Author Archives: Casey

Free Concerts Nearby

Summer Concerts: Some Are Free  The South Side is alive with the sounds of music – all those free concerts in parks!  Tower Grove Park and Francis Park offer a variety of music, so watch local media for announcements.  Here for your convenience is the schedule for free concerts in the Carondelet area, as published in “Carondeletter” of the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation, Inc.  Grab a chair or blanket, pack a cooler, and make it a free ‘n easy summer in South St. Louis!

Sundays, 6-8PM in Carondelet Park.  June 3 through August 19:  Bob Kuban Band, Deutschmeister Brass Band, Funky Butt Brass  Band, Abbey Road Warriors, Air Force Mid-America, Ragtimers, Power Play, Mystic Voyage, Farshid-World Music, Elvis-Patsy Cline-Buddy Holly, Mitzi MacDonald & Keltic Reign, Cornet Chop Suey.

Mondays, 7-9PM in South St. Louis Square Park .  June 4 through 18:  Street Wise, Patti & The Hitmen, Melissa Neels Band.

Mondays, 7-9PM in Bellerive Park: July 2 through 23 (Overlooking the Mississippi!)  The Greers, Wil Maring/Robert Bowlin, Potter’s Wheel, Chris Talley Trio.

Tuesdays, 7-9PM in Fanetti Park:  June 12 – Swing DeVille; July 10 – Gateway Jazz; July 17 – Careless;  August 14 – Raw Earth.

Friday, 7-9PM in Lions Park, August 3, The Younger Brothers.

Go to for more info and links to the bands’ web pages.   # # #


Spring Cleaning? De-cluttering?

What about those old meds?

Some old meds can simply be tossed into the regular trash. But first, read the label for instructions to the contrary, according to an “FDA Consumer Health Information/US Food & Drug Administration” bulletin. Students from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy were giving out copies in mid-April at the Siteman Cancer Center at the Barnes/Washington U. medical center.

If it is OK simply to toss an old med into the trash, safeguard pets and kids by first mixing the drug with something yucky like old coffee grounds or kitty litter. Or pack them in a leak-proof plastic zip-up bag or empty can. Recycle the pill bottle if possible.

If the bottle held a prescription drug, safeguard your privacy by soaking off the label or obliterating your info thereon.

Don’t “recycle” old prescriptions by giving them to someone else because of potentially dangerous drug interactions, allergies or other health conditions of your friend or loved-one.

Flushing meds – Rx or OTC — down the toilet can endanger our water supply. Read the drug label; some are OK to flush.

Turn ‘em in April 28, 10 AM until 2 PM at three nearby Walgreens stores: 3822 S. Kingshighway (63109), 4218 Lindell (63108) or 1530 Lafayette (63104). They are among 20 sites participating in the National Take-Back Initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). DEA says that in 2007 approximately 250,000 incidents of improper medication use were reported to Poison Control Centers. The take-back initiatives are intended to reduce the dangers of accidental exposure to other people’s drugs.

More info is available at the FDA website.

Kingshighway Viaduct Public Hearing

Your chance for a say-so on Kingshighway Viaduct replacement

The City of St. Louis will conduct a public hearing on the demolition and replacement of the Kingshighway Viaduct that stretches from Southwest/Vandeventer to Shaw. The new viaduct will feature three traffic lanes in each direction, sidewalks, concrete railings, lighting, etc.  The work will necessitate a lengthy closure of Kingshighway. The completed project will eliminate under-bridge access to sidestreets.

The public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2 at 4:00 PM in Room 208 of City Hall (Tucker at Market). There you will be able to see maps, plats, environmental documentation, to learn about schedules, and to discuss the design’s impact on community socioeconomic conditions and goals

For more info contact Richard Stockmann, 314-589-6606.

This information was published in a classified ad in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (page C-7) on Monday 16 April by the City of St. Louis, Joseph K. Kuss, P.E., Deputy City Engineer, Board of Public Service.  The office of the President of the  Board of Public Service is in City Hall, Room 301, according to the ad.

More Street Names

North – South Streets Sources: (1) The Streets of St. Louis: A History of St. Louis Street Names, by William B .and Marcella C.  Mahan. Virginia Publishing Company, St .Louis, MO  63108 © 1994, 1996. (Secondrevised edition)    (2)  St. Louis Public Library searchable online list compiled by Dr. Glen Holt and Thomas A.Pearson.

 KINGSHIGHWAY:  Kingshighway originated as an Indian trail to a portage on the Missouri River. White settlers called it the King’s Trace (or highway), as they called most roads running between the king’s land and the common fields.  (Le Rue de Roi for the French; El Camino Real for the Spanish).  It was the western boundary of the Prairie des Noyers Common Field.  It became the main stem of the Kingshighway Boulevard “system” adopted by the city in 1903. ( Source: Streets of St. Louis*)

At one time, there were many Kingshighways in St.  Louis:  Union Blvd. was “Second Kingshighway;” Bircher Blvd. was “Kingshighway Northeast” or “Kingshighway-Bircher;”  Kingshighway Southwest” comprised Christy, Holly Hills and Bellerive boulevards, with the Christy stretch sometimes referred to as “Kingshighway-Christy.”  And “Grand Kingshighway” ran from Carondelet Park north to Bellerive Boulevard.  Today’s Kingshighway Boulevard run through eight neighborhoods:  Cabanne, Central West End, Clifton, Grand Prairie, The Hill, Oak Hill, Shaw and Southwest.

NORTH KINGSIGHWAY BLVD. was renamed KINGSHIGHWAY MEMORIAL BLVD. in 1922 to honor military heroes killed in World War I.  Kingshighway Memorial ran from Easton Ave. (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.) to West Florissant Ave.  The ordinance has never been repealed, so Kingshighway Memorial still exists, running through the Arlington, Fairground and Walnut Park neighborhoods.

LAWN AVENUE Appeared between Oakland and Berthold avenues in the 1912 Forest Lawn Subdivision, it received its name from the subdivision. Neighborhoods: Oakland and Southwest. (St. Louis Public Library)

HEREFORD and SUBLETTE honor Mrs. Frances Hereford Sublette, wife of the fur and Indian trader, Solomon Sublette. Part of the Fairmount Heights Subdivision of 1868 was developed on Sublette family lands. Neighborhoods: The Hill, Oakland and Southwest. (St. Louis Public Library)  Frances’ first husband was William Sublette, who was appointed in 1845 by Thomas Hart Benton to be Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. On his way, he died; Frances eventually married his brother Solomon. (Streets of St. Louis)

BRANNON AVENUE was originally platted in the 1871 subdivision of St. Louis Heights and named for John B. Brannon, a city deputy sheriff in the 1850s. Neighborhoods: The Hill and Southwest. (Library)

SUBLETTE AVENUE appeared on St. Louis maps dating back to the 1850s. It was named in honor of William L. and Solomon B. Sublette, western fur traders who were landowners in Gratiot League Square. Portions of Sublette Ave. were also known as Cheltenham Avenue and Blue Ridge Road until 1881. It was Blue Ridge Road from Connecticut to Pernod until 1881. Neighborhoods: The Hill, Oakland and Southwest. (Library)

MACKLIND AVENUE began as St. Louis Avenue in the Fairmont Heights Subdivision of 1868. It was renamed in 1881 to honor of Thomas H. Macklind, district engineer of the city street department. Neighborhoods: The Hill, Oakland and Southwest. (Library)                                ###                ###         ###

How Our Streets Were Named

East-West Streets

CHIPPEWA:  Named for the Chippewa Indians.  Once it was called “Mine Road” west of Grand Ave., because it led to clay mines owned by fellows named Russell, Christy and Bingham – whose names live on in southside streets. (Source: The Streets of St. Louis: A History of St. Louis Street Names, by William B.and Marcella C. Manan. Virginia Publishing Company, St. Louis, MO  63108 © 1994, 1996. 2nd revised edition)

LINDENWOOD, MARDEL and OLEATHA:  A real-estate developer named Samuel Thomas Rathell was married to Oleatha Didawich, and asked her to name streets in an area he was developing in 1888. She named Oleatha for herself, Lindenwood for the college she had attended, and Marquette for her childrens’ school.  She had grown up on Delmar, to the north, and reversed the syllables to name Mardel.  Delmar had been named by two landowners, one from Delaware (Del), the other from Maryland (Mar). (Source: The Streets of St. Louis: A History of St. Louis Street Names)

THOLOZAN: Tholozan honors a merchant who married well.  One of the earliest inhabitants of St. Louis was a man named Gabriel Dodier (for whom a street in North St. Louis is named).  His son, Rene Dodier, sold some land near what is now Grand and Gravois, to Charles and Marie (Conde) Sanguinette, who eventually gave the land to daughter Adele, who was married to a storekeeper from France –John Eli Tholozan.  The Tholozans lived on the land for quite some time before selling it to South Side National Bank. The street behind the bank keeps the Tholozan name alive.(Source: The Streets of St. Louis: A History of St. Louis Street Names)

PERNOD:  Named for Aime R. Pernod (1783-1872), an early landowner.  It marked the southern boundary of a land grant in 1785 from the Spanish Lieutenant Governor to Charles Gratiot and his wife, Victoire Chouteau Gratiot.  The land grant totaled 5,712 acres, covering the area from what is now the middle of Forest Park on the north to Pernod on the south, and from Kingshighway on the east to Big Bend on the west. The acreage was called the Gratiot League Square. (Streets of St. Louis)   Pernod appeared on maps as early as 1856, according to a St. Louis Public Library searchable online list compiled by Dr. Glen Holt and Thomas A. Pearson.  It was known as Pernod Road from Kingshighway to Watson Road until 1893. Pernod’s tract eventually  became the Ivanhoe Park Subdivision in the  Southwest neighborhood.

MIAMI:  Named for the Miami River and the Miami Indian tribe of Ohio in the platting of the St. Louis Commons of the 1850s, according to the Library database. (Neighborhoods: Marquette-Cherokee, Oak Hill and Southwest)

POTOMAC:  In the St. Louis Commons subdivision of 1854 the street was named after Maryland’s Potomac River.  Potomac is an Indian word recorded as Potawameak by John Smith in 1608. Its meaning is “where goods are brought in.” It was called Scudder Avenue from Grand to Gustine until 1881. (Neighborhoods: Marquette-Cherokee, Oak Hill and Southwest) (Source: Library)

FAIRVIEW:  This street first appeared on St. Louis maps in the 1856 Robert W. Hunt Subdivision, between Grand and Gustine avenues. Its name was derived from the beautiful vista that could be seen from its elevated location. (Neighborhoods: Oak Hill and Southwest) (Source:. Louis Public Library)

PARKER:  Honors George Ward Parker, son-in-law and business partner of James Russell in the Parker-Russell Mining and Manufacturing Company. George was the husband of Rusella Lucy Russell, daughter of James Russell. Parker was platted in Lucy Bent Russell’s subdivision of 1884. Neighborhoods: Oak Hill and Southwest) (Source: St. Louis Public Library).  According to the book Streets of St. Louis, James Russell and his son-in-law George operated a coal mine at Morganford and Tholozan and a clay mine at Morganford  and Utah.

FYLER:   Commemorates James D. Fyler, an early landowner, in the subdivision of his estate in 1866. (Neighborhoods: Clifton, The Hill, Oakland and Southwest). (Source: St. Louis Public Library).

We’re Talkin’ Trash Here – Old Phone Books

‘Tis the season when those yellow bags with new phone directories appear on porches north and south. So, now what do we do with the old phone books? Not too long ago it was nearly impossible to be a good green eco-buddy when it came to recycling phone books. But now it’s a little easier being green. (Kermit notwithstanding.)

Grab that old phonebook, bip out to the alley, find the nearest bright blue dumpster, and slamdunk those yellow pages smack into it! The City of St. Louis recently distributed a flyer, Materials Accepted For Recycling. In the category of “Papers” are 14 entries, including paperback books and telephone books – but not the plastic bags in which they were packaged. The entire front page and two-thirds of the backside of the flyer list and show examples of materials accepted for recycling in those big blue boxes in alleys. The bottom third of the backside lists materials NOT ACCEPTED for recycling.

Word-of-mouth has it that we Southsiders are very green-and-clean in our neighborhoods. So, get with the program if you’re not already recycling stuff.

For more info:
City of St. Louis
Refuse Division – Recycling Program
4100 S. 1st Street, 63118
e-mail: [email protected]
phone: 314-353-8877

How Americans Learn About Local Community

Local Newspaper 25%
Internet 17%
Local TV 13%
Word of mouth 06%
Radio 05%
Print bulletin 04%
Mobile phone <2% Other sources 08% Source: Pew Research Center. Local News Survey 2011. Conducted January 12-15 2011 by Pew’s Internet & American Life Project, Project for Excellence in Journalism, and the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Survey included 2,251 U.S. adults (18 years and older), including 750 cell phone interviews (in English and in Spanish).

“Old-fashioned word of mouth is still a factor in sharing local news and information, especially at the neighborhood level for information about local businesses, restaurants and schools,” Pew reported. “In all 55% of all adults get local news and information via word of mouth at least once a week. Word of mouth is particularly likely to be cited by younger residents as one of their top platforms for community events. Adults age 40 and older are more likely to prefer word of mouth as a source for local politics, local government activity, housing and real estate, zoning, and social services.”

So come to your hub of “Word of Mouth” info – KHNA meetings! Hear from and talk to our Police and elected officials and your neighbors.

What People Look For
Weather 89%
Breaking News 80%
Politics 67%
Crime 66%
Arts/Culture events 60%
Local Business 60%
Schools/Education 58%
Community events 57%
Restaurants, Bars 55%
Traffic/Transportation 47%
Tax issues 47%
Housing/Real Estate 43%
Government activity 42%
Job openings 39%
Social Services 35%
Zoning/Development 30%

Hot news, Cool program

Who wouldn’t want to be warmer in Winter, cooler in Summer? You might be eligible for a free Home Weatherization Program. Program services include caulking windows and doors, repairing hot-water tanks and furnaces, venting dryers and insulating. Owners and renters can apply for the income-restricted program.

For a household of one, maximum annual gross income is $21,780.
For a household of two, maximum annual gross income is $29,420.
For a household of three, maximum annual gross income is $37,060.
For a household of four, maximum annual gross income is $44,700.
For a household of five, maximum annual gross income is $52,340.

Funds are provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Energize Missouri Initiative. Funding is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In the City of St. Louis, the program is operated by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis at 3701 Grandel Square, 63108.
Phone: (314) 615-3636 or 615-3602.
Download an application

Next Meeting is April 28

Our next neighborhood association meeting will be held at 7pm on April 28th.

As usual, we’re meeting at the Kennard Classical Junior Academy (5031 Potomac Street). Enter the upper East parking lot from Fairview.

Ask and you shall receive

KHNA Board member Loyce Voigt noticed a lot of trash in and around the alley dumpsters due to someone moving in/out. She called 10th Ward Alderman Joe Vollmer to report the problem. Two hours later a city truck was in the alley removing the trash. Then the phone rang, and it was Alderman Joe: “Was that fast enough for you, Loyce?”