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Chouteau Park: What do you want to see happen?

June 21, 2017 in Uncategorized by Adam

Park Central Development and PGAV are conducting a survey about Chouteau Park.  Please take a few minutes to share your opinions about what you’d like to see happen in future developments.  Should we prioritize more trees and/or a water feature?  A basketball court and/or picnic tables?  We want to hear from you!

For inspiration, here’s an old design that was created before the FPSE Dog Park.  This earlier plan called for large trees to form a shaded area called “The Grove.”  However, the shade tree saplings died and were replaced by crab apples, and then the dog park was added.

Some aspects of this earlier plan have remained the same, including the location of the sidewalks, multipurpose field, and hill.  Other aspects were changed or never happened, such as the cafe, wildflower garden, and water feature.

And what about the concrete mounds?  They are intended to be the beginning of an “adventure playscape.”  They never got the soft rubber coating that the initial plan intended.

Where should we go from here?  Please take a moment and share your ideas!

What to do if you are in a fender bender

June 16, 2017 in car accident, Current News, fender bender, insurance, Missouri, st louis by fpsesafety

The following post is from: Safety & Security

It can be scary if you are in an accident, serious or minor. If you haven’t been in one before, it can be a bit confusing to know what to do. Here are 7 tips for what to do in this situation.

  1. Check on yourself and your passengers. If someone is hurt, calling 911 should be your first priority.
  2. Check your surroundings, is it safe to stay where you are? Or should you move to a side street or shoulder on the road?
  3. Once you are in a safe place and if everyone in your car is okay, you should check on anyone else what was involved. But, it is important to not admit guilt or say “sorry”. It is possible the other car involved is trying to commit insurance fraud, and saying “sorry” could be used as an admission of guilt. Just ask, “are you okay?”
  4. Once everyone is checked on, get the other driver’s info. Get their license number, phone number, and insurance information. Get info of witnesses as well. You will also need to give your insurance information, which should be on your insurance card.
  5. Call your insurance company. They will advise you if you should call the police. In Missouri, there are two types of accidents where you are required to call the police (within 30 days of the accident).
    1. If one of the motorists in the accident was uninsured.
    2. If there was a death or injury or more than $500 worth of damage.
  6. Take LOTS of pictures and notes. Take pictures of both cars from all angles, write down the time and place of the accident.
  7. Continue to monitor your condition. Adrenaline rushes can mask symptoms, so keep an eye on yourself and visit your doctor if you don’t feel well.


If you are unsure what to do, calling your insurance company can be a big help. Drive safe!


Abby Orscheln – Safety & Security Intern

by Adam

Summer Plans!

June 16, 2017 in Uncategorized by Adam

Hi neighbors,

Due to the hot weather predicted next week, we have rescheduled the Outdoor Movie Night (see below).  Also, given that Adam’s School is closed for the summer break, we will not be able to meet in our usual location.  So here’s the plan for the next few months:
  • June 20th at 6:45pm:  Join us for an informal social hour at Urban Chestnut (4465 Manchester).  You can buy dinner or drinks, or just stop by to say hi!
  • July 18th at 6:45pm:  Join us for an Ice Cream Social in Chouteau Park (Newstead and Chouteau).  Refreshments provided.
  • August (date TBD):  Join us for the National Night Out in Chouteau Park (typically a Kick Ball game and potluck).
  • September (date TBD):  Outdoor Movie Night in Chouteau Park

Hope to see you soon,

FPSE Neighborhood Association​

International Travel Safety Tips

May 26, 2017 in crime prevention, Current News, security, tips, travel by fpsesafety

The following post is from: Safety & Security

Get a cellphone with free roaming and a global data plan – AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile all offer these plans. Having access to a cellphone can increase security by allowing you to contact people back home, the police, and your embassy.

Hide or turn off your home’s wifi before you leave – depending on your service plan, this may save you money. But it can increase your virtual security while you’re gone and prevent people from using your internet.

Check the government’s travel warnings and alerts – this list provides comprehensive information on crime, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and more. The government also provides resources on ways to stay safe during these travel warnings, such as recommended vaccinations to get and safe places to go.

Leave your major electronics at home – If you can, leave your expensive tablets and laptops at home; they’re likely to be stolen and contain important information, such as your social security number, credit/debit card numbers, and passwords. If you can’t leave your laptop or tablet at home, secure the device before you go by clearing cookies and browsing history on your browser, removing saved passwords, and encrypting important files. Back everything up to the cloud or external storage device so that if something bad happens you do not lose everything. Always assume the wifi available is unsecure and do not visit websites such as bank websites.

Make photo copies of your passport – and keep a copy on your phone, a USB drive, and in your hotel room in case you lose your passport (or it gets stolen). Carry your passport on you; some police security on train stations in Europe will check your passport. Keep it close to your body in an inside jacket pocket. Don’t keep it with your money or debit/credit cards, and don’t wear it in a bag around your neck. Those are easy targets for pickpockets.

Learn some phrases or download a translation app – Make sure you could find your way to a hospital or embassy in case of an emergency. Translation apps can help you communicate with locals who don’t speak English.



by Adam

Voices for Women

May 11, 2017 in Uncategorized by Adam

Today is GIVE STL DAY!  Please consider the local organization VOW.  Below you will find info about their annual fundraiser:

Voices of Women is a community group dedicated to empowering women to make effective changes in their community for themselves and their families.  In order to meet our mission and provide services in our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we wouldn`t be able to serve those in our community each year.  We ask that you make a commitment to support our annual appeal by making a donation. Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue in our work.  Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of size.  Thank you in advance for your support.  

Mark your calendar for May 11, 2017, and bookmark this giving link:

Please make a donation to support us on Thursday, May 11, 2017

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(VOW) Voices Of Women
(314)896-3VOW (314)896-3869

All proceeds go to VOW to help the community take new directions.