Kirkwood Police Taking Applications Now for Summer Citizens' Academy
Learn more about your Police Department and about how the police do their jobs. Topics include:
- History of the Police Department
- Tour of the Police Station
- Radio Communications
- Crime Prevention
- Drug Inter4diction
- Traffic Stops
- Internet Safety / Identity Theft Awareness
- Canine Introduction and Demonstration
It all ends in a "Class Graduation." The program is five weeks, one night per week, on Mondays in June (June 2 to 30), 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Applications are available at the Police Department, 131 West Madison Avenue, or you can download one here.
Send questions to Officer Jim Cox: CoxJD@Kirkwoodmo.org
, or call him: 822-5868.
Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Honors High School Essay Writers
Several Kirkwood-area high school juniors have been honored by the Human Rights Commission for their essay writing this spring. The First, Second, and Third Place, as well as Honorable Mention, awardees were recognized at the City Council meeting on April 3, 2014. Here are the winners. Click on their names to read their winning essays:
~ Dalia Bitar, First Place: "Divisions of Dictums and Deeds
~ Soley Hyman, Second Place: "Defining our Freedoms"
~ Jeffrey Kuziel, Third Place: "Longing for Liberty: Defining Human Rights
~ Julie Havlak, Honorable Mention: "What Makes Life Worth Living""
~ Helen Morse, Honorable Mention: "Natural Freedoms."
~ Maggie Cox, Honorable Mention: "Keeping Humanity Human"
~ Allison Hubbard, Honorable Mention: "Human Rights and Responsibilities."
Utility Bill Scam Alert for Businesses: Call Us First!
At least two Kirkwood businesses have now been hit by the utility scam making the rounds all over the country. They received a call from someone pretending to be Kirkwood Electric (and in other instances pretending to be Ameren), telling them their utility bill is in arrears and their power is about to be cut off. They receive instructions to go purchase a prepaid debit card and then they use that to pay the bill. Be on the alert: Whatever you do, if you receive one of these calls, call your utility company first. If it's Kirkwood Electric, call 314-822-5843. For Ameren customers, call 800-552-7583. To read more about the scam, click here to access an article posted on the Better Business Bureau's Website.
Landscape Challenge Opens for Kirkwood Residents
Wild Ones, a nonprofit organization, teaches people about the benefits of growing native wildflowers in their yards. Since 2006, the St Louis Chapter, along with Shaw Nature Reserve and the Missouri Prairie Foundation, have collaborated on a Landscape Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to encourage homeowners to landscape with native plants and to educate the public about the beauty, practicality, and eco-friendliness of native landscaping. This year, one lucky Kirkwood home will be chosen for a native landscape front yard makeover.
Wild Ones and its partners will provide the services of a professional native landscape designer, and volunteers will install the landscape in September. The sponsors will provide up to $1500 worth of services, native plants, and landscape materials. The homeowner must agree to prepare the site and to maintain the new plantings. The ideal site would be a Kirkwood home with great visibility (no back yards), and the selected homeowners would be ambassadors of the landscape objectives. It is important for homeowners to have some gardening experience and an appreciation of the biodiversity a native landscape creates. Eligible applications will receive a pass to attend a class at the Native Plant School held at Shaw Nature Reserve. Submissions are due May 26, 2014. Submissions to be considered for the 2014 Landscape Challenge will be available online here.
Rail Safety Day and Train Station Open House This Saturday, April 19
Please join us for the 8th Annual Kirkwood Rail Safety Day and Open House at the historic Kirkwood Train Station, 110 W. Argonne Drive, on Saturday, April 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn about staying safe around RR trains and tracks. An operating model train layout will be on display, and Amtrak will give away two tickets to Chicago or Kansas City in a drawing. Live music by the Station Players from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Displays will include:
~ Kirkwood Police and Fire Departments
~ Missouri Operation Lifesaver
~ National Museum of Transport
~ Morse Telegraph Club
Kirkwood Water Issues New Hydrant Use Policy for Businesses
Effective April 1, 2014, Kirkwood Water will have a new Permit Form and Fee Schedule for the use of City hydrants by businesses. Please click here to visit the Kirkwood Water page with the information you need.
Annual Book Fair to Benefit Library Returns April 23 to 27
The Friends of the Kirkwood Public Library will once again hold its annual Book Fair to benefit the library. This year, the sale will be held at 12309 Old Big Bend Boulevard, just east of the I-270 and Big Bend intersection (in the old McDonnell's Market building). The sale will offer fiction and nonfiction books at bargain prices in a wide variety of categories. Cash or checks will be accepted, but no credit or debit card. Dates and hours:
~ Wednesday, April 23, 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be a $5 entry fee (on this day only).
~ Thursday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
~ Friday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
~ Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
~ Sunday, April 27, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bag of Books Sale: As in the past, on Sunday, all the books you can fit into a bag (which will be provided) may be purchased for $5. Special thanks to A-Mrazek Moving Systems, for providing storage and transportation services, and to Art McDonnell, for providing the space for this sale.
Annual Nature Walks in Kirkwood Will Honor Edgar Denison
The schedule for the 2014 spring nature walks held in Kirkwood Parks has been changed. Please note the following dates and locations:
Saturday, April 19: The Edgar Denison Spring Wildflower Walk will be held at Emmenegger Nature Park, 11991 Stoneywood Drive, in Kirkwood, Missouri, on Saturday, April 19, starting at 1:30 p.m. Please meet at the trailhead kiosk by the creek. This walk will be led by George Yatskievych, Ph.D., Missouri Botanical Gardens’ Native Plants Botanist and Curator of Steyermark's Flora of Missouri. Participants will enjoy walking the wildflower paths beloved by Edgar Denison with a renowned botanist who hiked the same trails with Edgar himself.
Saturday, May 10: Exploring the River's Edge, led by John Christensen, Webster Groves Nature Study Society, will also be held at Emmenegger Nature Park, on Saturday, May 10, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Come explore the hiking path next to the Meramec River in Emmenegger. Learn how the plants have adapted to live along the river corridor and in the flood plain. Wear hiking shoes and weather-appropriate gear, and bring a camera and notebook, if desired. Meet at the trailhead kiosk by the creek.
ALL WALKS will be held rain or shine. These programs are free and open to all ages.
The City of Kirkwood, in partnership with Trailnet, is developing a Pedestrian-Bicycle Master Plan in 2014. The Kirkwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will provide a blueprint for the development of pedestrian and bicycle improvements throughout the community, making it safer and easier to reach local destinations, including parks, schools, transit, and commercial areas. As part of this process, the City is seeking input from residents, in the form of this very quick survey. It should only take five to ten minutes to complete. Your time and input is greatly appreciated. Please click here to access the survey.
Community Center Needs Assessment Survey: Results
Thank you to all the residents who completed the Community Center survey mailed out last Fall to randomly selected homes. Your input has been very valuable. A final report on the survey results has been compiled and is available to read here.