"Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions."

- Barbara Hemphill

Editors' Note: According to etymologists, the name of our month of February is derived from the Latin word fēbruum, which means to purge or cleanse. Some say it has its origins in the month-long Roman festival of purification and atonement known as Februalia. In true chicken-or-the-egg fashion, it could also be that the Roman feast was named after the month.
Regardless, it always good to do a little pre-Spring cleaning. Whether it be your garage, basement, body, mind, or soul, we all have unwanted or unneeded items that can be moved out of our lives. As in Roman times, February still brings us opportunities to celebrate with Mardi Gras festivals and reflect with the onset of Lent. In this cleansing season, be assured that finally making the decision to get rid of some things that you are better off without can really instigate a re-prioritization—and help focus us on the core things that really are worth holding on to and free us from things that aren’t. As Sheryl Crow sang, “It's not having what you want. It's wanting what you've got.”
In the mood to purge? See the feature below on Warson Woods’ own Ditto.

Staying Safe While Walking at Night

Question:  Did you see the forecast for tonight?  
Answer: No, but I know it'll be dark outside!

Dad joke aside, it can certainly be dark on our streets at night so it's important to make yourself visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and visible:

  1. Wear bright or reflective clothing: Dress in bright, reflective clothing that can be easily seen by drivers.

  2. Use reflective accessories: Wear reflective accessories like a reflective vest or LED armbands to make yourself more visible.

  3. Carry a flashlight: Use a flashlight to illuminate the ground in front of you, and to signal your presence to drivers and pedestrians.

  4. Walk facing traffic: We don't have many sidewalks so be sure to walk facing traffic, so that drivers can see you.

  5. Avoid distractions: Avoid using your phone or wearing headphones while out at night. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.

By taking these precautions, you can greatly increase your visibility and reduce your risk of accidents while walking at night on dark streets.

Don't Forget to Sign Up For Warson Woods' New Emergency Management System! 

In case you missed it, Warson Woods has implemented CodeRED, a high-speed emergency mass notification service.

The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the Warson Woods emergency planning and communications outreach to both residents and staff. The system sends telephone calls, text messages, emails and posts to social media channels to inform residents to better protect life and property. The CodeRED system will be used to send critical communications, including: Inclement weather warnings, criminal activities, road closures/traffic alerts, shelter in place/lockdowns, boil water advisories, evacuation notices and missing persons/children alerts.

All residents living within the Warson Woods city limits can sign up one of the following ways:

  1. Visit our Warson Woods CodeRED website here – For detailed step-by-step instructions on this option, click here
  2. Text “WOODS” to 99411 for a direct link to sign up
  3. Download the free CodeRED mobile alert app by visiting the Google Play or app store and searching for “CodeRED Mobile Alert app” – For detailed step-by-step instructions on this option, click here **PLEASE NOTE: username and password for the app will need to be different than the website, if you also signed up on the website.
  4. Fill out the form digitally here and email it to: 
  5. Stop by City Hall and fill out a paper form

Having issues? Check out our FAQ here or email: or


Local Spotlight - Donating & Doing Good at Ditto 

You may have walked or driven by it a hundred times but have never taken the time to explore Ditto Family Resale. Whether you are looking to declutter or looking for a deal, it’s time to venture into this Warson Woods treasure located between Breadsmith and Dollar Tree.  

Ditto was founded in 2012 by eight schools in an effort to raise money to defray tuition costs. More than $2 million in financial aid has been raised from sales of donated items to help families at Central Christian School, Covenant Christian School, Heritage Classical Christian Academy, Kirk Day School, Promise Christian Academy, South City Community School, Twin Oaks Christian School, and Westminster Christian Academy. A portion of all sales goes to grants that can be given to any school in the St. Louis area. Six thousand dollars in grants will be awarded in 2023.  

“New merchandise arrives on a daily basis, and you never know what you will find. From gently used clothes to furniture, dishes and décor, there is something for everyone,” says Deborah Shields, the store’s general manager. Donations come from the local community as well as estate sale companies. 

When asked about interesting donations Shields mentioned a recent donation of vintage Goetz twin dolls that were in total disrepair. “They were not suitable to sell in the store so they were listed on eBay. It turns out the mold for the first American Girl Dolls’ faces were based on the mold of those dolls. You would never expect that two old dolls with their arms and legs barely intact would generate $1,750 for the store,” says Shields.  

A few years ago the store expanded offering a boutique section of the store for those seeking higher ender clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.  

Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at a dedicated Donation Drop-Off behind the building. For a map of this area, click here. To see a list of everything that Ditto will accept Click here. If you would like to donate furniture, please call the store at 314-394-2026 to arrange or email to get on the schedule for the monthly furniture donation pickups. 

Pro Tip - Every Monday: High school and college students, shoppers aged 55 and older, and U.S. military of any age (veterans, active military, national guard, reserves) receive 20% off their clothing and shoe purchase! Must mention discount at checkout. Must present valid student ID. 

Food Truck Tuesdays Coming Soon!

A big thank you to Krissy Fonke and Christine Sarmiento for volunteering to coordinate the Tuesday food trucks! Get excited to join us at Royal Oak pavilion to enjoy some food and live music - exact dates will be forthcoming!

From the Archives 

On May 25, 1986, Paul was 15, Hannah was 10 and Rebecca was about 12 years away from being born. Also - Warson Woods residents were joining hands to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in America. 
Upcoming Events in Warson Woods

Finance Committee Meetings

Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 7:00pm
Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 7:00pm
Thursday April 13, 2023 - 7:00pm
Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 7:00pm
Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 7:00pm
Thursday, May 11, 2023 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 7:00pm
Friday, July 14, 2023 - 7:00pm
Thursday October 12, 2023 - 7:00pm
Thursday January 11, 2024 - 7:00pm

Board of Alderpeople Meeting

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 7:00pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 892 5846 4953
Zoom Link:
View agenda, zoom, link and minutes from the last board meeting here.

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