May is Preservation Month: Favorite Building Award Nominations are Now Open
May is Preservation Month - and the perfect time to show how your community's history honors the past and helps build the future. Nominations are currently being sought for "Favorite Buildings in Kirkwood."
Design plans, buildings, or places that are deserving of recognition and that contribute to the architectural character of Kirkwood are eligible. Nominees need not be a designated Kirkwood Landmark. Members of the Landmarks Commission and the Architectural Review Board will review all nominations to select this year's recipents. The awards will be announced in May. Please click here for the announcement and full details. For a nomination form, click here.
Kirkwood Police Taking Applications Now for Summer Citizens' Police 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.