Category Archives: Neighborhood News

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.

Regina Neighborhood Cleanup Day on Sat. July 28

The FRNNG Community and Safety Committee is hosting a neighborhood cleanup on Sat. July 28 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. We need your help! The event will spruce up your neighborhood and give you a chance to meet and work with your Regina neighbors. 

We will meet at Evangelist Crusaders Church at 43074th Avenue at 10:00 am. The committee will assign streets to cover, and we’ll all work together to pick up loose debris and recycling materials from our boulevards and gutters.

To thank you for all your hard work, we are having BBQ afterward from 12:00-1:30 pm in the church parking lot. There will also be prize drawings! You can register for the cleanup by emailing reginarep@frnng.org or simply show up and join the fun!

Join us for the 2018 Southside Sprint!

The most popular amateur bike race in Minnesota is taking place this weekend. Come join your neighbors for the conclusion of the Big Waters Classic with the 2018 Southside Sprint on Sun. July 22. Each sprint starts at 48th Street and Chicago and follows a ¾ mile loop. The adult races kick off at 8:00 am and go until around 4:00 pm. 

The kids’ race is at 2:30 pm. It is free to register, and kids ages 4-12 can register to join the race on the day of the event. There will also be family friendly activities going on all day. Kids can make art with their race numbers, practice their sidewalk art skills and have their faces painted.

Come see more than 400 amateur racers showcasing their speed and skill! Get more details at https://bigwatersclassic.com.

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 ).

Meeting for the toddlers parade

Who’s looking forward to the parade this weekend? For any parents and toddlers planning to attend, please line up at on the corner of 48th & Chicago Avenue at 11:15 am on Sat. June 30. FRNNG Mom Emily Poskie-Wilson will be leading the parents and children in the parade. She will have a nametag, so you can spot her right away. See you Saturday!

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.



Annual Parade & Celebration Rescheduled for June 30

Field Regina Northrop has rescheduled its annual neighborhood celebration to Saturday, June 30, at McRae Park. The event will go on rain or shine, and will move inside to Field Community School, if need be.

The celebration starts with a parade. The parade will feature marching drummers, dancers, local representa­tives and free candy for the kids. If you’d like to join the parade, come meet us at 10:45 am at the Field School parking lot (46th Street and 4th Avenue). The parade starts at 11 am and will kick-start the festivities at McRae Park.

The celebration will include many family-friend activities and will start around 11:45 am. There will be live pony rides, a giant inflatable slide & castle, live music, face painting, and more. Everyone’s favorite local bands will be playing , so come listen to the Field School Band, Night Stones and Mactir Irish Dancers. FRNNG will also be raffling off a Nintendo Switch and a 60″ Smart TV.

Let’s not forget about grub! There will be food trucks from El Burrito Mercado and Wha’ Jamaican Authentic Bistro. Plus free ice cream for everyone to enjoy.

Come on out and say hello to your neighbors, visit your park, learn more about your community and enjoy this much-anticipated warm weather!

Letter from the FRNNG President Willie Bridges

Hello FRN,

Willie Bridges

Willie Bridges, FRNNG President

I came across a letter that I had sent to Scott Benson, past city council member, a number of years ago, in 2001. In it, I was talking about the importance of our community having control of what we would like our community to look and be like. FRN, fast-forward to today, and we are still having a similar conversation with the City on its new 2020 plan.

The conversation will be about some of the same issues, including who should control what…our communities themselves or our city council? When I look back on our neighborhood over the years, I think we’ve done a good job on improving our FRN community. Of course, there is still more good work that we can accomplish together, such as using our loan program to fix up housing The business community here can continue to evolve and prosper, with our retail and service pockets, such as at 47th and Cedar, and 48th and Chicago, as well as our other small businesses in the neighborhood. Our McRae Park building could benefit from some improvements, such as maybe air conditioning.

Of the years that I’ve enjoyed being our FRN community president, I think what I’ve enjoyed the most has been the opportunity to meet and get to know a lot of you, the people in our communities. I really tried to look out for the good of the whole, while knowing that I’m not going to be able to please everyone.

We’ve talked about community-related issues such as bike and vehicle lanes co-existing, having a new coffee shop enter the area, the need for low-income housing options, about the potential block development where our Walgreens is now located and parking in the business area. These are all ongoing issues that still need to be addressed.

FRN, you have been and are a great community of people. You’ve undoubtedly given thousands of hours of your time as volunteers to our community and in many capacities through the FRN committees: Business, Communications, Community & Safety, Education, Greening, Housing, and Parks. You’ve also volunteered on the board of FRN and as neighborhood representatives. Thank you for your contributions. I would also like to thank our one FRN staff member, Stearline Rucker, for all the hard work she has done for our neighborhood.

FRN, thank you for allowing me to be president of FRN these last four years. Though I’m not running again for office, I will continue being involved and proactive in and for our neighborhoods.

I wish whoever comes after me the very best. I also ask that whoever is elected to the position remember that he or she needs to always regard the good of the whole community, as well as representing and being the voice of our community, to the larger group of our City of Minneapolis and city council.