SAINT PAUL – On January 23, 2015, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal announced Councilmember Dai Thao as one of the honorees for this year’s 40 Under 40 Award. The news came as a surprise to Councilmember Thao with a hand delivered letter announcing his award.
For more than twenty years, the Business Journal has recognized 40 business and community members under the age of 40 for establishing themselves as leaders in their industries and community. According to Business Journal editor, Mark Reilly, “We had a record number of nominations this year, and many worthy candidates weren't selected. But I think you'll agree that our honorees this year, each and every one, have already done great things in their careers, and are poised for even greater things in the years ahead.”
Nominators included long-time resident and leader of the Rondo neighborhood, Marvin Anderson, “I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with Dai on a number of Ward 1 issues; over the period of our relationship, he has demonstrated a tremendous heart and commitment to the residents of Ward 1 without seeking personal recognition for his tireless hard work. He prefers action over words. Fueled by an uncommon passion for community service, Councilperson Thao has invited the various constituencies to work together to achieve goals that benefit the ward as a whole. His enthusiasm for the fundamental role of government – to serve the people has served him well.”
Councilmember Thao stated, "It is an honor to be among Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 under 40 honorees. To my nominators, thank you so much for considering me worthy of such an honor; we got this together! I also want to thank all the community members, leaders, and Ward 1 constituents who work alongside me to make our city great! I will continue to work hard to make sure St. Paul is the most livable city for all, not just certain parts of the city."
Councilmember Thao represents Ward 1 on the Saint Paul City Council. Since his election to the City Council in 2013, his achievements include passing the Paid Parental Leave for the City of Saint Paul, Responsible Banking ordinance, elimination of cheap single cigars, pool vouchers to low income youth, and extended library hours. Prior to serving on the City Council, he was the Northeast Region Organizer for ISAIAH, National Weeklong Leadership Trainer, an organizing mentor in TakeAction Minnesota, and served on the TakeAction Minnesota Political Action Committee. He currently serves as the Information Technology Manager for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, on the St. Paul Library Board, the Family Housing Fund, the Twin Cities Landbank, the Partnership for Regional Opportunity, and the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board.
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Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is looking for women interested in High-Wage, High Demand careers in the construction field! Interested women will participate in 12 weeks of hands-on training in Construction that includes:
If interested, you must attend an Information Session on the 2nd or 4th Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm at our Goodwill-Easter Seals Training Facility, 635 Prior Avenue N, St. Paul, MN 55104. For more information please contact Sandy Brady at 651-379-5837 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Star Tribune ran an article about this exciting opportunity: http://www.startribune.com/business/288124021.html?page=all&prepage=2&c=y#continue
What are you doing to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Here are some community events in honor of one of our greatest leaders, and his legacy.
Saturday, January 17th
Ober Community Center: Chapel service with music and refreshments, 6:30-8:30, free
James J. Hill House: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, hosted by The Urban Fly and MHS, 6:30-10 PM, free
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Monday, January 19th
House of Hope Presbyterian Church: MLK Holiday Breakfast, SOLD OUT but still seeking volunteers, more locations
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There are also a number of different volunteer opportunities to honor him with service,
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Do you have any events that you would like to share? Contact us, or post to our Facebook page. Thank you!
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ is a revitalizing congregation in the progressive Christian tradition. We seek an Infant & Toddler Caregiver for our ever-expanding group of infants and toddlers.
This person will be passionate and skilled in attending to children’s safety and nurture within a faith community. This individual will provide care for infants and toddlers on Sunday mornings. We seek a person with experience in early childhood education. Previous experience in faith formation (Christian education) programming would also be of value. We seek an individual who will develop positive relationships with parents, welcome visiting families with infants and toddlers, and collaborate with caregiving assistants.
We are located in Saint Paul on the corner of Summit and Milton, across from William Mitchell College of Law. Visit our website at www.SPUCConSummit.org to learn more about our congregation.
Contact the church office at email@example.com or 651-224-5809 to receive a position description and an application form. This position will begin in February. We would like to receive your application materials by January 31st.
The Great Partners museum passes for the first half of 2015 are here! Stop by the office to pick up your reusable pass for your family. Great Partners is a program that provides discounted tickets to programs and exhibits at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Tickets to the permanent exhibits are just three dollars, and tickets to special exhibits plus the Omnitheater are just five dollars! The Science Museum has a number of special events this month:
January 10- Celebrate African Americans in Science on Saturday, January 10 from 1-4 p.m. This event introduces visitors to some of the best and brightest scientists, inventors, and educators from the Twin Cities' African American community. Meet science and educational professionals, learn about what they do through interactive displays and presentations, and discover the inspiring contributions they've made to technology, education, health care, and innovation in Minnesota.
January 19- Take a peek behind the scenes! On Monday, January 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., we'll open the doors of the Science Museum's labs or Collections Vault, giving you a rare opportunity to see some of the hidden items in our incredible collection and get a glimpse at what it takes to care for them. You'll also meet our researchers and volunteers and learn about the exciting work that's underway in their labs. Learn More
January 24- Celebrate ¡Amantes de la Ciencia! on Saturday, January 24 from 1-4 p.m. This event introduces visitors to science and education professionals from the Twin Cities' Latino communities. Participate in make-and-take activities, and enjoy entertainment with a Latino flair.
January 31- Celebrate American Indians in Science on Saturday, January 31 from 1-4 p.m. This event introduces visitors to individuals from the Twin Cities' American Indian community who have made significant contributions to science, engineering, and education. Meet presenters from a wide variety of disciplines who will share their areas of expertise through hands-on activities and dynamic displays.
Last night we had the pleasure of attending an informative presentation by David Ronzani of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. He provided us with excellent materials outlining the design process and some of the challenges they face due to the site itself. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation invites our residences to take part in the design, and encourages you to take a look at their research. Click here to take a look at some of the Webster Play Area plans.
Also, don't forget to take their quick survey. This is a great opportunity to get your children involved with their neighborhood! Ask them what they would like to see where they play, and have them vote on pictures of play equipment. Click here to take the short Webster Play Area survey.
Red Bull Crashed Ice 2015 is just around the corner, and they are gearing up for a great event this year! Please take a moment to read this important information regarding parking restrictions and road closures in our neighborhood.
The city of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation has secured funds to renovate Webster Play Area, located at 700 Laurel Avenue.
To help guide the design process, we encourage you to take this brief survey. Your responses will help our design staff understand how the park is currently being experienced and provide a starting point for our upcoming community meetings.
Click here to take the quick survey!