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A Night on 48th – Nov 3rd, 2018

The celebration takes place at Turtle Bread Company on Saturday, November 3rd, from 7–10 p.m. Tickets purchased before October 27 cost $15 – $20 at the door – and include the buffet of food from Turtle Bread Company and Pizza Biga, live music, and a wine raffle ticket. Staff from Turtle Bread serves soft drinks, wine, and beer at the cash bar. Space in Turtle Bread is limited; tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase your ticket online with the link below or by calling the office 612-721-5424.

 


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Question: When does the buzz about Night on 48th begin? Answer: Right after last year’s sold-out festive event. It’s not an understatement to report that people have fun at Night on 48th. They talk about it – and look forward to it – all year long. They relax, visit with each other and meet new people, sip wine and beer from a cash bar, eat tasty food prepared by Turtle Bread Company and Pizza Biga, listen to laid-back music, and shop the silent auction.

In addition to creating a night of pure neighborly fun, Night on 48th is our neighborhood’s primary fundraiser. It’s an event during which neighbors celebrate all that makes Field Regina Northrop an appealing area in which to live, do business, and have fun.

The funds that are raised through ticket sales, support from generous sponsors, and sales of items and services donated to the silent auction all contribute to the many activities and improvements that occur in our neighborhood.

Music

Music provided by AKOUO returns by popular demand. The band will again establish a relaxed ambiance for socializing and shopping. They describe their sound as “a collage of musical genres” including jazz, R&B, funk, gospel, country western, and rock, all of which was embraced with enthusiasm for the past several years by guests.

New this year: childcare

On a first-come, first-served basis for adults who reserve to attend Night on 48th, a limited number of spaces for childcare, for kids from ages 5 to 10, are available at McRae Park. There is no charge for this service but tips will be happily accepted. To reserve space for your child or children, send an email to mcrae@minneapolisparks.org or call the park at 612-370-4909.

Silent auction

Exciting items will be included in the silent auction including the always-popular stay at Pier 1 in Duluth.

Items donated to the silent auction provide the opportunity for guests to shop locally, support our neighborhood, and score attractive products and services from nearby businesses and individuals. The silent auction is also an opportunity for an individual or business to donate an item that puts your name in front of 125 people. To learn more, contact program manager Stearline Rucker in
the neighborhood office.

In addition to those who donate to the silent auction, the neighborhood greatly appreciates the sponsors of Night on 48th who make this annual event a big success, even before the first guest has entered the door! Please thank our sponsors when you patronize their businesses.

Our volunteer board members set up the event, provide hospitality during the event, and clean up afterward. If you would like to get involved to help host Night on 48th, please contact Stearline in the FRNNG office. (612) 721-5424; frnng@frnng.org

We’re eager to see you on Saturday,
November 3rd. Invite a neighborhood friend and join us to have fun and raise money to keep our community safe, connected, and beautiful. 

Operation Alley Clean-up for the Field Neighborhood

Attention residents of Field, (That’s south of 46th Street, West of Chicago ave) your Neighborhood Representative Mark Perrier has organized a trash pickup for your area on Saturday, September 29th. Need to get rid of some junk? All you have to do is leave it out by your ally by 9:00 AM on September the 29th and volunteers will be by to help clear it away. Please no hazardous material, paint, tires, oils or construction waste.

We also need volunteers! We will form two teams that will load junk into City provided garbage trucks. If you can help your neighbors out, gather at Field School 4546 4th Avenue at 8:45am. We plan to finish at noon and pizza will be served for lunch.

For more information or questions about what you can dispose of contact Field Representative Mark Perrier your at fieldprep@frnng.org

This will be the final neighborhood clean up event for 2018. Look for more opportunities all around the neighborhood in the spring!

Ineligible Items

  • Tires
  • Paint
  • Oils
  • Hazardous Material
  • Asphalt
  • Black Top
  • Bricks
  • Cement
  • Concrete
  • Concrete Tubs
  • Patio Blocks
  • Paving Materials
  • Plaster
  • Rocks
  • Sand
  • Demolition Debris
  • Flooring
  • Linoleum
  • Lumber
  • Pallets
  • Plaster
  • Roofing Materials
  • Sheetrock
  • Siding
  • Tiles

Examples of Items for Pickup

  • Old chairs
  • Clothing
  • Carpet
  • Dresser
  • Storm Doors
  • Appliances
  • Computers
  • File Cabinets
  • Lawn Mowers
  • Televisions
  • DVD/VCRs

For additional questions email fieldrep@frnng.org

 

D-Line at 48th and Chicago

Join Metro Transit on Thursday, September 13th to discuss and plan the D-Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stop planned for 48th and Chicago. (Note there was a typo on the mailed postcard. The meeting is NOT on Tuesday, as the 13th is on a Thursday. We apologize for the error) 

Date: Thursday, September 13th
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: St. Joan of Arc Church. 4537 Third Ave South – Door 1

Residents and business owners are invited to an informal open house to share their thoughts and observations to help Metro Transit guide the design and planning of the 48th and Chicago D-Line BRT station. While there are stations also located at 42nd and Chicago, 46th and Chicago, and 52nd and Chicago, the location at 48th and Chicago has been directed for further design study due to the complexity of the intersection.

A map of the proposed station will be displayed to allow for comments and to help identify problem areas. Metro Transit staff will provide information on the project background and existing ridership on this project.

This meeting is sponsored by Metro Transit.

Neighborhood Organics Recycling Workshop

Join your neighbors at the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group’s summer organics recycling workshop on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at McRae Park. Organics recycling collection provides a convenient way to compost food scraps and leftovers, food-soiled papers (such as paper towels and pizza boxes) and much more. There is no additional charge for residents who live in single-family homes, duplexes, and triplexes to sign up for a green cart through the City of Minneapolis. And there are free local drop-off locations for anyone who lives in an apartment building. Your household may also save money each month if you can switch to a smaller garbage cart due to participating in organics recycling.

Thanks to support from Hennepin County’s Green Partners Grow grant and the City of Minneapolis, attendees will be able to pick up a free countertop organics bin, compostable bags, container labels, and a lawn sign to show their organics recycling pride. Whether you’re new to organics recycling, interested but not sure how to make it work at your house, looking for tips and tricks, or want to get involved by volunteering to help more of your neighbors get started, you won’t want to miss this workshop.

Volunteers needed: We need volunteers to help more of our Field Regina Northrop neighbors get started with organics recycling! We’ll cover a few quick and easy ways to do this on July 17. If you’re not able to attend the workshop but want to help out, please email frnng@frnng.org (or greening@frnng.org ).

Community Conversations of Equity and Inclusion Recording

If you missed the Community Conversations of Equity and Inclusion in our Neighborhood Schools you can now watch the entire event on YouTube. Recorded June 5, 2018 at Field Community School in Minneapolis, Minnesota The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group (FRNNG) sponsored a public forum about community issues. Panelists Kandace Logan, Manager of Equity and Integration, Minneapolis Public Schools and Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council Vice President, 8th Ward, joined moderator Kym Simmons, a Field School parent, to offer their perspectives on how to increase equity and inclusion in our neighborhood schools, and then took questions and comments from the audience.



2018 FRNNG Board Election Results

The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood annual meeting was held at McRae Park on April 26th. Attendees heard from our 8th and 11th ward city council members Andra Jenkins and Jeremy Schroeder, Hennepin County District 4 Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, and Inspector Michael Sullivan form the MPD 3rd Precinct. Issues discussed included the 35W project that is expected to stretch into 2022 which will impact the neighborhood in several ways. Inspector Michael Sullivan reported that year-over-year crime is flat, but encouraged neighbors to be vigilant with securing their garages in particular as they are a hot target for thieves. Commissioner McLaughlin also addressed how the County is dealign with the expected added pressures to Portland and Park Ave during the 35W project, and promoted the extensive hiring happening at the County as a wave of retirements is creating many new job openings.

FRNNG president Willie Bridges also updated attendees on neighborhood events and remarked on his observations he gathered during his four years as president, as he will be stepping down from the position when new members are sworn in this August. Willie urged all board members to stand up for the whole community and to focus on inclusivity for all neighbors.

Neighbors also elected new board members and re-elected current members for new terms. There were no contested elections, and there were candidates nominated from the floor to fill write-in positions. Here are the election results:

President: Chris Schommer (1st term)
Vice President: David Fronsoe (1st term)

Business: Aprad Nagy (1st term)
Communications: Maggie Snetting (1st term)
Community and Safety: Marty Koessel (2nd term)
Education: Terry Mazig (2nd term)
Housing and Development: Nate Lansing (3nd term)
Parks: Amanda Robbins-Butcher (1st term)

South Northrop: Willie Bridges (1st term)
North Northrop: Kate Nyquist (2nd term)

All other board members not listed are currently in the middle of their two year terms.

The new board will convene for the first time at the August 15th FRNNG meeting at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church.

2018 FRNNG Board Elections

Last Updated April 7th, 2018. 

The neighborhood relies on volunteers to operate and every year we host the annual neighborhood meeting to elect new members to the board of directors and plan for the year ahead. This year, the meeting will take place on Thursday, April 26, at McRae Park from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Refreshments will follow the meeting. This is also an opportunity to meet with city council members, city staff, and representatives from the Minneapolis Police Department.

We are looking to fill several important positions on the board. Currently, we expect to have open seats for president, vice president, business committee chair, parks committee chair , communications committee and South Northrop Rep. Up for re-election will be housing committee chair Nate Lansing, education committee Chair Terry Mazig, community & safety chair Marty Koessel, and North Northrop rep Kate Nyquist. If you or someone you know is interested in running for any of these positions, the deadline to appear on the ballot is April 5th. Please send your questions or ballot information to frnng@frnng.org or call the office at (612) 721-5424.

If any volunteer would like to appear on the ballot but misses the April 5th deadline,  attendees of the annual meeting may nominate any neighbor “from the floor” for write-in consideration.

President 

Candidate(s): Chris Schommer – Running for a first term

Chris Schommer: “I have been involved with FRNNG since 2011 when I signed up for Field Neighborhood Representative. In 2014 I became Communications Chair and currently manage each publication of Close to Home. Since becoming chair have also been responsible for: re-designing Close to Home, creating our current webpage, re-designing the FRN logo, and setting up our @frnng.org email address. I believe good communication is at the heart of building our community and the more stories and voices we can share the better. I want to bring what I have learned in the past seven years as a neighborhood representative and committee chair to help navigate FRNNG through the upcoming 2020 Neighborhood Reorganization plan and work to bring all voices together in our community. 

Willie Bridges will be stepping down after four years as FRNNG president. Willie has spent many hours getting the organization’s financial books in shape, running our meetings, and working with the public on a variety of issues over the years. The president is the public face of the neighborhood and meets with representatives from the city and county about issues that affect the neighborhood. The duties of the president also include presiding over all FRNNG meetings and directing many aspects of the organization.

1st Vice President 

Candidate(s): David Fronsoe –  Running for a first term

David Fronsoe: “As a newly appointed associate neighborhood representative for the Regina neighborhood, I have counted it a privilege and enjoyed my experience in becoming acquainted with the many facets of the FRNNG. In the brief time that I have been involved on the Board, reviewing the by-laws, attending the Community and Safety Committee meetings and now participating in the city’s Engagement Learning Labs designed to broaden our ability to reach all segments of our population, I am developing a better sense of the diverse needs of our community. Though I am still getting my feet wet, I do feel I could better serve in this First Vice President position. As the city undertakes evaluating and revamping how neighborhood organizations will play a part in its future, I hope to be a part of ensuring that FRNNG will continue to be a viable organization that will not only have the support of the city, but also serve as a model.”

Matt Steele will be stepping down after two years as vice president. Prior to his current role, Matt was the North Northrop rep. As vice president, Matt has done a lot of work as chair of the finance committee and is a constant advocate for the neighborhood. In addition, the vice president runs meetings in the president’s absence and takes over in the event the president is unable to continue their position.

Business Committee Chair

Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

Patricia Jones will be stepping down after two years on the board. Patricia has done a lot of organizing in the past two years and has been central to better social media engagement and community involvement. The business committee chair acts as the focal point for our neighborhood’s active business community. In addition, the business chair is responsible for managing the Great Streets Program which is a grant program run by the City of Minneapolis to improve business facades.

Parks Committee Chair 

Candidate(s): Amanda Robbins-Butcher – Running for a first term

Amanda Robbins-Butcher: “I have lived in the neighborhood for almost 5 years and spend hours at the local parks with my family (husband and 4 year old son) and neighbors. I love the parks in our neighborhood and all over Minneapolis. I look forward to the opportunity to share conversations with my neighbors and continue to keep our parks great and make them even better.”

Maria Gilleece will be stepping down after two years as parks chair. The parks chair works with the McRae Park director to coordinate neighborhood involvement. The parks chair also assists with the annual neighborhood celebration that is held every year at McRae Park. Maria has written a wonderful piece on page 4 about the parks committee and volunteering.  

Communications Chair

Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

The Communications Chair manages the publication of Close to Home, and helps organize various areas of the neighborhood’s communications including our webpage, social media, and branding.

South Northrop Representative 

Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

Lindsey Feiner will be stepping down after one year as South Northrop Rep and three years as Greening Committee co-chair before that. Lindsey is responsible for the colorful utility box wraps and is hosting the Northrop neighborhood meeting in April. 

There are four Neighborhood Representatives. The South Northrop Rep covers the area from Chicago to Cedar ave, and from 46th Street to the Parkway. Neighborhood Representatives bring local issues to the board.

 

The following positions have candidates that are running for re-election

Education Committee Chair  

Candidate(s): Terry Mazig – running for a second term

Housing and Development Committee Chair  

Candidate(s): Nate Lansing – running for a third term

Nate Lansing: “Nate has served as the Housing committee chair/co-chair since 2014. In that time, the Housing Committee has revamped the neighborhood low-interest home improvement loan and has subsidized the cost of the Home Energy Audit program for residents of FRNNG. The Housing Committee also continues to explore ways to support affordable housing in the neighborhood and city as a whole. Nate is a local real estate agent who lives in the Northrop neighborhood with his wife and 2 kids.”

The Housing and Development Committee is concerned with helping neighbors to maintain safe and sound homes in the neighborhood though improvement loans and other strategies.

Community & Safety Committee Chair 

Candidate(s): Marty Koessel – running for a second term

North Northrop Representative 

Candidate(s): Kate Nyquist – running for a third term

 

 

2018 Organics Recycling Workshops sign up

Hennepin County has funded seven community groups in 2018 to engage their audiences in learning about signing up for residential organics recycling programs.

Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Groups is sponsoring a series of workshops over the next six weeks on “How to do organic recycling,” and “How to Become an Organics Block leader.”

Currently our three neighborhoods have the following percentage of organic recycling green carts and recycling usage:  49% of Field residents, 53% of both Northrop North and South residents, and 39% of Regina residents.  Our goal is to increase each neighborhood organic recycling.

Please sign up for any workshop that you would like to attend.  At the end of each workshop, your name will go into drawing for a $30.00 grit card to Target.

Use this link to sign up for an organics recycling workshop or fill out the form below to sign up:

2018 FRNNG Bylaws Update

As part of the 2018 FRNNG Annual Meeting on April 26th we will be proposing to update our bylaws to better reflect our current organization and goals. The language has also been edited to be more clear. Please click here to download a copy of the proposed bylaws. To view our current bylaws please click here.

After the board voted to propose these changes two issues were raised that will need to be voted on by the public on April 26th.

First under section 7.2 for Neighborhood Representative eligibility, a proposal was made to allow representatives that are not current residents but are qualified business owners or represent an organization in the neighborhood, such as a church or nonprofit leader. The text would be modified to read:

  • Eligibility. 
    1. Neighborhood representatives must live in the area they are elected to represent; or,
    2. A person who is a voting Member because they represent a qualified business or organization under 2.1 (b) may be a neighborhood representative. 

The second is a proposal to raise the current number of board members as described in section 3.2 from 20, to 21 to allow for more co-chair positions. Co-chair positions allow for more representation and makes the task of charing a committee lighter by spreading the responsibilities.

Comments can be made in person on April 26th during our annual meeting, or by contacting the office at frnng@frnng.org.