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Mar 27th


Park Board Officers, Committees, Representatives for 2011

Park Board Officers, Committees, Representatives for 2011The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at their annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 3, elected officers for 2011—John Erwin as President, Annie Young as Vice President, Karen Robinson as Secretary to the Board, and Brian Rice as General Counsel.

President Erwin appointed the Commissioners to serve on Standing Committees of the Board (one-year terms). Park Board commissioners and three citizens were also appointed to serve on the external boards, commissions and panels.

Bennie Pearl Brown memorial fund supports black women in film, "Glory Days" project

Bennie Pearl Brown memorial fund supports black women in film, Bennie Pearl Brown was born April 4, 1925 in Peachtree, Alabama to the union of Benny Portis and Mamie Williams, who preceded her in death.  Bennie Pearl attended elementary school in Fulton, Alabama.  She left high school before finishing to marry Fletcher Wright. When they separated, she moved to Georgia. 

After 1947, Bennie Pearl relocated to Chicago where her sisters Rosa Nell Rutledge and Aquilla Pinkston resided, both of whom preceded her in death.  There she met M.T. Walton and together they had a child, Reece Rene (Wright) Bell.  In 1951, she married Edward McClaurin, with whom she had two children, Irma Pearl and Edward, Jr., the latter who recently passed. In 1959, she and Wilbur Brice Perkins together had a child, Rory McClaurin.  She finished her high school degree in 1969, while working as a cashier.  She later worked at the Chicago Lung Association alongside her sister Rosa Nell until the 1980s.  Bennie was married for a time to Clarence Wilson. 

Reduce rent option offers more affordable housing to older adults

Reduce rent option offers more affordable housing to older adultsA new reduced rent program allows elders who cannot afford market-rate rentals access to one-bedroom apartments at Augustana Apartments, an independent and assisted living community for people age 55+ in Elliot Park. Individuals must qualify for this program according to their incomes and Augustana Care provides a worksheet which helps people determine if they qualify.

“It can be difficult for those on fixed incomes with little to no assets to find affordable housing,” says Julianne Holt, marketing director at the apartments in Minneapolis. “Yet we know many people would like to take advantage of the convenience and programs they can find here.”

Robin Hickman keynotes CBM King celebration

“Unarmed Truth:” The Blueprint for Lasting Change.” is the Council on Black Minnesotans theme marking the 25th anniversary of the Minnesota’s adoption of the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. 

Independent TV/film producer and social impact activist, Robin Hickman, a community engagement consultant and president of SoulTouch, keynotes the MLK Holiday celebration program at noon, Monday, January 17 at Concordia University in St. Paul.

Workshop to help individuals be successful renters

Lutheran Social Service to offer workshop on March 6 in Minneapolis

Keys to Successful Rental Living is a three-hour workshop that will be offered by Lutheran Social Service to help individuals learn how to be successful renters on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis, located at 2400 Park Avenue.

The class, funded by Minnesota Housing, is free and childcare is also available but pre-registration is required one week in advance of the workshop.

57 DWI arrests in Minneapolis during Holidays

Despite significant reductions in DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) deaths in recent years, 2009 had the lowest alcohol-related death count on record—141. Impaired driving still accounts for one-third of all traffic deaths annually in Minnesota. Each year, more than 400 people are killed on the roads and one-third of those deaths are alcohol-related. Annually more than 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI. That equates to one in seven Minnesota drivers with a DWI on their driving record.

Sharing community stories: Website showcases youth and senior reflections on Minnesota's recent past

Documentaries, plays, even a cookbook are just some of the joint productions by youth and seniors in the "Sharing Community Stories" program launched by the Minnesota Historical Society in 2010. A new companion website for the program is now available——to showcase this work.

Funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the "Sharing Community Stories" program brings the young and old together to reflect on local history. Additionally, each group produces a unique product designed to record and celebrate these stories.
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