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Archive for February, 2014

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Celebrating the Life of Teresa Leahey Johnson, 1934-2014

We recently learned that former Old North resident Teresa Leahey Johnson has passed away after a short illness.  Although Teresa had lived all over the world at various points in her life, when she moved into Old North, she indicated that she wanted it to be her last move.  As it turned out, declining health forced her to move out of her apartment on Wright Street and into assisted living at Little Sisters of the Poor a few years ago, and then again to a senior living community closer to family in Kirkwood.

When Teresa was in Old North, she could be counted on to show up for just about every event or meeting that she could fit into her schedule - and if she couldn’t make it to one of our meetings, it was usually because she had already made a commitment to another meeting elsewhere.  Even after Teresa was no longer in the neighborhood, she managed to recruit a friend to drive her back into the neighborhood as often as she could make it.  And since Teresa enjoyed the art of conversation, she could be counted on to be one of the last people to still be there, long after everyone else had gone home.

Demonstrating her initiative and support for the causes she believed in, Teresa held a sidewalk sale along 14th Street to support the Urban Studio Cafe.

Demonstrating her initiative and support for the causes she believed in, Teresa held a sidewalk sale along 14th Street to support the Urban Studio Cafe.

Teresa showed up for almost every community event, such as the opening day celebration for North City Farmers' Market in 2009.

Teresa showed up for almost every community event, such as the opening day celebration for North City Farmers' Market in 2009.

As seen in the photo above, Teresa was always ready to lend a hand, as she did with volunteering to help dispense ice cream at the 2010 Old North House & Community Tour.

Teresa was always ready to lend a hand, as she did with volunteering to help dispense ice cream at the 2010 Old North House & Community Tour.

We were greatly enriched by Teresa’s stories, and even though her visits had been less frequent in recent years, we will all miss Teresa’s positive outlook on life and her passion and commitment to community-building.  Because Old North meant so much to Teresa, we’re happy that her friends will pay tribute to her by gathering at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group gallery at 4 p.m. Saturday after stopping by to pick up a treat from Crown Candy Kitchen.  The gathering is open to all who wish to celebrate the life and contributions of Teresa.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Join Us Next Monday, Feb. 17, for ONSLRG’s Annual Meeting & Pot-Luck Supper

We have a lot of updates and news to catch up on here, but first and foremost, we need to extend an invitation to all members of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, all residents of Old North, and everyone else out there who cares about the future of Old North to please join us NEXT Monday, February 17 at 6 p.m. for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s Annual Meeting & Pot-Luck Supper.

As noted above, this year we’ll be offering free childcare so that parents with young children can join us.  If you can let us know in advance whether you’ll be taking us up on this offer, that would be great.  Please call 314-241-5031 or send an email to info@onsl.org.  If you can’t let us know in advance, don’t let that hold you back.

Watch for more details throughout this week on this site and on our Facebook event siteand start spreading the word to all of your neighbors! If it would help, we’d be happy to provide copies of the flyer shown above.  Just let us know.

WHAT'S NEW IN OLD NORTH

Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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