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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated August 11, 2013

PATCH Foundation Provides St. Louis Schools with Student Supplies
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 11, 2013 - On Friday, August 9, local members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 2 delivered school supplies for all of the students in local Ashland and Hickey elementary schools. The gifts were made through the Painters and Allied Trades for Children's Hope Foundation (PATCH).

PATCH was founded by the IUPAT over ten years ago to support programs and organizations that provide children with education, medical care and a healthier life through youth sports. The foundation is supported through local fundraising efforts by IUPAT members throughout the United States. It has made over $1 million in gifts since it was founded.

"Being a good union member is about far more than our lives in the workplace," said IUPAT General President and PATCH Chair Ken Rigmaiden. "It's the duty of every single one of us to do our part to build a better community for our neighbors and our families. We're thrilled to have this opportunity to make a difference for the proud students of Ashland and Hickey schools."

"On behalf of the students of Ashland and Hickey, the District thanks the members of IUPAT for their generosity. Providing our students with these needed supplies will allow them to focus their efforts on learning instead of worrying about not having the proper tools to do their job," said District Spokesman Patrick Wallace.

Over 50 local IUPAT members and community volunteers assembled over 600 book bags filled with pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, folders and the many other supplies students require for a successful school year. The bags were delivered to the principals of each school today in preparation for the first day of school on Monday, August 12.

Amnesty Project at STLCC to Include All Misdemeanor Warrants
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 4, 2013 - For the third straight year, St. Louis Community College is teaming with Better Family Life Inc. to offer St. Louisans with misdemeanor warrants an opportunity to move past these issues through the 2013 St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project.

The Amnesty Project was established in 2002 as a one-day event to help citizens clear their records of outstanding traffic-related warrants. The program has expanded to include all misdemeanor warrants, and this year, for the first time, outstanding child support cases. However, the child support warrant relief hours will take place only at the Better Family Life Cultural Business and Education Center.

The program at STLCC will allow individuals to resolve outstanding warrants with more than 33 city and county municipalities at the campuses from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the gymnasium at the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road.
Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at the Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Ave.

The Amnesty Project provides participants the chance to resolve situations that may be preventing them from getting or keeping a job or moving ahead in their lives and thus, build more productive futures for themselves and their families.

Participants will be assessed a $10 processing fee to cover all warrant vouchers. STLCC representatives also will be on hand to discuss educational opportunities available to participants.

The Child Support Warrant Relief program will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17; Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Better Family Life Cultural Business and Education Center, 5415 Page Blvd.

For more information, visit or call 314-381-8200.

Carter Carburetor Superfund Site
The Carter Carburetor Site, located adjacent to the Boys & Girls Club, at 2800 to 2840 North Spring Street, is a former gasoline and diesel carburetor manufacturing plant.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Cheers Abandoned Factory Cleanup
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, July 30, 2013 - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has expressed its appreciation to elected officials, Region 7 of the U.S. EPA, and ACF Industries for finalizing an agreement that begins the demolition and cleanup process of the abandoned Carter Carburetor plant.

The plant is located adjacent to the Herbert Hoover branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which today occupies the site of the legendary Sportsman's Park at the corner of Grand Boulevard and Dodier St.

"For decades, this vacant factory symbolized decline, neglect and hopelessness to this once thriving neighborhood. Worse, this decaying structure stands in stark contrast to one of the neighborhood's enduring jewels: the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club," said Flint Fowler, president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. "Through the tireless work and commitment of our Representative William Lacy Clay, Jr., Senator McCaskill, the U.S. EPA, ACF Industries and our neighborhood organizations, we are together taking the first step toward revitalizing this neighborhood and creating a better environment for the thousands of children who call the Club home."

He also credited the substantial time commitment and talent of Thompson Coburn attorneys Peter Strassner and Anne-Marie Kienker, whose pro bono legal work facilitated the many transactions that enabled todays' announcement, and the many years of constant and superb stewardship by Vern Remiger, the Club's Board member and now Life Trustee.

When demolition and cleanup is complete, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis will have an opportunity to acquire the land for future development to meet the growing needs of the city's youth and support the revitalization of the area.

The announcement of the long-awaited cleanup followed an Agreement of Consent between the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. EPA and ACF Industries. Under the terms of the agreement, ACF will demolish the remaining Carter Carburetor buildings and remediate the site. This announcement is the culmination of three and one-half years of joint efforts by the local community, EPA, ACF Industries and the U.S. Department of Justice. The cost of the demolition and remediation is estimated at $30 million.

Flint Fowler thanked Senator Claire McCaskill, Representative William Lacy Clay and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay for their invaluable support to the community's efforts to bring about this important environmental cleanup.

"This will be a tremendous improvement not only for the youth served by our club but for the entire St. Louis community," he said.

Project Clear in Old North St. Louis
The Old North Raingarden, the first of six large neighborhood-scale raingardens in MSD's Project Clear, is expected to divert 31,000 gallons of stormwater in a one-inch rain event from this area's combined sewer system and therefore from MSD's wastewater treatment plants.
Old North Raingarden Is Pilot Program in MSD's Project Clear
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, July 25, 2013 - The Old North Raingarden, part of Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's (MSD) five-year, $3 million pilot program for Project Clear, was unveiled today with a community event and demonstration at the intersection of Clinton and 14th Streets in St. Louis' Old North neighborhood.

The Old North Raingarden is expected to divert 31,000 gallons of stormwater in a one-inch rain event from this area's combined sewer system and therefore from Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's (MSD) wastewater treatment plants, reducing the likelihood of basement backups and sewer overflows. It will manage almost all the stormwater runoff that falls on this block, 1.72 acres, by holding back the stormwater, so it can soak into the ground, be used by plants, or slowly drain out after the storm has passed.

Project Clear is MSD's 23-year, $4.7 billion initiative to plan, design, and build system-wide improvements to address water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region.

Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavements and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. Below ground level, improved soils store and filter stormwater, allowing the surrounding area to slowly absorb it over time. Above ground level, native plants, basins and water features create public green spaces that also help store water. Used effectively, rainscaping can reclaim stormwater naturally, reduce sewer overflows and minimize basement backups.

"The more we can manage the rain on the ground through rainscaping techniques such as these, the less we have to deal with it in the combined sewers," said Brian Hoelscher, Executive Director of MSD.

"Even in a 'twenty-year storm' of five to six inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period, the Old North Raingarden is designed to manage so much water that the runoff will be as though the entire city block were grass," Hoelscher said.

This site is the first of six large neighborhood-scale raingardens, all within MSD's Bissell Point watershed as part of the District's Consent Decree with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This area encompasses much of north City and some parts to the south, all hugging the Mississippi River.

Four of the other sites are nearing completion:
1. In the JeffVanderLou neighborhood on the 2800 block of Vandeventer between Maffitt Avenue and St. Louis Avenue, 3rd Ward
2. In the Ville neighborhood on the 1800 block of N. Sarah across from the intersection of Cote Brilliante Avenue, 4th Ward
3. In the Mark Twain neighborhood on the 5000 block of Geraldine at Thekla Avenue, 1st Ward
4. In the Walnut Park East neighborhood 5400 block of Beacon at Harney Avenue, 27th Ward

The sixth raingarden will begin construction soon in the O'Fallon neighborhood at Green Lea and Warne, 21st Ward.

This raingarden was only made possible through a partnership with the City of St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority, who provided the land. SWT Design created the landscape design for Old North, while M3 Engineering Group provided the environmental site assessment and Landesign was the construction contractor.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
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 State Seeking Organizations to Serve Meals to Children During Summer Months
 Hardee's Crew and Fred Bird Helps Heat-Up St. Louis Hit Record High of $125,000
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 O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex Opens in North Saint Louis Community

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