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Como Community Council Corner Jan. 2019

Posted on 13 January 2019 by Calvin

By MICHAEL KUCHTA, Executive Director
The Como Community Council has selected Jonah Fields, Laura Flockencier, and Maggie Zimmerman as District 10’s 2019 additions to the Saint Paul Neighborhood Honor Roll. District 10’s honorees were among those nominated by neighborhood residents. A little bit about them, according to those who nominated them:
• Jonah Fields is a boys soccer coach at Como High School, where members of his team speak eight languages, many are refugees from Thailand, and some have never played before. Yet Jonah gets them to play together—well. Jonah also runs a children’s soccer clinic at Northwest Como Rec Center and coaches a summer team of U12 girls. Plus, those who know him say, he’s an “all-around good guy.”
• Laura Flockencier started Girl Scout Troop 55229 when her first daughter was in Daisies. She continues to lead the troop even though her own girls have aged out. She offers as many as 14 hours of activities per month, gives even more time than that to families, and has the girls involved in everything from camping to service projects, including the annual Como Park clean-up, leaf-raking for neighbors, and food and winter clothing drives.
• Maggie Zimmerman, who as District 10 Land Use chair navigates the head-on conflict between the Twin Cities German Immersion School’s expansion plans and the campaign to gain historic designation for the former St. Andrew’s church building. She maneuvers through this potential landmine with grace and humor and incredible mediation skills. Speaking of landmines: Zimmerman also helps moderate the Como Park Neighbors Facebook group. Plus, she delivers Meals on Wheels in the neighborhood.
The annual, citywide award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations who make a sustained and lasting impact on the quality of life in their neighborhood and the city. Nominees from District 10 and the city’s 16 other planning districts will be celebrated at a ceremony on Jan. 25 at the University of St. Thomas. Ultimately, they will be immortalized with their names on a plaque at City Hall.

Upcoming District 10 meetings
• Environment Committee: Wed., Jan. 30.
• Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee: Tues., Feb. 5.
• Land Use Committee: Tues., Feb. 12 (this meeting is rescheduled from its usual day).
• Como Community Council Monthly Meeting: Tues., Feb. 19.
All meetings typically begin at 7pm at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Renters, homeowners, and other community members are always welcome to attend and participate. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.

Streetcar Station hours
With the change of seasons, the Como Park Streetcar Station is now open only on the first Sunday of each month. But it is still a great chance to pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits or chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day. Hours remain the same: 12-4pm. Upcoming dates are Feb. 3 and Mar. 3. The Historic Streetcar Station is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.

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