I want to begin this week's Spotlight by passing along to you information from St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson regarding misinformation that is circulating about the staffing of City ambulances:
am writing in response to misinformation that is circulating about the staffing
of St. Louis Fire Department (STLFD)/
Please be assured that the STLFD at all times provides superior response and remediation to all emergencies while providing for an effective and efficient fire department.
We have adequate resources to do so. Any suggestion to the contrary is false.
The STLFD, in addition to sending an ambulance on urgent life threatening calls, also provides a fire department unit as a first responder unit which usually arrives within 4 minutes of being dispatched to all emergencies.
We do, from time to time, engage in temporarily "Browning Out" units, (ambulances), a practice of temporarily closing a unit to facilitate training requirements, make crew relief at shift change and to control the rising overtime costs incurred by the department. This is accomplished with strategic planning and assistance from various departments and agencies.
The STLFD instituted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
with the Abbott Ambulance Corporation of
Now through Jan. 27 – St. Louis Auto Show, America's Center & Edward Jones Dome, Noon
One of St. Louisans' favorite events, the annual St. Louis Auto Show is currently underway at America's Center and Edward Jones Dome in exciting Downtown St. Louis. The 2013 St. Louis Auto Show features more than 500 all-new cars, trucks, vans and SUVs from a variety of manufacturers, including just-unveiled 2014 models. Hours are Noon – 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets for adults cost $10; admission for children 6-12 years old is $5 and children under 6 years old may enter the show for free. Tickets will be available at the box office at America's Center all days of the show.
Jan. 26 – Crystal Cajun Cook-Off, City Hall, Noon
Everyone is invited to stop by the Crystal Cajun Cook-Off on Saturday, Jan. 26 from Noon to 4 p.m. in the Rotunda of St. Louis City Hall. The event will feature 10 professional and 10 amateur chefs competing in respective categories for the title of best Cajun/Creole dish. Tickets will be $40 at the door. For more information about this event and all the upcoming Mardi Gras events in St. Louis, visit the mardigrasinc.com web site.
Jan. 26 – 4th Annual Taste of
St. Elizabeth Academy, located at 3401
Arsenal Street in the Tower Grove East neighborhood, will be holding its 4th Annual Taste of
Jan. 26 -- Free ACT Practice Tests, Schlafly Branch Library, 10 a.m.
Do you have a student in the family who's nervous about
taking the ACT exam or is interested in improving his or her possible
score?T he St. Louis Public Library
Schlafly Branch will be offering free
ACT practice tests this Saturday from to
Branch is located at
Jan. 26 -- Celebrating Dr. George Washington Carver's Vision for the Future: S.T.E.M., Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club, 11 a.m.
Students from St. Louis Public and Catholic middle
schools, grades 6, 7 and 8, were invited to write essays on a given theme of
Dr. Martin Luther King's life and legacy for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Essay Contest. This Sunday, the top three winners will read
their essays and receive awards at St. Alphonsus "Rock" Catholic Church,
Feb. 2 -- Mardi Gras 5K Run, Soulard, 9 a.m.
Everyone is invited to participate in the fun Run for the Beads 5K that will wind its
way through the beautiful Soulard neighborhood. The run will start and finish near the intersection of Lynch and
Feb. 2 -- Tenth Life Trivia Night, Mad Art Gallery, 7:30 p.m.
Calling all trivia buffs. The 4th Annual Tenth
Life Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at
Feb. 2 -- Orchid Society of St. Louis Annual Show and Sale, Missouri Botanical Garden, 9 a.m.
Feb. 2 – Youth Chess Tournament,
Feb. 2 -- Taste of Soulard, various locations, 11 a.m.
Feb. 3 – Beggin' Pet Parade, Allen & Menard,
Feb. 3 – Free Concert, Second Presbyterian Church,
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 email@example.com to Cathy Smentkowski firstname.lastname@example.org consideration. You may also post it on the City'sCalendar of Eventson the City's web site:http://stlouis-mo.gov.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.
Earth Day Action Grants
St. Louis Earth Day (SLED) is granting funds to local, small-scale grassroots projects that share their mission to make every day Earth Day, cultivating environmental stewardship and engaging individuals, governments, businesses, schools and the non-profit sector in celebration, education and action to support a healthy and sustainable future. SLED is seeking applications that relate to at least one of the three principal goals of the Earth Day Action Grants: (1)
provide an opportunity for people to "take action" on an environmental issue;
(2) provide support for small groups and non-profit organizations seeking to
implement an Earth Day program or project; and (3) provide support for small
groups and non-profit organizations that implement Earth Day-aligned programs,
projects or services throughout the year. The deadline to apply is
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