July 18, 2021

EVENT: Prop A Educational Session for Clayton voters

Join the City of Clayton for an educational session to learn more about Proposition A this Wednesday, July 21 at 6 pm at The Center of Clayton.

You can also learn more by visiting claytonmo.gov/PropA

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June 16, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: Blood Drive this Friday!

 



Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood so giving blood is one of the easiest ways to save someone’s life. St. Joseph Church (106 N Meramec) is hosting a blood drive this Friday, June 18, from 1 - 5 pm in the Parish Hall. Spread the word and please consider donating your blood.
To sign up, go to rcblood.org/appt and enter our sponsor code, sjcchurch, in the box or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Covid precautions will be in place including requiring masks, social distancing, and only donors will be able to attend.

April 28, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENT - Police Chief Smith will ride a bicycle patrol THIS SATURDAY through Ward III

We're looking forward to sunshine as the Chief will be checking in with residents on Saturday, May 1st, to say hello & discuss any topics on your mind. Planned stops will be made at Hanley Park at 10 am and Taylor Park at 11 am. He'll continue to ride the neighborhood streets before & after each stop. #WeAreClaytonMO



February 18, 2021

All That Glitters Event - Complimentary Invitation

 


'CCF At Home with Claire Saffitz'
Moderated by Charlie Brennan of KMOX and KETC's Donnybrook
Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 pm CST

The Ralph Clayton Society (RCS) of the Clayton Community Foundation (CCF) and KMOX invites the public to join us for a free virtual event which is open to everyone. 

RSVP is required by emailing CCF@claytonmo.gov   Insert 'RSVP for Claire Saffitz' in the subject line. The Zoom link will be emailed to all registered guests the week of the event. 

Born and raised in Clayton, Claire Saffitz https://www.dessertperson.com is a pastry chef, food writer, and media star. Her first cookbook Dessert Person is a New York Times Best Seller celebrating baking, pastry, and all things sweet. Previously, she was the Senior Food Editor at Bon Appétit magazine. She hosted the series Gourmet Makes on the Bon Appétit YouTube channel, where she used her classical pastry knowledge to reverse engineer popular snack foods and candy. 

For any questions about this event, or to join the RCS, please contact Alex Elmestad at 314-290-8553 or email at  aelmestad@claytoncommunityfoundation.org  *All current members of the Ralph Clayton Society (RCS) will be treated to a special surprise to enjoy during the event. 

Clayton Community Foundation (CCF) History Lecture Event: 'The Forgotten Neighborhood'

You are invited to a complimentary online Zoom event sponsored by the Clayton Community Foundation.

Saturday, February 20 at 7:00 pm
Tune in here:  https://tinyurl.com/4zz55jfw
FREE and open to all. No RSVP required. 

In celebration of Black History Month, this virtual event will feature a screening of Clayton's Neighborhoods. 

Episode 3: The Forgotten Neighborhood and Q/A features former Clayton High School history teacher and historian, Donna Rogers-Beard. The event will also feature special guests: a former Clayton teacher who is authoring a book on this subject and Doris Graham, who grew up in the neighborhood and attended the Crispus Attucks School. This important episode tells the story of the thriving African-American neighborhood in Clayton that dates back to the turn of the 20th Century.

The Clayton’s Neighborhoods Video Project is a historic look at multiple neighborhoods designed by nationally known architects in the early 1900s. The Clayton Community Foundation (CCF) History Committee teamed with Cordell Whitlock, award-winning former KSDK television reporter, and Peter Foggy, former KSDK television videographer, to prepare the script and produce the videos of eight neighborhoods within the City of Clayton community over the past few months. Also starring in Clayton’s Neighborhoods is Esley Hamilton, who served for nearly 40 years as the St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Preservation Historian. Hamilton has been called “irreplaceable” and “encyclopedic,” and received one of four nationwide preservation awards from the Secretary of the Interior.

View additional CCF videos at... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0m76lPuilLunQcZtU4CWhg/videos

October 19, 2020

Stock the Pantry Event - October 24th

 


September 10, 2020

Invitation to 'Bemiston Place' presentation

 Dear Old Town Residents,

There will be an online community conference this Monday, 9/14/20 with the new developer of Bemiston Place who is taking over the old Kummer Project.
It is a virtual presentation and you must register to attend. If you are interested, it will be presented this Monday, 9/14/20 at 4:30 p.m.
More info about registration is located at the following website:

Cheryl Verde
Interim President
Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association

August 20, 2020

Old Town Clayton Announcements

CANCELLED! There will be NO annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association meeting next month due to Covid 19 safety concerns, social distancing, and restrictions for large gatherings. Hopefully, our popular Old Town annual meeting will be scheduled next year without any drama!

The food pantry run by the St. Vincent de Paul Society is located at St. Joseph Church. They continue to need canned goods to feed the hungry.  The pantry shelves are empty again. Please consider picking up some extra canned goods the next time you are at the store and help someone who needs it! You can drop off food at the entrances to the church, or if you prefer, you can write a check to St. Joseph and include SVdP in the memo line. Thank you for all your support! 

In other news, members of the Old Town Board recently approved and pledged to make a $1,000 donation to support the new Maryland Park project.  It will be funded out of our Old Town checking account in the name of the Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association. The future Maryland Park is a pocket park,  located in Old Town, adjacent to the library on Maryland Avenue. Our association’s donation will help kick-start the Clayton Community Foundation's fundraising efforts, with the hope to inspire more donations.  Stay tuned, there will be much more exciting news and details about this park from the city of Clayton in the coming weeks! All Old Town residents and others will be encouraged to support this Clayton project by submitting a donation in any amount, to make this park become a reality. Maryland Park will become the twelfth Clayton park. 

Marta Martin is our newest Old Town board member. Welcome Marta!

Lastly, Cheryl Verde is stepping down as President of the Neighborhood Association after serving in that position for 20 plus years.  She recently moved out of Old Town but will remain as interim President until the end of the year to assist with the board's transition.

April 15, 2020

Food Pantry Needs

Dear Old Town Neighbors,

Did you know that our local St. Vincent de Paul Society sponsors an onsite food pantry at St. Joseph’s in Clayton? The pantry serves many inner city residents and others in the area. Sadly, the food pantry is nearly empty and needs replenishment.   As a good neighbor, can you help by donating dry goods (cereal, rice, pasta), canned goods (vegetables, fruit, pasta sauce), or cleaning supplies (dish soap, laundry detergent)?

If you go to the store, or are able to order groceries online, could you try and pick up a few extras to share with those who need them?  You can place your donated bag of goods inside the hallway located at the north-side door of St. Joseph’s Church, 106 N. Meramec Avenue. Volunteers will assist by delivering the collection of donated goods to those in need. 

Feel free to share this message with others. Thank you for your generosity and stay safe and healthy!


June 14, 2019

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, September 26th - Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association Meeting

Dear Old Town Clayton Neighbors,

Mark your calendars and plan to attend our ‘Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Meeting’ on Thursday, September 26th from 7 pm - 8:30 pm, at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Clayton.

Clayton city officials will speak to us about current community issues, developments, and their impact on our neighborhood. Featured speakers include Clayton Mayor Michelle Harris, City Manager (to be determined), Ward III Aldermen, Mark Winings and Bridget McAndrew, along with Police and Fire representatives. There will also be a brief talk from a member of the Clayton Community Foundation. Following all presentations, there will be a question and answer session wit the audience. Do you have any particular talking points you want addressed at our meeting?

Do you have any gift certificates you wish to donate for our event?  As in the past, attendance prizes are awarded to some lucky attendees at the end of our meeting, and you must be present to win. The attendance prizes are always amazing!
Don't forget to connect with your Old Town Clayton neighbors on Nextdoor.com.  It's easy and free to sign up at https://oldtownclayton.nextdoor.com  To date, we have a total of 464 Old Town Clayton members which is an increase of 66 new members over the past year.  Nextdoor has increasingly become a valuable resource for our neighborhood. Help spread the word to all your neighbor friends.

Let's work on a record turnout on September 26th!  Don’t miss this opportunity to attend our always popular and informative neighborhood event!  A reminder email will be sent out closer to the meeting.

Best Regards,
Cheryl Verde
President, Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association

July 31, 2018

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, September 27th - Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association Meeting

Dear Old Town Clayton Neighbors,

Mark your calendars today and plan to attend our ‘Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Meeting’ on Thursday, September 27th from 7 pm - 8:30 pm, at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Clayton.

Clayton city officials will speak about current community issues, developments, and their impact on our neighborhood. Featured speakers include Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, City Manager Craig Owens, Ward III Aldermen, Mark Winings and Bridget McAndrew, along with Police and Fire representatives. Following all presentations, there will be a question and answer session. Do you have any particular talking points you want addressed at our meeting?

Do you have any gift certificates you wish to donate for this event?  As in the past, attendance prizes are awarded to some lucky attendees at the end of our meeting, and you must be present to win. 

Don't forget to connect with your Old Town Clayton neighbors on Nextdoor.com.  It's easy and free to sign up at https://oldtownclayton.nextdoor.com  To date, we have a total of 398 Old Town Clayton members which is an increase of 57 new members this past year.  Nextdoor has increasingly become a valuable resource for our neighborhood. Help spread the word to all your neighbor friends.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend our popular and informative neighborhood event!  Let's have a record turnout on September 27th! A reminder will be posted prior to the meeting.

Best Regards,
Cheryl Verde
President, Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association

July 12, 2018

Call for action TODAY! Blood donations needed!

The Clayton Police Department is hosting a blood drive today, Thursday July 12th, at the Center of Clayton, from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Summer is the time of greatest need for blood supplies. We are co-hosting this event with the FBI National Academy Associates, of which Captain Stewart Glenn, Lt. Mark Smith and I are members. - Chief Kevin Murphy

Because of the short notice, you can simply walk into the Center to donate.

If you can't make it, could you share this info on your social media to spread the word about the need for donors? 

https://www.magnifyyourvoice.com/BloodDonation

October 23, 2017

Board of Aldermen meeting - Tuesday, October 24 at 7pm at City Hall

The Board will be addressing whether to allow the community access to the green space at the Maryland School property as a condition for use.  The Architectural Review Board listed this as a condition for use but it was removed by the Board after a controversial vote.  It will be up for a new vote at the meeting after an appeal by concerned residents. 

A good turnout is needed to show the need for proper compliance with current zoning ordinances. Please attend!

September 20, 2017

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, September 28th - Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association Meeting

Dear Old Town Clayton Neighbors,

Mark your calendars and plan to attend our ‘Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Meeting’ on Thursday, September 28th from 7 pm - 8:30 pm, at St. Joseph Parish Hall.

Clayton city officials will speak about current community issues, developments, and their impact on our neighborhood. Featured speakers include Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, City Manager Craig Owens, Ward III Aldermen, Mark Winings and Alex Berger III, and Police and Fire representatives. 

Following all presentations, there will be time allowed for a question and answer session. Lastly, attendance prizes will be awarded where you must be present to win. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend our popular and informative event!

If you haven’t already joined our free neighborhood network on NextDoor.com, you can sign up at https://oldtownclayton.nextdoor.com  To date, we have 341 Old Town residents signed up as members.  I am pleased to report that we gained 124 new members this past year.  Nextdoor has become a valuable resource for our neighborhood.

Do you have any particular talking points you would like addressed at our meeting? Hope to see many of you on September 28th!



September 9, 2017

TUESDAY, 9/12/17 - Board of Aldermen meeting to approve the use for the Maryland School

* A strong turnout Of Old Town Clayton neighbors is encouraged for voices to be heard on Maryland School's future.

Board of Aldermen Meeting 
Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm
Clayton City Hall, 2nd floor



August 28, 2017

TODAY - Architectural Review Board meeting

To review the Centene plans for the Maryland School property

Monday, August 28
5:30 pm
Clayton City Hall, second floor

July 28, 2017

Clayton School District Contracts to Sell Maryland School to Centene

“The following is a public message that was emailed to Clayton School District subscribers. This information is also available at http://www.claytonschools.net

July 28, 2017: The School District of Clayton has entered into a contract to sell the Maryland School property to Centene Corporation (NYSC: CNC). The agreement was finalized earlier this week. Centene is planning to use the building to house its Centene University, which will offer its flagship leadership development program to Centene employees. It will also house its early childhood development center for employees’ children. While significant rehabilitation of the building is needed, Centene is committed to minimizing disruption to the extent possible to the immediate community.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to preserve this historic building and maintain it as a place for education for our employees and their children,” said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO for Centene. “This site has been vacant for many years and is in decay. We look forward to bringing life back into the building.”
The District recently put the Maryland School back on the market and received seven offers to buy and one offer to lease the property. The Board of Education voted unanimously to move forward with Centene’s proposal.
“Preserving the historic William B. Ittner building was something we knew was important to the surrounding community,” explained Board of Education President Kristin Redington. “Centene’s proposal not only preserves the building but their vision also maintains the overall character of the site. Furthermore, their offer allowed the Board to make a fiscally-responsible decision that will provide both short- and long-term revenue to support our schools.”
The District last used Maryland School as an elementary school in 1980. Since being closed as an elementary school, the school has been rented to a private pre-school/elementary school and used as a temporary site for both District’s early childhood program and The Wilson School. Terms of the contract (including sale price) cannot be disclosed until both parties have closed on the sale and the transaction is final.
About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as "Part D"), as well as programs with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.
About the School District of Clayton
As a public school system dedicated to the education of all children who come to its schools, the School District of Clayton inspires each of its students to love learning and embrace challenge within a rich and rigorous academic culture. The District’s early childhood center, three elementary schools, middle school and high school serve a diverse student body of approximately 2,600.”

July 22, 2017

Kol Rinah Maryland Avenue Project Update Meeting


Thursday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm
7701 Maryland Avenue
Lower Level Conference Room
 Clayton MO 63105

Dave Cooperstein would like to update our neighborhood regarding the property renovation at 7701 Maryland. New architects from Clayton's Patterhn-Ives, llc have been hired to help meet the project's budget. They have come up with a fantastic, potentially beautiful new scheme, that handles the site in a slightly different way. It is believed that there are a number of elements of the site design that will be even MORE appealing to the adjacent neighbors.
There will be coffee and dessert available, and a question/answer session will follow the presentation. Mark your calendars and bring your neighbors on August 3rd.

May 24, 2017

REMINDER : Maryland School discussion meeting tonight

The Clayton Board of Education will be meeting to discuss (not vote) on the Maryland School property.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and help spread the word.  A large turnout could impact their discussion.

Tonight, - Wednesday May 24th
7 pm
#2 Mark Twain Drive

May 5, 2017

May 8th Meeting - Share Your Thoughts on the Future of Maryland School

Monday, May 8, 2017,  7 pm - 8:30 pm
LOCATION:  Board Room at the School District's Administrative Center
#2 Mark Twain Circle
Clayton, MO  63105


Chris Tennill, Chief Communications Officer from the Clayton School District, would like to invite residents to provide high-level feedback from our Old Town community about options for next steps with the Maryland School property.  They would like to hear from members of the Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association, particularly those who live close to Maryland School, about their thoughts for the future use of the property. This, along with the survey that was sent out last week, will be one of several data points the Board of Education will use to make a decision about next steps for the property.  Another link to the survey is below for those of you who want to take it.

Share Your Thoughts on the Future of the Maryland School Property


The District last used Maryland School as an elementary school in 1980. Since being closed as an elementary school, the school and its grounds have been used as: rental property to a private preschool/elementary school (Clayton Academy), a temporary site for the District’s early childhood education program during construction and a temporary home for The Wilson School after a fire. A sale of the property fell through last year when the buyer could not obtain the necessary rezoning.


The survey will ask you to evaluate the following four options as well as provide you with an opportunity to suggest your own ideas. The options on the survey, which are based on options developed by the District's Long-Term Financial Planning Committee, include:

  • Renovate the building for potential future use by the District or an outside entity.
  • Make only needed repairs to the building and retain the entire property for potential future use.
  • Selling the entire property to be developed. (Current R-2 zoning allows for single-family homes.)
  • Sell the six out-lots (for single-family homes). Retain the remaining two acres for potential future use. This would include razing the building, creating green space with the remaining two acres, which could be used for potential future use or eventually sold for single family homes.

April 13, 2017

Hanley Park Planning Meeting - May 1st


The City of Clayton would like to invite you to join the Parks & Recreation Commission at their next meeting on Monday, May 1st at 6:00 pm in Hanley Park. The Commission will discuss potential plans for the newly acquired property on the west side of the park as well as gather any suggestions you might have to improve the park.   They will meet by the Pavilion (weather permitting) or inside if necessary.   In particular, they would like to discuss the location for a gate on the west end of the property as well as a path to connect that entrance to the other paths in the park.  
 
If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to provide input please feel free to contact Patty DeForrest, Director of Parks & Recreation at pdeforrest@claytonmo.gov or 314-290-8464. 

March 25, 2017

BOE Meeting Regarding Maryland School Property Options

NOTIFICATION TO OLD TOWN CLAYTON RESIDENTS FROM CHRIS TENNILL:

Board of Education Meeting (open to public)
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Admin Building
Board Room
#2 Mark Twain Circle
Clayton, MO 63105

The Board of Education will be discussing future options for the Maryland School property at their meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. These options range from keeping the property as is to selling it all for single family housing to selling a portion of the property and razing the building, with a few others in between.

Link to agenda HERE. 

Chris Tennill, APR
Chief Communications Officer
School District of Clayton

March 7, 2017

September 6, 2016

Taylor Park Dedication Event - Wednesday 9/7

Tell your neighbors and join others at this free Old Town Clayton celebration event in Taylor Park!

August 19, 2016

Save the date - Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association Meeting – Wednesday, September 21st, 2016



Dear Old Town Clayton Neighbors,

Mark your calendars and plan to attend our ‘Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Meeting’ on Wednesday, September 21st, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, at St. Joseph Parish Hall.

Clayton city officials will speak about current community issues, developments, and their impact on our neighborhood. Featured speakers include Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, City Manager Craig Owens, Ward III Aldermen, Mark Winings and Alex Berger III, Police Chief Kevin Murphy, and Fire Chief Mark Thorp. 

Following all presentations, there will be a comments and question session and attendance prize announcements. You must be present to win.  Don’t miss this opportunity to attend our neighborhood’s popular and informative event!

If you haven’t already joined our free neighborhood network on NextDoor,com, I encourage you to do so. I invite you to check it out at https://nextdoor.com/invite/nvfqymwxyjhxqeckpcrd  To date, we have 217 Old Town residents signed up as members.  Ask your neighbors how they like it.


Let me know in advance if you have any particular talking points you want addressed at our meeting by our city officials. Thanks!

Regards,
Cheryl Verde
President, Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association


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