Monthly Archives: May 2013

8th ward public school student ambassadors recognized by Aldermen

The SLPS Student Ambassadors were recognized and honored at the Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall. They also received a tour of the mayor’s office and got to talk one on one with some Aldermen and women before the meeting. Mullanphy Ambassadors Dane and Cameron were also recognized from the floor by their Alderman, Steve Conway. While they were standing on the dias, many of the elected officials gave encouraging words to the students. It was a great experience that I had the pleasure of taking part in!

outside the Mayor's office

outside the Mayor’s office

asking questions

asking questions

being recognized by the Board of Aldermen

being recognized by the Board of Aldermen

Veolia update

I’ve received a number of requests about the current status of the Veolia contract with the City water department.  The St. Louis Dump Veolia group has a google email list to keep subscribers updated – here is the site if you are interested:!forum/alerts-dump-veolia-stl

Also, here is the original contract between Veolia and the City for your perusal – the language seems legalese to me and I have trouble seeking out the chinks, so please contact the Dump Veolia group for specific questions.

Regal Foods III markets Whitaker Festival picnic boxes

Hundreds of people come into our neighborhood to attend the free summer Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden.   I am excited to help the owners of Regal Foods create and market ready-made picnic boxes to offer those festival patrons who walk across our doorstep each Wednesday evening. The store is changing and This will be a great way to market their renovations and their new healthy food options to a larger audience and promote the Shaw neighborhood!

UPDATE:  Berhe, the manager, has decided to add some of his Northeast African dishes to the picnic box menu.  Ades, or misir watt, is dairy free lentil stew served with Injera which is a gluten free fermented bread made from teff flour.  Additions of cucumber and tomato salad, a hummus-like spread, grapes and Perrier water will complete the box.

We would love your help with assembling, marketing or selling these boxes.  We will be making up a flyer to be distributed each Wednesday afternoon or evening, assembling the boxes Tuesday night, and selling them aggressively Wednesday evening!  Please let me know if you can help!

This week’s Roundtable events

Here are the upcoming events from the Tower Grove Roundtable calendar. You can click on them for more details, print the schedule or subscribe to the calendar by clicking the “google calendar” button on the lower right. The Tower Grove Roundtable group will be meeting to discuss our peace/justice/social passions and how to become more involved in our community through those interests. Please contact me for more details.