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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated October 14, 2012

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St. Vincent Greenway Trail to Open in the Heart of St. Louis City
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the newest portion of the St. Vincent Greenway, which originates at Porter Park on Delmar Blvd on the southern end and the northern end (shown above) at Etzel and Blackstone featuring a curving trail with planting beds and five 12' diameter orange metal shade umbrellas and a water fountain including a dog bowl.

St. Vincent Trail to Open in the Heart of St. Louis City
The newest portion of the St. Vincent Greenway, which originates at Porter Park on Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis City, will be opened to the public and celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony and a series of all-day neighborhood events by various groups tied to this community corridor.
St. Vincent Trail to Open in the Heart of St. Louis City
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 17, 2012 - On Saturday, Oct. 20, the newest portion of the St. Vincent Greenway, which originates at Porter Park on Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis City, will be opened to the public and celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony and a series of all-day neighborhood events by various groups tied to this community corridor.

A jazz festival, neighborhood yard sale and farmer's market will all be held in Porter Park to bring residents onto the greenway to experience the green space and trails for the very first time.

The St. Vincent Greenway will tie together NorthPark, near I-70 & Hanley Road, to Forest Park when it is complete. Along its seven-mile path, municipalities and neighborhoods that were previously separated by class, race and geography have found a bridge to one another. Residents are finding that the urban green spaces and trails have done more than create a bikeable, walkable community, but they have also encouraged deeper inter-community neighborhood relationships, ultimately making this region of St. Louis a better place to live.

"We are excited to have had the opportunity to build a new park in the St. Vincent Greenway," said Susan Trautman, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway. "Our goal is to provide a better place for residents in this neighborhood to connect, play and explore the outdoors. The residents along this greenway were very clear about what they hoped would be built and we are very proud to have been able to make that happen."

The new connection is a 1.3-mile long asphalt trail, which runs north from Delmar and DeBaliviere through Ruth Porter Park and continues west to Skinker and Etzel. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m., Great Rivers Greenway will announce and kick off the start of the DeBaliviere phase of the greenway, which will be constructed as part of the Loop trolley project.

The DeBaliviere phase will provide a critical connection along the greenway into Forest Park. Later that morning, the district will break ground on the Wellston phase of the greenway on the northern end of the trail at Skinker at Etzel.

Great Rivers Greenway added benches, bike racks, splash pads and shade umbrellas along the trail for recreation and safety and accessibility. Public art pieces, including a peace pole and several sculptures will also be installed and dedicated along the greenway during the celebration. The amenities promise to make Porter Park a more attractive destination for residents. New disabled access ramps have also been installed throughout, making rolling through the park in a wheelchair feasible for the first time.


St. Louisans Raise $1.5 Million for Cancer Research
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 14, 2012 - More than 1,850 St. Louisans took to the streets of downtown this past weekend to "Pedal the Cause" for local cancer research.

This year's Pedal the Cause cycling challenge, founded in 2010 by Bill Koman, raised $1.5 million, 100 percent of which will be used to fund research being conducted at Siteman Cancer Center, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

"The money that St. Louisans raised last weekend will help fund research projects, which may someday prove vital in providing a cure for one or more types of cancer," stated Jay Indovino, Pedal the Cause executive director. "Last year's proceeds are currently at work funding 12 research projects, including four focused on cures for cancers affecting children. This research could ultimately lead to a cure for a disease that strikes one in two men and one in three women."

Last weekend's event kicked off with the Pedal the Cause Kids Challenge and a Saturday evening program featuring NewsChannel 5's Leisa Zigman and former St. Louis Rams linebacker Chris Draft. Sunday's cycling challenge featured several courses, stretching from downtown to West County and back again. Participants were of all ages and skill levels and included many teams of cancer survivors, medical professionals or others riding to honor a loved one.

Donations can be made through October 31 at www.pedalthecause.org. Total 2012 donations will be announced on November 15.


Absentee Voting on Saturdays for November 6 Election
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 8, 2012 - Absentee balloting in the City of St. Louis for the November 6, 2012 General Election is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., as well as on all Saturdays during October, starting October 13, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.

Absentee balloting will continue until 5:00 P.M. on Monday, November 5, the day before the Election, including on Saturday, November 3, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.

Absentee voters will have the option of casting their ballot at the Election Board, using either an optical scan voting machine or a touch screen machine that is handicap accessible and allows the voter to verify that the ballot is correct before casting it, or by requesting an absentee ballot by mail. For more information about absentee voting, contact the Absentee Department at 314-622-3230 or 314-622-3319.

All City voters will have the opportunity to vote for candidates for President and Vice-President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, State Senator, State Representative, as well as several state and municipal offices; to vote on whether certain judges whose terms expire December 31, 2012, shall be retained in office for new terms, and to vote on several state and local propositions.

Any City resident, who is unsure as to whether he/she is registered, or has moved since they last voted, is encouraged to contact the Election Board to confirm or update their registration status.

Election Board Chairperson the Honorable Joan M. Burger reminds all qualified citizens to exercise their right to vote in this important election, and to look for their "Notice of Election" card in the mail in the next few weeks that will include an all races sample ballot and their correct polling place location.

For more information about the November 6, 2012 General Election, please contact the Election Board at 314-622-4336 or visit the Board's website at www.stlelections.com. A variety of helpful voter information is available on this user-friendly resource.


St. Louis Pushed To Form First Animal Cruelty Task Force
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 5, 2012 - Mayor Francis G. Slay, Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, and Officer Naes of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department gathered yesterday to discuss the recent sentencing of Darick Stallworth, who was given four years in jail for five accounts of animal abuse. The group also provided an update on the first arrest since the Animal Cruelty Task Force was founded just last week.

In a release, Mayor Slay said "Violence demands punishment. The fight against violence demands community action. I commend the judge. People who torture animals are likely to be violent to humans as well. I renew the City's partnership with Stray Rescue and other advocates to change the cultures that have let animal abuse go unremarked in the past. I hope the rest of the region follows the City's example. The City's Animal Cruelty Task Force and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department must continue to catch and arrest criminals who are dangerous to animals."

The St. Louis Police Department also announced the arrest of 22-year-old Cennitra Fowler, who was charged today with two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse. On September 29, 2012, just a few days after being assigned to the Animal Cruelty Task Force, Officer Naes began the investigation of a year-old animal abuse claim that resulted in the death of one dog and the severe neglect of a second dog. Ms. Fowler, who has since moved residences, was arrested yesterday.

"I'm thankful for the community's help in identifying and arresting this individual," said Officer Naes. "I look forward to continuing to bring people who abuse animals to justice."

"I appreciate the quick work of Officer Naes in catching the individual responsible for one of the worst animal abuse cases I've seen," said Randy Grim. "Furthermore, today's sentencing - and the incredible work of Anna Kratky of the Circuit Attorney's Office - shows that we've made huge steps in making our City a better, safer place for animals and for people. I look forward to the continued success of this partnership."

Stray Rescue of St. Louis, an independent companion animal rescue and shelter nonprofit that has been featured on networks like CNN, National Geographic and Animal Planet, has tenaciously led the way towards the conviction of Stallworth, as well as the creation of the task force. The rescue group plays a unique role in the city, responding to the vast majority of these alarming cases on a weekly, if not daily, basis and compiling key evidence to aid in prosecution.


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 "Food for Fines" Program Tops Last Year Total
 Arts & Education Council Invites Teachers to Apply for Grants
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 Cool Down Unveils "Keep On The Air" Project for Seniors and Disabled
 USPS Releases Plan to Preserve Post Offices in Rural America
 Four Missouri Schools Ranked Best High Schools in the Nation
 National Bike to Work Day Celebrated in Metropolitan St. Louis
 Urban Roots Volunteers Beautify Downtown St. Louis
 Cinco de Mayo Festivals in St. Louis
 Sesame Street's Elmo, Grace Hill and PNC Bank Introduce New Financial Education Program for Preschoolers
 Mayor Slay Signs Bike Parking Bill to Make City More Bike-Friendly
 MERS/Goodwill & The Cardinals Recycling Event Draws Big Crowd
 23rd Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival at Forest Park
 Neighbors Work Together to Help Clean Up St. Louis
 550 Volunteers Braved the Cold to Raise $95,000 for Heat-Up STL
 2012 Governor's Joplin Habitat Challenge to Build 35 Homes
 Welcome Home Foundation Challenges Other Communities to Hold Parades
 Welcome Home Foundation Moves Forward with Challenge to Raise $7 Million in 7 Days for Vets
 St. Louis Public Library Earns Second-Place Ranking

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