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insideOpinion ........................................................... 2 Crime & Safety ...................................... 4 CARAG News .............................................. 8 Film Reviews................................................ 9 ECCO News ............................................... 10 Events Calendar.....................................12< Moai Adorning this East Calhoun home is a replica of statues carved by the Polynesian ancestors of Easter Island in the South Pacific. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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Covering the UpTOwn AREA and the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO

OCTOBER 2011 Volume 7, Number 10

Uptown Never Tasted So GoodCommunity wine tasting fundraiser on October 26Nine neighborhood organizations surrounding Uptown will receive all of the proceeds from a winetasting fundraiser to be held Wednesday, October 26, from 6 pm to 9 pm at Calhoun Square, Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street.(Photo by Michael Sharp) This 29th annual event will feature sampling of over 400 wines and gourmet appetizers by renowned chef Tim McKee. The sponsors are Hennepin Lake Liquor Store, Il Gatto (a Parasole restaurant), Calhoun Square and Great Clips. TASTeD page 9

Dont Get Towed Fall streetcleaning begins October 24Fall street sweeping is scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 24. Watch for temporary no parking signs. Each spring and fall, Public Works crews sweep every mile of the Citys more than 1,100 miles of streets curb to curb to help keep the neighborhoods clean and livable and to protect the waterways. Leaves and other debris on the streets can clog storm drains and pollute the lakes and rivers. Street sweeping usually takes about five weeks to complete. TOweD page 9

Duplex Fire Takes The Life Of Local Resident

Bikeway Grand OpeningBryant Avenue connects north and south

Minneapolis Fire Crew responded to the early morning blaze on Bryant Avenue in the CARAG neighborhood. (Photo by Tony Acker)

The candy ParadeHalloween continues in UptownSean McDonnell, speaking on behalf of Bike/Walk Twin Cities, explains the strategy behind a bike boulevard. Standing at the northern-most point of the new Bryant Bike Boulevard, Sean says that the boulevard is for all bikers. He hopes the safety and comfort provided by this bikeway motivate people who are on the edge of their decision to leave their car at home occasionally. This street is now an example of that strategy.(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

One person was killed and two were injured when a duplex at 3317 Bryant Avenue was destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning, September 14 that started at about 5:15 am. James (Jay) Beck IV died. He was 28 years old. Becks roommate, Alex Franzen, was hospitalized and has been released. A visiting friend had minor injuries. Its known that fire started on the second floor porch but the cause has not been determined. The duplex was destroyed and has been demolished. The neighboring house at 3315 Bryant Avenue sustained fire, water and

By Bruce CochranWhat used to be a four bag night of trick or treaters on Halloween at our house every year has gradually dwindled down to nothing. I dont know what to expect this year, but like last year Im planning on purchasing MY favorite candy because Im almost certain I wont see one Target costume, one face painted Dracula, one ballerina or even one of those really tall kids without a costume that just stand there like statues half hoping you wont card them. It got me thinking about the past, present and future of Halloween in our country and Uptown. Are kids done trick or treating? Is there a perception of stranger danger by parents? What about that famous razor blade in the apple? Are city demographics changing? And where does this oddball tradition come from? Halloween as modern Americans know it is a product of various other traditions carried out in the past and combined to form what we now know. One of the earliest festivals connected to the history of Halloween is the Samhain (pronounced cANDy page 11

Binturong, Kotamundi And Kinkachoo! Oh My!

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The Bryant Avenue Bikeway is the longest of the new bike routes in Minneapolis, providing a north-south route for bicycle commuters from West 58th Street to downtown Minneapolis (via the bicycle/pedestrian BiKewAy page 11

Peter Gros displays a monitor lizard to a Joyce preschooler. He suggests giving kids success stories about our planet so they dont get discouraged about helping it. He says its about creating hope for kids. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Burglary a Significant LossH & B Gallery at 2730 Hennepin Avenue, was victim to a burglary on September 12 sometime before 6 am. The speed of the burglary suggests the perpetrators were familiar with the property and knew about security cameras. The store was entered and the safe was removed in under 3 minutes. A police report filed with the Minneapolis Police Department stated the theft was a significant loss. This type of safe removal fits a pattern of other thefts in the Twin Cities recently. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Wild Kingdom Visits Joyce PreschoolBy Phyllis StenersonWhat if your teacher told you a special guest was visiting school today and bringing along a few friends a kotamundi, kinkachoo, honey bear, anaconda snake, California king snake, binturong, lizard, tarantuala, alligator and Eurasian eagle owl? Seems fantastical? It really happened at a preschool in Uptown. Peter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omahas Wild Kingdom, BiNTURONG page 7

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OCTOBER 2011

commentaryMoney And Politics A Toxic BrewEditorial by Phyllis StenersonAll issues in society are interwoven, each impacting the other in some way. Perhaps most glaring and egregious is the link between money and political power. Over the last 30 years wealth has shifted upward. Wages for the working class declined while the cost of living rose. The top 10% of earners got over 90% of all income leaving about 10% to be spread across the bottom 90% of workers. The average CEO is paid $275 to every $1 earned by regular employees. Theres class warfare, all right, but its my class, the rich class, thats making war, and were winning. Warren Buffett Income disparity, unemployment, poverty, homelessness and hunger in America are at record highs. The middle class is in deep trouble. It may take more than a generation for families to regain financial stability. In the general course of human nature, a power over a mans subsistence amounts to a power over his will. Alexander HamiltonFrom the September 2011 UNN

Over the next months Ill be sharing some information about politics and government with the intent of contributing to public civic education, stimulating thinking and promoting dialogue. There was a time when subjects that were not considered polite conversation included politics, money, race, power, sex and religion. Thats what we need to talk about plus much more. Most analysts report the rich pay proportionately less in taxes than the working class. Taxes on capital gains and dividends have decreased while payroll taxes for regular workers have gone up. This is not a coincidence or happenstance of history. Money is buying power and influence, overpowering the voices of average citizens. Its been a creeping plague for the past 30 years and is causing a crisis in democracy. We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals. We know now that it is bad economics. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Political campaigns have become outrageously expensive with races for Congressional candidates routinely costing more than million dollars and major campaigns topping a billion dollars. Billions of dollars are spent on skilled lobbyists to influence political decisions. Since a Supreme Court ruling in 2008 called Citizens United, corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence public policy with very little accountability. For example, the Tea Party started as a grassroots movement but was quickly taken over by Americans for Prosperity, an organization abundantly funded by billionaire oilmen Charles and David Koch and run by experienced, professional organizers. The only power sufficient to overcome organized money is organized people. Big money is turning America into a plutocracy or oligarchy. Democracy is government by the people and for the people informed, organized, energized regular people. We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few but we cant have both. Louis D. Brandeis (Information to put this commentary into context can be found at www. ProgressiveValues.org.)

Uptown Neighborhood News wants yOU

Is there a reporter, writer or photographer inside you that needs to come out? Is there something you want to tell or show the community? Your talent is needed by the Uptown Neighborhood News. UNN is a community newspaper sponsored by the CARAG and East Calhoun neighborhood associations and published monthly. Its distributed free door to door in ECCO and CARAG and at businesses and organizations throughout Uptown. It takes more than 140 characters to tell some stories. For that, there is the newspaper. The UNN tells Uptowns stories. Community voices and perspectives are needed. E-mail us with your ideas. Phyllis Stenerson, Editor [email protected]

Free writing class

Learn to review arts events Wednesday, October 5, 7 pm to 10 pm. Taught by Daily Planet arts editor Jay Gabler, sponsored by Twin Cities Media Alliance/Twin City Daily Planet. This class is free, but enrollment is limited; to register, e-mail [email protected] To receive information about other writing classes being planned, e-mail uptownn