Dean Anderson learned bee-keeping through local community education classes and has been nurturing bees at his home on E. Como Blvd. for five years. Finally this year, he says, all his hives survived the winter and produced enough honey to sell. His "Como Park Honey" is from nectar his 30,000 bees collect from local fruit trees, wildflowers, and even dandelions. "It's kind of nice to know that the honey you put on your toast in the morning came from the flowers you've been walking past all summer," Anderson says. 
Vote Early. Or, Wait Till Tuesday.
Vote
Early voting continues this weekend. Ramsey County residents can vote at 11 locations, including the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Polls are open for early voting:
  • Today, Friday Nov. 2: noon-6 p.m. 
  • This Saturday, Nov. 3, and this Monday, Nov. 5: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Election Day: Regular voting is this Tuesday, Nov. 6, at your home precinct. Polls on Election Day are open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 

This year's ballot includes elections for both U.S. senators from Minnesota, the U.S. House of Representatives, governor and other state constitutional officers in Minnesota, Minnesota House of Representatives, Ramsey County commissioner, Ramsey County sheriff, numerous judicial seats, and a Saint Paul School District referendum.  Who (and what) is on your ballot
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Daylight Savings Time Ends 
It will be brighter mornings (for a little while) and darker evenings (for a long while) with the return to "standard time" this Sunday. Turn your clocks back one hour -- officially 2 a.m. Nov. 4 becomes 1 a.m.
Hearing is Monday on St. Andrew's Building 
Saint Paul's Heritage Preservation Commission holds an initial hearing this Monday on the request by Save Historic St. Andrew's to add the former church building to the city's historic registry. Twin Cities German Immersion School, which owns the building and plans to demolish it to make room for a school expansion, opposes the historic designation.

The public hearing is Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers, on the third floor of City Hall, 15 Kellogg Blvd. W. (Arrive early; you will have to clear a security scan to enter.)
Fingers Crossed about Crosswalk 
The long-delayed installation of a new pedestrian crosswalk between the lake side of Lexington Parkway and the golf course side is scheduled to begin this Wednesday, Nov. 7. The project includes a new crosswalk and median, pedestrian-activated warning beacons, and connecting paths. Expect part of Lexington to be closed for part of the construction. 
Street Sweeping Continues 
Fall street sweeping is still going in the neighborhood. Additional streets are scheduled in District 10 this week -- Nov. 5, 8, and 9 -- as well as on Nov. 13 and 14. A few things to remember:
  • It is illegal in St. Paul to rake, blow, or otherwise dump leaves into the street from your property or from the boulevard.
  • Watch for the "no parking" signs, which typically get pounded into the boulevard about 24 hours in advance. On sweeping days, parking is prohibited on designated streets from midnight-7 a.m. or from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Neighborhood Relations Meets Tuesday 
Discussion about setting up a food shelf and improving food access in District 10 will be among topics at the November meeting of the Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Como Community Council office, which is in the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other community members are welcome to attend and participate. 
Como By The Lake residents are seeking a marked crosswalk at this site to make it safer for them to get to and from the nearest bus stop.
... and Land Use Meets Wednesday 
The regular meeting of District 10's Land Use Committee is this Wednesday, Nov. 7. Likely topics of discussion:
  • A petition by residents of Como By The Lake for a new marked crosswalk outside their building.
  • Options for additional visual and sound screening along Wynne Ave. north of Hmong College Prep Academy.
  • Potential zoning and variance issues to address as Twin Cities German Immersion School advances its school expansion plans.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other community members are welcome to attend and participate.

Double down: The Land Use Committee will hold an additional meeting on Thursday Nov. 15 to deal exclusively with site review issues involving the German Immersion School, 1031 Como Ave., and Higher Ground Academy, which intends to purchase and expand the Metro Deaf School property, 1471 Brewster. The Nov. 15 meeting also begins at 7 p.m. at the Streetcar Station. 
Events Could Make Streets Busier
Twin Cities German Immersion School is giving a heads up that parent-teacher conferences could impact parking and traffic this week. Conferences are this Thursday, Nov. 8, from 4-7:30 p.m. and next Friday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Also, next Saturday, Nov. 10, the Waldsee German Language Village (part of Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji) holds "Waldsee Fest" from 2-5 p.m. at the school. The afternoon of German song, dance, games, crafts, food, conversation, and more is open to the public.

Stay in the loop: German Immersion School keeps a dedicated email list to update Warrendale and other Como residents about school news and activities.  Use this simple sign-up form
Influence Como/Front/Dale's Future
This Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the deadline to apply if you want to represent District 10 on an advisory group to keep pushing for improvements, investment, and development in and near the intersection of Como, Front, and Dale. The advisory group is led by the Como Community Council, the North End Neighborhood Organization, and the Ward 1 and Ward 5 offices.

If you are interested, email us a letter telling us your qualifications and why you would be a good choice. The District 10 board plans to make appointments at its Nov. 20 meeting.
Got Any Recommendations?
District 10 is looking for a reliable contractor to clear snow from inside and around the community organics recycling site on Beulah Lane in Como Park. If you have any leads or recommendations, email their contact information to us.
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Staying in Touch with Eureka
 
Eurkea Recycling, which provides home recycling pickup in Saint Paul, is conducting a survey on they best ways for them to get information to you, and for you to get information from them. If you complete the survey, you even can qualify for a $50 gift card.
City Hopes You Do More Than Show Up
Saint Paul continues its " Voices of Our Community" series.  The sessions each address a specific topic and are intended to shape city staff equity work. The long-term goal: Shift the culture of city procedures and policies, eliminate structural inequities, and ensure timely and relevant access to services, resources, support, and opportunity for every person in the city.  The remaining sessions:
  • City government workforce: This Saturday, Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m., Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 W. Kellogg
  • Smart government: This Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Parkway
  • Safe housing: Thursday Nov. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Fire Station #9, 1624 E. Maryland
  • Building our city: Sunday Nov. 18, noon-2 p.m., Wellstone Center, 179 E. Robie
GameDay competition is sort of a decathlon for non-Olympians.
It's All Fitness at the Fairgrounds 
 
  • Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk: This Saturday, Nov. 3, beginning at History & Heritage Center. Registration, 9 a.m.; kids' fun run, 9:30 a.m.; main event, 10 a.m. Entry fees: children 12 or younger, $20; teens and adults, $45 to run, $40 to walk. Traffic will be restricted before and during event.
  • GameDay Championship: This Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 3-4, Warner Coliseum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Spectator admission: Adults, $15; 18 or younger, free.
Near and Far 
  • This Saturday, Nov. 3: Career Fair, featuring opportunities with the City of Saint Paul and State of Minnesota, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd. Free.
  • Wednesday Nov. 14: Saint Paul Pedestrian Plan: Open House and Community Discussion, 5-7 p.m. Room 272, Wellstone Center, 179 E. Robie St.
  • Thursday Nov. 15: Ward 1 Community Meal, 5-8 p.m. Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 N. Kent. Free. 
  • Thursday Nov. 15: Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color, 6-8:30 p.m. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis (Freeman Commons Room 205). Call 612-791-7734.
Don't Fall Prey to Phone Scams 
Telephone scammers use all kinds of deceptive tricks to separate you from your money: You owe the IRS money; a relative needs bail money; your utility bill is past due; they're a charity collecting disaster relief; you qualify for a free travel package, a free trial offer, or an extended car warranty; you qualify for a loan, credit card, or investment opportunity; or they can help you get money back that you previously got swindled out of. To make sure you are not a victim of fraud, Saint Paul Police offer this advice:
  • Never make a decision immediately. Get all information in writing first.
  • Never give out your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers to someone who calls you. Never "confirm" any of this information, either.
  • Never send cash or a money transfer, especially by messenger or overnight mail.
  • Never accept any offer or "free gift" in which you have to pay a "registration," "shipping," or other fee. 

This Week's Como Neighborhood Crime Update: You can almost count them on one hand.

Kitchen Compost Kits are Back 
We have a new supply of kitchen starter kits to get you in the habit of recycling organic waste at home. You can pick up a full kit (or compostable bags only) this Sunday, Nov. 4, from noon-4 p.m. at the Como Community Council office in the Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Or, give us a call at 651-644-3889; we'll set one aside for you. 
Spread the Word
District 10 is one of Saint Paul's 17 citizen participation districts. The District 10 Como Community Council is a nonprofit organization, governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by members of the community. The Council's mission is to inform, educate, and connect the neighborhood to increase community pride and confidence. 

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