St. Paul Asking Residents to go "All In" with New Recycling Program

Are you ready to go all in with your recycling efforts in 2014? Exciting changes are making recycling in Saint Paul more convenient than ever before! As of April 7, 2014, residents can take advantage of single-sort recycling, begin recycling additional plastics, make plans to attend a cleanup event and drop off their source-separated organics at one of five Saint Paul locations. 

Declining recycling numbers, wavering participation and changing demographics are just a few of the reasons why the City, with support from Ramsey County, hired Wilder Research in 2012-13 to conduct a comprehensive assessment about residential solid waste and recycling programs and services. The research found that Saint Paul residents wanted: 

 The ability to recycle more plastics 

 Recycling to be more convenient 

 More opportunities for composting organic materials 

 More options for handling bulky waste items 

City officials listened to what residents had to say and committed to implementing new initiatives around this research. A plan is in motion to make these improvements over the next three years. 

BEGINNING 2014 

Single Sort Recycling As of April 7, residents can go put all recyclable materials into one bin – separating is no longer required! 

More Plastics Accepted 

As of April 7, residents can add most #1, #2, #4, #5 and #7 plastic containers to their blue bin or collection cart. In addition to plastic bottles, yogurt, butter and produce containers, transparent deli and “to go” containers can also be recycled with Saint Paul’s residential recycling program. Find a complete list of acceptable materials at stpaul.gov/recycle

New Fund Dedicated to Financing Home Repairs in Hamline Midway

Hamline Midway Residents have a valuable opportunity to help finance repairs or improvements to their homes. Community Neighborhood Housing Services (CNHS) recently announced the creation of the Spotlight Fund to provide financing for home improvements and repairs for homeowners in the Hamline Midway and Northend neighborhood.  Residents who live within boundaries of these neighborhoods and meet household income requirements may be approved for up to $30,000 in financing to repair their owner-occupied homes. Some homeowners may not need to make payments.

Featured Neighborhood Group: Friends of Hamline Park

 

The Friends of Hamline Park is a neighborhood group of volunteers who meet monthly to ensure that the park remains vibrant, inviting, clean, and safe. A similar group existed several years ago, and the current group was re-formed in 2013 with a focus on gardening and litter clean-up. In 2014, a slate of events are planned to engage the people, young and old, who enjoy and make use of this wonderful public park. 

ARTIFY "Creates Place" for Future Affordable Housing at Old Chevy Lot

 

Over the last year, “ARTIFY-Bringing the Arts to Hamline Station” has been working with local artists and Hamline Midway residents to bring a series of public art installments to the abandoned former Midway Chevrolet lot at 1333 University Avenue. 

This Spring, Project for Pride in Living will break ground on a new 108-unit affordable housing development. In preparation, Artist Organizer Oscar Ly, who has been heading the ARTIFY project has helped organize over 20 public art installments and 11 performances around the theme of “home is…” 

“This was really an opportunity to create that space, to change the narrative of it being a place of business, an abandoned car dealership to future housing, future neighbors, a future part of the community,” Ly said.

Midway Local Foods Ready to Sprout in 2014

By Valerie Steffl

Even though a few feet of snow still cover any sign of tillable land, Hamline Midway local food activists are planning new ways for more neighbors to grow their own food.

Hamline Midway and surrounding area is home to a vibrant local foods scene made up of the Gardening Matters’ Midway Local Foods Resource Hub, Hamline Midway Local Foods Project Group, Midway Green Spirit and Hamline-Thomas community gardens. 

Join the Local Food Resource Hub


If you are an edible gardener who is interested in access to low cost seeds and seedlings as well as a wealth of connections and information through other experienced gardeners, then join the Local Food Hub for 2014.  Participants receive seeds and seedlings at a significantly reduced rate at two distribution events in the spring, and are added to a growing network of local food aficionados to connect over potlucks, skill shares, and more.


Visit gardeningmatters.org for the hub application and for opportunities to volunteer at seed packing or distribution events.

First Ave Hopes to Offer Neighborhood Hangout at New Turf Club

First Avenue is known as a premiere entertainment and music venue throughout the Twin Cities. Recently taking over the Turf Club on University, they are also looking to become a premiere neighborhood hangout for the Hamline Midway community.

Dayna Frank, executive vice president of First Avenue, met with the Hamline Midway Coalition Development Committee Thursday, November 14, to talk about their plans for the new location.

“No other venue in town has an environment as special and unique as the Turf Club,” reads the business plan for the venue. “ We are confident the Turf Club will become a destination for artists emerging on the national landscape as well as a favorite place for local musicians to premiere and perfect their material.”

There are plans to improve the green room, install a new sound system and generally spruce up the facilities and decorating, though Frank assured the committee First Avenue has every intent of maintaining the original character and authentic atmosphere of the longstanding establishment.

Now Accepting Submissions for Neighborhood Honor Roll

The Hamline Midway neighborhood is full of exceptional residents and organizations who go above and beyond in support of their community. Every year we like to honor a couple of those outstanding citizens with the Neighborhood Honor Roll. Maybe one of your neighbors started a block club that has been especially helpful in organizing around events and issues on your street.

Midway Seed Swap Saturday April 5

Saturday, April 5
9am-noon
Hancock Rec Center
1610 Hubbard Ave.
 
If the wamr(er) weather has you pining for warm sunny days digging in the dirt and tending your garden, maybe it's time to register for the Midway Local Foods Hub and get the ball rolling on your summer garden. The Local Food Resource Hubs, organized through Gardening Matters, are neighborhood networks of gardeners and resources. The Hubs are intended to provide home and community gardeners with the support they need to grow, preserve, cook and compost their own fresh food. They offer supplies, educational opportunities and community connections in your neighborhood. It's a great way to network with other local gardeners and plug in to a quickly growing community around sustainable food. Register now!
 
One of the best parts of being a member of the Midway Local Foods Hub is quickly approaching. The Spring Seed Swap will be April 5, 9am-12pm at the Hancock Recreation Center, 1610 Hubbard Ave.

With No Heartwood Festival in 2014, HMC Looks to New Opportunities

By Kyle Mianulli

This article orginally appeared in the February, 2014, issue of The Monitor 

The annual Spring Heartwood Festival has become a much-celebrated event in the Hamline Midway neighborhood for which the community has a great amount of affection. We are very much aware of the value an event like this carries in building and celebrating the bonds of community.

Unfortunately, we are sad to report, that, due to a number of unavoidable circumstances, there will be no Heartwood Festival in 2014. With this disappointment also comes exciting opportunity, though. We will be refocusing our efforts on hosting at least two other large-scale neighborhood events as well as expanding our communications and community engagement practices. 

The Hamline Midway neighborhood has been invited to help organize a celebration at Hamline Station for the Green Line Launch Party this summer, and will also likely be putting together events and activities for this year’s Open Streets event along the Hamline Midway section of University Avenue. That event is slated for this fall. 

Hamline Midway Coalition staff, along with the board of directors, did not come to the decision of foregoing the Heartwood Festival easily. Weighing the value of a single-day event of this nature against the tremendous amount of time and resources that go into producing it every year was no simple task. The final decision came only after hearing HMC would not receive a large grant that would have helped make the festival tenable. 

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