One step ahead of the snow: Brandon Jordan, of Jordan and Sons Landscaping, wades into icy water to haul out a protective boom from the south shore of Como Lake. During nearby street construction, the boom blocked sediment from storm drains that empty into the lake.
When Good Lights Go Bad
Setting up your holiday decorations this weekend, but getting ticked off because some lights don 't work? Or, replacing your old strands with new LEDs? Don't trash the old lights -- recycle them. You can drop lights off at Ramsey County 's year-round household hazardous waste site -- a short ride away at 5 Empire Drive in Saint Paul. They 'll take nearly any kind of string lights (the exceptions: lights with battery packs, electronics or appliances attached). The site is open Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Who Deserves Extraordinary Thanks? 
District 10 is accepting nominations of local individuals or organizations to Saint Paul's Neighborhood Honor Roll. The annual, citywide award pays tribute to residents who improve the quality of life in Saint Paul. The award typically recognizes members of our community who make a sustained and lasting impact in the neighborhood and city.
To nominate someone: Email us no later than Monday Dec. 12. Give us a short description of their accomplishments or the reasons they should be honored for making Como a better place to live, work, or play. The District 10 Board will evaluate nominees at our Dec. 20 meeting. See our website for a list of previous honor roll recipients from District 10.
If You're Shopping Amazon Anyway ...
You can now donate 0.5 percent of your online Amazon purchases to the District 10 Como Community Council -- if you make your purchases through the AmazonSmile program, instead of through the regular Amazon website. This is the link to get your started.
Getting to the Bottom Line
Got something to say about your property taxes? The next week or so is your chance to do it. Here is the schedule of public hearings on the proposed tax levies and budgets for local units of government:
  • This Monday, Nov. 28: Ramsey County, 6:30 p.m., Red Cap Room, Union Depot, 214 4th St. E, Saint Paul. (Vouchers for Union Depot parking lots will be available.)
  • Tuesday Dec. 6: Saint Paul Public Schools, 6 p.m., District Headquarters, 360 Colborne St.
  • Wednesday Dec. 7: City of Saint Paul, 6:30 p.m., Saint Paul City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 15 Kellogg Blvd. W 
Watching Our Waste: Junk Mail       
Tired of sorting through all the unwanted catalogs, coupons, and credit card come-ons that clutter your mailbox? Then shut down your flow of junk mail. It takes work and persistence, but the nonprofit Eco-Cycle has six straight-forward ideas on exactly how to do it. They include phone numbers, addresses, websites, and tactics that get results. Our favorite: Mark "refused, returned to sender" on the envelope, then put it back in the mail.
Yard Waste Sites Scale Back
If you 've still got bags of leaves sitting around, this is the last week Ramsey County 's yard waste sites are open during the week. Sites are open this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. After that, beginning next Saturday, Dec. 3, it 's weekends only: Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The "New York Life Eagle" has landed in three locations in Saint Paul.
What About Princesses in Butter?  
Lyngblomsten uncovers the history of and stories behind some of St. Paul's most beautiful sculptures in a two-part class in December. "Community Art in the City of St. Paul" offers a virtual tour from the comfort of indoors, and includes hands-on projects for participants. The sessions are Tuesdays Dec. 6 and 13, from 1-2:30 p.m., in the lower-level community room at Lyngblomsten, 1415 Almond Ave. Tuition is $15. Anyone from the community is welcome, but you must register by this Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Program a Robot to Pay Your Library Fines
That 's essentially what happens when teens join one of the Createch activities at Saint Paul branch libraries in December. For every programming or animation workshop they join, the library wipes $5 off any fines or fees they owe. The   "December Do Down" activities take place at seven branch libraries. The closest:
  • This Thursday, Dec. 1, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Hamline-Midway, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave.
  • Monday Dec. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park, 2245 Como Ave.
Speaking of Createch: SPNN -- the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network -- offers free Createch workshops every Monday from 3-6 p.m. at its media lab, 550 Vandalia St., Suite 170. The open lab lets middle- and high-school students work on independent media projects, get training and mentorship, and even check out equipment.
Minnesota 's Longest Season is Nearly Over 
Nothing like a dose of winter to chase the barricades into storage.
  • Lexington Ave. is completely open at Highway 36.
  • Raymond Ave. is open between Como Ave. and Energy Park Drive. 
  • Wheelock Parkway is open east of Interstate 35.

The only nearby project of consequence that's still under way: The westbound ramp from Dale St. to Interstate 94 remains closed for a few more days while work continues on the Grotto St. pedestrian/bicycle bridge. In addition, I-94 has occasional lane closures between Lexington Parkway and Marion St. Work is expected to wrap up by Dec. 1.

Fun and Games at Dockside -- Literally
Every Wednesday, Como Dockside now features what it calls Neighborhood Night. Based on early descriptions, it 's an extended happy hour -- with $5 appetizers, $2 off all draft beer and wine, plus board games galore. It runs Wednesdays from 3-9 p.m. through April.

Meanwhile, Dockside's Thursday night movie series continues Dec. 1 with "Big Trouble in Little China " (rated PG-13). Trivia begins at 6:15 p.m.; the free screening of the movie begins at 6:45 in the third-level banquet hall of the lakefront pavilion. For the full season schedule of "almost all the greatest movies of 1986 and 1987," see Dockside's online calendar.  
Victoria Woodhull is among those featured during the Nov. 29 lecture at the Merriam Park Library.  
All These Things Going On Around You
  • Through New Year's Day: Holiday Lights in the Park, 5-10 p.m. Phalen Park, Wheelock and Johnson Parkways. Admission: $10 per car (more for vans, limos, and buses). Discount tickets are available online. Proceeds benefit the Saint Paul Police Foundation.
  • This Tuesday, Nov. 29: Women's History Lecture: "The First Female President?: The Presidential Campaigns of Victoria Woodhull, Shirley Chisholm, and More," 7 p.m. Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave. (at the intersection at Fairview). Free
  • This Wednesday, Nov. 30: District 10 Environment Committee, 7 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Community members are always welcome to attend and participate.
  • This Wednesday, Nov. 30: Saint Paul Regional Water Services information session on drinking water quality and lead in drinking water, 7 p.m. Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center, 800 Conway St.
  • This Thursday, Dec. 1: Permit lottery for Saint Paul residents who want to reserve the Wigington Pavilion on Harriet Island in 2017. Lottery numbers will be issued from 6-6:59 a.m. at park district offices at 1100 N. Hamline Ave.
  • Monday Dec. 5: District 10 Land Use Committee, 7 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station. Community members are always welcome to attend and participate.
  • Tuesday Dec. 6: District 10 Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee, 7 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station. Community members are always welcome to attend and participate.
  • Tuesday Dec. 13: Update on Saint Paul's Open for Business initiative, 2:30-3:30 p.m. East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. RSVP to the Ward 7 office 
  • Wednesday Dec. 14: Wheelock Parkway construction information session, 5:30 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station. Saint Paul's Public Works Department explains plans and answers questions about the planned 2017 reconstruction of Wheelock Parkway between Victoria/Maryland and Arlington/Western. Reconstruction includes building another segment of the Saint Paul Grand Round bikeway.
School Seeks Community Member for Board Vacancy
Great River School, a public charter school in Energy Park, is seeking a community member to serve on its board. The successful candidate will fill the remaining 1-1/2 years of an existing term. Details and an application are available online.
Preventing Package Theft: Home Edition
Package theft apparently never goes out of season. But as a crime of opportunity, 'tis the season it gets out of hand. The sad truth is, thieves often tail delivery trucks, write down addresses, then come back to swipe the delivery. So, here ' s advice from the Western District. These tips increase the chances that packages you order online or by phone won ' t be stolen off your front porch before you get to them.
  • Whenever possible, request the "signature required" option. That way, the package won't be delivered unless someone signs for it.
  • Get a tracking number to keep tabs on your package. If the tracking report says it's been delivered, but it's not there, call the police and the sender immediately.
  • If possible, have your package delivered to the place you work.
  • Ask the shipper to leave your package at a side door or back door, where it's not as visible.
  • If you have neighbors who are home during the day, ask them to accept delivery for you. Or ask them to keep an eye out and take in your packages until you get home.
  • Instead of having the package delivered to your home, pick it up at the shipper's nearest customer center.

Examples: The Postal Service can hold packages at the nearest post office; UPS has a customer center on Broadway St. in Minneapolis (just west of Highway 280); and Fed Ex has a ship center on Walnut St. (near the junction of 280 and Interstate 35W).

The Latest Crime Report for Our Neighborhood : A long list, with lots of car break-ins.  
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