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e want 2019 to be the year of you, and you should, too! Within this section, you will find articles designed to enhance or jumpstart a happier, healthier you. Retirement is the ultimate in relaxation, and the living community at Prime Place at Wildwood Town Center is something to think about if you want to relax, yet remain active! AAA Travel encourages use of your vacation time with some great trip ideas. Yarger Chiropractic/Life ReShaped helps you lose weight while you sleep! If your 2019 resolutions include eating healthier and becoming physically fit, we have several articles for you to consider. Nutritionist Dr. Amy with Whole Food is Medicine aims to guide you to healthier eating without the use of supplements. Dr. Settle with Medi-Weightloss offers medically-supervised ketogenic weight-loss programs overseen by medical professionals. Supplement healthy eating habits with an efficient workout regime. The trainers at 20 Minutes to Fitness offer strength, stretch, golf and cycling programs for a great oncea-week workout. OsteoStrong’s patented equipment increases bone

BODY SOUL health with controlled pressure. Turn back time and be red-carpet ready with the Liquid Gold facial at Ballwin’s Laser Me medical spa. If conventional medicine has failed you or you wish to reduce reliance on prescription medications, learn about the services of sciencebased healthcare at the Institute of Natural Health. And finally, learn how to take care of a nagging and uncomfortable, yet common health problem with Dr. Clemens at Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center.

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f you have just 20 minutes a week to spare, you have time to build your strength and fitness. 20 Minutes to Fitness offers safe, effective training for people of all ages and fitness levels, from older, sedentary adults to elite athletes. 20 Minutes to Fitness uses a medically based approach that includes training on MedX physical therapy equipment, says general manager and physical therapist Casey Breslin. “Our 20-minute workout delivers the same strength-building benefits as working out three times a week lifting weights in a typical gym. It efficiently and systematically builds strength and bone density, and it increases our clients’ metabolism.” Like most women over the age of 50, Sue Matlof began experiencing a decrease in her bone density. Knowing how important strong bones are to overall health and longevity, she booked a session at 20 Minutes to Fitness in Clayton. “That was 15 years ago,” Sue says. “It keeps me coming back because it’s doing good things for my body, and Casey watches over me when I train so I don’t have any injuries.”

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very year the winter ‘blahs’ coincide with Hollywood’s award season, when the stars seem impossibly fresh and radiant, glowing like they’ve just come off of a month-long spa vacation. Now St. Louisans have access to a rejuvenating skin treatment once available exclusively to A-listers. The Aquagold finetouch system — a cutting-edge procedure that painlessly lifts, tightens and contours the face — is available as part of the Liquid Gold Facial at St. Louis’ Laser Me medical spa. In fact, it’s the very same treatment Kim Kardashian used to get red-carpet ready for last year’s Met Gala. The Aquagold Fine-Touch system acts as a catalyst for Laser Me’s exclusive Bio Serum Technology, to be derived into the skin with “MicroChanneling”. Laser Me’s serum, which includes both Botox and dermal fillers, has been created to eliminate the appearance of pores, instantly tightening and sculpting your face. Results are immediate. Covered in 24k Gold, the needles are

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decrease muscle soreness. The center’s “Super Stretch” equipment stretches the knees, hips, back and shoulders.

Sue Matlof credits her workout with helping her build her bone density, among other health benefits.

Golf and cycling fitness programs are both designed to optimize athletic performance. The cycling program focuses on enhancing strength and stamina in the lower body regions of the quadriceps and glute muscles. Golfers can choose a specially designed regimen that strengthens their obliques, back and leg muscles, while also stretching the muscles used in the golf swing. In addition to building strength, the program increases flexibility and range of motion in the torso and hips. 20 Minutes to Fitness also offers a range of other services, including therapeutic massage, physical therapy, and movement and mobility sessions to help relieve everyday aches and pains. The Clayton location has a state-ofthe-art 3D body scanner that tracks progress by measuring inches lost, muscle gained and body composition and comparing millions of other data points. 20 Minutes to Fitness has studios in Clayton (314-863-7836) and Chesterfield (636-536-1504) as well as Tampa and Sarasota, Florida. Visit 20MinutesToFitness.com for more information.

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espite the stress of work and daily responsibilities, Americans don’t take full advantage of their vacation time and forfeit their chance to relax and restore their overall wellbeing, according to a report from Project: Time Off. The findings from Project: Time Off’s State of American Vacation 2018 showed that a majority of Americans (52 percent) left vacation time unused in 2017, adding up to 705 million unused days. Further, nearly onein-four Americans (24 percent) have not taken a vacation in more than a year, the survey found. Vacation is essential for strong bonds with family and friends, a productive workforce and a fulfilled life. Studies show that regular travel boosts mental health, reduces stress, enhances creativity and even lowers the risk of heart disease. “Traveling has lasting benefits for our mental and physical health, but work-related challenges like the fear of looking replaceable often prevent people from taking much time off,” said Jan Borje, vice president of AAA Travel. “Yet those who take most or all of their vacation time report dramatically higher rates of happiness than those using little to none of their time for travel.”

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Plus, because of its size and partnerships with preferred vendors, AAA Travel has access to benefits and savings that travelers can’t obtain on their own, she said. For example, cruise passengers might be eligible for special onboard credits. “We have great relationships with cruise lines and tour companies, and we know the best ways to save you money,” said Borje. “Our travel agents have been to many of the destinations that people want to visit, so they have firsthand knowledge to help travelers get the most out of their trips.” The hottest destinations right now include Alaska, Ireland, Italy, central Europe, and Canadian rail adventures, she said. In addition, river cruising remains a growing trend. “Our agents are adept at planning everything from weekend getaways to bucket list destinations,” Borje said. “You should always travel with someone you trust, and you can trust AAA.” To find a AAA Travel Agency office near you, call (866) 222-7587 or visit AAA.com.


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Mixed culture and independent living community offers endless possibilities By Jennifer L. Mason, Brand Ave. Studios Contributing Writer

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his year if you are looking for the next phase of the “new, retired you” — then head west to the heart of Wildwood where residents will soon have a new kind of independence. Located at the corner of Main and Eastgate streets, The Prime Place at Wildwood Town Center will offer a new kind of independent senior living community where residents can celebrate luxury living with apartment homes ranging in size from 680 to 1,300 square feet. With endless possibilities, residents can savor quiet relaxation, explore the town or enjoy the included features. It’s an ideal community where residents can experience a mixed culture of activity and tranquility,” said Michael Kennedy, chairman and CEO at KAI Design & Build, the project’s general contractor. “Prime Place will offer an array of amenities and events where residents can stay engaged but still feel independent.” While typically geared to adults 55 and over, anyone is welcome in the stylish senior community. The focus is creating an environment where residents can enjoy a worry-free home with the freedom to live each day self-sufficiently. The development plans include 48 apartments, featuring one, two and three bedrooms on the second through fourth floors and a 5,000-square-foot restaurant with outdoor patio seating and retail space on the ground floor. While the restaurant is open to the public, a daily dinner is included in the monthly services. “Prime Place is located in a desirable neighborhood,” Kennedy said. “Being located in downtown Wildwood makes it easier to encourage independence, pushing our residents to move forward while immersing into a hospitable community and creating new memories.”

In addition, on-the-go seniors will be in walking distance to several additional restaurants and shops. Along with shopping, residents can take advantage of the nearby movie theater, pharmacy, grocery store, medical offices, gym, parks and trails. The market-rate independent senior living community eliminates the burdens of homeownership by providing a carefree lifestyle. The community will also include exte-

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oor diet is a leading factor in three major diseases accounting for close to 50 percent of all deaths in the United States, according to the American Medical Association. Considering the fact that everyone has to eat, this is an alarming statistic. “Many people have good intentions when it comes to healthy eating, but they also have a lot of misinformation about what this really means and how to translate this into foods they are willing to eat,” states Dr. Amy Knoblock-Hahn (aka Dr. Amy).

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Dr. Amy is a registered dietitian nutritionist and health behavior expert. Her practice, Whole Food is Medicine, aims to transform individuals into their healthiest selves through the application of a “whole food first approach” combined with complementary treatment choices and healthy lifestyle behaviors. While many people fall prey to promises of quick weight loss through special supplements, powders and pills, Whole Food Is Medicine recognizes that changes in body composition and health do not happen overnight. In fact, anything that happens overnight is temporary! Dr. Amy shatters common nutrition myths and throws out the cookie-cutter diet plans. Whole Food Is Medicine uses a customized approach to help people reach and maintain their health goals. “Each individu-

al has unique nutritional needs. Age, gender, stage of life and environmental factors influence the types and amounts of foods you should enjoy and incorporate into your daily eating patterns,” states Dr. Amy.

Recognizing that time is another barrier many people face, Whole Food Is Medicine utilizes real-time video technology for all appointments. This enables clients to receive nutrition and behavior consultations through the comfort of their home, office or while traveling. Clients can also access a free app for instant message questions and monitoring between sessions. Research has shown that these technological support tools heighten the ability to achieve goals related to weight, blood sugar and blood pressure. If, like most Americans, your diet is on the verge of killing you – it’s never too late for a change. In fact, studies have shown improvements in diet leading to small and lasting changes in weight can reverse heart disease and cut the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in half! Most clients who choose to work with Dr. Amy start seeing the results they are looking for within three months.

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aybe you haven’t gotten the results you want with diet and exercise, or you just don’t have the energy to commit to major lifestyle changes. Then it’s time to consider LipoMelt, a safe and effective way to lose inches without pain, surgery or downtime. What could be easier than spending 20 minutes bathed in the warmth emitted from LipoMelt’s unique fat-targeting light therapy wraps? No swelling, no bruising, no side effects — just a slimmer, healthier you, says Dr. Janet Yarger of Life ReShaped, which has been offering the fat-targeting treatments since 2017. “I always encourage people to diet and exercise, but when you combine it

the body naturally. The light also helps improve skin tone and texture. After the light treatment, patients move to a vibration plate for 10 minutes to help stimulate circulation and help the body break down and release the fat. “This is as close to natural weight loss as possible. It’s completely noninvasive, unlike liposuction or surgery,” Dr. Yarger says. Patients often experience a reduction in inches immediately after the first session but Dr. Yarger suggests multiple sessions for best results, along with an anti-inflammatory diet and healthy exercise to help maintain results. After a patient reaches their goal

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with LipoMelt you’ll see better results,” Dr. Yarger says. “But even if all you can do is just lay there you’re going to get results. You can come in on your lunch break, lay down for 20 minutes and go back to work — it’s that simple. My patients are shocked by how easy it is and how much they’ve lost.” In fact, Dr. Yarger reports remarkable results. Some patients have lost up to 8 inches total in just one session. “MELTS” STUBBORN FAT Dr. Yarger, a chiropractor, says light therapy has long been used to treat conditions such as chronic pain. But now it’s being aimed at those stubborn fat deposits not-so-affectionately known as muffin tops and saddle bags. LipoMelt works by “melting” the fat out of the fat cells in targeted areas — the belly, arms, legs, hips, buttocks and even face, she says. The technology uses differing wavelengths of light to alter the fat cells so that the fat can seep out. The melted fat is then processed and eliminated from

weight, Dr. Yarger recommends maintenance sessions once or twice a month. The number of initial sessions depends on weight loss goals. A 20-MINUTE POWER NAP For Jennifer, a patient in her 40s who has worked to lose weight after the births of four children, LipoMelt was the key to finally reducing the stubborn areas that weren’t responding to diet and exercise. Jennifer says the procedure is easy and relaxing. “You’re wrapped in warm light, and maybe you nod off for a short 20-minute power nap, and then you’re done.” “LipoMelt has made a drastic difference in places that I thought would only have been helped with surgery,” she says.

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ocated in Richmond Heights, The Institute of Natural Health is a functional medicine clinic offering laboratory testing, diagnostic and treatment services such as IV treatment, weight management, hormone therapy, and genetic testing to name a few. With the help of your health history and a physical exam, this common-sense, science-based healthcare practice can help identify the type of treatment needed to improve or sustain your quality of life. Founder and clinical director T.J. Williams, DC, Ph.D. first locates the cause to correct the problem. “We don’t just offer one service, nor do our patients typically come to us for one ailment,” Williams said. “Patients come to us because we get to the root of their problem. Once we identify the cause, then we address that. We do not chase and treat symptoms, we get to the cause.” The mission of The Institute of Natural Health is to provide affordable, natural healthcare to help patients achieve their highest level of vitality and well-being. According to Williams, The Institute receives many of their referrals from patients who are tired of having a diagnosis placed on them and then blaming all of their complaints on that diagnosis or

they don’t want to take medications or have surgery. The testing provides a better understanding of the hierarchy of issues and the order in which to fix them. For example, a patient may come to The Institute for hormone issues, but through testing finds out they have high lead levels. In this case, Williams and his team would treat the lead first because it disrupts the hormones. “We discuss everything in the almost two-hour consultation,” Williams said. “When a patient first comes in, we take an extensive history. We want to know where they grew up, where they lived, how old the house was, if they were exposed to mold or tobacco; we discuss all of the environmental exposures first. A person’s history is typically a good indicator of what we need to look at first.” The Institute of Natural Health believes proper health advice and patient care comes from actually knowing a person’s history — more than what can be gathered in a 10-minute office visit. The Institute works to ensure all of the tests, treatment possibilities and services are available to each patient. “We explain to you in detail what’s going on within your body and we make sure you understand,”

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Williams said. Patients are encouraged to ask questions and ultimately, the ball is in their court. According to Williams, the average person in the U.S. is on multiple medications. When The Institute of Natural Health receives a new patient over the age of 60, on average, they are taking a minimum of 11 medications. “Unfortunately, Americans are inundated with medication commercials on TV,” Williams said. “However, people are waking up and realizing the pill-for-a-problem model of healthcare is not working for them.” If conventional medicine has failed you, or even if you just want to remain healthy, consider science-based healthcare at The Institute of Natural Health. Research shows that it takes 17 years for clinical research to be implemented into conventional medicine practice. The Institute of Natural Health bridges that gap. To learn more about The Institute of Natural Health, visit theinstituteofnaturalhealth.com.

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New technology improves bone and muscle strength By Jennifer L. Mason, Brand Ave. Studios Contributing Writer Photos by J. Beauvais Photography

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here are 206 bones in your body, and it is more important (and easier) to keep those bones healthy than you may think. Besides mobility, the skeleton protects the brain, heart and lungs. With more than 52 million Americans affected by osteoporosis and osteopenia (low bone density), research has proven that physical performance improves with bone strength.

of the way they impact the ground.” OsteoStrong allows all of us who aren’t gymnasts to get the benefit of this highimpact level force without the risks normally associated with it. “We have people from ages nine to 90 using our system comfortably and with amazing results!” says Harper. The process is called osteogenic loading, and it triggers changes in

lower and upper body, the core and the spine. Sessions are always supervised by a trained coach and are quick, painless and measurable. Research shows that to trigger osteogenesis (new bone tissue growth) in the hips, a minimum of 4.2 multiples of body weight is needed. OsteoStrong members reach forces in excess of five to 12 times their own body weight comfortably. “It’s quite possibly the most profound development in physical performance in decades, and it is changing the way our physical bodies age,” says Harper. “We have members who are in their 80s loading six and seven times their body weight very easily.” RECONDITION YOUR BONES The Spectrum System is a medicallybased approach that was invented by a biomedical engineer, Dr. John Jaquish, whose mother had osteoporosis. His belief was that anything that is deconditioned can be reconditioned. “It is one of the first physical medicine products where you can take a high performance athlete, or a deconditioned elderly person — that’s the whole spectrum — and massively affect their physical performance, whether they are carrying groceries or breaking a world record,” said Dr. John Jaquish, chief science advisor for OsteoStrong and author of Osteogenic Loading. All OsteoStrong locations offer a complimentary session to anyone who would like to learn more.

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OsteoStrong utilizes a series of four robotic musculoskeletal treatment devices called the Spectrum System. It works for almost all ages and fitness levels and it is currently most popular among athletes looking to gain an edge, as well as those dealing with — or trying to avoid — a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis. Sessions take only about seven minutes, one time per week. TRAIN LIKE A GYMNAST “The easiest way to understand the concept is to think about a gymnast,” says owner and operator Laura Harper. “Research shows that, of all athletes, gymnasts are the ones building the highest bone density. This is because

muscle density, as well as the thickness of muscles, tendons and ligaments. In other words, it benefits the entire musculoskeletal chain. Many members experience better posture and balance, improved athletic performance, less joint and back pain and have even reversed osteoporosis. CONTROLLED PRESSURE According to Harper, members are self-loading through controlled movements. “Our equipment functions differently than gym equipment — there are no weights or pulleys. It allows members to emulate high-impact in a safe, controlled movement.” There are four machines targeting

OsteoStrong has four Missouri locations; Creve Coeur (314)300-6902, O’Fallon (636)238-8696, Ballwin (636)697-3902, and Clayton (314)541-5661. Visit osteostrong.me for more information.

JOHNNY AND LAURA HARPER Johnny and Laura Harper were the visionaries responsible for bringing Osteostrong to Missouri and are the regional developers for the entire state. Since the Harpers opened in Creve Coeur in July of 2016, there are a total of 13 franchises opening in the next two years, and most are in the St. Louis area. Johnny is focusing on expanding the brand outside of St. Louis. “I have a goal of opening 60 OsteoStrong centers throughout the state and I’m searching for like-minded entrepreneurs that desire to help others while owning a business that is changing lives and has virtually no competition.” With Tony Robbins as a partner, OsteoStrong CEO, Kyle Zagrodsky, has taken the brand international and has created one of the fastest growing holistic wellness franchises in the state. Visit osteostrong.me/franchise to learn about franchise opportunities.

JANA - 54 MEGAN - 23 MEMBERS SINCE FEBRUARY 2018 “My doctor recommended OsteoStrong to me after I started experiencing side effects from osteoporosis medication. After learning there was also a benefit for muscles (myofibrils), tendons and ligaments, I decided to have my daughter join with me. Megan was diagnosed with hypotonic muscles as a baby that caused a lack of muscle tone and a significant muscle nerve delay which impacts her reflexes. Poor reflexes have limited her driving capabilities, but after 10 months of OsteoStrong, at age 23, Megan is able to drive by herself and has her own car! I know I’m strengthening MY bones, but Megan’s results are a dream that we never thought would become reality! Thank you, OsteoStrong!”

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“I started OsteoStrong to see what it would do for my lifts at the gym. The week before OsteoStrong, I did 4X8 of 620 lbs. on leg press, and 4X8 of 365 lbs. on hack squat. Two weeks after starting OsteoStrong, I was able to do 4X8 of 800 lbs., and 4X8 of 500 lbs., respectively!”

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“Ten years ago I discovered that I had osteoporosis in my spine. I chose to monitor it and took no injections. Every year, my scans showed no significant changes. I decided to try Osteostrong in 2016. After five months, I had another scan and again had no significant change. But after 22 months of Osteostrong, I had another scan and my spine density increased 8.8 percent! I now have osteopenia instead of osteoporosis. I was shocked and pleased, as was my doctor. My doctor asked what I was doing differently and I told her that I had been going to Osteostrong... I couldn’t be happier with my results or with Osteostrong!”

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2705 Mullanphy Lane | Florissant 63031 Marygrove campus cafeteria

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O’FALLON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT The O’Fallon Fire Protection District is currently seeking qualified applicants to establish a hiring list for the position of Firefighter/EMT-P.

Please complete an online application prior to job fair at www.marygrovechildren.org

$500 SIGN ON BONUS

FOR THOSE FT POSITIONS THAT APPLY!!!

Residential Technicians/Direct Care Staff ✔ Seeking candidates for full-time, part time and PRN positions. All shifts; 1st 2nd and 3rd.

Ask about our Shift Differential plus 3rd Shift Premium Pay

Application packets can be picked up at the O’Fallon Fire Protection District Administration Office located at 111 Laura K Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63366 beginning January 28, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. CST, and must be returned to the Administration Office by February 8, 2019, 4:00 p.m. CST (Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.).

Meals provided. CPR, First Aid, Med Cert, SCM, and additional monthly training provided. Medical, Dental, 403(b) Retirement plan, Flexible spending account, and GLI Overtime opportunities Other Employment Opportunities: Chief Development Officer- (CDO) • Manager of Grants Assistant Director • Maintenance Technician Assistant Supervisor

Structural Steel Fabrication Welders & Fitters Hillsdale Fabricators, one of the largest steel fabricators in the Midwest, is seeking Welders and Fitters with steel fabrication shop experience. Welders are required to perform fillet welds or full penetration welds from detailed drawings. Experience with FCAW &/or MCAW is preferred. Fitters must be able to read blue prints and fit up, moderate to very complex structural steel. Hillsdale Fabricators full-time positions provide benefits including: Health Insurance, Pension and Vacation To apply, fill out an application at 2150 Kienlen Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63121 or Fax your resume to 314-553-8215 or E-mail your resume to hfemp@alberici.com

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Packets may be obtained electronically by visiting the District’s website: ofallonfire.org and downloading the application packet. Packets may be returned via US Mail.

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Fast paced, nationwide real estate investment company and environmental management company is seeking an experienced accountant with a background to include, but is not limited to, monthend/quarter/yearend closing, general ledger, bank reconciliations, accruals, daily entries, AP/ AR, excel, word and fixed assets. Skyline software knowledge preferred. Excellent organizational skills and able to work in a team oriented environment, plus work in every area of accounting, as we prefer to have everyone cross-trained. please send resume to:

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The O’Fallon Fire Protection District is not responsible for any correspondence or mail that is lost or misdirected, or received after February 8, 2019, 4:00p.m. CST.

No phone calls.

The O’Fallon Fire Protection District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Experienced in this field need only apply.

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Applications will only be accepted Monday-Friday 8am to 3pm Hillsdale Fabricators, an Alberici Enterprise, is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

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VACANCY - POLICE CHIEF CITY OF MADISON, ILLINOIS The City of Madison, Illinois is seeking a can-do, reform minded and proven leader with exceptional management, interpersonal, and communication skills with demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with community and civic groups (including private-sector partners), police department employees and government leaders. The successful candidate will have the ability to form and lead strong, effective teams; develop efficient administrative processes that support an organization’s mission; a track record for effective team management and resultsdriven leadership; the ability to grow, strengthen and ensure the agency’s sustainability; a strong ability to organize effectively, delegate responsibility and solve problems. The successful candidate should have experience with working with diverse communities. The position requires a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree in criminal justice, police administration, business administration, or related field is strongly preferred. A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience is required, no less than five of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity. An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job will be considered. Additional specialized education, such as the FBI National Academy, is desirable. Once appointed, the Police Chief must obtain police certification in the State of Illinois. Residency must be established according to the rules listed in the City Ordinance. The City OF Madison offers a competitive compensation package. The City offers an excellent benefits package, including participation in the City’s sponsored defined benefit pension plan, strong health insurance coverage and other features. Salary range of $60,000 to $81,000 based upon experience and education. For immediate consideration, candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of five references to:

Honorable John W. Hamm III Mayor City of Madison 615 Madison Ave Madison, Illinois 62060 The position is open until filled. Expressions of interest and applications will be received and maintained in strict confidence. The City of Madison is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to maintaining a diverse workforce.

REAL ESTATE MANAGER COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY AND Its’ AFFILIATES is expanding our asset management department and is looking for someone who can support the Real Estate Asset Manager in managing all aspects of a portfolio of commercial and industrial properties including marketing, operations and financial activities. Under general supervision,thispositionisinvolvedinproperty management, maintenance, construction/ renovation and tenant relations of assigned properties. Some travel is required. RESPONSIBILITIES will include all aspects of commercial property management, including periodic property inspections, lease renewals, rent collections, contract and oversee alterations, maintenance and reconditioning as necessary, marketing, and working with third party brokers. Other duties as assigned. Must be strong in verbal and written skills, negotiations, multitasking and organizational skills. Bachelor’s Degree is required with 5+ years experience. Please send resumes to: blydon@cdcco.com


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QUALITY ASSURANCE TECHNICIAN Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. has an opening in their Quality Assurance Department for a QA Technician. The ideal candidate should have a broad working knowledge of ISO 9001 / 13485 Quality System requirements. Experience supporting design control, document control, non-conforming material, complaints, corrective action, internal audits, training, equipment calibration, and regulatory submissions is desired. The qualified candidate will have at least three years QA/QC experience in an FDA regulated environment. Proficiency in the use of MS Office software is required. ASQ certification(s) preferred. Allied Healthcare Products, Inc offers a competitive salary and benefit package. Qualified candidates interested in a challenging opportunity, please send, fax (314-268-1623) or e-mail (resume@alliedhpi.com) and salary requirements in confidence to:

ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS, INC. ATTN: HR/QA, 1720 SUBLETTE AVE., ST. LOUIS, MO 63110 EOE - Minorities/Females/Disabled/Vets

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