United Family Medicine Expands Sibley Clinic [IMAGE]

United Family Medicine (UFM) is not planning to rest on its laurels after an exciting and successful two years of operations at its new building on West Seventh at Randolph.

Accomplishments since the move are significant. They include an increase in patient visits from 42,000 to 46,000 per year, with an additional 20,000 people coming in for various lab work and educational offerings. A long-awaited Electronic Medical Records system allows patients to access their records, make appointments and communicate with their providers on-line is coming on-stream soon. The clinic’s hours have increased, and include a Saturday opening and improved “convenience care.” The addition of a Nurse Practitioner and four Certified Physician Assistants has strengthened the staff.

In line with its mission, UFM is opening a new community clinic at Sibley Plaza, to expand its previous service at Sibley manor and to bring new health resources to the “West end of the West End.”

UFM has seen significant changes in these two years. Fewer patients have health insurance and more are poor. There are more seniors using the clinic as well. Many people with these characteristics live in the Sibley Plaza area—the total population within a mile radius is over 10,000 people.

So the new clinic offers three, seven-hour days a week for scheduled appointments, with three examination rooms, a small lab, all new equipment and accessibility for seniors and people with handicaps. Staffing includes a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant and registered nurse. From time to time, UFM plans to offer special clinics as well, such as school physicals, flu clinics, blood pressure testing, and other educational sessions like one on teen health issues or diabetic education classes.

United Family Medicine at Sibley Plaza opens around the first of June. Information is available at or 651-241-1000.

United Hospital's Emergency Care Center Opening | 5.11

Dr. Nate Anderson, Chief of Emergency Medicine with Russell King, President of the Peter J. King Family Foundation, at the opening of United Hospital’s new Emergency Care Center. Photo credit: Lou “The Photo Guy” Michaels.

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West End Gardeners Plan Fourth Annual Garden Tour[IMAGE] | 5.11


Save the date, Saturday June 18, for the fourth annual West End Neighbors Garden Tour. A few of your neighbors are opening their homes and businesses for your visit to their gardens. Please join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our self-guided free tour. You can walk, bike, take a bus or drive your car. Complete information is available at the Fort Road Federation website, In June, a site map will be posted on the website so you can have it with you when you start the tour. If you wish, start out the morning with breakfast at Day By Day Café, 477 West Seventh, or Mississippi Market, 1500 West Seventh. Both locations, along with the Federation office at 974 West Seventh, will have full-color tour map booklets to help you navigate the neighborhood.

The Federation office parking lot is also the location for our fund-raising plant sale. Gardeners from the neighborhood are encouraged to contribute perennial plant divisions to the sale. Please contact Kent Petterson at 651-222-5536 if you have plants to donate. All funds raised go to covering expenses that allow the tour to be offered for free. The map booklet is also printed with advertising from neighborhood businesses. Please check out and patronize these businesses.

We would like to welcome the Upper Landing at the river to the tour this year. There, Friends of Upper Landing Park are opening their interconnected system of seven rain gardens, ponds, green spaces and plazas on the banks of the Mississippi River. Have a look while you are there at the wonderful set of amenities that are developing along both sides of the river, with more to come from the Great River Park plan. The far reaches of the tour extend from the Upper Landing to the east, to the garden furthest west, which the neighborhood affectionately calls the “poppy house” at 1615 West Seventh, almost to I-35E. All along West Seventh, look for boulevard signs to help you with directions to the tour gardens.

Come meet the gardeners at the street-visible and beautifully landscaped Hinding Plumbing and Heating site at 915 West Seventh and the very hidden roof garden site at Fire Station No.1, 1000 West Seventh.

Visit three unique hom[IMAGE]e vegetable and flower gardens on Emma Street and Liz McMann’s raised-bed vegetable garden on Armstrong. And if you didn’t get enough ideas for growing healthy food, visit the newest Community Garden in St. Paul, the Fort Road Community Garden on Jefferson at Victoria. Find out about the Italian family of Sam Ruli, who had a 1940s victory garden on the present site of the community garden, and how a family member is now gardening on the same land once again.

Two gardens featured on the very first tour in 2008 are returning this year. Joe Landsberger has added the adjoining corner lot to his property. His pla[IMAGE]nts are interesting and so is Joe. The garden at Terrace Horticultural Books also returns.

Yes, we want to boast about the neighborhood and its gardens. So please invite your friends and family to come visit for the day. Come see some gardens, buy a few plants, have lunch and a nice day getting to know a historic neighborhood in the city, with a bit of funk and class, all featured in the West End Neighbors Garden Tour.

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David L. Sons Community Award Dinner [IMAGE]| 5.11

West Seventh Community Center hosts its annual award dinner on June 2, 6-8 pm, at Mancini’s Char House. The Center is delighted to announce that James Smith and Therese Buckley are the 2011 award co-recipients. Smith, a former long-time Executive Director (1983-2000) for the Community Center and Buckley, former interim Senior Services Director for the Center and volunteer extraordinaire, will be honored at the dinner. Advance registration is required.

The Award is given in memory of David L. Sons (1923-1984) who served on the West Seventh Community Center’s Board of Directors and was a life-time West Seventh resident and long-time business owner. He and his wife, Ellie, ran Godbout & Sons Mortuary for many years. David was a valuable asset to the Center and the community as an individual who cared deeply about people and what mattered to them. That deep concern for community carries across the 23 years of David L. Sons Award winners. For a complete list of recipients see
Award recipients James Smith and Therese Buckley.

World Without Genocide: Witness and Remember | 5.11  [IMAGE]

World Without Genocide was created in 2006 with a mission that supports global education, economic development and micro-enterprise to promote strong communities and prevent prejudice, discrimination and violence. Preventing genocide is a complex process that may involve these economic initiatives as well as attention to gender-based violence as a tool of genocide, and the need to build partnerships with educational, human rights, civic and faith organizations.

Mark Turbak is working to create a national matrix of anti-genocide individuals and groups. Dr. Ellen Kennedy is the Executive Director of World Without Genocide. Cheri Kuhn is board secretary and Heather Schommer is a board member who continues with many aspects of the program while studying at the Humphrey Institute. 
Photo Credit: Jerry Rothstein

World Without Genocide is guided by the urgent need to protect innocent people throughout the world, and to combat racism and prejudice, often direct causes of genocidal policies and actions. World believes that perpetrators of genocide should be prosecuted, and that witnessing and remembering the people whose lives and cultures have been destroyed is an essential part of our humanity and moral responsibility. The stories of people and cultures whose survival has been at risk can be profound teaching tools in the process.

“Genocides are human made, preventable disasters.” Therefore, World believes that genocide does not have to happen. This has provided World with a framework for creating programs and actions that directly address the issue and the conditions that allow genocide to occur. While it is tragic that many of these efforts are retrospective — responding to genocides that have already occurred — the very existence of the organization and the clear signs of its growth and influence offer a countermanding sense of hope.

Summer Institute for High School Students: This summer, World Without Genocide is offering a special three-day program called “Taking a Stand against Genocide and Hate” for students in tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades. It will be held at William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Ave., from August 16 through 18. Among the program’s highlights are a panel discussion by survivors of genocide; leadership training workshops; award-winning films; presentations by the American Refugee Committee, The Advocates for Human Rights and the Center for Victims of Torture. Rev. Carl Wilkins, who saved hundreds during the Rwandan genocide, is the special guest.

The focus of this Institute is to enable students to stand up for human rights both globally and locally, learning how to advocate for innocent people around the world, and how to create school environments in which everyone matters — and everyone matters equally.

For details call 952-693-5206 or see The $100 program fee includes meals and materials.

Community Reporter Offers Scholarships to World Without Genocide’s Summer Institute
Students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades who live in the West End, no matter what school attended, are invited to apply for two $50 scholarships to the World Summer Institute (good for half the program fee). To apply, send a brief description of how the program connects with your own ideas and hopes, to Editor, Community Reporter, 265 Oneida St., St. Paul 55102 or by e-mail to These scholarships are sponsored by Dr. Ian Grunberg, Chiropractor; Maureen Davidson, Director of Senior Services, West Seventh Community Center; Jerry and Miriam Rothstein, writers and editors.

World Without Genocide has taken the courage to address some of the darkest aspects of civilization. Its statement of hope is a powerful reminder that we can act to change the world: “We envision a future in which genocide and other mass atrocities perpetrated against innocent people based solely on who they are, will disappear from the earth.”

community events & announcements

Free Empowerment Summer Programs for Immigrant High School Girls
The Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), Inc. is offering a free Empowerment Summer Program to immigrant and refugee high school girls. The program includes self-awareness art, academic enrichment, college preparation, and fun field trips. Bus transportation money will be provided to all participants. The program will run June 20 to August 5, Monday through Wednesday, 3-5pm, Hancock Recreation Center, 1610 Hubbard Ave, St. Paul. Participants have field trips every Friday.

To register for this program, call Sarah Gerdes at 651-646-3268. For information, visit WISE is a nonprofit organization that serves as a vehicle for social, economic, and leadership empowerment for immigrant women and girls. Contact: Julie Thelen, 651-337-1449 or

Life Support: A Clean-up Plan for the Mississippi River
Friends of the Mississippi River, the National Park Service and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are sponsoring an open house to discuss the Draft South Metro Mississippi River Clean-up Plan, which has been in preparation for years.

May 4, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. with presentations at 4 and 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the project and offer your thoughts and feedback. The event takes place at the Merriam Park Public Library, 1831 Marshall Ave. See for more information.

Watch Out! New Home Improvement/Repair Scams at Your Door
The St. Paul Police Department wants residents to be aware of potential home improvements/repair frauds. These scams typically involve door-to-door solicitations by groups claiming to be contractors and offering to do some type of home improvement or repair for a reasonable price. Then, after doing minimal work or no work at all, they attempt to collect a fee far in excess of the price originally quoted. The groups are usually unlicensed and often target elderly residents. Their offers can include snow removal, chimney repair, roof repair and concrete work.

The St. Paul Police Fraud and Forgery Unit recommends that residents should not accept any home improvement or repairs from people soliciting door to door. Residents should get at least two written estimates from reputable businesses in writing before allowing any work to be started. If one of these groups comes to your door, do not let them inside, report their presence to the police right away, and look after your neighbors.
If you feel that you or someone that you know has been a victim of one of these groups call the police and report the incident. It is extremely important for the police department to be made aware of these incidents and a police report is the surest way for that to happen. To report suspicious activity or to make a report of a crime that has occurred, please call 911 or 651-291-1111. If you have any additional questions, call the St. Paul Police Fraud and Forgery Unit at 651-266-5734.

St. Paul Public Library Now Offers e-Books
Our library system has been a leader in the use of information technology for catalogs, research sites, managing accounts and the like. Now it has announced that library users can borrow e-books on line at

After library users check out an e-book with a valid library card it can be downloaded to a PC or Mac computer and transferred to a variety of e-readers, including the Barnes & Noble NOOK, Sony Reader and many others. E-books can also be downloaded on mobile devices such as Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad, and Windows Mobile devices. Links to free apps and software are available on the library’s website. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees. “We’re excited that customers can access and enjoy new books through new technology at the library,” said Kit Hadley, Library Director. “Library cardholders can find and download titles on the library’s website and start reading in a matter of minutes.”

Library customers can also download e-Audiobooks and free music from Freegal, Sony Music’s library catalog of artists. By using Freegal, people can download three free songs per week and they never expire. With just a library card and an Internet connection, residents can enjoy e-Books, e-Audiobooks and great music.

Letter Carriers Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
On May 14 more than 2,000 Twin Cities’ letter carriers will collect food donations from customers along their postal routes. Stamp Out Hunger in a national campaign of the National Association of Letter Carriers, which supports Second Harvest Heartland in our area.

First and foremost, gather and place nonperishable food products in the bag you receive in your mailbox. Set the bag out early Saturday, May 14. You can also volunteer to help with collecting food at a local Cub Store. For information see Funds are also very important in purchasing food to maintain adequate supplies relative to the constant need. Online donations can be made at

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