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Snapshots from CWEA’s 4th of July Family Parade

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2019’s 4th of July Family Parade, sponsored by the Central West End Association and the CWE North Community Improvement District, marks the 38th year the event has taken place in the neighborhood.  The parade, which started in 1981 (view post here), has come full circle—some of this year’s participants were toddlers then, and brought their own kids to this year’s event.

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Top right: Once again Tim O’Connor led the parade in his vintage red Mustang. Bottom left: 5th District Lieutenant Dan Zarrick is photographed with CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative’s Executive Director Jim Whyte, his wife Lori, and daughter Janetta.

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There were clowns from Circus Kaput to entertain at the start of the parade, and balloon artists and face painters at parade’s end at the Maryland Plaza fountain.

See more photos taken along the parade route below:

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Upper right: Jim Whyte photographed with 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For kids  Neighborhood Security Initiative Jim Whyte CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End Association 4th of July Family Parade Central West End Association

Up next: Part II: 2019 4th of July Parade

NSI’s Jim Whyte seeking donations for St. Patrick’s Center

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Jim Whyte, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Security Initiative, 447 N. Euclid, above, asked if I would share this request for donations to the St. Patrick Center:

From now through Friday, December 8, the NSI office will be accepting donations of men’s items for the St. Patrick Center. The center provides opportunities for our area’s homeless population or those at risk of becoming homeless. The Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative partners with the center’s outreach program and is encouraging residents to participate.

The following items are needed: men’s underwear, socks, deodorant, & razors. Donations will be accepted at the NSI Office, 447 N. Euclid (at the corner of Euclid and Washington) from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Summer news wrap-up

Farmer’s Market on BJC Campus:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Food and Drink Services Web/Tech  W. U. Medical School's farmer's market Shane Mullen Renaissance A History of the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative Movies on the Plaza Left Bank Books Koplar Properties KMOV reporter Alexis Zotos David Strom's Web Informant Cortex Innovation Community co-living Candace O'Connor  It had been a while since I last stopped by the W. U. Medical School’s farmer’s market on the BJC campus. I paid a visit recently and was inspired to remind readers that it is open on Thursdays from 10 t0 2, with as many as 10 or 11 vendors participating each week.

The market, which has been in operation since 2009, is open year ’round. From April through October it is located on the plaza just south of CAM at Euclid and Forest Park Ave. The market moves indoors to the atrium in the McDonnell Pediatric Research building from November through March.

Market organizer Betsy Snyder sent me a list of participating farmers, including Double Star Farms from Mount Vernon, IL, Baetje Farms Goat Cheese, Windcrest Dairy from Trenton, IL, and Brautigam Orchards from Belleville. Ivan’s Figs and Great Harvest Bread also have tables at the market.

More information can be found here.

Neighborhood Security Initiative’s August Forum:

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There was a large turnout for the Neighborhood Security Initiative’s August forum which was held at the NSI office so residents could learn more about the NSI’s operation and also meet Capt. Mike Mueller (2nd photo top right, behind post) the newly assigned 5th District Captain, bid farewell to his predecessor Capt. Eric Larson, and hear from  North Patrol Commander (and CWE resident) Major John Hayden, top left. NSI staffer Lyndon Cornell, bottom left in red shirt, demonstrated the command center for the CWE neighborhood security system which he manages.

NSI Executive Director Jim Whyte, bottom right photo in plaid shirt, fielded questions from attendees including a lengthy discussion regarding the dangers caused by reckless drivers who ignore stop signs and red lights. One interesting suggestion was to make driver’s ed training mandatory and a prerequisite to obtaining a driver’s license.

Author Candace O’Connor at Left Bank Books:

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It was standing room only when author Candace O’Connor appeared at Left Bank Books last month to discuss and sign copies of her book Renaissance, A History of the Central West End, $45.

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O’Connor is shown in photo above left with Left Bank Book’s Shane Mullen, and far right signing copies of her book. Lower left, KMOV reporter Alexis Zotos was there with a cameraman covering the event. (more…)