Neighborhood Caretaker Alert
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Citizens can use the Neighborhood Caretaker Alert (NCA) form to anonymously notify the City of issues or concerns.  The NCA form is available in paper form only at City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road; at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road; at the Kirkwood Public Library, 140 E. Jefferson Avenue; and at ALL THREE Fire Houses (137 W. Argonne, 11804 Big Bend, and 1321 W. Essex).  If you have completed a form previously, you can find the results of your anonymous Neighborhood Caretaker Alert form here - click on the link and then enter your form number:

All Aboard:  Blog Archive, April 2011

April 29, 3pm Update:  Emmenegger Park is closed due to flooding.   Two events for tomorrow have been canceled - the Wildflower Walk at 10am and the Arbor Day Tree Planting at noon.  These have not been rescheduled.

April 29:  The Weekend is Almost Here!!  So what's going on in YOUR neck of the woods?  It promises to be a great weekend, weather-wise, something we've not seen a lot of yet this spring.  Not sure what to do this weekend?  Here's a link to a great Friday column on about goings on in Kirkwood and WG:  Get Out.  If you know of anything else worth sharing, please let us know!

Have you made it over to the Scheidegger Recycling Depository with your polystyrene foam (i.e., "Styrofoam") yet?  What, you haven't heard the news?  Yep, Kirkwood is the first in the County to provide Syrofoam recycling.  Here's a link to the story on KSDK's Website. You can also get more details from this month's Eye on Kirkwood, in today's Webster-Kirkwood Times, and available on this Website (scroll down to EYE ON KIRKWOOD and select the April 29 edition).

Marshall Road Closed:  You may have heard that Marshall Road was closed and Greentree Park a bit under water due to flooding from the Meramec river.  You heard right.  Hard to believe that the rivers are at flood stage, since it's been such a dry winter and spring :), but there you have it.   Marshall Road remains closed until further notice, and the City of Valley Park has also closed their flood gates. Check our Road Closings page for updates.

April 27:  Community Surveys - THANK YOU. 
First, thank you to everyone who has returned a community survey to us this month.  We sent them out in April utility bills, but if you did not get one and would like to participate, here's a copy in PDF.  Please mail back to us by Friday, May 6.  Thanks. 

As a follow-up to those surveys, we are developing FAQs based on questions we received from survey writers.  Here's the first one:

Q: Why do Oakland and Glendale get Kirkwood benefits?  Do they share any of our costs?
A:  Where it makes sense, we do partner with neighboring municipalities.  For example, Kirkwood, Oakland and Glendale shared the cost of building the Aquatic Center.  As a result, representatives of the three cities manage the center, and residents of all three communities are eligible for resident rates.  Another great example of cooperation is how Oakland contracts with Kirkwood for provision of police and fire services.

Thanks again for responding to the survey.  Look for other questions and responses here.

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April 22:  It's a Happening Weekend in Kirkwood!!   First off, we still have openings for TONIGHT's Teen Egg Hunt (ages 10-14).  Starts at 7:30 p.m.  You MUST pre-register:  Call 822-5855 - but hurry!! Becky at the Community Center tells me we have six slots left!

Next:  It's an Earth Day EGGSTRAVAGANZA tomorrow at Farmers' Market, 10am-3pm.   Click on this jump to get details below (from last week's post).   But there's also an Open House at the Train Station to kick off Rail Safety Week in Kirkwood.  We have lots of trains in Kirkwood (duh), so safety is always on our minds.  Bring the whole family to the Market at 10am and then head over to the Train Station to see the train displays from the Morse Telegraph Club, Amtrak, the National Model Railroad Association, and more.  Food will be available from the Kirkwood Optimists.  The Open House runs from 8am to 2pm, rain or shine!

Easter Egg Hunt:   And, finally, there's a FREE Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow at Kirkwood Park, sponsored by the Kirkwood Lions.  Meet at the Lions' Pavilion.  Starts at noon (and lasts about three minutes, so get there early!).  Ages 1-9.

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April 19:   Spring is here, and this weekend we celebrate Earth Day in Kirkwood.  Don't miss the Spring Eggstravaganza / Earth Day festivities at the Kirkwood Farmers' Market this Saturday, April 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the NEW Market Greenway (adjacent to the market).

Still trying to decide what you can and can't put in your recycling cart?  Drop by the City's booth to view a display of recyclable items and to ask City sanitation staff questions.  Thinking of planting some new trees this year?  While you're at our booth, chat with our tree experts from the City's Urban Forestry Commission.  They will have materials on hand and information at their fingertips and are very knowledgeable about all aspects of selecting, planting, and caring for newly planted trees.

But that's not all!  It's a chicken-themed festival this year, due to its Easter proximity, so there will be live chickens and chicks on hand too!  Kirkwood Living Green will have specialists on hand to explain and demonstrate how to compost, build a rain garden, plant an organic garden and make homes more energy-efficient. St. Louis Herb Society experts will be available to answer questions and provide information about herbs. The Coalition for the Environment will sell their vegetarian cookbook. Handmade soaps and locally produced honey will also be available.

And there will be FREE entertainment!!  Michael "Supe" Granda of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils (and Chicken Train fame) will perform and sign copies of his book from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The Dusty Brothers and Fox Creek will follow and perform until 2:30 p.m.  For more information, visit the Downtown Business District's Website.
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April 8: 
Happy TGIF, Kirkwood!!  It's Friday and there's a lot going on, as usual, in Kirkwood.  The Open House at the new Park Operations Building is this Saturday.  Click here for details.   Also:  It's Opening day AT THE FARMERS' MARKET this Saturday.  The fun starts at 9:00 a.m.  Click here for details.  What won't be fun are all the highway and road closures this weekend.  MODOT has all the information right here.

Awards, Awards, Awards:  Have you heard that Kirkwood Electric got an award this month?  Indeed!  We were one of only 82 public utilities (out of about 2000 nationwide) to receive the RP3 Award from the APPA (American Public Power Association).  Here's a press release about that.

What Else Is Going on this Weekend? 
It's Passport Day at the Library (information below), AND the Kirkwood High School AP students' art work is on display at the Train Station.  Don't miss it!  The exhibit is FREE and open whenever the Station is open (sponsored by Kirkwood Area Arts Council).  HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

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PASSPORT DAY AT THE LIBRARY:  Kirkwood Public Library will host a special passport event from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., April 9, at the library, to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Passport Day is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is a national passport acceptance and outreach event. U.S. citizens must present a valid passport when entering or re-entering the U.S. by air. Citizens entering from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.  Information on cost and passport requirements is available at U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.