Transition Longfellow needs your empty plastic gallon milk jugs. On February 9th, Transition Longfellow will hold a winter seed sowing class. The location has not yet been determined. For more information on the class or to donate gallon milk jugs, please contact Leslie Mackenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect native to Asia and has killed tens of millions of ash trees in urban, rural and forested settings (reprinted from Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer – North Central IPM Center).
Infestations of Emerald ash Borer have been identified in Greater Longfellow and in several other neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Ash trees provide a host to these invasive pests who feed on the trees until they are dead. With each dying tree the number of EAB grows and spreads to healthy trees in close proximity.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has provided the following documents and reports about EAB including how to identify it and treatment options. There are an estimated 250,000 Ash trees in the City of Minneapolis which is approximately 1/4 of the tree canopy.
Who doesn’t love roasted corn? Thursday August 9th is the Annual Longfellow Corn Feed at Longfellow Park at 3435 36th Avenue from 5:30 to 8:30. Come down to the park to eat delicious roasted corn and grab some goodies from local vendors. Local businesses and organizations will have tables with information and giveaways.
Come and meet your neighbors and celebrate summer in Longfellow!
The McKnight Foundation has generously approved $70,000 of funding to the Longfellow Community Council for 2012-2013. These funds are used to support the general operations of LCC that include staff, rent, supplies and other administrative costs.
The McKnight Foundation has continually funded LCC and many other Minneapolis neighborhood associations and is one of the only foundations that provides this type of support.
Thank you McKnight Foundation for investing in the sustainability of great communities!
PEOPLE FOR PARKS is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 76 grants totaling almost $450,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that aid in providing more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.
PEOPLE FOR PARKS will use the grant for a Universal Access playground where children and adults, whether with or without disabilities, can challenge themselves to explore, interact and play on universally accessible playground facilities with independence and dignity. The playground is planned for Wabun Picnic area, east of Minnehaha Regional Park. A universal playground is a playground that incorporates special features to make it accessible to people with disabilities, while also supporting the activities of people without disabilities.
“We’re honored to receive this national grant and grateful to the Reeve Foundation for their support,” says Peggy Halvorson, Falls 4 All committee chair. “We have received another large national grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and have received local support as well. Our partnership with the Paul Adelman Endowment Fund for Children with Disabilities and their $80,000 gift is providing accessible ramps and play equipment. The Carolyn Foundation, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Longfellow Community Council and Wild Rumpus Bookstore have lead the way with local financial support. In addition, there have been numerous individual donors and several fundraisers. We were honored last fall to be notified of a $200,000 Hennepin County Youth Sports award and have $300,000 in Minnesota State Legacy Funding designated to the playground. The Courage Center has agreed to become a Community Partner in this project. We would love to reach a million dollars in funding to make it a true state of the art playground and we’re getting closer and closer.”
People for Parks is an independent, non-profit group dedicated to enhancing Minneapolis Parks. Since 1977, People for Parks has identified and funded over $2 million dollars of special projects and events that improve Minneapolis and its parks. For more information please visit www.peopleforparks.net or Ph 612-925-4249.
After a two-month hiatus Joanna Solotaroff has returned to resume her role as LCC’s Community Organizer. Joanna spent April and May in Cape Cod participating in a radio journalism intensive training program.
While Joanna was gone, Kim Jakus – LCC’s former Housing Coordinator filled in to help LCC continue with programs, activities and events. Having Kim back in the office was a welcome treat reminded us all of how competent and skilled she is.
Its great to have Joanna’s energy and creativity back at LCC just as the summer is beginning!