At-large election results—Lindsay Shimizu has been elected to the Highland District Council’s board of directors. There were six candidates and more than 450 people who voted to fill the at-large term on the board.
Food scraps collection—A food scraps collection site will soon be opened by Ramsey County in the Charles M. Schulz-Highland Arena parking lot, 800 S. Snelling Ave. When the site is ready, there will be signs on the enclosure and information posted at RamseyRecycles.com/FoodScraps. A list of accepted items will be posted on the signs and on the website. Free compostable bags will be available inside the enclosure.
Office hours—The HDC office will be closed from Friday, December 24, to Monday, January 3. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming meetings—board of directors and property tax information from Ramsey County, 7 p.m. Thursday, January 6; and Transportation Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 11. All HDC meetings in 2022 will be in-person at the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy., as well as online via Zoom. Links to access the meetings are posted on the HDC website prior to the meeting date.
Holiday gift guide—Those who have last-minute holiday gifts to buy are being encouraged to consider shopping locally. Check out the Macalester-Groveland Holiday Shopping Guide for ideas on local goods and activities by visiting tinyurl.com/Mac-Grove-Gift-Guide.
Frost Fest—The Macalester-Groveland Community Council will host its annual Frost Fest from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, January 29, at the Groveland Park ice rinks. The event will include skating, games, hot chocolate and a bonfire. There will also be a puck scavenger hunt leading up to the event. For information, visit macgrove.org/frostfest.
Let’s connect—Those who are interested in adding their interests, skills or voices to the community council’s programs or events are being asked to email email@example.com to meet for coffee or virtually.
Invest in Mac-Grove—The community council has been working since 1975 to make Macalester-Groveland a great place to live, work, learn and play. People can support its efforts by visiting macgrove.org/donate.
Neighborhood pride—Locally designed Macalester-Groveland T-shirts still can be purchased online and delivered within days. Visit macgrove.org/tshirt.
Dates to remember—There are no more board or committee meetings in December. The community council offices will be closed from December 24-January 2.
Annual appeal—The Summit Hill Association is seeking tax-deductible donations to help sustain its operation. Financial support is needed more than ever as the pandemic prompted the suspension of the organization’s biennial home tour, which has been the SHA’s predominant source of funding. Visit SummitHillAssociation.org/donate.
Let it snow, let it snow—Saint Paul residents are being encouraged to prepare for snowy weather by familiarizing themselves with snow clearing requirements and winter parking rules, and signing up for snow emergency text alerts at StPaul.gov/snow.
Holiday light recycling—Broken holiday lights cannot be placed in curbside recycling bins, but they can be brought to Saint Paul Public Library branches for free recycling. For details visit tinyurl.com/2p9emhnz.
Neighborhood Plan—The SHA’s Neighborhood Plan Committee opened a “visioning survey” in December to collect final data before drafting revisions to the plan. The survey will assist the committee in narrowing priorities that were gleaned over the past 18 months of research. Visit SummitHillAssociation.org/survey to take the survey before it closes on January 15.
Upcoming meeting—Communications Committee, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 6. For Zoom participation links, visit summithillassociation.org/calendar.
Resource map—Union Park District Council staff are beginning preliminary work on a map of resources in the neighborhood. Those who know of an establishment that they consider foundational to the neighborhood are being asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming meetings—board of directors, 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 5; Transportation Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 10; and Environment and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 19. Click on the Zoom meeting links at unionparkdc.org/calendar.
Contact us—The public is invited to “like” the Union Park District Council on Facebook, follow it on Twitter at @UnionParkDC, and subscribe to its e-newsletter, “Neighborhood Matters,” by emailing email@example.com.
Wanted: West Seventh recipes—The West Seventh/Fort Road Federation is collecting recipes from local residents to be included in a cookbook to be sold as a fundraiser for the organization. Recipes may be sent for consideration to fortroadfederation.org/cookbook.
Board notes—At its December meeting, the Fort Road Federation’s board of directors agreed to support the rezoning of the lot at 83 Douglas St. for four single-family homes for veterans. The board also approved a letter against a temporary restraining order that would shut down Freedom House on West Seventh Street while a lawsuit filed against it by local businesses is being decided.
Board nominations—The Fort Road Federation is seeking candidates to fill the position of first vice president on its board of directors. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and live, own property or own a business in the West Seventh neighborhood. Those who are interested should fill out the form at tinyurl.com/yc8r2jtr before January 6.
Upcoming meetings—Transportation and Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 5; board of directors, 7 p.m. Monday, January 10; and Community Engagement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 20. For links to the meetings, see fortroadfederation.org/calendar.
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