Aurora st. anthony neighborhood development Corporation Pioneers
Ron PAuline, Founder
In 1980, in response to his home being burglarized, Ron Pauline formed what is today, Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC), as a community crime prevention and watch group. The work of Mr. Pauline and other concerned citizens, together with the help of the St. Paul Police Department, effected a decrease in the rate of crime in their neighborhood.
Bertha and Lee Douglas, Co-Founders
One of the families that were part of that group of concerned residents along with Mr. Pauline, was the Douglas family, who originally moved into the neighborhood in 1954. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas were an integral part of the history of ASANDC. Serving as co-founder and board member, Mr. Lee Douglas (1899-1997), always sought high community participation in ASANDC, "So we can go further than we have already gone." His wife, Mrs. Bertha Douglas (1927-2012), former ASANDC office manager, retired after nearly 17 years of service to the community.
The late Martin (Ollie) Weddington lived near Dale Street and University, and was an active member of the African American community in St. Paul for over 70 years. He was an honorary board member of ASANDC, and participated in the protest and removal of the "notorious" Faust Theatre.