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2014 Helping Hands Grant Recipients

By Laura Kinsell-Baer | No Comments

SNIA is happy to announce the following recipients of the 2014 Shaw Helping Hands Grants. ARTS@SMOS: supporting parent-led & volunteer faculty, creative arts programming for K-8 students at St. Margaret of Scotland School Cornerstone Center for Early Learning: diaper service for enrolled preschoolers Isaiah 58 Ministries: health education and examinations to uninsured/underinsured women in the neighborhood The Micah Program at SLU: sponsorship of a Halloween Party for neighborhood youth at Mullanphy Elementary School Mental Health… Read More

Spotlight on Shaw: Nicole McCormack

By Lorilise Scarborough | No Comments

The Art of Restituo Photo credit: Lynn Terry Photography Appointed to the corner of Shenandoah and Thurman Avenues, Restituo has more of a tucked-in sensibility situated as it is in Shaw. This paradox is telling as the interior simultaneously provides a relaxing environment and an atmosphere of frenetic energy. “It’s the New York Minute mentality.” owner, Nicole McCormack provides. The St. Louis entrepreneur yearns for her regular clientele to enter the restaurant verbally rapid-firing,… Read More

Join Shaw’s Safety Committee!

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Shaw Residents! The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association (SNIA) has a Safety Committee that would love your participation. Paul Fehler is leading the charge and is looking for 3-5 more individuals to commit 30 minutes per month. The main task is to adopt the Neighborhood Ownership Model used by the city, which includes 3 main activities:   1) Citizens on Patrol, also known as walking around the neighborhood; 2) Court watch, also known as writing letters… Read More

Spotlight on Shaw: Birdie’s Voice

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A first meeting with long-time Shaw resident Birdie Chandler will leave one with two impressions, regardless of the conversation. The first is immediate. It is that deep, mellifluous voice, captivating due to the cadence, soothing due to pitch. Were you to close your eyes and listen to Ms. Chandler speaking, you might believe you were listening to poet and activist, Maya Angelou. Consequently, I always think of Angelou when I speak with Birdie… Read More

Public Transit in Shaw

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Have you ever taken the bus or train to get around town? I barely ever use a car so I consider myself somewhat of an expert on our incredible public transportation system here in St. Louis and Shaw is a prime spot to try it! First of all, let’s talk about options. We have many bus routes nearby, depending on where you’re going. The nearest Metrolink train station is on Grand over the train yards,… Read More

Operation Brightside Blitz a Success in Shaw!

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From guest blogger Dmitriy Kabargin: Operation Blitz this past weekend was a great event. It was my second year participating and it was very exciting to see many neighbors come out. Events like this are very rewarding: you get to know and bond with your neighbors, get free exercise and you can see results of your work in beautiful clean alleys every day when you drive home. Like last… Read More

Helping Hands Grants – Application Period Now Open!

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Every year, the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association awards small grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Shaw Neighborhood. Helping Hands grants are made possible by proceeds from the Historic Shaw Art Fair. Helping Hands grants have been awarded in the past to organizations that address gaps in art, education, environmental issues, youth programs and development, and… Read More

Shaw Dog Park Resurfacing Request for Proposals

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The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association is seeking proposals and bids for the resurfacing of the Shaw Dog Park. Proposals must be submitted by June 16th to snia@shawstlouis.org. For any technical questions, please contact Mary Walbridge at rxmom@sbcglobal.net Download the RFP… Read More

Changing Shaw: What does it mean for SNIA?

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Posted by 2013-2014 SNIA President, Lawrence Johnson “The only constant is change.” This observation aptly describes the Shaw Neighborhood. Once, Shaw reached from Chouteau Ave. on the north to Magnolia Ave. on the south and from S. Grand Blvd. on the east to “the hill” on the west. After WWII, many of our historic homes were subdivided into boarding houses and apartments. And in 1947, city planning proposed razing parts of Shaw. Read More

St. Margaret of Scotland School Celebrates Youth Art Month

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-From guest blogger Mary Lisa St. Margaret of Scotland School celebrated Youth Art Month in March with an all-school project led by volunteers of the Art@SMOS program.  Pre-K through 8th grade students learned about site specific environmental art ahead of turning to their school’s exterior walls and fences.  Using trash collected from home and lots of paint, students created flowers from water bottles, yogurt containers, plastic bags and milk jugs.  Over spring break the parent… Read More