple and fast application process. If you visit the D12 website, there’s a link for time and place, and you can see past examples to prime your artistic pumps.

Town Meeting Oct. 8, 6:30pm - Luther Seminary Olson Campus Center
The St. Anthony Park Community Council will be hosting their annual community meeting for residents to connect with local elected officials. Refreshments and good conversation guaranteed. 


StAP Elementary
Mr. Schrankler, the school science teacher, is trying to put together more Lego League teams this year and needs three laptops. They have to have a minimum of 5.12 RAM, 10 Pentium chip, 1 Ghz and Windows XP or newer. If you can help, contact Anne Aarness.

Murray Middle School
Murray is off to a good start after some natural stops and starts as they transition to a middle school. Sounds like the bumps have been smoothed out and the classes are settling in together. They have a great newsletter that can tell you much more, check it out here.

Como High
Girls at Como Park Senior High who are interested in designing apps for mobile phones can learn how to use a program called app inventor. Mentors will help students through the process in this after school club for girls. 


Green Line Good for Business
With four months of the year to go, economic investment along the Green line in has reached a 5-year high. City data shows a 49% increase in permits since 2008, with an expectation that 2013 will see $150 million or more in permit activity before the year is out. Our western edge district is continuing to percolate with development interest, but buying and building are two different things, so we continue to talk to stakeholders with hopes of encouraging more housing and retail options along the line. 

Raptor Release
The Raptor Center on the U of M St. Paul Campus reminds us September is raptor migration month by releasing one Saturday, September 28 at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings, MN. Hours are 10:00am to 3:00pm, you can find out more at their website.

U of M Homecoming Sept. 28
Homecoming is coming up soon. As part of the celebration, over 600 students will be working on 19 different community projects like rain barrel assembly to give back to their neighbors. There might also be some float assembly going on at local fraternities and sororities in preparation for the parade. Gophers play Iowa so gear up for their Big Ten opener! 


Bang Brewery is Open
I had a very tasty Neat beer last Saturday at the newly opened Bang Brewery over in SSA. Jay and Sandy Boss Feboe welcomed customers to sample the first of their all-organic beers and it was a clear hit. I know that because I bumped into our Mayor and his Arts Czar, Joe Spencer, happily hoisting a few. Nice of them to welcome Bang to the city. Their hours for now are Fridays 5-10pm and Saturdays 12-5pm. They sell by the glass and growler. Go say hi and enjoy a great beer in a very cool and cozy space. 

Urban Growler Open House Fri. Sept. 27, 5-9pm
Just across the parking lot from Bang is the home of the Urban Growler Brewery, which is hosting a fall open house to raise funds for the completion of their brewery. Also, 5 Miles From Town a local acoustic group featuring Ross Johnson and John Whitehead is providing music. Go and try UG’s delicious varieties (brewed offsite for now) with ingredients from local farmers (like rhubarb.) I made it to an open house this summer and they had 8 or 9 different beers that all tasted pretty good. How about organizing friends for a StAP Brew Crawl on the 27th? 

Satori Photography
We have a number of very talented photographers in the neighborhood, but I have to give a little shout-out to Satori in Milton Square. Vanessa and Sharri have a great website with very cool photos to check out. Their take on family, high school grad and wedding shoots is very unique and fun. 

Colossal Café gets another media nod
The Star Tribune gave our newest local food haven and nice notice, calling it “…a comfortable, inviting and laid-back operation, with a knack for turning out fresh, inventive and reasonably priced renditions of all-American classics.”

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