Restorative Justice seeks volunteers Irked by public urination or public intoxication?
The Central City Neighborhoods Partnership (CCNP) Restorative Justice program is looking for Downtown residents, workers and students to participate in an upcoming community conference Oct. 22.
Court-screened offenders who have committed "livability crimes," such as peeing in public and misdemeanor drug offenses will be on hand to tell their stories. Then members of the public will be able to confront the offenders and talk about how their conduct has affected their neighborhoods.
Participants will be able to talk about ways to come up with solutions on how the offenders can make amends with the community.
No training is required to attend the conference, but there will be a brief orientation for first-time participants. The conference begins at 5:30 p.m.
For those interested in attending, contact Community Organizer Mike Rollin with CCNP at 871-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. -- Sarah McKenzie
Police accepting nominations for community award The Minneapolis Police Department is accepting nominations for the third annual Teresa Ruhland Youth Award, which recognizes an exceptional volunteer for his or her work involving youth and block club activities. The award is named after Teresa Sheehy Ruhland, a longtime SAFE crime-prevention team employee who died in May 2000.
Nominations forms are available online, or the Department will accept a one-page essay that details a nominee's work involving youth and block club activities. The deadline for award nominations is Oct. 24.
Essays should touch on how the individual worked to build community, how he or she worked with youth to solve block problems, how he or she taught the rewards of community participation, and how the person engaged youth in crime prevention and safety activities. Essays should also explain how the youth have been touched by the nominee's participation. Volunteers to be considered cannot accept payment for their services.
The winner of the award will receive a commemorative award, a $50 gift card for the block club and have his or her name added to the award plaque hanging in the 3rd Precinct.
All nomination forms and essays should be sent to: John Baumann, CCP/SAFE 217 S. 3rd St. Minneapolis, MN 55401 To access a nomination form or to find more information about the award, visit the MPD Web site at www.ci.minneapolis. mn.us/police/. -- Robyn Repya
Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) Next: Board meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 14 Meetings: Board meetings 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., LaSalle Plaza, 800 LaSalle Ave., Suite #131 Contact: 659-1279, www.thedmna.org Borders: Mississippi River, Hennepin Ave., Washington Ave., 3rd Ave., 12th St., 5th Ave., 5th St., I-35W.
North Loop Neighborhood Association Next: Board meeting, Oct. 29. Meetings: Last Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Heritage Landing, 415 N. 1st St. Contact: Jim Grabek, 677-1090, www.northloop.org Borders: Lyndale Ave., Mississippi River, I-94, Hennepin Ave., Washington Ave., 3rd. Ave.
Citizens for a Loring Park Community Next: Board meeting, Monday, Oct. 13 Meetings: Board meets 2nd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. 430 Oak Grove St., #207. Livability Committee, 3rd Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Dunn Bros on 15th St.; Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m., 4th Monday, 430 Oak Grove St. Contact: Jana Metge, 874-9002; www.loringpark.org Borders: S. 12th St., I-35W, I-94, Lyndale Ave., and I-394.
Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. Next: Board meeting, Monday, Oct. 13 Meetings: Board 2nd Monday of the month, 7 p.m., 1000 E. 14th St.; Economic Development Strategies, 3rd Wednesday, Building Land Use and Housing, 3rd Thursday; Neighborhood Action Committee, 4th Monday. (EPNI's committee meetings are open to all adults who live, work or own property in the neighborhood. Local Churches may appoint up to 3 people to represent them.) Contact: 335-5846 Borders: I-94, Hwy. 55, 5th Ave., S. 5th St.
Nicollet Island/East Bank Neighborhood Association Next: Nov. 18 Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the odd-numbered months, 7 p.m., Pracna on Main, 117 SE Main St. Contact: www.niebna.org. Borders: Nicollet Island, Mississippi River, Central Ave. SE, railroad tracks north of and parallel to 1st Ave.
Interim neighborhood library opens near Elliot Park The Franklin Community Library will re-open at a temporary site Tuesday, Oct. 14 as the main building undergoes an 18-month renovation.
Fund-raisers have raised nearly half of the $270,000 needed to pay for the temporary location at 1308 E. Franklin Ave. Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. chipped in $5,000 for the interim site. A number of residents in the Southeast Downtown neighborhood rely on the community library for its computer center and adult literacy program.
The temporary site is located next door to the main building at 1314 E. Franklin Ave. The 90-year-old community library is the oldest public library in Minneapolis.
The library will continue offering after-school homework help and the adult literacy program. The Philips Computer Center, a technology-learning laboratory, will also be in the new location.
A grand opening celebration for the interim site is scheduled Oct. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be refreshments and brief remarks at 6 p.m. -- Sarah McKenzie