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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated April 16, 2014

Compton Hill Water Tower Reopens for Season
The Compton Hill Water Tower opens to the public on the first Saturday of each month from April to November 2014 from Noon till 4 pm, allowing visitors to climb 198 iron steps to the top of the 170-foot landmark and enjoy a spectacular, 360-degree view of the metropolitan St. Louis area that stretches as far as Illinois and the Jefferson Barracks Bridge. The STL250 birthday cake was painted by artist Genevieve Esson.
Compton Hill Water Tower Reopens for Season
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, April 5, 2014 - Compton Hill Reservoir Park is a 36-acre public park located in the Compton Heights neighborhood of St. Louis. Located on one of the highest elevations within the city, the park surrounds a 28-million-US-gallon reservoir used to provide water for many of the city's residents.

The Compton Hill Water Tower, built in 1898, is the youngest of three remaining stand pipe-water towers in St. Louis. Whereas, in 1901, more than 423 stand pipe style water towers existed in the United States, as of 2008 only 7 remain standing, three of which are in St. Louis (the other two being the Bissell Tower and the Grand Avenue Water Tower).

According to history provided by the Water Tower & Park Preservation Society, Inc., the 179-foot tower was built in a French Romanesque style of rusticated limestone, buff brick and terra cotta on its face to disguise a 6-foot diameter, 130-foot tall standpipe in its interior.

The standpipe helped to control the dangerous surges in the city's pipes caused by the reciprocating pumps and maintain an even water pressure. The water tower was designed by Harvey Ellis who also had a hand in designing the headhouse for St. Louis Union Station. On the base are a griffin and vine-like scrolls. The Compton Hill Water Tower was declared a city landmark in 1966 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Following a $19 million renovation in 1999, the observation deck at the top of the water tower was opened to the public. Today, visitors can climb 198 iron steps spiral around the standpipe, to see 360-degree panoramic views of the city. the first Saturday of the month, from April through November. For more information, call 314-552-9000.

Emerson Honored for Education Support of KIPP St. Louis
(L - R) David Farr, Chairman and CEO, Emerson was presented with an educational salute proclamation by St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay. Image courtesy MultiMedia PR
Emerson Honored for Education Support of KIPP St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, April 2, 2014 - KIPP St. Louis has honored Emerson, under the leadership of David Farr, as KIPP Inspire's corporate founding sponsor at the renovated Central Library in downtown St. Louis.

Among about 250 educators, students and business leaders attending the event earlier today were St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

"KIPP Inspire would not be where it is today without Emerson's support and investment in our mission at KIPP St. Louis and KIPP Inspire," said St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, as he read an educational salute proclamation being presented to David Farr, Chairman and CEO. "Emerson is a great corporation that is doing great things for education reform in the City of St. Louis and beyond."

The Mayor stressed that Emerson believed in change and in its belief that there is a way to educate the children of St. Louis with rigor, high standards and compassion - much in the same manner that Emerson has become a world leader in a dynamic and changing world market.

In addition to the Mayor Slay, Maxine Clark, KIPP St. Louis Board Chair lauded Emerson's leadership and financial support, as well. Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation, spoke about the national successes and growth of KIPP from 45 schools to 141 schools.

Without the founding corporate support of Emerson, the KIPP national network would not have granted local leaders the opportunity to open two schools in the St. Louis area.

Delton Utsey, a KIPP Inspire 8th grader was able to share his engaging experiences on the effectiveness of the KIPP program, citing his KIPP: Inspired Academy Middle School and mentioning the KIPP: Victory Academy Elementary School.

Earth Day River Clean-up at the Confluence
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, April 2, 2014 - Missouri River Relief is hosting "Earth Day River Clean-up at the Confluence" on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 am to noon, with registration starting at 8:30 am. The event will take place Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Boat Ramp, 801 Strodtman Rd. St. Louis, MO 63138

Boats will ferry volunteers to the river banks and islands to pick up trash that has washed up on shore. Other volunteers, including youth groups, can pick up trash along the banks, trails and parking lots. Volunteers will receive a free boat ride, t-shirt, trash bags, gloves, and lunch. Life jackets will be provided. Children's life jackets are limited. If you plan on bringing a child, please bring a life jacket that fits them. Please bring weather and work appropriate clothes. Long pants are preferred. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a re-usable water bottle.

Groups, individuals, and all ages & abilities are welcome. Please register online for this event at For more information, call 573-443-0292.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Heat-Up St. Louis Hits A Record High of $165,000 To Date
 stl250 to Install 250 Cakes for the "Cakeway to the West"
 Year-Long Birthday Celebration Planned for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary Kicks Off at First Night
 St. Louis Launches New Initiative to Improve Housing Near Public Transit
 ALDI to Open New Store in Central West End
 Clayton Named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community
 'St. Louis Light The Night Walk' Aims to be in Top 10 of 200 Walk Sites Across the Nation
 St. Louis Mosaic Project Focuses on Diversity and Contributions of Immigrants to Communities
 Concordia Seminary Students Day of Service at Community Gardens
 Metro and Partners Exploring New Type of Transit Service for St. Louis
 United Way Seeks Volunteers for 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance
 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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