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Welcome Frogtown readers

Posted on 20 March 2020 by Tesha Christensen

From Editor and Owner Tesha M. Christensen:
The Monitor is expanding into the Frogtown neighborhood. If you’re a regular reader of Greening Frogtown, you know that Tony Schmitz and Patricia Ohmans (shown at left wth their daughters 25 years ago and today) are retiring from the business of putting out a newspaper every two months, and they are passing the torch onto the Monitor staff. We’re delighted to add over 5,000 new readers, and have set aside monthly space in our publication that will be clearly labeled Frogtown.
We are commited to bringing the community together in our section of St. Paul.

Send story tips, letters to the editor, comments, ad inquiries, bulk drop site suggestions and more to Tesha@MonitorSaintPaul.com or call 612-345-9998.

 

Read past Greening Frogtown papers here: http://greeningfrogtown.com/archive/

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Frog Food by Z Akhmetova March 2020

Posted on 20 March 2020 by Tesha Christensen

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Show support for Victoria Theater at Capitol

Posted on 20 March 2020 by Tesha Christensen

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN

VTAC Executive Director Tyler Olsen-Highness served the Victoria Theater project for seven years as a project manager, events producer, advisory board member, board chair and member of the executive, building, and fundraising committees before becoming executive director in 2019.

Support the Victoria Theater Arts Center on Wednesday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We need your help visiting our representatives to thank them and encourage their continued support of the Victoria Theater Arts Center (VTAC),” encouraged VTAC Executive Director Tyler Olsen. “This is will be a fun and exciting way to meet other VTAC supporters, and let your voice be heard.”
The governor, the House, and the Senate all have bills in supporting this project.
“Now, we need to ensure that legislators know just how passionate we are about creating a home for community and arts in Frogtown and Rondo,” stated Olsen. “So, on Wednesday, 3/18, we’re going to gather and take the Capitol by storm, so our elected officials get the chance to meet their neighbors.”
The group will gather at the State Office Building room 300 South at 8:30 a.m. From 9:15 to 10 a.m. there will be speeches by Representative Rena Moran, Senator Sandy Pappas, and community artists and leaders.
From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., community members will visit with representatives and senators at the capitol.
“No experience necessary- part of this day will be learning about the process of how to make the change you want to see happen and making friends and allies around the project!” said Olsen.
Governor Tim Walz included $2.4 million for the 105-year-old building in his bonding recommendations this year, as he encourages a significant investment in community organizations that serve people of color.
The center’s Facebook page had this announcement after hearing the news: “Victoria Theater Arts Center is thrilled to be included on this list! How amazing to have champions like Representative Rena Moran, Senator Sandy Pappas, and now Governor Tim Walz for our project. Be sure to send them your support and thanks!”
The theater was nearly paved over as parking lot in 2009.

~ Tesha@MonitorSaintPaul.com

Colorful past at 825 University Ave.
• The Victoria Theater opened in 1915 for movies and live performances, but became a nightclub less than a decade later. The nightclub was known as the Victoria Café and later Casa Grande.
• The nightclub itself was a speakeasy during Prohibition and was raided at least twice by federal agents during that era.
• It became a target of political leaders who wanted it shut down. Some suspected anti-Semitism in the attacks on the club and its ownership.
• In 1927 the recording “Moonshiners Dance: Part One” was recorded there, by the Victoria Café Orchestra. Moonshiner’s Dance is the only one of 84 recordings in the Anthology of American Folk Music not recorded in the American South or Chicago.
• The Victoria Theater, at 825 University Ave., was one of three University Avenue movie theaters that catered to Frogtown children and families.
• It was designed by noted architect Franklin Ellerbe.
Information courtesy of Jane McClure and Historic Saint Paul.

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Peace Bubbles for Peace Makers

Posted on 20 March 2020 by Tesha Christensen

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By MELVIN GILES

When you blow these Peace Bubbles
you transcend all limitations!
As you blow- bubbles, or you find yourself surrounded by bubbles,
Visualize & Energize the Circle of Connectedness:
with other Peacemakers!
By blowing these bubbles,
you will be spreading the seeds of Peace and Hope;
which when nurtured, will sprout & flourish!
When used, these bubbles create a favorable atmosphere
that reduces tension & violence in the world.
Become aware of others who are making Peace.

Blessed are the Peace Makers!

By Grateful Wolf (aka: Mary G. Salter)

May Peace Be In Frogtown, May Peace Be In Rondo, May Peace Be In Hamline/Midway, May Peace Be In St. Paul, May Peace Be In Our Homes & Communities, and May Peace Prevail On Earth!!!!!

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ShotSpotter program will help city’s response to gun-related crimes

Posted on 20 March 2020 by Tesha Christensen

Dai Thao, St. Paul Council Member

Ward 1
St. Paul City Council

By
Dai Thao
ward1@ci.stpaul.mn.us

As your Ward 1 City Council member, I am proud to continue to serve the hardworking people of Ward 1. I have a lot of ambitious, but necessary plans and proposals that I am working on to ensure that St. Paul remains the best place to live and work. Coming out of the budget discussions at the end of 2019, I heard loud and clear that public safety is a priority for residents.
I am encouraged and inspired by the conversations I have with residents and have always believed that community building and working together is our best path to success. During budget conversations last year, I had hoped to secure more money to provide support and funding to more of our small, local organizations that work directly with youth and communities of color. I am excited that in 2020 we will be able to utilize Community Organization Partnership Program (COPP) money to provide funding to more organizations that were previously being left out of funding opportunities. Working with my city council colleagues has given us the opportunity to bring more people and organizations to the table and really help support the work already being done to address the root causes of violence in our community.
Another key component of this issue that I hear about frequently is getting ShotSpotter in our city. This month I hope to introduce a resolution that will seek private funding for a two-year pilot program for ShotSpotter. I believe there is significant value in including a gun-shot detection program as part of our public safety tool box. If we can track and collect data in real time about shots fired, we provide St. Paul Police the ability to more effectively and efficiently patrol and respond to gun-related incidents.
Public safety is a multi-faceted issue that requires a multi-pronged solution. Funding organizations that are doing intervention work and community building on the ground is a necessary and valuable endeavor. We also have an immediate duty to stop gun violence in its tracks and that’s where tools like ShotSpotter come in. I am willing to do everything we can to demand a safer St. Paul. Lewis is fond of saying, “Just do what your heart allows you to do.”

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