Meet the New Principal at NEMS

The PTA will host a meet and greet for Northeast Middle School’s new incoming principal, Dr. Ben Perry on Wednesday, August 7, from 6:00–7:30pm at the Northeast Middle School courtyard. Parents, students and community members are welcome to come and get acquainted with Dr. Perry.

Dr. Perry is an experienced administrator and leader who has a history in the Minneapolis Public Schools. From 2003-2007 he was the principal at Northeast Middle School. After that he was and Area Superintendent for MPS. He left the Minneapolis district to become the Superintendent for Wynne School District in Arkansas and then a principal in Jacksonsville, FL.

He brings a proven track record of working effectively with the community to strengthen the academic outcomes of and the enrichment opportunities for students.

"I am excited to be returning home and look forward to working with our students, parents, teachers, and community," says Dr. Perry.

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ANA Board Meeting Minutes — July 2013

Audubon Neighborhood Association Baord Meeting Minutes
July 1, 2013


Board members: Nic Baker, Adam Sieve, Justin Kwong, Sean Koebele, Jeff Smyser and Kevin Kelly

Absent: Jessica Kracl

Minutes from the June 3 meeting were approved. SK, JS unanimously passed

Treasurer’s Report – No response from Bremer regarding signature card for the bank account.

The NCR account has $2,963.40 and there is $3,114.70 in the Cash Account

Neighborhood Participation Plan Survey update – the Board discussed what type of survey to conduct and what questions to ask residents who are from underserved groups and live in the Audubon neighborhood.

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Middle School PTA Looking for Volunteers

Help Support our Neighborhood School!

School is starting soon and we have big plans for a new look.
On Tuesday, August 20, Northeast Middle School will be beautifying the hallways! If you have some time and would like to help apply a fresh coat of paint or spruce up the hallways, please contact the PTA at

Thank you for your support.

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Winners Announced for NEMS Essay Contest

This spring, the Audubon Neighborhood Association sponsored its first ever essay contest for Northeast Middle School students. The subject for the contest was My Community and Me.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three essays. Thank you to all of the NEMS students who submitted essays to the contest.

My Community and Me Essay Winners

Photo of studentFirst Prize
Kiana Brown, 8th grade

Communities are people who work together to achieve goals. They are a group of people who look out for everyone. They are like a pack of lions working together making sure everyone is safe. Everyone in that community helps out the moment they are called to action. You could say that they are the one group of people that tries to spread joy to the other communities besides their own. You can feel that joy as soon as you walk past their little alley that is filled with life every spring and summer. They wave as you pass them and smile warmly at you.

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Open Streets Coming to Central Avenue

On July 28th from 10am-4pm, Central Avenue NE between 18-1/2th Ave and 26th Ave will become a safe, car-free area for people to bike, walk, engage with the local businesses along the street, and areas will be be created where kids and families can play and be active. In addition to having people enjoy the space for biking and walking, there will be people from the neighborhood who will be providing complementary play activities that encourage families to be active during the day.

There will be numerous activities for children and families including activities from Playworks, Ultimate Playgrounds, and Eastside Food Co-op. Central Avenue Liquors and the Northeast Lions will be offering activities, and other local businesses will be providing exercise, skateboard and bicycling activities. The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) will be hosting arts activities along the corridor, and the Park Board's Showmobile will be providing live music.

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July–August Newsletter

Download a PDF of the 2013 July–August ANA Neighbor here.

Also see our archive of past issues.

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NNO Set for August 6th


Get out and meet your neighbors by having a block party during National Night Out on Tuesday August 6.

If you would like to help organize or reactivate a block club on your block or an apartment club in your building contact crime prevention specialist Susan Bradshaw at 612-673-2874 or call 311.

If you want to block off your street, you can do so for FREE through July 23.

Register your event on line at or through 311. Not all streets can be blocked, depending on traffic flow.

From July 24-August 1, there is a $100 fee. After August 1 no applications for blocking off a street will be allowed.

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Tree Debris Removal

Since the June 21 storm, the Minneapolis Park Board and the City have been working to clear city streets and remove boulevard trees from homes, garages and other structures. The Park Board has also begun to remove boulevard trees that pose a potential hazard of toppling due to storm damage or soil saturation. While hundreds of trees were cleared from city streets over the weekend, additional trees continued to topple during the week due to winds and saturated soils from weeks of rain. As trees are cut, trunks and large limbs are being placed alongside the roads for later pickup.

Park Board crews will collect homeowner yard tree debris that can be brought to the boulevard beginning July 1 through July 12 for properties affected by the storm. This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree debris after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. It is only for tree debris, not construction or other materials. If you have large tree debris in your back yard, it should be brought to the street for collection. If that is not possible, you may call 311 weekdays to request an alley pickup.

If you have small branches and pieces of brush, you can use the regular weekly Solid Waste & Recycling yard waste collection service to have them picked up. Crews will pick up bundles of brush and small branches that are less than three inches in diameter and less than three feet long.

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