Tomorrow (Saturday 3/31) at 9am at the O’Fallon Park Rec Plex (O’Fallon Park YMCA at 4343 W. Florissant), North Newstead Association will be hosting a Crime Prevention Summit. Mayor Krewson, Police Chief John Hayden, and Neighborhood Development Executive Dottie McDowell will be among the special guest presenters. Free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Hope to see you and your neighbors there!
We’re launching our 2018 March Madness Bracket 50/50 Challenge. New to March Madness? Try it out and help support the community development and service work we do throughout St. Louis City. A March Madness pro? See if you can beat the rest of the field while supporting NNA.
Please click here for a link to our challenge.
- Please have your bracket filled out BEFORE 9am Thursday 3/15. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament first round starts at 11:15am that same day.
- It is $20 to buy-in to our bracket challenge. We accept cash and check (made out to North Newstead Association). Please send your buy-in to North Newstead Association at 4601 Pope Ave., St. Louis, MO 63115.
- The overall winner will get half of the total pot and NNA will use the remaining half to support our neighborhood cleanups and other events benefiting communities throughout St. Louis.
- Have fun!
This is just an example of a bracket. You can print this version out for yourself, but there is a version in the above link to fill out and participate in our challenge.
Please join us for the first of two Crime Prevention Summits. On March 31st, St. Louis Metro Police Department Chief of Police Hayden, St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson, Neighborhood Development Executive Dottie McDowell, and representatives from SLACO, Employment Connection, and the Neighborhood Stabalization Team will speak with north side residents about safety concerns and how we can collectively work to address them. Free continental breakfast and lunch will be served and we look forward to seeing you there!
Thank you to Ms. Willis for sitting down to speak about the Fresh Starts Community Garden and its importance to the community. Ms. Willis has been an invested and passionate resident leader for some time now–all of which has been documented on blogs, by news outlets, and in well-deserved awards. Most recently, Ms. Willis was nominated for the North Newstead Association’s July Newsletter resident spotlight. She had plenty of wise and impassioned words to share. When asked about the importance of the garden, she said, “It’s important to me because I’m a resident here. It’s important to this community because it can draw people in economically and organically” rather than folks seeing “boarded up raggedy houses, I want to see something nice in the community.” With the support of others, she has grown the area from a vacant lot to a thriving garden. Ms. Willis says that despite some challenges that the garden and community has faced over the years, “We’re not turning back–we’re going to keep trying to get residents to get involved while we continue to keep our garden open to folks from other communities and neighborhoods.” Ms. Willis is always looking for folks who are interested in getting involved–whether it’s helping to water the garden, help gardeners maintain their raised beds, or become a Fresh Starts gardener and have your own raised bed! If you’re interested, please let Ms. Willis or us know! Thank you for all the work you do and congratulations on being the North Newstead Association’s first newsletter spotlighted resident!
25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn recently visited Fresh Starts.
The North Newstead Association was happy to sponsor lunch for the great weekly event that has been going on at Windsor Park in the Hyde Park neighborhood–“Taking Back Windsor Park.” St. Patrick Center, Serving With The Badge, and the North Newstead Association partnered with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (OFFICIAL) to put on a fun and safe day at Windsor Park–other great partners helped with the event in other weeks. Adults played like kids and kids played like kids–there was basketball, football, wiffle ball, frisbee, soccer, and lots of fun! We were also joined by 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon FrAzier-Bosley and State Representative Joshua Peters. Next week (July 31st), will be the last “Taking Back Windsor Park” summer event with back-to-school giveaways, ice cream, and plenty more fun! For news coverage of the event (including a great recap video and an interview with our Executive Director, Sal Martinez) please click here.
NNA was happy to host neighborhood association presidents Ms. Lillie Clay of Fairground and Mr. Abdul Abdullah of O’Fallon and their discussion of possible collaborations in the near future. Ms. Conchita Curry of Penrose was unable to attend but will continue to be invited to these types of collaborative meetings. The attendees were joined by Ms. Claire Wolff of the University of Missouri Extension who presented on the Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA). The group also discussed some ideas for how to improve community-police relations and how we can work to bring Fairground and O’Fallon residents to the table for action items to improve public safety. Mr. Abdullah also presented on the Boy Scouts Explorers Program that can be a great opportunity for youth in the P-O-F neighborhoods to explore different career paths, receive great skills, and meet different professionals to build up their professional network.
Come join us at the Fresh Starts community garden for delicious food and great company. For more information please check out the flyer below or give us a call!