November Corcoran Watch Update

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How safe is Corcoran and how does it compare to the rest of the City? The City of Minneapolis has 87 neighborhoods as considered by the MPD. Parts of the City have perceptions for being the “bad” or “rough” or “crime ridden”, especially by those who do not live in the City. This month I did some research into how our neighborhood compares to other parts of the City. I took my data from this source: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/statistics/crime-statistics_codefor_statistics.

 

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Support Corcoran Neighborhood Organization. Contribute a one time or monthly donation!

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Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making an online donation to many organizations. Your generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event. Please consider giving to CNO on November 17, 2016, for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to unite our neighbors to strengthen our community. CNO has a goal of raising $5,000. We need your help! Can you give $10 or more to help us make that goal?  A board member has generously donated a matching gift of $1,000 to help us reach our goal! Consider making your donation a sustaining donation at any amount. By accomplishing our goal, CNO will be able to continue:

  • Organize renters to advocate for their housing. Read the letter from renter leader Edaín Altamirano about this important work! 
  • Support small businesses with training, façade improvements, and more.
  • Sustain and grow the Midtown Farmers Market, including new permanent plaza space.
  • Guide the developments of new retail space and housing at 2225 East Lake as well as the Adult Basic Education at 21st Street and Lake Street.
  • Improve the Lake and Hiawatha intersection to make it safer and easier to navigate.
  • Put residents like you in direct relationship with local government officials, developers, and others.

Mark your calendar and schedule your gift anytime between November 1st and November 17 by visiting https://www.givemn.org/organization/cno. Sustaining donations can be made through this website as well. 

 

 


Neighborhood Facelift

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The Eagle Scouts of Troup 537 – Medina donated their time, talent, and treasure to give the front yard of Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (1845 East Lake Street) a much needed facelift. They edged the flower and shrubbery beds, trimmed bushes, planted bulbs, and added fresh mulch. They also built benches for the front yard. All of this effort have made our property so much more welcoming and attractive for our neighbors as well as elder clients, volunteers and visitors.

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November Milly's Peace Garden

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The gardening season at Milly’s Peace Garden, 38th Street & 21st Avenue, is coming to a close. During this lovely October fall weather, gardeners are gradually putting their gardens to bed. Several gardeners have planted garlic that they will harvest next summer. Only the kale is still standing tall, since we will be able to harvest it until well into November, perhaps even into December. 

At Left: Pam Morgan preparing a plot for winter

 

 

 

 


November Corcoran Community Garden Update

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The 2016 growing season for the Corcoran Community Garden has almost come to an end. A few more things to harvest and we’ll be done until next year!  We had plenty of rain this year and some really nice warm fall days! I love this time of year!

But now, time for our fall clean up and bracing ourselves for winter! (I’ve heard rumors of a winter vortex returning this year!) We better hurry before the snow flies! Until next season! Happy Holidays!

 


Business Spotlight: City Market and Halal Meat

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Minneapolis, MN 55407

(612) 724-4040

Owner: Mohammed Ahmed

After driving by the City Market for years, a friend told me about an amazing array of beans and other offerings from the local store.   I stopped in Saturday to talk to the owner, Mohammed Ahmed, and his 3 granddaughters who often help him run the business.    I found an unassuming warehouse space with a wide variety of African, Middle Eastern, Mexican and American goods.  The granddaughters were energetic, friendly and proud to show me around the store and share their grandfather’s stories.

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Help Plan the Future of the City of Minneapolis

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What does your Minneapolis look like in ten years? In twenty years? As you may have heard, the City of Minneapolis is undergoing a full update of our Comprehensive Plan, a requirement by the Metropolitan Council every ten years. This policy document will guide physical and economic development in our neighborhoods for the next 20 years. With a goal of adding population while maintaining the character of our communities and ensuring that current residents are not displaced, it is very important that all of our residents – especially those who have been traditionally excluded from this type of process – have their voices heard.

 

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Parks and Wreck Interview

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Corcoran Park music instructor, Eric Silva Brenneman, had a dream: take the School of Rock model (afterschool music lessons with the goal of getting students playing a concert before a paying audience) but make it accessible for all incomes in the community that he loves.  And that he has done.  Enter Minnie, 16, (Vocals/Bass), Oscar 17, (Lead Guitar), and Joe, 17, (Drums).  Together, they are the latest version of Parks & Wreck (the name Eric's wife, CNO Board chair Lisa Barajas, came up with), and they have their first recording coming out soon, courtesy of Ideawerks at Powderhorn, a non-profit recording studio for the community.

There is no release date yet, but already a tinge of 'celebrity' is sinking in.  "I can't believe it," says Oscar.  "We went from being unknowns to, 'Hey, aren't you that Corcoran Band?'  It's like a Hannah Montana to Miley Cyrus transformation, or is it the other way around?"  "Oh, we're rock stars," jokes Minnie. "Don't we have like 40 likes on Facebook?"  "Try more like 70," Joe corrects in all seriousness.

When asked what we can expect from the initial EP, Eric smiled and calmly replied, "Everybody will find something to relate to.  I'll let the band speak for itself."

Joe says he borrows from drummers Chris Pennie and Matt Garstka of the progressive metal bands Coheed & Cambria and Animals as Leaders, respectively.  I had the privilege of walking in as Joe was ripping a solo from "Zombie" by The Cranberries…taking me back to my own alt-rock days in high school.  Folks, this guy can drum!

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My 14 Years at the Midtown Farmers Market: Why and How I Became Involved


It began with an informational meeting at the YWCA across the street from our market, to understand what it would take and decide what we wanted our market to be like.

People attending the meeting were asked to sign up for various volunteer positions. I signed up, but did not know what I could do. I volunteered only twice each of my first 2 years, but after that it because a priority for me.

Coming to the market was my only chance to get out of my apartment in the fresh air, socialize, and be a part of a community, which over the years grew to feel like my only family since I don’t have relatives nearby in Minnesota. As the years went on, I watched children grow, made friends, and looked forward to the opening day of the market each spring. 

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Thank You for a Great 2016 Season at the Midtown Farmers Market

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The 2016 Market Season is officially in the books at the Midtown Farmers Market and we would like to thank all of our customers, vendors, sponsors, partners, and other supports for another great season. Although this season saw a lot of wet weather and construction, we’re proud to have been able to bring fresh local food and a community building space to local residents for a 14th season! While we’ll miss all of our great vendors and loyal shoppers in the off season, it’s time to reflect on the season that was and begin gearing up for our much anticipated 15th anniversary season coming up in 2017. Thanks again for a great season!

If you enjoyed shopping at the Midtown Farmers Market as much as we enjoyed organizing and operating it, please consider supporting the market this month for Give to the Max Day 2016 on November 17th. Contributions can be made by visiting givemn.org/project/Midtownfarmmarket and are tax deductible. Your support will ensure another successful season at the market in 2017!


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