Apartment Shop Tenants Start a New Class Action Lawsuit

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In a new lawsuit that could upend relations between tenants and owners of one of the largest landlords in Minneapolis, a local law firm representing tenants has asked Hennepin County District Court to put 62 apartments in receivership and return millions of dollars of income to tenants.

A legal team from Faegre Baker Daniels sued the owners Stephen Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas with their wives and companies, claiming that the two men engaged in "deceptive and flagrant legal violations trade practices." They are seeking a class action.

Frenz owns and oversees about 1,400 units in Minneapolis and in a recent civil trial in housing court, it is disclosed that Zorbalas still has ownership interest in its properties. The city ordered Zorbalas to shed all of his rental properties in 2012 because of a history of housing violations that led to some license revocations.

 

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Powderhorn Empty Bowls: Celebrating Ten Years of Making Art, Providing Sustenance, and Promoting the Common Good

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Join us! The Empty Bowls event will be Friday, November 4 from 11am to 7pm at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. In the last nine years, operating completely on volunteer power, Powderhorn Empty Bowls has

  • Distributed 13,400 hand-made bowls
  • Received support from 14,501 people

Resulting in . . .

  • An amazing $223,000 dedicated to feeding the hungry!

Help celebrate our 10-year milestone and continue to raise money to fight hunger in the Powderhorn Community.

 

 

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Know your Candidates

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Everyone knows the major party candidates for President. You can’t escape their coverage. But who are our local candidates that will be on the ballot? He Here is an un-biased run down of who will be on our local ballot so you can be an informed voter on Election Day (Nov. 8, 2016).

You can find a copy of what our ballot will look like at http://myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us

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New Development Blue Line Flats to Open in November

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After watching the construction for much of the last year, Corcoran will soon be welcoming new neighbors at the Blue Line Flats, 3120 24th Ave South.  The first residents of the affordable rate site are scheduled to move in November 1, with others to follow later in the month.  As CNN goes to press, the landscaping and finishing touches are still underway.  The building has underground parking and a courtyard, and is located adjacent to the Midtown Farmer's Market site and the Midtown Transit station. 


Four-Way Stop at 31st Street and 22nd Avenue

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On October 21, 2016, Minneapolis Public Works installed two additional stop signs at the four-way intersection of 31st Street East and 22nd Avenue South.  The seemingly trivial addition of stop signs was actually a momentous victory for our neighborhood, culminating 15 years of activism. 

Corcoran residents identified the need for the four-way stop in September 2001 during early brainstorming sessions for the Corcoran Midtown Revival small area plan.  At the time, the intersection was busy with regular traffic and visitors to the newly-built YWCA Midtown on the intersection’s northwest corner.  Parked cars often obstructed the view of cross traffic for people driving north or south. 

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Corcoran Grows Storm Drain Sweep

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 Saturday, November 5th

Starting at 3519 23rd Ave. for breakfast before we hit the streets.

8:30am – 12noon

Grab a hat and a rake and join us for the kick-off event of our year long focus on water in partnership with the Alliance for Sustainability!  We'll be taking the day to clear storm drains of leaves and debris and encourage neighbors to adopt their storm drain and do this throughout the year!

Breakfast will be served at 8:30am and we'll hit the streets in large teams, with music, door-knocking and of course our rakes!   On our way we will educate residents on the importance of keeping storm drains clear of leaves and have good time doing it!   

Our neighborhood storm drains flow into Lake Hiawatha and the Mississippi river depending on your location.  Leaves trash, chemicals and organic debris from streets & sidewalks flow through storm sewers adding phosphorus, nitrogen and other significant pollutants to our waterways.  This contributes to excessive algae growth and declining oxygen levels.  

Our goal over this year is to get 60 families to sign the clean water pledge.  The Pledge asks residents to do 1 of 5 items to keep phosphorus, nitrogen and other pollutants out of our waterways.   

            1.  Reduce runoff by redirecting downspouts from hard surfaces, installing a rain barrel or rain garden.

            2.  Use little or no fertilizer on your lawn and keep grass clippings and leaves away from the street.

            3.  Combat erosion by keeping grass cut 3 inches or higher and leaving grass clippings in place.

            4.  Abstain from using pesticides/herbicides in the yard during the growing season and salt in the winter.

            5.  Pick up trash regularly on the blvd and in the alley.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us on our sweep through the neighborhoood!  Bring a rake and a jovial spirit in solidarity to protect our lakes and rivers!

Join the event at our facebook page – Corcoran GROWS-- and get the most updated information! 

 

 


Shoebox Packing Party

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It's 8:01am and a Nextdoor alert has just been posted: 'free stuff for the taking in alley.'  Eight minutes later, before a waking neighborhood can even manage a reply, the 'stuff' is gone.  All that's left in the alley is smoke from the tires of a Schwinn that penny.JPGpeeled off with the contents hanging out of the bike's basket.  Miscellaneous office supplies and toys have a new owner, and Penny Arcos is happy to keep it that way.  She's a collector who does not shed one tear for monopolizing Nextoor's alley alerts.  "This isn't for a science habitat project or to fulfill my lifelong pent up dream of fashioning a working 19th century camera from a shoebox.  It's for a child in need halfway across the world."


Recently I sat down with the Corcoran resident about a unique outreach that is taking place at the park building on the first Friday of this month.  It's called OCC (Operation Christmas Child), and since 1993, has delivered more than 130 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children, through people like Penny.  Billed as the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, OCC seeks to bring God's love to children who otherwise would not have gifts to open on Christmas.

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Corcoran Park Happenings

The park still has openings in our 2016 Fall PreSchool Kindertots program.  The program is held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am-3pm for ages: 3-5 (must be able to go to the bathroom independently). The program runs through December 15th, 2016. Take advantage of this time for your little one to make new friends while playing and learning new social skills. Each day your child will enjoy music, storytelling, and creating artwork. Parents, pack your child's favorite food for lunchtime each day at the park. You won't want to miss out on this opportunity for your little one. ***No Class November 8th, 23rd, and 24th.

Rec+ also has opening for the after school care. The care is open daily from 2pm-6pm. Youth are dropped off at the park, enjoy a snack, play structured games and activities, and have supervised fun time.  Please come in for more information and to sign up.

 


Corcoran Soup Cook Off

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There’s nothing better than warm soup on a brisk evening in November – except, of course, gathering together with friends and neighbors for the annual Corcoran Soup Cookoff!

  • Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 16th from 6-8pm at the CNO office (3451 Cedar Avenue South) and IMG_20151111_185903102_HDR.jpgplan to bring the whole family! Bread, beverages, and desserts will be provided.
  • Bowls and utensils will be available, but we encourage you to bring your own mug or bowl for soup.
  • There will be plenty of space to mingle and eat, along with childcare activities.
  • If you are interested in entering a soup or chili please contact Heidi Johnson McAllister: 612-724-7457 / heidi@corcoranneighborhood.org
  • Let us know you are coming! RSVP (not required) at our Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1282060005186999/

Any and all are encouraged to enter! If possible, all entries need to bring their soup in slow-cooker to stay warm and with proper serving utensils.


South High Class Out in Corcoran

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Susan Peterson's 9th grade science class from S. High study, observe, and collect pollinators. The front gardens of the corners of 34th and 19th are the perfect labs!


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