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Wildwood Among Top 10 Small Cities in the Nation for Working Parents

NerdWallet considers affordability, cost of childcare, and quality of life.

San Francisco, CA (July 22, 2015) – NerdWallet, a consumer finance website, recently conducted a study to find the best small cities for working parents in the U.S. – and Wildwood ranked 10th.
To find the best communities for parents on the go, NerdWallet evaluated 961 cities and examined the following variables:

  • Median income

  • Childcare costs

  • School quality

  • Percentage of families with children

  • Commute time

Wildwood boasts a perfect 10 rating at GreatSchools, which is great news for residents with children — about 43% of the City’s households. The City is 30 miles west of St. Louis and offers families a variety of parks and trails to enjoy.
Other places in the top 10 include Germantown, Tennessee and Dublin, Ohio. See the full study at http://nerdwallet.com/cities.


About NerdWallet
NerdWallet is a personal finance site for consumers. Its data-driven tools and content enable consumers to make well-informed decisions across a broad range of financial topics, like buying a house, saving for retirement, and small business loans.

Basic Life Support Program

Wildwood Municipal Building (16860 Main Street)
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Registration is open for a certified American Heart Association course on Basic Life Support, including qualification on Automated Electrical Defibrillation (AEDs).    Successful completion of the program also allows certification as a provider for a two-year period, before requiring recertification.  The course will be led by a certified nurse instructor.  Participants must be Wildwood residents and a minimum of 18 years of age.  Please pre-register at the following link:  http://www.cpr-n-more.com/course/cpr-training-thursday-september-17-2015/
The cost per participant is $25.00.
CPR -N- MORE is dedicated to saving lives one class at a time. We are pleased to offer Health and Safety Education to the communities, businesses and Health Care Professionals. Founded on the principles of professionalism, quality, and reliability, our team is here to train and educate people from all walks of life. The work begins with education, providing knowledge of ways to prevent a life threatening event, but should that situation occur, CPR -N- MORE has the trained instructors to take you through the steps of CPR, First Aid, use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and other skills....knowledge that could ultimately make the difference between life or death. Early intervention can improve a victim's chance of survival.

Get Outside Program

Presented by Ron Coleman

The City of Wildwood will host the second in its series of programs this week, called “Get Outside Program,” presented by Ron Coleman. In this month’s presentation, Ron will be providing a great primer on Outdoor Recreation 101 in the City of Wildwood. This presentation  will explore the wealth of outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities found right here in the City of Wildwood, including parks, trails, greenways, and other natural wonders, many just minutes from your front door. The date of the presentation is July 30, 2015, here at City Hall (16860 Main Street), and begins at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge and light refreshments and snacks will be served.
This presentation is a great opportunity to learn about the great outdoors here in Wildwood, from Ron, who has been active in the preservation and development of great open spaces for over forty years. Hope to see you there! For more information, please contact the Department of Planning and Parks at (636) 458-0440 or Joe at joe@cityofwildwood.com.

New Interactive Mapping Platform Now On-Line at Cityofwildwood.com

CITY OF WILDWOOD, MISSOURI – (JULY 2015) – Beacon is an interactive public access tool for the City of Wildwood that allows users to interact and view local government information, public records, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), via an online portal.

On July 20, 2015, Beacon will release a new home page that is built on using modern responsive and adaptive design techniques. This new offering is a precursor to the Beacon site being migrated to a new platform.

What this means for the user is simply that when going to the home page, you will now see a more modern design with some additional functionality, like the ability to save specific Beacon sites as “Favorites” and a list of “Recently Used” Beacon sites that will make initial navigation easier. The home page will also work more seamlessly across multiple devices, operating systems, and screen sizes, while still taking advantage of available mobile enhancements (like access to the GPS signal).

When the Beacon site is fully upgraded later this year, users will see additional added functionality, such as a more powerful and dynamic search tool, user selectable columns on reports, auto-complete functionality to make searching easier, and an enhanced map that will fill the screen.

In addition to many of the new features that you’ll see in the new site, a critical enhancement was added with this upgrade, the ability for the end user to temporarily switch back to the old platform. While the site is very intuitive and easy to use, this accommodation will help transition some end users that may want to continue using the old site for a while longer.
To access this enhanced tool, visit http://www.cityofwildwood.com/191/GIS-Mapping and select “interactive mapping system.”

Notice - St. Louis County Department of Public Health Laboratory Closure - July 27-31, 2015

Environmental Health Laboratory will not accept samples from Monday, July 27, 2015 to Friday, July 31, 2015 due to repairs to laboratory ventilation. 
Normal laboratory testing is expected to resume on August 3, 2015.
If you are planning on submitting a sample of your well water for testing, please check with the St. Louis County Department of Health, after August 3, 2015, to confirm that testing has resumed.

AF Band

Wildwood is Almost 20

On August 28, 29, and 30, 2015, Wildwood will celebrate its twentieth anniversary.  This event, Celebrate Wildwood, will have something for everybody, so mark your calendar now and don’t miss it.  This year, the City is proud to announce that, on August 28th, Friday night, the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America’s group – Starlifter will be the headlining entertainment.  At the conclusion, of the band’s performance, fireworks will follow. 
What a start to Wildwood’s birthday and that is just the first day! For more information, please visit www.celebratewildwood.com.  To learn more about the band and the service men and women in it, please visit www.bandofmidamerica.af.mil.

Wildwood is Almost 20 – Part II

After Friday’s great kickoff to the weekend, Saturday’s Celebrate Wildwood schedule is full as well.  If you like parades, music, great cars, art, good food and drink, and friendly people, this event is the place for you on Saturday, August 29, 2015.  It all starts at 9:00 a.m. and this day’s festivities conclude at 9:30 p.m., with another fireworks show, highlighting the music of the Smash Band, featuring Smash himself, who is returning from his new home in Arizona for this concert.  Don’t forget, this day is only the second of three days and Sunday is special too.  For more information, please visit www.celebratewildwood.com.  
P.S. The Art Festival has almost 60 artists, with a great range of art to offer any taste!

Seventy-six Trombones Led the Big Parade!  

This year’s Founders’ Day Parade might not have 76 trombones, but it will have the Lafayette High School Marching Band, the Lafayette High School Cheerleaders, and other great participants. Want to be a part of this event? There is still availability to enter the parade. Here are some ideas for parade entries…

  • Clubs and organizations

  • Neighborhoods – create a friendly rivalry between friends in other neighborhoods. Bragging rights and prizes are on the line!

  • Sports teams

  • Individuals/families – do some type of anniversary theme, since this year is the City’s 20th Anniversary

Prefer to be a spectator?  Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 29th, at 9:00 a.m., along Manchester Road and Taylor Road. More details can be found here: http://cityofwildwood.com/DocumentCenter/View/1992

Celebrate Wildwood - Founders' Car Show

One (1) of the major venues of the City’s three (3) day Celebrate Wildwood Event, which this year recognizes its 20th Anniversary, is the always popular and fun Car Show. This year’s show is planned for Saturday, August 29, 2015, and registration begins at 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. (no0n). Great awards are planned in six (6) categories and everyone can enjoy all of the other activities and great food and beverages that are planned that day as well. Providing the right mood for the Car Show and the great entries will be the Back Street Cruisers, which play the best music for enthusiasts and participants alike.
If you are interested in registering for the car show or for more information, please see the link below.
Registration fee is $10.00, with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Cancer Fund through Wheels-in-Motion.
Following the Car Show, a car cruise is planned, from the event grounds in Town Center Area, then along many of the City’s most beautiful rural roads, to Historic Route 66, for dinner at the Big Chief Roadhouse – 17352 Manchester Road. There is no charge for the car cruise and all participants are welcome. For more information on the car cruise, and the Car Show, please contact jgrag@sbcglobal.net.

Need Service Hours or Do You Like to Volunteer?

The Celebrate Wildwood 20th Anniversary Event is less than two months away and volunteers are needed to help with the Art Festival, Car Show, and other venues. If you like more information, please contact Joe Vujnich at joe@cityofwildwood.com. All volunteers will receive a free Celebrate Wildwood Shirt, refreshments, and a lunch/dinner.


2015 Farmers Market in Wildwood Every Saturday

The City’s 2015 Farmers Market Season, at the Town Center Plaza (221 Plaza Drive), is open every Saturday, now through the Fall. The market begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues through 12:30 p.m. Returning managers of the market, Rene’ and George Sackett, continue to promote a “producers’ only” type of facility, with an emphasis on locally-grown, produced, or made products being offered at it. The intent of this type of market is to create an atmosphere that caters to the desires and needs of its customers here in Wildwood, with the best varieties available, and products you can trust and feel good about eating or using in your home.
So, remember, to visit the Wildwood Farmers Market, every Saturday, now through the Fall, with plenty of convenient parking right next to it. Come on out and meet the market managers and make it a morning in Wildwood. Please feel free to contact the market managers, Rene’ and George Sackett, at marketmaster@wildwoodfarmersmarket.org, with any questions or suggestions, and visit www.wildwoodfarmersmarket.org for updates throughout the season.

Park Pavilion Rentals

Still looking for a place to hold a birthday party or other family event?  Consider renting one of the City of Wildwood’s park pavilions.  Pavilions are available at Anniversary Park at Clayton and Strecker Roads and at Old Pond School at 17123 Manchester Road.  Dates are filling quickly, so do not delay.  Please call Andrea at 636-458-0440 to arrange your pavilion rental for your special event. 


Residential Subdivision/Trustee Information on City Website

The City of Wildwood maintains a listing of residential subdivision trustees, websites, and other contact information on its website:
Information is provided on a voluntary basis, but the City would like to have information on as many residential subdivisions as it can, and maintain this page with the current items of interest and need.  Therefore, please urge your subdivision trustees to submit information to the City through the form provided on this page.  By doing so, this webpage can become a great resource to residents throughout Wildwood.

American Flag Disposal

The City of Wildwood accepts retired American flags for dignified disposal.  Please bring worn flags to City Hall, 16860 Main Street, and leave them with the receptionist.  All flags collected will be relinquished to the Boy Scouts of America for proper disposal.  US Flags should never be placed in the trash.


Master Plan Action Committee Completes Internet Survey of Residents and Businesses

Every ten (10) years, the City is required to update its Master Plan. In 2015, a group of resident and business volunteers, twenty-three (23) in total, are leading this effort. These volunteers agreed to undertake two (2) surveys, one of the residents and property owners, and the other of current licensed businesses in the City of Wildwood. The findings of these surveys have been compiled and are available on the City’s website at cityofwildwood.com.
To all who participated in the two (2) surveys, the Mayor, City officials, the volunteers on the Master Plan Action Committee, and staff want to extend our appreciation to each of you for your time, thoughts, comments, and suggestions. The volunteers overseeing the update of the Master Plan will be reviewing these findings and utilizing this information in their discussions and deliberations on Wildwood’s future. 

Tent Sale - Pure by Jen - Biggest Discounts of the Year – THIS WEEKEND

Pure by Jen will be hosting its largest sale of the year on July 23, 24, and 25, 2015 - Up to 80% off. Any questions, please contact Pure by Jen at (636) 458-8588. Pure by Jen is located in the Wildwood Town Center - 16739 Main Street.


Operation Clean Stream registration is now open!

The Open Space Council's 48th annual Operation Clean Stream is right around the corner. Last year over 2,225 volunteers donated over 7,000 hours of their time. Thanks to their hard work we removed 9,000 lbs of metal, 2,481 tires and 6 large construction dumpsters filled to the brim with trash from our waterways. We want you to join us as we anticipate another successful year of impacting Missouri's open spaces!
For more information about Operation Clean Stream, one of the nation's largest and longest-running river clean up events, visit our website.
Volunteers can register for Operation Clean Stream on our event pages.
Saturday, August 22nd at various sites in the St. Louis region
Sunday, August 23rd at Ozark Outdoors in Leasburg, Missouri

The Shoeman Water Project Shoe Drive Continues at City Hall

Thanks to everyone who has donated shoes, boots and sandals to the Shoeman Water Project.  The donation boxes are located at City Hall, 16860 Main Street, in the 1st Floor Foyer.  We appreciate everyone’s support of this worthwhile organization.  To learn more about the Shoeman Water Project, visit www.shoemanwater.org/.

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