Congratulations 2014 Hamline Midway Neighborhood Honor Roll Recipients

Posted on January 8, 2015 - 10:48am

Every neighborhood derives its strength and success from the bonds of community and commitment of those who live, work and play there. Hamline Midway is lucky to have  many neighbors committed to growing and benefiting our community in spectacular ways.

Every year, we recognize outstanding community members and volunteers from Hamline Midway as part of the citywide Neighborhood Honor Roll Celebration. Hamline Midway residents nominate neighbors who have made significant and lasting impacts in the community each year who they feel deserve special recognition. The Hamline Midway Coalition Board then votes on three winners who join other honorees from across the city at a special celebration in their honor.

This year’s Honor Roll Celebration will take place Friday, January 30, at the University of St. Thomas Binz Refectory, Summit Avenue. Mayor Christopher Coleman and City Council President Kathy Lantry will recognize this year’s honorees at the celebration. Light hors d’oeuvres  will be provided and the Davu Seru Jazz Trio will perform. Honorees names will also be added to a plaque that will hang in City Hall. 

You are welcome to join us in celebrating these community members’ contributions to their neighborhoods and city. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. You can purchase a ticket at the bottom of this page, by visitng the Eventbrite event page, or by sending cash or check to Summit Hill Association, 860 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105.


Join us in congratulating this year’s Hamline Midway Neighborhood Honor Roll Winners:


Jonathan Oppenheimer

Jonathan’s pride for the Hamline Midway community runs deep and regularly manifests in remarkable ways. He was a driving force behind the rejuvenation of the Friends of Hamline Park group, which brought new life and energy to a valuable but underutilized neighborhood space in 2014 with regular organized cleanups, gardening, and a series of successful family-friendly events. In 2015, Jonathan’s commitment to the neighborhood will transform a half-mile section of Snelling Ave. He recently won a Knight Arts Challenge grant for his project, Midway Murals, which will pair professional public artists with immigrant business owners to install a series of murals around the theme “starting anew.”


Oby Ballinger

Oby reflects all that is kind, just, and decent in his service to the Hamline Midway neighborhood. He was thrust into the spotlight last year as the victim of an unprovoked attack near his home. Rather than responding with anger, he not only asked for leniency for his attackers, but also became determined to forge partnerships and relationships in the neighborhood to reduce the chances of a similar event happening again. In particular, his work to support the residents at Rezek House, a transitional living center for teens, reflects his remarkable determination to make Saint Paul and Hamline Midway a kind and welcoming place to live. 


Moderators of the Hamline Midway Neighbors Facebook Page 

Online community forums allow neighbors to connect, share information, commiserate and support one another in ways never before possible. Nowhere is the value of these digital town squares more evident than the Hamline Midway Neighbors Facebook page. Lost pets are found and returned; crime and safety information is shared; and a wide range of neighborhood topics are debated with passion and usually, civility. With more than 3,000 members and often upwards of 100 posts a day, moderating this online community venue is a monumental and often thankless job. The rotating group of neighborhood volunteers who dedicate their time and attention to protecting the integrity of this neighborhood forum provide an invaluable service to the neighborhood.