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September/October 2008 Holly Hills Happenings HOLLY HILLS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION (HHIA) Grand to Morganford and Bates to Loughborough Founded in 1927. St. Louis’ oldest neighborhood association. Visit us online at: http://hollyhills.info The Great Pumpkin Parade is Back! NEXT MEETING By popular demand the Holly Hills Pump- back at Arendes for a barbecue and cos- November 24, 2008 kin Parade is back. tume contest. 7:30 p.m. The Pumpkin Parade is a fun and Children are encouraged to dress Honoring Tom Villa’s safe event for Holly Hills chil- up and bring trick-or-treat bags. Many Years of dren and families to come to- Holly Hills residents are encour- Public Service gether and celebrate the Hallow- aged to line the parade route and een season, said HHIA board distribute treats to parade partici- member Barbara Russell, who is pants. The parade will go forward, heading up the parade commit- rain or shine. tee. Russell is looking for at least six volunteers to The parade will be Saturday, October 25th help on the day of the event. Contact her at Inside this issue: at 3:00pm. This year the parade will begin at 353-4619 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Arendes and Federer, travel west on Federer Brooks Goedeker at 352-3198 / President’s Letter 2 to Coronado, and come down Bowen to end email@example.com. Aldermanic Updates 3 New Police Chief, Beautifying the Boathouse Battles in the Park 4 Residents Attend Real Estate 5 Watch Meeting HHIA September 6 meeting minutes Newly appointed St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom joined aldermen, Business Listings 7-9 NSOs and nearly 100 Holly Hills residents at a Neighborhood Watch training on Oct. 13. The meeting was organized by Jim Sahaida of Churches Committed to Community Concerns /Metropolitan Congrega- tions United and held at St. Stephen’s. Public Safety Police Officer Thomas Holly Hills’ unofficial gardener Tim Bolt led a group of volun- Bottini led the training with two teers in planting 200 rose bushes and Russian sage on the west neighborhood Stabilization Officers, side of the Boathouse in September. Volunteers came from as far away as Ballwin, Chesterfield and University City as part of (Continued on page 5) the Flora Conservancy. PAGE 2 HOLLY HILLS HA PP E NINGS A message from the president... Deck your house with cobwebs! M y how the time flies over the summer! I hope each and every one of you had a great summer and were Ooooowahahahahahhahah! able to enjoy the outdoors! HHIA is sponsoring a Halloween There was lots of activity in the neighborhood through the decorating contest. summer, starting with our ice cream social in June and in- cluding the planting of lush flower beds in the park and Judges will be out look- throughout the neighborhood - all by volunteers - along ing for the garish and with a new sign for the Community Garden. the ghoulish, the Fall brings the changing of temperatures, beautiful colors creepiest and the and more fun activities to participate in. corniest Halloween embellishments on Oct. Trick out your house for the Halloween decorating con- test and I’m confident everyone will find the Halloween 27-30. Winners will be Parade a treat! announced and prizes awarded on Oct. 31. I hope all of you get a chance to get out into the Park or the neighborhood and enjoy the brisk temperatures. Walking through the neighborhood is a favorite activity of mine and hopefully we will see each other one night soon! Stop and say hi! The Holly Hills Improvement Association (HHIA) was Fall also brings us change in the political formed on September 10, 1927. Since its inception, landscape of our country. No matter which HHIA has worked to promote the well being of way you lean, please make sure you vote! Holly Hills and its residents. For more information or to become a member of HHIA - Paul Sager contact us at (314) 569-5708 or firstname.lastname@example.org Numbers to Know! Paul Sager H President First District Police 444-0100 H Kate Hastings I Vice President Police (non-emergency) 231-1212 A Daniel Haag Immediate Past President Anonymous Drug, Gang, Homicide Police Line 241-COPS 772-3484 Victoria Chechik B Past President Neighborhood Stabilization Officers (NSO) O 622-4628 Beth Murphy A Treasurer R Citizens’ Service Bureau 622-4800 Anne Borgmeyer D Recording Secretary Humane Society 647-8800 Tara Ohler-Jenney Financial Secretary M Alderman Matt Villa 11th Ward 351-9896 Brooks Goedeker E Member at large M Alderman Fred Heitert 12th Ward 622-3287 Patrick Hanlon B Member at large Alderman Fred Wessels 13th Ward 589-6836 Mary Lopinot E Member at large R State Representative Tom Villa 108th District 352-2084 Stacy Ross S Member at large State Senator Harry Kennedy 1st District 481-5857 Barbara Russell Member at large State Senator Maida Coleman 5th District 535-5999 HOLLY HILLS HA PP E NINGS PAGE 3 11th, 12th and 13th Ward Aldermanic Updates 11th Ward Matt Villa Federal Historic District: In process of pleted soon. The ribbon cutting cere- getting a district for Holly Hills that mony is scheduled for October 14th @ Carondelet Park Rec Center: A little will allow owners to apply for tax 10:00am, at Germania & behind schedule because of rain – the credits. Most of the rest of the 11th Eugene. Mayor Slay is scheduled to pool should open in time for Memorial Ward is already in one. attend, along with GRG personnel. Day, the rest of center open late July or early August. Haven’t finalized Tree Plantings: Anyone interested in The estimated project cost is $1.5-2 YMCA running the center – recent having a tree planted in front of their million dollars. The next phase will be meeting with aldermen Wessels, Villa home between the sidewalk and the to extend this trail from Germania/I- and Heitert with YMCA. The city may curb can call me @ 314-622-3755. 55 and route it behind the Loughbor- have to go to another operator and we ough Commons project and connect to should know in next 30-60 days. Have 12th Ward Fred Heitert the existing Carondelet Park Trails. to work out a structure that is fair to Boulevard Heights: Joint Venture the taxpayers. Projections are that it BP Station- Gravois/Germania: CVS Housing Development Pro- will make enough money Pharmacy will be the new store in gram. There are ten single- for maintenance. town. This Fortune 500 Company is in family homes completed or the process of acquiring this site. They Loughborough Commons: near completion with one also have contracts to buy two addi- Construction is underway single-family home ready to tional single family houses along Ger- for a new Burger King and start construction. Mayor mania and three single family houses the scheduled opening is Slay moved into one of these along Austria. They plan to build a the end of October. China new homes in late July. multi-million dollar commercial devel- King (a restaurant) will be opening Eight townhouses are com- opment project. This will be the first soon in the retail space between Star- plete, with two sold. Single family one built in the City of St. Louis. They bucks and Qdoba. Fifth Third bank homes start around $275,000 –High plan to build at least 20 new stores will start construction in March 2009 end $380,000. Townhouses start throughout the metropolitan St. Louis on the outparcel next to Burger King. around $250,000. Condos will start area. Demolition on the site is sched- Two lots remain available for sale and around $170,000. uled to begin early next year with con- DESCO is still targeting a sit down struction completed late 2009. Windsor School: This property will be restaurant. placed on the market to be sold some- Old 7/11 @ Gravois/Loughborough: Shoppers Cleaners building at Grand time later this year. Hopefully, within “Papa Johns” has signed a contract to and Holly Hills: Redevelopment in the next couple of weeks, all the trees utilize ½ of the building. There is in- an“unfortunate” holding pattern. A will be trimmed, limbs removed and terest in the other half. Cricket Cellu- jury in the eminent domain case set the grass cut. lar is interested in the location. price at $460,000, much more than There has been interest in making the developer had hoped to pay, and Willmore Park- Dog Park: Opened a this site a combination Senior Hous- the owner is appealing this price. The few years ago, they are expanding ing, Assisted Living and Skilled Nurs- city had block grant money set aside, their facility. This is a very successful ing Facility complex. Fr. Mike and a but while the case was moving program. group from IHM and I visited and through the courts federal law discussed this possibility with Cardi- Pace Properties, Weber Road: As pre- changed and now can no longer use nal Ritter Institute. We are talking viously mentioned, Wal-Mart is the any federal block grants on projects about the possibility of CRI buying large anchor store. No Eminent Do- that use eminent domain. Plans were the site and constructing three build- main will be used. This project is still for retail on first floor – restaurant/ ings that will benefit the seniors that on hold. coffee house – apartments/condos. live in are area. It’s just an idea. Developer had tenants lined up a year Building Inspections – 12th ward: I ago but doesn’t think he can make it Great River Greenway- Germania had the building inspectors survey work so now looking for another de- Pedestrian/Bike Trail: This project veloper. It’s still a priority. (Continued on page 9) was slow to start but, will be com- PAGE 4 HOLLY HILLS HA PP E NINGS Lords, Ladies, Dukes, Duchesses Do Battle in Carondelet Park Every Sunday By Brooks Goedeker ing of Western My wife and I were walking our dog Gate, or around Carondelet Park one Sunday Western afternoon. As we rounded the corner Gate for along Grand and Holly Hills avenues short, and we were greeted by some unfamiliar is a prin- sounds. In the horizon were arms wav- cipality ing, drums banging, and dozens of rev- under the elers partaking in a full-out battle. At Indian- that moment, my wife and I paused in apolis, our tracks in an attempt to consume Members of the Western Gate group prepare to do battle each Sunday in Carondelet Park. Indiana Photo by Brooks Goedeker the bright colors, colliding foam weap- kingdom The Western Gate has even been ons and make sense of what was oc- or the Kingdom of the Rising Winds. known to scare off unwanted elements curring in the usually quiet and placid There is currently one other group in from the park. park grounds. the St. Louis metropolitan area, in Blanchette Park in St. Charles. West- “When bad people see 60 of us with “That is the usual reaction we get ern Gate has been around since 1998. foam weapons in our hands, they don’t when people see us for the first time,” They spent one year in Tower Grove stick around too long,” added Rathius explains Heartwynd or Eileen as she Park, but ever since have called Cain, the group’s current monarch. is referred to in her ordinary life. Carondelet Park home. So, the next time you’re walking What was witnessed on that afternoon Western Gate’s battles rage on every around Carondelet Park, Western Gate was actually The Holding of Western Sunday afternoon , usually until about welcomes you to take a closer look. Gate defending itself from a raid. You dusk. During the fall and winter, they Anyone 14 years of age or older can see, all of these individuals are actu- meet mostly in the Dragon’s Paw (the even participate in the battle. There ally part of an organization called area adjacent to Holly Hills Ave. near are always extra foam weapons, par- Amtgard, created in El Paso, Texas in the bear pit) and in the spring and ticipants eager to give instruction, and 1983. Amtgard now has hundreds of summer on the Battlefield (the flat fun and excitement guaranteed. For groups around the country and even grounds near the boathouse). The those looking to just observe, Western across the globe. Baron Sir Tanath group expresses tremendous respect Gate loves spectators and encourages Lagoon or Charles Degregorio, a 14- for Cardondelet Park. photographs. The members of Western year veteran, explains that “Amtgard Gate believe that Baron Sir Tanath is a little bit of a live-action role play,“We are very grateful to be located in Lagoon sums it up best when he says, a little bit of a sport, and a little bit of the park., Heartwynd said. “We make “We absolutely love fighting in Caron- a society all rolled up into one.” sure that we take care of our home delet Park and we invite everyone to Amtgard focuses largely on a medieval and respect our neighbors.” come check us out.” -based system and uses safe, foam- padded replicas of medieval weaponry Each Sunday, before they embark on Brooks Goedeker explores and uncov- to conduct combat in a friendly, social their battles, The Western Gate picks ers behind-the-scene stories of what atmosphere. up litter, fallen tree branches, and any makes our neighborhood unique and other debris. There are 13 Amtgard kingdoms special. If you have a story idea, throughout the world which govern “Each Sunday we want to make sure please feel free to e-mail Brooks at local chapters. The group that meets to leave Carondelet Park better than email@example.com in Carondelet Park is called The Hold- when we arrived,” added Heartwynd. HOLLY HILLS HA PP E NINGS PAGE 5 (Continued from page 1) Isom, come to the meeting,” Sahaida them to be able to act on what they said. Isom was joined by Lieutenant know best. Brian Kolde and TJ Minden, providing Colonels Tim Reagan and Roy information on crime prevention, deal- Joachimstaler. Aldermen Matt Villa, 3. More community policing, reaching ing with nuisance issues and answer- 11th Ward, and Fred Wessels, 13th into the neighborhoods – develop- ing questions on what, when and how Ward also attended. “We thank ing more relationships with the to report and whom to call. them for their support.” community. It was the largest neighborhood watch Isom outlined In addition, it was an- training Bottini had participated in. three priorities. nounced at the meeting that the police caught a Captain Spies of the 1st. District gave 1. Quality of drug addict who acted with an update on crime and everyone was Life matters another person in committing impressed with the steps he outlined like peace dis- garage burglaries to support that are being undertaken to handle it, turbance, and their drug habits. The man they Sahaida said. “There are a number of other nuisance caught lives in Lemay and was initiatives that are creative in how po- issues out on parole and will probably be lice are being deployed where there is sent back to prison. This should stop a concentration of criminal activity 2. Decentralization of the Depart- the rash of garage burglaries we were going on.” ment so that the districts have more seeing.If you have any questions, decision making ability. The Captains please call Jim Sahaida at 353-1425 or “We were very pleased and happy to in the Districts know the issues, con- email him at firstname.lastname@example.org have the new Chief of Police, Daniel cerns, and neighborhoods. He wants Holly Hills Real Estate courtesy of Paul Sager Active as of September 29 3642 Bellerive $159,000 3841 Dover $247,000 3818 Burgen $158,000 4151 Concordia $59,900 6126 Adkins $159,900 3942 Burgen $250,000 4061 Fillmore $160,000 4080 Burgen $70,000 5809 Dewey $159,900 3921 Holly Hills $515,000 3927 Dover $172,500 4082 Concordia $73,900 3632 Wilmington $164,900 4115 Haven $177,000 4058 Concordia $82,900 6146 Morganford $165,000 Sold as of September 29 5959 Coronado $180,000 4084 Wilmington $94,985 6103 Newport $167,000 4134 Bates $55,500 4112 Toenges $185,000 4087 Concordia $99,900 3936 Bowen $169,000 4146 Concordia $60,000 4144 Haven $188,000 5904 Morganford $100,000 6142 Morganford $169,000 4093 Concordia $64,700 5606 Arendes $189,600 3808 Burgen $104,400 3683 Dover $169,900 4167 Burgen $79,500 4120 Toenges $190,000 5617 Dewey $112,900 6104 Newport $174,900 3625 Dover $79,500 4128 Alma $191,000 4092 Wilmington $117,000 4124 Alma $175,000 3915 Dover $79,900 5927 Coronado $194,500 4148 Burgen $119,500 4101 Toenges $177,500 4154 Concordia $79,900 6158-60 Morganford 3942 Bates $119,900 5608 Arendes $178,900 4106 Wilmington $96,500 $195,000 4075 Bowen $119,900 5937 Marwinette $179,500 3675 Bellerive $97,000 4064 Alma $195,600 4131 Loughborough $139,900 3833 Wilmington $179,900 3846 Bates $105,000 4072 Wilmington $139,900 3806 Bowen $196,000 5715 Dewey $179,900 3646 Wilmington $115,000 5614 Morganford $144,900 3958 Wilmington $199,000 6809 Alexander $182,000 4145 Fillmore $117,000 6131 Dewey $144,900 3901 Bowen $220,000 3950 Bowen $189,900 3923 Burgen $119,900 4145 Tyrolean $148,500 3659 Bellerive $189,900 3849 Fillmore $224,900 6118 Newport $149,000 4111 Fillmore $128,000 4133 Toenges $189,900 3930 Bowen $235,000 3634 Wilmington $149,500 5658 Arendes $140,000 3916 Dover $199,900 4123 Haven $140,000 6118 Arendes $250,000 4106 Bates $149,900 4070 Holly Hills $218,900 3926 Burgen $142,000 3941 Holly Hills $384,950 5648 Morganford $149,900 6203 Marwinette $244,500 3646 Dover $157,033 PAGE 6 HOLLY HILLS HA PP E NINGS HHIA General Membership Meeting Minutes for September 22 Report from Holly Hills Public If it seems too good to be true, it is. He Report from Board of Aldermen Safety Officer Bottini: has different talks he can give to any President Lewis Reed group in the city. He also offers fraud • Working on regional coalition on District 1 crime report – Year-to- alert email – don’t get anything but date: the environment – air quality is- fraud alerts . sues. Bring the region together to • 10 homicides this year Emphasized: Check your credit re- look at the environment with St. ports – get one every four months from Louis County – NOT St. Charles • Burglaries up County one of three bureaus – get one free • Larcenies down (Things stolen off each year from each bureau. • Board of Aldermen passed cyber- person outside of property) harassment law – had been illegal • Vehicle thefts down • Check bank and credit card state- to harass by phone or letter, but ments immediately – request to email wasn’t included - Unani- • Arson down have statements sent online mously passed. • Total crime down 13% from last • Mail bills inside at post office year which was down 19% down • Half-cent sales tax - $1 million for • Lock bills and sensitive info in crime prevention – address crimes from the previous year locked file cabinet committed by kids under 18 – how Crimes in Holly Hills – Year-to-date • Opt out of customer service pro- to combat – look at successful na- grams – no more courtesy checks, tional programs – don’t need to re- • No homicides no rapes credit card applications invent the wheel. Some of the most • 7 fewer assaults • Don’t carry sensitive documents on heinous crimes committed by kids. • Person crime down 63% your person • Community reinvestment – what • 6 more burglaries – 37 for year • Carry billfold in your strong hand banks get our tax dollars. Banks front pocket. If you carry expensive that lend here, we want to put our • 71 larcenies purses, you make yourself a target money in those banks. To put your • Vehicle theft down • Never carry any document with your tax money to work. Made pitch for • Total crime down 6.3% social security number - Medicare local control of police department. • Mobile surveillance signs – crime cards have social security numbers – 11th Ward—Matt Villa – Agreed prevention measure Mo and federal law allow you to with Lewis Reed about local control of black out all but last four digits – police. Police are afraid of messing The captain is very proud of the report medical providers must accept them with their pension – city was sued by – he is very pro-active, encourages his • Shred any docs that have any sensi- police and fire – was required to fund officers to aggressively question suspi- tive info - People will go through to 100%, which is unheard of. We have cious persons; Graph of crime shows your trash to pay for it but don’t have a say in it. peak in 2006. • On checks use first two initials only It’s definitely a backwards system. It’s – include minimum of info certainly not fair to the city taxpayers. No progress on gutter thefts. Arrests but no prosecutions – calls from scrap • Sign your credit card • Don’t ever keep PIN with debit • Tow lot scandal- city’s own tow lot yards – but circuit the circuit attor- cards now handling – those types of ney’s office isn’t prosecuting because practices don’t go on. they have no witnesses. In one case a • Keep a list of credit card numbers/ woman whose gutters were stolen got expiration dates in locked location • Semis on Foodland’s lot all the description of the car, the car showed • Never respond to an email request- time? Matt will check into it. up at a scrap metal place, the guy ad- ing sensitive information – don’t mitted it, but wouldn’t sign a confes- ever click on the link provided. 13th Ward—Fred Wessels sion so circuit attorney’s office won’t • Don’t use debit cards online - Only charge. Scrap yards are trying to help. use debit cards when you swipe it • Reiterated residents can get The yourself –no federal liability limit on Club for $11 Questioners asked – if write the ad- dress on gutters so at least they can be debit cards • Flooding from Ike - This area has returned – Bottini: “It can’t hurt.” • Delete unknown or questionable gotten its money’s worth out of MSD emails – keep virus and spyware from recent upgrades. Guest Speaker Dan Rechtien – updated – look for “https” in web • Increased number of police officers retired police officer now working at site address line – means site is se- in 1st district by 20 percent over last Circuit Attorneys office. He answers cure 15 years. fraud hotline – 314-612-1412. Email is email@example.com HOLLY HILLS HA PP E NINGS PAGE 7 Please Patronize Our Neighborhood Businesses! PAGE 8 HOLLY HILLS HA PP E NINGS Please Patronize Our Neighborhood Businesses! HOLLY HILLS HA PP E NINGS PAGE 9 Please Patronize Our Neighborhood Businesses! Eugene G. Schaller Realty 7419 S. Broadway St. Louis, MO 63111-3406 314-832-6100 firstname.lastname@example.org Aldermanic Reports (Continued from page 3) nis courts. The commercial strip at Spring and Delor will remain. Construction will begin after first of year and cite property owners for the and is expected to finish in May 2009. This will put various violations this spring/ the school in a better competitive position. The school summer. By the amount of paid $1.1 million for property and construction is ex- phone calls & e-mails to me, it pected to cost $3 million. was a success. Carondelet Park: The playground on Loughborough 13th Ward Fred Wessels will get a new surface and the walking path will get a new coating. New trees will be planted as part of the St. Mary’s High School at Grand and Delor has pur- reforestation plan. We’ve got a professional who deter- chased the St. Michael’s apartments at Spring and mines what to plant. Itaska west of school. The 168 units in16 buildings will be demolished in November for baseball and ten- Holly Hills Improvement Association PO Box 22144 St. Louis, MO 63116 Yes, I would like to become a member of HHIA! □ Household Membership………………………..$10 □ Business Membership………………………….$25 (Business membership includes newsletter listing) This is a NEW membership □ or RENEWAL □ Name: Address: Show Your Holly Hills Pride! 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