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I usually like to note these notable dates with a blog post. I remember in 04/04/04 I wrote my first blog post with a Six Apart serice called TypePad. I had been a beta tester of that blogging tool before that. Too bad that when I stopped paying for their service all my posts disappeared. I have them saved somewhere. I just need to figure out how to make them appear on this hosting service.


This day was notable because it was the day my brother hit bottom, quit drinking, and entered a treatment program.


I wrote a post that this was the 40th birthday of “The summer of love” and my 40 year Appleton high school graduation in 1967.


Community Organizer

I feel I am entering a new phase of activities. Tonight I meet with my Saint Paul City Council representative, Russ Stark, as a community activist concerned about the future in Como Park, where I live. I have been involved with my Como Park Community Council (District 10) since last summer. One of my goals was to improve 2-way communication between my neighborhood and city government. A new District 10 Como Community Council website is something I helped with as a member of the D10 communications committee.

I also have created my own Community website call I played an active part in the Como Park swimming pool redevelopment and communicated the process of designing the new pool. It still needs financing and I will follow the process.

I also joined the Como Park Alliance and continue their mission –

To preserve the park’s rich history and natural environment to ensure the integrity of the park for the future through partnerships, proactive activities and education.

Video Production

Last night I went to training for the use of professional grade video cameras. Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) allows the use of their video production equipment, studios, and editing suites if the resulting production is aired on public access cable.

I plan to produce a video promoting the use of the Como Park Shuttle service which will reduce traffic and parking problems around the Como park Campus.

I also hope to volunteer helping teens produce videos.

Bike Rebuilding

I started going to the Sibley Bike Depot where volunteers rebuild bikes to donate and also help kids fix their bikes. (video)

I need to quit for now so I can publish this at 9 minutes after 9am on 09/09/09.

Science Museum

I forgot to mention that I still am going in every Wed to volunteer at Collector’s Corner at the Science Museum Of Minnesota. I also am paid to blog about Current Science on their Buzz Blog.

Como Park

Final Como pool design approved by task force

Como Park swimming pool
Como Park swimming pool

The Como Pool design task force voted to approve for final report preparation the refined schematic design that was presented Monday, April 20.
Click this link to see the web page describing the final Como Pool design

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Town Hall meeting – Ellen Anderson

I went to the town hall meeting at the Como Park Pavilion Sat. morning, Feb 28, 2009. Senator Ellen Anderson addressed the group then responded to questions and made note of suggestions.

Town Hall Meeting, Ellen Anderson from Art Oglesby on Vimeo.

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Como Park pool replacement process

Last fall the City of Saint Paul explained the process for redeveloping the Como Park swimming pool. The adjacent Woodland Classroom and McMurray Field area along with their parking and traffic needs will be included in the redesign. I put up a video and explanation of the Como Pool replacement process at

Area included in Como Pool renovation

I applied to be on the Como Pool Planning Committee to represent residents of Lexington Parkway. I was not selected but have been attending the meetings anyway. I put pictures and an explanation of what went on at the first three meetings at (click this link in blue to read more about the Como Pool repair process)

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Como Park Swimming Pool Closing

Como Pool is closed

The closing of the Como Park swimming pool has received attention by the media. You can read about it by clicking the links below.

Como Park changes get neighbors’ attention (TwinCitiesDailyPlanet)

Como Pool torpedoed; other area swimming pools are in deep water (South St. Paul Examiner)

Como Park pool beyond repair; no plans to reopen next spring (Star & Tribune)

Learn about the Como Park Swimming Pool Redevelopment process

The City of Saint Paul Division of Parks and Recreation is planning a complete redevelopment of the Como Regional Park Pool and adjacent facilities located at Horton Avenue and Lexington Parkway in Como Regional Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

I wrote an article on my ComoPark.US website titled Como Park Swimming Pool Redevelopment describing the process (click to read – includes a video)

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Information about Sholom Home reuse by RS Eden

I wrote a web page about the Sholom Home near Como Park. The property is for sale and its reuse by RS Eden has created a storm of media coverage.

  • MN Public Radio – Recovery home protests
  • Fox 9 News – Controversy brews over St. Paul Sholom property
  • Park Bugle – Debate on Sholom Home site heats up
  • Park Bugle – Editorial by Dave Healy
  • Click on this link to find information about RS Eden reuse of the Sholom Home.


    Buddy Walk at Como Park

    I noticed cars parking everywhere Sunday Sept 22 so I went to see what was going down at Como Park. I was just in time to see the beginning of the Buddy Walk (benefit for Downs syndrome).

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    Como Park Alliance

    Welcome to Como Park

    Living in Como Park is great. I am within walking distance from a conservatory, a zoo, a lake, a golf coarse, a wonderful natural woods, and many, many activities that are going on almost nightly.

    Como Park is almost too much of a good thing judging from the traffic and parking congestion.

    I just wrote about joining a group of people called the Como Park Alliance on my website.

    Click the link to read about how the Como Park Alliance was started, what their goals are, and some of the things they have already accomplished.

    You can follow their activities by going to the Como Park Alliance website.

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    Como Park Shuttle / Circulator project

    I wrote up some information about the Como Park shuttle / circulator project on my web site.. Within an hour a “Google search” showed my post in the #1 spot. After editing a typo it disappeared, though. I am curious whether linking to it from this post will get it back onto page one when searching for the terms Como Park shuttle. The information about the Como Park Shuttle is quoted here.

    A shuttle has been in the master plans since at least 1985 (see below)
    $1.2 million federal grant for a pilot project (+ a small matching requirement)


    A survey on the Como website is pointing toward a 10 minute loop


    Where to park (probably south of fairgrounds across Como)
    Contract in the works – Fairgrounds too restrictive
    Route East on Como to Lexington; North to Estabrook/Nason Place; unload in front of Conservatory: loop back to beginning.
    At least (2) 20-25 passenger vehicles that are handicap/stroller friendly
    Metro Transit contracted to operate
    Construct bus shelters
    Hope to start in 2009
    only weekends at beginning
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    Music box day at Como Lake

    Music boxes of all sizes can be heard south of the pavillion at Como Park by Como Lake every year. This year it was the first weekend in June.