SNG Newsletter–Kings Fair meeting tonight

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – July 14, 2011


In this edition … Kings Fair …National Night out… Special rebates and Home Improvement Assistance…Seward Walkers…Opening on the SNG Board of Directors !!!


I.   SNG News and Events

II. SNG Committee Calendar  

III. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

IV. Community News and Events 


I.  SNG News and Events


Kings Fair Planning meeting set—July 14 7PM  @ SNG—Planners needed

Kings Fair has been scheduled for Saturday September 17th, now all we need to do is plan a fun exciting event. Please come to our planning meeting on July 14th at 7PM in the SNG offices, 2323 Franklin Ave. Please email Kerry at or call 612-338-6205 ext 119 if you want to be involved in planning this great Neighborhood event, but can’t come to this meeting. 

Special needs are: 

·          Children’s events organizer

·          Family kickball tournament organizer


National Night Out—Save the Date!!

It is getting to be that time of year.  NNO is set for Tuesday, August 2nd.  You register your block party online at register your event or call 311 .  If you register before July 19 there is no charge for blocking off your street.  Act now!!  If you want a goody bag of prizes let Kerry know or if you need help planning a block party or just want to know if you already have a block leader contact Kerry at







The Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) has allocated NRP Phase II funding for home improvements within the Seward neighborhood.  At 3.99 – 5.99% the program offers low rates with flexible terms.  SNG has contracted with the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), a locally based non-profit to administer the neighborhood’s home improvement program.

SNG Revolving Loan Program

·                                3.99% fixed interest rate

·                                $12,000 maximum

·                                Flexible terms up to 10 years

·                                Eligible improvements include exterior, energy, mechanical and electrical improvements

·                                Income limits apply*

MN Fix-up Fund

  • 5.99% fixed interest rate
  • $35,000 maximum
  • Flexible terms up to 20 years
  • Most improvements are eligible – exterior and interior maintenance and remodeling, energy improvements
  • Income limit: $96,600

SNG Interest Reduction Program

  • Income eligible* Seward residents can have their interest rate reduced to 3.99% on a MN

            Fix-up Fund  loan for up to $20,000 for 15 years.

CEE Home Energy Program

  • 0%-4.99% fixed interest rate (0% for terms 36 months or less)
  • $20,000 maximum
  • Flexible terms up to 10 years
  • Energy related improvements are eligible
  • No income limits

Community Energy Services

Seward homeowners are eligible to participate in Community Energy Services (CES), a comprehensive residential energy efficiency programCES offers homeowners free educational workshops, energy saving materials installed, and customized home energy visits.  Participants also gain access to unique financing and rebates for energy efficient upgrades in their homes.  For more information please contact Kyle Boehm at (612) 219-7334 or visit

* Income limits for SNG Revolving Loan Program and Interest Reduction Program:

No. in household:          1                      2                      3                      4                      5

Maximum income:         $47,040           $53,760           $60,480           $67,200           $72,640

If you would like additional information or have questions, contact Doug Wise, SNG Housing Coordinator, at (612) 338-6205, ext. 102 or 

Doug is available to provide free advice on your home improvement project and assist with obtaining financing and hiring a contractor.


Seward Environment Committee Rebate


The Seward Environment Committee is offering a special $150 rebate to members of the Seward community who are participating in both the Minnesota Energy Challenge and Community Energy Services!  This rebate is in addition to the rebate of up to $350 from Center Point Energy for participants in the program.


To receive this rebate, you must be a member of the Seward Energy Challenge team

<>;  have received a home energy visit through Community Energy Services and completed one of the recommended upgrades* from that visit between 9/1/2010 and the end of this year.  To receive this $150 rebate, you need to submit the following:


·                                Copy of your “Home Energy Report – Reduction Plan” that you received at your home visit;

·                                A signed invoice from your contractor for the completed work;

·                                A print-out of your Energy Challenge dashboard (“My Challenge”).


Submit these forms to Kerry Cashman at or the SNG office at 2323 East Franklin Avenue.


*Qualifying upgrades are: attic insulation and air sealing, wall insulation and air sealing, new furnace or boiler and new water heater.


For additional information contact Carol Greenwood at


Seward Walkers – Graffiti removal tonight!!

The Crime and Safety Committee will sponsor a graffiti-removal event on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 7 pm.  Dick Westby & Clem Engens will meet at Matthews Center, along with the Seward Walkers, to help wipe out some of the  graffiti that abuses our beautiful neighborhood.  Many hands will make light work.  Please join us.  We need your help!  The more there are, the more we can do.  Thanks, and hope to see you there!


Those interested in “signing up” for the walkers can contact … or just meet at Matthews Center – 2318 29th Ave S or Welna Hardware. For more information on the Seward Walkers, please contact Kathy Sikora: 612-375-1696 or


Board of Directors Opening Still Available


There is still one more opening on the SNG Board.  The board meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month.  Board members are expected to attend board meetings and join a SNG committee.  This is a great way to make a difference in your community.  Email to express interest or if you have any questions or come to the August 24th Board meeting and check it out.  Meetings are at the Seward Towers East (NE corner of Franklin Avenue and 29th Avenue) in the 2nd floor meeting room (it is handicap accessible). To get there, enter the north door (off the parking lot) and go through the door immediately to your left. Follow the long hall to the Advantage Center.


The Great Green Yard Award:

There are a lot of green yards here in Seward, and we feel it is time to appreciate them, the work put in to create them, and the environmental benefits they bring to our neighborhood. The Seward Environment

Committee has chosen to recognize extra special “Great Green Yards” in our neighborhood by telling people about them and awarding gift certificates to the owners.


Tim and Cindy, on 26th St. and 35th Ave. were the first winners of The Great Green Yard Award!


Seward Art Crawl

This year the Seward Art Crawl will be held in conjunction with the Franklin Frolic—December 2nd and 3rd.  Save the Date!!  Email if you want to get involved or want to sign up to participate.


II. SNG Committee Calendar


Crime and Safety Committee –  September 12 

7:00 p.m., Matthews Center, 2318 29th Ave. S. 

FFI, contact committee chair Kathy Sikora at

-Community Development Committee – August 9

7:00 p.m., Matthews Center, 2318 29th Ave. S.

FFI, contact Doug Wise at

History Committee – July 21

10AM – 12PM, SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

FFI, contact Dick Westby at

-Seward Arts Crawl/Festival-TBD

            6:30PM Matthews Center 2318 29th Ave. S

            FFI contact Kerry Cashman @ or 612-338-6205

-Kings Fair Planning Meeting-July 14

             7PM SNG office , 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

            FFI contact Kerry Cashman @ or 612-338-6205

Environment Committee Meeting – September 19

6:55 p.m., Matthews Center, 2318 29th Ave. S..

FFI, contact committee chair Carol Greenwood at

Board of Directors Meeting – Aug 24

7:00 p.m., Seward Towers East, at the intersection of 30th and Franklin Avenues

Board meetings are open to the public—all residents and those who work or own property in Seward are invited to attend.  FFI, contact board chair Sheldon Mains,


II. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News


Thanks to the individuals who have donated a total of $1800 to SLRJP in June! With your help we are making it despite significant cuts to our government funding in the past two years.   


Our next Advisory Committee meeting is August 8th from 6:30-8:00pm at Longfellow Park. Join us to get updates about the program’s work, learn about upcoming events and discuss ways to increase our visibility and viability.


Contact Michele at or 612-338-6205 x108 for more information about SLRJP and to learn about how you can be involved.  Follow SLRJP on Facebook!


III. Community News and Events

Art@Hand at Northern Clay Center Saturday, July 16 1 – 4

Community Open House…Games…Food Everyone welcome…20th Anniversary Alumni Reunion, Repurposed Pot Sale and Artists Reception


Music in the Garden Series at Holy Trinity–Sunday, July 24 from 3– 6 Several weekends this summer, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will offer refreshments and live music in its rain garden.  Mark your calendars for during the Watershed Friendly Garden Tour for these opportunities. 


Free Geek has opened its doors in Seward Commons

Free Geek Twin Cities is dedicated to addressing Digital Divide and Electronic Waste issues though direct, local, community-driven action and they are now in Seward Neighborhood at 2310 Snelling Ave, just west of Minnehaha Ave around 22nd St.

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