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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated September 5, 2013

Concordia Seminary Students Day of Service at Community Gardens
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 5, 2013 - On September 4, approximately 150 first-year students from Concordia Seminary, along with their mentors, deaconess students, faculty/staff members, and members of Concordia Seminary's Student Association, spent the day volunteering at community gradens, supported by Gateway Greening.

Work activities for Concordia's New Student Orientation included general garden maintenance, such as weeding, bed-clearing and mulching at:

Concordia Seminary Day of Service at Community Gardens
First-year students from Concordia Seminary enjoyed a day of community service helping residents cleanup Frog Garden, a community garden which features a Bob Cassilly concrete frog statue.
Concordia Seminary Day of Service at Community Gardens
City of St. Louis Refuse Division assisted with the cleanup at Frog Garden with numerous pickups throughout the workday.
  • Cherokee Real, 2647 Cherokee St., 63118
  • Dave Haggerty, 3511 Lemp Ave., 63118
  • Frog Garden, 2819 Chippewa, 63118
  • Haven of Grace, 1225 Warren, 63106
  • Neighborhood Pride, 3500 Pennsylvania, 63118
  • Our Neighborhood Garden, Corner of Wyoming & California, 63118
  • Southside Welllness, 3017 Park, 63104
  • St. Agnes Senior Garden, 2840 Wisconsin, 63118
20th Ward Alderman Craig Schmid welcomed the group of 20 volunteers at Frog Garden, noting that Concordia Publishing House, founded in 1869, and the Lutheran School of Nursing had deep roots in the area. He commented that for this day of service, they were coming "home" to pull a few weeds and help clean up the neighborhood.

Dr. Timothy Saleska, who teaches Hebrew at Concordia Seminary and coaches the men's varsity basketball team, worked with Master Gardener Betty Moore to plan the day's activities. Within several hours, weeds that reached over six feet had been cleared from the planting beds and around the concrete statue. Following a lunch break, the group was joined by 20 more volunteers who had competed their work at other sites.

Throughout the day, several curious residents stopped by to watch the activity and inquire about establishing vegetable beds. When it was time to leave Frog Garden, the group had transformed the neighborhood garden once again into a focal point of pride for the community.

Gateway Greening's Community Garden program supports more than 140 community gardens and urban greening projects. For more information on starting or improving a community garden, visit

Concordia Seminary Day of Service at Community Gardens
First-year students and faculty from Concordia Seminary joined residents for a workday to clean up Frog Garden, located at 2819 Chippewa in the Gravois Park neighborhood.

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Metro and Partners Exploring New Type of Transit Service for St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 3, 2013 - A new type of public transit service called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is being explored by Metro and regional partners - the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), East-West Gateway Council of Governments, City of St. Louis, and St. Louis County.

The partnership is conducting the St. Louis Rapid Transit Connector Study and is requesting public input online through September 13 and at public meetings scheduled for September 10, 11 and 12. The mission is to expand transportation choices and improve connections between residents and jobs.

"By providing high-performance transit services to more communities, we can maximize the potential not only of our transportation network, but of our residents and businesses as well," said Ray Friem, Metro Chief Operating Officer Transit Services.

The study will advance Metro's long-range plan Moving Transit Forward, which identified highway corridors and other key streets as significant opportunities for quickly expanding the reach of Metro's premium transit services.

Based on community feedback and additional technical analysis, two "finalist" projects will be selected to compete for federal funds. The two recommended projects will be presented at public meetings scheduled for September 10, 11, and 12, where citizens will be asked to provide additional feedback on the corridors, service strategies, and station amenities.

September 10
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open house with presentation at noon
St. Louis City Hall, 2nd Floor
1200 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

September 11
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Open house with presentation at 6:30 p.m.
The Heights (City of Richmond Heights Community Center)
8001 Dale, Richmond Heights, MO 63117

September 12
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Open house with presentation at 6:30 p.m.
St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Campus
Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room,
3400 Pershall, Ferguson, MO 63135

United Way Seeks Volunteers for 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 29, 2013 - Between Wednesday, September 11 and Saturday, September 14, United Way of Greater St. Louis is seeking more than 500 volunteers to participate in the 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance.

With partners, United Way has helped with multiple projects during the week of 9/11 throughout the metro area to pay tribute to the victims and courageous heroes of the 9/11 attacks. Everyone is encouraged to participate in these days of service, including groups, families and individuals.

Those interested in volunteering are able to find projects and sign up through United Way's volunteer site at You may also call: 314-539-4298.

A few of the opportunities available this year are:

  • Clothing Giveaway - Volunteers are needed to help facilitate St. Patrick Center's public clothing giveaway from 7:45 a.m. - noon on Saturday, September 14.
  • YWCA Warehouse Project - The YWCA Warehouse is a 19,000 square foot facility that houses a multitude of supplies for our various locations. For this project, we are requesting people to help sort, label, clean and reorganize the facility along with the contents therein. Volunteers should be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • The goal at Greenwood Cemetery is to remove trees, plants, weeds, grass and other items that have grown over the tombstones. Volunteers will aid in the removal of these items. Please wear clothes appropriate for working in heavily wooded areas such as long pants. Please bring work gloves and bottled water.
  • Emergency Preparedness - This project is designed to help members of the community obtain skills needed during an emergency. Those who serve as volunteers will help insure that our community is better prepared. Volunteers will be asked to register participants, help with set-up, decorations and clean-up, assist presenters, and serve as host/hostesses for the event through Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance began in 2002 by victims' families. Their mission was to unite Americans in service, much like the country did in the wake of the attacks. In 2009, the United States Congress declared September 11th to be a national day of service and remembrance. In past years, United Way has sent thousands of volunteers out into the community on this day.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Amnesty Project at STLCC to Include All Misdemeanor Warrants
 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Cheers Abandoned Factory Cleanup
 Old North Raingarden Is Pilot Program in MSD's Project Clear
 Thousands Turn Out for PrideFest in Downtown St. Louis
 The Trestle in Old North St. Louis to Connect Region
 stl250 Unveils Year-Long Birthday Celebration Planned for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
 3-D Artwork Inspired by Historic Eads Bridge Installed at Laclede's Landing Metro Station
 Historical Event Held at Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing
 11 Local Arts Organizations Receive Grants Through PNC Arts Alive!
 AT&T Closing the Technology Gap with Contribution to OASIS
 The Mission Continues Veterans and PNC Bank Employees Refurbish Early Childhood Education Center
 Second Annual City Mayhem Obstacle Course Challenge
 Streetcar Feasibility Study Unveiled at Moto Museum
 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
 'Reason for Freezin' Annual Polar Plunge Raises Over $85,200 for Special Olympics Missouri
 Gov. Nixon Announces $1.3 Million in Innovation High School Grants
 O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex Opens in North Saint Louis Community

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