COMMUNITY GARDEN TREE COLLECTION FUNDRAISER

An option for discarding your tree is to participate in the fundraiser being held by the Summit Hill Community Garden. For a contribution to the garden you can schedule collection of your tree, (withOUT height limits) while supporting a worthy cause. In years past the Community Garden has used the funds from this project to add to their supply of communal tools and equipment and to make needed improvements to the garden site. The fee for tree collection is $15.00. Payments should dropped off or sent to Libby Furlong, SHCG, 887 Saint Clair Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105 and must be received by January 10th in order to have your tree included, which gives the time to make up maps for volunteers. Pick up will be on Saturday, January 12th between 9AM - 12PM. Trees should be placed out on the boulevard by 7AM.

Follow this link for more information about the Summit Hill Community Garden!


Liz Gibba
ANNUAL APPEAL

Give Where You Live!

As you think about your year-end contributions, consider investing in your community’s future by making a contribution to the Summit Hill Association (SHA).

Your donation will boost the year-round efforts of SHA to maintain the vibrancy of our neighborhood through community projects and programs. The work of SHA is accomplished primarily by volunteers—many from right here in the community—and is made possible by the generosity of many residents like you. 

 

There is so much your gift will support, including the volunteer committees of SHA. This year, the Traffic Calming & Safety Committee collaborated with the City of Saint Paul to identify intersections on Grand Avenue that would benefit from safety improvements, including curb extensions and traffic signal upgrades. The Environmental & Beautification Committee partnered with a classroom at Linwood Elementary to learn more about raingardens and their maintenance. To document this special field trip, Artist Annie Hejny created a new art piece which now hangs at the Linwood Rec Center. In the upcoming year,SHA is excited to be hosting a book club series and discussions addressing challenging issues affecting our neighborhood and our city, as well as a renter’s and landlord’s forum to facilitate awareness and communications between landlords and the almost 50% of those renting Summit Hill residents.

Put plainly: we couldn’t do what we do without your support!

There are several ways to make a contribution to the Summit Hill Association:

  • Click HERE to donate to the SHA Annual Appeal by credit card on this website.

  • Return the SHA Annual Appeal envelope included with your upcoming edition of The Summit, the SHA newsletter (arriving in your mailboxes soon), to the SHA Offices.. Checks can be made out to Summit Hill Association.

  • Take advantage of the IRA Charitable Rollover. Individuals who are 701/2 years or older can transfer money from their traditional IRA account directly to charitable organizations like the Summit Hill Association. Talk to your financial advisor to learn more about this option. 

  • Have your contribution to SHA matched by your employer! Many companies offer employer matching gifts, which often result in a dollar-for-dollar match of your donation. Visit tinyurl.com/SHAmatch, then enter your employer into the search bar. Most of the time, having your gift matched is as easy as filling out a quick online form. 

Thank you for your generosity and support!

 

Liz Gibba
NEIGHBORHOOD HONOR ROLL NOMINATIONS


An Opportunity to Recognize Special Efforts

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Have you noticed a group or business or an individual here in Summit Hill who have gone above and beyond to be helpful to others in the community? From neighborly good deeds to starting initiatives to raise awareness and bring positive change or a commitment to service where we live, we all know someone like this – someone who is always helping to make Summit Hill a better place to live.
 
The Summit Hill Association greatly values its volunteers and we look forward to recognizing outstanding community members from Summit Hill as part of the citywide Neighborhood Honor Roll Celebration. Summit Hill residents nominate neighbors who have made significant and lasting impacts in the community each year—and whom they feel deserve special recognition. Honorees are then chosen from submitted nominees by the SHA Board to join other honorees from across the city at a special celebration in their honor. 

This year SHA will recognize honorees from each of three categories, Individuals, Businesses and Organizations (scouting troops, community service organizations, etc.). Members of the Summit Hill community are encouraged to submit nominees from each of these categories. We will select one honoree from each and support their recognition at the city-wide event. 
 
To submit your nominations, use the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/nOf3Qd6t0TWJC7UF3

The deadline has been extended until Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.

We’d appreciate your help in identifying and honoring some of the best around us! 

Liz Gibba
SAINT PAUL HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION PUBLIC EVENTS
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Listening Sessions hosted by the City of Saint Paul

SAINT PAUL HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION (HPC)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC EVENTS

Listening Sessions for Local Historic District Property Owners

Summit Avenue West Historic District

Tuesday, December 4, 2018  5:30 – 6:30 PM

Summit Center for Arts and Innovation, 1524 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

Historic Hill Historic District 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Clubroom C 270 Kent Street, Saint Paul

For any designated heritage site or structure located within a locally designated heritage district, approval from Saint Paul Heritage Preservation office is required for any exterior projects. Design review will focus on ensuring that sensitive improvements will maintain key historic features, the historic integrity of the property, and the character of the heritage district. Residents are welcome to attend either of the two listening session.

The Heritage Preservation Commission is currently seeking feedback on the policies, procedures and impact of heritage preservation in Saint Paul. 

Links to feedback questionnaires, along with numerous additional links to City of Saint Paul public reference information and recent news articles regarding this important conversation are provided below.

Reference Materials

Current Ordinance

Proposed Ordinance

Historic Preservation Guidelines - 1990

Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) Brochure

City of Saint Paul Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) webpage

Property Locators

Interactive map

Online property search

Surveys

Historic District Survey

Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Press coverage

Better home preservation in historic districts — or St. Paul overreach?
Preservation or over-reach? St. Paul rules about old windows are a test case
Does St. Paul’s heritage preservation commission encourage bland development? One member thinks so.

Liz Gibba
NEW PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND TRAFFIC CALMING PROJECT
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Visions of Safety

Setting up 360 degree visibility proof of concept in the alley of our Summit Hill Neighborhood. Our Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Calming committee is putting together a plan for similar setups in obstructed view alleys throughout the neighborhood. We are currently researching funding sources for this project.

What do you think? Do you have an alley intersection you’d like to nominate for consideration? CLICK HERE to submit your suggestion!!!

Liz Gibba
SHA BOOK CLUB AND COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
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Recognizing All the Faces in Our Community


Launching Fall 2018, Read Brave Saint Paul is a citywide, intergenerational reading program set around a common theme relevant to the city. The 2019 Read Brave theme is housing, a critical topic in Saint Paul where thousands of people struggle to afford housing

The city is faced with brave decisions to make about housing in our communities—decisions that start with deep conversations among our residents. When we all read the same books, we all have a common vocabulary, characters, and experience through which to engage in meaningful dialogue around challenging topics.

Read Brave is presented by the Saint Paul Public Library, City of Saint Paul, and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Read Brave Saint Paul is generously sponsored by Bremer Bank.

Inspired by the Read Brave Saint Paul program, Summit Hill Association invites you to participate in a Book Club and Community Discussion beginning in January 2019. During the 4 monthly meetings we will be reading and discussing books which are related to the Read Brave reading program. You don’t need to attend all 4 to participate! Childcare, food and beverage will be provided. Book Club meetings will be held at Linwood Rec Center. Books will be available to borrow, either from SHA or from the public library, or purchase your own and pass them on to others! More information will be available in the print edition of 'The Summit’. We currently have 10 copies of ‘Evicted’ in the office available to borrow. Call ahead @ 651.222.1222 to reserve a copy today. Get started reading over the holiday, then join us for discussions beginning in January.

The books chosen and the dates for each discussion are as follows: 

Tuesday, January 22nd @ 7PM

Evictedby Matthew Desmond 
Poverty and Profit in the American City is a 2016 non-fiction book
by the American author Matthew Desmond. Set in the poorest areas
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the book follows eight families
struggling to pay rent to their landlords around the 2008 financial crisis.

     A community conversation about housing insecurity.

SIGN UP 

Tuesday, February 19th @ 7PM                                     

White Fragility:Why it’s so hard for white people to
   talk about racism’ 
by Robin DiAngelo
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions
white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged,
and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

     A community conversation about racism 

SIGN UP

 Tuesday, March 12th @ 7PM

Voices of Rondo: Oral Histories of St. Paul’s Historic Black Community’  by Kate Cavett
In Voices of Rondo, real-life stories illuminate the northern urban Black experience during the first half of the twentieth century, through the memories and reflections of
residents of  Saint Paul’s historic Rondo community.

A community conversation about the Rondo neighborhood

SIGN UP

Tuesday, April 23rd @ 7PM                                             

 ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is a young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It follows events
in the life of a black 16-year-old girl, Starr Carter, who is drawn to activism
after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend.

A community discussion about the Black Lives Matters Movement

SIGN UP

Click to sign up for each individual book club meeting you would like to attend. In your email, indicate if you will need assistance in getting the reading materials and if you will be needing childcare. 

Liz Gibba
SUMMIT HILL ASSOCIATION/DISTRICT 16 ANNUAL MEETING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018, 7PM - NEW LOCATION!!!

 The Annual Meeting of Summit Hill Association/District 16 will be held on

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7PM at

Dixie’s on Grand, 695 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

Are you interested in serving your community? Through Summit Hill Association there are a variety of ways to lend your voice and talents to community engagement:

RUN! Consider adding your name to the ballot for election to the SHA Board of Directors. The Annual Meeting of Summit Hill Association/District 16 will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Dixie’s on Grand, 695 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul. All property owners, business owners and renters are eligible to run for the board. At the Annual Meeting you can meet current members of the Board of Directors and add your name to the ballot. Currently 6 incumbent members will be running for re-election. Additionally 6 open seats are open to be filled at the Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit a written application has passed, however if you are interested in running for an open seat, please come to the meeting and add your name to the roster for consideration. For more information on the service expectations click here:
https://www.summithillassociation.org/become-a-board-member/

VOTE! At the Annual Meeting you can meet announced candidates and hear about their interest in serving on the Board of Directors. Be a part of choosing who will fill the open seats and serve the Summit Hill community.

VOLUNTEER! Meet current members of the Board of Directors and find out more about a variety of ways you can participate through volunteering with Summit Hill Association.

We will begin with social time, and then move into elections. Light appetizers will be served, and the cash bar will be open for both soft drinks and cocktails. Each candidate and incumbent will be given a few minutes to introduce themselves and talk about what interests them about Summit Hill. Board members and committee chairs will introduce themselves, and will be available to answer any questions you may have.


Please join us on October 11th for the Summit Hill Association Annual Meeting. We look forward to meeting you and working together to make Summit Hill a great place to visit, live and work!!

Liz Gibba
Fall 2018 Progressive Supper - Saturday, November 3, 2018
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Sign up for the Summit Hill Progressive Supper and have some fun with your Summit Hill neighbors while enjoying an evening of tasty food. The more people who participate, the more fun (and food!) there is.

 

Beginning at 6 p.m., the evening consists of four courses: appetizers, soup/salad, main, and dessert. After the conclusion of a course, you’ll progress to the next home and your next group of dining companions. It’s a low-key, casual way to connect and experience a Summit Hill tradition.

 

Participation is $10 per person. Please make any checks out to Summit Hill Association, and return by Monday, October 29, with your registration form to the SHA office. The office is located at 860 St. Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN, 55105.

 

If you have questions about the event, please contact the SHA Office at (651) 222-1222 or info@summithillassociation.org.

Liz Gibba