Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Battery Blitz

Take advantage of all the City neighborhood  activities scheduled for this weekend.

October 31, 2013 | 6 min reading time


Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives

Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.  When you change your clocks, be sure to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  As part of this annual effort to save lives, St. Louis Firefighters once again will be canvassing throughout the City on Saturday, Nov. 2 starting at 10 a.m., providing City residents with free smoke detectors and batteries.  If our firefighters don't make it to your door, please feel free to stop by your local fire station.

Tip of the Hat

Arnold Mitchell of the Building Division's Board Up Program was recognized this week with the Division's Raymond Daly Performance Excellence Award.  The award was established to acknowledge Building Division employees who are outstanding in their job performance, going above and beyond the call of duty.  Ray Daly served in the Building Division for 31 years until his death in 1998.  He was known for his honesty and for going the extra mile in the performance of his duties.  Congratulations, Mr. Mitchell!


Upcoming Events


Oct. 31 – Trick or Treat with the SLMPD, City Area Police Stations, 6 p.m.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in conjunction with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association will give away Halloween candy, coloring books/crayons along with safety tips at each City Area Police Stations this Thursday from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (or until the candy is gone).  The stations are located at 3157 Sublette, 919 N. Jefferson, and 4014 N. Union.Stop by for treats and safety tips!

Nov. 1 -- First Fridays in Grand Center, various venues, 5 p.m.

Everyone is invited to Grand Center this Friday (the first Friday of the month) from 5 – 9 p.m. for a neighborhood gallery walk.  Enjoy the latest art exhibitions at numerous Grand Center arts organizations, including the Bruno David Gallery, Craft Alliance, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, Portfolio Gallery, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Sheldon Art Galleries, and the Saint Louis University Museum of Art.  Contact Grand Center at (314) 289-1500 for ticket price details.

Nov. 1 – Poetry on the Plaza, Old Post Office Plaza, 7 p.m.

The Poetry on the Plaza Series will continue this Friday from 7 – 9 p.m. at the beautiful Old Post Office Plaza, 815 Locust Street in Downtown St. Louis.  The reading will begin at 7 p.m.  Seating and sound will be provided at this fun, free event.Need more information?  Call (314) 973-0616.

Nov. 1 – Star Party, St. Louis Science Center, 5:30 p.m.

The St. Louis Astronomical Society will host a public Star Party this Friday at the St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue in the Kings Oak neighborhood beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Weather permitting, the Society and Center will set up a number of telescopes and be on hand to answer visitor questions.  Indoor events are also scheduled inside the Planetarium's Orthwein StarBay.  For more information, visit the web site.

Nov. 2 -- St. Louis City Hall's Open House, 1200 Market Street, 9 a.m.

St. Louis City Hall will hold an Open House event for residents and business owners this Saturday from 9 a.m. to Noon.  Get the latest information about City services, office locations, times of operation and learn how City government is working for you.  Parking will be free at the City Hall Parking Lot, located at Tucker Boulevard and Clark Avenue.  The accessible entrance will be open and marked for visibility.  For more information, contact Sable Campbell-Jones, (314) 622-3201.

Nov. 2 – November Speaker Series, International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, 10 a.m.

Award winning nature photographer Noppadol Paothong will be the featured speaker this Saturday at the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, 3415 Olive Street in Grand Center.  Paothong is featured in the IPHF's current exhibition.  Space is limited.  The cost is $15 for non-members, $10 for members and $5 for students.  Contact IPHF at (314) 535-1999 to make your reservation.

Nov. 2 -- Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Assistance Site, Buder Branch Public Library, 9:30 a.m.

If you can't get affordable health insurance through your job, you can now buy quality health coverage for yourself and your family through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace. You will also see if you can get financial help to buy health insurance. Learn more or sign up online by going to  You may also visit one of the Insurance Marketplace Enrollment sites scheduled events from now through Dec. 14 to obtain information and sign up for Jan. 1.  An enrollment assistance event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m.Noon at the Buder Branch Public Library located at 4401 Hampton in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood.  For a complete list of the enrollment sites scheduled events, log on to   

Nov. 2 -- SLACO's 18th Annual Neighborhood Conference, Harris-Stowe State University, 8:30 a.m.

The 18th Annual SLACO Regional Neighborhoods Conference will be this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harris-Stowe State University.  Join your neighborhood leaders, fellow residents, and resource people from the St. Louis metropolitan area to exchange ideas about how to create a great neighborhood.  The $25 cost includes continental breakfast and lunch.  To register, call (314) 361-9406.

Nov. 3 – The Sail Foundation 5th Annual Bowling Tribute Benefit, Crest Bowl, 7 p.m.

Nov. 5th will mark the Fifth anniversary of the death of St. Louis Firefighter Leonard Riggins, Sr.  Riggins lost his life when he stopped to help someone he thought was a stricken motorist, but in reality was a robber waiting for a Good Samaritan.  The S.A.I.L. (Save An Innocent Life) Foundation was set up in honor of Firefighter Riggins.  A Bowling Tribute Benefit in his memory will be held this Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crest Bowl, 650 North New Florissant Road.  To register your team of six bowlers, donate a lane, or support the Foundation, contact Darnita Riggins at (314) 541-3530 or visit

Nov. 3– Open House, 4624 Virginia, 1 p.m.

Dutchtown South Community Corporation recently completed a full-gut rehab on the home at 4624 Virginia Avenue, and the home is now for sale.  The first open house will be held this Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m.  The fully-renovated three-bedroom, 1-½ bath home includes an all new roof, windows, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, walls, floors, cabinets, and fixtures, refrigerator, electric range, dishwasher and more.  For all the details, contact Realtor Jane Quartuccio, (314) 352-7770

Nov. 3 – Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival, Missouri History Museum, 2 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures.  The holiday focuses on gatherings of people to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  Visitors to the Museum will be able to view beautiful altars, enjoy folkloric dancers and more.  The free festival will run from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit the web site.

Nov. 3 – Holiday Animal Boutique, Humane Society of Missouri HQ, 11 a.m.

Want to have a holiday photo taken with your pet?  If so, then stop by the Humane Society at 1201 Macklind Avenue in the Cheltenham neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday for the Holiday Animal Boutique.  Admission and parking will be free.  There also will be free nail trims for pet bunnies.  All pets, except ferrets, are welcome for photos with Santa or in a seasonal setting.  Questions?Call (314) 995-1457.

Nov. 3 – Family Sundays, St. Louis Art Museum, 1 p.m.

Family Sundays at the St. Louis Art Museum will feature Asian Art during the month of November.  Bring your family to the Museum for kid-friendly projects and art-inspired fun.  Take one of the guided tours through the Asian Galleries to learn about the art and cultures of Asia, then create your own work of art inspired by the Museum's magnificent collection of bronzes, ceramics, and scrolls.  The event is free, open to the public and will run from 1 – 4 p.m. each Sunday in November.

Nov. 6 – 9 -- Mayor's Sustainability Summit III, Washington University in St. Louis, 6 p.m.

Register now to attend the Mayor's Sustainability Summit III that will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6 with a program in Steinberg Auditorium on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 9 with the Sustainability Showcase and How-To Workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Laboratory Sciences Building on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.  To register, log on to


Save the Date

Nov. 9 – 30th Annual St. Louis Regional Veterans Day Observance, Soldiers' Memorial, 10:30 a.m.

Nov. 9 -- Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Assistance, Julia Davis Branch Library, 9:30 a.m.

Nov. 9 – HoliDIY Market, Mad Art Gallery, 11 a.m.

Nov. 10 – Bilingual Family Concert, Off Broadway, Noon

Nov. 10 – Fall Festival, St. Stanislaus, Noon

Nov. 11 – American Legion Veterans Day Ceremony, Soldiers' Memorial, 10:55 a.m.


Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities

Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight? If so, you may email the information about it to me at or to Cathy Smentkowski at for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site:  The link to submit an event is on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.


Call for Nominations

The 2014 Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth will honor professionals and volunteers who do exceptional work on behalf of children. Now in its 28th year, ten recipients – five professionals and five volunteers – will be recognized for their unheralded and exceptional service to young people.  The individual's work can be of almost any kind, from health and welfare to education and recreation.  In order to be considered, nominations must be received by Monday, Nov. 25, 2013.  Nomination forms may be downloaded at .


Charlene Deeken

Director of Public Safety

City of St. Louis

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