First Pettaway Neighborhood Association Meeting of the 2013 Year!

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6pm is the first Pettaway Neighborhood Association Meeting of the Year!  Come, bring your neighbor and friends and find out what good things have been taking place in your neighborhood.  Snacks and Beverage will be shared at this meeting to celebrate our new year.  Fellowship, get involved.  Annual dues are $10 and although they are not mandatory for both your participation and representation they support your association.   See you Thursday!

Little Rock’s Main Street transformation has begun

Little Rock Main Street project gets $900,000 infusion
By Katie Doherty
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Pulaski County Revolving Loan Fund, backed by the Environmental Protection Agency, will infuse $900,000 into Little Rock’s Main Street to create a mixed-used project of retail space and apartments, the city announced Thursday morning.

The project will revitalize about 250,000 square feet of vacant property in four historic buildings that have been vacant for years……..

To read the rest of this article click (here).

SEEKING ARTIST – Love Your Block Mural Contest


(Download Your Application Here)

TO ENTER:  Submit a mural design that depicts the history, love and light of the Pettaway community.  Mural design must also incorporate ceramic tiles/pieces (4″x4″ or smaller) designed and painted by the students at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School as well as the children and  youth who reside in the Pettaway community.

PRIZE:  The winning muralist will have the opportunity to create and develop a public art piece on the northeast wall of the I-30 overpass on East 17th and McAlmont Streets.  The public art piece located only 30 yards from Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School campus will serve as a gateway to the community welcoming visitors and residents to the Pettaway neighborhood.

DEADLINE:  Submit Love Your Block Mural Contest application and mural design to the Pettaway Neighborhood Association no later than 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

Download the Love Your Block Mural Contest application online application (here).  Mail or walk your application and design to the Pettaway Neighborhood Association, 500 East 21st Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72206.

For more information call Kwadjo Boaitey, Pettaway N.A. Secretary at 501.786.4255, Carol Tabron, Pettaway N.A. President at 501.554.5954, Maggie Hawkins, 501.376.3406.



Love Your Block! – Pettaway Neighborhood Community Project

The Pettaway neighborhood received a $1000 award to create a community inspired mural depicting the history, love and light of the Pettaway neighborhood to be painted on the northeast wall of the I-30 overpass at East 17th and McAlmont Streets (in downtown Little Rock).

(For a flyer click here)

The mural will incorporate ceramic tiles/pieces designed by children enrolled at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School.  Also designing ceramic tiles/pieces will be children 9ages 1 day to 18 years) residing in the Pettaway community.  The mural will be completed November 30, 2012.

The Pettaway N.A. will hold a city wide contest to identify a muralist.  Applications can be found on our blog or at the East Broadway Alert Center (500 East 21st Street).  Deadline to submit application/mural design is September 4, 2012.

Children who reside in the Pettaway Community or who attend Rockefeller Elementary will have the opportunity to design a ceramic tile/piece that the identified muralist will incorporate in his/her mural design for the Pettaway Community.  Children/Youth will be design their pieces during the month of September.  Please check our blog for updates.

To learn more about this project and the Pettaway community come to the Annual Silver Senior Pettaway Community Festival, Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Pettaway Park and/or call Kwadjo Boaitey at 501.786.4255, Carol Tabron 501.554.5954, Maggie Hawkins 501.376.3406.

Message From Mayor Stodola: Fireworks, 4th of July and Safety

This is part of a series of updates from Mayor Mark Stodola addressing various topics of interest to the citizens of Little Rock.


Message from the Mayor

Fourth of July

Independence Day is always a special time for our country as we remember the beginning of our nation and the men and women who fought and died for our freedom. During this time, many of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate the holiday. Unfortunately, this important occasion is sometimes celebrated with an exuberance that is dangerous to our fellow citizens. Fireworks and firearms are very dangerous and can have terrible unintended consequences.

The City of Little Rock does not allow fireworks to be sold or used within the city limits. Please remind your friends and neighbors that shooting fireworks is illegal. Given the recent dry weather and our county’s current burn ban, the use of fireworks can easily cause an accidental fire. In fact, just last week, the Little Rock Fire Department responded to a 20-acre fire that threatened homes in West Little Rock. This fire resulted from youths playing with fireworks. Last July, the Little Rock Police Department received 818 calls about fireworks and, with the dangers of fireworks and the dry weather, we can not afford to have these fireworks shot off in our city.

In addition to fireworks, it is also illegal to discharge a weapon in the city, but many citizens shoot guns into the air while celebrating the holiday. The bullets that are fired from these guns travel back to the earth at a very high rate of speed allowing them to penetrate the roofs of houses and enter people’s homes and they can injure innocent bystanders. Last year, the Little Rock Police Department received 19 calls for shots fired over the July 4 Holiday and even more on New Year’s Eve. I know, if we speak openly about these dangers, we can reduce those numbers.

To address the issue of gunfire around the holiday, we have started a program called Operate Safe 4th in which we will utilize extra police patrols to respond to calls about suspected gunfire. Please advise your friends and neighbors that this is an unsafe and potentially violent activity that is illegal in our city.

You can notify the Little Rock Police Department of suspected fireworks and gunfire by calling 311 from 9 a.m. July 3 to 1 a.m. July 4; from 3 p.m. July 4 to 1 a.m. July 5 and during normal business hours on July 5.

I would like to ask you to forward this email to the people in your address book who may also want to know this information. They may sign up to receive future Messages from the Mayor by following the link below. If you wish to have your address deleted from future emails please follow the link below and click the “unsubscribe” button. Thank you.


Mark Stodola


Neighborhood Spotlight: Container Home and Missing Persons Update

Annie Kathleen O'Neal

Annie Kathleen O'Neal



Earlier this year Pettaway Neighborhood resident, Annie O’Neal was found. Ms. O’Neal was reported missing in the summer of 2011.  Ms. O’Neal’s family and community are grateful for her safe return.

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Last month Bank of America approved a loan which they had initially denied allowing the way for the sale of Little Rock’s first Container Home.  Located at the corner of East 21st Street and Commerce in the heart of the Pettaway neighborhood, the new home is owned by Valarie Abrams, daughter of longtime Arkansas Civil Rights Advocate and Community Organizer, Annie Abrams.

Pettaway Neighborhood Container Home

Neighborhood Watch: Missing Person

Annie Kathleen O'Neal

Annie Kathleen O'Neal

Endangered Runaway
, (Pettaway resident) Age Now: 14, Missing: 06/13/2011.  Missing from Little Rock, AR.  Anyone Having Information Should Contact National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (1.800.843.5678/1.800.The.Lost) or The Little Rock Police Department (501.371.4829).

  • She has a tatoo on the inside of her forearm.
  • When Annie was last seen, she had braces on her teeth.
  • She may wear glasses.

DOB:  Sep 4, 1996  Missing:  Jun 13, 2011  Age Now: 14  Sex:  Female   Race:  Black   Hair:  Brown   Eyes:  Brown   Height:  5’4″ (163 cm)    Weight:  150 lbs (68 kg)    Missing From:
LITTLE ROCK, AR, United States

Neighborhood Watch: Missing Person Alert

Eddie Kinchen

Eddie Kinchen

Mr. Kinchen suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.  He walked away from his retirement home at Parkview Towers 1200 Commerce on the 5th of July and    has not been seen since.

Mr. Kinchen was last seen wearing blue jeans & a brown polo type shirt plus a baseball cap.  If you as a resident should happen to see Mr. Kinchen, we are asking you to please contact Cold Case Detectives at 371-4600.

Race B    Sex: Male  DOB: 6/28/1932   Height: 5’8″  Weight: 180


Neighborhood Watch Alert: Update

Athlete Stretching — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported yesterday, “Jailed LR man charged in rape try, Sean Beherec and Spencer Williams, 6-30-11)” that police have arrested a man suspected of trying to rape a woman earlier this week at Booker Magnet Elementary School track.

According to the ADG, the suspect was held Wednesday (6-29-11) at the Pulaski County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.  He was charged Tuesday afternoon with rape and kidnapping.