September 2013

In this issue of Woodbury Magazine, three local authors share thier stories, learn how to fight allergies, and revisit your concept of the perfect sandwhich.

Armed with a Canon T3i and a 60 mm macro lens, Donna Lloyd decided to capture insect life in her Bailey’s Arbor neighborhood.


Finally! Punch Neapolitan Pizza, that beloved Twin Cities eatery, is coming to Woodbury. Punch will open its eighth location in early September 6: Might be earlier. Check with Jenny for exact date] on City Centre Drive.


Woodbury is approximately halfway through its project timeline for renovation and expansion of the Bielenberg Sport Center.


DeAnne Sherman can’t remember a time when she wasn’t dancing. “Dance has been my passion,” she says, from her first studies as a toddler in St. Paul to her rigorous training at St. Catherine University.


It’s time to take that colorful harvest of tomatoes and put them to good use. Try out a few new recipes, do your own sun-drying and simmer some savory sauces.


This fall, hundreds of Woodbury students will take part in a global project: the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest.


Backyarders take heart: even though fall is around the corner, you don’t need to give up your green thumb just yet.


Since Patrick O’Halloran opened his first funeral parlor in St. Paul in 1876, the O’Halloran family has strived to carry on his legacy. “We take care of everybody in the community,” says John O’Halloran, funeral director and Patrick’s great-grand-nephew.


Eagle Brook Church’s Woodbury branch began meeting at East Ridge High School in 2011 and has seen its membership grow from 1,300 to more than 2,300, with the congregation quickly outgrowing its temporary home. “Being in the neighborhood is a big deal,” says executive pastor Scott Anderson.


Lace ’em up: Ice skaters of all ages are invited to sign up for Woodbury’s popular Learn to Skate program, which kicks off this month at the Bielenberg Sports Center. The program includes group skating lessons for varying skill levels.


The Minnesota Chorale, known throughout the country for its level of excellence, is the professional singing home to seven Woodbury residents.


As Katherine Spicuzza will tell you, there’s no rest for the weary. The East Ridge High School senior spent her summer performing in theater productions and competitions, and her accolades are steadily rising, even at age 17.


In a world filled with uncertainty, sandwiches offer a delicious constant. You’ve eaten them all your life—from gooey grilled cheeses when you were just a pipsqueak to multilayered clubs that take two hands to hold.


Looking for a meaningful way to use your time and talents? Consider making a volunteer commitment to one of these local organizations which contribute so much to Woodbury.


In the checkout line at Sam’s Club, 2-year-old Aubriana Benjamin was mid-temper tantrum when mother Laura tried to appease her with nuts offered as an in-store sample. What happened in the next few seconds altered the last four years and remains a serious concern today.


When browsing the stacks for your next good read, consider works by local authors. Woodbury is home to many successful writers in a variety of genres. We’ve profiled a novelist, a poet and a children’s book author to give you a taste of some of the talent that resides next door.