Thursday, June 28

4th of July Party at the Warson Woods Swim Club!

Monday, June 25

Open Streets 2012

From the City's Website:

"The City of St. Louis is proud to announce its third year of Open Streets events. This year's events, scheduled 9AM - 1PM on Saturday June 30th and September 29th, will wind through the Holly Hills, South Hampton, and Southwest Gardens neighborhoods. Both Open Streets events will feature several miles of City roads that will be closed to automobiles but open to pedestrians and cyclists. Open Streets is a special opportunity to be active and social while exploring the hidden gems of our unique City neighborhoods."

Warson Woods Crime Report

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office formally charged a 22-year-old St. Louis woman with possession of a controlled substance (heroin) from a March, 08, 2011 arrest. 

Police were called to a business in the 10000 block of Manchester Rd. at 12:22PM for a leaving the scene accident in which a car trying to back out of the drive-thru line struck another car and left the scene. The victim got a license plate number and officers located the other driver. She was unaware she had struck another car and criminal charges were not filed. 

Police arrested a 28-year-old Mexican man and charged him in municipal court with disobeying a stop sign and operating a vehicle with no driver’s license. The man was transported to the St. Louis County Justice Center at the request of US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for investigation of his immigration status after posting a $400.00 bond on the Warson Woods Charges. 

A resident of the 300 block of Mark Drive reported that person(s) unknown had put sugar in her car’s gas tank. She was unable to determine at the time if the damage happened while the car was parked on the driveway or in the parking garage at her place of employment. Repairs were estimated at over $800.00. 

Police arrested a 43-year-old Brentwood woman and charged her in municipal court with disobeying a stop sign, no proof of insurance, driving with a suspended license and a fugitive warrant from Des Peres Police for possession of drug paraphernalia following a 220PM traffic stop on N. Woodlawn Ave. at Medina Drive. She was released after posting bond for both agencies’ charges. 

Tuesday, June 19

The most inspiring Blog around!

Martha Payne

Martha Payne is a 9 year old girl who started a Blog. She takes pictures of her meals at School. The Blog went viral. Then she was told by the School to shut it down...

Below are 2 links, the first one is to her Blog and the second is the downfall of the story since she was told to  stop blogging. How inspiring!

NeverSeconds: Friends of NeverSeconds: Kitchen here we come! We have raised £85,429.63 so far but I am unsure if I should add the Gift Aid at the bottom of the JustGiving page . T...

More to the story at

Monday, June 18

Board of Aldermen meeting tomorrow night

Posted at the Warson Woods City Hall on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. Delivered to the 
Board of Aldermen and faxed to the news the same day. 
June 19, 2012 
Pledge of Allegiance        
I. Roll Call 
      II.        PUBLIC HEARING—Setting the 2012-2013 Fiscal Budget 
III.      Minutes 
                   Regular Board Meeting—May 15, 2012 
                   Special Board Meeting—May 22, 2012 
       Finance, Insurance & Personnel Meeting—May 30, 2012 
IV. Treasurer’s Report for May 2012 
V. Bill and Recurring Disbursements with Addendum to be Approved 
VI. Reports May 2012 
 Glendale Fire Report 
 Warson Woods Police Report 
VII. Petitions, Requests and Complaints – Five-minute time limit per speaker. 
VIII. Misc. Reports 
A Collector 
B. Building Commissioner 
C. Park Commissioner 
D. Tennis Commissioner 
E. City Engineer 
F. City Attorney  
G. Treasurer 
H. Mayor   
        IX.     Old Business
                  A.   Discussion of the Police Department Budget. 
     B.   Misc. Old Business
   X.     New Business 
A.     Ordinance Setting the Fiscal Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013.  Bill No 1557   
         Introduced by Alderman Andrews. 
                    B.     Misc. New Business 

Posted at the Warson Woods City Hall on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. Delivered to the 
Board of Aldermen and faxed to the news the same day. 
     XI. EXECUTIVE (CLOSED) SESSION – Notice is hereby given that, subject to a motion duly 
made and adopted, the Board of Aldermen may also hold a closed meeting for the purpose of 
dealing with matters relating to one or more of the following:  Legal actions, causes of action, 
litigation or privileged communications between the City’s representatives and its attorney 
(610.021(1)); leasing, purchasing, or sale of real-estate (610.021(2)); hiring, firing, 
disciplining or promoting employees (610.021(3)).   
    XII.        Adjournment. 

Thursday, June 14

Today is Flag Day

As per Wikipedia:

"In the United States Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

The week of June 14 is designated as "National Flag Week." During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all government buildings. Some organizations hold parades and events in celebration of America's national flag and everything it represents."

Wednesday, June 13

I know it is not Warson Woods but...

10 Bets you will never lose...

So many pool and neighborhood parties going on right now in Warson Woods. Here are few simple bets/tricks you can use to entertain your friends + they are kids friendly!

Have fun!

Friday, June 8

The Realtor Corner - Warson Woods Homes for Sale

First of all - YES, the picture below is from a house currently for sale in Warson Woods and it is not located in the Old Section. Can you identify the house?

So you know how much I love putting WW on the Map and I love to update this Realtor Corner. But it takes a while to source out the listings and plug all the information. I hooked up with Karen Goodman from Arch City Homes the other day after sharing one of her posts, and I mention the Blog to her. She loved it and here was her idea:

" While we love listing homes in your area, we also work with buyers. I've got a link that you could post, maybe in the sidebar on your blog, which would give anyone who clicks through a complete current list of the homes for sale in Warson Woods regardless of who the listing agent is. 

By keeping the link on your site, you become the total source for new listings in the community since visitors would likely go back to your site to click and see the latest listings. They can also see recently closed sales and open house information on this same home search.

And maybe some of them would call us to set up an appointment to see the homes, and then hire us to help them with buying a home."

So here you have it, if you scroll down on the Sidebar, just above the Section "Followers", the permanent Link: "Homes for Sale in Warson Woods", courtesy of Karen. 

By the way, have you found the address of the house with the pool above? If not, then hit the Link "Homes for Sale in Warson Woods" on the Sidebar for the answer. Happy browsing!

Thursday, June 7

Petty Cash Junction welcomes a new Band Member

A message from my good friend Beth Gore:

"My husband, John Gore, has joined this cool band, PettyCash Junction. They're a tribute band, half the night is Tom Petty, other half is Johnny Cash. They are playing this Friday at 9:30 at Kirkwood Station Brewing Co. in Kirkwood (to overstate the obvious). I'll be there with John and Donna Garza. Come join us!"

Congrats John! So I guess if you work late nights, I finally might have a shot at beating you when we play tennis together.

Tuesday, June 5

Warson Woods Area Crime Report

From The Warson Woods Police Department, here is the latest:
A 23-year-old Kirkwood man was arrested and charged in municipal court with driving while intoxicated (prior offender), improper lane use, and driving with no headlights on at 01:36AM following a traffic stop in the 10000 block of Manchester Road. He was released after posting a $550.00 bond.

Police were called for a solicitor complaint in the ...1600 block of Andrew Drive at 8:30PM. The subject was advised to cease until he obtained a permit from City Hall.

A resident of the 800 block of Rampart drive reported several male juveniles in white polo shirts ringing doorbells, jumping over fences and “creating havoc” in the area at 10:41PM. The juveniles fled the area prior to police arrival.

Police were dispatched to a disturbance on Ridge Line drive at 01:41AM. A roadside assistance tow truck driver declined to make repairs to a vehicle because he felt the subject requesting assistance was too intoxicated to drive. When the intoxicated subject became aggressive, police were called. The man admitted he had been drinking and the repairs were made when his girlfriend, who was not impaired, agreed to drive.

A 47-year-old Fenton woman was arrested and charged in municipal court with driving with a suspended license and improper vehicle registration following an 8:18PM traffic stop in the 10000 block of Manchester Rd. She was released after posting a $400.00 bond.

An officer on patrol discovered vandalism to the rear of a business in the 9900 block of Manchester Rd. Someone spray painted graffiti on a concrete wall in the loading dock area of the business.

Several unlocked vehicles were rifled through on business parking lots in the 9900 block of Manchester Rd. between 4:50AM and 10:00AM. Nothing was taken from the cars.

Free Summer Concerts - St Louis County


I must say Karen Goodman from did a terrific job putting this list together. I added a link at the end of the post if you are interested to see the whole article.


  • Heman Park (University City): TBA***


  • Faust Park (Chesterfield): June 5 – August 14, no concert July 3 (7-9 pm)
  • Market in the Loop (University City): June 12 – July 24 (7-8 pm)




Here is the Link if you want to see the St. Louis City Schedule and the St Charles ones: LINK

Monday, June 4

Mike's gruesome accident

From my friend Mike O'Shea who lives in the old section of Warson Woods:

"Do not skip going to church on Sunday....I did....went to return some bottles to Oberweiss. I bought some more, carried them the car, the bag broke, each bottle hitting the ground and breaking in succession. I was then standing in a sea of broken glass and milk...I go to the other side of my car, which is on a hill, sideways, to move it so I can get the broken glass from under it. I lose my grip on the door and it slammed into my head, cutting open a large gash that has only recently stopped I ended up standing in a sea of milk, with broken glass all around me, with blood gushing down my head...I am looking forward to Monday morning..."

I can't believe you kept your sense of humor during the process. Feel better Mike, you are a true warrior.

Sunday, June 3

Our Warson Woods resident Matt Witte is a Deacon

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has ordained nine men to the Order of the Diaconate as permanent deacons yesterday at 10 a.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End.
The new deacons are Charles Bacher, David Billing, Timothy Dallas, Daniel Graham, John Hofmann, Fred Tustanowsky, Donald Walker, H. Matt Witte and Robert Wood.
Last night, the 5 p.m Mass at Ste Genevieve was very emotional. We had a full house. The entire community came to congratulate Matt Witte and his wife Gina for this amazing achievement. What  a journey it has been for Matt!
The reception at the Gym had a phenomenal turn-out. I must say that Matt is a good draw! It was so nice to see some of our oldest residents joining the rest of us for dinner. 
And from a French point of view, I give a special mention to Nick Witte. I loved the white jacket and the pink tie. Nick, you looked very sharp last night! 

Saturday, June 2

Update on the New Provider for Collection of Solid Waste

From the Web Site:

New Provider for Collection of Solid Waste, Yard waste, and Recyclables
After going out to bid, the City has selected IESI as its new provider for residential waste pick-up service. As before, the provider will contract directly with the resident for the services desired.  An informational meeting was held at City Hall on May 17, 2012 (seeSlide Show) and you should have received information from the City and IESI regarding the transition (see IESI's May 4, 2012 Letter) but a summary is included below. 
The City of Warson Woods strongly encourages all residents to elect the Standard Service (Once Weekly, Curbside) or the Twice Weekly, Curbside service to take delivery of and use the IESI-supplied, 95 gallon solid waste cart (this is a wheeled cart that is larger than the recycling cart; an example is on display at City Hall).  We understand that some residents have expressed a desire to not take delivery of the 95 gallon cart due to concerns about the small amount of solid waste they generate and the size of the cart.  It is not a requirement to take delivery of and use the IESI 95 gallon solid waste cart in order for your trash to get collected for the Standard Service or the Twice Weekly, Curbside service.  Please keep in mind the following when making your decision:
  • If you elect to not take delivery of a cart, please notify IESI of your name, address, and phone number and that you don’t want the 95 gallon cart.  If one gets delivered to your residence by mistake, please call City Hall (965-3100) and the City will come by and collect your cart.
  • You CAN use the 95 gallon solid waste cart for your yard waste (leaves, grass, sticks, etc) similar to the way that many residents use their existing trash cans for the same purpose.  However, you CANNOT co-mingle trash/ solid waste and yard waste in this container.  Therefore, for the residents that still wish to use their own trash cans for the small amount of solid waste they generate and use the larger IESI solid waste cart for just a yard waste cart, this might provide a viable option.
  • You will be responsible for ensuring that your smaller trash can is present at the curbside for collection on the designated trash pickup date – similar to the requirement for everyone electing either the Standard Service or the Twice Weekly, Curbside service that are using the IESI-supplied carts.
  • There will be no yard waste or solid waste collected from recycling carts.  These are single use carts for recyclables only.
As mentioned below, we anticipate that smaller solid waste containers (approximately the same size as the recycling carts) will be available later.

Summary of Service and Options
Standard Service:  Includes once-weekly pick-up at the curb of every Residential Dwelling Unit of Solid Waste, Yard waste (twice weekly from October 15 - December 15), and Recyclables including a 95-gallon Solid Waste container, replacement of damaged Solid Waste and recycling containers upon request, and providing recycling containers to new residents upon request.   
Cost of Service per Residential Dwelling Unit/per Month
First Year$18.92
Second  Year$19.49
Third Year$20.07
Optional – Fourth Year$20.67
Optional – Fifth Year$21.29

Optional Services – Optional Services – in lieu of the Standard service described above, each Customer has three (3) options to select a higher level of solid waste collection services for additional costs. These services are:
  • Twice Weekly, Curbside – This option is identical to the Standard Service except that Solid Waste shall be picked up twice weekly at the curb. Residents will be provided a 95 gallon solid waste container (same as Standard Service) and the cart is included in the monthly cost. 
 Cost of Service per Residential Dwelling Unit/per Month
First Year$26.29
Second  Year$27.08
Third Year$27.89
Optional – Fourth Year$28.73
Optional – Fifth Year$29.59
  • Once Weekly Solid Waste Backdoor Collection – This option is identical to the Standard Service except that no Solid Waste cart shall be provided rather the Customer shall have their Solid Waste picked up from the rear or adjacent to the garage one time per week.
Cost of Service per Residential Dwelling Unit/per Month
First Year$23.86
Second  Year$24.57
Third Year$25.31
Optional – Fourth Year$26.07
Optional – Fifth Year$26.85
  • Twice Weekly Solid Waste Backdoor Collection – This option is identical to the Standard Service except that Solid Waste shall be picked up twice weekly and no Solid Waste cart shall be provided but rather the Customer shall have their Solid Waste picked up from the rear or adjacent to the garage.
Cost of Service per Residential Dwelling Unit/per Month
First Year$32.66
Second  Year$33.53
Third Year$34.54
Optional – Fourth Year$35.58
Optional – Fifth Year$36.65

The new contract with IESI begins Sunday, July 1st 2012. Residents can select their preferred level of service either by sending in the postcard to IESI with your elected level of service by May 31, 2012 or you will be enrolled in “Standard Service”.  The 95 gallon carts will be delivered to residents electing curbside service in late June 2012 (either once per week or twice per week). Smaller carts (65 gallon) will not be available in June 2012 but will be available at a later date.  Final decisions on days of service will be made after May 31st and based on resident options selected/ feedback. Days of collection/ feedback within city were specified as Tuesday-Thursday in bid specification in anticipation of a large majority of city using once weekly pickup options.

Friday, June 1

In Kirkwood, tragedy occurred on popular shortcut

Cameron Vennard graduated in May 2012 from eighth grade at Nipher Middle School in Kirkwood.

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch, I felt like sharing the story this morning:
Cameron Vennard was fatally struck wednesday afternoon by an Amtrak Train near Leffingwell Avenue.

Read more:
In Kirkwood, tragedy occurred on popular shortcut