July 2016
U P C O M I N G 
E V E N T S 
Thursday, Oct 13
6:30PM-7:30 PM
Community Forum Night
627 Selby, Suite A

Friday, Oct 15
1:30PM
Rondo Plaza Groundbreaking
820 Concordia Ave

Tuesday, Oct 18
6:30PM-7:30PM
Neighborhood Development Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

Tuesday Oct 18
6:30PM-7:30PM
Western District Police Department Community Meeting
Police Department,
367 Grove St

Wednesday, Oct 19
6:30PM
Community Safety and Improvement Committee Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

Thursday, Oct 20
6:00PM
Dale Street Leadership Circle Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

Tuesday, Sept 25
6:00PM-7:30PM
SUPC Board Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

Tuesday, Nov 15
6:30PM-7:30PM
Neighborhood Development Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

Tuesday Nov 15
6:30PM-7:30PM
Western District Police Department Community Meeting
Police Department,
367 Grove St


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SUPC Board Election Results
Summit University Planning Council held its annual elections the first two weeks of September. We're pleased to welcome three new board members, Daria Caldwell, Mae Adams, and Megan Januich, and one new organization, the Asian Economic Development Association, to our board. WELCOME!

To see a complete list of our board members, please visit our website.

Our board meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Selby Ave SUPC offices. Board meetings are open to the public (note that public participation is limited to items already on the agenda). Please feel free to come to a meeting and learn how we get things done in the neighborhood!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our voting process. You make our neighborhood a better place to live!

And don't forget to vote in the general elections, coming up in just four weeks!

No matter your take on current, national, or local politics, your vote matters. Help Summit-University have the best voter turn-out ever!

SUPC Office
627 Selby Ave
(651) 228-1855
Informed Voting
Elections are fast approaching, and it is important to be ready to cast your vote. The deadline to register to vote is October 18.

You can register online by visiting the MN Secretary of State voter information portal HERE.
 
You can find out additional information, including information about the candidates, at the Rock the Vote website HERE.

You can also find your polling place for November 8th by visiting Minnesota's Poll Finder site. 

Your vote makes a difference!

St. Paul Fire Department Open House
St. Paul Fire Departments around the city, including station #5 at 860 Ashland (Ashland and Victoria) are hosting open houses this weekend, Saturday, October 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Stop by for a tour of the fire station, test your fire safety knowledge, and meet your local fire fighters and paramedics!
Little Mekong Plaza Celebrates Grand Opening
The grand opening of the Little Mekong Plaza, a vibrant outdoor gathering space, was celebrated on Wednesday, September 8 at University and Western Avenues. The new green space - which includes public art, a decorative water feature, and a bridged walkway - will host a number of community events each year.

Little Mekong Plaza reflects the Hmong, Vietnamese, and other ethnic and immigrant communities that live and operate businesses in the area. The grand opening celebration included a traditional Hmong dance from students at the Community School of Excellence, a plaza dedication by a Hmong shaman, and food and refreshments provided by local businesses.

Little Mekong Plaza is the first privately owned public space in Saint Paul. The property is owned by Hmong American Partnership, and will be programmed and maintained by them and other community partners, including the Asian Economic Development Association.




MEA No-School Day Programs, Thursday -Friday, October 20-21
MEA break is right around the corner for students attending Saint Paul Public Schools. While it's great to have a long weekend, how do you keep the kids busy on Thursday and Friday? Saint Paul has some answers.

In the Summit-University neighborhood Martin Luther King Recreation Center and Oxford Community Center are both offering free and low-cost programs for kids ages 6 to 12 on Thursday and 
Friday, October 20-21. Activities include swimming, gym games, outdoor recreation, crafts, science experiments, cooking and more. Both afternoon and all-day programs are available.

Visit the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation website for more information or to register online.
Winter Is Coming:
Energy Assistance Program
Keeping your home warm this winter can be hard, but you don't have to do it alone. Families in need may qualify for assistance. The Energy Assistance Program in Ramsey County is now accepting applications. Please visit the Community Action Program Website for more information and applications. 
Rondo Commemorative Plaza Groundbreaking, Friday, October 14
Groundbreaking for the Rondo Plaza will take place this Friday, at 1:30 pm.

This is an exciting project for the neighborhood that will memorialize the Rondo Neighborhood, torn apart by I-94 construction in the last century, and provide a way to preserve the history of this important neighborhood.

The groundbreaking will be at 820 Concordia Avenue (at Fisk St.) and is open to the public. 
Updates from Hallie Q. Brown

Happy HallieWeen Spooktacular Party

Join your friends at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center on Sunday October 30th  from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  for our annual Halloween party for kids in the community. Come dressed in your favorite costume and share in the fun. We will have Candy, Prizes, Scary Face Painting, Spooky Cake Walk, Pin the Tail on the Witch's Cat, Decorate Pumpkins and cookies, Superheroes and Villains, Friendly Monsters, a Haunted House and more. Fun for the whole family.  Check out  www.hallieqbrown.org   for more information. This event is free and open to the public and put on jointly by the Ramsey Hill Association and Hallie Q. Brown Community Center.

Teachers Wanted!

Are you looking for an opportunity right here in your neighborhood? Do you like working in education? Do you, in fact, like Whitney Houston did, believe that the children are the future? If so, then you're the person we're looking for.  Hallie Q. Brown Early Learning Center is hiring for teachers, assistant teachers and aides.  What began as an FDR New Deal program has grown into a multi-faceted education program that is nationally accredited (National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)) and Parent-Aware 4-Star rated, all it is missing is you.  

Visit our website ( www.hallieqbrown.org) for job descriptions and applications and apply today.

 
News About the Neighborhood
The Porchlite is starting a new feature! When we find great stories about local people, places, and happenings in our neighborhood, we'll share links with you here. If you find something of interest in the local news, send it to us at communications@summit-u.com.

From our local newspapers:

Rondo might become home to a new land bridge, which could really change the face of the neighborhood.

Did you know St. Paul has a landlord alert program? It's aimed at improving quality of life in landlord owned buildings.

The Knight Foundation announced award winners for the 2017 Arts Challenge, including SUPC's organizational board member Asian Economic Development Association, and projects at Central High and in Frogtown.


Vote Early in the November Elections
Know Your Voting Rights
Anyone can now vote early in the general national election starting on September 23 using an absentee ballot before Election Day, avoiding long lines and waits. You can vote early by mail or in person. Here is some helpful information. To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must:

 Be at least 18 years old on Election Day

 Be a citizen of the United States

 Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding 
Election Day

 Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed

 Not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has
revoked your voting rights

 Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

If you are you currently incarcerated, on parole, or on probation as
part of a felony conviction sentence, you can vote once you complete your sentence. You do not have to be registered to vote to apply for an absentee ballot, but it makes the process easier. You can apply online for a ballot. Here are some useful websites:

Absentee Ballot registration
Other Ways to Vote
Election Day Voting

You can vote in person, at 90 W Plato Blvd #160, St. Paul, MN 55107

The online application is only for federal, state or county elections.

Metro Area election phone number: 651-215- 1440
News from Our Council
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Do you have a community concern or issue?  Do you have some ideas on how to make our neighborhoods safer or more vibrant?  If so please come to the SUPC Community Forum, Thursday, April 14 from 6-7:30 at the SUPC office, 627 Selby, Suite A.

Please consider becoming a board member. Districts A and D each have a vacancy.  If you are interested, contact Jens@summit-university.org.