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Trojan Park in Welston
The new 1-acre Trojan Park includes a family pavilion, splash plaza, butterfly gardens, three playgrounds, benches, and full-size basketball and volleyball courts. Image courtesy Great Rivers Greenway
Grand Opening Planned for Trojan Park
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 26, 2016 - Grand opening festivities will be held, Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the new Trojan Park, located at 6150 Etzel Avenue and lies along the St. Vincent Greenway. The event will include free food from area food trucks, basketball activities, music and dance performances. The event is free and open to the public.

Named after the mascot of Wellston's former Eskridge High School, Trojan Park has been designed by and for Wellston residents as a space for the community to gather and play. "The city of Wellston is thrilled to establish this new park," said Mayor Nathaniel Griffin. "We want to do everything we can to give kids a great place to play and our whole community a space to come together."

The new 1-acre park includes a family pavilion, splash plaza, butterfly gardens, three playgrounds, benches, and full-size basketball and volleyball courts. It also features fitness and creative play equipment for all ages, including options for different generations to spend time together.

Trojan Park was built with the support of many partners and sponsors. Great Rivers Greenway has collaborated with nonprofit partner Beyond Housing to engage the community, gathering critical input to form the park's design.

The Municipal Park Grant Commission of St. Louis County provided a $315,000 grant to assist with site preparation and construction. Great Rivers Greenway secured the property, invested in the design and site preparation and has served as project manager. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) worked with playground equipment and park amenity manufacturers from across the country to receive donated site furnishings such as playground and fitness equipment, bike racks, lighting, drinking fountains and much more.

Great Rivers Greenway has also worked closely with the City of Wellston and the St. Louis County Parks Department to develop a detailed maintenance plan for Trojan Park they will implement together.

RNs at SSM-Saint Louis University Hospital Approve New Contract
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 26, 2016 - Registered nurses at SSM-Saint Louis University Hospital have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract covering 660 RNs.

"Nurses voted for this new contract because it will improve staffing and patient care at SLUH," said Marchelle Bettis Vernell, RN. "There are solid increases in educational and retirement benefits that we believe will both attract and retain nurses and lead to better staffing overall."

"Nurses are pleased with this agreement and with the problem-solving attitude that the SSM negotiating team brought to the table. We hope this contract is a solid step forward in our having a cooperative relationship with SSM," said Barbara Lowes, RN.

"The new staffing language in the contract commits SLUH to making every effort to staff safely. Having adequate staffing allows RNs at SLUH to provide the best patient care possible," said Paul Holland, RN.

The RNs, affiliated with the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU), say the contract includes significant improvements and workplace protections that will enhance their ability to provide quality patient care.

This is the first pact nurses have negotiated with SSM-Saint Louis University's new owner, SSM Health, a Catholic chain that operates in Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma and Missouri. Nurses also affiliated with NNOC/NNU at Des Peres Hospital, part of Tenet Health, are currently in negotiations.

Boys & Girls Clubs Gala Supports Thousands of Kids
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 4, 2016 - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) annual "Great Futures Gala" will be held on Saturday, November 12th at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

The "Great Futures Gala" is the largest fundraiser benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis with close to $360,000 being raised for our community's youth and showcases the youth who embody the ideals of the Club's mission to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The highlight of the evening will be the selection of the 2016 Youth of the Year.

Event proceeds last year were used to send thirty teens to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Keystone Leadership Conference as well as provided support for the Diplomas to Degrees program, Mentor St. Louis, Keystone Clubs, Money Matters, and Career Launch programs.

Co-chairs for the 2016 Great Futures Gala are Michael Kennedy, Jr., Bill & Lisa White and Craig & Regina Fowler. If you'll be missing the celebration, we invite you to volunteer, donate, mentor or register your youth for membership. For ticket information, visit

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 City of St. Louis Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
 New Park Coming to Welston Community
 City of Bellefontaine Neighbors Receives 2015 MML Innovation Award
 "Blackish" Star Jenifer Lewis Returns to St. Louis for Webster University's Centennial Gala
 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Opens with Bernanke, Diamant, Ross
 Reinvest North County Fund: One Year Later
 Local VA Leaders Discuss State of Affairs for Missouri Veterans
 Webster Groves Family YMCA Facility Closing
 ADA Celebrates 25th Anniversary Using Direct Video Communication
 ATSU and Affinia Healthcare Open St. Louis Dental Clinic
 Taylor Family Donates $22 Million to St. Louis Area Charitable and Educational Organizations
 Scammers Using Ameren's Name Illegally
 Boys & Girls Clubs to Open New Club in Ferguson
 Annual MLK Day Marchers Clash with Ferguson Protesters
 West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project Gets Boost
 Reinvest North County Fund Issues Second Round of Funding
 St. Louis Marathon Rock 'n' Rolls Through the Neighborhoods
 Monsanto Commits $1 Million for North St. Louis County
 President Reed Teams with Forest ReLeaf with 'Trees for Peace'
 Webster University Kicks Off Centennial Celebration at the Old Post Office Plaza
 Reinvest North County Fund Announces First Round of Awards
 City of Clayton Municipal Court to Hold Amnesty Day Court Docket, October 6
 VA Acting Secretary Sloan D. Gibson Addressed Issues at Hospital
 'Food for Fines' Program During July at St. Louis Public Library
 St. Louis Fire Department to Receive Grant to Enhance Training
 Painted Articulated MetroBus Spotlights South Grand
 Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent Over Last Decade
 Newly Rebuilt River des Peres Greenway Trail Opens at the Shrewsbury/Lansdowne MetroLink Station
 St. Louis City Introduces 'Milkweeds for Monarchs'
 Heat-Up St. Louis Hits A Record High of $165,000 To Date
 stl250 to Install 250 Cakes for the "Cakeway to the West"

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