Seward Neighborhood Group

Seward History Committee Meeting

The next scheduled History Committee meeting will be held on Monday June 5, 2pm at Seward Neighborhood Group. 2323 E Franklin Av. 29th Ave.

Taste of Seward

Seward Neighborhood Group will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 8th from 6-9 at Matthews Community Center. In addition to the traditional community potluck supper, silent auction, time to socialize, and Seward Spread Joy Fund announcement, SNG will report on the highlights of its 2015 program year. Elections for SNG’s Board of Directors will also be held. Mark your calendars now to save the date.

Everyone who lives, works, or owns property in Seward can become a member of SNG simply by signing up at the Annual Meeting. Although the organization always welcomes financial support, SNG membership is free. For more information about SNG, the Annual Meeting, or serving on the Board of Directors, contact Kerry Cashman at 612-338-6205 or kerry@sng.org.  

Last Day to apply for Spread Joy Fund

November 1 is the last day to apply for the Seward Spread Joy Fund.  The SSJF is intended to help create unique and lasting experiences for members of the community. Each year the SSJF will award a grant of up to $1,000 to a Seward resident who yearns to do something that is just beyond their budget. The lucky recipient of this yearly grant will be drawn at the Seward Neighborhood Group’s Annual Meeting in November. Details and application form here.

Join us November 7 for Taste of Seward!

6PM – 8:30 in the Seward Montessori School Lunchroom!!

Join us for a Neighborhood Potluck and SNG’s Annual Meeting.  Bring a dish to share, learn about the work of SNG, vote for the Board, learn who wins the Spread Joy grant and socialize with your neighbors.

*This is a zero waste event!  Please bring your own plates, bowls, cups and silverware

Great Silent Auction – bring your checkbook!!

For more information or to RSVP see the Facebook event HERE

 

 

Only Nine More Days to Apply to Seward Spread Joy Fund

The Seward Spread Joy Fund (SSJF) has been made available by an anonymous donor for distribution by the Seward neighborhood Group. The SSJF is intended to help create unique and lasting experiences for members of the community. Each year the SSJF will award a grant of up to $1,000 to a Seward resident who yearns to do something that is just beyond their budget. The lucky recipient of this yearly grant will be drawn at the Seward Neighborhood Group’s Annual Meeting in November. The guidelines are as follows:

Guidelines
-Applicant must currently live in Seward and have been a resident for at least three years
-No age limit
-The grant must benefit the recipient in an experiential way, meaning limited physical gains. A grant application that includes physical gain that benefits the community may still be considered (see examples)
-The grant must fund something that would have been difficult for to the applicant to experience without the assistant of the SSJF.
-No more than one application may be submitted per individual each year.

Application Process
Application forms will be available at the Seward Neighborhood Group office and online. The brief application will include:

– a brief description (50 words or less) of how much money is being requested and
how the grant will be used
– applicant’s name, address and contact information
– confirmation that the applicant has lived in Seward at least 3 years
– agreement that applicant will allow the grant to be publicized

Completed applications must be submitted no later than November 1 at 2 PM to the SNG Office (2323 E. Franklin Avenue, 55406) or liza@sng.org.

If awarded the grant, the applicant must sign a contract agreeing to submit a report on their experience.

Examples of appropriate application ideas for Seward Spread Joy Fund include:
-A person living in Seward wishes to take a language course
-A person living in Seward would like to fulfill a personal dream by taking a hot air balloon ride over the Twin Cities
-A Seward youth hopes to have a wilderness experience in the BWCA.
-A person who lives in Seward wishes to have a bench built on their block for neighbors to use (an appropriate exception to the physical gain rule.)

Examples of unacceptable ideas include:
-A Seward youth wants to buy an iPhone.
-A Seward homeowner needs funds to make repairs to their home.

**Seward Neighborhood Group retains the right to deny an application it does not appropriately adhere to the grant’s guidelines.
No board members or SNG employees are eligible to apply.
Note: Seward is the area bounded by I-94 on the north, the Mississippi River on the east, the Midtown Greenway on the south and Hiawatha Avenue on the west.

***Click here to fill out an application! Once finished, you can email your application to liza@sng.org OR send to The Seward Neighborhood Group office at 2323 E Franklin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406. You can also drop your application off at the SNG office from 10am-2pm Tuesday-Friday. DEADLINE November 1 by 2pm .

Commercial Truck Parking in Seward

Potential safety hazards resulting from truck parking on streets in the Seward neighborhood has been an issue for a number of years and has become worse in the last couple of years. Recently, the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) together with City Council Member Cam Gordon’s office established a Task Force to find an equitable, affordable, solution to the on street truck parking issues in the neighborhood.

The Truck Parking Task Force met on September 5th, attendance included residents, business owners, City Public Works staff and Robin Garwood from Council Member Gordon’s office.  Business owners discussed their frustrations with semi-truck parking in front of their businesses not leaving any space for customers and employees.

Robin Garwood is researching some possible ways to further restrict truck parking. These include placing time limits on the parking and establishing critical parking zones that restrict parking.

Currently, commercial truck parking is only allowed on blocks with industrial or commercial zoning on both sides of the street. Streets where truck parking is prohibited are shown in red on the attached map. If trucks are parked on any of these streets, residents are asked to call 311 to report the trucks. There is also a 311 app available for smart phones.

Map of Commercial Truck Parking Restrictions HERE.

Community Development Committee Meeting November 13

The next scheduled Community Development Committee meeting will be November 13, 7:00 pm  at Matthews Center. 2318 29thAve. S. FFI, contact Doug Wise at doug@sng.org.

Support the Greenway by Drinking a Beer!

Join the Midtown Greenway for the Craft Brew Peddler, a self-guided stour of breweries and craft beverage producers located neaer the Greenway.

Participating stops include:

  • Du Nord Craft Spritis
  • Eastlake Craft Brewery
  • The Herkimer Pub & Brewery
  • Lawless Distilling
  • LynLake Brewery
  • moto-I
  • Urban Forage Winery and Cider House
  • Venn Brewing Company

Participants receive:

  • One free drink voucher
  • Drink specials at all locations
  • A re-usable metal pint cup
  • Free entry into a drawing for growlers and merchandise
  • The Pedaler is $25.  Registration is limited, so sign up today!  Members (donors) of the Midtown Greenway Coalition receive $5 off registration.   Use promo code: MGC

REGISTER HERE:  https://go.midtowngreenway.org/events/pedaler/

Funds raised will be used to support our programs for the Greenway! 

Tea, Treats & Conversation at Somali Café

The Conversation Circle at Capitol Café will bring together people who might not meet otherwise. Increase understanding between people from East Africa and others through facilitated conversation.  Option to purchase café items, Somali tea, Sambusas, panninis and smoothies.  The café owner will share his experiences opening a business in Minneapolis. Held at Capitol Café, 2417 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls 
Sundays  Free

Oct 14 5 – 6:30PM
Oct 21 5 – 6:30 PM

Interested in joining the SNG Board of Directors? 

We will elect new board members on November 7th at the Taste of Seward, our Annual Meeting.  The SNG board of directors meets the 4th Wednesday of every month except Nov and Dec.  To see a job description see our website here.  Email Kerry@sng.org for more information.

 

Last Day to Vote for Restorative Justice to Receive a Grant

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership (SLRJP) has been nominated
for a grant from the Seward Co-op, but we need your vote! Voting ends
October 10!

You do not need to be a member to vote and you can choose whether to give
your contact information.

Seward Co-op members and customers can read about and vote for 2019
Community Choice nominees at

https://seward.coop​/posts​/whatsnew​/1223

You can select up to four SEED recipients from a list of 10 finalists
reviewed by the staff-led grant committee. SEED donations are the donations
of change given at the cash register by Co-op customers. The four
organizations with the highest vote totals will be added to Seward Co-op’s
2019 SEED recipient calendar. All 10 organizations on this list will receive
a small grant through the Seward Community Fund, whether or not they are
ultimately selected as a SEED recipient.

Learn about the Community Choice finalists below. Encourage others to vote
on social media! The vote closes on Oct. 10 at 11:45 p.m.

Please take a minute to cast a vote for Seward Longfellow Restorative
Justice Partnership. A small action with a HUGE impact.

Seward Co-op Community Choice Vote:

https://seward.coop​/posts​/whatsnew​/1223

Apply to the Seward Spread Joy Fund for a Chance to Win $1000

The Seward Spread Joy Fund (SSJF) has been made available by an anonymous donor for distribution by the Seward neighborhood Group. The SSJF is intended to help create unique and lasting experiences for members of the community. Each year the SSJF will award a grant of up to $1,000 to a Seward resident who yearns to do something that is just beyond their budget. The lucky recipient of this yearly grant will be drawn at the Seward Neighborhood Group’s Annual Meeting in November. The guidelines are as follows:

Guidelines
-Applicant must currently live in Seward and have been a resident for at least three years
-No age limit
-The grant must benefit the recipient in an experiential way, meaning limited physical gains. A grant application that includes physical gain that benefits the community may still be considered (see examples)
-The grant must fund something that would have been difficult for to the applicant to experience without the assistant of the SSJF.
-No more than one application may be submitted per individual each year.

Application Process
Application forms will be available at the Seward Neighborhood Group office and online. The brief application will include:

– a brief description (50 words or less) of how much money is being requested and
how the grant will be used
– applicant’s name, address and contact information
– confirmation that the applicant has lived in Seward at least 3 years
– agreement that applicant will allow the grant to be publicized

Completed applications must be submitted no later than November 1 at 2 PM to the SNG Office (2323 E. Franklin Avenue, 55406) or liza@sng.org.

If awarded the grant, the applicant must sign a contract agreeing to submit a report on their experience.

Examples of appropriate application ideas for Seward Spread Joy Fund include:
-A person living in Seward wishes to take a language course
-A person living in Seward would like to fulfill a personal dream by taking a hot air balloon ride over the Twin Cities
-A Seward youth hopes to have a wilderness experience in the BWCA.
-A person who lives in Seward wishes to have a bench built on their block for neighbors to use (an appropriate exception to the physical gain rule.)

Examples of unacceptable ideas include:
-A Seward youth wants to buy an iPhone.
-A Seward homeowner needs funds to make repairs to their home.

**Seward Neighborhood Group retains the right to deny an application it does not appropriately adhere to the grant’s guidelines.
No board members or SNG employees are eligible to apply.
Note: Seward is the area bounded by I-94 on the north, the Mississippi River on the east, the Midtown Greenway on the south and Hiawatha Avenue on the west.

***Click here to fill out an application! Once finished, you can email your application to liza@sng.org OR send to The Seward Neighborhood Group office at 2323 E Franklin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406. You can also drop your application off at the SNG office from 10am-2pm Tuesday-Friday. DEADLINE November 1 by 2pm .